Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend has been amazing. I roller skated for the first time in a VERY long time and we did some landscaping in our front yard—it’s definitely feeling like summer in Nashville. 🙂 Here are some things I’ve been loving lately …
You may or may not remember the super soft sweatpants that I’m absolutely in love with in the colder months (they’re AMAZING) and it looks like Aerie made some boyfriend fit shorts in a similar material! These would be perfect to lounge around in or throw over a swimsuit.
Here’s a wild story: My friend and I got tickets to a Miley Cyrus secret show this past week! It turned out to be the Peacock (NBC’s streaming service) Pride Month special!!! We had the best time and I’m so excited to rewatch the show when it airs on June 25. I wore this rainbow tie-dye bodysuit and it’s quickly become one of my summer staples!
This CLUELESS makeup collection is beyond amazing. I look for talc-free formulas and this brand checks out! I can’t get over the pink furry palette.
These have become my absolute favorite lip products. They are ’90s-style jelly lip glosses and the ingredients list is great! I love the sorbet and the orange shades.
I’ve talked about this one before, but since I got it, I’ve worn this $10 tee a hundred times. It’s great quality and has such a cute shape! Love it with black or jean shorts.
A fun Bowie print I found on Etsy. Could be so cute near a record player setup!
SUCH a cute beach tote and a great size. I love the one with the tassels, too.
I’m such a sucker for anything with tiny fruits on it, and this top is no exception. I love that Abercrombie has started offering more extended sizes on a lot of their items, especially their jeans and shorts.
Father’s Day is coming up soon, so we thought a roundup was in order!
Laura put together this Fathers’s Day gift guide if you’re looking for ideas, but if you want to make your gift this year—keep reading! We’re also sharing some meal ideas (and a few desserts) in case you’re hosting a lunch or dinner this weekend.
You’re probably thinking … BBQ sauce is NOT a meal. Ha! Well, we still wanted to include this one because it’s homemade and delicious. If you’re grilling this weekend, it’s a must have. Need a side with your meal? Try these air-fried seasoned French fries.
Hello, ABM readers! I’m happy to be back to share with you a brand new post! I wanted to create a series of posts on how to make different textures on cookies. So, in this post, I will show you how I add texture to taco cookies to make them resemble a taco shell. Let’s begin:
You’ll need baked half circles for the taco shape, your favorite royal icing recipe, and a couple of brushes.
Step 1. Outline the taco, leave some space up top and on the side, and then flood. Set aside to dry.
Step 2. Once dry (or almost dry) you are going to take a little bit of the same color icing and pipe that over your cookie. Take a clean brush and dab the icing all over the cookie. Set aside to dry.
Step 3. Take some brown royal icing and water it down a bit. Dip a new brush and splatter the watered down brown icing on the cookie. There are several ways to do this—I personally take my (clean) washed hand and flick the bristles towards the cookie. For a more even spread of splatter, I recommend using a brand new toothbrush instead of a paint brush. Set aside to dry.
Step 4. Now that your cookie is dry, it’s time to add the meat and veggies, lol. First, pipe some brown around the edge of the cookie. Next, we’ll add some lettuce. I like to cut my piping bag tip at an angle so I can get a nice ruffled lettuce, and I like to hold the piping bag with the pointy part facing down at an angle. Practice before applying your lettuce to the taco. Finally, add your tomatoes and cheese and bam you have a taco cookie!
Hello, friends! At long last, I am here to share my closet with you. It’s one of the first spaces we completed shortly after moving in, but I took my time styling it and organizing for many months after. I’m excited to share it with you today!
But first, here’s a walk down memory lane …
The obvious perk of my before closet is that is HUGE. I almost peed my pants when I saw it for the first time! I knew it could easily become a dream closet with a little bit of TLC. After customizing my last closet, I had a good idea of just how much is possible with a little bit of DIYing.
So what exactly did we do? I sketched out which parts of the closet we could keep and update and a few parts to demo and replace (like the storage along the back wall). Collin removed what wasn’t going to be used, then built a few new shelves and storage pieces—like an area for long dresses and the cubby shelves along the back (learn more about building cubby shelves here). Last, he trimmed out everything, giving the old dresser a look of inset drawers and crown moulding along the top to tie it all together. While I don’t know the exact price of this project, I can tell you that building it out, it was hundreds (if not thousands) less than a whole new closet system for this size closet would cost.
