Sunday, September 30, 2012

Master Bathroom Reveal

My bathroom is finally done!
I am not going to lie, it was a lot of hard work. But as always it is worth it in the end. 

See the bathroom progress here

Now lets get started on this photo overload. 

My Ikea Vanity

I customized it with new knobs from Home Depot and IKEA Overlays

The before hallway:

and the after:

The Before of the teeny tiny bathroom:

And the After:

Paint is Sterling by Behr
Vanity is from IKEA
Side table next to the vanity is from IKEA
Sink is from IKEA
Faucet is from IKEA
Medicine cabinet is from IKEA
Towel Rod is from Home Depot
Shower Head/faucet are from Home Depot
Shower curtain is from Urban Outfitters
Floor and shower tile is from Home depot
Baskets are from Home Goods
Orchid/candle is from Target
Apothecary jars are from Michael's (bought each one with a coupon)
Soap dispenser and cup is from Home Goods
Rug is from Home Goods

I think I listed everything, Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

My "new" record player

Ok, its not new. Its actually really old, but it is new to us!

My hubby found this treasure by a curb!
Off-course it didn't always look like this, but I saw the potential it had as soon as I saw it. 
The best thing is that it actually works! I have already started picking up records at thrift stores.

Now this beauty stands my living room:

Here is the before.

I am not sure when this was made. 
It has no stickers or tags inside.
The top is covered with particle board and the sides are actually plastic. 
Look at the nasty red fabric over the speakers, Gross!

I sanded the top and gave the whole thing a good cleaning. 

-I gave it one coat of Kiltz primer
-One coat of Crystal Blue by Valspar Signature in Semi Gloss
-I then glazed it with Martha Stewart metallic paint in equal parts of vintage gold and cast bronze.

-Then I gave it three coats of Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish

The sound is wonderful!
I have already picked up a few christmas records at Goodwill, I cant wait for the Holidays. 

I bought a small sheet of the radiator sheet cover, I think it goes very well with the original hardware (which I gave a good cleaning to)

Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Martha's Apple Pie

Its beginning to look a lot like fall, and with my leaves candle burning in the evenings, I was in the mood for some apple pie. I could not find my recipe that I have been using last year, so I went on the hunt for the perfect pie recipe. I found Martha Stewart's recipe

I didn't change a thing in the recipe, kept just like it said and the pie turned out perfect! In fact hubby couldn't believe that I made it. 

The crust is so flaky, the apples are delicious and slice holds up very well when sliced. This one is a keeper!! I will be making this pie over and over this fall and winter. 

So here is the recipe. Thank you Martha Stewart!


Have you tried this recipe? What are your thoughts?
Do you have the "perfect" pie recipe?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Get ready with me (plus an OOTD)

Good Morning my beautiful friends! 

Yesterday was Thursday and I was running some errands, and I thought, you know I haven't done an OOTD nor have I done any kind of makeup post in a while. Why not combine the two?

So in this post I show you the products I use on a daily basis. Thats when I need to get out of the house. 
Otherwise, I will probably be in sweats all day and only change before my hubby gets home ;)

I had some errands to run yesterday. My favorite kind of errands: shopping! I had to go to IKEA (Yipee!!), Target (double Yippe!!) and Costco. 

So I pried my eyes open early yesterday morning to do this (I went to bed very very late the night before, or I guess 2am is considered morning)

I was debating weather or not I should show you how I look in the morning, since it is pretty scary. But I will pretend to be strong and courageous and show it to you since I am pretty sure nobody rolls out of bed looking perfect. 

Thats what makeup is for , and I am obsessed with makeup as some of you may know, I can browse the makeup at drugstores and Sephora for hours, unfortunately that is not possible.

Good Morning to you! I am trying to look positive in this picture even though I can barely keep my eyes open. (I even managed a little smile, since I knew if I didn't I would look even more scarier) 

Yes, I purposely left this as a small photo because I don't want you seeing all of my hyperpigmentation and big under eye bags.

First thing I needed was a little wake me up, so into the shower I went. I put on my (very ugly) shower cap and hopped in.
I did not wash my hair (even though it is 3rd day hair already, but I am planning on doing a deep conditioning treatment tonight, so I didn't want to wash it yet)

-I just brushed my teeth (like I am sure all of you do in the 
-And I used my current body wash. 

