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The One Item Every Busy Girl Needs

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PLANNER: c/o Lauren James  //  Pink Gingham Halter Crop Top  //  Pink Gingham Midi Skirt  //  Pearl Drop Earrings  //  Embossed Python Leather Satchel  //  Gold Monogram Necklace  //  Light Blue Strappy Sandals  //  Beauty and the Beast Chip Mug  //  Pink Reflective Sunglasses

It’s Fri-YAY and as I look down at my mile-long to-do list, I’m reminded of why I’m SO excited to share a secret with you all. But first…I have a confession. I may be a small business owner and living the self-employed dream, but this girl is sometimes a bit…scatterbrained (okay, maybe more than just sometimes). While I’ve always had the A-type personality traits of being driven and working hard, the whole “being organized” part of the equation never quite made it into my DNA, so as hard as I try, I’ve always struggled with forgetfulness, and yes, sometimes, messiness. As a business owner who’s daily job involves dozens of never-ending tiny tasks, you can probably imagine how difficult it can be for me to make sure all of my ducks are in a row, every day. That’s why I’m SO excited to introduce you to my new BFF for both A-types, B-types, and in-betweeners like me, The Timeless Planner by Lauren James Co.

Click on the read more button below to find out how the Lauren James Timeless Planner is helping me get my due dates, to-do-lists, weekly goals and more in check.

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An Under $30 Anti-Aging Cream That Works

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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When I lived at the sorority house in college, I distinctly remember a late night conversation with my girlfriends about skincare. We were taking off our makeup and chatting about the products we used when someone said, “I heard that women should start wearing anti-aging cream at 25.” I remember thinking (or probably saying) “what?! no way!” 25 was just a few years away. I hadn’t even started adulting yet and anti-aging products were already something I should start thinking about?! Flash forward to now, and those same girlfriends and I have frequent conversations not just about anti-aging products, but about wrinkles, because believe or not, mid-20’s is about the time when you can start to see those fine lines coming in. The trouble with most anti-aging products is that they’re way too expensive for a twenty-something’s budget. That’s why I was so excited to find Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream a moisturizing and skin-plumping powerhouse that has proven to out-perform 10 of the top creams (including a $440 one!) at under $30!

Click on the read more button below to read my full review on this amazing product that’s now a mainstay in my beauty routine.

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My Top 3 Packing Tips

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RED SUITCASE: c/o Lipault  //  PURPLE SUITCASE: c/o Lipault  //  TEAL WHEELED DUFFEL: c/o Lipault  //  TOP: Chelsea 28  //  JEANS: Topshop  //  PUMPS: c/o Sam Edelman  //  BANDANA: Nordstrom  //  SUNNIES: Prada  //  EARRINGS: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar

Confession: I used to absolutely dread packing for a trip. I avoided it like the plague and would often wait until the morning I was leaving to pack or stay up until after midnight the night before (which always gave me zombie status on my first day of travel). Since I began blogging and have started traveling much more in the last couple of years, I’ve quickly learned that having a good packing strategy + the right luggage is key to a successful, stress-free trip.

I’m so excited to team up with my friends at Lipault and Dillard’s to share some of my best tips on packing perfection. Click on the read more button below to read my tips.

PS – calling all my DFW gals, I’ll be sharing the full scoop on my packing tips this Saturday, May 6th at the Dillard’s at Hulen Mall. Come join me at 1:00pm or 2:15pm to mix, mingle and hear all of my tips.

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Our Living Room Reveal With FLOR

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Rug by FLOR  //  Coffee Table  //  Couch  //  Love Seat  //  Foot Stool  //  Striped Pillows  //  Patterned Pillow  //  Palm Leaf Pillow //  Blush Pillows  //  Pink Serving Tray  //  Agate Figurine  //  Dog Figurine  //  Pineapple Tumbler  //  Kate Spade Book  //  Celebrity Cocktails Book  //  Decorative Bowl  //  Globe  //  Candle  //  Agate Coasters  //  Starburst Figurine  //  Wall Clock  //  Floor Lamp

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SHOP FURNITURE

As promised, this year I’m going to be sharing a lot more home features here on the blog. It will especially be a regular thing here on VF once Cole and I move into our first-ever home later this year (eeekkk – can’t wait!), but until then, I’ll be sharing a few peeks at our current space (which we also love and have been renting since we got married!).

A new house isn’t the only thing new that 2017 has in store for us. If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably already met Miss Lady, the chocolate Labrador puppy we chose out of the 12 puppies that our dog Lucky and Marley had to make a forever home with. Today, Miss Lady (who now has her own instagram account she shares with Lucky – follow her here!) and I are tickled to reveal our living room, featuring our AMAZING new carpet (which she will probably enjoy as much as we will) from my friends at FLOR. If you haven’t heard about FLOR yet and you’re in the market for a new rug or carpeting of any size/style for your home, you’re gonna wanna read this! Click the read more button below to learn why I’ve got MAJOR heart eyes for FLOR + see our living room reveal!

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Our New Year’s Resolutions

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SNACKS: c/o Harvest Snaps  //  SWEATER: c/o Goodnight Macaroon  //  BOOTS: Steve Madden  //  JEANS: Articles of Society  //  EARRINGS: c/o BaubleBar  //  BAG: c/o GiGi New York //  SUNNIES: similar Karen Walker  //  RINGS: c/o Gorjana

While the end of the holiday season is always a bit sad (I can’t let go, y’all – the Christmas tree is still up!), the New Year always brings a hopeful sense of new beginnings. Having an NYE anniversary especially makes the new year feel like a milestone, so for our first anniversary and New Year together, Cole and I decided to sit down together and write out our New Year’s resolutions. Today I’m SO excited to partner with my friends at Harvest Snaps to share our New Year’s resolutions with you all and hopefully inspire you to do the same (it’s not too late – Cole and I actually waited a week after NYE to physically write them down!)

Click on the read more button below to read about how Cole and I are going to make 2017 our best year yet with five of our top resolutions + find out how Harvest Snaps is making one of my biggest resolutions a snap. 😉

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