FRIDAY VIBES // Earth Candy

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I've always had a thing for gemstones. My older sister had a collection when we were growing up which I obviously thought was the coolest thing ever. We used to go to this store in the mall, and I have no recollection of any details about this store, except that they had little gemstone grab bags for a couple dollars. Every mall trip we would each get one and it was so cool because it was like playing the childhood lottery. You could end up with our most coveted, an amethyst geode, or the baby's breath filler of the gem world, a stinking piece of petrified wood (which, to be fair, I still kind of loved). Anyway, with today being Earth Day and all, I thought it was the perfect occasion to celebrate the fact the our planet is so cool that it actually makes its own jewelry. Earth, you are truly a gem. :)

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Do you have a favorite gemstone?

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Dress Your Nest | Pantone Colors of 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity

A fashion-meets-interiors celebration of Pantone's colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. The more I take a look at these two hues, the more I'm loving them. To me, they are a perfect blend of uplifting, energizing freshness and peaceful calm. It's basically yoga for your eyeballs.  

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Are you loving these colors yet? Would you incorporate them into your home or wardrobe?

 

Come back tomorrow for a quick and easy Rose Quartz and Serenity gradient mani!

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Life and Other Things...

Sorry I've been a little out of touch this week. I feel like I'm working four different jobs lately and, even though I feel lucky to have such a full schedule, it hasn't left me much time to blog. And today's not really different. But I just wanted to send out a hello and remind you all to enter my Stella & Dot giveaway that ends tonight at midnight! And I'll get back to the regularly scheduled programming this week, but in the meantime, here is a pic of the man of the day, my dad! He's pretty awesome, so we've got lots to celebrate. :) 

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I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Come back tomorrow to find out who won the giveaway!

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Top 10 Tuesday... Stella & Dot + A Giveaway!

I recently made a decision that I'm really excited to tell you all about: I became a stylist with Stella & Dot! I went back and forth a lot on whether or not sharing this on the blog was the right thing to do. It was a tough decision because of a tug-of-war between two main points.

1. I know that if you read this you either really support fashion or really support me, so you'd likely be happy about the news either way. But...

2. I never want this space to feel like something I'm selling or shoving down anyone's throat. I've actually turned down some opportunities and free products in the past few months because I really want to make sure that anything I'm telling you is something I 100% believe.

But underneath my feelings against self-promotion, I realized that this is something I really believe in so I had to share!

First of all, I love direct sales. It will allow for me to continue building a freelance career but help ease the months on/months off stress of an irregular paycheck. It's also a fun and supportive community that has already given me such a positive welcome. But most of all, I'm just a million percent obsessed with the Stella & Dot brand. It's bold, fashion-forward, and high-quality. I loved it all online, but as soon as I saw it in person, I was a goner. I want every single piece!

But until I can dominate the entire collection one by one, I've put together my Top 10 Stella & Dot wishlist items. Enjoy!

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And as a supreme thank you to my lovely readers, I'm offering an exciting giveaway of my absolute favorite piece of the moment, the Rory Necklace.

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I keep telling people that I gasped out loud when I got my shipment in the mail and I'm telling you, if you think it's pretty online, it's literally breath-taking in person.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and a winner will be chosen at random at midnight on Sunday, June 15th. (And it's not a requirement, but please feel free to subscribe to make sure you don't miss future giveaways! :) )

Alos, if you have any questions about Stella & Dot, any interest in hosting a trunk show or even becoming a stylist, please email me. You can also shop  the entire collection and order online here.

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And (as if I'm not throwing enough at you) there's a new feature to the blog today. My friend Miche from Buttons and Birdcages had an inspiring idea to start a linkup focused on saying the positive things about others that you might otherwise keep to yourself. (She's pretty awesome.)

So here's my Weekly Love...

I admire my future sister-in-law (it's her birthday today!) because she's always pushing herself to go outside of her comfort zone, putting herself out there and trying new things. It's really inspiring!

My Stella & Dot mentor (and new friend) has a really busy schedule, but every time I've seen her she looks so cute and perfectly put together.

Pretty much every time I think about my mom, I laugh about something she recently said or did. And I think that's about the best quality a person can have.

My grandma has the absolute prettiest skin. Every time I see her, she looks so lovely that she literally glows. It's kind of amazing.

And I could go on and on and on about all of my family, friends, and coworkers, but I'll save some for next week! :)

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**Update** Congratulations, Amanda! I know it will look beautiful on you!

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