Donni’s Dash of Sparkle

“Leave a little sparkle where ever you go.”
These posts are sprinkled with Donni’s dashes of sparkle on a variety of topics included but not limited to beauty, food, and yes – sports.

PurpleTrail Planners: Planner First Impression Video

Hey Planner peeps! In my planner/organization inspo post, I mentioned attempting to find planner peace with a new planner: PurpleTrail Planners. I’m on my second week of using the planner and I’m liking it so far. If you would like an overview of the planner check out the video below. I’ve pulled together a first impressions video to give you some more information on the planner and a flip through of my custom planner.

PurpleTrail Planners: First Impression

 

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Choose from more than 200 professionally designed covers with artwork in a variety of styles and colors. Additionally, each planner can be customized with your name, organization, project or anything else. Included is your choice of a 12- or 18-month weekly planner; a 3- or 6-month daily planner; a 24-month monthly planner or a wedding planner. You can find more information over on their website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for planners in the comments below!

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Fall Mood Board – Creative Inspiration

Who remembers Ace’s awesome meditation mood board?  Well she inspired me to create my own fall mood board.

mood board:

 an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating.  It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my fall mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.

Fall Mood Board

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This fall I’m embracing my minimalism journey by focusing on simplicity. I hope my fall mood board inspires me to see the beauty in simple things. Additionally, I want to simplify my writing process. I think sometimes I try really hard to write blog posts on what I think will garner the most views. In reality, my most popular posts are the ones where I just wrote what I was feeling. Finally, my goal is to really enjoy the changing season and changes in life as well.

What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!

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Am I “Basic” Because I Love Fall?

Am I "Basic" Because I Love Fall? - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comLast weekend, as I was standing in line for beer at Music Midtown a girl tapped me on the shoulder to ask if she could take a picture with me. She and her friends made a scavenger hunt to play during the festival. Obviously, the item on her list was magical black girl, right? Check! Alas, she just needed a picture with someone wearing a flower crown. Almost immediately, two of my guy friends began to make a joke that a “basic” girl must have been on her list. I went to high school with these two  jerks Prince Charmings, so they are allowed to tease me. In their minds my flower crown made me summer “basic”. Then came the pumpkin spice latte reference. Cue eye rolls.

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Let’s talk about calling girls basic on the basis of their seasonal favorites.  First, let’s start with the basics (ha, see what I did there?) and see how the people of the interwebs are defining the term.

“Basic” Definitions

  • Those whose wardrobes include leggings and boots complemented by a Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte in hand.
  • “Basic” is a term to describe someone, usually a female, who is without any defining characteristics of her own, usually because she follows the crowd.
  • Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.
  • Lacking intelligence and unable to socialize on even an elementary level.
  • The disease that makes people ratchet AF. This includes symptoms such as an unusually strong affection to pumpkin spice (specifically Starbucks), a longing to wear Uggs and/or LuLu Leggings, and continuously saying “I literally can’t even.”

Things that apparently make me basic

  • Seasonal candles are my jam: To be clear, I’m a scented candle addict all year-long!  However, there’s just something about being curled up in one million cozy blankets with Hocus Pocus playing and my sweater weather candle sending sweet fall scents around my apartment. Also, I should mention that I quite enjoy watching fall candle hauls on YouTube.  Sorry, I’m not sorry about wanting my place to smell like a home. If loving a well-scented home is basic, count me in.
  • Fall wardrobe: Reality check: boots, leggings and scarves have always been staples of chilly days, just like you would expect folks to wear shorts, swimsuits and sundresses in the summer. So how does wearing these items make me basic? Are you mad that I’m hella comfortable in my chunky sweater and boots? Does my flannel offend you? I’m looking and feeling good so again bring on the basicness. P.S. I will also likely Instagram my new boots I bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as I’m standing on top of fallen leaves.
  • Pumpkin Love: I think PSLs are delicious, whether I’m brewing them at home or grabbing one from Starbucks or a local coffee shop. Would you still call me basic if I ordered a salted caramel latte? Cool, because I drink those too. While I’ve got a thing for pumpkin spice, I need to be absolutely clear on one thing: I’ll take a sweet potato pie over a pumpkin pie any day. Are Patti LaBelle’s Pies going to be a thing again this year?
  • Fall traditions: Crunching leaves, roasting s’mores, browsing through pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins are definitely fall traditions, but that doesn’t mean they are “basic.” Carving pumpkins with friends during college are some of my favorite memories. It’s just a fun (and messy) activity.  Research (i.e. in my mind) shows that stepping on a crunchy leaf releases endorphins.

