Master Suite & Addition Final Reveal!

FINALLY I am able to show you the final shots of my master suite and addition!!!  We finished construction in early October and since then I’ve been prepping, styling and trying to finish all the spaces off. You can read about the whole construction process in this post thread.  But here we go- I tried to link as many sources as I could below the picture (shot by Sarah Winchester) with a couple of my own iPhone shots throw in too where marked with ** (but I am sure you can tell by the mediocre quality!)
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Black Beauty.

As you know, I just renovated my kitchen two years ago and it is awesome. But that doesn’t mean I don’t fantasize about OTHER kitchens. Lately I’ve been totally obsessed with fancy, vintage styled black ranges seen in glorious homes the world over.  I don’t think this is our forever house (I still harbor dreams of renovating a truly antique homes somewhere I can have  baby pygmy goats) and I like to think by then perhaps one of these ranges would be involved in said country house. :)

Take a peek for some yummy inspiration….
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Fashion Friday: Holiday Event Dressing

There are SO many types of holiday events in the coming weeks and so I wanted to throw together some outfit options for different kinds of parties you might be attending!  From an urban dressy-casual look (my personal favorite- that blazer!) to more formal parties and everything in between!

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Blazer // Jeans (amazing fit) // Cami // Clutch // Earrings // Heels // Luminizer

Gift Guides 2014: Stocking Stuffers

Here it is, the last one of the year!  Andrew and I always love doing fun, funny stockings for each other so I had fun finding small, inexpensive gifts for this reason!  I hope you’ve found these guides helpful for your shopping list this year- if you need to review here they are : FOR HER, FOR HIM, FOR HOME, FOR KIDS & PETS and UNDER $100!

And, it’s a Christmas miracle, I finally got my new master suite and addition photographed yesterday so the big reveal will be coming early next week!!!!

 

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What’s In Your Products?

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I will full admit that until recently, I have pretty much ignored the whole “toxic ingredients” chatter surrounding the beauty and personal care industry.  I sometimes felt it was a bunch of scare tactics and honestly, didn’t have time to fret about what was in my deodorant.  But recently the wife of a friend/vendor I adore chatted with me about her work with Ava Anderson and really opened my eyes about changes we can all make to create a safer environment for ourselves.  I had no idea that Europe bans 1,371 chemicals from their personal care products and the US bans only 11!!!  I know a lot of you are interested and focused on this too (having seen your comments on my Instagram about my Vaseline lip balm and such! so I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you about this topic and what I’m doing to try to improve my health in this way.

In reality, I’m not going to get rid of every beauty product I own (long live Clea de Peau and my belief in moderation), but I have been making smarter choices and swapping out what I easily can for safer items- most notably my deodorant, body wash, body lotion, home cleaning supplies and face moisturizers.  What I find interesting about Ava Anderson is that they are incredibly vocal about being more focused on educating the public about toxins than selling the product, in fact the owners of the company don’t even take a salary and instead to roll all the money back into the company and product development and education.  Not to mention the company’s namesake and founder, Ava,  started this company when she was just  14 (read more about it here, so interesting) !!!  I love young, women owned businesses like this!