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Gift Guide: Valentines Home Edition

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Things for the Home


Who is in the mood for love?

I love an excuse for gift giving (and receiving) and we are just days from the most romantic and hopefully gift-filled day of the year! If you’re like me, I think chocolates are over-rated and I’d rather have something I really want like a fabulous design book, a gorgeous accessory or a glamorous new lamp. Yes, why not ask your Valentine for the perfect gift for the home this year. It’s the perfect treat for design-lovers like you and me? So here are a few of my favorites to add to your wish list.

Hoping your home suddenly get a fun POP of Valentine’s Red or Sweet Pink for your decor this week! xo,









  1. Penelope Pendant Lamp – Jonathan Adler’s Penelope Pendant Lamp in red adds the high gloss accent needed to say “va va voom” in your home!
  1. Wine Velvet Dining Chairs – Gather around the dining table with your special someone or a group of close friends in these wine Velvet Lydia Dining Chairs because this rich shade of red is definitely on trend this year!
  1. White and Pink Lacquer Tray – The white lacquer tray with a pink inset can be the perfect feminine touch you are looking to add to your vanity or desk. It’s great to hold your jewelry or your mail, or a bit of both.
  1. Rose Striped Bowl – We all know I love stripes and fresh flowers, so what better way to combine two of my favorite things than this bowl! Hopefully your honey fills it with a bunch of pink peonies as a bonus.
  1. Maison Jardin – Yuzu Rose Stonecrop Candle – With notes of yuzu, rose, and lavender this coconut wax blend candle is the perfect relaxing fragrance in a perfectly romantic floral tin.
  1. Gramercy Animal Print Rug – I love a leopard print, especially in a fun color like this red wool and silk blend from Kate Spade. What a chic print to add some pizazz to your home.
  1. Gold Heart-Shaped Bowl – Annieglass offers this roman antique glass heart bowl in gold as the perfect place to keep your jewelry from that special someone who stole your heart!
  1. Gilded Flower Studies – These romantic gilded metal floral sculptures from Tommy Mitchell are mounted on linen and hung individually in acrylic boxes for an artful display. It’s one way to keep your flowers looking fresh and beautiful for years to come.
  1. Gold Starburst Mirror – Add a touch of glitz to your home with this gold starburst mirror. This is one classic motif that I truly LOVE and so will you!
  1. Red Vase – A stunning red accent piece, this red vase, inspired by the naturally occurring color and pattern in agate, is perfect empty or overflowing with your favorite flowers. I’d probably fill it with lots of white hydrangeas.
  1. Garden Drive Jewelry Box – Kate Spade offers the cutest red lacquer jewelry box complete with her signature gold bow clasp! Perfect to punch up the color in your closet or vanity or it would look great on a desk or dresser too.
  1. Make It Happen Notebook – As you know, journaling is one of the most relaxing parts of parts of my day. In this journal, you can write down all of your goals and the steps to make them happen or write down your gratitude for all your many blessings like your sweetheart and all the other loves in your life.
  1. Hexagon Removable Wallpaper – What better way to revamp your space than with wallpaper? And this removable wallpaper means no long term commitment but you will love it so much that you’ll want to marry it.
  1. Ming Storage Chest – This rouge piece by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a fun pop of color that adds functional storage to your space. This charming piece will have you falling in love with it for years to come.
  1. The Big Book of Chic – This fabulous book of interiors by designer Miles Redd is a stunning collection of eclectic design and in it’s Valentine color palette, it’s the perfect tome for the design-lovers in your life.
  2. La Rosa Fruit Bowl – What a lovely way to to add a touch of red to your kitchen with this whimsical rose motif fruit bow. Fill it up with treats for the apple of your eye.
  1. Red and White Stripe Throw – A fabulous textured stripe throw is great to snuggle up on the sofa with your special someone. This one is light weight and perfect for year-round cuddling no matter your climate.
  1. Pink and White Stripe Euro Sham – Feminine pink and white stripes are a great accent for any room and the perfect seasonal refresh for your bedroom.
  1. Kyoto Pillow Covers – A Japanese-inspired print with metallic accents can add a touch of glamour to your design and looks great layered with stripes for the perfect mix of sexy and sweet!
  1. Jewel Glass Lamp – Regina Andrew’s glass lamp in amethyst can be the moody accent color you need in your space. This gives a whole new meaning to “jewel” tones. It’s jewelry for your home instead of your hand.

