What to wear to a Haunted House

People.  This has been a week of bravery for me….

  • On Monday I killed a giant spider. I know it had malicious intentions and thus had to be stopped.
  • On Thursday I had a root canal without the aid of drugs or nitrous oxide. That’s right- I was totally awake and alert while the endodontist did whatever one does during a root canal.
  • Tonight I’m going to a Haunted House. Eeeepppp!!!

The last time I went to a Haunted House was in Salem Massachusetts and I was nine. I kept my eyes shut for most of it and almost peed my pants a couple times.

Now 17 years later, I’m going to brave a Haunted House once more, this time determined to keep my eyes wide open and pants dry. Unfortunately, even though I am 17 years older and logically know that zombies, ghosts and monsters are not real, I am also shackled with 26 years worth of horror films that tell me the Walking Dead are migrating north west from Georgia and killer clowns like to hide in public sewers.

I ain’t gonna go down like that.

So, in the crazy, crazy chance that something crazy happens at the Haunted House (because it’s the perfect setting for a grizzly murder) I am going in prepared; see my list of Haunted House essentials below-

Nike Pro Fierce Lotus Women's Sports Bra $55

Nike Pro Fierce Lotus Women’s Sports Bra $55

#1. Sports bra. Assuming that I might have to run for my life at some point during the evening, I don’t want to risk being slowed down by an unsupported chest. Plus, I figure flattened cleavage will fool the zombies into thinking that I am less meaty/voluptuous and therefore not worth eating.

Vince Soft Cotton Turtleneck $95

Vince Soft Cotton Turtleneck $95



#2. Cotton turtleneck. Obviously vampires will be lurking somewhere on the premises so I need to keep my neck protected at all times. It’s best to go with a cotton blend turtleneck because with all the running and hiding, getting sweaty is unavoidable- cotton breathes and will dry faster than synthetic fabric.

Drac be like "cross are so passé".

Dracula be like “crosses are so passé”.


#3. Silver Jewelry/Cross. Everybody knows werewolves can’t touch silver- it’s their kryptonite. Throw on a heavy chain and some matching rings and be prepared to throw some punches. If you have a silver cross you’ll be even better off- werewolves and vampires cant touch you and you’ll be spreading the message of Christ’s Salvation (win/win).

Caterpillar Echo Waterproof Steel Toe $150

Caterpillar Echo Waterproof Steel Toe $150

#4. Running Shoes or Steel-toed boots. When it comes to shoe selection, it really comes down to your flight or fight response. If you are a flighter, strap on your running shoes and run away from the ghostly clutches of your paranormal predator- hopefully you came to the Haunted House with someone slower than yourself (aka the weakest link). Shout your words of affirmation and sincerest apologies to your doomed friend as you race away to freedom. If however, you are the weakest link or your primal response is to fight, you will definitely have a better chance at survival if you opt for more heavy-duty footwear. Steel-toed boots gives you more deadly kicking power and monster head crushing abilities. Plus they look cooler, and therefore your chances of survival are increased- if historical cinema has taught us anything it is that ridiculous looking people are always the 1st to go.

Cateye...does that mean you have 9 lives too?

Cateye…does that mean you have 9 lives too?

#5. Black eyeliner. Simple. Straightforward. Sexy. All important qualities when fighting for your life against an onslaught of monster mayhem. Simple because it means you don’t have to carry a bunch of cosmetics as you run pellmell through haunted halls. Straightforward because a well executed cat’s eye directly translates to you having a steady hand, and thus a deadly hand. And Sexy because you never know who you will bump into at the entry line of the Haunted House.

There is one item on the list of necessary life-saving essentials that I omitted for obvious reasons. While I believe its presence would greatly increase my chances of survival, I really doubt the security team at the Haunted House are going to let me in with my machete. I will have to settle for my little pink can of pepper spray instead. Hopefully the monsters will attack me face first with their eyes wide open.

Wish me luck! I’ll be wearing all of the essentials plus I’ll be going with a friend I can outrun. Chances are I will make it out of the Haunted House unscathed! Happy Halloween!


My Halloween Makeup Memoirs: Challenge #1

Earlier in the week I posted at article called My Halloween Makeup Memoirs, concluding the article with the promise of challenge myself and friends to really get creative with Halloween makeup this year. Each week I will post my latest face paint creation, along with a kinda/sorta tutorial. It you are interested in checking out what other people are doing with face paints for Halloween, follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram or join in on the fun by posting your own makeup creation.

