LOVE : LA BELLE PEAU

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Almost 10 years ago, 2007 in fact, I visited La Belle Peau. I will never forget the first time, from the moment I walked in, the staff were all smiles and warmly greeted me, they had passion. I received service and care as it should be. From there, they did not disappoint.

I came in with a concern, I was getting breakouts on my cheeks. They were deep and painful and I certainly felt less confident as a ‘young adult’ with bumps.

La Belle Peau treated and fixed my skin. They also introduced me to products which I was to use at home, home skin care is just as important as regular visits to your skin care clinic.

Shortly after I moved and was unable to continue visiting. I also somewhat neglected my skin, once it was back to it’s normal self and I ran out of their recommended products. I was inconsistent with my skin care regime and relied on my good Croatian genes (thanks mum and baba), I was able to get away with it.

Now I am a decade older and looking after my skin is an absolute priority. I am also very time poor being a full time mamma to two gorgeous little girls. So quick, consistent and result driven treatments is what I am all about.

I started visiting La Belle Peau again approximately 3 months ago with concerns; pigmentation, blackheads/open pours and overall uneven tones.

I was so pleased to see that the same level of care and service was still paramount to the lovely team. The only difference was that they had expanded and moved to a beautiful new premise.

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La Belle Peau, North Perth

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La Belle Peau, 478 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth

 

First thing was first, I was put under their advanced Visia Complex Analysis system, a device which scans your face and displays all aspects (inner/outer) of your skin on a computer. So shocked to see the inconsistency.

I was asked what the top 3 things are that I would like to see improve with my skin, I said, even skin tone, reduced to no pigmentation and closed pores. This was recorded in my notes.

I was then taken to my bed and a tailored treatment was put together for what needed to be addressed there and then.

snapchat                 not before a bit of snap-chatting, Kim was so much fun getting into this! what a good sport!! 

imageHere I am under the Cryobroadlight for the first time. This technology is one of the most advance, it helps to achieve a smooth, even and refreshed skin by stimulating skin growth and repair.

The owner, Kim Tran, has instilled in her staff that their method of treatment is not to just stick to standard treatments as per what they show clients from their price list (sound commonly familiar), rather, they are guided by them, however, can alter the treatment if certain areas need addressing. So, if you have any particular issues, they will be addressed by using a variety of products and machinery on the face, neck and décolletage – HALLELUJAH!!!

Is this just not genius. I mean it’s simple, but has taken the great mind of Kim Tran to construct such a treatment concept.

Talking about great minds, let’s take a little side step here and talk about Kim Tran, aka. The Kim Tran aka. The Skin Whisperer.

She came to Australia from Vietnam with her family and a cardboard box as their suitcase. Her parents separated while she was a little girl (**heart breaks), they lived in a woman refuge for a short while until they could get their own home. In Kim’s teenage years she developed acne, which, none was able to completely treat. She went on her own merry and determined way to fix the issue. This lead her to becoming one of the first Dermal Therapists to graduate in Australia.

At the ripe age of just 19, Kim opened La Belle Peau.

She was somewhat questioned by people as to what her title, ‘Dermal Therapists’ meant, as it was then an unheard profession.

Dermal Therapists are not your ‘typical therapists’ and are certainly not ‘beauticians’ (not that there is anything wrong with beauticians), the difference is, Dermal Therapists treat common skin problems such as acne, pigmentation, open pores, sensitivity. They use paramedical skin treatments and skin care to achieve great results.

After winning Telstra Business Woman of the year in 2015, all the major media channels announced that, a Perth Dermal Therapist took honours as Telstras Australian Top Business Woman of the year, yes, thats right, our very own, West Australian beauty and brains, Kim Tan. Besides being honoured, Kim was extremely proud her profession was being recognised.

Kim is now the Ambassador for the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science because of  her contribution to the industry. Since this, La Belle Peau has become the host clinic to provide Clinical Training for dermal therapist students as part of their training requirement.

Within her Vietnamese community and beyond, Kim has proven that you do not necessarily need to go to university to achieve success in life.

Kim says “as long as you have passion, willing to work, then you can succeed in any chosen field you want to work in”. Couldn’t agree more Kim!

