New Favorite LUSHie + City!

I went to Washington D.C. for the first time! I’ve been to almost every major city in the U.S. except for D.C. and fell in LOVE! The cherry blossoms were starting to bloom, the monuments were gorgeous, and the tourists were definitely coming out from hibernation! I even got to see Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach, and Obama’s barricade. Even though it was a very short trip, it completely changed my life for the better! As a college student, I appreciated the monuments, museums, and historical architecture.

My friends and I went to Georgetown on our last day for a bite to eat and shop! We went to Vineyard Vines for the Kentucky Derby party, Madewell to look at the latest collection, and Alex and Ani for some positive motivation! We were walking to get cupcakes from Baked and Wired (which was absolutely AMAZING) and I smelled LUSH… I did not see the store, but I definitely smelled it! We then looked back and saw it hidden in the alleyway of 8th Street.

The sales lady, Leslie, was an absolute sweetheart – very welcoming and super bubbly! She was the first LUSH employee to help me pick out products for my irritated skin on my arms (there is some medical name for it). I ended up going with the Buffy, Aqua Mirabilis, and an Oatfix mask! Plus, she was actually headed to London for the first time in May, like me! We want to meet up and experience the new LUSH Oxford St. store together!

Have you been to the Georgetown LUSH and have met Leslie? What products do you use for irritated, dry skin???

Timely Social Media

There have been many holidays over the past few months from Easter to Earth Day! I wanted to post my favorite timely, newsworthy social media from various companies to showcase the factors of an intriguing holiday post. Discover now!

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Easter is a great holiday to incorporate branding with universal holiday themes. The #lily5x5 includes a vibrant Easter egg hunt in a watercolor medium. Lilly Pulitzer is known for their watercolor prints! Another example is Vineyard Vines since they attached Easter bunny ears to their logo and mascot, the pink whale! Vineyard Vines always makes their whale festive for various holidays! It is a unique and adorable branding idea. LUSH Cosmetics also posted a cute graphic featuring a product and an adorable pun (“Happy Easter from everybunny at LUSH”)!

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Earth Day was a great opportunity for companies to showcase their commitment and passion for our planet. The @nailitmag Instagram account featured an Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange from Zoya. One could switch out their old polishes (bottle and all) for new ones. This is a great technique from Zoya to encourage reusing glass and disposing of lacquer properly. Go #ZoyaEarthDay! Lilly Pulitzer created another #lilly5x5 that reveals their love for Earth! Making the turtle shell a replica of Earth was a phenomenal idea!

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For those in the United States and maybe even around the world, you probably heard about the bombings from last year during the Boston Marathon. The city of Boston replied positively and strongly from this event by creating the idea of #BostonStrong. Vineyard Vines (a Northeastern company) created a campaign that highlighted their love for Boston with Wicked Strong merchandise. This was a fantastic move since it involved community relations and probably increased brand loyalty.

Timely Social Media

So my PR side is coming out on this post… I have collected a lot of different social media posts from various companies and outlets about events that have happened so far this year. These events are the Olympics, Presidents Day and Chinese New Years! I decided to do this post in chronological order! Here are the posts that are about Chinese New Years which happened on Jan. 31:

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This is a Facebook post from LUSH Cosmetics Willowbrook Mall! I love this post… it tell s you that it is Chinese New Year and that it is the year of the horse! The only thing that I do not enjoy about this post is that the picture is not related to LUSH… I think using pictures like this is a bit tacky. But then again, LUSH probably did not publish any Chinese New Year original pictures.

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This post is also from Facebook but this time it is a #lilly5x5 design from Lilly Pulitzer. I love the #lilly5x5 designs. I think this is a great idea and job by Lilly! I have talked about previous Lilly social media in posts below.

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Unlike the other two, this is a post from Instagram from the @shopncla account! I guess that they had a special, limited edition #CNY nail wrap design. If you are unaware, ncLA has great nail wrap designs! They are very very popular!

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So now onto the Olympics! I am sure everyone was aware that the Olympics happened at the beginning of February and just ended about a week ago. I thought that this was a great sponsored post on my Facebook account! NBC is the channel that airs the Olympics! What was your favorite Olympic moment?

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This post is also from Facebook. I follow Shaun White who had a countdown from 50 days until Sochi (#countdowntosochi)! I thought that this was a great picture of him winning four years ago. Only is he did that good this year… He is still one of my favorites! Who is your favorite athlete?

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Now this was another post from Facebook. I follow Vineyard Vines which is a Northeastern, preppy company! There logo is a pink whale! The company always dresses up the whale for special events! I guess this is the Olympic spirit whale! How cute?!

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For my last Olympic social media post, I wanted to do another #lilly5x5 from Instagram. I LOVE this #lilly5x5. It is a great take on the Olympic rings with a Lilly flare! If you cannot tell, the rings are painted with various leaves and flowers.

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And finally, my last social media picture is from Lilly Pulitzer’s Facebook page. This post is again…. another #lilly5x5! I loved the look of this painting! It is very very patriotic! I also like this post because it is multi-functional. It connects Lilly’s Facebook to their Pinterest where you can pin the entire #lilly5x5 collection.

I love doing these social media posts from time to time. Let me know if you like reading them! If you are a fan of a companies social media presence share below! I would love to check them out!

Vineyard Vines Holiday Catalog Overview

Hello all! I am posting tons today, I know! Since I have not been posting a lot lately I decided that many posts are in order to catch up and please everyone! For this post, I want to kind of look at one of my favorite “prep” stores catalog, Vineyard Vines.

Here is the cover:

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As you can tell, this is definitely a holiday catalog from the beach sitting Santa Claus! I really like the Vineyard Vines catalog covers because they are simple. They always have the logo in the top center, a large picture and a navy bar with an explanation of the catalog.

Here are the women and men gift pages:

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These pages are very crowded! But they do the job. The purpose of these is to show all the products in a fast, simple way. For the women’s page, I have only purchased the whale boy hair tie but I love the sweaters this company makes! I cannot wait to splurge and purchase one! For the men’s page, I have not tried any of it (I bet y’all could have guessed that!). But I have purchased the green pull over for my boyfriend last year and he loves it!

Overall, Vineyard Vines has a great catalog that they come out with every few months to showcase their products. If you have never heard of this company they are based in the Northeast and make many different styles of clothes! Mainly preppy, comfy and nautical! To learn more about them you can visit their website at:http://www.vineyardvines.com

Hope y’all enjoyed reading through this post! Let me know if you like these design/catalog reviews.