Monday, October 20, 2014

Bathroom Makeover: Modern Accessories

Modern Bathroom Accessories // Bubby and Bean

A few months ago, I posted a bathroom vanity wish list roundup and told you guys all about my upstairs bathroom (the only full bath in our place), and how it's my least favorite room in our house. I mentioned that aside from a table and a couple of art prints, it resembles a painfully generic model home bathroom in almost every way. Since the reality is that there won't be any major remodeling work happening in there any time soon, I decided that I'd do some window shopping for accessories and smaller items that, together, could potentially give it a whole new look. The items you see above (all from Modern Bath, who carries some seriously beautiful luxury bathroom furniture, fixtures, and accessories) are at the top of my list right now.  I love that they're all simple, modern, and even a little sleek, but don't look too matchy-matchy paired together as a group.

I've learned over the years that sometimes just focusing on the smaller details of a room can create the illusion of an entirely new space, so that's my goal. If/when I go through with it, I'll be sure to share some photos here. For now, I'm just enjoying the daydream.

Have you even redone details of a bathroom just by replacing smaller things like fixtures and paint?  What about other rooms?

This post is in collaboration with Modern Bath.


Friday, October 17, 2014

My Minnetonka // One Style, Two Ways

My Minnentonka: One Style, Two Ways // Bubby and Bean

I'm thrilled to be teaming up once again with one of my all-time favorite brands, Minnetonka Moccasin, for a special series they're doing called 'One Style, Two Ways!' This month, they're encouraging you to express your individual personality on Instagram by showing the world how you style your Minnetonka moccasins, wedges, booties, and boots, and tagging your picture with #MyMinnetonka. To align with this, they asked several bloggers to each partner up with a blogging pal to individually style the same pair in her own way. This is one of my favorite things about Minnetonka's products - a single style can be worn an infinite number of ways.

For my 'One Style, Two Ways,' I paired up with my dear friend and soul sister Laura of Roots and Feathers to style the Double Fringe Side Zip Boot.  Laura and I have similar tastes (especially in clothes, accessories, and music!) but also each have our own unique style. We didn't discuss what we'd be wearing beforehand, so it was really fun to see how the other styled the same shoe. Although our looks were different, they ended up really complementing the other. You can see more photos of both of us sporting this amazing ankle boot and read about what inspired each of our looks over on the Minnetonka blog.

Melissa Baswell Williams of Bubby & Bean for Minnetonka

And now it's your turn! Head over to Instagram and show how you make your Minnetonka shoes #MyMinnetonka for the chance to appear in their gallery on Plus, each Monday through November 3rd a winner will be selected and awarded a new pair of Minnetonka mocs and a $250 gift card! (See more details here.)

One final piece of good news: There will be a very special Minnetonka giveaway here on Bubby & Bean next week. So be sure to stop back by!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

GIVEAWAY // Win A Staycation at the W (or Any Starwood Hotel!)

GIVEAWAY // Win A One-Night Staycation at the W (or Any Starwood Hotel!) from Bubby and Bean

Last week, I shared the details of our recent (and incredible!) staycation at the gorgeous W Chicago City Center. And now, I'm teaming up with the fantastic folks at W Hotels to offer one of you a staycation of your own, worth up to $420! One lucky Bubby and Bean reader will win 12,000 Starwood points, which is good for a one night stay at the W Chicago City Center, the W Chicago Lakeshore, or any W Hotel or Starwood hotel!

As you can see in this post, I fell in love with the W City Center. From the chicly decorated, modern guestrooms to the cloud-like bed, from their delicious-beyond-words IPO restaurant to the Bliss body products in the bathroom, from the gorgeous lobby and lounge areas to the stellar location, it quickly became one of my all-time favorite hotels.  And the W City Center's sister hotel, the W Chicago Lakeshore, is equally as heavenly. It just went through a $38 million redesign and renovation that spans all guestrooms, meeting space, public space, and a brand new Living Room and restaurant (called Current) concept. Towering over Lake Michigan, W Chicago Lakeshore radiates what's new/next in the city at the water's edge. And it's got some killer views.

To enter, just use the entry form below.  There are several ways to enter.
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This giveaway will run through October 24th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. For terms and conditions, please see below. Thank you again to the W/Starwood Hotels for this offering up this amazing prize! Good luck!

Terms and Conditions: Lucky for you, Starwood Hotels and Resorts (think Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, and even the St. Regis) is giving away 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points to one lucky Bubby and Bean reader! This is enough for a 1 night stay at a category 5 hotel (or up to a 2 night stay at a lower category). If the winner of this giveaway is not already a Starwood Preferred Guests member, he or she will need to join (it only takes a minute and is free). More details can be found here: Room Category/Point Value // Cash and Points


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Essley's Nursery Tour

It only took 9.5 months after her birth, but here I am, finally sharing Essley's nursery. In truth, it's still not completely "done" (whatever that means), because I still have to hem the curtains, and I can't decide where to hang a couple of small prints that are living in her closet until I do. I've also been telling myself for close to a year that I was going to find (or make) the perfect modern, colorful mobile to hang over her crib, which has repeatedly been pushed to the bottom of the priority list. But a few days ago I cleaned up in there and decided that a day without toys covering the floor was the perfect time to snap a few pictures, done or otherwise.

