I hope you have a BBQ and lots of family time planned this weekend. I’ve rounded up the best of the Memorial Day sales below, from the brands I and I know you, love and shop from the most. I’ve also rounded up a few great pieces from each sale.
Living in an old house, I learned very quickly that no remodel project is small and simple. Most of the time if we take something apart it has to be completely rebuilt before we put it back together. Walls and floors aren’t super level, pipes need to be replaces and floors rebuilt when you live in a 230 year old house. We knew this before we bought this house, so I don’t mind it. But it also means that projects often take longer and cost more than you were planning on. I’ve adopted a patient view of our home, so I don’t mind, and I’ve also learned that to make it a nice place to live it’s important to put a little time and effort into freshening up our spaces, even if we aren’t quite ready to do a whole overhaul on them.
Rather than waiting until we can do everything perfectly, I’ve tried to make those spaces better than before. Progress over perfection. Take, for example, our upstairs bathroom. We call if the throne room because you walk in and the toilet is literally in the middle of the wall. It’s got original wood floors, a yellow tub/shower (probably from the 80’s) and was just an overall ugly space when we moved in. We are currently remodeling our downstairs bathroom (which involved ripping everything down to the studs, removing and rebuilding the flooring, completely redoing the plumbing, installing a new manifold, replacing our water heater system…etc, etc). It’s been a massive, long project and so the time has not come for the upstairs bathroom. I still wanted to freshen it up and make it a nicer place to be since it’s currently our one and only bathroom for 6 people. (Yeah, it’s as crazy as it sounds.)
So I painted the room, added a shiplap wall, freshened up the hardware/light fixtures, added a rug, and switched out the mirror. What a difference a little time, money and elbow grease can make. And while we still have crooked ceilings, a yellow tub and those nasty wood floors, and plan to completely redo this bathroom once the other one is done, it is a much nicer space to be in the meantime. And I’m so glad I went ahead and freshened it up a bit while we wait to do it.
So today, I thought I would share 5 simple ways to freshen up a space without spending a lot of money. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just better than before. ;-)
Paint the walls. Never underestimate the power of paint. It can instantly freshen up a tired dreary space. Buying a can of paint is one of the least expensive, highest impact, easily changeable things you can do for a room.
Buy a rug. Not in love with your floor coverings? I get it. I mean, we have wood floors in our bathroom. It’s the worst! Do you have old carpet or an ugly linoleum. Buy a run and cover it up until you’re ready to invest in replacing the floors. There are lots of great places to find great rugs for a steal, like Overstock, TJ Maxx, RugsUSA and Amason.
Add greenery. Nothing brings a room back to life like some fresh greens. And it’s as easy as a trip to The Home Depot. Got a black thumb? No problem. Just pick up some faux plants. HomeGoods is one of my favorite places to find them, and of course IKEA. In a living space, consider adding a fiddle leaf fig or olive tree. Here are some of my favorite faux plants and containers.
Add a statement wall. Creating a statement wall is high impact and really not very expensive. I’ve employed this method in many parts of our home. Adding wallpaper, a shiplap wall, some board and batten or even tile, is relatively easy, doesn’t cost a lot (cause you’re only doing a small space) and makes a big difference. I didn’t pay a thing to do this wall, I had leftover shiplap and paint in our basement.
Give the hardware and light fixtures new life with spray paint. Not ready to invest in new hardware and lighting? Pick up some metallic spray paint and give them a quick update. I bought some antique bronze spray paint and refinished the sconces, vanity hardware and all the towel bars in the bathroom. Even my husband thought I bought new pieces, but nope! They look fresh and new and all it cost me was a $3 can of spray paint.
Bonus: Shop your home. Look for items around your home that you can use to accessorize the space and make it look and feel more intentional.
Some of my favorite home brands are having major Memorial Day sales. It’s a great time to pick up a few pieces to freshen up a space.
We all love a good golden tan (especially this time of year) but without the side of skin cancer, thank you very much. While I spent most of my childhood summers in the pool getting really brown (thank you California sun for the extra shoulder freckles) these days I prefer to get a golden glow from a bottle. So today I thought I would share a few tips I’ve picked up over the last couple years for getting a perfect tan as well as my favorite self-tanner and a recipe for my favorite pre-tan body scrub.
First off, a good, even tan starts with a good thorough exfoliating session beforehand. This means you need a great body scrub, and a good exfoliating sponge. I like to make my own body scrub using baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils.
