October 2016 | The Yellow Spectacles

Happy Halloween Reads

October 31, 2016

I think it's officially safe for me to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween! One good thing about holidays as well as seasonal faves is that it provides many topics to write about.

So, that brings me to this post, links--they are all links {festive} that I have recently written & have had published on the World Wide Web. I haven't really announced it {unless you count LinkedIn}, but I have started writing for MarthaStewart.com--If you know, know, know me you'll understand what a big deal this is to me.

I have been a 'Martha' fan since I can remember. I even did a college thesis on her brand not-to-mention a creative poem from my creative writing college days. LOL

p.s she totally signed this when I met her at a book signing a few yrs back 

So, without further ado--if you're looking for a few fun weekend reads perhaps, I can be of assistance.

Weekend Reads: 

1. Call Up Your Friends! You're Hosting a Glamorous 'Ghoul's Night' In! Martha Stewart. Pink, girly, and glam Halloween party & decor ideas.

2. Petsmart Just Hosted an Epic Howl-oween Party for Dogs. Martha Stewart. If you love pets in costumes {who doesn't} click the link!

3. The Ultimate DIY Piñata Guide for Your Next Party. Brit.Co. So many fun piñatas it's hard to pick!

4. The Ultimate Gift Guide for Any Wannabe Cool Witch: Brit.Co. Sassy fun yet kind of spooky witch inspired gifts.

5.  Stylish Headboard Inspiration for Every Decor Style. Brit.Co. Basically, if you're seeking a quick bedroom re-vamp this may be your go-to post.

If you like any of the reads about let me know below & I usually share newly published clips via Insta Story on my Instagram @Katelynchef

Donuts That Bite!

October 27, 2016

If you're seeking a Halloween treat that really gives your friends a good fright you'll want to try these donuts that bite.

Of course, before you take a bite {or they do so first} snap a few pics, because yes they're scary--but scary in a cute kind of way.

If you're feeling like a glam-ghoul then displaying your bitey donuts on Kate Spade napkins/placemats is the way to go.

All you need to do take a few donuts {totally okay to buy them instead of making them from scratch}

& insert a pair of vampire teeth. Pro tip, cut the teeth in half instead of sticking the whole thing into the donut--this way, your sweet treat won't split in half.

After your teeth have been inserted, draw on a pair of eyes with a frosting pen & voila! You are all set!

Happy Hauntings!

Halloween Has Gone To The Dogs: Pet Costume Ideas

October 24, 2016

Happy Hauntings! Are you officially gearing up for Halloween 2016? Uh, it's such a struggle to think up what I'll actually dress up as never mind you-I really don't care to dress up that much {sorry not sorry}.

Breed: Yorkshire. Age 3

Breed: Yorkshire-Bichon Mix. Age 2
However, there are two certain dogs that I do enjoy dressing up each year-Riley & Bentley. So, if you're leaving your costume at home this year, but want some last-minute doggie costume ideas for your pet look no future. This year, Riley is a pumpkin & Bentley is a Red Baron, but how cute is this Harry Potter dog costume?

A big thank you in order for Riley & Bentley for being active blog participants.

Yes, they were treated after the photos were taken. P.S. If your pet has a costume, please let me know what he'll/she'll be! Or tag me in a picture on IG @katelynchef. YAY!

A So Not Scary Halloween

October 20, 2016

Happy Halloween-well, basically. I feel like it has been Halloween for months now with retailers{and blogs} all chatting about the season/holiday a few months beforehand.  & Yes, I know I said I am not too into dressing up, but you, for my blog I have to be festive.

In this post, I am keeping my Halloween OOTD rather simple as I am wearing {super-cute} Minnie Inspired Frozen theme ears from the shop Cheers for Ears Designs created by Casey & a Mean Girls tank that reads, "I am a Mouse...Duh." LOL that will never get old!

Cheers For Ears Designs
So, what are all of you being for Halloween? Casey's creations are rather detailed and really assembled well-plus, she's a doll to work with! So, if you need some ears for a Disney trip, check her out!

Happy Halloween!


You Go Girlie! FT Sydney Elizabeth Golf & S.G Prep

October 17, 2016

This post is a little different than the rest as I was inspired by #GirlBoss Sydney from Sydney Elizabeth & Golf designs as well as the brand, Southern Girl Prep to do a little community over competition blog post as both these brands have a strong female-girl power focus. If you'll notice, I broke out the Yellow Spectacles for this post...

It really makes my day when I can connect with someone {all of you} in the same field & share things as well as learn things. So, I wanted to take a blog-quick-second to thank all you who come, read, & comment. I truly love reading all the comments & really appreciate the regular commentators. It makes my day! You know who you are. 

