Monday, August 3, 2015

Halloween 2015 at Big Lots

I found the bat lights!

When I heard that Big Lots already had their Halloween stuff out, I got there as soon as I could! I had my eye on a metal marquee bat light I'd seen several people post about, and, huzzah!, I found it! Of course, I took photos of all their other Halloweenie items as well! Pics are below:

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Halloween 2015 at Michael's

Just hanging around Michael's!

I visited Michael's a few weeks ago when their Halloween section was just bare bones (see pics here), but yesterday I headed back to find that they had about 90% of all their Halloween goodies out! Woo hoo! The only things they didn't seem to have stocked yet were their Halloween scrapbooking items and their autumn-scented candles and accessories. I'll have to go back again for those!

Here are pics of Michael's 2015 Halloween offerings:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Watch Now on Netflix: The Sisterhood of Night


I usually recommend horror movies in my Watch Now on Netflix series, but I just saw a film so powerful that I wanted to share it with you. So, full disclosure, this is not horror, but I still think this is worth a viewing.

The Sisterhood of Night is about a group of high school girls in a small town that eschew all forms of social media, create their own secret clique, and hold mysterious meetings in the woods at night. They have taken a vow of silence and promised to never speak their secrets to those outside their circle. One girl who is denied entrance to the group takes revenge by spreading wild rumors via her blog about blood sacrifice, sex rituals, and Satanic worship. This fans the flames of suspicion and distrust throughout the town, and soon The Sisterhood is embroiled in a modern-day witch hunt.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Beauty Review: Tulip Perfumes in Neroli Wood, Redwood Forest, and Oakmoss Lily Blossom Scents


I absolutely adore Tulip, an independent, woman-owned perfumery from the Northern California coast that makes some of the loveliest scents! I don't see them much in stores down here in SoCal, but when I went up north last month I actually found their scents were carried in one of my favorite shops in Ferndale - the Golden Gait Mercantile (if you are ever up that way, do stop in - it is the most charming old-timey shop with tons of neat stuff!!). I couldn't resist picking up two scents - Neroli Wood eau de parfum from their Classic Collection and Redwood Forest oil from their Charmed Collection.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vegan Faire 2015 Report

Vegan Faire 2015!

This past Saturday I attended the second annual Orange County Vegan Faire, hosted by Healthy Junk and held on Anaheim's Center Street Promenade. It was my first year attending, and I braved the 90 degree temps for vegan food, vegan friends, and vegan vendors! I was so stoked to have a vegan festival just 20 minutes from my house in Orange County - I'm so happy OC has a veg fest so I don't have to drive all the way up to LA. Even better, a lot of vegan friends came out to the event so I was able to get my grub on with some rad vegan peeps! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Halloween 2015 at Grandin Road


Grandin Road has finally revealed their 2015 Halloween collection online! You know, I've never bought anything directly from Grandin Road since they tend to be kinda pricey (and perhaps dishonest, more on that below), but I do have a few plates, serving dishes and various tableware from them that I managed to find online or used that are good quality.

However, something to keep in mind is that Grandin Road has a tarnished reputation in the Halloween haunt and artist community. It has been alleged that they steal designs based on other artists' work, replicate it, and call it their own. I've seen a few shocking examples of this (here is one), and its so disheartening when a big company pulls this kind of unacceptable behavior. No one will ever know for sure if they stole the designs outright or it was just an unhappy coincidence, but the similarities are a little too close for comfort. I mention this since it is something you might want to consider before forking over your money to them.

That said, they do have some nice things, and I'm especially covetous of the following:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Watch Now on Netflix: Extraterrestrial


Alien movies are generally so hokey I normally don't watch them, but I decided to give Extraterrestrial a go as it was directed/written by the Vicious Brothers, who made the awesome Grave Encounters. When alien movies are done right they can be incredibly effective and entertaining, and I was pleased to find that Extraterrestrial fell into that category.

Synopsis: A group of college kids go to a cabin in the woods, see something crash-land out of the sky and go investigate. They are blown away when they find a downed UFO in the woods...but their wonder turns to fear when they notice alien footprints leading away from the crash site. When they return to the cabin they are forced to defend themselves, but end up pissing off the aliens even more, with wider, unforeseen consequences they may never have considered.

I like how this started with the typical "kids go into the woods, kids get dead" premise, but then turned that on its head once the aliens showed up. Though at the beginning some of the characters are annoying, you actually start rooting for them once the aliens start terrorizing them. We even get to see Michael Ironside play a nutty Vietnam vet with a pot farm who helps blow some aliens to smithereens, and who wouldn't have fun seeing that?! I also appreciated that this is an alien movie where you actually SEE the aliens! And when you do see them, boy, is it effective! And then there is the surprisingly downbeat ending, complete with a nice wink to The X-Files' Smoking Man!

I had a lot of fun watching Extraterrestrial, which was quite entertaining! You can watch it now on Netflix or purchase it on Amazon!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Only 100 Days 'til Halloween!


Whoa, this summer is going by so fast (thank the Great Pumpkin!)...did you know there are only 100 days until Halloween?! It may be all kinds of gross, hot, sunshiny summer weather, but that is definitely not going to stop me from celebrating what will soon be my favorite time of year, when everything turns orange and black, I can visit pumpkin patches, I can eat all sorts of pumpkin-flavored noms, and all things scary are revered!


My house is decorated year-round with Halloween goodness, but I still can't wait for MORE spooky vibes once the autumn season arrives! I've already begun watching Halloween movies (I had a Halloweentown marathon last weekend), stalking stores for Halloween goodies, putting out more decorations, burning autumn-scented candles and essential oils, and eagerly awaiting announcements for Halloween haunts, pumpkin patches, and other Halloween events!


We've only got 100 days to celebrate the BEST time of year, so I say start now! Of course, I'll be sharing all my fiendish Halloween finds with you, so look for lots of Halloweenie posts coming soon (I've already posted a few - check 'em out!)! Brace yourselves, Halloween is coming (yayyyyy - I'm going to barely be able to contain myself!)!!

Stay spooky, fiends!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anaheim Hosts Second Annual OC Vegan Faire


The second annual Orange County Vegan Faire will be held again at Anaheim's Center Street Promenade this Saturday, July 25th, 2015!

Featuring music, food, dancing, workshops, and more, the street festival will be open from noon to 7PM (entry is FREE!), and showcases the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods and services. Booths and workshops will feature food, libations, the environment, creations by local artisans, and wellness exhibits.

Some of the vendors who will have booths there include: Vegan Pizza (I hope they bring some of their corn dogs!), Follow Your Heart (makers of your fave vegan dressings, cheeses, etc.), Life is Sweet Bakeshop (delish cinnamon buns and MORE!), BeetxBeet (adorable clothing company), Plant Food for People (tacos!!), and so many more!! I am most excited about the food as well as some of the compassionate fashion/jewelry booths that are showing up! You can find a full list of vendors on their site!

For more information, visit www.veganfaire.com!

Monday, July 20, 2015

What I Ate: June Junk Food Edition

I meant to post this at the beginning of July, but this month has just flown by! Is it just me or is this summer going by super-fast?! Not that I'm complaining, mind you; summer can suck it and autumn can't come soon enough! Anyways, I can't let these vegan junk food pics go to waste (though you will recognize some if you follow me on Instagram), so I'm sharing the yummy noms I ate in June below:

 This is Amy's Vegan Margherita Pizza topped with avocado slices and sriracha.
I already love the pizza on its own, but the addition of the avocado and sriracha 
just sky-rocketed its flavor!
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