Lazy Days, Funfetti Pancakes and Arena Football

Happy Monday and happy first day of Summer, friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I sure did. It was one of the first weekends in a while where Jimmy and I didn’t have any plans, we were both in town, we weren’t hosting an event or have people in town … it was truly an entire weekend of just the two of us getting to do anything that we wanted to do. Or absolutely nothing, for that matter, which we did for several hours – and it was glorious. (Which if you know anything about me, you know how rare that is!)

Friday night we strutted around in sweats, I made a grilled chicken Greek salad for dinner, then we plopped on the couch and watched 10 Cloverfield Lane while munching on popcorn and M&Ms. The movie, I wasn’t too crazy about, but the company, the snacks and the relaxation is welcome any time.
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We kicked off Saturday morning with the most beautiful pancakes I’ve ever seen – Funfetti Pancakes! Pretty much your regular homemade buttermilk pancakes, but loaded with colorful sprinkles and topped with a light glaze. Holy moly were they good! (I made the mistake of telling Jimmy I’d make blueberry pancakes every Saturday morning in my wedding vows … oops. He still prefers blueberry to these pancakes, but he enjoyed these as well. Any pancakes are better than none in his book!)

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After cleaning the house and taking a little nap, we headed out for an evening of arena football as the Jacksonville Sharks took on the Orlando Predators. I’ve talked about these games on my blog before, but it’s been about a month since we attended one. They are seriously so much fun! The fans are so hardcore, the atmosphere is exciting, and the team is really good. I also really appreciate during these hot summer months that the game is played indoors, especially on rainy days like Saturday.

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We didn’t dress for the theme, which was Halloween in June, but a ton of other fans did and it was a lot of fun seeing them enjoy it. We did make it on the Jumbotron, though! My picture came out blurry, but there we are in the bottom left of the screen. #WereKindOfABigDeal

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If you’re interested in checking out a Sharks game or are making pans for this weekend, they’re playing at home again this Saturday against the Cleveland Gladiators at 7 p.m. Tickets are super affordable – check it out!

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Sunday morning we made breakfast, finished cleaning the house, then lounged around before heading over to our friends’ house for dinner (where I made another tasty salad!).

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It was a pretty amazing low-key weekend, and I’m already looking forward to another one just like it. I hope yours was just as nice! Thanks for stopping by, have a fantastic week, and make the most out of the longest day of the year today! See you soon:).

XO,
Blakeley

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Coming atcha this week on ST&S: I’ll be highlighting a few local businesses and things to do in Jacksonville this summer, a few ideas on how you can spend your Fourth of July, a very interesting beauty look, and photos from a few recent photo shoots. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

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Disclaimer: Thank you Jacksonville Sharks for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Photos via Jax Sharks Facebook Page (taken by Mark Palczewski).

Spring Soiree: Decor, Fashion, Makeup & More | Vlog

Hi lovies! Can you believe we are already halfway through May? Time needs to slow down. But until the calendar tells me it’s officially Summer, I’m going to take full advantage of Spring, which is giving me all the feels right now. Literally. It’s been as low as 50 degrees and as high as 91 degrees here in Jacksonville, which has my wardrobe and makeup game all over the place. There’s one thing that has been consistent though, and that’s my love for colors. This Spring is all about florals and bright colors (and we can’t forget a Spring staple: pastels!), which is making the makeup artist and party planner in me oh-so very happy.

Believe me when I say: my friends and I have been fully taking advantage of this lovely time of year. We kicked off the season with a Spring Soiree at my friend Amanda’s house, and I wish we could do it every weekend!

The afternoon consisted of bright decor, floral fashion, flower crowns, tasty treats, lavender-champagne cocktails, and wonderful people. Oh! And the flower wall that I made:).
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If you haven’t seen the highlight video that I shared on my YouTube channel, feel free to watch here (and be sure to Like the video and Subscribe to my channel!):

Did I mention that my friend Stephanie made flower ice cubes by freezing fresh flowers into ice trays? She’s amazing. It was so much fun spending the day with so many wonderful people, and having an excuse to decorate and get dressed up.

