Friday, June 29, 2012

{house tour: my bathroom}


Fun fact about me...I started off as an Interior Design major!

{Okay, I was only an Interior Design major for 8 days...but still. It counts.}

I took a course at a university for Interior Design & absolutely adored it. I loved choosing patterns, colors, furniture, figuring out the space plan, where the stairs would go, etc. But after I saw the curriculum at my {first} college, I realized it was going to be an entirely different program. I ended up switching to Advertising, which I love & am very happy with, but I still have a raging passion for all things design. this is an anything-I-feel-about-blogging type of blog, I'm going to show off some rooms that have great design. If you read this little ol' blog last November, you'll remember I went "house crashing" at my aunt & uncle's modern home. Well, I'm back with some more photos...but this time, my house!

Over the summer, I'll show some of my favorite rooms in my house {well, my mom & stepdad's house} & other homes. & if I remember where things came from, I'll share :) So this week, I'm starting off with my sister & I's bathroom.  Don't's not as bad as it sounds :)

I only talk about my twin sister Dylan & my half-sister Squig on here, but I also have a step sister. {To protect her privacy, I'll refer to her as M.}  M is only 2 weeks older than us, so for a brief period, we all shared a "suite."  Dylan & M shared a bedroom, which connected to my room by a small hallway. Off of the hallway is a bathroom & large closet. When our parents built & designed our house, they kept three teenage girls in mind :)  Thank goodness.

This shot was taken in my room looking down the mini hallway into Dyl & M's. {Although M has since moved to the guest room/her own room.}  Bathroom is in the opening to the right, closet to the left.

This is a wide angle shot of the bathroom from last year. Some little things have changed since then. Through the door to the right is the toilet & shower.  The color palette is pretty much the same throughout: shades of green, silver, taupe, & light pink.

Let's zoom in to some details...

We just added this little mirror tray to the countertop. I think it's a simple detail that really makes a difference! Before, we would clutter up the counter with accessories, makeup, etc. But now that this has taken over the space, we're forced to put everything back where they're supposed to be stored :)

I also love the little wicker accents in the little storage & tissue box.

Anthropologie knobs = one of my favorite details. LOVE.

This is the artwork that we have above our toilet. Twins! & if you can read the carving, it says, "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine." :)  In front of it, we placed a vase of fake flowers. One of the few times where fake flowers do not look tacky. {In my opinion!}

I love our towel rack. Reminds me of a hotel.  Fluffy towels courtesy of Restoration Hardware, one of the best stores ever.

If I ever am ever lucky enough to design my own kitchen, I will use subway tile for the backsplash. I LOVE LOVE subway tile.

So I was very happy to see subway tile in our a soft green that matches the wall color perfectly.

Our light fixtures: feminine & sweet.

It's no secret that Dylan & I love music. So above our door/window frames, we hung these fun signs:

My favorite part about our bathroom is the floor--shiny glass tile. This is also the floor in our shower, & compliments the green subway tile perfectly. 

I'm a bit obsessed. 

Here's our Audrey picture in the hallway {my bedroom in the background}.

& that's it! All I need to do is replace those wilting flowers :)

But overall, I love our bathroom. Usually bathrooms are done in relaxing blues or greys, but I find light green very soothing. & the soft, feminine environment is a lovely background while we put on makeup in the morning :)  I have one more project for the space, which I'm hoping to do this month, that I'll definitely blog about! Sneak peek: it includes more Anthropologie knobs.

If you have any specific questions about where things came from, please ask! I can always check with my mom for store/company information.

I hope you enjoyed!  Have a happy weekend!

**Don't forget to enter to win a Stump Stand here!**

Thursday, June 28, 2012

{100th post & giveaway!}

**This giveaway is now closed**

Raise your hand if you're excited about my 100th post!

{Pretend that's a girl. & then pretend that's me.}

I can't believe I've posted 100 times already!  I blogged on & off for a while, but now I've got my stride :)

So to celebrate this little blogging milestone, I'm going to be giving away one of these:

The Stump Stand is a 3-in-1 stand that provides multiple viewing positions for your tablet - Ramp, Lean and Upright.

The Stump is compatible with:
  • iPhones
  • IPads
  • Androids
  • Kindles
  • Nooks
  • Kindle Fires
  • & more!
The Stump is affordable, portable, low-profile, & the perfect stand to bring anywhere!

It's made of a rubber-like material, so it sticks to every surface, & comes in five fun colors! {green, blue, pink, black, & yellow}.

My favorite feature about it, however, is the opportunity to advertise:

Wouldn't that make a great client or employee gift?! I think so!

It just so happens that my uncle is the creator of the Stump, so a lot of my family members are working on it. However, I would never write or review a product that I don't use & LOVE. I really believe this is one of the best tablet stands out there. With that said...

I'd love for one of my readers to have one!  

To enter to win a Stump: comment below & tell me your name!  

This giveaway will be open until Sunday night. I will then pick a winner using

On an end note....

Thanks to all of my readers out there, {old & new!} for continuing to read!  I love blogging & can't wait to show you what I've got up my sleeve for the summer. 

Happy Thursday & comment to win!

