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Monday, October 15, 2012


One of my favorite blogs is Ooh La Frou Frou by Sandy M. Her blog is filled to the brim with beautiful thoughts, words, pictures and inspiration. Besides having a beautiful blog, Sandy is also a professional artist and fashion illustrator. I've featured her beautiful illustrations on my blog HERE , HERE and HERE. Yes! I really have a thing for her work! HaHaHa She recently collaborated with Cara Alwill Leyba, an author, blogger, lifestylist and wellness coach, on her new book entitled "Sparkle: The Girls Guide To Living A Deliciously Dazzling, Effervescent, Kick-Ass Life". Don't you just LOVE the title?

Well ladies, I just finished reading Sparkle and LOVE IT. Without giving too much away, Cara wants us to "CELEBRATE ourselves exactly as we are." Her book contains sparkly chapters and subtitles such as, "What Makes You Sparkle?", "Uncork Your Best Self", "Finding Your MOET-ivation", and "The Happiness Cocktail". How fabulous are those!?! I raise my champagne glass to Cara for writing such a dazzling and uplifting book. I toast Sandy for her beautiful illustration that is featured inside. Great job ladies!

 Here are a couple of beauty products that made me SPARKLE this weekend!
OPI Pink of Hearts 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Lacquer
Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Must Have Pink

Since we're on the topic of books, I would like to recommend ONE more to you. It's called, "Throw Out Fifty Things: Clear The Clutter, Find Your Life" by Gail Blanke. Gail not only gives you advice on how to clean out each and every room in your home, but she also spotlights the MENTAL messes that we carry (I mean lug) around. Whether it's mistakes made in the past or our insecurities, she wants us to KEEP WHAT WORKS and ELIMINATE WHAT DOESN'T. It's an excellent read and guess what? BOTH books are under $10!!! And one lucky reader of A Very Sweet Blog will win BOTH of these books! See details below. Have a SPARKLY Monday!

Sparkle and Throw Out Fifty Things Book Giveaway
(open worldwide)
1. Be a follower of A Very Sweet Blog on GFC
2. Tell me what makes you SPARKLE in my comments section
3. A winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and announced in Friday's post. (10/19/12)


GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

I would LOVE these. I'm the author of a girlie blog after all. Amazing color and sparkles.
Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

when BABI speaks said...

nice photos Kim! pink is my favorite color of all times! have a nice monday! :-)


LoveT. said...

You look gorgeous! Love the Nail Design :)

Have a happy Day ,kisses

The Dainty Dolls House said...

You look stunning :) The book sounds wonderful, love the idea behond it too..we all should indeed sparkle! And these polishes are gorgeous, love sparkly nail polish :)) I hope you had a wonderful weekend doll & your new week will be even grander :) xx


O my goodness, you look so adorable -- with a definite sparkle! I'd say my kids make me sparkle, plus lots of good dancing music :)

Heather said...

I so need to read this book! Sounds amazing and a must read for us fabulous women :)

Pearls & Paws

Lyosha said...

very nice post, Kim! And your blog looks amazing, I love the makeover!

What's making me sparkle? pretty much everything nice, good or sweet. At this moment you are making me sparkle!

Mica said...

Great reviews on the books and I love your nails Kim!

Nail polish always makes me sparkle, bright colours cheer me up! :)


Style Journey said...

Both books sound fabulous! Loving the new nail polish too. The pink is so pretty. My daughters make me sparkle and be a better mom and person! Heather

Jenee C. said...

Great review Kim, that book sounds like so much fun. Excuse my candidness but that book sounds like everything that was lacking in Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. I'm assuming they are two very similar books. Lets see.. besides my kids of course, fresh flowers always makes me sparkle.

xx Jenee C.
{camo meets couture}

The Champagne Diet said...

Thanks Kim so much for including Sparkle in your giveaway and thanks ladies for the "very sweet" words! Hope you enjoy the book! :)

Megan said...

Love the nail polish! The sparkles over the pink look so cute and fun :)

Always Maylee said...

Every girl could use some more sparkle in her life! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Jacquelyn Giardina said...

I definitely need to pick up this polish! I love shopping for a cause

xo Jackie

L e n a said...

you look rather illuminating in the picture, Kim! :)

hmmm what makes me sparkle?
obviously glittery shimmery things i'd put occasionally on my face..but i guess it is more about how confident and good i feel about myself. it could be the job i am good at or people i make happy... :)

oh you know i am following you on bothe gears, don't you? ;p

Danielle said...

