Happy Things

It’s been a wonderful week to say the least! I got the most beautiful write-up on Cuisineist.com about Gourmet Beauty that left me glowing (check out the interview here!) and a natural cosmetics company called Charleston Naturally generously sent me … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday lovely readers! I hope you all had a wonderful week. A few highlights of my week not pictured below: I finally ate at Thai Vegan with my dad for the first time (seriously amazing food), Gourmet Beauty got … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy Friday lovelies!  Here are the highlights of my birthday week in pictures!  Highlights that aren’t pictured:  Spending a lot of time with my wonderful family, the new Nikon camera my dad gave me for my blog and seeing my friend … Continue reading

And the winner of the Lux Divine Turquoise Cuff is…..

Lux Divine has chosen the winner of the gorgeous, handmade turquoise cuff!  And the lucky lady is…Rachel W.

  Thank you to everyone who entered and who reads Gourmet Beauty!  I appreciate each of you.  Lux Divine Jewelry is offering everyone 15% off all regularly priced pieces to show how much they appreciate your support as well!  Check out their Etsy shop here and enter the code “ARANTHA15” to get your 15% off any items that aren’t on sale!

I’m off to Jacksonville, Florida today to see one of my absolute best friends, Niki!  We’ve been friends since we were teenagers and she moved away several years ago.  I try to visit a couple times a year and I cannot wait to see her and her gorgeous children!  Here’s a little collage of Niki and me from over the years.  🙂

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Happy Things

It’s Friday! I cannot wait to veg out tonight and then spend Saturday with my friend Paula for her birthday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Have you entered my giveaway yet for a Lux Divine handmade turquoise cuff? The giveaway runs through Tuesday so don’t miss out. I’m totally obsessed with mine and I think you need one too! Here are a few things that brought me happiness this week in pictures:

20120809-145258.jpg{These two. My favorite boys absolutely adore each other and share adorable moments like this all the time.}

20120809-145310.jpg{After seeing this dress featured on Poor Little It Girl, I just had to have it. Luckily Gap was giving 30% off all full-priced items that day. Score!}

20120809-145317.jpg{I found this mirror buried in the back of a closet this week and decided it would make the perfect glamorous necklace holder for our master bath. I got this at TJ Maxx a few years ago for $20.}

20120809-145341.jpg{A large group of us went to the Gavin Degraw and Colbie Caillat concert at the zoo this week. Between awesome company, delicious food and fantastic music it was a really great night.}

20120809-145349.jpg{Found this picture of my Pi Phi sorority sisters and me on our 2006 Vegas trip. Our feet were blistered and literally bleeding (I seriously still have a scar on my foot from the deepest blister!) from a long night of dancing the night away in cheap heels so we made a foot bath and ended up playing around in here for quite a while. Such a wonderful trip, Love you girls!}

What brought you happiness this week?

Giveaway!! Turquoise Cuff from Lux Divine Jewelry

I’ve fallen head over heels for Lux Divine Jewelry. These handmade, earthy pieces are glamorous and bohemian all at once. You can pair them with a preppy blazer or a hippie maxi dress and look stunning either way. Lux Divine has been generous enough to give one lucky Gourmet Beauty reader a handmade turquoise cuff! I won one myself on their Facebook giveaway and wear it every day. It literally goes with everything! Here’s the cuff I have:

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Here are pictures of the actual cuff that one of you lucky readers will win!

This cuff can be worn on its own or stacked. Here’s how Lux Divine styles these cuffs (and a glimpse at their other handmade goodies!)

These cuffs are valued at $45 each and can be purchased directly here if you need one in your life right now! 🙂

Below are the entry rules & guidelines. The contest will run from today through 5 pm Mountain Time on Tuesday 8/14/12. Lux Divine will select the winner based on the below guidelines and I will announce the winner on Wednesday 8/15! Good luck and thank you for reading Gourmet Beauty!

Giveaway Rules & Guidelines:

In order to enter the giveaway you must do EACH of the following:

  • Like Gourmet Beauty on Facebook here
  • Like Lux Divine on Facebook here

**IF you don’t have a Facebook you can enter by doing the following:

  • Sign up to follow my blog via email AND join Etsy and add Lux Divine as a favorites here
  • Comment on this post with the following information:

1) Confirm you have liked both Gourmet Beauty & Lux Divine Jewelry on Facebook OR that you don’t have Facebook so you followed the alternate instructions

2) Tell us why you would like to win this cuff

3) sign your first name to your comment and your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Happy Things

Happy Friday lovelies! I’m looking forward to a weekend of Olympics, reading and hanging out with good friends. Here a few highlights from this past weekend and this week in pictures!

