Sunday, June 4, 2017

Splurge vs Steal: The Canvas Tote

Great style and quality can co-exist for the fashionista who doesn't want to sacrifice luxury, but who has a budget that requires them to have to choose which luxury items to splurge on.

Such is the case for the go-to summer bag: the canvas tote.

The canvas tote is the best Summer bag essential because it can take you from poolside to beach side to window shopping and strolling the streets of your favorite summer destinations without missing a stylish beat!

Here is a Splurge vs Steal featuring canvas totes by Balenciaga (from Net-a-Porter) and India Hicks (from India Hicks).

Both bags are brilliant, durable and stylish considering that a canvas tote can be boring on its own. The canvas tote has been so popular though because from a utility standpoint, it's extremely useful. These two canvas totes gives you the best of both worlds: style + utility... brilliant!

Added style comes in the form of black contrast (both brands), pop of color (India Hicks) and an insider detachable pouch (Balenciaga), extendable sides (both brands), two sizes (India Hicks) and more!

All that is left is for you to decide: do you want to splurge or do you want it for a steal?

Balenciaga (Splurge) vs India Hicks (Steal)

Balenciaga's Canvas Tote: $950

Balenciaga Canvas Tote: Detachable Small Purse

Balenciaga Canvas Tote: Inside

India Hicks Canvas Tote: $240 (large), $185 (small)

India Hicks Canvas Tote: Sides Extended

India Hicks Canvas Tote: Inside

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lifestyle Inspiration with Aerin Lauder at Williams Sonoma

Join Aerin Lauder and Williams Sonoma in celebration of the AERIN by Williams Sonoma Collection launch in Dallas at the NorthPark Center Williams Sonoma store. Meet Aerin Lauder, get a copy of her book - Beauty at Home signed, and shop the new beautiful tabletop & home d├ęcor collection while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and champagne.


Thu, June 8, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT


Williams Sonoma
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225-4481

Aerin for Williams Sonoma

Aerin's "Beauty at Home"

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Summer Fresh: A Quick and Easy Salad for Summer

This Memorial Day weekend ushers in the official start of summer and another season to make memories to last a lifetime.

This season represents for me a time with family, friends and easy (ier) living.

That includes recipes!

I saw this recipe from a friend on Instagram who is the mom of active toddler twins. I thought, surely if she can make this salad for her family summer get togethers then surely anyone can!

Hope you enjoy this fresh summer salad recipe and also have a great weekend!

Here's her recipe:
3T Olive Oil
1T Lemon
1/2 tsp Salt
3T chopped fresh herbs (Kristen uses mint, basil and chives from her garden)
Baby Tomato Heirlooms
Watermelon chunks

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve chilled.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easy Daily Inspiration with #Truthbombs

Our world and it's dominant messaging will make you think that inspiring others has to be big, noticeable and complicated.

I believe the exact opposite.

And today I was reminded why I believe that small, daily simple acts can inspire just as profoundly as big, noticeable acts of inspiration.

I keep a few of Danielle LaPorte's #TruthBomb cards on me to either give out, to leave on message boards (especially Starbucks) or as Periscope video inspirations.

Today, when I returned from the bathroom, I saw this kind man looking through my #Truthbomb cards I left on a table.

He inquired about them and asked whether I gave any away.

I said "Absolutely!" and told him to pick out his favorite one from the stack I had with me.

He chose the "Love-(e)volve" #Truthbomb card.

And he stated he was going to I've it to his grandchildren as he had a tear in his eye.


Inspiration...spread it like wild fire.

It's not complicated.

And if you need easy, uncomplicated help in inspiring people daily, get Danielle LaPorte's #Truthbomb deck and do like I do...spread the inspiration. There are 134 heavy card stock #Truthbomb cards in each box. That means you have 134 opportunities to inspire!

It's Curva-Lish!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Using Your Talent to (Beautifully) Inspire the World

Photo Credit: Lewis Miller Design

One thing I know for sure is that every single person has talents that are easy to them but awe inspiring to others (who don't have that same talent).

Recently I bumped into the floral designer Lewis Miller Design on Instagram.

If Lewis lived the rest of his life creating his gorgeous designs for his New York clientele, he'd still be considered successful.

What is inspiring me more about this talented florist is that he decided to take his talent a step further: he has started creating flash mob types of installations in trash cans on the street of New York using recycled blooms from his events!

His installations are nothing short of jaw dropping!

His motivation for creating the installations are to spread positivity in our negative times.

He is earning the nickname "Flower Bandit".

Simply brilliant.

So I hope we are all inspired to ask ourselves: how can I take my talent further and inspire the world?

Photo Credit: Lewis Miller Design

Photo Credit: Lewis Miller Design

Photo Credit: Lewis Miller Design