Monday, May 23, 2016

Dressing Room Design Ideas

 Hello Beauties, Happy Monday! Today I have a new kind of post to share with you. I have been waiting for sometime now to announce the purchase of my new home. This time last year I attempted to purchase another house. A lovely colonial home, with a charming yard and governor circle in the front… sadly after two attempts to purchase the home the house did not appraise and we had to walk away. Heart broken to say the least. But I can happily say now I’m actually pleased the house didn’t go through now. In this past year I’ve been able to really think about the house and the style of home I want  and with a little luck I have finally found the perfect home for me and my little family. A retro mid century modern brick home. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing with you some design ideas I have complied for the dressing room in the master bedroom. 

The first item of business in this adorable little room is the wallpaper, I can’t wait to remove this blue wallpaper with flowers. I plan to repaint all of the walls white, replace the sliding glass doors, and place a watercolor cactus wallpaper on the opposite wall of the glass doors. I think this wallpaper is going to add a little bit color and life in this room. In addition to adding the cacti wallpaper in the room for color I also plan on placing one of my favorite house plants in this room. My yucca tree is going to love all the natural light this room receives! 

Removing the pink carpet and placing a light colored floor is also going to do a world of good of brightening and lightening this place and remove the dated formica and placing a quartz top is going to add a nice touch to counter top and I won’t have to worry about staining the counters with makeup or nail polish. 
This is a quick pictures I took during one of the many visits I have made to this house,but I wanted to share with you a vague idea of what this room currently looks like.
What changes would you make to this adorable little dressing room? 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sephora Play Box May 2016

Hello Beauties, I hope all of you are having an amazing week, today we are going to be talking about my newest subscription love the Sephora Play Box. About six months ago I canceled all of my beauty subscriptions to Ipsy and Allure. I found each month that I received boxes from them I was never really wowed and if I did like a product it was difficult to find to purchase a full size. So after many months of disappointed I finally canceled both subscriptions and vowed to lay off the beauty boxes. Well let me tell you that vowel lasted all of three of four months before I stumbled upon the Sephora ‘Play Box’ on Youtube and knew I needed to try this beauty box out. And I must say that this May box is my third box and I’m really very impressed with the products in all three of my boxes! Let me show what’s inside my May box, so you can judge for yourself. 

Atelier Cologne ‘Orange Sanguine’ I have to admit that I’m not usually impressed with perfume samples, and this particular sample is no different. If you like the scent of bitter orange this is the smell for you and believe on some people this smell could be lovely, but thats not the case for me. But I wanted to share this product first because its the only product in the box that makes me go ….meh this isn’t for me. 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in  ‘Kimchi’ I have been obsessed with all Bite Beauty products since I discovered them in Sephora two or three years ago! And this lipstick does not disappointed! The creamy high pigmented lipstick delivers hydration and beautiful color in swipe. I also learned in the booklet insert that this particular line of Bite Lipsticks contain coconut oil and pomegranate oil. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and hydrating, while pomegranate oil moisturizes and protects from environmental damage with antioxidants. How neat is that? 

Tarte Tartesit Lip Crayon in ‘Latergram’ This long lasting, creamy lip liner applies to the skin like a dream. Providing beautiful color to the lips, that doesn’t exaggerate dry lips. I’m especially in love with the color of this lip liner. One of the tips included in booklet for this lip liner suggest using the liver liner to line and fill in the corner of your lips. Then dab a bit of clear gloss in the center of the lips to blend the colors. This will leave your lips with a lovely soft nude shade. I think I know what lip color I’ll be wearing tomorrow and the next day and the next day…lol

Origins Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement Masks I’ve read about this innovate primer mist that is designed to be sprayed onto the skin before applying your face mask. I’m extremely leery and fascinated at at the same time. I can’t wait to try this product out with both of the little sample size masks! 

Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial When shopping for a face mask, I always lean towards products that are designed for dry skin, unfournately this makes me prone to over looking some more interesting masks like this one from Korres. This wild rose sleeping facial mask is designed to brighten the skin and moisturize the skin with wild rose oil. From what I read online this product designed to not only brighten but to moisturize and provided anti-aging benefits as well. Your never to young to start concerning yourself about anti-aging products in my mind! 

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask Being someone that loves to explore new beauty products, I was intrigued by this new mask to Sephora. To be honest I’ve never even heard of this brand and might have even passed on this product if I would have saw it in store, due to the fact I’m unfamiliar but since I received a deluxe sample of this product in my beauty box I find myself eagerly awaiting to try this mask out! This product claims to be a hydrating treatment made with naturally derived ingredients to restore and replenish hair. As someone with dry hair I have high hopes for this mask.




