weekend reading

It's Friday, a year-ish later, just thought I'd pop back up here and share some cool things. Washington has been a heck of a week

Deleted 566 emails... feels good to be at inbox zero

Lola's story put life in perspective Alex Tizon's family carried this secret for decades

Long commutes have been leaving me wanting this leather tote

Jennifer Lawrence was all of us for not apologizing for a wild night of dancing.

If you need inspiration--check out episode 45 & 46 of Academy of Achievement's What It Takes Podcast. Oprah inspires. 


My Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

A DIY Summer?

Oh boy do I wish I had taken a before picture! This my dear friends is my first finished project of the season. And yes, I am proud of it. It took me about a month to finish, but it was well worth it. It's not perfect but ya learn along the way.
First of all this nightstand was all white your basic wood composite material. I loved the detail on it, check out the rose situation. The adventure started when I thought I could just paint it over with wood stain and call it a day, big mistake. To get a somewhat satin dark wood finish, you must first paint it with a dark color, I used a Behr Premium Oxblood as a base after my snafu. Let it dry then go over it lightly with the wood stain. I used Minwax PolyShades in American Chestnut. The handles white because it looked 'cool' and I don't know how to paint metal -_-.


L'Oréal EverPure Cleansing Balm

So, I got this over a month ago to try from Influenster. First Impressions, I thought it was just another conditioner, pricey and probably wont work for my hair. The L'Oréal EverPure Cleansing Balm was the same as other products yet, different. The first couple times I used it, it was not bad but then it was not perfect. Until a couple weeks ago, I started wearing my hair naturally did I understand the true genius. Just 8-10 pumps, because of the thickness of my hair, while the product is in my hair I detangle. Considering the different textures in my hair if worked as well as other conditioners I've used in the past. After detangling, I wash the product out. Now is where the results can be seen, unlike with other EverPure left my hair super clean and very soft.

Bottom line, if you have transitioning confused hair like mine, this product is only good if you are not going to straighten your hair after you wash it. It's not a holy grail product for me but it is pretty close.

* these products were gifted from Influenster for testing purposes* 

Weekend Reading

Hello Friday! Hello blog, it's been a while. This month has flown by and Memorial Day is already here. Everything is getting better, so much more content to come and new projects. Hope you've been doing well internet people. A few links are below, check'em out!

The Roseau Tote from Longchamp is under rated. Seriously considering it as a summer handbag.

Also, it's officially Birkenstock season!

If you haven't already, start spring cleaning. I am posting everything I don't need on either Poshmark or Craigslist.

The more I see Felicia from ThisThatBeauty use the Becca One Perfecting Brush, I want it more. Also, if you are not following her on Snapchat...YOU NEED TO!

Found this West Elm bench DIY from Ursula of HomeMadeByCarmona. A Home Depot trip is in my near future.