October 24, 2014

The Age Old Question: What should I wear?

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 Our book club loves to dress up! (I will also love it soon, I'm sure.) I remember not wanting to go places as a young girl because I did not "have anything to wear." I am now 34 and still have an occasional pile of discarded outfits on my bed to put away. I am so much more comfortable in my own skin now, that I don't stress too much, unless someone asks me to show up in a costume. I don't consider myself to have a lot of "costume like" clothes. Most of the time when we dress up for book club, I attempt to try.

This past book club meeting I felt slightly awkward for being the only person NOT dressed up, I didn't even try...lame. I didn't think I really had anything to wear. After observing all the outfits, I realized I actually had a lot of options sitting at home in my closet. You will find me very easily in the pictures.

If you are looking for inspiration from books for your costume. Check out what these ladies put together from their closets. The magic is in creating a hairpiece of some sort. 


Check out these links to see more details. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (20's Art Deco) 
The Diviners by Libba Bray (Flapper styles)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Georgian society)
Blood Moon by Teri Harmon (Witches)
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey (Tina Fey)
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Golf (Magicians/Devil)
Walt Disney by Bob Thomas (Disney inspired)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (Victorian Gothic)

This weekend, I am planning to attend a Halloween Witches Tea at the Grand America. Although it says costumes optional, I have a feeling that if I show up without a hat I will feel a little blah humbug. So I jumped on a broomstick and put a costume together. I have learned by observing the creative ladies at book club that there are so many ways to glitz up the things that are already in your closet. I did have to buy a witches hat for $3. At first I thought I was going to have to work hard and get out all my craft supplies to make it look a little more festive.



Then I realized that there could be an easy formula to put this together.

1. Pick a favorite ribbon or ribbons to layer and wrap around the cone.
2. Decide on a focal point - this could be a bird, a spider, a pumpkin, a flower, or a bat.
3. Find a few whirly gigs that will add texture. Ex: pipe cleaners, fabric, rafia, moss, leaves...
4. Assemble. Hot glue is your friend. Voila!!

I still made a mess pulling everything out...but the assembly was quick and easy. 




Happy witching!
Elizabeth


October 23, 2014

Looks from Books: Hedwig the Owl from the Harry Potter Series



 Jacque from Looks For Lovelies.com and Jen, a new contributor from ClassyCosmetics.blogspot.com are bringing you a brand new feature where we create a look from a book's character with styling by Jacque and Makeup by Jen and we couldn't be more excited!

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This month we are thrilled to share a look inspired from one of the most famous book series of all time... 
...Harry Potter.

 We decided to do a "nontraditional" Harry Potter Makeup by choosing to focus on one of the supporting characters,  Hedwig the owl. (Harry Pet.)

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We created this look by mixing textures and fabrics in shades of cream, gray, white and nude. We created a feather headband and necklace to bring in the look of feathers without overwhelming the palette. 
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Photo by Niki Martins Photography
Jen created a dramatic eye look to mimic the shape of an owl's eye using a combination of black and brown shadows. Jen then create a metallic brow. Then we create a deconstructed fishtail braid to finish off the look. 
(Makeup details below)
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Photo by Niki Martins Photography
Halloween makeup ideas, Harry potter halloween
Photo by Niki Martins Photography
Halloween makeup ideas, Harry potter halloween
Photo by Niki Martins Photography

GET THE LOOK:
EYES- Covergirl bombshell Shine shadow in "Gold Goddess" for the brow, and "Ice Queen" for the lid. MAC shadow in "Carbon", "Handwritten" and "Cork" for contouring.
LIPS- Lined with "Stripdown" by MAC and filled with NARS "Dolce Vita" gloss.
FACE- Loreal True Match in N1 & W3, contoured with Be Matte Bronzer in "Toasted Coconut."
BLUSH- "Glow" by Make-up Designory and highlighted by Becca "Opal."  


A big thank you to our gorgeous model Kara! 

XOXO 
Jacque and Jen 

October 20, 2014

Food Ideas for Any Haunted Get Together

“It was a house without kindness, never meant to be lived in, not a fit place for people or for love or for hope. Exorcism cannot alter the countenance of a house ; Hill House would stay as it was until it was destroyed.” 
― Shirley JacksonThe Haunting of Hill House


We had SUCH amazing food for this book club that I had to share not one but ALL of our recipes and beautiful photos with you y'all!
autumn pear dumplings
Photo Credit:  Summer Nicole Photography
Halloween table decorations
Photo Credit:  Photography by McKenzie
Doesn't the food table look to DIE for?