To make, mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part coconut oil (melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds first), and a few drops of essential oil (you can use lavender, lemon, tea tree, etc. See more about my favorite oils here.) Just mix it up and then rub the paste in a circular motion on your body using the sponge as well, really scrubbing to remove all the dead skin.
Second, you want to apply lotion to your knees, elbows, ankles, feet and the palms of your hands. This acts as a bit of a tanner block because those areas absorb the tanner more, they have a tendency to go much darker, this keeps that from happening.
Third, pick the right tanner. There are lots of good options out there, and I think it’s really important to pick a high quality self-tanner. This Express one from St. Tropez is my favorite because it’s a mousse so it goes on really nice and even, gets a nice deep tan, and you only have to leave it on for 3 hours. It also smells better than most self-tanners I’ve tried, which I really like.
Fourth, I use a mitt. It’s easier to apply it evenly with a mitt, and you are less likely to end up with self tanner all over the palms of your hand. I use this mitt, it’s only $6.50 and makes such a difference on how my tan goes on.
There you go! Easy peasy!
My tans usually last about a week to a week and a half depending on how well I exfoliate!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!
I may be biased, because I got married in August, but summer weddings are my favorite. So is dressing for them. (Like give me all the beautiful And since my older sister just got engaged a couple weeks ago (yay!) and is planning to get married this summer, I am extra excited to share some inspiration for finding pretty wedding guest dresses for a summer wedding.
First of all, let’s talk about this dreamboat of a dress I am wearing here, because it is the stuff dreams are made of. It’s a Gal Meets Glam StitchFix exclusive and I am in love with it from shoulder to hem. The color, print, fit, drape, all of it is beautiful and romantic and just so darn pretty and twirly. It’s light and breathable, and just so lovely. Everything you want in a wedding guest dress, basically. Because it’s a stitch fix exclusive, if you want to try this pretty dress, all you need to do is sign up for StitchFix here,(you’ll get $25 towards your first fix by clicking that link) and let your stylist know you’d like to try the Gal Meets Glam exclusive styles. (The more specific the better, like feel free to send them a link to this post…)
Honestly, if you are looking for a summer wedding dress this season, I would start with Julia’s line the entire Gal Meets Glam collection is completely dreamy and perfect for a summer wedding. They even have a petite line, and trust me when I say the fit is on point. I’ve never really been able to wear maxi dresses because of the length, but the fit on the petite line is perfection. I now own 3 of Julia’s beautiful dresses and I feel like each one is a new favorite.
Here are some of my favorites from her line, all perfect for a summer wedding:
If the Gal Meets Glam collection is a bit out of your price range, I also love finding summer wedding dresses from J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and ASOS. All of these brands have great petite options as well. I also love Rachel Parcell’s line for wedding dresses. Here are some of my favorites for a summer wedding:
Okay, now lets talk about wedding no-no’s. As in what NOT to wear to a summer wedding. These are some things to keep in mind.
1. Don’t, do NOT wear white or anything that at all resembles white to a wedding (regardless of time of year). This means cream, off-white, bone, light tan, light yellow. Anything that is going to read white or feel like it is in the white family is off limits. Unless you are attending a white-themed wedding (as in the bride has specifically asked you to wear white) then by all means. Just make sure your dress (whatever the color) doesn’t look like a wedding dress, at all.
2.Anything too revealing. All eyes should be on the bride. This is her day. Drawing attention to yourself because your dress is super sexy, is inconsiderate of her and is frankly disrespectful of the event. I know it’s summer and it’s hot, but try to show a tasteful amount of skin. You can still look beautiful and attractive without drawing attention away from the bride.
3. Anything too casual. Always err on the side of over-dressed rather than under-dressed. Even if they say it’s a casual wedding. Don’t show up in jeans.
4. A dress that matches the wedding colors. Unless you are a member of the bridal party, try to stay away from the wedding colors. Otherwise you are going to look like you’re trying to be part of the wedding party, and well, awkward. Just pick a different hue.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and it helps you find what you need and if you are heading to summer wedding let me know in the comments!
I haven’t done one of these in quite awhile, so I thought I would give you guys a little life update here today. I know I’ve been a little sporadic with my posting as of late (sorry about that!) but it’s mostly because I have so many fun things in the works that I will be sharing with you so soon!