Since the closet is located in our main bathroom, there’s a chance we will reconfigure it down the road. Currently, I have no idea as I haven’t even started to dream of that design much less start planning it. That’s just one more reason I was motivated to repurpose what was there instead of installing a whole new closet system. I also really enjoy the creative challenge of low waste renovations. In my early years of blogging, it was the only option I had due to being on a tight budget. But over time, it grew into something I love to do because it makes me proud of improve what is there (when possible) instead of replacing.
Anyway, that’s enough backstory! Are you ready for some photos? I will show you section by section.
My first section is shoes. The original closet came with this shoe shelf, which I adjusted to accommodate three shelves of boots along the bottom and smaller shoes higher up. I hide all my athletic shoes and slippers under the long dresses section as well.
Along the back wall, we added floor-to-ceiling cubby shelves. I like that they are very versatile and I can store anything from stacks of jeans and tees to my roller skates (which I now have to keep hidden from my children, lol) and bags.
On the left side, I have hanger sections for tops, skirts, short dresses, coats and jumpsuits.
I collected all these fun headbands during my quarantine last year. They are inexpensive and I found most of them on Etsy. I love how they make an outfit look more polished and more intentional.
Headband Organizer/Amazon, links to some Etsy headbands: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Just curious, did you collect anything or develop any unusual hobbies during 2020?
I have a couple special occasion bags (which I proudly purchased used). I store them on these cubbies and am excited to pull them out for real-life date nights this coming year!
I love the built-in drawers. I store underwear, jewelry, yoga sets, and lounge clothes in these drawers. Above the drawers, you might notice I used the extra tile we had from my coffee station in my office. It’s so pretty and since this was a teeny little space, I was able to add a tile backsplash there made just from remnants.
Sunscreen is one of those products we should be using all year round, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. But, not all sunscreens are the same. Chemical and mineral SPFs are different in one major way—chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin to help neutralize UV rays while mineral sunscreens sit on top to deflect UV rays. I like to use mineral sunscreen because they don’t absorb as easily and are generally kinder for folks with sensitive skin. However, in the past it was challenging to find options that didn’t feel heavy or leave a white cast. For context, I have oily skin and a medium-light tone with neutral to yellow undertones. After trying my fair share of sunscreens, I found six that work well for me. So today, I am sharing my go-to mineral sunscreens for all skin types.
This sunscreen caught my eye because it’s water-resistant and made with 100% natural ingredients like calendula, jojoba, seabuckthorn, and turmeric, which, according to the brand, can help protect skin from long-term damage caused by UV radiation. Out of all the sunscreens on this list, this formula is the most hydrating and has a slightly thicker texture than the others. I recommend applying a little bit at a time so you can really blend it in. This oil-based SPF is a great option for folks with dry skin or anyone looking for some extra moisture.
The ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint is a fan favorite with the ABM team. After giving it a go, I can totally see why. The SPF serum is lightweight, oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores. It blends in seamlessly and comes in 30 different shades (and counting). I find this formula to be very sheer. It helps to slightly blur imperfections, yet keeps your skin looking natural, which I love. This is a nice option for a no-makeup, makeup look.
I’ve talked about this sunscreen before and I still really enjoy it. Created in partnership with tennis champion Venus Williams, this sunscreen was specifically formulated to be inclusive and meet the needs of many different skin types and tones. The formula has a water-like texture that dries down to a demi-matte finish and leaves your skin feeling smooth yet hydrated. I’ve worn this alone, but it also works well under makeup.
This formula was created by Katonya Breaux (who, fun fact, is the mother of musician Frank Ocean!) to provide women of color with sunscreen options that blend seamlessly without leaving a white cast. The formula comes in three shades. I picked up the light/medium option which worked perfectly on my skin tone. This formula is slightly dewy and unscented; it also helped to neutralize some redness on my face.
