Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is all about the sweets… and the sips! I recently came across some delicious and adorable Halloween cocktails and just had to share with all of you. Mix up a few of these for your spooky celebrations and you’ll be the most popular hostess around…

1. Caramel Apple Sangria {A Night Owl}

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2. Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake {How Sweet It Is}

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3. Candy Corn Jello Shots {That’s So Michelle}

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4.  The Gin Goblin- A Green Tea and Cucumber Cocktail {Sugar & Charm}

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5.Bourbon & Maple Apple Cider {Freutcake}

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6. Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate {Minimalist Baker}

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7. Apple, Pomegranate, and Rum Cocktail {French Larkspur}

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8. Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails {Dishing Up The Dirt}

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9. Pumpkin Spice Martini {The Flair Exchange}

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10. Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail {Two Tarts}

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Clutch Essentials

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Mints – When chatting at the bar or an awkwardly small table, personal-space-violations are inevitable, and fresh breath just becomes common courtesy.

Small brush – You never know when that gusty wind is going to strike. Always be prepared.

Safety pins – These little metal pins can save you from a multitude of fashion disasters, like losing a button or a broken zipper.

Cash – I’m not someone who always carries cash, but there are still places that don’t take debit cards, so having a few small bills on hand for tips and the occasional tin cup, is always a good idea…especially in big cities.

Drivers license and credit/debit cards – Both of these are probably a no brainer, but they’re also the most fundamental items in your clutch. Before you leave the house, double check that you haven’t lost these critical plastics.

Mini perfume – Mini perfume bottles are my favorite thing to keep in my clutch, handbag and makeup bag. They always come in handy and keep you from smelling like your immediate surroundings.

Change – Quarters aren’t only good for laundry day. It’s important to keep a few on hand for paying those pesky parking meters!

Pain reliever – If you’re prone to headaches like me, a pain reliever that’s in reach is a requirement for survival.

Lipstick and gloss – Eating and drinking is your lipstick’s biggest enemy, so it’s crucial to keep some color in your clutch for reapplications throughout the night.

Powder – I’ve noticed that the more fun I have during a night out, the quicker my makeup fades. A compact pressed powder should always be a beauty essential to keep your skin looking fresh instead of faded.

Pack of tissues – Tissues are great to use for blotting off surface oil from your skin and correcting make up smudges.

Backup phone charger – This little pink rectangle could save your life if you happen to get stranded without a phone in where-did-all-my-friends-go, USA. And what’s equally as terrifying is not having access to your camera and social media accounts. (Pocket Juice power bank)

Stain removing pen – To prevent yourself from having to flaunt a food or wine stain on your dress all evening, an instant stain remover, like a Tide Pen, has the power to save your garment and your dignity.

7 Braided Hairstyles for Fall

Let’s face it: There aren’t too many of us (myself included) who have time to get a blow out every single day. And while in a perfect world we would have gorgeous beachy waves in a pinch, sometimes we need a quick fix to make our hair look good. Enter: braids. Creating a braided hairstyle is the perfect solution when you want to look put together but you don’t have time for perfecting your mane. It’s my go-to when I’m trying to make my hair last between blowouts, and it works every time. Which is why I was recently inspired to research a few new ways to plait my tresses…

Each of the hairstyles below will be a perfect compliment to your fall wardrobe.

1. Braided bun

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2. French braided bun

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3. Knotted side braid

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4. Bohemian side braid

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5. Knotted milkmaid braid

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6. Full braided crown

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7. Half braided crown

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12 Halloween Tabletop Ideas

For some weekend fun, why not try out a few of these DIY Halloween tabletop ideas!?

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1. Deranged Halloween Centerpiece

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2. Erie Candlestick Display

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3. Spooky Napkin Holders

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4. Cobweb Candles

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5. White Pumpkin Centerpiece

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6. Root Vegetable Centerpiece

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7. Forbidding Candles

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8. Creepy Candles

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9. Pumpkin Trio Centerpiece

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10. Punch Bowl Prop

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11. Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations

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12. Flying Place Cards

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All Things Pink

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According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women (except for skin cancers) and about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. These women are our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and friends. To support them and show them our love I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month with a roundup of stylish products that support the cause. Happy shopping!

