Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just around the corner. Like many of you, I’m quite a distance from one of my parents (my mom). It can be tough this time of year. With recent shipping hikes, sending a bulky gift can get expensive. So why not try a gift you can ship in the envelope with your card. Nicole of Sent-Well and I teamed up to come up with some ideas…
Pictured Card: Bunnylope Card on Sent-Well – $4
Many of these won’t need extra postage, but some might. So it’s best to take it in to the post office and have it weighed so it reaches your loved one on time.
We have been collaborating for over a year over at Cotton & Brass. It’s been a blast, but we have been staging these photoshoots out of our own pockets. In order to grown and continue we decided to do a seasonal Pop-Up Shop everyone so often. Our first one launched this week. The Cotton & Brass Spring Shop is packed with vintage jewelry, paper goods, ceramics, fabric bundles and so much more. Lots of beautiful and unique mother’s day items. All of it was styled and selected by the Cotton & Brass team and photographed by Christa Kimble. All profits go toward recovering costs from past photoshoots and growth and new shoots in the future.
Items are very limited! So purchase while they are still available! Visit the Cotton & Brass Spring Pop-Up Shop today!
In case you missed it, over the course of the next month or so I’m on a mission to trade, alter and thrift my way to a fresh summer wardrobe. I’ve already started, but I wanted to put my goal in writing. So here is what I’m aiming to add to my closet:
There are a couple of bonus items that would be challenging and not totally necessary, but if I have money leftover or get really lucky with a good deal I’d like to add something from this list:
Shoes are probably going to suck up a chunk of my budget out of pocket budget since I would prefer new to used when it comes to shoes. Jeans are also going to be a challenge. I’d like a nicer pair of jeans, but ordering them online is a risk. I’ve never ordered a pair that fit right when they arrived.
As far as my bonus items go, I don’t think we’re going anywhere that would require a bathing suit but I haven’t purchased one since the beginning of college. And I finally had to throw that one out because it was so old the elastic got stiff and crumbled. We also don’t have any weddings to attend this summer, but I can never say no to a cute formal dress. What I mean by a risky/impractical item is something out of my comfort zone or a really specific show-item. Something that I can’t wear every week, but something that really makes an impact when I do wear it.
I spent yesterday on a thrifting date and I’m actually feeling pretty confident I can do this. I was a little nervous at first, but with the progress I’ve already made this week, I’m pretty excited about sharing the end result in a few weeks.
Your mission should you choose to accept it… blah blah blah. Neverrmind.
Let me start over… I’ve set a goal this spring. We have been trying to cut back to save up for some bigger projects. At the same time, I have been dealing with a quarter life wardrobe identity crisis. I really want a new summer wardrobe to give me some confidence, but I really don’t want to spend a lot. So here is the game plan…
To clarify the budget, I only want to spend $100 out of pocket. I can supplement that budget if I sell some of my outgrown clothes. I’ll get into how I’m doing that as I go along. I’ve already started and I can’t wait to share a new tool with you.
I can’t wait to show you what I have already purchased and how this all turns out. I’m already on my way and feeling really confident I can do it (or come pretty close). Let the countdown to summer begin!
You know I love Fab. It’s my favorite flash sale style site. Right now they are having an outlet sale to clear out some old favorites and make room for new sales. That means up to 70% off on beautifully designed products. Not a member? No problem! Use this link to join and get instant access to the outlet sale and more! All of the items featured above are currently for sale on Fab and are still available in limited quantities. See and purchase my Fab Picks and more at Fab.
If you are not a member of Fab yet, today is the PERFECT day to join! Some of my favorite brands and artisans are having sales on Fab right now. Red Raven Studios and Izola are both having beautiful sales (I snagged that shower curtain on the top left corner for 55% off!) that just started. Items are going fast, so use this link to sign up and get shopping before they sell out.
For those of you who haven’t heard, Fab is a flash sale site that focuses on beautiful design and artisan craftsmanship. Sales range in discount from 20% to over 70% and are only available in limited quantities and for a limited time. Every day at 11 AM Fab introduces a new set of sales. I have discovered so many amazing products and designers through shopping with Fab and I’ve also gotten some amazing deals. My husband is tough to shop for, but I always seem to find him something on Fab.
