Valentine's Tea Cake Cookies by Savannah Boyd

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Growing up, I waited very eagerly for my aunt to bring me Valentine’s Day Tea Cake Cookies, just as my kids now impatiently anticipate the moment when those same cookies will finally be ready to come out of the oven! My mom’s sister made heart-shaped, red-iced Tea Cake Cookies every year on Valentine’s Day, and she made a big show of delivering them to me on a beautiful platter. This is a treasured memory that I adopted and have now turned into a tradition with my family.

My kids and I work together in the kitchen, and—as the pictures below show—I really let Brooks, Bradley, and Anna Blair in on the action!! They pretty much get to do everything except crack the eggs open :-) I often divide the dough in half, letting them roll and cut out one portion while I work on the other. We keep the cookies they make at home and deliver the others to friends and family to spread the love! It is a memorable bonding experience for all of us and a treat that I can pass down to them from my childhood.

I eyeball the frosting, usually starting with a half of a bag of powdered sugar and a third of a cup of milk, mixed together with five drops of pink food coloring. I line the cookies with the hard icing; next, I mix some more milk in to make it liquid and then pour that into the center of the cookies. It’s pretty foolproof—if it’s too watery, just add some more powdered sugar; if it’s too hard, just add a little more milk! I take the cookies out of the oven on the shorter end of the timeframe because I like them really soft. I leave them on the cookie sheet to cool for about five minutes before icing them.

I hope you can all enjoy these cookies as much as I have over the years and as much as my kids now do! The recipe is included at the bottom of the post. Also, you can click directly on each image in the grid below to shop the boys’ shirts and some other great baking supplies that will help you make this recipe!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

 
 
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Valentine's Day Gift Guide by Savannah Boyd

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Hello! Love is in the air at Hearts of Style! We are incredibly excited to bring you our first ever Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Our hope is that you will find something for each and every Valentine in your life! Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become one of my favorite holidays; I love it because it is a chance to do a little something for everyone who I love—not just for my husband, Brian.

The categories are organized into Gifts for Ladies, Gifts for Gentleman, Gifts for Sweet Kiddos, and Gifts for Furry Friends.

Please comment and share with us your favorite finds that will help you spread the love. Clicking on each image will take you directly to the website where you can purchase; have fun shopping!

 
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27 Miles Malibu

Kisses Sweater

Compania Fantastica

State of the Heart Car Coat


Whistles

Ma Cherie Amour Graphic Tee

Monrow

Oversized Camo Hearts Tee

The Light Blonde

Love is Kind Tee

Monrow

Scattered Heart Sweatshirt

The Light Blonde

Sweatshirt

LOVE Moschino

Gonna All Over Skirt

 
 
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Annieglass

Ruffle Gold 8" Heart Bowl

G G Collection

Gratitude Bowls, 3-Piece Set

Pottery Barn

I Heart You! Plate

 
 
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Starmand Designs

Red Holiday Heart Earrings

Uncommon Goods

Personalized All Heart Bangle Set

Rebecca De Ravenel

Exclusive Double Heart Silk Drop Earrings

 
 
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Farmgirl Flowers

Big Love Burlap Wrapped Bouquet

La Fleur Bouquets

Petite Heart - Lasts An Entire Year

 
 
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Alice + Olivia

Sophia All You Need Is Love Clutch

Draper James

Canvas Heart Stripe Tote

Dolce & Gabbana

Mini Sicily Tote Bag

Tuckernuck

Two-Toned Clutch

Frances Valentine

Tall Canvas Heart Cosmetic Bag

Edie Parker

Heart Wristlet Bag

Loeffler Randall

Maria Beaded Heart Tote

Les Petits Joueurs

Alex Mini Black Widow LOVE Chain Shoulder Bag

 
 
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Isa Tapia

Nueva Scallop Flat Sandals

Stubbs & Wootton

Women's Hearts Gleem Mules

Comme Des Garçons Play

Logo Print Trainers

Laurence Dacade

Tara Heart Block Heel Sandals

RED Valentino

Heart Print Slip-On Sneaker

 
 
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Yves Saint Laurent

Heart and Arrow Rouge Volupte Shine Collector Oil-in-Stick Lipstick

George & Viv

Conversation Heart Bath Bomb

Byredo

Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum

 
 
