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2 Ways to Wear Hunter Green and Olive

2 Ways to Wear Hunter Green and Olive

Tone-on-tone: Houndstooth Sweater and Pants: J Crew White Button Down Shirt: Theory Jacket: Madewell Boots: Ecco With stripes and a pop of pink: Pink Striped Shirt: J Crew (paired with floral shorts here) Belt: J Crew Jeans: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren  

November 7, 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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Green Smoothie: Super Greens, Pear, Banana, Grape

Green Smoothie: Super Greens, Pear, Banana, Grape

Ingredients: makes 1 large smoothie 1 cup seedless green grapes 1 pear, chopped 1 banana (essential to tame the bite of the arugula: I left it out once and did NOT like the result) 1  1/2 – 2 cups super greens 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey (optional) Add ingredients to blender [...]

November 3, 2014 × 4 comments

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Leopard, Denim, Gray, and Black

Leopard, Denim, Gray, and Black

Leopard Scarf: J Crew (styled with a blazer here, worn with casual layers here, and with stripes here) Denim Vest: Gap (The fit of this vest is a bit longer and leaner than my other denim vest.) Tee and Faded Black Skinny Jeans: Club Monaco Cuff: Tivi (dressed up a bit here and here) [...]

October 31, 2014 × 4 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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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 × 8 comments

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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 × 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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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