My stay at the Ameritania Hotel in Times Square New York…

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As you know I was in New York last Sunday thru Tuesday night. I knew it would be magical to stay in NYC during Christmastime and indeed it was. We stayed at the Ameritania NYC and I can’t deny part … Continue reading

Sorry for being M.I.A. but been planning a Burlesque themed Bday Bash…

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I have also spent entirely waaaaaaay too many hours searching online costume stores, going back & forth with myself on if I want to purchase from random sites, checking BBB on said sites to ensure authenticity and reading reviews only to buy my corset/tutu from a real lingerie company via Amazon. That free shipping gets ya! The corset is very pretty and I can’t wait to see the detailing in person. I’m the event stylist for my friend’s bday bash…

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(Sidenote: isn’t it ridiculous how for a couple funky pieces of fabric costume stores charge $49 & $54 and more? Then you have to buy the hats, tights, gloves, and other stuff because it isn’t included. I’m in the wrong business).
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The party will be at a club in VIP and we are going to tour it tomorrow. Unsure how many tables they have and if there will be a wall where I can set up a backdrop for a makeshift photo booth area but I sure hope so. Here are some cool sexy burlesque, moulin rouge, cabaret party ideas for a bachelorette, birthday, Halloween party or bridal shower.

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2013 Adamsleigh Showhouse…outlined walls with nailhead ribbon…

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That light fixture!

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Love this ribbon detailing outlining the room…

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A rendering of the room…something us designers do to help clients get a true vision of what the end result will be…

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Red isn’t my color at all but love this room and the bedding.

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Another room with outlined walls.

{Designed by Lisa Mende and Traci Zeller  2013 Adamsleigh Showhouse – Traditional Home & Photo by John Bessler & other images via}

Pretty Valentine’s Kate Spade hearts inspired wedding & great tips for planning

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Usually I think heart themed stuff csme come across as cheesy but not this wedding.
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What I loved most was their unique guestbook idea…

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They created a private Instagram account to keep funny, old, and embarrassing photos of all the guests from Facebook and then had them turned into cards on Printstagram. She wrote their names and table assignments on each, spray painted wooden hearts, hot glued them to mini magnets via & made heart magnets as favors. Then the magnets held the photo place cards on magnetic boards from Ikea.

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Here are their tips: Use planners & Pinterest for gathering ideas and inspiration. Anything you can’t do yourself, buy from Etsy. You can’t do it all, so choose you battles. Do the DIY projects that you can, but don’t kill yourself over trying to do everything.
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The bride said there were some projects she wanted to do but decided it wasn’t worth the stress, so she bought them already made or delegated helpful friends & family.

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Their food was casual and messy so they opted out of super nice china and linen napkins instead using disposable bamboo plates and cutlery/napkins from Ikea. They didn’t want to spend a lot on paper goods so they skipped the programs and one of the bridesmaids made the menus.

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They spent a little more to have the sequin linens, real flowers (put together by their planners), and the gray and white striped fabric for the tables. You can see more from their wedding in my champagne sequin tablecloth post. The bride advises spening money on the parts that are most important. I will like to add that details are important but some things will go unnoticed so don’t get so caught up in things that guests won’t remember.
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{Images seen on Green Wedding Shoes, photography: Michèle M. Waite // venue: Smog Shoppe, soda favors: Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, Pasadena,sequin linens: La Tavola Linen}

Colorful vibrant interiors + how to arrange furniture in a small open floor plan…

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Love how the furniture is arranged in this space. Here rugs are used to distinguish areas.

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This design duo is where popular blogger The Decorista got her start.

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