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4 Easy Steps to Create my Thanksgiving Table in a Small Space

17 Nov

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post)

Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away and you are probably starting to think about food shopping, cooking, and decorating your table (or eating if you aren’t in charge of any of those things).  Though I will be with my DNA family for the holidays, I celebrated the big day with my “NYC Family” last week.  If you think you don’t have enough room in your apartment to host such a gala – think again. With some strategic placement of furniture (I used my couch as dining seats on one side) and a few fold out tables, I fit 12 people in my (NYC, one bedroom) apartment. Yes, you can do that too.

As you scramble to prep…here are some of the cute ideas you can steal from my Thanksgiving Dinner Table.

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

4 Easy Steps to Re-Creating my Holiday Table in a Small Space

1. Colorful Linens:  Dress your table the way you would dress yourself! Expressive, bright and cheery. Layer a generic white table cloth on your table (you can find an inexpensive one at Target) and a smaller pumpkin colored table cloth on top of it. Balance your linens with a pop of another color for napkins – I went with ombre green cloth from Ikea (available in-store only).  I tucked a fall leaf on top each napkin (from my local dollar store) and slipped them into the cutest ceramic novelty napkin holders from H&M (who knew they had an incredible home line?!)

2. Mix fun and traditional table accessories: I stole an antique candelabra from my parent’s house (yes, I think they might be looking for it as we speak) and adorned it with orange unscented candles from Ikea and popped a miniature pumpkin in the middle. I surrounded the candelabra with festive fall finds – I cut up a bouquet of Chrysanthemums in a mix of autumn shades and arranged them into small juice glasses.  I placed electronic tea lights into Japanese glass tea cups, strategically placed a few gourds and added the most adorable salt and pepper squirrel set (another great find at H&M Home Line) as a final touch.

3. A new spin on place cards:  Place cards have been a time strong tradition for dinner parties (and a MUST if you come to one of mine). This dinner party I picked up mini-pumpkins, painted their stems in clear glue, dipped them into green sparkles and then wrote guest’s initials with a black Sharpie. It was a charming adornment to the dinner plates and guests got to take the pumpkin home as a gift.
NOTE: do the sparkle trick the night before (some of mine were still wet when my dinner party started).

4. Unique and one-of-a-kind place settings: There is nothing like Etsy when you want to find one-of-a kind and interesting ideas for gifts and decor. I ordered the most ingenuous burlap place-mats from MegsBurlapBoutique and asked if she wouldn’t mind personalizing using my own sayings.  She was quick with a reply and was happy to oblige – $56 dollars and two weeks later, my  “YUM”, “NOM NOM NOM”, “GET IN MY BELLY” and “NAPKIN TO LAP” setting for 8 arrived and were the talk of dinner. Thanks Meg – you helped to put the final touches to my creative dinner design landscape.

As always, the key to a successful dinner party isn’t just the food and the decor – it is about the people and the love in the room. These are the lovely family-friends that joined my soiree. I am certainly thankful for everyone single one of them this Thanksgiving! Happy GOBBLE!

How to Create the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

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Tunnel Your Way to the Affordable Art Fair…

25 Sep

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)

Taylor McCormick, White Sky, 2012, Photograph, 20x20in, $900, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery

On the heels of the most successful US Fair to date, The Affordable Art Fair returns to The Tunnel this October to celebrate its fourth fall edition in New York City.  Over 16,000 attendees purchased over $4 million worth of artwork at the Spring 2013 edition (WOW!), and the fall Fair promises to again deliver a smartly curated showcase of original contemporary art within reach of the everyday New Yorker.

Showing in 15 cities internationally this year, The Affordable Art Fair fosters a relaxed and enjoyable environment where a diverse array of affordable contemporary art is available to purchase and take home the same day.  Returning to the historic waterfront Tunnel, one of the most recognizable buildings in West Chelsea, the fall edition will feature over 50 galleries.  While the majority of exhibiting galleries will be from the United States, about 40% of the Fair will be comprised of international galleries, all showing original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs with priced from $100 – $10,000, with the majority of work priced under $5,000.

