August 2018 Wallpapers

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Happy August! I’m sure many of you have noticed that my blog looks a little different, and you don’t need to get your eyes checked because it is different. I recently switched over my domain site and what a nightmare that was! I apologize if you visited my site and it was down, so sorry! Apparently, the theme I previously had is no longer available so I had to switch to the updated version which I don’t love. I’m going to do a little tweaking in the next month so stay tuned.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out my latest blog post that has some of the desk supplies that I use to keep my desk organized and get me in the mood to work! Whether you’re going back to school or working a full-time job, a workspace that puts you in the mood to get shit done is super important!

Oh and be sure to follow @blazersandbluejeans on Instagram because we will be doing a giveaway next month!!

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Uppercase Designs Ι Kate Spade
Wazz Publishing Ι Lovilee

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Designer Blogs Ι Oh So Lovely
May Designs Ι The House That Lars Built

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Smashing Magazine Ι Every Tuesday
Kelly Sugar Crafts Ι Ban.do

August 2018 Calendar Wallpapers

Inkstruck Studio Ι Whatever Bright Things
Mel Armstrong Design Ι Rae Ritchie

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Stylish Planners Ι Candidly Keri
Sarah Hearts Ι Mospens Studio

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Britt Fabello Ι Bonnie Christine
Edens Garden Ι The Every Girl

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Sugar Paper LA Ι To Live Beautifully
Coton Colors Ι Stories of A

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Kathy Davis Ι Hux Love Honey
Erika Firm Designs Ι Paper Raven Co. (Must Subscribe)

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Letterfolk (Must Subscribe) Ι Inkwell Press (Must Subscribe)
Evelyn Henson (Must Subscribe) Ι Angie Spurgeon (Must Subscribe)

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Dawn Nicole Designs (Must Subscribe) Ι Blushed Designs (Must Subscribe)

Cute Desk Supplies That Will Make You Want to Sit at Your Desk

Lilly Pulitzer agenda with Apple Macbook Pro

Call me a total nerd but, there are few things I love more than a Lilly Pulitzer planner and a cute workspace. Whether you’re going back to school or working a full-time job, a workspace that puts you in the mood to get shit done is super important! If you have never been to my blog before, I post new computer wallpapers every month and they are sure to spruce up any workspace. You can check those out here! Here are some cute desk supplies that I use to keep my desk organized and get me in the mood to work!

Lilly Pulitzer Flamingo Planner with Marble Apple Macbook Cover

A Good Planner

I use my planner every day and I honestly can’t imagine life without it! It has all of my important dates and everything I need to accomplish each day written down. I seriously can’t imagine life without it. On top of my planner, I have a monthly desk calendar too so I can look at dates more easily. Check out some of my favorite agendas and planners below:

Fun Desk Accessories

In my opinion, desk accessories are just as important as your planner. There are tons of fun post-its, notepads, and notebooks. This might sound weird but I am a sucker for a good rollerball pen. Writing with them feels so good, I just want to keep writing. Here are some of my favorite cute desk supplies and accessories, including some Glaze gel pens!

A Functional Work Bag

So technically these aren’t cute desk supplies but, they are still cute! If you’re like me and bring your laptop home from work, a good work bag or tote bag is a must! I have several tote bags that I use but one of my favorites is a Kate Spade bag that has cupcakes and french macarons all over it. In my opinion, a perfect bag has pockets inside, is big enough to fit my Macbook, and has a strap long enough for me to put it on my shoulder. Here are some of my favorites including a Dagne Dover tote, which I am dying to buy!

For the Classic Gal

If you want to give your desk a more modern and sleek look, Kate Spade is a must! Their desk accessories and witty and classic looking so they will never go out of style. Here are some of my favorite desk Kate Spade supplies!

For the Quirky Gal

If you’re more quirky like me (I have a tape dispenser in the shape of a shoe), these Ban.do desk accessories are right up your alley. Ban.do is more colorful and playful than most desk supplies but that is why I love it!

For the Rustic Gal

Anthropologie and Rifle Paper Co. have some really cute desk accessories if you want a more rustic look. I can honestly say that I am obsessed with Rifle Paper Co. and everything they create. Below are some of my favorite picks from Anthropologie and Rifle Paper Co.

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My Favorite Thrift Stores in Manhattan

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Something my mom and I love to do together is going to thrift stores. We love looking around at all the different knick-knacks and finding good deals on designer stuff. So when I was planning our trip to New York City, of course, I had to do some research on thrift stores. We went to both thrift stores and vintage shops while we were in New York City, but I found that a lot of the vintage shops offered truly vintage stuff, like stuff from the 60’s and 70’s at a much higher price point. I was more interested in finding designer stuff and unique knick-knacks. Below are four of my favorite thrift shops I visited well in Manhattan. I also created a Google Map with all of these stores in Manhattan.

Be sure to check out my 7 Sweet Spots in NYC blog post to read about my all my favorite bakeries and desserts in Manhattan! Or check out the travel section of my blog to see all my travel posts!

 

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While we were in New York we stopped at three different Housing Works thrift shops. They have many locations all throughout Manhattan and each location has a variety of items. The first two we went to, we didn’t really find anything worth purchasing. We found a lot of the items to still be expensive. I’m talking like $75 for a visibly used Banana Republic dress. But at the last location we went to, I found a brand new, still with tags, Bloomingville pitcher for only $8 and it was still selling online for almost $30! There was also a set of matching Bloomingville mugs for $3 a piece! I highly recommend checking out Housing Works, but be aware each location is different and some stuff can still be expensive.

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The cute Bloomingville pitcher I found and the matching mugs.

 

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We also stopped at Angel Street Thrift Shop and found it to be very similar to Housing Works Thrift Shop. Some stuff was still kind of expensive and other stuff was honestly just junk. Although I will say that while digging through a pile of tops, I was able to find a grey wool Lacoste sweater for only $6! Score!

Lacoste Sweater From Manhattan Thrift Store
Only $6 for this wool Lacoste sweater!

 

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I know Chelsea Flea Market isn’t a thrift store and it’s only open on Saturday and Sunday but this place had the coolest stuff.  One of the things I loved most about Chelsea Flea Market was that it is a traditional flea market that sells antiques, art, vintage jewelry, and clothes. There were a lot of knick-knacks, artwork, and vintage clothing and jewelry. My mom managed to find a gorgeous Ted Baker London Dress for only $10! I also saw a pair of Tory Burch jeans that were only $12 but unfortunately, they weren’t in my size.

 

Goodwill Manhattan_best thrift stores

My favorite of all the thrift stores we went to was Goodwill. We went to a location in lower Manhattan but they have locations throughout Manhattan. I swear, I honestly could have spent all day going through the racks of stuff. There were tons of J.Crew and Banana Republic for super cheap. You can find a nice Banana Republic blouse for just $8. I found a really cute Marc Jacobs sweater that was only $30, but I couldn’t justify purchasing it because I live in Florida and it never gets cold. If you have time to go to only one place, I would highly recommend going to Goodwill. Just remember to give yourself time to go through all the clothes!

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This Marc Jacobs sweater would have been a steal at $30!

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July 2018 Wallpapers

July 2018 Calendar Wallpapers

Happy July!! I hope everyone is having a great summer and staying cool. Fourth of July is right around the corner and I have the perfect dessert for the occasion! My Lemon Berry Tiramisu will be sure to please any crowd. The tartness from the lemon, mixed with richness of the the mascarpone cheese, and the sweetness from the berries make the PERFECT combination. Everyone loves this dessert everytime I make it.
I also recently published a blog post about my trip to New York City. If you know me, you know I love sweets and I shared my 7 Sweet Spots in NYC. Be sure to check it out if you’re making a trip to the Big Apple!

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July 2018 Calendar BackgroundsOh So Lovely Ι Rae-Ritchie
Sarah Hearts Ι Uppercase Designs

July 2018 Calendar BackgroundsInkstruck Studio Ι Kelly Sugar Crafts
Kate Spade Ι May Designs

July 2018 Calendar WallpaperSmashing Magazine Ι Every Tuesday
Wazz Publishing Ι The House That Lars Built

July 2018 Calendar WallpaperMel Armstrong Design Ι Minding My Nest
Mint For Hue Ι Mospens Studio

 July 2018 Calendar Backgrounds
Apartment 406 Designs Ι Flipsnack
Candidly Keri Ι Hux Loves Honey

July 2018 Calendar backgroundsLoose Leaf Creative Ι Edens Garden
Erika Firm Ι Whatever Bright Things

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Sugar Paper LA Ι Ivanka Trump
Coton-Colors Ι Britt Fabello

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Blushed Design (must subscribe) Ι Evelyn Henson (must subscribe)
Paper Raven Co (must subscribe) Ι Angie Spurgeon (must subscribe)

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Bloom Daily Planners Ι Stories of A
Bonnie Christine Ι Designer Blogs

7 Sweet Spots in New York City

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My recent trip to New York City was filled with lots of tasty foods and if you know me at all, you know I am all about the sweets! I did a lot of research before going to New York City and am happy to share with you all, my favorite sweet spots in the city. Trust me, there were a couple of spots that I wanted to go to but because I can only eat so many cookies before going into a diabetic coma, I didn’t get a chance to go to them. I plan on going to New York City again so if there are any bakery spots or food places, in general, you want to recommend, let a sista know! I also wrote a post that includes my Favorite Thrift Stores in Manhattan so be sure to check it out! Or check out the travel section of my blog to see all my travel posts!

