Fool Proof Hangover Cure

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I thought New Year’s Day would be a great opportunity to re-post this handy little blog to help everyone out. New Year’s tends to get a little crazy so let me help you start off on the right foot in 2017. Try out some, or all, of these times to get started on your best year yet!

Water

Obviously. Your body needs water after all the alcohol you guzzled down the night before. You really should drink a large glass of water first thing every morning; but, be sure you especially don’t skip this step when you wake up hungover.

Medicate

Pop a couple ibuprofen or take an Advil to get the healing started.

Banana

I know it probably sounds disgusting at the time. Your body doesn’t NEED the unhealthy greasy breakfast that you know you’re craving, it NEEDS the potassium. Save the calories, eat a banana.

Tea

A warm cup of tea always eases my stomach when it is upset. When I’m hungover, I opt for my detoxifying tea. I use the Roasted Dandelion Root from Traditional Medicinals. It’s a great organic detox tea (little earthy for those not accustomed). You won’t see all the celebrities promoting it but it still works just the same. Drink a cup of tea to help ease your stomach and prepare for the next step…

Get Moving – Work Out

It’s going to sound awful and the exact opposite of what you want to do but I promise you will feel so much better once it’s all said and done. Sweat out all the left over toxins in your body. You could go on a long walk, run on the treadmill, or just do a little in home ab work. Really it’s all up to you, but I promise you’ll feel a million times better after.

After these steps, you’ll feel back to normal. The best part is that this process will take only a couple hours and they’ll save the rest of your day! Try this out next time you’re feeling a little under the weather and let me know how it goes!

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Wedding Wednesday – Thank You Tips & Tricks

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After your wedding festivities, you’re going to be exhausted. One of the most exhausting tasks is writing out all of the thank you’s to your guests. Anything you can do prior to the big day to help you in the end, I highly recommend doing to help yourself out. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to make the long process of thank you’s a little more tolerable.

Address thank you’s when addressing invites

I cannot stress enough how much easier this is than having to keep track of a log of every gift you get along with the corresponding address. Your exhausted self be so appreciative of this after the wedding. I highly recommend doing this! It’ll take a little more time up front to write out the addresses on both envelopes but it will save more time and headache in the long run.

Get a stamp for your address

Etsy sells some great custom stamps that you can order to save your hand a bit of hurting. Getting a stamp with your names and addresses is a great idea if you’re in a home that you know you’ll stay in for years to come. That is why we opted out of it, since we are still in an apartment. But I recommend this if you have a large guest list or already in a more long-term home.

Get guest list printed on the envelopes by the company

We ordered all of our invites and thank you’s from Minted. They are an amazing company all around. If you would like to know more, check out my post all about these items. They offer the choice of printing out the guest list on your invites. We did this because it was included in the price of our invites! So great!

Slow down and make the list while opening gifts

Many people get too excited or think “I’ll definitely remember everything”, when opening gifts. I promise you won’t remember. Just write it down. There’s two of you now, have one person open and one person write down what you receive.

Make sure to take your time so you can write everyone a personal note

These people took the time to buy you a gift and sacrifice a day to come help you celebrate something special. Take the time to write them a special something. I promise they will appreciate it!

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips and tricks for your thank you’s and can take something away from this. Comment below if you have any more tips for others reading!

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Great Room Inspiration

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As an interior designer by profession, I see a lot of different styles and design for many different high end clients. I’d like to think that being a designer makes it easy to design my own home; but, the truth is that my tastes change all the time since I’m surrounded with so many different styles. It’s hard for me to choose exactly what I would like in my own home but I do have a pretty good idea of what elements I prefer. Since there are so many different areas of a home, I decided to focus on one room, the living room. This is where most of my time is spent currently and I have a pretty good understanding of what I need/want in that space.

Deep Hues

Deep, dark colors in both furniture and wall color. I love the aesthetic of a well-designed dark space. There’s a way to design a beautiful dark space without making it look like a cave.

Luxe Items

Brining in luxe glam items in places like the coffee tables and end tables will help lighten up the place and give it a more feminine touch. I love the mix and grunge and glam in a space.

Accent Lighting

I would love to have a large feature piece like a chandelier or a beautiful set of accent pendants. A dark space needs more than one layer of light to help with ambiance during all times of the day. Simply lamps or recessed lighting won’t do the trick as the only source of light.

Texture

If you’ve seen my bedroom tour, you know I love texture as opposed to color. I’d love to bring in different textures with wood flooring, tiled fireplaces, mirrored accent pieces, metal lighting, and a plethora of fabric types.

The mixture of all of these will create the perfect dark glam space that I envision as my dream great room. I can’t wait to own my own property where I am allowed to make changes like these to create my dream space. What does your dream living room look like? I would love to know!

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Must-Have Makeup Brushes

 

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Let’s talk about the essentials when it comes to makeup brushes. I don’t pretend to be any kind of makeup artist or “guru” and I don’t very much care about name brands. So, I can’t honestly tell you the brand of most of my makeup brushes. All I know is that they came from online boutiques, drugstores, or from Sephora. However, I know which type of makeup brushes you should have in your personal arsenal. Let’s get into it!

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Flat Top Kabuki Brush – Great for blending out foundation if you prefer brushes to sponges. (I prefer sponge for a more flawless airbrushed finish.) This brush is also great for blending together your contour, blush, and highlight to give you a natural finish.

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Face Powder Brush – I always set my foundation with a large soft face powder brush. I think it’s a great addition to the arsenal!

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Contour Brush – I have a couple brushes for this. The first is an angled brush that does wonders. However, my favorite of the two is my Nars ita brush. (It’s a $50 brush. It’s excessive, I know. The shape is all you really need.) It’s great for carving out the cheekbones.

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Blush Brush – This smaller dome shaped blush brush is great for applying blush!

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Eye Blending Brush – I can’t tell you how many of these I actually have. I’m often lazy and when I don’t want to wash brushes to switch colors, I take a new blending brush. I can’t do my eyeshadow without one of these brushes

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Flat Eyeshadow Brush – These are great for packing on pigment. I use these primarily for packing on shimmers to my lids.

I clearly have an excessive amount of brushes but I use the majority of them. This post is just designed to show you what brushes you need to purchase first, or just what a normal everyday person needs (haha!). I hope you enjoyed. I’ll see you Wednesday with another wedding post that I’ve been dying to share!

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Tips and Tricks For Creating Your Dream Living Room – For Every 20-Something Living On Their Own

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What a gorgeous way to start of the week! I was definitely feeling the need to shop around for some home décor this weekend. So, I satisfied that need with that big gorgeous canvas up on the wall (I’m OBSESSED). Then I got to thinking: “What better way to start the week than with some home décor inspiration?” Well, here I am! I’ve already talked about Creating Your Personal Oasis in your bedroom; so, let’s take today to talk about your living room.

This post is for all you 20-somethings out there or simply all of you out there decorating on a budget. I’m in the same boat as all of you; except as a designer, I’m tempted by all of this home décor EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. It’s exhausting trying to resist buying these 24/7! So let me help you figure out what you need to buy to start achieving that designer feel. My living room is nowhere near complete but, like all projects, it’s a journey that happens in phases. So, here are five simple tips that can help you achieve that designer look for less.

  1. Invest in your signature pieces. Those pieces include the larger pieces of furniture that get used most frequently. For me, that was the sectional. We got ours at Homemakers a year ago for only $600! (Click here for the exact sectional.) Gorgeous durable pieces don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. This sectional has held up through a year of cats, dogs, and us without showing any of it. If this sectional isn’t your style, be sure to check out sites like Overstock, Joss and Main, and Wayfair for some amazing deals on your signature pieces.
  2. Ditch the socks. I’ll be the first to remove carpeting in any place I live in. However, I’ve got a serious soft spot for rugs. They’re a great way to dress up a room and add a touch of color or texture. I purchased ours on Wayfair for a pretty decent price (click here for the exact rug)!
  3. Mix the old with the new. You can’t go purchasing all new everything (not yet at least). So, learn to repurpose and mix your old pieces with the new. Our coffee table originally was a light pine color that really didn’t work in our home or with any of our furniture. Some time and paint (and the help of my mother) changed that stubborn old piece into a timeless piece I can mix with any style.
  4. Get cozy. This is where decorating really starts to get fun. Adding accent pillows and throw blankets easily take your living room to the next level. Sadly, accent pillows aren’t too cheap. However, if you look for comfort as well as aesthetically pleasing pillows, you’ll find the perfect balance that will make the decision whether or not to buy the pillow a simple one. The furry pillows came from HomeGoods while the navy and the gold pillows came from Target. (They no longer carry the navy pillows but they were part of the Nate Berkus collection.)
  5. Add the wow factor. Whether you do this through artwork, lighting, or décor it’ll certainly add the extra push to make your living room really come together. This piece of art is my first installment of this step. It definitely did not come cheap…so the lamp and décor I have in mind will need to wait (the art was also a HomeGoods purchase so I sadly can’t link it). And that’s okay! If you can practice patience, I promise the end look will be much more satisfying!

