05 Dec

Friday Finds…

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-How adorable is this Christmas set up above! Talk about props for a family photo shoot.I would have decked us all in red, black and white and had a ball!

-Anna Spiro from Absolutely Beautiful Things is one of reasons why I started blogging and went into design. Her work is absolutely beautiful and she isn’t afraid of a little color. I would love to meet her one day and first her shop in Australia, but until then I need to get my hands on a US copy of her new book that is currently available at Furbish.Santa, this is the only thing on my wish list.

-How chic is this play table? It’s every thing I ever wanted in a play table even though this budget option from Ikea that I zhushed is still a favorite of mine. How little does Hudson look in the photos! Ah it’s all going too fast.

-So many people in my life love nutella that I could gift this print to practically anyone I know.

-One of my friends is hosting a cookie exchange party this year and I’m super excited! I have always wanted to host one/go to one that I’m now on the hunt for the perfect cookie to make. These cookies are a current front runner, but we shall see what I end up doing. But let’s face it I’ve pinned a list a mile long of cookies that look delicious to make.

-One of projects I have to work on this weekend is styling my entry way with a lamp that was sent to me from Del Mar Lighting.I’m one of the five bloggers they picked to send a mystery lamp to and have us decorate our entry way with it! Fingers crossed I can knock it out of the park. I’m thinking emerald green, leopard print and black and white stripes for my starting point on this holiday inspired challenge.

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04 Dec

Treat Yo Self: Leopard Scarf

I am a scarf hoarder. My closet is busting with them and I just found another that will be a constant in my wardrobe this winter.

It’s leopard print with an emerald green background and I fell in love the second I spotted it.

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Close up:

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It’s a nice large size at 39″ x 70.5″ and while I was trying to show off it’s massive size I had a little assistant join my photo shoot! We did a couple of rounds of, “Toro, toro” with my little bull running around and this is the best shot we could get to show off the size. :)

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Want to treat yo self or a lady in your life to this stylish gift for the holiday season? You are in luck because I picked up extras to sell on the blog. Only $23 including shipping! Ready to be shipped out today.

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I only have 10! So, email me quickly at camila@effortless-style.com and I will invoice you.

P.S. Still have 2 of these pretzel earrings if you are interested.

 

 

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03 Dec

Win $500 worth of jewelry from Gemvara!

Like any girl I’m a fan of jewelry. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be stylish and my jewelry drawer holds pieces from a range of styles and price tags. I add costume pieces pretty regularly into the mix, but investment pieces aren’t really something that happens frequently around here. Before getting pregnant with Hudson I had never heard of a push present. After going through 7 hours of labor which included 3 hours of pushing I totally get why a new mom to be would need some sort of sparkly present as a metal of sorts for having bought a new life into the world. I was recently introduced to Gemvara and they were kind enough to offer me a credit so that I could treat myself to a little push present to myself in honor of my boys.

I literally felt like a kid in a candy store wanting to try everything out. With Gemvara you can pick from hundreds of different jewelry styles, 29 different gemstones and 9 different metals. I found the best part of shopping their site to be that the image is customizable. So once you mix and match everything you can see the finished product on the screen and decide if you like that mash up.

Once you decide on the combo you like you can either select your ring size or have them mail you a ring sizer if you don’t know your size. After your order is placed it only takes 10 days for your custom ring to be made and delivered to you!

I decided to pick the Roxanne ring, because it’s something I knew I would wear on a daily basis. I wanted something in honor of Hudson and Asher so I went with their birthstones, blue topaz for Hudson and emerald for Asher. I wanted a metal that would work with a variety of outfits so instead of white or yellow gold I decided to go with a rose gold. The best part was that I could have it engraved with their name! Such a sweet little memento that only I can see before I slip it on my finger.

My ring arrived promptly in 10 days and I was amazed by how pretty looked it looked in person and it’s overall quality and stylish packaging.

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I couldn’t wait to take it for a spin.

Testing it with Asher:

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Snuggling with Hudson:

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Close up of ring:

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Side profile:

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I’m smitten with my new piece and can stop telling everyone about Gemvara and how they should try out the site and feel confident about ordering fine jewelry online. Best part is that if you aren’t 100% happy they have a 101 day return policy plus one free ring sizing if you were off on the size you picked!

