Christmas Home Tour 2021

Dec 19, 2021

I know it's the week of Christmas, but I couldn't let it pass without a Christmas home tour. Let's get started with the foyer. It's almost everyone's favorite "room" I decorate for the holidays. 

The ribbon is a sage green to pick up the new pillows in the living room. I don't change much of my decor year to year because it's expensive and who has a place to store all of it? One way easy way to update your decorations is to just change out the ribbon. You can add a few complimentary ornaments, but I left mine all white and gold. 

We have a new tree in the living room! I'm so happy we switched out our 12 foot tree for a 9 foot. It's so much easier to decorate! It's also just a beautiful tree with LED lights and realistic branches. It's flocked, but I thought after having a green tree for so many years I would switch it up.

My mantel hasn't changed much over the years, but I did add little snowflake LED lights that twinkle and it makes it so magical at night. 

The kitchen is all about greenery this year. The boxwood wreaths are dried, but the greenery in the vase is fresh. I learned my lesson about real greenery. It's only happening if I can put it in water. Otherwise it just dies way too fast (and makes a mess). 

I'm excited to show you my breakfast room! I usually leave it out of photos because it's been such an eyesore, but I'm halfway through with my makeover so it's ready to be seen. I love this planter I bought recently, and how cute is it with this little tree? We're going to have brunch in here Christmas morning so I can't wait to set the table with our fun snowman dishes. 

Of course I have to share a photo of Mario! Here he is waiting for the delivery man. It's the highlight of his day!


Sephora Insider Sale: All My Favorites

Nov 9, 2021

Sephora is having a sale! I always stock up on my favorites because beauty products can get really expensive. I'll take any discount I can get. I try to stick to drugstore brands when possible, but there are some products that are downright magical and completely worth the price.

Here is how it works:

Rouge Members: 20% off

VIB: 15% off 

Insiders: 10% off (Starts Thursday, but you can still sign up)

Use code YAYHOLIDAY to get the discount and free shipping

30% off Sephora Collection (no code needed)

The best thing about signing up (besides access to these beauty events) is being able to earn points towards coupons or free products. I always take the coupon and get $10 off about every third time I order. 

These are my favorites!

1. This CC cream is the foundation I wear daily. It provides full coverage, but it feels very light on the skin. I love that there is SPF 50 in it, too. 

2. This contour kit is a powder instead of a harsh dark liquid that's almost impossible to blend. I wear it under my cheekbones, at my hairline and under my chin. 

3. Grab one of these lip masks for everyone you know! This is the only thing that works for my chapped lips. 

4. My hairdresser recommended this product to repair my hair between highlights. It's a must if you have dry or chemically treated hair. 

5. Velvet Orchid is my absolute favorite perfume. I use others seasonally, but this is my go to all year. 

6. I wear this foundation for a night out. It lasts all day and provides exceptional coverage. 

7. This Nars blush is iconic for a reason!

8. I've bought this eyeshadow palette several times over because the neutral colors are so good. I don't need anything else. 

9. This is my daily curling iron. I use it to give my straight hair a little volume. I use the wand version if I want curls. 

10. This is one of the products I can't live without. It takes my hair from sandpaper to silky. Just check the reviews!

11. If there is one thing you must try, it's this moisturizer. I've been using it for years and it's so much better than Le Mer. 

12. Mix 2-3 drops of this with your facial moisturizer for a buildable and believable faux tan. It's much less harsh than typical tanning lotions. 

Fall Great Room

Nov 3, 2021

I'm thoroughly enjoying all things fall with the cooler weather that came through today. I want to hold onto the season a little longer before I bring out the Christmas decor. It's been so warm until today that I would feel that I never got to fully experience fall if I changed it out so early. Plus, I really love the leaves in my kitchen vase!


Fall Foyer Decor

Sep 28, 2021

Fall started making its way into my house over the weekend. It's amazing how we felt cooler temperatures on the first day of fall this year. It inspired me to get working on decorating. I kept it simple in here since we aren't living in this space. A few pretty pumpkins and the candlelight from the lanterns is enough to welcome guests. Plus, the front porch is loaded up with fall decor! 


Favorite Fall Florals

Sep 14, 2021

I shop online almost every week for florals when finishing a client design. I like fresh flowers as much as the next person, but I've found that you need faux florals for those times when you didn't make it to the store or just don't feel like dealing with a floral arrangement. I couldn't help but notice all the pretty fall florals and leaves. Here are my favorites!