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Gift Idea: Buying Craft Soap in Bulk

Luxury bathtub styling with red curtain

Since I started design school in 2004, I have been running some sort of business. In college, I would buy items wholesale from the Dallas World Trade Center and resale them on sites like eBay. Later I learned to speak out better and less expensive vendors, but today I prefer to buy wholesale strictly for gifts and events. I saved $10,000 of my wedding buying wholesale. 

With permission from the company, I’m sharing my new favorite find. I say with permission, because wholesalers don’t usually want the consumer to know about them so that they will pay retail with the buyers.

Meet Australian Natural Soap

The soap is manufactured in beautiful Australia, but locally distributed out of the northeastern United States. This is French Milled soap made from top ingredients such as Sustainable Palm Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Vegetable-based Glycerin and other natural ingredients. The soap bars are made from plant oils and contain no animal fats. Hello vegans. There are no petro-chemical products detergents or Sodium Laurel Phosphates either. So for those with sensitive skin, here’s looking at you. 

You know what else is not in it? Alcohol, a tricky ingredient that dries out your skin. Manufactures like using alcohol in all sorts of moisturizing products so that you will buy more! Not in this soap. You’ll also find that these soaps last much longer than the store bought Dove while leaving your skin feeling much silkier.

And they are beautiul!

Masterbath sink with dual vanity for Australian natural soap

My Favorites for Gift Baskets

Especially around Christmas when I have 30 adults to shop for, these soaps combined with some twine, a personally selected soap dish and a basket for bath area toiletries makes for a great gift - even for men! They make for excellent hostess gifts for the unexpected guest; I always have a stash at hand.

Fresh Eucalyptus - Such an invigorating scent 
Oatmeal & Milk - or light exfoliation and the traditional crafted soap feel 
Sandalwood & Patchouli - Man scent 
Lavender Soap - For calming down baby before bed (or mom after a long day) 

Soap Carving

As a side note, you can buy them unwrapped and use for soap carving. My sister loves to do this; sketching them out into roses. I don’t understand this. All I see are they precious and wasted pieces falling to the floor. 

Below are 27 of my Favorite Soap Dishes from Around the Web

What is your go to holiday gift? Let us know in the comments below!

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Fashion Friday: Custom Monogram Jewelry Under $20

You’ve been following all your favorite bloggers and trying the same fashion, interior design and DIY projects but they just never seem to give that total overall look. What are you missing? Personalization! Monograming is a clean and sophisticated manor. Anyone can have sheets, but to have monogram sheets? Now you stand out. Fashion and jewelry is no different and you’ll notice all the custom monogram pieces out there ranging from $80-$300 - ouch! I was recently approached by a company who does it better at a price point that can’t be beat - under $20 for custom monograms!!!! Impulse Letters is a small family business (my favorite kind) putting together great monogram jewelry and key chain pieces at an even better price point. 

I received 4 necklaces to review from the company with my honest opinions. They are fabulous and cut very similarly to the ones you find in the local department stores. Some even had unique backgrounds that showed through the clear material giving them an added punch not replicated in the existing competitors. I initially thought I would like these just for the kids, but I love them too - especially the Texas state necklace. We Texans love our state pride. 

This first, lower case “a” made a wonderful gift to my young niece for a birthday compliment to her shiny new Wizard of Oz Toms.

Impulse Letters and monogram necklaces with glitter red tom shoes for girls

Miss Tiffany was enchanted by the swirls and curves of this capital “A” with its own pink and white swirls, 

Impulse letters pink monogram a with chanel j12 watch in white

My favorite was to pair the fun spring patterned lower case “a” with the Texas necklace complete with blue heart charm! These pieces are great for pairing 2-3 together.

Hello! Texas and monogram A custom necklaces by impulse letters

The one downside I found with these necklaces was that the chains were not a fine metal like gold, silver or even silver plate, but they were built strong. Seeing as I break every dainty chain I have, this is a major plus in my household. I do not mind the inexpensive chain at all given the price point. And better still, there is very little difference between Impulse Letters in appearance and durability. 

You can find Impulse Letters on Facebook and Instagram

Looking for fashionable monograms to compliment your wardrobe?

Looking for exciting and classy monograms to compliment your interior design scheme for your home?

Keep Calm and freak out meme

What is your item to have monogramed? Let us know in the comments below!

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My 4 Must Have Tea Beverages

For those that know me well, you know that I am pretty obsessed with hot tea. And sweet tea; you can’t live in the south and not love some sun brewed cane sugar ice cold sweet tea. I’ve put together a small compilation of my favorite teas of the moment. I say of the moment because I am always searching out the next sweet tea spot - no particular order:

1. Rischi Organic Mint Green Tea

TEXAS WOMEN BLOGGERS MUG OF rischi vanilla chai tea latte

I buy this stuff by the pound on Amazon. It is my go to daily drink and I try to use it as a replacement to my Coke Cola habit. The mint is subtle and served hot can be more relaxing than a Xanax. It comes loose leaf and can be a pain to heat the water, steep in a metal ball I load myself - but worth it, I make it by the large pot and often have leftovers that I pour into a container and chill for ice tea, The health benefits of green tea are spectacular…total added benefit.

2. Starbucks Venti Chai Tea Latte

Starbucks coffee is dallas texas

Mainly for convenience and second because I just can’t learn to replicate the perfect chai tea at home complete with foam. Don’t judge my addiction. 

