Affordable Abstract Art

Affordable Abstract Art

I just love a good piece of art. It pulls a room together and adds character to your space! While choosing art for your home can be a bit intimidating, the good news is that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a gorgeous piece of artwork! Recently, I purchased my first oversized piece of art, and it has me inspired to add more throughout our home. Today I’m sharing my favorite paintings and prints that are both beautiful and affordable! Go big and grace your walls with something fabulous, or keep it small and update your frames with something simple yet unique. No matter what size you choose, each of these prints will be sure to add style to your space.

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Plaid Dresses

Plaid Dresses

Last weekend we went up north to visit some friends who just so happen to be almond farmers and live on the most gorgeous property. Their farmhouse is surrounded by almond trees as far as your eyes can see. Not to mention the most darling of all farm animals, cows and horses, are grazing in the fields right outside your door. The wind blows just perfectly there, forcing the leaves to twinkle in the soft sunshine. It’s nothing short of a dream come true for me, really.  We spent the weekend relaxing on the porch, watching the cows graze in the pasture, slow cooking ribs in the smoker, and enjoying each others company with a glass of wine in hand. I am convinced that is how life was intended to be lived.. slow, simple, and surrounded by friends.

Whenever you’re visiting a farm, I think it is safe to say flannel is an essential. This trip I brought along a few plaid dresses over my usual flannel shirt. They did not disappoint! I think plaid dresses are so cute yet practical. I wore them all weekend and will be wearing them all throughout the fall and winter. Thanksgiving outfit perhaps? Here are a few photos from our trip and my favorite flannel dresses!

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Plaid Dresses

Pair it with Cute Booties

Dress it Down With Sneakers

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My Favorite Shoes for a Transitional Wardrobe

My Favorite Shoes for a Transitional Wardrobe
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There’s a rather large collection of high heels stacked up in my closet that I’ll probably never wear again unless by some miracle. Now that I think of it, I have a pretty big collection of wedges too that go mostly untouched. When I found out arthritis had decided to stake its claim in my ankle, my shoe wardrobe seem to be a little useless. I’ve traded high heels for Nikes, but have recently developed a love for slides and slip ons. They are so simple and seem to suit my casual style while pulling my outfit together a little better than my trusty Nikes. Not to mention they are absolutely perfect for this time of year! Hear me out…

You know that awkward period of time between summer and fall where you want to wear all things flannel and boots, but it’s just not that cold out yet? Slides have been my solution! They get you out of your flip flops, but postpone the bootie stage until the weather permits. Out of my love for these shoes, I have put together a list of all of my favorite slides. So before you start filling your closet with cute booties, slip into some slides if you’re looking to combine comfort and style.

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Slip ons

Slides

Slides with Support

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Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales
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Labor Day is amazing for so many reasons. The first one being I have a three day weekend. Praise. And the sending being that there are tons of sales going on! Labor Day sales are well timed, allowing us to shop discounted products right before fall arrives. Here are a few of my favs otter sale items that are sure to make your three day weekend that much better!

Ann Taylor

Tops

 

Dresses + Rompers + Skirts

 

Pants + Shorts

 

Shoes

 

Lucky Brand

Bottoms

 

Tops

 

Overstock

Furniture

Lighting + Rugs

 

Urban Outfitters

Furniture

Accessories

 

World Market

 

 

Hope you enjoy some time off (and sale shopping) this weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

My Skin Story and Natural Makeup Tutorial

My Skin Story and Natural Makeup Tutorial

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This post is divided into three sections: My Skin Story, My Makeup Routine, and My Skin Care Routine. I know it’s a bit more wordy than normal, but I truly hope you will take the time to read each section. You won’t regret it, I promise

My Skin Story

“It’s like peaches and cream.”, or “You look like a little porcelain doll.” are comments I remember hearing about my skin as a little girl. While I didn’t make much of the comments as a young child, I would come to long for those days of peaches and cream skin not too shortly after that… By the age of twelve to be exact. I remember going in for my fifth-grade school pictures and being worried about those bright red spots on my face. Why did I seem to be the only kid my age with these unattractive things gracing my cheeks and chin? I scanned the room looking for another student I could relate to, but all I saw was peaches and cream. Little did I know that was the start of a very long, challenging journey with troubled skin.

By seventh grade, I had paid many visits to the dermatologist with the hope that they could remedy my skin situation. After testing out various topical treatments that simply weren’t strong enough for my oily, cystic acne prone skin, we found a solution. The solution required me to take medication, twice daily, coming to a total of five pills each day. I was on my way to peaches and cream skin, but at what cost to the rest of my body?

