boho statement necklace happiness boutique
boho statement necklace happiness boutique
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
NARS Bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
 Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack
Benefit They're Real Mascara// MAC Lip Pencil in "Boldly Bare
MAC Plushglass in "Ample Pink"// Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in "Medium Brown
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in "Chocolate"

I love me a good statement necklace. When Happiness Boutique offered to let me pick out a piece, my mouth was watering over all of the pretty jewelry options. It was extremely difficult to decide but this piece reminds me of something I had seen for $$ and I know if will pair well with causal t-shirts and tops as well as fancier pieces. I would love for you to check out their jewelry for yourself!

I just had a great visit with my family back East where we had a little bridal shower (where I wore my Happiness Boutique Necklace) for my sister and today is my sister's wedding day! She decided to have a small intimate ceremony just for the two of them and their kids. I am so happy for her and couldn't be more proud of her. Happy Wedding Day Lauren!!

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natural everyday makeup look
As much as I love glamorous, more dramatic makeup, there are times that more natural makeup is more appropriate or I just feel like a more natural look for everyday. I put together my go-to everyday natural look for you and would love to hear what eye shadow or lipstick shade you go with for everyday.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
NARS bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
Bobbi Brown eye shadow in "Taupe"
Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner in "Dark Brown" // Benefit They're Real Mascara
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in "London"

I really like this NYX matte lip cream because it comes in really pretty shades and really stays put! Plus for $5.99 you really can't beat the price.

What is your go-to everyday makeup routine? I would love to hear what your favorites are!

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best hair dryer 2016, best beauty buys, beauty game changers

I am the type of person who loves to try new beauty products. I am always looking for the next best product to take my beauty routine to the next level. I am certainly not one to stick with the same haircut or shade of lipstick for years and years. We all know that woman who has had the same haircut and color for over a decade right? My philosophy is to be very open minded and never stop evolving. How else would I have come across these *AMAZING* game changers? I want to be clear that this is not a sponsored post and these are truly items that have transformed my beauty life in a better quality or more efficient way and solving a whole host of problems.

Bliss Fabulips Lip Softener
I always have dry lips that are peeling or start to peel later in the day. It's so annoying and makes lipstick or lipgloss look so gross. I got this lip conditioner for free with my bliss order and I will never look back. I want to be clear, this is no average chapstick. I apply it right after I do my base so it has time to sink in while I finish my makeup and by the time I get to my lips they are primed and perfectly conditioned for color. I no longer get the peels later in the day!

T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer
My old hair dryer has so heavy and took forever to dry my hair so when it died I was more than ecstatic about upgrading. While this dryer is not cheap, it has cut back on my drying time by at least 50%, maybe even 75%. I can now dry my hair in less than 10 minutes. It is lightweight and my hair has never been more smooth or healthy. It is clinically proven to be healthier than air drying your hair, yeah, crazy right?! For something you use almost every single day, it's important and this dryer has totally been worth the investment!

Bliss Buffing Foundation Brush
I was using a MAC foundation brush and just wasn't happy with how it was blending my base so I decided on a whim to toss this in my cart and try it out. This might be more like a life changer if I am honest. I put a glob of foundation on the back of my hand and patted this brush onto my cheek and OH MY GOD! It went on like butter. So easy and smooth and blended. It physically felt good and I am forever changed. I love that the bristles are anti-microbial so it keeps the bacteria at bay. I wash it about once every week still to keep it fresh.

Up & Up Oil Absorbing Sheets
You can get these guys at Target and they work wonders in oil absorption. You never want to just cake on more powder when you have a shiny t-zone. Use one of these to absorb that oil and then you can freshen up with a little powder if needed. I never leave the house without these in my bag.

Bliss "That's Incredi-Peel"! Glycolic Resurfacing Pads
By now you know that I have problem skin. I am always struggling with breakouts, sometimes painful ones and have been on a 15 year journey to clear skin. I am essentially an acne SME (subject matter expert). I have been using these every night over the last few weeks since I recently had a terrible hormonal breakout and my skin is recovering miraculously. The leftover spots are fading super fast and my skin has NEVER been softer or smoother. What pores? Even with a few remaining bumps my skin is in fantastic condition. I feel like I am having a facial every night while I sleep. I plan to scale back to every other night with these once I get cleared up but they will forever be a part of my skincare routine.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil
I am really feeling a more natural lip look this Spring with lip gloss and lighter lipsticks. The NARS Velvet Matte lipstick pencil is just what I was looking for. It's a more casual version of lipstick. It goes on smooth but is not drying. The pigment is fantastic and it has great lasting power. I plan to stock up on more colors of these pencils ASAP.

Paul Mitchell "Hot Off The Press" Heat Spray
This spray is meant to go on dry hair right before you use a flat iron or curling iron. It not only protects your hair from the heat but it seams in split ends and frizz for a super smooth finish. I was having issues with getting my hair straight in the AM but by the time I got through breakfast and logged in at work I was starting to frizz. Not anymore! My hair is straight and smooth all day long. It really withstands the humidity. I sometimes give my hair a light spray to finish off the style too.

Butter London Nail Polish
I was recently looking for a safer nail polish and picked up a bottle Butter London because they do not add formaldehyde, toluene or DBP to any of their nail formulas. I have always admired the colors because they are just so incredible. After wearing these, I am completely converted. The quality is exceptional. I would rather have 5 bottles of Butter London than 30 bottles of OPI. I love how great it looks and it lasts for quite a long time compared to other polishes. I use the Butter London Nail Foundation base coat underneath.

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how to keep your fiddle leaf fig tree alive, how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, where to buy a fiddle leaf fig tree

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are very popular right now because they are so beautiful and really make a statement in a room. I found my two Fiddle Leaf trees at Lowe's and have managed to keep them thriving for about 6 months so far, even with one complete leaf droop episode with my little one. I do not have a green thumb and tend to prefer succulents because I can forget about them and they don't die. Although, truth be told, I have killed more than one succulent. Fiddle Leaf trees are known to be divas preferring a certain quality and quantity of sunlight, temperature, cleaning, fertilization, and water. But don't be discouraged, if I can keep them alive, I believe you can too!

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how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree

I water my Fiddle Leaf trees once a week with about 1 cup for the small tree and and 1 1/2 for the large tree. I water them outside since I have kept them in their original plastic containers so the water can drain and the roots dry out a bit (very important if storing in a basket). I put them in the shade and let them air dry before bringing them back inside.

At least once per month, dust the leaves gently with a clean cloth and either spritz with water or wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth. Once a quarter, I use coconut oil on the top side of the leaves to moisturize them and give the leaves a healthy shine. Be careful to only use a couple of drops or swipes from melted solid coconut oil so you don't "clog the pores" of the leaves. They need to be able to breathe and a little goes a long way. You are never supposed to put oil on the underside of the leaves. 

Fiddle Leaf trees prefer South Western light so put them by a door or window in that part of your house. You are not supposed to move them around a whole lot, if you do rotate them no more than once a month. We moved one of ours upstairs while we had our Christmas tree up and it got upset. The leaves were so droopy, it just looked hopeless. I finally, gave it more frequent waterings (once a week instead of once every 2 weeks) and moved it back to it's home downstairs and it came back to life. 

Tip: If you see the top leaves turning brown that could mean you have a fungus, see your local garden center for product recommendations if you think this is your issue. I have not had this problem but have heard of others who have so I am passing along this info. to you. 

Where to Buy?
You can visit Lowe's (where I got mine) or Home Depot locally or go online to order one from Home Depot for $29.97! I have also heard some people have found small trees at Ikea so you may want to check them out too.

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My Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are loving their baskets. Maybe because it allows more breathing room than a ceramic pot. Plus baskets are having a moment of their own in home decor (or did they every go away?). 

Here are my favorite baskets for Fiddle Leaf Fig trees: 

Hope these tips are helpful to you, if you have more recommendations, leave us all a comment below! 


winter layers, winter outfit ideas

In solidarity with everyone in the aftermath of the winter blizzard I felt it appropriate to pull out one of my favorite winter looks from my trip to Park City last year and give you some ideas for a warm but chic winter look.

Layering not just keeps you warm but creates a more interesting look. Here are my recent favorite neutral layering pieces. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm! 


lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpetTa-da! What do you think? I am so happy with the carpet we chose! And it was so fun going through all of the great options through Lowe's and finding this beautiful carpet, perfect for our new house. lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet
We chose Stainmaster TruSoft Berber carpet for a few reasons. When we were picking out our carpet we wanted quality, stain resistence, style, and softness. This carpet checked all of these boxes. I tried several Stainmaster carpets including the Pet Protect line but the TruSoft did better for stain removal than the Pet Protect did. I tested our carpet sample by putting pizza sauce, wet dirt, and apple juice in each corner and then used soap and water to treat the stain. I know, I should have photographed this but I didn't. Sorry, but you will have to take my word for it. The stains did come out even though the carpet is a light beige. Winner! 

