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Lily Jade Weekender Bag: Traveling Made Easy

*This bag is written in collaboration with Lily Jade. I received this bag in exchange for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!

Lily Jade Weekender Bag

This summer has been an exciting one. Not only are the boys finally getting to a stage where we don’t need to hover over them every second that they are outside, but we also got the huge surprise of my in-laws buying a lake place! Up until now, we had never done a night away with BOTH boys, and had only done ONE night away with Jackson as a baby. Truly, neither boy has ever spent the night at a place besides our home and their grandparents. We were about as excited as you could be when we finally got to pack our bags and head up to the lake for a week earlier this month!

Of course, with time spent away also comes packing. I was able to snag what is possibly my favorite Lily Jade bag to date (you can read about my other bag that I love here). This bag comes from Lily Jade’s new line of lifestyle bags. I have loved their diaper bags from day one, but as we draw closer and closer to NOT having diapers in our home anymore, I have loved the freedom of getting bags for myself that aren’t solely dedicated to carrying baby items. Keep reading for my five favorite elements of the Lily Jade Weekender bag!

Gorgeous Design

This bag follows through on the traditional Lily Jade design, down to the traditional beaded tassel on the front. The brandy color is a classic and goes with absolutely everything. It is just one of those colors that will never go out of style. I love how stylish this bag feels, even if I am just packing lots of casual clothes as we head out to the lake! This bag makes me feel put together, even if my hair is a mess and my only outfit of the day is a swimsuit.

Internal pockets

Whenever I pack, I always like to separate out a few items. There is nothing worse than sorting through a big bag of clothing trying to find intimates, hair accessories, etc. The Lily Jade weekender bag has multiple small pockets on the inside, which I use to store those items that I don’t want to need to go digging for later.

When I travel I tend to break out my storage by intimates, clothing, and personal care items. I use a small bag for toothpaste, deodorant, and other items. Bonus points because it fits perfectly into the larger bag. Then, I utilize the pockets for intimates. Have you ever been traveling and had to pretty much empty out your bag to find those smaller items?! Keeping them tucked into the roomy pockets of the Lily Jade weekender bag makes it so easy when I quickly need to get dressed.

Space

I think this one goes without saying, but when you are packing for a few days away, you want room to pack ALL. OF. THE. THINGS. We were at the lake for five days, and I had plenty of room to fit everything I needed, including one too many swimsuits and outfit changes. Because you never know what you might want to wear, right!? With this bag, I don’t feel guilty packing an extra outfit or two. I honestly go crazy when I travel and don’t feel like I have a choice in what I get to wear. So having space for extra outfit options is one of the best things about this bag!

I also have used this bag for busy days at work. Sometimes I swear I am trying to carry three or more bags out the door in the morning, and it gets so stressful! I can fit my smaller purse, work computer, and clothes for the gym all in the bag! And it looks so chic for the office!

Removable Strap

I love that the Lily Jade weekender bag has a removable strap, just like all of the other Lily Jade bags. When we are only traveling for a night and I am packing light, I have no problem carrying this bag by the handles. But on those longer trips where the bag gets heavy, the shoulder strap is absolutely essential. I love that it can be removed so it doesn’t get in the way on those trips where I don’t feel it is necessary!

On the other end , I love having the strap attached when I have a busy day. When I have the bag packed full, it is so nice to throw it over my shoulder and feel the weight of ALL. OF. THE. THINGS. a little bit less.

High Quality

Lily Jade bags are truly some of the best quality bags I have ever used. They are built to last for baby and beyond, so even if you purchase a diaper bag, you can remove the insert and use it as a purse for ‘after the baby years’. All of their bags, including the Lily Jade weekender, are made of high quality hardware and full grain leather. I have not always seen the value of investing in higher end bags. However, after two babies and LOTS of use, these bags stand the test of time. I get compliments every single time I carry a Lily Jade bag, because they are just so gorgeous and made of the absolute best materials.

Lily Jade weekender bag

My Dress  // Sunglasses // Shoes

This Lily Jade weekender bag really is the perfect item for your travels, heading to the office, or just busy days where you are out and about. I have been a loyal user of Lily Jade for awhile now (see my review of their Brittany bag), and there is a reason why. Their bags are top notch, and absolutely gorgeous!

Do you use a weekender bag when you travel? What are your tips and tricks to packing for a quick getaway!?

