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.

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.

HOW TO MAKE CARE PACKAGES FOR THE HOMELESS {aka BLESSING BAGS}


I hesitate to write about volunteering and charity for fear of coming across as “preachy” or a “self-indulgent do-gooder” or a myriad of other negative terms that one can apply to someone who participates in charitable ventures simply for the praise that may result from the participation.  After much thought, I decided to share my Christmas tradition with you… simply because I thought that the more people that took part in this tradition, the better Christmas could be for so many others.  On Christmas Day, I load my canvas totes with care packages to give to the homeless {some refer to these packages as “Blessing Bags”… a term that is a bit too ostentatious for my taste}.  Below, there is a graphic showing you what I suggest to be included in your care package {though you can include anything you like!}.  Everything should fit in a gallon sized ziplock bag {for ease of distribution and ease of carrying after it has been gifted}.  It is also wise to carry these in your car year-round to give to anyone who may be asking assistance on the side of the road or at a stoplight.  What do you do to give back to your community?

Suggestions for inclusion: tissue, deodorant, mouth wash, shampoo, toothbrush, cotton swabs, band-aids, toothpaste, soap, chapstick, raisins, cookies, crackers, & anything else you can think of! Make as many of the bags as you can afford to create and walk around handing them out or keep them in your car in preparation for running into someone in need.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE {aka MY WISH LIST}


1. The Curious Bartender $25
2. Bing Bang Memento Mori Skull Stud Earrings $68
3. Henri Bendel Centennial Stripe Passport Cover $58
4. Poketo Wide-Angle 35mm Camera $35
5. Rosecut Pave Diamod Solitaire Ring $1,950
6. Market Tote Bag – Oh Kale Yeah $18
7. Foil Stripes Thank You Card $6
8. Tory Burch Denai Quilted Rain Bootie $285
9. Emily C Wishbone in 14K Rose Gold $985
10. Smythson Travels & Experiences Leather Notebook
11. Gold Dipped Playing Cards $18
12. Crosley Princess Phone $60
13. White Faux Taxidermy Stag $130 for details on how to win: WFT & Blonder Ambitions Giveaway
14. Michael Kors Bradshaw Watch $250
15. Rosamosario Mezza Luna Silk-crepe and Lace Robe $875
16. Holymoly Doppio $1022
17. I-Mego Throne Series Headphones $130
18. Michael Kors Handbag $428
19. Cornelia Webb Pistol Necklace $85