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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? I’m in full hibernation mode this week with these cooler temperatures. I truly look a vision at my desk each morning with blanket, huge cup of coffee, and a space heater on full blast about 2 feet from my feet. God bless working from home! Hope you’re enjoying your October, and here are some things that have caught my eye lately…

Elizabeth Gilbert on writing, grief and her toughest creative challenge yet.

Related: I just finished City of Girls!

The world’s top economists say we need more storytellers.

 Ikea and H&M ran a study on recyclable fabrics to figure out what chemicals are in them.

Stop treating parenting as mom’s burden and dad’s adorable hobby.

This coffee mug is very much my vibe.

Welp, never taking a ride share again.

Bleeps and bloops.

I, too, loved working in a grocery store.

The impact of ICE raids on a community in Mississippi.

Librarians are pretty dang funny.

Halloween costume ideas (and you can buy them on Amazon).

Is the sick day dead?

P.S. I finally took the plunge and joined Goodreads! Wanna be friends? 

A Halloween-Themed Pocket Letter

Halloween Pocket Letter

BOO! Halloween is right around the corner! Which means it is the perfect time to bust out some of my more spoooOOOoooky craft supplies. Here’s a Halloween-themed pocket letter I recently whipped up.

Some of the stickers and the washi tape at the bottom were purchased from Blitsy this year (I couldn’t resist!), but the rest of the stuff I had in my stash. My favorite part about making themed pocked letters is going through my craft drawers to pull out anything I think is “on theme.” I usually don’t end up using everything but the process of picking out materials is a really calming activity for some reason.

Now, to tuck some goodies in the back and mail it off to brighten someone’s day.

WANNA SWAP? 

Maybe I’ll even throw in some fun-size candy bars

P.S. A pocket letter inspired by children’s book illustrations!

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Hello friends! What’s going on this week? With everyone’s talk of “sweater weather” and cooler temperatures, I’m feeling a bit like I have the opposite of Seasonal Affective Disorder. We’ll call it OMG WHY HAS IT BEEN HOT FOR SO MANY MONTHS??? Syndrome. Maybe some activities to mark the passing seasons would be helpful?? I already put up some Autumn/Halloween decorations but what else could be fun? Any ideas?? I’m all ears! Also, the comments on this post make me excited to continue sharing about mantras in the coming weeks. ‘Til then, here are some links…

Fleeing the fires in Sonoma County.

In the poorest towns, where even Wal-Mart failed, Dollar General is turning a profit.

A run-down of the best emergency preparedness supplies.

On my reading list.

My charitable donation for October went to Center for Reproductive Rights.

U.S. officials inadvertently included a Bloomberg reporter on an internal email list about Hurricane Maria.

The Halloween costume everyone was wearing the year you were born.

And I just ordered some Christmas decorations because it’s never too early.

Have you heard of the new online grocery store where everything costs $3?

Residents of Barbuda return to pick up the pieces after hurricane.

15 things to do when you’re bored at work.

What’s next on your reading list? Find out how long it will take to read.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Too Many Books, Never Enough Time and Desk Drawer Must-Haves.

mid-week round-up

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Back from Louisiana and back for another mid-week round-up. What has everyone been up to? While our trip to Lafayette was book-ended with sadness (we found out Chet’s grandfather passed away while we were en route and attended his funeral on Monday); visiting with family, eating amazing Cajun food, and sitting in the sun for a couple afternoons at a music festival were just what we needed. Now we’re strapping in for a quick week with plenty to do. But before productivity takes over, here are a dozen links to enjoy…

Add this Apple Cider Sangria to your autumnal drink rotation.

A DIY centerpiece for maximum Halloween ambiance.

The racist and sexist history of keeping birth control side effects secret.

Breaking down an effective Sunday meal prep.

A fast-food journey from Hamburger University to celebrity-filled Hollywood parties.

Remembering when Melrose Place became a conceptual art project.

This book looks fascinating.

Arguing is easy; persuasion is hard.

How to walk around the world without leaving New York.

Actually, many inner cities are doing great.

A fascinating experiment in gender mainstreaming.

The opposite of a muse.

