Backpack Shopping Guide

     Since I began preschool, the piece of school supplies I have always been most excited about has been my backpack.  I feel like, next to clothes, it’s one of the best ways to express yourself at school.  While I haven’t chosen an exciting one with Hannah Montana or overwhelming floral patterns on it recently, nor have I purchased a new one every year like I used to back then, I still love my backpack and think that having the perfect one is an important component of walking into school confidently on the first day.  Today I’m sharing my third Back to School post this year; a backpack shopping guide!  Read the rest of my Back to School posts here!  This post features a few of my current favorite backpacks being sold online to help guarantee that you pick a trusty book bag that gives you that same boost of confidence and reassurance mine always gives me.  Each image of a backpack contains the link to the product’s online listing, so just click on one you like to shop!  You can also click on the underlined name of the brand to shop all of that brand’s backpacks.  Enjoy!

Jadelynn Brooke

     Yes, I am an ambassador for Jadelynn Brooke and no, I’m not receiving any kind of compensation for mentioning their backpacks, I just love them!  Jadelynn Brooke backpacks come in a few adorable patterns (my favorite is pictured on the far left) and have all of the necessary functional features including a zip pocket and two side mesh pockets on the outside, two interior neoprene pockets (one sized for a 15 inch laptop and the other sized for a tablet), a water repellent exterior, a sturdy handle, and padded adjustable shoulder straps.  I actually have one of Jadelynn Brooke’s older backpacks and I love using it to travel, I can only imagine that the quality has improved since mine was released a year ago!  Plus, you can get yours 15% off with my code “FLHS” and you will receive a free Jadelynn Brooke water bottle, keychain, & some stickers with your purchase of a backpack!

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The North Face

     My last two backpacks have been North Face Borealis and I love them.  My first one lasted three school years and a trip to Colorado, and even though it’s a little beat up now I still plan on using it for travel!  The first one pictured below is actually the one I got for this school year!  I love North Face backpacks because they’re built for hiking, so they’re super durable and have tons of pockets (including a padded, fleece-lined one that fits a 15 inch laptop) and zippered compartments to hold everything you could possibly need to take to school, plus the back area and shoulder straps are lined with memory foam!  Not to mention, there’s a plethora of color combinations and patterns!  A few of my favorite North Face Borealis backpacks for this school year are pictured (and linked) below.

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Madeline & Company

     Madeline & Company was founded by Madeline, who at the time was just a rising senior in high school unable to find the perfect backpack that was both stylish and functional.  She started a small online business selling the backpacks she’d designed that were roomy enough to fit all of her books and super cute.  Now, two years later, she still has the business running with the help of her family and just released a second line of slimmer backpacks!  I don’t have one of these myself but I wish I did!  The classic design features an inspirational saying on the back of the backpack, navy and white stripe interior lining, an easy to clean faux leather base, a durable polyester exterior, a padded laptop sleeve, padded shoulder straps and back panel, interior zippered pocket, two exterior side pockets (perfect for water bottles), and an exterior zippered pocket.

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Patagonia

     Just like North Face backpacks, Patagonia backpacks were originally created for hikers so they’re built to be spacious and durable, it’s just a plus that they happen to have some really cute colors!  My personal favorite styles from Patagonia are the Refugio Backpack 26L and the Chacabuco Backpack 28L, both of which include padded laptop sleeves, two water bottle pockets, “ultra soft” mesh back panels and shoulder straps, and multiple zipper compartments.  I’ve never had a Patagonia backpack but I have friends who’ve had them for years and love them.

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Thanks for reading!  Let me know what other Back to School posts you’d like to see in the coming weeks!

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Easter Dress Shopping Guide 2017

     One of my favorite things about spring is Easter.  I love celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and seeing such a large attendance at church.  I always love to find an especially nice dress for the Easter church service, so I thought today I’d share an Easter dress shopping guide!  When it comes to dressing for this important day, you’ll see that I usually opt for something white, pastel, or brightly printed, so I’ve organized the dresses I’m featuring into those categories.  In those categories they will appear from least expensive to most pricy.  I hope you find a dress you like in this post! Let’s get into it!

White Dresses

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     First, I found this Splendid textured dress with a jewel neckline and peplum hemline from Nordstrom Rack.  This white cap sleeved dress from J.Crew Factory has a flattering waistline and square eyelet overlay.  J.Crew carries this adorable shift dress which has bell sleeves that hit the elbow, eyelet embroidery, and the back has ribbons at the top to tie in a bow.  Lastly, this Lilly Pulitzer shift dress with a jewel neckline, textured fabric, and gold embroidery at the waist.

