but basically all of you should know what lipsense is by now (incase you don't here's the quick rundown: it's a molecularly bonded liquid lipstick that doesn't smear, transfer, bleed, feather, smudge, no matter what you do for the entire day, you can eat, swim, kiss, even wash your face and it ain't goin' nowhere till you purposefully take it off.-if applied correctly-) but what you probably didn't know is that there are dupes for them at the drugstore!
yes, i said DRUGSTORE DUPES.
here they are:
i made an entire video where you see me apply one of these colors to my lips, and i give my review, plus swatch each of the colors i own on my arm. (and it's under 10 minutes long!) you can view that here.
but, i wanted to include some more information here on the blog that i didn't share on the video.
and here are those same swatches 2 days later. 2 DAYS. you read that right. and i obviously showered, and washed my hands frequently in those two days. plus, i'm a hairdresser, so my hands are wet constantly from hair washing. and granted, that's an arm swatch, so they wear differently on the lips, but still. two days??
Let's not forget about the 1/2 bath that i mentioned in this post. This reveal is dramatic enough i felt like it deserved it's own post. holy moly.
it's a very small room, obviously. and everything in this room was painted purple, which only made it feel smaller. before the remodel we literally only used this bathroom in emergencies. (you know, after going out to eat somewhere new and your significant other, or child, was already using the main bath.) we lovingly referred to it as the haunted grape vineyard. there were literally 5 different shades of purple used in the making of that room. a grape wallpaper border, a dark purple ceiling (not pictured to spare your eyes) so, my objective was to brighten and enlarge the space visually as much as possible. we went with a black vanity, and stainless steel hardware, to match the kitchen because the bath and kitchen are so close in proximity to each other in the house and we continued the same flooring as the kitchen into this room as well.
bright white went up on the walls and ceiling with one accent soft pink wall because the bathroom is for the girls after all. one of the biggest differences was the change in lighting, more specifically the light bulbs. we went with daylight bulbs instead of the normal yellowish shade. this makes it feel like there might actually be a window in this room, even though there's obviously not.
we love the open space under the godmorgon cabinet from ikea, it's the perfect height to store a step stool so that they can wash their own hands, and brush their teeth, but still have it tucked away the rest of the time.
We all know why you are here: the before and after pictures! So, i'm not going to say much besides... ENJOY!
The unique thing in the above shot is the stairway in the "after" shot is hidden under the island, we have a basement apartment, so we don't ever use those stairs. we turned it into a sort of "crawl space". with a hidden door along the right side of the island. also, lets take a moment and remember the bookshelf with the built in planter box, and the 60's wall partition.
This is the view from the front door. it's a little unconventional to have the dining room and living room literally share a space like this, we are planning on turning our covered patio into a sunroom next year, so when that happens, the living room will be in there. but for now this set up works perfectly for our family. it's actually more spacious than it looks.
removing the wall that would have been in the middle of our kitchen island was by far the best choice of this remodel. it's one of things that makes us say "i can't believe we lived like that" all of the additional light from the living room window brightens everything so much, and being able to see my kids play while i cook is priceless! also, you can see we reconfigured the layout of our appliances, we really like the setup we have now. fridge along that back wall, and the range close to the sink. it's made everything easier and less messy.
This shot really shows off our open shelving, as well as the removal of our terrible red cabinets. i vowed to never have red in my kitchen again after taking those out, but... that rust colored rug was calling my name and i just couldn't resist. the neutral color scheme needed a pop of color, and i'm just happy it's not a permanent fixture, we can change up the "pop" of color whenever we want just by picking out a new picture for above the island, or rug.
backsplash of my dreams. and functional open shelves that surprisingly don't hold any decorations.
custom wooden windowsills and a sink with a basin large enough to clean my cookie sheets!
miss betty is literally life sized and the topic of much discussion from guests with opinions that vary from awesome to inappropriate, and we love her for it. a little controversy never hurt anyone :)
people have asked if we are happy with our choice to do a built in lower microwave, and yes. we love it. the kids have been obedient so far and haven't melted any cars or barbie dolls, so, we're counting that as a win.
the view from the hallway, it's a very welcome sight in the mornings for breakfast.
if you look REALLY closely, you can see the chips in the white paint on the chairs from when the girls swivel and hit them on the counter top, but... they are seriously more comfortable than our couch so it's worth the chipping paint.
we are planning on installing a new front door like this one soon! maybe as an anniversary present to ourselves in January because lets be honest, this remodel is our entire Christmas this year.
