Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Key to Encouragement

One thing I didn't mention in my introductory post: I love key accents. As in actual keys - on my jewelry, on my clothes and anywhere else I can get them. So I was delighted when I found a company that not only makes amazing key jewelry, but has launched a couple of amazing ideas along the way.

I'm talking about The Giving Keys, a company that employs people transitioning out of homelessness to make unique necklaces, bracelets and more stamped with inspirational words and phrases, like "strength," "courage," and "let go."

You're supposed to wear your key for as long as you need that word in your life - whether it be a few days or a few years - and then give it away to someone you encounter who needs it more than you do. After you give your key away, you can go on The Giving Keys' website to post your story. If you have a moment, go check out some stories. The page is chock full of stories guaranteed to make you cry!

I came across The Giving Keys after one of my favorite singers, Jana Kramer, posted an Instagram photo of her visit to the company. Other other key wearers include Zac Efron, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez. (I can't decide if the Hollywood-cool element makes me like the keys more or less, but I guess I'm just glad such a good company is being publicized. Sorry. My whole "I like things less when they're trendy" thing is rearing its ugly head! haha)

I bought a delicate-style pendant for myself with the word "faith" stamped on it. It's been cool to see the kinds of conversations sparked by my wearing of the key. I've gotten to talk about my faith in Christ, and why I need to be reminded of it at this time in my life. I've gotten to talk about The Giving Keys. I've also been asked by my dad whether I'm house-sitting for someone and guarding the key with my life. HA. (Side note: Expect the infamous Keith Lui to become a fixture on this blog.)

Keys also make great gifts even when you're not giving them from around your own neck. I recently gave one to a friend who's been through a hard time. It's emblazoned with "hope" and "faith" to remind her that God is with her no matter what!

You can get each key customized with whatever word or short phrase you want (within reason). So get Giving and come back here to let me know what you created!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Old Navy Does Designer

OK, the title of this post is a little misleading. Old Navy is not doing designer anything. BUT it's parent company, Gap, owns my go-to site for designer deals: Piperlime.

Piperlime sells shoes, bags, clothing and accessories from some of my favorite designers, including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. They frequently have sales of up to 30% off sitewide, not to mention great deals in clearance and final sale.

But the real kicker? If you have an Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic credit card, the reward certificates you earn while buying your basics can be used here. Plus, in the past year, Old Navy has really stepped up their game when it comes to earning points on your card.

You can currently get two points per dollar on any purchase outside of Gap brands through 5/31 (groceries, gas, restaurants, whatever). Before Christmas last year, they were offering 200 points for every outside purchase. Which means five purchases earned you $10. At one point, I racked up $50 in one billing cycle. Those kinds of rewards lead to deals like these:

Other Piperlime bonuses: free shipping & returns, and 10% off every Tuesday for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy credit card holders. You can apply for an Old Navy credit card here. (Insert obligatory warning about being responsible about credit card debt here.)

So yeah. I'm kind of obsessed with this site. Links to Piperlime and other shopping sites I love are on the right side of the blog. I'm going to be doing in-depth posts with tips on each of them as time goes on.

Hello There.

How to introduce myself to you?

I love Jesus, fashion and baseball. Those three often have a strange way of mixing themselves together in my life. I'm going to write about them here in the form of my favorite things to talk about: charitable clothing companies, discount designer shopping and baseball fashion for women.

If you're looking for news on the latest trends, well, you probably won't find that here. I don't tend to care about those sorts of things, unless I think they're ugly. I just do whatever I want. In fact, I'm more likely to shy away from something if everyone's wearing it. I'm kind of a brat that way. 

Other random facts and quirks about my style: I love quality shoes & purses. I tend to be a little less picky when it comes to clothing, mixing high-end finds with basics from Target and Old Navy. I vacillate between quirky and classic. Love silver accents ... HATE GOLD. Favorite accessories include Swarovski necklaces and BCBG wrap bracelets. I worship Michael Kors. Other designers you'll always find in my closet are Vince Camuto, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Anthropologie.

I'm kind of an online shopping ninja. Constant requests for my bargain-hunting secrets are one of the reasons I decided to finally start this blog. Whatever designer items you covet - you're probably either paying too much for it, or wrong about not being able to afford it. Hopefully, I can help you!

Oh, and I don't wear make-up. I know that's weird for someone who prides herself in always looking  put together, but I'm too lazy to get up in the morning in time to put a face on. So you probably won't find any product advice here either. Sorry!

Have questions? Blog suggestions? E-mail me at! I'm so excited to start sharing with you!