Icelandic Adventures Through the Seasons

2016 has been a very exciting year for us here at Ends In Style! Christina has now made three trips to beautiful Iceland, one with me (Susie) and Victor for our elopement which she photographed!
Clearly, Iceland is near and dear to our hearts now and we want to share with you why we love it so. We also encourage you to book a trip and see if for yourself! We do our best to take beautiful pictures and to describe things in a way that makes you feel like you're there--but they cannot do the real thing justice! 
We'll help you prepare for your trip and have the best time possible. We're bringing you a series of posts in the coming weeks about traveling to the country that droves of people are flocking to, and with good reason! 

Posts you can look forward to are:

Iceland in Spring: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • What to do 
  • What to see
  • What to pack
  • Where to stay
  • Advantages of visiting in the spring
  • Preparing for your trip and more!

Iceland in Summer: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • How to make the most of the warmest Icelandic weather
  • Capturing the golden light
  • Places to visit while you can (some places are only open in summer)
  • What to eat
  • Maybe even a stop in Greenland :)
  • Advantages to visiting in summer
  • Best short hikes and more!

Iceland in Fall: 

Photo by Susie Prince

Photo by Susie Prince

  • What to pack
  • Getting around
  • Best ways to see the Northern Lights
  • Tours that are worth the money
  • Self-guided tours you HAVE to take
  • Advantages to visiting in fall
  • Where to stay

And Finally....

Eloping in Iceland:

  • Why we chose to elope (and why you may want to as well)
  • Best places to take wedding photos
  • Pros and cons of wedding sites
  • How to get paperwork in order to make your marriage legal in the US
  • Gorgeous photos by Christina of me and Victor (she's a wiz with light!)
  • What to wear and what not to wear for an outdoor Icelandic wedding
  • Luxury stays for your honeymoon 
  • Flower options, and more!!!

We look forward to sharing all of this with you and hope you'll be inspired to take a trip to a country that has captured our hearts and is beautiful and magical enough to make us want to go back in the dead of winter!

Our Favorite DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

It's that time of year that everyone becomes a creative director/costume designer and begins dreaming up complicated, funny, scary, or gross costumes for themselves, loved ones, pets and friends.  We have divided up the categories and picked our top 3 DIY costumes in each.


Kids and Babies

A Spider and its Web!  How adorable for you and your little one?  And so easy, too!  I imagine you can stay simple with all white clothing and a black sharpie, a black onesie and some stuffed black tube socks.  And hey, not only is it cute, but black and white is always chic.

This is one of the coolest costumes for either adults or kids.  I first saw this costume on a couple one Halloween in Chicago and completely fell in love with it.  This can get as complicated or as simple as you want, depending on how many layers you add.  The most essential ingredients are the clear umbrellabattery powered Christmas lights, and some awesome shiny fabric cut into strips.  The best part about this costume other than the oohs and ahhs when you walk by is that your kids will be easily seen by a car.

I have yet to meet a child, girl or boy, who is not enamored with this series.  I can't get over the cuteness of this little yellow costume, and again the bright yellow color makes it easy for cars to spot.  You don't have to make this from scratch, just a little shopping around and you can put together this little yellow number: pants, jacket, hat, satchel.


Who doesn't have a trench coat (it doesn't have to be red) an awesome hat (if you don't have one, its not a bad investment) and a globe? If you don't have a real globe or just don't want to carry one around all night get a blow up one!  

For a dramatic, simple costume, Mother Earth is a great costume.  You can make it by purchasing a green or black dress or pants and shirt and hot glueing faux foliage from Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

This has got to be the best find yet… OMG!  I have no words except that I love it!  The link gives you the perfect tutorial.  Pair this makeup with a color blocked outfit and you are good to go!



A scuba dog!

A scuba dog!

Ok, this is seriously cute! I can hardly contain my laughter! This poor dog looks miserable in the cutest way possible. If you have a smaller dog, use a kid's scuba mask and 20oz bottles rather than the larger ones in the photo. Most everything in this costume can be easily made and you may even have most of the items in your home already.

A dogion? A liog?

A dogion? A liog?

I have a soft spot for pit bulls, bullies, pitties, etc. They make excellent lions because of the short hair and square head. ADORABLE! Click the image to find the Instructables "how-to" on making your own lion mane for your four-legged friend. Really, this will work well for any tan dog, big or small.

Puss N Boots--just try not to give this precious cat all the treats!

Puss N Boots--just try not to give this precious cat all the treats!

If you have an orange cat, this is the perfect costume! My boyfriend has a chubby orange cat and this would be perfect costume for him, but I doubt I could get him in a costume and come away with all my limbs intact. If your cat doesn't hate being dressed up, this is sure to impress all his feline friends!


Google Maps!

Google Maps!

Feeling clever? Try this easy DIY costume on for size. Wear a comfy t-shirt in a tan or grey, use yellow duct tape and print out road names from your surrounding areas, then make a pin headpiece out of red poster board and paint. Voila! A simple and cute costume for you and your significant other that feels personal and local because of your choice of street names. 

Feeling fancy and French?

Feeling fancy and French?

Here's a new twist on an old favorite, French maid Halloween costume--try being a delicious and pretty croquembouche and have your fella dress as a chef! This costume is DIY friendly and very original. Don't forget to use your French accent all evening to really sell it. Oui oui!

Paula Deen and a Stick of Butter

Paula Deen and a Stick of Butter

This one makes me laugh so much! It's simple and easy to make, and you probably have nearly everything you need on hand already. Maybe you need to run out and get some materials to make a giant stick of butter and some grey hairspray, but isn't it worth the trip for the laughs?

We hope you'll have a great time planning your Halloween and coming up with a costume you love! Have any great ideas for a clever costume? Share it with us! We'd love to hear from you!

October Social Calendar

Here at Ends In Style, we like to stay busy in our community and take advantage of all of the wonderful things Atlanta has to offer. There's always a festival, parade, lecture, concert, or other special event going on. Often, these things are even free!

We're going to take the guesswork out of your October social calendar and help you plan! That way, you can have fun events lined up and skip the couch-potato Saturday nights this month!

Yet another short film festival! On October 9-11, Shortsfest arrives at dooGallery. Many short film submissions are given the credit they are due with screenings only costing $6 each! You can get in a lot of entertainment and see some of the talent and skill from local filmmakers. 

Aqua Vino, a wine tasting at the Georgia Aquarium on October 9, 7-10pm for the Grand Tasting, $125 for members, $150 for non-members. This is a chance to taste of 200 wines and delicious food all while benefiting ocean conservation efforts. Jeff Corwin even hosts the event!

October 11 from 12-6pm, you can enjoy delicious chili, live music, games, food vendors, and more! $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Do not miss the fun and tasty Brookhaven Chili Cook Off!

Like art? Like free things? Then save some time in your social calendar to enjoy Elevate, a free public art festival with dance, music, visual arts and more downtown, October 17-23.

Taste of Atlanta! This one is likely no stranger if you love food (that's got to be everyone, right?). October 24-26, in the heart of Atlanta, Taste of Atlanta brings you 90+ local restaurants, live cooking stages, and drinks. Come and enjoy all that Atlanta has to offer from one convenient midtown location! Buy your tickets in advance to save big.

There is so so much more! Don't miss the Little 5 Points Parade and bar crawls, Outdoor Beer Festival in Candler Park, the Hot-Air-Balloon Festival, The Atlanta Race (5k and 10k), haunted houses, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, the list goes on and on! In a city as great as ours, there's never a reason to have "nothing to do".