6 Statement Earrings Trends to Know for Fall 2017

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips and makeup trends to hairstyles and home décor, we’re excited to see how these stylistas gear up for fall weather. This week, we’re welcoming Candace of Live Love & Read to share how she styled six must-try statement earring trends for fall.

At the start of every season, I like to dedicate a day or so to sitting down and familiarizing myself with the anticipated trends for the season.  While I would love to say that I am the gal who purchases her must-have fashion items weeks (even months) before the season actually commences, that just is not my reality. Furthermore, as a woman who believes in making that dollar stretch as far as it can, I’ve found it advantageous to wait until right before the season begins so you actually see what’s “headlining” for the season, as opposed to “trending.” Smart, huh?

While there are quite a few fall 2017 trends that I can’t wait to try, the one I am most excited for is the statement earring.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it until my dying days: accessories (especially statement earrings) are a simple, surefire way to instantly transform a look without breaking the bank. Although the idea of “statement jewelry” has been present for the majority of this year, the earring department has made some true strides. In fact, I can say with confidence that the statement earring has taken the lead.

Now that you know statement earrings are majorly headlining for fall 2017, here are THE SIX earring trends you need to know for the season.

The concept of a hoop earring has been around for quite some time. Sadly, it went out of style for a short while but is making a strong comeback in 2017. From thinner, to accented, to uniquely colored hoops, the options are truly endless. As you begin to build your go-to statement earring collection for fall, I encourage you to specifically look for large metal hoops. If you are really looking to be adventurous with your accessory style, find a hoop that has a subtle accent mid-hoop, such as this one.

With a good metal hoop in your collection, you can wear them with nearly anything and everything. You could do something as simple as a mock neck top and distressed denim to something as elevated as a slip dress paired with an oversized cowl neck sweater. So, if you are looking for a statement earring with great versatility, the hoop trend was made for YOU.

The tassel trend made its way onto the scene last spring, along with pom-poms. I was not sure if it was a trend bound to stay, but here we are (nearly a year and a half later) and it’s still here. And honestly, time has done it well, as the tassel options feel even more elevated and stylish than when they were first introduced. When it comes to tassel, you can go one of two ways…you can do the beaded tassel that has waterfall effect or you can do the thread tassel. Either are great options, so it truly comes down to personal preference when it comes to the direction you want to go.

The beaded tassel is great for those fall looks that truly need to be dressier in nature, while the thread tassel is great for more causal looks. The perfect pairing for a beaded tassel would be a fall-inspired off-the shoulder top, black denim and a nice stiletto for a date night.

The threaded fringe would pair well with a more casual fall tee, flare jeans and suede ankle boots…think 70’s style.  As a stylist, I would encourage you just to get one of each, as I do not foresee tassels going out of style anytime soon.

Say hello to the ball drop trend. I must admit, this may be one of my favorites. What is so interesting about this trend is that it has dimension and depth to it. As you begin to explore the ball drop trend, you will realize it comes in a variety of sizes. I recommend sticking with the medium to large sizes. If the ball drop is too small, it does not have the same effect. And if you get it too large, the earrings have a tendency to take the attention away from your face and bring the focus to the earring alone.

How you style this type of bauble is dependent upon the material you select, as it comes in multiple options – just like the tassel thread. The most common options of the ball drop trend are metal and threaded. With the metal ball drop, I would style it with a mock neck bell sleeve sweater for fall, nicely colored denim and open-back boot.

As for the threaded ball drop, I would opt to do something a bit more playful. The important thing with the ball drop is the neckline of your blouse. You do not want the earring and neckline to compete with one another. So, if you select a mock neck style, be sure it is a lower cut.

The Crystal Drop will most definitely be the “fanciest” style in your fall statement earring collection. With a crystal of some sort as the focal point of this jewelry design, it was made for the fanciful autumn moments. When you are selecting this style of earring, opt for a neutral stone color so you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

Much like the tassel, the crystal drop concept isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, which is why it is important to select a color that is timeless, rather than just trendy. The crystal drop comes in multiple sizes as well, but for most of us gals, I would recommend that we do a small to medium size so it does not overwhelm the face.

When you approach styling the crystal drop, think dressier. A more luxe blouse paired with a cropped flare trouser and block heels. Or you can even do a little black dress, tights and over-the-knee boots.

If you like the idea of a fun, casual spin-off of the crystal drop, then the sequin trend may be your jam. What’s fun about the sequin bauble is that it is playful in nature. While you could opt to create a slightly dressier look, I vote that you do something more whimsical stylistically.

The sequin was made for a Friday night when paired with cotton shirting fabric (which is also a headliner for the fall season), a pleated metallic skirt and an ankle boot.

Last but certainly not least is the threader statement earring trend. Without question, this is definitely the most unique earring trend of them all. While the earring looks like it is actually threaded through the earring hole, the front post is one piece and the back is the other piece. It’s an illusion piece. I will be the first to admit that I was a bit apprehensive of trying this earring concept, as it reminded me of the 80’s. However, it’s grown on me by the minute.

The threader concept was made for the more minimalist gal. She loves the idea of a big statement earring, but wants to achieve that concept a bit more minimally. The threader stands out when styled simply…with a long-sleeved crew neck tee, dark skinny denim jeans and black block heel ankle boot.

So, there you have it – the six must-know statement earring trends for fall 2017! Remember, including statement jewelry is one the easiest ways to bring new life to your wardrobe. Rather than stressing yourself out thinking about having every single trend represented in your closet, focus on a few. And if you are going to narrow that focus, the statement earring should definitely be one of them! Showcase your personal style by wearing this unforgettable accessory.

Photo Credit: Roosevelt Group

Candace is the fashionista behind Live Love & Read, a blog on how to make style the affordable accessory in every woman’s life. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Best Outfits for Your Next Football Game or Tailgate

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. This week, we’re welcoming Andrea of Blonde Bedhead to share how she shows her spirit on game days with MSU licensed apparel from Meijer.

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Fall in Lansing means only one thing: MSU Football Saturdays! My dog James and I have our fair share of MSU swag—most of James’ apparel is already from Meijer, like his go-to jersey and bandana.

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As for me, I have countless MSU sweatshirts and tees (you really can’t have too many) and when I spotted this beautiful poncho at Meijer, it had my name all over it. I truly love ponchos—they’re effortless, versatile and I love the boho vibe it lends to a look. This is the most stylish, functional option to have in my closet for MSU game days.

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I layered it over a white tank, which is perfect for warm days – but as it cools down, I plan to layer it over a leather jacket, long-sleeved tee or sweatshirt. It’s the super chic version of tailgate style! I love the Spartan green, white and grey stripes, the fringe, and it even has an embroidered Spartan helmet on the bottom left side. I thought it was a steal at $29.99!

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licensed apparel msu um michigan state university school spirit dog leash shirt fashion meijer style

Since James already has a bandana and MSU jersey from Meijer, I picked a grey Spartan tee and the large MSU leash. The leash is available in three widths (perfect for dogs of all sizes), but I love a big, bold leash. And when it comes to tailgate style, the bolder you are, the better. We both bleed green!

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licensed apparel msu um michigan state university school spirit dog leash shirt fashion meijer style

If you’re looking to add to your collection of college tees and sweats, you’re in luck! In addition to this poncho and adorable doggy apparel, Meijer carries all the jerseys, sweatshirts, and hats you’ll ever need. (If you’re not an MSU student or alumni, don’t fret – Meijer carries U-M swag, too!)

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Their lightweight jersey tees are great for games early in the season, and the sweatshirts and flannel pants are perfect for when winter rolls around. Baseball caps are a go-to any time of the year, but they also have knit hats that feature your favorite team or school – so be sure to pick one up before the temps drop at your next tailgate!

Are you as excited for football season they are at Meijer? Make sure to head to your local store to grab your swag before game day!

