Monday, November 28, 2016

Yellow Fall

When Dolly and Dotty approached me to do a collaboration with them, I was beyond thrilled! Their online shop is full of vintage and retro-inspired dresses, separates, and more. It was pretty hard to narrow down the dress I wanted to choose, but I finally went with the Lola Dress in yellow. I have been needing a yellow dress for a while, and this was is so classic, fun, and comfortable! It has a great 50s shape to it, polka dots, and comes with an adjustable matching belt.

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I love pairing yellow with orange and brown in the fall to mirror the shades of the leaves. I also love that this dress is very easily remixed into lots of different outfits. It's a great standalone piece, but can also be layered for cooler months. Yellow is great because it works in almost any season. I might even use it to Disneybound as Belle when I go to Florida! Is anyone else dying of anticipation for the new Beauty and the Beast movie? I CANNOT WAIT. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite when I was little and it's also my mom's favorite Disney movie. We both can't wait to see it together!

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I know that I have said that I usually keep a low profile in November after the craziness of October, but so far, November has been full of travel as well! I went to Amish country for a weekend with Nadia at the beginning of the month. I also went to three different cities to see Good Charlotte on their current tour. Teenage dream complete. They were awesome as usual. I always leave their shows with a good feeling.

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My November has started to slow down now, though. Last weekend I worked and then celebrated my dad's birthday with our family. Thanksgiving was pretty quiet since a lot of family is away. I definitely felt like I was going to explode by the end of the day from all the food I ate. This weekend I didn't do much. I slept and rested a lot, which was nice.

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Dress: c/o Dolly and Dotty (similar)//Sweater: LE3NO//Scarf: Thrifted//Shoes: Clarks//Tights: Apt. 9
I am getting more and more pumped for Christmas despite it not feeling like it's Christmastime yet. I'm not complaining about the weather, though. I've started listening to Christmas music and I did a lot of Christmas shopping online this weekend during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. I think I got the majority of my shopping done already! Now I can focus on all the upcoming Christmas festivities that will be happening next month and deciding what to do for New Year's. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Snapshots from Salem

I actually didn't take many photos in Salem, but I did manage to snap a few. We mainly just walked around, took in the sights and atmosphere of it all, shopped, and ate. We visited the cemetery and went to a bunch of the witchy shops. We ate at a yummy BBQ place. Of course, we visited the Harry Potter shop as well. We also checked out this hard cider place that makes their own right in Salem called Far From The Tree. I tried the Ember and Beetlejuice ciders and they were amazing. Ember was my favorite, though.

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There's really nothing like Salem, especially in October. It's Halloween all month, basically, and there are people everywhere and there's constantly something to do and see. It's so historical, nautical, and spooky all in one. I really would love to live there. I can't say it enough. Next to Disney, it's probably the most magical place I've been.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Sleepy Hollow

Happy Halloween! Nadia and I went to Sleepy Hollow last weekend to do some exploring. Neither of us had ever been there and it has a spooky connection to it with the Headless Horseman and all, so it seemed appropriate to visit in October.

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There's not much there that we could see. There's a huge cemetery and one of the churches was actually having a festival right at one of the corners of the cemetery so people were literally drinking cider and eating food with the graves of the dead beneath their feet. It was strange and cool all at once.

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We visited the bridge that was near the cemetery. It was scary to stand on because cars can drive over it and it feels like the bridge is going to collapse when they do. I think this is the bridge that the Headless Horseman rode over, but the location of it was moved. I'm not sure, though.

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We wandered through the cemetery. This was like the 5 star hotels of cemeteries. There are people buried here that have cottage-sized tombs and other giant monuments dedicated to them. It's really interesting to see all the different art and architecture of it all. A lot of it was actually very pretty once you look past the morbidity of it all. It's all pretty impressive.

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There was a sculpture of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane near the cemetery as well. Other than that, it seemed like a normal small New England town.

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Since I love anything Halloween, I got excited when I saw this dress with it's awesome Halloween print. I also love that the cut is a very retro-type style. It's really comfortable and it's by Hell Bunny, which always makes very awesome dresses. I actually ordered it from a website called Tiger Milly because I had found a coupon code. They are based in the UK and have a lot of awesome vintage and retro-inspired clothing. I accessorized with a Hocus Pocus book pin from an Etsy shop called Tees and Tank You and skeleton arm earrings that I got in Salem. They are hypoallergenic so they don't irritate my ears!

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In other news, I had a very Halloweeny weekend. I dressed up as Snow White and went to a party on Friday night, then went to NYC for a party on Saturday night. We actually had a pretty bad experience with the party we chose to go to. The venue, staff, and DJ were all terrible. We ended up leaving after about an hour and stumbled upon an awesome 3-floor bar that was having a party with no cover charge or anything. They had a rooftop bar as well. The staff was awesome and danced with everyone and were dressed up. It was a lot of fun! I'm glad that we ended up finding it.

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My costume for this year isn't very work appropriate since it's short and shows a lot of cleavage, but I do have a full length traditional Snow White costume. I decided for work that I would wear that, but add some punk/goth accessories and be punk Snow White. I wore black lipstick as well.

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October is over, which is depressing. Since there's not much preparation for Thanksgiving for me other than making a side dish, I will now start planning for Christmas. I've already started thinking of some things to get people. I definitely have some people that are harder to buy for than others. My parents are kind of hard to buy for, especially my dad. It's always a challenge coming up with gift ideas for him. Any thoughts/suggestions are definitely welcome.

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Dress: Hell Bunny via Tiger Milly//Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang//Boots: Bare Traps via DSW//Sweater: Take Out//Pin: Tees and Tank You//Earrings: Green Tree Jewelry//Lipstick: Colourpop Cosmetics
It's crazy that Christmas is less than two months away. It always sneaks up on me because I am always so focused on October and my birthday and Halloween. I go nonstop the whole month and then when it's over I'm faced with the fact that winter is coming and Christmas is almost here. Time to start thinking about Christmas outfits, gift ideas, and cookie making!