last minute costumes and a halloween party

My friend Grace and I went to a Halloween Party last night and it was so much fun! We had known about the party for a really long time but neither of us decided what we were going to dress up as until a couple days before, or in my case, the day before. Of course, it was a costume party and I'm not going to lie, I don't really like dressing up. But the party was great and it was all worth it!
Grace had asked me if I could do Day of the Dead makeup for her and I happily accepted the challenge. She showed me these two pictures below and we went for it. You can see what she liked from each photo. We used waterproof black eyeliner for all the black lines, it worked like a charm! The color around Grace's eyes is many different shades of eye shadow.
My makeup was easy. Lots of eyeliner, fake eye lashes, fake freckles, circular blush and stitches coming out of my mouth. Oh and bright red lipstick of course!
My "creepy doll" costume was the easiest thing I could come up with. All you need is a dress and pigtails really. I wore polka dot tights (that you can't see here because my dress is too long) and over the knee socks with boots. And I tied little ribbons in my hair. The rest is in the makeup.
And now for some instagram photos. @ohsoprettygram by the way!
So Grace and I both wore fake eye lashes, duh. It's Halloween. That's what you do. But we had this long conversation about how you hate yourself the day after wearing them. As soon as you take the lashes off, your real eye lashes immediately seem insignificant. And for a while, you just want to wear fake eye lashes every day! So every time I wear fake eye lashes it's a bittersweet moment, because I feel like my eyes look fabulous but, I always know what lies ahead... Anyone else feel the same?

xo, Savannah

the diy: monsters university sweatshirt

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To celebrate the upcoming release of Monsters University, we thought we'd share this easy DIY inspired by the movie. And since Halloween is just around the corner, you could easily add some funky make-up and hair color to this sweatshirt and become a "monster" yourself. Here's what you do!
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Gather supplies. You will need:
- A Plain Blue Sweatshirt (a t-shirt or sweater would work as well)
- Felt, Dark Blue and White
- MU Stencil (which you can download here)
- A Sheet of Paper
- Scissors
-Sewing Pins
- Fabric Glue
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Cut out your stencil and pin it onto the blue felt. Then cut around the stencil into the felt. Don't forget to cut a blue circle for the center of the eye (this isn't pictured here.)
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Pin your blue letters onto the white felt.
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Cut around the blue felt leaving a small border of white around the edges.
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Glue the felt pieces together, blue on top of white, and then glue them down to the center of your sweatshirt. Make sure to put a piece of paper between the layers of the sweatshirt so the glue doesn't seep through to the back layer.
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And there you have it, your very own Monsters University sweatshirt. This would also be super cute in child size! Monsters University will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 29th. You can pre-order the movie here.

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the diy: leather strap shelf

We had seen shelves like this on Pinterest and since we had a bare wall in the dining area, we figured we needed to make this. It's super easy to make these shelves and they look so awesome! I'm sort of obsessed with them.
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To make these shelves, you will need:
-2 pieces of wood (ours measure .75"x7"x30")
- 8 screws (4 long, 4 short)
- Exacto Knife
- Ruler
- Stud Finder
- Drill
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Cut each leather strap to 28 inches long with an exacto knife.
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Fold each piece of leather in half and drill a hole through both sides.
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If you are using this shelf for something heavier, you will want to find the studs in the wall to determine where you place your leather straps. With the pieces folded in half, screw the leather strap to the wall through the hole you drilled earlier. Use the larger screws for this. Repeat with another strap at the same level. Ours are about 2 feet apart.
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Place the wood in the strap and use the level to make sure it sits right. Once you've got it in the right place, use two little screws to secure the leather strap to the wall.
Repeat again right below the top shelf and you are done!
We are using our shelf to display/house all of our cameras. Usually my digital camera also sits on this shelf but, it was being used to take these pictures.
Also, the "books" that are on this shelf are books that we have been using as our visual journals. So don't read too much into the titles, we just grabbed books that were the best size! And now we use them for art. Tomorrow is Friday! Oh happy day.

xo, Savannah