My Makeup Routine

Monday, April 18, 2016

I had to start this post off with a little humor because lets face it, none of us are getting any younger!

I'm actually older than Sally O'Malley and that I'm 54! {Gulp!}

But it is what it is! So why not try and make the best of it right?

I've had some requests from ladies who are my age as to what makeup I use since I wrote a post about my makeup obsession.

Let me start off by saying, that I don't proclaim to be an expert! And I'm in no means telling you that what I'm doing is right or perfect or what you should be doing. I'm just showing y'all what works for me and hey maybe you might find something that you like as well!

1. Derma e Hydrating Day Creme // I can't say this enough for the over 50…Okay for everyone! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! And NEVER go to bed with your makeup on! Oh the horror!

2. The POREfessional face primer by Benefit // Seriously, you wouldn't paint a wall without priming, right? Same concept!

3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer potion // Same concept as face primer, makes your shadow stay on for hours without creasing.

4. It Cosmetics Your skin But Better CC+ Full Coverage Cream // This stuff is the best! Covers, lasts all day and what I like is its buildable! I can use a little for day or build the coverage when I need it. And it has a SPF 50+

5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye // This stuff will cover any problem you have! Not just under your eyes! Blend out well with your fingertips or I like to use the beauty blender sponge.

6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder // You might think this post is sponsored by It Cosmetics, it is not! I just love the stuff!! I use a big fluffy brush and lightly dip this and then shake off the excess and buff out my whole face so that everything is well blended and even.

7. DiorShow Brow Styler in Universal Brown // Now I know some might be appalled at paying $29 for an eyebrow styler but it is totally worth it! And I've had it for a year! I have skimpy brows and this fills them in so natural looking and I don't know what it is about that little brush on the end.. but its pure magic!

8. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black // I line the top lash line only and get it as close to the base as possible. Don't circle your entire eye with liquid eyeliner. Unless you want to look like Amy Winehouse!

9. Milani Baked Blush // I go between Dolce Pink and Luminoso which is a dupe for Nars Orgasm at a fraction of the price!

10. Mac Shroom Eyeshadow // I use this on my lid and brow bone. Nuff said!

11. Mac Mulch Eyeshadow //This is a great everyday brown. I use it on the crease and under my lower lashes.

12. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes // This is a great product as well! Good staying power, doesn't flake off!

13. Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in Portofino/French Vanilla // I use this in so many places, I could do a post on it alone! But mainly I use it on my cheekbones, down the center of my nose and chin and the inner corners of my eyes.

14. NYX Liquid Suede in Tea and Cookies // This is the flavor of the month or should I say week! Seriously I have so many lipsticks, lip glosses, stains, pencils its crazy! This is a pretty color and its  very universal so I think a lot of people could wear it. It just needs a gloss over it. But maybe thats just me!

15. NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair // And this is what I put over it! This looks pretty over the Tea and Cookies and gives it a little moisture.

Things I've learned since turning 50!
(About makeup and skincare, not life)
Take care of your skin! Clean, exfoliate, moisturize

Dark lipsticks are a no no! Too harsh!

Dark lipliner is also no good!

Heavy foundation looks bad when we start having wrinkles! It settles into them and is not a good look.

Heavy eyeliner is also not flattering as we age. Remember soften!

Lipstick and sunglasses will get you far too!

I hope you enjoyed this post on my routine!
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Back Porch Refresh For Spring!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hello lovelies!

I don't know about you but nothing tells me that has Spring has sprung like a big mouthful of pollen!

Which means that everything and I mean everything is coated in nasty, yellow pollen dust!

But we must suffer through this nastiness in order to get to the beauty of Spring and Summer!

First thing I did was scrub everything with a bucket of sudsy water and a brush!
Then we scrubbed the pavers too!
Now on to decorating

Last year I added pops of green with the navy blue cushions, but this year I wanted to stay more classic!

So I opted to go with a navy/white combo. 

I also wanted more of a coastal feel so with a few added touches I think I achieved it!

After a very frustrating order from Overstock, I finally received my navy/white stripe rug! I think it took something like 3 weeks to get here! But it was worth the wait! Now to try and keep the white clean! Yikes!

I had this fish picture that I purchased a couple of years ago. It was hidden in the back hallway so I brought it out! I'm pretty sure I got this at Homegoods a few years ago. But I love how it ties in all the colors.

I have a thing now for blue and white ceramic pieces! I like this out here, but I'm a little scared that it might get broken so its back in the house! I picked this up from Amazon of all places!

I had the coral pillows from a few years ago too! And although its hard to see, the fish has some orange in it too. I went back and forth on whether to have a coffee table or not! I know, I have hard decisions in my life, right?

