Monogram Love and a Giveaway{CLOSED}

Monogram

One thing I have seemed to notice that has become a huge trend is monogram items. They are everywhere! From shirts to necklaces(I wear an A necklace myself) to iPhone cases to planners. You name it and you can get it monogrammed. The days of only having your initials on your LL Bean canvas tote is over. You can go wild and even get your Louis Vuitton. It is all matter of style, taste and design. Once you know what you want and how you want it you are good to go. With that said there are a TON of websites out there that you can find exactly what you are looking for. Below are a few of the ones I have come across and are favorites of mine.

May Designs:
Logo designer, Mica May, was always a notebook junkie – but couldn’t find the PERFECT one. On a whim, she began designing them for herself, with patterns + insides she wanted. Clients & friends wanted them too, so she threw some patterns up online and May Books was born nearly overnight.

Baublebar:
Dear BaubleBar Shoppers, our story began seven years ago in New York City, where we became fast friends after bonding over our love for afternoon shopping breaks at Saks Fifth Avenue, located a dangerous two blocks away from our demanding jobs in finance.

In the midst of a shopping spree, we had an epiphany: despite owning piles of shoes, closets full of handbags and fistfuls of pashminas, fashion jewelry was the one accessory that had yet to capture meaningful space in our closets.

We began to wonder why…

Swanky Press:
Swanky Press is your one-stop shop for all the latest invitations, party goods, and hip, personalized gifts. The majority of our designs are exclusive to Swanky Press, so you won’t find them anywhere else.

Swanky Press believes that you should get exactly what you are looking for – not the closest thing that a big retailer happens to sell. We are happy to add touches and tweaks that make your personalized items unique to you. All of our designs include font and color changes at no additional charge.

After ordering, you are sent digital proofs by a real designer, not an automated ‘bot. Swanky Press never charges extra for proofs and tweaks. Your designer will work with you until your proof fits your style perfectly – offering any special touches you need. Unlike the big-box sellers, your personal designer will hand-typeset your order, making sure the layout & design perfectly complement your greeting and/or photos.

Minnie & Emma:
With a love of all things printed, Minnie and Emma Correspondence was created by a group of New York City designers who love smart design and clever execution. Loving the look of luxury correspondence at a reasonable price, Minnie and Emma Correspondence allows you to communicate in a simple and tasteful way. Push the envelope and work with our designers to create something unique to you. Of course, Letterpress printing is also available.

Iomoi:
iomoi is the go-to destination for your lifestyle: for you and for your gifting needs.

A luxury, lifestyle brand, iomoi is defined by a timeless aesthetic with a modern twist and a wink. iomoi’s designs and products reflect the personal style of co-founders Irene Chen and Matthew Grenby.

And in honor of my love of all things monogram I will be giving away a monogrammed notebook from May Design’s to a lucky ABCer. You will have the option to design it yourself or give yours truly free reign. Please fill out the form below and tell me which you would prefer, me or you. Contest ends at 11pm EST on March 28th with a winner selected at random on March 29th and notified by email. Sorry, giveaway is US only.

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Petite Style

So last week I posted 3 Plus Size Style options based off a request. I had so much fun doing that I decided to do a Petite Style version for my shorty friends(I say that with love since my mom is under 5 feet as are two of my best friends). 🙂

So when looking at petite clothing options I found a few stores that seem to carry their items in a petite option. Old Navy, The Loft, The Gap and Target, to name a few, all had a great selection of items. I tried to pull together a mix of what I found to give petite people a few ideas. I know that proportion is key and so is fit not matter what size so also don’t be afraid to go to a tailor to get something done just right.

Okay, enough babble, on to the clothes:

Petite #1

Petite #1 by andiabcs featuring colorful jewelry

Petite #2

Petite #2 by andiabcs featuring coffee shops

Petite #3

Petite #3 by andiabcs featuring leather handbags

And there you have it. A few style options for you tiny peeps. Now tell me, what do you normally do when shopping? What are your go to stores/items?

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Review: Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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Title: Shatter Me(Shatter Me Series) [Amazon]
Author:  Tahereh Mafi [website]
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Paranormal
Source/Type: Free Read/Online
Stars: 5 of 5

Publisher Description:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

My Thoughts:
I had zero intentions to read this book originally. It just didn’t seem like something that would interest me. Well I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have been challenging myself to read stuff outside of my normal reading comfort zone.  Since that’s the case when this was offered by Epic Reads(Harper Teen) as a 68 hour free read online only, I jumped on it. My conclusion: I’m an idiot for passing in the first place. This book was fantastic and addicting and mesmerizing!

Shatter Me is about Juliette, a girl that has been locked away in isolation for months because she possesses a power that frightens everyone around her. Juliette can kill people with the simplest of touches and because of that it has been almost a year since she had touched anything. Alone and scared Juliette’s world turns upside down when she is suddenly sharing a cell, and not just anyone, with a boy that may or may not be from her past. When things become even more complicated and Juliette finds out exactly why she has been locked up she must decide who to trust and just what she is willing to do to save her life and those around her.

God did I love Juliette. She was such a great character. She had strength, but not too much so she was unbelievable, and she had vulnerability, but not enough to make her seem like a super whiner. And she and Adam together were complete and utter magic. I could not get enough of their interaction. They played off each other so well and yet there was innocence to them even if you could constantly cut the sexual tension with a knife.  Add in the stress of Werner and you have a winning combination of awesome.  What really grabbed me though was the story telling. It was done in a way that I actually believed in the “fantasy” aspect which was what scared me away in the first place. Everything was paced nicely which added to the realistic feel not to mention the emotions all characters showed.

All in all, this is a must read book and series. I have the second book waiting for me to read and I can’t wait to get to it.

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Closet Remix Challenge?

So I have been following along in Instagram with the Closet Remix Challenge (#closetremixchallenge) and it has been pretty neat to see what people have come up with to use what they have in their closet for a month and do no shopping at all, clothing and accessory wise. Looking at my March spending I went a little over board, okay, way overboard with items I needed/wanted because I got my tax refund. To make up for all that spending I was thinking in April I would try to do the challenge. But what fun is a challenge if no one does it with you. So I’m throwing it out there. Would anyone be interested in taking part in this with me? From April 1st to the 30th you will be unable to shopping for any clothing or accessories or shoes or the like. You will be “shopping your closet” and coming up with outfits just from that. If you want to do it we will come up with a hashtag to use that is our own and you will need to post photos of your daily outfit on Instagram with said hashtag. If you are interested please let me know in the comment section. It will be hard to not shop for a month, but I think I can do it if I have you with me.

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Monopoly Money Monday

Target Edition

This edition of Monopoly Money Monday is slightly different. Instead of taking $100.00 and spend it on just one option, i.e. nail polish, books, jewelry, I decided to show you how you can buy three different outfits at one store with around $100.00 depending on the occasion or style you are going for. What kind of outfit would you get at Target for just $100.00(give or take)?

Look #1Look #2Look #3

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