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3 Tips for Creating Your Dream Workspace

3 Tips for Creating Your Dream Work Space
Whether you set resolutions or not, January is a great time of year to get organized! It’s too cold to go outside, so there’s no better time to start on your spring cleaning. Let’s be honest — of all the spring cleaning activities, organizing your workspace is the most fun. Use these three tips (and beautiful desk accessories) to create your dream workspace!

1. Clear the Clutter

To start, clear everything off and begin with a clean slate. As you place things back on the desk, ask yourself if you use the item on a regular basis. If so, it should stay on the surface — place everything else in a drawer or filing cabinet.

3 Tips for Creating Your Dream Work Space

2. Let Form Meet Function

Not everything on your desk is something you physically use. You may have a cute desk calendar, framed picture of your pup and trinket tray for loose paper clips. These items make your desk beautiful and add personality — but, be cautious of overflowing your desk with non-essentials, as it quickly can become cluttered. Choose a consistent theme for the remaining items in your space and build your desk around it. We love the way stripes look with a pretty floral and pop of gold.

3 Tips for Creating Your Dream Work Space

3. Arrange Strategically

Maximize your productivity by placing the items you use most frequently nearest to you. Place your most important items (think notepads and pencils) on your dominant side for easy access. Decorations and less frequently used items should go near the edges of your desk. Note: If your phone easily distracts you, keep it in a drawer to stay focused.

3 Tips for Creating Your Dream Work Space

Time to get started — but first, refresh your space with new desk accessories and stationery. We have brand new styles from a Weekly To-Do List Notepad to clipboards perfect for function and fashion. Shop our entire new collection now:

2018 Agenda
Clipboard
Travel Tumbler
Note Cube
Pens
Weekly To Dos

If you need more ideas of indoor activities to do in the winter, here are four other activities (that aren’t Netflixing).

Photography by Lauren Lefevre | editbylauren.com

5 Things to Do When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside

Winter is the one time of year you can get away with staying in your sweatpants all day and never leaving the house. With the sweeping subzero temperatures the past few weeks, we may be guilty of that, too. Even if it’s too cold to go outside, there are plenty of productive activities to fill your weekends.  Here are five of our favorite things to do on winter weekends (that aren’t bingeing The Crown on Netflix).

5 Things to Do When It’s Too Cold to Go Outside

1. Clear out your closet

Get a jump-start on your spring cleaning this month by clearing out your closet. You can sort through your wardrobe and decide what to keep and donate, then create a new system for organization as you put everything back. Whether you sort by style type or color, you’ll feel so refreshed being able to find everything so easily.

Pro tip: Our Hanging Travel Organizer doubles as a great closet organizer, with pockets for jewelry, belts and small accessories.

Hanging Organizer
Hanging Organizer

2. Reorganize your desk

While you’re in the cleaning mood, you might as well reorganize your desk! We recommend clearing it off and only keeping the items that you use on a regular basis on the desktop — everything else should go in a drawer or filing cabinet! If you’re in need of some new office accessories, you’ll love our new collection.

Pro tip: Place the most important items nearest to you, with the less frequently used items and decorations toward the edge of the desk. Items used the most often should be placed on your dominant hand side, for easiest access (think pencil cups and notepads).

Note Cube
Weekly To Do List Pad

3. Go to a hot yoga class

If you’re willing to brave the cold for a quick drive, go sweat it out at a hot yoga class. Not only will you get in a great workout, but the heat will also feel incredible compared to the tundra outside. You’ll need a gym bag to carry from work to class (don’t worry, we’ve got you covered).

Pro tip: If you’re new to a yoga or fitness studio — let them know! Often new students get their first class free or at a discounted rate.

Lighten Up Ultimate Gym Bag
Lighten Up Ultimate Gym Bag

4. Host a game night

Rather than meeting up with your friends for dinner downtown, invite them over for a game night! Get out Cards Against Humanity, curate your playlist and set out a specialty cheeseboard for a night filled with laughter, friendship and a little competition.

Pro tip: Don’t let your phone’s drained battery be the party buzz kill. Have a Portable Power Bank on hand so you can listen to your Spotify all night long.

Portable Power Bank
Portable Power Bank

5. Start planning your spring break

Spring break always tends to sneak up on us, so it’s better to start planning now. Start dreaming of warmer days by choosing a location, booking a trip and determining what you’ll need to buy ahead of time (hello, new swimwear! Don’t forget a carry-on compliant travel bag for your flight!