When and Where:
October 3rd – 6th, 2013
Private Preview on October 2nd

The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets)
New York, NY 10001

General Admission
Thursday: October 3rd:                11 am – 8 pm
Friday: October 4th:                      11 am – 8 pm (free admission 6 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday: October 5th:                11 am – 8 pm
Sunday: October 6th:                   11 am – 6 pm

Tickets at the Door:                      $15
Students and Seniors:                  $10
Children under 12:                        Free

Private Preview
Wednesday, October 2nd:             7 pm – 10 pm
Advance Tickets:                            $65 per person or $125 for two
At the Door:                                     $75 per person

Purchase your tickets for the AAF NYC now…see you at The Tunnel! 

About the Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair celebrates the idea that art is for everyone, offering original artwork priced from $100 – $10,000, with half of the work under $5,000.  The Fair offers unique programming including a variety of talks, tours, kids’ activities and more.  Since its launch in 1999, over 1.2 million people have visited an Affordable Art Fair, and over $275 million in art has been sold at the Fairs.  A global brand, the Fair now takes place in Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Seattle, Singapore and Stockholm.

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Never Forget: 9-11-2001

11 Sep

twin towers

 “The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” –Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City

God Bless America.

#Sept11 #NeverForget #WTC #FDNY #Wherewereyou, #911whereiwas, #NYC, #godblessamerica

#NYFW My Beauty Survival Kit

7 Sep

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post*)

I am often asked about my beauty regimen. I am asked even more frequently about my absolute “I die”-like-Rachael-Zoe-favorite-beauty-products…with the exception of a few tried and true, my beauty bag turns over quite a bit with new faves. So it has always been a toughie to answer. The truth is – there are some pretty fabulous products on the market and new ones popping up faster than bunnies in the spring.

With Fashion Week in full swing, I have been flooded with how I am surviving (it is Saturday night at 11:48 pm – does that answer your question – I am working!). But thankfully, my beauty stash is helping to keep me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as I live the life of a crazy little lifestyle blogger – during New York Fashion Week.

I present you with a peek into my fashion week beauty arsenal:

FW Must haves

1. Clinique has a soft spot in my heart – she was the FIRST brand I ever used (which I detail in a post from a few years back).  When I tell you that my skin chugs Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator faster than a frat boy with a Natural Light in hand, I kid you not.  This wonder cream keeps my skin feeling plumped and healthy and not the least bit greasy (which I can tend to sway towards). This oil-free cream-gel has held up her side of the bargain – to make my skin look fresh and supple.

Fashion Week Beauty Must have #1 Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, SRP $49.50

2. You probably want me to shut up about Cargo Blush in Laguna. I swear to the heaven’s above, I do not work for the company – they just make a product I am obsessed with. She still holds the award for the best darn blush on the planet. The color lasts forever (I rarely have to touch my face up), offers a stellar flushed cheek and looks perfect on everyone – any skin tone. I still have yet to find one it doesn’t work on. I challenge you to find one. You won’t. I promise. Don’t waste your time.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #2 Cargo Blush in Laguna, SRP $26.00

3. J’Adore Dior. This lipgloss grabbed the baton and ran off the track with it. SUPERIOR. Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Fresh Expert (a soft baby pink) is the love child of Clinique Moisture Surge and Cargo Laguna (see above). You following?  This super luxe formula glides on with one sweep, hydrates my lips, gives a youthful appearance, lasts forever and delivers a sexy glossy pout (no stick, goop or other things that keep boys from kissing you sometimes). She has attended all fashion shows with me thus far (even tucked into my bra when I left my bag at the office.)

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #3 Dior Addict Lip Gloss in Fresh Expert, SRP $31.00

4. This one surprised me – and the reason I was prompted to try it is because of my doppelgänger Zooey Deschanel. Since apparently we were separated at birth, I thought I would give Rimmel Lash Accelerator a whirl. Ummm, I think ZD might have felt the butterfly kiss I sent her all the way on the West Coast with how long my lashes were with just one coat.  My lashes cause a breeze in the room when I blink (who needs air conditioning when CC is in-the-house). Con…I can’t wear my sunglasses…they bend into the frames (#toughlife).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #4 Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Extreme Black, SRP $8.75

5. Does everyone match their mood to their Essie shade? This week I am sporting Essie in First Dance, in honor of my prom date…who I am still waiting to dance with. Max? Hello??? (echo – echo). No first dance for this gal, so I’m taking First Dance to all of Fashion Week on my toes. I love you Essie.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #5 Essie Nail Polish in First Dance, SRP $8.00

