BLOGTOBER, Uncategorized

Blogtober Day 26: Easy Halloween Costumes on a Budget!

Hey hey hey!

Only five more days until Halloween! FIVE! October has flown by; I can hardly believe we’re less than two months away from Christmas (if you thought I was festive now…HA). Since we’re getting so close (and since I have yet to buy my Halloween costume) I thought it was the perfect time to post some super easy costume ideas. I’m forever and always the person who waits until the very last minute to throw together a costume, which is probably why I never do anything absurdly complex. But hey, why fix what ain’t broken, ya know?

For Halloween last year,  I did a couples costume. It’s a great idea, it just turns out that doing it with my ex was a really bad idea. But the costume turned out great, so I just edited the pictures a little bit to keep them usable…

I did it on snapchat before I knew how to use Photoshop, so it’s not the best, but you get the idea. Super easy costume. I bought a pink cardigan, white button down, and khaki skirt from the thrift store (Savers, Goodwill, etc.). I already had the white sneakers, but they were from Target super cheap. There ya go! Costume #1.

Costume #2 is a creation from my senior year of college. Fun fact: I had actually done this costume as a child, when I was nine or ten, and I thought it was so fun I decided to do it again as an adult!

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It’s Pippi Longstocking! Every time I see this picture, it just reminds me how much I love this character, and how much I really need to read this again. Anyway, really easy costume again. Like the last one, this is all stuff you can get at the thrift store. A brightly colored t-shirt, any kind of jumper (mine was a long denim one that I cut), and a couple of mismatched, tall socks. Black boots would be ideal; I didn’t have any, so these are actually a pair of black tap shoes I found at Goodwill. LOL my roommates got so annoyed with me tapping around all night! For the hair, just get some pipe cleaners or craft wire and braid it into your hair, then bend your braids up. Spray the red color on (I literally used one of the super cheap bright hair sprays you can get in the Halloween section of Target), then hairspray your hair a TON to hold it all together. Dot a few freckles on your cheeks with a brown eyeliner, and you’re all set to go!

This next one isn’t a specific person, per say, but I think it still qualifies as a costume!

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I actually did this for my 23rd birthday, which was 90’s themed, but I think it works for Halloween too! Just put on anything really that screams 90’s. You can do plaid, scrunchies, brown lipstick, literally whatever you already have. I put on a white t-shirt, a  black sundress, and some black knee socks and flats. I already had some scrunchies lying around, so I did a half up half down side ponytail with a white one, and voila! I would also suggest adding a choker to this ensemble to really make it perfect!

Those are just three quick, easy costume ideas you can pull out of your closet (or your local Goodwill) when you’re in a pinch! I still have to pick mine for this year…if you have any suggestions, leave them below! 🙂

Soul Food, Uncategorized

Blogtober Day 6: Q: Is blogging a stressor or a stress relief?

Hello again,

Lately this question has been running around in my mind about whether blogging is more stressful than it is helpful. I mean, think about it. It’s a time committment, it takes a lot of creativity and practice, it’s definitely an act of effort.

So then why do it? If you’re already stressed and busy, why keep something else on the plate? That’s time you could be sleeping, or working on another project (like the forgotten novel in my harddrive…), or doing any number of things. So why blogging?

After thinking, I realized that my blog is truly a stress relief for me. Yes, it takes time, but it allows me to have this window of time where I am doing something I still deem productive, but I’m not stressed about (as opposed to doing homework). It’s just for fun. There’s no stakes. This isn’t my livelihood. It’s just something that lets me take a breather and share some funny stories with the world. And by world, I mean my Grandma, who is the MVP and reads literally every single one of these and comments because she’s the most wonderful woman in the world and I’m so blessed to have her (HI GRANDMA I LOVE YOU!!).

This is all stuff I enjoy. I love exploring different ideas about happiness and self love and the psychology of humans. I love the fall. I love beauty and lifestyle content. I love connecting with people and making new friends, and truly I have met some wonderful people through the short time I’ve been blogging. It’s just FUN.

It also helps you to learn how to make mistakes. If I miss a post, I learn not to beat myself up over it. I just write it the next day, and keep going. If my content isn’t perfect, I have to remind myself that perfection isn’t an attainable standard and whatever I can do is ENOUGH.

This sounds so bizarre, but it’s really therapeutic in a way! So if you’re considering starting a blog, you should! I think you’ll be surprised at what it can do for you. And of course if you need any support just let me know! I’d love to chat!