Sneek Peek – Palm Desert Vacation Home

~ Sitting Room After ~
~ Sitting Room After ~
~ Sitting Room Before ~ WTF are those sconces??? ~

I’m currently blogging from the room pictured above – the sitting room of my parent’s vacation home in Palm Desert, CA. They purchased this 1,700 sqft home almost one year ago – October 2017 – as an escape from the Colorado cold. I’ve been going out for several weeks at a time throughout the past year to help them literally demolish the entire interior and renovate every square inch. The home hadn’t been touched since it was built in the 80’s and…wow, just wow…it was something! (And not in a good way).

We are here this time to work on the master bathroom which is the final space to be completed in the renovation. I’m planning on documenting every step of our journey in a blog/YouTube series, but I just couldn’t help posting some sneak peeks while I’m here.

~ Takeaway ~ Make sure to sign up for my blog updates (see below), and subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on the full step-by-step renovation series coming up soon! I cannot wait to share all of this with you!

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Handmade Fall Wreath

~ Time to switch out wreath styles! ~

I’ve discussed my love for making dorky seasonal wreaths in a previous blog – check it out here. The weather is finally cooling down and it seems as though Fall is actually starting to settle in so I’ve been updating all of my home decor to match the season. I actually did a whole video on my YouTube channel about How to Decorate Your Home for Fall which included a look at my Fall wreath – isn’t she a beauty!?! It’s the most traditionally colored decor item I have right now with the oranges and golds and I love it! If you haven’t tried crafting your own wreath yet, I definitely recommend it.

~ Takeaway ~ Making a wreath is one of the easiest and most foolproof crafts you can do to entertain yourself for a couple hours and have a usable end result for your home. Decorating your home for the corresponding season is one of my favorite ways to personalize and stylize your environment. It really helps you embrace the season and get excited about all of the unique aspects of that particular time of year. It’s finally Fall!!!!

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September 2018 Favorites

~ All of my favorites for the month of September ~

September is over, but I have a great handful of products that I discovered during the month that I can’t wait to share with you! 

Roadtripper Jeans from Madewell: 
A friend of mine convinced me to try on these jeans while we were shopping together and I am so glad she did because they are amazing! They are tight and high-waisted enough so that you aren’t constantly having to pull them up which is my number one pet peeve about jeans. They are nice and slim but stretchy and comfortable and they are actually tight at the ankle. Price was really decent for a nice pair of jeans as well.

Soft & Smokey Set from Nudestix x Melissa Alatorre:
I did a review of this set on my YouTube Channel, and these creme eyeshadow and lip/cheek pencils are awesome! This set definitely give you a good variety of colors and finishes and allows you to try out their products at value set pricing. Loving it!

Eye and Lip Sleeping Masks from Laneige:
I had already been a fan of the Lip Sleeping Mask for a little while but have been using it obsessively day and night as the dryer weather is arriving. They recently released a few new flavors/scents which I’m dying to try. I unboxed the Eye Sleeping Mask in a Sephora Haul and have been testing it out all of September. I don’t know that it is a miracle or anything, but I do feel like my eyes are less puffy in the morning if I lather it on before bed.

L’Oreal x Camila Cabello Lip Dew in Desnudo:
This lip gloss is 100% a dupe for the Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. The color and finish and texture is all incredibly similar. Such a beautiful nude gloss that literally would look good on anyone. If you’ve been looking for a lower priced option, this is the closest dupe I’ve seen! 

Just Fab Jolienna Perforated Flat in Rose Gold Mirror:
I love these flats, they are the perfect way to transition your style into fall. Out with the sandals and in with the closed toed shoes! I also have them in a nude suede and a similar style in a gold finish, but I really like them in this rose gold color. A pointy toed flat dresses up any outfit just a smidge and makes you look a little more stylish while being just as easy to walk in as a tennis shoe.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Building Shampoo:
This is a newer product to me, so I want to keep testing it out to determine if it really is more volumizing than some of my other hairsprays, but I am really enjoying it so far. You can adjust the nozzle to distribute more or less product witch is kind of neat. It does give a good flexible hold to my curls and isn’t sticky or wet. Living Proof makes some great products and I’m going to keep trying this one out!

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel:
Sometimes in the morning when my skin is looking a little dull and I know I’m not going to be going outside much – just having a chill day indoors, I will throw on this mask for about 30min. After rinsing off, my skin just looks so much brighter and feels so much softer. It is just a great pick me up for your skin. And it is a nice mild formula since the enzymes are all derived from fruit. Love it!

