Spring Cleaning: Beauty Cabinet Makeover!

March 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments


A few weeks ago, I did something *long* overdue: I cleaned out my beauty cabinets!

I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized.  It’s funny — I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag.  Basically, it’s just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out. 

And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers and shelves full of beauty products, which get so disorganized that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them!  So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh.

This was my rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay.  You can actually hang onto many products for much longer than that, but I wanted to toss a LOT of products, so I set my timeline a little shorter. 

And then, I organized!  I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves.  Instead, I used them to line my drawers, creating mini compartments for everything I needed.  Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything in its place, clean and de-cluttered.

I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products!  And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy!  Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.


Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.

Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).

Three Years or More:
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.

So there you have it!  Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?



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IKEA Hemnes Dresser DIY!

February 21st, 2014 · 15 Comments


I’m not completely finished with our nursery yet, but I wanted to share one of my most exciting projects with you guys: this DIY dresser!

So, let me make this fully clear: I do not consider myself a crafting wizard. Most DIY projects are way too tricky and time-consuming for me, and I tend to generally avoid them. But this one is just so easy, I felt like it would be cruel if I didn’t share it!

(Also, I have a secret weapon: my father in law is incredibly handy, and lives 20 minutes away, which is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to me. It means that when I start being all “I wonder if it’s safe to inhale spray paint at four months pregnant,” my awesome mother and father in law swoop in and remove the paint can from my general proximity ASAP!)

But even without handy in-laws, this is one you guys can attempt at home! I love IKEA furniture — once it’s constructed, don’t get me started on the actual assembly process — but sometimes it tends to be a little bit… plain. It’s pretty and it’s well-built, but their designs are sometimes just too simple for my taste.

Which means that it’s time to dress them up!

For this project, you need:

A set over Overlays. I bought the Anne set for the Hemnes dresser, which is available here.

The IKEA Hemnes dresser ($299, available here)

Liquid Nails

Double-Side Mounting Tape, to use while you’re spray painting the Overlays

Spray Paint

Dresser Knobs (I found mine on eBay here)

My step-by-step photos are below, but I also have a few tips you should know about!

First, when you spray paint the Overlays, use the mounting tape (make sure it’s the removeable kind) to elevate them slightly from whatever they’re resting on (we used cardboard).  That way, you can spray paint the sides of the overlays more easily, and they won’t stick to the backdrop.

Also, when you’re attaching the Overlays to the drawers, use only a small amount of Liquid Nails, because you don’t want to get any on the rest of the dresser.

Other than that, this is a pretty quick, easy DIY project that produces an amazing, gorgeous result!




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House Tour!

September 30th, 2013 · 17 Comments

HouseTour1I’ve been wanting to put up this post for such a long time, but it’s been so hard to decide when our house was finally “done.” Even after a year, I’m still tweaking things all the time — adding new pieces to the walls, finding little accents pieces, and even moving furniture around — but at some point, it becomes time to silence the it could be a tiny bit better voice, and just say: This is it. This is how I decorated our house, and I’m quite proud of how it turned out.

Another thing I’m quite proud of: it was done for very little money. Putting down the down payment on this house essentially drained our savings, but that wasn’t all — from the second we saw this place, we knew that it needed a pool. So, literally within weeks of moving in, we had a pool company bring the idea in my head to life (I basically slowed them a Pinterest photo and asked them to adapt it to our backyard) and we’d signed a contract to have them put it in.

One little wrinkle.  We’d hoped to put the cost of the pool into our mortgage so that we wouldn’t have to pay the whole cost in cash, but our very conservative bank told us ‘not a chance’ when we brought it up. So, weeks after closing on a very expensive house, we suddenly had to get our hands on quite a bit of extra money to put in the pool.

Here’s where I’d like to say that we robbed a bank or won the lottery, but instead… we saved. We basically took our disposable income down to zero the summer that we moved into our house, putting off buying new clothes, taking trips and many, many other luxuries, so that we could put as much of our paychecks into our savings account (and then, immediately after, into the hands of the pool company) as we possibly could. And we did it — it wasn’t easy, but by the time the final payment came due, we’d saved more than enough. I’m actually quite proud of that, because I know that if we’d financed it, we never would have paid it off this quickly, and it likely would still be hanging over our heads a year later.

But, to make a long story short, because we were saving so carefully for the pool, our budget for decorating was very, very low. And yet, we were moving from a small two-bedroom apartment into a four-bedroom house, with things I’d never even dreamed of when we lived in New York (a dining room! a tv room! an office that isn’t one of the bedrooms!). Basically, we were moving a New York couple’s amount of stuff into a Texas-sized house… eek.

We were able to buy a bunch of furniture from the prior owner of the house, which was terrific — it took care of some of the huge empty spaces without me having to go out and buy new couches and tables and chairs. And some of it wasn’t exactly my style — maybe I would have chosen differently if I’d picked them out myself — but I found that with the right accent pieces and placement, I actually liked them a lot.

And basically everything else… is from the internet. Ebay, Gilt, RueLaLa, Overstock.com, and a bunch of others — I scoured and scoured, and when I found something I loved, I snapped it up. The result is definitely a little eclectic, but they’re pieces that I truly love and are totally unique to us.  If I had to do it over tomorrow, I’d do it exactly the same way.

So I’m excited to share these snaps with you guys — after a little over a year in this house, it really feels like home (I’m only showing the downstairs in this post, because upstairs is still very much a work in progress… but hopefully later this fall or winter, I will!). Chad and I both feel very, very lucky to have found a place we love so much, and it’s exciting to think of the many more years that are in store for us here!

Sugarlaws House Tour 2.5
{in the middle of our living room, a Banksy print from iCanvasArt}

Sugarlaws House Tour 2.6
{our downstairs office — the rug and chair are from Gilt, the pillows are from Gilt and Tommy Hilfiger x Surf Shack}

Sugarlaws House Tour 2
{unpublished prints of the Rolling Stones that I found on ebay}

Sugarlaws House Tour 3
{a copper pot that was one of our wedding presents and print from 20×200.com on our downstairs bar}

Sugarlaws House Tour 4
{the kitchen, with my beloved union jack stools from Overstock}

Sugarlaws House Tour 5
{a new print from Z Gallerie that used to be in my office, and more ebay prints of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix}

Sugarlaws House Tour 6
{our kitchen workstation with a flying pig that was a gift from my in-laws}

Sugarlaws House Tour 7
{a pop art print I found on Gilt}

Sugarlaws House Tour 8
{an Ophelia print from RedBubble, which is my favorite place to shop for art on the whole internet}

Sugarlaws House Tour 10
{old couches are a comfy place to sit in the tv room}

Sugarlaws House Tour 11
{the newest addition: from Gilt this spring}

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