Galentine’s Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than giving your best girlfriends (or any lady in your life) an adorable little gift to show your love? Even if you’re not a fan of Valentine’s day, you can still show your ladies that you love and appreciate them with these super cute gifts they’re sure to adore! 

Kendra Scott Necklace // Jo Malone Peony & Suede Perfume // Venus et Fleur Flowers // Chocolate Truffles // Sparkling Rosé Bears // Roses // YSL Lipstick // Roses des Cotes Wine // Vintage Pajamas // Faux Fur Sleep Mask // Chocolate Bar 

I love to make things special for the ladies in my life. This year, I will be hosting a Galentine’s brunch for some of my girlfriends, and I will be sharing more on that and how you can host your own brunch soon!

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Weekend Sales Alert and Earn $10!!

2017 may be over, but the New Years Sales are not! Did you know you can get paid to shop these sales?

That’s right.

PAID.

Ebates is a FREE site that allows you to browse all of your favorite stores and shop from their app or website, and earn cash back on every purchase! I use this site EVERY time I shop online (which is often) and it is the best, easiest, and FREE way to earn cash back while you shop! In fact, I get more money back from using Ebates than I do with my cash back credit card! You can get a $10 bonus when you sign up for Ebates and spend just $25! The best part?Not only can you use it for shopping online, but they have barcodes for brick and mortar stores too. So the next time you’re browsing around your favorite store, just whip out your ebates app, scan, and earn money back! It’s that easy!

I’ve rounded up the best sales and some of my favorite items, but hurry- some of these sales are ending soon!!

Happy shopping!Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Clothing/Accessories

ASOS // Up to 70% off sale, no code necessary

BEBE // Additional 60% off all sale

Express // Up to 70% off select styles, no code necessary

J. Crew // Up to 75% off with code SALEONSALE

Tory Burch // Extra 30% off select styles with code EXTRA30

 

Ann Taylor // Extra 50% off select styles with code REFRESH

Banana Republic // Up to 40% off, no code necessary

Club Monaco // Up to 60% off select styles, no code necessary

Coach // Extra 50% off sale, no code necessary

Forever21 // Up to 70% off sale items, no code necessary

Gap // Up to 60% off, no code necessary

Macy’s // Extra 20% off with code WKND

Net-a-Porter // Up to 70% off sale, no purchase necessary

Tibi // Up to 70% off select styles, no code necessary

White House Black Market // Up to 70% off original prices, no code necessary

 

Home Decor

Pottery Barn // Up to 40% off select styles with code FREESHIP

Serena & Lily // Up to 70% off select styles, no code necessary

West Elm // Extra 60% off select styles, no code necessary

Williams-Sonoma // Up to 40% off select styles with code FREESHIP

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Why Not Staying True to My Style Damaged my Confidence

I have to be honest with you…I haven’t been very honest. At least, to myself. Blogging is an absolute passion of mine; I love getting to share lifestyle and fashion inspiration with you, my dear reader, and share my tips and tricks for how to put together an outfit for anything.

However, I’ve been put under a lot of pressure. To look good, almost perfect, all the time. It’s tiring. I have to keep up with clothing and accessory trends, travel locations, and even home decor. 

But here’s the thing: no one is putting this pressure on me. I did it to myself.

I am putting all of this pressure on myself and you know what? It’s hurting me. Specifically, it’s hurting my confidence.

There are SO many other fashion and lifestyle bloggers out there. It’s an overly saturated niche. And I found myself following others on Instagram, struggling to keep up with them. Everyone has the latest, trendiest tops, “in” shoes, expensive jewelry, and the Gucci Marmont bag. It’s an expensive -and exhausting- lifestyle to keep up! I thought, if all of these big bloggers have ruffle sleeve sweaters, jewelry from David Yurman, and Louis Vuitton bags, then I have to also! I put myself under so much stress trying to keep up with trends and be like everyone else, that I haven’t been true to myself.

What’s wrong with this?

It’s hurting my confidence: Not being able to afford these beautiful clothes and lavish trips like other bloggers is definitely a blow to my confidence. I felt like I could never be as good as they were, simply because of what I could afford. While I am no stranger to working hard for what you want, realistically, I’m not in a place where I can keep up with these bigger bloggers. I felt self-conscious, insecure, and worthless- as if my worth is determined by the clothes I wear or the trips I take. It’s not.

It’s being dishonest: I was lying to myself, and to my readers. I was pretending to live a glamorous lifestyle with beautiful clothes. In reality, I work both a full-time and a part-time job, run this blog, and attend university. It’s a lot for anyone to handle. It’s so much more glamorous to pretend you have nice clothes and vacations. I work hard for the things that I do buy, and I’ll tell you a secret: most of the designer stuff I have comes from eBay. I also buy nice quality clothing from stores such as Nordstrom when I can, and I’ll be honest with you, half of the “trendy” tops I’ve ever featured on social media, I’ve worn for the pictures then returned. While the tops are cute and definitely in, they weren’t something I would wear more than once. Statement tops are definitely nice to have a few of, but I prefer to buy clothing that can be worn in different ways again and again.

