AMAZING DIY/DIM DINNER PARTY CENTER PIECES

ARE CENTER PIECES AT A DINNER PARTY A MUST HAVE??

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Party planning can be quite a task sometimes. Ok, let’s keep it honest, it’s quite a task every time! lol… ūüėČ

What we’ve discovered at CHICified through trial and error, is the importance of simplifying the planning process into specific steps.

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1. Order Of Operation List

2. To Do List

TIP: TO DO LIST apps are awesome! You¬†don’t have to worry about losing a piece of paper. Just don’t lose your phone! lol… ūüėČ

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Today we’re focusing on an area of the To Do List that has people a bit uncertain. ¬†THE CENTER PIECE.

The importance of a center piece on a dinner party table (buffet or sit down) is a very important decision to your event and most certainly a personal choice.

It all comes down to the ambiance you are creating and your personal taste and style.

TIP: Shayzon loves having a center piece on her table when¬†entertaining, ¬†but she doesn’t believe that it always has to be with flowers.

There is no right or wrong decision about having a center piece. If you choose to have one, it can definitely be visually appealing and also a great conversation piece.

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Going to a florist or ordering custom made arrangements is an awesome option if time allows and you’re financially able to. ¬†A DIY/DIM approach is also fantastic and a very CHICified way to go. Not only does it become your signature creation like the ones created by Shayzon in these pictures, but it’s fun, personalized and very cost effective.

Shayzon¬†(CHICified‘s Editor-in-Chief)¬†shared these pictures of the center pieces from her Premier Party for her new show¬†Mother Funder¬†on Bravo. ¬†She worked with flowers from the local supermarket and a vase shaped like a purse made from moss that she found at a flower wholesale warehouse.

These beautiful center pieces most certainly became a conversation piece at this dinner party. ūüėČ

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For directions on how to create your own CHICified DIY/DIM flower arrangement, check out: http://www.chicified.com/a-gorgeous-floral-arrangement-for-less-than-7/

CAPTURED INSPIRATION

OUR CHICified 5!

LOVES FROM THE WEEKEND!

CHICified believes in taking time for visual inspiration.

Here are a few gorgeous pics that we fell inlove with over the weekend.

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Note from the Editor:

In this world that we occupy, there is beauty to be admired and inspiration to gain. Be present in your moments and have your eyes be your camera.

SHAYZON

*photos from around the web.*

WHAT IS A SHAYZON FAB FIND?

A SHAYZON FAB FIND…

SOMETHING FABULOUS & WORTH FINDING!

 

FAB FIND¬†is most certainly found in the CHICified Dictionary. ‘)

Here’s the short & sweet definition, along with important points for

SHAYZON to give the FAB FIND stamp of approval.

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Fashion, shoes, accessories, bags and decor that are graciously accompanied with great quality, a fit that’s remarkable and appeal to the eyes that’s purely irresistible. Top that all with a pretty little price tag adorned with a mind-blowing price, and you’ve got yourself the definition of a FAB FIND!!

¬†“Feeling GRAND and wearing a FABULOUS ensemble that looks like a million bucks, all while smiling inside knowing that it didn’t cost more than a minuscule dent in my purse, is just FABtastic!”

With a few pointers and tips, anyone can master the hunt.

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SHAYZON’s Truth Serum:
It takes a minute to save a buck!

* Don’t only settle with the first thing you see that stands out on the rack. Look around.

** Don’t grab just¬†anything with an inexpensive price tag. Check the quality, style & fit.

***TRY IT ON, TRY IT ON and did I remember to say TRY IT ON!?!? Getting things altered is smart.

Not so fast!

Remember the factors in the definition above when identifying and selecting your FAB FIND and you’ll be well on your way!! ūüėČ

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Tip: As you browse through magazines, stores or online, keep those things that excite you in mind when out on the hunt for a FAB FIND.

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These ‘Hangisi’ Manolo Blahnik pumps were my inspiration ($650). For a dramatic fraction of the cost, I knew when I came across these consignment pumps, they were FAB and definitely going home with me. ūüėČ

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*my pumps were found brand new in a consignment store on clearance for less than $20!

