Our Halloweekend Costumes

I'm a firm advocate in dressing up for Halloween, but not so much for spending money on a costume. I don't think I've actually purchased an entire outfit since I was a little kid. My costume this year was super simple - and maybe a little too obscure. Incase none of you get it, I was singer Lana Del Rey! (check out the fake tats?!) and Gabby was a hippie. I got the awesome flower headband from Sam Wish specifically for the occasion and I'm totally in love with it.

Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!

Semi Homemade

Halloween is my absolute favorite but with a tight budget, I can't go out and spend money on a costume this year. I decided I would pull what I had from my closet, along with a few props, to make two separate outfits to wear to parties. 
{For the first costume as a ballerina you'll need: a tutu and leotard or a dress with a lot of tulle, ballet flats of any color, and ribbon. I put my hair in a tight bun and secured it with bobby pins. Then I pulled out my old homecoming dress from high school out of my closet. I also cut two long strips of ribbon and tied them around my legs, securing them with double sided tape.}
{For my costume as Katniss, I braided my hair and wore very little makeup. The outfit includes brown knee high boots, black pants, a black shirt, a brown leather jacket, and a bow and arrow that I borrowed from my little sister. You can also find a bow and arrow at most costume stores.}

Cold Fronts and Bill Cosby Sweaters

This weekend, my best friend Dara was in town. Naturally, we spent all weekend together doing what we do best: shopping and crafting. Among our shopping haul are these awesome oversized sweaters from Goodwill, that we were actually able to wear since it's cold now! I'm definitely lovin' this sweater and chai tea weather. Happy fall, loves!

We're baaaaack!

After a month long hiatus, we're glad to be posting again. We decided to take some time to adjust to school, decorate our new apartment, and work on our magazine but we have a lot in store for the blog this month. October is one of our favorite months, mostly because it starts getting cooler outside and it ends with Halloween. For this photo shoot, we went to a coffee shop right up the street from us that was converted from a house. They have a great area to study and a backyard where bands usually play. Since the weather was great, we decided to do it outside where our other roommate, Lacee provided her photography skills.

School Daze

We are finally settled into our apartment (pictures will be posted sometime in the near future) and school starts on Thursday. These past couple of weeks have been filled with good friends and a lot of fun. I love back to school shopping, maybe a little too much and the list of things I want from Target is never ending but below are a list of my top picks that are perfect for the back-to-school season.

Cooking with Uncle Robert

It's been an interesting week. My mom and step dad's vow renewal was on Saturday and it was beautiful. Our family from Ireland and Washington came to stay for a while so that means there are 13 people in my house...and then the air conditioning breaks. And it's been broken for a full week. The thermostat currently reads 90 degrees. Then my dog had her puppies. Four adorable little things who can't even walk yet. And this morning we received some disappointing news. We can't move into our apartment on Sunday so we have to do some more waiting even though we've been looking forward to it and counting down the days for such a long time. I'm glad I've been surrounded by family through these stressful days. My uncle from Washington wanted to treat us all to something without having to turn on the oven and add to the heat so he made us this frozen dessert that I thought I'd share.

{We used this recipe but didn't use eggs so it's safe to eat raw. We didn't use nuts either. In addition to the ingredients used in that recipe, you'll need wax paper or foil, a skewer, and oil. For this dessert, you'll need about three bags of mini chocolate chips. Make the dough according to the directions, minus the eggs.}

{Depending on the size you want them, use a lemon baller or an ice cream scoop to form the dough and place on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Freeze until frozen all the way through.}

{Once frozen, melt about 3/4 of a bag of chocolate chips, adding a little oil so it's easier to dip. Put some unmelted chocolate chips in a bowl next to the melted chocolate to set up a dipping station. Stick a skewer into one of the dough balls and roll the bottom in both bowls, coating a little less than half. Place back on the cookie sheet and freeze again. Makes about two dozen depending on the size.}


To New Beginnings

Hello friends! It's been way too long since I've posted. I'm ready to get my life back on track this school year. I'll be in a new city, with new roommates and tons of new projects to take on. One of the things I'm most excited about is getting to work with the upcoming Austere magazine. Gabriella and I have both jumped aboard this project, so it'll be fun to have something else we get to work on together. Co-owners Natasha Stoked and Nikki Crouse are simply lovely for letting us take part.
We've already released our first commercial. Check it out! (Watch in 1080 HD for best results).
In other news, we move in to our apartment on Sunday! Let the chaos commence.

