DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your BFFs This Valentine’s Day

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Last week on the blog we shared some of our top ideas on how to impress your guy this coming Valentine’s day. If you missed the tips, click here. And because we love the idea of also using V-Day as an opportunity to celebrate the amazing ladies in your life, we thought we’d follow up with a post sharing our top pretty picks for ‘her’. Whether it be a simple and sweet gesture of friendship for your closest childhood friend, or timely gifts for your bridal party members as tokens of your appreciation, we say take the day to show your girls some love. Here’s how to treat your besties right.

Gift Pick #1: Girl, You’re Amazing.

Every girl is a sucker for a bit of bling. Give her a place to hold her treasures, complete with a quote that reminds her of just how great she is.

leather jewellery box

featured here: vegan leather jewellery box – you’re amazing emboss
additional designs available here

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Gift Pick #2: Mirror Mirror.

Whoever said a necessity need not be pretty wasn’t a woman! Give her a staple every girl needs, personalized to pretty perfection.

designer compact mirror

featured here: designer compact mirror – glitter heart print
additional designs available here

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Gift Pick #3: The Hell with Heels

A must for any heel lover. A pair of ballerina flats in a personalized pocket pouch, ready to go whenever and wherever the heels need to come off. Because eventually the heels have to come off!

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Impress Your Guy This Valentine’s Day

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Raise your hand if you think your guy is the greatest in the world! We’ve got a few of those in our lives too and we’re excited to celebrate them this coming Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to shower your super man with an equally super gift, than look no further. Just in time for the big love celebration, Weddingstar has added a whole slew of new great gift items to their product lineup. Today we’re sharing just a few of our favorites and if you like what you see, there’s plenty more to choose from by clicking here. And while you window shop we recommend thinking ahead and grabbing some for your big “I do” day. Happy Shopping!

Gift Pick #1. The Very Necessary Caddy

If your guy is a bar guy, this one’s a must. Comes complete with a bottle opener and personalization, but sorry, beer not included!

bottle caddy

featured here: wood bottle caddy – drink beer etching
additional etching options available here

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2. For the Great Outdoors and Beyond

For the guy who swears by the garage, or the outdoors, or anywhere else that’s considered guy territory.

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3. Bottoms Up

A classic gift option and for good reason. Up his flask game by selecting a unique wrap like this wood veneer option.

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additional flask options available here

stainless steel flask personalized flask

xoxo.

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Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101

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Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!

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Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery

Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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DIY Wedding Tips: Destination Wedding Welcome Bag How-To

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You’ve decided to go globetrotting to tie the knot and a few of your closest and best have agreed to join in on the adventure. Show them just how much you appreciate their commitment to you and your nuptials, and thank them for making the trek, with a thoughtful welcome bag filled with little goodies fit for purpose. Love the idea but not sure what to include? Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorite destination welcome bag essentials, with a high / low spin on the concept to suit every budget. Happy travels!

Option #1: Prepared and Pampered

For the couple able to spend a little extra on each guest, this treat filled tote covers off all the basic travel essentials plus a few luxurious extras any guest would appreciate.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. The key component, the tote bag. Go with an option that speaks to your wedding theme and/or color scheme, and personalize it for that custom finish.

2. Water is a must. Turn up the luxury factor by going with a sparkling, flavor infused option and add a custom label to refine the look.

3. Keep them entertained with a classic downtime go to.

4. Include a pretty theme appropriate favor that they can use after the trip to display their favorite trip memory.

5. Finish things off with a few practical and slightly extravagant extras like thermal spa water, cooling aloe gel and high end sunscreen, all in travel size format of course.

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Option #2: Fun and Functional

For a welcome bag concept that’s a bit friendlier on the budget, stick to fillers that are both fun and functional.

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What You’ll Need – The Supplies and the Details

1. A mini tote bag that’s just as pretty as its larger counterpart, but takes less to fill up.

2. Start filling up the tote with the basics, a little something for the body and the mind.

3. Move on to the fun stuff, like a theme appropriate disposable camera, allowing them to capture their own memories of your moment.

