Halloween Costume Ideas.

Halloween the perfect excuse to wear something fun, eat candy, and spend time with friends. Unfortunately Halloween can also be scary…scary expensive. Costumes can be quite costly, and if you’re like most people you aren’t going to wear it again next year. You’re dropping a lot of cash for a “one wear” outfit. So I decided to throw together a few looks with things most of you ladies will already own, or at the very least can wear again.

For the adventurous type: Pirate.

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9662I feel like a pirate is probably the easiest of looks to pull together but still really deliver! It’s all about detail, a few fake wounds, some schmutz on your face, and plenty of layered jewelry are what take this look over the top.

What you’ll need:

Bandana: Target has a two pack for $5 http://www.target.com/p/merona-men-s-2pk-bandanas-assorted-colors/-/A-14371263#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=bandana

plenty of gold necklaces: I like this one from Forever 21 http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_jewelry-necklace-chain&ProductID=1021839361&VariantID=

Gold bangles: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?Br=F21&Category=ACC&ProductID=1000045918&VariantID=

White Peasant Blouse: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/style-co-top-three-quarter-sleeve-pleated-peasant?ID=917107&CategoryID=255&LinkType=#fn=COLOR%3DWhite%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D27%26kws%3Dpeasant%20blouse%26slotId%3D5

vest: http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/Double-Breasted-Military-Vest/242942.uts

Black pants: I’m actually just wearing yoga pants cause they’re comfy. http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=558342022

Pashmina or scarf to tie around your waist: http://us.cottonon.com/shop/product/montana-scarf-black/

Boots: I am in love with these from Charlotte Russe http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/Shoes/Boots-Booties/entity/pc/2115/c/0/sc/2656/239937.uts?refinementValueIds=1576&sortByColumnName=SortByArrival?colorCode=301482160_200

For the country loving: Cowgirl

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What you’ll need:

Cowboy hat if you want one that is: http://www.cavenders.com/western/cowboy-hats/western-fashion-hats/dorfman-pacific-fashion-cowboy-hats/CAVKCF2XR

Any button down shirt will do, but I prefer gingham: Target has this adorable top that’ll work wonderfully http://www.target.com/p/xhilaration-juniors-tie-front-roll-sleeve-top-assorted-colors-and-patterns/-/A-14393981#prodSlot=medium_1_3&term=gingham

Bandana: http://www.target.com/p/merona-men-s-2pk-bandanas-assorted-colors/-/A-14371263#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=bandana

belt: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?Br=F21&Category=ACC&ProductID=2020523428&VariantID=

Denim shorts: http://www.jcpenney.com/women/shorts-capris-/shorts/levis-taryn-mid-length-denim-shorts/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002641391&cmvc=JCP|dept20000013|cat100250098|RICHREL&grView=&eventRootCatId=&currentTabCatId=&regId= or jeans if its cold http://www.jcpenney.com/women/jeans-/ana-thick-stitch-jeans/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002830358&cmvc=JCP|dept20000013|cat100250096|RICHREL&grView=&eventRootCatId=&currentTabCatId=&regId=

Cowboy boots: http://www.target.com/p/women-s-mossimo-supply-co-kaci-western-boot-assorted-colors/-/A-13971594#prodSlot=medium_1_12&term=cowboy+boots

For the glamour girl: Holly Golightly

95369550954495539548This is by far one of my favorite looks. Cause seriously who doesn’t want to channel Audrey Hepburn?

What you’ll need:

Sparkly hair pins or small tiara: http://www.claires.com/store/us/goods/claire%27s+club/cat1260282/dress+up/p52588/mini+tiara+hair+comb/  http://www.claires.com/store/us/goods/sale/cat1260122/jewelry/p26853/crystal+butterfly+and+flower+bobby+pins+set+of+6/ So I know not every girl has a tiara lying about, but most of us have those sparkly hair pins from prom, I just stacked the pins for a makeshift tiara.

Sparkly earrings: http://www.claires.com/store/us/goods/jewelry/cat1260162/earrings+/p62150/crystal+flower+and+teardrop+drop+earrings/

Black catseye sunglasses: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18846980&parentid=W_ACC_SUNGLASSES

Pearls: I ended up layering two different pearl necklaces and added a brooch because that’s what I had, but sam moons has a lovely option http://sammoon.com/items_amj.asp?tempcat=necklace_statement&img=09132013_422_MG_5937&tbl=necklace_statement&cat=jewelry&id=1617

Gloves: Another thing I had left over from prom http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Stretch-Satin-Elbow-Length-Glove-25105_Accessories-Sashes-and-Coverage-Options-Gloves these aren’t necessary cause honestly not many people will wear them again, but since I had em I wore them for the shoot.

