GALentine’s Gift Guide for Your Bestie | Part 2: Coffee, Boss Babe and Bubbly + Giveaway!

Four more days ’til Valentine’s Day! We don’t care whether you’ve found your soul mate and love the mushy-gushy romance of February 14th, or despise all things men and will be seeing a slasher movie while wearing all black … we’re not here to celebrate the traditional Valentine’s Day. We’re here to celebrate GALentine’s Day: The perfect time of the year to plan a girls night and show your besties how much you love them. In case you missed the announcement on Monday, I’ve teamed up with mega boss babe and long-time friend of mine @TheBlondeConfetti to create the ultimate GALentine’s Gift Guide. To learn more about Sasha and her suggestions for gifts for your Bling-Loving Bestie, Fashionista Bestie and Beauty-Loving Bestie, head over to Part One of this post.
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And, as it goes, we’ve saved the best for last. You ladies ready? We bring you Part Two of our Bestie Valentine Gift Guide!

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for your:

BOSS BABE BESTIE
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BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
1. For your boss babe who likes to rise & grind and is always on the go making her dreams happen, she will appreciate this “Everyday I’m hustlin” travel mug for her early morning coffee sesh!
Everyday I’m Hustlin’ Coffee Mug | Ashley Brooke Designs | $22
2. For your boss babe who likes to relax in style, these PJs are perfect for when she needs to lounge and recharge.
Bossy PJ Set | Forever 21 | $14.90
3. If your boss babe bestie likes to empower herself and others, it starts from within. Personal development is key to progressing in life, relationships and business, so we know your girl will love Cara LeyBa’s GIRL CODE! As a certified Master Life Coach and bestselling personal development author, she will get her on the right track to creating her very own “Champagne Life”.
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba | Amazon | $8.95 *Confetti fave*
4. For your boss babe bestie who hits the occasional happy hour and networking event, this will make her business card game a little more fun.
Lips Business Card Holder | Kate Spade | $30

I’m a BADASS ($$):
5. For your boss babe bestie who wakes up and handles her day LIKE A BOSS and is always on the go from the office, to lunch meetings, to networking … She will appreciate you wanting to make sure her business AND social life never misses a beat with this mobile charger from Bando. The hearts make it perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Back Me UP! Mobile Charger | ban.do | $30
6. Your boss babe bestie will love having this pretty and pink candle to add that extra girl boss touch to her office space.
Pretty and Witty Scented Candle | Kate Spade | $40
7. Your boss babe bestie will love making all of her appointments in this glam gold and white Kate Spade planner. It will help take your besties business to the next level!
2016 17-month larger agenda | Kate Spade | $30 (on sale!) *Confetti fave*

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
8. For your boss babe bestie who is doing some serious boss babe business, this Mophie case will be a complete game-changer for a girl who is always on the go. Having a Mophie case myself, I give it the Boss Babe stamp of approval!
Juice Pack Air | Mophie | $99
9. Nothing says I’M A BOSS like carrying your boss babe business around in a classy and fabulous Kate Spade bag. She will feel like a boss no matter how the meeting goes, but most likely in true boss babe fashion: She came out winning! ✔️✔️  #Likeaboss
Cedar Street Laptop Case | Kate Spade | $298 *Confetti fave*
10. If your boss babe’s personality is a little more bold and her wardrobe is bright and colorful, she will love this hot pink Kate Spade addition. This bag says “I’m a BOSS and I’m here to do business!” No one will question her abilities when she shows up to the office with this Valentine’s Day perfection!
Classic Nylon Daveney Laptop Bag | Kate Spade | $248

FOR YOUR BOTTLE-POPPIN’ BESTIE
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BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
1. For your bestie who loves cute packaging as much as she loves bubbles, this fun pink limited edition bottle of Chandon makes popping bottles even more fun!
Limited Edition Rosé Carol Lim | Chandon | $24 *Confetti fave*
2. If your bottle-poppin’ bestie likes her champagne to make an entrance, these red lips are sure to spark conversation at any Valentine’s Day party your girl attends.
Limited Edition Brut Rose Romance | Korbel | $12.99
3. If your champagne loving bestie likes to be stylish while sipping on bubbles, she will love this glittered “pop the champagne” tee, created by our very own Blakeley! (And if your girl is getting married, you should absolutely upgrade to the “pop the champagne I’m getting married” tee.)
Pop The Champagne Tee | Etsy | $18 (Use code BFF10 for 10% off your order!)

