Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AUGUST '15 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

It's hard to believe that this is the last playlist we'll make for the season, so that's why we're making it a good one!

We hope you're spending a little longer outside and soaking up the sun as much as possible. And while you're doing so with a drink in your hand, turn up this playlist on full blast and make the most of your summer days.

Listen to our August Spotify playlist here!


Jess & Jill

PUT A STAMP ON IT: A VINTAGE DIY

All my wedding save the dates have been sent and I am in love with how they came out! My fiancé and I went all Texas for these friendly reminders with this Lone Star design from Minted. Along with the adorable graphic, liners, printed address (makes such the difference, I swear), I wanted to add a little more personality to the envelopes by using vintage postage stamps. It's a great idea for not only save the dates, but wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and more! 


I absolutely loved how vintage stamps really completed the look and knew I had to figure out how to do it myself! I thought finding them would be next to impossible, but alas, that's what Etsy is for. It's super to easy to find a group of stamps already created based on themes - colors, forest, flowers, animals, location - you name it. A few of my favorite Etsy stamps shops are Treasure FoxVerde Studio, and Love the Postage. My five stamp Texas-themed collection can be found here

I started applying these using a DIY stamp pad by using makeup sponges, but I found that licking them (as gross as they taste) worked so much better. Some of these are very delicate and thin (the blue Texas stamp is from 1945!), so the corners sometimes curl up. If you're up for it or know someone who doesn't mind, I would definitely go the old school way. I used tweezers to help me align and then pat down! 

Because of varying names and address lengths on your envelopes, you'll have to create different arrangements for each ones. I especially enjoyed that part because each one is truly unique to every envelope! 



Now, you don't want to ruin those pretty vintage stamps by running them through all those machines! Ask your local post office if they "hand cancel" and they'll do exactly what you see below. A simple stamp with the date and the specific post office. Houston is not currently hand canceling, so I just went to the next town over. I even got to stamp mine myself! Easy as anything and it even adds a little more vintage flair to your stamps.


All ready to mail out!

How do you like to make your envelopes or letters unique?

Jess

Monday, August 3, 2015

BATHROOM TILE PINSPIRATION

One of the goals that my fiancé and I have after our wedding is to work on remodeling the bathroom in our condo. Since it's a huge task to undertake, we're taking the time to figure out exactly what we want. After spicing up subway tiles in our kitchen by adding black grout, I've been on a Pinterest hunt for bathrooms with interesting tile work. Whether it's the floor, a backsplash, or a tiled shower, these designs would make any person want to spend a little more time getting ready in the morning.

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Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest!

x Jill

Friday, July 31, 2015

FAVORITO FRIDAY: FIVE TIMES THE OLSEN TWINS KILLED THEIR PHOTOSHOOT

It's no secret that I've been obsessed with the Olsen Twins ever since I was a little girl. From growing up on their VHS tapes, to following their fashion career every step of the way, I've always admired their style, poise, and talents. So it's no wonder that I've logged many of their photoshoots in my memory.

Here are some of my favorite photoshoots of Mary-Kate and Ashley over the years.

Vogue

Rolling Stone

Allure

WWD

Elle

Happy Friday!

x Jill

Thursday, July 30, 2015

THE PERFECT SHAVE

It's not a secret that our least favorite part of summer is the need to constantly shave. Problem is, it's not me that hates shaving, it's my skin. One swipe of a razor and it's a breakout, rash, burning hell. I've done every trick in the book - shaving cream, conditioner, coconut oil, cream removal, women's razors, men's razor - nothing worked! August is almost here and I've heard horror stories about hot and humid the weather gets in Houston, so I've decided to finally figure out how to take back my skin and get a little sun on my legs (with SPF, of course). 


After countless tries of different products from shaving creams to various razor brands, I finally found the perfect combination to achieve silky, smooth skin! I start by exfoliating with H2O+ Spa Sea Salt Skin Smoother, and with a generous amount of Dr. Bronner's Unscented Organic Shaving Soap, I'm ready to shave using The Executive razor blades from Dollar Shave Club


Speaking of Dollar Shave Club, it's a steal. For a $9 bi-monthly or monthly subscription (pause or stop whenever you want), you get their best razor which is comparable to the top ones in the market. I always have extras when I really need them, they work well, and well, they're nine dollars! They cannot be beat, I promise.


How do you get perfectly smooth skin?

Jess
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