Mar 28, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
Happy Fashion Friday Folks!
As we come to the end of another work week, here’s some exciting news for all you frugal fashionistas out there: Elie Tahari is coming to Kohl’s! Yes, the famed designer has inked a deal to debut a line at the retailer just in time for fall. Those who follow the in’s and out’s of the fashion industry know that Elie Tahari is a favorite among Hollywood’s ‘It Girls’ and socialites.
Thanks to Kohl’s, the rest of us will have the opportunity to wear his designs come September. His clothes for women are known for clean lines with feminine details. So, these items will make a great addition to your fall wardrobe.
Oh boy, I was so looking forward to spring and summer. Now, I can’t for wait for autumn to arrive. I know, I know —but a girl reserves the right to change her mind—especially when it involves couture fashion at budget-friendly prices!
Mar 26, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Weddings
Good Wedding Wednesday To You!
The Easter holiday is a wonderful time to consider exchanging vows. This year, it comes in late April; therefore, the spring season will be in its full bloom. Plus, the holiday provides a great opportunity for family and friends to gather. So, a couple can take advantage of the festive occasion and all that it has to offer.
For couples who honor Easter’s religious origins, a church wedding drenched in pretty pastels and fresh florals provide a wonderful backdrop for them to celebrate their love. However, for non-religious couples, the holiday’s theme of starting anew, can highlight an English garden wedding trimmed in ivy and honeysuckle.
The holiday can also be the inspiration for your reception. A miniature spring motif consisting of colored egg shells stuffed with miniature roses and porcelain figurines, or faux Faberge eggs are great ideas for centerpieces. Additionally, a menu that includes French-cuisine favorites such as Salade Nicoise, Pissaladiere and Coq au Vin will only be topped by a wedding cake created with beautifully decorated macadamia vanilla cupcakes filled with chocolate mousse.
From intimate backyard nuptials to a seaside extravaganza, there is no end to the options available for an Easter wedding. Plus, unlike the winter holidays, Easter tends to be less stressful. Therefore, what better time to begin your new life as husband and wife than during the season of new beginnings?
Just when I thought I was out of the woods, here comes more snow. Oh well, it’s okay because I will not let it put a damper on my excitement for spring. Speaking of excitement, are you on the lookout for ways to use your DIY skills whenever possible? How about repurposing plasticware into home decor for spring!
Whether it’s a sculptured mirror for your wall or an artichoke-inspired vase for your centerpiece, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with plastic spoons, glue, wire and a little patience. In fact, you don’t have to stop with spoons. Try using plastic forks and knives to make a unique creation to accent your home’s color palettes for spring.
If you’re worried about it looking too juvenile, there’s no need. The easy breezy attitude that is synonymous with this season allows you the opportunity to get a little whimsical with your decor. Plus, the budget-friendly materials will make it easy for you to create several looks for your home during the next few months.
Hope this new and final week of March brings you new adventures. It definitely brings the expectancy of the many events that will be taking place over the next three months including: Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and a host of weddings and graduations. If you are hosting some of these events, you may be in need of some ideas for your centerpiece(s).
I say let the flowers of the season be your inspiration! Easter is in April this year, and the flower of the month is the Sweet Pea. A blossoming bouquet of these delicate beauties will give your holiday brunch or dinner table the right accent. Although many consider the Lily of the Valley a floral most appropriate when honoring the dearly departed, it can also be used to decorate a beautiful Mother’s Day tablescape since it is May’s flower of the month. If you’re not comfortable creating a centerpiece consisting of only lilies, try combining them with another flower. As June’s flower of the month, roses are the go-to florals for most individuals when celebrating loved ones. Since it is the month known for honoring dads and grads, the variety of roses that are available can provide you with an endless amount of choices when planning your decor.
Of course, I can’t forget all of the brides-to-be out there. If you are getting married between April and June, consider selecting these flowers (roses, obviously) to adorn your wedding party and reception bouquets. Want your florals to be a personal reflection of you and the groom? Consider adding the flowers that represent your birth months. However, you choose to adorn your celebration, make sure it blooms with love, laughter and fun!
Mar 21, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
Happy Fashion Friday!
It’s also the fabulous first Friday of the spring season. The sun is high in the sky and there’s not a snowflake to be seen. With the new season comes new beauty trends including blue eyeliner, orange lips and bronze gorgeousness. However, it is important to remember that all trends are not created equal, so keep what works and toss what doesn’t.
Blue eyeliner will complement almost any eye color, but the hue of the blue may make the difference. For spring, a noticeable cobalt blue is of-the-moment. If you’re not sure this is the most flattering color for your eye (or skintone), you will definitely want to pay a visit to your favorite cosmetics counter to do a test drive of the color. Orange lips are also hot this season, but depending on your skin’s undertone, you may have to choose between a yellow or red-based orange. Also, spring and summer is all about youthful dewyness, so if you are a matte girl, try to include a sheer lipstick or a pretty gloss in your beauty routine this season. Finally, you can’t forget to get your glow on. Bronzed skin matched with shimmering neutrals is a go-to look for breezy summer days and hot summer nights. Of course, healthy skin is the best skin so find a bronzer or tinted moisturizer to help you achieve that sun-kissed look.
To the brides-to-be: TEST away before the big day! If you want to incorporate some of these trends into your bridal make-up, then you must definitely try them out before the big day arrives so that you won’t have any unfortunate surprises.