I remained on this medication from the age of fourteen to the ripe old age of twenty-two. While I struggled with break-outs at times along the way, this remedied the situation enough for me to go through high school and college without being known as “pizza face.” Any time I tried to go off the medication, the acne would come back with a vengeance. So, on that medication I remained, dreaming of the day when I would be back to peaches and cream skin for good.

It was at the age of twenty-two that the medication began to rear its ugly head through various side effects. Melasma (a dark brown discoloration of the skin) covered my face, and stomach aches started to be my new normal. I began to question just how negatively this medication might be affecting my body. Thinking about how long I had remained on that five pill a day regiment started to seem a bit outrageous, and I knew I couldn’t continue any longer. That’s when I finally agreed to take Accutane, the king of all acne medications, with the hope of clearing my skin for good. Accutane was my final resort and seemed to be my only option as I was going on my tenth year in a battle against cystic acne that didn’t look like that was about to end any time soon. I knew the side effects of this drug had some risks, but I was willing to go through with it in order to have clear skin. At this point, I was growing very weary of this battle, and so I began my six-month long treatment on Accutane. 

My Accutane experience was what I would describe as, well, TERRIBLE. The drug was not working as it had on other patients, so my doctor increased my dosage. Once, twice, and finally a third time until we saw an improvement in my skin. Sure, my skin was clear now, but over half my hair had fallen out and my joints began to stiffen as a result of the increased dosage. These extremely challenging side effects proved to be a lost cause when after six months of treatment, my cystic acne came back just as strong as before. Only now I had barely any hair to mask my face. Here is a photo of what my skin looked like once I finished Accutane.

Am I going to have acne the rest of my life? I didn’t know any eighty year olds with cystic acne, but I felt like I had a good shot at being the first. I felt like doctors had failed me. Allowing me to remain on medication for such an extended period of time, and increasing my Accutane dosage to three-times the recommended amount for my body weight seemed like very poor practice in hind sight. I decided my only option was to take my health into my own hands. And so, I began my research. Countless hours were spent on the computer researching and learning about acne, it’s causes, and possible solutions. Here is a summary of the three main things I learned that helped me reach my life-changing solution:

  • The skin is our body’s biggest organ. If our skin is showing signs of sickness, it’s being caused by something internally. This is usually related to the gut, hormones, or stress. (Make sure to get all of those in check if you deal with any skin conditions).
  • Food and digestion have a lot to do with the inflammation in our body. Inflammation displays itself in many different forms, acne being one of those.
  • Foods like gluten, dairy, caffeine, and sugar are known to cause inflammation in our body.
    I stared into the computer screen, the light illuminating my sick skin. YES! I thought. THIS COULD BE ME! By the next day, I was passing on all foods that fell into any of those four categories. No gluten, dairy, caffeine, or processed sugar. Within a few weeks, my skin was 100% clear and I have not had a cystic pimple since. AHHHH! I honestly had never felt freer or more accomplished in my entire life!

Years of acne concealing techniques and strategizing how I would mask my skin were now a thing of my past. It was back to peaches and cream for the first time in over eleven years. Now, honestly, every time someone comments on my skin I have to refrain from sharing my skin story that I am oh so passionate about. Often times I respond with an, “Oh thank you so much, that means a lot to me.” But all of you, my faithful blog and Instagram friends, prompted me enough to share the FULL story. Thank you for being interested enough to ask and to listen. It means the world. I hope that you find this story inspiring and please be sure to pass it along to anyone you know who struggles with their skin.

It was truly my skin story that inspired me to start Halfway Wholeistic. I learned that living a holistic lifestyle is the best way to live a beautiful life, but living it without becoming consumed by holistic remedies is even better. Living a Halfway Wholeistic lifestyle means following the rules of being holistic about 85% of the time, while still enjoying a scoop of ice cream or a bite of my husband’s pizza every Friday night. It means buying high-end, natural products for things that matter most, and learning to compromise when it doesn’t. Most importantly, living Halfway Wholeistic is a reminder that we will never be WHOLE, or complete during our lifetime. Curing my acne and living a holistic life has improved my life in so many ways, but it is in no way the end to all challenges I still face and will face in my lifetime. For this reason, I am still only halfway whole on my own. The only way to be truly whole comes from within. For me, that wholeness comes from the Lord. He is the one I rely on to make me completely whole in this broken world. I know I will face many more challenges in my lifetime, living a holistic lifestyle and relying on the Lord are the two ways I see most suitable for facing those challenges.

In Conclusion

For healthy skin, I suggest:

  • Eating organic.
  • Cutting out or limiting gluten, dairy, sugar, and processed foods.
  • Drinking a lot of water! 
  • Managing stress.
  • Using quality products on your skin.