I naively thought that when all my kids were in school I would have so much extra time (haha) but I find myself busier than I have ever been. I’m not a person who likes to glorify busy, but the work I have now is so wonderful and fulfilling and fun, I don’t mind that I’ve got more on my plate than I ever have. I’m also in a wildly fulfilling stage of motherhood. It’s not an easy stage, having 2 teenagers, an almost 12 year old and a kindergartener. There’s lots of mental energy needed, and I often feel like 3 different people are trying to have conversations with me at once, but I love seeing how my kids are growing into these truly awesome human beings. They are turning out so, so good you guys and it’s deeply fulfilling. I know now, that I am actually a really freaking good mom, and it’s so good to know that. I spent way too many years feeling like a not great mom, and it’s so nice when you realize, that after all, you were doing a pretty great job.
That’s not to say we never have our moments. Ava threw the worst temper tantrum of her life this morning before school and got on the bus without eating breakfast (her choice). But it’s funny though, the peace that’s come to me in my motherhood, these kinds of things hardly even phase me anymore.
Around the farm things are so good as well. We are planting our garden (finally) this weekend, since the weather has (finally) stopped being disgusting. I started a bunch of plants early this spring and they looked so good, until I took them outside to get them “ready” to plant. Now they all look terrible. (What am I doing wrong??) It’s my first year ever really trying a garden, so I’m just going to do my best, follow all the instructions and give myself grace. I hope it turns out that I am good at growing things because I love it so much.
Craig built me a potting table out of reclaimed wood we found in the barn (you can see it behind me in a couple of these pictures) and I love it so much. Give me all the old things! He also hung a swing from my favorite tree in on our property, right next to the chicken coop. It’s as dreamy as it sounds. Everyday I look up and pinch myself, is this my life. Then I remember we only have 1 bathroom right now because #renovations on a 230 year old house take F-O-R-E-V-E-R and it brings me right back to earth. Speaking of bathrooms, we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel on our bathroom renovation, and all I can say is, all 6 of us are very excited to have a second toilet again. ;-)
I went to Brimfield Antique flea market with my friends this week. Holy Moly. I was in heaven. Its the biggest or oldest, flea market in the country, or something like that, but wow it lived up to the hype. I was like a kid in a candy shop. I brought home an antique wood table, and old cubby from a copper mill, these theater seats I’m sitting on and a bunch of other little goodies. It happens in July and September and you bet your bottom I’ll be back there again. Antiques are my love language.
The shop has been a little quiet this spring, mostly because we are working on some seriously fun stuff for the summer and a huge launch that will (hopefully) be ready in the next couple weeks. I cannot wait to show you what we have in store! (no pun intended). In the meantime, we’ve got some super cute spring/summer tops including this just peachy tee that just dropped in this morning. If you want to be kept in the loop on our new arrivals, make sure you pop over and sign up for our newsletter. We’ll let you know first when new items come in!
Also, my older sister got engaged last week! They are planning to get married this summer (I know, quick!) Which means I have summer wedding guest dresses on my mind!
White jeans are one of my favorite summer capsule pieces. I remember when my kids were young feeling like I couldn’t wear white jeans because the chance of ending up with some kind of food or dirt smudged on them was so high. But the truth is, white jeans are actually really mom-friendly because you can bleach them! Plus, I just think they always make a fresh statement and they’re so easy and fun to style.
Here are 4 ways to style white jeans for spring and summer:
I’ve shared this already a few times this season, but mustard is such a huge trend for spring and I don’t see it slowing down at all for the summer months. Quite the opposite in fact. I love the way mustard and white pair together. Such a great combination and the clean white jeans really make the mustard tee pop. This tee, by the way, is one of my favorite recent purchases and it’s only $8. I threw on a bandana with this outfit, which is one of my summer tricks for making a simple t-shirt outfit look/feel more pulled together and intentional.
Gingham is one of my favorite summer prints, and I love incorporating it into my spring/summer capsules. For this outfit I paired the white jeans with this cute summer gingham top from my shop. It has a built in tuck which makes it easy to style with shorts and pants, but I opted to front tuck it a little more just for a bit of added drama and to emphasize the high waist on the jean. I threw on some sneakers to make the look a little more sporty, and added my favorite summer straw crossbody bag to warm it up a bit.
This is one of my all-time favorite combinations; white jeans paired with black and white Breton stripes. It just feels like summer on the French coast… For this outfit, I decided to tie up my top at the waist. I love this striped tee because it’s a longer almost tunic length so it makes it really easy to tuck and tie it lots of different ways. To finish off the outfit, I threw on my favorite summer hat, these madewell loafers, and my straw bag again. I have had this hat for over 2 years now and it still looks perfect, it’s also super flattering on just about everyone, and it is so versatile. The perfect summer hat.
