Thursday, June 13, 2013

Link Love

I thought this little write up on 10 Bonus Benefits to Small Space Living was super true and I felt liek sharing.

This site, HomeWyse, is like the most brillant invention since sliced bread. If you know your postal/zip code and the square feet of the area of choice is will give you an aproximated price for anything. From installing hardwood floors to the cost of a horse fence.

I am obsessed with this fabric. And I have been for a while now. Can I just use it on everything please.

I thought that this post about styling pillows was really helpful. I never would have thought about it that way. Camila also did a post on to karate chop or not to karate chop pillows.

I want need this fruit poster and this vegetable poster in my future kitchen. They're from Pop Chart Lab, and they have a ton of more cute chart artwork.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

You know how people go baby crazy? ...

Well I've gone apartment crazy. Anything and everything I see makes me think of me having my own space. It's ridiculous and its all I can think about. I have problems, I know.

So the whole point of telling you all this is that I've come up with a mental wishlist of gorgeous things and I thought I'd make them a little less mental and share them with you instead..

This is the Henry 3-Piece Sectional from West Elm. It's perfect for a smaller space where you can't fit the full Henry 3-Piece L Shaped Sectional.

This Parsons Mirrored Console Table from West Elm is to die for! It could be used in an entrance, behind a sofa when the sofa is floating in a room and not against a wall, it can be used as a vanity or even a small desk. So super duper versatile!

I currently have three of the Expedit bookshelves, but I dream of one day owning this Hemnes shelving unit for the living room. I love the glass cabinets.

One day, I am going to own this stunning Mid-Century 6-Drawer Dresser (once again, from West Elm, can you tell I love the store). The 3-Drawer is a nice option too.

Ahh, one day. For now though I shall dream :)

- Megan Elizabeth

Friday, May 3, 2013

YouTube & Blog Aspirations

Well hello there. I really want to write this post because I feel like I need to get all this stuff in my brain out. This way it can float around in cyber space and stop jamming up my head. First off I should really apologize for being a bad blogger and blah blah blah but I'm not going to, because life happens.

To be honest, I let my YouTube channel get in the way. I was a blogger before a vlogger and somehow I let the latter get the best of me. My "aspirations" as I call them are to get both things under wraps.

I mentioned in a video how I kind of sort of not really have an uploading schedule for my videos so I want to try and explain all that. I also want to explain how I'm going to try to keep a sort of posting schedule as well.

First of all, I want to make it very clear that I am still very much involved and in love with decorating. One of the reasons I haven't been blogging about it is because the main "thing" I blogged about before was my apartment, and as you may know I no longer have my own place. However I'm in school studying Interior Decor, so I am fully immersed in it all day long. So trust me when I say I am still passionate about it and although I'm interested in makeup as well, my love for design never strayed.

Okay, where do I want my YouTube channel to go? I'd be lying if I said I didn't want subscribers. Of course I do. Anyone who says they don't care if anyone watches them is lying. I do not sit in front of a camera and talk to myself for no god damn reason. I make videos because I love makeup. I'm not a makeup artist though and I don't pretend to be. However I feel like there may be girls out there who can learn a thing or two from my videos. And that, my friends, is why I make videos.
Do I sometimes fantasize what it would be like if I were big like Missglamorazzi or Juicystar07? Duh. But it's not my whole world. If I ever get that far it would be amazing. But if I don't thats okay too.

I am hoping to gain more subs. I don't have a particular number in mind. But I've been trying to think more from a viewers point of view lately. What would I like to watch? What would make me want to subscribe? I guess its sort of like a marketing POV which is weird. But its the viewers that made Juicystar07. It's the viewers that determine your view count, so it's only appropriate that I think about them.

Needless to say I am not ashamed in saying I want more subscribers. And I'm also proud to say that I have never spammed anyone with the annoying "Hi! My names Megan Elizabeth. I know everyone hates these comments, but I have a beauty channel...". I will continue to work hard for my subscribers in an honest non annoying way.

For YouTube what I have been striving to do is upload 3 videos a week. Ideally; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. However, if that doesn't work out then I try to upload two videos; Tuesday and Thursday.

For my blog I want to start blogging twice a week. Preferably with one post being decor related and the other being fashion or beauty related. However, if I can get at least one up a week I still see that as an accomplishment compared to what I've been doing now, ya know what I mean?

Something else I want to touch on is a new "series" coming to my YouTube channel soon that directly corresponds to my blog. I want to start a Let's Talk Decor series where I upload a decor based video once a month. Some ideas that I've already thought of while brainstorming are Colour 101, How to style a bookshelf, How to mix patterns etc.. These videos will have corresponding blog posts where I will have some more/different information as well as pictures and such.

Well I think thats all for now. Hopefully all my planning and hoping and aspiring works out! Hope you liked my novel! :)

-Megan Elizabeth

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Newest Member of my Blush Collection

So it all started when my Auntie Karen got me a gift card to Sears for Christmas. There wasn't anything in particular that I had in mind to buy so it just stayed in my wallet for awhile until at last I decided to pop on in to the store.

In all the Sears stores I've ever been in to, the very first thing you see is the high end makeup counters. That's when I got the brilliant idea that I've been dying to try Armani Eyes to Kill mascara. And thats when I was informed by the very nice saleslady that they don't carry Armani makeup, so I ended up leaving empty handed. But not before I looked around and got a good look at the makeup brands they sell. I decided I wanted to try something from a luxury brand that isn't available to purchase at Sephora (at least not any of the Sephora stores near me). I narrowed it down to Lise Watier and Estee Lauder. But then when I got home I realized that Lise Watier products are available to purchase at Jean Coutu, so I decided on Estee Lauder.

I popped on over to the Estee Lauder website and started checking out their products, initially I started looking at their mascara's, but then I was like "Why am I going to spend thirty bucks on a mascara that's only good for six months? I should go for something that lasts longer!". That is when it dawned on me. Blush. How I hadn't thought of this before, I don't know. But before I even knew it, I was smitten. I was googling swatches like there was no tomorrow. I still hadn't quite decided which colour I'd get, but I was leaning towards Sensuous Rose.

As you can see, mirrored packaging!
So I headed on into Sears, straight towards Estee Lauder (not stopping at Go or collecting my two hundred dollars. Yes, I think I'm quite witty.) And I started swatching the heck out of them blushes. There are 16 different shades, and a nice variety. I liked Sensuous Rose but it wasn't the one. I liked another one (Peach Passion, I think) but it was bit too similar to orgasm and I wanted something different. Then I laid my perty eyes on Poppy Passion. I remembered seeing it online and liking it. It was love at first swatch. I made sure to blend out the swatch just to make sure it wasn't going to be too overpowering for my complexion and it was perfect!

The packaging is so luxurious. The box that it came in was very sleek. And the gold monogrammed compact? Wow. Just wow.  I want more just because of the packaging!

As for the blush itself. It is the loveliest pink with red undertones. I don't own any thing like this is my collection and I am super duper happy with the shade I picked out. It gives a natural flush to the cheeks which is gorgeous.

To the right is the normal swatch and then to the left is it blended out
When I applied it the first time, I'm not gonna lie, I looked like a clown. Oops. It's kinda of very pigmented. So just a warning. I was being careful and I still put too much. However, I've worn it three times since and have been clown free thank you very much. It applies really nice and velvety. Some people might find it a bit too bright. But the more pigmented the less you need, so it lasts longer which is always a bonus.

I'm just so happy I added another blush to my collection!

Megan Elizabeth

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fab Find: Vintage Highball Glasses

If you know me, then you know I'm pretty darn obsessed with vintage glasses. And no, not the kind you put on your face. I've blogged about vintage glasseware before. Well lucky me, while I was on a school field trip we popped into a fripperie and BAM! I saw these babies.

They will look awesome on my future bar. (Yes, I'm still obsessed with the idea of having a gorgeously decorated bar in my home). It's so funny because I don't even have an apartment anymore and I'm debating between two different units for my bar. The one that I had here and this lovely VITTSJĂ– etagerie from Ikea. And please, if you see me in person, don't ask me how to pronounce that. I don't care if I'm 1/16 th Sweedish. That words confusing as heck.

I like the idea of the originally bar that I had. It has a nice gunmetal finish to it, and I saw Bryn Alexandra spray paint hers in a matte black, which got my hamster wheels turning. But the glass etagere is a little more glamorous. I suppose it would depend on what the space looks like. If I need a dose of glamour, or if the matte black would look better. Anywho! I'm going off on a tangent again, let's get back to the point.

I have wanted glasses like this since forever for awhile now. I have a set of six glasses that are shorter and their more of a pewter colouring with an ombre effect. Their quite nice (how British of me). You can see pictures of them in this blog post here. They're the second ones listed. And I'm kind of into mixing metals, so I thought these ones I just picked up would look good together. I only purchased four, because the others they had were much more worn around the rim.

And are you ready for the best part? They were fifty cents each! I know right?? My teacher loaned me the two dollars because I didn't have any cash on me. Thanks Miss!

Megan Elizabeth