Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Five Simple Decorator Tips!


Tip #1: Just because a fabric is made to run vertically, doesn't mean you have to use it that way!
These gorgeous custom made grey and white stripe curtains were made from a vertical stripe fabric. I just cut the fabric down the middle and turned it on its side, then sewed the two together right along the stripe so you can't see it!  Then you have horizontal striped curtains! You can also save a TON on fabric yardage by doing it this way!

Tip #2: Put flowers in wall sconces instead of candles!
There is no rule that says you can't use other items to fill candle sconces! In this case the faux flowers add height, color, and texture!

Tip #3: Hang an old window as art!
This old window was removed from an old home that was about to be bulldozed! You can find them at antique shops, yard sales, Craigslist, or salvage yards! It adds instant character to a space!

Tip #4: Use a table runner to add texture and warmth to your table!
Pick a pattern you love and cut a long narrow piece. Just turn the edges under and stitch them down (or if you don't sew, use stitch witch and an iron)!

Tip#5: It is okay to use faux flowers for decorating!
Check your local craft store for silk flowers on clearance! You can put them in a vase, a pitcher, candle holder, or mason jars for a unique look! This entire project only cost $8!!
**Interested in purchasing custom stripe curtains like the ones shown above? Just send me an email and we can work out the details!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Favorites!! 2

I have fallen in love with this new beauty applicator! It is a sponge that you can use to apply foundation and concealer! You can use it damp or dry. I have been using it to apply my concealer and it blends it out so perfectly! There are a range of prices on these depending where you purchase them. I purchased mine at Ulta for $6, but I recently saw them at TJ Maxx for only $4!! The actual Beauty Blender brand in the photo above is in the $20 range. If you are a concealer wearer, this is a must have!!
I have always been scared of liquid eye liner. I always seem to screw it up somehow. Until I found this product a few weeks ago. This is Maybelline's gel liner in Black. It comes in a pot with a small applicator brush. This is SO EASY to apply. I am obsessed! You can use it for a thin simple line, or to do a cat eye. And it's only $7 at drugstores!!
I have recently learned about Mario Badescu skin care products. You can purchase the brand at Nordstrom and online. I found this Rosewater Facial spray on Amazon for only $7! I spray this on my face right after I wash it and before I put on my moisturizer in the mornings. The cool mist feels so good on your skin and helps to refresh and wake your face, plus it smells like fresh cut roses!
Just this week both of my little ones came down with runny noses. I have been using this technique for over a year now and I decided to use it on both of my boys this week. I rub a layer of Vicks Vapor Rub on their feet and then put on their socks right before bed. We did it for 2 nights in a row and their colds were almost completely gone! This is an amazing remedy for kids colds! I also use the baby rub pictured above since it is specially formulated for kids. Try won't be disappointed!


The Nordstrom Anniversary sale started this past week and I treated myself to this little beauty! I had decided that since I am always carrying a diaper bag, I no longer wanted to carry a full purse. When I saw this 'Lauren' wallet by Hobo, I knew it was the one. I had actually been eyeing this style for years, but just never pulled the trigger. I got it in the berry color pictured. I am so glad I finally bought this! It is SO functional and cute! You can see in the picture above that there are many compartments to this wallet. It holds all of my cards, cash, receipts, lip gloss, and even my cell phone! If you are looking for an amazing wallet, you have to check this one out!
Last, but not least, I stumbled across this discount retail website just last week called No More Rack. I made my first purchase of the sports bras pictured below. They caught my eye because they were so cute and colorful, but then I noticed that they came in a 6 pack for only $27!! I was sold! Then while checking out, I found out my shipping was only $2! They only took 3 days to get here and when they arrived, they were exactly how I pictured them to be. They fit perfectly and they are soooooo cute! No More Rack also has an app so you can check new merchandise everyday right from your phone! See what awesome deals you can find!


If you get a chance to try any of these products, I would love to hear your feedback, good or bad!
And if you have a new product you are loving and you would like to share, please leave your comments below! 
* I am not endorsed or paid by any of these products or companies. These are my personal opinions and experiences. 


Friday, July 19, 2013

NEW! Friday Favorites!

I have recently learned the power of recommendation  and have made product purchases I would have never even looked at, let alone purchased without a recommendation! I have fallen in love with so many new products and ideas lately that I figured why not share the love! So today I am introducing a brand new weekly blog topic, Friday Favorites! Each week I will choose a few items to share and provide costs, reviews, and photos! I would absolutely love it if you would also share your comments below! I hope everyone enjoys this new topic and it becomes something you look forward to each week!
 Never underestimate the power of filling in your eyebrows!! I have tried many eyebrow color products and this is the best one I have found yet! I am in LOVE with this brow pencil/brush duo from Maybelline!! It is so simple to use and the color is perfect! Plus it is only about $7 at your local drugstore!
 These are my new favorite nail polishes! Not only do they have the cutest colors, but they are only $2.99!! You can pretty much find them anywhere Maybelline is sold. I get compliments on the color of my nails all the time!!
 I have never used a hear protectant spray on my hair, although I probably should have. I color my hair often, blow dry, straighten, curl, and sit in the sun. It definitely gets dried out and frizzy! Normally when I blow dry my hair I can't even run a brush through it after because it is so fried and frizzy, but since I started using this, my hair is SO smooth and soft!
Just spray it on wet hair immediately before blow drying, or dry hair before using a hot tool. You can even spray it on before you lay out in the sun! It smells amazing and its only $8 at drugstores!
 So this is not going to be recommended for what you're thinking...
I saw on Pinterest that you should soak your feet in Listerine, or any mouth wash product to get all of the dead skin off. I did this the other night while giving myself a pedicure, and it really worked! I soaked for about 20min (which was too long because when I took my feet out they looked like Smurf feet lol). 10 min would have been efficient. I just followed with a pumice stone scrub, and my feet were baby soft and they still are a week later! This is a must try!!


 And I have left my favorite for last! Those of you who know me well, know that I have a recent makeup and skincare OBSESSION! At 28 years old, I am finally learning how to take care of my skin and apply my makeup the right way! I subscribe to Kandee Johnson's YouTube channel and she swears by this lemon sugar scrub. I bought the GIANT bag of organic sugar at Costco for only $10!! The cotton rounds you can get for $1 at the dollar store too! You simply squeeze fresh lemon juice on the cotton pad, followed by a little sugar and then scrub all over your face! I do this every other day and my skin looks and feels amazing! Not to mention smell good :) I will never buy facial scrubs ever again!!!
If you get a chance to try any of these products, I would love to hear your feedback, good or bad!
* I am not endorsed or paid by any of these products or companies. These are my personal opinions.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Modern Vintage Airplanes for Baby!

I recently finished this vintage airplane baby blanket and matching teething bumper for a client's nursery! It turned out so cute!! My custom textile services are available through my Etsy store and my website as well!