Zombie Ice Cream Parlor Costumes

Every few years, the Mr. agrees to a Halloween costume that requires me to paint him.  He complains every time, during the process, but seems to beam with pride when we walk into the party and folks dig all of the effort ‘we’ put into our outfits.  Funny how that works, right…

Now, we’ve fallen off of the outlandish adult costume wagon the last two years, and let our little guy be our focus on All Hallows Eve, but we are still ‘those’ parents that coordinate with our kid during Trick-Or-Treat.  And I think he really enjoys us participating with him!

2015  Top Gun

 

2014  Chef’s Special

Anyways, by the time Fall came around this year, my itch to get back into the spirit was driving me bananas!  I’ve binge watched countless episodes of Face Off (on SyFy) and one character has always stuck out amongst all 10 seasons.  On Episode 8 of Season 2, Matt Valentine created a Burton-esque Ice Cream Man and it was AMAZING!

I’ve been carrying this costume idea in my back pocket for years now!

 

The clothing was easy to come by and simple to alter to mimic Matt’s creation.  I just ordered white painter’s pants, a white button down from Amazon.  With some brown puffy paint (ahhh brings me back to my childhood!), brown fabric spray paint, real rainbow jimmies, and round sprinkles, I covered both outfits and did some additional distressing by burning the edges of his sleeves and ripped knee area.  For the red and white striped shirt, I simply purchased an additional pair of tights from Party City and cut the legs off at the top so he could slide one up each arm.  I used a bit of left over for the knee patch.

For all 4 of the ice cream cones, I used tan foam sheets from Hobby Lobby and squeezed on acrylic (paintable) caulking, from the hardware store, into a grid pattern.  Once dry, I spray painted the whole thing in a tan color, then went back and stippled on a darker brown craft paint and wiped off to create the shadowing on the cone ridges.  Rolling them into the cone shapes was the most daunting portion of this costume, I swear LOL.

All of the ‘chocolate’ is the dark brown puffy paint, which worked well to ‘glue’ the shoulder cones in place, too.

I purchased some No-Smudge white face paint from Halloween Express (thinking that it would be better than the white paint I’ve used in the past that smeared if you just looked at it).  Man, this stuff was terrible!  I applied it with a makeup brush and I struggled to blend it from the very beginning.  Then, as soon as it dried- like 2 seconds later- it began to crack with every facial expression he made.  Grrrr.  My hopes for his makeup were WAY higher than what I ended up achieving, thanks to the crap white paint.  The only product that would adhere to it was my Ulta brand bronze gel eyeliner pot, so all of the shading I had in mind went up in smoke.

Moving on… lol

Since there isn’t a ‘female’ version of this costume, I just created a similar look for myself.

I struggled to find a vintage Ice Cream Parlor/Waitress/Soda Jerk dress online like I had in my mind, so I ended up improvising with this modest nurse’s costume, also from Amazon.  I ditched the hat, pulled off the red felt hospital patches from the sleeves, and swapped out the cheap apron that came with it for a real waitress style with ruffled edges.

I attached my cone to a basic headband with hot glue and secured it with a few hairpins since it wobbled a bit.  And yes, those are real sprinkles on our faces.  I attached them with eyelash glue and they held all night through lots of laughing, eating and drinking!

  • Tights and gloves from Party City
  • Mint lace front wig from Bobbi Boss (MLF100 VENICE in TT1B/MINT)

I’d say it’ll be a few years until I can convince him to go this made up again, so I’ll enjoy this one for awhile (and the random sprinkles that I’m still finding around the house will help with that)!

 

PS- We won the Costume Contest at the party we attended!  Yay Team!

Ms. Megan

North Carolina has presented me with the most incredibly sugary sweet brides. Seriously!  I haven’t painted a single face yet that hasn’t exuded grace, composure and over the top kindness – an exceptionally rare occasion these days when you consider the magnitude of pressure most brides find themselves under.

But this next Misses takes that cake!  From first meeting this sweetheart while she played the role of bridesmaid to a previous client of mine, to our laughter filled trial run, and finally to the beautiful morning of her big day- I enjoyed every minute of my time spent with her.

Megan’s wedding vibe was romantic, rustic chic with puddles of blush pink and tan.  To mimic the understated elegance of her fete, she requested a traditional, yet soft color palette; that lent perfectly to her carefree and natural beauty.

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Photography by: Dana Arndt Photography

 

Seasonal Scapes 2016 | Summer

Well hello there, Summer, I thought you’d never arrive!

I hope you’re all able to soak up some extra time with family and friends over this Memorial Weekend like I am!  And, if you’re like me, that means hosting backyard get-togethers.

