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Black, White & Gold Craving

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Horse Lamp | Paper Placemats | Print | Zebra Dish | Giraffe | Pillows | Frame | Animals | Straws | Phone Case

Of course this craving stems from our new loft’s color scheme! Because what else has been on my mind lately?! But isn’t it a beautiful combo? It seems like it’s all over right now. From Waiting on Martha, Nordstrom and even a fun card shop/party store called Swoozie’s. You can find the everything online!

Tell me what you think about Chic to Chic’s craving! What would you love to have in your home, at your party or in your bag?

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Put a bow on it!

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite hair accessories from some of my favorite stores. I’m always awed by the beautiful, detailed and elegant hair pieces found around the web. Whether headbands or hair pins, you can’t go wrong with one in your hair. Dress them up or dress them down, you’ll feel that extra touch of lovely in your t-shirt or in your little black dress.

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Like my hair? Check out Lauren’s Hair Tutorial on Pearls Poppies Pinkies Up! All my hair needs is a bow!

Anthropologie Hair Accessories | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Like this one at Anthropologie! I’m a sucker for Cheetah.

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Or how about this one from Bando! Doesn’t it make you want to give your love a big SMOOCH!

J. Crew Hair Accessories | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

For a dressier affair try this one from J. Crew. Maybe you want to dress up your white t-shirt today. Go for it!

Top Shop Hair Accessories | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Put this one from Top Shop with your braid and summer will go on forever.

Free People Hair Accessories | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Stick this one in the middle for a little vintage feel from Free People.

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There’s my friend’s “do” I did for our Eat. Drink. Create. event. Her hair was out of her face and she was free to enjoy the park. She chose a little bling from Anthropologie to put on the side (it’s in the shadows somewhere).

I hope you enjoyed this little round up of darling hair accessories. They’re easy and add the perfect touch to any updo or downdo, braid or twist.

Happy Monday, Friends!

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My Pinspiration

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If you know me. You know I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. I’m a planner, an organizer and very visual. I’m pretty sure Pinterest was created just for me to make my life easier. Today, I’d like to share with you TEN of my Pinners that inspire me, help me plan my trips and organize my life. Enjoy!

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Rachel Nathe‘s “Home Sweet Home” board is great for interior inspiration. Photo Source.

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Skyler Villarreal‘s diy+crafts board is the best for diy inspiration and how to’s. I’ve repinned so many of her diys. Photo Source.

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The Proper Pinwheel/Lexy Ward not only has a blog [The Proper Pinwheel Blog] full of inspiration, her Pinterest boards are exploding with inspiration for event planning as well every other aspect of life needing a bit of pinspiration. Photo Source.

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Haley Sheffield is an incredible photographer and friend. I was lucky to meet her and have her photograph my bridal portraits a few years ago before she exploded into this amazing brand she is today. Her pin boards are full of her anthro-esque and vintage quality. She even pins some of her own work, seen above. Photo Source.

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Tonya Bilbrey is a sweet friend of mine. Her pin boards have the best titles. Everything is title THE OUTSTANDING OUTFITS, THE ULTIMATE ACCESSORIES and THE PERFECT POSES. I love it! She has such good taste in everything, but when it comes to fashion… you’ll be inspired for sure. Photo Source.

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Anne Taylor writes an incredible blog [Anne the Adventurer Blog]. It’s filled with inspiring, real and purposeful posts. Her Pinterest boards are no different. Photo Source.

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Hannah Purmont is a local designer here in Denver. Her work is incredible, minimal and loud. You can find it here. Her inspiring Pinterest boards, well they reflect her work. Black and white cover everything in such a powerful and purposeful way. Photo Source.

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Heather Adame is an absolute dear friend of mine and her eye for color and interiors is amazing. You’ll pin everything she does. Photo Source.

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The Perfect Palette is a blog focused on weddings and event planning. As a lover of weddings and event planning, she inspires me with her color boards and event plans. Photo Source.

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Mrs. French is the writer of Bliss Blog. Her boards and pins are vintage, filled with love, country, blissful. They are art. You’ll enjoy just scrolling the beautiful things she finds around the internet. Photo Source.

Happy Monday, Friends!

