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5 on Friday: My 2015 Christmas Wish List

After an exceptionally stressful few weeks I figured I would indulge myself with this post. Here are my dream Christmas gifts to myself:

1. The Gift of Massage

I like to visit my local LaVida Massage, but I can’t tell you the last time I had a massage…maybe sometime in 2014 which is too long. I just read that a one-hour massage equates to 7-8 hours of sleep on the body. How amazing is that?! I would love to get a pre-paid package this year.


2. Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flat ($225)

I’ve been eyeing these since I broke my foot. I’ve been having a lot of foot pain lately (in the other foot surprisingly) probably because of all the walking I’ve been doing with Sport. It would be nice to take a heel break during the week, in style of course.

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3. Eminence Facials

You can read my previous post about these wonderful facials, but you definitely have to try them for yourself! I would love to get a monthly facial and really take care of my skin this year. Even one this year would be a treat!

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4. Namaste Yoga Class Pass

I haven’t been to Yoga class in forever…and I miss it. I usually walk Sport at 5:30 a.m. every morning, but the yoga studio by me has a 6 a.m. class for $6 which would be perfect for those days that it rains and he won’t go outside. I would also love to hit a class after work and de-stress.


5. Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Camera ($596.95)

You may have noticed that I have no picture game here. I really need a nice camera to take photos for the blog and get some great photos of all the fun stuff I cover. But lets be honest – its mostly to take cute pictures of Sport, haha! I like this camera because we have a similar version at work which I’m already familiar with. I also like that you can start with the basics and upgrade lenses later on.


And there you have it – my Christmas wish list. I would love to hear what’s on your wish list this year.

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5 on Friday: Road Trip Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

I was challenged by Relay Rides to participate in their Road Trip Essentials campaign and come up with my must have road trip items. Relay Rides is a really cool company. It’s a peer-to-peer  car rental service where you can rent other people’s cars instead of doing a car rental or you can make extra money on the side by renting out your car when you aren’t using it. What a great way to save or make some extra cash!

This could not have come at a better time because we are heading out to Chicago this weekend and we have a few additional road trips this summer. Here are some of my favorite road trip essentials:

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1. Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn

This is my absolute favorite snack in the world. I could eat this all day and all night. I usually try to save it for a road trip, but it is delicious!


2. Starbucks Refreshers

So John and I are terrible at road trips. We both get in the car and instantly want to fall asleep. I hope that bodes well for our future children that they will pass out in the car. Caffeine is extremely important for both of us when we are taking a road trip and my favorite is Starbucks’ refreshers. I don’t drink coffee or tea and these are the perfect beverage for me!


3. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist

When you go on a road trip you spend a lot of time in the car. I have found that Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist Deodarant is the best item to have on hand in these situations. It will keep you fresh and smelling amazing for the rest of your trip.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

4. Coach Nylon Signature Duffle Weekender Bag Tote

I got a Coach Duffle Bag in black at the Coach Outlet a few years back and I LOVE it. It is durable and perfect for road trips. I was trying to find a similar one online and stumbled across one in fuschia! I may have to invest in this one too!

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5. RocketFish Lighted Cable

During a road trip I can’t put my iPhone down, whether it’s listening to my podcasts, playing my Oregon Trail game or checking Facebook, I need my phone to last for the whole trip. I just bought this new charger cable for myself and it lights up and is awesome!



What are your favorite road trip items?

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5 on Friday: Summer Tote Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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No theme this week, but just some fun things I’ve stumbled across.

1. Michael Kors ‘Bailey’ Chronograph Bracelet Watch

I mentioned last week that our anniversary was on May 7th. Well John completely surprised me and got me this gorgeous watch! I have to get a link taken out of it, but cannot wait to wear it. I am a lucky girl!

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2. Givenchy Antigona Large Floral-Print Shopper Bag ($1145)

One of my students strolled into class with this unbelievable bag. I immediately got all of the details and decided that I had to have it. Well that was until I saw the price…definitely not in my price range. Givenchy has a number of items in this floral line that I just love!


3. Forever 21 Romantic Rose Tote ($16.80)

I tried to find a look for less for the Givenchy bag and this Forever 21 bag was the best I could do. Definitely more affordable.

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4. Michael Kors Hamilton Spray Tote ($297.99)

On my hunt for the look for less, I also stumbled across these beauties. So adorable for summer!

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5. Junk Food Star Wars Tank ($20)

In honor of May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You) I thought I would pick up something Star Wars themed. I LOVE Star Wars and this tank is perfect. Junk Food also has a variety of different shirts in case that one doesn’t strike your fancy.

