4.16.2015

Beauty Bag: The only beauty oil you will ever need.


If you're anything like me, you are so over the assault winter had on your hair skin and nails. I know what you are thinking, "not another beauty oil review," but grab a cup of tea and scoot a little closer so I can tell you why I love this so much.

So, I wear my hair in a protective style and after taking it out, it was oh so so so dry. One part heredity and two parts neglect. (I know!!! terrible!) I was lucky enough to be given a chance to try out Argan Oil by goPure and I jumped (nearly out of my chair) at the chance. I had wanted to try argan oil for a while, but I didn't know much about it (and honestly was afraid it would smell terrible). 

According to GoPure, its 100% argan oil is "liquid gold," and one of nature’s most effective moisturizers. Yielded from the kernels of the argan tree, a plant that is native to Morocco, argan oil offers many beneficial nutrients. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, argan oil absorbs quickly without leaving behind a greasy or sticky residue. It can be used all over the body, including the delicate skin of the face and neck. 

Hellooooo! 4 ounces of vitamin E packed, skin-loving fatty acid, sun damage skin-cancer fighting 100% organic cold-pressed goodness all for little ole me? Yes please. It arrived at the house super fast. Check! The bottle came with a dropper for easy application and nicely packaged with no strong oder. Double check. My dry cuticles drank it up while I massaged a 4 or 5 drops on my scalp and hair right away. Instant softness. Yep! Think Brillo pad turns to cashmere. By the next morning the oil had turned these parched tresses into a soft detangled fro. Hollaaaaaa! Now, I have used beauty oils before (some ranging from super inexpensive-$6 to pretty pricey-over $75 eek!!) for oil cleansing and moisturizing my complexion so I am no stranger to oils. The real test was going to be my Mexico trip. I mixed the oil with my sunscreen and it gave my skin a nice healthy glow and it didn't spill in my travel bag. Hoooray!!! I think for $16 bucks, this delivers a pretty powerful punch.

I love sharing my fab finds with you all. Please do let me know if you try this. I would love to know what you think of it.

*This post is kindly sponsored by GoPure and contains affiliate links. All opinions are completely own. Although, I received the product for free, I carefully considered this product before reviewing it. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!

3.25.2015

New Series: The Woman Across the Room

Happy Tuesday Lovelies!! After spending waaaay too much time thinking and not doing, I am finally sharing something that is so near and dear to my heart. Say hello to my new series of posts titled "The Woman across the Room" to highlight fabulous women in business. I am so lucky to get to work with amazing women in my business. Leading and coaching my team has filled truly filled my cup and I can't wait to share their stories with you.

Last summer, we learned a story about "the girl across the room" from our founder and CEO Jessica Herrin this past year at Hoopla our annual sales training and inspiration conference (think your best girlfriends, cocktails, fashion and fun for 4 days!). In this video, Diane Von Furstenberg shares her story of admiring the woman across the room. She says "when you are somewhere and see a woman across the room who you think has it all together and is so confident and beautiful and who makes you feel insecure about yourself, remember that to someone else YOU are the other woman across the room."

  

Introducing my first "Woman Across the R00m" Stella & Dot Stylist on my team: Carol McKnight


1. Tell us a little about yourself Carol.
Wife, Mother of Two, Glam Mama of 2, Lover of Yoga, dark chocolate and all things chic! 




2. What inspired you to give Stella & Dot a whirl?
The gorgeous accessories of course! But also I came across Stella & Dot at a time in my life when I was looking for something new and exciting and this filled that void!

3. What do you have going on with your life outside of Stella & Dot? How do you balance it all? I'm a wife, I work full-time, I have an additional family side business and I play a very active role with my grandkids.  I prioritize based on what matters to me most and my needs at the time.  That's why I love Stella & Dot because it gives me to flexibility to enjoy it all on my terms.


4. What advice would you give someone wanting to start a business? Just do it!  What do you have to lose,  especially with Stella & Dot, with the low investment, it's a WIN, WIN!  Style + Extra Cash, how can you go wrong!

5. What is your favorite little blue card purchase?Not one in particular, but overall just having that extra stash of cash to pamper myself, take that weekend trip or indulge in those shopping excursions with no guilt or shuffling of funds :)

6. Just for fun!
-early bird or night owl? Night owl!
-coffee or tea? Both, just depends on what I'm feeling that day!
-statement necklace or delicates? Layered delicates of course!

7. Favorite combo that you can't seem to stop wearing?
The delicate hoop from the Bianca Earrings, Bar necklace from the Rebel Cluster & Rebel Pendant. 

That was so fun! Thank you Carol for sharing your #SDJoy with us! You are one of the 999,947th reasons why I LOVE my Stella & Dot tribe! 

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3.16.2015

What I am packing for my Mexico vacation


Have you ever been to a place that makes your soul come alive? When I was 19, I traveled to Mexico and Guatemala with a friend to go to a spanish language school in Guatemala. Because her passport never arrived, she had to return home but we relaxed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a week before we were due to leave. I continued on alone and when I returned, I visited a magical beach called Tulum. Yes, the Riviera Maya is dotted with large luxury and glittery resorts but Tulum maintains it's natural laid back vibe. 2 years ago, David and I escaped for a romantic holiday over Thanksgiving and he we sick with cold and flu. My poor babe was miserable for an entire week. We stayed at La Revé (which was lovely and I highly recommend it) and took a day trip to Tulum. He surprisingly recovered briefly and when we got to the top of the cliffs at the Mayan ruins overlooking the bright turquoise sea, his soul came alive as well. We languished for the day-eating, sipping, reading, napping and frolicking in the ocean before returning to Playa.

