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I’m sharing this DIY rosewater toner post with you for many reasons.
1. Elizabeth Dehn of Beauty Bets is the bee’s knees. She knows her shtuff!
2. It sounds luxurious, fresh and lovely. Perfect way to kick off spring.
3. You can make it yourself – easy.
4. I found it fitting to post about since it calls for fresh flowers, rose petals to be exact.

I haven’t made this yet but I plan to. Now, if only I could find the perfect little glass bottle.

Here are the directions from Beauty Bets and be sure to check out her blog for the latest and greatest when it comes to beauty.


2 cups of fresh-picked rose petals
2 1/4 cups distilled water
1/4 cup witch hazel (optional)

1. Place petals in a pot and pour distilled water over to cover.
2. Bring to a boil then immediately turn off the heat.
3. Remove pot from burner and cover. Let sit to cool, for about an hour.
4. Strain rosewater into a sterile container or spray bottle.
5. If your skin is combination or oily, add the witch hazel.

Rosewater is naturally clarifying, tightens pores and reduces redness. To use, moisten a cotton ball with the rosewater and swipe over clean skin before moisturizing. For a little more luxury, add the rosewater to a hot bath. This toner will keep for five days at room temperature, or two weeks in the fridge.


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I am completely, totally, seriously obsessed with this room. Apartment Therapy never disappoints. All I have to do is browse the site quickly and I am inspired, excited and ready to create, design and usually re-decorate!

Every detail about this room is adorable but what I have added to my “need to do someday” list is this wall of books. It’s brilliant.

Oh and one little thing about this picture that made me laugh was the vase of flowers on the side table. Who seriously keeps a vase of flowers at that level in a baby’s room?

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I saw this adorable pink party on Twig & Thistle and I feel in love with the fake fire.

So I made my own. It’s cozy! It does the trick for now. I love having a fireplace but, for more than one reason, don’t want to have a real fire burning! Problem solved and it’s cute.

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I love holiday cards. Don’t you? It’s so fun to get cute, updated pictures and cards in the mail this time of year. In the past I have kept them all in a stack somewhere and I just hate that. I want to enjoy those adorable pictures of close family and friends. As usual, Martha comes to the rescue. I picked up the latest Martha Stewart Magazine and she had the answer for me. A card wreath! So simple – a bow, an embroidery hoop, glue & closepins. Voila! Adorable, functional, holiday decor! Click here for directions! Quick note: Martha used a 14inch embroidery hoop but those were $16 at Michaels and the 12inch hoops were like $1.50 so I opted for 2 – 12inch rings. I’m expecting lots of cards this year.

In case my unfinished and pretty empty wreath doesn’t inspire you…maybe a picture of Martha’s will.

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already next week, though – not gonna lie, I am already thinking about Christmas and wondering when it’s appropriate to start decorating my house! The snow has me feeling like I should be putting up the Christmas tree ASAP but I think I will try to hold off until after Thanksgiving. How about you? When do you start decorating for Christmas.

So back to the topic of my post. Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas!

photo from our creative life

photo from laverty’s landing

photo from inspire bohemia

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I wouldn’t expect the inside of a dresser to be so cute. Love that the super adorable couple from Young House Love decided to add this unexpected pop of color to their baby’s dresser.

I am thinking I need to do something similar to our kitchen drawers!

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A dear friend just returned from, what sounded like, an ultra fab DC wedding. When she was telling me about the weekend, wedding details, decor etc… she shared – what I thought was – an unusual, unexpected and so very thoughtful touch. For the placecards the bride & groom had cards for each guest and in that card they had hand-written thank you notes! Wow. How awesome is that. What a great gift. As a guest who had traveled from afar – my friend shared that this meant so much to her.

Skip the mini bag of personalized M&M’s and do THIS!

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