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Summer Accessories: Straw Handbag Edition

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been obsessed with a good purse.  No lie, for my senior pictures I actually had a picture with all my purses.  As I’ve gotten older, I definitely have not outgrown this love but I have learned its all about balance.  I will invest in one quality purse each year and purchase seasonally appropriate bags at a much more reasonable price point.

This summer, straw handbags are making a strong comeback.  I remember these were in style when I was in middle school, crazy how things always come back around. However, this year they are adding more details than ever.  You can purchase handbags with tassels, colors, pom-poms, flowers, and the list goes on and on.  Today, I am highlighting a few of my favorites in many different price ranges.  Essentially there is a handbag everyone will enjoy.

Mar Y Sol Zoe Crossbody

This bag is absolutely stunning and probably my favorite of all. The colors are perfect for summer and the tassels add a little extra pizazz on the side.  With a 19.75 strap length, it will work on most body types as a cross-body or over the shoulder bag. I love that it offers a zip closure and a cloth-lined interior with a pocket as well.  An added bonus is this brand is handmade and fair-trade, feel good about something you are purchasing. If you love it as much as I do, click here. 

Mar Y Sol Ibiza Tassel Tote

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Another great bag from Mar Y Sol, but this time available as a tote.  Everyone know that summer-time calls for sunscreen, swimming, and carrying a few extra supplies in your everyday bag.  This tote is spacious and gorgeous.  It’s available in 3 different colors and they are all amazing.  A double strap tote, with one inside lined pocket.  Take a look by clicking here.

A New-Day Straw Circle Cross-Body

Circle bags are EVERYWHERE currently.  They add a fresh take on the everyday purses we have all seen over the years.  This beauty is available at Target, for only $35. The purse is equipped with a cross-body strap, as well as two drop handles if you prefer to carry your handbag.  Additionally, the bag is lined with fabric and includes a drawstring closure at the top.  If you are lovin’ it, click here.

Circle Straw Cross-Body Bag

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You can pick this baby up from Urban Outfitters for $59.  Right on trend with the circular shape and button closure.  The interior of the bag is lined with a patterned fabric. The purse includes a leather strap, that drops down 21.8 inches.  If this is the one you love, click here.

Stella and Dot Awning Clutch

If a clutch is more your style, Stella & Dot has an impressive collection. I personally love this black and cream woven clutch.  It includes a magnetic closure and fringe along the trim of the flap. The interior includes one pocket and is also lined.  If you love it, this baby is $69 and available here.

Gottex Aruba Clutch/Cross-Body

I actually bit the bullet and purchased this one.  The woven bag stood out a little more to me since it includes pops of color throughout the bag.  It also includes colorful poms on the flap of the purse.  It is fully lined on the inside, with one pocket, and also includes a magnetic closure.  I chose this one because it can be used as a clutch or a cross-body bag. This is available from amazon for $45 by clicking here.

Small Zipper Clutch/Cross-Body

This bag is also available from Amazon for $19.  I love that it is so simple and stylish.  Detailed with a leather detachable wristlet strap, as well as a gold chain cross-body strap this bag can be used in a variety of ways.  It includes a zip-closure and fully lined interior with a small pocket.  It can be used as a clutch, wristlet, or cross-body. This small bag does it all for a bargain price.  Click here to see more.

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Have you made a summer handbag purchase? What style spoke to you? Can’t wait to see what you pick out.

Beauty · Uncategorized

It’s All About Accessories: Kinsley Armelle

If you have noticed yet, drusy jewelry is all the rage. From Kendra Scott necklaces to Etsy shops, this is the hottest style. Which it should be in my opinion. It mixes the right amount of elegance with country chic to create a gorgeous rustic piece of jewelry.

Well, I recently discovered the company: Kinsley Armelle. Let me just start by saying, I’m hooked. The combination of stones, beads and metallic tones is completely on point. Plus, there are endless options to choose from and all at a reasonable price point. What really sold me on this company though is the fact that these bracelets ACTUALLY fit my wrist. Often times I cannot find a bracelet to fit my small wrists, but many styles are customizable so I have found several to work.

