Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Style Picks

happy halloween

Celebrate Halloween with some gorgeous pieces in orange and black. No need to worry if you can’t wear a costume on the spookiest day of the year. Show your style and your spirit with one of these picks.

The Rebecca sweater from Lilly Pulitzer just arrived in stores last week and is one of my favorites from the resort collection. It’s an updated and elegant twist on the traditional sweater and is incredibly versatile. For a more casual look, stay warm while you hand out your candy to the little goblins in the orange vintage top from J. Crew. If you’ll be out and about with the little goblins, the waffle beanie is a stylish alternative to the standard winter hat.

Jewelry is another fun option to add a pop of Halloween style to your outfit without looking like a pumpkin. Amrita Singh, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Fornash have gorgeous earrings, bracelets, and rings that can complement even the most conservative work ensemble.

Halloween candy is not just reserved for the little ones! Treat your friends, co-workers, and family to some yummy sweets today. I love the cupcake holders and include Sixlets in treat bags. Sixlets look fantastic on an orange candy buffet, too.

Stay gorgeous in style with orange nail polish from Essie and some lip gloss from Philosophy.

Are you wearing a Halloween costume today? If not, are you wearing some orange or black?

Happy Halloween Shopping List!

J Crew vintage top
$40 -

$12 -

H M leather clutch
£15 -

Kenneth Jay Lane coral jewelry
$65 -

Kenneth Jay Lane resin jewelry
$75 -

Fornash black earrings
$32 -

Amrita Singh floral earrings
$20 -

cable and waffle beanie
$15 -

Halloween Treats Decor
$4.99 -

Lilly Pulitzer - Rebecca Sweater
$128 -


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Guest Post: Book Review from Alexia

Today's guest post is a fun book review from my 10 year old daughter, Alexia.  Hope you enjoy her post. She had a blast writing it and putting everything together. 

I just read the book Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram. The book is about a Trinidadian girl named Anjali Krishnan who has "a soul" to cook. Her best friend is an American boy, Lincoln or Linc. She has to take a big test, but ignores it so she can go to the try out's on Super Chef Kids to win your own cooking show. She uses Trinidadian foods in her recipes throughout the book. For example, she uses cassava, curry and more exotic foods.

Author Ramin Ganeshram, photo from Brooklyn Book Festival

Anjali is brave and does not give up her dream, even when things are tough. And she loves her grandma, just like I love my grandma.

This book makes you very hungry, no joke. So make sure you read this book on a full stomach! The recipes in the book are the best.

My favorite recipe was Spicy Fried Channa (chickpeas) because the ingredients chickpeas and onion powder sound mouth-watering!

Here's the recipe from the book:

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup canola oil
1 fifteen-ounce can chickpeas, drained and dried in a salad spinner or with paper towels.

1.In a small bowl, whisk together the black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, and onion and garlic powders. Set aside.

2.Heat the oil in a deep frying pan on medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or until a pinch of flour dropped in to the pan sizzles.

3. Carefully add the chickpeas by gently spooning them into the frying pan using a long-handled metal spoon. Place a splatter screen over the frying pan. The chickpeas will splatter and pop quite a bit while frying.

4. Allow the chickpeas to fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until their outsides begin to look golden brown. Remove the chickpeas from the pan using a slotted spoon and place them on a large tray lined with paper towels.

5.When all the chickpeas are fried, place them in a deep bowl and add the spice mixture, stirring well so that all the chickpeas are coated. Allow to cool. Serve as a snack.

Makes 4 Servings

After I read this book I was inspired to cook all the recipes especially Spicy Fried Chickpeas! I asked my mom to make something every night for dinner, and I helped. They taste like delicious exotic food.  I love to try new things.

If I were on a cooking show, it would be called "Culture Cooking". I would cook different foods from all around the world. For example I would cook, Mexican, Russian, Mediterranean, Japanese, and French food. I would cook daily, at 12:00p.m.  I love to cook!

You should buy Stir It Up for all ages beacause this book is very adventurous and funny, and the recipes are very savory. You can make all the recipes in the book.

Thanks to Ramin Ganeshram for sending a copy of the book to me.   This book is part of the book fair at my school this week and I told all of my friends to get a copy for themselves. :)


Saturday, October 29, 2011

White Halloween?

I remember many cold Halloween nights as a child, but I don't ever remember a White Halloween.

This is what greeted me at my front door this morning. The snow just started now around 8 a.m. and it's coming down at an incredible clip. We're expecting up to 6 inches of snow.

Who would have guessed that I could use my Jack O'Lantern as a head for my snowman on Halloween?


Friday, October 28, 2011

My New Pippa Boots

Have you ever dreamed about a fabulously fun and creative job in fashion? Every season, I eagerly await the collections from my favorite designers to look at the style and print names. If there is a style named Bethany, it immediately makes it to my closet, simply because I think that it is fun to have the “Bethany” shoes from Cole Haan or the “Bethany” bathing suit.

Sometimes a style is named after a famous person. Perhaps you have a pair of Wellington boots, named after the Duke of Wellington. Nehru jackets were oh so popular during the 1960s. Lilly Pulitzer’s popular Jacqueline dress is named after Jackie Kennedy.

When Kassie from Simply Soles told me about their name the boot contest, I knew that I had to submit my entry. You know that I like Pippa Middleton’s fun sense of style and I love the way she wears boots. Boots are such a fantastic complement to her casual and dressy outfits.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that I had won Simply Soles’ name the boot contest! Here are my new Pippa boots by Lilybee. They’re perfect.

Pippa Middleton would love them, don't you think?

