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The weather is warming up and we cannot wait to start wearing our favorite warm weather pieces. If you are looking to spruce up your Spring wardrobe, here are a few essentials that will be perfect!
They are classic and so cute with little spring dresses, maxi skirts and this years new favorite, wide leg denim.
Miranda Sneaker, $89
A ribbed tank is perfect for your spring wardrobe because it looks great by itself but so easy to layer on top of with a cardigan or denim jacket.
Sunview Tank, $48
Plain White Tee
Every wardrobe needs a classic white tee for an easy go-to when you are looking to be casual but still feel chic. You can also use them to layer over top or underneath any of your spring dresses!
The Pocket Tee, $34
Spring is the perfect time for a denim jacket! Pair yours over literally everything and you will look instantly chic. You could even drape it over your shoulders for another cool look.
Boyfriend jeans and wide leg jeans in general are here to stay! Pair yours with a graphic tee and white sneakers.
Kate Jeans, $74
So many more adorable cute pieces coming to the shop soon! Let us know what you're looking for this Spring!
Fig & Willow
Happy National Margarita Day! We here like to celebrate this day quite often so we are excited to have you join in the fun! Here is a simple and easy skinny margarita we will be sippin' on today!
Ingredients [Yields 2 drinks]:
2 oz. Silver tequila
2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice
1.5 oz Cointreau
1 oz Light agave nectar or simple syrup
Coarse Sea Salt [if desired]
Squeeze some limes. I prefer a citrus reamer though some people like a hand press. (If you're making a lot, KitchenAid also makes a citrus juicer attachment for the stand mixer that I totally impulse bought on sale for such occasions!)
If you want a salt rim, run a lime wedge over the rim of your glass, then turn upside down onto a plate of salt. Then fill your glass with ice.
Add lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and agave nectar to a shaker filled with ice (or if you're making a lot of drinks, to a pitcher with no ice).
Shake or stir, then pour into your ice-filled glass and enjoy!
Recipe From: https://livelytable.com/margaritas/
Fig & Willow
Loungewear definitely had its moment in 2020 and it is safe to say it is a trend we don't see going away anytime soon [thankfully]! We sport our loungewear often and we have pulled together some of our go-to-tips on how to style your loungewear so you can get the most out or your pieces!
1. Slides and a Long Cardigan
The easiest way to look like you didn't just roll out of bed is to throw on some cool slides and a long cardigan for a put together look like that is worthy of errand running around town.
2. Mix & Match
We love matching sets and when we have a few of them in the same color palettes they are great to mix and match! Take your tie dye sweatshirt and pair with your dark colored bottoms or vice versa. Helps your whole loungewear game double when you can mix up the looks!
3. Layer a Sweatshirt on Top
When the weather is still chilly your loungewear itself may not be enough to keep you warm. That's when you can layer on another piece for a cool new vibe. Make sure your first piece is more snug and then top with an oversized sweatshirt on top.
4. Moto Jacket and Booties
Who says your loungewear can't go with you to the bar? Throw on a cute moto jacket and some ankle booties for an instant cool option for your loungewear. You can also top it with a Fedora for the finishing touch.
Let us know how you style your loungewear!
Fig & Willow
Cancel the reservations, hold the phones, we have some VERY FUN stay-at-home date night ideas that you and your honey or family can do this Valentine's Day! Wether you were already planning on staying in or you're just not sure you want to make the effort of leaving the house, these five date night ideas are ones that you'll want to repeat throughout the year [at least we think so]!
1. Theme Night
We love any reason really to dress up in a theme so why not do it for you and your boo? Pick any theme and go all out! How about an 80's night? Dress up in your finest 80's garb, watch an 80's movie. Most importantly, Have fun with it!
2. Go Camping
No need to go to the garage and pull out the real camping gear [unless you want to make it a real backyard camping night]. Our idea is to just go old school and make a tent out of pillows and blankets! Get all cozy and enjoy some homemade smores.
3. Film your own cooking show
Hear us out! How funny would it be to pretend you are Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay and film your own cooking show! Make the meal simple or hard just don't take yourself too seriously. It will most likely be a video full of laughs and something you'll watch again and again.
4. Wine/Beer/Chocolate Tasting
No matter what you choose, make a tasting room of your own! Grab a handful of different options of your favorite food or drink and hold a taste test for you and your love. Cast your votes on your favorites and see if you guys have the same taste!
5. Belt it Out
Make it a karaoke night! Have each of you pick songs from different time periods in your life. Have fun singing and dancing down memory lane. Pick songs that remind you of middle school, high school, college, a funny story, vacation, etc. So many options to choose! You might even end up with a VERY fun playlist when you're done.
Hope these stay-at-home date night ideas inspire you to get creative this Valentine's Day!
