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    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Today I am dishing out a slam session on the top 10 popular fashion trends I hate. 

    Of course, this is just my personal opinion and by no means meant to be offensive. 

    I am well aware of how widely popular these fashion trends are and if you love them then you do you. 

    I am in no way an expert in fashion and just wanted to share some of my pet peeves with everyone for fun.

    So here it is…my list of most hated popular fashion trends.

    Leggings as Pants

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Okay, this is my #1 BIGGEST FASHION PET PEEVE!

    To be honest, I’ve hated leggings as pants since the trend reappeared in the early 2000s. 

    I think outside of the gym or other physical activities leggings just look…tacky and inelegant.

    The only way I can see leggings as somewhat acceptable is if you are wearing them under a dress or long tunic and your butt isn’t exposed.

    Athleisure Wear

    Not only do I hate leggings as pants, but I really hate the full athleisure uniform when you are not going to the gym, hiking or yoga class. 

    Sure it may be comfortable but I don’t see it as fashionable or classy.

    Ugg Boots

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Ugg boots have been around since I was in college and I am truly shocked they are still popular.

    Although I don’t believe they are as popular as they were about 10 years ago I still see them every now and then. 

    They are just downright ugly. 

    I also can’t see how they can function as a proper snow boot with minimal tread on the soles and not being waterproof.

    Designer Dupes

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Is it me or have designer dupes really become a huge trend on social media from influencers? Either way, intentionally buying fake designer is just tacky.

    I also don’t understand why fashion is so focused on wearing a label. Fashion is far more than a label.

    One thing I continue to ask myself on this subject: Are people buying these to make themselves look like they have more money than they actually do? 

    Walmart Hauls

    Ahh, the Walmart haul.

    This has also become an Instagram influencer trend.

    First off let me start by saying I try really really hard to not shop or go to Walmart. 

    Walmart is pretty gross. 

    Most things are not a bargain at all and are of poor quality. 

    There’s also a very unique type of people that shop at Walmart regularly if you get my drift. 

    Secondly, I am trying to get away from fast fashion and trying to purchase items second hand or from more ethical companies.

    Therefore, Walmart is definitely off-limits when it comes to that.

    Overall I find it hard to believe you can get quality pieces that will last and fit well from a place known for cheap and poorly made goods.

    Super Wide Brim Hats

    The Top 10 Popular Fashion Trends That I Hate

    Super wide brim hats make you look Puritan and I am not here for it.

    Can you see the Puritan resemblance?

    80s/90s Baggy/Oversized Streetwear

    This trend screams frumpy.

    Bigger is not always better and baggy clothes don’t flatter anyone’s figure.

    Plus, those crazy bright colors and patterns make my eyes and head hurt. 

    Heavy Makeup/Contouring/Brow Filling

    Not a fashion trend but makeup is a huge game-changer in one’s overall aesthetics. 

    The cake face, the nose contour, the highlighting, the crazy painted on eyebrows, the orange foundation face…all of it just needs to STOP

    I cannot imagine how many hours of one’s life are wasted on putting a full face of makeup.

    Or the amounts of money on makeup, but to each their own.

    And how could all of that makeup and chemicals on there not be harming your skin?

    Personally, I prefer natural and light makeup if any at all.

    Dad Sneakers

    Not a fan of these big, chunky sneakers with literally every outfit from formal to casual.

    I think dad sneakers are ugly, but I will take a classic pair of chucks or Vans anytime. 

    Bike Shorts As Pants

    Going along with the athleisure wear and leggings trend, but the bike short trend I just cannot comprehend. 

    I’ve seen bike shorts paired a lot with classic blazers and cannot get over how ridiculous it looks. 

    I have a feeling we have the Kardashians to thank for this one. 

    Final Thoughts

    That wraps up my top 10 most popular fashion trends that I hate.

    As much as I detest some of these trends, I believe some of them are here to stay in 2020 and there’s no way I can escape them.

    Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comment section below.

    And if there are any popular fashion trends you hate that didn’t make it onto this list!

    As always, thanks for reading!


    The Top 5 Worst Skincare Mistakes I’ve Made

    The Top 5 Worst Skincare Mistakes I've Made

    The Skincare Mistakes I Wish I had Known About In My Youth

    About a year or so ago I started to notice some not so great changes in my skin and the skincare mistakes that may have led to them.

