Monthly Archives: March 2012

Colors of Easter – Candle centerpiece ideas

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Every year as the big holidays like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving, people want to create gorgeous centerpieces for family gatherings but are unsure of what colors to use or why.  With Easter in April 8th, I thought it may be a good little discussion for this weekend.  This is by no means a religious post as I feel that many non based faith consumers still reach from traditions they grew up with.  To me holidays are a time to be spent with family, whether it is blood family or the family you choose to surround yourself with like close friends and loves ones.

Let’s chat about colors first.  Purple, pink and white are prominent due to many religious reasons.  Overall Spring seems to bring a time of change and hope of what is to come.

Purple:

The color I remember used most is deep violet-purple.  Purple is the color of royalty and it the color of the garment that covered Jesus when he was taken to the crucifix. Purple symbolizes he is the son of God who many people believe is the King of all and they believe that with the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness will be celebrated in his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Purple colors symbolize both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus as well as the suffering of humanity and the world under sin.  If you are a church goer, remember those rich purple vestments and robes the priests, minister, pastor or reverend wore.  Also, traditionally, purple is a color of penance.  For example, in the Catholic church use this time to repent for the sins of the world. While Baptists choose to focus on  the symbolism of purple as a royal color, representing the coming of Christ the  King.
If you choose to incorporate purple roses into your centerpiece the purple color is mystical in its nature and the symbolism of purple rose is attached to enchantment and desire. It also symbolizes that it is time to proceed with extra care. In that sense, it can be used as a warning too.

Pink:

Pink symbolizes the Rose of Sharon in many faith based beliefs.   It symbolizes joy & happiness.  According to Pastor Harold Dinsmore at  LifeWay.com, this candle symbolizes “Jesus Christ being the One who took upon  Himself the penalty for our sins.”

If you are choosing pink roses for your centerpiece,  a pink rose symbolizes femininity, elegance, refinement, and gentility and it also carries other deep meaning, depending on its color hue. While pale pink shades convey grace and admiration, deep shades convey appreciation and gratitude. Pink rose also has seen as the symbol of joyousness and it is called as the rose of sweet thoughts.

White:

White was the color of the robe that Jesus Christ was wearing he was scourged according to legends, historians, or the bible.  The color white symbolizes the hope of the resurrection, as well as the purity and newness that comes from victory over sin and death.   It also symbolizes holiness, virtue, respect & reverence.  White lily, one of the traditional flowers of Easter, is widely used for decorations of home and premises. It is used to adorn the altar at churches as well.

A large white candle is used at liturgy for Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Anglican and is called the Paschal candle.  The term Paschal  comes from the Hebrew word Pesach which means passover.  It signifies the divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that lead the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  A new Paschal candle one is blessed every year and lit at Easter.  Then it us used all through Paschal season (50 days) and then on special occasion throughout the year like weddings, baptisms and funerals.  The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. The Paschal candle is sometimes referred to as the “Easter candle” or the “Christ candle.”

If choosing white roses to blend into your centerpiece a white rose symbolizes purity, humility, and innocence perfect for the birth of Spring. It is even known as the rose of confession and the rose of servitude. White rose is a symbol of honor and reverence as well, and its arrangements are often utilized as an expression of remembrance.

So, now that you understand why these colors, how do you use them to create centerpieces?  Scaping with candles is one of my customers favorite.  We do fabulous large candle groupings by scaping colors, widths and heights.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  My faithful followers, you see the trend here (THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX).  I have a display in store right now with 3″ pillars in 3″, 6″ and 9″ height all in purple, with splashes of pink and white.  Plus I have added 2″ pillars in pink & purple in both 3″ and 6″ height.  Then add collinettes in all three colors in both 5″ & 7″ height and last. I splashed a few pillars for visual depth.  If you have wee ones, floating around the house after an egg hunt, ask them to go pick you some flowers from the yard and sprinkle them in among the base.

Purple taper candle bundle

Add some hand picked flowers by base!

1>  Try this bundled arrangement in a globe but add some flowers sprigs below from the garden.

2>  Again, add some color around the base with some handpicked flowers from the garden or some bright colorful Easter eggs.

