October ended up being a very fancy month - there were some fundraisers, and a wedding, and some other dress-up opportunities, all culminating in Halloween! I've attempted to capture the month in a series of 10 pictures, so scroll through and enjoy!
We started off the month with an evening with the YWCA Circle fundraiser. This fundraiser raises money for formerly homeless youth, so they can find their path to self-sufficiency. This used to be a breakfast event, but was revamped this year into a brisk, focused, evening event. Having been to this event in both its iterations, the evening evolution is a definite upgrade. This year's event also featured lucite bracelets, designed by Halo Heart Designs, which were available for purchase too. Incidentally, if you're a non-profit looking for some new fundraising ideas, Halo Heart may be an option to explore.
Later that week, I headed off to Capitol Theater for an encore presentation of Cleveland International Film Fest's shorts series. I attended my first CIFF a few years ago, and I've been hooked ever since. The organization curates a great selection of independent films, and its a great way to spend an otherwise usually cold and dreary week in April! This year, I'm going to take it one step further and plan a weekday off around some films too!
Fall has been so weird this year, don't you think? We had some early leaves, and then nothing, and it feels like its back in full force this weekend.
We got all dressed up for the wedding of our friends Adam and Rebecca - it was black tie optional, so I ended up using my favorite Rent the Runway for a dress.
I caught up on some reading this month too, including catching up on some fashion books that I hadn't touched in a while. I wrote a post on some of my top recommendations - you should definitely check it out if you have a fashionista on your holiday shopping list this year!
I've committed to really embracing the holiday spirit this year, and I took inspiration from my friend Amber at Dixie & Twine and painted some gourds! Amber's pumpkins were in happier colors than mine, but I love the black and white + pop of color look that I adopted for the season.
October also featured the Indian festival of light, Diwali. We celebrated with lots of candles, and had a very small Diwali party which featured home cooked Indian food (representing love), sparklers (representing light), and scratch off lottery tickets (representing luck). A fun weeknight evening, and a low-key way to celebrate!
We dressed up YET AGAIN for an evening at the Cleveland Orchestra, this time for a screening of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If you've never been to the orchestra, you don't normally need to dress up (I've been in jeans before), but this performance was the weekend of Halloween, so dressing up was encouraged!
I didn't take a picture of my Halloween costume (I was a unicorn, duh), but I did manage to grab a picture from earlier in the day when we attended our neighborhood Dia de Muertos celebration. It's such a beautiful festival and way to celebrate loved ones - I enjoyed participating in the festival and seeing all the lovingly crafted shrines and memorials.
November is off to a great start too - stay tuned more fun dress-up events, my journey with Whole 30, and my favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving!