Monday, May 2, 2016

Junior League of Daytona Beach-The Year That Was!

Tonight is our last General Membership Meeting for the Junior League of Daytona Beach. I was super happy to lead such an amazing organization. It has been a great year, and I look forward to June 1st to putting up the gavel and continue to do the good work that the JL does!



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Thoughts


I have to find balance.

It's such a struggle, but I find myself not doing one thing creatively that I want to do....how frustrating!

Hope you find what you want, all you want, with all your heart this weekend!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Celebrates Super Hero Day with Free Doughnuts on April 28



My friends and I had the great opportunity to tour the Krispy Kreme facility in Daytona and preview all the amazing new seasonal doughnuts. It was so cool! I got to see how these delicious doughnuts were made! (PS I the am incredibly pale one and thought everyone grabbed their sunglasses, what a dork.)

My friend Emily was sweet enough to cover this sweet event (see what I did there) way better than I could ever in her article in the Ormond Beach Observer here.



Fresh Out of the Oven

Oreo Chillers


A Super Sweet Deal: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Celebrates Super Hero Day with Free Doughnuts on April 28

Doughnuts save the day! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts offers a sweet way to celebrate everyday super heroes in your life. Customers who buy any dozen doughnuts at regular menu price will get a second Original Glazed®dozen doughnuts free on April 28. Costumes are not required, just super encouraged at these shops throughout Central Florida.  

Share your super hero moment with your sidekicks using #KrispyKreme.

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“Share a delicious sweet treat to show your appreciation for those who impact you in big and small ways,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “There are super heroes all around us and this is the perfect way to spread joy and celebrate everyday heroes.”


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Friday, April 22, 2016

RIP Prince


It is getting to the point that on a pretty regular basis people we have admired in film, in our ears, and on our screens will pass. There seems to be a big wash of them lately...but we are losing a lot of greats.  It was sad when Haggard, Bowie etc. died earlier this year, but I can't say I was that affected. A loss to the industry of music for sure, but I can't say I listened on a regular basis. I saved that for the great ones, my go-tos, and one of them was Prince. 

This was a 30+ year relationship that Prince and I had. It is one of my great childhood memories, watching Purple Rain with my best friend, and calling her mother in at the dirty part so she could make sure we were covering our eyes. We celebrated Prince and he celebrated us, the album 1999 was the only thing that would wake me up on long road trips in my 20's. There was something about hearing the opening chords of Delirious that a 5 Hour Energy will never touch. 

I was a crazyfan of the movie and soundtrack Under the Cherry Moon. Do U Lie? Christopher Tracy's Parade and Sometimes it Snows in April are anthems for me. In fact, I must have played Sometimes it Snows ten times earlier this month as I visited NYC in snowy weather, giggling at the irony. 

In 2007, my husband and I joined two friends as we drove down to West Palm to see Prince in an intimate setting before the Super Bowl. I think the tickets were as much as our mortgage but to see him live, to have that memory-is something I will never forget.

Prince has been a part of my own culture for so long, but it is a life lesson with a point of contention-we are now in a totally new generation. I am okay with that but it really makes me sad. 

I am sure many Baby Boomers feel the same way the Day the Music Died, but its still a hard pill to swallow.  

Even though, fairly they weren't even alive during this time, its hard for me to understand that there is a world out there that doesn't understand instantly what "Go purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka" means, may think "When Prince was on Apollonia" is just some drivel from a Kayne song, and don't know that Purple Rain was not only a song but a movie (although that was one of the best conversations I have ever had). Shouldn't they teach these things in school?

In all seriousness, this was all literally a generation ago and that is what the journey of life is all about. And now this portion of the journey has ended.

I was driving yesterday and received a text message. At the risk of being dramatic, I was drinking my drink and started choking when I was read my friend's message. She was joking that I had to beat my husband to the punch with this news (we race to tell the other on notable deaths) but this was no fucking joke.,...I pulled over and started looking, certain this was a hoax. I then got sickly nostalgic for my days in radio for the times where, for once, there was an opportunity to do what radio was made for, to be the force to break this kind of news first. 

Prince was such a part of what made my life cultured and I will miss that.

'thank you for the funky time'. 





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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Skimm in the Palm of your Hand

It's no secret that I love to start my morning off with a good dose of Skimm. I have told you about here and here. I have enjoyed these two girls kick some booty and grow grow grow!

Now, they have released an app for Iphone!  Today they launched Skimm Ahead, the first subscription service on the all new theSkimm for iPhone. Skimm Ahead puts the future into the palm of your hand. Literally.

Sweetly yet, when I sent a note of congrats, they were sweet enough to remember that I was first to blog about them. Isn't that the secret of success with a dose of girl power? Always be kind enough to remember your beginnings. Yay! You can download their app here!





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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Krispy Kreme Debuts Cookie Jar Doughnuts




I need you to stop what you are doing and listen to this glorious announcement that has just came to our favorite Donut shop in Daytona Beach. Krispy Kreme has delivered us delicious news and for a limited time has released three new delicious donuts! Let's have a date.