Alright, here was our menu for our haunted evening.
Book menu, menu for the haunting of hill house

Fall salad
Photography by McKenzie

The prettiest salad you ever did see
Fall salad
 Summer Nicole Photography
autumn pear dumplings, recipe
 Photography by McKenzie
Autumn Pear Dumplings stuffed with cream cheese...SO GOOD!!
 Summer Nicole Photography
"Rotting" black fruit
black fruit
 Summer Nicole Photography
heavenly hasselback sweet potato recipe
Image & Recipe
I made these TASTY heavenly hasselback sweet potatoes and I'm not ashamed to say that I licked the caramelized drippings off my plate.
Cream of pumpkin soup, recipe
Cream of Pumpkin Soup...I wasn't sure I was going to like this soup but boy was I wrong! I went back for seconds before our discussion and slurped it out of my mug savoring every sip.
Photo Credit: Summer Nicole Photography
“It watches," he added suddenly. "The house. It watches every move you make.” 
― Shirley JacksonThe Haunting of Hill House
Roasted Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini
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Roasted Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini
We didn't get any photos of these gourmet panini because we ate them up so quickly!! EVERYONE loved these and what's great is you can always add or delete ingredients you prefer.
 Summer Nicole Photography
cup of stars, blueberry fizz drink
 Summer Nicole Photography
Blueberry Frightening Fizz mocktails that we drank out of our own "cup of stars"


"Eleanor looked up, surprised; the little girl was sliding back in her chair, sullenly refusing her milk, while her father frowned and her brother giggled and her mother said calmly, 'She wants her cup of stars.' 
Indeed yes, Eleanor thought; indeed, so do I; a cup of stars, of course. 
'Her little cup,' the mother was explaining, smiling apologetically at the waitress, who was thunderstruck at the thought that the mill's good country milk was not rich enough for the little girl. 'It has stars in the bottom, and she always drinks her milk from it at home. She calls it her cup of stars because she can see the stars while she drinks her milk.' The waitress nodded, unconvinced, and the mother told the little girl, 'You'll have your milk from your cup of stars tonight when we get home. But just for now, just to be a very good little girl, will you take a little milk from this glass?'  
Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don't do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl." 
Dark chocolates
Photography by McKenzie
Dark and delicious chocolates
Photography by McKenzie

You can see all of our haunted outfits HERE
and don't forget to check out our family friendly Halloween craft HERE

October 17, 2014

Top 8 Delicious Reads Fright-Night-Movies


It's that time of year when we embrace the creepy, seek out the eerie, and evoke the haunted. It's one of my favorite times of year! Did you know that some of the best scary movies were inspired by books?  

Here's our
Top Eight Delicious Reads 
Fright-Night-Movies 

that started out as creepy books…View at your own risk!!

The Ring


I watched The Ring at a cabin very late at night and have never recovered! It still scares me to this day! Be leery if anyone tries to hand you a copy to watch… Make sure it's really just the movie!

The Silence of the Lambs

thomas harris, delicious reads

This book and movie has been scaring the skin off people for years. If you haven't entered the mind of Hannibal Lecter… this is the year to do it. 


I Am Legend

richard matheson

Who knew that the Will Smith movie with that creepy scene where they are all huddled together was inspired from a book? 


The Shining


If you loved The Shining, you may be interested to know that Stephen King released a sequel to the story in 2013. The books is called Dr. Sleep: Stephen King returns to the characters in The Shining in this riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrence and a very special twelve year old girl he must save. 




I Know What You Did Last Summer


You better be careful…someone always knows what you're up to. 


Interview with the Vampire


We read this book in 2010 for our Delicious Reads Halloween Selection. It was interesting to read the book and then watch the movie. This is a very different take on Vampires than the more recent Twilight.  

Here are a few pics from our evening back in 2010 for this book.


The Woman in Black


I haven't seen this one yet but it definitely looks creepy! Plus it's always fun to see an actor you've loved in other movies play someone totally different. 


Jaws


This movie is the bane of every swimming encounter I have. I will forever feel like a gigantic shark is lurking beneath me!


Congrats! You've made it to the end of our list. That means you're brave enough to try out the actual movies. Hopefully this helps you get in the halloween mood!! 

Happy Haunting!
Your Writerly Ranter, 
Brooke





October 15, 2014

Get the Look: "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson Book Club Costume ideas

Delicious Reads
(Photo by Summer Nicole Photography)

 "The Haunting of Hill House" is set in the 50's and there wasn't much to go on for dressing up, we choose to dress up in a more Victorian/Scary/Gothic look instead. Our book club ladies showed up in a variety of dress and styles which only added to the uniqueness of our groups look. 
 (Photos by McKenzie and Summer)  

We asked everyone to put on their best serious face for our group shot!

Black cat, victorian, gothic
Photo by Summer Nicole Photography

A BIG thank you to Bethany (pictured above) who not only moderated our book but also opened her beautiful home to all of us. We all had a lovely little road trip to downtown SLC to visit Beth's home!

(Photo by Summer Nicole Photography)

CHEERS to your Haunted Halloween Book Club!

"The Kellies"


 (Photo by McKenzie)
We've got quite a few pregnant members at book club right now and here is a picture of four of them!  Summer ( the gal in the B& W) gave birth just a few days after our meeting...
...now that's book club commitment! 

photography by McKenzie
(Photo by McKenzie)

All manner of witches and Gothic ghouls showed up to haunt our evening.

 (Photo by Kellie)
All of our Victorian gals getting ready to scare you...


 (Photo by Summer Nicole Photography)
  
Gothic, Victorian, Spooky
(Photo by McKenzie)
  
Thank You for visiting our very own, "Hill House" manor and don't forget to check back for more posts on how to throw a haunting book club down to the food and decor!

And you DEFINITELY want to see this Autumn Pear Dumplings with Cream Cheese Filling Tutorial that we had at book club, SO yummy!

Thank you SO MUCH McKenzie and Summer for coming to book club with your "cameras blazing" or I should say "cameras flashing". It was great having two very talented photographers at book club! Thanks to you both, we have many memorable and amazing pictures to recall our evening. 


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