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Halloween Costumes: 15 Ideas You can DIY This Year


Fall is here, which means that it’s time to start thinking about Halloween! One of the best parts about Halloween is coming up with the perfect costume, but sometimes actually shopping for costumes can be exhausting and frustrating.

To make your costume hunting easier, we’ve rounded up an awesome selection of easy Halloween costumes that you can DIY (some in minutes!).  Whether you’re going as an individual, one half of a couples’ costume, or as the member of a group, you can find the perfect costume for your Halloween celebrations!

Individual Halloween Costumes

If you’re looking for an easy, creative costume that you can wear to work, a party, or trick-or-treating, these costumes are perfect!

Where’s Waldo

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One of the easiest costumes to make yourself, this Where’s Waldo costume is perfect, whether you want to stand out or get lost in a crowd. All you need is a striped shirt, beanie, and a pair of glasses. (via michelle-persad)


jellyfish halloween costume

This easy DIY is not only eye-catching, but it can also be made without a sewing machine. Just grab an umbrella, a roll of bubble wrap, and a hot glue gun, and you’ll have a fantastic, creative costume in minutes! (via Martha Stewart)



One of this year’s most popular desserts, you’ll look delicious in this cute, easy donut costume. Plus, with the end of summer, you can easily pick up the elements for this costume at reasonable prices.  (via studio DIY)



This adorable costume might look prickly, but it’s a super cute DIY for plant-lovers. Made from pipe cleaners, a green dress, and tissue paper, this costume is the best way to show your love for desert flowers, and stay on top of the succulent trend. (via Brit & Co)

Ash Ketchum


Not only is trick-or-treating a great way to stock up on candy, it’s also the perfect excuse to go Pokemon hunting. With this great Ash Ketchum costume, you’ll look the part! (via Instructables)

Couples Halloween Costumes

From cute to clever, we love these couples costumes!

Mary Poppins and Bert


These costumes are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and they can be put together using clothes you might already have in your closet. (Via Keiko Lynn)



You’ll be a hoot in these easy feathered glasses! Just throw on some neutral colored clothing, and you’ve got a fun and funny owl costume. (via Emmy in the Making)



This is one of the easiest costumes we’ve found. All you really need is a striped shirt, black pants, and a mask. This costume is also perfect for individuals, or to wear as part of a group costume (and the bags are perfect for holding your candy)! (via say yes)

American Gothic


Channel your inner art historian with this fun take on the classic painting! (via seakettle)

Explorer and Monkey


This cute and easy DIY can be made with construction paper, tan clothing, and a pair of binoculars!

Family Halloween Costumes

Whether you’re trick-or-treating with your family, or attending a group party, these easy group costumes are fun and festive!

The Incredibles


We’ll admit, we think this costume is super! This DIY is perfect for the whole family, and can be made with sweats, felt, and boots. (via Freshly Completed)

Peter Pan


If you have a sewing machine, you can easily recreate this adorable Peter Pan group costume! Grab a few friends to be the lost boys, and you’ll be ready for whatever the night brings. (via A Beautiful Mess)

Inside Out


These Pixar-inspired costumes are fun, colorful, and easy to make yourself! (Via Brit & Co)



This fun family costume is perfect for a last minute party or even. You likely already have all the elements of this costume at home! (via Cheerios and Lattes)


Star Wars


One of last year’s most popular movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens also makes for a perfect family or group costume. Whether you choose Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, or Princess Leia, you’ll have the best Halloween costume in the galaxy! (via Mom Endeavors)

Get More DIY Ideas!

Find fall recipes, Halloween costume ideas, and decorating tips with a subscription to one of these great magazines!

Real Simple offers ideas for simplifying everyday life, and includes easy recipes, DIY projects, organizing tips, and more!

Martha Stewart Living contains amazing recipes, as well as gardening and decorating ideas to make your home beautiful and welcoming.

Parents is full of DIY project ideas for moms and dads, as well as valuable advice from America’s top childcare experts.

Woman’s Day is the perfect magazine for anyone looking for parenting advice, style tips or recipes. It also includes lots of crafts and DIY projects for every season.

Family Circle is a family-oriented magazine that includes easy and quick decorating hacks, recipes and fitness ideas.

Family Fun has great kid-friendly recipes, crafts, and other DIY projects for parents of children ages 3-12.

To see our full list of subscriptions, check out You can explore hundreds of magazines and find the perfect subscription for any occasion.

Do you have any great DIY Halloween costume ideas? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!





Fashion Trends for a Stylish Spring/Summer Look in 2016


You don’t have to be a celebrity like Ariana Grande, Ciara, Sienna Miller, Kerry Washington or even the Duchess of Cambridge to rock it in the latest trends this spring and summer. With designers at all price points taking cues from Fashion Week Spring 2016, there are affordable and fashionable looks out there — you just need to know what you’re searching for!


