My brother and I shared a laugh early this week over how one would think that my skills and hobbies would make me good at making Halloween costumes, but they don’t: I’m actually kind of bad at it.
For about a decade, I didn’t even dress up. I spent Halloween at home watching scary movies in the dark, so there wasn’t really any reason to dress up. Then we bought a house with a front door that kids could actually come trick-or-treating to. We bought pumpkins, decorations and candy! We developed a tradition of making a festive meal, putting on the early episodes of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, drinking pumpkin beer, giving out candy… and dressing up.
This year, I decided to abuse the freedom Halloween provides and dress up – in my own clothes – as who I wish I were brave enough to be everyday: a spooky pinup.
Dress Capsule Vintage
Stockings What Katie Did
Photos by me & Matt Harrison.
Fall has always been my favourite. Seeing the red, orange and yellow leaves grow vibrant as the morning fog clears to reveal a crisp blue sky, walking in the afternoon without getting all sweaty and cuddling up with a steaming cup of tea and apple pie scented candles in the evening make me incredibly happy. I look forward to this season all year long and although the first official day of fall has arrived, the sweater weather hasn’t quite yet.
The days are getting shorter and the sunlight had turned to a sparkling golden colour at it’s lowest angles but the temperature still climbs to over 20 degrees everyday and reaches close to 30 with humidity. I want to wear flannel and wool, boots and sweaters but it’s just too hot. I guess I’ll have to settle for richly coloured dresses and black during the day as I transition my wardrobe from summer to fall.
Hat Forever 21
Earrings very old
Photos by Matt Harrison.
My husband and I bought a new couch from IKEA today. Since our Volkswagen lifestyle does not support these kinds of large purchases, we needed to enlist the help of a friend with a larger vehicle. This friend would need to do the 45 minute drive with us – both ways – as well as assist my husband with the heavy, awkward lifting of getting the new couch in and the old couch out of the apartment.
We felt that a simple “thanks, here’s some gas money,” wouldn’t cut it, so we decided to host a small dinner party to thank our helpful friend and show the new couch to the others. For dessert I made one of my specialties, Mystery Cake – the mystery ingredient is tomato soup, trust me, it’s delicious and guessing what the mystery ingredient could be is great fun for guests.
My first time doing proper printing on a cake – I was pleased with myself