Spring Decor and Some Pillow Talk

Remember when I said I’d started nesting already? Let’s talk about that. 

You’ve seen how I transitioned my Valentine’s mantle to spring – I switched out the romantic location posters for birds and butterflies, added easter eggs to the branches, some greenery, a bird’s nest, and a couple birds. The cappuccino candle isn’t exactly spring-y, but it smells delicious, so it stayed.

The full effect. Here’s where the nesting instinct started kicking in. Sidenote: why is there a whiteboard in front of the fireplace? Funny story. Sirius discovered a new game, called the climb-in-the-fireplace-drag-chunks-of-burn-wood-all-over-the-house game. Let’s just say, I don’t like playing. 
But you see how stark and bare that coffee table looks, with it’s lonely island of coasters and forlorn TV remotes? I decided it was time to change that. 
At the same time, I decided I’d had enough of the wimpy flat Ikea pillows we’d had on the couch. Brian had had enough too, so he put a couple of extra bedroom pillows on the couch. Not tacky at all. 
I decided it was time to get some good squishy throw pillows. I started my search at Pier 1.
Not intimidating or anything.
It totally was. So many color combinations, textures, and patterns – oh my! Suddenly I couldn’t remember what my living room looked like beyond the fact that I had a gray couch. 
I bought one pillow at Pier 1, and a tray for the coffee table. Then I went to World Market, and couldn’t make any decisions there. Finally, I saw this at Target: 

Everything started coming together. I could use navy, which is in the living room rug, coral, a nice springy accent color, and a light aqua/sea blue, which would also work with our bedroom colors. I consulted Pinterest for pins on how to arrange couch pillows, how to mix pillow patterns, etc., and then added and subtracted pillows from my cart accordingly.

So nesting. It’s real. 
Here’s what’s in the bags. A navy and white striped rug from Target – a clearance score, it looked like it’d been returned, so it was marked down. Perfect for a nautical nursery!

The nursery is still very much under construction. 
I bought this tray at Pier 1, also on sale. I love the French cottage touch it adds to the room. 

And, pillows! 
One for the bedroom – the gold, aqua, and gray ikat patterned one in the middle. This one is from Pier 1, on clearance. I love the gold and silver combination, and it adds pattern.
Many people I know don’t like having extra pillows for decor on their bed. It adds extra time to making it, and really, what’s the point? I, however, really love it. Yes, you have to take them all off and pile them on the floor every night, then put them back on in the morning. For some reason, it just makes me happy. 
Now, the living room pillows. I stuffed the “C” pillow cover above with both of the previous ikea pillow inserts. 
Couch pillows! 

I fell in love with the coral and gold pillows. They also work well in the bedroom!
I thought the big gray pillows made a nice neutral base, and the navy velvet lumbar pillow added some texture and matched the rug. 
I thought for sure the giant gray pillows would be a hit with Brian. But the day after, the couch looked like this: 

Ultimately, the gray pillows are just too big. They’re uncomfortably big. And, I didn’t realize that I already had a gray neutral base – the couch. The gray pillows just blended in.

So now, the gray pillows are piled on a little used chair, and the coral and navy pillow are still in use. Should I return the gray pillows? Can you return pillows, if you tried them out for a day, and now there’s dog hair on them?

I could always put the money toward one of these: 

 Have you ever experienced nesting? Made any recent updates for spring? Let me know in the comments!

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How to Thrift for Spring Trends

I’m planning a more in-depth post about this Spring’s trends and where you can shop for fair trade and ethical clothing to fit the trends, but Saturday I went thrift store shopping with a couple friends, and I’m super excited about what I found! Using Pinterest for inspiration and to narrow my focus, I came home with two tops that are exactly what I wanted.

Stripes

Stripes are a major trend this spring! As you know, I’m addicted to stripes, so I’m looking forward to seeing them everywhere. After my last closet clean out and reading The No Brainer Wardrobe e-book, I’ve been hunting for a black and white striped top. I pinned these to my style boards, and kept my eyes peeled for something similar:

Source: arielleeliseblog.com via Emily on Pinterest

When I saw this BCBC tee on the rack at Savers, I snatched it up.

However, after trying it on and debating with myself for some time, I decided not to get it. Mainly because then I saw this:

It’s a little too big, unfortunately, but nothing I can’t fix. I’m going to use a similar alteration method I used on my bridesmaid dress last summer, and use a well fitting tee as a guide.