SGP Fall 2016 
Often, I try to go out of my way to be supportive & lend helpful tips when asked, because I know what a struggle it can be to be ignored or told nope, you're not-good-enough. My personal thoughts are that you are good-enough-no matter how big or small your blog is. & no matter how little or many followers you have. To quote my besties over at Shop Ban.do {they really are my besties btw}

"You are better than unicorns & sparkles combine" -Shop Ban.do 

Anyways, with getting too mushy--I opted to pair my gifted Sydney Elizabeth & Golf skort {The Evin Skort} with a navy Southern Girl Prep crew-neck. It kind-of reminds me of a tailgating outfit {hence cheering 'go-you' theme} so I opted for fun fringe socks. LOL, they're  a little quirky, but I like them.

Sydney Elizabeth Golf Fall 2016 Collection 

Have a happy week ahead-I'll be back on Thursday with a new post & I am looking forward to catching up with all of your blog reads this week too! 

Fall For Flannel{s}

October 13, 2016

Does anyone else appreciate a comfy flannel shirt comes with October/winter? While I love the traditional red/gray/black plaid checked flannel styles I do love a colorful unexpected twist too.

Ralph Lauren Polo Cap
Flower for You/Flannel for Me
The weather is still {day depending} warm enough for shorts type of weather so I went with an in-between seasons look to coordinate a fun fall OOTD. Which I intend to wear while going on a PSL run.


Tell me, what is your go-to flannel button down shirt color/pattern? & Just for kicks are you a big Pumpkin Spice Latte drinker? Hot or Iced? I am more of an iced type of gal. Happy PSL sipping!

See more fall looks on my IG @katelynchef

HEY! Colorful Desk Inspiration

October 10, 2016

Who doesn't love a pretty & neatly organized desk? One way to spruce up your workspace is with a memo board or as I like to call it an Inspiration Board.

This inspiration board is from the shop, My Pink & Green Garden. Irene does such a lovely job hand making all these Lilly Pulitzer pattern boards. Mine is in the pattern Lobster Roll with the darker pink ribbon.
Truly, arranging it was so fun & I really feel inspired each time I look at it. I styled My Pink & Green Garden's board next to Oh Joy for Target Fall 2016 collection rose gold swan & a 'Hey' LED light--lol I kind of 'light-up' each time I glance up.

HEY Light
I'm not too afraid of mixing prints so you'll notice a Kate Spade NY flamingo/pink runner & a frame dalmatian spot {love dalmatian prints since I was 6!} picture. It's a bit quirky, but then again so am I.

I am curious if you have an at-home inspiration board? Let me know below & I totally would recommend Irene for any desk/home decor items as she makes banners as well monogrammed pillows too.  She's on Insta @mypinkandgreengarden

Looking for ideas to put on your board? Follow me on Pinterest.

Sweater Dress Weather ft. Sail to Sable

October 6, 2016

Is it sweater weather in your neck of the woods yet? Here, it's possible {on a good, crisp day} sweater dress weather. Hold on to your cable knits as Sail to Sable {you know of them right?} have the best new arrivals in their Fall 2016 Collection.

Sail to Sable 

Here, in this post I am wearing Sail to Sable's 'All Zipped Up' Gray Cable Knit Sweater Dress. Aside from being oh so cozy--it's super roomy & has pockets-plus it's really soft which helps on those brisk fall mornings.

My fave part about this dress is that it can be worn all season long even with tights & OTK boots in the winter months. While, I am not a mom {dog mom, yes} Sail to Sable has a line for ''Little Ladies'' to match their mommies-it's so cute! You must check out their gray pom-pom winter hats for both girls & women.


Aside from this festive sweater dress, I am loving the abundance of apples & mums that are out in full force this year! Autumn's Harvest are too pretty not to make a pretty table arrangement for fall.

Happy Harvesting!

Sail to Sable is Social: Instagram/ Facebook/ Pinterest

Beat Blogger's Block ft. Case App

October 3, 2016

Happy Start-Of-a-New-Week one & all! Being a writer & blogger often ideas just flow naturally, but there are those times where I am 100% at creative capacity. Some call it writer's block. I call it blogger's block.

Quay Marble Shades
You feel like there are no more ideas in the universe & want to crawl in an uncreative hole. I have been there. The marble {gold & pink swirl} iPad Mini Case featured in this post is from Case App--they make custom skins, phone as well as tablet cases for the masses. Not only do they offer a wide selection of marble patterns, but all case options are customizable. Anywho, this case motivated me to write about Blogger's Block & what I do to help me--mind you I spend a lot of time {not including my blog} pitching & writing posts & articles.

My most effective tip is to go for a walk/run. Something about nature, exercise, the sunshine, & fresh air swirling together to create some awesome ideas is always a go-to solution of mine.

So, what do you do to help prevent or overcome writer's block? Let me know below & P.S. is anyone else loving all the {faux} marble things out there? I am!

To help you prevent blogger's block Case App wants to give you a 20% discount on your next custom iPhone case or custom laptop skin with code: YELLOW20
Another tip, reward yourself after the work is done
Shop Bando Accessories & Case App Marble iPad Mini Case

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