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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

Women's Fall 2014 Fashion Preview


I know you're still trying to celebrate all that is summer, but I have to take some time to preview fall fashion. The fall ad campaigns are rolling out, and I'm chomping at the bit. It's nearly August after all. About this time every year, I get so excited for the fall fashion issue of VOGUE. I'm dying to see all the new fall boots and heels and the glorious shades of plum and burgundy which we all try to present as a new fall trend regardless of the fact that the same colors are in style every single fall. Really nothing gets me going quite like a suede bootie or a plum leather bag paired with a cozy grey sweater. I know it's quite pathetic, but just think of all those guys out there who would make love to their sports cars if it were anatomically possible. Comparatively, my obsession is quiet normal.

I'll be honest though; there are quite a few high fashion trends I am not looking forward to this fall, like robe coats. Yes, that is what they're officially called - robe coats. Think slouchy peacoat without buttons, just tied shut like a bath robe. You may as well put on 20 pounds, forget to brush your hair, and of course pair your "robe coat" with some casual "slipper flats". Granted some of them are tailored just enough for my taste, like the coats featured by Max Mara Fall 2014. Unfortunately there are several other fall trends for 2014 which involve over-sized silhouettes and androgynous design. I'm more into dressing like a female, because I am one after all. I don't believe I've ever heard a guy say, "Wow, that over-sized baggy coat is so sexy."


One of my favorite color trends for fall is grey. Once thought of as a boring neutral, a soft heather grey is actually quite soothing and cozy when paired with knit fabrics, and when paired with more formal pieces and sleek silver jewelry, it's actually quite glamorous. At the Ralph Lauren Collection 2014 (pictured above), the designer prominently featured glamorous evening wear in soft shades of grey and silver. You may notice the pale pink in the background. That will be another lighter color trend this fall and winter, despite the traditionally darker styles.


Thanks to funky brands like Juicy Couture, we'll still see a lot of interspersed trends, like edgy leather paired with lace and florals. I always say fashion is about creating balance, so I'm a huge fan of mixing punk with more feminine pieces, like the black moto jacket paired with the floral dress featured above.


When it comes to prints, leopard takes the number one spot this season. It's an excellent choice given how well it goes with the ever-popular black and brown neutrals of fall as well as rich jewel-tones in emerald or red. Accessories for fall 2014 of course consist of the essential sleek leather bags and pointy-toe pumps. The top trends that will transition from summer to fall include crop tops, two-piece flats, rompers, cropped boyfriend jeans, and punk-inspired statement jewelry.


I realize this preview features designer brands which most of us can only dream about affording. Though the best thing about seasonal trends is they become available at various price points. Rest assured I'll put together some fabulous style guides and affordable shopping guides for fall this August!

Alright, now get back to doing summery things and pretend that July isn't really at an end.

Pictured Above:  Liu Wen for Massimo Dutti’s Equestrian Fall 2014 Campaign / Karlie Kloss for Ralph Lauren Collection Fall 2014 / Martha Hunt for Juicy Couture's Fall 2014 Campaign /  / Juicy Couture Fall 2014 Campaign / GUCCI Fall 2014 Campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Coco Rocha for Bauble Bar featuring the Bauble Bar Nefertiti Spiked Bib Necklace


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