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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Orange Tuesday: BuyCostumes.com Partners With UNICEF To Kick Off Halloween Season

Food Network  host Sandra Lee will curate the Halloween ideas presented by BuyCostumes.com.

Food Network host Sandra Lee will curate the Halloween ideas presented by BuyCostumes.com.

BuyCostumes.com, a leading online costume retailer and the authority on all things Halloween, is officially kicking off the Halloween season with the launch of its second annual Orange Tuesday campaign, running September 2, 2014 – November 4, 2014. The campaign features the Orange List – top costumes, party themes and treats – and a one-day, Black Friday-esque sale with item-specific “Pumpkin Busters” and site-wide savings of 25 percent off everything Halloween. This year, the online retailer has also joined forces with one of America’s most recognizable lifestyle experts and bestselling author, Sandra Lee, to offer hosts and guests unique entertaining solutions. In addition, BuyCostumes.com is teaming up with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign to host a coast-to-coast, 10-city Orange Tour to give back all season long.

“Halloween is a movement, not a moment, so this year we’re literally rolling out the orange carpet across the nation to help Halloween fans get in the celebratory spirit, save on purchases and donate to a great cause,” said Jennifer Dominiquini, chief marketing officer of BuySeasons, Inc., owner of BuyCostumes.com.

Orange Tour correspondent Liza Utter hits the streets in Milwaukee on the first day of the #OrangeTuesdayTour. #OrangeTuesday

Orange Tour correspondent Liza Utter hits the streets in Milwaukee on the first day of the #OrangeTuesdayTour. #OrangeTuesday

The Orange List
The Orange List features the season’s top 10 trendiest costumes, which include popular villains like Maleficent and the Joker from The Dark Knight, and party themes like “Orange You Scared?”: a classic orange-and-black color scheme complete with crepe paper and jack-o’-lanterns. Food Network host Sandra Lee will also curate Orange List content with Halloween party themes, decorating ideas and recipes for food and drinks.

“Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year,” said Lee. “I’m thrilled to offer party go-ers and throwers hundreds of decor, food and beverage ideas to make every boo-bash a howling success, and am honored to partner with BuyCostumes.com to encourage Halloween fans across the nation to give back.”

Employees packing the Orange Boxes for the first stop of our Orange Tour. Buycostumes.com is donating costumes for children who need them at every stop of the #OrangeTuesdayTour. #OrangeTuesday

Employees packing the Orange Boxes for the first stop of our Orange Tour. BuyCostumes.com is donating costumes for children who need them at every stop of the #OrangeTuesdayTour. #OrangeTuesday

The Orange Tour
To spread Halloween spirit and showcase that “Life’s Better in Costume,” the brands will host a cross country Orange Tour that lands Orange Ambassadors in a new city each Tuesday from now until Halloween. The Ambassadors will be dressed in the season’s hottest costumes, while distributing donated costumes to kids in need, and will be conducting random acts of kindness and distributing Costume Cash and freebies from Orange Tour partner brands, Pirate’s Booty, Jones Soda and Home Run Inn Pizza. Revelers in the Tour’s 10 festive cities and across the nation can participate in the Orange Tour by posting their Halloween-themed photos to #OrangeTuesdayPhoto, a social media sweepstakes with new prizes each week through Halloween. Share a Halloween-themed photo and be entered to win weekly prizes of $50 in Costume Cash and 5 Grand Prizes of $500 in Costume Cash. Enter from September 2 through November 3, 2014 at http://facebook.com/buycostumes or by following @BuyCostumes on Twitter or Instagram and tagging your photo #OrangeTuesdayPhoto. Official rules and details are available at Facebook.com/buycostumes.

In addition to the Photo Fest, BuyCostumes.com offers another way for consumers to win big during the Orange Season with the Ultimate Halloween Party Giveaway. Enter at BuyCostumes.com from Sept. 2-Oct. 15, 2014 for a chance to win weekly prizes of $50 costume cash and a grand prize of a $1,000 Ultimate Halloween Party package.

Correspondent Liza Utter and the Orange Ambassadors pause on the first leg of the Orange Tour. They are spreading Halloween cheer and committing Random Acts of Booing along the way. #OrangeTuesday

Correspondent Liza Utter and the Orange Ambassadors pause on the first leg of the Orange Tour. They are spreading Halloween cheer and committing Random Acts of Booing along the way. #OrangeTuesday

To further the spirit of giving, BuySeasons, Inc. will donate ten percent of the total purchase price (excluding sales tax) of all orders submitted using the code “TOT4UNICEF” at check-out at BuyCostumes.com from September 2 to October 31 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, up to $100,000. Customers will be able to make an additional donation to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF when shopping the site as well.

“Kids and families who participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF have the power to help save lives,” said Jose Carbonell, senior vice president of marketing and communications at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “To spread the word about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and raise funds for the world’s most vulnerable children, we are so excited to team up with BuyCostumes.com.”

Access the Orange List at http://www.buycostumes.com/m/top-10-costumes.

Access the list of Orange Tour cities at http://www.buycostumes.com/m/orange-tour and follow along on social media using #OrangeTuesday to meet some of the company’s blogger ambassadors and view photos.

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