I don’t know about where y’all live, but it’s finally gotten chilly here!  I’m having to break out all of my winter clothes, and I can’t bundle on enough layers!  Sometimes it’s hard to stay bright and cheery when it’s so incredibly cold outside.Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 11.56.52 AM

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Keep it neutral and add a funky fair isle earflap hat!Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 11.59.09 AM

Add some fun with a cowl peeking out from under your coat.

How are you keeping warm and not letting the cold keep you down?

xoxo,
Rebecca

Three Valentine’s Outfits!

Like I said last week, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday to decorate for. But, the decorations don’t stop with your home and your phone, you can also dress for the occasion! I’m a sucker for all things pink and/or red, so these are some of my favorite looks of the year. I put together looks for three separate occasions you might have going on!

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Class time: Sweater, tank top, jeans, tote, shoes.

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Date night: Earrings, blazer, tee shirt, skirt, bracelet, shoes.

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Dinner with friends: Necklace, top, kakis, sneakers.

D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Gifts

Can’t afford to splurge on your Valentine this February 14th? When it comes to gifts, it’s really the thought that counts! Why not make him/her something special? Here are a few of my favorite ‘Do It Yourself’ Valentine’s Day craft projects that double as super sweet gifts–

1. Valentine’s Day Baking

The simplest of my D.I.Y. ideas is to simply bake your sweetheart something special. Use his or her favorite cookie recipe or try out a new recipe from Pintrest!

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Get creative! Use heart-shaped cookie cutters, doilies, or red and pink sprinkles to make your treats more festive!

2. The “Man Bouquet”

This is a little spin off of a traditional flower bouquet for women. In the men’s version, replace flower buds with small gifts for your special guy to enjoy!

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Small Gift Ideas: Scratch Tickets, 5-Hour Energy, Candy, Gum, Mints, Small Snacks, Shot Glasses, Small Bottles of Alcohol, Cigars, Jack Knife, Golf Ball, Mouthwash, First Aid Kit, Keurig Coffee Cups, Small Tools, Gift Cards, Travel Size Toiletries, etc!

Materials Needed:

–       Small Basket or a Vase

–       Small Dowell Rods or Kabob Sticks

–       Styrofoam

–       Ribbon

–       Colored, Shredded Paper (the kind used in gift bags or Easter baskets)/Tissue Paper

–       Clear Tape or Hot Glue

–       Small Gifts

Steps:

  1. Take your vase or basket and put the styrofoam inside.
  2. Tape each of your small treats to their own respective kabob sticks or dowell rods.
  3. Gather the sticks into the form of a bouquet and place them in the styrofoam.
  4. Use colored shredded paper and ribbon to cover the visible styrofoam and add decoration.

Even though this “Man Bouquet “ is geared towards guys…with a little tweaking it makes a great gift for a girlfriend too!

3. Valentine’s Day Playing Card

Does your Valentine love card games or card tricks? Maybe this is the perfect gift for him/her!

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Materials Needed:

-Deck of Cards

-Computer (To type on) or Marker

-Glue

-Paintbrush

-Modge Podge

-Hole Punch

-Binder Rings

Steps:

  1. Get brainstorming! Think of 52 inside jokes or things you love or appreciate about your Valentine!
  2. Type up or write up your little love messages.
  3. Cut out your messages so that they fit nicely on the card
  4. Glue the messages to the playing cards.
  5. Using a paintbrush, paint Modge Podge on the cards and let them dry. (This seals the message to the card and gives the cards a shiny finish.)
  6. Once the Modge Podge has dried, hole punch the cards, line them up, and create a book out of them using the binder rings.

Your Valentine will love all the thought, time, and effort you put into this gift! Plus it doubles as a card ;-)!

There are tons of great ‘Do It Yourself’ Valentine’s Day gift ideas out there! Are you planning on making something special for your Valentine?!

XO, Christine

Images courtesy of Koyal Wholesale, Pinterest Pin, Heart-2-Home, and Scrappy Chick Designs  .

Winter Blues (and pinks and yellows!)

Over the past week, it has actually been freezing in Boston. So freezing that I keep asking myself whether I live in Massachusetts or the North Pole. Even though I’m not a huge fan of these below freezing temps, it does mean that I get to take out all of my cutest winter accessories. Here are a few of the cutest winterwear pieces that would make any freezing day just a little bit warmer!

Winter Accessories

Starting from the top left and going clockwise: Monogram tech gloves from C. Wonder, Lilly Pulitzer Murfee scarf in Spike the Punch, Kate Spade New York Big Apple hat, Starbucks reusable cup (because let’s face it, Starbucks is the best way to warm up!), C. Wonder Heading South scarf, Kate Spade New York Mod earmuffs (these have earbuds built in so you can plug them right into your iPod or iPhone!), Etsy earwarmer, and Kate Spade New York touch tech bow gloves. I hope you love and are coveting all of these as much as I am!

xoxo,

kBp

Monogram Love

Hello everyone!

I have recently gotten way too obsessed with monograms! Of course, when we were all younger, we had monogrammed things. But on my college campus, monograms have gotten to be extremely popular and you can find them on practically everything and anything! These are some of my favorite monogrammed items you can find!

