Friday Faves!

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Thank God it's Friday! This week has been a little crazy. I am ready to settle in a bit and hang out with my husband and family. We are visiting his family in Dallas today which will be fun. We haven't seen them in forever. We are also sitting down and planning our trip to Hot Springs, AR next month. We are headed that way for Aurelio's birthday weekend. So excited to treat him to something special.

Anyway - we have gathered our favorite top 6 rugs that we are loving currently. A rug can make or break a room, in my opinion. I'm very picky when it comes to my rugs. I like them to be thicker in material. I love sisal rugs too! Finding and inexpensive rug can be hard if you are looking for 8x10 or larger but I'm so glad we have sources like Wayfair and Joss & Main now! They have the best selection of inexpensive rugs. Here are our top 6 rugs we are loving!

You can play off basically any color in your furniture with this rug. I love the colors so much and it brings in a Bohemian theme in any space.   

 I love any rug that has those deep greys and hints of blue in them. Perfect for a neutral palette for sure. 

We actually have this one and we love it so much too! We purchased a 8x10' for under $160! It goes great with our grey living room sofa and it's super soft for the kids to be on too.

This should be an all grey favorite rugs, right? We love grey around here. I've been eyeing this one for a while. This would be perfect for under a dining table since it's dark enough and very durable.

I love the blues in this one! Gorgeous. 

This one I can see in a master or guest bedroom. A perfect design in a rug is always fun to introduce in a room, especially if it's a tone on tone. Love!


Do you guys have any favorite, inexpensive rugs? Have a great weekend!

Angelica

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Staying Motivated/Organized

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Hi guys!  This week has been really rough for me, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.  But guess what! Today is Sunday and we can start fresh with a new week tomorrow.  As I was deciding on what I should blog about this week, it hit me that a lot of people probably would prefer to hear a very real & raw post rather than one I felt obligated to write. Even if this week was the best week of your life, we all have times of hardship and troubles and I hope this post is something you can come back to.  Personally, anytime I am having a hard time it somehow ties to how unorganized and unmotivated I am being at the moment.  It's as if the messier my room or work space is, the messier my life is. LOL.  Sounds a little extreme, I'm sure.  But, next time you don't feel well emotionally or spiritually, take the time to look around and analyze & evaluate your current situation.  That would also be the perfect time to think about what you are prioritizing at the moment and to make any adjustments as needed.  Being disorganized causes not only physical disaster but also emotionally.  So, today... I'm going to share with you guys some motivation/organization tips. ( Since, in my book, they go hand-in-hand.) Hope these are helpful!


1. Go Outside

Seems simple.  But, when I'm binge watching Netflix, getting up and going outside is possibly one of the last things I feel like doing.  And I know I'm not the only one. ;) But there's something about getting up and taking a few steps outside your home that can really motivate you.  Literally, just go outside.  Take a walk, go to the lake, and if you are like me, just start with a cup of coffee in your backyard...  It can do wonders.



2. Clean Something

Anything.  Your bedroom, kitchen,  your car, work space, etc.  You don't have to go all out and scrub your toilet with your toothbrush, even just organizing a stack of papers sitting at your desk will spark the idea.  To me, a clean and livable space equals a clean and livable mind.




3. Write Something Down

Obviously, for me this comes pretty natural.  For others, it might not be as enjoyable or easy.  Sometimes even picking up the pen is hard work.  But, writing down how you are feeling is a way of letting go & letting loose.  Have you ever bottled up all of your emotions and then let it all out at once & suddenly you were okay? Yeah, that's what happens when you verbally or physically express your emotions.  Except here, journaling could be done more often and you wouldn't have to bottle it all up.  Once emotions are let out, you feel free and motivation and organization can come easier to you.



4. Talk to Somebody

And no I'm not asking you to "get help" from a professional... but I'm also not telling you to talk to your BFF you text everyday.  I mean, call up someone you haven't talked to in awhile. Like an old family friend, high school buddy, distant relative, etc. Don't tell them you are using them as a therapy session, though. ;) Just have a nice conversation.  A refreshing talk can really get your mind set in the right place.  And you never know, your grandma might have something interesting to say.



5. Don't Think

This one is weird.  This one is really weird.  Thinking is really all we do as humans.  But sometimes over thinking can take us down a twisted path and we can deceive ourselves into putting ourselves into a different situation than the one we really should be experiencing. Let your thoughts pass and create a better reality for yourself.  Motivation really and truly doesn't come from anything but yourself and your mind.  In order to stay organized you must be motivated, and to be motivated you cannot pressure yourself to think deep thoughts 24/7.  Have self control & enjoy what life has to offer you.



