Sauder Home Living Room Makeover

08 October 2015

It's frustrating to think about how we've struggled with our living room space since we moved in two years ago. I personally didn't see the apartment before we signed the lease, my husband's accounts of it weren't exactly on point when he relayed everything to me, and there's only so much pictures can tell you. So, I bought a bunch of furniture with what I thought would fit, and later found out it did not work for our awkwardly sized living room. A year later I ditched the bulky pieces but still found myself in a rut when it came to the space. That is, until this summer came around and Sauder asked if I had a room that needed a little love. Obviously, I jumped on board and picked out my favorite pieces with a little help from my muse, Shavonda. 

I had some reservations with my picks at first, mainly because I was nervous about sizing in the tiny place but I was beyond elated after I saw everything put together and in place. Of course, I have a little more work to do, like a new rug and a cover for the lumbar pillow, but it's falling into place flawlessly. For once I feel like it's the way it's supposed to be. 

Ok, let's talk about the pieces that won me over...

 The Nilsen Accent Chair has to be my favorite piece. I don't know if it's because of how it pops against our berry-hued wall or the fact that it's just the right size for the corner. I love it. The Anywhere Media Console is amazing, you wouldn't believe the amount of storage it has and the Vanishing Drawer™ hides components behind flip-up front makes it the perfect place for my printer and dvd player - out of sight until I need them. I was nervous it was too rustic, but now I can't imagine anything taking it's place. Lastly, the Round Side Table pulls everything together. It keeps our bohemian aesthetic yet still looks polished.  

- Before and After -
What do you think about the room makeover? Check out the Sauder "Put Together Lookbook" for more ways to style the pieces.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Fall Essential: The Fringe Skirt

07 October 2015

Well, it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on the some serious fringe. You and I both know it was going to happen sooner or later, there's no resisting. As far as this look goes I'm not sure what I'm channeling more of, the 70's or the way of the west. Either way I love it. Who can resist denim, fringe, and boots - really?

Ps- my skirt is only $35. 

Skirt Boohoo, Shirt Bella Dahl, Earrings Carolyn Pollack {on sale}, Boots Jessica Simpson
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Foundation To Try: L’Oréal® Infallible Pro-Matte

06 October 2015

I’m always on the hunt for a great foundation to take me from day to night with minimal touch ups. But more often than not, I feel like I’m either wearing a mask because the foundation is too heavy or it doesn’t even make it past the afternoon. 

You know the struggle. 

So, I gave L’Oreal® Infallible Pro-Matte 24hr. foundation a shot. It’s light-weight, long wearing formula goes on smooth with the promise of lasting up to 24 hours. For me, I love the air-light formula, it feels like a tinted moisturizer but with excellent coverage.
The matte finish doesn’t fall flat on my face and doesn’t budge on my oily prone skin. I didn’t make the full 24 hours, but after 17 it was still intact before I washed it off and hit the sack.

Protip: I forgot primer one day and the makeup settled into some of my {oversized} pores, it wasn’t very noticeable but I now know to always wear a primer with it to keep things flawless.

How I Applied It: Skip the brush and opt for a damp beauty sponge {I use the beauty blender}. Smooth on to skin in a rolling motion and blend. The coverage is buildable, so repeat until desired coverage is achieved. I was satisfied with one layer, which gave medium coverage. Finish with L’Oréal® Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray {obsessed}. 
disclosure: this post has been sponsored by L'Oréal®.
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6 Fall Nail Colors To Try

Over the last couple of weeks I've found myself swapping my trusty OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender for something a little more Fall appropriate. I personally have been leaning toward coppery metallics, opaque nudes and of course, rich bourdouxes to keep up with the current leaf colors. My favorite? It's hard to choose but I will say I've been wearing the heck out of CND Vinylux's Naked Naiveté these last couple of weeks. Here's 6 colors that I can't stop wearing this month. 
CND Vinylux Naked Naiveté, Amazon $6.32 + Free Shipping
CND Vinylux Rouge Rite, Amazon $5.98 + Free Shipping
Essie Leggy Legend, $8.50

What are you favorites this season?

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Leopard and Dots

05 October 2015

Even though this weekends weather made it nearly impossible to shoot today's outfit, thanks wind. Regardless of the weather conditions I can't help but love the red leopard paired with the sheer dot socks - I'm sure the dress will look even better in the coming weeks with opaque tights and a black wing jacket. 

 Dress Few Moda, Socks H&M, Bag Melie Bianco via DSW, Shoes BCBG
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Penny and Me

01 October 2015

Since there's no stopping my 70's streak this month I figured this vest deserved another wear before I get to pile on the layers. This time I traded out the dress and OTK boots for a bell sleeve top and pair of jeans {I wish they were flare, but next time}.  I don't know about you but I'm thinking this look is seriously channeling Penny Lane {Almost Famous}, and I'm totally ok with that. 

Ps-Who else is loving my bright mismatched sock situation? Clearly I was thinking ahead when I picked these bad boys out. 

Vest Marshalls, Shirt Darling Clothing, Jeans Levi's, Boots Chinese Laundry
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