DIY

My Go-To Cold Weather Skincare Products

Once cold temps hit, I love layering in cozy knits, fuzzy boots and cute hats. The downside of sporting my favorite Fall finds comes along with dull skin. Sharing my favorite ways to stay moisturized and combat dryness from your lips to your toes!

This lip mask is heaven. I put it on before bed, and wipe it off in the morning for perfectly smooth and moisturized lips!

I’m always looking for a good eye cream to battle fine lines. This one is silky, lightweight and allows for seamless makeup application.

This face oil plumps and adds a healthy glow to all skin types, as well as brightening discoloration. Tip: I use it on my cuticles also!

I’ve raved about body brushes in numerous posts, but it’s my favorite way to exfoliate dead skin cells, and boost lymphatic drainage before hopping in the shower. It also promotes collagen production and reduces cellulite!

This razor has been a total game changer. It gives the closest shave, which exfoliates, and takes out the guesswork by arriving at your door step each month. I even got Josh on the band wagon. Not to mention, they’re super inexpensive, compared to most brands! I’m loving their clean body lotion and shave cream, as well!

This body oil provides nourishing hydration without a greasy residue, and even diminishes scarring and stretch marks!

For a healthy golden glow year round, I use this self-tanner almost weekly. This mitt gives an effortless application.

Staying hydrated is a also a huge factor in battling dryness, as well!

 

Hudson’s Halloween Party 2019

Hudson and I love all the Fall things, so we decided to do his Halloween Parties on an annual basis! This years activities included a candy charcuterie board, cupcake decorating, a hayride and crafting memory books from the party. He had the best night with his best friends!

Hocus Pocus Sign, Candy Bucket, String Lights: Target

Candy Tray: Marshalls

Candy Sign: Hobby Lobby

Candy Bags & Napkins: Tj Maxx

Backdrop, Balloons: Amazon

Party Fans, Spider Webs: Target

Spider: Marshalls

Playhouse DIY

Farmhouse Sign, Spooky Fabric: Target

Frequent Flyer Sign: JoAnns

Door Mat, Bats: Amazon

Cupcake Decorating. My sweet friend baked candy corn colored cupcakes. The kids got to ice them and decorate with a variety of sprinkles & candy!

Blank Books, Stickers: Target

Camera, Film: Walmart

We had a photo station where the kids can take pictures throughout the party, then decorate a spooky memory book with the photos as a keepsake!

Balloon Arch: Amazon

Skeleton Backdrop: Walmart (similar)

Party Fans, Bats, Signs, Lights, Trees, Pumpkins, Glass Beverage Bottles: Target

Plates, Tablecloths: Hobby Lobby

Sweatshirt | Sweatpants | Boots | Hat

Playhouse Makeover

Every time I see a fixer upper, i envision all the little tweaks i would love to do to update it. When I saw a local playhouse for sale, I immediately saw a modern little farmhouse for Hudson to play in. I snatched it up and Josh and I went to work!

The Process

First, we took the playhouse apart. We then drilled drain holes in the bottom of the pieces since we knew we would be power washing it and we didn’t want to get any water stuck inside.

We then power washed and scrubbed it.

After drying, we spray painted each piece. We added an additional coat to each, then finished with a clear top coat spray.

The only pieces that could not be removed were the shutters, so I wrapped the walls in plastic wrap, and using painters tape to secure it, while I spray painted it.

I purchased solar lights, a bell and mat. After drying, we drilled in the lights and bell, and I added topiaries. Hudson loves it! The neutral colors make it easy for us to decorate each season!

House

Spray Paint

Black

White

Clear Top Coat

Accessories

Solar Lights

Bell

Door Mat

Topiaries (similar)

Hudson’s Hocus Pocus Halloween Party

Hocus Pocus was my favorite movie growing up, paired with a passion for playing dress up, which led to a fashion degree, it was inevitable that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I even celebrated my birthday a month early one year as a little girl so I could have a Halloween theme and everyone could dress up! So when Hudson got an invite to a Halloween Party last week, we couldn’t be more excited! I made him a Woody costume, (he’s going as Buzz Lightyear for Trick or Treat!), and we baked his favorite chocolate chip cookies. He ended up coming down with a cold virus and pink eye, and missed the party, so we made the most of the situation and decided to throw a party at our house this past weekend!

My best friends and I all have kids around the same age, and we usually get them together once a week for play dates so they’ve grown to become best friends.

I asked Hudson which movie he wanted to play at his party, suggesting a few toddler-friendly movies, and he replied, “Can we watch Hocus Pocus? I just love it!” How cute is that? We enjoyed cider, PSLs and yummy comfort food, a chili bar, veggies and desserts.

