My All Time Beauty Favorites

With the simplifying theme of my life right now, I've been getting rid of anything I don't need or love. I have favorites on my mind. I do love buying the same thing over because then I know that I really love it. Every product above I've bought over and over and over. They are worth my pennies!

Anastasia Brow Wiz: If you're someone who fills in your brows, you know that finding an ashy color is the trick to making them look authentic and natural. The color selection Anastasia provides is spot on and the wear with this pencil is kind of incredible. On nights where I'm lazy and don't wash my face, I can wake up and my brows will still look untouched. The spoolie on the end is just perfect.

NYX Butter Gloss: I am not and have never been a gloss girl but I love these! I have almost every color. They aren't too thick and they last a long time. The colors are SO fun and bright. NYX is actually one of my favorite brands all around. Great products for the best prices.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: My favorite product ever ever ever ever! I have it in moonstone and it's the perfect color. It gives me the most believable glow and makes highlighting a cinch. All I need is the tiniest amount. And I mean like... the size of a nerd (the candy). The bottle lasts forever.

NYX Blush: Not much to say other than... great pigment, great colors and great prices. I even have a reddish orange shade that is so different than any blush I've ever seen, so on trend and fun.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Powder: Magic in a compact. I've been wearing it for more than 10 years. It's not just makeup, it's skincare too. It looks like skin on. It's everything you'd want it to be. I LOVE it!

Chanel Chance Eau de Tendre: Just my perfect smell. To me... its perfect. 

Check out my favorite Sephora purchase here.

What are your favorites?

The Settee Before & After

So our lovely settee is the third completed project in our room. Besides really really small reupholstery projects, this was our first REAL reupholstery job. We felt ambitious taking on a tufted piece for our first but with all the helpful tutorials online... we were just excited to get started. We actually finished this project last Thanksgiving. 

We found the settee on Craigslist years ago and I believe we paid $40 for it. Smaller benches and settees are my favorite things to look for on Craigslist. It's sad that I didn't get better 'before' pictures (this is the only one I have! sweet baby Trudy...) because while it might look okay above... it was DISGUSTING! All the dirt, grime and stains just grossed me out. The frame was broken as well as one of the legs. You could not sit on it (unless you were under 10 lbs :)). Nail heads were missing and there were holes in the fabric. 

Finding the right fabric was HUGE and I wasn't used to the typical price range for upholstery fabric. I stumbled upon the upholstery fabric that we ended up using, towards the beginning of my search. I fell in love with the beautiful pattern, I loved the raised velvet and then the color combination is actually my very favorite. Navy and kelly green!? Come on! But I wasn't sure if I could find something that I liked just as much and for a better price. As my searching went on, I envisioned what it would be like to take all the time and effort in reupholstering the settee in a fabric that I liked for a better price and that's when I knew that I just had to buckle down and choose my favorite, something I LOVED. Better to be safe than sorry! And I've never regretted it. I absolutely LOVE the fabric.

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I bought the fabric from an Etsy shop called FabulessFabrics and I really did get a great deal. Eight months later I saw these pillows pop up on One Kings Lane and realized even more that I scored big time. 

The actual process wasn't too bad, but maybe it would have been worse if I didn't have my husband. I mean, he is the one who helped to get things so tight and perfect for the stapling. He also did a great job at taking pictures of the all the fabric while we slowly took it a part. It helped so much to be able to go back and look at the pictures as we cut different pieces to size and stapled. For the legs, we considered all options and in the end painting them black just seemed like the natural way to go. I'm glad we did too, it feels more unique.

I have to apologize for the awkward angles, unfortunately they are the best I can do for the space we are in. One day we'll have more room to spread everything out. I could have chosen to keep this settee wrapped up in the garage when we first moved in but I just couldn't. I love seeing it every day... even if it gives me a teeny tiny walk way between it and the bed!

Linked up here.

