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Practical Graduation Gifts

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Practical Graduation Gifts from top left: edgy work tote / fun desk mug / quick recipes cookbook (here is a good vegan one) / travel coffee tumbler set / workhorse backpack (I love mine!) / water bottle / hairdryer (luxurious gift-I love mine!) /

It’s that time of year when seniors are graduating from high school and college; and also graduate students are completing their advanced degrees. While some graduates may be continuing their education, many will be entering the workforce full-time. I know watches and fancy jewelry are always fun graduation gifts, but what does a modern grad really need?

Practical graduation gifts are where it’s at these days. Graduates no longer need a fancy watch on their wrist when they graduate; to be frank, this generation doesn’t really wear watches anyway! Here is what happens when someone graduates; they suddenly live on their own, with a pile of bills, and a low paying job. Let’s give them something for graduation they can actually use; and may not be able to afford.

Work Tote: Even if someone works from home, they eventually will need to carry their work with them to meetings or for travel. A work tote is must! A young worker would love a practical, black tote bag which isn’t too stuffy to carry around files and a laptop. The tote is even better if it fits a spare pair of shoes. Look for black tote bags without too much fuss or labels. There is a chance your graduate may need to take public transportation to work. Logos and large labels could make them a target. Look for simple yet chic tote bags which aren’t too boring. I found a few around the web:

Backpack: Whether your grad is heading back to school for another degree, or diving into the workforce, they will need a backpack! May I suggest my all-time favorite backpack? This backpack from adidas is strong and sturdy. I use it as a carry-on when I travel. There are multiple compartments making it easy to separate electronics from shoes or toiletries. My laptop and cord fit nicely inside with plenty of room to spare. It’s also comfortable to wear on my back for long periods of time. This backpack is great for more than just travel. Your grad can use it for work too! It’s easy to wear while commuting to work on public transportation. It also makes a great gym bag. This backpack is sturdy, strong, grown-up, and under $100. It really is a must-have!

Coffee mug, travel tumbler and water bottle: If your grad drinks coffee, they will probably make their own at home to save money. I mean, let’s do some quick math. Coffee made at home for about one dollar is roughly $20 per month. Coffee drinks purchased at a coffee shop average five dollars per work day, which equates to roughly $100 per month. As a new grad on a tight budget, this won’t be rocket science. Encourage good spending habits by gifting your grad a coffee travel tumbler; also a water bottle! Your grad should not drink coffee all day. At some point they will switch to water. Gift them a good quality water bottle they can carry on the bus, as well as proudly place on their desk. Love!

Hair Dryer: OK, whether your grad’s hair is short or long, it will need to be tidy and styled. I made the mistake of going to work with wet hair in my 20’s one day. I got in trouble. Don’t be me. Encourage your grad to go to work with dry hair by gifting a fabulous hair dryer. This one is pricey, but it’s soooooo good.

Cook books: Most graduates went through school having their meals made for them, or by eating ramen. Since they will be tired after work, and won’t be able to afford to eat out every day, why not gift them a cookbook with quick and easy meal ideas? There are two I find fabulous; one for meat eaters, and one for vegans. Why not gift both!

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What does your grad want for graduation? I hope you like my practical graduation gift ideas!

Happy graduation to your grad, and thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Spring athleisure on the streets

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wearing: hoop earrings / spring lipstick / adidas dress (under $50!) / spring nail polish / bracelets ($25 each) / black handbag / adidas sneakers (on major sale!) /

Spring is here! This means more sunshine, blossoms on trees, and a chance to break free from sweatpants; and start sporting comfy-yet-fabulous athleisure. Love that!

One of the current street style trends for the spring 2021 season is tie-dye. So when I spotted this cute little dress from adidas, I knew I needed it in my life! Not only is it a pretty tie-dye swirl of pink and blue, it’s on trend, comfortable, and priced under $50. Love!

This dress is ideal for spring athleisure; as well as summer! It can be paired with sneakers and a denim jacket or zip-up sweatshirt on a cooler day. This dress can also be paired with slides on warmer days. When temperatures start to rise, I plan on pairing this tie-dye dress with blue adidas slides. I’m looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of this dress during the spring and summer seasons!

I love being able to rock comfortable and chic athleisure for spring. There are so many new options in spring 2021 when it comes to being comfortable, sporty, and on-trend. This spring, athleisure trends include track suits, sporty dresses, crop tops, and oversize tees. These trends are a nod to the ‘80’s and ‘90’s sporty trends we saw on the runways for spring, but with a modern twist. I love all the current athleisure looks right now; and I love that adidas has everything in stock we all need to rock these current trends in athleisure.

Can I give these sneakers a shout-out? I bought them last year, and they are still going strong. They are super comfortable and go with every athleisure look I put together. These sneakers also happen to be on major sale right now! You can snap up a pair for well under $100 online at adidas.com.

Which types of athleisure do you love right now?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*I am a Brand Ambassador for adidas. all thoughts an opinions are my own.

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BAF Weekly IT List

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BAF Weekly IT List from top left: classic IT bag (under $300) / spring lipstick / sparkling spring nail polish / spring nail polish / hottest IT bag of 2021 currently in stock! / black spring dress (so versatile, love mine!) (under $80) / classic IT bag / puffy slide (very on trend for spring ) /

This has been the week of building a spring wardrobe! If you haven’t already started, this is a great time to ensure you have all the basics you need for the spring season.

This black dress is a fabulous basic for the spring season; and it will work for summer and fall too! It’s a comfortable and easy to wash fabric, plus it has a flattering drape on most body types. The silhouette allows this dress to be worn casually with a basket bag and sandals, or dressed up with block heel slides and a baguette for dinner. It is also a great dress for travel since it is so versatile. I love mine, and plan to wear it throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons!

Black IT bags are hot right now! IT bags from the 1990s are on fire right now, as well as this ’90’s inspired Prada bag. By the way, this Prada bag has been sold out for months, but it is currently in stock here. If you have been trying to get your hands on one, do it now! I love mine so much. It’s lightweight, comfortable on the shoulder or forearm, and ultra chic. Love!

SALE ALERT! You know I am a huge adidas fan, so I am excited to share a sale with you! Today through March 25, 2021, you can save up to 50% off your purchase; no coupon code needed! Here are my favorites from the sale:

Saks Fifth Avenue is also having a friends and family sale today through March 22, 2021! Use coupon code BEAUTYFF to save 10%-25% off select items throughout the site. Here are a few of my favorites from the sale:

Also, don’t forget to update your beauty for spring! You can check out my spring beauty essentials post and freshen up your beauty bag! I’m loving the classic yet bright-and-cheerful look for spring beauty. It’s such an easy way to brighten up a day!

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What are you loving right now?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy