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Summer Entertaining

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of my favorite things about the warmer weather is summer entertaining. Is it just me, or does life seem to settle down a bit during the summer months? Maybe it’s just that the days are longer, but I feel like Cory and I tend to spend more time with friends and family (and each other!) in the summer, enjoying the sunshine and good company.

We recently had a little party at our house to kick off summer. It was such a nice departure from our usual hectic schedule. Cory and I both stay quite busy, so this was a great way to reconnect with friends and family.

When it comes to summer entertaining, I’m a firm believer that the dishes served should be simple. Instead of spending all day in a hot kitchen, I recommend picking a few unfussy options to serve to your guests. Easy salads, fresh fruit and other quick no-cook dishes make great options and will be more refreshing on a hot day than a warm meal.

When we entertain at our house in the summer, there are a few staples that I always like to serve: a cheese plate, a dessert (usually something with chocolate), and lots of tasty drinks. Cold, juicy watermelon is another must have. I love watermelon!

Lately, my go-tos for a cheese board have been a nice, sharp white cheddar like Adam’s Reserve, Cotswold (Gloucester with chives), pretty much any bleu cheese, and Red Dragon with whole grain mustard. The Cotswold and Red Dragon can be kind of difficult to find around here, so we just went with cheddar, bleu and a smoky gouda.

As for tasty drinks, y’all know I’m a Diet Dr Pepper girl! I love my DDP! I’m not really sure why, but my family has always been a Diet Dr Pepper family. So, for me, Dr Pepper isn’t just delicious; it’s also nostalgic. It reminds me of good times spent with parts of my family that I only get to see a few times a year- we’re spread out between Ohio, Texas and Massachusetts!

Okay, but seriously, I could write a novel about how much I love Diet Dr Pepper…I’m pretty sure it’s 85% of the reason I survived law school. Ha! And while we’re on the subject, the next time you have a summer get-together, try using Dr Pepper in place of whatever other soda you use in mixed drinks. I promise you’ll be back here to thank me!

Dr Pepper and Walmart are running a fun promotion this summer to help you make the most of your summer. This can/bottle holder has a built in ice pack, which is super useful. I seriously wonder why we didn’t get one of these things sooner!

When you buy any Dr Pepper at Walmart this summer between 6/15 and 8/15, you can upload your Walmart receipt here to get the prize featured in my blog here and/or other prizes like:

  • Spend $5, get a unicorn beverage holder inflatable
  • Spend $10, get a Walmart e-Gift Card worth $5
  • Spend $20, get a 6 pack can/bottle holder with ice pack
  • Spend $40, get a Dr Pepper bottle shaped pool float

Once you get your super cool prize, make sure to share it on social media and use the hashtags #Walmart and #PickYourPepper. I’m particularly interested in seeing the unicorn drink holder inflatable! Also, make sure to look for the new Pick Your Pepper Dr Pepper packaging coming to Walmart stores on June 15th. The new Pick Your Pepper packaging was created by millennials, for millennials, so it’s definitely going to have a fun, unique twist on the traditional packaging.

Lifestyle

Life Update/Shedding the Sugar

I’m a big fan of reading blogs/social media sites that chronicle weight loss and health journeys. After talking to my friend Fran about her “Healthy-ish” series and how it’s helped keep her accountable, I decided to follow in her footsteps. I’m going to start blogging about my own journey to be my best and healthiest self!

My plan is to share my progress (please, PLEASE let there be progress, haha), foods I’m eating, workouts I’m doing, health blogs I’m reading- pretty much anything that is related to my own weight loss and health journey.

If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little quiet around here lately…I actually think it’s been two full weeks since my last Instagram post! #FAIL. For a quick little life update, I started a new job about a month ago and have been trying to get used to my new routine. I’ve also been spending most of my free time crafting for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower.

Now that things have settled down a little, I’m hoping to get back to blogging more consistently. I’ve really been missing it! So the plan is to share my “Shedding the Sugar” update each week, starting next week.

And because I need my “Wish List Wednesday” fix, here are a few of the things that have caught my eye lately:

Sunday Riley Juno Facial Oil

Tina recommended this on her blog this week. She has the best skin ever. Seriously, it is the epitome of #goals. So if she recommends it, I will try it!