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Evergreen Enterprises

Valentine's Day Heart Envelope Door Hanger

Saffiano

Lock Diary

The Pillow Bar

Travel Companion Set, Personalized

TJ Maxx

“I Love Us” Pillow

Glory Haus

Loads of Love Valentine’s Laundry Sign

 
 
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Anthropologie

Wicker Heart Keychain

Tory Burch

Love Ball Cap

Aqua

Heart Appliqué Leather Tech Gloves

K Janavi

Hearts & Matchsticks Beaded Cashmere Scarf

 
 
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Shein

Heart & Letter Print Pajama Set

Kate Spade

Striped Brushed Twill Classic Pajama Set

GAP

Love Poplin Pajama Shirt

PJ Salvage

Amour Tank & Shorts PJ Set

Roller Rabbit

Jemina Short Kimono Robe

 
 
 
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Five Dates

"Five Dates" is your strategic guidebook to building the relationship you always wanted. The process is simple, innovative and something that both of you will love to do together.

Bon Vivant Design House

Ice Cream/Netflix Stainless Steel Stamped Spoon

Date Night in Box

Valentine’s Day Edition: Box includes Several creative activities | A delicious snack for two| Ways to set the mood | Custom Spotify playlist | Suggested dinner menu & shopping list

World Market

Willow Heart Picnic Basket for Two

 
 
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Michael Aram

Heart Picture Frame

Willow Tree

“You and Me” Figurine

Shein

16 Piece Valentine’s Balloon Set

 
 
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Le Creuset

Cast-Iron Heart-Shaped Dutch Oven

Natalie Chang

Love Scripture Foam Cups

Libby Vander Ploeg

Kisses Mugs, Set of 2

Nora Fleming

Chip and Dip Charm Platter (See below for charms to insert into hole on right)

Nora Fleming

Conversation Heart - Hand-Painted Ceramic Charm

Nora Fleming

Be Mine - Hand-Painted Ceramic Charm

 
 
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Maggie Louise

Chocolate Lattes Gift Box

Mac Lab

Valentine’s Day Collection Box Set 2019

Nam’s Bits

All You Need Is Love and Cookies

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

6 month Chocolate-of-the-Month Club Subscription

Sugarfina

Kiss Me Sugar Lips

Cookies by Design

Conversation Hearts Cookie Bouquet

Neiman Marcus

Have a Heart Chocolate Pizza

 
 
 
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Gifts.com

Half Dozen Hand-Dipped Football Strawberries

Peter Millar

Crown Seal Canvas Shave Kit

Sloan Brands

I Heart U Iron with Board

ByBarva

Personalized Men’s Leather Watch Band

Patagonia

Better Sweater Quarter Zip Pullover

Land’s End

Personalized Men's Handkerchiefs (3-pack)

Tecovas

The Shane Boot

Holtz Leather

“You have my whole heart for my whole life.”—Wifey

Handmade Leather Belt

Mark & Graham

Earbud Case

Mark & Graham

Men's Dress Sock Set, Navy-Charcoal

 
 
 
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Plus Plus

I Love You Tube Set

Lego

Valentines Cupid Dog

Russet Road Kids

Valentine's Day Toddler Name Puzzles

Melissa & Doug

Sweet Hearts Wooden Bead Set

Ooly

12 Stacking Heart Crayons

In My Heart

A Book of Feelings

Eric Carle

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Valentine's Day Heart Compartment Box with Candy

Love & Lion

Valentine Emoji Bracelet Printable

Love & Lion

Valentine “Nailed It” Printable

Fujifilm

Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

 
 
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Michael Aram

"Heart" Baby Feeding Set

GB Girls

Faux Fur Pom Knit Love Beanie

GiGi

Girls' Amour Box Bag

Pottery Barn

Gingham Heart Apron with Personalization Available

Gymboree

Heart Sunglasses

Janie & Jack

Heart Tights

Caro Home

Sweet Hearts Kids Hooded Towel

Gymboree

Heart Headband

Monica + Andy

Conversation Heart Print Organic Stretch Cotton Receiving Blanket

 
 
