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Black Friday? Meh. Prime Day? Nah. For beauty product junkies like me, today’s the day that really counts. Starting this morning (July 17) and continuing to August 2, you can score some of the best beauty deals of the year at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. In  no particular order, here’s what’s in my shopping cart:

Clinique Colorful Moisture Set, $56 ($80.50 value): Jumbo Moisture Surge plus Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom and Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry. If you have dry skin, I can’t brag about this jumbo-sized cream enough. The gel-like texture is light and never sticky, but somehow keeps skin looking dewy for hours. And who doesn’t love a chubby stick? These pinks are flattering on just about anyone—seriously.

NARS Blame it on NARS Cheek Palette, $59 ($160 value): Bronzer. Blush. Highlighter. This palette really has it all. Whether you use these best-loved colors to contour or just add a hint of tint, this is makeup you’re going to use absolutely every day of your life. Consider it justified.


Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Skin Saviors Set, $130 ($200 Value): 30 Day Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula, .25 oz. Ferulic + Retinol Triple Corrective Eye Serum, 1.7 oz. Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, 1 Alpha Beta Medi Spa Peel. If you’re looking for anti-agers that are truly worth the money, spring for this kit. This stuff is the real deal—I use it myself, and it really makes a noticeable difference in lines, dullness, and dark spots.

Kiehl’s Créme de Corps Home & Away: $75 ($107 Value): 33 oz. jumbo plus 2.5 oz. travel size. I know it might seem crazy to splurge on a body cream, but this product is a cult favorite for a reason. It makes skin look plumper and firmer in minutes and smells nice, but not perfume-y. In this set, you’re getting an insane amount of lotion in the larger pump and some to travel with, too.

Glamglow Glamazing Set, $69 ($99 Value): 1.8 oz. Thirsty Mud, .53oz. Youthmud, 3 Chrome Cell Brightmud Eye Treatments. I’m just going to say it: Youthmud (a face scrub) is my favorite new beauty product I’ve tried in the last five years. It makes skin look brighter, clearer, and fresher right away, so it’s the perfect treatment for when you have a big event. (People always ask me if I’ve just come from a facial!) The Brightmud Eye Treatments are great, too. They make crows feet look a heck of a lot better in three minutes.

Fresh All Start Kit: $53 ($76 value): 1.7 oz. Soy Face Cleanser, 1 oz. Sugar Face Polish, 1 oz. Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, 1.5 oz. Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. I love buying Fresh products for friends and family. They’re universally beloved—especially the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. Everyone who tries it is obsessed!

St. Tropez Home & Away Set, $49 ($87.50 value): 13.5 oz. Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 1.69 oz., Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, Applicator Mitt for Body, Applicator Mitt for Face. This is a self-tanner you don’t have to be afraid of—it’s essentially mistake proof! The color is golden, never orange-y, and the mitt helps you blend the product into skin so it won’t get streaky. And I love, love, love that this set comes with a travel-sized friend that the TSA can’t steal.


Organize With This: Pegboard in the Kitchen!

It is no secret that pegboard is about as versatile as it gets when it comes to storage and organization. Most commonly found in the garage for storing tools; it typically comes with a reputation of being basic and unnatractive. However, any kitchen can benefit from the endless variety of organizing options that pegboard offers.

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Pegboard is slender, can be customized with pegs, hooks and baskets and takes advantage of vertical space. In fact, pegboard is a prime solution for small kitchen spaces and even rental homes. I am here today to convince you that pegboard in the kitchen can be fabulous, beautiful and endlessly functional.