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1. Stella & dot strength bracelet. $39. This adorable bracelet was inspired by the strength of the elephant. !00% of net proceeds benefit the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization raising money for women’s cancer awareness and creating awareness of the importance of early detection.

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2. eos 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness 3-Pack. $7.99. This special collection includes Strawberry Sorbet and Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth lip balm, plus a Berry Blossom hand lotion. A portion of proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Research.

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3. Rebecca Taylor Double Layer Tank. $225. I love this tank’s bright color and layered detail, plus fifty percent of all proceeds will go directly to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

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4. Tory Burch York Buckle Tote. $295. Tory Burch has a ton of Breast Cancer Awareness products right now—from wallets to phone cases to totes (like this gorgeous multi-tasking bag). This bag is a great size for work, school, travel, or just everyday schlepping. A fraction of the proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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5. Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Breast Cancer Awareness Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. $38. Clinique will donate $10 from each purchase of their classic moisturizer to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And the cute little key chains add a fun touch of pink to the packaging, don’t you think?

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6. Bigley Shoes & Clothing- SKECHERS Womens Go Walk 2 Flash Awareness Walking Shoes. $60. Support Breast Cancer Awareness with these lightweight SKECHERS sneakers. Available for purchase at Bigley Shoes & Clothing.

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7. Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne. $120. Jo Malone truly makes some of the best scents. This fragrance is a blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses, with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon. The sale of the Red Roses Cologne supports and raises awareness for The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

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8. Joe’s Jeans Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf. $78. Joe’s Jeans is helping to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this super soft scarf to FORCE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

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9. La Mer The Hand Treatment – Breast Cancer Awareness. $45. For every purchase of the silky, smoothing hand treatment, La Mer will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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10. Cosabella Italia Soft Bra. $73.50. Twenty percent of the sales of this gorgeous lace bra will be donated to Bra Ha Ha, a fund-raising event that promotes breast-health awareness.

 

 

5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

If you are someone who finds yourself scrambling to put together a Halloween costume a few days before celebrations begin, then this post is for you. I personally like to plan ahead when it comes to deciding on my costume. Bu that doesn’t mean I haven’t been in a situation where I need a creative costume in a pinch. For a little extra inspiration, take a peek below at these 5 last minute costume ideas…

1. REGINA GEORGE FROM MEAN GIRLS. You probably have every item in your closet already. Just cut two (strategically placed) holes in an old tank top and viola! Bonus points if you can find an “R” necklace.

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2. PIPPI LONGSTOCKING. To be Pippi, all you have to do is find the most mismatched things in your closet and throw them together to make one outfit. Stripes, polka dots, and plaid are great for clashing. Then, just take a wire hanger, bend it upward for your pigtails, and se some temporary red hairspray for Pippi’s ‘do. For the finishing touch, dot your nose and cheeks with brown eyeliner to create some fake freckles.

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3. MARILYN MONROE. All you really need is a white dress, white pumps, blonde curls, and red lips. Don’t forget her signature beauty mark– use eyeliner to a draw a little black dot at the corner of your lip.

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4. NERD. A nerd costume is so easy to put together, and you can make it as feminine or tomboy as you would like (think shorts vs. skirt).

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5. TWIGGY. Twiggy is one of my favorite fashion icons, and her look makes for an adorable and easy costume. Grab your favorite shift dress, some statement earrings, and Mary Jane flats. The most important part of this costume is to recreate her signature eyeliner makeup look. Draw on bold lines with liquid eyeliner and draw lashes on your lower lid. For a tutorial on this, click here!

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Your Guide to Vitamins

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If you eat a perfectly healthy and balanced diet 24/7, you are probably getting all the nutrients you need from your food…and I envy you. But if you’re like me, taking the right supplements will give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs on those days when an afternoon ice cream cone sounds better than a bowl of fruit.

