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A Peek Into Our Cozy Home

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photos by Nina and B photography

I can’t believe we’ve been in our current house for two years already, so I figured it was high time to give you a little peek into our cozy little home. (Especially since you witnessed the entire Newport Beach renovation a few years back! A very different vibe in this one, as you soon shall see.)

One of the biggest advantages of moving to Oklahoma from Newport Beach is the cost of housing. To say you can get a lot more for your money is a huge understatement. So, how did we end up in a home that is actually smaller in size than our Newport Beach house? Well, why don’t you sit back and I’ll tell you a little story.

When we moved to Oklahoma in August of 2014, we rented a condo for the interim while we searched for a house to purchase. Well, within one hour of the moving truck (carrying 12,000 pounds of our belongings) pulled up to the rental, we found out it had black mold and was deemed unlivable.

Hmmm. We had a situation, to say the least. The moving company (yeah, the same one that managed to damage just about ALL OF OUR BELONGINGS and whose owner is now in prison for tax evasion) gave us 24 hours to find a new place to unload our stuff. Long story short, our family of four ended up in a small, first-floor apartment nestled right next to a major highway AND underneath the apartment of a presumed stripper/night owl/not quite sure. (Fun times! The kids were so impressed with Oklahoma City and all it had to offer!)

We spent a couple of (very uncomfortable) months in that apartment, all while trying to find the perfect house, WHICH MOST OF YOU KNOW CAN BE QUITE A PROCESS WITH THE INTERIOR DESIGNER HUSBAND. As you’ve witnessed from past posts, we prefer to find a place with good bones that we can renovate ourselves, but we simply didn’t have time for that. We wanted out of that apartment so badly, which made the search even more difficult because we needed to find something essentially move-in ready that met our standards. (Which I swear isn’t that much! Simple! Clean lines! Just not a horrible renovation, please!)

All to say, we put an offer on our current home within 12 hours of it being listed. It was almost perfect. Located in a historic neighborhood, clinker brick, built in the 1920s, yet completely (and tastefully!) renovated a few years prior by the previous owner. And although not as large as we had hoped for a long-term home (1700 sq ft…remember, it’s Oklahoma where a plentitude of space actually exists), it charmed us to pieces.

Recently, Emily of Nina and B Photography shot our family for a local publication (if you are looking for a photographer, stop the search because SHE’S THE ONE), and did a wonderful job of capturing the character of our home. I thought I would share with you all, even though a few rooms weren’t photographed. (Namely, our master suite which comprises the entirety of the second floor, and is, arguably, the best spot in the house. Photos to come at a later date on that one.)

Hope you enjoy!

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Green Beauty Recap – November

Ladies and gents, I am working on so many green beauty posts right now…lots and lots to tell you about! I’ve got a natural fragrance post in the works, my shower essentials, and the Annual Green Beauty Guide, which might just end up taking me 100+ hours to complete. So. Much. Information. (Last year’s post was a doozy!)

For now, though! Here are some great additions to my collection from the month of November.

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Tata Harper is always a favorite, and she just introduced the Multi-Masking Collection. Ohhhh, my goodness. Besides my go-to Regenerating Cleanser that I use every single morning, this set is absolute tops on my list. (Such a great gift, by the way. I can’t imagine anyone not loving it.)

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The box is a nice touch, right? So, the Resurfacing Mask is fabulous – I actually use it in conjunction with the Regenerating Cleanser once or twice a week. When I do, I apply the Regenerating Cleanser first and then put the Resurfacing Mask on top. (I learned this trick from Tata herself, and it leaves an incredible glow.)

The Purifying Mask is a complete cleansing treatment…perfect for when your face feels congested, and also as a treatment for the T-zone. The Honey Blossom Mask is another glow-giver, but also provides great hydration. Tata says you can even layer all three if you want. Love how her products work synergistically.

Oh! Great Cyber Monday deal going on right now. (It lasts though Tuesday too…) When you spend $200, you receive a free, full-sized Luminous Glow Kit. Use the code ILLUMINATE.

Next up, this gorgeous Winter Warmth palette.

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This has it all – neutral eye shadows for everyday wear, two wearable blushes, and an all-over highlighter for the face. Every single shade works – just the right amount of pigment and sheen for the day, plus an amethyst and slate color for more depth. If you are a palette lover or are just looking for a way to start your own green beauty cosmetics collection, look no further. The savings on this make it a steal, and it’s one of those rare palettes in which every color is wearable!

I’m hoping to create a look with this palette that I will either post here or my Instagram within the coming weeks. Also, the lip gloss shown in the photo is called Dahlia. Another winner and has already found its permanent home in my purse.

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Next up, Kahina Giving Beauty. This luxurious skincare line is this month’s Beauty Discovery at Beauty Heroes. If you have heard about this incredible line and want to give it a try, you simply must go the Beauty Heroes route. The Discovery set includes a full-size Beldi soap in either Moroccan Rose or Eucalyptus, an Essaouira Body Serum, and a sample of the Essaouira perfume.

If you have never tried Beldi soap, it’s a treat. As you can see, it’s this amazing consistency that you apply all over your body with the accompanying kessa mitt. It creates an all-over pore-opening skin detoxification and exfoliation, and increases
elasticity and vibrancy. Plus, the Essaouira perfume and body serum smell so lovely. This is a limited time discovery, so don’t delay if you are interested!

Last but certainly not least, some new (and old) favorites from Mun.

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You know how much I love the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, right? If not, see my skincare video here. (Yet another post to come…my updated skincare routine. Wow, I need to get cranking.) The Aknari Serum has been a tried and true for me since day one of my green beauty transition. I highly recommend it, especially to those who prefer a lesser amount of ingredients in their products. Aknari has Argan Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and Rose Flower Essential Oil. That’s it. My skin loves it. (Oh! Use the promo code NEWMUN for 20% off sitewide.)

New to me – the Argan Oil for all-over hydration anywhere on the body, and the Akwi Purifying Cleanser. Akwi is an oil-based cleanser and super gentle. I don’t use oil-based cleaners very often, but when I do, I will reach for this one. This particular Argan oil is sublime. I put it everywhere – hair, cuticles, face, dry spots, you name it. Love it!

That’s about it for this month. As always, leave any questions you might have in the comments!

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Shopbop’s Big Sale Starts Today!

It’s no surprise that Shopbop is my #1 online retailer, so I would be remiss not to tell you about the fantastic sale that started this morning.

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Here are few of my coveted items for fall and winter.

Happy shopping to you!