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If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I have an emotional attachment to backpacks. I was tickled last year when my friend Ally got one for her Black Friday find and thought of me. I’ve quoted her before on this, but Meaghan said it best:

I can’t even begin to tell you how much more enjoyable my morning commute is now that I have both arms free to eat a breakfast sammy or high five strangers.

I definitely enjoy my free hands, especially since when the weather’s nice, I like to walk a little extra bit. I felt annoyed and weight down this morning with the trusty pink Betsey tote I’ve been using for a few weeks. When I officially retired my Reptar backpack (at least for work), I got a marble looking one from Target. It’s served me well, at least for clearance backpack from Target. But now I’m looking to upgrade again.

This time around, I’m looking for a backpack with the sophistication of a briefcase (mostly. I wouldn’t shy away from a fun pattern or graphic). Something big enough to lug my laptop around in when I travel, or my camera, planner, wallet, lunch, and maybe gym clothes on the regular. I’m asking for a lot from a backpack, but life asks for a lot from me so there we go.

What is it that you look for in a work bag?

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I am kind of a nerd about the Pantone Color of the Year. I have patiently each year for the past few years for the colors to be announced.  Last year, I was let down with Greenery, especially after being so pleased with Rose Quartz + Serenity. This year, I actually found out early from an interior design friend. A few of us were having an intimate dinner/ drinks before a boozy 10 year high school reunion, and I’m not sure how Pantone was brought up but she proudly announced that her firm had a meeting and she was SO EXCITED for the new color.

Welcome, Ultra Violet.

I actually really love how Pantone seems to pick the colors based on what the world needs at the time.

(Note: after I typed the previous sentence, I found this quote: “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. So I was kind of dead on, huh?)

From their website:

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

I mean… does this not sound like the recipe for a better planet? If Ultra Violet represents all of the above, bring it on. Not that I’m a huge fan of purple, but the symbolism is astounding. I kind of intend to surround myself with this color for 2018.

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Although technically Sarah‘s engagement party wasn’t a holiday party, it was a party during the holiday season so close enough, right?

Dani and I totally Lucy and Ethel-ed it the whole day. We met up for pics in the chilly morning, ran a couple errands in Georgetown, got a bite to eat, and off we went. One might think that a couple of girls who text mostly all day every day would run out of things to talk about and one would be wrong. We bounced around ideas for Bubbles & Bloggers, our own blogs, weddings, relationships, friendships- it was perfect girl time.

It was also the perfect excuse to wear my jazzy jumpsuit. It’s somehow comfy, elegant, and unexpected all in one. That’s why I wore it to NYFW last year. The jumpsuit is great base for an outfit to accessorize and doll up as necessary. This time around, I paired it with another one of my favorite jackets and leopard heels I’ve been waiting for a reason to wear. Plus I brought along my leopard loafers just in case I wimped out on heels. I didn’t because my little Steve Maddens were actually super comfy!

The party itself was held at Pippin Hill Farm and was absolutely lovely. Sarah was absolutely glowing and such a sweet hostess, making sure to introduce everyone. Her fiancé’s family hosted and there was a beautiful selection of wine, beer, and nibbles. The backdrop was really the icing on the cake and I would love to go back to spend more time there. Congrats Sarah + Gerald! I can’t wait to celebrate more with you both!

Outfit details:

Jumpsuit: Loft||Heels: Steve Madden||York Necklace: Stella & Dot||Betsey Johnson #Basic Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Chain Strap Crossbody: Macy’s||Dainty sparklers bow studs||BB Dakota Women’s Peppin Drape Front Jacket, Army Green

Recreate my outfit:

 

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I promised that I would get to the guys. Gifting is my love language so I have so much picking up things I know Kendall needs and wants. He’s picky but also very specific so I don’t have a hard time. My dad on the other hand… he just doesn’t really like STUFF so I have fun shopping for kitchen tools or gourmet goodies. (You know what’s really good for that- TJ Maxx!)

  1. Have him rock varsity letter in style with this fun backpack from Steve Madden, in classic flannel with a retro patch. A wealth of pockets inside and out keep your essentials organized.
  2. The finest premium oak from the American heartland is chiseled by lasers to expose every capillary which enables cask-quality aging in just day for any cocktail or spirit of his choice. Each element allows him to add robust and complex flavors like vanillins, sugars, and tannins while filtering out toxins in his spirits in just 1-4 days. Remember to taste regularly!
  3. The best-selling product in the Baxter of California range, this pomade blends natural Clay and Beeswax for unrivalled hold and texture.
  4. Plenty of card and slip pockets make this men’s Dockers wallet a must-have for any man.
  5. This ruggedly handsome hardcover collection brings together new and classic advice from Worst-Case experts to help readers master the manly arts from wrestling an alligator to calming a crying child to extinguishing backyard barbeque fires.
  6. Clinique for Men Face Scrub clears the way for the closest shave. It contains fine, non-abrasive grains that de-flake, lift his beard hair and help reduce ingrown hairs while reviving and smoothing skin.
  7. Warm him up this winter with a knit beanie that has a lining so soft he won’t want to take it off.
  8. A spiral-bound Rollbahn notebook from Delfonics of Japan- to help keep him organized in a very sleek way.
  9. Keep his beard looking exactly how he likes it whether he’s at home or on the go with the Beard Envy kit by Billy Jealousy.
  10. Organize his charging cables, power bricks, adapters and other electronic equipment in this roll-up burrito pouch guaranteed not to drip sour cream all over his backpack.
  11. Life is full of tough decisions- like choosing between matte or glossy frames. Well, enjoy the best of both with these oversized flat top square shades that offer a mixed matte and glossy finish! That was easy.
  12. This handy set contains a refreshing, moisturizing cream blended with 12 natural oils and extracts including Marula Oil and Eucalyptus and a post-razor balm mixed with soothing aloe.
  13. My Kendall loves unusual tie clips and cufflinks. The Wild & Wolf Hold It Together Cufflink & Tie Clip Set even comes with a little case to store them!
  14. Cold weather, exercise and even soap can exacerbate dryness. Save his skin with Haeckels’ nourishing balm, which has been made in England with Geranium to promote cell repair, as well as soothing Sea Lavender and Clary Sage, a natural antimicrobial.
  15. With so many different ways to style this classic accessory, the Seven 91 Buffalo Check scarf is the best way to stay warm all season long!
  16. He’ll forget how to make the perfect martini again with this recipe pocket square. He can pull this bad boy out and whip up the best drink of the night.
  17. Even tough guys need a little help to get through the winter. These patterned tech gloves fit the bill with blended fabric warmth and text-easy convenience.
  18. Anyone else’s fella go nuts over fun socks? Kendall LOVES them!
  19. Refreshing, adventurous and clean, C.O. Bigelow Elixir Blue Cologne blends aromatic watery notes, lavender and rosemary with hints of clean white musk and woody undertones.
  20. MONTBLANC Legend is the modern, signature scent of a confident and charismatic man. The deodorant stick provides long lasting protection with the seductive scent of Legend.
  21. Infused with Makers Mark bourbon and premium maple sugar, these smooth caramels have just the right amount of kick.
  22. Lucky that Kendall loves candles as much as I do, especially cozy, not overly sweet ones. The hearth candle brings the aroma of a wintertime fire, created by combining rich oud wood with frankincense and hints of smoky embers.
  23. Guys have it easy right? The can legit use one product for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash!
  24. My Mississippi man is always cold. Layers are key, and I can’t believe the price of this Perry Ellis Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Ribbed Sweater.
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Millennials do a lot of stupid crap. I would know- I am one. Being a blogger AND a millennial I’m probably extra annoying. I like documenting what I’m doing and what I love and thinking that people will actually care about it. While I don’t use the word influencer to describe myself and would never stand on a chair at a restaurant to ‘gram my food (I have VERY strong opinions on this) I’m just as guilty as the next kiddo born between 1982-2004 of being self-involved.

But we’re not all bad. We grew up with technology- as in it grew with us- and we keep finding fascinating new ways to use it. We want to be better and make the world better. While Snapchat certainly isn’t going to solve any world issues, our involvement in social media means we can share ideas at the speed of thought. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me. And being a generation who grew up hearing we’re special and can do anything we put our mind to- of course we would have our own freakin’ color that is ridiculously hard to describe.

I actually had to Google Millenial Pink to figure out how to actually tell you about it:

It’s sort of a grapefruit shade of apricotty salmon.The Gardian

 In general, Millennial Pink is a soft pink with some gray tones to add subtlety and sophistication, and a slight hint of peach, making it a warmer and rosier pink and less a magenta-pink.houzz

 The answer, I think, is that millennial pink isn’t so much a color as it is an idea — hence the great difficulty in pinning it down to a single shade. Millennial pink, whether pale or desaturated or salmon-y, is a kind of non-pink pink, an aesthetic distillation of the ideals of contemporary feminism: unabashedly female, but removed from the constraining associations of the past. It is, in a lot of ways, defined more by what it isn’t than what it is: not Barbie. Not bubble gum. Not princessy.Apartment Therapy

 I use it a little interchangeably with blush and rose gold myself.

As I’m writing this post, within eyeshot (I wasn’t sure if that’s a word but spellcheck is not rejecting it), I am wearing a millennial pink sweater, my phone case is partially millennial pink, and my wristlet with work FOB and important cards is glitter on one side and millennial pink on the other. I know what I like. Also, creepy, I just opened Facebook on my phone and the first ad that pops up is for this bag set from Away only the ad didn’t call it blush. The ad called it millennial pink.

Anyway, I found a millennial pink list on Amazon and wanted to create my own. What do you think of this color?

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