Wednesday, February 22, 2017

250 Days To Halloween


Eeeek today marks 250 days to Halloween!! 

Have you started planning yet for Halloween 2017? Will you be having a party or attending any other events this coming October? I already made my Halloween wish list for 2017, I hope to visit the places I've listed there this year!

Who else is excited for Halloween 2017?!

Friday, February 17, 2017

6 Halloween Events Haunting SoCal This Spring and Summer


Halloween lovers rejoice! Southern California has six upcoming Halloween-centric events that will help you keep your spooky spirit satiated until autumn arrives! These events will be haunting SoCal from spring all the way through summer to help you celebrate Halloween everyday through these dreadfully cheery, sunny months.

If you're anything like me, you've had the Halloween blues and have been pining away for October nights, haunted houses, spooky costumes, scary stories, and orange and black decor. Thank goodness that we have all these Halloween events happening throughout Southern California to give us pumpkin spice and everything not-so-nice!

I've listed six spellbinding events below. They are ordered chronologically, so you can easily mark your calendars with these eerie Halloween events you won't want to miss!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Celebrate Valentine's Day the Spooky Way


Hello boils and ghouls, and Happy Valentine's Day! Unfortunately I spent most of January sick (and with a sick cat and a sick Mister Spooky), and am still recovering from this plague, not to mention dealing with all that has seemed to go so wrong so fast in this country. So I hope you will understand that I haven't had much time to devote to you, my dear readers. I'm hoping that this will change and I will be posting more often, I can't believe I've already lost the first month and a half of the year and that it is already St. Valentine's Day!

Now, while I haven't had time to craft any new Valentine's Day posts, I still want to share posts from the past that will inject some much needed spookiness the holiday! Whether you're celebrating Saint Valentine, your partner, or yourself on this day of love, I've got some past posts on everything from what horror movies to watch to what creepy cards to give to the weird Victorian tradition of sending insult cards, and much more!

Stay spooky on this day of love by checking out some of my past posts below:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ben and Jerry's Three New Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

New Ben and Jerry's vegan flavors!

Ben and Jerry's secretly released three new vegan ice cream flavors this past week, which were quickly spotted and shared by vegans of Instagram! Ben and Jerry's already has four vegan flavors (Chunky Monkey, PB and Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Coffee Caramel Fudge) that were released just last year (you can read about each of those flavors HERE), and now they have added THREE new flavors - Cherry Garcia, Caramel Almond Brittle, and Coconut Seven Layer Bar!

I was able to find two of the three flavors at my local Albertsons' store (if you are local, it's the Irvine store on Campus Drive near UCI) for $5.79 each. Pints are a little pricey, but I'm hoping as these become more widely available the price will come down. This particular Albertsons store had all three vegan flavors but were already sold out of the Coconut Seven Layer Bar. Short descriptions of each flavor are below.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Green Saturday LA Pre-Valentine's Day Marketplace


Green Saturday LA is back this weekend just in time to get all your Valentine's Day shopping done! This cruelty-free marketplace is THE place to find unique gifts, delicious food, and even enjoy a beer with friends in its bigger, better location at The Alpine Village in Torrance, California.

This Saturday, you will be able to shop everything from apparel to food to art to housewares to toys to makeup to chocolates to accessories and much more from your favorite vendors. You'll be able to find yourself or that special someone the perfect gift that is made locally, supports the local economy and veg community, and is cruelty-free! Not to mention that a portion of proceeds are donated to the local rescue organization Whiskers and Tails Foundation!

More info on the event is below:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2017


Looking back, 2016 was a pretty solid year for horror movies (here are my top 10 plus honorable mentions). I'm hoping 2017 brings us more of the same high-quality, inventive scary stories, even though this year's release slate is crowded with remakes and sequels (some of which I'm actually interested to check out).

