The Drama of the Kitchen Backsplash

Today I am going to share the drama that was my kitchen backsplash.  Let’s start with a little backstory shall we.  To do that I have to fill you in on my living situation.  I am a second grade teacher at a private school and the school I work for owns the house that I live in.  The house is actually broken into 4 separate apartments and I live in one of them.  I’m lucky enough that I get to pretty much do what I want in this space as far as painting and all that goes. When things go wrong all I have to do is contact the maintenance guys and they come over and fix it. It’s a pretty sweet deal. Now about 1 year ago I had asked if it would be at all possible to get a backsplash put in the kitchen.  At the time there was nothing on the walls. I dreamt of a beautiful glass subway tile but I knew that was way out of any budget I could be given so I found this cute glass mosaic tile at HD on sale for $5.99 sq/ft.

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I was told yes but that it wouldn’t be right away, probably not for another month since the guys were working on a lot of projects.  Well, that month turned into “They won’t get to it until the summer,” which turned into “October is looking like it might be a better time for them,” which then became “After the winter break,”…catch my drift? It just kept being put off and I so badly wanted to just DIY it and submit my receipts but at the same time I didn’t want to piss anyone off. So January rolls around and it looks like the ball is starting to roll on the install! I get a text saying that they are at HD and they no longer carry the tile I wanted, bummer! So I went searching online and came across this tile.

photoIt had the glass but also some stone which I liked.  So in my mind this was the tile I was going to be getting. Fast forward another month or so and still no word on the install.  Then I get an email saying to go to the tile store at the bottom of my street…”there’s a tile store at the bottom of my street?” and pick the tile for my backsplash.  This. is. so. exhausting. I wasn’t married to the glass and stone and in all honesty could care less what went up, it’s an apartment, I just wanted something! So I went in the store and apparently they were expecting me and I was told that I was given a generous budget. Hmm, someone must have been feeling bad for making me wait so long. So when they asked what I wanted I asked, “Do you have any glass subway tiles within my budget?” and they pulled out these gorgina 2″ x 16″ tiles.

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So I chose the color I wanted and left feeling very happy. I guess waiting almost a year was worth it!

Now, just when you think the story is over there’s more to it. So let me show you what the area looks like. This is a super old and dark photo I was lucky enough to find since I never took a “before” shot.

photo-5 When I was told the guys would be coming to do the tiles I had said that I wanted them staggered like bricks to the head maintenance guy.  The day of the install came and I was sooo excited all day and when I got home I opened the door and felt a big whomp whomp.  This was what I saw…

photo-4Why are the stacked? Who stacks tiles? I was pretty disappointed.  I had an image of what I thought it was going to be and it wasn’t that at all.  I decided I wasn’t going to judge it until it was all done. Nor was I going to complain about free tiles! I started to find that the more I stared at it the more I was beginning to like it.  I even went on Pinterest and searched stacked tiles and the photos that came up helped me feel a lot better about it.  I feels very modern to me now and once the grout was put in and I put all my stuff back I found that I actually love it.  It’s completely different from the ordinary and not what you would expect and that is what I love about it.  The guys said after searching online they read that long glass tiles should be stacked rather than staggered. It took forever to happen but now I finally have something to look at other then a white wall! 

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I find it to be a very clean look. What are your thoughts? 

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{Gold & Mirrored} Target Bar Cart Hack

I remember in my rebellious stage of life I had this “I hate trendy things” attitude and now that couldn’t be any further from the truth! I love trends, I love following them, I love being a part of them, I love all things trendy! There I said it! One of the biggest trends happening for what feels like forever is the trend of GOLD! I get way too excited for anything gold and my trigger finger can literally spray paint anything gold that comes my way! That was clearly the case when it came to my next project.  I have been ogling the absolutely gorgeous bar carts from Social Society forever now but with the price tags of no less than $500 it just wasn’t happening.  Then of course Target came to the rescue with their Threshold bar cart.  

Target Bar CartThere were so many things I loved about it.  It’s simplicity, clean lines, size, shape…it was perfect in almost every way.  Even the price was something I could deal with ($130) although I did wait for quite awhile to purchase it hoping it would go on clearance…never happened.  I decided to buy it before I wouldn’t be able to get a hold of one anymore.  Now there were 2 things I just wasn’t feeling about it and that was the brass finish and the dark wood shelves.  But alas I am the girl who makes the best out of what she has and that’s exactly what I did! There is nothing that a can of spray paint can’t fix, right?  With Brittany’s helpful post about finding the perfect gold spray paint I decided to go with this brand. 

I removed the shelves, which easily unscrewed from underneath, taped the wheels and got to priming and painting. Here is how it looked before.

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And then the process of the makeover. I started with one thin coat of primer.

