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Have a Beautiful Weekend!

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I'm loving these beach shots by the lovely Michelle, the photographer behind the blog, Thymely Thoughts. Oh, how I wish I was at the beach this weekend! Can't you just smell the salty air?!

Although I won't be at the beach, and don't have much planned, I'm super excited about doing some good ol' fashioned resting! What are y'all up to?

P.S. Don't forget to enter my vintage necklace giveaway. Today's the last day.

Urban Grace

My friend Rachel first introduced me to Urban Grace Interiors, a delectably lovely design firm created by Erika Powell & based out of Rosa Beach, Florida. Her designs are so crisp, clean, & yummy -- I just had to share:

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Urban Grace
And of course Erika has genius taste... she's a twin!
Check out Erika's equally beautiful & talented twin's blog.

{all photos from ugi}

Wiggles {me in 3s}

Switching up the normal Wednesday wiggles this week by way of a tag from the beautimus Helena of A Diary of Lovely. Since my wiggles usually consist of favorites, I thought this might still qualify. Here is me in 3's...

3 Names I go by:
Blair
Blair-bee
B

3 Places I have been:
Vietnam
Venezuela
Seattle, WA
me in 3s

3 Favorite Drinks:
Orange Juice
Diet Pepsi
Mojitos
me in 3s

3 Jobs I have had:
Volunteer Coordinator
Camp Counselor
Barista

3 TV Shows I watch:
Lost
Survivor
Glee
me in 3s

3 Place I would like to visit:
Scotland
Spain
Greece
me in 3s

3 fave retro TV shows:
Punky Brewster
Growing Pains
The Wonder Years
me in 3s

3 Places I have lived:
Tennessee
South Carolina
Delaware

3 fave dishes:
Eggplant Parmesan
Grilled Salmon & Broccoli
Prosciutto wrapped figs & walnuts
me in 3s

3 things I'm looking forward to:
Going to Honduras in 6 weeks
Summer Weddings
the Greenwood baby

3 people I am tagging:
{3 recent lovelies I've blog hopped to this week}

Guest Post: Melissa Blake from So About What I Said...

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Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa Blake, and I’m the brains (and the awkward gaffs) behind So about what I said. I’ve been reading Blair’s blog for awhile now, so when she asked me if I’d like to guest-post, needless to say, it was a huge honor.

I’ll admit that I probably should have started blogging sooner than I did, being a writer and all. But when I finally worked up the courage to “spread the good word” about my life with a disability and looking for love and all the funny, weird and just plain “huh”-ness my disability apparently brings out in guys, I was a bit scared. At first.
Did I really want people knowing my inner-most thoughts? Did I really want to make myself vulnerable in that way?
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Apparently, I did because that was in November 2008 and since then, I’ve blogged some 1,230 posts about everything from my love of polo shirts (it’s a lifestyle choice, as I say…) to the hilarious moment my wheelchair just broke down in the middle of the sidewalk (ironically, I was wearing a polo shirt that day…) to the countless time I’ve made like an awkward dork in front of guys. I’ll admit, when it comes to love and romance and flowers and candy, I don’t have much experience, except for the whole buying-candy-for-myself thing. But that hasn’t stopped me - or my wonderful 1,942 subscribers – from learning a few things about love and myself over these last 18 months. If you’ve just started a blog or are thinking of starting one (c’mon, you know you want to, right?), might I offer these pearls of wisdom I’ve learned.
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BE HONEST
Online, as in life, people can spot you a mile away if you’re being fake and insincere. I’ve prided myself on being honest, sometimes brutally so, on my blog. It’s cost me one reader (my own mother!), but I don’t know of any other way of writing than being completely honest with every single word.
WRITE WITH PASSION
I suppose I should warn you now that blogging is completely addicting, but make no mistake: it takes hard work and lots of dedication. That’s why it’s important to choose a topic (and I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a FOCUS for your blog; people will lose interest quite quickly if you’re writing about random, nonsense things all the time…) that you’re extremely passionate about. In college, my journalism professors taught us to “write about what you know.” The same simple rule applies to blogging. If you find a topic that interests you, blogging will be one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. But choose something you aren’t interested in? Well, that will just make blogging feel like a chore and a job. Remember, blogging should F-U-N.
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BE NICE
No one likes a mean person, and people hate a mean-spirited blogger. The big blogosphere is a community, and I’ve met some amazing people. I read countless wonderful blogs, and there’s no need to create tension of hurt feelings in a community where we’re supposed to support one another. The same rules apply when you’re commenting on other blogs. I’ve had people anonymously post some extremely rude comments, and honestly, what’s the point? If you don’t like a blog, don’t read it. Surely, you have some sort of life to get back to. Or maybe not, and that’s the reason you’re so jaded…? Bottom line: If you wouldn’t say something to a person’s face, save it for your diary.
Hopefully, these tips will help get you started or motivate you to take your blog to the next level of greatness. I’d love to read your blog, so email me at mellow1422@aol.com. I look forward to chatting with you!
{photos: weheartit}

The Weekend: I did it!

