Ghosts and Goblins Round Up

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween weekend, and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep!  I’m sure we are all slowly coming back to life this morning.  I’m partially glad it’s over, but had a great time during the parties and taking my son trick-or-treating.  It was his first year doing it and he had a blast.  He was nervous the first few houses but once he got into the swing of it, he wanted to knock on every door in the neighborhood.

What did you dress up as this year?  Did you have a theme with friends?  Some of those costumes are amazing!

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Wellness Wednesday – Safety in Numbers

Gypsy HalloweenThis is the time of year we all make lists of the scariest movies we can find to watch and enjoy that rush of imagined fear.  Usually there is some woman being chased by a monster, creature, or a man wielding a weapon, she’s screaming for help and no one manages to help her in time.  It’s all well and good because these movies are fiction, and we are able to come back to reality after hitting the stop button.  What about the real life monsters?  The ones that are actually chasing our women and girls down streets, drugging them at parties and bars for a quick score, or shaming them into getting what they want?  Those monsters cross gender lines too.  Men aren’t always the “Big Bad Wolf” in life. It’s getting to the point that women can’t walk down the street during the day without worry of being followed or attacked.  Let’s not forget the endless catcalling that gets aggressive the more you try and ignore it.  I’m not sure No means no anymore, and that is very scary.

What does this mean for you?  What does it mean on the larger scale? 

There is a lot of truth in the mentality and statement of, “safety in numbers.”  That crosses literally, and figuratively lines.  Literally, if you are going out with a group of friends, stick together.  Either wear something that is easily identifiable across a crowded room, create a code word within your group for sticky situations, or make a game plan for the evening.  Make sure the right numbers are programmed in your phone, and take advantage of how much you check in at places or take pictures in different locations.  Your friend meet a stranger at the bar/club/party/whatever and it looks like they are going home with them?  Get a picture of the stranger, take down any info about them or snap a pic of their license plate.  Social media is sometimes more successful in getting justice than the traditional route.  The amount of women that go missing every day is staggering.  What if you notice something suspicious?  Would you interject yourself into things to possibly prevent a crime?  I know a lot of people might not due to the likely hood they may experience danger themselves, or they flat out say, “it’s not my business.”  I say, what if that was your sister/mother/aunt/loved one?  If you really aren’t comfortable, call the cops.  You could be preventing that person from being raped, abducted, beaten – anything.

Why bring this up? 

This weekend I’m sure a lot of you will be at parties dressed in your best costumes having a great time with your friends and loved ones.  I’m sure there will be a number of invented cocktails, punch, and tasty snacks set on tables with dry ice overflowing everywhere.  Always ask what is in the food and drink where you go. If they can’t remember or tell you, skip it.    Let’s work together to have a safe and satisfying Halloween weekend!  ❤

Don’t drink & drive!

BoOoOo!

It’s a cool morning here and all of social media is buzzing about pumpkins, desserts, Halloween and boots for Fall and the upcoming Winter season.  My personal favorite is sweet potato cake and pumpkin muffins.  I also love Halloween too.  I love the dressing up, socializing with friends and all the free candy, or at least the candy that is dirt cheap the day after Halloween.  I know around this time a lot of stores are running ads for costumes and those Halloween Adventures are starting to pop up around towns across the US.  For the most part, this is a great resource for all the fake blood and guts you need to make your Halloween the most memorable.  The downside?  Their selection for anyone over a true size 14.

The last time I bought one of those prepackaged costumes, it was over priced (surprise) and fit okay but not great.  I would have liked it in a size larger but what are you going to do?  I have spent a lot of time searching out stores that have some extended sizes but they end up being incredibly expensive.  Why would I spend $50-$70 for something I’m wearing for only a few hours that will invariably end up with some food or drink stain on it?  Chances are I won’t wear it again another year either.  If you are into spending that kind of money, Torrid would happily take your cash.  They have various Halloween styles that are $50+ and are sizes 12-28.

What about those who can’t afford to spend that or simply don’t want to?  Make your own costume.  You would be surprised at how easy this is and how inexpensive.  Unless you want to get into something more intricate with sewing great detail and so on, you can find most pieces you will need at a local thrift shop.  They always have various items that can be pieced together to create a unique costume that actually will fit and won’t break the bank.

General suggestions:

  • Pirate/Gypsy/Witch:  Look for ruffled blouses, corsets, long flowy skirts, scarves to wrap around your head and old costume jewlery to accent your outfit.  If the outfit doesn’t look distressed enough, you can use an exacto knife or razor to shread some of the fabric in small areas then run it through the wash.  It will come out looking a bit worn and faded.
  • Disney like characters:  I’ve seen more adults wanting to dress like Cinderella or Belle lately than little girls and that’s great.  It is easy to find similar style gowns and the accessories on the cheap.
  • Various Animals:  These are easy enough depending on what kind you want.   A little makeup, headband with ears or horns and you are good to go.
  • Medical Staff:  Most thrift stores don’t carry old scrubs but Walmart actually sells scrubs.  If you are a great seamstress or know someone who can sew, get an outfit, cut it up to how you want and boom – costume.
  • Cop:  Same goes for being a Cop or a Sexy Cop of some kind.  Finding the various parts of the outfit is easy enough and fake handcuffs aren’t expensive either.
  • Various Book or Literature Characters:  It is very easy to find things to put together so you can look just like your favorite character.  Especially since a lot of book characters channel the fashion of years ago so finding the old plaid or worn clothes is an easy find.

For all the other special additives such as fishnets and tights, I have found that Burlington Coat Factory does sell it in plus sizes.  I know Walmart does sell it in plus sizes as well but I haven’t tried them personally.  I may this Halloween season though.  I invite you to be creative this year and find something that you like and want to be.  Don’t feel limited or intimidated by what is on the rack because it isn’t your only option.

Good luck, stay safe and enjoy the sweets!

Transition Pieces

The weather is finally cooling down and the days will start getting shorter.  This cuts down on a lot of activities that can be done outside but how do you inject fun in your routine through the cooler months?

This Fall and upcoming holiday season I have challenged myself to tackle a new kind of craft.  I usually lose my shit for the Christmas holiday because I’m that person.  I am a few years away from the ugly sweater that has dough and icing stains on it while I force my family to take awkward pictures to capture the moment(s).  As a child, I would dedicate hours to Martha Stewart’s shows learning new tips and tricks (back when her show was better and it was just her for the hour and her crafts).  I intend on making wreaths.  One day I will showcase how I decorated my son’s nursery.  I made flowers and vines for the jungle theme I choose.  It looked awesome but the amount of insects that I attracted, I will never do something like that again for a kid’s room.  I didn’t realize they would want to invade a room with fake flowers but I lived and learned.

The  few wreaths I’ve come across on Pinterest look awesome but they’re so overpriced.  Stay tuned for my adventures in crafting!  I plan on making something for Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  What are you getting into?  Taking any risks? Learning anything new?  Let me know!

 

 

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