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Tan, Black, and Leopard

Tan, Black, and Leopard

Blazer: Madewell (see another Blazer + Cocktail Dress combination, plus 5 other dress-pairing options, in this post) Dress: BCBG Leopard Clutch: J Crew (paired with camel, gray, and blue here) Necklace: random  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban  

 

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2 Ways to Make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

2 Ways to Make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Special to my friend Ms. S for clueing me in to the yummy goodness that is the combination of sweet potato + black beans! Below are two veggie-laden ways to make sweet potato and black bean quesadillas. Simply layer the ingredients on your choice of tortilla – I used corn [...]

 

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Westside Provisions

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Westside Provisions

I’m an ice cream girl. I prefer it over brownies, cakes, pies, and running. What I love most about Jeni’s in particular – aside from the fact that they have the friendliest, most patient staff willing to let you sample to your heart’s delight to find your faves – is [...]

 

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Tan, Black, and Leopard

Tan, Black, and Leopard

Blazer: Madewell (see another Blazer + Cocktail Dress combination, plus 5 other dress-pairing options, in this post) Dress: BCBG Leopard Clutch: J Crew (paired with camel, gray, and blue here) Necklace: random  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban  

October 24, 2014 × 1 comment

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Interior Decor Books by Darryl Carter

Interior Decor Books by Darryl Carter

When there’s a choice between new and old furniture (or even new and old houses, sometimes), I’m drawn to the solidity, detail, and character of the latter. Darryl Carter’s simple, clean, largely neutral/natural, design aesthetic projects just the right level of warmth and calm coupled with a sense of history that [...]

October 22, 2014 × 0 comments

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Westside Provisions

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Westside Provisions

I’m an ice cream girl. I prefer it over brownies, cakes, pies, and running. What I love most about Jeni’s in particular – aside from the fact that they have the friendliest, most patient staff willing to let you sample to your heart’s delight to find your faves – is [...]

October 20, 2014 × 0 comments

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Stripes and a Cropped Trench

Stripes and a Cropped Trench

Cropped Trench Coat: J Crew (layered with a cable turtleneck and white button down in this post and with way too much bright color in this one) Striped Tee: J Crew Skinny Jeans: Club Monaco Loafers: Cole Haan (worn here, there, and everywhere: with a belted peplum, with camo and a [...]

October 17, 2014 × 0 comments

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Reader Request: Joy and Sunshine Favorites

Reader Request: Joy and Sunshine Favorites

Lovely Lady Writer Ele (I “borrowed” that phrase from her… not sure if I’m giving it back, though, because I quite like it ) of the wonderful blog Inspirationele was nominated for a Liebster Blog Award — congrats and YAY! Instead of in turn posing the usual questions to her [...]

October 15, 2014 × 5 comments

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Hello, Gorgeous!

Hello, Gorgeous!

First up, some sunshiny, little luxury positivity. How CUTE is this card?! Rifle Paper Co. really has a lovely aesthetic. Now a bit of cloudy stuff… Joy and Sunshine is a personal blog, but it’s not necessarily the diary sort. Still, I would like to share quickly that in general, things [...]

October 13, 2014 × 2 comments

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2 Ways to Make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

2 Ways to Make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Special to my friend Ms. S for clueing me in to the yummy goodness that is the combination of sweet potato + black beans! Below are two veggie-laden ways to make sweet potato and black bean quesadillas. Simply layer the ingredients on your choice of tortilla – I used corn [...]

September 5, 2014 × 3 comments

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Diamond Ikat Print, Cream, and Red

Diamond Ikat Print, Cream, and Red

I love solids (1, 2, 3). Then again, I also love prints (1,2,3). Not only does this diamond ikat print* have an interesting, neutral-colored tribal feel, but from a distance, it looks like something an extra on A Different World would wear. That’s a win-win for me *I admit I [...]

September 3, 2014 × 1 comment

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Hiking at Stone Mountain Park

Hiking at Stone Mountain Park

I’ve taken the Skyride to the top of Stone Mountain before; when my BFF mentioned hiking up Stone Mountain, my first thought was, “She runs half- and full marathons for fun, so…” She assured me that I could do it. Plus, someone told me there were stairs. The lies that woman told me [...]

August 30, 2014 × 5 comments

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Three Things: Cookbooks

Three Things: Cookbooks

I’ve mentioned before that Ina Garten’s cookbooks are among my very favorites, and thanks to months of scouring Amazon, discount bookstores, Costco, and the like, I’ve almost completed my collection of the Barefoot Contessa series. Garten’s emphasis on simple, just plain GOOD food made with quality ingredients really appeals to [...]

August 26, 2014 × 0 comments

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Navy, White, Light Blue, and Polka Dots

Navy, White, Light Blue, and Polka Dots

The fact that I’m wearing navy in some form or other in practically every style post makes it pretty obvious that it’s my favorite color. (Gray is a very close second.) Dressed up or dressed down; nautical, preppy , or comfy vintage; lace, gingham, pinstripes…  Navy and I are close like this –><– I [...]

August 22, 2014 × 2 comments

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Quick Tip: Use Decorative Glasses (or Mugs) as Toothbrush Holders

Quick Tip: Use Decorative Glasses (or Mugs) as Toothbrush Holders

His/Her Glasses by Kate Spade When decorating a bathroom, the hardest things for me to find are the simple, functional items like soap dishes and toothbrush/toothpaste holders, with the latter being the most elusive. My last toothbrush container in a long line of toothbrush containers was perfectly modern and minimalist [...]

August 20, 2014 × 2 comments