ARTWORK FOR YOUR HOME

In recent years, the design world has shifted heavily to this minimalist approach. Interiors are minimalistic, clothing is minimalistic, water bottles are minimalistic and there’s even a book about the life changing magic of being a minimalist. I didn’t buy it, but trust me, I got the gist! Like many others, I appreciate a clean and simple aesthetic to my style, my home and my products. The hardest things for me to come to terms with have always been kids toys and televisions. Eye sores at every corner and no matter how hard you try to conceal or decorate around them, they are always the first thing to catch your eye in a room if they are misplaced. Thankfully, I’ve been seeing a lot of beautifully designed children’s toy companies coming to the rescue for parents desperate for prettier options. But no matter how fancy, or curved or flat screened televisions can be, they always just look like a large blank screen taking up space in the middle of a room. They’re impossible to conceal and even harder to seamlessly incorporate into a room’s design. Until now!

Friends, I do not usually geek out over in-home technology. I leave that to my husband. He single handedly appoints himself to keep us up-to-date on all the latest and greatest, and I usually don’t have an opinion. I didn’t even own a television until we got married. But I’ve been converted. My newest love you ask? The Frame television from Samsung. If you follow along on my Instagram Stories, than you probably caught all my behind the scenes shots from their recent event in New York City and saw first hand what the television looks like. Pretty sure that the photos of this television garnered more elated responses than the cutest photo I’ve ever posted of Sidney Sloane, ha! When they reached out to ask if I’d help introduce the product, it was an easy ‘yes’. It fits my personal aesthetic and makes the interior design geek inside of me very very excited!

I have always wished a television didn’t look like a television. When you don’t have a lot of space to work with and your living room is the first thing people walk into in your home, I just cringe at the thought of their initial view being a mounted black screen. Finally, those days are done. If you’re like me, when I first walked into the event and looked at the gallery walls set up, I couldn’t actually tell which pieces were The Frame and which ones were just artwork. Thanks to Yves Behar and his collaboration with Samsung, this creation fuses together interior design, art and functionality to shift your view and start thinking of your television as a statement piece. It adds value to your space, and when you’re working with a small space, every inch is valuable!

The Frame comes with a built-in art gallery, but you can also purchase or upload your own personal artwork or photos. The groundbreaking mounting system even lies super flush on the wall and has a single chord system that is so discreet you’d barely even notice it. Staying true to its name - it merely looks like a framed piece of art! I’m so happy when creative people partner with technology to create beautiful pieces. Screens aren’t going away, so it’s refreshing to have products that blend the two together!

*This post is in partnership with Samsung, a brand we use around our home. All content and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this little blog and my family*

Celebrating the Everyday with The White Company

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This post is sponsored by The White Company.

I’ve always had a struggle with sitting still, with taking time off or the concept of ‘doing nothing’. At even the thought of a nap, my brain starts to list off all the things I should be doing in that hour instead of sleeping, so I inevitably talk myself out of it. You guys, don’t misread this… I want to nap with all my being. I want to nap all.the.time. It’s my brain… it won’t let me. While this is all very helpful for accomplishing my ‘to-do’ list, it has become a point of contention since having kids. They can’t always be on the go and where’s the balance in what we need to do and what they want to do?

Eric travels a lot for work and so when he’s home I always try to think of these grandiose things to do with the kids so we can fit in all of these experiences together. But funny how marriage works, because Eric is the opposite of that. He wants to do the daily things together. The small stuff that I don’t even register. The stuff that is repetitive, but is actually what you reflect back on fondly more as an adult than those grandiose moments. It’s easy for me to forget how different our brains work. The everyday stuff carries more weight in the long run.

Our recent trip to the farmer’s market was a good reminder of this for me. It’s time away from the hustle and bustle, but is usually just part of my ‘to-do’ list and, therefore, easily checked off and onto the next. But this time when Eric got back in town, we decided to pack up and venture out together. Not as part of the things to check off, but as a way to relax and enjoy time as a family. Maybe we only needed kale and some flowers, but since this is an activity of daily recognition for us, it was nice to do it at a slower pace. It’s easy to rush with kids since they can be so very unpredictable in nature! The massive slide, fresh strawberries and kids’ garden are a few of the favorites for Parker to explore while we’re there. I also feel like it’s built-in babysitting while I’m trying to do some grocery shopping!

