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Q&A: Thanksgiving 911

Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

10 Must-Have Witch Accessories

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I've been a witch for Halloween several times, and I'm sure I'll be one again in the future. It's such an easy and versatile costume for a woman, and you can add on so many fun accessories. But first let's talk about that gorgeous witch costume pictured above! I would normally either get a long witch costume or use one of my black dresses with a black cape, but that Vintage Witch Dress costume is definitely what I'll go with next time. It's so modern, and I love how it's sexy yet classy. In other words, it doesn't look like it could double as a stripper outfit like some of the other costumes out there. Pictured above: black Halloween nail wraps


This witch dress comes with the hat and gloves, but you can still take things up a notch. If you can wear high heels, that's of course the best shoe choice. If you don't already have a pair of black pointy-toe pumps, here is a great budget pair. Though if you need flats, pick something with a pointy toe. It's also great to add on some tights. You could go with just about any Halloween tights or something more sexy like black fishnet pantyhose. For witch jewelry, I tend to wear a gothic statement necklace, but this modern dress calls for something a bit more simple. A black choker necklace is perfect for the look, and the one above with the pendant is a nice touch. Though if you're on a budget, you could simply use a black satin ribbon tied around your neck.
Don't forget about the makeup. Go with a dark smokey eye. If you aren't skilled with makeup, you can do a quick and easy smokey eye with just two products - any black eyeliner and a black eye shadow that has some shimmer too it. Line the lids on the top and bottom, focusing on the top outer corners of the lids, then sweep the shadow over the lids with the heaviest application on the outer corners. Use an eyeshadow brush to blend the shadow. If you feel like you've over-applied, you can always go back and lighten the shadow up a bit with a neutral base-color eye shadow. If you want to try a more advanced smokey eye, here is a great step-by-step tutorial:



Pictured Above: 1. Pendant jewelry   2. Witch's Broom   3. Asos tights   4. STEVEN by Steve Madden Women's Aftrdark Pump   5. Max Factor black eye makeup 


A bright red lip is perfect with the look. I'd usually suggest a more subtle lipstick with a dark smokey eye or vice versa, but for Halloween, more is more. For even more dramatic witch makeup, add on false lashes. I love that the Vintage Witch costume comes with matching gloves, but I like to pair a witch costume with long fingerless gloves so I can wear Halloween nail polish and a cool fingernail ring. I also like to swap out a traditional witch hat for a mini witch hat with a veil, though you could also add on a beautiful black venetian mask, especially if you're attending a Halloween masquerade party.

Pictured Above: 6. Napoleon Perdis fake eyelash   7. Sasha Luss is Red-Hot for Dior Cosmetics’ Fall 2014 Campaign   8. REGENCY black glove   9. Masquerade jewelry   10. black matte faux nails


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