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Cotton Stem Catch-Ups: countertops, mascara, shorts + cabinet!

Hey buddies! πŸ™‹πŸ»

Okay, let’s try something new:
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. πŸ’— 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…first one comin’ atcha!


The Cotton Stem Beauty Capsule
It was SO much fun chatting about easy and quick makeup routines this week, and I shared the first part of my makeup capsule with you guys, including links to my favorite products, a couple of (EASY) highlighting and contouring tricks that I use, and a lot more…check it out [HERE]!!

Guest Bedroom Reveal…plus that wallpaper!!
Y’all…this room.  πŸ˜  Took you guys on a tour of the vintage farmhouse (with a twist!) guest room redo, and, if you missed it, you’ll die when you read how much I paid for that bed.  πŸ™€  Sources and tour [HERE}!

Sweet Sister RoomπŸ’—
I haven’t shared my daughter’s rooms here, mostly because they are always doing this one certain thing that makes it impossible to do so…read about that AND check out their sweet little space [HERE]!

Quick Encouragement for Weary Humans/Moms
Oh man…things got real on this one, guys.  I shared some rough daily grind stuff I’ve been trying to deal with, and you guys….well, you’ll just need to check this out to see what people said.  I won’t forget this post soon…read [HERE]. πŸ’—

Q and A!

1. Where did you get the arched cathedral cabinet?  Is it vintage or can it be purchased somewhere?

My husband surprised me with this gorgeous vintage piece for my birthday after he peeked at my Instagram stories where I was taking my IG buddies along for a day of antique shop pickin’…and what a surprise it was!  He recognized which store I was in, because it has a distinct brick floor, so he bought it over the phone right then.  Wha a guy. πŸ’—

2. What kind of countertops are those?

These are DIY concrete countertops that cost us about $50 to do.  πŸ™€  Yeah.  I know!  Underneath were some decent (but not my style) Corian counters, and we basically iced ’em like a cake using all the supplies and techniques from THIS blog post.  Check it out if you are interested in learning more!

3.  What kid of mascara do you use?

I get this question so often if I’ve shared a story in Instagram chatting to the camera/you guys, and…I blush a little on the inside every time I answer it.  πŸ˜¬  I use Better Than Sex by Too Faced (πŸ™ˆ), and you can get it at Sephora or [HERE]…more about my thoughts on this product next week…part two of the #CottonStemBeautyCapsule coming your way! πŸ™ŒπŸ» 

4.  You talk about and wear those shorts constantly….how do they fit and do they hold up in the washer/dryer?

Obsessed with these shorts, and they sell out SO quickly!  Like, they were fully restocked as of this morning, and this evening, they are already down to only a couple of sizes left…crazy!  I’ll keep my eyes open for restocks for ya!  As far as fit goes, I chose one size smaller than normal.  They are made to be a bit loose in the “boyfriend” style, but my regular size was just TOO loose.  Once size smaller was perfect!  And I do wash them in the washing machine, but I lay them out to dry so as to try and preserve all of the details and fraying as long as possible.  So comfortable with just a little sassy edge.  


Okay guys, what do you think?  Should I keep doing this at the end of the week to sort of round up fun stuff you may have missed and to answer some FAQ’s or personal Q’s…?  Let me know below what you think, and also come say howdy on Instagram and Facebook to hang out some more!
πŸ’—Erin

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  1. Marie says:

    Love the #CottonStemCatchUps! Have a great rest of the weekend and I can’t wait to tune in on your adventures next week!

  2. Mandy says:

    Love this! And love that hair pulled back, air dried hair! So cute!

  3. Fiona says:

    Love this Erin. Great way to recap and also something to refer back to. Hope next week in a cheery one for you. I could so relate, I had one of those weeks too. My kids are now on school holidays here in Australia so I’m sure this coming week will have some fun attached to it for me. Xx

  4. Jen Smith says:

    Love these Cotton Stem Catch Ups! I’ve been dying to know the story behind your tattoos! You’ll have to share that next week. 😁 Thanks for sharing Erin! You’re awesome!

