Saturday, December 18, 2010

Everything Chalkboard

Happy Holidays Everybody!
If you are looking for some last minute gift ideas, look no further! I have developed a new obsession for all things chalkboard and these items can make not only unique gifts for the holidays, but also personal gifts! Here are a few of my most favorite chalkboard picks. I hope this helps in your last week of Christmas crunch time!
Happy Planning & Merry Merry,

For the girl who has everything.

Perfect glasses for the holiday entertainer.

For the home.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Makeup Fun

Hello Everybody!
I'll be the first to admit that I love a good party. Especially a holiday party! You get the chance to dress up and look sparkly and mix and mingle with friends you haven't seen in awhile. If this is your thing too, you may be looking for ideas that will change your look into something a bit more festive. Here are some holiday makeup tips that I hope will help when you are getting ready for a fun night out.

1. Consider using glittery makeup. I know what you're thinking, but I'm not suggesting you look like you are going to the club. Here are some of my favorite products that give a subtle twinkle that can build up to a dramatic sparkle.
Nars Eyeshadow in Silent Night

Tip: If selecting a duo or trio of shimmer shadows, choose a mixture of matte and shimmer like this smokey eye trio from Smashbox, or the colors will end up running and appear muddy.

2. Don't be afraid to use bold colors. Lips are a great way to make a statement during the holidays, especially if you are a natural lip gloss kinda girl. Surprise your friends with a new lipstick look like Yves Saint Laurent's 18 Red Taboo!

3. Remember that it's okay to go natural. A pretty way to intensify your natural look is to use glosses and sheen. Beautiful shimmer powders over your everyday blush or a super glossy-gloss over your everyday lipstick can give you that added flair for the holidays. Try Christian Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Pink Silk for some subtle color and high impact shine. Also, try Cat Cosmetics Angel Glow for a soft sheen over everyday makeup.

4. Last but certainly not least...Don't match your makeup to your outfit. Even if you have that perfect eyeshadow that matches the exact shade of your teal party dress, don't be'll be happy you didn't.

I hope your holidays are full of joy and happiness!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Throwing A New Year's Bash on a Budget!

Here are a few party planning tips if you want to throw a New Year's Bash that your friends and family will love, BUT that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg!
Happy Planning~Shanna

First: Choose a Theme and Color Palette for Your Party
Tip: Introduce this theme to your guests through invitations & a focal point in your main party room. For instance the theme can be "Count Down to the New Year" and your color palette is black, white and silver.

Second: Create an Eye-Catching Tablescape
Tip: Beautiful Christmas ornaments are on clearance before New Year's Eve, so stock up on color specific ornaments that match your theme. String them from clear fishing line over your table to create visual interest. Coordinate matching vases and dishware and you have a cohesive look!

Third: Provide a Dessert Bar for Your Guests
Tip: Because a New Year's Eve party traditionally starts later in the evening, most of your guests will have already eaten dinner. So, save a few bucks by making your own desserts like cupcakes, cookies and chocolate covered pretzels!

Fourth: Create a Signature Drink
Tip: Champagne is the traditional drink for the New Year, but you can add your own twist to tradition or even create a mock-tail for the evening. you can save money by purchasing larger quantities of 1 particular drink rather than buying several varieties. Check out this recipe...

Mock Champagne

* 2 (2Liter)bottles ginger ale, chilled
* 1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled
* 1 (64 ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled
Champagne is optional (1 to 2 bottles)

1. Make an ice ring by filling a ring-shaped cake pan half way with ginger ale. Freeze until partially frozen. At this stage you can add edible flowers or pieces of fruit into the mold. Fill pan the remainder of the way with ginger ale and freeze solid. Place in punch bowl before serving.
2. In a large punch bowl, combine 1 bottle of ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grape juice. (Champagne can also be added at this stage)
This refreshing drink has 83 Calories and serves 40

Fifth: Make Your Own Photo Booth
Tip: Pick an un-utilized corner of your house or venue and caddy-corner your backdrop. This can be made by simply pinning a sheet or piece of material over a tension rod. Purchase a unique photo frame from your local craft store *(custom framing departments usually have a clearance section) & add some cute props like hats, sunglasses and Smitten Sticks. Provide your guests with a couple of disposable cameras and let them do the rest! What a fun surprise you will get when you develop those shots!

