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Remember that reader survey we posted in September?! Well, I finally sat on the couch and dove head first into it! Not the couch… the survey. ; ) You all provided some really wonderful feedback and I’m so thankful! It was so interesting to read different opinions and what readers like from the site. Your […]

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2015 Reader Survey Answers!
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2015 was a great year for Sugar and Charm! We reached many milestones, collaborated with some of our favorite companies, added a wonderful new team member and traveled to some charming destinations. It was our most successful year thus far, which I am so grateful for. Thank YOU ALL for your support, encouragement and being the […]

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15 Sugar and Charm Highlights of 2015!!
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Loading…Today’s post is a little different because I want hear from all of you! Sugar and Charm turned 5 years old this past July and it got me thinking how much more I want to connect with my readers and listen to your feedback on the site! We have plans for a new site change […]

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Sugar and Charm 2015 Reader Survey
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Fall is my favorite time of year! The crisp air, pumpkin spice lattes, warm meals, and beginning of ALL of my favorite holidays! Of course the traditions of apple picking and going to the pumpkin patch are ones we look forward to the whole year! While the weather in Southern California is still feeling a […]

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Charming Friday Links: Fall is Here!
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  We’re closing out our pineapple-filled week with a roundup of some delicious, creative and oh-so-charming pineapple ideas! Pineapples are used in cuisines around the world and they have a rich history of symbolizing hospitality! No wonder we love them so much! In the colonial days, families would place a pineapple in the center of the […]

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Charming Friday Links: All about Pineapples!
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It’s time for another charming Friday links, the Sundae edition! Summer might be winding down, but there’s always time to enjoy the last of the summer heat (September is our hottest month in SoCal!) with an ice cream sundae to cool you down! There are so many charming options when it comes to sundaes, whether it’s […]

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Charming Friday Links: Sundae Edition!
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Every now and then it’s nice to completely unplug and spend some time in nature to camp (not glamp) with family and friends! It’s a great way to change up the routine and learn some new skills! I also love the challenge of cooking over a fire and cozying up in a tent. I also […]

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Charming Friday Links: Camping!
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Next week I’m about to embark on a new decade in my life… the 30’s!! It seems a little surreal to leave my 20’s, but I’m saying goodbye to what was a terrific 10 years, full of adventure and milestones. My 20’s were great… I graduated college, married my best friend, started my business at 25, […]

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Charming Friday Links: Turning 30!
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Happy Friday!! It’s summertime, throw a party! Here are some fun ideas to inspire you for your next summer party! Have a wonderful weekend and stay charming! Throw a Parisian outdoor movie night! Fun ideas for a summer bash! Having a lot of people over? Try these! Ice cream sandwich bar for the win!! Set […]

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Charming Friday Links: Summer Party!
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June is National Iced Tea Month! With the first day of summer around the corner, what better time to sip on a brewed batch of refreshing iced tea?! We’ve gathered some delicious recipes, entertaining ideas and fun facts all about iced tea! Enjoy! Fun twist on the mojito using iced tea! They were drinking boozy […]

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Charming Friday Links: National Iced Tea Month
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In honor of National Donut Day we’ve rounded up some delicious donut recipes, facts and DIY projects! Enjoy and cheers to indulging in donuts once in awhile! Click on each photo to take you directly to the recipe. Donut or Doughnut? Donut flavor rankings. Vote for your favorite! How charming are these Mix & Match Mini […]

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Charming Friday Links: National Donut Day
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Three years ago, very early in the morning, I became a mom on Mother’s Day to the my adorable and precious baby boy. It was the most exhilarating day of my life and the best Mother’s Day gift I will ever receive. I had no idea the amount of love, passion and work I was about […]

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Charming Friday Links: Mother’s Day!
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Today’s Charming Friday Links are all about the Derby! Going to the Kentucky Derby has always been on my list. But let’s be honest, I really just want to wear one of those hats and sip mint juleps in a Southern setting, ha! Unfortunately, it comes up so fast every year and I always end […]

