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Join me in a month of Gratitude

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Hello lovely readers!

You may have noticed that it’s been a few months since my last post.  I have been enjoying my life more than ever before. That’s right, this isn’t a post about how busy I’ve been, its a post about how happy I’ve been.

I started 2017 with a focus on Joy and this has definitely been my most joyful year yet. From finishing my home remodel and chronicling it all in my Traditional Home column (you’ll see the big reveal in Traditional Home in the next issue), to completing my first year of having my design studio in my home, to making my family and my marriage more of a priority than ever, 2017 has been one of my favorites and I have so very much to be grateful for.

And though I have have been enjoying life instead of blogging, that doesn’t mean that blogging is a thing of the past for me. I have actually been putting the finishing touches on a new website and blog that you will see before year end. It is a major overhaul to our online presence and incorporates many exciting additions to my design and consulting businesses. The new year will bring exciting growth for my company, especially online, and 2018 will mean you can get more access to my designs and my business, life and health coaching than ever before, all right from your computer. What’s even more exciting is if you haven’t worked with me in the past because of price, my new offerings will make my consulting and coaching work more accessible than ever.  And all these changes mean even more work-life balance for me, because more of me online means I can work from anywhere and work around putting my family and my health first. How can I not be grateful for that? Plus I’ll teach you have to have more work-life balance too.

So as November kicks off today, I am kicking off a focus in my own life on gratitude for all the things that are going so right, and for all the challenges that brought learning and growth this year. I already journal every day and my November journal will be full of thanksgiving for my loves and my life. I hope you will join me in this practice as this year comes to an end. Grab yourself a pretty notebook today and start making your list. Gratitude has a way of making what we already have more than enough. And I believe it will make the holiday season full of joy like only a gratitude practice can do.

If you want a reminder to start your day full of gratitude, you can get this pretty little print here. Happy November, my dears. I hope you spend the month counting all your blessings. I’ll be counting mine too.





Shopping Guide: New Year, New You

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I love a shiny new year! It’s so full of promise and things-to-come! That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to start something new, or to set goals and intentions. Whether it’s making a commitment to health, learning to cook something new, or deciding to keep a journal through 2017, I’ve come up with the perfect list to help you get your goals on for the new year!

Happy Shopping, and Happy New Year!






  1. “Live Life” Faux Leather Journal– It’s a fresh start with a new year and a new you, so seize the opportunity to start journaling to track your inspiration and how you grow this year!
  2. Kate Spade New York Gold Dots Agenda– We all start out the new year saying “This is the year I will stay more organized!” Well this year, you really can with a beautiful Kate Spade agenda with trendy gold polka dots.
  3. 13” Saffiano Computer Case by Kate Spade– Staying organized can be fun and chic with this crisp linen colored leather computer case with gold hardware.
  4. Classic iPad Case– A bright Kelly green (one of my favorite colors!) leather iPad case is easy for the on-the-go student or business-minded individual!
  5. Metro Leather Strap Watch– Maybe your resolution this year is to be on time? Well you can’t do that without a stunning camel and gold watch that will match every outfit perfectly so you’ll even want to be a few minutes early.
  6. Swissmar Arosa 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set– Throughout the year, it’s easy to get too busy and lose sight of what is important. Start a new family tradition – fondue night!
  7. 32-Ounce Water Bottle– Drinking enough water is a constant struggle, so make it easier with a cute water bottle that reminds you to “Drink Up”!
  8. ‘Lunar’ Training Shoe by Nike– One of the most common resolutions is to exercise, so let’s start it off right with new training shoes!
  9. Floral-Embossed Yoga Mat, Magenta– You all know I love yoga, so I can’t wait to get back to my routine after all of the holiday festivities with a fresh yoga mat in inspiring, bright magenta!
  10. Moto Full-Length Sport Leggings– A pair of super chic biker-style quilted yoga leggings can quickly go from workout to cute outfit for lunch and errands! It’s impossible to not workout when the clothes are this cute.
  11. Mia 2 – Seabreeze Sonic Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic– This year is all about you, and making you feel your best. Put your best face forward by cleansing every night with this compact, and easy to travel with cleansing system.
  12. Williams-Sonoma Reserve Chardonnay Wine Glasses, Set of 2– Spend more quality time with the special someone in your life over a glass of wine- whether it’s your significant other, best friend, or your bubble bath!
  13. Schwinn 870 Treadmill– Are you planning a 10K in the near future? Keep your training on track regardless of weather or scheduling restraints with an at home treadmill.
  14. ‘Alta’ Wireless Fitness Tracker– Let’s keep track of all of our fitness goals this year with a Fitbit that will track your distance, activity time, calories burned, and steps! Plus, this model will track your sleep, gently wake you up with a vibrating alarm, and remind you about your workout goals.
  15. Nest Plus 9 Cups and Bowls Set– Is your goal to cook more this year? You’ll need your kitchen to be fully stocked with all of the essentials, which are included in this convenient stacking set of measuring cups and bowls.
  16. Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer & Cookbook Set– You never knew eating healthy could taste this good! Start off the new health you with a spiralizer and cookbook set to add more vegetables into your diet while serving up some delicious creations for you and your family.

