Wednesday, October 7, 2015

One Room Challenge!

I can't even believe this but here we go again!  

Seriously...what am I doing?

The One Room Challenge bug has bit again!  This is kind of addictive actually and I had another room at White Oaks Ranch I really needed to tackle. starts the next six weeks of panic and me begging people to help me meet my deadlines and on and on.

For those of you who are new to the ORC, I'll give you a short little summary of what you can expect.  In a nutshell, twenty bloggers have been coaxed into attempting to do the impossible by an amazing lady named Linda, the blogger behind Calling It Home.  Well, maybe that was a little bit dramatic?  We are really just transforming a room over a six week period, sharing our progress, our inspiration, and our sources with you along the way through our regular Wednesday posts.

Last season, the dining room at White Oaks Ranch was transformed into a magical room that we all just love spending time in.  My uncle had a dinner party in there just last week and he said that no one would leave because it just feels good in there!

 This round I am excited to tackle the living room at White Oaks.  As you can see from the "before" pictures below, It needs it.  Just like the dining room, I hasn't been touched in a while....a long while...and let's just say that the fashions have changed... a lot.

But beyond our evolving tastes, there are really a few problems that we need to solve in the living room.  First of all, it is just kind of boring. The colors are blah and the room doesn't excite or invite.  Secondly, the rug is way way way too small and makes the room feel shrimpy.  Most importantly, when we are there, we are typically a pretty big crew of family and friends and we need more seating and spaces for everyone to relax.  Hopefully, this challenge will help me overcome these challenges and create a space that makes us want to gather and create memories.

Next week I will show you my inspiration.  I'm so excited about the plans and I'm on my knees praying that I will be able to pull it off!  I hope you will follow along with me!  I couldn't have done it without you last round!

I'll end every post in this series with this list of the other participants (who are just as nutty as I am to take something like this on) that I hope you will follow along with too:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dreamy Vanity

You have heard me say it before - I cherish my time at my vanity table!  I love closing the door to my dressing room and taking a seat and going through my beauty routine!  

Here are a few of my favorite products.  What do you have at yours?

My vanity is not quite so fancy but in my dream old hollywood movie set world, I would have one like this!

Clinique Skinny Stick and Chubby Lash - These are my new favorites.  I love love love the thin easy line that the skinny stick makes and the mascara makes you look like you have false lashes on!

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer - Award winning and I understand why!

I keep all of my brushes and liners in an Enamel Metal Cup.

I love to fancy up my makeup area a bit with pretty trinkets and bottles.  I'm crazy about this Murano Glass Vanity Set 

 The Oud Candle is fabulous for fall.

This Moroccan Leather Poof  is comfy and colorful and the bohemian seating takes the formal out of the fancy vanity.

Mason Pearson Brush - A classic that lasts forever.

Orbie Dry Texturizing Spray - If you see me having a bad hair day, it is because I ran out of this stuff.

Renee Rouleau Toning Cloths - I love all of Renee's products but these toning cloths are an addiction.

Beauty Bioscience's  4-in-1 Tinted Skin Perfector SPF 30  - I got this as a party favor recently and I'm crazy about it!  Crazy!  It's fantastic!

Hermes Catch-all tray - Perfect place to set your jewels while you make up your face.

I seriously don't love fake flowers but this Set of three faux peonies is so cute and would make you feel so fancy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Please Join Me!

Alright, yes, I do know that it is going to be in the 90s today but, in spite of the temps, I'm still so excited about the holidays!  I love them all but Christmas is by far my favorite!

I hope you will join me on October 10th at Dillard's Northpark for a presentation of some of my favorite holiday recipes and holiday decorating tips so that you can get a jump start on your holiday planning.  

Doors to the seminar will open at 10:30 and my first presentation will begin at 11 with a second seminar at 2!  We are going to have loads of fun and I want you to be a part of it!