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10 Things That Make Me Happy: Life in a Venti Cup

Hello Monday! I’ve been traveling since last Wednesday, enjoying the Pacific Northwest. This weekend I got to soak up warm weather, sip cocktails with Erin and Cassandra, and witness a beautiful wedding on a lake – it was magical.

Well lovelies, today I’m very excited to have Franki from Life in a Venti Cup. I’ve been following Franki for a long time and love her style, inspiration and best of all her sense of humor. Thank you so much for guest blogging here today!

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First, Caitlin, thank you or featuring me on your fascinating blog. You have a loyal following, and I’m grateful to have been included in your list of participants. The idea of outlining ten things that make us happy is such a fun concept for a series. I keep telling myself I’ll make a new list for myself each week, as the answers would vary nearly every day! You’ve inspired me to try it out 😉

Without further ado, here’s my “Venti 10“…

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Russel & Hazel Pink Binder

These are SO pretty on my desk. You don’t have to choose pink, as they come in many colors, but the pink makes me oh-so-happy. I’m satisfying my OCD addiction, my type-A tendencies and my “it has to be perfect” aesthetic desires all in one punch. I personally love using three in a row on my desktop for more impact and more organization possibilities. $24 @ Russel & Hazel.


Jo Malone Candles

I tried desperately to resist the siren call of these candles. They are pricey! Fortunately you can buy the more affordable travel or home size, which come in beautiful glass containers and last forever. The Pomegranate Noir is sensational!!! $65 @ Saks

Brown Sugar Body Polish

Still slaving over your legs in the quest for the perfect shave, shine and tone? One shower with this and you’ll be pulling out your short-shorts and begging people to come stare at your long, beautiful legs. It also smells divine and performs wonders on feet and hands. Buy extra, you’ll use this every day. $65 for over 14oz @ Sephora

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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

I recently wrote about this amazing serum. For less that $50 it makes my complexion glow and my heart flutter. I can’t say enough about this good-smelling, high-performing miracle in a bottle! $48 @ Sephora

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Bliss Triple Oxygenating Moisturizing Cream & Mask

Skin need a fix? I use this moisturizing cream daily & the mask weekly (more like 2x a week if I’m being honest). Do yourself a favor and try it out. Brightens, tightens and plumps my skin to perfection. $54 and $52 respectively @ Sephora


Mirrored Furniture

Delicate. Impractical. Easily ruined. Completely necessary. I can’t help myself, I love mirrored furniture. Whether it be a simple side table or a glamorous vanity, a piece of reflective furniture brightens any space and makes your guests take note. I particularly love an entry console for the dramatic statement it makes in a foyer. Prices vary, seek inspiration @ Horchow and Graham & Green

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Graham & Brown Wallpaper

Just looking at the collections makes me want to move – just so I can decorate an entirely new home. There are many, many fabulous brands out there, but the G & B options never disappoint! $60/roll @ Graham & Brown

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Wrap Dresses

You can’t go wrong with a dress that conforms itself to your body. Genius. This dress is sitting in my online shopping cart at Saks. I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need it, but I am absolutely smitten with it. It’s DVF (the godmother of all wrap dress brands), it’s the perfect color combo (wear with nude, black OR pink heels) and it looks as though it will hug my curves “just so” and do wonders for my “what to wear to dinner tonight” quandary. fab-u-lous! $345 @ Saks and Net-a-porter


Built NY Laptop Sleeve

This summer I downsized to a 15″ laptop. Life changing! My “office” is now so much more portable than it was when I lugged around a heavy 17″ Powerbook. Best of all, I was able to fit my trusty new Mac into a Jonathan Adler-worthy sleeve. These bright, festive covers from Built NY are easy to hold and add a pop of color to any outfit. Who says work can’t be fun? $36 @ See Jane Work

Platform Wedges

Let’s just say I’m a girl who could use more height. Platform wedges are my summer essential. They elongate the leg, are a snap to walk in and offer comfort and stability few heels can match. I’m particularly infatuated with these Jimmy Choo Espadrilles. They are the perfect nude-pink that goes with any and everything. Adoring Choo fans rave about their comfort and versatility. $395 @ Net-a-porter (but don’t be too proud to look at the $20 and $30 options everywhere that give these a run for their money!


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