Friday Favorites: Weekender Bag and Beautycounter Eyeshadow

Hello hello my friends, happy Friday! We are extra happy today because we are headed to the lake for the weekend! It isn’t supposed to be very warm, but I am sure the boys will still be forcing us into the lake. One of the many joys of having your children, right?! 😉 Hopping right into my favorites for the week (including the BEST new Beautycounter eyeshadow), keep reading for all the details!

Beautycounter Eyeshadow

I have been sharing bits and pieces about Beautycounter recently, and I am absolutely in love with the new classics Beautcounter eyeshadow palette. Beautycounter recently launched a new line of powders with a brand new formula, and trust me when I say that they are GOOD. I am by no means a makeup pro, and do not claim to be. But this palette is on par, if not better than, the other designer palettes I have used in the past. There is also a romantic palette and a statement palette, and I honestly cannot decide which one I love most. Of course, my favorite thing about these powders is that they are SAFE and have over 1,500 ingredients that they DO NOT USE. I could shout it from the rooftops how excited I am to have found high performing makeup that is also 100% safe.

5 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Did you catch my post earlier this week with easy ways to simplify your life? I have been on a major kick of purging and getting rid of unnecessary things lately. I committed not only to cleaning out my closet, but to not refilling my closet! Womp womp. I love shopping, but just hate clutter and having too many things. I am thinking about looking into a ‘capsule wardrobe’ for fall/winter. Have you ever done a capsule wardrobe? I have no idea how to begin!

Crocband Crocs

Okay, I did not purchase these for MYSELF. I just don’t think I can ever find a way for Crocs to fit into my style 😉 But we grabbed Jackson this pair of shoes last week, and I am honestly surprised by how cute they are, and he LOVES them. Of course, Mike discovered that the exact same pair comes in grown up sizes, so now he has a pair, too. SALE ALERT: the grown-up pair actually cost HALF as much as the kids sizes on Amazon and a fraction of what I have seen them for in stores! I will say that I love that they are easy to clean and are perfect for use during the summer months!

Tie Front Top

Yesterday I shared one of my favorite trends of summer. These tie front tops are my absolute favorite and are universally flattering on everyone. They are basically a top that was MADE to be worn with a cute bralette! You can check out the full post with all of the details here.

Lily Jade Weekender Bag

Look for a full review coming next week, but since we are all packed for the lake I couldn’t resist sharing my FAVORITE new bag. As I talk about capsule wardrobes, Lily Jade bags really fit the bill. They are of the absolute BEST quality and materials, and I have no doubts I will use them for YEARS to come. And the style is so classic, I don’t worry about it not being ‘trendy’ in a few years! Did I mention the weekender bag is HUGE and holds everything you could need, and more!?

 

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend-there aren’t many weekends left of summer, so make sure you make every last moment count!

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What I Wore: Dreamy White Dress

Hello my friends, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. We celebrated with some SUPER exciting news; my mother and father in law bought a lake place! We might live in the state of 10,000 lakes, but we have honestly still never taken our boys out on a boat. And I am so excited for that to finally change! We already are all planning on heading up for fishing, swimming, and bonfires over the 4th of July, and we are giddy with excitement. There are so many memories to be made! Now, onto this white dress that you NEED in your life.

I saw this white dress a month or two ago and immediately thought it would be so perfect for the summer time. It is more light and airy than it looks (and it already looks pretty darn light and airy) and is so soft. I literally feel like I am wearing a dream when I put it on. The stars have some metallic shimmer to them, which I love because it takes the look from being a plain white dress and spices things up! It would be perfect to wear to a baby shower, or out to dinner. I would say it would be a great wedding guest dress, but there is this thing about wearing white to a wedding 😉

Tell me, what are your favorite places to wear white dresses? I realize a lot of my ‘dress up’ opportunities come with weddings, so I am dying to find other places where I can wear them!

Dress // Watch // Necklace // Bag c/o

Friday Favorites: Linco de Mayo

Ya see what I did in that title? 😉 If you didn’t know, my baby boy was born on Cinco de Mayo. My husband was so disappointed in my party planning skills this year. HOW did I not name the party for our dear sweet Lincoln ‘Linco de Mayo’. I about died laughing! Luckily the boy has a lifetime of Cinco de Mayo birthdays ahead of him. Still, despite his party theme having NOTHING to do with the celebration, we did jump on the opportunity to serve tacos (and probably margs) at his family party. We will be prepping today and tomorrow, but before we dive into the throes of party planning, I wanted to share some favorites!