I really hope you guys can take something away from this and use these very simple practicals that I attempt to do everyday in order to keep myself sane. Do you guys have any motivation/organization tips? Let me know!



Happy Sunday



-Tori Xoxo

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A Nature Inspired Home

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Something my family always loved to do when I was younger was camping. I, personally, was not and still am not a big fan. But I can’t deny the sense of relief and relaxation, no matter how brief it was. Being outside, surrounded by trees, mountains, water, etc. is such a good feeling.  Nature is often used by people to inspire artwork, music, writing, and the like. But can you use nature to inspire home decor? Well, reader… of course ;) Interior design is just like any form of art and you can use anything and everything as inspiration! 

When I think of “nature-inspired” home decor, I envision a lot of wood furniture, green accents, plants, shades of brown or tan, etc.  I just love the idea of incorporating nature within a space to bring the same "breath of fresh air" feeling you get as if you were outside.


Here are some of my favorite nature- themed interiors:








 "NATURE ALWAYS WEARS THE COLORS OF THE SPIRIT."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thursday! xoxo

Tori



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Top 5 Inspirational Quotes

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Hi guys! This week I just wanted to share some of my top 5 inspirational quotes with you!  Whether you are anxious about an upcoming test, suffering a bad break up, handling health issues, friend drama, etc, I suggest using quotes to motivate yourself. The few I’m about to share with you are only some of my go-to quotes.  Since I love writing, and words (to me) are the most powerful thing on this planet, it is only right for me to indulge in the inspirational potency of these quotes in my times of need! I usually just pull quotes from books I enjoy, my favorite website ever (pinterest.com) ;), from teachers, parents, friends or any other blogs/websites I can find them! It is easy to inspire and motivate yourself to do anything when you have a helping hand. Here you go!!!


“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you.  Be always searching for new sensations.  Be afraid of nothing.”
  • Oscar Wilde


“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”
  • John Quincy Adams


“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”
  • Andrea Dykstra


“The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.”
  • Aristotle


“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  • Maya Angelou



Do you guys have any favorite inspirational quotes?

Happy Thursday!! Xo


↣Tori

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MINIMALISM

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When people think of minimalism in terms of interior design, they typically tend to think of it more as a lack of design.  Which, isn't true.  Just because minimalism is absent of elaborate & intricate designs and styles doesn't mean there is no structure to how to the design is displayed.

A question a lot of people ask themselves is, why exactly is minimalism trending?  What is it about this style that is so satisfying?  I personally love this style because of how sharp & to the point it is.  You can tell a lot about a person by the way they design their home and minimalism expresses such a clean, simple, and free idea without losing a sense of purpose.  Minimalism is so easy to achieve and although it doesn't bring "warmth" to the home, it can still bring the cozy feeling we all know and love.

Now,  how is minimalistic design even achieved? Two words: Bare. Essentials.  You must consider what is a priority in the space you are minimizing. You should remove any extra items not necessary for everyday life. If you have a room full of furniture with ornate designs, it would not look minimal at all. Lamps, blankets, clothing racks, small plants, etc. are all good items to incorporate into your minimalistic home.  Another VERY necessary step into minimizing a space is to only integrate neutral  colors.  Bright colors can often open up a space, but when trying to achieve the "bare essential" vibe, neutral colors are the only way to go.  Again, these things can sometimes scare people into thinking they are losing identity within a space, but when minimalism is attained sufficiently, it is easy to encompass any sort of identity in the home.

All in all, minimalistic designs have been a hot trend since the 1960's and I believe will continue to do so.  It may seem easy to achieve minimalism, but it is actually harder to commit to the reduced mindset and to continue to capture the affect. But who doesn't love a little challenge? :)

Here are some of my favorite minimalistic interiors!


















































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Happy weekend!

-Tori
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Tori's Bohemian Favorites

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I cannot believe this year is already happening so fast- welcome to the second month of 2017!  Since I naturally have such an anxious personality, a mindset I set for myself this year was to be more easy going and relaxed. As February rolls around, I've got to keep in mind this goal and some inspiration for this relaxation I'm trying to achieve can even come from within! Within your home, that is. ;) 

Using bohemian styles & accents, you can create a delicate vibe and an overall welcoming and open space. To me, bohemian themes go hand in hand with the idea of being "easy going". This mood board I created displays some of our favorite pieces and colors that are spot on for a classic bohemian bedroom.  Being "bohemian inspired" doesn't necessarily have to mean far-fetched or unconventional decor by any means. Adding different textures, patterns, and bursts of color can create the open atmosphere you desire. Bohemian styles are oftentimes so appealing for the artistic flavors and bursts of quiet energy that seem so comfortable and homey! And who wouldn't want a cozy home? 

