Fun Spring Coffee Cups

Way back in the day (okay so it was only 2016, but it feels like a decade ago) I wrote this post on my favorite sassy sayings coffee cups. While my style has changed a bit since then, my dependence upon my morning cup of joe has not.

With spring right around the corner, I’m sure we’re going to wake up to more drizzle mornings and hopefully a few more flowers. These super cute mugs and cups would make great Easter presents (or a fun gift to put a smile on a friend’s face).

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Royal Albert Spring Meadow

Corkcicle Tumbler

Pantone Mug

B’WELL Reusable Coffee Cup

Kate Spade Sunny Disposition Tumbler

My Eye Brightening Trick

No matter how much sleep I get I always look tired. Pair that with an important interview or a date and people start to think I look disinterested. I almost wish I could have a sign that reads “This is just my face. It’s how it always looks. I’m not tired or mad or bored. It’s just my face.”

While I’ve tried lots of different things, like the cold spoon technique or Blaq eye masks (review on those coming soon!), I always end up looking like I need a cup of coffee and a nap about an hour after. Go figure. So instead of trying to fix the skin around my eyes, I decided to make it stand out by adding a little sparkle.

I do my normal concealer and foundation routine, adding some extra concealer in a shade lighter than my skin tone around my eyes, and then pop some thrive cosmetics brilliant eye brightener in Stella in the corners. The product is sheer and sparkly, allowing me to build it to the intensity I want. On a normal day I usually go for one swipe. The very pale nude is many shades lighter than my usual skin tone, and when popped directly into the corner of my eye it instantly brightens my eyes and makes me look a little more awake.

A lot of the reviews online express disappointment that the product isn’t full coverage on its own. I’d encourage you to think of it more like a highlighter. You wouldn’t use your highlight as concealer or foundation, so why are you doing that around your eyes? Instead of being used alone to cover up dark under eye circles the thrive brilliant eye brightener is meant to distract.

The best part about the product? I got it for a discounted price in my winter FabFitFun box. Usually $25, I got this product along with a handful of others for only $50. Boxes are usually a $200 value (!!!) but you only pay $50. Better yet, you can purchase through my FabFitFun link for $10 off your first box! Here’s the link: http://xo.fff.me/lIjDp

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Happy Easter!

In the wake of all the festivities my mom and I found a crazy new way to dye eggs (courtesy of Martha Stuart Magazine). Grab some Mason jars (or any deep, wide mouthed cup), food dye, vinegar, and dried goods like beans, quinoa, and lentils!

Fill your containers about a fourth of the way full with your dried goods. Keep everything separate, and try to have dried goods of different sizes. This will determine how speckled your eggs will be in the end.

Next, add the food dye. I used about 10-20 drops per container. You want the beans, rice, barley, etc. to be damp not wet. If a color dries out when you’re dying your egg, don’t panic! Just add a little vinegar to the cup and mix it around.

To dye your eggs just plop them in the containers and gently shake them around. It’s that easy! And there’s very little dye involved so you can take them out with your fingers and not have to worry about staining your hands! But be sure to let the eggs dry in a egg carton and not on the counter top, just in case.

And there you have it, how to make beautiful speckled and marbled Easter eggs in under five steps!

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xo Bailey

The Ultimate Preppy Sticker Post

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If you know me then you’re probably aware that I cover everything in stickers. Even my backpack has patches from places I’ve visited. Not only do stickers liven up a plain old water bottle or laptop case, they can be conversation starters! For instance, I’m obsessed with Vineyard Vines and put their whale stickers on pretty much any surface that’s sticker-able and a girl in my math class ended up talking to me solely because she loves Vineyard Vines just as much. (Who could blame her, their whale logo is so adorable!) 

As many of you sticker connoisseurs know, lots of companies that used to give out stickers for free now no longer do that. There’s only a short list of retailers that still give out stickers for free (all you have to do is ask):

  • LuLuLax
    • Mail a self addressed, stamped envelope to LuLaLax Stickers, ChalkTalkSPORTS, 151 Woodward Avenue, Norwalk CT 06854
  • The North Face
  • Southern Girl Prep
  • Patagonia
  • Vineyard Vines
    • I’ve emailed them in the past at tieguys@vineyardvines.com but I’ve heard that it’s hit or miss getting free stickers nowadays
    • You can buy them off Amazon too! (I even found their limited edition lacrosse whale there!)
  • Southern Marsh
  • Marley Lilly
    • Currently out of stock at their free sticker page but you can give them your email address and be notified when stickers come back in
  • Krass & Co.
  • Pura Vida
    • Another blogger emailed them at info@puravidabracelets.com and asked for stickers – still haven’t heard what happened with that but it’s worth a shot!
    • If that doesn’t work out, this sticker is super cute!
  • Collared Greens
    • Email them at info@collaredgreens.com
  • The Lucky Knot
  • Ivory Ella
    • Send a self addressed, stamped envelope to Ivory Ella PO Box 492, East Lyme, CT 06333
  • Southern Tide
  • Vans
    • Send a self addressed, stamped envelope to Vans LLC., Attn: Stickers, N850 County Highway CB, Appleton WI 54914
  • Jadelynn Brooke 
  • The Southern T-Shirt Company
    • You get a sticker with each purchase, but you can also buy them directly from Amazon!
  • Sun Bum
    • Send a self addressed, stamped envelope to Sun Bum 101, N. Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach FL 32931
  • Keil James Patrick
    • Word is they’ve stopped making stickers, but email them at CustomerService@KielJamesPatrick.com to ask for some, it can’t hurt!

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You can still buy stickers though! Some companies will even pay for your shipping if you purchase a certain amount of sticker merchandise. Others will give you the sticker for free and have you pay for the shipping. Either way, it’s still a pretty good deal.

  • Tiny Tulip
    • Sticker is free, shipping is not
  • Southern Shirt
    • Pay for sticker, shipping is free
  • Life is Good
    • You can’t get these for free as far as I know, but they’re only a dollar or two and LiG sometimes has free shipping days!

Other places to look for stickers are:

  • local grocer at a vacation spot
  • Wings or Eagles
  • Etsy (check out this shop!)
  • Local cafes, bakeries, and shops sometimes give out stickers for free, just check near the cash register as you check out
  • Lauren James Co. (by far my absolute favorite stickers! so cute!)
  • Redbubble
  • Amazon (great for huuuuuuge packs of assorted stickers like this one!)

Still want more? Check out my Pinterest board, you’ll be in prepster sticker heaven!

If anyone else knows places to get free stickers leave a comment below!

xo Bailey