Fourth Ray Beauty Cleansing Oil:
You might have seen on my instagram that I ordered the entire set of skincare from the new brand Fourth Ray Beauty. I’ve been trying everything out and I do like most of their products, but the cleansing oil is my favorite. It is a very “liquidy” consistency when you pump it out so you have to be a little careful, but it breaks down all of my makeup without irritating my eyes which is my number one requirement. I follow up with a cleanser and boom – makeup is gone! Great inexpensive skin care options from this brand!

Tarte Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara:
So I’ve had this in my collection for a while, but I recently tried it out again and it’s become my go-to mascara all month long. I love how this mascara volumizes and lengthens and gets me the maximum oomph out of my lashes. It has a spikier plastic wand which some people don’t care for, but I find it really easy to use and it doesn’t get mascara all over my lid which I appreciate. Not a new product, but definitely one that has captured my heart this month, lol.

May Designs Custom Notebook:
Another product that is definitely not new to me – I’ve actually been loving these for years – but something I’ve been using a TON through September. May Designs makes all kinds of Notebooks where you can pick the style, layout of insides, cover pattern, monogram, colors etc. to create your own unique notebook. Since starting up Lifestyled You, I’ve been making a lot of notes and lists lately and these notebooks are perfect for that. I definitely need to hop on their site and create a few more!

{afd} Anne Franklin Zodiac Necklace:
I had written a previous blog about this necklace so you can check out the details, but I’ve been wearing my Scorpio Sign all month off and on and have been loving it! Looks great with my rose gold flats as they are similar in tone. 

~ Takeaway ~ Well, that does it for my most loved and most used products for the month of September. I hope you will see something that catches your eye and that you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! I’ll see you in a month for a whole new round of favorite products!

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ABH Sultry Eyeshadow Palette – First impression review, 2 looks, & swatch comparison

Hey guys! Another new video for your viewing pleasure! I’ve got the brand new Sultry Eyeshadow Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills and she is gorgeous! Finally a cool toned palette that I’m so excited about! In my video, I do a tutorial on two different eyeshadow looks in order to use as many of the shadows as possible. I’ll share with you my first impressions and thoughts about the palette. Also, I was inspired by Nikkia Joy to do an actual swatch comparison between the Sultry Palette and the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay. Video embedded above, or hop over to my YouTube Channel – Enjoy!

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How to decorate your home for Fall: My top 7 tips

~ It’s time to decorate for Fall!!! ~

Guys! Fall is finally here and it is time to switch out your Spring/Summer home decor for some fresh new Fall items. Join me as I walk you through 7 simple and subtle ways I like to decorate my home for the Fall season. Video above or hop over to my YouTube Channel.

If you don’t have time for the video now, here’s a short summary of my Top 7 tips as well as a few images of things featured in the video:

  • Change out your floral arrangements 
  • Add pumpkins in your style
  • Start using your fireplace for ambiance
  • Change your wreath style
  • Add cozy blankets
  • Switch to Fall scents
  • Change out your bedding

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More Souvenirs from Paris

~ More beautiful souvenirs from Paris ~

In a previous blog, J’adore Paris, I talked about how I like to shop for one-of-a-kind items while on vacation to commemorate my trip and bring home something special. There’s nothing better than having an item you can continue to use or display that has a unique memory attached to it. That’s why jewelry is one of the first things I look for when traveling.

During our trip to Paris this past summer, we spent a lot of time in the Marais area which is full of fun boutique shops. During one of our shopping escapades, we ran across a cute little store called L’Esprit Parisien, which specializes in hand-made jewelry created right in the Marais district. 

I was immediately drawn to the triangular gold pendant as this is right up my style alley. I love geometric shapes so I knew right away this would be going home with me. Then the woman working the shop showed me the sun pendant necklace which is unlike anything else I have in my collection. She showed me that the chain is long enough to wear traditionally or it can be doubled up as I have it pictured above. I loved the versatility of this so it came home with me as well.

~Takeaway~ When on vacation, always keep your eyes peeled for one-of-a-kind, hand-made, or specialized items that you couldn’t get at home. While a light-up key chain of the Eiffel Tower is fun, I’d much rather walk away with something a little luxe for my daily life that will instantly remind me of the vacation I so much enjoyed. When a friend notices your unique jewelry, you automatically have a fun story to tell them about how you got it.

Laura’s Moscow Mule

~ My tips for a delicious Moscow Mule ~

One of my favorite cocktails is the good old Moscow Mule. Something about the super cold copper mug and ginger/lime flavor makes it on of the most refreshing drink on a super hot day. Although we are heading towards Fall on the calendar, we are still setting some record high temperatures in Colorado right now. Plus, all of my garden items are still going strong, so last weekend I mixed up my favorite rendition of this delicious drink for myself and my husband. Here’s how you do it.

