Valentine’s Day Soirée!

Someone like myself, who prefers Halloween to all holidays, watching documentaries about diseases, sharks and/or massacres, as well as the generally macabre aspects of life, may not truly appreciate the saccharine, heart-shaped miasma that is Valentine’s Day. I do, however, love a good theme. One I can really run with, like the goddess Diana, through a beautiful forest of decorating possibilities!

Given this fact, and Valentine’s Day being on a Thursday last year, I decided to host a fabulous Valentine’s soirée! I thought it might be much more enjoyable than a “fancy” date night at some restaurant, surrounded by a bunch of desperate strangers, with outrageously high expectations, eating overpriced steak and mediocre desserts.

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So yummy!

Again, because I have doting parents who are willing to help me, and provide excessive amounts of table settings, decor and silver pieces, this party was an over-the-top success! Not to mention, the house lends itself extremely nicely to this color scheme, given the vintage pink linoleum covering the kitchen, pink curtains in the dining room, pink sectional sofa and dramatic peacock feathers in the foyer. I invited so many people that we had all three tables set up (one in the Library/Study, Dining Room and Breakfast Room). Each was set with a different combination of colors, all of which featured pink heavily.

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Fancy folks in the Dining/Cherub room!

The Breakfast Room! (My favorite table cloth, the vintage net and sequined felt!)

The Breakfast Room! (My favorite table cloth, the vintage net and sequined felt!)

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Sophisticated romance in the Study!

I served Mexican food, mostly because you can cook a lot of it at once without too much effort, and it has less staining properties than Italian fare. (Red sauce and white table cloths DO NOT mix.) So, I opted to make 40+ enchiladas, with chicken and veggie options! Never before attempted, but they were delicious! I bought rice and beans from Chuy’s (they were SUPER gracious about it), and a couple of my friends provided the (totally necessary) crock pot queso.

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My mother, and guests, were very helpful!

Not sure how I got away with not wearing an apron. (ALWAYS wear an apron!)

Not sure how I got away with not wearing an apron. (ALWAYS wear an apron!)

We also had a pink champagne punch (OBVS), with a frozen juice/blueberry-filled heart to keep it cool, and make my great grandmother’s punch bowl look even more fabulous!

Gorgeous in all the ways!

Gorgeous in all the ways!

For dessert (along with the many amazing guest contributions), I made what my family now calls “Strawberry Collapse Cake.” So named because of an incident in my childhood involving my mother, covered up to her elbows in pink, strawberry/coconut icing, weeping and babbling incoherently while what was once a layered cake slowly oozed sideways and simultaneously imploded. Being a relentless problem-solver, she decided to put the “cake” in an antique trifle bowl. Alternating cake, icing, sliced strawberries and cool whip, she created a beautiful dessert, and effectively masked it’s inherent instability.

*Somehow the desserts went unphotographed, however, if you have any pictures, please let me know!*

The decor for this party was absolutely incredible. Seriously. We’re talking gold lame swags, punctuated with my mother’s (seemingly endless) supply of heart-shaped candy boxes, in the living room. A silver epergne (pronounced: ay-pern), adorned with piles of hearts and cherubs, not to mention the ever-present pink cow hide rug, and pink and green sofa.

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So many golden swags! (It’s all one long piece, btw.)

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Silver epergne and pink cow hide rug. So classy!

Pink sofa! And the gorgeous flowers Boyfriend bought just for me!

Pink sofa! Plus, gorgeous flowers!

We added some hearts to my mother’s antique wall-o-drawers piece in the Breakfast Room, plus some hanging on her stick arrangements, for good measure.

My friend's camera had a color filter! We USED it!

My friend’s camera had a color filter! We USED it!

The cutest!

The cutest!

My father’s Study/Library was made more festive with two enormous Styrofoam hearts, on loan from my maternal grandmother. I used one of the three hearts as a background for the “photo booth” we set up in the entry way! This was also a big hit, especially for those who donned some of the “costumes” provided: feather boas, oversize pearls, ladylike fans, and the token mustache guy we inherited from my grandparents’ furniture store.

So demure!

So demure!

Perfect friends!

Perfect friends!

Also meant to be!

Also meant to be!

Or does Matt love this guy??

Or does Matt love this guy??

Nope. It's this pretty lady!

Nope. It’s this pretty lady!

Adorbs!

Adorbs!

So happy!

So happy!

My anti-Valentine's friends came too!

My anti-Valentine’s friends came too!