New Year’s Shopping Guide

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During this, my favorite time of the year, I am busy preparing my goals and resolutions and plans for an exciting 2016. I am giddy with excitement about moving closer to my best self in the coming months. And I am working on making the New Year my best year yet.

To be the best Me I can be, I have a major goal of putting myself first next year. This is something I find really hard to do, do you? Well in that spirit of self-care and healthy living, here is my shopping guide for a fabulously healthy 2016. These are the things I need to be my best and I hope they will help you be your best too!

Meet me back here later this week for my tips on writing resolutions that work, goal setting and my word of the year for 2016.

Happy (and healthy) shopping friends! xo,

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1.Columbia Fleece Vest–Layers are a must for working out in Arkansas weather. It can be 70 degrees at Christmas like this year and 20 degrees in March. You just never know. So having some great Columbia fleece vests in my favorite colors are perfect for layering on cool mornings or freezing afternoons for my walks. I got a white one for Christmas and can’t wait to wear it.

2. Northface Thermal Leggings–To be my best and most healthy self, I have to have a “no excuses” mentality for exercise. And thanks to these awesome Northface leggings, even on cold days I am hoofing it to stay in shape.

3. Fitbit Charge–Take your fitness to a whole new level with the fitbit Charge. I have been using a fitbit for years but this new model has all sorts of amazing features including a clock so you no longer have to double up your fitbit and your watch, they are now all in one. And if you get the Fitbit HR, you can keep track of your Heart rate too so you ensure you are exercising at your optimum level.

4. Nike Leopard or Snakeskin Running Shoes–How do you make exercise fun? Well for me it’s by wearing fun workout clothes and shoes (yes I am a shoe girl even when it comes to athletic ones!) So why not jump on the trend of leopard and Snakeskins we are seeing all over the runway and bring it to our workout gear. They even have the leopard print in sizes for your kids so you can keep them active and healthy too!

5. Massage Bolster–In a moment you will see my great link for an in-home massage table in fabulous fashionable colors. And if you go the route of having a massage room all your own, a bolster for propping up your ankles and knees is the best way to make your at-home experience seem like a professional one.

6. The Best is Yet to Come Journal–Journaling has been a lifesaver for me to relieve stress and get in touch with my innermost self and writing down what I really want out of life. That’s why I love this encouraging quote from old blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Because I really do believe that the best is yet to come for us all, so why not remember that in your daily journaling exercises!

7. Pebble Journal with 3-ring Binder–I love to keep one journal for my thoughts and another for my gratitude for all my many blessings. I am crazy about this 3 ring journal because you can add pages to it. So when you have boundless blessings like I believe we all do, you can add more space to write them down.

8. Pajamas–one of the most important parts of healthy living is getting enough sleep. I think a great pair of Pj’s is the perfect excuse to go to bed earlier this year and these pretty black and white ones will help us sleep stylishly.

9. Sleep Mask and Memory Foam Pillow–Being comfy and relaxed is an important part of your sleep routine too. How about this fabulous Memory Foam pillow so you are comfy and wake up feeling great? And it’s paired with this fab sleep mask with built-in headphones. They’ll keep it dark in your space any time of day and allow you to listen to relaxation yoga or meditation tunes so you drift off easily to your happy place and stay there all night long.

10. Yoga Bolster–Yoga has been a life saver to me. Particularly Yin-style yoga. I get my cardio by walking out in nature and breathing in fresh air and for me yoga is about stretching and restoration. So for that I need great props like this oversized rectangular bolster.

11. Yoga Blocks–Getting into some of my favorite Yin yoga poses require the help of yoga blocks. So add these to your tools for staying healthy this year. You can also do some amazing before bed stretches and release all the tension from your neck with a great yoga block ensuring you get a restful night’s sleep.

12. Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel–Nothing annoys me more than slipping on my yoga mat. That’s why I love my Yogitoes Yoga Mat Terry Towel. It makes your mat comfy and slip resistant all at once. So now you can Nama-“stay” on your mat!

13. Calypso Massage Table–Massage is a must for my healthy lifestyle. I try to get at least one a month and more if time and budget allow. Having an in-home massage table and home massage space is one of the ways I squeeze massage into my busy lifestyle. So when I can’t get to the spa, my massage therapist can come to me.

14. Yoga Strap–To really get deep stretches for my hamstrings to counteract all the sitting at the computer that I do (and sitting on airplanes too) a great yoga strap can really help. I’m not as young and flexible as I used to be so my yoga strap is one of my BFF’s these days! 

15. Personalized Yoga Mat–And to add a little fun to your yoga time, how about a personalized yoga mat. I love the idea of having my name on it, but even better an inspirational quote that makes me want to be on my mat everyday. Whatever it takes, right?

16. Yoga Blankets–If restorative yoga sounds good to you, creating a sanctuary for your practice is a must. For me that means a lovely and quiet place, lots of candles and several cozy blankets for helping with stretches or covering up during Savasana and lingering just a little bit longer than usual.

17. Massage Table Sheets–Making your massage table especially soft can help you get to your happy and relaxed place faster that normal. I love these high thread count massage sheets from Wamsutta that really help me have sweet dreams while getting my massage on!

18. Massage Table Electric Warmer–I don’t know about you but I get chilly easily. I am known to use an electric blanket on a chilly summer night (even if it’s chilly because my hubby is blasting the A/C), and I am the same way during my massages. So having an electric warmer for your at-home massage table is the perfect way to make sure you are cozy and relaxed every time.

19.Fitbit Scale–I’ve been using a Fitbit cardio step counter for years. But now I am ready to take Fitbit’s capabilities to the next level with their scale that measures weight, body fat and BMI. It can be programmed for up to 8 different users so my family can use it too. I am thinking this might be one of the things that keeps me most accountable in the new year!

20. Vitamix Blender–Oh how I love my Vitamix. It’s the way I get my fruits and veggies in everyday with my regular morning Green Smoothies. I have tried other blenders and trust me, there is no comparison with the Vitamix. So if you haven’t tried this amazing blending machine, I highly suggest you do. It will help you get your smoothie on all year long.





Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

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Well my friends, another Christmas celebration is coming to a close. My heart and my tummy are full and I am feeling very blessed.

I have to say that this Christmas was one of the best ever for my family and for me, full of health and happiness. I hope you shared so much love, laughter and delicious holiday meals with your family and friends too. And I hope Santa left you a fabulous present under the tree.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!










Colorful Holiday Decor

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I was so happy to share my holiday decor ideas with Elle Decor for a recent feature – I do love the holidays and I love decorating, so it’s a win-win time of year for me! My top advice for holiday decor is to use the colors of the room when selecting your decorations. It’s so much better to let the wreaths and ornaments complement the room, rather than fighting with it!

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So in my daughter’s hot pink room, we really went for it with a playful and colorful tree that was absolutely magical for her! And before you ask, I have no idea where to find that fabulous white vintage tree anymore. It’s about 8 years old and the company who made it is no longer in business (sad, I agree!) If someone is reading this who manufacturers something like this, just about everybody I know is trying to get one!

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Did you notice how we added fun little toys and trinkets to make things even more charming? And even the wrapping paper coordinates with the room – it gives everything a really cohesive and pulled-together look.


We used that same idea in my mom’s house, picking up on the shades of blue and green that may not scream “Christmas,” but definitely say “Happy Holiday!”


I also love to pull out all the heirlooms or collectibles for the holiday table – that gorgeous china and silver that you never seem to get around to using. If there was a ever a time of year to get it out, this is it!

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Of course I’m not saying that red and green shouldn’t be on the color menu! They should definitely be part of the mix in rooms where those colors blend well with the rest of the room’s decor.

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If you have any favorite collections, like my jadeite in the photo above, bring it out for festive table settings or vignettes. It’s so exciting to actually use the stuff that you love!

This is a season for celebration, family, and happiness – so if a color or an object makes you feel happy, then it should be part of your decor!

Wishing you a colorful holiday!







Gift Guide for People Who Have Everything!

