Illustration by Matthew Billington Credits: Illustration by Matthew Billington
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Carrot, Ginger and Quinoa Pepper Jacks Credits: spabettie
Who says you have to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? We squash that idea with these creative alternatives.
These little guys are the perfect hiding spot for Halloween treats.
Find instructions at Just Putzing Around the Kitchen.
Pineapples have been a hot trend in decor for awhile now so why not make them a part of your Halloween display too?!
Find out how at A Subtle Reverie.
Line your front steps with these fun-shaped alternatives to pumpkins.
Find out how from Martha Stewart.
Carve an avocado skull inspired by this creative DIY from Katherine Sabbath.
Serve these carrot, ginger and quinoa stuffed peppers at a Halloween feast.
See the recipe at spabettie.
Halloween is just around the corner and even if you're not planning on dressing up, you still can get in on the festivities. Here are 10 stylish Halloween-inspired manicures that will get you in the spirit of Halloween—no wig or face paint necessary.
Sometimes one single colour can do the justice. Keep it easy by applying dark burgundy that really sets the mood for Halloween.
Ombre-ing with a mix of two dark sultry colours will give your nails some sexy eerie vibes.
Keep it simple but a little spooky with clean black french tips.
Give your nails a cute twist by matching them to candy corn candies that are given out during Halloween.
Challenge yourself by recreating the simple black french tip to something a little more cute and spooky, like Black Cat tips to your nails.
Spider webs have been a Halloween theme for as long as we can remember, add a little spook to your nails with a web detailing.
If you don't want spooky or 'in-your-face' Halloween nails, keep it modern by adding glitter to your nails on top of a dark beige brown base colour.
Keep the Halloween spirit on your nails by applying simple Jack o' Lantern nail art at the tip of your nails.
If you are dressing up as an animal for Halloween you can make it look more convincing by adding animal prints to your nails to match your costume.
After all, Halloween is about anything bloody and gory. Keep your nails consistent with your costume by splattering red nail polish over your nails to create that bloody look.
When writer Shana Gray's marriage ended, she thought she'd never find love again. Then, a weeklong foray into the world of online dating renewed her faith in romance—and herself.
"I'm leaving you tonight. I won't be there when you get home."
After 22 years of building a home and a family together, those were the only words Shana Gray's husband, Tim*, had left for her. His announcement—delivered by phone call while Shana was at work—came three weeks after she'd discovered he was having an affair with a mutual friend. "I had expected to be with him for the rest of my life," she says.
After Tim moved out in April 2003, Shana was ridden with insecurity. "I remember thinking that, if my ex didn't want me after 22 years, how could anyone else ever want me?" She was afraid to trust a new man after the horror stories she'd heard from her police officer ex-husband, and it didn't help matters when she watched a TV show about male stalkers one drunken night with her girlfriends. Maybe I'll just be single for the rest of my life, she thought.
Shana had been single for 18 months when one of her friends suggested she sign up for a dating site; the friend had found love online and thought Shana could do the same. But she was skeptical. At the time, there was still a stigma surrounding online dating, and Shana assumed most men trolling for women on the web were "scuzzbags." She finally agreed to log on—for a one-week trial.
Then, on Day 2, Steve* found her. Like in a cheesy '90s rom-com, his profile was titled "Looking for Ms. Right." His bio made him seem "down-to-earth and honest," so they struck up a conversation, moving quickly from chatting on the website to hour-long phone calls each evening at 10. Shana felt like she'd known him for ages.
When it came time to meet in person, they decided to grab a coffee at the mall. They had never seen pictures of each other, and Shana was scared Steve might not be physically attracted to her. "I'm a curvy girl," she says. She also had her friends on alert in case he was a creep. But when the couple embraced, there was an instant connection—and they've been together ever since.
In hindsight, Shana, now 55, realized the end of her marriage was the best thing that ever happened to her, as it made way for Steve to enter her life. A far better match for her, he's also much more supportive of her writing. She wrote and published her first novella in 2010 and has since authored several romance novels under the pen name Shana Gray. "Steve felt that I needed to have an outlet," she says. "He'd tell me, ‘You've got to follow your heart. You've got to do what you love.' "
*Names have been changed.