Wait, you’re backyard isn’t ready for guests, you say?

Don’t panic!  Keep reading for 3 seriously easy, and affordable!, ways to jazz up your outdoor space in time for hosting those summer BBQ’s and bonfires!

1- Refresh your accent pillows and toss in a summer-weight throw for added style

I typically design my backyard areas to reflect the the feel and decor I have going on inside my home, but also love the fun surprises that bright pops of color can bring to outdoor spaces!  There are no rules when it comes to decorating backyard, in my opinion, so go wild and bold if you’re feeling it!

Switching out pillows and throws is hands down the easiest way to refresh a space, both indoors and out, and make it feel new and inviting.

And, don’t feel restricted to just ‘outdoor’ labeled items made from fabrics such as Sunbrella.  Often times I choose indoor pillows and coat them with a Water Repellent spray like Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet before using.   Keep in mind though that it’s still recommended to bring them in each night.

 

2- Setup a designated ‘serving’ area for beverages and food items with outdoor safe serving ware in a coordinating color

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I love shopping HomeGoods’ selection of seasonal items!  They always carry pretty collections of melamine and shatterproof serving ware in fun colors and styles.  And at the typical price point of $2.99/glass, they’re totally affordable, too!

Also, if you don’t already own an apothecary style beverage dispenser, you’re missing out.  I’ve collected several over the years and use them every time I entertain- year round.  They really jazz up your drink selection and look so much more put together over just sitting out basic pitchers of tea or lemonade.  Toss in a decorative tray and you’ve rounded out a simple, but thought out beverage station!

 

3- Ambient lighting

I’m a huge fan of the cafe light trend.  The kits are easily found at any retailer that carries seasonal outdoor decor like Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s and AtHome Stores, and pretty simple to install.  If you don’t have a structure overhead to attach them to- like a pergola or low hanging trees, a great alternative is using eye hooks (from the exterior of your home) to posts or tall rods positioned out in the yard.  For easy DIY tutorials, check out these posts from Bright July, Blue i Style – or for a more permanent, commercial take on this look, see Gray House Studio’s amazing project!

Or, if you’re down to the final hour before guests arrive, strategically scattered outdoor lanterns are a quick way to add lots of visual interest to your entertaining area!  I stock up on the battery operated candles made specifically for outdoors- meaning they’re made of plastic, NOT wax!, like 99% of BOC’s.  Trust me, the wax versions last about a day under the hot sun so make sure to read the packaging to confirm their material!  The plastic versions can be somewhat hard to find, but I’ve spotted them at Pier One recently.  My favorite brand, however, is the Luminara that I buy from Pottery Barn (along with the remote!) for their realistic flame.


** GIVEAWAY Alert**

My good friends over at Lauren Nicole Designs are giving away the gorgeous Mercury Glass Hurricane with LED lights ($60 value!) pictured above, far right!  This is a perfect addition to your summer entertaining setup and who doesn’t love the Mercury Glass trend! To enter, all you have to do is comment on their blog post today (Monday 5/30/2016).


And for more Summertime inspiration, head over to see what these sweet girls are doing, too!

 

Happy entertaining, ya’ll!

Derby Garden Party

I’m thrilled to finally be able to post about the over-the-top shoot I was invited to participate in by my dear friend, Sarah Knepp of Sarah Sofia Productions!

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Who wouldn’t have a fabulous time partying in these gorgeous hats provided by Dee’s– straight from Louisville, of course!

 

 

And how about this ah-mazing new friend I made!  I was dead set on bringing this sweet girl, Sybil, home with me after hanging out with her all afternoon.

(The hubs quickly vetoed my idea)

 

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But what I did manage to sneak into the house were a few of these too-good-to-eat decorated cookies from Edible Art Cake Shop – right here in the QC!

 

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Head over to Sarah Sofia Productions to check out the rest of our amazing shoot with the talented Miss Andi Perullo!

