Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts





Happy Thursday! Weekend is almost here and for anyone who still needs ideas for Father's Day gifts, I got you covered! I pulled together some ideas based on the fact that not every guy is into sports or works a desk job and needs a tie. I sometimes feel like I am the only one who has a hard time finding gifts for my father, stepfather, and grandfather. They don't golf or play any other sports and they don't wear ties. My grandfather was a truck drive his whole life, my stepdad works on boats, and my dad has worked on cars his whole life. So when I see the same gifts being advertised every year that don't relate to my family, it gets pretty frustrating. Even finding cards is difficult. I went to Target and there was one...ONE...card for stepfathers! How ridiculous is that?! Does anyone else have a hard time finding gifts? Let me know! 

one ~ Birchbox ~ This is a great gift because I have noticed that more men are starting to take care of their skin and want products to try. You can purchase a gift subscription that includes four grooming samples and either a gadget or accessory. 

two ~ Coffee Mug Warmer ~ The person who came up with this is genius! What a great idea, right? I don't personally drink coffee, but my stepdad does and I know sometimes you pour a cup and then you get distracted or have to go take care of something for a few minutes and then now your cup of coffee is cold. (my boyfriend is guilty of doing this--I find cups of coffee all over!) So now if you place your cup on this holder and you walk away for a few minutes, it will still be warm when you return. Perfect! And it's less than $10!! 

three ~ Cordless Drill Driver ~ So if you are shopping for a guy who loves using tools whether for work or hobby, I'm sure they can use something like this gift. It's cordless which I know comes in very handy, it has an LED light to help see, and it's on sale when helps you the buyer out! ha! Home Depot has so many tools to choose from that you are bound to find something that meets their needs! 

four ~ Double Money Clip ~ If you want to get something small but personalized, how about this double money clip from Mark & Graham? They have such great gifts and they offer free gift wrap! One side is for cash and the other side is for credit cards. Perfect for the guy who doesn't use a wallet and needs some organization! 

five ~ Goodguys Car Show ~ If your dad loves cars like mine, why not surprise hime with a car show! I go down to NC every October to visit my dad and we attend this show. There are over 2,000 cars at this event! A car lovers dream! They have events scattered across the U.S. so hopefully you can catch a show near you! 

six ~ Jack Black Travel Set ~ So this brand is very popular on Sephora. I had bought the hand lotion for my boyfriend over the winter because his hands get super dry and it worked very well for him. This gift is for any guy who likes to take care of his skin but without all the girly scents! ha! 

seven ~ Lowes Gift Certificate ~ When all else fails, the easiest gift is a gift certificate. And being that every guy usually has a preference on wether they like Home Depot or Lowes better, I made sure to include both on this post.

eight ~ Mercer Travel Pouch ~ If you wanted to get a little fancier, you can get this monogrammed travel pouch. Any guy who travels for work or who needs something nice to put their products in when they go on vacay, would certainly appreciate this manly bag. 

nine ~ Portable Grill ~ This is for the guy who loves to cook on the grill even away from home! This comes in handy whether you are camping, at a sporting event, at a park, or at a car show! This is the perfect gift for under $50!

ten ~ The Man Can ~ Okay, I love this next gift just based on the packaging alone! How awesome is the paint can container! The skin products are all natural and a complimentary card is included with your personal message! 


I hope these gift ideas came in handy! 

Thanks for reading! 

~Michelle 







Monday, June 12, 2017

Hostess Gifts



Hi Everyone! Hope ya'll had a great weekend! It was finally warm and sunny out! As I mentioned before in my prior posts, we have been having crappy weather here...rainy, cold--I was still wearing winter clothes!! I seriously could not take it anymore. I was able to get out a little bit and enjoy this fabulous weather by doing my fave thing which is walking on the beach and getting beach glass! 