Get caught with your hand in the cookie jar at your favorite, local Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop. Three indulgent, cookie-themed doughnuts, including the new Snickerdoodle Doughnut and returning favorites, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut and the Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut, are available throughout Central Florida through May 15:

The one closest to us in Volusia County is the Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Other Central Florida Locations Include: 
Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
 2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“These delicious new selections provide fans the perfect combination of cookie and doughnut,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “Blending your favorite cookie flavors with our classic Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we’ve created the perfect sweet treats.”



· The NEW Snickerdoodle Doughnut is a cake doughnut rolled in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with white icing and topped with snickerdoodle cookie pieces.

· An indulgent take on a classic, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Doughnut features an Original Glazed® doughnut topped with milk chocolate drizzle and a cookie dough flavored Kreme™ dollop.

· The Oreo Cookies and Kreme Doughnut is filled with a decadent Oreo Cookies and Kreme filling before being dipped in dark chocolate icing. The doughnut is topped off with Oreo cookie pieces and white icing.

· Plus, the Oreo Chiller, blended with Oreo cookie pieces and topped with whipped cream, Oreo cookie pieces and a chocolate drizzle, is available at all Krispy Kreme shops in Central Florida.

Share your sweet treat using #KrispyKremeCookieJar.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida

With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually. Stay social with your local Krispy Kreme shop on these channels: 


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Oh, Hello Mid April

I even have on my Remember the Milk daily to Blog...every day. It's been a while.
What's  new... How is the world treating you?

As for Me:

-I do not have to travel till next month, I'm such a tired loser that I went to bed every night in NYC by 9p. Whoo party!

-My year as Madam President is coming to a close...bittersweet, will miss the uber involvement but it's time to let the other ladies kick some bootie.

- Next project is my high school reunion, I should say our high school reunion! What a relief and joy to not drag my husband around and say, honey this is so and so. I will say and that I just thought of this, hope everyone keeps their childless inquisition to a bare minimum....that is gonna stink.

- We started on the AdvoCare cleanse together this week. I actually started a week early then fell off a tad (hello, NY bagels and spaghetti and red wine) so I decided to start over and be diligent. Until I won't be. I just have to keep thinking about good eating and how I want to be confident at the reunion.

-Getting very weary of the preconceived notions of what my industry is. It's getting to the point that everyone is an expert. It's very frustrating. The only thing I can compare is that when my car is broken I don't come to their shop with my own wrench, right? It's the same thing. Anyway...

- Spending a lot of time working on stuff and figuring it all out. I am getting close to the solution, then I'll let you know. I realize I sound dumb and elusive and should write hmmmmmm and shit like people do when they are seeking attention. It's not that, I just haven't put all my thoughts to paper on what I'm cooking up. Sadly, because I try to write everything down-when I do you will be the first to know.

-Please go read Swans of Fifth Avenue. Melanie Benjamin is a genius and these socialites in the 50's clamoring for Truman Capote's attention is brilliant and dazzling and everything you could ever want in fashionable late 1950's Manhattan.

That's all for now!





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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spruce Creek High School Football Boosters Golf Tournament


Event Date:
May 14, 2016

Tournament/League Format:
Spruce Creek High School
Football Boosters Golf Tournament
benefiting the Football Teams
Saturday, may 14, 2016
8:30 Shotgun Start

$60 per person  
Entry includes:  Golf, Cart fee & Greens fee,  Range Balls,
Awards Banquet, Prizes AND FUN !
All entries must be received before April 15, 2015

For more information contact: Creekboosters@gmail.com or Erin Bryant   (910) 986-8316

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ormond Beach Celtic Festival

Join us April 16th and 17th, 2016 for the annual Ormond Beach Celtic Festival at the Casements, Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park!

Enjoy a unique and colorful weekend of music, dancing food and good old Celtic Festival fun right by the river.


The gates open at 10 am on April 16th for two days of music, food and fun at Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park. On the south side of the Granada bridge festival goers will find 3 stages of continuous music, a jam tent, Celtic food, crafts and jewelry and, of course, plenty of Guinness!!! More than 20 bands as well two Celtic dance troupes from the United States, Canada and the British Isles will appear throughout the weekend. Admission is $5 each day for adults. Children under 12 are free and there’s plenty of free parking.

Fortunato Park, on the north side of the bridge, is home to the Highland Games and Sunday sheep herding demonstrations as well as a party tent sponsored by Southern Stone featuring more bands and a beer garden. The Games are sanctioned by the North American Scottish Games Athletics organization and attract more than 50 male and female athletes from around the region to throw the caber, the hammer or the stone put.

This year’s headliner is Patrick Ball.



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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Krispy Kreme Pop Up Shop at Easter Beach Run at Daytona Beach on Saturday

Literally very few things I like more than Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. It's my downfall in life, but what a way to go! 

Little Blog Dress Media is proud to sponsor the 49th Annual Easter Beach Run, it has been a joy to work on this event promoting it. It is historic and awesome and I feel honored to be a part of it! And NOW a first ever popup! 

