A Step-By-Step Guide to Pumpkin Carving!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Pumpkin Carving!

STEP 1: Pick out your pumpkin! Try to pick a pumpkin that has at least one nice side (minimal imperfections) so that your design really stands out. I like to buy an assortment of sizes, but this one is pretty big.

STEP 2: Cut a hole so that you can scrape out the guts! My cousin told me about a trick where you cut out the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top. It’s supposed to make the pumpkin last longer and not collapse in on itself so easily.

STEP 3: Remove the guts! I like to use the special spoons they make during the halloween season because they have serrated edges that are perfect for the job. If you don’t want to buy a specific spoon, I’d recommend using a spoon and a fork to scrape all the guts out.

STEP 4: Start designing! Some people like to mark out what they’re going to carve with a pen, but I think they make a huge mess. Something about how wet the pumpkin gets when you carve it makes the marker get everywhere. There are also stencils you can use, but I just try to free-hand carve.

STEP 5: Carve the pumpkin! It is pretty important to use a serrated knife when you cut a pumpkin. Otherwise it just takes way too long. You want to cut using a sawing motion. I recommend using a couple different sized knives because it’s good to have a big one for large cuts and small one for details.

STEP 6: Rinse the pumpkin off. Pumpkins get suuuuuper sticky and they leave guts everywhere. So, I like to hose down my pumpkins after I carve them to get rid of any remaining guts and to get off some of the stickiness. It really makes them look a lot more polished!

OPTIONAL: So I don’t actually recommend this because I’m pretty sure that bug spray is super flammable, but I spray the inside and outside of my pumpkins with it. I wait for it to dry before having a flame anywhere near it. The only reason I do this is because I live in 15 acres of forest and my pumpkins are covered in bugs within 24 hours if I don’t.

STEP 7: Put a candle in it! I usually use tea lights, but I ended up changing the candle out because it was a little too small for how big this pumpkin was. Tea lights are great though because they come in big packs and can be tossed out after!

That’s all! I filmed it without the filter so that you could see the details. I love how it came out! Let me know if you guys carved pumpkins this year and what designs you did in the comments <3

My Favorite Sneakers for Fall

My Favorite Sneakers for Fall

Sneakers are probably everyone’s new favorite trend because they’re so comfortable and now they’re just as cute. I used to think tennis shoes were so lame, but sneakers are totally different somehow… Brands have really stepped up their game in the last 5 years with all the color, texture, and style combinations they’re coming up with.

I rounded up a few of my favorite sneakers for Fall 2019 because I have been living in cozy outfits this season. They are all in different price ranges, so there should be something for every budget!

Let me know what you guys think in the comments and what other posts you’d be interested in reading!

Fila Boveasorus Sneaker

This sneaker is $80 and comes in sizes 6 through 10. I absolutely love warm tones for fall, and these sneakers have gorgeous yellowish, orange tones in them. I am a big fan of Fila sneakers because they are super durable and well-made. However, I like to size up in their shoes sometimes because of how rounded the toe is. Sometimes they can feel a little tight with thick socks, but other than that they are totally comfy!

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ASOS Design Director Chunky Sneaker

These sneakers are made by ASOS’s in-house label ASOS Design. They run for $56 and were chosen by Madison Beer for her ASOS x Madison Beer Style Edit. I just love the neutral, muted tone. I think they would go with everything, like a nude ballet flat or nude pumps. These are a great take on the highly-trendy nude sneaker phenomenon going on in the Instagram world.

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Veja V-10 Sneaker

At $150, these Veja sneakers are on the pricier side but I absolutely adore them. They remind me of Reebok’s but modern and millenial. As some of you know, chartreuse is my favorite color, so I am actually lowkey obsessed.

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Sam Edelman Darsie Sneaker

Sam Edelman is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, shoe designers. His designs are so comfortable and they last for years. These sneakers run for $100, but they look like they would cost much more. The design style reminds me of a European spa or a lavish French hotel. As always, the Sam Edelman signature logo is wonderful. I just really like all the details on these sneakers and I’m a true Sam Edelman stan.

