... using what you have to style your life ...


I wanted to share with you a few of my makeup  organizing ideas...
but really... this post is so much more than that...

This post is really about my style belief in ...
using what you have... when you have it.
Celebrating the life you have...with what you have...
Styling your life isn't  about perfect solves...
but rather...
using what you have  in the best way possible...

to make your life not only more beautiful...
but more efficient as well.

That said...

I keep my makeup organized and ready to use...

by using framed mirrors as trays...
I like the bit of glamour the mirrors add...
my small items are then placed in small trays set on top.

All of these pieces I either picked up at flea markets of discount stores...
or simply had on hand and simply repurposed.

This keeps every thing in plain sight...
and at the ready.

Well...
plain sight once you step into the bathtub...

You see...
having the right lighting for makeup application is key to me...
as is having everything I need in easy and  visual  reach...

Now you see what I mean... by not having to have a perfect solve...
but rather a solve that works.

The light not only works here...
but I can live with my makeup on display...
because it really behind the curtain...
(which by the way is actually a thermal blanket... more about that a different time ).

Living in a small house for the past 19 years...
I have honed the skill of literally making
every inch count.

This shelf and window sill do double duty as 
my perfectly lit makeup 'table'.

Everything is laid out efficiently...
and
 in order of application as well.

My newest problem solve...

many of my makeup essentials involve keeping them sharp...

So what's a girl who wants things pretty, neat and easy...
and
has to step into a tub to get there to do her makeup...

well...
 repurpose a shot glass from rag&bone to be sure.
I now have one on my tray with the sharpener inside...
so now  the shavings have a perfect place to fall...
 keeping my mirror trays tidy.



A big part to
 successful life styling...

is learning to see beauty in all that you have...
and 
figuring out ways to celebrate the beauty to it's best potential...
not waiting for things to be perfect...
for even if they are...
those moments in life are fleeting... 

It is far more important to grow a heart...
that can see the possibilities in the here and now
and 
adding a dose of organization...
just adds efficiency to a life full of gratitude.


As always dear friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life








13 comments:

  1. Another wonderful post. It's funny because I keep my make-up by the bath tub, too. And...I keep a set of tweezers in my car. The best light is outside so I wait until the street is deserted. Then I scamper out to the car in the driveway to groom my brows!

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    1. Oh I have done this tweezer trick too! The light is always the best in the car mirror! When I had to drive and pick up my kids... I would park far away.. and tidy my brows while I waited...so happy to hear I am not alone in seeking the best light :).

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    2. I do too now, it's always in the car that the full horrors are spotted. Just last week hubs said, you have a hair growing above your top lip, it's repulsive, pfft, don't be ridiculous I said, gulp there it was, big and black, how did I miss that?
      It has begun.

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  2. Fabulous post Tamera. I so love how you utilize every space and the idea of framed mirrors as trays.
    I've never kept my make-up by my bath as I was always worried that steam from the bath would effect them-but clearly not.
    However, when I am living in Spain all makeup goes in the fridge.
    Have a lovely, glamorous and beautifully-styled weekend.
    Hugs from London xx

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  3. Wow, you have masses! I have a tiny box of make up but still the same as you, YSL mascara and BE foundation.

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  4. Love the framed mirrors as trays...wish I had a space to do this!

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  5. Tamera,
    You have the best ideas and this is one that is priceless.
    Not only that; the makeup organization relates to all other areas of our life as well!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artist Series

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  6. Great ideas, very inspiring and ooooh wow you have the most amazing array of makeup!

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  7. Loved this post! Practical, personal and I love that you use what you have and make it all so beautiful!

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  8. Ok, my friend, I am now convinced that every tiny little element and activity in your life is an art and an incredibly beautiful one at that. This make-up idea and another breathtaking posts. You are amazing and so inspiring.

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  9. Tamera, I am so impressed with how organized you are here. Look at all those brushes! You are right on.. it's always ALL about the lighting and I might add that the less is more at my age!! I attempt to keep my make up organized in drawers, however it ends up on the counter and a bit messy. It really does need to be out .. and visibly accessible. Looks like you have everything you need here! My vanity looks like a chemistry lab as I am constantly trying something new for work so things are not very organized. Thanks for sharing.. great post!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. What a fantastic idea to set out all those beautiful, precious jars, pencils, brushes and powders on display on the mirrored frames! Everything can be seen and the natural light in your bathroom is perfect! xo

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  11. I finally have my makeup perfectly organized and it makes getting ready so effortless. I use a lot of divided organizers from Bed Bath and Beyond. I finally am able to keep all my makeup off the countertops and out of sight, organized neatly in drawers. It makes my bathroom look so sleek and clean.

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