What makes me Sparkle is helping people with a cause, seeing someone else Sparkle makes me Sparkle! And getting dressed up and going out doesn't hurt ether to Sparkle too! :)

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

Love sparkles and books :) You know I follow you. . and what makes me sparkle is my family, hubby and son!

Red Soles and Red Wine

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

It is SO important to declutter mentally. I've been meaning to do that lately as well. I sparkle when I'm with my husband and we laugh at silly things!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Still loving the OPI Pink of Hearts polish. You're always giving away the coolest things!

Ally Soeker said...

your blog is gorgeous!
I'm your new follower on gfc!
please check out my blog if you would like to follow back :)


yiqin; said...

love the nails <3

Jessica said...

im a follower via gfc; jessica
my kids make me sparkle :)

cute polishes

jo said...

Hey Kim, this is the perfect giveaway! Family, friends and good blogs definitely make me SPARKLE! I would love that book - time to declutter.

xo Jo


Elle Sees said...

knowing it's my birthday makes me sparkle!

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

You pretty pink nailed lady! Hope you had a wonderful weekend Kim! Love your giveaway :)
xo Mary Jo

Sarah Stright said...

Loving your sparkle nails! I adore sparkle polish but I do NOT adore having to take it off. What a pain!

Gina said...

Love the sparkle nails and the colors are very pretty! I'm a new follower and hope you can follow back.



Ivana said...

Oh Kim, I would so love to have and read these two books! There are many things that make me sparkle: my favorite pair of rose drop earrings, a dazzling pink lipstick, a pastel lace dress, singing my favorite songs while driving my car, watching Gossip Girl, blogging... I could go on and on :) I keep my fingers crossed :)

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

Ashley said...

Loving these colors!!! And love anything with sparkles! :-)

LyddieGal said...

your manni is fabulous, and Sparkle sounds like a great read.
Chic on the Cheap

LyddieGal said...

your manni is fabulous, and Sparkle sounds like a great read.
Chic on the Cheap

kcomekarolina said...

that looks fab!

xoxo from rome

Deidre said...

I don't follow any one, so i'm not eligible - but what a great give away!


I've been so exciting for this book! Looks like you definitely dialed up the sparkle this weekend. What makes me sparkle? Definitely a little shimmer & shine and my Jimmy Choo sparkle pumps :)

Happy Monday, Kim! xoxo

Oh and yes, I'm following you :) xoxo

Sandy a la Mode said...

such fun nails!!

Sandy a la Mode

Laura said...

I love this, what a gorgeous book! Anything glittery and girly makes me sparkle :)

Diamonds&Pearls-Shandi said...

What a cute inspirational book. I need to read more of those kind of books. And there for a moment I thought you were going to say "Throw out fifty shades of Grey." Ahahaha.

Love the pink OPI polishes. <3

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Looks like a very uplifting book which I could really use! Love the pink nails and especially the sparkles!

I follow you on GFC *fingers crossed*

Perla Sanchez said...

I love your nails! :)


Denisa said...

Sooo nice colors of nails. Great. I like the pics and your blog.


Coco said...

I've just checked out Sandy M blog and her work is simply amazing!I'd love to read both the books you suggest.So count me in the giveaway!What makes me sparkle: my girls saying "mamma ti voglio bene". You should see how much light my heart shoots out :-) In general, love makes me high!xoxo

amy b.s. said...

i am so in need of some sparkle!

Anne said...

Fab post and giveaway Kim! My lovely family and friends make me sparkle:) Have a great week!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I think in pink is such a pretty shade!

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

of course i follow you :D

and i love these -your nails look so cute with the pinks! and what a fun giveaway in support of breast cancer. i think being around people i love as well as meeting nice people (like yourself and other bloggers - seriously i am glad to see good supportive women out there) make me sparkle.

<3 katherine

MOSAMUSE said...

love the glitter!!


Kristina Kemešić said...

My boyfriend makes me sparkle, and great inspiring books :)

Xixia said...

Kim, I just saw your new layout, and it is so cute and charming! :)

Anyways, you are such a kind soul for making a post paying attention to breast cancer. The colors are wonderful - so pink and cute!

X i x i a ❥ thisisxixia.com

Sam said...

Love Sandy's blog and all her fabulous ideas...so excited to hear about this collaboration, it sounds incredibly cute and fun!

Nelah said...

