Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Must Never Forget


 8:46am - 10:28am

 We must never forget those who lost their lives, those who put their lives on the line to rescue others, and those whose lives changed forever.

Take today to reflect, to remember, and to love. 

 With tears in my eyes I remember that day, now and forever. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Motivation

Hello There!

I have not done one of these in awhile, but I wanted to do it today.

I hope your Monday is going by fast and that it has been the least Monday-like Monday it can be.

Here are some things to help you out if you need a boost out of the Monday blues.

I'm a bit into a sappy lovey mood since I got engaged on Saturday!

The weather is getting more Fall-like and I am itching to decorate everything for Fall and Halloween!

I hope you have a fabulous week!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Just A Normal Saturday?

Hello There!

What would have been a normal Saturday completely changed when something very exciting happened!

My boyfriend came into the room with the cat and placed her on the pillow next to me.

Oh and he also brought me breakfast in bed.
Oh what's that on top?  My engagement ring?!

Yes!  I got engaged on Saturday morning!  We had a lovely morning of breakfast in bed while watching some Youtube together.

I then, of course, had to head over to my Mum's so she could see the ring and I could get a manicure (priorites!).

I did not want anything to take away from the ring so I got OPI's Sweetheart.

We then went to lunch with my Aunt Jane and Eileen (my Mom's sisters) where we had prosecco to celebrate and talked weddings all afternoon.  
Can you tell how excited my Mom is?

Fancy Feet!

Did I mention he also got me beautiful peachy-pink roses?

I absolutely love my fiance and I am beyond over the moon excited to start planning our wedding!

I will try not to make my blog all things wedding now, but I make not promises!

I will put up a story about my ring in a few days too so you can find out a little more about my little beauty.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Home Decor D.I.Y.'s: Ft. Reused Items!

Hello There!

I have been getting subscription boxes for quite a long time now and I hated just throwing out the boxes each month.
I like decorating my home with things I already have, so that I can reuse them for much cheaper.  Multi-purpose decor is the way to go.

Jewelry Organizers
This first box was an old Tory Burch gift box that I now use to store earrings.  I place studs inside of it and hang long earrings on the outside of it. 

I have done a similar post in the past, but this is more detailed.

The black box in the back has a sheet of foam in it that I have stuck the earring backs into in order to "hang" up my longer dangly earrings.  You can find foam at craft stores.

Here is a look at my jewelry storage for the pieces I like to keep out on display.  Another trick is to use little bowls, mugs, or teacups to corral bracelets and large rings.
Cups are easy to find and very inexpensive.  Everyone has at least one hanging around the house!
If you don't have any cute enough to store jewelry, you can create some custom designs on cups and mugs from Shutterfly in their home decor spot.

DIY Tray
You can see a more in depth tutorial on how I made this tray here.  
I love having this on the top of my drawers to hold things that I use on a daily basis.

Alex 9 Drawer Organizers
 I have organized my makeup in my Ikea Alex 9 drawers by using both the lids and bottoms of various boxes.

I also use old boxes to keep all of my hair products.  I have them generally separated by type of product.

Books to Add Height and Interest
I love using books that I already own to decorate around my house.  I try to put books of either like colors or sizes in stacks.
Adding a splash of color to the house here and there creates immediate warmth.  It's also a great alternative.

Boxes to Give Height
This box I used to raise up my calendar and favorite Alice and Olivia mug on my desk.  
I don't store anything in the box I basically only used it to allow me to actually see my calendar.

Frame Old Greeting Cards for Art
I bought these cards awhile ago with the intention of framing and hanging them, but if you have cards that you love and can't part with try framing them to add some art to your home.  Wall art adds a lot of character to a room.

Organizing the Bathroom
In my bathroom I reused an old candle jar (in the back), two candle votives, and a subscription box.
The box has feminine hygiene products in it because we don't have any storage under our sink and I did not just want them sitting out.
I store hair ties, cotton swabs, and cotton balls in the three candle holders.

