Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Entertainment

Happy almost Halloween. For my final Halloween post of the day, I thought I would share one of my favorite tv show halloween clips. Werewolf Bar Mitzvah on 30 Rock.

Also thanks to my friend Jasmine, drunk Ewok's on the Today show this morning. Oh the joys of live television.

And if you need more, here is a post of SNL's top 10 halloween skits. Enjoy!

My Halloween Costume

To be honest I've taken the last couple halloweens off from dressing up. So I'm a little rusty in the creativity/costume finding department. And honestly I am not a fan of spending money on stuff I am only going to wear for one night. Why would I want to spend $50 on a cheap fabric costume that will sit in the back of my closet the rest of the year?

So this year, it became my goal to put together a cute costume, that I didn't look ridiculous in, and that added to my wardrobe. I decided to go with the flapper look since modern glam is all the rage.

I bought this ruffle skirt at Urban Outfitters. Granted its more modern than flapper. But it still has the layered ruffle look, and I will totally wear it again. I'm planning on pairing it with a plain black tank top so it gives the effect of a dress.

For accessories I bought this vintage beaded headband, which I also plan to put around my head a la Ashley Olsen style.

I bought this necklace off of Ebay. I thought the tassels were very 1920's. Long pearls would also work though.

And to finish it off I bought these super cute oxford t-strap heels at Target. They were a great price, will be perfect for my costume, and again I will totally wear them again with dresses.

To pull the look all together I'm going to wear bright red lipstick, my hair in wavy curls (maybe a few pieces pinned back) and smokey eye makeup. There are some amazing tutorials for makeup and hair on Youtube I highly suggest you check out. Even if you are not going as a flapper, you can search Youtube for makeup tips for your own costume and hair.

Altogether it may not be historically classic flapper, but I think it is still close enough people can tell what I am going for. And when it is all said and done, I'll be able to wear all these items again!

Halloween in the Time of Cholera

While looking for my morning photo I stumbled upon these glorious old halloween photographs. Its good to see that even back then people got creative and had fun with halloween. I have to admit, some of the costumes are pretty amazing. Especially the black cat costume at the bottom. Flickr user stevechasmar has a whole flickr set of amazingness, so make sure to check out the rest. And if you haven't figured out your costume for Saturday, maybe it could be of some inspiration.

Good Morning: Happy Almost Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mod Cloth: Jackets

I am a serious sucker for jackets. I just love them so much. And I always say that in the winter people hardly ever see your outfits. Most people end up seeing your jacket. So you might as well make it cute.

I am loving Mod Cloth's collection of coats and jackets this season. And of course they are always adding more. Prices are also reasonable, which is a major plus in my book. The one thing I can't attest to is how thick/warm they are. Which is always a risk when ordering jackets online. But for a jacket that cute and reasonably priced....I'd be willing to put on some long john underwear under my outfit for the sake of style.

Good Morning: Have a Cup of Fall

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Buying Local: Hill's Kitchen

Paying a visit to Hill's Kitchen this weekend reminded me of why I love this neighborhood cooking store so much. I'm telling you every time I stop in there the owner, Leah, as well as any of the staff have always been so helpful.

Full disclosure I am not much of a cook, though I blame that more on my single status than anything else. But I do love to look around cooking stores. And Hill's Kitchen is the best place to do that. Every time I've gone in the staff has been so knowledgeable in helping me select gifts or find items for myself. And there is nothing like supporting a local business. I just love the neighborhood feel of people knowing each other every time I stop by.

Something else unique to Hill's Kitchen are their DC cookie cutters. The owner has decided to have a special DC cookie cutter made for every year that she is open. Last year it was a cookie cutter in the shape of the district. And this year she just got in cookie cutters in the shape of the Capitol Building. Super fun for your district themed cut-out cookies.

Another bonus is that they have inexpensive cooking classes in their upstairs kitchen. My roommate recently did a pie making class and absolutely loved it. Usually the cost ranges from $35-$55 and they cover everything from Knife Skills to how to make a Thanksgiving feast. The cost definitely doesn't break the bank and it is a great weekend activity to do with a friend or loved one.

Hill's Kitchen is located right across from the Eastern Market metro stop on D street, SE. I highly suggest you stop by for your own cooking needs, gifts for others, or just to check it out!

Good Morning: Ready for an Adventure

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Weekend in Pictures

Happy Tuesday.  I've been sick for the past few days, hence the delay on Weekend in Pictures.  Luckily it didn't come on until the end of my "fall-tastic" weekend.  