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For The Love of Fall

I know most of the time, we call someone “basic” as a joke. However, in reality basic is just another term used by society to judge women and their lifestyle choices. If homegirl (of any race) wants to sip on her PSL and take a stroll through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch – why are we making fun of her for living in the moment and finding beauty in fall? How is it really affecting your life?  While you’re making fun of her or me, we’ll be busy making memories.

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Are you a lover of fall like I am? Have you been called basic? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

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5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’ve been in sort of a planning rut lately. As you may know I have an Erin Condren vertical planner that I use for everyday life. I also have a Day Designer that I use for blog planning. Lately, I haven’t been using my Erin Condren for anything other than the monthly spread. I track my steps sporadically, along with big events in the weekly section. However, I haven’t used it fully since the month of July. That’s right no Washi tapes and no elaborate layouts.

Most of the time I just stick to creating to-do lists in this cute little “list makers gonna list” notebook that I found at Home Goods. As much as I love Erin Condren, I feel like I’ve lost my planner peace. In an effort to get out of my rut I went in search of organization inspo and put together a list of five planner gurus, whose feeds will make you planner nerd out.

I thought some some of my favorite planner gurus might spark my creativity and they certainly did! The organization inspo also made me realize that my search for planner peace may only come after I say goodbye to my beloved EC.

I am working with a company, PurpleTrail Planners, that is giving me an opportunity to review their line of planners. Wish me luck on finding planner peace! But don’t worry I’ll be back soon with some new stickers and fun things for all my fellow planner nerds.

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo

@theplannersociety

Christy Tomlinson offers a unique monthly planner subscription kit filled with gorgeous items. Her feed is filled with seasonal weekly planner spreads and the fun stationery your heart could ever desire. I won a gorgeous Day Designer from her that I’m going to start working on designing my own custom inserts for.

@paperandglam

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I’ve mentioned Lisamarie Landreth in my posts before because I love all things paper and glam . She has the most awesome seasonal living tips, her book club has the best suggestions for fantastic reads, and her shop has the best stickers and a very cool Glam planner she designed herself. #Goals

@thedailywriting

This isn’t a guru, but this account shares journal writing inspiration. The pictures are mainly from bullet journals, but holly cow is this feed amazing!

@theresetgirl

If you’ve ever watched a planner video on YouTube, I would bet that one of Cori Spieker’s videos popped up in the related video section. Her planner decoration is so artfully done. Cori also has a fantastic shop that I have to stay out of.

@thehoneybshop


Etsy owner Shannon Leigh’s feed features amazing spreads mad out of her own fantastic stickers and other shops she loves. Her shop is amazing and her customer service is top notch. Also, I’m so jealous of her lettering!!

 

Help a planner girl out! Which planner brands and layouts do you swear by? Leave a comment below!

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Music Midtown 2016 – Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist

Music Midtown 2016 - The Palmetto Peaches' Playlists - palmsinatl.comWow, we haven’t had a Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist in a while. The last was in May, to be exact. One of the reasons I love living in Atlanta is all of the opportunities to see amazing musical performances. Just about every major tour stops through the city and we have some great smaller venues for artists as well. Although, I opted out of Beyonce this year so I could save a few coins. I did spring for Music Midtown tickets. I’m so excited for Music Midtown 2016, happening this weekend. Check out my recap from last year’s festival. I’m most excited to see The Killers, James Bay, Kesha, Corrine Bailey Rae, Alabama Shakes, and DNCE. However, I just love live music in general and am ready for the experience.

