Uncategorized

  • Fashion for Your iPhone

    Fashion for Your iPhone
  • Alpha Chi Omega on Polyvore

    Alpha Chi Omega
  • Christmas Gift Ideas: Scarves for One and Scarves for All!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you are looking for a fantastic Christmas gift that is sure to please even those hard to buy for folks, then personalized scarves should be at the top of you list. Scarves make perfect Christmas gifts for moms, dads, uncles aunts, teachers, bosses and just about anyone else you can think of. Most people wear them and when you present a scarf which has been thoughtfully personalized -- it adds an extra special touch.

     

    The Monogram Cashmere Feel Scarves pictured above feel great and and look super stylish. They are available in several prints and colors. They can be embroidered with a 3 letter monogram in your choice of font and thread color. Each scarf measures 12 inches wide by 72 inches long.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These Personalized Striped Scarves also make a great Christmas gift.  They are a stylish way to keep warm and are available in four dynamic color combinations. Each scarf can be embroidered with a 3 letter monogram or name in your choice of font and thread color. Each measures 12 inches wide by 72 inches long. These scarves are crafted of super soft acrylic knit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These vibrantly colored soft knit scarves also make a lovely Christmas gift.  They are available in 6 gorgeous colors and can be be embroidered with a 3 letter monogram. These scarves make a wonderful gift for just about anyone but they also make a magnificent teacher's gift because they are practical and affordable. Each measures 10 inches wide by 72 inches long and is crafted of a super soft knit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The last scarf we are featuring on the blog today is the very elegant and versatile Pashmina Scarf. These look amazing whether dressed up or dressed down and can provide an extra layer. Wrap the one you love in stylish warmth. This is a Christmas gift that any lucky lady would be happy to receive. It is available in 5 vibrant colors and the monogram is available in a variety of font styles and colors. Pashmina scarves measure 28 inches by 72 inches.

     

    Check the blog often as we will be featuring some of our most Wished For gifts. Will have ideas for Christmas gifts and other holiday planning!!! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for coupon codes and details on our latest specials.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Company Christmas Party: Holiday Party Planning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Silver Winter Snow Flake Favor Boxes -- Set of 24
    Our Everyday LOW Price -- $33.99

     

    Thanksgiving is just a few days away and holiday party planning will be getting underway -- if it hasn't already. If you have been chosen as the lucky individual in your office to plan this year's company Christmas party, congratulations!!! Some people dread planning a company Christmas party. One reason is because it is hard to please EVERYONE in your office -- so don't worry about that. However, the good news is you can definitely please most people and have a great time as well. Today on the Charming Chick blog we will show you some festive items that will make the season merry and bright -- AND some tips to help you plan the perfect company Christmas party.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Winter Snowflake Ornament Place Card Holder Set of 6
    Our Everyday Low Price -- $14.99

     

    The first thing you'll want to do is to find out the holiday party planning budget for your company. While there are many ways to plan a company Christmas party on any budget, before you start planning you definitely want to know how much money you have. Sometimes things are tight and renting out a party room in a restaurant or country club may not be an option. In those cases sometimes a boss will host the party at their house -- or even at the office.

    There are other things to consider as well such as; will each person be responsible for picking up their own tab, if not, will they at least need to pay for their drinks or will you provide one or two drink tickets per person? Who will be invited, the employee and a guest? Is it a family affair? Just an after work function for employees only?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Snowflake Book Mark Party Favor
    Our Everyday LOW Price -- $4.99 (quantity discounts available)

     

    Another helpful company Christmas party planning tip is to send out an email or a poll asking the folks in your office what they would like to do. It works best to narrow it down to a few things and then just see what the majority of people want to do. After you decide on what you will do make sure to call the restaurant to make sure it's available (and that they can accommodate a large group) and then send out an email or Evite letting people know about the company Christmas party. The Evite should let people know when and where the event is, if they are responsible for their own bill and/or meal choices, directions and any other information that you feel is important for them to know.

