Last Empties Post: Part 2

It’s time for the second part of my last beauty and body product empties post! I have decided to replace these types of posts with Monthly Favorites instead. I am excited to start bringing you all my favorite products I am loving each month. I am thinking it will include not just beauty products, but also lifestyle faves. Can’t wait!

last empties: part 2

Here is the last round up of all the empties I have been collecting for quite a while! Life got a bit crazy when we moved to our new house, so it got kind of put on hold for a while. Here you go!  Continue reading

Last Empties Post: Part 1

The last of the empties huh? How’s that for being mysterious?! Why is this my last empties post you ask? Well, honestly I have decided that they aren’t my favorite way to highlight the products I have been loving recently. While waiting till a product is empty to give a review is a pretty good gauge of if it works for you or not, I would say I am disappointed more frequently than I am thrilled with the products I try. I don’t think I am super picky or anything, but it is just kind of difficult to find new favorites in the world of mostly natural products. Not that any of them are bad per se, they just don’t always work for me.

last empties: part 1

I like to focus more on the positives and wins than I do the fails. So…I am excited to start bringing Monthly Favorites to the blog instead! I love watching/reading monthly fave round-ups so I think they will be super fun to do. And then I will be sharing all the things I actually love! I think that will be a way more effective way to share the things I truly recommend. I am thinking of doing more than just beauty and skincare, but also lifestyle faves, books, shows, anything I am into at the moment each month. We will see! Continue reading

Things we learned buying our first home

My husband and I recently bought our very first home! And let me tell you, it feels like a really big deal! We have been married for 11 years now and have rented apartments the whole time. Of course, a lot of them have been very nice, and we have been very thankful for them. But there is just something about living in a house that is actually YOURS. Where you can do whatever you want to it! (within a realistic budget of course!) I have been excited for this moment for literally my entire life. I always looked forward to the day where I could have a house where there were no limitations, and I could make it look exactly how I wanted. It feels amazing to have finally made that dream come true!

That being said, there were things throughout the whole process that were a bit unexpected and we had to adjust our expectations several times throughout it. Since I am obsessed with all things Househunters and Realtor.com and I are basically besties, I assumed I knew most of what went into buying a house. But as it turns out, there were still a few things I didn’t know I didn’t know! And now I’m here to share those things with you…so YOU will know! 🙂

Here goes: The things we learned buying our first home!

things we learned buying our first home
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Ways I save money, so I can splurge sometimes

The other day I was thinking about how I’ve posted about a few higher end, more expensive items that can be definitely be categorized as “luxury”. (my handbag, makeup brushes and I plan to do some posts on some higher end green beauty items I’ve invested in recently)

So, lest you get the impression that I just spend money willy nilly, (I don’t!) I thought it would be helpful to do a post about some of the tips and tricks I have used over the years to be able to justify getting nicer things sometimes! If you try to save money in as many areas as possible, then it is easier to spring for some of those splurge items that truly feel worth it to you!

8 ways I save money so I can splurge sometimes

First off, I am someone who definitely tries to be as frugal as possible. I really try to stretch a dollar as far as I can, because then you get the most for your money! Being a good steward of our resources is really important to me! Continue reading

What’s in my bag

Last Christmas my sweet hubs got me the Tory Burch Robinson Zip Tote* (the smaller size) that I had been eyeing for a while. I love it so much, it is SO gorgeous!!! I have never received so many compliments on a handbag before, although the last Tory Burch bag (the York tote) I had got quite a few as well. It was in this light blush color as well, can you tell it’s my fave color and I’m a tad bit obsessed?! Once I got it, I went to work making it super organized and functional. I’ve learned that one of the biggest things that keep my daily stress level down is not having to rummage through my bag for 5 minutes before I can find anything! It truly makes a big difference, especially when you are in a rush! And the key to keeping it organized is having separate and specific areas for different things so nothing is just floating around randomly.

I usually love very big bags, since I like to keep a sort of “mom” purse where I am prepared with anything I (or anyone with me) could possibly need in any situation. In fact, my old college friends and roommates nicknamed me “Mom” because I am like that! Haha. I just like to be prepared! Need a tissue? Got one right here! Could have something to do with the fact that I am the oldest of 9 kids maybe… Continue reading

Paris Cafe Inspired Coffee Bar

Coffee bars have to be one of my favorite areas to style. Maybe it’s the fact that I am very slightly obsessed with coffee (and have been since I was 17!) or maybe it’s just because they always seem to look so darn cute! I am pretty passionate about creating moments in your day that are experiences. Small moments that make up part of the daily grind, where you stop for just an extra minute or two to really revel in it and soak it all in. Of course, one of those for me is my morning coffee. So I really loved setting up this whole experience to add just a touch of magic to the day!

