Gifts for Grads

It’s that time of year again! Seniors are about to embark upon a journey in the real world. Sure the economy is in a bad place and both political parties care more about defeating the other than actually fixing anything, but it’s not all bad. At least they get gifts, right? By that logic, I think you owe it to your favorite grads to get them extra preppy presents to help them conquer the work place or grad school. So here are some of my favorite picks, ranging from under $25 to $250.

$25 and Under
If you’re graduating too, this category is for you. Your friends understand that you’re dealing with student loans and finding a job, so they don’t expect you to spend a lot of money. Additionally, this is a good idea if the grad is your cousin, your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s sibling,etc. This category is also really good if you want to mix and match several options! 

Cafe Mug from Lilly Pulitzer, $10

Seersucker Tugs, $12

Monogram Scarf from Marley Lilly, $17.99

Brass Anchor Key Fob from Rugby, $24.50

Lulu Cuff from Bridier Baubles, $25

Starboard Bangle from Swell Caroline, $25

$55 and Under

This is your middle of the range category – containing everything from a fun key chain to a new iPhone case. Again, you can definitely mix and match this with one of the less expensive options for above.

The Social Primer for Brooks Brothers Key Fob, $34.50

Phone Cases from Preppy Princess, $52

Tervis Tumbler Set from Vineyard Vines, $55

Stripe Belt from Rugby, $59.50

$100 and Under

This price range is perfect for your significant other, your brother, sister, or even your best friend. Your grad won’t be able to spoil herself as much as she’s used to, so why not do it for her?

Acrylic Monogram Necklace, $58-78

Social Primer Reversible Bowtie from Brooks Brothers, $65

Turnlock Skinny Bracelet from Marc Jacobs, $68

Striped Logo Stud Earrings from Tory Burch, $68*
(*This is an updated link, as the earrings sold out on Shopbop since this morning! Better order them before they’re gone!)

Monogram Necklace, $69.99

Men’s Yacht Club Canoe Boat Shoe from Cole Haan, $74

Seersucker Sperrys, $75

Seersucker Clutch from Lilly Pulitzer, $88

Kappa Kappa Gamma Tote from Vineyard Vines, $95
(You can get this in any sorority print or even in a lot of school’s prints. I still buy all kinds of Kappa stuff even though I graduated, so don’t worry about that. Plus, the school option is great if they’re going to grad school!)

$250 and Under

This category is top of the line. As a recent grad myself, I would have loved one of these gifts from my grandparents or parents. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have expected it, but I would have loved it!

Folding Wayfarers (RB 4105) from Ray-Ban
(I personally own these, and I LOVE them. They are the best sunglasses I’ve ever owned!)

Robinson Zip Wallet from Tory Burch, $195

Exum Wedge Sandals from Jack Rogers, $198

Oversized Rose Gold Watch from Michael Kors, $250

Delights of the Day 4/27

Today’s Delights of the Day are athletic shorts from Krass & Funnell. These are so cute and preppy, and I love them as an alternative to those baggy Nike basketball shorts that guys usually wear while lounging. Also, if you follow them on Twitter, you might find yourself a surprise in the form of 20% off in your message box!

Classic Lobster Shorts, $44.95

Deck Hand Shorts, $44.95

(I discovered this brand thanks to Nick from Great Lakes Prep.)

Delights of the Day 4/26

Every prep loves her monograms; it’s just a fact of life. It’s a cute, traditional way of adding a personal touch to everything you own. This year, monogram necklaces have been huge. There are so many options to choose from, but some of my favorites come from Fresh Ink, making them today’s Delights of the Day. Their small necklaces are $58, the medium $68, and the large are $78. However, the ever so lovely Elizabeth sent me a coupon code for 10% for all of my followers! Use code TWITTER10 to save 10% until May 15. Order one for yourself and one for your mother or a graduate!

Altuzarra for J.Crew

There has been so much buzz lately surrounding Joseph Altuzarra’s collection for J.Crew! So what exactly is it? He says the collection is, “Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez and French preppy style.” Sounds good to me! J.Crew writes, “A French spin on J.Crew classics, our exclusive capsule collection created in collaboration with 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner Joseph Altuzarra has us completely in l’amour.”

While I do like several pieces, there were some pieces I didn’t like, such as the Manon Skirt (a denim pencil skirt) – talk about ugly. Also, the Serge Sweater. It has holes all over it, and I’m not quite sure what he was going for. Perhaps Homeless Prep? Who knows? My other issue is that the collection is a bit pricey – even more so than normal J.Crew pieces. However, here are the few I do like:

Patricia Top, $85

Patricia Dress, $145

Odette Blouse, $175

Sabrina Dress, $228

Delights of the Day 4/25

Today’s Delights of the Day are the Seersucker Tugs from Tugs, $12. Every prep needs croakies, and I absolutely love this collection. They aren’t thick and chunky like a lot of the croakies out there right now, which I really like.  According to their website, “Tugs were inspired from our years spent at the University of Florida. Seeing nicely dressed men and women at the University wearing sunglass retainers intended for more rugged environments seemed out of place. Tugs were created as a luxury alternative to the traditional sunglass retainer.”

@ShopTugs was one of the first accounts I followed on Twitter when I created this blog, and – if you’re not already – you need to be following them. You also absolutely need to purchase these. I’m getting the aqua ones with pink writing just in case you want to be twins =)

Bridier Baubles

If you follow me on Twitter, you know by now that I LOVE Kerry’s new Bridier Baubles line. It’s full of fun, preppy pieces for everyone, and it’s all at a totally reasonable price! Kerry was so sweet and sent me the Lulu Cuff, $25 and the Lilly Earrings, $23, and I couldn’t be happier.

I wore the Lulu Cuff out on Friday night, and SO many people asked me where I got it (even guys wanted to know so they could gift it to their girlfriends)! It’s a totally unique design that makes quite a statement, as you can see from the picture.  And the Lilly Earrings are absolutely adorable; you can never go wrong with chandelier earrings – especially in pink and green. Both pieces I have, and I’m sure this goes for everything else, are made with great quality. I highly recommend Bridier Baubles to everyone =)

Here are some of my other favorites:

The Hulbert Avenue Stud, $23

The Boce Grande Necklace, $30

The Cluster Earrings, $20

The Spring Soiree Earrings, $22

The Sealife Charm Bracelet, $23

Make sure to “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – May 13! I like to get shopping out of the way before everything sells out, so I thought I’d share some ideas with you. Unfortunately, my mother isn’t really into the preppy style, but these ideas are perfect for your preppy mom!

Mother Says Bangle from Kate Spade, $58

Icy Sparkle Studs from BaubleBar, $94

Tinley Road Long Sleeve Stripe Wrap Day Dress, $59

The Uptown Necklace from Bridier Baubles, $48

Romance by Ralph Lauren, $63.75 for 2.4 oz

Padlock Bag from River Island, $90.90