Apartments ready for Halloween

How Two LA Style Bloggers Get Their Apartments Ready For Halloween

Style bloggers Kristie Woszczyna and Nara Perez show us how they get their apartments for Halloween. You can follow their dos and don’ts to achieve a festive look that won’t break the bank.
Continue reading for a chance to win our Halloween giveaway, details at the bottom.

Kristie's Do's & Don'ts

Do: Tons of pumpkins.

My motto when it comes to Halloween decor is that “you can never have enough pumpkins, whether real or fake.”
"Hello Fall" pillow from TJ Maxx, white faux fur stool from Bed Bath & Beyond, and pumpkins from Walgreens.
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Teal Yamaha electric guitar from Guitar Center, LED firefly lights from Urban Outfitters, and studded pumpkins from Target.

Don’t: Spend a ton of money.

Places like Target, Amazon and the Japanese $1.50 Daiso Japan have some really cool Halloween decor. When I’m buying things for my apartment, I don’t care so much about the price because it’s only going to be up for a month. I’d rather splurge on shoes.

Do: Candles.

I love having candles all over my apartment, 3-wick, 1-wick, mini candles...When I’m choosing Halloween themed candles, Bath & Bodyworks is my goto place. Tip: Just make sure the scents go together or it can become overwhelming.
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L to R: Bath & Bodyworks room spray mist, Henri Bendel Champagne Signature candle, Henri Bendel Fig travel candle, Henri Bendel matches, Henri Bendel Megan Hess Coasters, Bath & Bodyworks Caramel Pumpkin Swirl candle with glitter lid.

Do: Tea lights.

Tealights are another great way to go. I have little glass candle holders that hold tea lights that I enjoy all year long, but they are especially festive this time of year with the rest of my fall decor. I also have  a silver glass pumpkin that I put a tea light in and the sparkle adds a beautiful ambiance. I’ll light them all when I’m watching a movie and it gives off a fantastic glow and coziness.
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You can find similar votive tea light holders on Amazon.

Don’t: Do big displays.

I don’t like big Halloween displays, I feel like it looks tacky and overwhelming. I think grouping together a few small items (like pumpkins, a ceramic ghost, etc.) looks a lot cuter. An addition of glitter in the display really makes it stand out and adds a sparkle when the candles are lit.
An assortment of pumpkins, Henri Bendel China Teapot which is no longer available on their website but you can find it on SocialBliss, and a Henri Bendel signature striped mug.
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Glitter acorns from Target, and 22k gold "Booze" teacup from Urban Outfitters (find a similar one on Etsy).

Don’t: Stick to just the typical orange and black.

I don’t necessarily stick to the main Halloween colors. Pink is my favorite color and I’m not afraid to incorporate that. Also add in white, black, brown, gold, purple etc.
L to R: Gypsy Warrior Child of Magic Candle, pink picture frame, and a mini pink jack-o-lantern from Diaso Japan.
L to R: Purple glitter pumpkin (find similar on Amazon), Henri Bendel snow globe, Cynthia Rowley glitter gold striped box, and an Eloise at The Plaza candle.

Do: Gothic decor like skulls.

I’m a huge fan of skulls, some I even leave up all year round and I love adding more this time of year. Just don't go overboard with them and overwhelm your apartment.
Sparkle Skull
Silver glitter skull (find similar at Z Gallerie).
Silver skull wine stopper (find similar at Gracious Style).

Nara's Do's and Don'ts 

Do: Stock up on Pumpkin Spice home interiors that express your love for #PSL.

You will be so happy you did after waiting all year for pumpkin goodness; candles, door mats, hanging signs, potpourri, coffee mugs, pillows.
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Pumpkins from Tanaka Farms, and Halloween skull mug from Amazon.

Don’t: Buy spider cobwebs as decor.

They are messy, difficult to hang, and look like fur balls.

Do: Hang a cute fall wreath or door sign on your door.

The fall wreath goes a long way as it can be used during Thanksgiving and it screams “It’s Fall!” in your home.
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Home of the Wicked Witch door sign (find similar at Target).

Don’t: Display inflatable pumpkins or ghosts.

Your neighbors will judge you and they are a little tacky.

Don’t: Waste the pumpkin you carve.

Your pumpkin should be perfect to display. To prevent your pumpkin from molding, fill a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of bleach and water. Spray your pumpkin evenly. 
Save the seeds and roast them for a nutritious snack!
Candy and pumpkins.

Do: Spray scented potpourri around your house.

It smells lovely, decorative, and long lasting.

Don’t: Buy fake blood.

It’s messy and impossible to remove stains.

Do: Bring the decor to your office. 

Halloween decor shouldn't be limited to just your home...decorate your desk and office space. I purchased a cute set of LED lights for $3 at Target. Go for orange, purple, red, and yellow colors for an eerie vibe. Most lights come in Halloween shapes such as pumpkins, spiders, bats, etc.
Find similar LED pumpkin lights at Target.

Don’t: Buy Halloween decorations that purposely fall down.

Example: Hanging, fuzzy spiders. No one wants a giant spider falling on them before they reach for the candy.

Don’t: Decorate to the point where your decor is gruesome.

It can be disturbing to some people so avoid hanging “dead” bodies from trees.

Halloween Giveaway

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Enter for your chance to win A Girl in LA’s Halloween gift box on Instagram! (@agirlinla)
A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday the 13th (10.13.17) 12am PT and notified via IG message.

-What’s inside- 

A pumpkin spice candle by Scents of The Harvest; Halloween decor (a sparkly ceramic pumpkin and a pink ceramic ghost); a ton of candy (1 box of @PockyUSA Almond Crush, 2 bags of @PopRocks, chocolate pumpkins, candy corn); a pink plush pumpkin, Halloween nail decals, silver @lacolorscosmetics eyeshadow, glitter pumpkin sunnies, and a Halloween wooden box.

-How to Enter-

1. Follow @agirlinla on Instagram (we will check).
2. Like the post.
3. Tag atleast 3 friends.

-Rules-

*The winner will have 24hrs to claim their prize (via IG messenger), after that another winner will be chosen. 
*Winner will be randomly chosen via Mini Web Tool.
*Only open to individuals that live in the continental USA, 18+.
*Contest starts on 10.8.17 and ends on 10.13.17.
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XoXo,

A Girl in LA

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