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Charming Friday Links: Kentucky Derby
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There are so many fun ways to entertain for friends and family, and picnics are one of my favorites! Gone are the days of throwing some  bologna sandwiches in an old basket! Picnics have gone artisan now with so many charming picnic baskets, fun items to buy and unique ways to prepare and pack. It’s all about […]

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Charming Friday Links: Spring Picnic
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How do you convince someone you want to keep bees? I feel like it should be a no brainer, but my family thinks differently! The thought of it sounds so intriguing and to have raw honey made with the flowers from your garden and neighborhood sounds even better! It’s also known that local honey helps […]

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Beekeeping Inspiration
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I have always loved Easter and every year growing up I remember my mother buying us a special Easter dress and creating the most beautiful Easter baskets for us to enjoy. This weekend we’re planning on doing a little egg decorating, Easter brunch with friends and maybe a day trip to Santa Barbara. Looking forward […]

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Charming Friday Links: Happy Easter!
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Ahhh, the wonderful, beautiful and extremely versatile coconut. Seriously, can we love you anymore? From coconut milk, to flour to oil… it’s all so good, packed with nutrients, natural and a daily staple in our lives! And don’t just classify it as a summertime item, yes it’s tropical, but it has a million and one benefits […]

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Charming Friday Links: Coconuts forever!
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There’s so much to look forward to with spring. Everything just feels a little lighter, cleaner and fresher. It always amazes me that literally within a few days of the start of spring, all of the flowers in my garden are blooming! I get excited about it every year now, bringing out all of my bud […]

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Charming Friday Links: First Day of Spring!
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Break out your Irish whiskey and Guinness beer because Saint Patrick’s Day is Tuesday! Hooray!! We’ll be making a traditional Irish dinner and a few cocktails to celebrate. Below are some fun links all about Saint Patrick’s Day, its traditions and party ideas. Happy Friday! Get to know St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland […]

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Charming Friday Links: Saint Patrick’s Day
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2015 is the year that Marty Mcfly soars into the future in his DeLorean time machine (we bought our son a mini version for Christmas!) and it’s kind of unbelievable that 2015 is already here! If there’s any movie to watch this week, it’s Back to the Future to see what they got right and […]

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2014 Highlights!
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For all of you Angelenos, Jen and I would absolutley love for you to join us for a fun evening of crafting at Anthropologie! We’ll be making the sweetest holiday garland while sipping cocktails and it’s all free!! Space is limited so make sure you RSVP HERE. Cheers to the holidays!!

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Come Craft with Us at Anthropologie!
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We were cleaning out the office the other day and stumbled upon this inspiring quote from Helen Keller we had written down over a decade ago! I thought it was a powerful quote and a good reminder to keep optimism, hope and confidence in the forefront of everything we do! It’s very easy to fall […]

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A Word from The Wise
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Super excited to launch our newest addition to the site, Daily Charm! A curated space here on Sugar and Charm dedicated to all of the charming finds we’re crushing on. Over the past 4 and a half years we’ve stumbled upon so many incredible products and charming items but didn’t always have the right place to share […]

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Introducing Daily Charm!
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For all of you diehard readers out there, the writers at Brooklyn Magazine published the coolest literary map of the United States. I thought it was really intriguing and now I have a few more books on my list to read! You can read more about the process and the books they chose here. I’m totally charmin’ on […]

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Literary Map of the United States
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Even though these posts are simple, they’re actually one of my personal favorites. I feel like we can all use a little encouragement from time to time and sharing an inspiring quote is so simple, but can have such an impact on someone’s day. This one is from the mother of H. Jackson Brown, a […]

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A Word From the Wise
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Happy weekend my friends! Even though the weather we’re having doesn’t exemplify fall in any way, it’s amazing what a few visits to the pumpkin patch, fall scented candles and a little decor can do! It actually still feels very festive! Last night I hosted a small pumpkin painting night for Romeo’s cousins. I have a […]

