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Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Despite the facts that I have exactly zero desire to sleep outdoors and my hiking experience is purposefully limited to very established, well-populated trails, I was completely engrossed in Wild, Cheryl’s Strayed’s account of her solo trek through California and Oregon on the Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed writes in raw, honest, [...]

December 11, 2014 × 0 comments

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Three Things: Orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Three Things: Orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

These gorgeous pink, white, and striated orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden reminded me of an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work that I saw at the High Museum of Art several years ago. (They also reminded me that I have books about both orchids and Georgia O’Keeffe in my studio/home [...]

November 20, 2014 × 0 comments

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Book: The Compound Effect

Book: The Compound Effect

I just finished reading The Compound Effect, and it was exactly the straight-up-no-chaser, real talk type of informational book I needed to kickstart and maintain some sustained, positive changes in my life. The simple premise of the book is that small, seemingly negligible choices made consistently over time will create [...]

November 5, 2014 × 5 comments

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Little Luxuries: Plaid Sunglass Case

Little Luxuries: Plaid Sunglass Case

To me, Little Luxuries are those small things that don’t cost a fortune – or anything! – but that never fail to bring a bit more shiny, happy Joy and Sunshine to my day I don’t have a ton of sunglasses, but the few classic ones I do have were strewn all [...]

October 29, 2014 × 2 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 × 6 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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Links and Pretty, Happy Things (8/7)

Links and Pretty, Happy Things (8/7)

Do you ever have things you love or love to do that you just let languish for some reason(s) or other(s)? Well, these loafers and this blog for the past couple of weeks- sorry about that – are two prime examples. I adore the fact that these pennies are the [...]

August 7, 2014 × 2 comments

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Reader Request: Natural Bubble Bath

Reader Request: Natural Bubble Bath

Reader Request: I know bubble baths are not usually recommended for women, but sometimes a girl needs her bubbles after a long, stressful day! Do you know of any nonirritating bubble baths? Image from California Baby website Thank you SO much for your question! This question is a tough-y because [...]

July 7, 2014 × 1 comment

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Links & Pretty, Happy Things (6/28)

Links & Pretty, Happy Things (6/28)

Low, Low Tide at Sea Island (Yes, I’m STILL feeling beach-y…) I cannot begin to express how much I really, really want this bike basket. The beach cruiser and beach house to go with it would be nice, too. Possibly the most striking – in a good way! – wide [...]

June 28, 2014 × 0 comments

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In a Beach-y State of Mind

In a Beach-y State of Mind

Blue Mirrored Aviators by Ray-Ban  Let me set the scene. The beach is my happy place. Looking at the horizon, smelling the salty air, and hearing the waves crash on shore instantly relax me and bring clarity and proper perspective to any issues on my mind. Ordinarily, I would have been to [...]

June 14, 2014 × 0 comments

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Little Luxuries: Nautical Cup & Saucer

Little Luxuries: Nautical Cup & Saucer

This cup and saucer, a very thoughtful gift from my Secret Santa , is seriously giving my favorite tea cups a run for their money. I love the shades of blue and all the nautical details! See the subtle anchor near the handle? Love! The sailboat inside the cup is [...]

June 4, 2014 × 2 comments

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Links & Pretty, Happy Things (5/31)

Links & Pretty, Happy Things (5/31)

Pink Flowers at Zoo Atlanta Perfectly preppy seersucker cloth napkins: DIY and ready made The exaggerated denim cuff? This is coming from the same girl who didn’t think she’d ever wear a tied button down and who used to lobby to get crop pants removed from stores everywhere. Still, I can say with at least some certainty that I really don’t [...]

May 31, 2014 × 2 comments