Blog Challenge #5: 10 Songs You Love

Blog Challenge #5: 10 Songs You Love

This week we are continuing our blog challenge with 10 songs we love. Music has always been a big part of my life. I took piano lessons for many many years growing up, made mixed CDs for friends/family whenever I could (back when mixed CDs were cool), and even recently I had a playlist going on my phone during the birth of my son. Different songs can take you back to a distant memory of your youth or they can create a mood for a special event.

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Without further ado, here are just 10 of my favorites:

  1. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
  4. Something Beautiful – NEEDTOBREATHE
  5. How Many Times – Ryan Montbleau
  6. The Parting Glass – The High Kings
  7. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  8. Something – Beatles
  9. Amazing Grace – Sung a capella by anyone with an exceptional voice
  10. Because I Knew You – Wicked Broadway Musical

 

These songs show who I am, maybe more so than what I could write in words. The love of my father’s classics, the wedding song of my parents that I can still see them slow dancing to in the dark kitchen of our tiny home, the first song my hubby sang to me (in the best voice he could) when we were dating, the song that got me through a hard time in my late twenties, the song to celebrate my Irish roots, a fun memory of a musical, and a classic that can always bring me to tears.

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What are some songs that road-map your life or memories? I would love to listen to them and am always in search of my next favorite song!

Next weeks challenge will be: Your 5 senses right now

Thank you so much for reading!

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Blog challenge #4: what are you afraid of? 

Blog challenge #4: what are you afraid of? 
Happy Friday friends! This week we are on to our 4th blog challenge about what we are most afraid of. This subject first had me thinking about my crazy irrational fears such as being terrified of spiders with long legs, my teeth falling out after biting into corn, dropping my baby on his head, or just wearing white pants. But on a serious note, I think I am afraid of not making a big enough impact on people’s lives. Now I know that’s pretty profound but I’d like to elaborate a little. When I was young, around 18, just graduating from high school, I went on a trip to St Lucia. I got to work with deaf children and go to remote parts of the island to bring supplies and such. When I got back home, I was just overwhelmed with the need to impact other’s lives. Then life just happened and getting involved with college and getting used to first world problems again like wearing something different everyday or having the perfect hair color… I kind of lost track of that desire until a few years ago. As I got older I realized that making an impact on someone’s life doesn’t have to be a huge, earth-shaking gesture. Sometimes the small acts of kindness touch us deeper than we even realized. Taking time to listen to a friend, offering to walk a neighbor’s dog when they’re sick, gift wrapping a package that was purchased from our Etsy store, or seeing a sweet couple at a restaurant and secretly paying for a desert to be sent over to them: these small little acts of kindness will bring a smile to someone’s face and doing several of these every day has helped me get over my fear of not making an impact.
What are you most fearful of? I would love to hear your silly irrational fears or deep heartfelt fears. We are all in this thing called life together and sometimes finding a kindred spirit or someone you can talk to (or in this case, write to), can be a wonderful and therapeutic outlet.
Also, just for fun I’m going to link a chart below with some of the most common fears here in the US. Which ones can you relate to?

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Thank you for reading and be sure to check out next week’s blog challenge which will be: 10 songs you love!

Blog Challenge #3: Favorite Quotes

Blog Challenge #3: Favorite Quotes

Hello there! We are on week 3 of our 30 blog post challenge. This week is my favorite quotes.

 

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I love this quote because I think of it every time I hide a $20 bill in a purse for my future self to find.

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As humans, most of us sell ourselves short. Knowing your worth can make you a kinder and wiser person. Value yourself and value others!

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The dents and the scratches tell a story. They show history, character, and longevity. Don’t worry about the many miles on your favorite shoes, the scratches on your wedding ring, the wrinkles on the corners of your eyes…these features show beauty of a life well lived!

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This quote will be added to my New Year’s resolutions lists for 2018!

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This past week I gave birth to my first little one. After 4 days in the hospital I was ready for some normal clothes, clean hair, and Jason’s Deli soft serve ice cream. When I got dressed and put on a simple outfit, I decided to add a pair of fun earrings. I walked out of my room and my husband said “well you look nice”. Thank you fun earrings for adding an exclamation point to my outfit and making me feel like myself again!

There you have it! Just a few of my favorite quotes. Please share some of your in the comments. Next week’s challenge is : What are you afraid of?

 

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!

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!

July Birthstone & Fun Facts

July Birthstone & Fun Facts

Today in Texas, it’s 100 degrees outside and you feel every bit of that heat when trying to run from the car to any air conditioned building. The month of July is just red hot and that is shown even with the birthstone…red hot ruby!

 

 

Rubies are precious gemstones that derive their name from the Latin word for red, “ruber”. They are one of the most prized gemstones and sometimes even dominate over diamonds. Rubies are mentioned several times even in the Bible and are usually associated with wealth, vitality, and love.

 

“The gleaming ruby should adorn, all those who in July were born,

For thus they’ll be exempt and free, from lovers doubts and anxiety. “

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Rubies are part of the corundum family, so is sapphire. If fact, sapphires come in all colors and when they reach a certain color of red, they are called rubies. Rubies are a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, second only to diamond.

 

Check out this GIA breakdown on all ruby info:

 

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Rubies are not only July’s birthstone but also the anniversary stone of choice for the 40th year. They are also a traditional gift for the newly engaged….or you could knock out both the engagement ring and engagement gift and get your love one of these gorgeous ruby engagement rings. Having a gemstone engagement ring has become widely popular since Prince William gave Princess Kate her sapphire engagement ring. The ruby can handle being worn every day and the color red is a color that compliments a wide range of other colors.

 

 

 

July Fun Facts:

~National ice cream, pickle, picnic, hotdog, and blueberry month

~The national days for Canada and France also occur in July like the United States’ Fourth of July

~The long hot days in July are also referred to as the “dog days of summer”

~Julius Caesar’s birth month

~Seven US Presidents have died in July which is more than any other month

~Zodiac signs are Cancer and Leo

~Birth Flower is the water lily

~Famous July birthday holders: Tom Cruise, Dalai Lama, Tom Hanks, Ringo Starr, and Liv Tyler

 

Happy Friday and if you happen to see a jewelry piece from today’s blog that you love, be sure to take advantage of our summer sale. Visit our Etsy store by clicking here, and use coupon code: SUMMERTIME25 at checkout for 25% off your entire order!