DIY Glam Pennywise

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Oh! Happy Halloween! Well, I'm Pennywise, the dancing clown. "Pennywise?". "Yes?", "Meet Mariah". "Mariah, meet Pennywise". Now we aren't strangers. Are we? 

I'm so glad I have a wonderful child who goes along with my crazy ideas. She got into the new Stephen King's It movie and even watched it twice (mother of the year award goes to ...), so I decided to create a DIY Glam version of Pennywise. And of course, I need my S.S. Mariah alongside with me.

This was such an easy DIY costume to put together. I found this cute ASOS gray puff long-sleeve dress and added some red pom-poms down the chest area. I created the fun neck collar using white tulle found at your local craft store and DIY a mini tutu for the neck piece. To create Pennywise's signature lines on his face, I used Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in OutlawFor the shoes, I found these fun and comfortable gray crush velvet sock boots from Forever 21 and hot glue pom-poms to each shoe. Finishing off the look, I came across Baublebar's Red Criselda Ball Shoulder Duster Earrings – these lightweight beehive balls wrapped in shimmering red nylon thread makes for the ultimate statement earrings. Mariah's "Georgie" costume was easy to find and make too. We found a yellow raincoat at Lowes to compliment her simple blue jeans, black shirt, and black boots. We learned how to fold a paper boat (Youtube to the rescue!) for her accessory piece. 

I can't forget the ultimate signature piece – Pennywise's red balloon because you'll float too! Hope everyone has a safe Halloween and be sure to eat all the candy your heart desires. -xo Mel 

Photo Credit: @apearlkindofgirl

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Fall Tablescape How-To

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Happy Friday sweet friends! Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love every tiny bit of décor, and pumpkin scented candles, it gets me all excited and in the holiday spirit. So, in honor of the season, I thought I would share my tablescape for this year. I've partnered with The Container Store to bring you some fabulous (and easy) DIY's for your upcoming holiday celebrations. Today I'm bringing you my doable festive tablescape!

There is something so fun and festive about arranging a table. I love all of the layers, levels, and textures, and I also love any excuse to pull out my favorite dinnerware and servingware for the season. This year I wanted to use white pumpkins, mixed metallic, browns, and fresh greenery to create a beautiful and elegant fall tablescape that felt comfortable and still really unique, too. 

I'll take you through exactly how I did it, and how you can too, below!

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Start with the Place Settings

I started my tablescape designing by using The Container Store's fun gold confetti paper placemat pad as the base of each of the place settings. You can really use this design for so many occasions and the thick paper construction stands up to a meal but is easy to replace and not feel guilty about throwing out. 

I might even use them as placemats for New Year's Eve, too.

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Giftable Place Setting Details

I always love to give my guests that come over small gifts just say how much I am thankful to have them in my life. During the holidays, I make the gift a part of the tablescape presentation, and The Container Store has always made it easy to tie a gift and a look together since they have almost every style, color and shape of gift box, bag and container to choose from.

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For this giftable box, I used white small gift boxes as the base of the gift, then tied each with a simple bow made from thick gold ribbon. I finished off the look with pinecone gift tagswooden clothespins, and this fabulous antler embellishment just to add some fall details that looked great on the table but also together with the gift.

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Easy Accents

Next, I tackled the little details surrounding the what would become the centerpiece of the table. I added confetti filled containers which accented the pumpkin motif without going overboard on the concept.

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To decorate the containers, I used the Artisan Glass Containers with Walnut Lids and filled each one with The Container Store's Kraft Crinkle-Cut Paper Shreds and some miniature metallic pumpkins. I think it really added a little fall touch around the table and still allowed me to reuse the glass canisters for myself after all was said and done.

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The Main Event

The centerpiece is always just that, the center of the look and the style of the tablescape. To create the centerpiece, I used a gold square lacquer serving tray and holiday cinnamon boxes (fun fact: they're actually made of cinnamon and smell incredible) to create levels to the look. Creating levels of varying heights really diversifies the look for a more interesting centerpiece.

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I used greenery inside the tray and added white pumpkins as accents across the golds, browns, and greens. I absolutely fell in love with The Container Store's silver antler embellishments (as noted earlier) and tucked them into greenery to add that little details that make the tablescape pop. 

Once you start packing up the presentation, you can also use the antler ornaments as embellishments on your gifts.

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There you have it! A few ways to take your seasonal tablescape up a notch. Let me know what you plan to incorporate into your holiday entertaining, or ask me any of your DIY questions in the comments. Happy Fall! -xo Mel

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Office-Friendly Halloween Costume

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It's always fun to rock Halloween costumes at work — you get to spice up your regular day with some fun festivities and bond with co-workers over your cute costume inspiration. It can become a little tricky to find something totally work-appropriate. A face full of fake blood or face paint might be sort of distracting at that 3pm client meeting. Since you're still in an office environment, you definitely will want to tone down your costume so that it's appropriate for work. Here is an idea that is creative, easy to do, still keeping it classy, and above all will have the work-stamp of approval:

1. Skeleton Shirt or a Body Suit ( I am in love with this one )  |  2. Rose head clips or headband |  3. Red Lipstick ( I used Kat Von Lip Liner and Lipstick)  |  4. Black Jeans  |  5. Black pumps or boots

And Done! This simple costume is sure to do the trick. And hey, it totally works for Halloween Happy Hour. It’s a win-win.

Photo Credit: My daughter Mariah 

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