Halloween: Cat Cameron Guest Entry


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Hello!

My name is Cat Cameron.

I’m from RockOnAndElope.com http://www.rockonandelope.com (an alternative wedding and lifestyle blog).

Little Miss Trainwreck has got me in here today to help you with your Halloween costumes for this year, next year, and all the years ever after.

I love to party.

I really love costume parties.

My favourite Halloween party would have to be the one from Mean Girls.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKuF3fV8_yc

I’m also a costume designer for tv, theatre and film.

But I completely SUCK at figuring out my own costumes for costume parties.

You’d think that being a professional designer would help?

It doesn’t. It really doesn’t. And I have no idea why.

So, I was invited to a Halloween party this year and I am dying (pun intended) to go to it because it’s being thrown by my really cool friend, Hannah, who gets completely immersed in Halloween (aka Hannaween). Her house gets 110% decorated and if we don’t turn up in full on super convincing costume then, we get turned into a cling wrap mummy. Eeek.

With Hannah’s roll of cling wrap haunting my every thought like a ghost with a heck of a grude, I needed to come up with a totally fool-proof Halloween costume concept (on a budget). And it is – *Drum roll* just add blood.

Not even joking.10728974_10204907864046439_1324738030_n

This is me dressed as a Slytherin student. I sure look great. But will it be enough to avoid Hannah’s cling wrap? Unlikely! She has higher standards than that for Hannaween.

Bam! Just add blood.10728770_10204907864086440_532316803_nSafe.

This is me as Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

Really, I’m just wearing tights and a wig:10726677_10204907860206343_373881526_n

Bing! Just add blood.

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And this is me wearing normal clothing:10743427_10204907867086515_1575504963_n

Boom! Just add blood. Now I look like a… scary… person:10736093_10204907867126516_906982333_n

Completely Halloween ready and totally safe from the wrath, tightness and sweatiness of Hannah’s cling wrap mummy costume.

So, there you have it folks: Forget water, just add blood.10735726_10204907860126341_1389579437_n

Thank you!

Cat Cameron Xx

http://rockonandelope.com/about/

 

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Halloween: Guest Blogger Laura Shares Her Halloween Memories!


halloween2014The last time I went trick or treating I refused to be involved.
I was about 10, maybe 11, and a sullen teenager before my years. While my younger brother and the friends we enjoyed the night with all, got in to the spirit, costumes and bags ready to be filled with treats, I dressed all in black, my uniform of the time (a perhaps naive rebellion considering I just ended up looking like a seasonal goth) and skulked around the back.images

I live in the UK and Halloween just isn’t as much of a thing here as in other parts of the world. While in more recent years shops and companies have jumped on the opportunity to market another holiday to us, it certainly was even less of a thing when I was a kid. Blame cynical parents or perhaps it was the community I grew up in; cosy middle-class suburbia but rather lacking any neighbourly warmth. You got maybe one or two kids knocking, crying ‘Trick or Treat!’ and then it was usually just them from next-door. There were no decorations, no music, no bowls of ‘candy’ ready to be handed out. Frankly it was all rather disappointing. I’d watched the films, the TV specials, I knew what Halloween was supposed to be! I was supposed to be out there in the best darn costume, shrieking with glee as the streets filled with children, each with a bucket of sweets by their side, up all night high on enthusiasm and sugar.halloween_mansion_by_jerry8448-d2znuuqThe sad truth was just that Halloween was something that happened in America. Here in the UK pavements were distinctly barren, the night quiet. But! Through it all though that wonderland, America, land of candy and magic, had offered me a light. I had something the other kids, doubtless similarly stuck at home sad, didn’t have. My best friend was American and dammit his family were going to continue such fine traditions even if nobody else seemed to! So Halloween became mum taking my brother and I around to the American’s house where we would join them and all squish in their old Volvo estate to head off on our own trick or treating. We’d drive around and visit the few friends who would humour us in this glee, and while our loot bags never got too full, and some dear old neighbour would always hand out something healthy much to us kid’s disdain, we got a good haul.Halloween-ghosts-hd-desktop-backgroundI don’t remember how many years this lasted, I just have fond memories. At some stage they gained another brother who would take place sat on somebody’s lap, and maybe once or twice we picked up some other people and would convoy about town to drop a slice of Americana, costumed and fingers sticky with sugar, on somebody’s doorstep.
I don’t particularly remember my costumes beyond that last year. I was a big kid, hell I am a big adult. No children’s costume would ever fit me; I’d outgrown the children’s department long before I’d left primary school, but things would be assembled, fancy dress boxes and family wardrobes raided. As the premature teenage sulk came in though my confidence left, and I found myself too insecure to dress up, too self aware to just relax and have fun. And so that last Halloween I set myself apart from it all, looked down on those foolish kids still living their dreams (even though I was the same age or barely older; I was nothing if not melodramatic, a vital stage of teenage angst I assure you) and resigned to be done with such nonsense. Frankly the whole thing was just rather embarassing. The Americans moved back to America the next year.Happy-Halloween-43