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Then the second thin coat. I used Zinsser’s oil based primer.{Gold & Mirrored} Target Bar Cart HackAnd then I continued in with the gorgeous gold. 2 thin coats, allowing for drying time in between coats. Here’s a shot of what that started to look like.  I love the gold color. It definitely lives up to its description of warm honey gold.

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Now before we move on I had to decide what I would do with the shelves.  I had a million ideas running through my head.  Find a pretty print and decoupage it onto the shelves (no)…paint the shelves (no)…add glass (maybe) but then I realized that you would see the brackets on the sides that held the shelves in place.  So I decided what is more glam than mirrored tops! I went to my local glass and mirror shop and had them cut me some mirrors to size.  The shelves themselves (say that 5 times fast) had 1/4″ pieces of wood on each corner to screw into the bracket.  The guys just removed those pieces and glued the mirror on top of the existing shelves.  The mirror was 1/4″ itself so I didn’t end up losing any height and the shelves sit perfectly flush with the cart. WIN! And without further ado here is what she looked like when I put the mirrors in! 

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And where she sits now in my kitchen…

{Gold & Mirrored} Target Bar Cart HackKeep in mind that I do not have a kitchen table in my kitchen.  I got rid of it when I realized I was only using it to hoard junk and I replaced it with this beauty! Because of this I didn’t want to clutter the top with glasses and bottles and what not.  I also went out to TJ Maxx and scored this awesome nailhead trimmed linen bar stool chair.  I justified spending the dough on it because it is also the perfect height for when I need to do clients makeup in my home. Since I have a traveling chair I need something for my own space right?? Ha, I can convince myself of many things! Anyway, the chair sits right next to the stool and offers a great little space for guests to sit while I prepare dinner! photo-2

I am also not a huge coffee drinker (despite having worked at Starbucks for 8 years) so having the coffee maker on the bottom shelf doesn’t bother me. 

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And in the bigger scheme of things…

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So there you have it! I am pretty in love with this little area.  And good news, the bar cart has finally gone on clearance! The last I saw it was down to $90! My Target has sold out of it and sadly it is still full price online but maybe if you’re lucky you can get your hands on one! The mirrored tops came out to $20 each so altogether it cost me $170.  Way better than the $500 price tags I was seeing!! 

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xo

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Favorite Skin Care Products

Have no fear, I am alive! I know it has been awhile since my fingers have touched the keyboard but I have been in a winter funk. I’ve managed to find motivation in all aspects of my life but not so much when it comes to my space.  I feel as though I’ve hit that point where I’ve outgrown it and I want out! I’m not quite at the point of moving yet but I’m hoping it will happen soon.  One exciting thing is I am finally getting a backsplash installed in my kitchen! I should tell you this was suppose to happen almost a year ago but kept getting delayed but fingers crossed it happens this week! Now back to the topic at hand – SKIN CARE! My New Years resolution this year was to take better care of my skin.  As a makeup artist I know that if you want your makeup to look great you’ve got to have great skin and I was guilty of not doing the best I could for my skin. I changed my routine about 6 weeks ago. Some products are new and some are ones I have been using for a long time that I love.

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First let’s get to the root of our face…clean skin!

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I have always just used my bare hands to wash my face and exfoliate once or twice a week.  For Christmas I decided to add the Mia from Clarisonic to my wish list and I couldn’t be any happier. This bad boy cleans my face like no other! It gets every last bit of dirt and makeup off.  I did find that I broke out a little when I first started using it but I have read that it is normal since the product is pulling all the dirt to the surface. It only lasts for about a month and then you’re good to go! The key is to let the Mia do it’s job, don’t add any pressure and just let it glide across your face! There are different types of heads you can use , mine is sensitive. There is also a cashmere head that I have heard great things about and that also minimize the “purge” reaction.

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Cetaphil has always been a great go to face wash but I’m a sucker for new products so I thought I would try Neutrogena’s cleanser and I am not disappointed.  I use this with my Clarisonic, pumping twice on the head.  It doesn’t dry out my skin at all and paired with the Clarisonic, my skin feels so soft and smooth!

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Toners are great for oily skin! Many people think that toners are just another form of cleansing the face and getting out dirt and oil from pores.  While this is all true, toners are also made to balance out the PH levels in our skin. What does that mean? Well when you wash your face you strip it of its natural oils and this will then make your face work harder to produce oil, sometimes resulting in overworking and getting oily skin.  The toner levels out your PH so your skin doesn’t create more oil than necessary…make sense? Just pour a few drops onto a cotton swab and run all over your face after washing.  This is also great to do before moisturizing because when our skin is moist vs. dry it absorbs topical creams better. *Same thing goes for body lotions. You should always leave your skin a little damp when you come out of the shower and apply your lotion rather than completely drying it with a towel! 