But ultimately I decided on this bamboo like table from Pier One. Its actually metal, which will stand up well to the elements. Although its a very protected space.

I ordered this outdoor chandelier from Magnolia Market and I bought outdoor electric candles from Pottery Barn that go on automatically every night. It looks so pretty and romantic!

And I'm pretty sure I showed this World Market potting bench turned bar before. But we still love it! It came in handy at Easter. I placed everything drink related, even ice out here!
No mess!!
Basil and tomatoes have been planted!!

I hope you enjoyed my back porch Spring tour!
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Weekend Project-Board and Batten

Monday, April 4, 2016

Happy Monday!

Just a quick post to follow up on my idea of adding shiplap or board and batten to my entryway. 

If you'd like to read my post on shiplap and board and batten click here.

We decided on the board and batten, because: 

1. Board and batten is throughout the rest of the house so I think it gives the space a cohesive look.

2. I was concerned because of its popularity it would look outdated SOON!
So here's the before:

And although it looked nice, it just needed something! 

It took my husband really an afternoon and a lot of sweet tea (not even a full day) to complete this project.

I snapped a few progress pics too!

This is with one coat of Benjamin Moores White Dove. In total it took 3 coats.

He had to lower it a bit from the dining room because of the dang light switch!

And tah-dah here's the after! We couldn't be happier with it!

 I haven't totally decided on how I want to style it yet. I just moved around what I had for now.

I feel that the wall looks grounded now and not just floating. And anytime you add architectural interest to a room, its a win win!

As far a decorating goes…

I've been looking at some entryway benches like these, which could actually double as extra dining room seating!

I love when I have a new area to decorate!

Oh and I almost forgot...

I still love shiplap and don't be surprised if I cave and it shows up somewhere!

Have a great day!
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The Sofa Story!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

If you remember a few posts back I said there was a sofa story!

Of course there is! 

Its me!

First let me tell you a little about me!

When I decorate, I decorate fast!

Which in some cases can be good, but in some cases it can be bad…very bad! 

I make fast decisions and I know what I want. 

That makes for fast shopping trips and I'm in and out of stores. 

Move it people! I've got things to do and people to see! Lol Well not really, but in this case it was fast and I made a bad decision.  

There hasn't been a lot of them but this one was bad…

One afternoon we went just "looking" at sofas at Ethan Allen. Yeah right! Who are we trying to fool…just looking!

 It. Has. Never. Happened! 

I knew exactly the sofa that I wanted to look at, the Chadwick. And it is a stunner! A completely tufted back (no loose back cushions to get scrunched down!) Rolled arms, and nail head trim.

 I was in love at first sight!

I picked out a beautiful gray linen that looked like it was nice and durable. Okay so far so good. No bad decisions here!

We sat on it. Key word "sat on it." We did not lay down on it. 

Big no no!

We waited the 8 weeks for it to come, and it actually arrived 2 weeks early! 

Happy dance!

They brought the beauty in, okay the color and fabric looked beautiful with the rest of my room. 

I sat down on it. Good. It sat well. We're all good there…

Then that night I was all set to snuggle in for a night of Netflix binge watching and what happened next? 

 Total discomfort!

 It was hard, too narrow (okay no fat jokes!) and well basically, 



Now mind you this sofa is from Ethan Allen, so it was not cheap! 

And it wasn't just me that thought this. My husband took his turn at laying down. He had to lay his right arm down on the floor. 

This was not a snugly kind of sofa.  And I'm a snuggle in, lay down to watch TV kind of person.

 I don't blame the sofa or Ethan Allen. Its just the kind of sofa that it is! It's for a formal living room where you might entertain with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

But we thought we would give it a good college try!

We lived with it for a while and after a couple of phone calls to our Ethan Allen store and dealing with a wonderful and helpful manager. We worked out a deal to return it and pick out something new, and comfortable.

So back to the store we went!

We ended up picking out this sofa. Its the Hyde sofa. And one of the things that I thought I didn't want in the beginning was loose back cushions. But I've come to realize that having loose back cushions buys you at least 2-3 inches when you remove them and makes for a very roomy sofa.

And I will say that this time we sat on it, laid on it (for about an hour) we were starting to get some looks and did everything except binge watch a Netflix series on it!

It will arrive in the next couple of weeks and I can't wait for that day!

 For now I've rearranged the living room to accommodate no sofa and I have to say it looks good. Very open. 

Hmm maybe we don't even need a sofa!

Nah, like I said before I'm a snuggle in, lay down kind of a girl!

And there you have it…The sofa story!
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Shiplap or Board and Batten?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


I hope everyone had a great Easter!

