October 30, 2013 | by cyd
An alternate title to this post would be “The Easiest Halloween DIY Idea Ever.” Or perhaps, “Photographing Balloons is Surprisingly Tricky!” Either way, you get the gist. I shared a photo of this balloon on Instagram yesterday to rave reviews so I thought I would share this quick and easy last minute Halloween DIY project. Balloons. Black ones. Decked out with a gold paint pen. They’re perfect for bunching together and tying out front to welcome trick-or-treaters! Or, how fun would they be to tote around the neighborhood while out hoarding chocolate and Skittles? (Because, clearly, I’m the kind of girl who advocates wandering around town with a big bunch of balloons. So fun!)
Get ready for the easiest of easy! First up, gather a bunch of black balloons and be sure they’re all filled with helium before you get wild with your paint pen. Then have at it! Deck out your balloon with whatever phrases and patterns you like, being careful not to smudge your work as you rotate the balloon. (Although the paint does dry pretty quickly so it’s not a huge concern!) I definitely suggesting using a fine point tip or thicker as the extra fine point doesn’t really show up on the balloon. (Ok, ok and I was totally afraid the whole time that it might pop the balloon in my face. Oops!) And there you have it! The easiest Halloween balloons with just the perfect little bit of gold.
[Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Fine point metallic gold Sharpie pen from Michaels
Black balloons from Party City
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October 29, 2013 | by cyd
Guys, the final countdown is on! We’re just two days out from Halloween so you know what that means – if you haven’t already figured out your costume or that for your kiddos, now is the time. Luckily, there seem to be more ingenious ideas than ever before for quick, easy last minute Halloween costumes that you can make on the fly. Dig into your closet, bust out a bit of duct tape, cardboard or tin foil and you’re in business. While I know a lot of the big Halloween parties happened this past weekend, I always love dressing up at least a little bit for handing out candy or trekking the streets. So I made sure to include a few costumes for you and a few costumes for the kids, too. Grab the glue gun and hop to it!
[Witch costume | Bat headband | Eiffel Tower costume | Bandits costume | Charlie Chaplin costume | Bunny ears | Dirty Dancing costume | Spider Kid costume | Greek goddess costume | Lamb costume.]
October 28, 2013 | by cyd
Because I just can’t give up on a good thing until I’ve gone and completely burned myself out on it (salads, I’m looking at you right now), today we’re going back to my obsession with black and white for a moment. Specifically, a color palette that is both a perfectly elegant way to kick off Halloween week and an ode to old school glamor. My intention was to go with the typical spooky Halloween palette (like this one and this one from years past), but somehow we ended up with something completely chic instead. Not that I’m complaining, because I’m kind of crazy about this glam vibe at the moment. By the way I should probably disclose that I utilize far more brain cells than is even remotely acceptable thinking about color palettes. This is normal, right?
[Photos, from top: Cheree Berry Paper | Christian Oth Studio from Martha Stewart Weddings | The Cake Blog.]
October 25, 2013 | by cyd
Guys, it’s officially sweater weather in Upstate New York this week! We went from zipping right along with incredibly unseasonable warmth and sunshine (I’m talking lows 80s as of just a couple weekends ago) to a heavy flurry of sleet and snowflakes yesterday. While there’s no snow sitting on the ground just yet, I’ve definitely been grabbing for sweaters and boots all week long. So in an ode to sweater weather, today we’re taking one awesome colorblock sweater (with the coolest zipper details) and styling it two ways – for day and for night. I love this idea! Invest in one or two awesome new pieces each season and work them around the clock.
For day, I love this sweater paired with jeans and suede riding boots. (Yeah, yeah, that’s kind of my go-to uniform, I know.) The cat printed scarf is a touch of pattern and fun without getting too crazy. For evening, ivory pants with the same gold zipper detailing make the perfect pairing. Add nude pumps, a stack of bangles and a cute clutch and you’re ready for date night!
[Shop: Colorblock sweater | jeans | cat scarf | boots | earrings | clutch | bangles | pumps | white pants.]
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October 24, 2013 | by cyd
While I’m not historically a big whiskey drinker, in the last year or so I’ve really come to enjoy the rich caramel flavor. Especially this time of year! I find something about great whiskey cocktails so perfect for fall. Paired with fruit like berries and figs, it’s just so darn tasty. If you think you’re not a whiskey fan, I encourage you to practice what I always preach and try a higher quality whiskey or bourbon. You might just be shocked (like I was) to find yourself a convert! When in doubt, whiskey is amazing with ginger flavors. And, yes, ginger ale counts.
[Whiskey cocktails | 1: Black and blue Manhattan from The Boys Club | 2: Whiskey sour from Yummy Supper | 3: Mixed berry and fig old fashioned from The Boys Club.]