Wednesday, October 24, 2018

5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just a week away, the Halloween parties, bar crawls, and other festivities are taking place this weekend (and obviously on Halloween).  If you're just not that into Halloween or dropped the ball on planning out a costume, I'm here to hopefully help you out with 5 easy last-minute Halloween costumes (plus some throwback photos for your enjoyment).  Since I tend to be on the more thrifty side of the spectrum, I'm a huge fan of costumes re-purposing things you already own or purchasing things you would wear again.

1.  Audrey Hepburn.  There are a few roads you could take with this option.

The first would be the classic Audrey as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  

Black dress (or black fitted top with a black skirt), black elbow length gloves, statement necklace and bracelet with pearls and rhinestones, oversized cat-eye sunglasses, topped off with a tiara.

Me as Audrey:
I loved this costume so much that I wore it multiple times.

1.5.  The second option would be Audrey as Jo Stockton in Funny Face.  Long sleeve black top, cropped black pants, black loafers and you're set.

So technically this was two costume options but since it's the same person, we'll say that's one of the five last-minute costume options :)

2.  A witch.  Although it may be a little over-done and generic, it's a freaking spooky classic!  

Throw on a black dress or if you happen to have anything with bell-sleeves (v. popular right now), it totally adds to the witchcraft vibe.  Run to Target, grab a $3 witch hat, maybe a skull, black crow decor, or broomstick to carry around and BAM!  You're a witch.

3.  A scarecrow.

If you own a plaid button-down shirt, this is a piece of cake...or should I say fun-size candy?  Costume essentials are a flannel button-down, floppy hat, distressed jeans (or really whatever bottoms you want...overalls would be great as well), and a dollar store fall floral to add some foliage to the look.  For the makeup, I used a coral color lipstick I had, black eyeliner, iridescent eyeshadow (or highlighter) to add the doll-like glow, and just used inspiration from searching "Scarecrow Costume DIY" on Pinterest.

4.  4-Eyes.

The only 2-minute Halloween costume I've ever come up with and is great if you're really in a bind...I forgot about a Halloween get-together until very last minute and already had googly-eyes for a costume I was making for the real Halloween party.  Slapped two googly-eyes on the black shirt I was wearing and called the costume "4-Eyes".

5.  Rosie the Riveter.

Nothing screams "Girl Power" quite like the classic image of Rosie the Riveter does.  This iconic feminist costume is effortless, requiring only your favorite jeans, a chambray top, and red bandana.  You go, girl!

I'd love to know, what are you (or your kids) being for Halloween!?

♥ always

Thursday, October 11, 2018

If you don't like pumpkin spice, do you even like fall?

If you don't order at least one Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte within the first few days its released, do you even really love fall!?  I don't like to be basic, but I'm basically in love with pumpkin everything.  Throughout the fall, just about every single run to Target or Trader Joe's will include me leaving with some sort of pumpkin something to try.  I get it, some people are more into apple stuff than pumpkin stuff, and that's cool, too...I can get down with some caramel apples just the same, but this post is dedicated to pumpkins.  Fall!  Yay!  Pumpkins!  Yay!...which brings me to the point of this post.

I grew up in the time when the Spice Girls were all the rage.  To this day, you can't go to a karaoke night without Wannabe being sung!  Girls' nights and road trips guarantee some Spice Girls songs.  That's why when I saw this tee by Gabriel Clothing Company, I had to have it.  It combines two things I feel passionately about and also makes people laugh.

\Gabriel Clothing Company allows you to customize your tee in a variety of colors, using the super soft Bella brand.  You can get your own tee or a number of boutique items for 30% OFF using the code ALWAYSALLISON at checkout.

3 Available:  Good Witch, Bad Witch, or Drunk Witch

What else I'm wearing:
Bucket Bag:  Vintage, Nine West
Buffalo Plaid Shirt:  Old Navy
Distressed Black Skinny Jeans:  Ashley Mason from Nordstrom Rack
Fuzzy Sandals:  Target
Watch:  Jord Watches
Sunglasses:  Rayban
Starbucks cup:  Starbucks ;)

♥ always

Monday, October 1, 2018

Do More with Do More Boutique + Exclusive Discount

The fall and winter months make me want to bake all sorts of baked goods but I could also use a little help with measurements.  This adorable conversion chart was sent to me by Jennifer at Do More Boutique.  Not only does it add a pop of cuteness inside a kitchen cabinet door, it also helps us adults be able to adult a little easier.  The conversions are readily accessible rather than hitting up Google or Pinterest to figure out different measurements.

The recipe I followed was Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Although mine didn't turn out quite like the photos (partly Pinterest fail-worthy), they still tasted very good.
Here's the recipe:  Joanna Gaines Magnolia Table Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm so excited to use this conversion chart for all my baking needs in the upcoming months!  You can get your own conversion chart with an exclusive discount of 20% OFF here:  Do More Boutique Conversion Chart

Happy Baking!