Caring For Your Jewelry



It's no secret that I love jewelry.  Not a day goes by that I don't have at least a pair of earrings on.  And usually, it's more.  I believe that jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed, not locked away for a "special occasion".  Where's the fun in that?
Of course, from time to time, all pieces need to be freshened up.  We want our pieces to always look

Corn Chowder


While I totally love Thanksgiving, I am so overloaded on turkey right now!  After three nights in a row of leftovers, I was definitely feeling like something totally different tonight.  I was heading to the grocery store and trying to think of what I might like instead and it hit me...  Corn chowder.
I am such a fan of corn.  Corn on the cob, corn muffins, corn bread, corn fritters, I'll take it in any

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving, you guys!  I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank all of you for being the best friends and supporters these past two years.  I am truly grateful for all of you :)  Sparkle & Whim is my creative outlet and I am so thankful for the opportunity to share it with all of you.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day planned with friends and family.  I will be  working on the site a

Style Crush: Holiday Dresses



I am such a fan of the holidays.  The music, the decorations, there is nothing about this time of year that doesn't make me smile.  And maybe the best part?  Holiday dresses!  What other time of year can you get as decked out as you can right now?  And there are so many options, from sequins, to velvet, to feathers, to lace, anything goes :)

Lavender Spray


I may not always have the most healthy habits (I try, okay!? :) ), but the one thing I am very good about is getting my sleep.  I know from experience that I really need a good night's sleep or I am just useless the next day.
I am pretty lucky with my sleep habits.  I have friends who have a lot of trouble getting to sleep or

New Uses For Broken Jewelry


We all have those pieces of jewelry laying around that we can't wear anymore.  Right now, I am looking at a necklace that I dropped a few weeks ago.  It broke and while I'm sure I could fix it, chanced are I won't.  But it's so pretty, I don't have the heart to throw it away.  Yesterday being a typical Sunday morning, I was exploring Pinterest and came across all of these amazing uses for

My Favorite Jeans


I own a LOT of jeans.  I'm a retail girl and as my last job was in a clothing boutique, I was able to get many good pairs at cost, so why not?!  As a result, I have a few dresser drawers devoted to jeans.  AG, J Brand, Joe's, Hudson; I've got them.  And don't get me wrong, they are all great.  I definitely learned the benefit of good denim.  It is softer, it has more stretch, it is more comfortable, and it lasts

A Day At Grace Farms


This past Sunday, my friend Jessica and I went to brunch and then she suggested we go check out Grace Farms.  I jumped at it, as I have been wanting to go for a while now.
Grace Farms is in New Canaan, CT and it is absolutely stunning.  It is set on 80 acres and is a beautiful place to spend the day.  We mainly wandered around and just enjoyed the beautiful day.

Thoughts on Two Years


I am having to pinch myself a little bit that Sparkle & Whim has actually been around for TWO YEARS!  I find that a little hard to believe, honestly.  This started as kind of a challenge to myself.  Could I figure out how to build an online business?  And it looks like I did!
Every day with S&W has just been so much fun.  And such a learning experience.  One of my