Dolce Vita Mules

Velvet Virgie Gingham Dress

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

February Favorites Featuring Aveda

My February favorites this month are pretty heavy in the beauty department, but I promise they are all really good.

Aveda Tulasara Wedding Masque c/o: This moisturizer is amazing. I’ll admit that I didn’t have super high expectations for it because I’m very picky about my moisturizers. But guys, when I woke up the morning after my first use and my skin was soft and glowing, I was sold. The cream is very thick. A tiny bit is all I need to cover my face and neck, so I see this little bottle lasting for a long time, even with daily use.

Lipstick Queen Color-Changing Lipstick in Hello Sailor: This navy blue lipstick looks super intimidating in the tube, but when you apply it to your lips, it turns into a perfect berry hue. The color is sheer but buildable, and the formula is so moisturizing that I’ve been using this as my daytime lip balm.

Chloe and Isabel Endless Pave Necklace and Bracelet c/o: This jewelry is so nice for everyday wear. I love the simple link design and the distressed gold look. The pave accents add just the right amount of sparkle. If you’re new to Chloe and Isabel jewelry, they offer a lifetime replacement guarantee. It obviously doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, but if a stone falls out or a clasp breaks, they’ll replace it for free or give you store credit. If you’re interested in C&I jewelry, I highly recommend shopping through my friend, Cha’. She’s very helpful and quick to respond. She’s also a med student!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight: This is, hands down, my favorite highlighting product ever. At the Nordstrom beauty event I attended last month, we all kept stealing it from one another…it seriously looks good on everyone.

 

 

 

 

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

Valentine’s Day Candy Box c/o Candy Club

It’s no secret that I love subscription boxes, and one of my favorites, Candy Club, makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. They have a big selection of high-quality candies- chocolate, gummy, sour, etc.- and you can choose the ones you receive in each box. You can also send a gift subscription so your valentine can pick his/her own treats! Right now you can get $20 off your first box or you can get 3 free candies when you purchase a regular box (no codes necessary, just click the links). I just got a box full of the cutest Valentine’s Day themed candies, and I can’t wait to try them once I finish my Whole 30 (longest month of my life haha).

Marble Watch / Shoulder Bag / Small Rose-Scented Candle / Nars Blush PaletteOmbre blush palette / Nike SneakersStrapless Dress / Suede Flats / Druzy NecklaceDior Lip Glow

If you prefer to gift something that will last a little longer than the time it takes to devour a bunch of delicious candy, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite rose-hued things. The Dior Lip Glow is one of my favorite lip products. It’s a balm that reacts with your lips to enhance their natural color. I have the Nikes in gray, and they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. The marble watch and the Nars palette are in my online shopping cart tempting me to buy them (wink wink, Cory!), and how cute would this dress be for spring and summer weddings? I love it!

 

 

Lifestyle

HUGE Kitchen Sale: 50% Off KitchenAid Stand Mixers, Calphalon Sets and More!

I stumbled across this deal today when a family member asked me to help them find a gift for an upcoming birthday, and it is too good not to share! This deal is amazing, especially since it includes lots of items that don’t usually go on sale! Today only, online only, Macy’s is offering 50% off a huge selection of kitchen goods- pots & pans, bakeware, appliances (including KitchenAid mixers!!!), and pretty much anything else you could ever want or need for your kitchen. This is a great deal particularly if you are trying to cook more and eat healthier- you can stock up on all the healthy-cooking essentials for a fraction of the price. Let me say that one more time: KitchenAid Stand Mixers are 50% off!!!! Use code FIFTY to get the 50% off. All orders over $49 will automatically get free shipping.