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Kate Spade

Baby Girls 12-24 Months Striped Carolyn Dress

Kate Spade

Big Girls 7-14 Ruffled Metallic Sweater

Mini Boden

Novelty Pocket Cord Pinafore

Shein

Girls High Neck Fleece Love Dress

Mini Boden

Frill Sleeve Printed Dress

Gymboree

Ombre Heart Stripe Sweatshirt

Autumn Cashmere

Girl's Wool & Cashmere Double Heart Sweater

Gymboree

“Love” Sweater

Gucci

Loved Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Gymboree

“Ooh La La” Tee

The Light Blonde

Love is Kind Unisex Tee

Bonnie Jean

Valentine's Day Heart-Appliqued A-Line Dress & Striped Leggings Set

Vineyard Vines

Boys Long-Sleeve Valentine's Day Whale Pocket T-Shirt

Janie and Jack

B Mine Tee

Old Navy

Heart XO Graphic Sleep Set

Converse

Unisex Heart Chuck Taylor Low-Top Sneakers

 
 
 
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Le Chien Bleu NY

Leroy Heart Print Dog Sweater

Alex and Ani

Love At First Sight Bangle Bracelet

Zippy Paws

Burrow Squeaky Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy, Mailbox with Love Letters

The Post Puppy Boutique

Conversation Hearts Widget Dog Collar

Live Love Bark

Love Woof Hearts Cuddler Pet Bed

Love of Layering by Savannah Boyd

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Hello and Happy Holidays!!! This time of year, as the weather gets chillier, it’s nice to layer up for warmth. I personally love a good layered look all year long, though! In my time working as a personal shopper and stylist, I have noticed that many of my clients don’t instinctually understand how to style themselves in layers, so I wanted to share some tips here on the blog.

Layering can elevate a look from ho-hum to super-stylish; just by adding a crisp, white Oxford blouse or a plaid button-up shirt to your outfit, you can transform a sweater or dress from average to exceptional. Layering isn’t an exact science, and the key is not to over-think it. That being said, here are few rules of thumb and tricks that will help you implement layering into your wardrobe like a pro.

 

The Classic White Button Down

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  • Look for slim cut pieces that are structured against your bodice to avoid extra fabric in your mid-section.

  • My all-time favorite white Oxford blouse is by Theory (number 8 below!). I keep several in my closet on rotation.

  • The classic white Oxford is ALWAYS the perfect layering piece and can also be worn on its own with a great statement necklace.

  • Reach for these any time, but they are especially ideal if your sweater or jumper has a print.

 

The Turtleneck

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  • Look for thin, lightweight turtlenecks that do not come up high up on your neck.

  • Make sure the turtleneck is either fitted through the arm OR fitted through the body with a really fun sleeve.

 

Patterned Button-Up Blouses

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  • Pair patterned shirts with solid sweaters or jumpers.

  • These can be fun for holiday outfits. If you have a silk blouse with hearts printed on it, for example, you can create a “Valentine’s Chic” outfit by layering it under a solid black sweater and pairing it with leather leggings or by layering it under a black shift dress with tights and boots.

 

3/4 Sleeve Blouses

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  • People often think that these can’t be layered, but they can be!

  • Pair them with garment that has a loose-fitting sleeve so that you can bunch them up and let the shorter sleeve of the blouse hang out from underneath the sweater.

 

Layering a Sweater Over a Spring Dress

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  • This is a fun way to make a lightweight dress appropriate for cooler temperatures so that you don’t have to wait to wear it!

  • When it’s still winter but the weather is warmer than usual for the season, just throw a sweater over a long dress, wrap the belt around the middle under the sweater, then front tuck the sweater into the belt.

  • Pair it with a great pair of boots to complete the look.

 

General Tips and Tricks

  • If you want to layer a piece that is not slim-fitting, place a tank top over the blouse before you layer your sweater or jumper over it. This smooths out the bodice area and give you a sleek look.

  • If you want a “preppy” look, always front-tuck the shirt tail of your blouse. For a more relaxed look, leave the blouse untucked.

  • I typically suggest sticking with a crew neck when layering a sweater or jumper over a blouse. However, if you wish to layer a v-neck, try a fun collar (such as blouse number 3 or 5 below).

  • If you pair a fun, trendy, affordable piece with a garment that is of higher quality, then you will take your look to the next level.

 

Layering Pieces Available for Purchase Now

#heartsofstylehandwrittenhappy by Savannah Boyd

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If we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us scroll through Instagram and wonder why everyone else has it so much more “together” than we do.  We think to ourselves, “She’s prettier; her kids are so well-behaved; they have such a beautiful house; they have nicer stuff; her business is going better than mine,” etc.  The list could go on and on because, for whatever reason, we like to get lost in the lie that everyone else in the world (or at least the social media world) has a picture-perfect life but that we, in fact, do not. 

