The Only No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas You Need This Halloween


One of our favorite holidays is almost here and although we always look forward to the idea of pumpkin carving, we always end up cursing our sore fingers and all the pumpkin guts that go along with it about an hour into the “fun”.  This year we decided to skip the sharp objects and guts, but the gorgeous pumpkins at Trader Joe’s were too festive to resist, so we had to get creative.  So now we present 10 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas to try this Halloween, brought to you in part by our lack of will power…


Gold glitter and glue make for for a super glam collection of mini pumpkins perfect for your desktop.

No-Carve Glitter Pumpkins

Here’s the before and after:


All you need for this one is a Sharpie paint pen, some pretty heirloom pumpkins and a little patience.


This perfectly green “fairy tale” pumpkin came from Trader Joe’s…


and so did these sweet little honeynut squashes.


Don’t bother trying to make these perfect; working with the the lumps, bumps and imperfections are part of the fun!

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas


Zero calorie donut-y goodness!  These look good enough to eat and all it takes is the paint colors of your choice (and a little painters tape if you’re as much of a perfectionist as Maddie).

Donut Pumpkin | No-Carve Decoration

Sweet sprinkles make these guys come to life…

Donut Pumpkin | No-Carve Decoration

…it’s like a party on a pumpkin!

Donut Pumpkin | No-Carve Decoration



When Holli saw these felt waves at the craft store she knew they were the perfect homage to our seaside upbringing!  A glittering sun and sailboat complete the scene.

Seaside Theme Painted Pumpkin


Whether you choose the rhinestone variety or craft flowers, this is a super easy (and less messy, kid-friendly) option that comes together in no time.

Rhinestone Decorated Halloween Pumpkins


Rhinestone strips can be used to write out a number of spooky phrases.  Painting the pumpkin white first makes the colorful jewels pop!

Rhinestone Decorated Halloween Pumpkins


A few more of our favorites from around the interwebs…


These chic and clever little guys had us laughing out loud!  Check them out over on Studio DIY.

DIY Punkins by Studio DIY

via Studio DIY


Raid the supply room (or Office Depot) for this idea: all you need are some pushpins or brass fasteners.  More details on A Subtle Revelry

Studded Office Brad Pumpkin | From A Subtle Revelry

via A Subtle Revelry


Never has a spider looked more glam than done up in rhinestones on a pearl-glazed pumpkin.  Get the tutorial on Oopsey Daisy.

Spider Pumpkin | From Oopsey Daisy

via Oopsey Daisy


Equal parts spooky and adorable, these little mummies come together with just some white streamers and white map tacks.  See how on Martha Stewart.

Mummy Pumpkin | From Martha Stewart

via Martha Stewart



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Guide to Breeze Bike Share vs. Metro Bike Share


Starting on September 7, you may notice Metro Bike Share bikes in Santa Monica and neighboring Venice. Metro is locating Metro Bike Share Stations at 13 locations in Venice and at two of their Expo Line stops: 17th Street/SMC and Downtown Santa Monica. Santa Monica Breeze Bike Share will continue to provide great service, with 500 bikes conveniently located at more than 88 hubs in Santa Monica and Venice, including all three Expo Stations.

We understand this could be confusing for users. Here are tips to ensure you have a great riding experience:

Metro Bikes are not compatible with the Breeze Bike System

Where you can ride and where you can lock

The systems have different fee structures

For more information about Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share visit or call (310) 828-2525. For more information about Metro Bike Share visit or call (844) 857-2453.

Anytime you choose to ride a bike over getting in a car it’s a win for Santa Monica. Thank you for riding safely and for being a part of our new model of mobility!

(Via City of Santa Monica)

Guide to Santa Monica Nightlife


The Bungalow

Stepping into The Bungalow at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel is like stepping into the coolest California house party you’ve ever seen. From the cozy décor to the ping pong tables and readily available board games, it’s easy to feel comfortable here. Stop in early to avoid a long line (before 8pm), grab a Bungalow Margarita or Lychee Gimlet and let the night unfold in front of you. The crowd here is young and very trendy. (Via

cast lounge viceroy

CAST Lounge

CAST Lounge at Viceroy Santa Monica is a glamorous Santa Monica bar and lounge that plays host not only to the trendsetting travelers staying at the hotel but also to some of Santa Monica’s finest locals, where it’s not hard to kick back thanks to poolside cabanas and weekend deejays. Drinks here are nicely balanced, such as the Library Libation, featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Drambuie, fresh squeezed lemonade and ginger beer, making it light and appealing even to non-bourbon drinkers. (via


The Room

Located in that weird, inland no-man’s land part of Santa Monica, this bar can be a little tricky to find, but once you do, it’s so worth it. Good drinks made by cool bartenders, lots of old-school 90’s rap and R&B, and plenty of room on the dance floor for you and your friends to get down. (Via

Summer Fun Ideas in Santa Monica

In celebration of Summer 2017, we are excited to kick off the first blog for 1420 SM Apartments!

As a resident at 1420 SM Apartments, the list of entertainment options is endless!

Here’s a sweet list of 4 must see and do ideas in Santa Monica:

Things to do:

SM place

Santa Monica Place

Set on the more commercial side of Santa Monica, at the Promenade’s southern end, is the revamped Santa Monica Place shopping center. Just two blocks from the beach and the Santa Monica Pier, the mall attracts many tourists looking for a quintessential LA shopping experience.  Major retail outlets like Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom sit alongside the very LA eatery True Food Kitchen. (via Things to do: LA)

twilight concerts

Twilight Summer Concert Series

LA’s favorite Summer tradition and premier outdoor concert series, the 33rd annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier, returns Thursday, June 22nd presented by Snapchat! Come catch the best contemporary and classic music with the most amazing views in Southern California.

Lineup: (Main, Opener)

Go car-free! For more information on public transportation options, directions, parking and beach guidelines, visit  (via


Palisades Park

This lush, 25-acre park overlooking the Pacific is a wonderful place for walkers, bikers and people watchers, and connects with the broad Santa Monica beach made famous in TV’s “Baywatch” episodes.(via Trip Advisor)


Arclight Santa Monica

Can you believe the Arclight Santa Monica is the first cinema complex to open anywhere in Santa Monica in over 20 years?! Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean in Downtown Santa Monica, the unique, all-outdoor Santa Monica Place hosts the state-of-the-art Arclight Santa Monica.  Enjoy high-end amenities including reserved seating, black-box auditorium, commercial-free movies, gourmet cuisine and more.