Cheap Thrills

January 23rd, 2019

Hello and happy Wednesday! I love Wednesday’s because you can pretty much feel the weekend on the horizon. I’m coming to you today with some fun and cost effective pick me ups (aka my current favorites!). First off, if you haven’t watched Ryan Hamilton’s Happy Face comedy special, you have to.  It’s hilarious, clean and free (if you’re a Netflix user of course). I’d also make reading Michelle Obama’s book Becoming a must.  It’s very interesting and full of fascinating details.  If you’re trying to work out more this month with the new year, definitely pick up these leggings.  They’re cheap, adorable and could easily go from the gym to dinner.

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably heard me talk about all the beauty products shown.  I cannot sing the Honest products praises enough.  The mascara is my all time favorite (and why not wash your face with all natural products).  The Oribe texturizing spray is the best thing to happen to my newly longer hair.  The lashes I admit are still on my wish list.  My friend told me about them (they’re magnetic!) and I can’t help but be curious. The Rembrandt whitening toothpaste was a tip from an Instagrammer and man, it’s fantastic.  If you’re a whitening toothpaste fan, give it a try.

Lastly, that green coat was a Christmas gift and is so fun for our cold Denver temperatures. I have been wanting a coat without a hood for traveling and it’s perfect.

What are your current favorites?

 

Tidying Up

January 10th, 2019

If you haven’t checked out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix yet, you should definitely add it to your list! I actually worked on a bunch of home organization projects over Christmas before I even saw the show.  A few episodes inspired even more work around our home.  I don’t know about you but organization brings me a lot of peace!

I started with our pantry and am obsessed with the new look.  I used tiered shelves for cans (like this one) and clear bins to sort things like taco seasoning and the baby’s food packets.  Fast forward a few weeks later and everything is still organized. My favorite containers are the OXO Pop.  They are amazing, keep your food fresh and look perfect.  Homegoods usually has a ton marked down.

I also reduced some of the baby’s toys and put the remainder in pretty storage baskets, added wall hooks for all our work and diaper bags and hung a mail container for important items that we need to go through. Now the counters are clean and there’s much less clutter.

Watch an episode and tell me what you think! I’ve already been working on my closets for a few months but I definitely want to try her style (hold an item individually and see if it brings you joy).  Having too many things can really be a source of anxiety at the end of the day and I want to make sure I’m living responsibly.

What did you think of the show? I’d love to hear! Happy Thursday to you.

So it’s the new year, and you want a new look (but maybe you don’t have the budget!).  Here are a few cost effective ways to change up your interior for 2019:

PAINT

Paint is the easiest way to make a big impact. If you’re willing to put in some sweat equity, you can completely change a room for $50 or less. If you’re not sure which direction to go, head straight to the back of the paint deck.  Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection are all beautiful, safe choices.  If you want to go gray and aren’t sure, HC-172 Revere Pewter is stunning.  In general, light colors make a room look larger, and darker will give a more cozy feel.

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NEW PILLOWS

I’ve done this several times with our formal living room.  If you’re tired of the look, completely change your pillows.  There is quite a bit on sale right now thanks to after holiday deals. These are currently an extra 40% off the sale price. I recommend these to clients ALL THE TIME.

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FRESH STYLING

I’m a big fan of strategic styling and I tend to freshen up our coffee tables quite a bit.  Add a new tray and some fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s.  Move some candles around or add a fresh stack of books.  Even the smallest changes can help keep it fresh.

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If you have the time and motivation, throw up some paint and do a Target run.  Little changes can go a long way!

Happy 2019 to you!

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Imagery sourcing: 1, 2, 3

Christmas Eve Ensemble

December 19th, 2018

Christmas is a week away from today and I am still searching for the perfect ensemble. Right now I’m leaning towards this red top from JCrew, but it seems like most of the stores are lacking in options.  Am I looking in the wrong places? Do you like to dress up for the holidays?

