BLACK AND GOLD

mac spice lip pencil
le tote blogger
prada browbar black and gold sunglasses
top ℅ letote | nine west heels| browbar sunglasses | tildon black shorts {old but similar here| clare vivier leopard print clutch | cuff ℅ letote | similar gorjana lariat necklace | banana republic gold hoop earrings 

mac 'spice' lip pencil | estee lauder double wear foundation

I rallied for an outfit post for you all today. Lately, I have not felt like doing them. Maybe its because I have put on a few pounds, maybe because I burned myself out on outfit posts over the last year. Either way, they are few and far between these days. I am just not that into myself lately, not quite in a slump, just tired haha. It's so interesting how we go through phases in life. For example, right now, my brain is all about the house and making it a home so getting dressed up takes a back seat on most weekends. When we lived in the condo (renting) and I had zero motivation or reason to make improvements to it, I had ALL KINDS of free time and extra money for clothing and outfit posts. Right now, I would much rather photograph house projects and throw pillows than my outfit. I imagine that these kinds of phases will continue over time and they should. Keeps things interesting!

THROW PILLOWS

chic throw pillows


Black & White

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Artsy

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Neutral

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I have been starting to search for throw pillows for the living room and have come across so many beautiful options, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you today. I intend to get 22" pillows and maybe a couple lumbar pillows all down or down alternative filled for our sectional. I have found over the years of throw pillow buying, that the cotton stuffed pillows just do not hold up for long. They end up looking distorted and mashed up with how frequently we use them, i.e. Dave crumples them up and lays all over them. Regardless, they should be functional and should last years, not a year. 

Throw pillows are a great way to update and add some interest to a space. I like to switch them up seasonally or at least for Christmas. Did you know H&M now has a home department? I didn't either and I found some beautiful velvet pillow covers that I think warrant a mention here. I mean $9.99 ?!!

I haven't quite decided on any for myself just yet. I want to wait to see if the coffee table I ordered works out and then plan accent colors after that. I also may decide to make my own covers depending on what fabric I come across. It's a LOT cheaper and I have done this in the past with gorgeous results, here she is...

how to make a throw pillow cover

These instructions look a lot like the ones I used a couple years ago. All you need is a proper sewing machine, basic sewing kit, zipper, fabric and your down insert. I didn't use a pillow form, I think I used a pencil to mark on the back of the fabric. I would like to replace my insert with a nice fluffy down insert to perk her up a bit. For a fraction of the price, it's definitely worth trying yourself. I used Fabric.com

Do you switch out your throw pillows?  Have you ever tried to make covers yourself?

BEDHEAD

bedhead pj review
restoration hardware linen white bedding
white labrador, bedhead pj review
yellow labrador, white linen bedding, white bedroom
morning routine, bedhead pajamas
Labrador retriever, white beddingMy weekend morning routine consists of first a cup of water with fresh squeezed lemon + my daily pro-biotic, coffee (decaf) while perusing a catalog or magazine, and a breakfast of either fresh berries and Trader Joe's maple/brown sugar oatmeal or hard boiled eggs, toast, and avocado with spicy seasoning. I would consider myself a slow to rise person on most weekends because weekdays I try to go running at 5:30 am on most days and then get ready for work and take off. On the weekends, I like to sleep in a little and really take my time starting the day. If I am exercising on a Saturday or Sunday, I try to do it early after breakfast but don't push myself to rush through the morning like I do on weekdays.  

Cute and comfy pj's make my lazy weekend mornings that much more enjoyable. I was recently introduced to Bedhead PJ's and they are very comfortable with very chic designs. I chose this pair in a medium and could have gone down to a size small or x-small maybe (let's not push it) since the mediums were pretty big on me, so when you order some for yourself size down at least one size.

If you would like to get some chic pj's, check out Bedhead PJ's! They are offering King & Kind readers 10% off for the next 2 weeks, just use code KINGKIND10 at checkout. I also love these and these too! They also have pajamas for men and children. 

This past weekend, I was dog-sitting Winnie and she was the perfect company since Dave was out of country. She is such a sweet girl and was definitely on board with lounging around with me. 

On a side note, do you like my bare bones bedroom? It is literally a blank slate right now. The only thing we purchased for our master bedroom is a new bed, the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe and it's a dream come true. We added their pillows too and they made such a big difference keeping us cool at night and properly supported, and new linen bedset. It's the whitest vision you've ever seen right now and I can't wait to add furniture and decor. So much to do! Also, my coffee cup is from Anthropologie- similar here. I just love Anthro for mugs. 