My husband first discovered the Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade can and instantly thought it would be perfect for a Mule. We’ve tried several Ginger Beers which is the traditional mix used, but a lot of them are just too harsh and can be a little bitter. The Canada Dry has a perfect blend of the crisp ginger flavor with a sweeter lemonade taste. Simply mix that in with your vodka of choice – ours is Tito’s – and voila, you have a pretty good drink.

However, I like to kick it up a notch by first adding a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a lime wedge for garnish. To add a summery, herbaceous quality, I head out to our basil plant and tear off a few leaves to add to the mug. Lastly, I pick one of our home grown jalapeno peppers and cut off a few thin slices. Depending on how hot your pepper, this can add a real kick to the drink. Pro Tip: I like to stir all the components around in the copper mug and let it sit for a few minutes to allow all of the flavors to come out. Add some ice and you are ready to drink!

~ Takeaway ~ If you grow a garden of goodies, think about how you can incorporate them into some of your traditional cocktails to spice up your life! Moscow Mules are a great vehicle for fun added flavors and make for a delicious refreshing beverage on hot days – cheers!

Take A Trip: Colorado Wine Country

~ Come with me to check out the best wineries in Colorado! ~

If you know me at all, then you know wine tasting is one of my biggest passions. My husband and I started taking an annual trip to the Napa/Sonoma area of California back in 2012. At the time, we knew very little about wine or wine tasting, but we were happy to learn, (wink).

In the last three years, we’ve also made it a tradition to visit our local wine region of Colorado, Grand Junction/Palisade every Labor Day Weekend. It’s not as established or developed as California, but they are doing some fun and interesting things. If you know where to go, you can find some pretty great tasting and inexpensive wines. Plus, it’s only a 4 hour drive west of Denver so it is an easy trip to make.

Come along with me as I introduce you to some of my favorite Colorado Wineries in Grand Junction and show you the wines I love from each one. (YouTube video above, or hop over to my channel) Cheers!

Jade Roller – Fountain of Youth?

~ An ice cube a day keeps the wrinkles away ~

We have a delightful family friend that is well into her 90’s who is one of those ladies that you could sit and talk to for hours. Her stories and outlook on life will have you laughing along and feeling the greatest respect for all she’s done throughout her years. She is known in her family for being a style maven and a beautifully elegant woman. One night a few of us were asking about her beauty secrets and what she’s done to stay so gorgeous. “Ice cubes”. That was what she attributed to her long-lasting beauty – ice cubes, lol. We couldn’t believe it. She told us about her routine of wrapping ice cubes in a little thin towel and rubbing it all across her face every evening. So there you have it – the holy grail of beauty is sitting in your freezer right now!

That’s why I wasn’t surprised to see the rise in popularity recently of the Jade Roller. These have come to the forefront of must-have beauty tools in the last year or so, but have actually been used in Chinese culture for hundreds of years. You will commonly see them in green jade or in pink quartz, most often with a larger rolling piece on one end and a smaller version on the other. Either way, the objective is the same – it’s the ice cube massage for your face. 

The quality of the stone will have a natural coolness to it, but you can also store them in the refrigerator or in the freezer to amp it up a level. Pro Tip: I keep mine in a zip-lock bag so it doesn’t absorb any food smells – nobody wants to roll food stink on their face! Then, you simply roll the jade or quartz over all areas of your face utilizing the smaller end for places like around your eyes. This massaging tool is said to affect our lymphatic drainage – helps remove waste products from the tissue and carries it to the heart. Therefore, we are boosting our blood circulation and reducing swelling/puffiness which is why people love these. The feel of the cold jade rolling across the skin also just feels refreshing and soothing which is nice.

~ Takeaway ~ I personally like to use my frozen jade roller in the morning for a few minutes right when I wake up. I constantly feel like my eyes are swollen and puffy in the morning, so this helps me feel like I’m doing something good for my skin in the a.m. Many people also like to use it at night, especially to help massage their night serums into the skin. However you want to use it, at bare minimum, it feels really great on the face. Maybe if we are lucky, it’s also the modern-day ice cube trick and we will all look gorgeous into our 90’s too (fingers crossed).

Sephora Haul – Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale

~ Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale ~

Any time I can save some money at Sephora, I get excited. Sephora typically only holds two sales a year, one in November and one in April. However, they are changing up their rewards program and apparently that also means sale time!

As a VIB Rouge Member, aka someone who spends far too much each year, I was eligible for 20% off my entire purchase. Woo hoo! I like to use this opportunity to restock on my favorite items that are running dangerously low as well as grab some pricier items that have been sitting in my wish list.

Check out my YouTube video to see what I purchased during the sale. Don’t forget to “Like” and Subscribe, lol!