    It started off by noticing the wrinkles in my forehead. I couldn’t believe at the age of 28 I had them. 

    Then a few months ago I was putting on some powder eyeshadow and noticed my eyelid skin was saggy and wrinkly. It was the first time in a while I had put on powder eye shadow and was mortified to see how unfirm my skin has become. 

    I knew I had to do something about my skin so I bought some new products and added skincare into my nightly routine. 

    I really wish I would have put more effort into caring about my skin when I was younger so I wouldn’t have the flaws I do now. Of course, I have learned to live with them and the fact that we all age and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

    I can’t help but wonder if I had known what I know now about skincare if my skin would be in better shape now.

    I will never know, but if I could go back in time and tell myself to avoid these 5 skincare mistakes I definitely would!

    Mistake # 1: Not Quitting Smoking Sooner

    I had my first cigarette when I was 15 at a football game. 

    I smoked occasionally until I turned 18. 

    Then I started buying my own packs while still hiding my bad habit from my parents.

    But once I moved away to college I became a full-time smoker.

    I quit smoking cold turkey 1 year 7 months and 10 days ago at the age of 27.

    I don’t regret smoking altogether, but I do wish I would have quit sooner maybe when I was 25 or younger. 

    This is probably the biggest skincare mistake I have made on this whole list.

    Of course, there’s no way to know for sure if smoking is the result of aging that has appeared within the last year.

    I HIGHLY recommend anyone no matter what age they are to quit smoking. 

    Or better yet just never start and save that precious skin and body of yours.

    Mistake # 2: Not Wearing Sunscreen Everyday

    I always put on sunscreen as a child when we went outside in the summer for long periods of time. If we were outside for several hours we would always reapply sunscreen. 

    I continued this habit as an adult, but I am ashamed to say that only recently did I realize I was supposed to wear sunscreen on my face every day (google it if you don’t believe me).

    No matter how long you are outside, no matter what season you are in, you are supposed to wear sunscreen on your face. 

    To be totally honest I still make this skincare mistake and am working on making this a habit. 

    Mistake # 3: Not Drinking Enough Water

    In my youth, I rarely drank water. Within the last 3 years, I’ve made it a habit to keep water bottles nearby at work and at home. 

    Nowadays, I drink roughly 16-32 ounces a day of straight water. 

    Mistake # 4: Not Using Natural Organic Products

    I am probably not the only one to realize that organic and natural products are better for your skin.

    This has become a hot topic recently and many sources have pointed out the harsh chemicals and toxins that are in beauty products.

    Recently, I have become interested in making my own beauty and skincare products and will continue to do so.

    I also have been buying organic only products to supplement what I cannot make myself. 

    Mistake # 5: Not Washing Off Makeup 

    I am so guilty of this. I have always known you should wash your makeup off before going to bed.

    However, due to the laziness and long nights of my youth I used to fall asleep with makeup still on. 

    Fast forward to now and you rarely catch me with makeup on at all.

    If I am wearing makeup I take it off before I go to bed which is now part of my nightly routine.

    Are you guilty of these?

    Have you made any of these skincare mistakes or others that are not on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

    Thanks for reading,


    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    What I loved and what I sent back in my winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review!

    Hey everyone, today I am doing something I have never done on my blog…A REVIEW! I thought I would do a winter 2020 Stitch Fix review since I recently received a new “fix”. So without further ado…here’s my latest fix and review


    Per their website, “Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, for you and your family.”

    You create a style profile and a stylist picks out curated items for you based on this profile. The items are shipped to your door with a $20 styling fee.

    Once you receive your items, you can try them on at home and send back anything you don’t want to keep in a prepaid packaging bag.

    If you choose to keep any item your styling fee will be credited from the item total. If you choose to keep all of the items, your styling fee is credited and you get a 25% discount off the entire purchase.

    Depending on what your style profile is you can receive items such as clothing, coats, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.


    I tried Stitch Fix several years ago when subscription clothing services first became a thing. Although I enjoyed receiving new clothing every few months, I canceled the service. Not because I didn’t like it, but at the time the cost was out of my budget. 

    However, this year I started testing out subscription services again. Before going back to Stitch Fix I received two shipments from Nordstrom’s Trunk Club.

    Although I did like Trunk Club, I canceled the scheduled shipments to try Stitch Fix again. 