I hope y’all are having a fantastic Spring, too! Enjoy it … the hot, humid summer will be here before we know it.

Cheers!
XO, Blakeley

Wardrobe & makeup details:
Blue A-Line Skirt: Forever 21 | Mock Neck CropTop: Forever 21 | Bangels: Ellie’s Sparkles (use code BLAKELEY20 for 20% off) | Nude Ankle Strap Heels: Lulu’s | Lipstick: ColourPop “Midi” | Photos with watermark taken by T. Whalen Photography

Up next : Spring makeup looks featuring ColourPop cosmetics!

 

Sharks Series: 1st Game Recap | Arena Football Q&A | This Weekend’s Game

Sound the alarm – I can add “attend an arena football game” to my list of “things I never thought I’d do!” Not because I didn’t want to, just because I really didn’t even know what it was. Monday night, I finally went to my first Jacksonville Sharks game and it’s safe to say we had an awesome time.

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I’ve heard so many people say over the past few years how much fun Sharks games were, how intense they are, and how serious some fans are about arena football, and they were right. I guess I just had no clue that arena football is actually a normal football game, just played indoors. It’s actually pretty genius if you ask me. No sweating or freezing to death, no running to seek shelter when the Florida rain strikes out of nowhere, no wondering if the game is going to get called an hour before kick-off because a hurricane is passing through. Instead, you’re in a climate-controlled venue with 360-degree shelter sitting in cushioned seats with cup holders. Plus, Jacksonville football fans can get their fix almost year-round. SCORE!
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Jimmy and I had an awesome time, and can’t wait for the next game we get to attend, especially now that I know what to expect. If you’ve never been to a Jacksonville Sharks game, here are my personal answers to a few questions I had myself.

Q: I’ve never been to an arena football game. What can I expect?
A: Well, neither had I until Monday night, and I wanted to know the same thing. There are plenty of parking options around the arena, but be prepared to pay $5-10. When you walk into the arena where the game is played, be prepared to be slightly stunned. The arena, which hosts dozens of concerts and shows, looks so much smaller and more intimate when you put a football turf down. It’s actually pretty cool.
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Q: What do I wear?

A: Anything you’d wear to a regular sporting event: comfortable and casual clothing, team colors, jerseys … you could really get away with anything. If it’s a theme night (like Monday’s game was “Redneck Night,” you can totally dress the part. Since it was my first game, I played it safe and wore Sharks colors, red and black (jeans, flip-flops, a black shirt with red tank underneath, a black hat, and {duh} red lipstick). And of course, I had to wear my matching Ellie’s Sparkles.
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Q: Is it an actual football game?
A: I wanted to know the same thing! The answer is YES. There may be slightly different rules (which I haven’t picked up on yet), but the game is played just like a regular football game, just on a shorter field. Also, the field goal is much more narrow and looks to be a little lower. I’ll do more research on this – I’m curious! Also, we thought it was strange how involved the coaches could be. They were on the field and all up in the players’ huddles throughout most of the game (the away coach drove us crazy …. stop spitting so much, dude!).
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Q: How long is the season?

A: The season runs through the summer, and the final home game is July 31st. Remaining home games are: April 23 (British Invasion night), May 21 (Military Appreciation Night, June 4 (Superhero Night, June 18 (Halloween in June), June 25 (Star Wars Night), July 23 (Christmas in July), and July 31(70’s/Disco Night). Super pumped for the Christmas game, not gonna lie.

Q: Is it kid-friendly?
A: It is! I bet kids would love this. Simply St. Augustine and her five (yes, five!) children sat in the row in front of us and they all seemed to be having a great time, as did every other kid at the game. I think it would be an awesome family outing.
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Q: Is it a good date idea, or should I go with a group of friends?

