Tiny Devotions – Mala Beads

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I was introduced to beautiful Mala Beads by Tiny Devotions a while back and haven’t been able to get them out of my mind.  Tiny Devotions is a Canadian company that creates mala beads for the bohemian girl (or in my case a girl who loves wearing jewelry with a message).  Their mala beads and accessories represent “the free spirited lifestyle of living your dreams, following your passions and looking good as you do it”.  Since I’ve been struggling a little lately with following my dreams, or following a path that with lead me to the amazing moment of living my dreams, I’ve been looking at the Tiny Devotions website on a daily basis looking for the perfect mala beads to inspire me. Here are the four that I’m torn between — for their messages, for their mantras, and for their beauty.

Tabula Rasa: Luck, New Beginnings, Potential.

Tabula Rasa — Luck, New Beginnings, Potential

The Law of Attraction Mala -- Friendship, Growth, Love

The Law of Attraction Mala — Friendship, Growth, Love

Ashley Turner: Urban Priestess Mala -- Heart Chakra, Meditation, Self-Reflection

Ashley Turner: Urban Priestess Mala — Heart Chakra, Meditation, Self-Reflection

Hamsa Silver Intention Necklace -- Luck, Protection, Strength

Hamsa Silver Intention Necklace — Luck, Protection, Strength

I love the beauty, simplicity, and meaning behind each of these malas/necklaces. They have so many to choose from and I’m sure you’ll be able to find the perfect mala for YOU, for this point in your life, and for what you want out of life. If you’re struggling, there’s an article that can help you choose your very own mala beads here. To connect with Tiny Devotions check out their website, Twitter, and Facebook. Let me know what you think about these beads in the comments — which one would you choose if you were me?

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Vienna Victoria — Where Jewelry Meets Makeup

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Have you noticed the Pretty Living PR button on the side bar? Well I’ve teamed up with them to bring you a few posts a month on the latest fashion and beauty products. This post is for all you ladies out there who have ever gone out with a wristlet that couldn’t fit your lipstick and realized half-way into the night that you really need a touch-up.

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Introducing the Vienna Victoria Collection, which received a lot of hype at the Teen Choice Awards this year by the way. “V & V is a brand committed to fashion and function. As a designer, I want women to know they can have it all! I believe women should feel great no matter where they are going, whether it is the supermarket, the boardroom or a fancy dinner,” explains Designer Satin Van Cleef. Women have proven to be masters of multitasking and now Vienna Victoria has redefined the art of multitasking with a collection of multi-use fashion jewelry. Glamorous and stunning defines the Vienna Victoria brand and like women it does more than one thing at once.

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Made with Swarovski Elements, V&V Jewelry is designed with yellow, white, rose, and black gold over bronze compacted with lipstick luxuries. The luscious lip colors and glam glosses are formulated with ingredients such as Shea Butter, Aloe, Vitamin A, C and E to moisturize and color your lips.  And even better, it’s all refillable. So basically you get to free up some space in your wristlet, have a beautiful piece of jewelry to compliment your outfit (I love the rings), and you get to look good all day and all night — WIN!

“I love a great bag just as much as the next girl, but sometimes you just want to travel light.” –Satin Van Cleef

I love to travel light, it’s the only way to go when you’re at a wedding or an event in the city and I think V&V Jewelry really has something special going on. If you have a chance to check out their website, take a little time to read how the company was born, it’s a great story. Let me know what you think about this innovative jewelry in the comments too!

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Hottest Workout Clothing Around — Dona Jo Fitwear

Bursting the Bubble, Fashion & Beauty, Just for Fun, Products and Brands

I’m a workout-at-home kind of gal, which means you’ll find me in the basement in old sweats looking pretty gross. BUT I think I’ve found the perfect workout clothing. A huge step up from my high school gym shorts, Dona Jo Fitwear makes me want to go to the gym to workout or take up a Yoga or Spin Class.