Today I’ve rounded up some of the best vitamins that young women may consider taking. These are simply suggestions, and you might only need to add one or two to your diet depending on what foods you already eat. Food is your best source of nutrition, but when you have those off days, this list will help boost your body’s nutritional intake.

1. A GOOD WOMEN’S MULTI. If you’re going to choose one vitamin from this list, it should be a multi-vitamin that is made for women. Make sure it has folate or folic acid, which is very important for women ages 18 to 40, who someday want to have a family. A good multi-vitamin will give you a daily dose of all the things you should be eating in your diet…and more!

2. BIOTIN. Biotin is one of my personal favorite vitamins because it has worked miracles on my hair, skin, and nails. I take 500 micrograms a day, and ever since I started I have noticed that my hair is longer and shinier, my skin is clearer, and my nails are stronger. Many multi-vitamins have biotin in them already, so be sure you’re reading your labels.

3. IRON. Iron is a great supplement to take for women who are menstruating because your body loses iron every month. You only need about 10-20 milligrams, but it works wonders by delivering oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. If you eat a lot of red meat (say, a serving every day) you might be getting enough iron to skip this supplement. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are also great sources of iron.

4. ZINC. Zinc is an important mineral that boosts our immune system and helps fight off disease. And it is an especially important vitamin for vegetarians or pregnant women. If you’re a veggie lover, you probably eat a lo of legumes, which prevent zinc from properly absorbing in your body. If you’re expecting, you should also up your zinc intake because your little one will be using up most of the amount that’s in your body. Make sure you’re getting between 8 milligrams and 11 milligrams of zinc daily.

5. FISH OIL. This omega-3 right supplement is fabulous for healthy hair, skin, and nails, and will support your heart and blood systems. The long list of fish oil benefits also includes helping with depression, preventing painful periods, and lowering cholesterol. Take about 1-2 grams per day.

6. VITAMIN D. The main job of vitamin D is to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in your bones and keep your cells happy and healthy. The great thing about this vitamin is that our bodies actually manufacture it naturally…that is, when we’re exposed to sunlight. If you live somewhere with constant cloudy weather or long winters, you might not be getting enough vitamin D. Taking 3000 IUs should help to get you back on track.

7. RESVERATROL. Resveratrol is the powerful antioxidant that is found in grapes and red wine. Therefore, just like red wine, it has amazing anti-aging properties and is long believed to help fight cancer and heat disease. Take one capsule per day and soak up those antioxidants.

8. GREEN VIBRANCE & SUPERFOODS. One of my personal favorite vitamins that I take each day is called Green Vibrance by Vibrant Health. Each capsule is filled with organic greends, freee-dried grass juices, and concentrated super foods. I love it because when I’m having a day where I’m constantly on the go (a.k.a living off of coffee and snacks I can easily bring in my car), this supplement has a lot of the nutrients and vitamins I would get if I had the time to sit down and eat a big leafy green salad. It certainly does not replace real fruit and veggies, which should be a staple in your daily diet. But it’s packed with a lot of good stuff. You can also buy it in powder form to add to your smoothies.

9. CALCIUM-MAGNESIUM. Calcium is one of the most important supplements young women can take to strengthen muscles, bones, and teeth. And, studies show that when it’s taken as a combined calcium-magnesium supplement, it allows both vitamins to absorb better into your system. Just remember to take this supplement separate from your other vitamins and on a empty stomach- otherwise it can interfere with the absorption of your other nutrients. The recommended dosage is 1000 milligrams of calcium and 400-600 milligrams of magnesium.

10. PROBIOTIC. Taking a great probiotic supplement is an amazing way to maintain intestinal functions and keep your gut and stomach healthy. Probiotics are live organisms that are considered “good” bacteria, or bacteria that strengthen the immune system and help us to digest food. My favorite probiotic is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula. Just like calcium-magnesium, make sure to take this supplement on an empty stomach as well.

As with all things in life, take these suggestions in moderation. Just as there are side effects for eating too much of anything, there are side effects of taking too many vitamins. Do what feels right for your body and contact a nutritionist or a trusted doctor to help you come up with a routine that works for you.