Winter Wreaths For Your Door and Mantle

Hey Ya’ll,

If you don’t have time to load up your home’s exterior with twinkling lights or can’t be bothered with a shedding tree adorned with beautiful bulbs, there’s one easy way to instantly add holiday cheer to your abode: a winter wreath!

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.09.09 PMWhat do you think of these lovely blue themed wreaths? How about these wreaths with beautiful bursts of red?

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.11.22 PMA classic green wreath is always a good choice, too…

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.16.01 PMIf you’re crafty, try stringing leftover bulbs together using some wire or hot-gluing bulbs to a bare wreath (click HERE for a tutorial for the wreath below from http://sharyncarlson.typepad.com):

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Image and tutorial via http://sharyncarlson.typepad.com

Another fun idea is spray painting some holly to create a metallic, sparkly wreath:

31ab6a3b0eb9ce353230fae0717167d1Wreaths are a great way give a seasonal nod to a holiday and the best part is that they can be hung over a mantle, on a wall or on a door. Do you have a winter wreath you use every year or do you prefer to switch it up? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

Unique Design Tips For Your Winter Wedding

Image via ruffledblog.com

Image via ruffledblog.com

Hey Ya’ll,

In a sea of summer brides, ladies who dare to say ‘I Do’ in the winter months are a truly unique bunch!

To see this beautiful bride's winter wedding, visit greenweddingshoes.com

To see this winter wedding shoot, visit greenweddingshoes.com

After blogging about how cold-weather-brides get to have a little more fun when it comes to accessorizing on their wedding day, I thought about all of the seasonal design elements winter weddings often have that make them so magical. Below, you’ll find a collection of my favorite ideas for everything from flowers to lighting to cake and more.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.32.13 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.44.29 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.56.52 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 5.05.41 PMOverall, I love the idea of using what’s in-season to decorate and bring the outside in but without all of the cold!

Twig & Twine, Studio CastilleroIf you keep it simple you can easily use pine cones, candles, red holly, or even a simple green garland to add a chic nod to the holidays at your winter wedding.

What’s your favorite thing about winter weddings? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

This Woman Proves That Donning a Wedding Dress Can Make You Feel Beautiful At Any Age

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 11.56.18 AMHey Ya’ll,

I saw the cutest story this morning on the TODAY show! It was a segment all about a 70-year-old woman who’s life-long dream of wearing a beautiful wedding gown is finally coming true, thanks to an organization called “Second Wind Dreams.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 12.49.34 PMThe woman’s name is Ruth Sullivan and she was married following WWII in 1946. There was no dream dress, no big reception, and no fancy honeymoon. Just a simple ceremony in a minister’s study and a night at a local hotel. All these years later, even though her husband has passed away, Ruth is still in love with the idea of going to a bridal store to try on the beautiful gowns she sees on reality television show’s like TLC’s “Say Yes the the Dress.” And that’s just what she got to do!

Click HERE to watch her shop at David’s Bridal and try on dresses for her entire family.

I was touched to see how beautiful she felt and how neat something so simple like trying on wedding dresses, even at 70, can make someone’s day all that much brighter. Just another reminder that it truly is the little things in life that make all the difference!
-Brian

Black Friday Deals Worth Braving the Crowds For

Image via gamesided.com

Image via gamesided.com

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m not one to shop on “Black Friday” but if you are there are plenty of good deals to score this year. In fact, some of them are already LIVE and can be purchased online! Click HERE for a list of coupon codes that have already hit the web for “Black Friday” 2013.

Earns Wal-Mart StoresClick HERE for The Huffington Post‘s list of the top “Black Friday” deals at Walmart. What’s the best deal they’ve got? Walmart is offering to give YOU $26 dollars for an iPhone 5C ($49 on contract + $75 gift card).

Image via cnet.com

Image via cnet.com

And for all of the tech-lovers on your shopping list (or for yourself!), be sure to check out Cnet‘s list of the best tech deals available this “Black Friday” at stores like Target, Best Buy, Staples and Amazon. Click HERE for their reviews of each product/deal.

tg-lead-targetFor those of you who love Target as much as I do, Tom’s Guide has an excellent list of the best tech deals to score at Target, HERE. According to Tom’s Guide, “Target opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and doesn’t close until 11 p.m. on Black Friday. That’s 27 straight hours of continuous shopping. On top of its many sales, Target is also offering a 20 percent off coupon valid Dec. 1-7 for those who spend more than $75 on Black Friday. Plus, if you have Target’s “REDcard” credit card, you can take an extra 5 percent off the sale price.”

Lastly, Lifehacker has a great list of the items you should buy on “Black Friday” vs. “Cyber Monday”. Click HERE to check it out.

