A Pop Of Color For Your Christmas Tablescape.

untitled-4793-1.jpgI can’t believe it, my favorite time of the year is finally here! I hate being hot, washed out, sticky with my red cheeks from the heat. Yes, my cheeks get red, because I have skin problems.

That’s not why you’re here today. You want to see my setup for Christmas. Right? Well here is a sneak peak. I’m probably not finished with this setting. However the color scheme is going to remain.  I kept the neutral and gold tones. I use wine colored napkin rings from Pier1 Imports  to bring a bit of interest to the eyes. This is an  obtainable table setting.  Remember to use colors that would look great in any section of your home. If I removed the reindeers and placed them in the entry , the coffee table or even the bathroom counter it would look amazing! Be cognizant of that as you shop for your Christmas decor.

Tip: Purchase a few decor pieces each year to keep your style current and  add to your collection. Never buy on impulse. Write down your decorating ideas before you go shopping. 

Don’t forget to check out my Christmas Glam Tablescape on Youtube.

I wish you all a wonderful season. I know I’m a bit early, but I’m ready to get this decor ball rolling. I forgot about Thanksgiving… oops!!!

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Fall Tablescape 2017: Fabulous Earth tones

spoon.jpgI love everything about fall! It’s my favorite time of the year.  To welcome fall I started with my tablescape. I went with earth tones. It may not look like much, but the gold, beige tones look amazing together. Using earth tones can be easily converted to another table scheme. untitled-4759-1.jpgI used dishes from Home Goods with a different  design to add interest to the table. The subtle pop of color would enhance a Christmas tablescape. Make sure you follow my blog to see what I have in store for Christmas . The place setting is from Bed Bath & Beyond . untitled-4760-1.jpgThe  beaded table liner is from Home Goodsuntitled-4753-1.jpgMix the designs as you see here with the soup bowl. It doesn’t have to match but it should work well together. untitled-4756-1.jpgThe Victoria Stemware is from Z Gallerie. I fell in love with the gold and crystal detailing. The rem of the glass is trimmed in gold, which  adds balance to the overall design . Think of this lightweight glassware as jewelry on the table. If you hate doing the dishes you may not want to purchase this glassware. Due to it’s crystal detailing it’s strongly recommended that you hand wash only. turkey.jpgThe ceramic turkey is from Home Goods.

 

It’s all about the details. Give your table a bit of your personality and style. If you use mainly neutrals you’ll see how easily this can change to a different decor scheme without breaking the bank.  You’ll get more use from your decor pieces, because it will match anything in the house no matter where you move it. Be sure to follow me to receive notifications whenever there is a new blog post. If you’ve been following my blog, I really want to thank you.  Be sure to follow me to see my tablescape on  Youtube.

When Should You Purge Clothes From Your Closet?

Have you started to notice your closet is packed with all types of clothes you thought you’d wear? You have shoes, hats, swimsuits, sleeveless tops, sundresses and even a pair of sunnies you never touched. In fact two summers has gone by and you never worn them at all ( tags still on) or you wore them once.

It’s time to purge the closet from summer clothes. Anything you didn’t wear or barely wore the last two summers should  go! It’s closet rules. You may have bought it compulsively, because it was only $5 bucks. No matter the reason, the fact is you obviously  don’t like it that much. You may say, “well if I get rid of it, my closet will look bare.” You only need the things you want and love enough to wear. Are you still with me? Stay focused on summer clothes. Be brutally honest with yourself. You don’t need to impress anyone with a closet full of things you don’t find flattering enough to wear. I think you get the gist.

Clear out the summer things on a day, when you aren’t in a rush . Make sure you’re in the mood for it. Otherwise, you will not do a good assessment. In that pile of clothes, shoes and accessories should be things that never fit correctly in the first place. For instance the shoes with your heel hanging on the edge, the shoes thats too tight, sunnies you bought because Sarah bought a pair, the pants that are three sizes too small, because you were going to loose weight 5 years ago. You know that top is too big and you’ll never get it altered. Get out of here!!

Get a large trash bag and toss it all in. Nope, its not going to the garbage. There are tons of people that need these things. We just dealt with hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Do a good deed and donate. jakob-owens-91197onur-bahcivancilar-140823.jpg

Step outside the box: Create Unique Food Shots

What is the likelihood  of seeing food photography where the food has been bitten? Slim to none. Let’s take a step outside the box. The yummy blueberry muffin looks great, but what if someone wanted to see the inside of it? Sure you can slice into it. How about biting it! This is such an awesome shot. It’s in rare form. It’s not perfect, but it is looking pretty appetizing.

 

Recipe:
Oven : 375
1 cup sugar
2 large eggblueberry
2 cups of flour
Mix 12 large muffin cups
Mix butter til creamy
Add eggs one at a time
Add vanilla , baking powder and salt
Fold in half of flour, then half of vanilla almond milk
Fold in blueberries

 

Don’t be afraid to take risk. This shot may not be suitable for every situation, but it would surely look awesome in a bakery shop. If you’d like to use this image for any wall art or business, please contact me first. I’d love credit for my work.  Thanks so much!

Are Cheap Clothes Really Cheap?

i-m-priscilla-228220.jpgThere aren’t too  many people that would argue about clothes being expensive. Some people think if you shop for cheaper clothes you can expand your wardrobe faster with many selections. Expensive clothing may take more time to replenish the closet. This is all true. Should you pay less or more for your clothes is the question.

Have you every thought about buying  cheap clothes aren’t really cheap? In terms of the life you get from a cheaper brand of clothing versus a more expensive brand that could last you a lifetime. Have you ever had a beautiful blouse you’ve owned for over 10 years? Whenever you wear it you receive compliments as if you bought it yesterday. Perhaps it cost you a pretty penny and you are careful with the way you launder it. Proper laundering extends the life of a fabric as well as the quality of the fabric.  On the flip side, you bought this cheap trendy blouse and it makes you feel great for the moment. You are looking hip. Suddenly after laundering it may be three times it starts to look worn, the color is dull and the fabric is stretched and out of shape. It looks like you’ve had it for 50 years! The part it doesn’t fit you anymore. The cheap top cost you $8.00 and your other top  cost $80.00. Where is your savings?

You saved when you spent more for the nicer blouse. It has become an investment piece; not in a traditional since. Yet you can build upon that piece with a jacket, slacks, jeans or skirt. This can instantly become 5 outfits with a statement piece. It will last you for many years. This one blouse can see you through , college, job interviews,  and even your first good job until you can afford to splurge on something new to freshen your look. Mixing old pieces with new pieces does wonders.

Your closet may look bare with more expensive things but you will save more money  It’s not always about the quantity of clothes that you have in your closet, but the quality will last forever.  Sure when you show someone your closet they are in awe about all of the stuff  you have. However, if they were to dig deeper in most cases all you have is a lot of junk.

Take your time and invest in your wardrobe. Think of pieces  that can create outfits with what you have. Never go shopping for outfits. Buy pieces. More than likely the outfits will cause frustration, because you’ll think those pieces can only be worn together. Then your wardrobe has become boring. Don’t be  afraid to mix and match with pieces.  Buying more expensive clothes doesn’t  always mean you had to pay a house note for it. It could have been on the clearance rack at Neiman’s. It’s the quality of the fabric. Great fabric is stretchy  and looks great and comfortable. There is nothing worse than having 20 pairs of cheap jeans that are uncomfortable and look a mess , than having 5 pairs of nice , comfortable jeans that make you feel good and you look amazing in them.

Remember when you go shopping the next time. Cheap clothes are really expensive. You’ll buy them over and over.