shop update: halloween minis!

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blank mini journals have been re-stocked in my etsy shop! this also includes a limited run of halloween inspired minis, featuring five different prints. I’m so obsessed with the halloween minis I’m in the process of altering a couple into miniature spell books! you’ll also find I’ve replenished past mini favorites and added in some new designs…xo

+ need some inspiration? see what I do with my blank minis here!

inktober flashback

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well folks, it’s october. my absolute favorite month of the entire fucking year. fall, pumpkins, my birthday, and most importantly – HALLOWEEN. you all know halloween is pretty much my christmas and the only holiday of the year I truly live for. not sure if I’ll be whipping up a costume this year, with the majority of my free time going to grad school or preparing for our murder mystery party…

but of course, october also comes with another beloved tradition: inktober! while I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with a drawing a day like I did last year, I’m certainly going to try. keeping with the theme from last year, I might continue with halloween portraits.

so, what better way to kick off the month and inktober with a little flashback to some of last year’s illustrations.

be sure to follow along this year on instagram…xo

all hallows round up.

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yes, lola was a bumble bee for her first halloween (it was on sale at target, I couldn’t say no). she was actually really good about the costume (no fighting or chewing it), which gives me hope for future years when I build her some sort of absurd costume from scratch. hmm – matching or themed costumes?! I think HELL YES.

sigh, there’s nothing like the day before halloween. final costume touches, planning out pre and post costume attire, and arranging plans for halloween night…

this year puff and I are really mixing things up. instead of our usual costume contest bar hop, we’ll be seeing empire of the sun tomorrow night in hollywood (you all know how much I love me some LUKE). we bought the tickets ages ago, thinking it could be fun seeing these guys halloween night (I’m hoping they live up to my expectations).

meanwhile, as you know – I’ve been busting my ass trying to get this year’s costume completed. good news: it’s looking like I’ll actually be able to finish! stay tuned for the big reveal on the blog tomorrow afternoon (be sure to follow me on instagram too, it will most likely show up there first). in the meantime, here’s a round up of some of my halloween favorites this year…

*nine ways halloween is different after college

*hell to the yes diy donut pumpkins!

*this incredible ‘haunted speakeasy’ themed halloween party hosted by the gals over at two delighted – check out part one & part two.

*a wonderfully jazzy halloween playlist

*so how many movies did you get through? I’m totally sucking – I’ve watched 9 out of 31.

*I’ve always wanted to throw a mad scientist themed halloween party – like this and this!

happy all hallows eve xo

hipster halloween.

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is it sad that I actually work on halloween playlists up to a year in advance? bizarre, I know. needless to say, this hipster halloween mix has been a long time coming.

let’s table the monster mash for a moment. right now, I’m bringing you 23 tracks fit for plaid & pbr: hipster halloween 2013. each track has its own spooky twist – based mainly on song titles or theme (you get the idea).

it’s good to mix things up every now and then when it comes to certain holidays. because you know what? …even I get bored of thriller from time to time.

*image via thisisallhallows

costume sneak peek.

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ugh. believe it or not, I’m actually attempting to construct an entirely new costume for halloween this year. with everything that has been going on this month (mainly the bash contest), I was really on the fence about putting one together this year.

the main reason I build costumes like this (other that than the fact that I love it), is the totally epic costume contest and parade that takes place at my office day job each year. after my headless costume (and beetlejuice the year prior), I literally get asked by strangers in the elevator if I’m dressing up again this year, or that their entire department is dying to see ‘what I do this time around’. no pressure right? but of course, my feeling like the queen of halloween with my costumes, I decided to move forward with one of my ideas.

did I mention I just started the legitimate construction of the damn thing last weekend? yeaaaahh. of course, I won’t be revealing what I’m trying to pull off (the above photo is as much of a sneak peek you’re getting), but I will admit that this costume is turning out to be slightly more intense than my headless marie antoinette! I didn’t think it was possible, but it definitely is. there are so many details in this damn costume, there’s a good chance I might not even have it completed by halloween! it’s starting to feel like a bizarre episode of project runway in my studio.

wish me luck folks…3 days to go.

hub halloween bash.

