Nothing says, ‘Fall’ like pumpkins. Autumn-inspired décor like pumpkin candles make a great addition to your coffee table or holiday tablescape. Squash can be used as well. Of course, during this time of year, it is easy to walk into any craft store and purchase these candles of various sizes, shapes and colors. However, you can also take on a DIY project and make your own.
Don’t worry, it’s simple. Just follow any step-by-step guide on hollowing (removing the flesh) of a pumpkin. Once the pumpkin (or squash) has been emptied and thoroughly cleaned, place your favorite scented candle on the inside. Many recommend that you soak the pumpkin in water with one teaspoon of bleach per one gallon of water to avoid it from quickly spoiling. You may also want to cover it with a gloss to prevent withering.
So let your creativity shine and make custom-made candles that are sure to light up your home with that special touch that only you give!
If you are one of the many who is not celebrating all things ‘spooky’ this month, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy orange-colored lighting in your home. Since orange is one of the primary colors of autumn, it’s a great accent to your decor during the season—especially for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Orange lighting can both brighten and soften a living space, depending on the mood that you want to set and the type of lightening you use. Whether you use paper lanterns, a funky, ceramic chandelier or titian-colored holiday lights, you can infuse your environment with this warm and inviting hue.
With a little creativity, you can even pull out a few DIY tricks to treat your home to lighting of your own design.
Oct 09, 2015 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
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It’s October, a slight fall chill is in the air and the leaves are slowly turning into ambers, golds, oranges and reds. In fact, autumn foliage is a great and economical resource for DIY projects—especially florals for weddings during this season.
One can cut costs and create unique designs when using leaves to create wedding bouquets, reception flowers, or even home floral arrangements. Plus, leaves are so flexible in nature that you can create anything from a faux rose to a seasonal wreath for your front door. Of course, if you are considering taking on such a project, you have to make sure you first clean your leaves. Also, consider what type of leaf you want to use, as shapes vary depending on the type of tree from which the leaf originates.
Fall is a great time to get creative with your DIY skills. As we prepare to spend more time indoors, you’ll have the opportunity to rock the floral designer within you!
Well, September is halfway over and many have started their pre-planning for the cold weather and holiday season. However, sense NYFW for Spring 2016 has just ended, this a most opportune time to discuss the ’no-white-colors-after-Labor-Day’ rule.
Yes, there was such a rule once upon a time, and many women were made to feel like fashion misfits if they dared to wear white once September was in full swing. Well, I’m here to remind you to kick that rule out the window! There’s nothing wrong with wearing white throughout the whole year. However, you just want to make sure that it’s the appropriate shade of white.
Now that we are heading into the fall/winter months, you want to put away your bright, pastel white colors normally worn during the spring/summer and pull out your soft, winter white shades like Antique White, Ecru, or Vanilla. You can also adorn your home with various shades of winter white whether it’s with beautiful lampshades in the living room or den, or a luxurious comforter set for your master or guest bedrooms.
Having good fashion sense is never a joke, but we can’t take it too seriously. The most important (and only) tip to remember is to have fun with it!
Aug 26, 2015 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Weddings
Happy Wedding Wednesday!
In honor of National Dog Day lets pay homage to the couples best friend.
Brides and grooms spend a lot of time figuring out how to incorporate certain family members into their weddings. Should you dance with your stepfather? Are you obligated to make your niece a flower girl? For many couples, their pets are an important part of the family, and wonder how to add them to the wedding, too.
The most common way that couples add their pets to the wedding is to have them walk down the aisle at the ceremony- either as a ring bearer, flower pet, or just as part of the wedding party. While your pet brings you a lot of joy every day, it can be stressful to plan the logistics of having them join you at your wedding.
Here are some tips for incorporating your furry loved ones into your big day:
- Make sure your venue allows pets. This is the number one rule! Many beaches do not allow pets during the peak season from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and reception halls that serve food usually can’t have animals inside the building for health code reasons.
- Consider if your dog can handle this much attention; even the most calm pooch can be nervous around that many people. Naturally, they would feel safer by your side, so keep your pet close to you at the altar or have the maid of honor or best man hold on to the leash. It is also helpful to practice the walk down the aisle with him/her beforehand.
- Be prepared. Have a bag ready with a brush, treats, water, and your pet’s favorite toy. It would ease your mind to hire a pet sitter for the day, also. They will ensure that your dog or cat is well taken care of and well-behaved. And for guests with allergies, you may want to have a box of Benedryl on hand.
- If it’s not possible to have your pet at the altar with you, there are other ways to add him/her to your wedding. Do your engagement photos with your pet; it’s a much more controlled environment and you will have lasting memories of the day.