Andrea Kerbuski is the fashionista behind Blonde Bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, life’s inspirations and big hair. For more beauty and hairstyle tips, follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Best Back-to-School Outfits for Young Girls and Pre-Teens

Back-to-school season is just around the corner, so we’re sharing the many ways your kids can sport cute trends this fall. This week, we’re featuring ensembles designed by the adorable JoJo Siwa, former “Dance Moms” star turned young entrepreneur.

Fashion for girls is full of bright colors and bold patterns, so encourage the young ladies in your life to express themselves through style. Mixing and matching is allowed (and encouraged!) – and adding fun, girly accessories is always a plus. If you’re looking for inspiration before back-to-school shopping, here are three adorable outfits any girl would love.

There’s no doubt that JoJo Siwa’s line is colorful and vibrant, but that doesn’t mean girls with classic style can’t rock it. If your daughter prefers more of an understated look, a neutral outfit with a bold accent is the best combination. This rainbow graphic tee has the perfect amount of color, and its small polka dot pattern adds an adorable, dainty twist.

Plus, keeping the ensemble simple allows a JoJo Bow take the spotlight – just pin it to your daughter’s ponytail for a flawless finishing touch.

If your girls love a fun and spunky look, you’re in luck. There are so many bold separates for them to choose! This is especially great for ladies that like to dress themselves – the items all coordinate, so it doesn’t matter which one they go with. They can pair a bright graphic tee with their favorite denim jeans, or switch it up by rocking a tulle ballet skirt. The ballet skirt is great because it has an elastic waistband, so your kids will stay comfy even when they hit the jungle gym.

Add the iconic JoJo Bow to her hairstyle in coordinating shades and your daughter is sure to make a style statement at school.

JoJo Siwa’s designs are now available at Meijer, so head to the store and let your little ones get shopping! And for more back-to-school inspiration, check out how to incorporate your kids’ favorite colors while school shopping!

Top ‘90s Trends to Try (Again!)

It’s no secret that ‘90s trends are back for spring and summer, and it’s taking us on a trip down a stylish memory lane. From chokers and velvet to old school blouses and jeans, we’re wishing we’d never cleaned out our closets from back then! However, the best part about these trends coming back is we can marry them with our favorite looks of 2017. If you’re ready to put a modern twist on your favorite ‘90s comebacks, check out our top five trends from the decade to try again.

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1. Shoulder details

There’s no doubt shoulder details are having a moment in 2017, but they were also an iconic trend back in the ‘90s. While ‘90s fashion had us pulling one shoulder out of an oversized tee, today’s version is a little more intentional. From cold shoulder, to off-the-shoulder, to shirts with shoulder cutouts, this look is – and always has been – one of our summer faves. Channel your inner ‘90s gal and pair this trend with high-waisted denim, or opt for breezy soft shorts in hammered satin to put a modern spin on the outfit. And by the way, don’t be afraid to throw prints into the mix, too. Timeless patterns like floral will never go out of style!

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2. Ruffled blouses

Vintage-inspired ruffles were a staple of ‘90s dress wear, but in this decade, we’re welcoming a more casual take on the look. We love this trend paired with light wash denim and sneakers (especially when the upper and shoelaces are made of velvet!). You can also transform this trend for work, so never fear – just tuck the top into dress pants or a high-waisted pencil skirt, then finish off the look with a pair of block heel sandals. Extra style points if you incorporate a choker + pendant necklace combo.

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3. Menswear-inspired blazers

Oversized blazers aren’t just cozy, they’re also on trend right now. While this look featured pinstripes and wool fabric in the ‘90s, we put a feminine twist on our modern version of the suit. We can’t get enough of this silky, floral print material – and love how it looks when paired with an otherwise casual outfit, like this lingerie-inspired, lace tank. If you’re not into the juxtaposition of dressy and laidback styles, throw the blazer over top of a solid fitted sundress. The options are endless when it comes to this outerwear!

