At Home Spa Day

Self care, self quarantine – am I right? While we won’t have a real spa day anytime soon, we might as well through one of our own in the mean time! Here are some great things to make sure you do during your upcoming self care spa day.
Hair Masks
Because what says, “It’s a self care spa day” quite like a hair mask? I’ve been using Lush’s Retread for years and absolutely love it. I’ll use this hair mask every other or every time before I wash my hair. On spa day occasions, I break out the big guns with the coconut oil. A nice oil concoction while relaxing through the rest of the spa day activities is a MUST.
Acupuncture Mat
A fun, relaxing torture device. Acupuncture has many benefits, I’ll let you Google that on your own, so I love incorporating this into a spa day. H*ll I incorporate it into every day. Fifteen to twenty minutes laying on this mat, focusing on breathing, listening to calming music (or nothing) is the definition of at home spa.
Tea Bank
It’s not a successful spa day without some great drinks. Oddly enough, one of my favorite parts of a spa day is relaxing with a hot glass of tea before my treatment even begins. I’m a tea-fanatic so welcome to my personal stash. I have a wide spectrum of teas and others in my organizer and some loose leaf teas in the back. My favorite teas for a spa day are the Chamomile with Lemon and the Dandelion Root.
Nail Strengthener
For me, my nails aren’t a priority. I don’t want to pay for someone to do them and I don’t really want to keep up on a nail polish that just chips everyday. That’s why I focus on growing healthy long nails with this polish. You apply every other day and it helps to strengthen my nails to the point where they are beautiful au natural. 
Rolling 
I’m a rolling fiend and a don’t discriminate when it comes to my rollers. I bought this jade roller / gua sha about a year ago and I absolutely love them! They are nice for a spa day or even just day to day. It’s definitely a self care day when I break out my ice roller, a gift from my mother (thanks mom!). It’s so cooling and great for de-puffing, aka hangover cure (again, thanks mom).
What are you doing during your spa days at home? Leave me some ideas below in the comments!

Go-To Body Oils

Welcome to the obsessive world of my top shelf body oils. My everyday’s, my golden children, my repurchases again and again and again. Here’s what I have in my personal arsenal, what are your go-to’s?
Argan Oil
My obsession : My everything, this oil never lets me down. If I need a boost of moisture I’ll use this oil on my hair, face, and body. My husband even uses this to maintain his beard! I’ve been using this for years but have never been loyal to one brand versus another. Every one I’ve purchased has performed just as well as the last.
When I use it : I use this oil every time I wash my hair and every time I need an extra boost. Whenever I wash my hair (every 4-5 days), I’ll use this oil immediately and allow my hair to air dry. This applying this oil to the tips of my hair helps my scalp get less oily between washes. I’ll also use this oil whenever I’m needing an extra punch of moisture anywhere.

Rosehip Oil
My obsession : I’ve been hooked on this one for YEARS. Ever since I’ve incorporated this oil into my routine, I’ve been loyal to the Radha Beauty brand. I’m very careful to use it only at night, since it is a BRIGHT orange. Don’t worry, by the time you wake up it will be fully soaked in and you’ll be back to your normal self. It’s an absolutely wonderful facial oil that I’m forever addicted to.
When I use it : I’ll use this oil every.single.day. After I wash my face at night, I’ll follow up immediately with a dime-sized amount. I’ll pat it into my face and work any excess into my neck. I’m so dedicated to a moisturizing oil at night that, whenever I’m out of this oil, I’ll replace it with my argan oil.

Cannabis Oil
My obsession : A newer obsession but definitely has earned it’s high regards. I purchased the Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate and I’m hooked. It’s pricey but I only use it in special circumstances. I’m still on my first bottle but it’s lasting A LOT longer than I thought it would (another plus in my book).
When I use it : My favorite way to use this is mixed with my rosehip oil at night when my skin is acting up. The ingredients are meant to induce a calming effect, making this my go-to when my horomones inflict havoc on my face. Kiehl’s to the rescue!

