10 Affordable DIY Halloween Costumes For Every Fashion Girl

Today is officially Fall! Enter all the heart eye and praise hands emojis! There are so many things to love about Fall especially Halloween. Halloween is my second favorite holiday. But all the festive things can add up and put a major hurting on your wallet. From decorations, to candy, to costumes and all the parties you are attending, it really drains your bank account. So whether you are a seriously broke girlfriend or you just wait until as last minute as you can, here are 10 costumes you create fast, on a budget and with mostly what you may already have in your closet.

WITCH

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This costume is about as basic as they come, but also easy and perfect for anyone in a time crunch or on a tight budget. Any black dress will work especially the more lacey or flowy the dress is, the better. Any tights and booties will work. Pull out all the stops with all that celestial jewelry that have been extremely popular lately. Bring on the best of your vampy makeup and anything will work for a witch costume. All you will need to buy is a witch’s hat ($3.00 from Target).

ICE CREAM CONE

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This is so cute and fun! All you need is a brown skirt (or dress) and a fun white top (scalloped hems will make it look more like a scoop), which you probably already have in your closet. Then you need colored card stock ($4.99 at Michaels) cut in to long strips and either glue or sew on to the white top. Here is the tutorial on how to make the fun cherry on top!

 

BAT

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This is the cutest, fastest and cheapest costume to make. All you need is a black dress and to pick up some black fabric ($3.99 a yard) and elastic ($3.29) to make both the wings and ears. All the instructions are HERE.

 

 

FRIDA KHALO

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Such a fun and empowering costume to tap in to your artsy side. Any embroidered top or dress would be perfect for this. A scarf or shawl to drape around your shoulders and a bunch of chunky jewelry. Then you just need a flower crown, a cheap pre-made one ($5.00 at Target) or try your hand at a DIY. And don’t forget to draw in your chunky unibrow dark with a eyeliner pencil ($3.99 at Ulta).

IRIS APFEL

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A true fashion icon and the best thing about going as Iris is you can literally wear anything. Add bright colors and fur to make it extra Iris. And you can’t forget jewelry. Add as much as you like and do not go light. She loves her layers of bangles and necklaces. All you really need to buy is some round specs ($11.99 on Amazon) because that is her iconic look and a white wig ($16.99 on Amazon).

GYPSY QUEEN

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If you just want to go as something extra sultry with all the Stevie Nicks vibes you just need a few things. You need a sexy, boho black dress. Think flowy and lace details. Then you need a top hat ($7.69 on Amazon) and add these funky feather epaulette that you can easily DIY. People may not actually know what you are and who cares, you will be the coolest one at the bar drinking pumpkin beer!

GHOST

Boo! Ghosts are a classic costume. Wear a monochromatic outfit of any kind in white or grey hues. Add sheer fabrics for a more spooky look. Tease your hair big time. And do your face makeup extremely white ($10.99 on Amazon) with dark lips and eyes.

 

MIA WALLACE FROM PULP FICTION

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Pulp Fiction is a classic, and going as Mia Wallace will win you all the cool points. All you need is some black pants, white button up and flats. To top off the look you need your nails painted red, a black bob wig ($16.99 on Amazon) and a fake cigarette ($3.75 at Wal-Mart). Bonus points for this being really work appropriate for dressing up.

SCARECROW

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All you need for this costume is really denim and flannel. You can put on a floppy hat and add some straw for some extra realistic vibes. You can even hot glue a crow on your shoulder for a more spooky version of this costume. But the most important part of this costume is the makeup. Find a tutorial HERE.

CACTUS

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I can just imagine all the cute Instagram captions and pictures with this outfit. The most popular plant currently can be your costume. And you can even use cheesy lines like “don’t be a prick and bring me a drink please!” Dig out your brown pants and a hot glue gun. You will need a green sweatshirt ($11.39 at Wal-Mart), colored tulle ($2.99 at Michaels) and pipe cleaners ($2.99 at Michaels). You will want to cut up the pipe cleaners and fold in a “v” shape and hot glue on the sweatshirt as the prickly parts of the cactus. You can then cut up some tulle and put on the cuffs or make a headband out of it as the flower. Bonus points if you can find a ceramic pot wherever you are at and just stand there!

 

I hope you all get inspired for some Halloween costume ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

Artistically Wrapped Presents

It’s officially that time of year y’all! The holidays. I’m currently listening to Christmas music as I’m writing this and I have already put up my Christmas tree. I’ve even got some presents bought. What else can I say? I’m actually in the spirit this year, for the first time in a while (probably because I’m not stressing about finals and registering for new classes). So this year for my tree and present theme I am going for black, red, metallics and craft paper. But y’all, it’s hard to find a fun red and black wrapping paper that isn’t buffalo plaid (which I did pick up). So I decided to get creative. And make my own abstract paper.

So to make your own paper you will need:

Packaging paper or craft paper

Paint of your choices

Paint brush

Cup of Water

Bowl, plate, palette paper for your paint

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Also you are going to want to do this outside because it might just get messy.