You guys know I’ve been on a real utility jacket kick this spring. I think I maybe wore this jacket only a handful of times all of last year, and this year, I’ve worn it at least once or twice a week since February. That’s totally how I get with my closet, I go through rotations and stages, which is why I’m a big advocate for buying timeless pieces that you can wear lots of ways. Because you can put them away for awhile and then pull them out again and they feel fresh and new all over. For this outfit I styled the white jeans with this blue and white striped button up, my favorite cognac shoes and bag, and then threw the utility jacket over the top for a fun pop of green. This color is very versatile and works as a great neutral for a spring and summer capsule!
So there you have it! 4 ways to style white jeans! I hope this gave you some ideas for styling the pieces in your closet, and if you’ve been nervous to try white jeans, go for it! They’re a great summer staple.
You guys know that I am a huge advocate for feeling your best in your clothes everyday. I mean I literally wrote an entire course all about building an intentional closet because I have seen what a massive positive impact it has had on my life and the lives of the ladies I have worked with over the years. I am all about mindfully building a wardrobe that serves you, not buying things impulsively that end up in the back of the closet never worn. But I am also human and I get sick of my clothes like any other girl, so, it’s a balance, curating mindfully and intentionally while also keeping your closet feeling fresh. So lets talk about that today…
Here are 3 tips for keeping your closet feeling fresh without
1.Make sure you are crazy in love with your staple pieces. There’s a reason I teach the importance of really taking the time to thoughtfully curate your wardrobe capsule pieces. These are pieces you are going to wear a lot to mix and match with other more trendy seasonal pieces. You need to be head-over-heels for these pieces. When you truly love them, you never get tired of wearing them. For example, these jeans, shoes and bag are all part of my capsule foundation. I carefully selected them and I love all of them so much. Which is why I always feel like incorporating them into my outfits and I don’t get tired of them. I’ve bought other capsule pieces in the past that I liked but didn’t love, and I bought them because I thought they would be versatile and useful. But guess what, even though they were really great staples, they weren’t really me, and I never wore them/got sick of them fast because I didn’t completely love them. Make sure you are crazy picky when it comes to picking your capsule pieces. You’ve got to love everything about them, from the color, cut, style, fit, etc.
2. Rotate in trendy items every season to keep it fresh. I always allow myself 3-5 trendy pieces each season to rotate into my wardrobe and help keep it feeling fresh. I also don’t invest a lot in these if I think they won’t be sticking around for more than a season. I still make sure I really love the pieces, because I don’t need any extra clutter in my life, thank you very much! Tops and accessories are some of my favorite pieces to rotate in, but I also love a good pair of statement pants as well!
3. Clean out your closet every season. If you haven’t done a major closet overhaul/gone through the organization process, I highly recommend checking out my course. I walk you through the whole process of cleaning out and organizing your closet, and then building your wardrobe with intention. If you have, then I still recommend doing a little closet clean-out every season. Yes, as in 4 times a year. Cleaning out your closet forces you to look at what you have, tidy it up and let go of the pieces that don’t serve you. It instantly adds a fresh feeling to the space when you remove all the clutter that has been inhibiting your creativity. Also, you can use services like postmark to sell the pieces you are parting with, which basically pays for the new pieces you want to rotate in. I also never add something new to my closet without removing at least one piece I no longer want. This way my space never gets out of control.
There you go! 3 tips for keeping your closet feeling fresh!
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Well, it’s Monday, which means we are literally less than a week out from Mother’s Day! Where is this year going?! I love Mother’s Day so much, I mean, I can take the longest nap in the world, my family makes me yummy food, and I get to celebrate my favorite job I’ve ever had. What’s not to love?
I’m not much for big fancy gifts on Mother’s Day and honestly most of the mothers in my life seem to feel the same way. It’s more about getting a little something thoughtful. So today, I’ve rounded up a bunch of little thoughtful gifts that will make your mom feel special and loved.
Love you mom mug. This is a cute little gift that would be perfect from a little one to their mom, and I love that it’s pretty enough to display.
Super Mom tee. Such a cute tee, got a great fit and I love the idea of owning your awesome.
Mama necklace. This is the highest price piece in the guide but it’s gorgeous and a great gift if you’re looking for something extra special.
