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Nursery Planning and Inspiration

Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We were quite busy with a lot of errands, Jackie & I had a venue visit in New Hampshire & of course watching the Royal Wedding! After this weekend, we've officially purchased all the "big" items for the nursery so I wanted to give you a glimpse of what we're planning! 
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If there is an interior designer gene, then I don't think I have it! While I'm fairly certain with things I like and don't like, styling is not my forte! Alas, I did have a vision of what the nursery would look like and the colors I would use!  Gary and I have set out to create a room that serves two purposes - guest bedroom & nursery! After selling all the furniture that was previously in the office, we started on the nursery! 

I knew I wanted all the furniture to be white with blush and grey accents. While there's no real "theme" to the room, I wanted it to be airy & light. After testing out about a dozen grey paint colors we decided on Bunny Grey from Benjamin Moore - just had it darkened up 10%. 

Gary's parents gifted us this glider that we absolutely love. Seriously Gary sits in the glider working and watching TV - can't get him out of it! When I say set up was easy, I mean it came in two pieces and you just had to slide the back onto the bottom piece - beyond easy! Something tells me the rest of the furniture will not be so easy to put together! I really wanted the crib to be convertible & we found a few that we liked, but ultimately decided on the Delta Children "Sutton."

Storage is our biggest issue when it comes to this room. Since the closet houses all of Gary's clothes, we needed to find furniture that had a lot of storage for the baby clothes. We decided on a dresser, shelf & day bed all from Ikea! We have a few other Ikea pieces around the house and the quality is really on par with other higher end brands for a fraction of the cost. I know a lot of people have used the Hemnes 8 drawer dresser and just changed up the knob pulls, which is what we'll do. I really like these from Home Depot & these from Anthropologie. The day bed actually comes out to be a full size bed which will be perfect for guests & mostly for my mom since she'll be staying with us for a while! It also has storage underneath which I'm so excited about. 

As for the little details around the room - that's where Etsy, Target & Home Goods have come into play. I have found so many beautiful prints on Etsy that you can download and print on your own! We added some cute woven storage bins that we found at Home Goods & I'm leaning towards a few fun accent pieces from Target. The rug is from Rugs USA and is actually not round, it's rectangular and will fill most of the room since we have wood floors. I also found these adorable star hooks from H&M and I have no clue what I'll use them for yet, but I'm sure I'll find something! I want to add a mirror of some sort above the dresser & I'm stuck between something more modern or a little more whimsical like this mirror

These are definitely more of the "big" items and all the little details is what will really pull the room together! I'd love to know where you love to shop for home decor pieces! 

Recent Product Empties

Product empties are some of my favorite posts to read because unlike first impressions and even beauty round-ups these products have been completely used up, so you're able to get a clearer sense of whether you'll be repurchasing the item again and if it truly lived up to the hype. These posts take a long time to get together because you have to make your way through the product, remember to save the empty product and then you have to wait until you have enough to make it a lengthy post! So here are some of my recently beauty product empties! 

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair 

I can't even tell you the last time I used up a full size dry shampoo, probably because it's never happened - until I started using Batiste! I don't know what took me so long to jump on this bandwagon, but I'm hooked! I do have a couple other dry shampoo's that I need to work my way through before I buy another one, but for a drug store buy this is fantastic! The smell is not over powering and it doesn't leave us girls with darker hair with a white residue. It's easily worked into the scalp / hair and doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or greasy. This is a definitely repurchase for me! 

Vichy Night Cream

I scraped every last ounce of this night cream out! I used it every night until it was gone and saw a slight difference in my skin tone being a bit more rejuvenated and rested. I like that it's paraben free and formulated for sensitive skin. The brand itself is French and with all the stipulations that the European Union puts on testing, I know that I'm not putting harmful chemicals on my skin. While it's a pricier moisturizer, I have seen it sold at CVS, so you could always test it out when you have some extra bucks from previous purchases! 

Maybelline Master Prime 

I find myself always going back to the master prime primer by Maybelline. You can see there are two in my picture and that's because it's easy to use, easy on the wallet and I like the way my makeup looks when I use this primer. If you're on the hunt for a drug store primer, I think this is one of the better ones. I think this a good one to get started with as well if you haven't really used primers before, but I are looking for something that will help your makeup stay on better as the weather warms up! 

Touch in Sol Primer 

Staying on the topic of primers, I really liked using Touch In Sol primer. It's a non-greasy primer that goes on smoothly and helps fill in pores so that makeup can actually glide on. You get an airbrushed makeup look and it keeps your skin from getting oily - especially important as the weather starts to heat up. Between the few face masks I've tried that a friend brought back from a recent trip and this primer, I feel like the Korean Makeup Market is going to become even bigger here in America. Sephora has an entire section dedicated to it in our city! What I like most about this primer is that you get the higher end feel of a primer without the price tag! 

MAC Lipstick "Snob"

It's extremely hard for me to go through an entire lipstick because of the sheer amount of lipsticks I have on hand at all times! I'm constantly changing up which ones I'm using, often applying two or three different colors to create a unique color. One color that I always use on it's own is "Snob" by MAC! It's my go to pink lipstick. While it's has a matte finish, you do get a nice shine on the lips from it! It's the color I get asked about most in photos & one that I always keep restocked! 

La Roche Posay concealer 

I was actually sent these two concealers to try and absolutely loved them. It's really hard for me to find a concealer that is light enough not to feel cakey, but strong enough to combat under eye circles - this does both! It has a brush applicator that you twist from the bottom to get the desired amount of product. I used both the yellow beige and light beige colors and both worked well. This was my first time using anything by the La Roche brand, but what I really liked is that the products are developed in partnership with dermatologists, so they are avoiding harsh chemicals and promoting skin care above anything else. Price wise, it's right on par with other high end brands like NARS and Urban Decay concealers. 