Something that was also really special is that I put this together in our very own home. Finally getting our own place has been so completely grounding for me, and I love the feeling of rootedness it has created. I know that we aren’t going to leave anytime soon so it makes me feel very content to finally settle down and nest. Does anyone else out there know the feeling? That’s what over 10 years of renting will do to you! Especially those of us who are extra “nesty” and feel very overwhelmed by change in our routines. I feel that sense of finally “being home”.

So, enough of all that jabbering-lets get on with my fun coffee bar reveal! Isn’t she pretty?

paris cafe inspired coffee bar

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Master Bedroom Reveal

my romantic french inspired master bedroom reveal

Hello friends! It has been such a long time since I last blogged. Life got a bit crazy with some life changes, and I will be posting an update on that very soon!

Today I am finally sharing a very exciting, long awaited project: my Master Bedroom reveal! This has been one of my favorite spaces to put together in our apartment, and now that it is finally done I just love walking in here and taking it all in!

As a young girl, I was incredibly inspired by beautiful spaces and would just soak up all the beauty in certain homes I would visit. I remember so vividly one day where I attended a church small group gathering in a young family’s home and needed to use the restroom. For some reason, the one I was pointed to was in their master bedroom. It was the prettiest “mom and dad” bedroom I had ever seen! I remember walking in and admiring the beautiful four poster bed, and the gorgeous, serene space that had been created in that room. It was truly a retreat, and I promised myself that one day I too, would create a beautiful master bedroom!

A dream of mine since we got married 11 years ago was to one day have a black iron canopy bed, and I was SO excited when we finally decided to take the plunge and get one, and also allot the budget to complete our entire room. Pretty much everything is new in here, and I just love how it all came together. I planned my vision for it out on a Pinterest board, and stuck to it pretty much, with minor tweaks here and there. So without further ado, welcome to our romantic, french inspired master bedroom!

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7 Things that cheer me up when I’m having a bad day

7 things that cheer me up when I'm having a bad day

You know those days where everything seems to be going wrong, the dumbest things make you want to cry and you are overall just discouraged about life? Maybe its bad news from a friend or family member, or you are disappointed about something that didn’t work out the way you wanted it to, or, I don’t know…a million other reasons. Those days where the book title: “Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” just seems like the most accurate description ever??

Well…I have those days sometimes. And I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but for me I have found a lot of things that seem to consistently cheer me up when I’m down. Maybe they will work for you too? I hope so! Anyways, here are the 7 things that tend to turn my bad days around! Continue reading

The prettiest makeup brushes

The Prettiest Makeup Brushes

Would you believe that at 33 years old, a life-long beauty aficionado, I just recently bought my first proper set of makeup brushes? Crazy right? I always thought they seemed really over-rated and I just put my foundation on with my fingers. But I did start getting curious since all the beauty gurus seem to use brushes to achieve that perfect finish. So I started looking for the perfect set of brushes probably about 2 years ago now. But just like how I am a sucker for pretty product packaging, I wanted the brushes to not only be functional but beautiful too. To be able to display on a vanity and look pretty and elegant. I thought I had found the perfect set a while back with the Tarte Brushed with Destiny brushes, but they were limited edition and sold out before I could get them!

I am glad that didn’t work out though, since I am obsessed with all things in blush tones and I found these Rose Golden ones from Zoeva! They aren’t blush exactly, the handles are called “nude” in the product description. And they are slightly more light apricot than blush when I saw them in person, but they are still BEAUTIFUL and I love them so much! Continue reading

Project Organization: Bathroom Drawers

Project Organization: Bathroom Drawers

Hey guys! Hope you are having a lovely week! I’m trucking right along here with my whole house organization project and getting things done slowly by slowly. Since they are happening more sporadically these days, I’m just going to label each one with the area I organized, instead of the week since it might not be every week!

I finally got my bathroom drawers done, and that has made a nice impact on my daily routine being less cluttered and chaotic! I also remembered to take some before shots, hooray! Even though they were kind of quick and didn’t turn out as clear as I would like, oh well.

I usually tackle these things spontaneously when I get frustrated or motivated enough to just get them done quick! I apologize for the gross hair on all my brushes in advance, but real life right?? Continue reading