    I may schedule another Trunk Club shipment for review purposes later in 2020.


    I received 5 items in this fix.

    The boots I received are shown in the images below with other items I received.

    I was not able to model the skinny jeans. Keep reading to find out why.

    Overall I enjoyed everything that was sent and felt that it was really on point for my style.

    Knotted Olive Green Striped Tee//Nine Briton//$34

    winter 2020 stitch fix review

    Pros: I love stripes and olive green so I was super excited about this when I opened the box.

    Cons: The material was stretchy and thin which I didn’t like. I also wasn’t a fan of the knot on the front.

    Verdict: I returned this because after trying it on it just felt boring and didn’t really add to my wardrobe.

    Black Lace-Up Combat Boots//DV8//$99

    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    Pros: They look cute.

    Cons: Very small width and tight across the foot. They feel and look cheap for the price tag.

    Verdict: I returned these boots because they were definitely not built for the high price tag. They also were uncomfortable and didn’t fit well.

    Burnt Orange Cardigan//Market & Spruce//$68

    Pros: I love burnt orange! Burnt orange is a color I keep in my wardrobe palette. The pockets of the cardigan are deep and unique in design.

    Cons: Didn’t have one.

    Verdict: I kept this item. This is the only thing I kept out of the whole fix and already wore it once. You can check out the outfit with the cardigan on my Instagram.

    Striped Sweater//Fate//$68

    Pros: Soft and comfy.

    Cons: Sleeves were too long. The colors were too bright for my palette.

    Verdict: I returned this because it didn’t work for my wardrobe. I thought it was really cute but the bold colors were not my thing.

    Stiletto High Rise Skinny Jeans//Sam Edelman//$88

    Winter 2020 Stitch Fix Review

    Pros: I liked the wash of these jeans.

    Cons: They were way too small!! My least favorite item out of the whole fix.

    Verdict: I returned these jeans because they didn’t fit at all. I wear a size 16/34 in Gap, Express, and Madewell so I expected these jeans to fit. When I put them up against my other jeans from the above-mentioned brands they were 1 – 2 inches smaller. Yikes…


    This is now my second fix of the year. After receiving this fix I canceled the automatic shipments. Again, I canceled due to budgeting and financial priorities. We are trying to save to buy a house and I don’t need any clothing right now so I couldn’t justify automatic shipments.

    Although I canceled all of my clothing subscription services, I still like the idea of getting a surprise batch of clothing shipped to you.

    I would definitely recommend Stitch Fix to anyone who just wants a few fresh pieces of clothing every season at an affordable price.

    Most importantly, Stitch Fix is super convenient since you get the items shipped right to you and can easily return what you do not like.

    Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see other clothing reviews!

    Till next time,


    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    A recap on how I spent my winter solstice. PLUS a winter home decor tour!


    Happy Yule and winter solstice! Yesterday was the darkest day of the year before the sun returns to lengthen the days with light. 

    I wanted to share with you all how I spent my winter solstice and show you my simple winter home decor.

    I started my midwinter morning with some yoga and coffee. 

    Then I cleaned up the house a bit and did some cedar smudging. 

    I wanted to do something simple for the evening, so Kevin and I made dinner together. We had apricot cornish hens, candied yams and apple gorgonzola salad. For dessert, I made cranberry bliss bars. 

    After dinner, we lit up the yule log that I created. I found a nice chunk of oak in the woodpile at my family camp and decorated it with fresh cedar greens. I opted for battery candles instead of real candles for safety reasons. 

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    Kevin was tired and went to bed but I stayed up to enjoy the darkness.

    I made a cup of lavender chamomile tea, lit my candles and turned out the lights. I sat on my couch for a few hours doing some self-reflection. I also did a simple bay leaf ritual where I wrote down two things I wanted for the new year and then burned them in my little cauldron.

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    This morning I gave Kevin his Yule gifts ( I picked out my own gifts because Kevin is terrible at shopping. I got him a metal detector. He has been interested in metal detecting for a while. Especially because he is a big fan of the show The Curse of Oak Island and always wants to go hunt for treasure. 

    I can’t wait to get a chance to use it in the field and see what we find!


    For the seasonal occasion, I also wanted to share my winter home decor with you all. 

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    As with the Yule tradition my decoration inspiration is bringing nature in. I do this by accenting our apartment with pinecones, artificial pine, and berries.

