May 26, 2015

Daisy Fresh

I would define my style as feminine chic. Unfortunately, when you have a day job your style will either bloom or be suppressed. For me it has been the latter. Dress code at work is very casual, and wearing heels or lots of froufrou gets in my way. But thank goodness for weekends and dinner dates. That is when my party skirts come out and all that sparkles.


May 21, 2015

How Much To Spend on a Bridal Shower Gift


What to Spend

Suddenly all of your friends are getting married and you are left with the dilemma of what to spend on all the bridal showers that are about to unravel. Putting a price tag on things is difficult, because you may find something that is an amazing gift for $15 or $80. Use your judgement depending on whose wedding shower you are attending. Typically you should not spend more than $50 on a gift for a bridal shower. Anything between $20-$40 is a reasonable amount. When you have many weddings to attend, amounts tend to pile up very quickly. If it is a close friend, I say use your heart as your judgement. Cheesy, but true. Just keep in mind, you have to give a wedding gift as well. When it comes to immediate family members, I say the sky is the limit, but how much to spend on a bridal shower gift for family it is always up to the individual.

Wedding Registry

If the bride is registered at a store for her wedding shower then ensure you purchase the gift right away. Gifts on the lower end of the spectrum tend to go fast. If you are on a strict budget, then purchase the gift as soon as you receive your invitation. Another great thing about a  gift registry is that stores tend to have sales, and chances are your gift may end up costing less than you expected.

*All images for this post  were taken from Pinterest

Sentimental Gifts

My personal opinion is that bridal shower gifts should be sentimental, especially if it is a close friend. It seems impersonal to buy a  kitchenware set for someone you have known for 10 years. Yes, maybe they need that pot, but if I was the bride I would much rather receive an item that means something. When my best friend had her bridal shower, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to do something special for her. She loves diet coke, so I purchased for her 2 24packs of diet coke (which I knew she would thoroughly enjoy) and I also made for her a scrapbook with pictures we had taken over the years since we had met. Scrapbooks are a great gift if you want the bride to feel special. A time consuming gift, but nothing will make the bride happier.

Overall, rule of thumb for any time you give a gift for a bridal shower is that you should give what you can afford. Do not go in debt for the bride, but don't be frugal if you can afford an expensive gift. 

Happy Showers Girls!

May 20, 2015

Ladies First

My other amazing find is this beautiful grey crisp leather tote from Winners. the brand of this handbag is Elegance. I couln't find any other handbags available on their site, which is disappointing considering how much I love this one. Such a cute find. 

Time flies, especially when you are a bridesmaid for two weddings. But ladies first. In the spotlight today are my two other favourite ladies I purchased from Zara. Printed tops are my guilty pleasure, especially ones that are with figures of ladies. My go to place for printed tops is Zara, simply because I am not sure where else I can find a similar look that still looks chic and not kitschy. 

Jacket: Ann Taylor | Printed Top: Zarasimilar| Black Pants: Winners | Flats: Old Navy, similar| Handbag: Winners | Necklace: Forever 21 (old) | Bracelets: Aldo

Have a beautiful day! 


May 5, 2015

Everyday Comfort: Jeans and Sweater

bijuleni - casual sunday look

bijuleni - Jcrew mint sweater

bijuleni - Kate Spade Holden Street Olivera handbag

bijuleni - boyfriend jeans and mint sweater

bijuleni - Kate Spade and Espadrilles

bijuleni - Casual look with Kate Spade handbag

bijulnei - Jcrew mint sweater and Kate Spade handbag

It's been a while since my last post, and life has been relatively even more hectic than usual. For many of us, when life gets in the way, it is hard to always look put together and chic. I always opt for comfort, but lately it is has been more frequent than usual. Boyfriend jeans and more boyfriend jeans meet espadrilles on repeat. But, I have a new addition to my closet that adds a nice touch to my looks. Meet Holden Street Olivera Kate Spade handbag. My first Kate Spade handbag, and I am enamoured to say the very least. The leather is lovely, it is pebbled with a matching trim, but it is so incredibly soft. The crossbody strap is the best feature of the purse, since it makes it so easy to carry around. Originally the purse I wanted was the Holden Street Olivera in the shade of geranium, but it sold out, so I chose a classier version and got the black one instead.

Sweater: JCrew | Handbag: Kate Spade | Necklace: H&M | Jeans: Rachel Roy | Espadrilles: Joe Fresh (not available online)  

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!

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