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Happy Weekend!
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Happy October 1st! As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is the international campaign to raise funds for cancer research and to bring awareness of the disease. I think all of us have been affected by breast cancer in some way, whether personally, a friend or family member. Right now it’s […]

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Shopping for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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They have several names, they can sit on their back legs like little statues, they burrow deep in your bed at night and they’re all dressed as the same thing for Halloween. They’re dachshunds and they’re so unique with their long torso and stubby little legs! Personally, I think they’re very charming. I’m a little […]

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Charming Dachshunds
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I was thinking about the daily things we enjoy in life that are absolutely free. To be honest, trying to entertain a two year old and not spend money every day is challenging! We do things like go to the park, take walks etc. But it got me thinking, what do we enjoy in daily […]

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10 of The Best Things in Life That Are Free…
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I fell in love with these laid back, colorful SoCal-inspired canvas bags from Hipp & Kirk and wanted to share! Lauren, a born and raised Cali girl, merged her love for the SoCal lifestyle of Manhattan Beach and her experience in product design to create these simple, chic and oh-so-charming canvas totes. She attended Stanford’s graduate program in […]

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Made in California Canvas Bags
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There are so many great apps for shooting, editing and customizing iphone photos that it’s hard to keep track of them all. The standard editing ones are great, but today I’m sharing the apps we have the most fun with! From photobooth-inspired pics to an app where you actually have to wait for the pictures […]

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6 Incredibly Fun Photo Apps
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My first “glamping” trip was two years to El Capitan Canyon, an awesome rustic resort lodge outside of Santa Barbara. They have incredible teepees to stay in or tiny cabins with a bathroom, sink, mini-fridge and a cozy bed. We opted for the glamping experience with the tiny bathroom, haha! Although we did have a […]

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Charming Friday Links: Glamping Inspiration
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I saw this quote from Thomas Edison and thought it was a great one to share. It’s not easy to achieve a dream, especially with all of life’s stresses, but don’t give up! I remember wanting to give up on Sugar and Charm 2 years into it because I would work so hard and it […]

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A Word From the Wise
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Pretty much all of the blogs I read are written by women (and maybe one man). Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need to see some different content, so the other night I went to the “male side” of the blogosphere and checked out some pretty rad, manly blogs. I have to say, it was […]

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The 10 Coolest Sites For Guys
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When I was 16 we visited Tulum and Playa del Carmen and I was convinced I was moving there when I turned 18. You know, to live in a beach cottage and work some type of random day job! I stopped short in LA and decided that staying in California might be a better option […]

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Charming Friday Links: Dreaming of the Tropics!
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We’re loving Verve’s breakthrough artist Yuna’s new music video, Come Back, so I thought I’d share it with you all! My husband, Zan Passante, Executive Produced it and his friend Adam Patch directed it. I adore how colorful the video is! It fits the happy and catchy tune perfectly. It always puts me and Romeo […]

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Music Inspiration: Yuna’s Come Back Music Video
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Tis’ the season for everything watermelon and I must admit, it’s a summer favorite of mine! We’ve compiled a list of several watermelon recipes, design ideas and tips… probably enough to make you go a little watermelon crazy. Enjoy and happy Friday to you all!! Fell for these charming watermelon ice cream cone wrappers by Design Eat […]

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Charming Friday Links: Watermelons!
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Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer! Time to dust off those swimsuits, slather on the sunscreen, do a few sit-ups and hit the beach! We usually try to go once or twice a week once summer starts. Romeo is a total beach bum and I just love being there playing with him, then […]

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Charming Friday Links: Beach Essentials
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Happy Friday Charmers! I feel terrible because we kind of skipped past Father’s Day on the site this year! My week-long  vacation threw things off a bit, so I guess I’ll be making it up next year! Regardless of the lack of Father’s Day gift ideas, cocktails or crafts we haven’t forgotten about our special […]

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Charming Friday Links: Father’s Day!
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Zan and I are headed on a trip to explore Charleston this next week! I’m extremely excited as I’ve heard Charleston is just about the most charming place you can visit in the US. It was rated the number one city in the US by Conde Nast Travelers and number 5 in the world! I’m […]

