Carrera Marble Bathroom

Are you ready?

Here it is. . . The Marble Bathroom Finale — A fun, complete makeover project I did at home with my family.

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What was once an ordinary bathroom has now been redesigned and transformed (by yours truly) into an elegant and efficient master, featuring Grecian Black & White Octagon tiles with Carrara marble walls and stunning gold accents.

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No respectable renovation post is complete without before and after photos. For that, here are photos of what the bathroom looked like before the transformation.

The room, itself, was exceptionally small. It had a very low ceiling (with no ability to raise it). The shower previously had a wall separating the vanity from the shower space. All of those separating elements made the space feel even smaller!

So, I decided to boldly tear down the wall.

Then, I got rid of the bathtub altogether and expanded the shower area; it was a good decision. Without the wall being there, I wanted to fill the space with a clean, luxurious image. So, I decided to go with a frameless shower door. The new enclosure looks pristine and allows for uninterrupted views of the whole bathroom.

Of course, the finishing touches of any beautiful space live within the fine details. . . And the fine details of the sink faucets are showpieces that simply can’t be ignored. I chose very luxurious fixtures from GRAFF to be the fine focus of the bathroom.

One of my favorite design trends is mixing metals — in particular, BRASS! I love brass; it’s not quite as flashy as gold, yet it adds so much warmth to a space. I love marble and brass together, it makes all the difference in the world! 🙂

It is very important to make the place where you meditatively connect with yourself, every day, feel as welcoming as possible. Putting love like this into your space will make a profound energetic difference on how you feel altogether. I highly recommend it!

 

 

Matin d’Octobre. Château de Villandry, Loire Valley, France.

C’est l’heure exquise et matinale
Que rougit un soleil soudain.
À travers la brume automnale 
Tombent les feuilles du jardin.

Leur chute est lente. On peut les suivre
Du regard en reconnaissant
Le chêne à sa feuille de cuivre,
L’érable à sa feuille de sang.

Les dernières, les plus rouillées,
Tombent des branches dépouillées :
Mais ce n’est pas l’hiver encor.

Une blonde lumière arrose
La nature, et, dans l’air tout rose,
On croirait qu’il neige de l’or.

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Il était une fois. Loire Valley, France.

J’entends le vent
J’entends le ciel
Et comme un cri la brise m’appelle
La rivière le soleil me parle aussi
Et je sais que ma place est ici
Le ciel à l’infini embrasse l’univers
Les clefs du paradis sont ici sur mes terres
La lune sur les montagnes
Le vent dans les branches
Le torrent déchaîné
On ne nous séparera jamais
Le chant de la prairie suffis à mon bonheur
Et si la vie nous uni nous vaincront la peur
Si je m’éloigne parfois je n’ai qu’une loi
Oh oui toujours je reviendrais toujours vers toi

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The ultimate guide to magical Iceland

Originally, our plan was to spend our honeymoon in Spain. However, when our friends said that they were visiting Iceland, we couldn’t not join them — at the very top of my bucket list, has always been Iceland (especially after seeing such breathtaking photos of the Northern Lights). So, without much resistance, we packed our warmest coats and went to Iceland with them before heading to Europe!

Before I mention the highlights of my trip, I want to advise you to rent a car: having a car will be super help if you plan to see all of Iceland, hassle free.

Okay, now for the fun stuff:

Day #1

Blue Lagoon

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** I recommend that you go straight to blue lagoon right after you landed.

The Blue Lagoon is a serene and outstandingly blue geothermal spring and spa. While soaking in it’s healing waters, you can drink alcohol and get a free, natural facial mask. You can also get a massage (I still wish I opted for this).

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It felt amazing — especially after our long flight from LAX. The lagoon is located between the airport and the main city of Reykjavik; they even offer a free shuttle from the airport.

Downtown Reykjavik

Reykjavik is such a charming, cozy city! This is definitely where you should stay during your visit, we recommend staying at an AirBnB as there are loads to choose from and you get an authentic Icelandic experience.

We also highly recommend checking out the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja church — it can be seen all throughout Reykjavik.

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Want the best fish dish of your life? Go to MESSINN! As well, we had a wonderful, 7 dish course at the famous DILL restaurant on our second day. Both of these restaurants are winners!

Day #2

Gullfoss Falls and Geysir (Golden Circle)

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Gullfoss is an incredibly huge waterfall; needless to say, it was pretty amazing. However, my favorite part was the nearby Geysir: it would blast boiling water 70 meters in the air every few minutes!

 

Day #3

South Shore

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Our drive to the southern part of the island, to a town called Vik, was beautiful. On our way, we hiked around and saw Skógafoss (an amazing waterfall along the cliffs of what used to be a coast line), and a unique black sand beach. The black sand beach was another highlight of my trip; it was so gorgeous and peaceful, I really didn’t want to leave.

The Northern Lights

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Finally, the Northern Lights. The forecast said there was a low chance of us being able to see them, but we persisted anyway! Luckily, our persistence paid off and we were able to see the awe-inspiring, breathtaking North Lights (they were much better in person than what I had seen in photographs). We found them by just driving 15 minutes from downtown Reykjavik to a lighthouse. Seeing these lights is highly recommended.

***The lighthouse location is 15 minutes away from downtown Reykjavik. Usually people drive outside for few hours to see the northern lights clearer.

 

 

How To Glam Your Nails With Glitter Polishes

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Have you ever found yourself drooling over someone’s radiant, glittering nails? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I knew how to do that”? If so, this video tutorial is for you! As it turns out, glamming your nails with glitter polishes is much easier than you may have ever thought!

The process is quite simple:

1. Purchase your glitter nail polish. My personal favorite brands are CHANEL, Lauren B., OPI, Nicole By OPI, Urban Outfitters, Ciaté London, and many many more.

2. Apply a nail growth serum to all of your nails as a base coat. I use Lauren B Beauty Nail Growth Serum

3. Massage the nail growth serum into all of your nails.

4. Apply a clear top coat polish to all of your nails. I personally like Chanel Le Gel Coat.

5. Apply a base color. This will be the color underneath your glitter, so it should look good with whichever glitter you are using. In this tutorial I use a deep red base with gold glitter.

6. Let your nails dry all the way.

7. Apply your glitter polish on top.

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Voilà !

These dazzling nails really are that easy to have!