If you’re not making the trip to Atlanta for this years’ festival (or if music festivals aren’t your thing), I’ve pulled together a playlist of some of my favorite songs from some of the artists of Music Midtown 2016.  Hopefully,  you discover someone new or just an awesome playlist to jam out to.

Feel free to take a full look at the full lineup and send me any suggestions for artists to check out or songs to add my Music Midtown 2016 playlist!

Music Midtown 2016 Playlist

  • The Killers –  All These Things I’ve Done; Where the White Boys Dance; Somebody Told Me; Mr. Brightside
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens; Stressed Out;  Ride
  • Beck – Loser; Morning
  • Deadmau5 – Terrors in My Head; Some Chords
  • The Lumineers – Ophelia; Stubborn Love; Ho Hey
  • G-Eazy – Me, Myself & I; Tumblr Girls; Of All Things
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color; Hold On; Don’t Wanna Fight; Future People; Boys & Girls
  • Collegrove – Bounce; Bentley Truck
  • Band of Horses – The Funeral; No One’s Gonna Love You
  • James Bay – Let It Go; Hold Back the River; Need The Sun To Break; Craving; Stealing Cars
  • Ke$ha – True Colors; Die Young; Tik Tok; Blah Blah Blah; Your Love Is My Drug
  • Big Boi – Be Still; Shine Blockas; Kryptonite
  • Chvruches -The Mother We Share; Leave a Trace; Bury It
  • Leon Bridges – Better Man; Brown Skin Girl; Coming Home
  • City and Colour – Lover Come Back; Wasted Love
  • DNCE- Cake by The Ocean; Toothbrush; Pay My Rent
  • Raury – Neveralone; Trap Tears
  • Daya  – Sit Still, Look Pretty; Hide Away; Legendary; Don’t Let Me Down
  • St Lucia – Dancing On Glass
  • Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk; Love Like That
  • Corrine Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac; Is This Love; Put Your Records On; Like a Star; Till It Happens To You;  Enchantment; Trouble Sleeping

My plan is to put the phone down and enjoy the music, but I’ll likely add a few clips to our Instagram story. So make sure you’re following us!

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Tune In: Fall TV Preview

Tune In: Fall TV Preview - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comMy intention was to write a fabulous fall TV and movie preview for you. However, all of the networks have excellent lineups for the fall. So I’ll have to stick to a fall TV preview this time and return with some thoughts on the highly anticipated movies for the fall and winter. I basically turn into a hermit in the fall. I looked at my original list which was three times as long as what’s below and realized I should probably attempt to go outside for reasons other than work. All of the shows below are ones that I currently watch or plan to check out if they’re new. Prepare your DVR accordingly!!

*All times below are Eastern Standard. Also, Scandal won’t be back until 2017 – le sigh.

Fall TV Preview: PREMIERING this Fall

Atlanta – 10 p.m. Sept. 6 (FX)

You may know him as a rapper or you may remember him from Community, but Donald Glover is creating and staring in this new show. On The Tonight Show he called it Twin Peaks, but for rappers. So expect weird odd characters.  Glover plays Earn, an aspiring rap manager for his cousin Paper Boi. Watch the trailer here.

Pitch –  9 p.m. Sept. 28 (FOX)Tune In - 2016 Fall TV Preview - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Here’s a show to keep your eye on. Pitch will follow the debut of a female star in the MLB. You throw like a girl will take on a completely new meaning. Watch the trailer here. I’m not sure this one is going to last more than one season, but I think it’s something that needs to grace our screens and I hope to see it become a true story in my lifetime.

Divorce – 10 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)

It’s been 12 years since Sarah Jessica Parker graced the TV screen as Carrie Bradshaw. Now Queen SJP is returning to HBO with Divorce. The show follows Frances (Parker) and Robert, a long-married couple with two kids who decide to get a divorce after a particularly trying time. We’ll watch the couple as they go through the various phases of ending a marriage, from counseling to mediation and beyond. Can I relate to this? No, but I love SJP and I know she’s going to bring it!

