December 17, 2014

My Holiday Cards and a Minted Giveaway!

I am so, so terribly bad at sending out holiday cards. I have every intention to do so, and then I get distracted by end of year projects, shopping, traveling, and just general holiday craziness. This year, however, I was determined to send out cards, especially since we moved away from our families this past year. So when Minted contacted me and asked if I'd like to try out some of their new holiday cards, I knew this was my chance!

You know I'm a black, white, and metallic kinda girl. It's how I decorated my apartment for Christmas. I just can't quit it.


So naturally, I jumped at the chance to make a black and white photo card with gold metallic lettering. I chose the All Aglow card, which comes with gold, rose gold, or silver lettering! Isn't it just gorgeous?



funny story: we took this photo ourselves, with the camera on a tripod sitting on our bed. I had to push the shutter so it would start the timer, then run over to Nick who then draped me with lights and we posed, all in under 10 seconds. You should see the outtakes. Actually...no, you shouldn't. Our neighbors thought we were crazy, surely.



My favorite part, aside from the gorgeous cards, was that you can opt into printed envelopes! This means that if you have your addresses ready, you can input them into the site and Minted will print them for you, return addresses and all. So all you have to do it lick them, stamp them, and send them off!



There are so many different typefaces and fonts to choose from for your envelopes. I love this feature because who has time to address all of those envelopes anymore? Not me!


And exciting news! Minted is giving away $125 worth of New Years cards! Didn't get around to Christmas cards this year? Or are you the type to send out an end-of-year card instead? This giveaway is perfect for you! Minted has hundreds of cards for you to choose from, and all are fully customizable to your liking. Enter the giveaway below, and best of luck! Winner will be chosen on Saturday, December 20.

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Pssst! There is also still time to enter the Meredith Jackson Jewelry Giveaway!
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December 16, 2014

Meredith A. Jackson Jewelry and Isabella Candle Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I have an exciting and gorgeous giveaway for you! Still in need of a last minute gift for someone you love (or yourself?) ;) The beautiful and talented Meredith Jackson is giving away this gorgeous pair of freshwater pearl and blue apatite earrings! Aren't they just stunning?


And just in case that isn't reason enough to fall in love, Isabella Studio is throwing in the votive candle in the photo above, too!

I used to work at Isabella for a few months before I moved to DC. Isabella and Meredith Jackson's studio are right next store to each other in South Charlotte! They are both stunning, and I miss these ladies all the time. There is so much eye candy in both store fronts, so if you're local to Charlotte, make sure to stop by and check them out!



Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from Meredith's studio:


This bracelet, are you kidding me?! Swooning.



Meredith handmakes the majority of the jewelry herself, and she is majorly talented! She just started including jewelry from other designers in her studio as well, making it a one-stop-shop for every fabulous bauble you could think of. Some of the other jewelry lines include pieces by Vasant (Santa Barbara, CA), Kevia (Portland, OR), Mabel Chong (San Francisco, CA), Nilai (Paris) , and Aid for Trade. The tagline for Meredith's boutique is "Jewelry, Unique by Nature", and I think it's the perfect description. Every single piece of jewelry in her studio is so gorgeous and so unique! I have a pair of her earrings and I get complimented on them constantly. Check out her online shop to see her gorgeous pieces as well as pieces by Mabel Chong and Vasant. And if you're local to Charlotte, check out her pieces in the store, as well as a few goodies from Nilai, Kevia, and Aid for Trade!

Enter to win the gorgeous pair of gold, pearl, and turquoise earrings from Meredith, as well as the silver votive candle from Isabella. The giveaway will only last a few days so that hopefully you can get your entries in by Christmas! Good luck!


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And if you don't want to wait until then to purchase something gorgeous from Meredith Jackson, she is offering 15% off her entire website for the month of December with code DEC15!
Pssst! I announced the winner of my Shannon Claire Interiors Giveaway. Was it you?! ;)
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December 15, 2014

GIFT GUIDE: For the Traveler

Happy Monday! Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I am just now finalizing all of my gifts. Since I am not one of those people that has my gifts wrapped under the tree weeks before Christmas, I figured you might be the same! If you need any last minute ideas, I have them here for you. I like breaking them down into categories...and today we have The Traveler! Do you have a friend or family member that's jet-setting off on a fabulous trip in the near future? If so, I think these gifts are perfect for any traveler!
GIFT GUID: For the Traveler


Jessica Zipper Tote (the perfect carry on & can be monogrammed!) | Portable Charger

Mirrored Le Specs Sunglasses | Reversible Cape (perfect for those chilly plane rides!)

Perfect Chambray Top | Leather Passport Holder | 36 Hours in USA and Canada

FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment | Tocca Hand Cream (great for dry flights!)

Frends Headphones (pretty AND functional) | Converse Shoreline Shoes

Fujifilm Instax Camera (great for small mementos) | "Escape" Weekend Tote


We're heading to Europe in March, and I would love to find so many of these items under the tree! So, if you know someone that's going on a trip (including YOURSELF!), shop away! ;)




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