 

Vendors

Venue & Horses: Breezy Meadows Farm

Photography: Andi Perullo de Ledesma Photography

Planning, Coordination, Design, Peach Mint Julep, Décor DIY, FoodSarah Sofia Productions

Hand Painted Invitation & Betting Cards: Paperie Off Park

Tables, Linens, Chairs, & Silver Platters: Classic Party Rentals 

Dresses:  LaRoque

Mini Desserts: Edible Art Cake Shop

Macarons: Treehouse Macarons

Flowers: The Flower Diva

Hats: Dee’s Designer Hat’s & Fascinators

Curated Art: Christenberry Collection (Meredith Christenberry)

Personalized Cheers Y’all Mason Jars: Shutterfly

Personalized cocktail napkins: Tiny Prints

Petite Blossom Cups – Springtime & Gold Mini Square Trays: Via Blossom

Printables: Hostess With The Mostess

Models: Jaime Spencer – A Well Dressed Life , Kristen Shaeffer –Every Chic Way, Elise Houston – Her Heart and Home and Dominique DeLaney – Comfy Cozy Couture

Pink and gold plates & pastel vintage glasses: Anthropologie

White dinner plates & white horse head statue: HomeGoods

Wooden crates, Picture Frames & Pink Glass Cake Stand: Michaels

Limited Edition Derby Bow Tie: Vineyard Vines

Gold Horse & Jockey Figure, Plastic Horse Figures, & Mini Plastic Horse and Jockey Figures: Amazon

Mini Cake Stands, Straws & Oh Joy Spring Collection Plate: Target

 

 

Seasonal Scapes 2016 | Spring

Hey ya’ll! I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend, Lauren of Lauren Nicole Designs, and a whole gaggle of other fun blogger pals for LND’s Seasonal Scapes Challenge 2016!

We’re kicking off Week 1 with the theme of bringing Spring into our homes. I love brightening up my spaces with color, fresh flowers and sunshine so I’m so excited to share a quick look into how I freshened up my home office- on the low low and in a snap!

By simply adding a sleeve of tulips- picked up during my weekly grocery run- my room was instantly livened up beyond words! I really could have stopped there, but quiting isn’t my style. 

While I do always have silk arrangements scattered throughout my home, nothing compares to fresh buds! Especially in PINK 💕  
My simple Spring refresh shopping list also included several gorgeous blush toss pillows, rose gold metal spheres(their described as copper, but I see rosé) and one oh-so-comfy lightweight summer throw. 

  
Point is, refreshing for seasons doesn’t have to be expensive- nor complicated! You’ll be amazed at how far a simple pop of color here and there can totally transform the entire feel of a room. 

  
And here’s where it gets really good 〰

Not only is this a fun challenge for us as home decor junkies and blog mavens, but LND is letting all of you in on some fun, too! Lauren is graciously gifting one of our lucky readers with a swoon-worthy coral bowl- perfect for adding that pop of Spring color to any home!

Head over to LND’s blog for all the deets on this amazing giveaway! From there, all you need to do is comment on the post to be entered to win. 

  • The giveaway will end Friday, March 11.
  • Value of the coral bowl: $100.00!

Then, hop on over to see what the rest of our friends are doing to breathe fresh, Spring air into their spaces, too!

Sources:

  • Gallery frames / Hand painted file credenza | see this post
  • Wallpaper | see this post
  • Drapes | see this post
  • Gold Turtle | Target
  • Metal Spheres | Target
  • Pink Sweater Knit Throw | Target
  • Silk Tulips | HomeGoods
  • Fresh Tulips | Harris Teeter
  • Gold Sunburst Mirror | Hobby Lobby
  • Paris books | Zgallerie

Cheers!

Jaime

  

 

One Room Challenge 2015: Week 6: REVEAL!

EEK!  Talk about bringing up feelings of showing up to middle school without your homework!  That’s exactly how I felt come last Thursday when my ORC wasn’t quite ready for revealing.  Don’t get me wrong, I had all of the details lined out and (the main) installations were complete, but I could not get desirable photos with all of the nasty weather we’ve had lately.  Total bummer!

So, without further delay- I present you with my much brighter, and a bit glamourpuss, home office reveal!

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I love the brightness that the white board+batten brings to the room, especially since the dark bookcases could have easily darken this space more than I would have like.

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These Ikea Ribba frames were a no brainer for their size (appx 20×20) and fantastic price point (they started out at $19.99 each when I started buying, but dropped to $14.99 by the time I purchased the last 5- yasss!)

To keep costs down, when I ordered my prints from Shutterfly, I chose the 11×14 size, instead of the 16×20 that would have actually been the size needed to properly fit the Ribba’s matting.  The price difference was about $7 per print (times 8 photos = enough to purchase several accessories)!  To make up for the gap, I used simple gold cardstock from Michael’s, cut out the centers to give me a 1.25″ border and mounted them to the back of the included mats.  It also added a nice pop of metallic gold so it was a win/win!