Stay tuned because I cannot wait to show off all of the amazing pieces available. I have purchased so many of my own, it’s actually a problem at this point.

Go check it out, you will not be disappointed. I’m sharing a code below where you can receive 15% off- it doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂 Simply click here or enter SHINES15 at checkout.

If you have any questions let me know! I’ve already ordered another package, this time with pops of colors. Can’t wait to share it with you all!!

Beauty · Uncategorized

Spring Style

It FINALLY feels like Spring here in Missouri, can I seriously get an amen?!? I have been waiting weeks to start wearing springtime clothing because it’s one of my favorite seasons. Still cool enough to layer, but brighter colors and lighter fabrics.

I have a slight obsession with Von Maur, mainly because it’s minutes from my house. Another reason being that every time I go there I manage to snag a cute outfit or statement piece. Today is no different, both pieces came from there.

Angies Striped Top

This striped and floral top is from the brand, Angie. It’s a breathable material with a cute wrap style in the front. A small clasp holds the two together in the front to create the deep v. The shirt is flowy and loose with slightly belled sleeves. I’m obsessed with how the floral pattern from the top repeats on the wrists. Such a comfy and cute shirt that can be dressed up with slacks or pieces beautifully with denim for a great daytime or evening look. It’s on sale right now for $23, such a steal. Click here for more details.

Vervet Distressed Denim

Distressed denim is all the rage and I personally love it. This pair of jeans feels like butter on my skin. Stiff jeans are my least favorite thing, and these jeans bend and move with me. They feel so soft and you’re able to move around comfortably. These jeans are under $60, which is a bargain for comfy jeans. Click here for more details.

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What spring trends are you obsessing over? Would love to know, drop a comment below.

Beauty · fitness

February Finds: Valentine’s Gift Guide

February, one of the most loved and loathed month depending on who you talk to. Loved because it’s the shortest month of the year & one last hurdle to sweet springtime. Loathed because the biggest Hallmark Holiday if the year Renee place. Don’t fall victim to the last minute candy and overpriced flowers trap. Check out this gift guide and get your shopping completed early.

Gift Ideas for Her:

Adidas Gold Trefoil T

This. Is. Everything. The gold trefoil adds a little sparkle and flare to the classic symbol. Literally obsessed.

Deborah Lipmann Nail Polish Set

Shades of dirty pastels, this is the perfect color set for spring. Polishes are free of toxic chemicals and known for there extra glossy appearance. Long-lasting and gives the appearance of a gel manicure, it will keep nails healthy and beautiful. $36.

Kate Spade Multi Stipes iPhone Case

Kate Spade does it again with this phone case. Beautiful shades of blue with jewels, perfect combo. $45 for the regular iPhone and $50 for the plus.

Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody

Get ready for spring with this beautiful leather bag. Long enough to wear as a crossbody, but offers a top handle as well. The details are gorgeous on this Bag.

Layered Necklace

One of the hottest trends in jewelry right now. From baublebar you can actually design your own layered look for only $48. They have so many options available that you can’t go wrong. Plus if you signup for email you can receive 15% off.

Adia Kubr Beaded Bracelet

Beautiful beaded bracelet with tassels and flowers. Elegant and simple in shades of pink and rose gold. $70.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Not only are these bracelets beautiful, but the story behind the company is as well. Each bracelet is hand-crafted by artists around the world, offering them a better chance at life. Single bracelets are priced as low as $6 and packs can go as high as $60. With that range, styles are available at every price point. Look fashionable and support an amazing cause.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

The. Best. Perfume. Ever. Seriously, ask for it and trust me. A variety of flowers blended perfectly with vanilla, it’s simply the best. It comes in many sizes so can range from $50 upward. I chose the gift set, because you will receive the most product for this price point.

Gift Ideas for Him:

Adidas Hoodie

Adidas is making a strong comeback in my opinion. I’m currently obsessed with all their latest styles and this hoodie fits the bill. A classic throwback and perfect for loungewear or with jeans.

