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Thank You Gifts

Give a gift that counts.  It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense.  Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B.  When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5.  We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals.  I start thinking about gift a month before school ends.  That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.

 

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We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give.  I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99.  I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue &  used a close pin for the tea bag.

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Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.

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I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.

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I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.

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Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together.  I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag.  Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!

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I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”.  This was for the Gym teacher!

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I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.

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I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.

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I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.

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On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.

Just use what you have!

Be creative!

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Salonista Style not to be missed

I joined the “Salonista Style” team a few weeks ago and was able to wear this AMAZINGLY flattering dress for the studio opening.  What I love about it that it’s white, classy and sexy.  The zippers in gold add interest in all the right places, enhancing the cut of the dress.

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The Beauty comes in three colors- black, red and white, S/M/L and is $60.  To see more fabulous dresses and more from the Salonista Style shop go to http://instagram.com/salonistastyle.

 

Going for Old Hollywood

Old Hollywood reminds me of hair pinned up, bright lips, gold shoes and fur.  When I dress for a special occasion, just putting on a pretty dress is not enough.  I enjoy having a vision and this time my vision started with wearing a fur.  I didn’t own a fur, or any of my look but I get jazzed by the challenge of finding my outfit.  The fundraiser was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston for Jaden’s Ladder.  When I’m at a classy hotel, I like to dress the part.

The skinny on my look~

I found this simple brown DVF dress at a friend’s shop for $50!  The next thing I found were these gold and black sequence shoes from J. Crew.  Over time I found the fur vest on Ebay but with the shipping time, it would arrive with only 10 days to spare.  I really wasn’t sure if it would be perfect, but to my surprise it’s gorgeous.

I picked up the clutch on winter clearance at Lord & Taylor.  I chose it to tie the black and gold together with a bit of hard to play off the soft fur.  The last item I picked, which didn’t really end up showing is my gold and Swarovski crystal necklace.  But, I love it and am glad I bought it.  The symbol means, “double luck” in Chinese.’

Hair styled by Salon Sabeha, make up from Modern Priscilla, teeth whitening by Super Smile.

Dress $50, J.Crew Shoes $32 (clearance), Fur $75, Swarovski necklace $60 (outlet), clutch $28

Total cost $245

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The perfect YELLOW dress

Yellow isn’t for everyone, but if you’re willing to try one…BCBG has the best one around!  Not only did I love the color of my Cain dress, but check out the amazing cut (2 high slits, cut out back, perfect neckline) and the applique was so well done.  The nude color lining is what you see behind all the lace and sequin applique.  If you want to be on trend, go for lace.  It is so hot and the BCBG dress lines are using lace in fresh ways.

ssshhhh… my comes in black and a shorter version as well!

BCBG Cain Sequin Applique

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More BCBG yellow dresses

Arlena One-Shoulder Lace Cocktail Dress

Katrina Jacquard Cocktail Dress
If Yellow isn’t for you…..yes there’s always Black!

DYI Transform a screen into a custom headboard

If you have one of these cheap folding screens and want to upcycle it, why not make it into a custom headboard!  It’s easy and you can do just about anything your heart desires.

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Step 1:  Spray Paint~ I used a more expensive paint to avoid having to spay so many times.

Tip: Take your time when you spray paint, it’s best to do in light layers.

Step 2: Add metal hardware on back of screen to avoid the screen to fold.  Then Hang on the wall behind your bed.  Either drill a hole through the wood or add hardware on the back.

                Tip:  Resist adding your decor to the screen, as this is large and awkward to hang and you don’t want your hard work to get ruined.

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Step 3:  Collect and create the decor you want to add to your screen.  Use Velcro to affix items to your board.

Tip:  Don’t be afraid to add a few things to start then add over time, as this is a large space!

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I made my own Fishing sign by hot gluing store bought pebbles onto letters!  Use shells or seaglass as well!  The Bait bag is actually an old clothes hanging pin bag!  I hand painted the words and picked up vintage wooden fishing hooks to add to the bag.

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My son collected stickers, shells, and driftwood and I picked up the signs, handmade fishing pole and the clothes pin bag from a yard sale, and the Pottery Barn pin board shark

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My Denim & Diamonds Outfit

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               Denim jacket by DKNY                                            Various necklaces piled up

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The nude bodysuit is by Victoria Secret.  I  adore the color, rhinestones & lace!!DSC_0011

‘Ardell’ Fashion Lashes

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‘essie’ ‘good as gold’ and ‘Revlon’ ‘Hearts of Gold FX’ nail polish.  Two coats of essie & several of ‘hearts of gold fx’ polish.  I made sure no hearts got on as they are so big.

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Shoes by Alfani.  Antique pearl broach.

Instead of a belt, I wrapped ‘Bling’ around my waist, held together with my broach.  ‘Bling’ also used on the center pieces at the event!

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Affordable outfits can be created for events!

Once I was invited to the Denim & Dimonds Event I immediately started by outfit wheel.

I went to the Wear House and bought this fab skirt for $25!!  I hit the Victoria Secret sale’s rack and found the bodysuit for $17.  I knew I needed to cover up, so I dug out my oldie but goodie DKNY jean jacket.  I picked up the peace clutch at Fashioneta for $30.  My shoes came from Macy’s for $76.  I piled on jewelry I already had and placed eye lashes on and painted my own nails.  Makeup from Making Faces and hair compliments of Salon Sabeha.  At the event, photos were taken by The Chick Who Clicks.  Thank you for your wonderful support.

To see my vision: https://jacobsohndesigns.com/2013/01/22/getting-ready-for-denim-diamonds/


Shopping on line

I don’t know about you, but I always have shopping in mind.  I do really love to shop, but when the holiday season starts getting wild and the traffic is slow, people are crabby and you have to wait in lines….ooohhhh yes, I don’t love it, but I find times to go late or shop on line as the deals are great, sometimes even better, plus most sites will offer free or discounted shipping options.  Free returns, a Bonus!

Great On-Line Shops that work for you

Nordstroms– free shipping and returns

Amazon– buy a Prime membership for a flat yearly fee, and get free 2-day shipping

Ebay and Etsy– the sellers make their own shipping rates, so find the ones you like

More on Etsy, always and I mean always contact the seller and ask if they are running any sales or discounts.  Usually, even if they aren’t they’ll gift you one!

6pm.com– save up to 75% off retail, and their rates change all the time, even on one item, so check often if you are interested in an item!

us.asos.com– free shipping & returns, specials, super trendy great women’s & men’s clothing

If you want to make stores work for you, make sure to go on Retailmenot.com to check for coupon codes before you purchase anything.  Usually, I won’t buy on line unless there’s something that is in my favor.  Stores want your business, and run regular specials, so wait.  If you don’t have time to check sites daily, sign up for their news letters and they will let you know!