October 31, 2013

Happiest of Halloweens!

I know it's nearing the end of the day, but I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween. For some reason, it's right around this time that the weather down here finally starts to feel like fall. Today did not disappoint! What started out as a rainy, gloomy day turned into a cool overcast evening with just enough breeze to blow the newly colored leaves down the street. I hope the kiddos appreciated the perfect weather for trick or treating!

In years past, Alex and I have always tried to have a big Halloween party. It's been the perfect opportunity to decorate the house in spooky cobwebs, dress up and invite friends over to enjoy the festivities. I think Alex appreciated being able to bust out his old DJ lights and crank up the stereo too!

Unfortunately, things were just too hectic this year to be able to plan something in time. It was a nice break but I bet next year we have our party hats on again!

If you are partnered up, do you go with a couples costume? I always like to! Here is what we came up with last year (thanks Pinterest!):

Deer in headlights, get it? This was an easy outfit to put together, once we had a game plan.

For me, I bought a bronzy-black dress from Forever21 (in my head it resembled a road, so...), some white duct tape and two tap-it lights from a hardware story (by the way..if you decide to go this route and need to find the lights, go ahead and tell the hardware store employees what they're for, they'll get a kick out of it!) and a printed Deer Crossing sign that we duct-taped to a paint stirrer we had in the garage. Easy peasy. Oh, and double sided Velcro to uhm..attach your headlights.

For him, just dark brown pants, a brown t-shirt and some kind of faux fur that we picked up at Hobby Lobby. And for the antlers (because, last minute..couldn't find them anywhere!) we did the pipe cleaners to make the shape, and wrapped bigger pipe cleaners around that frame, so to speak. Not too bad I don't think!

I didn't even think we would dress up this year since we were just going to lounge at home and pass out candy, but we sort of forgot about Alex's work costume contest and so true to form, last minute we were running around the house putting something together. Luckily, we have a back-up plan.

Waldo! And if you are curious, that is indeed my rolled up yoga mat, a small skillet, and the handle to the reeeaaally old broom from our garage. But hey! He finished second, so I guess we pulled through! (Also, ask me about the time that Alex ended up walking in with the entire Razorback team because of this costume! It works wonders!)

Moose can't be left out, of course. My mom crocheted this dapper ensemble a few years ago when we originally were the Waldo's. Surprisingly, the hat stayed on the majority of the night but the sweater somehow kept getting stuck on things in the yard. Weird.

I think I'm channeling more Harry Potter than Wenda with the glasses but that's okay!

So beyond the late night trick or treaters (seriously, 9:30 and the light's off - isn't a turned off porch light the universal indicator that the shop is closed?), our 2013 Halloween was definitely a victory! I hope yours was as well!


October 8, 2013

Dresser Top Favorites

Happy Fall, Y'all! The weather is finally cooling down here which means lots of pumpkins, crockpot dinners and Halloween and Fall decorations! More on that to come! 

We've been doing some fall rearranging and cleaning and I love that because it gives you an opportunity to freshen up your everyday things. After dusting our dresser I realized that although that area of the room often gets overlooked, it actually houses several of my most favorite things.

So I thought I would share. And y'all. Please excuse my photography skills. A) I have none and 2) this was a spur of the moment photography session after a glass of wine. Or two.

1. Niven Morgan Jean Baptiste 1717 Body Lotion - I won't even try to describe so I'll steal this from the amazon product description -

"A young but sophisticated fragrance, Jean Baptiste 1717 evokes the seductive soul of New Orleans: oak lined boulevards, jasmined air, distant song, sweet times, love lost and found. The scent: Water hyacinth, jasmine and tuberose floating through a sensual aura: wild rose and princess lily with subtle traces of caramel and creamy vanilla, and base notes of rich woods and warm patchouli."

It's an absolutely decadent lotion but definitely a splurge for me. A little goes a long way though so if you're looking for a splurge then you should purchase some like, yesterday. 

2. Niven Morgan Jean Baptiste 1717 Room Spray - Ugh, I die. I spray it on my pillow every night, hence why this bottle is almost empty. I originally purchased it for our guest room but loved it so much as a room/linen spray that it never made it to it's original destination.

3. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Toilette - I like to this of as my signature perfume. Feminine without being too sweet. I don't often wear perfume to work and only sparingly for other occasions so this has lasted me a long time. Engineer Husband always compliments me when I wear it so definitely a victory in my book.  

4. Michael Kors Watch - I love the band detailing and also that it's not too oversized like most of my other watches. I purchased this one at one of the outlets but Amazon is not a horrible price. I especially love layering it with my Lagos bracelet and sometimes another fun bangle. 

5. Tortoise with Large Crystal Necklace - If you've ever shopped on daily deal sites like Jane.com or GroopDealz then you know these come and go. I snagged mine from Jane.com (which I prefer over Groopdealz because items are shipped SO much faster) and so far I really love it. I might end splurging and buying the real thing I love it so much, but I was unsure about the size of the pendant. This is the perfect statement piece for fall in my opinion. Shop around and find you one, I bet you won't regret it!

Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration to dress up your dresser! It's not an area I give a lot of attention to throughout my day, but it nice to have a pretty little space for pretty little things.