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When I found out I was pregnant this spring, my husband and I started dreaming about a babymoon trip (read: oh-my-gosh-this-is-the-last-chance-to-go-on-vacation-for-a-really-long-time-and-we-have-to-go-now trip). After I had bounced back from the first trimester, we put our plans into action and hopped on a plane for 15 days in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria.

We would be covering a lot of ground during that time, and I didn’t want to be hauling suitcase after suitcase across the continent. So, I decided to streamline my makeup bag — no small task for someone who spends every day obsessing over the latest and greatest beauty products. But, I was able to find five faves that stood the test of travel and didn’t weigh down my carry-on.

1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo (Travel Size)

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo for brunettes is tough — its residue usually gives me more of a scary glimpse into my (probably not-too-distant) gray-haired future than a fresh, clean feeling. But this dry shampoo is designed to be shaken off (cue Taylor Swift) after 30 seconds, whisking away any leftovers and leaving my hair feeling more like I had just used a traditional shampoo. Disclaimer: I wasn’t sure how the pressurized can would do under the plane, so I kept this one in my bag at all times. ($12, livingproof.com)

2. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

Witch Hazel Towelettes

Air travel allegedly dries out your skin, but it usually leaves me feeling like my pores are filled with all that recycled air. I stashed these individually wrapped wipes in my purse for on-the-go cleansing without water at any time. ($4.49 for 20, drugstore.com)

3. Stemology SunVeil Complete OneTint Moisturizer in SPF 17

Stemology SunVeil

With its tint that matched my skin tone perfectly, this handy dandy bottle allowed me to roll foundation, sunscreen, and moisturizer into one for the ultimate beauty bag win. ($78, stemology.com)

4. Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Jean Queen

Jean Queen

Touted as the perfect lipstick to wear with jeans, this shade paired well with our vacay’s casual wardrobe, adding just a pop of color without looking overdone. Bonus: Its super-moisturizing formula also eliminated the need to carry lip balm. ($22, nordstrom.com)

5. Rejuva Socks and Leggings

Rejuva Socks

When my doctor said it was OK to travel abroad, it came with one caveat: I had to wear compression socks on the plane. I agreed after a lengthy eyeroll, and set out to find a pair that didn’t look quite so…medical. Luckily I found these babies, which have somehow managed to turn one of the least glamorous parts of pregnancy into something cute.(prices vary; shoprejuva.com)

Note: I got the OK from my doc for both travel and the products listed above, but be sure to check with yours if you’ve got a bun in the oven!


Fall is my favorite season! I always think that Summer is my favorite, and I’m always a little sad to see it go, but then Autumn rushes in and I realize that THIS is my favorite time of year. I love the cool weather, the delicious flavors, and the beautiful decor. Last month, we decided that the planters on the front porch needed an autumn makeover. We replaced the warm-weather plantings in each urn with a pot of purple mums, and have been gathering pumpkins here and there to put at the base of each. It’s pretty, and simple, and simple is how we roll these days. If you’re into something a little more…MORE, here are some other fabulous Fall front porch ideas…

Fall front porch with orange paper lanterns and pumpkins

I love the idea of combining orange paper lanterns with pumpkins. It is unexpected, but so festive and fun. Photo from BHG.com

Fall front porch with pumpkins, lanterns, and mums

How gorgeous is this front porch?! There’s a lot going on–pumpkins of at least three different colors, lanterns, candles, potted mums–but it all works really beautifully together and manages to look kind of effortless and uncluttered. Photo from Stone Gable

Fall front porch with pumpkin topiaries

I see pumpkin topiaries a lot on front porches, but I don’t always love them. Sometimes the proportions are off or the colors are wrong. But these enormous pumpkin topiaries get it so right! And the homeowner does them a little different every year, and posts pictures on her blog. Great Fall porch eye candy! Photo from EAB designs

Fall front porch with hanging baskets, white pumpkins, and potted mums

I love how this porch sticks with a very limited color palette–mostly burnt orange with just a little white–to create a cohesive look. It’s very polished. Photo from…no one seems to know the original source, but I spotted it on Home Stories A to Z.

