What to Add to Your Beach Bag

Its Summer time! Which means swimsuits, sun and the beach. It may be hard between jobs to go to the beach so you want to enjoy every minute of it. Every one needs to pack the perfect beach bag to enjoy your beach day. Here are a few tips on what to put in your bag!

#1 Beach Bag

First off you’ll need to get a beach bag big enough to put all of your belongings in. I recommend something that is light and something cloth so it doesn’t get to hot in the sun. I found this rip-curl aloha bag that I feel is perfect!

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#2 Sunscreen

Of course you’ll need some sunscreen to protect you from the sun. I would recommend you to get this h2o product. Its light on your skin and you can wear in under makeup if you choose. It doesn’t feel as oily on your skin.

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#3 Tanning Lotion 

Everyone wants that summer glow. So for a tanning lotion I recommend maui babe. I love this tanning oil. I first tried it in Maui, Hawaii when my family and I went on vacation there a few years back. I was walking in Ulta one day and realized that they had it for sale there! It’s a great product to get you that dark color.

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#4 Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a must while hanging out in the sun. There are endless options while searching for the perfect sunglasses. I choose Ray Ban sunglasses cause I think that they are great quality sunglasses and fit really well.

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#5 Towel/Blanket

You’ll definitely need a towel. Now this isn’t your average towel, its a blanket but I find that this blanket is much more comfortable and a lot bigger to have when you are lounging at the beach. You’ll need to bring a towel if you are planning on going into the water. But this blanket is light and easy to carry in your bag.

Mehari Blanket

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#6 Small Pouch

I also recommend that you bring a small pouch in order to keep your phone, money, keys, chapstick and all the other little things that you might need for yourself. I choose to show this little zip Kate Spade bag because it is a perfect size to fit in the bag.

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#7 Hairband

I also recommend that you bring some sort of headband or hair tie in order to keep your hair out of the way on a hot day. I know for me I hate when my hair is in my face so this is a great way to just keep your hair up all day.

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#8 Waterbottle

Being hydrated is so very important when you are sitting in the hot sun. One of the best water bottles I have found is the hydro flask. This water bottle has a stainless steal double wall insulation will keep your drinks ice cold.

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#9 Speakers

Lastly, you need some music! I love having some speakers to play when I’m out enjoying the beach. My friend recently got the wireless Bose speaker. It plays at the perfect volume and you can keep it in your bag to protect it from sand and it still is loud enough for you are your friends.

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There are other little things that you can obviously add to the bag but here are just some of the items that I would recommend for a perfect day off at the beach!

Hope everyone is enjoying their beautiful Tuesday!

-Megan

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Easy Ways to Organize Your Accessories

Being someone who is into fashion, I have tons of accessories to go with my outfits. I have to come up with some creative and space saving ways to keep your accessories neat and still somewhat visual.

FullSizeRender 12One of the best purchases I have made is a jewelry box from Target. It has more than enough room to add jewelry and keep it organized. In the top part it has slots for your rings, a section for your watches and bigger bracelets and also a section for your earrings. For my earrings, I FullSizeRender 10laid them out like a display so that I didn’t have to search through to find each pair. The second shelf is for my bangles and other loose bracelets as well as my other watch. I also have bin for my bigger stud earrings. Having this small bin is a great way to conserve space when you have little earrings that need to be stored. Although your accessories are not completely visual to other people to see right away, it is a great way to conserve space and make your jewelry less cluttered.

Another option for jewelry is a frame with hooks. I made this in such a simple way. I got a woodFullSizeRender 8 frame from the dollar store and little screw hooks from Home Depot and screwed them into the frame. This way I can hang more of my bigger and bulker necklaces. I put this piece into my walk in closet, on the wall, next to the door so that when my closet door is closed you don’t have to see the necklaces if I don’t want to. Its a good way to save space and money.

FullSizeRender 9For sunglasses and perfume, I choose to create this more as a decorative piece for the space. I bought a gold and white tray and decided to lay out
the sunglasses and perfume like they are on display. I chose to do this because these are accessories I choose to wear everyday. I added a decorative candle just to fill the extra space. Having your sunglasses and perfume laid out doesn’t have to looked cluttered. If you choose to keep it organized it can make your space look stylish and chic.

There are a ton of great blogs and website that help with organizing accessories. I have found that Arianna Belle The Blog has some great tips and ideas that can help with your accessory organization.

Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

-Megan

My Favorite Style Book

IMG_0643When you are looking for creative ways to design or style something, I tend to look on the internet or in books. One of my favorite books that I have read over and over is Style by Lauren Conrad. I love this book because it gives you such great insight on fashion. She covers on how to design your wardrobe, how to shop for it and how to design your closet with all of your clothes. I love that she starts with the basics on fashion and builds throughout. She lets you know the basic clothing you’ll need to make multiple outfits. This way you can have a completely different look by spending less money. FullSizeRender 4She recommends on getting a little black dress, jeans, collared button down, skirt, boots, white and black tops, black heels, blazer and a coat. This way you can create summer looks as well as winter looks at a smaller price. Accessories are also important when creating your own style. You want the jewelry basics, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. You could get many different options. For a necklace I would stick to gold, small gold necklaces look sleek and new. I love the Alex and Ani collection for necklaces. For earrings I would stick with studs that way you don’t take away to much from your necklace and other accessories. From each chapter of this fashion section, you can get some great tips and tricks in order to have a complete new stylish look.

