AJ Runs On Dunkin'

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Last month, we packed all of our worldly belongings into an 8'x12' Pod and officially moved from the 'burbs to a condo Downtown Little Rock. It's been a crazy transition - from driving less, walking more, and re-learning how to walk the dog, we are adjusting to condo life quite nicely.

One thing I have not quite adjusted to, of course, is my morning drink stop routine. I was in a pretty steady habit of dropping by Dunkin' Donuts® for an iced coffee several days a week on my way to work. Now that I just walk a few blocks, that's no longer an option.  Enter: Dunkin' at Kum & Go®! Iced coffee is a perfect summer morning treat, and Dunkin' Donuts has the best, so I had my husband drop by Kum & Go® to stock up on a few bottles for us to keep at home!

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So, here's the deal. I stock my fridge with Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee, then I put it over ice in a to-go cup to give myself the full drive-thru treatment. I also usually add a little cinnamon just for some zest. It's tasty, it's cute, and I swear I type faster after I've had a few sips. If you've ever wondered how I do it all - the answer is caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.

You can pick it up from any Kum & Go® in one of four flavors - Mocha, Original, French Vanilla, and Espresso. They're all great, and all super easy to pour over ice in your own kitchen and take on-the-go. BB's favorite is Mocha, and I'm partial to Original.

Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee ALSO makes a great little gift for your coffee-obsessed co-workers! You can drop by the dollar store and pick up a cup, some little bags, and a bow to put together an adorable gift for promotions, anniversaries, birthdays, or just for fun.

And just for good measure, here's one of me hamming it up for the camera. Is this what it's like to be a full time blogger? 

Kum & Go® clearly understands caffeine addiction, as they have an entire coffee SECTION in their cold drinks. You can find it chilling (literally) there, and we saw some by the register in a cooler too.

If you're a frequent Kum & Go® shopper, make sure you join their rewards program!

Y'all know I love a convenience store.

The Non-CommitTal Girl's Guide to Blinging Your Closet

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I really admire those DIY people who can make something amazing out of random stuff around their house.

I am not that type of girl.

I love a good DIY, of course; I've been making my own graphic tees since middle school using sponge letters and cheap craft paints. But I think we can all agree that after the materials, patience and effort, sometimes you just end up ruining stuff.

So the idea of today's blog post? We're gonna use Scotch Essentials to jazz some stuff up without completely ruining it. I'm a big stud fan, and thanks to Valentino these shiny little rockstars aren't going anywhere. So I grabbed Scotch™ Essentials Hem Bonding Strips - they were the exact size I needed for this bag -  and set out to stud this boring clutch.

What You'll Need:

  • Clutch or Bag to be studded
  • Studs (I got mine at a craft store)
  • Scotch™ Essentials Hem Bonding Strips or Wardrobe Tape

Step One: Decide on a pattern.

I didn't want to completely knock off the original, so I decided I wanted to make one large studded stripe down the middle. I determined how wide I wanted the whole strip to be and laid out my tape on the clutch.

Step Two: Stud it!

I didn't want the tape to show through, so I made sure the studs were nice and cozy on the tape as I tacked them on.

Step Three: Yeah, that's it, you're done.

What WAS just a plain black purse now had the jazzy exterior of a far more rocker-chic piece. Where's my easy button, because THAT is a DIY I can get behind.

 

Step Four: Stick other things to things.

The possibilities for temporary embellishment are endless with these products! Here are a few ideas:

  • Tack colorful patches to a denim jacket
  • Customize t-shirts with cloth or embroidered letters
  • Rhinestone the heck out of your makeup bag
  • Add studs to the collar of a blazer
  • Bling out a bootie with a chunky heel

Scotch™ Essentials isn't just for wardrobe DIYs, though. They've got little multi-purpose stickies, a sweater pill remover, even an eraser to get rid of deodorant marks. The whole collection is a girl-on-the-go's dream! I've used the Hem Bonding Strips for fixing a loose hem, to keep the buttons on my shirt from popping open, and to make a wrap dress a little more modest. Check out the full collection here, and drop by your local Walmart to find it!

