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Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)

20 Jun

Five Controversial Decor Items (And Why You May Want Them)

I found this article on RealSimple and had to repost…

People can be judgy, but don’t let the haters keep you from having what you really want in your home. Here are five infamous items and why you might just want them after all.

1. Wall-to-wall carpet— Carpet may have been on the design outs the past decade or so but it seems to be poised for a bit of a comeback, and more importantly, how much do you think you’ll enjoy those concrete floors during a middle-of-the-night bathroom run in January? Hardwood is hot, but let’s face it, carpet is comfortable.  It’s warm, absorbs sound and even insulates your room.

2. Cowhide rugs— On the outrage spectrum, from full-on fur to a leather boot, a cowhide seems to fall somewhere in the middle for most people, yet is understandably a no-go for some.  My (vegetarian by the way) two-cents take is this: it’s graphic, it’s organic and it’s low-profile. If you aren’t anti-hide, it can be a durable choice – so, if you like it, go for it.

3. Fake plants— For those of us (I’m guilty) who will never keep a houseplant alive for more than a week, fake plants may be the only way we’ll ever get the color and texture of plants into our space. Fakes have come a long way, but use them sparingly and remember, dusty leaves are not your friends.

4. Painted wood— Want your bureau a different color? You can — it belongs to you!  Don’t let fear of the wood-purists keep you from realizing your DIY vision.  Just remember that it’s usually a one-way street. Form a clear plan before taking the plunge because, without miles of sandpaper, there’s no turning back.

5. Reproductions of famous works of art— There’s no rule that says you can only decorate with original art.  If you love Monet (and that pesky museum isstill rejecting your loan request), there’s no reason you have to live without his water lilies in your life. While posters can feel a little dorm-room-depressing, done right, a framed poster or reproduction can look great and remind you of the art you love so much.  Just nix the sticky tack, okay?

What do you think? Which eschewed items do you still love?

(Image: Bethany Nauert / Traci’s Incredible South Pasadena Home)


Keeping White Jeans, White…

7 Jun


Now that summer has unofficially arrived, it’s time to take your white jeans out of the closet. Here’s how to keep your favorite pair pure all season.

-Wear jeans no more than two times before cleaning them.
-Avoid using chlorine bleach, which can cause yellowing. Instead use an additive-free version, like Vaska Oxygen Bleach (to buy: $7,
-When jeans begin to look dingy at the seams, add a half cup of White Brite (to buy: $14, to the washer and presoak for five minutes.

Getting the Perfect Glow

31 May

Summer is basically here and let’s face it, you’re probably as pasty as Michael Jackson. The long, cold winter has had it’s way with you and the sight of your bikini body is blinding…It’s ok!

Over the last week I’ve been playing around with some fake tanning lotions and sprays and I’ve got a (temporary) solution for you until you can start basking and baking in the sun.

Luckily, these options are tried and true- so I promise you wont look orange and/or blotchy.

Here is what you’ll need.

Neutrogena Micro-Mist (I used the DEEP shade- but go with the lighter shade if your skin is lighter)

Neutrogena MicroMist Tanning, Sunless Spray, Deep

Clarins Tanning Lotion for face (optional)

Sugar Scrub (This one is from Bath & Body Works and is my favorite)

Forever Red Golden Sugar Scrub - Signature Collection - Bath & Body Works

Before you apply any of the above tanners, take a nice hot shower and exfoliate like a mad person with a soap scrub. Make sure to scrub particularly hard on the ankles, toes, knees and elbows.

When you get out of the shower, dry off and DO NOT apply any moisturizer or deodorant. I know this may be tough, but moisturizers and deodorants create barriers on the skin and make blotches. This leads me to my next tip…

I suggest doing your tanning prep/application in the afternoon. If you have an event, do your tanning ritual the afternoon before.

Next step, apply the tanning spray. Do this step outside- you will need good ventilation. If you can have someone apply it for you, even better…

Spay all over your body & get a nice coat. You will feel sticky at first, but this goes away in just a few minutes as it starts to dry.

For the face, you can apply the Neutrogena. But, make sure to spray it in your hand and apply manually. I’ve gotten good results that way- but I’ve also just sprayed my face, and that works, too. I would avoid getting in in your hair, so put a towel over your hair if you’re using the spray.

If you’re not planning to tan your whole body, and just want a nice glow on your face, apply the Clarins. It’s a great tanner that doesn’t smell too badly. However,  it’s for the face, only. I suggest taking a wet q-tip and wiping your eyebrows down afterwards. You really don’t want the tanning solution in your hair. Last spring, I had orange eyebrows for a month after tanning and going in the sun.

Don’t put any clothes on for about 10 minutes after your tanning session.

Your tan will develop over the next 3-6 hours, so don’t shower. I usually shower the next morning so that the solution really soaks in.

If you wake up and your too orange, just use the scrub to tone yourself down.

And now, you’re a bronze goddess.

A ritual I can’t live without!

10 Jan

A few years back my mom got me the Clarasonic Mia Exfoloation device.

It’s awesome.

If you think you get your face clean by just washing it with a cleanser and your hands- you’re wrong. Not only does this thing clean deeper that ever before, it polishes your skin and leaves it radiant. I use it once a day (usually in the morning) with the Philosophy Micro Delivery. I use the Mico-Delivery in the morning and the Purity cleanser at night.

I love philosophy cleansers. They are natural and not too harsh for my skin.

You can get the Clarasonic for about $120 at along with the cleansers. I promise you’ll love it!

Here are some of the benefits this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
– Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods.
– Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size.
– Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better.
– Creates noticeably healthier looking skin.

What else you need to know:
Clarisonic should be used as part of a daily skincare regimen to provide smoother feeling and looking skin. It is ideal for all skin types, and used and recommended by leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons.

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