Fall Fashion: Last Minute Halloween DIYs

Halloween is literally right around the corner (and if you’re in college, Halloweekend starts tonight), and even though I’m pretty sure I have no plans for Halloweekend whatsoever, I can’t stop perusing Pinterest, looking for the cutest (and easiest) costume DIYs.

DIY costumes are great because they’re unique and work double time as a conversation starter. A few years ago, I made myself a cupcake costume out of cardboard and I totally loved it. Granted, I think I was in the eighth grade and have not done anything nearly as creative for Halloween in the years since, but I can still dream.


Here’s a throwback to my favorite DIY Halloween costume, featuring my mom (left) and my Aunt Niki (right). All I did to make my costume was cut two cupcake shapes out of cardboard (there’s one behind me, too), cover the bottom with tin foil where the cupcake liner would be and paint on pink frosting with leftover paint I found in my garage. Then, I cut out little cardboard sprinkles and two cherries and colored them with markers, attaching them to the cardboard with velcro (though, in retrospect, I should’ve used hot glue). I used twine to attack the two cupcake sides and put it over my shoulders.


For those of you who have also procrastinated your costume making, take a look at some of my favorite cheap and easy DIYs!

Wednesday Addams

This costume is not only super simple to make, but also totally cool to portray. The look is really all in the makeup and hair: sullen face, dark lips, black braids. Check out this awesome makeup tutorial by YouTube user Madeyewlook Twice, and browse her channel for even more Halloween inspo! The outfit is also simple enough that you probably have all your necessities (black dress or shirt/skirt combo and black shoes) right in your closet. Just pick up some black tights and a white collar and you’re good to go! Honestly, I think the DIY options I’ve seen online are much cuter than the store-bought ones.


Makeup: one of my fave Wednesday looks via Pinterest

Dress: Black Peter Pan Collar Short Sleeve Shift Dress – $20.99 at SheIn

Flats: Women’s Gigi Point Flats in Black by Christian Siriano for Payless -$24.99 at Payless

Tights: Pack of Two 50 Denier Tights – $10.00 at Topshop

Gumball Machine

I am totally obsessed with this idea. I saw this in a couple of places online and it’s so fun and colorful. Basically, you attach a bunch of different colored pom poms to a tank top and pair it with a red skirt. Then, make a construction paper sign that says 25 cents and a little coin slot and voila! Super simple. Keep your makeup sweet and colorful just like your ensemble! Check out this awesome Youtube tutorial by MissRemiAshton to see how to do this (starting at 1:40) and 14 other adorable and easy costumes!


Outfit: via Pinterest

Tank: St. John’s Bay Essential Tank Top in White – $5.99 at J.C. Penney

Skirt: Plus Size Structured Maxi Tulle Skirt in Red – $39.50 at Soho Girl

Pom Poms: Bright Multicolored Craft Pop Poms in Multi (Pack of 100) – $4.99 at Factory Direct Craft

Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Red – $54.99 at Zappos


Show off your personality by dressing up as your fave emoji! Even if you don’t have a shirt with heart eyes on it, you can easily get a yellow tee and use fabric markers to draw a face on it. Pair it with a yellow tutu (just like LaurDIY in this video) and you’ve got a fun and flirty outfit! Keep the look casual and simple with comfy white sneakers and easy makeup.


Outfit: via Pinterest and YouTube

Tee: Next Level 330L Ladies’ Perfect Tee in Vibrant Yellow – $4.29 at Shirt Space

Fabric Markers: Fine Line Fabric Markers, 10 Count – $4.99 at Crayola

Sneakers: Adidas NEO Advantage Clean VS Sneaker – Womens – $54.95 at DSW

Tutu: Adult’s Yellow Tulle Tutu – $14.97 at Oriental Trading Co.


Here’s another look I’m totally obsessed with. I love that it’s quirky and fun, but also classy and sort of old fashioned. All you really need is a red and white skirt/dress (or a red or white skirt you can paint the opposite color on), some computer paper, a yellow marker and a hot glue gun. Take a look at Studio DIY’s cool and easy step-by-step tutorial for this costume, and don’t forget to rock a classic red lip!


