BRIANA: Sculptural busts go way back – like classical antiquity way back – but it seems like they’re having a moment again. Whether they’re old-school, updated with a flashy coat of paint or placed in an unexpected context (like these Mineheart pendants spotted at ICFF), they’re cropping up all over the place. What do you think of the trend? Is it cultured and cool? Or are bust sculptures too stuffy for you?
CAMILLE: Needless to say that as a traditionalist and antiques super fan, I’m all in when it comes to classical busts – especially when they represent Greco/Roman mythology. Like this bust of history’s original wild woman Artemis (aka Diana) that I scored at an estate sale in 2012.
In fact, I did a blog post about this trend and explained a bit about the different materials used for busts here…
MORE BUSTING ON BUSTS
I thought I was over the moustache trend, but these funny moustache magnets are pulling me back in. You’ve got to admit, they’re pretty fun – and functional! And for just $10 for a pack of 14, I just might be a facial hair fan after all.
What about you? Are you all about the ‘stache, or do you wish we’d all just cut it out? Let us know what you think!
Even More Moustaches:
BRIANA: Watch your mouth! Or hang it on walls, or adorn your sofa with it. Mouths and lips are popping up everywhere these days, from posters and prints to mugs and more. Is it a hip throwback to the days of The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground album art? A surrealist nod to Dali? Or is it just the feminine equivalent of the mustache? Mouth off…
Photo: Made by Girl/Lips Watercolor: Jessica Rowe
KELLEY: Sorry – all I see are the lips from Rocky Horror.
CAMILLE: Totally. It looks like Magenta is going to eat that Chanel bottle.
DO YOU LOVE LIPS? CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!
BRIANA: Facial hair seems like it’d be a more appropriate topic for a men’s fashion site, but mustaches have been making their way into the design world for some time now. Pillows, wallpaper, mirrors and more have been emblazoned with whimsical whiskers and searches for “mustache party” have been spiking on Yahoo! So, what are your thoughts on mustaches? Do you think the bristles are fun or should they stay where they belong (on Tom Selleck’s face)?
From Kirkland’s, available July 21
LEANNE: I do not understand this trend. At all. Tom Selleck, I understand.
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: I love Tom Selleck, but I really hate this trend. Mustaches are meant for men, not pillows and especially not children. I mean, I know the hormones in our meat are messing with kids’ biology, but mustaches on 5-year-olds is just weird. Quit forcing kids to grow up so fast. This little boy doesn’t want to wear a mustache — I can see it in his eyes.
DEANNE REVEL: That picture. Hahahahahaha
Despite my mother’s incessant reminders, I somehow always find myself scrambling for a Father’s Day gift at the last minute. Sound familiar? This year, I’m hoping to break that tradition. I’m calling on two of my closest acquaintances: crafts and candy. If you’re in a similar Father’s Day bind, why not make one of these adorable candy jars for dad? We all know he’s secretly hoping for something edible.
This candy jar is quick, easy and hilarious. I love the mustache trend – so quirky! Also, I think my dad would love this sly reference to his terrible ‘70s “stache.” See how Jill from Sandy Toes & Popsicles created these crafty candy jars.
This jar assures dad some peace of mind; KC from The Real Thing shows how to actually etch his name into a glass jar. That guarantees no candy thieves, right?
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly craft, this Tie Box from Eighteen25 might be your pick. And after all, it is Father’s Day – it’s only proper to incorporate ties!
So, what are gender reveal parties? They’re the hot new trend in the entertaining world. These days, we all love having a reason to celebrate, and there’s nothing more celebratory than discovering the gender of your future child with family and friends in a festive setting. Parents to be: Add this party idea to the “to-do list.”
Colorful Gender Reveal Party / Pizzazzerie
Le Partie Sugar styled this colorful and trendy gender reveal party with the theme “Handsome Fella or Gorgeous Lil’ Lady.” A gender-neutral color palette of apple green, red and sky blue ensures the secret stays hidden until the very end. Guests can even cast their gender vote (mustache for a boy and lips for a girl) before a blue or pink balloon floats out of a box to the parents’ surprise.
