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Bath and Body Works Holiday Candles Review

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I have a serious candle problem. I. Want. Them. All. And this Black Friday My mom and I took full advantage of the buy three get three free deal at Bath and Body Works. I wanted to tell you my thoughts on my favorite holiday scents as well as new ones that I am loving! I highly suggest subscribing to Bath and Body Works' email list because they have some sort of deal almost daily or will send out a coupon! Today their Wallflowers are only $3.50 so that is a great opportunity to stock up on some refills or stocking stuffers. I just got the Teakwood Mahogany and my bathroom smells amazing. Also today, get 20% off your order with the code SLEIGHBELL. These candles make great gifts for anyone since they have so many different scents. Some of these are no longer online but can be found in stores still!

Holly Berry Balsam- I was set on getting the Fresh Balsam because it smells just like a Christmas tree and actually found Holly Berry Balsam during checkout and switched them out. The Holly Berry Balsam smells like Christmas tree but mixed with a sweet fragrance. It is so yummy, I could not stop sniffing it!

Flannel- Flannel has been out since fall but I think this is a great candle for year round. It is definitely more of a cologne type smell and I was unsure how I felt about it just by smelling the candle. Once I burned it though I really liked it!

Winter-The best way I can describe this one is if you combined Fresh Balsam and Fresh Sparkling Snow. This candle is hard to categorize but it definitely smells like winter, as the label says! And how cute is the packaging on this one?

Marshmallow Fireside- One of my classic favorites! If you love the smell of a  bonfire this is your new favorite candle. It has the perfect balance of smokey and sweet. I espeically love this candle since I am used to having a fireplace back at my parent's house.

Hot Cocoa & Cream- I honestly thought this one was overly sweet and awful when I smelled  the candle, but after burning it I love it. It literally smells like a freshly made cup of hot chocolate and I think I need to go buy some Swiss Miss and mini marshmallows now.

Champagne Toast- My friends just introduced me to Champagne Toast. They kept raving about how amazing it smells so I knew I had to get it. This candle smells exactly like a Mimosa! I don't really think it is a fall or winter scent, but it is absolutely a keeper. This is good for those who like sweet but fresh scents.

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Mahogany Teakwood- This is another new scent for me that I immediately loved. I also purchased a wallflower refill in this scent. It is a masculine, heavy smell, but soooo good.

Sparkling Woods- If you like Mahogany Teakwood but it is a little too overpowering for you, Sparkling Woods would be perfect. It is similar but on the sweeter side.

Frosted Cranberry- This candle is for sweet scent lovers. This is the perfect candle for your kitchen and is absolutely mouthwatering.

Fresh Sparkling Snow- I don't have this candle but I do have the creamy body wash. I didn't pick up the candle because it just didn't seem to be very strong to me, but now I really want to try burning it or getting it in a wallflower because the body wash smells SO good. If you are a fan of Dove's body washes I highly recommend B&BW's new creamy body wash in this scent. It is the same consistency as Dove but the pretty smell stays on my skin so much longer.

That's all for now! What are your favorite holiday candles or fragrances from Bath and Body Works? What other brand candles do you love? Don't forget to subscribe and thanks for reading!


Painted Mason Jars & Flower Pots DIY

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hello, hello! I don't know about y'all but in San Antonio we have been getting POUNDED with rain! It took me an hour and a half to get to work Monday due to all the road closures and detours. I am happy about the (slight) cool front that accompanied this storm, but it better clear up by this weekend! (It's my birthday <3) I was planning on re-potting several of my plants, but the weather had other plans so instead I settled for an easy DIY I've been planning to do for a while. Painting is so therapeutic for me, especially when it's something simple and for fun. This way I'm not worried about messing up or not getting something perfect. No pressure, just paint! 
You can find these painted Mason Jars all over Etsy for various prices. My mom bought a couple sets for the bathrooms from a lady and that is where I first saw them, so I can't take credit for this idea. But I thought, my goodness how simple and people are paying $40 for a set. You can buy an entire set of Mason Jars for like $8 at the grocery store. Use some old paint or buy some for a few bucks, add some twine and you've got the same thing! 

I use these to hold my toothbrush, makeup brushes, sponges and bobby pins. These would make super cute pen holders (teacher friends hi!) or vases. Throw in your Q-tips and cotton pads. Stick a candle in the bottom. Plant a super cute cactus or use them as a wedding centerpiece! So many possibilities and it's sooooo easy.

 And while I had my paint out, I decided to paint my boring clay pot and give it some personality. I used painters tape to mark off some triangle shapes. Then I went in with a couple of coats of metallic gold. Lastly I added some turquoise because why not?!

