3 Easy DIY Last-Minute Halloween Costumes*

October 30, 2016
3 easy DIY last-minute halloween costumes that won't break the bank and that you can reuse for years to come. Using Irresistible Me hair accessories (or any headbands you own) and items from your very own closet, get festive, get spirit in a flash. Click here to read more or pin and save for later on. Happy Halloween!


Halloween is coming, and as usual, I am not prepared. Let's just say that the usual care and attention that used to be associated with picking out a Halloween costume faded as I got older, taller and started getting less and less candy when I went trick-or-treating. This year it's different. The weather is not as cold and gloomy, the leaves are extra autumn-ish, and I'm feeling the Halloween spirit. However, I have learned my lesson from previous costumes and vowed not to fall prey to Halloween mania and decided to recycle items in my closet and use accessories that could be worn even once the fun was over. So, when these lovely when these hair accessories that Irresistible Me gave me* arrived in the mail, I knew that they would add the right amount of glam that I needed to make my DIY costumes a little more festive.



3 easy DIY last-minute halloween costumes that won't break the bank and that you can reuse for years to come. Using Irresistible Me hair accessories (or any headbands you own) and items from your very own closet, get festive, get spirit in a flash. Click here to read more or pin and save for later on. Happy Halloween!


The hair accessories are of good quality and the intricacies of the designs really help to turn a simple hair style into something more refined. Thanks to them, I was able to turn my regular updo into one worthy of royalty, and the headbands helped to transport my twist-out back in time to the Roaring Twenties and to the 70s.

The Flapper


3 easy DIY last-minute halloween costumes that won't break the bank and that you can reuse for years to come. Using Irresistible Me hair accessories (or any headbands you own) and items from your very own closet, get festive, get spirit in a flash. Click here to read more or pin and save for later on. Happy Halloween!


What you need:



Just put on your dress, headband, gloves, and earrings, and get ready to be transported back to the 1920s. If you've got fringe, give yourself a twirl, and if not, do a little shimmy, and get yourself in the Flapper state of mind.


The Hippie

3 easy DIY last-minute halloween costumes that won't break the bank and that you can reuse for years to come. Using Irresistible Me hair accessories (or any headbands you own) and items from your very own closet, get festive, get spirit in a flash. Click here to read more or pin and save for later on. Happy Halloween!



What you need:




Put on your headband, tuck your peasant blouse (the looser the better) into your skirt, slip on your glasses and voila! I like this one because it's Halloween-ish, so that if you have to take the public transit to whatever event you're going to (especially in during the day) you don't have to feel too self-conscious about looking a bit out of place.


The Queen of Hearts


3 easy DIY last-minute halloween costumes that won't break the bank and that you can reuse for years to come. Using Irresistible Me hair accessories (or any headbands you own) and items from your very own closet, get festive, get spirit in a flash. Click here to read more or pin and save for later on. Happy Halloween!

What you need:



First, sort through your deck of playing cards and remove all of the cards that have hearts. Then using a marker to draw a heart outline on the back (the side that doesn't have the symbols on it), and use your scissors to cut out the shape. Grab your tape, put on your dress and paste them on in whatever pattern you like. Put your hair into an updo and add your headband and you're done!

Optional: Use eyeliner to draw little (or big) heart-shaped freckles all over your face. I opted to do a few next to my eye, but go crazy if you must, you're the queen after all. 

3 easy DIY last-minute halloween costumes that won't break the bank and that you can reuse for years to come. Using Irresistible Me hair accessories (or any headbands you own) and items from your very own closet, get festive, get spirit in a flash. Click here to read more or pin and save for later on. Happy Halloween!
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For the Sweet Tooth: The Big Pink Swirl Pound Cake

October 14, 2016
#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I've teamed up with Breast Cancer Care just in time for their annual Big Pink event (which so happens to be today). What is a Big Pink you ask? It can be just about anything, a get together with friends where you all watch Netflix, a Karaoke night, a bake sale, a talent show, a study session with your squad, the list and the level of creativity can go on and on. Whatever you decide, the purpose is to raise money, raise awareness and do it with a whole lot of pink. Every bit helps, and the wackier the better, because in the end what can be more fun than doing a little (or a lot of) good for a great cause?



#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.

