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.

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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