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entry makeover

this is probably one of my smaller before and afters, but i really do love the changes i made in my apartment entry.  the entry was painted the same shiny taupe as the rest of the apartment, and it had a sad, standard-issue light.  it also had a weird, combo hanging hook situation.

hallway before 1 the aforementioned sad, standard-issue light.hallway before 2and here is the after.  it feels much calmer, and cleaner.

not sure why this picture is crooked…hallway after 1beautiful clear glass chandelier.  just feminine enough.hallway after 2hallway after 3

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abc kitchen

i had an impromptu dinner at abc kitchen with a dear friend last week.  we didn’t have reservations – just walked in early on a monday and ended up snagging the table of a couple that had cancelled their reservation.

abc kitchen has been on my list for a very, very long time, but i was never able to get a decent reservation time/day.  i was so happy to finally try it – and it was worth the wait.

sorry in advance for the crappy iphone pictures.

abc kitchen 1

housemade ricotta with rhubarb topping, and grilled breadabc kitchen 2pasta with parmesan, pistachio pesto, and swiss chardabc kitchen 3 mushroom pizza with fresh eggabc kitchen 4 salted caramel ice cream with caramel cornabc kitchen 5

australian drugstore finds

as i mentioned in my last post, i love going to drugstores when i travel to pick up local beauty products.  after a trip to priceline (the australian walgreens/duane reade), i came home with these goodies.

drugstore findsafter using them for a few weeks, my favorites are the pawpaw ointment (it heals everything!) and the rose mist.  i noticed that a lot of local beauty products had rose hip oil in them, which is supposed to be great for your skin.  the rose mist is so refreshing and has an added fragrance, which i absolutely love.

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australian department store finds

when i travel, one of my favorite things to do is visit drugstores and beauty counters for products that are hard to find in the states.  australian beauty brands are big on using all-natural products, specially formulated for the unrelenting australian sun.

i had heard of mecca beauty before i left, and i made sure to visit the store while in melbourne.  i picked a few products for summer (tinted moisturizer, highlighter, and tinted lip balm) – all very light but containing spf for the unrelenting nyc sun.

mecca

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makeup essentials

makeup essentialsthe photo is the totality of my makeup collection.  although it is true that i am not a makeup person, i still wanted to pare down my makeup to the bare essentials that would take me through every occasion.  the laura mercier caviar sticks and the armani eye liner take the place of eyeshadow, and i apply everything except for the powder and blush with my fingers.

{pictured above:  laura mercier caviar sticks, chanel loose powder, ysl babydoll mascara, giorgio armani pencil eyeliner in gray, nars orgasm blush, ysl touche eclat highlighting pen, bobbi brown concealer, lorac liquid liner, and giorgio armani foundation}

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kitchen before and after

as with my bathroom makeover, i tried to be smart when deciding what to replace in the kitchen.  certain things, like the tile and countertop, would not have been my choice but were perfectly fine.  however, the green ceiling (again, high gloss paint…why???) had to go.  here is an unceremonious before shot from right after i moved:

kitchen before the holes are from a shelf that i removed.  this kitchen actually has a lot of storage, so it didn’t need any exposed storage in my opinion.  i think you can see the glossiness from the reflection of the light fixture on the wall.kitchen green oh that green.kitchen light before this was a pretty standard issue light, but did nothing for me.  also, it was brushed chrome, and i ended up switching all the metal to polished chrome.faucet before this faucet looked sad.  and leaky.  it probably leaked because it also felt sad.

and now, what you really want to see, the after:

kitchen after

fresh coat of paint in benjamin moore’s decorator’s white, pearl finish.  i know that kitchens and bathrooms shouldn’t have flat paint, but i refuse to use high gloss paint on walls.
kitchen after 2gorgeous gray glass tile mosaic from home depot.  since i couldn’t change the counters, i decided to work with them.  i think it makes the whole kitchen look much more expensive.kitchen backsplash after and my new faucet.  if it was possible to marry a faucet, this baby would have my heart.  it is grohe, and it is worth every penny.  kitchen faucet after and the light was switched for something a bit more modern, to go with the new fixtures.  thanks to restoration hardware.kitchen light afterall in all, i’m thrilled with the changes.  i didn’t end up doing much (paint, faucet, backsplash, new cabinet hardware, and new light fixture) but i think it feel much calmer and sleeker now.

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