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1 Year Anniversary!

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I try not to think about our wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, it was the best day of my life, but think about all the details and the stress I was under gives me a mini panic attack. However, today is our anniversary and I will remember. As much as I give myself hives thinking about the hurricane and the little things that I had no control over, it all goes away when I think about the underlying meaning of our wedding day.

We’re married. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters. We have experienced so much together and there is not a single person I’d rather be jumping in feet first with. My husband is the most amazing man I have ever met. I am so blessed to have someone who truly completes me and has helped me create a life I never thought I’d have. He allows me to be a stay at home wife (and one day a stay at home mommy), focus on what’s important to the two of us and to go on trips I’d never be brave enough to take myself.

My husband is a million things to me, none of which I could ever put in words accurately enough to even begin to cover it. He is my logic and my comedy, my strength and my weakness, my greatest support and my most honest critic, my protector and my encourager. Without him, I wouldn’t know what to do.

Our first year of marriage has been full of adventures. We spent our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, we bought our first house and in two weeks we will be heading to Ireland for nine days. This year has just flown by and I am truly looking forward my second year as a “Mrs”!

Almost all of our wedding was DIY. From the flowers, to the cakes and pies, to the signs and placecard holders, we did it all! If you all are interested in a more detailed DIY wedding write up, I’d be happy to do it! Just let me know.

*All photography was done by Glimpse Photography. They have since retired.

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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…

Darlene O. owe……@gmail.com

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Congratulations! 🙂 Remember to check for an email sent from laura@thepetitenoir.com for further instructions.

For those of you who didn’t win, there will be other upcoming opportunities, so please keep checking back with me. Christmas just happens to be my favorite time of year. Hint, hint. 🙂

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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?

The giveaway starts now and runs through September 28th at midnight. You can enter once per action; that means if you complete all four actions, you’ll receive four entries! The giveaway is only open to residents of the United States. (Sorry, guys, I have to brush up on international giveaway laws – they really do exist!)

Cable Knit Infinity Scarves
In that order! They’re easy ways to add a pop of color or that little something extra that your outfit needs. Bonus points for keeping your neck warm.

Essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics
I constantly fall in love with colors that are so dark, they’re almost black. I picked up my first bottle of this at my local TJMaxx and it became an instant favorite that I’m sure I’ll be wearing all season.

Vintage Glasses
I told you back in this post that these would be glued to my face all fall! There’s just something about fall that screams oversized glasses to me. (Glasses + Scarves) x Coffee = Fall. Bet you didn’t know I passed Algebra. 🙂

Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Tea
New favorite Fall tea! It does have a spicy chai flavor but a hint of sweet pumpkin is definitely there. When I opened my Amazon bag, it literally smelled like someone just pulled a pumpkin pie out of the oven!

Pumpkin Delights
I. LIVE. FOR. THESE. I could literally eat the entire box in one sitting. But I won’t, because I need them for the giveaway. But that second box I have stashed around here somewhere…

Remember, you can enter up to four times until September 28th and if you win, keep an eye out for an email from me. Good luck!

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Little Black…Bloopers

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When people drive by our shoots and just stare.
Yard Sale Chic

It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time. Silly. It’s time for another round of bloopers from my shoots.

It’s super easy to have a distorted vision of what everyone elses’ life looks like when you’re looking at an edited verison through a computer screen. So I’m here, keeping it real! Here are my monthly bloopers, unedited and proudly brought to you by my husband. Enjoy! 😀

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No idea.
Floral Maxi Outfit

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When a creative shot turns into looking like a drug lord.
Black + White Printed Jumpsuit

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After about 15 times of wiping a stray hair off my face.
Floral Dress Outfit in Outer Banks

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My husband shoots everything – from me explaining how I want a shot…

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…to me running after a getaway bottle.
Crop Top and Coulette Shorts Outfit in Outer Banks

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Overexposed resting ________ face.
Gingham Fair Outfit

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Explaining how not to shoot an earring shot and he shot it anyway.
Wrap Romper Outfit in Outer Banks

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And finally, the exorcist.
OBX Swim

I hope you’ve gotten your daily dose of laughter and your monthly dose of reality. Tune in next month (or sooner!) for another round of bloopers!