Sending you love and hugs!
Fig & Willow
The big day of love is right around the corner and if you still haven't hit your local convenience store to pick up those generic boxed valentine's yet, we beg you to keep reading and make some of your own! Love these ideas and will be trying a few ourselves. Which one is your favorite??
DIY Polaroid Valentine
We love Polaroid photos and making them into personalized Valentines is just the cutest idea! DIY Polaroid Valentine
Fingerprint Valentine's Day Cards
Use those little rugrats dirty paws to make some of the most adorable cards we have seen! How cute would these be for their classroom valentines?? Fingerprint Valentine's Cards
Cute Punny Valentine's
We love a good pun and these are the cutest made at home punny Valentine's cards! Just grab some cheap materials, a glue gun and that wit of yours! Punny Valentine's Cards
Valentine Paper Fortune Cookie
These looked VERY intimidating at first but it turns out to be so easy [when given the templates to print out]! These would be so cute to give to your girlfriends and family. Valentine Paper Fortune Cookie
Pet Rock Valentine Cards
Saw these adorable pet rock Valentine cards and could not, not share! How great and easy are these little Valentine pals! Pet Rock Valentine Cards
Can't wait to get our Martha Stewart on and try out some of these DIY Valentine Card options! Happy almost Valentine's Day!
Fig & Willow
Where did the mont of January go?! Feels like we blinked and the first month of 2021 just flew right on by. While it does feel like it went by quickly there were some amazing style moments that we got to see over the last few weeks. Here are a few of Katie's favorite outfits. Hopefully they will inspire you to find pieces similar for your wardrobe or spark outfit ideas for pieces you currently have!
Look One: The Flowy Maxi
Elevate any flowy maxi by throwing on a moto jacket or denim jacket over top. Accessories are key to for the look you want. Adding booties and fedora is perfect for right now but swap them out for sandals and a clutch for Summer nights! Meadows Ruffled Maxi Dress, $68
Look Two: A POP of Color
Over the winter blues? Nothing helps to brighten your mood then throwing on a big pop of color like a pink or bright yellow sweater. Love this bubble gum pink one, which just instantly lifts any mood! Caden Cable Knit Sweater, $58
Look Three: Plaid Layers
It's always great to have an easy layering piece handy [Katie keeps one in her car for quick changes]! Shawls like this are perfect for when a place may be a little chilly or you just want to add a little more dimension to your outfit. Pretty in Plaid Cardigan Shawl, $38
Look Four: Color Blocking Tops
Color blocking looks so classic with the right tops and these almost light weight sweatshirts are perfect for a casual weekend look. Feel like they are ready for a tailgate. On the Block Top, $52 and Over the Line Top, $52
Look Five: Classic Ivory Sweater
Sometimes the classics are just the way to feel your best and this outfit is an absolute favorite of Katie and the staff alike. Making sure you have good basics in neutral colors is the best way to start a wardrobe you will love! Miles Oversized Sweater, $58
Hope you loved these looks from January! Which one was your favorite??
Fig & Willow
With Valentine's Day right around the corner we wanted to round up some of our favorite dresses that will look great out on a dinner date or for a twirl on your living room dance floor!
The ultimate Valentine's Day dress! Can't decide what we like more, the gorgeous red color or sweet lace detail. Bohemian Slip Maxi Dress, $84
You can never go wrong with a little black dress! Love the midi length and mock neck on this #lbd. City Chic Little Black Midi Dress, $78
The details on this dress are so sweet! Dress it up with heels or dress it down with some booties. Meadows Ruffled Maxi Dress. $68
Comfy and cute, this jersey dress is like wearing your favorite lounge wear. Another double duty dress that can be dressed up or down easily! Dakota Jersey Dress, $48
If you're not a traditional gal, this jumpsuit is perfect! Love the dark wash look and the cool zipper front. Darling Denim Jacket, $88
Tell us, what is your favorite date night look??
Fig & Willow
It's a new year and with that we expected some BIG changes and well, it's all pretty much the same...or worse. That's why we could all use some instant pick me ups in our arsenal. Wether you are just having a bad day or something has set you down a spiral, these tips will be perfect on hand to turn that frown somewhat upside down. Bonus points: Write these on a sticky and put somewhere you can see daily as a reminder that you can control your thoughts and your mood.
1. Listen to music.
Make it calming classical or just dance it out to your favorite pop song. Music is an instant mood booster and bonus points for throwing a dance move or two in there. You won't regret it.
2. Make a cozy space.
When your space feels cozy you will feel like you have a little safe haven from the world. Light some candles, get a comfy blanket and make your space feel like a getaway from the outside world when you return home.
3. Play with your pet.
They are man's best friend for a reason! Take your dog for a walk or give your cat a little attention. You'd be surprised how quickly our furry friends can lift our mood.
