Guest Blogger: It’s a Beautiful Life

Hi everyone! My name’s Marita, born and raised in Northern Virginia and I write over at It’s a Beautiful Life – a blog about finding a Beautiful Life through a healthy lifestyle and mindset.

I started off writing this blog as a personal place to document my travels and self-motivation but along the way it turned more into wanting to help others find happiness in their own lives as well.

My blog features inspirational quotes, fitness routines and healthy recipes. I also throw in some personal travels and experiences here and there.

One of my most recent travels was to the beautiful Turks and Caicos! Here’s a recap of my trip…

Caribbean Cruise Adventure

This was by far, my favorite day of the entire cruise. The beach was beautiful with white sand and crystal clear blue water! I had never seen anything like it before.

We tried out the local food. jerk chicken & conch fritters – not so bad!

Sadly, we had to be back on the boat at 130pm.

Once we were back aboard, it was formal night so we got all dressed up and took lots and lots of pictures!

Overall, the trip was an amazing experience!

Thanks so much for reading! Feel free to visit me over at Its a Beautiful Life or on Facebook at


Events & Guest Postings!

Hi friends!

First of all, make sure you’ve marked your calendars for some upcoming events!

Sunday, Sept 2nd (THIS SUNDAY) is the Charlottesville blogger lunch! Obviously, this is not limited to those in Charlottesville, so hopefully some other bloggers from around the state can make the trip!

Saturday, Sept 8th is the next RVA Fashion Bloggers meet up! (Note, the date changed!) Again, this isn’t limited to those in Richmond, so anyone that can get to Richmond should definitely check this out! It’s open to fashion, DIY, and lifestyle bloggers. You don’t want to miss this!
If you have other event ideas, please shoot us an e-mail at and we’ll add it to the Events page!

Calling all guest bloggers!

We’re currently working on the line up for guest bloggers in late September/early October! If you’re interested in guest posting, please shoot us an e-mail and let us know what you’d like to blog about!

Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page so you can stay up to date and connect with other bloggers!

Hope you’re all having a great week!

Event Annoucement: Charlottesville Meet Up!

Hi friends!

We are having our next Virginia Bloggers meet up in Charlottesville on Sunday September 2nd, at 1:00pm.

We will be meeting at Cafe Cubano, for a late lunch/brunch, so hopefully you can stop by for some food, or even just a cup of coffee! Feel free to bring along a significant other or friend!

(Photo from Cafe Cubano)

We realize this is Labor Day weekend and lots of folks will be out of town, but if you happen to find yourself near Charlottesville, we’d love to see your faces!

Virginia LOVE,
Liz & Sarah

Guest Blogger: Lauren @ One of Five

Hello lovelies~

First of all, happy almost September! I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing for you guys today– I’m Lauren, the girl behind One of Five. I’m a proud Charlottesville/Fredericksburg blogger, sister to four younger brothers, and student at the University of Mary Washington. With a big family, school (classes start today, eee!), and a busy schedule, I have chosen blogging and a couple little other odds and ends as my outlet to help me stay sane.
I started truly blogging at the end of last year, and have grown to really love it. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but attempted journaling in the past was too much pressure. How is one supposed to address a notebook? Are you supposed to sign your name at the end of every entry? If I’m the only one who’s reading it, am I going to suddenly forget who wrote it and have to check the bottom of the page to realize, ‘Oh, silly me, its signed Lauren! I must have wrote this!” Yeah, no. As you can see I tend to over think things, so add that with a little bit of indecisiveness, and boom: oodles of empty journals and oodles of ripped out pages in the trash can. Sad.
I’ve also loved taking pictures. Of any and everything. Even if they’re bad quality, they’re captured memories. I wanted to share my photographs and adventures with a larger audience, hence the blog.

1. I have an ongoing list of words and phrases on my phone of words that sound good together. Have you ever caught something that someone said, or read something some where and just thought, “man, that was beautiful.” Only me? Oh. Well it helps me remember the prettiness and delicacy of our sometimes not-so-pretty language. Maybe thats weird. I’m not too concerned though.
2. I’m somewhat of a hoarder of all things cute and useless. Not a you-need-to-be-on-a-tv-show-right-now hoarder, but rather a “I’m gonna set this riiiight here so every time I look at it I feel a little ping of happiness,” hoarder. And please, please tell me, who doesn’t like an unexpected ping of happiness?
3. I believe that any bad day can be cured with a little bit of dark chocolate & dancing. Just dance it out and eat some chocolate. Myy motto, mmm. 😉 There was actually a time last year where my roomie & I just kinda flailed around our dorm for a good 30 minutes to relieve some pre-finals stress.
4. And as you can tell from how this post is being written, I love lists. Like actually though. I have a notebook specific for list making and everything.

What do you all do to maintain a busy schedule, ahem… calmly, sanely, happily (insert appropriate word here)? :) Comment below, or feel free to visit my page & contact me here. Thanks for reading! xo

Lauren @ One of Five


P.S. The Fashion Bloggers Meet Up has been moved to Saturday, Sept 8th, at 1pm! More info on the Events page!

Event Annoucement: RVAFB Meet Up THIS MONDAY!

Hi all!

We have an important announcement for all the fashion bloggers out there!

RVA Fashion Bloggers is holding a meet up this Monday night @ 7pm, at Tastebuds American Bistro

4019 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond VA 23227 (it is in the Northside of Richmond, off of Laburnum Ave. in Bellevue).
You can read a recap of the last RVAFB Meet Up here, and I’m sure this one is going to be fantastic as well!

Just a few of the beautiful people from the June meet up!

You can check out all the details on their blog here. And while you’re there, check out some of the fashion blogs!

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