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Walk in the sunshine!

The sun is shining and it’s warming up here in the Pacific Northwest!  I love these longer days which makes it SO much easier to get outside and workout!  I was introduced to Peach a few months ago, and it has quickly become one of my favorite brands for athleisure style …clothes that I can wear working out, but also casually!

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My current favorite leggings are these Recharge Leggings.  I love the contrast of the two colors but they are so flattering, really soft, and have a great fit!

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This Lotus Tank is super cute, and the back is so fun!

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This Laguna Jacket is a new fave as well!  I love the short sleeve hoodie style, and it looks so cute with leggings, but also with denim!  Do yourself a favor, and check them out!

xoxo~Dawn

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Modern Jungle Inspired Party

Palm leaves and tropical themed parties, are right on trend, but I really wanted to give this party a modern vibe.

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A painted palm leaf centerpiece with gold leafing gave this table the color vibe I was going for.  Touches of natural twin, bamboo fans, and gold flatware brought in different elements of texture that kept it all interesting.

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You can see all the details, and get the recipe for my Pink Lemonade Sangria on Oriental Tradings FUN365 website!

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xoxo~ Dawn

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#AgelessinSeattle {Kendra Scott Event}

A year ago as I attended an event in Seattle, I looked around and I realized I was one of the oldest women there.  The bloggers in their 20’s were adorable and so gracious, but I as I stood there with girls the ages of my children, I knew there had to be women out there my age who were bloggers, on instagram, or just wanted to connect in this very social world.

That night I came home and put up an instagram post reaching out to women in their late 30’s and up who wanted to connect…and they responded!  Since that night, I have dreamed of hosting an event to gather us all together, to meet one another and be inspired by each other.  That night finally happened.

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Kendra Scott Bellevue was our gracious venue host.  They have such a heart and desire to bring women together.  Not only is their jewelry one of my favorites, their store is GORGEOUS…and let’s be honest, the lighting is perfect for aging skin!

My sweet co-host for the evening is my gorgeous friend, Christina of Christina Skally Styling.  We met on instagram, and the friendship was instant!

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Look at these gorgeous ladies.  We have marriages that span 25 years, collectively we have 20+ children, we have careers and have started buisnesses…the life experiences in the room were vast!

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One of the best parts of the evening was playing dress up with all the amazing Kendra Scott jewelry.  I love these pictures of each of us trying on pieces and helping one another find what they were looking for!

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One of the best parts of hosting an event with bloggers, is that no one thinks twice when you pull out your phone to take a “selfie”!

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My heart is so full…this night truly was all I hoped it would be, and I know that this is just the beginning for this amazing tribe we have created!

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(*all photos by the amazing Lauren @ dit_ell.org )

xoxo~ DawN

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Beauty Bash

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With these last month…gahhh…of my 40’s, and 50 right around the corner, I thought I would share a few of my favorite beauty finds.  These are a few skincare and my two favorite hair styling products!

I am someone that has had awesome skincare from the time I was a teenager.  My Mom made sure of it, so I have used everything from Avon, Jafra (remember them??), Mary Kay, Clinque and even Pro-Active.  I personally do not think I have pretty skin, just being honest.  It just has never had what I think of as “pretty skin”, and now as I get older, my pores are definitely larger, so I am always looking for ways to improve what I’ve got!  I feel like now at this age I am finding products that I love and that are helping to maintain.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t be up for a little “cosmetic intervention” (wink wink)

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I needed a new cleanser a year ago, and heard great things about the Revision line.  So I ordered their Brightening Facial Wash, and I LOVE it!  It smells like oranges, the bottle is a great size and lasts a long time!  After the first bottle, I ran out and thought I would find something else, but I noticed immediately that my skin did not look as bright…so I re-ordered!  It’s a little pricier than drugstore, but worth it!

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Right around the time I was looking for face wash, Erin sent me some samples of Beautycounter.  I had wanted to give their products a try, so I was thrilled.  After using the full little tube of Rejuvenating Radiance Serum, I emailed her and order the full tube!  This is hands down my FAVORITE product!  I use it morning and night and my skin is softer and the skin tone is improved.  With Vitamin C, mixed fruit acids, algae and marine extract, this serum absorbs easily, and I can layer it under moisturizer and not feel greasy!  LOVE IT!!

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Another Beautycounter favorite is their Charcoal Mask!  I have tried a couple, but I love this one especially as it dries, you can actually see it pulling the oil out of your pores!  I do also love their Plumping and Brightening masks as well!