Want a chance to treat yourself to your own present? Enter to win a $500 credit to Gemvara, click HERE, sign up and leave a comment on this post with your favorite Gemvara piece.

The giveaway ends on December 9th by midnight EST.

 

 

 

 

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02 Dec

Buffalo Check Creations

I always love a good black and white buffalo check pattern. Whether it is small or large scale I’m always a fan. During the holiday season I tend to decorate with black and white buffalo check, but also love all of the red, white and black options available.

Here are some of my favorites:

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No. 1: Holidays means cookies and how adorable is this cookie jar for all of your goodies. Cookies are always best with hot cocoa in this mug.

No. 2: Personally I use black and white buffalo check fabric for my tree skirt. I literally just wrap the fabric around the tree, but here is a grown up version in red and black.

No. 3:Small Gunns has an amazing assortment of wintery pillows with my favorite black and white buffalo check included.

No. 4: Lumberman blanket by Pendleton looks like it would oh so cozy to use for sitting by the fireplace.

No. 5: Seasonal print from Stephanie at S.S. Print Shop.

No. 6: Bowties and Buffalo check just go hand in hand so this is a must have.

We are having Hudson’s 3rd birthday party this weekend and I’m looking to inject some buffalo check into the decor. We shall see what I come up with. Normally I have everything planned in advance, but I’m sort of scrambling on this one.

 

 

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01 Dec

Cyber Monday Sales!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend. We spent the weekend being lazy! It’s always nice to take a weekend to do. Instead of project after project and running errands we enjoyed the house and got a start on our Christmas shopping with all of the crazy good deals. I’m not one to deal with the masses in an actual store so it was pretty much just me and my laptop and we got a lot done.

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Here are some other crazy good sales that I highly recommend.

-I love Foley & Corinna handbags and actually have a bit of a 7 degrees of separation with one of the owners/designers. I was lucky enough to get a bag gifted to me a couple of Christmas’s back from my sisters. Amazing sale on them now here.

-Adorable clothing options available at Choie. Love this striped jacket., poncho and the blanket scarf everybody who is anybody seems to have. Also think this sweet top would be amazing with any one of these skirts or this pleated number or even this leopard print for a holiday party. Use code 10OFF100 for $10 off a $100 order. Also save 15% when you sign up.

-H&M is running a 30% off sale with code 2896. I love this draped jacket along with a million one things especially goodies from their section.

-One of my favorite artists, Patricia from Parima Studio is running a 25% off sale with code PSSCM25. I think I need to pick up this print for my home.

-Crane & Canopy is always my go to source for anything bedding and they are running a 20% off sale with code CYBERMONDAY14. This is the biggest discount I have ever seen them to. Take advantage of it!

-I love Lord & Taylor’s shoe department and now they have a pretty good website with lots of inventory! All regular and sale items are an extra 25% off with code MONDAY. I just did a quick glance in their shoe section and found these leopard flats,spotted kitten heels and nude pumps that are pretty amazing in style and price points.

 

 

 

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28 Nov

Ready, Set, Shop!

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Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Now that it’s over the holiday season is officially upon us. I like to get my shopping done early and for the past couple of years I have been doing most of it online. This year I found that so many online shops started their cyber Monday sales early! Here are some of my favorite shops and the deals they are currently running.

Sole Society is currently 30% off all SHOES! I think these leopard pumps are a must have! Sale ends 11/30.

Zhush is currently running a 25% off sale with promo code BFRIDAY25. Sale ends 12/1. They carry my very favorite Jonathan Adler vase. I have it in lilac and it’s one of my prized treasures.

Design Darling is running a 20% off sale with promo code MANYTHANKS. Sale ends 12/1. I would totally love to treat myself to one of these brushstrokes lamps!

Serena and Lily is currently offering. Love these striped stockings.I think I need a set of 4 for our fireplace. $50 off an order of $200 with code GETSTARTED. Sale ends 11/30.

