Monthly Archives: March 2012

Order into Disorder Series: Bathroom Edition

Taylor Swift's Bathroom {Image via. Pinterest}

My bathroom is not a pretty sight. At all. My younger sister and I used to share it, but over the past few months she has chosen to get ready elsewhere. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to that space, let alone a lot of cleanliness. My younger sister is incredibly organized and I happen to be the least organized person on this side of the state (Courtney is in a close second). The lack of order rarely bothered me before, but now it is starting to affect my efficiency in getting ready. I can never find anything, causing unnecessary stress and loss of time. It is starting to take a toll.

Part of my problem is that my bathroom is incredibly tiny. The only storage available is under the sink. There are no drawers or cabinets, making it difficult to find a designated spot for everything. So, in light of my recent Pinterest discovery turned obsession (my page is here, if you so dare to check it out), I decided to start searching for organization ideas for the bathroom and I have found a plethora, and I mean plethora, of ideas! Since we are planning to redo our bathroom this summer, I picked up a few color ideas, too! Here are a few pictures of some ideas I found pretty innovative and stylish, especially for those of us who have minimal space:

{Image via. Pinterest}

Using the sides of the sink doors is an excellent idea. I would imagine those shelves would not be difficult to make or install either. Future project? I think so!

{Image via. The Family Handyman}

More utilization of the sink cabinet door. This idea is genius! A great space saver and spares us the hassle of a tangled cord! More great bathroom ideas from The Family Handyman here.

{Image via. Martha}

Magnets are not just for the fridge. Affixing a sheet of precut galvanized steel to the inside of a medicine cabinet will save space on the shelves for bigger products. More bathroom ideas from Martha here.

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No need for countertop clutter. Find cute, clear jars to store every day items. Sticking the the same color (here everything is white or off white) will bring unity despite the different types of products. 

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And finally, everything does not need to be in the bathroom if it is not used often. Place rarely used items, backup products, and extra towels on a shelf in your linen closet.

I feel that the bathroom is the second most neglected room in the house in terms of organization, decoration, and maintenance (the laundry room takes the number one spot). Since we only spend time in the bathroom to do grooming, bathing, and other business, we fail to realize how having a nicely set up bathroom could bring more peace to our lives. Time would be easier to manage, good lighting will help makeup application, and another thing would be a place of relaxation. You could easily turn your bathroom into an at home spa, if you wanted to. All you would need is a relaxing color scheme, nicely scented candles, a clean tub, some magazines or a great book, and you are all set! Massage comes extra, though. 😉

So, what rooms do you guys have trouble keeping orderly? Let me know and post any ideas! I’ve posted a few links below to some great interior design blogs, including Courtney’s other blog that she shares with her interior designer sister, Kristy!

Take care and good luck!


Interior Design Blogs & Websites:

I-Design Love

(Kristy Zubke and Courtney Bishop)

 Apartment Therapy

(Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan)

Home Improvement section of Cupcakes & Cashmere

(Emily Schuman. Seriously, is there anything this woman can’t think of?!)

Martha Stewart

(Hey, she’s genius in homemaking!)

The Family Handyman

(Based on the magazine)

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Blog Crush of the Month: Blogilates!

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Cassey Ho!

During the past two weeks, I discovered Pinterest and have become addicted. I have been told I am a little late getting on the Pinterest bandwagon, but better late than never, right? Anyway, while cruising around the site, I came across the page of Cassey Ho, a Pilates and fitness instructor based in California. When I clicked on her Pinterest profile, the link to her website “Blogilates” caught my attention. The name was so cute-sy, I knew I had to check it out. And I’m so glad I did!

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Despite the cute name, Blogilates means business (and burn!). Cassey’s blog is composed of workout videos (broken into the categories of POP Pilates, POP Cardio, and POP Hits), healthy food recipes, printable exercise and food charts, and a number of other resources to help you get in shape and stay motivated. I actually did two of her cardio videos for the first time earlier tonight and I was beat! I had a particular tough time doing a complete push-up, then jumping up immediately after! But what I liked most about the video was how it was not the typical, cheesy workout video. She did it all so naturally and admitted to hating certain exercises, which I appreciated. No one wants a robotic workout instructor!

 Cassey’s real attitude, combined with her energy and motivating words, are the reasons for her success. She has been featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and SHAPE! I definitely suggest you hop on her blog or Youtube channel (or both!). You will not be disappointed, but rather, feel extra motivated! 😉

Take care and good luck!