Outfit: via Delish and Studio DIY

Crop Top: Express One Eleven Abbreviated V-Neck Halter – $5.99 at Express

Flats: Candy Color Patent Leather Pointed Toe Slip On Flat Ballet Shoe in Yellow – $8.43 at New Chic

Glue Gun: Craft Smart Mini Glue Gun, High Temp – $2.99 at Michael’s

Dress: Modern Twirl Dress – $34.99 at Modcloth

I hope that these DIY ideas have inspired you to make your own last minute costume this weekend! Let me know if you test out one of the ideas, and Tweet me pictures of your costumes! Have a happy and safe Halloweekend, everyone!



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Tuesday Tunes: Workout Jams

Working out just isn’t the same without killer tunes. I can’t work my hardest unless there’s music pumping into my ears. It keeps me energized and motivated when I need it the most, and can sometimes transport me away from the mundane.

Wish I could be running by that view right now… but sometimes music alone can take you away. Image via Google

And this isn’t even just a me thing… Studies have shown that while music not only elevates your mood, it also helps you keep your pace while exercising and helps you focus on the task at hand. Music is just enjoyable, and can make you feel great.

What’s great about music is that everyone’s taste in music is different, which means there’s no one “official” playlist. Sometimes, the music you listen to while working out is dependent on the type of exercise and the setting. For example, you definitely wouldn’t hear the same type of music in a meditation yoga class as you would in a high-intensity kickboxing class (highly recommend checking iLoveKickboxing out here by the way!) Plus, you’re not always in the same mood when you’re working out. So, does that mean you need to have multiple playlists ready for your different workouts? Maybe… or you can just rely on someone else’s. I, for one, generally like making my own, so I’m here to share some of my favorites tracks and playlist ideas with you! I even started a new Spotify account just to share them with you. Make sure you follow TTasteful on Spotify to see my full range of playlists!


The way I see it, this playlist is just about pure energy and strength. These songs make me feel strong, powerful and in control of my life and self. When I hear these songs, I feel raw strength and drive. I’m not sure I’m doing it justice honestly. I just feel like I can tackle anything with this soundtrack. Some songs include Power by Kanye West, Thunderstruck by AC/DC and Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers.


I admit it, a lot of times when I work out, I channel my emotions into it. Doesn’t everyone? That’s exactly why I have this playlist, which is a playlist that not only gets my blood flowing and heart pumping, but also reminds me that I deserve better than whatever crap I’m dealing with. One of my favorite songs on this mix is Too Good by Drake, and some others include 7/11 by Beyoncé, Roar by Katy Perry, and We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister.

Girl Power

One pre-made Spotify playlist that I love is the Girl Power playlist. With artists like Lady Gaga, the Spice Girls and Selena Gomez, this mix is perfect for when I need a little bit of reminding of how strong and kick-butt women can be. Nothing brightens my day like inspiring songs like Confident by Demi Lovato and Kill Em With Kindness by Selena Gomez.


Something that I do love to listen to while working out, even though it’s not on Spotify, is any Greek summer mix. I’m half Greek (and darn proud of it), and listening to this music while working out can just take me away from the New York dreariness sometimes. It provides a much-needed escape and pick-me-up. This one by DJ Golden Feta is my personal favorite right about now and almost makes me feel like I’m back in the Mediterranean.

This music makes me want to go back to the motherland so badly…

Naturally, this is just the beginning. I’m always looking for new music (shout out to my best friend Grant for always sending me links) and am always adding onto the playlist. Please let me know what you listen to while working out or if you have any suggestions for me! Good luck on your own playlists, and don’t forget to follow TTasteful on Spotify for inspiration!



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My New Year’s Resolutions 2014: Personal

Hey everyone! I hope you all have been having an awesome 2014 so far! I started the year off by making myself a set of resolutions and I’d like to share them with you guys. I’ve decided to break them into three parts: personal, beauty, and fashion. I hope that my goals will help you realize what you envision for yourself in 2014! Let’s get started!

