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Coach ColorTag – Saffron

by Jamie Sanford on August 1, 2012

I had fun with Coach’s Poppy Project from 2010, so I’m happy that they invited me to join in again in their new ColorTag contest! I picked Saffron, since one of my greatest bag loves is a Coach bag in Saffron.

Coach is celebrating color to honor the new Legacy Collection (which is delicious and can be seen here), and is counting on bloggers to spread colors all over the Interwebs. By clicking and sharing the colors you see, you can win one of many gift cards to Coach, worth up to $500! Random gift card prizes will show up during the tagging/sharing process.

So, tag these colors by clicking and then linking/sharing on your own blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc – and each time, you’ll have a chance to win a Coach gift card. Get to it!

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Gift Wrap from the Container Store

by Jamie Sanford on December 9, 2011

I would love to think of myself as someone who takes hours and hours to wrap gifts to perfection. Unfortunately, I’m not as coordinated as that would require, so I end up using gift bags a lot. This year, I am boxing up gift bags and tissue paper on the bottom of boxes, which are then filled with gifts to send to my family.  I will put everything in its proper bag when I get there.  Not too exciting.  I got a catalog from The Container Store though, and it has inspired me to want to try harder…next year.

Let’s start with cute wrapping paper.

Tiny Ornament Collage Paper, 12′ x 30″, $8.99.

Festive Felines Gift Wrap, 10′ x 30″, $7.95.

Ooh, this wood grain one is so chic. Wrap Sheets Woodgrain Pkg/2, 22″ x 34″, $7.49.

I have to post the deer one, naturally. Fab Deer Gift Wrap, 10′ x 30″, $7.95.

This is cute, even though it does look to me like one of those pictures to test color-blindness. Very Merry Dots Gift Wrap, 8′ x 30″, $9.95.

Cute boxes that don’t require wrapping are perfect for making you look like an amazing gift-wrapper with minimal effort.

I could put something in here, close it up, label it and I’m done! Set of 3 Rectangular Boxes, $24.99.

For tinier gifts, themed takeout containers are perfect. I also love that boxes like this can be re-used. Peppy Mints Takeout Container, $3.50.

If you must resort to gift cards…

Holiday Kaleidoscope Gift Card Pouch, $1.95.

Perfectly Plaid Gift Card Pouches (set of 2), $2.95.

Loot from the Hoot gift card holders (set of 2), $2.95. You can also check out the entire Owl Item Collection on Not So Basic Black here.

Finally, the labels!

Lace Gift Stickers (36), $2.99.

If you want everything to match, you can get that at The Container Store. Very Merry stickers (36), $2.99.

I love the idea of that wood grain wrapping with a cute little sticker featuring some of our arctic friends. Arctic Friends stickers(36), $2.99.

Tell us about your gift-wrapping style in the comments!

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Vegas Wedding Shoes, Part 2.

by Jamie Sanford on June 14, 2011

This is part 2 in a series of posts where I search the Neiman Marcus website for potential shoes to wear for my Vegas wedding (actually a vow renewal), coming up later this year.  Click here to see part 1.

Christian Louboutin Maralena Flame Sandal, $2445. These are so the perfect shoes to wear in Las Vegas, they are showgirls in themselves.  However, they are crazy expensive.  Yes, I have a $300 gift card to Neiman Marcus, but I’m pretty certain that I don’t need to spend more than an additional $300 beyond my gift card.  However, this is fantasy shopping, so I will continue.

Christian Louboutin Suede Glitter Platform Sandal, $895. These glitterbomb shoes look a bit weird without a foot in them.  I think they would appear less clunky when they are actually being worn.  The issue with these is that I’m pretty sure I would tower over my husband who is not that much taller than me.  I love them though, the glitter + pink suede is fabulous.

Miu Miu Suede Peep-Toe Mary Jane Pump, $670. These are also tall but the fact that they are more normal-ish makes me think that I would not be TOO tall in them.  Plus, they are so cute and the heel is bigger which means there is less of a chance that I will fall.  I also think that these would go really well with the sort of 60s-ish style idea that I have in my head.  I would definitely be able to wear these after the fact.  They are not as crazy as some of the other shoes, but they are really gorgeous.

Christian Louboutin Glittered Thick Heel Platform Pump, $795. These might be the winner, even though they are totally going beyond the $300 I might have been willing to spend.  I would have to pay $495 + gift card to obtain these purple beauties.  They are tall, but again, the heel isn’t super skinny so that will help.  In addition, they are sparkly and gorgeous but not in a crazy way that will make me unlikely to wear them again.

Opinions are welcome in the comments!

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Vegas Wedding Shoes, Part 1.

by Jamie Sanford on June 10, 2011

This is another post in my “planning for Vegas vow renewal” series. I won a gift card to Neiman Marcus a few months ago from Boutiques.com on Twitter, and have been thinking I would use it to buy something fabulous for our trip to Las Vegas.  What other than fun and fabulous shoes would I go to first?

Miu Miu Peep-Toe Suede Bow Pump, $570. These are the most practical of the bunch, I think. I could probably walk around in these for a few hours before switching to flats.

Christian Louboutin Ambertina Bejeweled Sandal, $2395. I think I’ve shown these on the site before, and I think they would look really good in photos.  I cannot imagine I would be traveling anywhere whilst wearing these shoes.  These are shoes that get put on for photos and then removed – they would end up as art on a shelf in my house.

YSL Iconic Platform Sandal, $760. If you subtract the platform height, the heel is only 3 inches, which is totally doable.  These shoes are fabulous but feel like they aren’t quite “Vegas” enough for this situation.

Tabitha Simmons Cutout Lizard Ankle-Wrap Sandal, $1795. These are not friendly to those who don’t eat animal products because these are fully lizard shoes.  The heel is almost 5 inches but is more substantial, which probably means I’d be able to walk in them for a while.  The only thing though is that in comparison to the other shoes, they aren’t nearly as bright.  These strike me more as shoes to wear in New York in the fall with some fabulous tights.  It’s a specific feeling for me.

More potential Vegas wedding shoes coming soon!

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