Mar 19, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Weddings
Happy Wedding Wednesday!
With less than twenty-four hours to go before spring officially arrives, it won’t be long before kids will be beating a path to the local ice cream parlor. However, ice cream is not just for kids anymore—come to think of it, it never was!
For a spring or summer wedding, ice cream serves as a great alternative to a traditional wedding cake. It evokes a fun, young-at-heart feeling, and can be decorated to rival any multi-tiered confection. Although it may not be in step with a more sophisticated, evening ceremony, an ice cream wedding cake can make for an amusing secondary dessert for all to enjoy. Additionally, many chefs have become adventurous in developing unique ice cream flavors in recent years. Therefore, couples do not have to settle for the tri-fold treat of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry only.
So, if you’re heading down the aisle this wedding season, consider bucking against tradition. You may find your guests chanting, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”
Now that pre-wedding season is underway, one of the most important things for a bride and groom to be mindful of is wedding etiquette. I promise, although it may seem like an afterthought, there’s no more sure-fire way of putting a damper on your festivities than having a family member who might be upset over a forgotten acknowledgement (among many other potential oversights).
We can all agree that the culture of western civilization has changed dramatically. These days, families are more blended than ever. Therefore, if step-parents are part of one’s family, it can leave couples in a quandary as to which parent’s name should appear on the invitations. Of course, with more and more individuals waiting later in life to marry, is a mature couple required to have their parents’ name on the invitation?
What about the cost of the wedding? Traditionally, the bride’s family was expected to shoulder the cost of the nuptials. Should that rule still apply for couples when both parties are established professionals? What about tipping? Should vendors expect a gratuity in addition to their cost for services? The questions can go on forever.
Fortunately, for those needing to brush up on their etiquette prowess, the Empress of Etiquette, Emily Post offers an encyclopedia of references for various social situations. Ultimately, the bride and groom should rely on their wedding designer to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that they adhere to the most expected decorum given the unique details surrounding their wedding.
Of course, you shouldn’t feel obligated to live up to every little expectation. You’ll do well to just focus on the majors.
Oh well, even though the pending winter storm, Vulcan is about to rain on my parade, like another famous Vulcan, I hope you, ’Live long and prosper!’
It’s a bea-u-ti-ful day in my neck of the woods. Truly! What a wonderful preview of the upcoming season. It was almost as if all of nature was saying a collective, ‘Aaahhh!’ Of course, with spring comes the many florals in full bloom. Not only are they great to look at in a gorgeous vase, they can also be used to decorate your space in more unique ways—especially pressed flowers.
Whether framed or added to woodworks, flatware or water glasses, pressed flowers provide a pretty highlight to spring home decor. If you are not sure how to work your crafty skills, check out places like Lowes or Michael’s that offer step-by-step guides (or maybe even classes) on flower pressing. By the way, this is a great alternative for decorating in case you share your space with someone who is allergic to florals.
Additionally, pressed flowers are very beautiful for decor at a wedding reception. Instead of the traditional centerpiece, the bride’s favorite flower can be pressed into a frame and placed at each table. If she wishes to, she can include her mother’s and her mother-in-law’s favorite flower as well.
So, let’s get it started because next week brings us the first day of Spring. Here’s to a blossoming of ideas as you create a space flourished with florae!
In case you haven’t heard, flats are making a big splash this season, especially D’Orsay flats. Whether pointed-toe, opened-toe, flat heel or kitten heel, there’s no end to the variety of looks available right now. D’Orsay flats are very versatile in that they can be dressed up or down.
In fact, they’re a great option for the bride who wants to be both comfortable, yet stylish on her wedding day. Whether she wants to wear them for the entire day, or pull them out for the wedding reception, these ‘of-the-moment’ shoes will not disappoint. Plus, a bride-to-be has a wide selection to choose from as many designers are offering their take on the D’Orsay flat this season, including Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and Alice + Olivia, just to name a few.
So, if you want to be a high-stepper in a chic flat on your wedding day, look no further than the divine D’Orsay!
Yesterday I gave my own wrap up of this year’s Oscar fashions. However, it would seem that I forgot to mention one trend that may have been started on Sunday night’s red carpet, as the color of Lupita Nyong’o’s gown has taken on a life its own.
Fashionistas, bloggers and trend finders are calling it Nairobi Blue because the actress said that the color reminded her of her homeland. However, it is traditionally known as Duck Egg Blue or Powder Blue. Either way, it appears that this color might give Radiant Orchid a run for its money. So, I let my fingers do the walking and created an inspiration board that offers some great ideas on how to incorporate this color just in time for spring—thanks to retailers like Etsy, Linens Unlimited and others.
Whether it’s a bridesmaid’s dress, flatware, or home décor, this color provides a serene, yet classic touch to any event or space. Plus, since it is a pastel, it’s perfect for what’s hot this season!
Welcome to my blog Tiffany Chalks it Up! I'm so thrilled to share my tidbits for pulling off a wedding that's all about you, touting all the latest trends in everything from accessories to stationery and putting all those adorable little details that get me excited about weddings and events out there for all of you to see! Chalk it up to my love for a great bargain or to my inner fashionista, but when it comes to planning your event, savvy and stylish is the name of the game. Here's to planning your day, and looking good while doing it.