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4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

I am absolutely in love with throw pillows…just ask my husband. I think that’s a pretty standard obsession for those of us of the female variety. Since we started designing throw pillows over here at Lily & Val, we decided it was a good idea to share some throw pillow decorating tips here on the blog…

4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

The best thing about having fun throw pillows is that they can easily be changed out for the seasons, and often change the look and feel of a room or space. I especially love changing out pillows in the bedroom.

Here are 4 tips for decorating with throw pillows in your bedroom…

4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

No. 1: Go Neutral

Having neutral linens and pillow shams makes life so easy. This allows you to keep a solid base of neutral tone textures that you love and can add fun colors and patterns to.

I love these America the Beautiful pillows because they have just a hint of color. The bold hand-lettered design looks great on a neutral backdrop and has a really chic look to it.

4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

The summer floral pillows are absolutely beautiful additions for many styles. I love that they add a single pop of color and a modern floral pattern.

4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

No. 2: Create Your Base

A good stack of bedding throw pillows usually starts with two regular size pillow shams (or European size shams if you have a larger bed). Add to that another set of the same size pillows in another coordinating sham. Avoid matching your shams to the exact color of your duvet for a more intentional designer look.

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No. 3: Add Stacked Accent Pillows

After you have a solid base you can skip directly to a single accent pillow centered on the bed as shown below.

4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

To go for a more luxurious design, add another shape or smaller pillow with a great texture. You can also create a third level with two matching accent pillows. Then, stack a single accent pillow in front of that third pillow level.

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No. 4: Experiment with different shapes, sizes, and textures

Once you have a base of pillows, you can experiment with stacking different kinds of accents pillows. For example, try stacking a colorful circular pillow in a beautiful texture in front of the second set of shams with a bold accent pillow stacked in front of that. Having one, bold accent pillow makes a striking display when it is grouped with various textures. The textures create interest in the bedding design and provide a beautiful backdrop for your accent pillow to really shine.

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We hope these tips were helpful! Having a beautifully made bed is just one of life’s little pleasures that seems to brighten our entire day!

4 Tips for Decorating With Throw Pillows In Your Bedroom

P.S. Our summer prints and canvases coordinate beautifully with new summer pillows! Find them both in the Lily & Val Shop.

Happy Decorating!

Learn How to Create Beautiful Modern Flower Embroidery

Friends, today I’m so excited to tell you about my friend Kristen Gula and her brand new book, 200 Embroidered Flowers! You may remember my collaboration with Kristen last year when she turned a Lily & Val design into a beautiful stitched masterpiece.

I don’t know about you, but I am in love with the look of modern embroidery. My Grandmother embroidered (cross-stitched) and showed me how when I was young. Although I never kept up with it, it’s given me such an appreciation for the art! Combine that with my love of flowers and this book speaks to my heart!

Learn How to Create Beautiful Modern Flower Embroidery

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the book and it’s as beautiful as it is informational. Kristen breaks down the steps in such an easy-to-understand manner. You feel like a friend is sitting next to you teaching you and giving conversational tips along the way.

All 200 flowers come with a pattern and all the information you need to re-create it. Kristen also shows in detail how to create each stitch type, transfer patterns, choose tools -everything you need to know.

Learn How to Create Beautiful Modern Flower Embroidery

Here are just a few of the possibilities for using this newfound skill. I seriously want to learn just to be able to embroider my shirt collars! Ahh! How cute is that?!

These projects and many more are also included in the book! I love how she takes your new skill and makes it really practical.

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So in the spirit of creativity, curiosity and trying new things, I hope you give this book a whirl! I can’t wait to stitch my first piece!

Congrats, Kristen! Your talent inspires me and so many!

Learn How to Create Beautiful Modern Flower Embroidery
National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

Hi Friends! It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks after returning from the 2018 National Stationery Show, and I am now finally able to sit down and share a re-cap of this year’s show! It was a big week in the Big Apple for our little company. This year’s NSS crew included me, Mak and my brother, Neal, who jumped in to help us during the show.