Love, Lust, Must for Valentine's Day

The whole "Valentine's Day Gift Guide" thing has always bewildered me a bit. Do we REALLY think our boyfriends and husbands are reading our favorite blogs for gift ideas? Probably not, Which is why I teamed up with The Promenade at Chenal this year to give a list of things you'll love, lust, and must have for your big V-Day date. This one is for you, ladies. Soak it up. Treat yo self. Pamper time. All of the things.

True love lasts a lifetime. This kind of love is usually reserved for our lovers, dogs and diamonds, but I found a few things that would help you get date ready in a flash this year.

Hello, lover. It's a fact - Ted Baker makes pretty things. Pick up this manicure set at Lily Rain to get your toes and hands in order for the big day. And yes, you've gotta get it together. What if you get engaged? You can't have sloppy hands and show off a ring on Instagram. Bonus: ROSE GOLD TOOLS. I had to keep myself from buying every set and hoarding them.

New lippies are an excellent way to mix up your Valentine's look if you don't want to commit to a full face of new makeup, and I have been loving Smashbox's lipstick after my sister gifted me a gorgeous red for Christmas. Belle & Blush is my favorite place to go buy new lipstick, hands down, so drop in there and get them to set you up with a new romantic shad.

SO what qualifies as a lust? Anything you probably don't need but like, really need. I actually have a hard time differentiating a want and a need but hey, YOLO.

This is a lust that's JUST. FOR. YOU. Belle & Blush has the most ridiculously gorgeous necklaces made out of vintage Louis Vuitton locks and keys and I'm 1000% obsessed. Please don't go buy the black and white one.  I need it. *tags husband in post*

THIS lust is for you AND your booskie. Ever heard of mood lighting? I bought the Hue light set for my husband for his birthday and we have loved using them for everything from movie lighting (dim and blue) to setting up spin studio-worthy lighting for a workout. Install a few and dim the lights, turn the whole room red, use an app to turn it into a blinking rainbow disco and have a dance party. You can pick all sorts of variations of the Hue lights at the Apple Store!

What's a MUST? I'd say it's anything you've gotta have for the big night! I found a few musts at The Promenade last week that I think you'll agree are necessary.

Must for me? Something I can hang out in all night. Don't get me wrong, I have many "Car to Restaurant" shoes that are only appropriate to wobble in and out again, but if you're planning on dancing the night away or walking along the river in the moonlight, grab some sparkly flats to ease the pain. Thanks to super cute flat designs lately, you can find a sparkly pair like this that you won't even mind swapping your heels for. Check them out at Lily Rain in two colors.

Pretty underthings are a must for any day, as far as I'm concerned. I always feel more confident, fabulous and fierce when I've got a little something going on under my clothes that no one else knows about. Altar'd State has a ton of pretty little things to invest in. Not convinced? These are so pretty, you can even let them peek out of the front of a blouse or the back of a tank.

And of course, after you've gotten yourself all dolled up, the restaurants at The Promenade have their V-Day specials all lined up.

Bravo! Cucina Italiana has a prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day that includes soup or salad, entree, and dessert (see the menu here). Or if you like what you see up there, their "Fall in Love" promo includes soup or salad with grilled chicken picatta, shrimp scampi, or baked chicken parmesan for only $10.99. Mmmmmm.

For lovers of craft cocktails and decadent desserts, make reservations at Del Frisco's Grille for your romantic evening! They've created a special Cupid's Cocktail with Raspberry Stoli, pomegranate and sparkling wine, along with a special Valentine's dessert: Triple Chocolate Decadence. For most of you, that's all you need to know.

What are your love, lust, and must items for this year? What do you have to have to get Valentine's day ready? Have a happy one!

This post is sponsored by The Promenade at Chenal, where I spend all of the money they pay me to promote the Promenade at Chenal. So you should to!

This post is sponsored by The Promenade at Chenal, where I spend all of the money they pay me to promote the Promenade at Chenal. So you should to!