Since we are a pretty crafty group, I also set up my mother’s craft room as a place for people to make their own Valentine’s Day cards and/or paper bags to collect goodies! (Like the Spanish conversation hearts my mother managed to accidentally purchase!)

Te amo!

Te amo!

I collected some pre-made Valentine’s cards, along with paper, glue, scissors, stickers, GLITTER, doilies and so much more! Giving people something to do before and/or after dinner encourages creativity and conversation. Plus, if you haven’t put together gift bags, they have something to take home that will remind them of how much fun they had!

Brian was super excited about his Valentine's bag!

Brian was super excited about his Valentine’s bag!

Craftin!

Craftin!

And lookin' good!

And lookin’ good!

Also, for this event, I decided I needed to create an ensemble that would be memorable and gorgeous. Thankfully, my mother has a pattern collection that would rival that of Vogue or McCall’s, so I quickly found a pattern that NEEDED to be real.

Isn't everything about this incredible??

Isn’t everything about this incredible??

So, Mom also had this fab silky red fabric that happened to be a shade darker on the “wrong” side, which was PERFECT for this dress, and I didn’t have to line the peplum! It was one of my first attempts at dealing with boning (re: buy boning that hasn’t been wrapped in a circle for 20+ years), and sewing this particular pattern. It went pretty well, though, and the final product turned out to be quite the conversation piece!

Dramatic in red! (Look at my pink cheeks!)

Dramatic in red! (Look at my pink cheeks!)

Worn with my PEACOCK FEATHER BOA!

Worn with my PEACOCK FEATHER BOA!

This party was a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day! Everyone had a wonderful time, contributed so much, and were able to wallow in the evening’s romantic theme.

Have you been to a Valentine’s Day party? Do you and your other celebrate Val-D? Do you have an anti-Val-D tradition?

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

On this day, January 8th, 1935, a poor little baby child was born in the ghetto of Tupelo, Mississippi. That child, Elvis Aaron Presley, grew up influenced by gospel and country songs, and eventually changed rock n’ roll music forever.

Happy birthday, you crazy, hip swingin' rock n' roll vagabond!

Happy birthday, you crazy, gorgeous, sultry, hip swingin’ rock n’ roll vagabond!

As I have mentioned, I super LOVE Elvis. His voice, and animal magnetism made him an incredible performer, and his unique style resonated with millions of people all over the world, not only his generation, but their children and grandchildren! I think it was his bold, totally unapologetic outrageous-ness that made him a mega-star. He was so completely confident in his vocals, costumes and persona, he still draws people in years after his death.

Look at this cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on tv) before Elvis.

Look at this hep cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on TV) before Elvis.

During my brief time at Graceland, I was fortunate enough to see some of his amazing jumpsuit/costumes in person! They are masterpieces of craftsmanship, and quite impressive in their own right, with or without an Elvis in them!

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The entire former racquetball court is now filled with awards and jumpsuits! It’s incredible.

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SO MANY SEQUINS! Also awards. You should know, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Up close they’re amazing! (They also weigh like 50 pounds each.) How many dudes can pull off a TIGER JUMPSUIT?!?! He was so great, y’all.

As a seamstress, and a lover of vintage things, it’s completely understandable that I am all about Elvis. He was an incredible showman, and continues to live as an enduring piece of the “classic” rock era. He also sings like a sexy angel, and was kind of a badass. I love a good theme, especially for Christmas time, so a couple of years ago I did an “Elvis Christmas!”

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The whole tree! Simple, but pretty! I did a silver and blue theme to support my awesome EPE-certified ornaments!

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Sexy blue jumpsuit!

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Amazing gold and purple! Look at those ‘burns! You can really feel the heat.

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So jovial with his guitar!

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PRETTY SURE I SAW THIS ONE AT GRACELAND!

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I bought this yard of fabric that was specifically an Elvis tree skirt!!! It also made two round ornaments!

A couple of years later, I was given another AMAZING piece of cross-cultural Elvis paraphernalia!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too! I did a gold and white tree that year to match!

As you can probably tell, Elvis Presley continues to fascinate and delight, not only little ol’ me, but folks all over the world! His lasting legacy has endured because he was outlandish, original, sexy, talented, and a dedicated performer. His career included stints as a musician, singer, soldier, and actor. My favorite is Blue Hawaii!

It's so silly, but it's set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury's in it!

It’s so silly, but it’s set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury’s in it!