Magnolia Table cookbook. I know most moms love something new for the kitchen and this cookbook is pretty enough to keep out on display, plus the recipes are wonderful.
Diffuser. Give the gift of wellness. You can also throw in a couple favorite essential oils to go with the diffuser. (I recommend lavender and stress away, both are wonderful!)
Robe. I actually bought myself this robe last month and I am completely in love with it. It is literally the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Super cute, the fit is lovely, and I love the print and the soft linen fabric.
Brass Floating Frame. This brass floating frame is so pretty, I love the detail on it. It would be a pretty addition to just about any space.
Envelope Jewelry Box. I love how pretty and unique this box is. I love that you can put your jewelry inside and close the box, plus the price is amazing.
Initial necklace. These are so pretty, delicate and unique. I love that you can stack them or just wear one with the initial of your last name.
Pretty Gardening set. My mom is an avid gardener (I’m aspiring to her level) and she would love a pretty hand tool set like this one.
Cozy Throw blanket. I have this throw and it’s one of the softest blankets I’ve ever owned. Everyone in the family fights over it… haha! It’s a perfect gift.
Purse organizer bag. I love the style and functionality of this one, and what mom couldn’t use a purse organizer.
Joie de Vivre journal. Journals are a wonderful gift, especially for moms who often like to record thoughts and memories. And I love the message on front.
I’ve got a new styling session for you today. The last few weeks I’ve been working on my spring/summer capsule and one of my major color things I keep going back to is mustard. This typically fall color is everywhere this spring, and I’m not mad about it. I think it goes really well with a lot of spring shades. And it’s always fun to add in a color that’s a little surprising in my opinion.
I stumbled upon these awesome master pants last week and while I’ve been looking for a wide leg pair, I completely fell in love with this girlfriend fit the second I put them on. They are incredibly petite friendly, I didn’t have to do anything to them (they come in regular and petite sizes) and I love the eyelet detail on the hem. I thought it would be fun to do a style session with these today and show you several different ways that you can wear these awesome pants.
For reference I am wearing the size 0Petite and I am 4’11”. I would say these run TTS.
When I shared my post about how I go 7 days between hair washing several months ago, one of the most common bits of feedback I got, came from ladies who had been told by dermatologists to stop using dry shampoo because it can cause hair loss. What?! I about fell out of my chair.
Apparently the talc and alcohol used in dry shampoos is really bad for you and can clog your pores and damage your hair follicles. I started looking for a better solution to the dry shampoo I’ve been using for years, and this is the recipe that came up the most.
The great news is, it’s actually a really fantastic dry shampoo (it works insanely well) and you can make it with things you probably already have in your cupboard and a few essential oils!
I’ve said this before, but incorporating essential oils into our daily life has been, well, life changing. I had no idea how many toxic products I would be able to replace with oils, and I am so happy that I’m able to provide better safer options for my family. Plus, you know I love to make things. I genuinely enjoy creating my own beauty products. And I never have to wonder what’s in them. If you want to start using oils, are curious about them, or want to join my oily tribe (its fun!) click here to read more.
Okay, now on to the recipe!
For this dry shampoo all you need is cornstarch, baking soda, unsweetened cocoa powder (if you are brunette, omit if you are blonde) and 3 essential oils: lavender, cedar wood and rosemary.
First combine: 1/4 cup of cornstarch with a teaspoon of baking powder and a teaspoon (more or less depending on how dark brown your hair is) of unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix well.
Then you are going to add 4 drops of lavender oil. (Lavender supports healthy hair growth and adds a lovely floral scent.) 2 drops of cedarwood oil. (Cedarwood supports hair strength.) And 2 drops of Rosemary oil. (Rosemary unclogs scalp pores and balances your hair oils.) Amazing what oils can do, right?!
Mix it all together and put it in a shaker. This is for ease of application. That’s it!
I use mine in the morning after my workouts. I apply it to my roots and let it sit for 2-3 minutes and then I blow out my hair for about 4-5 minutes with this round-brush blow dryer I shared a couple months ago and I am ready to go!
If you want to get started with oils this month and want to make this dry shampoo, I recommend ordering the Premium start kit (I talk about it here), it is the best value and will get you all your starter oils as well as a diffuser and some thieves cleaner and other samples. Then simply add Rosemary and Cedarwood to your order. I also recommend signing up for essential rewards if you want to incorporate oils into your life and order often, because you get a percentage of your order back each month. If you ever have questions about oils, don’t hesitate to ask!