Shopping Guide: Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

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The holiday season is a whirlwind between family, friends, work, shopping, gift-giving, parties, and obligations! Whew! I know I’ve been running around like crazy, trying to get everything done so I can settle in with my family for a quiet holiday at home.

If you’re like me, you still might need one or two more items to fill the stockings. So here are some great ideas for anyone one your list – including YOU! Happy Holidays!







  1. LAFCO’s ski house candle – This candle captures the joyful balance of fresh winter air with an added cozy fireside aroma.
  2. Fringe Studio 2016-2017 Planner– Start the New Year off right with this festive confetti 17-month organizer.
  3. Kate Spade iPhone Battery– Get active without being interrupted this holiday with a slim, portable battery bank, accented with two-tone checks.
  4. Moon and Lola Key Chain– Stand out with a personalized monogrammed keychain that comes in attractive bright colors.
  5. Prynt Inkless Mini Photo Printer– Preserve sweet holiday memories in a snap with this iPhone photo printer.
  6. Nordstrom Fur Eye Mask– This luxurious faux fur eye mask will swiftly boost you into deep snooze!
  7. Lumee iPhone light case– Perfect and brighten your next selfie with the vibrant LED lights that line this phone case.
  8. Kate Spade Emoji Earrings– These classic emoji faces bring a playful detail to your look.
  9. Tory Burch face brush– Make your face “glow on the go” with this compact powder/bronzer brush. Great for tossing in your purse in a hurry.
  10. Jonathan Adler Bel Air Cobalt Mini Scoop Vase– Give a funky twist to the usual bud vase with this Lucite cube.
  11. Tory Burch Logo Bead Hinge Cuff– This simple beaded bracelet is timeless and can be layered with all of your jewelry for a trendy look.
  12. Dior Vernis Gel Effect Nail Polish– Use this classic pop of red to make you stand out at any holiday party.
  13. Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection– Look like a pro with this set of classic makeup brushes. Good brushes really do make all the difference!
  14. GiGi New York Passport Case– No more searching for the right bag at the airport! Travel in style with a personalized passport cover or luggage tag.

Shopping Guide: Gifts for The Guys in Your Life

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Guys can sometimes be so difficult to buy for! If they’re like the men in my life, they already have what they need, and they sometimes have trouble telling you what they want. Well never fear – I’ve made a list of can’t-miss gifts that will give any guy on your shopping list a very happy holiday!

Happy Shopping!






1. Herschel Supply Co.’Novel’ Duffel Bag – A functional duffel bag from Herschel Supply is perfect for those weekend getaways, or for storing clothes for the gym.

2. Nordstrom’s Half-Zip Pullover – A cozy cashmere/cotton half-zip pullover will keep him warm and fashionable on those cold winter nights!

3. UGG Men’s Scuff Leather Slipper – Slippers are essential during the winter, and these super-soft leather scuffs will be his favorites for years to come.

4. The Jack Black ‘Jack Pack’ Set – This shaving set will make your guy look and feel dapper through the holidays and beyond!

5. Shinola Leather Wrapped iPhone Case – This isn’t just any iPhone case – it also holds credit cards, business cards, and more!

6. ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch – This health-inspired fitness watch from Fitbit will help your guy look stylish while he sticks to his fitness goals.

7. Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones – These leather over-ear headphones have a vintage look, but offer cutting-edge modern sounds!

8. Burberry Heritage Check Cashmere Scarf – This classic Burberry scarf will chase away the chill while wrapping your guy in style.

