Pin of the Day: Franken Nails

Courtesy of nailfilesfromthebasement.blogspot.com

How fun are these for a Halloween Party? Find some bright green polish and use a nail art pen (or a thin sharpie!) to paint on the stitches. I have found a lot of great Halloween nail ideas…perhaps another Inspiration Board is on the way? These are on my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

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Inspiration: Pumpkins!

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins. While carving them up is the classic route, I found tons of creative ways to dress up these seasonal favorites without getting out the carving set. Don’t forget, if you use real pumpkins you can throw in the silica gel from shoeboxes to keep them from molding. They’re all saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Glowing Polka-Dot Pumpkins, courtesy of strawberry-chic.blogspot.com/

Mouse Motel Pumpkin, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Crayon Drip Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Twig Tree, courtesy of aprimitiveplace.blogspot.com/

Monogrammed Pumpkin, courtesy of sisusa.blogspot.com/

Glitter Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

Spray Paint and Stencils, courtesy of allyou.com

Color-Blocked Pumpkins, courtesy of chatelaine.com

Striped Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Gilded Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Glitter Chevron Pumpkin, courtesy of kappaprep.com

Glue & Epsom Salts for a Sparkle Pumpkin, courtesy of davisdaybyday.blogspot.com/

Instagram Photo Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com/

Easy Polka-Dot Pumpkin, courtesy of homestoriesatoz.com

Lentil-studded Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

More gilded pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com

Lacy Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Cookie-Cutter Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Glam Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Button Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Monogram Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Painted Pumpkins, courtesy of lacquerandlinen.com

Rhinestone Pumpkin, courtesy of flickr.com/photos/frykitty/6191774556/

Candy Corn Pumpkins…great for a weirdly shaped pumpkin! Courtesy of BHG.com

Pastel Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Spraypainted Doily Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Dressed Up Pumpkin, courtesy of centsationalgirl.com

Pearl Studded Pumpkins, courtesy of fabulouskblog.com

Message on a Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Washi Tape Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Chalkboard Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Silhouette Pumpkin, courtesy of HGTV.com

Intricately Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of alisaburke.blogspot.com/

Vinyl State Decal Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Burcu Avsar

Decoupaged Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Miki Duisterhof

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic. Courtesy of freshhomeideas.com

Whew.

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Monogrammed Keychain

In the mood to spend between $35-50 on a keychain? Me neither. However, if you ARE, I would recommend these without hesitation:

These cuties are from Invite Cottage and for $34.95 +$9.00 shipping, they could be yours. If you want to punch it up a bit, they will craft you one from a Lilly Pulitzer fabric too!

It’s a prep explosion.

These are heading to my Gifted Giving Board. I think this could be a fantastic wedding shower gift with the bride’s new initials!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: 7 ways to Ruffle

I love a good ruffle. see kate sew has the simplest guide to creating 7 unique and adorable ruffles on her fantastic blog.

Head over to the original post to get the quick (literally, most of them are 1 sentence) tutorial on how to get your desired ruffle. If you love them as much as she does, there are a ton of ruffle resources on her site as well. Just adorable. This pin is heading to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Sensational Standard Sized Bathrooms

We are in the process of looking for a house in downtown Orlando. The problem is…the houses in downtown Orlando. We have toured some charming houses, most of them built anywhere from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. What is not so charming about them is the bathrooms. We walk all the way through,  I’m mentally repainting walls and refinishing floors and my husband is mentally adding up the cost of all my projects. Then we get to the bathrooms and we both start mentally throwing up. Here are some examples.

Don’t you want them all?

I have stood in these bathrooms. They smelled.  One of them did not even have a working shower, they were using the shower as a giant litter box for their cats. So, yes, we would have to gut them all. I don’t think my husband can pee into a pink toilet. So browsing for some inspiration, I came across a great post from SAS Interiors featuring 12 standard-sized bathrooms that some clever folks have made livable! Cute bathrooms for normal people! Read the whole post (totally worth it!) but here are my 2 faves.

