On the 1st Night of Halloween, My True Love Gave to Me...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The television remote. My true love would know what today means and hand it over. I'm just sayin.'

'Round these parts we gear up for Halloween movie season. Now sure, I start my halloween-y season as soon as October opens its pearly gates, but the Halloween bell really chimes once 13 Nights of Halloween begins (which is today!). I wait all of October for the ghoulish movies and creepy t.v. specials on a handful of networks.

love catching childhood favorites like Halloweentown and Corpse's Bride and many more on both Disney and ABC Family, but I also look forward to binge-watching some pretty scary flicks like Texas Chain Saw Massacre. You can usually find me scouring the web for tv schedules a few days before it all begins. Instead of just jotting the movies/times down on a random slip of paper, this year, I created an electronic schedule. It makes me feel legit - I like feeling legit.

Here's my holy grail of all network programming aimed to fright and excite. First, I edited a super cute graphic, adding my selection movies I plan to catch for 13 Nights of Halloween and the days I plan to watch them (*note: see document below for entire schedule).

Below I've attached my two separate, full schedules. Just wanna reminisce with childhood movies? Click the schedule labeled "cute" for the Disney and ABC lineups combined on a single calendar! Not afraid of a little lot of horror? Check out the mashup of Syfy and AMC titled "scary"!

Click to enlarge!

*I found all these Halloween-y lineups conveniently on this website & the 13 Nights of Halloween graphic came from ABC from a past year, which I then painstakingly edited. 

I hope these darlings guide you through the millions of movies broadcasted for the season. What movie are you most looking forward to for Halloween?

Happy, happy Sunday! <3

Cozy & Chic Fall Accessories

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall-O-Ween is still in full effect even though I was absent there for a few days (check out the beginning of yesterday's post to find out why). I still have plenty to share regarding my favorite season, so expect to see me popping up on your blog feed quite a lot in the next couple of weeks. You may even see me during the weekend. Oooooh.

We've already talked about how much I love Fall-O-Ween because of the decorbooks, beauty, music and nails. But I also just love accessorizing for fall. I get a majority of my fall accessories from store like Forever 21, H&M, and, sometimes, ASOS Online because they always stock really cute pieces at very affordable prices. When colder weather hits, I can hardly wait to cuddle up in a warm, chunky scarves and rock those suede booties I love. Getting dressed for a crisp fall day is so fun and easy, which is why fall fashion is my favorite.
Fall Accessories

Tortoise Sunglasses - I adore these quirky patterned sunglasses all year 'round, and I don't put them away for fall simply because the sun's play hide-and-seek. Throwing on a pair of cute sunnies, to me, is so chic all the time.
Faux Readers - Another fashion trend for the entire year, but I've recently been liking the idea of adding these specs to complete a look. Not only do they instantly make you look smart, but they remind me of libraries and books, and I mean, helloooo, I love books. Win!
Cozy Scarves - I don't doubt this is on everyone's "fall list". Simple a must-have, especially in a basic color to go with everything in your closet.
Rings, Rings & More Rings! - I tend to load up on rings in the summer and fall. Don't ask me why, I just do.
Berry Nail Polish - I reserve my berry-colored polish for fall. It just feels special that way. I also really love the way deep-purples look against my skin tone.
Booties - About two years ago, I bought a pair of suede, black booties from Urban Outfitters for $80. Best eighty dollars I've ever spent! I've worn them so much yet they are still in amazing condition. Because they're suede, I don't like pulling them out until it gets cooler, but when it does... those babies are a fall staple for sure.
Animal Accents - Hello, leopard print everything :)
Wide-brimmed Hat - Who says a big, floppy hat is only appropriate for the beach? I laugh in the face of fashion faux-pas. I'm loving this wide-brimmed fedora for fall.
Bold Lipstick - We've talked about this :)
Studded Items - I'm in lurrvvvee with this Alexander Wang Rocco bag. It's gorg. It's also very expensive, but let's not talk about that. Any studded accessory is perfect in my book.
Bow-shaped Things - Bows are acceptable anytime, but these berry ones are great for the season.
Colorful Stockings & Socks - How fun are the 2 socks above?
Florals - For some strange reason, I've been really into florals for the past year. Floral bedding, floral skirts, florals in general. And this floral watch is no exception. I think the brown band makes it less spring-like and more fall wearable.
Candles - Because candles are accessories too. Kinda? :\ The Pumpkin Caramel Latte one is heavenly.

Those are my chic and cozy accessories for fall. What are your favorites?

Speaking of cozy things, you may want to check out this week's giveaway! I went a little crazy online shopping the week and picked up a few extras, including a candle and scarf, by accident :) Enter below, if you'd like to win this quick little prize.
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Don't forget! The Fall-O-Ween Giveaway #2 is ending tonight
If you like fall beauty, be sure to enter before midnight!

Bachelorette Gift Guide

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's Thursday and I'm just now showing up to blog :/ I've spend the past three days recovering from an amazing weekend. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it but one of my best friends is getting married next month and this weekend was her Bachelorette/Bridal Shower. It was a weekend filled with tons of laughter and lots of love, and although I totally lost my voice and I'm a little sick, I'd do it all over again if I could.

