HorrorCon Fall 2018 – Atlantic City, NJ

HAPPY AUTUMN EVERYONE!

I had such an amazing week last week – I will tell you all more information once some paperwork is finalized, however, I ended my amazing week by going to Atlantic City with my two good friends for the fall NJ Horror Convention!

This convention happens twice a year, and this season it was held at the Showboat hotel in A.C. My friends and I stayed at the Showboat, and had a super fun 36 hours running around Atlantic City!

We arrived at the hotel at midnight on what was technically Saturday morning (and technically the first day of fall). We checked in, went to our room, freshened up, and then took a Lyft to Bally’s for an Emo Night Brooklyn event! Emo Night Brooklyn is a DJ show where the DJ plays all pop-punk, alternative, and emo music ranging from the early 2000s to pop punk hits from today! It was held in the Wild Wild West casino in the Ballys resort. I’ve been wanting to go to an Emo Night Brooklyn event for a few months now, so to do it with my two good friends was special! I also ran into some friends from high school while I was there, which was awesome. We didn’t arrive back to our hotel until 3:30am!

Saturday we woke up, went for lunch in the hotel, and then went into the convention! HorrorCon has all types of horror-inspired small businesses and vendors come set up tables to sell products, and there was an independent horror film festival going on as well. In addition, there were so many actors and actresses/celebrity icons at this event! Cassandra Peterson (who was the original Elvira!) was the headlining personality at this convention, in addition to Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Bam Margera (MTV’s “Jackass”), and Linda Blair (from the Exorcist!). Tony Moran, the man who originally played Michael Myer’s in “Halloween” was there, along with many others.

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I picked up a few awesome items from this convention! If I hadn’t lost $65 gambling, I would have probably bought more fun things! But when in Rome, you do as the Romans, am I right? 🙂 Anyway, here are the awesome items I bought!

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My first and FAVORITE purchase is this print made by artist Scott Straka. He is a Philadelphia-based artist, and was selling his AMAZING portraits for an amazing price. I was drawn to his table for a portrait he did of Tate Langdon (Evan Peter’s character from season 1 of American Horror Story). It was an incredible drawing, but when I started looking at the other available prints, I FELL IN LOVE with this Bride of Frankenstein portrait. It gives me all of the old-Hollywood glam-gore vibes, and looks super pretty on my bedroom wall! This was definitely the best find while I was there.

Check out Scott Straka’s store if you want dope prints like this for your home! https://scottstrakaart.storenvy.com/

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My next purchase was this tee-shirt advertising for Poisonous Pinups. Poisonous Pinups is an alternative pin-up model magazine (very similar to Suicide Girls if you are familiar with them), and I really liked their logo! The sticker of the red-haired monster/thing is also featured on the back of the shirt printed much larger, and it gives me all the badass lady boss vibes. This magazine is based in NJ, so it was cool to support this small business.

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This pin has to be one of the coolest I’ve ever seen, and I was SO excited to buy it. This is from a company called Kneehigh Horror, and the owner makes and sells enamel pins from very niche horror films. This lovely lady pin is the Salma Hayek character Satanico Pandemonium from Quentin Tarantino’s movie “From Dusk Til Dawn”. Her character does a burlesque dance with this cool headdress and a python(!!), so naturally, I wanted this to display on my denim jacket!

You should definitely check out his shop if you’re interested in some niche and hard-to-find pins based on different horror series. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KneehighHorror

If you couldn’t tell, I had a theme to all of my purchases: badass ladies!

Anyway, later in the night I went out with my two friends, and we went to the new Hard Rock hotel for some dinner, drinks, and gambling! We even went to the Sugar Factory (which was my first time!), where we ordered a special 60 ounce watermelon mojito drink, topped off with sour watermelon gummy candies, and raspberry gummies inside the glass! It was delicious, and something I’ve always wanted to do!

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None of us won any money unfortunately, but after a few hours out, we ended up going back to our hotel and talking until the wee hours of the morning.