Colors of the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends


The PANTONE® Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016 points to “colors that transport us to a happier, sunnier place, where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the PANTONE Color Institute.

These colors for both men and women include (from left) rose quartz, peach echo, serenity, snorkel blue, buttercup, limpet shell, lilac gray, fiesta, iced coffee and green flash. (See the website for the PANTONE numbers.)


Highlights of the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

Flirty Slip Dresses

Slinky slip dresses are the ticket this spring, according to Marie Claire magazine. This sexy look incorporates underwear/lingerie as outerwear. Gotta love the comfort of silk and satin!

Large Plaids

Elle magazine points to “blown-out plaid” as a hot look this season. So, look for the checked prints, ladies!

Off the Shoulder

Another trendy fashion involves showing a little skin, reports Vogue magazine. Baring your shoulders, that is. Off-the-shoulder styles and cool cut outs rule this season.


Ruffles are a key detail trend this spring and summer. Glamour magazine shares that “This season’s ruffles are subtle, romantic and feminine.”

High Shine Fabrics

Think shiny, shimmery metallic, ladies. This goes for accessories, too. Sequins and any shiny material makes a high-impact piece out of a simple garment, according to Vogue magazine.


A flashback to the ’70s, suede is a hot look this season. The soft, delicate fabric is now season-less, much like leather the last few years, according to InStyle magazine.

Super Stripes

“The stripe is oh so right” this season, says Marie Claire magazine. And, we’re not talking thin, subtle stripes. It’s all about broad bands of color in bright tones.


The big trends in denim, says Vogue magazine, are printed denim, the long skirt, patchwork denim, feminine looks and the ’90s skater jean. Cropped flare jeans are also hot.

Big Sleeves

Puffy sleeves are back. Or, Old English sleeves as Harper’s Bazaar refers to them. The popular styles include bubble sleeves, bell sleeves and balloon sleeves. Quite a way to make a statement!

Other women’s fashion trends for this season include:

  • Spanish Influence
  • Victorian/Romantic
  • White Blouses
  • Pleats
  • Oversize Floral Prints
  • Fringe
  • Complicated Patterns/Mixed Prints
  • Maxiskirts and Dresses
  • Boldly Colored Actif-Sportif Outfits


Don’t Forget Your Man!

Johnny Mannah points to these men’s spring/summer fashion trends in his article on The Trend Spotter website.

  • Overalls
  • White Chinos/Trousers
  • Bomber Jackets
  • Fifties Shirts
  • Shorter Shorts

Utilitarian and monochromatic looks are also hot for men this season.


Resources for the Latest Fashion Trends

These fashion magazines will help you keep up with the hottest styles throughout the year. Simply click on the cover to learn more or subscribe!


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InStyle                                                                        Harper’s BAZAAR


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Glamour                                                                    Vanidades


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Vogue                                                                     People StyleWatch


Let the shopping begin … or, continue!



Knitting Yarns Are All The Rage!


You’d better stock up on your favorite knitting yarns, granny! Creative folks of all ages — particularly those in their 20s and 30s — are cutting in on your yarn supply!

Even Hollywood celebrities like Uma Thurman, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Amanda Seyfried and David Arquette are in on the knitting craze.

We’re not talking a small fad here, folks. The Craft Yarn Council of America estimates that over 50 million people know how to knit, crochet and craft with yarn. Now that’s a lot of love.

I mean, close to 30,000 people follow I Love Yarn Day on Facebook. Need I say more? (BTW, it’s October 15th this year.)

So, what’s behind the madness?

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So You Want to be a Globetrotter? Barcelona Edition

Between beautiful scenery and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a European vacation is like lemonade on a hot day. Whether you are in the midst of planning a trip or are simply exploring your future options, pick a destination that will leave you smiling, relaxed, and with plenty of fodder for Instagram pictures. Although there is no shortage of lovely vacation spots in Europe, some are simply a cut above the rest. This week, we are exploring the beautiful Barcelona!

Coming as no surprise to anyone, Barcelona makes the list for one of the best travel spots of the year. Combining historical authenticity and urban appeal, this Spanish city offers everything from Gothic architecture to street performers. A tourist will have no shortage of sights, smells, and sounds to absorb and enjoy! US News and Trip Advisor have a few “musts” for your Barcelona vacation.

Casa Batllo1. Take throwback Thursday to the next level with the historical buildings

Instagram’s first #TBT has nothing on Barcelona’s rich historical background. The city’s architecture is incredible, and a little touristy sightseeing action is a necessity for any traveler’s to-do list. Antoni Gaudi’s Church of the Sacred Family and Casa Milà are popular picks, as is his Casa Batlló. Leave room in your schedule for a trip to the Montjuïc Castle, and make sure that your camera battery is fully charged!

