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Little Black Bloopers

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Polka Dot Tee Dress

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Vintage Plaid Culottes

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Recipe Roundup

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Sweater + Booties Craft Show Outfit

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Retro Glasses + 80s Studs

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Chiffon Blouse + Lace Up Flats

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Fitness + Diet on Vacation

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Friday Favorites Giveaway

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Striped Tee “Dress” + Booties

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Dinosaur Statement Necklace

As you can see from sneeze faces to your little brother photobombing your shoot, blogging is not all clean houses and cute smiles. There are a lot of very uncute things that happen and a lot of behind the scenes drama that readers don’t see. So here I am, again, keepin’ it real and giving you a sneak peek of the ugly stuff. These bloopers are unedited and proudly brought to you by my husband.

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Fall Giveaway Winner!

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Although Petite Noir has only been alive for three months, I have just successfully hosted my very first giveaway! It was nerve-wracking and I constantly wondered if I was doing it correctly, but I’ve made it through and we have a winner!

The winner will receive  a cable knit infinity scarf (in their choice of color), one bottle of Essie nail polish in Stylenomics, one pair of these vintage glasses (also in their choice of color), a box of Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin tea, a box of Pumpkin Delights and a surprise item.

Without further ado the fall favorites prize pack giveaway winner is…
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DIY Dinosaur Birthday Decor Under $50

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This past weekend my nephew turned one! Well, he turned one Monday, but his first birthday party was on Saturday. Being the Martha Stewart I am, I was enlisted to help with party planning and although there were some setbacks, we managed to pull everything off under my sisters’ budget. (And try not to mind the photos – it was super bright outside the pavilion, super dark under it, the wind was insane and I was stressed to the max trying to get everything done before guests arrived.)

First, let me start by saying the budget was a challenge. I was given a food budget of $50 to feed the entire invited number of 86 people, of which about 45 came. Still, $50 for 45 mostly adult people is not a huge number to work with. But that’s for another post. Our decor budget was really low and although a number was never given, we gave it our best to stay as low as possible.

A major tip when planning parties is to shop your house first. You need a banner? See if you have some unused construction paper or cardstock lying around from another project. Need party plates? Check your stockpile that you have filled with FREE paper plates instead of spending $1 per pack of eight for a certain color – nobody really cares what color your plates are.
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Outfits

Dinosaur Statement Necklace

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Long Sleeve Tee / Dinosaur Necklace / Levi’s 535 Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Roast / Pointed Toe Flats

This past weekend was my nephews’ first birthday and we went with a dinosaur theme, so obviously I needed a fitting necklace. I got so many compliments on it all through the party by people I really didn’t think would like it at all. Funny how that works.

I love statement necklaces with really minimal outfits – it just makes the necklace pop. And what color could make a silver necklace pop more, than my favorite color ever – black. 🙂
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Striped Tee “Dress” + Wedge Booties

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStripe Top / Black Cardigan similar here and here / Wedge Booties / Looking Sharp by Premier Designs

My poor husband. He tries so hard, but the little details of photography just don’t make sense to him. I always do the first shots to get the settings correct and then hand it over to him so all he really has to do is shoot. But tonight we were really busy and it was almost sunset by the time we got out. My settings were on point when we started but it just got dark so fast! Although I’ve told him many times, he just doesn’t pay attention to the exposure gauge (super technical term, there). His response to me when I tried to explain it again was, “I thought the camera would just shoot exactly what I see as I see it”. If only, darlin’, if only. To wrap it up – the photos are grainy, my husband is learning, you’ll live.
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Friday Favorites: Happy Fall Edition + Giveaway

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Happy first day of fall! The arrival of fall brings all things I love: layers, crisp air, comfort food and hot drinks. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year and in honor of that, I’m doing a roundup of my top fall favorites.

In addition to the roundup, I’ll be giving away a fall favorites prize pack to one lucky reader. The prize pack will contain a cable knit infinity scarf (in your choice of color), one bottle of Essie nail polish in Stylenomics, one pair of these vintage glasses (also in your choice of color), a box of Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin tea and a box of Pumpkin Delights. (Your tea needs cookies, c’mon now.) To round off your prize pack, there will also be an additional SURPRISE item in the box. Who doesn’t love surprises?
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Fitness + Diet on Vacation

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWorkout Leggings in Heather Charcoal / Racerback Workout Top/
High Impact Sports Bra / Tennis Shoes

Few words about the outfit. These leggings are fantastic – no show through and they come in a bunch of colors and patterns! The workout tank I recommend a size up (I’m wearing a medium). The sports bra is the best sports bra I have ever owned; for you ladies who have a super small band size (I’m looking at you 26 and 28) and a large cup size, the small fits perfect. The tennis shoes, well, they’re tennis shoes, they get the job done. 🙂 Moving on.

No, not your fitness and diet routine went on vacation, but actually maintaining your routine while you are on vacation. I know, ew. But totally worth it, I promise!

Recently, my entire immediate family went on vacation together in the Outer Banks. (You can read that post here.) That included my mom and stepdad, my youngest sister and little brother, my oldest younger sister, her husband and their 11 month old son and us. Whew! What a mouthful (and a houseful)! With so many people in and out and up and about in one house, it was definitely a challenge to stick to my guns, but I did and I am so incredibly proud of myself. For the first time ever I actually maintained my weight on vacation. *huge goofy smile*
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