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    I also add lots of candles for that warm and cozy hygge vibe! 

    I always make sure my candle and wax melt scents match the season. This year I bought three winter candles from Magnolia Home at Target. All three smell amazing! 

    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour
    Winter Solstice and Winter Home Decor Tour

    Typically, I keep the winter decorations up through the beginning of February or sooner if I get tired of looking at them. 

    We don’t have room to set up a Yule tree so I bought a festive Island Pine at Home Depot as a replacement.

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    My top 10 Finds from Amazon for 2019

    As the year comes to a close I thought it would be fun to go over my best Amazon finds of 2019. After browsing through my Amazon orders I have selected my top 10 favorite purchases of the year.

    2019 was definitely the year I fell in love with Amazon. I tried to get down with the Amazon obsession a few years ago but didn’t really get it. Now, I practically order everything was Amazon now.

    Without further ado, here are my favorite purchases from 2019!

    AmazonBasics Dutch Oven 

    I have wanted a Dutch oven for a long time. Finally, I bought one for a butternut squash lasagna recipe and use it all the time. Dutch ovens can be expensive but this was only $37 and so worth it! This is perfect for soup!

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    AmazonBasics LightweightBed Sheets 

    After experiencing Amazon basic sheets at an Airbnb I had to buy a set for at home. These sheets are so comfortable! They are lightweight, snuggly and smooth. Honestly, these are some of the softest sheets I’ve bought. 

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Plush Gel Pillows

    Speaking of comfy…these pillows are soft and comfy AF! These pillows remind me of those super squishy pillows they have at hotels. I put these on top of another former set of pillows and it’s just perfect! 

    The Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

    I took my first plane ride ever this past June. I was at a loss on how to pack clothes for a week into a carry-on. Then I discovered packing cubes! These things are amazing! I am able to organize all my items into these cubes and remove them without a huge mess. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    No Show Socks 

    Hands down these are the best no show socks ever! I have bought so many pairs of no show socks for them to slide off my foot while wearing them. But not these! 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Owl Diffuser with LED Light

    This is such a cute essential oil diffuser! It has several settings for the lights and pumps out a good but of mist. I love to put lavender in before I go to bed. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Waffle Knit Button Up Sweater 

    I was VERY skeptical of buying any clothing off of Amazon. But I saw so many people raving about this sweater I had to try it for myself. It’s cute and cozy. It’s great to wear around the house or to work. I’ll admit it’s not the best quality but I would purchase it again!

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Phone/Tablet Stand  

    I bought two of these and do not regret it! I have one at work and one at home. I use them every day! It’s perfect for me to set my phone in while cooking to read a recipe and perfect at work to listen to music or watch videos on my lunch. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    Mini Fan with Clip/Stand

    This is another item that I have one at work and one at home. I use this in my bathroom to keep it cool during the summer after a hot shower. I have this on my desk at work because it’s sweats so hog in my office. It’s winter and I’m still using it at work. 

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    PILOT Fountain Pen

    This is my first fountain pen. I absolutely love it! I actually prefer it over ballpoint pens because it is smoother and flows better. I use this writing lists and in my planners.

    The 10 Best Amazon Finds of 2019

    That rounds up my favorites for 2019! What are some of your favorite Amazon purchases from this year? Let me know in the comments below!



    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style

    Be inspired by these festive holiday outfits no matter what your style is!

    The holidays are fast approaching and I have put together 5 festive holiday outfit inspiration for every style!

    For the past few years, plaid and velvet have dominated holiday fashion and they were prevalent trends again this year. I’m not complaining though! I love both, especially velvet. Combining the two together you get an elegant and classy look.

    Modcloth and Unique Vintage are my two go-to stores for holiday-themed attire. Besides ModCloth’s holly skirt that I featured below, they also had many other seasonal prints and colors.

    If you are looking for a holiday dress for a formal event check out my post on holiday dresses for every budget.

    Have New Year’s Eve plans and need an outfit with a little sparkle? Check out my post with 5 New Year’s Eve outfit ideas!

    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
    Shop this look: top, skirt, and shoes
    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
    Shop this look: top, pants, and shoes
    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
    Shop this look: top, pants, and shoes
    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration For Every Style
    Shop this look: top, pants, and shoes
    Festive Holiday Outfit Inspiration
    Shop this Look: Top, Skirt, and Shoes

    12 Stunning Holiday Dresses for Every Budget

    Make a statement at your holiday gathering with one of these gorgeous dresses no matter your budget is!