9. West Elm Leather Luggage Tag – A cleaver leather luggage tag will help his bags stand out from the crowd at any luggage carousel.

10. Swell Reflective Rose Gold 17-oz Bottle – This water bottle quenches his thirst for a handsome accessory at the gym.

11. Simon Pearce Crystal Cube Table Clock – This crystal cube clock will let your man know that time flies when he’s having fun with you!

12. Jonathan Adler Toulouse Dartboard Set – It’s all fun and games for any guy who gets this playful and colorful dart set.

13. Montblanc Urban Spirit Manhole Cuff Links – This handsome pair of onyx and stainless steel cufflinks make a sophisticated statement.

14. Horchow Faux-Fur Fox Christmas Stocking – Make him smile on Christmas morning with this personalized faux fur stocking.

15. Assouline Publishing’s Ferrari – Rev up any car lover’s engines with this coffee table book that pays homage to the classic Ferrari style.

Shopping Guide: Gifts for Her

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It’s that time of year – a time to give the perfect gifts to those we love! I spend a lot of time looking for the absolute right present for each person on my list, and every year at this time I try to help you with your lists, too. So on Wednesdays this month, I’ll give you a different gift guide for the people on your holiday shopping list!

This week, we’re focusing on the women in your life – your mom, your wife, your daughter, or even YOU! Everyone deserves a special something to make them feel pampered and appreciated, and these gifts would definitely do that! I even put a little mark by a couple of them for me – hopefully Santa reads my blog, too!

Happy Shopping!






  1. Tory Burch Fleming Quilted Convertible Shoulder Bag, Norwood– Her jaw will drop when you give her this gorgeous Tory Burch quilted lambskin shoulder bag in one of the season’s most covetable colors – and one of my favorites!
  2. ‘The Collins’ Leather Strap Watch– I love pairing navy and gold together for a classic look. The special woman in your life will love a simple leather strap watch from Tory Burch!
  3. Kendra Scott Isadora Earrings– Give her the gift of style this year with a pair of rose gold and agate statement earrings!
  4. ‘Original Short’ Gloss Rain Boot– My favorite Hunter rain boots are now available in a short style! A pair of bright coral short gloss rain boots will brighten even her darkest days all year long.
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Rouge Gift Set– The perfect combo gift with a timeless red lipstick, volumizing mascara, and waterproof black eyeliner is perfect for any fashionista in your life.
  6. ‘What A Gem’ Crystal Cocktail Ring– A beautiful gold-plated script band with a fabulous emerald colored cocktail ring will add sparkle and shine to her holidays!
  7. ‘One in a Million’ Initial Pendant Necklace– Simple and sweet, this initial pendant is a personal gift that can be worn every day.
  8. Leather Inlay iPhone Case– This shiny gold leather inlay iPhone case will protect her phone while keeping her chic sense of style intact.
  9. Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow– Nothing makes a space feel more personal than a monogram! Maybe she just moved into her new home, or is redecorating, so help her space feel more like her own with a personal letter pillow.
  10. Collette Check Fringe-Trim Cape– I love the classic Burberry plaid in this trendy fringe-trim cape! And the soft cashmere and wool blend will easily make it one of her favorite gifts this year.
  11. Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones– Maybe the special woman in your life is more tech savvy? Then she will love a pair of wireless on-ear headphones! They are flexible and foldable and offer optimal comfort and sound delivery in a variety of fun colors.
  12. Simply Sparkling Look for the Silver Lining Mug– Leave it to Kate Spade to turn even the dreariest day into something to look forward to! The coffee drinker in your life will appreciate this pick-me-up, especially on those dreaded Mondays.
  13. Bonnie Bunny Slippers– What do you get the girl who literally has everything? Super-chic bunny slippers so she can remember her fun friend at the end of a long day!
  14. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in White– Make her beauty routine easier with this awesome new hair dryer from Dyson! Its controlled, high-velocity airflow will quicken her drying time, and the temperature is controlled and checked every 20 seconds to protect hair from extreme heat damage.
  15. Catherine Wide-Brim Pinned Felt Hat, Mink– I love a chic hat! This wide-brim version with a fold and pin detail will make her fall in love with hats all over again and keep her stylish into the New Year!
  16. Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over the Knee Leather Boots– We all know that a great pair of boots is a fall/winter fashion staple. Surprise her this year with her dream boots!