Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My Favorite Instagram Accounts for Inspiration

Lately I have been all about finding great inspiration.  Whether it's in a picture, a place, a person, or something else I love finding that special thing that makes me feel creative.  One of my favorite places to turn for inspiration is Instagram.  There is definitely a certain aesthetic I'm drawn to on Instagram and follow so many accounts because they align with that.  Below I have my 20 favorite accounts to follow for gorgeous photo inspiration!

Allison Norton
Blue jean baby, LA lady.
Editor for

Holly Fox
color lover | sugar baker | graphic designer
Los Angeles
The Pink Diary
Sharon | la vie est belle

Carin Olsson
Moved to Paris to follow my dreams and haven't left since. Photographer based in Paris.
Snapchat: carin-olsson
Monika Hibbs
Lifestyle.Fashion.Home.Entertaining | Chasing Grace

Elise + Emma A Beautiful Mess
Sharing homemade recipes, crafts, and inspiration from our readers around the world!

The Everygirl
A Forbes Top 100 Website for Women, The Everygirl is the ultimate resource for creative career driven women. #theeverygirl

Design co. creating motivational & fun items for those who love coffee, wine, & all things lovely!
Pittsburgh, PA
Wholesale + Retail

Haute Chocolate
Creator of The Styled Stock Library
Founder at Haute Chocolate
Download your free styled stock photos below

Whitney Blake
Simplicity with a hint of beyoncĂ© 
Senior designer for @emilyley
Tampa, FL

Glitter Guide
Flashes of (de)light
Lifestyle website dedicated to inspiring you to shine bright.
Snapchat: GlitterGuide
Share your #flashesofdelight

Helene Sula
Helping bloggers get discovered & make an impact.
From Dallas, currently Nashville, TN! || #photosinbetween #bloggervibes

Lauren Conrad

Jessica Sturdy
Fashion. Fitness. Food. Frequent flyer. Francophile. Coffee snob. Rosé enthusiast. Chicago via NYC.
Say hello:

Join a community of female entrepreneurs that crush it online!
community > competition
join the #galtribe

Lauren Lowstan
Baker // Traveler // Music Lover // Obsessive Tea Drinker // Owner of (below) // Los Angeles

Karen O'Brien
Life + Style Blogger | Content Creator | Stylist
Snapchat: pretty_klo

Rachel Martin
Life + style blogger, lover of pretty things, eating pizza, + drinking too much wine
Snapchat: SSBlog

Jenna Kutcher
Small town WI photographer, painter, and educator with big dreams.  Obsessed with: mac and cheese, puppies, and yoga pants.  Keepin' it real since 1988.

Carly Hill
social at alison brod pr. glitter guide editor. nyc. obsessed with fashion, food, & planning the perfect party.

What Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration? Seriously leave them in the comments because I'm always looking for more great accounts!!

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Today I'm linking up with Oh Hey Girl!, and Trendy Wednesday.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my Blogiversary Giveaway!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

73 Questions

Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions?  It a video series in which they interview celebrities by asking them 73 questions within a short period of time, kind of like rapid fire.  If you haven't seen one before I definitely recommend checking them out, you can find them all here.  

A few weeks ago Jordyn did her own 73 Questions post that I absolutely loved and it inspired me to create my own.  In the spirit of celebrating my Blogiversary (which was Sunday) I thought it would be fun to share more about myself with you in this way.  I watched five or six of Vogue's 73 Question videos (including Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively, and Victoria Beckham) and took 73 questions from the different videos I watched to answer.  Keep reading to learn more about me!

