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The 5 Beauty Essentials You Need for a Gorgeous Winter Glow

Cold winter temps can do a number on your beauty game. Pale, dry, lackluster… you know the drill. But what if we told you a winter glow is totally at your fingertips and it’s as easy as 5 essential ingredients. These makeup wonders from Tarte are about to become the MVP’s of your winter beauty bag and that dull skin? You can give it a big smooch goodbye.


1. Maracuja Oil

A vegan face oil for a healthy, glowing complexion with no greasy feel.

2. Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

A long-wearing blush infused with clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.

3. Amazonian Clay 12 hour Highlighter

A 12-hour highlighter powered by Amazonian clay for a radiant glow.

4. Maracuja C-brighter Eye Treatement

This eye treatment visibly hydrates, firms and brightens the delicate eye area.

5. Timeless Smoothing Primer

A smoothing primer with innovative blurring and filling technology for a youthful appearance perfectly primed for makeup application.


It’s as simple as moisturize, highlight and glow. With these Tarte Beauty Essentials you will be well on your way to radiant and all with a cruelty-free line of products chock full of healthy ingredients. A.k.a no parabens, mineral oil, phthalates or other harsh elements. So go ahead and get cozy with Tarte Cosmetics‘ natural beauty essentials and get ready to glow, baby, glow this Winter.

5 Chic Ways to Organize Your Jewels

When it comes time to organize jewelry, I’m usually a mess. Never let your necklaces and wads of rogue earrings get bunched up in a big, scary ball of metal again. Jillian of Sweet & Spark is breaking down 5 chic and simple ways to organize all those jewels. From small trinket dishes to large busts, this style savvy lady knows her stuff. She is the founder of an uber cool vintage jewelry company after all so you best believe, we’re taking notes.

At Sweet & Spark, we believe that jewelry collections, like stories should be treasured over time. I think jewelry collections should be considered art, as no two will ever be the same. 

People always ask me how big my personal collection is and the truth is, is that it’s pretty curated and mostly reflects my love for statement earrings. 

Since jewelry is always the last thing to put on, it can be easy to forget and leave the house in the morning without. When you can easily see your collection at home, it’s easy to stay inspired and pull together the details. 

My hope is that your jewelry collection comes to reflect the milestones in your life and bring you joy forever. Here are a few of the ways that I love styling jewelry in my home.

5 ways to organize your jewels at home

Colorful, vintage ceramic dishes

I love picking up pretty painted vintage dishes on my jewelry buying travels and then styling them in the top drawer of my CB2 dresser to keep the dust off of the majority of my vintage earring collection. As you can see, the ones I keep here are usually more seasonal or special occasion driven. You can shop all of our vintage jewelry dishes and trays here, we add new ones every season!

Catch Alls on Nightstand
I also love to scatter vintage ceramic dishes on my nightstands as an easy catch all for whatever pair I wore that day as well as to display the pairs that I wear most often, like pierced studs.

Bracelet Bars

Bracelet bars (like this one here)  are a great great way to organize all of your bracelets in one place. I like to organize them by color story. Also, it can be a great way to lay out your idea for an arm stack and make sure it will look good before wearing! Here is a bracelet stacking 101 guide.

Brass vintage hooks and decor

These help anchor your jewelry display collection as well as show off some of your more colorful pieces. Hanging necklaces with longer chains helps them from getting tangled.

Bust Forms

I love styling short necklaces on short bust forms on my dresser and for long necklaces, they look better on a tall bust form like this one here. The more layered up the bust form is, the more inspiring! Plus the tall bust form is a great way to break up your collection and showcase in another vignette of your bedroom room.

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Photography: Andrea Posadas | Sweet & Spark: Sweet & Spark

Glitter, Confetti and Loads of Bubbly = the Perfect New Year’s Eve

If ever there were an evening so deserving of all the glitter, confetti and champagne, it would be this one. Take a cue from Viva L’Event NC + V+T Photography and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the most sparkly of ways. Because the best is yet to come dears. And if you over do it, this hair of the dog should do the trick tomorrow morning. Cheers to 2017!

Requirements for a fabulous New Year’s Eve Gala are glitter, confetti and lots of bubbly, all of which were the inspiration when we were planning on ringing in the New Year! We wanted our guests to feel like they were attending an elegant house party inside the walls of The Merrimon-Wynne House.

 As you walked through each room, something sparkly caught your eye. Upstairs we had a “bubbly room” where you could find a champagne bar to spruce up your glass with different fruits and juices.

Next door was a “dessert room” filled with all kinds of bite sized sweet treats. Across the hall was a “Mule Bar” where guests could choose from a Mexican, Kentucky or Moscow Mule!

 A photobooth was set up under our entryway chandelier with props and a big bowl of confetti meant to be thrown into the air.

Dancing took place under a sea of balloons intertwined around the twinkling chandeliers. We created a Resolution Board where guests were asked to share their new years eve resolutions. Once the countdown began, party hats, noise makers and confetti were handed out to each guests.

As the clock struck 12, confetti cannons bursted through the dance floor and “Happy New Year” was shouted throughout the house. 

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Photography: V+T Photography | Event Planning: Viva L'Event NC | Floral Design: Meristem Floral | Catering : Beau Catering | Calligraphy: Mason Dixon Design | Event Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House | Magnolia : Weston Farms