What I like about this sunscreen is that it has a sheer, slightly mousse-like texture that dries completely matte. It actually reminds me of a makeup primer because it has an ever-so-slightly blurring effect and leaves my skin feeling very smooth. According to the brand, even those with the most sensitive skin can use it.
This award-winning sunscreen might just be my absolute favorite in the bunch. The formula is out of this world. It doesn’t feel like sunscreen at all. It feels like a lovely, lightweight moisturizer. It absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave an oily residue or white cast, and smells like a dream. It is on the pricey side though, so I try and pick up a bottle when it’s on sale.
As the saying goes, the best type of sunscreen is the one you will actually wear. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below! xo, Amanda
I have been so excited to share this project with you!! My son recently turned 1, and we are very much in a season I’m calling “kiddo toyland.” It’s so much fun to see him learn new things and explore, but sometimes the classic toys need just a little customization. The idea started as a joke with one of my friends because our husbands are both into golf, but then I started to think … this could be really cute and fun! So while normally I work on the business side of things here at ABM, today I’m showing you how I transformed the traditional Cozy Coupe into a cozy coupe golf cart!
First, I laid out all the pieces. You could definitely do this with an older or used Cozy Coupe—they do pop up on FB Marketplace from time to time. If you score a deal on a used one, you would just take apart the coupe and/or use painter’s tape to block the various areas. Make sure to clean the plastic so that the paint adheres well. Next, you’ll want to tape off any sections you don’t want painted … like the gas cap, license plate area, and/or the head and taillights.
I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Choice 2X spray paint because it’s recommended for use on plastic and you don’t need a separate primer. For the color, I went with Gloss Modern Mint for the body and Gloss White for the top. The project took about two cans of the mint and a can of white. I think if you used a darker color it may not need as much, but covering the red with a light color took a few coats. Keep the bottle 10-12 inches away from the surface and do slow/steady strokes. This is by far the hardest part for me—I always want to spray so quickly!
Wait a few minutes between coats, and then an hour or more before flipping it over and doing the other side. It does depend on weather/humidity on how long you need to let it dry. Make sure to spray in a well ventilated space or paint outdoors.
If you have any touch-ups needed, you can use a foam brush and touch it up with some extra paint. You can see in the below picture I had a little paint stick to the cardboard from flipping it over too early. Knowing there were a lot of pieces to put together I did all my touch-ups after assembling the Cozy Coupe. During the assembly there were a few more scratches created to touch up, so that plan worked well. One thing worth noting is that after painting I let it sit for 5 days before my kiddo played in it. The paint recommends 5-7 days for best adhesion to plastic, so I think that will help minimize chipping.
I did watch this assembly video and recruited my dad to help with putting it together. In hindsight, I am VERY glad we did not leave this until the night before my kiddo would receive it as a present. And if you scored one on FB Marketplace, you avoided an assembly process as daunting as an IKEA dresser … so congrats! 🙂
After it was assembled, it was time for the details! I used the stickers that come with the Cozy for the eyes, and added a custom license plate and name sticker that I got from this Etsy shop. They have all kinds of colors and options! You could make your own decals, too.
I tried using adhesive stickers on the basket, but they didn’t quite hold. I actually have a video of the Cozy rolling around and the basket falling off … it happens. 🙂 We ended up drilling two small holes and using cable ties to add the basket that I found at Target for $4! It holds his clubs (similar set here) perfectly and a few other accessories and snacks, along with his Gatorade and water bottle. He’s ready for a day on the course with his cozy coupe golf cart!
This is a project you could get very into or keep super simple. For a few hours and a couple bottles of spray paint the ideas are endless! I went down the rabbit hole on Pinterest and there are so many different kinds of Coupe makeovers—there are amazing ones out there (II even saw a USPS track and a Mystery Machine makeover!)
I’m planning to update the post with how the outdoor toy holds up over time. I think the first place to show wear will be the door, since it opens and shuts into place.
If you have a Cozy Coupe makeover, I’d love to hear what you turned yours into! Or please let me know if you have any questions about the cozy coupe golf cart in the comments! Thanks for letting me share! Xoxo, Claire
Credits//Author: Claire Shaffer. Photography: Anne Rinearson and Claire Shaffer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.