Pro tip: On average, it’s best to book your flight 54 days out from your trip date to secure the lowest price (so now is the perfect time to start looking)!

Swimwear
Iconic Weekender Travel Bag

Time to get started!
We’re going to begin planning that spring break trip now — who’s with us?

Sneak Peek: Paisley Stripes

Last week we gave you a special sneak peek of our upcoming pattern, Coral Floral. Now that the holidays are over, our mindset has shifted toward spring, and we’re ready to fill our closets with lighter, brighter patterns. Arriving online and in stores Thursday, January 11, Paisley Stripes is a refreshing spin on the classic paisley. This handmade-inspired paisley is comprised of shades of gray and cool green and updated with a textured effect along with pops of bright teal, orange and pink.

Sneak peek: Paisley Stripes
Sneak peek: Paisley Stripes

Sneak peek: Paisley Stripes

Sneak peek: Paisley Stripes

how to wear it: Paisley Stripes

We love the subtle color pops in this paisley-stripe mixture, as they’re the perfect way to incorporate more spring tones into your cold-weather wardrobe. A poppy orange sweater paired with neutral grays and denim brings out the paisley’s bright hues, while still feeling appropriate for the season. If you’re looking for a great solid to pair back to your Paisley Stripes Iconic Triple Zip Hipster, the RFID Smartphone Wristlet in Bahama Bay coordinates beautifully in a shade perfect for the seasons to come.

Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with our new pattern:

Desktop download: Paisley Stripes

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Paisley Stripes board on Pinterest

Shop the entire collection when it arrives,
online and in stores, on Thursday, January 11.

How to Conquer Your Resolutions in 2018

We always love the start of a new year. The New Year allows us to refocus and prioritize what is most important for the next chapter. For us, it’s not about recreating ourselves or trying to be something different — but rather committing to being the best version of ourselves. Whether you have several resolutions set or just one goal to focus on, we want to help you. From health and fitness to organization and travel, these styles will help you conquer any goal in 2018.

Organization Goals

The chaos of the holidays often leaves us feeling cluttered, so we turn to these styles to keep us organized. Our favorite style for staying organized is the Agenda. You can plan out your weeks ahead of time, track your goals and manage priorities all in one place. We also find that writing something down helps us to stick to it because there is no greater satisfaction than crossing something off your to-do list!
How to conquer your resolutions in 2018
For de-cluttering your space, there are a few styles we recommend. Our Hanging Travel Organizer isn’t just for road trips — it’s perfect for hanging in your closet to organize accessories such as belts, jewelry or hair-ties. The Iconic Large Blush and Brush Case is a great way to clean up your bathroom. Store your makeup and beauty essentials inside instead of on the counter.

Fitness

It’s not surprising that the most common New Year’s resolution is around health and fitness. After loading up on caramel hot cocoas (with extra marshmallows) and all of the holiday cookies the past few weeks, it makes sense that health is top of mind in January. If you’re looking to switch up your fitness routine, you need a bag that can keep up with your frequent trips to the gym and yoga studio. Our Lighten Up Ultimate Gym Bag is spacious enough to fit an entire outfit change but small enough to fit into a gym locker. Did we mention it has a separate compartment just for your shoes?

How to conquer your resolutions in 2018

Health

Whether you’re incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet or cutting back on eating out, you’re bound to be in good company since most people will be setting health goals for the year. We find that one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy diet is to pack your lunch for work. Meal planning and thoughtful prepping make a huge difference in practicing healthy habits. Our Lunch Sack is just the right size, with a wipeable lining for easy clean up.
How to conquer your resolutions in 2018

Travel

If you have a serious case of wanderlust, you’ll need travel essentials for your upcoming trips. A travel set is not complete without a carry-on, rolling luggage, space-saving packing cubes and cosmetics to keep it all organized. The Iconic Weekender is the perfect carry-on with a padded shoulder strap and plenty of pockets to keep everything organized. The back trolley sleeve can easily slip over your rolling luggage for easy transport. Keep your travel necessities safe and neat with our cosmetic cases. Don’t forget a passport cover so you can always travel in style.
How to conquer your resolutions in 2018

What’s your resolution for 2018? Share below in the comments!

