Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What's in My Beach Bag with Gordmans

Thank you Gordmans for sponsoring today's post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that make Marvelous in the Midwest possible!

Whether you're headed to the beach or pool this summer, there are always those necessities that everyone loves to bring along!  I teamed up with Gordmans to show you all affordable must-haves to bring to your next sun session! 

1. A fun beach tote. I love this one I got a while back from Shein.  It's the perfect size to throw a towel in with all the necessities.  It's a sturdy bag and has a lining in the inside to keep sand out!  This one is no longer available, but I found a similar one here and here!

2. Sunscreen is a MUST! I love this one by ColorScience. It's a powder-based sunscreen which I love, as it doesn't give off a greasy feel or overly strong scent.  This sunscreen can also be used alone or under makeup!

3. Flip Flops.  I always look for the most water-proof option for sandals but still want them to look cute! I am personally not a fan of the rubber flip-flops, so I love the jelly material of these Capelli New York ones.  They're easy to walk in, the sand stays off your feet and the bow & studs make these super feminine and adorable for lunch or errands after!  I found these on sale at Gordmans for only $6.98... I almost bought them in black too!

4. Lip balm.  I pretty much can't live without lip balm.  I usually have 2-3 in my purse at all times, next to my bed, in the car etc.  I always make sure to throw one in my beach bag before I head out, or I know I will regret it once I'm there.  I scooped up this Nature Bee's lip balm for only $0.99 in the checkout line at Gordmans!

5. A water bottle to stay hydrated! I found this adorable faux marble print one at Gordmans which is insulated to keep drinks cold.  It was only $7.99 and they had so many different colors and patterns to choose from!

6. Sunglasses.  A good pair of sunglasses can make all the difference when in the sun, so I always look for a pair that is UV protected.  I also found these retro brown tortoise sunnies at Gordman's for only $4.99!

7. Headphones.  If I'm not in the water, I am usually sitting out listening to music and reading a book or magazine.  I love these rose gold Bluetooth headphones I found at Gordmans for $9.99.  They're super easy to charge and work just as well as other name brand headphones that retail for over $100!

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Thank you Gordmans for sponsoring today's post.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that make Marvelous in the Midwest possible!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party

A couple of weeks ago, I ventured to Palm Springs with my best girlfriends (and my mom and Matt's mom!) for the best bachelorette party!  I had never been to Palm Springs before, so I wasn't sure what to expect- but it exceeded ALL my expectations and I can't wait to go back!  The weekend that we were there was one of the hottest weekends of the year-- temps were well above 110.  If you're traveling to Palm Springs between June- August, be prepared to be mainly by a pool all day.  It's not humid like the Midwest, which is amazing, but it was still HOT!

We flew into LA because it was cheaper than flying direct to Palm Springs from Chicago, but we didn't hit any traffic so our drive was only 2 hours.  Since we got into LA around 8am, we had the whole day on Thursday in Palm Springs!  Below was our itinerary:


12pm | Lunch & Margaritas @ Azucar

3pm | Check-in to our Airbnb (We stayed at the Pretty in Pink)

7pm | Taco Bar Dinner at the house

8pm | Games


9am | Breakfast & Mimosa's at the house

10am | Poolside Lounging

12pm | Lunch @ house from The Sandwich Spot (their salads were amazing!!)

6pm | Games

8pm | Dinner @ 849 Restaurant (this restaurant was the cutest)

10pm | Drinks at The Tonga Hut


10am | Brunch @ Cheeky's (we even had a Michelle Obama sighting!) 

12pm | Tram Ride up the Mountain 

3pm | Poolside Lounging

7pm | Private Chef Dinner at the house

9pm | Games


11 am | Check Out

The Itinerary was the perfect mix of relaxing and party-time, so no one ever felt too tired for the next thing!  One thing I will mention is that Palm Springs has a very strict noise ordinance in place.  This means no music outside or loud voices after 10pm.  A lot of these Airbnb's are located in residential neighborhoods which is why this ordinance is in place.  I never really even noticed it... if you're with the right people you won't even need the music! :)

Now onto some of the amazing vendors that made this trip even more amazing!!

BigMouth Inc filled our pool with some adorable pool floats-- we had a giant ring, flamingo, swan, avocado, and a unicorn!  These floats were perfect for lounging in the pool all day (which we did every day!)

I gifted each of the girls attending a goody bag filled with the cutest little must-haves for Palm Springs!

'But First Palm Springs' Eye Mask - The Sleepy Cottage
Monogrammed Flamingo Tumbler - Sequins in the South
Palm Springs Before the Rings Tank Top (pictured above!) - The Couture Kitten
I Do Crew Swimsuits - The Couture Kitten

Another HUGE shoutout to these amazing companies for stocking our fridge and keeping us hydrated all weekend long:

ONEHOPE Wine- the PRETTIEST glittered champage bottles & delicious Cabernet! ONEHOPE donates half of its profits to charity and each ONEHOPE wine varietal supports a different charitable cause or organization.

The Palm by Whispering Angel - The Palm is a blend of Grenache, Cynsault and Syrah made from grapes which are selected from the best vineyards in the appellation CĂ´teaux d’Aix-en-Provence. (this Rose was perfect for hanging poolside!)
Spiked Seltzer - This seltzer comes in 6 different flavors and is super refreshing, especially on a hot summer day!  I love how it's all natural, low carb, and gluten free and tastes good too!

Thanks again to everyone (friends and retailers) for making this past weekend unforgettable! Now onto the Wedding... 2 more months to go!