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"Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't kill people." -- Legally Blonde.

I made it through the race! Thanks for all your prayers and cheers. I had a lot of fun & definitely learned a lot from the experience -- thus, I can't wait to do it again! My final time was 2 hours 1 minute. Even though I wanted to run under 2, I had fun & felt great at the end. For all the nerves I had before, I have no aches or pains and am thankful for my good training. Next time though -- I'm going for speed & glory and I better ache as I pull myself across the finish.

I'm excited to keep running. I like the way my body actually thirsts for a good work out (even when my head is reluctant to leave the pillow in the morning). I signed up yesterday for a 5k towards the end of May and am setting a goal to run as close to my high school time as possible. It's gonna be a month of hard work, as lets face it, my high school self could kick my butt right now if we went for a 3 mile run.

Has anyone else experienced that when you exercise your self esteem and body image are just so much higher? Not that I look any different than pre-1/2marathon-training, but you just feel good -- you're more satisfied with your body for what it is and are surprised & humbled by what it's capable of accomplishing. It doesn't seem to matter so much if you're thinner or more muscular or tanner than so&so, because gosh darnit, you're in shape & you feel good!

The rest of the weekend was fantastic. Relaxed & danced like a crazy person at the East Nasty after party Saturday night. Sunday we had our Honduras benefit concert to raise money for the houses we will be building (we head out in 6 weeks). Justin Carlson, Rivers Rutherfod (you might not know the name, but you know these songs), and Matt Wertz were all rockstars & we raised almost $10,000!

{click for more pictures from this weekend}

wahoooo!

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I'm super excited about this weekend! I just finished a super busy work week & the 1/2 marathon I've been training for since January is almost over. I'm thrilled. Yet, with the excitement there might be a nearly equal level of stress -- the weather channel is throwing around words like "tornado" and "hail." Not quite your ideal running climate.... eeks! But nonetheless, I'll be setting my alarm for 5:15am, eating my whole wheat bagel with peanut butter & banana, showing up with the katrillion other people, joining my corral, and running my (hopefully under) 2 hour race. Then the fun part -- celebrate good times!

I'll hopefully get some good shots to share next week. I'm also super excited because the beautimus Melissa Blake will be guest posting!

What are y'all's plans?

Giveaway: Vintage Glam Necklace from Sassy Cass

update: congrats to the winner--Lind of Burlap & Blue.
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Cassie from Sassy Cass designed this vintage glam necklace especially for Wild & Precious readers! I'm super excited to host this giveaway. Here's how to enter:

You must be a follower to win!
entry 1: Visit Sassy Cass & leave me your thoughts -- whats your favorite?
entry 2: add Sassy Cass as a favorite on etsy
entry 3: blog about the giveaway
entry 4: tweet or facebook status this giveaway
entry 5: add W&P to your blog scroll (first timers only please)
{giveaway closes friday 4/30}

...meet the designer...
Q: Tell me about yourself & why you love creating jewelery?
A: I'm 26 & love creating new designs! I took interest in Jewelry at a young age exploring my grandmothers jewelry box was a hobby of mine. I always felt at peace in that blue room of hers with her vintage jewelry at my finger tips. I still see her and the feeling of that room hasn't changed. I've always been creative, but never really though about making jewelry till I became ill with chronic Lyme disease. I as miss-diagnosed for a while, leaving me with side effects that could last forever. Jewelry offers me an outlet to channel that creative force within. It's something I can physically do and am very grateful for. I thank the Lord for this opportunity each and everyday.

Q: Who or what are your most creative influences?
A: It's funny, I live in this small town of Buffalo, MN & we have this big event every month called the Occasional Sales. It's always the first Thursday of every month & runs through Sunday. People from all over come to visit our town & I sell my jewelry at one of these shops called The Porch and Atelier. We were all very excited last month because Teresa Dejarlais, who owns the shop, was featured in the March Country Living Magazine. Long story short, it's a beautiful shop full of vintage furnishings that give me a tone of inspiration! My mother is another creative influence -- always pushing me to use my creativity from an early age.

Q: Do you listed to music or do anything special when you are creating jewelry?
A: I used to listen to music while creating jewelry, but soon realized that it was distracting me. Now (don't laugh) I open up our windows in our living room and listen to the birds sing. It's very relaxing and inspiring to me. I sing and play guitar, so sometimes I break from time to time to find inspiration through my music. I work best when I take short breaks when creating because it keeps the creative juices flowing!

Thanks Cassie -- you rock! Good luck everyone & thanks for being such sweet blog followers!