1. Blog More: So this one is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll talk about it a bit. I go a couple of weeks with writing some blog posts because I’m super motivated, but then I get busy or bored and don’t blog for weeks on end (this time around it was because my dad blocked WordPress on my computer, okay!!) My goal is to blog at least once a week, and I suppose effective time management skills would help me with that. I hope to develop Tantalizingly Tasteful, as well as my Tumblr and Pinterest accounts to go with them by setting aside time every day or week devoted to them.


2. Do More DIY’s: Who doesn’t love a good do it yourself project? They’re fun, original and eye-catching. I just wish I had time to actually do more of them! The couple that I’ve done have come out awesome, and I’ve gotten so many compliments on them! This year, I want to do more DIY projects. I want to be like those guru’s on Youtube who can teach other people how to make these awesome crafts. I think I’m going to check Youtube for new videos and look around online weekly so I don’t ever miss anything good. One project that I have done was a safety pin bracelet, which I got from a Youtube video by thecoolios which you can see here (along with the rest of my DIY playlist!), and I plan on doing a DIY Peter Pan collar done by LaurDIY (also on the playlist), who you can check out at http://desireandinspire.com/. Also, my cousin and I did tie-dye together over the summer, which can also make for fab DIY’s, including a bandana and a tie-waist top, as well as floral crowns. I know that it sounds like I have done a lot, but I feel like I haven’t. I really hope that 2014 is the year where I can make more DIY’s and maybe even figure out some of my own! (Sorry my pics are so bad by the way)





3. Be a Better Person: Sure, I have basic manners (most of the time– just don’t ask my mother) and I’m pretty polite, but sometimes I realize that I don’t really give back to my community, or give or do anything for people who aren’t as fortunate as I am. Recently, I’ve started seeing an S.A.T. tutor (ugh) who was taught from a young age that he had to give back when he got where he wanted to be, so before going to law school, he taught special education. And that inspired me to find a way to give back in a way that fits my own personality. When I was younger, I would sell lemonade to raise money for St. Jude’s, and I did their Math-a-Thon through school, but I haven’t done much since. This has become especially important to me since my friend Spencer passed away from cancer almost two years ago.  He has inspired me to do something more to help people while I can. In magazines like Seventeen, I’ve read about teens like me from all over the world who have done pretty big things to help people, and they have become part of my inspiration, too. I hope that in 2014, I can find a way to give back too, even if it isn’t in as big of a scale as I would like just yet.

make a difference

4. Be an Inspiration: In numbers 3 and 4, I talked a little bit about being an inspiration: inspiring DIY’s and being inspired by others to do well. But in 2014, I hope to become an inspiration to others by making a difference, having an influence in some way (hopefully through this blog!) and by being a role model for younger girls that I know. Sure, I may not be perfect, but I want to inspire girls to feel like they’re worth it and that they shouldn’t put themselves down if they’re not society’s version of perfect. I want to be like my main inspirations, Demi Lovato (see a collage I made for her here), Coco Chanel and Lauren Conrad, who encourage (and in the case of Coco encouraged) women to have self-confidence and a concept of self-worth.


coco chanel

lauren conrad

5. Write Ideas Down: The last goal I’m going to share with you (not because I don’t like you, but because I have so many goals that I don’t want to bother you!) is writing ideas down. My mind is always, always racing, usually when I’m in school or trying to fall asleep, and I get these brilliant ideas about blog posts, cupcake flavors or writing or outfit ideas and I forget them by the time I wake up. So, I’ve started carrying a notebook with me wherever I go and keeping one next to me when I’m sleeping so I can write them down. I don’t want to lose an amazing idea just because it slipped out of my head! Hopefully, that won’t happen with my handy-dandy notebook by my side! And yes, I made sure it’s fashionable! Mine is a peacock notebook with my initial that I got as a gift from a friend.

peacock notebook

Now I’d like your feedback! Do you have any personal goals for this year? Do you have any ideas for me on how I can achieve mine? Talk to me in the comments below! or send an email to tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr: tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com! Love you guys xx