Fall front porch with calligraphy pumpkins and berries in a wheelbarrow

Instead of decorating every square inch of your front porch, you can follow this home’s example and create a single, stunning Fall installation. I love the combination of large pumpkins, berry branches, leaves, and gourds. And the antique wheelbarrow! Stunning. Photo from BHG.com

Fall front porch with pumpkins and hanging paper bats for Halloween

My kids are always begging me to decorate the outside of the house not just for Fall, but specifically for Halloween. But I don’t want cobwebs and ghosts and skeletons. No tacky Halloween decor. This beautiful porch manages to decorate for Halloween and still look cute and classy with a mix of pumpkins and some paper bats hanging from the ceiling. Photo from Martha Stewart

Fall front porch with haybales and cornstalks

Man, is this a gorgeous Fall porch, or what?! I’ve seen lots of houses use hay bales and cornstalks and look kind of messy and blah, but this house uses them to create a beautiful entryway. Paired with a collection of pumpkins and some mums in bushel baskets, this display looks like a cute, country farm stand. The huge piles of golden leaves on the ground don’t hurt either. Photo from Brian Jannsen

colorful Fall front porch with pumpkins, mums, kale, and cornstalks

Lots of Fall porches stick with the basic colors: yellow, orange, and brown. I love how colorful this one is. It uses mums, kale, and gourds in shades of purple, green, red, white, yellow, and orange to create a lovely, natural cornucopia effect.

Have you decorated your front porch for Fall yet? What are some of your favorite tips for a fabulous Fall front porch?


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It is almost time for turkey, pumpkin pie, and egg nog.  Can you believe it?!  We are closing in on the holiday season, friends, and it is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for fun pieces that can become part of your holiday decor and tablescapes. Before you can start collecting take some time to figure out who you want to be this holiday.  For some of you this may be obvious.  Maybe your are hollywood regency through and through and this style is clear throughout your home.  Perhaps some of you enjoy taking a bit of a departure from your everyday decor during the holidays or when you throw a sweet soiree.  Either way having a general direction in mind will keep your eye focused when you hit the antique markets, thrift stores, or ebay!

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This concept certainly has a feminine edge so make sure you’ve got a nice scotch handy for the boys in your life! Think the softer side of holiday colors if you want to go pretty to the max.  Soft pink and minty greens and muted gold accents.  Balance out these soft tones with deep burgundy, deep jewel toned teals, and warm leathery browns.  Bring in some soft texture with these sweet throw pillows.  Chose pieces that whisper ladylike.  Beautiful crystal barware and a lace inspired table runner will do the trick.

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Is sleek and clean where you like to hang your hat?  Keep your party modern and chic with lots of black and white with hints of metallic.  This look is a great place to mix those metallics.  Keep layering and patterns minimal and let the repetition of black and white and textures lead the way.  I LOVE a good white out when it comes to holiday styling!

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I just love the easy “I woke up like this” feeling of a bohemian home.  This look feels as though it has been collected over a lifetime.  To achieve this look you can not shy away from color and pattern.  Layer, layer, and layer some more!  Be sure you have an easy going organic element.  Keep arrangements light hearted and not over worked.

 


Fall is easily one of my favorite seasons. What’s not to love? It’s bursting with golden and amber hues. It gives you a reason to pull out your cozy sweaters, plaid scarves and riding boots from the attic. It’s a reason to drink pumpkin spice lattes and make your favorite comfort foods.

 

But, perhaps my favorite part of the harvest season is the beautiful hues and fashion it brings with it. In honor of this, I’ve provided 5 ways you can bring brilliant style and color to your day-to-day manicure.

 

From hair color to eyeliner to bedroom accessories, gemstone hues are trending just about everywhere, which is one of the many reasons why I’m obsessing over Love Maegan’s Jewel-Toned Manicure.

 

 

Bring the craved stone style to your nails with Cute Polish’s easy Marble Nail Tutorial.

Photo via The Zoe Report

 

 

If you’re keen on simple or minimalist design, check out LuLu’s White Chevron Negative Space Nail Tutorial. Simply stunning!

 

 

From lipstick to wall color, it seems matte is the hottest trend in beauty and decor. Make sure your nails stay on-trend with POPSUGAR‘s DIY Matte Nail Polish Tutorial.

Photo Courtesy of Meet the Best You

 

 

Mynt 1792′s Reverse French Manicure transforms a classic design into a contemporary work of art.

 

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


21 Unexpected Wreath DIY Ideas

Trend: 21 Unexpected Wreath DIY Ideas

We are headed towards my favorite time of the year and I cannot wait to start wearing sweaters and getting ready for the holidays. Even though I love hanging a wreath on my door for most of the year, I enjoy making Fall and Winter holiday wreaths the most. Below you can find 21 Unexpected Wreath DIY Ideas to decorate your door this season.

1) Wander your neighborhood and get all the supplies you need to make this beautiful Maple Tree Seed Fall Wreath, on BHG Style Spotters.

Wander your neighborhood and get all the supplies you need to make this beautiful Maple Tree Seed Fall Wreath, on BHG Style Spotters.

2) A very simple and modern triangle wreath will take your door from the Fall to Winter, on You Are My Fave.

A very simple and modern triangle wreath will take your door from the Fall to Winter, on You Are My Fave.

3) This pine cone and acorn wreath is perfect for your door this holiday season, on Vekoria.