Since that vacation, I vowed that we would return to Tulum and soak it all up again. Reservations are made and I can't wait to share our adventures with you. This time we are staying at Sanara Tulum, a luxury eco chic hotel and wellness center and a premier yoga retreat studio. 

But first a girl has to decide what to wear. Ok, so this is my dream suitcase. 
First up are the swimsuits. I'm a sucker for anything ruffled and I'm dying to try out the high waist bottoms of this American Apparel suit. So fun!

Then the cover ups...Because a girl has got to hop on the bike and head to downtown Tulum for a fresh lunch of fish tacos and margaritas. Can you keep a secret? I already scooped the J. Crew white eyelet tunic. It is on sale with an extra 25% off with code "SALELOVE". It was practically irresponsible not to get it.
I'll need a straw fedora to keep the sun out of my eyes.
I'm loving this black and white one from BCBG MAXAZRIA.
eyewear
Finally, the beach bags. Seriously, I have a problem. Why is this the largest group? I am a sucker for a straw beach bag. Give me a market tote and I am a happy happy girl. I've had my eye on the Mar y Sol (every single one of them) for months now. This is the perfect excuse to grab mine. The little pom poms are too adorable. Decisions, decisions!

3.10.2015

Let the decorating adventures begin

This post has been in my heart and on my mind for months and months. I have been on pins and needles waiting anxiously for us to close on our very own home so I could share with you all. David, Zoe, Henry and I had made the most of our little 3 bedroom basement apartment but I had longed for a place of our own for a while. It seems like every time we moved, we wanted to do one thing or another with our place but rentals don't give enough freedom to do much and frankly we didn't feel like spending the money unless we owned it. I stumbled across this beauty in the perfect location just north of Atlanta and as soon as Henry and I pulled up my heart leaped! I knew it was ours! 


I had this fabric and this image on my vision board for over a year. I am thrilled to make this dining room come to life.


Our barren living room and long hallway with a peek at Henry's room.
We are all moved in and have started making it ours. Here are the first sneak peeks of a few rooms and I promise to share finished spaces, projects and a complete house tour on the blog. 
Sweet Henry's room is almost done. I created this alphabet print and I just adore the triangle art on the wall. I can't wait to reveal the finished room.
David painted the fireplace white. I love a blank slate. These pretty plants and vases captured the light and I had to snap a pic.


If you need some home design inspiration, I have a ton of ideas pinned on my pinterest board, follow along with me and share your favorite decorating ideas. I can't wait to hear your favorite ideas, stores, colors and projects.

3.06.2015

4 style ideas to steal for Spring

Are ya'll DYING for Spring or what? Seriously, enough with the grey, cold and freezing rain. Here in Atlanta, Mother Nature can't make up her mind if she wants to be hot or cold.  Let me decide for her. Keep it a balmy, sunny 65-70 degrees please. This mama needs to feel the sun on her skin and lounge on the patio. I have loads of places to go this spring that I need to look pretty and polished for. Thank goodness for my Stella & Dot business that keeps me in colorful accessories all year long. Here are 4 looks that I am currently coveting. This first look is first on my list. I can wear this to bridal showers and events, my daughters dance performances and brunch with the girls. Hooray for spring! What event has you scrambling for a pretty + polished look? 

Where to find it:

Where to find it

Where to find it:

Where to find it:

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2.27.2015

Happy Sparkly Friday!

3 Cheers for the weekend! Have you lovelies heard of Rocksbox? They were so sweet to provide me with a 3 month subscription to try out its unlimited access to its jewelry closet! It's so fun to have a stylist pick out things for me for a change. Everything inside is something I would wear with my existing pieces. So fun!

My box arrived in the cutest packaging with everything neatly packed inside. I'm dying over the Perry Street Daisy Crystal Earrings. Yay! I'm rocking them with a denim jacket and black joggers. 

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1.19.2015

My vision + goals for 2015


Hello lovelies, I am so excited to return to blogging after a long holiday break and much needed time with my family. I love this time of year and I have been so excited to get organized and set my goals and intentions. I have many of the same goals as I did last year and I like to look at it as what I want to do "more of".  I have so many plans, dreams goals and exciting news to reveal.

Here are some things related to the blog and my business that I would like to see more of:

• more interviews, link-ups & collaborations with other bloggers
• more glimpses into my world, my business, my closet, my kitchen, my heart
• more authentic, raw and honest sharing with you
• more feedback from you and what you would like to see here
• more meet-ups and fun social events with you.
• I want to attend a blogger or creative conference
• I want to add more fabulous and fun products to the shoppe

I have been printing goal sheets, planners and worksheets like crazy. I promise to share with you some of my favorite organization resources that have really been favorites of mine this month.

Organization resources:
• A bowl full of lemons-one of my favorite blogs chock full of cleaning tips, resources, printables and drool-worthy photos
I heart organizing- This site makes me happy happy! I spend so many hours on this site. Gorgeous printables and very useful tips for organizing, decorating and keeping a cheerful and colorful home.
Alejandra Costello - OMG amazing amazing amazing. I watch the youtube channel and I love it. Alejandra is friendly, easy to watch and her ideas are fun to implement.

I would love to hear from you. What are your favorite goal setting or organizing resources?





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