Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muertos)

Day of the Dead or El Día de los Muertos, celebrated from Midnight on October 31 to November 2 is not about tricks and treats or getting really scared while watching the Conjuring. For Mexican people it is a time to celebrate and welcome loved ones who have passed. I was driving home from work the other day and heard a story about pan de muerto (bread of the dead). The journalist kept remarking about the fragrance of the bread and how it was meant to attract the dead. To me a tradition that celebrates the lives of passed loved ones with great food is my kind of holiday. So I took my chances at making it myself. I found the recipe here, and I think it turned out pretty well. My favorite detail is the skull and crossbones made out of dough on top. The sugary coating really makes it irresistible. Does anyone celebrate El Día de los Muertos?

Cat Woman

Although I love my Mad Hatter costume and its accompanying hat that I shed blood and tears over, this would be a nice outfit to wear on Halloween if I were going to a fancy party. Hint, hint. I want to go to a fancy party. Someone please invite me to a fancy party so I have an excuse to buy this dress! When I came across it the other day, I was instantly obsessed with the print. It goes beyond the usual animal print and the result is quirky and fun without being something only an 11-year old would wear. Typical Anthropologie genius! I think the print could be used for just about anything, but in the form of this perfectly girly dress, it’s the cat’s pajamas.

Wear to Work Costume: The Mad Hatter

I like the idea of wearing a Mad Hatter costume to work because it utilizes the clothes I would normally wear to work just completely mismatched. This costume in its simplest form is a pair of cropped patterned pants, ruffle button down, blazer, ankle booties, hat, and a tie. I feel like all of these things have been trends lately. If you are a trend-following nerd like me, than you should have these things in your closet already. The only thing you shouldn’t have in your closet is this hat I fashioned from cardboard, a men’s suit blazer found at the thrift store, lots of duct tape, and some ribbon. No, I actually don’t have a lot of free time on my hands.

To make the hat I followed this great DIY post on diy inspired. It looks daunting, but in reality the more mistakes you make, the more askew the hat looks, which is kind of the point. Anyone else dressing up for work? Or did I just completely embarrass myself?

Weekend Wear: Striped Cardigan and Corduroy Pants

 Details: Marshalls cardigan, lace tank and pants / Pavement necklace / Old Navy boots

Reason #355 why I love fall: I get to wear these corduroy pants. They feel so sumptuous and warm, and the dark maroon is the perfect romantic statement for fall. The girly lace tank mixed with the tough suede boots, as well the stripes in unexpected colors make the look more interesting. I feel like this outfit is a great mix of playful and serious and can easily transition from visiting pumpkin patches during the day to drinking pumpkin beers at night. As if there was anything else to do? If we are brave enough we might try to watch the Conjuring this weekend and we will be picking out our annual giant pumpkins for carving. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Fall Decor

I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches on my Halloween/Fall decor. Here are a few of my favorites this year. What fall decor are you really liking this year?

I wanted to write a message on my pumpkin and looked all over the internet for a template, but wasn’t finding anything I liked so I tried my best at free hand. It was actually surprisingly easy to do. I wrote the message with a pencil first. Then I traced over the pencil with a sharpie marker and filled in where I thought it looked appropriate.

 Trader Joe’s pumpkin tree.

 A plastic skull I spray painted gold.

Pie pumpkin and mini white pumpkins from Market District.

Autumn Complements: Orange and Maroon

I’ve had this H&M dress for a couple of years now, and I never fail to get excited to wear it every fall. It’s orange hue puts me right in the mood for pumpkin carving and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” for the hundredth time. I love the complement of orange and maroon together for fall. The rich pairing just feels right, but surprisingly this is the first time I thought of wearing this dress with these tights. Kind of seems like a no-brainer now. I wore this to work so I could easily transition to a happy hour later that night. In the past I have worn this dress with my purple paisley scarf. Purple and orange are another great fall color combo. What colors are you excited to be wearing for fall?

H&M dress / Riley necklace / Franco Sarto boots / Charleston market earrings

3 Spooky Books to Read in October

If I had to trace my love of scary stories back to some event from my childhood it would be the sleepover parties that my sisters and I used to host. We always seemed to be equipped with a flash light and the latest edition of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I think that will always be my favorite source for scary stories. 
As October is here, my need for something spooky is renewed. Here are three books that rate high on my spooky radar:
Real stories are sometimes the scariest. Capote tells the story of an actual quadruple murder of a farm family in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. He traveled to Holcomb to interview investigators and local residents about the horrific details. I have never read it, but it is on my list if I ever build up the courage to read it. 

“Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn

In Gone Girl, Flynn takes you on a wild goose chase as Nick tries to find his wife Amy who disappeared on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary. I read this book at the beach two years ago, and I can honestly say that I did not know how it was going to end until I read the very last page. It kept me engaged the entire time, leaving little breadcrumbs here and there. You think you know what is going on, but you just have to keep reading to find out what will happen. Definitely a page turner!

“The Shining,” Stephen King

In “The Shining,” you follow Jack Torrence as he takes a job in Colorado as a caretaker at a hotel that closes every winter. He and his family are expecting a peaceful time isolated in the mountains, but they soon find out that their stay at the Overlook hotel will be anything but peaceful. Danny, the son, starts seeing things and Jack starts acting not so nice. If you’ve seen the move, you know what I mean.

What are you reading this October?