This pine cone and acorn wreath is perfect for your door this holiday season, on Vekoria.

4) Can you believe this is made from corn husks? It’s beautiful, on Martha Stewart.

Can you believe this is made from corn husks? It's beautiful, on Martha Stewart.

5) As a crafter I have a lot of leftover bits and pieces of wood. This wreath makes perfect use of all that extra wood, on Cleverly Inspired.

As a crafter I have a lot of leftover bits and pieces of wood. This wreath makes perfect use of all that extra wood, on Cleverly Inspired.

6) Those outdated ties can easily be transformed into this Vintage Tie Fall Wreath, on A Beautiful Mess.

Those outdated ties can easily be transformed into this Vintage Tie Fall Wreath, on A Beautiful Mess.

7) Save all those wine corks to make this fun Painted Cork Wreath, on Design Fixation.

Save all those wine corks to make this fun Painted Cork Wreath, on Design Fixation.

8) I love pom pom wreaths, and this one is a favorite of mine, on The Paper Mama.

I love pom pom wreaths, and this one is a favorite of mine, on The Paper Mama.

9) While this wreath is meant for Christmas, I could definitely see it up in my home during the Spring, on Oh Joy.

While this wreath is meant for Christmas, I could definitely see it up in my home during the Spring, on Oh Joy.

10) A modern take on a holiday wreath could be a fun change, on HP Create.

I love this modern take on a holiday wreath, on HP Create.

11) This marshmallow wreath is making me hungry, on The Sweet Escape.

This marshmallow wreath is making me hungry, on The Sweet Escape.

12) I really love how simple and lovely this wreath is, on Say Yes.

I really love how simple and lovely this wreath is, on Say Yes.

13) This mini tinsel wreath is so tiny and I love it, on Strut.

This mini tinsel wreath is so tiny and I love it, on Strut.

14) Maybe if I hang this snowball wreath on my door we’ll get a white Christmas? Maybe, on Daisy Mae Belle.

Maybe if I hang this snowball wreath on my door we'll get a white Christmas? Maybe, on Daisy Mae Belle.

15) This Festive Rainbow Wreath is beautiful and I wish it was on my door, from Inspired By Charm.

This Festive Rainbow Wreath is beautiful and I wish it was on my door, from Inspired By Charm.

16) A simple and beautiful winter floral wreath, on A Beautiful Mess.

This white winter wreath is so simple and lovely, on A Beautiful Mess.

17) Maybe your kids can help you make this fun Polka Dot Wreath, on The Paper Mama.

Maybe your kids can help you make this fun Polka Dot Wreath, on The Paper Mama.

18) This vintage style wreath would fit right in at my home, from Flamingo Toes.

A vintage style wreath would fit in at my home, from Flamingo Toes.

19) Are you on a tight budget for holiday decorating? This Candy Cane Wreath cost $3 to create, on At The Picket Fence.

Are you on a tight budget for holiday decorating? This Candy Cane Wreath cost $3 to create, on At The Picket Fence.

20) All you need is a 3-inch hole punch and some colorful paper to make this pretty wreath, on Craft Stylish.

All you need is a 3-inch hole punch and some colorful paper to make this pretty wreath, on Craft Stylish.

21) Keep this sparkly party wreath up through the New Year, on The Black Bird Blog.

Keep this sparkly party wreath up through the New Year, on The Black Bird Blog.

If you create any of these wreaths, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Leaves changing, cozy sweaters, bringing out bootsIt’s no surprise fall is a fan-favorite season, especially on our Facebook and Pinterest accounts!

We’re excited to celebrate the season with some of our favorite bloggers with the 2015 Finding Fall Home Tours! Our posts are acting as a virtual home tour. We’re the first stop and you can follow along each day from one blogger home to the next from Monday through Friday. All of the bloggers are sharing their homes decorated for fall to provide ideas and inspiration for real home owners. To kick off this year’s Finding Fall Home Tours filled with inspiring home ideas from some of our favorite bloggers we thought we’d get started by sharing our most-shared autumn content over the years! Drumroll, please….

 

Number 5: This welcoming autumn entry is filled with fall favorites: apples, corn stalks, hay bales, mums, and pumpkins!

 

Number 4: Rethink your house number for fall with chic white pumpkins!

 

Number 3: Basic bonfires, begone! We’d love to cozy up around this party-perfect pumpkin display.

 

Number 2: Eye-catching door decor is a fall staple. Switch out your usual wreath for a rake wreath filled with juniper and bittersweet!

 

 

Number 1: Our most-pinned autumn decorating idea keeps it classic with simple accents like mums and white pumpkins. We love the simple, symetrical look!

 

 

Next up on the tour is Finding Home Farms! You can see her home here. 


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