GIFT HER SOME ‘ME’ TIME

With Thanksgiving a day away it’s time to pamper the special people in your life. I am putting together a few gift ideas to show them how grateful you are for them.

I’ve curated a collection of items that can be gifted to any gal in your life. Speaking for a lot of ladies, a couple minutes to pamper myself goes a long way. These items help make daily rituals just a bit more luxurious. Gift her some ‘me’ time.

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I’ve recently discovered the amazing products Beauty Counter has to offer. Through Instagram I connected with Sherry of OC Holistic Beauty. I’ve since fallen in love with their products and their message of using natural ingredients. Three of my favorite products are the Charcoal Mask, Balancing Oil, and Cleansing Balm. Incorporating these items into my weekly beauty ritual has been easy and amazing. Along with the Beauty Counter products I’ve been using a safer deodorant, straying from toxins. Thanks to my sister for introducing me to Schmidt’s Lavender Deodorant. These products have had such a wonderful impact on my life and I know any lady would love to give them a try.

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I threw in a few of my tried and true favorites, Mistral Soaps are hands down the best smelling, most luxurious soaps. I stock up at Anthropologie every year. Along with Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm, a few sweet Rosé gummies from Sugarfina and a Anthropologie magazine. Treating myself to an evening with a bath, charcoal mask, and these goodies is heavenly.

Stay tuned as I have a Small Business Saturday special coming later this week and more gift ideas coming next week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re interested in learning more about Beauty Counter products, I highly recommend reaching out to Sherry, she’s wonderful!

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT

This Holiday season has already been quite a whirlwind, from Birthdays to an upcoming move, we have been busy. But that’s quickly becoming the norm as all three kids have their own school schedules and activities. So when my mom and I sat down last week realizing we are hosting a party of twenty something at my house for Thanksgiving, it was time to buckle down. We put together the dishes we would make and guests would bring and made our shopping list. Vowing that we would keep this year’s celebration easy.

I wanted to put together a table design that would use items I already have along with something minimalist for decoration. We are pairing down our home goods so I was hoping to avoid purchasing decor that we would need to store. While shopping at our local Gelson’s Market for supplies I found these beautiful Satsuma Tangerines with their stems on. I used those as my base to build upon. With a plain white tablecloth, I set out our dinner plates and created a simple fruit centerpiece down the middle of the table.

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Using a variation of Large Gala Apples, Satsuma Tangerines, and Cutie Clementine, I twisted the fruit around a few candles and called it a day. I love that this is something you can build up, adding florals, greens, or candles, or stand alone as is. Put out a stack of brown paper bags and your guests can take them home as party favors.

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

For the plates I folded our napkins up and over the salad plates, resting them on our larger dinner plates. Topped with a knife, fork, and piece of silver dollar eucalyptus as a place setting.

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

SIMPLE THANKSGIVING TABLE WITH FRUIT | EMILY ALDER

And there you have it, a no fuss table centerpiece found in the produce aisle at your local market. Now I’m off to start brining the turkey. Follow along on my Instagram for more on our Thanksgiving. Hope your week is filled with family, love, and wonderful memories.

 

PLATES | NAPKINS | CANDLES | SALT DISH (SIMILAR) | WATER GLASSES | WINE GLASSES | PRODUCE | TABLECLOTH | CHAIRS | WATER CARAFE (SIMILAR)

A DRESSER UPDATE

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For quite some time I have been coveting this Gabby Furniture Terrance Chest first spotted in this home tour by Studio McGee. If you haven’t had a chance to look through Studio McGee’s work, you definitely should. It’s gorgeous.

Henry and Ella had grown out of their dresser and we wanted to create something similar to the Gabby Furniture piece. Using that as inspiration, Matt and I took a plain wood Ikea dresser that was given to us by a friend and sanded, stained, and aged it with a steel wool process.

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A couple of days before you begin this project grab some steel wool (like this) and distilled white vinegar. Combine both in a large mason jar and let sit uncovered for two days until the steel wool is partially dissolved. Filter the mixture and let sit a bit longer to create the stain. Here is a helpful tutorial on this process.

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We then began by pulling out all the drawers and giving everything a good sanding so the stain would adhere well to the wood. Next we painted all of the surfaces with Varathane Wood Stain in Antique White. We let this dry for several hours. Once dry we painted on the homemade steel wool and vinegar stain. Using a paintbrush, apply a good amount of stain and let sit for 2 to 5 minutes. Using a clean lint free rag wipe the rest of the stain off. This gives the white stain an aged look. Let dry fully for one day and seal with a coat of Formby’s Tung Oil.

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While we are thrilled with how the dresser turned out, we have debated that had we done the steel wool stain before the white wash the results might be better. We haven’t had a chance to test that theory yet.

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Eventually I would like to paint a design on the front of the dresser similar to the Gabby Furniture Dresser.