Random Smiles & Lovely Finds

How are you, friends? It was a busy day for me, and I’m in a mood for random so I hope you won’t mind Random Smiles & Lovely Finds!

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Smiles from Pets

I ran into the cutest Scotties in tartan sweaters today so I have to share more canine cuties with you.

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn
Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn
Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn
Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn
Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Random Smiles & Lovely Finds

Fun Customized Socks!

Would you, could you, put your pet’s face or your partner’s face on socks?

Custom Socks from DivvyUp…Aren’t they darling!?!

Pretty Vignettes

So many pretty spaces shared lately! Dig into my archives to catch up if you missed ’em.

Interior Design: The French Nest Co Interior Design. French Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! See more of this home HERE.
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Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors. Nordic French home tour here.
French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration...certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors. Come see this Nordic French home tour.of My Petite Maison. #nordicfrench #frenchnordic #swedishstyle #frenchcountry #housetour #shabbychic #whitedecor #jeannedarcliving #scandinaviandecor
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors.
Interior Design: The French Nest Co Interior Design. French Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! See more of this home HERE.
Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors. Nordic French home tour here.

Feel Good Favorite Christmas Movies

When I recently polled you friends on Facebook HERE, there were a few standouts (if you have yet to respond on the thread…do leave your favorite movie or a GIF!)

See clips from the first seven favorite movies I previously shared HERE.

8. POLAR EXPRESS

9. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

10. HOME ALONE

11. The Bishop’s Wife

12. The Santa Clause

Whimsical Quote & Doormat!

I saw this quote on a notebook today while shopping:

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Ha!

HGTV’s Flip or Flop Atlanta is on as I type these words, and I just spotted a welcome mat like the one below at a fabulous flip they did (and they painted the front door a lovely pale pink like this one I snapped in London).

Pink door on a pink townhouse in London. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Isn’t this fun as a housewarming gift or for your own front door?

Michele in oversized white Domi pajamas. Hello Lovely Studio. #over50

Make Winter Skin Smile

If you have the kind of skin that glows without babying it, lucky you! The skin on my 50something face has seen better days! While it may look acceptable after makeup application, I saw the dermatologist this week for a couple of issues including rosacea. It has been years since my rosacea has flared like this, and there are so many possible triggers that it’s hard to sort out the culprit. Stress? Not enough sleep? GI issues? Temperature changes and cold weather are triggers as well, and as a result, I got to thinking about the importance of soothing the skin we’re in a little extra in winter.

We all know skin is an organ which needs more hydration in winter so it is important to moisturize day and night and drink plenty of water. Here are some excellent goodies to keep skin hydrated:

For the Face

High quality, friendly priced alternative:

Mid-priced at the salon (and what I use):

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme 50ml/1.7oz
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme: FIND HERE.

My mom swears by this one (I like it too for a splurge), and she has minimal lines and wrinkles:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme
Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme: FIND HERE
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Expurtise Eye Serum is a healthy smart way to address delicate skin around your eyes. It’s also one of those delicious products that smells yummy enough to eat.

More Skin Care Products in My Arsenal

Exfoliating is important when you want to glow. Here are some skin care finds I use everyday which work well for my sensitive skin.

I keep Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner in the shower and use a tiny amount to exfoliate my face. Since I use a retinol product (you’ll find it below), exfoliating removes dry flaky skin to reveal the glow underneath.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner 3.4 oz
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner: FIND HERE
Michele in white Domi pajamas. Hello Lovely Studio. #over50

To Stimulate New Skin Cells & Treat Discoloration

While I cannot use it right now since my rosacea is flaring, SkinCeuticals makes the formulation of Retinol 1.0 I have used for years. THIS PRODUCT HAS DONE EVERYTHING IT PROMISES FOR MY SKIN, and I can’t say enough about how powerfully it does the job. The tricky thing about using a retinol product is giving your skin time to get used to it. Temporary irritation (feels like windburn), some pinky redness, and excessive dryness can happen. And you have to be cautious about sun exposure for good reason! The fresh skin this product uncovers is tender and baby-like!

Pure-Retinol-Cream-Retinol-1.0-SkinCeuticals
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Cream: FIND HERE.

When You Want to Wear Turtlenecks Everyday

This is a cool newish wand created by beloved Hollywood makeup artist Spencer Barnes (think Julianne Hough, Meghan Markle…). If you have a crepey neck like mine, here’s a fun way to address it. Did I just use the word ‘fun’ in a sentence with ‘crepey neck?’ 🙂 The product delivery (a roller ball on top works in the product on chin, jawline, and neck) is sort of genius, and one pump delivers an optimal amount of yum.

Spencer Barnes Neck Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand
Spencer Barnes – Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand: FIND HERE
Michele in pink pajamas from Domi. Hello Lovely Studio #over50 #pajamanista

For the Body

This is such a spa-like creme with a natural, complex fragrance that calms me. I keep it in my nightstand and massage it into my hands and feet at bedtime.

Aveda Stress Fix Body Creme Moisturizer
Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme: FIND HERE.