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Paint it! Just because pegboard comes in a white and brown finish, does not mean it has to stay that way. A quick coat of paint and it becomes a shining storage star.

chalkboard peg

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Another painting option is to do a chalkboard finish. This allows you to trace the items you are storing to be sure everything finds a way back home.

framed pegboard

Frame it! By adding decorative moulding to the outside of pegboard, it offers a nice finished edge and instantly becomes artwork that doubles as storage.

bookcase pegboard

Don’t be afraid to tuck small pieces of pegboard in small nooks and crannies to truly maximize your storage opportunities. Think about the backs of bookcases, behind shelving, on the sides of cabinets and behind doors.

kids craft pegboard

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Bring the kids into the kitchen by installing a wall of pegboard paired with pockets, baskets and organizers to create the ultimate crafting zone.

pegboard coffee station

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Are you a big coffee drinker like I am? I love the idea of adding pegboard to display mugs above a kitchen coffee station.

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Selecting pegboard with larger pegs and holes creates an entirely different feel, yet still offers the same amount of storage and flexibility.

Pegboard Inside Cabinet

If you are still not convinced that you love the look of pegboard out in the open, consider adding small pieces to the interior of your cabinets. This is a great solution for creating hidden memo stations, hanging keys or storing small baking tools.

slide out pegboard

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Another way to conceal pegboard is to put it on casters and create a tucked away rolling system. It slides out when you need to access your items, and then hides away in-between uses.

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Pegboard really does make the most of wall and cabinet space, but did you know it can also maximize your drawer storage? Add pegboard to the floor of the drawer and when paired with pegs, you can create an endless combination of drawer organizers.

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Cleaning is chore enough! Adding pegboard to your kitchen cleaning closet will keep all of your supplies right within reach each day.

So what do you think, are you ready to add some colorful pegboard storage to your kitchen space?


BHG Modern Red Front Door

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I’m deep in the throes of redesigning my entryway (along with a few other spaces that flow from here), and the one thing I really want to do is repaint our front door to provide a pop of color for the interior. For now the exterior face of the door will remain black, but I’m envisioning something really fun to add that last little bit of visual interest and personality to the interior. After all, if an entryway is the first thing that sets the tone for anyone coming into the house, shouldn’t the last thing they see before leaving be as interesting?

The internet is full of inspiration for colorful front doors, both inside and out. Here are a few of my favorites to help you get that visual punch.

Bright Bazaar

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An acidic citrus color is made all the more interesting with the additional red detailing. It remains the focal point for the space with the all-neutral interiors.

Navy Closet door

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A classic navy is maybe my favorite neutral of all. Every color looks good with navy and it can be serious as well as playful and preppy.

Palm Springs Pink Door - Studio DIY

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For the brave, this chalky pink door made famous in Palm Springs is glamorous and cheeky. A girlfriend of mine has loads of this color all through her house and when I asked her how she gets away with it (she’s got a manly man husband), she said simply with a shrug, “He’s colorblind.” Hehe

Jenny Komenda Interiors

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Another citrus yellow door with classic trim – almost feels a little Hollywood Regency/vintage Kelly Wearstler, doesn’t it?

carlton landing coral door

This coral door photographed a little more red than it really is (above); I shot it at our lake house community and it makes me stop and look every time I pass by. It contrasts so beautifully with the grayed-down blue of the home exterior.

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My overall goal for our entryway is for it to feel serene, but with punches of color. I’m researching wallpaper (David Hicks’ hexagon? Cole & Son’s Squiggle) and am planning on a blue and white color scheme with hints of aqua to bring in the aqua accents from the adjacent formal living room. This beautiful mint door from Jenny Komenda’s Little Green Notebook is exactly the same style as my front door. We even have brick flooring too (although ours isn’t painted like hers).

I think it’s back to the drawing board for me, although I’m definitely going to try to get that aqua door past my husband’s approval. What do you think? Could you do a bright interior doorway?


Fun DIY Pallet Projects

Hello, I am Aniko from Place Of My Taste. I am so thrilled to be here today to show you some really fun pallet projects as they are so in style and allow you to create a designer look within a budget. I hope these ideas will inspire you to go pick up some shipping pallets and create your own furniture. I will start the list off with our own creation. This fabulous and colorful outdoor space that we tackled last summer was featured in BHG magazine’s latest issue so you may have seen it already.

