Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sugar Skull Ornaments

I have a total adoration for sugar skulls. My love for them is not limited to Dia de los Muertos, but year round skull fun. I always find myself drawn to them in funky little stores here in the states, as well as during my travels down south. Since my house is largely inspired by my travels, I thought, why not have a colorful sugar skull filled tree? I proposed the idea to Keith last night. Not only did he like the idea, but he started researching ways to make my very own! I love him! Searching for inspiration, I came across these images of wonderful examples...


1. via Tilt Treasures
2. vis ThisNext
3. via Modern Hostess
4. via Etsy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Turkey Day

My week is super short this week. Got back from Ren Fest yesterday afternoon, and I'm leaving for Dallas this evening. We will be spending Thanksgiving with Keith's family, then we will head back to Austin, where I will drop him off and drive to Plantersville for my final weekend of Ren Fest. I promise to return next week, with some fun stuff. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and see you back here soon.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fashion Week: Champagne Under the Stars

 Wrapping up fashion week at The Gypsie Trunk, I'm finishing it up with champagne under the stars. Two more romantic holiday styles that I just can't get enough of. Two of my favorite pieces that I own are a ruffle front, sheer, black and white star print blouse, and a pair of Steve Madden, champagne glitter, platform pumps that my friend gave me for my birthday. Love. My only regret is that I don't have enough occasions to bust out those dazzling heels. In any case, here is the final affordable holiday wish list....

For more info on, or to purchase these items, follow the links below.
1. Jacket from Dorothy Perkins
2. Clutch from Asos
3. Cami from Topshop
4. Dress from Mod Cloth
5. Dress from Asos
6. Bustier from Topshop
7. Minaudiere from Bebe
8. Skirt from Yes Style

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fashion Week: Puttin' On The Glitz

 Back on the flashy trend, something about black and sequins speaks to me. I feel that this combination shows a sophisticated and chic sense of style, with a splash of sparkle. Perfect for a holiday parties, New Year's Eve, or for the everyday fashionista. I have a black sequin tank that I love to throw on over a great pair of jeans and some sexy heels for a night on the town. It's a great way to dress up a more casual outfit, or to go all out glam. Here are my current affordable favorites...

 For more info on, or to purchase these items, follow the links below.

1. Dress from Dillard's
2. Booties from Lulu's
3. Clutch from City of Bags
4. Skirt from Nordstrom
5. Shorts from Express
6. Cuff from JC Penney
7. Beret from SK Hat Shop
8. Blazer from US Trendy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fashion Week: Animal Attraction

As part of my winter fashion week, I am showing my animal attraction. Leopard print has turned up everywhere lately and I, for one, am loving it. My obsession right now is the leopard print booties that have turned up on all of my favorite celebs, from Nicole Richie to Khloe Kardashian Odom. Here are some of my other affordable desirables this season...

For more information on, or to purchase these items, follow the links below.
1. Dress from YesStyle
2. Clutch from Asos
3. Booties from Charlotte Russe
4. Skirt from Nordstrom
5. Jumpsuit from United Habit
6. Cardigan from Banana Republic
7. Short's from Shopbop
8. Coat from Macy's

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fashion Week: All That Glitters Is Gold

I have decided to devote this week to fashion. I am feeling the distinct desire to take my recent Ren Faire earnings and run to the stores to snag my current fashion cravings. I will, however, be good and only make one or two purchases. A girl can dream, can't she? And make wish lists.

As the weather teases with thoughts of cold weather and holiday cheer, my thoughts turn to seasonal fashion. Winter is the time of year when sparkle rules the world. Women pull out all the stops, and all of the gilded, glittery, and sparkly things that have been hiding in the back of the closet, waiting for that first chill in the air. I must say that I absolutely love some flashy fashion when it turns cold, and with it creeping upon me, here is my affordable winter wish list this year...

For more information or to purchase these items, follow the links below.

1. Blazer via Victoria's Secret
2. Clutch via Zara
3. Shorts via Bebe
4. Shrug via YOOX
5. Skirt via Alloy
6. Heels via Zappos
7. Bracelet via 6PM
8. Dress via Lulu's

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Movemeber Mugs

Formerly November, Movember is mustache growing month to raise awareness and money for men's health. Being that my sex makes it difficult (and unsightly) to grow a 'stache, I have decided to show my support in another way. I had a set of four plain white coffee cups leftover from some of my previous projects, and decided to paint some rockin' mustaches on them. My 'stache of choice.....the Fu Man Chu.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beauties With Bed Head

I am feeling inspired by the ever-fabulous Miss Brigitte Bardot and her oh-so-seductive bedroom hair. She remains one of the sexiest women in history, and seemed to always have perfectly mussed come-hither hair. From the days of curlers, pins, curling irons, and hairsprays that would cause the earth to shudder, came the bombshells that still inspire women, and get men's engines revving. From the ranks of the mind blowingly beautiful, here are some our favorites sporting some sexy bed head.


4. via Sea Salt
7. via People.com
10. via Hot & Hot

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mapping Out A Design

Maps may serve a bevy of functions, the least of which is not guiding lost souls to their desired destination. Additionally, they can make a handsome addition to the design aesthetic of any room. Since our travels have been put on pause, I have gained a fascination with maps. Perhaps, because I am no longer pouring over them searching for our next destination. After a year and a half of staring at them, my life seems a little less without.

In order to satiate the need to look over them again, I have decided to incorporate maps into the decor of our house. Beside conventional and basic framing, there are numerous ways to creatively display and use them.


3. via Homedit
4. via Nenaghgal
6. via Veneer
9. via Casa Sugar
11. via Viva Terra

Friday, November 4, 2011

Decorating With Antlers

via Crizmac

 I am getting ready to leave for the weekend, but I didn't want to leave without one last post for the week. Lately I have had a bit of a fascination with antlers. In my routine blog following, I've seen numerous chic, and a few quirky homes, that have used antlers in their design. Some have even been home made. We had a colorful deer head mask that we bought while we were living in Guatemala, then I found a wooden pair at Goodwill last month, and I just found a real pair at Goodwill last weekend. Three officially makes it a collection, so now the trouble is deciding how to display them. Here are some inspirational ideas I found.


3. via Covetable
7. via Funkytime
9. via Curlby
12. via Cactus Creek

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pillow Talk

Living in rental properties can make decorating a challenge at times. We decided to take the plunge with our last apartment, and paint the walls bold shades of Central American inspired colors. I adored the overall effect, but loathed the priming processed that was required of us before moving out. With our new home (a much larger, two story, duplex) we are choosing to keep a neutral base (white walls, wood floors, and beige carpet), and accenting it with bright pops of color. We have a beige and brown couch, and have just purchased two sitting chairs, which will be re-covered with a green and white/beige printed fabric. To add color, and am looking for brightly colored throw pillows to tie in the blues, greens, oranges, and purples, scattered throughout the living room. With a little Etsy research, I've found some wonderful pillows that are just what the doctor ordered.

For more info or to purchase these items, follow the links below.

3. via Kain Kain
8. via Kyoozi

Blog Love

A big thanks to Michelle over at Trash to Treasure Decorating for giving some major blog love my way for Friend Friday. She featured my Pallet Coffee Table and had kind words about the project. I absolutely love my coffee table and am thrilled that someone else does too. Thanks again Michelle!