Sixth Don't Forget to Dress the Part
Tip: Because you are probably footing the bill for this New Year's soiree, don't splurge on an entirely new outfit, simply dress up your look with accessories and make-up. A new pair of sparkly shoes and some red lipstick can make you feel like a million bucks and look like the star of your own party!
Happy 2011 from Ruffles & Rouge

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Key Word Is Love

I recently went on yet another yard sale adventure with my husband through the great state of KY. It was truly a beautiful and fun experience to meet all kinds of folks and pick up a few treasures along the way. By far, my most favorite find on this trip were the skeleton keys that we found in Temple Hill. Because they are so unique and somewhat mysterious, I was inspired to come up with a few ideas to incorporate them in an upcoming inspiration shoot. Here is an inspiration board that I put together for you to enjoy today. I promise to share new pics of my own as soon as they are ready!

Happy Planning~ Shanna

Featured in this board: kerri efendi designs, crystal genes photography, frugal with a flourish, bonnies best art tools

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Inspiration Shoot/Labor of Love

Hello World!

It's been awhile and that is because I was totally engrossed in an inspiration shoot that has been along time in the making. Erin from Be True Designs and I have been planning and thinking and imagining this for months and finally, this past Thursday, at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, our vision finally came to fruition. I love that word, fruition. Anyway, I'm not sure what to name it yet, but I have awhile until the pics and video are ready from Courtney & Lisa at Peachtree Studio and Be Still My Heart Videography. I want to give a special shout out to Gina at Flower Pot for her beautiful floral designs and helping to facilitate the day and Holly at Ironic for loaning us some awesome furniture and rustic iron details. Here's a preview of what's to come. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Planning,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Heather and Tighe's Wedding Teaser...

Hey Everybody!

I had the pleasure of not only planning the design and coordinating my friends Heather & Tighe's wedding, but I was also a bridesmaid:) Busy day to say the least, but we had an absolute blast. The weather was gorgeous in Asheville, NC on 9-5-2010 and everything went so smoothly.

By far, this was one of the most fun weddings I have ever attended, mainly because the personalities of Heather and Tighe are well...both CRAZY to say the least. Here is a little taste of what is to come from the fabulous photography of Regina Holder:) Congratulations you guys!
Love you~Shanna

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Top 5 Makeup Trends for Fall

Hey Yall!

Fall is upon us and so are the newest colors for makeup:) I'm very excited about some of the hottest trends for Fall 2010 because they are some of my personal favorites!

#1 PURPLES ~ Don't let this scare you ladies. There is a shade of purple for everyone. If you have olive skin, then this look is natural for you. For the rest of us, take it easy and try some nice lavenders mixed with silver for a cool eye contrast...or even a sheer violet gloss. Anyone can do purple!
#2 RED LIPS ~ Just remember, if you do a dramatic red lip, don't fight it with a dramatic eye or cheek. Play those areas down so the red takes center stage!
#3 STRONG BROWS ~ My boo Brian Sorke will love this! If you took your Momma's advice and didn't over-pluck, you are in luck. Dramatic arches and thick strong brows are so in! If you got a little tweezer happy, don't worry, there are some great brow kits out there like Anastasia Beverly Hills.
#4 CREAM SHADOWS ~ If you have oily eyelids, have no fear. Use an eye base under your cream shadow to keep the product in place. A nice dewy eye was all the rage on the runways this fall. Mix it up-use more than one shade to create the color you want!
#5 LAYERED LOOK ~ Even if you don't have a lot of makeup experience, you can experiment the layered look and create shades & textures that are all your own. Combine cream shadows with shimmers, blushes with bronzers and of course matte lipsticks with glosses. Whatever you choose to wear this fall, remember to own it!
Happy Planning~

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Say Cheese!

Hey Everybody!

I received my first birthday present by mail today...My Fuji Instax Mini 25! Thanks to my wonderful husband Corey, Corey, Corey and my mother-in-law for 100 pictures!!! I guess I can remove it from the wish list. Whoot Whoot! I will have some very interesting pictures to come...


Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall Wedding Inspiration~Unexpected...

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Hello Everybody~

As fall approaches I am very nostalgic about the smell of the air, the highly anticipated crisp breezes and of course the beautiful colors. Don't get me wrong, orange and yellow and red, oh's gorgeous, but I am always looking for new ways to showcase non-traditional colors and features that don't stand out in the typical fall pallet.

I have recently become drawn to the look of raw materials. Maybe it has something to do with my hobby of refurbing furniture and stripping it before I recreate it, but either way raw is beautiful to me. With this being said, the look of raw cotton blossoms totally screams fall in my ear. Since cotton is harvested typically in September and October, it is the perfect unique touch for a fall wedding. Paired with a deep teal, this combo is superb and can even carry over into the winter months. I hope this inspiration gives you some new ideas for your own unique fall combo!

Happy Planning~Shanna

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jazz It Up With A Jeweled Belt!

Hey Yall!

