LBD Takes Halloween

The weekend is almost here, and that means it’s almost time for Halloween! While most people have been carefully planning their costumes for weeks now, some even since last year, there are the few of us (I’m guilty too, don’t worry) who possibly have waited until the very last minute. We’ll end up spending all Thursday night searching through every piece of clothing of we own, and frantically pinning ideas to our Pinterest board looking for “the perfect” costume (which we know we won’t have time to put together anyways).

Have no fear… That’s why I’m here!

Here are 7 quick, last minute Halloween costumes that are easy to put together with one simple ingredient: your trusty Little Black Dress!

Just add some items from your closet to your LBD, make a quick trip to the dollar store, and BOOM – you have a Halloween costume!

Shall we begin?

#1 Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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You will need: Your LBD, black pumps (make sure they’re comfortable!), a pearl necklace and matching earrings, a pair of long black gloves, a tiara, a cigarette holder (this might be hard to find last minute, but I’m sure a black pen would suffice) and of course those infamous black sunglasses to complete the ensemble.

#2 Cruella De Vil

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You will need: a LBD, long gloves, white hair spray or baby powder, bright red lipstick, a faux fur coat, and red (or black) heels. If your using the powder, put it on half of your hair, then hairspray away. Tada!

For Fun: Bring your dog along for the fun, or find a neighbor that would so kindly lend you their pup for the night. That is, if they can trust a villain for a night…….

#3 Minnie Mouse

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You will need: Your little black dress, mouse ears (if your a big time Disney fan you probably already own these, but if you can’t get a pair from the Disney Store, you can always add a bow to any mouse ears), red lipstick, red or black heels, and red and white details as you choose. Don’t forget the polka dots!

For Fun: Get your boyfriend to dress as Mickey, or your bestie to dress as Daisy Duck (best friends forever right?)

#4 Vampire

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You will need: Fangs (you can find these at any halloween store close by), dark red lipstick, a black jacket (I say go with the leather) and black heels. Use the badass outfits of more modern day vampires like Katherine Pierce from The Vampire Diaries for inspiration (favorite. show. ever.).

For Fun: Use a cup full of fruit punch as a prop, and add a little red dye to the side of your mouth (anyone thirsty?)

#5 Flapper

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You will need: A little black dress, red lipstick, a whole lotta blush, a long pearl or gold chain necklace, a headband, dark eyeshadow (keep it smokey), black or gold heels (I say gold), and add a clutch or cigarette holder for details!

And if you’re in the mood for some laughs… (aren’t we always?)

#6 Black Mail

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You will need: Your little black dress, black heels, and a large postage stamp (a large photocopied one or even a few real stamps) on your bod!

#7 Salt and Pepper (grab your bf, or a friend for this one!)

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You will need: Your LBD with the letter “P” cut out of white paper or felt.

For Friend: An all white dress with the letter “S” cut out of black paper or felt.

For Fun: Make shaker tops out of aluminum foil or disposable cake pans by poking a few holes in the top! Shake away!

You’ve got 5 days and no excuses now… get your little black dress on and put it to good use!

Stay safe ladies and Happy Halloween!

-K

Color Me Cool: A Fall/Winter Color Trend Guide

Ladies, this week is all about color. Keeping a close watch on color trends is an important concept when deciding on what to wear during a particular season and according to the Pantone color forecaster this Fall/Winter color trend is focusing in on an unusual palate including colors with names like “Sangria, Aurora Red, Mauve Mist, Radiant Orchid, Bright Colbalt Blue, Royal Blue, and Misted Yellow.” You all may be thinking, “Nothing in my closet is even remotely close to such fabulous colors!” Well ladies, get ready for the ultimate Fall/Winter color guide. I’m here to inspire you into a fashion forward wardrobe that will have you ready for the 2014 Fall/Winter season!

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Who says fashion is limited to clothing alone? A simple nail polish will have people notice your fall style is right on point with this years color trend. OPI has great options in all colors trending this Fall/Winter. Pick out your favorite shades and hues on the OPI website.

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Pants

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A pair of “sangria” maroon pants are the perfect solution to adding some spice to your wardrobe. Not only will you look adorable strutting in these wine inspired pants, but you will also notice the “Oos and Ahhs” from bystanders. You can pick up a pair in stores or online at Madewell to start your perfect fall look.

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Sweaters

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A “misted yellow” sweater looks trendy and compliments this years Winter color forecast. Let’s hope this heat cools down soon!

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Socks

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Socks are one of my favorite accessories. Not only do they keep you cozy on cold nights, they are also the perfect addition for an artsy aesthetic. These “misted yellow” & “sangria”  red socks are not only adorable, but they show off your creative and fashionable side. Mix up those fall & winter colors with some Stance Socks, they are within budget  and will add the perfect touch to your creative style. Work it girl.

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Makeup

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When I say fashion is not only limited to clothing, I mean your whole “look” is your fashion, including the way you do your makeup. According to Harpers Bazaar, This “cobalt blue” eyeliner and sangria” smokey eye shadow are 2014 Fall/Winter color trend approved. Dior provides great tutorials on how to achieve the smoky eye, while Ulta carries a wide variety of liquid liner to master the perfect cat eye, both makeup trends for Fall/winter 2014.

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There you have it! A simple guide on how to incorporate affordable pieces into your “not so Fall/Winter ready closet.” If you are ready for the upcoming season, it’s always fun to add more items to your wardrobe. Splurge a little and be the best-dressed and most knowledgeable fashionista I know you are! Until next time.

-A

Girls Night In

Showing off your stylish look is just as important when staying in as it is when going out. The days are getting shorter and as daylight savings approaches hanging out with my bff’s, while consuming all things pumpkin, is definitely at the top of the “to do” list. The tree’s will soon be turning shades of orange and I know I won’t be the only one at Starbucks ordering a pumpkin spice latte. All this fall tradition inspired me to look up some good ole’ home remedies to try out on a “girl’s night in.” Here is your one stop guide to having a successful night in with your besties.

WHAT TO WEAR

I’m loving printed detailed leggings this season! Not only are leggings comfortable, but they are a super cute piece when showing off your creative side. Whether you choose a solid pair or leggings with a colorful pattern your friends will definitely be asking where to get a pair.

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Deciding on what to wear on top is important and keeping it simple is key when wearing detailed bottoms. A solid knit sweater or pullover sweatshirt makes for the perfect combination with your lovely leggings.

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I love keeping it casual, but a little spice will be the perfect kick to this “girls night in” and all things pumpkin should do the trick. Here is a fun a DIY pumpkin face-mask to introduce to all of your friends. Not only does it smell delicious, it is also full of beneficial enzymes and vitamins E & T which are important for healthy glowing skin.

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YOU WILL NEED

1/3 cup of ground almonds

2 cup of pureed pumpkins (freshly cooked or canned)

4 tablespoons of plain yogurt

4 tablespoons of honey

1/4 teaspoon of olive oil

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Mix all ingredients and apply to your face. Let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes. Once the time is up rinse your mask off with luke warm water Don’t put that pumpkin away just yet! While you wait for your face masks to dry, whip up a few pumpkin milkshakes because, why not?

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YOU WILL NEED

5 or 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup caramel sauce

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

Whipped cream, if desired.

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Throw it all in a blender then top with whipped cream & voila, you have the perfect treat to enjoy  whether it’s watching a movie, playing card games, or just chatting the night away. Not only will everyone be asking where you got your cute leggings and knit tops, but they will probably be  asking when the next “girls night in” is. I hope all this talk of pumpkin and spice has gotten you in the spirit of fall and ready to shop. Have fun!
-A