FAB FIND STAMP OF APPROVAL! ūüėČ

 

 

A GORGEOUS FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FOR LESS THAN $7???

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Have you ever admired floral arrangements and found yourself feeling a bit intimidated or wishing you were able to recreate them for your own home? 

WE DEFINITELY HAVE! ‘)

Flowers have the power to brighten any space, improve any mood and transform any environment.

Flowers also have a reputation for being expensive.

We see them in magazines, as a major focal point on the sets of many TV programs, hotel lobbies, weddings, spas, restaurants, cafes and so many more captivating spaces. Clear indication that flowers are a great and important part of creating an influential and positive space.

ps. There’s actual research that shows how flowers affect the way we feel.

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SO how can you enjoy the benefits of beautiful flowers on a regular basis without breaking the bank?

No worries, CHICified will most certainly show you how!

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Her are the steps on how to create¬†a beautiful and expensive “looking” flower arrangement for less than $7.

Lets get started!! ūüôā

Today we went with miniature pink roses.

1st. What you’ll need are gardening shears, a vase, a funnel and water.

( You can find unique containers and/or great inexpensive vase at a dollar store, the supermarket or even better, in your own home.)

2nd. Lay out all of your flowers so you can see exactly what your working with.

3rd. Remove all the leaves and put them aside.

4th. Create a cutting guide by measuring one stem with the exterior of your vase leaving a 1/2 inch of the stem above the rim of the vase and then cut the stem at an angle.

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5th. Cut all stems using your guide.

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6th. Begin adding and arranging your stems one by one.

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7th.¬†When you have created the final look you like or love…. add your water through the funnel to avoid disturbing your arrangement.

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** We prefer adding water at the very end of the process, so we can freely rearrange the flowers to our desired placement.**

 TAH DAH!!

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* Never underestimate the potential of a supermarket bouquet. ‘)

(BOGO sales get us excited!)

*¬†When selecting your bouquet, be sure the petals and leaves have no brown spots and aren’t wilting.

 *Choose your flowers by the color scheme you love, your favorite type of flower or go with the bouquet/s that makes you feel happy and excited when you see it.

Treat yourself!

Create an environment on a Savvy Budget at home and/or at work that makes you feel special, happy, worthy and CHICified.

You deserve it! ‘)

I'm HERE and I'm BACK!!

MY BLOG LOVE!!!

I’ve been on hiatus for a couple of months ONLY because I needed to focus on the final planning of our 14th Anniversary¬†RE-DO-WAL (our dream wedding/renewal). I got to marry my Prince all over again!! ‘)

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I most definitely will share more¬†photos and details once we receive them from the photographers. I’m hanging on by a string and trying to be patient as I nibble at my nails in great anticipation. lol…

Right now we’re living through the eyes and photos of our dearest friends and family that shared the day with us.

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¬†I’ve missed sharing my thoughts, tips and pics with you, BUT that’s being fixed right now! ‘)¬†Another exciting thing that happened, was the launch of our

CHICified Facebook Page. (link)

It has been doing really well so far. Please check it out and press¬†LIKE¬†to enjoy our page and the great things happening! ‘)

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¬†Well, it’s CHICified Time…oops, I mean Summer Time!! ‘))

The perfect time and platform for Amazing Style, Incredible Deals and tons of

SHAYZON FAB FINDS!

YAY!!!

GLAMOROUS Style, FABULOUS Fashion & FLAWLESS Beauty

MOST BEAUTIFUL INDEED!!

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LUPITA NYONG’O

I remember the evening clearly, I was super excited and preparing “my cozy space” for my Annual¬†Award Season Routine, the highly anticipated…¬†Red Carpet PRE SHOWS!!!

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It was the Golden Globes and there was a brief moment that I stepped away from the TV (more than likely for some ice cream ūüėČ ) and upon returning, I was literally stopped in my tracks and my breath was taken by this incredibly stunning women on the screen. I had no idea who she was ( I don’t get out to the movies as regularly as I would like, so at this point I had not yet seen12 Years A Slave).

