Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stylish School Supplies to Stay Motivated & Organized



I don't know about you guys, but I am 100% more motivated to get back to school and get going after I have picked up some cute new supplies! Maybe it's the teacher in me or maybe it's the semi-perfectionist but I love shopping for school supplies, but I am super picky! I have used the same style planner every year of college because I can't use anything else! I tried investing in a Vera Bradley planner a couple years ago and it was a hot. mess. lol In other news... and a shameless plug! My cousin Katie recently started bullet journaling (and she is amazing!!) so check out her Instagram if you're looking for some creative inspiration.

To help you feel a little more inspired for going back to school (whether its in a couple weeks or a month, high school or college) I thought I would share some pretty and stylish supplies that are sure to help you stay more organized during the school year with some motivation mixed in! 

Whenever I share posts like this I am always hesitant because I never want anyone to think I am telling you to buy all of these products. I think that would be silly! I am simply sharing some pretty things that could inspire and bring you a smile if you wanted to invest in one or a couple of them. 

Also, a few of these items are by Cath Kidston (a darling brand that I stumbled into when I was in Windsor, UK. I absolutely love everything she designs so I couldn't wait to share some of my favorites! I actually bought a lunch tote, a water bottle and some snack boxes that are a little different than the ones below (but still similar) when I was in London and brought them all the way back to the states because I loved them so much :) 

This is the planner that I have used forever and am obsessed with! I love the cute covers they come up with every year and the format 
helps me stay so organized.
“Bolts work on nuts; pens work on paper.  
But you must work on yourself. Go, get working!” 



These are the totes that I was talking about! One way that I help myself stay organized during the school year is by investing a cute lunch tote that I know I will want to pack. That sounds so silly, but it honestly helps me to eat out less and save more money. 
 

There are a million different reasons why drinking water is so good for you! Sometimes I think carrying around a cute water bottle can help you remember to bring it with you throughout the day and fill it up more often! 
"There are no secrets to success. 
It is the result of preparation, hard work, 
and learning from failure"
                          -Colin Powell  
One of the main things that I am going to be working on this year is journaling more!  I have a really hard time structuring my thoughts when I am stressed so I think getting them down will help me to not only document my senior year (ahh!!) but also be a lot more mentally focused and healthy. 

I invested in a Vera Bradley backpack (like 75% of college girls?? haha) my sophomore year and although I saw lots of them on campus, I loved that it was super durable and easy to carry. I saw this one on their website and although I'll be sticking with mine for another year, I think this one is really cute too!
8.   Umbrella
"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.
Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."   
-Gilbert K. Chesterton
  
                                                             


XOXO

*This post is not sponsored and as always all opinions are my own*






Monday, July 30, 2018

A Picnic in the Park & My Favorite Jeans Under $50










Jeans: Articles of Society (part of the NSale & under $50!) // Top: Lucky Brand // Shoes: Steve Madden // Hat: Brixton // Basket: won mine in an auction (similar and on sale here)

Happy Monday! I've been talking a lot this summer about living in the moment and how that creates THE BEST memories. This picnic and even bringing my camera along was a completely spur of the moment decision and not only did we get some fun pics, but we made the most precious memory. Andrew was in town for the weekend and we hadn't seen each other for almost six weeks so it was really special to have time like this together. I know a lot of couples do long distance far longer than we do, but long distance for any amount of time is tough I think! We sat in the house and waited out a thunderstorm before hopping on our bikes and heading to the grocery store for some meat, cheese, crackers and snacks. We then biked over to our walking trail, sat on the bench and talked forever. It started storming again right before we left and instead of sprinting back to the house we literally danced in the rain! Life is hard and relationships are hard, but hopefully when I'm 80 years old and still dancing in the rain with my best friend I'll be thankful that we stuck it out through the tough times. 