The fabric is in perfect shape, and although it’s a little thick, I think I’ll be able to wear it a few times before summer, and then all through fall and winter. I’m positive it will become my new favorite top.

Lace

Another popular trend that I LOVE this spring is lace. I’ve been pinning lacy dresses and tops like crazy, which was the inspiration behind this DIY Embellished Lace Dolman.

I also pinned these lacy items on my boards that I wanted to find something similar at Savers:

Source: etsy.com via Emily on Pinterest
Source: rstyle.me via Emily on Pinterest

This gorgeous New York & Company sweater caught my eye:

I loved the color and the lace right away, but I was a little unsure about the puffed sleeves. In the end, I decided they didn’t bother me enough to not get it. It will be perfect for a date night with skinny jeans and my blue ballet flats, or adding a pop of color to a little black dress.

Totally unrelated to spring trends, I also found these:

Total spent: $19.54. I call that a success!

To recap:

  1. Use Pinterest to save your style inspiration. Identify aspects of your pins that you like, such as color, sleeve length, pattern, fabric, etc. 
  2. Shop your thrift stores with an open mind. Does this fit some of the aspects of your pins? Does it fit well enough to be worth it, or will it just sit in your closet unworn? If it needs minor alterations, are you willing to do it yourself or take it to someone who will? Ask yourself these questions to avoid bringing home something that might be a good deal, but you won’t actually wear.

What spring trends are you excited about? What have you recently scored at your thrift store? Share it in the comments!

How To Wear This Spring’s Makeup Trends {Giveaway}

Hello Beauties! I’m Tara, founder of Haute Lunch Beauty and Fashion Blog, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing a guest post for Scribbles from Emily! Today I want to show you all how to create a quick and easy makeup look that is perfect for spring and summer! 

This season, citrus, jewel tone, and pastel colors are showing up everywhere, which is great because these colors look fabulous on eyes, lips, and cheeks! Although brightening up your makeup may seem risky to some, this tutorial will help you do it with confidence and ease!

Before I get started on the application, I want to talk about the products I used to create this look. By no means do you need to use the exact same products. Any brand will do, so long as the colors are similar and the products serve the same purpose.

1-6. Eye Shadows from Tarte’s Spring Greening Palette

1. Warm Rose

2. Teal

3. Bronze

4. Pale Pink

5. Lime Green

6. Lilac

7. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef

8. M.A.C. Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Blush Baby (peach-colored)

9. Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Face Primer

10. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

11. Tarte EmphasEYES for Brows in Taupe

As you can see, eye shadow, lip color, and blush are key to updating your look this season, but there are a few other products I think are important to mention as well.

First, I want to talk about primers. If you’re like me, you’re usually in a hurry to get out the door, and adding a step to your makeup routine is the last thing you want to do. However, adding a primer to my makeup routine was one of the best moves I’ve ever made. Why you ask? Well, that’s because in the long run, it saves me both time and money! Face and eye primers create the perfect base for makeup, saving me time by allowing me to achieve the rich pigment I want from my blush and eye shadow quickly. Primers also save me money because I can use substantially less product every time I apply my makeup. If those reasons aren’t good enough on their own, priming also makes your skin and makeup look satiny smooth and keeps your makeup looking fresh all day! I think I’ve made my point. 😀

The other product I want to point out that I think many people overlook is an eyebrow pencil. This year, there is definitely a trend toward fuller, more natural eyebrows. An eyebrow pencil helps fill in thin eyebrows and gives your eyes a nice frame so they can really pop! Brow waxes and powders can be used instead of an eyebrow pencil, but I recommend pencils because they allow for easier, more precise application.

Now that I’ve talked about some important but often overlooked products, let’s dive into the tutorial! Of course, you always want to start your makeup application with a clean, dry face. From there, prep your face for makeup application with your face and eye primers, then apply your foundation and/or powder as you normally would. Now for the fun part!

Step 1: Apply Blush. For this look, I’m using a pastel peach colored blush from M.A.C., but anything similar in color will do. Apply blush from the apples of your cheeks up to your temples. Also apply a little blush to your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your jaw line to even out the look and give you a nice, sun-kissed glow! 

Step 2: Apply Base Eye Shadow. I’m using eye shadow #4, which is a pale pink. Again, any pale pink eye shadow will do. Apply this shadow from just under your eyebrows all the way down to your eyelashes. A fluff brush works best for this, but use whatever you have on hand. 