I’m a BADASS ($$):
4. I’ve been eyeballing these glam gold champagne flutes since I saw them on @Hauteofftherack’s Insta account. If your champagne loving bestie likes to pop bottles in style, she will love these champagne flutes to add to her Valentine’s Day party. Champagne tastes better out of cute glassware right?! At least, we think it does ;).
Stemless Gold Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 | World Market | $23.96 *Confetti fave*
5. If your champagne loving bestie likes to play it safe and isn’t influenced by cute labels and bottles (like we are!! ), the regular packaging of Chandon Rosé is the perfect addition to any bestie GALentine’s party (and can also be found in most of your local grocery and liquor stores).
Chandon Rosé | Chandon | $24
6. If your bestie loves to throw champagne parties, she will adore this gold champagne chiller to add some champagne style to her next event!
Threshold Gold Finish Ice Bucket | Target | $29.99

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
7. If your bestie has quite the champagne collection, hosts lots of champagne parties, or just loves to decorate in style, she will pop bottles over receiving this glamorous bar cart that will match her champagne taste!
Sauder Int Lux Bar Cart | Amazon | $183
8. If your bestie knows what’s up when it comes to champagne and it tends to be her drink of choice, she will appreciate the finest when it comes to her champagne glassware. These Riedel flutes will take her champagne taste to the next level!
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9.  If your girl loves champagne swag, she will love this Veuve Rosé champagne megaphone chiller, perfect for her champagne parties!
Veuve Clicquot Rose Megaphone Flutes | Grand Wine Cellar | $149.99
BONUS: IF YOU WANT TO WIN BEST BESTIES OF ALL BESTIES AWARD … OF ALL BESTIES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH
It’s no secret!  I am here to tell you how you can win this award …  and most likely win your bestie’s friendship not only for the year, but for the rest of your life! One of THE champagne parties of 2016 will be hosted by Veuve Clicquot on February 20th in Miami at the second annual Veuve Carnaval. If you have a champagne loving bestie, you will not want to miss this ultimate champagne experience! Champagne bars, samba dancers, food trucks, and flower boutiques will fill downtown Miami for an afternoon filled with the Clicquot Celebration. You and your champagne bestie will have a fabulous day of popping bottles, sipping bubbles, and dressing to impress with lots of champagne style and photo ops. And yes, we will be there!
Veuve Clicquot Carnaval 2016 | $100 – $175 *OBVI this is the Confetti fave*

COFFEE-LOVING BESTIE
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BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
With all of these gifts under, you’ll be the best bestie ever … to your gal pal and your wallet! If you want to add an extra shot of fabulous, add a Starbucks gift card as well.
1. XOXO Reusable Plastic Starbucks Traveler | Starbucks – available in stores | $2 *Confetti fave*
2. Threshold Speckled Mug – Liquid Love | Target | $3.99
3. Love Heart Mug | Forever 21 | $6.90
4. Paperchase Good Morning Gorgeous Coffee Mug | Target | $6
5. Red and White #LOVE Mug | Target | $4.99

I’m a BADASS ($$):
6. I mean, seriously. Who wouldn’t want to drink from this every single day?
Lips Double Wall Traveler | Starbucks | $13.97
7. Threshold Red & Black Carafe | Target | $19.99
8. If she’s an iced coffee kinda girl, this one’s for her.
Sip Sip Tumbler – Love Potion | ban.do | $14
9. Read My Lips Mug | Kate Spade | $20
10. All The Feels Coffee Mug | Ashley Brooke Designs | $23 *Confetti fave*

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
11. I Heart Coffee Graphic Tee | Revolve Clothing | $56 (sale alert!)
12. Keep your girl caffeinated at all hours of this day with this mini Keurig. It’s perfect for saying ” you love coffee and I love  you,” especially in pink or red!
Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewing System | Target | $79.99
13. If your bestie is all about those lattes, this will be a game-changer for her. Trust me – I know. I have one.
Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte System | Target | $99.99 *Confetti fave* ___________________________

And there you have it! Part One and Part Two of our gift guide. We hope you love our picks, and hope your bestie does, too.

