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30 Days of Beautiful

Ever since announcing my pregnancy, and really, probably long before that, I’ve had trouble slowing down. If anything, with baby on the way, I’ve sped up and added more and more to my “to do” list, trying to get as much done as possible before baby girl‘s highly anticipated arrival. So when Clarins reached out with their “30 Days of Beautiful” challenge, I knew it would be good for me. Basically, for 30 days, I’ll be taking a few minutes each day to focus on something that exemplifies beauty (and occasionally snapping a photo and sharing it on Instagram with the #30DaysofBeautiful hashtag) and trying out Clarins Double Serum. On both counts, it’s a good way to slow down and remind myself to take care of me, to see the beauty in everything and to just breathe.  (I’ve also heard amazing things about Clarins Double Serum, and so far, I’m hooked … full update coming soon.)

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I’m going to take time to enjoy what I do, I’m going to read more, I’ll buy flowers often, and relax when my body tells me it’s time (or at least I’ll try!)

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Want to get in on the goodness?  Check out the Clarins Instagram sweepstakes (below) – Clarins is giving away a Double Serum everyday for the next month – and let me know that you’re up for the challenge!

Be sure to use the hashtag #30DaysofBeautiful in all of your Instagram posts so that everyone can follow along and get inspired!


Clarins combines two age-defying formulas into one ground breaking serum that firms skin, reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone and minimizes pores. 90% of women find it more effective that their current serum. Proven for all skin types, all ages, and all ethnicities.

Compensation was provided by Clarins USA. via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clarins USA.


Little Love Notes


This week felt like a marathon, and though I’m glad we’ve hit the Friday finish line, we’re not quite done yet – I have kind of an enormous project that I’ve been working on, which will finally become a reality this Sunday.  So I’ll be hustling like a maniac today and tomorrow to get ready.  I absolutely cannot wait to share the results with you, by the way!  Other than that, week was busy busy busy, and I had my first pregnancy glucose tolerance test – not the most fun a girl can have, and I’m fearing the worst (a.k.a., the need for the dreaded three-hour test), but otherwise, baby girl is doing great, and kicking like a Ninja master.  How were your weeks?  Any fun weekend plans?

A few little love notes …

Dear go-getters, spend a few minutes this weekend reading Aeolidia’s most recent posts on hard work and small business success.  {Thanks to Zoo Rooney for the heads up!}

Dear BFF, 13 Socially Acceptable Ways You Act Only With your Best Friends.

Dear all white everything, this SoHo loft is everything.  {Plus, a few tips for adding glamorous white touches to your own home.}

Dear Spring-time edge, look to copy, stat.

Dear Sunday brunching, this apple and white pear sangria looks and sounds ah-mazing.  {12 weeks and counting.}

Dear Rue, you’ve got me styling up mini vignettes all over my house, a.k.a., my coffee table is a revolving door of gold stuff.

Dear bloggers, The B Bar is celebrating their one year anniversary and they are offering 10% off your order of $50+ with the discount code ONEYEAR at checkout.  Ahem, snatch up your Blogging and the Law e-book, written by yours truly, with this rare discount!  As a blogger, you are legally responsible for all of the content you publish, and now’s as good a time as any to sharpen your legal knowledge {things like using other artists’ photographs, protecting your own original content (think photos, graphics, etc.), disclosing gifted items according to the law, how to handle cases of plagiarism and defamation, and so much more.}

Dear Anthropologie lovers, while we’re on the topic of a great discount, Anthropologie is taking 20% off all sale items … dreaming of these jersey harem pants (under $20), this luxe chain link camera strap, this dotted linen napkin set, and this Peter Som floral iphone 5 case is a steal at $6.95 (less 20%!)

Image via Cheetah is the New Black // Photography by Michelle Drewes


Happy Valentine’s Day!


I just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love … and sugar.  Tonight, hubby and I will be keeping it low key – he has to work late (today is part one of his thesis defense … we’re only a few short months away from the end of his PhD, and then he’s back into medical school and rotations – eek!)  The plan is to picnic (in the house) and watch girly movies (guess who’s idea that was?)

I have a few little “boy-appropriate gifts” for the hubby, and of course I’ll be baking (because I relish in any excuse to bake), but I may also try to put a cute DIY together – last-minute-style.

I’m completely smitten with this adorable DIY “love jar” via Inspired to Share.

This Valentine’s Day floral centerpiece is too cute and utilizes the letter mugs from Anthropologie that I’ve been completely crushing on.

Have you ever heard of a “smash cake”?  I hadn’t – but now that I’ve seen this “you are smashing” Valentine’s Day cake, it’s a party surprise must!

Or perhaps I’ll get around to building this incredible fort ( … with chairs, bath towels, and scotch tape)?

Maybe next year I’ll plan a Valentine’s Day soiree this fabulous.

What are your big plans?



Pink + Glitter Backyard Baby Shower

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This backyard baby shower had me at gold glitter, but the sweet details really make it a stand-out.  From the gorgeous flower-topped tablescapes to the gold glitter-dipped dinosaur place-settings, the washi-tape-wrapped wood cutlery, and the fabulous sequin backdrop dessert bar complete with pink-frosting dipped rice krispie treats and mason jars filled with milk and a gold glitter decorated stirrer, the details are inspiration-packed.

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Picture Perfect: Tea Rose Crown

I spotted this pretty picture on Pinterest and then discovered all of the great shots of the wedding and the bride’s classic style.  I absolutely love a whimsical floral headpiece atop a bride’s head.  I’m not sure if I would have been so bold as to wear a headpiece, but every time I spot one, I fall in love.  And this floral crown is woven with delicate pink tea roses — so classic and sweet.