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Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY Oversized Pinboard

Happy Friday eve!

As promised last week when I shared my home desk here is the tutorial for the super quick little pinboard we threw together as a large piece over the desk.  I don't know if it's just me, but I could slap a gallery wall on anything. It's the simplest, most fun way to cover a large space cost effectively! I have a gallery wall opposite the desk so I knew I didn't want to put two in the same room, but we still needed to fill the large space between the my faux built in bookcases.

Enter: giant pink pinboard. :) I did say this was going to be my super pink super girly space in the house after all!

You will need:

  • A piece of MDF from the hardware store (mine is 2x4)
  • 6 pack of cork tiles from the hardware store
  • 2 pack of thumb tacks (optional spray paint)
  • 1.5 yards of fabric
  • glue gun
  • staple gun + staples

My husband cut off a few inches of the MDF with our table saw to fit perfectly between the bookcases. Then it was just a matter of gluing the cork boards to the MDF using a hot glue gun!

You might have a bit of overlap,  but using an exacto-knife I cut it to match perfectly.

This is my "please stop taking pictures of me and get some pictures of the project" face. :)

We ironed the fabric to remove and wrinkles, and wrapped the board, stapling on the other side. The same way I covered these ikea stools. I think it might be helpful to also cover the board in one layer of batting, I skipped this step but I think it would have given it a bit more "oomph"!

I took some regular white thumbtacks and spray painted them gold, however, I would recommend just buying gold thumbtacks and saving yourself the trouble ;) Sometimes I take DIY a bit too far!

Jake was a rockstar at making a straight line, and apparently he has stronger thumbs than I do so he did the tacking ;)

And that was that! We used a small picture hanging kit to the back and up it went! The entire project took less than an hour and makes a huge impact on the wall.

 I've been ripping out magazine pictures and fun photos of the hubs and Ax to pin up and stare at as I sit at my desk. It's like my high school bedroom come to life! :)

Thanks for coming by!

Until next time,
xo Kylie


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Feelin' Sassy with my blue Mani + Giveaway!


I literally feel like I've accomplished something big on the first day of Spring. Arkansas in the winter is tough on my California soul, so each time I see the flowers start to bloom on our trees, I do a happy dance that i'm on the other side of that brutal few cold months :)

I wanted to celebrate with an bright electric blue mani- Essie "Butler Please"" and my new favorite Jamberry Wraps!

I know, I know, i'm late to the party. I feel like everyone and their mom is obsessed with these things, and even though the train has left the station, you'll find me chasing after it a little behind.

I love them SO much that i've partnered up with the sweetest Jamberry Consultant, Carrie, to give you a half sheet of your own for a pretty pedi or marvelous mani! #alliterationforthewin

Let's start with the lineup:

Start by shaping your nails. I love 7 in 1 nail files because they basically tell you how to do it like a pro!

I'll use my Jamberry  cuticle pusher next to gently push down my cuticles. Gently being the key word here. Sometimes I think nail salons are way too rough on your precious cuticles! After prepping the nail, wash your hands to make sure the nail is completely clean and prepped!

One coat of Poshe Basecoat is the best way to start your mani. It strengthens your nail and helps your polish to bond with your nail, no chips for days! My favorite combo is this Poshe Basecoat with my Seche Vite Topcoat, I swear your nail polish will last for an entire week without a single chip!

** Don't forget to skip the nail you plan on using a Jamberry Wrap on!

Time to paint! I start in the middle with a small dot near the base of my nail, and pull the brush up. Using whatever excess is on the brush, I pull my brush up on the left side of my nail, and then my right. It works like a charm every time, even on my right hand!

Give your nails an extra coat, and then top it of with Seche Vite Top Coat, and you will get a shine that just won't quit. :)

Now comes the fun part...

Match up your accent nail to the wrap the best fits, it's better to pick one slightly smaller than bigger, trust me!

Prep your nail with a Jamberry prep wipe, or use a cotton ball with some alcohol.

Gently roll your wrap onto a little stick trying to avoid getting your skin-oils onto the adhesive, and cut in half for 2 nails!

Hold your wrap near a candle or under a blow dryer for 2 or 3 seconds until it is moldable and easy to form to your nail.

Using the same tool, place the wrap on your nail, use firm pressure to seal and trim of any excess.

If you have any pesky edges like I did, it helps to put it near the heat for a few seconds and then secure :)

File the top at a 90 degree angle like so, and then sit back and admire those gorgeous nails ;)

We all can agree that the best part of a salon manicure is the massage, so pop in with your cuticle cream and hand cream, and give yourself a little hand massage. Or ask your kind and loving husband to do it for you. :)

and that is that! I've found that with the top and base coat, as well as the Jamberry Wraps (my wraps last 10 days! whaaaaat!) your mani will last from Sunday to Sunday with no chips! Nothing beats sitting in the nail salon with your girlfriends getting pampered, but when you're in a pinch, you can get the same salon quality results at home! And maybe facetime a girlfriend so you can still have the salon- gossip. :)

Now lets get to business! Fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win your own half-sheet of Jamberry Wraps! Carrie is such a knowledgable consultant. She even offers to meet up with you (or facetime!) to teach you how to apply your wraps for the first time. I don't know about you, but thats what I call A+ customer service! Winner will be emailed on Friday. :)

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Have an awesome week, ladies!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Home Office/Guest Room Update: My Home Desk

Hey gals!

It's me, the worlds worst blogger. :) Is it just me, or is Spring the time life starts to get a little bananas? I am going to forget to wear pants to work someday soon, that is how close I am to losing my mind. 

Did you see on instagram (@absolutelyarkansas) last weekend our best friends showed up on our doorstep? It was the best BEST surprise ever! We had no idea they were coming and we finally got to show them around our little town and their nephew #axlrosethedog never wanted them to leave.

Their visit finally made me kick my booty into gear and get some office stuff organized, so I wanted to share with you some updated pictures of my home desk. 

I'm still LOVING our faux "built-ins". The storage is perfect and that pop of blue makes my little heart sing :)

We made this cork board on the cheap  (tutorial coming soon!) and I just love the pop of graphic pink that makes the girliness of my space totally over the top. 

Yesterday when I came home to spruce up the office Axl RAN into the room looking for his Uncle Tyler and Auntie Bree and he had a broken-beagle heart that they had already gone home. 

Little gold details like the pins on my cork board, the oversized paperclips, and this to-die for tape dispenser totally make this space for me. I'm that blogger that wants to take a can of gold spray paint to all.the.things!

My little unicorn was without-a-doubt my best purchase of 2015. I think I grabbed him for 3.99 at home goods, and he is the perfect hook for my headphones! Eveyone should put a inconspicuous unicorn somewhere in their house, Its good luck or something. 

I am totally excited about how this room is coming along, only a few more projects here and there and i'll finally get around to sharing the entire room. #slacking

Happy Saint Patties day! Be safe tonight with a green beer or 5 ;)

Until Next Time,
xo, Kylie


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