A: Both! Jimmy and I had a great time by ourselves, but decided we’d like to bring a few friends, too! Going with a small group is obviously less overwhelming and you can actually pay attention to the game, but I bet it would be a ton of fun to go with a group and really get into the competition.
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If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday, consider going to the Sharks game at 7 p.m. against the Arizona Rattlers. It’s British Invasion night, and there is a free live concert after the game by the Beatlemaniax. You can still buy a pair of season tickets for only $99, or take advantage of the Family Four Pack special for this game only (includes four tickets in the red section, four hot dogs, four Cokes and four bags of chips) for only $80! (Upgrades available for $10.)

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Oh! I’m a modern-day Snap Queen, so you if you want to see live Snaps from the game (and other randoms throughout my life), follow me on SnapChat! My username is BlakeleyA, or you can scan my Snap Code in your app.
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I look forward to seeing you at a game!  sharkstix

Disclaimer:Thank you Jacksonville Sharks for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Sharks Series: Jax Sharks Season Kick-Off and Special Offer

It’s football season! Okay, it’s not regular football season just yet, but it IS arena football season and the Jacksonville Sharks are ready to attack. I am super excited to have teamed up with the Jax Sharks for the season and be a part of all the fun!

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Truth be told I have never been to a Sharks game (or any arena football game, for that matter), but I’ve heard so many people talk about how much fun and intense these games are, so I’m super pumped to experience what all the hype is about for myself.

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The season kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. as the Sharks take on the Orlando Predators, and tonight’s theme is … wait for it … Redneck Night! Pretty sure I have a Monster Jam T-shirt and a camo hat can bust out. I knew I was hanging onto those for a reason!

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If you’ve never been to a game and want to give it a go, or have been waiting for the season to start back, tonight’s game is the perfect excuse to get out of the house and head down to the Arena. Tickets for the home opener tonight are BOGO (yes, buy one get one FREE) adult tickets for Jacksonville residents, and all kids 3-12 are free with paying adult! Or, if you plan on going to more than one game, season tickets are only $99 for a pair … that’s a no-brainer! What better way to end a Monday and kick off the week? Visit their website for ticket information.

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I’m looking forward to an exciting season of arena football, theme nights, rivalry, and supporting a local sports team, as is my hubby! Be sure to Like the Sharks on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the fun and be a part of the team. Oh, and stay tuned to my Sharks Series on the blog – I’ll be sharing game day tips, photos, and have some fun giveaways along the way! In the meantime, follow the hashtag #jaxsharks16 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what’s happening.

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And fellas, their cheerleaders are gorgeous. You know, in case you need another excuse to go watch some football.
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Time for some football. LET’S GO SHARKS!

Disclaimer:Thank you Jacksonville Sharks for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. Photos via Jax Sharks Facebook Page (taken by Mark Palczewski).

 

Crown Braid + Loose Waves | Video Tutorial

crown braidI’ve jumped on board the braid bandwagon and I’m never getting off. Mark my words. I’ve loved braids ever since I can remember, and now they are the “it” hairstyle, which makes me so very happy!

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I came across this crown braid while scrolling through my Instagram feed, so naturally I had to  watch a video on how to recreate it. After sharing a photo of my own hair on IG, several people asked me how to do and suggested I create a video tutorial. Since the video I originally watched didn’t do a very good job explaining exactly how to do it, I thought I’d try doing one myself walking beginners through the process.

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It’s actually pretty simple, it just takes some concentration and a little coordination. I have no doubt that, maybe with a little practice, you can achieve his super-cute crown braid yourself! I managed on the first try, so I believe in you.

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Don’t take my word for it – try it yourself! Hopefully my video makes it simple and easy to understand. Let me know what you think! If you recreate this look, tag me (@BlakeleyVinicky) in your photo so I can check it out and give you some love. Happy braiding!

XO,
Blakeley

Veuve Clicquot Carnaval 2016 | Girls Weekend in Miami | VLOG

You know you have some amazing girlfriends when they, without even blinking, hop in a packed car for a five-hour road trip to Miami to drink champagne. And that’s exactly what two of my girls did for an early birthday celebration. Needless to say, the weekend of February 20th was one for the record books.