Bauble Bar has some amazing $20 finds in their shop. My favorites are this asymetrical initial necklace and this opal signet collar necklace. There a couple other special $20 sale items sprinkled throughout the site. Everything else is on sale with a promo code. Use FRIDAY15 for 15% off 2 items, FRIDAY25 for 25% off 3 items and FRIDAY35 for 35% off 4 items! Sale ends tonight at midnight!!!

Anthropologie is running a 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY25 for today only!!!!!! I have never bought a bad gift from here. They are always crowd favorites and 25% is amazing! I always hit their sale section first and there are some great gems like these earrings, scarf, and jeweled belt.

Gap is always my go to store for baby and kids clothes. They have super adorable items and they wear really well. They are currently running 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY for today only! I love putting Asher in sweater one pieces and I think this striped number is a must have.

I have to shop for a lot of ladies in my life and Ann Taylor has really stepped up their game lately. Use code THANKS for 50% off everything for today only! Obsessed with this sequin striped sweater,jewel neck sweater,open bow back sweater,amazing dress that looks like it was made for me and an elephant charm bracelet I’m certain was in fact made for me. :)

C.WONDER is always a go to stop for me during the holidays. They always have amazing finds for Secret Santa or Dirty Santa in their Home & Gift section which is currently 40% off. In love with their buffalo check teapot, more please serving set, and elephant wine stopper,

Madewell always has stunningly chic and classic items. They are currently running a 25% off everything sale with promo code GIFTON that ends 11/30. I seriously want everything in their monogram shop and think this Je T’aime leather tray would be perfect for so many people in your life and at an amazing price point!

All of these sales helped me amass a quite extensive Dear Santa list and now I’m off to shop for all of my loved ones and hopefully get everything done before the first of December! Happy Shopping!

 

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27 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!

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This week Jon and I celebrated 15 years of being together! Isn’t that crazy?! How have we been together that long. What started out as a friendship because we had lockers near each other in high school has now turned into a marriage of almost 9 years and two sweet adorable boys. The funny thing is that when we officially got together 15 years ago we knew we were meant to be each others happily ever after. Today I’m so thankful for these crazy men in my life, my amazing family and friends and this wonderful blog community that has bought so much joy to my life. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are enjoying it with all of your loved ones!

Got more photos back from Liz and I just have to share!

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If you are brave enough to tackle some family photos today here are some tips.

 

 

 

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26 Nov

Tips for taking the best family photos!

Thanksgiving day is this Thursday and I think it’s the perfect time to try and take a family photo. Everyone will be dressed up nice, the fall foliage would be an amazing backdrop and you will have family around to help snap a photo or two.

I was lucky enough to have my friend, Liz from Elizabeth Kristin Photography take our family photos and the blogger in me of course decided I needed her advice for a blog post to help others take the best photos.

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1. When is the ideal time to take family photos for Christmas? IE the families favorite season, or during summer vacation or the fall due to the pretty leaves?

LIZ: I say the idea time is whenever you are ready! I have clients take their holiday pictures in the summer on the beach, and then some who wait until the fall!

CAMILA: Personally I love Christmas cards to have photos in a fall/winter setting, but I do enjoy a good winter beach shot. The beach looks so beautiful in the winter and it’s empty so it’s perfect for photos!

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2. What is the best type of day/time of day to take photos outside?

LIZ: The best time of day to take pictures is generally 1-2 hours before sunset and after sunrise (if you want to wake up that early!) This is referred to as the “golden hour” in the photography world. The sun is lower in the sky, and is just gorgeous!! Mid day is not ideal. The sun being so high up in the sky causes harsher shadows across the face, and also causes squinting due to the brightness.

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3. Any tricks for keeping your kids happy and smiling during the photo shoot? Ideally how long of a time frame should you book to get the perfect shot?

LIZ: I try to make silly faces, sing songs, and engage kids by asking them questions during the shoot. There are always some kids who are just not having it. I always advise parents to try to have their sessions after naptime, and not before! Generally speaking, my shoots last approximately an hour.

CAMILA: Personally I also thought it was really helpful when Liz was the one asking Hudson to smile and not me. When mom and dad were asking him to smile/laugh, etc we got lots of no! Hudson loved Liz’s silly nature and even when he was trying to fight smiling he would eventually get a case of the giggles.

