Mother’s Day gift guide

I love giving my mom something she will use/wear all the time and that she wouldn’t buy herself.  I know she would live in this cashmere sweater {gotta go splitsies on it with the sibs} and this camel tote.  I also love giving her something we can do together – like this cook book with an invitation to a cooking class at The Chopping Block or an invitation to afternoon tea with a picture frame to capture the memory.  She spoils me all year long, it’s only fair to return the favor!
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Happy Monday!

design + decor // floating shelves



I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share my travel wall and floating shelf designs – but better late than never!

The idea for my travel wall was born when my sister sent me a vintage map of Paris a few weeks before our last adventure together in Europe.  I picked up one special item/memory piece in each location {a pencil drawing of the Ponte Vecchio, an elephant from a market, a photo on our Cinque Terre trek} and combined those with a few items from my other favorites in this big ole’ world.  I love that this collection is something I can continue to build on as I grow and experiences new places.  And it’s also fairly inexpensive to execute {2 for 1 frames at Michael’s, inexpensive but adorable Etsy prints, street artists paintings, a table book, and my little wishbone all for under $150!}


E {similar} // KC PRINT // & // STOP and SMELL the ROSES //BOOKS {similar} // DIFFUSER

This next set are the floating shelves in my bedroom.  My bedroom is really bright and white {white bedding, white dressers, white shelves, white, white, white}, so I like to add splashes of color and personality with my decor.  Although I’m always rearranging stacks of table books {yes, I may have an addiction} or adding new trinkets, I try to keep the over all vibe classic and simple and most importantly, meaningful to me. So yes, I was given a purple bunny rabbit for Christmas, made by my sweet niece, and I had it on display for months {his head is struggling to stay on, so he’s currently on bed rest} and it made me smile every single day.

Rearranging/adding to/taking from a space in your home is such a quick and easy way to refresh a room.  It doesn’t always need to be with something new – take a frame from the living room and swap it with one in a different room, swap a candle with the diffuser, change or add a new book to the stack {ha}. The warmer weather always inspires me to switch things up!

Happy Monday!


currently craving // piperlime’s closing sale

Piperlime going away x
It’s going to be a sad, sad day when Piperlime officially closes it’s doors {I know I know, I meant it figuratively}, but at least we get the parting gift of a closing sale! Sizes are getting limited and there are no returns – but I found some steals as I was browsing last night.
*Like these adorable espadrilles {also seen in my Currently Craving blue hues, here} or this perfect bubble gum pink cross-body for summer.
*And there are so many denim options – I pinned 4 pairs of distressed boyfriend jeans and I think it might be time to take the plunge now that they’re on sale? I like these and these.
*Floral skirts anyone? My friends always laugh {looking at you, Alex} because I gravitate to anything floral when I’m shopping… But this Karina Grimaldi cream and black floral skirt is a steal {$85, originally $174}! And this one is really really cute too… I can’t help it!

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Beauty mix up – Lash primer


A month or so ago, I walked into Sephora on a mission for a lash primer I wanted to try.  My method at Sephora is similar to Target, enter with a specific item in mind and put blinders on or you’re in danger of leaving with a new toaster that you cannot live without.  When I got home, I realized I grabbed the wrong primer {ugh}.  But I read the reviews and it seemed like a hit, so I decided to give it a try {way too risky to go back into Sephora}.  I couldn’t wait to show you guys the results, but fair warning these close-ups are intense.  I put my daily mascara on below with and without the primer, so we could compare the two.

1. bare lashes


3. Diorshow Maximizer primer on the left {it goes on white) // bare lashes on the right

{this picture is really creepy – I know- but look how much the primer lengthens!}


4. primer lashes on the left // regular on the right


Besides extra length, I’ve noticed the biggest difference in how long the mascara stays on my lashes using the primer.  Usually, by the time I take my makeup off at night, the majority of my mascara has fallen or faded.  I’m not kidding they are fully intact with this primer!

My silly mix up must have been fate.