Posts in Joie de Vivre
What to Expect at Your First Mammogram/ Sam’s Personal Story

Today is NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY and I wanted to share a personal story with you all…

National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. A mammogram can often detect a problem before there is any outward physical sign. Make sure you get your regular checkups.

The story of my mammogram…

Let me start off by saying, breast cancer does not run in my family.

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5 Reasons Why I Left Great Lengths And Came Back To PerfecTress® Hair Extensions

For the majority of my life I have always had long hair but have also always worn hair extensions! And it’s no secret! But if you are a new reader, let me bring you in on a little secret of mine: I wear extensions more often than not! While I wish that my hair could grow five inches overnight, I’ve come to terms with the fact that extensions are the only way to make this dream a reality. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing my hair natural too, well okay, I am totally fibbing…I hate my natural hair. I’m lacking in volume and length so I make up for it with my hair extensions. You can search hair extensions on my blog and have a whole weekend’s worth of reading material. Two years ago I made a big decision to leave the brand of extensions I had been wearing for a long time for Great Lengths hair extensions and while I was very happy with how they looked, I was not happy with a lot of things about them! (The major thing being the price and the longevity of them)

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Ten Must Have Items From An Affair Of A Heart Tulsa

One week ago today I launched my holiday gift guide with my top ten gift items I was most excited about from the upcoming An Affair of a Heart show in Tulsa! If you missed that post find it here. It’s such a beautiful curated selection of one-of-a-kind gifts just in time for the holidays to fit anyone’s taste and budgets!

It’s getting closer and closer to the shopping event of the year where we will all explore miles of aisles of beautiful items to purchase for ourselves and loved ones! Attendees will have the chance to browse—and purchase—everything from clothing to artwork, ceramics, gourmet edibles, bags, apothecary, and more. And as promised I want to show you my top ten picks in my natural environment! I truly adore every single one of these pieces and just cannot wait for you to meet the vendors behind them! And I cannot wait to jumpstart the Thanksgiving holiday with my friends and family at An Affair of The Heart-the funnest curated shopping event in Middle America.

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Overnight Favorites

My favorite parts of my skincare and bedtime routine occur in the evening. There's nothing more satisfying than giving your skin and mind all the love and TLC it needs after a stressful day. The night is also the time where your skin repairs itself, so it makes sense to give it as much help as it needs to achieve maximum results. Below are some of my tried and tested gems that I really recommend for some overnight magic—some for the skin-some for the mind.

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Facial And Skin Obsessed

One thing I do know is that I would really love for my skin to look like I was just born. Which means: facials every month!!!

Think of professional facials as a monthly ‘spring cleaning’ for your skin. While daily cleansing, weekly exfoliating and skin care are essential, it’s the professional facials that will thoroughly clean your skin and revitalise it incomparably.

Although results from facials are usually seen instantly after a single facial, the benefits of committing to regular facials are cumulative – and here are 4 reasons why you need monthly facials:

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Smells Like Fall

In celebration of the launch of Skylar's first forest-inspired scent, 100% of today's proceeds will be donated to the National Forest Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on restoring and supporting our National Forests.

Welcome to everyday serenity. The ultimate earthy enchantment. Just like the tree, this scent exudes balance, growth and harmony. Inspired by the sound of wind blowing through the trees, finding a waterfall through the woods, and grounding yourself in nature - this elevated scent will give you the peace only connecting with the Earth can offer. Enjoy this forest-inspired, woodsy, lush and elevated scent and experience everyday serenity with one spritz. Time to go back to your roots, love.


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Friday Five//The Summer Edition

It's Friday so you know what that means....it's time for another Friday Five round up! I have so neglected this series (catch up on older Friday Five's here) and I promise to stay more on-top of it! It has always gotten a great response and is such a great way for me to recap the things I am sharing on my Instagram that you may have missed. 

My beauty bag has been inundated with new beauty products to try – from new to me skin care products, cosmetics, and some fabulous haircare items.  All of the gems featured here have been personally reviewed by me for weeks and I have a feeling you are really going to love them.

