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April 2016

HOW TO BE THE BEST GIFT GIVER EVER

how to be the best gift giverAs I was attempting to put together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide for you all this morning, I suddenly realized that no matter how many hours of thought I put into it, it probably wouldn’t be helpful to 90% of my readers. I would likely just round up the things that my own mother would like, which would be great for the small percentage of you whose mother’s styles style mirrors that of my mom’s, but a waste of time for the majority whose don’t. It’s impossible to box all moms into one gift guide, from the new mothers to moms who have great grandchildren, they are all unique individuals who have their own stories, their own interests and their own personal style. So, rather than waste your Saturday morning on a gift guide for MY mom, I’ve rounded up a list of questions I always ask myself when I’m seeking out the perfect gift for someone I love to come up with something that’s thoughtful and that they’ll truly want. ūüôā

So here are the questions to ask yourself when you’re seeking gift for your loved one that will make you the best gift giver ever!

**Side note – Cole’s birthday is this Wednesday, so this whole gift giving thing has been on my mind all week, just sayin’.

What Has Been Going on in His/Her Life Lately?

The key to being a good gift giver (and not wasting your money on something the person doesn’t even want) is being thoughtful and the best way to do that is to start by asking this question (the one above). Has the person been stressed lately? A massage would be an amazing gift idea. Have they recently moved into a new house?¬†Some fun new decor like these gorgeous throw pillows for their home would be so thoughtful.¬†Had a baby? Got a new job? Got engaged?¬†Start getting some gift ideas¬†based on this knowledge. For one of my best friend’s birthdays recently who had recently got engaged, I put an adorable journal/planner in her gift¬†because I knew she’d need it for the wedding planning process.

What Does She/He Do to Relax or For Fun?

It’s hard to not be drawn to the things we personally like when seeking a gift (which is what makes shopping for dudes SO hard!), but to help, ask yourself what that person does to relax or have fun? Is she a yogi? A fun new yoga mat like this adorable one would be the perfect idea! Does he¬†play golf? Some new golf shoes or clubs would make his day. My husband, for example, love hunting (like, a lot!), and while I know nothing about the hobby/sport, a trip to Bass Pro Shop and talking to one of the experts there will always do the trick. Getting the person something that has to do with what their personal hobbies are will make them feel so special. Example 2 – if anyone gets me anything Disney at all, it makes me so happy and giddy I nearly cry because I just think it is SO sweet and thoughtful.

Does She/He Have Any Upcoming Travel or Events Planned?

Thinking about the person’s travel/event plans can be super helpful when thinking of gift ideas. Is he or she going on a tropical getaway? Some beach essentials like a towel or a personalized sunhat¬†like this one (SO cute I can’t even!) would be a great idea.¬†Is he or she running a half marathon? Some new workout gear would probably be much appreciated. A weeks-long trip to Europe? A music festival? A mission trip? Traveling or preparing for an event usually requires new purchases (especially for us girls), so taking an item off that list for them would likely be much appreciated.

Is There Something She/He has Been Talking About Wanting or Doing Lately?

This can be tricky, but think closely about the conversations you’ve had with that person recently. Have you been to their home and they don’t have a particular item they want/need?¬†For example, my mom knew Cole and I needed a nice trash can (so fancy, I know) so she surprised us on Easter with a beautiful new stainless steel trashcan. Has she commented on how much she loves your jewelry organizer? A monogram jewelry organizer would be a great gift idea (and how adorable is this one for just $30?!) Has he needed a tool around the house that you don’t have? Try to think about these conversations you’ve had and start putting together ideas based on that. And next time, you’ll remember to write it down when he or she drops a hint.

Does He/She Frequently Ask to Borrow Something of Yours or a Friend’s?

This is an easy question to ask yourself that you may not think of and it’s especially good when thinking about a gift for a girl. Whether your mom, your sister or your best friend, girl’s borrow each others stuff all the time, so this can give you a big clue on what to get her. Is there a particular clothing item or beauty product that she loves to borrow? Why not get her one of her own or something similar. It’s something you know she likes and she’ll appreciate the thought you put into it.

What is His/Her Love Language?

You probably know what your husband/boyfriend’s love language is, but think about the love language of your other loved ones too when picking out a gift. For someone who is close to you, you likely won’t need to have him or her take the quiz, but having this mindset will help narrow down your options. (PS – here are the five love languages in case you need a refresher!) Does he or she appreciate words of affirmation? A sentimental gift like a personalized photo frame of the two of you (I got this one for my parents on our wedding day!) or a mini scrapbook of some kind along with a personal, thoughtful card would probably melt his or her heart. Is his or her love language quality time? Rather than buying a physical gift, you may think about making reservations at his or her favorite restaurant or buying tickets to a concert for his or her favorite band or artist. Thinking about the way her or she receives love will allow you to be much more thoughtful when selecting a gift.

Okay, that’s all for now. Getting the perfect gift can be so hard, so I hope this little blurb helped you in some sort of way. Now I’ve gotta get going because my husband’s birthday is in four days and I’m still working on that perfect gift for him. ūüėČ

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YELLOW TIE FRONT ROMPER

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How to instantly add a little flair to your everyday romper? Add a little tie front detail! I shared a flatlay of this adorable¬†yellow tie front romper¬†earlier on instagram, and today, as promised, I’m sharing the cute little rompy romp here on the blog.

The romper has been trending for several seasons now, and I am absolutely loving the new vintage-meets-modern take on it with tie-front and cut out details like the one seen on this romper. So much, in fact, that I’ve linked several more tie front rompers below with different price points for you to shop.

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What’s more to love about this little romper is the bright and beautiful yellow floral print and the adorable ruffled details (I’m a sucker for anything with ruffles). Every girl needs a few yellow pieces in their spring/summer wardrobe – there’s something about the color that just exudes happiness and sunshine, and this floral print captures that brilliantly.

One of the things I love most about romper sis that you don’t have to put much thought into styling it, especially one with a bold print like this one. To style the romper, I started by adding some height with these amazing Steve Madden platform sandals in black¬†and went with neutral accessories to compliment the print like these drop earrings by Kendra Scott and this crossbody bag by Kelly Wynne.

I finished the look with a little more vintage flair in these fun, oversized round sunnies that I found for just $12.

This is the perfect weekend look for drinks (margaritas, preferably) with the guy or the girls.

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ROMPER: J.O.A. Tie Front Cut Out Romper  //  SANDALS: Steve Madden Kierra Platform Sandal in Black  //  BAG: Kelly Wynne Halo Crossbody Bag in Polynesian Pearl  //  EARRINGS: Kendra Scott Lauren Earrings in Crushed Ivory Pearl  //  SUNGLASSES:  Nordstrom 50mm Oversized Round Sunglasses  //  WATCH: Michael Kors Runway Watch  //  PEARL CUFF: The Peach Box  //  BRACELET: Michael Kors Toggle Bracelet

 

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BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOT DRESS

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After sharing a couple of sneak peeks on instagram, today I’m styling this adorable Minnie-inspired black and white polka dot dress.¬†Polka dots are having a major comeback,¬†and the first lady of Disney, Minnie Mouse, might have a bit to do with that, thanks to their Rock The Dots campaign and the new @MinnieStyle instagram account. As a Disney fanatic and an ultra girly girl, I’m absolutely loving the return of this fun and feminine print.

I case you’re a polka dot fan seeking the perfect dress this season (and to prove that polka dots are indeed back in fashion), I’ve linked to several more polka dot dresses below. There’s something about the print that is so playful, light-hearted and a bit vintage, too. The adorable little polka dot dress that I’m styling today is currently out of stock (you can sign up for an email when it’s back in stock here!), so I almost didn’t share this look on the blog, but I found so my similar dresses (like this one!), that I decided it was still worth sharing.

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To style the dress, I opted for a few pops of red to continue the Minnie Mouse inspiration with these red strappy sandals and this adorable kissy face clutch (similar here). For another color pop and to dress the look up, I added these gorgeous turquoise tassel earrings I scooped up from White Elephant Designs for just a fraction of the ODLR versions, and this turquoise cuff from BaubleBar.

To add to the Minnie theme, I topped it off with my favorite ears – these polka dot bow topped Minnie ears. I’ll be going to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World later this year, and this would be a perfect outfit for the parks when paired with some comfy-chic flats. Stay tuned for more posts on ideas for dressing fashionably at Disney Parks.