Supplements for Skin

Do you take vitamins especially for hair, skin, and nails? I started making these a daily ritual after my surgical menopause when my hair thinned big time.

Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin: FIND HERE
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Except no matter how mindful I am, these joints still ache!

It wasn’t until my diagnosis with BRCA2 genetic mutation almost 6 years ago that I became more mindful about reading product labels. I never really thought about what I was massaging into my skin and how it could influence this anti-cancer journey.

As far as makeup, I have always loved it! I was an adolescent with problem skin so I appreciated having options to improve the look of my complexion.

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My Makeup

Omg, what would I do without this foundation right now with my problem skin flaring as it is!?! I can go leave the house with more confidence since this stuff covers the red, bumpy areas I need to conceal. Bonus? Moisture, full coverage and SPF from one product!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+: MEDIUM - 1 oz-30 ml
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer: FIND HERE

Dark under-eye circles get a velvety smooth kiss and lightened with this beautiful coverage.

bareMinterals 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer
bareMinerals 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer: FIND HERE

So luxurious and the prettiest colors…

Chanel Powder Blush
Chanel Powder Blush: FIND HERE.

A gorgeous mineral based bronzer:

bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer, Medium, 0.24 Ounce
bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer: FIND HERE.
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These palettes are so fun and last forever. See the dark brown? I wet a liner brush and use it to line my eyes.

tarte Ladies Night Clay Palette
Tarte Ladies Night Palette (Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter & Eye Shadows): FIND HERE.

The best mascara I have tried:

Chanel Le Volume Mascara
Chanel Le Volume Mascara: FIND HERE

A trusty  eyeliner with staying power:

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner, Fishnet, 0.04 Ounce
Smashbox Always On Gel Liner: FIND HERE.

Believe!

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Thanks for playing along, friends!

When I spied a few of the slashed prices on a few beautiful Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture pieces online, they were too enticing not to share. I have gathered a collection of awesomely priced furniture finds I thought you design savvy bargain shoppers might particularly whistle at. The furniture and decor pieces fall under the category of traditional design style while they also reflect a casual, unfussy, neutral mood.

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom. Hello Lovely Studio. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture. #furniture #cottagestyle #coastalstyle #interiordesign
Hello Lovely Studio. My French Nordic cottage style bedroom with panel bed. Lamp: Parisian Iron Gate Lamp, RH. Similar French linen slipcovered chair: RIGHT HERE. Shop my home HERE. One wall is covered with reclaimed painted pine from Stikwood…read about the project RIGHT HERE. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

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Colette Dining Chairs, Set of 2
French Linen Slipcovered Chair, Set of 2
Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture

Should you not be in the market for any of these traditional pieces, join me at the finish line for something special…a different flavor of CLASSIC… very special musical artist whom I idolized as a young girl talks about no longer performing.

One of My Favorite White Slipcovered Sofas of All Time!

For starters, I noticed one of my favorite sofas (a white slipcovered beauty) went on sale. FYI, this particular sofa goes out of stock regularly.

Fairchild Slipcovered Sofa
Fairchild Slipcovered White Sofa.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

This Fairchild sofa is the very same one designer Sarah Richardson chose for her rustic media room in her family’s own home in Ontario.

Sarah Richardson's media room in her off the grid farmhouse. White slipcovered sofa and blue accents with rustic decor. Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Sarah Richardson’s own media room in her off the grid Ontario farmhouse. Design: Sarah Richardson. Photo: Stacey Brandford, HGTV Canada.

The sofa easily works with rustic decor as well as with more elegant pieces in a French country style space:

Is This the Wood Side Table You’ve Been Searching For?

I love the traditional coastal vibe of this sculptural pedestal side table made of solid teak which at only 24″ in diameter will work in small spaces and blend with any number of traditional styles! Teak is so pricey, and if you’re lucky enough to snag this baby when it’s on sale…VICTORY BARGAIN DANCE TIME!

Ignazio Pedestal Table
Ignazio Pedestal Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

The table comes in additional finishes as well like grey.

Ignazio Pedestal Table
Sculptural Ignazio Pedestal Side Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Entry, Mud Room, or Anywhere Storage That Only Looks Custom

If you have ever sought a bid for custom built-ins from a carpenter, then you know how expensive any sort of storage unit for books, backpacks, or display can be. Here’s a ready-made option that adds architectural interest and character even as it helps to stow everyday essentials.

Gerwalta Storage Hall Tree
White Wood Hall Tree Storage Unit With Hooks.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A Smart Wall Sconce for Under $40

It’s so interesting to me that frequently I am searching for a fixture which has simple clean lines and a straightforward design, and it’s nowhere to be found in a sea of overly ornate or complicated designs. Here’s an exception.

Here you can see the sconce inverted for a different look:

Jaylene 1-Light Armed Sconce
Oil Rubbed Bronze Wall Sconce

The sconce’s style is versatile enough to go in any number of spaces like an entry:

Bedroom Furniture Ideas to Inspire

I thought the lines on this upholstered panel bed were graceful and pretty enough to work in a number of bedrooms whether its French country, Belgian, or French Nordic style that rocks your world.

