The Cost Plus furniture sale has me wishing our apartment was bigger…

I’m slightly obsessed with Cost Plus.  Their eclectic mix of earthy-modern decor is right up my alley.  (And let’s face it: their candy aisle is to die for.)

Did you know that until November 22nd, all furniture is 25% off (both in store and online)?!  It’s kinda killing me that I don’t have any major furniture needs at the moment.  But just in case you do, here are a few of my favorite pieces…

fuchsia chair / hammered coffee table / swivel stool / upholstered bed / metal tub chair / wood & metal coffee table

Check out all their on-sale furniture here!


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Get Your Vote On!

Ok, I’m not really into telling people what to do.  (Except my husband.  And my little brother.  Ok, I lied… usually I like telling people what to do.)  But I try not to make {blending beautiful} a “preachy” space.  The thing is, today is a BIG, CRUCIAL day for our country.


So, I’m going to get my preach on for a second and say: please, take advantage of your right— your privilege— to vote today.

Due to the ineptitude of the U.S. Postal Service, I have to drive 90 minutes to cast my vote in this election.  But, I won’t let that stop me!

I hope that those of you affected by Hurricane Sandy will have the opportunity to reach convenient polling places…

If you need a little inspiration, take a peek at this awesome video, created by Lena Dunham.


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Can I be honest?

If you’re a regular visitor of this blog, you’re probably noticing some pretty dramatic adjustments to the design today.  (A BIG thanks to my awesome husband for creating a new look for this space in his not-so-spare time.)

These visual changes couldn’t come at a better time because it’s also time for the content of {blending beautiful} to make some changes as well…


I’m amazed that it’s been nearly three years since {blending beautiful} created a little home for itself on the interweb, and I’ve had such a great time with my virtual {bb} family.  I originally started this blog as a way to chronicle life’s inspirations and share my beauty knowledge while keeping myself in the habit of writing every day.  But I’ve noticed lately that daily posts have become more of a task than an inspiration.

I don’t think I should be publishing posts just for the sake of publishing.  I mean, who wants to read that?

So I’ve decided to shift the focus of this space, slightly.  I’ll still be posting regularly, but probably not every day.  It’s likely to get a bit more personal— I plan to share things with you as they pertain to my life.  So, if I’m working on an awesome craft or I discover a new beauty product you’ll be the first to know :)

And, as always, if you have specific questions or need advice, I’m happy to write a post about them.

I’m also going to stop bombarding my subscribers with daily emails announcing new content.  If you’d like to be updated on the happenings of the blog, I’d love it if you’d become a fan of {bb} on Facebook.

I look forward to seeing this space grow and evolve and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting, and making {blending beautiful} as fun and fabulous as it is!


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Have a Fantastic Weekend

Wow, this week has just flown by, don’t you think?!  I’m looking forward to this weekend… we’re taking a little road trip to visit my brother and cheer him on during his first half marathon!  (Hopefully it goes much better than mine did, haha.)

I’ve got some fun surprises set for the blog next week, so make sure to check back on Monday :)

Let’s kick the weekend off right with some fun links from around the web!

Obsessed with this braided updo!

Easy DIY votives

Trav and I tried out a similar recipe this week and it was delish!  (We added bacon and grilled onions :)

Sweet doorstop.

I love when ladies post weekly pregnancy updates… so cute!

How cozy is this mug sweater?

This home would be the perfect spot for a dreamy weekend getaway…

Is it bad that I’m already reeeeeallly excited for Christmas?

Boot lust!

For more fun finds, follow me on Pinterest

What are you up to this weekend?  Any fun plans?  Got some links of your own to share?  Comment below!


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Pretty Thanksgiving Printables

I love November 1st because it feels like the holidays are officially upon us!  Thanksgiving is my favorite— who doesn’t love an entire day of food, family, board games, and festive decor?

Travis and I have dreamed about hosting Thanksgiving, but with a large family and a series of small apartments, it hasn’t exactly been doable.  This year, with a slightly bigger place, we’re hosting a day-after Thanksgiving with our immediate families.  I look at it as a dress rehearsal for the day when we can tackle the whole shebang.

Needless to say, I’ve been scouring the web for ways to make our gathering special and these free printables from The Tomkat Studio are just the thing!

The perfect blend of elegant and rustic, I plan to dress up our table with a few of these cute details.  Up next: creating the perfect centerpiece!

Are you hosting any gatherings for the holidays this year?  How will you make your gathering look and feel extra special?  If you’re a fan of these printables too, click the link above and download away!


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