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Wishing you a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!

If you’re celebrating Hanukkah today, a very happy holiday to you as well.

 

Halloween: Phase 1

I don’t usually go wild decorating our home for holidays, but the rules don’t apply at Halloween. If it were up to me, I’d morph our apartment into Jack Skellington’s Halloween Town in a heart beat. I have a hard enough time not breaking out the decor mid-September as it is. But it’s October now… so game on!

Here are today’s accomplishments:

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circle paper garland 3The circle garland is last year’s creation and I love it more than ever. The patterns are quirky, and they’re perfectly complemented by the paper’s saturated hues. I think bold pops of lime and teal make even Halloween decor look chic.

I draped the garland from our loft’s balcony and it’s super schnazzy! Unfortunately, the pictures are just too crummy to share. Disappointing, but I’ll keep trying!

Every year, my mom sends me a package filled with Halloween goodies and it’s the best. This year’s stash included adhesive bats and a gauzy black garland. With new supplies in hand, I transformed our entryway bookshelf into bat central. The owl is an old friend, but I thought the bats could use some company.spooky bat bookshelf halloween owl

My decor to-dos include a wreath and funky pumpkins. Have you started decorating yet? What are your plans?

Flowers! Sort of.

It’s officially Autumn! I celebrated by wrapping up in a grey infinity scarf (a gift from Berlin) and indulging in delicious coffee and some much-need R&R. How have you spent your first days of Fall?

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Of course, yesterday wasn’t the beginning of my favorite season without a little crafting. Looking to spruce up our tiny kitchen table, I fashioned a small autumnal bouquet of dusty purple and ecru mums, a green gerber daisy, and a few orange ranunculuses (ranunculi?). The mason jar and grosgrain ribbon give it all a homespun feel.

Unapologetically fake and a tad gloomy, I think this arrangement will be perfect for October – which is rapidly approaching by the way!close bowjar lightson with candles mercury glass


May I take a moment to express my feelings for mercury glass? We bought 12 of these assorted votive holders for our wedding last year, and I cannot get enough of them! The crackled effect of the glass is beautiful enough for special occasions and spooky enough for All Hallow’s Eve.

It’s not too soon to start decorating… right?

The Big Costume Reveal

After weeks of deliberation, I have finally decided on my Halloween costume. This is no trivial matter, mind you, as I take this holiday very seriously. Out of many excellent possibilities, I have chosen to revisit one of my favorite childhood costumes:

Grey-Eyed Athena. Minerva.
Ancient goddess of wisdom, arts and crafts, and strategic warfare.

I have always found Athena to be absolutely fascinating and visually stunning. Born from Zeus’s head fully clad in armor, she was both feminine and masculine, nurturing and destructive. Artisans throughout the centuries have been inspired by Pallas Athene, depicting her in paintings and statuary in all her terrible glory. The goddess, even when adorned in beautiful woven robes, bears the head of Medusa on her aegis. In other words, she’s a total badass.athene

For my costume, I have chosen a non-traditional color scheme of gold and navy in a variety of textures. The light and airy navy (with a subtle black dot) will make up the tunic, while the gold solid will be draped from one shoulder and gathered in some fashion.

bundled jacquardI fell for the stunning gold and silver jacquard fabric in the store and couldn’t leave without it. The raised bumps reminded me of hammered metal, but it still was beautiful enough for a goddess. I’m thinking it will be perfect for a breastplate, which no Athena costume should be without. I am hoping to add some quilting and beadwork to the armor to give it even more depth.

As I construct this year’s costume, I will share updates on my progress. Have you decided on a Halloween costume yet?