Nightstand Dressers Before & After

In February of last year, while living in Denver, we found these two dressers. We had been in the process of selling our bedroom set and needed to find a matching pair of dressers. I have loved the idea of dressers as nightstands and spent a few months searching (finding a matching pair is hard!). I finally came across these and I believe we paid $30 for the pair. We weren't able to start working on them until May when we were moved in here and all settled in.

I also knew if I didn't find a pair with beautiful wood... I would paint the dressers grey. The little rim that borders the drawers was kind of a fun extra detail that we painted white. To start out we sanded both dressers and all eight drawers until they were nice and smooth.

All the drawers had different vintage floral patterns for drawer liners and they were not fun to take out. Who knows how long they'd been there and there was a film of sticky ickyness after the paper was pulled up.

I don't have pictures of the paint process but we primed them both and then painted them both with oil based paint. We have such a love/hate relationship with that stuff. It's like.... we know it would be dumb to use any other paint (so durable and also pretty) but cleanup is a *****.

I'm so not a professional photographer or editor so I feel like my pictures look lame. But here there are nonetheless. Since the headboard is an upcoming project, you'll see our cute box spring... all in due time ;)

I see so many beautiful nightstand vignettes and pin them all the time, but for my nightstand... it's not realistic. I want all my books, pictures and jewelry right there. So I kind of just pile it all on. Also, I love how back in the 80's, chick flicks always seemed to include a picture of a teenage girl's boyfriend on their nightstand. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Anyway I've loved the idea ever since I can remember and that's why I have my sweetie in that rad malachite frame. Totally my favorite part.

What could possibly be better than gold shiny paper and white abstract polka dots? I know. It's so satisfying to see every day!

Plans for the Master Bedroom

This is a REALLY rough sketch of what I want our bedroom to look like. Because there are always so many projects that are being worked on, it seems like we make progress in each but no room is completely finished. The above drawing is what I'd like for our bedroom to look like when it's all done. The drawing below shows what has been or is still a project. The best part being that 3 out of the 5 projects are done!

I'm planning to post next on the projects that are completed. Those being the dressers, bench and new bedding. Here is a quick little shot of the new bedding. I guess not new anymore... I bought it 6 months or so ago (from none other than my favorite store in the world... TJ Maxx). It doesn't deserve it's on own post like the other two projects but it definitely was a 'project' to finally find! 

For the past 7 years, my husband and I have slept with a duvet. I've changed the duvet cover a few times and I've never been fully satisfied with the patterns I've chose and what I feel they reveal about our style. Hotel bedding styles have been on my wish list forever (what could possibly be more classic than white bedding with a navy border?) but have been hard to find. The biggest problem being that I needed a comforter instead of a duvet cover. While I love to sleep with a lot of weight on me (heavy blankets etc.), my husband HATES how hot it is sleeping with the duvet. He'd prefer just a sheet! This is why I was looking for a comforter, knowing it wouldn't be as heavy as our duvet. It was a beautiful day when I saw the comforter and I've been completely satisfied ever since!

New Year Resolutions

Last year after moving to California in May, I was shocked at how much it changed my life. We've actually lived in 6 different states now so moving is nothing new. The hardest part about this move is definitely because of where we moved, aka the house we're renting. It's not an easy task to move from a larger house to a very small one. My husband got a new job very quickly and so we really had to find something fast. The bay area isn't necessarily known for it's space. I mean if you've ever been to San Fran, you've seen that as far as new housing goes..... the only option is to build up! While it's only temporary, it's put quite the damper on my hobbies. I live to treasure hunt and projects are what we do most nights of the week. However, when there isn't any space.... my attitude has been "Well, what's the point?" 

My New Years Resolutions are basically all about not letting things get in my way, regardless of my circumstances. No more excuses. I want to constantly remind myself that A) It's a FRESH new year. B) To keep things SIMPLE. C) Stay MOTIVATED with all my goals. Here's to a new year!