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How to Host an Unforgettable Halloween Party with Tara Starling

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If you are contemplating throwing a Halloween party this season, go no further until you read these terrific tips by the illustrious Tara Starling on how to host an unforgettable Halloween party.  She speaks from experience!  Tara invited us to her annual Halloween party this October and we were completely spellbound with the thought and care that had gone into every minute detail.  No one does Halloween the way Tara does Halloween.

  1. What are 3 components that go into making your Halloween party memorable?
    The three components which work together to make a memorable Halloween party can be likened to the famous film adage, “Lights! Camera! Action!”  Having worked in film for over 15 years, I end up making a lot of film allegories in my life and business, LOL!

    -Lights: Creating the ambiance, setting the stage, presenting a world your guests can completely immerse themselves in the moment they arrive. In theater and film we endeavor to create something called “suspension of disbelief,” where the audience believes for a moment they are in this fictional world, and so they get caught up emotionally in the story and with the characters. By creating a visual imaginarium with your decor utilizing the power of details, you can do the same thing for your guests and immediately give them permission to get caught up in the night’s festivities.

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    -Camera: Creating an extraordinary point of focus, something that not not only provides a visual centerpiece to the party, but inspires conversation and interactive wonder between the guests. For Le Grande Fete Macabre, this is definitely the food! Guests are so surprised/fascinated/frightened by what they see on the buffet, that it immediately creates excitement and conversation.

    -Action: Creating connections among your guests. It’s one thing to invite a passel of people that you love. But to show them the reasons why they will love each other, and set the stage for new friendships to be born and blossom… that is where the real party magic takes place! It’s like a beautiful sort of exponential math, connecting the different truly fabulous people you know, and creating an ever-growing web of delicious friendships!

    Me, Tara & MaryEllen

    Me, Tara & MaryEllen

  2. What are some of your favorite Halloween inspired menu items?
    Every year my malificent list of recipes grows a little larger, but there are a few favorites which have been on the menu since the very first year. The Zombie Brain Pate, Atrophied Cardiac Aspic, Orc Ear and Eyeball Stew, and Baked Witch Fingers are among my favorites. They combine the visual impact (some people are too freaked out by their appearance to even try them!) with fantastic flavor!
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    tara starling food halloween party
  3. You have a sensational collection of elegant Halloween items. Where have you collected these from over the years?
    I have always been collecting items for my Halloween parties for years, and seem to get most of them from either my shop, Anastasia’s Attic, or little antique stores. I tend to enjoy a somewhat glamorous spin on Halloween, so I incorporate a lot of black lace and crushed velvet, chandelier crystals, candlesticks, apothecary jars, and little oddities. On occasions, though, I will find fabulous little gargoyle statues at the drug store, or plastic bugs and snakes at the dollar store, and snatch them right up! The key to spookilicious decorating is to think in terms of creating a “set” (again with the movie metaphors, LOL) where your guests can get lost in the “story.”
  4. How do you as a hostess create an environment for people to let their hair down and have fun?
    The hostess sets the tone for the entire evening, and her (or his!) ultimate job is to create that festive, relaxing, memorable experience for the guests. Music is always an important detail, and will do much to create an atmosphere where guests feel comfortable letting loose and fully enjoying themselves. Often I will also choose to go barefoot — even when I am dressed formally — to create a sense of whimsy and carefree which get transferred to the guests. It’s also very fun and effective to have some sort of on-going game or activity which encourages people to interact, take photos, and get out of their comfort zone just a little. This year at Le Grande Fete Macabe we had an assortment of Venetian Masks floating around the party. Everyone had a blast trying on the different colors and designs, and taking photos. It doesn’t have to be something complicated, just fun!

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    halloween party venetian mask
    halloween party venetian masks
    halloween party venetian masks

  5. What is your fondest Halloween memory and/or costume?
    My favorite Halloween costume was one I had chosen for me. My nephew Ashton was just 3 years old, and he decided what everyone in our family was to be: he was going to be a knight, his mom the princess, grandma the queen, grandpa the bad-guy knight, my brother the dragon, and me that castle! We had so much fun coming up with creative ways to make all the different costumes, and really bonded as a family as we made this little tiny knight’s Halloween vision a reality!

What about you?  What is your most memorable Halloween party or costume?

Meet Tara

tara-starling-headshotTara Starling is often described as The Joan d’Arc of Beauty, and is fiercely devoted to transforming women’s lives from the inside out. As an international celebrity makeup artist for the last 15 years, she has worked with some of the most famous people in the world and on some of the highest-grossing films in cinematic history.