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Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant invented the crème brûlée doughnut so of course, we had to try it. We ended up getting a creme brulee doughnut, pistachio doughnut, strawberry doughnut, rose doughnut, strawberry doughnut, and a cinnamon roll doughnut. The Rose doughnut was a little pricey at $5 but, I had never tasted something like that before. It was a traditional yeast doughnut glazed with a combination of donut icing and rosewater. The crème brûlée doughnut was also delicious. The inside custard reminded me of acrème brûlée and the hard sugar outside added a really nice touch. We weren’t too impressed with the other doughnuts we got but they have many different options on their menu that include both cake doughnuts and yeast doughnuts.

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The crème brûlée doughnut on the left and the rose doughnut on the right.

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Ladurée

French macarons are one of my favorite desserts and even though I’ve been to Ladurée before, I couldn’t help but go again in New York City. I’ve had many French macarons but somehow, Ladurée manages to make the best french macaron I’ve ever had. They’re definitely not cheap but boy are they good. I wanted to try one of their French pastries but since we had just eaten at Dominique Ansel Bakery, I couldn’t imagine eating another rich pastry again.

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Waffles and Dinges

We came across Waffles & Dinges while we were walking around Central Park and I’m so glad we did. The smell from the stand took me back to my trip to Europe and the Belgian waffles tasted almost good as eating them in Belgium. They offer a wide range of toppings and you can eat it on the go. We got a strawberry and whipped cream waffle and a speculoos waffle and I’m honestly drooling right now talking about it.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery

The whole reason we went to Dominique Ansel Bakery was because they invented the cronut. Once we went in and saw all the other delicious pastries we couldn’t help ourselves but order a bunch of other pastries. Of course, we got a cronut in the flavor of the month, which happened to be a strawberry and cream flavor but, we also got Nutella pastry, a DKA, a peanut butter and jam pastry, and an almond pastry. The Cronut was so much better than I had imagined and I highly recommend getting one. I also recommend getting a DKA, or five. They’re soft and flakey in the center but kind of hard and sweet on the outside. If you can, try to get there early and also on a weekday otherwise you’ll be waiting in line to get your hands on a cronut during the weekend.

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Love at first sight looking at a cronut. On the right, a DKA and almond pastry.

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Milkbar

Before we went to New York City, I watched the Netflix episode of Chef’s Table with Christina Tosi, the creator of Milk Bar. I heard about Milkbar before but, it wasn’t until after I watched the Chef’s Table that I was dying to go there. While we were there we got three cookies, Birthday Cake Truffles, Crack Pie, and Cereal Milk soft serve. When I tasted the Cereal Milk soft serve, I was instantly taken back to being five years old, sitting at the breakfast table, eating a bowl of cereal, watching cartoons on the weekend. The Crack Pie was also really good but a little too rich for me. The cookies were also both hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Before we left New York City, we stopped at Milkbar one last time and I got some cookies and Birthday Cake Truffles to bring back to Florida.

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The original Milkbar Cereal Milk soft serve with cereal. Right, my mom and I eating Cereal Milk soft serve.

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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is also a must if you’re in New York City. They are most well known for their cupcakes and banana pudding. When I was there we got an order of banana pudding, two cupcakes, and a Blueberry Jamboree Icebox Dessert. The banana pudding was the best banana pudding I have ever had and I live in the South so that’s saying something. It wasn’t heavy like the traditional banana pudding that I’ve had, it almost seemed like it was a combination of pudding and whipped cream because it was on the lighter side. The cupcake was also really good but, if you’re going to get one thing here, get the banana pudding.

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I was so excited to try Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding that I put too much in my mouth.

Levain Bakery

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go to Levain Bakery while I was in New York City but a co-worker who was in New York City the week after me brought me back some cookies from the bakery so I got to try some. Let me tell you I am so sad that I wasn’t able to try them while I was in New York City, fresh out of the oven. Even though they were a day old, they were still incredibly delicious and I honestly can’t imagine how they must have tasted fresh out of the oven. The cookies were nice and hard on the outside yet, soft and doughy on the inside. Needless to say, they are 100% worth $4 and worth the wait.

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