Halloween and the City

Halloween is one of the best days to be in the city. City folks dress in their best costumes and parade around If you’re in the city today, join in on the celebration and check out some of the events below.

Village Halloween Parade

Head down to the Village for the annual Halloween Parade. The parade starts at 7pm but for those in costume, head to  6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Webster Hall
125 E 11th St
The official Halloween Parade after party from 8pm to 4am.

Masquerade Ball at Capitale
130 Bowery
Joonbug’s 10th Annual Masquerade ball from 9pm to 4am.

Haunted Houses

Whether you are looking for a small scare or completely terrifying experience, the city is filled with Haunted Houses including Blood Manor and Blackout (which I’ve heard will scar you for life).

Happy Halloween! How will you be celebrating the holiday?

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Halloween Costume Do’s and Don’ts

Halloween is a bizarre holiday when you think about it, but I typically don’t question any holiday that involves candy. Part of the fun of Halloween, for me, has always been thinking of a creative and fun costume to wear for an evening (or two). When I was younger this typically involved my mom making handmade costumes or repurposing her old bridesmaid dress into a preteen’s purple princess dream dress. Anything I dressed up as in my youth revolved around an excuse to wear makeup or glitter.

Our ideas of dress up have evolved as adults, but there is still a nostalgia in Halloween that lets your inner child come out to trick or treat play. Use your creative PR girl skills to think of a costume you may even have already in your closet or be creative and create your own. After all, PR girls naturally turn heads and Halloween should be no different.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for your Halloween Costume this weekend:

(This look is  a definite do, props if you can pull of this Black Swan eye makeup on your own)

 

Don’ts

Amanda Knox or Casey Anthony– These ladies have had enough media attention for the year, do they really need another night?

Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse, Elizabeth Taylor  or anyone else you passed away this year, too soon.

Sexy Nurse/Vampire/Disney Character/Nun– I can understand, you prefer to look sultry over scary this Halloween. Be creative and have fun, don’t default to fishnets and a tight, poorly made (and over priced) generic ensemble.

Snooki  – or any Jersey Shore Cast member for that matter.  We adore the shore, but once Snooki costumes became prepackaged  it was time to shelf this costume idea.

Lady Gaga – Don’t get us wrong, we love Mama Monster. Be unique, Lady Gaga has been a Halloween staple since her debut.

 

Do’s  

Lady Gaga as Joe Calderone – If your love for Gaga just can’t let you miss an opportunity to walk in her skin for a night, go as the newly debuted Joe Calderone this year.

Black Swan – We loved Natalie Portman as Nina and I’m thinking this will be the costume of the year. You just have to ask yourself, white swan or black swan?

Idioms I love this idea! A friend told me this week she is attending an Idiomatic Halloween Costume Party. She and another party goer are going as “Peace and Quiet”. One is dressing like a Hippie (peace) and the other a Mime (quiet).

Holly Golightly  or other NYC inspired characters – pay homage to NYC this year if you are partying in the city that never sleeps by dressing up as your favorite New Yorker. Walk Fifth Ave channeling Audrey Hepburn as Holly or put on your best Marilyn Monroe and stand over the infamous subway grate.  

Couple Costumes – I’m a sucker for couple and group costumes. Be creative and have fun with your friends, dressing as characters from the same film, fairy tale or even nightmare.

Be Creative/Clever    – Let your personality and creativity shine through!
image via Pinterest.com

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Cold Weather Beauty: Don’t Be an Ice Queen

An unmistakeable sound was heard in my apartment last night – the heat clicking on (er, clunking on in my old NYC apartment).  It’s a chilling 37 degrees this morning in New York, and there are rumors of first snow upstate.  It’s safe to say now our indian summer is over.

This week we asked you guys how you best like to amp up your beauty routine in the winter.  Here are some of our top tips:

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!: Can’t say it enough.  Especially if you have sensitive skin like me, you cannot put on enough hand cream/body lotion/face cream/cold cream to keep your skin from being tight and dry in the freezing months.  Try Clinique’s Moisture Surge or LaseResults AM Repair & Protect for your face to keep it baby soft.  A trick for you ladies who can’t lose the scalding hot (and skin-drying) showers?  Add your body moisturizer BEFORE you towel off.  It locks in the water – and I swear, it works!

Achieve the “snow bunny” glow: Sadly, our bronzing days are gone – an orange face just does not match our cashmere scarves.  For that sweet, “just got back from sledding” look, try using a matte foundation like Bare Minerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation and a pretty pink blush.  Nars Orgasm is my go-to, but a cream foundation like Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Color in Tea Rose will stay in place in the late-fall sleet.

For some spice, go to the dark side: Almost all of you came back to us on twitter saying you love to use dark colors on your lips when it starts getting cold out.  How sultry of you!  Our top picks, MAC Matte Lipstick in “Russian Red” and Maybelline’s “Are You Red-dy”  for classic, sexy reds.

 

image via thebeautydepartment.com

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The Far Hills Races or “The Hunt”

This past weekend, M and I took the journey to my hometown in New Jersey to check out the Far Hills Races, commonly referred to as The Hunt. Every October, The Hunt draws nearly 40,000 people dressed in the fall best to “watch the horse races” aka tailgate and drink beer.  It’s probably one of the only weekends of the year Manhattan folks ever consider leaving the city for New Jersey, and I can partially understand why.

Weather permitting, the food is great, the drinks are never-ending and the crowd is just looking to have a good time. For me, it was more like a high school reunion than anything else. It was great seeing everyone and catching up so I have to say that I would consider going again next year.

For those living in the city, if you’re into a preppy crowd and doing keg stands in a large muddy field, this is the event for you! The train station is located in walkable distance to the actual event, just make sure you purchase your tickets beforehand and find a good group to tailgate with.

Have you been to The Hunt in Far Hills?

images via nj.com

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