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That’s right…anti-aging. Cue sad face. It’s that time of life where I need to think about things like fine lines and wrinkles.  I went on a major research hunt to find a moisturizer that I was happy with and this right here is where I ended. Not only does it work at reducing wrinkles and maintain elasticity but it’s such a natural product.  There are so silicones, parabens, alcohol, fragrance, and a million other things that we shouldn’t be applying to our face. I also love how one pump goes a long way. I use this cream every morning after washing my face.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

Due to all the effects of young dumb sun tanning I have quite a few dark spots on my face so I have been using this moisturizer at night after washing to help with this.  This claims to work after 8 weeks of use which I haven’t reached yet but I’ve already started to notice a difference in the evenness in my skin tone and I am one happy camper! It absorbs beautifully into my skin as well.

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This stuff is my winter holy grail! I have combination skin but come winter time my dry spots become crazy dry! I love adding a few drops of this to my nighttime moisturizer to give me that extra boost of hydration that my skin desperately needs! I know what you’re thinking, oil on your face? YES! If you are someone who has oily skin this stuff is fantastic! I know it sounds crazy but it’s the same as with the toner, it’s all about the oil your face produces. Think of it this way, your skin is producing oil because it thinks it needs it but by adding a few drops of this to your routine you’re almost tricking your skin into thinking that it has produced enough oil so it won’t make anymore! See the genius in that!

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This is hands down the best eye serum ever! I have tried tons of creams and nothing compares to this product.  I hate my eye lids! I have the eye lids of a 90 year old…no joke. I saw results immediately with this product.  I use it every morning and evening and I can’t say enough good things about it.  My eyelids feel tighter and firmer and I no longer have that loose skin on my lids. If you are in the market for something to help tighten your lids you must buy this product!

Great Skin Care Products 2014So this product was a impulse buy. I saw it when I was on the Dr. Perricone site and bit the bullet after reading all the reviews.  This is another 8 week before you see results product but it is suppose to do a handful of things while you sleep like correct lines and wrinkles, help firm skin and prevent dehydration, diminishes the appearance of large pores and other surface imperfections, revitalizes and brightens dull skin. I’ve only been using this for a short amount of time so hopefully I start to notice results soon but for some reason I am not that hopeful.

Great Skin Care Products 2014

If anyone watches Girls then you may have picked up on Shoshanna making a comment about how the Gramercy Hotel has Mario Badescu products in their bathrooms.  Now that’s a bathroom I’d love to be in! This drying lotion is perfect for those whiteheads or blackheads that decide to rear their ugly heads! Just dip a q-tip into the oil and down to the pink product and dab it on.  It’s a great spot treatment! It’ll zap those suckers right away!

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I have been seeing this mask in so many magazines and tons of beauty gurus have been talking about it so I had to give it a try and WOW! This mask does wonders to my skin.  I see immediate results with it.  My skin feels softer than ever, my pores look smaller, my complexion is brighter, it truly is fantastic! Glam Glow also has a hydrating mask which I want to get next since I love this one so much!

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This is another mask that I really like! I leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed every time! It’s the first product I’ve purchased from Lush so I think I may check out some more of their products. I especially want to try their lip scrub!

I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions feel free to ask away!

Do you have any favorite skin care products? 

Valentine Ideas

I was almost certain that we celebrated the new year yesterday and somehow we’ve reached February! I’ve become aware of this from all the pink happening on my Pinterest feed! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and with all the great ideas that are out there I thought I would do a little round up for you guys! With so many ideas I decided to categorize them for you…Enjoy!! You can find all the sources under each photo.

treats

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wreathss1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 

decor

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crafts

1 / 2 / 3/ 4 / 5 

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I am definitely going to try the top left nail design! Anything here inspiring you?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

{Recipe} Banana & Nutella Crepes

I love a good breakfast. Well, lunch too. And dinner. Ok, I just love food. It’s kinda ridiculous. But growing up my mom used to make crepes all the time and it wasn’t until I had a hankering for them that I realized just how super easy they are to make! The best thing about crepes is you can have them in a sweet way or a savory way.  There is a great crepes place by me that makes some great dishes like southwestern crepes or crepes with grilled salmon but today we are gonna look at the sweet side.  You most likely have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now.  I can not be held accountable if you make a huge batch and eat it all! 

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Adapted from Basic Crepe Recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 – 3/4 cup water 

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth. The thinner the batter the thinner your crepes will be so adjust the amount of water based on that.

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Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.

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Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. You’ll know when it’s time to flip when the edges start to curl up.

Crepes RecipeCook for another minute or so on the other side and you’re done. Now here comes the best part! While your crepe is still hot just smother it with nutella. Just typing that make me want a spoonful of it!

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Place your sliced bananas on next and then roll it up!

