Scandal in Bohemia: A Sherlock Halloween Party

I guess I should just come out and say it. Just in case you haven’t figured it out on your own.

I’m a nerd.

Books, movies, TV shows, pretty much anything with a plot, I can get behind. There are few things I will go full nerd for, but BBC’s Sherlock is one of them. 

My splendid writer’s group threw a Halloween party last week in honor of the splendid show. Everyone was invited for evening tea and asked to come in costume. My friend and fellow
Inklykr, Anna let us host at her house and helped me put the party together and I am so proud of the result. The pictures below are the results of a spectacular evening! Hopefully you will be inspired for your own murder mystery party or a Sherlock series three viewing party on January 19!

Both above and below are pictures are pictures of our tea table. Everyone looked splendid and really enjoyed the look of the dining room. The long black candles were my favorite touch! The candles added a great effect on such a rainy Halloween night. The table runner was made up of pages from The Return of Sherlock Holmes and the placemats were full-page spreads from an obscure novel I found falling apart at a used bookstore. I hated tearing apart the books, but the look was totally worth it.

Our food table decorations are pictured above. I printed off antique poison labels and taped them to empty glass bottles my mom and Anna had around the house and from various antique shops. I also came across an old battlefield map which looked great beside my Complete Sherlock Holmes. Anna also let us use her antique Underwood typewriter to put on the desk in her entryway. She made a wonderful arrangement on the desk which is pictured above center.

No party is worth its salt without a photobooth! Above, you can see we’ve made our own copy of the wallpaper, which you can print for yourself here. (It’s not perfect, but in the pictures, can you really tell? We printed eight panels on 11×17 paper to cover our photo-space.) Anna made the amazing props which we all had plenty of fun with.

For my costume, I decided to go as Irene Adler from the second season. I’m not a big cosplay person, but I figured this was a go-big-or-go-home affair, so I paired my peplum top with my white pencil skirt and called it good. My mom was a life-saver with my hair. I found a great tutorial online, but found it too difficult to do myself. The make-up was fairly simple. Green eye-liner and red-lipstick and you’ve got Irene. Here’s a great make-up tutorial that explains pretty much what I did to achieve the look.

I had such a wonderful time on Thursday and am so proud of how everything turned out. Pin and share the pictures and let me know what you think!

Resumes: I’m an English major, not a genius!

I have found as I begin to send out my resume that I am highly intimidated by business-y things. Turns out, in humanities classes, they don’t talk very much about getting a job, gaining experience, or putting together and impressive resume.

Not to mention, I find pencil skirts are restrictive, interviews are stuffy, and resumes are… well, I’m not quite sure I’ve got a knack for getting a job. Keeping a job, I know I can do. It’s that odd, “please take me on because I want to be paid so I’m going to pretend I am the best person in the world so you’ll think I am awesome despite the fact that I have no experience whatsoever” business that scares me. It’s unnatural.

Putting together my revised resume, I wasn’t even sure what to put on it. Everyone says it’s supposed to include so much information, but only be a page, and it has to be professional.

Well this made me think that that meant boring. Not true! I am an artsy and creative person, why should my resume not show that? 

The purpose of a resume is to get the attention of potential employers. It’s supposed to be you on a single page. What they see is what they believe they’d be getting so why not show them something awesome?

I’m not a super-avid pinner (which you’ve probably noticed if you follow me on Pinterest.) but I was able to find some awesome examples of resumes that made me excited to design my own. (I’ll warn you now, many of the examples are resumes of graphic designers–which I’m fairly sure is cheating! I am not a graphic designer, but I was still able to glean some ideas that have served me well in the past couple months.)

Between some creative arrangement and theme work and some nice paper, you can certainly get a potential employer to give your resume a second glance. I’m a big fan of nice paper. Office supply stores have some lovely finishes and cuts if you are willing to spend a little extra money (It’s no joke, it takes money to make money!)

It may be a little intimidating, but don’t be afraid to try something a little off the beaten path. It may pay off in the end.

I’ll update you on my job/internship search soon!