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lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet, best patterned carpet, closet carpet
This stylish carpet, also by Stainmaster, stole my heart from the very beginning. I actually toyed with using this carpet all over but we decided it was too busy for the entire upstairs with all of the bedrooms, but we both loved it so we put it in our master closet. The chic herringbone pattern took our closet to a whole other level. From blah to beautiful! It is gorgeous. I love this carpet for the stairs especially but with the flow of our upstairs we couldn't make it happen.   
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lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet

I really can't get over how much more cushy this padding is under our new carpet and how soft and luxurious it feels to step out of bed in the morning. Totally worth the upgrade! Carpet is so important in your home as it is a base for your style and comfort. Now that we have the carpet done, it's time to buy furniture and start to decorate upstairs. We were holding off on doing this until we chose the carpet. 

My advice when choosing new carpet is to take your time and look at lots of samples. Order lots of samples in several shades to try out in your home in different rooms. Do a stain test on some of them to see how easily it will be to spot treat it. Be smart about your needs and what works for your family. I had such a great experience with Lowe's from start to finish and I would absolutely recommend them to you for your new carpet. 

Our Carpet: 

Be sure to check out the "before" shots and my review of the installation process here. I would love to hear from you, what do you think about the re-do? What questions do you have?

*Thank you to Lowe's for sponsoring this project. All opinions are my own.


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Hey there! I have been quite busy as of late, between getting life back to normal after the holidays, trying to kill it at work and oh yeah, a huge new carpet project. When we bought our house this was one of the top projects on our list to take care of within the first year. The first step was to head over to Lowe's and start ordering some carpet samples. I took my good 'ole time on this and I have to say the Lowe's flooring specialists were so great. I talked to them almost weekly as I chose samples and visited the store on more than one occasion to meet with them. Since this is such a big project, I wanted to make sure I chose wisely getting the best quality and style for our budget.

lowe's carpet installation review and before and after
As you can guess from these "before" shots, the brown shag carpet the previous owners had installed was completely not our style and had seen better days. We really wanted to brighten things up in the house and after tackling a complete re-paint of the interior the carpet was really dragging down the the look of house. 

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lowe's carpet installation review and before and after, lowe's home remodeling
During what I will call the "sample review period" a specialist was sent over to measure our upstairs and go over where seams would be. Once we chose our carpet, things moved forward quickly. We met with a Lowe's flooring specialist to choose our padding and finalize our carpet selections, yes selections- we decided on a fun carpet for the master closet! We placed our order and it only took a couple of weeks *even over the holidays* for our carpet to arrive at the warehouse and the installation company to schedule our installation. 

lowe's carpet installation review before and after
lowe's carpet installation review before and after
During the installation we were at home all day and for almost 1,300 square feet of carpeting it took from 10:30-about 5:00 for them to finish. I was so antsy and snuck upstairs to take a peek a couple of times during the installation. "Excuse me gentlemen, may I take a look around?" haha. The installation went well. I will say, I had to go around and touch up the trim after all was said and done. There was quite a bit of tool banging to get the carpet nice and tight. So be prepared for touch ups after. The specialist warned me about likely needing to touch up when she came to measure so I wasn't surprised. 

lowe's carpet installation review and before and after, lowe's home remodeling
The day after the installation, Lowe's called to check on the installation and see how everything went. I mentioned that when I was vacuuming the stairs I noticed a small wrinkle in the carpet. That evening the installers came back to the house and fixed it and also inspected all of the other stairs. I really appreciated the follow up and quick response to fix the issue. 

I am so happy that I got the opportunity to partner with Lowe's for this project, they were so great to work with. One of the reasons Lowe's came to mind when we were planning the carpet renovation was because I know they are super into helping you create a beautiful home with the best quality for your budget. My mother remodeled houses when I was growing up and I spent many hours (days, years of my life) with her at the local Lowe's Home Improvement store, let's just say I really know my way around ;). 

Overall, I am really pleased with the whole process. The flexibility, guidance, and professionalism from the Lowe's team was just what I hoped for. I can't wait to show you the finished product on Monday so check back for a tour including the master closet carpet. I will also share the carpet and padding we chose with you!

*Thank you to Lowe's Home Improvement for sponsoring this project. All opinions are my own.
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