Must Have: Black Heart Bowl

July 23, 2014

Black hearts as an adjective or Marvel comic villain are never a good thing, but black hearts as a thing, as in this diminutive heart bowl, are great. Its slight imperfections give it an organic, earthy feel (it's made from natural soapstone) and the rich, inky color is all at once chic and understated. A black heart might seem an awkward place to house a wedding ring, something that is the ultimate symbol of love, but this little bowl is so unique and fabulous I think it's exactly the right place to store my wedding ring when I take it off at night.

Positive Prints That Inspire & Uplift

July 22, 2014

It's amazing how much power our words hold, both written and spoken. I love these prints because their positive affirmations can help turn a crummy day around. Keep one framed at your desk or on your nightstand, hanging near your closet, or anywhere else you're guaranteed to see it every morning.

5 Ways to Be a More Positive Person

July 22, 2014

Having a positive attitude isn't always easy, and keeping a positive attitude when things aren't going our way is probably among one of life's hardest tasks. But, while we all have bad days (or weeks or months), life itself isn't all bad, and in fact it's pretty fantastic if you try to keep a positive outlook on things. 

Surround yourself with other positive thinkers.
If you hang with a bunch of belly-achers, you'll never feel good about anything because they never have anything good to say. Of course sometimes it's unavoidable (like if your sister is a total Debbie Downer), so when you're forced to be around negative people, counter their every negative comment with a positive one.

Listen to uplifting music. 
For me, this can be anything from gospel to 80s hits to the Frozen soundtrack (my daughter sings along and melts my heart, and consequently, any yuckiness I may be feeling). Find a song, a playlist, a genre that chases your blues away and makes you feel like a rock star, like you can conquer the world. And if a mini dance party ensues, well, all the better!

Speak (or write) it into existence.
Remember when you were a kid and you thought there were no limits to what you could do? It's because your parents, teachers, and other adults in your life told you that you could do/be anything, and you believed it. That same reinforcement is needed in our adult lives. Speak positive things into your life; write down positive affirmations that you can read daily--eventually it will become easier to actually believe what you're speaking and writing. 

Smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and natural pain killers, all of which help make you feel good. Plus, smiling actually tricks your mind into changing your funky mood into a good one. And if that's not reason enough, smiling instantly makes you look younger and more attractive.  

Change your perspective.
A bad morning can result in an entire day of the blahs, but only if we let it. When we're having a bad day, we tend to forget about all the good in our lives and focus instead on the one little thing that went wrong. So you woke up late, or hit traffic, or got stuck behind twelve people in line at Starbucks--but hey, you've still got a job to go to when so many others don't, and you can even afford little indulgences like Starbucks every morning. Changing the way you look at life can actually change your life.

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Friday Favorites

July 18, 2014

One of the greatest bits of advice I received before getting married was to have date nights with my husband. "When the children grow up and leave the nest," I was told. "You're left with your husband, and you don't want him to be a complete stranger. Have date nights so you can continue to get to know him." With the move back to SoCal, planning my little one's first birthday, and preparing my big girl for kindergarten over the past few weeks, my husband and I have had a lot of opportunities to really work together as a team, but no time for dating. This weekend, though, we're leaving the girls with my mom so we can enjoy some dinner, drinks, and live music together. I hope your weekend plans are just as much fun! God bless!

A brilliant suggestion from Marc Jacobs. 

Extraordinary hotel pools. (Just looking at them is enough to cool you off!)

Discovering new recipes on Yummly

A DIY pineapple cutting/cheese board.

Tips for avoiding getting sucked into the comparison game.

Cute Travel Accessories

July 16, 2014

Passport Holders (l-r): ASOS Neoprene Watermelon Printed Passport CoverFlight 001 Traveling To For Pleasure Passport CoverWhiting & Davis Passport Cover
Luggage Tags (l-r): Flight 001 Talking Dots Luggage Tag SetH&M Luggage TagTory Burch Robinson Luggage Tag
Weekenders (l-r): Cleobella Harlow Weekender BagDeux Lux Anais Weekend SatchelKate Spade Saturday The Weekender Bag

So your flight was delayed, your seatmate smells like onion, the seat in front of you is literally resting on your knees, and you just learned there are torrential rains waiting for you at your destination--with all the things that can go wrong when you travel, at least your travel accessories should be cute!
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