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 --  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Actress Lupita Nyong’o arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 — (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)

I called out to my hubby, “WHO IS THAT??? NOW SHE’S A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CHICified!”¬†She was radiating through my screen, I felt my eyes immediately zoom in to her piercing eyes, her gorgeous smile and lips, her incredible bone structure and her flawless skin.

Jan. 13, 2014 - Los Angeles, USA, USA - Lupita Nyong'o attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards aka Golden Globes at Hotel Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, USA, on 12 January 2014. Photo: Hubert Boesl (Credit Image: ÔŅĹ Hubert Boesl/DPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Jan. 13, 2014 – Los Angeles, USA, USA – Lupita Nyong’o attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards aka Golden Globes at Hotel Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, USA, on 12 January 2014. Photo: Hubert Boesl (Credit Image: ÔŅĹ Hubert Boesl/DPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)

There are many attractive people in the world, but ever so often there is one that is extraordinarily striking and captivating.

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Lupita’s effortless presence and ability to make every garment that she wears look like perfection, is and has been quite the treat for a fashion and beauty obsessed girl like me. ‘)

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Immaculately paired with her beauty are the vibrant and most sartorial garments brilliantly selected by her stylist Micaela Erlanger. ¬†Topping it all off, is Lupita’s humility, humor, grace and willingness to become transparent for the world to see.

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Lupita’s¬†sincere reveal of the moments in her life when she felt “unbeautiful”, when she was faced with uncertainties and insecurities, dreams and wonders,¬†along with her smarts, tenacity, talent and grace, has formulated an inspirational and powerful gift that she now charmingly passes on to millions.

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I always take such pleasure in the stories of journeys, dreams achieved, awards received and hopes believed.

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It’s more than just the clothes, makeup, and material things, it’s the dreams as reality, goals rightly achieved, confidence to try, determination to be and moment of arrival that makes life rich and beautiful.

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CONGRATULATIONS BEAUTIFUL!!

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You are MOST BEAUTIFUL INDEED!

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¬†LUPITA NYONG’O

 

 

 

SHOE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS!!

ARE YOU AN ADDICT???

Hello my name is SHAYZON¬†and I AM A SHOE ADDICT! ‘)

Wondering if you may be too??

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1. Do you literally get goose bumps or chills when you see that certain pair of shoe goodness?

shoeblog3edit-200x300tumblr_lxnxdyyOOj1r8qecvo1_500-231x3002. Do you have visions and dreams about those killer pairs of shoes that you may have decided not to purchase?

3. Do you store your shoes in boxes or bags in your closet?

4. Do you place your newly bought shoes on the passenger seat so you can take yet another look at them before you get home?

5. Do you have multiple pairs of shoes that have not yet been worn?

shoeblog6-195x300a338a58abdd3b289de9f1012e6498189-1-300x2256. Have you EVER taken your shoes off during bad weather so your “shoe babies” don’t get soiled?

7. Do you have driving slippers in your car so the heels and back of your shoes won’t be scuffed?

8. Do you know where every single pair of shoes reside in your closet?

9. Do you plan your outfits starting with your shoe?

10. Do you have names for your shoes or shoe collection?

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Drum roll please?? Eeeeeeeeeee ‘)

If you have answered yes to 5 or more of these questions, then my darling………. You are officially a SHOE ADDICT!!

Not to worry, SHAYZON has your¬†FIX!! ‘)

TIP 1. If you love stylish shoes and budget is a priority, please don’t deny yourself of blissfully scouting designer stores or browsing online. Keep yourself abreast of the styles you love, because many times off price stores, inconspicuous¬†boutiques and even thrift stores will surprise you with that style you love for a whole lot less. That’s what I call a¬†SHAYZON FAB FIND!

7e7422241e1e0b7f7437626ddb101e7a-200x300TIP 2. Keep a mental or written list on hand of the shoe(s) you feel are necessary but missing from your shoe collection, so when you’re out and about you can be an intelligent shopper by adding not only the shoes you want, but the shoes you need.

TIP 3.¬†If budget is no issue, then¬†shop away! Try not to continuously buy the same pair (same style & color) multiple times!¬†(You’re wasting a new style opportunity.)¬†

We SHOE ADDICTS¬†cringe when that favorite shoe has given it’s all and you realize you can’t find a replica!!

* If…. there is that special pair that you wear frequently or have as a staple shoe¬†(very comfy, goes with everything) in your collection, if possible, I do recommend getting¬†that second pair. Reserve it for when the other one must be placed into retirement. ‘)

SHAYZON’s Tips on how to resuscitate and prolong the life of your favorite shoes, coming soon!!

 

PEARL PASSION IGNITES FASHION

 H2T (head to toe) PEARLS!!

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Gone are the days of¬†Breakfast at Tiffany’s,¬†

when elegant strings of pearls like those donned by the great Audrey Hepburn, deemed adequate to making a girl feel feminine and noteworthy.

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NOW,¬†it’s ALL about¬†PEARLS FROM H2T (head 2 toe)!!

Who can forget Lady Gaga who took it most literal a few years ago! Well since then, designers have continued to creatively incorporate this delicate gem into every aspect of fashion.

From the edgiest to the chicest, priciest to the cheapest, pearls are now attainable by all and has been embraced by many.

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Are you a Pearly Princess??

I sure hope so! ¬†BUT….

If not, you most certainly should give it a try!! ,)

How??

Well you know SHAYZON has got you covered with tips!

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A simple way to try a trend or experiment with fashion, is to start with accessories.

For the daring, try pearl shades! (Total DIY project that can cost you under $10) .

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For the fashionista, strings of pearls (genuine or faux) will always be a hit!

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For the confident, a wedding gown adorned with pearls from H2T is a sure way to make a statement of your PEARL PASSION!! ¬†‘)

Don’t ever be afraid to experiment with something new!

 

 

 

 

GIVE 'EM LIP! ')

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR SERIOUS

LIP SERVICE!!

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Pucker up ladies!

Burgandy, Wine, Deep Plum and Oxblood lips

are smeared all over this Fall/Winter season.

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Holiday reds are timeless and quite captivating, BUT…

it’s time for a walk on the darker side. ‘) You don’t even have to say a word, these lips speak for themselves.

tumblr_mu85iqc2Q91rdlmloo1_1280-300x260What’s the secret approach to achieving this look successfully?

First, you must, must, must exfoliate and moisturize your pout.

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Second , line your lips and fill them in entirely with a comparable lip liner.

Last, but definitely not least, using a stain or lipstick , coat or apply that gorgeous lip color, being ever so careful to stay inside the lines.

OOPS!! Redo please! ‘)

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Here are a couple useful SHAYZON QUICK TIPS to keep in mind:

~ The final look should be a soft satin finish or matte (the glossy touch isn’t necessary this time around).

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images-61~ For even coverage, after applying your moisturizer, apply a light layer of concealer to the lips then follow the steps above.

~ After you’ve applied your lipstick or stain, apply a bit of translucent powder around the outer edges of the lip with a sponge or flat makeup brush, gently wipe away the excess powder and this prevents the lipstick from bleeding outside of the lines.

Voila

A Picture Perfect Pout!! ‘)

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TO THRIFT or NOT TO THRIFT?? Is that your question???

Shayzon says… ABSOLUTELY!!! ‘)

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Mixing thrift, vintage and designer pieces is a sure way to a unique personal style.

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Not to mention the amazing deals, amazing savings and amazing FAB FINDS!

There is a high in the hunt and a thrill in the find!

Do I sound a tad bit excited??

OOOH YES!! ‘)

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Here are just a few FAB pieces (tags and all) that I’ve found. Talk about perfect for the season!

There’s a strategy to selecting not only a good piece, but a great piece!! It’s the secret to a FAB FIND!! ‘)

IMG_20140113_004059Thrifty Tips by Shayzon the DEAL GURU, coming soon!