never give up

12.30.2013

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be merry and bright

12.25.2013

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 Hope all of you have been having a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas!

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wishing

12.23.2013

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friday's fancies #88

12.20.2013

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Any excuse to wear cute pajamas, I'm there. Mainly because there's nothing more uncomfortable than lounging around the house in jeans. Make it a cozy Christmas with flannel pajamas, cute slippers, fuzzy blanket, and a mug for hot chocolate!

This look includes:
Pajama Set in Gingham Flannel from J.Crew
Fireside Ballet Slipper from Victoria's Secret
Pillow Talk Sleep Mask from Anthropologie
Essie Polish in Leading Lady from Zappos
Silky Throw Blanket from Nordstrom
Threshold "Joy" Votive Holder Set from Target
Traditional Plaid Stocking from Target
Golden Monogram Mug from Anthropologie

Are you excited for Christmas??
Check out more cozy Christmas outfits on long distance loving.

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the best journeys

12.16.2013

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friday's fancies #87

12.13.2013

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 The holidays are the best time to embrace all things sparkly! While it's easy to think of sequins as a party only thing, you can definitely make them casual. Cozy sweaters and deep colors add warmth to all the shine. Do you love sparkly outfits?

This outfit includes:
Sequin Pocket Dress from Calypso St. Barth
Knitted Fluffy Shawl Cardi from Topshop
H by Hudson Mirar Bootie from Piperlime
Classic City Bag from Coach
Pointelle Infinity Scarf from Nordstrom
Glint Flower CZ Earrings from Stella & Dot
Essie Polish in Hors Doeuvres from Nordstrom

Have a fantastic weekend!
 
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modcloth uniquely you challenge

12.12.2013

ModCloth Polyvore Outfit Challenge
Last week I was asked to participate in the ModCloth Uniquely You Polyvore Challenge and said yes! They challenged me to style the Staple of Your Style Dress. This dress is super cute with all of its polka dots and comes in a variety of sizes (Small - 4X!). Add some accessories (The London iPhone case is a must!) and you are good to go.

This look includes:
Staple of Your Style Dress
Opal of My Eye Coat
Fashion Finder Bootie in Noir
Heading in the Bright Direction Bag
Etiquette Class Earrings
Come Trail Away Scarf in Stone
Streets of London iPhone 5/5s Case
-All from ModCloth

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gift guide: stocking stuffers

12.11.2013

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Here is a list of stocking stuffer gifts that covers a lot of people. From your fitness buff to the makeup obsessed, and could also give you some ideas for the guys in your life. My family also adds a bag of candy, my favorite being the Nestle Crunch Jingles (the ones shaped like bells). :)

Georgia Three Hand Leather Watch from Fossil
Original Pave Links Bracelet from BaubleBar
Custom Date Coupon Book from Datevitation**   
Crystal Agate iPhone Case from Julia Kostreva
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker from Target
Body Butter from The Body Shop (My favorites are the brazil nut and coconut.)
Gilded Arrow Ring from Stella & Dot
Smith's Rosebud Salve Tube from Anthropologie
Stila Color Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set from Ulta
Philosophy Falling in Love Fragrance from Sephora
Ribbed Beanie from American Eagle
Spry Drops from BaubleBar
Julep Extraordinary Color Kit from Sephora
Yurbuds Inspire In-Ear Sport Headphones from Target
Peace of Mind on-the-spot relief from Origins

What's your go to stocking stuffer gift?

**If you're ordering a coupon book from Datevitation, to receive it for Christmas you must order by the 13th. Don't forget to use code 'GOODHEART' for $10 off!

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here and now

12.09.2013


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friday's fancies #86

12.06.2013

holiday party perfect
This week, Friday's Fancies, is all about the perfect holiday party outfit! Anything sparkly is a must. I'm in love with this BCBG dress! So pretty. It also comes in red. Do you have any holiday parties to dress up for??