Besides all of her accolades, her most proudest moment was recently being invited to Canberra, by Hon. Julia Bishop to help represent Australia. If someone was to tell her 10 years ago that a beauty therapist would achieve this, she wouldn’t have believed it, would you? (beauty school drop out, go back to high school?).

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imageThe Hon. Julie Bishop and The Kim Tran in Canberra (had to share this, as it really is a remarkable achievement)

Kim now speaks at conferences along with other high profile elite professional. When you are around her, she is clam, passionate and motivating at the same time, this is also reflective with her staff. Which is why I leave my face to them.

Ok, now back to my treatment plan.

3 months in and my skin is feeling and looking fabulous. I am constantly getting compliments on my skin. It is all to do with the wonderful work done at La Belle Peau. My complexion is even, pores and pigmentation reduced.

Yesterday I went back for the Radiance Skin Workout. Again, slightly altered to address my skin. It’s vitamin A concentrate under radiance, which helps with skin firming. We treated pores, helped brighten pigmentation and the Vitamin A stimulated collagen for firming.

imageI also had some light Microdermabrasion done, not only on my face but also on my neck and décolletage. I have had microdermabrasion done many times and it has never been done on my décolletage. It really should as the area is just as sensitive and visible as our faces. It needs the same care. We also did some extractions. Please leave these to professionals, I can tell you I have done some damage trying to do them myself.

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Here is my day 1 post treatment Instagram for I Lidia Love make up and filter free.

I honestly can not express to you enough just how precious our skin is, it is not to be taken for granted. We need to love, nurture and care for it. We also need to do a lot of at home treatments, which is what La Belle Peau are also very good at, sending you away with tailored products. Again, they do not just have one product, but multiple as every product and ingredient suits people differently.

If you want youthful skin and some extra confidence, I strongly suggest you come and visit the team at La Belle Peau. Whoever you see works under the same system with great passion and you will leave feeling all shiny, new and youthful – I do! You will also leave with personalised herbal tea – I mean really…

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References:

LA BELLE PEAU –

WEBSITE: www.labellepeau.com.au

FACEBOOK: La Belle Peau

INSATGRAM: la.belle.peau

THE KIM TRAN –

WEBSITE: www.thekimtran.com

INSTAGRAM: The Kim Tran_

LINKEDIN: Kim Tran

LOVE: Baldivis Farm Stay

Last weekend the girls and I escaped the city. Within half an hour we were surrounded by the beautiful (semi Rural) country side of Baldivis.

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The perfectly themed country style welcome sign

 

We stayed at Baldivis Farm Stay.

As we arrived we were greeted by one half of the dynamic husband and wife duo; Paul. He directed us to drive down a path which lead to our cottage accommodation. On our little drive, we noticed the cutest barn, which we later learnt is where wedding receptions are held.

When we got to the divine cottage, we were greeted by the other half, Michelle and her daughter who were doing some tiding up for us. I was instantly impressed by the gorgeous families passion, level of care and attention to detail with the whole property. It’s testament to the success of their business.

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Leading up to the trip my girls were so excited about waking up and being surrounded by animals, they were telling all their school friends. It’s so important for kids big and small to be surrounded by animals, we love them.

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note: tourist Kaleesi’s camera is wrong way around

 

The property has a few different animal stations, with a variety of goats, roosters, chickens and horses.

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Hello Billie the resident Goat. He loves the island which is surrounded by a dam.

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The cottage itself, which sleeps 5, was clean and complete with everything you need, from air conditioning to an abundant amount of toys and DVD’s. The fridge was stocked with milk for the humans and carrots for the animals. There were also so many personal little touches inside the cottage.

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The two comfortable bedrooms. Both accessing the back porch.

 

You are able to feed the animals at your leisure. We loved this as we were not bound by a roster and just enjoyed being in ‘holiday mode’.

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It took us a while but we got in there 🙂

 

Surrounding the property is a kids play area, which my girls just loved, mummy loved the hammock.

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The girls also loved the hammock

 

To the other side of the property is a garden which was established for wedding ceremonies . The property can also sleep guests in 2 people tents which includes breakfast the next morning. Just brilliant.

