Best Essie Polish Ever?

July 31, 2013 § 2 Comments

Okay. I know I just did a nail polish post a week ago. But, y’all. I think I may have found the perfect nail polish.

There is this picture on Pinterest and I’ve been trying to find the nail color forever.

Nail LoveSo the other night I bought this color, Essie Fun in the Gondola, thinking it might be the one.

It didn’t end up being that color, but I am in love with the color it is!! It’s this light mauve, but just looks perfect. Check it out!

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It’s a little more of a neutral pink than I would normally pick up. But I have to say I love it.

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If you’re in the market for a really nice pink that is appropriate for literally any situation, then I can’t recommend Fun in the Gondola enough. I don’t know if I will ever get over my love for this color. Essie… you’ve done it again.

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DIY: Decorative Clock

July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a good DIY project on the bloggie blog, so I am really excited to be sharing this one! I am slowly but surely making progress on the unfinished rooms in my house. It’s really difficult when you move somewhere new and you just want to go crazy decorating… but you have no money. So, I have a lot of fun when I can update existing items to make them look new for our new spaces.

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In this particular project, I took a clock we received for our wedding and updated it to be a little more our current style. While I think that it needs a tiny bit more work, I’m very pleased overall with the {almost} final look.

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  • A clock
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Spray paint in your color preference
  • Primer
  • A drop cloth
  • Mod Podge
  • A paint brush

First, begin by disassembling the clock. For mine, it was as simple as loosening the brackets, removing the backing and popping off the clock arms.

Next, you will want to lightly sand your surface, wipe it down with a soapy rag and let it dry.

After it dries, it’s time for the fun part! Begin spray painting, keeping the can at 10-12 inches from your surface as you spray. Be sure to do this outside in a well-ventilated area, with a drop cloth. Preferably on a day without humidity (which is a rare thing in these parts lately). It took me three rounds, letting the paint fully dry between coats. If I were to do it all over again, I would probably have used a primer considering how dark the original surface was and how sheer my paint was. …Also, don’t forget to spray paint your clock arms.

The nice part of this project is you have plenty to do while the paint is drying. Grab your fabric and place it over your clock face to make sure you cut a piece that is large enough.

IMG_9562After that, flip your fabric face down and place the glass on top. Trace it with a light Sharpie, or even a pencil, and then cut out the fabric.

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This next part is potentially the most tedious — sizing the fabric just right for your clock face. There is probably an easier way to do this, but I just kept cutting around the edges a wee bit until it fit just right. Then, you’re going to want to cut a tiny hole in the middle of your fabric to make room for the clock arm pieces. This was easier than it looks. Just pinch the fabric in the middle so your fabric is hanging like you’d imagine a handkerchief would. Then cut a tiny slit at the top. Start very small, you can always increase the size if you need to, but you can’t reduce it if you cut too large of a hole.

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After that, I recommend ironing the fabric just to make sure you’re giving the best presentation possible. Then, paint a layer of Mod Podge on the clock face and a tiny bit on the back of the fabric. Do this quickly so it doesn’t dry and carefully place the fabric onto the clock face.

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At this point, it’s time for reassembly!! Place your clock arms back on, place the glass and the clock into the frame and fasten on the back. (Remember, I need to go back in with another can of spray paint to make sure that it evens out nicely and none of the darker base shows through. Primer should help you avoid that issue.)

Then survey your beautiful creation and display it in a beautiful space!

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Makeup Monday: July Birchbox Review

July 29, 2013 § Leave a comment


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I am a little late on the July Birchbox review. But it’s because it didn’t show up until the third week of July. I was sorta pleased with this month’s box. One awesome product in the midst of a few duds.

So far, my favorite product has been the eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner. Other than the fun e.l.f. gold glitter liner for New Years, I haven’t used liquid liner in literally a decade! This one makes me super happy because it comes in a deep purple. It’s not too over the top that you look like an idiot. It’s actually a really great color for blue eyes. The application was very easy and it didn’t smudge at all… even after a full night of serious dancing! Plus, Birchbox was generous enough to give a full size sample. This one definitely gets an A+ in my book.

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The next product was Kerastase leave-in conditioner. I 100% used it wrong the first time. So the jury is still out on this one.

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I just used the Vivant Skincare Acid 3-in-1 Wash for the first time today. So far, my skin feels thoroughly cleansed, but without any sort of burn that I would expect would come with an acid wash. I’ll keep you posted if I have any bad reactions. They say to only use it every few days, so this may be one that takes a few weeks before you notice anything.

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This purminerals CC Cream was okay. I liked the Supergoop CC cream from a few months ago much better. This one went on a little more oily and it faded pretty early in the day. Overall, I did not enjoy it much.

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The last bonus product was these Birchbox Bobby Pins. They are actually rather large (you can see the scale in the first picture) and can look a little clown-like on your head. But I really liked the color and design… so I went ahead and wore them.

All in all, this Birchbox was fairly good. I think the eyeko liner was so exciting for me that it’s balancing out the less-than-stellar products I received in the rest of the box.

I keep seeing others who have received lipstick in their boxes and I am just waiting for the day that happens! What was your favorite product in your Birchbox this month?

High Five for Friday and Favorites!

July 26, 2013 § 3 Comments

FAVORITE MEMORIES

1. Our Aunt Debbie gave me this gorgeous necklace last week after staying at our place. I love big, colorful jewelry and the fact that she knew it was something I would like just warmed my heart.

2. Ahhhh! I just love this one! We got to spend some time with my best friends on Monday night. And this is a picture of my “nephew” Pierce who turned 3 months old this week! He is the perfect baby. Watching my husband holding him was precious not a good idea.

