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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Style Trend Summer 2013: Patterned Shorts

1. Merona patterned shorts in red/white - target.com // 2. Kirra High-Rise tribal print shorts - amazon.com // 3. Merona polka dot shorts - target.com // 4. Cotton damask print shorts - maurices.com // 5. Apt 9floral print shorts - kohls.com // 6. J.Crew 3" chino patterned short in Sea horse - jcrew.com // 7. Maurice's Plaid cuffed shorts - maurices.com // 8. Kirra floral print V yoke shorts - amazon.com // 9. Elle damask print shorts in red (on sale for $18) - kohls.com

Last year it was all about solid-colored denim. For 2013, patterned shorts top the list of summer trends in shorts. Classic prints like floral and polka-dot are still widely available, but Aztec patterns in particular are very trendy this summer. I really love these Ikat-print shorts. Designer brands like Burberry and Lilly Pulitzer have well-tailored patterned shorts . However, more affordable stores like Old Navy, Kohl's,  and Target have a nice selection of women's patterned shorts under $20.

There are so many ways to wear the tailored patterned shorts. These semi-dressy cuffed shorts look great casual, but you can also dress them up with a blouse and even a blazer. Here are three ways to wear patterned shorts this summer.

 
Dress It Up: Monsoon lacy top / Printed shorts / Madden Girl wedge sandals / MICHAEL Michael Kors / Bracelet jewelry / GUESS Wrap 'N' Roll white leather wrap watch / Burberry cat eye sunglasses  //  Layout by Krisztina Williams / powered by Polyvore / click for image sources


Dress It Down: Rebecca Taylor / Ermanno Scervino jean shorts / DV by Dolce Vita women's gladiator sandals / Nine West handbag / NAKAMOL fringe necklace  //  Layout by Kriszitna Williams / powered by Polyvore / click for image sources


Play with Patterns: Jaeger breton top, $92 / J.Crew polka dot shorts / Wallis white T-strap sandals  / Kelly & Katie straw handbag / Witchery round sunglasses, $39 //  Layout by Krisztina Williams / powered by Polyvore / click for image sources

While patterned shorts are super trendy for summer 2013, the trends is a classic that will stick around for good, so go ahead and invest in a new pair this year. There are so many patterned shorts available this year, now is the time to stock up. Leave a comment before you go - let me know how you would wear the trend.

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