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NuFace.  I LOVE this device!  I’ll be honest, I have not been good at consistency, but when I do use it…I notice a difference!!!  You can see instant “lift” right after you use it, but I also notice if I use it at night, the next morning my face feels tighter.  Ok, I just reminded myself to use that baby every night!  50 I see you!

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Last up, my two favorite hair products!  I had heard the praises of dry texturizing spray, but honestly, I didn’t want to pay $30 for bottle.  I found the Kristen Ess Working Texture Spray, and decided for half the price I would give it a try!  Holy cow, game changer!!  It gives the right amount of lift and separation, and the smell is amazing!!

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My newest addition is the Kristen Ess Loose Styling Powder.  This is perfect to sprinkle on your roots around the crown of your head for just enough grip to give a little extra volume!  This with the Working Texture Spray are the perfect combo!  I have used several Kristen Ess products and love them all!

So those are a few of my favorite things!

And now I have a surprise!!!  To celebrate my 10,000 Follower milestone on Instagram I have a GIVEAWAY!!  My friend Erin has generously offered to send one of you a bottle of my FAVORITE Rejuvenating Radiance Serum ($66 value!) In addition, I am going to send the winner your very own can of Kristen Ess Working Texture Spray!

TO ENTER:

  • Leave a comment here
  • Head to my Instagram post and follow the rules there!
  • Giveaway ends April 22, 2018 9pm Pacific time

 

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Marshmallow Bird Nests

Marshmallow Bird Nests are a sweet Easter treat!  I am such a sucker for these chocolate eggs, that I start the hunt for them right after Valentines Day!  They fit perfectly tucked in these nests, but how cute would a Peep look as well?

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These cute little nests look so cute displayed on a cute tiered tray, or use them as part of your place setting during your Easter celebration.  They are a fun and unexpected little suprise when your guests sit down to dinner.

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You can find the step by step instructions over at Oriental Trading Company HERE!

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Spring’s Perfect Little Black Dress

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I have found your favorite dress for Spring!  Paired with a lightweight or denim jacket and sneakers now, and then with sandals this Summer, this little black dress is a unicorn!

With the perfect amount of stretch and ruching in all the right places, the Haley dress is great for so many different body types!  I want to show you how you can take this dress from running errand around town to date night with your hubby by just changing up your shoes and jacket!

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I have this little Roma anorak jacket in white, and LOVE it, so getting it in this neutral olive green was a must.  It is a lightweight material, but perfect for those cool Spring days.  For daytime, just add some white sneaks and you are set for lunch with a girlfriend or a quick run to Target!

 

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For a nightime look I just put on my new favorite heels, some fun earrings and my white leather jacket and I’m date night ready!

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This dress is a classic staple piece that I know will be worn a ton this season!

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Visit Peach to see all the cute things in the new Dolce Vita collection!

Thank you to Peach for sponsoring this post.  As a brand ambassador I love sharing items I love! As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

 

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#styletheeveryday w/ Peach

ATHLEISURE//  I am so thankful this is a style because I know I am not the only one who loves a styled up casual vibe!

I was recently introduced to Peach and their clothes for gym, work and play.  I am crazy for the pieces that I styled below, and love how they can worn together if I want!

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This Roma Anorak was the first piece I immediately knew I needed in my closet!  I am always on the chilly side, so this cute lightweight jacket will easily take me into Spring and Summer.  It’s very thin, so you can layer if you like, but it will be great to throw on after a workout!  Am I the only one that gets cold after I have worked up a sweat in the gym??

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I might be slightly obsessed with these Modern Boho pants.  I love a great jogger, but these are an elastic waist version, and hands down some of the softest I have worn!  I ran errands all day in this outfit, but these would be so cute with a heel and denim jacket!

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One thing I loved when perusing the Peach website, are the unique colors of their leggings, hoodies, and sports bras.  I really loved this olive color so I got both the Nina Legging and the Savona Hoodie in it.

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The leggings are so unique, with a shiny front, and matte on the backside (make sure to size up in these!)  The hoodie is made of french terry which is  perfect for cooler days in the Spring and Summer since it is not fleece lined.

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I am so impressed with the quality of each of these pieces, and love that they don’t look like some of the other Athleisure pieces out there.

I have my eye on a few other pieces like this scarf, this yoga mat, and this cute strappy sports bra!

If you’re looking for some fun new pieces, I suggest you take a peek at Peach!

*This post is in collaboration with Peach.  All opinions are my own as always!