Ours was filled with family, fun, food and laughter! You can't ask for more than that, right?

Today is a day of putting Easter decor away, cleaning and straightening up after the whirl wind of family have left!

 I hope I never tire of entertaining, because it's one of the things in life that brings me the greatest joy!

 Its when our house is at its best! You know all spit-shined and full of the people I love most in the world!

But on to the reason for this post….

I have an area that you see when you first walk in the front door that just needs something! The walls with the clock and the mirror. So while I was working around today I had an idea! Why not do a little wall treatment! Maybe some shiplap or board and batten. Board and batten is what we have in the rest of the house, so this might flow better.

First the definition of board and batten:
 Board and batten is an exterior or interior paneling that has alternating wide boards and narrow wooden strips, called battens. The boards are about one foot wide and placed horizontally or vertically. The battens are usual about 1/2 inch wide, and are placed over the seams between the boards.

To read a tutorial of our easy and inexpensive way to achieve this look click here.

Here's some pretty examples of both...

We made an accent wall of board and batten in our living room and its amazing how much it adds to the room. It gives the room some architectural interest. Instead of just flat boring walls.

And when we added our dining room, board and batten was all I could see in this space! And I love it!  The Benjamin Moore Hale Navy walls and white board and batten just looks so crisp and clean!

And some from around the web...

Source: Houzz

Think outside the box!

It doesn't have to be painted white!

I love this navy blue version. So different!

Source: Houzz

This board and batten is placed vertically and really gives this entrance a welcoming POP!

And then there is shiplap. If you watch Fixer Upper on HGTV then you've heard that word ALOT!

But if you've never heard of it, here ya go...

Shiplap is a type of wooden board used commonly in the construction of barns, sheds and inexpensive or seasonal homes. You see it a lot in beach homes. Because of its casual nature, shiplap is used indoors for the rough or rustic look that it creates when its used as paneling or a covering for a wall or ceiling.

 Source: Magnolia Market

 Source: Magnolia Market

Source: Magnolia Market

So now you are well versed in board and batten and shiplap!

Which one do you prefer?
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Signs signs everywhere signs!

Monday, March 7, 2016


At first I was going to call this post…

You Can Call Me Jojo!

 But I thought y'all might think I'd lost my marbles!

As you probably know from my previous post, I love Joanna Gaines and in particular I love her farmhouse kitchen.

And one thing that I've noticed that's consistent in her styling is large signs. They're super popular right now and I knew I had the perfect place for one above my large kitchen window.

So the hunt was on! 

I came across this "Super Market" sign from Decor Steals If you're not familiar with Decor Steals they offer one deal a day at incredible prices! So you should go check them out. 

I love it and think it adds a bit of whimsy to my kitchen. Or a bit of Jojo! Okay I'll stop!

I thought I'd show you some other examples of large signs that are making bold statements!

This sign was made by a lovely Etsy shop Between You and Me Signs and it always receives compliments when someone sees it! It's the lyrics to "What a Wonderful World" and its very special to me.

Are you on board with the sign trend??

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Have a great day!
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Spring From Magnolia Farms

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Super Tuesday!

Are you following the election? Crazy year, right? Makes for some interesting T.V. watching!

But enough about the Presidential election, and on to more important things! Decorating for Spring!

I had some happy mail arrive yesterday from my new obsession! Well not really new but definitely an obsessionMagnolia Market

I just love everything about Magnolia Market, Chip and Joanna, and their show Fixer Upper. They are a beautiful family of hard workers and you can feel the love that they have for each other and their 4 adorable kids! What they accomplish as a team is truly amazing! The show,  in case you've never heard of them…(What??)  is a smash hit on HGTV. It takes you the viewer through the entire process of buying and fixing up a Fixer Upper.  They present the buyer with 3 homes that are in desperate need of fixing up, to say the least. From there they reveal the future design, the process of demolition, and Joanna's beautiful styling and decorating of the home. It's amazing!

So on to reason for this post…

I ordered these faux Magnolia Market/Paper white bulbs for my dining table centerpiece. I wanted something beautiful to go in my antique dough bowl and thought this would look charming for Spring!  It's a simple and easy project and I thought you would like to see it.

Here's what I used…

Floral foam

Instant green moss

Glue gun

Place your floral foam in the container or bowl of your choice and make sure its secure. Cover with green moss to cover any foam that's showing. I hot glued the moss so it would stay put.

Arrange your paper whites in the foam and adjust everything so that again, all foam is covered. I left the roots showing because it makes it look more lifelike.

And that's it. Like I said simple, easy and beautiful!

Have a wonderful day!
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