Bits & Pieces

The Language of Flowers Dictionary

I read a beautiful book last month, The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which has opened my eyes to flowers and the meaning behind them. During the Victorian Era flowers were used to send secretive message.  The flowers most often conveyed a romantic expressions but they could also reflect a negative message.  In the book Victoria created a Flower Dictionary-…

GMAT

I have never been a "great" test taker, but my lack in test taking skills forced me to develop other qualities that have led me to be successful at work, school and personal goals (like the blog!).  I could look back at my testing days and wish that I would have taken the time at a young age  to master…

2014 New Year’s Resolutions

A new year, a new list of resolutions and time to reflect on 2013.  I use to dislike resolutions because I would create vague big picture resolutions that were hard to attain.  Last year I tried out a longer list of detailed  goals and I really enjoyed the entire process, reminders, and reflections in 2013.  So again i have created…

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

We have been traveling a lot, and will not be staying in Atlanta for the holidays so we are keeping the christmas decorations to a minimum this year. Just a small 2ft tall christmas tree, a rosemary tree and a poinsettia plant.  All our christmas shopping is done, but I don't  feel like the christmas bug has gotten us yet.…

2013 Gift Guide: Brother

one. Stanley, 8-Ounce Classic Flask  ($23.64) two.  Threads for Thought, Crew Neck Thermal Henley Shirt ($44.00) three. Duluth Trading, Men's Buck Naked Performance Boxers ($22.50) four.  Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray ($8.50) five. Schott Zwiesel, Tritan Crystal Glass Convention Barware Collection Old Fashioned/Whiskey ($42.94) six. Kaufman Mercantile, EDC Magnesium Fire Starter ($24.90) seven. Dutch Blitz ($7.99)  

2013 Gift Guide: Sister

one. Heath Ceramics, Maple Cutting Board Edward Wohl ($125.00) two.  Anthropologie, Izabel Mini Wedges ($169.00) three. Bobbi Brown, Bath Eau de Parfum ($92.53) four. West Elm, Stemless Glassware Set - Gold Rimmed ($32.00) five. Mason Pearson, Handy Mixture Bristle ($129.00) six. Design Darling, #WhistleWhileYouWork Pencil Set ($8.00) seven. Lululemon, Vinyasa Scarf Rulu ($48.00)

Blog Goals: After Reading How to Blog for Profit

Every year at work my job seems to go through a change that forces me to step back and reanalyze my goals and projects.  This disruption helps me get out of my day to day and look at the larger picture- often times putting myself in my stakeholders shoes. I realized I need to do the same with Vanilla &…

Pop Art Girl Halloween Costume: DIY

Happy Halloween! A couple days before Halloween I found out that our office takes the holiday extremely seriously.  I didn't have time to order materials or search stores to make a costume so I was extremely excited when I found this Pop Art Girl Halloween Costume tutorial that wouldn't require me going to the store. Materials NARS Velvet Matte Lip…