Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide with Carolina Premium Outlets

Mother’s Day is literally right around the corner! So when Carolina Premium Outlets reached out about putting together a Mother’s Day gift guide, I knew my mom would be so excited. I mean, what’s better than a mother daughter shopping trip? (side note: we used to dream about being on Supermarket Sweep together. Anyone else remember and LOVE that show?) There are so many fantastic stores at Carolina Premium Outlets, that you’re bound to find just about anything for your mother, wife, aunt, sister, grandmother, friend to thank them for being an amazing mother, friend, and just all around person!

Ready, set… let’s shop!

First stop… shoes! What mom wouldn’t love a great looking pair of shoes that are also super comfortable? Aerosoles has a ton of options that are perfect for just that. I love the canvas fabric on this pair, making them durable. But the block heel and peep toe make them stylish and on trend. She’ll love them!

Banana Republic is THE place for petite shoppers like myself and my mom. Their petite section is chock full of many items found in the regular section, tweeked and tailored just right to fit us height-challenged ladies. When shopping for clothes for your mom, make sure you think about what she’ll get the most wear out of. Can she wear it for work? Date night? Church? Casually? I think half the fun of finding a good find, like the petitie blouses here at Banana Republic, is sharing with my mom all the ways she can wear them!

Sparkle, Sparkle! If you’re wanting to gift the woman in your life with a little some shiny for Mother’s Day, Zales is definitely the place to stop in. Jewelry can be so personal and the associates at Zales were incredibly helpful in talking about making our gift choice special. How beautiful are these glittering gold hoops?

My mom and I are CONSTANTLY gravitating towards the same exact styles when we go shopping. We’re always picking up the same dresses, shirts, purses, skirts…. Does this happen with anyone else? That’s why we love shopping at GAP. Their selections are fantastic for any woman [or man too!] no matter what your age or personal style is.

We both selected this super fun chambray denim shirt dress! It’s a great spring/summer piece but I’ll also pair with dark tights, booties and a chunky sweater come fall. I'm sure my mom will too!

Let’s be real…. A woman can never have too many shoes (whoever said that was VERY smart!) Whenever we shop at Carolina Premium Outlets, we always have to stop in at Nine West. We found a pair of heels that came in the perfect height for me (around 4 inches) and the perfect height for my mom (2.75 – 3 inches) We also drool over their bags and wallet section (hello great deals!) With variety and versatility, Nine West is one of the stores where you’re bound to find just the right thing for your mom no matter your budget or her style.

Another fab place I love to shop with my mom? LOFT! What started out as an extension of Ann Taylor, has really taken off in terms of affordable and fantastic clothing. A lot of what I find at LOFT can play two roles: work and play. And with my mom’s busy schedule, that’s exactly what she needs – double duty styles. I’ve been trying to show her how many different ways she can wear a great graphic tee like this one. Jeans and boots for play or pair it with a fitted pencil skirt and tailored blazer for the office. How playful and fun!

While we were at CPO, we stopped in at the Jockey Store to get measured for our “RealFit” bra. Jockey’s custom real fit system is based on your body’s measurements, giving you a specific size that’s tailored and custom just for you! Shout out to Ashley, the assistant GM and the rest of her team for making this process super simple and enjoyable! We love our new Jockey RealFit bras!

If you want to see more of our shopping trip and a few other gifts we looked at together, make sure you're following Carolina Premium Outlets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! There are so many fabulous Mother’s Day gifts to be found and I'll be sharing my favorite items over the next few days. What are YOUR favorite gifts to give your mom?

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing moms/grandmas/aunts/sisters/friends/wives out there!

disclosure: this post was sponsored by Simon and Carolina Premium Outlets. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Simon or Premium Outlets.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mother's Day Giveaway with Spicer Bags!

Spicer Bags Cork bags

Raise your hand if you feel lucky to have your mom. Meeeeee! Mine is seriously just the best. It kind of feels unfair that I ended up with such a good one. And the truth be told, I should be more appreciative of how much she cares about me! Plus she agreed to take some super fun blog pictures with me.
In honor of Mother's Day, I've got a really fun giveaway planned that would be a special gift for your mom and the perfect segway to tell her just how much you love her. Scroll down to see what you could win!

Spicer Bags

White blouse with cutoff shorts

White Cork Tote Bag

Cork handbags

Spicer Bags handbags

White polka dot tote bag

Cutoff Jean shorts with cork clutch

Spicer Bags are just so freaking fabulous. Their handmade cork clutches, totes and purses are so adorable, made in the United States and they also use American-made materials whenever possible. Plus the cork material is eco-friendly. I love the beautiful touches each style has like metallic gold flecks, painted multi-color and mosaic designs, denim materials, the list goes on. Plus did you know that Spicer Bags is run by a Mother-Daughter duo? I mean how cool would it be to design bags with your mom all day long. Dream come true! 

Spicer Bags Mother's Day Giveaway

To top everything off, Spicer Bags has oh so graciously offered a fantastic giveaway for BAD readers and their moms! We're giving away 1 Boot Tote in white cork AND 1 Folio Clutch in dash gold. One for you AND one for your mom! All you have to do is enter below. The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning are. I hope this brightens up your Monday morning just a teeny bit. 

Now go call your Mom and tell her how much you love her!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Outfit Post: Bell Sleeve Blouse

For me, there's nothing better than a great cutoffs outfit and now that spring has finally arrived, it's time to break them out again! I love dressing mine up or down depending on the mood I'm in. Bill and I spent our Good Friday shopping up a storm and I just had to show off this fabulous lace blouse from The Mint Julep Boutique. Talk about the perfect pairing! 

Ruffle and Lace blouse

Parker Satchel in color Stone

Lace shirt with jean shorts

Pointed Toe flats with jean shorts

What to wear during spring

personalized leather handbag

Pointed toe flats with shorts and lace shirt

The Mint Julep Boutique "Ruffles & Cream" blouse c/o
DIY cutoff shorts
Sole Society d'orsay flats and sunglasses c/o (both old - similar style flat here)
GiGi New York "Parker" satchel in Stone on MAHJOR sale! c/o
Fitbit Flex tracker
J. Crew Factory chain link bracelet (a great every day bracelet) c/o Carolina Premium Outlets

Even though we were spending a casual day running errands, this blouse upped the ante on my denim shorts and pulled everything together. My favorite part about it? The Bell Sleeves. I got a total 60's/70's vibe when it arrived at my house, no doubt influenced by "The Doors" concert I was watching on VH1 Classic. A great metallic flat and my new leather satchel were the icing on the cake. Never underestimate a good pair of flats - this heel lover can't get enough! 

Make sure you head over to The Mint Julep Boutique for some FABULOUS finds - and they're incredibly budget friendly. I love looking over their new arrivals section and adding many of those new styles to my wishlist!

Happy Tuesday loves! xo

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