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Etsy Shop Spotlight: Cord x Clay

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Cord x Clay

I’m not sure why—maybe it’s the fact that we’re still just a few weeks into 2019—but this morning feels like a really good time to kick off a brand new series. The topic? Small business shops on Etsy! It probably has a little something to do with the fact that I launched my own shop just last year, but I feel this really strong urge to spotlight the makers, artists, and curators who make their living on Etsy.

First up I wanted to swing the light over to cord x clay. I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled upon this shop in the first place, but I sure am glad that I did. It’s packed with gorgeous handmade goodies for your kitchen, your closet, and even your walls. Keep scrolling to see a few of the pieces that caught my eye from the cord x clay shop.

Favorites From Cord x Clay

1. Woven Tapestry Hanging

2. Handmade Ceramic Spoon

3. Mini Speckled Ceramic Dishes

4. Speckled Ceramic Planter

5. Speckled Ceramic Dish

6. Wrapped Multicolor Tassel Fringe Earrings

7. Long Tapestry Fiber Necklace

8. White Porcelain Ceramic Vase

Elisa and Evelyn have a style that fits right in with our aesthetic here at home—neutral, organic, and the perfect blend of casual elegance. Take a second look at that White Porcelain Ceramic Vase to see what I mean. You could toss a couple flower stems in it for every day, or display it by itself on a shelf as art—either way, it’s something I could see us having in our collection for years and years.

What’s your favorite piece from that list above? Let me know in the comments, then hop over to Etsy here and give the cord x clay shop some love!

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Cord x Clay

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12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

Only two-ish weeks until Christmas, which means we’re also that many weeks away from some much-deserved time off! At least I hope that’s the case for all of you.

As an entrepreneur I don’t get perks like paid time off or health benefits, so this time of year is the one time I really allow myself to indulge. I take two full weeks off between Christmas and New Years, and that time has come to mean a lot of things for me. I use it to catch up on home projects, plan a few extra special things for the blog (I’m considering a site redesign this year!), and I also try my best to prioritize self-care in the form of uninterrupted down time.

This fall-to-winter transition has felt especially dry, a fact proven by the state of my skin. So, I’m currently on the hunt for a new face mask or two to add to my collection as I gear up for time off. At-home facials are one of my very favorite ways to relax, and these 12 are at the top of my wishlist right now.

12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

1. YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

2. Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask

3. Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

4. Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy

5. Lifting and Firming Mask

6. Hello, Calm Relaxing & Hydrating Face Mask with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil

7. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

8. Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

9. Overtime Mask

10. Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask

11. Rose Face Mask

12. Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer

Have you ever done an at-home face mask, or do you prefer going to see a professional? I’ve gotten a pro facial once in my life, and it really was pretty magical. I remember it being a little overwhelming in the moment (all that steam, the plethora of scents), but I might just have to treat myself to one in the new year. Until then, though, I’m going to invest in one of these options above to tide me over during the holidays. Let me know if you’ve got a favorite that I didn’t list in today’s post. Oh, and don’t forget that any one of these masks makes a great Christmas gift, too…Just saying!

12 Face Masks To Inspire Self-Care

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Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

I go through phases when it comes to buying clothes. Six months or more might go by without purchasing a single piece for my closet, but then I think to myself, “Self, it’s been an awfully long time since you treated yourself to something new…” and I’ll go out and purchase enough clothing to redo my entire wardrobe! That’s a slight exaggeration, but it’s definitely not a good cycle to be in, so this year I’m focusing on creating a collection of pieces that will keep my closet feeling exciting, whether it’s filled with new pieces or not.

I’ve lately been tricking myself by stowing off-season clothing away so that, when the weather changes and I make the switch, all of those items that were hidden away in boxes and drawers feel brand new to me—at least mentally. I just pulled all of my fall and winter clothes out of storage yesterday, and there were pieces in there that I had forgotten I even owned. There were even a few tops and sweaters that I bought on clearance at the end of last winter that still had the tags on them so they truly are brand new!