Join Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the Debut Special Appearance of the New, Giant Inflatable Pop Up Shop during the 49th annual Easter Beach Run Daytona Beach on Saturday, March 26.

Fans have enjoyed the iconic Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach location at the intersection of Nova Road and International Speedway Boulevard for more than 50 years.   For special occasions, the Pop Up Shop brings the joy of Krispy Kreme to various community events with its inaugural appearance on the sandy shores of Daytona Beach.

Participants and guests are invited to visit the new Krispy Kreme Pop Up Shop at the Daytona Beach Bandshell during the Easter Beach Run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a complimentary Original Glazed® doughnut, photo opportunities and other sweet surprises (while supplies last).  #KrispyKremeDaytona



About The 49th annual Easter Beach Run Daytona Beach
The course begins right on Daytona Beach and will start at 7:30am. The festive themed run was first held on Easter Sunday as an activity for visiting college students, and today, it has become the longest consecutive race in Florida. Participants can look forward to a scenic run on one of the most famous beaches in the world and can either enjoy the 4-mile race or 2-mile fun run/walk. Kids are welcome to take part in the ¼ mile race as well as the 100 and 50-yard dashes. After the race, participants will receive finisher medals, shrimp and grits from title sponsor Bubba Gump Shrimp co. and there will also be an awards ceremony.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida
With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually. Stay social with your local Krispy Kreme shop on these channels www.facebook.com/KrispyKremeDaytonaBeach and www.Twitter.com/KKOrlando.




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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Idea Dinners, A New Way To Shake Up Networking




There is nothing more important to me than bringing big city mentality to our small parts of this little ole town. This week, I had the distinct honor of being selected to attend an Idea Dinner.

Idea Dinners is where eight strangers gather over cocktails and craft cuisine to engage in meaningful conversations, form long-lasting relationships and share ideas. I received an invitation because they thought I would be a great fit for the Idea Dinner with Chef Ryan Truong of Nichiyobi Bambu.

Recently named one of the New's Journal's "40 Under 40" Ryan has quietly been leading a small food revolution at his twice monthly pop-up restaurant at Bamboo Garden in Ormond Beach. Nichiyobi at Bambu features an innovative Pan Asian Fusion menu and Ryan and his team are creating an entirely new and innovative menu just for Idea Dinners. He aspires to open his own restaurant in Ormond in the near future.

The guest list includes Ormond restaurant and business owners as well as creative business and restaurant marketers who have a reputation for developing brands that think outside the box. I was so pleased to see my friend Jess and Carlos who owns La's Bistro, Taki who owns Greektown Taverna,  and Jenna and Robyn-two fabulous ladies who are opening Virgola, AKA as my new home: a oyster and Italian Wine Bar (the original based in NYC) that will be opening in May on Ormond Mainstreet. The conversation was led by Alex Bittner a Adams, Cameron & Co. realtor.

From the website: Whether you are launching a business, starting a project or pioneering change in the community, Idea Dinners is where you can gain insight through meaningful conversation and make long-lasting connections with like-minded Central Florida residents. Dinners vary by theme and often include a prominent dinner guest who frames the conversation based around his or her area of expertise. Idea Dinners take place in creative settings throughout Central Florida and include a gourmet dinner and cocktails created by local chefs.

Idea Dinners is a project of Lacey McLaughlin, a Daytona-Beach based writer, and Whitney Taylor-Barnard, owner of the Scribble Studio in Ormond Beach. As two foodies with endless creative pursuits, we want to move the community forward by giving great ideas a place to grow.

I have known Lacey for quite some time, she is a writer , a real writer!!! I have been stalking Whitney and her Scribble Studio products for quite some time and finally had a chance to meet her in person! Check out this faire! Amazing! 



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Easter Beach Run

Little Blog Dress is so excited to sponsor the 49th Easter Beach Run! This has been a great fun project to work on! This festive, Easter-themed beach run was established in 1967 by Daytona Beach Leisure Services. The race was first held on Easter Sunday to provide an activity for visiting college students and is now the longest standing footrace in the state of Florida.

Participants enjoy a scenic run on the World’s Most Famous Beach while traveling out and back for the 4-mile race, 2-mile fun run or health walk. Kids are also welcome to participate in the 1/4-mile race, 100 and 50-yard dash.

The fun doesn’t start with the run. Runners and supporters meet outside of title sponsor, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Co. for the bunny hop, the best-dressed Easter contest and loads of activities for children. The Easter Bunny, "Shrimp Possibles" and the one and only Forrest Gump kick off the race from the Historic Bandshell.

The Easter Beach Run is professionally chip-timed by the 5K Race Director.

Held at the Historic Daytona Beach Bandshell

12:00 pm: 4 mile Race (all ages, teams welcome)

1:15 pm: 2 mile Race & Fun Health Walk (all ages)

2:00 pm:
Kids Races
50 yards (3-5 years)
100 yards (6-7 years)
1/4 mile (8-9 years)




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Friday, March 11, 2016

Would You Work For Free?