     

    To add an extra special and festive touch to your company Christmas party and other holiday party planning, it's nice to include favors like the ones we have pictured in this post. Just a small token that lets everyone know their hard work is noticed and that the powers that be, really do appreciate all they do.

    We hope you have a great time and enjoy the holiday season. Have fun with all your holiday party planning and all of the events of the Christmas season.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Holiday Shopping : Gift Planning for the Holidays

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Well, it's the first week of November and most of us have started thinking about holiday shopping -- or maybe not. Have you started planning?? Have you started shopping? Well, I bought my first Christmas present of the season and I am chomping at the bit to buy more. However, if you are like me you might do shopping here and there and then wen it comes down to the wire you discover you are missing some people and gift heavy on others...and staying on budget? That can certainly be tough as well BUT today we are going to give you some holiday shopping and planning tips that should make things -- merry and bright this season.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Holiday Shopping Tips

     

    1. Make a List -- and Check it Twice

    The first thing you'll want to do before you start your holiday shopping is to make a list of all the people you would like to buys Christmas gifts this year. If you have ideas about items that you would like to purchase and an estimated price. If you love creating spreadsheets, this task can be right up your alley. No only can you keep track of who you need to buy for and what you have purchased, you can also keep track of packages you need to mail and all kinds of other things.

     

    2. Create a Budget

     

    After you have your holiday shopping list together figure out an overall budget. As much as possible try to set aside money throughout the year so you won't be paying for your Christmas gifts all the way until next Christmas. After you come up with an overall budget, you can assign a certain amount to each person on your list .The BEST idea is to set aside the money for Christmas gifts aside into a separate account that you can access when you set out to go shopping.

     

    3. Shop Sales and Look for Coupon Codes

     

    You don't have to wait until "Black Friday" to start your Holiday shopping and save big. In fact retailers are starting to offer amazing deals now. PLUS, if you shop early you won't feel so stressed. At Charming Chick we are constantly offering great deals leading up to Christmas. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about the latest specials and get coupon codes. You'll want to shop sales now and don't worry about what might be coming -- if you want to enjoy your holiday and not feel so rushed shop early.

     

    Right now at Charming Chick we are rewarding all those who want to shop early with FREE Saver Shipping through the entire month of November. Just enter coupon code FREESHIPNOV at check out!

     

     

  • Sorority ~ A Brief History of Sororities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fraternities and sororities are secret societies which were initially founded my students to have debates and discussions that might be considered inappropriate  by school officials.  While the first men's fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was founded December 5, 1776 the first women's fraternity, later called sororities, were founded much later. This was due to the fact the women didn't become actively involved in higher education and politics. The first sorority, the Adelphean Society (later Alpha Delta Pi) was founded at Wesleyan Female college in 1851.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Especially in the early days, sororities were very important to women entering the male dominant universities and colleges. Quite often the faculty and students weren't too welcoming, so the women banded together to form a sisterhood , which evolved into lifelong friendships. They were an amazing support to one another. There were some attempts to block the founding of these literary societies but many were connected to fraternities that helped them get going. Most sororities began and are located in North America but there are some outside of that; most of which exist in the Philippines.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Today sororities are heavily involved in helping each other and their community. Philanthropy is a HUGE part of sorority life. Many sororities find a charity (often many) that are near and dear to their hearts and then do what they can to volunteer their time and raise money to help these organizations. To learn about a specific sorority be sure to visit our blog and check out out Sorority Spotlight link.

     

    Sometimes people who don't know much about sororities wonder how they really benefit their members. There are MANY benefits of being part of a sorority:

     

     

    • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Form lifetime friendships and connections
    • Teaches its members to work together with others in an atmosphere of teamwork
    • To perform community service projects
    • Program social functions for the student community

     

  • Baby Shower Etiquette

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Baby Shower Etiquette

     

    Baby Shower Etiquette has changed a bit over the years but there are some things that have stayed the same. Today on the Charming Chick blog we will address some of the most commonly asked Baby Shower Etiquette questions -- but first we'll examine a little bit of the history and the purpose of a baby shower.

