Starbucks with the nephew pup

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This pupper knows how to have a good time! As I sat outside Starbucks with my fur nephew, Wally, I discovered that everyone instantly was in a better mood after coming in contact with him. Their eyes were aglow and several asked to pet him, many talked to him in a baby voice.

A barista came out and had a surprise gift for Wally, a pupaccino! I think it was just whipped cream, but he was trying to chew it like solid food, so it was very amusing!

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Review: Tarte Illuminator

I’m not one to go all out with makeup, I used to wear a lot more. I haven’t worn foundation in years, but sometimes I’ll wear blush, and since highlighters are trending, I tried out this one by Tarte. I really like it, I thought I might look greasy so I was hesitant to try it at first, but it’s a definite sparkle. It’s a perfect dewy glow, and doesn’t really look anything like sweat or wetness from oil, which would be gross lol. I feel like it brings out my cheekbone, and makes me seem more tan on the rest of my face. I also like to put it above my cupid’s bow to define my lips better.

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Vacay Shopping Haul

My time in the smokey mountains led to a lot of shopping and eating, so no complaints there. I enjoyed a lot of candy, ¬†sniffing candles, some nice Italian food at a semi fancy J. ARTHUR’S, and a cute tasty baked potato bar at Sippers “where premium coffee meats small town America”. I went shopping for soap and jam at Cabbage Rose, a beautiful store with many North Carolina made litions and candles. At Momma T’s Mountain Made had a wonderful selection of pet outfits and natural essential oil based products.

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The clothes in this photo are from Maggie’s Gift Shoppe which has everything from ski wear to bathing suits.

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I like Simply Southern brand because of their bright colors so I purchased a headband with jellyfish on it. I got a long sleeved shirt that reminds me of PINK Victoria’s Secret style and design. And the two dresses are both pink so it was love at first sight. One has fish on it and can be used as a cover up, and the other one is a strapless high-low dress.

Maggie Valley, NC

I used to go to the mountains every summer with my parents. We hadn’t been in twelve years yr so until this summer. The smokey mountains often have an appearance of fog moving over them, it looks like steam or smoke, hence the name. Usually a black bear is seen printed on shirts and keychains around town. It’s a very cozy place.

 

Jewelry of the Day: Aroma Therapy Necklace

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I am obsessed with essential oils and their relaxing and beneficial powers, so when I spotted this cute clay neck attire I had to have it. All you have to do is put a couple drops of your favorite aromas onto the hard  pendant, and the scent will be with you all day. It says it lasts twenty four hours, then you can put a new scent on it!

For instance, if you are feeling under the weather with a sore throat, you could sprinkle clove, tea tree, and lemon essential oil on the charm. Or if you are nauseated, try peppermint essential oil. Or if trying to get energized for a busy day, grapefruit and lime essential oil would be great! There’s a ton of different combos worth trying out!

How to: Reuse Candle Jars

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I have been collecting glass jars lately because of their timeless appeal, they are pretty and classic, yet not fancy. They go well with minimal (my fave.) decor or any other style really. The jar in the middle wasn’t a candle jar but the other two are of course.

They are good to re-purpose because they have great lids that are air-tight, they are see-through so you don’t have to scramble through them if you lose something, and some of them have cute shapes.

To get all the label off, try freezing the empty jar, this will make the adhesive less sticky! After peeling it off, the residue left behind can be removed with goo begone. Spray the goo gone (or citrus cleaner will work) onto a hot, damp paper towel, then rub onto outside of jar. It should come off easily, if it’s still too sticky, you might need to wash it in dish washer anyways, and try to remove it again the same way if the dish washer doesn’t help. After doing this a couple times, it should not be sticky at all.

How to: Reuse Candle Wax

Instead of wasting the glass jars that candles come in, just re-purpose them. After burning most of the candle, leave half an inch or a little less of the wax in the jar. Then put the candle in the freezer once the jar is room temperature (so that it won’t bust).

After an hour or two, take the jar out and use a dull knife to cut into the wax, kind of like you cut a pie. The take the chips of wax and put them in your wax burner!!

****DON’T leave the jar in the freezer too long because I think it makes the jar brittle, and make sure not to use a sharp knife. I am saying this because I busted one of the jars due to both of these reasons… Be careful!!

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Outfit of the Day: Floral Maxi

I typically don’t wear long dresses because I am not a very tall person. My nana gave me this dress though and it fits well and I like how low cut the front of it is, so I wear this to work some times!

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I waited too late to take photos, it was so dark I didn’t get a lot of good shots. But these will do. My boyfriend thought that this dress has an asian feel to it. I am not really sure that I get that from it, but I will take it as a compliment.

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The shoes are my Juicy Couture metallic pink buckled wedges!

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