Ooh, have you entered our giveaway yet? Here’s the scoop:

GALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY! Sasha and I have decided to treat one lucky babe to some Valentine’s goodies of her own!
What can you win? Win one item from each category! Head over to our Instagram pages to see some of the items. (Entries will be verified and triple-checked!)
How do you enter? Earn one entry for each action below.
+1 Entry: Subscribe to Sweet Tea and Skyscrapers blog.
+1 Entry: ‘Like’ Sweet Tea and Skyscrapers on Facebook.
+4 Entries: Follow @TheBlondeConfetti and @BlakeleyVinicky on Instagram, like our giveaway photos, and tag two besties who would love to win, too!
+2 Entries: Follow ConfettiDiaries and BlakeleyA on Snapchat and send us a Snap letting us know you entered!
+1 Entry: Comment below with your email address and Instagram name and let us know which tasks you’ve completed.
How will you know if you win? Winner will be announced here and on our Instagram pages, and will be contacted privately for a mailing address.
Contest dates: Contest starts on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 and ends Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.
Who is eligible? Only US residents are eligible for this contest.

Good luck, babes!

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Cheers to a happy and champagne-filled GALentine’s Day!
XoXo,
Blakeley & Sasha

*Disclaimer: We were not sponsored by any of the brands above and are not receiving any compensation for this post. All prizes are being provided by Blakeley and Sasha – because we love you!

GALentine’s Gift Guide for Your Bestie | Part 1: Bling, Fashion and Beauty + Giveaway!

Merry belated Christmas. Happy New Year. And now … happy Valentine’s Day! Sorry I haven’t posted since before Christmas – I’ve started a zillion posts but life has been non-stop lately. So I apologize in advance for my back-logged posts that will soon be flooding your inbox and news feeds. They’re still coming. But for now, let’s celebrate the holiday that is sneaking up this weekend: GALentine’s Day!
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I’ve partnered with my girl Sasha, @TheBlondeConfetti, to bring you an exciting gift guide for the gal pals in your life. Because, let’s be honest, cute pink and red accessories for/from your girl are more exciting than boxes of cheap chocolate, cheesy cards and gifts, or over-priced red roses. (Peonies on the other hand, that’s a different story.)
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*Keep reading. We have a giveaway for you at the end!*

So without further ado, I’m turning it over to my guest blogger to share some of her favorites for your bestie.
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Hi there! I’m Sasha, a fashion-loving, accessory-hoarding, and holiday-obsessed blonde who loves to share good finds with other babes. My blog is in the making, so Blakeley has offered to let me share a few thoughts here as a guest blogger. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram at @TheBlondeConfetti.

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Today, we’ve decided to share a Valentine’s-themed guide to the perfect gifts for all of your besties, and at price ranges for everyone! We put our heads together to come up with something for every type of bestie – some you can buy in store and some are exclusively online. Hope it helps. Enjoy :)

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for your:

BLING-LOVING BESTIE
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BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
We love supporting our besties & small businesses, which is why we are featuring two of our favorite Bling Besties who are following their dreams & making some fabulous jewels in our BESTIES gift guide! Check out @Ellie’sSparkles & @ShopAlexaKelley on Insta for more glam gifts & Valentines Day prezzies!
* Use code BLAKELEY20 for 20% off your Ellie’s Sparkles purchase
* Use code LOVE20 for 20% off your Alexa Kelley purchase
1. Red Rose Bangle | Ellie’s Sparkles | $24 (Perfect for your Bachelor-loving bestie! #TeamLaurenB)
2. Coordinates Necklace | Ellie’s Sparkles | $28 *Confetti fave*
3. The Sweetheart Bracelet | Alexa Kelley Jewelry | $32

I’m a BADASS ($$):
4. The Juliet Necklace | Alexa Kelley Jewelry | $62
5. The Love Necklace | Alexa Kelley Jewelry | $75 *Confetti fave*
6. These Lip earrings are perfect for your fun and flirty bling-loving bestie!
Kate Spade Lip Stud Earrings | Bloomingdales | $48

