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Weekly Top Ten: June 20 - 24, 2016

June 24, 2016

 

   

Happy Friday! We're loving these ten things this week and think that you will too! :) 

1) Pineapple String Lights: Our friends over at Waiting on Martha sent us these a few weeks back, and we just adore them! They're perfect for party decor, kids playrooms, or for some extra outdoor lighting at a backyard event! 

2) TaylorMade Life: Our friend Taylor (who is one of the sweetest, most incredible women ever!) launched her brand new blog this week and is sharing about her battle with severe endometriosis. After facing many scary health issues, she and her husband are pursuing infertility treatments and launched an amazing fundraiser to help cover the costs. You can read more about their journey on her blog, or purchase a necklace to help support them on The Lemondime's Facebook page

3) Our New Personalized Shop: Did you hear the big news? Personalized products, including our well-loved Great Day Plates, are now available on our website! Hooray! 

4) Primrose Earrings: These colorful earrings from Accessory Concierge are on sale for only $12! They're the perfect size and will match with just about any outfit this summer. 

5) Shay's July 4th Recipes: Shay, over at Mix and Match Mama, posted a bunch of her favorite festive recipes for Independence Day. We're drooling over her Red, White, and Blueberry Coconut Parfaits

6) Beach Sheets from Beach Road Designs: We absolutely love these beach sheets, and the company that makes them! They're large, lightweight, sand resistant, and machine washable. LOVE these! 

7) @letteredlife on Instagram: Are you following along with Caitlin Bristow on Instagram? We love her colorful feed and gorgeous lettering! 

8) Short Sleeve Chambray Dress: How cute is this little chambray dress!? It's nearly 50% off this week and comes with a free monogram on the sleeve. If you're looking to splurge on a classic summer dress, you can't go wrong with this one! 

9) Stone Fringe Pendant Necklace: This necklace is under $12 with free shipping (and free returns!). You can't beat this deal! 

10) Our June Playlist: Don't miss out on our June playlist! Hop on over to Spotify to hear what we've been playing in the office all month long. 

  

The Emily Ley Personalized Shop!

June 22, 2016

  

  

HOORAY! Many of you who have followed our journey from a guest room born hobby to the brand we are today may remember that between 2008-2011 we offered personalized  iPhone cases, stationery and Great Day Plates®. Well, we are thrilled to have partnered with The Boatman Group to bring some of those great products you loved BACK!

   

This means that the Great Day Plates® you all know and love will now be available year 'round in our new personalized shop, along with tumblers, iPhone cases, and memo cubes! This collection features our signature patterns, along with some new designs and lots of MONOGRAMS! YAY! You can browse the entire collection here. We've been working so hard on each and every one of these pieces and just love how they turned out. We can't wait for these new products to make their way into your hands! 

Simplicity Series: Randi Smith

June 20, 2016

   

   

Hi, my name is Randi and I love creating confections that are both delicious and gorgeous!  I’m the owner and cake designer behind Sugar Euphoria, a bakery and cake design studio located in Raleigh, NC where we create confections for all of life’s special moments.  I’m married to my college sweetheart, Jeffery, and we recently welcomed home our daughter, Finley Alese.

Born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas, I now live in a Raleigh, NC  and have deemed my self a hybrid island/country girl. I'm a disciple of Jesus, a lover of sweet tea, and an aspiring yogi.  I've recently become obsessed with lipstick, I love everything metallic, and have a ton of chambray blouses in my closet.  One of my dreams is to travel the world, although my happy place is on a beach with a minty drink in hand. Oh, and I'm a Tar Heel through and through.

      
How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?
Get a good night’s rest!  It’s been really difficult lately, as our family of two just became a family of three with the birth of our daughter Finley.  However, I really try to get at least 7 hours a night.  That way I feel refreshed in the morning and I can be my best self for my family, employees, and customers. 

 
What’s your favorite beauty secret?
I’m sure it’s not really a secret, but I drink lots of water and only use Dove soap and Aveeno lotion.  I have super sensitive skin and I find that being consistent with the products I use really helps.  Also, making sure that my eyebrows are groomed makes me feel like superwoman!

       
What’s your favorite go-to outfit for a quick polished look?
Most days I’m in yoga pants, Crocs, and my Sugar Euphoria tee, so when it comes to looking more put together, jeans (I’m really loving the ‘boyfriend’ look), a simple t-shirt and a cute and colorful scarf is my go-to.  I also love statement jewelry pieces, like large earrings or necklaces.  I have really big hair, so I find that smaller, more delicate pieces of jewelry get lost under all of it.  In terms of make-up, my look usually consists of a bright lipstick, eyeliner, and full brows. 
     
What’s your favorite quick-prep dinner for your family?
Curry chicken,cole slaw and jasmine rice.  It was one my mom’s go-to meals when I was growing up and reminds me of home.  For the curry chicken, you just dump everything in the pot at once and let it simmer for a while – super easy. Plus, it makes for really delicious left-overs! 
    
Tell us your favorite Instagram account to follow and why?
Whoa!  This is a tough one!  I follow so many beautiful and inspiring accounts, but I’m really loving The Little Big Company's Instagram feed. They style really unique, fun, and beautiful dessert tables in Australia.  We’ve teamed up with Suite Paper to launch a party & dessert styling service, so it’s really cool to see all of the amazing things that people are doing in that field.
    
What tradition or routine is important to you?
Going to church on Sunday morning and then over to my in-laws’ house for Sunday dinner.  The fellowship at church,  the sermon, the time spent with my family, all of these things make me so joyful and energized for the week ahead. 
  
What’s in your purse? 
A ton of washi tape (I think I have about 10 different colors) for my Simplified Planner, hand sanitizer, my wallet, chapstick, and cell phone, Oh, and an insane amount of edible glitter from a recent photo shoot. 
    
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere!  When designing cakes that are on-trend, I find inspiration from articles of clothing, or a pattern from an envelop liner that I’ve come across, even from a floral arrangement and that’s what makes cake designing so much fun!   Also, I pull a lot of inspiration related to flavor profiles from the Caribbean and other places I’ve visited.  
    
We know you’re busy. How do you balance all of your work responsibilities with your home and personal life? Any tips for our readers?
I had no idea how hard it would be to balance baking and running  a brick and mortar shop with my home and personal life once Finley was born.  I thought I could just walk in to bakery, put her down and jump right into baking, then go home to cook, clean, and spend time with my husband, but that hasn’t been the case at all!  Slowly, but surely I’m getting into a routine at work and at home.  I’m learning to give myself grace when things don’t do exactly as planned and I think that is so crucial to juggling it all.  I would also say to be selfish with your time.  It is OK to tell people that you just can’t do something if it is going to conflict with the things you’ve made a priority.
    
What’s your favorite app for helping you do life? 

Honey book has really helped me get my life together!  I love that I can store all of the weddings, events, and orders in one place.  Plus, which the Google Calendar integration I can add personal calendars to Honeybook. Now I have all of my appointments and activities in three different places – Honeybook, my Simplified Planner, and Google Calendar. It helps to make life a lot less chaotic.  

   
Follow along with Randi: 

Website: www.sugareuphoria.com
Instagram: @sugareuphoria 
Twitter: @sugareuphoria 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SugarEuphoria
Pinterest: @sugareuphoria

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