Anyway, this method is working wonders on me in terms of curing my previous bad shopping habits, so I figured it might be worth mentioning in case it inspires you to do the same. Now that I have all of my seasonal clothing out where I can see it, I’m making a REALLY SHORT list of the pieces that I might want to treat myself to (like one or two pieces, max) to fill in the holes. Here are 12 of the pieces currently on my short list.

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

1. The Cashmere Crew

2. Bubble-Sleeve Sweatshirt Dress

3. Juliette collarless sweater-blazer

4. The Regan Boot

5. Rib-Knit Beanie

6. Long-sleeve everyday cashmere crewneck sweater

7. Balloon-Sleeve Pullover Sweater

8. Flannel Blanket Scarf

9. Faux-Suede Mule Booties

10. Dreamy cotton pajama set in stripe

11. Mock-Neck Rib-Knit Swing Dress

12. The Modern Utility Jacket

I’ll tell you one thing…I’m definitely not cured because I would love nothing more than to buy every single piece on that list above. I’m making serious progress, though, because I just saw sale announcement emails pop into my inbox from both Madewell and J.Crew, and somehow managed to delete them without falling prey to the lure. What are your seasonal clothing habits? Do you have a particular weakness for any one brand? Do tell in the comments!

Cozy Fall Staples To Stock Up On

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Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

Just four more days to leave your vote for Dream Green DIY in the crafting category of this year’s Design Blog Awards with Domino Magazine! DGD is one of five finalists in the contest, and you can vote once a day (no account required) now through September 23. Thank you so much for your support!

It’s time to continue my home cleaning and purging kick with a new focus on pretty storage boxes. I’ve been watching lots of beauty reviews and tutorials on YouTube lately, and it seems like most every vlogger has a luxe lucite holder (or 9 of them) to corral her lipsticks, blushes, foundations, and eyeliners. You probably know by now that I’m an absolute sucker for color-coordinated organization by type, so I’m practically salivating over the possibilities these 12 storage containers below offer.

Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

1. McKenna Leather Jewelry Box

2. Prisma Jewelry Stand Organizer

3. Cotton Muslin Drawstring Bags

4. Stackers White Glass Cosmetics Organizer

5. InterDesign Plastic Modular Storage Basket

6. 6-Drawer Premium Clear Acrylic Chest

7. Velvet T-Bar Jewelry Display

8. Mercer Triple Glass Shelf

9. Clear Acrylic Makeup & Skin Care Storage Kit

10. Brass Plated Jewelry Storage

11. Trigem Hanging Jewelry Organizer

12. Lyon Jewelry Storage Cufflink Box

The best news, of course, is that they’re not just for makeup and jewelry. If you’ve got an object that’s the right size and shape to fit any one particular container or stand I’ve linked to today, then you’re golden! For example, imagine using this T-Bar Display to hold oversized rolls of painters tape in your garage, or this Hanging Jewelry Organizer to keep all of your keys in order by the front door. Let me know in the comments which container above suits your fall-time organization projects best!

Makeup & Jewelry Storage Containers

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Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

For the longest time, I thought that organic products were a passing trend, and that people would eventually get tired of the idea. But I’m just now starting to realize that it’s not a gimmick at all. Natural products were born for a reason, and I think we’ll start seeing the true effects on people’s health the longer they’re around and the more sustainable they become.

Now that I’m feeling far more invested in the idea of going organic, I’ve started making it a point to stock up on all-natural foods at the grocery store, and I even ordered a slew of home cleaning products that are made from natural ingredients. John and I are both now pretty committed to switching things over (as much as we can) to organic products, and that means I started to research and hoard all-natural skincare and beauty products, too. Scroll on for the list of our current favorites, and what I love most about each.

