Affordable Jewelry from Juwelo

This post was sponsored by Juwelo.com. I was paid for this post and received Juwelo.com jewelry pieces as compensation.

I hope ya’ll had an amazing weekend! I was one of the unlucky few that had to work on Monday, so unfortunately didn’t get to take advantage of the three days off. Buuut I am really looking forward to this weekend, since I’m going to NYC with my beautiful, newly engaged sister-in-law to hopefully say yes to the dress! (I’ll share more on this later)

In today’s blog post I’m partnering with a favorite jewelry company of mine, Juwelo.com, to share my favorite trend for spring: topaz! I love pretty much ANYTHING with topaz, especially because it’s an affordable gemstone that comes in various shades and colors. Not only is it delicate and feminine, but it looks absolutely gorgeous on it’s own as a statement piece. If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you also probably know that I love silver – while I love gold as well, silver just looks better with my complexion (I like to save gold pieces for when I tan). The rings are absolutely stunning, and the combination especially of silver and topaz deserves all the heart eye emojis in the world – LOL! But seriously! And these pieces won’t break the bank either – one of the many reasons I love Juwelo.com. I may or may not have added a couple more pieces on my “shopping wish list” for next month!
This first ring is my absolute favorite. The design is unique but classy, and I love the pink and red tones! It’s also sterling silver, so you don’t need to worry about the ring tarnishing. The particular ring is made from grape topaz, cherry topaz, and white topaz mined from Brazil!
I love this second ring because yellow topaz is my birthstone, and this ring is very similar. It’s sterling silver as well, with twilight topaz (see how it fades from yellow to pink like a sunset?? Gorgeous!) and white topaz, also mined from Brazil. Both of these rings also come with certificates guaranteeing their authenticity, and with information on the carat weights.
 
Juwelo is so passionate about its mission to produce gemstone jewelry at affordable prices. They are a mine-to-market, ethical jeweler involved in nearly all areas of jewelry production, so the customer benefits from highly competitive and affordable prices. Founded in Europe, Juwelo has finally come to the US to continue 20 years worth of experience and excellent customer service in their brand new store!
Check out Juwelo.com’s selection of rings, bracelets and earrings here.
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Hosting a Galentine’s Day Brunch

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I’ve got the perfect way for you to celebrate.

This day isn’t all about romantic dinners with your significant other, or flowers or chocolate. It is also a day to shower the special people in your life (or even yourself) with love! This year, I thought I’d do something outside the traditional box, and host a Galentine’s Day brunch for some of my close gals.

This DIY brunch is so easy to do on your own, and is budget-friendly! Since D and I do not own a dining room table yet, I rented a wooden banquet table and these beautiful Parisian inspired chairs from Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals. Despite the name, you can rent any of their furniture or décor for any type of event, and it’s very affordable. They delivered it right to our house, and even set it up for us so we didn’t have to.

While I would have loved to use fresh flowers at my brunch, what I was looking to do just wasn’t in the budget at the moment, so I opted for some beautiful faux arrangements that I already own. You can also choose to put just one fresh bouquet in the center of the table if you prefer real flowers or have a smaller table.

Once I added the candles, dinnerware, and linens, the table scape came together quite nicely! I finished by adding balloons and tassels in the room, for a festive look (plus, it was a great excuse to bring some pink into the room!) which I found on Etsy for under $15.

Each of my girlfriends that attended was greeted at the table with a mimosa, their own adorable coffee mug, and a little gift bag filled with chocolates and body lotion. These cost me under $20, and were incredibly easy to throw together!

Even though I hosted for brunch, we ended up with all breakfast foods and no lunch food, so it was really just a late breakfast! It was the perfect excuse to put the New Year’s diet resolution off to the side for a day, and we indulged in a delicious spread of Belgian waffles, donuts, fresh fruit, raspberry pastries, and sausages. Top it off with a bit of fresh coffee, and it was the perfect setting to relax and catch up. I don’t get to see my girls very often since we’re all very busy, so that made Saturday extra special for all of us! It was a day full of love, appreciation, gossip, and honestly I had a great time. It’s such an easy and special event that you can throw together for your own gals or sisters, and it beats trying to make restaurant reservations last minute on a Wednesday night!

Do you have your own tips for hosting a Galentine’s brunch at home? Let me know in the comments below!

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Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

Happy #NationalPizzaDay! This has got to be my favorite “hashtag holiday” EVER. I decided to share with you one of my all-time favorite homemade pizza recipes, and it’s super easy! Plus, I love the fact that it’s sauce-less, since I’m not a big pizza sauce lover.

 

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Homemade Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

This recipe makes 2 medium sized pizzas. You can prepare this pizza dough and freeze it for up to 6 months to use on the fly!

Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Author Renee A.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for dusting!
  • 1 package (8 oz) fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 cup parmesan, shredded
  • 1 package (4 oz) thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • garlic oil

Instructions

  1. In a large stand mixer or a mixing bowl, add the dry yeast, warm water, and honey together. Mix and let stand for 15 minutes until foamy.

  2. Mix in olive oil and kosher salt. Begin slowly incorporating flour while mixing. Mix for 10 minutes until completely added. Dough should be tacky and bouncy to the touch. Knead for an additional 10 minutes.

  3. Move dough to a well oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel to rise until doubled in size. About 30-40 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

  5. Spray 2 baking sheets or pizza pans with nonstick cooking spray. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and cut into 2 equal portions. Roll dough into a flat, round shape (or as round as you can!) Roll and pinch around the sides to create the crust.

  6. Brush the top of the dough with garlic oil and top each pizza with about 4 slices of mozzarella. Top with shredded Parmesan, then bake for 15 minutes or until pizza is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly.

  7. Remove to a serving plate and top with sliced prosciutto and baby arugula. Cut into desired portions and serve immediately. Enjoy!!

 I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you make the pizza let me know in the comments below!

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Relax with Travertine Spa

Happy Monday! As most of you probably know by now, I have been under the weather these past few days. One of my favorite things to do when I am not feeling well are to pamper myself with either a bubble bath or a nice, hot shower. I had the pleasure of trying the steam shower spray from Travertine Spa this weekend, and let me tell you, this baby did wonders! 

I set the mood by lighting a few candles, turned on some music, and spritzed the steam spray into the water coming from my shower head. Almost instantly, my whole bathroom was filled with the calming scent of eucalyptus and citrus. I felt very relaxed before, during, and after my shower, and probably stayed in there longer than I meant to. It really does give you the illusion that you’re relaxing at a luxury spa (and without that crazy price tag!)

All it took was a few spritzes to transform my shower into my own at-home spa. Almost immediately, I felt a difference with my breathing. The shower steam spray is not explicitly for congestion (but it definitely helps) and my bathroom smelled amazing afterwards!

Despite the name, this spray can also be used to freshen up your linens, or deodorize your bathroom and home, making it one of my must-have spa products of 2018. 

One of my favorite things about Travertine’s products is that they are 100% natural, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. All that’s in this spray is natural eucalyptus oil and citrus oil! And with their travel size option, I can bring my shower steam spray wherever I go (it was even selected by Forbes as one of the 10 best gifts for travelers!) I highly recommend you check out Travertine Spa’s website and take a look at all their amazing, natural, and super affordable products!

I will be doing a roundup of some of my favorite new products of 2018 on the blog shortly! What are some of your favorite beauty products old & new? Let me know in the comments below!

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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

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BEBE // Additional 60% off all sale

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

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

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

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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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