Adidas Shoes

A twist on the classic adidas superstar shoes, these are perfect for the man in your life. They look great with jeans or workout gear. Keep his feet stylish this year with some new shoes.

Topgolf

Topgolf is busy building entertainment locations everywhere. If you’re lucky enough to have one near you, go! They’re providing a fun evening out where you can golf, sip on beer (or fine beverages, and grab a bite to eat. A unique driving range experience with bays that are outdoors. Classes and lessons are available, plus you can reserve a bay online.

Chrome

Cologne, enough said. Yes, completely stereotypical BUT one whiff of this cologne and you won’t be disappointed. Chrome is the perfect musky blend mixed with citrus. Your man will absolutely love this masculine scent. $65-$100 depending on the amount purchased.

Cuisinart Grill Set

For the grill master in your life, check out this grilling tool kit. Loaded with all the essentials and a reasonable price point, this gift is worthy of a prime rib. $20.99 from Target!

Dapper Wallet

A wallet designed for men! Sleek and stylish, yet sturdy and rugged. This wallet is designed to carry cards and cash, but eliminate the bulkiness of a traditional wallet. The slim design won’t take up excess room in pockets, which is a win when looking for men’s wallets.

Hook Leather Bracelet

For the fisherman in your life. These leather bracelets have the perfect masculine touch with a nice detail. Coming in several styles, they can range in price from $68-$70. Available at Nordstrom.

MVMT Watch

Seriously, OBSESSED with so many of these watches. They come in a variety of styles and colors. I love so many of them. Bonus: they come in women’s styles as well. Prices range from $95-$160. Most fall within the $120 range.

Yeti Roadie Cooler

The ultimate cooler, especially if you have an outdoorsman in your life. The one-piece cooler is known to keep items colder than the average cooler and is durable enough to last a lifetime.

Gender Neutral Gifts:

Beartwo Earbuds

Wireless earbuds that are perfect for working out. These earbuds are noise-canceling, sweat-proof, tiny and hold a major charge. Available on Amazon for $43.

Apple Watch

Available in many stores, stay connected with an Apple Watch. Have your messages readily available while easily tracking your daily fitness goal. Shop around because prices and deals vary depending where you purchase it.

WiFi Digital Picture Frame

The ultimate picture frame, never be stuck staring at a single picture again. Connect the frame to your WiFi and upload photos from your phone or computer. Adjustable settings and a slideshow mode, this is a favorite at my parents house. Only $99.

Massages

You can never go wrong with a trip to the spa. Plan a couples massage or a facial treatment. Men and women alike will both enjoy the pampering and leave feeling refreshed. Check local spas or locations like massage luxe for their deals.

What’s something you’re hoping to snag this Valentine’s Day?? Drop a comment below, love seeing new items and hearing about products. Happy Shopping!

Beauty · Uncategorized

Monday Must-Haves

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a MAJOR shopping addiction. I just love how clothes look, fit, and can make me feel more confident on any given day. Here’s a few of my current favorites! Just ordered some of these for myself and cannot wait to strut my stuff.

Tiered Bell Sleeve Dress

From Nordstrom by B.P. I’m totally obsessed and it’s only $49!

Lush Tunic Top

I’ve literally been obsessed with the Lush tunics forever. I wore one on my bachelorette party weekend back in 2013 and they haven’t failed me yet. Loving this springtime colors available. Currently $28 from Nordstrom.

Embroidered Flower Detail Sweatshirt

How cute are the sleeves?!? Loving this feminine touch on the sweatshirt. Perfect for jeans and weekends in my opinion. $35!

Striped Peplum Bell Sleeve Top

Another great top that can be worn to work or with jeans. Love the details on the sleeves and the mixed fabrics. Another steal at only $59.

Lucky Brand Stella Skinny

Light-washed Lucky jeans, perfect for springtime. They have a frayed hemline and ripped detailing though the legs. Verrry cute. Plus, lucky jeans currently has a special where you buy a pair and purchase a pair for 50% off.

Let me know if you’ve found anything that you’re just in love with too. Like I said, I can NEVER get enough of clothes. Happy Shopping!

P.S. If you haven’t yet: