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Happy Friday!

This week has been a fun and festive one. I always love to celebrate holidays and break up some of the ordinary monotony of things. This year I did a simple DIY costume with stuff I found from around my house. You can check out that blog post here.

Did anyone else enjoy watching the World Series this week? I am a Red Sox fan, but I still had fun catching a few games. On Wednesday night my family and I watched game seven and ate the classic ballpark food—hot dogs (mine was a veggie of course).

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Here are some of the things I have been loving this week:

  1. Jack Rogers Thanksgiving Flats: So often I think people just skip from Halloween right into Christmas mode and I always feel bad for poor Thanksgiving! Jack Rogers has made the cutest flats to celebrate the holiday, and I’m glad to see Thanksgiving getting the attention it deserves.
  2. American Girl Halloween Costume: How cute is this group costume of the American Girl Dolls? I had a Samantha doll when I was younger and this photo has me wanting to dress as her next year!
  3. Tiffany Silver Cup Project: Tiffany & Co. has launched a campaign featuring celebrities using the classic silver cup in a variety of different ways. I think my favorite is Ryan Korban’s use of the cup to hold peonies. It’s just such a cute and clever campaign showing how beautiful and versatile the product is. I think the campaign perfectly fits Tiffany’s branding of classic, understated and beautiful.
  4. Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog in Rockefeller Center: Ocean Spray (yes the cranberry people) hosted a dinner party inside a cranberry bog that was set up in Rockefeller Center. This event looks so beautiful and autumnal, and I bet wading through a cranberry bog to dinner was a pretty cool experience! They have hosted this event for a few years and it is definitely a goal of mine to someday score an invite.
  5. The Lion King Live Action Cast: The official cast for the live-action Lion King remake was released this week. Can I just say that I am so excited to see Beyonce as Nala (also excited for Donald Glover as Simba)! Summer 2019 can’t come soon enough!

Have a great weekend!

Fall Pumpkin Craft

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Halloween may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of opportunities to create a festive fall craft with pumpkins. This year I decorated a small fake pumpkin with colorful fall leafs. Since we don’t get a lot of fall colors here in California, I thought it was a nice way to bring the fall colors into my home.

Here is what you will need for this craft:

  1. A plastic pumpkin (I bought one that was already painted cream, but you could also do this with a fake orange pumpkin and then paint it yourself)
  2. Tissue paper with you choice of fall colors (I chose red, green and gold)
  3. Scissors
  4. Mod Podge and an applicator (I used a crafting sponge)

Optional additions:

  1. Gold paint and a paintbrush
  2. Gold lettering

Steps:

  1. Take your tissue paper and cut out the shapes of leafs: This step was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be! Cutting out thin tissue paper into exact shapes is not easy! I created the leaf shapes by first pulling up images on my iPad and then using a pencil to trace them onto the tissue paper before cutting. Since I am not the handiest with scissors, it helped to already have a guide on the paper.
  2. Once you have all your leafs cut, apply a layer of mod podge and assemble them onto the pumpkin once the glue starts to feel a little tacky.
  3. Then set the tissue paper to the pumpkin with an additional layer of mod podge.

Optional steps:

  1. I decided to cover the brown stem of my pumpkin with some gold paint. This made gave my pumpkin a little bit of a glam look.
  2. What really brought my pumpkin together was the gold lettering. I just did this by adding some gold stickers from Michael’s. I used more Mod Podge to make sure they really held to the curved surface of the pumpkin. Another option is to paint on the lettering or to cut out letters from paper and Mod Podge them on. You can have your pumpkin say anything. I think a cute option would be to write “Thankful” and then use the pumpkin as some Thanksgiving decor.

What have some of your favorite fall crafts been?

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cone Halloween Costume

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Hello Readers!

I wanted to share with you my Halloween costume this year: a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone! It was a little bit of a random decision, but I’m happy with how it turned out. It was inspired by this blog post and I found it pretty easy to copy adding my own flair with the mint color. I spent no money on this costume, wearing things that I already had in the house which is always a plus!

Here is a quick tutorial of how to copy this costume:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Mint dress
  2. Brown paper
  3. Tape
  4. Scissors
  5. Brown pencil and ruler (optional)

I started with the mint chocolate chip dress. For this I just wore a simple mint J.Crew Factory dress from a few years ago. I then cut out some chocolate chips out of construction paper and taped them to the dress. You could also use fabric glue or even hot glue the chips to your dress, I just taped mine since I wanted to wear this dress again for regular occasions.

Next, I made my cone crown. I cut a large triangle out of brown wrapping paper and then added some pieces from a paper bag to the back to add some structure to the cone. I then drew on some criss-cross lines onto the paper to make it look more like an ice cream cone. I used a ruler to try to keep the lines fairly straight, but I definitely wasn’t a perfectionist about this! Then I just rolled it into a cone and stapled it to hold. I added two small pieces of paper off the sides that I then bobby pinned into my hair.