Here are some of my favorite highlights…

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

The Booth:

If you followed along with our Instagram stories, you may have seen that our booth underwent huge changes this year! We decided to paint the walls a golden, mustard yellow color and our table a blush pink. The backdrop was drawn to look like elegant wainscoting. We even had a drawn mantel (you know how much we love mantels!)

I think the backdrop was my favorite part!

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award | Hand-drawn booth backdrop Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

The Wedding Collection:

We purposely went a bit more elegant with the booth this year because we were unveiling our brand new WEDDING collection! Eeek!

I have wanted to develop a full wedding line for quite some time and I’m bursting to share it all with you. The products won’t be released to our retail customers for a few months yet, but I can’t help but share a few peeks. We are especially proud of our new Wedding Guestbook, which is unlike any other guestbook and has been two years in the making! More on that in a second…

The other new items include cards, artwork, bridal shower invitations, table numbers, photo caption signs and a Wedding Gift Tracker (based on our very popular Holiday Gift Tracker!)

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The Awards:

OK, this part is pretty surreal to type. We are ecstatic to tell you that Lily & Val won another Best Product Award this year! (We’re still pinching ourselves over last year’s Chalk Lettering Tool Kit award!)

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

The Wedding Guestbook Award

This year, our Wedding Guestbook won Best New Product in the Wedding category!! As I mentioned before, this heartfelt item is a completely different take on the traditional wedding guestbook. Instead of just a boring list of names, it holds pages of prompts for guests to fill out ranging from silly to fun and sentimental. It’s an interactive book for guests, but the couple will love reading answers to questions like “how should we get through our first married fight?” and “Suggest weekend getaway locations.”

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

Something else that makes it different is its design. Goodbye, cheesy guestbook! This one was inspired by a vintage book with beautiful gold-detailed binding. You will definitely want to leave this book on your shelf instead of in a box in your garage (like my own! How I wish I had this guestbook!)

There are other surprises throughout the pages and thoughtful details, which are important to us (like a bookmark!) We cannot wait for you to see it.

P.S. Be sure to sign up for L&V emails to be notified when the Guestbook launches!

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

We were just a little excited when we won the award!

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The Louie Awards:

I was incredibly blown away to receive a second award at the show! This time, a Louie Award for one of the holiday photo cards I designed for my friends at Mixbook! Winning a Louie in the greeting card industry is like winning a Grammy. Ahh what a night!

The awards were so much fun and we were all jumping up and down when our card was called! Below is a photo of me with the ladies from my Licensing Agency, Jewel Branding and Licensing and Allison from Mixbook! 

Valerie McKeehan winning a Louie Award

More Fun Things:

Testing out our new Wedding Photo Caption Signs! I have to say, they are A LOT of fun!

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Squeezed in a night to see a Broadway Show! Phantom of the Opera is my favorite and I had the music stuck in my head for weeks after (not complaining!)

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

Loved displaying our Wonder Woman note card next to Stationery Trends Magazine, which features the card on the cover!

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

Our takeaway was one of our new loose recipe cards (they will be part of the wedding collection) filled out with my Mom’s corn casserole recipe! We believe handwritten recipes are just the best!

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award

All in all, it was an amazing trip. I am so grateful for the chance to meet new retailers, say hi to current retailers, see IG friends turned real-life friends, lots of putting-faces-with-names. Thank you to everyone that came by our booth and to everyone who supported us via your encouragement on social media! I’m grateful for this mile-marker in the Lily & Val story.

Lily & Val National Stationery Show 2018 Re-Cap + The Best New Product Award
Free Art Print In Honor of the New Mister Rogers Documentary

Last week, the new documentary about Mister Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” came out in theaters and I created this little drawing in honor of it!

If you guys remember from this previous download, the legacy of Mister Rogers is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. He was the ultimate encourager. He didn’t need flashiness or sensationalism- just a heaping dose of kindness and sincerity. The words of Mister Rogers are ones we all desperately need today- that I need to hear.