Voluminous Lash Paradise

A lot of beauty bloggers have compared this mascara to Too Faced's Better Than Sex & I'd have to agree! For a fraction of the price you get a similar hour glass wand and volumizing mascara, even the packaging is very similar. I tend to find that "wetter" mascaras dry up a bit faster than other's but using it every day, you'll be done before it has a chance to dry out. I'm pretty agnostic when it comes to mascara's but if I find a great drug store one, then I'll be repurchasing! 

Tried & True Favorites 

I won't go into too much detail over the next few products because I've already shared my love for them endless times! I touched on them in this post most recently! I should buy the IT Cosmetics CC cream in bulk at this point because I'm always using it and same goes for these eye liners - they are truly the best drug store find!  

I have a serious problem with Shadow Sticks in that I can't stop using them! Pink Sparkle & Golden Pink by Bobbi Brown have been used up and I'm on my second stick of Belle-Elle from NARS, the creamiest texture! 

Now that I can finally throw these products away, I'm ready to start saving the newer products that I'm using up! Have you used any of these products before? Any recent product empties you've been loving?

Mother's Day Weekending

Happy Monday friends! Coming off a full weekend spent with my parents who were in town to celebrate Mother's Day! I tried to be as present as possible all weekend long - from watching movies at night with my niece, to going to the flower mart with my sister, to dress shopping and finding a baby shower dress, it was the perfect weekend! Here's the weekend according to my camera roll! 
 Beautiful blooms 
 My absolute favorite - pink hydrangeas
 My dad was getting a kick out of the Instagram Story filters regardless of how serious he looks here!
 The cheese spread pre-dinner!
 My niece made two of the most incredible pies - she's 12!! 
 Asked my dad to take a photo of the three of us and he wanted a selfie instead!
The light of our family - this woman is everything! Selfless mom, daughter, wife and grandmother! I am so grateful I was able to spend the weekend with my mom. 

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Instagram Round Up

I haven't shared my "style" on the blog in quite some time and the place I most often share outfit photos in on Instagram. Here's a few snaps of my maternity style and also some items that I've recently ordered and haven't worn yet. 

I can't say that I have a defined maternity style, but I know that I gravitate towards more form fitting versus loose fitting and that's how I dressed BTB (before the bump)! Loose fitting clothes always made me feel like I appeared bigger than I was, so I've been taking that same mentality while picking out clothes now! 

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Jean Jacket || Striped Maternity Dress (non-maternity option here) || Sunglasses || Espadrilles (this season option)
Jean Jacket || Pink Top (no longer available) || White Jeans || Slides (similar) || Sunglasses
Faux Leather Jacket old (similar) || Non Maternity Floral Blouse  || Dark Jeans || Silver Slides (similar in gold) || Regan Satchel 
Coral Top - I also have this top in navy & white stripes || White Jeans || Block Heel Mules old (similar) || Sunglasses 
Denim Jacket || Floral Top || White Jeans || Slides || Sunglasses
What I've found is that maternity stuff in stores is almost non-existent so you're pretty much forced to shop online! Here are some of my recent purchases!
This BP dress is non-maternity and currently 40% off - so it's under $25! I sized up but I think it's going to be great through the fall as well with booties and a jacket! 
I've seen a few bloggers rave about this tank dress and while it was on sale I decided to pick it up! I think it would be great post baby as well! Give me all the stretch :) It's currently 60% off! 
I love H&M for their affordable options and  this Mama Jersey dress is going to be perfect as it starts to heat up here in Boston! I went for the pink color, but there three other options! 
Even though I think maternity fashion overdoes it on the floral patterns, I did like my other top fro m H&M - so I ordered this pattern as well. It's stretchy, covers the booty and to be honest, I'll probably wear these after pregnancy as well! 

I am on the hunt for a baby shower dress - so if you have any suggestions of non-flowy dresses, please send them my way! 

Spring Weekending Snaps

Happy Monday friends! With lobster rolls & tulips bloomingm Saturday was definitely the highlight of this weekend! 
If you're planning a trip to Boston, then this could be a little guide of an afternoon in the city! 
Start with what New England is known for, lobster rolls! Officially had my first lobster roll of the season at Cultivar in the Ames Hotel! Their outdoor patio was open and we were surprised that we were able to snag a table! I have a fun roundup post of all my favorite lobster rolls coming up soon!
If you're looking for a breeze then heading towards Christopher Columbus park is the way to go! This past Saturday it was in full bloom! There's a great park for the kids & my favorite Joe's American Bar & Grill is located right there! Hooking a right takes you to the Harbor Walk! 
Whenever Gary is taking outfit photos for me, we get mistaken for tourists & this woman pretty much insisted that Gary and I take a photo together!! Can't say I minded it :) Check out his arm pop - totally learned that from me! 
Boston has a lot of fun murals, but I was shocked that we ran into Kelsey Montague the same artist that painted the mural that I absolutely fell in love with in Galway (check it out here)! She was commissioned to do a few murals around the city & we stumbled upon her working on one downtown! I can't wait to take some pictures now that it's done!
I think what people find most surprising about Boston is how walkable the city is - you would have no problem walking from the harbor where we had lunch down towards the public garden and Newbury street where we ended up! Bonus is getting all your steps in! Now that everything is in bloom - it's the perfect time to visit - actually pretty much anytime from now until October is perfect! 

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is what I take my photos with - it's all with the iPhone 8 Plus! 

Have I convinced you to visit Boston yet?