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another one of my most favorite gifts this year was a set of bags from amy butler’s new collection of fashion and travel bags. someone really knows me well (ahem, thanks mom!) and picked out the most perfect travel set for me. a large weekender and a hanging toiletries bag that are both so easy to zip up and toss in the car. i love them!

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convenience aside, the bags themselves are remarkable. made from heavy organic cotton and dyed with eco friendly dyes, they feel simply luxurious. they are sturdy, extremely well made and absolutely beautiful.

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head on over to amy butler’s website to view the collection, then visit kalencom to purchase.

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body beautiful app

January 9, 2013

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body beautiful app

we women can be so hard on ourselves and each other, can’t we? with media blasting us with unhealthy body images from every direction, it can be so hard to stay true to ourself. i find that’s it’s especially difficult in january. the time for new beginnings and when everyone is determined to lose weight, start exercising and get fit. well, if you need a breath of fresh air (who doesn’t?) then i hope you’ll welcome this inspiring app to your phone: body beautiful.

body beautiful is the only iphone app that promotes positive body image and self-esteem among women and girls. it includes inspirational quotes, media articles, videos and tools will help you love your body, plus tons of way to share quotes, articles and videos with the other ladies in your life. allie marie smith, the creator behind body beautiful is actually a dear friend of mine and i know you’re going to fall in love with her and her vision! finally, someone has created an app that helps you love and appreciate your body and give it the respect it deserves!

i have been using body beautiful for several months now, and can’t tell you how precious it is to me. whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, reassuring moment or want to help a friend out it’s full of great resources. i especially love the ‘photo stamp’ feature that lets you imprint encouraging messages on a photo of a friend and send it to them. so sweet!

don’t forget, there will never be a more beautiful you!

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the art of being a woman

September 14, 2012

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the darling magazine

the darling magazine

i recently discovered darling magazine from my friend natalie who is a managing editor for them, and instantly fell in love with their mission and voice. it’s a different kind of magazine. it’s not only incredibly artful and clean but it’s full of thought provoking, meaningful articles written by intelligent women. it’s a breath of fresh air.

the magazine comes out ever 3 months and is full of wisdom and inspiration for ever element of your life. photos are never photoshopped and women are always shown in their true beauty. you can see their mission statement above.

the darling magazine

head on over to darling magazine to read about beauty, healthy eating and engage in discussions on true femininity. here are a few of their most popular articles: photoshopping our souls away, i don’t want to compete anymore, redefining beauty, healthy vs. skinny, and the naked brunch.



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8 movies i’ve enjoyed lately

September 13, 2012

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we’ve been on quite the movie kick lately (i.e. we’re tired of summer programming) so i thought i’d share some of my latest favorites with you. have you seen anything good lately?

summer 2012 movies

1. the hunter – one of our favorites- an unpredictable storyline that the men will enjoy as well.
2. the hunger games – i just finished reading the series, so of course. :)
3. born to be wild – adorable, educational and very entertaining (and short!).
4. salmon fishing in the yemen – a fly fishing love story.
5. sarah’s key – one for a more serious kind of evening.
6. the lucky one – beautiful and romantic (and david survived it alright).
7. wanderlust – funny and light hearted (for the hippy in you).
8. the vow – sad and happy all at the same time.

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chad mackey singer/songwriter

September 6, 2012

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chad mackey

hello, friends! today, i’m so excited to introduce to you one of my favorite singer/songwriters, chad mackey. i’m lucky enough to know him personally (and his super crafty wife!) and know that you’re just going to fall in love with his music!

last time we were visiting north carolina, chad gave david and i a copy of his latest album, and i simply can’t stop listening to it. chad has a country-rock-happy vibe going on that is so uplifting and fun to listen to!

he hails from my most favorite city on earth, asheville, nc and plays there often. if you ever find yourself in the area, you must go see him and his band! you can keep up with all of their upcoming shows here.

above are two of my favorite songs ‘late summer‘ and  ‘God proved me wrong‘ – go ahead and have a listen!

chad mackey

chad just released his latest acoustic album, just another local: an acoustic project (available in itunes). you are definitely going to want to get to know this ‘local’. :)

chad mackey: album | facebook | website

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autumn wedding inspiration

August 15, 2012

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brisk mornings, hazy hues, crunchy leaves and long sleeves. to me, autumn is one of the most romantic times of the year! here’s a little inspiration for all you lovebirds tying the knot this fall. enjoy!

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one question

August 8, 2012

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happiness happens month

i couldn’t help but share this with you- not only is today happiness happens day, but the entire month of august is happiness happens month!

what is happiness happens month you say? well, it’s all about declaring your happiness and what it is that makes you happy. awesome, right?!

in celebration, i would like each of us to declare one thing that makes us happy. i’ll go first:

i am a happy person and one thing that makes me happy is snuggling with my sweet puppy, toaster.

so, my dear friends, what makes you happy? i’ll meet you in the comments section!

art print: choose happiness by wickedpaper

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handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking

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 sadly, human trafficking is a major issue today, even in the united states. when i heard about international sanctuary, i immediately wanted to help! by providing self-sufficiency options to survivors of human trafficking, international sanctuary is offering the missing piece to reintegration through the making and selling of handmade products.

handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking with inspiring and affordable bohemian chic handmade jewelry, coasters and stationary, you can now purchase with a purpose. if you’re new to the effects and issues of human sex trafficking, here are a few statistics.

handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking

handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking

visit international sanctuary to read their mission, faq’s, purpose and shop around.

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