As we ease our way into Halloween and the fall holiday season, I’m finding myself falling in love with brightly colored neon pumpkins, which were a huge trend last fall. It’s such a fun way to add a splash of festive seasonal cheer to your home or front porch without diving headfirst into the classic autumnal shades of brown, red, orange and gold. Whether they be big orange pumpkins or tiny little white gourds, every squash you can think of looks mighty fine with a coat of neon paint or a ribbon of neon studs created with basic craft store fabric paint. These five are a few of my favorites, but however you rock it you really can’t go wrong with a little neon love for your fall pumpkins.
[1: Sweet C's Designs | 2: A Beautiful Mess | 3: Funkytime | 4: Chatelaine via Poppytalk | 5: Hello Lidy.]
As the leaves begin to turn and the air turns crisper by the day, I’m definitely finding myself in the mood to whip our place into shape before the cold settles in for winter. What is it about fall that always makes me want to organize and clean and get all the linens and extra blankets washed and folded up? One of my favorite ways to cozy up the place for winter is with plaid! We have a whole bunch of plaid wool blankets that we keep in the living room, on the foot of the beds and slung over chairs for impromptu cuddling up when the weather gets cold. Yup, I just love plaid, which is why I’ve rounded up 10 modern ways you can decorate with plaid. You can pop over to Babble to get the inspiration and below I’ve picked out a few pieces that will help you get the look!
[Get the look | Plaid throw | Plaid bedding | Plaid scarf | Plaid handbag.]
I’ve been crazy about floral prints for a while now. I’m so glad to see this trend of yore making a major comeback this year. And it’s pretty perfect for fall, if you ask me! Layer it up with a great blazer and cropped jeans, pair it with rich autumnal shades of orange, or add a touch of leopard and this look will transition seamlessly from summer to the cooler months. Personally I’m into bold, slightly oversized floral patterns for a look that is fresh and modern. To get the look, Ruche has loads of lovely floral prints as does Forever21. I vote for gorgeous jewel tones for your fall florals, but however you rock it you’ll be styling, that I assure you.
[Floral fashion | 1: Kendi Everyday | 2: Wendy's Lookbook | 3: Devon Rachel from Running on Happiness.]
Camille and Greg recently celebrated their marriage with a gorgeous over the top black tie affair in Park City, Utah. To kick off the festivities in proper fashion, they kept it casual with an amazing old west inspired rehearsal dinner held at High West Distillery. I love this party! Which may, in fact, be a massive understatement. With guests decked out in cowboy regalia (including an abundance of cowboy boots) and an ample dose of tasty cocktails, this is my kind of celebration. Equally as fabulous for an anniversary party, birthday bash or engagement party, I love the idea of keeping things light hearted when celebrating with loved ones. If you can find an excuse to wear a cowboy hat and sing karaoke, I’ll consider that a big ol’ fat bonus.
Many many thanks to Pepper Nix Photography for sharing Camille and Greg’s super fun celebration. Be sure to click through to the gallery for all the details!
[Photos by Pepper Nix Photography.]
by Stephanie Gerber
Halloween is quickly approaching! (Believe it or not.) Have you started thinking about your costume? Your kids’ costumes? I’m lobbying my kids to go as WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face but I have a feeling we’ll wind up as a princess and a super hero – again. Since no one will let me get creative with their costume, I’ve resorted to getting crafty on tote bags. These trick or treat bags glow in the dark! It’s the coolest thing ever!
- White or black tote bag
- White or black paint
- Glow in the dark fabric paint
- Bat stencil or other spooky shape
Start by tracing the shape with a pencil onto the tote bag. For the bats, I used 2 sizes of a stencil and just freehanded a shape for the ghost.
Paint in the shape with either black or white paint, depending on your bag color. Yes, you could skip this step and go directly to painting with the glow-in-the-dark paint. But since the glow paint doesn’t have much color in the daytime it’s nice to still have a big, graphic shape.
Most of the glow-in-the-dark fabric paint comes with a fine point tip. Squeeze some out in a dish when you need to paint.
Outline the shape of the bat with the glow paint applicator tip and let it dry.
Then paint in the shape with 2-3 coats of paint, letting it dry between each one.
I love the simple graphic shapes. And, of course, the glowing!
These would also be great to personalize with a child’s name. Mine have put dibs on the one they want!
Are you a Halloween crafter? Let us know what you’ve been making!
[Photos by Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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