The year following that though we went to visit them in America, just before Halloween. It was everything the films had promised me. Driving through the towns the houses would have ghouls hung from clipped trees and gravestones stuck in neat grass. The stores were brimming with everything in theme. There were parties advertisted everywhere, a parade in their town… and the candy, oh the candy! I finally knew what candy corn tasted like (rather sickly, but oh so guilty-good). I just wish we hadn’t have had to fly back home before the grand night itself. To this day one of my lifetime ambitions remains to spend Halloween in America, and I am quite sure it’ll live up to all the dreams. Witches will gatecrash, I shall dance with ghosts, and I shall be gloriously sick on sugar. And my costume will more than make up for that last sad night of trick or treating.

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Book Review: Swann’s Lake of Despair


SwannsDespairPublished: October 1st 201410568008_10152636103980908_450754996_nWhen rare photos, a scandalous diary, and a beautiful woman all go missing at once, the stage is set for three challenging cases for Henry Swann. It begins with an offer to partner up with his slovenly, unreliable frenemy, Goldblatt. The disbarred lawyer-turned-“facilitator” would provide the leads and muscle, while Swann would do all the fancy footwork. A lost diary by a free-loving Jazz Age flapper is worth enough to someone that Swann takes a beat down on an abandoned boardwalk. Pilfered photos of Marilyn Monroe propel him deep into the past of an alcoholic shutterbug, his wife; and he’s hired to search for a lonely writer’s runaway girlfriend. The cases converge and collide in a finale that lifts the curtain on crucial, deadly facts of life for everyone. Including Swann himself.10615742_10152636104000908_946602225_nThis ranks as one of the best mysteries I have read in years. Henry Swann is such a complex character, a character you can’t help but love. He is deeply flawed, yet somehow his short-comings make him so real.

This novel reads like movie. It is quick, engaging and engrossing. If you are new to the world of Henry Swann, I encourage you to read the catalogue of Swann titles first!

Salzberg has a signature style of prose. It is dark, yet witty at times. I look forward to reading more from Charles!

Connect With Charles:

http://www.charlessalzberg.com

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Halloween: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular


halloween2014Thank goodness for the abundance of Halloween specials on TV! Last year a travel program introduced me to the most amazing Halloween event–ever. JOLS 2012 Large Citizens Logo outlined TRANSPARENT ZEBRA Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is something I NEED to make the journey to the USA for! I am in awe that these majestic creations are PUMPKINS! Take a look: 

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence with shows running nightly from October 2nd through November 2nd. This highly anticipated annual event, created by the artists and craftsmen of Passion for Pumpkins, features a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them artistically carved and displayed in scenes to play out the annual theme. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular has become one of the region’s most enchanting fall traditions, with over 100,000 people attending each of the last four years.Jack-O-Lantern-Spectactular-at-WaterFire

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The 2014 presentation, titled “Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z,” will delight new and repeat visitors alike. Scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art will be arrayed in alphabetical order, with highlights from history and popular culture, and another section will honor inspirational figures. ripsPopular annual features will return, as well as the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree. Hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns on the ground and high up in the trees surround carved giants (well over 1,000 pounds) amid spooky fog and music, punctuated by its iconic catchy beat and laughter.

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Emily The Strange: Lonely Day


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Poetry: Love Never Dies


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Dreams begin with a siren song.

That lures our beloved dead.

To life in our unconscious world.

 

By day they watch our struggles.

Our successes.

 

At night they are resurrected in our dreams.

No longer a ghost.

A physical being once more.

 

We keep our dead alive in dreams.

They re-enter our lives.

Crossing the lines that divide.

The living and the dead.

 

Journey through space and time.

To relay messages.

Warnings.

Reminders that they are still here.

 

Traveling from the great beyond.

Back down to earth.

 

Love can never die.

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Melanoma Awareness: 5 Burning Truths About Indoor Tanning


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