I partnered with The White Company for this post because, as a brand, they focus on celebrating the everyday and that resonates with me. You know what else resonates with me? A comfy linen dress and sneakers (by The White Company) that makes me feel like I’m actually at a farmer’s market in the English countryside! I’m a gal who likes to ‘dress for the occasion’ with no apologies! Give me a wicker basket, some fresh lavender and I’ll start walking around with a British accent. It’s also a concept that allowed my family to remember to spend time together doing the small stuff. And that’s something I can always get behind.

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The White Company has opened their first store in the US in NYC, located at 155 Fifth Ave (between 21st & 22nd) click here for more store opening info! If you caught my story on IG last week, I gave a peek into the new interiors and they are stunning! 

A Fresh Skincare Routine with OLLY Nutrition

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Over the years my daily skincare routine has taken so many twists and turns that it feels like such success when you find a groove that actually feels like it’s working. Since beginning to slowly integrate more natural and clean products into my daily life, I’ve been on a long trial and error journey that I believe has finally found its stride. The most challenging part over the last few years has been when my skin changed with each pre and post pregnancy season, sometimes being more on the dry side and other times being more on the sensitive side. I’ve started taking on the philosophy that it’s so much more important to take care of my skin than to try and cover up my skin. The first thing to go out the window once I had my kids was my ‘getting ready time’ in the morning. I’ve learned to work within a 20-25min timeframe for hair, makeup and getting dressed. I don’t have time to do intricate makeup or deal with problematic skin. It has been really refreshing to be able to wear less makeup and feel just as, if not more, confidant when I walk out of the house.

Thought it might be helpful to walk you through my products, their uses and why I love them. No single product cures all the ailments or is a quick fix for your skin. All of these things are used together as part my current daily skincare regimen and can obviously work different for each person and your specific skin dynamic.

MORNING:

DRINK WATER: With Sidney Sloane acting as my alarm clock, the first thing I usually grab for in the morning is my water. My favorite insulated water bottle sits next to my bed and I start getting those ounces of H2O in right away. I can tell when I don’t drink enough water in a day - your skin shows the dehydration!

OLLY NUTRITION FLAWLESS COMPLEXION: These new little gummies from OLLY pack some serious punch. They contain skin-nourishing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and superfoods and they help purify and detox skin cells. I believe a great starting point for healthier skin is from the inside! Plus, they contain B6 and Zinc to support normal hormone health… which is a big necessity in my daily life as a mom. Pill swallowing has never been my strength, so it’s been so easy to keep up with these morning and night since the gummies basically taste like heaven.

MOISTURIZE: I use a combo of Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Day Cream and Juice Beauty’s Organic Face Primer to moisturize my skin before putting any makeup on. I also use Juice Beauty's Green Apple moisturizer sometimes. I find it calms my skin really well. 

NIGHT:

MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER:  I wash my face twice and this is the first washing point. I use a large round cotton circle to wipe my face off of all the makeup and such. This is great at gently removing all skin and eye makeup so that when I was it for the second time, that facial cleanser is actually hitting my skin.

FRESH SOY FACE CLEANSER: This is the second wash. After I’ve wiped off all of my face makeup, I use this to then cleanse my skin.

COCONUT OIL: This is mainly used to remove my eye makeup. I’ve found this amazing unrefined version in a pure liquid that I keep in a dispenser next to the sink for easy use.

ROSEHIP OIL: Great for anti-aging and scar treatment. The essential fatty acids in rose hip seed oil can help reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration. 

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: In a travel sized container, I mix 75% ACV with 25% water, put the cap on and shake it up to mix it together. Then I have it next to the sink for easy access each night. I will squirt a bit onto a cotton round and apply all over my freshly washed face.

BEAUTYCOUNTER CHARCOAL MASK: I use this once a week to help clean out the pores and balance my skin out. Charcoal is a magical thing for your skin!

SILK PILLOWCASE: After reading about the benefits to your hair and skin from sleeping on a silk pillowcase, I recently ordered this one from Amazon. So far, I think it’s actually helped my hair not break so much as I toss and turn in the night while sleeping and it is better at keeping in moisture than cotton, so for someone who has dry skin, this has been a major bonus.

Again, I’m not an expert in skincare, but these are some of my staple items and my current simplified routine that has been really helping give my skin some new life recently! If there are any clean/natural products you’ve been loving lately, please share!

This post is sponsored by OLLY Nutrition. All thoughts and opinion are uniquely my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help support this space!