Snow White Bites the Apple – Halloween Costume 2017

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This year’s Halloween costume idea fit my current situation perfectly. I decided I would put a twist on a classic costume -.. Snow White, but as if she bit the apple. I am eating everything in sight these days. EVERYTHING. If you leave a snack around me, I will most certainly eat it. I just can’t help it.  And to think, I still have to survive the holidays!

I’ve always wanted to do a skull theme, but have been intimidated by the complexity and the sheer amount of time it was bound to take me. I was torn because Halloween is already a very hectic day in the King home – we have our annual King’s Haunted house that my hubby works so hard to create and plan weeks before, and this would also be Avery’s first year trick- or- treating, so we were anxious to take her around the block as soon as I got home from work.

 

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Knowing all the things I had to do that day, painting a skull just sounded a like a lot of work. I decided, however, that I would go out with a bang since next year I’ll have a 2 year old AND a 7 month old and I reeeally wouldn’t have any time to dress up for my work festivities. I bit the bullet and looked up “easy skull tutorial” on Youtube.

ITEMS USED:
Snow White Costume
White Face Makeup
Black Face Makeup
Black Liquid Eyeliner
Black Eye Shadow
Easy YouTube tutorial

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“Will you be my bridesmaid?” Wine Box

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It’s happening. The woman who is my cousin, my friend, and Avery’s godmother is getting hitched next year. She was the person behind the dessert bar for Avery’s dedication and baby shower. She is incredibly talented and is one of the most hardworking people I know. Avery and I happily joined her wedding venue shopping in Augora Hills.

When you drive into the hills, it’s like you’ve entered Santa Barbara wine country. It’s luscious, green, and wonderfully breezy. I strapped Avery into her favorite carrier and we started to walk around the premises. It didn’t take long for her to say, “This is the one!” We were escorted to the bridal suite, where we sat down and begin to work through our somewhat absurd list of 100 questions.

The amateur photographer in me checked out every window in the bridal suite. The gorgeous sunlight peeking through was blissful – now I just need to lose 25lbs before this wedding!

 

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After touring the venue, we decided to head to Los Agaves Mexican Grill for a quick bite to eat. When we arrived at the table, I was greeted by a large wine box with a wine colored ribbon tied around it. After ordering delicious fajitas and a margarita, I sat down with Avery and caved in to my curiosity of what was in the box. I soon discovered a gorgeous bottle of wine with a custom-made tag that said, “Yvette, will you be my bridesmaid?” Of course I said yes! Next to the wine was a lovely nail polish, a custom stemless glass with my name on it, and paint chips in the colors of the wedding.

Ladies, there is no better way than to say, “Will you be bridesmaid?” than with a bottle of wine. Am I right?! These wine boxes are the perfect gift to add some love and uniqueness to your request for bridesmaids! Next on my list is to start planning the most epic bridal shower EVER. More details to come, of course!

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Life with Avery: Family Halloween Costume

Avery’s first Halloween ever?!? You know I had to go big. She needed to know that we take Halloween incredibly seriously around here, and this year was no exception. The day of Halloween was very busy, as always. I had to get into full costume for my work Halloween costume party and transport my gypsy box to work all in one piece (this proved to be a rather monumental task).

Thennn I had to make sure everything was ready to go for the evening. It was only right that Bobby and I played a part in Avery’s halloween costume. We wanted to show her off to all 6 neighbors we know on our block (I know, we’re so social!)_and we had to do it early since kids start lining up for my husband’s Halloween haunted house around 6pm.

We decided to base our costumes on Little Red Riding Hood. The week before Halloween, I walked into my local thrift store and found the perfect grandmother’s dress/moo moo for just $7. I added a low bun, flats, and my mom’s reading glasses, and voila! My costume was complete for only $7. Avery’s costume was purchased HERE and fit her juuuust right. That girl is growing at a rapid rate and I thought by the time Halloween rolled around it might not fit. Thankfully, I was wrong – it fit her just right. It’s a good thing she hasn’t been on a growth spurt, though, because if she’d had just a few more ounces of milk that day, she may have busted the seams!

 

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I loved all the family costume ideas I saw this year – there was so much creativity! It was a long and exhausting day and if Avery could talk, she would probably say, “but Mommy, what tired eyes you have.” I love the way our costumes turned out – it was totally worth it.

I hope our costumes give you a little inspiration for next year. Only 349 days until Halloween!


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DIY Fortune Teller Halloween Costume

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If I am being completely honest, I was not feeling Halloween this year at all. Just the thought of finding a costume sounded exhausting! At the end of every day all I want to do is jump into my pajamas and snuggle with my little one. It’s so unfair they can wear onesies all day!

As Halloween got closer, the crazy competitive side of me began to emerge and I wanted to win my workplace’s Halloween costume contest. I searched online for some inspiration – I wanted to find something that wouldn’t require too many purchases or much time. Last year I was able to create my Halloween costume two or three days before the big day, plus I could wake up super early. I had no idea what would be in store the day before. We are officially teething here in the King home, which means short naps and cruelly long nights for me – I needed something easy!

My husband spent the week before Halloween prepping for his annual haunted house, which means all of the life-size mannequins that live in my attic come out to make their grand debut. I, however, took ages before I finally decided on being a fortune teller. The Friday before Halloween I went through my closet and found a few items I could use for my fortune teller idea. I also snagged two unused boxes from work and purchased 3 cans of black spray paint and some black duct tape. Once the box was assembled, I ran to Joann’s on Sunday evening to gather some material to pull it all together. It may have been relatively last-minute, but it was enough to win first place! Check out the pictures below!

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Madam Yvette predicts she will win again next year!


Bow Tie Baby Shower Favors

Leave it to my mom to create a baby shower favor in less than an hour. The night before her friend’s baby shower, she got a phone call and was asked to create a small baby shower favor. I asked, “Mom, are you sure you have time? You don’t even have any supplies!” She calmly responded, “I have clear bags and paper; that’s all I need.”

She rummaged through her things and found twine, black and white paper, and clear bags. She printed these simple bow tie thank you tags and cut them out with her circle punch. Fast forward an hour and – voila!

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Who doesn’t love to eat kettle corn? I deeefinitely never shovel handfuls of it into my mouth. These are the perfect little treat for your guests to take home. You simply need the following supplies:

White cardstock
Black cardstock
Twine
Kettle Corn
Clear bags

Hopefully these adorable little favors give you some inspiration for your next event!

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Life with Avery: Pumpkin Patch

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A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Insta feed and saw THE most adorable pumpkin patch photos on Hello Fashion. Her family looked exceptionally cozy in their fall scarves and tall winter boots. I immediately started looking for the perfect outfits for Avery’s first visit to the pumpkin patch.

Thennnn I remembered some crucial information – I live in southern California and the weather forecast called for a high of 90 degrees for the weekend. How was I supposed to pull off fall vibes with these temperatures? I thought if we went early enough we could beat the heat and the cool ocean breeze would magically make us feel like we were back East, watching the orange leaves fall and enjoying those brisk autumnal breezes with pumpkin-y drinks in hand. Great idea, right? WRONG. It was 80 degrees by 10am and I felt a little ridiculous wearing a long sleeved shirt and booties but hey, I really, reeeally wanted an enviable fall picture.

I may have been able to trick my daughter into dressing warmly; however, my husband wasn’t buying it. He woke up, put on his shorts and ball cap, and said, “I’m ready.” I didn’t see any purpose in arguing or attempting to explain my vision so I just went with it.

I’m totally obsessed with the color burgundy so I was pleased when I found Avery’s fall outfit at Carters.  There was one left in her size, so clearly it was meant to be. I hope the pictures are deceitful enough to make you think we are an adorable, pumpkin patch enjoying, fall loving family!

If you’re planning to take family pumpkin patch photos next year, check out my photography tips below!

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I love all of the plaid in this photo!

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My husband and his mini-me.

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R.I.P. two of my favorite necklaces, Avery’s “new thing” is holding on to objects with her death grip like in the photo above. Goodbye jewelry!

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A little advice for those of you wanting to achieve great pumpkin patch photos:

  1. Stick to neutral colors, the orange of the pumpkins and bright colored clothes creates a high contrast.
  2. Be patient. It make take several photos to get that perfect shot.
  3. Don’t “pose”. In the first photo, I just wanted to kiss her delicious cheeks and it ended up being my favorite shot. How can anyone resist those cheeks?!?!?

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