Quick Tips for Halloween Party Success

 photo pumps2_zps1aac62d7.jpgHello guys & ghouls!
Happy Halloween!!! It's my favorite holiday and I'm so excited for our Halloween party tonight! If you're planning on throwing your own Halloween bash this evening, don't stress out! Here are 5 quick tips that will earn you the title of Hostess with the mostess! photo Photo_zpsccbdc567.jpg
Create a welcoming party entrance!
Display some kind of marker at the entrance of your party that communicates "You're in the right place!" It limits the guesswork for your party guests and welcomes them to your home while you're busy refreshing the chips! Keep in mind, it doesn't have to be fancy! Even a handwritten "Come on in!" sign will do the trick! photo Photo-1_zps7d88f1ee.jpg
Give your Halloween decor a little kick in the pants with some extra lighting! A strand of orange or purple twinkle lights can really breath new life into a plain old snack table. Also, don't forget it's Halloween, so it's ok if the room is darker and the focus is on some erie twinkle lights. It makes it more fun. :) photo Photo-2_zps418e770a.jpg
The Food
Food is always my least favorite part...I never know what to make so I just keep is simple. Finger foods, & desserts! Don't overthink it! Veggie tray, relish tray, chips, dip, cookies, cupcakes...all of these things are great simple party food options. The best part is, you can purchase them all pre-made at the grocery. However, don't be afraid to be creative with your food! I made deviled eggs & decided to use my left over olives to make them into eyeballs. Don't get overwhelmed...If all else fails...order a pizza & wings. Oh! Just a quick reminder...Make sure to account for any dietary specialties (don't forget about the vegetarians & the designated drivers)! photo playlist_zpsd074e097.png
No party is complete without background music to set the mood! If you're stressing about Halloween-esque music, have no fear! I've included a playlist of some of my favorite "Halloween songs" to get you started! You can find all of these songs and more on Spotify. Just create a playlist and hit play! photo Bathroommassacre_zps1b2b2c60.jpg
Creep Factor
Ok, Halloween is not complete without a little creep factor. You can do this in many ways, but the important thing is to keep it a secret so your guests will be surprised. (I'm kind of going against my own rule here by showing you the photo, but...it's for education!!!) ;) This year, I turned my bathroom into a murder scene and it was cheap and easy. I used a $3.00 vile of fake blood and bought a cheap hand towel & floor mat for a total of $6 from KMart. The caution tape came from the fence guys who left it it our backyard, but I'm pretty sure you can get caution tape at any Halloween store. Just think outside the box a little!

Happy Halloween & good luck!!!

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne

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Maleficent cape - Hot Topic / leggings - Target / shoes - DSWarehouse / skirt - Target / striped shirt - Target / earrings - Etsy

A bonus of Halloween-time is that people just accept my fashion as-is, assuming it has a festive, Halloween intent (which I guess it does, really). After Halloween the all-black look doesn't fly as easily under the radar. Ah, whatever.

This is my Maleficent cape (or, I should say, OUR Maleficent cape, as Lisa owned hers first), and it's kind of my favorite thing to wear right now. I want to live in it.


It's big in all the right places, and I can wear leggings and a skirt under it, with whatever long-sleeve shirt I have available. And should I need to cloak myself in a hood, I can!

This cape has pockets, which is bonus amazing. Anything with pockets is good.


But, Jen! Don't you hate Disney? How do you justify this purchase? 

Well, inside voice, thanks for asking. I'm an anomaly, what can I say? Really, Lisa had me try hers on, and it was so comfy and perfectly goth that I didn't care. It doesn't look like Disney. But I'm coming clean here to you. Also, not only do I have to fess up to people who compliment me on my cape that it's Disney, but I also have to admit to shopping at Hot Topic. LOL.

Why does that (Hot Topic) feel shameful? Well, I'm 35 years old... I should stop feeling shameful regardless. I do what I want!


This bird skull zipper (sorry for the bad photo skillz here) is a pretty amazing detail.


Oh - shoes! Check this out guys, I'm wearing HIGH SHOES! Since I'm down about 50 pounds right now (I know, woo hoo!) my foot and ankle issues have really lessened up! Enough to make me try wearing "cute" shoes, like these wedge sneakers. I saw Alicia wearing them on the Sea of Ghosts blog, and although hers are $$$, I became fixated on the wedge sneaker style in black. This is a version from Aldo.

Because they're sneakers, they're more comfortable than a traditional hard-sole high heel. I can actually last all day in them!


I'm not sure if I've featured these earrings from Etsy that I bought, but I've had them for a while. I'd like to find something similar in a silver finish. I bought them because I really wanted these "Two of Swords Tarot" earrings from Blood Milk Jewels, but I don't have an extra $200 laying around to buy them :( - therefore something similar, and only $16.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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Winter Accessory Wishlist 2014

Winter Accessory Wishlist 2014

In my last outfit post, I proclaimed my love for all things black right now... I've been particularly dreaming about a few items in particular:
  • a pair of wedge ankle boots
  • a pair of wedge sneakers 
  • a super chunky black infinity scarf
  • long fingerless arm-warmer gloves 
(I particularly love those Dolce & Gabbana black opera gloves!) I feel like I could pair these items with any of my outfits and instantly feel good and comfy and safe and warm.

I made this collage using Polyvore. Are you on it? Find me here.

What winter/fall accessories are inspiring you this season?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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