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Crepes RecipeFeel free to sprinkle some confectioners sugar on them or dip them into more nutella, you know whatever floats your boat.

Enjoy!!

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{Beauty} How To Make Your Curls Last

Happy Friday everyone! I hope most of you managed to make it through the week without  being hit with some nasty illness or without getting any frostbite from this crazy cold weather! I wish I could say I am pumped for the weekend but alas I will be spending the majority of it writing report cards! Hopefully I will have some time to have fun but enough of my pity party I’m sharing another beauty video with you guys today! I seriously enjoyed the first one and got amazing feedback! I loved all of you that tagged me in photos of your awesome curls!! Today’s video is all about how to help keep your curls lasting longer for all those pin straight hair folks out there! Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to upgrade to HD when the video starts by hitting the little gear on the bottom right!

How To Make Curls Last

If the video doesn’t work for you, you can go directly to YouTube to view! 

http://youtu.be/mZsMN0UnZDo

You can find the curl clips HERE 

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Ikea Lack Side Table Hack

I went and did it again. I hacked another piece of Ikea furniture! This is starting to get fun! In case you missed it, here’s the last one I did.  The piece I worked on this time around was the Lack side table.  I used to have the coffee table that went with it before I replace it. I remember seeing someone who had the table wrap it in fabric and I loved how it looked so I thought I would give it a go! My goal was to replace all the dark furniture in my living room by the end of the year and besides the sad couch issue I was able to accomplish it! 

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The fabric I chose to use was this Faux Crocodile one.  The table was super easy to wrap because the legs come right off so after measuring them (roughly 16″ long and 2″ wide on each side) I cut 4 pieces at 15 3/4″ x 8 3/4″.  Using spray adhesive I wrapped the fabric around each leg.

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For the top I measured 3 extra inches all around and in true upholstering form I used my staple gun and shot a staple in the middle all around.

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For the corners I put together this pictorial because, well, I don’t know how to explain what I did! 

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I continued stapling the rest of the fabric down and then screwed the legs back on.

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I added a few new items to the table like this new gold dipped honeycomb Threshold lamp from Target and this basket which I am in love with! Thank goodness for gift cards!!

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While I was all set to purchase a new side table I’m happy I went with hacking what I already had. I already owned the table and the fabric was only $15/yd so it was totally worth it! It adds a nice texture that the space really needed!  Here’s a before and after shot…

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Have you ever thought of wrapping your existing furniture in fabric?

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Gold Leaf Antlers

I’m always looking for little trinkets when I’m out shopping to decorate with.  Whether it be a cute vase, candle or a vintage bowl. If it catches my eye, it comes home with me! I have been seeing deer antlers used as decor forever now and love the touch of nature that they add so naturally I need to have them!  I tried looking on Etsy for some but couldn’t find what I was looking for and then I was all “Umm Cindy, did you forget your father is a hunter??” So off to Pops I went and BAM, there in his office was a deer’s antler! It wasn’t as big as I would like but it would do.  I’ve informed him and my brother to keep their eyes open while they’re out.  So here is the antler I confiscated.

Gold Leaf AntlerPretty simple but I wasn’t feeling whatever was going on at the end there. Maybe it’s just me but leftover caracas doesn’t really scream coffee table decor. Here is where the gold leafing came in.  I could have tried to saw it off or go with another approach but let’s get real, if you can make it gold, make it gold! 

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I started by dabbing the adhesive pen all around the area and then waited about 45 minutes for it to be tacky.

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Once it was dried enough I used the sponge brush to add the leafing. 

Gold Leaf AntlerI’m happy with the way it turned out.  I’m hoping to get a bigger one at some point but for now it fits perfectly! 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed your New Year festivities and are feeling the sense of accomplishing great things in 2014! I have set a few goals for myself for 2014 and am excited to see where life takes me this year!  I’ll be back next week to share a quick gold leaf project and another Ikea hack I did! In the meantime you can follow along in all my other craziness on Instagram

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{DIY} Glittered Headband

Tomorrow night we will be ringing in the new year and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store! I have been planning my New Years outfit and of course I had to add some glitz and glam to it!  When I was looking for some ribbon last week for my gift wrapping I was struck with the idea to make a headband.  I had a roll of elastic and plenty of ribbon so I thought it would be a perfect accessory for this holiday season.  All you need to accomplish this is a ribbon that’s about 3/4″ wide, an elastic band and hot glue.

DSC_0064I cut out 10″ of elastic and wrapped it under my head to see where it landed.

bandNext I measured the ribbon from the top to where it would meet the elastic and cut what I needed. Then I simply hot glued the two pieces together.

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It’s a fun way to add some sparkle to your holiday night out or any time for that matter!

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Here’s wishing you all a magical and wonderful New Year!!