I am so excited for April at the Shoppe. We got in some AH-MAZING new brands, and I cannot wait to share them all with you over the next few weeks! From home decor, accessories, and clothing there is so much vibrant and exciting change happening at YBF!
Today I'm introducing my personal favorite, our brand-new Christian-based Baby Clothing Line!
Spring is the time when everyone is getting ready for new babies, aka the April "showers" part of my title! These onesies, scrapbooks, baby blankets, and other decorative items are PERFECT for your upcoming showers! Plus, while you're in, you can pick out a cute outfit to wear to the shower for yourself!
If you're shopping for your own newborn, this are perfect outfits for your little one! The fabric is so, so soft, and they are great little onesies just to throw on as the spring months get warmer!
I think they'll be a hit at Synagogue or Church too! Everyone will love the cute little Bible sayings that remind us how great God is when he blesses a family with a beautiful baby. Those miracles really show us the true meaning of love, compassion, and faith, so celebrate the love of your faith and your little one with some cute clothes!
These won't be available online, but you can stop by the shoppe or give YBF a call at 605-361-9229, and the ladies will be happy to help you place an over the phone order, which can be mailed to any of the 48 continental states!
Short Sleeve Onesie: $14.99
Set of 3 Onesies: $45.99
This week, I thought I'd take a step back and just showcase some of the amazing framing work Owner Tamara Dettler does at YBF. Her work is truly unique, and each one of her pieces is custom designed to create the vision you have in your head. She framed some beautiful pieces for an Arnold Palmer collector, and the result is breathtaking. Take a look and she her beautiful work.
If you're looking to frame some pictures or artwork for your home, Tamara from YBF is a must. Her thoughtfulness in listening to you, designing your piece, and framing your collectibles will show through in the high-quality, unique piece sure to be a conversation starter in your home.
Yesterday was the first day of spring, so in honor of warmer days ahead I'm sharing some of my favorite cleaning and organizing tips to get your closet back into tip-top shape before summer hits, and we want to spend all our free-time outside! Because spring is the perfect time to embrace the saying "Out with the old, in with the new!"
Make your Closet Intuitive
If the experience of getting dressed is time-consuming, inconvenient or frustrating, you're not going to look forward to it. Whatever you are organizing, it's about the experience of doing what you are doing. It needs to be graceful, intuitive, and pleasurable.
Organize things intuitively, as though you're setting up an assembly line. You should be able to pick out one item after another without interruption. Have things in one general area, so you're not running around from one end of the room to the other. Have a specific spot for everything so you're not looking for things each time you get dressed.
Keep Your Items Visible
Many people tuck shirts, sweaters, pants and even dresses into drawers, but that's a good way to forget about them. When you're in a rush, you're going to reach for the things you see first, so keep all your "main" items visible on hangers or shelves.
Have what you need to make an outfit out and visible. Save drawers for socks, bras, underwear, first layers, workout clothes, pajamas and lounge wear.
Kitchen to Closet
A pair of paper-towel holders mounted on the inside of one closet door organizes scarves or ties and keeps them wrinkle-free. A kitchen-utensil rail proves to be ideal for belts: Each gets its own S hook.
I love this tip because it allows me to keep my accessories organized and in plain sight! That way after I've picked out the perfect outfit, I don't have to spend 20 minutes trying to find the perfect accessories.
Full Length Mirrors are a Must
Trying to assess your outfit in a bad mirror is futile. If you want to see how your footwear impacts your outfit, if you want to see how skirt length works on your leg line, if you want to make sure your tights really complement your scarf, if you want to know how all of the pieces you’re wearing interact, you need a full-length mirror. Basically, if you want to get the big picture of your personal style, you’ve gotta see everything at once. Viewing your top and bottom halves separately will sometimes suffice, but you’ll be amazed by how different it feels to see your whole self, top to bottom.
Mirrors also make a closet area feel bigger and more open, which can help make your small closet even larger, less cluttered, and open.