 

Decorating Your Christmas Tree

December 10th, 2018

Today I’m sharing how I decorated our Christmas tree! I’ve been doing it the same way for a few years and was in the mood for a change.  Not to mention, having a toddler required some kind of different plan. Kelley from Gracious Living has a home full of trees that Neiman’s would be jealous of. After reading her ribbon tutorial, I hopped in the car and headed straight to Hobby Lobby.

I picked a color scheme on the spot, grabbed as much sale items as I could and went to town. One tip I would stick to is making sure all your ribbon is wired.  I picked a few colors that were not (for the sake of the scheme) and they were the most difficult to use.  I would also make sure you have lots of embellishments! Flowers, the green curls and silver sprigs not only add depth but cover any holes from the ribbon.  Here’s the end result:

I’m so happy with the look! It took a little more time (my large tree took around 6 hours) but it was definitely worth the effort! I talked through this technique on Colorado’s Good Day morning program.  Give it a try! Have a great Monday.

The Ramble Hotel

November 20th, 2018

I recently toured The Ramble Hotel here and in Denver and was SO impressed.  The interior finish out is a complete dream.  Take a look:

Dreamy right? The restaurant is fantastic as well.  If you’re looking for something to do over Thanksgiving break, I highly recommend checking them out!

All imagery via The Ramble

Master Bedroom

September 4th, 2018

Hello! I’m coming to you today with a sneak of our master.  We’ve had a large blank wall that has really been bugging me.  Enter: Canvas on the Cheap. I gave them a try and listen, I’m hooked! You can upload images straight from your Instagram account (or hard copy files) and print on various sized canvases. I did a large one of Tim and I from professional pictures we did right before the baby as well as two from my Instagram:

I have to admit, I was skeptical considering their low pricing and quick shipping, but I cannot tell you enough how happy I am with the quality.  They are fantastic, and I’m already plotting out my next order.  If you’re looking to add family photos on the wall, check them out! They are a great (and wallet friendly) resource.

Large canvas compliments of Canvas on the Cheap

Royally Obsessed

April 23rd, 2018

Unless you live under a rock, you probably share my obsession with Kate Middleton. She has a constant poise and demeanor that is nothing shy of perfection and I CANNOT get over the fact she stepped out of the hospital seven hours after having her baby looking like that. There is NO glamour team on the planet that could have gotten me anywhere near that.

In a world full of Kardashians, I’m thankful there’s also a Kate.

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Happy Friday To You

April 6th, 2018

Hello and happy Friday! I don’t know about you but it’s been a long one over here. We are headed to Malibu in a few weeks and I’m already thinking about wardrobe options.  Here are a few things I’ve been stalking online:

BY JAMES

Oh my goodness, I’m obsessed with these sandals. Hand crafted in Valladolid, Mexico, these sandals look like the perfect summer shoe.  I need to pull the trigger on a pair.  I’ve been looking at them for months.

MILK & HONEY TEE’S

One thing that I certainly love in my wardrobe is an ultra-soft tee.  These from Milk and Honey have also been on my watch list forever.  Loving this one and this.

OLD NAVY BOYFRIEND JORTS

I have talked about these shorts ad nauseum, but only because they are fantastic.  They are soft, stretchy and so comfortable you could practically sleep in them. On top of it all, they’re less than $25.  Get ya some here.

LE SPECS SUNNIES

One of my friends posted a photo in these and I’ve been floating them in my Nordstrom’s cart for a month.  They’re cute, polarized and won’t break the bank.  After losing two pair of Ray Bans with my pregnancy brain, I need a new pair.

NIC + ZOE CARDIGAN

One thing you ALWAYS need in Colorado (even in the summer) is a cardigan.  The weather can change on a dime and I tend to always have something in my car. This olive green option is adorable.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Woohoo! The weekend is almost here, I can smell it.  I love Thursdays.  Today I’m coming to you with some snaps from 13Thirty’s portfolio.  13Thirty Designs is a boutique interior design studio in Southlake, Texas.  Sara’s designs are very clean and striking.  Take a look:

So pretty.  If you haven’t checked our her portfolio, do yourself a favor!

Imagery via 13Thirty Designs