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What are your favorites this week?

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5 on Friday: Anniversary Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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My husband and I are approaching our third anniversary on May 7th – can you believe it’s been three years already?! Time flies when you’re having fun! I read that William gave Kate a £4,000 Cartier watch before they left on their recent trip to Australia as an early anniversary present. While I don’t think that is in the cards, I figured I would post my own list (and hope the the hubby reads this post, lol!). The third anniversary is all about leather, so here are my favorite leather gift ideas:

1. Kate Spade Cedar Street Tote ($268)

This was on my Spring Favorites list because I LOVE the color. It would be a great bag to have this summer.

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2. Michael Kors Selma Satchel ($358)

This is my look for less from Olivia Pope’s amazing Prada bag. It looks the same and would be a great power bag.


3. Tory Burch Reva Bombe Clutch ($299)

One of our friends had this clutch and I just fell in love with it! I can’t decide if I like the black or pink version better…or maybe both! The black one is available on Amazon, but you have to search the pink one here on eBay.

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4. Sperry Angelfish Boat Shoe ($90)

I started looking for a boat shoe when I broke my foot and then decided that they would be perfect to wear around in the summer when my foot gets tired. I like the gold/linen color because I think it would go with everything.

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5. Michael Kors Sondra Sandal ($99)

These are chic and comfortable. I think I like the luggage color best, but the Mandarin ones would be perfect for Tiger’s games.

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What leather gifts would you put on your anniversary wish list?

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5 on Friday: Bridesmaid Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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This weekend kicks off wedding season for the hubby and I. We have four weddings this year and I am a bridesmaid in two of them. This weekend, my husband and I are both in the wedding. I thought it would be fun to talk about some essential things to help you make it through the season.

1. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray $30

You spray (I would say mist it) this on after all of your makeup is applied and it helps keep everything in place for up to 16 hours.

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2. Still Standing Spray ($14.99-27.99)

Being a bridesmaid means spending long hours standing in heels. Since I broke my foot last year, this has been difficult for me. It is getting better, but it’s not quite 100 percent yet. That’s why I need Still Standing Spray. It instantly cools and refreshes your tired feet for 1-4 hours to keep you going all night long.


3. YSL Touche Eclat Touch Up Pen ($41)

This seems a little pricey, but it lasts forever. This is a purse must have along with some Q-tips. Everytime you visit the ladies room run a Q-tip under your eye to catch any smudged makeup or mascara. Then touch up your eyes with the Touche Eclat Pen. This instantly brightens up your look and makes it look like you are bright-eyed and bushy tailed. This is one of my must-have items!


4. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant ($19)

I love this stuff! It smells great and stays on all day. One of those great things to keep you looking like you just got ready instead of looking like you had your makeup done at 8 a.m. and ran around taking pictures all day.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

5. Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($34)

This powder is a must have for days when you are taking lots of pictures. It keeps your face shine free and the powder actually makes you glow, which makes your pictures look awesome. I keep a mini container in my purse for touch ups.

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What are your favorite items to get you through wedding season?

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5 on Friday: Everybody Love Everybody Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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I am up late tonight writing this because I am helping to prep for a bachelorette party this weekend by making pudding and Jello shots. I didn’t really have a theme for this week, so I thought I would share some of the fun things I’ve seen in the past few weeks.

1. Brunch Because Mimosas Sweatshirt ($29)

I saw this the other day and added it to my must have list – so awesome!


2. Nike Studio Wrap Pack ($110)

I thought these would be great for Yoga, plus they are so cute!


3. Stack Wines

These are so great for a picnic, summer BBQ or an outing with the girls.

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This video explains how they work:

4. Everybody Love Everybody Shirt ($32.99)

My husband and I love Semi Pro and one of our favorite parts of the movie is when Will Ferrell turns around on the boss and yells at the team “Everybody Love Everybody!”

There are some days where we think people forget that and I think this shirt would be a great reminder:


5. Spin Chill ($29.99)

This would be a great gift for the hubby or a great housewarming present for a hot summer party. It’s a portable beer chiller that can chill your beer or wine instantly.


You can see how it works in this video:

What are your favorites this week?

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5 on Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


My hubby is going out of town for a bachelor party this weekend, so I will definitely miss celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with him. He makes the best corned beef! Here are a few of my favorite green things to celebrate with:

1. Tiffany Clover Charm ($125)

This would look great on my charm bracelet and you could also wear it as a necklace!

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2. Makeup Forever Tammy Eyelashes ($16)

I LOVE wearing fake lashes and these would be a lot of fun for St. Patty’s Day!