I love the last two chapters of this book as well. She covers traveling and events. Traveling can be such a hassle especially trying to pack. FullSizeRender 3Lauren states strategic packing is a must. How to strategically pack is to minimize your options. Lay out the outfits you want to wear on your trip so that you aren’t just tossing things into your suitcase that you might not end up wearing. She states that you should roll up your clothing so that it is easier for you to fit more into your suitcase. A great way to keep your accessories from getting all mixed up is to put them in a washcloth and store it in a Ziplock bags. Packing is difficult, but if you do it the right way it could be that much simpler!

FullSizeRender 2The last chapter covers events and parties. Dressing for a party can be hard depending on what kind of party it is. Lauren said decoding the invitation is really important to figure out what to wear. From a casual party to a cocktail party to a black tie party, she gives us some options for
attire.

Making your style your own is so important. You want yourself to stand out from the crowd. Lauren states that its the little tweaks that make an outfit exceptional. I love this book because it helps with style in so many ways. Learning what basic items I need in my closet to how to pack for a vacation to what to wear to an event. It gives great insight on everything fashion!

Happy Sunday!

-Megan

Creating a Stylish and Functional Work Space

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Creating a useful and functional workspace is key. A desk is a space you need in order to have a functional and productive work life. You don’t want a messy desk, because who would want to sit at that all day long. You want a desk where you can have less clutter, meaning that you will have less supplies but the supplies you do have are the functional ones. Here are a few tips and supplies you’ll need in order to create a useful desk.

Tip #1:

You want to make sure you clear everything off of your current desk so that you will have a clean slate. Put aside the items that you do have on your current desk just in case you decide that you might want to use them for your new desk.

Tip #2:

Going shopping for your new desk will be fun! You want to make sure that you just get simple supplies so that the desk doesn’t become messy and unorganized. When shopping you want to go to shops like Home Goods or Target. I found most of my desk supplies at Target! They have really cute items at a discounted prices. I love all the gold for desk accessories.  These are the supplies I recommend for your new desk.

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-Stapler

-Scissors

-Tape dispenser

-To do board

-Small dish where you can put paperclips in

-A small cup to put pens, pencils and the scissors

-A file holder

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Tip #3:

The to-do board can be used to keep your daily thoughts visual for you to see as you are working. This is a great way to make sure all of your work is finished. In order to make this you can get a simple 5X7 picture frame from any home store. It should be fairly inexpensive. All you need to get is a  piece of paper that has a light color design on it and write to-do on the top. You
can use sticker lettering or you could write it yourself. Then put it in the frame where the picture would go. Now it becomes like a white board where you can erase and add as needed and you don’t need to waste paper. It’s such a simple and easy way to keep your thoughts organized.

Tip #4:

File Folder

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For the file folder, you can purchase these at Ikea. They are very inexpensive and you can them in a two pack. This way they are slim enough to have two on your desk. It also hides the files so that it looks neat.

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My desk space is very limited and so a calendar for me would take up to much room. I choose to have a life planner that I can carry around with me but also can have sitting on the desk next to my computer.I think that it is a great accessory to have. I always make sure that I have the dates on my computer of course but I find it great to have a paper calendar just in
case. That is why the Erin Condren life planner is a must.

Tip #6

Have fun with designing your new desk! There is no right way or wrong way to make your workspace. Be able to inspire yourself and pick products that are functional for you and your work. I gave you a basic supply list but you can always alter it. You can also get some small decorative pieces as well like flowers or candles to make it more like home!

There are some simple tips in how to organize and utilizes a functional work space. There are endless options to what your desk can look like. Have fun with it!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

-Megan

Organizing Inventory

Working for a event company, there is a ton of inventory like a mentioned in my previous post Photoshoot Ready! Its important to stay organized when dealing with many products. Staying organized with the inventory, means that you will be able to find products easier and faster. The first thing you need to do to get organized is to make a spreadsheet. In this spreadsheet, you need to add categories like the name of the item, description of it, the quantity and sku number. IMG_0630The sku number is difficult to find on most items because you have to look online or through catalogs in order to find them It has taken me very long to look up some of the items because one of the companies my boss get most of her products from only does catalogs (and these books are thick!).You add all of these categories in order to easily look up where the item is in the inventory room and you can identify what it looks like and which box it is in that much easier. This is really important because when asked to go grab items for an event, I will be educated on where those items are and do not have to sort through the entire room.