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Charming Friday Links: Charleston South Carolina
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Before there were food trucks, there were bikes and with summer upon us, we’ve been inspired by pedal-powered businesses. It’s pretty intriguing how these creative people merge bicycles and their business into one! Some started out with just a bike and their creations and now have store fronts. What a great way to launch a […]

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Businesses on Bikes
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I remember my own college graduation in 2010 like it was yesterday. I will never forget the overwhelming relief of taking my last final and turning in my last written paper. Oh the joy! I had spent the previous six months before graduation completing all of the requirements for the Home Economics teaching credential program […]

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Charming Friday Links: For the Graduates!
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In honor of Mother’s Day I scoured through hundreds of incredible and inspiring quotes about Motherhood. When I read a quote from former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson (I know, what a name!) it hit home. It says “Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” I firmly agree with this and feel […]

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A Word From the Wise
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I know this is kind of off topic for Charming Friday Links, but I mentioned months ago that I would choose a theme that comes to mind and or what I’ve been inspired by during the week. So as the Royals (I kind of love saying that!) wrap up their Australian tour I have to […]

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Charming Friday Links: Kate Middleton Fashion Edition
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Sometimes I stumble upon a product and instantly fall in love with the concept, packaging and overall design. That’s exactly what happened when I saw this Cake In A Can from The Food Ministry! They’re made in Britain, but they ship everywhere… what a charming birthday treat! How awesome would it be to serve these […]

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Cake In A Can by The Food Ministry
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The music festivals are in full swing with Coachella kicking off in Indio today and right after that is one of Country Music’s biggest festivals — Stagecoach! If you live in LA and you’re not going to Coachella, don’t worry because it’s kind of nice come this time of year when many Angelenos head east […]

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Charming Friday Links: Music Festival Essentials
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Believe it or not, I only started wearing dresses frequently about five years ago. Before that I was always in jeans and a tee. Somewhere in my early twenties it clicked that dresses are easier than throwing on a pair of jeans and having to find a top to match the rest of the outfit. I love […]

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Dressbarn Spring Style
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This post is really for anyone who’s been affected by the intense winter this year! I admit, I have no idea what it’s like, but I think this quote provides a little hope since today is the first day of SPRING. And taking it back to elementary school, spring leads to SUMMER! Robin Williams put […]

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Happy First Day of Spring!
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Leprechauns are taking over charming links today while Zan, Romeo and I run around Disneyland! Naturally, the links are all about green, Irish beer and desserts and let me tell you, there’s some good inspiration to prep you for Monday! Whether you’re planning a small breakfast, an Irish dinner or just relaxing with a cocktail, […]

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Charming Friday Links: Leprechauns
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Here’s a word from the wise… A good quote can literally change my mood especially when it’s from one of the great Founding Fathers of the United States. This quote from the genius Benjamin Franklin is from the early 1700s! Even back then (probably more than ever) they understood the importance of a good glass […]

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A Word From the Wise
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Like many of you we make a big deal about every birthday here in the Passante house! With Zan’s birthday approaching I wanted to center this week’s Charming Friday links around creating the perfect birthday cake. From simple designs, to yummy recipes and even the best candles (because really it’s not a birthday cake without […]

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Charming Friday Links: Creating the Perfect Birthday Cake
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After a two week Charming Friday Link break… I’m back with an Oscar edition! I know many of you will be watching the Oscars this Sunday evening. We’ll be cozying up inside as we have a rain storm hitting LA and I LOVE it! We need the rain so badly, so we’re accepting it (and […]

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Charming Friday Links: Oscars!
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With spring just around the corner, I’m loving the pale pink and pastel colors popping up in stores. Although you won’t find a lot of pink in my home, I’m starting to love the hues of a soft, pale pink. I think it’s a refreshing and calming color and can also be used for a […]

