Sunday, October 25, 2015

Costume Countdown

I haven't dressed up for Halloween in a couple years. Admittedly, my ex hated putting on a costume, so we just kind of avoided it. In six years, I think we dressed up twice. Both times I managed to mostly use stuff I already owned to put something together:

I purchased a costume but didn't like the pleather short skirt included so I wore the cheaply made jersey with fishnets and shorts I already owned. I put my hair in pigtails and smeared mascara under my eyes to complete the look. 

Minnie Mouse 
I owned the black and white dress, red belt and red pumps. Cute button earrings paired with those sequinned ears direct from Disneyland. I forgot to paint my nose black and add whiskers before I got to the party though...

So this year, when I agreed to go to a Halloween party, I realized I would have to go buy something new as I didn't have the time or creativity in me to put something together. 

So I headed over to my nearest <a grief="">Spirit Halloween</a> store to try some things on. 

Here are a few of the costumes I tried: 

I loved the blue and gold patterned dress and appreciated he opportunity to be pretty but not "sexy". Plus it was drapey so I figured it would be comfy. 

This was actually one of the sexiest costumes I tried on. It was also one of my favourites. I was surprised how comfy it was, considering it was mostly pleather.  

I liked that I could just throw this tunic over some leggings. Super comfy but kind of edgy. 

The fabric here was actually nice but it was ridiculously warm and the fake corset wasn't flattering on me, despite what the sales lady says...

 Again, this one is just pretty. I could do nice hair and makeup, and possibly even wear flats since it's so long. It definitely shows off the "girls" though...

This girl looks pretty badass. I like this drapey fit that still looks sexy. Any costume where you can carry a sword is good. 

So, any ideas on which one I picked?   I won't be sharing until afterwards though so you'll have to stay tuned and wait for pictures! 

Surprising Finds: Superstore

This weekend I popped over to Superstore to see if I could find another white faux-fur pillow for my love seat. Sadly, they were all sold out of my white, but I did manage to find a whole bunch of other great things!

Every once in a while, they knock it out of the park, design-wise and I think they are killing it right now. Here are a few things I picked up: 

I couldn't NOT pick up this pillow. I had been looking for an inexpensive stag head pillow and this silver foil on grey linen was absolutely perfect. At $16.00 it was definitely reasonable.  It also comes in gold foil on a more cream coloured linen. 

This silver studded skull was a nice big size and was the perfect glam touch to add inside the cloche on my coffee table. I've been wanting a glam skull forever and am not sure why it took so long, I LOVE how it looks!! 

I always thought I was a bit of a candle hoarder...until the power went out for about 2 hours on a Friday night and I was forced to light pretty much every candle I own. The good news is that a buddy who lives across the street said it looked like I was the only person on the street with power. But I did realize I was grossly ill-prepared for an emergency, and vowed to stock up before winter.  Thankfully, I found these on sale for 40% off yesterday.  At $4.44 each, these fall-scented beauties were a great buy. I can't get enough of the Maple Syrup and  Blueberry cobbler scents. 

While I didn't pick these up, I do have them on my wish list. 
This gorgeous marble slab board is absolutely stunning. Perfect for photo shoots or simply arranging food for family  get-togethers. At $60.00, it's a bit more than I want to spend but considering I've seen smaller ones that I liked less for around $30 at other stores, this isn't bad.

These wood-grain looking chargers come in 3 different "stains", the light grey, the medium brown and a darker brown. I kinda want all three colors!  They're super lightweight and $5.00 a piece which is reasonable. 

There was a ton of great stuff but I didn't get too many photos as it started to get hard since I just had a slowly filling basket instead of an actual cart hahaha

But it just goes to show you, some of the coolest home decor items can come from the most unexpected places! 

What have you found lately in an unexpected location? Have you found anything fun at Superstore? 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Five Things For Friday

Goodness me! The last couple weeks have been out of control exhausting with work! I can't remember the last time I felt this tired, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! 

Thankfully, I'm pretty sure my contract for my 3rd job is ended and even if it's not, I think I need to bow out.... I just don't have it in me! 

Then it was Thanksgiving and my entire family was in town. Then I got a last minute invite to the Madonna concert, it was my birthday and finally. I have a nice quiet weekend to get my life back in order! 

But for now, here are 5 things for Friday:

Excuse the used off look on my face. I was trying to be serious.... This leopard scarf has been on repeat as much as a possible. It was a sale find at <a href="">Old Navy</a> for something like $11.00. I don't see it online anymore but I am sure you could probably find it in store. I knot my ends together  and wear it as an Infinity style. 

This girl. I have been a terrible mom this summer/fall since I have been pretty sick and super busy. But I make every effort to get our butts to the dogpark on Sundays! 

There's nothing like an unexpected surprise when a co-worker gets back from a vacation. A 3 week visit to Spurh Korea got me these sweet goodies. I am loving the beautiful coasters and plan on having them out for my guests this weekend!

Firstly, I am NOT pregnant. This is my new niece/nephew.  We are at 21 weeks here and I can't wait to meet her/him. Especially since my sister in law told me this week that they are leaving the sex a surprise this time around.... Aaak how will my OCD self deal? 

Lastly, I'm a Canadian girl through and through and there's nothing that says Canadiana more than the classic multi-colored stripe of a point blanket from <a href="">Hudson'sBay</a> . They are carrying the classic pattern on so many different items now (including Christmad Crackers!) and I'd love a pair of the beach towels! The traditional colors don't work with my home decor but I also wouldn't be upset to receive a Caribou Throw in the cream and grey color scheme! 

That's just a slice of what I've been up to lately. It's nice to occasionally do a photo dump when I haven't been able to share with regular blogging. But now that I am not working 3 jobs anymore and have a quiet weekend I am gonna get all my posts up!