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

Natural Beauty Products I Love:

1. FATCO Stank Stop Deodorant for Men: Paraben-free, sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, aluminum-free, phthalate-free—need I really say more? Honestly, I haven’t made the switch to natural deodorant yet, but when I run out of my current stash, I’m definitely going to try the women’s version of this one from FATCO.

2. Avalon Organics Smooth Shine Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo: I’ve been using this for the past week, and love how silky my hair looks and feels. That ultra-smoothing vegan formula really works!

3. Jkosmmune Toner: One of my least favorite things about toners is how they often smell really alcohol-heavy, and make my skin burn after use. This one from Jkosmmune isn’t like that at all, though. It smells great (even if I happen to breathe in deeply while applying it), and the natural ingredients leave my skin feeling refreshed without the burn.

4. Hello Oral Care Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste: I already mentioned my love for Hello Oral Care this season, but I’m going to bring it back up again today because this really is such a great brand. First of all, their packaging is so modern and fun, but I also love that their toothpastes don’t use dyes or artificial sweeteners and there aren’t any preservatives, either.

5. Crunchi Eyeshadow: Crunchi is the perfect lead-in to talk about natural makeup. All of their products are Vegan or Vegetarian and cruelty-free, but those production restrictions don’t limit the scope of their collection at all. There are tons of fun colors to choose from, and the formula feels great all day long on my skin.

6. Blackout Aussie Pink Clay + Rose Mask: When it comes to self-care, I’m a face mask gal through and through. Practically nothing calms me more than layering on a rich, luxurious mask (like this all-natural one from Blackout Masks) and sinking down into a steamy tub with a candle and classical music going. Try it sometime for yourself!

7. Ellovi Original Lip Butter and Original Butter: I keep a tube of this lip butter in my purse for on-the-go application, and the body butter in my desk drawer. I use both a few times a day because they’re super hydrating, smell amazing, and soak into my lips and skin almost instantly. Actually, I need to remember to order more soon.

8. Live Clean Dry Body Oil: I’m pretty rough on my body, so I’m always finding new dings and scratches, whether from banging into things at the pottery studio, rough-housing too hard with the pets, or getting too aggressive with my DIY tools at home. This Dry Body Oil helps reduce the look of all the scars those scratches might otherwise leave behind, plus the lightweight formula reminds me of a spa massage when I’m rubbing it into my skin.

9. Sole Toscana Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser: I actually don’t think this brand has officially launched yet, but I had a chance to test out their line early and am totally in love. Everything is super silky in terms of texture, smells great, and is certified organic. Did I mention it’s all sourced directly from Italy? How dreamy…

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

Did I miss a natural makeup or skincare brand that you swear by? Tell me all about it in the comments! I’m anxious to find replacements for pretty much everything I use so that I can make my routine as truly clean as can be—whether that’s brushing my teeth and washing my hands, or even what I use to hydrate my cuticles.

I know I don’t have the stamina to be super strict about it, but I also know that if I keep natural products on hand, I’m much more likely to use and get addicted to them. Hopefully that list above offers us both a great place to start.

Worry-Free Natural Beauty Products To Try

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Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season

Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season

I used to be all about the biggest, heaviest statement necklaces and earrings a girl could buy, but lately I’ve shifted my focus to dainty jewelry instead. Smaller pieces (think: short gold chains, tiny hoop earrings, plain bracelets) are so much easier to store, for one, but they’re also easier to wear day in and day out. They never get in the way, and add the perfect hint of shimmer to my go-to jeans-and-a-T-shirt outfit. Here are some of my current favorite pieces of dainty jewelry below.

Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season:

1. Double-disc earrings

2. Tiny name necklace

3. Baby pearl hoop earring

4. Diamond solo ring

5. Sun necklace

6. Gold-plated octagon ring set

7. Evil eye chain bracelet

8. “MAMA” locket

9. Mountain range ring

10. Hue necklace

11. Initial bracelet

12. Joplin hoop earrings

Knowing me I’ll swing back to bigger statement pieces in a year or two, because (if you haven’t already noticed) I rarely stick to one style for long. If you’re looking for something a little more “in between” yourself, then check out these small white heart-shaped earrings from Sarah’s shop. They’re the perfect happy medium between dainty and chunky. Now tell me: who are some of your favorite jewelry designers? Leave your resources in the comments below!

