31 Days of Color with Ace

Friday, March 6, 2015
Ace Hardware has proved free paint samples. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware. 
I have never been the craftiest of gals. My track record is littered with dozens of well intentioned projects abandoned, when I inevitably realized that I was in over my head. That being said the project I am sharing with y'all today is so simple, even I couldn't mess it up!

I stared with a fairly neutral color scheme in my apartment, and lately I have been trying to add a few vibrant pops of color to punch it up a bit. I immediately fell in love with the richness of this Adobe Dusk color from Ace's Paint Studio, and though it would be a great shad to paint for a container to hold my collection of perfume samples ( random I know - but I am a complete fragrance addict).

Step One - Gather Materials (Brown Paper Bag, Container, Paint)
First I put down the brown paper bag - this will protect from any spills especially during the drying process. Then I decided to re-purpose the glass container form my VDay flower arrangement for my container. 

Step Two - Pour Paint Into Container
I tried to coat the bottom as much as I could, without going overboard so the paint isn't too thick.

Step Three - Distribute the Paint
I basically turned the bowl in my hands several times until the paint had coated the majority of the container. Just make sure that the bottom and about 50% of the way up on the sides is covered.

Step Four - Flip the Container
In order to coat the top portion of the sides without leaving any streaks, I placed the container upside down on the brown paper sack.This project is a waiting game now - I suggest leaving the container over night to dry & check in the morning.

Voila! Didn't I tell you that was going to be easy?! I think all said and done it was only about 15-20 minutes of actual work and the rest of the time was just waiting for it to dry. Sound off in the comments - what do you think of my DIY?

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- xo Ashley

blk + wht & a belly button

Thursday, March 5, 2015


I am such a fan of designs that put a fresh spin on classic pieces, and this midriff baring turtleneck is right up my ally. So today I am breaking my belly button rule, but when a top is this cute...concessions must be made. In other news Dallas has the most snow it's gotten in years! I'm pretty antsy to get into my spring wardrobe, but the fact that it looks like Narnia outside my window is a fair tradeoff. Stay safe and warm out there!

Beauty Spotlight: Lorac Lips

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"A girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick."
-Holly Golightly  

I love how old school and classic the act of putting on lipstick feels. For most of my life I had been a strictly Rose balm or lipgloss girl, but that began to change once I started my blog. I noticed that most of the pictures I really liked of myself were on days that I was wearing a bold lip. I'm a firm believer that the camera doesn't lie, so here I am fully committed in my fuchsia power pout. I love Lorac's lipsticks in particular because the pigments are so strong and don't fade over time. What are some of y'alls lipstick essentials?

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