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Azanique Rawl

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    Trend Tip: Bucket Bag

    Bucket bag

    It’s a happy, happy Tuesday friends! I am so excited for another week to hop on the blog and talk about fashion and fun. Lately, I feel like I have lost my blog mojo, so I will be trying new fun things to incorporate for y’all and for me. The first thing is a new blog series for summer: #WorkWearWednesday starting this Wednesday. I’m actually super stoked about this because I know finding cute work clothes that you actually want to wear in 80+ degree weather can be everything but fun. Also, since I’ve recently jumped into the big girl world with graduating college and starting a full-time job, I feel like this new series will be a fun way for y’all, my readers, and myself to get some work inspiration.

    So, onto today’s post: Bucket bags. Has anyone else seen this craze with them? I personally am SUPER obsessed. For many reasons actually. One being that most bucket bags that a variety of handles and straps which make them super versatile and easily used for various outings. Secondly, I love to use it as a “throw-it-all” bag! Partly because they are spacious but also because they can sometimes be closed with a button and then pinched, I feel like my items are less likely to fall out versus when I use totes that sometimes only have a clasp on them but no zipper. Lastly, most bucket bags have some type of large insert that you can use for makeup, personal items or anything important. Below, I’m sharing the 3 places my bucket bag has been most useful.

    Spring bags Spring Trend Mignon's Treasures Bucket bag

    1. Traveling – Just as I mentioned a couple weeks ago, my weekends have been filled with traveling for blogging meet-ups to just to visits friends. Using a bucket bag to travel in style is amazing. A big plus is that this style bag tends be very expand with flexible material so you can definitely get a day/night worth of items into your bag and lighted your luggage load AKA save $$$ when traveling. HOLLA!
    2. Beach trip – So if you’ve in the south, you’ve probably already been to the beach at least 5 times this season because it has been H-O-T! Last week, I grabbed a couple of friends and we headed out to the lake for some fun and relaxation. I actually used my bucket to hold all my beach goodies such as my blanket, drinks, snacks, sunscreen and everything else. Perfect!
    3. To work – 100% the best type of bag to transition from work to the gym. I literally kept EVERYTHING I needed for the gym in there and could keep all my personal items inside the huge insert.

    Well, that’s all that I have for you sweet friends. Anyone else jumping on this bucket bag trend? Honestly, I love it and need everything single color out there – seriously. Be sure to check out Mignon’s Treasures for more sweet bags on their website and Facebook.

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    Gifts for the Hostess

    gifts for the hostess

    Happy Tuesday, sweet friends. I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that your week is already off to a wonderful start. Today, I am so excited to share a fun gift guide for you! One of the things I absolutely love doing is planning events and meet-ups, but what I love even more is just going to them. For all the party planners out there, am I right? It’s always so fun to get together with your closest friends, grab a drink and just enjoy your time together. However, I never want to forget the large amount of work it takes to put together events, no matter the size, especially for one person to do alone. So, one of the things I started doing not too long ago was picking up a small gift or item for the hostess. Why? Because it’s a really awesome feeling when people appreciate your hard work and also, sometimes as the host, you forget things and don’t have time to grab items last minute. 

    With any gift bags or gift ideas post, I have 3 tips:

    1. Make it personal – Handwritten cards thanking the hostess for putting together this event is such a sweet gesture that they will cherish. Seriously, a “Thank You” can sometimes make someones day, so be the person if you can.
    2. Make it reusable – This is a tip I have always had for giving gifts of any kind. It’s wonderful when someone gives you a gift of your favorite candy or monogrammed styrofoam cups, but, it’s even better to give a gift that someone can use over and over again. And let’s be real, a lot of those weird gifts you get from family that you can’t reuse usually go into the trash or the junk drawer to never be seen again, right? Also, reusable gifts are lovely because everytime the hostess uses your gift, they will remember all the fun times you had together. How sweet is that?
    3. Make is fun – Seriously, most people loving receiving gifts, especially gifts that make them chuckle or smile. So, just like the photo prop below or the margarita notepad, gifts should be a fun thing for the other person to open.