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Runway to Table: Rachel Zoe Pale Pinks
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We’ve been exploring some blood orange recipes in the S&C test kitchen this week. Two of which didn’t turn out, major bummer! But there are a few good ones that did and I’ll be sharing later. I always get excited when I see blood oranges popping up at stores and Farmers’ Markets. They look like […]

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Charming Friday Links: Blood Orange
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We have it all wrong! Let’s go back to 1970 where the philosophy was that “sugar keeps your energy up – and appetite down.” This is a real ad I came across while browsing my 1970 Life magazine and I had to share it on Sugar and Charm! I love sitting down with a good […]

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The Sugar Diet
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You should know that as I’m typing this my nails are in desperate need of a major mani. Like two gel manicures in a row and my nails are destroyed kind of mani! I’ve been wanting to go to Olive & June since I saw it here. I absolutely adore the simplicity of the salon, how […]

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Charming Friday Links: All About Nails
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Happy Friday and kick-off to Christmas weekend! Zan, Romeo and I are having a mini-Christmas before we leave to visit Zan’s family. We’re giving Romeo his presents and exchanging gifts. This year we set a limit to how much we can spend on each other and it’s a whopping $40! Yup, I’m realizing that it’s not about […]

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Charming Friday Links
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Believe it or not, I don’t shop for clothes that much during the year. I’d rather buy home or entertaining items like a new platter, I won’t tell you how many platters I own! When I do buy clothes, I like a good deal. With all the discounts, sales and promotions that stores run should […]

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Sprucing Up My Closet on Black Friday
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I can’t believe I’m posting a picture of myself like this! I thought I would never do it, but it’s all to bring you guys enjoyment. I feel like I HAD to share one of my favorite apps, OldBooth. I told Zan I was posting a few of him because I’m not in this alone… […]

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OldBooth… and Yes, That’s Me.
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I’ve been feeling the California love lately, maybe it’s the crazy heat and the fact that it will feel like summer here for another month or the Draplin Design print I just hung of our beautiful state that greets me when I walk in the door. Regardless of what it is, I thought I’d share […]

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Six California Inspired Items
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We’re lucky to live fairly close to Santa Ynez wine country and we try to take full advantage of the gorgeous countryside and incredible  restaurants. My absolute favorite restaurant is Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos. I actually did a post about it here in 2011, but wanted to share the photos from our quick trip […]

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Full of Life Flatbread
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I’ve always adored the classic, well put together French fashion. A pair of casual skinny jeans, comfortable flats, elegant pearls and a simple lightweight scarf to tie it all together. The French seem to have the laid back, chic style down…all the way to the perfect red lipstick. Inspired by the two beautiful French born […]

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Inspired by French Fashion
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Happy Friday! We’ll be working long hours this weekend on a video for Yoplait and Lifetime, which is exciting. I leave for Chicago next week to attend BlogHer with Turning Leaf Wine. It will be my first time in Chicago and I’m extremely excited to go! My sister gave me a little travel guide so […]

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Charming Friday Links
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I completely underestimated the work involved in moving into a home while fixing it up. We still have a room full of boxes and there’s not one thing hung on the walls. I have a deadline to get this house in order (aka throw everything in one room : )) by next Friday because we […]

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Charming Friday Links
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Sugar and Charm is growing and we’re looking for a part-time editorial assistant to join our team! If you love to get crafty, style photo shoots, bake and have a keen sense for the latest trends in entertaining, then we’d love to hear from you! We’re looking for someone who understands the “blogosphere” as well […]

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We’re Hiring!
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Since I won’t be blogging Sunday, I wanted to say Happy Father’s Day weekend to all of the amazing, hardworking, incredible dads! Happy Father’s Day to Zan. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him father Romeo this past year. His patience, compassion and dedication to Romeo melts my heart. Zan is so in love with his […]

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Charming Friday Links + Happy Dad’s Day
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Hey all! We’ll be working on the house this weekend getting everything in order before our big move-in date. The wood floors were put in last week and they’ll be sanded and stained this weekend. The house is getting painted (inside only, outside is staying ugly pistachio green for a few more months), new toilets […]