Now, if only I could get a job naming whimsical prints, OPI nail polish colors, or style names, I’d be thrilled. Ok, so I will settle with a Bethany dress from one of my favorite designers soon. . .hint, hint.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Will You Go to the Dance With Me?

The past week has been so exciting at work! As a teacher, no two days are ever the same for me, but the weeks that precede homecoming are always fun. Several young men have come up with the most creative and sweet ways to invite a girl to the homecoming dance. Yesterday, I was an accomplice in one of these romantic plots. I must share the details with you because I know that it will put a smile on your face.

One of my students approached me before class and said that he needed a favor. He asked if he could leave class a few minutes early. At first, when I asked him for his reason, he was reluctant to answer. But then he shared his exciting plan with me, and I’m so glad that he did. He had made clay letters that spelled Homecoming? and wanted to leave class early to set it up on the girl’s desk before the next class began. What a sweet gesture! Of course, I gave the student permission to leave class...and of course, the girl said yes!

Last week another one of my students asked a girl to the homecoming dance in a very special way. He is the anchorman on the morning announcements that are broadcast on the school’s tv station. At the conclusion of the announcements, he said that there were no birthdays to announce, but that he had a special message for a special lady. The camera zoomed in on him and he looked straight at the lens, saying, “Will you go to the homecoming dance with me, Mary?” Of course, the girl said yes!

Another boy gained the attention of the entire high school cafeteria when friends at his table whistled in unison. He jumped up on a cafeteria table, walked on the table toward the girl he likes, and got down on one knee to invite her to the Homecoming Dance. Although there were hundreds of students in the cafeteria, everyone heard her reply of yes, because the lunch room was absolutely silent!

What other ideas do you have for inviting someone to a dance? What about a marriage proposal? Did someone make a romantic proposal or invitation to you?

Please share your story and put a smile on everyone’s face today as they read your comment.

In other, less exciting, homecoming week news, I was somehow nominated by the sophomore class to have a pie full of whipped cream thrown at me during a pep rally! It's a fundraiser for their prom and my colleagues tell me that I should be flattered. I'm just hoping that the pie tastes good and have to remember to wear an old polo to the pep rally.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Window Displays

Going shopping is fun, but I love shopping from October through January because of the seasonal decorations. Decorated store windows look so amazing that the view from the outside of the store is almost as interesting as the goodies inside the store. Halloween window displays can be whimsical and silly…maybe even a little scary!

Here are some of my favorite Halloween windows.

Harrod’s got it right with a tribute to the famous witch everyone recognizes by her stockings and her shoes. Ding dong the witch is dead!

Ralph Lauren puts a little fun in Halloween with this store front. This display reminds me of the Day of the Dead decorations in Mexico that portray skeletons and other figures in everyday scenes. Rows of pumpkins are simple and understated, yet elegant.

Hermes proudly displays seasonal color stories of orange and brown.

Dylan's Candy Bar showcases the sweetest graveyard in their Halloween window display. These sweet treats look and taste great.

Do you decorate your windows for Halloween? What Halloween store displays have you seen that you love?


via pinterest

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DIY Halloween Costume: Holly Golightly

Are you looking for a last minute Halloween costume? With a few items that you probably have in your wardrobe and a few extras picked up from the party store, you can channel your inner Holly Golightly this Halloween. This is a perfect year to portray the main character from the classic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's, since 2011 is the movie's 50th anniversary.

Holly Golightly got ready in 5 minutes, even including the time she spent looking for her alligator shoes. You can put together your Halloween costume in about the same amount of time and it will look fabulous!

breakfast at tiffany's

Here's what you need...

Little Black Dress: Start with a little black sheath dress. You can wear a long or short dress to give the effect of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic little black Givenchy dress.

Sunglasses: Pull out your Ray-Ban Wayfarers from the back of the drawer. If you don’t have a pair handy, pick up a suitable and inexpensive substitute from any local store.

Pearls: Layer on the pearls. The more the better.

Basic Black heels.

Cigarette Holder, Black Opera Gloves, and a Tiara: These are easy props to find at Party City or another costume store…Because I doubt that you have these at your house!

Shopping List

Mango dress
£55 -

Vintage lace high heels
$65 -

Kenneth jay lane necklace
€140 -

Leather opera glove
$168 -

Ray-Ban ray ban sunglasses
$145 -

TIARA crystal hair accessory
$28 -

What are you going to be for Halloween this year?


Monday, October 24, 2011

Wildest Trick or Treat in Town

Halloween is a holiday that is best celebrated as much as possible, especially when snacks are part of the deal! This weekend, the Twincesses and I went to Boo at the Zoo at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. It’s the wildest trick-or-treat in town.

As soon as we went in the entrance, the girls saw a treat station offering popsicles. The delicious and colorful treats were a fantastic way to start the evening. The candy and treats suited every taste. Children and adults enjoyed options like apples and bananas, gelato and ice cream, organic snacks, and lots of chocolate.  Other stations had temporary tattoos, slap bracelets, magnets, and sippy cups.  We visited the ice cream station twice! 

There were lots of eerie activities throughout the zoo for children to investigate and special animal interactions. The scarecrow field and spider tunnel were some favorites for our group.  Even the Panda posed for pictures at Boo at the Zoo. 

The fuzzy spider legs were pretty creepy!

The paths of the zoo and the exhibit buildings were staged for the season.

Without a doubt, the Glowing Lollipops were the Holy Grail of Boo at the Zoo. We saw people with these fabulous glowing lollipops and went on our search that at times resembled a frenzied episode of The Amazing Race! Here's the end result...

It was a fun event! I highly recommend Boo at the Zoo for a safe, fun, and unique trick-or-treat experience in Washington, D.C.



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