Wiggles {a tea party}

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Today I would like to invite you to a little tea party to introduce you to a few people. Living in Music City USA I have some very lovely musical friends (a few I might just call acquaintances) & I would love for you to meet them:


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I'd also like to introduce you some great blog worlds I landed in this week...

these fashionistas:

these gals of inspiration:

& these two beautiful Nashville neighbors:

'tis such a lovely day for tea!
{photos weheartit}

Wanted {day of adventure}

I've got it all planned out. I'll wear:


anthropologie dress
This dress from Anthro...

banana republic
These accessories from Banana...

pipesandal
These Cynthia Vincent sandals...

denim hobo
fill this denim hobo with snacks & passports...

grab my hubs & head to Santorini...
greece date

We leave today...

update: i'm very sorry for pulling some of you into my delusion, i was only wishing to pack up & head to Santorini, I did not actually get to go...

Weekend

Another wonderful weekend. Cooler temperatures, earth day celebrating, cafe hopping, nerdy game playing, Spanish studying, & sleeping with the windows open. Can't complain!

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{hug a tree}

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{midtown}

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{leisure}

How 'bout you?

First Guest Post

Head on over to Tales of a Wondering Star, a great whimsical & fashionable blog from Birmingham, United Kingdom to check out my post. Thanks Patricia for inviting me!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! So far, so great for me. I've already run & am now at work & then heading to the Earth day festival with hubs.

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Have a beautiful earth-friendly weekend!

Pregnant? No, I just want a fritter!

fritters does not equal pregnant

I just want an apple fritter. Is that a crime? Is it not okay for a thin gal to have a craving for a decadent treat? I should be free to reveal my deepest food cravings without speculation, without worry, and without judgment. Instead, NO. I am not allowed such privileges. I can't tell a co-worker over a cup of tea that I wish someone would bring in some brownies. At almost 26 & married for 3 years your appetite & your mood apparently becomes everyone else's business. No random cravings allowed & no sudden changes in mood because before you know it, your mom has called because she heard you were pregnant from her neighbor who heard it from your co-worker's auntie.

Yes, I would like to have children. Yes, I have been married for 3 years. But, NO -- I am not preggers. Please, world, let me be. I've tried to take it as a compliment that people care & are excited to have more Blairs in the world, but I would love some peace and respect.

Oh, and if you too are in my situation, you know that you can never refuse a drink. And if you DO refuse once, make sure not to do it again the next time you see the same folks. That too is a public statement that you of course must be pregnant.

And it goes without saying that you should never come into work feeling a wee bit sick or tired and then feel better that afternoon. Duh--that has morning sickness written all over it. So either come in sick and stay sick the rest of the day or come in full of smiles and giggles. There just is no rest for the married-26-year-old-non-baby-mamma.

So friends, family, co-workers, minor acquaintances, & strangers alike, please do not ask me if I am pregnant. Whenever I am, it will be mine to tell & not yours to ask.

Thank you. That is all.

Pinned Up Double Giveaway

I am thrilled to bring you a DOUBLE giveaway from Etsy designer, Alyssa, from Pinned Up. Alyssa, is giving these two lovely & hip hair accessories to one lucky winner!
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8 Chances To Win:
Visit Pinned Up and leave a comment to be entered to win
...additional entries...
1.) TWO additional entries if you follow W&P first timers only please 2.) mention this giveaway and Pinned Up on your blog 3.) add Wild and Precious to your blog scroll 4.) twitter or update your facebook status about this giveaway 5.) add Pinned Up as a favorite on Etsy. 6.) follow Alyssa's Blog
{make sure to leave an additional comment for each entry}
Last day to enter: Friday 4/23

Meet the designer:

Q: When did you start designing & what inspires you?
A: I have been doing all sorts of different types of crafts forever (sewing, painting, candles, scrapbooking, etc.), but I started creating hair pins about a year ago, just for fun. I just recently started to design headbands. I am currently working on trying to incorporate different types of products into my shop. I love cute, simple things, not too flashy or showy; and I thin I am mostly inspired by thing found in nature.

Q: What do you do when you aren't crafting?
A: I work full time for an engineer (don't worry, it's not too exciting so I won't go into detail!), so i actually don't have tons of free time. Currently I am planning my wedding in the fall (yay!), and we like to spend a lot of time workign on our house. I am a big DIY-er. I also have two energetic dogs (a Husky & mini Aussie) that I have to keep busy daily. And... I may or may not watch a little too much TV :)

Q: Do you have a celebrity muse?
A: I would love to say i do, but I can't say that I am really inspired by any "celebrities." I read a lot of blogs and there are a ton of both well-known & not-so-known individuals that I would call my muses. I like to be very supportive of the handmade community so that is probably why I am inspired by the success of many women that can make a living off their homemade goods. A couple of my favorites are Elsie & Leigh-Ann.

Thanks Alyssa! You are too cool!

Wiggles {date night}

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I've landed in some really beautimus worlds while blog hopping around this week.

So plan a date with your pretty self -- grab a glass of wine (prob best if done after work hours), turn on my new music pick this week: Florence + the Machine {thanks tt for the intro!}, and check out these lovely ladies:


There were so many more lovelies, but I'll save those for date #2...

In what new worlds have you landed this week?

 

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