Sponsor Spotlight: Leigh Anne @ Hart to Heart

i'm so excited to introduce you guys to my newest sponsor, Leigh Anne. 
she blogs over at Hart to Heart.

this is the photo she shares in her "about me" section.
 totally gorgeous, right?

anyways, she's got a super cute blog with all sorts of cool stuff. you guys should check it out. 

here's a little note from her:

Hello readers! I’m Leigh Anne and I am a very new blogger! I like to consider myself a jack-of-all-trades. The past 16 years of my life were spent as a dancer practicing nearly 24 hours a week, but when I got married and moved to Alaska this summer my journey and direction in life took a change. While being a full time PR and Communications student is great I needed another outlet for my creativity, so I began exploring the idea of blogging and here I am now.  My blog will follow my journey of crafting, cooking and creating while balancing life of being the wife of a deployed soldier, full time student, and aspiring personal trainer. Phew! Yep, it’s a bit crazy and chaotic but I’d love to share my whirlwind of a life with you! Oh and did I mention I have an Etsy shop? Come check it out : Hart to Hart Designs; handmade hair accessories and photo props. Looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you!
Leigh Anne

she also has an etsy shop, which is full of adorable accessories. aaaaaand she's going to be doing a giveaway here in a few weeks. yeee!

welcome leigh anne, so happy to have you!

is it summer?

blazer: tj maxx
top: nordstrom rack
jeans: target
shoes: target
bracelets: francesca's 

it's basically been summer here. i love it. except, i now have the itch to shop for summer clothes, which is crazy because it's january. also crazy: swimsuits being put out in stores. can't handle it.

my sister and i decided we're going to beast mode it at the gym this spring. and we're going to tweet about it: #beastmode.

exciting news: thirty-one gifts giveaway coming soon! yeee! i love giveaways!

happy monday :)


just a few things i'm currently swooning over.

Fossil Mason Tote

MK Chronograph Watch

Anthro Ripstop Anorak

Anthro Knotted Weave Ring

Anthro Georgina Duvet Cover

now i'm just waiting to win the lottery...

High Five for Friday

here's five of my favorite things from this week:

1. the summer-like weather we've been having. it was 68 degrees today. i had my sunroof open for the third day in a row. this is my kind of winter.

2. i've finally arrived at the last book of the hunger games series. i can't seem to put these books down...but i don't want them to end. so good. 

3. officially becoming a keyholder at work. hooray for more responsibility!

4. this scrumptious meal i threw together the other day. this is what happens when i have fresh veggies that won't last much longer.

5. my new aztec/tribal print top from francesca's.

how about you? 

wanna join in the H54F fun?

link up!
[please, only link up with your own H54F post!]

fashion how-to: lace dress

ever wondered how to wear a lace dress? 

lemme show you.

dress it up with a great structured blazer, a pair of pumps, and a clutch. 
keep it classic with a simple cardigan, some wedge sandals, and a simple bag. 
dress it down with a vest, belt, and some flat sandals.
edge it out with a great leather jacket and some chic booties. 

which way would you wear it?

top ten

here's my top ten from pinterest this week:

these i love, pinned here.

love the colors - so gorgeous, pinned here.

love this, pinned here.
super easy DIY scarf, pinned here.
no words necessary, pinned here.

love the color and subtle polka dot, pinned here.

gorgeous, pinned here.

kitten nose, pinned here.

want this iphone case, pinned here.

love this idea, pinned here.

which one is your favorite?

sponsor spotlight: Aimee @ Aspire to Inspire

i'm so excited to introduce you guys to my newest sponsor, Aimee. 
she blogs over at Aspire to Inspire

her blog is full of fashion tips, diy projects, and other great things that you'll definitely want to check out. plus, she has a super cute blog template so you'll want to see that too.  

meet Aimee.

a little note from her:

Hey lovely readers! My name is Aimee and I’m a writer, a teacher, a wife, and a dreamer. With my thirtieth birthday rapidly approaching, I started Aspire to Inspire to really explore my writing and my journey to find inspiration in life’s everyday moments. My blog is really an eclectic mix of inspirational meets whimsical meets mischievous. I blog about fashion, travel, books, love, and the journey that we call life. Stop by my blog and join me for what is sure to be an interesting ride!

to check out her blog, either click here or click on her button on the sidebar! 

welcome, Aimee! so happy to have you!

insert clever title here.

monday, you're not my favorite. but i like you okay today because i'm getting my hair cut & colored. which i'm basically desperate for.

in other news, i find this funny.

my BIL and i were at the duke game. it was depressing mostly. hey, at least we're not dramatic at all.

in other other news, i found out this weekend that my best friend is coming to visit for her birthday in three weeks. i don't think i could be more excited about it. although, if you ask me tomorrow, i probably will be. 
that's her on the left, at her birthday last year!

i also told her that she could share my bed with me. this is huge, people. i have a weird [read: totally normal] thing about other people sitting on or sleeping in my bed.  sam knows this so she likes to purposefully put her feet all up on my sheets and snuggle up nice and close to all my pillows. i tend to never share my bed. i mean, never. but i currently have a malfunctioning air mattress so that means i have to share.

here's her reaction to my incredible generosity:

i guess i need to go back to kindergarten. caring is sharing, right?

High Five for Friday

High Five for Friday is a weekly post about your five favorite things recently. it's a chance to stop and reflect on the things that you've enjoyed over the past week, which is something we should all do.

i've created a button that you can post on your blog if you participate in this weekly fun! 


the HTML code directs readers to this post, so they can see what H54F is all about.

also, with my weekly post, i include a linky tool so you guys can link up your own High Five for Friday post!

so, button up!

High Five for Friday

it's friday. how that's possible, i do not know. but, i'll take it. 

here's five of my favorite things from this week!

1. using my awesome waffle iron for a delicious breakfast.

2. loving this tutorial for missoni-inspired nails.


3. loving my new journals from anthro. they're so pretty, i almost don't want to use them.

4. this little collection of awesomeness - a warm cat, slippers & duke basketball.

5. swooning over these cableknit socks for my hunters!


want to join in the High Five for Friday fun? 

link up!

{please only link up if you have a High Five for Friday post on your blog!}

sponsor spotlight: leslie @ 31 gifts

i'm excited to introduce you guys to another one of my sponsors, leslie. she's a thirty-one gifts consultant. 

if you've never heard of it before, thirty-one gifts sells great storage and utility products to help organize your life! [which i can never have enough of!]

leslie sent me a great organizing tote that i've decided to use for all my extra toiletries and random things that don't have a home :)

it's a great bag with a ton of pockets and places to store random things. 

interested in a great bag like this? just click on leslie's button on my sidebar and check out their products!

welcome, leslie! so happy to have you!

top ten

here's my top ten from pinterest this week:

diy vanity, pinned here.

love how simple this is, pinned here.

brownies with powdered sugar bow, pinned here.

chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake, pinned here.

i need this bookmark, pinned here.

chevron blanket, pinned here.

love this dress, pinned here.

sparkly, pinned here.
diy soap dispenser, pinned here.
so tiny and cute, pinned here.

which one is your favorite?