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Shopbop’s end of the season sale is here and you have early access! Get 20% off all orders under $500 and 25% off all orders over $500. Simply enter code EVENT18 during check out. Make sure you get to their site soon, items usually sell out fast.

Chevron Tote //  Mini Clutch
Quay Sunglasses  // Evil Eye Earrings // Sculpture Ring Set //  Wishbone Necklace 
Eyelet Blouse // Embroidered Dress
Palma Braided Slides //  Braided Pool Slides // Halle Slides // Leopard Mules


  • When: April 10th, 2018 – April 14th, 2018 (East Dane ends April 15th)

  • What: 20% Off Orders Under $500, 25% Off Orders of $500 or More

  • Use Code: EVENT18 during checkout


Check It Out: Minted Art

Disclosure This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve turned to Minted Art to help me select unique prints from artists worldwide. Minted works with independent artists to bring consumers one of a kind art from around the globe. They also give you the option of personalizing prints as well as the ability to customize them by selecting from different color palettes and a variety of high end  quality frames.

I have ordered Minted Art prints for several rooms in my home but my favorite print is their Custom Foil Filled Map that’s part of my gallery wall. This map features a view of were we live (my address has been edited out  for privacy), you can even see our church and preschool Jack attended, Dylan currently attends and Lucia will start going to this summer. Creating a map is super easy, simply provide the desired address and Minted will automatically show you a map to preview then just select the area you would like displayed, and they’ll create a custom art print for you. You can personalize your print even further by selecting a foil color, frame and matting option.

Whether you are looking for a new piece of art for your home or you are in need of a one of a kind gift for a special someone, Minted can help you find and create the perfect art prints. From fine art, children’s art, custom art and even commissions, there is something special for everyone. If Minted has been your go to site for holiday cards and stationary, it’s time to take a look at their ever expanding art print collection. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Minted is the world’s premier marketplace for independent design. Their mission is to find exceptional artists and designers from all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design. Minted sources design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sells their best designs as fine products such as stationery, wall art, and décor for the home, holidays, and occasions. Minted Art launched in May 2012 with the same ideology in mind — a carefully curated selection of limited-edition art prints created by a global community of artists.


It might only be April but here in Georgia it’s already feeling like summer. With highs in the mid 80’s, this warm weather is making me dream of some upcoming trips to the beach. This month’s round-up includes some summer must haves — comfy sandals, oversized water (or booze?) bottle and some makeup and skin care and huge bag to carry everything!

Happy shopping!


Skin Tightening Technologies and Costs

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Contrary to popular belief, skin tightening is not a single procedure performed in a skincare clinic. It is actually a family of procedures. Therefore, if you want to treat sagging or wrinkled skin, you have to figure out which member of that family appeals to you and will yield the best results. You must also factor in both the short-term and long-term costs of each. For example, both radio frequency and various laser procedures can be used for skin tightening. Below is a brief overview of some of the most popular skin tightening methods and the things that determine their costs, as well as a brief overview of how skin tightening works.

The Common Threads Between Skin Tightening Procedures
Other than surgery, most types of skin tightening methods rely on cellular stimulation. That stimulation can come in the form of sound waves, special light frequencies, heat, or some combination of those techniques. But all of those techniques are designed with the same goal in mind. The goal is to encourage collagen to work more effectively. Collagen is a binding substance that helps to hold skin cells close to each other. Some skin tightening methods make existing collagen pull together, some cause more collagen to be produced inside the body, and some do both.

Lasers Are Common Skin Tightening Techniques
Among the most common forms of skin tightening procedures done in skincare clinics are laser treatments. However, not all lasers have the same designs. Skincare clinicians have used cosmetic-lasers with and without infrared technology for several years to treat wrinkles and sagging skin. Laser treatments also vary in strength and intensity. Therefore, your laser treatment must be tailored to the level of skin tightening you require.

Radio Frequency Treatments for Skin Tightening Can Also be Used
Radio frequency procedures are also popular ways you can reverse skin sagging. However, they tend to be milder treatments and less capable of reversing prominent wrinkles. You may prefer to have a more effective laser treatment, but it’s possible that you could be deemed at risk for side effects from it, such as burns and blisters. If so, radio frequency treatment presents a similar but potentially safer option for you.

Factors That Determine Skin Tightening Costs
There are many factors that can influence skin tightening costs. For example, if the clinician you go to has a well-established reputation and a variety of credentials he or she may charge more. The number and quality of the skin wrinkles and sags you want to treat will also make a difference in the procedure pricing. The age of the machinery can also make a difference. Clinics offering this year’s models may charge extra for their services.

The Total Cost of Skin Tightening Treatments
In general, you can expect to spend at least $1,000 on a skin tightening treatment and require at least two treatments. Depending on your age, the condition of your skin, and the part of the body you need to have treated you may need more. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to have six or more treatments, Therefore, you must carefully consider the financial aspects of skin tightening before deciding whether to have it done.

Other Skin Tightening Consideration to Think About
If you are worried about the skin tightening procedure itself, do not be. Regardless of whether you have radio frequency or laser treatment your technician will keep you comfortable throughout the process. Both types of procedure area also quite safe and fast. Often you can complete a single appointment in less than one hour. Therefore, your schedule will not be disrupted too much.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



Better late than never, right? It’s already March 21 and I haven’t shared this month’s WISH LIST. Oops! Lots of great items this month and a few are on super sale. My favorite bargain buy this month? $5 t-shirts! Lots of colors and styles to select from but hurry, sale ends in only 3 days.

Happy shopping!