EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

We are creeping up on Halloween, so you know what that means … it’s time for my annual Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes post.

Another year, another batch of insanely inappropriate sexy Disney Halloween costumes. You know, this is my third year of doing these sexy costume round ups and every year I get a lot of virtual high fives and “lols,” which is what I’m going for. But I also get some criticism for doing them. Mostly anonymous commenters like to tell me I’m a prude and “old” (AGE IS RELATIVE, OKAY?!?), and some have told me I’m a bad representative for my gender for not supporting a woman’s right to choose whatever she wants to wear.

Sigh.

I don’t do these to be mean or to insult anyone who wears costumes like these. I do it 1) because it amuses me, 2) I stand by my beliefs that women are over-sexualized in pop culture and we should be having conversations about it, and 3) there’s just something so wrong about turning these innocent Disney characters into sexy eye candy. Some of these are just plain re.donk.u.lous. REDONKULOUS. I mean, OLAF, REALLY??? THERE’S NOTHING SEXY ABOUT OLAF. STOP MAKING OLAF SEXY.

Okay, breathe, Mindy. It’s going to be okay.

Anyway, as always, please drop me a comment and let me know what you think. Interacting with you guys makes my day. But if you’re mean just for the sake of being mean and don’t have anything constructive to share, I will delete your comment. Because this is all in good fun, okay?

So on that note, we’ll go ahead and start with the news-making ones (no seriously, I saw a story about this on my local morning news in September). These costumes aren’t listed on Yandy.com anymore, sadly probably because they are beyond sold out, but the images live on forever on Buzzfeed. Even grumpy old me will admit Anna’s costume is not so bad (at least her top is modestly covered!) but again with the Olaf bathing suit and is the up-to-there Elsa dress really necessary.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

This Evil Queen’s dress is a little skimpier than I remember from the animated movie … hmmm …

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

This “Sweet Mermaid” costume isn’t too bad (at least it has a nude covering on the midrif and arms) but my big question is …. how does one walk while wearing this?

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

This “Seashell Sweetie” costume on the other hand, or should I say fin …

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

But this … I can’t even with this

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

Tigger, they got to you, too?

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

Can’t get much skimpier for a Snow White costume

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

I stand corrected.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

I don’t remember Tiana wearing anything like this Sexy Frog Princess costume.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

This year’s Belle costume might be even skimpier than last year’s Belle Costume, if possible????

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

This little number is called the “Cruele LaVillain” costume (the best copyright-avoidance name yet). And don’t forget your SEXY DALMATIAN costume to go with it. (Let me repeat that in case you didn’t hear me the first time … SEXY DALMATIAN.)

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

Remember when Jessica Rabbit wore that leotard? ME NEITHER.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

And if Jessica isn’t showing enough skin for you, you can always be Sexy Roger Rabbit. WHY WHY WHY. WHO IS BUYING AND WEARING THIS.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

Ladies and gentlemen … You didn’t think it could be done, but here it is. I present to you … SEXY PLUTO.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

AND SEXY DONALD, WHAT. #stopthemadness

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

(Me to Mr. BFT as I was researching for this post: “Maybe I should dress as sexy Donald this year? I know he’s your favorite.” Mr. BFT: “You do whatever you want to do.” Translation: “Please don’t ruin my childhood.”)

And finally, the inappropriate sexy Disney costume to end all inappropriate sexy Disney costumes. I’ll be real honest, this one makes me feel a little dirty. I’ll never watch Fantasia the same way again.

EVEN MORE Sexy Disney Halloween Costumes that Have Gone TOO FAR

All images from Yandy.com, ami clubwear, Spirit Halloween, and Halloween Costumes.

Sunday Seven – New Blog Header, Marriage Equality, and More!

The seven most interesting things on the internet last week:

Sunday Seven - New Blog Header, Marriage Equality, and More!

1. Do you like my new blog header designed by Pigment & Parchment? If you do, be sure to visit her website and Etsy shop!
2. Did you see this sweet Disneyland marriage proposal over on Inspired By Dis? Congrats to Courtney and Allen!
3. Two of my favorite blogger pals, together! Cris of Kiss My Tulle interviewed our friend Whitney (who I worked with at DIY Bride) about hindsight wedding advice. She has some good nuggets in here, kids.
4. It was a great week for Marriage Equality! Congrats to Arizona, Alaska, and Wyoming. Now 31 states and Washington DC currently allow same-sex marriages. Image from Human Rights Campaign.
5. My friend Megan tells a touching story on her blog History and Hockey Sticks about how Alfred Angelo (yes, the bridal gown shop that makes the Disney gowns) went above and beyond when Megan had her wedding jewelry stolen. Kudos to you, Alfred Angelo! I have a whole new respect for their company now.
6. SEO have you confuzzled? My friend Megan’s (different Megan) latest post in her “Blogology” series on her blog Adventures of Noble and Pond will help you out.
7. This dude painted a huge “Beauty and the Beast” mural to propose to his girlfriend. Seriously impressive! (She said yes, by the way.)