Chicago Cutlery 19 Piece Knife Set $125 (Reg. $249.99) // KitchenAid 4.5 Quart Classic Plus Stand Mixer $175 (Reg. $350) // Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker $110 (Reg. $219.99) // OXO 15 Piece Complete Kitchen Utensil Set $83.50 (Reg. $166.99) // NutriBullet Pro Blender Set $75 (Reg. $149.99) // Pyrex 22 Piece Food Storage Set $39.99 (Reg. $79.99) // Martha Stewart Collection Silpat Baking Mat $18 (Reg. 35.99) // Calphalon Cookware Set, $140 (Reg. $279)- and you get a free Calphalon Nonstick 12″ All-Purpose Pan with Lid as a bonus gift (appears in cart at checkout)

 

 

 

Fashion Lifestyle

Cute Workout Clothes for the New Year

Up until the last two months or so, I was totally in denial that cute workout clothes were really that much of a necessity. When I went to the gym, I would wear baggy sweatpants and an old college t-shirt, or leggings and one of those giant t-shirts they hand out at sporting events. I was (and to some extent, still am) uncomfortable in the gym because I certainly don’t look like I belong there, so hiding under giant clothes was my way of trying to be invisible, I guess.

In August I started working out with a new trainer who always dresses in the coolest, trendiest workout clothes and has a sneaker collection that rivals my actual shoe collection. He’s also very muscley and intense, so imagine my surprise when we bonded over shoes of all things! The next thing I knew, he had convinced me to order rose gold Nikes. Then the craziest thing happened- that one pair of shoes had a transformative effect on me.  It sounds so silly, but when I wore those Nikes, I felt like a bad ass. Forget the gym- I felt like I belonged in a Nike catalog! Then I picked out another pair of Nikes I wanted for Christmas. Then I found these marble workout pants and knew I had to have them. I also got this coral and rose gold sweatshirt.

Now, I’m a firm believer that cute workout clothes will actually help motivate me to work out. Getting dressed is half the battle, right?

Periwinkle K-SwissGray and Blush Nikes / Silver Nikes / Light Gray Nikes / Rose Gold Nikes / Black Nikes

Nike Sweatshirt / Kardashians TankVarsity Crop Tee / Taco TankDrape Jacket / Sleeveless Hoodie / Okay Runner Tank / Nike Rose Gold Logo Tunic Sweatshirt

Black and Gold Inset Tights / Floral Tight / Teal Crop / Moto Leggings / Black & Gold Tights

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My Christmas List

Apple Watch Bracelet Band (20% off with code SUGAR20) // Cashmere Wrap // Luggage // Rose Gold Flatware // Cast Iron French Oven with Gold Knob // Curling Iron // Copper Wine Glasses // Silicone Facial Brush // Leather Tote // Plaid Scarf  // Glasses // Sneakers // Red Sweater // Cleveland Sweatshirt (as seen on Lebron & Jen!) // Suede Pumps // Mini Pink Satchel

Just like when I was a child, I love putting together my Christmas list each year…the only difference is that my wish lists now are made up of things like bags and shoes instead of life-sized Barbies and stuffed Disney characters (Nala from the Lion King was my jam).  I love to see what’s on everybody else’s wish list too, so I always think it’s fun to share my list with you!

Apple Watch Bracelet Band: I love my Apple Watch, but it definitely does not look as nice as my other watches. The two lovely ladies behind this brand created a few different Apple Watch band designs that look make the Apple Watch more like a piece of jewelry than a computer on your wrist.

Cashmere Wrap: I have this exact wrap in gray and I absolutely love it. I consider it to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It is insanely soft (as cashmere usually is), it’s thin but warm, and it’s large enough to use as a blanket but rolls up nice and small to be worn as a scarf. It’s a must-have for travel, especially for long flights. I cannot say enough good things about it. Also, it comes in about 20 different colors! If you sign up here, you can get 15% off your first purchase.

Luggage: When I was in college, I bought my first suitcase at TJ Maxx. It was hot pink and huge. I’m still using that same suitcase even though I’m embarrassed every time I wheel it through the airport or pick it up at baggage claim. It’s just so….pink. Also, all the zipper pulls have broken off, so it’s a huge pain to open and close. I’m ready for a nicer, better quality, more professional and grown-up looking suitcase. I love the marble print even though it’s still kind of a statement piece. I also love this black and tan one– it looks so sleek and luxurious. I would definitely not be ashamed to be seen with this suitcase!

Curling Iron: I have this curling iron in the 1″ version, and it is amazing. It curls my massive amount of thick hair very quickly, smooths frizz, and the curls last! I want to try the .75″ next so I can get smaller, tighter curls.