3. Organic TeaNow Black Green Tea by Karma Kisses

teanow instant tea

TeaNow is my go to tea on the go. It is an organic, water-soluble instant powder from Karma Kisses that is just so easy. It’s loaded with super antioxidants that will keep you feeling and looking fresher and younger.  Each glass is like drinking 5 normal tea cups. Green tea antioxidants have a lot of research-backed benefits, including boosting your metabolism. If you're looking for a more serious dose of green tea antioxidants fast, for weight loss or fighting diseases. TeaNow can really save you a lot of time. TeaNow adds simply to any water bottle or hot cup of water. As I mentioned above, tea can be cumbersome to make, I just drop this in my water bottle while in the carpool lane at the kids’ school. TeaNow has a natural sweet taste but is sugar-free.

4. Jasmine Pearls from the White Dragon Tearoom in Durango

Jasmine pearls from the white dragon tearoom in durango colorado

My husband brought these home to me from a ski trip and it was love. Costly, but special, these are reserved for special guests, PMS days and times you want to crawl into a ball and announce that you can no longer adult. Smooth, clean, a hint of sweetness without bitterness or a perfume smell. No honey necessary and low caffeine. 

What is your favorite tea? Let us know in the comments below!

*****I received compensation in exchange for writing this blog post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. I seriously love tea - if you have any questions or recommendations - please let me know!!! *****

Below is a chart that shows in living color TeaNow being 500% stronger

5 shades of green tea

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A New Black Card Makes a Splash in Dallas

Val Black Card in Dallas to launch party at infamous Montaigne club

Last year I was receiving an invitation a month to trade up to the new Chase Black Card in stainless steel. Before that, there were the whispers of the coveted Black American Express Card with no limit. But what if you are happy with your existing accounts and just want a serious upgrade? This is where I discovered VALT.

Imagine receiving an actual custom metal VALT card that is tied to your existing credit card plus a full service concierge, exclusive member events in Dallas and shopping perks, gifts discounts etc. to high-end retailers all across town? They have my attention. Specific to the Dallas and Fort Worth area is my favorite. The Amex concierge is great but the big events that they offer to hook me up with can be in far flung cities like NYC. With 3 kids, just no time for that. 

It was hard for me to grasp at first, but VALT is not a credit card company. Your membership is not based on your credit score. VALT will take your existing credit or debit card and transfer the information onto your custom VALT card. You will be able to use your VALT card as you would any credit card and continue to receive any points or miles as you would if you were your original credit/debit card.

So What are they Looking for in Membership?

As with anything Dallas, there has to be membership and exclusivity. VALT is the new exclusive club to join in town. I would love to be able to peep behind the velvet curtain to see how they decide who is in,,,and who is out. Like the velvet ropes at Candleroom or the must get three sponsors hurdle of Junior League and Salesmanship Club….knowing is half the battle.

There is a fabulous launch party planned for Saturday, June 20th at the infamous Montaigne Club in Uptown that i am hoping to receive an invite to attend.  You and anyone can RSVP on their website, but Members and applicants are guaranteed a reservation. Enjoy Open Bar, Hors D'oeuvres, Live DJs and Special Guest Appearances. Their is a Facebook invite as well to add to you calender.

You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

valt comes to falls june 20

I kinda want to go to this party! What perks do you look for in a membership like this? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dallas Fashion for Men: Texas Makes Menswear

The J Wingfield Company weaves into its shirts the experience of four generations of American textile engineers

I love small businesses, especially when they are stamped in Texas. This men's line of button down shirts is manufactured right here in the lone star state. America is characterized by acceptance of this nation's opportunities for accomplishment regardless of social class or circumstance of birth. The founder of the company, Angus, a poor southern boy who took up that challenge, understood that textiles were a bedrock staple in our country's pursuit of that opportunity, and sought to weave into his family's history the achievement of this quest. His legacy of insistence on excellence is defined in J Wingfield shirts

J Wingfield shirts - We proudly manufacture our products in the USA and invite you to join us by weaving our shirts into your own American dream

The company engineered its fabrics to be comfortable, breathable, stain-resistant, and strong enough to last through multiple industrial washes. With this experience, the company soon realized that the same philosophy could be carried through into making a well-designed, high-quality and fashionable sport shirt

Find them on Facebook and Instagram

What is your favorite piece a clothing in a man's closet? Let us know in the comments below!

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What happens when you schedule tea on a rainy weekend? A lot of fun walking back through the arboretum! Soaked

#dallasarboretum #soaked #texasrain #barefootintherain #louboutin #chanel #michaelkors

What happens when you schedule tea on a rainy weekend? A lot of fun walking back through the arboretum! Soaked #dallasarboretum #soaked #texasrain #barefootintherain #louboutin #chanel #michaelkors

Math has done more for my family than I could have ever imagined. Thank goodness for the best math instructors. 
#TXWB #mathematics #numerology #oldguysaresmart

Math has done more for my family than I could have ever imagined. Thank goodness for the best math instructors. #TXWB #mathematics #numerology #oldguysaresmart

Rain Rain Rain and More Rain. âï¸âï¸âï¸ #rainydays #vince #monogrameverything #hello #TXWB

Rain Rain Rain and More Rain. âï¸âï¸âï¸ #rainydays #vince #monogrameverything #hello #TXWB

Feeling this one at the moment...just telling myself to breathe

#keepcalm #keepcalmandfreakout #breathe #quote

Feeling this one at the moment...just telling myself to breathe #keepcalm #keepcalmandfreakout #breathe #quote

A is for Apgar. Jon and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary today with Tea at the Arboretum and walking back getting drenched. Cute little monogram necklace by Impulse Letters
@dallasarboretum @impulseletters #dallasarboretum #monogram #chanel #A

A is for Apgar. Jon and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary today with Tea at the Arboretum and walking back getting drenched. Cute little monogram necklace by Impulse Letters @dallasarboretum @impulseletters #dallasarboretum #monogram #chanel #A

Pretty Sure Dr. Seuss was a genius

#drseuss #genius #TXWB

Pretty Sure Dr. Seuss was a genius #drseuss #genius #TXWB

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