In addition to the obvious fact that this room is special to me because it's my daughter's, it's also special because I got to design it from scratch. It used to be our guest room (I'll share some before and after shots in a future post), and I was able to make it a blank slate - everything except the carpeting was redone. We pulled out all of the furniture, took down the art and decor, repainted the walls to a pale grey to brighten the room (they used to be a very dark grey), and started all over.

We knew that we were having a girl but we were both drawn to more gender neutral color schemes, so I decided to go with black, white, and grey, with pops of vibrant primary colors. Babies love the contrast of black and white, and they're also attracted to bright colors, so in addition to liking the aesthetic itself, I also liked creating a space where I knew she'd probably enjoy the colors as well.  The other great thing about neutral paint and furniture colors is that as she gets older and develops her own tastes, we can easily change the decor if she decides that she is mommy's polar opposite and falls in love with pink and ruffles and fancy details (things that may not be my thing these days, but that as a little girl I adored). I also wanted to keep the overall design minimal and clean (a real shocker I'm sure to those of you who know my taste), without a lot of excess in terms of embellishments. And here is the result.

Rather than go over all of the details, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. At the bottom of the post I'll post a list of links to the places where we got everything (or at least the items I can remember; again, it's been a while!).

Crib: Target //  Wall Shelving: IKEA //  Bookshelves: IKEA  //  Rocker and Ottoman: Babies R' Us  //  Area Rug: Nate Berkus for Target  //  Black Coil Storage Baskets:  Target  //   Floor Lamp: Pottery Barn (old; brought up from living room)  //  Table Lamp: DIY (see here)  //  Table: thrifted //  Faux Sheep Skin on Chair: IKEA //  Throw Pillow: Target  //  Crib Sheets: Target  //  Colorful Wood Toys: IKEA  //  Plain Wood Toys: my sister's from childhood //  Striped Curtains: IKEA //  Blackout Curtains: IKEA //  Bear Eiffel Tower Print: gift from/made by EZ at Creature Comforts/Petit Pippin  //  'Essley Morgan' Sign: gift from/made by Kaelah at Clueless Girls Guide  //  'Hi' Hanging: gift from/made by Rachel at Smile & Wave  // Wood 'Essley' Banner: DIY (I used chipboard letters, black spray paint, grey parachute cord, and staple gun)  //  'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" print: Bubby & Bean Art  // Blocks: ℅ Uncommon Goods  //  Pom Pom Garland: ℅ Little Knitty Things  //  Storage Boxes: IKEA  // Dreamcatcher: Picked up in Sedona, AZ earlier this year  // Books: Too many places to list (most are left over from my sister's and my childhood)  //  Black 'Bubby' dog toy: handmade by my mom  // Quilt: handmade by my stepmom

There are obviously several other small decor items, etc. that are not on the list above, so if you see something you like and it's not listed, let me know and I'll do my best to tell you where it came from. Thanks for "coming over" for our nursery tour. I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Our Favorite Nail Polishes, Fall 2014 Edition

By Beauty Contributor Morgan Rainwater

The Best Nail Polishes for Fall (via Bubby and Bean)
1. 'Sew Psyched' Nail Color, Essie  //  2. 'Blue Bombshell' Nail Color, Maybelline Color Show  //  3. 'Innocent' Nail Color, Sinful Colors  //  4. 'Bare it All' Nail Color, Pure Ice  //  5. 'Pull Over' Nail Color, Sinful Colors  //  6. 'Go Overboard' Nail Color, Essie  //  7. 'Kiltlifter' Nail Color, Scotch Naturals  //  8. 'Rain Storm' Nail Color, Sinful Colors  

A few months ago I shared my favorite polishes for this past summer with you guys, and now that the weather's cooling off and autumn colors are everywhere, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my current fall favorites. Painting my nails is almost meditative for me - it's my Sunday evening ritual - and this time of year I get even more excited about it. (I even tend to go a little crazy with hand painting obsessively detailed Halloween and holiday graphics on my nails in the fall and winter; perhaps I'll share a tutorial in the near future?)

I got into more detail about my top brands in this post, and they haven't changed - Essie and the very affordable Sinful Colors - still top my list. So this time around I'm focusing more on the shades themselves (although I do own/have used each of these and can vouch for the quality of each in addition to the color). The picks you see above showcase some of this fall's trends for polishes, like the dusty green shade in #1, and the bright cherry red in #7. But trends aside, the simple reason for which I use these particular colors is that most are slightly darker than summer shades giving them a cooler weather vibe, but they're still a little unconventional for fall. I tend to gravitate toward funkier colors (which you may have figured out by now by the red hue of my hair - i.e. one that is not found in nature), so you'll usually see me in green or blue polishes over, say, a more traditional fall burgundy tone.

What are your favorite nail polishes for this fall? Do you prefer unique colors, or are you a fan of more traditional shades? Do you have a favorite from above? I want to know! - Morgan
Thank you to Morgan for sharing her top fall nail polish picks!  In addition to posting about her regular favorites, tips, and tutorials as Bubby & Bean's Beauty Contributor, Morgan is a high school Psychology and Sociology teacher, who, in her free time, can be found gardening, cooking (you can see some of her recipes here), drinking wine, or moonlighting as an amateur makeup artist.