October 28, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
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 Converse
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 Converse
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.]
October 23, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Truth be told, carving pumpkins every year is something I really look forward to doing. In fact, this past weekend we did just that. We poured big glasses of apple cider, cranked up the volume on Monster Mash and set about carving and hacking away at our pumpkins. (See evidence here on Instagram.) But more and more this year I’m finding myself drawn to really amazing no carve pumpkin ideas. Kind of like my black and white painted pumpkin from a couple of weeks ago. The advantages of a no carve pumpkin? Less mess, for one! Plus if you’re like me and your carving skills don’t really seem to improve with trial and error, a carveless route may be the perfect option for you. Bonus – pumpkins that aren’t carved will stand the test of time much better and can stick around dressing up your seasonal decor all fall long!
Want to get cracking at your own pumpkin creation? Click through for 10 of my favorite no carve pumpkin ideas - we’re talking fancy paint jobs, succulent embellishments, a bit of metallic gold and even vintage postage stamps!
October 22, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
It seems that across the board, this year is definitely the year of black and white for Halloween. I guess maybe we’re all a little tired of the traditional black and orange? (Not that I don’t love me some kitschy Halloween decor, because I do.) Personally I’m loving the whole black and white love affair because it somehow manages to feel spooky, chic, modern and graphic all at the same time. Because I seem to have Halloween on the brain permanently these days, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite black and white Halloween ideas currently circulating on Pinterest. From printables to no-carve pumpkins to easy crafts, you’re going to have your fill of awesome Halloween decor!
[Eek Halloween printables | Trick or treat printables | Boo paper lanterns | Spook pops | Ghost piñata | Pom pom spiders | Black bat printables | Boo banner | Bedazzled pumpkin | Bat garland + toppers.]