Although he was not a perfect man, he was an amazing talent, and remains an enduring icon of the 20th century. For his voice, his music, his performances, his sex appeal, and his over-the-top taste, I say: Thank you, sir, and I wish you a very happy birthday!

Are you an Elvis fan? Have you been to Graceland?? Would you like to go someday? Which Elvis hit is your favorite??

Farewell, 2013!

Well, it’s almost the beginning of a new year! Welcome back to the office, if you’re at work again. (Sorry, I am, too.) Those of you still lolling around the house, go take a shower! Wash off the post-Christmas crust, and go have a drink with someone who isn’t in your family.

Yep.

For everyone: WHAT ARE YOU WEARING NYE?!?! I have a fantastic vision of a black and white ensemble, inspired by the 1970s and Madeline Kahn’s Young Frankenstein turban!!!

Yes, THIS turban!

Yes, THIS turban! I’ve got a diamond brooch picked out and everything!

I haven’t decided exactly what to do with my hair (completely engulfed or flowing out in a billowy cloud of curls?!?!), but I am positive that it will be fabulous! The real kicker is a vintage black velvet, rhinestone-studded belt from Neiman-Marcus!!! I needed an ensemble to show it off, and for whatever reason a jumpsuit seems to be the ideal option, so I’m GOING FOR IT! If the jumpsuit does (and likely should) bow out in the coming year, at least I can have some farewell fun before it does.

They've been on the red carpet for several years now! If Kristen Wiig can do it, so can I! Cheers to getting totally naked to pee!

They’ve been on the red carpet for several years now! If Kristen Wiig can do it, so can I. Cheers to getting totally naked to pee!

So, the options for NYE are endless! They can be, but are not limited to: fancy dinners, fancy parties in hotels and/or bars, fancy house parties, more laid back affairs, or drinking alone. Although all the planning can be a bit exhausting, once you’re there, it’s always a good time! The point is, however you celebrate, it ought to be completely covered in glitter, your makeup should be outrageous, and even if you know it’ll all be melty and slightly sticky by the end of the night, it’ll look damn good when you walk in the door.

We’re talking a disco and glitter light show presented by RuPaul on a Disney budget!

If you haven’t put together an outfit, it’s not too late! You still have an evening and a lunch hour to make this happen, and Charming Charlie stays open LATE! Plus, the post-Christmas sales on extra-shiny things are currently going on, so coming up with at least one statement piece won’t be that difficult. You can be wearing all black and throw on a fancy scarf, feathers, sequins, or a necklace and you are set!

See?? Insta-fab!

See?? Insta-fab!

Or those CRAZY heels you never get to wear!

Or those CRAZY heels you never get to wear!

See also: Glam hair accessories!

See also: Glam Hair Accessories!

There are TONS more amazing looks, some inspired by celebrities, others by Pinterest, but basically if you’ve got gold, feathers, or fringe, you will be the belle of the ball! Also, try taking a look in your closet to see what possibly amazing ensembles have been hiding! If you’ve got a small/non-existent budget, wear something simple and/or elegant, and let your makeup and hair create the statement!

LOVE this!!! The makeup is gorgeous, ties in with her statement necklace, and her hair is a magnificent halo!

LOVE this!!! The makeup is gorgeous, ties in with her statement necklace, and her hair is a magnificent halo!

I adore this retro-inspired wave, bold lip and necklace combo!

I adore this retro-inspired wave, bold lip and classy necklace combo!

She looks so incredibly elegant, but absolutely modern at the same time, and her updo is perfect!

She looks so incredibly elegant, but absolutely modern at the same time, and her updo is perfect!

Whatever makes you feel your best, that’s exactly what you should do! That being said, sometimes a little bit of extra prep/effort is usually worth it, as long as you have fun during the process. Since some folks are coming from the office, it may be a more subdued look, but no matter how you look or where you go, have an excellent NYE! I’m all about themes, so forget about your resolutions for one more night, and let’s all get super fancy!

Do you have fun plans for this NYE? Do you have a NYE tradition? Have an outfit picked out?? What do you love about it?

Gift Wrapping, Here’s What’s Up

It’s down to brass tacks here, people! Christmas is closing in – TWO days, omg. So, if you’re anything like me, you spent the weekend partying, wrapping gifts, and running some errands.  (Like a boss!) In case all your wrapping isn’t finished, there are SO many guides to help you win this battle against pretty ribbon and decorative paper.