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How To : Grow Out Your Hair – 10 Hair Saving Tips and Tricks

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I may not be the most creative when it comes to hair care, or style, but I wanted to share some tips and tricks that I have used/currently use to help my hair healthy. In my senior year of high school, I decided to change up my hair style by chopping it just below my chin. Yikes. Does not suit my face shape. So, I’ve spent the last 5 or 6 years working on growing it back out as healthy as I can. Up until about a year ago I had been consistently dyeing my hair, so that did not do me any favors, but I managed to keep my hair in good condition. (And when I say consistently I mean every 2-3 months to keep my red hair as vibrant as I could.) Nothing I have to say is original or groundbreaking but they are all tried and true methods I keep my hair long, healthy, and shiny.

  1. Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil literally has a million uses but my favorite is to use it as a hair mask. I keep one can in the kitchen and one can in the bathroom. I do a coconut oil mask once if not twice a week to keep my hair moisturized and silky soft. About a half hour before I jump in the shower, I like to coat the lower half of my hair in coconut oil and throw it up in a bun. *Make sure you spend a little extra time washing it out of your hair or you’ll be in for an oily mess!

  1. Not Washing My Hair Every Day

This is key to growing out your hair and I can’t tell you how many people don’t know this trick or don’t use it. Normally I can stretch my hair out to only having to wash it every 3-4 days. Of course, this habit didn’t start over night, I had to “train” my hair to be able to go this long between washes. When you shower every day you strip your hair of the natural oils it produces and therefor dry it out. However, when you wait a few days between washes your hair has time to retain the oils it needs. Of course, my hair isn’t flawless for the days in between washes but dry shampoo DEFINITELY helps.

  1. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a product I reach for everyday and I go through more cans of this than I do normal shampoo. My favorite brand is Batiste because their dry shampoos work the best for my hair and they also have a product that has a brown tint in it. If you have used dry shampoo before, you know it can tend to cause a bit of a white cast on your hair. The brunette tint makes it so much easier to just spray and go!

  1. Horse Shampoo

It sounds strange but bear with me. Using Mane ‘n Tail added at least four inches to my hair over the course of the SUMMER. Just a few months! Why do horses get the best products!? I don’t know what is in it but it is absolute MAGIC.

  1. Shampoo Twice, Condition Once

Shampooing twice kind of goes hand in hand with not washing your hair every day. Shampooing twice helps get all of the product washed out of your hair and really gets it clean. Just like taking your makeup off works better when you cleanse twice.

  1. Organic Argan Oil

After getting out of the shower, I like to towel dry my hair and apply an oil while it is still wet and my pores are still open. I use about a dime size amount all over the ends of my hair to help prevent split ends. Most of the natural oils you produce stick closer to your roots so concentrating oils on the ends of your hair is extremely beneficial.

  1. Wet Brush

I avoided this product for a while because I thought it was kind of gimmicky. But I’m so glad I gave in and tried this out! This brush is everything to me! I used to avoid brushing my hair and just throw my hair up in a bun because it was too painful or hard to deal with. This brush doesn’t tug on my knots and makes me feel like my hair is less of a nightmare.

  1. Avoiding Heat Products

When I can, I try not to use heated products on my hair to avoid further damage. This is a lot easier to do since I don’t wash my hair every day; so I can stretch my curls for longer and only have to do small touch ups.

  1. Heat Protectant

Whenever I do use heat on my hair I definitely make sure to use a heat protectant. Using heat on your hair is so bad for it but my natural hair looks like hot mess of a lion’s mane.

  1. Regular Trims

I try to practice what I preach when it comes to this. I know getting consistent trims is a great thing to keep hair healthy; but, it still pains me to see the hairdresser take scissors to my hair. Getting usual trims helps keep your ends from splitting and therefor helps it grow longer. It takes longer to see results than just letting it grow for years and years, but you’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to get 5+ inches cut off all at once!