Now, you know what warm weather brings, don't ya?? Parties!!! It's that time of year when everyone is dying to get get outside and have BBQs, birthday parties, graduation parties, etc. I know how hard it can be to come up with ideas on what to bring the hostess of a party so today I am linking some great finds. Everyone seems to do the traditional route which is flowers, wine, beer but I thought these ideas are a little more personal and interesting. And if these don't work for ya, I'm hoping they inspire some other great ideas for gifts! 

Agate Coasters ~ How pretty are these? I think everyone can use coasters and these are just so unique.

Book ~ I think this is an unexpected gift and if you know your hostess is a reader, why not add a good book to their collection? This particular book is on my list to read! 

Cookie Jar ~ This is one of the prettiest jars I have seen and it's white which will pretty must go with anything! If you know their favorite cookies, make it even more personal by adding them in there! 

Darcy Tray ~ Everyone could use a tray for any part of their house. You have the coffee table, dining room table, kitchen counter, bathroom, bedroom dresser, a bookshelf, patio table, etc. They could use this for anything which is the best part. I love the neutal color and texture of this! 

Dessert & Baking Salts ~ If you know your hostess love to bake, why not add this collection of salts?! Such a great gift! 

French Lavender Gift Set ~ If your hostess is a woman and she loves the scent of lavender, then this is a fabulous gift! How pretty is this set already packaged up! 

Graphic Mug ~ I can't get over how cute these personalized mugs are! If you know a thing or two about your hostess, why not choose a mug that represents something they like? I love that it adds a personal touch to an simple gift. 

Meena Vases ~ I love how different these vases are. Even if you don't want to get flowers, just presenting these as a gift is enough as they are so pretty. But if you do want to add flowers to these, I think any kind of white flower would look beautiful and elegant. 

Infused Olive Oil Set ~ This is such a fantastic gift because I believe everyone needs olive oil at some point for cooking. This set comes with four differenet flavors to try. 

Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit ~ I love a good dipping oil for my bread and in this kit there are 15 different spices!! There are even recipes located inside.  This is a great gift that they can use for themselves or even their next party dinner party! 

Reclaimed Wood Picture Frame ~ If you are thinking a picture frame seems blah as a gift, try getting a frame that suits their style and even adding a photo of you and the hostess or a photo of their family if you have one. It will seem more personal after that. I'm obsessed with the distressed wood look so the frame I linked is one I'm dying to get. If the wood is not suitable, Joss & Main has so many other gorgeous frames to choose from. 

Turkish Terry Towel ~ How gorgeous are these towels?! They just scream summer to me with those colors! You can also get free monogramming which is such a great personal touch and let's face it, we all need towels for something in our homes.


What are some of your gift ideas for parties? I'm all for hearing other ideas! Leave me a comment below!

Thanks so much for reading!

~Michelle 






Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Express Times Two


















Happy Wednesday! It's the middle of the week and I can't be happier because it's suppose to be warm and sunny by this weekend!  We have seen nothing but rain and cloudy skies and it's starting to get depressing! We have gotten a day here and there that's nice but then it just goes back to being cold and rainy. When is summer getting here?? 

Moving on to the clothes....I can always find a ton of stuff at Express. Tops, dresses and sweaters have always been my fave finds from there. Obviously ruffles are a big trend this season so when I saw the first top I immediately knew I had to have it! I love the added detail. On top of having the ruffle it also has the cold shoulder which I also love. I paired it with my GiGi clutch and my Gorjana necklace I received at the Create & Cultivate conference. (Love this necklace--it's one of my favorite things I received in my gift bag). As for the second top, I initally wasn't look to add more black to my wardrobe--I have enough black tops already--but I loved that it said Love on it! It was also light and flowy and well, I need more flowy tops for those bad stomach days so I used that as my reason to get it. Ha! I have also been wanting a body chain for about a year now. I wanted one to wear with tops and bathing suits and found this one on the site and not only is it pretty but at such a good price! Right now jewelry is Buy 1 Get 1 50% off!! 



First top ~ Ruffle Cold  Shoulder ~ Express

Here are some other ruffle tops I love: one, two, three 

Gold Necklace ~ Gorjana

Clutch ~ GiGi New York ~ my color is sold out but they still have the same clutch just in different colors ~ slighly different clutch but color is close to mine

Second top ~ Love Muscle Tank ~ Express 

Other graphic tees that are perfect for summer: one, two, three, four, five  

50% off tops and shorts!! (Exclusions apply) 

Star Body Chain ~ Express 


Stay tuned...I just order two more things from Express!

Thanks for stopping by!! xoxo 

~Michelle 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kendra Scott Jewelry

















Hi guys! So sorry I've been MIA. I was sick twice this month and it took a lot out of me and I decided that I just needed to rest and not do anything so I could get better. I was sick my birthday weekend and then Memorial Day weekend. The two weekends out of the month that I didn't want to be sick for--figures right? On the other hand, the weather for both of those weekends was crappy so I guess I didn't miss too much. With that said, I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! 

On today's post, I'm showing off my Kendra Scott jewelry. I absolutely love her stuff! Everything is so beautiful and reasonably priced. I had a gift certificate so I ordered the bracelet, necklace, and travel case even though I wanted everything. Ha!

 I love this Elaina adjustable chain bracelet because it not only comes in so many colors (14 to be exact!) to choose from and is sparkly, but it's easy to put on and adjust by myself. It can be a pain sometimes to put on a bracelet by yourself that has a clasp. Plus I have small wrists so I can tighten this so I can wear it comfortably. I went with the pink because I don't have a lot of pink jewelry and being that I am obsessing over this color lately in my wardrobe, I had to get it! Next up, is the Whitlee Pendant necklace. I ordered the gold because I have so much silver already and needed to add some more gold pieces. It also comes in rose gold and antique brass. I love how it's dainty and has that simple curve in it that makes it different.  Moving on to the travel case. Unfortunately they will not be selling the jewelry organizers anymore as I called and spoke with a representative. I have searched online and found one on Nordstrom and that is out of stock! Everyone must be traveling and in dire need of travel cases! Here is the link for the Nordstrom one just in case in comes back in stock. It's a bigger one than I have in the photos and it comes in a pretty green color. Below I have listed similar items. So sorry! I really hate when that happens.


Bracelet ~ Elaina Adjustable Chain Bracelet ~ also love this one!

Necklace ~ Whitlee Pendant Necklace ~ love this one, this one, and obsessed with this!

Jewlery Organizer ~ no longer availabe ~ similar here and here! (may have to get this one too! So pretty!!)


Thank you so much for reading!

~Michelle

Sunday, May 14, 2017

34 Things


Hello all! So I normally don't post on the weekends but thought since today is my birthday (and my moms) I would share 34 (the age I turned today) things you may not know about me.

1. I grew up as an only child--my mom had my half-brother when I was 17.

2. I was born on my mom's 20th birthday.

3. I love ice cream--I have it almost every day!

4. I don't like coffee.

5. I hate flying and have to take something when I do--but I don't let it stop me from traveling! 

6. I have two degrees--one in business and the other in court reporting.

7. I love dogs--preferably big ones like mastiffs. :)

8. I have had horrible allergies my whole life and have to get shots.

9. I love trucks (pickups and tractor-trailers) and cars (hot rods only).

10. I'm a natural brunette but have been coloring it red (which I love) for the past two years--people I meet think it's my natural color (when my roots don't show-lol).

11. I have never lived anywhere else but Long Island and never more than a half hour away from my home town.

12. I love walking on the beach and collecting beach glass.

13. I love to read and have probably over a 100 books.

14. I still have my Barbie dolls from when I was little--I saved them for when I have a girl. 

15. From ages 15 to 20 I worked as a waitress on roller skates at a 50s restaurant--I still have my uniform and skates--it was my favorite job!

16. I love grape soda! Reminds me of Dimetapp when I was little--I know that sounds weird--lol

17. I had my own pony when I was little and my own horse when I was 20--both for short periods of time due to allergies and also because I wasn't as into it as my mom and aunt were--I'd rather have a hot rod!