Now we know how to “perfectly” wrap a square box, using the exact size of wrapping paper already cut! Don’t you feel like an expert?? To be fair, this method seems pretty straight-forward, but in all honesty, I don’t wrap gifts this way, so it’s always your call in terms of perfection.

The basic, “cut a piece that’ll cover the whole box, tape the bottom, fold the edges flat” method works wonders if you’ve got a square/rectangular box, obvs. And for mostly everything else, a bag does just the trick! (Just yesterday I put a huge roll of fancy, fringed trim into a Santa-themed chair cover!) For smallish, “unusually” or uniquely shaped items, this is a great trick to make them less crazy hard to cover. (Or you could totes pay someone else to do it, says the matter-of-fact, magnificent bow-making lady.)

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, you puny fools.

So what does the Grand High Chancellor of Lifestyle have to say about gift wrapping, you ask? Oh, Martha’s got some suggestions for you, darling.

You can use yarn just like ribbon!

You can use yarn just like ribbon!

Wrap 75 small packages instead of one, then cover in 100 yards of ribbon! (This one could involve hot glue, which adds fun points.)

Wrap 75 small packages instead of one, then cover in 100 yards of ribbon! (This one could involve hot glue, which definitely adds fun points.)

Make some little pouches, lazy!

Make some little pouches, lazy!

These are beautiful, but you have to find and purchase (perhaps expensive, if done correctly) vintage linens.

These are beautiful, but you have to find and purchase (perhaps expensive, if done correctly) vintage linens.

Ok, I'm super down for the "cover in fabric" trick, however, it has the distinct possibility to slide into" way harder than it should be" territory.

Ok, I’m super down for the “cover in fabric” trick, however, this has the distinct possibility of sliding into” way harder than it should be” territory.

Duh! Just get some (completely gorgeous, totally green) leaves from your garden! Nature is beautiful!

Duh! Just get some (completely gorgeous, totally green and pliable) leaves from your garden! Nature is beautiful!

She wants to control the INSIDE of the gift, too! So bossy.

She wants to control the INSIDE of the gift, too! So bossy.

This one is my super favorite because: 1. Covering gifts in discarded potato chip bags is a DELIGHTFULLY white trash thought and 2. I can absolutely picture the hilarious horror of making that decision in the real world, Martha! (Those bags are slick and gross!!!) Throw those away, and NEVER use them as gift wrap!

This one is my super favorite because: 1. Covering gifts in discarded potato chip bags is a DELIGHTFULLY white trash thought and 2. I can absolutely picture the hilarious horror of making this decision in the real world, Martha! (Those bags are slick and gross!!!) Throw those away, and NEVER use them for gift wrapping!

Clearly, if you steer clear of using garbage for gift wrap (unless it’s some sort of clean garbage, or a smelly art piece) you will probably be fine. People like receiving gifts regardless of how they’ve been wrapped! Ultimately, if you have a little time, throwing together a well-wrapped gift isn’t difficult at all, and anyone is capable. Even on a budget! When I was in grad school I wrapped everyone’s gift in newspaper and it was amazing! It looked vintage, and it was completely affordable.

You can use old maps the same way! They may or may not look as fancy as Martha's. (They won't.)

You can use old maps the same way! Yours may or may not look as fancy as Martha’s. (They won’t.)

I realize, of course, that gift wrapping is a vain luxury, for those of us with the time and/or cash to do more ornate gift wrapping (that includes baubles, custom tape, or yards of ribbon), and the thing that matters most is the gift, and the love shared between the people involved. After all, gifts are not obligatory, so why not put as much effort into it as you’re able? Without a sense of celebration and joy, life would be so dull! Add beauty however you can, and take Martha’s advice with a grain of (artisan) sea salt.

Have you done most/all of your gift wrapping already? Do you like gift wrapping? If not, have you found any useful “do this faster” or “do this cheaper” tips to share? What was your oddest and/or most weirdly-shaped Christmas wrapping challenge?

Host the BEST Christmas Gathering!

We are down to the wire, people! If you are hosting a holiday party this year, now is the time to get going with the party planning! Unless you’re a lonely butler, chances are you know some people, and those people are likely to invade your house at some point during the month of December. The closer you get to Christmas, the more true this becomes. So, with the inevitable onslaught of guests, it’s advisable that you decorate your abode, and perhaps have some last minute party-making tricks up your sleeve.

This guy knows about deadlines.

This guy knows about deadlines.