They also offer great social shopping benefits, like credit when your friends join and purchase. And credits mean free stuff, free shipping and more! It pays to share!
Join Fab today to gain access to these deals and more!
One of my long-time favorites, “Funny Face” is now on Netflix. I spent Saturday night on the sofa watching Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire dance through Paris in the late 1950′s. If you haven’t seen the movie (you really should!), Hepburn’s character Jo lives in Greenwich Village in New York City where she works at a book store and studies philosophy.
I don’t want to give away too much (mild spoilers!) but if Jo had been a real person, this is how I would imagine she would dress post-Paris living back in NYC. She would still stick to her practical basics, but with some chic, luxe touches (those flats) and a little added color (the accessories). And don’t forget a great tote to carry all her books on “empathicalism”.
T-Shirt: Mossimo Women’s Crew Neck from Target – $12.99 // Pants: Cropped Trousers from H&M – $24.99 // Purse: Bow Chain Handle Bag from ASOS – $49.23 // Shoes: Shannon Flats from Piperlime – $150 // Necklace: Tinley Road Tassel Necklace from Piperlime – $12.99 // Tote: Paris Shopper from ASOS – $22.87
One of my sponsors this month also happens to be my card-giving guru, Nicole of Sent Well. Nicole has a beautiful selection of cards for any occasion and ships lightening fast. Even with shipping, her collection of cards is comparable to the generic cards you see in big-box stores. Plus, Sent Well can ship the cards to you OR (if you are a little late in sending your card) will hand write your message and send it directly to your recipient. Better yet, if you are really forgetful, you can set up a calendar and automatically have your cards shipped in time for birthdays and anniversaries.
I just received my valentines from Sent Well and Nicole and I have been brainstorming different ways to jazz up your valentines. Here are a few ideas…
Lost & Fawned readers can take 25% off anything at Sent Well with the discount code FAWNED at time of purchase. I’m a loyal customer for life. Give it a try!
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I’m almost done with my holiday shopping this year and today I can check 3 more people off my list. Camera phones and digital cameras make it so easy to document all those big and little moments, but there is something to be said for a good old hard copy of a photograph. SnapBox is a great way to take those photos and turn them into a quick, wallet-friendly, custom gift. I gave them a try last week. I selected a mix of new and old photos from my digital collection, hand picked for three lucky recipients.
For my grandma, I selected this photograph I took of one of the roses in our garden this summer. Her name is Rose, which is such a beautiful name. I selected a petite 5×7 framed print since I will be wrapping it and sending it to her tree across the country.
Jared is always tough to shop for. We love taking out dog for hikes, and Logan and Jared are two peas in a pod. So I decided to get a nice large black and white version of one of my favorite photos of the two of them on a hike this past spring. Since it has so much detail, I selected the largest 10×13 size. It looks great with the black frame.
My mom and I share a love of tracing our lineage and we both had a bond with my great grandmother. For her I selected this photo of 4 generations (me, my mom, my grandma and my great grandma) and had it printed and framed 9×9 by SnapBox to surprise her this year.
Ordering was so easy! Just email your photo to email@example.com via your phone, tablet or computer. In a few minutes you will get an email back linking your size options and prices. Add your framed canvas print to your cart and purchase. They arrived within a week and look beautiful, ready to wrap and put under the tree. And at $9.79 to 24.49 each (depending on size) it’s totally affordable.
And here’s a little something to brighten your holiday! This week you can win 3 free framed canvas prints of your own from SnapBox! Maybe use it to frame a beautiful photo of your little one by the christmas tree. Or an instagram from a winter walk. You can use it on any size photo making it a value of up to $74.97! There are plenty of ways to win. Use the widget below to enter (if you are viewing from a RSS Reader, you must visit the page to view the widget)…
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
I am finally getting around to my online garage sale again. I listed a couple of skirts I found in my closet. Both are brand new, never been worn, with the tags on. I purchased them when I had a different path in mind for my life. I have more pieces coming soon. I was going to consign them locally, but I wanted to offer them to my readers first.