Monday, May 23, 2016

Life Lately: Boxes on Boxes

Well aren't these the most glam photos you ever saw in your life? Lol. In the spirit of being completely transparent, this has been life lately. We are finally all moved into the new house but the boxes seem to be never ending. As soon as I think one space is put together, another explodes SO I have decided that we will be living here until we die.

My regular DIY and fashion posts will return in the near future, but I would love to hear what y'all want to see more of on the blog! Shoot me an email, comment below, or even snapchat me! I am feelin' some more adulting posts (as I struggle to be an adult) and maybe a few heart to hearts. 
All my love...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Decor Daydream: Bedroom

Well if that isn't the most bland looking room you have ever seen, I don't know what is! Don't you worry though, I am on it! The floors have already been ripped out to showcase the most beautiful hardwoods! 

As I have mentioned before, decorating for me is a marathon but here is what I am thinking for our master bedroom.

When I originally thought of our bedroom, I pictured a upholstered headboard (like this one), mirrored night stands and lots of crystal...BUT as a married lady, I have more than my opinion to take into account. My husband mentioned that he wanted a wood bed and he is so sweet and always goes along with my design plans SO I decided we would look for a wood bed like he wants!

This slay bed immediately caught my eye when I began my hunt. I plan to keep the bedding simple (for easy making) and as plush as possible for optimum comfort!

We already have white dressers so two nightstands like these would fit perfectly. Toped with gold trinkets and a lamp like such on each side. 

I will add a bench that I have similar to this one to the end of the bed and maybe cover it in a faux lamb skin rug and a few throw pillows for more texture. 

The rug will be neutral like this one and of course we will have to have a fiddle fig leaf tree in this room too. Lol #addicted. 

Add a mirror for #ootd pics and wa-lah...a relaxing master bedroom! 

All these neutrals do have me itching for color though...wait till you see my office plans! It will be worthy of Elle Woods herself ;)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Make It Monday: At Home Facials

SO. My BFF was in town last week (praise hands emoji). After we got caught up on our crazy lives (her costume design in NYC and my freelance escapades and moving), we decided we needed to take a quick moment to unwind and treat ourselves and what better way than with a facial?! Being the creatives that we are, we glanced around her mom's kitchen saw the ingredients for the perfect at home spa fix!

All you need is one avocado, an egg white, two teaspoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (or in our case, all we had was white vinegar). We doubled the recipe but it really wasn't necessary lol...One batch it probably enough for at least 8 faces. 

Begin by separating the egg white from the yoke. 

Next, slice your avocado and remove outer skin and inner seed. 

Then, add liquid ingredients and mix. When you end up with something that looks like gauc, you're done! 

After taking a snapchat (obvi) it was time to apply to our faces!

Make sure your skin is completely clean. Apply mixture as thick as possible and let sit for 10-15 minutes. 

We definitely look like Shrek's cousins, but it worked amazingly! We applied moisturizer after washing it off and felt so refreshed the rest of the day! 

What do you like to do when your BFF is in town? 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Our Living Room (Before)

This, my dear friends, is our new living room! A photo I stole off of Zillow...but still our living room. I know I have already show y'all a glimpse of my decor plans (click here) but I wanted to show you the bones of what I am working with! 

I don't know if these photos do it any justice, but it is a HUGE room! The only reason we haven't moved in yet is because we are having these floors (as well as the carpet in the bedrooms) pulled up to expose gorgeous hard wood floors! 

We ran into one snag in the process...

When Carlos (our awesome floor man) pulled everything up, he found this. I freaked out and thought it was a trap door but...come to find out, it was just a free standing closet. Whew!

It cost a little extra, but he was able to fix it. Don't you just love his font choice for the "before" and "after" collage he sent me? Lol. He is great about sending me progress reports and he really did an amazing job! I really do love the raw look of the floors but I choose to go with a dark stain to contrast our new white couches...

I choose Minwax color "Dark Walnut" and I can't wait to see the finished product! 

Follow me on snapchat (@tilleysthreads) for sneak peeks and stay tuned to the blog for constant progress reports because we all know Rome wasn't built in a day! 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Instagram Round Up

Life has been crazy y'all. All good things, but I feel like I am moving at a million miles per hour! All I can honestly think about is planning a vacation (Iceland in July sounds epic) but for now it is house, house, house and work, work, work (to quote Rihanna, lol).

I also need to get on my blog calendar planning game, but for now, this overdue Instagram roundup will do! 

TJMaxx Rug, similar here // American Rag shoes // Nordstrom Sunglasses // Urban Expressions Clutch (use code "UE25D9HJ5" for 25% off the whole site!)

Us in front of our new house (and pool)! Cheers to the future!

My first time Renting the Runway was a success! This dress was a huge hit (size 2)! Classic enough to meet lawyers but still cute enough to impress the hubs!

Here are a few snaps from a wedding we went to in Old Town Alexandria. 

Karlie Dress // Ivanka Trump Gold Pumps, similar here

Topshop off the shoulder top // Booties // Target Balloon Banner

Monday, May 2, 2016

Make it Mani!

The average gel manicure costs $28 a trip. If you go once a month that's $336 a year! Now I understand, some ladies like to do it because it relaxes them. If that is you, then I fully support the expense. However, if you are like me and squirm the whole time you are in the chair thinking about what you have to do that day then you are going to LOVE today's DIY!

I bought this little Sally Hansen kit almost 3 years ago now and it is amazing. I use it all the time because it is fast and easy and the end result is salon quality. Whenever I post about it on snapchat (@tilleysthreads) I get tons of questions on it, so here it is ladies!

First, I usually shape and buff my nails and swab them with pure acetone. Then comes the official step one, the base coat. Apply a thin layer avoiding skin. 

Then it is bake time! The machine is on a timer so just slip your hand in until the light turns off. 

Next, is the color coat. I get a lot of questions about this because so many people complain of not having a steady hand. I honestly cannot use regular polish for the life of me but this gel stuff is easy peasy! As long as you don't get it on your skin, I promise it will come out looking even. It is seriously magic. I usually apply 2-3 coats of color, baking under the light after each coat.

The last coat is your top coat. It should go on clear and thin. Bake under the light for the last time and then wipe with the pure acetone again and you are done!

This bad boy saves me so much time and money, and y'all know I am alllll about THAT!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Shorts and Sleeves

I don't know about y'all, but ever since middle school as soon as the temperature reaches 70 degrees, I am dying to break out my shorts. Why is that? Lol, I am still so pale but I am just like, "sky's out, thighs out!" I have learned a few things over the years though so instead of also breaking out the tank tops in April, I opted for a 3/4 length sleeved top to do some window shopping by the oceanfront.

Also, do you see that cinnamon roll...I meannnn, bun, on top of my head? Yeahhh, trying new things. I really am in a season of trying new things lately. For instance, my knee popped out recently (gross, I know) so instead of running, I have been swimming. I have also been trying to get into the Word a lot more. Adulting is hard and I certainly cannot get through it without Him. Also, this orzo was new in our household this week and quite the hit!

Outfit details: Target Top // Target Shorts, similar here // Splendid Sandals 
Urban Expressions Bag (use code UE25D9HJ5 for 25% OFF) // Stella and Dot Bracelet

What new things are you doing lately? Comment below, inspire me! Lol. 

Photos by Mary Morris