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From the Archives | Monochromatic Halloween Bash

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My Halloween projects for DIYNetwork have been making me feel a little nostalgic about the monochromatic Halloween Bash look I created for Bright.Bazaar a couple of years ago. (has it really been that long??)

To refresh your memory:

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While not particularly fond of Halloween, mostly because it shadows my birthday, I really enjoyed designing and crafting this tablescape.

How do you feel about Halloween? Are you working on any spooky craft projects?

xo

puppy love

Yappy Hour

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From walks to treats, belly rubs to playing fetch, leisurely naps to mundane errands, our pups love every moment we spend with them. In return for their unconditional love, they deserve to be spoiled shamelessly. Here are few handpicked accessories sure to keep their tails stylishly wagging during yappy hour.

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Home + Decoration Shopping Guide trends

Horn, Hide and Mother of Pearl | HGTV’s Hot Three Decorating Trends this Fall

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HGTV’s hottest decorating trends this Fall are all about natural elements. Go big and make a bold statement, or go mall understated  with the natural textures and shapes of  horns, hides and mother of pearl details to bring a back-to-Earth aesthetic to your home. Not a fan of these prints and materials? Opt for faux pieces instead and use them in unexpected ways like lining a tray with an animal print wallpaper. Or paper mache sculptures from West Elm to create a layered look for a tablescape. Salvage an old mirror frame and refinish it in zebra-hide fabric for an instantly chic makeover.
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Head over to One Kings Lane for more tips and ideas on how to decorate with horns, hides and mother of pearl.

 

Shopping Guide trends Well Dressed | Fashion

Fashion Update | What to Wear Now

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Here, in the North-East, the weather has yet to fully embrace Fall. Daytime temperatures oscillate between high 70s to mid 80s while evenings-nights are nearly 10-15 degrees cooler.

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This not-quite-Fall-weather poses a challenge when it comes to picking what to wear all day. Key to dressing for this transitional weather is layering and selecting items that are comfortable, stylish and on-trend.

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I rounded up a few essentials to making this daunting task simple and fun.

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Chequered jackets and natty wide-lapelled jackets sported by 1950’s news anchors look fresh again. Yes, plaid is cool again. Pair a basic striped cotton top, a sheer button-down or an asymmetric tee with skinny cropped leggings in leather-like texture. Layer with a graphic scarf  and sexy heels, like these stappy cage sandals with embellished studs to give your off-duty looks a hint of attitude. My go-to bag these days is a masculine steampunk leather satchel large enough for my 17″ mbpro and other gadgets and holds a small clutch for after-work socials. When it comes to jewelry, less is more for me, so I tend to wear more rings. This Kate Spade Stepping Stone ring makes a subtle statement while being the perfect work-night accessory.

What fashion items are you looking at to add to your wardrobe?

katespade ring | clutch | stacked ring | striped top | cage sandals | leggings | blazer | steampunk satchel | scarf

xo

Home + Decoration Shopping Guide

Office + Desk | Everyday I’m Hustlin’

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Being sick,and bed-ridden, for most of last week gave me time to think about reorganizing my apartment, especially my work space and closet.

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Joy Cho’s fabulous new studio tour over at Design Sponge

I realized I have wayyyyy too much stuff, and need to do something about it. I bought several storage boxes from Ikea, including this one which has my family name :-) to keep my crafting and paper supplies organized. While reassessing the space I decided I don’t need a very large desk since I do most of my crafting on the dining table, and foldout tables. The Micke desk from Ikea is the perfect size for my mbpro and small office supplies. Continue reading