One of my particularly favorite trends is the colorful throw pillow. Adding a throw pillow, such as the one displayed in the board, to any space can add a hint of character. In this specific setting, it adds to the bohemian vibe by displaying more texture and color! As you can see, bohemian themes are one of my ALL TIME favorite styles of interior and it's so easy going, that it's practically timeless design. 

Do you guys have any favorite bohemian trends?  Happy February! Xo

Tori 
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Our Top 10 Favorite Interiors/Exteriors Tumblr Accounts!

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The weekend should not be ending so soon. Actually, this weekend was a pretty productive one overall. We got to see family for a quick second, we helped my nephew Jayden with his 100 item project, I finished painting two doors in our hallway, and I caught up on all my e-design projects. We had to collect 100 items of any kind and glue them a sheet of project paper. We went with a canvas and had a painting session which J loved! He said he wanted to paint more in the future. I love how creative he can be! My mom took me to At Home since I wanted to get some wicker basket storage for our bathroom reno. By the way, I can't wait to show you our bathroom renovation. The next things on my list is to paint the cabinets, add hardware, get lighting, buy the sink, and add the new counter top. That's actually a lot of things to do as I type this...anyways, I can't wait to show you the before and afters. That brings me to the point of this post...INTERIOR/EXTERIOR INSPO TUMBLR ACCOUNTS that we can't get enough of - Tumblr is the best source for inspiration for interior design overall, in my opinion. I seriously don't know how these people do it. I can be on Tumblr all day just wishing and hoping my place could look as good as the photo they post.

So today we are sharing our top 10 Tumblr accounts we can't get our eyes off of - you will thank us later :)

1. The Cozy Space


Minimalism, anyone? I have been loving anything Scandinavian and this page has been getting it lately! I'm a huge fan of all white so I can look at pretty photos with all white interiors all day. They also have all dark wall eye catching photos, which is pretty to look at for a long time. 



This account has everything from modern to traditional. The one thing I absolutely love about this account is the amount of wood paneling design they have. I love a pop of wood texture anywhere. 


I love how this account puts emphasis on creative and modern stairways. Go check it out for yourself. I just can't enough of unexpected wooden beams in this living space. Beautiful colors going on too. Ughh. 


Almost in each photo of theirs, you see a touch of brass somewhere. I'm obsessed with brass accessories. :) 

5. Volk13

A tiny and modular home blog - OKAY! Everyone knows how much Aurelio and I love tiny home living. This one is a must see for anything inspo tiny homes. The life of living tiny just amazes us. 



An here is another of our favorites! Prefab! loving everything. If this doesn't make you want to get a tiny home then I don't know what will :) JK. It's okay, tiny living is not for everyone. We can also sit for hours and look at the beautiful lands most of these homes sit on. 


This one is a little different but so pretty to look at when you want to get inspired by nature and architecture. 


Decorlove is my go to for loft design inspo. Lofts are also one of my favorite spaces to look at. I would never live in one but the thought of it is nice. You could divide space into many different spaces which is great. 


So when I feel edgy and inspired by classic design, Vintage Luxe is my favorite. Something about vintage...we always need something vintage in any space, in my opinion. 


Last but not least - if you want an all around, any interiors tumblr account - you can come check out mine! :) I love Tumblr and I hope you find our list helpful. 

Please share any other tumblr accounts you love with us. 

We hope you all have a wonderful week ahead! 

Angelica 


**All photos C/O Tumblr.com

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Our Top 5 Must Haves for your Kitchen

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I treated my mom and my nephew, Jayden to a quick visit to the Dallas World Aquarium yesterday. It was pretty neat. I haven't been in forever, probably since I was 10 years old...that was ALONG TIME AGO! I'm about to be 28 so you do the math. The first thing I asked when I bought the tickets was "do you guys have any big cats?" (I AM TERRIFIED OF BIG CATS) The lady at the counter responded, "yes, we do - but people miss him since he's in the upper level of the building." WHAT! After the go-around, Jayden was the big guy and wanted to go upstairs. WHAT?! no thank you. Luckily, he forgot about heading up to see Mr. Jaguar. :)

Since we also celebrated my dad's 70th birthday, I baked two cakes that were delicious! One strawberry and one butter pecan. One day I will have my perfect and small dream kitchen so I can cook away for my friends and family. My parent's kitchen will just have to do it for now.

