Sunday, April 27, 2014

DIY: Not So Lazy Sunday

Hello Friends! 

Hope your weekends are going well.  I love a good DIY project and wanted to share 3 easy home decor items that can be crafted in a Sunday afternoon.  Enjoy!


Yarn Wreath

No front door is complete without a wreath - at least, that's my motto!  To me, having a wreath on your front door makes your home look much more inviting.  Last year, I went on a yarn wreath kick and made one for just about every holiday.  They are SO easy to make! You'll just need a styrofoam wreath, glue gun & glue sticks, decorative flowers (or maybe a letter for your last name?) and of course, yarn! I really like Vanna White's yarn collection... I know, who knew she made yarn? - and yes - I promise I am 24 years old and not 74.
Simply wrap your yarn around the styrofoam wreath in a desired pattern, hot gluing the yarn to the back of the wreath as you go.  Add fabric flowers for some extra interest and you're done!


Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack

I've always dreamed of taking an old palette and turning it into an awesome shelf or some unique home decor item - but, let me tell you, it is much easier said than done.  My husband and I started with 3 palettes and aspirations of creating an amazing wine rack.  Pulling old nails out of old wood is a lot harder than it looks!  After accidentally cracking most of the wood, we finally wound up with a suitable piece that was nowhere near large enough for our project.  We decided to make a simple coat rack by just adding some hooks.  While it's not the wine rack we had hoped for, I do like how it turned out!


EAT Kitchen Sign

This is definitely the easiest DIY of them all - the only supplies you will need are cardboard letters, acrylic paint and a sponge brush. Once painted, you'd have no idea the letters are actually cheap cardboard!  I love the fun element this adds to our little breakfast nook area. 

Happy Sunday and let me know if you try any of these DIYs :)

Love,
Aly


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wise Words

Cheesy as they can be, I am a huge fan of inspirational quotes.  I typically find myself taking screenshots of inspirational messages that I find on the Instagram (p.s. follow me @nosyla27) or elsewhere on the internet.   I figured I'd compile a few screenshots for a little end of week inspiration! Enjoy!









Love,
Aly


Monday, April 21, 2014

Beauty: Favorite Skincare Products

Hi There!  Hope you had a great Easter!  I definitely enjoyed my three day weekend, but it sure does make Monday mornings all the more brutal :).  To kick off the week, I wanted to share some of my favorite tried and true skincare products.  I am a total beauty junkie - could literally live in Sephora - and have tried many products over the years in hopes of finding the perfect skincare routine for my dry, yet breakout prone, sensitive skin.  


First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and Ultra Repair Cream.

I recently picked up this trio of First Aid Beauty products from Sephora and have been seriously impressed.  I've always used drugstore cleansers, thinking there wasn't a need to spend more money on face wash, but I think the FAB Face Cleanser has changed my ways forever.  All FAB products are free of harsh chemicals and safe for sensitive skin.  The cleanser is incredibly gentle and removes every last bit of my makeup - even eye makeup.  I am also really loving the Ultra Repair Cream.  As I mentioned, I have pretty dry skin and this cream moisturizes my skin without leaving it oily.  My forehead is particularly dry and this is the first moisturizer I have found that remedies even my driest area!  It is gentle and hasn't clogged my pores at all.  A definite fave.


First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

I must admit, I was a little skeptical about these pads - with sensitive skin, anything with the word "tone" in it kinda freaks me out.  I'm happy to report that these pads don't contain alcohol and aren't harsh at all!  I use them after washing my face and before moisturizing - I haven't seen any brightening effects yet, but do like the way they make my skin feel. 



I started using oils about a year ago and don't think I will ever go back!  I was skeptical at first - I mean, putting straight up oil on your skin is a little scary, right?  Well,  I've learned that so long as they are used in moderation, oils can definitely improve your skin's health and appearance.  The two oils that I use are Maracuja and Argan.  I believe Maracuja oil is sold exclusively by Tarte - and according to their website - is extracted from a fruit in the Amazon that contains high levels of Vitamin C.  Fancy, huh?  Rather than applying all over my face, I use the Maracuja oil at night as more of a spot treatment on red marks from pimples and the blemishes themselves.  I swear, it helps heal pimples just as fast as a prescribed topical cream from the dermatologist - and is much less drying! I have seen improvement with discoloration, but wouldn't recommend putting the oil over your entire face - I find it can block pores when used in excess.

On the other hand, I regularly apply Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil and Argan Infinity Cream over my entire face and do not notice any negative effects.  Compared to the Maracuja Oil, Argan moisturizes my skin more effectively.  I really like the results I see when using these products together with one another.  The Pure Argan Oil is also light enough to wear under makeup.  The Infinity Cream is a thicker product and should be used at nighttime - it is incredibly hydrating!


Elta MD Sunscreen

Last, but certainly not least, is a great sunscreen.  I must admit that I am somewhat of a sunscreen freak - definitely the 'mom' of my friends who is always making sure everyone puts it on when we are out in the sun.  What can I say?  I'd rather be pale now and look good when I'm older.  Not to mention, it helps prevent skin cancer!  All sunscreens are definitely not created equal - when shopping around, you want to choose a product that protects against both UVA (rays that age us) and UVB (rays that burn us).  You also want a product with at least 4% Zinc Oxide - this is the ingredient that protects you from damaging rays.  One of my favorites is by Elta MD.  It's more expensive than your drugstore sunscreen and a little harder to find, but it is well worth every penny.  The Facial Sunscreen is sheer and very lightweight, making it perfect for wearing underneath makeup.

What are your favorite skincare products?  Have you tried any of my faves?  I'd love to hear from you! 

Have a great week!

Love,
Aly

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


Happy Sunday!  I figured I'd do a little baking on this beautiful April day and decided to try some Lemon Poppy Seed muffins.  I used a wonderful recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod and love how they turned out!


These muffins would be perfect for an Easter Sunday brunch.  I feel like they would also be delicious with a glass of Lavender Lemonade... which I've actually never had.  I just imagine it would be awesome!  Anyone have a recipe they are willing to share?


Edible flowers and adorable cupcake liners are from Michael's.


Have a great week!

Love,
Aly

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6th



I can't believe it has officially been a year since I married my favorite person in the world!  In honor of our first anniversary, I figured I'd share a few of my favorite photos from our wedding.  Hope you enjoy!


The dress - Tara Keely 2200.  This was the first dress I fell in love with online and the first one I tried on at a bridal shop.  It could not be beat!  I wore it with the accompanying belt - not pictured here. 


My wedding shoes - Kate Spade "Charm".  They were surprisingly comfy! Or maybe I was just too excited to notice my feet hurting :)


Close-up of my bouquet - anemones, peonies, garden roses and ranunculus.


Final touches before the ceremony.  Thankfully, I remembered to take that hair tie off my wrist!


The ceremony took place under a white gazebo.  We asked the florist to string carnations on fishing wire and hang them around the structure.  I love how it turned out!


After our ceremony, the lighting from the sunset was perfect for photos next to a rose bush.


Of course, a few goofy photos were a must!


Me with the groomsmen.


Our beautiful cake. You can't tell, but the frosting was finished with a shimmery dust!


A kiss at the end of our first dance.


All photos are by Matt Montalvo - a wonderful photographer in the Austin area.  

If you have any questions about wedding vendors in Austin, TX or need recommendations, I am happy to help!  I may do a more detailed wedding post in the future :).

Thanks for stopping by!

Love, 
Aly