While I didn't start off my weekend with a "fall" happy hour, I did at least start off my weekend with a happy hour at Fox and Hounds in Dupont.

Saturday morning I had brunch with a friend at the french restaurant Montmartre in Eastern Market.  Even though I live so close by, it was my first time trying this delicious brunch spot.

Afterwards we walked around the market buying pumpkins and cider.

Saturday afternoon another one of my friends paid a visit to my neighborhood.  We warmed up some of my market cider and went for a walk around Capitol Hill.

We stopped at Hill's Kitchen, one of my favorite cooking stores, to pick up a few items for our baking project.

Then Frager's Hardware so I could pick up a few items for the apartment.

They were having a pumpkin carving contest, which I thought was so cute.

Fall color in my neighborhood.

Playing in the leaves.

Then we made delicious apple cider doughnuts from Smitten Kitchen's recipe.

Sunday I went apple picking with a group of friends at Crooked Run Orchard, about an hour outside DC.

You can also pick your own pumpkins there.

Unfortunately the apple trees were a little over picked.  So we just bought apples at the stand instead.

And more pumpkins of course.

Afterwards we checked out the fairly new Sunset Hills Vineyard.

Their wine tastings are in a really cute barn and surprisingly it was actually pretty crowded around the bar.

After your tastings you can sit on the back porch, listen to live music, and enjoy wine, fresh bread, and cheese.

The perfect fall day on a vineyard.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fabulous Fall Weekend in the District

I'm extremely excited about this weekend and hope to take advantage of all it's fall gloriousness. I'm counting that between this weekend and next weekend, the peak of fall will hit, and I'm not planning on missing any of it.

Nothing starts off a weekend right like a fall Happy Hour. This picture is from my fall apple cocktail at West End Bistro. I'm hoping to try out PS7's Pumpkin Cocktail or their Foamy Fresh Apple. Sounds like fall in a glass with an extra kick! Here is a whole list of fall happy hours so you don't miss out on any of the fun fall drinks by local mixologists.

There are some great autumn walks/drives both in the city and outside of the city. Rock Creek Park is definitely worth visiting as well as many parks in Virginia and Maryland. The Washington Post has a whole article of places worth checking out for optimal fall foliage.

If the weather is crummy on Saturday I plan on making these mini pumpkin pies. How adorable, right? And you can easily freeze them in batches and take a few out when you are craving just a taste of pumpkin pie.

Sunday I'm hoping the weather stays nice so that I can go apple and pumpkin picking outside the city. It was like torture going to all the pumpkin patches in Boston and not being able to bring any pumpkins home. So I'm itching at the bit to get a few of my own. And what better place to do it than a place where you can also pick apples and drink cider. I have yet to decide which farm to go to from this list, but I'm leaning towards Homestead Farm.

Who knows if I'll get to all these things on my list, but I know no matter what I'll be having a fabulous fall weekend. And hopefully a few of these things will inspire you to get outside and enjoy the season as well!

My Thrift Store Find: Treasury

Ok so I've been sitting on this post for a while. So I'm sorry I'm just getting to it now. But several weekends ago one of my girlfriends brought me to the most amazing vintage consignment shop called Treasury. You can tell every piece of merchandise is selected very carefully and everything from the dresses, accessories, and jewelry are all so glamorous. Even the store itself is arranged beautifully.

So now that you are drooling over the store, on to the goods. My friend found the most amazing purple mod dress with detailed gold collar that she is modeling below. Basically the perfect party dress. The shop owner said it used to belong to a model that brings in her clothes to sell every once in a while. I love hearing the stories behind each piece!

I found an amazing Mad Men style dress that fits like a glove. I have yet to find the right heels to go with it (hence my bare feet), but I am super excited to wear this dress to work or to some sort of afternoon party. The store owner unfortunately didn't know the story behind this dress, but said she purchased it at an estate sale.

I'm not a huge fan of showing you my large assets, but it is a better view from the side showing you what I mean about the Mad Men style and fit. I could totally see Joan Harris sauntering around the office in a number like this or even Betty Draper wearing it to a garden party.

You can tell by looking at all the stitching and no tags that this is a true vintage find made with love.

Treasury is located close to the intersection of 14th and U, NW. I highly recommend checking it out to find some unique pieces and classic staples for your wardrobe.
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