Tea Tree Oil
My obsession : A long standing staple and another hero for my hormones. I have purchased a couple bottles of this and it lasts SO long. It lasts so long, mostly, because it’s such a concentrated amount that it can only be used in small doses. I wet a Qtip with some water, dip it into the tea tree oil, and then apply it. Without it watered down, it’s WAY to powerful and will dry your skin out terribly.
When I use it : I only use it on the most stubborn acne spots. I use to treat every spot with this but found it to be so strong that it would just dry my skin out. Using it on only the worst of the worst seemed to neutralize it for me and has worked perfectly!

Design Digs

Trends are fun but are fleeting. While they entertain us for a bit, and it’s always fun to jump on board for awhile, what I’m really drawn to are innovative design details. A spin on classic details that don’t belong to any specific design aesthetic and aren’t tied to trends. Those are the design moments that will really stand the test of time and continue to inspire you within your home for years to come. Here are some design details I’ve been very into as of late.

Built-ins Built Better

I cannot express to you how in love I am with this detail. It’s far less costly than it appears to be. This method really makes a statement. It’s a rich, custom detail that shows true thought to each and every detail. We have seen floating shelves in the design world for YEARS; and, while they are great and very much the aesthetic in some homes, this full trimmed out look gives the appearance of a seamlessly gorgeous shelving detail without compromising the modern flow.

And it doesn’t stop in woodwork, I love how Cambria used quartz to get this look. I absolutely love using unusual materials in new applications and taking the quartz from the countertop, up the wall, and onto the CEILING. Such a great design detail and I hope to see more of this being utilized in the future!

Tile Install That Truly Inspires

I’d be lying if I said shower designs have become rather mundane to me lately; that was, until I saw this new install pattern being used! This elongated subway tile has been showing up in kitchens, but this application of taking it vertically in showers has been very inspiring. That paired with the horizontal runs – that we have seen used with either a tile or a thicker grout line. Such a great unique twist on an area I was less than inspired to work with. It’s safe to say I’m anxious to use this install with a client soon.

What design details have been inspiring you lately? Drop them in a comment below!

I’m Back Baby!

Well, that was one h*ll of a hiatus. Did you miss me? I missed all of you wonderful people. I can’t believe it’s been almost TWO YEARS since my last post. Yikes!

Last time I updated you on here, I had just purchased my first home. And, being the introverted home-body that I am, decided to sprint full force into remodeling and updating the house. It took over my life and gave me less than optimal time to dedicate towards this blog. I’ve been steadily posting on my Instagram throughout my hiatus (shameless IG self promotion here) so hop on over there to stay updated on the day-to-day.

As I go through the different seasons of my life, I like to write about what components of my life take the most precedence. Which is basically my way of saying, the wedding posts are over! I’ll create a round-up for all you brides to be (or just obsessive compulsive planners) for easy reference. This season of my life is an all encompassing home decor, remodeling, and DIY influence. So, gear up and get ready for all the juicy tips and tricks I’ve been cataloging along the way.

I’m back, I’m ready, and I’m eager to share with all of you!

Blog Photography Tips For The Minimal Sunlight Months

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If you rely mostly on natural sunlight, as I do, you know the struggle of the winter months where there’s barely enough sunlight in the day to get your usual work done. I always hate these darker months because it makes photographing things for my blog SO much harder. Here are my three tips on how I combat the lack of sunlight and get great quality pictures year round.

Plan Mass Shoots For Weekends

It’s no secret that I’m a huge planner. I have my blog posts planned out months in advance which makes it very easy to see what is coming down the pipeline. I usually look and the next couple weeks and plan out all the shots I want to get for each post and take them all at once! I live for the weekends because those are my big photoshoot days. I’ll take a week or two’s worth of blog photos in those couple days. Planning so far ahead really makes the darker months more manageable!