I'm sure everyone has seen and possibly followed the trend of the Monique Lhuillier-esque, ribbon belted wedding gown. While this trend is still very popular, and beautiful I must say, a new belt has come to town...the jeweled belt. I have posted some pics of beautiful belts and a link to a very cute etsy store by Kacey Higley, where you can jazz up your dress for VERY AFFORDABLE PRICES! We always love that right!?! So, if you are looking for that special touch for your most special dress, remember-you have options!

Happy Planning~Shanna

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I love this dress...

Hey Yall!

I just thought I'd post a picture of this dress that I absolutely LOVE. I think this would be the cutest bridesmaid's dress or party dress. Of course you can find it on where all things wonderful dwell:) Check out katetowers etsy shop for more beautiful and unique clothing creations.
Happy Planning~Shanna

Monday, August 16, 2010

Handmade Flowers Make Me Happy!

Hey Everybody!

Before I start this session can you please sing the title of this blog to the tune of tiny bubbles... OK, now it makes sense. I am about to set up my sewing machine that I got for Christmas-yes I said Christmas-busy year maybe? So, the first thing that I want to make are handmade flowers. I think that handmade flowers are the sweetest little details that you can put on ANYTHING! I tried to incorporate a lot of uses for these handmade delights through the inspiration board I created. (Click on it for a larger view). Fabric flowers can dress up an old shabby armchair, paper flowers can be used instead of fresh for a unique bouquet. Of course, adding them to jewelry is a major trend right now and I always have to suggest ideas for parties (check out the little favor boxes). I will keep you posted on my own handmade flowers as soon as I get my Project Runway Limited Edition, Brother sewing machine set-up and ready to go:) Did I mention that it had a gold lamay jacket on the front of the sewing machine box :(- Hilarious, but no thanks, I'll stick to the flowers!!!

Happy Planning~Shanna

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Michael & Holly Honeycutt 8-7-2010

Hey Everybody!
I am so excited to finally get to sit down and blog about this past weekend's events. First off I would like to say congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Holly Honeycutt. Best wishes to a very sweet couple. You are blessed to have such wonderful friends and family!
From the rehearsal dinner, to the ceremony, to the reception-the details were ON POINT! I couldn't have had a better time working with some of Knoxville's Best- Gina with Flower Pot, Bettina with Luxe Catering, Jeff with All Occasions and the wonderfully talented Jennie Andrews. I have included some snap shots of the night-and I will def let you know when the goodies will be posted on my website, courtesy of Miss Jennie:)
My hat's off to everyone for doing a fantastic job and I hope to work with each and every one of you again. And most importantly thank you Michael and Holly for letting me share in your special day! Love you guys.
Happy Planning~Shanna

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Cool Down with a Splash of Yellow!

Some of the most memorable summer dresses that I have seen on the red carpet and off have all had something in common~they were yellow! It couldn't get any hotter (well maybe I shouldn't say that), but you know what I mean:) So, why not take advantage of the last few weeks of summer weather by showing off your sun-kissed glow in yellow. There are so many flattering shades, from buttercream all the way to mustard-so there IS a shade out there for you. For me, nothing says summer sunshine like a cute yellow party dress! So, maybe remember this hot trend for your next special night out.
Happy Planning~Shanna

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Frills that Thrill!

I guess by now it's obvious that I really like pom poms, ruffles and frilly things. So, I thought I might throw some girly-girl inspiration out there for those of you who like this kinda thing too! I not only love the concept of incorporating embellishments into parties & weddings, but also my wardrobe, my house...MY LIFE:) I hope you enjoy this bit of indulgence, or should I say over indulgence of fancy.
Happy Planning~Shanna

Monday, August 2, 2010

Second Story's Grand Opening!

Hello Everybody-

Here are some details about Second Story's grand opening on Tuesday, August 10th at 6:00pm! Come by and join us for some food, fun, swag bags, and did I say FUN??? Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

For the Love of Shoes

I don't have to state the obvious, but I will...women, for the most part, have some kind of love affair with shoes. So, this personal love of mine has inspired me to make a little board showcasing some colorful shoes for brides. I think colored shoes are a really cute trend that can coordinate with your wedding colors, incorporate wedding traditions (something blue), or even include your groom by asking him to wear colored socks! I like it, I love it, I want some more of it-& I hope you do too:) Happy Planning~Shanna

Monday, July 19, 2010

False Lashes Make Big Splashes

Howdy Yall! When considering having your makeup professionally done on your wedding day, remember that if your lashes are sparse, you can ALWAYS try individual false eyelashes. They can be so beautiful and give that extra pizazz that you are looking for on your special day.

TIP: When focusing a lot of attention on your eyes, remember not to have competing cheeks and lips. Try more subtle shades on those areas. Hope this helps!