I moisturized with my kiehl's ultra facial oil free lotion (to be quite honest it isn't one of my favorite ones, but I still want to use it up)

I used my Mario Badescu eye cream followed by Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Sunblock. This is actually my favorite sunblock since it is so runny, it soaks into my skin in seconds and I am ready to do my makeup. 

I skipped primer (I only wear primer on days when I am planning on wearing makeup all day)
I went straight to the concealers.
My absolute favorite holy grail concealer is the MUFE Full Cover. I have had this for about 6 months and use it practically everyday, and I still have about 1/4 of the tube left. A little goes a long way! In my opinion it is very well worth the $$!

I used Maybelline Age Rewind Dark circle eraser. This is OK, I wish I got a lighter color to brighten up my under eyes even more. 
I used my Clarins Ever Matte Foundation  (I thought I would try this one sine I LOVE my MUFE Matte Velvet +. But this one is not matte at all! It is, however a very nice light coverage foundation) I just use a pea size amount for my entire face since I already covered my hyperpigmentation with the concealer. This just helps even out my skin tone. 

I used my Sigma F84 Brush. If you have not tried a flat top kabuki brush to apply your foundation, you are missing out. I suggest you try the F80 or F84.

I set my makeup with Mac Prep + Prime finishing powder.
(this product is alright, It sets my makeup with out leaving me looking cakey, but I am not sure if I would purchase it again)

Next I used my Clarins Ombre Pallet (You may have seen it when I hauled it here)

I really like this pallet, it is kind of like a bronzer and blush in one. 
So I can get away without having to wear blush. 

When you have barely there, light, thin eyebrows like mine, you need to define them. It just completes your face. I just picked up this NYX eyebrow pallet at ulta recently and have been really liking it!

Now it is time for my favorite part of makeup, the eyes! I used the NAKED 2 (which my lovely sisters got for my birthday, thank you again my loves :) )

I used the colors: bootycall, tease, snakebite and suspect.

I am no makeup artist, but if you guys want, I can show you guys how I do eye makeup on my hooded eyes...

For the rest of my eyes, I just used a dark brown eyeliner by LORAC, my, Maybelline eye lash curler and my Loreal Voluminous mascara

Can't forget the lips. I LOVE using the the REVLON lip stains, I can honestly say that the lip stain lasts me until lunch time. I use the favorite lipgloss by clarins on top of that.

Now its time for the hair. When I am in a rush I just plop a hat on. (I love my fedora hats, I look put together, but little do people know I have a rats nest underneath... he he he)

But, since the kids were still sleeping I decided to take the time to do my hair.

I straightened my hair the day before, so I didn't need to do now.

Since it is my 3rd day hair, I used my all time favorite dry shampoo (and under $5 at walmart)

After some dry shampoo, a little teasing and some hairspray, my hair looked a little bit more presentable. :)
All done!! Now I feel confident and ready to tackle whatever the day may bring!!

It actually was cold today! I am so happy for fall :)

I wore what my hubby calls "my fisherman vest"  :P
I wore comfy socks with my booties and a large purse which doubled as my diaper bag.

Vest, blouse: OLD NAVY, Jeans: Nordstrom (old)
Booties: Kohls (on sale now!), Bag: Micheal Kors

I hope you enjoyed this post. :)

I tag all you readers to do a "Get ready with me post." I would love to see them all!!

If you have any questions, let me know :D

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September 2012 Birchbox

I received my September Birchbox today, I always get so excited when I see it in the mail. 

Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 5-6 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You know how I love trying out new products? Well, with the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box

Here is my box:

1. BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir : perfume sample. Full size is $47-$83. I like the fact it has a spray pump attached to the sample. The scent has fruit and a base of jasmine.  

2. Color Club Custom Birchbox Polish. In color Put a Pn in It Full Size $8

I am actually kind of glad I got this shade since I wouldn't wear any of the other shades they had:

3. twistband. Set of 6 $14. I got one of theses before in black. I find them cute to wear on your wrist incase you need to pull your hair up. However after a few uses the black one got hard and not as soft. I am not sure if the elastic dried up or what happened. This new one feels soft, we will see if it happens  to this one to. 

4. Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. Full Size $34. This I am actually excited to try! It is Paraben Free, Sulfate free and 99% natural. 

5. WEI to Go. Sleep Over Kit. Full size $19. This come with 2 face wash packets and one packet of a tinted moisturizer. I actually have never heard of this brand, but I am excited to try out the tinted moisturizer

EXTRA: the extra this month is 3 different sized makeup brush guards. I have been wanting to order some on amazon for my brushes, so this will give me a chance to try them before I do. 