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This has been heavy on my mind the past few days as I have read through many posts about people’s reflections over 2018.  I would dare to say that the majority of what I read was incredibly surprising!  Many people wrote extremely vulnerable posts in which they talk about walking through some very dark times that you would never in your wildest dreams imagine could be true by looking at their Social Media accounts.         

Life is messy!  I mean, DANG, it is down-right hard sometimes, and it is this way in some form or another for all of us.  None of us are excluded from hardships.  You just never know what someone could be going through on the other side of a photo. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I thrive off of words of affirmation!  The more the better.  This is just the way God made me.  Knowing that someone believes in me makes all the difference for me.  It gives me strength and fuels my determination to keep going. 

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It’s a new year, and most people have cleaned their slate from 2018 to start fresh!  Each one of us could benefit from knowing that someone is in our corner, from knowing that someone believes in us and is EXPECTANT to see what all we can accomplish in 2019.  So... I have this idea, and I am dying to see how far we can take it!!  I challenge you to pick three people in your life: could be family, friend, or even random stranger that works at the coffee shop you frequent that just looks like s/he needs a pat on the back.  Pick your people, and hand write them a short note giving them a dose of encouragement and mentioning why you know that 2019 is going to be an amazing year for them!!  Take a quick photo of yourself writing the note or leaving the note where someone will find it (perhaps tucked into the windshield wipers of a car in the parking lot or left on a doorstep or slid into a mailbox or placed into a lunchbox), and then post that photo with the hashtag #heartsofstylehandwrittenhappy.  

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Y’all... this seems so simple but I’m sitting here imagining how BIG this could be. I have around 3,800 followers on Instagram.  Imagine if all of those followers wrote at least three letters.  That’s over 11,000 letters!!!!  That makes me so stinking happy just thinking about it! And, who knows, the idea might even keep going depending on who shares it or talks about it!  I just LOVE IT and love thinking that we could just all get in each other’s corner and start cheering each other on going into the new year!! Please join me! Take 5 minutes (just 5 minutes!!!) out of your busy day to sit down and hand write (not text) a few notes to some people who just might have a wonderful start to 2019 because of your gesture of kindeness!! Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact in life!! I pray this is one of those times!! 🤗🙌🏻👏🏻

 

P.S. You are awesome, and there is NO ONE else quite like you! I hope 2019 brings you many blessings!! XO, Savannah 

A BOWtiful Blog Post by Savannah Boyd

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This post is a tribute to one of my favorite emblematic fashion accessories: the BOW. I absolutely love bows and am totally drawn to all things adorned by them! Bows can be feminine, strong, playful, symmetrical, dainty, sophisticated, youthful, and sculptural. The variety of their shape and size is part of their allure. Many fashion designers have explored the scale, placement, and structure of bows in their clothing lines, and Kate Spade even dedicated a whole chapter to “A Well-Placed Bow” in her book Things We Love. I have gathered some of my favorite bow items to share with you and hope you have fun choosing some to add to your wardrobe and home! I always feel BOWtiful when I “put a bow on it” and hope that you will, too!

 

Earrings

 

Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and Jackets

 

Shoes

 

Accessories

 

Sleepwear

 

Home Decor

Over-the-Knee Easy by Savannah Boyd

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Hi there! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! As the temps turn cooler, I want to take the opportunity to highlight one of my favorite winter closet staples: over-the-knee boots.

People often shy away from over-the-knee boots because they fear that they are too “va-va-va-voom,” but they are actually really functional and very elegant, not to mention comfortable and EASY. You can throw them on for an “everyday wearable” look with, for example, a skinny jean and pretty top or warm sweater.

I chose to pair the boots with a skirt here because it just elevates the sweater/jeans look and, most importantly, the boots are now serving a very important purpose: WARMTH!!! This mom-friendly Harvey Faircloth skirt is made even friendlier by the coverage that the over-the-knee boots provide, helping me feel more comfortable both from a modesty standpoint and from a temperature standpoint. (By the way, this functional and versatile skirt would also be great with tights, black pumps, and a dressier blouse. But I digress!) What I really want to encourage you to do is invest in a great pair of over-the-knee boots and start exploring all of the ways in which you can utilize and enjoy them. Of course, they are fantastic with dresses of all lengths as well!