3> Colorful pink & purple flowers would work well with one or two white pillar candles in different heights.

Funny thing is as I finished this and am still working on my Easter display for store, 2 fabulous young gals came in from Chicago to get their purple pillars for Easter.  “Question was, I have two candle holders different heights, what size pillars should I use?”  We talked and she went with two 6″ to give it depth!  I only feature Root candle pillars as they are smokeless, dripless and simply are THE BEST at 16-17 hours an inch.

Have a fabulous weekend!  I will be heading shore diving hopefully before work tomorrow and definitely Monday & Tuesday, but never fear the scarf tips are coming.

30 days…35+ ways to wear a scarf (Day 26) Hermes Silk Scarf Top #1

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Over the last 3 weeks, I have featuring so many ways to wear a scarf.  All the classics from Grace Kelly look, to Ascot knot.  From head band scarves to belt scarf.  The last couple days I will be showing you step by step how to tie some scarf tops.  Think back to the 60’s and early 70’s.  This was a hippie chic feel but go back to the 50’s and you would see west Palm gals wearing luscious silk Hermes scarves as tops.

I will have several step by step guides for various scarf tops that will work perfect with those square silk scarves in your drawer.

Step 1:  Take a large Hermes like silk or sheer scarf.

Step 2:  Fold it into a triangle.  lay across your front.  I hold my triangle points in my mouth till I have it positioned correct

Step 3:  Tie one triangle point to the other triangle point behead your neck.

Step :  You are almost done!  Next, take the remaining two ends of the silk scarf and tie securely behind your back.

 

That’s it folks!  This look would work superbly under a business jacket to add a pop of color or print to a plain boring suit.  It would certainly add a feminine touch and make for an easy conversion to happy hour after work by removing the jacket.

Country Club and Bejeweled Bella Taylor Handbags all 50% off

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This week at Scentsations, we have some new 50% off discounts.  These are while supplies last and are closeouts on Bella Taylor quilted handbag patterns that will be going.  Huge new delivery of Bella Taylor purses and accessories.   Katy handbag and wristlet wallets are back in stock and going fast. 

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We also have a new 50% off section for jewelry, accessories and scarves.  These are last items or ones we need to make room for new deliveries.  How it works is that whenever I am working in store and reviewing what is coming in for the week, I go through and deeply discount items that we may not have matching items for or that we have had in for a while.  This happens 3 or 4 times a week.  I do not post these online and these clearance accessory items do not usually last more than 3 or 4 days.  The reason why I tell you this is because, you should be popping in every time you come to the mall to avoid missing out on a piece you like.  I had one lady get upset because a necklace she saw two weeks ago, was not in stock anymore.

Fashion is fun and nobody wants to see the same things at Scentsations over and over again.  That would not be fun!  This is the reason why we price our jewelry and accessories so fair.  You see, it, and like it buy it!  I have no many new things coming in from made in America flip flops to $%^#& (well that would b no fun telling you everything!)

Hubby Rich’s birthday is Monday so I am giving him 4 days off and I will be in the store for Saturday & Sunday so in honor of this Scentsations is promoting all regular priced jewelry, belts, & scarves at Buy 1 get 1  at 50% off for Saturday & Sunday this weekend.  Two day only sale!

So stop by today, see what’s new, chat with Rich & I and meet our old/new girl Lauren next week.  She is new for Vero Beach location but old as she used to asst manage for me in the Merritt Island location.

30 days…35+ Ways to wear a scarf (Day 25) Twist Top

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Well, it is another exceptional day in sunny Florida.  I love this time of the year.  Most of the yard work is complete, so now we get to enjoy the days off a bit more.  I am going to be doing some shore diving over the next week and need some creative ways to wrap up after a dive.  I will be featuring some trendy, yet easy ways to wear your scarves as tops this week.  Today this one requires a large, oversize, rectangle scarf.  I think it would also work well with a pashima scarf in cooler weather.

