I’m not a huge fan of rain, but it’s nice to curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket, a good book and mug of hot chocolate. When I do have to venture outside in the rain, I want to do it in style! Hunter Rain Boots have been on my wish list for a while and I’ve teamed up with 13 other bloggers to bring you the chance to win your very own pair. You get to choose the color of course! Good luck!

Win a pair of Hunter Wellies

Life Could Be a Dream // A + Life // The Modern Tulip // Kent Heartstrings
Elizabeth Loves // Hayes Days // T.O & Fro // Seasons with the Strattons
Life With Grace // Lace & Glaze // Just a Trace // Twin Stripe
Butcher’s Niche // Wetherills Say I Do

The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on October 22nd until 11:59 pm EST on October 28th. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Prize has a value of up to $150. Entries will be verified, so please be honest. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize before a new winner will be chosen. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Best of luck to you!

katie

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DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin StripeInstead of rushing out to purchase new candle holders for your next Halloween or Thanksgiving get together, make your own votives out of mini pumpkins. They add fall charm to any setting and require very few materials, many of which you might already have at home. I paired taper and tea light votives with mini gourds for my Halloween dinner party to create a festive feel.

DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin Stripe

Supplies

  • Mini pumpkin(s)
  • Pencil
  • Tea light or taper candle
  • Knife (I used a pumpkin carving knife with a serrated edge.)

The key to creating a perfect votive is to make sure the opening is the correct size for your candle. If using a tea light, you do not want the hole to be bigger than the candle. It should fit snugly in the opening. If using a taper, you want the hole to be just a bit larger than the bottom of the candle so the taper can rest on the bottom of the pumpkin and stand up straight. You can trace the bottom of your candle onto the pumpkin to help guide you. Be sure to start cutting smaller than your outline.

DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin Stripe

When you have cut all of the way around the top of the pumpkin, remove the piece and test your candle in the opening. You might want to scrape out a few seeds and other pumpkin goop before continuing. If the hole needs to be larger, use your knife to shave away more of the opening so your candle will fit perfectly.
DIY mini pumpkin votive candle holder // Twin Stripe

This DIY was easy to put together because it didn’t require any special tools or accessories other than a mini pumpkin, which I could grab while grocery shopping. They look festive on a coffee or dinner for fall holiday flare. Do you like to use natural materials in your decorating? What is your favorite?

Check back around 10 am today for a chance to win some beautiful Hunter wellies!

katie

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Can you believe Halloween is less than two weeks away?! Chad and I are not big into Halloween parties, but this year we are planning a small dinner party October 31. Chad works with many different fabric quilting companies including my favorite, Dear Stella. Despite not being able to sew, he brought me this beautiful navy fabric with metallic gold skull and crossbones. Instantly I knew it would be perfect for my Halloween dinner party.

A Spooky Halloween Spread in Navy and Gold // Twin Stripe

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Happy Friday! I’m back with a new color trend post for October featuring everyone’s fall favorite, pumpkin. As a child, orange was my favorite color for a hot second (until I discovered pink). As I searched for different pumpkin orange items this week, I realized what a happy color it was, which explains my draw to it as a child. With the temperatures finally starting to feel fall like, I pulled together a few cozy pieces in pumpkin orange.

Color Trend: Pumpkin // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Crystal Starship Collar, Bauble Bar  |  Black Cat Halloween, Rifle Paper Co.  |  Minnekota Pillow, Lulu and Georgia  |  Color Chroma Thrown, Leif  |  Orange Enamel Mug, West Elm  |  Pumpkin Chai Latte, Design Love Fest  |  Quilted Zip-Front Vest, Old Navy  |  Heirloom Pumpkin Candle, Illume

I just ordered that vest from Old Navy in gray and I can’t wait for it to arrive – it’s the perfect layering weight. I also couldn’t resist throwing in that pumpkin chai latte! It looks rather amazing and I’ve been on a huge tea kick lately, with one of my favorite’s being Tazo’s chai pumpkin spice tea. What have you been loving this fall? Any favorite beverages other than the PSL?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with pumpkins and apple cider! I’m looking forward to a homecoming tailgate and putting together some Halloween DIYs. Be sure to fill out the Twin Stripe Reader Survey if you haven’t yet and check out my most recent post on The Blog Guide, Making the Most of Your Social Media Profile – Twitter. Cheers!

katie

Everistta Breast Cancer Bracelet // Twin Stripe

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While most are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the proper actions to detect the disease early on. Early detection is so important when one in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. I make sure to take all necessary early detection precautions because both my mom and my mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors.

A few weeks ago, Lindsay of Everistta Jewelry shared her Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet with me. I was excited to share the design, but then found out Lindsay attended Elon University for undergraduate, where I currently work and went to graduate school. I also found out the organization, Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, that benefits from the sale of her bracelets is located in Greensboro, NC where I live. I knew it was fate Lindsay found me.

She was kind enough to share a bit about her jewelry business and her decision to create the beautiful breast cancer bracelets. (more…)