A Fanciful Easter Set-Up

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring showers were in the forecast this week, which gave me some downtime to think about entertaining for Easter Sunday. I love hosting special celebrations, especially when you get to enjoy the day making lifetime memories in the company of fanciful decor!

I did a little shopping over the past few days, picking up knick-knacks from some of my favorite stores to help set the tone for a sophisticated color palette for Easter. Rather than using delicate pastels, I aspired to create a dance of sunset hues with a fresh and organic approach.

The details are still coming together, but I hope this table setting inspires you to create a festive and beautiful display for the upcoming Easter holiday!

A sophisticated and playful palette ...

With a sunset color palette in mind, I wanted to lay out a vignette of muted shades of blush and rose, orange and yellow, as well as a whisper of lavender to bring in that Easter feel. Surprisingly, these ceramic bowls from Anthropologie set the tone for the entire table and they couldn't have been a better jumping off point.

For celebrations like these, I enjoy upgrading the flatware for a luxury feel, especially if you're entertaining for smaller groups. With rose gold as a must have metal for this display, I purchased these twig dinner forks and spoons, as the perfect way to incorporate this dreamy color.

Gems for the table ...

Modern glass tumblers, vintage wine glasses, and stone card holders, like these Gilded Agate Card Holders are some of the gems on my wish list.  Along with white linen napkins and keepsake rose gold leather hair ties as napkin rings, the design will be a thoughtful & stunning Easter look!

Style Tip:  Upgrade simple napkins with handmade tassels, as I did here, for a playful bohemian feel.

Flowers, always and always ...

Among a collection of clear & green bottle vases, both small and large, will be spring flowers such as spray and garden roses, stock, and poppies to complete the arrangement. Can't find the fresh blooms you're searching for? Try looking for them at your local craft store. In an arrangement of mostly fresh flowers, a hint of faux blooms will fit right in.

Of course, Easter Sunday wouldn't be complete if you didn't have an Easter Egg Hunt! I found these clever egg decorating DIY's on Pinterest, along with cute rose gold baskets from Anthropologie and a festive art piece (great for the kids).  Check them out and let me know if you give them a try! 

Stay tuned on Instagram for photos to come on the final set-up and have a blessed holiday weekend! 


Warmly ~


Welcome Spring in with a Fresh New Look {Styling Tips for Interiors}

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This past week has been the most beautiful I've seen in months.  The sun is finally shining bright through the windows and the flowers are starting to bloom once again. It's nice to see color and life after a long and drawn out winter. 

I spent this time adding dreamy color combinations, bohemian textures, and hints of wood tones to bring a fresh Spring look to the house. Favorite home catalogs from AnthropologieSerena & Lily, and West Elm have kept me inspired during the process and I'm happy with how lovely everything is coming along. I'm also working with a few older furniture pieces, such as my sofa and dining table in this evolving space. So for now, I'll be highlighting their best features until we can swap them out for exactly what we want.

Most of what I've purchased has been very affordable and/or on sale. I even did a couple of DIY projects to keep my costs down. Decorating can be expensive if you let it, but there are definitely ways to achieve a beautiful and fresh space, while being kind to your wallet.

Today, I'm going to share with you the things I like to do when transforming a space from lack luster to fresh, beautiful, and inviting ... 

{DIY's: Large Linen Wall Art and Modern Gold Wreath}

{Vintage Iron Victorian Scroll added to my Favorite Sign from the House of Belonging}

{IKEA Bench}

Think Neutrals First and Color Second
Start with a neutral color palette to give you a clean slate to work with. Shades of white, beige, wood tones, and soft grays are all great neutrals to begin with. This makes it easy to implement color through pillows, throws, rugs, wall art, and other decorative objects.  If you like to switch up your decor often like I do, this makes every transition into a new look a breeze.

Gather Inspiration to Focus your Design Goals
Spend time on Pinterest and other social media outlets, pick apart magazines (ex. Better Homes & Gardens and The Magnolia Journal), and visit your favorite home stores to get inspiration for the areas you want to decorate.  Take notes on what you're drawn to ... is it brass details, certain patterns, styles of furniture, colors, etc.  Once you've gathered what you love, create a digital inspiration board through a phone app like POTO, to help you stay on track and keep you from overspending on items you don't need. If you're shopping and it doesn't fall into the scheme of your inspo board, then most likely you can do without it.

Use Darling Details as Decor
One of my favorite things to do, is to use pretty bits and bobs, along with some of my favorite wardrobe pieces to act as decor in my space. Stack a couple of vintage books together with your favorite pair of earrings and a bracelet on top, creating a beautiful vignette on your bedside table. Works perfectly also for accent and coffee tables alike. In my master bedroom, I have a decorative hook next to my dresser, where I like to display a single favorite dress or top of the moment. It acts as the perfect wall art piece in my bedroom.  These are darling details you can incorporate into your design ~ I think you'll love, if you give it a try.