Morning! Greetings from DC! It is FridYAY! I am happy to be traveling in the most gorgeous of cities and the weather is stellar! We are here on a quick Girl's getaway, posts to come!

I was sent this a couple of weeks ago and again today by two colleagues that also work for themselves. It really is so frustrating, this lovely industry of ours! Our brain is not free!

Lately, I have been missing opportunities because the client "has a friend who is gonna help and handle his Facebook" or "his daughter is going to do it for him on the side". You have to cussword be kidding me, and this has been going on for a while. Remember when I was complaining about it here? Two years ago and now it is more crazy then ever.

Listen to me when I stand on my soapbox and yell-just because you have a Facebook, a social media maven makes you not. Do I come in to your law office and litigate your cases? Do I come to your salon with my scissors in hand ready to get my hair did? Nope! Please, for the love of God just be good at what you are good at and pay for the services that you are not to better your business.

Pay is the operative word. It is not for free and if it was it would look a little something like this. Enjoy!





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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Molto Bella To Support The Junior League of Daytona Beach

The most generous person on the planet has given us another great opportunity to work with her again.

Very pleased to announce we have a month long fundraising partnership with MOLTO BELLA for the entire month of March. Makes a perfect Easter, birthday, or anniversary gift!


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Downtown Ormond Block Party


The party will begin at the Green Bank and Maria Bonita, then work east toward Hulls, across the street to the businesses on the south side and finally end at Dunns Attic. We'll have a great Irish band, green beer, raffle prizes and more. Please come and help us support our downtown businesses. Though we pass by their storefronts almost every day, we often don't have time to stop in, meet the merchants and find out what they have to offer. Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased on arrival. Proceeds for the event will go to the Central Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.




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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Daytona Beach News Journal Holds MEGA Job Fair


The Daytona Beach News-Journal will host a spring MEGA Job Fair on Tuesday, March 15 from 10a to 3p at the News Journal Center at Daytona State College located at 221 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach.  This year’s job fair is sponsored by Daytona State College, CareerSource of Flagler-Volusia, Synergy Billing and MONSTER.

Their partnership with CareerSource of Flagler-Volusia will add value to both the job seeker and the employer.  New this year is the CareerSource FREE RESUME-LAB; this will take place on March 9th from 8am – 11am and will be held at CareerSource Daytona - 329 Bill France Blvd. Daytona Beach (Speedway Business Plaza).  CareerSource staff will be on site to review resumes and provide feedback to have resumes, “resume ready” for March 15th.  

Pre-register for the job fair at news-journalonline.com/jobfair for early access to employers on March 15th.

Other tools offered by CareerSource include:
Prep Ready or Not, Here They Come:
Daytona Center –
Thursday, Feb 25 1pm – 2pm
Monday, March 7 – 9am-10am
Orange City
Tuesday, March 1 – 9am – 10am
Palm Coast
Tuesday, February 23 – 10am -11am
Tuesday, March 8- 10am – 11am

All employers participating will receive a complete list of job seekers that are seeking specific positions of interest as they relate to each employer.  A survey will provide additional details to the employers on the experience of the attendees.

Current Employers and Positions include but are not limited to the following:
Boston Whaler
Boat Manufacturing Technicians
BrightHouse
Daytona State College
Duvasawko
Medical Billing, Coding
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Administrative, Admissions, IT, janitorial
Halifax Health
Nurses
LaSalle Computer Learning Center
IT Specialist
Massey Services
Pest Control Specialist
National Broadband
Telecommunications Trainee
News Journal
Account Executives
Panera Bread
Cashiers, Food Prep
Pennysaver
Account Executives
Premier Bathrooms
Professional Bathroom Installation
Ranstad USA
Staffing Agency
Seaside Health & Rehab/Coastal Health & Rehab
Skilled nurses
Spherion Staffing
Staffing Agency
Synergy Billing
Medical Billing, Revenue Cycle Management
Sea Ray Boats
Boat Manufacturing Technicians
Stewart-Marchman Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral Health Techs, Registered Nurses, Customer Service Reps

If you are interested in attending as an employment vendor or seeking a new career path please visit news-journalonline.com/jobfair for all necessary information or call 386.681.2365.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

44th Annual WORC Golf Tournament

So proud to be a board member of this organization!



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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Toeing in

My phone hasn't rang in months. I know I shouldn't say that because it makes me sound privileged but for whatever reason ever since the summer of no fun...my phone rang steady for a good six months...sadly each potential adoption situation was more twisted than the last. 

But I have had a bit of a lull....I called my lawyer (my friend) and joked about the silence, but she too agreed. 

I guess I'm putting out to the universe to air my small fear that there are no more babies to adopt, I know that is ridiculous but seriously it's a baby drought for sure. I just pray every day that someone calls from the hospital and says come meet your baby. It's really the best scenario...I really don't want to go through that shitshow again. But, of course I will.

