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What I Love About Halloween

Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday for many reasons. As a young girl, I would sit under this maple tree in our front yard & read books like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Goosebumps. It wasn’t just the fall season I romanticized – Halloween has been like my Christmas. And here’s why…

It Conjures Up Wonderful Childhood Memories

Some of my best memories revolve around Halloween. From Halloween slumber parties with dancing & games to helping my dad carve pumpkins & watching It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown & Hocus Pocus with my family ; we definitely had a lot of spooktacular memories. One of my favorite memories was going to this local pumpkin patch / garden shop & going through their haunted house. I remember dressing up in costume with my cousin & “helping” make the haunted house even better by scaring people as they walk inside.

A Stereotypical Dark Holiday Actually is Joyous

Although Halloween is seen as a rather scary & dark holiday, I find it to be very positive & joyous. I mean, who doesn’t love coming home with a sleeping bag full of candy? The nostalgic feeling of pouring the entirety on the living room floor & asking my brother to trade all the Reese’s peanut butter cups with me. Those were the days. The holiday allowed me to really bond with family & all sharing the similar love for the holiday. Even as we got older, my parents, brother & I loved going to our local historical town & get lunch or go to the local coffee shop & watch all the trick or treaters & elaborate costumes. I hope to continue this with my future family.

There Aren’t High Expectations

Other holidays like Christmas hold so many expectations & underlying stress. Halloween was never that way. We didn’t have to please anyone else & we could be as low key or extra as we wanted. If we wanted to just stay in & watch spooky movies, we could most certainly do that!

Dressing Up & Sparking Imagination

Being able to dress up like anyone we want ( to an extent) & be imaginative with our looks is one of the reasons I love the holiday. As I got older, my makeup game improved & started to really come up with elaborate looks. Especially when we started going to the Ren Fest, I loved doing multicolored eyeshadows, false lashes & gems on my face. I mean, you could do that on a regular day but I don’t think my 9-5 would approve.

It Fits Everyone’s Vibe

There’s something for everyone on Halloween. You don’t just have to love scary movies or gore to appreciate the holiday. I personally, am not the biggest fan of scary movies. I embrace the things I do enjoy & ignore the rest.

The Weather

Now, as a kid I used to hate having to wear a coat trick or treating. It would ruin the costume, you know? But overall – fall is my favorite time of year because I can be fashionable & I won’t freeze my ass off. The colors of the tees also help with the overall Halloween aesthetic. If I had to choose a season that best described me, I’d pick Halloween season.

Fall Activities

There’s so many fun things to do ine the fall. Last year, I shared my fall bucket list & those activities are still my favorites. Going to Ren Fest & drinking Meade, going to the pumpkin patch, eating apple cider donuts & going through corn mazes never get old. I also love going to haunted forests or houses & ghost tours in my local area. Roasting marshmallows by the bonfire, watching spooky flicks, & carving pumpkins. I also would LOVE to visit Salem one day. That is definitely on my bucket list.

Embracing The Spooky Side of Things

I’m the type of person who loved all things spooky 24/7 but Halloween is the one time of year where being weird & out there is kind of cool! If you believe in ghosts, this is the time of year to really immerse yourself in the history of things & stories. It’s fun to believe in the unbelievable.

Pumpkins Galore

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes – All Things Pumpkin all the time! I love decorating our front porch with them, carve them in cool designs & just the aesthetic of it all.

Ghost Stories & Urban Legends

Like I said, embracing spooky season is so much fun. Reading about ghost stories and urban legends is something I personally enjoy. Whether you think these stories are fake or not, they are still entertaining.

-B

Minimalism, Minimalism

How To Travel 10 Days in a Carry On Suitcase

I’ve made it a mission to put my minimalist lifestyle to the test when it comes to traveling. In the past, I’ve been known to overpack even on the shortest getaway. So, when I realized I would be traveling 10 days for my destination wedding AND 10 days for our honeymoon soon after, I figured this was the perfect time for such a challenge. Not to mention, we have to haul my wedding gown on the flight as well. By limiting myself to merely a carry on suitcase or small duffle bag, I learned it is possible to travel lightly & still have plenty. Here are a few things to consider when packing for your next adventure:

Check The Weather

One of the hugest culprits in packing heavy is preparing for all kinds of weather. Even on the most sunny vacations, I was known to still pack a rain jacket [ just in case]. Now, I try to trust my weather app & only pack according to the predicted weather. If an unexpected rain shower does occur, for instance – I can always purchase a jacket or umbrella at my destination. Naturally, I find warmer climates to be easier to pack for than colder destinations. So, when it came to preparing for our destination wedding in the South & our Maui honeymoon, I was lucky I didn’t need to pack any heavy boots or anything.