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Kate Spade Cloud Sneakers

Okay, seriously who doesn’t love Kate Spade? The styles are so feminine, polished, and creative. These sneakers, $278, are honestly a work of art. Look at how amazing the color palette is with the pop-of-color laces. I know the price is high, but it’s Kate Spade! What did you expect?

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TopShop Celina Trainers

These sneakers were originally $75, but they’re on sale for $41 now! They are a great deal for the style. This style of sneaker is so trendy right now that a lot of brands can charge high prices for them. The style has become widespread among style blogs like HypeBae.

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Keds x Rifle Paper Co.

I have been a Rifle Paper Co. fan for many, many years now. It is the company that made most of the art I have in my room, like my Chicago print and my Hawaii print. These sneakers are only $60, which is a steal for shoes made by two amazing companies like Keds and Rifle Paper Co. I remember when Mischa Barton was the face of Keds and they were sooo cool. Well, we know they’re well made and now you know about Rifle Paper Co., so what are you waiting for?!

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Patricia Nash Milano Sneaker

When I was living in Rome, I saw these sneakers everywhere. P/leather sneakers are a staple in Italy, and probably lots of other European cities. I really like this $149 pair from Macy’s because it looks like the style worn in Europe and it is super polished looking.

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Versace Cross-Chainer Western Sneakers

Okay, these are on here as kind of a joke because they’re $825, but LOOK AT THEM. They are honestly majestic. Like, can I have five pairs? I’m just going to leave these here so we can drool —

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SHEIN Lace Up Chunky Sole Sneaker

Now that we’re recovering from that Versace price tag, let’s check out these $22 sneakers from SHEIN. They remind me so much of the brand Off–White because of the shipping-esque style. SHEIN is a great company that offers surprisingly high-quality products for super low prices. You can use my code 9adelina for 15% off on your entire purchase!

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Why I work with fast fashion brands…

Why I work with fast fashion brands…

The fashion industry is the second largest environmental pollution contributor after the oil industry. A huge chunk of the world’s water waste is attributed to the production and destruction of clothing. That is why so many brands have been jumping on the eco-fashion bandwagon. Reformation is a great example of a sustainable fashion company, whereas fast fashion brands are…well, let’s just say they are contributing to the problem.

Influencing is a fast fashion business. Influencers are sent products in exchange for posts. These products are usually only posted once and then the influencer is on to the next product. With that being said, influencers also contribute to the fashion-waste problem.

The plus size fashion industry is a, mostly untapped, $20 billion market. Brands are just starting to extend their sizing to include 2X+ sizes. However, many brands have not extended their sizing. There are simply less options for plus size women because the fashion industry is just starting to embrace us.

Fast fashion brands have been some of the first companies to extend their sizing. Some of these companies create specific lines for their curvier customers. Because of the sheer lack of options, these trend-driven stores are extremely appealing to plus size shoppers.

As an influencer, I want to do my part and help with the fashion industry’s waste problem. As a plus size woman, I want to play with clothes and try all the trends that were never sold in my size (until now).

It is a tough situation to be in, but hopefully, as the industry becomes more saturated, ethical clothing decisions will become easier and easier for plus size shoppers. <3

October 2019 Playlist

October 2019 Playlist

In the days of MySpace, finding music before anyone else was essential. It was literally the era of “I listened to them before they were cool.” Miss Moss was my secret weapon when it came to hunting for music online because she posted monthly playlists that had lots of cool/unique songs on them.

Now that I’m older and have been finding music on my own for some time, I decided to share my own playlists. These aren’t all underground songs or new artists, but they’re what I’m listening to right now.

I like to think of my playlists as mini time capsules that I can listen to months (or years) later and reminisce <3

https://open.spotify.com/user/lifeofadelina/playlist/5NaFsIjCe2eEJHPUaDrVEI?si=yciJOdujQpubvTI6il7sfQ