Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, my sweets!  I hope you all have a fun, safe holiday…

This year, Travis and I dressed up as a spelling bee (note the letters on the tutu of my bee costume) and a spelling bee champion :)

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?  Will you dress up?  What’s your costume?  Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!

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Cold Weather Must-Have: Opaque Tights!

Sometimes in the fall and winter I get sick of wearing jeans everyday.  So I rely on lots of tights to make my skirts and dresses cold weather-ready.

This year, I’m loving opaque tights.  They have a retro 60’s feel while still looking totally modern.

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The color I most want to add to my collection?

Yellow!

What do you think of opaque tights?  Do you own any?  Got a must-have color in mind?  Share in the comments!

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Spooky (and tasty!) Halloween Cupcakes

Travis and I went to a Halloween party on Saturday night and I brought pumpkin cupcakes to mark the occasion.  I was happy with how they turned out, so I thought I’d share :)

These are technically pumpkin muffins, but with the addition of homemade cream cheese frosting, they are truly decadent (and perfectly festive).  Here’s the recipe…

The Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour                                 1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. cinnamon                                  1/3 cup water

1 tsp. baking soda                               1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt                                             6 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. ground ginger                            1 1/3 cup sugar

2 eggs                                                    1 cup pumpkin puree

1) Preheat oven to 350.

2) Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

3) Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.

4) Bake for 20-24 mins.

*special trick* for extra moist muffins, place a glass dish with ~4 cups water under your muffin tin in the oven.  The water creates a more humid cooking environment and creates the perfect muffin consistency!

The Frosting

1 stick butter

1 tub whipped cream cheese (8 oz.)

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1) Melt the butter and beat into room temperature cream cheese.

2) Add vanilla.

3) Slowly incorporate powdered sugar.

4) Try not to eat it all before applying it to your cupcakes :)

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Have a Spooky Weekend!

This weekend promises to be very festive! There are lots of gatherings and Travis and I are excited to rock our newly-finished Halloween costumes (I’ll show you guys next week). We still haven’t carved or decorated our pumpkins yet, either, so there’s lots to be done!

Let’s kick off the weekend with some fun links from around the web…

Sneak peek of Mad Men!

Awesome decorations for a Halloween party.

Would you rock spider lashes?

A friend of mine is making these for her sister’s baby shower… so cute!

Cool fall nails.

What a fun way to plant succulents!

Fun eyelash ideas for Halloween.

On my fall wish list: a collar necklace

Are you serious?  PECAN PIE BARS!!

Herringbone floors are my latest design obsession.

What are you up to this weekend?  Going to/hosting any Halloween parties?  What’s your costume this year?  Share in the comments!

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Poll: Are You A Halloween Decorator?

Since we live in an apartment, so there’s only so much decorating Travis and I can do for holidays.  I always put out a little something for Halloween, but my holiday of choice for decorating is Christmas.

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Travis, on the other hand, can’t wait until we have a “real” house so he can go all-out on decorations.  He has fantasies of creating a haunted house every Halloween and hanging tons of lights each Christmas.

What I look forward to most: trick or treaters!  :)

I’m curious, do you decorate your house on Halloween (or other holidays)?  Have you ever created a haunted house or any other extravagant decor?

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