Lately that I have been starting to gather decorating ideas again. During our situation, shopping for the baby's room and spending hours outside painting soothed my frazzled nerves. I think I'm ready again.

I have been taking some times visiting  thrift stores again for wood pieces and took this cloud idea from a store I was shopping at yesterday. 

Aren't they killer? 


I also saw this article about gender reveal cakes. http://ow.ly/YP0iF We were so excited about having the first girl in seven children, we ran from the sonogram screaming, that was our reveal. Maybe this time we will be creative, but maybe (hopefully) we will have zero time to tell anyone anything. We are ready.

Have a good weekend xx

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dreams do come true

Greetings from the greatest city on the planet!!! I'm writing you from the Long Island Railroad, DNCE in my ears (obsessed by the way) on my way into the concrete jungle. I'm indeed challenging the whole city that doesn't sleep as I'm on a 530 am train.

I have to be in the office by 8:45. Did you hear what I said? I am working in the city today!!! It only took 42 years and here I am the urbandite I have created in my own head. Of course I'm having a little anxiety because my luggage is in the aisle, but thankfully it's light.

OH IT'S FREAKING POURING!!!!!!  That's the epitome of life huh... but I'm not gonna let anymore rain on my parade... today is gonna be a great day and I'm excited to sit in an office for the first time in years oh and I get to have some avocado toast.... Who is luckier than me?!

I'm staying in the financial district. Although this is very near to my favorite landmark South Street Seaport , I don't know too much about the area... so a little 630 exploring is on agenda. After coffee of course. From a bodega.
Xo

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Night at the Races




It is race week in Daytona. A time for fun and friends and a ton of great memories with a chance to make new ones.

Every Friday night of the truck races there is a Girls Night Out which is a wonderful event in the new suites at Daytona International Speedway which are gorgeous! I got a sneak peak earlier in the week when I helped my girlfriend analyze the room, check out the GORGEOUS view! 

I loaded up my friend Kaylee and her most fabulous self and off we went to the suite.


It is also always a big discussion of what to wear to this event. I am just a big fan of comfort which I think can be glammed up pretty easily. I am the lucky one and I don't take advantage of this as much as I should like but my "Aunt" Spoony owns My Adornments which is an amazing Boutique & Shoe Salon in Ormond Beach and I paid her a visit. I walked in and would like to think I receive special privileges (let me have my moment) but I know that everyone who shops at My Adornments gets insane personalized treatment.

Look what we ended up with:

I am in big trouble because I now want this BACI Batwoman Silk Shirt in every damn color. I must have them all. Paired with Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy Skinny Boyfriend Jeans and my new Free People 'Braeburn' Belted Split Shaft Booties, I was on my way.

Can you please look at this necklace line? I am OBSESSED. They are made by women in Bali, so its a charitable investment (see how I can talk myself into any purchase) Its GORGEOUS!


Here is the finished product with my girls, I love them so. 





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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

All Hail Taylor

I try not to watch the Grammy's..because I become that very old version of my former self. Nose scrunched, lips pursed not really understanding what or who is going on at all. But I have to say this one was pretty good! I especially loved Taylor Swift's speech I am really glad she took advantage of the RIDICULOUS press regarding Kayne's album. In case you missed it:



Taylor is one of my favorite artists. I had the great pleasure of being at her meet and greet about three years ago. After meeting her, I received a handwritten thank you note a week later wishing me well on my upcoming wedding. Many an artist could learn a thing or two from her genuine nature. Yay for your Grammy accolade!



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Monday, February 15, 2016

Little Black Initiative presented by the Junior League of Daytona Beach

We were featured in the Daytona Beach News Journal here.

Little Black Dress Initiative to Raise Human Trafficking Awareness

MAKE HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNFASHIONABLE

From February 15 through February 19, women across Volusia County will be wearing the same dress for 5 days in a row to exemplify the complete lack of possessions (including clothing!) most human trafficking victims have with them when they are rescued. The Volusia County women will be wearing pins with the above image and distributing educational materials designed to raise awareness of this problem.

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Its victims are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. They are young children, teenagers, men and women. Trafficking in persons occurs throughout the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is both pervasive and profitable. Current estimates are that there are 20-30 million slaves worldwide and that 80% of slave trafficking is for sexual exploitation. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates profits of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries. Not many people are aware that 3,287 people are sold or kidnapped and forced into slavery every day. That's 136 an hour and that's just the reported cases. Most of these are children and most of them are sold repeatedly for sex.  Again, it's a little known fact but it's real and it's happening all around us -- even here in Volusia County. In 2015 there were 43 cases of human trafficking of minors in Circuit 7 and 34 of them were located right here in Volusia County.
 


The Junior League of Daytona Beach currently provides backpacks filled with clothing, hygiene items, and a few extra personal pieces to local law enforcement to distribute to these victims so they can begin to rebuild their lives with basic necessities after being pulled from these dangerous situations.

