GIVEAWAY / #ShareGoodness – NOW CLOSED

GIVEAWAY / #ShareGoodness | Vanilla & Velvet

I am so excited about today’s giveaway!  Yoga lovers you won't want to miss this one.

Zoës Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant concept serving a distinct menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes,  is running a Summer of Goodness program. This campaign aims to inspire people to do good and then share their good deeds through #sharegoodness.  Zoës Kitchen hopes to inspire other to live a balanced lifestyle by staying positive, being active, and eating healthy, high quality foods that make you feel good from the inside out.  And now they want to share some of that goodness with Vanilla & Velvet readers by giving away a Yoga Package filled with several goodies including: lululemon 105 F Singlet Yoga Top, The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga, Manduka Recycled Foam Block, lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband, a Zoës Kitchen gift card and other fun items.

To enter to win, you simply have to participate in Zoës Summer of Goodness program by sharing an act of kindness you performed on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram with the hastag #sharegoodness then come back here and share your act of kindness in the comments section below.  I will randomly choose the lucky winner on Tuesday (8/5).

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for playing!

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Best Week Ever?

Best Week Ever? | Vanilla & Velvet Yesterday was my 25th birthday and it was the perfect close to one of the best weeks I can ever remember having.  The week was so good I was afraid that if another good thing happened I would explode!  The week just reminds me how fortunate I am and that you can do whatever you want with your life.  You just sometimes have to be persistent and learn to overcome and grow from the set backs.   A few of the highlights:
  • I was accepted into Emory's Evening MBA program on Tuesday-- which starts in 2 weeks!
  • I started my new job and had a great first week.  Same company and boss - just  a shift in responsibilities
  • My blog is gaining in popularity each month and I hit a big milestone last week - hint keep your eyes out for a giveaway!
  • Birthday presents and cards trickled in all week - and the theme to all my birthday cards made me smile: yoga and kittens
  • Greg and I finally went on our first hike in Atlanta - Arabia Mountain Top Trail -- and made the goal of 2 hikes a month, lets see if we can stick to it
  • Greg and I split arguably the best tuna melt ever at Savi Provisions
  • Made our favorite dinner on Friday - Flank Steak & Veggie Stirfry
  • These awesome new birthday  yoga pants that dry crazy fast  - they were drenched when I left the studio and almost completely dry after my 10 minute drive home (Thanks Ellen!)
  • Made it to lots of yoga classes at Hotlanta Yoga and Damien hosted one of the most kick-ass classes ever on Sunday
  • A huge bouquet of fresh Birthday flowers
  • Greg and I stumbled upon the Fever Tree tonic water we fell in love with in London which we couldn't find anywhere in the states - you can buy it here
  • Birthday dinner at Greg and my favorite Atlanta Italian restaurant - La Tavola
  • One of my best friends is visiting next week!
  • Made a pie - my first fresh cherry pie.  Which is hard to believe since cherry pie is my favorite pie! - recipe coming soon

Trip to: Barcelona

I have been avoiding this post because my computer crashed the day after we got home and I lost ALL our Barcelona pictures from my camera.  On the bright side I did manage to capture some great shots on my phone.  Read about our stay in Dublin and London before we got to Barcelona. Day 1: We arrived around 4:00pm, and checked…

Trip to: London

Next stop of the trip: London Day 1: Checked in at our hotel – Marriott County Hall and zipped over to the London Eye for a ride on the oversized ferris wheel, for magnificent views of London and a champagne toast on the ride up. Next we headed over to Ping Pong for apps and drinks along the river.  Later that evening…

Trip to: Dublin

We made it back from a very successful vacation: Dublin, London and Barcelona!  I tracked all the highlights and most of the restaurants/pubs we went to so others can use them as a starting point when planning trips of their own.  Since we visited 3 separate places I am going to break it into 3 separate blog posts. Read about our…


Psssst.  I chopped my hair last week.  I have been scouring the internet for mid length cuts the last few months and fell in love with the " Choppy Lob" cut.  I like it so much that I think I might go even shorten next time! I met my awesome new hair stylist at Yoga class a few weeks back-…

Want, Love, Do, Wear, Read – 6.20

Want: Mara Hoffman, Eye Pillow for my bed. Love: My AMAZING new work and travel backpack- Tumi, Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack.  The splurge was worth it, a sturdy work bag is a great piece to invest in.  I had a hard time choosing between the colors Anthracite and Baltic, but I decided on Anthracite. Do: Travel,  you can find me roaming the streets of Dublin, London and Barcelona…

Packing for a Trip Abroad: Carry-On

As I mentioned in my last post, we are traveling to Dublin this weekend.  We have a long airplane ride ahead of us and it will be important to get a good night sleep on the flight so we can take advantage of the first day.  As I being to pack I thought I would share my favorite carry on items with…