And so the weekend provides the inspiration for today's post because I had so much fun putting together a little Bachelorette care package for my girl. Now, I've known my bachelorette for over 4 years, so many of the things I included were very personal in nature (ie. things we've talked about, gifts that would be sure to make her smile). But before I decided to just go with my gut, I remember trying to find gift suggestions online and coming up with very little. So here are my gift suggestions for your bachelorette.

** NOTE: this is a post includes lingerie and other sexy-time things!

For the sweet, innocent bachelorette...

Not every bachelorette/bride-to-be is the kind of girl who wants a box full of kinky gifts. You really have to know your friend. If most of your conversations are pretty tame, if she's very reserved, or if you just don't know her that well, go more conservative in your gift giving. Basically, err on the side of caution. Don't make it about being sexy so much. Stick with cute, pretty things: sweet sleepwear, perhaps a more tame lingerie item in white, chocolate, luxury bath products and the like.

For the wild child...

In my opinion, this falls right in the middle of conservative and sex pot. She doesn't give you the impression that she'd shock at the sight of a pair of handcuffs or questionably-shaped icecubes but gifting her a male dancer might be a little overboard. Conversations have broached naughtier subjects but never gone as far as the play-by-play. You're walking a tight line here, but the good thing is that the wild child is usually pretty easy-going. Mixing the naughtier of the sweet gifts with the tamer of the kinky ones is probably your best bet. I'd say put away the more 'shocking' items but don't be afraid to throw in some more riskay things. Fill that box with everything from macarons and massage lotion to crotchless panties and sex dice.  

For the sex kitten... 

So we all have the friend that talks about kinky things constantly. Not that there's anything wrong with it! That bacherlorette - she's easy to shop for. There aren't really any rules. Anything, from cutesy lingerie to slings and toys, goes. So load up on the sexiest, barely-there lingerie you can find, scavenge the sex section of the nearest Spencer's or Ricky's and go ahead and place that dancer reservation.
***Note: check out the following slideshow at your own risk ***

Spooky Nail Ideas For The Artistically-Challenged

Friday, October 10, 2014

One thing I've always been jealous of? People who can do their nails really well. Cause homegirl is pretty terrible at it; and by homegirl I, of course, mean me. Really though, how do you people create these amazing designs? Teach me your wayyys!

Now I may be nail decal illiterate and unable to polish my right hand without smearing everything (lord, help me!), but I want themed nails too, especially with Halloween approaching. I'm not going for anything too elaborate (that would be a big fail), but I'm already feeling so festive, my nails should be too! So if you're challenged like me or can't go completely all out because of work or whatever, try your hand at these 4 designs I was able to successfully pull off (so basically a kindergartner can do it).

Shout out to my ratchet lil DIY dotting tool at the bottom! You da best :)

Spooky nails are great, but so's a deep purple or berry shade for fall! My dear Deb mentioned that she love Bahama Mama by Essie, and well, now I'm polishing my nails that color. What Deb says I do #basic :)

If you've written about fall beauty or any Fall-O-Ween themed posts recently, link up below. I'd love to read all about it!

Giveaway Time!!!

Interested in rocking a dark lip this fall? Thinking about trying a spooky nail on for size, or just in love with berry-toned polish? Enter to win this neat little bundle of goodies! Fall-O-Ween giveaway #2 features: Wet n Wild lipsticks in "Cherry Bomb" and "Vamp It Up", Ardell "Demi 105 lashes (all from the previous post), and the black and white nail polishes used above. You seriously want this beauty stash!

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Also, don't forget to enter the Gone Girl Giveaway! It ends Sunday night!

Tell me about your favorite fall beauty products in the comments below!

Vamp Life: How To Rock A Bold Lip

Now, while red lipstick is like my uniform and I'll don a dark lip any day, I find that I gravitate to deep reds and purples when the weather gets colder. Although every YouTube beauty guru pumps out tutorial after tutorial incorporating a dark fall lip, I prefer pairing my vampy lip with lots of lashes, and minimal eye makeup. In fact, I usually slap on a dark lipstick and mascara when I have very little time or will to do my makeup but want to look presentable.

This fall I'm mostly excited to keep two shades, Wet N' Wild Cherry Bomb & Vamp It Up, in rotation (as well as MAC's Rebel because, hello, fall staple right there!). So in honor of vamp season (Vamp season = the premieres of both Vampire Diaries and Originals this week), I present my favorite dark/bold lip look!

PS. This was posted from the corner of my local Starbucks because my internet is out. That's how much I love you <3

Giveaway/link-up post coming, oh so, soon!

Are you into vampy lips for fall? What's your favorite shade?  

On Love.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Love means never having to say you're sorry." Umm, I call bullshit. Love is hating saying you're sorry but doing it anyway. At least that's one of the lessons I've learned during the past 6 years of my relationship. Although I can't say I hate apologizing, I definitely don't jump at the opportunity to say the words "I'm sorry".