     

    Baby showers actually date back to ancient times. Of course they weren't really anything that we think of today. They were a lot less of a "party" and more or a "ritual"  -- or right of passage. Sometimes it involved going to a temple to dispose of the after birth, or to witness a baby naming ceremony. Through the years these rituals evolved into other rituals where mothers could share their experience and perhaps items that their children had outgrown, with the new mothers. Today we typically throw baby showers before the baby is born, but long ago it was customary to wait until after the infants birth -- sometimes a month or more. Today baby showers are generally filled with food, fun and games. Mothers-to-Be and their little bundles are "showered" with gifts from loving friends and family!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Though etiquette has become a little more relaxed over the years but some people hold tight to the old traditions. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked baby shower etiquette questions.

     

    Q. Who should host a baby shower.

     

    A. Baby showers are usually given by close friends of the mother-to-be. A long standing rule of baby shower etiquette is that it looks "greedy" if the soon-to-be grandmother or other close family member hosts the shower. Some folks still hold firm to this rule, however, etiquette rules have relaxed a bit and mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, etc. have been known to host baby showers. The mother-to-be should not host her own shower however.

     

    Q. Who pays for the costs associated with the baby shower?

     

    A. Baby shower etiquette typically states that the person hosting the baby shower pays for everything needed for the party. However, there is nothing wrong with a group of friends getting together to host and share the responsibility and the cost.

    ----------

    Q. When should the baby shower be held?

     

    A. Baby showers are usually held about 2-3 months before the estimated due date but they can honestly be held anytime. If the parents-to-be are finding out the gender and will be sharing the news with others, it's fun to wait until that announcement so guests can purchase gifts related to that gender -- but it's certainly not necessary.

    ----------

    Q. If this isn't a first child (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, 4th), should a baby shower still be given?

     

    A. The general rule of etiquette is...no, if it's not a first child there should not be another shower given. However, baby shower etiquette rules have relaxed a bit in recent years and it is not uncommon for people to have a celebration for each child. They are sometimes called "Sprinkles" or "Diaper Showers" These are intended to give the mother-to-be items that she may not have left over from her previous children. Also, if there is a big gap (5 years or more) between children, it's a child in a new relationship, you have moved and have a new set of friends, then it is common to have another baby shower.

     

    Be sure to visit our Baby Shower Planning Ideas board on Pinterest for LOTS of great inspiration!!

     

  • Halloween Hospitality -- Welcoming the Trick-or Treaters

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you are looking forward to welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween, then this post is for you! You'll want to be sure that your home, mainly you porch and walkway, are ready for all the little ghosts, goblins, superheros, princess, and more that will be headed your way. Today we will examine some of the dos and don'ts that will keep everyone safe, so that you all will enjoy this fun holiday.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Turn Your Porch Light On

    On Halloween night you'll want to keep your porch light on if you want to have trick-or-treaters come to your door. It's a common rule for trick-or-treating that folks should never go to a house with the poach lights off. There are a few reasons for this but the BIG one is safety. Keep your light on so trick-or-treaters know that you are giving out treats and having your light on also lights a path so that no one has to fumble around in the dark and potentially hurt themselves.

     

    Clear a Path

    Having festive and spooky decorations is a huge part of the fun on Halloween but you'll want to make sure that everything is out of the way so none of the little trick-or-treaters, or their parents, trip over your pumpkins or Halloween decor. Using candles in pumpkins has always been a popular way of lighting up jack-o-lanterns, but there are some pretty awesome lights that you can stick in them now. They are very expensive and you can use them year after year, plus you don't have to worry about someone's cap or loose clothing getting caught in a flame.

     

    Give out Commercially Packaged Goodies

    I love making and receiving Halloween treats as much as anyone, but if you hand them out to trick-or-treaters, chances are  pretty good that they will get thrown out -- unless the trick-or-treaters know you well. As delicious as they might be most parents don't feel comfortable letting their little ones eat homemade food from folks they don't know. You don't even have to give out candy if you don't want to. There are prepackaged crackers, fruit, chips and more that you can hand out. Some people hand out gift certificates, toys or toothbrushes as well.

