The Birthday Girl









Happy Birthday to the best sister in the world!
She's so pretty, talented and mega creative..like Martha Stewart creative. 
Yeah, I'm pretty jealous of her crafting skills.

 Happy Birthday dear! 
Love you! 


xoxo,
Candice

P.S. (She reads the blog by the way..so feel free to leave her a note if you want!) :)
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Wordless Wednesday







(all images via Tumblr)

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Starting the Week Off Right

Just a thought to start off your week the right way!
(image via tumblr)

Blessings,

Candice

PS: I'm featured today over at Your Tea Time.com
Check it out, and perhaps submit a photo of your own!

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Handwritten Sentiments..or just games.






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For the Love of Friday

This is quite possibly the cutest thing I've seen..it's the new Rue campaign for Kate Spade.
I'm sure you'll just love it! Have a wonderful Friday, friends!

Make Your Bed for Rue from You + ME* & Trent Bailey Photo on Vimeo.



"The joy of the Lord makes you strong!"- Nehemiah 8:10d

Blessings,

Candice
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The Student

Sometimes the weather is really nice and cooperates with my plans for outdoor study so, I usually can spend a good amount of time enjoying the sunshine as well as getting my work done.

Today was my second of four, French cooking classes that I'm taking, so after coming back from lunch, (which was so delish!) I worked outside. It also turned into an outfit post. Double duty, zing! I'm kind of a novice on this whole fashion blog thing; please excuse the slight awkwardness...props to the dedicated fashion bloggers who do this all the time..whoa.
there were ants on the ground; laying here could have been problematic.



(Shirt: Burberry, Belt: Gianni Bini, Shorts: Z Co. Shoes: H&M, Glasses: F21, Necklace: gift, Earrings: thrifted, Coral ring: F21, Silver ring: Mountain Gift& Books)

Well I was working...and then I found the latest edition of InStyle among my books
 (how did that get there?)

On another note, I've been doing a lot of baking lately; my sister and I attempted french macarons one evening..oh boy. I'll save that story for later...those things have a mind of their own. 
Happy Thursday!

xoxo,

Candice





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behind the blog: MVV from Expedition of the Modern Viking Vixen

Happy Monday! 
I'm really excited to bring another fabulous blogger to your attention. When I came across lovely lady and her blog, I knew I'd found a gem! This Scandinavian girl is a total sweetheart, hilarious, and has lots of great advice and documented adventures being a foreigner living in Los Angeles! I've really enjoyed getting to know her, and I think you'll just love her too! Plus she's from Norway, and we all know that's totally awesome... without further ado, mvv from  Expedition of the Modern Viking Vixen: A Foreigner's Guide to American Survival

 1. What inspired you to blog?
I was getting really frustrated not being able to find answers to my questions about America - other than in long complicated wordy encyclopedias and government pages! It always led me to be more confused.. And after two years of living in this beautiful country I realized that my discoveries might be a help for other foreigners in the US. I've written about everything from beef jerky to college applications to what labor day is about. 

 
2. What have you learned from blogging, and do you have any tips you'd like to share?
I think it has made me a better writer, or that's not necessarily right... But it has made it easier to communicate my thoughts and experiences with words :) And my vocabulary has definitely expanded! Another thing that came as a huge surprise to me is how many Americans found my little experiences entertaining. And every smile makes me happy <3
Oh and always always ALWAYS spell check your work at least three times. It is so quick to do a mistake.

3. Name 3 places you'd like to visit
Miami, Chicago and Lake Tahoe 

4. Got any beauty secrets? Let's hear em!
Lots of fresh air and water! Hah! To be honest I really don't know.. Or actually, yogurt is an excellent facemask. And banana does wonders for your hair :) 

5. Who has been a role model to you and why?
I have a bunch of role models! Family, friends, people from all over. I love meeting people and hear their stories. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, is one of my bigger role models. Without even gone to college he has been super successful. I think he is awesome! I love how he is always working on new projects with a huge smile and a rock star attitude! And that he has given back so much to the community. 

 6. What's your favorite quote?I love reading new quotes, and have over the years written down quite a few. So this a tough question! I think one of my favorite quotes is one by James Dean: Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. 
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Question For You.

So I used to think that fake glasses were kinda dumb...

until I got a pair. 
Beware friends..they are strangely addictive. I may or may not wear them and pretend I'm the editor of Vogue... um anyways, I've got a question for you...

What would you like to see more of on Teatime Thoughts? 
I'm open to your ideas/suggestions..outfit posts, more about me, travel stuff, dance..etc. You tell me!
I'd like to hear it! 

Leave me a comment with any and all ideas that you have! 

Ok, well I don't want to leave the PR director for BCBG on the phone for too long, so you'll have to excuse me.
(I know, I know.. I'm just hilarious.) 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and leave me some ideas! 

xoxo,

Candice






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For Japan, With Love

We all have heard of the disaster that took place in Japan, and if you're looking for a great way to get involved as a blogger, check out 
There you can donate as well as participate in the day of silence taking place tomorrow...click the above link, and read below for more details. 

This is a great opportunity to be a blessing to those in need!
My lips will be sealed tomorrow.

xoxo,

Candice

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The Modern Viking Vixen


Find me here today! I'm thinking and reminicing about my travels to Norway..oh, and there may be one or two photos..
Enjoy! 

xoxo,

Candice
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We're Technologically Advanced Now

Guess what?? We're now mobile. 
(and by we're I mean the blog). 

You can access the latest posts and such on your phone, when and wherever you want, with the new Teatime Thoughts app!
How cool is that?? Seriously, we're talking hip technology here, people.  Check it out..