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
7. These Kate Spade bangles are perfect for your bracelet-loving bestie. With a set of three 12 Karat gold-plated bracelets with fun sayings like “Good as gold”, “Toast of the town”, and “Birds of a feather,” she will love adding these beautiful bangles to her #OOTDs!
Idiom Bangles (set of 3) | Kate Spade | $98
8.  This Heart edition Kate Spade watch is sure to turn heads with all your besties. Bestie envy will be sure to follow – we’re certain of it!
Heart Gramercy Watch | Kate Spade | $225
9. The Giving Keys is one of my absolute favorite jewelry companies, for the vision that they have and for being passionate about paying it forward! If your bling bestie loves giving back, she will appreciate the message and inspiration behind The Giving Keys. The keys exist to inspire others to spread love & encouragement across the world. If that doesn’t spread Love on Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what does! #GivingKeysGiveLove
Dainty XL Lock | The Giving Keys | $85 | *Confetti fave*

FASHIONISTA BESTIE
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1. Plunging V-Neck Sheath Dress | Forever 21 | $22.90
2. Sequin Lip Graphic Tee | SheIn | $11.50
3. “Lover” Graphic Bodysuit | Forever 21 | $17.90
4. Faux Suede Lace-Up Sandals | Forever 21 | $34.90
5. Heart-Shaped Sunglasses | Forever 21| $5.90

I’m a BADASS ($$):
6. Precision is Key Black Bow Heels | Lulu’s | $38
7. Midnight Hour Maxi Dress | Nasty Gal | $82
8. Valentino ‘Donna’ Perfume | Nordstrom | $95-$130
9. Blah Blah Blah Sunny Morning Tee | Wildfox | $77
10. Kate Spade ‘Cedar Street” Leather Wristlet | Nordstrom | $118

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
11. Red Lip Service Sunglasses | Dolls Kill | $185
12. Pastel It To My Heart Coat | Nasty Gal | $118
13. Luna Midi Dress | Revolve Clothing | $246
14. Temecula Maxi Dress | Revolve Clothing | $250
15. Patti Maxi Dress | Revolve  Clothing| $130

BEAUTY-LOVING BESTIE
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BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
1.  This is the best fab find for your beauty-loving bestie. My sister-in-law introduced me to this 3-in-1 shimmer stick (in shade Persimmon) and it became an INSTANT favorite of mine. The best part is it’s ONE dollar! Yes, $1.
All Over Color Stick (Persimmon) | e.l.f | $1 * Confetti fave*
2. If your girl is into long-lasting lipstick and bold colors, this will be a game-changer. It’s almost too good to be true!
Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Succulent | ColourPop | $6
3. This soft pink and gold ColourPop shadow is more than just the perfect shade. If your beauty-loving bestie is a puppy lover,  she’ll be crazy about this. All proceeds from the sale of “Puppy Love” will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society ®. We definitely LOVE that!
Puppy Love Eye Shadow | ColourPop | $5
4. If your bestie is always on the go, she will thank you for this every time she travels! The cutest part: its faux leather case has a lip print lining and a lip graphic on the front that reads “Too Sassy I Know It”.
Lip Print The Essential Brush Set | Forever 21 | $9.90
5. Another precious piece for your beauty-loving go-girl. She can keep it for on-the-go travel to access all her cosmetics with ease, or use it as a cute piece of storage on her vanity mirror.
Lip Print Makeup Case | Forever 21 | $5.90

I’m a BADASS ($$):
6. Not only is it heart-shaped, it’s also a really amazing product that’s sure to be a staple in your beauty-loving bestie’s makeup collection. (Hint: Pick it up at your nearest Ulta or Sephora store, or sign up for the Too Faced e-club for a 20% off coupon!)
Sweethearts Blush | Too Faced | $30
7. This product is almost too good to give away, but your bestie will most definitely love you forever for it! The QUEEN Jaclyn Hill teamed up with BECCA Cosmetics to create the most perfect highlighter in the history of highlighters, and it’s something every girl should own.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | BECCA | $38 *Confetti fave*
8. This matte fire-engine red is a cult favorite and something every beauty-lover wants in her lipstick collection. Trust us, you’ll score major BFF brownie points with this one.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red | Sephora| $21
9. The perfect polish in the perfect pink. Plus, it’s a fan fave!
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Teddy Girl | $15
10. Who doesn’t want Chanel? These glosses are the perfect amount of pigment, perfect amount of shimmer, and perfect amount of badass-ness.
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Pinctada or Rose Paradis | Nordstrom | $30

