Links I’m Loving

09ccaa085e136e699eee13bc9fc3b7e11. Current Events: Anna Wintour remembers Oscar. (vogue.com)

2. I will definitely be trying out one (or two) of these designs on my pumpkin next week. (glitterguide.com)

3. Would you spend a week in a KFC after being dumped? This girl did, bless her heart. (newyorkpost.com)

4. Who wants to print off some Intsagram photos? (printstagr.am)

5. Smart people don’t listen to Beyonce or Kelly Clarkson, according to this study. (consequenceofsound.com)

6. It’s time to leave women’s faces alone, don’t you agree? (hellogiggles.com)

7. There’s a rare solar eclipse happening today…if you’re into that sort of thing. (time.com)

 XOXO,

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10 Conversation Starters That Have Nothing To Do With the Big E

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I am so over all the ebola hysteria. Everyone, from medical professionals to Matt Lauer is harping on the subject and while I know the topic should be taken seriously, the general public needs to find something else to talk about. Please. ANYTHING! For those of you drawing a blank, I compiled a working list of acceptable topics to get the conversation started:

Aren’t dogs just the best?

Halloween costume ideas and how funny-scary always wins.

How Hocus Pocus is surprisingly just as entertaining as an adult as you remember it being as a kid.

Did you know peanut m&m’s are better for you than skittles? Learn more here.

The importance of getting a flu shot – not to be my mother, but…

KC Royals are headed to the World Series for the first time since 1985! Get educated here.

How adorable pregnant Blake Lively is right now.

Friends is coming to Netflix, finally.

Did you know all of this happens when you drink a soda? Yuck.

Only 9 weeks until Christmas…!!!

XOXO,

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Links I’m Loving

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1. Grown-up versions of childhood snacking favorites? Yes, please. (glitterguide.com)

2. Our favorite superhero actors, then and now – you may be shocked. (time.com)

3. I will most definitely be making some of this deliciousness for Halloween next week – can you believe that’s NEXT WEEK? (lodown.com)

4. Ever wonder what’s the worst candy to give out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween? Here’s a list in ranking order! (hellogiggles.com)

5. With the wedding roughly two months away, I’m thinking hairstyles. Here are some of the best, from Jackie O to Gisele. (vogue.com)

6. A few thoughts on navigating life’s calamities with Southern poise. (gardenandgun.com)

7. Five things that aren’t worth arguing over, in no particular order. (relevant.com)

 XOXO,

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Six Things

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This past week was one of epic proportions, full of good friends, laughing until I cried and eating way too many sweets. (Sorry I’m not sorry.) It’s not every week that you find a decent balance between running around like a mad woman and relaxing with Netflix with your roommate, so I count it as a definite win. Also, my lovely bridesmaids hosted my first wedding shower and it could not have been a more beautiful occasion. Have a great week!

image (1)[ Smart fortune cookie. ]

image (2)[ Pregnancy cravings at their finest! Also, it's a GIRL! ]

image (3)[ My first wedding shower called for a little extra sparkle! ]

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 [ Roses, glitter and cupcakes...yes, please! Thank you, Crumb de la Crumb for having us! ]

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[ Of course, Mom won the prize for funniest & naughtiest card. ]

XOXO,

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Links I’m Loving

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1. Did you read Gone Girl? I finished it in less than 48 hours on a trip to NYC and this glowing review makes me excited to see the movie. (people.com)

2. I can’t wait to try this very basic bread recipe from none other than Alton Brown. #carbs (foodnetwork.com)

3. Skill to conquer: let go of the need to control. Sign me up! (nycprgirls.com)

4. Ever wonder how efficient your work out really is? Let this handy dandy slideshow be your guide. (self.com)

5. 23 Classic Hollywood GIFs that are better than a time machine. (buzzfeed.com)

6. A co-worker suggested I perform this at my wedding. IF ONLY. (elitedaily.com)

7. Beware, apparently super tight pants can bend the iPhone 6. (cbslocal.com)

XOXO,

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Count Your Blessings

123PSA: There is a lot of negativity in this world.

Yep, it’s a sad but true reality and while sometimes – especially when you’re really tired and hungry and have a major headache from your long day at the office – it’s easy to get caught up in the not so goods. I know I’m not the only one who feels a little overwhelmed sometimes, what with the awful stuff happening that you see every time you turn on the news to rude comments others make that you can’t seem to stop analyzing. Some days are tough, but then you take a minute to realize all you’ve been blessed with and suddenly all the bad stuff seems a lot less daunting.

I grew up in church – preacher’s kids, represent! – and one of my favorite songs to sing was always “Count Your Blessings.” I also grew up watching many a Christmas movie and my favorite has always been and always will be White Christmas, where Bing Crosby sings “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” to a sleepy Rosemary Clooney. At 28, I find myself singing one or a combination of both songs whenever I feel disheartened, anxious or just all around exhausted. I refocus on all the wonderful people and opportunities God has blessed me with and suddenly my breathing is back to normal and calm rushes over me. A smile usually follows.

