April 19, 2015

So, Your #LillyforTarget Adventure was a Complete Fail

Whether you attempted to purchase Lilly Pulitzer for Target online and at 3 in the morning became embroiled in the complete fiasco that was Target's website (that would be this lady right here!) or tried to muscle your way through Lilly hoarding Ebay entrepreneurs at the stores, if you're like most of today's Lilly loving ladies, you're probably now at home feeling disappointed and dejected. If you're luck, maybe you managed to score a few random pieces of clothing (not in your size) or a makeup bag or nail file (woohoo!).

What a disappointment.

But let's not get depressed yet. I've put together a list of affordable Lilly Pulitzer items from the actual Lilly Pulitzer website, as well as a few super adorable items from various Lilly Pulitzer Etsy sellers that I think you're going to love. So rather than spend your money on a Boom Boom Straw Tote whose price has been jacked up from $30 to $109 (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!), check out these cute picks, which are all under $50. Because remember, all that stuff you missed out on? It may be Lilly Pulitzer in name but it's still from Target.

Lilly actually has quite a few tops that are in the $30 range and come in all sorts of prints. There are also tons of products for you and your home from both Lilly directly for under $50 and also Lilly inspired products with Lilly material from Etsy sellers.

Of course, I can't leave out some of my favorite Etsy shops, including Preppy Pink Shop and my fellow Western New York ladies, Ashley Parrington Co. and Babsolutely Handmade.

Look, for $8 more than the Lilly for Target item, you can actually get a scented candle in your candle holder! Remember, all of these items come in so many different prints and there's lots more selection on the different websites I've linked! Also, for today and tomorrow, Lilly is offering a free gift with ANY purchase, no matter how small. I am personally loving the Nice Tail Acrylic Wine Glasses and these Waterproof Placemats on Etsy. On top of that, if you sign up for Swoozie's mailing list, you'll also get a 20% off coupon, which can be used on some designer items.

Please share your #LillyforTarget stories!

April 16, 2015

Spring Favorites at Boden

Today is the last day to get the Boden Gift Certificate deal on Rue La La (side note: I love Rue La La!). I have a Boden wishlist a mile long, so I was so excited when I saw this deal. For $35 you can get a $50 gift certificate and for $50 you can get a $70 gift certificate, i.e. $20 off! Trying to decide what I'm going to use it on has been no easy task. Here are a few of my Spring favorites:

Have you ever shopped at Boden, what was your experience?

P.S. Boden participates in Ebates, so if you're going to make a purchase, be sure you're logged in!

April 15, 2015

Sometimes, It's Worth Paying for the Little Things

Our invitations are going out today!
We are finally sending our wedding invitations out today. It is amazing how long it takes to make a decision on the smallest things when it comes to a wedding. We went back and forth so many times on choosing our invitations. We had a plethora of samples sent to us, debated traditional versus nontraditional, contemplated making our own, and learned all about the stationary and printing industry. In the end we went with Minted for one simple reason: They print your address on the front for free.

Yes. That was the ultimate deciding factor when it came to our invitations. I mean, sure the design is beautiful and I love them (more to come on that later), but after hand addressing our Save the Dates, which also came from Minted, I was so over the entire process. The frustration of getting to the last digit in a zipcode only to make a mistake and start over did me in. Not only was it annoying, but Save the Dates and invitations are NOT cheap. Every time a Save the Date had to be thrown out due to a handwritten typo, a little piece of my soul went with it. Not to mention that after 60 something invitations, my hand felt (and looked) like a mangled mess. In the end, Tony got drafted in to finish the Save the Dates because I lost both patience and motor control.

Our Save the Dates
So yes, after months of debating designs, paper thickness, foil versus embossing versus letterpress, we went with Minted because they would print the address for us. Now, this is not traditional. Tradition dictates that we should have had each envelope hand addressed in black ink by a professional calligrapher. However, it's the 21st Century and we're also two kind of poor academics.

Minted prices were comparable to other websites and even to private stationary and letterpress companies, but I'll be honest, even if we would have had to pay more, it would have definitely been worth it. If it saves you some sanity and only costs a few extra pennies, go for it!