Halloween Cream Soda

Who else is planning a Halloween party?! We are, we are!

Because in L.A. (unless you want to be smashed in the middle of a million other people in costumes, of course...and also wait in traffic for 17 hours), it's basically impossible to go out on Halloween. (Okay, maybe it's not impossible, maybe we just don't want to do it). Either way! 

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! We usually get together with friends, play Cards Against Humanity, watch a fun movie like Hocus Pocus or Nightmare Before Christmas (cause we're not about that horror movie life), have yummy food and drinks and dance parties to Beyonce. Pretty good evening in our books! 

And would we even be us if we didn't have at least one themed drink?! Absolutely not! We love us a good theme. And Halloween is the excuse to have all the sugar...or is that every holiday? So, this boozy cream soda is the perfect party punch! 

You could serve it in a bowl if you like, but we always prefer to have one prepared & passed drink because we think we're Martha Stewart or something like that. And how can we expect everyone to know the proper proportions?! ;) Half kidding...but cutesy cocktail glasses always make an appearance for our themed drinks. 

And it's pretty easy!

All you need is:

  • Orange Soda
  • Vanilla Ice Cream (or Sherbert would probably work well too!)
  • Orange Extract
  • Vodka (or desired liquor)

Obviously, how much of these ingredients you use depends on how many people you're serving & how you decide to serve the cocktail! For each prepared cocktail, we did 3 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream, about a cup of orange soda (give or take...neither of us were taught to measure...#southern), 1/4 tsp of orange extract, and 1.5 oz of vodka! Again, depends on how ya like it! Taste test it along the way!

Start by spooning the ice cream into the glass, add the orange extract & the vodka, and then top it off with the orange soda! Stir gently with a straw or stir stick, and voila! 

Also, while you're preparing these delish drinks for all your guests, it's basically required that you say, "Who loves orange soda?! Kel loves orange soda! I do, I do, I do-ooooh!" Otherwise you're cheating your audience from the full experience. 

Another also, can we just take a sec to gush at how ridiculously adorable these straws, stir sticks, and this "I'm Here for the Boos" banner is?! All by our girl Amber at Dixie and Twine! Seriously, if you need any holiday decorations (or just cute things for your life in general), check out her shop! 

If any of y'all have any go-to Halloween recipes, be sure to leave them in the comments! 

Happy Halloween-ing, babes! 



Blogger Halloween Costume

Halloween is like Christmas for bloggers. Halloween costumes are everywhere along with the tutorials of how to make 'em!

Here are some links to a few of our faves:

Boba Tea Costume by Aww, Sam

Cereal Bowl Costume by Studio DIY

Stranger Things Couples Costume by Keiko Lynn

Some serious DIY talent out there! So, we wanted to join in the fun this year with something a little different and give you a full on tutorial for your "Blogger Halloween Costume!"

And it's great because you already have all of the necessary items! (Cause we're all guilty and we're unashamedly a part of the stereotypical blogger type. #notsorry ;)

You need: 

  • Something with a bold pattern, like Cort's donut dress from Shop & Apparel or Jenna's necktie from Urban Outfitters
  • A denim jacket with lots of flair
  • Some giant, colorful pool floaties
  • Something with sprinkles (i.e. donuts & animal crackers)
  • Balloons. Preferably pink
  • DIY shirt with clever saying
  • More accessories than you already have on
  • Polka dots and bows
  • Glittery shoes
  • The pink pleather jacket from Zara
  • And a pineapple something
  • And most importantly, A COOL WALL

And you're pretty much good to go!

Really and truly, we love what we do. But when you've got all these props and you're standing and posing in front of a colorful mural for an hour, and all the people who walk by kind of just look at you and roll their eyes like, "Oh, they must be bloggers," embrace it! Because dancing around with balloons and getting to eat donuts all the time is really kind of awesome. ;)

Love to all you babes doin yo thang.


Jen & Cort 

Cute, Easy, & Colorful DIY Pumpkins!

October is just one of the best months, am I right?! 

I mean, we have:

  • Mean Girls Day (October 3rd)
  • National Taco Day (October 4th) 
  • National Fluffernutter Day (October 8th)
  • National Leif Erikson Day (October 9th)...okay, I didn't even know this was a real thing, but all my Spongebob lovers sayyyyy "hinga-dinga!"...if you didn't watch Spongebob, I wouldn't be surprised if you stopped reading here.
  • AND HALLOWEEN (October 31st, duh!)

Halloween is one of Jenna's and my favorite holidays. Give us all the candy, halloween decorations, crazy makeup, all of it! We wanted to decorate our pumpkins a little different! Carving them is always fun, but we wanted to give you a few other (easy) options to decorate with them!

Now, we love us a good DIY, but we are definitely not DIY Pinteresty Queens. But we love all things bright, quirky, and colorful! And that's exactly how we wanted to make our pumpkins! So, we got some sprinkles, some glitter, and a pair googley eyes, and went to town! 

Again, they were all pretty easy! Here's how we did it:

For the sprinkled one, we just coated the pumpkin in white frosting, and mashed the sprinkles into it! 

Cause sprinkles are everything right now, right?! We're totes on board with that!

p.s. don't try to eat it, as yummy as it looks. ;)

For the glitter one, we just used roll on glue instead of frosting so that the glitter would stick. Basically just coat it in glue and roll it in as much glitter as possible! 

Would it even be our pumpkin if it wasn't pink?!

And finally, our favorite! The googley eyed pumpkin---which we believe was subconsciously inspired by Marcel the Shell with Shoes On....anyone remember her? Just glue on some googley eyes, add some confetti for hair, and obviously she'll need some lipstick! She's quirky and cute, and we may keep her even after Halloween. Also, we don't get attached to inanimate objects at all. Like none whatsoever. ;)

Again, super easy, and a little different than the millions of already orange and black pumpkins you have around your house if you're as Halloween obsessed as we are.

Stick em around your house, and then when people come over and tell you how cute they are, you can scoff about how you literally made them in five minutes. Or, maybe just say thanks?...Yeah, that's probably better. ;)

Happy Halloween-ing, punkins!



The Last Bookstore

In DTLA, there's this magical old place called "The Last Bookstore." It's filled to the brim with books, records, art, knick knacks, and more. You could (and should) spend hours in here.




We came home with a few new reads, homemade jam, and handspun yarn (all the better to crochet with ;). #grannylife

If you ever ever find yourself in Los Angeles, this place is a must. I promise you won't be disappointed.


Love & Bookworms