A New Love -- Dell XPS 13 Laptop

For the past 3 years or so, I've been a Mac girl.  [Both the makeup and the electronics ;)] 
Well, I've always had an iPhone from the moment they came out, but about 3 years ago I purchased my first MacBook and I haven't looked back since. So you can imagine that I was extremely hesitant when I was recently contacted to review the new Dell XPS UltraBook. Would I even remember how to use the Windows operating system? Could I ever stop using my beloved MacBook?! 

I started to read more and more about the XPS and I was slowly won over. First of all,  it's sooooo thin and light. Plus some models have a 15 hour battery life. (Ones with a touchscreen have a battery life around 11 hours, but still come on that's amazing!) And with the Dell Power Companion, you get an additional 7 hours. That alone was reason enough for me to switch. I've said this in YouTube videos before, but I am always on the go. From my consulting work to being at my salon, I'm not usually sitting behind a desk all day long.  Plus I travel quite extensively throughout the year. So ease of portability is a big one for me. After reading all the reviews, I finally decided to accept the laptop and give it go. You all know, I never ever work with brands unless the products are things that I will actually use and can support. Another thing that really drew me in was the aesthetics. If you've been following me for a while now, you know that I love clean and simple lines. This laptop is so chic and sleek. The Dell XPS 13 is the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet….it fits a 13.3-inch display in an 11-inch laptop. And the display is so beautiful because it has an infinity display (the technical term is the edge-to edge Corning® Gorilla Glass NBT™ infinity display) but basically it's rimless. And are you guys ready for this….it weights only 2.6 pounds! It's so thin and light! It is a high performance laptop with a 5th generation Intel processor. If you're like me, and not really sure what that means on a practical everyday level, let me tell you this: I've been playing around with it and it is FAST! 

The Dell XPS 13 comes in a variety of different models, varying from different amounts of memory, touch and non-touch screen, and lots of add-ons too. My friends at Dell and Intel, sent me the works! Seriously, I was amazed at the goodie package that came along with the laptop: a travel backpack, sleek carrying case, all kinds of adaptors and chargers and Microsoft Office (that was another huge plus!). I thought this was really cool too: it's considered one of the greenest laptops because it's made without materials like cadmium, lead, mercury and other crazy things that are horrible for the planet. It also won over 7 awards at CES 2015 (which I still have been to, but it's on my list!) I don't want to bore y'all with the technicalities. For me, it comes down to speed, size and performance. And from what I've seen so far, this Ultrabook has it all. 

I've decided to replace my MacBook with the Dell XPS Ultrabook for the next couple weeks. I'm so excited to see how this goes! But being the Mac girl that I am, the transition may not be seamless.  I know that I will, of course, love how thin it is (it's been said to be as good as or even better than the MacBook air!) Speaking of which, the Dell XPS has Quad HD+ infinity touch display with 5.7 million pixels which is over 4.4 million more than the MacBook Air 13 with HD+.  I am going to use the XPS for everything from blogging, to my actual work, to even watching a little Netflix. I am slightly concerned about switching back to a PC interface, but here's hoping that's just like riding a bike ;) I'll check back in with y'all at the end of the month with a report of how it went!


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Disclosure: I received the new Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook with 5th Generation Intel Core Processor to review, along with the accompanying accessories. All opinions are absolutely my own. Always.


The Most Beautiful Planner! Julia Kostreva Agenda Review & Giveaway!

You guys I've been through a lot of planners and agendas in my time and let me tell you this planner from Julia Kostreva is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Julia is such a talented designer from San Francisco and her aesthetic is lovely -- sleek and chic. Just the way I like it! Check out my YouTube video review and enter below to win one of your own! Julia has graciously offered to let one of you choose any planner you like! So many stunning options! The paper quality is amazing, the lines are clean…. just watch the video I'll give you all the details! :) Good luck! xoxo


New Midori Traveler's Notebook Inserts & Printables! Giveaway!

I'm so excited to share these new inserts I got from Yellow Paper House on Etsy. I chose the bullet journal, lined journal for project management and a blank monthly insert to use in my Happiedori as an on-the-go planner as well as to keep track of social media statistics. Plus! Sweet Donna from Yellow Paper House sent me tons of adorable printables -- including cards that can be used for Project Life and the most precious stickers! Check out the YouTube video below to see how I plan to use them and how to add an extra notebook to your Midori Traveler's Notebook / Happiedori / Fauxdori :)
Don't forget to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below! Good luck friends! x


New 2015 Sugar Paper for Target Planners! Review, Flip Through & Giveaway!

It's no secret that I love the Sugar Paper LA for Target planners. I used one for the majority of 2014 and
and it was my favorite calendar -- the one I found myself going back to time and time again. 
It had a gorgeous kraft paper cover and gold embossed 2014 on the cover (You'll see more in the YouTube video)
So check out my YouTube video below, where I show you some of the line from the 2015 release. There's also a fabulous giveaway included! There will be 2 winners who can each choose 2 items! Big thanks to the team at Blue Sky for sending me this box of Sugar Paper goodies!


Easy Like Sunday Morning

Sundays are my favorite. 
I get to sleep in, grab brunch with my family, do a little shopping, film a YouTube video or two.
It's just the perfect day.
I want to start getting into the habit of doing a little more reading on Sundays. But for the most part, I love my Sunday routine. 
How do you spend your Sunday?
Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know!


My New Customized Personal Planner & Giveaway!

You guys! I LOVE my new Personal Planner! 
So grateful to Lisa and the whole team at Personal Planner for sending it to me. 
Check out my YouTube video to see how I'm using it!
And the most exciting part! 
Lisa has generously offered to giveaway a voucher to one of you to make your own planner! 
Enter below! xo


In the video, I mistakenly said Lisa is the owner, but she is the Marketing Manager in the US. The owners are Anders and Paula Lundberg, and they both live on a farm in Sweden. Here's how Lisa tells the story: 

Their story of how Personal Planner was born is actually pretty cute. Paula, who was a student, complained to her husband Anders that all the planners she saw in the store were boring. So Anders designed and printed a planner just for her! Paula shared it on her blog, people loved it, and Anders started making planners in the basement to other people who asked for personalized planners. After a couple of months Anders was swamped with orders and he quit his job to fully focus on this. This was 2006, and today we are sending planners to all over the world! :)

Also, GOOD NEWS! Personal Planner will soon offer a monthly view! How's that for customer service!

And even more good news! Lisa and the team at Personal Planner is offer 15% discount code! 
At checkout, just enter: M-AEBA-DIYA!
Ok, now the giveaway. Good luck!