In the event that you’re spending Christmas away from family traditions, creating some of your own, or hosting a party for friends, this article/video by Julia Ziegler-Haynes is full of SUPER helpful hints, tips, and recipes! She basically tells the ultimate hosting-on-the-cheap secret, which is DO IT YOURSELF. If you opt for ingredients instead of pre-made stuff, you’ll almost always save money. With just a few items, and for about $100 total, she puts together a lovely party in not much time!

She tried the punch, and it was gooood.

She tried the whiskey punch, and it was gooood.

Even if you have never hosted a holiday party, or any party for that matter, the above links and video should be a fantastic guide toward making you a successful host! That being said, here is a collection of amazing Christmas “celebrations” and personal holiday stylings from the Internet. Feel free to attempt any of these you prefer, and impress all of your guests! The following are my favorites:

Christmas HAIR! She and Gaga should hang out.

Christmas HAIR! She and Gaga should hang out.

I love the super resentful, angrypants look on this guy's face!

I love the super resentful, angrypants look on this guy’s face!

Bahahahaha!

Bahahahaha! Wrecking Balls! This could definitely be a “pornament” on a naughty Christmas tree!

I'm not all about babies, but his dude is giving some fierce crazy eyes.

I’m not all about babies, but his dude is giving some fierce crazy eyes.

Star Wars nativity is THE BEST!

Star Wars nativity is THE BEST!

I did a “Star Wars” themed Christmas a few years ago, and although I’ll clearly have to do a (way better) repeat performance, it was a blast! If you’re a Christmas traditionalist, that’s great, but I since it comes around every year, I like to use it as an opportunity to try lots of different themes (Elvis/Blue Christmas, Turquoise & Purple Peacocks, Star Wars, Nightmare Before Christmas), and they have all been delightful! It’s much easier to feel motivated and festive for a party if you have chosen a great/simple/clever theme to bring everything together.

Are you hosting a holiday gathering this year? Have you already? What theme did you go with this year? Do you have a Christmas celebration tradition?

Gift Guides & DIY Inspiration!

Christmas is officially ONE WEEK AWAY! *Cue hysterical jingle bells* That means that if you haven’t put together a holiday ambiance at your home/desk/car, you should GET ON IT! Also, if you haven’t purchased (or made) gifts for everyone you know (and a few more, just in case), you can refer to any number of holiday gift guides for completely generic suggestions that are sure to wow your “loved ones.”

Buy them some super cool shoes! This does require you to have a working knowledge of their shoe size, so maybe you know them well enough to get them a slightly more thoughtful gift?

Buy them some super cool shoes! This does require you to have a working knowledge of their shoe size, so maybe you know them well enough to find a slightly more thoughtful gift? NOPE! Faux-Keds for you!

I know sometimes gift giving can be stressful, especially if a deadline is fast approaching and you’re second guessing yourself, or are unsure of what said recipient will be happy having. Some people seem particularly difficult to buy for, as they have eccentric taste, or a hedonistic tendency to purchase whatever they want (AMERICA!), or they’re like my grandparents, who seem to have anything and everything anyone could possibly own.

Clearly no one at this gift exchange was at a loss!

Clearly no one at this gift exchange was at a loss! It was a sexy Christmas present mountain!

Since I was involved with a wedding this year I have not made as many gifts as I usually do, but there’s still time! Some folks are not “crafty,” and some people aren’t fans of receiving handmade gifts ( I have few kind words for you people, unless the gift is: unfinished, hideous, or smelly, in which case, I get it), however, I always appreciate the effort involved with DIY/handmade gifts, and the creative ideas behind them tend to be amazing! Now, occasionally, especially after years of making presents for people, your enthusiasm wanes, or you feel like a change, but need inspiration. I found this article on HuffPo, and it has some great DIY ideas!

Creating these cute, themed bookends seems pretty easy! Choose the person-propriate animal, spray paint, and affix to a piece of wood!

Creating these cute, themed bookends seems pretty easy! Choose the person-propriate animal, spray paint, and affix to a piece of wood!

This could be less ornate, or even more so! It's a fab idea for a hostess gift, or for coworkers, anyone who loves tea, really!

This could be less ornate, or even more so! It’s a fab idea for a hostess gift, or for coworkers, anyone who loves tea, really!

Appreciate old buttons? Have vintage earrings without hope of finding their partner? Make them into fun cocktail rings!

Appreciate old buttons? Have vintage earrings without hope of finding their partner? Make them into fun cocktail rings!

This is such a great way to make a unique gift for that kid your friend had! You could amend the materials/themes and make it fun for girls and/or boys!