Dainty Jewelry To Love This Season

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Glossier Goodies That Live Up To The Hype

Glossier Goodies That Live Up To The Hype

The following Glossier beauty review is one I wrote for a website that was ultimately cut because of editorial calendar constraints. I didn’t want to let it go to waste because I thought some of you might get something out of it, so I’m sharing the story with you guys today. Admittedly, it’s a little outside the realm of typical “DGD” conversation, but I think it’s good to freshen things up every now and then, so I hope you enjoy it. We’ll be back to regularly scheduled programing tomorrow!

Glossier Goodies That Live Up To The Hype

However you pronounce it, there’s no denying that Glossier has become a household name within the last handful of years. The mid-sized-budget-friendly beauty brand boasts a “menu” of products that isn’t too big, isn’t too small, and is juuuuuust right when it comes to the daily needs of beauty pros and novices, alike.

Up until last month, I had remained a steadfast loyalist to the drugstore beauty products I had been using practically since high school, but I was ultimately wooed by the fact that Glossier’s catchy black, white, and millennial pink branding was a regular star on my Instagram feed. After following that #linkinprofile and browsing their cooler-than-cool website, I decided to try out the Glossier Phase 2 Set, which came packed with Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer, and their sheer, matte Generation G lipstick.

Less than a week later, it felt just like Christmas when that package arrived on my doorstep. First of all, the box itself is just as Instagram-worthy as everyone makes it out to be, but it turns out that their products are worth the hype, themselves.

Although it might be a tad dramatic of me, I think it’s safe to say that I’ll never use another brow product for as long as I live. The Boy Brow applicator is a breeze to use, doesn’t leave product all over your face (like some brow product we know—not naming names), and enhances what your mama gave you without turning you into a cartoon character. Generation G is another new favorite, thanks to the petite packaging (perfect for tossing in a bag on the go), and for the creamy texture that evolves into a kissable matte finish.

That said, I’m sad to admit that the Stretch Concealer fell a bit short of expectation. According to Glossier, “The buildable formula covers everything from dark circles to redness and blemishes,” but it had little to no effect on my own imperfections.

Will I be ordering from Glossier again? Absolutely. I’ll likely stear clear of the Stretch Concealer inventory, but I might just single-handedly force a restock of Boy Brow as I buy ahead for the next decade.

Oh, and word to the wise in case you’re still tripping over that name: It’s pronounced gloss-ee-yay. Now go wow your pals with that lyrical brand name and your own perfectly punctuated brows and lips.

Glossier Goodies That Live Up To The Hype

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My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

Did anyone else feel like spring took its sweet time to really take hold this year? We’re just barely out of the woods in terms of those chilly transitional days, but the trees have officially sprouted their new leaves and we’re finally seeing 70-degree days in the forecast. Suffice to say, it has been a particularly hard winter with way too much time spent cooped up inside, so I can’t tell you how excited I am to get out of this house and enjoy some sunshine.

In honor of the new(ish) season, I put together a ‘Favorites’ video that details all of the things I’m loving right now for spring—from beauty products I’ve recently added to my routine and new handmade jewelry, to a couple pieces of clothing I can’t stop reaching for. Scroll on for the linked list and don’t miss the embedded video below, too.

My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

2. Edible Beauty No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody Toner Mist

3. Glo Skin Beauty Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+

4. CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder

5. Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in ‘Like’

6. SEVEN haircare BOND system

7. Old Navy High-Rise Distressed Rockstar Jeans (I couldn’t find a link to the Loft Outlet top, but here’s a similar one from Target!)

