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Hello my friends! Did you have a good weekend? We spent ours cheering on the Tigers and visiting with friends and family. I wish every weekend could be a three-day weekend. I somehow let the entire month of August slip by without a sponsor shout out post, so here it is. Better late than never!

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Little Eli is the brainchild of friends Amelia and Meghan. Meghan makes jewelry, Amelia works with concrete, and together the two of them have some seriously covet-worthy creations, like their new line of concrete jewelry! They also have several pieces that would make great gifts for wedding season. They’re working to expand and move studios but you can still view some pretties in their Etsy shop.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

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Sprigs Jewelry and Accessories has over 100 items to choose from and they are all adorable so you’re sure to find something that you or someone you know would love. Ashley also has lots of options for customizing colors and finishes so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for just ask! The majority of her creations are earrings but this simple and elegant birthstone bracelet is actually my favorite.

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Anna Birthstone Bracelet

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Every month I like to feature a worthy nonprofit. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of call centers all reachable by one easy to remember number: 1-800-273-TALK. Anytime, 24/7, you can dial that number and reach a trained counselor in your area. I spent several years answering calls at my local crisis center while I trained to be a social worker, and if I wasn’t afraid that I’d recognize the voice on the other end of the phone there have been times when I would’ve called myself. I’ve never been actively suicidal, but I do struggle with depression and I have had what we psychobabble folks like to call “suicidal ideation.” Suicidal ideation is a symptom of depression and is treatable. The counselors you’ll reach by calling the Lifeline have very specific training in how to help someone climb back from the depths of hopelessness. The call is always confidential and always free. If you’re in the Baton Rouge area, you can reach our local crisis center directly by calling 225-924-3900 or 1-800-437-0303.

Have a great day, y’all!

I’ve always really enjoyed jewelry. I don’t wear much of it, but the perfect item can make a huge difference in how I look and feel. I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older I’ve become less and less beholden to fashion trends and more drawn to classic items that will hopefully stand the test of time, even if only in photographs. And when I can afford it, I do love to invest in pieces that will last for decades.

Since I can’t spend every Sunday combing through estate sales looking for that perfect vintage bracelet, I was thrilled by the concept behind Chloe + Isabel. Their brand marries the sensibilities of two best friends. Chloe is the fashionista, ever eager to embrace the newest trend, and Isabel prefers a more classic, timeless look. Their collections offer a variety of beautiful pieces to suit either personality as well as those of us who sit somewhere inbetween.

While the classic meets modern styling definitely drew me in, what really won me over to Chloe + Isabel was the pricing and quality. There are a ton of options under $30 (but plenty of more expensive items if you’re wanting to invest, like this necklace that I would kill for) and everything comes with a lifetime guaranty.

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My friend Morgan is a Chloe + Isabel merchandiser paying her way through culinary school. When she asked if I’d like to host a pop-up shop I was totally on board. I figured that most of my readers are women and most of you are frugal and you obviously have excellent taste so it seemed perfect! And there’s something in it for you: every order over $100 will receive a free pair of studs. Check out Morgan’s boutique here. The new Fall 2014 Botanica Collections launched yesterday. Happy shopping!

(Note: This is not a sponsored post, though I will earn jewelry credits if y’all buy stuff. Maybe I can get that fancy necklace after all!)

Happy Thursday, my friends! What a fabulous midsummer week this has been. A little bit of work, a little bit of play, and a whole lot of happiness. Today’s post is a special shout out to the small businesses I’m proud to partner with.

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Sprigs Jewelry and Accessories has over 100 items to choose from and they are all adorable so you’re sure to find something that you or someone you know would love. She also has lots of options for customizing colors and finishes so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for just ask! The majority of her creations are earrings but this simple and elegant birthstone bracelet is actually my favorite.

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Anna Birthstone Bracelet

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Little Eli is the brainchild of friends Amelia and Meghan. Meghan makes jewelry, Amelia works with concrete, and together the two of them have some seriously covet-worthy creations, like their new line of concrete jewelry! They also have several pieces that would make great gifts for wedding season. They’re on a brief hiatus while they expand and move studios but you can still view some pretties in their Etsy shop.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

Every month I like to feature a worthy nonprofit. I’m a big fan of Law and Order: SVU and was thrilled to learn that in 2004 actress Mariska Hargitay founded an organization in response to the letters she received from viewers telling of their own experiences with sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Today, Joyful Heart is a national organization with hubs of service in New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Their mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. They carry out this mission in three ways: Healing & Wellness, Education & Awareness, and Policy & Advocacy. To find out more, visit their website at joyfulheartfoundation.org.

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Have a great day, y’all!

Happy Friday,party people! I am super excited for the weekend. We were out of town last weekend and so I’m really looking forward to spending this one close to home. The weather is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous and much less sweltering than we’re used to in May. I’m sure Jack will be thrilled about all the time we’ll spend outside! Before signing off I’d like to thank my lovely sponsors for covering my webhosting expenses and boosting my hot glue stick budget. Read closely for a coupon code!

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Little Eli is the brainchild of friends Amelia and Meghan. Meghan makes jewelry, Amelia works with concrete, and together the two of them have some seriously covet-worthy creations, like their new line of concrete jewelry! They also have several pieces that would make great gifts for the upcoming wedding season.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

Concrete Hexagon Pendant. Metallic Gold or Silver Finish. Gray or Black Concrete Jewelry. Necklace. Minimalist. Subtle. Cement. Gray.

 

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Brandi and I go way back and even sometimes hit estate sales together. Our tastes are totally different so we’re never in competition with one another and we’ve even been known to text each other pictures if we see something the other might like while out hunting! It’s a beautiful partnership. And even though we’re drawn to different styles I still see things I’d love to have every time I visit her shop. I mean seriously, how adorable is this ice bucket? It’d be perfect for the beach! Use code ABSSOTC to get 20% off any item in Brandi’s shop!

 

Vintage Tangerine West Bend Ice Bucket

Sprigs Jewelry and Accessories is my newest sponsor! Ashley has has over 100 items to choose from and they are all adorable so you’re sure to find something that you or someone you know would love. She also has lots of options for customizing colors and finishes so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for just ask! The majority of her creations are earrings but this simple and elegant birthstone bracelet is actually my favorite.

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Anna Birthstone Bracelet

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And last but CERTAINLY not least, my BFF Cassie has recently opened her own Etsy shop! She had a shop back in college and I have several of her original jewelry creations that I still love and wear regularly. She just opened up this new shop and is taking it slow since she’s got a baby and is in grad school, but she already has several pairs of earrings listed and they are adorable for summer.

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peach vintage button post earrings

Every month I like to feature a worthy nonprofit. Plant With Purpose transforms lives in rural areas around the world where poverty and environmental degradation intersect. Too often, desperation drives families to cut trees in order to clear more farmland or earn cash by selling charcoal or fire wood. The rampant deforestation ultimately leads to worse conditions for farming families as it depletes the soil and compromises its ability to retain water, resulting in lower crop yields and less income. Plant With Purpose is equipping farmers to get at the literal roots of poverty through reforestation and sustainable farming techniques. By restoring their land, farmers are producing more food to put on the table and more income to provide for household needs. Not only does family nutrition increase, but the additional income also means parents can send their children to school, provide for health care, and meet other needs—all while restoring the land and creating hope for the future.

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Have a great weekend, y’all!