Halloween: Party Ideas

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Halloween Party Time!

If you’re thinking of hosting a Halloween party next week then take a tick to look at my super easy party prep list! If you’re a champion faffer like me then this will ensure that you’re not spending all your night worrying about your costume or whether your nibbles menu has defaulted to 99% sugar content again.

Start by whipping up the fun decorations below then pop over to the Funkin’ Mixers blog to see the rest of my Halloween Party tips including easy food ideas and a nail art DIY that will stop you wanting to bite your nails when the bugs come out! But first, see just how easily you can create creepy cocktails and finally get some outfit ideas with my Halloween ensemble!

Ghoulish garlands

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To make your cute pumpkin garland take some orange tissue paper and fold it length ways so that you have a long strip about 10cm in height. Concertina fold the strip to make a square shape being sure to use up all the paper equally. Set aside and make yourself a cute little template out of thick paper at the same width as the folded tissue paper.

Lay it on top and cut around the template being being sure to leave at least 1cm of uncut paper at the sides so that your evil-spirit-warding little mates can stay joined together in a line. Use a standing knife on a cutting mat for the eyes and then unravel your garland, voila!

 Creepy Cocktails
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Zombies, cats and witches (aka your guests) will soon be arriving so knock up a batch of 10 second cocktails so you can greet them with their poison as they walk through the door. Using Funkin’ mixtures, 100% natural mixers used in cocktail bars around the world, means you can simply fill a glass with ice, add your choice of spirit and Funkin’ cocktail mixer, stir and serve. Oh, and don’t forget to drop in some freaky sweeties to give your guests a Halloween surprise! You can grab yourselves a Halloween kit for extra ease, or here’s a recipe idea for you to get your creative juices flowing:

Funkin Ruined Daiquiri: 25ml gin, 25ml Campari, 100ml Funkin’ Strawberry Daiquiri. Shake all ingredients and pour over fresh ice and garnish with an orange peel. It’s as easy as ice in, spirit in, Funkin!

Creepy Costume

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What I Wore:

I went batty for this cute co-ord from ASOS which means you can get away with dressing the part without having to go too cray. Add a touch more ‘Dracula’ with a maxi duster coat in blood red and match it to a pair of fun, spooky socks like these fang print ones worn under fluffy black sandals to add a dose of 80′s housewife into the mix!

As for accessories, here’s where you can get your DIY on again! For an easy choker just cut a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon and thread on a charm (a moon or crucifix work best!) And knot it behind your neck. I couldn’t resist the intricate cobweb ring/bracelet but you could also go for an ear cuff or tiara too to complete your wicked good look. To find out how to recreate my Halloween  nails, just pop over to the Funkin’ blog!

PART-2

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Monkeying Around

It feels like yonks ago since the sun was shining well into dinner time, the #notightsclub were out in force and I was scampering up rope structures. It was only at the top that I realised that I was surrounded by 8 year olds. I’m most definitely a big kid at heart so I couldn’t have been more in my natural habitat than in a play area in the middle of Monkey World.

Why ever was I at a Monkey World? I hear you cry! Well, I’ll have you know that the primate sanctuary in Dorset, south England is the ultimate destination for my best friend Carries birthday each year. This time, for her 24th birthday, Carrie was joined by her pals to giggle wave and read up on all the orangutans, gibbons and woolly monkeys. I guess I dressed the part in my bright orange dress in the tree tops! Pop over and see Carries post to say Hello to our favourite apes!

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Dress – Blonde & Blonde at Bank / Jacket – Next / Trainers – New Balance / Necklace – ASOS / Watch – Caravelle / Scrunchie – ScrunchieMarket

See what else we got up to in Somerset and Dorset!

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Colourful Glasses!

Any of you lucky be-spectacled readers will likely nod in agreement with the following statement: Hearing that your glasses prescription has increased is the best news you’ve heard all week. Or the best news you’ve heard since you last placed your chin on one of those funny plastic Iron Man mask-esque pupil checking devices… You know, your heart does an extra little pump and your pupils dilate at the thought of choosing a new shiny pair of glasses. Of course, you try to conceal it, heaven forbid the optician may judge you for your enthusiasm. Anyway, to the glasses!

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Needless to say, this happened to me a couple of weeks back and off I galloped to find a pair of glasses to replace my go-to trusty black pair. ‘These next frames’, I told myself, ‘will be colourful’! In an instant, I found them. All other spex were pushed aside, some only lightly came into contact with my nose, for these mottled black and pastel blue sassy spectacles were meant to be.

Not too showy, still defining the brows and subtly incorporating a unique touch of turquoise, (they also come in pink!) they’re pretty perfect to style with this cute pastel get-up, fit for going back-to-school. It’s not about your new shoes anymore, it’s all about the awesome eyewear!

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What I Wore:

Glasses - Lipsy at Tesco Opticians / Cardigan – ASOS / Sweatshirt – ASOS / Skirt – River Island / Shoes – New Balance / Rucksack – Fjallraven Kanken / Earrings – Junk Jewels

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Anyone else desperately rummaging through their wardrobe each morning working out whether they can get away with that short skirt and flimsy blouse without catching a cold or, worse, being looked down on by a stranger at a bus stop for looking totally out of season?

If you’re like me, you will have cleverly left your autumn-approps wardrobe back at your parents house when you moved out. Suddenly that space-saving solution isn’t looking so smart. Brr, help! *Cue booking train ticket back home and collecting empty suitcases.* It’s less that two weeks until we begrudgingly force those clock hands backwards and descend into mental and meteorological gloom. TWO WEEKS! Please someone throw me a good reason why we do this along with that rope…

SO! Make the most your sandals (socks!) and stock up on colourful woollens while you can!

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What I Wore

Top – Weekday (similar co-ord here) / Skirt – Mango (similar) /  Necklace – River Island / Bag – Awear (similar) / Shoes – Juju / Socks – ASOS / Earrings – ASOS / Watch – ASOS

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Wool Week

Brr, grab your woollens as it’s getting nippy here in London! Last Saturday saw London’s wool lovers aggregate at the base of London bridge, swathed in their woolly wares and armed with a bicycle to take to the streets for the Wool Ride; a fun, active excursion around London seeing the sights and supporting the Wool industry in the process.

My best Blogging pals (CarrieDunyaKristabel and Olivia) and I chose our fave pieces from Barbour’s new collection (totes the best dressed group) and rode off into the cool morning air. I’ve finished the course knowing one thing. Cycling is bloody brilliant and London is bloody gorgeous and the two go together like wool on a spindle. Here’s just some of what we saw!

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Now is the perfect time to make the most of wool, with its warming properties, heritage and ethical advantages. Lets take a moment to thank those sheep for providing us with colourful yarns to knit into jumpers or weave into warming tweeds to line our jackets. Clever sheep…

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 What I wore

Roll neck jumper – Barbour / Khaki coat - Barbour x Christopher Raeburn / Leggings – ASOS / Trainers – Superga / Socks – ASOS / Bag – Brit-Stitch

Visit Campaign for Wool to see more about repping the wonder-yarn!

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