* Thank you to Bedhead PJ's for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

LAVENDER


purple smokey eye, mac creme cup lipstickHappy Friday! I thought I would share my favorite lavender, purple smokey eye look with you today. I generally avoid a grey smokey eye as my skin likes some warmer tones and I mostly do a brown smokey eye, see tutorial here. It's my go to when I want the focus on the eyes, however, it's fun to play with other colors. Purple is not super trendy or young so you can get away with it at work. I used Smashbox Photo Op eyeshadow trio in 'Vignette'. For clothing, I recommend wearing a purple smokey eye with a white button up or light top. I love this paired with a light pink lipstick like MAC 'Creme Cup'. 


smashbox purple eyeshadow trio

I also used the same eyeshadow palette for my Olivia Palermo "Get The Look" tutorial. Looking back at some of these tutorials is making me seriously miss my long dark hair. I went darker a couple of months ago after having some massive highlights but it faded out pretty quickly. I will have to give it another go at my next appointment and hope that it takes.  

Hope you have a great weekend, don't forget to enter the Smile Brilliant giveaway here to win your own custom teeth whitening system. 


Lips// MAC 'Creme Cup
Eyes// Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in 'Vignette'
Benefit Mascara
MAC Eyeliner in 'Black Track'
Face// Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Brows// Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in 'Brunette' + Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Soft Brown' + Benefit Gimme Brow in 'Medium Deep'


SMILE BRILLIANT GIVEAWAY

smile brilliant review

I have always had fairly white teeth but like to do the occasional whitening treatment to freshen them up. I have done the custom tray whitening through my dentist in the past and it worked great but can be pretty pricey. I got the same experience but with more efficiency and a more budget-friendly price through Smile Brilliant.

How It Works
You order a kit online for $119.95 (basic) and they send it to your house where you follow the instructions to create your teeth tray mold. It was very easy and they include extra materials in case you mess up the first time. Once your mold is created you mail it back to Smile Brilliant who will create your custom whitening trays. Custom trays are very important to ensure an even whitening experience.


smile brilliant review

The kit includes whitening and desensitizing gel so when you get your trays back you can whiten right away. Both Dave and I went through this process and can definitely see a significant difference. We both look forward to continuing to use Smile Brilliant to get whiter and brighter smiles. 

smile brilliant teeth whitening before and after


I want to give a special shout out to the desensitizing gel because normally, whitening gave us both super sensitive teeth. I experienced zero sensitivity after whitening for up to an hour and using the desensitizing gel afterwards. Dave still had some sensitivity so I am sure it depends on the individual.

smile brilliant review and giveaway


Today, I am partnering with Smile Brilliant to give away a $139.95 store credit which is equal to Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes or the Teeth Whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes. The winner will be given a code to use at checkout. The giveaway is open to international readers, but if the winner is outside of the US, you will have to pay the shipping cost for sending your  impressions back to Smile Brilliant, US residents do not. This giveaway is open from 8/12/15-8/26/15.


Have you ever tried custom whitening trays? I really encourage you to try Smile Brilliant if you are looking for a dentist -grade whitening at a fraction of the price! 

Thanks for stopping by! 


*Thank you to Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Teeth Whitening Reviews by Smile Brilliant

THE PERFECT RUG




Recently, the stars aligned and I found the perfect neutral area rug for the living room. I wanted an antiqued pattern with a bit of color but also completely neutral. I found that in this rug from Home Decorators Collection. I love the modern western graphic on it and the charcoal, gray, tan, and ivory color scheme. I feel like it gives me a lot of opportunity for the room.
strawberries
neutral living room decor
neutral area rug
gold side table
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I was so excited to get this rug on sale for 20% off plus free shipping. We originally measured for an 8x10 ft rug but they only sell these in 8x11 so we went with it and it worked out totally fine. For a good illustration of what size rug works for a space see here. Our living room is set up uncentered so we had to figure out the layout to coincide with an off-center fireplace/tv and bookshelf space (not pictured). We put the rug against the far wall and left space around the perimeter. The recommendation is to leave at least 18 inches between the rug and a wall, except, I would say when you have an asymmetrical space like we do. 

This rug is soft and so nice. I am completely in love with it. I highly recommend it to you if you are searching for the perfect neutral rug. The living room space looks 100% better with the area rug added. It really anchors the entire space, I was so blown away by what a difference it made. 

Hope you have a lovely Monday! 



BEST IN SALE: SUMMER TO FALL



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Happy Friday! Every single one of these items is on major sale right now. I love the Summer to Fall transition period where you still get to wear sandals but get to start adding in ankle boots and hats for the new season. Don't forget this is the last weekend for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it is massive so be sure to scoop up a few pieces for your Fummer or Sall wardrobe. 

This weekend I am planning to lay low and catch up on a few things. I might catch a movie and do some summer hiking. Hope you enjoy your weekend!


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