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4. Statement jewelry

While your accessories no longer feature peace signs or yin and yang, the bold nature of ‘90s jewelry easily translates to modern trends. Statement necklaces and earrings add the perfect touch to present-day outfits, whether they highlight large pendants, beaded fringe or classic dangly hoops. Our favorite looks include all of the above, as there’s no better ode to ‘90s fashion than to stand out from the crowd. Pair your favorite pieces with a faux jumpsuit look created with closet staples of solid, fitted tanks and soft culotte bottoms in hammered satin.

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5. Velvet shoes

We all remember having velvet in our closets as kiddos, and now this material is back in style in ways no one ever expected. From tennis shoes to “flatforms,” our favorite modern way to rock this fabric is on our feet! Go the simple route with slip on sandals or neutral, velvet sneakers – or make a statement with details like roses and pompoms. No matter your personal style, this is a ‘90s trend that everyone can pull off.

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Need even more ‘90s inspiration? Check out three of the best ways to style a retro choker.

The Essential 4 Week Wedding Countdown

As the summer sun begins to heat up, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Jess of The Golden Girl to share exactly what you need to do to prepare for an upcoming wedding – whether you’re the bride or a guest! – with a four week prep countdown covering everything from the perfect skin routine to picking out necessary undergarments.

So, you’re tying the knot this year? Congratulations! As a fellow bride-to-be, I can honestly say that being engaged has been one of the most exciting experiences in life thus far! However, it has also been one of the most stressful times as well.

The biggest piece advice I can give as your wedding date nears? Make a plan!

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Of course, you’ve already got the flowers, the dress and the décor taken care of. But what about the little personal details – the steps necessary to get glowing skin, shiny hair, that sun-kissed glow, and more? The good news is, it’s not overly complicated! All it takes is a little planning ahead, and a few key products from Meijer.

Follow this four week countdown plan, and you’ll be smooth sailing!

Four Weeks Out: Glowing Skin Routine

Why start with skin? Because you’ll want to allow as much time for it to soak up the benefits of your new skincare routine! Keep it simple with a few key products to brighten, smooth and moisturize, and you’ll have a beautiful, healthy glow on your big day!

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Start with a detoxifying and brightening face wash.

As you already know, the struggle to manage wedding stress is real, which can lead to a dull, uneven complexion. To combat this, I love using this L’Oreal clay cleanser, which turns into a luxurious mousse as you rub it into your skin. It’s comprised of charcoal – which is a magnet for oil and toxins – and, with regular use, leaves you with a much brighter, even complexion.

Clear pores.

I’ve used these strips from Biore for years, but I love them even more now that they’ve come out with a charcoal version! As mentioned above, charcoal is one of the most effective ingredients in ridding your pores of toxins and impurities, and these strips are essential for clearing pores! Plus, they reduce oil by up to 3X, which is key to making your makeup last on your big day! Apply one to wet skin after washing your face once per week.

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Hydrate, balance and minimize pores with a mask.

Sheet masks are everywhere right now, for good reason, and this sheet mask from L’Oreal does not disappoint. It packs so many powerful benefits into one little 10 minute mask session! Another added benefit of sheet masks: you have to lie down to apply them. So you can think of it as a small moment of required relaxation.

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Turn on your essential oil diffuser for an added treat as you let your mask do its magic! Afterword, your skin is super hydrated, your pores are minimized and your complexion is buttery smooth, allowing for a much smoother makeup application! Do this at least once per week.

Other tips: Remember, you are what you eat! Munch on as many dark, leafy greens as you can, as well as berries and grapes – all are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants that will make your skin glow from within! Meijer has an awesome selection of organic produce to choose from to make grocery shopping before your big day a lot easier.

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Three Weeks Out: Strong, Shiny Hair

Another unfortunate side effect of wedding stress? Dull hair. Yikes! Three weeks out, start applying a hair mask after you shampoo. I love Garnier’s “Whole Blends” masks, which target different problem areas depending on your individual needs. My hair tends to be on the dry side, so I chose the Hydrating Blends Mask with Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk. The entire line is made of natural ingredients without harmful parabens that are found in a lot of other hair products!

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To apply, shampoo your hair right away when you get in the shower, then follow with the mask. If you can, apply a shower cap over the top and let the hot shower steam amplify the benefits of the mask. Leave on for at least three minutes, but preferably longer. Rinse right before you get out, and style as usual.

