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Home Update: Master Bedroom Revamp Part II

If you tuned into Part I of this series, you know how much we love our new Lull mattress. After it arrived, we had to act quickly to get the rest of the room together (primarily the bed components so the old and new could be fully swapped out in one evening).
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Rather than purchasing an upholstered bed frame + headboard combo (because $$$$), we found a wood bed frame [Templeton Exceptional Platform Bed in Walnut from Wayfair] + separate headboard [Cora Upholstered Wingback Headboard by House of Hampton – also Wayfair], and we love the way they pair together! The big bonus of going this route was the ability to ditch the box spring (since the mattress fits right on top of the bed frame slats) and ditch the bed skirt.

Since we already owned this nuLOOM Handmade Casual Braided Wool Grey Rug, I wanted the wood frame and navy blue headboard to complement the existing rug vs. compete. This also guided our choices for sheets [Classic Percale Navy + White Stripe Sheet Set] and duvet + cover in classic white. For now, we are still using our Classic Down Full/Queen Duvet Insert from Crate & Barrel (it just covers the bed vs. hanging over the sides). We’ll probably end up upgrading to the King size for winter, but for now it gets the job done.

Since we don’t have king sized pillows or shams yet (suggestions welcome!), I’ve been borrowing throw pillows from other parts of the house to jazz up the bed in the interim. Love how these Oversized Banana Leaf Throw Pillows look on both the bed and our brown leather sectional (currently on clearance, grab ’em here), and the Navy Bird Throw Pillow is also a Target Threshold find.

The Target trend continues with the nightstands, and although assembly is required, we’ve been pleased with the pair of Campaign Nightstands in White. I’m also loving these Davenport Chests from Joss & Main (perhaps for our guest bedroom?). It complements this Agostino 6 Drawer Double Dresser so nicely!

For now, we’ve opted out of window treatments (aside from the wooden slat shutters that came with the place) and neglected to add a signature “end of bed bench” or pair of X-benches to the foot of the bed. Since the frame is visible, I don’t think we need ’em (but open to your ideas on finishing touches for the space, if you have any!).

Fun fact: the lamp is from a hotel furniture resale shop (when hotels redecorate they purge their bedroom collections and start fresh). The base of the lamp has two outlets – perfect for charging my husband’s work phone and personal cell phone at once, without cords stretching across the room.

Home Update: Master Bedroom Revamp with Lull Mattress


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MATTRESS: Lull  //  HEADBOARD: Wayfair  // BED FRAME: Wayfair //  THROW PILLOWS: Target + Target  // NIGHTSTANDS: Target // RUG: Overstock

We’re slowing but surely making updates throughout our 1950s rambler. Our latest project: the master bedroom. When we moved in 2 years ago we were delighted to find enough room in the master to fit a king bed. But, at the time we had a relatively new mattress + headboard and couldn’t justify the cost. This month, we decided to make the leap in an effort to make our master more complete, and reuse our existing furniture to spruce up our guest bedroom.

Let’s start with the mattress. We were delighted when Lull reached out, as we’ve heard such wonderful things about their mattresses. As expected, Lull made the upgrade to a luxurious foam king bed pretty painless. I was skeptical how this “bed in a box” concept would pan out, but delivery was quick, setup was simple, and the mattress is so comfortable it feels like we’re staying at a high-end hotel.

What’s more? Lull comes with free shipping, free returns, and a 100 night risk free trial.

Contrast this with our first-ever mattress buying excursion, and it’s a night + day difference. Last time, we had the standard “strip mall mattress store experience” that resulted in forking over a much larger percentage of my paycheck than expected. I think I also left with a headache, from all the corny jokes and amateur sales tactics. Well, at least I had a mattress, right? (My old one was ruined when the roof of my rented condo leaked while I was on vacation. Yuck.). Talk about a terrible experience all around!

The Lull bed literally shows up in a box on your doorstep, so there’s no need to awkwardly test out mattress after mattress under the watch of a sales associate. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, check out Lull. Twins start at $550, while our King came in at only $950. They even offer a 100 day trial period, so if you don’t like the mattress you can return it. JCR readers can get $50 off your Lull with my discount: www.lull.com/sale.

**Thank you, Lull, for sponsoring this post! Opinions are our own.

P.S. I’m pretty camera shy but… here’s a peek at how simple (and dare I say fun?) setting up your Lull mattress can be!

Styles Suited for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and it has us craving sandal season, summery prints, and breezy dresses. We’ve been especially drawn to blue + white stripes (surprise!), one-shoulder and off-the-shoulder styles, and bow slide sandals. See below for our top picks from May 2017:

Blue + White Stripes

Bow Slides


These Sam & Libby bow slides from Target are just $24.99! They come in 3 colors: Black, Taupe, and Blue & White Stripe. We are also loving these Sam Edelman Henna Bow Slide Sandals.

