Throwback Thursday: Hello Kitty Pumpkin Carving Tutorial

Raise your hand if you can’t quite believe that October is almost over. It’s crazy to think that November is just around the corner. But before we head on into a new month, there’s one thing that has to happen first: Halloween!

In honor of the spookiest holiday of the year, I’ve resurrected my favorite pumpkin carving tutorial featuring the one and only Hello Kitty.

Keep reading to a step-by-step tutorial!

1. Pick a pumpkin and clean out all the seeds and gross stuff from inside. This is my least favorite part.

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2. Find a design you like. For me, simplicity is key. But if you’re up for a more intricate design, go for it. I found the stencil below right here.

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3. Tape the stencil on your pumpkin–try to make it as flat as possible. Using a sharp tool, dot along the interior and exterior of the pattern (all the black lines).

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4. Once you’ve dotted all around the stencil, remove the paper. Your pumpkin should look a little like this:

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5. Get carving! Don’t be afraid to take your time! And you may need to use several different kinds of tools/knives. A small, serrated knife works well on the curves of this pattern.

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6. Once you’ve cut all the way around the pattern, feel free to go back and fix any areas that may not be right. Your pumpkin should look a bit like this:

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7. Pop a candle in and enjoy!

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What I’m Loving: Ankle Booties

While the weather can’t seem to decide what season it is, I’m definitely ready for the crisper, cooler temperatures of fall. One reason I’m excited for the mercury to drop is so that I can wear cozy fall fashions: cardigans, scarves, and–the point of this post–boots.

I’m currently obsessed with ankle booties and have been wearing them nonstop. Ankle booties are a great staple to have and they make dressing for transitional weather a snap. Whether worn with jeans, dresses, or shorts, ankle booties add a bit of fall to any outfit.

Read on to see a few of my favorite ankle bootie looks!

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P.S. I’m currently obsessed with these ankle booties and these–they’re so comfortable and extremely affordable!

Product Review: Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation

unnamedAs someone who reads beauty blogs and product reviews like they’re going out of style, I put a lot of stock in what other people say about certain products. One of the products I’ve heard a lot about lately is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation.

As the name says, this makeup claims to keep your skin looking matte, natural and
even. Who doesn’t want that? I knew this was a foundation I wanted to try and picked it up on my last trip to Target.

First, let’s start with the price—it’s amazingly affordable, even for a drugstore item. No buyer’s remorse here!

Now, about the actual product. This is a liquid makeup and the bottle does not come with a pump so proceed carefully. The makeup blends very well into the skin and offers light medium coverage while still looking natural.

This foundation wore great throughout the day and the coverage lasted from morning to evening. I barely had any oiliness peek through so I’d say this product lives up to its claim of being “matte and poreless.”

Overall, I give this Maybelline makeup a big, big thumbs up! I look forward to wearing it again and definitely recommend it.

Have you tried this product? Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section!

Life Lately: Chicago

So far, October has left me feeling like I’ve been extremely busy yet I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing. One thing I’m still thinking about is my recent trip to Chicago! I had a ton of fun exploring the city, shopping, and eating.

Read on to see a few of my favorite moments from the trip. And if you want to see a few of the things I picked up on vacation, just click riiiiiight here!

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