Monday, September 1, 2014

August Sponsor Favorites

HAPPY SEPTEMBER, DARLINGS! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend and spending some time relaxing, either by the poolside or (if you're like us), indoors, watching the rain. The weather around Nashville has been quite stormy the last few days, and I'm actually quite happy about it. The weather combined with the long holiday has given me the excuse I needed to catch up on blogs, my homework, & to get a bit of housework done. So, if you're having a bit of a rainy holiday as well, here are some lovely reads for you to enjoy. & In honor of celebrating babes in business, both of this month's featured sponsors are babes! So pop over, say hi & spread the love <3 
-Zie xo

Hoobynoo World: I adore the darling characters, colors & whimsy of Chiara's blog & shop— so fun! This month, Chiara gave us a behind the scenes tour of Hoobynoo World and made me squeal over this darling little fox phone case/ wallet. And Napoleon found something for his Christmas wishlist! 

The Little Pink Studio: Has some of the sweetest crafty goodies on the planet & a darling blog to match!  This month, Cerri made us jealous over her darling finds at the world's longest yard sale and made us wish we could get all of the subscription boxes in the world, especially her darling one. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Crowned Jewels: Neybers (An App to replace Sims!)

IF YOU EVER SPENT HOURS ON SIMS, not really caring about the game but just trying to design the homes, then I found a present for you! Neybers is a new iPad app I've stumbled on and I'm in love. I used to spend hours on Sims, but I never had a use for the characters or the storylines or tasks. I just wanted to decorate and customize the houses. 
So when I found this app I was pretty stoked. I've spent quite a few hours on it now and I love it. Best part? It's free! There are some in-app purchases you can grab if you'd like, however, I've been using it nearly-non-stop and haven't bought anything and I'm still having a blast. I'd love to swap ideas & see what all you make, so make sure to tag me! 
Did you ever play Sims? What was your favorite part? Have you found any other programs/apps like this that you could share with the group? ;) 

Seen: takes 3-D photos on your phone. Kinda cool. 
SightSave articles with a simple screenshot. Very cool. 
Pippin: I had deleted this off my phone, but they made it free now & fixed some bugs, so I'll give it another shot. Are you on it? Add me! @ziedarling xo

Self-improvement: 30-day challenge from The Everygirl to promote self growth & improvement! Let's do it together!

Blogging: Making your editorial calendar work for you.
Pin of the Week: Cute little infographic w/ helpful deets.
Science: I think a lot of people find this creepy, but I think it's awesome. (what do you think?)


In the community: My friend Kristin (bad ass babe designer) launched a blog!
(Want to see your (or a friend's) news here? Email, tweet, comment or message me with your happy news! Because this is exactly how I feel.)


I'm really into this album this week. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Have a Glamorous First Day

IT'S THAT WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! The time of year when everyone seems to either be starting a new job or internship or going to back to school. I love this time of year. School supplies, new clothes, pretty planners, the shift from summer to fall, sweaters <3 *le happy sigh*  And for me, the best part is the fresh start that it all brings! Your first day at your new job, internship or at school is your big day to bust in with a BANG!
Starting off with a bit of glamor is the perfect way to set the mood for the rest of the semester and there are a few things I recommend to dazzle the day: 

New headphones: One of my internships ended last week, & as a thank you present, they gave me these incredibly nice headphones! I've used in-ear headphones for years, never really finding a pair of over the ear ones comfortable. However, these are gold. & One of the best parts? Everyone can see these, so when you're either on your commute or working in the studio, people tend not to talk to you as much. Which, if you're like me and trying to finish up your last semester of college, work a job, an internship & run a business, you like your quiet work time. ;) 
New phonecase: I've been eyeing a Rifle case for ages. It was a bit of a splurge for me, but totally worth it. Stunning, protective & fun: you can't go wrong. 
Signature beauty products: A subtle way to add just a touch of glam to your first day (and the subsequent days) is to pick a signature nail & lip color. I'm currently rocking Drunk-Barbie-Pink nails & a coral-y lipstick. They don't match each other, but I'm kinda into that. Also: for those of us who are feeling really glam, a signature perfume is plus 10 bonus points.
+ Arm candy: Gold watches, bangles, bedazzled bracelets. There's nothing on the planet that goes from zero to glam-queen quite like an armful of party-candy. Layer a few up for a really glitzy look or slow it down a bit with just a watch. 
+ Soda-Pop Journals: Rifle once again takes the cake for me for journals that fizz, clink, pop! It's always nice when you're jotting a quick note or a doodling a quick sketch and you have to pause and contentedly sigh over your own stationery. 
+The bags: You have a key opportunity to march into your first day with a fabulous little clutch with a snappy saying or a striped-number that's just simmering with Kate-Spade-esk glory. 
+Most importantly: a dazzling smile & buckets of confidence. Today's your day, babe. You got this. You're the most glamorous darling on the planet & the most important thing to setting yourself up for a wonderful first day is taking a deep breath, knowing how wonderful you are & showing the world that with a dazzling smile. 
Good luck on your first day, my darlings! xo I'd love to hear what you recommend to rock a first day & what you're starting this semester? New job? Internship? Classes? Something else? xo