Silicone Facial Brush: I’ve been wanting to try this facial brush for a while, but it’s pretty expensive and I’m not sure I’ll like it any better than my Clarisonic. This version on my wish list is a fraction of the price, and I actually like the shape of this one better than the Foreo- the pointy tip seems like it would do a better job of cleaning around the nose, which is my main trouble zone.

Also on my wish list but not included above because they’re random and not particularly glamorous: a salad spinner, a soup ladle, an electric throw blanket, and cute workout clothes. More on the workout clothes later!

But honestly, more than any of the stuff on this list or anything else, I just want to travel. I’m hoping to mark a few places off of my bucket list this year, including Iceland or Paris…or both!

Lifestyle

Cyber Monday: Best of Home

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I tried to include plenty of things that aren’t Christmas related, but I’m in full holiday mode, so it was hard! There are lots of great deals on cozy blankets, festive dish towels, and all things coffee and cocktail related. And how cute is that Louis Vuitton dog toy?! It says Chewy Vuitton on it…I love it!

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Cyber Monday Sales

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IT’S THE BEST ONLINE SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR!!!

It’s kind of funny to me how much I love Cyber Monday because, when I first started Sugar and Chiffon 5 years ago, I hated online shopping. I was a firm believer that you had to see and try everything on in stores. Ha! My, how much has changed. Now, I pretty much exclusively shop online, at least when it comes to fashion & beauty. So if you’re bffs with your mail carrier, then THIS IS THE DAY FOR YOU!

Funny story: Last week I was unloading groceries from my car and carrying them inside when our UPS man pulled up to deliver a package. He smiled and said “It’s so nice to finally meet you…I’m at your house more than you!” I couldn’t stop laughing. My husband was not quite as amused haha!

And now, ON TO THE SALES! Make sure to check back here throughout the day, as I’ll be rounding up and sharing the best individual items on sale today (aka the things I’m ordering/have already ordered). See you soon, UPS man!

Amazon: There are deals on just about everything

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything and free shipping with code CYBER50

Anthropologie: 20% off full-price items and an extra 30% off clearance with code STACKS

ASOS: 30% everything with code THANKFUL30

Banana Republic: 50% off everything, discount applied at checkout, no code needed

BareMinerals: up to 60% off select items

Barney’s: up to 40% off

BaubleBar: 35% off 2+ items with code SAVE35, or 25% off 1 item with code SAVE25

Bobbi Brown: 20% off everything

Candy Club: $20 off your first box (this would make a great family gift!)

Degustabox: 50% off your first box, plus a free shipping ($9.95 for your first box!)

Express: 50% off and free shipping on all orders

Gap: 50% off everything with code CYBMON

Herbivore: 20% off your purchase, plus a free lip conditioner and free shipping with code SUPERCYBER

Home Chef: $30 off your first order

J.Crew: 40% off your purchase and free shipping on all orders

J.Crew Factory: Extra 40% off clearance, 50% off Crewcuts, 50% men’s suiting, 60% off everything else & free shipping on all orders with code HAPPYSALE

Kiehl’s: pick a travel bag with 5 deluxe samples and a FULL SIZE cleanser with any $55+ purchase with code CYBER

Loft: 50% off everything, plus free shipping

Love With Food: 15% off all subscriptions (neat gift idea!)

Macy’s: tons of things on sale, plus an extra 20% off with code CYBER

Men’s Wearhouse: Extra 60% off clearance, plus free shipping

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off selected sale items, no code needed. Lots of great deals on beauty and cashmere!

Nordstrom Rack: Extra 30% off clearance and FREE SHIPPING (this never happens!), no code needed

Pier 1: up to 30% off and free shipping with code FREESHIP

Saks Off 5th: up to 85% off with code CLICK2IT

Shopbop: 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $800+ and free shipping with code GOBIG16

Target: 15% off almost everything in stores and online

The Ultimate Cuff: the chicest, prettiest Apple Watch bands ever! 40% off with code MONDAY

TJ Maxx: free shipping on all orders

Ulta: up to 50% off select items

Under Armour: up to 50% off plus free shipping, no code needed