The costume was so easy to make and a big hit this last weekend and I’m glad I did a little DIY costume this year! Have a very happy and safe Halloween!

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Happy Friday!

This week has been a pretty mellow one. I spent most of my time working on projects at home and continuing my ever-productive search for a job 🙂 This weekend I will be back in my college town for some Halloween festivities which should be a fun time and a nice change of pace from the little rut I have been in.

Lo's Loves October 27th

Roasted pumpkin seeds I made after a carving party with friends

Here are some things I have been loving this week:

  1. Engagement Photo Bomb: I saw this on Buzzfeed and thought it was so cute, I just had to share it! How sweet is this hippo who dropped into an engagement photo?
  2. J.Crew Factory Skirt: I am SO in love with this skirt! How perfect would it be for upcoming holiday parties?!
  3. Draper James X Jack Rodgers Flats: I have had a crush on Draper James for quite a while now, although I have yet to actually buy anything from them. I think these flats are so cute and easy to throw on and wear about town, they may just have to be my first Draper James purchase 🙂
  4. My favorite fall Scent: I love this candle from Bath and Bodyworks for the fall. Everyone who would come into my apartment last year when I was burning it would always comment on how good it smelled. It still feels a little too warm to be breaking out the fall scents just yet, but I am looking forward to using this once it cools off a little more!
  5. Neiman Marcus Christmas Book: The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book arrived at our house this week, and while it felt a little early to be thinking about Christmas gifts, I always love to look through the book. They have a list of luxury gift experiences that you can purchase including a 300 person party right in Times Square during New Year’s Eve. It’s so fun to flip through the glossy pages and dream about buying something extravagant like that!

Have a fun and festive Hallo-Weekend!

Weekly Vlog Week of September 25th

Happy Thursday aka Friday Jr!

Today I am sharing the next video in my vlog series, this is another one from back in September. It is a little bit more of a window into my everyday life, since I don’t go on any trips or get stranded at an airport in this vlog!

I hope you have been enjoying these videos, I’m currently working on one vlog for all of October that I will upload next week.

Elephant Print Skirt

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I have had my eye on this J.Crew skirt ever since it popped up on their website in late summer and when it finally went on sale I knew I had to snag it. It has been the perfect piece to wear in these early warm days of fall. It makes such a great statement all on its own, so I frequently pair it with a basic black T-shirt and flats. When the weather finally turns cooler I’m planning on wearing it with some red sweaters to bring out that color in the print.

These photos were actually taken by my lovely cousin Hannah on my recent trip to visit her in Minneapolis. You can see more of that trip by checking out my vlog here. We went to Minnehaha Park to take the pictures and it was such a cool place, I would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to the area!

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Skirt: J.Crew Shirt: GAP Shoes: Tory Burch Bag: Longchamp

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Hello dear readers! This week I am starting a new series that I hope to publish each Friday summing up some of my favorite things from the week.

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This week has been a mixed one, as the Bay Area is still recovering from the North Bay wildfires. My heart hurts so much thinking about the neighboring counties that have been affected by this disaster. My college roommate actually lost her home, and while I am very thankful that she is safe, it makes me so incredibly sad to think about what she’s going through. Of course, there are silver linings to almost every tragedy. Seeing how eager people are to lend a helping hand warmed my heart and it just proves how capable we can be of compassion. So many states came to our aid when we needed hope the most. My grandmother sent my family of four a giant box of respirators to help us breathe during the severe fire smoke (we have had to stay inside most days because of the smoke). Someone in my hometown even hung up a banner across a freeway overpass thanking the firefighters for keeping us safe. All of these actions bring a smile to my face and restores my hope for better days ahead.

Here are a few of the things that I have been loving this week.

  1. Fall doorsteps:  I have seen so many cute festive displays both online and in person this week. It feels like October is finally in full swing and I love seeing different takes on the pumpkin trend.
  2. North Bay Fire Relief: The outpouring of support for this community has been so amazing. If you want to help out you can donate to the Red Cross, and if you’re local you can sign up to volunteer.
  3. This J.Crew Skirt: J.Crew has seriously had so many cute things this fall, and I can’t get over this cute wool ruffle skirt. The gray one is definitely on my wishlist!
  4. The Dallas Arboretum: I have seen quite a few people on Instagram posting photos at the Dallas Arboretum and they seem so perfectly autumnal! I love their Halloween displays and I am seriously wishing I lived closer so I could go!
  5. Halloween Bark: I made this Martha Stewart recipe a few years ago and it was soooo good! I am having some friends over Sunday for some mulled wine and pumpkin carving, and I think I might just have to make the recipe for them.

Have a great weekend!