If you’re throwing a Halloween party tonight, here’s a drink you might want to try. It’s called The Witch Doctor. I first had it when I went to the Voodoo Lounge in Las Vegas. It’s over-sized, mixed with multiple liquors and delicious. Plus no one can resist a foggy drink at a Halloween party!
1 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
1 oz. Captain Morgan Rum
1 oz. Malibu Rum
1 oz. peach schnapps
2 oz. Cruzan Pineapple Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Raspberry rum
1/2 oz. Grenadine
2 oz. pineapple juice
4 oz. sour mix
Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice
Right now I’m really loving these printed tees from BetterStayTogether! Most are around only $30 and there’s a variety of colors and prints. Check it out:
I found this DIY on A Pair and a Spare. It’s super easy and a great way to add new life to an old pair of shoes!
Dying over this mustard handbag from Ikabags on Etsy called La Boheme
Like many New Yorkers, once a year I take a trip to CT to watch the leaves change colors, walk through a corn maze and pick up some apple cider. Here are some other reasons I love visiting the suburbs:
These stars that people hang on their barns and fences
Green moss and fungus that grows on the trees, I don’t know why but I find it beautiful
Rocking chairs on front porches
Large open fields of nothing but straw grass
These woven basket things people hang on the side of their homes
The sound of crickets chirping
Feeling a little closer to nature
Labradorite necklaces are new in the Etsy shop. Beautiful stone has shades of blue, green and grey. Stone pendant is small and the perfect piece to layer with others.
*Like most necklaces in my Etsy shop, you can pick the exact stone you want!
Here’s part 2 of the Halloween Inspiration!
New cute earrings in the Etsy shop. These heart earrings are made from lapis lazuli, a beautiful blue stone with flecks of gold in it. The pictures don’t do these sweet little earrings justice!
I got really excited when I discovered Hoaken + Helga on Etsy! The shop makes custom handbags out of reclaimed leather. We all have our vices, reclaimed/vintage leather just happens to be one of mine. Take a look at some items from the shop:
The shop also offers bag charms, the dreamcatcher one below is my favorite!
Grab the recipe below. Make it five-star presentable by putting the soup in a cut-out pumpkin bowl!
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until seeds begin to brown.
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in flour and curry powder until smooth. Cook, stirring, until mixture begins to bubble. Gradually whisk in broth, and cook until thickened. Stir in pumpkin and half-and-half. Season with soy sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring just to a boil, then remove from heat. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.
Customize a set of 2 friendship bracelets in the Nautical Wheeler Etsy shop. Lots of colors to pick from! I’ve been wearing mine for the past few weeks, the fabric is so soft I barely realize I have them on.
Here’s some pics to get you in the spirit of Halloween. Stay tuned Friday for Part 2!
Who’s going to the Village Halloween Parade?
New in the shop are these Agate Necklaces. I love how each one has it’s own unique pattern! Bon bon agate necklaces come in a variety of flavors, pick your favorite!
*Agate necklaces also available in the NW shop
There is nothing like a photo that makes you want to peek inside and see more! This photography shop on Etsy, ellemoss, does just that.
Tobi is having a 30% off sale on their new items! Take a look:
This Joia handbag is only $43
Frye boots are on sale!
I think mint green has become my new favorite color
Owl bracelet features a brass owl with large red coral stone. Only available in the Nautical Wheeler Etsy shop!
If you are stumped on a Halloween costume, take a look at these creative masks for some inspiration.
Red Wine Fairy Mask - Halloween doesn’t mean you have to dress up in a scary costume. I often use Halloween as an excuse to live out my haute couture fantasies!
Swan Lake - Dress as a character from your favorite movie
Leather Mask - Make your costume sexy via leather & feathers
Masquerade - What would you wear to a Masquerade Ball?
Copper Mask - Play up the gypsy within
I’ve always wanted to incorporate a birdcage into my home decor. I found this DIY on Design Sponge. I think this look would be perfect for my dining room! Check it out:
I love the look of the rough pyrite with the smooth gold chain. Pyrite necklace is new in the Etsy shop.
Whimsical hats and hair pieces from Zara Carpenter on Etsy. I love the look of the black hat below, it looks like haute couture version of the Mad Hatter’s!
Halloween is only a little more than a week away. Getting into the spirit of the holiday, here are some pics from Salem, MA.
