ESSENTIAL OILS x ESSENTIAL OBSESSION

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I’ve always had an interest in health and wellness solutions found in nature.  This year, I developed a {healthy} obsession with essential oils.  One of my 2017 Resolutions is to turn to all things holistic first.

2016 was my first year using oils.  The results have motivated me to utilize oils in my daily routines.  I wake up to an oil blend called Burst {citrus + mint} diffusing through my room; it gets my day started on the right foot… full of energy and happiness.  I inhale a combination of lavender + frankincense in moments of overwhelm for an instant sense of calm.  I fall asleep to the scent of Unwind {lavender + bergamot} on my pillow for a deeper and more restful sleep.

I’ve found that my overall mood has improved; I feel more focused, calmer, happier, and more energetic.

If you’re looking to start your year off on a hippie-dippie granola-mermaid kind of a kick {and who wouldn’t want that?} by bathing your body and senses in essential oils… I’m offering my readers {as a thank you for another great year together!} a coupon code for the best oils I’ve found.

Enter the code EXCLUSIVE20 at checkout to receive 20% off any of the oils, diffusers, or essential oil kits on the site.

CHARM + GUMPTION

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In the throes of my never-ending Pinterest obsession, I stumbled across the print above.  I was hooked. Who was this artist? I had to know.  After a little investigating, I found Holly Casto of Charm & Gumption.  Her artwork is simultaneously strong + feminine… and it’s totally inspiring.

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CURRENT OBSESSION | WOOD WATCHES

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If you are a reader of Blonder Ambitions or if you follow @blonderambitions on Insta, then you already know that I’m a bit of a bohemian | gypsy | hippie … so anything that incorporates elements of nature with the world of fashion is right up my alley.  I recently heard about wooden watches and I instantly became curious…

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CURRENT OBSESSION – HANEY

Haney Prêt-à-Couture is a collection that embodies the “luxe details and sleek silhouettes of the 70s” and the “drama and sophistication of Old Hollywood” {a pretty lethal combination if you ask me}.  It’s the silhouette that I feel really sets this line apart… dressing women in long lines is flattering and customizable options for each look allow you to make the piece your own {being 6’2″, I am grateful to be able to make the piece longer… or shorter, if I’m feeling especially daring that day}.

Check out shophaney.com for some of their fully customizable Prêt-à-Couture options. Each option is customizable in a myriad of ways… some allow you to alter length, add or subtract sleeves, change the type of metal used in embellishing the item, or change the color altogether.

Additionally, like all things based out of Los Angeles… Haney received some pretty amazing celebrity endorsements from some women who look absolutely stunning in dresses from the Haney line {though… and it’s my personal favorite… Haney carries jumpsuits, too}!

I will be covering the Haney trunk show in Montecito, California next week… stay tuned for pictures from the event.  I cannot wait to check out the line and meet the designer, Mary Alice Haney.

CURRENT OBSESSION – CROSSBODY BAGS


Three of my crossbody bags… deep purple. burnt orange leather. studded mint {my favorite}.


1. Tory Burch Amanda Mini Crossbody Bag $275
2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody $368
3. Rebecca Minkoff Mac Triangle-Perforated Clutch Crossbody Bag $395
4. Lulu Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag $28
5. Betsey Johnson High Sequency Flapover Crossbody $98
6. Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody $25
7. Lanvin Happy Mini Pop Crossbody Bag, Light Green $1565
8. Juicy Couture Sequins Louisa Crossbody $88
9. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy Crossbody Bag, Violet $198
10. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Crossbody Bag, Gray $368
11. Burberry Check Small Crossbody Bag $995
12. Tory Burch Robinson Crossbody $275

CURRENT OBSESSION – RACHEL ZOE

I previously featured Rachel Zoe’s Fall Collection… but I just can’t get enough of her design aesthetic.

1. Red Wool Belted Edith II Jumpsuit $670, 2. Black Sequined Abby Maxi Skirt $535, 3. Annabel Crepe Dress $337, 4. Taupe Grey Vintage Faux Fur Marianne Vest $535, 5. Royal Blue Hutton Tuxedo Blazer $535, 6. Trish Faux Fur Coat $893, 7. Fingerless Gloves with Straps & Buckle $150, 8. Quilted Fingerless Driver Gloves $125, 9. Haircalf Gloves with Signature Buckle $170, 10. Military Jacket $895, 11. Darcy Faux Fur Jacket $636, 12. Hanne Blazer $478, 13. Knot Earrings $195, 14. Two Tone Bangle $420, 15. Tassle Bracelet $325, 16. Nathalie Silk Scarf Top $380, 17. Holly Embellished Top $360, 18. Sawyer Silk Blouse $380, 19. Marilyn One-Shoulder Dress $707, 20. Arianna Draped Dress $380, 21. Tinsley Mini Dress $546, 22.Helena Oversized Cardigan $337, 23. Zoe II Jacket $546, 24. Sleeveless Vest $795