Fall Goals! The Perfect Halloween Weekend in the Poconos

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You guys know the Poconos is one of my favorite weekend escapes from the city! It’s cute, it’s close and has a burgeoning foodie scene that is not to be missed. I spent a lovely weekend there in partnership with Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to get in the spirit of Halloween! Check out some of the highlights from the trip below!

We stayed at Settlers Inn, a quaint property that sits on six acres of land and is bordered by the Lackawaxen River. It was built in 1928 and boasts a garden and farm-to-table restaurant with an award winning wine list. It’s the perfect place to relax for a weekend, eat way too much amazing food and enjoy the stunning views. The Halloween highlight was the Storytelling Dinner. The week before the dinner they host a Pumpkin Carving, where over 100 pumpkins are intricately carved then set on display around the hotel. I could spend hours exploring the unique, creative designs that are lit up all over the hotel and dot the tables in the Storytelling Dinner. We indulged in the decadent Fall inspired menu as a storyeller regaled us with spooky Halloween tales.

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The next day we took the long, scenic walk to the up to the Hawley Silk Mill. It’s a former silk and textile factory that now houses a coffee shop and assortment of local shops. I wish I had planned to do some shopping because there were so many lovely candles, body butterss, crafts and home decor waiting to come home with me! After a bit of wandering, we headed down the road to Ledges Hotel, a chic, modern property at the base of a natural river gorge fall. It has a stunning bar called Glass, with unforgettable views of the river Fall and a great menu of wine and tapas. It started raining so we stayed inside with a bottle of wine for a bit, then headed back to Settlers.

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Hawley Silk Mill Shops
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The weather wasn’t really conducive to exploring, but Lake Wallenpaupack is supposed to be quite a stunner. You can have lunch at The Dock at Silver Birches and take in the views. And be sure to take the scenic route back to NY on Route 6. You can explore the charming town Milford and stop by Raymondskill Falls or GreyTowers National Historic Site.

If you are thinking about a late Fall or Winter weekend getaway, definitely make the trip up to Hawley! Check out the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau for everything you need to plan your trip any time of year, but especially for next year’s Storytelling Dinner!

$50 and Under Halloween Looks You Can Rent!

Images by Milli Stephania

Images by Milli Stephania

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Magical Halloween Costume Ideas

We’ve got about 2 more weeks until Halloween and even less if you plan to celebrate all weekend long! If you are like me you start thinking about costume ideas and scouting events weeks in advance, but if you are just now starting to think about making plans, it’s not too late to put together an amazing costume! Rent the Runway is one of my favorite ways to “shop” especially for standout looks for special events. If you are looking for an affordable, no-commitment Halloween look for a special event, they are a great option. The site has thousands of options at your disposal, at a range of prices!

For the purposes of this post, I searched for styles that were under $50 at the time of publication for a 4-day rental in NYC. There may be some variance based on availability, length of rental, and where the goods are being shipping, so consider this a starting place for your search!

I’ve rented for a few Halloweens and am never disappointed. The look above was just a spooky glamour girl, and one year I was Diana Ross, complete with huge hair and long gold sequined gown! The options are pretty much endless. The best thing is each of these looks can easily be customized to various different costumes, all you need to do is swap out your ears, accessories and makeup to give these looks new life.

Here are some suggestions based on ideas that I was debating. Of course if you prefer to go more traditionally scary or super silly, you may want to go to a traditional costume shop to get what you need. But if you just feel like dressing up and going out all glammed up, stay tuned for my picks below!

Classy Witch

Angel

Or Devil

Disco Diva

Affordable Halloween Looks

 

Let me know what you plan on being for Halloween, and share your pics with me on Insta

Getting Halloween Glam with Pretty Little Thing!

Halloween Costume Ideas

As you probably can imagine, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Any excuse to get glammed up, go out with your squad and eat way too much candy is a hit in my book. I’ve been playing with so many costume ideas trying to figure out what I want to wear for the events the weekend before Halloween and of course the day of. Luckily Pretty Little Thing launched their Halloween Shop with pretty much everything you’d need! I partnered with PrettyLittleThing.com to bring you 3 ideas for the perfect glam Halloween look.

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Belle of the Ball 

Nothing is more glam than a Halloween Masquerade Ball! This lace ruffled gown would be a hit for so many different costumes, from masked diva, to glamorous witch! Just swap out the accessories depending on your idea. I paired it with the Masquerade Mask Face Stickers to finish my sultry glam look. Check out the PLT site for more accessories you could style this number with.

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Classy Kitty

Sure cat costumes aren’t the most original, but this Lace-Up Back Midi Dress was just too good to pass up. I love that it is the perfect base of a Classy Kitty costume when paired with a mask, but it’s elegant enough to wear again for date night. It’s a bit tricky to get into because it’s so fitted and has the lace-up back, but I was able to get the hang of it in no time and it looks stunning on.

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Haute Hippie

A burgundy velvet jumpsuit? SIGN ME UP! When I picked this item I wasn’t exactly sure what I would be. Devil was the obvious choice but usually devil costume are bright red. I was really into the 70’s vibe so decided to go for a glamorous hippie look, complete with matching flower crown. It also comes in emerald or blue which would be a great start to a peacock costume and PLT has plenty of options from face jewels to accessories to help you finish your look!

Let me know what you are thinking of dressing up as for Halloween, and shop these looks and more of my faves from PLT’s Halloween Shop below!

Glam Halloween Costume Ideas

3 Must Have Tips for the Last Minute Halloween Shopper

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Halloween weekend is here! Since I clearly love dressing up in my daily life, you can pretty much guess that Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. Fall is in full swing, the air is crisp and days shorter, and there is so much inspiration and creativity going around. I had my costumes planned for sometime, when I found 2 amazing dresses at L-Train Vintage.  When I saw this yellow ball gown the answer was obvious! 

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The Beauty & The Beast movie was one of the buzziest this year, so the costume choice was natural. But if you were dragging your feet and are stuck on a costume idea, here are a few tips to help you figure one out by Tuesday!

Hit Up Your Local Vintage Stores

They are a treasure chest of goodies, from 80’s dresses, 90’s style looks and fun, funky and weird items. The dresses I found were probably old bridesmaid or prom dresses, but they work! My unicorn look last year started with a vintage satin and tulle dress that was just $12. Spend the weekend digging around for something to base your costume on, and then figure out makeup and accessories.

See What’s on Amazon Prime

There are over 40K results for costumes available under Prime Free One Day Shipping. Get to browsing! You can pull together a look and have it at your doorstep in no time, without the stress of last minute shopping at overcrowded, picked over Halloween costume shops.

Recycle an Old Look

My unicorn look from last year can easily be turned into several other costumes, like ballerina, bride, or fairy. Think about old costumes or dresses that can be used again in a new creative way. Glitzy old prom or bridesmaid dress  -- Diana Ross or a 60’s starlet.  Black mini dress and tights – grab some ears and be an animal of your choice, or braided pigtails and be Wednesday Adams. Think creatively and work with what you’ve got!

And no matter how rushed you get, try to avoid culturally inappropriate costumes! If someone’s race or nationality is the base for the costume in question, just don’t do it!

Happy Halloween!