In February 2014, the Junior League of London pioneered the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) with the goal to "Make Poverty Unfashionable." While their fellow Londoners were attending London Fashion Week that month, local Junior Leaguers were wearing the same black dress every day to work, parties, dinners and events to raise funds and increase awareness of poverty in the city. The first campaign was so successful that they decided to take the initiative worldwide.

LONDON CALLED; DAYTONA BEACH ANSWERED.


Visit JLDB.org/Dress for more information.



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Friday, February 12, 2016

Five things for a Friday

It's here! Good ole Friday!

1. I am looking forward to this weekend! Race Week is here! Valentine's Day is Sunday! My uncle comes Monday! Yay!

2. In reference to above, I have succeeded in getting the most dialed in Valentine's Day present to date. A cutting board. Yup. Oh and I went to three different golf courses and bought three rounds of golf. But still. I. Bought. My. Husband. A. Cutting. Board. For. Valentine's. Day.

3.  I hope my purchases from the Who What Wear Collection from Target comes in today. It is really not fair that we didn't even get anything at our podunk Target and I had to order online. This may be shocking but I ordered two white tops, two black tops, a Navy blouse (whooo) and this awesome striped number.



 4. This week has been very liberating with work. I also had a great appointment for some future business!

5.Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of love and kitchen items

xx

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

That Doesn't Work for Me

If you work the corporate grinder, sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do. The one benefit of working for yourself is usually there are ways to get you out of those kind of situations. I wouldn't suggest being impervious to any stress or hard work but you, as a business owner have the grand opportunity to say That Doesn't Work For Me.

I have an anxiety gage when it comes to this, if I am working with something or someone that gives me that tight chest, can't breathe feeling...I gotta go. Its not you, its me. Well, its you and you are not very kind but I have the great fortune of getting out because I don't have to satisfy anyone but myself when it comes to my own work environment.

That is a very powerful thought process to embrace and honestly it is scary as hell. I have been asked, "What-do you not want my money?" The answer although hard should always be no.

You come first, that is what this whole entrepreneur shit show is all about.



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Monday, February 8, 2016

Karma....Does It Really Happen?


Do you believe in karma? Do you sit up at night waiting for it to happen or do you just let it go and let it be, assuming they will get theres? What if you move on but sometimes check her Facebook when you can't sleep secretly praying to see if she or her mother or her friend got hit by a bus? Is that the definition of moving on? 

Sometimes it hard to believe that people could be so vile without recourse. It is a definite lesson in namaste when you can inhale the positivity and exhale the negativity. I am trying very hard. But, that is the only way I can meditate, even if it is for a couple of minutes. It is a trick I learned from a woman I follow on everything lately. Oh, and wine helps. 


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Balls, Dreams and Speeches.

Good Chilly Lazy Sunday!

Last night , the daddy daughter dance that the Junior League of Daytona Beach holds annually went off with very little fire chasing! I made one table mistake from 920 people so I consider that a win. Of course, the mistake was made with one very high maintenance father who really gave me a hard time. Better me, than one of the volunteers I guess. Sometimes people surprise me, complete loss of what is front of them. Getting angry over something like this is ridiculous... but there is one every year.

I was insanely busy most of the afternoon, and it occurred to me that...shit...I have to speak. Shit! So while the first guests were rolling in, I was scribbling furiously on a notepad. It actually went pretty great. Just a little intimidating...I had a lot of friends in the crowd. I can address 1000 strangers but throw some friends in the mix, it is a little nerve wrecking. But I got off the stage and did that little Veronica Corningstone fist shake in my head. Yes! Yes! Nailed it!

 It's interesting the Sweetheart Ball is the very day that our adoption journey began. I woke up that Saturday morning three years ago after my fifth failed IUI and received a phone call that my oldest friend had miscarried at 12 weeks.  With tears streaming down my face, I called my best friend on the way to the Sweetheart Ball and told her I don't want to do it anymore...I want to start looking down the adoption road, What do I do?… Probably weird that I would talk to her before my husband but she had gone through the journey and could give me the best advice.

The next morning I took my husband to breakfast and asked him what he thought. That's the weird thing about relationships, it's first come love then comes marriage then comes the baby carriage...but when that baby carriage doesn't come, what then? I sat across from him realizing we never had this conversation...what if he like other husbands I know that want nothing to do with adoption. Luckily, he was on board and we began our journey. Bittersweet day....but I'm glad I have an AHA moment, when we are finally blessed it will be a great story to tell our son or daughter. The good parts only of course.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Things For A Friday

Ah! It is Friday! Hope everyone had a good week!

1. Day five of laying on the couch...I know that I am blessed to have a job who's boss lives within no feet of me, but its really hard not to call in sick turn your shit off and go back to bed for a week. Luckily, I had one appointment who cancelled and everyone stayed far far away.



2. Tomorrow night is the Sweetheart Ball. This is the signature daddy (or the like)/daughter event of the Junior League of Daytona Beach and I could not be happier at the way it is turning out. We have some amazing talent that are giving it their heart and soul for this event. It is amazing and humbling to watch and manage. Everyone is killing it and the effort is astonishing. This is gonna be a great event.