Step 3: Apply Eye Shadow to Lid. For this step, I’m using eye shadow #5, which is a lime green! To avoid fall out, dab the eye shadow onto your lid before blending. I like to use a thick eye shadow brush with short bristles for this step (such as M.A.C.’s 214 Short Shader Brush), but again, use what you have.

Step 4: Apply Eye Shadow to Crease. Here I’m using eye shadow #2, which is teal in color, to line the crease of my eyelid. To avoid getting too much shadow by your tear duct, start in the middle of the crease, then work your way in. After you’ve lined this half, go to the outer corner of your eye (think of an imaginary line from the end of your eyebrow to the outer corner of your eye- this is where you want to start this time) and finish lining the rest of your crease. To finish, simply blend the color from the crease up a bit (approx ¼ inch) on the outer edges of your eyes. This three step eye shadow application is very versatile and helps your eyes look big and beautiful! 

Step 5: Apply Eyeliner and Mascara. For this look, I used a silver green eyeliner from Sephora and Physician’s Formula PlentiFull Mascara in black-brown. This season, using colored eyeliners is definitely trendy, so don’t be afraid to try out a few new shades. Plus, eyeliner pencils last a long time, and are often inexpensive! To line your eyes, start in the middle of your upper lash line (never line inside your lash line as this could cause eye infections) and work your way in, then go to the outside of your upper lash line and work your way back to the middle. On the bottom lash line, just start at the outside and line to the middle of your eye. Lining only the outer half of your lower lash line will make your eyes look bigger than if you line them all the way. Finish off by curling your lashes and applying a coat of mascara. 

Step 6: Fill in Those Brows. Using my Tarte EmphasEYES brow pencil, I filled in the outer edges of my brows since they are a little sparse. Be sure to use a brow pencil that is approximately the same color, or one shade darker, than your brows. Also, be sure to smooth out those brows with a brow brush once you’re finished filling them in! 

Step 7: Line Your Lips. For this step, I’m using an Ulta Contour Lip Pencil in Rose because I’m going to use a coral colored lip gloss. Using a lip pencil that is slightly darker than your lip gloss will help give a nice, defined look to your lips, which is especially important when using light colored lipsticks or glosses.

Step 8: Apply Lip Gloss or Lipstick. This season, bright, opaque lip colors are definitely in! There are many opaque lip glosses available now, such as the coral colored gloss I’m using from Revlon, but lipstick will work fine, too. Fill in your lips with color, and if you do use a lipstick, finish them off with a thin coating of gloss to give them some shine!

The finished look: 


Here is a closer look at my eye color so you can better see how I applied and blended the three shades: 

Now that you know how to create this look, you can play around with different colors to create fun, flirty looks that are perfect for spring. For example, here is the color scheme I used…

But you could also use this pastel color scheme to create another beautiful look: 

This latter color scheme uses the same pale pink eye shadow (#4) as a base, a lilac eye shadow (#6) for the lid, and a rose eye shadow (#1) for the crease. I would combine this eye color combination with a watermelon colored gloss and a slightly darker blush, such as Benefit’s Dallas, which is a rosy bronze.

As I hope you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to look beautiful and trendy! This entire look took me less than 10 minutes to create, and I used products I already had in my makeup drawer. Even if you don’t have some of the colors necessary, you can pick up a few new eye shadows, new blush, and some new lip gloss for less than $20! I hope this tutorial gives you the knowledge and confidence to try some fun new makeup looks this season. Thanks again to Emily for inviting me to share my love to makeup with you all, and good luck with this week’s homework!

xoxo- Tara 

Emily here: Tara, thank you so much for this very thorough and informative post! I’m glad I knew an expert I could call on to write about this topic! I don’t know about the rest of you all, but I sure learned a few things. Tara manages to share great tutorials, tips, and inspiration several times a week, while going to school for a PhD in psychology. In fact, today she’s defending her Master’s proposal! Be sure to check out Tara’s blog and cheer her on, and check out the wealth of information in her archives!

For your information:
Here’s where you can find the products Tara used, and some similar ones:

Real Colors Smolder-Eyes Shadow Palette Trickster
Blush Rush
Palladio Herbal Eye Shadow Primer
Beautique Brow Pencil Natural Blonde
Homework
So, I was really looking forward to last week’s homework, but I got swamped with my class projects and didn’t actually have time to do it. I’m guessing something similar might have happened to you too. So, if you’d like to still do last week’s homework challenge, go for it! I’d love to see what you come up with!
In case you do want to do last week’s challenge, I’m keeping this week’s homework simple. As simple as 1-2-3-4.
1. Wear one clothing item that you haven’t worn since you bought it, or that you haven’t worn for a very long time. These items can be called closet orphans. Here’s a fabulous post on wearing those orphans from Already Pretty.
2. Wear two jewelry items all week. Yes, even on those ordinary days. Earrings count as 1 item, so you could add a necklace, bracelet, ring, or any combination.
3. Wear three different types of bottoms this week. I wear jeans almost every single day, so this week I’m going to try to wear jeans, shorts, and a skirt or dress. The purpose of this is just to get us out of our clothing ruts.