This trip was definitely one I will always remember. It is such an empowering feeling to be able to geek out with my two friends who are also super into horror/Halloween/alternative styles, and be comfortable being the real Julia for the first time in what seems like my entire life. Since April, I’ve been trying new things and having all types of new experiences! Not only have I been going places I’ve always wanted to go, I’ve also been tapping into all of my interests, including those I haven’t thought to tap into in years. It is so weird to me how I never allowed myself to step outside of my comfort zone and be my true authentic self. Weekends like this help me realize all parts of me make me a badass boss lady (just like my Bride of Frankenstein and my Salma Hayek pin).

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you’re in NJ/NY/PA, you should definitely consider attending this convention if you can make it! There will be another one in the spring, but I do not know yet where it will be. I’m not sure if I will attend the spring one, but it will be fun to make this convention trip an annual fall occurrence with my friends!

Xoxo Happy Autumn loves!

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Hooked Siren – Halloween Mermaid Makeup

Hi beautiful ghouls!

Yesterday I created a Hooked Siren look, complete with shells from the ocean and a hook straight out of my dad’s tackle box. This look took me about an hour and 45 minutes to complete, and I used a hell of a lot of different beauty products/Halloween sfx products to do it. All products used will be bolded so you can find them easily.

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For my face, I used a moisturizer to prime. Then I added e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation and e.l.f. concealer to prep my skin. Next, I added a cream contour to my face – to my temples and around my forehead, the hollows of my cheeks, and my jaw line. I blended this out and finished with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores setting powder.

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Next, I created the scales! I put a pair of old fishnet stockings around my head, and created an ombre effect of scales using my Julia’s Leaps of Faith eyeshadows! If you don’t know, those are the shadows I make myself! I used the color Puddles ( a bright blue) and Introspective (a smokey purple) which are both currently available for purchase on my Etsy, and then I used a color that is not released on my Etsy shop yet called Mermaid Lagoon (a black based dark blue) for the darkest scale shade!

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After my scales were on, I created the hook injury using a real fishing hook, flesh liquid latex, and ripped up tissues. I let this set and dry on my face while I completed my eyes! For my eyebrows I used Colourpop’s Supershock Eyeshadow in Rhinestone which is a black-based metallic blue/green color on a small angled brush, and filled my brows in like I normally would. This eyeshadow color gave my eyebrows a blu-ish green hue that is reminscent of the ocean floor! Then I used TooFaced Sugar Pop palette and completed my eye makeup with the purples and blues in the palette. I topped the center of my eyelids with the glitter sheer Supershock eyeshadow from Colourpop in Alchemy.

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I completed my eye look with some winged liner using e.l.f. Expert Liner and Ciate London Fierce Flicks. I created a “mermaid tail” wing instead of a traditional wing. Then I used the Essence Cosmetics False Lash mascara to give my lashes definition and length. By this time, my injury was dry, so I picked at it to give it a distressed effect. Then I added my foundation around the outside to make it flesh-toned. I added red and purple tones to the perimeter using the e.l.f. Mad for Matte 2 palette so the wound appeared bruised and infected. At the end, I dumped some fake blood all over it, and let it run down my neck to give the appearance that it was still bleeding.

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I finished my look with a rhinestone headband, and glued some sea shells to my forehead using more liquid latex (this part was surprisingly difficult!). I finished with the Ulta Matte Lip Cream in the shade Allusive for a dark, moody lip that fit the dark blues and purples of this look!

To complete the costume, I added a blue/green sparkly crocheted light-weight sweater (I borrowed from my mom) that looked like a fishing net. I wore a black crop top camisole underneath the netting. Then I wore pearl earrings, a pearly bracelet, and a pearly necklace (all fake of course) to match my underwater theme!

I had SUCH a fun time creating this look yesterday, and I received many compliments on it whether it was in-person compliments, Instagram, or compliments from DMs on Snapchat! I hope you like this look, and try it for yourself! The great part of this costume idea is that you can use any color scheme!

Until next time, stay scary!

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xoxo

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Pumpkin Muffins and Pre-Autumn Feels

Hi beautiful people!

The past few days the temperature has plumeted from the heat wave we just went through here on the East Coast, and although the temperatures are still in the upper 60s and 70s, it has been giving me fall vibes! 🙂 Now to be clear, I am in NO WAY ready for summer to end, however, as my long-time readers know, fall is my favorite season! The first cool weather we have had this summer, and I was craving PUMPKIN! So naturally, I made pumpkin muffins as I watched reruns of American Horror Story.

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I used a simple recipe you can find at this link Libby’s Pumpkin Muffins. I substituted the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil for a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. I’ve been doing this when I bake lately because unsweetened applesauce is a substitute for vegetable oil, and has a 1:1 ratio – meaning there are no conversions to be done, and you cut the fat down significantly in your recipe! I also used a 1/2 cup of orange juice instead of a 1/2 cup of water to give my muffins a hint of citrus!

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PS: Don’t mind the slits in the tops of the muffins – I stuck a knife in the top of them to make sure they were cooked thoroughly before I took them out of the pan

These muffins are delicious, and next time I think I’m going to put chocolate chips in them! This rescipe yielded about 28 muffins! ❤ Right out of the oven with butter they are tasty, and they are also yummy toasted with butter, and with coffee in the morning! If you are feeling fall vibes as well and craving the tastes of the season, these muffins are easy to make and will satisfy your fall-flavor craving while you soak up the sunrays of late summer!

What have you been baking this summer? Has the weather been feeling like fall to you? Let me know!

xoxo

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Throwback Thursday – ColourPop Cosmetics 90’s Line Fall Collection

Hey lovely WordPress readers! It is Thursday evening, and I am finally back in the United States! My vacation was INCREDIBLE, and I can’t wait to tell you about it in another post, and also show you some beautiful pictures!

Today I want to tell you all about the makeup I received in the mail! I read on a fellow blogger’s site about her mini haul from ColourPop cosmetics, and the review made me want to look them up and try their products out! Rest assured, the products lived up to my excitement for my order!

ColourPop is an online-exclusive makeup brand based out of Los Angeles. Their goal is to provide luxury formula makeup products for an affordable price! Their products are also not tested on animals, and most of them are vegan! They sell their Lippie Stix, Ultra Matte Lipstick, eye shadows, eye pigments, highlighters, bronzers, and blushes! By the way, did I mention they have every color in every shade you could probably think of?! Yes, yes they do! It is a dream come true! Not only that, but all of their products come in a variety of finishes (matte, pearlized, glossy, metallic, etc.), so you have a TON of options.

I wanted to test the waters with my first purchase, so I only bought one of their Super Shock eye shadows, and a Lippie Stix matte lipstick. ColourPop recently launched their new fall line, which includes a whole palette of colors and shades reminiscent of the 1990’s! So to celebrate my order coming in today and me using my new makeup, I wore my hooded flannel and my combat boots (I was born in the 90’s, you know!). I will post the selfie later on, haha. I bought my Super Shock eye shadow in the color “Mixed Tape”, and my Lippie Stix in the color “Grunge”. Here is a picture of my order:

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Pictured: Lippie Stix in “Grunge” and Super Shock Eyeshadow in “Mixed Tape”.

