Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY: Duct Tape Pumpkin

Yes, you read that correctly--duct tape.  The other morning on the Today Show, Family Fun Magazine shared some kid and budget friendly Halloween party ideas, one of which included a "disco ball pumpkin" using squares of silver duct tape on a plain orange pumpkin.  As soon as I heard 'duct tape,' I immediately started thinking of ways I could decorate a pumpkin of my own--but with a more 'chic' grown up look.  I started digging through my craft drawers, and enter GOLD DUCT TAPE! [I swear, whoever invented gold duct tape must be my soul mate.]
- Pumpkin [faux is my fave!]
- Spray paint
- Gold duct tape [available at most office supply or craft stores]
- Parchment paper
- Scissors
First, in a well-ventilated area, spray paint your pumpkin.  I did two coats, letting my pumpkin dry completely between coats.

While your pumpkin is drying, pull out about one foot of your gold duct tape and adhere to a piece of parchment paper.  This will make the tape much easier to cut and won't gunk up your scissors.  I chose triangles for this pumpkin, but you can cut your tape in whatever shape you choose.  Once your pieces are cut, they'll easily peel off the parchment paper just like a sticker. [Thanks Family Fun Magazine for the most ingenious ideas. Ever.]

Once your pumpkin is dry, start placing your 'stickers.'  I originally started with a more tribal design, but after playing around with layout, I ended up with this more geometric look.  Luckily, the duct tape easily peels up [without removing paint!], so you can move your stickers around until you get a design you like.

Who knew that spray paint and duct tape could produce something so chic?!?  For more chic Halloween and fall decor ideas, make sure you're following along on Pinterest!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY: Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin

Chalkboard paint seems to be everywhere these days, so why not put it on your pumpkin!?!  The options are endless as to what you can write on them once they're painted, but for this pumpkin, I chose to write out a very spooky menu for a Halloween-themed dinner party.  This would also be a great option for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall gathering--just swap out the Buffalo Bat Wings for some good ol' turkey and stuffing!
- Pumpkin [again, I used a faux pumpkin so that I can get multiple uses out of it]
- Black chalkboard paint
- Paint brush or sponge brush
- Chalk
- Chalkboard marker
Paint your pumpkin with two coats of chalkboard paint, let your pumpkin dry completely between coats.  Once your second coat has completely dried, lightly rub chalk over your pumpkin and wipe off to 'prime' the surface.  Then, using the chalkboard board marker, write your menu.  The chalkboard marker should easily wipe off, allowing you to use your pumpkin for any and all fall occasions!

SHOPBOP Friends + Family Sale

Suffering from those 'Post 3-Day Weekend Blues'?  Well, turn that frown upside down, because Shopbop is giving you something to smile about -- their Friends + Family sale!  Take 25% off sitewide* with code FAMILY25 now through October 16th!  It's like Christmas has come early! Speaking of Christmas [I know, I know, we haven't even gotten to Halloween yet...], Shopbop not only has an insane collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, but did you know that they also have an awesome selection of home goods and gifts?  Designer candles and coffee table books make great Christmas gifts, especially when they're 25% off! [Sale ends 10/16, 11:59pm EST]

Click below to shop my picks:


*Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Columbus Day Sales

The temperature is finally starting to drop, so take advantage of some of these great Columbus Day sales to prep your wardrobe for fall! Sweaters and coats and tall boots, oh my!  Click the store names to shop the sales.  Scroll below to see my sale picks!

Banana Republic  //  40% off your purchase, use code BRWEEKEND at checkout. [exclusions applys, ends 10/13]

Club Monaco  //  Extra 30% off sale + 40% off clearance, use code FALLSALE at checkout. [ends 10/13]

J. Crew Factory  //  50% off entire site, no code necessary. [ends 10/12]

Forever21  //  Take an extra 30% off sale, use code TAKE30 at checkout. [ends 10/19]

Gap  //  Buy 1+ items, 20% off;  Buy 3+ items, 30% off;  Buy 5+ items, 40% off.  Use code NEWOUTFIT at checkout. [ends 10/11]

Lands' End  //  25% off entire order, use code COOL + Pin: 1652 at checkout. [ends 10/13]

LOFT  //  50% off everything, excluding sale.  Use code OURTREAT at checkout.

Macy's  //  20% off, use code FALL at checkout.  [ends 10/13]

Madewell  //  30% off fall-ready styles, use code OHFALL at checkout. [ends 10/13]

Old Navy  //  Up to 50% off everything in stores and online, no code necessary.  Save an additional 15% on your purchase with code ONSAVENOW.

Piperlime  //  20% your purchase, use code FALL20 at checkout.  [ends 10/13]

Williams-Sonoma  //  20% off, use code SAVE20 at checkout. [ends 10/13]





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY: Sequined Pumpkin


Sticking with yesterday's theme of glamorous pumpkins, today's pumpkin DIY is all about the sparkle!
- Pumpkin [again, I used a faux pumpkin]
- White acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush
- Sequins [I used these from Michael's.  They're the perfect fall palette!]
- Bottle of Elmer's school glue
Paint your pumpkin, and let it dry completely.  You might need a couple of coats of paint for optimum coverage.  Since I used a faux pumpkin, I pulled the stem off prior to painting and then reattached it with hot-glue once my pumpkin was painted and had dried to avoid getting white paint on it.  Otherwise, you can just tape off the stem when painting.  Once your pumpkin has dried, get to gluing! I started at the base of the stem and just worked my way down.  I glued each individual sequin [yes, this is somewhat of a time-consuming DIY...], but you could also paint the glue with a brush or sponge brush and then stick your sequins on, however the glue tends to dry quickly so the sequins might not stick as well.

Be sure to follow along on Pinterest for more Fall + Halloween decorating ideas!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DIY: Studded Pumpkins


It's finally October, which means it's finally  time to decorate pumpkins!  [Ok, so I started decorating a month ago--don't judge me.]  There are so many ways to spruce up your pumpkins that don't require the mess of carving, so over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing my favorites.  I posted this pumpkin on Instagram on a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to share the tutorial!
- Pumpkin [Secret: I prefer to use fake pumpkins so that I can keep them for years to come.]
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush
- Iron-on pyramid studs [I found mine at Michael's near the fabric crafts]
- Hot glue gun + glue sticks
Paint your pumpkin black and let it dry completely.  Once dry, hot glue [using low temp] the iron-on studs to each segment of the pumpkin.  For the larger pumpkin, I used a studded trim I found at Joann's Fabric--that I've literally attempted to glue to everything that stands still: candlesticks, flower vases, etc... [If you're looking for it, it's by the trims and fringes near the fabric department.]




If you're a Time Warner Cable customer, stay tuned to Time Warner News this month, as I'll be sharing more ways to decorate pumpkins!

What's your favorite way to decorate for Halloween? 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

What to Wear: ACL Festival - Day Three