A Gem of an Etsy Shop

I dealt with two extremely heavy cases at work last week, so I didn’t have the energy to pick the Pomfret winner on Friday. My apologies! The winner is #27, Maureen! Mo, email me at thelunchboxdiaries[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll put you in contact with Kim!

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Okay, I have more jewelry to talk about today. I’ll be honest, I thought Will readers be annoyed that I just talked about Kim’s line, now I want to talk about Diane’s line? 

I came to the conclusion that:

1. It’s my blog and I’ll talk about whatever the hell I want.

2. The point of this blog is to share my thoughts, likes, and dislikes…and what girl doesn’t want to know about cute, affordable jewelry?

That said…

I’m so excited to start a series of giveaways for you guys! I met Diane of Rings and Necklaces last month at the Richmond Home and Garden Show, and I pretty much fell in love with her instantly. She’s hands down, one of the cutest women I’ve ever met.

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I bought a few pieces that day, and we somehow ended up talking about growing her online presence, so she can stay home on the weekends. Diane does shows almost every weekend to showcase her amazing jewelry, but let’s be honest, homegirl wants to spend some time with her hubby!

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Because she’s genuinely kind, and I honestly love her jewelry, I offered to introduce her on my blog at no cost (she did give me a bracelet, though ;) ). I suggested doing a giveaway, and she said, I can do better than that!

Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 11.02.53 AMI met up with her yesterday and she offered up all this jewelry to give away to my readers! What?! 

So, in the upcoming weeks, I’ll have one or two Rings and Necklaces pieces to give away at the bottom of most posts. I also plan on doing a giveaway or two on Instagram, so make sure you’re following along!

To kick this week off, I’m giving away two of Diane’s Maltese Cross Medallion bangles.

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There’s multiple ways to enter, just leave a comment for each one (to better your chances, duh ;) )

1. Leave a comment about the pieces you’re most looking forward to seeing as a giveaway (mandatory)

2. Follow Rings and Necklaces on Instagram (optional)

3. Follow Rings and Necklaces on Twitter (optional)

4. Like Rings and Necklaces on Facebook (optional)

Or just go buy your own stuff and use the code “save15″ to save 15% until March 29th!

Disclaimer: Like I mentioned above – aside from one bracelet, I was not compensated for this post. I really just like Diane and her jewelry, and I hope you do, too! :)

 

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Damn it, Internet

Cory and I are pretty active Longwood alumni. One of the many events Cory volunteers for is the etiquette dinner put on for students of the business school. After much coaxing, I got an invite, too. (Thanks, “Scott”!!)

It’s a fabulous opportunity for students to network, and to understand that eating with business professional differs greatly from eating with friends in the dining hall.

I was super nervous, mainly because I’m a spaz and have the tendency to be wildly inappropriate. Events that call for actual etiquette give me PTSD-like flashbacks to my cotillion days.

I digress.

The evening starting with a mocktail hour (BUMMER) and a wave of nervous students entered the room.

I was sweating and I didn’t know what to do with my hands.

A seating chart had been arranged ahead of time, and the students were instructed to find and introduce themselves to the “professionals” who were seated at their table.

A lovely girl introduced herself to me, and casually shared her impressive accolades. She then admitted that the students were told to research the “professionals” with whom they’d be dining. Shit. 

Oh really?! I say. What did you find out about Cory and I? 

Well, I know where Mr. Nichols works and that he’s on the advisory board, and I saw a few pictures of him. 

And me? 

Well, I found a blog you write. 

Oh. (Shit. Shit. Shit.) 

And, well, I knew you’d be bummed that this was a mocktail hour, that’s for sure. 

At this point Cory enters the conversation and says, So I’m sure you also know she’s a huge fan of the F Bomb. 

And that, my friends, is the story of my life.

 

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Pomfret Creations Jewelry Giveaway!