**All images belong to the Stump Stand website.**

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{product review: julian's gluten-free pancakes}

**Tomorrow is my 100th post!
So come back & comment for a fun giveaway to celebrate!**

I was so bummed when I was diagnosed with Celiac, because gluten-free pancakes aren't easy to find. I was thrilled when I found Pamela's gluten-free pancake mix, because they taste like the ones I grew up with :)  But with my schedule, I never have time to make them from scratch. So pancakes are never on my breakfast menu.

Until I found this:

I grumbled too. Frozen pancakes? No thanks.

But since my mom had kindly bought them, & no one else in my family was going to eat them, I gave them a shot.

& guess what? They're SO good! Honestly, they're better than when I make them from scratch. Crazy, right?

Eight pancakes come in each box, with four split into two packages.

I just stack two pancakes on top of each other & stick them in the microwave for 45 seconds.

At the :20 mark, I flip the stack upside down. Voila!

Now comes one of my quirky habits. I grew up on warm syrup. My grandfather always warmed the syrup for his kids, so my mom always did it for us.  I cannot stand when my syrup is cold or room temperature. Honestly, why would you put cold syrup on a hot pancake?  Makes no sense.

We've have this little nifty mini-pitcher {I honestly can't think of a more appropriate term} for years...& it's the perfect thing to use for syrup. I just microwave it for 20 seconds & pour it on the pancakes.

I went a little overboard on the syrup.

Delicious, fluffy, buttermilk pancakes. THAT ARE GLUTEN-FREE.

Julian's Recipe pancakes come in buttermilk, chocolate chip, & blueberry. You can find them at your local grocery store, or here:

Have you tried Julian's? What do you think? 
Anyone else know of delish gluten-free pancake mixes? 

Tell me!

**This is not a sponsored post, nor am I being compensated. Just sharing the love!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{recipe: homemade ice-cream treats}

I cannot take any credit for this recipe. My sister found it online {here} & declared we must attempt to try it. I was totally on board because 1) they looked delicious, 2) it involved ice cream, 3) if all went well, I could blog about it! :)

& it did turn out well! Not only were they amazing, but they were super easy to make.

{Sorry for the wonky coloring in the photos. My kitchen doesn't have the best lightening at night.  All pics look a bit yellow.}

Here's what you need:
  • Ice-cream {any flavor}
  • Cones
  • Chocolate syrup shell {one that "hardens in seconds"}
  • Any topping: sprinkles, crushed nuts, or mini chocolate chips
  • Wax paper

Click "read more" to see the rest...

Monday, June 25, 2012

{my weekend}

Weekends just come & go way too fast don't they?

Luckily, the weather was this weekend. Warm, but not humid, sunny, but not scorching. Perfect.

Saturday was pretty boring...filled with lunch with my grandma, running, & editing photos. My sister & I also watched Dodgeball, a movie we hadn't seen in a while {still hilarious, btw}, & making something so delicious your mouth will water. Recipe coming tomorrow...

I went to bed really late that night, so I was VERY happy to sleep in on Sunday morning. I literally have not slept past 8am once in the past three weeks, & I desperately needed the extra hours. I woke up feeling uber refreshed, & so after breakfast, Dylan & I went for a run.

Once we got back, my mom, Dylan, & I looked at each other & said, "Let's go buy something today." So off we went...into the city.  {Dylan & my mom ended up buying something...I didn't, of course lol.}

The rest of the day was filled with:

pretty sunflowers.

lunch with Dyl.

ah-mazing Mexican food.

gluten-free cupcakes.

finding the shirt from Rome I thought I'd misplaced.

chocolate "i wants."

& truths.

How was YOUR weekend?

Happy Monday!

Friday, June 22, 2012

{fashion friday | color bug review}

This week's Fashion Friday is a product review, style tip, & fab find all wrapped up in one post. Get excited.

Remember how I mentioned in this post that I have an obsession with pink streaks? Well, I did it.

My favorite hair products are those by Kevin Murphy, an Australian company known for their professional salon line. I love their shampoos & texture for beachy waves. But I think I love this best of all:

The Color Bug: colored hair shadow. Pink, orange, or purple.

I was SO excited to try this out last week when my mom brought it home for me. She knew I had been eyeing it, & surprised me with one. Love.

In fact, I was so excited that I dropped it on the floor. & when I took the cap off & brought it up to my hair, I realized too late that it had shattered. All the chalk came out & spilled in my hands & on the floor  :(  My sister was not amused when she had to help me clean up the mess. So tip: don't drop it!  

I had to order a new one, but once it arrived, it was showtime.

The Color Bug is basically hair chalk that is permanent until you shower. It's very easy to apply...just take a portion of your hair & rub the chalk against it.

{My pony-tail looks super wavy in these photos because it was twirled in a bun all day.}

& to further prove the pink, two less-saturated photos:

{i sent this photo to my mom & she said, "that's blog-worthy." so here it is.}


Like I said in the previous post, hair color is SO.NOT.ME.  99% of the time, I am not a fan. But there's something about a little pop of pink that has me hooked.

What are your thoughts? I sort of want to try the purple...

You can order the Color Bug on Amazon, but the best place is at a hair salon that uses Kevin Murphy products. Once you try his stuff, there's no going back :)

{no outfits this week since I got lazy & didn't capture them}

Happy Weekend!