Monday, January 16, 2017

Office - Before & After

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Happy Monday and Martin Luther King Day!  I know I promised this post last week, but honestly time got away from me :).  Did you all have a nice holiday?  I hope so.  For the first time, my family and I spent the morning in our own house!  It was wonderful.  When we lived in Philadelphia we always had our own Christmas there and then were here in Pittsburgh, at my sister's house, for Christmas morning.   

My Christmas present to my husband was his office.  Since we moved he hasn't really had a space of his own.  His wood shop is not organized or moved into.  Most of his tools are still in Philadelphia and the space is freezing!  We're still figuring out the best way to heat it.  So since getting the shop finished is still a big task to be completed, I tackled the office.  There were several challenges and one I'm still working on.  One window has developed a fog and therefore needs to be replaced.  The other is that the room is not heated.  There are two doors to the office, one from our kitchen and one from our family room.  So it does get heat from these places, but can still get pretty chilly (especially when the temperature only reaches 10!).  Eventually the plan is to lay heated floors and tile.  

The room is a beautiful space with views of the trees in our backyard.  It was previously a 3 season room so the brick adds a great design element.  I wanted the office to be industrial chic, fit for a guy, but still blend well with the rest of our house.  To pull the look together, I used a gorgeous and super soft oriental rug pulling in cream and gray.  It also warms up the room!

During our move, we gave away my husband's desk which was a very large bankers desk.  The new desk is an old door from our basement.  The basement door to the garage was not to code, we removed it and put in a metal door.  Once we removed the old door we realized it was a very nice solid door.  It sat in our garage for months as I planned out his office surprise.  Since the door had a hole in it for the knob, it's a perfect desk top to pull computer, lamp and other cords through to the outlet!  I just needed a glass top to make the door level.  I worked with a local store called Don's Glass - they are amazing!  They were wonderful and got it done quickly, just before Christmas.  For the legs I used galvanized pipes and spray painted them black.  I've worked with these pipes before in making a garment rack for my office.  I will tell you I had a heck of a time getting the right height and width.  I even double checked everything!  

The shelf is an old ladder bought at an amazing salvage store called Salvaged Pittsburgh.  I had originally thought I would put it in our dining room, but I think the perfect home is here is my hubby's office.  The shelves are wood bought from Lowes and they cut it to fit right in the store :)  They are painted with Annie Sloan, Pure White, paint with dark wax.

It took me weeks to secretly get everything ready.  I had all the pipes hidden in the garage.  The rug was in the dining room along with the ladder.  We didn't go into that room often because it was a mess.  The day of the surprise I was like a crazy person trying to get everything ready.  But I had SO much fun.  A dear friend came over to help me carry the desk upstairs and the glass which was so scary!  Because of the hole that was made for the cords, the glass was extremely fragile.  But we got everything in successfully and the husband was surprised :)  Success!

I'll be sharing more before and afters of our house in the coming weeks.  You can always see more on Instagram and Snapchat (@simplylulustyle)!

Thanks for stopping by!
xo Lulu

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Garnet Hill Holiday

Garnet Hill pajamas (on sale) c/o   ||  Garnet Hill slippers (great gift under $100) c/o  ||  Helen Ficalora necklace c/o  ||  Anthropolgie mug

Today I'm so excited to be sharing some of the comfiest pajamas and coziest slippers I have ever worn.  Since moving into our "fixer upper", it's older and a bit draftier (follow on Instagram and Snapchat, simplylulustyle for details and reveals)!  These flannel pjs keep me extra warm on the cold nights we've been having.  The slippers are divine :).  The bottoms are a nice rubber sole so I can dash out to the mailbox without having to change!

I have always loved Garnet Hill.  They have beautiful clothing for women, men and kids, and amazing house items.  Their cashmere is some of the softest I've ever bought.  I love this sweater cape and cowl neck sweater.  They would be fabulous with some skinny jeans and boots for winter!  You can find gifts for women here, gifts for me here, gifts for the home aaaand some great holiday sale items!

I'm so sorry for not getting the winner of the Beautycounter gift out to you sooner!  You can see who won HERE!  Thank you all so much for entering.  You all should definitely check out their products.

Also, there is still time to enter the Helen Ficalora silver snowflake necklace.  Enter it HERE.

Have a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!

xo Lulu

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pops of Red

jcrew jacket, louis vuitton never full bag, hunter boots

ray ban black aviator sunglasses

louis vuitton handbag, julie vos necklace

jcrew jacket, louis vuitton neverfull bag, hunter boots

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It's a wonderful time of the year isn't it?  I love having pops of red to bring out the holiday spirit.  This will be short post today but I just wanted to bring you a fun and casual outfit.  Denim x denim is an easy look when you don't know else to wear!  These black jeans and chambray shirt work so great together for the backdrop of the red.

