Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last-Minute Costume Ideas

There's only one more day until All Hallow's Eve is upon us, and these last-minute, simple costume ideas I've pulled together feature items that are, for the most part, closet staples. Easy-peasy, especially if, like me, you're a fellow redhead! Let's have a look, shall we?

Simple Costume Ideas: Amy Pond

First up - a well-loved companion of "The Doctor" - Amy Pond. There are many options when dressing up as this particular character (as a quick google image search will show you), but I picked this simple, casual look from her final appearance in the series, The Angels Take Manhattan. All you'll need is a pair of jeans, rolled up at the cuff, a striped shirt, military-inspired jacket, black glasses and black flats, preferably oxfords, if possible. Just so people will have a clue as to your costume, print out a colour copy of the "Melody Malone" cover, temporarily affix it to a paperback from your shelf and you're done.

Simple Costume Ideas: Joan Holloway
Next up, a simple, chic look from the lovely Joan Holloway from Mad Men. There are so many directions you could go with this, but I chose one of her simpler ensembles: a pink dress, matching lip, heels, a pencil necklace, and a simple gold bracelet. Top it off with a chic 60's beehive and you're set.
Simple Costume Ideas: Grace

Last but not least, style icon Grace Coddington. Start with skinny black trousers and a basic white blouse. Add a sparkly necklace, black shoes, a dark red lip, a royal blue statement coat, and a copy of her memoirs (or a rolled up copy of Vogue) under your arm. Final touch? Curl up that hair into tight spirals, and then backcomb it out for Grace's signature wild tresses. 
Looking for even more halloween costume ideas? Do yourself a favour and check out Eli from Thift Eye's series of amazing (and simple!) costumes, here.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

This past weekend I decided to give a new chocolate chip cookie recipe a go. Specifically, Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt from one of my all-time favourite food blogs, Top With Cinnamon. I've tried several of Izy's recipes in the past with much success. However, while I was relatively happy with how these turned out, I admit I prefer my usual recipe, handed down from my grandmother. These were a fair bit more work than usual and although they were quite tasty (with big chunks of chocolate instead of chips, and a sprinkle of sea salt),  they were definitely not better than my Grammy's no-fail version!

That said, if you'd like to give these cookies a go, you can find the full recipe over on Top With Cinnamon, here.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Music Monday: Habits

I heard this song via the Relevant Podcast (Do you listen? You absolutely should. It's been a favourite of mine for YEARS!), and instantly loved it. You may have noticed that my Music Monday posts lately have had a similar unifying theme, perhaps not. In any case, this tune from Tove Lo certainly falls into that same pattern, if a rather different sort of style than what I usually post. Still a fantastic song though - hope you enjoy!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Polish Picks

I've just posted a new video over on the still pretty new lotsixtyfive youtube channel, which you can see above (obviously!) or check out via youtube, along with several book reviews, if you're interested. My obsession with soft, neutral tones on the polish front continues, as you can see with the polishes I've picked up this month. I received several Essie shades from Nail Polish Canada, and picked up three-for-ten at Joe Fresh as well. They are all in a similar family of beiges, greys and soft dusty roses = my favourite.

Want more details? Check out my video. Get ready for a bit of Rebecca-style nerdiness. You've been warned.

 What polishes are you loving this month? I'd love to know.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Intentional Gratefulness v.6

While feelings of gratitude for joys big and small usually come very easily for me, over the past couple of weeks I have had to be much more "intentional" about reminding myself to find things to be grateful for. That said, I do have a few to share.

I am thankful for:

- First and foremost, the fact that friends and former colleagues at the Library of Parliament made it through a dangerous and harrowing experience unscathed.

- The beautiful fall colours and crisp autumn air in Prince Edward County.

- Flannelette. 
- Challenging Schubert Impromptus that are sharpening up my rather rusty classical piano skills.

- Giggles and full-on belly laughs shared with a sweet 3-year-old niece.

- Honeycrisp apples with caramel dip.

- Marathon phonecalls with my best friend Holly who is a constant encouragement, confidante, and general balm to my soul.
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