Happy Halloween, ghouls and boils! What are you dressing up as this year? I had most of my Halloween excitement last weekend when I dressed up for the Renaissance Faire as an elf:
Though I’d love to wear this outfit again to work today, the corset is a bit… well, binding. So I’m just wearing the elf ears with a normal outfit. Think anyone will notice?
(Oh! And check out my newly henna’d hair! More on that later.)
Tonight, Stan and I are going to stay in and watch some classic Halloween movies or catch up on The Walking Dead and hand out candy. Which reminds me: I have to pick up some candy! Tomorrow night, my friend Jessica and I are seeing The Rocky Horror Show at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain, and I’ll be dressed up for that, too.
Whatever your plans for tonight and this weekend: Stay safe and have fun! And if you need any last-minute costume ideas, treats, or Halloween decor, check out my Halloween DIY Roundup.
One of my favorite Poor & Pretty traditions (dating back to 2011!) is putting together a Halloween DIY roundup post every year. This is the biggest one yet, with 31 last-minute easy handmade costumes, cocktails, cookies, and more!
Costumes: Most of these will be so easy to pull off with things you already have in your closet, or a quick trip to your favorite thrift shop.
3. Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family) via designlovefest. (She also has a Twiggy costume DIY!)
4. Walt & Jesse (Breaking Bad) via Reddit. Kudos to these guys for doing season one Walt and Jesse. You don’t see them very often! But please don’t dress your children as Walt & Jesse. That is all kinds of messed up. “Coolest parents ever”? Ah, no.
This time last year, Stan and I were gearing up for our five-year-anniversary trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Since they’ve opened up the second part, I’m so wishing we could go back this year, but I’ll settle for making copycat drinks instead. (It’s much less expensive!) I made pumpkin juice for the first time a few weeks ago when Stan and I visited our friends Dave, Jessica, and their kiddies to watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You know me — I love themed parties! I read a lot of recipes, and finally settled on an adaptation of this one from Bryton Taylor. It tastes pretty darn close to what they’re serving up in the Wizarding World. Even though it sounds like it would be gross, it’s actually really, really good. I was surprised how much I liked it. It would be a perfect kid-safe drink to serve at Halloween parties! Or spike it with a little bit of rum for adults. ;)
1. In a blender, blend water with canned pumpkin for a minute or so.
2. Sift this mixture through a fine mesh strainer, then pour the resulting liquid into a large saucepan or pot. Set the pumpkin puree aside.
3. Add apple juice, pear nectar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar to the pot and let simmer for about 30 minutes.
4. Optional: Add 1/3 cup of the strained pumpkin puree and let simmer another 10 minutes or so. I like adding the extra pumpkin puree back in because it gives the juice a little more of a gritty, cider texture, but you should do what tastes best to you!
That’s really it! You can serve it hot or iced. (I prefer it hot.)
P.S. Can anyone guess whose wand that is? I’ll give you a hint: it belongs to my favorite Harry Potter character.
Say hello to my new lineup! Poor & Pretty Apothecary is a line of vegan, 100% natural sugar and salt scrubs, bathing salts, and whipped body butters. At this point, I have added almost everything to my Etsy shop. Here’s what you’ll find:
Lemon Sugar Scrub (available in 4 oz and 8 oz jars) and Lemon Bathing Salts (12 oz). Aside from Vanilla (which actually has no pure essential oil), lemon is my favorite essential oil. It combines so well with the fair trade certified & organic cane sugar, coconut oil, and jojoba oil in my sugar scrubs and Dead Sea and Epsom Salts in my bathing salts. Lemon is a mood-booster, detoxifier, and energizer. Perfect for blasting away the impending winter gloom.
I couldn’t resist making Lavender Bathing Salts, too. Organic lavender essential oil teams up with lavender and chamomile floral powders to relax your body and mind while Dead Sea and Epsom Salts soothe sore, achy muscles and re-mineralizing your skin.
Himalayan Salt is the most sought-after bathing salt because it restores the natural chemical balance of the skin, helps heal psoriasis and eczema, eases muscular aches and pains, and reduces stiffness.
It’s also ideal for exfoliating scrubs because it improves circulation, and re-mineralizes and detoxifies skin. Add to that the cell regeneration, mood-elevating, and aphrodisiac qualities of rose essential oil, and you’ve got a beautiful thing. So skip the beauty nap and take a beauty bath!
Now, I’ve never been a big fan of mint. I’ll occasionally have it in tea and it’ll sneak its way into chocolate or something, but I usually try to avoid it. There are a lot of mint lovers out there (including Stan), so I made Mint + Rosemary Bathing Salts, and I’m really glad I did! Mint and rosemary essential oils are fantastic at clearing up sinuses and stimulating the mind, and both have antiseptic and astringent properties. Ever wonder why mint is always in foot creams? That’s because it cools and deodorizes. So if you’re looking to take a soothing bath after a rough workout, this will be your new best friend.
I saved the best for last: my 100% organic Whipped Body Butter. When I whipped this together the very first time a few months ago, I thought I had somehow gained magical powers. This stuff is phenomenal. Made with certified organic cocoa and shea butters, and coconut and jojoba oils, this soft and creamy body butter is ultra-moisturizing.
You only need a little bit, so this baby will last you a while, although it smells like chocolate so it is pretty addicting. (I actually had to pause typing so I could use some.) And it absorbs pretty quickly and doesn’t make your skin greasy. This is great for anyone because it’s so amazing, but especially for those with sensitive or dry skin. It comes in a 4 oz or 8 oz jar, but I sold out of my 4 oz jars at the Hartford HodgePodge, so I only have 8 oz listed on Etsy. Hopefully I’ll have time to whip some more up this weekend!
… And hopefully you’ll grab some of my new products and have yourself a spa night (or month). ;)
I have some pretty exciting news to share! I closed down my Etsy shop earlier this year to refocus and redefine what I wanted to bring to the world of handmade bath & body products. I’m stoked to announce that I will be launching a whole new product line (with a few classic favorites) this Saturday at the Hartford HodgePodge. Here’s a sneak peek:
The Poor & Pretty Apothecary line is 100% natural. Not 95% or 98%, 100%. This means absolutely no synthetic fragrances, dyes, or chemicals. No parabens, sulfates, no chemical preservatives… nothing you wouldn’t find in nature. And where I can, I use only certified organic and fair-trade certified ingredients. And of course, nothing is tested on animals, nor do I use any animal fats or by-products, so my products are still vegan-friendly. Hooray!