Halloween Hater’s Survival Guide: Costumes You’ll Actually Wear After the Holiday

Remember back in the day when Halloween was, like, the funnest day of the year? We diligently plotted our costumes for weeks, eagerly anticipating the parade at school when everyone got to show off their work.

Sure, in reality it was just a lap around the blacktop next to the kickball field where the P.E. teacher made us run a mile twice a week — but for an hour a year that blacktop was transformed into a magical procession of ghouls, zombies and Princess Ariels. It was that special time in our lives when you could sprinkle some fake blood in your hair or throw a sheet over year head before heading out at dusk to plunder the neighborhood for fun-sized candy bars.

But somewhere along the way, a lot of us fell off track. Maybe it’s because the costume ante got upped sometime around freshman year of college, and all of a sudden it felt like we were required to spend $500 to show up to a Halloween party in style.

Now there are pretty much two types of people in this world: People who live for Halloween and dropping their life savings on a get-up that they will wear approximately 4 hours of their life…. and the rest of us who are just kinda “meh.”

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The Case for Wearing a Costume

Easy Halloween Costumes You'll Actually Wear After the Holiday | Hinted
Party City “Basic Witch” Beanie, $5

But here’s the deal. It’s super easy to resign ourselves to stay at home to hand out candy while wearing one of those “This IS My Costume” t-shirts moms used to rock in the ’90s, but we think this Halloween it’s imperative to bring a little magic into the world by wearing a costume. It’s been a crazy couple years for everyone, and — at the risk of getting a little cornball — what the world needs now is for everyone to take a night off to have a little fun. A chance for our inner child to come out and play.

Still, we get that it’s hard to justify spending so much money for one night (or a couple of parties if we’re lucky), but when you strategically invest in some pieces that you can actually use after October, what have you got to lose? We’re taking a ton of inspiration from the list 6 Last-Minute Halloween Looks, No Costume Required! because all of the shoppable items make for great costumes, but are also stuff we’d wear every day.

Easy Halloween Costumes You'll Actually Wear After the Holiday | Hinted
Topshop Animal Print Jumpsuit, $60

Like take this animal print jumpsuit, for example. All you need is some ears, and you’ve got yourself a fierce Halloween ensemble and an outfit that will take you all through the holiday party season. Same goes for this Bardot lace body-con dress. Just add a delicate masquerade mask, and you’ve got a costume, plus something to wear on New Year’s Eve.

And this Free People black polka dot top paired with this “Basic Witch” beanie pull double duty for a costume and hanging out at a coffee shop on any old random weekend.

Check out the rest of the list here, and then go get that costume. Do it for the Pink Power Ranger who was so excited to go trick-or-treating all those years ago.

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✨Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match: Week of October 22, 2018 ✨

By Aurora Tower

Bond, Girl!

Fall vibes move from fun and flirty to sultry and sizzling this week, as the sun slides into mysterious Scorpio on Tuesday. What this means? Do something a little radical! Whatever your hangups have been, let them go and open yourself up to your passions and connecting with people you love. Wednesday’s full moon is cathartic and emboldening. The union of the Sun and Venus in retrograde on Friday promises a very sexy weekend. An ex or crush is likely to make an unexpected appearance. But luckily, with the support of pragmatic Saturn, you remember that plain old fashioned common sense is still your BFF.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Leo
Leo: Mango Satin Gown, $149

Strike while the iron is hot, Leo

An unexpected and exciting job opportunity could come up. Even if the surprise factor is exciting, figure out if it’s truly in alignment with your long-term goals.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Virgo
Virgo: Avec Les Filles Wrap Puffer Jacket, $149

Indulge your wanderlust, Virgo

You aren’t known as the ‘throw caution to the wind’ spontaneous type, but you could get the urge to book a one way ticket this week, so embrace your travel fantasies. And pack something chic and warm.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Libra
Libra: Novis Faye Pleated Evening Skirt; Image: @shopbop

Buddy up, Libra

If you have been wrangling with a big picture financial situation, a solution could finally emerge, but it likely won’t be what you thought, so stay open to an even better option.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Scorpio
Scorpio: Moth Bow-Backed Sweater, $128

Listen to your heart, Scorpio

This is your time, and the spotlight is shining hard and bright on you and your closest relationships, so be candid about what you truly desire, even if it’d been evolving.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Sagittarius
Sagittarius: DVF Ruched Turtleneck, $298; Image: @Nordstrom

Wait for it, Sagittarius

You’re open to the unexpected, but even you could be surprised by the revelations you have this week! Don’t ignore that nagging suspicion. Instead, act on your intuition.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Capricorn
Capricorn: Ulla Johnson Jolee Dress, $575; Image: @shopbop

Trust your heart, Capricorn

Your network and alliances are very important to you, Capricorn, and some of those special relationships appear to be shifting. One may even be headed in the L-O-V-E direction.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Aquarius
Aquarius: FP Loveless Midi Dress, $148; Image: @freepeople

Go your own way, Aquarius

You can be very decisive when you make up your mind about something, Aquarius, and this week could be when you reach your limit. Try to be sensitive with your feelings, and everybody else’s, but do what’s best for you.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Cancer
Cancer: IRO Equate Dress, $850; Image: @shopbop

Prepare to be lovestruck, Cancer

If Cupid finds anyone this week, it is going to be you, so don’t bother looking too much farther than your already trusted friend group for that special spark.

Aries: Gal Meets Glam Maggie Dress, $148; Image: @galmeetsglam

Time to decide, Aries

You don’t like to overcommit if you can help it,  but you may be forced to pick a lane and stay in it this week, Aries. Think of it as a way of helping you simplify your strategy for the win.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Taurus
Taurus: Halogen Faux Fur Cape, $149; Image: @nordstrom

Keep on truckin’, Taurus

When the ball is in someone else’s court, you can feel frustrated, but if you’re committed to finding a win-win solution now, you can bust through major obstacles and come out on top.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Gemini
Gemini: Gal Meet Glam Collection Diane Mock Neck Fit & Flare Midi, $168

Choose a positive perspective, Gemini

You tend to dislike routine, but if you can re-frame your choices as something empowering, you will recognize how much of a boost it gives your body, and your spirit.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match for the Week of October 22, 2018: Pisces
Pisces: Nooki Design Star Faux Fur Collar, $78; Image: @anthropologie

Say cheers, Pisces

Renewed interest in a passion project or educational opportunity could fire up your enthusiasm this week. If messages get mixed, try not to take others’ responses personally. Stay positive and cheerful.

How to Transform Your Fall Style Without Blowing Your Budget

Is it just us, or did fall come extra early this year? Maybe it’s climate change, but it sure feels like the blustery weather hit before we were prepared in 2018. Not that we’re complaining. We love autumn and fall fashion, in particular, is something we look forward to on an annual basis.

The only problem? We hadn’t really budgeted to double down on a ton of cold-weather outfits quite yet — and we were kind of stressing about how to bridge that style gap between summer and winter.

We were stressing, until we got a hold of a list Francesca Castagnoli, Chief of Content for Hinted, put together titled 10 Trends that Transform Your Fall Style, Under $100.

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Give Your Closet an Affordable Upgrade

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Dream Maker Stripe Scarf, $58; at Free People.

Here’s the secret to transforming your fall style without blowing your budget: You just need to pick some new favorites and run with them.

Francesca found 10 fall weekend essentials that we’re dying over, and they are all super budget-friendly. She’s provided us with the perfect items to upgrade, while still working with what we already own.

The pieces run the gamut from a cozy statement scarf to wide-leg cords that are perfect for work, and toe the line between investment staples and on-trend looks for the 2018 season. They are those special kind of pieces that are both soon-to-be-classics-that-will-last-you and high-impact trends for 2018.

New Fall Wardrobe on a Budget: Transform Your Style on the Cheap  | Hinted
Inside Out Pullover, $78; at Free People.

This Free People Inside Out Pullover really caught our eye, and not only because of it’s bright color. What’s really blowing our minds is that it retails for only $78. How often do you come across a quality sweater (by Free People, nonetheless) for under $100? Like, never.

“A knit this eye-catching does a lot of the styling for you,” says Francesca. “All you need is jeans or black pants, chic sneakers and a carefree attitude.” 

Another piece worth mentioning? These Faux Fur Lined Boots. There’s not many pieces of footwear in life that can easily transition from afternoon in the woods to dinner date in the city, but these boots, my friends, can do just that.

You can check out the rest of Francesca’s list in all of it’s fall glory right here.

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Why You Should Be Using CBD Products Every Damn Day

Unless you’ve been avoiding the internet for the past 5 years or so (which we’re assuming you haven’t, since you’re here right now), you’re probably aware that ganja is in. Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states, medical pot is legal in 30 — and we’re willing to bet more states will jump on board in the coming years.

And though we don’t advocate for the abuse of a substance of any kind and adhere to Cher Horowitz rule that it’s “one thing to spark up a doobie and get laced at parties, but it is quite another to be fried all day,” it’s hard to argue with the fact that marijuana, and even more specifically CBD, has major health benefits — which is exactly why the Hinted list Must Have CBD Products got our attention.

CBD Oil Benefits: You Should Be Using These Products Every Damn Day | Hinted
CannaSmack Luxe Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $20-$60 at CannaSmack.

While it may be true that the use of marijuana has become more acceptable in recent years, and the stereotype of the skeevy, lazy stoner is starting to fade. But the stigma against people who use marijuana products is not totally gone. Which, to be honest, is a damn shame — especially since there are a lot of amazing products that don’t even have THC, the element of marijuana that causes you to get high. If alcohol can be totally mainstream, why can’t marijuana products? You can’t rub vodka on your face and expect it to be glowing and hydrated (quite the opposite, actually), unlike this CannaSmack Luxe Hydrating Cleansing Oil that is pretty much moisturizing magic for your skin.

We wanted to get the facts about CBD (and bust some myths), so we went straight to the source and asked Kate Dittloff, the author of Must Have CBD Products, about the miracle product and gained even more respect for the stuff than we even had before. Kate says she discovered a topical CBD salve on a trip to California that helped her with what she describes as “pretty severe neck issues,” which led her to try CBD Honey. The rest, as they say, was history.

Here are some reasons you should be utilizing CBD on a daily basis.

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Adios to Pain

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Shea Brand CBD Natural Pain Reliever Salve, $30; at Shea Brand.

Yes, we want you to get in on all the yummy beauty benefits of CBD (and did we mention it can light your sex life on fire?), but the greatest benefit of CBD is definitely pain mitigation. Kate swears by the stuff for her chronic pain issues.

“With my neck pain and issues, I often wake-up unable to even turn my head, it really sucks!,” she says. “First thing in the morning, right after my shower I use CBD Salve (my go-to now is Shea Brand CBD Natural Pain Reliever mentioned in my list) which loosens up my neck and helps reduce the pain within a few minutes.”

She adds the CBD Honey to her morning and evening tea and finds it helps her manage pain throughout her whole day.

“I’m also an avid surfer, and when there’s good surf here on Folly beach, I’ll be out for hours on end,” Kate adds. “Needless to say, this does not make my neck very happy and puts a ton of stress on it, but quitting surfing is not an option. On those days where I know that I’ll be out in the water, I always use the salve, take the honey, but also add CBD gummies which I’ve found are very long lasting.”

Bonus: Pets can totally get in on the CBD-for-pain-management train, too.