That is why I am so glad to be sharing this easy to make and fun to eat recipe, that's just perfect for your own Big Pink. Because, while I am no expert on this topic (I'll leave all of important information and support giving to Breast Cancer Care), I do consider myself an expert on eating cake (especially when it's covered in my favorite color). The best part about this cake recipe is the "pink swirl" part of it. All the mixing and swirling makes it a great activity for the whole family (and even greater one among friends).

My baby sis practically leaped out her chair with excitement when I asked her if she wanted to help mix the dye in the batter, and if she wanted to concoct the perfect shade of pink for the decor. She was even happier knowing that it was for such a great cause. So, if you think so too and  would like to donate, use the link below. If you're feeling a bit of a pink cake craving, then keep scrolling, don your apron and let's get cooking.







So, without further ado...

The Big Pink Swirl Pound Cake


I've been making this pound cake for years. My mother absolutely loves it and always asks me to do some variation of a pound cake whenever there is a special occasion. So, when I was thinking of the type of cake I wanted for this recipe, there was only really one clear choice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of butter
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups of flour (whole wheat or white works fine)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon of almond extract
  • 2 cups of milk

Directions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a plan
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy (approximately 6 minutes). Once that's done add the eggs and beat well.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and 1 cup of milk to the mixture and mix well. Once that's well incorporated, add the rest of the milk and the extracts. 
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, place it in the oven and bake for 1 hour (or until the outside is brown and a knife comes out clean when inserted) ***
  5. Cool and enjoy!

*** Optional: At this stage is where the "swirl" part of the cake comes in. I squirted drops of dye into the batter (prior to putting it in the oven) and swirled it with a fork so that the inside of the cake would be just as pink and as festive as the outside. I also used it to draw out my bow, so that I could trace it with my frosting later on. 



#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.


Whip Cream Break!

It is really quite easy to do. All you need is two ingredients, a mixer and food colouring!


#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.

Ingredients:


  • Food dye (whatever colors in your mix make pink)
  • Whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Directions:


Pour all of the ingredients into the bowl (make sure you're in a cool area). Whisk quickly and evenly until you start to get stiff peaks, or when you're able to lift it up like in the photo above.

As far as getting the desired shade of pink, that's all up to you. I wanted a more light, blush colour and so I did two drops of red and two of this magenta/pinkish/purplish colour in my dye pack. I would suggest adding the drops at the beginning with the rest of the ingredients so that you don't accidentally overbeat the cream. However, if you want a cool Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (you know the scene I'm talking about) look, then put it after and swirl away.




#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.

Now for the fun part!

Let your creativity run wild! The cake is your canvas and the whipped cream is your paint.  The best part? You can never mess up. If you feel like your design isn't to your liking, you can always just eat your woes away. Just make it extra pink and extra fun.

#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.


#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.


Enjoy, take part in your own Big Pink and share the love on social media using #BCCBigPink (I already have on Instagram)!

#BCCBigPink The perfect pound cake recipe, that's easy to make and extremely tasty. The pink swirl is a special touch in honour of Breast Cancer Care's Big Pink event this October 14th. Bake a cake, join the festivities, raise money and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grab your friends, grab your family, don your aprons and get ready for loads of fun. Click here to read more or save for later.
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What would/will you do for your Big Pink?


~Alexandra XO

5 Ways to Add a Pop of Colour to Your Room

October 10, 2016

Here's 5 Ways to Add a Pop of Colour to Your Room! Click here to read more or save for later.


To me, there's nothing like a pop of color to brighten up my day. Whether it's a vibrantly colored scarf for my outfit, a cute mug for my desk, or a patterned agenda for my classes, I try to incorporate some wherever I can. My next mission? My bedroom. While I was able to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls to liven up the area a little bit, I wanted to share a few ways that I used to add a splash of color in my room prior to it's redesign that I thought that you might enjoy.

1. A fresh coat of paint


Adding a fresh coat of paint to random objects in your room helps to bring them to life and revitalize your whole room, or at least a corner of it without needing to break the bank. Personally, I love gold accents and like to use gold metallic paint or spray paint to spruce up old furniture like my DIY chalkboard.



Here are 5 easy ways to add a pop of colour to your room. No muss, no fuss, no pixie dust. Click here to read more or save for later on.