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How is everyone doing this week? This past weekend Chet and I saw “The Martian”–a total must-see! The forecast called for lots of rain, so we planned accordingly, even though it never seemed to materialize more than a sprinkle. We had hoped for a trip to the beach but a movie theater date and a productive Sunday of errands and cleaning I GUESS is a close second, haha! Fingers crossed for good weather THIS weekend. Meanwhile, we’ll be watching spooky movies and chowing down on the Halloween cupcakes we baked. Hope your days leading up to Saturday’s holiday are festive and (purposefully) frightful, and here are some links for you to enjoy in the mean time…

REI encourages shoppers to #OptOutside this Black Friday. Good for them!

A weirdly hypnotizing video about balls.

Bradley Cooper says he’ll do his part to curb the gender pay gap. A worthy celebrity crush!

Angry men calling a meeting to yell at a woman is NEVER a good look.

Real life Law & Order: SVU.

Dear Management, This is why we quit. Love, Millennials.

Could Ikea hold the solution to the refugee housing crisis?

Married, happy, autistic.

My feelings 85% of the time when people around me are sick.

Marble! Necklace! Affordable! I think I’m in love.

Florist buys Detroit duplex for $250 and turns it into a Flower House.

Design solution: Weird window placement.

P.S. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on your Halloween costumes this year, check out my little black dress solutions HERE and HERE.

Make a ZERO COST fabric pumpkin in minutes!

fabric pumpkin

Now that we live in Miami, seasons are sort of a thing of the past. When I peak out the window the October sunlight tricks me into thinking it’s gonna be downright balmy outside. No dice! Still in the upper 80’s and humid as heck. While this is certainly a plus for relaxing at the beach when everyone else in the country is bundled into three layers for tailgating, it can be a little difficult to get into the holiday spirit. With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted our apartment to feel appropriately autumnal. (And I really want Trick-or-Treaters to show up at the door!) One fun way of achieving this look ended up being too awesome NOT to share. Mainly because this particular decoration was made from items I had on hand AND took me less than 60 seconds to make. That beats purchasing some cheap, plastic knick-knack I’m gonna have to store OR WORSE…one that ends up in a landfill.

I’ll wager a guess that you have the necessary items to get started! Gather up whatever scarves, dish towels, or fabric you think would make a pretty pumpkin……

…..and a handy roll of good ol’ T.P.

Wrap a scarf or a piece of fabric around a roll of toilet paper to give it a bit more GIRTH.

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Wrap the desired exterior fabric around the roll vertically. If your fabric is quite thin you can thread it through the hole until you’re all the way around. Or, like I’ve done below, you can simply tuck the fabric in section by section on both sides.

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Once all the fabric is tucked and the whole thing is covered, just fluff and fiddle with the folds until you’ve reached your desired effect.

Admittedly, a cool looking stick from your yard would make the BEST stem for your pumpkin. (You could even paint it!) But those type of trees don’t really grow here so I took an alternative route — one that fully embraces my pumpkin’s past life.

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Yes, that’s right…more gifts from the T.P. gods. #TrashToTreasures

Now find a little home for your brand new pumpkin!

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Make one or a ton. Stack two rolls on top of each other to make a tall pumpkin or add more center fabric to make a fat one! The possibilities are endless!!! And the best part? Once the season is over, you can take your little creations apart, tucking the materials back in their proper place and putting them to new use. Pretty cool!

P.S. I’m also a fan of these foam decorations (packs away flat when stored off-season) and a well-placed window cling for some spookiness. I may have gone a little crazy with the pumpkins. Oh well! *shrugs* One girl’s freshmen year dorm door dec is another girl’s first attempt at a tropical autumn.

halloween decorations collage

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home wreath

How’s your week going so far??? The weather here has been so pleasant lately but eerily windy! Perfect conditions for putting up some Halloween decorations around the apartment. On Sunday, it finally felt cool enough to pack up a blanket and a picnic and spend the afternoon at the park across the street from us. The weather wasn’t the only thing on point at the park. The people watching was amazing! All the shelters were occupied with large birthday parties; complete with decorations, music, and bounce houses. Miami-folk take their celebrations seriously! Anywho, enjoy the rest of your week and here are a few things worth reading…

Watching “Friends” re-runs will make you feel like a dinosaur.

Former Stanford dean on how to raise an adult.

Free associate from the word “gluten” these days and you’ll probably come up with poison.”

