Monday, June 25, 2012

East Street

Today I wanted to share with you another fun place to purchase fun summery bracelets from!
This shop can be found on etsy and is called East Street! The owner Emma is so sweet and wrote me the sweetest note when she sent me my bracelets. All of her bracelets are handmade and well made at that! Another plus is that she offers free shipping within the United States!
Here are the bracelets I received!

Here is what Emma has to say about her shop:

"Welcome to East Street! Each and every one of my bracelets have been handmade by me. I create fun fiber jewelry and take pride in my craftsmanship. I come up with new designs every day, so if you have an idea don't hesitate to run it by me! Also, if you would like something in a different size, color or anything else just drop me a message and I will do my best to make it for you."

Another view of my bracelets.

And the clasps.

She is constantly adding more merchandise to her store and here are some of my recent favorites!







Hope y'all are having a happy Monday!
Today is my first full day with campers wish me luck!
dWa


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Derng

Lately cross bracelets have been all the rage, and truthfully I love them! I have ordered a silver cross bracelet that will be perfect for everyday but I also love the ones that are colored or have a bit of sparkle!

I received the cutest turquoise and silver cross bracelet from derng and they are really affordable!

The turquoise is so vivid

The two sides overlap slightly when on the wrist

This is what mine looks like on

I have only had it for a few days and have already been complimented on it many times!
Here are the other items on my wish list:

The silver cross
And the silver bar is perfect for stacking
These bracelets run from $11-$14 so pretty affordable and I think they would make great gifts!
Check them out at derng.com!

I officially start camp today! I am so excited and the campers arrive tomorrow!
If you want to be pen pals email me at prepinyourstep@gmail.com so we can swap addresses!

dWa




Friday, June 22, 2012

Otter Bay Company

Recently I received the cutest shirt from a new company that I have discovered and highly recommend. This company was conceived in a college dorm room by Will Pattiz who was nice enough to write me a note that was included with my shirt! Through hard work and determination Pattiz's entrepreneurial spirit has led him to success! This is what the founder has to say about his company.

"Our story is one of true American entrepreneurial spirit and our success is much the same. Shortly after the birth of the idea, Pattiz began working. From eight to five he worked every night for over a year, "but we're not the good eight to five" Pattiz has since said while explaining his journey, "We're talking 8PM to 5AM because that's when my manufacturers were awake. The company's first product, The Keystone Polo, would be the result, premiering in stores thirteen months after its conception. The company and all of its products are founded on four cornerstones: Versatility, Elegance, Craftsmanship, and Comfort. Says Pattiz of his mission, "I am committed to providing the world with clothing that conveys class, elegance, and success to wear everywhere for everything."

I received a women's Keystone Polo in Coronado a beautiful orange/peach color which matches perfectly with my Lilly State of Mind Callahan shorts.
I love the description given about the polos and the brand!

"The Sea Otter is a Keystone Species. Without it the entire ocean ecosystem would be in danger. Wihtout The Keystone Series V-Neck your entire wardrobe would be in danger. Try on a Keystone Series V-Neck today and save yourself from this catastrophe. A closet with a Keystone Series V-Neck is a healthy closet. Keep your closets healthy and fill them with plenty of Keystone Series V-Necks."




Not only are these shirts really cute but they are also super comfy and I know I will get tons of wear out of mine and I would love to order one of the RAFT tees because they are also super cute!

Look how vibrant this shirt is!

And I loved my personal note!

Everyone go check out Otter Bay Co. I know great things will be coming from this brand! And also for all of you rising seniors with entrepreneurial spirits check out the scholarship they offer!

dWa

And if you are interested in being pen-pals this summer shoot me an email at prepinyourstep@gmail.com or see this post!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lifeguard Press

Lifeguard Press and Lilly Pulitzer are a girls dream team! I have tons of items made by Lifeguard Press in Lilly prints and have yet to be disappointed. Recently I talked to the sweetest girl from Lifeguard Press and she sent me a 
Lilly Pulitzer Catchall with Pad in Chum Bucket
and the large Lilly Pulitzer Storage Box also in Chum Bucket
and I am so pleased with both of these items. I use notepads all the time so there is no doubt in my mind that this one will go to use. I was also super impressed with how large the storage box is! I think it is perfect for any girls who are headed to college this year because I kid you not, I can fit inside of it!
You didn't believe me?

And there was space leftover when I was inside of it! I am not kidding this thing is giant! Y'all will have to check out my organizational article in the Smart Girl's Guide for September to hear how to pack for college but this is a necessity. I will be taking mine to camp because it will be a perfect under the bed bin for some of my things so that my area will not look cluttered!