I wasn’t being true to myself: In order to keep up with the latest trends and pieces, I was neglecting my own personal style. An identifier that makes me, me.  Part of the reason I started blogging was because I got so many questions and compliments on my style, which is classic and simple. I am of French descent, and style is something we are known for (among other things!) 

I was hurting my body: Stress affects everyone differently; for me, it causes poor diet choices, resulting in a less-than-flawless complexion and weight gain/loss. I was losing sleep, I was unhappy, and financially I was putting myself into a rut. Today, I have been trying to take steps to lessen my stress and heal myself. I promise you -and me- to be true to myself, my values, my WHY. I blog because I love it, because I feel  a sense of purpose and accomplishment. I inspire other women to feel confident about themselves through my campaign. These are the reasons that drive me, not this year’s trendiest bag (which would probably get lost in my closet once the season was over).

Some big changes are coming to LRH. I hope you’re just excited for them as I am! And for those of you reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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2017 Year End Review

2017 definitely feels like a blur. This was one of my most challenging years, both personally and professionally. There have been many wonderful moments throughout but…it’s been a lot! With all of the terrible things happening in the world every single day, it put my own struggles and issues into perspective and made me more grateful for the life I have and the health of loved ones and myself. While I am not able to blog full time at this point in my life, I am thankful to wake up every day to even spend just one hour working on LRH and following my passions- which you know is very important to me. I am even more grateful for the connections and relationships I’ve been able to build with readers here on LRH. To be able to bring a tiny bit of inspiration into your daily life through fashion, writing, and travel is always an honor to me.

I was lucky enough to be able to travel to quite a few places, starting the year off in Palm Harbor, then Seattle, Paris, and Portland. Though I am not able to go often, traveling fuels my soul and serves as one of my biggest forms of inspiration. I am hoping to make it a more integral part of my life, especially once I have finished my degree. I have pulled some of my favorite images from 2017 to look back on top highlights and moments.

Thank you again for being a part of this journey with me. I am so incredibly grateful for you and your support. I am looking forward to seeing you all in 2018, and sharing the exciting things to come!

 

I’ve also shared 6 ways you can reflect on a full year here.

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6 Ways to Reflect on a Full Year

It’s almost time to say goodbye to another trip around the sun and welcome a fresh start for a new calendar year. It’s typically the time when we hear a lot about New Year’s resolutions, and while making new goals for personal growth is important it’s also great to reflect on all of the efforts you’ve put forth into the past year so you can approach the new year with a clean slate. I want to share some ideas for reflecting on a full year so you feel inspired to start 2018 with a clear mind, positive thoughts, and gratitude. I love to do this in a little gratitude journal given to me by a dear friend. Every year, I update it with these reflections, and every year, before my new entry, I love to go back and read my entry from the year prior and see how I’ve grown and changed as a person.

1. Write down 5 accomplishments you were most proud of this year and how you took the steps to achieve these pivotal moments.

2. Add 3 more goals you’re looking forward to accomplishing in the new year. Jot down a few notes or keywords beside each goal with initial steps for getting these plans started, such as new travel destinations, hobbies you’d like to try, or changes to your daily routine, etc.

3. Write down the names of 5 people (or more if you’d like!) who were the best supporters during your hardest and happiest times this year. Send them a ‘Thank You’ card or kind e-mail reminding them of what their presence this year meant to you. It’s always important to remember the relationships that have strengthened over time and express gratitude to the person(s) who contributed to your personal growth. I’m a big supporter of sending letters via snail mail- I know I love getting more than just bills in my mailbox, and I also love stationary!

4. You know those moments when you run into someone you know and quickly say “We should grab coffee soon!”, but then days/weeks/months fly by and next thing you know it’s NYE and you never had that coffee date? It happens, and these encounters just need a little follow through. Try taking the initiative now and write down 5 names of people who you want to reconnect with or start a connection with in the new year! For example, if there is someone within your professional network who you admire and have been wanting to get to know better, set a deadline for reaching out to them to grab a coffee and solidify a date as soon as you start the conversation. Make sure you follow through by checking-in with them 1 week or 1 day before the scheduled date to confirm the meet-up. Make it happen!

5. Take a scroll through your camera roll in your phone or on your computer and find the top 5 moments/pictures that make you happiest when reminiscing on that memory. Make it a goal to print those photos and display them in a place you’ll see often throughout the week. Use them as a reminder of the moments you want to continue to create in 2018!

6. The New Year usually means starting a fresh new journal or planner (you know how much I love a good planner!) and here’s what you can put on the first few pages: Write a letter to yourself talking about where you currently are in life (mentally, emotionally, and professionally) and what you hope to achieve in 2018. Every now and then flip back to these beginning pages and read through this letter. It will serve as a reminder for the progress you’ve made and how much further you can take yourself. A great planner that already has room for the letter and your new goals and aspirations is the Day Planner, which you can find here.

I hope you have a very happy New Year, and I look forward to the future with you!

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The New ‘It’ Bracelets featuring The Songbird Co

Hey y’all!

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!