Tara is the creator of “Star in Your Own Life,” a transformational program which breaks women free from “the ugly lies about appearance and worth,” connects them on a spirit-level with their own intrinsic beauty.  As an inspirational speaker and author, she empowers women to harness the beauty and brilliance within them as they use universal laws of creation to live the fabulous life of their dreams. Check out Tara’s website, Starling True Beauty and follow Tara on Twitter @tarastarling!

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Great Fashion Finds at Olive and Tweed Boutique

olive-and-tweed-park-city-boutiqueA few weeks ago, my sister Stephanie flew into Utah from Vancouver for some good sister bonding, snowboarding, and shopping.  Since she is going into culinary arts, we ate like kings.  It was amazing.

We escaped to Park City and ended up finding ourselves in a charming little boutique called Olive and Tweed, an artist driven boutique on Main Street.  Olive and Tweed is overflowing with clothing, handcrafted jewelry, and accessories, and we spent the better part of the afternoon there, trying on clothes.

Stephanie picked up some darling pieces that expressed her sporty/romantic personal style beautifully and was kind enough to model them for Cable Car Couture!

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Big trends this season, Stephanie is sporting a floral tunic and zippered leggings from Olive and Tweed

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Spot the black cat, Liberty — not from Olive and Tweed.

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Fabulous drape front cardigan from Olive and Tweed

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At charming boutiques like Olive and Tweed, you’ll find unique pieces for your wardrobe.  Plus, when you support local businesses, they help stimulate the local economy.

Visit Olive and Tweed at 608 Main Street in Park City, Utah, online at www.oliveandtweed.com or become a fan of Olive and Tweed on Facebook here.

What are some of your favorite boutiques in your area?

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Keep Warm with Short Hair This Winter

We women need some help in keeping warm during the winter.  This article goes out to my short hair sisters!  As a short hair girl myself, here are several great ways to keep warm, despite the lack of locks, during the frigid winter months.  When snuggling isn’t an option, here’s the next best ways to keep warm!

Keep Warm With Short Hair This Winter Tip #1: Wear a Scarf. It’s incredible how having a scarf around your neck keeps you warm with the temperature drops!  Gals, don’t leave home without a scarf!

Who says a scarf has to be boring? Loving this linked scarf from Absalom. $38

Who says a scarf has to be boring? Loving this linked scarf from Absalom. $38

Keep warm with a scarf! Photo c/o Annabella Boutique

Button scarf c/o Annabella Boutique

Keep it simple with the lovely Coco Cowl from Mickieandbetty. $30

Keep it simple with the lovely Coco Cowl from Mickieandbetty. $30

Keep Warm With Short Hair This Winter Tip #2: Wear a Hat.  The most heat escapes from our head, so keeping a hat on will trap in the heat and help you keep warm during the winter months.  Plus, how fashionable are hats!  I used to think that hats never looked good on me, but I’d been trying on the wrong hats.  The next time you pass a hat store, meander in and try them on!  You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Express your femininity with On Top - With a Pretty Rose from simplybasicdesigns $28

Express your femininity with On Top - With a Pretty Rose from simplybasicdesigns $28

Fedora by Vicious Style

Fedora by Vicious Style $21.99

Choose a classic 20s style hat like this one from Louise Green

Choose a classic 20s style hat like this one from Louise Green

Keep Warm With Short Hair This Winter Tip #3: Embrace Earwarmers! If you don’t want to mess up your carefully crafted coif with a hat, embrace earwarmers!  They’re a great way to keep warm in the winter without compromising your hairdo.

Keep warm with these UGG Shearling Earmuffs $80

Keep warm with these UGG Shearling Earmuffs $80

Bring back an element of your childhood with these Crocheted Blue Bird Earmuffs by PinkandPigeon $18

Bring back an element of your childhood with these Crocheted Blue Bird Earmuffs by PinkandPigeon $18

Keep warm with the Handknit baby cable earwarmers by LizandLeo $18

Keep warm with the Handknit baby cable earwarmers by LizandLeo $18

How do you stay warm in the winter?

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Mod Bod New MB Line

The Mod Bod released their new MB line this October with fabulous fall pieces.