You want to thin down your paint if you are doing an abstract splatter version like I did.

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Then just do whatever you would like. I’m actually wrapping up a painting so I channeled my inner Jackson Pollock and did a splatter design. I just get watered down paint on the brush and tap the brush for splatter designs.

My end version looked like this:

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You are going to want to let this dry for a while until the paint is completely dry to the touch. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process if you wish. You can also let it sit over night before using it to wrap your gift with. I recommend cutting off the size you will need for your gift.

For the wrapping you will need:

Scissors

Tape

Festive ribbon

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And here is the final result!

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I think presentation is almost as important as the actual gift you are giving. This look would also be really cute done with stamps as well. This is time consuming but like I just stated it’s all about the presentation. Plus there is now some personality to the package! Happy wrapping!

 

Breakfast Fuel

Breakfast Fuel

I love breakfast. And in the Summer time, it’s the only hot meal I really want to eat in the day. I like things that are easy to whip up and filling to last me through my work hunger cravings. So I’m sharing these open face breakfast tacos again because besides anything from Over Easy and 5 Points this is by far my favorite breakfast. It’s really easy to make and a hit. This works perfectly for my early work mornings, but would be great with some fruit and mimosas for weekend breakfast!

Breakfast Fuel

What you will need:

  • 1 small fresh corn tortilla, if cutting out grains you can omit this
  • olive oil
  • 1/2-inch-thick slice of avocado mashed lightly with a pinch of salt, or you could use guacamole
  • 1 oz pork breakfast sausage
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup spinach leaves
  • chipotle chili powder
  • 1 large, organic egg
  • salt, freshly ground pepper and hot sauce to taste

Instructions:

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Rub a few drops of olive oil onto both sides of the tortilla. Toast the tortilla in the hot skillet until lightly browned and crispy on both sides. Set tortilla on a plate to the side.

Crumble pork sausage into hot skillet and stir around until nicely browned, about three minutes. Add spinach. Add chili powder. Can add tomatoes or can serve fresh on the tortilla. Continue to cook until the Spinach is wilted. Set aside.

Crack egg and fry egg to preference. I cooked mine over easy.

On the tortilla put your mashed avocado or your guacamole. Then your meat and spinach mixture. Add tomatoes if you haven’t cooked them. Place fried egg on top and garnish with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Serve hot and immediately.

The Buddha Bowl

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Buddha Bowls are currently all the rage! The perfectly placed foods in a circular pattern in a bright crisp bowl are perfect for #foodie pictures are Instagram; but these bowls pack a punch of yumminess and healthiness. Essentially you just create a bowl full of veggies, a meat if you eat it and a grain. Put it all together. And, BOOM, you have a meal. But this was a little more complicated than I had expected. You have to pick combos that go together and taste good together. I finally came up with a combination I enjoyed. Baked brussel sprouts, baked sweet potatoes, sauteed garlic mushrooms, brown rice and an avocado cilantro cream. One day for lunch I even added grilled chicken breast seasoned with Italian spices. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty, Prettttyyyy Good.

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Coachella Inspired

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For the past two weekends all I have seen on social media are posts from Coachella and of course I’m a little jealous because I’m here in Asheville working and doing homework. So on Sunday when I had to run out and do some errands for a few projects I decided to bring Coachella with me in my #ootd minus faux body tattoos and floral crowns. This boyfriend top from Old Navy is the perfect basic piece to build up a boho look due to the shape. So I paired it with some DIY cutoffs for a little more festival flare. The finishing touches were the side braid and hat (but let’s be honest it was to disguise my dirty hair), neon tribal necklace, layered rings and booties. Then I jammed to Ellie Goulding in the car so in my mind it was kind of like the first weekend of Coachella minus the desert and all the famous people! I hope you all have a great start to the week!

 

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Easy, Healthy Chili

Easy, Healthy Chili

The weather is getting cold out there so it’s time to eat something that warms you up! Chili is my favorite thing to eat when it gets really cold outside as I’m not big on a lot of soups. So here is a really simple and healthy chili that is also really delicious and perfect for these cold nights. Also it’s great that everything cooks in about an hour and in one pot!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans dark kidney beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • toppings

Instructions

  1. Place oil in large pot and place over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add in ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir all of this mixture together.
  2. Next add in tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili thickens. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary.
  3. Garnish with anything you would like and serve!

Handmade Holidays

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The holidays can be really expensive, trust me I know. So when it comes to gifting all the people on your list something unique it can be really hard without going over your budget. So I’ve come up with a really affordable, stylish and chic handmade wall hanging. This is really easy to make (no loom or knowledge of weaving needed) and extremely affordable.

I actually pulled the branch from a tree for the holder but you could use any dowel or rod from a craft or hardware store. I picked up some soft textured yarn, I used only one colored but you could use as many colors as you want. I simply cut the yarn in to strips and tied the yarn around the stick, I used a basic marine knot to keep them in place. Once I got the entire skeen of yarn on the stick, I hung it up and cut the yarn in to a design. At this point you could add beads, feathers or anything else. Attach a piece of yarn or different string to make a handle for it to be hung up.

Wall hangings are very popular right now and if you look all over Etsy you can find a ton. You can find them in many designs and at many price ranges but if you want something truly unique, try your hand at making one. Mine is very simple because it is for my wall, and where it is going I wanted something very minimal. I spent under $3.00 (thanks to a Michaels killer sale and nature, plus word on the street is Michaels is having a huge yarn sale next week) and would feel completely comfortable giving this as a gift. If you make this take a picture and tag me so I can see your wall hanging!

Brookies

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I know I shouldn’t apologize, but I’m going to. This week has been crazy and stressful and this past weekend was crazy with the holiday weekend retail work. So that’s the reason for the lack of exciting posts or posts in general this week, but I’m coming back today full of Christmas cheer!

Cookie exchanges are a big thing in the south, maybe every where, but I know a lot of people here in the south have a party dedicated to baking, exchanging, eating and taking home cookies. Add some bubbly and it sounds like the perfect party to me. So since yesterday was national cookie day, cookie exchanges are coming up and baked gifts are the best to give (and receive); I came up with a great cookie recipe. After I found this recipe from Lilly Pebbles, I found out these cookies are actually called Crinkles but I’m still going to call them Brookies, because they are a brownie and cookie combined. These are so easy (literally my first ever made from COMPLETE scratch) and they came out great and I didn’t have any complications in the mixing. These are so addictive so if you are making these for a party I suggest doubling the recipe. These do take a little bit of time, but like anything that takes time, the pay off is worth it.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, can also use gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • confectioner’s sugar

Here’s what to do:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together cocoa powder, white sugar, and vegetable oil until it becomes a delicious chocolatey paste.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly between each. Mix in vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Slowly stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until fully incorporated. It will be quite sticky, but stir it as best you can.
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4+ hours. If you are running short on time pop it in the freezer for about an hour.
  6. Scoop chilled dough into small balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar. I found that it was easy to just scoop out a chunk of dough, sprinkle some powdered sugar on it, and then roll it into a ball. It’s very sticky!
  7. Place cookie balls on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake in 350F oven for 10-12 minutes. They should still be a bit soft, but fully cooked all the way through.
  8. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two before moving them to a cooling rack.

Also just an FYI it’s the holiday season and I know money gets a little tight. To make your food budget go further check out your local Aldi for your holiday baking and cooking needs. I got all the items to bake this (and I mean everything because I don’t bake) for right at $13.00! Plus there are plenty of each left over so I could make this several more times this holiday season. Plus have staples in my pantry now!

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One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

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One pot meals are very popular and I understand why! You cook everything in one pot so you don’t have several different things cooking at one time and you hardly have any clean up afterwards! Who doesn’t love minimal clean up! So essentially, you put a bunch of stuff into a pot and boil for about ten minutes while tossing and stirring. Everything is cooked, sauce is formed and dinner is served.

With Fall here everything is pumpkin flavored that and pumpkin flavored this. I’m not saying I don’t love it but everything is really focused on sweet stuff. Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber and potassium which is all good for your heart! So why not add it to more things. Pumpkin is essentially flavorless, just like a lot of squashes, so can be added to numerous things for health benefits. So why not add it to some pasta!

This pumpkin pasta is very rich and not extremely pumpkin flavored thanks to the goat cheese. This makes a great main dish or a side. After making this I think this would have been great to have been made like a spaghetti and added ground sausage to the mix. It’s pretty yummy and got thumbs up from everyone who tried. This dish really reminded me of an alfredo but less fattening and orange.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion chopped small
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure you don’t get pumpkin pie mix)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 8 oz linguine pasta
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 log goat cheese (can use cream cheese, ricotta or any other if you don’t like goat cheese, I used goat cheese with herbs and spices in it)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (can use apple juice diluted with water)
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions

  • Add all the ingredients except the goat cheese and parsley to a large, heavy pot.
  • Place pot over high heat, as soon as it comes to a rolling boil set timer for 9 minutes.
  • Stir and toss as it cooks and begin stirring constantly as the mixture thickens.
  • After 9 minutes remove from heat. Mixture will look a little soupy but will continue to thicken. Add your cheese mixture and stir together until smooth.
  • Plate and garnish with parsley.

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Southern Fried Squash

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Summer is coming to an end so I’m trying to get in as many fresh veggies as possible, but I also live in the South so I like to fry things. How about combining the two?! Fried Squash is something I have enjoyed ever since I was a younger kid, but I don’t eat it on a regular basis. So here’s how to do it the southern way.

Ingredients:

  • fresh squash
  • milk
  • corn meal flour
  • canola oil

Directions:

  • Cut your squash into thin slices
  • coat with milk
  • before using flour heat a hot pan 3/4 full with canola oil
  • coat each piece of squash with flour
  • test oil with drips of water to see if it bubbles
  • once hot enough begin to fry your squash so that each side turns golden brown

Thank you so much to Amanda for making this fried squash..