Here are all the paint colors I used. I mixed white with the Royal Violet to get a pastel color.



 It's not perfect, but I like that because it gives it personality. This is a Fittonia. Also known as a Nerve Plant or Angel Plant. I love the pink leaves!
Sorry for the blurry pictures! I was trying not to get paint everywhere. 


Remove the screw-lid from your jars unless you want them painted too. 

Paint on the outside. I find putting them upside down is the easiest way to do it. 
See the tiny jar? That's from a garlic container! Haha. Just make sure to wash whatever jars you reuse.

I will probably use these both for plants! If I was doing a bathroom set or desk set I would use one solid color for them all, like my bathroom set below!

After they dry, sand over the brand name gently to get the worn affect. I did not use any primer or sealer for these for this reason. I like them to look a little old. Add a bow with twine or burlap. Boom, done! So cute for so many possibilities. Andddd the chalkboard obsession continues! I made this on a wood round then hot glued some twine to the back. I think these are much more practical and cuter when they are hangable! I use chalkboard markers from Hobby Lobby. They don't come off as easy as chalk but they are way easier to write with and look much bolder. If they don't come off well you can always paint over! Obviously my leaves need some work! Haha. I hope you liked this post and feel inspired to get creative and do some relaxing of your own! Happy Tuesday!



Preserving Pumpkins For Fall Decor

Monday, September 26, 2016

Last Thursday was the first day of fall and I welcomed the season with open arms. Hobby Lobby has had all fall and Christmas decor on 40% off for quite some time now. I picked up a cute scarecrow door hanger for only $12. But my favorite way to start decorating for fall, is by using real pumpkins and gourds. You can get a bag of the gourds like I used for $5 at HEB. I also was so excited to see new pumpkins this year. There are "pink" pumpkins like I got and dark green as well. I love the pink because it looks like something straight out of Cinderella. But it still has a peach/orange tint to it so that you don't stray too far away from true fall colors. If you have a pumpkin patch or farmers market nearby you can probably find even better deals and more options. I don't plan on carving these pumpkins, just setting them out for decoration. If you do plan on carving I would recommend waiting until about two or three weeks before Halloween since the carve pumpkins will decay much faster. 

Left alone. the pumpkins and gourds will last much longer. These are the steps I use to preserve my pumpkins and gourds to help slow down the rotting that I found on this blog through Pinterest. 

You will need: 




Towel or washcloth

Tub or large sink 

 Aside from the pumpkins, you most likely have everything else at home already.

Fill your tub or sink with 10 parts water 1 part bleach and let your pumpkins soak for 5-10 minutes. Don't overdo the bleach or it will eat away at the skin of your pumpkins.

 Wear gloves if you have them so that the bleach does not irritate your skin. You may have to push or hold the small ones under. After 5-10 minutes, let them air dry.

If you plan to paint your pumpkins, skip the next step and go straight to painting. The colors are mine were gorgeous, so I chose to leave them their natural colors.  

With a washcloth or paper towel, buff each pumpkin/gourd with a little Vaseline to moisturize the skin and give it a pretty shine. If there is excess or they are slippery, wipe them down with a clean cloth or paper towel. You don't want them to be sticky or slippery.

And then you're done! Your pumpkins are now clean and shiny and ready to be put to use. I use mine as a centerpiece for my living room table and as random decor around the house. If you follow me, you have probably noticed I have been on a chalkboard paint kick. I picked up this chicken wire/chalkboard hanger at the Round Top Antique Fair last year. It has been loaded down with pictures and memories but I never got around to writing or drawing anything on the chalkboard side. Here's what I ended up doing! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I hope you found this post useful and happy fall y'all!



Magnolia Wreath Dupe

Friday, September 23, 2016

I love Fixer Upper! I mean what girl doesn't?! Chip and JoJo are just plain adorable and the houses and decor they create are what Pinterest dreams are made of. One of my favorite pieces is the Signature Magnolia wreath. Often styled layered over an old window pane or some type of frame. (Haha that rhymed) Also great as a clean and simple door hanger appropriate for any season.  I love this wreath, but JoJo, girlfriend, $95 for a circle of leaves?! I don't think so. So I found some amazing dupes for half and a quarter of the price for you Fixer Upper fans! I personally love the Hobby Lobby one, and right now it is on sale for $25!! Seriously, so much more reasonable. I also found so many great ones on Etsy. If you're more of a do-it-yourselfer and up for some crafting, I linked a super easy and cheap DIY as well! Enjoy!


$50 on sale for $25 during half off floral sale for a limited time!




And if you really wanted to be cost friendly, here is a great and simple DIY for a $10 Magnolia Wreath! 

