Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Halloween has a very odd and awesome color duo:orange and black. Orange, for the harvest and all things orangey that go along with that, like pumpkins, leaves and orange harvest moons. Black, because Halloween was once a celebration of the dead and with that comes darkness and its associated color.
I decided to focus on orange today because it is such a happy and invigorating color. It can be vibrant for spring and summer or spiced up with darker tones for fall and winter. Here are some great ideas of orange fashion pairings and ways to pop the color in your home:
Grey and orange are unexpected and a nice fall duo.
A beautiful harvest cable knit sweater is perfect for pumpkin picking.
Orange can be sophisticated as well with this Anthro frock
Cozy up with a delightful color
Orange pillows give you a little something extra
Try an accent wall painted a deeper orange and add some botanical prints or even black and white or sepia toned photos.
THIS is going all out orange, but it still looks fresh and very chic
I love this bright damask with the subtle pale blue. Blue and orange are complementary colors so they typically play well together!
A beautiful mantle for your creative juices! This is perfect for October and November since nothing in this screams Halloween, just a lovely, classy fall.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I'm taking a brief little moment to share some lovely little finds with you!
Subtly sparkly & au natural pillows:
Genius way to make your own caramel
Words to live by:
Awesome fashion idea: denim button up with long full skirt
Great pumpkin idea!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Reclaimed pallet wood as artwork
Low coffee table (on wheels!)
Striped door mat
"Picket" fence-this will save you lots of money!
As a couch or bed when combined with cushions
Stacked and stained for a beautiful outdoor table
Friday, October 21, 2011
If you're looking for funny, cute and functional gifts then I have a few design-y finds for you. Fred Flare is full of fun, quirky objects. Here are just a few of my favorites that I thought were design genius:
A scratch off map! Scratch off the places you've been and conquer the globe!
A tilted teapot and teacups, perfect for the Italian lover.
Etch-A-Sketch iPhone cover? Adorable. It also comes as an iPad cover.
Just a little sharky surprise in your morning coffee.
Make your own watercolor cards.
Ah, Kate Spade. I would enjoy planning out a year with that kind of classy design.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I like Halloween, don't get me wrong. I was just never really into the whole dressing up thing. I like the idea, I just don't particularly care to wear the costume that long. It's usually uncomfortable and when it comes down to it, I can never think of anything creative. So if I'm not a flapper girl (my only actual costume I've bought), I throw on a dress and mask or something costume-y. This year I have a few costume ideas, most of which are simple and thrifty.
1. Hipster Ariel
2. Superhero Alter Ego
3. Twilight Vampire Slayer
4. Comic Book Character
5. Masked Elegance
= Hipster Ariel
Superhero Alter Ego:
Button Up Shirt
Superman Graphic Tee
= Clark Kent/Superman (you could also add a tie and glasses!)
Twilight Vampire Slayer:
Black Leather Classy Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style outfit and wooden stake
Bottle of Silver or White Glitter and Label Reading "Edward Cullen's Ashes"
= Vampire Slayer who killed Edward Cullen
I like Twilight, I just think this is hilarious, and I like Buffy more.
Comic Book Character:
If you have time and do want a full costume, this is awesome. Go to a thrift store and find a 50s style dress you can paint on, a brightly colored wig, and some acrylic paint or Halloween makeup. Find any generic comic book character online and imitate it. I love this idea!
This is my standby idea, you get a pretty dress (remember the Glitter & Grotesque post) and find a beautiful mask. The mask below is by Tom Banwell, who has tons of gorgeous masks on his Etsy store.
I am now trying to find a reason for purchasing a sparkly dress. I mean a full-on sparkly dress. Ever since Ashley Spivey (Bachelor) wore a sequin sheath and I realized it wasn't over the top when kept simple, I have been trying to find a reason.
We typically reserve glitter, sparkles, shinies, whatever you want to call it, for little girls and Christmas. I think it's time to glam up Halloween a bit. Have a glittery Halloween party-think black, gold, copper, silver, green, purple and orange. Sprinkle some glitter on something otherwise spooky, like a skeleton, and have a chic All Hallows Eve.
Also, please invite me to your sparkly party so I can indulge in the sparkly dress. Thanks.
Instead of carving pumpkins this year, coat them in glitter. Or purchase a fake pumpkin and use it next year too!
A little wood, wood glue, paint and glitter is all you need for a different version of a glittery pumpkin.
The deer are a cute idea for Christmas but for Halloween, find some spiders or other cheap finds in dollar aisles or dollar stores to dip in glitter and lay around.
Think of how glam you will feel eating off of these!
Plain masks can be turned into vogue-esque masks. This cat mask reminds me of diva version of Holly Golightly's cat mask in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
If you're having a glittery Halloween, you must look the part. Lulus.com has an abundance of gorgeous glittery party dresses.
These shoes are a great shape with a little bit of pizzazz.