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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Going back to school- the new girl behind the teacher's desk

The school year, for the local colleges, starts this week and this year I will begin on the path of a long term goal, heading back into the class room as an instructor. Adjunct today, hopefully a permanent position in the future!

I am very excited at the opportunities to work at both University of Alabama, teaching AutoCAD, and Samford University co-teaching design and graphic fundamentals for interior design.

I foresee many of stretch goals in the near future, but I also foresee the camaraderie I so miss from working on a team!

Lastly, I foresee a different way of eating! On two days a week, I have 10 minutes for lunch. Two other days, I am teaching during my normal dinner... them driving an hour back home.  I decided on soups for lunch because drinking your lunch seems easy and time- effective, and I have these fab Klean Kanteens that will hold hot soups. The challenge will be getting an endless variety of soups that I like without making the same kinds every other week. So, I will be posting my journey of soups on my other blog, Sweet Home Flavors. Please click on the blog title to see my journey!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sally Hansen Airbrush legs- How-to

The Airbrush legs is very easy to apply.

I started with a previously lotioned leg, just in case dry skin might make this creepy.

I rubbed in to even out as seen in the above video.

And was left with an evenly slightly tan leg!

This easily removes from your hands with soap and water... as well as your legs.

These images came from my post on this product and the ability to cover spider veins. Find it HERE!

Thanks to Sally Hansen and Influenster for offering a complimentary tube of the Sally Hansen Airbrush legs for testing purposes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

For starters, I'l like to thank Influenster and Sally Hansen for sending me this product, complimentary, for review!

If you enjoy testing products, you can join Influenster, too. Head over to to join. If you are interested in purchasing Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, then just head to your local retailer- drugstore, grocery store, beauty store.

I found it in the Sally Hansen section, but it might be with the tanning type products.

With the housekeeping over... Let's talk about the product. This is considered leg makeup, not a self tanner. So, no self tanner smell, actually no smell at all- even when it warms up (unlike self tanners). This is a HUGE plus! Unlike self tanners, this washes off when you bathe, though it is water resistant- according to the packaging. In other words, you need soap to get it off.

Like make-up for your face, this adds some color and lightly blends out flaws. It will not cover a birthmark, nor completely cover spider veins. See video. However, this is not designed to obscure every flaw so you can have a close-up on your legs broadcast on and HDTV. It's designed to blend flaws seen from at least a few feet away.

Once applied, it does not wipe off. So, kiddies who hug your knees will not wipe it off. Overall, I would give this a thumbs up. It does hide flaws, it does offer some color to pale skin and it does not smell! Here is my before and after on the spider veins with the Airbrush Legs. I apologize for exposing you to my spider veins! By the way, when I told my sister about bring picked for the voxbox, she said she loved this product. So, it is sister approved, too.



Monday, July 6, 2015

Easy Succulent garden- plated, potted, portable and colorful

I love a succulent garden for the home. It is perfect for those who tend to forget that they have plants because they need very little water, just a warm spot and sun. Succulents are not for those who love to tend and nurture the garden. I over watered over loved a little garden a few winters ago.

But I am back to try again and it was all inspired by a trip to the local garden center where they had Aloe Vera plants on sale.

Here are my top 5 tips for making your indoor succulent garden. It's your easy planting guide.

1. Planting guide- Since succulents can be planted close together, they have an instant "full planter" look and should happily live that way for a while.

2. Soil- All you need is some potting soil that lets the plants drain well, something with sand in it is a good choice.

3. Planter Type- Remember that these plants tend to be top heavy because the soil is typically on the dry side and lighter in weight. So, a ceramic planter like the one used here is a good option.

4. Plants- go for color and pattern to give contrast to your garden. Or as my friends at Southern Living magazine say, the thriller, spiller and filler plantings guide- something that dynamic, something that drapes over the edge of the planter, and something(s) that fills in between the two.

5. Love- love the way they look in the pot, love how cool the colors are, love the way the sunlight makes them more vibrant- just don't love them with water! When the top inch of soil is dry, give them a deep drink and then love them in other ways. If you over water, they get wrinkly and die. 

Isn't it perfectly formed! But it needed friends for the full pot experience. Enter an Echeveria, a fuzzy Kalanchoe, and a Graptoveria.

A Neon Breaker Echeveria, with this luscious neon pink and slightly ruffled edge to the leaves.

The fuzzy Kalanchoe is called Panda Plant and when treated right will have these dark fuzzy edges!

Graptoveria offers that dusty coloring with a hint of purple- which is how I remember the name- Grape- toveria.

So, they will live together in a lovely oval planter. The spiky aloe in the back the graptoveria has a draping habit, so it's on the side. The panda plant and the neon breaker echeveria are the "feature" plants. 

All the parts ready to be put together!

Planted and filled in with extra dirt.
The fine soil gets everywhere and need to be cleaned off the leaves or they could rot. 
I used a soft "chip" brush to clean the soil off everything, then and the smooth pebbles to finish the plantings and to give a polished look to the planter.

Remember bringing plants indoors helps keep the air in your home cleaner by the natural "breathing" of the plant. It also gives you a view of nature that relaxes the mind!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Big July Sale- Laurl Designs at Hanna Antiques

Store hours: Monday through Saturday 10 to 5:00
Location: 2424 7th Ave South Birmingham

Please know that the parking meters around the store are now operable and that the cinnamon rolls at Birmingham Breadworks, next door, are delish!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Laurl Self is named one of the Best 15 Interior Designers in Birmingham

I am so excited to be voted as one of the top interior designers in Birmingham by
You can vote for the best of the best, too! It's easy, just click on the link below and choose me!

VOTE HERE!  Below are some of my greatest hits of the past few months!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chairsh is the word! My newest vintage home accessory selections

I have joined the Chairish community with some of special vintage selections. These gorgeous items have links below to Chairish!

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Versatile Danish Modern candlesticks designed by Jens Quistgaard for Dansk
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The elegant curves interlink to create a tight or a long line of candles. {BUY ME!}

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Or they can be arranged short and wide. These candlesticks are 5" tall and 4.25" wide. {BUY ME!}
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Who's got the handsomest mug? This guy! {TAKE HIM HOME!}

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This pair of bookends are perfect for dog lovers and book lovers! Best of all the white ceramic bookends add brightness and light to a dark bookcase. {BUY ME}
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Red Murano glass bowl, functional, practical, pretty! {BUY ME!}

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This bowl features the aventurine, which is silver or gold flecks in the glass. {BUY ME!}

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The murano bowl also have a bullicante pattern between the red and clear glass. This pattern of air bubbles makes a fibonacci spiral! {BUY ME!}

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Miriam Haskell pearl earrings. Simplicity at it's best! {BUY ME!}