Change your Shopping Habits
If you buy clothes simply because it's a new season, you'll quickly become disenchanted with your wardrobe. Instead, buy only items that you really love -- when your closet is filled with clothes you're obsessed with, getting dressed each day will be much more enjoyable.
Don't be stuck in the cycle of consuming and purging, consuming and purging. Have a clear idea of your lifestyle and your desired look so you only buy clothes and accessories that suit your needs.
I hope these tips help you in tackling your spring cleaning this year! Comment below with your favorite organization tips!
Photo Credit: Pinterest/Martha Stewart Living
Hey lovelies! Back again with another Friday Five. This week was crazy. I flew back to Athens on Monday, and with only 6 weeks left in the term, it was midterms plus the beginning of final projects, so I apologize for no Monday blog post. This week, for March's Friday Five, I'm sharing my top MUST-HAVE Spring Accessories. It's getting warmer out, which means it's time for a change for accessories, and I'm gonna share the Five things I cannot live without during Spring!
This is a must-have for any season, but especially during the spring! As it gets warmer out, I hate using a big purse, so this is perfect! I throw in my essentials and go! I adore this wristlet, and I know you will too. The Sable is perfect for just about anything. When I'm running around school with my tote full of books, I'll throw this in as my wallet. It has card holders and a zippered pocket for change! Then, if I'm meeting friends for dinner, I can just pull it out of my tote, and take it into dinner! Perfection. The soft-handle makes it easy to slip on my wrist and forget about it at get-togethers, shopping, and exploring downtown Athens! Plus, it's big enough to also throw in a lipstick and phone, so I'll always have my essentials with me.
In the spring/summer, I barely wear any jewelry. I try to keep it to a few key pieces, so my outfits looks springy and effortless. These Pandora bangles are perfect for that. You can get them in all silver, all gold, or silver with a gold clasp. I prefer to wear them with no beads and stack a few together for a more polished take on the boho bangles you're seeing everywhere this season. You can add your favorite charms as well, if you want to add more dimension to your wrist. They're just a clean lined and easy way to add accessories to your outfit without going overboard.
Pearly Girls Necklace
When I think of summer, especially after living in D.C., I think of the ocean and Cape Cod. Pearls allow me to bring that laid-back, preppy life to my outfits in landlocked SD. Not to mention, pearls are my absolutely favorite. If I had to pick between diamonds or pearls, I'd definitely pick pearls. They're classic and beautiful. But a classic strand of pearls, doesn't really go with most informal outfits, so that's where Pearly Girls comes in. Their line of fresh-water cultured pearl jewelry is unique and can be worn with almost any outfit. I think pearls are perfect for spring because they just bring in that Nautical vibe I love so much. My favorite necklace is the one shown below because I adore the blue stone, which just brings the Nautical inspiration to another level. If you don't have a piece from Pearly Girls, stop in and let one of the YBF girls help you pick one out. You'll be wearing it all spring and summer.
Love Your Melon Beanie
Spring in SD, and apparently in GA too, means it's still pretty chilly out. Thankfully, Love Your Melon came out with a spring beanie line full of bright colors to make it feel like spring even when we have to bundle up for a few days or wear a hat in the early mornings and evenings. I love pairing mine with the classic jeans and a light jacket outfit we all know too well for spring. It just adds that pop of color to an outfit we probably wear one too many times, while we wait for Mother Nature to make up her mind.
S'well Water Bottles
This isn't quite an accessory we think about often, but having a water bottle around when temps get warmer is necessary! Especially, if you're spending most of your days outside. I really hate plastic water bottles (along with anything that's one-time and disposable), so I think the S'well bottle is the perfect alternative. They keep your water cold for 24 hours! If you forget it in your car or outside for a few hours during the warmer months, it'll still be cold! Win for you! Even more exciting, you won't have to dump out the warm water and go take another plastic bottle from the fridge! Win for the environment! If you're still not sold, they do keep warm drinks warm for 12 hours, so if you never have time to finish your coffee before it's cold in the mornings at work, the S'well is great! Plus, you can take it to Starbucks where they'll fill it up with your favorite drink AND give you 10 cents off your order. Just another win for you and for the environment!
