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Today only – the Subtle Mini Necklace starts at just $18. It’s the perfect gift for just about anyone and at this price, you can get it for everyone! Start shopping!

{The sale expires at midnight EST on 11/24/14 and this price is not valid on previous purchases. Super sale purchases can not be combined due to the number of orders that we get during this week.}

unfollowLast Friday was a crazy day for me – just super busy and putting out fires for the market and working (etc, etc). That evening someone was at my house and she said that a friend told her that my life was perfect. In that moment  it made me really upset. Of course my life’s not perfect. Blessed? Yes. Perfect? Absolutely not. Sunday at church I stewed over that. People thinking my life is perfect. Why does that make me mad? I really don’t know, but I do know I never want to make anyone feel bad with the things that I put out there. I talked it over with Dave and he basically told me to take it as a compliment (hard to do when I figure it wasn’t meant that way). He said to let it go, which I probably should but just had to get this out today.

In the past few weeks I’ve come across a few blog posts about social media. They’ve been about the reality of it and how people show you the snippets they want you to see. People don’t post everything that happens in their day (thank goodness)! You see what they want you to see. We all know that. I’ve said it many times – I want this little corner of the internet to be a positive, inspirational place. I want my shop, blog, instagram, facebook – I want it all to give glory to God and inspire others in various aspects of their lives. Whether that’s using our gifts, becoming healthier, encouraging others. That’s not to say that I don’t have bad days or days that I raise my voice at my children. Days that I nag my husband or there’s a crazy amount of dirt on the floor. Days that I eat too much chocolate or gluten even though I know I’ll feel sick after. We all have those days. But who wants to see them in their newsfeed? Maybe some do, but that’s not my thing. Thankfully, God has made us all different – so if that is your thing, you can find it.

If my space is not encouraging for you, if it’s not uplifting you and encouraging you (and sometimes challenging you, which is not a bad thing) – there’s this wonderful little thing called the unfollow button. You can do it most anywhere. On Facebook if we’re friends, you can hide my posts. You don’t have to unfriend me, you can just choose to hide my posts. I’ll never know. Or you can unfollow on Instagram or other social media. I don’t check to see who unfollows me – because that will give me a complex and I don’t need that. Truth be told, I follow and unfollow people all the time. It depends on what’s going on in my life right then. One day I might want to follow a photographer with gorgeous nature pictures, then a few weeks later maybe I don’t want to see that as much. Maybe one day I want to see a really talented crafter, and later I realize that those posts make me feel bad that I haven’t taken time to craft in a really long time. It’s okay. Things change. Our needs and wants change. I hope that I can be an inspiration to you but if not, that’s okay. You won’t hurt my feelings if my style isn’t for you. We all decide who to follow. If you are a follower and continue to be, I appreciate you and your encouragement in that way.

I’m coming into the busiest time of the year so it’ll be a little quiet around here as I focus on fulfilling orders for the Christmas season. You can always follow along with what I’m doing on Facebook, Instagram or if you’re interested in wellness you can follow my new site and Instagram. Love and appreciate you all!

What is the Influence Network?
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 The past two years at Influence have been so life-giving and full. I loved my time there and this year I saw faces that I recognized which was so amazing. I love that the conference is full of like-minded, kind, beautiful (inside and out) women from every walk of life. Learning from these ladies has been an experience that I’ll always cherish and hold dear. That’s why I wanted to participate in this giveaway. I want someone else to be able to have that same experience!
TWO lucky readers will win a ticket to the 2015 Influence Conference. The conference is a three day event held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Westin Hotel. You will meet women from all over the country who are seeking to learn the right tools for their passions. There will be workshops, classes, speakers, coffee, & shopping. There will be bloggers, mothers, small business owners, writers, and the list goes on & on.

Two Places At Once     //     What She Saw     //     Rivers & Roads

Oaks & Oats     //     Amy Cornwell     //     Simplicity Relished

Rachel Rewritten     //     Trusty Chucks     //     Wear Flowers In Your Hair

She Lives Free    //     Elah Tree     //     Mandy Living Life

 

Vallarina Creative     //     Camp Patton     //     23 and 9 Creative

You do not have to be a member of the Influence Network to enter the giveaway OR to go the conference but I can personally attest to the growth I have seen in my life through the network and the relationships I have built through it.
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**Please note that this giveaway is in no way sponsored by The Influence Network. We are a group of independent women who are joining together to make this conference happen for two of our readers. The two recipients will only receive tickets to the event & are responsible for ALL other expenses, including but not limited to travel, lodging, meals, parking, etc. If for some reason either of the winners cannot attend the conference they will be expected to contact one of the hosts immediately so that another winner can be chosen.

A few years ago I spoke on a panel about running a business with the fabulous Katie from Vintage Rose Wraps. This was the first time I had met her and she is crazy sweet and super talented. She had so much to teach us during that panel that I kind of wish that I was in the audience and she had taught the whole thing herself. I’m so glad to have kept up with her via Instagram since we live so far from each other – she’s a consistent encourager to me and I’m so happy to tell you about her shop today (and she’s giving away a $50 gift certificate!!).

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Vintage Rose Wraps started with two sisters who started making headbands. They wore them out and their friends & family wanted to purchase them for themselves. They sold in boutiques and stores and the rest is history. They’ve grown the business to be in hundreds of stores across the country, they travel to markets multiple times a year and they’ve recently expanded beyond headbands to include ruffled bags, cuff bracelets, boot cuffs and belts. Their shop is full of color and happy! {you can read more about their history here}. In addition to their shop, they also have a blog called The Vintage Mother where they share inspiration.

Katie generously sent me some belts to review, which I almost think is unfair because I knew before they arrived that I would LOVE them. I could give a review of them without even having them in hand because I love their products so much. I have 5 Vintage Rose Wraps headbands and get comments on them everywhere I go.

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But in order to give an honest, integrity-filled review I had to have them in hand so I accepted them gladly. The belts are so gorgeous in person. Above I used the yellow and gray one with more of a casual outfit. I slipped it through the back three belt loops and left it out for the front. They are so well made and are adjustable, which I love because I can wear it low on the hips or on the smallest part of my waist with a dress if I want to without needing a different size. The belt is not flimsy, but isn’t too rigid either. It’s quite simply perfect in my opinion. I wouldn’t change anything about it and love the look that it gives to my outfit.

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My second outfit was a dressier option for church. I love the contrasting colors and the pop that it gives to my outfit. Someone told me that she loved my whole ensemble – I think it’s due to the belt. Let’s be honest, that pop of color makes a huge impact!

Katie & Vintage Rose Wraps have generously offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to their shop! What would you choose?

Enter to win via the Rafflecopter App below

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happy-chicIt’s been a while since I participated in What I Wore with Pleated Poppy so I figured I’d join the club again today because I have a fabulous new top to share with you all. It’s super comfy, flowy and cute AND it’s less than $20. It’s from Happy Chic Boutique – I love this shop! Nearly everything is under $30 and she has such cute clothing and accessories to choose from. You can find the top here and my necklace here at Papelline.

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{bracelets: here & here, rings: here, here and here}