Please share any great deals you’ve seen advertised in the comment section below. Good luck and have a SAFE shopping day everybody!
-Brian

What to Give Your Thanksgiving Dinner Host/Hostess

Succulents make great hostess gifts! Head here for a potting tutorial: http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-hostess-gift.html

Succulents make great hostess gifts! To find out how to create this adorable potted plant gift,       go here: http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-hostess-gift.html

Hey Ya’ll,

Putting together a Thanksgiving dinner can be a major undertaking. Even hosting a potluck style dinner is a lot of work when you consider the cleaning (before and after) that goes along with inviting guests into your home to share a meal.

Hostess gift tags via http://catchmyparty.com

Hostess gift tags via http://catchmyparty.com

For these reasons, I think it’s a really fantastic idea to bring your host/hostess a thoughtful gift to show your appreciation. Below, you’ll find a few host/hostess gift ideas that go beyond the average bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers… Happy Thanks-Giving!
-Brian

Host/Hostess Gifts

Ateco cookie cutter

casa.com

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

barnesandnoble.com

Serena Lily kitchenware dining

serenaandlily.com

Pier 1 Imports Cake Stand

pier1.com

Cooling Whiskey Rocks

shopgrounded.com

Pier 1 Imports Snack Bowls

pier1.com

Claus Porto Soap

casa.com

Philosophy Pumpkin Pie Bubble Bath

selfridges.com

Nest Birchwood holiday candle

gifts.redenvelope.com

Uni-Sex Apron

purlbee.com

Metal and Glass Serving Tray

target.com

Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blanc ’10 (4PK with Pink Straws!)

bevomo.com

Kusmi Tea

us.kusmitea.com

Bulliet Bourbon
bevomo.com

Hazelwood Shea Butter Body Scrub

hazelwoodsoapcompany.com
* Succulent plant image (at top) and tutorial via http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-hostess-gift.html.
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The Knot Industry Gala (and Me!) in This Month’s CeciStyle Magazine

Hey Ya’ll,

Last month, I told you all about the big event that I designed for The Knot and all of the hard work and great vendors that made the Gala a total success.

the_knot_gala_new_york_public_library_new_hollywood_glam_v172_om_1aThis month, my good friend and the talented designer of the event’s gorgeous invitations, Ceci Johnson, put together this beautiful feature in the Style section of her magazine.

Click HERE to go to the full article now.

As Ceci stated, “This year Brian Worley from YourBASH! was the master planner, and we worked together to brainstorm and then bring a “Hollywood with an Edge” concept to life.”

To see how Ceci was inspired by the event’s stunning venue as well as many of my design selections, head over to Ceci Creative Tips.

Ceci and I at the Knot Gala!

Ceci and I at the Knot Gala!

As always, I was so impressed by the way Ceci was able to infuse the sleek black, gold and pewter palette we decided on with all of the different design elements of the event. Her invitations were nothing short of brilliant. Bravo, Ceci New York!
-Brian

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Last Minute Halloween Inspiration!

Image via ABeautifulMess.com

Image via ABeautifulMess.com

Hey Ya’ll,

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, many people will be hosting Halloween parties this weekend. Are you ready? If not, I’ve got a few ideas for anyone looking to put together a party of their own, create a last minute costume or decorate your home in time to greet neighborhood trick-or-treators.

img50Let’s start off with a little party decor inspiration via Williams-Sonoma! I love the chic, gothic-vibe of their Halloween decor this year. It immediately caught my eye when they sent out their most recent e-newsletter.

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 5.32.36 PMClick HERE to see all of the great ideas and products I pinned via Williams-Sonoma for Halloween.

Expert Tip:Subscribe to e-newsletters from your favorite party supply stores. They may seem like junk-mail to most, but you’d be surprised how many fantastic party ideas, recipes, and amazing deals I’ve gotten all because I subscribe to (and actually open!) the e-newsletters from my favorite retailers.

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 4.30.43 PMAnother great source for Halloween party inspiration and supplies is Koyal Wholesale (another e-newsletter I never miss!). They really hit the nail on the head this year with the perfect Halloween color palette:Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 4.30.33 PM
If you’re not into this bright color palette, try a simple black and white theme. Here’s a mantle we designed for a YourBash! event last year:
24790f83f5c5a7209681d6c177a5565bAnd don’t forget, if you don’t have a lot of time to put up a bunch of decorations for Halloween, you can accomplish a lot with just lighting!
a12f816bb451d2eabd4cec299d42f281Try placing a few large lights in your front-yard to project green, orange or even a black and white strobe effect onto your home. It will give it an instant spooky feel without going to a lot trouble!
One of my costumes from last year!

One of my costumes from last year!

Finally, if you’re looking for a last-minute costume, check out some of my older posts for few fun ideas:

Themed Family and Group Halloween Costume Ideas

15 Clever Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

31 Days of Halloween: Let’s Talk Costumes!

And here’s another post that combines my party planning tips with my friend Ceci’s fabulous makeup tips for Halloween:

How to Plan A Halloween Party and Create A Costume Using Face Paint

So… what are you going to be for Halloween this year? Are you hosting a party or passing out candy? Let me know your plans in the comment section below.
-Brian