Add Hints of Vintage
Adding hints of vintage, evoke personality and gives you that lived in look. Vintage books, brass candle holders, trays, frames, and galvanized planters are among some of the items I have in varying spots in the house. Shopping vintage can be very affordable, but be mindful to search for tasteful pieces. Keep an eye out for unique and interesting patterns that go with the style you have in mind. Use your inspiration board as a constant reference. Shop small to begin with to create a balanced collection of both old and new.

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
Here's a list of items I often find on sale or at bargain prices at my favorite stores that really elevate a room: mirrors, pillows, throws & blankets, large vases & pitchers, rugs, chairs, accent tables, dressers, and lighting. Before paying full price for big ticket items, first search discount home decor stores, such as Marshall's, Home Goods, and Hobby Lobby to see if they have the item(s) or something similar at a more affordable price point. Think velvet and brass. Marble and ceramic. Woven baskets and mercury glass. These are all textiles that are classic and transitional with the seasons. 

Creating a fresh new look for the Spring season is something we can all do. With a little strategic planning and smart shopping, the end result will be absolutely dreamy! Who's with me?!

Warmly ~


My All Time Favorite Natural Finish Foundations

Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm sure many of you know what it feels like to search for your top holy grail foundation(s)! A common issue we run into is that our foundation doesn't sit the same all year through.  What may work for one season may not work for another, and over time our skin type tends to change.  However, I've found that natural finish bases have remained consistent in my makeup repetoire, no matter the circumstance. They always compliment my skin the best, awarding a flawless complexion every time. So, what's the main thing I look for in a foundation? As a busy mom, I look for foundations that I really don't need to fuss over. I want know that my base will stay put all day, with as much as a mid-day powder.  Less is definitely more for a youthful complexion, so I tend to gravitate towards formulas with medium coverage. Cream foundations are also a plus for me! 

There are only a handful of foundations that I generally keep in rotation, depending on how I feel that day and based on the occasion.  Some have been my go-to's for years and I've also added a newbie to my collection that I'm starting to wear pretty often.  With so many great options out there on the market, it's hard to only commit to one.

My all time favorite foundation ...

The Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation is the one foundation that makes my complexion look it's very best! Regardless of the application (brush, beauty blender or with your finger tips), my skin looks smooth, even-toned with a hint of glow ~  truly flawless.  It's a cream foundation with medium to build-able full coverage and the shade range is geared for neutral to yellow/olive undertones.  I get my perfect shade with all Tom Ford foundations, wearing Bisque most of the year and Sable during the Summer months. Perfect for all skin types!

The best all around for day and night ...

I've become a huge fan of foundation sticks, for that one stop shop for great coverage on the go! The emollient creamy formula of the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick allows for a smooth and even application with little effort. Apply it just where you need it with a dense foundation brush, set with a light dusting of powder all over, and you're set for the day. It's not quite as long lasting as the Traceless Perfecting Foundation, but it's the lit from within glow that I love the most!  Stash it in your handbag for easy touch-ups throughout the day.  

My newest addition for everyday ...

As a fan of Marc Jacobs voluminous mascara and their lipsticks, I was hopeful that the newly released Shameless Youthful 24 Hour Foundation would be a huge hit. I was pleasantly surprised that the cute and portable packaging contained 1 full ounce of product. After testing this foundation for a good week, I found that there's a technique to getting a beautiful natural finish that would win it's slot as one of the best foundations I have ever tried.  Suited best for normal to combo skin types, I found that this foundation sat well with the help of added hydration. Apply a thin layer of foundation with a dense buffing brush (here and here) in back and forth, sweeping motions until fully blended. Then build coverage from there, up to a solid medium coverage. Finish with hydrating or setting spray to reveal a your skin but better look. In the alternative, I also enjoy using a damp beauty blender with this product. With a small boost of hydration, this foundation really does become a beautiful finish that lasts all day. The Shameless foundation feels very lightweight on the skin and has amazing staying power with SPF 25 for skin protection.  Perfect for Everyday!

Adjustable coverage and photograph worthy ...

I'm sure you can sense that I'm a fan of stick foundations. Unlike the Tom Ford foundation stick, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick can provide full coverage upon its initial swipe over the face. With a kabuki brush, I like to add a light layer to begin with and then dab extra to areas that I want fully concealed and flawless. a.k.a. my freckles and the occasional blemish. I particularly like to wear this for nights out and on special occasions, since it photographs beautifully. It gives you this soft focus look that makes you absolutely dreamy! Hourglass just increased their shade range, so this is one to look into. It won't disappoint!

All these bases compliment well with my favorite illuminating primer, which I always apply right before foundation.  Have you tried any of these?  What are your favorite foundation(s) that you can't live without? Share your picks in the comments, along with your skin type.  Thanks so much gals! 

Warmly ~


by mlekoshi