More theme ideas:
It’s that time of year again. Families are welcoming one of Santa’s very own elves, known collectively as The Elf on the Shelf, into their home to help keep an eye on who is being naughty and nice. These elves have special Christmas magic that helps them keep an eye on the house by day and then fly back to the North Pole to report to Santa every night. The elves are adopted into each family and given a unique name – from Fufu and Scout to Bones, Juliet, Sam and Mr. Peepers.
While these elves are cute as can be, they also have a mischievous side. They have been known to turn milk green, draw mustaches on pictures, and even swing from the ceiling fan. But, come Christmas Eve, the elves head back to the North Pole, their job for the year done.
HGTV decided to join in on the fun and adopt our own Elf on the Shelf. Follow HGTV on Instagram @HGTV to see the adventures that our elf gets into during the first 12 Days of Christmas. Keep track of the elf and on the final day, Wednesday December 12, we’ll ask a question about our elf here on the blog (ex: Where was the elf on Day 6?). Answer the question on the blog and one random winner will win the HGTV Elf and a $100 American Express Gift Card.
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf watching over your house? Share their adventures with us on Instagram using #HGTVelf
Why are dads so difficult to buy gifts for? Or more specifically, my dad? He’s not really into fancy gadgets or gimmicks — he’d be just as happy with a pack of wool socks.
Still, I always struggle to find a Father’s Day gift that really shows him I appreciate all he’s taught me over the years: How to tie my shoes, how to make the best pie crust ever, how to carve a dovetail joint, and on, and on, and on. But no matter what I settle on, one thing is always a hit: a handmade card that speaks to his (awesome) personality. Here are some great ways to show your dad you care with handmade cards to make and buy (Father’s Day is this Sunday, folks!).
Fire-Breathing, Animated Dragon Card by Made by Joel
Make your own version of this interactive, fire-breathing dragon card from Made by Joel with some construction paper and lots of imagination.
DIY Mustache Card With Bow-Tie Pasta By The Gold Jelly Bean
Take macaroni art to the next level with this ode to a staple of fatherhood: the humble mustache! This adorable card from The Gold Jelly Bean is mounted on wood grain contact paper and embellished with painted bow-tie pasta.
On the ninth day of Christmas Daily Delights, I give to thee…NINE LADIES DANCING! (And: EIGHT MAIDS-A-MILKING, SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING, SIX GEESE-A-LAYING, FIIIIIIVVVEEEEE GOOLLLDEENNNNN RIIIIINNNGSSSS, FOUR CALLING BIRDS, THREE FRENCH HENS, TWO TURTLE DOVES AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEE!)
Left column, top to bottom: Single Ladies, Ballerina Cookie Cutter, Art Deco Fashion Illustration, Folkdance Shopping Tote. Large image: Art Deco Dancing Flapper Ceramic Sculpture. Middle column, top to bottom: “Gladys” Hand-Stitched Pin-Up Art, Ballerina Wire Wall Sculpture. Right column, top to bottom: The Ballet of Mustache, Mark Shaw Editioned Photo “Chicken Ballerina”-ca. 1950.
It was tempting to post some Degas sculptures and posters and call it a day (I need extra time to find LORDS-A-LEAPING!), but since I’m sure you were expecting that, I found some more unusual choices. Maybe it’s not the most topical print anymore, but I was thrilled to see Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” dance moves immortalized on archival & acid-free paper. And how can the appeal of ballerinas with moustache tutus be denied? All these picks make me want to turn on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and shake a tailfeather…is that wrong?
I’ve proudly sported a moustache in my Twitter user icon since 2008, so while I may already be falling behind on NaNoWriMo, I’ve had the jump on Movember for a few years now. Movember (moustache and November, get it?) is a wonderful month-long event that involves men growing moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer, but even if you weren’t born a man, or weren’t lucky enough to be blessed with a naturally bushy and beautiful ‘stache like the one that I have, you can still have plenty of facial hair fun. Bust out these moustache straws from LittleRetreats at your next party, and I’ll bet you’ll be popular.
How cool would these be at a birthday party, bachelor or bachelorette party, or even a wedding? Everyone loves a good photo op, and trust me, everyone looks better with a moustache. Just look at Tom Selleck, Clark Gable, and Mr. Potato Head. (Don’t forget to donate to/get involved in Movember here!)