Pastel Dresses

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     The first pastel dress I found is this gorgeous peach, bell sleeved shift dress with a v-neck.  This jacquard lilac number from J.Crew Factory has a flattering v-neck, is made of textured fabric, and has pockets.  Next, this blocked seersucker shift dress with a jewel neckline and four colors of seersucker screams classic Easter dress to me.  Lastly, I adore the one shoulder and ruffle on this pink seersucker dress from J.Crew.

Brightly Printed Dresses

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     First, although I’m not usually too big on yellow, I think this yellow floral dress from Old Navy is super cute, not to mention the waistline is super flattering.  Pink is definitely my favorite color, so this adorable hot pink dress with an orange and white print from Vineyard Vines is one of my favorites.  With “brightly printed” as a category, you had to know a couple Lilly dresses would be listed.  The first Lilly I love is this shift in the colorful floral print “Serene Blue Paradise Bound” complete with white embroidery and little ties on the sides.  Another gorgeous option from Lilly Pulitzer is this simple shift in the pretty pink print “Magenta Oh My Guava.”

I hope this post helped you find the perfect Easter dress or at least some inspiration!  Thanks for reading!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him & Her

     For the past two years I have created Christmas gift guides.  I love writing shopping guide posts like that, so this year I decided to make a Valentine’s Day gift guide!  I’ve picked out a few things that I think would make the perfect gift for that special someone, whether it’s a him or her, in your life.  I’m not in a relationship, but I think some of the gifts I’ve put under “for her” would be super fun to give a gal pal just to remind her how special she is!  Just like with my other gift guides, each of the gifts pictured are linked, so you can shop an item by simply clicking on it.  I personally don’t think Valentine’s Day shopping should be as expensive as shopping for say Christmas or a birthday, so all of the gifts you see are under $15o, but many of the items are much cheaper than that!  I hope this post helps you get ideas for gift giving this Valentine’s Day, enjoy!

For Him

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     Bow ties are a personal go to if I ever have to buy a gift for a guy, and I think this one looks so nice, I love the red on red and I think it fits the Valentine’s Day theme well while not being overwhelmingly feminine or anything.  According to perfumania.com, this Burberry cologne is a best seller for men plus it’s less than $40 (which is honestly really cheap for anything Burberry.)  If your guy doesn’t already have a pair of bean boots and you’re willing to spend the money, they’re a great investment and he’ll probably get a ton of wear out of them.  Bean boots honestly aren’t terribly expensive when you consider the versatility, quality and life time guarantee.  This Southern Proper fleece pullover looks super nice and warm, and how cute is the red plaid trim?  A pink gingham Vineyard Vines button down is a classic shirt that will get great wear, plus the pink kinda goes with the Valentine’s Day theme.  Lastly, everyone loves a good speaker.  Surely you’ve heard of the new Amazon Echo; it is voice controlled and has a Siri equivalent, Alexa, that can tell you a joke, report the weather forecast, serve as an alarm clock, and more.

For Her

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     This bright, fun Lilly Pulitzer clutch would be perfect to add a pop of color to any winter outfit and would also be super cute to style during spring break and the summer time.  Rings are always a classy gift, and I think this pave knot ring from Kate Spade is perfect.  Kate Spade’s Live Colorfully perfume smells amazing and the bottle is seriously adorable!  I’ve been obsessing over Kendra Scott’s gorgeous sparkly nail lacquers since they came out last year, and I think this glittery pink one would make a great Valentine’s Day gift.  Monogram necklaces are classic and go with everything, plus this gold plated one is under $40!  Swell water bottles are super trendy right now and I can just about guarantee that any girl would get a ton of use out of this rose gold bottle.  Alex and Ani released a whole Valentine’s Day collection, but I think this gold one with the love charm is my favorite, it’s super simple and would go with everything.  These rose quartz Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings are absolutely gorgeous and if you ask me, totally worth the $65 price – I wear my mother of pearl pair nonstop!  Vineyard Vines often releases signature whale tees with a seasonal twist, and I think this long sleeve with kisses on the whale is adorable!  While it is made for men, most girls love a good oversized tee.

Thanks for reading!

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20 Last Minute Gifts Under $20

     Christmas day is quickly approaching, and I know there are plenty of people who are a little behind on their Christmas shopping.  Whether you haven’t even started or you accidentally left someone off your list, it happens to the best of us at some point.  Today, as my sixth Christmas themed post of the season, I’m sharing twenty adorable gifts $20 or below!  Each of the gifts pictured below are linked, so you can shop an item by simply clicking on it.  I hope this post helps you purchase your last few gifts this holiday season, enjoy!

