Sunday, August 4, 2019

What's In My Bag // Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Hi All & Happy Sunday!
The weather has been beautiful here in Vermont lately so we've been soaking up every second of it. We're headed out on vacation later this week so I was cleaning out my bag and thought it would be the perfect time to share what I carry in my bag as well as a little review of the purse itself. 

What's in my bag? //

  • Felt OrganizerIf you use a tote bag as your everyday bag you NEED one of these felt organizer inserts. The organizer has been such a game-changer in a bag this size. Tote bags are very practical as they can fit so much, but they can also turn into black holes fast- and there's nothing worse than frantically trying to find your keys in your black hole of a bag- that's why you need this organizer! Another benefit of using this organizer is that you can easily switch between bags as everything is organized within it. 
  • Mentos Gum- YUM, definitely a new favorite of mine. My Mom got me some a few months back and I love it, so if you're looking for some gum next time you're at the store try this one.
  •  Fresh Sugar Lip Balm- This is one of my favorite products! I have it in a few different shades. I love how hydrating it is and that it contains SPF. 
  • Baggu Reusable Bag- Vermont recently passed a single-use plastic ban which means starting in the new year stores will no longer give out plastic bags and paper bags will come with a 10 cent charge. I decided to get ahead of the game and start using my reusable bags now. I love these Baggu ones as they fold up into the little bags they come with. I always keep one in my handbag. 
  • Personalized Leather Keychain-  This keychain is great quality and a great price. I got it a few months ago and have loved it. It would also make the perfect gift!
  • Ray-Ban Sunglasses-  If you're going to get one pair of sunglasses these classic aviators are the ones to get. They come in a few different colors and are a decent price for designer shades. 
  • L'Oreal Lipstick- This is the best drugstore lipstick- I always have a tube of the shade 'Eva's Nude' in my bag. It's a great neutral that has some rosiness to it. 
Thoughts on the Neverfull // 
Kyle got me the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Nashville while we were on vacation. I had been wanting one and when we went to look at it in-store (as we don't have any stores here) he got it for me (he's the best!). Anyways, I've had the bag for about 5 months now so I feel like I can give a pretty honest review. Do I think the bag is extremely expensive for a purse? Yes. Do I love it? Yes! You're either into designer bags or you're not and that's okay. I personally love designer pieces. If you love designer pieces I think this tote is a great investment. It's the perfect everyday bag that will last you for years. I also love that this bag comes with a clutch (pictured above) so it's an added bonus. I use the clutch to hold my cards and cash- this is perfect because if I don't feel like carrying the bag I can just grab the clutch out of it. The one drawback of this particular bag is the Vachetta leather- this leather starts off as an almost pink tone and gradually over time darkens to a honey color. The issue I have with this is that when you first get the bag the leather can easily become stained by water or lotions so you have to be careful unless those kinds of things don't bother you (I'm OCD about that). If you're wanting a more 'carefree' bag I would suggest getting a different color as the trim won't be the Vachetta leather. 

What's one must have item you carry in your handbag? 

I hope you've enjoyed!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Vermont Date Night Idea

Hi All!
I'm so excited to be sharing with you the BEST Vermont date night! Kyle & I did this a few weeks ago and he was raving about it to everyone for the next week. What I'm talking about is the Champlain Valley Dinner Train. 

The Champlain Valley Dinner Train is, as the name indicates, a dinner train that runs from Burlington to Middlebury right along Lake Champlain. The train ride is about 3 hours long, departing at 5:30 and returning around 8:30. Your ticket on the train includes your train ride as well as a 3-course gourmet meal.

My Favorite Things: 

The Food // 
My meal was SO good, and I'm not just saying that! I would seriously ride the train again just to have the chef cook me that meal again. I believe I had some sort of white fish stuffed with a seafood stuffing and my goodness was it good. The flavor was incredible, I couldn't believe he made it on the tiny kitchen in one of the train cars.
The Views // 
One of the best things Vermont has to offer is its scenery and what better way to see it then on a train? It was so fun to ride through the rural farms and watch the sunset over Lake Champlain. It was a great reminder of how beautiful our state is. I also loved that the windows on the train opened so when we were going slower speeds we had the windows open to really take the view in. 

Customizable Experience //
In addition to your regular train ticket, you are able to add on different packages if you want. One of the packages was the romance package which included roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries- YUM! The other package we had included access to the lounge which had amazing live music and hor's d' oeuvres- so good! Having the ability to move from our table car to the lounge was really nice as it gave us the opportunity to move around vs. sitting at our table for the duration of the ride and the music was great!

Overall I can't say enough good things about our experience on the train. I think this would make the best birthday, wedding,  or anniversary gift for anyone. I love the idea of giving an experience vs. a typical gift. Kyle and I are excited to ride the train again. We were told they even do fun murder mystery train rides! 

Let me know if you take the train! I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Floral Wedding Invitations

Hi All!
I'm so excited to be sharing our wedding invitations from Basic Invite with you today. I shared our Unique Save the Dates earlier this year and you all loved them! 
The clock is ticking when it comes to our wedding- less than 100 days, ahh! I've begun to make sure all of the "big" items are crossed off our to-do list and wedding invitations was one of the big ones. 
I knew that I wanted to use Basic Invite again to do our invites as it was so easy to make our save the dates