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
11. Every fashionista wants a pair of Louboutin heels, but, let’s face it, that’s not really something most of us can treat our friends to. So, instead, we suggest this lipstick to hold her over until she gets the real thing. It’s still pretty BA if you as us!
Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin | Sephora | $90
12. Gwen Stefani is queen when it comes to beauty and fashion, and every girl wants to be her BFF. While that might not happen, you can totally rock Gwen-status by gifting your bestie with this beautiful and on-trend collab eye shadow palette.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette | Sephora | $58
13. Another gorgeous eye shadow palette and perfect for the holiday, you can’t go wrong with this set. Bonus: It even smells like chocolate!
Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection | Ulta | $49
14. Treat your bestie to the Holy Grail of makeup brush collections and she’ll be praising your fabulous-ness for years to come.
That Bling Set – Limited Edition 7-Piece Makeup Brush Collection | Morphe Brushes | $99 *Confetti fave*
15. Diamonds may be most girls’ best friend, but lips that sparkle like diamonds will definitely be your beauty-lover’s fave. This lipstick collection is fun, colorful, shiny, and so much more!
Bae Lipstick Bouquet | Lime Crime | on sale for $40

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And there you have it! But that’s only have of the fun. Check back tomorrow  for Part Two, where’s we’ll share ideas for your Coffee-Loving Bestie, Boss Babe Bestie, and Champagne-Loving Bestie!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Sasha and I have decided to treat one lucky babe to some Valentine’s goodies of her own!
What can you win? Win one item from each category! Head over to our Instagram pages to see some of the items. (Entries will be verified and triple-checked!)
How do you enter? Earn one entry for each action below.
+1 Entry: Subscribe to Sweet Tea and Skyscrapers blog.
+1 Entry: ‘Like’ Sweet Tea and Skyscrapers on Facebook.
+4 Entries: Follow @TheBlondeConfetti and @BlakeleyVinicky on Instagram, like our giveaway photos, and tag two besties who would love to win, too!
+2 Entries: Follow ConfettiDiaries and BlakeleyA on Snapchat and send us a Snap letting us know you entered!
+1 Entry: Comment below with your email address and Instagram name and let us know which tasks you’ve completed.
How will you know if you win? Winner will be announced here and on our Instagram pages, and will be contacted privately for a mailing address.
Contest dates: Contest starts on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 and ends Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.
Who is eligible? Only US residents are eligible for this contest.

Good luck, babes!

*Disclaimer: We were not sponsored by any of the brands above and are not receiving any compensation for this post. All prizes are being provided by Blakeley and Sasha – because we love you!

Cheers,
Blakeley & Sasha
XoXo
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Holiday Favorites Video | Beauty, Fashion and Accessories

Happy holidays and merry Christmas, y’all! To celebrate my favorite time of year, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things this holiday season. I was hoping to have this up a little earlier so you could actually pick up some of these items in time for the holidays, but the month has just flown by and time has completely slipped away. Hopefully it still helps inspire you. And hey, no one is saying you can’t wear these items after the holidays, that’s for sure!

Names and prices are included in the video, and you can find links to everything mentioned in the video’s description box. I hope you enjoy!

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, friends!

Xo,

Blakeley

The Grinch Stole Jacksonville (and My Heart)

Put on those jingle bells and head downtown – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” The Musical in town! (Hey, I’m a poet and didn’t even know it! Just call me Mrs. Dr. Seuss.)

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As a part of the Artist Series influencer program, I had the privilege of seeing the show on opening night. Christmas. MADE! “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” has always been one of my favorite Christmas stories, and to say I was excited to hear that the musical was an understatement. I used to make my parents read the book to me at least a hundred times each year, I stood three feet away from our TV when the cartoon came on, and I know every line and song to the Jim Carey movie version. Heck, The Grinch himself even made a surprise appearance when we were taking our wedding photos!

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I can never get enough of The Grinch, and the musical was no different.

The musical is similar to the original story, but puts its own spin on it. With new songs and an old Max (the dog) as the narrator), the show brings just enough newness to the otherwise familiar music and heart-felt plot of The Grinch’s heart growing three sizes on Christmas.