Sneak Peek: Coral Floral

Now that the whirlwind of the holidays has calmed down, we have our sights set on spring. Yes, it’s still freezing outside in most places and spring is a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t brighten our days with spring hues. Arriving online and in stores Thursday, January 11, Coral Floral is the perfect pop of color to get you through the Winter season. Comprised of a coral ground with candy pink, red and cream accents, this floral pattern has a hand-drawn feel and is the perfect way to brighten up any outfit.

Sneak peek: Coral Floral
Sneak peek: Coral Floral
Sneak peek: Coral Floral
Sneak peek: Coral Floral

Sneak peek: Coral Floral
Sneak peek: Coral Floral
how to wear it: Coral FloralCoral Floral is full of personality (just like you), so let the pattern shine! Pair it with cool tones like pale pink and creamy white in winter-friendly styles (because hello, it’s snowing). Layer a down vest over a casual hoodie for extra warmth and add a coral beanie for a coordinating color pop. Our must-have style in Coral Floral is the Iconic Glenna Satchel. This stylish satchel can transition easily from work to weekend, brightening your outfits until spring arrives.

Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with our new pattern:

Desktop Download: Coral Floral

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Coral Floral board on Pinterest

Shop the entire collection when it arrives,
online and in stores, on Thursday, January 11.

Best of: 2017

2017 was the year we invited you to curl up with color in our Home collection. We launched fresh patterns and made updates to old favorites. We dipped our toes into swimwear and added (even more) organization to Travel styles. We are looking forward to the events that 2018 will bring, but also love to reminisce about memories from this year. Take a look at some of the best moments of last year.

Best of 2017
Best of 2017
Best of 2017
Best of 2017
Best of 2017

2017 was a year we will never forget. Cheers to a brand new year with more special moments!

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

Holiday Party Outfit InspirationWith just two weeks to go in 2017, it’s safe to say that your calendar is full of dinners, family gatherings and plenty of parties. Regardless of the season, the best type of bag to carry to a party is something lightweight that you can wear hands-free. Your upcoming holiday cocktail hour or New Year’s Eve party is no different, and for the sake of convenience and keeping your bag close, wristlets and crossbody bags are the way to go. 

If you need a little extra outfit inspo for the big night, we have your back. We chatted with three fashion bloggers that recently threw their own holiday party to get the scoop on what they wore and what bag was best for an evening of mingling, sipping and snacking.

Sarah

Sarah
Blog: The Kissing Booth Blog
Favorite Party Bag: Gallatin RFID Accordion Wristlet in Cardinal Red

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

“I believe when it comes to holiday parties, it never hurts to be overdressed — so this year I wore my embellished dress to add a little festive flair! As for my bag, I prefer small bags for parties so I can carry it around all night without issue. My RFID Accordion Wristlet is perfect since it’s big enough to not only fit my cards, keys and lipstick but also fit my iPhone! Easy access to my phone makes it convenient to snap pictures at the party. The bright red is perfect since it adds the perfect pop of color for the holidays!”

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

Katie

Katie
Blog: Little Black Blog
Favorite Party Bag: Iconic RFID Wristlet in Mist

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

“While I love dressing up in a chic (but comfortable) dress, lately my go-to is a pair of dark jeans. My favorite pair is high-waisted (to help hide the delicious treats I’ll be eating), paired with a festive sweater and cute clutch. I’m a sucker for anything shiny, so this RFID Wristlet in Mist is perfect — great for transitioning from holiday parties to the rest of the winter season. It’s a great size — not too small or too large — and even includes card slips inside, making it a bag and wallet all in one! What else does a girl need?”

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

Maya

Maya
Blog: Charmingly Styled
Favorite Party Bag: Mallory RFID Custom Crossbody

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

“I’ve come to learn that while I love to get all dressed up for parties, I always need to be comfortable too, especially around the holidays (hello, cookies and cocktails). I paired a cute lace skirt with a sequined top since they’re both made of comfortable fabrics, but appear fancy enough for a holiday soiree! I love this Silver Galaxy Custom Crossbody because it’s perfect for holiday get-togethers and everyday outfits alike. I’m in the camp that metallic is a neutral, so it can truly pair with any holiday color you’re wearing for a party. Although I love the pretty sparkles, the best part of this bag is that it’s completely customizable. For formal events, pop off the strap and carry just one pouch as a clutch! For casual evenings, connect the two pouches and add the strap to carry it as a crossbody with double the space. It’s really the only bag I need this season since it’s so versatile and festive.”

Holiday Party Outfit Inspiration

Their party looks so fun, not to mention their dessert display is #goals. We’re definitely taking notes for next year!

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