Roller Blinds are literally the shiz. especially this one that blocks the view of the busy road, but lets in alllll the natural light. and even does us a favor by softening it.
decisions decisions, (they picked ice cream if you were wondering...)
you can see our last "to-do" item in this shot, when we removed the wall(s), it ruined some of the sheetrock in the hallway, we gave lowes a sample of our existing hallway paint to try and color match it, but it didn't work. you can see the patch job is obviously not the same color. so, we need to try it one more time, and if it still doesn't work, then we will need to paint the entire hallway.
this is the best angle to show you what the island wall looks like, it acts as a privacy wall between the 1/2 bath directly behind it, and adds visual interest in the room.
the texture of these cabinets is my absolute favorite. pictures don't do them justice. the horizontal wood grain is just beautiful.
here you can see the hidden door in action as you are allowed access to the stairway. we will be using this area for storage, and to hide things like christmas presents, dead bodies, etc :)
meet tyson, our bison. until garrison has the opportunity to shoot one for himself to replace it. i'll let you decide if you think i meant "shoot" as in a picture, or bullet.
i love all the colors of our "living room" sitting area, the bright couch, and this comfy avocado green vintage chair literally make me happy sitting in them.
it's a cute angle, but more importantly is the hidden tv that's behind those stacks of wood in the "fireplace". seriously.
a closer shot of the hallway that we still need to paint. haha.
stainless steel for dayzzzz, and that cute little cabinet up there holds all our spices. because... we are trying our hardest to keep any and all things off our countertops. those pesky knives are the only ones that we couldn't find a hidden home for.
all of my favorite things are in this image: stainless steel, natural wood, the color gray, marble, natural light, and sleek-ness that's sexy as hell.
the "disco ball" light fixture above the sink that is just the perfect height so that my husband's head doesn't hit it when he helps with the dishes.
those chair bases will stay this shiny for approximately 1 hour.
My favorite Light fixture in the entire world. and the largest centerpiece i could find that is constantly being dwarfed by our massive island that's larger than a king size bed.
(but trust me, i'm much happier than you that all this is over finally!)
the day i met my husband, during our very first conversation, sitting on my apartment couch, after he helped me carry boxes in from my car on moving day, we realized that we went to the same, elementary, jr high, and high school. as children we lived only a few blocks away from each other, but since he is 4 years older than me, we never met. a ton of his friends, were the older siblings of my friends, and our parents even knew the same people (when time came to send out wedding invitations, some families got one from my parents list of invites, as well as one from his.)
recently, when we were cleaning out boxes, getting ready for a yard sale, Garrison found these:
we both kept all of our student i.d. cards from jr high and high school. granted, his are a little more beat up than mine, they are 4 years older, and were owned by a boy, who threw them around in the wash with his mud stained jeans, -vs- a girl who stored hers neatly in her wallet because that i.d. card finally gave her a reason to take her cute pink wallet to school.
our daughters are having the best time playing with these, so we figured we'd better keep them safe via pictures on the internet so that when one of our girls inevitably uses one as scissor practice, we won't be totally devastated about our unique, cool-to-us, collection.
here you go, our yearly school pictures in laminated wanna-be credit card form. do you think we would have had crushes on each other back then? we happen to think it's a damn good thing we didn't meet back then cause i'm pretty sure we wouldn't have "clicked". who knows. maybe our daughters will be able to do this with their future husbands someday. do they even make id cards anymore? it's probably all electronic now, like with an app on your phone or something.
if it's any consolation, garrison say's he'd "hit on" the senior version of me. i said "well you better, that was only 2 years before we got married!"
It's been a HOT minute since i've written about a "favorite find friday" (which is a series i started about 4 years ago. haha!) but i have a few things i want to share and today just happens to be a friday so why not!?!
1.R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo this guy is a little pricey ($22.48) compared to my other favorite (Batiste which is usually around 7.00) BUT... after my friend said that it has lasted her for months and months i figured it was worth a shot. GUYS!!! no white cast. NONE. so, those of you that don't like that about batiste, or have dark hair need to get this! it smells amazing and works great and i will keep you updated about how long it really lasts!
3. we got this light for above our kitchen island and i'm in love! it's a statement piece without being overbearing. it's modern, and unique, and sleek and sexy and i'm just all heart eyes over here. plus, it's cheaper than most of the other options we were considering because you usually need more than one pendant light above an island, but this guy really long so it's all we needed for our larger than average island! pictures of it installed in our new kitchen soon to come!!
4. this tumbler has been my ever constant companion ever since my bff gave it to me for my birthday a few months ago. i have some Stainless Steel Drinking Straws coming in the mail because im a sucker for things that match, and you know... it will look cute. haha! i only use mine for water, but it keeps the ice all day long so i bet it would be great for sodas or smoothies. hot chocolate, or coffee. you know. anything.
5. this beautiful unique abstract painting that i wish was in my house right this second.
6. our about page for the blog. cause, i worked so hard on it, and it's finally updated and seriously i think it's cute and funny, and worth writing here on this list so you all know about it. :)
you wanna know what's NOT my favorite... picking out a back splash for our kitchen. it's the next step in our remodel and i cannot pick out what i want for the life of me. i want something that would fit in our mid-century modern kitchen, but i also want it to be unique, and sorta quirky, and inexpensive, and basically i have made too many decisions so far through this process that my brain has decided to quit on me now that we are almost done. any suggestions or ideas in the comments box below would be much appreciated.