About this outfit, I found this top at TJ during our girls weekend and immediately threw it in my cart. I have always loved Lucky Brand tops and especially their jeans and TJMaxx almost always has Lucky Brand in stock. These jeans are part of the NSale and I am obsessed with them! They are going to be my go-to everyday jeans because they're so comfortable. I think every woman needs a dependable pair of dark wash jeans for fall/winter so if you're in the market for a pair I highly recommend these

I hope you guys have the best week! 

XOXO

*This post is not sponsored and as always all opinions are my own*

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Styling a Blazer in the Summer Time








Blazer: Cynthia Rowley // Shorts: Up-cycled Levi's // Tank: Loft 
 Bag: Kate Spade // Shoes: TJMaxx 

I have always been a huge fan of blazers because I feel like they can instantly transform any outfit and make you look more put together and polished. Until last summer, I only owned two (both black-one seen here) until I found the blazer in this post when I was in London. I was obsessed with how unique it was and I have worn it so many times since I purchased it. Since then I have been on the hunt for easy to wear blazers and I about lost it when I found this Cynthia Rowley floral printed blazer at TJMaxx.

I have seen several people style blazers in the summer time and I think it is so fun. I thought I would share an easy way to style a blazer dressed down for the warmer months. I love how stylish an outfit like this would be for a girls brunch or even a date night. This look could also be easily transitioned into fall with some cute booties too! If you are looking to dress this look up a little bit for a more casual business meeting or conference I would pair it with some linen shorts like these. 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Lavender Picking & Sharing from the Heart









Happy Monday, y'all! I wanted to pop in quick today to share some photos from this weekend as well as something that has been on my heart the last couple of days. 

This weekend we went to the Lavender Festival in Armada, MI and it was SO. FUN. I had dreams of running through fields and fields of lavender and getting the most stunning images for my blog. However, when we got to the the festival it was NOTHING like I thought that it would be. It was more like a craft fair with hundreds of vendors selling lavender related products, crafts and other cool items. It felt like a million degrees and it was so humid my hair barely held a curl. After we got some lunch and walked around the vendors, we were ready to go out to the lavender fields! I was so excited and I was still envisioning Pinterest perfect pictures like this one in my head. We paid for our ticket and my sister, cousin and I took the tractor out to the field. When we got to the "field" if you can call it that... I was half laughing and half disappointed at what we saw. You can see the little lavender bushes in the pictures above, but to be honest it was extremely picked over and the field itself was pretty small. My sister, cousin and I made the best of it though and picked some lavender to take home. We were laughing, talking and having such a good time that I hardly even remembered we had taken pictures by the time I got home. 

I know that these pictures look nothing like what I was envisioning in my head, but to be honest they are so much better. In these pictures I see pure joy, an amazing day with family and an experience that I will never forget. I would take photos like these any day than the most gorgeous photos in the whole world and a miserable memory to match. 

It also made me think about the importance of originality especially as a blogger in a market that seems to be so oversaturated sometimes. When I was editing these pictures I couldn't stop thinking about how much I loved them even more because they were unique. It made me wonder why I always spend so much time searching for perfection when I am way more fulfilled and content just being myself.

I feel like I am rambling a little bit at this point, but I hope if you are reading this you are encouraged. I hope this is a reminder to live in the moment, let go of expectations and pursue originality. 

XOXO

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks


The NSale has officially started for cardholders and it is CRAZY, y'all. I shared all of my tips for shopping the sale in my last post including the importance of stocking up on staple pieces that you know you will wear over and over again and that's exactly what I did! Below I am sharing all of the pieces that I either have on my Wishlist or have already ordered including sizing info. Also, if any of these catch your eye and you are a cardholder (sale opens to the pubic on July 20th) I highly recommend snagging them ASAP! Items are selling out so fast so make sure you buy now and return later if you change your mind. Shipping and returns are completely free so it's better to be safe than sorry. If you aren't a cardholder, just a reminder you can apply here to start earning points and shopping the sale early. 