Natural Light LED Bulbs

I bought LED bulbs that mimick the natural sunlight and I.CANNOT.STRESS.HOW.MUCH.I.LOVE.THESE. OMG these are so much better than the usual yellow or orange tinted lights that are standard in every place you live. In my apartment, I just switched out the standard yellow bulbs but held on to them so I can take my beautiful LED bulbs with me when I moved. It’s such an easy switch that homeowners and renters can do!

Work Around The Sun

Depending on your job, this may or may not be an easy task. If you’re someone who has the ability to switch shifts or pick and choose your hours. I highly recommend choosing hours throughout the year that work with natural lighting. It will make your life so much easier not needing to stress about getting all your shots in and gives you the freedom to blog on the fly.

Photo cred goes to the amazing Kirstie of Capture Life Portraits. A new photo shoot coming to you soon 🙂

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you shoot around the year!

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Favorite Blog Posts From July

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Selecting my favorite posts this month became way easier once I realized how few posts actually went out this month. This month has been a whirlwind and you can read exactly why here in one of last week’s posts. The lack of posts are definitely going to change though with this coming month. I’ve got some really great stuff in the works that I can’t wait to share. Before we get into the next crazy month, take a look at some of my favorites from this past month.

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July Fourth Sweets

Really yummy dessert recipe that’s great for independence day or any party!

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DIY Soothing Linen Spray

If you’re obsessed with essential oils, be sure to check this out! I use my diffuser and this spray every single day (maybe even a couple times a day!).

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Healthy “Milk”Shake

Of course you could go to a restaurant and order a milkshake; or, you could stay home in your PJ’s and make a healthier version.

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Workplace Essentials Every Girl Needs

I love the concept of this post because it’s not one you see very often. I would love to hear what you all deem workplace essentials.

Leave me a comment below and tell me which was your favorite!
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How To Grow Your Blog Following

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It’s one thing to start blogging your thoughts all over the internet; but, if you want to grow your following and reach a wider range of people, you definitely have to up your game. If you follow my blog religiously, you’ll know that I’ve done a 5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers post before. Today I wanted to get more in depth for how to grow your blog, no matter how advanced of a blogger you may be. It’s always great to continue learning and growing so I hope you all enjoy these tips below!

Passion, Purpose, Persistence

I always like mentioning this in my blogging tips. If you aren’t liking how something is turning out or you aren’t passionate about the subject you’re writing about, don’t do it! Skip a post because skipping it is much better than keeping your schedule with an insincere post. As you grow as a person, you may find that the subject you started blogging about five years ago just isn’t a passion anymore. Ditch it and rebrand! Don’t be afraid to stay true to yourself and your interests because that will always pay off in the long run!

Use Your Angle

There is an over saturation of people willing to express themselves on the internet. It’s true! Want to start a beauty blog? Done a million times. Turning vegan and want to blog about the journey? You’re not the first. But don’t let any of that get you down! You need to find a special twist to put on your blog that can help you define a more specified following. Try beauty blogging on a hair-thin budget or your journey as a vegan for working moms. Your place in life, no matter what it is, will give you a unique angle on the over saturated media. Give it a try!

Get Involved

Donating your time and effort can help everyone out. Try getting involved in a charity or drive. Blog your experience and what charities you choose to support. It will benefit the charity you donate to, benefit your readers by educating them to some great causes, and will benefit you by tagging the charity in all your promotions (they love hearing wonderful things from people and are more likely to help promote your post). It’s a win, win, win situation that everyone can get behind!

Unique Ideas, Views, Experiences

Remember what I said about over saturation? Writing with unique views or about strange things will help you stand out against the many on the internet. If your lifestyle gives you access to a plethora of odd opportunities or experiences, write about it! People love learning about different things and living vicariously through others.

Personality

Don’t be ashamed of your quirky antics or the important things that make you, you! People love to hear your personality come through in your blogs. If you cuss like a sailor with no remorse, you’ll find an audience who finds hilarity and truth through the vulgarity. If you’re absolutely obsessed with something and find a way to make almost anything relate to that subject, you’ll gain people most like you who share your passions. Don’t hide your true self!