My Makeup Routine

Pictures of Jennifer Aniston and J-Lo seemed to find their way to my Pinterest boards whenever I was searching for my ideal makeup look. Now that I had clear skin, I wanted that dewy, glowy makeup look to go with my peaches and cream. Can I get an amen? I went to just about every beauty counter in the mall and collected samples so I could find the one that worked for me. I narrowed my search down to a small list of makeup essentials that I use to create that dewy look I envied for so many years. I’m a minimalist, these are literally the items I use every day… I own nothing more than what you see here. I don’t want to spend money on endless beauty products (let’s be honest, there’s A LOT to choose from) so I stick with what works. Below you will find all the products I use as well as a video tutorial of my makeup routine. Make sure to comment below or email me at halfwaywholeistic@gmail.com with any questions and I will get back to you!

Makeup Essentials

Brush Essentials

Other Essentials

My Skin Care Routine

Like I mentioned before, living a Halfway Wholeistic lifestyle means finding a middle ground in the holistic world. I do not purchase the most expensive, holistic products. I have found products that are paraben free and get the job done well. Alba Botanica has been my brand of choice. By the way, this post is not sponsored in case your “This is a fake sponsored post” antennae are going up. This is just a list of products I’ve come to love and use every day!

Morning Essentials

Evening Essentials

Natural Acne Topical Treatments

I use tea tree oil and Sovereign Silver Gel to keep my skin clear if any breakouts do arise. SERIOUSLY. Do yourself a favor and purchase the silver gel. My husband and I both use it for acne, burns, and cuts. It’s a miracle worker! I also use the liquid for to treat my colds and have even cured an eye infection as well! No joke. This stuff is amazing.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read. I hope you found encouragement here, and maybe a few makeup tips as well! Have a great weekend my friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abercrombie Sale

Abercrombie Sale

If I told you Abercrombie was having a sale what would be your reaction? I’m assuming you would do one of two things. You would either raise your eyebrows at me in question of why on earth I was telling you about a sale going on at a teeny bopper store, OR you would head over and check it out because you admit their clothes are quite adorable regardless of that early 2000s stigma that goes along with the name. I for one LOVE their clothes and think stores beloved by my 12 year old self (Abercrombie and Old Navy to name a few) don’t get quite as much attention as they should. I’m all about texture and quality over brand, and the fabrics used for Abercrombie clothes top the charts in my opinion! So, if I’ve convinced you that Abercrombie isn’t just for teeny boppers, check out my favorite picks from the sale that’s going on now! Be sure to use code 11017 for an extra 30% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE! 

 

Hope you found something you like! I have a few of these items already and they are among my most prized pieces in my closet. Have a great weekend, friends!

4 Tips for Decorating Your Entryway

4 Tips for Decorating Your Entryway

Over the past two years, our entryway has been through many changes. It was like a revolving door for throw pillows and decor. This month I decided to focus in on this space and design it once and for all. Here are my four tips for creating the perfect entryway you won’t get tired of. As usual, click on the links and photos to shop the products I used. Make sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think!

1. Pick a Paint Color

Before my entryway makeover, this space was painted in a light gray color like the rest of the walls in our house. While the gray looks good in other spaces within our home, it did not suit this space. The lighting and brick floor did not work well with the color of the paint. To brighten up the space I decided to paint this room white. 18 hours of painting was a bit rough, I’ll admit, but worth it! It brightens up the room, accents the brick floor, and showcases the furniture and artwork. Our walls are painted in White Dove and the baseboards are Swiss Coffee.

2. Make Necessary Structural Changes

I made three structural changes to our entryway in order to allow the furniture to flow and fit within the space. I removed the hanging pendant and opted for recessed lighting. The light I put in is a recessed light fixture that fits in a space created for a ceiling light. I did not have to add canned lighting for the recessed light to fit! I also moved the light switch over in order to be able to center the artwork on the wall. The final change I made was to have our old outlets replaced with new ones. All of these structural changes allow the space to look fresh and updated.

3. Choose a Focal Point

Before I began the entryway makeover, Jordan and I had made a bench out of rubber wood and hairpin legs I bought on Amazon. I knew I was going to use this in my entryway, so I worked around this as my focal point. If you are not up for a DIY project, you can find a similar bench here!