Insecure – 10:30 p.m, Oct. 9 (HBO)

So if you’re going to check out Divorce you should just keep it on HBO for Insecure. You may know star and creator Issa Rae from her hit webseries: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and her book. When Insecure premieres, Issa Rae will be only the third black woman to create and star in her own TV comedy, following in the footsteps of Wanda Sykes and Sherri Shepherd. Okay, queen!! HBO originally ordered this series back in 2013, so I’m hoping that it lives up to the expectations. 

Fall TV Preview: Most Anticipated

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix)
Premieres Fri., Nov. 25

May 15, 2007 was the airdate of the last episode of Gilmore Girls.  However, it did not end the way its original creator, Goddess and Genius Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted. Over the years Sherman-Palladino has teased that she knew what the final four words of the show would have been. She’s also told us she never watched the final season. I don’t blame you, girl!! Praise Netflix for making this four part series happen.  As you may know, Luke and Lorelai are one of my favorite TV couples, but they didn’t get the ending they deserved. I’m excited to see what Rory and Lorelai have been up to and for some real closure. And, of course, I want to know what those final four words were. I’d like to say that I’m officially Team Tristan for Rory or a new guy. Actually, I’d prefer her to be happily single than see her with Dean or Jess. I’m still undecided on Logan because there’s a place in my heart for dear Mr. Huntzberger. Where you lead, I will follow.

Younger – 10 p.m., Sept. 28 (TVLand)

This will be the third season premiere for Younger, but I feel like it’s still a bit of a sleeper. If you watch this show stop what you’re doing now and tweet me because you are a cool person and we should be friends. This show (produced by Darren Star of Sex and the City) follows Liza, a recently divorced 40-year old mother who tries to rejoin the workforce, but cannot get hired. With the help of a friend and an updated wardrobe, she passes as a 26-year old and lands a job as an assistant at a publishing firm. She also meets the very fionnne Josh played by Nico Tortorella (stalk his IG- you won’t regret it), a tattoo artist, that thinks that they are the same age and they start dating. My only problems with this show are that the episodes are too short and there are only 12 in a season. Go binge watch the 24 episodes and watch with me this season!!

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The Walking Dead – 9 p.m., Oct. 23 (AMC)

This summer I’ve had so many arguments conversations with strangers about who meets their fate via Negan and Lucille. Remember, if it’s Daryl we riot!! I’ve watched the trailer so many times and read every clickbait article that claims they know who dies. They don’t know. I just need this question answered so I can throw things and then start a long, grieving process. Unless, it’s Aaron (then I won’t care as much).

Fall TV Preview: Oldies but Goodies

Grey’s Anatomy – 8 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)

Every year without fail I hear: “Oh my God is that still on?” The inevitable follow-up question is “Why do you still watch it?” Well let me tell you why. Meredith is my person. Alex is my person. Bailey and the Chief they are my people. And until Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital formally Seattle Grace-Mercy West blows up (Don’t you dare do it, Shonda) I’ll be with them.

Some other returning shows:

  • Dancing With the Stars –  8 p.m., Sept. 12 (ABC)
  • The Voice – 8 p.m., Sept. 19  (NBC)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  – 10 p.m., Sept 20 (ABC)
  • Empire – 9 p.m., Sept. 21 (FOX)
  • Blackish – 9:30 p.m., Sept. 21 (ABC)
  • How to Get Away With Murder– 10 p.m., Sept. 22 (ABC)
  • Once Upon a Time – 8 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
  • Quantico  – 10 p.m., Sept. 25 (ABC)
  • Shameless – 9 p.m.,Oct. 2 (Showtime)
  • The Mindy Project  – Oct. 4 (Hulu)
  • Jane the Virgin – 9 p.m., Oct. 17 – (The CW)

Fall TV Preview: Hot Mess

If you’re looking for some trainwreck shows, might I suggest:

  • 90 Day Fiancé – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (TLC)
  • Rob & Chyna – 9 p.m., Sept. 11 (E!)

Not that I need anymore shows to watch, but share which fall TV shows you’re most excited about in the comments below.

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