    With the end of the year and winter holidays approaching comes many parties, family gatherings, and community events! That’s why I spent some time shopping around for 12 stunning holiday dresses for every budget and occasion.

    Unfortunately, I do not have any formal events planned so I won’t be able to purchase one of these lovely dresses for myself. However, I just can’t help ogling over the shiny metallics and sequins!

    I love all of these dresses, but if I had to pick one for myself I would go with the black tulle and stars dress from Modcloth. This dress best suits my personal style: simple and too much bling.

    If you are like me and do not have any formal events to celebrate the season, check out my other two blog posts on holiday and New Year’s Eve outfits!

    12 Stunning Holiday Dresses for Every Budget
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    Left to Right: Dress 1, Dress 2, Dress 3
    12 Stunning Holiday Dresses for Every Budget
    Left to Right: Dress 1, Dress 2, Dress 3
    12 Stunning Holiday Dresses for Every Budget
    Left to Right: Dress 1, Dress 2, Dress 3

    The Perfect New Year’s Eve Outfits

    The Perfect New Years Eve Outfits

    5 Stunning New Years’ Eve Outfits to wear to this year’s festivities!

    We are so close to saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020! With the new year coming most of us celebrate New Year’s Eve with a party or a night out on the town. Everyone wants to look their best to welcome the new year which is why I compiled the perfect New Year’s Eve Outfits!

    As for Kevin and I, we will be spending our New Year’s Eve (also our anniversary) at home with the kitties. I will be wearing the comfiest sweatpants and oversized t-shirt. It is highly likely that we will both be asleep before midnight, not pop a single bottle and have a completely average evening.

    We are not much for going out or big celebrations such as New Year’s Eve but it will be nice to have the next day off to catch up on work and lounge around the apartment.

    Tell me what your plans and outfit are for the New Year in the comments below.

    Don’t forget to check out my other posts featuring some gorgeous holiday dresses and festive holiday outfits!

    The Perfect New Year's Eve Outfits
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    The Perfect New Year's Eve Outfits
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    Fall road

    A Beautiful Fall Road Trip to The Laurel Highlands, PA

    Fall road trip to the Laurel Highlands of PA

    In October my mom came out to visit Kevin and I for my birthday. We decided to take a fall road trip to the Laurel Highlands, PA which is located about an hour and a half outside of Pittsburgh.

    The Laurel Highlands is a mountain region in southwestern Pennsylvania with beautiful forests and farmland. The fall foliage was in full effect during our trip and the autumn scenery was a welcome change from the city.


    Our first stop on our trip was the fall festival at Greendance winery. The festival included food, music and craft vendors. 

    We took a walk through the winery grounds and stumbled upon a campfire area equipped with seating and supplies to make smores. The fire area overlooked a small pond on the property and was right next to the wedding amphitheater. 

    The property was very beautiful and well kept so it was a nice stroll.

    I also tasted some of the best apple cider I have ever had in my life! They were pressing the cider on-site so it was very interesting to watch it being made. 

    Of course, we did some wine tasting which was a new experience for me. This was my first wine tasting ever! I am more of a rum and Dr. Pepper kind of woman. However, I ended up purchasing two bottles: blackberry and the Isabella blush wine. 

    Although there were tons of food options we did not eat the winery and decided to find something to eat closer to our next destination.

    Walkway at Greendance Winery
    The walkway towards the fire pit and wedding area.
    Green dance Winery Pond
    At the wedding amphitheater overlooking the pond.


    We stumbled upon Paint Room Pizzeria on Mill Run Road. I love pizza and the Paint Rooms pizza was so good! The restaurant was absolutely spotless. Truly one of the cleanest pizza shops I have ever seen. The customer service was also fantastic. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. 


    After filling up on delicious pizza we headed to our final destination: Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and designer who integrated the environment into his buildings.

    Creek by fallingwater

    Fallingwater is one of the most well-known of the private residences from Wright. He designed and built the home in 1935 for the Kauffman family who owned Kauffman’s department stores. 

    One of the main reasons for the Fallingwater’s popularity is because it was built over a waterfall. Hence the name, Fallingwater.