I hope these give you some ways on how to freshen up your accessories for spring!
For once in my short 23 years of life, I actually have St. Patrick's Day plans. If you know anything about me, you know I seriously live at home, in leggings, and with a good glass of wine. But, this year, one of my goals to be more be intentional about exploring life, so I'm going to Savannah, GA - the Southern capital for St. Patty's Day celebrations!
To share in my excitement, I'm giving you tips on how to throw your very own St. Patricks Day Beer Tasting Party for you and your friends. Seriously, it'll be a hit, and all your friends would be wishing they would have thought of the idea.
I have never been to Ireland, but from the pictures I see, the verdant landscape is breathtaking. The best way to bring that to your party is with beautiful greenery. I recommend setting the table with something "earthy and green." Keep it simple, organic, and not too stylized. The centerpiece above is made of bells of Ireland, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, and rosemary. Another idea would be to use old tin cans (wrappers removed, cleaned, and washed) as a vase and just place sprigs of baby's breath or other greenery for a simpler look (see photos below). Add to the setting with jars with with candles or artichoke hearts to keep the green theme going. If that doesn't scream Irish, I don't know what does.
I would use butcher table as a table runner covering a classic white table cloth. This allows to write the seating arrangements on the table for an earthy farmhouse look! Since this a beer tasting party, you can also keep some pens/markers on the table, so guests can write their opinions about the beers on the paper as well!
Since it's a St. Patrick's and a Beer Tasting party, you can go with two different menu options. The first is to serve, Gastro-Pub esque dishes. These would include soft pretzels with dipping sauces, cheeses with crackers, and mixed nuts if you're going for a light snack rather than a full meal. If you wanted to serve a full meal, I would go for the second option: a traditional Irish meal. Some ideas would be Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread. You can find some great recipes here!
Murphy's Irish Stout
Murphy’s Irish Stout (often simply Murphy’s) is a stout brewed at the Murphy’s Brewery in Cork, Ireland (where our family is from!). It is brewed to be less heavy and less bitter than its chief competitor Guinness. Its flavor is evocative of caramel and malt, and is described as “a distant relative of chocolate milk.” The resemblance to milk extends beyond flavor to texture: Murphy’s is free from any hint of carbonation, and is delivered “black as strong cappuccino.”
Smithwick’s is Ireland’s Oldest Ale, since 1710. The basic Smithwick’s Draught has a creamy head, a palate that is very soft at first but develops in sweetness, and a hint of treacle toffee dryness in the finish. It seems bigger than might be expected from a gravity of 1036. It is brewed from Pale Ale malt, roasted barley and 20 per cent corn syrup, with English bittering hops, plus Fuggles and Goldings for aroma.
O'Hara's Irish Wheat
Joining fruits such as bananas, peaches and plums with traditional hops, this golden wheat ale is smooth and thirst-quenching. Although not the common Irish stout, this tasty brew is perfect for those who prefer a lighter, easy-drinking option.
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Truly unique, Porterhouse’s Oyster Stout is a Dublin favorite dark and aromatic beer with interesting blends of flavorful grains, hops, and fresh oysters. *Not suitable for vegetarians.
With deep, dark and satisfying flavors and distinctly smooth aromas, Guinness brews are undoubtedly among the most popular Irish beers, especially in the US.
Serve the beers in flight glasses (glass or plastic). You can either use printable labels to name the beers by their name or label them "1,2,3,4,5" to keep it a surprise. At the end, have guests vote for their favorite and least favorite beers from the flight.
I hope this inspires you to throw a fun St. Patrick's Day party! Comment below and let me know what you decided to do for your party!