Two Weeks Out: The Right Accessories

As your wedding nears closer, it’s time to start thinking about a few different accessories you’ll need to stock up on to prepare for the big day!

The “under” accessories

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You’ve been thinking about the dress for months, but what about what you’re wearing under the dress? With so many backless and strapless dress styles now, it can be tough to find the right bra!

I have two favorites, both made by a brand called “Lingerie Solutions” which can be found in Meijer’s lingerie department. There are individual “adhesive bra” cups which are the best “barely there” solution. I also love the “Shantina Lite” molded adhesive cups, that will also give you a lot of “cinch” and “oomph” if you so please! The bra is also washable and reusable, so you’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

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For underwear, go with something comfortable and nude colored, so you can ensure there won’t be any show through your white dress! Meijer has quite a few options, like this thong by Simple Pleasures – and a ton of shape wear too, if that’s more your style!

Hair + makeup accessories

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Be prepared for hair and makeup mishaps and pack your MOH’s purse or makeup bag with extra bobby pins and hair ties (I love the Goody’s kind!) There will inevitably be hair snafus on the dance floor, and if you plan ahead, you can fix them in only a few seconds! (Because not jumping to “Shout” just because you’re afraid of your hair falling out would be an utter travesty).

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I also love ELF’s duo lip primer and plumping stick, to ensure your lipstick stays on all night!

One Week Out: Polished Hands + Feet

Eeek! 7 days away! Time to start polishing those hands and feet!

By now, hopefully everything is planned out to a T, and you can really start to sit back and relax!

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There’s no better way to do that than soaking in a warm bath and applying a luxurious salt scrub like Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub. Whole sugar grains will make your skin insanely smooth (especially the problem areas, like your feet!) and it’s made with Shea Nut Oil to lock in moisture. Plus, it’s made with all-natural extracts and is also paraben-free!

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After applying the scrub, I like to rinse off and follow up with Jergens Natural Glow Firming lotion! It only takes a few days to start seeing a nice, natural-looking hint of glow. If you don’t want to opt for a spray tan on your big day, this is a really great natural-looking and budget-friendly way to get some color.

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For a great DIY pedicure and manicure, apply Cutex Moisture Rich foot cream to feet and paint nails with a pretty ballet pink color, which is the perfect neutral for your nuptials! My favorite is Essie’s Gel Couture no-chip nail polish in Fairy Tailor. It’s by far the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used, so you won’t have to worry about chipping as you’re stepping into your dress!

That’s it! Congratulations! You are officially ready for your big day!

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Floral Prints for a Stylish Spring Picnic

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy to share her favorite ways to style this season’s must-have pattern: floral.

Nothing says springtime like florals! Just like fresh flowers, floral prints can help breathe new life into your wardrobe and home décor for spring and summer. I’m always looking for easy, affordable ways to refresh my style for the changing seasons, so I made a trip to my local Meijer store to shop around.

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Floral is the print of spring, and Meijer has options ranging from trendy dresses and tops to plush pillows and bedding. I picked up some cute new pieces and love how these fresh floral prints bring such color, romance and whimsy to my wardrobe and home. A flirty dress and floral blanket set the perfect scene for a charming spring picnic in the park! Here’s a look at some of my favorite Meijer picks for celebrating the colorful and fragrant beauty of spring.

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A Floral Dress

A floral dress is a spring and summer staple, and Meijer has a large selection in a range of styles and prints. I’d recently heard about their #StyleForEveryBody campaign with offerings in a full range of sizes from S-3X. It is so refreshing to see every size featured on the same rack.

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Plus-size women know the frustration of seeing a garment they love, rushing over to check for their size and finding it’s either not available or they have to shop in a separate department with an inevitably smaller selection. And when so many of those plus-size departments are stocked with boring neutrals and uninspired basics, the variety of trendy options and floral prints at Meijer is exciting and welcoming.