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I fell in love, first, with this cute acrylic trinket box with a stunning pink agate on top (Hobby Lobby) and would end up carrying the pink and agate theme throughout the room.  What are the odds that Target has a Christmas Collection that includes agate ornaments?!  I snagged two pink ones and simple ornament displays (from Hobby Lobby’s Christmas section and spray painted gold) to hang them from.  And, my office wouldn’t be complete without Paisley Girl’s stash of treats 🙂

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This 9-drawer filing console was a part of my old furniture collection and started off black.  I did some research on ‘no sanding’ and found several tutorials that recommended priming first with Zinsser Cover Stain.  Two coats of that, followed by two coats of BM Paper White (the lighter shade), BM Harbor Gray for the stripe and gold craft paint for the dip-dyed effect.  I finished it off by applying metallic gold drafter’s tape (found in the drafting aisle of HB) to outline the color blocking- MUCH easier that trying to paint all of those straight lines!

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The top pulls are also fro HB and I ordered the 6 ring pulls from Home Depot and covered them with my favorite gold foil spray paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby).

Can we talk about these window trimmings?!  Get all of the deets on the custom made rod and info on the panels here.

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Hobby Lobby seemed to be my go-to for so much of the room makeover- I swear they’re not paying me, I just found almost everything I needed in one place.  SCORE!  See the full HB shopping list, as well as the others, at the bottom of this post.

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Styling the bookshelves was so much fun!  I can’t believe I found so many agate-inspired pieces, especially this framed one!

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The storage boxes made for an even mix of pretty and practical.  The grey and ivory fabric covered ones are all Ikea, so super budget friendly, too.

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I hope you enjoyed watching this home office makeover as much as I did doing it.  I love my new space and it brings so much cheer to my workdays!

 

-Source List-

Hobby Lobby:

Gold hanging Sunburst Mirror | Greenery | Bookshelf Artwork (all 4 framed pieces) | Pink Agate Bookends | Gold Pineapple Bookends | Mini Gold Sunburst Mirror | Acrylic/Agate Trinket Box | ‘T ‘Drawer Pulls

Target:

Pink Tufted Stool | Gold Turtle Trinket Box | Agate Ornaments

Ikea:

Grey Bookcases | Grey Custom Desk Pieces | Grey and Ivory Fabric Covered Storage Boxes | Ribba Gallery Frames

HomeGoods:

Silver Leafed ‘O’ Ring Lamp | both White Orchid Arrangements | Tulips | White Quilted Leather Work Chair | Fuschia Nailhead Storage Box | Gold Tower Candleholder | Decorative Gold-lettered File Folders & Stationary

ZGallerie:

‘Paris’ Storage Books | Seafoam Lotus Tealight Holder

Misc:

Gold ‘Thumb’ Bowl :: Tiffany&Co

 

One Room Challenge 2015: Week 5

Hello Week 5!

Things are finally starting to heat up around here as the styling portion of our makeover begins!

This week I hung our custom lucite-inspired acrylic curtain rod and drapery panels.

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I have to give credit to Kris (one of my favorite bloggers) over at Driven by Decor for her amazing post on this very same project.  She credits Grace from A Storied Style for her inspiration to tackle this DIY as well providing a great tutorial (found here). Fortunately for those of us that have since followed in Grace’s lucite-loving footsteps, she’s already done the majority of the research on this project for us.  Online, she found Nationwide Plastics– a company that sells acrylic rods for much less than any retail version I’ve been able to find to date. She provides excellent details on the various options for rod types, lengths, and sizes as well as their contact information here (FYI- while you can email them for a quote, they ask that you call in to place the order for credit card security safety).

Based on Grace and Kris’s fantastic recommendations, I too went with a 1 1/2″ cellcast acrylic rod in the longest single run available- 8′ long (NP will cut the rods to any length for you at no additional charge should you need yours shorter.  However, if your window requires a rod longer than 8′, you will simply order two rods cut at 1/2 the needed width each and butt them together at the center bracket as Kris did).  With s/h, my rod ran right about $100- A far cry from those $500-$700 rods trending in all of the magazines!

Also following suit, I ordered the same brass supports (3 of the 1.5″ OD polished brass railing brackets) from BuyRailings.com (sourced by Kristin of The Hunted Interior) and choose the matching flush endcaps from there, too.  Why try to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to, right?!  Thanks ladies for all of your fancy leg work!

While I searched high and low for inexpensive brass/gold hardware, I came up empty on finding ones large enough to fit a 1.5″ diameter rod in a price point I was comfortable with.  Eventually I just settled on these simple satin nickel ring clips from Lowe’s and spray painted them with my favorite metallic gold paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby). That particular Krylon spray paint is a dead ringer for the polished brass brackets and matched to a T!  (My favorite matte gold spray paint can be found here).

The super chic striped taffeta panels where a steal from Overstock, but are now out of stock.  However, you can still find them through Wayfair.