Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WE LOVE WEDGES!

Summer is just around the corner and with it, those picnics and barbecues we all love so much! The problem with outdoor festivities, sometimes, is that my favorite pumps, the ones that look so perfect with my new sundresses, sink into the ground like a pair of spikes. I end up having to yank my heel out of the ground with every step I take and looking ridiculous in the process. I know what you're thinking: Anne, genius, why don't you just wear flats to picnics like a normal person? That's a great question. The answer is simple. I have short legs and for special and semi-special occasions, I feel more confident and prettier in heels.
  
So anyway, the solution to my dilemma: wedges! They give me the height of a pair of pumps with more stability and without my stiletto sinking three inches into the ground. Here are some of my favorites right now!


Monday, April 28, 2014

10 MINUTE DIY CABINET DOOR ORGANIZER


Is there something in your life that annoys you every day, even though it seems really trivial? For me, that thing is the jumble of food container lids that seem to scatter all over the place every time I open the door of the cabinet they're stored in. It was just a little annoying at first, but after years, I feel something close to actual anger whenever I have to spend 5 minutes re-stacking them precariously atop each other. I know this is totally irrational. Why? Because I should have done something about it years ago.

So this weekend, I did! And 10 minutes later, I FINALLY had an easy, cheap solution to my container lid problem. Here's how.

You'll Need:

  • An empty cereal box
  • Command photo-hanging strips
  • A black marker
  • Wrapping paper (matte and heavy works best)
  • A utility knife or sharp pair of scissors
  • Tape

Instructions:

Tape the top of the cereal box closed. Using your black marker, trace onto the cereal box where you'd like the opening for your container to be. I placed mine about an inch from the top of the box.


Cut out the opening with a utility knife or sharp pair of scissors. Be careful!



Wrap the box in wrapping paper as you would any other package. Be sure to put the seam on the back of the box (opposite the opening). Cut a long slit in the wrapping paper where the opening in the cereal box is. Stop about an inch from either side. Cut from the end of long slit to each of the four corners of the opening.




Tape down the paper to frame the opening.


Put a photo-hanging strip on the back of the box and hang the box on the inside of your cabinet door.





All done! Enjoy your newly organized cabinets!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TAKING A MOMENT


One of the nice things about being a government lawyer is that I don't have to work the crazy seventy-hour workweeks that many of my friends at big firms work. Of course, that means that when I do get really busy at work, I feel sort of overwhelmed and get major tunnel vision. That's why I've been a little MIA lately. I love my work and I want to make sure I do a good job, since I literally have people's lives in my hands. Today was one of those days that makes my eye twitch, but it was a very, very satisfying day nonetheless.

You know what I mean. We all get overwhelmed. We all have to prioritize things and activities and tasks and even relationships. Life is all about balance, and I'm still learning that. Anywho, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect. I'm busy because I'm blessed. My life is overflowing and I want to be able to enjoy every part of it. I love that this blog gives me a venue in which to really appreciate these things.

How does your life overflow?

Monday, April 21, 2014

VANITY DREAMS

What is it about vanity tables that makes us feel so girly? I've been obsessed with makeup tables since I was a child--I suppose because they epitomize to me grown-up glam and sophistication. And since I get the DIY/redecorating itch around this time every year, I've begun to plot a fun, sexy revamp for my vanity. Here are some ideas I've been loving!

The mirrored finish on this table is gorgeous. It just screams "Old Hollywood Glam" to me. And I never get tired of the gray and yellow color combination. 

I love the idea of hanging a few small vintage mirrors, rather than one big mirror.

This setup is so lush and luxurious. I would never be brave enough to paint my walls black, but I love the black and gold lamps, the gold-framed mirror, the ornate paintings surrounding the mirror, and the crystal chandelier.

This is a DIY project waiting to happen. Pink and white = super girlie and fun. It looks like the brushes have been organized in painted drinking glasses? And a glass top for my table would really be handy.  

Another mirrored vanity table! Is there any way to DIY this? I love it with the teal stool and the stacked globe lamps.  

How fun are these hanging necklaces? Also feeling the gorgeous flowers and the perfume bottles arranged on the gold tray. 

I really love the idea of hanging framed photographs and artwork around a vanity mirror. And I like the simplicity of this vanity table.

Thoughts? What are your favorite design elements for a vanity or makeup table?

Friday, April 18, 2014

4 EASY WAYS TO SHAVE LESS OFTEN






Spring is FINALLY here, and with it, my beloved sundresses, shorts, skirts, and swimsuits! The downside: my rough, hairy legs which have safely been concealed under slacks, tights, and jeans all winter are now seeing the light of day and they are in BAD shape.

I love the look and feel of smooth legs, but since I am very (1) low-maintenance and (2) busy, I am always interested in strategies to stretch the time I can go between shaves. (By the way, I have tried and abandoned waxing and epilating, which invariably lead to ugly, painful ingrown hairs for me.)

Luckily, there are some easy, surefire ways to ensure that we ladies can get the closest, longest-lasting shave possible, with no telltale razor burn or nicks and cuts.

1. Exfoliate WELL
Exfoliating is great for skin health in general, but it is particularly helpful pre-shave. Sloughing off dead skin cells brings hair out of the follicle, allowing you to get both smoother skin and a closer shave. Exfoliating also helps remove any oils sitting on the surface of your skin, between your skin and the razor. And the closer your shave, the longer it will last. I use a natural bristle body brush and a homemade salt scrub to exfoliate, but any scrub, particularly those with salicylic acid or fruit enzymes, will do the trick.

2. Choose Your Razor Carefully
For best results, use a razor that has multiple blades and moisturizing strips. You've seen the commercials--with each blade, you have a better chance of catching those sneaky leftover short hairs. Each razor cartridge or disposable razor should last for at least five uses. Replace when your blade seems to have gotten dull (you'll know it's dull when you're no longer getting a close shave in one pass).

3. Perfect Your Technique
Wait until the end of your shower to shave, when you skin and hair are softened and your follicles have opened wider. Make sure the temperature of your shower or bath is not too hot or too cold--warm is best! Apply your favorite shaving cream or gel (hair conditioner is a great alternative in a pinch). Pull your razor against the grain of the hair for best results. The best way to make sure you're going against the grain--begin at your ankles and shave upwards toward your knee. Don't forget to be very gentle around your ankle and knee bones to avoid any painful nicks or cuts. When you're finished, rinse the shaving cream or gel off your legs with warm water.

4. Moisturize with Soy
Did you know that lotions containing soy have been shown to slow hair regrowth? Apply (here is one of my favorites) after shaving.

Hope these hints help. Of course, if you really hate to shave, you could look into waxing or laser hair therapy. I have low tolerance for pain AND expensive laser treatments, so I'll stick with shaving.

I hope you have a wonderful, sunny weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTER DRESSES

Spring Dresses

4.  H&M Satin Dress  /  5. Romwe Shift  /  6. Boden USA Shift 

When I was little, one of my favorite things about spring was going to the mall with my parents to pick out a fancy new Easter dress (yes, I was already fashion-obsessed and the religious significance of the day hadn't yet registered). These dresses are admittedly a lot less frilly and fluffy than my outfits of yesteryear, but I think they're just as beautiful.

The trick for Easter Sunday, I believe, is to find a dress that is chic and comfortable, yet still modest and sweet. I love the fresh, spring pastel colors of these selections and the fun floral prints. Now, where to find a big hat???

Monday, April 14, 2014

ALL I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE...


"All I Need to Know About Life I Learned From My Dog"

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on affection and let people touch you - enjoy back rubs and pats on your neck.
When you leave your yard, make it an adventure.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't pout - run right back and make friends.
Bond with your pack.
On cold nights, curl up in front of a crackling fire.
When you're excited, speak up.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you'll get what you want.
Don't go out without ID.
Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.
Always give people a friendly greeting.
If it's not wet and sloppy, it's not a real kiss.

Author: Unknown

Happy Monday! How adorable is this poem? I always say that I wish I could live with the same joy and love as my dogs. They are such amazing little beings!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was low-key, just the way I like it. ALL day Friday, I had a premenstrual migraine/hangover from Thursday night happy hour (sorry for the overshare), so I skipped out on work and enjoyed a relaxing lunch with a girlfriend and some shopping and then Darrin and I got takeout for dinner and indulged in a Modern Family marathon. Saturday, I binge cleaned my house and Sunday, we met Darrin's parents for lunch and spent the afternoon at the hardware store choosing plants and seeds for this year's vegetable garden. I know what you're thinking right now. That sounds super lame. (Perhaps I'm the one thinking that :)) But I cannot tell you how much I look forward to a few relaxing weekends scattered throughout the crazy ones! Anywho, I hope you enjoyed your own weekend and I hope you have a wonderful day!