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Charming Friday Links
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Today is the 80th anniversary of the very first drive-in theater in Camden, NJ! It opened in 1933 and I can imagine how spectacular it was for moviegoers. You’re probably wondering, Eden why are you wishing drive-ins a happy anni? Before you question, let me explain my drive-in obsession. I was lucky enough to grow […]

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Happy 80th Anniversary Drive-in!
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You guys, I am so happy it’s Friday! We are going through so much craziness with escrow and I can’t wait for it to be over! Thank goodness Zan and I were able to go on an amazing date on Tuesday. We went to the screening of Call Me Crazy, produced by Jennifer Aniston (who […]

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Charming Friday Links
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You guys, the new site is finally going to go live (hopefully) Monday! I’ve been with Blogger for three years and I must say I am super happy to make the switch! Can’t wait for you all to see it! Besides the “fun” process of learning the back-end of my new site, we’re shooting a […]

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charming friday links
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Yesterday I attended the fascinating Luckyfabb Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference at the SLS Hotel, here in Los Angeles. It’s an amazing two day conference (I skipped out on today, which I’m now regretting!) packed with special guests Drew Barrymore, Kelly Osborne and the super energetic Betsey Johnson…. who is 70 by the way! We […]

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charming friday links
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I love Easter, but this week I’ve consumed so much chocolate, I feel like I need to cleanse for a month! Thanks to my mom who sent “Romeo” an Easter basket filled with chocolate eggs he can’t even eat… so I did it for him. I’ve also been snacking on the chocolate above. O-M-G it’s […]

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Charming Friday Links
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photo by Delbarr Moradi via Style Me Pretty    As always we’re all happy it’s the weekend. I’m finally getting my hair cut and dyed on Saturday, then we’re looking at house (not holding my breath in this market!) and Romeo’s lil’ bud is turning one so we’ll be celebrating him on Sunday. As I’m sure you’ve […]

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charming friday links
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Photo by Jose Villa, Styling Lisa Vorce, Florals Flowerwild I let Saint Patrick’s Day slip right through the cracks! What is it with this charming little holiday that I forget about? I thinks it’s an adorable tradition and a great way to bring culture into your home when you have kids, but for some reason […]

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Charming Friday Links
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When I think of the ultimate hostess dress, I think of a retro dress, perfectly tailored, with a little flair. I think of London-based designer, Orla Kiely’s perfectly pretty Spring 2013 line of dresses. They’re exceptionally adorable and in my opinion exude the “ultimate” hostess dress. I was instantly enamored by the design and style so […]

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orla kiely – perfect hostess dresses
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Image via here Recently I’ve been doing a few interviews for blogs and online magazines and one question that comes up often is, “How do you balance it all?” I always try to give an honest answer, which is pretty much we take it day by day. I know I’m incredibly lucky that I’m able […]

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charming friday links
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Image via here/Styling by Caitlin/Photography by Natalie Franke    Happy Friday! This week has been crazy! Yet again, Romeo has a cold and now I’ve caught it. I was on set yesterday (14 hour day… totally worth it!) shooting a Lifetime Moms video. It was an amazing experience and I got to work with some […]

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charming friday links
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I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Romeo went to bed around 7pm and I had a meal for two waiting for Zan. I made Ina’s turkey meatloaf (cut the recipe in half and it was more than enough), which was amazing. I also made crispy kale! I know this is “Sugar” and […]

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Charming Friday Links
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We were all nice and sick ova’ here this week, yay! Zan was super dad as he took care of me and a teething baby in the middle of the night. Once I started feeling better, he got sick! It’s a whole new world being home sick with a baby! But you know what… we managed […]

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charming friday links
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Have you heard of Luvocracy yet? It’s a site where you can buy recommended items from boards of people you trust. It’s like a personal shopper, but online! Once you make a purchase, a Luvocracy shopping assistant will find the competitive price online, place the order and will work with you in regards to returns […]

