SPOOKTACULAR, Halloween Party Decorating Tips

Halloween Party  Decorating Tips

Halloween Party Tips

Hosting a Halloween Party is not only easy but actually a lot of fun.

It’s one party, where a little ingenuity and a ton of creativity can come in handy.

However, for those who are looking for additional inspiration, I provided a couple steps to help your event be SPOOKTACULAR. Enjoy!

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Mexican Tile Dinnerware from Home and Patio Decor

Although fall has officially started, the weather can feel anything but that. Trust me… I’m not complaining. I want to cherish the last few remaining days of shorts and sandals before I need to bundle up. So to enjoy this weather, I decided to host a last minute summer fiesta. I posted a “How-To” on planning an outdoor dinner party, which you can check out here. However, I wanted to find some last minute deals, which I found this gorgeous, Mexican Tile Dinnerware from Home and Patio Decor (photo below). I love the yellow and teal mosaic pattern that is featured on the plates as well as the gorgeous Dinner Platter with the ridged detailing. Home and Patio decor also offers free shipping and handling, so it’s a no brainer. 🙂 Click the link below the picture to be directed to their site.

Mexican Tile Dinnerwear

Mexican Tile Dinnerware

So now the dinner needs to be planned out and with any outdoor themed fiesta, you need to have an asado. However, my boyfriend is a Master Chef, so I decided to be the Master of Sangria and leave the cooking to him. If you are looking for a good Sangria Recipe, well I have just the one for you. Below is one that I have followed for years and you should try, if you are looking for something different, as well. Enjoy!


1/2 Liter of Red Wine (Merlot or Syrah)

1 cup of Dry Gin

1/2 cup of Maraschino Cherries

1 cup of Orange Slices

1 cup of diced Peaches and Apples

1/2 cup of Grenadine

2 cups of Club Soda

2 tbsp of Sugar

1 branch of Cinnamon (optional)

1 cup of Ice

Mix the Wine, the Gin, the Maraschino Cherries and the fruits (make sure to add the juice of the fruit as well) in a pitcher. Then add the Grenadine and the Club Soda. At this point, try the Sangria and determine how much sugar and/or cinnamon you want to add. Continue to mix the juice and add the ice. According to your taste, you can add more sugar or Grenadine to make it sweeter or add more club soda if it’s too sweet or strong.

Of NOTE: if you want to make this kid-friendly, replace the Gin with Gingerale and the Wine with Apple and Grape Juice.


DIY With Nail Polish


Welcome to another one of my favorite Weekend Segments, DIY. Last week, I showed some innovative and genius ways to display your jewelry as art. Click here for this post. So, this week I decided to stick with the same theme and demonstrate DIY-ing with a household item that almost every girl has in her bathroom…nail polish. Every activity I selected I made sure that it was not only relatively easy but also inexpensive. I designed simple and downloadable images of the projects for you all to have at your disposable. However, the instructions are not of my own and is referenced for further guidance. I hope you enjoy this and have a wonderful day.

DIY Nail Polish Idea: GiFt Boxes and Tags

DIY Nail Polish Gift Boxes and Tags-2

This idea is an excellent way to package your loved ones or friend’s gifts. You could even consider it as two gifts, since they can reuse it for their own liking. Inexpensive, Innovative, Reusable, etc….You’re the Best Friend Everyone Wishes They Had.

DIY Saturday with JUTE

DIY Saturday Twine Vase

Hello World

I realized that since I’ve gotten further in this blog that my interests are quite vast. I mentioned this in my second or third post that my hobbies are to have hobbies. However, to you, the beautiful viewers, my blog is a grab bag of passions on any given day. So, keeping with “Back to School” and making life a little more uncluttered, I decided to cleanup my act and provide a better solution for readability. Hopefully, I can stick to a plan that I have designed for myself, but here it is:

Monday: Fashion and Style: Inspiration, ideas, How-To’s, etc

Wednesday: Home/Interior Design, Party Planning, and Artful Inspiration

Friday: Beauty, Hair, and Makeup

Saturday: DIY

If any of you multi-talented or multi-topic bloggers have any suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

So, in honor of DIY-Saturday….Lets start this!