Have a great week!

New Custom Upholstery Sofa Sets from Wayfair Let you Totally Personalize Your Furniture


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Wayfair Homemaker

I have a really fun announcement to share for you today: I am officially a Wayfair Homemaker! I applied and was selected for their Wayfair Homemaker blogger program, which means I’ll be doing some special posts for the Wayfair blog, and also spotlighting some fun Wayfair products here on my blog. I’m extra excited because I pitched them some ideas about using Disney as inspiration for decorating and styling your home, and they loved the idea! I’m looking forward to combining my love of Disney and my love of virtual decorating. My first post should be up on the Wayfair blog soon; I’ll definitely link it up on my Facebook page!

New Custom Upholstery Sofa Sets from Wayfair Let you Totally Personalize Your Furniture

Today I want to introduce you to a new line of Custom Upholstery sofa sets from Wayfair. Remember nearly a year ago now, when we were shopping for our new sofa? The sofa is such an important piece of furniture – it’s pretty much the anchor of the living room! I was so nervous about getting the wrong shape or the wrong fabric or the wrong color. We went back and forth to furniture shops to look at swatches and sit on floor model sofas to make sure we were getting something we both would love for years to come. Now I can’t imagine our living room without our purple sectional sofa!

Looking back on our shopping experience, I wish we had something like the Custom Upholstery collection on Wayfair. The collection includes matching sofas, loveseats, chairs, and even ottomans, in several different styles! Once you find the style you like, you can choose your favorite fabric type and color. You can order all of your furniture pieces in the same color, or you can order pieces in complimentary colors, to create your own unique look for your space! There are several great collections, but I am seriously drawn to the Josephine collection. With the button tufts and the nailhead trim, doesn’t it look like it’s fit for a princess?

New Custom Upholstery Sofa Sets from Wayfair Let you Totally Personalize Your Furniture

And if you’re wondering about how to choose a fabric, I’m happy to report you can order fabric swatches for free! Here’s a picture of six different swatches I ordered. From the top: Lizzy in Graphite, Lizzy in Linen, Bevin in Teal, Ranger Twill in Blue, Ranger Twill in Flame, and Bull in Natural.

New Custom Upholstery Sofa Sets from Wayfair Let you Totally Personalize Your Furniture

It’s so nice to be able to hold the fabrics in your hand and not only see the colors, but feel the difference in the fabrics. For example, not only is the Bevin fabric in Teal a gorgeous color, but it’s such a soft fabric! It’s probably my favorite of the bunch. Below is the Josephine collection in Bevin Teal. The color online is much greener than the swatch I received, which is more blue. See why it’s so important to order those swatches? Now I just need an excuse to buy some new furniture.

New Custom Upholstery Sofa Sets from Wayfair Let you Totally Personalize Your Furniture

I realize it’s a gamble to order custom furniture online, and that’s why Wayfair has a no-hassle 30 day return period for most of the items on their site. So if you don’t love it, you don’t have to keep it!

I’m also happy to be offering a 10% discount on the Custom Upholstery collection pieces for a very limited time. If you are interested in ordering some new furniture, be sure to order between October 16, 2014 and October 20, 2014 and use the code WFCustom10 at check-out.

Blogging Report – September 2014

Blogging Report - September 2014

Welcome to my September 2014 Blogging Report! This will be a pretty short report because September was a bit uneventful for my blogs! I had a lot going on in September personally and didn’t really put in any “extra” effort for my blogs last month. Still, my numbers continued to climb and overall I’m really thrilled and excited for my little corner of the internet. So let’s just get to the stats!

Blogging Report – September 2014

Starting with my goals from last month – My main goal was to get back on track with two posts a day, which I did pretty well with. It wasn’t perfect, I missed a few days, and I can’t be too tough on myself with everything I had going on in September.

Numbers

Budget Fairy Tale

Blogging Report - September 2014

My numbers were up by a pretty decent amount when compared to August, which is great! I’m starting to get some high traffic from my “sexy Disney halloween costumes” posts which always get a big boost around this time of year. That big jump on September 2 is from someone sharing one of my Halloween costume posts on Facebook, but I don’t know who/where. That’s the cruddy thing about Facebook and analytics! I’m hoping to work on this year’s sexy Disney costumes installment this weekend so if you find anything (in)appropriate for me to share, please email me!

Blogging Report - September 2014

Pinterest traffic fell to second place for September but just barely. Again, lots of “sexy costumes” traffic from Google which will probably continue through October. Otherwise no big surprises this month. My top five sources were Google, Facebook, direct traffic, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Inspired By Dis

Blogging Report - September 2014

My page views were also up on Inspired By Dis by a pretty similar margin! I’m excited I hit a new milestone in September, going over 50,000 page views! Pretty crazy. There wasn’t one exact day or post that caused the increase in traffic, just general overall page views were up, which is really cool.

