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DIY easy nail art designs for Halloween

Can you believe that it’s nearly Halloween? Have you got your costume sorted out and your treats ready for visitors? I recently wrote about decorating your home for autumn and how you can easily turn your decorations into a spooky Halloween decor with just a few changes – carve up those pumpkins and spread a few cobwebs around – et Voila! Now that you’ve got your home and your costume organised, maybe you’d like to try a scary Halloween manicure makeover?

This method is possibly the simplest way to create nail-art that looks professional but doesn’t require special brushes or tools. Simply grab a permanent pen and set to work. This is certainly a technique that takes some practice, and rather than struggle with drawing designs on your own nails, why not gather together your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters and give each other a special spooky manicure?

halloween nail art manicure tutorial using permanent pens white and black

Paint your nails in a base colour – such as white or orange as I’ve done here – and wait for them to dry. If you start drawing on your nails too soon, the polish will pucker and you might well damage the tips of your permanent pens. Then take it in turns to draw cute designs on each others’ nails. Maybe you’d like to draw cobwebs all over your nails with a spider dangling on the ring finger? Or create a reverse image by using the pen to colour around the nail, leaving the design in the middle, as I have done with my scary ghost design. Orange nails lend themselves to having pumpkin faces on them – so any image design that you would carve into your pumpkin would look equally great drawn on your nails!

halloween manicure diy nail art tutorial orange and black pumpkin faces

For extra variation on your manicures, you can use different base polishes – maybe blood-red or vampire grey – and can even use other colours of permanent pens, such as green or red (which work best over a white base) to really vamp up your designs for Halloween. I hope you have a fun time sharing a spooky pampering session with your pals and enjoy getting ready for your Halloween night out!

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Scary shoes

With Halloween only a couple of days away I’ve been getting carried away while looking for costume accessories and the result is this Tuesday Shoeday blog post about spooky shoes. Now these aren’t really the kind of shoes you’d want to wear all year round (or maybe they are, who am I to tell you otherwise?) but they are good fun and look really cool so I’m coveting these items of freaky footwear as much as any pair of shoes that’ve been featured on my blog. So here are my favourite Halloween-inspired shoes that I’ve found on Pinterest and check out  my Tuesday Shoesday board for all the links to the image sources:

Tuesday Shoesday spooky heels scary shoes for halloween costume 2013

I also found this tutorial for creating your own witches-cat shoes to accompany your Halloween costume so if you’re stuck for a last-minute outfit, why not have a go at this DIY by Scathingly Brilliant blog?

cat diy shoes from scathingly brilliant blog

Image & DIY c/o Scathingly Brilliant 


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DIY scary skeleton Halloween costume

It’s Halloween this week and as usual I don’t have any budget for a costume for all those parties I’ll be going to. But I’m not worried about that because I personally think that Halloween is about making-do and creating some crazy costume yourself that no one else will be wearing – the tattier the better in some instances! I have therefore made my own last-minute skeleton costume using an old (and I mean ooolllddd) stretchy top and I’ll show you how to make one for yourself below:

diy skeleton header image

You will need: old black top, white top to wear underneath, scissors, white pen or chalk

Step by step

  1. Fold your top in half along the centre point.
  2. Use the chalk or white pen to mark out where you will be cutting out the ribs
  3. Cut out the ribs, making sure you’re cutting all the way through both layers of fabric. This will give you a symmetrical set of ribs on each side when you have finished cutting.

diy skeleton step by step

4. Cut out small triangles along the centre to create the spine bones

5. I even cut some bone shapes from the arms, which aren’t clear in the photo, but when I’m wearing it, you can really see them.

6. Wear over the top of a white t-shirt to show off the shape of the bones!

diy skeleton before and after

It’s a great way to get a last-minute outfit sorted out, and I hope you’ll have a go at making this simple Halloween costume. I wrote this blog post for Oxfam Fashion so check out their blog here and have a read of all the other fabulous fashion bloggers’ articles. Enjoy your spooky celebrations, whatever you get up to!