And that completes the list of the items I received in my May Sephora Play Box. If you don’t have a beauty subscription or maybe you have one already, you need to try this one ASAP I promise you wont be disappointed! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wrapping a Flower Bouquet


I think all of us at one point or another has had one of those moments where we forgot an important event like a birthday, dinner with friends or a loved one and we needed to pick up a quick gift. So you run into the grocery store, grab a bottle of wine, and bouquet flowers. But who wants to deliver flowers in cellophane that has a price tag? Instead I have a quick five minute or less wrap job that will leave your bouquet looking ready to impress! 

What you need: 
wrapping paper (cellophane or brown paper will work as well)
ribbon
clear tape
bouquet 
  1. Start out by folding your paper in half at a slight angle. Place your flowers in the middle of the paper. 
  2. Fold one half of the paper over the flowers at an angle and then the other side! Use a small piece of clear tape to hold the paper in place. This is a good point to adjust the paper around the flowers to create the cone shape or you can bend your paper down to better see the flowers. Either way I’m sure your flowers will look beautiful! 
  3. If you have a few extra minutes and want to add a little something extra to bouquet, take a piece of ribbon and wrap it twice around the base of the paper cone before tying it into a ribbon. I have to admit tying a ribbon isn’t exactly my specialty but I’m rather impressed with how my ribbon turned out in the picture above! 


And there you have it, a beautiful bouquet that is sure to impress any host or hostess!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sephora Skin/Body Haul

Hello Beauties, I hope all of you had a wonderful, but I don’t know about you I”m ready to kick back on the beach and enjoy a relaxing weekend. Not to mention trying out some new products that I picked up at Sephora this week. Which brings me to todays post, a Sephora Skin/Body Haul.

First up is the Sol De Janeiro ‘Brazillian Bum Bum Cream’. That name is a mouthful, but what this product is a fast -asborbing body cream that helps to tighten and smoothen the look of skin. Now that is a pretty big claim considering the fact I’ve tried tightening creams in the past and have been less than impressed by them but we will see how if this particular claim works…. the real reason I picked this product up is for the smell. It simply smells diving and completely reminds me of summer and the beach, the Sephoras website says it smells like pistachio caramel. Yum! 

Keeping with the Sol De janeiro brand I also picked up the ‘Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care’. I don’t know what it is about the summer, maybe its all the sandals I wear but for some reason my feet have a tendency to become dry and unattractive! Hopefully this 2 step system will prevent any issues from occurring! 

I love face mask, so when I saw the Sephora Collection ‘Lip Mask’ for $3 I knew I need to pick at least one of these masks to try out. I picked up the ‘Shea Lip Mask’ to protect and soothe dry lips. 

The last Item have to share with you is probably the one I’m most excited to try out, the Foreo “Luna Play”. I like to start off by saying I am a huge clarisonic fan and I have been for almost three years, but what can I’m a curious. So when I saw the Foreo Luna popping up in Sephora’s a few years ago I was immediately intrigued! But since I already owned the Clarisonic Mia 2, I wasn’t going to purchase another face brush. Until here recently I stumbled across the Foreo ‘Luna Play’. A sample size of the full size brush, that gives you 100 uses. I can’t wait to try this brush out tonight! 


Now that I have shared with you my recent Sephora goodies, what new products have you purchased recently? 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chanel Bronze Universal

Hello Beauties, today I am going to be sharing with you my number one product for creating a beautiful, natural looking bronze look. With a product that is new to me, but something I have been curious about for years now. Chanel ‘Bonze Universal’. I’m on of those ladies, that wears bronzer year around, there is something about adding that little bit of warmth to your face that gives your skin some dimension or life. Let’s jump right into this little how to/review. 

Before applying my bronzer, I like to go ahead and apply my Erborian BB Creme in Clair (the lightest of the two shades). To apply my cream bronzer the Sephora Classic Multitasker Brush #45. I like to lightly swirl my brush into the product and start applying products to the hairline along my forehead, down the sides of my face, under my jawline, and depending how deep or noticeable I want the bronzer to be. I’ll also apply it very lightly across my chin and the tip of my nose. This helps to create a realistic sun kissed look. Throughout all of this I like to take my time and apply product a little bit at a time. Making sure I BLEND as I go, but if you go a little to heavy don’t worry you can take your beauty blender to help blend out any areas! 
But to be honest this product applies and blends like a dream and I don’t think it would give anyone any issues.  I like to finish of my bronze makeup look with a coral blush, highlighter, mascara, and clear gloss. To ensure everything stays in place I like to give my face a spritz or two of my Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray
I know this bronzer may look a little orange in the swatch above, but I promise you that when you blend it out it looks perfectly naturally. Which is saying a lot for me since I'm so fair, most products have a tendency to look either orange or red. However if you have a darker skin tone I think this product can be built up. 


