The ABCs #25

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Welcome to The ABCs. Stop by every week to link-up and check out what other people are lusting over, looking at, interested in. Feel free to use the banner above, but just give me credit. And if you do link-up make sure you link back to my blog in your post. This is also opened to Instagram and Twitter if you don’t have a blog. You can just link your post to which ever site you are using below and use the hashtag #TheABCsStyle. Check the introduction post for “rules”.

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May Designs – Another Notebook Want
I’m obsessed. That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

17 Book Stores That Will Literally Change Your Life
I’m not sure where I originally saw this post if it was Facebook or Twitter but it is crazy true. The above picture is a place I have actually been in Brattle Street Books in downtown Boston. Gotta love an outdoor bookstore.

Old Navy – Jersey Tube Dress
I have this dress in a maxi in the greenish color. I love the short option too though.

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May Design Notebook Love (plus a Giveaway)

When I first started blogging I was using random scraps of paper to keep myself organized and it wasn’t going well. The papers would fall out or get misplaced or end up out of order. Basically it was an organizational nightmare. Being a fan of personalized and monogrammed items I did some internet searching for a post I did in March of 2013 and came across May Designs. Simply put, May Designs is flat out awesome! They take the simplest thing, a notebook, note cards, an agenda(and more), and give you pretty patterns and colors and fonts to use for you to create your own product. The possibilities are endless and the options are amazing. They have bump diaries and wedding planners and baby diaries. You can make a weekly agenda, a monthly agenda or just have a book of graph paper. And the colors! Oh the colors. Essentially you can create just about anything you imagine. If you haven’t noticed, I’m hookedmaydesigns

Because I love May Designs so much I contacted the company asking what I can do for my readers to help promote them. And with them being the amazing people they are, they offered me a new book for myself(the middle pic that’s says “Andi’s ABCs” on it) and the ability to giveaway one to my amazing readers. Yup, they are pretty awesome over at May Designs. So now you are wonder how you can win? Well it is pretty simple.  Create a notebook, PIN it on Pinterest and past the link in the widget below. It’s that simple just to get one entry.  After you do that you will open up ways to enter even more. Not too bad for a free notebook if you ask me.  A winner will be selected at random and contacted by May Designs directly.

So to you ABCers I say one thing…GET PINNING!

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**This post was sponsored by May Designs but opinions are all mine. For the record, I approached them and they agreed.

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The ABCs #6

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Welcome to The ABCs. Stop by every week to link-up and check out what other people are lusting over, looking at, interested in. Feel free to use the banner above, but just give me credit. And if you do link-up make sure you link back to my blog in your post. This is also opened to Instagram and Twitter if you don’t have a blog. You can just link your post to which ever site you are using below and use the hashtag #TheABCsStyle. Check the introduction post for “rules”.

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May Designs – Notebook/Agenda
I’m about 100% obsessed with May Designs products. I have a few notebooks that I currently use for blogging and an agenda that I use for work. I also have purchased the note cards as well to send out with blog giveaway wins. The options and designs are pretty endless. And I think everyone needs a pretty notebook when “working”

Goodreads Reading Challenge
For the past few years I have failed miserably at my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year. I always think I will read more than I do. Add vacations in with little reading time and that fact that I’m forced to work and am not able to read all the books, it is a hard task to accomplish. As of right now I’m good and I hope to keep it that way.

J Crew Factory
I want this entire outfit. That is all really.

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Monogram Love and a Giveaway{CLOSED}

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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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February Shopping

February Shopping

1) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton: $9.99
2) The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa: $9.99
3) Old Navy Rockstar Jeans: Originally $34.50. On sale for $19.00
4) Old Navy Rockstar Animal Print Jeans: Originally $34.50. They were marked down to $12.97 with and additional 25% off so they were $9.73. Shipping was $7.00 but I had a $10.00 coupon from Viggle from watching TV so I paid $6.73
5) Gap Eversoft Striped Tunic Sweater: Originally $49.50. Marked down to $24.99 with a 30% off coupon. $17.49
6) Old Navy Color-Block Lightweight Sweaters: Originally $24.94. On sale for $15.00
7) Old Navy Perfect Rib-Knit Tanks: Originally $8.50 each. Marked down to $7.50 when you buy two or more. Totaly: $14.00
8) Old Navy Jersey-Stretch Tamis: $10.00
9) Baublebar Rose Bow Bead Bracelet: Originally $22.00. On sale for $18.00
10) Baublebar Spiked Crown Bracelet: Originally $22.00. On sale for $10.00
11) JCrew Factory Critter Bermuda Shorts: Originally $52.50. Marked down to $34.99 with and additional 40% off. With shipping $25.94 (no longer available)
12) Essie Lilacism: Originally $8.29 but I used a $2.00 off coupon. $6.29
13) Essie Check-Up: $8.29
14) Essie Bikini So Teeny: Originally $8.00. Purchased on eBay for $6.45. Used eBates refund.
15) Essie Licorice: Originally $8.29. Had a 20% off coupon. Paid $6.63
16) Essie Madison Ave-Hue: Originally $8.29. Had a 20% off coupon. Paid $6.63
17) JCrew Classic Cap Toe Ballet Flats: Originally $148.00. Marked down to $79.99(in-store only) with an additional 30% off. Used my refund from eBates. $55.99

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1) JCrew Anchor Key Chain: $25.00
2) Victoria’s Secret Bras: Originally 2 for $49.50. 20% off one bra and had a $50.00 GC. Final cost to me was $3.54.
3) Gap Calf Hair Polka Dot Loafers: Originally $49.95 but used a 40% off coupon. $29.70.
4) May Design monogram planner: Originally it is $20.00 but was discounted to $17.00. With shipping my cost was $23.00

Total $321.03($62.44 of which was paid with eBates refunded money). Final cost: $258.59 which is $8.59 over budget. Not bad at all for me. I am still eying the mint shorts and mint cardigan from my February Wish List.

What did you buy this month?

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