8. Sarah Hearts Horseshoe Mirrored Gold Acrylic Earrings

9. Lemons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Janet Hayward

10. The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey (grab Slightly South of Simple here first, though)

11. Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick

12. Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan by Chloe Coscarelli and Michael Symon

13. Eat a Little Better by Sam Kass

My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

Click here for more info about my ‘Shop Small’ spring challenge, which I mentioned at the end of the video. I know a lot of the pieces I mentioned in the list above are from bigger brands, but I’ve had a blast shopping more local boutiques behind the scenes for things like one-of-a-kind home accents and bits and pieces for my upcoming beach vacation. I haven’t been able to cut out all ‘big brand’ shopping (I never said I was perfect after all), but I have a feeling that the shift will start small and snowball from there as I progress through the year.

My Spring Favorites

My Spring Favorites

Press ‘Play’ on that video below to hear me talk through each item in turn and find out how, exactly, I’ve incorporated everything into my springtime routine. Now I want to know…What have you been loving this spring? Any new lip shades or cookbooks I should be trying? Maybe a natural haircare brand that has helped your locks ditch that dreaded winter dry-out? I’m all ears, so feel free to share in the comments below.

My Spring Favorites

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Swap These Madewell Pieces For Old Navy

Swap These Madewell Pieces For Old Navy

Despite the fact that I dipped my toe in the water of fashion content last year, I’m definitely not a style blogger. I don’t have a killer body, and I have zero interest in fussing with my hair or makeup, but I do take my time picking out what to wear each day. It’s a ritual that I enjoy in the mornings, and is just another way for me to be a little creative around the house.

Spring, especially, is a time for me to step outside the norm and experiment with new things. Even though I’m trying hard to limit my trips to the store (and I’m also challenging myself to shop smaller locally), I love treating myself to a handful of new pieces to update my collection. One store I’ve been popping into a lot more often lately is Old Navy. I’ve found that I can buy almost the exact same pieces that Madewell carries (which is another favorite brand of mine), but for a fraction of the price. See above and below for just a few of the swaps I’m considering for spring.

Swap These Madewell Pieces For Old Navy

This post isn’t sponsored or anything. I just happened to catch on to this amazing coincidence and had to tell the world. Isn’t it just wild how similar these pieces are? I can personally attest to the quality of the Old Navy pieces, too. The jersey fabrics they use are super soft and comfortable, and even though the bags are faux leather, they still hold up really nicely. If you prefer real leather and thicker, less stretchy denim, then maybe splurge on those pieces from Madewell, but for the rest, I can’t bring myself to spend so much more for roughly the same product. Don’t miss the astonishing totals for everything below, and do tell in the comments which swap surprised you the most.

TOTAL: Old Navy $297, Madewell $1,215

Swap These Madewell Pieces For Old Navy

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DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote

I’ve tried to make it a point to get out and about more often this year, so most weekdays you’ll find me spending time at the clay studio, enjoying a coffee at The Farmhaus here in town, or wandering thrift stores (mostly) just for fun. With all this extra time spent out in public, I’ve had to ditch my daily outfit of yoga pants and a graphic tee. Instead, I put a little more thought and effort into my outfits, which almost always includes jeans and a tucked-in button-up collared shirt.

Where I like to get a little bold, though, is with my accessories. I have a half dozen chain necklaces that I like to reach for depending on my mood, and I find myself changing out my tote bag or purse quite often, too. Just the other day I added a newbie to my collection, and it’s actually a DIY project that you can do at home with just a few key Oriental Trading craft supplies. Click the link to see my tutorial for this DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote, and scroll on to find out from where I got my inspiration.

DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote

DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote

DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote

It all started with that ultra pretty (but ultra pricey!) bag from Kate Spade. I happened to spot it on a fashion blog that I used to follow, and remember thinking, “I could totally make something like that!” Turns out that I could, and you can learn how to make your own for right around $16 here. Now, tell me: what color stripes would you do?

DIY Look-A-Like Designer Striped Felt Tote

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