P.S. If you haven’t entered the Giveaway from Ella Bella Creations, enter here! The winner will be announced Wednesday!

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Giveaway from Ella Bella Creations!

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Friends! Do I have a Giveaway for you today! Chastity from Ella Bella Creations is one talented lady! You can find her shop HERE on Etsy. Ella Bella Creations has the most beautiful headbands, broaches and Chastity even does custom orders! I have my eye on THIS headband for the Fourth, THIS broach for all year round and if I my future baby girl would wear THIS, THIS and THIS headband. See how to enter this amazing giveaway below!

Giveaway | Ella Bella Creations | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Giveaway | Ella Bella Creations | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Giveaway | Ella Bella Creations | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

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To enter this fabulous Giveaway here’s what to do.

To receive multiple entries:

ONE | Visit Ella Bella Creations and Comment Below telling me which piece is your favorite.

TWO | Go over to the Ella Bella Creations Facebook Page and LIKE IT.

THREE | Follow me on Instagram @aubreyrachael If you’re already following, leave a comment and tag me @aubreyrachael on your favorite Insta post and tell me your entering the giveaway!

*When you comment, tell me what you did. I’ll put you in the random drawing for extra entries! A winner will be chosen next week!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Ten “Instas”

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Today I want to introduce you to some “instagramers” I enjoy following. Their pictures are so lovely and always brighten up my day. From babies to puppies to sights around the world, they give us a little peek into their lives through their phone camera. Enjoy!

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Photo belongs to CASEYLEIGHWIEGAND | Instagram

CASEYLEIGHWIEGAND of thewiegands.com takes the most darling photos of her precious babies. And who doesn’t like seeing sweet pictures of babies!?

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Photo belongs to CAROLINAVD | Instagram

CAROLINAVD is located in Finland and takes photos of her beautiful home and friendly pup. Her photos are minimal in color, adding a touch of  simpleness in my Insta feed.

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Photo belongs to MISSDARLINGCLEMENTINE | Instagram

LITTLEMISSCLEMENTINE has an absolutely beautiful daughter. She is the star of her Insta page. She’s always exploring and Mama, you dress her to the T! Love LMC. Check out her adorable darlingclementineshop.com It’s full of little things for the wee ones.

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Photo belongs to COLORADODARLIN | Instagram

COLORADODARLIN is a local here in Denver. This makes it fun to follow her as pictures pop up around the city I live in. She’s very detail oriented and takes beautiful pictures of the surrounding area.

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Photo belongs to LITTLEFLOWERRR | Instagram

Oh, LITTLEFLOWERRR. She’s one of my dear friends. Her & “Baby Kitty” go on many adventures and her Insta page tells the story.

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Photo belongs to LAUREN_TIEN | Instagram

LAUREN_TIEN is also a local in Denver, but her feed is full of travels to Mexico and all sorts of places. She is creative and always shares her latest DIY project on her blog PearlsPoppiesPinkiesUp Blog

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Photo belongs to ALEXNIEUWHOF | Instagram

Look at that face! ALEXNIEUWHOF has an incredible talent. Her feed is full of color and inspiration and every now and then her sweet Golden shows up. I’m such a sucker for Goldens. Her blog is just as gorgeous as her feed – Whimsey Darling Blog

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Photo belongs to AMERRYMISHAP | Instagram

AMERRYMISHAP takes us around Jennifer’s lovely surroundings in black and white. By black and white, I don’t mean the filter. Most everything she takes is black and white. Her photos are such a breath of fresh air and so is her blog A Merry Mishap Blog

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Photo belongs to BLEUBIRD | Instagram

BLEUBIRD takes wonderfully delightful pictures of her family and their daily adventures. I always love seeing sweet babes and her feed is one of my favorites. And if you like her feed you’ll liker her blog too Bleu Bird Blog

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Photo belongs to ARMEADORS | Instagram

Speaking of babes, ARMEADORS ‘s feed is filled with her’s. She has the two cutest, sweetest (we’ve met) babies ever. They have the best facial expressions and always have a little pep in their step. You’ll love all of her photos and her photography skills.. that’s a whole other reason to check out her page. She even has a youtube page that’s to die for YOUTUBE PAGE

That’s my TEN “Instagramers” I love to follow. Let me know what you think of the rest of their photos and be on the look out for more of my favorite “Instagramers” in the coming weeks. You can also follow my Instagram feed @aubreyrachael Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: Less is More

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Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

This weekend I read an article in the Spring Issue of Darling Magazine. It was my break time between packing and organizing for our move. This specific article spoke to this girl that was organizing and going through things this very day. I was inspired.

