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Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hello, hello! We're halfway through October already and absolutely NO Halloween decorating has happened at Honey and Smoke Studio. Can you believe it?! We figured it was high time to do something about that so we decided to start small with some subtle decor for the mantle. If you don't have a fireplace or mantle, don't worry! You can try these ideas on a bookshelf or any other furniture surface. Check out our spooky suggestions below!

Normally, we have a HUGE gilded mirror on the mantle but we decided to switch it up and put up a smaller black mirror so we would have room for our seasonally appropriate poster of "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette" by Van Gogh. A glow-in-the-dark Ouija board helps tie the other large visual elements together and adds a hint of spook.

A palmistry hand objet, like ours from Urban Outfitters (which is sadly no longer available), adds a little more otherworldly mystery to the mantle. Drape a simple bandito mask or cat mask from the corner of the mirror. We bought ours for super cheap at Michael's and then hand-painted it to look like a fox for an earlier Wes Anderson-themed party.

Sprinkle some white pillar candles, faux-mercury glass votive holders and saint candles around for some eerie mood lighting. And what Halloween vignette is complete without a skull? We got our black glitter skull from Target several Halloweens ago (and the damn thing has not stopped shedding ridiculous amounts of glitter since).

There you have it...our subtle Halloween decor for the mantle (or whatever surface you have to work with). Even if you don't happen to have an Ouija board or palmistry statue lying around your house, it's easier than you think to gather seemingly random objects from around your home that, when added together, will create a creepy but cozy scene. Try it and let us know what you come up with in the comments below! XOXO.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Dust off your dancing shoes and throw it back to a time of mid-century kitsch, when Tupperware parties were all the rage and girls carried dance cards and wore pointy bras. Add in a dash of silliness and spook and you'll be monster mashing with the best of them.

INVITES: check out these fun skeleton invites from martha stewart. they're mini versions of the popular moveable paper skeleton cut-outs people have been hanging on their doors for decades of halloweens.

DÉCOR: drape orange and black crepe paper from every corner of the ceiling, float black & orange balloons all around the dance floor, hang vintage paper cutouts of cats, ghosts and pumpkins on the walls and around the table. we got our inspiration from family circle.

EATS: try some ‘40s-60s party staples like these popcorn balls with candy corn from the pioneer woman.

OUTFIT: wear mad men-esque party dresses for the ladies and bow ties for the gents, like this past collection from banana republic, as seen on fashionista.

DRINKS: for a traditional yet festive drink choice, try these sriracha bloody mary cocktails from white on rice couple.
P.S. plan old-timey activities like bobbing for apples and ducking for donuts. For music, check out these fun Songza playlists - mad men: sally's secret dorm party, trackula: psychobilly & horror punk, and the ultimate halloween party.

Monday, October 5, 2015


If you work full-time in an office but still want to celebrate Halloween to the fullest, you may want to check out this short round-up of work-appropriate costumes. All of these costumes are fairly easy to make PLUS you probably already have a lot of the materials at home. I will definitely be donning one of these cuties at my office Halloween party later this month. Stay tuned to see which costume I chose!

Hope you enjoyed this round-up of office-appropriate costumes created by some awesomely creative ladies! XOXO

Friday, October 2, 2015

MONTHLY MOODZ // October 2015

Hello, October and all things spooky-cozy! It's the beginning of bonfire season, which means cooler nights, woodsy smells, hot drinks and ghost stories. It's the month of costume parties, horror film fests, trick-or-treating and camping trips. October is pure magic. Here is our monthly mood board for October...

top row:

These Bloody Mary Meatballs from The Iron You look delish AND season-appropriate.

This Static Lines Woven Rug tutorial from A Beautiful Mess seems like a nice, lengthy project to take on this fall and winter. Bonus perk? Having something to craft while binge-watching Netflix seriously reduces coach potato guilt.

Braid tutorials are EVERYWHERE lately and they're getting more and more elaborate. I still haven't mastered the skill but this Easy Reverse Crown Braid from Paper & Stitch looks beginner-friendly and extra-pretty.

bottom row:

This Shrunken Skull Creepy Cocktail from Sugar & Cloth looks like the perfect drink to serve at a Dia de los Muertos fiesta. YUM.

We're getting major autumn vibes from the mix of indigo, berry and gold tones in this Easy Fall Tablescape from Style Within Reach. This would be a lovely table setting for a more formal Sunday night dinner.

Garden City Blues: Detroit's Jumping Scene 1948-1960 is the newest addition to our fall music wishlist here at HONEY and SMOKE. How could you not love John Lee Hooker?

What are YOUR monthly moodz for October? XOXO

P.S. Have you been keeping up with Scream Queens and season two of Empire? SO GOOD.