Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Procrastinator's Guide to Halloween // Dress Up

Here we are at the final stretch, the moment all procrastinators decide they probably won't make it to that Halloween party. Don't fret we've got some simple costume inspiration for you, while using items only from your closet/home (or ours?) and nothing more.

These four costumes are easy, cute, classic and sure to look like you tried at least a little. I don't do creepy/goolish/slutty costumes, so if that's your jam, move along.

Jackie O -

Probably one of the easiest costumes to put together (if you're a blond go for Grace Kelly). All you really need is a 60's-esque boxy shirt dress, some dainty heels, cat eye shades (optional), pearls and a little coral lipstick. If you hair is longer, pin it under to appear like a bob.

Diamond Thief - 

... Or just a regular old jewelry thief. Wear all black, a mask or sunglasses, a beanie and some flats or wild heels to add a bit more fun. Carry a pile of cheap costume jewelry with you. We spotted a crystal wine stopper in the closet and decided it was the perfect diamond for this heist.

Lumber Jane - 

Pretty basic. Overalls or suspenders, flannel (use your significant others', the bagginess looks cute), lumbery shoes, a beanie, hatchet and bonus points for dragging a log around with you.

We added our cute tartan mug to the mix for an extra Pacific Northwest flare.

Mime - 

I'm pretty sure we all own a "very French" black and white striped shirt. Well, pair that with black trousers (and suspenders if you have them), a mime face (we had leftover Halloween makeup on hand), a pair of flats and white gloves (ours were vintage leather gloves). Add a few funny expressions to the mix and there you have it.


I'd like to thank my lovely sister for helping me out with this post, and I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween, my fellow procrastinators. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Procrastinator's Guide to Halloween // Batty Bottles


Fellow party procrastinator and blogger Alexis from StyleLogical has contributed this cute little DIY for your Halloween festivities.


I’m not a DIYer. Mostly because I overthink things. This leads my brain to spin around in circles, and then I’m left with a half-painted chair that doesn’t match the rest of my dining set (oops).  However, these Halloween-themed bat-tastic milk bottles were ridiculously easy. I had no excuse.


Materials:

Milk bottles – I found these in the bargain section at Target. 

Black paper – I used thicker scrapbooking paper. The thickness adds more dimension to the bats flying off the bottle.

Black and white straws – Found at my local party supply store. Target has lots of paper straws as well, but they didn’t have the color I wanted.

Black poms – Craft store.

Skewers – Grocery store.

Glue gun or tape.

Milk.

Directions: 

• Cut out bat shapes from the black paper.
• Attach the bats to the bottle with a glue gun or other adhesive of your choice. 
• Attach a pom to the tip of a skewer – you can stab it or glue it, depending on your laziness level. 
• Fill the bottle with milk and slip in your straw and skewer. 
• Dunzo!


Thanks for sharing Alexis.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Procrastinator's Guide to Halloween // Boo-Cakes


If you're a procrastinator like me, you probably have a big Halloween party planned for Friday and have nothing prepared, bought or even thought up.

Most lifestyle blogs tend to share their festive inspirations with ample time for their readers to ooh over the cute pictures, become extremely inspired and then forget where they ever saw said idea (or maybe that's just me). Eventually rolling right back to point one, where you have procrastinated and don't know what to do.

So here's my Halloween inspiration, just a couple days before the actual day, all simple ideas that are doable in a short amount of time with supplies that are either in your home or extremely easy to obtain.

Let's start with a fun treat... boo-cakes.

Make your basic chocolate cupcakes look like ghosts. The sloppier a froster you are, the better, because no two ghosts should look alike. Seriously, this is fool proof cute. 

I used this recipe and mixed up a batch of marshmallow creme frosting (a warning to you all, to obtain that level of ghostliness you need A LOT of powdered sugar). 

Frosting:

1/4 cup softened butter
1 cup marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

• Blend the butter, marshmallow creme and vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Gradually sift in the sugar beating after each addition. The frosting should be a pretty thick consistency to withstand a ghostly demeanor. 

• Using a frosting bag and a circular tip sloppily swirl the ghosts into place. Add mini chocolate chips for faces (for the mouth let the point of the chocolate chip show a bit, to create that "boo" look)



All photos by Alexis Sargent except the last two