Spring Inspired Finds Under $30

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Hi All! Happy Spring! The sun is shining and I am hoping for warmer temps in the coming days to melt away the snowbanks!  We were out and about with family errands and birthday parties this weekend so I popped into a few stores to pick up some Spring inspired goodies! Hope these brighten your day!

Spring Finds

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Adorable Schwinn Bike Helmet from Target $24.99; Trina Turk wallet from TJ Maxx $29.99; MeriMeri Easter napkins from TJ Maxx $4.99; Pecksniff’s Hand Soap in Apricot and Jojoba (which smells so delicious and fresh)$4.99; Shirt for my daughter from Old Navy in a gorgeous blue $16.94; Sun Kissed candle from Target that smells like a wonderful blend of coconut and suntan lotion (just like being at the beach!!); Gel Pens from dollar bins at Target- perfect for sketching out new ideas; Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe lip gloss in Alluring Azalea from Target (It is not currently online, but I did see it in stores).

Happy Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Best,

Kelly

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A Toast to Green

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Happy LUCKY Friday all! Today is always a special day for me because it was my late Nana’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day so it doesn’t get much luckier than that. I have been loving all things green lately (isn’t it funny how you can get hooked on a color?) so what better day than the present to share my green snaps with you!

Baubles from J.Crew

This lovely bauble arrived from J. Crew this morning!

Shamrock Plant

My parents stopped by with shamrock plants for the girls, an annual St. Patty’s tradition.

Sara Langley Designs

So excited to announce that I have been working on setting up a Sara Langley Designs Limited Edition Pop-Up Etsy Store. Stay Tuned!

Therese Marie Designs via Etsy

Gorgeous green with greek key detail, Therese Marie via Etsy

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A palm pic from our recent Disney Cruise vacay to the Caribbean. Take me back NOW!

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I have been debating a glossy green front door like this one via Southern Living.

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Classic trench in Kelly Green from Lands End, now 30% off code:gold, pin:6075.

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A toast to my Nana, Beefeater and Tonic, TWO limes.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May all your wishes come true!

XO, Kelly

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Pineapple of My Eye

Morning All! Over the weekend I did a quick dash to Target and Home Goods with my kids…hence the quick part. As soon as I walked in all lists and ideas went right out of my head as I tried to focus amongst the “Mom look at….”, “Mom I really need this…”, “Mom she is touching me…Hey I saw it first!” Sigh. I will go back again on a quieter day but until then, what I was able to scope out got me thinking about the pineapple trend (or re-trend) that I have been seeing everywhere.

I grew up here so pineapples have always been a thang. My mom would decorate with them during the holidays, and because my Dad was a dentist we would get fruit in our Easter baskets that always included a pineapple (I know I was sooooo deprived!).  The pineapple has long been used to denote hospitality and I love seeing it pop up again in the Spring lines. Here are some favs, including some pics I took while running into Home Goods:

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Mayfield Modern Home via Etsy
Mod Party via Etsy
Mod Party via Etsy
Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Piccolo Paper Co. via Etsy
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
Tommy Bahama Lamp at Home Goods
Fun candle
Fun candle @homegoods
Free printable from Oh So Lovely
Free printable from Oh So Lovely
Love this wrapping paper!
Love this wrapping paper!

Stay warm friends!

Best,

Kelly

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Organization Procrastination

Hi All! Since the snow and cold have moved in (come on Spring!) I have decided to look for the silver lining in forced hibernation and get a bit more organized before the sun and warm weather come and we all head outdoors.  I have put this off for awhile but I am drowning in paper…paper from the kids’ school, paper from my husband’s office, junk mail, things to be filed…you get my drift.  The piles always land in the same places- on the kitchen island and on the dining room table and it is driving me nuts (most likely exacerbated by cabin fever)!  I try to sort them, organize them, even file a few, but the pile keeps growing! So here are my solutions which, with great intention, I will implement while the snow continues to fall.

We have a home office in our finished basement, but I am too lazy to run papers, schedules, mail etc. up and down on a daily basis, though this would help with my other conviction to try and get more exercise.  Instead, I am carving out a small spot in the front entryway in an attempt to coral things as they come in. I am thinking of implementing some file folders and containers to better store all the kids craft supplies, along with some cute printed magazine files and other goodies that will make it more enjoyable to sort, file, shred, repeat…

 

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Perfect Near an Entry

Wish me luck! Lots of snow in the forecast so getting to it this week..pics to follow.

Best,

Kelly

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Weekend Shopping Round-up #springfeverretailtherapy

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Happy Weekend All! Snow, wind and chilly temperatures moved in overnight, so when Spring fashions showed up in my email I went click crazy- there are some awesome deals to be had!

Banana Republic Friends and Family 50% off 5 items (code BRFAMILY), my 5 favs below:

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J.Crew Factory is now 40%-50% off, my shopping cart is below:

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Talbots is offering $20 off all regular priced pants, and this is what I picked up during an earlier bout of Spring fever (when they were having a bigger sale):

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Happy weekend shopping! Hope some retail therapy helps- NINE more days until Spring!!

xo,

Kelly

 

 

 

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For the Love of Boxwood

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As I patiently anxiously await Spring temperatures (it is going to be a high of sixteen degrees in my ‘hood tomorrow-yikes!) I have been thinking about my garden and was recently bundled up outside stalking my poor boxwoods to see how well they survived the Winter.  I hope the neighbors didn’t see me because I have been known to talk to the plants to encourage growth… my Nana swore it made a difference and her garden was amazing!

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1/ Gorgeous Planters
2/ Rows of Hedges
2/ Rows of Hedges
3/ Partnered with Hydrangeas
3/ Partnered with Hydrangeas
4/ All in a Row
4/ All in a Row
5/ Adorning a Door
5/ Adorning a Door
6/ Indoor Decor
6/ Indoor Decor
7/ Trimming the Stairs
7/ Trimming the Stairs
8/ Adorable Notes
8/ Adorable Notes
9/ Place card holders
9/ Place card holders
10/ Beautiful Topiaries
10/ Beautiful Topiaries

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Have a great weekend all!

Best,

Kelly

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Mud Season

Good Morning All! AAAAK, it’s mud season here and I cannot keep up! I know I know….before you can have a beautiful Spring, you have to literally go through the mud… but with two dogs and young kiddos I am pulling my hair out! SO, in an effort to save my sanity, I took a look back at the reno photos of our mudroom.

Our little mudroom is definitely not big enough to accommodate a crowd all arriving at once, but it is helpful in corralling the mess as close to the back door as possible!  When we renovated there was no option to make it bigger, so we kept the same layout, utilizing the existing storage and bench that was already there. I don’t think we have ever actually sat on the bench in the seven years we have lived here, but it does come in handy to set groceries and backpacks on!

I remember that we began this project in late September and didn’t get it finished until right before Thanksgiving. We use it as the main entrance of the house, so it was tricky to keep walking through a construction zone.  We started by getting all the built-ins painted and worked around the room from there. Like many of my projects I started with gusto, even painting inside the built-in cubbies.  However, I can tell you that the insides of the doors still need a second coat of navy because the enthusiasm  quickly waned as my husband and I stayed up nights while the kids were sleeping to get it all knocked out.

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BEFORE- Flagstone Floors
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BEFORE- Built-ins and red gingham wallpaper
BEFORE- Red door peek-a-boo
BEFORE- Red door peek-a-boo

The flagstone floor would allow moisture in and there was little to no insulation before we started.   We added some additional insulation where we could while we have the walls were ripped apart, and then had radiant heating installed under the new floor tile. Best.Investment.Ever.  It helps to keep the small room toasty in the winter and we have not noticed an increase in our heating bills.

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DURING- Navy paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bright aqua paint was a color match to a jacket my daughter had. After searching and buying way too many samples, I took the jacket into Lowes for a direct match and love the vibrant result.  The navy paint is Admiralty by Olympic- a perfect match to the wallpaper and it hides the dirt well!

The wallpaper was a tough find at the time, and turned out to be really hard to hang! My mom is an expert wallpaper-er and we were both spouting expletives a few minutes in.  The wallpaper is a large scale trellis pattern from York which can be found here. I would still recommend it because it gave me the look I was hoping for without busting the budget, but just give yourself extra time to get it up.  Or better yet, hire it out!  The paper is very thin and tended to shift and rip easily so go slow and definitely recruit friends to help!

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The Aqua Door
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Starting the wallpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the final product.  I still have ceiling trim to add FIVE years after the fact, and am still looking for the PERFECT blind that can stand up to a sunny mudroom window, but these things take time, right?  I love the overall look and it makes me happy coming home everyday, so all in all, mission accomplished!

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Mirror from Ballard Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have a wonderful day all! We are getting closer to Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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Master Bedroom Refresh

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Morning All! Today is rainy with a chill in the air, the perfect day to take a nap sit and focus on a project I have put off for years! We had our master bedroom painted professionally over three years ago, and I have yet to pull the room together by way of artwork, accessories, throw pillows or rugs. Sigh. I typically DIY painting, but this room took over a week due to plaster repairs and multiple coats of gorgeous requisite gray paint to cover the kelly green walls. Yes, I previously chose that green color, and even though admittedly it glowed in the dark as my husband and I stayed up late to finish painting, I was sure it would mellow as it dried. It didn’t.  Anyhoo, I was too exhausted to change it so we lived with it for way too long before hiring someone to “fix it.” (We also ripped out the carpet revealing stunning floors that were in beautiful shape, but alas, I still have that builder’s basic ceiling fixture).

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So on the list of “to do” is to find artwork that brings in pops of color, along with adding trim to the white canvas curtains I purchased from West Elm. I had always envisioned adding a fun trim or utilizing a lovely fabric to add detail. I just have not been able to commit to accent colors and am stuck in the state of analysis paralysis.  So right now I have requisite gray walls, urbane bronze closet doors (which I LOOOOVE) and plain white curtains. Not exactly inspirational. So what is a girl to do? Spend hours on Pinterest drooling over inspiration pics and searching Etsy for amazing pillows and artwork, of course! Then put them in a shopping cart to checkout? Why NO! That would require commitment to an accent color! Sigh. So now you know how I got here. But this HAS to change because I cannot have this level of #crazyspringfever and sleep ONE.MORE.NIGHT. in a neutral bedroom.

I have decided to start with artwork and then choose fabrics etc. from there. Here are my top inspirational picks in order to bring in COOOOOLOOOOOOR (that was my Oprah moment):

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Parima Creative Studio
Parima Creative Studio
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Erin Gregory

So hard to narrow this down but I am ordering up a storm today, including pillows and fabric for the curtain trim so check back next week and I will report in on progress (nothing like giving myself a public deadline to light a fire)!

xo,

Kelly

 

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Happy Birthday- Mermaid Party

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Happy Monday All! I am so excited that we are getting closer to Spring! February is always a busy month for us as we celebrate birthdays for both my younger daughter and my husband.  Such fun! My daughter is much like her mamma in that she always has a “vision” for what she wants her party to be, and this year she drew me a picture of the cake she wanted (no pressure)!  IMG_4604

The cake is always a big part of our parties because when I was growing up my talented Nana would make us amazing cake creations based upon whatever theme we had dreamt up.  I have tried to maintain that tradition for both my kids, and this year my daughter wanted a mermaid theme.  The cake was to be three layers, complete with Ariel coming out of the top (as clearly noted in the drawing). So off I went to Michael’s to pick up some pre-made turquoise fondant, which totally saved us in constructing a mermaid tail mere hours before the party began.  Let’s be clear, the cake is the highlight, and in order to get it done I order out dinner!

I knew I wanted to incorporate edible sand into the cake design somewhere so I chopped up some chocolate graham crackers and vanilla wafers in the Cuisinart, which gave me the perfect consistency to sprinkle onto the bottom frosted layer.

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I had additional vanilla wafers left over, so after a little Pinterest research I found this cute idea from Houseful of Handmade to create clams by adding some frosting and a candy “pearl”. My older daughter is eight and loves baking, so she helped me make all the chocolate shells and starfish that we used both on top of the cake, and in the goody bags for our guests.

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I found some amazing mermaid themed plates from Meri Meri through Amazon, which were a total hit! To complete the mermaid look, I added a coordinating net as a table runner and layered it with some starfish and seashells we recently brought back from our vacation. I also included some gummy sharks in the bottom of the the kids’ glasses to which we added pink lemonade when everyone arrived.

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I cannot believe my baby is 6! Time please slow down!

xo,

Kelly

 

 

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