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Gallery Wall Success!

24 Aug

Gallery walls are having a major moment right now. Gallery walls are basically an arranged artistic display of things that matter to you most including mirrors, pictures, arts & crafts, frames, Initials etc. There are really no rules when it comes to a well hung gallery wall, it’s really all about what you think works for your space.   I recently finished my gallery wall and have some tips that I want to share with you that made it easier for me.

Gallery walls are a process (mine took 6 weeks to complete) but don’t fret, YOU GOT THIS! One picture at a time.

Supplies & Art:

Hammer & nails, tacky glue, mounting putty (behind the frames that wouldn’t stay put), gold paint, sandpaper (to distress some of the frames)

*Mirror, clock, and framed elephant art available at Target.

*Twine wrapped Letter ‘F’, gold paint, decorative keys, tweed heart, and oval wood piece with keyhole ceramic piece all available at Michaels.

*Weathered brown frame (upper right) available at West Elm.

*All other frames available at Home Goods.


Gallery Wall Tips:

* Check Pinterest and Instagram Check these sites for gallery walls to see what styles, colors and arrangements you like.

*Everyone Can afford a gallery wall: My gallery wall pictured above includes only 2 pricey pieces, the rest are super affordable pieces (hello $25 mirror) mixed with DIY stuff.  Don’t let your budget stop you! Also, Don’t limit yourself to only store-bought items. If you love a particular frame in your home, you can paint it to match your theme. There are youtube tutorials for EVERYTHING and you can watch step by step videos on sanding, staining and painting frames.

*Make it your own: pick a color palette. I chose ivory, black & gold. All of your art doesn’t need to match, but having 2-3 primary colors makes it more cohesive when completed. I also went with only black & white prints and photos to keep things uniform.

*Don’t be afraid to use different frames: Different sizes, shapes & colors only add to the greatness of your gallery wall.

*Lay it out:  I cannot stress enough to lay out your gallery wall arrangement BEFORE putting anything on the wall. I layed mine out on the floor, changed it around a few times, took pictures and compared the pictures until I was happy with the arrangement.

*All in the family: Tie your gallery wall colors in with your surrounding couch, blankets, coffee table, and throw pillows. This keeps everything cohesive within the space.

*Hang time: Hang your artistic representation any way you want. I keep reading all sorts of rules about arranging your gallery wall, but just remember- it is YOUR gallery wall so hang it how you want. As long as it’s balanced with shapes & spacing, your gallery wall will be just fine. Speaking of spacing: The wall is your friend- the space between your art is just as important as the art itself. I started with putting my largest piece up and went from there. I chose to not put the largest piece dead center. I feel like that would be expected and it can cause your eye to be drawn toward that piece and not all of the fun stuff around it.

Breathe: You can do it!

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Lip Tips!

14 Aug

Today I was asked what I would do with an almost new, broken lipstick…. In my teen years I would have thrown it away and begged my mom to buy me a new one.  A few years back I would have put it in an old lip balm container and used a brush to apply, Now a days I would do it differently.  My favorite lipstick saving tip is Not throwing it away or cramming it into another container…. I just take the broken piece in my hand with a tissue, find matches or a lighter, then slowly wave the flame under the broken piece.  When it barely starts to get warm, I put it back on the base, swivel it down carefully and put it in the refrigerator -uncovered for 30 minutes. I have come across so many random lipstick tips over the years, some working great and others, not so much.  Today I’ll share with you which ones work for me, hopefully you will also find them helpful.

First things first…..Keep lips hydrated, soft and smooth.

Make sure to gently exfoliate lips with a soft bristled toothbrush or a sugar scrub weekly.  I apply a moisturizer, then gently brush my lips in a circular motion, exfoliating the skin while moisturizing simultaneously. Also apply lip balm/moisturizer whenever possible… If you wear lipstick all day, apply balm/moisturizer when you get home and or before bed.

Fan of lipliner?

Some people swear by lipliner while others have no use for it.  I sometimes use it with darker lip color to prevent feathering of the color. Day to-day, I don’t use it.  However my greatest piece of lipliner advice is to pick a color that is the SAME  TONE AS YOUR LIPS, NOT your lip color.  My reasoning is….. a flesh toned liner will ensure that- should your lip color happen to fade, you won’t be left with a dark outline. We all know that is not a good look.

Looking for a “stained” lip look?

Apply a nice even coat of lipstick, then blot- twice. This will leave behind an evenly colored lip with a very natural looking stain.

My definition of blotting….. is using blotting sheets from your local beauty store OR kissing a piece of paper ( I prefer post-its). I don’t like blotting with traditional tissue because  they leave behind linty particles.

How to make your lipstick last.

Apply a nice even coat of lipstick straight from the tube, blot, then apply a second coat of lipstick. It will last all day and is very easy to do.  Blotting creates a nice base and the second coat adds the final touches (shine & coverage). When aiming for staying power, applying lipstick straight from the tube as opposed to using a lipbrush gives a richer application of color. Also I found that I don’t like applying powder to make lipstick last because my lipstick tends to get cakey, even with the lightest powder application and the “powder over a tissue” method simply is a lot more work for the same result..

Looking for a long-lasting colored ‘shiny’ lip?

Apply an even base coat of lipstick and finish the look off with a lipgloss in a similar shade as your base lipstick, which will achieve a high pigmented shine. There are plenty of great colored glosses out there, Lancome Juicy Tubes and MAC lip glass are some of my favorites.