4. Add Accents

It is important for me to keep things simple, clean, and minimalistic in my home. For that reason I opted for these gorgeous frames from Highland Hardware and filled them with minimalistic prints I found on Etsy. The sleek, simple frames add so much style to the wall! As for the pillows, I kept things monochromatic by adding a patchwork Hmong pillow and white linen lumbar. I had originally placed a colored pillow here, but with the brick flooring it proved to be too much pattern and color for my liking. Surprised? Didn’t think so. 😉 When working with a monochromatic color palette, I make sure to add different textures in order to keep things interesting. Finally, I added a small fiddle leaf tree and white ceramic pot to pull the whole look together.

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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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It’s official! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here and officially open to the general public! If you’re anything like me, you might be a little tired of hearing the words “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale”. My Instagram feed has been flooded with post after post advertising the products I COULDN’T access because I’m not cardholder. But I just couldn’t help myself. The waiting game is over and it’s time to snag a few of your favorite pieces while the items are in stock and the prices are reduced! And seriously, the prices are really good! This is one sale you shouldn’t skip out on.

And now for the really good news… A Nordstrom gift card giveaway!

As if that wasn’t enough good news for one day, I’ve decided to a special thank you for following along with me, I am giving away a $50 Nordstrom gift card to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is subscribe to Halfway Wholeistic. You can do that by clicking here. Enter your name and email address and you are officially ENTERED!

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Below you will find my picks from the sale for both the home and for yourself! I mean, it’s fun to beautify your house and all, but don’t forget to treat yo self too people!

For the home

For You

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Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Dairy-Free Ice Cream

What type of dessert person are you? A cake person, cookie person, chocolate person, ice cream person? I am hands down an ice cream person. Try to tempt me with pastries or pies and I could resist all day long. But ice cream? I don’t stand a chance. I remember dishing up heaping helpings of ice cream as a little girl after dinner, going out for ice cream after a big event or achievement, and even making homemade ice cream for holidays like the Fourth of July. I prefer a scoop (or two) of mint chip, but I definitely don’t discriminate against any flavor.

A few years ago I was having a few health issues that forced me to remove gluten and dairy from my diet. Passing on a dinner roll was hard enough as it is, but giving up ice cream was simply out of the question! I turned to ice cream stand-ins like those made from coconut milk or almond milk, but they just weren’t the same. So of course I turned to Pinterest for a dairy-free ice cream recipe I could try at home. I read a few and modified them to come up with the simplest recipe that would be easy to make on a regular basis. I’ve been meaning to share this with all of you for such a long time because it is a serious game changer. I mean, paleo, organic, dairy-free ice cream… What more could someone want?! 

The following recipe will allow you to create a dairy-free ice cream base. This is a vanilla ice cream recipe that you can add to in order to create additional flavors. I love pairing this ice cream with fresh fruit, and also frequently make a chocolate and rocky road flavor which you can find below as well. 

Before You Begin

The day before making your ice cream you will need to make sure you have an ice cream maker and put the container in the freezer for a minimum of 24 hours. A few of my other ice cream must-haves are a hardy ice cream scoop, white ramekin bowls and pretty spoons for serving, and an ice cream container where you can store the leftovers!

Ingredients:

Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream Base

*This will create a base flavor which you can eat as a plain vanilla ice cream, or you can add other ingredients to create the flavor of your choice.

2 Cans Coconut Milk

6 Egg Yokes

1 Cup Maple Syrup

2 tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a pan.
  2. Cook on high heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  3. Upon the first sight of boiling, remove pan from heat. (Boiling the mixture will create a pasty texture).
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and let it work its magic!

Other Flavors:

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Add the following ingredients to the base (vanilla) flavor

3 Heaping Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

 

Dairy-Free Rocky Road Ice Cream

Add the following ingredients to the base (vanilla) flavor

3 Heaping Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

1 Cup Toasted Blanched Almonds

1 Cup Mini Marshmallows

 

I know making homemade ice cream can sound like a bit of a chore, but this one is so simple and easy that it’s worth a little extra effort! Not to mention it’s practically GOOD for you 😉

 

Enjoy!

My “Office” Reveal

My “Office” Reveal

 

Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by to check out my new work space. I am excited to show you my new favorite spot to work from home! My days of sitting on the couch with my laptop are behind me. This desk space is kicking my productivity into gear, and more importantly, the big, empty space in my living room has been filled! I spent many days (a year and a half to be exact) staring at this blank space in our living room wondering what in the world to put here. After a long stint of designers block it hit me. Praise. I’m loving the look and functionality of this new space!

The clean lines of the desk and chair flow perfectly into our living area without looking like to much of an “office”. The lampclock, and artwork add just a bit of texture to break up some of the white. And that rug. Initially I didn’t have a rug in this space, but I moved our morrocan shag rug from another room and it fits perfectly. 

 

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