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Dona Jo Fitwear is all about being fashionably fit — A bold and stylish new etiquette has finally come to sportswear. Introducing Dona Jo Fitwear, a fashionable and high quality sportswear line with vibrant prints and designs inspired by the beauty and free-spirited Brazilian culture. President Ashley Ferraro fell in love with Brazil and their fitness clothing. She felt inspired and knew that if she wanted to see that kind of clothing in America, she’d have to create her own. Her unique pieces are designed to fit most, with a 5-way stretch, breathable fabric that is color-fast, minimizes the appearance of cellulite, and is faster drying than cotton.

“I want to get every woman out of their comfort zone when it comes to fashion at the gym, yoga, or any fitness activity for that matter. We want to look sexy and beautiful in every other facet of our life, why not while we are getting sweaty?” — Ashley Ferraro

And I completely agree! I cannot wait to get my hands on my own workout clothing from Dona Jo (the outfit in the middle is my fave + the white shirt on the right).

Check out their great pieces and connect with Dona Jo Fitwear on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Are you ready to get #FashionablyFIT?!

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

Jonathan Adler Boutique [GIVEAWAY With @Papyrus_Online]

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You don’t have to know my well to understand that I prefer pen and paper to my cell phone, laptop, etc etc. I like being organized, I like writing down important dates or plans, I like highlighting, and I LOVE agendas. So, I approached my favourite stationery store and we’ve partnered up to get you all ready for the next school year, or simply, to get your life a little more organized!

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Phone covers, key chains, travel mugs… oh my! The Jonathan Adler boutique showcases a diverse offering of fun gifts with geometric patterns, groovy hues and modern appeal. These handpicked nifty gifties include an assortment of items for home, office or on-the-go. With a variety of Jonathan Adler gifts to choose from, why not add a little colour to your everyday?

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So, obviously I want all of the bright and wonderful products shown above but first and foremost, this blogger needs an agenda. I’m the kind of gal who likes to keep track of blog posts that are due, keep tabs on my appointments or fun events coming up, and I’ve had an agenda every year since JK (or shortly thereafter). I received this bright and beautiful Jonathan Adler 17 month agenda yesterday and literally felt giddy at the prospect of penciling things in! Best of all, I was sent a second agenda to giveaway right here on My Pen, My Voice (hence this post’s title).

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To enter you must:

TWEET : I want to start organizing my life with a Jonathan Adler Agenda from @VanessaGrillone and @Papyrus_Online

OR simply LIKE my photo on INSTAGRAM of the JA Agenda I’m giving away!

** Open to Canadian entrants only — winner will be chosen at random on August 19th, 2013**

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Love Always

Vanessa Xo

You're a Brand.

Family Time, Fashion & Beauty, Just for Fun, Products and Brands, Toronto Adventures

Spending three-months working downtown Toronto will do a lot to a girl. I’ve changed more than I can fathom or explain but I’ll try. Everyone in Toronto has a distinct style — they all look different but equally fabulous, confident, and self-assured. With their manicured nails, vintage clothing, and high-heels, my outfits and flats are quickly put to shame. Not that anyone cares or pays attention, really. I’ve been paying attention though and as I look at my reflection in the mirror before I leave for work, I rarely like what I see. I buy clothes for comfort or because my mom says it looks good on me but I don’t have a distinct style. I don’t have  a few great statement pieces that I can mix and match, I have a maximum of 8 pairs of shoes that I never wear (5 or 6 of which are heels), I don’t know what outfits are ME.

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I wonder what my clothing says about me. I really do. Given that I’m hoping to interview for jobs, attending bookish (and other) events, I really want what I wear to fit seamlessly with the woman I am becoming. So, I’ve enlisted the help of one of my favourite people (@Unitlibecame) and fairly soon we’ll be making-over my wardrobe. Steven is fabulous and he knows me well enough to not just put me in outfits that are “in” but to help me find a style all my own, clothing that represents who I am.

And THAT is going to be the fun part.

… I hope.

Have any fashion advice pour moi? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Love Always

Vanessa Xo 

You’re a Brand.