20120802-135107.jpg{Saturday day was spent with my good friend Megan getting manicures for her birthday and sipping on pink champagne! Megan is on the left wearing Essie Nice is Nice and I’m sporting Essie Lapis of Luxury.}

20120802-135118.jpg{Saturday night we had a double date with friends and saw Savages. Loved it! It was nearly as good as the book! I was excited to wear my new Forever21 dress that I got during their BOGO sale, which ends on Sunday. It cost me $12 and the bright blazer adds a touch of polish to a casual summer dress.}

20120802-135130.jpg{Sunday we had dinner with some family and got to see the adorable twins Finn & Oliver. Love these little guys!}

20120802-135139.jpg{I kept things natural and sheer this week with Essie Mademoiselle, one of most award-winning nail polish shades of all time.}

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{My nightly skincare routine gets a dose of excitement with Lush Bubblegum lip scrub. Seriously hooked on this stuff. It preps my lips for all the lipstick I wear during the day.}

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{Dresses are the way to go during this heat, ugh. Loving my Gap dress I got on sale and my Lux Divine cuff and necklace (similar necklace here). Stay tuned for a Lux Divine giveaway on my blog this month!}

20120802-135303.jpg{I had lunch at my mom’s house this week and got to visit with her horses. This is Star.}

20120802-135556.jpg{Fresh flowers instantly add life and charm to a home. These yellow tulips from Trader Joe’s have really brightened my week.}

{We redecorated the master bath this week! I don’t have a before picture to show you but picture a gold shower curtain and pink towels…sick. We just used what we both had previously when we moved in together and it was a heinous mix that we’ve always been too lazy to change. The new bathroom decor makes it feel bigger and brighter. Shower curtain from Target.}

What made you happy this week?

Happy Things

Happy happy Friday! I have a lot of happy things documented this week! Here are the highlights of my week in pictures:

20120726-165221.jpg{I saw this glitter gradient manicure on Pinterest and had to try it myself! I used Essie Limo-Scene with Essie Set in Stones. I followed this tutorial}

20120726-165233.jpg{Fresh mint water was the perfect evening refresher. You can buy the infusion pitcher here}

20120726-165244.jpg{Bo was in dire need of a bath and a hair cut. Nothing like a clean, soft, groomed pup! Thanks Renee!}

20120726-165259.jpg{I switched my nails up a lot this week! I reversed the glitter for this manicure and used Essie Ballet Slippers with Martha Stewart glitter in Sugar Cube}

20120726-165309.jpg{I’m officially hooked on Lux Divine Jewelry and am so in love with these agate handmade necklaces I ordered for my mom and me}

20120726-165325.jpg{We have had afternoon rainstorms nearly every day this week. Absolutely love gloomy, stormy weather}

20120726-165337.jpg{I made a casual maxi dress from Forever21 work appropriate with a Loft cardigan and skinny belt. Similar dress here. Yes, I’m obsessed with stripes}

20120726-165402.jpg{Lunch break pedicures are the best! This is Essie Mint Candy Apple}

20120726-165413.jpg{I’ve been too lazy to cook dinner this week so I’ve been living off of arugula salads and white wine water. Recipe for my arugula salad here}

20120726-165440.jpg{Bo has been so snuggly in the mornings! It’s hard to leave him}

20120726-165449.jpg{After reading that the gorgeous Bachelorette Emily Maynard wears Essie Fiji I pulled out my bottle and applied it right away. Such a pretty, opaque whitish pink. Reminds me of a strawberry milkshake. Click here to find out the rest of Emily’s beauty must-haves}

20120726-165459.jpg{The absolute highlight of my week was when Emily Maynard saw my Essie Fiji manicure picture on Instagram and LIKED it! And then I proceeded to get 46 new Instragram followers in a matter of minutes.}

What made you happy this week?

Happy Things

Happy Friday!  My friend Shay is coming in town this weekend to celebrate her birthday so I’m ecstatic to spend the weekend with her!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend as well.  Here are a few things that brightened up my week:

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{I started the week off bold with OPI Red polish.  Such a pretty, classic red.}

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{Cooking in my new Anthropologie apron that was on sale!}

20120712-114449.jpg{Having a clean Bo Bo.  Nothing like snuggling up with a clean, fluffy doggy.  This is the best dog shampoo EVER.}

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{My absolutely stunning handmade turquoise cuff from Lux Divine Jewelry that I won!}

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{The Cupcakes and Cashmere book that came in the mail this week!  Read it all in one sitting.  So worth the purchase!  Love her.}

20120712-114517.jpg{Wearing light blazers & bright colors all week.  The blazer is from here, the blouse here and the lipstick here.}

{I’m starting the weekend with playful nails using Essie Camera, a delicious pinkish orange sherbet color, with a glittery accent nail.}

What are you few things that made you happy  this week?