Today we wanted to share the top 5 must haves in the kitchen and the list could go on and on so imagine how hard it was for me to just keep it at five items. I can't wait to share more of our top favorite list with you all. Enjoy!



I love anything that is marbled out. Marble will never go out of style, in my opinion. It goes with anything.


This mixer is, so far, my favorite accessory in our kitchen. I use it at least 3x a month. By the way, Aurelio and I have started a NO SUGAR / NO FAST FOOD challenge for 2 weeks. So this kitchen accessory will be sitting pretty on the counter for a while. Other than this, it's the perfect gift for anyone who loves baking or cooking in general.


I love this style of hardware and I just wish we did these in my mom's kitchen when we were looking for hardware. If you're looking for a small change that will impact your kitchen design, hardware is always the best way to go.


I'm so glad Aurelio got me copper mugs about a month ago. You can't go wrong with owning a pair of these in your kitchen. You would definitely want to display them on your counter since they are super pretty. Drinks? anyone?


As many of you know, I love baking! I finally got one of these not too long ago. I have a glass stand but nothing beats with having a white cake stand to display your gorgeous 'to pretty to eat' cakes. I'm also thinking of joining a baking class to learn more but not now since, you know, our challenge (this is already going to be hard but we can do it.)


Do you have any favorite kitchen essentials you can't live without? Let me know!

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Angelica


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A beautiful hike + the perfect Timbuk2 backpack

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It's been three weeks since we came back from our CO trip and we miss it so much already. On one of our days, we headed up to Cheyenne Mountain State Park. We hiked for about 30 min until the snow was way too slippery to stand. It's pretty crazy hiking up snow since you never know what could be underneath. For example, when Aurelio decided to walk across a creek, not knowing there was even a creek underneath the snow. It was pretty hilarious actually. All we heard was cracking in the ice/snow and there goes my husband trying to survive. All this with my camera around his neck and his new messenger bag from Timbuk2. I love him for being such a good sport and climbing up a steep hill on the other side of the creek onto the road. I bet people thought he was one crazy bearded man. He sure did learn his lesson about hiking in snow. Overall, Cheyenne Mountain State Park was beautiful. I was hoping we would see some bears but no luck, just a couple deers.





For Christmas, I gave Aurelio a Timbuk2 messenger bag. The backpack he needed (wanted) was at the very top of his list so I wanted to surprise him before we headed to CO with his bag. Aurelio is a biker too so this backpack will definitely help him when he rides to work. He decided on the Spire 15-inch Macbook Laptop Backpack. When I opened the bag to wrap it up, I couldn't believe the quality of bags Timbuk2 made. They are all handmade in San Francisco. You can see their video here. We are all lovers of handmade products within the US so I has so happy when he opened up his gift and saw the first thing I got him. In fact, we loved Timbuk2 bags so much, we got another one for his sister and she loved it. The Spire backpack has loads of storage for everyday necessities for the avid biker and perfect for a 15-inch laptop. It has extra support that can be tied around your stomach for more support. This came in handy for Aurelio when he was hiking which was awesome! 





Do you guys have any favorite travel bags? Let us know about them!

Angelica





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A Tiny Home Made for Us

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I guess you can say that Aurelio and I have been wanting a tiny home for about a six months now. i was the one who initially fell in love with them and the overall lifestyle of living tiny. Aurelio was the one who needed convincing when I first talked to him about a tiny home. I was always so scared of people talking us out of it. To be honest, some people already have good points on why we shouldn't own one which made me want to get one even more. I know, I know - you've seen those episodes on TV all about tiny home living. When people say this to me, I wait until they begin telling me things about how THEY couldn't even start to think about living in one. That's just the point - they couldn't but WE can. I remember watching one of the tiny home episodes when Aurelio sat next to me then saw all the potential and financial freedom we could get from living tiny. HE WAS FINALLY ON THE SAME PAGE AS I WAS, which made me super excited and happy! This could be an investment for us which was one of the main points for us.

For New Years, we decided to take a trip up to CO. I really wanted to go skiing this time around (we have been to CO so many times now) but I got sick the first few days there. It was nice to stay in the hotel though. When Aurelio searched up tiny home builders, Tumbleweeds Tiny Homes came up so that was our main point in going to Colorado Springs this time. We were hopeful we could get all the information we could about living tiny. Well, WE SURE DID! We even got to walk into some tiny homes they were building at that point. Tumbleweeds Tiny Homes designate times specifically for tours so we were so excited to see everything they had to offer AND can I just say, all of their tiny homes are RVIA certified which makes them RV certified if they build them for you. 

