Cotton Stem Catch-Ups: tattoos, dining table search, lemons and sunnies!

Hey buddies! 🙋🏻

This seemed to be helpful to you guys, so let’s do it again!:
I feel like I miss so many questions here, over on Instagram, in DM’s and emails, on Facebook….gah! 😩 I mean, we all have life to live outside of social media, and I feel strongly that we shouldn’t apologize for not being available 24/7…BUT!  I don’t like to leave you buddies hanging either. 💗 So…let’s try this!  At the end of the week, I’ll round up what’s been going on in Cotton Stem land, and…I’ll choose some of the most frequently asked questions of the week or maybe some quirky or personal Q’s, too!  I’ll post all the answers on the blog so y’all can catch up!  #CottonStemCatchUps…next one comin’ atcha!

1. Nordstrom Sale…for capsule wardrobes!
While I don’t only and always shop at Nordstrom’s, some of my nicer pieces in my capsules that last years have come from there…so I thought it would be fun to round up my picks for three parts of my daily day.  See what you think [HERE]…do you like my picks?!

2. Vintage Country Summer Nook
Check out what influenced basically the entire summer decor for this part of the house [HERE]…I love them so. 😍

3. Eye Makeup Tutorial
This week, I continued the Cotton Stem Beauty Capsule series with easy eye makeup!  Check out the quick and simple tutorial [HERE]!

4.  Met Holly @ourfauxfarmhouse!
Crazy how the Internet brings people together that would have never met otherwise, and this week, I got to meet one of my best friends that I met through Instagram…Holly @ourfauxfarmhouse!  Love this girl.  Check out her stunner house [HERE]! 🙀  She’s amazeballs.  Big time.


1. What do your tattoos represent?
Growing up, I lived with my mom and little sister, and we were known as The Hart Girls (my maiden name).  This stuck and carried on with us through adulthood, and now I have four tiny “Hart girls” of my own.  💗  I thought it was a sweet little way to commemorate my past, my present and my future.  (Also…I’m way behind on getting heart #4…oopsie!! 😉)

2. Where did you find all those lemons and were they pricey?
Amazon, baby!!  I think all of the lemons in all of the house only set me back about $30-40, and I’ll link my sources below for ya!

3. Where did you get those aviators you wear in stories?
Another cheapo depot alert: Target!  I can’t buy pricey sunnies right now, because the kiddos break all the things eventually 😑, so Target to the rescue.  Also, I think my ears are crooked, because EVERY pair of sunnies I’ve ever bought sits crooked on my face!  I’m wonky, guys!! 😂

4. Why are you trying to find a different dining table when you have a pretty one already?
The honest truth?  I don’t love the one we have, it was a VERY cheap DIY project, and…I’ve been on the hunt for a vintage table that gets me in the feels for quite awhile now off and on.  I’ve never found what was in my heart/mind while just casually looking, so, while we were kidless, hubby and I day-dated and antique shopped all around in search of a true vintage treasure.  We’ll eventually sell the one we have to help pay for the new one we find, and I’ll keep you posted on the table hunt next week! 🙌🏻

That’s all for me this week!  I hope you were able to catch up on a few Cotton Stem-y things from this week, and, if you have a question, leave it below in the comments–I round these up throughout the week to answer in these catch-ups, so ask away!  Happy weekend, friends!


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  1. Betsy says:

    Sounds like you had a great week! I look forward to your stories and posts every day!

  2. Nina says:

    You work so hard! You’re always the very first circle in my line of stories❤. I ordered the famous cotton stem jeans & need to size up! I’ll story about them if they work out! I do love how soft they are!!! Thanks for all you do, Erin! 🍋🏠🕶🌿🤗👏👏👏

  3. Jen says:

    So excited to hear about your tattoos. I have been thinking of getting something similar to that myself. 💕 Thanks for all you do! I LOVE all your stories and can’t wait to see what my friend Erin is ip to everyday. 😁

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      Thank you, Jen! And…I honestly forget I have them until I am putting on my makeup or filming IG stories! 😂

  4. Lisa says:

    Thank you for sharing so much of your time when with us. You are like Wonder Woman. ❤️ so glad I found you. I always look to see what you are doing. How amazing that Country Living used your picture, so deserving too. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

  5. Heather says:

    Can you talk about the planner system you use?

  6. Kelli Nicole says:

    Love this recap at the end of the week 💛

  7. Anita Garon says:

    Erin I thought the heart tattoos near your wrist were for your girls but then wasn’t sure because you didn’t have a fourth. Thanks for clearing that up. As long as you get it before your sweet baby realizes hers isn’t there 😻

  8. Ginger Buchanan says:

    Hello again! I gotta question I know you’ve been asked and you prolly have already posted it.
    What paint color did you used living room and kitchen.. I’ve search your blog and Pinterest lol it’s prolly there I just missed it totally..
    Keep doing you! You are awesome!

  9. Katie says:

    Love the sweet story behind your tattoos. I’ve got a heart shaped birthmark and a February birthday so I’ve always had a soft spot for hearts. 🙂 Can you share where your cute brown leather watch is from? I’ve been on the hunt for a leather watch for ages but haven’t found one I love.

  10. Gail Renoude says:

    You are a warm and welcoming inspiration to all of us out here. Keep doing YOU 💗 It’s a beautiful thing. You are loved, adored and appreciated! 🙏🏻

  11. Eleanor Hill says:

    I am loving Cottonstem! Your heart is sweet!

  12. Holly says:

    Oh my gosh, just seeing this. 🤣 I love you Erin! And I love these FAQ’s. What a great idea!

  13. Shannon Baker says:

    Do you know the style of your Michael Kors glasses? Or can you post an up close pic?
    Thank you!

  14. Shelby says:

    Hi Where did you get the wooden trough you put the lemons in?

  15. Sammantha Paulson says:

    Love how you share with us! -@sammpaulson

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