I feel like it's pretty much impossible to have a good hair day in the summer and forget makeup as it just drips off my oily skin by noon in these three digit temps. So I really rely on finding the best products to keep me looking somewhat decent out there! (and hydrated) So here are my five for this week's summer edition. 

First thing's first....beauty starts from the inside...and hydration is so important.

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Beauty Review: NIU BODY

As a certified beauty junkie, I love discovering new brands. And trying to make everything in my life "greener" I especially love discovering green goodness brands. 

And if the brand can deliver results --well I'm drawn in by anything that can get my skin looking it's very best because to me good skin starts with good skincare - and the less make-up the better in my books!

NIU BODY

NIU BODY was founded in March of 2017 by Laura Burget and Connie Lo after being frustrated with the natural beauty products available on the market. Options were limited to either pseudo-natural products which weren't effective or high-end brands which cost a fortune. NIU BODY aspires to be a truly natural, approachable brand, at affordable prices so all babes can enjoy everything green beauty has to offer. 

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The One Perfect Fragrance To Spritz This Summer: Skylar Body Capri

Well everyone meet the lovely new CAPRI (dreamt up by our own Skylar customer, Dallas Daws Welch, and voted on by our Skylar gals-with thousands of votes)--Inspired by the carefree moments on sweet summer days in the Mediterranean ☀️ 🌊 🐟 And it's love at first smell for me! Loving this citrus escape so much. 🍊I’ve always fantasized about living near the ocean, and this scent always transports me to a glamorous beachside locale having the most intimate summer sabbatical. 

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Affordable Modern Lighting From Gantri: Meet Zeppelin

If you have followed me for a while now you are familiar with Gantri. They are forward-thinking, design-obsessed innovators who are committed to creating original modern designs that are inspired, well made and affordable. They partner with talented established and emerging designers from around the world and help bring their unique visions to life and directly into your home. 

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Self-Care Weekend Featuring Osea Bath + Body

Anyhow I decided to do some things for me yesterday as I gave myself a mental self care day! And plan to keep the lovely self care going all weekend.  I guess you could say this is going to be the weekend of me! As women, and especially as mothers, we always tend to put everyone's needs above our own. I have learned over the years that by taking care of myself and doing things that make me feel good I am a better girlfriend, mother and friend.  You cannot constantly run on empty. It's simply a recipe for disaster. The saying that you can not love someone if you don't love yourself is so true. Self love, self happiness-it matters. So from now on let's make an intention to put ourselves first every once and a while and NOT feel guilty about it. 

Really hope you try some of these feel-good things!


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The Goddess Of Lady-Like (Channeling Natalie Wood)...My New Favorite Fragrance

When us goddesses spend so much on makeup, hair products, and clothes, it can sometimes be hard to spend a little more on a good perfume. After all, it’s not something you can see like a bold gloss, a fabulous new handbag or a new dress. But that’s the beauty of perfume. It’s invisible but it can make or break an image. I’m sure we all have a mother, aunt, grandma, or even a bestie in our lives who has a signature scent. You associate that smell with her, and it says so much. Maybe love, or caring. Maybe power and boldness. To me, Natalie Fragrance says CONFIDENT WOMAN-and embodies everything lady-like. This fresh, sparkling floral scent opens with an alluring combination of freesia, neroli, bigarde zest and rose oil.

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Choosing The Perfect Art For Your Home Featuring Orth Contemporary And Tara Thacker

Choosing the right piece of art to complement your space can be one of the most challenging things in decorating. Unless you’re an art curator, gallery owner, or artist, chances are that buying art does not come very naturally to you. How do I choose? When do I invest? How do I educate myself? Should I go for black-and-white abstract art or colorful photography?

So I am going to share our story with you and we really hope it helps!

 On a recent visit to Orth Gallery in Kendall-Whittier a few months ago, I stumbled in and fell in love with TaraThacker's  sculptures

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