You’ll Sleep Better

“I can’t say enough regarding how much CBD has helped me manage my neck pain, but also has helped with my anxiety and sleep,” says Kate, who adds that drinking her CBD tea before bed not only helps pain, but helps her sleep soundly through the night without waking up several times like she used to.

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It’s a Natural Alternative

CBD Oil Benefits: You Should Be Using These Products Every Damn Day | Hinted
Inner Peace Edible Nano CBD Blend, $86.99; at Mowellens.

Are you worried about the negative impact over-the-counter medications might be having on your body? CBD to the rescue!

“I love CBD because it’s all natural and actually reduces inflammation, and because of dietary restrictions I’m unable to take ibuprofen, so when it comes to reducing that inflammation, CBD does the trick!” says Kate. “I recommend it to all of my friends and family who’ve had similar issues and have only gotten awesome feedback. Personally I prefer the all-natural solution as opposed to this that have chemicals and components that were created in a lab.”

No High Necessary

This is the major myth we wanted to bust about CBD: You can take full advantage of its benefits without getting stoned.

“I think there is a major misconception and unnecessary worry that CBD will get you high and have psychoactive affects, it absolutely does not!,” Kate revealed. “Not once when I’ve used CBD, whether it’s through a vaporizer, orally or via topical solutions, have I ever felt under the influence or high.”

If you want to incorporate CBD into your life, but aren’t really sure how, check out Kate’s full list here.

Got the Cold Weather Blues? These Jewel Tone Outfits Will Give You a Lift

Fall is definitely here, which is obviously cause for excitement. The seasonal change has us living for all things autumn: Rich jewel tones, sweater weather, cute new scarves and hats, the fact that our makeup isn’t constantly melting off our faces and… pumpkin spice everything (duh).

But what we don’t talk about as much when it gets a little more mystical outside and temperatures start to drop is seasonal affective disorder. It ain’t a myth! It’s a scientific fact that the gloomy weather that starts in fall can bum us out. But it’s also been scientifically proven that there are certain colors that affect mood—which is why we are advocating for wearing the aforementioned jewel tones even more than usual.

If you’re needing some jewel-toned inspo (and a little mood boost), we have just the list for you. 12 Ways to Wear Jewel Tones to Boost Your Mood is giving us life right now. Whether you’re seeking to feel more empowered or looking to add a little love to your life, there’s a perfect outfit for you to wear to help you level it up.

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Colors That Affect Mood: Jewel Tones For the Win

Sidenote: To get the full effect of wardrobe color therapy, you don’t need to wear a certain color from head to toe. A simple forest green clutch, ocean blue drop earrings or cobalt beanie might be all you need to get your mojo going.

Colors That Affect Mood: Emerald Green Jumpsuit
Bow Long Jumpsuit, $99.99; at Mango.

But if you are looking to drape your entire body in good juju, this Bow Long Jumpsuit by Mango will have you looking put together in a snap (we love how one-and-done jumpsuits are when we’re rushing to get ready for work in the morning). And did we mention emerald symbolizes rebirth, growth, and reflection—so it’s perfect to add to your wardrobe when you want to start fresh in a new season?

Another option: The Halogen Tie Waist Dress from Nordstrom is just the ticket when you want to be pulled together for work, but are also dying to show off those hot new boots you bought for fall. The amethyst hue of this dress is one of those helpful colors that affect mood and stands for strength, courage, and relationships. It’s especially great when you want to fortify yourself and others.

Colors That Affect Mood: Ruby Red Dress
Reformation Rosehip Fit & Flare Dress, $248; at Nordstrom.

Need a little confidence bump? We suggest Club Monaco’s elegant sapphire Annina Accordion Pleated Midi Skirt. Sapphire has long been connected to royalty and will have you twirling like the queen you are in no time.

This Reformation Rosehip Fit & Flare Dress is the perfect sexy number for a hot date. Ruby red is associated with love, health and wisdom—so you’ll been feeling all the positive vibes that will make you the most magnetic person in the room.

Check out more mood boosting jewel-toned options here.

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