We created this fun outdoor room on a standard 10′ x 10′ deck. Previously we had a table with four chairs out here and it was OK, but can I be honest? We did not spend nearly as much time outside as we do now, since our cozy and inviting outdoor room came to life. The picture below shows you what the deck looked like before: plain and nothing exciting.

We have access to shipping pallets from our business, and that’s where the idea of recycling those pallets came from. We decided to build an L-shaped sectional into the corner of the deck, which is my favorite piece. It serves as a chaise lounge and couch.

We also built this nice coffee table out of pallets. We wanted to keep the umbrella as our patio gets lots of sunshine during the day, so we cut a hole in the middle of the table for the umbrella. It goes right into the umbrella stand that is hidden under the table.

Another really cool part of the deck is this fun flower hanger, featured below. It is just a single pallet that is leaning up against the railing. Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest impact.

Styling the deck was my favorite part of the project. I sewed pillowcases and a foam cover to finish up this cheery, colorful outdoor space.

Just recently we added some fun string lights to the deck, which added an extra cozy look to the already fabulous deck. Our family spends lots of time out here. It’s the perfect little paradise for those breezy summer nights.

I think pallets are easy to work with and the creativity with them is endless.
Here are some of my other favorite outdoor projects made out of pallets to get you inspired.
Look at this fun swing bed. Could you imagine laying on there and reading for hours? I totally could.
I love this DIY potting station. Fabulous.
You could also make this easy patio day bed using pallets.
And how abut this fantastic paradise? The colors are so fun and well-organized.
I hope you got inspired to get your hands on some shipping pallets and build something fabulous.

Get the instructions for these fun pallet projects here!


Get The Look: Mad Men

If you’re a Mad Men fanatic like myself, then you still haven’t come to terms with the show’s sign-off in May. After religiously watching the show for several years, I quickly became fascinated over the costumes. Lucky for me, right now ’60s inspired clothing is one of the hottest trends in women’s fashion.

 

In celebration of the season finale, I’ve put together four retro looks inspired by Mad Men’s leading women.

 

1. Peggy Olson

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Peggy is first and foremost a business woman, and her wardrobe matches her go-getter personality. Her dress is modest, functional and practical. Think textured fabrics like gingham, tweed, wool and plaid, and warm colors like mustard, orange, red and brown.

 

Get Peggy’s Look:

1. ’70s Belted Duster Coat – Topshop

2. Large Scale Checked Shirt – Topshop

3. Etched Medallion Pendant Necklace – Urban Outfitters

4. Floppy Brim Fedora – Rag & Bone

5. ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

6. T-Logo Huggie Hoop Earrings – Tory Burch

7. Debutante Perforated Hobo Messenger – Henri Bendel

8. Miranda Nile Crocodile Continental Wallet – Michael Kors

9. Orange High Waist Straight Wide Leg Palazzo Pants – Moda Wardrobe

10. Mr. Seymour Women’s Toe Cap Oxford – EKOCYCLE

 

2. Joan Holloway

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Everything about Joan screams va-va-voom. Her signature style features figure-flattering garments like Bodycon dresses and wrap tops that perfectly complement her hourglass silhouette. Rich jewel tones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire look absolutely stunning against her fair skin.

 

Get Joan’s Look:

1. Gramercy Mini – Kate Spade

2. Weekly Write-Up Dress In Navy – ModCloth

3. Horseman Print Scarf – Hermes Vintage

4. Pebble Grain Willa Zip Satchel – Dooney & Bourke

5. Red Stone Gold-Tone Clip-On Earrings – Monet

6. Tassel Lariat Necklace – Vince Camuto

7. Toerless Muse Suede Triple-Strap Pumps – Christian Louboutin

 

3. Megan Calvet

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Everything about Megan is new, young and exciting. As an aspiring actress waiting to be “discovered,” Megan is always eager to sport the latest trend. Groovy, colorful and bold pieces match her lively personality. Her wardrobe consists of psychedelic prints, monochrome ensembles, statement jewelry and mini shift dresses.

