I’ve done a lot of shopping lately for myself, but I’ve also fallen in love with purchases for my home, Andrew (his birthday is next week), and presents for Greyson. This is a special edition of Lizzie’s Closet that explores not only my closet, but Greyson’s, home essentials, my top picks for mamas, gift ideas, and more.
When I go shopping I’m not just shopping for me, but I’m also buying for my home, Andrew, and Greyson. I’m always exploring stores in search of items/brands to feature on my blog to share with other mamas.
I’ve been casual and very bohemian lately, wearing ripped jeans with boho tops, headbands, simplistic dresses paired with bohemian shoes and other accessories. I am taking Andrew out to dinner for his birthday to a fancy, Haddonfield restaurant (I’m excited to dress up for our special date night), and we have a cabin day trip planned in Greenwood Lake, NY in a couple of weeks (a great environment for fun, summer fashion). Stay tuned for my upcoming looks for the summer.
Bohemian accessories are the best. I bought these shoes and headband from Target. The dress is from Old Navy (simple, black, and comfortable).
This top is from Target (I also have it in black), the kimono is from Francesca’s, and the jeans are from PacSun. I am also wearing high-heeled cowgirl boots from Francesca’s.
These adorable, Minnetonka moccasins are from Santa Fe East (Smithville Village, Galloway NJ) and I am absolutely obsessed with the detailing. I also bought baby moccasins for Greyson.
I did another casual outfit (with a little sparkle) for the Fourth of July. We did dinner on the river and fireworks, which meant I didn’t have to wear anything over the top, but I am always festive for holidays.
My jeans are from South Moon Under, my top is from Target, my kimono is from South Moon Under, and my shoes are from Guess.
Home Essentials, Greyson’s Presents, & My Favorite’s For Mamas
I am currently obsessed with Dish Soap by Magnolia Home, Room Spray by Magnolia Home, and more of their home essentials. If you’ve ever seen Fixer Upper on HGTV (my favorite show ever) Joanna & Chip Gaines are the creators of Magnolia Home. They also have beautiful home decor and accents. You can find their line at Target, Magnolia.com, or on Amazon.com.
As I mentioned before, I love Smithville (Galloway, NJ) and if you live in South Jersey it’s definitely worth the drive. I go as soon as the village opens and enjoy the fresh air, quaint atmosphere, and the low key shopping/dining. It’s a village filled with little restaurants and stores. My favorite stores include a year-round Christmas shop, a baby store, a fresh clothing boutique, and a beautiful tribute to Native American culture (Santa Fe East). I love going there for lunch and strolling around with Greyson. I also had my baby shower at The Historic Smithville Inn (absolutely beautiful). During our last trip to Smithville Greyson left with a stuffed animal cow, an organic made onesie, a sign for his nursery, a dream catcher for his wall, and teal moccasins. Mama didn’t buy anything for herself, lol. I did get an amazing salad from The Tavern though.
I have fallen in love with a cruelty-free, vegan, natural shampoo and conditioner from Target. It’s called Love Beauty & Planet. I tried it and was surprised how well it works with my long, beachy hair. It smells so good you want to bathe in it! Mamas, we care about animals and the planet, and I know if you try it you’ll love it.
My Favorite Shopping Destinations
Where am I shopping in July?
- Altar’d State
- The shops at Smithville
Summer Gifting Guide
Whether you’re shopping for your summer birthdays, a baby shower, wedding, or buying something for someone’s new home (or job) I’ve got you covered. Andrew got a few gifts for his birthday (one that can be used year round) and a gift that he will really enjoy in the fall. Yes, you can plan ahead! Some fall/winter gifts are on sale during the summer, too.
If you’re shopping for a new mama or a baby shower try Amazon, Target, La Petite Boutique in Smithville (if you live in South Jersey), Buy Buy Baby, and Pottery Barn Kids. Also, search for boutiques that sell organic, handmade baby gifts. They’re the best!
If you’re shopping for a bride, groom, or general wedding gift try Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Crate & Barrel.
For women, if you’re buying a birthday gift Marshall’s, Target, Francesca’s, Nordstrom, and Altar’d State are perfect gifting destinations. If the woman you’re shopping for is doing home projects, gift her with a Home Depot or Lowe’s gift card. I wouldn’t mind one of those! I’m always doing something in our apartment. Magnolia.com has perfect gifts for mamas and women who love their home, nature, and something unique.
For men, if you’re buying a birthday gift Marshall’s, Barnes & Noble (for the men who enjoy reading, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Amazon have what you’re looking for. L.L.Bean is also a great destination for your outdoorsy friend.
If you’re buying a housewarming gift I always suggest Magnolia.com, Marshall’s, or Target. Buy some candles, decor, picture frames, or all natural essentials.
Take some time this summer to clean out your closet, fall in love with something new, and organize. I donate my unwanted items to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). They pick up your boxes or bags of donations at your home! Schedule a pick-up, today.