BE MINE // V-Day Cards That Don’t Suck

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I found sooo many Valentines Day that I loved on Etsy! I tried to narrow them down, but alas, it was very difficult.

I love these indie cards. The look is more kitschy and modern and the sentiments are so much more real (read NOT CHEESY) than the major greeting card companies. They are so refreshing!

Happy upcoming Love Day.

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One for the anti-sentimental and blunt.

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The anti-establishment lovers’ card.

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Real talk for the sarcastic couple.

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One for our mathematical lovebirds.

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The millenial way to say it.

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For the relationship that developed unexpectedly.

 

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For those who still want a deep and meaningful msg w/o the corporation.

 

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Perfect for Galentines!

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Another GALentines because 1 is NOT enough!

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Fashionistas like MOI for this one.

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Animal lovers and Otter Fans like Editor Aimee right here.

These Editor picks were chosen by Associate Fashion Editor Lacy McCullar.

Read more about Lacy here.

MOMENTUM // Styles to Move You

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Rolling thru 2015 with a bold word: Momentum.

As Newton says, An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Whether training for that half-marathon, or jumping into a yoga or barre challenge, these pieces can carry you from cross training in the spin room to your detoxifying flow class.

Style Editor, Courtney Benattar, a certified Spin Instructor in Los Angeles, shares her favorite pieces to bring a little personality to your workout momentum.

1. FitBit — The FitBit Flex is a tech-trend that will only see a boost in 2015 –becoming an all around the clock Personal Trainer for $99. Recording calories burned, and mileage trekked, it also monitors sleep and provides insightful feedback for overall better living and wellness.

2. Nike is nailing it with this crossover zip jacket for to and fro activity.

3. For a little matchy punch with our funky #5s — of course they’re RayBans.

4. Who can pass these shoes up? And check out the heather grey while you are at it.

5. These track leggings from Onzie are rock star worthy for your entire day.

6. Life needs to be more — like play, so wear this to remind you.

7. Get your ladies in full position to let your body move, this was selected for high impact.

8. Bring on the Sandman and rock out hard with this tee.

9. Lipgloss, because — why not? Shown in kissyfit.

 

7 SWANS A SWIMMING // Irene Gianos shares Top Gifts for Hostess Delight

 

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If anyone knows good “hostess-mojo” it’s this Grecian-Chicago-Oklahoma girl — Irene Gianos of The OP Life.  She will send you home with baklava that literally jumps into your mouth, and urge others around these parts to drive a little faster, cause this woman’s got places to be!

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1 // ON A WHIM
“One of my absolute favorite candles to give AND receive! WINK!  The scent of this classic candle defines the holidays for me.”

 

2 // SAVORY SPICE
“This spice set from Savory spice is the perfect assortment of flavors for whatever dish you might wanna cook up.  From barbecue to pesto to chili lime, there’s something there for all tastes. Get it!”

3 // CK&CO

“The Tory Burch fold over mini cross body is perfect for the stylish woman who lives a versatile lifestyle.  It can be worn as a clutch or a cross body.”

 

4 // 42ND STREET CANDY
“These sugar plumb sweets are the tart, child-like, old-school nutcracker candies…great in tiny bags for people to sample and stockings!

5 // GIFT CARDS — HELLO!!
“Western Avenue is known for some of the best dining in the city.  So who wouldn’t love a gift card to any of these?   From coffee to burgers to sushi to fine dining, we have something for everyone’s tastebuds. “
Irene likes Tucks burgers, All About Cha coffee, Cafe 501 diversity, you know the street and your faves, celebrate!

 

6 // THE MAKEUP BAR
“Old world classic fragrances from Tocca in beautiful collectible bottles is something any woman would love under the tree.”

 

7 // EDEN SALON

“They are an Aveda-concept salon, that says something to me, they were willing to bring sustainable beauty to OKC — spoil yourself there or someone worthy of love pampering!”

Irene Gianos behind The OP Life is a fun one to get to know and served as a Western Avenue Scout for 2014. This post is partly sponsored by the Western Avenue Association.