This picture doesn’t do the products justice, and it seems like the Lippie is more of a brown color. Well, it is sort of a brown color, but to me it is more of a purple-y taupe with brown undertones. I love purple and burgundy lip sticks, and this color looks great on my skin tone! Plus, it is a PERFECT shade for the fall (which we are in the middle of! I can’t believe it is halfway through October already!). Anyway, here is a picture of the colors demo-ed on my hand:

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Pictured: Top color is the Super Shock Eyeshadow, and the bottom is the Lippie Stix

Mixed Tape, the eye shadow, is also a taupe purple-y grey color, and oh my gosh, it is so pretty! This color is pearlized so it is sparkly and has a nice depth to it! The packaging recommends using your finger to apply it for the best results, and I also used e.l.f. eyelid primer before applying it to make it pop even more! Unfortunately, my front-facing camera on my Galaxy s5 is absolutely awful, so I tried my best to enhance the image colors so you can see the different colors on my lids. The Mixed Tape is the lighter color on my eyelid closer to the inner corner of my eye:

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First face done with ColourPop! Sorry if you can’t see the left half of my face too clearly, the bright light from the sun washed out that side of my face!

Finally, I forgot to emphasize the affordability of this brand!! Each eye shadow runs about $5 a pop, although I think the eye pigments are slightly more expensive. Furthermore, the Lippie Stix are all $5 as well! Nothing individually is priced over $10, unless you are buying packs which are more like bulk purchase options they have available.

I love these “90’s” colors, and I think they are perfect for the fall weather and fashion of the season. I’ll have you all know, I loaded my cart up on ColourPop with $35 worth of cosmetics I want to buy! I can’t wait for my next paycheck, and I will also be buying some of these to give as gifts for the holidays coming up! I’ve officially become a ColourPoppette, as the company likes to call its users, and I hope you all go and order some products from them and become Poppettes with me! If you do place an order, let me know what you think of their products when you get them! ❤ Cheers and much love to you all! Happy fall, and happy Throwback Thursday!

If you are interested in purchasing the products/colors I used, click here:
1. Grunge Lippie
2. Mixed Tape Eyeshadow
Or you can visit: http://www.colourpop.com

Dance Class and Crisp Fall Air

Happy Saturday lovely people!!

As you all know, I am a junior and a dance major in college! I used to live on campus, but now I commute to classes everyday. It’s hard enough being a dance major and trying to look cute; I bring three sets of dance clothes to school everyday (because I sweat through them and have multiple classes and rehearsals), plus an outfit to wear to my academic classes in between  As the weather changes and the temperatures drop, the thicker clothing comes out of the attic bins labeled “FALL CLOTHES”, and the room in my dance bag becomes smaller due to bulkier clothing. The first two years of college, I struggled with trying to find an appropriate balance of what to wear to dance, when to change my leotard, and what to wear to class. As a freshman, I used to only bring one set of dance clothes a day. I lived on campus, and didn’t have long evening rehearsals, so it worked for the time being. However, looking back I wish someone stopped me and said, “Girl, you can look cute for English, and have a functional outfit for modern class”.

So as time went on, I began bringing two sets of dance clothes a day my sophomore year. I had many classes and rehearsals, but I didn’t have enough leotards to be able to change my attire as frequently as I would have liked to. Additionally, I lived on campus the first half of the year my sophomore year, so again, the two outfits a day worked for the time being. Now as a junior, I think I’ve finally understood what it means to be a commuter dance major, while also wearing functional yet cute outfits between classes and ensembles. I invested some money into new leotards, and finally have enough to be able to change as much as I’d like, while looking cute for my classes in-studio and out. As the weather grows colder (the temperature has plummeted by where I live because of Hurricane Joaquin), there are a few tips I want to share with you all to make the most out of your dance classes while feeling comfortable and warm as we go further into the fall season.

  1. Sweaters. Sweaters are my favorite fall/winter apparel, and I have tons of them! Sweatshirts, hoodies, zipups, knits, crocheted tops, cardigans – you name it, I own it! I always start my day with 9:30am ballet class, so I will wear my leotard and tights under the outfit I plan to wear later that day after my technique classes are over. I always bring two sweaters – one for wearing to academics and for regular wear, and then one to wear to ballet and modern class. Sweaters are especially helpful in modern class. I always have a sweater or long-sleeve top to wear over my shoulders since we do so many rolls and lots of floor work. After morning classes, I run to my car, discard my used clothes into a laundry bag I keep in my car’s trunk, then go to my academic classes in the original outfit I was wearing earlier! It really makes a difference, and I can stay warm and cozy.
  2. Leggings. Leggings are also super functional as a dancer. I can wear some over my tights to keep warm before ballet class, I can wear them to my academic classes (I put on a new pair), and then I can wear another clean pair of leggings to evening rehearsal! I love solid black and grey since it is a good neutral option for any outfit, but in the fall I pull out my camoflauge print leggings, forest print leggings, purple leggings, and all sorts of patterned leggings that can help make not only my outfit for dance class look cute, but also my outfit for my academics look cute. They are easy to change in and out of, making changing between technique classes or before academic classes a snap!
  3. Crew socks. My boyfriend calls my obsession with crew socks my “signature look”. Crew socks are the socks that are higher than the ankle but lower than below-the knee. I bring two pairs of socks to school every day – one pair to dance in, and one pair to wear over my leggings or jeggings and in my boots. I wear these kinds of socks even to bed – I will pull my socks over the legs of my pajama bottoms, my joggers… basically everything. They are nice for modern and jazz dance because they give you enough traction for control, yet are slippery enough to turn easily and jump without the risk of falling on your butt or breaking your foot! Here’s a tip: the crew socks I use for dance are black, cost .97, and can be purchased at Wal-Mart. I save my fashionable crew socks for my boots and my outfits for non-dance classes.
  4. Leg warmers. These are the best investment I think you can buy as a dancer for the fall and winter season.You can buy them online for relatively cheap, they come in a variety of lengths, and you can wear them over your leggings or jeans when you’re walking to class. Trust me people – they really do help in keeping you (and your muscles) warm! They are great in warming up my leg muscles quickly in ballet class. By the time we’re doing ronde de jambes at the barre, my muscles are drastically looser. Furthermore, I suffer from a circulatory problem in the colder months where my feet turn white from lack of blood flow, and they stay cold and numb for 45 minutes to an hour!! Even the slightest bit or rain or water in my boot or shoe will throw my feet into a really bad case of this numbing sensation! Legwarmers and crew socks help me keep my feet warm, cozy, and dry during the long days of dance and class work. Plus they are super cute and come in fun colors and prints!
  5. Layers. Layers is the name of the game y’all! Dressing in layers helps you regulate your body temperature better because many layers will keep you super warm, but once you start dancing you can peel them off until you feel your body is at a comfortable temperature! Additionally, layers give you options for other combinations of outfits for your dance classes and for what is available to wear to your academic classes afterwards. For example, I wear my ballet outfit under the outfit I plan to wear for the day, which includes wearing my jeans over my leotard and tights, socks, legwarmers over the socks and the jeans I’m wearing, a shirt with a sweater over it, and then I will accessorize with a necklace, scarf, and a hat! It seems annoying to have to disassemble and reassemble outfits every day when changing into a clean leotard and tights, and when changing for non-dance classes, but it’s functional, will keep you feeling dry and sweat-free, and once you get used to changing so much, you can thank yourself for keeping your body warm. You’ll also feel confident walking to class in a functional yet cute outfit, and can fight off the crisp or bitter air that pierces through clothing in the fall and winter seasons.

I hope this helps inspire you with some fall outfit ideas if you happen to be dancing as much or more than I do. Remember, changing outfits becomes easier the more you do it, and it is important to stay dry in sweat-free clothing to prevent illness (wind against sweaty clothing makes the cold so much worse), and to feel clean and comfortable yourself. I also want to know what else you guys wear that is functional for warmth, style, and dance class! Let me know what you think, and also if you do similar or different things with your outfit choices for your day in dance and academia.

Enjoy your Saturday! Xoxo

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Yesterday in ballet class, I wore my Capezio leg warmers I just bought in September! They are so warm!