Happy Planning~Shanna

Friday, July 16, 2010

Outdoor Family Style Parties

Hello Everybody! With the wonderful possibility of moving to my husband's family property in the very near future, my brain has been spinning with ideas about outdoor entertaining... So, I wanted to share some inspirational pictures that I have been running across and also suggest some party planning ideas as well. If you are having a small gathering, such as a dinner party, bridal shower, or even a small wedding, consider family-style outdoor dining as an option for your guests. It creates a cozy setting and allows guests to actually talk instead of just mingle. Even if you are having the intimate affair in your own backyard, there are so many possibilities that you can do to make your outdoor space beautiful. I hope these images create some inspiration for your lives.
Happy Planning~Shanna

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wildflower Wedding

Hello! If you live near the mountains of East Tennessee, it is likely that you will want to take advantage of the beautiful scenery in the area. With this being said, a wonder and cost effective flower choice can be wildflowers. Incorporating these natural buds into your wedding decor can look so fantastic, especially for the bride who doesn't want the traditional "wedding" feel. Not to say that they can't look great in a traditional setting and even a modern/Eco-friendly theme as well. Consider incorporating wildflowers for an interesting twist on the classic bouquet or centerpiece.
Happy Planning~Shanna

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pom-Pom Party

Hey Yall! For those of you who know me-you know that I have an obsession with pom-poms. I think they add a bit of fun and whimsy to any occasion. Here are some of my favorite pom-pom looks and inspirations. Remember that these little guys can also add a lot of beauty to your home decor when used sporadically. Enjoy!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Second Story-Making Progress!

Hey! I've not been on the ball with my blogs because I have been sooo busy with setting up my brand new makeup display and doing decorating projects at Second Story. We successfully hosted the first bridal workshop and had a lot of fun and a great turn out. Thanks to everyone that came out to see the space and hear all of the great vendor tips. We are all so excited about our upcoming friends and family night and of course the August GRAND OPENING!!! More details to come...

Here's a little video link-Check it out!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Second Story

I'm really excited to announce the evolution of a new space that will be opening soon in Homberg called Second Story. Please visit the website at for exciting details about this upcoming place for ladies to celebrate all the chapters in their life! From graduating high school and college, to getting engaged and married, to having little ones, Second Story will be a great place for you to come for some relaxation and inspiration! Stay tuned for more details as they evolve in the coming weeks!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Scream, You Scream...

Howdy Folks-
Since the weather has finally taken a warm turn, it has gotten me thinking about ideas for hot summer weddings. I got married in the heat of the Tennessee summer on July 30th and I wish I had thought of some additional refreshing treats for my guests besides the bar;) I know it’s only May, but if you live in the South, it will get scorching before you know it. And what does everyone want to eat when it’s blazing outside…ICE CREAM! Everyone loves ice cream right??? Simple money-saving flavor suggestions could include classic vanilla and chocolate and then choose a signature flavor that coordinates with your wedding decor colors. Similar to a candy bar, provide tons of toppings like sprinkles (of course), gummy bears, marshmallows, assorted nuts…geez I’m getting hungry. If ice cream isn’t your thing, specialty popsicles can also be a nice touch. Fresh fruit pops, push up pops, (you get the picture), can provide some much-needed cooling off, especially if your reception is outside. Just coordinate the details with your caterer ahead of time so they can come equipped with an industrial sized freezer and your dreams of an indulgent wedding treat becomes reality.

Happy Planning- Shanna

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Best Waterproof Mascara

Hey Everybody-
In doing a lot of makeup for weddings, I often get the request for waterproof mascara. This has made me cringe for so long because waterproof mascara has, well…a reputation. And with that being said, there are so many mascaras out there that can do fabulous things for even the shortest most sparse lashes and waterproof mascaras were not part of that fabulous crowd! So, in my pursuit of finding a good waterproof mascara, I decided to give the classic a try-yes I’m talking about Maybelline Great Lash. You know one of those pink tubes of mascara that has been around since the beginning of time??? But I was pleasantly surprised! Majorly suprised, at how easy it was to work with. How buildable the coverage was. Yes I said buildable. I know that when applying most waterproof mascaras, you get one shot to get it right before it hardens (it doesn’t dry-it really hardens), but not Maybelline Great Lash. It actually allows you to go back for a second coat and it doesn’t start flaking. Here is a link that I ran across today for some more suggestions on waterproof mascara-it is from Good Housekeeping where they research EVERYTHING! Click HereBut don’t worry, if you’re still stuck on your old mascara after looking over the reviews, there is still another option for you. Some cosmetic companies make a “rain coat”, which can make any mascara waterproof. Just remember if you use these waterproofing products don’t forget to coat EVERY LASH!
Happy Planning- Shanna