I've listed some of my most anticipated movies below in order of release date (though dates will likely change), plus a few I'm cautiously looking forward to as well as sharing ones that are of no interest to me. A few of these were also on my list of most anticipated movies last year, so I'm even more excited to finally be able to see those!

Finally, this is a personal list and just my opinion, feel free to comment with what horror films you are most looking forward to in 2017 and of course let me know of any films I've overlooked!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cemetery Gates Volume 5, Part 1: Cities in Dust


The whole end of December and all of January have been rather challenging for me, so I apologize for the absence. Besides all the usual holiday-craziness/traveling, my sweet cat Havoc got sick right before Christmas (and right before I was heading out of town). I took him to the emergency vet before leaving, and he seemed okay after getting checked out, but when I got back he still wasn't himself, so we've been going back and forth to the veterinarian (this is the first time he has ever been sick in 11 years!). He isn't quite out of the woods yet, but he seems better. And as if that wasn't stressful enough, I caught the nasty flu bug going around and have been sick for the past two weeks and haven't had energy to do much besides sleep, not to mention the awful state of the U.S. at the moment.

Anyways, it seems like I am on the mend (fingers crossed) and next week I'll find out if my dark prince Havoc is doing better. At least while I was sick I had the chance to catch up on some long-overdue reading, including Cemetery Gates Volume 5, a DIY zine created by the badass Kendy aka MissMuffCake! She releases many amazing zines (you can check them all out on Etsy!), and this one is filled with cemetery stories and photography. I've shared past issues of Cemetery Gates (check out Volume 1 and Volume 3!) and loved them, so I was stoked to dive into Volume 5!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

'Til Death Do Us Part: The Fatally Yours Chocolate Box Returns for Valentine's Day 2017


It's baaaaaaaaack! The much coveted and drop-dead gore-geous Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box can now be ordered from Vegan Treats for Valentine's Day 2017! This decadent collection of chocolate skulls, bones, bugs, and other body parts is perfect for your favorite ghoul or boil (especially if that happens to be yourself!). And this year Vegan Treats has unveiled another box for those looking for a way to express their love in a more cutesy, kawaii-type way - My Vegan Valentine is Vegan Treats' brand new, bright pink box full of adorable chocolate critters. Details on both of these amazing vegan chocolate boxes can be found below!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016


2016 was a rough year for a lot of us, but at least it brought us some pretty rad horror films! We got to watch horror movies about witches in New England, punks and neo-Nazis in the Pacific Northwest, djinns from Iran, Halloween spirits from hell, demonic possession in England, not to mention all the ghosts, spirits, hauntings, and even zombies on a train!

Many of my picks below were also mentioned in my list of most-anticipated horror movies for 2016, however, I was blown away by a few surprise flicks that seemed to come out of nowhere. Whether I expected them to or not, there were plenty of weird, unusual, and spooky flicks in 2016!

I have listed my favorite 10 horror films of 2016, as well as including honorable mentions, below. In addition, I also decided to list films I was disappointed in or didn't care for just to provide an accurate picture of what I watched this year. Read on and then let me know your picks in the comments!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Vegan Street Fair Returns to SoCal March 2017


The massively successful and insanely fun Vegan Street Fair is returning to Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood this March 26th, 2017! The event has grown every year, and 2017 will be no different, with more space and more delicious vegan food for attendees! They are also expanding geographically, with a VSF coming to New York in summer 2017! They will also be bringing back their VSF Nights to North Hollywood in September as well. Lots of fantastic events coming up from VSF, so keep an eye out for more info.

Vegan Street Fair is seriously one of my favorite vegan food festivals of the year (check out my write-ups on the events from 2016 and 2015!), and I am really picky what I go to! Not only do they have some kick-ass vendors, but they also listen to feedback from attendees and strive to make improvements and tweaks every year. This year, they have done away with the tickets they've used in past years and attendees will pay cash directly to vendors (thank goodness). And as mentioned previously, they are adding more space as well as more vendors in 2017! Check out more details from their Facebook event below:
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