4. Throw in some super cute tissues to wipe the tears they’re sure to shed during the I dos.

5. Finish off with the loveliest of functional fillers, a bamboo and printed silk fabric fan.

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A Little Something For The Two of You

Don’t forget to treat you and your guy or girl. Make sure to create your own goodie filled totes and include a couple pairs of these “just married” flip flops to throw on for some fun in the sun once you’ve sealed the deal.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Get Creative with a Decorative Vintage Box

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner we’re totally in the mood to celebrate the awesome women in our lives. When brainstorming how we wanted to gift the girls we care for most we knew one thing for sure, the ideas had to be thoughtful and unique. And so with our creative caps on we put ourselves to the challenge of using one pretty decorative vintage box and we came up with a variety of sentimental ways to turn it into a truly special present. As an added bonus, the ideas we came away with not only make for great Mother’s Day treats, they also happen to double as amazing bridesmaids, maid of honor or mother of the bride / groom gifts. Here’s how to get the looks.

Look #1: In Case of Emergency

What girl doesn’t appreciate being prepared for any beauty hiccup that may arise! Treat her to a mini personalized emergency kit of her own to make sure she’s always prepared and a bit pampered.

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The Supplies

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  • decorative vintage box 
  • beauty toiletries of your choice. We used a mini scented hand sanitizer, facial wipes, fruity lip balm, cotton swabs tied with a mini satin bow, printed tissues tied with a mini satin bow, nail file and buffer, nail glue, mini perfume, floral printed mini scissors, nail clippers and tweezers, and jewel tipped hair pins tied with a mini satin bow.

The Details

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Look #2: Tea Time

Treat her, or them, to some quality me, or we, time. Set up a mini tea party (side note: this makes for a perfect bridal shower theme) that appeals to all her senses, complete with an array of aromatic tea flavors all beautifully presented in vintage style.

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The Supplies

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The Details

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vintage creamer vases

complete the look with vintage creamer vases

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Look #3: Boxed Beauty

Gift her with a truly special treat. Complete the look of a precious vintage charm pennant necklace by making sure its presentation packaging is fit to form.

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The Supplies

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The Details

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xoxo.

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Take our Quiz: What is your Wedding Style?

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Every bride wants their wedding to be a unique reflection of their personality and style. Find your flair with this wedding style quiz. What kind of bride are you?

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging

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Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully wrapped you just couldn’t bear to open it up and ruin the presentation? You meticulously took the time to carefully undo every piece of tape holding it together, while hoping that all the lovely would stay in tack. Well we’re about to show you how to be the giver of just such an eye pleasing display. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. By simply playing with textures and layers, you’ll learn how to make one of the prettiest packages around, ideal for gifting to those that meant the most throughout your wedding planning process, your bridal party and your parents. Here’s the crafty how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your box and secure the paper using all purpose glue.

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Step 2: to the top left corner of your box, glue a bundle of lace fabric. Glue it such that it bunches, rather than laying flat.

Step 3: intertwine the plain fabric ribbon into a quarter of the lace and glue to secure.

Step 4: glue on the fabric flower to the center of the lace.

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Step 5: attach the peony bud (or small faux flower of your choice) to the bottom right of the fabric flower, on top of your bunched lace.

Steps 6 & 7: attach both lace fabric flowers next to the peony bud.

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Step 8: cut a piece of ruffled fabric trim and a strand of lace (of the same width as the ruffled trim) to a length that will drape off the side of your box. Our strands were approximately 12 inches in length.

Step 9: glue the ruffled fabric ribbon to the bottom left corner of the box, and then attach the piece of lace ribbon to it. A single point of attachment should work for both, allowing the ribbons to hang loosely.

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Step 10: glue your faux blossoms to the box, starting just underneath the lace fabric flowers, working your way down creating a cascade alongside the fabric ribbon. End your cascade approximately three quarters of the way down the side of the box.

