+ SEEING SPOTS!

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I've always loved a good punch of a bold black and white print in any outfit or room, and the past couple of years I've very happy to see that the black and white spotted pattern has been found anywhere from fashion to home decor. Most recently I picked up a pair of inexpensive flats that add a touch of sass to a pair of jeans and sweater (see below, link above- also, tangent- if you haven't picked up Erin Gates book, Elements of Style yet I highly recommend! Exciting to see a blogger who you've read for years put out a book).



Anyway, I could be wrong, but it seems as though the spotted trend started after the lovely Brunschwig and Fils snow leopard pattern 'Les Touches' became popular in the design world.

Here are a few of my favorite images (all from pinterest) I found that have either used that gorgeous Les Touches pattern, or something close to it...







Lastly, there are many DIY projects out there to re-create this look on your own.  Huge fan of Little Green Notebook's bulletin board she did a while back: 








+ MY DOGS ARE'NT BARKING.


Wanted to quickly pop in and say how much I love this pair of pumps I picked up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (still going until Monday!).  I tried to find the leopard in my size as well and it's currently sold out.  Highly recommend.  The calf hair looks very rich in person and these could easily be dressed up or dressed down.  Most importantly, I wore them for over 10 hours and my dogs aren't barking.  They fit true to size for me.  They are currently $59.90, going back up to $89.95 after the sale ends!

                                                                leopard/black 



+ NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE!



1. MAC Brushes, 2. Bangle, 3. Watch, 4. Jacket, 5. Bras (awesome bra- so comfortable), 6. Nike
7. Clutch, 8. Necklace, 9. Booties, 10. Leggings 


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today! MAC put out my favorite set of brushes this year. Typically they don't have this full set. It's a few brushes I would never use- but, this year they put out the best set. The same set I bought 10 YEARS ago and still use today. I highly recommend it! I also threw in a few other fun items worth checking out during the sale. Even if you aren't sure, always best to lock in the Anniversary price (they have free shipping & returns) and then return later.  Seems to be the best time to pick up a couple of fall investment pieces (if you are planning to do that this year - boots, jackets, handbag, etc.).

+ AN AFTERNOON OF ORGANIZING

Recently it had come to my attention that our hall closet was out of control.  Since over a year ago when we had move in it had evolved into storage for anything from hair products to blenders.  I couldn't open it without feeling overwhelmed, yet I had to open it daily during my morning routine.  Let's take a look at what I'm talking about:


It's a disaster.  The once organized shelves are now in disarray.  Not only was it driving me nuts to look at it, but it was causing me to overbuy.  I would think we needed more toothpaste when in reality there was a tiny basket in the way back that had an abundant supply.  I just had no clue it was there.  Finally I could stand it no more, I decided to load up on caffeine and tackle it.

First step, unloading what was in the closet and categorizing:


This is the moment when anxiety can kick in during an organizing project...for a few reasons.  1. You ask yourself- How the hell am I going to fit ALL of that stuff back into that small closet?  2. Regret.  I should have never done this.  I could be relaxing on the patio with a glass of wine and the new Domino right now...yet I chose to do THIS.  In this moment the best thing to do is begin to go pile by pile and purge as much as possible.  After you've purged enough the project becomes much more manageable.  Then you are ready to assess the new mess and begin to think about how you want to organize.


I looked back at the now empty closet and started to measure.  This way I could really maximize the space.  By the way, I knew I already wanted to use these baskets


A while back I bought them for our fridge but we never liked them.  In fact we loathed them.  They took up way too much space and were not functional.  I decided to use them as under bed storage for small items that we had no place to store.  Now I love them.  They are easy to pull in and out their transparency allows you to see what you have stored in them.  After a quick trip to the Container Store to pick up a few more-  I was all set.  I started grouping the items into the baskets (I used the small and medium sizes).  

Here is the after!


It's incredible how much space we gained back by using the same type of storage bins instead of a mix of baskets, bins, etc.  We've been using this space now for a few weeks and it has stayed exactly like this! Everything has it's place now. AND, the shoe storage on the door is empty!  I can't believe we gained space! 

 I used these chalkboard gift tags to label all the baskets.

After this overhaul I realized I have too much product.  I always knew I had an excess, but this is borderline hoarding status.  I get the ipsy bags, samples when I order my go to makeup items, etc. and they just have added up.  I dedicated two full baskets to mostly samples.  Labeled one "eye makeup" and the other "lips/face" (there is also one extra basket dedicated to hair samples- nuts).  Now if I want to mix up my daily beauty routine I pull one of these baskets out to try something new.  I'm so glad I actually followed through with this project.  Now it's time to tackle another disaster zone....



+ for most of my favorite products seen in this post you can follow this beauty link 

+ 3 NEW FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

3 new (to me) beauty products I've got to share!

1. My sister introduced me to It Cosmetics CC cream and I'm pretty obsessed.  It gives you incredible coverage (although still love this product it just doesn't give you as much coverage as the below).  It's paraben free and cruelty free.  Link is here.  I use the "light" color.



2. I received a sample of this product with the purchase of the above.  I should honestly take a picture of the before and after using this primer.  It gives you an amazing base on the lid to allow the color to stick and STAY all day.  It's almost as if I got new eyeshadows because they look so different with a coat of this on my eyelid before I apply them.  As someone who doesn't want to fuss with too many products during my a.m. beauty routine, I find the extra 10 seconds to apply this stuff!  Talk about marketing done well.  I was sold off of a small sample!  By the way, I hear that people in the beauty blogging world are obsessed with Urban Decay's palettes.  I would love to try this one.



3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer is also a recco from my sister.  It is awesome!  Add under the eyes, tip of the nose, center of the chin, brow bone and a little on the forehead for some highlighting.  You could follow the face map here.  It is very moisturizing and does not dry out the skin.  Another product that is very quick to apply!  I use the "fair" color.


Any new favorite beauty products you've been using lately? 






More favorite beauty products here and here!  

+ DIY: GOLD LEAF SEAHORSE ART


It's been way too long!  How is everyone?  I meant to get this post up a month ago but of course life got in the way.  What's new, right?  Anyway, a while back I saw an image (which I have hunted for and for the life of me CANNOT find because I'd love to give credit to the inspiration) of a gold leaf seahorse and had to have it. Turns out the art was around $400 and not in my budget.  I decided to DIY the project myself with a little gold leaf kit, a seahorse stencil, frames I already owned, and some white craft paper. 

 the kit I bought online, you can get it here

the stencil I purchased here, the 11" reusable 

To start, I taped down my stencil on craft paper.  From there, all I did was follow the instructions on the gold leaf package.  After following all the steps on the packaging, gently remove your stencil.  The only thing I didn't do was apply the top coat that they provide.  And, that's it!  It definitely took some time because I had to do 3. Tedious project, but I'm very happy with the end results!


Also, never got around to showing the paint color in the bedroom.  This was done in Benjamin Moore Gray Owl at 50% formula.  I'll have to take a picture of the entire room soon so you can see the color better.  Which I guess means I'll post that next month...



Sources: Headboard is Joss & Main that I covered with a RH striped duvet.  Euro pillows are Caitlin Wilson, the rest of the bedding is RH, and lastly- the frames are RH.
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