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Must have: Ryan Gosling Colour Me Good Book

Must have: Ryan Gosling Colour Me Good Book

I’ve never been much of an arts and crafts sort of girl, but I feel like that’s ALL about to change…and it’s all been a seed of sexy-boy motivation. Just take a second and DIE with me over this amazing Ryan Gosling Colour Me Good Book ($12), and tell me it doesn’t make you want to run out and buy some crayons. (And also tell me if I’m all alone in this theory. Whatever, it’s absolutely worth some discussion!)

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Did you know you can flat iron your clothes?

Did you know you can flat iron your clothes?

Totally! Chances are you are a real grownup and own an iron. Or you are like me…and don’t. Either way, there’s a great way to save time and space — and it’s using your flat iron as a clothing iron! No one believed me when I mentioned this on Twitter a few days ago, so I had to make a quick video to illustrate my point!

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Giveaway: Go back to school with a $250 American Express gift card!

Giveaway: Go back to school with a $250 American Express gift card!

For a lot of you guys out there, this week and next mark back-to-school time! For me, this time of year was all about the “newness” — fun new school supplies, great new clothes, fighting with my mom about MY idea of what to wear the first day of school (vs: what she believed I should wear)! And, let me tell you, I’m upwards of 30 now, and life hasn’t changed all that much! Interestingly, American Express is launching a week-long daily Twitter Sweeps to kick off “Back to School on Points.” In celebration of this super cool idea, I’ve created a “back-to-school look” using American Express Membership Rewards Points and paired it up with an opportunity for one of you to win a $250 American Express Gift Card! You can redeem...

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The importance of journaling (and how it can help you remember how to breathe!)

The importance of journaling (and how it can help you remember how to breathe!)

 As I sat down to write this post, as an odd sort of coincidence, Whitney Houston’s “Exhale” popped up in my Spotify feed. Hearts are often broken When there are words unspoken In your soul there’s answers to your prayers If you’re searching for a place you know A familiar face, somewhere to go You should look inside yourself You’re halfway there Sometimes you’ll laugh Sometimes you’ll cry Life never tells us, the when’s or why’s When you’ve got friends, to wish you well You’ll find your point when You will exhale In summer camp days of long ago, I knew what it meant to journal. It was my daily opportunity to turn off the drama of the day and be alone with my thoughts — it was a time...

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This just in: I live for Men’s Diving….

This just in: I live for Men’s Diving….

 I mean, really. Do you need any OTHER reason to be watching the Olympics this week?

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Remember what I was saying about packing lightly?

Remember what I was saying about packing lightly?

Well, it should never replace packing SMARTLY. And, one week into my two week foray, I am pretty sure I will not have enough undies to last me the week. Also, while crossing airport security in Cancun, the straps on my <very expensive> purse was torn by the security belt. And, because I <smartly?> brought ONE purse, I now have a bit of a pickle. So, the message in this? Absolutely streamline your packing. Bring no more than you need…but do allow for emergencies, and be prepared. Also, if I could go back in time, I would have bought this Bandeau Dip Hem Dress($70) by Oh My Love for my trip —  it has the hi-lo hemline I am consistently drawn to of late with a fitted bodice top. But, isn’t it so fierce? Couldn’t I wear it to...

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Travel slim down (how smartly do you pack?)

Travel slim down (how smartly do you pack?)

So, I’m headed on sort of an EPIC trip in the coming days. Tomorrow morning, I leave for Cancun, from there to Fort Lauderdale, and from there to Palm Beach, and THEN South Beach. All in all, 10 days of beach travel (with a possible stop in Wisconsin upon my return…don’t ask…!) So, how do you do it? How do you travel for so long and still bring minimal baggage? And not break your bag? Check out my latest piece for StyleUnited – 5 steps to a travel slim down! I hope it helps you in your own summer...

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Are we OVER Fifty Shades of Grey yet???

Are we OVER Fifty Shades of Grey yet???

While I’m super excited that moms everywhere are suddenly feeling encouraged to get their freak on, I’m concerned the market has reached a mommy porn level of oversaturation. This week, The Hollywood Reporter shared the news that we may soon be able to purchase Fifty Shades of Grey lingerie, fragrances, beauty products and more. Caroline Mickler will be the global licensing agent for merchandise based on the franchise. But that’s not all. The news is everywhere. We’re seeing reports of sales of a variety of products, such as clothes line rope. In fact, rope necktie sales are on a major spike and the faint hearted among you REALLY don’t want to know why. And with a a film on the way, chances are things are about to get yet...

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Giveaway: Keurig Platinum Brewing System and Donut Shop Iced Coffee K-Cups

Giveaway: Keurig Platinum Brewing System and Donut Shop Iced Coffee K-Cups

We’re all busier than ever — work, emails, friend and family obligations — and a lot of us are craving an escape. How do you escape? This was one of the questions Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.explored in the first national Put the World on Ice survey. They asked 3,000 people in  10 major American cities, from Boston to Los Angeles. They shared they hid in elevators, slipped into office closets or simply strolled through a pasture – all in search of an oasis. But here’s a part I know many of you share an ideology on: The majority of Americans surveyed (32%) say that an iced beverage is as refreshing as a quick dip in the pool on a hot day! Agreed! And it doesn’t even mess up our hair! Which brings me to my...

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The mile high club (and mile high shoes) — and how they hold the meaning of life

The mile high club (and mile high shoes) — and how they hold the meaning of life

As you may have realized from the last few posts, I made it through last week’s surgery with flying colors, and am actually rapidly on the mend. But still, it’s been a really long ordeal – and I think in some ways, it was a blessing — helped me to to transform my state of consciousness, and in a way, taught me to be more alive. It is easy to get so caught up in our daily dramas that we become consumed by worry. The pressures of the every day are incredibly numbing to the pleasures of life — and I’ve often found myself forgetting how to experience the pleasure of BEING. Simply, uncomplicated, being. In the words of John Mayer, “Your Body is a Wonderland”. (But so is your universe, and your friends, and your shoe...

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