“Vase resurfaced with Jute Twine”

This project was designed by my sister, who is the “DIY QUEEN,” of our house. She purchased the Jute at fabrics.com, click here for this as well as other great discounts that this site offers. Her vase and decorative ball mix were both purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Supplies for Twine Vase

The photo below was taken from Es Manualidades and can be used for reference of the steps provided below. Her blog is fully packed with DIY and is a great site for other ideas.

Tutorial Wrapping Twine

  1. To begin, place a small drop of glue at the bottom-side of the base and adhere the end of the twine to it. Allow this to dry for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next, twist the twine around the base, adding a drop of glue every two inches. Make sure the twine is taut against the side of the base to prevent sagging.
  3. Continue, the above steps, until the vase starts to bend inward. At this point, you will need to add the drops of glue every inch or less, depending on how narrow your vase changes. If you still have trouble adhering the twine, you can place a small amount of glue on top of your last row laid for extra adherence.
  4. To end: Place a small drop of glue and adhere the newly cut end of your twine until it dries.


Jute Twine Finished Vase

Fill it with whatever you see fit or wrap a bow around it for extra flair.

I hope this gave you inspiration and enjoy!

Three Easy DIY Projects to Display Your Gorgeous Jewelry

DIY Jewelry Display

If you’re like me, you have probably wasted an enormous amount of time searching for jewelry that has somehow “disappeared.” Perhaps, it’s been overlooked due to an already over-stuffed drawer by every other trinket that I fancy. One solution could be to sort out those that i often wear from those that have not seen life in years, but my collection is far too great. So, I went searching for ideas that fit my needs. Not only do I want it to be accessible, but I also want it to be a work of art. So none of the following will be stored away or used solely for organization.


Jewelry Cloches

click here for instructions

The first one I found was on Honestly WTF. If you haven’t heard or checked out this site, I insist that you do. It has numerous other DIY projects for every area you can think of, as well as other great tips and inspirations with gorgeous pictures. Not only is this beautiful, but it also has the added benefit of keeping your gems from collecting dust.


Clay Jewelry Dish

click here for instructions

A Beautiful Mess is one of my favorite blogs to find unique and beautiful DIYs. These marbled clay dishes are ideal for rings, and according to Laura Gummerman they are perfect for “ring litterers” or those who tend to leave their rings scattered throughout their house.


DIY jewelry stand

click here for instructions

This project also uses vintage plates but in a tiered style for added elegance. This was found on cancandancer.com, another great site for DIY tutorials, where the total project cost less than $4. Amazing, right!

As you can see, there are so many ways than the standard armoire that can proudly show your sense of taste. If you would like other DIY projects for the home, beauty, and even fashion; just click here. Hope you get inspired and have a wonderful day!

Marsala Color Interior Design: How-To Inspiration

Marsala Color Interior Design

Pantone Marsala Color

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Pantone stated after announcing this as the color of the year 2015. It’s already July, so this little known fact should not come as a surprise. However, due to the rich and powerful tone that Marsala embodies, this color tends to be all but forgotten. For me, Marsala brings to mind an ethnic, Moroccan design when combined with the vibrant shades of red, blue and green and accented with gold and silver. Below is a “Moroccan Interior Design,” I produced for the Pantone contest.

Marsala Color Palette

I personally enjoy this color, but I tend to gravitate towards rich and/or bold tones. However, for those of you that are still skeptical, here are some ideas on how to easily transition this shade into your own decor.

1. This shade is wonderful, when used in small areas or those of transition. Enhance the deep undertones with warm, natural hues, such as reds, yellows, oranges and true browns.

