Happy (almost) Halloween! I picked up a few mini pumpkins to use as a centerpiece and I couldn’t resist wearing an outfit that matched them, and throwing on one of my orange lipsticks. Last week I talked about my love of prints and this week I have a really fun one for you. From far away, this just looks like a dress with a nice autumn-colored fabric. The oranges, greens, and yellows are the perfect match for fall foliage. But upon closer inspection, you’ll see that this dress is actually covered with tiny Kremlins!
Last year my Halloween mani consisted of several shimmer polishes in fall shades: orange, red, and gold. This year, I went with a different route. I’m still not into black polish but orange seemed too predictable this time. I found a fun black glitter topper that looked more glamorous than soul-sucking and decided to pair it with a fun sparkly polish for a non-traditional Halloween look. I ended up using Julep Beatrix and Mary and I love the way my mani turned out.
Growing up, black was the one color of nail polish we weren’t allowed to wear. I never minded because I only liked bright colored nail polishes anyway and even now I can’t get into black polish. I’ve tried to find blacks that are fun for me (full of rainbow or silver glitter, shades of purples and blues that aren’t quite black, black as an accent color…) but I have hated them all. Something about black polish makes it too boring and depressing for me (kind of like how navy clothes make me feel… but that’s a whole other post). It’s just not fun like other colors. I’m much more of a bright, colorful nail polish person. So when it came time to do a Halloween mani, I went for fall colors and glitter rather than the traditional black and orange.
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, I loved the holiday – the pumpkin carving, costumes, and the candy of course, but the dressing up part was always my favorite. Trying to come up with the most creative home made costume seemed to turn into a competition year after year. Now that I’m out of college and living in a town house rather than an apartment I’m hoping to start a new Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins, watching scary movies, and handing out candy to the passing trick or treaters. I don’t think I will ever grow out of my love of carving pumpkins (I rarely make very intricate designs but it’s still a ton of fun). My most creative was probably a Mario pumpkin which I carved in a hotel room a few years ago – hey sometimes you have to celebrate the holiday out of town! So in honor of the holiday and what hopefully becomes a new Halloween tradition I thought I would share a few of my favorite scary movies and a few that are on my Scary Movie Bucket List.
I love fall because it gives me an excuse to eat pumpkin anything. Even though it’s still 90+ degrees here, I am taking full advantage of the season. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin risotto, and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. It may not be cold enough yet for pumpkin soup, but I can still get my fix with these cookies.
With Halloween coming up there have been so many fun Halloween themed things to do from haunted houses to hayrides to scary nights at theme parks. I just wish I had more time to enjoy all the fun activities! Here in LA several of the theme parks including Six Flags, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios have Halloween themed events that include haunted houses, scary shows, and scare zones throughout the park.