The many faces of Lincoln

In honor of the birthday boy, I thought it was fitting that I share some of his faces. He makes SO many funny faces. Charisma is not something that our boy is lacking, that is for sure. His personality grows more and more by the minute. I am fairly certain we are going to have our hands full with him, but I am also confident he is going to be SO MUCH FUN.

2. 1-800 Flowers

I was so excited this weekend when I received a bouquet of flowers delivered directly to our front door! You guys, I do not think I have ever seen a bouquet of that many roses. I tried to count them, and I think this was three dozen! The boys had so MUCH fun seeing them, and Jackson asked right away if he could have one to bring to Kristi (our daycare provider). It was SO sweet, and with so many roses, I happily obliged in letting each boy bring a flower to her. Raise them kind, and raise them to be gentlemen, right?!

3. Another Giveaway with Lily Jade

Did you catch my post last week sharing my new lifestyle bag from Lily Jade? I have a giveaway going over on my Instagram with them that lasts for a few more days, but we also teamed up to offer a smaller giveaway to one of my readers for a $375 store credit! Entering is SUPER easy, head over and be sure to enter!

4. Great American Eagle Finds

Do any of you feel like you go through stages with the stores you like? Lately, I have been LOVING everything at American Eagle. I just love their denim and shorts, but they have a lot of other great items, too. I snagged this pair of jeans and this pair of black denim this week, and I LOVE how they fit. The black pair does run a bit slimmer than other denim from AE, so if you are between sizes I would. What is is about destroyed knees that is so great? I also have last year’s style of these lounge shorts, and plan to get these as well. They are SO soft and perfect for those hot summer days when you want to be comfortable and cool. And I am not sure what it is, but I cannot get enough of basics, and these henley tanks are so perfect for throwing on over a swimsuit or pretty bralette.

5. Pretty White Tank Top

Earlier this week, I shared a fun new tank top from Pink Blush. I have been a long time fan of their clothing, it always fits so well and is made of such good quality. I have become a bigger fan of neutrals and basics since becoming a mom, but I love the little pom and lace details that spice up this top! You can read the full post here for all of the details!

I hope you all have a great weekend. Be sure to head back next week, I will have party details from Lincoln’s birthday, and a fun giveaway for any of you who have ANY sort of partying coming up!

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Lily Jade Giveaway!

I received this bag in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!

Spring is in the air, and with spring always comes the desire to hit reset. What is it about opening up the windows and feeling the sunshine on your skin that makes a person want to organize all of the things!? With our LATE spring this year, we set outside immediately to begin working on our mile long to do list. I also found myself wanting to do a bit of a refresh for my closet this year, too. And one of the things I couldn’t wait to do was make the switch from a diaper bag to a Lily Jade lifestyle bag.

Bag c/o // Floral Top // Similar pants

I have been a lover of Lily Jade bags for years. I was first drawn to their diaper bags. It is so easy to fall in love with high quality leather, the removable insert, and the gorgeous color options. My tried and true Madeline Bag never disappointed. And while I have LOVED my diaper bag over the past four years, I would be lying if I said it doesn’t get heavy. Babies and toddlers require a LOT of stuff for simple errands. Three outfits, two sippy cups, and a million diapers and wipes add up quickly 😉 Quite frankly, sometimes carrying a diaper bag feels like a burden. Moms, do you remember what it feels like to grab a cute little handbag just for you?

I fell in love with this gorgeous Lily Jade lifestyle bag the moment I laid eyes upon it. It doesn’t look very big, but it still packs plenty of space. My boys are so in love with being BIG lately that they prefer carrying diapers and snacks in their dinosaur and robot backpacks (hey, less work for me!), and I feel like I have gotten a little piece of myself back having a bag that is just for my things! Of course, a spare snack and diaper still find their way in, because do we ever really turn off our ‘mom mode’?

Fun Features

This Lily Jade lifestyle bag comes with a removable strap similar to the diaper bags, which makes it perfect for wearing as a crossbody and freeing up hands. Which is perfect, because I am still a mom, after all. I love to remove it and carry it by the handles when I am out solo. The blush color is absolutely gorgeous in person. I literally get a compliment on this bag every single time I take it out with me!

Whether you are a new mom, a mom in the throes of diapers and sippy cups, or a mom transitioning to that next stage (goodbye diapers!), Lily Jade has you covered. Their quality, style, and customer service is top notch, and these bags are ones that I know will stand the test of time (and toddlers). And now for the fun part. Head to the link below to enter to win a $375 shop credit to Lily Jade! Giveaway is open through May 31st!

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Stang and Co + Lily Jade Giveaway – Spring 2018!