In My Bag

By Kate Riley March 28, 2016

Hello and welcome to another week! I paid a visit to my brother’s house over the weekend and photographed his kitchen remodel (see the “before” here) and I’m so excited to share the new look, you’ll love all the finishing touches, and you can catch a sneak peek on Instagram.

Instead of a design related post today, I was invited by my blog friend Chris of Just A Girl to share what’s in my tool bag today, not the home improvement one (years ago I posted my 25 essential DIY tools). No instead today’s kit includes makeup, so today’s post is a little diversion from regular content but fun to talk about for us ladies.


I have some go to products I’ve been using for years and would be devastated if they were discontinued. It’s so hard to find the perfect thing for but once I do I keep going back!

I’m not into wearing a lot of makeup, it doesn’t work for me, and I can’t get into trends like contouring or Kylie’s lips, I stick with what works and what I found enhances my skin and features. My skin is between fair and medium tone, I have a French, Italian, and (of course) Irish heritage. These are the cosmetic products that work best for me!

 kate makeup bag


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley March 26, 2016

Happy Easter weekend friends! I’m back home in California, my head is filled with design ideas for the house flip, I can’t wait to share the progress in the months to come! For Easter Sunday, we’re headed to church services then I’m hosting a dinner with a few friends, serving lamb chops and spring vegetables, it will be relaxing and lovely I’m sure! Here’s a roundup of favorite links I found around the web this past week, enjoy.

 home makeover

A beautiful home makeover for a young widow.

A dreamy vacation villa in St. Barts.

A stunning beach home tour in Martha’s vineyard.

A charming bed and breakfast in Florence, Italy.

A fresh look for a townhouse only 12 feet wide.

9 small houses under $30K.

An inside look at what it’s like to be cast on HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

How to tone down the heat when your food is too spicy.

Very clever pasta packaging.

40 tips for creative bloggers.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!