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luvocracy… a new way of shopping
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Photography Rebecca Wood, Styling Cynthia Martin via Style Me Pretty Happy February 1st! I’m actually really happy it’s February! January is such a strange month and I’m  not a huge fan, but before you know it, February rolls in with all its pink, love and heart-shaped goodies and I come back to life! This week […]

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Charming Friday Links
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Photo by Karen Mordechai via Sunday Suppers    We dropped my mother-in-law off at the airport yesterday. It was great having family here for a few weeks and Romeo got to spend quality time with his Grammy and Poppy. It’s always nice having some extra hands to help out with Romes during the day. I […]

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charming friday links
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I love everything about this simple table setting… plates, utensils, florals. Gorgeous! I don’t know where I found it! If anyone knows tell me so I can give proper credit : )    The LA cold front is gone! It was 75 and absolutely beautiful outside yesterday and it’s only heating up for the weekend, […]

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charming friday links
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Photo Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty    I’m finally feeling like things are getting back to normal! We got back from vacation and it was nonstop work. This week we had fun shooting three more DIY videos for Lifetime Moms. I’m overjoyed about introducing more video content this year. We’re also working on another redesign for Sugar […]

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Charming Friday Links
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Photo by Brittni Mehlhoff via Curbly   The countdown to Christmas officially starts tomorrow! As I’m sure all of you do, I have a list of things I want to accomplish in the next few weeks. Definitely going to get my oven ready for my annual cookie baking day, host our 2nd “gingerbread house decorating” […]

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Charming Friday Links
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photo via Sunday Suppers  It’s Friday, yippy! We had a good and hectic week since my schedule has been packed… and tomorrow we’re working on a few special projects and shooting all day! I’m excited 🙂 Yesterday Romeo and I went to Ina’s book signing. We were able to meet her, buy her new book […]

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Charming Friday Links
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Photo credit Jose Villa via Rue Magazine   I’m off to Palm Springs for the weekend to celebrate my sister Bethany’s 30th birthday! It’s a girls weekend so daddy daycare is in full gear at the Passante’s. Bring your kids over if you want, I’m sure Zan won’t mind. If you have puppies, you can […]

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charming friday links
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Photo and Styling by Kimberly Hasselbrink. Photo via Herriottgrace   What a week! Our thoughts are with the East Coast and our family, who we haven’t even been able to talk to yet! We know they’re all safe, but living without power. Our prayers are with everyone who lost loved ones and those who endured the […]

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Happy Friday! This weekend, we’re doing our annual pumpkin carving night, celebrating the baptism of Romeo’s buddy, attending a Halloween get together and hopefully spending some time with a few close friends. I’m getting really excited for Halloween and I can’t believe the holidays are already here! Love seeing the Christmas decorations popping up in […]

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Charming Friday Links
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WARNING: To all men (not that I have too many male readers besides my dad), this post is pretty much a paragraph about how much women rule… read at your own risk : ) My pictures were taken on my phone, so they’re not the best quality ever : ) I had the honor representing […]

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Variety and Lifetime’s Power of Women 2012
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I’m actually not much of an everyday jewelry-wearing girl. Most of the time I forget to put it on as I’m running out the door. I’m also not too keen on flashy things and giant rings. My wedding ring is a diamond band (similar to the one below, but less diamonds) and it’s the perfect […]

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party jewelry from anjolee
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Today I’m inspired by Alexandra Grablewski’s food photography and styling. The composition, colors and overall aesthetic in her photos are beautiful… Take a look and have a wonderful Wednesday!   Photo Credit: Alexandra Grablewski

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inspired by alexandra grablewski
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Antiquaria has launched a new design studio and I’m in love with their custom invitations and beautiful stationary. I received a very charming pack of stationary in the mail this Christmas and was incredibly impressed to say the least ; ) Bailey is a calligrapher (I’ve always wanted to learn!!) and Emma is an illustrator and […]