This week, my inspiration was a cat.

Specifically the leopard.

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*This is when Roar by Katy Perry starts playing in the background of my mind. And Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Yes, I know tigers and leopards are different. Apples and oranges my friend.

Before I could even begin my makeup project I had to acquire the necessary supplies, namely face-paints. Any local grocery or department store should carry them, especially around this time of year; I found a inexpensive set with a basic selection of colors at Fred Meyer. Before purchasing the paints make sure to read the back of the package where all the ingredients are listed- you wouldn’t want to slather your face with something you are allergic to.

Once all my supplies were in order (plus a small eyeshadow brush) I got started on highlighting my face with the white face-paint.
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I covered my lower cheeks, nose, lips and chin to give the appearance of a muzzle like facial structure. I also highlighted the T-zone of my forehead and the area under my eyes.

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Once the highlighting was complete, it was time to start conturing my face to a more cat-like shape. I applied black paint to the eyeshadow brush and outlined my cheeks, chin and forehead. I used brown paint to add shadow to my jaw and temples and flatten the bridge of my nose. Black paint was used to cover the tip of my nose and inside of my upper lip.

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Conturing complete, all that was left was to darken the edges of my face and add the spots. I brought the spots down to my neck to give the look a more realistic vibe. All in all, it was alot of fun to create and I think the end result looks pretty darn good…dare I say purrrfect?

Let me know what you think! If you have suggestions for my next #trickortreatmakeupchallenge, comment below!

My Halloween Makeup Memoirs

I love Halloween. LUV it. I’m pretty sure I post about how I love Halloween every October but that’s because it’s always true. It’s the one time of year I can unashamedly indulge in candy, binge watch old-school disney classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and play dress up in costumes of my own creation.

Of course I basically do the same thing during the month of December, the only exception being I binge watch Hallmark Christmas Classics in my How the Grinch Stole Christmas footed pajamas.


Of my Halloween related indulgences, costumes are by far my favorite. Ever since I was little, playing dress up was the key to unlocking my imagination. A plastic crown transformed me into the princess of a magical kingdom. A tutu gave me center stage in my own production of Swan Lake. And any kind of makeup made me a glamorous movie star. As an adult, nothing has changed- I still love to play dress up and Halloween is just an excuse to go big.

This Halloween I am challenging myself and fellow blogger friends/makeup enthusiasts/best friends to put their best face forward and really get creative with their Halloween makeup (no clowns, vampires, or zombies please…let’s try something new). Each week for the month of October I will post a picture and possibly a tutorial on creative Halloween makeup ideas that are sure to make an impression at any party or gathering. Follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram to get in on the action and join the fun!

I did a test run last night on my sister and was pretty pleased with the results.

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Because fair is fair, I let her give me a Halloween makeover….I was supposed to be a beautiful mermaid.

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Personally I think I looked more like a disgruntled clown, but my sister claims I was channeling “mysterious sea maiden”. If you have any fun makeup ideas you’d like to see, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to try them (as long as fake blood is not involved).

Happy Halloween!!  XOXO


The Cape, a love story

Fall, glorious Fall! It’s my second favorite season, overshadowed only by Winter (because Winter means Christmas, the most magical time of the year!).

But Fall is awesome too, because along with the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte and the changing color of the leaves, we pack away our tank tops and flip flops and bust out the jackets and boots.*

*This is when Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain starts playing in the background of my mind…because of the “boots with the fur” part. Please tell me I’m not the only person this happens to.

Easy and comfortable while still retaining a chic and current vibe, the jacket/boot combo is here to stay.

One of this season’s twists on the jacket is the cape, and man, we are loving it. Not to be confused with a cloak, which is much longer and designed to protect the wearer from the elements, capes hit just below the wearer’s hips and are more fashion focused than weather resistant.

Not a sweater for the fashion faint of heart, the cape requires attitude and confidence to pull off. I myself have been hesitant to embrace the cape, but after seeing them on the runway and the streets, I think it’s time to make the leap and get one for myself.

Take a look at this season’s capes! Maybe you’ll be inspired to take the leap with me!

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331