Little Black Dress: The beauty of this costume is just about any little black dress will do and most of us girls have a little black dress. But if you dont H&M has this gorgeous lbd for only $10! http://www.hm.com/us/product/14519?article=14519-A

Black shoes: I went with flats for comfort but if you want go for some lovely heels that are reminiscent of what Audrey wore http://www.hm.com/us/product/06850?article=06850-C

I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you try any of the following looks be sure to take a picture and share with me! Heck even if you don’t choose one of these looks take a picture and share, hearing from you guys always brightens my day! Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween.

Fashion Friday (Easter Sunday)

Easter Sunday was lovely, the weather was nice (cloudy in the morning but warm) the food was wonderful (brisket makes this Texan happy), and I got to see my big brother, sister-in-law, and beautiful nephew! It was a great day and if I say so myself I managed a great outfit, but I’ll let you guys be the judge of that.

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Earrings and Necklace: Gift from my mom for my 20th birthday (almost cried when I got them)

Dress: Target isn’t that place amazing?

Bracelet:Gift so I’m not sure where it’s from.

Ring: Bought it at a pow wow.

Shoes: Payless. I almost never wear them though, the don’t stay slung back 😦 oh well

I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you all had a wonderful Easter. Did any of you dress up for it? Get a visit from the Easter bunny? Or anything else fun you care to share? I love hearing from you guys. Happy Friday!

“We’ll Always Have Paris”

WARNING! this post contains a lot of pictures! If you have very little patience for people who feel the need to over-document events in their life this post is not for you!

Hello Guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while, but I have a good excuse…I was helping plan my 20th! Ya I guess that may not be a great excuse…but it’s my party and I’ll slack off if I want to. So normally I never do anything terribly over the top for my birthdays, but for my 20th I wanted to do something with a bit of umph, a fun, slightly glamorous, but still laid back-ish in style party. So I decided I would throw a French (Parisian) inspired dinner party, with some of my closest friends. I had such a blast planning, cooking, and spending time with my great friends! I am sort of a foodie so this party was the perfect excuse for me to cook all of the fussy dishes I wouldn’t normally prepare, like French Macaroons, those are some work! But lucky me I have a loving family so I didn’t have to do a lot of the work on my own. So enough talking I am sure you would much prefer to see what my party looked like so here ya go.

We strung up lights and set the table in the living room, so we had plenty of space.

This is the gorgeous flower arrangement my mother put together, might I add she said she has “never done arrangements before”. So even without training or practice my mother puts Martha Stewart to shame!

These are the awesome posters that we found for 60% off!

We decided to even decorate the front door area!

Our adorable little sandwich board. PS mommy wrote this! How cute is her handwriting?

Now for my favorite part…the food! These are the French Macaroons.

The gorgeous red fondant raspberry cake my mommy made me. Isn’t she just the best?

The delicious cheese tray.

Tapenade in endive leaves.

Our entire cocktail menu. Bloody Mary’s, tapenade in endive, cheese tray, and prosciutto wrapped around cantaloupe and asparagus. It was all incredibly delicious.

Quite possibly the most delish dish I have ever made…Boeuf Bourgingon and mashed potatoes. It was so good my mother who really detests beef, loved this meal like crazy!

Tea and coffee break. I of course had tea yummy 🙂

Then onto dessert cake and Shirley Temple’s.

Gifts! My sweet mommy got me real pearls for my 20th! Cute thing was when she gave me my gift I was wearing my fake pearls 🙂

This necklace was given to me by my very best friend (we’ve been inseparable for the past 11 years). This necklace is either from the late 50’s or early 60’s. And I am not ashamed to say when she gave me this I got pretty choked up.

I also got some other fabulous gifts too, I made out like a bandit, I received some lovely perfume (which I am wearing right now) and some great cards and cash (you can never go wrong with cash is all I am saying).

My great friends and lovely family honestly made this one of the most special birthday’s ever! I love you guys.

So I hope you guys enjoyed my post! And if any of you want the recipe to anything feel free to ask. Have a super happy Monday and a great Valentines. Love you!