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We all have a guilty pleasure, and for me it’s ice cream, gelato, or  sorbet.  I am not much of a candy or baked goods fan, but give me a scoop of  ice cream and I am in heaven. It is definitely a special treat when I have ice cream (since I am supposed to stay away from dairy) but I can never let this special treat go.  Like most, ice cream coincide with so many of my good childhood memories, but one in particular was just a few years ago when I lived in Italy. We lived in a small town north of Venice and made nightly stops at the neighborhood Gelateria for a scoop or two of Straccciatella, Strawberry, or my favorite, Pistachio.  We found our favorite spots when traveling and mine was on the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence (seriously it was Heaven on Earth). So, when Haagen Dazs reached out to me and asked if I would try their new Gelato flavors I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  Patrick and I decided to splurge with an afternoon treat and tried 3 of the new Haagen Dazs gelato flavors in between some homemade sugar cookies. My favorite was the Pomegranate Swirl and his was the classic Stracciatella.  It brought us right back to Italy!

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* This post is sponsored by Haagen Dazs, a brand of ice cream I truly love and of course, all opinions are my own. 

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With my upcoming nuptials, I have really been trying to step up my beauty game.  I am a total creature of habit when it comes to skincare and makeup.  I started using Tata Harpers Regenerating Cleanser and the Rebuilding Moisturizer back in December, and I can’t imagine using anything else on my face.  I finally caved and bought a Clarisonic last year, but other than that my regimen is pretty minimal. I have been wanting to try a eyelash conditioner for sometime now, but I wasn’t sure if it would actually work. That is, until I saw my momma last month and noticed her eyelashes were soooo long (she thinks they doubled in length).  Thanks to my parents for listening to my “hints,” they sent me a bottle of RevitaLash to try for my birthday.  Per my fiance, his one request for the wedding is that I do not wear any fake eyelashes (it’s a long story for another time), so hopefully this RevitaLash keeps my eyelashes looking long and healthy. After doing some research, I should notice a difference within the first 3 months….so keep your fingers crossed for me. Do you have any beauty products you swear by, please share with my in the comments section.


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I am already on my 3rd shot of espresso this morning and it is not even 10am.  Let’s just say, I am coming down from an ultimate high from this weekend’s celebrations.  Thanks to my awesome friends, family and fiance, this was a birthday for the record books.  They definitely know how to make a girl feel special, even if it was only my 26th birthday.

Thanks to my dad and all of his life lessons throughout the years(or he what he calls his “pearls of wisdom”) I decided the best way to start my next year of life, was to look back at some of the things I have learned and accomplished in the last 25 years.

1. Be respectful (always)

2. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE (it’s better to be wealthy than rich)

3. Love unconditionally (and except nothing in return)

4. Be genuine in everything you do

5. Honesty is always the best policy (even if it doesn’t feel right at the time)

6. Family comes first

7. Play hard, work harder

8. Success does not come easy

9. Find happiness in the unexpected

10. Wake up everyday with a smile

11.  Be grateful for everything you have (even if it doesn’t feel like a lot at the time)

12. Never stop learning

13. Be passionate

14. Find great friends (not just good ones)

15. Speak your mind (communication is key)

16. Always strive for perfect

17. Never settle

18. Treat yourself after a great accomplishment (or just because you deserve it!)

19. Be compassionate

20. Set goals and surpass your goals

21. Do something you love everyday and it will never feel like work a day in your life (this is one of the most important lessons my dad taught me and why I continue to write A Dash of Details everyday)

22. Find someone who makes you a better version of yourself

23.  Do something that fulfills you everyday

24. Own up to your mistakes

25. Take care of yourself

26. Have the best day every, everyday (thanks to my friend Blair, this has been my favorite daily mantra)

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