 

 

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Today I’m super excited to tell you about my friend Kim’s jewelry line, Pomfret Creations! I met Kim last March when we were bridesmaids in a mutual friend’s wedding. She’s as cute as a button and has such a fun personality. We instantly clicked!

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Kim recently offered to send me a few pieces of jewelry to try out. She told me I could pick whatever I wanted from her etsy store, and that was like, the hardest thing ever. I wanted one of everything. 

These days, I’m all about stacking bracelets, so I went with this amazing turquoise lobster clasp bracelet and matching teardrop earrings.

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I love, love, love them! I’ve been wearing mostly gold lately, so I love how both of these pieces add a pop of color to my daily accessories.

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The good news is that Kim is offering a $20 credit to Pomfret Creations to one lucky reader!

To enter: Leave a comment telling me which piece(s) of jewelry from Pomfret Creations you like best! 

I will randomly pick a winner on Friday morning! Good luck!

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Virginia Wine Expo

This weekend was one that I had been looking forward to for weeks. The Virginia Wine Expo is one of my favorite events of the year! I mean, what’s not to love about walking around a convention center sampling Virginia wines for hours on a Saturday afternoon?

Answer: not much.

group1For any new readers, Bobby and Whitney are our best couple friends, and they made the trip from NOVA this weekend to frolic with us at the expo which made things even more exciting.

And while I didn’t go with my sister wife, I was glad to run into her and chat before I got completely hammered. I’ll be honest, guys, wine tastings aren’t meant for light weights like myself.

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We ended up sampling tons of great wines and came home with a few bottles from Cooper Vineyards. I had to go in with a budget, or else I would have easily blown the bank.

And then, I came come and took a 2 hour a nap. Hashtag champion.

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On Unfriending

I have such a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love it for the ability to connect with others, but I hate it for the way it makes comparisons to other people’s lives so easy. 

Which is silly because, let’s be honest, most of the time, we’re comparing our lives to the lives of other people who we don’t even know anymore (i.e. kids in high school who were cooler than us, old friends, former significant others.)

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Like it’s that easy. Ha!

In my opinion, Facebook will be the death of us because it’s the outlet that the majority of people tend to most frequently abuse. It is home of the HUMBLE BRAG, pointless life updates, and public break ups.


More often than not, I leave Facebook feeling dumber and filled with a deep concern for the human race.

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You know, I’ve never tried crack cocaine, but I think it’s safe to liken it to my relationship with Facebook.

I know it’s bad for me, but I can’t stop using it. I’ll sneak hits during work, in the bathroom, and before bed. It’s not uncommon to feel bad after using, but I still do it anyway. It affects my (mental) health, people.

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But recently, I had a brief moment of clarity when my head was out of the social media fog and I was like, hey, I control social media. It doesn’t control me! (Just call me Buddha.)

I’m not here to say I quit Facebook. But I did start purging my “friends.” I scrolled through almost a thousand people, and if they made me jealous, sad, angry, or just plain annoyed, I deleted them.

Each time I hit “unfriend” I gave myself a little high five (awkward.) I was like, cool, I’m glad I won’t have to see their shit anymore. 

I’m making moves, man.

But, yes, I did retain some people solely because their stalking material is just too fucking good to let go of (it’s a 12-step program, okay?)

 

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My Puppy Love Valentine

Here’s to my funny Valentine.

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My cuddly Valentine.

cuddleMy road trip Valentine.

carMy sneaky, sneaky Valentine.

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My wanna-be wine thief Valentine.

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My sophisticated Valentine ;)

pennyMy mummy Valentine

mummyMy ohhhmaaagahhhdd she’s so perfect in every way Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!  

 

 

 

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Dear Body

Dear Body,

I’m writing to you in hopes that you’ll accept my sincerest apology. I won’t beat around the bush: the things I’ve said about you over the years are completely horrendous and unacceptable.

I’ve called you every negative name in the book, twice over. I spent years shielding my eyes from your reflection in the mirror, and countless hours pinching and poking all those trouble spots. 