I love the look of this long amethyst necklace. Amethyst stone is large and faceted and looks stylish wire wrapped onto a long brass chain. Only 1 in the shop!
Here is my dream list of vintage home decor via Etsy
Chaise Lounge from FrenchEclectic - $2,275
Pull-down Maps from jerseyicecreamco - $1,950
French Chandelier from mybeautifulthings - $2,995
Apothecary Cabinet from urgestudio - $3,200
Bird Cage from UncleShmoozie - $525
Head Board from toddmanring - $700
I love these looks from Free People for Fall. It’s a mix of rocker-chic and bohemian. My favorite piece is this jacket, which of course is the most expensive! If anyone has a look-for-less I’d love the link.
How amazing are these photos? A whole Etsy shop devoted to polaroid transfers! Matt Schwartz out of Brooklyn, NY is the artist behind the work. Check it out:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 2/3 cups milk
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
Check out this cozy vintage finds from The Vintage Mistress on Etsy!
Take a sneak peek inside a real woman’s NYC apartment. Jordana rents a 430 sq. foot studio on the Upper East side. See how she took it from blank to fabulous in only 30 days!
Wishing I had exposed brick in my apartment! Gorgeous
I recently discovered the photography of Alexandra Valenti. I love the style of the shoots! You may even recognize some of the photos from around the inter-webs. Check it out:
Out of Brooklyn, NY, Alexandra Grecco offers beautiful and romantic clothing. I especially love the scalloped shorts! Take a look:
When it comes to nail art I have to admit, I’m not that talented. Especially since I’m right handed and doing anything with my left hand looks like a two year old’s diary. However, this DIY is actually pretty easy even if you aren’t ambidextrous.
Sequins had their rise and fall and now I believe they are on the rise again. One piece of sparkle is all you need to bring an outfit to life. Perfect to wear for a night out, vintage sequins can add a touch of something special!
I’m loving Thilda’s style on Lookbook and how each picture looks like a mini photo-shoot!
I’m loving these comfy cozies I found in this Etsy shop, Nicola and the Newfoundler! The shop is filled with everything from yoga pants to owl tees. I especially love all the peacock and feather prints. Take a look:
As the weather outside gets colder the more I start to crave things like hot apple cider and pumpkin pie! Here’s a delicious pumpkin dessert that only takes about 30 minutes to make. Pumpkin Truffles!
Yields: 30 truffles
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 10 min
2 1/2 cups top-quality white chocolate, chopped into small pieces, divided*
1/3 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon powdered (confectioners’) sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of fine salt
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
* Use a good-quality chocolate. The taste and quality of the truffle is primarily dependent on the quality of chocolate you start with.
In a double boiler over medium-low heat, melt 1/2 cup of the white chocolate; stirring to keep the chocolate from burning. Once melted, remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. NOTE: White chocolate may be melted in the microwave for approximately 1 minute.
Add gingersnap crumbs, pumpkin puree, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, and cream cheese to the melted chocolate; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl, cover, and refrigerate until just solid enough to roll into bells, approximately 2 hours.
Line a large baking sheet or tray with parchment paper.
Melt the remaining 2 cups white chocolate in a double boiler; remove from heat and transfer to a small deep bowl.
Using your hands, roll 1 heaping teaspoon of the pumpkin/cream cheese mixture into a ball; drop the ball into the melted white chocolate. Working quickly, gently spoon chocolate over the ball to coat. Using a small spoon or fork, lift the coated truffle ball out of the chocolate, shake off any excess and chocolate, and transfer to the prepared baking sheet or tray.
Dollop a bit of extra melted chocolate on any parts of the truffle ball that remains exposed, then sprinkle a few gingersnap or graham cracker crumbs over the top, if you like. Repeat process with remain pumpkin/cream cheese mixture and melted white chocolate.
Refrigerate the truffles until the chocolate is completely set, approximately 1 hour. For best results, chill truffles until you are ready to serve them.
Makes about 30 truffles.
Earlier this past summer I blogged about hair accessories I had found on Etsy. One of the pieces I fell in love with was a bohemian headband from Neesie Designs. Melanie was kind enough to send me the headband and it’s been one of my favorite hair accessories ever since!
Me wearing my new headband!
The quality of these are amazing, especially for the price. This one retails for only $22!!! See below for more styles that I love: