Friday, 18 October 2013

Halloween '13: Bloggoween

It's coming up to that time of year again where Halloween is just around the corner. Every year I always make the effort to dress up and decorate the house, and I probably enjoy it more than kids do. So what do I plan on doing for Halloween '13?

This year my flat is throwing a Halloween party, which is pretty exciting. We'll all be dressing up, eating spooky food and blasting out a bit of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"! I will be doing a follow up post after the party to tell you how it went. So for now, I just want to give you a few ideas if you are looking for a bit of inspiration to host a Halloween party.

So lets start with food ideas to begin with. Why not do a spot of baking and whip up some puff pastry mummies, finger biscuits or spooky Halloween cupcakes? Just about anything can be turned into something Halloween themed, even if it's just serving it on a themed plate with napkins. Don't forget to carve some pumpkins and pop a tea light inside to really bring it to life.

One of the more healthy ideas is to chop a banana in half, and add chocolate drops for a mouth and smaller chocolate drops for the eyes. 

As for decorations these can be found almost anywhere, for example, in Poundland, there is everything from ghostly cups and plates to glow in the dark skeleton and window decorations. The best thing is that everything is just a pound!

Now for my favourite part, dressing up. Costumes are available for all age ranges and genders, couples costumes and even ones for pets! Costumes can be bought online or in a store, or even hand made with a bit of old fashion DIY. Always try to make an effort to join in and dress up if you're going to a Halloween party, no body wants a party pooper!

For girls, typically the easiest thing to throw on for a fancy dress party is a cat costume (from what I've experienced: black dress and ears is not just simple, but super easy). There are also many other fancy dress options to choose from if you have limited money to spend, or have left it too late. It doesn't mean you have to splash out but you're still getting involved. However if you do have money to spare, go all out on a costume that suits your personality, or a character you love!

Some great brands/websites to look at is Smiffy's, Jokers' Masquerade and Escapade. For homemade Halloween costumes, check out Pinterest for some great ideas!

Don't be afraid to just be silly and have a good time.
The hardest thing for me to do at Halloween is actually decide on a costume, as I have a whole box full of them! From Alice in Wonderland (as shown above) to burlesque (Moulin Rouge), Sailor, Angel & Devil, Nurse Joy (Pokemon) and various other costumes. As you can probably tell, I love Halloween.

The easiest way to create a scary makeup look (if you don't already have the tools required), is to grab a set with all the face paint included, and these hardly cost much at all. These can be found at money saving shops such as Poundland, 99p store etc. and even places like ASDA.

The obvious colour choice for Halloween themed nails is black. However if you have the time and patience, you could notch it up a bit by painting ghosts/spiderwebs etc. Or if you don't think you could achieve this, have a look online to find nail stickers, or even using a nail crackle effect polish which would look good.

Hope this post has given you a few ideas to help you, and Happy Halloween!

Frankie x

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Friday, 4 October 2013

I'm Still Here!

Just an update to let you know that I am still alive! It has been a crazy two weeks to say the least, and have only had the time to sit down and just breathe until now. I have now started University studying Computer Information Systems, and it's been amazing so far. I love the course, friends I've made and also my new flatmates, who I get along so well with!
Pre-UV Party Photo
So, what have I been up to? I'll try to give you a brief overview of the last fortnight. Well as you can obviously tell from the photo, I went and dyed my hair pink again! My last work shift is on Saturday, and I already know it will be quite emotional as I've met so many amazing people over the past two years while working there. I do however have a new job lined up, which is in the same city as my Uni, so will be so much easier to go to, rather than travelling home for each shift.

During freshers week I went to so many events, and went out every night which was just crazy! The first night was the welcome party in which everyone was given a t-shirt to fill in, and we went round signing others' which was fun. There was a UV paint party which was simply amazing, and I'm so glad I had planned my outfit for that, as my clothes got completely trashed. I went to a foam party which was just out of control, but due to my height/asthma I just couldn't stay for very long, in fear of drowning in the foam! Just like any University, there was a freshers fair. We picked up so many leaflets and freebies, but more importantly, free pizza! I also joined various societies; Harry Potter, Computing, Disney, Gaming, Irish and UNICEF. A vintage fair was brought to us, and just going round and having a look at the funky selection of clothes and jewellery was fab.

I thought I had managed to get through freshers without catching freshers flu, however a few days ago it hit me. This is why I have time to write this post, because I've just had to give in and relax for a bit (hoping I will get better soon). I'm currently home for the weekend, and in all honestly I missed my brothers a fair bit! It's nice to have family to look after you when you're ill (aka hot meals brought to you in bed!). I'll be heading back early next week, and can't wait to jump straight back into student life. I have also applied to be course rep which is quite exciting, and voting takes place next week, so fingers crossed! Going to University was the best decision I've ever made, and I have no regrets.

Once I'm feeling better and am back into a routine, I hope I will be able to post more frequently, however apologies for the lack of posts recently. I'd love to know what kind of things you want me to post about, whether it be more beauty related or about University and life updates?

Thankyou for reading, I appreciate each and every view!

Frankie x

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