I hate myself for calling anything on you a trouble spot, Body. A tumor, a missing limb, a body suffering from third degree burns – those are trouble sports worth bitch about.

SKIN on my stomach? DIMPLES on my ass? Not so much.

Body, I know I’ll never have rock hard abs or arms like Jillian Michaels, but that’s not your fault, it’s mine. I love Sweet Frog and french fries and cocktails too much.

Body, I am so thankful for my muscles that work, for my eyes that see, for my ears that can hear, and for the overall health you produce. I’m thankful for my smile and my laugh and my obscure mind that has the ability to make a joke out of the most inappropriate situations.

Body, I’m so thankful that you haven’t turned your (my?) back on me and never believed anything I said about you. You knew I’d come around one day. You knew I couldn’t hate you forever. You knew, that someday, we’d finally enter into a mutual love affair.

Well, Body, you were right.

Sincerely Yours,

Colleen

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I Believe

I believe there is good in everyone.

I believe dogs make life happier.

I believe confident people are the most attractive people.

I believe every single thing happens for a reason.

I believe it’s immensely difficult to cope when we can’t figure out the reason for which some thing happen.

I believe happiness is a choice, not a circumstance.

I believe happy hour is the best hour.

I believe everyone deserves kindness and compassion.

I believe it sucks to feel left out.

I believe in the power of a new outfit.

I believe when it comes to siblings, you defend first and ask questions second.

I believe realistic expectations are the secret to maintaining sanity (and low blood pressure.)

I believe asking for help is a sign of strength.

I believe there is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone.

I believe moms have super powers.

I believe in soul mates.

I believe life is as good as we make it.

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My Godfrey’s Experience

This weekend, one of my life dreams came true. I finally went to a drag show. When my neighbor suggested a trip to Godfrey’s I was pumped. I knew it would be like living a scene out of The Birdcage so I was obviously all about it.

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I was one happy, dollar-waving girl on Saturday night. I can now cross shove a dollar bill in the crotch of a drag queen’s leotard off my life’s to-do list.

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Thanks to consuming a few beverages, I can also cross motorboat a drag queen off that same list. I know, I know. I’m a filthy drunk and you can’t take me anywhere. (But at least I have fun?)

drag5Even though I totally get it, it was still difficult to wrap my head around the fact that the majority of these “ladies” live and work as men during the day. Mind = blown.

I’ll be honest with you. By the end of the night, my curiosity was becoming difficult to harness. 

drag2Like I said, my curiosity was getting the best of me, and I may or may not have asked this diva, So where do you put your penis? I mean, that’s me, guys. Just as subtle as the day is long. (And just so you know, there is lots of tape involved.)

drag1As if you couldn’t tell, I had a fantastic time. The divas were awesome (SO NICE!), the drinks were strong, and I was with wonderful company. I can’t wait to go back!

 

 

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Thoughts When my Alarm Goes Off for a Morning Workout

It was cold last night. There might be dangerous black ice on the road. I should play it safe and probably just stay here in bed. 

It’s dark outside, and deer are outside. A deer outside in the dark might jump out in front of me and total my car. I couldn’t afford that, so I should probably just stay here in bed. 

I don’t have any clean socks, and that would be disgusting. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so I should just probably stay here in bed. 

I think I’m going to start my period sometime soon. Cramps hurt me when I move, so I should probably just stay here in the fetal position in bed. 

 

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The instructor for Body Pump on Tuesdays is kind of a bitch. I hate bitches, so I should probably just stay here in bed. 

*Pinches stomach* Eh, that’s pretty standard. If I don’t feel too fat, I should probably just stay here in bed. 

*Pinches stomach the next morning* Oh my GOD, I’m such a whale. I’m a lost cause, so I should probably just stay here in bed. 

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When my alarm goes off on a Saturday morning to meet friends for brunch:

When you gotta get up, you gotta get up! 

 

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