 

Get Megan’s Look:

1. Alexa High Collar Shift Dress – Lilly Pulitzer

2. Straw Hat – H & M

3. Gazebo Chandelier Earrings – Lele Sadoughi

4. Tassel Pearl Bangle – Topshop

5. Twist Wrap Arm Cuff – Topshop

6. Semi Precious Cuff – Topshop

7. Brushed Bangle Pack – Topshop

8. Bel Aire Sunglasses in Pearl White – Wildfox

9. Huey Mule Sandals – Topshop

10. Small Soho Canvas Top Handle Bag – Gucci

 

Betty Draper 

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Betty is the lady your mom always wanted you to be. She’s the perfect hostess and housewife. Her style is feminine, delicate and appropriate — think Grace Kelly. Betty’s makeup consists of subtle, cool tones paired with a bold lip. Her go-to garments are consistently composed of neutrals, soft creams, floral prints and baby blues.

 

Get Betty’s Look:

1. Mint Green Floral Print Sleeveless Shirt – New Look

2. Pearled Dandelion Drops – Elizabeth Cole

3. Pearl Necklace – Tiffany & Co.

4. Emerson Place Phoebe  - Kate Spade

5. Meet Me At Coral Island Ultimate Nail Lacquer – CATRICE

6. Vegas Volt Lipstick – M.A.C.

7. Redd Lip Pencil – M.A.C.

8. Kiersten Sunglasses in Camel Tortoise – Kate Spade

9. Pigalle Follies Patent-Leather Pumps in Nude – Christian Louboutin

10. Big Star Luna High-Rise Short in Tribe – Big Star

 

Craving more Mad Men style? Check out these retro-inspired rooms to get your mid-century modern decor fix.


DIY-ify: Color Block Serving Tray DIY

Color Block Serving Tray DIY

Hosting a party is fun. Your friends are there, you’re wearing your favorite outfit, all that delicious food, and the special serveware you save just for these occasions. My Color Block Serving Tray DIY is perfect for your next party. If you’re anything like me and my friends, then you probably prefer snacky party food over a meal. Appetizers everywhere, all the cheese and salami, and some tasty drinks. Serving trays make it so easy to move food around and it makes the food look fantastic.

Color Block Serving Tray DIY

This tray isn’t just for serving goodies at a party. I think it would be a great bar tray to store your wine and bar ware, or keep it near the entrance of your home for a place to keep your keys/sunglasses/and phone.

Supplies:

  • 24 inch x 12 inch x 1 inch Poplar wood piece (if you use a different type of wood, make sure to avoid porous woods)
  • 2 cabinet drawer pulls with screws (I used the champagne bronze 3 inch Brainerd pulls from Lowes)
  • Paint (I used this small sample bottle of Valspar Belle Grove Sorbet)
  • Paint brush
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Cabinet bumpers
  • Optional: Food safe block oil (I recommend this if you will be placing food on the tray)


Directions:

Step 1

STEP 1:

Prep the wood by sanding any sharp edges (if needed). Clean off any dust particles. Grab the painters tape and start to mark off little triangle sections on the board. Note: since I plan to put food directly on this board, I kept the triangles to the edges of the board. Food should not come in contact with the paint.

Step 2

STEP 2:

Paint two to three coats of paint over the taped off triangle sections. Let the paint dry completely. When the paint is dry, remove the painters tape.

Step 3

STEP 3:

Grab a pencil and measure in about 1 1/2 inches in from each edge and mark the drill holes for the drawer pulls. Screw the handles into the tray and add bumpers to the back of the tray. If you will be serving food on the board, add the block oil to the wood and let dry completely, then you’re done!

DIY-ify: Color Block Serving Tray DIY

If you create this DIY, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my username is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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