5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥ / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Fridays are always a day of reflection for me. I like to take a moment to go over the week & my goals. Some weeks are more productive than others. Some weeks are more frustrating than others. Some weeks are better than others, plain & simple. But that's the way life works. Here are the five things I'm loving right now. 

fish tank


In honor of the release opening of Finding Dory, here's a picture of a fish. I went to Coronado this week to get some pictures of one of the resorts & this sweet fish tank was located in the lobby. He's like a fish unicorn.

bee cookies

Bee Cookies

These cookies were as cute as they were tasty. They had three designs: one with a bee, one with honeycomb, & one with a pretty little flower. They were simple & a perfect pair to a cup of Earl Grey tea. Shout out to Christine for making them!

tinkerbell cake

Tinkerbell Cake

You know what? I want to celebrate my birthday like a four-year-old. I want to genuinely enjoy the day with the people I love the most. I want to put on a pretty dress & have a fancy cake. I'm officially going to throw my own birthday party next year with no shame & no regrets. Anyhoo, how adorable is this Tinkerbell cake that Fred's mum made?

designer stationary

Designer Stationary

I'm all for affordable stationary. I've purchased some great things from the dollar store. This time around I opted for these three 40 page Nicole Miller notebooks. Aren't they beautiful? I love the bold & vibrant designs. 


Long-Lasting Flowers Round 2

Remember last week when I talked about my awesome long-lasting bouquet from Aldi? Well, they're still kicking! These bad boys have lasted me over two weeks! Can you believe it? I'll definitely continue buying flowers at Aldi.

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What are you loving right now? :]

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  1. Those cookies look amazing and definitely sound great with Earl Grey. In fact...even as hot as it is outside...I could go for some tea right now!

  2. The pictures are wonderful!! Especially love the tinkerbell cake!!

    Victoria | http://victoriaahelenn.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Oh fun! I love that stationary! Happy Friday ;)

    Love, Lindsey

  4. Oh your cake is fabulous! So well done! I'm also super excited for Finding Dory, feels like I've been waiting for it so long! x

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  5. I love fishies, I seriously can't wait to see Finding Dory! And those cookies look so delish!!


  6. Loved this post! xx, Erin - www.stylebythepeople.com

  7. the tinkerbell cake is soooo cute!


  8. PLAYING WITH APPARELJune 18, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Lovely post. Can't to see Finding Dory

    Filipa xxx
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  9. Wow those flowers are beautiful! I buy mine from whole foods and am surprised how long they can last =o)


  10. designer stationary is such a simple pleasure in life!

    Keri || The Style Studio by KB

  11. There is no shame in planning your own bday party. It'll for sure be everything you want! Also - those notebooks are beautiful! The colors are bold and bright!


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  12. Love this all!! My hubby is a fish fanatic so we have a few aquariums in our house :) and I love designer stationary too!

    xo Raina

  13. You should definitely get a theme cake for your birthday Carmen. Ive done it several years and I'm way older than you. LOL


  14. Long lasting flowers are the best because I seriously feel like I'm CURSED with 24 hour MAX flowers. I'll def have to find an Aldi here! Love love love a good fish tank! x Shannon

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  15. My mom always says tea helps on a hot day - not sure if it's true. :]

  16. Isn't it adorable?! Have a great week. :]

  17. I'm loving it too. I almost don't want to use it! :]

  18. Did you watch it yet??! I can't wait. :]

  19. Yes, too cute. I love the green. :]

  20. I rarely go to Whole Foods. I should get some flowers from there. Have a great week. :]

  21. No shame indeed. I'm going to do it. :]

  22. That's so cool. What kind of fish do you have? :]

  23. What did you do for your last birthday? I could use some ideas. :]

  24. Holy moly. 24 hours is super unfortunate. What kind of flowers do you get?

  25. I'm SURE it's a user error on my end, but peonies! And then they bloom like CRAZY when I go to work... and by the time it's the next day, the petals fall! #FAIL

  26. Ah yes, well peonies aren't the longest lasting flowers. I recommend alstroemeria. :]

  27. Isabelle CollinsJune 22, 2016 at 6:29 AM

    I want a Tinkerbell cake haha! I've been loving the TV show Gossip Girl lately, started watching it around a week ago and I am obsessed!



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