That is my birchbox this month. What did you get in yours?

Refinishing my mirror with Martha Stewart Metallic Paint

Hello my beautiful readers. Today I have another project to show you. 

Check out my new mirror in my Master Bedroom. 

Isn't it just gorgeous? See the before picture below.

(Pardon the towel under the mirror, I want the dresser to completely cure before I place anything on it)

Can you believe that this is the same mirror?

If you want to know how I refinished the mirror, keep reading:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Own Closet!

I have wanted my own closet for a very, very long time. 
I used to share my closet with my hubby, but not anymore! (No, I did not move his things to the guest room closet although at times I was tempted to.  We actually built him his own closet) :)

This is the only space in the whole house which belongs to 
just me! 

The other day I locked the door in the bathroom, and got comfy in the closet and did my nails while the hubby watched the kids. It was wonderful not to have any interruptions :)

Here is all the info you might need:

The closet system we used was Closet Maid from Home Depot
Two Corner units stacked $77.98 each
Four stackable shelves $9.48 each
Total Cost: $282.88

The bench I had (from kids room- We switched rooms for them, and there was no space for it anymore.)

The wall color is Pelican by Valspar
The stenciled used is the Morrocan stencil from Cutting Edge
The paint color used for the stencil is Designer White from Behr

First let me show you the before pics:

OK, now I can show you the AFTER

So please come in and take a look:

On this side I keep my tops and skirts.
I keep them organized by color

This bench is useful to sit down when I need to buckle or tie my shoes

I sewed a new cushion and made these tack boards for my statement pieces.
(If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen this)

In the bench cubbies I keep my belts and slips

My hats are up above in my "self made" shelf which is a left over from another project. I just placed it up above. (I still need to get the brackets for this)

I love the deep corner shelves, they fit so much stuff!

On the very top I keep my floppy sun hats.
The 1st shelf is for my purses
2nd shelf is for T shirts and sweaters
3rd shelf is for my jeans and skirts
4th shelf is for sweats, work out clothes and painting clothes
and the last shelf is for my boots

On the hanging rod I keep my maxi skirts at the very left
then I keep my jackets and blazers
The rest of the items are clothes that I have just bought, but have not worn yet. (At the moment I have been picking up some fall pieces)

These stackable shelves are from Home Depot
However they do not fit high heels which are more then 3 inches tall ( they are not listed as shoe racks, but it was the only thing I could find which fit in this space)

 My perfume tray is up above for now.
The little candle holder holds all of the tiny perfume samples.

Here you can see my dresses.

I keep all the maxi dresses on the right. 
The rest of the dresses I organize by sleeve length and color.

Under the dresses, I keep another shoe rack.
Remember these glitter shoes I made? They still look great!

This is where I keep the heels which did not fit in the shelves I bought.
I keep one shoe in front of the other, this way I can fit 4 different pairs on one shelf.

Above the shoes are some clutches and scarves

I keep square scarves in the black box and the rectangle and infinity scarves folded on the shelf below.

On the top shelf I keep my acrylic boxes from The Container Store where I keep some watches, bracelets, glasses, head bands and my nail stuff. 
The nail polish rack is from Amazon

And because I could not resist, here is my beautiful "art work":

Thank you so much for visiting :)

If you have any questions, please let me know :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

His Closet (plus a sneak peek of mine!)

I really wanted my own closet. I was tired of having all my clothes cramped and not being to tell what is what.  Alhtough at times I was tempted to "nicely" move all of my hubby's clothes to the guest room, I just couldn't do it.
So we decided to build a second closet in our room to have his/her closets.

I posted my closet before we started to work on it here. You can take a look at it, just to see how cramped it was ;)

We had this little nook in our master bedroom. I really don't know what it was for. Maybe a reading nook? A place to stash a baby crib in your room? I don't know,  I used it for my vanity area. It was nice and bright here, however... It was always a mess. So I was OK on using this space for a closet, if it meant that I could have a closet for myself. 

Hubby built a doorway with 2X4s, put sheet rock on it and then we hired people to mud the doorway and spray it with texture, after that I painted everything and Hubby installed the door. 

If this closet wasn't so small, I would have claimed it as my own. Because the window makes it so bright and airy. 

I can not wait to show you my closet! It still needs a few finishing touches. 

But here is a sneak peek :