3. I have spent most of these last days cursing and pondering over a 900 person seating chart for tomorrow night's said Sweetheart Ball. All I have to worry about is that this process goes off without a hitch. You may ask whats the big deal, but I assure you this is a make or break portion of the event. Literally. If the Jones and the Smiths dont sit together for the 20 minutes they will lose. their. cussword. mind. Of course if the Jones says they wants to sit with the Smiths and the Smiths says they want to sit with the Browns and don't mention the Jones, you can see why one President has been in the corner in the fetal position for the last three days. Pray for me.

4.. Oh my gosh, I love Snapchat. I realize I have reached a crossroad with my friend. I now patiently answer questions about what else Olivia Newton John has done as I beg her to show me how to make me look like an aviator on Snapchat. Now that's a true friendship.

5. Booked my flight to NYC for my first travel for the Association of Junior League International. I can't believe I had to wait to my 40's to say. Oh, I have to travel to NYC for two days at the end of the month for work. (Hairflip)

Overheard: Well, if Caitlyn Jenner wanted to come to the SHB, would you allow her? -to a crazy cant cut the apron strings mother who threatened to sue my organization because no moms are allowed.

Can't Stop: Watching Grease Live. I am on time three and will watch it again today. I have cried and clapped like a person who should really get more sleep.

Thankful: For self employment and this medicine that has kept the cough out of my chest (although it makes me a little cranky)

Tomorrow's Goal:





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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The State of The Way It Is


This blog started a lot of things for me, and lately, it has been a little ignored. I have been literally in my own head all the time. I have been thinking of what I want to do with the content for some time. I realize that it is fun to talk about wine or local social events but I have a lot to say and I am certain there may be one or two of you out there that would be interested in my prattle. If not, I am sure there is an easy way to unsubscribe, ha ha. There is just a lot in my head, that I want to get on print. For me, for my well being, for my sanity....God help us all.




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Monday, January 25, 2016

NASCAR Foundation Presents Taste of the 24 on DIS new Midway Suites


Little Blog Dress Media is happy to be a sponsor once again for the Taste!!

Join us for fabulous entertainment, non-stop racing and food from the area’s finest restaurants! Guests will enjoy the ultimate hospitality experience featuring a delicious blend of food and fast cars from the ALL NEW Midway Suites on the frontstretch of Daytona International Speedway®. 

Proceeds from the 7th annual Taste of the 24 at Daytona International Speedway will benefit our education programs in Central Florida




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Monday, January 4, 2016

I'm leaving on a Jet Blue Plane....



I am so excited to kick off the New Year with a fun perk of owning a social media marketing agency! I have the unique and awesome opportunity to participate in the promotion of one of the greatest things that has happened to Daytona Beach Florida in a VERY long time!

JET BLUE IS FLYING DIRECT FROM DAYTONA BEACH TO NEW YORK CITY

This will commonly be known as the Darlynn Direct, as I will be consistently asking my husband can we go to NY this weekend?, can we go to NY this weekend? with the constant nagging like that of a child wanting a puppy. Because, well, NY is that puppy for me and in twenty four hours from this penning I will be in the wonderful freezing but Happy January NYC weather!

On January 7th, along with some really great people of Volusia County, I will be on board the first inaugural flight from JFK>DAB. It starts early with a send off at JFK in New York and the fun goes on from there.

Thank you to the Daytona Beach News Journal for compiling this itinerary, so I know what is in store for me. 

The one thing I am most excited about is my sweet friend's uncle will be honored when we land. At 1 p.m, a dedication ceremony is scheduled in the Volusia Room meeting space (second level of the airport's main terminal) which is being renamed the Dennis McGee Room in honor of the airport's late former longtime director, who died in 2015.

Let the excitement begin!

JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, will launch a new route to Florida's Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) starting January 7, 2016. The airline will offer daily service from its home at John F. Kennedy International Airport's (JFK) Terminal 5 -- providing the Daytona Beach area with its only nonstop service to New York City. Daytona Beach will be JetBlue's eighth in the Sunshine State.

Book your flight here

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bye Bye 2015, Wish I never knew you...

I am sorry I haven't written in a while. I am looking forward to turning the new year into something great.

I have a lot to say, but not that much at all.... Onwards! Let's Do This 2016!



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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

JetBlue Airways Share to Win


Enter our “JetBlue Airways Share to Win” Contest for your chance to win 2 round trip travel certificates from Daytona Beach International Airport to NYC flying into JFK!

All you have to do is follow these 4 easy steps:
1) “Like” our Daytona Beach International Airport Facebook Page.
2) "Like" the contest photo.
3) “Share” this contest photo on your timeline publicly.
4) Comment below that you've completed steps 1-3.

The official rules can be found here and the post you need to share is here

Contest ends Thursday, Dec. 24 at 12 P.M. EST. The winner will be announced the Daytona Beach International Airport Facebook page and contacted via Facebook Messenger after the closing date.

