- Saturday morning cinnamon rolls from a can.
- Three day weekends.
- Chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips.
- Family walks at Meadowbrook Park.
- Curbside grocery pick up.
The season of gift giving is among us! I want to give gifts that my friends and family will truly love, and not fake their gratitude while they think about where they can hide the item until I come and visit. Gift guides are my absolute favorite resource to get un-stuck during my gift buying. So many of my favorite bloggers spend hours putting their gift guides together, and I’ve gathered my favorites below in cause you’re missing out on this goodness…
I plan to walk into the mall z e r o times this holiday season, and aside from shopping a few of my favorites on Small Business Saturday, I’ll be doing all of my shopping online (ahhhhhhh). I hope you enjoy gifting this holiday season!
The Stella & Dot Fall Line is here and it’s incredible! I have to be honest with you, when I look through the collection my eyes bug out of my head in the shape of hearts! You can tell each item was inspired by warm colors, rich textures, and of course versatility. Blythe Harris, Chief Creative Officer, continues to deliver fashion-forward designs that even I (someone who isn’t fashion-savvy) can easily incorporate into my wardrobe. It was nearly impossible, but I did manage to pick a few of my favorites from the Stella & Dot Fall Line.
What do you think about my favorite items from the Stella & Dot Fall Line? Gorgeous, right?!
I have been a Stella & Dot Stylist for two years now. There is a lot to love about Stella & Dot, but perhaps my favorite thing: we go my pace. I get to choose what I want my Stella & Dot business to look like, and how much it gives back to our family. During these last two years I haven’t been able to work at my Stella & Dot business full time, but I am still part of the incredible company. I work at my business when it works with my schedule.
Stella & Dot CEO, Jessica Herrin, is a pretty great human being, and I’m really glad I can be part of the company she started from the ground up. She released her first book this year, Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier, and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms. I of course pre-ordered the book and read it as soon as it arrived. I highly recommend it to anyone with an entrepreneurial bone in their body. Jessica Herrin really does want the best for everyone who is part of her company, and everyone who isn’t.
Not only do I love getting all of the amazing accessories at even more amazing prices, I love being part of the Stella & Dot tribe. There are so many wonderful women in this business together, and I get to be one of them! We call our happy feelings toward our company and its products #SDJOY. I want to spread that joy and help five fabulous ladies get the their favorite fall items for FREE. The path is simple: get your girlfriends together and we’ll have a fabulous time looking at the irresistible fall collection! We can even hang out on Facebook if that’s more convenient for you! If you want to be one of those five women, lets connect! You can send me a message here.
P.S. You can shop each of these items directly by clicking on the picture or by visiting my website! But remember, if you want to get them for free just wait until we host your party! I mean really, who doesn’t want free Stella & Dot? <3
It’s book review time and I can hardly believe that we are nearly half way through the month of July. Summer can stay as long as it would like, but I am really looking forward to Autumn’s crisp weather. Regardless of today’s stifling temperatures, I’m excited to review Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. You probably know of Elizabeth Gilbert from her infamous memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which is also a major motion picture featuring Julia Roberts.
Jordan and I visited the beach last month and I read Big Magic during that trip. One of my favorite parts about prepping for a beach vacation is deciding which books I’m going to take; I call these my beach reads. I was able to soak in this book while lounging under a seaside cabana. I want us all to feel like we’re under a cabana while reading this post. So take a peek at the image below, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and go to that place. Ahhhhh…..
Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Big Magic for the creative spirit who has buried their talents under fear and excuses. In the book you are able to get a glimpse into Elizabeth’s creative process, and you realize that it does not always come naturally. I believe that we are all creatives in some way, but you have to really be passionate about your creativity in order for this book to be meaningful to you. Naturally, Elizabeth’s experiences are from her writing career so you really have to expand on those experiences and apply them to whatever it is that brings out your creativity.
Despite many wonderful attributes, Big Magic has a few ideals that don’t align with my Christian faith. While reading, I often found myself wanting to change a proclamation to: but Jesus does, but Jesus is, or but Jesus can. Basically Elizabeth describes creativity as something that has a mind of its own, choosing when to be part of our life and when not to be. I guess my belief is that our creativity is something God instills within us; it’s a gift he gives us. I delight in knowing that my creative instincts come from my precious Jesus. Amazing!