The kids decorated pumpkin shaped cookies, which also served as dessert!

Pumpkin painting was next. It was so much fun watching how they each chose to paint and decorate their pumpkins!

Hudson made a clown pumpkin!

They each dressed up in fun little costumes! Hudson was so excited to be Woody. I included him in each step of the design process, so he couldn’t wait to wear the full costume!

The kids had so much fun, this may turn into our annual party! Do you have any fun Halloween traditions?

How I Organize Toddler Snacks

I have always loved organization, but when it comes to small spaces, it can get tricky! My solution to everything is using baskets or bins, you can never have enough! Without a pantry, snacks can easily get messy, and unseen. I love having a system to keep them organized, so I know what we have, and makes an easy grab and go solution! It also makes it convenient while I’m at work, so Hudson’s snacks are all in one spot and are easily accessible. I buy baskets 10″ long, that fit perfectly in my cabinets. These are great, too!

I purchase his snacks in bulk, it’s cheaper and keeps us fully stocked! These are some of our favorites here, here and here.

For items in bigger boxes, I transfer them into baggies with the name and date and stick them in a basket, to eliminate unnecessary space.

In the fridge, I use fridge organizers for his yogurt, and juice boxes. If we have plans to leave, I’ll cut up an apple ahead of time and stick it in a bag with cheese and crackers for a healthy snack pack!

I love using reusable bags for snacks also! They’re washable, and I can throw them in my bag. I’d love to hear your favorite organization hacks!

Have a great week! xo Brittany

DIY: At Home Blowout

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Drybar is definitely a place I indulge in, whenever I’m in a city that has one. I can’t say enough amazing things about their products. To get blowout-worthy hair at home I use a purifying shampoo, a volumizing conditioner and then a volumzing mousse on freshly combed damp hair. I dry my roots, then flip my head over and dry 80% off my hair, flip back over and style as I dry. I usually follow up with a styling wand for beachy waves, then spritz with a medium finish hairspray.

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To keep my blowout in tact over the next following days (day two is usually always better), I shower with a terry cloth lined shower cap, use dry shampoo, a 3-in-1 texturizer, and a sea salt spray. These products aid in only having to repeat the process a couple times per week.

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Tufted Cornice DIY

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What you need:

Upholstery Fabric

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Heavy Duty Staples

Decorative Nailheads

Hammer

Scissors

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I covered old cornices that we already had instead of buying or creating new ones. My overall vision was during a textured grey cornice, tufting it with nickel nailheads, and adding textured drapes in a contrasting color, to give it depth, instead of trying to make it “matchy.” Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diyMeasure the width of your cornice, including each of the sides and add at least 2″ to each side to staple, and determine the amount of yards of fabric you will need. Cover your cornice with the fabric, pulling it tight as you go, and stapling it along the edge to secure it.
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Next, measure a straight line around your cornice, making a square, of where you will apply your nailhead trim. Carefully, place the nails and hammer in to secure. Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

I bought a basic curtain rod and we installed it underneath the cornice and added contrasting textured curtains.
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Dewy Summer Beauty

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When It comes to summer beauty, I go for lightweight simplicity, with a touch of dewiness. This shimmery based primer, gives my skin the perfect subtle glow underneath my foundation, and this lightweight spray foundation is perfect for a simply flawless look. The key is to spray foundation onto an airbrush style makeup brush, and then apply to face in circular motions, so you don’t overuse the foundation, or look “too done up.” This has been my go-to concealer for years. I apply it underneath my eyes in an upside down triangle. It blends most naturally by patting the under eye area with a beautyblender.

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In search of the perfect blush and lipgloss for my wedding, I came across this pair. The dual-intensity blush is perfect for taking your look from day to night, going super subtle or making a statement. This blush brush can be used wet for more intensity for dry for minimal color. The lipgloss is the perfect amount of pop, and my favorite lip plumper & glossy stain is essential.

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blush | wet/dry blush brush |  lip plumper/hydrator | lip gloss | foundation | primer | concealer | beautyblender | bronzer | airbrush brush

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

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detangling brush / volumizer / protein cream / hydrating oil / shine spray / shine brush / curling rod / hairspray  / dry shampoo / shower cap

I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.

After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)

After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)

To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.

By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.

Loose Waves Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com

 

Links I’m Loving

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1. Lauren Conrad’s Cool-Girl Guide to Holiday Dressing.. I’m loving Lauren’s new locks! This shoot ups her usual simple meets classic style to a new notch of glam and edginess

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4. 6 Steps to a Sassy Ponytail

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