This is the denim Katie skirt from The Mod Bod’s new MB line:

The Mod Bod MB Line's Katie Skirt

The Mod Bod MB Line's Katie Skirt

You can find The Mod Bod at Lolla Bella Boutique at Gateway and Fashion Place Mall, Mr. Mac at University Mall, Blend Fashions in Pleasant Grove, Utah and Studio Bellezza in Centerville.

To check out the complete new fall MB line, click here!

Can you see yourself wearing the Katie skirt?

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Luxual Boutique, Where Luxury and Casual Meet

This morning I happened across Luxual Boutique, a Canadian clothing company based out of Toronto.  Luxual Boutique combines luxury and casual in perfect harmony, with pieces that are comfortable and perfect for layering to create one’s own unique style.

On the Luxual Boutique blog, they had this fabulous ensemble for casual Friday.

Luxual Boutique's Casual Friday

Luxual Boutique's Casual Friday

Here’s some of our favorite from Luxual Boutique — versatile pieces that would compliment any wardrobe.

Luxual Boutique: Sandwich_ Cowl Neck Sequin Top

Luxual Boutique: Sandwich_ Cowl Neck Sequin Top

Luxual Boutique: Nicole Bridger Present Top

Luxual Boutique: Nicole Bridger Present Top

Luxual Boutique: Covet Pleated Silk Sleeve Top

Luxual Boutique: Covet Pleated Silk Sleeve Top

Luxual Boutique: Sandwich_ Double-Breasted Sweat Jacket

Luxual Boutique: Sandwich_ Double-Breasted Sweat Jacket

Luxual Boutique: Karmel & Alden Kristen Jean

Luxual Boutique: Karmel & Alden Kristen Jean

As you can see, Luxual Boutique has the perfect marriage of comfort, luxury and style.  They are also doing a $500 gift card giveaway by simply signing up for their newsletter.  Click here to enter.

Visit Luxual Boutique online at www.luxualboutique.com, visit their blog or follow them on Twitter!

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Mode Boutique in Provo is Closing

If you are familiar with Downtown Provo, you’ll definitely be familiar with Mode.  Mode is a trendy boutique that has brought style to the strip for years and is sadly closing its doors for good this Saturday, August 1st. Everything is 30% off with sales up to 75% off.  Plus, they are selling the furniture!  Take home a piece of Mode Boutique today!

Mode Boutique photo by Todd

Mode Boutique photo by Todd

They have been a hub of artistic activity in the area and have housed art shows for the likes of Cassandra Barney and hubby Dan.  It will be sad to see them go.

What are your favorite Mode memories?

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Retail Therapy at Blend Fashions

retail-therapy-confessions-of-a-shopaholicRetail therapy - noun: shopping as a leisure activity or comfort; also called shopping therapy (thanks Dictionary.com).

Made famous by Confessions of a Shopaholic :)

Okay, moment of truth.  When was the last time you engaged in some good retail therapy?  How did it make you feel?  Hopefully you don’t have to think too far back.  For me, it was today.

After a long day, I hit Blend Fashions on the way home in Pleasant Grove, Utah and found a ring that fit like a glove and was screaming my name.  It’s big and bevelled and looks like an ice cube on my finger without the whole melting thing to deal with.  Isn’t it fabulous?  It matches so well with my new Rimmel Green With Envy nail polish!  Retail therapy feels so good!

Retail Therapy: My new fab "ice cube" ring from Blend Fashions!

Retail Therapy: My new fab "ice cube" ring from Blend Fashions!

blend-fashions-logoIf you’re feeling the need to engage in some much needed retail therapy, consider Blend Fashions!  Starting this Wednesday, July 15th, they have a HUGE sale happening at their store in Pleasant Grove.  They carry awesome brands like The Mod Bod, Undertease, Free People, PRVCY Jeans, Annie M Jewelry, and more!

Blend Fashions is located at 285 E State Street in Pleasant Grove, Utah and online at www.blendfashions.com.  Take your pick.

So what did you indulge in during your last retail therapy session?  I’m sure it was something fabulous!

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Fawn Boutique in Park City

Update: Please note that Fawn Boutique is now Olive and Tweed Boutique.

When I was in Park City celebrating my birthday a few weeks back, I stumbled upon a terrific artist-driven shop called Fawn Boutique.  Trust me, the next time you hit Park City, you’ll want to check out Fawn Boutique.

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Fawn Boutique is owned by a lady named Heather who left dentistry to pursue a dream of having her own shop.  You’ll be thrilled that her prices are super reasonable.  As a single mother, Heather wanted to be able to afford shopping at her own store :)  Fawn Boutique is also 75% artist driven so it has some delightfully unique pieces to give you a look all your own.