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Amanda and I hit the road Friday afternoon and made our way to Orlando to pick up Sasha. After a quick car swap and packing the car to the brim (literally … there wasn’t even a tiny space for little Zoe, Sasha’s pup, except Amanda’s lap), we were finally Miami-bound. After what felt like the longest 3.5 hour ride ever, we made it to our home for the weekend: the aLoft Brickell hotel. (Excellent place to stay, FYI. Great location, fabulous staff, and trendy atmosphere. It didn’t hurt that we got upgraded to a suite, either.) We were too exhausted to go out, so we had a few cocktails in the room, ordered pizza, and the girls set up an adorable birthday spread for me. How cute??!!

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We hopped out of bed bright and early Saturday morning to get the day started. After a quick walk to Starbucks, we started getting ready. Let’s be honest … we knew this was going to be a process. Cheese and crackers, mimosas and birthday bubbles, Cake Oreos, Blakeley makeovers, Amanda hair teases, six wardrobe changes, and several hours later … we were finally ready. We headed out and Uber’d our way to Museum Park for the event of the weekend: The Veuve Clicquot Caranaval.
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This was only Veuve’s second #VCCarnaval in Miami, so we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into, what to expect, or what to wear. We just knew there would be champagne. Were heels a good idea? The event was being held in a park, after all. Do we were fancy dresses or casual sundresses? Do we take an umbrella? The sky looked a little cloudy and it was all outdoors. Turns out we could have gone either way, as there were a variety of styles and wardrobe choices. I opted for a bright pink and red floral maxi and strappy nude heels; Sasha went with a bright tropical flare mini and black strappy heels; and Amanda continued the bright streak with a neon yellow romper and sexy nude heels.
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The park was decked out in orange and vibrant colors, feathers and flashy carnival-ish decor. Interactive games, dancers, entertainment, food trucks, photo stations, and a live DJ made the park come alive. Three bars were spread throughout the space, bright orange umbrellas provided subtle shade from the Miami sun (and occasional rain sprinkles), and hundreds of well-dressed people mingled and sipped on champagne.

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The style was insane. SO MANY good-looking and well-dress ladies and gentlemen, people! So many. I just loved all the bright colors. *I would have taken more style and detail pics but my memory card decided to play me about an hour in. RUDE.* (Search #ClicquotStyle for more style inspo.)
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The brand was launching its newest champagne, Clicquot Rich, which was the focus of the event. Only Clicquot Brut was included in our ticket package, so once we killed three bottles of that we tried the Rich … and it was delicious! It’s a sweeter champagne and is suggested to be served with fresh-sliced cucumber, grapefruit, orange, or red pepper. I opted for cucumber and was not disappointed. Can’t wait to sip on it poolside this summer!
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What a day. Four hours of sipping bubbly, making new friends, and being surrounded by beautiful people in a beautiful city: what’s not to love? Our only complaints: We wish there had been more cocktail tables and seating available. It was extremely difficult to hold your bottle of champagne, your full glass and your purse while trying to take pictures and mingle, all while trying not to sink into the grass. Take our word for it.

Cheers to my girls for an awesome weekend and to Veuve for a fabulous afternoon. Can’t wait to do it again next year!
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Want to see more of the event and our weekend in Miami? Check out my vlog!

Birthday Edition: Confetti Photo Shoot and Video + 29 Random Things About Me

Hold the phone …. I’m how old?? When in the world did I have time to turn TWENTY-NINE??? Pretty sure I just celebrated by 18th birthday in downtown Savannah. And pretty sure I just turned 25. Now I’m in my late twenties? Man oh man, time sure does fly. I don’t hate birthdays like a lot of people, though, and I don’t mind aging another year. In fact, I embrace it. To me, it’s a time to be thankful to have made it another year on this earth, to reflect on the years past, and to celebrate the good things to come in the upcoming year. Everyone says your twenties are for living it up and find yourself, and your thirties are for finally having your s**t together. I’m ready for that part. But for now I will celebrate the last year of my twenties. (March 5, 1987 was 29 years ago, Mom and Dad. How does that make you feel?)