Banana Republic Sale Selection
We casually swung by the mall on Saturday to grab a bite at Ruscello at Nordstrom. Afterwards, we spotted a sign outside of Banana Republic touting a 50% off sale (on sale items; 40% on regularly priced merchandise). I suggested we stay out (seriously!) but the husband had other plans.

The result? We each found 3+ items that fit perfectly and help fill gaps in our wardrobes. There were several other pieces the caught our eye, but we didn’t pull the trigger quite yet. I’ve rounded up some picks that we purchased (or almost purchased):

Nordstrom Triple Points
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I don’t know about you, but the news of an upcoming Nordstrom Triple Points day propels me into planning mode. After a great deal of research on summery tops, I present you my top picks:

Since we recently returned from a beach vacay (Big Island, Hawaii – highly recommend!), we’re missing the scenery and the sweet scent of sunscreen and saltwater, bathed in sunshine. To us, Bobbi Brown ‘Beach’ perfume sums up this desirable scent beautifully, and transports one back to their favorite beach with a simple spritz:

Switching gears a bit, spring cleaning has extended beyond the closet and into the rest of the home, too. We’ve been swapping out throw pillows for summery styles, and seeking a master bedroom overhaul in the near future. We’d love your help on headboard selection – see options below!

Home Decor

A few weeks ago I started a search for a new pair of oversized pillows for the sectional in our sunroom. (We’ve had red-white-green plaid pillows since November, and they’re just to
“holiday” to work year-round). Saw these Oversized Banana Leaf Throw Pillows on Target.com, but wasn’t so sure they were right for our needs. After seeing them in-store though, I discovered the quality is much better than it looks in the photographs, and I was sold! We love how this pair of tropical pillows accents our Brown Leather Sectional.

Speaking of pillows, we’re also loving this cheeky reversible “Reserved” Pillow from Pottery Barn. I mean, how darling on an outdoor chaise lounge?!

The next search is for a suitable headboard for our master bedroom. We’re upgrading from a Queen to a King, and our current headboard (which I do love! Similar style here) will no longer fit. We have plans to move it to our headboard-less guest bed instead. I’m drawn to several different styles this time around, and would love your help in determining which route to go! The options (all from Wayfair):

Option 1: Regal
Riviere Upholstered Panel Headboard

Option 2: Dramatic
Crawley Upholstered Wingback Headboard 
Cora Upholstered Wingback Headboard
New Britain Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Option 3: Shabby Chic
Velvet Upholstered Wingback Headboard
Elsa Upholstered Wingback Headboard
Halsey Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Option 4: Leather
Baffin Upholstered Panel Headboard

Option 5: Vintage
Parklan Headboard
Vienna Slat Headboard

Thanks!
-Marty

What We’re Into Right Now: Spring Skincare + Beauty

Skin is in!
You’ve heard us rave about Glossier (and soon we’ll review their latest product, Cloud Paint), but we have some new additions to our skincare and beauty routine to share, too:

Anti-Aging
Each March we’re reminded that our birthdays are just around the corner and that, well, we are aging whether we like it or not. Recently we’ve been introduced to some high-end wrinkle reducing, fine line minimizing, and preventative skincare products. We’ve been especially impressed by these three from Kate Somerville, Doll Face Beauty, and Fleur de Sante. Open to additional recommendations, too! For each of the following, a free sample was provided for review. Opinions are our own.

Kate Somerville
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Wrinkle Warrior gets two thumbs up! After reviewing this complimentary product, we’re excited to experience more from the Kate Somerville product line. To shop this product and others from the lineup, visit: kateso.co/Wrinkle_Warrior.

Doll Face Beauty
In this same category, we’re also super impressed with Doll Face DEFEND.

From the moment we opened the package we knew this was something special. There’s comfort in hearing that “eventually every Doll Face will see some early signs of aging,” and realizing that it happens to all of us. Thanks to Doll Face Beauty, there’s a new way to cheat nature and fight the signs of aging – it’s called DEFEND Intensive Age Defense.

Fleur de Sante
It was last March that I tried my first rose-infused beauty product – the Rose Face Mask from Fresh. I was intrigued by the ingredient originally, and have noticed it’s been popping up everywhere lately! Am I the only one who’s finding that some of the best beauty products are made with actual roses? 🌹 It’s scientifically proven to produce results, plus makes me all the more confident in doing what’s best for my skin (the alternative is, of course, chemicals).

This Intense Smooth Fine Line Minimizing Serum is from @fleurdesante and not only makes a gorgeous addition to the medicine cabinet, but appears to contain high quality ingredients and produce results. What more could you ask for?

And if you’re into the roses thing, also check out Glossier Soothing Face Mist (made with Rosewater) and/or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater.

