Saturday, December 18, 2010
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. www.etsy.com
Perfect glasses for the holiday entertainer. www.pier1.com
For the home. www.potterybarn.com
Monday, December 6, 2010
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 tempted...you'll be happy you didn't.
I hope your holidays are full of joy and happiness!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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...
* 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
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
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!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
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!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
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!!!
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Happy Planning- Shanna