14 Halloween Tops to Get You in the Spooky Spirit

Hi friends and happy Friday! How are you? This week has been a whirlwind for me, with my birthday and work taking priority, but do not fear! I am working on a couple exciting posts for next week and am doing a photo shoot tomorrow for an awesome opportunity. I can’t wait to share it and tell you all about it! Since today is Friday the 13th and Halloween is just 18 days away, I am sharing my favorite Halloween tops, as part of my “Friday Favorite” series I started a couple of weeks ago.

14 cute Halloween tops to get you in the Spooky Spirit!

If you are at all like me, then putting on a costume is not at the top of your list this year.  Occasionally, I get a costume and go all out, but the stars have to align for me to go forth with that plan. But forgoing a full costume doesn’t have to be lame! A fun, Halloween-themed top might be just the thing to get you in the spooky spirit. As you will see, most of the tees, tanks and sweatshirts below are less than $30. There are two items from Wildfox that are definitely splurge-worthy. If you haven’t heard, Wildfox has such good quality and super cute cozy tops!

Favorite Halloween Tops

 


How do you like my favorite tops? My favorite is definitely the one “I’m here for the Boos” tank from Target’s Fifth Sun line. It is super soft and I am a huge fan of puns. The $13 price isn’t bad either!

What do you plan on wearing for the Halloween season? Do you have  costumes you are excited to wear or a festive outfit planned? I would love to know if you have any Halloween activities planned too. Personally, my favorite Halloween activities are going to a local pumpkin patch, handing out (and eating!) candy and carving the pumpkin.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Friday Favorite: What Alice Forgot

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I am going to start highlighting my recent favorites on Fridays, so I will kick this series off with a review of What Alice Forgot. I picked up this book expecting it to be light and humorous. While it had those qualities, it had much more depth than I was expecting. If you love a good drama and character development, check out the synopsis and full review below.

Synopsis of What Alice Forgot

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. Then, all of a sudden, Alice comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over. She is getting divorced, has three kids and is actually 39. Alice has to reconfigure the events of a lost decade and figure out whether it is possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to discover why her sister hardly talks to her and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Review of What Alice Forgot

This book was surprisingly raw at times and offered great insight on challenging life topics, like the death of a loved one, divorce, infertility and the ever-changing dynamics in sibling relationships.

When you read this book, you’re taken away on Alice’s journey of self-discovery. I loved reading how Alice gains a new perspective on herself and who she truly is. This book makes you think about how we all change overtime and asks the questions, “What life changes are inevitable? Which changes are for the good? And is it possible to change and remain authentically you?”

As someone who’s talked about the value of authenticity, it is probably not a surprise that this book appeals to me. However, that’s not the only thing I enjoyed about this book. What Alice Forgot dives deep into the common complications that comprise our closest relationships – those with our parents, our spouse and siblings. You see Alice grapple with how her relationships have changed, and there were so many parts of Alice’s struggle that translated to things in my life that I have seen come into play or have worried about.

What Alice Forgot is a book for any age, but it is an especially valuable book for women. It highlights the complexities in female relationships in a way that any woman reading this book will be able to relate. While this book handles difficult topics, they are balanced with funny and light moments. I never felt like the book became too much to handle. It was a wholesome book and an easy read overall. It will be hard to put down, once you are a few chapters in!

Fun Fact

This book is also set to be made into a movie! According to IMDB, Jennifer Aniston has been casted for the movie (hopefully she’ll play Alice!). The screenplay is written by Shauna Cross, who wrote Whip It!, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and If I Stay.  I will share any updates with you all if I hear more about the movie!

Now, I’d like to know – have you read this book? If so, how did you like it? I would love to know if you have read something similar too. I’m always looking for new books to read, so share any suggestions in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Inside the FabFitFun Fall 2017 Box and $10 OFF

 

Hi friends!

I am so excited Fall is officially here and I am also pretty excited about the contents of my FabFitFun Fall box. Seriously, this subscription box is amazing.  I have talked about FabFitFun’s seasonal boxes a couple of times before, but if you haven’t heard of it you may be surprised about just how much you get for your money.  If you like the idea of getting a wide range of cool items delivered to your doorstep a few times each year for a great value, this might be your ticket. Now, before I get too excited and start babbling, take a look inside my Fall box.

Look inside the FabFitFun Fall box

FabFitFun Fall Box - trèStiQue Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon

trèStiQue Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon – Retail Value $28

FabFitFun Fall Box - My TagAlongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack

My TagAlongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack – Retail Value $15

Inside FabFitFun Fall Box - Private Party Gym Bag 

Private Party Gym Bag – Retail Value $59

Private Party also has a super cute tank version of this bag and a big selection of tees and sweatshirts that speak to me. Seriously, is it just me!?

Inside FabFitFun Fall Box - DECO MIAMI Lavender Cuticle Oil

DECO MIAMI Lavender Cuticle Oil – Retail Value $12.50

Inisde FabFitFun Fall Box - Mer Sea Cozy Wrap

Mer Sea Cozy Wrap – Retail Value $98 (Similar at Nordstrom)

Inside FabFitFun Fall Box - Imm Living Coxet Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder

Imm Living Coxet Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder – Retail Value $33

Inside FabFitFun Fall Box - The Jet Set Diaries Cable Knit Beanie

FASHION BOOST:  The Jet Set Diaries Cable Knit Beanie (Dusty Rose or Black) – Retail Value $49 OR – B-Low the Belt Mia Belt (Tan or Black) – Retail Value $55

Inside FabFitFun Fall Box - MOLR Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder & Toothbrush

BEAUTY BOOST:  MOLR Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder & Toothbrush – Retail Value $43.95 – OR – DPHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse – Retail Value $35

Whish Renewing Mud Mask

Whish Renewing Mud Mask – Retail Value $48

This Mud Mask is said to improve the texture of your skin and minimize your pores. I’m excited to see how well it works!

How FabFitFun Works

Before your box is sent to you, annual subscribers get their pick of which Fashion Boost and Beauty Boost item you want. There are different levels of subscription. If you want to just try it out and pay for one box to see how you like it, then you won’t be able to pick out the exact contents that will arrive in your box.

The total value of my box is $386.45. That is pretty amazing considering the high quality of the products included and the low cost of the subscription box. If you would like to try FabFitFun, the cost for one box is $49.99. If you buy an annual subscription, the cost per box is $45 and you get to pick which of the themed items you will receive. For example, I picked the beanie over the belt.

Click here to receive $10 off your first FabFitFun box!

Of the items, my favorite has to be the gym bag. For some reason, I have never owned one and it is so helpful! I also can’t wait for the colder weather so I can breakout my new, super soft scarf and beanie. Bring it on, Mother Nature!

Is there a product in this box that you are tempted to get or try? Are you subscribed to FabFitFun? Have you ever used any of these items in my box? I’d love to hear your thoughts on subscription boxes like this one. Are there any similar subscription box programs that worth trying out? My curious mind would love to know!

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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DIY: Painting & Stenciling Concrete Floors

Last fall, Will and I discovered stenciling concrete was a pretty easy way to jazz up our outdoor space.  If you are looking for a cost-effective way to get a tiled look on your concrete, stenciling might be your ticket!  We were brainstorming home improvement ideas one night and decided to try painting and stenciling the concrete patio floor, in order to add some color and personality to our outdoor living space.  After much research, we devised a plan and headed to Home Depot.  Here is the prep work we did, along with details of the stenciling and painting, and the final results.

Preparation

Originally our outdoor patio had an outdoor rug glued down on top of the cement. So before we could begin painting the cement floor we had to get the glue off. We rented a floor sander to create a super smooth surface for the paint to be applied. There was a lot of dust from the sander, so we swept the patio multiple times. Then, Will used a mop and an old vacuum to get the floor extra clean. If you do not want to risk potentially messing up your vacuum, I recommend power-washing the cement floor before you paint.