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1) I love love love wearing 3/4 zip pullovers on those chilly days in Charleston or just as a cute sweatshirt for going to the gym. This beautiful one from Sweet Tea Monogram is so cute, especially with the anchor and the brilliant colors!

2) I have seen so many girls rocking the monogram vest during these winter days here in Charleston! A vest can really spice up an outfit and the monogram makes it cute and personal! Marley Lilly makes a variety of colors and styles!

3) Marley Lilly does it again with this amazing Luxe Cross Body bag! I LOVE a good cross body, especially with a chain, because it can truly jazz up any going out outfit!

4) Monogram iPhone cases are all the rage now! It seems like everyone is personalizing how their phone looks! After scouring Etsy forever, I finally found a store Happy Rabitz that makes amazing Chevron print monogram cases in beautiful colors! I love it!

5) Monogram scarves can top off any outfit! I adore mine, but this chevron print in amazing colors really caught my eye! Check it out at SatinStitchDesigns!

6) Sweet Tea Monogram also makes koozies! Since moving down south, I have become a koozie fanatic and keep a collection of them! Not only are they cute, they serve a good purpose in keeping your drink cool and keeping it out of your hand! I love the seersucker prints with the big bright monogram!

Have you found any cute things to monogram lately?

XOXO,

Caroline

Valentine’s Day wallpapers!

I’m not going to lie, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday to decorate for. All of the red and pink makes me so happy, and hearts are so cheerful. In that spirit, I made some phone and desktop wallpapers to help you decorate! To download them, just click on the one you like best and then drag-and-drop onto your desktop! Enjoy 🙂

Note, all of the iPhone wallpapers are for the iPhone 4 and 4s, but if you would like one for the iPhone 5, please leave a comment and I can help you out! Also, the desktop wallpapers were made for MacBook/MacBook Pro.

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Monogram Phone Backgrounds, Anyone?

I have recently discovered two very handy iPhone apps that create monogramed background images for your phone! I’ve had a fun time exploring the apps…and you will too! 🙂 Here are some of the combinations I’ve come up with for myself along with some of my friends:

1. ‘3initials’ By: Launch NPD — FREE

This app provides so many fonts and background colors to choose from. The background possibilities are endless! As an added bonus, this application is free!

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2. ‘Wall About You’ By: McKinley Margo, LLC — $1.99

This app provides tons of cute patterns to use for your background, not to mention just as many great templates to superimpose your monogram onto! On this app, feel free to personalize your new background with anything from a single initial to your full name.

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Overall, I would recommend these applications to anyone who was looking for this kind of tool–both apps are very easy to use and make great monogramed background images!

XO, Christine

Pop of Color: think pink!

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There are so many ways to add fun pops of color into your wardrobe. My favorite way is usually with a fun sweater or shirt, but you can also let your accessories add spunk. Pink is one of my favorite colors and is definitely a mood-booster when you’re feeling a bit out of it. So, next time you’re feeling like you’re in a wardrobe rut–which is easy to do in the winter months!–think pink!

Shorts, Sunglasses, Necklace, Shirt, Bangle, Pants

OOTD — 01/15/13

As a requirement for some of the classes I will be taking next semester, I have to document quite a few observation hours. So, a few days ago, I visited my old high school and shadowed a few of my old high school science teachers. In the future, I plan to become a high school science teacher, myself. Take a look at this ‘OOTD’…it features what I wore on that day of observation!

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Dress- Gap

Tights- Target

Flats- Forever 21

Bracelets- Alex and Ani

Nail Color- ‘Don’t Sweater It’ by Essie

XO, Christine

Golden Globes Fashion

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I am OBSESSED with Awards season. In fact, as I write this, I am sitting on my couch with my lovely roomies watching the Golden Globes and enjoying every second. But, we all know that the best part is the fashion. So on that note, here are my best and worst looks for the night. Feel free to comment with your thoughts as well; I would love to read them! And feel free to agree or disagree because I have no idea what I’m talking about :).

Best: Honorable mentions to Jennifer Lawrence (cute but weird in the hip area), Kate Hudson (age inappropriate but looked banging), and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in the show but not on the red carpet

Jennifer Garner– She has three kids and looked amazing in my opinion. The color was gorgeous and the cut was great on her. Plus her hair and makeup always look good on the red carpet. If only she could work on her day to day…

Amanda Seyfried– I thought she looked gorgeous, but I know there were mixed reviews. Her hair and makeup were on point.

Kristen Bell– She rocked that preggo look. I mean she looks amazing and I could only wish to look that good when I’m not pregnant.

Worst: Honorable mentions to Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham, and Jessica Chastain with a big shoutout to whoever altered the top portion of her dress (ahem)

Nicole Kidman– Sorry but this is awful. I mean come on. Even if she was young enough to pull off this super edgy look, the hair just brought it down so much.

Sienna Miller– No words. I had this outfit when I was nine.

Giuliana Rancic– I love you girl and I loved the first dress, but this was tragic. From the weird hair (including the barrette?) to the sleeve cutouts, all wrong.

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Thoughts/opinions? Do you agree or disagree? Either way, this is just the beginning of award show season so grab your popcorn and settle in, it’s going to be a long, and fashionable ride.

xoxo,

kBp

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