1. What are you completely bored of in life right now? Hearing about the upcoming election (#sorrynotsorry)

2. Besides your phone or wallet, what are a couple of must-have purse items? Lip balm, a brush, Tylenol, a mini deodorant, and hand cream

3. What is your favorite scented candle? Voluspa Japonica Goji Tarocco Orange

4. What movie do you laugh at the most? Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

5. What is the last song you listened to? Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

6. What's one thing you still have from your childhood? A stuffed bear that is in tatters named 'Baby'

7. What did you love most about the town you grew up in? That I always felt safe

8. What was your least favorite subject in school? Science

9. What surprises you about people? How rude some people can be and how kind others are

10. If you had a superpower, what would it be? Teleportation

11. What is the best compliment you've ever received? That I'm kind

12. What is your favorite fashion trend of all time? Nude accessories (shoes, bags, ect.)

13. What's the most adventurous thing you've done? Riding a donkey up the side of a mountain in Greece

14. What's one thing you need to have in your fridge at any given time? Ketchup

15. What's your favorite food? Pizza

16. If you could raid one woman's closet, who would it be? Blake Lively

17. If you could teach one subject in school what would it be? Algebra

18. What would you order at a drive-through? If calories didn't count/I wasn't not eating wheat and dairy free for health reasons, Sonic Super Crunch Chicken Strips, French Fries, and a Peanut Butter Shake

19. What's your favorite cocktail? Champange

20. What's your favorite beverage? Water (I know boring!)

21. What's one habit you wish you could break? Picking at my skin

22. What's one accomplishment you're most proud of? Graduating cume laude from college

23. What's keeping you busy these days? Blogging, and decorating the new house my Mom just brought

24. What is your favorite dessert? Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes from Sprinkles

25. What was the last thing you baked? Chocolate chip cookies

26. What is your favorite movie? A Walk to Remember

27. Favorite TV show that's currently on the air? For the summer The Bachelorette

28. What's a book you plan on reading? The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career and Mother, Can You Not?

29. iPhone or Android? iPhone

30. Twitter or Instagram? Instagram

31. Vine or Snapchat? Snapchat

32. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Milk chocolate

33. Dogs or cats? Dogs

34. Kittens or puppies? Puppies

35. Dolphins or koalas? Dolphins

36. Bird-watching or whale-watching? Whale-watching, I'm dying to see orcas in their natural habitat

37. Weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Escargot

38. What's your favorite band? 'NSYNC

39. Favorite solo artist? Britney Spears

40. If you had a tattoo, where would it be? It would be very tiny and on the side of my ribcage right below my left boob

41. A person you'd love to have coffee with? Taylor Swift

42. What's your favorite curse word? Fuck

43. What country do you wish to visit? France

44. What's your favorite color? Blush pink

45. Least favorite color? Lime green

46. What color dress did you wear to your prom? Hot pink

47. Diamonds or pearls? Both

48. Blow-dry or air-dry? Blow-dry, but I wish it was air-dry

49. Heels or flats? Flats for day, heels for night

50. Pilates or yoga? Pilates, but I do enjoy yoga too

51. Jogging or swimming? Swimming, I never jog, ever

52. Best way to decompress? Face mask and a warm bath

53. What's the best thing to happen to you this year? Graduating from college

54. Where would you love to live? New York City, Southern California, or Paris

55. What's your favorite bakery? Sprinkles

56. It's brunch, what do you order? If I wasn't wheat free and wanting to splurge pancakes or french toast, but since I am wheat free and trying to eat healthy gluten free toast and scrambled egg whites (it tastes better than it sounds!)

57. What's your midnight snack? Tostitos and salsa

58. Who's your fashion icon? Blake Lively, Lauren Conrad, and Olivia Palermo

59. What do you usually order at Starbucks? Hot Chai Tea Latte, I don't drink coffee

60. Who is the last person you texted? My best friend

61. Favorite app? Instagram

62. Favorite website? Byrdie

63. What are three things you can't live without? Family, my dog, my phone

64. If you could switch lives with a person for one day who would it be? Kate Middleton

65. What's the first thing you do in the morning? Check my phone

66. What is the question you get asked the most? "Is your hair color real?" (The answer is yes.)

67. What's one word you use too much? Obsessed because I'm obsessed with it

68. Would you describe yourself as messy or neat? Neat

69. What karaoke song would you sing without needing the monitor? "...Baby One More Time"

70. What's the very last thing you do before you go to bed? Put on hand cream

71. What's one skill you wish you had? The ability to speak multiple languages

72. What is the geekiest thing about you? I love math

73. What makes you smile the most? My dog

What do you think of 73 Questions?  Answer one of the questions in the comments - I'd love to learn more about you!

