Friday, October 24, 2014

Pink Princes + Princesses Unite:
Make Your Pink Pony Promise




Hi, friends! Help The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation support cancer research and treatment through this fun and interactive community campaign. From October 1–31, 2014, for every photo posted to Instagram, Twitter and RalphLauren.com/PinkPonyPromise with the hashtag #PinkPonyPromise, the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation will donate $10 to cancer-related causes. Plus, tag up to five friends and the Pink Pony Fund will donate an additional $1 for each tag (up to a $1 million total donation). The beneficiaries of the #PinkPonyPromise are the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

What is the Pink Pony Fund exactly? It's an initiative dedicated to supporting cancer care and prevention and ensuring that treatment is made available to medically under-served communities. 

Download your promise sign here and get posting! 


Pink Pony Promise, Ralph Lauren, Pink Pony Fund, Breast Cancer Awareness


Yes, I'm known as a compulsive call reject-er. It's not on purpose; I just takes lots of naps, and in doing so, I reject a lot of calls. I'm working on this issue.

In addition to your Pink Pony Promise, get some do-gooded shopping in, too. For every pink pony item you buy in the United States, the Ralph Lauren Corporation will donate 25% of the purchase price to the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, which is dedicated to the fight against cancer. 


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T to B, L to R: 1. Pink Pony Hooded Jacket  // 2. Pink Pony French Terry Pants // 3. Pink Pony Polo Shirt // 4. Pink Pony Racerback Tank // 5. Pink Pony Leggings // 6. Pink Pony Long-Sleeve Tee


Pink yourselves out. What is your Pink Pony Promise?


Happy Friday!
xo


♥ Stephanie

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just Crazy about Tiffany's:
Easy Audrey Hepburn Halloween Costume

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I'm at a weird place in my life. I'm not old enough to forego celebrating Halloween, but I feel like I'm too old to spend $100 on a cheap and/or provocative Costume-in-a-Bag type deal. Ergo, the only real solution is to create a costume which can easily double as a Not-Just-Halloween/Any-Day-of-the-Year ensemble. 

Nobody personifies my ideal stylistic look more than Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, so I've created a reusable and inexpensive remake of her iconic outfit as the adorably sassy Holly Golightly. The sheath black dress can easily morph into a date night look, and the accessories (with the exception of the tiara, unless you're a pageant girl and/or proud princess) can be worn year-round, as well. 


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Pair your outfit with black pumps, style your hair with a high sock bun, grab some black gloves if you've got them, and you're literally good to go! No additional purchase necessary. Score. 

Also, in case you're particularly strapped this Halloween...or you just want the opportunity to win some great prizes, check out the Coupons.com Halloween Creepstakes, which gives you the chance to win $100 in daily prize giveaways and a $3,000 grand price. It ends October 31st, so start getting those entries in now. 


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For more creative costume ideas, makeup tutorials, and ways to trim your budget a bit this spooky holiday season, check out the Coupons.com magazine, The Good Stuff. Gotta love some good deals! 


What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Any special plans?


Blah. Hi, Monday.
xo


Thank you, Coupons.com, for sponsoring this post.

♥ Stephanie

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Virginia Country Living:
Opening Day at the Cox Farms Fall Festival

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Fall is and will always be my favorite season; however, in Florida, aside from pumpkin patches opening up sporadically on tiny church properties, our autumn is really just a mild crossover from scorching hot to really hot. My BFF, S, moved to DC a little over a year ago, which gives me a recurring reason to see her and indulge in real fall weather simultaneously. 

I landed in DC late on a Friday night-- after the trip from hell, mind you (3 hour delay + weirdos at the bar + vomiting child next to me)-- and since S and I share a deep affinity for this time of year, our first order of business post slumber was visiting the charming Cox Farms, where S' fabulous mom and step dad had their first date, on the opening day of their fall festival. 

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Since I've switched back to my natural, ie brunette, roots, S and I are back to looking like sisters. I'll have it no other way. Plus, this was the perfect time to debut my fall wardrobe (outfit details at bottom of post). 

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Why the heck doesn't every fall festival offer complimentary homemade apple cider? The few farms in Greater Central Florida certainly don't! Ah-mazing.

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October, Apple Cider, Recipe

Did I mention there were apple cider donuts, too? Ya, those exist, and they're ridiculous. 

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Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Mum fever, y'all.

Mums, Flowers, Virginia, Fall, Festival, Cox Farms

How tall this fall? I'm 5'7", you liars

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

A festival wouldn't be a true fall festival without adorable baby farm animals present. Hi, Piglets! 

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Ya, we play in children's play areas. Sue us. 

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Fall, Festival, Virginia, Cox Farms, October

Oh, and we found the perfect Cox Farms pumpkins, too. Happy girls!

Fall, Fashion, Prep, Style, Pumpkins, Cox Farms
Outfit Details: Color Block Top: The Limited // Jeans: Express // Bag: Longchamp // Sandals: Steve Madden (No Longer Available) // Earrings: Ralph Lauren // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: J. Crew + J. Crew // Sunglasses: Coach


If it would only drop 10 degrees in Orlando, I really wouldn't complain, and I really would stop knocking the Florida heat... regardless, I miss the gorgeous DC weather more than anything. Can't wait to return in a few weeks!