This outfit includes:
Kalyn Godet Dress from BCBG // also available in red at Rent the Runway
Collection Etta Sequin Pumps from J.Crew
Portia Feather-Trim Lucite Clutch from BCBG
Deepa Gurnani Oversized Crystal Flower Earrings from Shopbop
Nars Lipstick in Fire Down Below from Sephora
Deborah Lippmann Polish in Amazing Grace from Nordstrom

Have a wonderful weekend!

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cinnamon goodness

12.04.2013

cinnamon goodness

If you take a look at my sweets board on pinterest, you will notice that there are a lot of recipes with cinnamon in it. I love cinnamon. Love it! Here are some recipes I need to try that are full of cinnamon-y goodness! There's nothing quite like your entire house smelling of cinnamon during the holidays.

Clockwise, T to B:
Cinnamon Churro Chex Mix
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
French Breakfast Puffs
Homemade Cinnamon Chip Bread
Two Minute Cinnamon Banana Mug Cake (Paleo)
Hot Chai Cider

Hope all of you are enjoying your December!

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sweaters galore

12.03.2013

baby, it's cold outside - sweaters

Most of you already know, I love sweaters and cardigans. South Texas finally got a cold front for a few days, and it was awesome. We're now back in the 80s. Yep, that number is correct. While most of you are dealing with cold weather (and I'm dreaming of it), I thought I'd share a few sweaters I'm loving lately.

Handkerchief Fair Isle Sweater from J.Crew w/ Lightweight Scarf from Banana Republic
Westbourne Sweater from Boden
Warmspun Intarsia Big Bow Sweater from J.Crew Factory
Collection Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan from J.Crew
Diamond-Stitch Cardigan from Madewell w/ Waffle-Stitch Infinity Scarf from J.Crew
Cable Knit Pullover from Gap w/ Zigzag Stripe Scarf from J.Crew
Cable Knit Crew Sweater from AEO Factory
Fair Isle Yoke Sweater from Boden

Don't forget to enter my Datevitation giveaway!

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grow

12.02.2013

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datevitation giveaway

11.29.2013

Hi everyone! Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today I have a special giveaway from my new sponsor, Datevitation! This family run business, helps you create a custom love coupon book. With over 500 unique date ideas, you are sure to find something you and your loved one will enjoy.
 photo 1-DatevitaitonBook_zps64f15b50.jpgWhile it may be more common to give to a boyfriend/girlfriend, I think it is a great gift idea for parents, siblings, your bff, etc. For the people in your life you don't see enough of or find it difficult to with crazy schedules, this coupon book gives you dates to carve out special hang out time -- be it getting a mani pedi or going skydiving! They've also added a feature to add photos of your own faces to the illustrations, which is a fun way to personalize it (which I tried out for my own coupon book, it was pretty cool)!
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Good luck! Giveaway ends December 6th.

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normal day

11.25.2013

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friday's fancies #85

11.22.2013

black friday
The theme this week is Black Friday! Do you go out to the malls with the masses or just wait it out? I tend to wait it out. Since a lot of stores are posting their sales even earlier this year, you can get a deal without fighting for parking. Win-win in my book. If you're avoiding all malls this season and opting for online sales, I would definitely recommend using Ebates. If you haven't heard of it before, Ebates is a site for cash back shopping. So you can get a percentage back of what you spend from the many stores you love, like Nordstrom, J.Crew, Sephora, even Rent the Runway, and much more! I use it all the time, at least when I remember to. Sometimes you don't get very much back, but it's still something! *I am not sponsored by Ebates, but I do use it often.

This outfit includes:

Merino Leather-Pocket Sweater from J.Crew
Toothpick Jean in Dolphin Grey Wash from J.Crew
Leopard Ballerina from Zara
Sydney Shopper from Fossil (on sale!)
Phoenix Pendant from Stella & Dot
DL Polish in Laughin to the Bank from Nordstrom

Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!