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Step 11: stamp your tag and attach with glue to your box, tucking underneath your lace flowers and cascading blossoms.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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His and Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day is exactly 8 days away, which means there’s still time to find the perfect gift online and have it shipped ready to give to your special someone on the big day. And we’re recommending going for the unexpected, the unconventional and dare we say the p-word, the practical. Meaning, skip the bonbons and flowers and pick up a sentimental something that will serve as double duty on the biggest day of all, your wedding day. To help inspire your creative gift giving abilities we’ve rounded up our top picks for both him and her, all certain to be enjoyed on Valentine’s day, the big day, and beyond.

Her Gift Guide

Everything’s Better By Candlelight

As the ultimate source of romance, you simply can’t go wrong with the gift of candlelight. As for the wedding day, these lovelies can be added to just about any setup for the instant addition of major ambiance.

The New Mrs.

She’s waited for this moment for as long as she can remember. She’ll be glad to declare her new title as Mrs. by your Mr., both on the big day and everyday there after. After their day of duty as chair markers, these vintage style hooks easily transition into the home.

Flowers and Then Some

Flowers are a natural choice for Valentine’s Day gifting. Take your offering to the next level by going with unconventional flower varieties presented in beautiful bottle vases ready for display, and consider giving a grouping that can be used as part of your wedding day head table decor.

A Sentimental Spin on a Sweet Tradition

Chances are the two of you will be partaking in the traditional cake cutting on your wedding day. Show her you’re keeping the big day top of mind by giving her a sentimental cake set that she’ll love incorporating into the wedding and one she’ll have no trouble finding reason to enjoy time and time again.

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Pretty Place Settings

There’s nothing that does more for a setup, wedding or everyday dinner, than the little details. Gift your girl with the prettiest of details, a set of these vintage inspired jewel accented napkin rings.

His Gift Guide

For the Boys

He’ll have plenty to toast to with the start of your new life together. Give him some stylish shot glasses to enjoy with all his boys.

Tradition Rules

There’s something really great about an old school pocket watch, especially when its been given a modern day makeover by way of a gunmetal finish. Gift your guy with one of these watches to keep him on track, on time, and looking good especially when it matters most.

His Little Extras

The big day is just as much his as it is yours. Make him feel as special as you do by helping him accessorize where it counts. Think things like the ring holder his best man will use to present your rings, a piece your guy will find useful always.

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For the Homebody

Decor isn’t just for the ladies, ladies! If your guy has just as good an eye for home decor as you do, gift him with a decorative element that suits his style and your wedding day design.

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Indulge His Creative

Get him involved in your wedding planning by releasing his inner creative. Have him be the one to tell your love story in words, writing it down in this modern day guest book for all to see on your wedding day.

There’s More

For more unique his and her gift ideas, shop all the options on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: The Buying Guide

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Happy Boxing Day everyone! Given we’ve all got shopping at the forefront of our minds, we figured it fitting to take this opportunity to share with you the ultimate shopping guide for your wedding. Breaking it down based on the average 12 month planning journey, we’ve got the details on when to buy what to ensure you stay on track with a stress free prepping experience, helping you avoid as many of those “oh no I forgot!” moments as possible. And in true Weddingstar fashion, you’re not only getting the know how, you also have the opportunity to purchase all the suggestions being made. So without further delay, Happy Shopping!

12 Months Out – Where to Start

You’re newly engaged, with plenty of time on your hands. Now’s the time to take a moment to enjoy. Meaning? It’s party time! Announce your great news to your closest and dearest by throwing an engagement party and take the opportunity to pop your own big question, “will you be my bridesmaid”, to the besties you want by your side. Here are some of the things you’ll want to consider for your big bash and ask.