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DRESS:  Shoptiques (sold out currently) but similar here!  //  CLUTCH: similar ASOS  //  SANDALS: similar Vinace Camuto Court Ankle Strap Sandals  //  MINNIE MOUSE EARS: Disney Parks Polka Dot Bow Minnie Mouse Ears Hat  //  MINNIE MOUSE MUG: similar Disney Parks Minnie ouse Bow Mug   //  EARRINGS: White Elephant Designs  //  CUFF: BaubleBar Paleo Stone Cuff  //  SUNNIES: Prada 49mm Retro Sunglasses

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LONG SLEEVE OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

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It’s possible that this is the 1000th off the shoulder top that I’ve featured here on Vandi Fair, but I loved this blue long sleeve off the shoulder top so much that I simply had to share it with you. For starters, the top comes in under $25, and I absolutely love the¬†dreamy light blue hue.

If you don’t already have a long sleeve off the shoulder top, I’ve linked more of my favorites below because they are a perfect staple for a chillier spring day or evening. The off the shoulder blue top I’m styling today features fun and feminine details like the little tie sleeves and the slits on the side.

To style the shirt, I started with my go-to ripped white skinny jeans (another staple if you don’t have a pair yet and these are under $60!) to keep the look light and fresh. I added another splash of color with these adorable espadrilles by Rebecca Minkoff in the most gorgeous coral color (they’re a contender for my favorite shoe this spring!) To finish the look, I opted for this gorgeous chain statement necklace from Moon and Lola (you wouldn’t even believe how lightweight it is!), my go-to Kelly Wynne chain crossbody bag and a little playful pop with these reflective heart-shaped sunnies (only $12!)

 

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TOP: SheInside Blue Long Sleeve Off The Shoulder Blouse  //  JEANS: Vigoss Thompson Destroyed Skinny Jeans  //  ESPADRILLES: Rebecca Minkoff Gilles Espadrille Flats  //  BAG: Kelly Wynne Halo Crossbody Bag in Polynesian Pearl  //  NECKLACE: Moon and Lola Ajman Necklace  //  SUNNIES: B.P. Heart Shaped Sunglasses  //  WATCH: Michael Kors Runway Watch  //  PEARL CUFF: The Peach Box

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TIE FRONT SHIRTDRESS

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The menswear trend has been around for a little while now, but I’m especially loving this season’s take on the trend with collared, button up¬†dresses like this adorable tie front shirtdress (just $37!). A perfectly feminine take on menswear, I absolutely love that this dress is topped off with a little tie front feature that also adds an hour glass shape to the dress.

I case you don’t have any shirtdresses on rotation in your spring/summer wardrobe, I’ve linked several more options you can shop below, but first, let’s talk about this dress. I love that the color is the classic, light blue hue of many mens shirts (which also makes it neutral enough to pair with so much!) and the ability to roll up the sleeves as I did for a quarter length look. This dress is currently only available in a size medium, but lucky for you, I found a near-identical number on major sale that’s available in all sizes here.

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While the shirt can easily be paired with some pointed toe pumps for an office chic look, I went with a fun weekend look since this was shot by my lovely bestie blogger babe Olivia of Livvyland during the RewardStyle in downtown Dallas conference a few weekends ago. To start, I paired these amazing fringe suede sandals that are currently on major sale for under $45! Side note – these are seriously the comfiest heel/sandals ever – I wore them all day at a country festival this past weekend and my feet felt great! Then I added a little color pop with this amazing turquoise cuff by BaubleBar, while keeping the rest of my accessories neutral with this crossbody by Kelly Wynne and these Karen Walker sunnies.

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SHIRTDRESS: Shoptiques Tie Front ShirtdressSimilar On Sale Here!  //  SANDALS: Mari A. Elsa Sandals РON SALE! //  EARRINGS: Kendra Scott Sophee Earrings in Gold  //  SUNNIES: Karen Walker Harvest Sunglasses  //  BAG: Kelly Wynne Halo Crossbody Bag in Polynesian Pearl  //  WATCH: Tory Burch Izzie Watch  //  CUFF: BaubleBar Paleo Cuff in Turquoise

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