Easter Basket Ideas for the Tween/Teen

In our house we are past the days of toys in Easter baskets…don’t get me wrong, my 20 something boys still love a good Nerf gun!
¬†Gone are the days of wind up bunnies and bubbles…so I thought I would put together a few basket ideas for the little girls (ahem…the big girls ūüėČ in your life. ¬†My daughter, Lucy, will be 13 this year, and I know all of these things would be a huge hit with her!
Tween/Teen Easter Basket

sunnies

purse

robe

notebook

feather pens

lotion 

lip gloss

You could always add in gift cards and books!
This age really is so fun, as the girls are wanting to be treated older, but still love the idea of getting an Easter basket…I mean seriously, I wish I still got one!
xoxo~Dawn
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Splurge vs Steal

I always love to share when I find a great deal. ¬†I especially LOVE finding the “look for less” when it comes to trendy items…things I know that I will probably only wear one season/year. ¬†I do believe, on classic pieces it is best to spend your max to have comfort and quality pieces that will last you for years.
I thought it would be fun, to take 4 shoe styles that I am loving right now, and give you a Splurge vs Steal option.  I really cannot believe how similar each of these are!
Splurge/Steal
Pom Pom Booties ¬†(Splurge / Steal) – I am DYING to get my hands on this Steal pair of sneaks! ¬†I am a self-proclaimed sneaker addict, and I think the pom pom’s are adorbs!
Block Heel Sandals ( Splurge / Steal ) РI love the heel height and color of these sandals.  These might be a case where the Splurge price is great already and these could be a classic in your wardrobe.  Maybe if your stepping out of your comfort zone in color, the Steal would be the way to go!
Perforated Bootie ( Splurge / Steal ) РSuper cute and chic!  I personally love the cut of the Steal better than the Splurge!
Espadrille Sandals (Splurge / Steal ) – Now these….so popular last year, and are def on the A-list again! ¬†I love them, but am scared I would feel 10 ft tall…however $60 Steal might make me suffer for fashion! ¬†I have read over and over again, that the Splurge version is SO comfortable.
So, what about you??  Are you a Splurge or Steal gal, or does it just depend on the goods??
Hope you have a great day!
xoxo~Dawn
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Girly Book Gifts

Books are some of my favorite gifts to receive. ¬†I love everything from fiction to coffee table books, but some of my favorites are cookbooks, fashion realted, home and party styling. ¬†I’ve rounded up a few that are on my Christmas Wish List this year!
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I hope you find something here that you can add to your wish list!
xoxo~Dawn
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Homebody

If I had to choose a perfect day, it would be at home drinking tea cozied up with a warm throw and a delicious smelling candle.
If you have someone on your gift list who is a homebody…this Gift Guide is perfect! ¬†I have gathered some of my favorite things perfect for curling up by the fire.
Homebody Gift Guide
Kusmi Tea РI LOVE coffee, but I love a delicious cup of tea.  A friend of mine gifted me a can of Kusmi tea and I was hooked!  It was one of the most delicious loose teas I have had!
Celebrate Everything РThis book is on my wish list.  Darcy Miller is a creator, crafter, party planner and has worked for Martha Stewart for 25 years!!  She knows her stuff, and this book looks amazing!
Candle – Who doesn’t love a great candle?? ¬†Anthropologie wins the candle game…hands down!
Mug¬†– I am a HUGE Anthropologie fan. ¬†There mugs are some of my favorite..they are artistic and beautiful. ¬†A cup of coffee or tea always tastes better in a pretty mug, don’t you think??
Heated Fur Throw¬†– I am always cold! ¬†So when I saw this heated throw at Target, I knew it was perfect for my gift guide…faux fur and heated, yes please!
Slippers¬†– When I’m at home I always have slippers on! ¬†JCrew slippers are some of my favorites. ¬†I love the moccasin style and hello…plaid!!!
I hope I have given you some ideas for that Homebody on your list!!
xoxo~Dawn
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Girl Boss