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4. What do you prefer candid’s or staged/portrait style?

LIZ: I prefer a combination of both. I’m definitely more drawn to candids and find the perfection in the imperfect. I definitely love “real life” and in the moment images- but also love shots of every one looking and smiling.

CAMILA: I love both as well, but my favorites tend to be candids. I will admit though that at times I have needed to stage a candid or two to get the shot I want.

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5. Do you like props/themes for family photo shoots?

LIZ: I’m pretty simplistic in my style. Not too many props- just the occasional blanket, crate, or chair here and there. I prefer for the focus to be on the people in the picture, not the props.

CAMILA: If I had an unlimited budget I would love props! From vintage cars to bales of hay I would want it all. That being said I don’t have an unlimited budget and I think the best theme for a family shoot is just happy smiley people!

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6. Favorite camera and lens?

LIZ: I shot with a Nikon d90 for many, many years- but once rented the Canon 5d mark iii, and I still long to shoot with it. Hmmmmm- its a tie for my favorite lens- between the 24-70 and the 70-200.

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7. Any tips for outfits? How many patterns are too many. Do any patterns/colors read really bad in photos?

LIZ: PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DO NOT have everyone wear the same thing- i.e- white tops and jeans. Unless you want to look like you’re taking a corporate picture, please stay away from matchy-matchy. Complimentary colors are best. For example, I recently had a family photoshoot with my own family. We wore combinations of light grey, light pink, and cream.

CAMILA: I like for everyone to coordinate, but not match. For our own personal shoot I had a common theme of navy and cream and then Hudson’s plaid shirt had the addition of a pale pink, mint and hunter green. I then picked up the mint in my shirt and my necklace had all of the colors from Hudson’s shirt. It all worked perfectly, but everyone still looked different. To be completely honest I tend to dress us all like this a lot. Since I pick out the clothes for both Hudson and Asher we tend to coordinate on a weekly basis and on the weekends Jon always takes note of what we are all wearing and makes sure he doesn’t clash us. We don’t always do this, but it’s nice when it happens and we can snap a photo or two.

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8. Since not everyone can afford a photographer or know how to use editing programs like photoshop what is your favorite instagram filter or pic monkey filter that people can use?

LIZ: Hrmmmm- I really love the VSCO cam app for the iphone. You can play with exposure, contrast, and they also have pre-set filters that are pretty cool.

CAMILA: I love instagram. You can follow me here. I tend to favor Valencia as my filter of choice.
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9. What is your favorite online printing source for holiday cards?

LIZ: Totally digging what Minted is offering this season. I’m doing my personal holiday cards through them.

CAMILA: I love Minted as well and really enjoy that you can upload your photo and see it on all of the card options at once! I also like tinyprints, Paperless Post now does printed cards, and Pinhole Press.

10. Should you come to your photographer with a list of must take shots. You know the million candid looking shots you pinned on pinterest and now want to recreate for yourself?

LIZ: I don’t think its a bad thing to have a list in your head of what you might want. Its always good to make sure that the photographer you hire meshes with your own personal style. So, if you do pin things on pinterest, try to figure out if they fit in a specific theme (candid/posed/etc), and find a photographer that compliments that style. Let your photographer take control after that!

CAMILA: Love Liz’s tip here. Pinterest is wonderful, but I think it also makes things harder. You see these beautiful shots and you want to recreate them exactly and sometimes that’s not possible. It’s a wonderful tool though that can help you find photographers with a style you like and explain to the photography why you booked and what you liked so that they can help you achieve a similar look/vibe to your photos.

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25 Nov

DIY TULLE SKIRT

A couple of weeks ago when I snagged an opening my pal, Liz of Elizabeth Kristin Photography  had for a family photo shoot I knew right away that a tulle skirt needed to be involved. In a house full of boys where even our dog is a boy I always delight in situations where I get to be extra girly.

I didn’t have a chance to order a tulle skirt online because it wouldn’t have arrived on time and let’s face it with price tags in the $60-$100 range I was never going to order on. After a quick trip to Jo-Anns I left with 30 yards of tulle and $28 lighter in my wallet.

