Thursday, October 30, 2014

fall in navy + pink



























Ted Baker Sunglasses (from Off 5th) | Michael Kors Watch 
Kendra Scott Elle Earrings | Gold Link Bracelet (gift with purchase from Victoria Secret!)





I loved mixing in these neutral/pastel colors for fall! You can really wear any navy dress to get this same look! And if you don't already own one these sweaters, I highly recommend going to buy it like every color. I wear it all the time! And how cute is this clutch from Marley Lilly? I got it in brown so that I could wear it with more, but I've seen a bunch of fun colored ones, and now I really want another one!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Make Room In Your Closet | Halloween Kendra Scott Sale



EEK! One of my favorite brands, Kendra Scott, is having a really great Halloween sale!! They sent out an email this morning with all the details - they set up a scavenger hunt on their website where you have to search through all the products in order to find the coupon codes. Luckily for you, I've already done all the work! 

I think the best one is 50% off one sale item! That makes some of the earrings like $22. I can't even. The only catch is that you can only use one code at a time, so I had to check out multiple times and didn't qualify for free shipping. But it's still a great deal!

It's Halloween week. Treat yourself. (see what I did there?)





















Shop Kendra Scott now! :)

Kendra Scott 


*Update. I found more. It was rough, but I've successfully looked at every single kendra scott item in every single color. Whew. You're welcome.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Preppy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

The start of fall marks the start of the holiday season for me. I get so excited when I start to see Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas pop up on my Pinterest feed! I know there are so many people that are thinking, "What is all this Christmas stuff?!? It's not even Halloween yet!" I used think it was the craziest thing too, but now I just embrace it!! I won't do any Christmas shopping or look at decorations until the end of November, but that doesn't stop me from pinning a few good ideas for later. ;)

It's not just about carving pumpkins anymore! I actually enjoy decorating pumpkins a little more than carving just because it doesn't make such a giant mess and it gives me a great excuse to break out my massive container of craft supplies! There are so many cute ideas!



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And ohhhh my goodness. Look how adorable these Frozen pumpkins are! LOVE this idea!!! And then you can keep your pumpkin around after Halloween!!


 



If you have any create pumpkin creations, tag me on instagram @bowspearlsandsororitygirls ! I would love to see them! :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Preppy Prints

I think I've found the perfect preppy print! I stumbled across this shirt at Francesca's and knew I had to have it! I love all the bright colors and the girly touch of lace on the sleeves. 






Francesca's Top (in store only)  //  Tory Burch Riding Boots (old)  //  Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace  //  Kate Spade Watch  //  JCrew Factory Bracelet  //  Bow Bracelet  //  Pearl Bracelet // Kate Spade Wallet Clutch (similar here)

Shop the look below!




Also, I just wanted to give a huge shout out to the lovely Aurora over at Aurora Grace Photography for helping me out with these new style shoots! She's an absolute dream to work with! We've teamed up to offer you 10% off any session for any of ya'll that are close to Minneapolis! I also got to help her redesign her logo and website, so you should definitely go check it out at auroragracephotography.blogspot.com :)




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Big/Little Gift Giving: Tips to Spoil Your Little on a Budget



First of all, how stinkin' cute is this big / little family picture!? LOVE those shirts! It feels like yesterday when I got my two perfect littles! 

Big / little reveal is probably coming up soon, which means your about to spend an all-nighter covered in glitter with your fingers wishing hot glue guns didn't exist (I think my finger tips have lost all feeling by this point in my life). But your little getting showered in gifts is so worth it, right? Getting your little is one of the most exciting parts of being in a sorority, and it can also be one of the most expensive parts.

I've put together a little guide to help you survive big/little week without breaking the bank!



Think Like a Bargain Shopper! | This really is the key to it all. Think like a bargain shopper. Before you go out an buy all your supplies, check for coupons or specials the store might be having. Crafting stores like Hobby Lobby & Michael's always have coupons you can show on your phone at checkout (sign up to get their emails, and they'll send you the coupons)! This will save you half the cost of any crafting supplies. 