In case you’re after a racy read.

Creative costume ideas for the upcoming holiday.

Serial fans take note–we need to talk about Don!

Further proof that the easiest way to save money on food is to learn how to cook…

…and when you do, who knows, maybe you can turn your skills into a side hustle!

Wouldn’t this necklace look so charming paired with a dark turtleneck and flares?

The scientific way to cut a cake.

Any hand-lettering pros out there? This DIY is for you.

12 Appalachian Trail section hikes.

P.S. Thank you to everyone who took my 2015 Reader Survey! Y’all are the best!!! xoxo

Last Minute LBD Halloween Costumes pt. 2

Halloween Costumes pt. 2
Halloween is tomorrow!!! You better get to styling! Here are four more costume ideas you could create with your favorite little black dress:
Bank Robber This one could come together even if you left costume decisions to the last half hour. If you want, take the bit extra far and see how many things you can swipe at the party as you sneak about. (Give them back at the end of the night of course.)
Hermione Granger Harry and Hermione are totally back in the news thanks to their public feminism (score!) so this costume is pop culturally relevant for another year!
Frida Kahlo Who wouldn’t love to have these Frida accessories to wear in their REGULAR repertoire…well, not the unibrow. A gorgeous flower crown, colorful scarf and some funky espadrilles and you’ll be right out of a portrait!
Ballerina This one is all in the severe bun and stick straight posture. Tie your shoes with ribbon up your calf. Don’t know how to affix ribbon to shoes? Rock leg warmers instead! Tie a pretty scarf around your waist for some extra prima ballerina flair.
Oh, and if you missed ’em…here are the first four LBD costume ideas. Which of the 8 would you choose?

Last Minute Halloween Costumes: Little Black Dress Edition

So the other night, my friend asked me to go emergency Halloween costume shopping with her. She had received a super last minute invite to a party the NEXT NIGHT. We hauled ass to a Halloween Express and were met with rows upon rows of costume-in-a-bags. Sexy cop. Sexy skeleton. Sexy My Little Pony (with hooves)??? And what will these bags run ya? On average, about sixty bucks. See, it’s not even the “Sexy-insert literally ANYTHING here” that bothers me.
If you wanna be a sexy Teletubby for Halloween then by all means! Express yourself, girlfriend. I just can’t get behind paying a wad of cash for some synthetic materials sewn together in a sweat shop somewhere. And shouldn’t Halloween costumes maintain SOME sort of creativity! Where’s the fun in grabbin’ a bag off a wall?
So when the secret agent and the Navajo and the Top Gun costumes all came up short for my friend, I encouraged her to shop her closet instead. And I encourage everyone else to do the same. Especially as the day draws nearer and you’re scrambling to come up with an idea.
Eventually, my friend thought of a dress she felt amazing in and a killer pair of sparkly shoes already in her closet…and built from there. In the spirit of those steps, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few costume ideas with a Little Black Dress as the starting point. If you’re stumped for costume ideas start there. Think about what other accessories you have at your disposal and what props you could purchase cheaply. This Halloween–don’t break the bank, don’t support weird manufacturing practices, don’t buy something you only plan on wearing once. Instead–be creative, make things easy on yourself. Time is ticking…let’s throw something together!
Anna Wintour If you have a fierce bob, why not rock a big coat and a serious slouch and go as Anna Wintour? Carry around the latest issue of Vogue. Bonus points if you paint the bottoms of your stilettos red!
Devil  Got a pair of impulse purchased fire-engine red kicks in your closet collecting dust? Why not don some horns and a pitchfork and go as the devil! Pair with the smokiest of smoky eyes for that smoldering effect.
Kitty Cat Did you learn how to paint feline faces during your high school’s production of Cats? Did you think you would never get to flex those mad skills ever again? Think again!
Audrey Hepburn This is the quintessential, throw-it-together, LBD costume. And classics become classics for a reason. Can you rock an updo? Then pin a tiara up in there and serve some Breakfast at Tiffany’s realness.
So what do you think? What are you going as for Halloween? Did you plan your costume weeks in advance or are you still wracking your brains? Let me know in the comments below! And I hope this little LBD brainstorm provided at least a little inspiration.
P.S. Tune in Thursday for FOUR MORE last minute LBD costume ideas!