3. Michael Kors iPhone Cover ($38)

This is for the iPhone 5, but would probably fit the 5s too.


4. Ily Couture Lucky Necklace ($22)

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5. Nine West Caress Pumps ($59.25)

I never need an excuse to buy shoes, but I don’t have a green pair, so these would be the perfect addition to my collection.


What are your St. Patrick’s Day favorites?

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5 on Friday: Oscars Best Dressed Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


The Academy Awards were last Sunday and we saw some amazing outfits. I fell in love with a few looks and it reminded me of Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink Ralph Lauren Dress at the 1999 Academy Awards. I loved that dress and actually purchased a look for less that I wore on a cruise after graduation.

52438026This inspired me to pick my top favorite looks from Sunday’s awards and find a great look for less. Here are my top picks:

1. Lupita Nyong in Prada

This was by far my favorite dress of the evening, It is just stunning and so feminine. I found this Faviana chiffon dress with a beaded belt ($438):

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I recently stumbled across this Donna Morgan Julie Twist Gown ($230) that would also be a great match:

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2. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

I love navy and this look was sleek and elegant. This JS Collections Dress ($209) is just as sleek as Sandy’s look:

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3. Jessica Biel in Chanel

I LOVE Chanel and Tiffany so Jessica Biel was one of my favorites. This David’s Bridal Strapless Metallic Foil Ruched Dress ($149) is similar:

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4. Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

I loved the sparkle and the mermaid cut of this gown. This David’s Bridal Tulle Fit and Flare Gown with Sweetheart Neckline ($329) has a similar feel:

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5. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

This dress is a great color and I love the peplum. LM Collection has a similar dress for $278:

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What were your favorite Academy Award looks?

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5 on Friday: Academy Awards Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


I have been working extra hard lately at my day job which means late nights and not a lot of time for blogging. I hope this weekend will give me some time to catch up, but in the meantime I am enjoying keeping up with the 5 on Friday posts. It gives me something to look forward to every week.

I decided this week’s 5 on Friday would be about the Academy Awards. I used to love to host Oscar parties when I lived with my parents, but I haven’t had the chance to do one in the past few years. I was going to write this post about my favorite items from the 2014 gift bags, but I didn’t really see anything affordable that appealed to me. So I decided to create my own Detroit Duchess Academy Awards gift bags. Here are a few of glamorous things I would include in my gift bags:

First of all, I would use these fabulous Kate Spade reusable shopping bags ($16) as the actual gift bag:

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1. Deborah Mitchell Bee Venom Mask ($45.22)

This is the favorite face treatment of Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles. It’s touted as nature’s alternative to Botox and is definitely something that has been on my list for a while.

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2. Alpepi Plus ($64.99)

The gift bags usually have some sort of technology gift and I thought this mobile phone charger would be perfect. You can take this with you on a hike, at the mall, or anywhere you don’t have the ability to plug in. It works for both Apple and Android devices. The cutest part is that it’s shaped like an apple!


3. Faux Fur Keyhole Scarf ($19.99)

I don’t know why but I always think of fur scarves as so luxurious. I have wanted one for a while and you can’t beat the price on this one from The Limited.

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4. Clare Vivier Foldover Leopard Clutch ($210)

I had this on my list last summer and thought it was sold out. Imagine my surprise when I found it in one of my searches! I think this is just darling.

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5. Kate Spade Silver Street Flask ($40)

What says Oscars more than a cocktail? I was actually in the market for a nice looking flask and when I stumbled upon this one I couldn’t resist. I love the Happy Hour text on the front.


What items would go in your Oscar gift bag?

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5 on Friday: Pajama Party Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


This Friday at work we are having a pajama party/pancake breakfast. Unfortunately, I have a client meeting and can’t wear my pajamas to work. But I thought I would dedicate this 5 on Friday to looking for some new pajamas that would have been perfect for this event. Here are my favorites:

1. Cupcake Boyfriend Pajamas ($59.99)

These are adorable and would be perfect for a pajama party.

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2. Dip Dye Lounge Pants ($42)

I love the ombre look and blue is my favorite color, so these lounge pants spoke to me.

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3. Eiffel Tower Pajamas ($86.99)

I love anything French themed and these are darling. They also have them in a pink color.

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4. P.J. Salvage Wine Pajama Set ($64)

I found these in my search and hunted down every website to find a pair that was still available. What girl doesn’t need wine pajamas?


5.Gumdrop Pajamas ($93)

Who doesn’t love sweet treats before bedtime? These also have a mother/daughter version, so if you have a little one at home you two can match!



What are your favorite pajama sets?

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