Saturday, May 31, 2014

On My Mind ... 06 | 01 | 2014

After having trouble sleeping last week I found this app and decided to try it out. To my surprise it has been a miracle. Not only has it helped me fall asleep quicker and more calmly, but it also has helped keep me asleep without having nightmares (which I deal with often). They have a free version available, and an upgraded version that has more options and tracks your sleep history. If you've been having trouble sleepingIt is available for both iPhone and Android.

Stanley Cup Playoffs 

After the Sharks lost in the first round I've been a bandwagon Blackhawks fan. They're a classic team that I've always admired. They're currently battling for the Western conference title against the Kings (who I despise). Hockey is always "on my radar," but I am featuring it this week to encourage you to watch the game tonight (Sunday, June 1st at 5:00 PST on NBCS). Who ever wins this game goes on to the Stanley Cup finals and if it's anything like the past two games in this series it's going to be good. 

Lilly came out with the rest of her summer line and so much of it is adorable. The Watch Out print is my favorite in 2014 thus far (or maybe Jellies Be Jammin... or Lobstah Roll ...) If you haven't checked out what's new do that NOW. 

Any exciting discoveries this week? 

How To Clean Your Longchamp

After seeing Longchamp's spring line full of fun pastels I finally committed and bought a large Le Pliage bag. Many people carry a Le Pliage as their everyday bag. I bought mine with the intent of using it to hall around my laptop, pens, water, etc. at debate tournaments. When I am stressed looking put together is the only thing that keeps me from falling apart and a clunky backpack will ruin any outfit.

I am utterly obsessed.

To my surprise I have been carrying my Longchamp every where. I use it for class as well as my casual purse. I love it. The only downside thus far ...

After only having it for a couple months it looks like it has been through hell (I did carry it in Vegas so that could explain it …) with various stains all over. I scrubbed it and scrubbed it, but these are the kind of marks that won't come off with a rag and soapy water. Everything I read online told me the same thing -- throw it in the wash. (WHAT? No. Definitely no.) My instincts told me that sending my nylon and leather bag through the wash was a bad idea so I ignored the advice and continued to carry the stain-covered bag. After another month the bag was looking more and more dingy. I decided to bite the bullet and wash it.

The good news is that all the advice was correct! You can totally throw your Longchamp in the washing machine. The bad news is that the process is still scary no matter how much the internet tells you it's okay. This post is intended to easy your anxiety about washing your Longchamp.

Here's how I cleaned mine:

This before picture doesn't do the dirt justice. 

1. Try spot cleaning first. Use soapy water, a Tide To-Go pen, or whatever your secret stain-remover is. Most marks will come off this way and I imagine your bag will wear out much faster if you throw it into the washing machine regularly. 

2. Put stain remover where needed. I swear by Grandma's Secret Spot Remover, but use whatever you normally do. (Note: I noticed my bag had the slightest bit of fraying in a spot so I clipped that before washing. You might want to check and do the same.)

3. Set your washer. This is the part to be most careful with. Wash in in cold water for the least amount of time possible. If your machine allows you set it to a slow spin cycle as well. This will prevent the leather from getting wore out.

4. Let it wash. I sat in front of the washer scared to death for all 19 minutes. You can let your anxieties float away, because I promise you your beloved bag will be fine.

5. Air dry it. Use a cloth to dry the inside and gently dry the leather. After that I hung mine on a door knob and it surprising dried fast. 

... and ta-da! Practically brand new.

Let me know how it goes for you!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day 2014 Online Sales

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season. I've been home for a couple weeks now getting stir-crazy for sun rays and good friends. Unfortunately, all of my friends are still in school and won't return home for a couple more weeks. Until then my summer will be lacking in summer adventures. So while many of you sip frozen drinks on the beach, some of us will take the introvert approach to Memorial Day by online shopping our lives away.

This is the list of Memorial Day sales I have been interested in. A couple fell flat, but overall I am happy with this weekend's deals. Unless noted all these sales end Monday 2/26 (Memorial Day) so shop fast!

Lacoste - 25% off storewide
My picks: Seersucker Shirtdress | Pique Headband

Old Navy - Everything up to 50% off
My picks: Tie Front Tee"Shine On" America Tank

J.Crew Factory - 50% off women's
My picks: Ivory Anchor Tee | Linen-Cotton Mini | Anchor Bikini

Jack Rogers - 25% off select styles
My picks: Lauren Sandal | Palermo Sandal

Sideline Sweetie - 25% off everything
My picks: The Fairytale Dress | Dip Dye Shag Dress 

Gap - 40% off regular price items
My picks: Denim Circle Skirt | Star Print Chambray Boyfriend Shirt

Ralph Lauren - An additional 30% off basically everything (through 2/27)
My picks: Striped Ballet-Neck Dress | Sleeveless Ruffled Top | Bridle-Print Cotton Short

Roots Canada - 25% off your order
My picks: Summer Sweatpants | Navajo Tee 

Brooks Brothers - $39 (3 or more) and shorts $59 (2 or more)
My complaint: if you are looking to stock up on BB polos or shorts this is a pretty great deal, but their selection is small which discourages excitement.

Columbia - $25 credit when you spend $100+
My complaint: it's so easy to find Columbia on sale at Fred Meyers or an outlet. Don't buy it full price.

Victoria's Secret - 7/$26.50 panties and 2/$42 bras
My complaint: They have this sale basically every couples weeks. It will be back soon.

C.Wonder - 50% off sale items
My complaint: I love C.Wonder, but their sales always have the worst selection. It includes a bunch of similar shirts and random things (a bike helmet, anyone?). With that said it's worth checking out. You might find something for you within the small selection. If you wear an XXS the Washed Denim Shirtdress is adorable.

What was your favorite purchase this weekend?

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