Leave me a comment below and tell me what tip benefits you the most!
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Blogiversary – My Favorite Post of All Time

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Obsessive Compulsive Designer is officially turning 1 year old today and I’m beyond excited. I cannot believe that it’s been a whole year since I started this journey. I’m so thankful for every one of you who read my posts and follow me. I can’t begin to thank you all enough for the wonderful words and support this past year. I have really enjoyed this hobby and will continue for as long as you all are willing to listen to my ramblings. 🙂

Today I wanted to share one of my all-time favorite posts I have published this past year. Coincidentally, it has been one of your favorites as well! My outfit post in Girl’s Shopping Trip OOTD has been one of my most searched & interacted with posts, and for good reason. It’s one of my favorite outfit posts I’ve ever featured on here. It gets me so motivated to post more fashion posts! I love putting together outfits for you guys and showing you how to style certain pieces.

Again, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all you lovely people! You all inspire me so much and get me so motivated to get creative in all aspects of my life. I love you all! 🙂
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5 Most Important Tips For New Bloggers

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The weekend is finally here again and I’m ready to get a little creative juices flowing in terms of blog posts. I don’t know about any of you, but I get the most inspired on weekend mornings. Something about sleeping until my body wakes me up and getting to spend a quiet lovely morning in my home, just really gets my creativity going! Today, I wanted to share my 5 tips I recommend to all newbie bloggers. I’m relatively new myself, hitting the one year mark this coming month, and I feel like I’ve learned so much already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m continuing to learn every single day; however, these 5 tips have always been true since day one. All new bloggers will greatly benefit from these 5 tips!

If you aren’t liking it, don’t post it.

Occasionally, I’ll start writing a post but when it’s all said and done I end up not enjoying it. I always heard that having a consistent posting schedule is key to growing your blog and would panic if I couldn’t keep mine consistent. But if you aren’t liking what you’re putting out there, your readers will see that. Always post things you’re 100% in love with, if you aren’t feeling that post you can save it to a later date (and fresh mind) or just delete it. Always put your best self out there.

The power of community is a very real concept.

If you aren’t getting involved with fellow bloggers, odds are, you won’t get too far. It’s crazy how much you’ll grow when you give others around you the attention you’d like to receive. Liking, following, commenting with other bloggers is a great way to get to know other amazing people and help promote your blog.

Nothing makes a good photo great like some natural lighting.

Until you’re 100% sure you want to continue this blogging path, I would hold off on buying a big fancy camera. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an expensive camera nowadays to get a great photo. Smartphones these days have amazing quality. Taking pictures with your smartphone and some good natural light will give you the same look as an expensive camera. Plan your photo sessions accordingly to the time of day/year to be sure you get the best lighting.

Consistency helps you and your readers.

Having a consistent posting schedule will definitely help you grow. Your readers will know exactly when to come back for more. However, as I said earlier, if you aren’t liking your post – don’t post it. It won’t kill you to miss a day. As long as you’re posting once or twice a week, you’ll be just fine!

Don’t worry about your niche.

Many of the tips that I read while learning about this whole blogging journey was to always define your niche. I never really liked that tip and didn’t really put much thought into it. I don’t like narrowing down my scope any. I want to post whatever I’m feeling. I definitely have a few niches I post about regularly but I don’t like to label myself as just a food, fashion, or beauty blogger. Don’t worry about defining you or your blog. As you write and grow as a person, you’ll naturally find your niche.

Leave a comment below and tell me when you get the most inspired to write your posts.
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February Favorite Post Round Up

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February is coming to a close and I still can’t believe how fast 2017 has been going. With the short month, there has definitely been a lot crammed into such a short time period. I loved so many of the posts that went up this month so I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss out either! Be sure to check out my favorite four below and don’t miss out on the fun!