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Thanks for reading!

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P.S. – If you haven’t already read my last five Christmas posts, be sure to check them out here!

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

     I’m so excited that it’s finally December!  Today’s post is the first in my Christmas blog post series this year; a gift guide I have created to help you shop for your family and/or girl squad (I feel super lame for calling a friend group that but oh well).  I have separated the gifts into six categories that I definitely see among my friends; the girl on the go, the homebody, the athlete, the makeup guru, the outdoorsy friend, and the fashionista.  The four gift ideas pictured below each “friend type” are ordered from least expensive on the left (or top if you’re reading on a phone) to most expensive on the right (bottom on a phone) to help you shop.  There’s a range in prices since everyone reading this probably has a different spending amount in mind and this helps me cover them all!  Each item is linked directly in the image and in the paragraph description, so you can shop by clicking on the image of the item or by clicking on its name in the paragraph.  Now that I’ve explained the setup, let’s get into it!

For the Girl On the Go

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     For that friend of yours that seems to be taking off to a new destination all the time, pick something cute she can use while traveling so she’ll think of you when she pulls out this adorable “I’m outta here” passport holder or packs her Kate Spade cosmetics case.  A Vera Bradley duffle bag (shown in the print “Lilac Tapestry”) is another great idea because it makes the perfect carry on (it fits blankets, books, laptops, and more) plus it also works as an overnight bag or an easy bag for a weekend trip.  Lastly, these pretty FRENDS headphones have become super popular over the past couple years and I think they’d make a great gift for a chic traveler who has probably lost their fair share of Apple earbuds.

For the Homebody

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     For that friend of yours that spends most of her time in her bed watching One Tree Hill, pick something she’ll use all the time like this Volcano Candlefuzzy socks (isn’t this set with a dog pair just precious?), or a super soft blanket (this one from Vera Bradley is not only incredibly soft but also adorably printed.  Shown and linked in the print “Art Poppies.”)  Another adorable and super comfortable option is this sherpa pullover (shown above and linked in the color “Oyster Gray”), I received one for Christmas last year and it’s still super soft after several washes and I wear it all the time.

For the Athlete

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     For your friend that actually enjoys running and is a total “beast” at her sport, pick something she can wear or use at practice.  This Lululemon headband will keep her hair out of her face as she sprints down the field, this Nathan water bottle (shown and linked in the color “Berry” but there are endless other color options!) will keep lots of water waiting for her during practice and games, these Nike short are perfect for just about any physical activity (plus you can never have enough Nike shorts, right?  The pair shown above and linked is in the color “Purple Shade”), and these New Balance 574s (shown in the color combination “Silver Mink with Steel”) are super comfy and the rose gold detailing adds a feminine touch to an athletic shoe.

For the Makeup Guru

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     For that friend you swear will be a makeup artist one day and is always practicing her contouring skills on you, pick a product you know they haven’t tried or one that they will need a refill on.  A few high end products I’ve heard great things about include this Urban Decay eyeshadow primer, this lengthening mascara from Benefit, the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits (shown above and linked in the color “Maliboo”), and the Lancôme Auda[CITY] in Paris eyeshadow palette.

For the Outdoorsy Type

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     For that friend that hikes every weekend or goes on camping trips with her family, pick something both cute and practical for the outdoors, like this United brand long sleeve tee (shown above and linked in the color “Berry.”  Also, you can receive 15% off on this tee or any other United purchase using my code “apocketfullofprep_15”!), a Kavu bag (shown above and linked in the color “Brick”), Patagonia fleece pullover (shown above and linked in the color “Ploy Purple – Violet Blue X-Dye”) or some L.L. Bean boots.

For the Fashionista

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     For that friend you always go to when you don’t know what to wear and always has the cutest outfits, pick a piece she can add to her adorable wardrobe or jewelry collection.  A few options include this super on trend corduroy mini skirt (shown above and linked in the color “Wild Raisin”), this gorgeous and festive tassel necklace (shown above and linked in the tassel color “Confetti.”  Get 15% off of this necklace or any other products from The Tiny Tassel with my code “prep15”),  drusy rose gold stud earrings, and this plaid wool scarf complete with tassels on the ends (swoon!  Shown above and linked in the color “Navy Multi”).

Thanks for reading!  I hope this has helped you shop for your friends and family!

