Monday, July 29, 2013

Tarte Cosmetics Friends & Family SALE & the BEST Tarte products!

Exciting News!!!
Tarte Cosmetics was amazing enough to give my subscribers EARLY ACCESS to their Friends & Family SALE and its happening right.. NOW!

MUST FOLLOW This Link to F&F Sale --


- Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blushes
- Brazilliance Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner
-Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hr Lipstick
-Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hr Perfecting Primer
- Amazonian Clay Mineral Bronzer
- Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
-Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush

ENJOY Beauties :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Building Our First House - We Broke Ground & Building Progress Pics!

HI Beauties.

After 3 long months of waiting, the day we've been anxiously anticipating has finally arrived!! Our home build has officially begun! Woohoo!!!
Our builders broke ground on our new house July 17th, and have gotten busy since then pouring footers, putting up forms and pouring foundation walls. I'm surprised and excited about how quickly things are coming along! I'm seeing a lot of rain in the forecast for next week though, so hopefully the workers will be back on Monday to waterproof the walls and finish up the foundation.
Here are some photos from this week to show you our new house's progress~

 Our Lot Pre-Construction 

They've Broken Ground!

We Have a Hole!! (and tiny husband)   ;]

Footers Poured and Forms Delivered

Forms are up!

Foundation Walls are Poured! (front of house) 

Foundation walls are poured! (back of house) 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Building Our First House - Our Lighting Choices

Hi Beauties.

Hope everyone's having a fabulous week! Thank you all for the love on my last "Building Our First Home: Exterior Color Choices" post! I'm flattered that you guys liked our selections! :) If you didn't have a chance to see them yet, be sure to check out my post HereBuilding Our First House ~ Exterior Color Choices

Today, I'm going to be sharing our interior and exterior lighting choices! We decided to upgrade the lighting on the first floor of the home where we will be entertaining our guests (foyer, dining, living, kitchen, powder room). On the second floor we opted for standard lighting. I actually much preferred the style of the standard lighting for both the master and hall bath vs. the pavilion collection, which I found a bit too "scrolly" for a less formal setting. Our hallway lighting and exterior lighting are also standard, and I actually rather like them! 
 As far as additional upgrades, we added a recessed lighting package in our kitchen ( 4 recessed lights around the island, and 2 pendant lights over the island). We also added 4 recessed lights in our living room; they are on a dimmer switch so it will be nice to adjust them as we like,for movies etc. Lastly, we added a recessed light over the bath/shower in the hallway bathroom, upon suggestion of our color coodinator (She had warned us it tends to get dark in the shower with only the vanity lights over the sink).  


House Lighting
(Upgrade 1 Pavilion Collection ~ Brushed Nickel)

Foyer A

Dining Room

Breakfast Nook

Powder Room
Pendant Lights over Kitchen Island
(Upgrade 3 Torino Collection ~ Brushed Nickel)

Recessed Lighting ( 4 in kitchen, 5 in living room, 1 in master bath, 1 in hall bath )

Other Lighting
 ( Standard ~ Brushed Nickel)

Master Bath

Hall Bath

Exterior Lighting
( Standard ~ Black )

Let me know what you think of our choices!
Did you opt for standard or upgraded lighting in your home??
STAY TUNED to see more of our interior color choices next, and please "SUBSCRIBE" & Follow this blog for updates!

PS. My awesome friend and graphic designer Lauren recently added category tabs across the top of my blog's homepage! Check em' out! There's now a "Our First Home" tab for easy access to all of our home posts :) xo.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Building Our First House - Exterior Color Choices

Hi Beauties.

Hope all of you are having a fab week! I wanted to thank you all so much for the love on my last "Building Our First Home" post! 
read it here: Color Selection Appointment & Design Center

Today I will be sharing our exterior color choices! :) Let me start off by saying, choosing a siding color was by far the hardest choice we made in this entire process. I feel that the exterior of a home is a true reflection of it's owners; and there were 3 things that we were certain we wanted for our new home,
- a front porch
- colonial or southern feel/ siding color
-red front door

BUT, herein lies the problem when working with a development builder.. typically, (at least this was the case for us) you must adhere to the builder's rules and the HOA. For us this meant, our siding and brick color had to be different from all of our bordering neighbors. It also meant, no red front door.
Lucky for us, we are the first home to be built on one side of the street so we didn't have to take neighbors to our left and right into consideration. There are however, homes being built across the street from us already, so we did have to choose different colors from them.
After much indecision, we settled on "Natural Clay" for our siding color. I called the builders right away to lock in our color choice early and then I sat back and reveled in the fact that we would be getting our first pick!
Fast forward 2 days to a builder's meeting concerning a certain siding that was to be "immediately discontinued," I bet you cant guess which color ? ;]
Yes, natural clay was to be taken off the list of possible siding choices due to melting issues. I admit, I was a bit devastated at first. (albeit a bit grateful for non melting siding ;] lol) In the same week, my husband and I also had to switch lots due to a drainage concern, and learned that the HOA did not allow red front doors.