Here’s a few things you can expect when you pay Fawn Boutique a visit.

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Awesome shoes like these emerald slingbacks, $30.

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Unique jewelry, like these guitar pick earrings.  Perfect accessory, especially if your boyfriend is in a band.

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Clever collars for your pet from Lucky Fiona.  These vintage inspired collars are super fab!

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Gorgeous wooden carved pieces from the likes of Vancouver-based artist, Courney Fischer.

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Great style!

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A collection of lovely little journals like this vibrant yellow one.

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Must have bangles!

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If you are a knitting fan, you will LOVE their yarn shop!  Look at all those colors!

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Creative tops.

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Colorful bangles.

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And in case you lose your way, you can always get back to Fawn Boutique with this darling brass compass necklace, only $22!  It’s one of their hot sellers and it really does work.

Fawn Boutique has the feel of a cozy boutique in the northwest.  You’ll definitely want to check it out.

You can find Fawn at 608 Main Street in Park City, UT or online at http://www.shopfawn.com.

Where do you shop when you’re in Park City?

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If I Were to Splurge…

Today I am celebrating my (second) 25th birthday!  I’m sure you have a list of fabulous things you’ve had your eye on for a while and have put on the back burner for another day.  If I were to splurge, these are the things on my list…

If I Were to Splurge Item #1: PRVCY Jeans

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If I were to splurge, PRVCY Jeans is where I would start!  During the fun photo shoot I did with Blend Fashions, The Mod Bod and Undertease, I got to wear these fabulous PRVCY Jeans.  They are SO flattering, soft and comfortable.  Blend Fashions in Pleasant Grove, UT are the only places in the entire state that carry them!

If I Were to Splurge Item #2: A New Handbag

Botkier Large Satchel Handbag

Botkier Large Satchel Handbag

Isn’t this lambskin handbag just perfect?  Found it on www.bagborroworsteal.com where you can rent designer handbags weekly/monthly, etc.  This purse is fun but this next purse is fierce!

Isabella Fiore 'Let Go My Deco' Celine Satchel Handbag

Isabella Fiore 'Let Go My Deco' Celine Satchel Handbag

This is a girl power purse if I’ve ever seen one!  Also from Bag, Borrow or Steal, if I were to splurge, this would be a great choice!

If I Were to Splurge Item #3: Pearl Swimwear

Pearl Swimwear Retro Funk Sand

Pearl Swimwear Retro Funk Sand

Pearl Swimwear has quite possibly the sexiest one-piece swimsuits EVER.  Who ever said that one-piece bathing suits have to be unflattering and unbecoming?  Gorgeous!

Of course, if i were to really splurge, my list would include a kitten, toy poodle, one-way airfare to Spain and an Audi A4.  It’s a good thing we’re not getting carried away… :)

What’s on your “if I were to splurge” list?

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Jewelry Completes the Ensemble

Have you ever noticed how jewelry can really bring an outfit together?  Take these snapshots from a recent photo shoot with The Mod Bod, Undertease and Blend Fashions.  Each outfit includes bold pieces of jewelry that completes the ensemble.

Beth Wearing The Mod Bod & Necklace from Blend

Beth Wearing Necklace from Blend

Beth’s Mod Bod outfit is beautifully complimented by this gold tassel necklace, a personal favorite of Amanda Behrbom, the owner of Blend.  Doesn’t jewelry complete the look?

Birds and the Bees Necklace by Annie M. Boutique

Birds and the Bees Necklace by Annie M. Boutique

It’s hard to imagine this darling dress and tank top ensemble from Blend and Undertease without the Annie M. necklace.  The necklace completes the ensemble!

Annie M.’s amazing jewelry will definitely give your wardrobe a face lift!  Check out Cable Car’s review of Annie M. from the UVU Women’s Expo here.

Sarah Wears Dove Necklace from Blue Bijou

Sarah Wears Dove Necklace from Blue Bijou

In addition to Sarah’s Mod Bod vest over an Undertease top, this Blue Bijou Dove necklace adds some extra spice and attracts attention to the vest.  It’s amazing what a little jewelry can do!

So what are your favorite jewelry brands?  What jewelry won’t you leave home without?  I wear a lot of Blue Bijou myself! :)

Would you agree the jewelry completes the ensemble?  Why?

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