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“F” is for…

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…fire that burns down the whole town! (If you got that reference, you’re my favorite person ever!) “F” is also for “funnel cakes”, “farts” and my favorite four letter word. Keepin’ it real folks, keepin’ it real.

But “F” is also for “Friday” and “favorites”. See where I’m headed? Ding, ding, ding! Every month I’ll be doing one Friday Favorites segment with five (“f” is also for five 😀 ) of my current favorite things. Maybe some of my favorites will become your favorites!

Diet Cream Soda
Holy crap! My husband and I LOVE cream soda, however, we also love where our waists currently reside. Enter diet cream soda and all our dreams came true. Walmart sells these for $0.82 each. We get these three or four at a time and they’re usually gone by day two. We’re big soda drinkers. Sorry, not sorry.

Sun & Sand by Yankee Candle
This is my favorite summer candle to burn. It literally smells like sunscreen on the beach with a little chlorine. Sold? I wouldn’t be either. That seriously sounds horrible, but it’s true – and totally not horrible! Let’s see what Yankee Candle says about how it smells. “A tropical beach breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk.” Go figure. Regardless of whose description sounds more appealing to you, it really does make you feel like you’re slathered in sunscreen sitting beach side by a pool – it’s fantastic!

Perch Magnetic Containers
These are one of my favorite organizers in my kitchen. They’re sleek, fit any decor and the magnets are crazy strong. Like the kind of strong when you go to put them on your fridge and your finger gets the in the way and is crushed between the container and fridge and you can’t get unstuck. That kind of strong. I currently own the Bitsy for pens, the Biggy for takeout menus and the Stumpy for restaurant and in store retail coupons. As a side note, I shop at Container Store all the time. I get so excited about organizational items – so excited my husband actually laughs at me.

Shamrock Plants
Earlier this year, around St. Patrick’s Day, I picked up a shamrock plant at Lowes. And within two weeks I thought I had killed it. All the individual plants had turned brown and crispy and disappeared. I literally had a flower pot with dirt in it. Or so I thought. After three weeks of looking at dirt, I was ready to toss it. To my surprise, right before I did I saw the teeniest, single sprout poking up. After a week I had a flock of baby shamrocks! The fun thing about shamrocks is the close up at night like little umbrellas. Every time we’re watching tv in the evening and I glance over it makes me smile!

Bonfire Brownies
This time of year, I crush so hard on anything s’mores, but these brownies… Have mercy. S’mores, Kahlua, pretzels and almonds get together for one delicious spin on brownies. I made these for our trip to OBX (read about it here!) and they were well worth the effort. Recipe found on Half Baked Harvest.

Come back next month (hopefully sooner!) for another round of Friday Favorites!

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Little black…bloopers

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Casual Tee + Cardigan

Every time you see a fantastic blog photo it stirs up emotions. Awe could be one of them, but it can quickly turn downhill to jealousy and depression stemming from the unrealistic perfection that is so blatantly laid out before us. Take a breath and listen.

During a photo shoot, we literally take over a hundred pictures (sometimes over 200!) to get five to ten really great shots. Make a stupid face? Delete. Booger hanging out your nose? Gone. Those are the realities that readers never see and it can sometimes make us feel like we are less than we should be.

So I’m here, keeping it real! Here are my monthly bloopers, unedited and proudly brought to you by my husband. Enjoy! 😀

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Graphic Tee + Leggings Travel Outfit

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Pin-Up Inspired 4th Outfit

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Stripes + Wedges

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Black Bodycon + Stripes

I hope this post has given you a laugh and some assurance that not every blogger has the perfect house, the perfect body or the perfect life. Check back next month for another round of bloopers!

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