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Antiquaria Design Studio
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Hey ya’ll!! Haha, thought I’d give you a nice Southern hello, since I’m on the topic of Southern Weddings! My work was featured in the latest issue of SWV4!! I put this photo shoot together this summer and designed everything from the florals right down to the last detail. So much hard work was poured into this […]

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featured in southern weddings v4
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I’m head-over-heels for this online printing boutique called Pinhole Press! You can customize photo albums/books for birthdays, births, weddings or vacations! You can also create personalized photo notepads, journals (perfect gift for tweens :)), day planners, stationary and personalized labels as well as holidays cards. Last night I was making a list of the different themed […]

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pinhole press
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There’s a new company in town and I’m already making my wish list! Society Social is a new brand of stylish bar carts and furniture for the hippest of hostesses. With six styles of bar carts in an array of beautiful colors you’re sure to fall in love with one! My two favorites areThe Hostess and The Stanton. I […]

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society social
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Here are a few of my recent Pinterest pins! I whole-heartedly enjoy this site, haha! With so much inspiration, it’s perfect for party planning and entertaining. If you would like an invite just email me and I’ll send one over, but not until I get back from my vacation so be patient 🙂 For now, indulge yourself […]

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my recent pinterest pins
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I wanted to share these Beg Bicycles with you because they are just about one of the most adorable bike companies I’ve ever seen! The bicycles are handmade in Belgium with plenty of classic details and retro charm. The best part about them are the many accessories you can add to your bike! The wooden crate is […]

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charming beg bicycles
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I wanted to share with you one of my favorite stores for vases and floral supplies. It’s called Jamali Gardenand they have an extensively wide selection of unique vases and pots to use at any event or for your home 😉 They also sell garland, ribbon, candle holders and much more! I also love some of their […]

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Jamali Garden
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Oh Pinterest… I seriously get lost in this site for hours! I can’t help but to keep scrolling down to see more fabulous drinks, desserts, decor and colors… it’s a dream!! AND I am definitely hooked! Here are a few of my favorite pins from this week to inspire you! Have a great and charming […]

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pinterest inspiration
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  Happy Monday!! I don’t have a craft or recipe today, so I thought I would share these amazing vintage appliances in my favorite color! I’ve had them bookmarked for months now and I just think they are the coolest ever! I love so many styles and eras, but if I had a tiny cabin somewhere in […]

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retro inspired appliances
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Okay, time to share an obsession I’ve had for a little while now. This lovely lady, who also happens to be our friend and amazing photog, told me about Pinterest last year and I was instantly hooked! It’s a perfect way to save images you see while scouring the internet and share them with others. The site allows […]

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pinterest… an obsession!
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We are about to have a beauuutiful week in Los Angeles and I couldn’t be more excited! I can’t wait until I can live in my flip flops and take summer road trips… Which brings me to these gorgeous photos. Wowzas, I’m in love! Anytime I come across photos that incorporate perfect styling, some sort […]

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dreaming of an airstream summer
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I’m LOVING this bike!! It’s so retro, convenient and it looks super fun to ride! Not only would it be amazing to run your errands on, but I can also picture the bike used at a wedding… Groom is steering it, bride and her dress flowing out of the tub (or vice versa, but the […]

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The Oh-So-Lovely Madsen Cycle
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Paper Source is my preferred paper and craft store! One is actually opening up right around the corner from me and I’m VERY excited! They have the best tools and paper if you’re going to make your own invitations, seating cards, menus, etc. Custom printing is also available too! They carry a plethora of adorable gift […]

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Featured Boutique – Paper Source
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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! ZP and I made a trip to Santa Barbara for the day (he’s been working so much it was good to spend a day with him!) and of course it was beautiful as always. I splurged on some over the knee boots from Nordies and we ate chocolate […]

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Where’s My Table?
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I’m very happy it’s September because it means we are headed into fall (as well as my three favorite months!!). The summer is coming to an end and everyone is getting back into the groove of things before the holidays swiftly approach us! Although almost any color scheme is acceptable in September, I saw this beautiful floral […]

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