Up-cycled Candle Jars
I have reused a bunch of old candle holders for my makeup brushes. This one in particular I placed a bit of scrapbook paper in to make it a little prettier (you can use wrapping paper or anything really to do this).
I put fake flower petals in the cup to keep the brushes upright, but you can use pebbles or get decorative stones (sold at most craft stores and Target has them in the fake flowers aisle).
Like I said, reuse as much as you can.  Decorations are all around the house, you just need to know how to look for them.

To get the wax out of the candles I use the boil out method, but you can try other ones seen here.

These little candle jars I wrapped in ribbon and washi tape to hole all of the little perfume samples I get from my boxes.
You can see I also have a larger candle jar under two of the little ones to raise them up so I can get to them. 

I use the empty jars in my medicine cabinet to group together extra sample products.
On the top I have a jar full of face cleansers.
The bottom I have flossers in one little jar and little toothpaste and floss in the bigger jar. 

I just cleaned out this beautiful candle jar that I have to do something with.
I am thinking of putting a battery operated tea light in it because the glass gives off such a pretty glow.

Let me know if you have any ideas for how to reuse any of these items!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emmy Awards 2014 Red Carpet Style Favorites

Hello There!

Another award ceremony happened yesterday, the Emmy's!

Here are a few of my favorite looks from the night's red carpet.

Sarah Hyland's two piece outfit looked beautiful.  The coral color of the skirt is gorgeous and that top knot is the perfect compliment.

Julia Roberts looks amazing in this short navy dress.  The embellishments are so pretty and I love her hair!

Halle Berry's blush colored dress is so pretty and I love the detail on the waist.

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves look beautiful.  I love the style of Alves' dress and I love the deep blue of McConaughey's tux.  I was also glad to see he left the fanny pack at home for the Emmy's.

Keke Palmer's dress is a stunning cobalt blue and I love the architecture on the bodice.

I absolutely love this dress on Mayim Bialik.  The color is gorgeous and I love the lace and full skirt.  Her hair, makeup, and accessories look great with the dress.

Claire Dances looks gorgeous in this red dress with lace inserts.  I love her hair and makeup too.  Hugh Dancy looks so handsome in his suit.

Mindy Kaling looks gorgeous in this dress.  I love the sequin detailing and the tomato red color.

This shimmering curve grazing dress is perfect for Hayden Panettiere.  Her hair and makeup look beautiful with this dress and that little baby bump is so precious.

Uzo Aduba looks stunning in this red strapless dress with ruffled train.  Her makeup and gold accessories look fantastic with the dress.

Michelle Monaghan looks beautiful in this cream high-necked dress with long sleeves.  Her hair is perfect for this dress and I love those heels.

Is there ever a time when Nikolaj Coster-Waldau doesn't look incredibly handsome?  (Answer to that is no, by the way).

I love the ombre blush of this dress worn by Cat Deeley. The flowy fabric paired with swept back hair is lovely.

Dascha Polanco looks beautiful in this flowy gown.  I love the color of it and her hair is perfect.

Lena Headey looks gorgeous in this black off the shoulder gown.  I love that she kept it simple with minimal accessories.

Did you have any favorites from the Emmy's?

Monday, August 25, 2014

MTV VMAs 2014 Red Carpet Style Favorites

Hello There!

The VMAs were this weekend and there were some pretty amazing red carpet looks.  I want to share some of my favorites with you today!

Beyonce killed it in this sheer black number.  Her earrings are amazing!

I love Taylor's romper.  The color of the romper and heels with her makeup and hair looked fantastic.

And then she came out in this for her performance and I just died, it's perfect.

Iggy Azalea looked stunning in a strapless silver metallic gown.

J.Lo's whole look from the gorgeous glittery dress to her makeup and hair was on point.

I love this shimmery blush dress on Kelly Rowland.  I love the crown braid and her neutral makeup, it lets her baby bump shine.

Demi's look is one of my top favorites of the night.  Her gorgeous red dress, red lips, and side swept hair are the perfect trifecta.

Kesha looked beyond gorgeous.  Her gown is just stunning and that hair.

Dat hair doe!

And last, but certainly not least Ingrid and Becky looked stunning!

Did you have any favorites of the night?