Lather Inc.
Next in the lineup, Lather. This line of holistic skincare products comes with some unique natural ingredient combos, like grapefruit + juniper and bamboo + lemongrass. We’re especially smitten with their Sea Kelp + Ginseng All-Over Mask (and yes, it can go “all over” – body, face, or even your hair). 
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If you’re into essential oils, you’ll love Lather products.

Sky Organics
If you’re into essential oils and DIY projects, you’ll really love Sky Organics. First, read up on the benefits of body care through natural nutrients. Next, decide which products are right for you and then read up on how you can make them yourself! You’ll likely pick a carrier oil and at least one essential oil (we love the freshly peeled scent of Organic Sweet Orange).

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For multi-purpose recipes and ideas for using your Carriers + Oils (and other ingredients, should you choose them), visit the Sky Organics Blog. I wrongly assumed one needed a chemistry degree to make hair masks, scalp treatments, and body butter, but I will be trying all 3 recipes out shortly. Follow along on TheJCRGirls Insta Stories!

Wander Beauty
Wander down the beauty aisle at Sephora at you’ll likely spot an up-and-coming cult fave, Wander Beauty. We gave the On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator a spin, and we love the multitasking nature of this tool (not to mention the beautiful packaging!). The On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator can be worn over 10 ways on the face, lips, eyes, and body. It’s perfect for gals on the go, and we love using it to refresh blush and highlights around the eyes between work and evening plans.

Shown here: Coral Rose / Nude Glow.

ShopandBox
Have you caught on to the Korean beauty craze? We just started exploring Korean products that are not available in the U.S., and have to say, there’s quite a few interesting lines worth exploring! For starters, check out the “Trending” section on Sephora.com to see a plethora of Double-Cleansing Oils, Watery Creams (we LOVE  Belief), Pre-Saturated Sheet Masks, and more. If you’re ready to take things a step further, a service called ShopandBox can help you shop for cult faves only available abroad, and then box them up and send them to you in a matter of days. ShopandBox is a global personal shopping service and they pair you with a “Boxer” to help you purchase the items you’re seeking.

Boxer Jess helped us find a few products we were interested in, including this Pantone Color of the Year Eye Palette, and then ship them to the U.S. for us to enjoy (along with several fun samples!).

Jess also recommended we test out a few of her favorite masks, and we’re excited to share details and results in an upcoming post.

What are your favorite beauty finds lately? Please share in the comments below or on Instagram – @TheJCRGirls.

Give the Gift of Wine

There really isn’t anything more special than a DIY’d gift. But let’s be honest, it can be hard to find classy, adult DIY options. Enter the Craft A Brew Wine Kit. Yep, you can make your own wine – what’s more adult and classy than that?! As someone who will never say no to a glass of wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my own!

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The kits (which retail for $60 USD) make five bottles of wine so you’re getting a pretty good price per bottle! So, the economics of it check out. Now I’ll share some overall takeaways I have from the process itself:

  • This is not a solo project – but I think part of the fun of it is sharing the experience with someone else!
  • It was really cool to see the science behind wine making! Because you are turning juice into wine it’s going to go through a lot of chemical changes so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little weird or things are moving around.
  • After phase one you have to get the wine out of the jug and into a pan to add some more components to get your wine to the finish line. I gotta be honest, this step wasn’t fun for me. It was a little frustrating but ultimately we (my boyfriend was so kind and acted as my wine making assistant) figured it out!
  • Be sure to read the instruction manual in its entirety before starting the process. I was super excited to get to making my wine and I think if I would have read through every step it would have been beneficial.

CAB2In the end, the wine tasted pretty good but for me it was just cool to know that I made it! I loved checking in on my wine every day to see how things were changing with it.

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The whole process takes a month so if you start soon you’ll have wine ready to go for Mother’s Day to celebrate all of the special ladies in your life and National Wine Day to celebrate well…your special love of wine. I also think it would be so fun to buy the kit and go through the wine making process with your mom or girlfriends! Here are some more of our favorite wine-centric items to mix in with your gift or girls night:

PS – thanks to Craft A Brew for sending me the pinot grigio wine making kit. All opinions are my own!

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Next up in our gift guide series – our favorite gifts for $100 and under – and this time, we didn’t forget about the guys! Below, check out round ups of the perfect presents for her AND him.

For her:

For him:

 

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Still stuck on what to get those last few people on your list? Our next gift guide is sure to give you some inspiration and keep you under budget. Check out of favorite gift picks that are $50 and under:

If you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry! We’ll be squeezing in a few more gift guides before the holidays are here so stay tuned!

‘Tis the Season for Textures – Our Favorite Tweeds, Plaids, & Stripes.

If you know one thing about our fashion sensibilities, it’s probably that’s we’re drawn to the classics. For fall + winter, that means tweeds and plaids, cotton and wool. And then there’s our perennial favorite – stripes. Whether layered under sweaters and vests or incorporated as thicker sweaters or coats, stripes are always on standby.

