Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Graveyard Dirt Cups

Guys. I love dirt cups! There’s something about chocolate pudding, Oreos and whipped cream that is pure magic. With Halloween around the corner I decided it was time to whip up a batch of one of my favorite creepy treats. So, I headed to the store to buy Oreos (because I’m not allowed to keep them on hand) and the most amazing thing happened- I got a free bag of Nutter Butters! Hello Tombstones! I used melted chocolate and a baby Ziploc to pipe RIP onto the cookies. It was challenging and did not turn out beautifully. But that was totally intentional. It’s a…um… chilling Halloween type. Many people include gummy worms in their dirt cups but I used bone sprinkles instead. I really love how you can see all the buried piles of bones beneath the pudding. Wicked. Now because I refuse to eat a dirt cup without whipped cream I dyed it green making it grass. BAM! I’m going to eat you now.

Ingredients

  • Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • Oreos
  • Nutter Butters
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Green Food Dye
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Bone Sprinkles
  • Ziploc bag

Directions

Make pudding following instructions on package. Separate Oreos, discarding centers. (You should probably eat them). Place Oreo cookies into a plastic bag, seal, and smash with the back of a spoon. Combine whipping cream, sugar, green food coloring and vanilla in a bowl and using a hand mixer whip until it reaches desired consistency.

Assemble cups: Place pile of bones in bottom of plastic cup. Fill cup almost full with pudding. Cover with crumbled Oreos. Pipe R.I.P. onto Nutter Butter. Spray a dollop of whipped cream in center of cup. Push Nutter Butter into whipped cream. Decorate with bones. Serve and enjoy!

Spooky Halloween Wishlist

Spooky Halloween Wishlist- Paint the Gown Red

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Let’s pretend for a moment that I’m not crazy obsessed with costumes. That I don’t bring boas and birthday hats with me everywhere I go just in case. That I don’t begin planning next years costume the day after Halloween and have it ready weeks in advance. There are lots of totally normal people out there like this. People who just don’t want to get super dressed up on Halloween. And you know what, I get it. Halloween is a major ordeal. If you’re stuck in limbo between being too old to trick-or-treat and too young to have anyone to take trick-or-treating, it can seem a little pointless. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a Hocus Pocus style ball to attend, in which case you have no excuse- you must dress up! But everyone else, this spooky wishlist is for you. I love these pieces because they can be worn again and again! They’re subtle enough to wear year round but creepy enough to substitute for a costume on Halloween. You’re welcome! Is it weird that I want to live inside that wolf coat?´

Couples Costume: Oktoberfest

Couples Costume: Oktoberfest- Paint the Gown Red

I am delighted to reveal our couples costume for this year- Oktoberfest for Halloween! Apparently it’s an unspoken tradition that we dress up for another holiday on Halloween. Last year was Christmas. Regardless, It’s no secret that Nick and I like beer. We’ve been to our fair share of beer festivals across the state. At each and every festival there’s always that awesome bearded fellow rocking lederhosen. We’re very jealous of that guy. So finally we decided to do something about it and get some traditional Bavarian outfits of our own. These are those outfits.

Couples Costume: Oktoberfest- Paint the Gown Red

I’m pretty sure Nick was born to wear lederhosen. I find the entire outfit really suits him, down to the wacky socks. I will not be surprised if he begins to wear it without occasion. In fact, I’ll love it! The majority of our outfits were somewhat pricey purchases under the justification that we’ll wear them again. But not the steins. I had to search far and wide for those darn steins. Now, you can find them at most antique stores…for $100! Way too much to justify. So for the last month I’ve been a thrift store maniac. First I found my tiny stein and then one fine stein day, I found Nick’s! Are they not the perfect his and hers mugs?

Couples Costume: Oktoberfest- Paint the Gown Red

So there you have it! Out costumes are complete and ready for Halloween, with a week to spare! Hooray! I like being early. What about you? Are your costumes done and hung or are you waiting until the night before? No judgement!

Nick's Outfit: Lederhosen Ebay, Shirt Kohl's, Shoes Vivo Barefoot, Stein Thrifted

My Outfit: Dirndl Set Ebay, Shoes Miss L Fire, Flower Crown Handmade, Stein Thrifted

Yosemite Weekend

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

We’re back from Yosemite! Did I forget to mention we were leaving? It was just a quickie weekend getaway to one of the most beautiful places on earth. We stayed in a gorgeous Chalet inside the park with forest views all around us. Every morning we sipped our coffee on our balcony and let the caffeine and crisp mountain air wake us. After a big pancake breakfast, we’d head out to the valley floor to hike the day away. Title

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

Saturday was our longest hiking day and possibly hardest workout of my life. We had read about the most beautiful hike in the Sierras in Sunset Magazine and decided to do it. If it’s in Sunset, how hard could it be? Hard. Very very hard. Sunset magazine led us astray. Either that or we got lost. We totaled 13 miles that day and my muscles have yet to recover. I feel like I’m back at soccer camp where we all tied bags of ice to our calves and couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without falling over. All the Tiger’s Balm in the world couldn’t save me. On the plus side, it feels like we were hiking for a week, so we definitely got the most out of our limited time in Yosemite.

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

These are some of my favorite photos from the park. I got to see changing leaves, giant pinecones and the coolest lime moss ever. Though we hiked to some of the big bad waterfalls, I was already losing steam at that point and didn’t snap any awe-inspiring photos. Plus there were dozens of tourists. You can't see it, but to take that one shot of Vernal Falls Nick and I held up a huge line of angry, tired people. Thankfully most of our hike was off the beaten path- just us and the forest. It was lovely! Here’s hoping you had an equally exciting weekend. Now please excuse me while I plop my limbs in a bucket of ice.

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

So This Happened...

So This Happened... -Paint the Gown Red

A few weeks ago Kelly asked if I’d be interested in modeling a Halloween costume for an upcoming shoot for Balloon Time. Um, YES! Do you even have to ask? No you do not. So a few days later I headed out to Studio DIY HQ for the best day EVER! I got my hair and makeup done (that hasn’t happened since prom) ate a cupcake, and pranced around making faces of confusion to accompany my Huh? thought bubble balloon. This right here is a classic Jamie face…and it really gets me. If you only knew how often I make this face in style shoots. It’s shocking. Well I guess the secret’s out now! And guess what? There’s more where that came from! Kelly created 9 different DIY balloon costumes and they’re all awesome. So head to Balloon Time to see the full tutorials… and find out what other neat faces I can make.

So This Happened... -Paint the Gown Red

Photos: Mary Costa Photography for Studio DIY