Keep in mind these tips aren’t just for dogs- many couples have incorporated their birds, rabbits, horses, and even hedgehogs into their weddings. Regardless of where the furry family member falls in the animal kingdom, pets are an important part of a couple’s lives. Adding your pet to your wedding is sweet and has a personal touch. Just keep in mind your pet’s personality and be prepared that it may not be perfect.
Aug 21, 2015 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
Fabulous Fashion Friday To All!
The weekend is finally here! Therefore, there’s nothing like the fun and frivolous side of life to take our minds off the stresses and strains of the week. Speaking of fun and frivolous, this is the time of year that we fashionistas look so forward to – The September Issue! That’s right, our favorite fashion mags roll out their extra-thick issues that are jam-packed with the hottest looks of the Fall 2015 season.
Of course, the covers are replete with Hollywood heavy-hitters from the worlds of film and music like Anne Hathaway and Beyonce. However, if you happen to pick up a copy of Essence, you’ll be treated to a fierce fashion spread with the reigning ‘It Girl,’ Misty Copeland. As a newly crowned principal dancer in the ABT, Misty balances beauty and art perfectly while making history. As always, I look forward to all of the funky and chunky boots, bags and accessories that will be on display.
So, if you need a respite from the ‘day-to-day,’ pick up your favorites at the nearest newsstand, pour a glass of your favorite refreshment, and start planning for what you’ll rock, repurpose or rid this autumn!
Hope these dog days of summer (here in the U.S.) are treating you well between final vacation stops and back to school activities. However, as you prepare to ‘flip your house’ for the upcoming season, and start tossing some items like that old, rickety fan, you may want to take a second look for some DIY inspiration.
Blades from small to large ceiling fans or portable fans can be repurposed as unique decor like the one in the Diva of DIY photo above. From mirrors to furniture, bathrooms fixtures to kitchen flatware, if you have the time, patience and creativity to see it through, you can embark upon some great fall DIY projects. Plus, let’s not forget the holiday season that is fast approaching. You can definitely make some dynamite tablescapes or a metal/wooden turkey door greeter with old blades, paint, fabric and some wires.
So, let’s get moving and see what you find in your ‘to-go’ pile—because one season’s trash, could be another season’s treasure.
This summer has been one for the books, so I hope you all have had a great season as well. However, as we head into mid-August, our attention turns to preparing kids to go back to school, seasonal house cleaning, and gearing up for football (go Cowboys!). So, here are a few tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible:
Review what you have in your closet(s). Now is the time when the September issues will be hitting newsstands. So, pick up your favorite fashion mag to help you determine what you can keep, give away or toss.
Go on a scavenger hunt in your garage or attic. What can you round up for a Fall DIY project—like a new wreath for the door or homemade fixtures for the kitchen or bathroom.
Right now you can get premium deals on summer clothes and/or household items you can put away for next year.
We’re headed into the last quarter of the year—unbelievable, right? Nevertheless, now would be a good time to peruse your personal accounts, receipts, etc. to see where you stand before the holiday season arrives.
Going into the fall season is always mixed with excitement and a little trepidation as we move into shorter days, longer nights and cold weather. Hopefully, these ideas will help you ‘fall back’ with ease.
If you are reading this article right now, you are most likely reading it while on-the-go with your smart phone. Isn’t it amazing how cell phones have become so ubiquitous in everyday life? They’re great, they’re convenient, but they can be (or have become) somewhat annoying for many people during special events like weddings.
Of course, we all enjoy the availability of our camera phones during those life celebrations like weddings, birthday and anniversary parties. However, there is a growing trend among famous and non-famous couples in that they are requesting to have camera-free/cell phone-free ceremonies.
Many may think this to be rather odd because who doesn’t want to capture their special day with a timeless photo or recording, right? True, but many couples are going unplugged for various reasons like not wanting a precious moment in their life plastered all over Instagram for strangers to see, or something as simple as wanting to maintain the integrity of the photos taken by their official photographer. For celebrity couples, privacy and maintaining control of their image are of utmost importance.
There are many reasons why a couple would go for this option. If you are planning to walk down the aisle and want to go unplugged, the best thing to do is prepare your family and friends ahead of time. Many may not understand, and be a little resentful of the request. In order to stem sore feelings, consider offering your guests an alternative by providing time for them to use their cameras and/or smart phones at the reception or have a photo booth available. The important thing is that your loved ones respect your wishes so that you and your fiancé can enjoy your day without sacrificing the intimacy of the occasion.
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.