Here are 5 easy ways to add a pop of colour to your room. No muss, no fuss, no pixie dust. Click here to read more or save for later on.

2. Colorful holders


Extremely helpful and colorful, using brightly colored mugs, or even making your own out of recycled containers (like my DIY Bottle Holder) help to turn your disorganized ordinary objects, into organized, stylish ordinary objects. It turns an eyesore into eye-candy and brightens up your room.


3. Fake (or real) flower


Real flowers are useful because they purify the air while being decorative with very little maintenance. So, I opted for the best of both worlds and bought small, cute succulents (cacti are another great option), that require so little water that I can forget about them for a while. No muss, no fuss, no pixie dust. Fake flowers are lovely as well, and so I have roses and another pretty yellow-ish flower to decorate my shelf.


Here are 5 easy ways to add a pop of colour to your room. No muss, no fuss, no pixie dust. Click here to read more or save for later on.

Here are 5 easy ways to add a pop of colour to your room. No muss, no fuss, no pixie dust. Click here to read more or save for later on.

4. Bright baskets

They are cute and useful too. Even purchasing a simple one in a contrasting color helps to add a bit of pop to your room as well. But you can never go wrong with a textured, woven basket either.

5. Funky Photo Frame


I had this old photo frame, that's meant to house several smaller pictures. I always enjoy a good quote to brighten up my day, so I chose this one and slid it in. I love the way the frame divvies up the photo, making it look like some sort of puzzle.


~Alexandra XO

Here's 5 Ways to Add a Pop of Colour to Your Room! Click here to read more or save for later.
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Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

October 03, 2016

Pin and save for later, or click through to read more! Book review for the very popular read, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Full of eerie pictures, twist-and-turns, laughs and suspense, the book is quite a wild ride and a great rid that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Peculiar is not a word that you hear much of anymore. It is usually reserved for something a bit strange, a bit out of place, a bit amiss. But in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, it denotes a state of strange wonder. It's used to describe something a bit strangely interesting. a bit out of place and time, a bit of something you'll miss if you fail to look and listen properly.



I'm honestly the kind of girl who gets scared from seeing horror movie posters. No, actually I'm the kind of girl who gets scared at the words "horror movie". The last scary film I saw scarred me so badly, I haven't seen one since and that was 5 years ago. So, when I saw Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children's book cover, you'll have to understand why despite the intriguing premise, I was more than a bit reluctant to begin reading. It literally took me years to work up the nerve to look at the book, let alone sit down alone in my room one night and begin reading. But boy am I glad that I did. It was eerie. It was suspenseful. It was spectacular. It was peculiar.

For years Jacob has listened to the tales of his grandfather's strange past. A past that was not merely spent fighting in wars, but fighting monsters. A play on words and periods in time that can't go unnoticed and whose message interlaced subtlely into the rest of the story provides a lesson of morality as well as bravery. Flash forward a few years, and Jacob is living a less than extraordinary life so when faced with the peculiar circumstances of his grandfather's death his life is split into Before and After. In the "after" lies all the fun, danger, suspense and peculiarities of his new life and that of Miss Peregrine's wards in her orphanage. We follow Jacob as he tries to make sense of his grandfather's past in order to understand his unusual and unclear future. In his search for the particularly talented children, he lifts the veil of his own seemingly ordinary world and life.

Jacob's journey is accompanied by photographs which spread throughout the book add another level of creepiness. At times I found myself speeding through the page adjacent to the photo in order to get the subjects' gaze off of me. The visual element made the story almost seem believable (I mean we've all seen those weirdly magical looking old-timey pictures right?) and led to a whole melee of emotions and questions. Who are the people in the photos? Are the children still children? What if the "home" is secretly some place where Miss Peregrine does experiments on her "children"? Let's just say I was pretty darn spooked. And as you finish the book so will you, but like some sort of adrenaline junkie you'll be pretty thrilled that you are and you'll be excited for the next installment of Miss Peregrine  and her home for Peculiar Children. Warning: the cover page for the second one is even creepier.

Fave quotes: 


“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
and

“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Pin and save for later, or click through to read more! Book review for the very popular read, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Full of eerie pictures, twist-and-turns, laughs and suspense, the book is quite a wild ride and a great rid that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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What was the last scary film you saw or book you read?


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