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January Bestsellers

January Bestsellers

Dark Wash Demi-Boot Crop Jeans / Black Turtleneck Dress / White Herringbone Stitch Cardigan / RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner / Floral Drop Earrings / Beige Suede Blouse / Black Patagonia Hooded Down Puffer Jacket / Leather Woven Shoulder Bag / Black Leather Chelsea Boots / Brown Knee High Riding Boots / Beige Patagonia Sherpa Jacket / Black Kenzo Dress / Sneaker Boots / Floral Puff Sleeve Cotton Maxi Dress / Woven Straw Market Tote

This January bestsellers post is full of pieces I’ve either loved for a long time, like the popular Kenzo Dress, or recent finds, like the Revitabrow Eyebrow Conditioner, that I cannot recommend enough!

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How to Make 20 Kids’ Goody Bags for under $30

Bulk Squishy Animals / Bulk Monkey Strings / Bulk Pop Tubes / Bulk Rainbow Stickers / Bulk Macaroon Erasers / Bulk Rainbow Gel Pens / Bulk Pop It Keychains / Bulk Stars and Moons Gift Bags / Cricut Joy and Kraft Paper, but you can find kraft gift tags on Shein.com for essentially nothing!

At my girls’ elementary school, it’s kind of customary that students give out goody bags on their birthdays at the end of the day. (And sometimes holidays!) It’s certainly not a requirement, but the kids really look forward to giving them to their classmates on their special day. And I have to admit that I look forward to putting them together with Emma and Lucy. We have so much fun doing it together! There’s some magic in it.

The goody bags I’m talking about aren’t anything fancy—think a handful of knickknacks and maybe a little attached note—but oh man. It all adds up rather quickly, especially if you’re planning on throwing a traditional birthday party with goody bags in addition. For example, last year, the grand total was $100 for one batch, even though the tiny bags were filled with junk from Amazon. (We also tried Party City in-person, but that was even more expensive!)

2 kids x 2 batches of $100 goody bag batches (school/party) = $400 per year, just for birthdays!

This year, I decided that enough was enough. 😆 It was time to hack the system, and find a way to make fun, affordable goody bags. And while it definitely took some time, I’m proud to say that I’ve done it. (Muahaha.) I figured out how to make 20 awesome goody bags for under $30!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

Valentines Day Gifts for Kids

Cherry Composition Book and Pencils / Pink Heart Hair Clips / Pink and White Hearts Bracelet / Heart Sidewalk Chalk / Heart Nail Stickers / Pink Personalized Embroidered Heart Sweater / Noodle Valentine Card Set / Ice Cream Valentine Cards / Sparkly Hair Clips / Pink Quilted Heart Purse / Heart Valentine Cards / Heart Lollipop Pajamas / Glitter Heart Stickers / Jellycat Personalized Sweater / Pink Scrunchie / Tweed Heart Pink Purse / Pink Heart Cardigan / Cat Eye Mask

From Valentine cards to heart-knit sweaters and friendship bracelets, these are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for kids. If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her or Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him, take a look at those posts and hopefully they’ll give you some inspiration.

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Preppy Travel Bags

preppy travel bags

I’ve mentioned this before, but I feel like I’m getting worse and worse at traveling. Whether it’s an age thing or not, there’s no denying that preparing to travel stresses me out like crazy. Do I enjoy the trips we take? Absolutely! But getting ready is just such a daunting task to me.

Fortunately, there is one thing that makes packing less stressful and traveling easier: using the right travel bag. I’ve found that the right travel bag really does make a big difference. Plus, fun preppy overnight bags save you from having to sacrifice style for function. These are my favorite preppy travel bags that make all the difference when it comes time to hit the road (or the air). 

Preppy Travel Bags

Essential Overnight Bag – Madewell

This bag lives up to its name; it really is an essential overnight bag. I love the timeless, classic leather material. It’s a zip-top bag with a removable webbing shoulder strap and top handles. The interior is incredibly roomy. You can fit a change of clothes, a pair of shoes, a laptop, and your toiletries. The divided compartments inside make it easy to keep your items organized and the exterior pocket is perfect for stashing your phone. This leather duffel bag is quickly becoming my number one travel bag. 

Berkeley Tote from J.Crew

I adore a good tote bag and the Berkeley Tote from J.Crew is no different. It’s the perfect travel bag that doubles as an everyday tote bag. J.Crew’s heritage is evident in the design of this classic tote, which I immediately noticed in the oar-shaped base of the handles. So chic!

This carry-all tote bag is large enough to fit your laptop, with an interior zippered pocket for everything that you want to keep organized. With such a large bag, I love that the pockets make it easy to find your most-used items like your phone, wallet, and keys.

Weekender Montauk Tote from J.Crew

This is a travel bag worth investing in. J.Crew designed their Montauk tote to be “the perfect take-it-everywhere bag” and that’s exactly what you get with this leather tote. The Weekender features a zippered top, an inner pocket, and a removable over-the-shoulder strap. It’s roomy enough for all your weekend trip essentials, including shoes. The rich oak leather is so beautiful, you’ll love taking it with you on every weekend trip.

Caraa Remus Duffel Bag In Sherpa from J.Crew

This large duffel bag is made from Sherpa and vegan leather. It’s large enough to hold a 17-inch laptop with plenty of room to spare. It’s designed by Caraa, a New York City-based company, and sold by J.Crew. 

The Remus Duffel Bag is lightweight and wrapped in sherpa fabric, which means it can easily double as a pillow on those long, exhausting trips. It features compartmentalized pockets, a luggage sleeve, and backpack straps to keep your hands free whenever necessary.

The MWL (Re)Sourced Nylon Duffel Bag from Madewell

This duffel bag was designed to go with Madewell’s MWL workout gear, but it makes a great travel bag as well, thanks to its roomy interior and multiple pockets. There’s even a mesh pocket for your sneakers that is great for keeping your shoes separate from your clothes. 

The MWL (Re)Sourced Nylon Duffel Bag is made from recycled ripstop nylon (I love a good eco-friendly product). It features a shoulder strap and long top handles, so it’s easy to carry even when you have your hands full otherwise. 

Anchal Organic Cotton Weekender Travel Duffel Bag from Madewell

How cute is this weekender duffel? The stitching is more on the simple side, but so gorgeous. Then there’s the embroidered interior complete with the signature of the Ajmer seamstress who handmade each bag. I love that! 

This duffel bag is large enough for a three-day weekend. There are two side slip pockets and one interior slip pocket that are great for your smaller items. The shoulder straps are long and sturdy and the gold zipper closure adds a nice touch. 

Jamie Vegan Leather Weekend Bag from Mali + Lili via Nordstrom

The spacious, structured barrel silhouette of the Jamie Vegan Leather Weekend Bag is large enough for all your weekend essentials. You could even fit a good-size garment bag inside this extra-large duffel. 

It features rolled top handles, as well as a removable, animal-spot jacquard crossbody strap. Because it’s a structured bag with a flat base and metal feet, it can stand up on its own which is great for easy packing.The nylon lining is super chic and durable, and the exterior is made from PETA-certified vegan leather. 

Go Getter Bag 2.0 from LuluLemon

The Go Getter Bag 2.0 bag is every preppy girl’s dream on-the-go bag. It has padded handles to make it easier to carry even the heaviest load. And with so much room inside, it’s easy to see how quickly this bag can become weighed down. There’s enough room for a 16” laptop and a designated pocket to store it in. 

The Go Getter 2.0 also has an exterior water bottle pocket and more interior pockets for your phone charger and other essentials. There’s even a buckle strap hidden inside the back pocket. 

Utility Weekender Duffle from L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean designed the Utility Weekender Duffle for weekend adventures. L.L.Bean is one of the most well-known heritage brands. Their products, like this bag, truly get better with age. These duffle bags are the perfect blend of rugged, durable construction and classic preppy style.