Sten Upholstered Panel Bed
Upholstered Panel Bed.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A timeless quilt like this won’t ever fall from favor!

Distressed Washed Oak Finish!

Thank goodness we are beginning to see more of the more natural, scrubbed raw wood look that works so well with more rustically inclined designs and spaces. Here’s an unfussy console table with an attractive metal base that could work in any number of spaces since it is airy and less than 14″ deep.

Stourton Console Table
Stourton Console Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Spring Color for a Bedroom, Anyone?

I love aqua, and I this bedding with its muted tones, struck me as feeling very French farmhouse and cottage lovely.

Tappen 6 Piece Coverlet Set
Aqua With Floral Coverlet Set.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Casual Cottage Style Stripes

This chair brought back memories for me! We owned a French country settee for years which was upholstered in what appears to be this exact fabric! And those little cottage style feet! The very same ones on my old settee.

Bashir Armchair
Stripe Armchair

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: For the Bedroom

A few more pretty bedroom furniture and bedding finds with friendly prices.

Cavaillon Panel Bed
Cottage Style Cavaillon Panel Bed.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

Great Coastal and Traditional Lighting Fixture Finds Too!

There are too many plain and ugly dome type flush mount ceiling lights across this country, and a little update may do wonders!

Cheke Flush Mount
English Bronze Flush Mount Light Fixture.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture and Lighting.

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Nightstand Ideas

This particular nightstand comes in some interesting painted finishes should you be feeling saucy.

Here’s the champagne option…

Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand
Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

And this shade of grey is rather neutral and versatile.

Lisle 2 Drawer Nightstand
Lisle 2-Drawer Nightstand.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

A happy blue could be a cheery pop of color and it need not match the color of existing pieces!

Would you, could you, consider a pretty in pink option?

Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture: Modern Farmhouse Dining Tables & Sideboard

Here’s a dining table with dimensions which are destined to work in a variety of homes. The extension feature is lovely for holidays.

Artur Extending Dining Table
Artur Extending Dining Table.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Artur Extending Dining Table
Artur Extending Dining Table
Saguenay Sideboard
White Saguenay Sideboard.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Saguenay Sideboard
Saguenay Sideboard

Classic & Traditional Light Fixture Options

Armchairs in Neutral Hues

Ivo Wingback Chair
Tufted Wingback Chair With Nailhead Trim.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.
Ivo Wingback Chair
Grey Tufted Wingback Chair With Nailhead Trim

Traditional Sofa: Chic, Tufted, and Velvet

Now Here’s a Sectional I Can Live With!

Kearney Sectional
White Coastal Style Kearney Sectional.
Interior Design Ideas: Cottage, Farmhouse & Coastal Style Furniture.

An Interview With Linda Rondstadt, an artist living with Parkinson’s Disease…

I just love her honesty and the thoughts shared about why she never married! Ha! I’m holding Linda in my heart right now and whispering a prayer. Should you also have a moment, let’s lift her up.

If you’re a fan of her music, join me in listening/watching this powerful performance:

That song takes me back!

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Gold Milagro Heart
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Gold Starburst Mirror
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Gold Sacred Milagro Hearts
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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4 Comments

  1. Connie
    December 7, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Some quick comments—

    I once saw a video interview of a model who was in her mid 70’s and still modeling. She looked fantastic of course! They asked her about her skin care regime over the years.

    She said “Back when I was first starting out, I had no money. I used whatever I could, well we all did!, to keep moisture in our skin. I remember using lard when I couldn’t afford anything else.” Oh yeah? I often wonder how much all these expensive creams, lotions, potions really do for us? How much of our skin condition is more heredity than regime?

    All that being said, I think I’ll stick to a real face lotion and leave the lard for baking pie crusts. 😉

    • michele
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Ha! That’s interesting. I have polled so many women and pros about this – one swears by slathering on vaseline each night before bed, another says anything other than shampoo is ridiculous. Professionals talk about the QUALITY of the ingredients. My skin is sensitive so I am always seeking gentle yet powerful formulations. And I only report on what is working well for me as I try to pay closer attention to ingredients. The problem is everyday some new research reports that a certain ingredient causes ____. xox

  2. Joanna
    December 7, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    My mom had beautiful skin, even as an eighty year old. She used a simple night cream from Avon (anyone remember “Avon calling “) and ivory soap & water splashed on her face morning and night. A touch of powder and a red lip and she was out the door. We seem to be searching for beauty in a jar when I think you are either born with good genes or not. Now smoking, drinking, illness and too much sun can effect how your skin looks as you age. I’ve bought the expensive creams but saw no difference than when I use the cheaper drugstore variety. I’ll keep my money for fun things like travel or new shoes.😀

    • Connie
      December 10, 2018 / 9:43 am

      I agree Joanna. Certainly there are some products that actually do what they say they’ll do, but by and large we have to contend with our genes. 😉 I too have tried more expensive products (on rare occasions when I felt like I could splurge) only to find they didn’t perform (for me at least) any better than the less expensive drugstore finds. I’ll keep my money for more exiting things too! 🙂

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