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.
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!
Apparently, today is National Play-Doh Day. Really, who makes up these holidays? Oh, right, companies do – so they can squeeze more money out of us jamokes! Not this year, my fellow frugalistas! I’m going to teach you how to make your very own play dough.
I haven’t made this since I was in elementary school. I have fond memories of mixing this up in the kitchen with my Nana, and playing with food coloring to make different shades. Even though she told me not to eat it, I would always sample a little bit. It was disgusting. Please don’t eat it. It’s not at all like licking the brownie batter bowl.
This is a very simple recipe that requires no cooking, so you can easily make it with kiddos!
1 cup flour
½ cup water
less than ½ cup salt (⅓ cup is too little. I use a ½ cup measuring cup and don’t fill it all the way)
1. Mix the flour and salt together, then add the water and blend until you reach a doughy consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. Too crumbly? Add more water.
2. Split the dough into three equal-sized balls and decide which colors you’d like each to be.
3. Add food coloring to your first dough ball and knead, knead, knead.
4. Keep kneading! Getting the color to blend in well is the hardest part. When you’re happy with your color, wash your hands to remove the food coloring, and repeat step 3 for your other two dough balls.
I made lime green, pink, and this cool marble-blue color. I could have kept kneading it, but I really like the marbled look!
That’s really it! You can fancy it up with a little veggie oil to make it a bit more glossy and moist. Or try it with Jell-O to make it scented (there’s a good recipe for that here). Store them in airtight containers and they’ll keep for a few days, possibly even weeks. As a kid, mine never lasted more than a day because I would build something with it and leave it out to dry. :)
These last few months have been a little crazy for Stan and I because we were in back-to-back weddings! I’ve shared a few peeks leading up to Jordan’s wedding (my bridesmaid dress, the wedding shower) which took place on August 31st and Stan was a groomsman in his friend Paul’s wedding on September 7th. Here are some snapshots from the two events:
Left to right: Fellow bridesmaids Beata, Brittany, and I.
Jordan’s beautiful dress!!
Jordan & Dan ♥
Isn’t the venue beautiful? It was held at Wood Acre Farms in Terryville, CT.
They took a horse-drawn carriage ride after the ceremony, awww.
Jordan, Beata, and I.
Jordan and her bridesmaids! Left to right: Sister and maid-of-honor Kelsey, Brittany, Jordan, Beata, me, Sadie.
We spent last weekend in New Hampshire for Paul and Regina’s wedding. On our way to lunch after the rehearsal, we were almost eaten by a giant blue crab!! (Oh and, that’s another eShakti dress. I love it!)
At the reception on Sunday, Anton (one of Stan’s fellow groomsmen) teamed up with the bride (Regi) to troll Stan. They asked the DJ to play a Nickelback song (he hates Nickelback), and Regi asked him to dance with her. You can’t say no to the bride!
Nick (another groomsman) and I got on the floor along with the groom and his mother-in-law to ease Stan’s pain. He was a good sport about it though. ♥
Left to right: Stan, Paul, Regi, and I. She looks just like a princess!
Both events were lots of fun, but we’re a little wedding’d out. We do clean up nice though, eh? ;)
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