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Monday

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September 2014

The 6 Best Jewelry Trends for Fall

 

Glitz and glamour are two things that are definitely “in” every single season. Whether you’re one to attend daily arm parties, rock more bling on your digits than a brass-knuckle fighter, or your ears are arguably made of precious metals, you’re the one all your girlfriends go to when their ensemble feels a bit bare. That’s right… we’re talking jewels, gems, bits, baubles, and everything in between. Giftbar merchants are trendsetting extraordinaires, so here are our tips for making sure your autumn outfits are as sparklingly Instagram-worthy as your weekend brunch.

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Monday

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August 2014

5 Accessories to Keep You Cool in the Indian Summer

It’s hard to believe, but the sun is starting to set on Summer 2014. School is starting and vacations are ending, but the sweltering heat doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon (why, Mother Nature, why?). Fall fashion is right around the corner, and we’re already craving ankle booties, chunky knits, and so-soft scarves bundled up to our ears. But just the thought of wearing closed-toed shoes — let alone a sweater (it has that name for a reason) — makes us want to turn up the AC to full blast.

So as you lie next to a fan blowing full-speed, gulping ice water, and flipping through your new September issues, just remember, you can still look fabulous in the never-ending heat. Our Giftbar merchants have just the accessories to keep you looking hot and feeling cool (both temperature and street cred-wise).

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Monday

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August 2014

Must-Have Items for Your Next Picnic

If you’re thinking checkered blankets, woven baskets, and bologna on white bread, you’ve obviously been stuck in the Mad Men era for a bit too long. Although we’re totally nostalgic for the glamour of the 60s, we definitely don’t miss the “typical” American picnic. It’s a whole new world out there, and outdoor soirees are all the rage. Think gourmet grub, a glass of your favorite red (or a brew for him), and, of course, a few toys for your trusty, four-legged companion. Picnics have been upscaled, so just in case you still have juice boxes and gingham on the brain, we’ve curated a list of picnic must-haves from a few Giftbar merchants, from drool-worthy bites to glam accessories. Our mission is to make “picnic” the new it-verb (we’re after you, brunch).

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Monday

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August 2014

Beat the Heat with These Airy Summer Dresses

Street fests, patio soirees, and pedicured toes may seem like the quintessential signs of summer, but as we all know, the season has truly only started once the ladies reach into the depths of their closets and break out the breezy summer dresses. Whether you’re the type to opt for a flowy maxi, or you prefer to show off those freshly bronzed stems (you didn’t struggle through 6 weeks of boot camp for nothing!), we all have that go-to frock that never lets us down, no matter what the occasion.

There’s one problem, though. Every true fashionista has a distinct personal style that sets her apart from the crowd. From the girly girl who loves a bit of frill, to the trendsetter that’s always on the cutting edge, she doesn’t want to stray from the style that makes her, well, HER. Here are some of our picks from the tip-top merchants on Giftbar that will keep you feeling cool and looking hot, hot, hot. Caution: you will turn heads.

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Monday

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August 2014

5 Ways to Relax… Even if You Don’t Have Room for a Hammock

Summers in Chicago are all about boating on the lake, destination vacas, and boozy brunches every Sunday with gals (ahem… actually this one happens all year long). The only downside? The constant stress of deadlines, endless meetings after meetings, and an ever-full email inbox doesn’t fade with the the cold weather. Let’s all let out a collective sigh, ladies.

There is an upside though… there are plenty of ways for you to get your relaxation on, whether after work or on the oh-so coveted weekends. These are some of our favorite spots to unwind, even if it’s just for a quick mid-day boost (or an entire day of self pampering). No judgments here.

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Wednesday

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July 2014

Monday

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July 2014

5 Toys That Won’t Leave Your Kids Bored

Unlike Miss Del Ray, we certainly do not have that summertime sadness (still love you, Lana). Summer is the season all about traveling, sunbathing, and most importantly, sipping fruity cocktails on the beach in our teeny bikinis. Well, at least that’s how we all envision it. The reality is, no matter how glam, fab, and instagram-worthy you picture your summer to be, there’s always the kiddo in the backseat whining, “are we there yet?” Sigh…they’re just so cute though!

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Monday

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May 2014

5 Gifts Not Every Dad on the Block Will Get

This Father’s Day, don’t fall into the same, boring gift trap as everyone else. There are so many gift ideas out there beyond the tie—ones that Dad will be sure to love. We’ve curated some of our favorite, unique Father’s Day gifts—all sold by Giftbar vendors around the country—so you can really earn that thank-you note this year!

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Monday

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May 2014

5 Outdoor Décor Pieces You Need To Help Kick Off Your Summer

Summer is coming and, with it, outdoor dining, entertaining and relaxing. Memorial Day, the official kick-off to summer, is just around the corner—and a perfect time to furnish your outdoors with some great pieces. We have been on the hunt for great additions to outdoor entertaining areas, and found some amazing ideas from Giftbar vendors. Read on for outdoor furniture and accent pieces you won’t be able to pass up for all those days and nights of summer fun!

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Tuesday

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May 2014

7 College Graduation Gifts Cooler Than a Check

It’s that time of year again: college graduation season—which also means, graduation gift season. Know a few people earning their degrees and heading out into the ‘real world’ and need some college graduation gift ideas? This year, forego the cheesy picture frames and thoughtless checks, and get the grad something they’ll use and remember. Here, our suggestions for the coolest graduation gifts you can give this year.

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