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Today I'm linking up with Tutu Tuesdays, Confident Twosday, and Style Sessions.

Welcome to Tutu Tuesdays a linkup with The Blush Blonde and The Fairy Princess Diaries!  Linkup whatever you'd like and make sure to do a little mingling - our goal here is to create a community of bloggers where we can all connect, find new blogs, and support one another.  We love new friends, supporting other blogs, and meeting fellow girl bosses!

There are just a few rules we ask you follow to join in on Tutu Tuesdays:

1. Please follow both Jordyn and me, your lovely hosts, on Instagram and/or Bloglovin.
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2. Link to your specific post, not your blog's main page.
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4. Have fun and mingle with other bloggers that have linked up!  Like I said we want everyone to make new friends!

Monday, June 27, 2016

3 Year Blogiversary & a Giveaway

Three years ago yesterday I started my little space on the internet.  I created Crumbs & Curls in 2013 while I was bedridden recovering from surgery on my back.  Then in 2015 I rebranded as The Blush Blonde and have grown to love my blog even more with its new name.

Making a blog on a whim (with NO idea what I was doing) was one of the best things I have ever done.  Three years ago I never could have imagined that this would turn into what it has and I feel like I fall more in love with blogging each year.  During this journey I have learned so many things, met so many amazing people, and had so many incredible experiences because of my blog.

I want to thank all the people who have supported me over the last three years more than I ever could have asked for.  Thank you to my parents, my sister, my friends, friends of friends, sorority sisters, readers, and more, without you this would not be possible.  As I enter into my fourth year as a blogger I hope to only be able to expand on everything that has come so far.


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To celebrate The Blush Blonde’s 3nd Blogiversary we are bringing you a giveaway made for summer!  This giveaway includes beauty products specially picked for the warm weather, Quay Australia Sunglasses, and a gift card to Nordstrom!  Here are all of the goodies that you have a chance to win:

Sephora Sun Safety Kit- A limited edition set filled with all of the sun protection essentials necessary to stay sun safe this summer.  It is a set from Sephora with items from several brands and a value of $127.00.  To see exactly what it contains click here.

Quay Australia My Girl Cat Eye Sunglasses- Super on trend sunnies with a 50 MM lens width and full sun protection.

$75.00 Nordstrom Gift Card- This is included to buy any other summer essentials you might need!

Fine Print:
This is open internationally, pending shipping laws/restrictions. You must be 18 or older, or have a parents permission to enter. This giveaway is open for exactly one week. Winner must respond within 48-hours or a new winner will be chosen. Your form of entry will be double-checked.

Good luck!

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Today I'm linking up with #HowISummerHello MondayLet It ShineWeekending, and MIMM.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites

My best friend sent me this on Pinterest and I thought they were the cutest little shots I've ever seen!  I've been a huge fan of Jello shots (they're so fun!) for a while now and this recipe from A Beautiful Mess looks delicious.  I've always been a little intimidated by fancy Jello shots, but these actually look easy to make and the step by step pictures included with the recipe are super helpful!

Favorite Summer Accessory Sassy Pool Floats
Sassy pool floats have been popular for the last few years and I think they are the greatest!  Urban Outfitters has a good selection and the ones below are from there.  You can find the flamingo here, and the seashell here.  I also love the swan, pretzel, and donut floats too!  Any of these adorable floats are sure to make a huge hit at the pool.

Favorite 4th of July Fun American Flag Donuts
With 4th of July a little over a week away it's time to start planning some festive fun.  I came across these donuts from The First Year on Pinterest and thought they were so much fun and are sure to make your day extra festive.  They would be great for 4th of July brunch or dessert at a party!

Favorite Decor Office Inspiration
My Mom and I are moving in a few weeks and I want to upgrade my desk situation in my bedroom to make it look more office like.  I've been searching Pinterest for ideas and fell in love with girly chic office decor.  I've been thinking of doing my room in pink, white, and gold so this is giving me a lot of ideas!

I have been loving co-ords for sometime now and think this one from Lulu's is gorgeous.  It would be beautiful for a variety of different events and is perfect for the summer.  I love it so much I might have to get it for myself!

What are your Friday Favorites?

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