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BB Cream: Review (Finally!)

A while back, I did a post on the up and coming beauty innovation BB Cream. I was incredibly curious to try the product because its ability to combine cosmetic concerns with skincare. In review, BB Creams are comparable to that of a tinted moisturizer in terms of their consistency and coverage, but can also act as a makeup primer, contain anti-aging ingredients, protect against sun damage, and even out skin tone. Well, I finally got my hands on some BB Cream and thought I would share my thoughts.

BB Cream Used:

{In the shade “Fair”}

To put it simply, I have problematic skin. Unfortunately for me, BB Creams’ coverage is quite sheer and does not cover what I feel needs to be concealed. I think that someone with great skin would benefit more from BB Cream than someone who struggles with their skin like I do. I’ve not completely giving up on BB cream, however. Mixing it in with my Make Up Forever HD Foundation creates a nice finish! I also have been experimenting with various skincare regimens and as soon as I find one that works for me, I hope I can wear lighter makeup like BB Cream confidently.

Well, that’s my take on BB Creams! It is great for someone who only needs sheer coverage or for summer, but for those of us who prefer a heavier coverage may need to combine it with other foundation or look elsewhere.

Take care and good luck,



Springing Into Style & Strategy

Shopping for clothes can be a very fun experience, but it can also be an incredibly frustrating one! I’ve been in a shopping rut over the past few months, but I think I’ve finally found the solution to my problem. Whenever I used go shopping, I rarely went in with an idea of what I was looking for. Instead, I would just wander the mall aimlessly, hoping I would find whatever it was I needed (which never worked, FYI). So, I decided it was time to try a new technique: plan ahead. I tried this when I went shopping this past weekend and it completely altered my usual experience from frustrating to enjoyable! Here are some tips to help your plan your clothing expedition more efficiently!

1. Research

Flip through magazines and browse online stores to start to get a feel for what’s popular. But my personal favorite way to find inspiration is to read fashion blogs! It’s one thing to see professional models wear clothing, but to see how real people pull off trends in their every day lives can be quite helpful for your own wardrobe! I’ve listed some of my favorite blogging fashionistas below. Get clicking! 🙂

 Emily Schuman

Anouska Proetta Brandon

 2. Go Through Your Closet

Make sure to browse your own closet before you hit the racks. Sometimes, especially in a messier closet, we can forget what we already own! While going through your closet, make a list of what pieces you have enough of. For example, if you own six v-necks t-shirts, write it down and steer clear from that style in stores. The same goes with color. Half your closet blue? Don’t buy anything blue during your trip! While this sounds like common sense, half the reason people have “no clothes” is because there is no variety. So, change it up!

{Extra Tip: Make sure your laundry is done, too! Clothes buried in a hamper are often forgotten}

3. Start Small

Even if you need new jeans, shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, and accessories, start with focusing on only a few items, as trying to create a new wardrobe in one trip could be overwhelming for your mental health, as well as  your wallet! Make a list of what you want first, then put them in order of importance. After you have done that, star the first few items on your list and stick with those.

{Extra Tip: If you still aren’t completely sure what you’re looking for, browse the accessory sections at stores like Forever 21 or Target. Their prices are reasonable and can help transform an old outfit into something completely different}

4. Map it Out!

So, if you know what you’re looking for and what you’re not looking for, make a list of stores that you think will provide you with the best selection for your hunt. If you’re going to the mall, go on their website and look at the directory and see all your options!

5. Plan Time Accordingly

Make sure you gauge the time you need accurately in regards to how much you plan to accomplish that trip. After you determine that, add at least a half an hour to your estimated trip time. You can always leave if you find what you were looking for, but if that extra time is needed, there won’t be any stress in staying!

I applied these guidelines when I went shopping for spring clothing this past weekend and ended up having a very successful outing! Here are some pictures of a few items I picked up!

{Sundress from Target}

{Button Down From Forever 21}

{Grayish-Brown Oxfords from Old Navy}

{Chunky Turquoise Bracelet from Forever 21}

{Target Dollar Section Impulsivity} 

While the last item definitely isn’t a fashion purchase, it was too cute (and cheap) to pass up! It just screams spring! But, what about you guys? Do anyone else have some good shopping tips? Let me know! I’m always in need of shopping guidance. Courtney can confirm that for me! 😉

Take care and good luck!


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