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featured here: apothecary style drink dispenser and customized expressions design cling
get the complete drink station how-to here

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creative necessities
featured here: personalized mr. and mrs. printed napkins

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feature here: vintage floral print paper lantern

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featured here: personalized bridesmaid mini tote
click here for some creative ways to ask “will you be my bridesmaid”

9 Months Out – Mark Your Calendars

Make sure no one misses your big day by giving everyone you want to have there plenty of notice. Now’s the time to order and send out your Save the Dates. Select a design that gives your guests insight into the style of wedding you’re having. Haven’t decided on a theme or style yet? Then go with a neutral option that’ll work with any wedding day design and the invitation suite you’ll have to select later on down the planning road.

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mark your calenders
featured here: woodland pretty design save the date embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

6 Months – Making it Official

You’re half way there and it’s time to get serious about the details, staring with the ordering of your wedding invitation suite, complete with your reply cards. Although you won’t be sending these out until about 3 months out, you’ll want to leave yourself time to embellish your design if desired, address your envelopes, both your invite and reply envelopes, and to organize your mailing.

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5 Months Out – DIY Time

If you’re considering DIY’ing any of your wedding day details, you’ll want to get yourself sorted with all the supplies no later than 5 months out. Whether it’s your invites or your favors that you’re taking on as a crafting project, you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to get them right and get them done.

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featured here: diy supplies required for potpourri baggie favors. get the complete list of supplies and the how-to here

4 Months Out – Making it Pretty

The months are flying by and there’s no putting off the details. At this point you should have a defined wedding day theme and look mapped out, now’s the time to decide how you’ll execute on the vision. And this is one of those times where more is more. The more you style your day with cohesive decorative details, the better your big picture will be.

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lovely logistics
featured here: feather whimsy design folded table number

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on a creative note
featured here: vintage inspired twisted fork stationery holders

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featured here: resin cement vase

3 Months Out – Cake Time

All the major to do’s are taken care of. Now you just need to consider all the little extras. You’re probably also now sitting down with your cake designer to decide on your final cake details. If you’re considering a cake topper you’ll want to make that a part of your discussion.

2 Months Out – Many Thanks

The bulk of the planning and prep is probably past you. Take the time to thank those that helped throughout all the planning madness, i.e. bridal party members and parents.

1 Month Out – Little Indulgences

It’s all about the last minute details now. Incorporating a candy buffet into your wedding day treats? Organize everything you need to pull it off, think candy fillers and display vessels.

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featured here: candy buffet apothecary jars

Post Wedding – With Gratitude

The big day is done and you’re left with plenty of amazing memories to last you a life time. Send your thanks to all who attended and helped to make it the best day of your life. Order and mail out thank you cards within 3 months of the festivities.

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much appreciated
featured here: woodland pretty design thank you card embellished with mini wood veneer antlers

Don’t See It But Need It?

Chances are Weddingstar has it! With over 3000+ products, including hundreds of new on trend additions that have just been added to the line, what you see here is just a small sampling of what you can get. Shop the full collection on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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The Roundup: Wedding Party Gift Guide

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With Christmas just around the corner it’s time we roundup this year’s gift guides. And although our guides are ideal for wedding party members, they’re just as great for under the tree treats. From the ultra feminine to something just for the boys, this complete collection offers plenty of unique items ready for the pick up. For her, for him and for them, we’ve got you covered. So skip the lineups, get comfy on the couch, click through to what interests you most, and let the shopping begin!

Her Gift Guide

There’s sparkle, there’s jewelry and there’s lace. Could a girl ask for anything more?! Click here to shop the complete gift guide for her.

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His Gift Guide

From the casual to the classic, we’ve got the boys covered too. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for him.

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Their Gift Guide

Make giving easy by group giving. Pamper all your besties in one of these creative ways. Click here to shop the complete gift guide for them.

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What’s Next?

We’re going straight into celebration mode that’s what! The new 2015 product line goes live next week and we can’t wait to share it. We’ll be shifting our regular schedule to accommodate the launch, skipping our usual Monday post and returning Tuesday with the Best Dressed Favors for 2015. Join us then!

xoxo.

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