Tweeds
These cold temps aren’t going away anytime soon. Tweeds provide the weight and warmth you need to combat to frigid temps in style.

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These chic dresses and jackets are perfectly suited for wearing to work. Then, just add some bling and you’re on your way to holiday parties!

I’ve been finding so many ways to style the Lady Jacket in Metallic Tweed. For one, the bracelet sleeves make it easy to show off a pop of color. And the mannequin at J.Crew SoHo posed a style challenge – wear the lady jacket like a cape. Challenge, accepted.
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For this iteration, I’d like to thank Jenna Lyons, Jackie O and Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe stylist for the inspiration. These Over-the-Knee Boots only look high-end, on major sale ($64.50) – snatch up a pair while you still can!
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Plaids
Must be the holiday season, because plaids are present throughout the home. These Pottery Barn throws come in the prettiest color combinations, and these oversized Target pillows add a splash of Christmas cheer to our brown leather sectional.

Moving on to festive attire, J.Crew does it again! We’ll take one of each of the following, please:

Stripes
Winter, spring, summer or fall – stripes are 100% appropriate for every season. For the dead of winter (hate to break it to you, it’s upon us), opt for cozy knits and use your cotton Bretons as layering pieces under sweaters, scarves and vests.

When it comes to stripes, Saint James is the gold standard. J.Crew has been collaborating with Saint James for years, and we adore the collections season after season. This season, it’s the Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy T-Shirt that is really catching our eye. Also comes in a short sleeve slouchy version, in 4 fun colors!

While a serious investment, here’s what you can feel extra good about when growing your Saint James collection: Careful attention is given to every step of the manufacturing process. For example, after each part of the shirt is cut, the pieces are then applied to a needled table, which allows for each stripe to be perfectly aligned from front of the shirt to back. Talk about a lot of love and personal attention! Read more on the Saint James website.

Saint James sells their tried-and-true pieces, such as nautical shirts and knits on their website, saintjamesboutique.com. Here’s a sampling of our faves:

Gift Guide: $25 and Under

Now that I’ve finally accepted that it is, in fact, December (didn’t it kind of sneak up on us out of nowhere?!) – I can finally officially start my gift shopping. Even if you are on a budget, you can still check everyone off your list and show all of your friends and family just how special they are to you with these gifts that are $25 and under!

Cyber Monday Sale Roundup

Okay, I don’t want to be dramatic but coming back to work after being off for a full week is the HARDEST THING EVER. Thankfully, I woke up to lots of emails about amazing sales to help me get up on the right side of the bed. I’m four cups of coffee into this day and rounding up the sales you should shop now (there’s a lot of them).

Clothing and Accessories

Shopbop: Today is the last day to Buy More, Save More! Get up to 25% off your entire order with code GOBIG16.

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items – check out everything that is included here!

J. Crew: You have about 10 hours left to take advantage of J. Crew’s best sale ever…40% off your entire purchase. Use code MONDAY.

J. Crew Factory: 60. %. Off. Everything. WHAT! Plus, (yes, there’s more) an additional 40% off clearance and free shipping! Use code HAPPYSALE!

Loft: Code CYBERMONDAY gets you 50% off everything AND $15 sweaters.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything + free shipping with code CYBER50!

Tory Burch: Use code THANKS to receive 30% off and shop the Cyber Monday exclusive Mini Bag.

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off of your order when you use code WIRED.

Urban Outfitters: $50 off orders of $150 OR $15 off orders of $75. Discount is automatically applied at checkout!

Anthropologie: Use code STACKS for a bunch of different offers – 30% off sale items, 20% off full priced items + free shipping on orders of $150 or more with code. Phew!

Beauty

Sephora: Shop spring first! Get the most anticipated items that won’t be out until spring, today!

Ulta: $10 off qualifying purchases of $50 or more and lots and lots of other deals that can be found here!

Bumble & Bumble: This really NEVER happens. 20% off site-wide. YAS! Oh, and free shipping on orders of $40 or more. No code required.

Glossier: The best (and only) sale of the year. Use code  stock up on these amazing products while they are in stock and 20% off (discount is automatically applied at checkout)!

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Framebridge: 20% off all black frame styles (this is one of my new favorite companies, they make framing your pictures so easy and affordable)! Use code BLACK20.

West Elm: TONS of deals site-wide, up to 50% off!

CB2: 15% off your full-priced order + free shipping on orders of $29 or more. Use code SAVE15.

Pottery Barn: Again, TONS of deals site-wide with up to 50% off!

Crate & Barrel: 15% off full-priced purchases + free shipping (no minimum)! Use code SAVE15.

Alright, that’s all for now. If I get another surge of energy after coffee #5 I’ll be back to share more!

PS – Don’t forget to share your purchases with us in the comments below.