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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bathroom Update: Painting the Vanity



One of the projects M and I both wanted to tackle was painting our bathroom vanities. It was something we desperately wanted but we were unsure how time consuming of a project it might be...so we kept putting it off.

Well, we bit the bullet and started in the master bathroom this weekend. I'll be honest, I had to work half a day on Friday so M actually ended up doing most of the work with this project. But that is a good indication of how easy it really was!

The entire project took less than a day and we are thrilled with the results!

Our first step was to sand the 11 year old builder-grade oak cabinets. M did the larger parts with a electric palm sander but chose to use regular old sandpaper for the cabinet faces and drawers. Because of the molding on these it was easier for him to use sandpaper. He sanded them all enough to knock the sheen off and rough up the surface a bit for painting. I'd say it took him about 2 hours total to sand everything. He removed the drawers and doors and sanded them all outside because, well, it's kind of messy.

After the sanding was done we headed to Lowe's and picked out our paint. I knew I wanted a blue-tinged dark gray. I like the look of dark vanities with white tops so we figured a darker gray would contrast nicely with the white top and hide any stains well. We ended up going with Valspar Reserve paint in Muskeg Gray. We purchased a couple of chip brushes and some small high-density foam paint rollers specifically for cabinetry and went to town. I started by painting in the door molding and the edges with the brushes and then finished with rolling the wide, flat parts. Overall we did two coats  of paint on everything and it looks great! We ended up painting inside the house in the kitchen area because it was really windy and getting chilly out.

I've never painted anything in the house before and the house not smell like paint. Actually unless you saw the painting stuff in the house, you wouldn't even know it. I smelled NOTHING. No paint fumes, no paint smell. Honestly, I loved that. I didn't pick this paint because of the low odor and no VOCs, but I would definitely pick it again because I loved walking into a house that didn't smelled like paint!

We opted for a semi-gloss since it's a bathroom and this is the most chip and stain resistant. I love it. The final product is a bit more of a babyish gray than I thought but I don't mind it at all. We purchased a gallon of this paint and plan to use it to paint the guest bathroom vanity as well. I'm so happy we chose to do this and it feels like I'm walking into a different bathroom!

Slowly but surely, my house is becoming void of color and much more neutral...i.e. gray and white. And I don't hate it one bit! Here are the before and afters! (Also I know my grays don't all match. I need to get a different rug...maybe a pop of color to tie it all in.)

BEFORE


AFTER




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We Need Suggestions! Warm Weather Vacation Destinations

Our honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Calling all travelers!

M and I are starting to look at locations for our vacation next year (2018) and this time we want to opt for a warm weather locale. Our last big trip was in August and we did a cooler weather place (Banff) so this time we're switching it up.

I'm not opposed to the Caribbean or an international place but I'm also okay with something tropicalish in the states. Our requirements are that it's not a super-long flight from our area (Charlotte, NC)...meaning...less than 3 hours...and it's somewhat affordable. We definitely don't need to be in the center of a town full of nightlife as we prefer a more relaxed environment.

So, now, travel friends, where are some warm weather destinations you've enjoyed? Any recommendations?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spring To-Do List


It's starting to feel like spring in the Carolinas and that means there a springy to-do list on my radar. Below are the things I'd like to accomplish between now and the end of May. (But really, who am I fooling... it has felt like spring here since mid-February and will probably feel like summer in mid-May.)

  • Plan and plant my garden. I will probably do my starters this weekend. So far I've planned for parsley, cilantro, snap beans, summer squash and maybe tomatoes. I'm still not sure about tomatoes because they are intimidating to me! 
  • Plant flowers in the front flower beds. Last year I bought a few tiny impatiens and they took off! I loved them so much that I want to buy more and line the entire front flowerbed with them. They grow quickly and love the afternoon sun on that side of the house. 
  • Repaint the kitchen cabinets. We painted them white a little over a year ago, but we used the wrong paint. So now, we want to go back over the cabinets with another white paint and reseal them. This is more in preparation for selling our house next year than because it looks bad. 
  • Replace the sliding glass door. This thing is the bane of my existence. It sticks all the time and I have to pull with all of my strength to open or close it. I've broken way too many nails on this dang door and I can't wait to be done with it! 
  • Put out my anniversary wreath. More on that here.
  • Plan a fun anniversary outing. Our 3 year anniversary is April 12 so I want to plan something fun for us to do. 
  • Declutter. I'm looking at you, linen closet and kitchen junk drawer. So far this "spring" I've already decluttered the kitchen pantry and my closets. :) 

What about you? Do you have a to-do list or goals for this spring?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bridesmaid Dress Hunt



I mentioned a while back that my sister recently got engaged and we're all into full-blown planning mode. When she set a date of 6.17.17 (aka this year) we launched into full-blown plannic mode. (Get it? Planning + Panic = Plannic)

Really, the panicking isn't from me since I'm a planning freak and event planning is my jam. Nevertheless there are always a few to-dos that give me a bit of heartburn. The major one being bridesmaid dress hunting (for the weddings in which I'm a bridesmaid). I've been in quite a few weddings...heck I've even had one of my own...but nothing drives me quite as bonkers as looking for a bridesmaid dress.

So, instead of the normal go to the bridal store and try on various sizes (most of them not the correct size) of various colored dresses, I decided to try my luck at looking online. I found a number of great dress sites with decently priced dresses. My sister's bridesmaid dress requirements are pretty simple: blush pink (any shade/tone) and long. That's it!

Obviously, Amazon was a big help with this. All you have to do is type in "long blush dress" and you get hundreds of options. I also found sites like JJ's House and UW Dress have decently priced options in a variety of sizes and styles.

I am looking at a pale/blush/dusty pink color, halter/v-neck neckline and A-Line silhouette. So, I'm calling on all my blogger contacts...what are some places you've gone to find bridesmaid/prom/special occasion dresses? Websites? Brick and mortar shops? I'm all ears!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Career Update



Just popping in quickly to share about a new life update!

I got a new job! I accepted a position as a Director of Communications for a church and will start next Monday. (2/27) I'm sad to leave the people at my current job of 5ish years but excited for the next opportunity.

What does a Director of Communications at a church do? Well, I'm glad you asked. They are mainly responsible for overseeing all communications from the church including newsletters, emails, social media, website, printed materials (bulletins), graphics, videos, etc. They are also responsible for creating a strategy and process for how information gets communicated and from which vehicles. So creativity, writing and process. Some of my favorite things! :) Basically it's my dream job minus animals. If it somehow included animals it would be a dream job. I'm really, really excited and can't wait to start!

I even got the opportunity to go and pick out new office furniture at Ikea with my new boss. There's something about a new office/new furniture that makes me so excited. I can't wait! Once I get in and settled I might do an office post with pics of my new office! Maybe that's not exciting to anyone else, but it is to me. HAHA.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Favorite e.l.f. Cosmetics

e.l.f. (eyes lips face) cosmetics is one of my favorite brands. They aren't new by any means, but I never really purchased anything from this brand before. This is definitely considered a drug store brand but in most cases, the products themselves remind you of something much more expensive. Beauty vloggers all over YouTube have been astonished at how well e.l.f. products do compared to high-end and pricey dupes.

This isn't a sponsored post...I just really like e.l.f. and figured I'd share a few of my faves with the blogosphere.


//1 e.l.f. blush in Tickled Pink
I'm a big fan of this blush. This particular shade is matte (no shimmer) and I love that. I've grown awa from bluish pinks to the warmer corally pinks which I think compliments my VERY fair skin much better and warms it up a bit.

//2 e.l.f. eyebrow kit in Ash
I've never really done much with my eyebrows since my hair is so light and sparse, but this brow cream and powder really help me emphasize my brows but the color isn't too dark for them. This is something I consistently struggle with is a true "blonde brow" cream/powder and this e.l.f. version matches very well!

//3 e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer
This stuff is the bomb diggety. (do the youngins still say that?) It's heavy enough for my dry winter skin but also lightweight enough for warm weather wear. It absorbs quickly, smells great, and very affordable. This is my third order of this moisturizer!

//4 e.l.f. Eye Liner
This thing says it's "Mineral Eye Liner" but honestly idk what that really means. This eyeliner is nice and opaque and has legitimate staying power. The downside is it only comes in black. PLEASE MAKE MORE COLORS, e.l.f.!! For the price, you can't beat it!

//5 e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream
I've not been one to take care of my eyes and it's showing as I get older. So this illuminating eye cream is just creamy/thick enough to absorb but not so thin it absorbs in seconds. I have no idea if it is making my eyes illuminated, but it definitely moisturizes and keeps things "supple". HAHA.

//6 e.l.f. Blush Brush
This is the best blush brush I've ever used, hands down. It deposits color evenly and well. And for the price point, it's a great deal!

Have you tried any e.l.f. products? Do you have any faves? Please share!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Skills I Have That Don't Belong on a Resume

I'd consider myself a jill-of-many-trades. And though resumes should make you appear well-rounded and interesting, there are just some skills that have no place on a professional resume. But they do have a place on a lifestyle blog, right?

Skills I Have That Don't Belong on a Resume

Accents

IFC hello england british comedy bang bang

Mostly a British one, a Spanish one, Russian and also deeply Southern.

Outfit Planning

Saturday Night Live snl mom amy poehler tina fey

People have asked me to help them plan and put together outfits and I've ventured into it for my mom as well. Read about that here.

Color-Coordination



From my book-shelf to my closet, things are in ROY G BIV order. It makes me less anxious and calms my eyes. Also when I buy a new pack of crayons (don't you??) I dump all the crayons out and put them in ROY G BIV order with the black/white/gray/brown neutrals at the back of the box.

Furniture Rearranging



I'm pretty good at rearranging furniture and home decor to get different looks. I do this quite frequently. I think some people calling it "shopping their home".

Budget Clothes Shopping


I never pay full price for clothing and accessories. My pride and joy is using multiple discounts to purchase Kate Spade merchandise. :)

Relating to Anyone About Anything



In my short 32 years of life I've worked in a variety of industries, done a variety of hobbies/activities and have a variety of friends. What this translates to is my ability to relate to pretty much anyone over a particular subject. Marketing? Check. Animals/veterinary stuff? Check. Military stuff? Check. Church stuff? Check. Nerdy things? Yep. Food? Absolutely. Football? Yup.

Tebahpla



I can recite the letters of the alphabet backwards from memory. I learned it when I was 3 and still remember it. This is useful never unless I'm trying to pass a field sobriety test maybe? IDK.

These are my useful but not professionally useful skills that don't belong on a resume. What are some of yours?

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