Snazzy, huh? 
Stick around..I'll be creating the next generation of the ipad shortly.


xoxo, 

Candice
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behind the blog: MJ from Honeypie Archives


I'm so excited to have MJ from the Honeypie Archives here today at Teatime Thoughts! If you're not following her adorable blog, you need to do that immediately. She's a lovely person inside and out, and has the greatest fashion sense. Seriously, the girl can rock the cutest vintage pieces ever! (so jealous!) 


We definitely hit it off from the moment we found the other's blog, and I'm lucky to call her a friend of mine. She's getting married in May, and has the cutest engagement photos ever! Alright, enough of my talking..take it away MJ! :)
1. What inspired you to blog?
Back when I was a graphic design major I took a photography class that required me to shoot at least once a week out of class time and document it with a blog.  My teacher felt the blog would push us to be better because we would have our classmates' blogs to compare with.  After the semester was over I left my blog alone for a couple months.  I slowly came back, and the rest is history.  Now I love blogging and wish I had more time to do it.  It's such a great way to document my life, hobbies, and memories.  It's also a great way to keep up with friends.

2. What have you learned from blogging, and do you have any tips you'd like to share?
I have learned so much from blogging.  Apart from learning HTML and all that techy nerdy stuff like that, the blog has pushed me to take more, and better photographs.  It's pushed me to use and fall in love with PhotoShop.  (I guess my photographer professor got the result he hoped for)  I love blogs with lots of pictures, and I think everyone thinks a post is more interesting if it includes pictures.  It spices up a blog!

3. Name 3 places you'd like to visit
Oh so many places, but right now someplace warm sounds the most enticing.  I am really anxious for warm, bare leg weather!  So Hawaii would be cool because I have never been!  The other two places are places I have been before, but loved.  I had the opportunity to go to DC this past summer, with my family.  My fiance and I are planning on visiting DC as soon as possible.  He is a political science major and history guru, so he would love DC.  Korea would be a dream, I have only been back once since coming here when I was a baby.  My fiance served a mission for our church there and  so he speaks Korean fluently.  He would be very useful to take to Korea, because the shopping can be dirt cheap if you have someone to haggle the price with the market shop owners for you.

4. Got any beauty secrets? Let's hear em!
This is a bit silly actually and probably sounds very odd, but for untamed eyebrows, spray a little hairspray on your finger and apply to your eyebrow.  It works wonders!

5. Who has been a role model to you and why?
This will probably sound super lame, but Hilary Duff.  I'm not even a huge fan of hers, but I've always admired her since the Lizzie McGuire days.  She's confident, fashionable, beautiful, and seems to be down to earth.  She never went through a crazy stage in life, and you can tell she is close to her family.

6. What's your favorite quote?
"Experience life; Agonize, scream, cry.  And then let it go." -Leo Buscaglia

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A Real Cinderella Story

"A pair of shoes can change your life...just ask Cinderella"


I was able to help out with the coolest event ever, The Cinderella Project, which provides prom dresses, evening shoes, jewelry and handbags to girls who are unable to afford them. The girls are chosen from surrounding schools in the county, and get to come in to choose a beautiful gown and accessories to take to their prom for free. The event was held at Saks Fith Avenue for two days, and was a complete blast!

 I cannot tell you how much fun it was to help the girls find the perfect dress, and see their faces when they came out to stand for a photo with the whole look. Smiles, laughter, happy squeals and sequins filled my day from 8:30 till 3. I even donated a few of my old gowns that had been sitting pretty in my closet, and was thrilled to see them swirling off in a cloud of chiffon and glitter to new homes!
Like my fairy godmother crown?

All of us volunteers got to be "fairy godmothers" for the day, complete with wands and crowns; it was truly a treat. Here's a few photos from the event and also the behind the scenes organizing, steaming, sizing, bagging and everything else that went into getting these gowns ready for their Cinderellas. The amazing, talented and hard-working woman behind all of this fun, Judy, is a good friend of my grandmother, and is now a great friend of mine! It was such fun being able to help alongside her.

These were a few of the Cinderellas. 
Getting all of the dresses organized and ready to go to Saks! 
(All photos via EveryChild blog)

What a wonderful and fun-filled day it was. It's always a joy to help someone else, especially when you see a smile on their face because they feel good about themselves. At the end of the day, I was tired, but in the best way possible; I'll not forget the smiles of these beautiful girls in their gowns, ready for the ball.


"A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true."
-Cinderella

Blessings, Sequins and Smiles,

Candice (the Fairy Godmother)





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What Would We Do Without Them?


5 Tips for Strong Friendships:

1. Make yourself available. 
Be there when someone needs to talk, celebrate or lend a helping hand.

2. Encourage one another.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing"
1 Thessalonians 5:11

3. Listen. 
"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen"
Ernest Hemingway

4. Don't take life too seriously.
"A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit."
Proverbs 15:13

5. Communication
Let your friends know you're thinking of them!
Whether it's a quick text, phone call, letters/email or a small gift in the mail, my friends like to know that they're on my mind :) 
(and who doesn't like getting things in the mail??)

Friends are a wonderful gift; enjoy them! 
They say that friends are family we choose for ourselves.

Blessings and Friendship,

Candice


P.S. 
I'm happy to have your friendship! 
xoxo

oh and if you want to be my friend on twitter..that would be pretty cool  :)
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Wild and Precious



Find me here today!! I'm talking about dreams; let me know what you think!
Enjoy!

 xoxo,

Candice
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