The cast was amazing, The Grinch was flawless, and the little girl who played Cindy-Lou Who blew my mind. And, like always, I had to fight back happy tears as The Grinch passed out his stolen gifts and hugged little Cindy-Lou next to the Who-tree. I don’t know what it is about this story but it does it to me EVERY time!

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Getting into the holiday spirit can be a little tough down here in warm, sunny Florida, so if you’re looking for a way to bring on the Christmas cheer, definitely go see this show. It’s perfect for a family night out, a date night, or to see with a friend. I took my friend and both of our husbands and we all loved it so much. I suggest making a night out of it an enjoying dinner or a glass of wine at The Jacksonville Landing, and snagging a photo in front of the beautiful 56-foot Christmas tree before or after one of the synchronized light shows.
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You can still catch the show a few times now through Sunday, so head over and grab your tickets now! I promise you won’t regret it.
Remaining shows:
Friday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available through the FSCJ Artist Series and can be purchased at fscjartistseries.org and (904) 442-2929. Group discounts for 10+ are also available, (904) 442-2937 or groupsales@fscjartistseries.org

Disclaimer: Tickets to the show were provided to me and three guests by the FSCJ Artist Series. I am a member of the Artist Series’ Professional Theater Ambassador Program and am compensated with tickets to select shows in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own. Also, I secretly snagged the photos of the show during the curtain call and standing ovation. Whoops!

Surfing with Bunulu | Video | Awesome Giveaway

A few weeks ago I got the invitation of the year, and I am super excited to finally share the details with you! A new store was opening at the St. Johns Town Center here in Jacksonville, and they wanted to celebrate with a few local bloggers and influencers. I was fortunate enough to be one of those!

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The store:
I was actually pleasantly surprised when I walked through the doors of Bunulu. When I heard about it, I expected it to be your typical surf shop, complete with swim suits and board shorts, flip-flops, sunglasses and beach souvenirs. It is that, but a boutique version of it, if that makes sense. The store is full of designer clothing (very reasonably priced), some of which is beachy and some is just cute clothing that you could where pretty much anywhere. In case you’re wondering, I am obsessed with this Beaches Babes & Barefeet tee and those floral dresses. (P.s. Your chance to win some goodies from the store is below … keep reading!)

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They have beautiful, good quality swim suits, workout apparel, shoes and sandals, sunglasses and accessories, a great selection of men’s clothing, and much more! Jimmy loves their watch collection.

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The experience:
The blogger event was arranged to celebrate what Bunulu stands for, which is land, water and style. Land: a short yoga session on the beach. Water: paddle boarding in the ocean. Style: shopping and exploring the new store.

After browsing the store (and adding about 50 things to my wish list), we headed out and loaded onto a charter bus. Off to the beach we went! It was a crazy day in Jacksonville that October evening and the weather was freakishly chilly and windy, which caused choppy water and larger-than-expected waves. Which meant paddle boarding was a no-go. (P.s. I originally thought we were doing yoga on the paddle boards on the water. Boy was I in for a surprise!) Due to the weather conditions and an earlier sunset, we passed on yoga, paddle boarding was canceled, and full-on surfing was the name of the game. I have never surfed before, but I thought I’d at least be able to stand up on the board. WRONG! (It is nothing like wake boarding, FYI. That I can do.) We had a quick surfing lesson from the folks at Jax Surf and Paddle, then made our way to the white waters. After an exhausting, trying, but extremely fun hour, we headed back to the surf shop, loaded onto the bus, enjoyed a tasty boxed dinner from a local cafe, and passed out the moment we got home.

I filmed most of our experience and put together a short little video of our adventure, in case you want to see us in action! (Warning: you may get motion sick if you watch this on full screen. I think I need to invest in a stabilizer! Also, sorry for the graininess and bad videography/editing skills. GoPro + sunset/low light + zoom = crummy video quality.)

bunulu prizeIn addition to all of this awesomeness, Bunulu sent us home with a tote bag full of goodies, and because I love you so much, I’ve decided to give one of them away! Want to win it? CLICK THIS LINK and fill out the short form. I will select a winner at random on 11/30/15 and announce it here on the blog. (I will email the winner as well.)

*BONUS ENTRY* Leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about Bunulu, this post, the video, or if you’ve visited a Bunulu store yet.

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Be sure to check out Bunulu, now open at the St. Johns Town Center!

Thank you Bunulu for hosting this event and including us, and thanks Jax Surf & Paddle for the lessons! It was an evening that will never be forgotten.

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I’m done with this one-sided relationship

Hello, my loves! I was thinking about you and how much I like you. I like, really like you. Like, I think I actually love you. So I think it’s time we take this relationship to the next level. I mean, don’t you? We’ve been together for six years, we talk several times a week and you know all about me me. My problem, though, is that I don’t really know YOU. You hear all about my weekends, my trips, my celebrations, you know my husband, family and friends, heck, you’ve even been in my bedroom! But I can’t say the same things about you. Which is why I want to take this to third base and really get things moving.

Let’s make this a two-sided relationship. What d’ya say? Time to take things just beyond this blog and onto other outlets. I’m all over the place and I’m sure many of you are, too. So if you’re on any of these social media platforms, follow me and leave your username for each in the comments below so I can follow you, too! I know we’re already BFFs and all, but I feel like we still have so much to learn about one another.

FullSizeRender[6] Snapchat: BlakeleyA | Be a part of my daily life. Sometimes it’s exciting, sometimes it’s not. But my hubby usually does pretty entertaining things (like speaking in his own language or singing weirdo songs in the middle of the night), so you’re bound to at least crack a smile.
P.s. Did you know you could open up Snapchat and hold your camera over my ghost image above and it will automatically add me? Pretty nifty, huh?
Instagram: BlakeleyVinicky | I love snapping pictures and sharing all of my good finds and awesome times. I would love to see yours, too! Follow Me.

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Facebook: Sweet Tea & Skyscrapers | We all know what Facebook is. Like my Page so we can make it Facebook official!
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YouTube: BlakeleyVinicky | Yeah yeah, I make videos on occasion these days. Beauty tutorials, Q&As with the hubby, vlogs of trips and experiences …
I’m not video producer or anything, but the content is usually a lot of fun to watch! Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss new videos, and if you’re super into this relationship and want to prove your love, feel free to go through and ‘like’ all of the ones that I’ve posted thus far. No judgement here (and I’ll make sure you’re on Santa’s Nice List).
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Here’s to a long future together and our fairytale happily ever after. See ya on the flip side! #BlakeleysBFF

Meal Prepping

My personal trainer has a new blog – follow it! I’ve been training with Brandi at Peak Physiques for a little over a year now, and she has truly been a lifesaver. She completely kicked my booty and changed so many of my bad habits last year when I was prepping for my wedding, and while I haven’t been quite as strict lately, she is still keeping me motivated and in check. One of the biggest keys to success is eating clean, and meal prepping is what can make or break that during the work week. In her first post, Brandi shared simple steps to getting started with your meal prep and being successful at it. Give her some love and follow her blog so you don’t miss her future health and fitness posts. And be sure to tell her I sent you!

Now if I could just shake this flu thing I have going on so I can have my energy, strength and appetite back …

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Don’t let the word “chaos” scare you away! This is organized and will save you HOURS in the kitchen! Seriously! Here’s how it works…

Step 1 – Plan.  

Build your menu for the coming week. If you receive store mailers, coupons or that kind of thing, gather them together with your cookbooks/magazines, etc. and plan out what you’ll eat and when.

Step 2 – The Grocery List.

Make your grocery list. Go through each recipe and meal to log what you need to pick up. Cross check your list against store sales. Hint… shop seasonal! You’ll save a ton of money if you buy your fruits and veggies in season. What’s in season is what’s on sale. Double-check your pantry shelves, and fridge, for anything you might need. Write it all down.

Step 3 – Shop.

Shop. Get it done, head back home… but stop! Don’t put anything…

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Halloween 2015: Weekend Recap

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Halloween this year was so much fun. I shared how much I love it in my last post, but now I think I know why: It’s a great excuse to be creative, wear crazy makeup and go all out, which is right up my alley. I also feel like more people got into it this year than in recent years past. Maybe it’s just because we threw a Halloween party and the only requirement was that everyone had to dress up, but whatevs.

Jimmy and I spend the last two weeks collecting Halloween decor and decorating the outside and inside of our house. Unfortunately we only had like six kids come to our door (sad face), but we had a pretty decent turnout for the party (happy face!). Like always, I made our costumes completely from scratch and loaded our faces with makeup and special effects. We have always been something cute, coupley or sexy, so this year we decided to go the “spooky” route: He was a zombie and I was a mummy. I saw this video from my favorite YouTube beauty guru which inspired my costume, and it was so much fun!  I’m not kidding you – we take costumes very seriously.