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Are you finished with your holiday shopping? Me either. But I am getting really close! At this point, I am always looking for the perfect gift for those people in my life who already seem to have everything. And if I’m honest, a lot of people in my life probably think that refers to me. Ha! But isn’t it true that so many of us are able to just get what we want when we want it and we don’t wait for special occasions or holidays? And then, when those gifting occasions roll around, we can hardly think of anything that we want or need.

Well today I am bringing you a fun round-up of things that are exciting and cool and hip and unique. Things that would be perfect for those people who have everything. Many of these are things that people might not know about or that they wouldn’t buy for themselves, so they would make fun and fabulous presents from you!

Good luck finishing your shopping, friends!


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  1. Jonathan Adler Lacquered Backgammon Set–My family used to play backgammon when I was a kid, but I haven’t played in years. Leave it to Jonathan Adler to make this old game fabulous and chic again! Choose from purple, blue, or orange. I’m partial to the purple interior with the white box. Game on!
  2. Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker–How fun to make homemade soft-serve for your next party or just on the weekend with your kids! I love how it holds the cones and sprinkles right in the machine. And I don’t keep up with the Kardashians (I know, I’m about the only one) but I think I did see that one of them had this fun gift on their wish list, too.
  3. Neiman Marcus Famous Pop-overs–I have wanted to learn to make pop-overs for years and Neiman Marcus is known for these delicious treats in their restaurants across the country. Now you can give those “have it all” sort of people on your list everything they need to make these luxury pop-overs right at home.
  4. Wood Pillar Speakers–These fabulously handsome wood-patterned speakers have amazing 360-degree sound and 15 hours of wireless play. They connect to any bluetooth device and are oh-so-stylish! One of these may need to find its way to my hubby’s stocking.
  5. Monogrammed Kate Spade Tote–Apparently I have a thing for red bags this year, and I think this one from Kate Spade is extra special because it can be monogrammed with 3 letters in gold foil. How sophisticated and personal, right? I have a special person on my list that this would be perfect for!
  6. Firewood Canvas Tote–A fun and handy gift for your friends who love to sit fireside at home or in their vacation home. Personalize this handsome leather-and-canvas firewood tote and they will love how it looks, and how it keeps their clothes all clean and tidy when they carry wood in for the fire.
  7. Personalized Yoga Mat–No one will pick up your yoga mat if it’s personalized with your name or initials. This is a fun gift for all the yogis on your list this year.
  8. Personalized Gym Bag with Yoga Mat Strap–Take it a step further and add this great personalized gym bag as a companion to the personalized yoga mat. It even has a strap that keeps all your items together and organized.
  9. Red Beats Headphones–Whether working out or just hanging out, these beautiful bright red, wireless Beats headphones are great for anyone on your list, young or “not so young,” male or female. So if you have music-lovers on your list, how about a snazzy pair of these?
  10. Junior Chef Baking SetFor the teens and kiddos on your list who love to cook like my daughter does, Williams Sonoma has a whole line of REAL cooking and baking utensils like this baking set. They are regular-sized (not kiddie-sized) and perfect for aspiring and practicing cooks with a few safety features built in to make learning to cook fun.
  11. Pink Home Massage Table–Ever wanted to have your own massage room at home? That’s the ultimate luxury, right? And even more fun for your table to be PINK! This is perfect for the busy working woman in your life who needs to relax at the end of the day. Don’t love the pink? Well you’re in luck! It comes in a rainbow of colors.
  12. Fitbit Charge HR–Stay fit and keep track of the time, all in one device. The super-smart new version from Fitbit has all sorts of features, including tracking your heart rate, and you don’t have to double it up with your watch anymore.
  13. Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker–Pizza lovers take note, this table-top beauty has a pizza stone built right in to make all your favorite thick and thin crust recipes come out perfect every time. I asked for one of these for Christmas this year and my daughter is already planning the pizza parties we need to host in 2016.
  14. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker-Freeze the canister of this travel coffee mug and it instantly turns your hot beverage into iced coffee. A convenient and handy tool for all the iced coffee lovers in your life. 
  15. Jonathan Adler Domino Set–And if backgammon isn’t your thing, or you want a full-on game night, Jonathan Adler also brings us gorgeous lacquered packaging for his domino set. And the dominos themselves are even colorful, which designer-folks like me will really love!