I have so many amazing girls in my life, and each one brings their own unique talent and flavor!   To kick off my Holiday Gift Guide Series, I wanted to start with gifts for the Girl Boss.  Is she a college student, a full time Mom, a full time Employee or is she working to fulfill that creative passion inside her?
Below are some of my favorite Girl Boss Gift Ideas…a couple I have myself and ALL the rest are on my wish list!!
girl boss gift guide
 
Madewell Tote Bag Рneed I say more??  This tote is leather and the most gorgeous yummy cognac color.  Perfect for toting a laptop, books, etc to the coffee shop to get some work done!
Purposeful Planner¬†– Hands down, Corie Clark’s planners are my favorite! ¬† They are well designed, have inspiring quotes tucked inside, and Corie just nails the covers beautifully! ¬†I have the ¬†Coco Luxe leatherette (pictured above) in the weekly version, and LOVE it!
Amazon Echo – Black“>Amazon Echo¬†– I need this!! ¬†I want Alexa to be my new best friend! ¬†Every Girl Boss needs a little music throughout her day or a news update, right??
She is Clothing Tee РI have several She Is tees and feel empowered every time I wear one, not to mention the fit is spot on!
Ringly Bluetooth Connected Smart Ring- Gold / Onyx“>Ringly Smart Ring¬†– OMG…I just discovered the Ringly and I might be a little obsessed. ¬†I am not a fan of the “smart watch” …definitely not my style, but this ring…I love that it will vibrate when your phone rings or you receive a text..perfect for when you cannot carry your phone on you, but still stay connected!
So, there you go…my top 5 Girl Boss picks!
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
xoxo~Dawn
P.S. you can check out my Gift Guide for the College Guy from last year too!
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{fashion} Spring Updates on my list!

Spring is close…can you feel it?? ¬†I am so ready, it has has been a looong rainy winter here in the Pacific Northwest.
I have been looking through my closet, and making a list of a few things I would like to add this Spring. ¬†I definitely don’t have a big wardrobe budget, so I usually find the style I’m looking for and then try to thrift something similar or ¬†if it’s something I love, I try to find it at the best price I can!
So, here are some of the pieces I hope to add this Spring.
Spring Must haves
1. ¬†White Jeans. ¬†I had to recently retire my old pair, so this is at the top of my list! ¬†This is something that I will spend a little more on to get the best fit…no one wants a saggy behind!
2.  Ruffle Sweater.  I recently bought this sweater in Navy and I LOVE it.  I tried the Orange on in the store, and cannot believe I left it behind!  The fit and color are on point!
3.  Wedge Espadrilles.  I love this trend, and with a pair of high waisted flares they would be perfect!  I love this pair, and have seen several other styles that I love as well.
4. Fringe and lace up sandals.  I am definitely adding these to my wardrobe.  I love the lace up trend, and the fringe detail on these with the perfect size heel, in my opinion, make the perfect sandal for jeans or a dress!
5. ¬†Distressed Jeans. ¬†I don’t want too many pairs of ripped denim in my wardrobe. ¬†As I get older I know when too much is too much. ¬†I love these because “less is more”. ¬†Again, this will be a time where I will spend a little more to get the look and fit I’m looking for.
Below are a few more things I thought of as I was writing this post…because isn’t there always one.more.thing.??
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Lace up flats...definitely on my want list!
Another piece I would like to add, is a crossbody bag.  I usually carry a big bag, but I would love a smaller style for day trips or date nights!
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I love this classic sadle bag.
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This bag can be used as a crossbody, but also a clutch when the strap is removed.
So, there you have it, just a few “essentials” on my Spring Radar.
xoxo~Dawn
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College Guy Gift Guide

College Guy Gift Guide

 

What do you get those 20 something guys?? ¬†I put together a ¬†College Guy Gift Guide¬†of a few things that are on my Guy’s lists this year!