Your positive and uplifting thoughts make your readers sparkle as well as your generousity. These books just sound terrific. How thoughtful of you to share them.

I would say my daughter's smile never fails to make me sparkle (and you know tantrums give me an opposite reaction..ha). Well we decided last minute not to go to New Orleans. All the effort you made in creating that amazing to do list wont go to waste Kim, New Orleans is on our map abd your list will come in handy.

Ask Erena said...

I love how inspiring you are! You have lots of love and it come through your writing. I need to read that book and start loving myself just the way I am:-)
Love the nail polish combo you picked.
hugs from New York,
Ask Erena

Metajojuana Nyt said...

You definitely have a very sweet blog! In love with your OPI nail paint!I'd love it if you could come and visit and blog and follow each other?
Love Nyt,
BIG hair LOUD mouth

Thrifted Shift said...

Oooh, I'm going to try to get rid of 50 things this week! What a great idea!

Courtney Starr said...

I have to read it!


Champagne Star said...

These books sound great! Chocolate and cute animals make me sparkle (I know very silly, but very true lol)!

Outside Looking In said...

I love that nail polish! I'll have to check out the book too! What made me sparkle this weekend? Cleaning out my closet (I need the other book lol) and making pumpkin bars...total comfort food!

Please enter me in the book giveaway. I'm already a follower!

Style Journey said...

Hey Kim, although we already commented earlier, we wanted to let you know we gave you a blog award! Heather and Kayla

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

I could use some decluttering in my life! I am a GFC follower and helping women in need makes me SPARKLE! (Speaking of sparkle I love your glittery nails!)

borka gamero said...

I adore this sparkly pink color!
beautiful post!
Kisses from Miami

AhkaVintage said...

Lovely idea - I think all girls need a little sparkle in their life!

littlemissandrea said...

Ooooh, I need to check these books out!

Hmm.. what makes me sparkle.. Well, looking at delicious food infront of me makes my eyes twinkle and sparkele LOL. That, and doing my nails ;)

Thanks for the giveaway Kim!

Fashion Tales said...

You look adorable Miss Kim! I love Sandy and her blog, so what a special post. Fabulous manicure as well. xo Enjoy your week./Madison

erica marie said...

This book sounds like a really good and inspiring read. Love the sparkly nails...fun combination.

xo erica

Fashionista622 said...

Hi Kim, "guess who's back, back again" :)
I'm with you all the way as far as Sandy's work and blog. She has been a favorite (aside from yours) for quite some time. So much talent and always a guaranteed smile. Love that you are endorsing PINK polish while its Fall, why the heck not. LOL!
Have a great week doll!



Darren and Alana said...

great post... and your blog layout is amazing. I am so jelous.


Phioxee said...

OPI's a great brand for nail polish. i think i realy have to try it.

just me,

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

I like the simple pink!


songbird said...

i love the lip color and nail colours..you look so good..and the book sounds good too!

Lorena said...

It's about time I pick up a book - its been a while!

Yulie Kendra said...

really nice blog! Maybe we follow each other ? let me know! www.yuliekendra.com

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Sandy's illustrations are as fabulous as she is! I love your photos of your sparkly weekend. Both books sounds so inspirational and helpful.

I think I sparkle when I feel truly confident. Thanks for another generous giveaway Kim!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Jennifer Fabulous said...

That book looks like something YOU should have written! ;)

I love those pink polishes.

Musings in Red said...

My dear, I already follow you ;)

Also, I think what makes me sparkle is when I wear lots of color in my clothes. I like to wear things that are a little bit different from everybody else. Lots or yellow and red. Or, prints with pastels and adorable rose type jewelry. It makes me feel like I'm part of a painting :))

P.s. You were right about that blog being adorable :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you for the polishes! I received them and went crazy! I'm swatching them this weekend. :) I am IN LOVE with your new blog design! It is too too adorable! :) Maybe one day my blog can have an awesome makeover...

The Fashionable ESQ said...

Hi Doll! I love the changes to the blog. It looks absolutely adorable.
The sparkly nail polish is my favorite.

The Fashionable ESQ

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

Great giveaway, Sparkle seems like my kind of read. Kim, you should write a book!
I feel full of sparkle when I have a fresh manicure.

oomph. said...

what's making me sparkle right now is my anastasia beverly hills hydrafull lipgloss in SHARONA, lol!!

thank you!

Jacqueline said...

I love your pink sparkle! And I love love love to get rid of stuff, I am always purging extra stuff!



Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...


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