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gift guide: for anyone & everyone (almost)

11.20.2013

Gift giving season is upon us. With all the holidays coming up, from Thanksgiving to New Year's, there's bound to be some people you need a gift for but have no clue what to get. Here are some great options for almost everyone.

gift guide: for anyone & everyone

Snowday Candle from Bath & Body Works
Candles are always a good idea. Some of my favorite holiday scents are from Bath & Body Works, and they always have good deals! Other options: 1, 2, 3, 4

Faux Fur Throw and Fuzzy Throw from Target
A blanket might be a random choice, but it's a great one. You can find blankets at great prices and it's perfect for the cold weather. Other options: 1, 2

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea from Harney & Sons
Another great gift for the cold weather. The Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice is my favorite and perfect for the holiday season. Pick more than one tea or add a cute mug(s)!

Après Ski Latte Mug from C.Wonder
I feel mugs are a practical gift, but find some pretty ones and add a favorite tea or hot chocolate and you've got yourself a great gift! Other options: 1, 2, 3

Red & Black Raspberry Jam from Sturm's Berry Farm Inc.
This is the best jam. I found it at the berry festival in Portland and have not looked back. It is the BEST gift! Seriously, your friends and family will forever love you for bringing this into their lives. This jam is the same that we give as gifts, mainly because that is all people ask for (no joke). All flavors are good, but the one we get (and think is the best) is the Red & Black Raspberry.

Kate Spade Salt & Pepper Set from Nordstrom
Cute salt and pepper shakers can be a nice gift or in addition to something else. It's something that is practical, but nice. Other options: 1, 2

Abuelita Hot Chocolate from Walmart
If you've never had Abuelita Hot Chocolate, then go get some right now! They sell them in chocolate tablets or instant packets at most grocery stores, including Walmart and Target. It's a perfect gift with a mug(s) and marshmallows. If you're in Oregon, I would gift Moonstruck Hot Chocolate to friends and family who don't live there.

Lavender Hands Collection from L'Occitane
L'Occitane has some seriously nice products, so they are a great and luxurious gift (even if it is just hand soap and lotion). Other Options: 1, 2


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confessions of a blogger

11.19.2013

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Both Emorie from Oh Whimsical Me and Ella of Paper Umbrella tagged me to do this little blogger confessional, so I thought I'd take a little break from watching One Fine Day and answer these questions. (Anyone else love that movie??)
1. When did you first start blogging and why?
I started my blog in my last semester of college, Fall 2010. Seems like a lifetime ago and just yesterday, all at the same time. During that time, I had found a lot of wonderful blogs that I started following and wondered if I could/wanted to do the same. I decided to start it because I always loved fashion, photography, and lots of other things and wanted to share that. I also wanted to share and have a record of my semester abroad in Greece.

2. Have you had any past online presence?
 I had a livejournal ages ago in high school. Oh, the days of livejournal and myspace.

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
I feel I started to think more seriously about my blog once I went to Alt Summit. It was definitely a great source of inspiration. I'm constantly thinking of ways to make my blog better and to have it grow.

4. What was your first blog post?
My first blog post was a little intro of sorts with two images of outfits I was loving. I titled it with the quote from Arthur Ashe, "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." It seemed fitting.

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Finding my niche, that has and still is one of my biggest challenges.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
The most rewarding is the community. Most bloggers are ridiculously nice and inspiring. It's also great to find people who have the same interests as you.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
I think the most discouraging thing is how easy it is to compare yourself to other bloggers. We all know better, but we are not immune. While there is comparison and criticism, I feel the good far outweighs the bad. Isn't that why most of us keep blogging?

8. What is your lasting inspiration or motivation?
Inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere! I definitely get a lot of inspiration from other bloggers, magazines, movies, and lots of other things. It's great to share all the things I love!

9. What is your blogging dirty little secret?
I blog in my pj's a lot of the time. I don't know if that's much of dirty little secret.

10. What is your current goal as a blogger?
I am constantly working on new ideas for posts. Finding new and great things to share with you all. A bigger goal is to keep growing my blog and I would love to do some blogger and brand collaborations at some point too.

11. Have you learned or become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
I think, if anything, it just enhanced all the things I loved to begin with. Fashion, photography, travel, and even some cooking are all things I loved before, but perhaps with all the inspiration that comes from blogging it has made me love them more.


