A Little Love for a Half Bath and FIVE FAVs for FRIDAY

Good Morning All and Happy Friiiiiiiday! I am sure that Spring is right around the corner.  It is this time of year that I get fidgety and feel the need to get all the things done.at.once.  I mean, yikes, we are almost through with the first quarter of the year! What!? Why is it that it feels like Spring is dragging her feet in arriving, and yet I still have not tackled my Winter To-Do List (doesn’t everyone have lists arranged by season?) Sigh. SO, instead I am going to break things down into baby steps and march forward to Marie Kondo the attic, clean out the garage (again), and reorganize the linen closet before the snow melts and I am free once again to get outside in my flip flops.

Lately I have been working on a half bath facelift, and due to my love affair with wallpaper, have been on the hunt for the perfect print.  The ceiling is really tall, so while it is only a half bath, the scale of the room can support a larger wallpaper print (my fav). I have been dreaming of this one, which will play nicely with the current cream colored tiled floor that is not getting replaced:

Textured Trellis Wallpaper

I also plan to divide the height of the wall with a chair rail and apply horizontal tongue and groove boards like this, just picture it painted gray with wallpaper above:

shiplap below chair rail bathroom
Shiplap look

I have been dreaming of how to implement this look ever since I snapped this pic at the White Elephant during our trip to Nantucket. Yes, I took pics of the bathroom decor….but in my defense it really was that pretty!

White Elephant, Nantucket

I also want to add a bolder ceiling molding because the ceiling height can definitely support that scale, but I don’t want it to  compete with the wallpaper and shiplap, so perhaps something like this:

Cove ceiling detail


Here is what I am planning:

On another note, I wanted to share with you my FIVE FAVS for FRIDAY!

One: These just scream happiness and sunshine! Now to choose a color…or two! P.S. Use code FF25 for 25% off.

Gorgeous Baubles

Two: I have started using this lotion for my face so as not to turn into a raisin with the dry winter air. It’s lightweight, doesn’t feel greasy, and the price is amazing! Find it here.

Three: I have been eyeing all things gingham at J.Crew lately, including this fabulous navy (swoon) gingham overcoat.

Gingham Trench

Four: I just started reading this which is a refreshing kick in the pants. I read her first book and this one has the same no nonsense tone.

Five: This is Summer in a jar and one of my fav scents. I  hoard  stock up on them when they are on sale (use code YESWAY). It’s soooo good and can be found here.

Happy Weekend!





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My Go-To Products for Dry Skin

Happy Weekend All! I am so ready for Winter to pack up and head out of town! The air has been so dry and my skin just cannot take it! I am not sure if your skin is like mine, but for some reason products seem to work better when I rotate them.  Here are the ones I have embraced recently:

First Aid Beauty

first aid products

I notice a difference in plumpness when I use the Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum.  I was anti-serum for awhile, thinking that it is was going to be a waste of money, but I tried a small sample and was hooked.  I layer the serum with the Facial Radiance Overnight Mask at night and my skin seems to be less parched in the morning.

The 5 in 1 Face Cream is amazing, and as you can see by the worn label, I take it with me and reapply during the day. It is the best cream I have found thus far that contains SPF 30 but does not feel chalky or peel off my skin. I also like what the cream does not have including phthalates, sulfates, or parabens.

Argan Oil Reserve from Josie Maran

reserve argan oil josie maran

I went for the Reserve Argan Oil from Josie Maran after trying both the regular and light versions.  This serum is definitely thicker than the others, and my skin drank.it.in.  I would recommend it during the winter when your skin may feel tight, itchy or scaly. It’s also great for cuticles and I have used it to tame static-y hair. This little bottle is definitely multi-purpose and a little goes a long way!

Bare Minerals


I cannot tell you how much I HATE, yes HATE, foundation.  I rarely wear it to be honest. I have tried many, and this is the only one that I can stand on my skin. It does not sit on top like a mask, rather it is a liquid serum that you squirt onto the brush and then glide it on. It applies smoothly, and to be honest I concentrate it mostly on the under eye area where my dark circles reside.  I typically use it a few times a week, but that is because I am pretty lazy about my beauty routine!

peter thomas roth creamI cannot wait to try the Water Drench Cloud Cream with Hyaluronic Acid from Peter Thomas Roth, and have ordered it here.  It is also sold at Sephora and Ulta, though when I have tried to purchase it, they were both out of stock. I’ll let you know if it is truly water drenching once I’ve used it for a bit- fingers crossed!

Have a great week all! TOMORROW IS SPRING!



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