You are loved
You are accepted
You are enough
You are so special…
Not because of anything you’ve done, it’s just by being you.

Free Art Print In Honor of the New Mister Rogers Documentary

A Gift From Me To You

After I posted this drawing on Instagram, so many of you asked about purchasing it (you’re all too sweet). And it gave me an idea instead…

In honor of the legacy of Fred Rogers, I want to gift this print to you! Yep, for FREE (just pay for shipping; one per customer, please).

I hope that it spreads a little kindness, brightens your day, and reminds you that you are loved just the way you are!

Free Art Print In Honor of the New Mister Rogers Documentary

Be sure to see the movie in theaters now. Mak and I went to see it the moment we could and you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Grab your Print in the Lily & Val Shop for a limited time here.

I can’t wait to see how you display it! Be sure to tag us on Instagram @lilyandval  #lilyandval 

Kitchen Diary Stories – Courtney’s Chicken Facile

Friends, we absolutely love hearing your special memories, moments, and the stories behind the dishes you hold dear and how you are commemorating them in your Keepsake Kitchen Diaries.

Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Courtney, who is sharing one of her beloved family recipes for Chicken Facile and how she included it in her whimsical lemon diary. Her blog is A Life From Scratch and I highly recommend checking it out for more delicious recipes. Her blog slogan “a life you adore around a table you love” just speaks right to my heart!

Whimsical Lemon Keepsake Kitchen Diary

From Courtney:

I was so incredibly excited when I first saw the Kitchen Diary last year. I knew it was right up my alley and I immediately added it to my Christmas list along with a few other items. But I made sure to note that the Kitchen Diary was a MUST. Top gift, for sure. I was so happy to receive it and to have a couple lazier days post Christmas to get a few entries complete. I’ll admit it, I was so nervous to begin! The book was so perfect and I am not exactly the most artistic of people. Yet then I remembered that the content is what matters most. The special recipes and the memories made around them. So I dug in, with my five year old at my side asking to help, of course.

One of our most treasured family recipes is called Chicken Facile which is just a fancy French way of saying Chicken Easy. This recipe is amazing for entertaining! It’s a one dish, throw everything in together, and toss around with your hands. Very rustic, very low key, but still holds a sense of elegance to it all. You can serve it straight from the oven to the dinner table, keeping everything together in the large roasting tray. A butter chardonnay goes great with this one, as does a lot of hungry stomachs. And the bread and garlic combination in this recipe is literally pure magic, trust me on this one.

A great memory this recipe holds is my oldest son Logan helping me make it when he was just six years old as my hands were full of my youngest son, Beckett. He had so much fun just throwing everything together in the tray, and then shaking it around with the olive oil and red pepper flakes. Tearing up the fresh basil on top was also a highlight. He had no issues making this recipe on his own with a little guidance from me, and I got a work out getting the tray in and out of the oven while holding the (big) baby that never ever let me put him down.

We’ve had this meal many times since then, and yet I always remember my little helper and my baby in my arms. As the boys grow (they are now five and eleven) and still enjoy this meal and other recipes like it, I’m constantly reminded of how precious those memories made in the kitchen together are. I know it’s what will be making me smile well into my years ahead and I love that I have the Keepsake Kitchen Diary to capture them all.

Kitchen Diary Stories - Courtney's Chicken Facile in the Keepsake Kitchen Diary

Without further ado, our family’s favorite…

CHICKEN FACILE
Recipe from A Life From Scratch

INGREDIENTS:

1 ciabatta loaf
2 big handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1 big handful of the best olives you can afford
1 big garlic bulb
fresh basil
one whole cut up fryer chicken
good olive oil
salt & pepper
red chili flakes
8 slices of pancetta