As trivial as it all is, I learned an important lesson with these minor setbacks.. Nothing is ever certain in the world of new home construction ;) Sometimes you have to go with the flow. For a "Super Planner" like myself, this can be a bit disconcerting at first. But I've learned that it's important to be patient, understanding and yes, even a bit spontaneous!

My husband and I ended up deciding on Certainteed's Savannah Wicker for our new siding color; a lovely warm tan shade that had a somewhat southern feel paired with black shutters. We also chose the redder Milbrook brick (to replace my red front door hehe) for a nice contrast to the dark shutters and roof. Our roof color was chosen by the builder, dependent on our siding and shutter choices. In the end, I'm very happy with our final selections and so excited to see how they all come together!  

Anyhow, enough with my rambling! I'm sure you're really here to see our home's exterior color selections! ;) 


Charcoal Black Roof


       Certainteed Savannah Wicker Siding

Black Shutters

                                                                Milbrook Brick

Dunkirk Model with Savannah Wicker Siding (different shutter & roof color)

What do you think?? 

Have you ever experienced setbacks with a new home?

STAY TUNED to see all of our "Interior" color selections! 
Fingers & toes crossed that we break ground in the next couple weeks ;)

PS.  Did YOU see my Last Youtube video? It's a fun "Get Ready with Me!" 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Building Our First House - Color Selection Appointment & Design Center

HI Beauties.

First and foremost, I would like to thank all of you for the heartfelt well wishes and congratulations on our new home news! We are so excited to be sharing this exciting time with all of you! 

and so our Journey begins... 

Since choosing our home lot and signing our contract in April, we have anxiously awaited our June color selection appointment at our builder's design center.

 The "color selection appointment" is essentially a 8 hour long day where you choose absolutely EVERYTHING for your house. (Yes, I said 8 HOURS) lol. To avoid completely overwhelming yourself, I highly recommend visiting your home builder's design center or showroom as many times as possible PRIOR to your appointment and contract signing. I'm fairly confident that the employees at our design center thought I was totally crazy; as I must have visited nearly 10 times with my husband and mom in a two month period ;) 

However trust me when I say, you will save tons of time and stress if you make most of your decisions and choices in advance. 
Making these selections before your contract signing and appointment will also give you a better idea of what you can afford and where your final home price might end up. Our agent was very impressed when my husband and I showed up to our contract signing with an Excel document listing all of our color choices and pricing. We were prepared far ahead of time, and because of this; were able to work more deals with our builder than someone who didn't know what they were interested in.

It's also helpful to visit the design center a few times if you're a bit indecisive like myself ;)  Our cabinets went from maple spice to toffee; floors were ceramic tile and then gunstock, and finally, a wider plank butterscotch.. and that's just the tip of the ever changing iceberg ya'll! hehe

Be prepared to make (at least!) the following choices at your color selection appointment:
- Exterior choices (siding type/color, roof color, brick/stone color, garage door style, gutters, windows, front door, lighting, lockset)
-Interior choices (flooring type and colors, house trim, door style, fireplace mantle and marble, all countertops, cabinets for kitchen and bathrooms, all hardware and fixtures, placement of electrical and multimedia outlets, appliances, stairs, shower/tub and toilet styles, alarm system and structured wiring)
* Any structural changes will typically need to be made before your color selection. including, home extensions, decks, sunrooms, layout changes, etc).

Have you ever been through a color selection appointment? Did you find all of the choices stressful?

I will be sharing all of OUR color selections with you beauties in my next few posts! :) 
BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR EMAIL UNDER "SUBSCRIBE" (top right of my blog) to keep up with our home building progress! and follow this blog :) 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Building Our First House - Dunkirk Model

HI Beauties.

As many of you know, I have been a bit MIA for the past few months in the youtube/blogging world. With my husband's detachment from the Navy, starting a new job, and moving back to Southern Maryland; things have been hectic! But we've also been very busy with something exciting! ... 

My Husband and I are Building Our First Home !!!

In our 6 years as a Navy family (hubby served for 8) we have had to move quite a bit. While we have both loved exploring new cities, I'm not sure that we ever grew completely accustomed to the many "joys" of renting *note sarcasm* ;]
 Now that my husband is a civilian, we are finally ready to put down roots in our hometown and start our lives in our first true "home" together. Of course I will be taking all of my favorite beauties along with us on our journey. I will be sharing our new home decisions, trials, tribulations and exciting updates with all of you! 

So far our experience has been a lot of fun! and im not gonna lie, a bit of stress too ;) I knew that building a new home would entail a lot of decision making but even "I" couldn't have prepared for all of these choices! 
So i'm hoping that my house blog posts will not only keep you all updated with us, but also provide some info and recommendations for those of you who might be in the process of buying or building a new home as well :]


Dunkirk Model with similar exterior colors (not our house hehe)-