Posts Tagged ‘bathroom’


mirrors for vanities and bathrooms 2016

This weekend I started making over one of our bathrooms at the new TBD HQ. I’m on the hunt for a good small to medium sized mirror and figured I should take you guys along with! We wanted to save some money on the bathrooms because we still have the main office to finish as well as the shooting studio and as you know, decor adds up QUICK AF. These are some of the mirrors we found and are considering, and they’re all under $100 which I cannot believe! I’ll add links for each one. (ALSO– I’m dead over this pink bathroom up top that I found the other day on pinterest.)

mirrors the beauty department

  1. ROUND BRASS MIRROR ($44.99)
  2. CASSIUS MIRROR ($130)
  3. PYRAMID MIRROR ($19-39)
  4. BRASS BEAUTY ($89)
  7. RIA MIRROR ($69-99)

Do you have a favorite? We’re currently leaning toward #4, #6 and #8 because you can set cute things like a tiny flower arrangement or mini travel product on the ledge.



moving beauty storage

If you’ve packed up and moved recently you know, and if you haven’t moved recently you’ve probably blocked it from your memory: moving can be a nightmare! This month I’ve been slowly packing up my entire life and one of the most time consuming/challenging parts of my move was my beauty closet, bathroom and vanity. I thought it would be fun to share the beauty-related part of my move so that if you’re faced with this challenge in the upcoming months, you can come peep this guide for help!

I recently jumped on the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up train, thanks to a friend of mine. Look it up if you don’t know about it! The concept is basically that you hold something in your hand and if it truly brings you joy, you keep it and if it doesn’t you toss it, donate it or give it to a friend. Since there are hundreds (maybe thousands if we’re being honest) of beauty products between my house, studio and office, that’s a lot of holding product in your hands. Instead I decided to work backwards on that method; I sat down and thought about what products TRULY bring me joy after the world’s longest day or what I won’t skip even on a manic monday morning. Things that came to mind for me:

the beauty dept moving storage donate beauty

You get the point… So once I thought of all of those things and boxed them up, I then gathered my essentials: razors, hot irons, medicine cabinet contents, lady stuff, etc… and I box that up too. One major thing I learned is that you have to pack a small kit for yourself, almost like a travel kit, to get you by for a couple days if your move is going to take some time.


Over the years, I have cultivated a massive collection of epic products so I can’t just throw those out because that would be crazy and wasteful! Here’s how I divi’d it all up…

FIRST THINGS FIRST: I check for expiration dates, major clogging that’s not fixable, dryness, product separation, scent changes, shattered palettes and broken bottles or pumps. Toss out anything that’s not quite right.

THE $$$$ ONES: For the expensive things I like to gather my gals. I call up a bunch of my friends and have a little beauty party. I let them take whatever they want because I know they’ll use it if they don’t know how, I can explain it on the spot. For the most part, I give these things to friends instead of donating because I’ve seen donations get tossed for being misunderstood. Example: I donated a very tiny jar eye cream that was around 100 dollars and the guy accepting the donations thought it was a sample and asked me if was trash. Lesson learned.

THE BRAND NEW ONES: If something is brand new and still in the box you can donate it to a local women’s shelter to be given away as a holiday gift. You can also specify that you would like it to be given to a woman who is trying to get back on her feet, feel better about herself and going out for job interviews.

OPENED BUT STILL FULL: A lot of times I will receive a great product and I’ll open it to try it but not necessarily want to keep it. I recently started donating all of those things to an AMAZING charity called The Beauty Bus. It’s the most incredible organization and they’re doing the sweetest things. I dare you to go on that website and not bawl your eyeballs out.

Beauty Bus Foundation delivers dignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.

I also donate to my favorite women’s shelters, family programs, beauty schools, etc. Google foundations in your area and read the reviews online about their donation programs!

And last, but certainly not least is putting these things in actual boxes. I found the best was was to break everything up into categories. I used small “banker boxes” (because beauty product gets heavy AF real fast). I got them on Amazon went with these categories. Feel free to merge some if you have less of one category or break some up if you have more!

  • IN-SHOWER (makes it easier to unpack)

If you’re packing up this weekend or anytime soon, we hope this advise help! And here’s hoping you’re more organized when you get there than you were before you left!

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photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

It’s fall cleaning time, girls!! Here’s a fancy little idea for storing your nail polish collection. We all love to have a few favorite colors sitting out on the vanity but since nail art has become such a huge trend, you may be the proud owner of LOTS of polishes. In this DIY, you’ll basically be giving a shoe box a quick “pretty paper” makeover and then filling it up with your polish. But instead of just throwing your polishes in the box, we’re going to put dots on top so you can keep the box nice and neat! Here we go: (more…)


photos and post by Kristin Ess

Tis the season for spring cleaning! Last week we did a DIY on hair jars for the bathroom. This week it’s time to organize those pretty little headbands! This is the easiest project ever and hopefully one that will be as beneficial to you as it was to me and my messy drawers of headbands. Here’s 8 easy steps to making one of these helpful holders…

  1. Get a large roll of paper towels. Test a headband on it to make sure it fits. If not, remove some of the paper towels until they fit properly.
  2. Get a fabric that coordinates well with your bedroom or bathroom. I went with a very thin taupe-y grey cotton voile fabric.
  3. Spray paint a ruler (or something flat that can stablize your paper towel roll) with a complimentary or matching color. I used flat white.
  4. Plug in your hot glue gun and get your scissors out!
  5. Cut a fabric square and leave an extra 6″ on each side of the roll. Hot glue the edge of the fabric to the paper towel roll as seen above.
  6. Wrap it all the way around the paper towel roll, overlapping by an inch or two. Cut and glue that edge into place. I folded my edge under before I glued it to make it cleaner.
  7. Once that’s secure, twist the excess fabric on the sides (like you would with a piece of candy) and tuck them into the paper towel roll hole.
  8. Put hot glue on your ruler or piece of wood and secure it to the base of the headband holder to prevent it from rolling.

Last but not least…