Happy December!

November was an absolute whirlwind of a month. I missed posting to the blog every week, which sucks because I had made a resolution to be better about posting four times a month. Oh well! Life happens.

Here are a few of my favorite things from the month of November:

Food – Will made his grandmother’s potato casserole for Thanksgiving and everyone that tried it adored it. Maybe I’ll have a guest post about it sometime soon? We’ll see!

Drinks – Recently I’ve been very into trying new wines and mulled ciders. I think it all started with Fran Acciardo’s vlog about Trader Joe’s wines. I miss having a Trader Joe’s in town, but for now the wines from Aldi will have to do.

Check out the video here: Trader Joe’s Cheap Wine Review Under $6

Books – While I wish I could say I’ve been able to read for fun during law school, I haven’t. My eyes are so tired at the end of each day that reading before bed seems like more of a chore than a pleasure. I do have quite a few new and noteworthy books in my TBR pile. You can check them out on my Goodreads profile!

I decorated my Christmas tree before I left for Thanksgiving break. I found some mini balloon dog ornaments at Walmart for my tree (which is basically a fluffier version of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree). I’m tempted to get these giant balloon dog ornaments for my parents’ tree at home. How cute!

That’s all for now. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Memorial Day!

I always think of Memorial Day the official start of summer. The pool opens, temperatures are nice and toasty, and the lightening bugs come out to play. I never really thought about Memorial Day as an actual holiday with actual meaning until this year. Sounds silly, right? But it truly wasn’t until my brother joined the Coast Guard that I actually thought about Memorial Day as a day of thanks. I see so many ads for sales and pools and theme parks and other summer stuff that I tend to forget the real reason for today.

Here are a few quick tidbits about the holiday for those that are interested:

  • Originally called Decoration Day
  • Wasn’t a federal holiday until the 1970’s but started after the Civil War
  • Each year at 3 PM on Memorial Day a moment of remembrance occurs
  • Many people decorate the graves of fallen soldiers or pray over their loved ones in the military
  • The first “official” Memorial Day was held in Waterloo, New York when, in 1968, the city closed its shops and decorated graves with flags
  • We now use the date to remember all fallen soldiers, not just those that died during a specific battle or of natural causes after their service

And for those you of that are interested in hitting up some iconic Memorial Day sales, here’s a list:

  • Target sale on clothing and furniture
  • Kawaii Pen Shop site wide sale
  • Walmart (general sale off most things in store)
  • Old Navy 50% off clothing for the family
  • Wayfair 30-75% off site wide
  • Basically all the big businesses are having sales right now, so rather than spam you with the world’s longest list I’ll direct you -> here

See what I mean when I say I get distracted by all the shopping nonsense and forget the reason for the season? If I find the historical timeline for these sale shenanigans, or the economical reason for it, I’ll add an update in the comments:)

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).

Hello There

Royal Albert Spring Meadow

Corkcicle Tumbler

Pantone Mug

B’WELL Reusable Coffee Cup

Kate Spade Sunny Disposition Tumbler

Target’s Hit the Target

I love Target. It is my happy place. I don’t always go to Target to window shop, but since coming to college wandering the aisles there seems easier and more accessible than anywhere else. Not to mention affordable.

Because it’s close to Christmas, I’ve been scouting all the options for potential gifts. I love people watching, as use that as a way to judge what styles are in fashion, what people love, and what colors are popular. I’m not usually the person that goes for the name brand stuff (except J. Crew…I’ll always love J. Crew), but a few items have recently caught my eye. And, fortunately, I found a few of those items on the racks at Target the other day.

Splurge:

Fossil’s Emma RFID Multifunction Mini Wallet $50

Fossil Red Velvet Wallet

Steal:

Target’s Women’s Small Zip-Around Wallet $10

Target Red Wallet

I’ve had my eye on the Fossil wallet since summer and was over the moon to find a matching one in Target. The one I purchased is turquoise!

Splurge:

Anthropologie Indigo Rain Mug $24

Anthropologie Indigo Rain Mug

Steal:

Target’s Robert Gordon Indigo Brush Mugs, Set of Four $20

Target Indigo Mug Set

Splurge:

Kate Spade Poppy Fit and Flare Dress $448

Kate Spade Fit and Flare Dress

Steal:

Target’s Women’s Mesh Lace Fit & Flare Dress $28

Target Fit and Flare Dress

While the lace elements are different, the dress shape and overall texture are very similar.