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I tried on a number of styles ranging from embroidered swing dresses to tropical print maxis but fell in love with this faux wrap dress. The print has a romantic Victorian-era feel in shades of blush pink and plum. It’s such a sweet dress in the softest velvety knit fabric.

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I layered an ivory cami underneath and was pleased to see that Meijer has layering basics like this in a variety of colors that coordinate with their seasonal styles.

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Fresh & Pretty Accessories

Meijer has some super cute sandals with flower embellishments, but I had to have these girly-meets-sporty tennis shoes in floral lace. These tennies are such a great find because they’re practical and casual for a picnic outdoors but still really trendy and cute.

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I finished my look with this quilted cross-body bag in rosy pink and personalized it with this macaroon charm. I like that you can mix-and-match their purses and charms to customize your bag and make it your own.

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Dreamy Bedding

I also picked up a bedding set in the loveliest watercolor floral. The comforter and pillow cases are two-sided with periwinkle polka dots on one side and a dreamy floral print on the other. It’s the perfect combination of romantic and whimsical, playful and serene.

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floral pattern outfit inspiration trendy accessories blogger style picnic spring summer bedding

This plush furry pillow is a fun addition, and it’s a style I can swap between my bedroom and living room décor. Since I like to change up my bedding every few weeks, this comforter will make the most stylish picnic blanket when not in use. The floral print and ruffle trim definitely set the mood for a sweet and romantic afternoon in the park.

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I love wearing and decorating with prints, and florals are my absolute favorite. They bring instant romance and freshness, and they’re a simple way to celebrate this beautiful season!

Liz is the fashionista behind With Wonder and Whimsy, a space to explore personal style, plus-size fashion, travel and romancing the everyday. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Easiest Last-Minute Gift Idea for Mother’s Day

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming blogger Kendall Rayburn to share how to put together the perfect gift your mom will love this Mother’s Day.

Hello, there! Today I have the honor of hanging out here on the Meijer Style blog to share my tips for putting together the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I absolutely love shopping Meijer for gifts because I can get everything I need in one stop.

I spent about an hour browsing my local Meijer for the perfect picks for Mother’s Day, and I can’t wait to show you what I found! I got gift items, tissue paper, a card – everything I needed for the perfectly packaged Mother’s Day gift. Now, let’s put it all together!

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Choosing the Container:

When choosing the gift container, keep your recipient in mind. Like me, my momma loves all things rustic, and I just knew she’d go crazy for this cute wooden box. It has twine handles on either side, and she can re-purpose it after opening her gift (how cute would this be in a guest bathroom to hold hand towels, toilet paper and soaps?)

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Personalizing the Gift:

Think about your mother or mother figure: what kind of things do they love? What would they want to receive? For my mom (and almost every other mom on the planet) photos of loved ones really are at the top of their list.

I picked up these adorable frames with the same rustic look as the box and added in two photos. One frame has a photo of my boys holding hands, the other is a photo of my mom with both boys at a hot air balloon festival. It was such a special day, and it’s also a tradition (we go every year), so I know she’d love this photo to remember it all.

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One thing I inherited from my mom was a love of coffee. I spotted this super cute mug that’s full of color and flowers – perfect for my Mom’s gift.

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Meijer also has a variety of these hilarious little signs. This yoga one really rings true to me because my mom and I have been talking about joining a yoga class for months and still haven’t, so I know this is going to make her laugh!

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What’s something that all moms love? CANDLES. I found this adorable hammer copper candle that is multi-use. Once you’ve burned the candle, simply clean out the inside and plant the tag in some dirt to turn it into a planter – so cool!

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I also picked up this peace + tranquility candle, which is perfect for lighting while taking a long soak in the tub, or just anytime relaxation is needed (which, for most moms, is often!)

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My mom loves plants, and this adorable faux succulent was perfect for her gift because it’s something she can keep forever. No need to water this little guy, he’ll stay as green and adorable as the day it was bought. The planter it’s in is also super trendy with a modern, cement look. If you want to personalize this even further, you could decorate the outside (or have your kiddos add their handprints).

