August 22nd, 2014 · Print
It’s that time of year again: this weekend is the MTV VMAs!
As you guys know, music is a huge part of my life — I love everything from sixties classics to the freshest new songs on the radio each month. When I fall in love with a song, I can listen to it nonstop for days — so I get extra excited for that part of awards season that recognizes the incredible array of current musicians!
I know you guys are all going to tune in this Sunday, but to get in the spirit a little early, I threw a small VMA viewing party for a few of my girlfriends! The fashion on the VMA red carpet is always bold and exciting, so we teamed up with Procter & Gamble and CVS to play around with some fun new beauty products.
We got to try some amazing P&G products in a special “#LOOKSTHATROCK in a Box” party kit, and I fell completely in love with them! I like to think of myself as a bit of a beauty guru, but this party brought me a brand new discovery and obsession: COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara! This mascara has two wands, so your lashes get length as well as thickness — I wasn’t sure if it was just a gimmick, but once I tried it, I was a total convert! And the COVERGIRL Outlast Illumina lip color is another huge favorite — this mauve shade was just subtle enough and super flattering (I’m wearing it in the photos below)! If you want to try for yourself, head over to www.cvs.com/VMA, and you can see all the special offers on P&G beauty brands at CVS!
Also, tune in with me for a #LOOKSTHATROCK red carpet Twitter party for the VMAs on Aug. 24 at 8pm/7c! We’ll be talking red carpet beauty, fashion, and much more! You can post your own #LOOKSTHATROCK with P&G products from CVS — it’s so much fun to recreate those awesome red carpet looks at home!
August 20th, 2014 · Print
I’ve written before about how when we bought our house, we had put all of our savings in to the down payment and building the pool, which meant that we had basically no budget to decorate it. So instead of spending a ton of money on furniture or decor items, we made do with what we could find. We bought a lot online, we kept a bunch of pieces from the prior owner, and we tried our best not to stress if something wasn’t 100% perfect.
But, two years later, I started to realize that some of the stuff I wasn’t crazy about — the stuff that was fine for six months or a year after we moved in — was still hanging around.
Take, for instance, our “breakfast nook.”
Here’s what it looked like before:
Big difference, no? It was pretty awful. That brown table belonged to the prior owners of our house — it more or less matched their decor, but it was really not my style.
Actually, that’s too nice. I hated it.
But it was there, and it functioned as a table, so for two years, I just kept it.
However, a few weeks ago, Lulu and Georgia offered me some pieces from their beautiful website — and I figured this was a great opportunity to update our little nook. I picked up a white table from Ikea and matched it to their Xandra chair. I wanted a light, bold, breezy look for this little corner, and the clear lucite chairs were exactly right.
I’d like to think that our home style could be described as “bold-bright” meets “rock and roll,” and this room captures the essence of that. And it only took me two years to get here!
Ever since designing our nursery, I’ve been bitten by the home decor bug. Look for more posts like this in the future as I tackle our house, one room at a time!
Check out the chairs on Lulu and Georgia here, as well as the picture frame and throw pillows here and here!
August 18th, 2014 · Print
It happened this week.
I was in our house one morning, feeding the dogs, when suddenly I realized that baby Bear had been quiet for about five minutes. Not a peep.
What did I do? Obviously, I panicked. The kid was clearly dead, in some sort of SIDS/parental neglect catastrophe that had occurred the second I turned my back. (Never mind that he was safely in the Pack-and-Play: in my mind, something terrible had happened.)
So I race over, and what do I find?
This happy baby. Just sitting there, playing with his toys. Not making a peep.
File this one under: Happy baby, Happy mama.
And, gosh, you guys. Isn’t he so freaking cute?