3. The crepe myrtles in the park and around our neighborhood are just beautiful. I feel so blessed to live in Midtown for this time in life.

4. This week, I finally told some of my friends that I started a blog. This may sound crazy, but it was much easier to blog when I didn’t think I knew anyone that was reading. I finally got over my fear and told them and I have been so encouraged by their excitement and interest. These ladies have fantastic taste, so I can’t wait to listen to their feedback and incorporate new ideas into the blog based on their thoughts! {The Amy Poehler quote is partly what gave me the courage to send the note about the blog!}

5. My freakin’ awesome neighbor and dear friend Hannah potted plants this week and they’re sitting on our doorstep. Can I just tell you how much I love flowers?? These just brighten up my day when I walk in and out of the house.

6. I had some flexibility at work this week without many meetings, so I got to work at Starbucks for an afternoon. This just brings joy to my soul. And watching that half-n-half swirl into the coffee is so pretty, I’m tempted to print a picture of it and hang it on my gallery wall.

{Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth and High Five for Friday!}

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Print Happy: I Was Made for You

July 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Story*brandi carlile: the story*

Seven Must-Have Nail Polishes

July 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

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There’s something about freshly-painted nails that just makes me calmer and more joyful. It’s the weirdest thing. Does it have the same effect on you??

Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite a few polishes and these are a few of my faves.

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These three are my fave essie red/pinks. Tart Deco is the perfect orangey coral. Geranium is the quintessential fire red (my favorite red polish of all time). And Cute as a Button is a perfect pink. In certain lighting, it can be quite bright, on the verge of a neon pastel. Of the three, I would say that Geranium is most work appropriate, followed by Cute as a Button and then Tart Deco. Although, paired with the right outfit, all three should do just fine.

Turquoise and Caicos is my favorite fun essie color. I have used Mint Candy Apple before, and while it is a true mint, it looks too milky and not fresh enough. Turquoise and Caicos is the perfect level of opaqueness and is really gorgeous on your toes… especially in the summer! Work appropriateness isn’t high on this one, unless you’re office is a more casual place or you just feel like pushing the limits!

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These two Revlon choices are a little outside the norm for what I would pick out. But I received them as gifts and actually love them! Rich Rasberry is a nice magenta-purple color and Passionate Pink is a shockingly great pink. It kind of gets better as you wear it, which is typically not the case with most nail polishes. Rich Rasberry is semi-work-appropriate, depending on your outfit and the season, and Passionate Pink is 100% approved for the workplace.

This Color Club polish in Reign in Spain came in my Birchbox last month and I am in love! It is very similar in nature to Tart Deco, but definitely has a bit more neon in it. Gorgeous for wearing to the pool, but not likely to fly in your work environment unless you are in a creative field.

Do you have some nail polish favorites? I’m always on the lookout for one to ask for as a stocking stuffer!

Add Some Whimsy to Your Life!

July 23, 2013 § 2 Comments

In the mood for something whimsical? Want to put on some glitter, tulle and high heels, sip on a glass of wine annnnnnd watch an awesome movie?? [Don’t judge if that doesn’t sound like a fun night to you… some of us like to get dressed up and not go anywhere!]

If so, then I have some recommendations for an awesome night in!

Midnight in Paris – The epitome of a whimsical movie done well. Basic storyline: guy is in Paris on vacation with his fiance. He’s always loved Paris and dreams of how it would be to live there in the 20s. Magical things begin to happen. Quite possibly the best movie ever.

Moonrise Kingdom – This one is less whimsical in a magical way and more in a design, cinematography, costumes kind of way. Basic storyline: Two kids with a crush decide to run away together. Their parents, scout leaders and authorities don’t think this is such a good idea.

Amelie – Sigh. Amelie is the first of its kind. Aside from all the weird sex and nudity, this movie encapsulates what I love. Amelie is all about appreciating the little joys in life. Basic storyline: Amelie has led a sheltered life and she’s ready for adventure. As her first adventure ends up bringing pure joy to an elderly gentleman, she decides to focus her efforts on making people happy.

Chocolat – Another French film that just makes you smile… I mean Johnny Depp and chocolate. Need I say more? Basic storyline: Vianne has a gift of making chocolate… a very special chocolate that somehow affects the lives of the people who eat it. But the village mayor does not approve of Vianne and her chocolate shop. As Vianne continues to influence the town, you eventually see the impact the town has on her and her daughter, Anouk.

Romantics Anonymous – This is like the PG rated sister of Amelie and Chocolat combined. I think the French have something figured out. Basic storyline: Angelique is a trained chocolatier and extremely introverted, on the verge of agoraphobic. She gets a job selling chocolates for a dying chocolate shop, and ends up meeting someone along the way.

Penelope – This movie was basically a walking Anthro ad back in the day. Basic storyline: Penelope has gorgeous clothes, a fantastic treehouse room and beautiful curls. She just also happens to have been born with a family curse – a pig’s nose! Penelope’s family is on a mission to find someone to marry her and break the curse. When the guy comes along she thinks might be the answer, he says he can’t marry her…

The Legend of Bagger Vance – Many people I know did not enjoy this movie. But my challenge to you is to watch it again if you haven’t in several years. The acting is certainly sub-par. But, I just love the Southern storytelling and the music… oh, the music. That alone is enough to watch this again. Basic storyline: Ranolph Junuh was the South’s premiere golfer before he had a tragic experience in World War I. Now his old love, Adele, is hosting an exhibition golf tournament in order to save her late father’s Savannah golf course, and she needs Junuh to play. But the problem is, he’s lost his swing.

Now, please go grab some Milk Duds and enjoy these flicks that carry whimsy in spades!

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