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Choosing the Card:

It’s so hard for me to choose a greeting card. I have to read about 15 of them before I settle on the perfect one. Sound familiar? My husband always jokes that my cards always make people cry, and I guess it’s kind of true. I mean, who wouldn’t want to choose a card that makes the recipient actually feel something real?

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Wrapping it Up:

I love putting everything together into one package after shopping! My favorite material to incorporate is tissue paper because it adds that extra bit of oomph to make the multiple gift ideas feel like one present. For this gift I chose two tissue papers: one plain white and one patterned with small white hearts. I thought the mix of beige and white perfectly fit the items in the gift, and that overall rustic feel.

To properly package the gift, I always start by laying down a few sheets of tissue paper in the container before arranging items (tallest and biggest items in the back), and then fan out the excess paper at the edges of the gift.

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Didn’t this gift turn out so cute? I used all of the tissue paper to add height to different items, and made sure to add some behind the frames as well to give it a little flare. That heart-patterned tissue paper is just so cute and perfect for the holiday!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

I cannot wait to gift this to my momma this weekend – she is just going to love it! If you’ve still got Mother’s Day shopping on your to-do list, be sure to stop by Meijer to pick up everything you need!

What are YOUR plans for Mother’s Day?

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Kendall is the fashionista behind Kendall Rayburn, a blog focusing on the “real” family-focused experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

3 Summer Jewelry Trends to Start Wearing Now

While the first day of spring was just a few short weeks ago, it’s already time to start thinking ahead to the beginning of summer. We’re welcoming warm days, sun-kissed skin and cloud-free skies with open arms – as well as all the amazing jewelry trends that come along with the warmer season. If you’re as anxious to update your summer-time accessories as we are, look no further than these bright necklace and earring styles you can start wearing right now.

Fringe Tassels

Fringe has been a hot trend this past year, and we’re just not ready to say goodbye this season! Tassels are flirty and playful (aka perfect for a sunny day), but still classy enough for date night or an afternoon in the office. Want to add another element to this detailed accessory? Mix metallics with neutrals or bright summer shades – like this yellow-gold and cream necklace we can’t get enough of.

If bold styles are more your thing, don’t fret – more vibrant accessory inspiration to come!

Chunky Pendants

As summer approaches, your clothing choices will no doubt become bolder in color, print and style – and your seasonal accessories should be updated to follow suit. Opt for statement necklaces with chunky pendants and large, dramatic medallions, or dangly earrings featuring a variety of stones, beads and tassels. As long as it stands out, anything goes!

Extra points if your accessories take command of your go-to summer outfit!

Vibrant Colors

Staying true to the eclectic theme that’s sure to dominate summer trends, we love mixing and matching vibrant beads, bows and tassels. We already know pink and yellow will be the “it” colors of the season, but don’t be afraid to feature your personal faves, too. Lime green, turquoise, indigo and orange all look great when thrown into the mix!

Which stylish jewelry trend is on the top of your list this summer?

The Best Oversized Purses for Spring

We’ve talked jewelry, we’ve talked shoes, and now it’s time to talk about the cherry top to this season’s coolest accessories: handbags. Our favorite spring purse trend is (literally) larger than life – supersized totes in every shape and style! We’re so on board with this practical, chic accessory, and have chosen six of our favorites to show you all the ways to make this trend the star of your spring outfit.

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer casual copper

Casual Copper

If a classic, casual tote is up your alley, this copper-hued bag is the perfect choice for you. The details are dainty enough that the satchel looks simple, but they create an understated boho vibe we can’t get enough of. Want to know the best part about this particular purse? It goes perfectly with this Wallflower spring dress to create a put-together boho vibe that’s totally on-trend for spring.

Purse: Massini, $45
Dress: Wallflower, $30

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer clean lines

Clean Lines

Minimalism is trending in home décor, fashion and beauty, so it’s no surprise that this style is one of our spring favorites. The crisp, clean lines are simple and super chic, but provide just enough detail to make the bag attention-grabbing. Need a cute tote to carry your laptop for work? This classic purse is your go-to – it looks totally professional-chic!

