Well it’s October, my favorite month of the year. As I mentioned yesterday I love the fall. I love that Thanksgiving is just eight weeks away, and most of all I love Halloween! I’ve always been a fan of the creepy costumes, awesome cartoon specials and the way some people go completely off their rockers with decorating. We have a skull collection that decorates our living room year-round. And a little, candle-lit haunted house that lives on a shelf just outside our front door. And a creepy tree votive-holder and ghost sculpture in the guest bedroom. Okay, okay, so I’m one of those people.

In my adulthood, I’ve tried many times to stop dressing up and going to parties…I should stay home and pass out candy, right? I’m a grown up and that’s what we do. And yet I keep getting drawn back in. Two years ago I spent the day at Disneyland with my brother’s family, which was a really nice change of pace. Last year? Disneyland AND a costume party! There’s a part of my brain that’s a perpetual kid.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my Halloween obsession, it’s that you should start thinking about costumes early. If you wait until the week of Halloween, the costume shops will be sold out of all the good stuff and the thrift stores will be stripped bare. And so I offer you this breakfast-themed solution: Bacon & Eggs!

Here are the pros: They’re easy to wear. They allow you to dress warmly underneath them. They’re BACON and EGGS! They come as a set so you and a friend or spouse can match this year. Cute! And at just $50 for the set, they’re relatively inexpensive. The cons: They’re not creepy. At least not in the traditional vampire and ghost sense. But they are pretty funny, and that’s usually just as good.

I’d love to hear what you’re going to be this year…even if it’s just a responsible adult. Leave us a comment with your big Halloween plans!

Well, here it is, the last day of September and fall is sweeping over the land. Here in Santa Barbara, the evenings are getting cooler, and we’re having occasionally grey days…in between all the sunshine. But since I love autumn, I’m already pulling out sweaters and beanies and scarves in hopeful anticipation.

This year you can find a number of amazing bacon scarves! This first one from Chrischunski’s Etsy shop is, as listed, “unsettlingly real-looking.” It also looks super warm and snuggly, not something you get from every slice of bacon. It’s made of 100% hand-felted wool and has a price tag of $120, but I think there’s a lot ot be said about both its look and construction. Plus, your cost-per-wear is sure to be small, because this baby goes with everything!

Next up we have another one from Etsy, Redhynes’ crocheted “Everyone Loves Bacon” scarf. Made from 100% acrylic yarn, this won’t be as cuddly as the felted scarf, but will no doubt keep you warm when the wind blows. Also, since the look is a little less realistic, it could pass for mere stripes when you’re in the company of vegans. No bacon here, no sirree. And at a mere $30, this could be your “every day” bacon scarf, reserving the first one for balls and movie premieres.

Another option (and yes there are many more) is this sewn fleece scarf from Baconwrapt. I love fleece and would wear a fleece-lined sweatshirt all winter long if it were work-appropriate. At $38, this lovely neck wrap would give me that fleecey feel with any outfit, while simultaneously proclaiming my love of bacon. Win win. And hey, that fleece is made of recycled bottles! I have no idea how that’s possible, but I like it.

Finally, for those of you who are cash-strapped but fashion-motivated, get yourself a pattern and crochet your own! This pattern from monstercrochet.com can be yours for just $5, and man, that is some good looking bacon. I myself am craft-challenged and will have to go for a pre-fab scarf. And hopefully soon I’ll actually need to wear it. Until then, I guess I’ll have to keep wearing my bacon in my belly. Darn.

Well then, have I got the shirt for you! No Star Clothing has come up with this brilliant design, based on a wicked idea for a tattoo. I really love this t-shirt. I’m not usually the type to wear my views and opinions on my person or car, but this graphic seems to scream, “I love bacon and I’m totally rad.” And that’s the kind of message I want to send to the general public. The only thing that could make it better is a wild boar skull in place of the heart.

In the coming weeks, look out for this and other cool bacon products available for purchase in the RBS store. It’s still under construction, but when it’s up and running you’ll be able to find a whole world of wearable and, yes, edible bacon. That way you can show your devotion to bacon, inside and out!

Mmm…look at that bacon sizzle.

Yes, bacon is huge. And not everyone is as thrilled as I am.

As I mentioned yesterday, there are times when you want to step up your fashion game a bit. Whether you’re interviewing for a job, have a public speaking engagement, or are walking your daughter down the aisle, you still want to express yourself while looking your best.

If the bacon necktie is a bit too much for you, perhaps the more subtle approach of the Bacon & Eggs cufflink is just the thing you need. First we have the Barney’s / Antique Jewel Box version. This one shows only eggs on the outside with the bacon hidden in the sleeve to keep the eggs in place. While it’s very cute, I think the bacon should be more prominently placed. And at $300 – $350 a pair, I think I should get what I want.

The second version shows eggs on one sleeve and bacon on the other, giving equal face time to breakfast’s two greatest heroes. It also has a very stylish frying pan handle, adding a little more flash to the scene. And at just $27.56, I think I’ve just found the perfect stocking stuffer for my dad.

Let’s say you have an important day ahead of you, maybe a job interview. You want to dress smart to impress your potential employer, but you don’t want him or her to think you’re a stuffed shirt. How do you express your immense capability and still share your sense of whimsy? Why, the bacon tie, of course! This baby will deliver a full State of the Interviewee speech while you’re still on your first handshake. (You can find an even better bacon necktie here, but I couldn’t manage to capture the image.)

It turns out you can find ties with all kinds of weird things on them…animals in compromising positions, pigs floating gently into the mouth of a meat grinder, Star Trek characters, Michelangelo’s David…just about anything you can think of. Which, frankly, now makes me a little leery of tie wearers. Maybe walking around all day with something tied around your jugular cuts off the blood supply to your brain, thereby causing you to want to wear Stewie from Family Guy on your chest. I’m not sure about this theory, but it’s the best one I’ve got.

Since beginning this blog, I’ve been looking around for bacon beer. Of course, right? I’ve found so many different alcohol/bacon combinations, it seemed logical that somewhere out there someone had put bacon and beer together. But alas, my past searches have only led me to a German beer called Rauchbier, which means “smoked beer.” Most Americans who try it feel there is a distinct essence of bacon about it, due to the fact that the malted barley is dried over an open flame, rather than in a kiln. In centuries past, this was a more common practice, making smokey beer less rare than it is today. As it is, only a handful of breweries throughout the world practice this method now, and I have yet to taste one of these unique libations.

However, I am now very happy to report that I’ve finally found what I’ve been searching for. It’s Bacon Beer, and it can only be found (as far as I know) at the Front Street Ale House on the San Juan Islands in the beautiful state of Washington. I found a single review of this beer at Beer Advocate. It’s an American Pale Ale that’s infused with lean bacon, and got an overall rating of a “B”. Good enough for me, sign me up!

Is there anyone out there who’s tried either the smoked or bacon beer? If so, please tell us about it. If not, I’ve been looking for an excuse to go back to Washington…and I think I just found it.