One day til Friday!
xo

♥ Stephanie

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Double, Double, Toil, + Trouble:
How to Host the Perfect Halloween Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Treats4All  #CollectiveBias

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

I've been majorly shirking my party planning committee duties this year, but the one gathering I'll never miss organizing is my annual Halloween Party. Not only is Halloween my second (and sometimes first, depending on the year) favorite holiday of the year, but everyone's always in town, since it's not traditionally a time of year one feels obligated to spend with distant family. 

Although I can somehow manage to spend thousands on party materials, this year I opted for fabulous Halloween decorations for Walmart, homemade desserts (recipe below), and a whole bunch of oh-so-delicious Tombstone pizza. I literally spent a twentieth of what I normally spend, and my friends and I still had a blast. Here are some of my humble Southern Debutante tips for throwing a fabulous, inexpensive, and fun Halloween party. 


I typically craft some kind of spooky open house, but since this year's festivities were a bit early, I opted for classic fall decor. Not only does this add ambiance to the party, but they're great touches to your home decor that can stay up until Christmas! Versatility for the win! 

First and foremost, fall is the time for mums! I was blown away in rural Virginia (post to come) by all of their gorgeous festive flowers, so I located the most beautiful burgundy mums I could find and scattered them throughout my home. 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Mums, Flowers

A little bit of real hay goes a long way. Yes, it's messy, but it creates the perfect seasonal embellishment to any front door, porch, and/or fireplace. My friend, R, found these adorable glitter pumpkins at Walmart, so we scattered them throughout the fireplace decorum, as well. 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

I will never outgrow the allure of a cute bow. Whenever and wherever possible, add pretty ribbon for a preppy festive touch. I also have a similar bow in my car, along with my Autumn Leaves air freshener and my silver "S" ornament. 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Again, I love investing in scarecrows and other farm-like odds and ends for their versatility. They add a cute touch of class for any Halloween gathering, but they can comfortably last through Thanksgiving, which is ideal when you're time-stricken (and lazy) like me. My outdoor orange jack-o-lantern lights unfortunately don't have the same crossover properties. 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes




My friends are such troopers. They'll never resist an opportunity to reassemble our gang, knowing full well that I'll make them all wear costumes, which for whatever reason is miserable for men. Yes, I entice them with food, but still-- I'm notorious for pulling out my Halloween costume box and throwing extremely feminine accessories on boys.


Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Costumes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes



Everybody's gotta eat! My girlfriends and I love to concoct deliciously festive recipes and crafts for the guests to enjoy. Luckily, there's no shortage of candy in the aisles this year, so I took the sugar superfluity to my advantage. 

Using some gummy worms (with bears thrown in there, too) and a whole bunch of Nestle Crunch Bars, every guest got their own colorful goblet of wormy deliciousness. 


Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

And of course, I kept the seasonal essentials (candy corn, apple cider, caramel apples) present, as well. 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Candy Corn

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

R helped me design an adorable Halloween table spread with about six Tombstone Original pepperoni and cheese pizzas, which I also picked up at Walmart, as the heavy traffic generator. I managed to sneak a piece before the guests started to arrive, but I swear I blinked, and it was time to pull the final batch out of the oven. Guys (and girls, obviously) love their pizza. 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Tombstone, Pizza

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes

Rianna and I also created the most epic "Dirt Pie" ever in existence using chocolate pudding, Nestle chocolate chips, Nestle Butterfingers, cookies, gummy worms, and chocolate cookie sandwich crumbs. After we made three boxes of chocolate pudding, we couldn't deny our excitement to decorate the graveyard "tombstones." 

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Dirt Cup

It actually looks kind of gross, which in retrospect should've been our goal, but I swear... this thing was a delicious throwback to the amazing dirt cups I enjoyed as a child-- but on steroids

Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Dirt Cup





For my featured dessert of the evening, I decided to go with Chocolate Butterfinger Rice Krispie Treats, a new variation of my traditional Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats, and they were absolutely amazing, if I do say so myself. 


Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Butterfinger, Rice Krispies


To start, you'll need to run down to Walmart and pick up the materials. 

THE INGREDIENTS:
-1 tablespoon salted butter
-1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
-1 bag large marshmallows
-4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
-8 fun-sized Butterfinger candy bars, chopped into chunks
-1 cup Nestle chocolate chips

Before you start doing any cooking, I recommend pre-chopping your Butterfingers and measuring your portions beforehand. The marshmallow mix cooks quickly, so it's best to have the mix-ins ready and on-hand. 


Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Butterfinger, Rice Krispies


Next, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine the butter and peanut butter together over medium heat. Once melted, slowly add the marshmallows. Continue stirring until completely melted. 

Your pretty and aromatic mess should look something like this: 


Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes, Butterfinger, Rice Krispies


Slowly add in the chocolate chips, which will turn the marshmallows brown. Once completed melted, add the Rice Krispies and Butterfinger chunks. I also add in some additional chocolate chips at this point. You'll need to do a sufficient amount of manual kneading in order to cover all the Rice Krispies with marshmallow mix.

Scrape the mixture into an 8x8 greased pan and let it cool for an hour. Once cooled, cut into squares of rectangles of your choice and top with orange and black icing for a festive Halloween touch!


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FINAL STEP: 
Serve away and let your guests enjoy!


Halloween, Candy, Fall, Halloween Decorations, Recipes


For quick and easy shopping, look for these aisles to find my favorite Halloween party foods at your neighborhood Walmart:




Oh, and browse through other delicious Halloween recipes here. My seasonal "must cook" list just got a heck of a lot more ambitious. 




Will you be hosting a Halloween gathering this year? What are your party tips? 


Happy {Haunted} Hosting!
xo


♥ Stephanie
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