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While I don’t go as big for Halloween as some of my friends (we’re talking entire homes being covered in all things spooky), I do find the prospect of Jack-O-Lanterns and dressing up fun. It’s gotten a bit more difficult as I’ve gotten older; I have this desire to “become” whatever I choose to dress up as vs. merely wearing something that is obviously a costume, which mostly leads to frustrating DIY days and me deciding to go as a cat once again. The other thing I like to do is pick up “costume” pieces that could be integrated into my day to day life and wardrobe. This year for a bit of fun, I made up a witchy themed wishlist of items I think many modern day spell casters would be delighted to own.
- Rhapsody Crown Necklace – Leia Beila
- Night Visions – Rituel de Fille
- Phase of the Moon Watch – Hot Topic
- Peaceful Home Candles – New Moon Beginnings
- Moon Flower Flat Boot – Free People
- As You Wish Floral Jacket – Urban Outfitters
- Natural Quartz Filigree Necklace – Howling Moon UK
- Laurel Crown – Elemental Child
- Layered Lacework Dress – Anthropologie
What do you think? Better than some random pointy black hat, right? This wishlist also had a bit of a Practical Magic feel to it. I wanted so badly to be as cool as the Owens women when I was younger. Not the whole losing the love of your life part, but more of the great fashion sense, subtle spelling abilities, and the self confidence that the aunts had in spades. I also wanted the house; it was a really great house 🙂
Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies, and one of the very few story lines where I liked the film better than the book. I own the book, the DVD, it is in my “Watch Instantly” Netflix queue, and if I come across it while flipping through the channels I have to watch it. I can’t even pinpoint what initially attracted me to the movie, but I can’t imagine ever getting tired of it.
Imagine my delight when Zoe, author of the blog Blessed Bee, posted a recipe for the in famous Oatmeal Mint Shaving Cream. You remember the line : “He really loved my mint oatmeal shaving cream. He couldn’t stop eating it.” So I had to share it with you guys.
Mint Oatmeal Shaving Cream
45 gms cocoa butter
30 gms base oil such as grapeseed/calendula/jojoba
20 mls liquid castile soap/olive oils soap
Peppermint oil (few drops)
Melt the cocoa butter and oil in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once melted allow to cool just till the edges start to solidify!
Whisk the mixture with an electric whisk and add the liquid castile soap. As you keep whisking the mixture will increase in volume, the cocoa butter will cool and the mix hold itself as a foam. Now add in the peppermint oil and ground oatmeal and give it a quick mix. Finally put into jars and label to use the shaving cream scoop a little out and mix with a little water to make a lather.
Recipe & Photos from Blessed Bee