The Utility Weekender Duffle features leather zipper pulls, a water-resistant finish, and an extra-strong, reinforced bottom. A full extended zipper allows you to open the bag wide so it’s easy to pack. The two outside pockets with hidden zippers and two zippered interior pockets help to keep your items organized. It also comes with a detachable, adjustable crossbody strap.

You can also get this duffle bag monogrammed, because what prepster doesn’t love a monogrammed bag? 

Canvas Heritage Weekender from Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines is a great source for all things preppy and their Canvas Heritage Weekender is no exception. Every preppy girl has at least one Vineyard Vines item, and if you’re in need of an overnight bag or a weekender tote, this bag combines the best of both.

This weekender is made of durable cotton-canvas and features brass hardware, a tonal navy logo box, a striped woven interior, and a detachable shoulder strap. I especially adore the leather accents on the handles and pulls.  Both color options – khaki and Summer Evening – are fabulous. 

How To Choose A Travel Bag

Determine how much space you need. 

You should have enough space for everything you need to take with you, but you don’t want a bag that is so large, it’s uncomfortable to carry. Depending on what kind of trips you take most frequently, you might need a large suitcase, or you might be better off with an overnight tote. There are plenty of great options in between as well. 

What features are important to you?

Consider which features are most important to you. What would make traveling easier for you? Some popular features to consider when selecting a travel bag include wheels, shoulder straps, multiple exterior and interior pockets, waterproof interior, personalization, and more. 

Look for high-quality, durable materials.

From leather or faux leather to nylon or cotton, there are several materials to consider when shopping for a travel bag. Bags that are made of more durable material are better able to withstand frequent use. If it’s a suitcase that you plan on checking at an airport, you’ll want it to be sturdy enough to make it from one location to the next without falling apart. 

Invest in a heritage brand.

A heritage brand is a brand that has been around for decades, even centuries, and has therefore established a reputation for longevity, good core values, and a good track record. A heritage brand often uses symbols or icons that represent the brand’s important history.

Which travel bag is your favorite? Do you have a go-to bag that isn’t on this list? Tell me about it!

I love learning about new brands and products. If you swear by a product that isn’t mentioned on my blog, I would love to hear about it! You can also check out more of my favorite travel posts HERE

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Valentines Day Gifts for Him

Hatch Decanter / Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones / Meta Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset / Slippers / Patagonia Grey Vest / Solo Stove Portable Fire Pit / Massage Gun / Le Creuset Cast Iron Oval Dutch Oven / Yummly Smart Meat Thermometer / Navy YETI Cooler / Waxed Canvas and Leather Travel Bag / Leather Personalized AirPods Case / Patagonia Down Puffer Jacket / Kindle Paperwhite / Shearling Lined Bean Boots

Here are a few Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him, from Yeti coolers to massage guns to Bean Boots.

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How To Keep Hair Healthy In Winter

How to keep hair healthy in the winter

The winter months are harsh on even the healthiest hair. Winter weather, static electricity, and indoor heat can cause your hair to become dehydrated, frizzy, and prone to breakage. 

Believe me, as native Chicagoan, I know the struggle. 

Your hair deserves just as much TLC as your skin does. But it’s often overlooked, simply because a lot of women don’t realize how much damage their hair is facing. 

In many cases, it isn’t until dandruff, an itchy scalp, or other problems arise that women realize what’s really going on with their hair.

For today’s post, I’m sharing my practical tips on how to take care of your hair and keep it looking healthy, hydrated, and luscious all winter long.

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Gucci Brixton Loafer Review (& Alternatives)

Gucci Brixton Loafer Review

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Mitch surprised me with the Gucci Brixton loafers. Eeeee! (Thank you, Love.) To be completely transparent, though, we had a leftover gift card from a collaboration that covered most of the purchase. And if I didn’t have this blog, the loafers likely wouldn’t be in my closet. That isn’t to say that they’re not utterly AMAZING. (It’s true. They are, for the reasons I outline below.) But their price tag is, admittedly, a little jaw-dropping.