TJ Maxx & Marshalls have really awesome things. Look for things like a fleece blanket in your colors (you can always monogram/ embroider letters!), a cute throw pillow, a phone case, cup or a few notepads to add into the basket. These might not show off your sorority letters, but I promise, these will be things they will actually use the most! I've seen Lilly Pulitzer phone cases or notebooks there several times! 

Target's dollar store is one my favorite places to pick up a few cute things. They alway's have the cutest notepads and office supplies! Every time I go to Target, I stop by the dollar section.. it's really a problem haha.




Make Things Yourself |  Crafting. It the biggest money saver. Even if you think you're "not good at crafting," I promise you can do it! There are so many great ideas on Pinterest and tutorials on how to make things a lot easier. Hobby Lobby / Michael's have a ton of unfinished wooden things and canvases. Make sure to use a coupon! 

Canvases are a great basket filler, and you can print off and trace any design or quote! Paint pins really are key, especially if you're "not good at crafting." Grab some wooden letters and make your little some greek letters she can decorate her room with. Pick up a little wooden box to make a badge box. Make her a fleece tie blanket in your sororities colors. The possibilities are endless! 


Pass Down Some Shirts | We all know your tshirt drawer is probably over flowing anyway.. why not give a few cute shirts to your new little! I know the first thing I wanted to do after I joined was buy a million shirts to build up my collection! Ask your big/grandbig/greatgrandbig or girls who are graduating too - senior I know I had piles of shirts and other sorority gear I would have gladly given away or sold for really cheap!




Presentation Is Key | Presentation really is key! You could get your little a few really nice, small items, but your basket isn't going to feel quite as glorious amongst the others. You can do one nicer gift, and save some of the really nice ideas for other occasions like Christmas or her birthday when it will mean more. You've seen the baskets on pinterest that look like they are just overflowing with goodies. Adding a few big filler items to your basket will really help you achieve that look. Think a couple of larger canvas, a blanket or pillow, and then fill it up with the smaller, less expensive items.

The basket you put it in really makes a difference too! You can find a bunch of cute, cheap ones. Don't be afraid to step out of the box too.  I've seen people put all the goodies in a hand painted cooler (which is a great gift in itself) or bright colored storage pins. Have a plain looking basket? Add a bow, and voila!

Be sure to check out my big/little and crafting Pinterest boards for tons of ideas!



Congrats to everyone getting littles and adding on to their families! This really is such a fun part of being greek! I would love to see the basket you made for your little!! Send in pictures to bowspearlsandsororitygirls@yahoo.com, and your masterpiece could end up on Pinterest! :)






Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Five Must Haves


The week has finally come! We get to go back home to Texas for the week to see our family and friends, do a little shopping, and watch some football of course! It's been so cold already here in Minnesota, so I am so ready to get back to some warmer weather.

I usually keep an ongoing list of my "must haves" on my phone. It keeps me from impulse buying a bunch of things - instead I look at my list and remember what I really have been wanting and save my money to put towards that list. It's actually a pretty genius idea. Here's a look at my top 5 must haves for this week:




one | So, Tory Burch came out with watches last week.. *drooling*. Ya'll how perfect are these? Since it's TB, I knew they'd be pretty pricey, but I was not expecting a $900 price tag on the all gold one! They start at $400 and go up to $900. Unfortunately that's not in this grown up girl's budget. I guess I'll just have to swoon over them. There's always Christmas!





two |  Since it's now officially fall, I've been online shopping for cute, new scarves to add to my collection! I just ordered like three this week.. opps. How cute are these plaid ones from Target? It reminds me of the Zara ones from last fall, and they're only $17! Steal. Which ones your favorite - red or multicolored?





three | Hunter rain boots. If you don't already own a pair, get some. They are seriously the best! I got mine last fall in grey, and I've worn them so many times! I definitely want to get another pair in a bright color! They also have these nifty fleece liners for cold, rainy days to keep your feet warm. 





four | If you already own all the Lilly Pulitzer in your greek print, check out Krass & Co.'s new line of sorority print shorts! Love all the prints! 





five | It's breast cancer awareness month! Aka, all of your favorite things now come in pink month. It's the best. Ya'll already know my Kendra Scott addiction, and they're donating 20% off any purchase of these rose quartz earrings. It's a really great excuse to donate to a cause and fuel your obsession. ;)

  
Happy almost hump day!

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