October 29, 2014

Book Club Ideas for "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson

  Photography by McKenzie
To start off our haunted evening, we gathered at my house to carpool to SLC where this special book club was being held. 
Do you like our serious spooky faces lol!
Victorian Gothic Halloween Costume
Photography by McKenzie
After our short drive we arrived at Bethany's house with anticipation to see what beautiful spooky things she had come up with. Bethany has a talent and a true GIFT for throwing parties and bringing any theme to life so we were excited!! 

We all walked in at once to see Bethany fabulously dressed holding her puuuurfectly themed black cat named Dooby.  
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Then as soon as we turn into her gorgeous penthouse apartment we saw the food table decorated to the nines!! (yes I like to use old lady expressions.)

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I already did a full blog post just on the food with all of our recipes that you can find HERE
Halloween party food,
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Everywhere we looked Bethany had tucked little details that kept us looking for more treasures.

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Even the individual food platters had us "Oowwing" and "Aawwwing!"
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Bethany even had Hugh Crain's haunted old bones on one end of the table and his deceased wife Renee's wedding dress on the other.
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Cat Skeleton
One of my favorite touches that Bethany had was the old 1963 "The Haunting" movie (based off the book) playing on the wall while we were mingling about and eating.
the haunting movie
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Before we got into our book discussion, we HAD to take some photos of everyone's amazing Victorian Gothic costumes!

You can see all of our costumes in our "Get the Look" blog post. 
Photography by McKenzie
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I have so many stunning friends!
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And then it was finally time to discuss "THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE!"
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Bethany did a FANTASTIC job Moderating this book, she thought of everything!

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Suddenly, faded words appeared on the upper part of the wall that slowly came into view that read,
 "Help us Eleanor...Come home Eleanor..."
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Can you say CREEPY!?!

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Bethany had each of us put our name in for a spooky surprise gift and Kellie won! She recieved some Harvey & Son's pumpkin spice tea (you can find this brand at B&N or through the link), a set of macabre earrings and pendant along with a few B&W candies. 
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Thank you Bethany for hosting such a perfect evening to get us all in the Halloween spirit!

Autumn Pear Dumpling recipe and tutorial (these are a show stopper!)
Our group book review and star rating (coming soon)

October 27, 2014

Before I Go To Sleep {Book to Movie}

Book Synopsis
'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...'
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
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Movie Synopsis
A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
This film is rated R if you want you can check out the Parental Guide on IMDB. This movie is a mystery and thriller perfect for the Halloween season.
It premiers on 10/31/14.

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Thriller, Mystery
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This is Dr. Nasch talking about Ben her husband. She can't trust anyone.

Nicole Kidman as {Christine Lucas}
Nicole has been in so many movies I can't possible name them all. She is from Australia and is an Academy Award Winner. Some of my favorites are: "Moulin Rouge!", "The Others" and "Far and Away". She has 5 movies in post production right now. She is one busy lady.

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Colin Firth as {Ben Lucas}
Colin is a well known actor from England and an Academy Award Winner. He has been in so many movies also. Some of his more well known films are; "The King's Speech", "Love Actually", and "Mamma Mia!". Colin Firth and Mark Strong are no strangers they have been in several movies together such as "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". Another movie is coming out in 2015 with both actors in it called "Kingsman: The Secret Service". He is just starting production on "Genius" with known other than his costar Nicole Kidman. They also did "The Railway Man" together in 2013.

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Mark Strong as {Dr. Nash}
 A British actor know for "Robin Hood" , "Sherlock Holmes", and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". He has played many roles as the villain. He is currently working on "Ad Inexplorata", "Kingsman: The Secret Service",  and "Grimsby".
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 Director and Screenwriter Rowan JoffĂ©
Rowan is a British screenwriter and director. He wrote the screenplay for "28 Weeks Later" and "The American". He directed "Brighton Rock" and now this movie and he also wrote the screenplay for this movie. He has also written the screenplay for the upcoming "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. I look forward to doing a post on that book in the future.

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Author SJ Watson
 "Before I Go to Sleep" was his first novel published in 2011 and his second book will come out in 2015 called "Second Life".

Thriller, Mystery
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"Before I Go to Sleep" Movie Trailer
You will need Flash Player to view this movie.

Check out the UK Facebook page for this Movie
or look at the Official Movie website

There is a fun Memory Test on the official movie website that uses your Facebook photos to test your memory. I got 90% the first time I took the test.

Check out our other recent Book to Movie Posts:
The Giver
If I Stay
The Maze Runner
Gone Girl

Here's hoping we will all be able to sleep again after seeing this movie!
Happy Halloween.


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!

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. 
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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

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! 

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
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autumn pear dumplings, recipe
 Photography by McKenzie
Autumn Pear Dumplings stuffed with cream cheese...SO GOOD!!
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"Rotting" black fruit
black fruit
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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.
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cup of stars, blueberry fizz drink
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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


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