Mad Like Alyce

While I consider Sept 1 to be the first day of Halloween Season, we are officially one week out from October! Why do I love October? Oh, so many reasons! First of all, I am one of those people who just HATE being hot and sweaty, and although we have had some freak hot weather in SD (OMG 90 degrees on Sept 22, really?) but soon it will cool off enough to start wearing layers, boots, and scarves full time. In addition, I can fully embrace my love of pairing orange and purple, drinking coffee from my bat mug in public, wearing Halloween themed outfits, and best of all, venture out to shoot some of my costume looks without getting stares for being a zombie out in public in July… This has happened.

With the season coming closer, I keep finding all of these amazing outfits or in general, decorations that 1) I can’t actually afford to buy it all and 2) don’t know where I would put it all in my tiny apartment anyway. Plus, with only 30 days to pack in as much Halloween into your wardrobe as possible, you really only need so many themed t-shirts. Boo.

Here are some of the products that are on my Halloween wishlist this year! Please note, this post does contain affiliate links. Learn more about what that means here.

Weekly Wishlist #101

This lovely Hocus Pocus tee is me every weekday morning before I finally make coffee. So in theory I could wear this year round, right? Im going to take that as a yes.

(Heavenly Grace Designs)

LulaRoe Halloween Leggings! Ok, this one might not be 100% fair since I can’t link to it, as LulaRoe is sold via Facebook VIP groups. These are going on sale AS EARLY AS TODAY! If you don’t have a LulaRoe group on your Facebook, these Skull Leggings from Modcloth might do the trick!


This campfire mug could very easily make it into my collection, and again, I could make the case that this brew is necessary year round… so this mug doesn’t necessarily have to be seasonal.

witches brew mug(A Little Tinsel)

There is a lot to be said for your basic Jack O’ Lantern staple tee. This one is currently on sale!

jack o lantern tshirt

(Basement Shirts)

Then top it all off with a purple scarf! I have this in mustard yellow, but this purple would look great with the orange tee above!

knit purple infinity scarf(Find it on Amazon)

Im on the hunt for some brown ankle boots, having had to retire a good portion of my boot collection due to wear. I have my eye on this pair from Modcloth.

Embrace your differences! I’m really into this pin from DoozleDazzle.

different is bootiful(Doozle Dazzle)


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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