Much that I love language I find that I’m often stumped when feeling profoundly, as words lack enough “oomph!” to accurately capture what I’m feeling. To quantify the gratitude I have for both my parents is – also – nigh impossible, because neither is there an appropriate measure. ¬†

I wouldn’t be where I am if not for both of them – no matter the crazy, quirky, dark or dreary, offbeat, or downright terrible things I’ve done along the way, they supported me wholly (sometimes they even join in – as evidenced below. ūüôā ) ¬†

They embrace and love me no matter what, and have demonstrated the ultimate selflessness time and time…and time…again in doing whatever they could to help me achieve my dreams…

They’ve taught me so many valuable lessons, allowed me the space to learn my own (equally as vital!), and instilled a sense of strength that has helped me through some horribly challenging times.

Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate what they have done,¬†still do for me, and how much they accept and value who I am. I feel blessed and thankful that both myself and my husband can have such a close and happy relationship with them, and that we get a chance to see one another despite all moving on in life. ¬†

Blessed and beyond. ‚̧


Early Hallowedding

My Aunt and Uncle definitely know me well. ¬†In honor of my upcoming wedding – on the closest day to Hallows as I could manage – they sent early, season-(and event)-appropriate fun. ¬†There isn’t a single other holiday I look forward to as much, and if I had my way, it would be every day.

Yay for Autumnal revelry!



Jack O’Lanterns and sugar skulls should be available at all times of the year, so says moi. (I suppose they ARE nowadays, via Etsy, eBay, and other online shops. ¬†Hallelujah chorus for Samhain? ¬†Yes, there should be one. ¬†Just regarding the former point alone!)

Dark Magic – More Macabre From Illamasqua

I love companies that embrace the 31st (of October, not that you needed to ask) – it isn’t that I feel validated so much as it’s more eye candy for me!



If you aren’t sure who will carry the products you need to create your Hallows badassery, look no further – Illamasqua has you covered! ¬†



Seriously, forget the low-end stuff you can get at a pop-up Halloween store, or Party City – you don’t really want to use that stuff on ¬†your skin (not to mention, the color payoff is often splotchy or generally inconsistent.) ¬†

If haunting happens to be a favorite activity of yours (or you gravitate towards dark and mysterious on an every day basis), celebrate with a splurge. Or a few. ¬†You definitely won’t be disappointed!







More Halloween Fun..

Best V-Day Ever

Let me be clear – I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, and haven’t since I was a little girl making Valentines for my classmates! Why? ¬†I personally disapprove of¬†the notion that¬†other people (let’s be frank, our significant others!) are pressured with¬†an obligation to “do something nice” for us on this specific day of the year. ¬†

To me, the beauty of love is that you appreciate one another EVERY day – it doesn’t matter whether you¬†show your gratitude¬†with a little note or card, doing something to make your husband / wife /¬†boyfriend’s etc day a little bit easier, or just saying “I love and appreciate you.” ¬†The point is that you don’t NEED a designated day to show you care, nor to spoil or shower your lover with affection and appreciation. ¬†

Now that said, if you do celebrate, more power to you and your other half!  There is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying it if you do!

Sunday happened to be a perfect day, though Рspending time with my man is always a great day anyway, but we got to indulge in an activity he is incredibly gifted with / passionate about, and one I am eager to learn and also enjoy Рtarget shooting.  


I LOVE that he has passions and I want always to encourage that he takes time out to enjoy whatever those activities are – supporting each other in what brings personal joy is so important. ¬†I view being able to do that activity WITH him¬†as a gift...and I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else that day. ¬†‚̧


There is so much about it that I enjoyed, and so much about him that I cherish… ¬†


I am harder on myself than anyone else I’ve ever met in my Life and as a result, I can ruin a perfectly good time (for me and everyone else!) by holding myself to some absurdly¬†high¬†standard…yes, even as a neophyte (which means, it is okay NOT to be perfect, hello!!!) ¬†He is tremendously patient with me, supportive and encouraging – and honestly, that makes all the difference. ¬†

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I have had the habit historically of overthinking and getting in my own way – taking a deep breath, letting go of unreasonable anxiety, and appreciating (not to forget accepting) the instruction helps me stay grounded and in a “fun” mindset. ¬†

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The whole point is that activities, especially together, are¬†supposed to be fun – an opportunity to learn is a blessing anyway you take it, and when you are learning alongside your best friend? ¬†Really doesn’t get better.¬† So even though I wasn’t totally aware that it was the 14th (and I wasn’t!), it was a memorable day filled with love and my best friend – I couldn’t have asked for more. ‚̧