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what a way to kick off my birthday week!! for those of you who follow me on social media – you’ve already gotten the scoop on that secret I couldn’t talk about…and the good news! so let me back track a bit before I get to the really good stuff…

I entered the Hub Network’s 1st Annual Halloween Bash costume contest in september – not thinking ever in a million years that I would win the first ’round’ (so to speak). there were six different categories, and only 50 national semi-finalists (one from each state) would go to the televised contest (hosted by keenan thompson, and martha stewart as one of the celebrity judges). when I got the phone call that I had won for the state of california, I nearly had a heart attack.

two weeks later, and I’m meeting other semi-finalists and attending dress rehearsals for the show. the whole weekend was a total whirlwind adventure – from on camera interviews, to PR photos, to being on a huge stage in the barker hangar in santa monica. but the one thing that I absolutely did not expect…was the people I would meet along the way.

I knew after day one, that it absolutely did not matter if I won my category or the grand prize, because meeting the other state contestants had already made the experience worth it. not once did it ever become a ‘toddlers and tiaras’ kind of competition. we contestants were there because we all love halloween, were creatively like-minded, and were there to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. it was amazing meeting so many new people from all walks of life (and literally all over the country). I’m happy to say that I’ve made some pretty rad connections and new friends along the way.

while I won’t go into too much detail on the other costumes (there were some AMAZING creations) and show details – I will tell you that I won my category and took third place overall! I’m looking forward to seeing the look on my face when they announced my name as the ‘spooktacular’ category winner. needless to say, I was pretty stunned…

the whole experience was incredibly positive and so much fun! while it was a lot of work (that comes with a jam packed 3 day production schedule), it was 100% worth it. I’m pretty sure the contestants would agree with me when I say – it was an unforgettable weekend.

so set your DVR folks, and watch the Hub Halloween Bash THIS SATURDAY OCT 26th on the Hub Network, at 5pst/8est.

you can bet I’ll be celebrating!

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*second photo credit, and third photo credit.
*see more photos from the event here and here.

halloween this year.

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yeah yeah, I’ve been a bad blogger I know. but look – I’ve got something really major on my plate…

while I can’t divulge too many details as of yet, let’s just say I’m busting out my headless marie antoinette costume for a second halloween. I’ll be celebrating, competing and rocking out in a HUGE way. one detail I will share – is that you will all be able to watch it unfold – as I will be on national television!

…halloween this year – is going to be epic.
more to come.

october film list.

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it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

at this point, my october film list has now become somewhat of a tradition. each october I attempt to watch 31 different ‘halloween films’ (one per day of the month). completion wise, there are some years where I do better than others. but this year, I’ve already got a jump start and am aiming to knock out more than any previous october (woot).

it seems I’ve really mixed up the list up this go around. in trying to watch movies that are newer and that I haven’t seen, you’ll see that films like Frankenweenie & ParaNorman made the cut. I am also apparently really cranking up the 90’s vibe with new additions like Scream, Sleepy Hollow, and The Blair Witch Project. I’m hoping these list tweaks will only further motivate me to just keep on watching

I’ve made sure to denote where you can stream these (w/out renting or purchasing) where applicable. so get your dvds & rokus ready friends! here’s a look at my 2013 list.

2013 OCTOBER FILM LIST

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Beetlejuice (1988)
The Birds (1963)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)*
Carrie (1976)*^
Coraline (2009)
The Craft (1996)
Dracula (1931)*
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The Fog (1980)
Frankenstein (1931)
Frankenweenie (2012)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Halloween (1978)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)*^
The Lost Boys (1987)^
Nosferatu (1922)*^
The Omen (1976)
ParaNorman (2012)*
Practical Magic (1998)
Psycho (1960)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)*
Scream (1996)*^
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Shining (1980)
Young Frankenstein (1974)

*available for netflix streaming
^available for amazon prime streaming

any of you willing to join my movie watching venture? better yet, what’s on your list? if you want some more options, be sure to view the 2012 list.

happy october xo.

*all images found here

headless marie costume DIY.

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since today is halloween, I’m skipping wes wednesday (but get your fix here) to bring you an epic costume DIY. you’ve all already seen my big costume reveal– but as promised, here is the complete DIY instructions of how to make a headless marie antoinette costume (or any headless character for that matter). sit back, play some halloween tunage and prepare yourselves for a huge ass post.  full instructions after the jump!!

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