     

    Keep Your Pets Indoors

    Halloween can sometimes spook our pets. Having strangers come to the door wearing costumes can cause even the most even tempered pet concern. You don't want them to get hurt, or to hurt someone else, so keeping them in one of their favorite rooms until you're done handing out treats can make them feel much safer and happy.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Halloween Party Planning

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Pinterest and www.thepartydress.net

     

    The Halloween party season is upon us and with websites like Pinterest, ThePartyDress.net and Hostess With the Mostess (HWTM) Blog around  party planning has never been easier or more fun. There are so many how-to DIY videos on YouTube and all over the web. It's fantastic because if you are not super crafty like me, you can really appreciate that people have taken time to explain in detail how to create wonderful projects. You'll honeslty me so amazed at what you can do!!!

     

    Today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to share some of the most fun Halloween party Planning ideas that we have found on the web. We'll have a Ghoulishly good time!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Wants and Wishes Design Blog

     

    Forget the blood and gore, forget bobbing for apples and messing up your make-up. Instead,  host a  sophisticated Halloween party for your friends this year. The Wants and Wishes Blog features this beautifully designed party theme that is just perfect for all ages. Check out their site to view all of the fun pieces and printables they have created.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via The Hostess With the Mostess Blog

     

    On the Hostess With The Mostess Blog, this darling sparkly Halloween Themed Party is featured . It's great for any age and while creepy -- it's not spooky and great for children of any age. Be sure to visit the Sparkly Kids Chevron Halloween Party blog post for details and close up photos of all these darling decorations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Matt Bite Blog

     

    I stumbled upon these devilishly delicious candied apples while perusing Pinterest. They caught my eye because I thought they would be the perfect fit for a spooky Halloween party. Actually, they'd fit in perfectly with the Sophisticated Halloween Party that we mentioned earlier. I love the rustic look and the glossy shine! To get the recipe visit Matt Bites Blog to read the post Adam's Scary Apples.

     

     

  • Opal ~ October's Birthstone

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Blue Opal Earrings
    Every Day Low Price ~ $22.99

     

    October is a wonderful month. The weather turns cooler, the leaves change to radiant colors and softly fall to the ground, and the sights and smells of autumn are in full force. For the lucky Octoberites born in this exciting month there are two gorgeous birthstone options available; pink tourmaline and opal. Today, we are going to talk about the stunning and multicolored opal.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Opal Cross Earrings
    Everyday Low Price ~ $22.99

     

    Opals are all different unique and beautiful. One thing that lovers of opal need to be aware of is, that it is an exceptionally fragile stone. They should be worn with great care and kept in a safe place to ensure they will last a lifetime. Opal is a sedimentary stone created as water percolates through the earth, becoming rich in dissolved silicates. When it enters a cavity, the silicates are deposited as tiny spheres. If they are similar in size and shape, they will diffract light. However, if they are random in shape and arrangement they create an opal. The tiny spheres that make up the opal are what give it is fire and the changes in color. Volcanic ash does give the black opal its color.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Opal Cross Necklace
    Everyday Low Price ~ $21.99

     

    Some opals are enhanced in different ways to bring out the the radiance and color. Some enhancement treatments include: Another enhancement method is called and opal doublet. This is when an opal is fixed to other stone (sometime onyx) to strengthen or enhance the color of the stone.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Blue Opal and CZ Ring
    Everyday Low Price ~ $59.99

     

    As we mentioned earlier. Opal is not a good "everyday" stone to wear. It's very delicate and part of that is related to it's moisture content. If you live in a dry climate it is important to store your opals with moisture. A great way to do this is to put it in a ziplock bag with a damp cotton ball. You may have heard the storing your opal in olive oil (or any oil) is recommended, however this is not a good idea. It probably wouldn't damage the opal but requires a great deal of cleaning. Drastic temperature changes or exposure to extreme temperatures can cause the opal to crack.

     

    Opal is best suited to earrings and pendants. It is also recommended that if you do where an opal in a ring, you choose a protective setting like the one pictured above.

     

     

     

Items 11 to 20 of 179 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. ...
  7. 18