Tuesday, January 29, 2013


L to R: GG, Kimmie, Mrs. Sands (our silent partner!)

It's been quiet around here lately, hasn't it? You may have noticed that we haven't posted anything in a few weeks. (We hope that you've noticed!) We're both doing just fine and our absence has not been arbitrary at all. Matter of fact, we've decided to take an extended break from the blog and it's time that we brought you up to speed. 

When we started Peace Love and Pretty Things in July of 2009, we didn't know what would come of it, but it was exactly what we both needed at the time. We both loved to write but were new to blogging and having an online presence. I don't think either of us ever expected that blogging would increase our creative confidence so much or expose us to so many opportunities. Both of us are now doing freelance work part-time (that we love!) and have our own separate blogs and visions. 

Our lives have become so busy with our work, families and personal endeavors that the time we had to collaborate on PLPT has dwindled significantly. When we would try to get together to talk shop about the blog, we'd end up catching up on each other's lives and just enjoying the comfort of friendship. Our sisterhood always comes first and if we have limited time with each other, business is going to fall by the wayside everytime.

So although we still have a similar vision on where we'd like to take the blog in the future, for now we're taking a step back to focus on other projects and of course, to focus on our friendship. The blog and all the archives will still be here as well as our Facebook page. You can still reach us jointly @PeaceLovePretty and separately @PishPoshPerf (Kim) and @GGReneeWrites (GG). We don't know when we'll be back or when we'll have updates for you, so we hope you'll check back occasionally.

For those of you who aren't familiar, you can also keep up with us on our personal blogs:

Pish Posh Perfect is a life and style blog, whose moniker was actually inspired by my son's mocking me about wanting everything to be "pish posh perfect", as he puts it, with my style and in our home! But because I know there are other women out there with similar cravings for beauty and order, I decided to create a space where I could share bits of my healthy, style savvy life; and offer tips to help you to navigate yours as well. It is my hope that you will feel comfortable enough to also share your thoughts and ideas with me. After all, we fabulous ladies have to stick together, right?! So here's to a healthy, stylish and well-organized life!
All the Many Layers is a personal blog authored by me, GG Renee. Freelance writer and blogger under the influence of three children and conflicting priorities. Known for talking about hair and the meaning of life and somehow making the two subjects seem completely intertwined. I’m into wiggling, squeezing people and not answering the phone. If I could bottle peace of mind and dump gallons and gallons of it into the world's water supply, I would. Since I haven't figured that out yet, I share what I know about it with whoever will listen. I just started an advice column called Ask GG, I’m condensed to 140 characters @GGReneeWrites, and I sprinkle love dust on people when they’re not looking. So watch your back.

We're both hoping that you will keep in touch!!

Lots of Love,
GG and Kim
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Most Popular PLPT Posts of 2012

As 2013 rolls in, so does another year of blogging for GG and I, and we're eternally grateful for all of you who have been around since the beginning, as well as those of you that have joined us along the way. We so appreciate your reading, commenting, tweeting, Facebooking, and emailing--and we hope you'll continue to roll with us online in the new year!

With every reset in time comes the opportunity to reflect, and so must we on the musings we've written herein. It's always interesting to see what you have liked and responded to, and it seems that the following three posts were your faves in 2012. Hopefully they will inspire someone who hasn't read them previously. Enjoy and here's to an amazing 2013!

Most popular posts in 2012:
6 Soul Searching Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
Pretty Things: Natural in the Summer
What Strong Women Do

*photo via Pinterest
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Becoming More of Yourself in 2013

I understand why new year's resolutions get a bad rap, but there's nothing wrong with seeing the new calendar year as an opportunity for a clean slate.  We just have to remember that a clean slate can be created with each new month, week, day or moment as well.  Too often we don't start things because we're afraid we won't finish them.  When's the last time you really challenged yourself?  When's the last time something didn't work out?  When's the last time you got up and tried again?

As far as challenges go, this will be a year of new endeavors and uncomfortable times for me.  Pencil skirt uncomfortable.  New shoes uncomfortable.  Not wedgie uncomfortable.  Make sense?

Some discomfort is necessary in order to grow more into yourself.  Join me in asking yourself the following questions to start the year with a strong sense of self-awareness.
  • What are your top 3-5 priorities right now?  Does your lifestyle reflect these priorities?  How can you take steps to change that?
  • Does your daily work reflect how your interests have changed over time?  Do you have projects and responsibilities that inspire you or that weigh you down?
  • How do you spend most of your free time?  Is this in line with the priorities you listed above?  Have you resigned yourself to the belief that you don't have a choice in the matter? 
  • Do you feel strong enough to stand by your decisions when people criticize you?  Or when things don't fall into place perfectly right away?  Do you believe in yourself more than you care about what other people think?
Have you grabbed your journal yet?  Write these questions down and find some alone time to reflect and call yourself out as necessary.  Let's get to work. 
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Love Note - Friday 12/28/12

With our last love note of 2012, we leave you with a wonderful thought and mantra (change "your" to "my") to take with you into the new year. Plan to set yourself up for greatness in 2013!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Affirmations to Begin the New Year


Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities. 
~Michael Josephson
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.
~John Burroughs
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. 
~Ellen Goodman
How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?
~Anthony Robbins
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Monday, December 24, 2012

What I Love Most About the Holidays

With arms outstretched I thank. With heart beating gratefully I love. With body in health I jump for joy. With spirit full I live. ~Terri Guillemets

It's snowing!  Atleast here in Maryland, it is.  I can't help but to be excited.  Generally, I could do without it but my kids love it, so I'm happy that they are happy.  I always get nostalgic around this time of year, remembering my own excitement as a child and what made the holidays such a special time. 

So while I'm forcing my son to watch Christmas movies with us instead of playing his Xbox, I know that one day he'll look back and remember these days fondly. My two year old barely knows what's going on but she's got this wide eyed-something awesome is happening-so i have to say everything as loud as possible-thing going on.  It's very cute.  

I'm just breathing it all in, you know?  What I love most about Christmas is remembering all the ones that came before.  Thinking of where I've been, how life has evolved, and what I have to be thankful for - it has a way of putting things in perspective. 

I hope that during this holiday season and as we wrap up this year, you will find courage for your present and your future.  Focus on all that is good in your life & be THANKFUL.

Love you!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Love Note - Friday 12/21/12

Just one of the rules of being human--and probably the easiest one to forget. This weekend, why not practice loving your body and focusing on its beauty from the inside out? Have a great one.

To read the rest of Cherie Carter-Scott's Top 10 Rules for being human, click here.
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