Leith Ribbed Shawl Cocoon Sweater (SALE: $45.90, after sale: $69.00)
I snagged this sweater last year in the tan color and I wore it all year long! This year I immediately put this light pink one in my cart because it is so cute and fresh for fall/winter. This fall I have a feeling pastels like lilac and baby pink are going to be super trendy. I ordered my normal size. 

Topshop Colorblock Knit Pullover (SALE: $44.90, after sale: $68.00)
This was the first thing that I put in my cart! I saw it on a NSale preview and immediately knew this would be my favorite sweater for this fall/winter. I ordered up a couple of sizes because I want a really oversized and cozy fit. 

Shiraleah Tyler Scarf (SALE: $21.90, after sale: $33.00)
This was the first accessory that I put in my cart because it reminds me so much of the Free People scarf that everyone was obsessed with, but at a fraction of the cost. I can't wait to wear it with so many outfits and stay super warm and cozy this fall. 

Zella Live in High Waist Leggings (SALE: $35.90, after sale: $54.00)
I cannot say enough good things about these leggings! I order a new pair every year because they are the only basic black leggings that I will wear. They are super flattering and I love working out in them as much as I love lounging in them. I ordered a medium. 

Articles of Society Sarah Skinny Jeans (SALE: $41.90, after sale: $64.00)
I can't wait to get these jeans in the mail! I ordered the black pair last year and they are my favorite and most comfortable pair of jeans. They don't stretch out or fade and are such a great price for quality denim. I ordered my normal size in jeans. 

Free People January Tee (SALE: $31.90, after sale: $48.00)
Free People makes by far my favorite staple tees and tops for fall/winter. I wear my Free People thermal top 24/7 so I was thrilled to see these on sale. They are a basic long sleeve tee, but I love that they are longer in the back and look cute tucked in to the front of jeans. These run large so I sized down one size. 

Halogen Leopard Slides (SALE: $64.90, after sale: $99.95)
These were one item that I didn't order myself because I already have a really similar pair, but I had to share them with you guys! I had no idea how much I would wear my leopard slides when I ordered them and I think this pair is even cuter. Leopard is my favorite print for fall and these will instantly make any outfit looks cuter. I have a feeling these will sell out quick! 

Steve Madden Petra Open Side Booties (SALE: $79.90, after sale: $119.95)
I actually found these booties after I had already ordered these ones so I will let you guys know which ones I decide to keep after I get them in the mail! I haven't invested in a good tan bootie in a couple of years and I majorly regretted it after last years sale. This year a new pair of tan booties was the first thing I looked for! I love the color and these and I think the slits on the side are super flattering. I ordered my normal size in these. 

Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag (SALE: $149.90, after sale: $225.00)
Last but not least.. this gorgeous cross body bag! I have yet to pull the trigger on this item, but I put it in my Wishlist so fast. This bag would be so cute for fall and would match so many looks. Plus, I think it is the perfect size for everyday. 

That's it for my top picks for this years sale! Stayed tuned to see my favorite athletic wear and beauty product items. 

XOXO







Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The College Gals Guide to Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


If you’ve never heard of the NSale (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) let me clear things up for you real quick! The NSale is basically the sale of all sales. Every year at this time, Nordstrom releases brand new fall/winter items and beauty products that are on sale for a fraction of the cost. This is a great time see what is going to be trending this fall, stock up on basics, splurge on that item you’ve wanted forever or simply treat yourself.

Here are some details you’ll need to know:
-Early access for the sale starts tomorrow (July 12th) for Nordstrom card holders! This includes credit and debit card holders, and if you’re serious about shopping this sale and want to make sure you get the items you’re interested in, I highly recommend becoming a cardholder. You can sign up here (super simple) and gain points for shopping that you can later receive Nordstrom notes for (a $20 voucher per so many points) as you shop. 
-The sale opens to the public July 20th and prices go up August 5th. 