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5 Gifts She Actually Wants For Valentine’s Day

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My Morning Routine – For The Working Girl

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How Expensive Is My Face?

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Date Night OOTD

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How To Make Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

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Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned before January is even over! Isn’t that crazy!? I know I’ve made my fair share of resolutions that I didn’t follow through on. That fact is why I’ve stopped making resolutions and started making goals. You might be asking, “What’s the difference between resolutions and goals?” Really, not much besides the fact that goals are often more loosely structured and less intimidating than resolutions. I want to share with you today how exactly to make your resolutions achievable this coming year. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!

Don’t be too specific

Most of the time, people get a little too specific with their goals. This often makes them less achievable. If your resolution is to weigh a certain amount by the summer, or get a certain amount of a raise this year, or to move to a certain destination then your resolutions may be too far out of reach. Strive to set goals instead. Make a goal just to lose weight, to just get a raise this year, or to not be afraid to take the chance of moving if the opportunity presents itself.

Don’t choose resolutions that are life changing

Stray away from resolutions that are so out of reach that you have to change the way you live your life. Don’t make resolutions that involve a large life milestone (finding a husband, purchasing a home, having a baby) before the end of the year. Let life take you on the path you were meant to be on. Making large resolutions that disrupt how you live your everyday life never end well. Make sure you are prepared and have a well thought out plan to these events.

Don’t be unrealistic

Of course, we all want to be the best self we can be; but, don’t make resolutions that are seemingly unrealistic. Don’t make resolutions to eat at a new restaurant every week to broaden your horizons if you don’t have the funds, don’t make a resolution to lose twenty pounds when you don’t already work out or eat clean, don’t make resolutions to travel the world when you’ve never traveled before. Everything in moderation.

These tips seem ridiculously easy but they often are forgotten when people are making their New Year’s resolutions. I hope you all keep these tips in mind and get good use out of them. You’ll be much happier with yourself at the end of the year once you’ve accomplished your realistic resolutions/goals. What are your resolutions for 2017? Leave a comment below!

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Why I Started Blogging

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Today I wanted to get a little more personal with you and dive into the biggest question I often find myself asking other bloggers – Why did you start blogging? I love all the different ways that people get into this amazing field.

Going back to where the thought to start a blog all started would be about this time last year. I was at my first ever corporate job working with a program I was well versed in doing the same monotonous job 8-5 every day. For a creative soul like me, it was absolute torture. Every day at work I brainstormed ways to try and satisfy my creative itch. I’ve always watched YouTube vloggers and loved all the fun topics they talk about. However, I’m not much of a video person so I knew that was out of the question. I’ve always enjoyed writing though so I started exploring different bloggers. Just reading all of their thoughts and ideas in such a creative environment really struck a chord with me. I started looking into different blogging platforms and contemplated taking this journey for a few months. At that point, I could barely decide where I wanted to go with my career, let alone hobbies as big or time consuming as a blog.

When the first of the New Year came, I left my corporate job for a smaller more creatively hands on design firm. That satisfied my creative itch, big time. However, I still loved the idea of blogging and getting to talk about whatever I wanted. The creative freedom was definitely hard to pass up. So, in April of 2016, I finally decided to start my blog! I’m so happy that I did. I can’t imagine life without it now. I love interacting with hundreds of people who share the same likes/dislikes as I do in more than just their careers. Sure, I can talk to our vendors about how beautiful a piece of art is or how perfect a sofa is in a client’s home; but, getting to talk about a makeup product that I actually use and am adamantly passionate about is an amazing feeling. Starting my blog was a great outlet to exercise all of my creative freedoms in every aspect of my life.

Even though I’m not in my unstimulating corporate job anymore, I still find myself needing to satisfy my creative itch in other areas of my life. Even though my corporate job did not work out, I’m glad that job pushed me to explore this opportunity and helped me discover one of my now favorite hobbies. I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I would love to know how you got started blogging. Is your story similar to mine? Leave a comment down below. 🙂

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