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The beautiful ceremony garden. Chloii and Kaleesi pretended to get married – so cute!!

 

The first morning we woke up, I distinctly remember standing on the front balcony, coffee in hand, the girls were playing on the step and I just took in a deep breath of clean, fresh country air, it was heavenly.

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We stayed for two nights, could have done with one more – next time!

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imageIf you do have the opportunity to stay, be sure to check out the homemade candles by Milkies Candle Co. I loved them all, but the gingerbread was the winner for the upcoming Christmas period.

Thanks for having us Baldivis Farm Stay, we will most definitely be back. Perfect family quick city get-a-way!

 

references:

Baldivs Farm Stay – Facebook page, definitely one to follow

Baldivis Farm Stay Air BnB – Direct link to book your stay

Milkies Candle Co. – To purchase your candle on-line

Wedding Day Flair – To see the most recent wedding held at the property

 

Much love, xx LT

LOVE: Thankful Dinner Party

Last night I hosted a dinner party with my special ladies, who have proven to be real, honest and super loyal, namely over the last few years. LoVe is all we need, and these ladies have truly given me that.

It’s no secret there has been a change in my family unit, and with this, there is often changes in friendships. Some people support you and some people turn on you. That’s just life.

The people that stay by you, are the ones that are meant to be. I am as thankful for them as I am the one’s who didn’t and don’t support my girls and I, as, they clearly needed to be out of our lives for they are not meant for us and do not want our best. So, when in life people leave, be thankful for that just as much as you are thankful for the ones who stay.

As I just love to entertain, the only option to thank my special ladies was by doing what I simply loVe – entertaining. My guests received formal e-invitations for a Ladies Long Table Grazing Dinner Party.

 

Here are some images of the special night.

 

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Florals by MISS BLOOMINGBIRD, the most stunning arrangement!

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Cello by DOLCE ENSEMBLES, beautiful background music.

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 My thank you speech to my lovely ladies for being so, well, loVely!!

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My pretty Wendy Naumovski hair & I having a moment to admire my Grazing Table.

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The Grazing Table. Food was prepared by Table & Plate and myself. Styled by me.

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Guest gifts were homemade chocolate marshmallow which you dunk in warm milk & make a hot chocolate.

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The delicious cake by QUEEN OF TARTS. It took centre stage on my table, it needed all the attention it could get for it was pure perfection. I can still taste the cake…

 

All the suppliers can be found on below Social Media reference links. I follow all of them and I highly recommend following them also, they have exquisite taste and fantastic products (otherwise I simply wouldn’t be following them let alone using them).

Now that this is over, I am already planning my next gathering – and I can’t wait!!

 

Much love, xx LT

 

References:

MISS BLOOMINGBIRD

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missbloomingbird/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missbloomingbird/

 

DOLCE ENSEMBLES

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dolce.ensembles/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dolceensembles/

 

QUEEN OF TARTS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/queenoftartsextraordinaire/?fref=ts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/queenoftartsperth/

 

WN HAIR & MAKEUP

Instagram: http://www.pictaram.com/user/wnhairandmakeupstudio/298470769

LOVE: Latest Shades

Being an avid sunglass lover, last week I visited The Blackwall for a bit of sunglass dress up fun.

I tried on the latest shades from Karen Walker & Valley.

I was in my element. I wanted them all.

 

KAREN WALKER

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VALLEY

 

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Despite my love for pink, and the whole sunglasses collection, these Karen Walkers stole my heart..

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The Blackwall have so many more options in the most coolest display cabinet.

They also stock amazing clothing from well thought off brands.

Check them out, they are located at 1/30 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe.

Much love, xx LT

 

 

LOVE: Spoilt Rotten Kids

Hello mammas and daddies and carers, I have a fantastic children’s activity to share with you.

Pre-stenciled art, it’s so simple and so cleaver.

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The images are drawn out for you, they have then been traced with a blade. All you and or your kids do is peal the top layer off, you are then left with sticky paper, in which you sprinkle different colours of sand over to create your picture.

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My girls and I had such a fantastic time creating this art by Spoilt Rotten Kids. It was very calming and the outcome is just incredible.