4. Write down gratitude.
It is impossible to be angry when you are in gratitude. Write down or say to yourself 5 things your are grateful for when you feel like you are down and out. It is such a great reminder that you have so much going for you and little set backs won't stand in the way of you living your best life.
This sounds so intimidating but it's really not. Just three deep breaths can be meditation. It's all about focusing on your breath and letting those negative thoughts float on by. Kudos if you can up your game and meditate for 5 or more minutes a day.
6. Get dressed.
Before 2020 this wasn't even really a tip we needed to give, but trust us, throwing on a great outfit will instantly be a mood booster. We have some great sweaters with POPs of color to literally brighten a dull day!
7. Tidy Up.
Our space is often a reflection of how we feel. Tidying up your space or at least one portion of it will help to start declutter the mind.
8. Take a warm shower or bath.
Literally wash away the bad vibes by treating yourself to a nice warm shower or bath. Make sure to tell yourself when you emerge that you will have a new outlook on the day.
9. Call a friend.
If we are feeling blah the last thing we want to do is to talk to someone but this is often what we need most. Call up your bestie and let a vent session or just a good laugh make you feel better so you can move on with your day more positive.
10. Act of Kindness
We get back what we put out in the world so if you are giving out kindness, kindness will find its way back to you. If you find yourself in a bad mood, find someone you can help with a small act of kindness like holding a door, paying for a coffee and watch your mood instantly get better.
Hope these tips help make any day a good one. Let us know if you have other mood boosting tips!
Fig & Willow
It's a new year and a chance to clean out the old from last year [literally and figuratively]! Time to clean out that closet! How many times have you passed over that top that top you never wear or that pair of jeans that "someday they'll fit." It's time for your closet to have pieces you love and can wear now! Wether you want to create the capsule wardrobe of your dreams or just need a quick once over. Here are a five tips on what to clear out first.
1. Clothes that are too big or too small for you.
Yes, you love that dress from three summers ago, but it just doesn't fit like it used to, right? Just because you loved it at one time doesn't mean it needs to be held onto forever. You want a closet full of clothes that you can wear now. If an item is too big or too small and can't be altered so you can wear it again? Time to donate. If it's in good condition? Sell it online.
2. That expensive piece that you never wear.
We've all done it. Bought a VERY expensive jacket or dress only to find you actually have nowhere to wear it or it doesn't fit exactly like you thought it would. It's just collecting dust in the back of your closet but you feel guilty getting rid of it because of the price tag? It's ok. We give you permission to let it go.
3. The Six Month Rule.
As you can probably guess. If you haven't worn it in six months? It's probably time to say goodbye. If six months seems a little harsh, then at least follow the year rule. If you are staring at an item you haven't worn in a year then it is absolutely time to part ways. Need a little help deciding? Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Why haven't I worn it? Does it still fit? Is there damage to it? Do I still love it?
4. Remove the Freebies.
Kind of like the expensive dress collecting dust in the depths of your closet, freebies are doing the same. You probably have it because well, it was free! Trust us, you don't need 12 tote bags. Pair down to what you actually use and donate the rest.
5. The broken gems you haven't fixed.
If you have had a piece in your closet that needs "fixed" for more than six weeks, it is safe to say you aren't ever going to get it fixed. If this has your heart racing thinking "I will get it fixed!" DO IT! Make the appointment know, drop off the dress to be hemmed or the jacket for new buttons. If you don't fix it now, it's just wasting precious space in your closet.
If you are not sure on where to donate clothes. Goodwill is a great option. Link for those in the Jacksonville area: http://goodwilljax.org/
Hope these tips helped! Let us know if you have any other ideas, tips or tricks to cleaning and organizing your closet. Let's go 2021!
Fig & Willow
So we blinked and Christmas is a week away! Between buying gifts, wrapping gifts and giving gifts...we need a much needed breather. We have just what the doc-...we mean SANTA ordered! Drum roll please....SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE. The recipe below is the fancy version but please know with the hectic lives we lead, using some good ol' Swiss Miss will do as well.
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 14 cups whole milk
- 8 oz peppermint schnapps
- 16 large marshmallows
- whipped cream, for garnish
- peppermint candy, crushed, for garnish
- Add the sugar and cocoa powder to a slow cooker and whisk to combine.
- Add the milk and whisk to incorporate. Turn the heat setting to high, cover, and warm for 30-60 minutes, until steaming. Once steaming, reduce the heat setting to warm.
- Add the peppermint schnapps. Whisk to combine and to ensure the sugar and cocoa powder are fully dissolved. Add the marshmallows.
- Ladle into mugs and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies.
Recipe is from: https://tasty.co/recipe/spiked-hot-chocolate
Fig & Willow Team