DIY | Bathroom Tray

Since, the blog has been filled with tons of nature, travel, adventure types of photographs lately, I thought it was time to bring the girlieness back and this bathroom tray is just the ticket!

When we first moved into our new apartment, I spent several Home Goods trips looking for the perfect tray to accent my new soap dispenser.  All of the trays I came across were either too modern, bulky, big, or sloped in the middle like a saucer. I realized that an old picture frame was just the perfect size and had enough decoration to add to my otherwise plain bathroom counter. I planned to purchase some really cool, vintage looking fabric from Joann’s, but was to eager to wait for a trip to the store, so instead I used a piece of lace I had on hand. {The lace actually came from a pair of H&M lace tights which were hideous and oh so 80’s Madonna-esq, but they were only $10 and I knew that lace would come in handy for a project somewhere down the road!}

I removed the old picture from a 4×6 frame. I flipped the back piece of cardboard over, so the black velvet side would be facing up, not the cardboard side. Then cut the lace leaving about 3/4″ extra so that I could wrap it around the velvet and hot glue. Once all the lace was glued and the corners were cut down so they weren’t too bulky, I placed the glass back into the frame, followed by the new lace backing and closed the hinges. I now had a bathroom tray that would hold all my little girlie treats!


Powder Room | with Melissa

Why she rocks: Melissa is a make-up genius who has transformed the make-up world one beautiful face at a time. She has been working in the cosmetic industry for over 10 years and over that time has tried and tested the best and worst of the products. In the 30 minutes it takes her to apply your make-up, you will have fallen in love with her spunky personality, her ability to instruct and teach you about make-up, and her approachable nature. If you are thinking best friend status, sorry I have already claimed that spot, but I will let you have the first runner up position. If you are in the market for some new products here is an exclusive peek inside this make-up guru’s powder room!  

Most important make up tool in your collection…I have to go with my Yachiyo Brush by Nars for my blush. I haven’t seen one quite as incredible as this. It’s layered just perfectly and deposits color evenly.  Since I only do powder on my face in a bronzer, I couldn’t complete my look without a bronzer brush, and for me I’ll use any big brush to apply it!

Product with the Biggest Bang for your buck: Literally a buck, ELF hypershine gloss…. Get it at Target, you won’t regret it!

Must Have Powder: Nars Powder Foundation is a GREAT powder. Good coverage, gets rid of shine, evens out skin tone, spf 12, cute compact…. what more can you ask out of a powder?

I swear by this foundation: Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere

I never leave the house without: My to go cosmetic bag which includes….
*Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine
*Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Nude and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Glow #262
*Nars Lipstick Roman Holiday
*Kiehl’s Lip Balm Spf 4
Can you tell I’m obsessed with Lips?
*Benefit eye pencil in Onyx (discontinued and upset about it)
*Nars Powder in Heat (I use this powder for my bronzer)
*Extreme Party Mascara Bobbi Brown (New Favorite)

What’s on your nails right now? It’s Delovely by Deborah Lippmann

Make up trend i wish i could forget: Without a doubt it’s the deep liner with a sheer lip color. It looks hideous on all ages and if your lips are off than your whole look is off. Nothing is more beautiful than your own lipcolor that God gave you. When choosing a liner, pick one that is a shade deeper than your own lip color.  Put your liner on after your lipstick for a much more natural look… It will last longer that way too!

Biggest make-up splurge: Working in the cosmetic industry I get a LOT of freebies! The product has to be AMAZING for me to go purchase on my own. This is one product that even on a tight budget I would buy again and again. Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere foundation. $45. If you get your foundation right, everything else usually looks A LOT better. This foundation is a staple for me.

My special occasion must have is…...False Eyelashes! They take your look to a whole new level. Everyone looks better with lush full lashes! My favorite brand are the Ardell Lashes. They are super flexable and have everything from soft and pretty to retro and dramatic. Buy them at any beauty supply store for like $5 bucks!

Summer must have is…..Self Tanner! Sally Hansens Airbrush Legs. It’s the best and I put it everywhere. Washes right off! I have to admit, I usually start off with Flash Bronzer by Lancome. It doesn’t wash off. Then for more color I add Sally!

There you have it — a peek into this make-up girls bag!  Hopefully we will be able to feature more of these Power Room posts in the future! Stay tuned!

For information about additional products or make-up services send Melissa a message at melissascheffel {at}


Cambria | New Year’s Eve | 2010

We spent the New Year’s Eve celebrating with a host of great friends! Mark and Nancy Epstein were so kind to host their 3rd annual New Years party at their beautiful home in Cambria. Mark and Nancy are always so kind and gracious to open their home up to so many of us and once again the party was a huge hit filled with fantastic food, great music, and lots of love.


Happy New Year to you all and thanks again to the Epstein’s for such a great party!