As I’ve mentioned over and over again, Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday of the year. There’s no pomp and circumstance. No fuss. It’s all about getting together with our families, enjoying a little foot and watching a little football. I know, more than anyone else that often times our friends are an extension of our families. Lots of us create our own familial bonds with our friends and hosting a Friendsgiving dinner is the perfect way to gather around those you love and acknowledge their presence in your life.
Blogger buddy and friend, Kelly Golightly and I hosted a small gathering in my backyard last week for a few friends. The elements to a perfectly decorated Friendsgiving/ Thanksgiving table are easy: tablecloth, fancy dishes, simple decor, good eats, good drinks and friends! And of course you’re invited too! Click here to watch the video.
Our lovely table. Thanks to Dish Wish for providing the fabulous dishes, glasses and flatware. I was dead set on having a black and white striped table cloth (I’m currently obsessed with all things B+W). I scored this fabric at my local hardware store for $18 and made it the star of our party.
Click here for Kelly Golightly’s yummy cocktail recipe. Sherbet + Prosecco are a tradition in her family. I have to admit I was like… huh?! what?!?… when she first mentioned it, but let me tell you it’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! YUM!
Photos: Jessica Castro | Video: (shot by) Calvin Main | Friendsgving Dinner Sponsored by: Santa Margherita Wine – a beverage I enjoy, obviously. Celebrate Responsibly.
We’re days away from my FAVORITE HOLIDAY OF THE ENTIRE YEAR! …as if you couldn’t tell from my use of the cap locks. If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to decorate for your upcoming dinner, give this floral pumpkin arrangement a try. I’ve seen this project floating all around Pinterest, and this is the second year in a row that I’ve made one. If you’re going to someones house for dinner, keep in mind that this project makes a great hostess gift!
WINTER IS HERE!!! Ok I know it’s in the mid 60s here in LA and those of you that live in other parts of the US are shooting me major sideeye right now, but it’s Winter is here! Shorts, maxi dress, and sandals will no longer cut it. I spent a little quality time over the weekend doing something I rarely do… cleaning and organizing. I prepared by closet for the colder weather. It’s something I do twice a year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Click here to see the full video (don’t forget to subscribe to the channel). If your closet is in need of a Winter make over, here are a few helpful tips:
1. Rotate Your Clothes: Bring the Winter wares to the front and send the Summer clothes to the back.
2. Stuff Your Drawers: Fold up things like shorts, t-shirts and stuff them in your drawers. Out of sight and out of mind. Plus this frees up some space in your closet for you to focus on your fab sweaters!
4. Organize Your Accessories: Winter weather is made for accessorizing. Now is the right time for all those hats, scarves and belts. Here’s a tip from my wardrobe stylist days… use a safety pin to hang your accessories to a hanger. This way you have easy access to each one and know exactly what you own.
5. The Purge: Seriously “The Purge” sounds like the title to a horrible scary movie and if you’ve seen my closet… it is! Now is the perfect time go get inside your closet, see what woks from last season and what doesn’t.
Crossroads Trading Co., one of my favorite places to shop, has a really great “Sell By Mail” program that comes in handy for such a purging occasion. Just go to their website and request a pre-paid shipping bag. They’ll mail one directly to your house. Fill it up with gently used, in season on trend threads and send it back to them. They’ll give you cash for the clothes they purchase or you can opt for a trade credit which allows you to shop their store. For a small fee they’ll what they didn’t purchase back to you or you have the option of donating it to charity. Money for new clothes + do a little good for charity. YES, PLEASE! Thanks Crossroads. Click here for all the details and to request your bag.
This post is a partnership with Crossroads Trading, Co. – one of my favorite resale stores!
Can you believe it? There’s only 8 more weeks left in 2014. I don’t know about you, but I’m EXCITED to usher in 2015. I have a feeling next year is going to be good, good, GOOD! With that being said, I’m working hard to develop new content for my YouTube channel. I have so many ideas and so many things I want so share, but I’d LOVE to hear what you guys might be interested in seeing.