Has anyone heard of Athena Procopiou?  This lady has some incredibly gorgeous graphic art scarves. She was born in Greece and raised in Switzerland.  She originally trained as a pianist but left that career to move to Paris and study history of Art at Christie’s.   Sounds so romantic and is one of the things I love about Europeans.  Their ability to love their life and live it.  Athena has been commissioned by some of the best fashion labels and houses.  She is known for her vibrant scarf graphics and fabulous quality.

Step 1:  Fold the scarf in a triangle.

Step 2:  Tie a knot at the point of the scarf leaving enough to put around your neck.

Step 3:  Tie a knot around your neck.

Step 4:  Take the two other extremities of the triangle and wrap it around you, making a knot at the back.

Step 5:  Tuck the pieces that are poking out. See video below.

30 days 35+ ways to wear a scarf (Day 24) Scarf Coverup

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It is now day 24 on our trip around the month of March and all the scarf tying possibilities you have for that perfect scarf you adore. I hope along the way, you have found some unusual, fun and creative ways to add a scarf into your daily look.  I will keep you all posted but it looks like I may be doing some local editorial writing on fabulous, fun fashion tips to recreate a new look out of accessories.  The reason why I think scarves have such a broad appeal, is that there is a scarf for everyone!  I mean it, scarves come in so many shapes, sizes, weights and textures that people across the world can find a scarf look that will work for their own individual climate.  While heavy knits are not my personal favorite, those new York gals, can adapt these styles of wearing a scarf and create warmth layers.

I showed hubby Rich a few moves earlier today so he could share with our lady customers walking into our store Scentsations.  He said oh yeah that is a football one and oh that we used to do as well for football games.  For those of you not aware of Rich from my dive blog Danielle’s Dives, he is from Wales, UK and football means soccer.  I laughed that he knows a few scarf moves!  He was talking about the European loop and the Parisian scarf. 

This simple step by step way to tie your scarf works best with a wide belt and awdie scarf.  I personally like a printed scarf to contrast against the solid halter top or tank underneath.  It is the perfect coverup for a sheer top and it is also a sophisticated way to dress up a pair of skinny jeans and white classic t shirt or black halter tank.  Toss on a pair of strappy wide wood heels and you are super sexy!

Step one:  Grab a long, rectangular, wide scarf and wide belt.

Step two:  Wrap your scarf around your neck and with a with a wide belt, hold your scarf as wide as it goes in place across that halter tank.    If you feel that the scarf is too wide, double it up.

That’s it!  But take a look at the dramatic, sophisticated scarf look it creates.  Sexy and sassy! Plus you get to pull out two accessories…a scarf and a belt!  PLUS PLUS!

Till tomorrow, my fashionista friends!  I am heading back to the store to see if the new scarves arrived today.

30 days 35+ ways to wear a scarf (Day 23) Bikini top

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Another absolutely fabulous day in sunny central Florida.  For those who also read my dive blog, fingers crossed shore diving in Vero Beach on Monday & Tuesday.

So, inspirational ditty today was to use a colorful scarf as a top.  Today I am featuring how to wear your scarf as a bikini top.  This would also look fashionable with a flowing casual skirt of khaki shorts.

Step 1:  Fold scarf in bias band fold.

Step 2:  Place center of scarf at the middle of back

Step 3:  Next pull ends to the front by your tatas.  Tie ends into a knot in front between breasts.  Make sure to tie it tight as you don’t want any embarassing moments (or thrilling, depending on how you look at it!)

When to Wear:
Wear with shorts, flowing culotte or yoga pants, a pareo, or be daring, and wear under your business suit to work as a bandeau top!

30 days 35+ ways to wear a scarf (Day 22) Lacey Chabert Head Scarf

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Again, my inspiration was the incredibly nice day out here again in Central Florida and my desire to be outside a lot.

Check out these pics. All with a bias band classic fold  to start.  Can the top models, actresses and superstars  Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lacey Chambert, Kate Hudson afford to do their hair or have their hair done every day or do they hide the day old or two day old hair under a scarf?

Not to hard to do, create the bias band and then put on head and tie under hair, in back of hair, under pony tail or off the the side.  As the visions in my brain are to ride off in the sunset with hubby Rich in the Jeep to a warm tropical place to escape my 18 year old terror of a son.  Serenity now!