Plan Your Outfits / Activities

Although spontaneity is fun, I find when it comes to longer vacations / trips; having an itinerary of sorts is very helpful. Base your outfits & clothing to what you plan to do on your getaway. Our destination wedding for instance consisted of a lot of visiting & relaxing before the big day. I was smart in shipping a few items ahead of time like my rehearsal dinner dress, veil & the bridemaid’s morning of gifts. In all honesty, the goal was to be an outfit repeater that week. And since I was staying at a family home, I knew I could do laundry if need be. In terms of the honeymoon, I knew we were going to a luau, so I made sure to pack a tropical maxi dress. But for the most part, I knew Hawaii would consist of lots of bikinis & outdoor wear. Weeks before either of theses trips, I hung all the outfits up on my clothing rack. This allowed me to keep track of what I was bringing & prevent me from making any impulse purchases or overpack. I also kept in mind, I would probably do some shopping while we were in Maui anyway.

Wear the Bulkiest Items on the Airplane

This is my most favorite hack when it comes to packing light. My airplane attire always consists of leggings, a tank top or t-shirt, sneakers & a jacket or sweatshirt. Shoes & hoodies are two of the most bulky items to pack in the suitcase. Even though sandals can be easier to take on and off at TSA, I’m always grateful to have extra space for other necessities in my suitcase.

Packing Cubes vs. Rolling

I actually have never used packing cubes but have noticed from other people, they are VERY helpful in condensing space. I on the other hand, love rolling my clothing & or putting certain categories in zipblock bags. The way you organize & store your items in the suitcase makes all the difference. The reason I like the zipblock bag method is because I can release the air from the bag to make it very flat. I will admit this hack can seem rather wasteful so if you have any reusable methods [ besides packing cubes ] that do the same affect, let me know.

Travel Size Is Your Bestfriend

When it comes to makeup products or toiletries, having the smaller counterpart is the smartest move. Not to mention, TSA has certain regulations anyway. As a makeup lover, I try to only pack my smaller eyeshadow palettes during travels such as these. And in some cases, I will invest in travel size products like setting spray, shampoo, body / face wash & even mascara. Every space counts so you want to be efficient. Even when choosing purses for vacations, I lean towards small cross body styles or even clutches.

When in Doubt, Leave It At Home

I mentioned this in my older packing guide, which you can read here. But if you are questioning any item too hard, chances are you don’t need it. Really ask yourself why you want to bring / wear something before packing it. I can’t tell you how many times I would bring more clothing than necessary & only wear a quarter of the items. And if you DO end up needing something or forgetting something, you can always purchase it at your destination.

Choose Clothing Pieces That Are Versatile

If you already have a capsule wardrobe like me, you are already there in having clothing pieces that pair in multiple ways. For example, I packed a light grey t-shirt that I could wear with black shorts, white shorts, denim shorts or even jeans. Always start with your basics & work from there. Any additional or unique items can be added later. When it came to the honeymoon, I knew I wanted a few unique & tropical looking maxi dresses for dinners or the luau. I didn’t go overboard with this idea though & only packed two – a black & purple flower maxi dress I’ve had for a few years & a white floral maxi dress I found on Amazon.

Check Out This Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: I Tried Project 333 & This Is How It Went

Conclusion:

When seeing the world, you don’t want to feel weighed down by stuff. Although it can feel rather challenging at first, overtime it will become second nature. You’ll enjoy returning home to less laundry to do & you’ll quickly realize you don’t need much to enjoy yourselves. Who knows, maybe you’ll get to the point all you need is a backpack.

Where are you traveling to next?

Up for an even bigger challenge? watch me pack all of these items in a backpack in this IG REEL

-B