If you a moment or two, please answer the poll question below. I’m very interested in your feedback. If you have specific ideas, drop me a note in the comment section below. I get many request throughout the year and I’m excited to hear what you guys have to say. I love creating video content and there will be lots more coming your way in 2015!
Hosting a Halloween party this weekend? Or maybe you, like me, have plans to sit on the couch Friday night eating popcorn while watching a scary movie (aka the lazy girls guide to Halloween). Regardless of how you celebrate, you have to give these candy corn inspired champagne bottles a try. They’re pretty simple to make and will really bring a festive look to your evening.
a whole lotta Halloween fabulousness!!! Click here to see all the DIY details.
So I have to admit that I’m sort of a minimalist when it comes to Halloween costumes. I don’t get all dressed up and I don’t really go all out. Last year I was an “Instaglam” selfie (here) and the year before I was a glizty skeleton (here). But this year when JCPenney‘s approached me about creating a costume out of a pair of sheets I knew I had to accept the challenge.
A flat sheet is like a precut, pre-sewn yard or two of fabric. Did I want to be Celopatra? Or maybe I wanted to be a Greek Goddess? Nope! I wanted to be a mummy! I was obsessed with Jessica Simpsons Mommy Mummy costume from a few years ago and I wanted to try my hand at creating my own version.
Keeping with the minimalist theme of Miss Kris Halloween Costumes, the only materials you’ll need for this project are an old flat sheet and a pair of scissors. You may also need a few safety pins just to help keep your costume in place.
DIY TIP: If your sheets are bright white, soak your strips in a tea bath to give them that aged look. To creat your tea bath, simple add a few tea bags to a gallon or two of water. Drop in your cloth strips and let them soak for 10 – 20 mins. Remove them from the bath, ring our the extra tea and allow them time to dry.
After Sylvia (my photog friend + buddy) spent precious time wrapping my legs, I decided that my mummy need to be in a dress… obviously! To create the dress we simply cut off the strips that were wrapped around my legs and pinned them to my Spanx. Ahhh the ingenuity!
Much love to my neighbor who said I looked like I just had a full body and face lift. lol Oh the things people think when you live in Hollywood.
and now for the best part…
IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!
JCPenney has been a great partner for this project. You guys already know that I love to make a trip to the store to thumb through the clothing racks, but while I’m there I also make sure I spot by their home department. They have fabulous collection with designers link Jonathan Adler and Liz Clairborne. Today they’re giving away a coverlet and a sheet set from Royal Velvet. YEA!!!! I’m so excited about this giveaway because let em tell y’all these sheet are yummy. I have a pair myself and I just adore them. The only downside is that it makes getting out of bed in time for work almost impossible. Entering is easy…
Simply leave a comment below completing the following statement: Thanks JCP! I’d use a flat sheet to create a __________ costume for Halloween. Leave that comment finishing that statement and you’re entered! The contest ends Friday October 24th at 7pm pst when one lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the bedding collection.
And the winner is…
Thanks to all who entered!
Good luck and Happy Halloween!
Photos by Sylvia G
Post Sponsored by JCPenney
Genius?!?! Who me?!?! lol Well I guess so… according to Darling Magazine anyway. I’m so excited to team up with them on a really fab new DIY series. A combination of two of my favorites things in life… thrifting + crafting (throw in a cocktail and I’m in heaven). Once and month through the end of the year I’ll be showing the Darling Magazine readers how to easily transform an inexpensive item you thrifted from the thrift store into your new favorite decor piece.
My latest project was turning a vintage glass decanter into a uber chic lamp. Seriously this project too all of 5 mins to complete and is so elegant looking. Click here to see just how I did it. Stay tuned to Darling Magazine for all the Thrifted Genius projects. A few weeks ago I made a fab succulent garden out of an old frame (here). Fun stuff!