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My girlfriend Sasha drove up from Orlando to stay with us for the weekend, so we kicked off the festivities by carving pumpkins Friday night. (Side note: This was her FIRST TIME carving a pumpkin … WHAT?!). We spent Saturday afternoon decorating, making food for the party and getting ready, then it was party time. Friends showed up around nine and it was party time excellent for the next five hours, strobe lights, fog machine and all. Oh, and the prize for Best Costume went to the boobs, obviously!

Sunday a few of us went to brunch out at the beach, stopped by our favorite beach bar for a cocktail, snagged our first Red Cup of the season, and headed home to watch Elf and relax on the couch. (Yes, we experienced Halloween and Christmas in the same weekend, and it was glorious. I’m SO happy to be done watching horror/scary movies!) It was such a fun weekend full of creativity, laughs, awesome people, and a ton of pictures. Instead of describing it all in detail, I’ll just let you look through some of the pictures yourself … they’ll do a better job recapping everything. Thanks for participating in my shenanigans yet again, friends!

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Hope you had an awesome Halloween weekend, too!

XoXo,
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And if you’re still not over Halloween, I’ll leave you with this. Because we all know this is the best part about Halloween, anyway.

Last-Minute Halloween Makeup | Snow Queen/Ice Princess | Video Tutorial

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THREE DAYS until Halloween!! I am super excited. I don’t know what it is about holidays, but I get so giddy and kid-in-a-candy-store pumped at the thought of them. I just love getting in the spirit, decorating, cooking for the theme, and of course, hosting a party to celebrate. Holidays were always a big deal in my family growing up, and Halloween was no different. My dad would decorate the yard top to bottom with spooky decor, and my mom would always make us one-of-a-kind costumes. I blame them for my holiday-to-the-max attitude (and am perfectly okay with it).

Needless to say, store-bought costumes aren’t really my thing. Thanks to my mom, I love putting together my own costume and Halloween looks with different articles of clothing, accessories, and of course, makeup. I really wanted to go all out and create a kick-ass costume and makeup tutorial for you this year, but time has gone by way too fast and now I’m out of it (so I’m saving what’s left for my own costume for this weekend. It should be pretty bomb.).

I was, however, able to whip up this quick last-minute costume/makeup look for anyone struggling with an idea or who needs inspiration. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I started so I kind of just went with the flow, which is why I’m all over the place in the tutorial, but hopefully it gets the point across well enough.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.46.19 PMSo, if you’re interested in learning how to recreate this frosty blue snow queen/ice princess look, check out my video tutorial! (And don’t judge me for the inner corner of my eyelashes coming off on my right eye. I guess I forgot to glue them all the way.) P.s. I can’t take myself seriously during the intro … I crack up every single time.

My goal was to use products that you most likely already have in your makeup collection, or items you could purchase for a low price at the drugstore. Everything I used is mentioned in the video’s description box.

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Anywho .. I hope this helps at least one person out or give someone inspiration for a last-minute Halloween costume idea. It’s not the best tutorial in the world and I know it’s quick, but hey, it’s my first one!

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Surprise “Wife Trivia” with my Hubby | Video

So somehow I got the bright idea to catch my husband off guard on a Friday night, pump him full beer, sit him down in front of a video camera not knowing what was going on, and ask him a few questions about me. I know … this could have gone badly. But we’ve been together for over six years and married for almost a year … I hope he would know the basics. Ya feel me? Watch for yourself – he did pretty dang good! (Minus the fact that he thinks cheerleading isn’t a sport and didn’t know where I was born.)

There’s an even more entertaining (and slightly inappropriate) part two to this video where I asked Jimmy a bunch of random questions and he had to answer with the first thing that came to his mind. That part will come soon … stay tuned.

I’m loving filming and creating videos lately! It’s a fun way to capture events and activities, share them with you, and have them to always look back at. I’d love to hear if you have any video requests for me and/or Jimmy to tackle and share!

Until next time.
Cheers!

Xo, B

The everyday happenings of a southern girl living in a big(ger) city.

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