 

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Perfect rainy day or simply staying at home activity.

You can find Spoilt Rotten Kids from their website:

http://www.spoiltrottenkids.bigcartel.com

or Instagram page:

http://www.instagram.com/spoiltrottenkids/

Seriously do it, it is such a Fantastic activity!!

Much love, xx LT

 

 

 

LOVE: NOOD Skin Food

I have recently been introduced to NOOD Skin Food. Locally made in Mandurah, West Australian.

Their products are free from all the nasties that I avoid: Synthetic Fragrances, Animal Derivatives, Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Petrochemicals, PEGS, Palm Oil, Mineral Oils, Artificial Colours, Triethanolamine, EDTA, Propylene Glyol and Sillicones.

So far I have just tried their Raw Cacao Coffee Scrub. I have been using coffee scrubs for years, I can honestly say my skin is never better than when I use them.

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The NOOD Skin Food scrub is one of the best that I have tried. It is absolutely delicious on my skin. When I am exfoliating my body, it does not feel too course, it is just right. After the treatment, my skin feels extremely soft and smooth. It is the ideal maintenance for a busy mamma.

Did you know that coffee scrubs have many benefits, from being great exfoliants, to having anti-inflammatory properties, can help reduce cellulite, improve circulation and smooth out your skin.

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Now that I know just how good NOOD Skin Food Raw Cacao Coffee Scrub is, I am confident that their other products are just as good. Can’t wait to try them.

Check out their easy to navigate and shop website NOOD Skin Food do yourself a favour and at least buy this scrub to start as I have. I know you will thank me. Also, we are supporting local, just how it should be.

Enjoy!

Much love, xx LT

LOVE: Kaleesi’s 3rd birthday party

My baby girl is now officially 3. I can still hear the sounds of the Doctor saying “it’s a girl” and that sweet feeling of being complete. I always wanted two girls, for the sisterhood I never had (although I was blessed with two brothers) and that ability girls can have with keeping their families together. Family unity and commitment to me is paramount. Which is what I teach my girls.

Kaleesi is my little mini me. We are so much a like in so many ways. In our little family unit she is the more daring one; fearless even, she is super funny and is just always cracking jokes. She is determined and strong willed. An amazing dancer and confident performer. Sometimes a little bit grumpy haha I say she has child number 2 syndrome. Overall she is just perfect to us.

For her 3rd birthday she wanted Minnie Mouse theme, so that is what she got. I can say I had the most fun styling this event, all the pink had something to do with it….

Enjoy xx

 

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Guests were greeted with headwear.

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Minnie Mouse ears on the jars were cut out from the images on the Huggies nappy pants boxes.

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I used a t-shirt and White napkins to cover the cake stand. I then put double tulle over the material to soften it up. Anything is possible when you use your creativity.

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Delicious cake from SWEET MOMENTS (you can find her on facebook)

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I did a two in one with decorations and baby gifts. The balloons on the table were attached to white pom poms with cute little hair clips and name tags for the designated babies as their gift. Massive hit.

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Kaleesi sign from HEXI Australia

Anyone guess what the circle decorations are? Kmart place matts! #kmarthack 🙂

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Forever Thankful for all of life’s gifts.

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Group shot, clearly the boys were too cool for their headwear 😂😂

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Entertainment was provided by Parties Kids Remember.
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So much fun!

Special shout out to all the gorgeous mammas that helped and made something for the special day. So very greatful. The girls and I have the most loveliest, caring and beautiful souls in our sphere. We have so many blessings that we focus on and know that we are just so blessed in so many ways.

Now I have a year off till the next party. I have received a few personal requests for birthday party styling… If I get the itch I may just have to take the offers up 🙂

 

Much Love, LT xx

 

LOVE: Bone Broth

Over the years I’ve struggled with stomach issues off and on. In my quest to source natural remedies, I kept hearing about Bone Broth. It wasn’t until more recently when my gut wasn’t in the best state that I finally tried it.

There are may sites dedicated to bone broth, so I quote from Dr Axe:

“I have found bone broth to be the No. 1 thing you can consume to:
* Treat leaky gut syndrome

* Overcome food intolerances and allergies
* Improve joint health
* Reduce cellulite
* Boost immune system

Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation”.