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I kicked off my birthday celebrations with a fun birthday photo shoot, complete with confetti, confetti-filled balloons, exploding champagne, tulle skirts, sequin shirts, and one very patient husband. T. Whalen Photography, a local lifestyle and portrait photographer who is semi-new to the area, invited us to a photo shoot last weekend and the photos I’ve seen so far are so much fun! (Follow Tyler in Instagram here.)
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I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures! I will be sure to share them all on the blog as well.

Now before I go celebrate with some super fabulous people in St. Augustine, I thought I’d share a 29 things about me that most of you probably don’t know. You’ll probably judge me hard after you read these, but I’m cool with that.

  1. Birthdays are my favorite holiday. It’s the one day of the year that you get to do what YOU want and not feel guilty about it. In fact, I celebrate birthdays, birthday weeks, and birthday months. We always have in my family, and I think I will probably continue it for the rest of my life:).
  2. I have a younger sister, two older half brothers, and six + 2 nieces and nephews. All have two kiddos (the oldest is 15 and the youngest is three) … except me.
  3. I can blow spit bubbles. For real … like, they fly off my tongue and land places … like my hubby’s arm, which he despises.
  4. I can’t wait to have kids and start a family, but we want to live our lives first. We may never get the chance to do some of these things again once we start a family. I don’t think it’s being selfish, I think it’s being smart. (For those of you who always ask, there is your answer.)
  5. I have never been outside of the country, except to the Bahamas and that time we walked from Detroit to Canada … which doesn’t really count. Planning Europe for my 30th, though!
  6. I moved to Jacksonville for a five-month internship in January 2009 and am still here. Whoops!
  7. Friday nights at home with my hubby, dog, a good movie and a bottle of wine is my favorite time of the week. (Though I do love a good Sunday brunch!)
  8. I went to college at Georgia Southern University and studied pubic relations. (Go Eagles!) My favorite PR professor had us all create a Twitter account and a blog as part of our class assignment, so thank you for getting me into Tweeting and blogging in 2006, Professor Nixon! (Holy cow – that’s been TEN YEARS?!)
  9. I was Little Miss Jacksonville 1995!
    Q: What’s your favorite color? A: Blue
    Q: What’s your favorite movie? A: Aladdin
    Q: Who’s your favorite character? A: The Genie.
    Q: Why? A: Because he’s blue!
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  10. I grew up in a small town in Georgia about 15 minutes from Savannah called Richmond Hill. When I moved there in 1995 there was on stop light … now there are at least eight.
  11. I made a 30 before 30 bucket list on my 27th birthday and have only completed five things (#s 2, 3 10, 11, & 12). This is going to be a busy year!
  12. I am a ridiculously fast texter. As in, people I hardly know comment on how fast my fingers move on that screen. Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, but …. it’s the truth.
  13. I am terrible at doing nothing. I literally can’t sit still, and it drives Jimmy absolutely crazy sometimes. Trust me, I wish I could. There just aren’t enough hours in the day and I hate wasting time!
  14. We had 201 people at our wedding and I can’t imagine what it would have been like if each of them hadn’t been there. Still the best day of my life.
  15. I recently started a YouTube channel! I clearly love sharing my life and things I enjoy with others, so why not do it in the form of video, too? Take a second to subscribe to my channel – it would mean the world to me!
  16. I have had this blog for six years. Dang, time flies!
  17. Jimmy is not at all the kind of person I originally thought I’d marry, and I wasn’t sure I liked him at the beginning. In fact, he asked me to be his girlfriend three times before I finally agreed! Glad I did, because now I can’t imagine my life without him. Funny how that happens.
  18. I am addicted to Starbucks. I know, it’s horrible. But a Grande Toffee Nut or Cinnamon Dolce Latte with coconut milk is my JAM.
  19. I am definitely daddy’s girl. He has the biggest heart in the world and would do anything for his family. How could I not be?
  20. My mom is my best friend. She’s always down for a good time, is my favorite shopping buddy, and is always the first person I call for advice. And goodness gracious, I hope I look like her when I have a 29-year-old!
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  21. I am super sensitive to noises, especially mouth noises. Excessive chewing, people who talk really mouthy (you know, when you can hear the spit?), and slobbery sounds make me want to SCREAM! But the strangest of all: the sound of ripping fabric makes me want to throw up. It seriously makes me nauseous.
  22. I am a freelance makeup artist and do weddings and special events with my friend Heather. Check us out on Facebook, and let me know if you ever need your makeup done!
  23. I am part Cherokee Indian (which explains why this blondie has dark brown eyes and can  actually tan!). If only I had those cheekbones …
  24. I lost 33 pounds and 21 inches the year of my wedding.
  25. I have been on two national TV shows: Bachelor Live and Randy to the Rescue. What’s next??
  26. Nashville is my favorite city that I’ve ever visited. Pretty sure I need to move there!
  27. I have relatives who were featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
  28. I’ve broken five bones: My thumb in 2nd grade while doing round-offs showing off for a boy on the playground; my wrist; my ankle by landing a toe-touch back-handspring wrong senior year of high school; my nose by getting elbowed in the face during a cheerleading stunt – also my senior year of high school; and my toe. FYI: Crutches suck, don’t ever go to the beach and put your foot in the hot Georgia sand the day you get your cast off (your foot WILL blister), and don’t ever think about a nose job. The pain and healing process isn’t worth it.
  29. My favorite thing to drink is champagne. It says “I’m classy, but I’m here for a good time.” Okay fine … or vodka. Let’s get to celebrating!