In this bathroom by YHL, they used open elements like the storage under the sink and removing the doors on their linen closet to make this little bathroom seem bigger. I love it!

How cheerful is this? It was featured in BHG and I think it’s fabulous.

So, here’s hoping I land in a house that one of those clever people have ALREADY gotten a hold of. I can’t look at more peach tile. I’m saving these bathroom makeovers to my Decor Digest Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

Review: Sundari and T’eez!

My latest Bloom.com Ambassador box was packed with spectacular hair products. Since one of the products (Sundari’s Neem and Coconut Oil Treatment) is more of a long-term use product, and the other two (T’eez Build Me Volume Spray and Bounce Me Styling Cream) are “every time you style” products, I decided to do one great big review for both.

Sundari Neem and Coconut Oil Treatment

Sundari means “a beautiful woman” in Sanskrit. This is such a unique company because of their adherence to Ayurvedic principles (read more here). Of course, green gal that I am, I had to check out the ingredients first. This treatment oil passed with FLYING colors!

According to their website, Sundari products are formulated with organic ingredients when possible, no synthetic fragrances or dyes are used in the products, essential oils used are therapeutic grade, they do not test on animals, and all products are dermatologist tested. I was good to go. (Love Bloom for providing so many green beauty choices!)

I received three sample packets of the Neem and Coconut Oil Treatment. Lucky me, I already had one from a previous Bloom order I had placed (love those free samples!) and had used on my hair the week before I got my July Ambassador box. To use, you apply the oil to your hair and scalp, and leave on for at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight. I have longer hair and it is very thick and dry, so I concentrated on my dry scalp and ends, but I only ever left it on for 30 minutes to an hour. I found one packet was enough for my length and thickness of hair, you just need to really work it in. I know the smell of products is always controversial, but I LOVED this scent. It is soft and not overpowering at all, but very unique. I was super concerned that the oily product would not wash completely out of my hair but it washed out perfectly and did not leave a residue (my worst fear!). I styled as usual (blow dryer and spot-straightening) as this product has another great feature: heat protection!

Over the weeks I used this product I noticed my hair felt thicker and stronger, and I had less flyaways. Since I have curly hair, I can either let it dry naturally or blow it our straight, and this product improved my hair so much that both my styles were also improved. I like that you use it once a week but you still reap the benefits even when you do not use it right before washing and styling. Check out my pictures below, both taken in the last couple days (and styled with my other great hair products) to see my final product!

A packet is .13 oz (4mL) and the full size on Bloom.com is 3.4 oz (100mL) so I would probably estimate I could get a good 25 uses out of the full size. FOr $34, I think it is on the high end but a fair price. Also, it works wonders, so really…it’s worth it.

T’eez Build Me Volume Spray and Bounce Me Styling Cream

T’eez was launched in 2008 by nationally known and published hairstylist Thomas Sena. His philosophy is “Why develop a product line unless it works better than what’s available?” It is a simple lineup of essential hair products. I also love each product’s sassy name. I got to try 2 of them (I was really impressed). I tried looking for a complete ingredients list for the spray because I only received a sample, but I couldn’t find it. The cream, however, did have a lot of paraben action. Sigh. However, there were also a lot of ingredients to love, too. From their brand page on Bloom.com…

“Plant extracts such as avocado oil, sweet almond oil, safflower oil, and wheat germ oil add conditioners, emollients, and fatty acids to hair to keep it soft, shiny, manageable, and healthy. Rosemary is another favorite of T’eez due to its ability to encourage growth, and add volume and glossiness to hair. Finally, amino acids and plant proteins are added to keep your hair strong, elastic, and frizz-free.”

The volume spray is up first. I used it when blow drying my hair out with a natural boar bristle round brush. I sprayed it at the roots of each section of damp hair before I dried it. The smell is so great – really fresh, smelled like a great salon! My main concerns with volume sprays are always that they will be sticky and leave a residue and that they will cause my hair to get dirty faster and I will have to shampoo more often. I am pleased to say this did neither of those things! The volume also LASTS. I go several days between washing and drying, so when I find a product that keeps the volume up during that time I get REALLY excited! Here is my final product (don’t forget about the oil treatments I described above too)!

Build Me Volume Spray, Blow-dried

Thrilled.

Next, I tried the Bounce Me Styling Cream. It is an all-purpose cream, meaning I also could have used it on my blowout, but I was really excited to give it a try on my curls. I really can’t stand wearing my hair in its natural curls because in order for me not to look like a cavewoman I have to put SO MUCH product on my hair it gets really crunchy and horrible. I have been told my hair has a nice curl to it, and I agree, but I just have not found a product that helps me style it. This cream is the best I have used. I just applied it from root to tip on wet hair and let it dry naturally. I have never had my curls so smooth and shiny. When I touched my hair, it felt like hair and not like a brillo pad. The scent of this one is amazing, too. My hair was not even completely dry in this pic but it only got better as my hair dried and the curls got tighter.

Using Bounce Me Cream and air dried!

Again, thrilled.

Now, these don’t come cheap – if I wanted to go buy both of them right now I would spend over $40. I did not get a full size of the spray, but I did get a full size cream, and it is VERY generous. For how much I wear my hair in curls (although it may be more now) I think it will last me a long time. If that is any indication of the volume spray and considering how little liquid you really use in a spray bottle, I would say again, these are on the high end but not unattainable and certainly worth it for their quality.

I was really happy with all three hair products I tried out. I would highly recommend them all!

Cheers,

Caroline

Review: Stila Spring Palettes

As part of my June Bloom Beauty Ambassador Kit, I got to try out 2 of Stila’s Spring Palettes: In the Garden and In the Moment. They are $39 at Bloom.com. I think it’s a great price for an assortment of 10 eyeshadows.

In The Garden Palette

In the Garden is a collection of botanical- inspired shades. They are all shimmery, which was not my favorite – I like matte eyeshadows as well and when you are buying a collection of 10 different eyeshadows, I would prefer some variation. Here is a look I did using “nectar”, “sage”, “moss”, and “juniper” shades:

 

I love posting creepy close-ups of my eyes. Next…

In The Moment Palette

In the Moment has light baby pinks, pale lavenders, deep plums, mid-tone neutrals, and sparkly black. It was definitely my favorite of the two. Here is the look I did using the “instinct”, “impulse”, and “glance” shades:

Like I said, I liked them both, but In the Moment was definitely my favorite! As someone who does not wear heavy makeup everyday, I was pleased that these are not super potent and to get them very dark you need to apply quite a lot. Perfect for spring!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

eddieross.com

mommadanddaboyz.combeantownbaker.com

vanessachristenson.com

bunchesofbliss.com

alloftheaboveblog.com

stylemepretty.com

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Chickadee Cupcake Picks

Check out these amazing food picks from BHLDN! They are fabric chickadees and according to their website, no two are alike! They are so lovely and unique!

I want to start baking right now! They could also be used for hors d’ouevres…I’m in love. Not to mention they are tiny birds, my favorite thing ever! Saving these to my Aviary Assortment Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Rifle Paper Company

This is really sort of a hybrid post – it’s my Pin of the Day and also a Website to Watch…in that I want you to check out this amazing paper company’s website! If you are lucky enough to live in Central Florida like me, you can go to their ADORABLE shop in Winter Park, or one of the many amazing stores they are in across the country! Here are a few of my favorite designs:

Whoa. I just blacked out for a second. So, this is an “image heavy” post. I mean, how wonderful is their stuff? I love stationery and really all things paper so their designs are extra thrilling for me but there’s no denying they’re all beautiful. These designs (and many more to come) can be found on my Paper Portfolio Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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