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Summer Kaftan Dresses

Summer kaftan dresses for 2015

I have had my eye out for a kaftan (or caftan, if you prefer) for years. The long, flowy dresses seem so appealing for hot summer days. Celebrities are often photographed in silk kaftans looking incredibly chic and glamorous. It seems to me to be the perfect summer option for looking like you just flew in from Turks and Caicos or Morocco, except without the pricey flight.

This summer I’m committed to finding a kaftan dress that works for me. I was looking for something I could wear to dinner on the patio, more than something that was just a bathing suit cover-up. I was shocked to find most options pushing $200, with some silk gowns surpassing $1,000! Here are the most promising kaftans I found for summer 2015:

Summer kaftan dresses for 2015

My Paper Planner

Sugar paper planner from Target -- pink

I can’t be the only one who still uses a physical, printed planner… right?

Sugar paper planner from Target -- pink

Last year I found an awesome pink planner as part of the sugar paper for Target collection. I have absolutely loved it because it has a spot for each day, but also a lined notes page for each week. I went to Target recently to purchase the 2015 version, but they changed the layout. It was terrible. I kept flipping through different sizes and colors of planners, hoping my beloved layout would appear. But it did not.

My disappointment drove me on a planner search that dragged across multiple evenings. I was looking to find another weekly planner with a notes page. I love that type of design because I can put my specific daily items under their day, and make lists of ongoing projects on the facing page. Especially since I have a few clients, all with different tasks, I find it easiest to list to-dos by group, not by day. For anyone looking for the same thing, I highly suggest going to this page on European Paper.

My Christmas Wish List

My 2014 Holiday Wish List

This is such a weird time of year for purchases. I spend so much time focusing on saving money and selecting perfect gifts for all my loved ones, I don’t even think about my own wish list. But after you get me thinking about my dream presents, oh, I could go on for days.

Here are a few things I asked for this year, along with other goodies I’d love to get. You know, just in case you were wondering 😉

My 2014 Holiday Wish List

  1. Fujifilm Instant Camera – What’s more fun than instant film?
  2. 85mm Camera lens – As I use my camera more and more, I’d love to start experimenting with some more lenses. Right now I just use the kit one!
  3. Stainless steel water bottle by Swell – I’m all about drinking tap water on the go, but I’d love to have my own bottle. For now I just use George’s, but it can’t always hold enough water for both of us.
  4. Beanie by Free People – Right now I don’t have any winter hats that I actually like. I’m hoping to get a slouchy beanie for those cold winter days.
  5. Passport cover by Kate Spade – Since we hop on so many adventures, I’d love to travel in style with this passport cover by Kate Spade. It says “happily ever after” on it, and is the perfect pink hue!
  6. Burberry Trench – Obviously I don’t expect to be gifted a $1,000+ jacket, but I consider this a dream item to have in my closet some day. We’ll see!
  7. Compact photo printer – I’ve been wanting to get back in scrapbooking and journaling. Right now most of my photos stay stored on my phone or computer, never to see the physical world. I’d love to have a little printer that can quickly spit out images that work for my personal use.
  8. Suede Wedges by Sperry – I’ve been eyeing these shoes all season, but there’s no real reason that I *need* them. But don’t those kinds of things make the best presents?

Now that I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping, I can’t help but wonder what’s under the tree for me. I know gifts aren’t the primary focus of the holiday, but I just can’t help but be excited to give presents and receive a few treats!

My Mexico Packing List

Best things to pack for Mexico - a list of what to bring on The Thrifty Ginger

After a chilly weekend here in New York, I’m ecstatic to have an upcoming trip to Mexico this fall. We’re going to be staying on the western coast, in a small surfing town and I could not be more excited.

I’ve been busy preparing for the trip, gathering up some necessities, as well as some fun treats. We’ll be doing a lot of swimming, I hope, since we’ll have a pool, and are in walking distance to the beach. Mostly I’m just looking to maximize our time with warm weather fun. I may have gone a little overboard, but I’m just so excited.

Here’s what I’ll be packing:

Best things to pack for Mexico - a list of what to bring on The Thrifty Ginger

The practical

For fun

Souvenirs from Italy

Souvenirs from Italy - What I brought back from my honeymoon

Souvenirs from Italy - What I brought back from my honeymoon

I’m always very conflicted about the decision to buy or not buy souvenirs on trips. When I was younger I would get in a fervor to buy mementos, and they always ended up being meaningless later because they were low quality and not useful. We also do enough traveling now that I can’t afford to purchase and store goodies from each little weekend get-away. But when we were in Italy for two weeks on our honeymoon, I certainly wanted to bring back one or two things (in addition to photos and memories) to remind me of the trip. Here’s what I have to remember Italy: