October Blessings – Reflection

Hi loves!

Remember a while back I mentioned October was going to be a really exciting month?! WELL – exciting doesn’t even scratch the surface. It was a whirlwind to say the least, and here is a rundown of all the amazing things I did and saw this past month!

1. Long2 Dance Company Rehearsals

I began rehearsing with Vanessa Long’s trainee company, and it has been so much fun! I enjoy Vanessa and our other director Zoe, and I feel like we have a strong group of women in our ensemble. Wednesday’s are CRAZY for me teaching fitness in the morning, running to LOWER MANHATTAN for three hours of rehearsal, and then running back to teach dance at night afterwards, but really either way, I end my Wednesdays fulfilled and excited for what’s to come – even though my body usually feels like it is on the verge of collapse. Peep the company sweatshirt 😉

Related: My First NYC Dance Job Starts this Fall!! (2018)

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2. My first month as a Certified Xtend Barre Instructor/TRX Training

October was also my first full month as a certified and paid Xtend Barre instructor! I taught a month full of my own classes, taught my first 75 minute barre camp, AND I was trained in a new class – Xtend Suspend (TRX). I’ve been preparing my Xtend TRX workout, and hopefully by December will be teaching the TRX classes at the studio as well! I really love my job as a fitness instructor, and my body has never been stronger.

Related: I am Officially an Xtend Barre Instructor!

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3. Dorrance Dance Event

Over the summer while I was attending ADF, I met a choreographer I LOVE – Michelle Dorrance! I hung out with her in her dressing room after a show she performed in, and she invited me to an INVITE-ONLY event being held in NYC sometime in October. It was so hush-hush, that she couldn’t tell me what was going to happen, and only told me I had to email her assistant and tell her Michelle invited me to be on the list to get in. This was back in July when I met her, and I went to that event on October 30. It turns out it was a private viewing of a piece they debuted in 2017 as a rehearsal for their season Gala happening the next day (Oct. 31)! It was incredible, and was held in the rotunda at the Guggenheim on the upper east side. I was surrounded by lots of dancers, artists, and dance patrons, so to be invited to something like this was truly a brilliant experience.

Related: I’m Back and Ready to MOVE!

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4. Halloween Activities

I met some pretty awesome people this month at different parties and events themed around Halloween. It is my favorite holiday, and my favorite season to be spooky, so I had a lot of fun dressing up and creating characters for myself. I also had a lot of fun being able to party with my good friends and let loose a little after so much hustling and working! Since I already posted a picture of my fortune teller makeup, I’ll show you some galaxy makeup I attempted to do for a party I went to with my best friend.

PS: That septum piercing in the photo below is fake 😉

Related: Evil (Mis)Fortune Teller Halloween Makeup!

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5. MY NEW PIERCINGS

Okay so number five is one of the BEST parts of October! I had two new piercings installed, and I am OBSSESSED WITH THEM! I love them so much to the point where I am actually going to make a whole post about them! 🙂 The post should be up sometime this week! I won’t tell you what I had done (it’s a surprise), but I will tell you I did a LOT of research before I had it done. And I feel like if I make a post or two about my experience, it might help someone else who is contemplating going for it too! Pictures are to come with the post, so stay tuned 🙂

This October had to be the best and busiest I’ve ever experienced. Between running to and from NYC, to modifying my body, to furthering my education and career; this month has been productive and exciting. I am so thrilled to finish out 2018 strong. And I’m SO ready for a new beginning with 2019.

Thanks for reading, xoxo

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Flourless, Eggless, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pancakes for your October Morning!

Hello beautiful internet readers! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Today I have another recipe for you!

My friend sent me a Snapchat the other day of these delicious vegan pumpkin pancakes she made. I asked her for the recipe, and decided to try them for myself!

The original recipe can be found at The Big Mans World website, but I doctored it a little bit to fit my needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 1 cup rolled oats (I used flattened quick oats and it worked well!)
  2. 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used coconut milk) **I found this recipe needs an extra 1/4 of milk, making the final ratio a 1/2 cup of your milk of choice**
  3. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used organic)
  4. 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp of pumpkin spice (or you can mix equal parts cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to create your own)
  6. 1 tbsp of baking powder
  7. 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  8. 1 tbsp of sticky sweetener of choice (I used maple syrup, but you can use honey or any other syrup)
  9. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (totally optional but totally worth it)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the dry ingredients and blend them together. I did this first as it created almost a flour-like base for all of my wet ingredients.
  2. Add all of the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and blend together. I used my NutriBullet, but if you don’t have a blender you can use a hand mixer or stand-up mixer. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 3 to 5 minutes, and use an oil or fat of choice to grease a heating skillet. I used coconut oil because I love it, and find it keeps my pans greasy better than a vegetable oil.
  4. When the pan is hot, use your 1/4 cup to measure out a 1/4 cup of batter and pour into the pan. You will need to move the batter around to flatten it out a bit.
  5. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side for a more traditional pancake consistency.  The original recipe says to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, and when I did this for my first pancake it was a little too wet for my liking still. Cooking the pancakes for a bit longer per side gave them a traditional pancake shape and consistency. When I saw the edges turning golden brown I knew to flip them. **Make note when cooking longer not to burn them**
  6. When done, plate them and serve with your favorite toppings, fruits, nuts, etc. And don’t forget your coffee!

Voilà! You can now enjoy healthy, vegan delicious pumpkin pancakes!

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If you have any leftover pancakes, individually wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and store in the freezer! When you are in a hurry in the morning, you can take them out of the freezer and let them defrost for a few minutes and eat them cold, pop them into the toaster and toast them like bread, or reheat them in a skillet!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I hope you try it for yourself! They are so delicious and easy to make, and also super filling/satisfying!

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Hope you enjoy the spookiest day of the year!!

Happy Hauntings!

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Evil (Mis)Fortune Teller Halloween Makeup!

Hi all!!

This October, I knew I wanted to challenge myself and create a really fun look for Halloween! I decided on an evil (mis)fortune teller who is crying because of what she sees coming! Dark and sad has kind of been my aesthetic lately anyway, so why not manifest it into some fun Halloween makeup? *Laugh cries*

My sister threw a huge Halloween costume party last weekend, so I actually recreated this look twice! The images I will post below are from the first time I tried the makeup. I really liked the way it came out! I don’t have many pics from the night of the actual party, but I will post a picture from Snapchat I took with my brother from the party night since I did it slightly different than my first attempt. Nevertheless, here was the result! I’M OBSESSED!

I used all of the products listed in the Prepping for Halloween 2018! article I wrote earlier this month! I L.O.V.E. Wet N Wild’s Fantasy Maker’s collection, and I adore Wal-Mart for having such affordable prices on everything Halloween to make the holiday accessible to everyone! In addition to the products I listed in my Halloween prep article, I used eyeshadows from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, and the MorphexJaclyn Hill palette.

I was in a nice fall sweater in the above photos, but for my actual costume I borrowed some bohemian pants from my neighbor, wore a black top, and wore two more necklaces that had crystals and coins on them. I also added two more gems underneath my eyes, and some more fake blood running from my actual eyes. I curled my hair and wore it half up and half down instead of all the way up like it is picture above. On my hips, I wore a purple coin wrap! The photos below are from the second time I tried this look.

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I even bought a fake septum piercing for this costume which you can kind of see in this image of me the night of the party. My sister’s party was so fun! There was a ton of food, lots of adult beverages, and her house was steeped in spooky decorations. There was a costume contest, and there was talk of mine being in the top three of most original! There was no official end count for costume prizes because… ya know… apple cider jungle juice had everyone a little distracted.

Last but not least, here is an image of me from the party that night posing with my best friend! You can kind of see the gist of the whole ensemble!

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October is such a MOOD for me! I love it so much. Tonight I am headed off to a party with my best friend, and I am going as a galaxy!! This look should be really fun to do and I can’t wait to play with some more face paint and glitter! I will definitely take lots of selfies if I really like it, and show you all the final result!

How do you like this look? The makeup is so fun to play with, and the costume itself was free because it was my clothes and clothes I borrowed from friends! Feel free to recreate this look if you like it, and let me know what you think!

xoxo Happy Hauntings!

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Prepping for Halloween 2018!

Hi loves!

IT’S OCTOBER!! AKA: THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR! I am so excited it’s autumn, and finally time for Halloween fun! I wasn’t sure how I was going to top last year’s Halloween makeup/costume. If you recall, I was a “Hooked Siren” – a glam mermaid with a bloody face wound, complete with a real fish hook “stuck” in my face. If you didn’t read that post last year, click on my “related” link to view some pictures!

Related: Hooked Siren – Halloween Mermaid Makeup

Anyway, I didn’t know how I would top the mermaid look, BUT I think I will be able to top it this year! I decided I would be a glam-gore fortune teller! I am excited because I can take this idea in so many directions. If you look up any sort of fortune teller makeup tutorial on YouTube, there are so many amazing variations of the look! I am not sure if I want to go the way of a super creepy, bloody possessed fortune teller, or go the way of a glam fortune teller who cries blood from the horror she sees! UGH! The possibilities are endless!

Today before work, I stopped at Wal-Mart to pick up a few items to help complete my look! Now I love Spirit Halloween (one of the huge Halloween retailers in NJ), HOWEVER, Wal-Mart has amazing deals on all of the same makeup and accessories you can find at a Halloween store. And to make it better, Wal-Mart has an amazing selection of actual costumes at a fraction of the cost of a popular Halloween specialty store. Nonetheless, Wal-Mart didn’t carry anything specific to a fortune teller costume, but they did have some amazing Wet N Wild products and sale jewlery that will help me transform for my Halloween parties!

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I bought some new liquid latex since I’ve had my other bottle for a few years now. Additionally, I bought a Wet N Wild multi-use white face pencil! This will be useful for me if I decide to draw a third eye or moon on my forehead. I found the choker set on clearance in the jewelry department for $3. The black top choker has a single gold coin attached to it, and the bottom charmed choker has a few different coins and bits that are reminscent of a fortune teller too.

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I also purchased this Wet N Wild brand glitter palette in the color scheme “Heavy Metals”. It includes silver, gold, black, red, and copper which I think would fit well with my theme since they are all pretty neutral. I’ve never used any of the Wet N Wild glitter palettes, and hope it works well. This is a part of their Fantasy Makers collection/line they release every fall before Halloween.

In the background you can see some Wet N Wild stick-on face gems I am also planning on using somewhere on my face. Possibly outlining the tops of my eyebrows with them, or using them to decorate other parts of my body.

I borrowed some clothes and costume pieces from my neighbors, so I am basically set! All I need are some hoop earrings, false lashes, and face paint and I will be ready to rock and roll! I have a big Halloween party I’ll be attending on the 20th, and I really want to show off my makeup when I go!

What are you being for Halloween? I would love to hear your ideas down below!

xoxo

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Best Halloween Movies to Binge-Watch this Fall

HELLO WORLD!

You all ALREADY KNOW how much I LOVE Halloween and this spooky time of the year! I’ve always had an affinity for weird and unorthodox things and scary movies, so it is fitting I feel so nostalgic and happy throughout the Halloween season!

One of my favorite activities includes watching Halloween movies or scary movies, so here are the top 15 films you should be watching between now and All Hallows’ Eve! These are in no particular order, however, the top three are three of my ALL TIME FAVORITES.

Best Halloween Movies for a Spooky October

  1. Hocus Pocus (1993): Three witches are accidentally brought back to life by a virgin named Max who lights the cursed black-flame candle. They seek to steal the souls of young people before sunrise so they can live forever. It’s up to Max, his sister Dani, and his crush Allison to stop them.
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): Jack Skellington rules Halloweentown and their Halloween celebrations every year. But Jack is bored, and accidentally stumbles upon Christmas town, and wants to steal the holiday from Santa with his own Jack-twist. He’s a little too good at being scary, and ultimately chaos ensues on Christmas Eve.
  3. The Shining (1980): The Torrance family agrees to hotel-sit the historic Overlook Hotel for the winter so husband Jack can finish his novel. The Overlook sits in the mountains, and winter’s snowfall make the mountain impassible, so the family cannot be reached easily. Slowly, Jack starts losing his mind, while son Danny has terrifying premonitions about the past and future. Wife Wendy is naive to the severity of the situation until it’s too late.
  4. Halloween (1978): In 1963, Michael Myers brutally murders his sister, and is sentenced and locked away in an insane-asylum. Flash forward to 1978, he escapes and returns to his home town to wreak havoc and find his next victims.
  5. The Craft (1996): Sarah recently moved to a Los Angeles high school, hoping to leave her troubled past behind her. She soon discovers she has telekinetic abilities, and serendipitously befriends three wannabe witches. Together, they learn how to harness their powers, but fail to realize their powers have tragic consequences.
  6. Young Frankenstein (1974): Dr. Frederick Frankenstein learns he inherited his grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Once he arrives to the estate, he recreates old experiments his grandfather once tried. In an attempt to reanimate dead tissue, he creates his own monster, which creates unforeseen issues, that are complicated further once his fiancée comes to town.
  7. A Quiet Place (2018): In what seems to be a post-apocalyptic Earth, one family seeks to survive a foreign invader. They can’t make any noise, because if the invaders hear them, they hunt them.
  8. Halloweentown (1998): Marnie fights with her mom who won’t let her or her siblings celebrate Halloween. By chance, she follows her grandmother home to “Halloweentown” where she discovers not only is her grandmother a witch, but she is too, and she has to help her grandmother fight an evil force from destroying the world.
  9. Corpse Bride (2005): Victor and Victoria have an arranged marriage. During the rehearsal ceremony, Victor forgets his vows, and flees to the forest to practice them. He recites his vows and slips the wedding band onto a nearby branch growing from the ground. This branch is actually the finger of dead bride Emily who was murdered on her own wedding day, who now believes Victor is her beloved and betrothed.
  10. Beetlejuice (1988): Barbara and Adam die in a car accident, and are stuck haunting their previous home. The Deetzes purchase the home, and Barbara and Adam attempt to scare them away. When they realize their tactics are not working, a spirit named Beetlejuice steps in to help them out, which causes more harm than help.
  11. Coraline (2009): Coraline explores her new home while feeling emotionally neglected by her parents. One night she discovers a small door in the house that leads to an alternate world. This world is like her own, but better, equipped with her own “Other Mother” and “Other Father”. Her “Other Parents” attempt to keep her in this alternate world permanently by trapping her there and hiding her parents. She has to fight to return home, and find her real parents before it’s too late.
  12. The Conjuring (2013): In 1970, the Perron family purchases a new home where they quickly realize everything is not as it seems. Paranormal activity soon escalates, and the Perron’s call in the Warren’s who are demonologist experts to help fight the evil present in the house. This movie is based on true events.
  13. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966): On Halloween, Sally is torn between trick-or-treating for the first time, attending Violet’s Halloween party, or waiting with her love Linus for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. The Peanuts celebrate at Violet’s party while Linus waits patiently for the Great Pumpkin.
  14. Edward Scissorhands (1990): A scientist creates Edward, and dies before finishing his assembly, thus leaving Edward with scissors for hands. A woman named Peg finds him, and brings him home, where Edward falls for her daughter. He is gentle and artistic, but his scissor hands make him an outcast, and cause problems.
  15. The Nun (2018): A young nun at a secluded convent takes her own life. A priest at the vatican is ordered to investigate the suicide, with the help from a novitate who has not yet taken her vows. Together, they venture to the abandoned convent only to find a demonic nun rules the convent, and they are the only people who can stop it.

If you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or The Shining, you need to stop reading this post right now and go watch them!! They are ICONIC films, all for different reasons, and they will be sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! The Nightmare Before Christmas could also be considered a Christmas movie, so if you have the Santa spirit in you already (which you shouldn’t yet, but I’ll forgive you!), then definitely watch it first!

This list has a good mix of feel-good, family friendly films, to films that will scare your pants off and make you sleep with a night-light. Whatever the case, I hope you find something on this list to watch!

What are your favorite Halloween/scary movies? Sound off in the comments!

Happy hauntings! xoxoxo

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