I was lucky enough to collaborate with the amazing Songbird Collection this past weekend, and received some beautiful jewelry. I was so excited to receive their package in the mail, and I was not disappointed.

I was so excited to unbox these! I received two of their gorgeous, chic bracelets, and I could not love them any more. These dainty pieces are the perfect accessory to any outfit, and make a subtle statement. They layer well with other bracelets, or a nice watch, and can be dressed up or down!

The bracelets I received are the marble triangle bracelet and the It bracelet. You can get them for yourself from their website here and here! And, until the end of the year, you can take 30% off your order ($10+) with code SHINE. Happy New Years!

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Best Winter Cocktail for New Years Eve

Christmas is already over, and I can’t believe how quickly it flew by! We spent our first Christmas as a married couple with family, ate a TON of good food, and genuinely enjoyed our time together. I’m sad that’s it over, but all good things must come to an end. Now, I am eagerly awaiting New Year’s Eve! Every year, I attend holiday parties among family and friends, and am always searching for that mind-blowing dish or dessert to bring along- since you never go empty handed, of course. This year, however, I’ve decided to try my hand at perfecting some favorite cocktails, and whipping up several batches to surprise party guests!

I’ve tried and perfected one of my favorite winter cocktails below, and they’re perfect for delighting your family and friends during the holidays!

Salted Caramel White Russian

Salted caramel sauce
Salt flakes (optional)
3/4 cup of salted caramel Irish cream
1/4 tbsp of amaretto liqueur
1/2 cup of half & half
Ice
Cocktail shaker
Rosemary sprigs (for garnish, optional)
Chocolate bark (optional)

Take your caramel sauce, and use a teaspoon to drizzle on the inside of the glass, turning it slowly to get a nice swirled effect

Fill the glass with ice.

Add your Irish cream, amaretto, and half & half to your cocktail shaker with several cubes of ice. Shake well and strain into the glasses.

Garnish your cocktail with a sprig of rosemary, a piece of chocolate, or even a candy cane. You can also sprinkle a little sea salt on the top to add a little extra flavor profile. Enjoy!

 

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$1000 ASOS Gift Card Giveaway!!

Hey everyone!

Today I’m so excited to be bringing you an awesome giveaway! I am teaming up with some amazing bloggers to offer a $1000 ASOS Gift Card, perfect for all the fashionistas out there! This giveaway goes from 12/17-12/24 and will be open internationally! To enter, just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below! Good luck!!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Must Have Jewelry

Astro Ring // Grey Tassel Earrings // Karma Necklace // Triangle Bracelet // Parisian Tassel Earrings // Crystal Stud Earrings // The It Bracelet // Nail Bracelet

Happy Sunday!

We got our first snow of the season last night, and it did not disappoint! It looks like an absolute winter wonderland outside, and the weather is gorgeous. I’ve created my newest holiday gift guide for the girl that loves to accessorize- with jewelry! You can never have too much in my opinion, and these pieces from The Songbird Collection do not disappoint! I’ve rounded up the must-have pieces to take your holiday (and every day outfits) to the next level!

Some of my favorites:

Astro Ring // This gorgeous ring is statement making with fierce, yet chic geometric shapes on a thin, delicate band studded intricately with tiny cubic zirconia. This ring is perfect for dressing up any outfit, and offers the perfect amount of glam for the holidays!

Parisian Tassel Earrings // Be the picture of Parisian charm and grace in these long, graceful chandelier earrings. These Parisian Tassel Earrings feature an intricate, woven pattern with rhinestone and bead accents.  The long, flowy tassel is a romantic muted pink, and the perfect finish to a simple, little black dress, or jeans and a chic top.

Karma Necklace // What goes around, comes around! This eternally classic simple necklace falls in the perfect place, and serves as a daily reminder to channel positivity. This is the perfect layering piece, but can also stand alone!

Nail Bracelet // This gorgeous bracelet is a play on the designer version, without the expensive price tag! I absolutely love it, and wear mine every day. It’s beautiful by itself, or stacked with other bracelets, and makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

What are your favorite, go-to jewelry pieces for the holiday season?

 

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Winter Style with Forever21 + Express

I hope everyone has fun plans for the weekend! I’m just about done with all of my holiday shopping, and on time for once. Next up: decorating the house and wrapping all of my gifts! 

This look is courtesy of Forever21 and Express, and is super easy to put together. I live in cardigans, especially cozy ones like this longline waffle weave that also comes in several colors. Cardigans are versatile, and easy to throw on, so for someone like myself who is always on the go, they are the perfect layering piece, and are absolutely a closet staple. Right now , you can score this longline cardigan from Forever21 for only $17, on sale from $25! ANDDD if you use code BOGOFREE, you can get buy one get one on ALL sale items, NO EXCLUSIONS! Such a steal!!  (I just bought another one in the burgundy color!)

I also adore this double layer satin cami from Express…I have it in four colors. They still have a lot of colors/sizes in stock even after Cyber Monday, so make sure you check it out ASAP….they won’t last! They’re definitely a wardrobe must-have.

Have you scored any great deals for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to check back soon, my next holiday gift guide will be up on the blog. You can also check the prior ones here and here.

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