    Photo prop // Koozie // Notepad // Notebook // Card // Cocktail napkins // Bags

    gifts for the hostess Ann page gifts Koozie Confetti card gifts for the hostess gifts for the hostess gifts for the hostess

    So, my first go-to gifts are party favors. How adorable is this photo prop? Props totally aren’t necessary for your party, but they are a fun addition to make the night even more memorable. If you’re feeling really crafty, you could always create a fun photo backdrop on a blank wall/space. Not only are backdrops and photo props very inexpensive, they are one of the items that people tend to forget about. Most host are concerned about food, where guests will sit, parking, etc., so I am sure fun party props would be a fun surprise for any hostess.

    Second, koozies! Who doesn’t love Koozies, I mean seriously? This one is seriously so adorable and would be the perfect surprise gift. Since koozies can be reused over and over again, this is the perfect gift for your friends that love to tailgate or pregame. 

    Next, personalized small gifts. This notepad is my absolutely favorite thing ever! I added a magnet to the back and stuck this on my fridge to use for my grocery list. This fun “Hustle Hard Girl” mini notebook is just as adorable! I mean seriously, I can’t be the only one obsessed with mini notebooks. I keep this one my work desk for motivation to get through the day #NoShame

    So, if you guys ever watch my snapchats or IG stories, you know my heart melts a little when I receive a handwritten note from anyone. I am also a firm believer in letter writing, so if you have time, write your hostess a thank you note/card for all their hard work. I can promise you they will be 110% appreciative that you took the time out to do such a sweet thing.

    Next, cocktail napkins. Do y’all want to know the one thing that most people forget for any type of part or gathering? Napkins, paper towels and hand wipes. I never noticed that until early last year when I went to 3 parties back to back where either people ran out of these items or forgot to ask someone else to get them. I suggest, especially for a fun girls night, to grab a pack of funny cocktail napkins. Not only will everyone love them, but they may be the perfect thing to get conversations rolling. 

    Lastly, I always like to grab a gift that the hostess can use as gifts for their next party. This is where these cute wine bags come in. They are sold in packs of 6, which is perfect! The hostess now has something cute to bring their wine/champagne another time or use as gift bags. Totally a win/win. 

    Well, that’s all that I have for you today friends. Do you have your go-to hostess gifts? If so, let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your ideas <3

    Fashion

    Coral kimono + ripped jeans

    Distressed ripped jeans

    Y’all, it’s finally Fri-YAY – thank the Lord! This week has been one for the books. On top of starting a new job, I attended a fun meet up with my Style Collective sisters (can’t wait to share that with y’all), engaged with many colleagues at a conference and completed about 100 other things. And if I can keep it 100% real with you, I am exhausted. Completely. However, I am excited to be back on my blogging game this wonderful Friday.

    I am so obsessed with wearing colorful kimonos in the spring. Not only are they a fun way to spice up your outfit, but perfect for those cool spring and summer nights. I am so lucky to have snagged this one on clearance. Score! This coral is officially my spring color, so expect to keep seeing it again and again. Ripped jeans are always a classic and staple to keep in my closet plus these cute booties that I snagged from DSW. So versatile and can be worn all year around.

    If you are obsessing over these pretty jewels, no worries because so am I. I got all three of these beautiful pieces in my Rocksbox this month. My earrings and cuff are both Kendra Scott. This gorgeous layered necklace is Sophie Harper. I seriously want to keep every piece because they are all so dainty and pretty.

    P.S. – Have you heard of Rocksbox before? They are a jewelry lending subscription service that sends you three pieces of jewelry at a time for you to style, try out and decide if you like. If you like them, you can buy them at a discounted price and use your $21 a month shine credit towards it. If you hate it, you can mail it back to try another piece(s). Simple, right? And if you want to try it one month for free, I have a special code for you: lotsofsassxo. 

    Rocksbox Necklace Simple spring outfit Kendra Scott Earrings Kendra Scott Laura Pinch Bracelet in Crackle Brown Mother of Pearl Ripped-distressed-black-jeans Dolce by Mojo Maxy

    Jewelry: c/o Rocksbox // Earrings: Kendra Scott // Necklace: Sophie Harper // Cuff: Kendra Scott // Jeans: Nordstrom // Tank: Old Navy // Kimono (similar): Belk //Booties: Dolce Mojo Maxy