2. When using as an accent, remember a little can go a long way in any room. Try combining it with shades of blue, black, or even white.

3. However, if you are one of those “go big or go home” gals/guys, then try softening it with deeper reds, browns and/or black. Keep the furniture simple with clean lines or you may run the risk of reproducing  the “Red Light District.”

Below I  provided some inspiration with rooms fully incapsulated by Marsala, as well as just accented. What do you think? Is this a color that you have added to your decor? If you absolutely hate it, what do you think should have been the “Color of the Year 2015”? Have a wonderful day and happy styling!

Shabby Chic Inspiration for the Bedroom


Happy Monday! Let’s start off the week with some beautiful interior designs in an area that has gained and currently still very popular, Shabby Chic. Although shabby brings to mind an image of grubby, unflattering flair, this style is just the opposite. In true definition, Shabby Chic

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Window Display Inspiration

Window Display
Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week has started out well. I have literally been working non-stop. On top of this, I’m moving in the next month, which anyone can relate to the level of energy-draining that it can bring. I don’t know about you, but I loathe packing. Everything else about moving, such as cleaning, repairing, and/or staging are manageable. However, I continue to find every excuse to not bring myself to pack, which is why I decided to do this wonderful set. 🙂 Oh and stay tuned to a ton of DIY-ing posts. My sister and I have practically reserecuted every piece of furniture in my house. (Yes, another distraction but you guys will thank me later).

I designed a set for my future fashion boutique. No, I’m not at a point to open a shop, however, I have tons of ideas always buzzing through my head. This is my way of actively daydreaming about what i want to see in my future. Daydreaming isn’t to be taken lightly and I believe it is a fundamental step in problem solving. How many of us wish that our life would be in a different direction, whether it has to do with a job, relationships or overall personal life choices? How many of us have also let these dreams continue to be pushed to the side because “life continues to get in the way”? I know there are some of you that even accept that your life is just “fine” and even worse, believe that you don’t deserve it. You made choices in the past and now you have to live with the consequences. Honestly, it’s a load of crap. It’s a simple excuse to keep you from seeing what you could really do. I’m not trying to be harsh, in fact, I truly believe that if you want something, then you have to do it….and do it now. You can’t prohibit the circumstances that unkindly arrived at the most inopportune times, however, you can take control of your life. No one is going to do it for you and there is never going to be the perfect moment. You need to repeat that last line a couple of times. There isn’t going to be a sign or an individual that you will suddenly meet and all your dreams will start coming true. No, it starts with you sitting down and figuring out what you really want. This is why daydreaming isn’t mindless wandering. It’s the creative process of formulating your action by imagining the steps or blueprint of your future. I’ve been told, especially more recently, since I started to finally voice my passions in the arts, that I need to be more grounded. That I’m too much of a “free bird,” so to speak. These people are no longer part of my “inner circle.” I’ll save this story for another post, but what I’m trying to describe is the confusion that relatively intelligent people make with daydreaming versus fantasy. If you have ever daydreamed about having a lot of money, finding the perfect spouse, being the most attractive person of your peers….the list could go on, WITHOUT thinking about how to get to that, then you could be considered a fantasy thinker. You’re wishing for situations to improve a minute moment in your life and trust me, you are not alone. That’s the thing about fantasy thinking, in that, its a generic situation that could fit into anyone’s life at one moment. I know you aren’t generic…or as the kids say these days, Basic. You want things that you truly know in your heart will make you happy. Money can solve anyones problems, when it comes to bills. However, the actions of getting to this monetary amount is what sets you apart. You are formulating a plan for your life and your well-being and it can only suit you. This is daydreaming in the perfect form. That’s what makes you the innovator not the princess looking for her glass slipper. So, stop listening to those that continue to discourage you. I believe Stephen Hawkings said it best,
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
And lastly, remember that you are not alone. You are part of the small sect of daydreamers forging their own path. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. You can also email me at saragrafpa@gmail.com. Have a wonderful night.