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Halloween Printables For Spooktacular Decorating!

Happy Friday! Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? If not, I have a creative Halloween decorating idea to infuse spooky decor into your home, and it will cost you only pennies to make! It is also super quick and easy! So, let's get started!

Gather up photo frames from around your house. I happened to have a few black frames on hand, but the frames do not have to be black - use whatever you have. If you have white frames, I think the candycorn printables you'll find below will look super cute framed in white. Next, choose your favorite images and copy them to your computer and print. To copy the images: hover over the image, right click on your mouse, and 'copy' or 'save image as' with whatever you want to name the image.

Mega Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway!

Woot! Today I’ve teamed up with 34 other beauty bloggers to do a Mega Beauty Blog Hop GIVEAWAY! If you are unfamiliar what a blog hop is, it’s pretty simple. Each lady in the hop is giving away something beauty related. All of the prizes are from cruelty-free brands. You can click through from one blog to another, entering the giveaways as you go. I recommend that you keep track of your entries by paying attention to the numbered list. You do not need to enter all in a single sitting. Come back and complete all entries by October 31st.

You can enter 1, 10, 20 etc. or all of the individual giveaways that are linked below. If you enter all 35 of these individual giveaways, then you’ll be eligible to enter to win the grand prize of $350 Paypal Cash. Think of the things you could buy with that!

How To Get A Million Dollar Look For Less

            To look like a million dollars, you don’t have to be a millionaire or billionaire. You can get a million dollar look for much less, by investing in a few good, high quality, classic – staple pieces. Those are the pieces that never go out of style, and they can always appear trendy with your look. Another great way to get a million dollar look, is by vintage shopping and going thrifting. There are so many amazing pieces, which are inexpensive, being sold in vintage shops and thrift stores. Even the most wealthy, stylish, individuals go vintage and thrift shopping. If you can afford a couple of antique and vintage pieces that are expensive, that is another great way to look like a million bucks. (The key is to keep reusing those pieces in different ways.) Develop an eclectic closet, full of pieces that can be used for a variety of occasions. The best way to look like a million dollars, is to feel like one inside. Have confidence, figure out what your personal style is, and collect pieces that match your individual aesthetic.

Fall Weekend Wear & Fashion Sales

Happy Friday! We are finally having fall-like weather here in Ohio, but tomorrow we will have a short-lived extension of summer again! That's Cleveland weather for ya, I guess! The summer hiatus will give me a chance to get outdoors and pick the remaining apples in our orchard. There are so many apples that have fallen off the trees and the deer couldn't be happier! They love to come and have a healthy snack every evening (no pesticides).    

2017 Design Trends in Lighting: Copper Fixtures

One of the biggest design trends of 2016 and 2017, is copper lighting. When it comes to metals, copper is unparalleled in its warmth and unique aesthetic appeal. And while some designers are predicting that the copper trend will have a short run, I can't help but feel copper is here to stay. It's a classic and mixes well with other metals. Just remember that any trend is best used in moderation. When you add a copper table lamp or pendant light to a kitchen or family room, it's an instant, modern update. Copper fixtures are also available in an assortment of styles and price points, so finding one you love is easy! 

Fall Fashion Color Report: PANTONE Ballet Pink

There were so many beautiful colors on the runways, but one of my favorites this season is Pantone's Ballet Slipper. This standout shade is always romantic, playful and flattering, and is reminiscent of a soft, rosy glow. 

This week we're loving this ultrafeminine chantilly floral top with a fluttery peplum hem, Topshop's wide leg trousers for a smart and casual look, and pull on Kristin Cavallari Open-Toe Booties

Must Have Staple Pieces For Fall

By Katie Gray

            Fall is officially here! There is nothing prettier than the autumn season. The leaves are starting to turn colors, which is a beautiful sight to take in. The sun is shining and there is no more humidity, which is the perfect weather. It’s the season for coffee, pumpkins, apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Of course: pumpkin spiced everything! Whether you’re getting a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks or the pumpkin flavored lip balm from Dunkin’ Donuts – pumpkin spiced is all the rage!

With the new season, comes new fashion. September is the most important time for fashion because it’s New York Fashion Week here in America, and it’s also the release of Vogue’s most important issue of the year – The September Issue. (This year it featured American beauty, Oscar winning actress - Jennifer Lawrence. It was shot by famous photographer Annie  Leibovitz - it is a gorgeous cover!) We start to pull out our sweaters, long sleeved shirts and dresses, and our capes, in the fall. A must have product: a sweater comb from The Laundress!

15 Tips For The Ultimate #Girlboss

Blogging is an adventure and running a successful blog is no easy task. It requires determination, hard work and a lot of time. If you are just starting a new blog or have been around for awhile, advice and tips from fellow bloggers should be welcomed with open arms. These tips can reveal secrets to saving you time and learning from the mistakes others have made. I've been blogging for several years and learn something new every day!

Thankfully, we have a list of blogging tips from a group of wonderful bloggers who have shared their expert advice. The bloggers' articles cover a broad spectrum of knowledge from link up parties to tools and resources needed to succeed. 

Always remember that building a blog is like building any other business: success takes time.     

Katie's Best Beauty Product Picks

By: Katie Gray

“You have to nourish your creativity for it to flourish.” – Kat Von D
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We all know that beauty comes from within. We also know that beauty products, makeup, cosmetics and skincare are all part of the fun. It’s important to use quality makeup, cosmetics and skincare products – so that your skin stays healthy and hydrated. It’s well known that your skin pores can get clogged and you can get acne breakouts, if you don’t take care of your skin properly. This is why a facial cleanser, makeup remover wipes, lotions and body scrubs, are essential for the ultimate skincare. Our hair is also a vital component of our beauty regimen, and we must keep it hydrated and full of volume. We can achieve this with the use of good shampoos and conditioners, finishing creams, and hairsprays. For makeup and beauty products, the main elements are the face and lips. A good foundation powder, highlighting pen, and lipstick or lipgloss – gives you the perfect look! It’s not even time consuming when you’re just going with a natural look. All that is required is the use of the basic essentials! You can put it on when you are getting ready, and take the essential staples with you on-the-go in your purse. (Allowing for touch-ups wherever you go!)

We Are Crushing On Velvet This Season

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We're crushing on velvet this season and the fashion trend is BIGGER than ever! As you can see, the luxe fabrication has found its way onto everything from shoes to jackets to accessories, and if there was ever a time to get on board with a fashion trend, it is now! Not only does this super-soft fabric feel wonderful to the touch, it has a way of turning colors into irresistible ultra-lush jewel tones. Velvet is also incredibly forgiving and figure flattering when worn properly.