Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas: Magician and Rabbit from the Hat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

With Halloween just two days away, raise your hand if you're still looking for a costume?

Not to worry - putting together a fun Halloween look is easy as 1-2-3. Just mix and match what you have in your closet with a few, neat accessories and voila... Halloween mayhem, here we come!

This year, my main squeeze and I had the hardest time picking out what we wanted to be for Halloween. I think we went over at least two dozen ideas -- and yes, we wanted our costumes to coordinate. It wasn't until a few days ago, we finally settled on a Magician and the Rabbit from the Hat, and I'm beyond excited to wear our costumes out this Friday night!

See below for an easy how-to for putting these last minute Halloween costume looks together!

DIY Magician and Rabbit from the Hat Halloween Costumes

What You'll Need:

>> A bowtie
>> A magic wand
>> White dress shirt and black slacks
>> Black Top Hat

What You'll Need:

>> Little Black Dress
>> Bunny Ears
>> Black Pumps
>> Statement Necklace

For both of our Halloween costumes, we already had the main big pieces - i.e., my main squeeze dug through his closet to find a pair of black slacks and the dress shirt; and of course, I already have multiple LBDs and statement necklaces to choose from. Trying looking for pieces you already have in your closet or borrow from a friend! If you're in the spending mood, buy something that you'll actually want to wear again like this Asymmetrical Zip Detail Body-Con Dress

When looking for the more costume-y accessories, we stopped by our local Value Village to pick up the black top hat, white bow tie and bunny ears. I'm really happy with how these costumes turned out, and even more thrilled that we didn't spend a ton of money on items we probably wouldn't wear again for awhile.  

Need more last minute easy, DIY costume ideas? Check out a few of my favs here:

What are you dressing up as this year?

plaid me all over

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Oh fall ... I adore you. Your crisp weather is one of the many reasons I throw on flannel, ponchos and oversized turtlenecks. But most of all, you are the season of plaid.

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Nothing makes me happier than a colorful blanket scarf in a checkered/plaid print. It's a great way to dress up an outfit while staying cozy. Also, leopard and plaid are a fun print mix combo to try if you're a bit adventurous with your outfits! 

Lately, I've been spotting plaid everywhere - from outerwear to even printed pants. See below for a few of my favorite plaid picks, along with some accessories to jazz it up: 

Are you a fan of plaid for fall?

pumpkins + sweater season

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Happy Fall, y'all! I am more than overjoyed to welcome sweater season and hot spiced cider back into my life. To celebrate these crisp days of colorful leaves and mulled wine, my main squeeze and I paid a visit to our favorite pumpkin patch in Snohomish County -- Bob's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. This is our second annual pumpkin trip, and one of my favorite fall activities. 

One of the best things about this patch include its homemade cider doughnuts (pumpkin is the best!), fresh-pressed cider and the great selection of apples, squash and corn by the pound. We had a great time at the patch, and look forward to more fall fun this season.

What fall festivities are you up to this season?

Shopbop SALE Starts Today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEWS FLASH: The ShopBop Friends & Family sale starts today!!

For three days only, receive 25% off your order with CODE: FAMILY25 and believe me... the sale is amazing

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Perfect for a date night or throw on a black blazer and colorful scarf to make this look work appropriate. Dressed up with heels or paired with booties for a comfy chic outfit - this LBD is so versatile, it's a must-have in the closet.

Infinity Drop Earrings // Alexis Bittar
Have I told you I'm obsessed with Alexis Bittar?! I love all of her jewelry, and when it comes to snagging these beautiful earrings for 25% off... that's a deal I can't pass on. 

A little fringe is always needed for the arm candy - especially in pretty color tones like rose gold. I'd love to wrap this along with a few other gold bangles for a fun ensemble. 

Classic Q Colorblocked Fran Bag / Marc by Marc Jacobs
I know.. I know... a white bag? BUT it's so gorgeous. I'm prone to always buying black or brown for my purses... and this white top-handle top is the perfect way to play with something outside of my comfort zone but still understated. I love the colorblocking contrast of black and white, and all that room inside the bag-- how ever will I fill it up? :) Roomy, practical and stylish! 

Jilt Lizard Booties // H by Hudson
With the mini-heel, comfort meets chic with these Hudson booties! The lizard skin print give it an awesome texture that's different from the ordinary pairs I've seen around here in Seattle. I also love the subtle zipper -- not too flashy, but strategically placed. It's all about the details right? 

Have you checked out the Shopbop sale yet?
What goodies will you treat yourself to? 

celebrating fall at home with antica farmacista

Monday, October 13, 2014

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As the colors change, we welcome the new season into our homes. Whether that'd be more mason jar candles, beautiful festive pumpkins or even fall-like scents -- I'm beyond thrilled to be adding this season's decor to my happy home. 

With my recent trip to the pumpkin patch (more details to come this week!) - I'm thinking of dabbling with a little DIY no carve pumpkin decor. I'm in love with the glittered and ombre ideas below. 

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Check out these easy, no-carve decorating ideas from Apartment Therapy and Better Homes and Garden!

In addition to beautifully decorated pumpkins, I'm also excited for fall scents - candles, yummy pumpkin pie, spiced cider, and cinnamon pine cones! To help me celebrate all things fall this October and in honor of National Breast Awareness Month, my friends at Antica Farmacista sent me the fresh fragrance and home diffuser of Peonia, Gardenia and Rosa

What's even more awesome about it - 100% of the profits from this fragrance along with any of the Peonia, Gardenia & Rosa products benefit Gilda's Club, which is an organization that supports cancer survivors and their families. Antica co-owner, Susan Pruitt battled breast cancer seven years ago, and Gilda's Club was a tremendous support for her. 

The fragrance is absolutely beautiful. Subtle woodsy notes and a mix of floral notes from peonia, rose and gardenia bring a warm, romantic vibe to my happy home. I love it styled next to the assortment of candles and the wee, little pumpkin on my side table. 

How are you decorating your happy home for fall? 

Antica Farmacista was established in 2003, as the first company to introduce the home ambiance reed diffuser in the U.S. Antica was built on the founders' philosophy of "whether for the home or body, each and every one of  us should have a signature scent that tells our own personal story". Antica fragrances can be purchased at domestic retail partners: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and approximately 900 boutiques throughout the US.

Disclosure: Products and samples were provided by Antica Farmacista. As always, all opinions expressed are my own! 

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