Family Time, Fashion & Beauty, Just for Fun, Products and Brands, Toronto Adventures

Spending three-months working downtown Toronto will do a lot to a girl. I’ve changed more than I can fathom or explain but I’ll try. Everyone in Toronto has a distinct style — they all look different but equally fabulous, confident, and self-assured. With their manicured nails, vintage clothing, and high-heels, my outfits and flats are quickly put to shame. Not that anyone cares or pays attention, really. I’ve been paying attention though and as I look at my reflection in the mirror before I leave for work, I rarely like what I see. I buy clothes for comfort or because my mom says it looks good on me but I don’t have a distinct style. I don’t have  a few great statement pieces that I can mix and match, I have a maximum of 8 pairs of shoes that I never wear (5 or 6 of which are heels), I don’t know what outfits are ME.

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I wonder what my clothing says about me. I really do. Given that I’m hoping to interview for jobs, attending bookish (and other) events, I really want what I wear to fit seamlessly with the woman I am becoming. So, I’ve enlisted the help of one of my favourite people (@Unitlibecame) and fairly soon we’ll be making-over my wardrobe. Steven is fabulous and he knows me well enough to not just put me in outfits that are “in” but to help me find a style all my own, clothing that represents who I am.

And THAT is going to be the fun part.

… I hope.

Have any fashion advice pour moi? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Love Always

Vanessa Xo 

Share your Dreams and Win! [Giveaway]

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My crush on Dogeared Jewels and Gifts occurred suddenly a few months back when I was scouring the Chapters website  for something to purchase. I stumbled on these wonderful necklaces and thought Mama needs one of those! I headed over to the Dogeared website and poked around a bit, looking for something to add to my birthday wish-list. Which I found — but I’ll get to that in a second.

Dogeared is a family owned business (a husband and wife team, Marcia and Merlin Clarke) with its headquarters in Culver City, California. Their charms are custom-made in the design studio and made-to-order. What I love most about their product is the message that comes with each necklace. This simple card makes each piece much more personal. It says this necklace was made for you, to inspire you, right now

My favourite Dogeared collections include Make A WishWhispers, 3 Wishes, and Love. I found my favourite piece in the Make A Wish collection: lovely charms, pretty chains, and lots of positive energy. These necklaces remind you to wish without limits!

My necklace of choice: free bird.

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As a Writer I’ve always had an obsession with quills, they’ve always represented “WRITER” to me. That’s one reason I fell for this feather — the other reason is the meaning behind the charm. I want to wear this necklace as a reminder to be curious, to open my heart to all different possibilities, to be free to take chances. I want to wear it as a reminder that I am a Writer and I must follow my dreams.

I got in touch with the wonderful people at Dogeared and they have agreed to run a giveaway for this beautiful necklace on my blog — so that YOU can wear it as a reminder to follow your dreams, whatever they may be. Get this, they also sent ME my very own free bird necklace!!!!

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This necklace has quickly become my favourite everyday piece. It’s sweet, subtle, dainty, and goes with any outfit. It’s the perfect length too, not too long and not too short. It’s always visible with what I’m wearing and I’ve gotten tonnes of compliments on it.

Here’s how to win:

Step One: LIKE Dogeared Jewelry on Facebook

Step Two: Using the Hashtag #DogearedDreams, post a picture on Twitter or Instagram that represents YOUR passion/dreams.

Be creative!

Please be sure to include myself @VanessaGrillone and @DogearedJewelry in your tweet/Instagram pic.

GOOD LUCK and may all of your DogearedDreams come true! 

Love Always 

Vanessa Xo 

The contest runs from today (MARCH 28th) until midnight on APRIL 4th, 2013 (my birthday). I will announce the winner on April 5th!

I have something else for you, for the duration of the giveaway week, Dogeared Jewelry has offered my wonderful readers 10% off of their first/next purchase, just use promo code DEDREAMS10 and you’re good to go!

** OPEN TO CANADIAN and U.S. RESIDENTS **

Paying it Forward with Clearly Contacts

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So, I won these wicked cool Derek Cardigan frames from Casie Stewart and Clearly Contacts not too long ago. In fact, I got them back on Saturday!

