Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween, everyone! Today is my favorite holiday of all time! Since I’m too old for trick-or-treating, I’ll be celebrating Halloween full on “adult style” with a costume contest at work followed by a caramel apple bar! Who said life after college was boring? Later, I’ll be handing out goodies to all the little trick-or-treaters while watching Hocus Pocus reruns and drinking some Woodchuck Granny Smith. I hope your holiday is just as festive!

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Madeline

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“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline.” -Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline

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I’ve always been a fan of Madeline. I read every one of her books as a child, always watched her TV Show, and since she is petite like me, I was inspired to recreate Ludwig Bemelmans’ famous character for Halloween. Plus, she is French which made me want to do it even more! I found this dress from Target, tied a red sash around my collar, threw on some ruffle socks with black flats, and added a sun hat to complete the look. I’m really happy with how it came out and am hoping it will help me win my company’s costume contest tomorrow. Happy Halloween Eve!

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Nole Nation

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I’ve got to say it-HOW BOUT THEM NOLES?!! FSU is currently undefeated and I was finally able to witness another amazing win this past weekend, but thanks to a bad case of food poisoning-we almost didn’t make it! I’ll spare you the awful details though and skip right to the good parts. We arrived in Tallahassee on Friday night and went to the Downtown Getdown, a home pre-game tradition, where we listened to some live music, had a couple beers, and caught up with old friends, followed by a late night bonfire at our friend’s house.  It was a perfect Friday night! On Saturday we made it to the tailgate, got to sit 27 rows up from the 40 yard line on the Seminoles side, watched Bobby Bowden plant the spear to kick off the game, saw Jameis Winston in action, and of course, got revenge on NC State! Afterwards, we visited the Sod Cemetery and caught a glimpse of the last sod from our win against Clemson. Did you really think a little food poisoning was going to prevent us from cheering on our Noles? It just goes to show, even the best laid plans can go awry, but we tried to make the best of the situation. We can’t wait to see how things unfold this Saturday as we take on one of our biggest rivals, MIAMI!

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{Favorite tailgate spot/Tailgate recreation pic}

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{Bobby Bowden/FSU Alums}

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{Famous Jameis, himself-#5 on the sideline}

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Weekender

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{It’s definitely sweater weather}

Brrrr!! What happened to fall? Temps have officially dropped below 40 degrees and it feels more like winter . At least it’s Friday! TGIF, right? Halloween festivities got started in my office around 8 this morning with our pumpkin decorating contest. My favorite was Team Achey Breaky Heart’s with their Miley Cryus pumpkin. It is pure brilliance. I am also headed to Tallahassee today to visit my alma mater and hopefully some warmer weather. It’s been 2 and half years since I graduated and about 8 months since I moved. I miss all my friends and looking forward to playing catch up. Plus,  a true college gameday weekend is in order. FSU is celebrating the return of Bobby Bowden, our legendary coach of 33 years, who will be stepping on the field for the first time since his retirement in 2009. It’s going to be epic! Cheers to the weekend!

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{Twerk or Treat, Y’all}

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{Can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since I graduated}

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{Pic before last year’s tailgate against Clemson}

In Flight

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We finally rode Skyview!!! I’d been anticipating a flight on Skyview since it first opened in July. We originally planned to take our first flight to celebrate our two year anniversary, but due to bad weather all Summer long, our plans kept getting postponed. We figured my birthday was an equally celebratory occasion, so when the forecast called for sunny weather and temps below 70, we ventured out to Centennial Olympic Park to take our first flight! Skyview rests at 20 stories high, providing amazing views of downtown Atlanta and it’s neighboring cities, plus you get your own private gondola that is climate controlled so you can adjust the temperature to fit your needs. It was a little scary once you reached the top, especially since the gondolas do swing a little, but my nerves were calmed once we caught a stunning view of the city. I’m so glad we opted for an evening ride because you really can see everything, including Kennesaw Mountain which is a good 25 miles away! It was such a magical way to celebrate my birthday, however my next flight will definitely be at night  so I can see all the pretty lights!

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DIY Garnet & Gold Pumpkins

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Carving a pumpkin is one of my favorite Fall traditions. I love to make a big event out of it. I usually have some sort of pumpkin carving party/get together where everyone can carve their pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds, and drink pumpkin beer. This year my boyfriend and I decided to do an FSU theme for our big pumpkin (which we will carve a little closer to Halloween), so I decided to decorate our small pumpkins garnet and gold to accompany this theme. This was super easy to do and created much less of a mess than carving. You can obviously recreate this theme to reflect your personal taste, but in my opinion, the combination of garnet and gold makes some good looking pumpkins!

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{Tools Needed: Pumpkin, Gold Spray Paint, Garnet Acrylic Paint, Glue, Gold Poms & Ribbon}

1. Clean and dry your pumpkin, then spray paint it completely gold. I recommend doing two coats. Let Dry.

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2. Using a paintbrush, paint polka dots on the pumpkin with the garnet colored paint. I actually used a makeup brush since I couldn’t find a paintbrush. Use whatever works for you.

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*Top tip: I went over the polka dots several times for a darker color.

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3. Glue gold poms in between polka dots.

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4. Tie a bow to the top using ribbon & display!

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Birthday Weekend Recap

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{Strawberry & Vanilla Frosted Donut Cake from my boyfriend}

I had the most wonderful birthday weekend filled with lots of great food, company, and beautiful weather! The festivities began  a little early Wednesday night at the Cobb Energy Centre, where my mom and I saw Ina Garten discuss her tips, tricks, and career as a Food Network chef . I even got a signed copy of her newest cookbook, Foolproof. My parents treated me to dinner on Thursday for my actual birthday and afterwards my boyfriend surprised with a donut cake. On Friday, I spent a relaxing day at the spa (c/o of my thoughtful boyfriend), where I got a massage, facial, and mani/pedi. I’m such a lucky girl! The weekend ended on a high note with a huge win by my Seminoles, dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, and a flight on Skyview! I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate turning 25!

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{A conversation with Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa}

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{Favorite gift: Clarisonic Mia 2}

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{A birthday dinner isn’t complete without Bang Bang Shrimp}

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{Sunday evening flight on Skyview}