That being said, shopping the sale as a college student can be a little different. A couple years ago I realized that a ton of my clothes from high school just weren’t cutting it for my new adult lifestyle. I used the NSale as an opportunity to upgrade my wardrobe and I was so grateful I did! However, I was definitely overwhelmed with how to go about shopping the sale and over the last couple of years I have definitely put together my own game plan. 

Here’s a few things I keep in mind as I shop as a college gal: 
  1. Make a budget!! This is the first step and so important because even though everything is such a great price, it’s easy to get carried away and things add up quickly. If you are a college student looking to build some credit, the Nordstrom credit card is a great way to do so, but it is still extremely important to stick to what you know you can afford. 
  2. Make a list of your needs and wants and then prioritize. It might be tempting to buy all of the cute new fall accessories, but if you really need new jeans make sure you grab those first.
  3. Think about your upcoming year and what you will need. I will be student teaching this year (ahh!! :) so I am looking for some clothes that I can wear in the classroom that will be professional and comfortable. 
  4. Consider using the sale as an opportunity to stock up on gifts (Christmas, birthday, wedding, etc.) for family and friends. I am always way more broke at the end of the semester/around Christmas time than I am when I am working full time in the summer so I will be on the lookout for things my friends/family might love later on! 
This is the first of several posts you will be seeing from me throughout the next couple of weeks about the sale. I will be posting on my Instagram a ton about what I'm purchasing and it will be compiled into a few different blog posts as well. Please let me know if there is anything specific you would like me to cover! Also, let me know if you are planning on shopping the sale and/or what you might have on your wish list below! Feel free to ask me any questions you might have by emailing me at daintybouquetblog@gmail.com or commenting below! 

XOXO





Friday, July 6, 2018

Come Shopping with me: Beauty & Hygiene Addition!














Outfit Details:
Top: Express (similar) // Belt: Gucci Dupe! (Amazon) // Shorts: Levi's Thrifted // Shoes: Soludo's

When I got the inspiration for this post it kind of reminded me of how it's always so tempting when you visit someones house to peek in their shower or sneak a look at what beauty products they are looking at. Maybe that's just me... haha but either way I thought it would be fun to take you guys to everyones favorite place to shop- Target(!!) and to share what's in my shower and what beauty/hygiene products I buy on a monthly basis. I absolutely hate change and that definitely reflects in my shopping habits (minus my style because I like to switch that up ;)). All of the products below are items that I always reach for on the shelf and have purchased over and over again and will most likely continue repurchasing for a long time!

Makeup Products 
These are always changing a little bit and not all of my Holy Grail makeup products are from the drug store (like my Laura Mercier powder), but the products below are FAVS that I have been using for years. 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer & Blush
I found these last summer and I use them all year long! I've shared them in past makeup routine posts, beauty favs, etc. but it's because they're so good! They last forever and they smell amazing. 




Clearly I LOVE L'Oreal products and this is not sponsored! haha I started using these products almost 2 years ago and I have yet to find products that I love as much and are as cost efficient for the quality you get. 

Hair 
I have tried what seems like a million hair products for my super dry scalp, but Head & Shoulders is the only shampoo and conditioner that works for me. I also use this hair mask from Love Beauty & Planet because it makes my hair smell SO GOOD and super soft and silky. 

Head & Shoulders Hair and Scalp Shampoo + Conditioner 

Love Beauty & Planet Hair Mask (use 1 or 2 times a week!)




Skin Care


L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask (use once a week)




Deodorant, Body Wash & Toothpaste 
I have used these products forever and I don't plan on switching anytime soon. They're super cost efficient and the Tone body wash honestly smells SO GOOD I always buy it again. 




Vitamins 
The #1 thing that my mom always reminds me to do if to take my vitamins! I have been using these for about two years and I notice when I forget to take them. They make your nails and hair grow like crazy!


That is all for today! Let me know if you use any of these products too and/or if you would be interested in seeing more "Come Shopping w/ me Posts!"

XOXO