Blogging Report - September 2014

As far as referral sources, Feedburner/Pinterest continues to be a powerhouse for me. (In case you missed it in past reports, someone pinned one of my images viewing through Feedburner, so Feedburner referral traffic is actually Pinterest referral traffic. It’s confusing, I know.) My top 5 were Feedburner/Pinterest, Pinterest, Google, direct traffic, and old URL traffic. I also got some solid traffic from Bustle when they linked to one of my Elsa wedding gown articles.

Other September Happenings

On September 1 I swapped out all my Lijit ads for Media.net ads. I’m no longer running Lijit ads on my blog. I was disappointed to find I made less money this month with just Adsense and Media.net, than I did in August with Adsense, Media.net, and Lijit. I wasn’t happy with Lijit ads so even with the small drop in revenue I think I’m keeping Lijit off for now. I recently also applied for a new ad network and waiting to see if I’m accepted.

In related news, in September I reached a big little goal I’ve been working towards for months: I hit the $100 monthly earnings mark on Google Adsense! If that sounds like a really small number, you are right … it is. $100 in one month doesn’t make a dent in my monthly bills, and is a tiny percentage of what I was making at my office job. (Good thing Google Adsense is just one piece of the delicious monetization pie.) But you know what … when I started this blog three years ago and was excited to earn one or two cents every day, $100 in one month would have BLOWN MY MIND. I’m documenting this here, now, because when I’m earning $100/day on Adsense (it will happen!), I want to be able to look back on this and see how excited I was and how much I’ve grown.

Monetizing

Ad Networks

Google Adsense
Media.net

Affiliates (some of the links below contain my affiliate code)

Amazon
Share-a-Sale
Commission Junction
Pepperjam
ShopSense
Skimlinks

Things I need to work on:

Since I’m writing this so late in October, it’s probably cheating to write about things I’ve already done. But, I’m going to anyway. I’m so excited to announced I may have a new logo/header soon! When I switched to WordPress in January, I picked a new font to represent me. It’s a pretty handwriting font called Jenna Sue. I found it on Fontsquirrel, my favorite font site for free-for-commercial-use fonts. And since January, I’ve seen my font EVERYWHERE. I’ve seen it used on countless blogs, including the Disney Style blog, Wayfair, TV commercials, and food products. Last week I saw it used on packaging for cookies at Costco and I thought, “That’s IT.” I need a new font! Something that’s “me” and can’t easily be copied. So, I decided to FINALLY finish my custom handwriting font I started working on months ago. I purchased an iPad app called iFontMaker and perfected my not-so-perfect handwriting letter by letter. I finally just had to publish it – perfection is just another form of procrastination! So now I have my very own font and I’ve been using it on my graphics in the last couple posts (including the top graphic in this post). I may continue to tweak it here and there but I’m happy with it for now! Even though I realize it looks kind of like a second-grader’s handwriting. And yes, I dot the “i” and “i” with little hearts. You can do that when you make your own font.

But, back to the header. I decided my font wasn’t “good enough” for my header and logo. I wanted something really pro looking, and really pretty. So I hired my very talented friend Rosaura of Pigment and Parchment to design a new header for me! I gave her some minor requirements but otherwise gave her free reign – I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

That’s it for now! Have a wonderful rest of October!

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

My favorite kind of DIY projects are the super easy ones. Which is why I loved making this Halloween wreath. It literally took about 20 minutes (aside from paint drying time) and I only needed a couple supplies. I was inspired to make this wreath when I was browsing the Target dollar bins and I saw this miniature garland. It’s so itty-bitty and adorable. They had three different designs but the black and white bats are what called to me. I had a vision of a modern, simple wreath I could hang next to our door for the rest of the month, and that’s what I ended up with.

After Target, I headed to Michael’s and picked up a foam wreath, black spray paint, and this really cool orange wired ribbon that reminded me of spider webs. How perfect! The result is even better than what I envisioned. Don’t you love it when that happens? Here’s how I made it:

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Supplies:

  • Foam wreath
  • Halloween garland (found mine in the Target dollar bins and I needed two)
  • Black spray paint (or color of your choice)
  • Wired ribbon
  • Glue (I used E6000 to attach the garland and a glue gun to attach the bow)
  • String or thin ribbon to hang the wreath

Steps:

Step 1 – Spray paint your wreath black (or your desired color). Be sure to always spray paint in a well ventilated area and to cover your work surface. Allow the wreath to dry.

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Step 2 – Glue one end of the garland to the back of your wreath and let dry. Once the garland is good and adhered, start wrapping the garland around the wreath. How compactly you wrap your garland depends on the look you’re going for and how much garland you have. Glue down the garland at least two or three more times as you work around the wreath. When you reach the starting point, glue down the end of the garland and snip off any excess. Make sure you always glue on the “back” of the wreath, the part that will go against the wall or door.

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Step 3 – Tie your wired ribbon in a large bow and glue to the top (or wherever!) of the wreath. Let dry.

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Step 4 – If needed, tie a small length of string or thin ribbon in a loose loop around the wreath for hanging.

Step 5 – Hang your wreath and step back and admire your work!

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

I hope this project inspires you to hang a little Halloween fun on your door! Happy Halloween!