4. Wear four different styles of tops this week. If you tend to wear tee shirts every day, this one is for you! Mix up your sleeve length, add a button up, go sleeveless, or whatever else you can come up with!

To give you some accountability, snap a picture of yourself in the mirror, or of your outfits. Choose one to share on the Scribbles facebook wall, or make a collage of them and share it with us.

This Week’s Giveaway

If today’s post made you wish you had some new makeup, this week’s giveaway  is your chance to get some for free! I’m giving away:

An e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick from Eyes, Lips, Face (e.l.f.) in lilac petal. You can use this color stick as lipstick, blush, or eye shadow! 
e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color in Nouveau Neutrals. These colors flatter a variety of skin tones and the neutrals match with almost any outfit. 
e.l.f. Essential Nail Polish in clear, and another one in Passion Pink.
And in case you’d rather pick out your own colors, one reader will win a $10 
What can you get with $10?  A LOT. You could get powder, blush, mascara,  eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, nail polish, concealer, an eyelash curler and a makeup brush all for $10. E.l.f cosmetics is proud of offering quality cosmetics at unbeatable prices, and it seems that they always have some sort of promotion going on. I just bought one of their e.l.f. Essential Get the Look Sets sets for $5, and it had five items inside. I’ve loved their mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and I’ve used an eyelash curler for the first time in my life since it came in the set. 
Today only, if you spend $15, you can get a free mini makeup kit that contains 27 different items by using the coupon code MINIFREE. But if you’d rather wait and see if you’ll win this week’s giveaway, there will probably be another coupon code by then!
One reader will win the All Over Color Stick, two nail polishes, nail buffer, and the Nouveau Neutrals eyeshadow. A second winner will receive the $10 gift card!
Here’s how to enter: 
1. Leave a comment on this post. You can let us know what your makeup routine is, or what you hope you’ll win. {1 entry}
2. Follow Scribbles From Emily blog. Leave a comment if you do!{1 entry}
3. Share this giveaway on twitter or facebook. Be sure to tag Scribbles From Emily! {1 entry for each}
4. Do this week’s homework. Any one of the four options works.{10 extra entries!}
By the way, the three winners from last week are:
Evianne, Pawsitive Life, and Bean! 
Congratulations!
Happy May everyone!
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12 Ways to Decorate For Spring Using What You Already Have

Spring is in the air, and I don’t know about you, but something about the fresh air, sunshine, flowers bursting into bloom, grass poking through the earth, makes me want to refresh my wardrobe and home too. But there’s no need to run around to Hobby Lobby and Pier 1 Imports. Because I’m a fan of simplicity and living within your means, I gathered ideas for using things you probably already have in your home. It just takes a little creativity and a new perspective!

1. Group objects with the same bright colors.   
Like this picture illustrates, placing objects with the same color together creates a display that packs a lot of punch. There’s strength in numbers: the pieces each get more attention when they’re together as opposed to sprinkled around. 
Pick a bright, cheery color, like the yellow above. Some others that would be good for spring would be white, greens, shades of blue, or pastels. I’ve grouped blue and white plates, vases, candles, and flowers together in my living room. 
2. Put your fruit to use as decor.
Don’t the bright orange, yellow, and greens look fresh and cheery in the picture above? Why hide away your bright spring colors in the kitchen? Put your fruit in glass apothecary jars like these 
Chateau Tall Covered Botanical Jars Set by Two’s Company®, or arrange them in a pretty bowl and put them where they’ll be seen.

3. Use plates and pillows in new places.
I had pretty blue and white dishes wrapped in paper hidden away in the pantry, and empty walls and bare shelves. Putting the plates to use was an easy fix!
Plate easels are just a few dollars at Walmart, or just lean your plates up against the back of a shelf or wall. Place a plate on your coffee table and arrange candles of different heights on it, or hang them on the wall as shown in the picture. If you have a long stretch of bare wall, here’s a good solution: 3 Tier Ionic Plate Rack by Spectrum. Only one plate is on it in this picture, but it holds three. 

3 Tier Ionic Plate Rack by Spectrum
Gather throw pillows from beds and chairs throughout the house, and mix it up. The pillow you’ve had on your bed might add a pop of color to the living room, or the pillows on the couch might look great on your bed. Mix and match!
4. Lift and lighten your curtains.
It’s an old trick to make your ceilings seem taller: hang your curtains higher. Just moving your curtain rods up a few inches could change the way your room feels, making it seem bigger and more open. 
Also, try taking off your valance and leaving just the panels. This little change looks more simple and lets in more light, especially if you have sheers, like in the picture above. 
5. Make new curtains without spending a dime.
No need to buy fabric! The curtains in the picture above were made from sheets! Maybe in your spring cleaning you found that you have more sets of sheets than you can use on the beds. Some of them might look great on the windows.
You don’t have to get as fancy as the picture above, where they combined sheets and added trim. You could keep it simple with solids or florals, just sliding the sheet onto the rod, or cut and sew two together to make wide stripes, and embellish with some trim. 
6. Move your mirror. 
These mirrors leaning against the wall make the room double in size, and reflect light from the windows to make it brighter inside. If you have mirrors already, consider hanging them in a new place where they can better reflect light, or set them on the floor against the wall. Experiment to find a new look. 
If you have long mirrors, try hanging them over your bed for a new headboard! 

The Linea Mirror in Java Brown 42 x 84 by tag furnishings group™ is very similar to the one in the picture above: 
Linea Mirror in Java Brown 42 x 84 by tag furnishings group™
7. Use glass containers for displays and centerpieces. 
Don’t have one of these?
Cloches, artandartifact.com
Jars, bottles, cake stands and upside down bowls make inexpensive cloches. Try this versatile jar from Organize.com:
Hermetic Glass Jar - 37.75 ounce Fido by Bormioli Rocco

Group a display of sprigs of leaves, plants, birds nests, feathers, or easter eggs on a shelf or use as center pieces. Or, display fruit as mentioned in #2.
8. Add splashes of color with scarves.
Take inspiration from your closet for adding color to a room. A scarf draped over a chair or sofa makes an inexpensive throw. Lay it over a table for a new table runner. Or, drape it over your headboard to add some interest.
In the picture for #3, (plates and pillows) it looks like a blue scarf was draped over their round coffee table.
9. Move your furniture.
This hutch looks like something you’d find in a dining room or kitchen, and the chair looks like patio furniture. Walk through your house and patio and look at your furniture with a fresh perspective. Where are you lacking storage or seating? What could be re-purposed to provide it? Where else would it work?
Here’s a similar chair to the one in the picture. Where in your house could this one go, besides outside?
San Marco Bistro Chair with Cushion

10. Use your accessories as decor.
In addition to scarves, you can use your jewelry to decorate. Frame spring colors in shadow boxes, or picture frames without the glass, and hang in your bedroom. Not only will the colors and textures provide works of art for your walls, but seeing the color combinations together will make accessorizing your spring outfits easier!
Here’s some more attractive ways to display your jewelry as decor: 
Twigsy Jewelry Wall Hook in Black
Nesa Wall Jewelry Organizer in Nickel

11. Give lamps a makeover.
Recover your lampshades with cheery fabric or scrapbooking paper. If you use sheets for new curtains as mentioned in #5, use the pillowcases to recover your lampshades so they match. 
Look for Springy patterns, like Flutter Specialty Paper Pack – 8×8, on clearance now for $2.99.
For cheap fabric, look through that bag of clothes you cleaned out of your closet. Before you take them to Goodwill, are there any patterns or colors that would make a good lampshade?
12. Frame Fabrics for easy and inexpensive works of art. 
In the picture above, vintage handkerchiefs were framed and grouped together for a headboard. 
Here’s another way of doing it for a more modern look: fabric was stretched over canvases and stapled to the back. You could use fabrics with the same colors but different patterns, or the same exact fabric and different shapes to create different looks. 
As mentioned in #11, look through those old clothes you were going to donate or throw out, and see if any colors or patterns would look good as decor. 
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Many of the ideas I gathered from Better Homes and Gardens, and their images inspired some of the others. All the interior decor pictures are from Better Homes and Gardens unless otherwise stated. 
Let’s hear from you! 

What are your ideas for inexpensive decorating? How are you sprucing up for spring? Let us know in the comments!