Nursery Fit for a Modern Prince

I have to confess that I’ve been caught up in all of the hoopla surrounding the birth of HRH George Alexander Louis. Thankfully, he’s finally arrived, and I can get back to more important things, like the Real Housewives.

I had a fun creating a nursery plan inspired by the newest royal. It’s a mix of traditional and up-to-the-minute elements – perfect for a modern prince!

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For this nursery, I chose a serene blue and white color scheme. A traditional iron crib pairs well with modern bedding. The blue and white chevron rug adds a unique, modern touch to the nursery.

A comfortable glider is the perfect place to cuddle a fussy baby or read a book. The white dresser, bridges traditional and modern style, and the details add a sweet touch without being overly feminine.

I found this adorable, ceramic elephant table – which holds a swing-arm lamp for extra light – and it inspired a small theme. The elephant artwork is from Lemon Lime Paperie on Etsy, and it’s affordable and cute. And what baby doesn’t need some squishy stuffed animals? These super-soft stuffed elephants do the trick.

What about you … have you been following the news of little George’s birth, or could you care less?

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Step by Step: Get Flawless Summer Skin

I won’t lie: my skin drives me crazy, especially in summer. It seems to kick into oil overdrive around May 15 and doesn’t stop until the leaves change colors (if not longer).

Although it seems like I’ve tried every product that promises to banish oil, I’ve yet to find a miracle cure. An oily skin miracle probably doesn’t exist, but I have found a solution that at least keeps my skin in check.

Step by Step: Get Flawless Summer SkinNote: I didn’t include sunblock, but unless you want to look like a wrinkled prune at age 40, please do not skip this step! Check out this post on my favorite summer beauty products for the sunblock I use.

  1. I just started using Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, and I am hooked! Primer may seem like an unnecessary step, but trust me, it really does help your makeup stay put. This primer comes in a stick that you rub all over your face, and it couldn’t be easier to use.
  2. Next, immediately apply your favorite foundation. I’m loving Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 in Light/Medium. Not really a foundation, the “CC” stands for color correcting, and it has just enough coverage to even out skin while still looking natural. After I apply the CC cream, I like to go over my skin with a BeautyBlender sponge to remove excess makeup.
  3. After foundation, use concealer to cover blemishes and under eye circles. I’m addicted to Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. There is something magical about this concealer – it really illuminates your skin. I can’t live without it!
  4. Use a large brush to set your makeup with Dermablend Setting Powder. I love the light translucent finish.
  5. I’m very pale even in summer, so blush is a must. Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One by theBalm is a peachy pink shade with a bit of gold shimmer. Don’t fear the shimmer! I swear it looks natural and add a great glow, too. Plus, how cute is that packaging?
  6. Finally, seal the deal with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I have to admit that I had been hesitant to try this, since it’s a little pricey, but the stuff works. Just spray it all over your face, and you are done!

This routine is really working for me (the primer and setting spray are key). The oil is not completely gone, but it no longer seems like a losing battle, and that makes me very happy.

What is your summer beauty routine?

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Get the Look: Breezy Summer Style

It has been so incredibly hot here in New York lately, and there are no signs of the heat letting up. To compound matters, going into the subway is like stepping into an oven. Needless to say, getting to work without looking like a hot, sweaty mess has been a challenge.

Lucky for me, my office is in the fashion district, so I’ve had plenty of sartorial inspiration for keeping my cool. I’d already been recreating some of these styles on my own, and I thought it would be fun to share how you can “get the look,” too.

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What I love about this look is that it’s simple, but the details keep it from being boring. The light, loose fabrics and bare sandals are perfect for a steamy day, too.

Printed pants are really popular this year, and I have been eying this linen-blend pair from Loft for a while. Time to bite the bullet! To get a similar look as the inspiration picture, pair the pants with an easy to wear sleeveless blouse. If your office is cold or conservative, pack a light sweater in your purse.

Simple accessories are where it’s at on sweltering days. A classic handbag, small gold studs, and a detailed bracelet add just enough interest to the outfit. And I love these gold sandals – at least your feet will be cool!

Would you wear this outfit?

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway for an 8×10 canvas print? There’s only a few days left!

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Get Excited: Printcopia 8×10 Photo Canvas Giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce my first giveaway at Hello Little Home! I love photography, so when Printcopia offered to partner with me to give one of my readers an 8×10 photo canvas, I jumped at the opportunity.

Printcopia 8x10 Photo Canvas Giveaway

Printcopia also provided me with an 8×10 photo canvas to review. For my canvas, I chose one of my favorite photos from a trip to Paris last November.

It was a rainy day, and we were doing a little shopping in one of Paris’ many passages couverts. These narrow, covered shopping arcades are so charming and are perfect for window shopping. My husband and I had just come into the passage to avoid a downpour. The shopper walking ahead of us was still carrying her umbrella, and I quickly snapped a picture. I love how the pattern of her umbrella mirrors the floor tiles!

The ordering process was very straightforward. Printcopia offers photo printing to canvas in all the standard sizes, and you can even choose a custom size for something unique. After choosing your canvas size, simply upload a photo from your computer. You can also use a photo from Instagram or Facebook – how cool is that?

Printcopia Photo Canvas Detail

Throughout the process, Printcopia offers many options to customize your canvas, such as 3 corner-wrapping options, 2 canvas thicknesses, different photo finishes, and even image retouching. I had edited my photo to have a sepia tint before I uploaded it, by you can get the same effect by choosing the sepia finish.

My finished canvas arrived promptly, and I am so happy with the result. The quality of the print is great, and it looks exactly how I expected. The wood frame is heavy and sturdy, the corners are neat, and I just love the way the photo wraps around the edges of the print.

Printcopia Photo Canvas Giveaway: Photo Details!

It’s so nice to have a visual memory of our trip. I had a lot of fun styling the print with my vintage cameras, too!

In addition to photo canvases, Printcopia also offers photo prints (I can’t wait to order some of my Instagram prints!), acrylic prints with a simple and modern finish, framed prints, panoramic prints (perfect for all those iPhone panoramas which are so fun to take!), and even wall decals.

Printcopia Photo Canvas Giveaway

Here’s the best part! You can enter a giveaway to win your own 8×10 photo canvas. The best part is that even if you do not win, Printcopia will still send you a 60% off coupon just for entering!

The 8×10 photo canvas giveaway runs from today through Monday, July 22. Don’t wait, enter today!

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Disclosure: Printcopia  provided me with a free 8×10 photo canvas to review for this post. I did not receive any compensation from Printcopia, and all opinions are my own.

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