2. Try out the city’s sunny backyard – the beach

While Barcelona’s beaches might not have the most pristine sand and clearest water, they are nevertheless a perfect way to spend one of your vacation days and take in some vitamin D. After immersing yourself in the beautiful city La Ribera, change up the scenery with a relaxing beachy afternoon.

3. Shopping is a must

Wait no longer for the perfect excuse to be a shopaholic for a day (or three). Not only does Barcelona offer shopportunities that give most large European cities a run for their money, this Spanish metropolis also takes a more artistic twist that will make your Barcelona shopping experience as unique as the must-have jacket that you find on the street market.

4. Explore Las Ramblas

This street is one of Barcelona’s most famous and offers a wealth of unique experiences. From the aforementioned abundance of shopping experiences to tapas bars to human statue art, the pedestrian-friendly Las Ramblas will draw you into a cultural experience that you will never forget.

Don’t just take our word for it, though – some things you have to see to believe! Research your future vacation with magazines like Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveler that will help you plan the dream getaway.

We didn’t touch on all of Barcelona’s wonders! Comment below if you think that another must-see deserves to be on our Globetrotter: Barcelona list.


Which Magazine is Perfect for Your Fitness Goals?

Running FeetWhile we all know how easy it is to put personal health on the backburner for more immediate matters like work demands and family dinners, paying poor attention to your health will eventually catch up to you. Thankfully, getting back in shape does not have to be overwhelming or too time-consuming. Rather than reinventing the wheel in your attempts to go from flab to fit, make sure that you are educated on tried-and-true tips that will get you on the path to looking great and feeling better! Do you know about three of the best fitness magazines for your health?

As the name implies, Shape Magazine is an ideal magazine for women who want to get – and stay – in shape. Their articles are full of advice on everything from quick exercises that will help you get the body that you have always wanted to motivational stories about women who successfully made their health a priority. If you want advice on how to look and feel fantastic, then Shape Magazine might become your new best fitness friend!

First For Women Magazine focuses on living a well-rounded life – a goal that is easier said than done. How often do you sacrifice exercise for the sake of running errands? While errands are an unavoidable part of life, skipping activities that promote your health will compromise your well-being over time and can leave you feeling too tired to finish everything on your to-do list. This read is for those of us who often put our health and exercise needs behind life’s other demands. First For Women Magazine will help you balance your life between family time and “me” time and even leave some room for relaxation.

Health Magazine takes a holistic approach toward fitness. By addressing topics like food, relationships, and fashion in additional to tidbits about exercise, Health Magazine is perfect for the woman who wants to make her life healthier in every aspect. From recipes that promote well-being to tips on how to look younger, Health Magazine is the title of choice for many women.

Summer is the season of bathing suits, warm weather that allows for more outside workouts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep your health on your mind during the rest of the summer!


Summer Magazines

iStock_000009958489Small“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James

Do you agree with the words of 19th century writer Henry James? Whether you enjoy sitting by the pool or traveling to new locations, summer is the perfect time to relax and rejuvenate. It’s also a wonderful time to catch up on reading. If you’re looking for some great magazines to read this summer, here are a few good options:

1.) Travel + Leisure

Nothing says “summer” like a vacation! If you’re looking for the perfect vacation destination, peruse copies of Travel + Leisure to find the best spots. Each magazine is filled with colorful photos and in-depth reviews of dozens of destinations. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway to a nearby city or an extensive international trip, Travel + Leisure is the perfect resource. The magazine details the best restaurants, hotels, and activities all across the globe. It’s also filled with practical tips about packing, sightseeing, and finding the best travel deals. If you want to learn about the world’s best vacation spots, Travel + Leisure is a must-have!

2.) New York Magazine

Whether you live in New York or simply want to visit one day, this magazine is a must-read. New York magazine publishes a yearly “Summer Guide,” which provides lists of summer activities, recipes, and entertainment options. Past topics included, “12 New Places to Eat in the Hamptons,” “25 Books to Beach-Read,” “Summer Rental Guide,” and “What to Do Every Weekend From Now Until Labor Day.” The lifestyle magazine also features movie and music reviews. In addition, there are articles about the latest nightclubs, fashion trends, and clubs in the Big Apple. New Yorkers will benefit from learning about all the entertainment options available in their beloved cities. Those who don’t live in the city will still enjoy the informative and engaging articles.

3.) O, The Oprah magazine

If you’re looking for a relaxing magazine to peruse by the pool, this is the perfect option. Packed with articles about career choices, relationships, and health issues, O, The Oprah Magazine is a well-respected and poplar women’s magazine. Literature lovers will enjoy the summer reading guide recommended by Oprah herself. The reading list is comprised of excellent fiction and non-fiction selections, as well as memoirs.

Still looking for the perfect magazine to enjoy on a lazy summer afternoon? Visit We have discounts on thousands of magazine titles, so you can easily find the perfect magazine without breaking your bank account. Happy reading!