As I mentioned before, organizing is a huge part of my job and our company. We recently, took the time and pulled out everything from our inventory room and counted the products and boxed them up so that it is organized in the room. This way the items are now set up and in the places they should be. It is important to lay out the room so that you can easily access the items IMG_0627as well. My boss already had two shelving units in the room that had three shelfs on them each. We added a third shelving unit in order to display the items in their boxes so that they were more visual. IMG_0626This way it keeps structure. There is also a craft desk located in the room, where we have gone through and organized all of the tools, ribbon, markers and so much more. This way when we need to make signs for a wedding or centerpieces everything is easily accessible. To be able to go through all the items and get them in the right place is a good way to realize the items you have and what you don’t have. It’s good to know what items you need to order more of if you are running low. There are some other great tips for organizing inventory found here. This system can be used in the household too! Go through your closets, kitchen, garage really any room in your home and be able to see what items you already have and get them organized. By creating a spreadsheet and a organized room you will be able to be more efficient and productive!

Happy Thursday!

-Megan

Planning a Fourth of July BBQ

Hosting a party can be stressful and overwhelming. But if you can entertain in a fun and easy way its really worth it! From the decorations to the food, I’m going to give you some tips on how to plan a simple and inexpensive Fourth of July barbecue!

Decorations:

Fabric Wreath

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Needed for Fabric Wreath:

  • Pieces of denim fabric
  • Pieces of burlap
  • Pieces of red checkered fabric
  • Wire wreath (you can get this at any craft store)

Pallet Flag

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Needed for Pallet Flag:

  • Blue paint
  • Red paint
  • White paint
  • Star Stencil
  • Wood Pallet (you can get this at your local hardware store)

Mason Jars with Flowers as Centerpieces

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Needed for Mason Jars with Flowers:

  • Mason Jars
  • Blue paint
  • Red paint
  • White paint
  • Any kind of flower you choose, I would pick sunflowers.

Snap, Crackle, Pop Jars

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Needed for Snap, Crackle and Pop Jars:

  • 3 glass jars- maybe different sizes (I found some at Target)
  • 3 chalk board stickers
  • Burlap string
  • Sparklers
  • Snaps
  • Little bottles of bubbles

For the silverware, napkins, plates and the cups, you could use mason jars for cups. You could use plain paper plates (I got really cute chevron pattern ones at Target). As for the silverware and napkins you could make a holder for them.

Bandana Napkins and Silverware Holders

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Needed for Bandana Napkins and Silverware Holders:

  • Bandanas
  • Silverware- Spoons, Knifes, Forks
  • Burlap String

Food:

Picking the right kind of food is really important as well. I would just keep it simple. You could have some appetizers if you would like but for the main course I would have Ribs, Potato Salad, Ears of Corn and Baked Beans and Red, White and Blue Strawberries for dessert. These foods will make your guests happy and leave them with a full belly!

Rib Recipe:

St. Louis Pork Ribs on the Grill

Potato Salad Recipe:

Classic Potato Salad

Ears of Corn Recipe:

Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob

Baked Beans Recipe:

Southern Baked Beans

Dessert:

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Now that you have some starting points, you can be ready for your perfect Fourth of July barbecue!

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-Megan

Photoshoot Ready!

Working for an event planning and design company has been nothing entertaining, exciting and most importantly fun! My boss decided that since she has so much inventory for weddings and parties that she wanted to design a catalog in order to rent out some of this inventory. In order for her to showcase all of the inventory IMG_0576
she decided to have a photoshoot so that we could use the photos for the catalog. We pulled all of the inventory that my boss has collected over the years and set up “sets” so that she could show off each item. We could also show how some items are versatile and could be used in many different ways. We had the photoshoot outside so that we could use the natural sunlight in order to show off all the products.

We set up one of the tables with La Tavola linens (Watercolors- Turquoise), which had a IMG_0583wooden basket filled with bread, a cheese board and two different types of serving trays on it. One of the types of serving trays is a metal rounded tray with rippled edges with one having a stand and one without a stand.The other trays have wood stands and marble tops. Also, we added a teal vase with assorted flowers to brighten up the look.

Our next table, we also used La Tavola linens (Emily- Berry), which is a fun and playful linen that has different shades of magenta. IMG_0582It also uses, white, yellow and greens to contrast with the magenta. For this table, we used the same flower arrangement that we used on the previous table. We also used a metal wine bucket. Also, arranged in the middle of the table we put two different styles of votives. Both of the votives are from the Gracie Votive collection at Accent Decor, one of them is smaller and the other a little larger.

We had so many products and table set ups that I couldn’t take photos of every product but these two tables were just so amazing and I had to share with you guys! Being able to have a photoshoot for the company is amazing. It was great for me to get ideas as my boss was working and being able to learn from her. The photoshoot will help us be able to rent out the products for weddings and parties and be able to make peoples events look beautiful!

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-Megan