It is important to get the floor as clean and smooth as you can, so your finished product is flawless. Also, remember to check the weather before you start painting. You don’t want a rain shower to ruin your hard work! The best temperature for painting outdoors is 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Supplies

Here is everything we used for this project:

Shur-Line Non-Stick Metal Paint Tray

9-3/8-Inch Nap One Coat Knit Roller Covers — used for base paint


Wooster Brush Roller Frame, 9-Inch — used for base paint

Wooster Brush Roller Cover 3/8-Inch, 4-Inch — used for stencil paint


Wooster Brush Roller Frame, 4-Inch — used for stencil paint

10482399Outdoor Floral Lattice Stencil By ArtMinds®

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BEHR Sea Cave Porch & Patio Floor Paint

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BEHR Pacific Fog Porch & Patio Floor Paint

KILZ Interior/Exterior Sealer, Wet Look

Painting & Stenciling Concrete

Once we had the patio properly prepared, we started with the first coat of “Sea Cave” blue, using our 9″ roller brush. When the first coat was dry, we applied another coat.

With two coats of dry, blue paint down, it was time to start stenciling. It is important to mark with tape which end of the stencil you will consider the top. The 18″ x 18″ pattern may look symmetrical, but it could be slightly off, which will make any rotation of the stencil throw off your design. It will be clear how the stencil fits together as soon as you paint the first stencil. In addition, make sure that first stencil is aligned properly with surrounding walls or the edge of your concrete. That initial stencil will impact everything else!

We began by making an “L” shaped outline of the stencil, first going down the short length of our patio and then down the longer width. Once that was in place, we went row by row, filling everything in. Remember not to put too much paint on your stencil brush. It’s better to have a small amount, and then go over your stencil again. This will create crisper lines. Thicker paint will also stick to your stencil and pull it off the ground if you aren’t careful.

Extra Tips

Go slow with your stencil brush and make sure the corners of your stencil align properly with the existing stencil on the ground. This process will take a while, as you should wait for the paint to dry, so that the bottom of your stencil does not pick up surrounding paint. Take your time, but don’t get too hung up over it being perfect. A few little bits of paint being outside the stencil, will not make a huge difference with the overall design.

With the stenciling complete, we waited a couple of hours for the floor to completely dry. Then, I did a few touch ups with a small paintbrush. The touch up paint dried within an hour, so we applied a glossy paint sealer to protect the stencil. I recommend at least two thick coats of the sealer. Will and I prefer an extra glossy look, so we applied extra coats of dealer until the bottle was empty.

The Results

Below are photos of our finished product. It’s so smooth and glossy that it almost feels like tile on your bare feet and most people think that’s what it is at first glance.

Have you ever painted concrete or stenciled a floor before? Or have you jazzed up your concrete floor in a different way? I would love to know if you have any DIY tips for similar home improvement projects.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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1 Year Bloggerversary 

one year of blogging highlights

This week SC’s Scoop turned one year old, which means I’ve completed a full year of blogging! Say what!?!

It’s amazing to me to think about what I have done in the past year and think about how life was when I began this blog. Blogging is something I thought about doing for years before I pulled the trigger. Now I look back and think, “Why didn’t I start sooner?”

At the same time, blogging has been much harder than I thought it would be. I have put more time and energy into it than I expected to, but at the same time all the effort I put into this blog is a direct reflection of how much I enjoy it. Before I begin to ramble (and bore you!), I want to share the most popular blog posts and my personal favorite blog posts since SC’s Scoop began.

Most Popular Posts
My Personal Favorite Posts

I’ve learned A LOT in this past year and recently shared some advice for new bloggers that may be helpful if you are thinking about starting one. My favorite things about blogging are building relationships with other bloggers and having ownership over a creative outlet that also acts as a filing system for memories.

The two biggest highlights for this past year have been my nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award and monetizing my blog. I did not originally create my blog to make money off of it, so creating an income stream has been eye-opening and exciting. It is amazing to think how my skills have improved with marketing, social media and search engine optimization as well.

I would love to know what you’ve enjoyed about my blog, and if you have any favorite posts. For my fellow bloggers, what did you learn in your first year? Did you have any special moments or big highlights? What is your favorite thing about blogging? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers & have a great weekend!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Stay tuned for a feature on the outfit I’m wearing in the top photo.  All the clothing details will be up on Monday.

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