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large roasting pan, rip up a ciabatta loaf and throw it in. Along with it goes two big handfuls of cherry tomatoes, one big handful of the best olives you can afford and one big garlic bulb broken into cloves, skin still on.
Tear up some fresh basil and sprinkle throughout.
Pat one whole cut up fryer chicken pieces as dry as possible and lay them on top of the roasted pan.
Over everything, pour a generous amount of good olive oil, salt & pepper, and a sprinkle of red chili flakes. Toss with your hands and then reposition chicken on top.
Roast for 30 minutes. Remove and reposition chicken and roast another 30. Take out and place 8 slices of pancetta on top of the chicken skin and roast 15 minutes more.
At this point your chicken will be cooked through. I switched the broiler on at the end to crisp up the pancetta and chicken skin a bit. Feel free to do this, or even brown this chicken skin before putting in the oven. If you go this route, I’d cut back the cooking time a bit.
Before serving, add a few fresh basil leaves for color.

A family cookbook and memory keeper. The Keepsake Kitchen Diary is unlike any other recipe book!

Enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing, Courtney!

Find the Keepsake Kitchen Diary here and begin your family cookbook!

Lily & Val Loves #9- Inviting Outdoor Spaces

Summer is here!… we at least unofficially. If your outdoor space is the last thing you think about, but you always swoon over the beautiful patios you see on pinterest and insta, you’re not alone!!

There are some small changes and items you can add to your porch, deck, patio, or yard to make the outdoors more inviting!

Summer is the best time for adding a little boho vibe to your space. This macrame swing chair is comfortable, affordable, and super cute!

super comfy and stylish patio swing

When you start paying attention to homes that look the most inviting and beautiful, usually you will notice that their outdoor lighting is fantastic. Having these accent luminary stakes lining sidewalks, accenting flowerbeds, and adding warmth to a patio will really make your outdoor space come alive on those warm summer evenings.

luminary style patio lights add a special touch to any walkway or patio space!

Outdoor rugs are one of my two favorite items to change out for a fun color change and updated look.  This modern tribal patterning with a neutral grey and tan color scheme is perfect for updating your outdoor space. The indoor-outdoor material is perfect for making your space feel more comfortable.

Love this outdoor rug with a modern style and neutral color scheme!

Had to mention a Lily & Val product here because I love that our new pillows can be used outside as well! I love the pineapple pillow on my front porch, since it is the symbol of “welcoming” and hospitality. The floral pillows go beautifully with the accent rug above.

Handmade Indoor Outdoor Pillow

If you are like me, bug bites are a real problem in the summer. Too many little pests can ruin everyone’s day out enjoying the weather.  A good organic citronella candle like this one by the Pure Pallet’s Etsy is perfect for making your space inviting to friends and not to mosquitos.

all organic citronella candle

Having some small planters to set around your outdoor space is always a good idea. This handmade ceramic planter is sturdy enough for outdoor use and would make a beautiful centerpiece or outdoor accent.

Handmade Ceramic Planter

Here’s to more time spent outdoors! Enjoy!

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Lily & Val 2018 Summer Decor Collection is Here

Friends, WELCOME to L&V Summer 2018!! I’m so excited to share this release of new prints, canvas, and pillows designed to refresh & brighten your space this summer!

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

Up first, Handmade PILLOWS!

We just released three different designs, but each one has multiple color options for you to choose from and coordinate together. I especially love this set of pillows for your porch swings and patios. Yep, they are even suitable for light, outdoor use!

America The Beautiful Pillows

I love how neutral and bold these pillows are! You could leave them out well past the 4th of July! They come in three different color options: a mauve-red, light blue, and tan.

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Bold Summer Floral Pillows

These sketchy, bold, hand-drawn florals are unexpected and fun for summer! Again, you have three colors to choose from – blue, lilac, and red!

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

As much as I love them on their own, I especially the floral paired with America the Beautiful! Because of that, we decided to offer both for a special price (the second pillow is 50% off.)

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

Pineapple Pillow

Quintessentially summer & sweetly tropical, our cheerful, hand-drawn pineapple pillow is sure to add a playful charm to your home. You can choose from a green or yellow stripe on the back! Hooray for options!

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

As part of our Summer Decor launch, we’ve also released new Prints & Canvas!

Summer Blooms With Possibility Print & Canvas

I just love the sentiment of this print! A wonderful reminder to be intentional about your time this summer and make it one to remember.

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

America The Beautiful Print & Canvas

The art version of the pillow! The bold lettering is my favorite.

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

Let’s Set Sail Print & Canvas

This one particularly has my heart because the poem was written by my husband, Mak! I love the peaceful, nautical feel and the hand-drawn rope details.

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

Welcome Pineapple Print & Canvas

The pineapple is a universal symbol for hospitality, making it the perfect illustration to welcome guests into your home this summer.

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

There it is! The 2018 Summer Collection! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Take me to the shop

Welcome Summer with this bold hand-lettered collection of prints, canvas and pillows by Lily & Val

 

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

I am fascinated by handwriting. Not in an analytical what-your-handwriting-style-says-about- you-kind-of-way, but rather in a human connection kind of way. Just like viewing an original painting conjures a connection to the artist, handwriting is connected to the person. You can almost feel it. They held that paper. It’s magical to me!

I love handwritten things, but perhaps nothing tugs at my heartstrings more than a handwritten recipe. There’s something about the nostalgia I feel surrounding food and the coupling of the connection to the human hands that made it. As with other forms of handwriting, it’s becoming rarer and so I wanted to share my top 5 reasons why we should handwrite our recipes. 

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

1. Writing by hand helps you remember

There are physiological and psychological benefits to writing things down! It actually changes your brain chemistry in a way that doesn’t happen when you type! How amazing is that?!

One of these benefits is that it helps you remember, which is great when it comes to remembering instructions and ingredients of your favorite dishes. Recording the memories along with the recipes (try using the Keepsake Kitchen Diary) will also help you recall the happy times when you enjoyed the dish with your favorite people.

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

2. You can’t pass down a Pinterest pin

My Mother now owns my Grandmother’s handwritten recipe notebook and it is one of her most treasured positions. Someday, it will be one of mine too along with my mother’s handwritten recipes. When I make those dishes passed down by my Grandmother, I feel a connection to her and my Mom. It’s part of their legacy of cooking for our family. These recipes are tangible expressions of their love.

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

3. It’s a form of art

Handwritten recipes are an opportunity for artistic expression. No one’s writing is just like yours and even if it’s messy and imperfect, it’s an extension of you. Embrace the beauty in that!

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

4. Handwritten recipes tell stories

When my Mom was flipping through my Grandmother’s recipe notebook, she was telling me all kinds of stories told through these tattered and worn pages. Some had footnotes, little notes, and splattered pages where you could barely read the writing (you knew she made this recipe a lot). While some pages were barely touched – “She tried this recipe once and it didn’t turn out, so she never made it again,” recounts my Mom. A well loved recipe collection or book will be filled with stories.

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

5. It can become a record of who you are

As we go through life, our tastes change and we have new experiences that inspire us! A handwritten recipe collection can record this. Did you become fascinated with French cooking after watching Julie & Julia?  Did you experience a new cuisine on a trip and seek to recreate it? Adopting a paleo lifestyle? I hate to say “you are what you eat”, but I do think this holds true in terms of your stage of life and experiences. What a cool thing to be able to preserve and look back on!

5 Reasons Why We Should Handwrite Our Recipes

I hope this post inspires you to write down your recipes, embrace the imperfection of it all, and collect memories along the way!

P.S. Be sure to check out all the recipe cards styles we have available in the Lily & Val shop as well as our best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary for recording those memories, occasions, and stories along with each recipe.

Enjoy and Happy Writing!

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June’s National Donut Day FREE Desktop Download

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Happy June and Happy National Donut Day, my friends! 

June 1st so conveniently corresponds to National Donut Day this year, which means I just HAD to create a donut-themed wallpaper for you! And for the truly donut obsessed, here are a few other items you may be interested in to celebrate today: (P.S. The donut notebook is on sale!)

I hope you enjoy today and this month’s free designs. Can you believe it’s summer already!?

Donut Worry About A Thing hand-drawn, hand-lettered computer background download Lily & Val

Download Your Free Wallpaper:

  • Select the files you would like to download below.
  • Enter your first name and email address.
  • Press “Download” and wait a few seconds for the file(s) to appear.

Upon clicking these links, you will be prompted to download a file to your computer or smart phone. Save the file to your desktop or downloads folder. Once saved, go to your System Preferences> Desktop/Screensaver and choose this image as your new wallpaper!

It’s that easy! Enjoy!

Lily & Val Loves #8- Get Ready For Summer

The season may still be spring but we are feeling summer in full swing already! To celebrate this warm and sunny time of year we have gathered up some of our favorite things to make the summer more fun, convenient, and beautiful!

Whether beach or poolside, it’s great to have a beautiful Turkish towel that will match all of your adorable swimwear. We especially love the lightweight and cute tassels on this lovely grey striped one!
Beautiful Oversized Turkish Towel

 

If you prefer a little color, try this matching set of blush Turkish towels. They are great for a day spent relaxing with your besties!Blush Turkish Towel set for the beach with besties

I have personally been using this setting mist SPF 50 sunscreen for a few weeks, and I have to say I love it! I have very sensitive, very Irish skin…and I love how this feels on my skin. It’s even Paraben Free, and the best part is that you can use it every day and over your makeup! It’s wrinkle prevention at it’s best!

Best setting spray sunscreen I have ever tried!

Everyone needs a great nude polish for a summer mani-pedi, Right?! This is a great pinkish nude shade that is great for both and looks even better as you get a little sun-kissed glow.

 

The Perfect Nude Color for an Effortless Summer Look

We love cute little handmade pouches and things around here. If you are like me you scratch and lose more pairs of sunglasses than you can count. This awesome Etsy seller makes the most beautiful suede sunglass pouches. Check out her other color block designs, but we just love this blush and peach option!

Gorgeous Handmade Glasses Pouches to protect your favorite sunnies.

Yeah, I know, we have a thing for this Turkish towel design. But this one is from another awesome Etsy shop and is perfect as a picnic blanket or beach blanket. The thicker texture is a little more weighty on those blustery days. And who doesn’t love a good black and white pattern!? It’s also currently on SALE so check it out soon!

Beautiful neutral beach/picnic blanket

In the summer we always seem to need more totes. It’s time for farmer’s markets, estate sales, trips to the park, picnics, and pool days. You need some cute ways to carry around all your essentials and new fun finds.

This beautiful hand dyed french net tote is perfect for those farmer’s market trips each week, or for keeping the sand out of your bag at the beach.

Perfect beach or pool bag

Another great option for looking cute and being practical this summer is the french market basket tote. This first french basket tote is beautifully designed and has a conveniently small size, making it a great everyday purse option.

perfect picnic basket

This larger french basket tote has sturdy leather handles and a slightly larger size making it a perfect choice for beach, market, and everywhere in between! I use mine for everything from trips to the pool with friends to holding my flowers safely for the ride home from the market.


Large French Basket

You may be taking one long vacation this summer and need a little carryon, or taking some smaller weekend getaways. This adorable weekend bag is just too cute not to take along on any trip! This fun tropical design on the light blush background makes it a stylish option for these warm weather months, but you will probably want to take it all year round!

Shop Bando super cute Weekend Bag

Last, but not least, it’s so important to stay safe in the sun. Even if you already have your Supergoop Setting Mist, it’s a good idea to have a hat for those intense days in the sun. We love this sweet reminder on an adorable straw hat for any day spent relaxing in some warm rays. The best part is, you can fold and pack this easily in your suitcase or tote bag! Sun protection made stylish!

Foldable Floppy Hat for long days in the sun

I hope some of our favorites become some of yours. Now you can make every summer task a little more lovely!

Happy Shopping, swimming, and sunning!

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