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My Black Friday Online Sale Guide + United Tee Outfit

     Happy Black Friday!  Today is easily one of the most exciting and stressful days of the shopping calendar (if that’s even a thing), so I’ve rounded up all the online sales from my favorite stores (including clothing, tee shirt, footwear, handbag, and jewelry brands) and created a sale guide!  The stores are linked, so as soon as you find a deal that sounds appealing, just click on the store name to shop.  At the end of the sale list, I’ve also included an outfit in today’s post featuring an adorable tee from United, which is also having a big sale included in the sale guide!  If the Black Friday sales are as crazy as they have been in past years, you should probably stop reading this intro now and get to the shopping guide… so here it is!

My Black Friday Online Sale Guide

J.Crew: 40% off purchase with code HOLIDAY

L.L. Bean: 20% off any $50+ purchase with code THANKS20

Lilly Pulitzer: gifts with any $75+ purchase

Vineyard Vines: 25% off site wide with code HOLIDAY16 (exclusions apply)

Tory Burch: 30% off purchases of $250+ with code THANKS (exclusions apply)

Ralph Lauren: save $35 on a $125 purchase, save $85 on a $250 purchase, save $200 on a $500 purchase, and save $325 on a purchase of $750 or more plus 60% off select styles with code TURKEY (exclusions apply)

Anthropologie: 30% off site wide with code LETSGO

Free People: 50% off most loved styles

Nordstrom: extra 20% off sale items

Neiman Marcus: up to 60% off site wide plus extra 33% off sale prices and up to 40% off regular designer prices

LOFT: 50% off site wide with code FRIYAY

The North Face: up to 30% off select styles

KJP: 25% off site wide with code SETSAIL

Urban Outfitters: buy one get one 50% off all apparel

American Eagle: 40% off plus free shipping

Gap: 50% off site wide with code TGIF50

Banana Republic: 50% off five regularly priced items

Old Navy: 50% off site wide (exclusions apply)

Forever 21: up to 70% off site wide, extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30, and free shipping on all orders

J.Crew Factory: 50-60% off site wide

Banana Republic Factory: 50-70% off site wide (exclusions apply)

Nordstrom Rack: up to 75% off clearance

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off any $100+ purchase (excludes all promo codes)

Vera Bradley: 5o% off select styles

Kate Spade: 30% off purchase with code THANKFUL (exclusions apply)

Kendra Scott: 20% off site wide with code SALE20 (excluding fine jewelry)

Loren Hope: 20% off site wide with code THANKFULLY

The Tiny Tassel: 25% off all orders with code TASSELFRIDAY

Bauble Bar: 30% off site wide with code THANKS30

The Pink Monogram: 15% off site wide plus free shipping

Charming Charlie: 40% off all regularly priced jewelry

Pura Vida Bracelets: 50% off site wide plus free shipping (this is where I get the string bracelets I always have on!)

Ray-Ban: 30% off site wide

Country Club Prep: 20% off site wide with code HOLIDAY20 (exclusions apply) plus free priority shipping on orders $85+

Lauren James: markdowns on select styles (including short sleeve tees starting at $4.80, athletic shorts starting at $9, sunglasses starting at $7.20, and more)

Fraternity Collection: 50% off site wide with code GIVETHANKS plus select signature pocket tees starting at $10

Southern Shirt Company: markdowns on select styles

United: 60% off holiday collection

Ivory Ella: select long and short sleeve tees marked down to $19.99

Sam Edelman: 30% off site wide with code SAMSGIVING

Jack Rogers: up to 50% off select styles plus free domestic shipping

Frye Company: $100 off 100 favorite women’s styles with code 100THANKS

Hunter Boots: 25% off select styles

Steve Madden: 30% off site wide plus free shipping with code BACKINBLACK (exclusions apply)

TOMS: 25% off seasonal favorites and extra 10% off sale items

New Balance: 15% off site wide and free shipping on all orders (exclusions apply)

United Tee Outfit

     Earlier this fall I became a rep for United and I have absolutely loved their products!  The tees are not only super cute for the fall but are also super soft.  The tee featured in today’s post has their logo on the front pocket area and a map design on the back that says “travel • explore • embrace” followed by their slogan “Live the American Dream” which I adore!  You can use my code “apocketfullofprep_15” for 15% off any United purchase, but for the next few days United is also having a huge holiday sale which has cut down the prices on a ton of their tees, sweatshirts, and holiday apparel!  This tee is currently 15% off already so you should definitely go check out their website now if you’re interested in making a purchase!

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tee (15% off with my code “apocketfullofprep_15”) // leggings // bean boots // necklace // watch (similar) // hoop earrings

Thanks for reading!  Best of luck in your Black Friday shopping endeavors, online or in store!

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