The end! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, thank you for being a part of my life, and thank you for making me the happiest girl in the world. I love each and every one of you!

Happy birthday to all my fellow March birthday babes out there. I hope your day is full of champagne, confetti, and cake for breakfast! (Okay, fine … I hope everyone’s day is full of that!)
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Cheers,
Blakeley

Bachelor and Bubbly Party | Bachelor Live TV Debut + Video

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Every now and then you have to spice up a Monday. You know what I mean? The Bachelor usually helps with that when it’s in season, but we decided to take it to the next level. A few Mondays ago, a few friends and I threw the most epic Bachelor viewing party in all of viewing parties: A Bachelor and Bubbly party.
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My friend Stephanie was kind enough to host at her place, so three of us took it over to create the ultimate champagne-tasting & sweet treat-eating Bachelor Monday ever. We asked each girl to bring a bottle of champagne and we did the rest. We’re talking glitzy decor, custom shirts, homemade snacks, glittery truffles flown in from Missouri, red roses for every girl, a photo booth, and yes, even a red carpet.
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To make it even more exciting, I emailed The Bachelor Live, the show that airs immediately after The Bachelor, about Skyping in live with the host, Chris Harrison, and the Bachelor himself Ben Higgins. We didn’t know until a few hours before the show started whether or not we were actually going to make it onto the show, but we all showed up in red lipstick and champagne shirts just in case. Fortunately we did make it on the show, even though we didn’t stop yelling long enough to actually have a conversation with the guys. (And to think we spend literally HOURS trying to think of the perfect question to ask Ben. At least we made him smile!)
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The evening was full of laughter, pictures, and yes, TONS of champagne, and was probably the best Monday night I’ve ever had. If you want to see for yourself, here’s my video recap of the night!

And if you want more humor … After contacting The Bachelor Live about being a part of the show, I was asked to submit a brief video introducing myself. Of course I couldn’t do this alone, so I asked my Bachelor buddies to join me. This is what we submitted:

Thanks to the lovely ladies who joined us! Let’s do it again:).
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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!
Superleggero Champagne Wine Glass | Riedel |
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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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