After reading this book I feel more of a responsibility to tend to my creativity. Whether you think creativity chooses who to meet with or creativity is a God-given gift, your creativity is unique to you. Only you have the power to share your creativity! There is a lot of inspiration to fuel your creativity in this book. Elizabeth does a wonderful job of helping us apply her experience as an author to all creative expressions.
Big Magic is written incredibly well, which we should expect from Elizabeth Gilbert. She is a literary genius. I’m certainly glad that I read Big Magic, and grateful for the creative inspiration. If you’re a fan of Elizabeth’s writing than I would definitely encourage you to read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, for obvious reasons. However, I don’t really know that I would recommend this book to someone whose reading it specifically for creative inspiration. The lessons I learned from this book can come from more productive resources such as blogs, webinars, and conferences. If you’ve read this book I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts! Where do you all get your creative inspiration?
This past weekend I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for my soul sissy, Katie. She is going to be an incredible mama and it was so much fun to see so many special women in her life love on her!
Our sweet friend, Savannah, snapped all of these incredible photos! I had a lot of fun putting together the little details of this shower, and was glad to have the help of some awesome professionals coming straight off a week at bridal market.
+ Invitations: CWG Invites
+ Plates & Napkins: So Chic Boutique
+ Cookies: Baked Blessings
+ Wraps: Costco
+ Flower Crown: Splendor of Eden
Can’t wait to meet you, Baby B!
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram than you probably already know that I spent last week in Chicago at the National Bridal Market. Can you believe that I get paid to shop for wedding dresses?! Anyway, on Monday night we went to dinner at The Hampton Social and I can’t stop telling my friends and family about it…so naturally I must tell all of you!
Located in the River North area of Chicago, The Hampton Social perfectly executed the preppy, nautical vibe. From the moment you walk into the restaurant you can only assume that you have arrived in the East Coast’s very best spot. Boat wood ceilings, columns wrapped in rope, and a few hammocks located in the casual seating nooks are just a few of the elements that bring The Hampton Social to life.
We arrived a little earlier than the friend we were set to meet, so we took a seat at the incredible bar. For the last couple of months I have been in a bubbly state of mind, so I started the night off with a glass of champagne. It was delightful, to say the least. As an appetizer we enjoyed the Lobster Mac & Cheese. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that I paired champagne with lobster mac. Even still, I have no words that would accurately describe the sheer deliciousness of the cheesy pasta goodness. I’m hopeful that you will all be able to taste of it someday!
For dinner I ordered the Seafood Linguine, which was surprisingly a bit spicy! I wish there would have been more meat in the dish, but I probably would need to order a few noodles with my calamari, shrimp, and mussels to truly be happy. Any other seafood lovers out there?
I hope to someday take Jordan to The Hampton Social so that I can enjoy it with him. I know he would approve of the bar, and he loves seafood just as much as I do. If you find your self in Chicago’s River North, please do yourself a favor and make yourself at home in The Hampton Social.
Those are my favorite things from the month of February. What are you loving right now? I’d be delighted to check it out.
Tea was my first beverage love. I started tea drinking in college because I didn’t yet like coffee and I really wanted to carry around a travel coffee mug. How embarrassing!
The Teavana way is my preferred method of tea drinking. Pictured above is (almost) everything I need to make a piping hot cup of tea: Teavana’s the Perfect Tea Maker, The Crystal Clear Electric Kettle (not pictured), measuring spoons, tea leaves, and one of my favorite mugs from the beloved Anthropolgie. These products make it so easy for me… I start by heating up water in the Crystal Clear. It comes to the perfect temp! While the water is heating up I scoop the suggested amount of tea leaves into the Perfect Tea Maker. Then I just pour the water from the Crystal Clear into the Perfect Tea Maker, and let it brew for the suggested amount of time (depending on the tea). All you have to do is set the Perfect Tea Maker onto your mug, and the tea just strains right in. It’s delightful.
People often ask me what flavors of tea I most enjoy, and honestly I don’t really have a “go to”. Teavana’s website is so helpful, though, and I can get lost in the descriptions of all the different tea flavors they have available. Overall I prefer the warm, earthy teas over anything super fruity.
If you’re not already a tea drinker, I implore you to take the leap! You don’t have to leave coffee behind, you’re simply introducing a new drink to enjoy. Variety is, indeed, the spice of life!
P.S. All opinions are my own.