Preppy Product: Lolo Mini Avery Cases

I was recently reading one of my favorite blogs, Chicago Prepster. I saw a super cute post about an adorable product from Country Club Prep.

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The Lolo Mini Avery Cases are irresistible! And not only are they beyond cute, they look so durable and easy to carry around everywhere. They will probably last forever, which is a good thing – because who would ever want to part with them?

The simple style of them with the bright colors and big graphic is so awesome. They’re also really affordably priced. These would make great summer gifts with a few nail polishes inside of them!

Check out the full collection here.

How To Give the Best Ever Gifts

It seems like summer time is filled with so many occasions. There are graduations. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Congratulations in order and just because kind of deals.

And I have to say, I love giving gifts. It’s so cliche, but I love giving gifts way, way more than I love getting them. There is just something about making others happy that makes me super, super happy.

Anyways, there are tons of times where it’s so hard to figure out what to get someone for their special occasion. Of course, you want to get them something they’ll love and that they’ll use. And it can be difficult. But, I have tons of tricks of how to find the perfect present. I’m willing to share them…just look below:

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How to Give the Best Ever Gifts:

  1. Keep lists – when you’re looking for something for someone, you’ll probably never find it. That’s especially true with gift ideas. That’s why, whenever I see something that I think would be great for one particular person, I put it in an Excel document labeled “gift ideas”. Each important person in my life has their own sheet with gift ideas dedicated to them. Also, I have a “Misc” sheet for random people that don’t particularly yield their own sheet. I’ve only been using this document for a few months but it has been so useful and I highly recommend this small organizational tool.
  2. Make it a pair – more than anything, I hate giving people gift cards. I just feel like it’s so impersonal. But, sometimes they really are the best route because you know the recipient will most-definitely get use out of them. That being said, if you don’t really want to get someone a gift card but feel like it’s the best direction to go in – get the gift card and something small and cute. For instance, get them a gift card to their favorite store and a few small accessories from the same place that you think they’ll love. That way, it doesn’t feel so blah.
  3. Do a kit – It can be so fun to give a gift with a little theme. For instance, if you know someone has a hectic life, you might want to send them a “relaxation kit” for their big day. Include things like bubble bath, wine, chocolate, a good-smelling candle, and so on. This shows that you’re putting something together with a lot of thought that they will definitely be ready to use!
  4. Ask around – if you’re not exactly sure what to get someone, ask for help! Chances are they’ve mentioned to someone else something or other they’d love, and if you don’t ask you won’t know. It’s always good to ask for help in order to make your gift a big success.
  5. Make something – I always love baking homemade birthday cakes for the people I love. I always make their favorite and try my best to decorate it really cute. I think they really appreciate it and it’s such a nice gesture to show someone you took the time to do that for them. Sometimes that effort is more than enough to make their day!

What are your best gift giving secrets?! I’d love to hear them!

The Best {Summer Playlist}

I am in full summer mode.

I may not be a little kid anymore, but who doesn’t love a little summer vaca? A little sun, sand, and relaxation? What girl doesn’t love kicking back with a good book and fruity cocktail in hand?  {I know I do}

Anyways, I have been loving my summer playlists. There are just so many great summer tunes out there that I cannot resist them, especially when the weather is nice and the sun is shining.

Here are my favorites summer beats. Sunglasses on, radio up…oh yeah, it’s summer.

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Paper, Please!: Hot off the Press

If you don’t already love Lifeguard Press, you will after reading this post.

LP is a great site for stationery and an even better site for gifts. Gifts that I call “Odds and Ends” gifts. Like…when you’re not sure what to get someone. Or…when you have a gift but want to add a little something more.

They carry great brands like Lilly Pulitzer and Jonathan Adler. The stuff is all super cute. What else could you ask for?

Here are some of my favorite LP pieces right now:

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Lilly Planner | Lilly Notecard Set | Jonathan Adler Notecard Set | Susan Wallace Barnes Note Cube | Dylan’s Candy Bar Eraser

What are your favorites?

Books on my Shelf: Picoult Oldie but Goodie

Now that it’s summertime, I’ve been trying to read as much as I can. Between the beach, the boat, sitting on the deck, and vacation…it’s hands-down the best time to read.

Anyways, I just finished an old Jodi Picoult book that I’d never read. Second Glance started out weird but ended up being oh-so-good. And intriguing. And weird…in a good way.

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I’m someone that loves weird, strange, and slightly creepy stories. This was right up my alley.

I will say that it starts out a little slow and confusing. It’s not an initial hook like many of Picoult’s other reads. But, it’s more than worth trudging through the slow beginning to get to the fast-paced, suspenseful, I-can’t-put-this-down middle and end.

One of the most interesting things about this book is that the middle section is a major flashback. Without giving too much away, this book is unique in the way it spans across time, which makes the story super cool.

This is a great summer read if you’re into mysteries and suspense.

Ways to Welcome {Summer}

The weather has finally turned and it’s time to get your tan on, soak up the rays, attend and host barbecues, and head out on the boat. It’s SUMMER.

My favorite season by far, it exudes warmth and fun, fun, FUN. It’s an understatement to say I am happy about the season finally being here. I feel like we suffered in the cold for way, way too long this winter (um, goodbye to a blizzard named Nemo).

Anyways, there are so many ways to celebrate summer’s arrival! Here are some of my favorites:

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Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand | Pure Paradise Body Wash | What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty | South of the Border Bon Shopper | Essie Summer 2013 Collection

  1. Incorporate citrus! – Citrus is without a doubt the flavor of the season, so bring it into your life in one way or another. You can try baking a citrusy recipe (lemon bars, anyone?) or even just adding it to your cooking or drinks. I personally love lime.
  2. Switch your handbag (and all your accessories!) – Switch out your handbag to a more summer-friendly option. I know that in the winter I tend to stick to black, while in the summer I love using my bright pink JPK bag and fun green Longchamp.
  3. Change your scent – summer comes with a whole new pallette of scents – so take advantage of them! Switch your body wash, lotion, and perfume to something that you love and that reminds you of summer!
  4. Paint your nails – every occasion calls for a perfect nail color, so why not paint yours in a festive summer color? There are so many great ones out there that really make a statement!
  5. Stock up on beach reads – go to Barnes & Noble and stock up on some fabulous summer reading books! There are so many to choose from and this is one of my favorite things about the summer.

What are you doing to welcome summer?

Words of the Week: Waiting

So I’m in a huge period of transition right now. In between two steps of life. Hanging in the balance, waiting to see what will come next.

And without a doubt, it’s difficult to just not know. It’s hard to simply wait, never knowing when the answers and change will come. I spend a lot of my time trying to figure it out, and all of my time is filled with thoughts of wonder. And sometimes worry (okay, actually…a lot of times worry).

I worry that I will not find what I’m supposed to be doing. That it will take a long time to get to that place. That once I get there, I will find myself unhappy.

But, deep down I know those worries are silly. And in my heart, I know this:

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What’s meant to happen for me will happen when it’s supposed to, how it’s supposed to. And it will be amazing. That I know for sure.