Don't forget to enter a wonderful Beautycounter giveaway HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today!
xo Lulu

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Beauty Routine

**Photo is untouched and taken from my iPhone**

I'm so excited to tell you about some new products that I'm using.  Have you heard of Beautycounter?  Not only is my skin smoother and glowing, but best of all Beautycounter is on a mission to provide these amazing SAFE products. The biggest Beautycounter takeaways I found?  These products are SAFE!  They have a Never List of chemicals that will never be found in their products.  They are a transparent company and does not hide ingredients.  Everything is fully tested, tested and tested again (never on animals).  Their mission comes down to People. Planet. Profit.  You can read their mission directly from the founder Gregg Renfrew here.

I became aware of Beautycounter when we moved into our new home.  We were so blessed to move into a wonderful neighborhood with amazing neighbors who have quickly become friends.  Alyssa, my Beautycounter Consultant, has children that play with Jack and Ella, we both love coffee and red wine.  A match made!  To support my new neighbor friend I attended her Beautycounter holiday open house.  I'm always a little afraid to switch my beauty products because I do not want breakouts!  But, after trying out some of the products and reading about their mission I was sold.  I have been using Beautycounter's Cleansing Balm, Rejuvenating Radiance Serum and Rejuvenating Eye Cream for a few weeks and I love it.  The Cleansing Balm makes your skin so soft and luxurious!  The serum and eye cream have given me wonderful results in smoothing my skin, especially my forehead.  You know a product is working when you feel your skin "suck in" - hahaha!  True right?  I'm just so excited to start using the full Rejuvenating line!  Aren't the product jars and bottles so pretty too?

This Charcoal Cleansing Bar and Purifying Mask is a wonderful gift set for the holiday.  It comes in a beautiful red box so it's already wrapped!  They have a lot of great gift sets for Christmas :) 

Check out more of their mission and products HERE.  You will not be disappointed!


Today, you have the chance to win some Beautycounter products and a super cute makeup bag.  In your bag you'll receive Beautycounter's Daily Shampoo, Daily Conditioner, Body Wash (Citrus Mimosa), Hydrating Body Lotion (Citrus Mimosa) and Charcoal Cleansing Bar.  Enter through the Rafflecopter below!

You must be a resident of the US and 18 or older to enter.  Beautycounter is not sponsoring this giveaway.  Giveaway will run from December 5th, 7 AM to December 10th at 12 AM.  The winner will be announced on Monday, December 12th.  Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize or another will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to you ladies and be sure to check out Beautycounter and their wonderful products!
xo Lulu

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday & Favorite Looks

sweater, Old Navy  ||  shirt, Nordstrom  ||  denium, J.Crew  ||  boots, UGG  ||  bag, Kate Spade  ||  hat, Target  ||  earrings, Nordstrom  ||  bracelet, Vita Fede


turtleneck, Gap  ||  vest, (I don't remember! :)  ||  denim, Citizen's of Humanity  ||  sandals, Steve Madden  ||  bag, Randall Loeffler

tee, Nordstrom  ||  jacket, Nordstrom  ||  denim, AG  ||  boots, Nine West  ||  bag, Kate Spade  ||  scarf, Target  ||  necklace, Julie Vos

shirt, J.Crew  ||  vest, Mango  ||  scarf, Target  ||  denim, J.Crew  ||  boots, UGG  ||  bag, Boden  ||  sunnies, Ray Ban

As many of you know I took a fairly long break from blogging over the summer and fall.  It was a much needed time out since I was incredibly busy moving, packing and searching for a house.  Now that we're in and renovation mode, it's still been difficult to find the time (and motivation to be honest) to put together outfits, do my hair and make up.  I'm usually found in yoga pants and fleece most days!  But as the days and months go on I'll be switching up outfit posts with before and after shots of our new house and homes I'll be flipping.  It's another adventure and I'm excited to share it with you all!

But on with Cyber Monday and all the fantastic deals this past week.  They have been nothing but spectacular right?  So today I'm sharing some of my favorite sales and looks from last fall.  

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
xo Lulu


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday - Lulu Style

All the best pieces, curated for you!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We spend some amazing time with family and friends, and ate until we were very full :)  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Black Friday sale pieces.  Enjoy!

xo Lulu

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Eve

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Caslon tee (an amazing affordable brand & many selections now on sale!)  ||  Amazon fashion leather jacket (love this jacket, and it comes in red!  This leather jacket too)  ||  Current Elliot denim, on sale! (this pair under $100 & on sale!) ||  Kate Spade heels (the most comfortable heels I own)  ||  Shein blanket scarf  ||  Elizabeth & James sunnies (on sale) ||  Rebecca Minkoff bag  ||  Julie Vos jewelry

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  We are traveling this weekend and very excited to be with family.  To check out more of our family adventures, stay tuned to Snapchat (simplylulustyle).  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday week!

Don't forget to enter the Helen Ficalora giveaway HERE!

xo Lulu
(snaps by my awesome neighbor Alyssa :)

Don't the sales start so early now?  Aaand isn't it awesome?! :)  See some of my most favorite picks below!

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