Outfit Inspo: The Christmas Party

I figured I’d keep the Outfit Inspo posts rolling…so next up on my outfit planning list: The Christmas Party! Every year I throw a Christmas dinner party for a few of my closest friends. Living in a small town, I really don’t get many opportunities to get all glammed up, so finding the perfect party “look” is an event in itself…especially since I’m also the hostess.  Here are a few looks I’m contemplating:

LOOK #1 Girly.  Ruffles, tulle, shimmery/metallic accents, and pearls. I would feel like a pretty, pretty, princess!

LOOK #2 Sexy. Cat eye, red lips, killer stilettos, and just enough skin showing. Channeling my inner Beyoncé (or Blake Lively). This outfit commands attention.

LOOK #3 Classic . You can never go wrong with a LBD. I love the festive detailing in this dress. It makes it perfect for the occasion.

LOOK #4 Expected. I’m known amongst my friends as the queen on “mini”. Mini dress, mini skirt, add sequins, and I’m sold! My friends would “expect” me to wear this to the party. And I would be totally comfortable and in my element!

LOOK #5 Unexpected. I did just say I’m the “queen of mini”, right? Having my legs covered via pants or a long dress would be SO unexpected of me. Change is good!

LOOK # 6 Show Stopper. There would be no mistaking whose party it is in this dress!

So what do you guys think? I would love your help! Let me know what’s your favorite look. And be sure to follow me on instagram @theblend_tv to see my Christmas Party #OOTD !

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Outfit Inspo: Christmas for Her

Okay ladies, its our turn! Yesterday we gave some Christmas outfit ideas to the guys (here), now it’s time to decide what we’re going to wear. This year, I don’t know if I want to dress up, dress down, or somewhere in between on Christmas Day (last year I dressed up), so this outfit inspiration post covers a range of options!

Follow me on Instagram @theblend_tv to see my Christmas #OOTD!

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Patrick Henry Art Exhibit

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I attended Patrick Henry’s Art Exhibit at the Globe restaurant in Berlin, Md. Mr. Henry is a locally renowned artist, and his paintings are featured in galleries, hotels, restaurants, homes etc. throughout the Shore. His beautiful artwork portrays the Eastern Shore region in such an intimate and nostalgic way.

“Cottage by the Bay”

My boyfriend does some marketing work for Mr. Henry, So I had the privilege to meet and chat with him a little. As if his artwork was not enough to be blown away by, Mr. Henry’s humble and loving spirit was so refreshing. I admire people who are not afraid to take risks in order to pursue their dreams. Mr. Henry is living proof that great things happen when you follow your heart.

One of my favorite paintings “Dappled Lane”

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday! If you have time, I encourage you to visit Mr. Henry’s website at henryfinearts.org, you’ll be so inspired by his biography and paintings!

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DIY: Chalkboard Mug

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

I know it’s technically Wednesday, but since I don’t have to go to work tomorrow it feels like a Friday to me!! Here it is… My 1st DIY post. This project is so quick and easy, and I’m now completely obsessed with chalkboard paint. I find myself thinking of anything and everything to use it on!

I picked up all the supplies at my local Hobby Lobby. I kept the design very simple, but you can get as creative as you want when applying the chalkboard paint.

I love the way it turned out and I have so much fun writing & drawing little notes and pictures on it. How cool would this be for a party favor at a dessert/coffee party?! You can even write your guest’s name on the mug for table seating, instead of using name cards. I swear, the things you can do with chalkboard paint are endless! Can’t wait to share more fun DIY’s with you guys.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Australian Corner Store

I stumbled across these pictures via Pia Jane Bijkerk blog. At first, I thought I was looking at a wonderfully staged editorial of a country kitchen. Contrarily, they are actually pictures of a corner store in Australia! Who knew such beautiful aesthetics could be found at a corner store? Just one more reason why I would love to live in Australia.

TGIF, have a wonderful weekend!

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“mini” Giveaway WINNER

And the winner of last week’s  “mini” Giveaway is …

ANDREA BAILEY

Congratulations, Andrea!! I’ll be emailing you shortly :-) Thank you to everyone who entered the Giveaway! And if you didn’t win this time, no worries, I plan on doing more!

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