Splurge:

J. Crew Boy’s Ludlow Blazer in Velvet $140

J. Crew Ludlow Blazer in Velvet

Steal:

Target’s Toddler Boys’ Velvet Blazer $18

Target Boy's Corduroy Blazer

Splurge:

Superga Velvet Grey Sneakers $119

Superga Velvet Sneakers

Save:

Target’s Women’s Savannah Velvet Sneakers $20

Target Velvet Sneakers

Not exactly the same color, but personally I actually like the blue a lot better!

There are probably a lot more items from Target that are nearly identical to name brand clothes and accessories, I just haven’t seen them yet. Have you noticed any?

Top Anthro Faves (that are now on sale!!!)

Anthropologie is one of my all time favorite stores. I’d live in it if I were ever given the chance! I was beyond thrilled when one opened up in my hometown, and even more thrilled when people started posting “Anthro DIY” crafts on Pinterest. While I do love a good DIY outfit or home decor idea, nothing beats the real deal. The going gets even better when the real deal is actually a deal.

Anthropologie is notoriously expensive, but the year round sale section and %-off offers make things easier on the wallet. Here are my top pics from the winter sale section! meribel-cowl-pullover

anthro-cowl-neck-sweaterMeribel Cowl Pullover

I own this sweater and can definitely attest to it’s warmth! While a little itchy (it’s wool), the boxy fit and the cowl neck make it very comfortable. I like the shorter fit of the shirt (I’m barely 5’4″) because it hits me right at my waistline. The picture on the right is me, right before I bought the sweater!

This sweater was originally $128 and now it’s $69.95! 

 

airmail-pencil-pouchAirmail Pencil Pouch

I love receiving snail mail, don’t you? You know what I also like? Fancy pencil pouches. Not only do I feel organized, I look chic while doing it.

And while you’re off buying your pencil pouch, take a look at these pens. Not on sale, but still a match made in heaven.

Originally $24, now $16.95

 

 

tasseled-agate-lariatTasseled Agate Lariat

While there are some pretty good DIY articles out there, not everyone can make flawless tassels. That’s why this one is up for grabs in the sale section of Athro!

Buddha beads were super popular last spring, but this should be your new go-to piece when looking for a long chunky necklace. Tassels are in again! And it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon. Plus the raw agate gives this piece a boho chic vibe.

The necklace was originally $68, now $39.95

velvet-tunic-dressVelvet Tunic Dress

Velvet is everywhere this season. From dresses to tanks to booties – even chokers! This dress can be paired with a leather jacket for a cute tough girl look or dressed up with chunky heels and gold accents for a more girly outfit. And the best part? It also comes in dark turquoise.

Something else that’s totally rad about this dress? It was originally $138 and is now $119.95

 

 

rehearsal-hoodieRehearsal Hoodie

The athleisure movement is my favorite, mainly because I can wear leggings and hoodies to class and somehow manage to look very en vogue rather than disheveled. This pick is great because of the crop and neutral colors. Grey is the perfect match for those days when you want to wear some crazy patterned leggings but don’t have a top to go with them and the crop top keeps the look from being slouchy. Just keep in mind that the top seems to run shorter in arm length than a normal hoodie!

Top was originally $88 but is now $49.95

Happy shopping!

xo Bailey

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

It’s crunch time! Valentine’s Day is less than a week away!

Still don’t know what to get your bae? Check this out for a few nifty suggestions!

vday for him

Build-a-Bear Create a Build-a-Bear and dress it up just like you, record your voice, and boom! The perfect sentimental V-day gift!

Eno Is your guy outdoorsy? Get him an eno, and when the weather’s warm plan for a fun day hike so ya’ll can test it out!

Beer Bottle USA Map For the adventurous beer-snob, or just the guy that likes beer. He’ll think it’s cool regardless.

The Weeknd Shirt Rolling Stones Shirt Shirts and hoodies are also good options if you just don’t know what else to do. Mix tapes (or mix CDs I guess is what they’re called now) and t shirts of your guy’s fave band can almost never fail, just don’t get the wrong size!