18. My dad lives in NC and worked for NASCAR for years on pit crews.

19. I love having long hair rather than short hair.

20. My boyfriend and I were friends for 10 years prior to dating.

21. I love all kinds of music but my faves are country, 50s, and 80s.

22. I've never broken any bones--only fractured a pinky finger after closing it in my car door when I was 21.

23. My first car when I was 16 was a teal 1992 RS Camaro with T-tops. I still miss that car!

24. My biggeest fear are spiders. I will start sweating and hyperventilating if I have to try and kill it myself when no one is around.

25. I make lists for everything! I'm list obsessed!

26. I love shopping for clothes-duh!

27. So far...I know that I am Polish, Italian, Swedish, and German--don't know the percentages though.

28. I love to dance.

29. I hate exercising but I do love walking, dancing, and riding my bike.

30. My favorite color is green.

31. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas-preferably the purple and blue ones.

32. I love the smell of cut grass!

33. I have to wear contacts or glasses to see distance. My eyes are horrible!

34. Would love to be on Dancing with the Stars or Wheel of Fortune. 



Would love to hear your thoughts! Share something about yourself in the comments below!! 

Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading!!

xoxo
Michelle 



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Create & Cultivate Conference


Hi guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! On Saturday I attended the Create & Cultivate conference in NYC and thought I would share a review on it today. First off, since I started my blog I have always been on the lookout for a conference to attend. If you've been following me, you know that I wanted to attend the Alt Summit but it got sold out. I then found another conference I attended in February which wasn't what I had in mind. Here is the review from that one. Then a couple months ago I saw on the site of one of the bloggers I follow that she spoke at a Create & Cultivate conference in Florida. I checked it out and saw that they were having another conference in NYC in May. I was beyond excited! 

This definitely met my expectations in terms of the kind of conference I wanted to attend. It had everything to do with blogging/entrepreneurship.  When I signed up I had the choice of choosing the GA (general admission) ticket or a VIP ticket. I couldn't afford the VIP at this time so obviously had to pick the GA. Once the event got closer you were mailed a box with your badge, a pin, notebook, pen, and your track (schedule). If I had gone with the VIP, I would have been able to pick which track I wanted.

I ended up with Track 1 which is good because it had a focus on creating content and getting yourself out there in terms of blogging. Track 2 was more for established bloggers. My schedule was jammed pack from 8am to 8pm. There were tons of things to do and see. I actually couldn't fit it all in! There were so many speakers that I was excited to hear such as Andi Dorfman, Helena Glazer from the Brooklyn Blonde, and Kat Tanita from With Love From Kat. There were pop-up shops such as French Connection and Kopari which I received awesome samples from. Kendra Scott herself was also there along with an airstream of some of her most beautiful jewelry and also new home decor. I can't forget about Birchbox where you can make your own box with five samples to bring home! I was ecstatic about that part!

I also have to mention that the Laura Mercier team was there touching up your makeup before you get a new headshot. If you've never tried her makeup, you are missing out! I have been using several products of hers for years and just added some new samples I got as a gift. And what headshot wouldn't be complete without getting your hair done?! Yes, that's right--attendees were able to get their hair done by beGlammed. I would share my headshot on here but unfortunately it's still not up on the site where they are being displayed. :(

I had the best time at this conference and can't wait to attend another one. The gift bag I received at the end of the night was amazing! There was jewelry, makeup, and skin products plus a ton of coupons! They surly did not disappoint. I cannot wait to try everything!

Below are some photos I took. I did not bring my camera so these shots are off my phone so please the excuse the lighting and messy angles. Ha! 












How gorgeous is this necklace!! I want it! 


Andi Dorfman speaking! :)


Love all the pretty colors! 




Love Papyrus! I buy their cards all the time! 


Love how this was decorated! So pretty!





I will take all please! 


This was so cute with the candy mixed in! 



If you have any questions about the conference, let me know in the comments! 

Hope you all have a wonderful day! 

Thanks for reading!

~Michelle