Today marks my sixth date-iversary. I could, of course, write a glowing, loving post dedicated to the man who's put up with me all these years. Flood all your feeds with memories of the past year, me and my hunny's face plastered all over. That's what a normal girlfriend would do. But, let's be real, it's not like the boyfriend checks this little corner of the internet daily (although he'll swear he does!). Instead, I'm going to follow suit from last year and write a post about love, inspired by us, but not totally about us. You follow? Ok, let's go.

Saying "I'm sorry" when you'd rather say "I'm right!" 

Oooooh maaan... I'll tell ya. This ain't easy. Most people hate being wrong, but admitting defeat is usually the way to go. Sometimes you get so rooted in your faulty position that you fail to realize you're insistence is tearing the relationship apart. Pride has no place in a relationship. It's better to apologize for being a brat and laugh it off. Love is being able to say you're sorry. 

Being honest even when it's embarrassing or daunting.

It seems like from the moment we become interested in boys, we get the impression that we're suppose to be gentle with men. Don't ask to many questions, don't expect too much from them, be careful not to bruise their macho little egos. Granted, I think we should be kind to everyone and acknowledge that no one is perfect. But in a relationship, honesty, especially at times when it's probably easier to lie, truly is the best policy. I say this all the time "If I can trust you with the little stuff, I'll trust you with the big stuff." When your partner lies about going out with the guys after work, you definitely won't trust him when you think he's having an affair. If you lie about saying "Happy Birthday" to an ex, no way he's gonna trust you just drove him home a few months later. Our words set patterns; our lies too. Being honest can be embarrassing or hurtful, but love is about trust and we can only trust the truth. 

Shaving when you'd much rather watch Netflix. 

Being a girlfriend (and ladylike for that matter) is hard work! There I said it! I mean really, there's a long list of things I'd do much less frequently if I weren't in a relationship. Shaving is at the top of that list. Followed by brushing my hair, exercising and using plates. But love, love is also about wanting to please your significant other and sometimes that means pausing your 5th episode of Scandal and whipping up dinner for your man. There are just some things you do for love and love alone.

Letting go of the little things.

I use to be really bad at this. I probably still am. But I definitely make a conscious effort to let the small shit roll off my back. So instead of complaining about rolled up socks that explode like little sand dunes when I'm doing laundry, I just unroll the tiny grenades a safe distance away from my face. Sometimes, especially when we are in love, everything that happens feels like such a huge deal. Forgetting to take out the trash, not noticing when you change your hairstyle for the 7th time this month, that girl that likes all his iG pics even though he never reciprocates? He's human; he's not the hero from your favorite novel/movie. None of it's really worth the argument and the ensuing headache.  

Speaking the other person's language.    

Honestly, this isn't the easiest thing to do. I saw this book, The Five Love Languages, on the NY Times Bestseller's list last week and my brain screamed You need this! According to Gary Chapman, there are 5 love languages (quality time, affirmative words, gifts, acts of service, physical touch) and we have to communicate in ways our spouse will understand. I'm a words kinda girl - duh! - and I see quality time as commitment. If you tell me how you feel often and make time for me, I understand that you love me. But C, well, he's acts of service/gifts kinda guy (I read somewhere that most guys are). To him, showing he loves me is pulling the pot I can't reach down from the cupboard or surprising me with my favorite candy bar. You can see where not being fluent in your significant other's language can go awry ie. "You never tell me how ardently you admire and love me! You're just trying to make me fat with all these hershey bars!"  

For good measure, I'll toss in a photo of me and my boy. Because, well, six years is a long time and you know... memories :)

I think I like this "on ______" concept. Maybe it'll become a thing. Hmmm.

That's my take on love. What's yours?

FALL (in love): A Playlist

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Just like with novels, music seems to have a season for me too. For me, autumn is the perfect time to listen to slower, softer songs, without letting go of the feel good songs of the summer. This playlist progresses from the mellow to the upbeat tracks I've been loving. It's the kind of playlist that I love to throw on when I'm in a chill mode, especially while I'm walking around the city. The slower, more "epic" tracks are great for writing sessions when my novel soundtracks just aren't inspiring me. And the more upbeat, catchy songs are great for anything active. Many of the tracks that make it to my playlists during this time are from some of my favorite fall t.v. shows, like Sons of Anarchy, Vampire Diaries and The Originals.  I also like to combine newer songs with some older ones for the perfect mix. My favorites include "Bartholomew" by The Silent Comedy (played during the Klaus massacre scene in The Originals), "Rainy Day" by Guster (from the movie "Life As A House"), and "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora, and "2 On" by Tinashe & Schoolboy Q.

So here's the songs that got me through September and will carry me well through Fall-O-Ween! I hope you find a few to enjoy :)

I also love this mash up of Calvin Harris' "Summer" and Lana Del Ray's "Summertime Sadness" by Charity Vance!

What kind of music do you listen to in the fall? Love any of the tracks on the list?

Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway for Gone Girl!