If anyone attempts the DIY, send me your pictures! :) Thanks for reading and have a fantastic weekend!


My Little Nest- Bedroom Tour

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Before I moved into my apartment, and I mean months before, I had my dream bedroom pictured exactly how I wanted. From the curtains to the sheets to the color tones, I knew it all. But just because I had this vision of what I wanted, didn't mean everything was easy to find. I am a strong believer that a room's perfect look will come together over time. If you are bent on redecorating and finishing a room within one weekend you can easily end up over-spending and buying things without putting enough thought into them. Take my bathroom for example. I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to go in but I had it in my head I MUST buy a rug. I kept looking for the print and length I knew I wanted but was rushing myself. I almost bought several rugs, but they weren't what I loved. I ended up just buying a cheapo Walmart rug and now only three months later it's unraveling and falling apart. But hey that's totally ok! I know I didn't put much money into it and until I find what I really want it will do its job just fine of keeping my feet warm in the mornings. The point is, don't rush it and don't splurge on things you don't truly love. You get what you pay for, so when you finally find that piece you've been dreaming of, it's ok to invest in something you know you will have for a long time.

Growing up and even in college I've always had really colorful bedrooms. I really wanted something that I won't grow tired of after a year and that's soothing. I decided on an all neutral color scheme with one colorful painting that managed to sneak in.


Pillows & Sheets

All of my linens are white. My mom told me I was crazy for that but I don't think there is anything more comfortable in the world than a big white fluffy comforter. And if they get dirty, bleach!! I carefully chose what I invested my money in and bedding was high on the list. I got Becky Cameron sheets. And Sleep for Success! pillows. These sheets are so soft and don't shrink when I wash them on hot. They also never wrinkle. Even when I get lazy and leave them sitting in the dryer for an hour...or two. And they are on sale for only $30, originally $115! I know $40-50 for a pillow just sounds ridiculous but getting beauty sleep is important my dear, and I need comfort. If you happen to be looking for a new pillow let me just tell you I tried out and took back a few and I can now positively say this is the best pillow to ever exist. Ever. Don't fight me on this. I'm serious, go buy it and in a week you can email me about how thankful you are to me for changing your life. I use the side sleeper version in standard/queen.

My throw pillows are kind of from here and there and everywhere. TJ Max, Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby. I didn't want it all to be perfectly matched, I just wanted it to blend.


My comforter is also from Target. I have had several duvets in the past because the designs I fell in love with just happened to be duvets. I have finally gotten to the point where I have zero patience left for them. There is no fun way to shove the down comforter back in and the corners always seem to still fall down. I'm sure there is a Martha Stewart video somewhere that has a great trick on this but my duvet days are done. I found this simple white comforter and kept coming back to it. Finally, the DAY I moved in to my apartment I purchased it. It's lightweight and airy but still warm. The best part is I can just throw it in the wash. And if it gets stained? Bleach! It comes in several other colors!

Faux Fur Throw

And my favoriteeeeee part of my bedding. The WARMEST, softest, most incredible fur throw of all time. OH. MY. GOSH. If I could marry this blanket I probably would. Now before anyone yells at me, NO, it is not real fur. I'm not a monster. It is a polyester and modacrylic blend. I got mine in caramel ombre. I realized it is on the pricier side, but like I said, it's ok to invest in long term things that you truly love. Not to mention I snuggle under this thing every night. SIZE?????

And I have to be transparent with y'all, no my bed it not perfectly made every day. Sometimes there are clothes thrown on top of it from getting ready that morning. And of course, I sleep with my BFF pillow-pet Moose. :)


Bed & Headboard

A tufted headboard is one of the pieces I just knew I really wanted in my bedroom. Something about having material instead of wood just makes the whole area look so much softer, cozier, and welcoming. I got this one at Target. I actually bought the full bed, but you can buy the headboard separately. If you are interested in the whole bed, let me just say that I ended up getting a $40 bed-frame to use instead and pushed it up against my headboard. There's nothing wrong with the frame that came with it, in fact its gorgeous. But I live in a 700 sq foot apartment and it took up WAY too much room. The frame sticks out several inches and there was barely room for me to stand between my dresser and bed. So that lovely thing is in storage until I have a bigger space one day.

Mirrored Nightstands


If you keep a close eye on lifestyle or decor blogs, Instagram, or Pinterest, I'm sure you have noticed the rising popularity in mirrored furniture. I think it's a classy and gorgeous finish. Growing up my Mom and Nana would always add mirrors to every room because it gives the appearance of more space. This couldn't be more needed in my tiny bedroom and I love that my mirrored nightstands look like they belong and don't crowd the room. So two things I was worried about for mirrored nightstands were 1) How clean do they stay? and 2) Holy S**T this stuff is expensive.