Here is what you’ll need to make all of your princess dreams come true!

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-30 yards of tulle for extra fluffiness and 30″ length
-1/2″ non-roll elastic

Step 1: Your yardage will come folded in half and I found it easiest to deal with it by leaving it that way while I was measuring out the strips. I wanted my length to be 30″, which meant that I needed 60″ long strips of tulle. I simply took my 30 yards of fabric and measured out one length of 60″ and then folded the yardage into the 60″ base. Then I took my scissors and cut the edges to free my 60″ sections and because I left my yardage folded I needed to cut every other side/length as well. Once that was all free I cut 6″ wide sections out of 60″ length sections.

For the elastic simply take it and wrap it around your waist and cut to size.

Step 2: Now that your sections are done it’s time to attach them to your elastic. Simply take one section of tulle and fold it over so that it is now 30″ in length. Take the loop and place it behind the elastic.

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Step 3: Take the bottom sections of the tulle and pull it over the elastic and through the loop.

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Step 4: Repeat step 3 around all of your elastic. Then double knot your elastic. No sewing at all!

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Front section of your skirt should look like this:

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Back of skirt:

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Overview of front & back:

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It took me about an 1 hour and 20 mins to cut everything and then thread all of the tulle sections to the elastic. Not bad at all.

All finished!

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When Hudson saw me wearing the skirt for these photos he was so sweet and called me a princess and asked me what I was doing. For the rest of the day he referred to me as princess instead of mommy.

The skirt looked so great in our family photos! Can’t wait to share them later this week!

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24 Nov

Steal a Moment

This weekend was full of boring chores. Nothing very excited so here is glimpse into an outing a had in the city a couple of weeks ago instead. I was able to jet into the city for the launch party of Seriously Distracted a new web series from POPSUGAR that was being hosted by fruitwater. The show stars the seriously funny Amy Sedaris and is a scripted comedy that follows the daily on goings of a PR firm.

I must admit that as I was writing this post I took a little break to catch the first episode that had just aired and I was hooked! I work by myself so it was nice to steal a moment with the ladies from Le Grande PR. Make sure you tune in on Tuesdays for new episodes.

Now back to my recap of the event.

The launch party was being hosted at 1 Oak  which is a beautiful nightclub in Chelsea.

I got to enjoy a nice leisurely train ride into the city and steal a moment for myself. After a day of squeezing in work with two little boys it was nice to have a little “me” time.

trainThe chic vibe of the venue started from the entrance. Normally I’m not a huge fan of neon signs, but this one just felt so appropriate and set the mood for a fun night.

1oakEvery fabulous event needs a step and repeat so we made sure to take a photo.

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{The best part of this invite was getting to bring guests with me. Who doesn’t love a night out with their sisters!}

A signature drink also needed to be acquired. We all got a different one to do a little tasting at our table.

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We got to drink our drinks, people watch, enjoy some yummy appetizers and take in the unique decor of the venue.

My favorite part of the decor had to be the wall of letters. It was filled with actual wooden letter cutouts that were layered throughout the entire wall. So cool! Plus the chevron floor done with two different stains of wood was pretty easy on the eyes as well. You can see more photos of the space here.

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Since I was already out and in Manhattan I decided that a quick bite to eat was in order especially when I saw Artichoke Pizza was on the corner. If you live in the city or will be visiting anytime soon you must make sure to stop at one of their locations and have a slice or two. They have an artichoke pizza that makes me salivate by just thinking about it. We needed to try some other slices as well that night so we got a sampler and tried meatball pizza and vodka pizza as well. All 3 were our favorites!

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Halfway through our meal I got the sweetest photo of my little men and immediately my pizza seemed a little less important and I just wanted to get on the next train to steal a moment with them before they headed to bed.

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It’s always nice to get away for a little and be just Camila, but I must admit it’s even better to head back to reality and be the mommy, wife, sister, daughter, business owner, blogger, etc, etc, etc.

I know we are all busy and it’s important to remember to take a pause and steal a moment for ourselves. I love that it’s fruitwater’s new campaign, because whenever I see one of their bottles in my fridge I’m reminded to think of myself for a moment.

Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a photo showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! (Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.)

This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.

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