Is it me or does it seem as if this holiday season has rushed by in a blur?! Retailers already have Valentine’s Day merchandise on display. Before you know it, we’ll be ringing in 2015.
Speaking of the New Year, if you have a question mark hanging over January 1st on your calendar, consider celebrating a brand new set of 12 months with a New Year’s Day brunch?
Given the activities of the night before, a late morning/early afternoon brunch is a great way to celebrate the dawn of new possibilities with friends and family. Plus, a brunch allows for a great menu combination consisting of both breakfast staples and delicious lunch options.
However you decide to celebrate the day, make sure to remember that 2015 only comes around once—so make it ‘expectacular!’
Dec 27, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Weddings
Merry After Christmas!
Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season thus far. As always, my Christmas was fantabulous, as nothing beats the combination of family, friends and delicious food!
Although many were dreaming of a white Christmas, it was no such luck in my part of the world. However, there were many ladies dreaming of a proposal this year; so, you probably received Christmas Day notices on your social media pages from several friends and/or family members announcing their engagements.
It is no secret that the Christmas/New Year’s Eve holiday season is one of the most popular times in which couples become engaged—if not THEE most popular time. If you are one of those lucky ladies, then you should know that the countdown began as soon as you said, ‘Yes!’
But, never fear! Just take a breath and enjoy the ‘engagement honeymoon’ for the next week. However, once next month arrives, you’ll definitely want to initiate two very important premliminary planning activities: 1.) talk to your fiancé about what he envisions for your big day and 2.) find the right event designer to help guide you through the process and ultimately make your wedding wishes a reality.
We are in the final countdown to Christmas Day and you haven’t even begun to think about dinner plans. How many guests are you serving? What are you serving? What type of decor do you want to have – traditional, modern, country, or lux? So many questions, yet so little time; but I am here to help with a little tablescape inspiration!
You’ll want your Christmas tablescape to reflect that atmosphere you want for your gathering. Do you live in the laid-back Southwest region of the U.S.? If so, then how about decor that conveys the lifestyle. Live in the downtown area of one of the major cities in the Northeast? Then, a contemporary-modern holiday tablescape may be more to your liking. Maybe you’re one of those individuals who love to break out the best china and flatware during this time of year. If so, then you’ll probably want to go lux for your decor. The great thing is that regardless of what type of table-top design you want to have, there are many places where you can go to get discounted items for entertaining. Therefore, you don’t have to break the bank to have the decor that you want.
Just remember that there is only one rule for your dinner table design and that is: HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Dec 19, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
Fab Fashion Friday Greetings To All:
In the midst of your holiday hustle and bustle, take some time and peruse the fashions for the upcoming season. Yes, I know that many of you are finishing your last minute shopping, or adding the final items to your holiday dinner menu. However, while the temperatures plummet on the outside, what better way to suffer through the bitter cold than looking at Spring 2015 fashion trends!
One of the trends on the pre-season runways included corsets or silhouettes influenced by the corset. Of course, everything old is new again, so if you haven’t packed away your warm weather clothes, you may want to look through them to see what you can wear again but with a 2015 twist.
If you feel that it’s too soon to be thinking about your spring wardrobe just remember that stores will be clearing out their floors to make room for next season by mid-January! So go ahead and get a jump-start on your spring-fling!
Although there are variations on the folklore surrounding mistletoe, no one can deny that it is a favorite among Christmas decorations–especially when you are standing under it with your sweetie. However, it’s not just for hanging anymore.
Mistletoe can be incorporated into your holiday decor as part of your dining room or coffee table centerpiece. It can also be used as a seasonal addition to the bouquet for a Christmas bride. You can also use it as garland for environment-friendly gift wrapping. However, just be careful when using mistletoe as there are various types, and some are considered very harmful. So, DIYers—do your homework!
However you decide to use this popular yuletide perennial, please be careful, be creative and most importantly, make sure it’s fun!
Dec 12, 2014 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
Fashion Friday Greetings to All My Fellow Fashionistas!
Well, we have less than two weeks before Christmas and you still may have appearances to make at a couple of holiday parties between now and December 25th. If you do, I’d like to suggest that you try something a little different than the ‘go-to’ LBD (Little Black Dress). Don’t get excited, as I know that the LBD will NEVER go out of style—nor should it. However, like the color black, red can make a dramatic, yet sophisticated look for ‘after-5′ wear.
As you may know, not all reds are created equal. Depending on your skin tone, eye and hair color, the type of red you wear can make a big difference between ‘va-va-va-voom!’ and ‘what-was-I-thinking?!’ Generally, those with warm undertones look great in reds that are orange or yellow-based—similar to the color found in tomatos. Whereas, those with cool undertones look better in reds that are blue-based like candy apple red. Most importantly, since red is one of the primary colors of the holiday season, it’s a great option when wanting to coordinate with all of the festive decor.
However, as I constantly try to remind you, don’t let rules keep you in a box. At this time of year, it’s about enjoying yourself, and the wonder of the season—of course, there are no rules that say you can’t look gorgeous while doing so!
We are moving along in the holiday season, and as Christmas Day steadily approaches, it seems as if there’s less time to accomplish everything on the ‘to-do’ list. If you’re still grappling with the idea of putting up Christmas lights, consider adding some Marsala to your holiday decor for some inspiration from Pantone’s 2015 ‘it’ color.
Marsala is one of those ‘chameleon-like’ colors that can appear to be of a more reddish hue, or sometimes more brown, and then other times—a little burgundy. Therefore, this color works well with almost any accent—silver, gold, black, or white. The rustic, yet rich quality of the color can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the environment you want to decorate. So, don’t wait until 2015 to indulge in some Marsala. Enjoy it now and in the months to come!
Hope all is well and your holiday season activities are going as planned. It’s been quite a busy, yet exciting season for me both personally and professionally. In fact, this past summer I had the privilege of working on a stylized photo-shoot with a wonderful team of creative professionals for Munaluchi Bride Magazine, which is featured in their current issue. It was truly a delight, and it provides great inspiration for a bride who is looking to do something more daring for a fall/winter wedding.
Mix one part mystery and one part sophistication with plenty of elegance and you get a wedding rich with intrigue, romance and passion. Include a hauntingly antiquated estate for the venue that will evoke an atmosphere of subtle decadence, which is perfect for the couple who is ‘dangerously in love.’
The winter season allows a bride and groom to be more extravagant than in the spring or summer. Plus the dark and opulent colors of the season make for a dramatic and bold statement for a couple who’s not afraid to indulge in their darker side—without sacrificing refinement.
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas lights are already popping up around the neighborhood. It’s a fun time of year to pull on your creativity and DIY skills—especially when it comes to Christmas cards. Want to give your friends and family something that they will appreciate for many holiday seasons to come? Try making personalized keepsake Christmas cards. Cards designed to uniquely fit the special people in your life will put a smile on their face well beyond Christmas Day.
Have a sister who’s a fashionista or a friend who enjoys reading comic books—even if he is well passed his teenage years? Holiday greetings inspired by their interests will definitely warm their hearts. A card made with a classic View Master cartridge that holds photos of family and friends will appeal to the nostalgists in your life.
I always encourage you to use your creativity whenever possible, and the holidays is the perfect time of year to do so. So, roll up your sleeves and get the crafts out, or pull up to the keyboard and use some of your graphic artist skills!
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.