6. Want to know a big secret…us beauty girls have filthy hair. Fashion gals too – don’t try to deny it ladies. The cat is out of the bag.  Our stylists tell us that dirty hair takes better to our favorite barrel curls and beachy waves. And this is true. But…sometimes it goes longer than it should.  Redken Powder Refresh (the mini comes with me EVERYWHERE) not only freshens up dirty-girls like me, it also helps to add texture when you need it and can come in handy for a spruce up (i.e. after gym hair).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #6 Redken Powder Refresh 01, SRP $18.00

7. Want a man to stop you in the street and tell you that your hair sparkles in the sun and that you smell like the beach? Turn on Lifetime. That doesn’t happen in “real life” – however, Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil will get you close to your movie moment. Made with sunflower, coconut, olive and jojoba oils, you must just want to make out with your own hair. Total bonus that this hair product also doubles as a skin oil. It not only makes my skin glow, but I smell like I just came back from Hawaii. PS. boys LOVE this one.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #7 Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil, SRP $40.00

8. After a long hot shower, there is NOTHING better than right before slipping into my crisp sheets spraying myself head to toe in this divine dry body oil by Boots no.7.  You wake to soft skin and no oily mess. The perfect rejuvenation for another day at Fashion Week (yummy hint of almond #obsessed, vanilla and white florals).

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #8 Boots no.7 Pamper Dry Body Oil Body Spray, SRP $8.99

9. Now that I have found you, we will never depart! Travalo is by far the best invention since the Post-It (and comes in just as many fashionable colors). Travalo is the pocket-sized portable, refillable perfume case and from what I hear the “it” accessory for NYFW. Stella McCartney (the perfume, not the designer) can now come everywhere with me – from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (where it is featured front and center in 4 hospitality suites and in all the 9 backstage areas), to dinner with my man apres FW and then to the airport (this little lady is FLIGHT FRIENDLY). With just a few small steps, you can transfer any and all of your fragrances into this discreet and airline approved container #obsessed.

Fashion Week Beauty Must Have #9 Travalo Classic Excel Green, SRP $20

Happy NYFW!

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Cool Peep of the Week: Charles Fazzino..PPP-POP!

27 Mar

By Christabelle… @CBellesCloset

Charles Fazzino, creating another pop-art masterpiece in his studio

Charles Fazzino, creating another pop-art masterpiece in his studio

WHO IS THIS COOL PEEP?: Charles Fazzino
This Cool Peep is Charles Fazzino – an internationally renowned, 3D pop artist whose work is shown in fine art galleries and museums in more than 20 countries around the world.

Exercise, red wine, TRAVELING…what makes me happy? My family and my art. I love to work!

Oh probably singing to my favorite Madonna song.

(Note from CC: I, myself, do a wicked rendition of the “Material Girl” video from 1985 – I smell a collaboration, Charles, LOL.)

My favorite haunts are definitely restaurants…..most are in New York City……Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse…the Four Seasons….love Harvest on the Hudson in Hastings…and of course, KATZ Deli on the lower east side.

(Note from CC: LOVE the Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk – that is some seriously, spectacular dining! I can smell the Calamari Salad as we speak..eeerrr….type)

A toothpick!

I love the color black…nobody would guess that from looking at my artwork.

Madonna, Fun….all the new stuff.

I’m always traveling and doing shows all over the world. In March, I’ll be in France doing shows in Lyon and Paris. I’m the official artist for a festival in Lyon called Fois de Lyon and I’m excited about that. In April, I’ll have my first show in Vienna and then I’m on tour in Germany. I’m also looking forward to doing the artwork for my ninth Major League Baseball All-Star Game this summer at Citi Field in New York.

Fazzino’s collaboration with Heys Luggage

Note from CC:  If you travel a lot (like the man, himself), you might have had the honor of seeing Charles Fazzino’s newest sculpture in Terminal 8 at JFK International Airport (American Airlines)…as you pulled your Heys “World” Luggage behind you (Glossy polycarbonate composite luggage boasts pop-art renditions of the continents by renowned artist Charles Fazzino – sold at Neiman Marcus and other fine retailers).

Having personally just wrapped first run on the production of the hilariously BRILLIANT comedy show, The Dork Knight (and living the last month of my life in the world of Batman), my vote for favorite Fazzino, is his Pop-Art version of The Dark Knight…truly magnificent!


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