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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Out of Office

Well hello pretty friends!

This week has been so busy prepping for the wedding of 2 very special people to Jake & I! These crazy kids are tying the knot one week from Saturday, and we're headed home for a week of celebrating the heck out of our best friends! Having them by our side on our wedding day was the icing on that pretty white cake, and we can't wait to have the honor of standing with them on the biggest day of their lives.

At work I turn an "out-of-office" notification on, so i'm popping in to do the same for the "job" that really makes my heart sing. I didn't want to be absent without stopping in to let ya'll know where I disappeared to!

I have been the worlds worst blogger lately but I PROMISE as soon as we're back in town, i've got our office reveal coming at you, projects galore, and maybe a special announcement or two ;)

I'll be sharing all the bachelorette goodness, wedding sneak-peak's, and all sorts of San Diego fun on instagram @absolutelyarkansas so make sure you follow along if you want to keep up with our trip :)

Have an awesome weekend!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

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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