I'm tagging:
Alisha from The Alisha Nicole
Jennifer of Earl Grey Blog 

decide

11.18.2013

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friday's fancies #84

11.15.2013

pretty in plaid
This week on long distance loving, we are pretty in plaid. While plaid is always around, I definitely feel it is having a big moment this season. Plaid is such a great way to add pattern and/or color and scarves are the easiest way to add it to your outfit without feeling like it's overwhelming. I am all for a plaid scarf and those pop/fizz earrings!

This outfit includes:
Plaid Wool Scarf from J.Crew
Double-zip Sweater from J.Crew
Paige Hoxton Skinny Jeans from Net-A-Porter
Zip Ankle Bootie from Aeropostale
Classic City Bag from Coach
Armitage Ring from Gorjana
Pop Fizz Studs from Kate Spade
Essie Polish in Cashmere Bathrobe from Nordstrom

Don't forget to enter my giveaway from my sponsor 11:11 enterprises!
Open to those living in the US and Canada. Ends November 20th.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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11:11 passport holder giveaway

11.13.2013

Today, I'm excited to introduce my sponsor 11:11 enterprises! If you're looking for cute and awesome passport holders, luggage tags, notebooks, wallets, and more, than 11:11 is for you. Jamila, who started her business in 2003, has sold her items in Urban Outfitters and many other retail stores around the country. All items are handmade with love, making each piece something truly unique.

11:11 passport holder giveaway

Jamila kindly offered to have a giveaway for all you lovely readers!
You will be able to win a passport holder of your choice and there are so many options!
*This giveaway is open to those living in the US and Canada.*

Good luck! Giveaway ends November 20th at 11:59 pm CST.

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skilled

11.11.2013

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friday's fancies #83

11.08.2013

sweater weather
It's my favorite time of year, sweater weather. I love sweaters and cardigans. I even got to wear one of my favorite sweaters this week, since it got below 70 degrees here in South Texas! One of the more exciting things to happen all week, no joke. I added new obsessions with a few rings, deep red matte lipstick, and loafers. Let's also not forget those adorable fox earrings!

This outfit includes:
Collection Cashmere Tunic from J.Crew
Topshop Moto Skinny Ankle Jeans from Nordstrom
Smoking Shoe from Nisolo
Legacy Duffle in Leather from Coach
Mallory Glasses from Warby Parker
Fox Studs, Armitage Ring, G Ring Set from Gorjana
Deborah Lippmann Polish in Naked from Nordstrom
Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam from Sephora

Check out more sweater goodness on long distance loving.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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unlikely inspiration

11.06.2013

Sometimes you can find inspiration in unlikely places. Bedroom inspiration from nurseries? The blog, lay baby lay, proves that not only can a baby nursery be chic but you can find some inspiration for your own room.
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There are so many style boards that I loved, but ultimately chose this one with its Harry Potter quotes. Who doesn't love HP?? With the amazing dresser, chair, rug, and lamps, you could easily make this a grown up room. Even the artwork could be a fun addition, whether for a nursery or your very own bedroom.

Here are some more inspiration boards that you will be sure to love. Whether you are looking to update your room, or actually looking for some nurseries ideas.

Honorable mentions:
Rippling Waters
Yellow Ochre + Peachy Pink
Candy Coated Cozy
My name is Indigo Montoya
A Little Ladylike
Rock Me, Mama
Fresh Air
Courageous Cutie
Hey, Girl (A New Girl inspired room!)

Truly perfect nurseries:
Little Wild Thing
Camping is my Favorite
I'm a Fuzzy Bunny
Wee Little Bairn
Library Chic
Pretty Little Peach 

A bit of whimsy:
A Little Superhero
Little Padawan
Baby Indy
A Little Sherlock
The Avengers
Cute Little Monster

I may have gotten a little carried away with the links, but there are so many lovely inspiration boards! Check out all of them on lay baby lay. I dare you not to get completely sucked in and end up scrolling through all of them. I know I did.
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necessary ingredient

11.04.2013

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