    This is the part of the day I was most excited for! I have wanted to visit this home since I was in high school.  I first heard of the home from a documentary in art class. So after 10 plus years of waiting, I finally made it. 


    We took a 60 minute guided tour through the home and the guest house. After the tour, you are permitted to walk through the grounds so we made our way across the creek from the house to get a view of the home over the waterfall.

    The home was stunning! Mostly all of the interior furniture and decor are original and well preserved. It was amazing how Wright brought the outside woods into the home and literally made the environment part of the home (I won’t give away how he did this so you will need to see it for yourself). 

    I enjoyed seeing the home in the fall with all the beautiful leaf colors and would love to go back again maybe in the spring.

    No photography is permitted within the home and to be honest I don’t believe that a photo would do the justice this historic home deserves. 

    The minimum ticket price is $ 30 for the 60-minute tour so it is a bit pricey. You can get a grounds pass without taking a tour of the home but you really cannot grasp the beauty of the home without seeing the interior. 

    Waterfall at Fallingwater


    I had a great time with Kevin and my mom on our amazing fall road trip to the Laurel Highlands. I definitely plan on heading back to that area as there is so much more to see such as Ohiopyle State Park, Laurel Caverns, and several historic battlefields. 

    If you have any other attraction suggestions in the Laurel Highlands area feel free to leave them below in the comments.

    Fall road trip to the Laurel Highlands of PA

    Until next time,



    Although Samhain is over and we are now headed toward Thanksgiving and Yule, I wanted to share with you my first ever Samhain feast!

    I had 9 of Kevin and I’s closest friends over to celebrate. Fitting all those people in our tiny apartment was a challenge, but everyone had a good time and the food was delicious!

     Luckily, I had my friend Christina come over to help me prepare for the meal and get everything set up. 

    Before I get into the menu I wanted to give a brief background of what Samhain is.


    Samhain (pronounced “sow-win”) is an ancient Celtic and pagan festival that honors the dead and the end of the harvest season The festival is celebrated from sundown October 31 through November 1. Celebrants believe that during this time the veil between the living world and the underworld is thin and the dead come back to visit with the living. 

    The modern-day Halloween is a derivative of Samhain. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III moved All Saints Day from May 13 to November 1 in order to merge the pagan tradition into Christian observance. Coincidently October 31 became All Hallows Eve; Hallows meaning consecrated or holy. Later the two days were shortened into what we now call Halloween. 

    Many Halloween traditions such as jack o lanterns, costumes, and apple bobbing were celebrated by our ancestors during Samhain.

    Modern-day pagans, Wiccans, and witches celebrate Samhain amongst the 11 other sabbaths on the wheel of the year. Many celebrate with a feast such as myself. While others may visit deceased loved one’s graves, and/or perform rituals, divinations or spell work. 

    Now that we have had a bit of history lesson on Samhain let’s get into the menu. 


    I kept the menu as simple as possible due to the small space I had to prepare the food as well as to save time.  


    Of course, I had to add a charcuterie board for the appetizer. We have really been into cheeses and meats as an appetizer anytime we have company over for dinner because it is super simple and no cooking is required! 

    I also added apple butter, pumpkin butter, olives, pickles, dried fruits, and crackers to the boards as well.

    charcuterie board 5
    charcuterie board
    charcuterie board 2
    charcuterie board 3
    charcuterie board 4
    charcuterie and appetizer table


    For the meat and sides, I incorporated dishes that had seasonal herbs such as rosemary, sage, and thyme.

    I chose a traditional roman recipe of porchetta and made it in my new roaster. It turned out to be absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend this recipe for any holiday meal. 

    I also roasted a small chicken in the crockpot in case anyone was not a fan of pork. This turned out to be a great idea because many of our guests had both and we had few leftovers. This was also my first time roasting a whole chicken…ever! I was surprised how moist and delicious it turned out to be. 

    I also made a spiked apple cider punch but forgot to take a photo! Oops…

    roast chicken
    table setting


    What would a fall feast be without pumpkin and apple? I served the classic pumpkin pie and Christina made an apple crisp. 

    This year’s feast went well so I believe I will continue on and make this into a yearly tradition. It seems to be the perfect time to get everyone together because it’s right before the major holidays when everyone gets busy and offers a nice end of summer get together. 

    Do you celebrate Samhain with a feast or have a “Friendsgiving”? Let me know in the comments below!

    Thanks for reading!