24 times when it's better tofake it
Let’s face the facts: sometimes, it’s just better to fake it. You get to skip paying thousands of dollars for a pair of designer shoes, save the lives of a few elephants, and protect your ears from the tyranny of Britney’s actual singing voice. So go and grab those look-alike handbags, some fake ivory, and the newest auto-tuned album with pride—here are 24 times we think it’s better to fake it.


You have spent all that time making your tree beautiful; why would you skimp on the gifts underneath? Spend the same amount of time making your gifts look as amazing as your tree. That being said, a tree decorated in plaid should not have pastel wrapped gifts underneath. Shop for wrapping paper while you shop for ornaments. That way, when it comes time to wrap, you are coordinated and ready. Did you see my Tuxedo Black Christmas Tree decorated in plaid?

Halloween is often a colorful time of year, but one hue still reigns supreme: black. This year, give those vibrant colors a rest and try out these dishes and drinks in ominous shades of black for your next Halloween celebration.

No Knead Black Bread

No Knead Black Bread from Grim Grains

Photo courtesy of Jessica Lindsay

Start your guests off with some bread that echoes the sentiment of the season. You can make this No Knead Black Bread from Grim Grains in only 60 minutes, giving you enough time to prepare other dishes for the party. Serve it with butter or by itself for a truly spooky appetizer.

Why should we have all the fun when it comes to dressing up for Halloween? This year, let your dog, cat, hedgehog, lizard, or any other pet you have join in on the festivities by dressing them up in spooky, dark, cute, or funny costumes! Here are a few ideas and tips to help get you started:

Go for Paper Mache

An adorable cupcake costume - a pupcake!

Photo courtesy of Chelsea from Lovely Indeed

If you’re not sure what material you could use for a pet costume, give paper mache boxes a try. They’re easy to work with and cheap enough for you to try out ideas and experiment with costumes you may not have tried before. Best of all, it’s an extremely lightweight material—and weight is always something you have to consider when dressing your pet. Chelsea from Lovely Indeed came up with this amazing DIY on how to turn your dog into a walking cupcake for Halloween, and we think it’s brilliant and adorable.


In this post, Treetopia shows some love to one of the world’s biggest international events: Oktoberfest. And, with the official start dates waiting just around the corner, millions of people from all over the globe wait on the edge of their seats for this year’s beer-tastic merriment.

Join the festivities from the comforts of your own kitchen with dishes that call for the unusual yet truly welcome touch of beer. We’ve got you covered with easy-to-do recipes ranging from heady appetizers to intoxicatingly delicious desserts.


Treetopia Loves: Flag Inspired Labor Day Feasts

Treetopia Loves: Flag Inspired Labor Day Feasts

Labor Day is the time for hard working folks to sit back, relax, and spend time with their loved ones. Although this weekend gives us a well-deserved break from chasing the American Dream, it doesn’t mean we can’t show our love for the red, white, and blue. Whether you’re preparing a feast in your backyard or sharing in a potluck, give your party a delicious dose of patriotic flair with these 6 flag-inspired Labor Day recipes à la Treetopia Loves.


From holiday ornaments to summer clothing, savvy shoppers know that purchasing seasonal items are best done off-season. Beautiful, durable, and available any time of year, artificial Christmas trees are excellent buys no matter the time of year. Here are three great reasons you should purchase your holiday tree way before the jingle bells start ringing.

Enjoy More Decorating Possibilities 

Treetopia's Some Like It Hot Christmas Tree decorated for summer and for Easter.

Photos courtesy of Jen Perkins


Memorial Day marks the beginning of barbeque season and this holiday is the perfect opportunity to hone your grilling prowess. If you’re looking to step up your grill game, you’ll need to take a step back and master the fundamentals. Here are 5 basic grilling tips to barbeque like a boss.

Meat the Basics

One of the secrets to grilling a great steak is to start with high-grade meat. When buying at the supermarket or butcher shop, choose USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks and avoid prepackaged cuts, if possible. Also, get steaks with good marbling. The white streaks of fat keep the meat juicy and flavorful.

How to buy vintage holiday decorations.

Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas decorations. These are my top 10 tips!


Put away those heart-shaped chocolates and bouquets of red roses and prepare to wow your loved ones with Valentine treats that will give the occasion an upbeat twist. February is the month of love, and it’s also the time to show your loved ones how creative you can be when it comes to gift-giving. This year, be more creative with your Valentine’s Day gift and avoid the clichés like the plague.

This post presents a few Valentine’s gift suggestions that will help you be a quirky Don Juan de Marco in this annual celebration of love.