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If this whimsical photo series by husband-and-wife duo Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida doesn’t put a big ol’ smile on your face this Monday morning, then you should consider just heading back to bed! MINIMIAM reimagines everyday foods as surreal landscapes for teeny tiny figurines to explore and frolick within – golfers tee off with colorful sprinkles, and mountain climbers carefully navigate through the treacherous snowy peaks of merengues. Every shot is so cleverly composed, and a few have made me laugh out loud! Isn’t it amazing how a slightly different viewpoint can turn the mundane into something magical? Click here to check out some more photos from this delectable series!

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fall fashion wishlist

1. Star Print Crew Sweatshirt from American Eagle | 2. Golden Fantail Necklace from Naomi Murrell | 3. Toothy Structured Tote from Need Supply Co. | 4. Birdseye Knit Headband from LEIF | 5. Reagan Tonal Stud Boot from Nasty Gal | 6. Rio Wave Metro Watch from Kate Spade | 7. Brass Leaf Barrettes from Dreams by the Sea

Just a few things that have caught my shopaholic eye lately – sweatshirts and rain boots and tote bags, oh my!

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creepy spider cupcakes

I always shriek with delight when my channel surfing this time of year brings me to one of my favorite Halloweeny movies, “Arachnophobia”! It’s simultaneously funny and gross and terrifying (I’m STILL severely traumatized by the jumping spider in the shower scene) and a true childhood classic for me. And is there a better way to celebrate this campy 90’s horror movie than with a batch of creepy spider cupcakes?? I think not! Read on to learn how to transform innocent cupcakes into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare!

creepy spider cupcakes

What you’ll need:

  • a box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can each of vanilla (I found a seasonal version that was tinted orange) and chocolate frosting
  • a piping bag with a narrow tip
  • small malted milk balls like Whoppers
  • Lindt Lindor truffles or any other large round milk chocolate candy
  • orange sprinkles and red confetti sprinkles (optional)

creepy spider cupcakes

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the box, and let them cool
  2. Frost those babies with vanilla frosting! I went the extra mile and piped it on using a zig zag pattern so the spider would have a flat surface to sit on, but it’s certainly not necessary
  3. Place a Whopper and a truffle in the center of a cupcake to create the spider body
  4. Load up a clean piping bag with a few large spoonfuls of chocolate frosting, and use a narrow tip to add a dab of frosting between the candy to “glue” them together. Then pipe on some long spooky spider legs
  5. Place two orange sprinkles in front of the head for eyes/fangs
  6. The truffles I used featured a little indentation mark, so I added a dab of frosting and covered it up with a red confetti sprinkle for a black widow look
  7. Serve up your platter of spider cupcakes and wait for your guests to scream in terror – muhahaha!

creepy spider cupcakes

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beautiful liquor bottle designs

Chandon by Butterfly Canon | Mastic Tears Liqueur by dolphins // communication design | Dancing Pines Distillery Bourbon by Candy Coated Universe | Fire Fighter Vodka | SAMURAI Vodka by Arthur Schreiber | Good Ol' Sailor Vodka by Mattias Broden

There are lots of blog posts about finding and accessorizing the perfect bar cart, but what about the most important part? …The booze! I confess that I don’t know much about specific alcohol brands, so I’m always very swayed by packaging—apologies to all the liquor connoisseurs out there—when I’m perusing through rows and rows of shiny bottles. Here are some beautifully designed ones that I would happily feature front and center in our bar at home (and hopefully get a few good cocktails out of them as well)! The shot glass placement on the Fire Fighter vodka is so clever I can’t even stand it.

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little white whale friday grab bag

Happy Friday! Toby is coming home this weekend after a nice long vacation at my aunt’s house, and I’m so excited to see his big drooling face again! It feels like we haven’t seen him in MONTHS rather than weeks, and while the lack of dog hair everywhere has been a nice change, our house has felt a bit empty without the sound of his little paws running around the place. This week I’m loving…

  • The shimmery pattern of metallic spots on this elegant “Sisters of the Sun” wallpaper from Juju Papers
  • This edgy exposed bra look from Urban Outfitters that I desperately wish I was cool enough to pull off!
  • All the unbelievably intricate laser cut invitations by Avie Designs. Can you imagine finding this in your mailbox? I would RSVP “yes” no matter what the event was!
  • This belly warming Sriracha ramen noodle soup from Baker By Nature (my love for the stuff obviously hasn’t waned despite all the ramen we ate in Japan)
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free fonts round up

Jack O' Lanterns in Yaquote Script | Ankle Boots in Chelsea | Acorns in Anders | Blankets in Merry Scriptmas | Tea in Raw | Witches in Les Sorcières de la Lune noire | Flannel in Nautilus Pompilius | Haunted House in Asfalto| Caramel Apples in Happy Fox | Leaf Piles in Voga

Hey strangers! As you might have already guessed, we had SO much fun on our trip to Taiwan and Japan! We hiked through the breathtaking misty mountains in Taipei, shopped til we dropped in Tokyo, ate takoyaki all over Osaka, and visited beautiful shrines and temples in Kyoto…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! I’m still sifting through our photos (with a bad case of jet lag to boot), but I’ll be sharing all of our adventures very soon :-)

In the meantime, it’s so nice to come back home to autumn, my favorite season of the year! I really need to start brainstorming for Toby’s costume ASAP. On a side note: I had no idea Halloween was celebrated in Japan, so it was really surprising to see lots of spooky treats & decorations and people dressed up in costumes all over the place. We passed a cafe where all the baristas were wearing pumpkin costumes, and I rode the subway one morning next to two “dead” school girls, complete with zombie contact lenses, presumably on their way to school. Hard core!

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