(To read in full: http://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/)

 

Bone Broth enthusiasts will concur that the most nutritious bones to cook with are (in order):

1. Chicken
2. Lamb
3. Beef

I get my bones from my local Torre butchers. Make sure you use grass fed meat.

There are so many different recipes and versions out there, so I now refer to Quiry Cooking, who has sure got you covered:

(**note:

  • I don’t use a slow cooker, I cook it in a pot on the stove. Unfortunately I currently don’t have gas, if you do – lucky you!
  • When making beef bone broth, I first pre-heat the oven to 180 deg., combine bones, garlic, onion, carrot (leek optional) and cook it off for 20 minutes then add it to my pot filled with filtered water, sprinkle Celtic salt and begin the long cooking process. )

http://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2014/05/bone-broths-liquid-stocks/

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Beef Bone Broth in the making

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Top layer of fat from Chicken Bone Broth once it’s been refrigerated. You remove this layer and keep it for high heat cooking (altho a small percentage of folk say to throw this out and not use it to cook with as there are toxins stored in the fat..)

 

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Once the layer of fat has been removed, you have  jelly like broth which turns into liquid when warmed up, then ready to drink. Delish.

 

As for my verdict, I believe it absolutely aided in getting my gut back to it’s healthy state. I haven’t felt better for years. I now do occasional cleanses for maintenance by having  a cup first thing in the morning. I also incorporate it with family meals, my girls love it.

I strongly recommend joining this Bone Broth phenomenon, and what a perfect time of year to do so.

A little fact, Bone Broth drinking has become so popular that in New York there are hole in the wall establishments that sell it by the takeaway cup. People line up and get this instead of coffee. True story. But I’m sure they hit the coffee up after, I know I do!

Life is so short, we need to live it to the max, good health is key.

Much love, LT xx

LOVE: Chloii’s 4th birthday party – FROZEN


Over the weekend we celebrated beautiful Chloii’s 4th birthday with a Frozen themed party.

I was in my element styling the event, it gives me so much joy and I just love getting creative and coming up with unique ideas.

The cake is by an amazing patisserie chef, Michelle Carlin Dalili, from Sweet Moments.  I had the pleasure of having her work for me when I opened my first cafe in Subiaco. Like any super talented superstar, she went out on her own and started SWEET MOMENTS, which I can not recommend any higher.

Entertainment provided was by Encore Kids, who use WAAPA performers. They were very good.

The party was a success, I’m still receiving many wonderful comments, besides all that, the biggest success was seeing my beautiful first born so happy and in here element amongst her family and friends donning an Elsa dress and singing ‘Let it go’ from the top of her lungs. Priceless.

Enjoy the pictorial of the magical and extremely cold … Frozen even.. themed birthday.

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Much love, LT xx

 

LOVE: DIY art work and frames

I saw some art I loved online for $800 on sale. I was humming and haring and when I went to view it again it was sold. So I thought I’d get my arts and crafts loving little girls to make it and, it turned out even better than I thought.

We had so much fun creating the piece. It went from paint brushes to hand paining to a bit on their faces, and a few other places..

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The art work was painted on what was the backing from a large photo frame which broke. I used some bits of wood I found in my dads shed that I cut to size with a hand saw, then attached the panels to the back of the artwork with liquid nails. This was done for structure and to prevent bowing.

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As I was so proud of the finished product, I wanted to display pictures in frames of the girls while they were at work. Again this was done on a budget. I purchased two cheap wooden frames from Target for $5 and spray painted them gold which I got from Bunnings for $12 (if you’re not living under a rock, you will know that gold/copper is all the interior rage at the moment). The key to painting/spray painting (even painting your nails) is you do the first coat thin, it creates a base, dries quicker, then for your final coat you can go heavier. Be sure to lightly sand down whatever it is that you are painting first.
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I framed three pictures of the girls at work right next to their beautiful master piece, which is positioned above our dining table:

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This whole project cost $17 (rather than $817) and not only looks fantastic but is so sentimental. I just love looking at it.

 

Much love, xx LT