Today we have our annual school Halloween Carnival. An evening of games, rides, and the usual Halloween activities. This is our fourth year volunteering in a game booth, our favorite spot. Tom, our oldest, loves being able to help hand out the prizes and talk with his friends. It will also most likely be our last year being able to wear the twins, so I am really looking forward to seeing all the families in costume and celebrating our awesome school and PTA program.
This past weekend we finally got around to decorating the our house. We spent Saturday putting up cobwebs and digging through our candles, skeleton heads, and more. I created a couple of spooky drink labels and signage while watching Hocus Pocus, our yearly tradition. I know I am not alone in loving the yearly viewing of the Sanderson Sisters and survival of Binx.
What are your favorite Halloween traditions? I would love to hear how you make this holiday special.
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After a few weeks of record breaking temperatures in Laguna, it is finally starting to cool off. Which means, hopefully, I will be able to pull out some of my winter styles. My summer uniform consisted of jean shorts and tank tops or sleeveless swing dresses. And let me tell you, they need a break.
Through fall it usually stays pretty warm around here. So it’s not always realistic to wear a top under a sweater and a leather jacket or wool coat over a sweater. But hey, a girl can dream right?
Until recently, you wouldn’t be able to find a piece of black clothing in my closet (besides workout gear). I, for some reason, thought I was “too fair” to get away with it, it “washed me out”. Not anymore. Recently, I have tried to change my outlook on dressing myself and my personal style. Keeping with trends, but finding a style that fits me and I am always comfortable in. With everything I have going on, I don’t want to spend tons of time looking at my closet deciding what I want to wear. I want to be able to throw on something and feel good in it. After reading about a woman who transformed her style through a capsule wardrobe, I was intrigued and slowly started the process of constructing my own.
A capsule wardrobe is defined as
“a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.” Caroline of Unfancy
Creating a closet full of clothes you love and can wear all the time, genius. I realized, while a few colorful pieces are fun to incorporate, when I would go to get dressed, I chose the simple styles and neutral colors nine times out of ten. I now know, I need a base. A set of standard items that I can build upon. I am still navigating this process and my closet is still too full. But I look forward to continuing to find my own style and my own identity, and sharing it with you.
Here are a few looks that I hope to draw inspiration from
My base consists of a loose white tank, stripe tee, white tee, chambray button up, pair of distressed skinny jeans, pair of moto pants, pair of black skinny pants, black leather jacket, grey, cream, and brown sweaters.
I’d like to throw in the occasional dress and skirt. And never forget jean cutoffs. Add in some booties and a quality tote and these looks can definitely be brought home.
The anticipation of October’s beginning holds a great deal of nostalgia for me. It’s all excitement and anticipation. Fall sweeps in with a light breeze, there is just a hint of chill in the air and dusk brings some of the most majestic sunsets of the year. Each night the sky is lit on fire while the last warmth of summer fades into the seasons. And the oceans blue is a touch deeper and even more soulful. Truly October has magic in it.
Ever since I was a little girl this month has represented warmth, love, and joy. My parents celebrate their wedding anniversary (year thirty-six!), my husband and I celebrate our own wedding anniversary, and towards the end of the month my father and I get to celebrate our shared Birthday. Not to mention the many festivities in between and the greatness of Halloween. Growing up we would throw a big themed Halloween block party. We would all dress up in costume and have an early dinner at my parents, dance around to the jukebox and play games before heading out to go trick or treating. Throughout the month I think of nights spent running around on the soccer field, days spent at the empty beaches and meaningful time with family. These traditions have continued on with our family, evenings coaching Tom’s soccer team, quick trips to the beach after school, walking the neighborhood before dinner and school carnivals. It has all come full circle and ever day I feel so lucky.
While on our walk with the kids this past Saturday I was inspired by the setting sun. The glow in the sky and deep blue of the ocean. Inspired by one of my favorite quotes in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, I created a desktop to share.
I hope this October brings you as much love as it has for my family and I.