American culture says that you can never have too much and it’s okay to have excess amounts – clothes, dishes, notebooks, books & whatever else you want. But excess also creates a constant longing for more & the feeling that you’ll never have enough or be enough unless you have just one more.

Today I’d like to encourage you to maybe start with packing away or if you feel brave enough, giving away anything in your home – dresses, tops, bags, shoes, books, anything you find yourself to have in excess, especially anything you don’t use on a regular business. It’s truly a freeing experience. This allows you more space in your home, the ability to use everything you have and ultimately to give what you do not use, a home to someone who may not even know the concept of excess.

Because everything for me usually comes back to fashion, as many ladies can relate to, I have been very encouraged in living with less when it comes to that very thing. I’ve always heard about the European fashion concept of buying a few, very nice pieces, tailoring them to fit perfectly and then wearing them over and over every week. This concept is literally very foreign to Americans, but I think it’s something I’ve, slowly been trying to echo in my wardrobe. Having your favorite dresses, tops & skirts all visible, allows a more creative approach to dressing. Mixing prints & textures has become one of my favorite things to do with fashion. It also gives you an appreciation for what you have. Now this girl that used to shop every weekend and could always find a reason for a new dress or top, isn’t even interested in shopping unless she actually has a specific thing she needs. What a thought!

Another way to think about living with less in the wardrobe department is with travel. When I go on vacation, my first goal is to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. It makes traveling go so much more seamlessly. Then I move onto the next goal, choosing my favorite wardrobe pieces to wear on the trip! For me, dresses are my favorite thing to wear, especially on trips. My favorite are dresses with sleeves that can be dressed up or down and that I always feel confident in. I love a good dress with sleeves because it’s an entire outfit. I can bring accessories, but I don’t have to bring quite as much! So, as I’ve traveled this summer and in previously months, I’ve learned I could really stick with the amount that fits into a carry-on in everyday life. Knowing the clothing choices are great for different events and they’re my top five pieces from my wardrobe, I feel like I can take on the world with any of them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by choices, I know what I have and I love my choices.

In the end, living with less will not only bless someone else from what you’re ridding yourself of, but you’ll benefit from it on a daily basis. Living with less gives you a feeling of contentment, feeling like you are enough because you have enough. Less is truly more when you’re more confident, happy and satisfied with what you have.

In the Darling article, the picture has a girl holding up a blanket that says “FUN WITH NEARLY NOTHING”. Never thought you’d hear “fun” and “nothing” in the same sentence, right? But make this a challenge with yourself. Live with less because less will do more for you than you could ever have imagined. And remember that things don’t define you. You are an incredible woman. You don’t need things to make you happy or confident. Less is more. Now go and live with less! It really is fun!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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A Tasty Snack & A Wall Collage

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I’m enjoying a tasty snack post-workout and doing a little Pinterest “ing” this Monday morning.

1 Apple

1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (softened)

1 Teaspoon Natural Honey

1 Dash of Cinnamon

Cut up the apple and drizzle the honey and peanut butter over the sliced apples. Add dash a bit of cinnamon on the top and Enjoy!

My Pinterest “ing” consists of adding more to my House Change board. I’m brainstorming on a few things for the new place. One thing I’m really considering is a collage wall. Either in the hallway or beside my desk, I’d love to gather a collection of white or black frames showcasing my favorite prints, quotes and maybe some of my own artwork. This is what Pinterest is inspiring me with!

Pinterest Inspiration | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest Inspiration | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest Inspiration | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest Inspiration | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest Inspiration | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

What do you like better, black or white frames, same size frames or different shapes and sizes, and what would you put in a frame collage if it were your wall? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Monday, Friends!

P.S. Be on the lookout tomorrow for the LoveYourself Link Up Post! We’re talking about LESS.

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