Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

Blog Challenge #2:   20 Random Fun Facts About Me

1)    Sparkle is my favorite color. (diamonds especially, which are my birthstone) ~ click here to shop

2)    I lived in Guam for over 2 years.

3)    I love boots/booties (check out these stunners that are on sale now as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) ~ click here to shop

4)    I have always loved antique furniture ever since I was a kid. (this dresser has been mine since I was a teenager and always makes me think it should be in a Disney princess’ room)

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5)    Forever 21 and stores that have too many options stress me out.

6)    I start my mornings out by drinking 16oz of water first thing. (check out these health benefits)

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7)    Going out to new restaurants is my favorite hobby.

8)    I love the beach but do not like going in the water.

9)    My hubby and I watch Shark Week every year. (even the ridiculous shows like Michael Phelps vs the Great White Shark)

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10) I get stuck in ruts. (I’ll wear the same jewelry for a week, cook the same dinners over and over, and use the same hair/face products for years)

11) I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

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Photo credit: www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Photo-Ideas

12) I could watch “Say Yes to the Dress” all day and still want more! (the new UK version is awesome by the way!)

13) I always spend at least $50 at Target no matter what.

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14) My biggest pet peeve is when people say “Irregardless” (that’s not a word)

15) Colored pens are my jam! (I love matching greeting cards with coordinating pen colors)

16) I am always worried that I will run out of coffee creamer so I usually have 2-3 bottles at one time (whenever I move to a new place, this is usually the first purchase and item in my fridge)

17) I’ve never had any cavities in my teeth.

18) Anytime a restaurant has shrimp and grits on the menu I have to order it.

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19) Cats scare me.

20) I love white sports cars. (I get this from my dad who restored this white Porsche when I was little)

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I challenge you to give me 20 fun facts about yourself on your blog!

And…next week’s blog topic will be Your Favorite Quotes.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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Blogging Challenge: #1 Introduction and Recent Photo

Blogging Challenge: #1 Introduction and Recent Photo

Hello! One of my favorite bloggers invited me to participate in a fun 30 prompt blogging challenge. The list of ideas offers a fun way to have other bloggers get to know you and your point of view. If you would like to follow along, please join me! This week is about introductions and a recent photo. I’ll put next week’s prompt at the end of today’s post.

 

Here we go:

 

My name is Candy.

 

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I’m a 5th generation Floridian and I’m 9 months pregnant with my first little miracle. I work for a jewelry boutique located in Gainesville, Florida and I feel like I have the best job in the world! We have been in business for over 30 years. The main passion of our boutique is everything jewelry but with an emphasis on vintage and estate treasures.

 

 

 

My blog started over a year ago and every Friday I bring you something either educational, inspiring, fashion related, jewelry related, or a fun story. Our most re-blogged and favorited post was “A story of a used wedding ring” (check it out here).

 

That story shows my heart for vintage pieces and giving them a new life, a new love story, and a new purpose. My goal is to keep well crafted, gorgeous heirlooms in circulation for generations to come. My favorite thing to tell my clients is: you’ve got the girl, we’ve got the ring. We really do have something for everyone!

 

 

 

My other passions include my two silly dogs, who are the odd couple. A golden retriever from Australia and my black pug with the huge attitude. My golden, Ali, went to work with me at our boutique for many years but she is retired now. Her new past time is laying in the sun in the backyard.

 

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My pug, Cali, is working on her own book entitled “Where’s Cali”….kinda like “Where’s Waldo” but with her cute little mug. Here is an example to test your skill (this is a pretty easy one).

 

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I also LOVE to cook and collect pretty china! Here is my Christmas china with my favorite meal ever…breakfast food! And here is my more traditional set with my other favorite food…Mexican!

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least, I have to tell you about my hubby Marc. Simply said, he’s every wonderful word I could ever think of!

 

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That’s a little intro to me. Thank you for reading. If you would like to join me on this challenge please let me know. I would love to read your blog posts using the prompts.

 

Next week’s topic: 20 random fun facts about yourself

My Style Icons ~ Past & Present

My Style Icons ~ Past & Present

When I hit my 30s, I realized that I had two specific looks. I had my classic, tribute to retro, polished look and my trendy, fun, quirky style. Both of these styles give a fashion nod to my two fashion icons. One is from the past and one is current.

 

Elizabeth Taylor is my “past” style icon. First off, I love her signature makeup looks. In particular, I love her black, winged eyeliner with pink lipstick. I feel this is a flattering look on us brunette girls. My favorite eyeliner is the liquid, boot black, liner from MAC and my favorite pink lipsticks come from the drugstore brand, Milani.

 

Elizabeth Taylor also had a way of pairing a simple fitted dress in a single color with some dramatic earrings. This is my go-to date night look, wedding guest look, and Sunday best look.

 

To shop diamond earrings, click here!

 

Alyson Haley is my “current” style icon. She has a gorgeous Instagram feed that you have to scroll through. Her style is on point! She knows how to pair colors, layer pieces, and just look effortlessly stunning. The mix of trendy pieces with classics is what speaks to me. Here are a few photos if you are not familiar with her.

One random thing that I noticed is that she always pairs her oversized watch with a bracelet. I don’t know why I love this so much, but I have gotten to where I can’t wear my watch without a bracelet with it. She is very influential!!! :o) I am linking some similar bracelets below.

 

To shop statement bracelets, click here

Who are your style icons? I would love to hear from you!

For photo credits and more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here. Thank you for reading! Happy Friday!