Five spring favorites plus a giveaway

blue floral dress for spring

Happy spring! Although this spring season seems a bit cooler then normal, we still have pockets of sunshine which means we all get to wear our pretty spring clothing! I have five outfits in my rotation right now which are proving to be my spring 2018 favorite looks. I wanted to share these with you plus announce a really fun giveaway!

I have partnered with several of my favorite bloggers to offer a giveaway to you! We have teamed up to giveaway a $500 gift card to Amazon! Who-hoo! Think of all the things $500 could buy on Amazon!! More on that down below-let’s continue with spring outfits!

The dress pictured above was originally posted here, and it is turning into a go-to look for me on warmer days. This dress is so easy to dress up and down; I’m addicted!

Shop my blue floral dress outfit:

casual spring outfit ideas

These jeans, this tee, and this jacket! Let’s not forget these shoes and this bag! I reach for all of these pieces often; sometimes together, sometimes separately. This is my favorite casual denim look of the season. The original post is here.

Shop my denim on denim look:

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This outfit is the same situation as the one above. I wear these pieces together or separately all the time. This jacket is the first one I reach for almost everyday. it goes with everything! You can see the original post here.

Shop my military green jacket:

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I can’t get enough of these jeans! This blouse is my go-to on days when I want to look polished, yet casual. It’s really comfy and cute! it also comes in more colors! You can see the original post here.

Shop my yellow top:

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This black tee is all over my blog because I wear it all the time! It’s really comfortable, easy to wash, and looks great. Again, there are those jeans! You can see the original post here.

Shop my winter into spring casual look:

Well, that’s my Friday recap of my favorite springs look so far this season! Now, onto the good stuff!

As I mentioned above, I have teamed up with several of my favorite bloggers to offer this $500 gift card giveaway! Check out all the details below to enter. Thank you so much for all of your support and good luck!

XOXO Cathy

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Weekend spring sales April 2018

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We are starting to get spring sales! My denim skirt shown above is currently 25% off, and there are plenty more sales to look forward to this weekend. Check out the list below to score some major savings on spring 2018!

Sephora is having a Spring Bonus event where VIB’s can save big! Discounts are 10%-15% off now through April 23, 2018. Check it out at Sephora.com.

LOFT is having some gerat deals this weekend where you can save 30% off tops and sweaters, plus get an extra 10% off when you buy 3 or more. Check it out at LOFT.com.

The Outnet is offering huge discounts on Rag & Bone for a limited time. This is one of my favorite brands! Snag something fabulous ASAP at TheOutnet.com.

Ulta is offering 50% off essential spring beauty now through April 21, 2018. Shop the sale ASAP at Ulta.com.

Nordstrom has some fabulous, on trend items on sale for spring 2018. Check them out here and my favorites are below:

Neiman Marcus is offering an extra 20% off some fabulous sale merchandise for a limited time. Check out the whole sale here and my favorites are below:

Happy shopping! I can’t find wait to score some deals at these sales, I hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


How to store a handbag

how to store a handbag

If you are like me, you own several handbags. Perhaps you like to store certain handbags for specific seasons, or dressier occasions. In this case, you need to know how to store a handbag in order to protect it from damage which can occur in a closet.

The handbag I am using as an example in this post is my go-to dressy handbag. I wear it whenever I go out to dinner, or attend a special event; unless of course I am attending a formal event, then I use a formal bag, but I digress. I purchased this handbag back in 2007, and it still looks shiny and new! The reason it looks so good, is because I go the extra mile to properly store my handbags. Handbag storage is really important!

How to store a handbag: dust bag or box

How you store your handbag can have a lot to do with the type of closet you have. If you have a large walk-in closet, you may have special shelving for your handbags. In this case, you will only need a dust bag. If you have a wall closet, or are pressed for space, you might consider stacking your handbags. In this case, you will need a box.

Many handbags come with a box, but when they don’t, you can easily use another box and then label the outside so you know what is inside. A sturdy box is key since you don’t want the weight of other handbags bending the box and potentially smashing your bag. This will cause it to lose it’s shape.

My house was built in the 1950s, so my closet is small. I store my handbag at the foot of my bed in stacks. This means all of my handbags are stored on their back, inside of boxes. I have to make sure the boxes are strong so my bags on the bottom of the pile don’t get smashed.

If you are lucky enough to have shelving for your handbags, all you need is a dust bag. Most handbags come with a dust bag, but if you have bags which didn’t, or the dust bag has been misplaced, you can find them online here.

How to store a handbag: protecting it with felt

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Once you have your dust bag and/or handbag storage box, it is important to place your handbag inside without damaging it. Many bags have metal hardware which can damage the leather or fabric of the bag. The best way to keep a bag’s hardware from damaging it is to use felt. Felt is really inexpensive, and can save your handbag! I use black felt on black bags and white felt on all other colors.

You should cut the felt into the right size piece to fit between the leather or fabric, and the hardware. There should not be any hardware touching your bag when it is stored. Hardware can discolor your bag, dent your bag, or tear your bag. You must use felt to keep your bag safe!

How to store a handbag: proper placement of a chain strap

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Once your bag is inside the dust bag, be sure to store any metal strap outside the dust bag. This helps to keep hardware off the bag, and also help your bag keep it’s shape. It is important to make sure a metal strap is stored on the side of the bag, and not underneath. You don’t want the weight of the bag on top of the metal strap. Your bag will dent.

How to store a handbag: maintain shape with tissue

how to store a handbag

One of the biggest mistakes we can make while storing our handbags is to not stuff them! You can use white tissue to stuff your handbag. The tissue not only helps your handbag retain it’s shape, and prevent drooping, it absorbs any moisture in the air. This helps protect the leather on your bag so that it lasts longer.

Moisture from the bathtub, shower, and sink in your master bedroom can wreak havoc on your handbags. The tissue helps absorb that moisture, as well as high humidity in the air from weather. This was told to me by the designing duo Lamberton-Truex over lunch at Neiman Marcus almost fifteen years ago. If a handbag designer tells you to use tissue inside of your bags-you do it!

Lastly, always store your handbag on it’s back. If you store it standing up, it will eventually droop; even if it is properly stuffed. Storing your bag on it’s back is the best way to help it maintain it’s shape, and last a lifetime!

How to store a handbag: what you need:

Now that you know how to store a handbag, why not treat yourself to a new one! 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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