The holidays are expensive. That’s a fact. So why not save money where you can. Here are some chic decorating idea’s that wont break your bank?

Hershey’s Kiss Center Pieces.

Halloween is over so bulk candy is on sale. Hershey’s kisses come in delightful colors. Keep it clean and modern with silver kisses or add some punch with red kisses. Your guests can also sneak some treats while they are waiting for the turkey to be carved.

Floating Candles

Floating candles in vases is a great way to decorate your table. Use a variety of sizes for a landscaped look. Mason jars are a great way to complete this look.

Bring the Outdoors in.

Collect some branches from your backyard and spray paint them silver.

The Sea Chair Project, created by Studio Swine and Kieren Jones, is a response to the issue of growing levels of waste plastic in our oceans.  Merging craft, industry and design the project looks to harness the struggling fishing industry to produce a series of chairs created from plastic collected at sea.

The Sea Chair is made entirely from plastic waste collected from the ocean.  The plastic used to create the first Sea Chair originates from the shores of Porthtowan, a beach located on the Southwest Coast that is known to be the most polluted beach in the UK for micro plastic.  The Sea Chair was produced using the Sea Press, a machine that allows plastic to be heated and formed along with simple moulds and tools.

The chair is tagged with the geographical coordinates of where its sea plastic was harvested and carries a production number.

With mercury falling and snow on the horizon there is nothing better than a warm hearty soup to brush away the winter chills. We absolutely LOVE this recipe from the Food Network’s  Barefoot Contessa.

Ingredients

For the Soup:

  • 3 to 4 pounds butternut squash, peeled
  • and seeded
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 McIntosh apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 4 cups chicken stock, preferably
  • homemade
  • 1/2 teaspoon good curry powder

For the Condiments:

  • Scallions, white and green parts, trimmed and sliced diagonally
  • Flaked sweetened coconut, lightly toasted
  • Roasted salted cashews, toasted and chopped
  • Diced banana

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut the butternut squash, onions and apples in 1-inch cubes. Place them on a sheet pan and toss with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Divide the squash mixture between 2 sheet pans and spread it in a single layer. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, until very tender.

Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock to a simmer. When the vegetables are done, put them through a food mill fitted with the medium blade. (Alternatively, you can place the roasted vegetables in batches in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add some of the chicken stock and coarsely puree.) When all of the vegetables are processed, place them in a large pot and add enough chicken stock to make a thick soup. Add the curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Taste for seasonings to be sure there’s enough salt and pepper to bring out the curry flavor. Reheat and serve hot with condiments either on the side or on top of each serving.

The colorblock trend has been around for awhile—but lately it’s been cropping up in creative new ways. You normally think summer when you think color blocking. Bright multi hue dresses, neon mini’s and colorful sandals. Contrary to what you might believe fall is an excellent time to color block your outfits. We LOVE this gap ($54) sweater that combines bright hues with neutral stripes. If bright colors aren’t for you try color blocking neutrals to create a similar impact.

The perfect bag for a weekend getaway is almost as important as what you pack into it. You should look for one that is large enough to hold everything you would need for a weekend getaway – change of clothes, toiletries, a book, and other stuff us girls throw into large bags on a whim. Price is always and important and we have hunted down the best weekend bags that wont break your budget!

Gap Leather Travel Tote $125

Pieces Etana Travel Bag $87

Target Overnight Tote - Black/White $29.95

Urban Outfiters Kimchi Blue Doctor Weekender Bag $79

Urban Outfitters Cooperative Cow Print Weekender Bag $49

 

Look great this holiday season for less! Here are our favorite holiday dresses for under $50. Slip into one of these holiday numbers and wow at your family or work holiday party!

HM Sleeveless Dress ($69)

H&M Little Black Dress ($49)

H&M Green Sequin Dress ($14.95)

Forever 21 Sequined Bodycon Dress ($29.80)

Forever 21 Sequined Sweetheart Dress ($27.80)

No matter how much make up you own – its really all about the brush. Here are the 5 we think should be a permanent part of your make up collection.

Brow Brush – is a finely angled brush for filling and contouring eyebrows. Brows were huge on the runways this year so you want the right brush to make yours stand out. MAKE UP FOREVER Eyebrow Brush

Lip Brush – There is no better way to achieve color precision when it comes to lips than with a great lip brush. We love the M.A.C 318 Retractable lip brush A compact lip brush for the handbag. Ultra-firm with tapered tip. Defines the contours of the lip: applies fill quickly and easily. Retracts into its own M·A·C-style casing.

Eye Smudge Brush – This tool is essential for creating smouldering smokey eyes. Our vote goes to Bobby Brown Eye Smudge Brush. The tapered end of this brush is designed for smudging to create a modern, soft, smoky eye.

Foundation Brush -A good foundation application is key for any look. The shiseido foundation brush is our absolute favorite. This compact but densely packed tool is perfect for applying any type of foundation.

Fan Brush – A fan brush is necessary when you want to put just the right amount of highlighting or blending purposes. The Smashbox fan brush 22 is a featherlight fan brush that softly and seamlessly apply powders, bronzers and blush.