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Got my glasses back finally! Rockin’ my Derek Cardigan’s from @ClearlyContacts and @casiestewart 🙂

Now enough about my glasses and onto something for YOU. Clearly Contacts have given me the opportunity to pay forward the greatness of sexy eyewear…

Meaning I’m giving away a pair of Derek Cardigan 7019 frames right here on the blog!

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I can totally picture you sitting in Starbucks, scribbling in your notebook, just contemplating  life, wearing these hot cat eye glasses, getting the attention of the very cute hipster-boy that just walked in. Or at your favourite bar looking cute, casual, confident, and totally fierce (once again wearing these cat eye glasses). Or sitting in the boardroom pitching your awesome ideas, commanding the room. Or maybe just watching a movie at home, in your p.j.’s with your dog – why not look cute while doing it?

Personally, I LOVE glasses. They’re a great way to change your look without doing anything major (like chopping off your hair). And now, I’d like to share the love – these cat eye inspired frames are one of 2013’s fabulous eyewear trends.

No one rocks ANYTHING like Marilyn Monroe but there's no denying that these cat-eye frames are fierce! You can try them on the Clearly Contacts website!

No one rocks ANYTHING like Marilyn Monroe but there’s no denying that these cat eye frames are fierce! You can try them on on the Clearly Contacts website!

Okay Vanessa, enough yapping – how do I WIN these frames?

I’m getting there but first I should let you know that this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only! (Sorry ILU <3)

To win TWEET: “Yes, I want to win a pair of #DerekCardigan frames from @ClearlyContacts and @VanessaGrillone!”

OR

If you don’t have Twitter, leave a comment right here on the blog! 

The winner will be picked at random and announced right here on WEDNESDAY MORNING! Good Luck!

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

I can see clearly now, thanks to Casie Stewart and Clearly Contacts!

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Remember that one time I won frames from Casie Stewart and Clearly Contacts?

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Well they arrived today! Merry Christmas to me and a huge thank you to Clearly Contacts and Casie Stewart!

Now, I may not look as hot in big frames as this babe…

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Or this one… (yes that’s Mama and me)

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But I absolutely love them! What’s more is that they’re designed by Derek Cardigan (a CANADIAN eyewear designer, eh?) and they’re the same style that Alicia Keys wore in her new music video. I’ve been doing some research on the Clearly Contacts website and their frames and contacts are awesome, reasonably priced, and you get free shipping on your contact lenses if you use the code FREESHIP12. I also found that they have a whole Change the View charity mission: For every pair of eyeglasses purchased, someone in need is given a pair of eyeglasses, a pair of sunglasses or Vitamin A tablets.” Awesome right? You can read more about it here.

I can’t wait to get my own prescription lenses in these puppies – I’ll be hipstering all over town!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Love Always
Vanessa Xo

The Captain has Turned on the Seatbelt Sign

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Ever heard of seatbeltbags? Neither had I until Mama got her hands on this beauty…

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Harvey’s Original Seatbeltbags started up in 1997 when Mr. & Mrs. Harvey were installing seatbelts into their 1950 Buick and decided to make the Mrs. a matching bag. Apparently everyone loved them and wanted their very own. Now my question to you, are these bags going to be the next big thing to make their mark in Canada? Do you know anyone who has one? Do YOU like them? 

I’ve taken a look at their collection and after seeing my Mom’s bag (the 15th Anniversary Little Messenger) I think I’m starting to like them. They seem pretty durable and easy to clean! When my Mom first mentioned the seatbeltbag I thought that sounds disgustingly tacky but I was wrong (another reason to add being more open-minded to my New Year’s Resolutions).

My favourite bags include the Marilyn Fold Over Tote and the Arm Candy Clutch Lola Glitz.

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So, has this little post got you thinking about what ELSE we can make bags out of?

Or has it got you itching to get your own?

Lemme know, yo’

(Omg did I just type ‘yo’?)

Love Always
Vanessa Xo