A Touch of Pretty

Although I'm an incredibly messy person, I'm sort of an organization junkie. With school coming up, work, blogging, and writing for the wonderful Austere Magazine, I'm going to need somewhere to write down everything I need to get done. I've been looking everywhere for a cute and inexpensive planner for the upcoming school year but it seems almost impossible to find one that has both qualities. So while browsing Target, I found one in a color that I really like for around $5 and figured I would jazz it up a little. And since I like pretty things, that's exactly what I did. I think I'll go back and add a few more personal touches but I feel like what I have so far is pretty enjoyable. The supplies you need are shown below.

{If your planner comes with a plastic divider, cut diagonally on each hole to separate it from the metal binding. Remove the divider and place it on the current week so you can easily open it to the dates you need.}

{Evenly tape off sections in the design you want and paint. You might need to do several coats. I painted the black metal spine of the planner too. Peel off the tape when it's dry and finish off with a coat of clear spray paint or if you're patient enough, clear nail polish.}

Seeing Red

Long time, no blog! It's been a hectic few weeks between hand making everything for my mom and step dad's vow renewal (the branches in the picture above were stripped of all their leaves by yours truly for center pieces), to preparing for family from Ireland to come into town, to a million doctor appointments. This is my first individual photo shoot for Somehow Lovely and I'm so excited about it. Like Vicky, I too have a little sister who is handy with a camera. That little sister would be ten-year-old Annah who actually made me the adorable necklace I'm wearing in these pictures. The sandals were a gift, the shirt is from Forever 21, and the high waisted shorts were bought on a thrift store trip that a friend took me on to cheer me up after a very bad week. They were a little too long so my boyfriend and I took some scissors and a pocket knife to the ends. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I promise I'll be better about posting more!

Addictive Album of the Week

LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver (2007)
For Fans Of: Hot Chip, Crystal Castles, TV on the Radio, Animal Collective
It's been awhile since I've posted an addictive album of the week, so let's get back on track. I've been listening to a lot more LCD Soundsystem this summer. I've come to the following conclusions.
1) James Murphy is a crazy, musical genius.
2) Sound of Silver is one of my favorite albums of all time.
3) I am completely and utterly devastated that I never saw them live before they broke up.

Arguably LCD's best album, Sound of Silver is fun, sometimes serious, sometimes very weird... and it works. It's an infectious album you just won't be able to stop thinking about, or even sit still to.

My Favorite Tracks: All My Friends, Someone Great, North American Scum

P.S. Anyone catching their movie, Shut up and Play, July 18th? I really want to see it!

Painted Globe: Quick DIY

I have a thing for traveling. As of late, I've been really feeling the insatiable urge to go out and explore new horizons. Call it wanderlust I suppose. I also have a thing for globes.. but I have yet to find a large one for a decent price. Dara's mom surprised us the other day though with these $3 mini globes from Hobby Lobby that we were really excited about. We decided to draw on them with sharpie paint pens using fitting lyrics from Chicago by Sufjan Stevens. (One of my favorite songs, like ever). I'm going to be keeping this on my desk, but I think it'd look cute on a book shelf too.

Happy Couple

I'm a huge Mad Men fan and so is my boyfriend, Mark. And by huge fan, I mean watching a marathon on Netflix for an entire weekend only taking breaks for the bathroom, sleep, and food. There was an episode where Don showed some pictures in a meeting while proposing an advertising campaign and he showed some of the cutest pictures on himself and his wife on a picnic. Mark turned to me (yes, this was his idea) and told me we should do a similar photo shoot. Luckily, my mother is a wonderful photographer and agreed to do it. We've been planning this for months and the three of us finally had some free time to take these pictures. I wanted something that looked vintage but not completely so. I wore lipstick for maybe the third time in my life, curled my hair, and scoured thrift stores for the perfect outfit. Mark wore some things he already had in his closet and resorted to wearing my step dad's shoes. We had a blast doing this photo shoot and I think it's safe to say we're happier than Don and Betty Draper have ever been.

You can also check out my amazing mom's photography website here!