{ Hydrangea Girl: October 2010

Setting the mood


These are my most favorite movies to watch to get in the mood for Halloween. Most are from when I was younger, but there are a few recent favorites. I grew up watching Beetlejuice - the movie as well as the tv show. When I watch it these days, it makes me wonder how censored current-day children's movies are. Beetlejuice is an effed up kids movie. But it's awesome.

Only two of these movies truly scare me. One for good reason since I'm nyctohylophoblic, and the other thanks to a rather horrid babysitter I had when I was younger {I was barely able to google image search the movie poster}.

My favorite picks - getting ready for Halloween


1. Alternative pumpkins. Thorny vine from Country Living, and carved Storm Trooper from Pumpkin Gutter.
2. Show me how. My aunt passed these magazines along to me recently, and even though they're older than me, these magazines are amazing. 
4. Oh no not my face, by Natalie Dee. I live inside your face.
5. Candy corn. Another luxury we don't have in Ireland. I found this great vegan candy corn recipe by The Urban Housewife. I am determined to make some this week.

The Vogue to my Carrie

Over the last couple of weeks, I have managed to acquire a crap-ton of design magazines. I really don't know how I managed to pick up so many recently, considering in the past I would buy one very sparingly. But alas, I find myself with a magazine in my bag every couple of days. It's my weak spot. I really do love design magazines. They make my heart feel warm and feed my soul. I realize that sounds really touchy-feely, but I don't say things like that unless they're true. Design magazines are the Vogue to my Carrie.

"When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more."
- Carrie Bradshaw, Season 4, Sex & the City


The Big Goldstein

In a semi-vegitative state over the weekend {after submitting a rather stressful project}, I found myself watching E! I don't like to admit it, but sometimes I need an artery-clogging helping of bad television. Although, if I watch a lot of it in one go, I feel my brain starting to go mushy and my vocabulary deteriorates at an alarming rate.

How'd You Get So Rich? hosted by Joan Rivers was on. I don't mind watching it since half of it is snooping around the houses of the rich and famous. In this particular episode Joan explored the house of a fashion junkie - James Goldstein. It took me a couple of minutes to recognize his house - there's no mistaking those couches.




It screams bachelors pad to no end, and is featured as the house of Jackie Treehorn in one of my favorite movies - The Big Lebowski.

Goldstein's house has to be one of the most dangerous houses I've ever seen. Situated on the top of Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles, the house is built jutting from the face of the canyon, to take in the most of the surrounding sights. What gives the house the unmistakable feeling of danger is the hallway to the spare bedrooms {as seen below} - there are no walls or windows to the south side of the house to stop you falling into the canyon below. It has a 400ft drop to the south of the house, with small amounts of vegetation - for aesthetics - between you and the bottom.


Up next is James' bedroom {not just architecture danger here ladies. Google image search him}. At the push of a button, the windows unfold upon the farthest point of the house, revealing stunning views of LA {as seen below}.

I've included more of my favorite pics of Goldstein's house. I know his house is not to everyones taste. It's very much you either like it or hate it, but I've got to admit I am on the side of liking.




My favorite picks - autumnal love


1. Conkers. As long as they fall out of trees, I will collect them. Since moving back to Ireland, collecting conkers is a real sign of autumn for me. 
2. Aromatic mulled wine by Marks & Spencer. This could be considered a Christmas drink, but to me it is an autumn and winter drink. Pour yourself a mug, pop it in the microwave and drink yourself into a magical stupor. 
3. Simone, by Jessica Harrison. Hauntingly beautiful with a side of gore. These mini porcelain sculptures are wonderful, but at times make you squirm. Perfect for getting you in the mood for Halloween. More cringe-worthy sculptures on her site including Maria, who enjoys long walks and holding her intestines. 
4. Pumpkin pie. It really needs no introduction. Quite possibly my favorite pie, my dad made a killer one for Thanksgiving. Happy {Canadian} Thanksgiving!

Milliner in the making

I attended the wedding of a rather glamorous college friend this past weekend. For the occasion, I wanted to make a sassy hat. The main reason I made my hat was because the prices of these kind of hats are borderline atrocious. And I'm the kind of person who looks at something and knows I can make it for an 8th of the price. I'm really cheap at times. Don't be hatin'.

Supplies | merry widow veiling - olive {€3.30 for one meter}, bunch of goose feathers - grey {€1.00}, metal comb {€0.70}, petite hat template - can be any color {€5.00}, and grey fabric - some scrap I had laying around {can't remember the cost}.


This is the tricky bit. Fixing and sewing on the fabric. It just takes patience and an unholy amount of pins. 
NOTE: Sew the comb onto the hat before you sew on the fabric. When placing the comb on your hat, figure out which way you will be putting your hat on. You must place the comb so it is going against your hair {at a 90 degree angle to how your hair falls}, otherwise it will not catch, and constantly fall out


I bunched and sewed the veiling off centered on the hat. I then sewed the goose feathers in the same area, and fixed on a broach I had crocheted last year {for an extremely easy crochet pattern, you can check out the Art of Crochet by Teresa}.

Add fake eyelashes, red lipstick {to your face} and place your hat at a sassy angle, et viola! Beats spending €60 and upwards on such a little sucker. From start to finish it took me about 3 hours to make and cost €10. Sewing the fabric on was the longest. All my supplies {except grey fabric and crocheted broach} are from the lovely and enchanting Feathered Milliner in Temple Bar, Dublin. 

My favorite picks - get your gore on


1. noshington. Located across the road from my college, an adorable cafe full of aesthetic yumminess.
2. Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith and Jane Austen. I just started this book - perfect for getting in the mood for Halloween. Yes, yes. 
3. Dance till you drop, by Lauren Carney. Very beautiful and quirky hand drawn illustrations.
4. Wolfbeater platform shoes by Iron Fist. If I could walk in high heels, I would be wearing you right now.
5. Haagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate ice cream. I refuse to admit how much of this I've consumed in the last week. 
6. Stone triple band ring, by Topshop. I'm a fan of knuckle dusters. They're kind of awesome.
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