No, counting blessings isn’t a cure all and yes, sometimes I have a hard time of “considering the source” and moving on, but remembering the abundance of blessings shifts your whole perspective. Has your boss been particularly heinous lately? Take a minute to show gratitude for a of all) having a job and b of all) the talent/ambition to go find a new boss that values you! Can’t seem to get past an argument with a good friend and worry that you’re losing each other? Take a minute to remember all the times you’ve been there for each other, times when you worked through the hard stuff and let go of the negative. A little love goes a long way! Disheartened by the current state of affairs in the is world? Turn off the news and surround yourself with those who keep it positive and focus on the good.

So if you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep

And you’ll fall asleep, counting your blessings…

XOXO,

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Six Things

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[ A little sweet treat with not one but three birthday cards, ranging from hilarious to "I need a tissue" to kick off the birthday weekend. ]

Birthdays are fun, especially when celebrated all week with your nearest and dearest! This past week was nothing short of epic,  filled to the brim with my favorite treats, friends who have become family and a baby shower to welcome in the newest addition!

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[ Gorgeous flowers that just keep blooming! ]

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[ Last birthday dinner as Katie Louise Powell thanks to this guy and I couldn't be happier. We tried The Flipside and loved it, especially the tator tots and throwback games at each table. ]

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[ Birthday dinner with friends and fiance and a Chopped judge at City House. Perfection. ]

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[ They get me. ]

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[ The glowing mom-to-be at her first baby shower. ]

Have a great last week of September!

XOXO,

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Girl Crush: Amy Poehler

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How can you not adore Amy Poehler? She does it all – writes, acts, produces, has awesome friends, makes us laugh until we cry and still manages to be a mom with a social life. Oh, and today’s her birthday! She’s basically my Miss America. That’s right, move over Miss New York. Because Amy Poehler isn’t just a powerhouse of laughs and fiery feminist sensibilities. She’s also the best friend/brilliant boss/supportive sister/bodacious babe you’ve always wished was number one on your speed dial.

In the spirit of celebrating everything Amy, I’ve put together a list of some of the things we love most about her.

She was a BOSS at SNL and oh yeah, became Tina Fey’s BFF

Amy made history by becoming the first woman to be promoted to full time cast member during her first season on the show – only the third person to ever receive this honor. During her third season she got promoted to co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Tina and they became BFFs while making us all laugh on the regular.

She was the “cool mom” on Mean Girls

How could we forget? This was big screen gold, y’all, and I loved how she dove into her role chosen by non other than Tina Fey.

She launched Smart Girls 

Amy launched Smart Girls, a YouTube series and online community she created with two of her girl friends. Their goal? To create an online space to encourage girls to just be themselves and embrace all the wonderful/awkward/unique traits about them. Smart Girls now has almost a million followers and Amy runs it herself. I mean, she’s super woman.

She is Lesley Knope

Whether you’ve seen Parks & Recreation or not, you have to admit Amy’s Lesley Knope is ambitious and all things amazing. She refers often to herself becoming the first female president and has a picture of Condoleezza Rice in her office for inspiration. Nothing like a comedy where the leading role is played by a strong woman who is both hilarious and kind.

She’s releasing her first book – Yes, Please – October 28th

Tina will tackle a multitude of hot topics we can all get on board with – everything from friendship to parenting to love and dating. Go ahead and pre-order because you know it’s going to be Epic.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Amy! May your waffles be plentiful and the jokes free-flowing!

XOXO,

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Six Things

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[ Adding a little more blonde at my favorite, Dandelion Salon. ]

This past week was a good one. Busy, of course, but filled with wonderful things and people I love including a much-needed hair appointment, a hilariously bad pedicure from the fiance, early birthday celebrating with my sweet family complete with the most amazing cupcakes, and plenty of surprises!

photo 2 (3)[ I'm not sure how any polish made it to my toes because I was laughing so hard. ]

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[ There's no better way to kick off the birthday celebrations than with the most delicious cupcakes! I shared, of course. ]

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[ Beautiful BHLDN piece that just might be making an appearance in the wedding....Thanks, Mom! ]

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[ My sneaky fiance made sure I was treated to an Italian rendition of the Birthday Song, complete with homemade birthday hat. Really, you shouldn't have. ]

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[ Dad and Charlie. Love these two! ]

With this week comes fun celebrations for my actual birthday (!!!), wrapping up last minute plans for my best friend’s baby shower this weekend, and working on my wedding dress worthy arms at the gym with my personal trainer, aka my fiance. Have a great week, lovelies!

XOXO,

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