  5. Abby says:

    I always miss those shorts!!!!!!!

  6. Kayla Lawlor says:

    This is genius!!! More bloggers should do this! Hope you enjoy your sunday!

  7. Cathy G. says:

    Yes this is perfect!!!! Only if you have the time………live your life….. you do it when you can do it!!! Started following you for Decor inspiration and love your style too…. plus you can be self deprecating!!!! So refreshing!!!! Some bloggers are just too much!!!! They seem so in love with themselves!!!! Ugh πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I mean love your self but get over yourself!!! Does that make sense??? Lol!!! Anyways!!!! Just love all the beauty and hair tips and the home decor!!!!!! Need I say more!!! Stay true to yourself!!!! You rock!!!!

  8. Katy says:

    Okay, I love:
    1. Your personality! You actually glow from within and I believe that this is because of your love for God!

    1. I styled my hair for the first time in over a year following your tutorial and it came out really great. I feel like I want to TRY at, "girly," again after my first few months as a new mom! I’ve lived in my sweats since baby and I think I wore a pair of jeans for the first time in over a year.

    2. Your instagram stories make me feel so happy because it feels just like having a conversation with a close friend.
      You have made such a positive change in my life!

    The best part is that I can tell through comments others leave that you do this for SO MANY people! Thanks for being a buddy!

  9. Kristen says:

    Love the catch up idea. You’re the cutest!

  10. Word wiles says:

    Catch up is great. Also air dry hair is πŸ–’πŸ–’

  11. Vicky says:

    Yes love the weekly catch up!

  12. Kimberly says:

    I love the catch up and especially the faq. If you love doing it too, then go for it! You do you and do what brings you joy. Your time is valuable.

  13. Laura Boller says:

    I look forward to watching a few videos everyday, and yours is one of them. Just keep doing what you have been doing. I love all of it. Thanks for sharing I know this is time consuming but much appreciated. πŸ’–

  14. Kimberly Perkins says:

    Love the weekly catch ups! Enjoy reading your blog! 😊

  15. Angel says:

    Yes! But you didn’t talk about your tats!!! What are the three hearts β™₯️ you have four daughters so wondering if you just haven’t gotten the fourth or does it mean something else. I’m so nosy. πŸ˜‚

    • Lynn says:

      Yes. She has said that each heart stands for one of her daughters as her maiden name was Heart. Her sister and Mom were known as the Heart girls when she was little. She has just said she has not gotten around to doing the last HEart πŸ™‚ I hope Erin doesn’t mind that I answered that I answered that!

  16. Chelsea says:

    I think this is a fantastic idea, and I am all about #cottonstemcatchups

  17. Lisa from Indiana says:

    Yes, loved this new add on. ❀️❀️

  18. Michelle McCoy says:

    Yes!!! Perfect!!! Love it ❀️

  19. Kim Johnson says:

    Yes, please. You’re one of my favorites!

  20. Katie says:

    Hi Erin! I know you have mentioned it before, but I can’t remember. Is it Crest White Strips that you use as part of your teeth whitening regime?

  21. Nicole McLean says:

    Where did you get your white oval free standing mirror from? The one you use to show all your cute outfits!?!?

  22. Amy Quintana says:

    Yessss! Love the Q&A! Thank you! You’re the best!

  23. Brooklyn Taylor says:

    Loved it! Do you have more tattoos than the ❀️s? Instagram stories πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

  24. Megan Logan says:

    Love the Cotton Stem catch ups!!
    Also, where did you find your bed frame in your master bedroom? It’s so pretty!

  25. Morgan Garrett says:

    I think this is an awesome idea! First one seems to be a success!

  26. Rachel Massieu says:

    Where did you get those hanging greenery in your daughters room?

  27. Becky says:

    What lipstick do you use? I know you mentioned it recently, but can’t find post? Waah…

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