After the tour was done, the sweet tour lady asked if anybody was ready to speak to a sales person. Lucky for us, we actually booked a meeting two weeks in advance with one of their sales people. His name was Ray and we had such a wonderful time talking about everything from our own questions and concerns to our finances. Overall everyone there helped us out ALOT. When the meeting was over, we knew exactly what we needed to do now. WE WANT TO GO TINY AND WE DON'T CARE WHAT ANYBODY SAYS. 

As you may know, we absolutely love Colorado. We would like to travel to more states with more nature-esque sights but we would also like to bring a tiny home along if we could. At first we were thinking about an RV but at the end of the day, we loved what a tiny home could do for us. You see, we couldn't really rent out an RV if we wanted to. We could sell it, of coarse, but we wouldn't have anything anymore to travel. Aside from all this, we want to buy a small piece of land in CO and place our tiny home there. Anytime other people want that tiny home experience for 2-3 days, we could have our tiny home on our land ready for use. This is actually where we are at now. There's a process for everything apparently LOL. We know what we need/want. Many communities haven't gone tiny just YET but having a Tumbleweeds tiny home makes it easier since they are RV certified. We are patiently waiting to hear back from one potential property that we are eyeing but if it doesn't work out then, on to the next one, right? We just need to make sure we have the land first before anything. This also gives us time to bring in a larger deposit. 

Overall Aurelio and I are super excited for this year. I know there will be setbacks but it's going to be so worth it. Here are some photos from our tour. Just look at Aurelio's face in the photos. He looks so happy LOL. This is something I never thought would happen. By the way, if you visit Tumbleweed's page, we are looking at the Roanoke tiny home. It's a beauty in real life. 










Yay for tiny home photos! They were actually so much bigger in person. Anyway, thank you for all the support. We love you all! If you guys are not following me on IG >> follow me here! >>>

I am posting all of our travel photos from this trip. 

Angelika  



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2017 > 2016

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As 2016 comes to an end, I am ready to give you guys more blog posts. I know I haven't been great at posting to my blog but I would seriously love to post more in 2017 and that's exactly what I'm planning on doing. I just want to write more and let you all know all my feelings. I've been super inspired to get things going with this blog. So here are my goals for this year:

Pray more
Post once a week for you guys
Lose 15 lbs LOL
Yoga way more than I did in 2016
Head out to more blogger events
Put down a deposit on a TINY HOME! (blog post coming next week)
Eat way more veggies, preferably spinach! 
Brunch more with my love

Those are my main goals for this new year and I'm pretty excited. Can I also let you guys know that my love and I are currently in Colorado. We spent the New Years cuddled in bed and watching back to back episodes of Superstore on Hulu. I know! but it was the most amazing New Years we have had ever. No loud people around us, no drinking (maybe one mimosa for brunch but that's about it), no firecrackers. Just us. We actually laid in bed and talked about our goals for the New Year. Aurelio gets me so inspired. I love how he's so inspired to get things done for us and himself. 

I can't wait to share more photos from this trip. We actually had a purpose to come out this time but I will let you know all about it on next weeks post. 




Us right after Aurelio stepped over a snowy path over a creek and almost lost his life. (NOT REALLY) As we both heard cracking in the path, he nearly fell into a creek of 6" water. He is fine but it was pretty terrifying knowing that there was an actual creek running underneath all that snow and ice. He is such a risk taker sometimes lol! 

Love you all & HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

Angelica 
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OFFICE SPACE

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Hi loves! It's been a while (as always) I have been super busy with work and something we like to call 'life'. I finally was able to take photos of my office space. For a while, I was working on freelance jobs from my bed so I'm so happy that I get a designated space to be creative. It's super small but I'm also happy that I get to be creative around my husband since he's only a few steps behind me. We typically work on design jobs on the weekends or weeknights so it's pretty awesome to be with each other at these times.

By the way, I'm OFFICIALLY a designer for Laurel & Wolf so if you have any rooms you want me design for you, feel free to click the link and send your information my way >>>
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I really wanted my office space to be airy and bright with a pop of color somewhere. I saw this painting my very good friend, Lindsey made, I quickly fell in love with the texture and colors. Every time I saw this painting, I felt so inspired. You can visit Lindsey's blog here! Thank you so much, sis! 

The desk was made at my job and I love it so much. It was exactly what I asked for...simple and clean. My desk chair came from Joss & Main - it's perfect and super comfortable. The desk lamp is from Target's new line of brass and marble collection and it fits the space so well. This lamp also has a charger connection for your iphone! How awesome is that?

I love you guys! 

Angelica 


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