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Magnetic Pretty

9 Apr

Over the weekend, I was perusing Sephora with none other than my right hand fashion woman (Chelsea) because I had a gift card to spend there.  We stumbled upon this AWESOME nail polish that I’d never seen before.  I’d heard of it but wasn’t exactly sure what it was.  We were testing it out and when we realized how easy it was to use, I was instantly hooked.  It’s a great way of giving yourself a quick manicure that looks like you spent lots of time perfecting.  It’s kind of expensive at about $18 a bottle but I figure there has to be at least 25 coats in the bottle.  They have about 7-10 different colors in the Nails Inc brand that I bought (I got turquoise) but I’m sure there are other brands that will start coming out with this for cheaper.  You paint the coat on your nails, which I only needed one, and then flip the lid of the bottle over to hover over the freshly painted nail.  The magnet pull the paint in different directions to give the polish the fun texture.

I’m not the best at manicuring myself but you can see more what it looks like here.

In the sun, it gets even a little brighter.  You can also hold the magnet over the nails for as short or long as you want creating different definitions in the lines.

The bottle that I got and love.

I hope everyone had a GREAT Easter weekend!  I spent lots of time with family, baking and with the horses – I know all of this is shocking, right? 🙂

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This brings a new definition to living on the water!

31 Oct

I’m sort of an architect dork that enjoys perusing Architectural Digest from time to time.  I think I got this trait from my dad who always had them lying around when I was younger.  There is just something so interesting about a home or space created “out of the box.”   Today on Architectural Digest’s website, I noticed this incredible looking home.

Can you imagine living here??

This is a 5 bedroom, 5 full baths, 2 half bath, 5,920 sq foot home for sale for a cool $17.5 million….

Pretty insane if you ask me but very cool to look at.  I can only wonder what would happen to this thing in a storm though!

I love modern

16 Sep

Here are some modern spaces I wouldn’t mind being in and around.

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I LOVE this interior space.  The cabinets all blend in and it’s just so clean looking.

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I’m pretty impressed with the over view of this work park/courtyard.

I don’t know what it is about modern art/architecture/design but I can’t get enough of it!

New Apartment Reveal #1

18 Aug

 

As some of you may know, I’ve recently moved into my very own place!  It’s has been SO much fun to re-arrange, organize, and decorate the way that I want.  This is my very first place of my own so it’s all a new and exciting experience.  I’ll slowly unveil the new apartment because it’s still a work in progress but the first piece that I’m finally done organizing and satisfied with is my wonderful closet…  it’s made perfectly for all my clothing and hobby accessories!

I made a previous post about the outdoor lights on the sides of my closet because  I really do love this accent.

This is how my closet normally looks when I’m not hiding any disorganization with my folded doors closed 🙂

I frequently change around the middle shelves of my closet depending on what sort of week(s) I’m having.  Although, shoes are the only thing that will always fit no matter what mood you are in 🙂

My closet go esdeep back into both sides so it’s actually as big as the exterior wall you see in both of the first photos.  I like to pick out outfits and hang them on my doors for the next day.  It saves me a good 20 minutes in the morning, I kid you not…

To the backs of each side I keep my hobby things such as all of my horse clothing/boots and snowboarding/winter clothing.  These are also part of the seasonal rotation.

I love the interior lights in my closet.  I think it’s safe to say I’m tad crazy about organizing but I will say it’s a lot more fun when you have such a great closet to do so with!  It’s given me many ideas for when the time comes to build my own house someday.

 

 

 

Want a cute cube?

17 Aug

If you are tired of looking at the same ol’ boring cube, I have a cute quick fix!  It’s something I like to do to organize and have my cube not look so drab.  Whatever style you are into, it’s easy to do and really simple.  The steps to a cuter cube are below:

Step .1

 Pick 0ut your binder that you want out in the open.

Step 2.

Find the pattern or image you want to decorate with and print it out on an 8.5″ x 11″.  Cut or fold to fit the width of the binder.

Step 3.

Slide appropriate sized slip into binder spine.

And voila!  You have a new set up of cute binders =)

I’ve personally chosen a white lace pattern and a bright floral pattern for my cube.  What about you?

Where do you want to retire?

29 Jun

My dad and Vicki have been working hard on the home where they have decided is where they will retire.  I got to spend the night with them last weekend and enjoy the space that they enjoy so much.  It was such a fun experience to see them living the life they have dreamed of and where they can grow old together.  It’s in a place called Valley Springs, CA and not your typical retirement plan.  Valley Springs can be incredibly hot in the summer and cold in the winter but it’s made a home for two people that I love very much and they have truly started to transform their place into a amazing oasis.

Here is part of the back part of their lot now.  Right outside of the house, they’ve worked hard to put a spa and other recreational areas so that when it isn’t so hot out they can enjoy evenings out in the yard.

  Here’s the neighbor’s dog that visits over the fence and plays with my dad and Vicki’s dogs.  They only have this one neighbor close by who they enjoy talking with.

Here’s Buster and Harley.  Harley is named after my dad’s love for Harley motorcycles.  My dad actually custom made one of his saddle bags to be able to let Harley come for bike rides with him.  It’s a cozy pouch with a hole in the top for him to be able to have his head out and his dachshund ears flapping in the wind.

Here’s Buster who is primarily Vicki’s.  Even though they are a package deal, when they got the dogs it seemed that they gravitated to different ones.  Buster is sitting in one of my dad and Vicki’s first backyard pieces.  A beautiful rock well that with their designing and own backyard, the duo built together!

Here’s my dad adding some rocks to the top of the well.

He searched the yard for tons of large pebbles to decorate the well with.  He also did this for the walls of the well.  He searched for large stones and took the time to perfectly piece them together to create this beautiful stone well made out of their own backyard!

Here’s a good example of some of the rocks he used to fill the top of the well.

Here he is smoothing them out.

The final product, all made from the very same back yard!  It looks so great and it’s so nice to have the hot tub too.  My dad put the hot tub in himself, too.  One night we went out and soaked in the hot tub which was so peaceful and relaxing.  Watching the day turn to night in Valley Springs is another relaxing moment to enjoy.

Every time I have visited Valley Springs the sunsets get more and more unreal.  The colors are just so beautiful.

Here’s Vicki, my dad and I (and the dogs of course as well) enjoying a morning coffee in their “sun” room.  It’s so open and walled with windows so you can look out on the property and enjoy from a cooler or warmer space depending on the season.

My dad likes to play with his technology toys in this room, too.  Now maybe I see where I got my love for technology toys!

After waking up, having coffee, and enjoying a long morning of good conversation we decided to hit the nearby town of Jackson.  It’s a VERY small town but it’s where my dad and Vicki have made friends with the local shop owners and have really started to form their retirement life.  There are a lot of antique shops and only a restaurant or two.

Here is the main street of Jackson.  Very small but cozy.

They found a great house in a very small town far from any city and have started to build their next phase of life.  It’s so cool to watch it all unfold because they have really made their house into a home and strangers into friends.  I look forward to spending more time in Valley Springs with them!