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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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!)
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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charming friday links
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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
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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 :
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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
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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
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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
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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 :)),
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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