By Candlelight

On Halloween night, I have an annual tradition. I watch one of my favorite films of all time, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for me, so celebrating it with a favorite film of vampires seems appropriate. And really, what can be more appropriate for Halloween than Dracula?

One of the reasons I love this film so much is due to the costume design.

The Count in a gentleman’s finest.

Mina’s red dress. I am a sucker for a red dress, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is lavish and extroidinary.
Lucy’s Snake Dress is also a favorite. Stunning against her red hair.

I own the book about the costume design for the film, due to my being completely enamored with it. The book is excellent, and discusses the direction of the film, inspiration for the costumes, as well as initial sketches and final pieces.
And in case you’re like I am an want to get in a little reading to set the mood, here are two recent favorites…

Kostova’s The Historian

Meyer’s Twilight series
You can’t go wrong with either one.

“Listen to them – children of the night. What music they make.”
-Bram Stoker, Dracula


Spooky Surroundings

Since I’m not doing much in the way of actual decorating this year, I thought I’d do some virtual Halloween decorating. Halloween is by far one of my favorite holidays, and with it only a few days away I thought I’d share some inspiration.
For years I subscribed to Martha Stewart Living magazine, and her Halloween issue never failed to inspire my creativity.
Her new craft line from Michaels has some great ideas, like this Halloween banner (which has made appearances on decorating blogs for some time). I made my own last year.
This year, I’ve also been impressed with the Halloween selection at Grandin Road.
They have some excellent birds and bats as well as other spooky items…
I tried to create a similar effect to this on my mantel, using Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour (sans covers).
Z Gallerie had some rather ghoulish offerings.
I think this black candelabra is fabulous. So perfect for a Halloween tablescape.
If you’re looking to add a little Halloween touch to your dinner parties, these are just the thing.
And of course, I can’t pass up Pottery Barn.
Love that glitter skull!

Don’t forget to accessorize yourself too – I’m so enamored with these Ed Hardy sunglasses. The roses and skulls are fabulous!

Happy Haunting!

Smoky Chic

Fall is here, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the slightly cooler temps to break out some of my new fall favorites. Of course, nothing is better than the new nail polish collections coming out each season. This season is no different. I’ve always been a huge fan of OPI, and I’m loving their France Collection. After stumbling across a review of one of their new colors, You Don’t Know Jacques!, I decided to give it a try at my last manicure appointment. In the bottle, it looks sort of a muddy brown. But, when it’s on your nails, it is such a chameleon of a color! In some light it appears taupey brown, in some it appears purple, and in others it is more of a smoky gray. I just love this color!! I’m definitely adding this one to my collection!

I also stumbled across a new find at Sephora…the Sephora by OPI line. They’ve got some fabulous colors in this collection, but the two that really drew my eye were these two…
Metro Chic
Metro Chic is what they call a dark smoke. It’s got a lot more purple in it that the Jacques color. It was sold out the first time I attempted to order, so I signed up for notification when it came back in. This color really is what it’s name implies, I can’t wait to try it out on my nails.
Never Enough Shoes
Never Enough Shoes is black with multi-color glitter. I think this one is going to look fabulous on my toes, and I hope to give it a try this weekend.
I’ve also been on the hunt for a great pair of ankle boots or booties. Since I already have a pair of black ankle boots, I really wanted something a little different to mix up my wardrobe. After some looking around, I decided on these apt.9 from Kohl’s. I couldn’t beat the price.

I still have shopping on my mind, and of course, that First Date Blouse in Ash from is gorgeous.

And this is such a fun, flirty look too from Miss Sixty!

I think I may just get that pewter clutch I’ve had my eye on instead…I’ll let you know!