Halloween nail giveaway!

Halloween nail goodiesHappy hump day everybody! I’m excited for Halloween being just around the corner, so I wanted to share a flash giveaway with you guys. This will only be open through Saturday, so get your entries in now! One reader will get the Halloween nail goodies pictured above, with polish, stickers, and glue-on nails to choose from to complete your Halloween look. U.S. readers only. Good luck!

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I’m not surprised that so many women knew about Harvey Weinstein, while so many men were apparently clueless

I'm not surprised that so many women knew about Harvey Weinstein, while so many men were apparently clueless.

If, by now, you haven’t heard about the allegations swirling around Harvey Weinstein—one half of the hugely popular Hollywood production company co-founded with his brother—I can only assume you’ve been living under a rock. A week ago, an expose published in the New York Times first launched the initial story that Weinstein was responsible for roughly three decades of sexual harassment and assault and subsequent pay-offs in his role as a film executive. In the week since, the scandal has only continued to grow, with dozens of new stories surfacing from women who experienced Weinstein’s behavior firsthand or heard about the abuse from others.

While women like Gwenyth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have come forward to add their voices to the mix, many other voices have risen up to ask the inevitable question of “why”: if so many people were aware of his behavior, why was nothing done about it sooner? Read More

Hello October, my favorite month

Hello October, my favorite month

Hello October, my favorite month. Time for boot socks and scarves and cozy blankets, for piping hot mugs of cider and tea, for stacks of books and fireplaces to read them by.

This is a month of chilly nights and foggy mornings that wrap the world in mystery, but also of sunny afternoons for exploring apple orchards and window shopping with best friends while sipping pumpkin coffee. This is the month between the hot, busy days of summer and the cold, dark days of winter, when the world slows down for a little while and everything seems perfect for a few short weeks.

I’m so excited for the start of October. I know some people see spring as the season of rebirth and autumn as one of death, but I’ve always though October offered rebirth in its own way. It’s a time in-between the rushed seasons of summer events and winter holidays. There’s a chance to slow down, take a deep breath, and reset your focus. The air changes, the light changes, everything feels and smells different. It’s always felt very much to me like a season of renewal of a different sort, a season to let go of things, to change.

I’m excited to go hiking, to explore a corn maze and carve a pumpkin, and to warm up the kitchen with fall baking. I have a lovely TBR pile waiting for me and some cuddly cats to share it with! I have Halloween decorations to put up and a stack of horror movies to watch. I hope you’ll follow along here on the blog and on Instagram, and share your autumn adventures with me as well! I have some photo challenges and giveaways to share as well, and I’m sure you don’t want to miss any of that!

Hello October, I’m so glad you’ve arrived once again!

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Six tips to make party planning less stressful

(Disclosure: this post was created in collaboration with Paperless Post; all opinions are my own.)

Take the stress out of party planning (and save more time for the main event) with these six tips to keep you organized and on time, from the first invite to the final thank-you note.

I don’t know why, but there’s just something about the holiday season that suddenly makes me want to entertain. Maybe it’s the Pinterest-worthy decor ideas I find online, or the drool-worthy themed menus in my favorite magazines. Whatever it is, I’ve suddenly got the urge to celebrate, and I know I’m not the only one, which means it’s time to start planning! After all, it’s nearly October! (I know, I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by, either!)

As much as we all love browsing ideas online and Pinning our perfect parties, if you’ve ever played hostess IRL, then you know a perfect party takes more than a great slow-cooker cider recipe and some hand-painted pumpkins. It takes planning! From managing your invite list to post-party thank you notes, a little organization goes a long way to ensuring your fete goes off without a hitch. Here are six tips to take the stress out of party planning and let you enjoy the event itself. Read More