I highly recommend investing in one of these bins because they are huge, easy to clean, and collapsible. I know I will get tons of use out of mine and I will show y'all pictures with it all packed for camp (once I start packing that is).

dWa

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

National Wear Your Lilly Day

Happy summer solstice also known as national wear your Lilly day. As if we needed a specific day to do that.. I know today that I will be sporting some Lilly when I am out and about but I also thought it would be fun to show y'all some of my favorite Lilly clothes that I own.

This is a Minnie dress but I love it

Classic Shift Dress

The halter can be remove to make a strapless dress.

This is old school Lilly that my aunt got for me!

I love the Elsa tops!

Skorts are perfect for me because I can wear them to out of uniform days since I can't wear shorts.

An obvious summer staple

Hope y'all are wearing your Lilly today!
dWa


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Smart Girl's Loop

The Smart Girls now have a blog and a new and improved website! I encourage all of you to check it out! The blog is called the Smart Girl's Loop and we have had an overwhelming response to participate in it so you will see some new faces writing on it. 

This is what you will see when the Smart Girl's Loop comes up.
It looks great and I couldn't be more excited about where this could take the Smart Girl's Group.

Smart Girl’s Loop is our daily blog, written by another fabulous team of Smart Girls. This is a Smart Girl’s go-to spot for daily posts about how to live the Smart Life. From DIY crafts to an interactive advice column to stories straight from travel journals to current world news, there is no better place to read stories that will cater to the whole Smart Girl. The blog will be updated twice a day; in the morning for a breakfast read, and at night, for a bedtime story. We like to consider them our tea times: English Breakfast Tea and Chamomile Tea (the best tea before bed!). Get in the loop…with the Smart Girls!

Clever right!
Well our website also got revamped because we now have interns to help us!
I hope y'all will take a peek and see all the hard work we have put into this with hopes for its expansion and inspiration of others!


I would love to here what you think of it!
dWa

Monday, June 18, 2012

Be my Pen Pal?

Would any of you be interested in being my pen pal while I am away for a month at camp?
I promise I would write back if you decided to write me!
I can also receive packages if any of y'all are feeling especially generous but I would be perfectly happy with a hand written note. 
If any of y'all would be interested I would gladly give y'all my camp address but I want to see if any one would be interested before I post it.

dWa

Graduation Photos

I recently plugged in our camera and was reminded that I never posted pictures from my brothers graduation weekend. It was fun going through these and to think back on the whirlwind that was his graduation weekend. Here are the pictures!
Before brother spoke at graduation

Some of our family after his speeh

Brother and Cousin

Waiting for graduation to start

Senior year roommates 

Buddies

These two have been roommates since freshman year

One of my aunts and I. We have the same name.


Trying to get our Christmas cards done in May

As you can tell we take lovely pictures together

Our little graduate

Aunt wanted in on the pictures!

Grandparents!

Me, grandmother, and my aunt


Happy Monday!
dWa

Friday, June 15, 2012

Naz Collection

Recently I received these really fun bracelets that I am excited to share with y'all!
These bracelets are all from the etsy shop Naz Collection. It is five separate bracelets that can be worn all together or separately for a uniquely fun look. 

Another look at all of them



Each one has a different color "eye" on it!


Here is what the owner of Naz Collection says about her shop!
All Evil Eye Protection products made by haNd ..I love to use 100% silk sailor knot finished and it makes my designs last long and also they are adjustable.You do not have to take them off.You can take a shower,clean your house,spend time in your garden.I put my +energy that make all items so special and make every pieces of my items with loVe...


TGIF!
dWa



Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mara-Mi Stationary

A couple of months ago Target revamped their stationary section. I, of course, was thrilled because I think I had gone through every different set they sold. The brand of the stationary is now Mara-Mi and the stationary is adorable. I bought a bunch since that is how I will be communicating while I am gone at camp. If you haven't checked them out you definitely should!
I took these pictures from Mara-Mi's website but these are the ones that I know for sure are also sold at Target.

Red Southwestern Blank Note Card set of 15 for $6.99

Pink/Navy/Green Floral Die Cut Thank You set of 10 for $4.99

Green/ Gold Sea Horse Blank Note Card set of 10 for $4.99

Blank Multi Color Wavy Stripes Keepsake Box Cards set of 12 for $5.99

Petite Dots Keepsake Box Note Cards set of 12 for $5.99

Multi Stripe Horizontal Note Card set of 15 for $6.99

and the list goes on and on. They offer so many different styles and designs that this post would be so long if I included them all but if you are interested they can all be seen on Mara-Mi's website.

Which are your favorites?
dWa


And yesterdays post went up late yesterday but it is below if you are interested.

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