Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Mood Table 2014

The concept is from Dinosaur Dracula. For Christmas you put up a Christmas tree, but for Halloween you have the mood table. Every time we light it up it feels so much like Halloween in our room. I really love the atmosphere while we're watching horror movies. Adrian decided he wanted to watch 31 this month, like I tried and failed to do last year. I think I would have done a much better job had I not been trying to watch them on my own. I'm so happy he's in the holiday spirit for Halloween, hopefully that carries on into Christmas. Anyway, here is our 2014 Halloween Mood Table:

The hand painting in the middle is by my fiance, Adrian. :)

These Left 4 Dead posters are currently hanging above our bed. They were a gift from my younger sister. 

Underneath the tv, behind everything, there are a couple records and a piece of art we got from comic con a few years back. Over the windows we have two Friday the 13th movie posters and a Nightmare on Elm Street poster, all from the remakes. Since they're theater posters the light comes through them and it looks pretty spooky.

1. // A vintage 1960's Casper doll Adrian and I bought a few years ago at a thrift shop. It's a little dirty but the voice box still works
2. & 3. // Light up pumpkin and skeleton honey comb decoration; both from Fun Corner, a local costume shop.
4. // A vintage Halloween candy dish I found last year.
5. // Baskets holding Hostess Scary Cakes and Halloween Twinkies.
6. // Carved pumpkin and werewolf Vinylmation's.
7. // We bought these skulls at Olvera Street in Los Angeles a couple of years ago. We have them out all year anyway, but we liked them for this table too.
8. // Adrian got a pack of 8 of these bear things from Fun Corner.
9. // The extra Ghostbuster's Krispy Kreme box they gave us.
10. // A weird head trick-or-treat pail on top of a Halloween music record sleeve.
11. // The Halloween banner I made last year. I originally had it hanging in front of the windows, like last year, but we moved it once we put up the posters.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Too sick to post and what I did this week.

I've been pretty sick the last two weeks so I haven't really had a chance to post anything. I'm finally starting to feel better so I thought I'd post some pictures I took this weekend and the last couple of days.

I did a lot of eating again this weekend. We also spent most of Saturday with my sister and her boyfriend going to different places to look at Halloween stuff. We then spent the evening at their apartment playing games (video and board). It was a lot of fun.

Other (kind of) interesting stuff I did this week was drive an hour round trip to get the new Ghostbuster's Krispy Kreme donuts. They were delicious and well worth the drive, but the filling did not taste like marshmallow. Which was fine. I also tried their pumpkin cheesecake donut and it was amazing. We also went to our local costume shop, Fun Corner, to check out what they had and to get some more stuff for our Halloween mood table. I will get into that more in a later post once it's finished. I'm really excited about it.

Just a reminder, if you want to join in on my October photo a day challenge you can get the details here.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Inspiration; Halloween Party

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I don't think I've ever had a Halloween party. I have one vague memory of a friends party as a kid, but the closest I've got is community Halloween parties. When I lived in the little town in Maryland where I grew up, the town always threw holiday parties. My mom was on the committee so my sisters and I would always be recruited to help decorate. I always had so much fun going to the community center at night when it was empty and help get everything set up. I felt very important. ha. During the parties we had cupcake decorating, games to win candy, and costume contests. At least one of my siblings and I would always win a prize because my mom always made amazing costumes by hand. One of the things that gets me most excited about having kids one day is celebrating holidays. 

I absolutely love vintage/vintage looking Halloween decorations. More than any other kind of vintage things. They're just so much spookier and interesting. A lot of the decorations I currently have Adrian and I found in various thrift/vintage shops when we lived in Virginia. My favorite by far, however, is the Halloween candy dish I found after Halloween last year. I'm excited to get to use it this year. I already filled it with candy corn my mom bought me.

 I would probably never actually use tarot cards. They've always freaked me out, along with Ouija boards. I had my palm read once with Adrian at Knott's Scary Farm a few years ago. That was enough for me. I'm not really sure if I believe in ghosts, but the possibility scares me and I don't want to mess with that.

As of now I don't have any plans for Halloween, but hopefully we can come up with something fun to do this year. Do you guys have any fun Halloween party memories?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Photo-a-day in October!

I really wanted to participate in an October photo a day challenge on my instagram this year, but all of the ones I found had 1-2 (or sometimes more) prompts that I wasn't really happy with. After much searching I decided to make my own. Below is the challenge I made. If you'd like to follow along with my challenge use the hashtag #SEphotoaday. I am so excited that October starts tomorrow!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dream Closet; Sweaters from Sheinside

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I first heard about Sheinside from Kristina Horner's clothing haul videos. She's done a few videos with their clothes in them and everything is always super cute. I finally checked out their site the other day. I've barely even begun to look at the loads of stuff they have and I already love most of it. These are just a sampling of the sweaters I found that I liked. Their prices are pretty reasonable too and it looks like they do a lot of sales. It's finally cooled down here this weekend and I just pulled out my fall clothes that I had put away at the beginning of Summer. I love Fall!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Looking back; Summer 2014

The weather is finally starting to cool down, so I guess it's now the end of summer here in California. This summer wasn't nearly as exciting as the last one, but there's no way I could top moving across country and having a Disneyland pass. We did our best sweltering in this miserable heat, especially the last two weeks. Here is a little look at my summer..

As you can see, we didn't get out very much. We didn't want to go over board with our spending like last year and the heat has a way of making one lazy. This summer I started reading full on again, I started painting and I'm having so much fun with it, I spent some time with my siblings, dyed my hair blonde again, tried gardening (until it got too hot and everything died), and ate way too much ice cream.

Goodbye, Summer. You were hot and mostly boring, but not the worst summer I've ever had. Next year I promise (to myself) I will take an actual vacation.

Friday, September 19, 2014

To Be Read List; Number One

I have an ever growing reading list that I constantly add to. A lot of those books I won't actually get to for a while, but there are a few on there that I'm either dying to read or I'm most interested in reading. These are my current 'to be read' books.

Apparently I'm not really into happy books right now... I'm going to blame my sister because she recommended more than half of these (or at least showed me the movie versions).

1 // Tomorrow, When the War Began by James Marsden
My sister showed me the movie version over a year ago and I really liked it. I knew it was based on a book but I didn't realize it was a series. I really like dystopian books/movies so I'm looking forward to this one.

2 // House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I first heard about this book ages ago when Adrian and I were with my sister at Barnes and Noble and she was buying it. I've been very interested in it ever since, but since I wasn't reading very often back then I never got around to reading it.

3 // They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
This book was recommended to me on Goodreads based on books I've already read. The cover intrigued me and it sounds pretty interesting.

4 // Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I loved Gone Girl and I finished it super fast. I'm almost done Dark Places and I'm loving it. Therefore I need to read Sharp Objects. I think Gillian Flynn has become one of my favorite authors within a very short amount of time.

5 // Serena by Ron Rash
I saw the trailer for the movie (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) the other day and it looked alright. I didn't even realize it was based on a book until I randomly saw it while browsing Goodreads. From the description it seems like I will either love it or I'll get bored and never finish it. Only time will tell.

6 // The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner
I'm a big Maze Runner fan so I thought I'd check out James Dashner's other books. The Rule of Thoughts is the second in a series. It took me a bit longer to get into this series than Maze Runner, but I ended up really enjoying it.

7 // The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Another movie my sister told me about back when it was in theaters. I loved the movie (the American version, I still haven't seen the Swedish one) and I'm really sad they won't be making anymore. I've only heard good things about these books so I can't wait to start them.

8 // Night Film by Marisha Pessl
My sister texted me to tell me about this book coincidentally while I was in a bookstore. I didn't end up picking it up at the time, but I'm still dying to read it. Especially because me sister seemed to really love it and said it's similar to House of Leaves which I'm very intrigued by.

I'll be starting one of these as soon as I finish Dark Places. At the rate I'm going I'll be finished my reading goal well before the end of the year. :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A visit from my brother.

Before I get into this post I just want to point out that as I'm writing this it's 107 degrees outside. I might just melt. At least we only have about two more weeks of this awful weather and then it'll feel like Autumn!!

Like I previously mentioned, my younger brother came to visit us. His flight came in on a Tuesday at LAX. I have a serious dislike of driving to places I've never been to/driven to before so I asked Gabriel to drive us. He was more than happy to. I love my (future) brother-in-law. Anyways, I was a little worried we would get there way too early but his flight ended up landing 30 minutes early. It was perfect timing. It's so crazy how even thought it's been almost two years since I last saw him it felt like no time had passed.

 After we picked him up we drove straight to meet up with my younger sister and her boyfriend at their apartment. After far too long of a discussion of where we should eat we chose a cute little restaurant down the street from them. It was converted into a restaurant from an old gas station. It was adorable!

My brother stayed with us most of the week. We spent nearly all of that time playing video games. He is very laid back and easy to entertain. I actually was worried he would be bored since we didn't plan any sightseeing or anything like that, but apparently he had fun. On Saturday night my younger sister and her boyfriend came to our house for a game night thing. It was so much fun but we somehow forgot to play the one game (Dungeon!) I've been dying to play with other people. Sunday afternoon they returned home, taking Christian with them so that she could take him back to the airport on Tuesday.

It was so nice to be able to see my brother. I missed him so much. One of the hardest things about moving here is not being near my family. Sure, I live in the same state as two of them but the closest one is almost an hour away. It's hard. However! My older sister and her boyfriend are coming down this way in a little over a week so that's pretty exciting.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I read Gone Girl in two days after it was recommended to me by my sister. Before I get into my review I just have to say that this book is one of my favorite books I've read all year. Warning: Possible spoilers ahead.

First, a summary (from
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I had, kind of, vaguely heard about this book a while ago after hearing about it becoming a movie.I think I even watched the trailer at one point. However, when my sister was telling me about it a few days ago all I remembered about it was that it was about a missing woman and Ben Affleck was in the movie. ha. Let me tell you now, this is not just a run of the mill 'wife goes missing' book. From the beginning to the end I was so excited to find out what was happening. There was so much happening and such an amazing twist. The whole time I was reading it I was sending my sister text messages with my reaction to everything, it was fun. Like the summary above says, the perspective goes back and forth between Nick and what is going on right now and Amy's diary entries from when they first met up until present time. I loved this about the book. It was so interesting reading their different points of view on moments in their lives as they were happening and looking back on them, in Nick's case. If you love mystery, murder, and crazy twists that you may or may not have seen coming this is the book for you. Really, though, I recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's just that good. Read it right now!!

I'm so happy this is being turned into a movie and I am very interested to see how they go about doing everything. And the casting is perfect, in my opinion!

Major spoilers below...

I couldn't believe how completely unlikable Nick was. I seriously couldn't tell you one redeemable quality about the character. Whether we found out he murdered her or not I just knew that nothing would change my very low opinion on him and I was right. He was getting framed for murder, in a state with the death penalty, and I still felt little to no sympathy for him. I don't know if I was supposed to dislike him that much. I mean, I know a lot of reasons he is the way he is and I know that a lot of the stuff that made me hate him (from Amy's fake diary) didn't actually happen. Even so, I couldn't shake it. I hated him.

On the flip side I loved Amy. Both Amy's. I think one of the saddest parts of the book for me was when you find out that the 'Amy' from the diaries was almost completely made up. She was just so damn likable, which was the point. Even after finding out that 'Amazing Amy' was a batshit crazy mess I still loved her. I was even kind of rooting for her. :/ Does that make me a terrible person? Maybe..

I did not guess that Amy was alive and framing Nick from the start, but I did guess later that she would return home and they would end up together. Whether he liked it or not. That or I thought she'd come home and, ironically, he'd end up actually murdering her.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dream Closet; It's that time again.

While it isn't even close to feeling like Autumn here, I am definitely ready for it. I may have even put up some of my Halloween decorations already..oops. Here's a little look into what I'm dreaming of for the upcoming fall season.

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All the fall stuff is coming in at work and I can't help but stare at all the new clothes and shoes every time I pass by. By the time I go back to work on Monday all the Halloween stuff should be up too. I'm so excited!