You must complete all steps to be eligible to win.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

COUNTRY 500 “The Great American Music Fest at Daytona”

UM!!!! Holy Cow! The new Daytona International Speedway has ARRIVED! A little unknown fact? I introduced Willie Nelson when he played at the Peabody in Daytona. Ha ha! That was one smoke filled backstage. #truestory

Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and 40 More Stars To Rock Daytona International Speedway Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2016

Tickets on Sale and Complete Music Lineup to Be Released November 3

Sign up to be on the mailing list and get all the festival info as soon as it becomes available at
Country500.com; Country 500 on Facebook; @Country500 on Twitter

Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing,” will host the inaugural Country 500 music festival featuring Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, TBA, Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson and dozens more over Memorial Day Weekend—May 27, 28 & 29, 2016.  The complete Country 500 lineup, including the Friday night headliner, will be released on November 3 and tickets, camping and VIP packages will go on sale to the public the same day.  Fans should plan to take advantage of the special early bird pricing ($199) for weekend general admission passes beginning on November 3.

Also called “The Great American Music Fest at Daytona,” the Country 500 festival will feature the biggest stars in country music spread over three days and nights, programmed on three huge performance stages—all specially designed and built for the festival.  Country 500 will take place on the infield of the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, a historic first mega-music festival inside the hallowed grounds of one of the most iconic motorsports venues in America.

Just as it is for the great races at the Speedway, Country 500 will allow fans to actually camp out in the infield, literally inside the festival.  A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations.

Special VIP packages called “Crew Chief VIP Experience” and “VIP Pit Pass” (see attached) allow for an exclusive upfront, golden-circle viewing area at the main stage with side stage access at the other performances areas plus access to comfortable hospitality areas, private cash bars and many other comforts and amenities. Visit Country500.com or call 1-844-500-FEST for VIP benefits, camping information and all the Country 500 details.

Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets located throughout pit road and the garages. Numerous other features—a select festival menu sold from food booths and food trucks; carnival rides; arcade games; cooling water elements; country-and-western merchandise; fireworks; and more—will all be a part of the festival, as Country 500 transforms racing’s greatest venue into a festival-goer’s dream.
Visit Country500.com or call 1-844-500-FEST for tickets, camping, parking, and other festival information.  Make sure to sign up on the Country 500 mailing list and get all the festival info including travel packages and hotel accommodations as soon as it becomes available.

“Luke Bryan closing out the Festival Sunday night; Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, and a homecoming celebration with Florida Georgia Line all on Saturday night; another superstar still to be announced to close Friday night; plus 40 more stars will be featured on the three stages over three days,” said Festival Producer Quint Davis. “The Country 500, like its older brother on the race track, will positively rock the one and only Daytona International Speedway. Be the first to get your favorite camping spot on the infield inside the Festival.  Look for the full lineup and tickets on sale November 3.”

“We’re proud to develop this new partnership with AEG Live and Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans and bring the Country 500 music festival to Daytona International Speedway,” Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “Signature events such as the DAYTONA 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona have made DIS the ‘World Center of Racing’ but by securing this marquee music festival with an amazing lineup of artists, we will also be known as the ‘World Center of Entertainment.”

Stay connected with Country 500 on Facebook, Country500.com on the web and #Country500 on Twitter.

AEG Live and Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans are partnering with Daytona International Speedway to produce the Country 500.

Country 500 Weekend Festival Passes

3-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS – ($199 early bird all-in pricing)
· 3-day general admission; passes are non-transferable

· Includes access to over 40 bands on three festival stages, a select menu of food and beverage offerings sold from food booths and food trucks, carnival rides, arcade games, country and western merchandise, official festival merchandise, a myriad of shade and water elements and much more

VIP PIT PASS - ($599 all-in pricing)
· 3-day admission; passes are non-transferable

· Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Country 500 Stage and VIP viewing at the Daytona Stage and Bluebird Theater

· Access to the VIP Pit Stop, a private hospitality tent where guests can cool of in the shade with

access to exclusive beverage for purchase, private merchandise stand, cell phone charging stations

and more.

· Private air-conditioned flushable restrooms

· Exclusive festival merchandise item

· Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend

· Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space

· On-site experience concierge


CREW CHIEF VIP EXPERIENCE – ($999 all-in pricing)
· 3-day admission; passes are non-transferable

· Access to the Pit, an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the Country 500 Stage and VIP

viewing at the Daytona Stage and Bluebird Theater

· Exclusive access to the Crew Chief Super VIP Deck at the Country 500 Stage featuring a covered

viewing platform with premium views of the main stage, private cash bar and air-conditioned

restrooms

· Exclusive access to the Country 500 VIP Club, a private indoor air-conditioned hospitality lounge

featuring cash bar, comfortable furnishings, private merchandise stand, complimentary light

snacks and refreshments, massages, Wi-Fi, charging stations and more

· Crew Chief VIP-only exclusive festival merchandise item

· Express VIP entrance with re-entry all weekend

· Exclusive opportunity to purchase a VIP parking space

· On-site experience concierge

· Plus a few surprises!



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