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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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This is NOT a sponsored post. I just want to share with you some of my favorite things! You may remember that a few weeks ago (or was it months? I can’t remember anymore!) we mentioned that we attended the new Ladies Home Journal launch in NYC. We got the chance to chat with the amazing women who are in charge of making the magazine fabulous, and had a great time brainstorming about how we can begin contributing to the magazine. But, I just have to say that one of the best parts of the day was walking away with a swag bag filled with amazing stuff! I’ve taken my time and used most of the products, and wanted to give you a rundown of my absolute favorites out of all the goodies. Trust me, once you try them (or try them on, in some cases), you’ll be hooked too!
This candle is like heaven on earth for me. I absolutely adore it. There are several different scents in the Capri Blue line, all of which sound amazing, but ours is the Volcano scent. It’s a mix of tropical fruits and sugared citrus. It’s a super fresh and clean smell that I’m loving with the spring weather we’ve been having.
This bracelet is sweet and tough all at the same time. And I don’t think you can tell in the picture, but it’s a really pretty, metallic pale pink color. Of course it comes in loads of other colors, as well. Gorgeous.
This bracelet is a show-stopper. No joke- every time I wear it someone asks me about it, or tells me how awesome it is. It is so cool. Obviously, I’m at a loss for words because it’s just that awesome. It’s a bit pricey at about $110, but man, it’s money well spent (or would be, had I bought it.)
Monica and I both agree that this mascara is the best. I have seriously short eyelashes, and because of this mascara, my eyelashes have never been so long (Maybelline claims this mascara actually extends the length of your eyelashes up to 4 mm, and I think I agree). And just because I do crazy things I’d never thought I’d EVER do as a result of this blog, here’s the living proof:
Ack. I’m checking off “go out in public au natural” off of my bucket list, since I just exposed my naked eyes to all of blogland. Yikes. (No, that is not really an item on my bucket list, people) But, with mascara = so much better, right?!
And, if for some crazy reason these pictures of me didn’t didn’t convince you (what’s wrong with you?!), go out and buy it yourself. You’ll see.
Ok, I’ll be honest. I haven’t tried either of these, but after seeing those closeup pictures of myself it’s clear that I need to start using the Protect & Perfect serum (find it at Target) that claims my skin will look younger after use. Monica did give it a try, and said it made her skin feel so smooth. And with all the abuse my hair takes (why can’t I settle on just one hair color?!), I’m sure it wouldn’t complain if I used the Moroccan oil shampoo every once in a while.
Have you ever received a Swag Bag? If so, did you fall in love with anything you got? If not, what items would be a MUST in your Swag Bag?


 

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