What do you think? Is this bronzer for you or do you have another product you love? 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Hello Beauties, well we are officially one week away from Mother’s Day today! Who counting down, I know I am! Today I have a quick last minute Mother’s Day gift guide for the mom who likes to cook! Since I became a stay at home mom, cooking has become a passion of mine, especially dinner. There is just something warming about seeing my family sitting around the table enjoying a home cooked meal that melts my heart. So today I am going to be sharing with you six items you can give to mom separately or combine together, that I’m sure your mom is going to love! 

But be warned this post is a little Kate Spade heavy, I’m not sponsored by them or anything. I just love her cookware and accessories. They are simply adorable! 

  1. Kate Spade New York ‘all in good taste’ ceramic mixing bowls Mixing bowls is one of those items I can never have to many of. Whether it is baking a cake, whipping up some frosting, or mixing some delicious veggies. In this set you receive two bowls, a 9 inch and a 9.5 inch bowl, both bowls are dish washer and microwaveable safe. 
  2. Kate Spade Dish Towel set ‘Just Dessert’ Hmmm…. I’m not sure how much I can say about dish towels other then these are adorable. Mint is one of my favorite colors and the quirky little saying that says ‘Just Dessert’ suckered me in. Not to mention I picked this adorable little set up at Marshalls for $9.99! 
  3. Kate Spade Three Piece Kitchen Set This cute three piece set has a pot holder, oven mitt, and dish towel. If you can’t tell I’m a huge fan of cutesy anything! lol This was also a Marshall’s find for $12.99.
  4. Kate Spade New York Apron An apron is a definitely must have for those who love to cook, what I love about this particular apron is the measurements that are on the bottom. A great little reminder to help you out when your cooking. This is my last Kate Spade item on the list and like the other two mentioned above, it to is from Marshall’s! So if you haven't stopped into your local Marshalls for a while now would be a good time! 
  5. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box Lovely vintage inspired tin recipe box is sure to be a showstopper. Growing up I can remember my Nan using her recipe box to create delicious family meals and I want to do the same for my family. So after each new and unique recipe, my little family votes to see if it is box worthy to place inside our recipe box. This is going to be a great little heirloom for my son and daughter one day!
  6. Cooking Magazine My last item may seem a little silly, but for those on a budget its definitely affordable and a great way to inspire the chef. Who doesn’t enjoy flipping through a magazine and finding some new delicious meal to cook up or as a little reference guide to help with a week of meal planning. And for those of you who lean towards a Vegetarian diet then the Vegetarian Times is the magazine for you. I’ve yet to create one of these delicious recipes and be disappointed. 

To complete this post, I’ve put together the items listed above in a few neat little arrangements to show you some cute pairings.



 I hope you have found some inspiration for yourself or your own mother and have a wonderful week! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Favorite Spring/Summer Tanks

Hello Beauties, I hope all of you are having an amazing, especially enjoying this amazing weather we are having outside. I know me and my kids are! Last spring and summer I must admit I wasn’t all that active outside. I was big and pregnant and waiting the arrival of my little boy. This year we have already been to the beach at least times, we run three or four times a week, farmers market, soccer… you name it. Anything to enjoy this beautiful sunny weather. But what I noticed throughout all this is how badly my wardrobe is lacking in tank tops! Thankfully I love shopping about as much as I enjoy being outside that I knew I needed to remedy this situation quickly. Which brings me to today’s post where I will be sharing my favorite tank top finds of the season. 

First up we have the J Crew Factory finds! A lightweight traditional, pocket tank. The jersey cotton gives this shirt a soft feel and the somewhat loose fit makes it very comfortable to wear! I love the way this shirt looks with a pair of shorts or even a structured pencil skirt. I’ve already purchased this shirt in three colors and I think I’m going to go back for the others. And if you hurry on over to your local outlet or the factory website you can pic these tanks up for $20 a piece. Thats a pretty good deal in mind!

Next up we have a sleeves high/low hem tank from Nordstrom. I love the high neckline of this tank, it makes perfect for a workout or the perfect canvas for some layering necklaces, jeans, wedges and your ready for a nice family dinner. The material of this shirt is even softer then that of the J Crew Factory tank. There are side slits on this tank but there only a couple inches long, so you don’t have to worry about showing your stomach. I’d also like to mention that the hem on these shirts aren’t sewn, but I’ve already washed these shirts at least 20 times and it hasn’t started to unravel. I have this shirt in both blue and black, but I know I’m going to be picking up a green or tan. This shirt retails for $34 to $38. Sometimes you can find them on sale on nordstrom.com 

The last shirt I have to share with you is a little more on the whimsical side. The cute pattern and keyhole on this shirt makes it very different from the rest! but just like the other two its very soft and the hem line is quite flattering! I’ve loved pairing this shirt with shorts, skirts, and jeans. Its gives a little more of a dressy element to my normal every day, mom outfits! You can purchase this tank online or in stores at Anthropologie retailing for $58.

Now that I’ve shared my favorite tanks of the season, its time for you to share your favorite spring time fashion and accessories. Let me know in the comments down below.