Here are some tips for shopping for the ideal over-the-knee boot.

1) Stick to a boot that is form-fitting to your leg (not baggy!).

2) Look for a boot that has a clean, simple look (no embellishments, large zippers, etc.).

3) Go with a flat or block heel for maximum comfort and wearability.

4) If you buy a taupe or camel boot, then you can wear them with your blacks AND your browns instead of being limited to one or the other. (That being said, my favorite boot of all time is linked in black below—it’s the Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boot). You can dress it up or down, and it is SO comfortable!)

Below are the hyperlinked images from my “easy over-the-knee” outfit, as well as several great over-the-knee boot options that are available to shop now.

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Here are several over-the-knee boot options that are currently available for purchase!

Fierce, Functional, and Flexible by Savannah Boyd

This look is a departure from my norm, and I have to tell you… I was LOVING how fierce this funky ensemble made me feel! This outfit is not only cool and edgy, but it’s also casual and truly wearable. I was drawn to how these pieces can be broken up in so many different ways, which makes them a smart investment. For example, you could wear the joggers with a cozy sweater and tennis shoes, or you can put the vest over a chambray shirt paired with a wax-coated denim. The jacket could go with any workout leggings. And, as you can see here, you can even put a pair of heels on and really dress it up if you want to. It’s just so versatile!

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Holiday Gift Guide by Savannah Boyd

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Hello there everyone!!  Christmas is truly my most favorite time of the year!  Of course, it’s a season when your fashion can be loads of fun, but it’s also a time when everything around seems to be sparkling with twinkling lights.  For me, it’s also a season when I get to reflect on the greatest gift that I have ever been given, my Savior. 

I love gift-giving all year long, but gift-giving at Christmas is something extra special.  It’s a time when I feel like I can celebrate the people I love all because of how I am loved!! 

That’s why it was so fun for me to put together my first-ever Holiday Gift Guide.  It has something to celebrate EVERYONE in your life!!  I’m so excited about it and hope that it will help you put a check next to everyone’s name on your list! 

Thank you for making Hearts of Style part of your life; we pray that your holiday season is richly blessed!!

 

We have included the following categories for your convenience.  You will find hyperlinks below each category that correlate to the numbered items in the collage.

Gift Guide for the Holiday Spirit

Gift Guide for Women

Gift Guide for Men

Gift Guide for Kids

Gift Guide for Anyone & Everyone

Please note that the following vendors are offering discounts with code HEARTSOFSTYLE when you place your order:

Anna Hatcher Design

Elizabeth Wilson Designs

Ginny Moon: Illustrations for Fashion and Home

Jenny Perry Photography

M. Shreveport Boutique

Mulberry & King

Mustard and Ketchup Kids

Shades Kids

We wish you and your family the happiest, healthiest holiday season and hope that you enjoy shopping for and giving these gifts as much as we trust your loved ones will relish receiving them!

 
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1. Cheyanne II Waterproof Boot by Sorel 2. Finn|Carter Croc Belly Studs 3. Elizabeth Wilson Designs Camouflage Bowtie (All profits from the sale of these bowties will be donated to Ducks Unlimited in memory of Elizabeth’s late brother, Jacob; also, use code HEARTSOFSTYLE for a 10% discount!) 4. Beauty Counter Counterman Preview Gift Set 5. UGG Ascot Slipper

 
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1. Mustard and Ketchup Kids (Use code HEARTSOFSTYLE for a 10% discount!) 2. Shades Kids (Use code HEARTSOFSTYLE for a 10% discount!) 3. Kiwi Crate from Kiwi Co. 4. Apples to Zucchini Monogram 5. Cuddle and Kind Hand-Knit Dolls (For every ONE doll purchased, Cuddle and Kind provides TEN meals to children in need!) 6. Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Set 7. Table Topics Family Cube 8. Boogie Board Writing Tablet

 
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1. Properly Mine Leather Cord Organizer 2. Hearts of Style Gift Card 3. Jana Fleming Art Gift Card 4. Anna Hatcher Design Stationery (Use code HEARTSOFSTYLE for a 10% discount!) 5. Jenny Perry Photography Photo Shoot (Jenny is offering 10% off digital and print collections for those who book a session before December 31, 2018; mention Hearts of Style to receive the discount!) 6. Jeni’s Ice Cream