So to answer my first worry, they stay really clean!! I wipe them down with Windex once a week and they're good to go. They honestly don't collect much dust. The biggest issue I have with them is if I leave a water bottle they'll get a cup ring, but this doesn't stain.

And as for my second, yep, mirrored furniture is not cheap y'all! I'll be honest I searched and hunted for several months. Everything I liked was way out of budget and the cheaper websites seemed untrustworthy. Finally, around Christmas, I found a great deal at Kirklands. The nightstands I had my eye on for a while went on sale for half off, so I was able to buy two for the price of one and it was still reasonably priced. Unfortunately they are sold out online now, but I linked some similar ones and some others I really like. I was really picky and wanted a completely closed piece. That way I have more storage and less area to decorate.



My dresser is a very special piece. I had no idea where to even begin looking but I knew I wanted something old and distressed looking, and in a neutral color. I don't know about y'all but I'm over college particle board furniture that falls apart and nothing cleans the dust off of. I'm a big fan of giving restoring furniture but when my Nana first approached me with this dresser and the idea that she could make it pretty again I have to say I was skeptical. I mean this thing, a once lovely and still studry wooden dresser had been sitting in her barn for who knows how many years. It was covered in dirt, dust, layers of unidentified dry liquids. This thing was in SAD shape. But she bleached it, scrubbed it, sanded it, painted it, sanded it, sealed it, I don't even know what magical powers she pulled out. But it came out PERFECT. She added some glass draw pulls and it is absolutely a masterpiece. It was the perfect piece to pull my whole room together and gave it that special something. I tell my Nana all the time she needs to start selling these things, but she does it out of love and selling them would take the fun out of it for her. I found some pieces that are similar and linked them. Let me know if y'all would be interested in a DIY on distressing furniture.

I linked everything else at the bottom!

Let me know if there is anything else y'all want me to link and if I can't find it I will try to find something similar. I get a lot of my decor from craft and antique fairs.  You can always email me your comments or questions in the side bar! :)
Thanks for spending part of your day with me and looking at my little nest.

All photos are my own.


Tufted Headboard
Fur Blanket
Leather Throw Pillow
Similar White & Gold Dots Pillow 
Similar Fur Throw Pillow 
Textured Cream Throw Pillow
Mirrored Nightstand & Similar:1, 2, 3, 4
Similar Dressers:1, 2, 3, 4 (for ideas)
Chicken Wire Jewelry Holder Similar:1, 2, 3, 4
Pineapple Jewelry Dish  & Similar: 1
The two tier jewelry dish is also from Target but older
Gold mirrored tray and picture frames- TJ Max
Jewelry Box- JC Penny's
Flowers are fakes (GASP I KNOW) from Hobby Lobby
Painting is also from Hobby Lobby but I could not find it online

All Gold Everything

Monday, August 1, 2016

I moved into my apartment about four or five months ago. I started out with a few decor items, and I have slowly but surely been adding little touches from places like Target, TJ Max, and Hobby Lobby. 

If you have never shopped at TJ Max because you either think it's cheap or are intimidated by how chaotic it is set up, girlfriend you have to give it a chance.TJ Max is like a maze of junk with hidden treasures mixed in. There are occasionally really good finds like an MK coat originally $200 knocked down to $50. Or a pair of snakeskin print BCBG heels, only in your size, for a fraction of the original cost. But the real hidden treasures reside in the decor aisle. Picture frames, wall art, pillows, rugs, planters, glasses, makeup organizers. There are so many cute things for such a steal there. My main advice, if you ever find something you love, buy it then. Because it will not be there when you go back and there is a slim chance of finding it online.

I have sort of a rustic, girly theme going on in my apartment. One trend I'm loving is little accents of gold. Whether it's a throw pillow here or there (I have a serious throw pillow issue), wall accents, lighting, or knick-knacks, gold is very universal. It looks good with everything and can be pulled into any theme. So whether your style is modern, tribal, rustic, or simplistic, gold is going to look great!
Here are some pieces I am loving, and even own a few of.


 Gold Thumbprint Pillow -on sale for $14.44

Leopard Throw Pillow-on sale for $15 

I debated on buying this little guys for so long because it's such a odd piece. But I decided that I'm odd too, and it made me happy, so I got him! 

White & Gold Pineapple Lamp -$60 on sale for $30

Gold Metallic Mirror Set-$40 on sale for $20

Confetti Drinking Glass-$9 on sale for $4.50!

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