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Hen party series ~ the t-shirt you’ll wear again & again

Welcome back to my hen party series! Over the summer, blogger Claire from Lacey in Places  blog has been sharing her top tips for planning a hen party (read her first article here), including a downloadable budget spreadsheet and invitation templates (read this planning article here) to make it super-easy to keep track of the hens, the accommodation and activity costs. She has also written about making crafty decorations for the hen party and creating a DIY memory book for the bride . There are lots of useful articles in the hen party series, so check out the links below or click here to see all of the articles in the series. This week we are talking about stag and hen party t-shirts, and why you’ll want to wear them again and again.

During my research into hen parties and the traditions that have become synonymous with the ‘last night of freedom’, I have discovered a desire to create a homogenous group of stags or hens – especially when there is a large quantity of guests at the celebration. This could be in the form of fancy dress, or simply dressing in a similar way, in order to define the group as a ‘party’. This serves as an easy way to identify members of the group and helps to keep large groups together on a night out – a simple head count of guests wearing the same outfit can help ensure that stragglers don’t get left behind when the group moves on to another place or activity. And this is where t-shirts come in!

quality stag and hen t shirt printing from stagandhentshirtscom

It’s been a massive trend over the past decade to design and print special t-shirts for hen and stag party groups. A little more wearable than fancy dress, it allows the group to dress the same, but retain some individuality – usually in the form of nicknames on the backs of t-shirts. It also means that the bride or groom will be more easily identifiable in the group, as they will probably be the only one in fancy dress – tutus, wedding dresses etc – and can easily be picked out for ‘special treatment’ from bar staff and activity providers! However, many of these t-shirts will be designed solely with the hen or stag night in mind and can rarely ever be worn again. But with a little extra thought about the design, you can easily create a top that commemorates a special occasion and can be worn again and again as a fashion item.

After investigating many t-shirt printers, I came across StagandHenTShirts.com and realised they would be able to provide exactly this kind of custom-design service. Gone are the cheap thin t-shirts and the plasticy PVC printed designs that crack while wearing; this company offer a full design and printing service to create a t-shirt that you will  be able to wear again, and on top of that, will actually want to wear again! When a company kicks off their design process using high-quality t-shirts, vests and tops, you know that you’ll be getting a hard-wearing, top-quality product, and that’s before you’ve even added a design. I spent an enjoyable hour flicking through all their funky designs and colour options before getting in touch with their design team to discuss my requirements.

stagandhentshirts customised retro cool pink design for hen party

One of my favourite fairies is getting married next year and I wanted to treat her to a t-shirt to get her excited about her hen do. I chose my preferred design of a chunky, retro text with pop-art image of the hen, then I sent off a facebook profile photo of my friend for the design team to work their magic on. I couldn’t believe my eyes when they sent back a ‘proof’ of the design that looked exactly like my bestie in a super-cool Andy Warhol-esque screenprint style - so glamourous! I was given a few suggestions of colour ways and I chose the ink to be a hot pink (her favourite colour) printed on a classic white t-shirt (she is the bride after all!). I waited excitedly for her reaction as she opened the parcel and although we live 100s of miles apart, I swear I could hear her squeals of delight! It certainly got a good reaction when she posted a photo of it on Facebook and the ‘likes’ came flooding in!

stagandhenthirts custom design hen party cool high quality tshirt printing

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Just a little something I made for Halloween…

Things have been very busy at www.TutusWingsandPrettyThings.com HQ and I’ve been stitching away in my workshop this week making lots of dark fairy tutus ready for Halloween. I’ve made similar tutus for hen parties over the summer and I thought that they would look great for Halloween too, so I’ve been making extra-sparkly tutus with lots of sequined and glittery fabric woven in-between the spiky tulle strands. I think that my favourite one is this blue tutu below, which has bright blue glittery stars fabric incorporated into the design.

cassiefairy halloween fairy tutus from tutuswingsandprettythings com

Let me know if you’d like something similar custom-made for your Halloween costume by emailing cassie@cassiefairy.co.uk - these tutus aren’t on the website yet but I will happily make these or something similar (any colours you like!) for you, just let me know with plenty of time, because I’m already getting pretty booked up with spooky orders for zombie bride and witch costumes!