This is such a great way to make a unique gift for that kid your friend had! Amend the materials/themes and make it fun for girls and/or boys!

These are adorable! They would make a great small gift, or even as part of a fancy gift wrap presentation! They can be personalized, monogrammed, and even hand sewn if you don't have a sewing machine!

These are adorable! They would make a great small gift, or even work as part of a fancy gift wrap presentation! They can be personalized, monogrammed, and even hand sewn if you don’t have a sewing machine!

If you've got some extra/old keyboards lying around (if not, try a resale store, they have LOTS), you can create some trendy wall art!

If you’ve got some extra/old keyboards lying around (if not, try a resale store, they have LOTS), you can create some trendy wall art!

Upcycling! There is absolutely no reason to keep those floppy disks, unless you're going to make them into adorable little planters (or fat vases/candle holders/makeup brush holders, etc.), and give them to people as gifts!

Upcycling! There is absolutely no reason to keep floppy disks, unless you’re going to make them into adorable little planters (or fat vases/candle holders/makeup brush holders, etc.), and give them to people as gifts!

Beautiful! Turn a bottle into a piece of art by adding these geode stoppers! Give one for a small gift, or create sets!

Beautiful! Turn a bottle into a piece of art by adding these geode stoppers! Give one for a small gift, or create sets!

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This is one of my favorites!!! They are so super cute, and if you can sew at all, you can make these happen! Give your friends a gift that is functional AND totally adorbs!

If you are still looking for gifts, or gift ideas, I hope these are helpful and/or inspirational. So many of them are so cute and look fairly easy to create! They could definitely be made in a group setting, too! Have a Christmas crafting party, and just let people take home their goodies, or swap while you’re all together! Got all your shopping and/or gift-making done? Stay tuned for creative gift wrapping ideas later this week!

Are you done with your Christmas list? Did you DIY gifts this year? How did you decide what to make??

Vintage-Inspired MakeUp Tutorials!

On this particular Monday, I am reflecting back on a gorgeous weekend of fancy parties, raucous dancing, and general merriment. Among the hazy memories of tasty food, flowing champagne, and beautiful decor, are the recollections of getting ready for the wedding with my fellow bridesmaids, and the lovely bride, of course! Co-prepping is always fun, especially if you get to delve into someone else’s makeup stash, and happen to have a beauty/makeup professional there to recommend colors and/or style tips!

We got our hair done by professionals, but all did our own makeup, and we looked FABULOUS!

We got our hair done by professionals, but all did our own makeup, and we looked FABULOUS!

Since I bought my dress from the Trashy Diva, it was a vintage-inspired look, and therefore, my hair and makeup followed suit!

The lady at Blow Dry Bar did such a magnificent job! It seriously did not move the entire night, plus I got FIFTY new bobby pins!

The lady at Blow Dry Bar did such a magnificent job! It seriously did not move the entire night, plus I got FIFTY new bobby pins!

Obviously, most of us don’t always/usually have access to these wonderful life-amenities, therefore, we must continue to hone our own makeup and beautifying skills. Thankfully, we live in a world with the Internet, so there are lots of amazing tutorials that can help! The first of which I found via HuffPo, but is on YouTube (of course), and is basically watching a master at work. The precision and unflinching assurance Elizabeth Taylor implements are truly indicative of an experienced hand. It’s kind of mesmerizing, and definitely offers some clues as to how to recreate her timeless style! Enjoy!

ModCloth, in addition to selling some insanely cute clothes, has a beauty tutorials page on their blog! They were kind enough to send me an email not too long ago that collected some of these links, and I’m happy to pass along at least some of that valuable info! (If you’re not getting emails from them, you definitely should, btw.) They feature many different techniques from multiple decades, and since we saw Liz do the “smoky eye,” and I my favorite is the vintage “cat eye” style, here are these gems to consider for your upcoming holiday parties!

Into a cleaner, more vintage look? Check out this vintage-inspired cat eye look by Fox & Doll!

I know there are lots of other amazing tutorials available, but these are a good start! If you’re interested in a more ’40s look, Casey has some tutorials on her adorable blog, Pinterest (obvs), this vintage tutorial with tips on more than just makeup, and entire blogs dedicated to beauty and makeup guides! So, if you’re looking for something unique to try for a special event/holiday party, or you just want to hone your skills, check out some of these sites and videos!

Have you tried a vintage makeup look? When/for what event? How did it go? Any tips to share??