Purse: Falls Creek, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer vintage patchwork

Vintage Patchwork

Purses with patchwork are a statement all their own, so don’t be afraid to let your tote do the talking. Pair this ‘70s-esque bag with your simplest closet staples to allow the mix-and-match pattern + bold stitching to shine! We’re talking classic denim jeans and a solid, springy tee.

Purse: Kensie, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer pastel pink

Pastel Pink

Fashion bloggers say that pink will be the color of 2017, so this rose-colored tote is a no-brainer. It features feminine details – like floral cutouts and tiny tassels – and is the perfect statement piece for a sunny, spring day. Pair this XL satchel with anything and everything, including even more pink in a similarly hued top!

Purse: Massini, $45

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oversized huge xl purse massini meijer fringe tassels

Fringe Tassels

Fringe tassels have been a top trend since last season, and spring 2017 is definitely no exception. Alongside metallic studs and intricately braided details, tassels make this oversized tote perfectly boho chic. It’s a great choice for running errands or having brunch with your girls – pair with florals, ruffles, bold patterns, you name it!

Purse: Massini, $45

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer mustard yellow

oversized huge xl purse massini meijer mustard yellow

Mustard Yellow

Finally, yellow will continue to rule the streets and runways alike this spring, whether it’s a bright, pastel shade or this muted mustard color. A sunny hue + details like tassels, patchwork and stitching = all eyes on your new, trendy spring tote. And if you want your handbag to really stand out, pair it with a dark top and bottoms or other contrasting tones.

Purse: Kensie, $45

Which of these styles will be your spring go-to?

How to Layer This Season’s Trendiest Necklaces

As spring begins to peek around the corner, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for a new year of style.

This week, we’re welcoming Jess from The Golden Girl to share her favorite ways to layer this season’s trendiest necklaces, from alternating lengths to combining colors and mixing metals.

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If the in-between weather has you in a wardrobe slump, you’re definitely not alone! I’m right there with you, counting down the days (and hours) until I can pull out my florals and open-toed sandals.

When it comes to weather, though, we’ve got to make the best of the cards we’re dealt, right? I happen to have a little trick to spice up any outfit (yes, even if you thought you were sick of your current sweater, tights and long-sleeve rotation): layering your necklaces.

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A few layered necklaces add an extra punch of personality into any ensemble. Have you ever tried it? You’d be surprised at what a great statement it makes! You can do it for day or night, and the best part is that it’s really easy to try. I recently stopped by Meijer’s jewelry section and picked up several pieces that look amazing on their own, and even better when layered.

Here are my tips and tricks to keep in mind when trying out the trend for yourself:

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Pick two or three favorites

As one of my favorite designers says, “Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more.” Following the less-is-more rule, choose two or three of your favorite necklaces (at the most) to layer at one time. Add more than that, and you run the risk of looking like you’re wearing a costume.

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Alternate your necklace lengths

This is the #1 rule of thumb when layering necklaces. You don’t want to wear three necklaces that are the same length, as this will look messy and heavy around your neck. (Not to mention they’ll likely all get tangled immediately!) You want each necklace to be able to shine, so make sure they have plenty of breathing room. In order to accomplish this, choose necklaces at varying lengths. I’ve found that the best combinations are one short, one medium and one long. When layering two, choose one short and one medium, or one medium and one long. Tip: Stay away from very short and very long, which leaves too much contrast – the eye doesn’t know where to look!

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Go with a monochrome effect

I’m very partial to gold jewelry, so I love the look of layered gold necklaces! The monochrome effect of one metal results in a classic, polished look. Try it with silver, or even rose gold, if that’s more your style.

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Mix your metals

On the flip side, mixing metals is very popular right now. If you’re going for a more funky, eclectic vibe, mixing metals is a perfect way to achieve that. Gold and silver go well together, and I love the look of gold mixed with rose gold.

meijer style layer necklace trend jewelry

Mix dainty with statement

As you can probably tell by now, layering necklaces is all about balance. The key is to play around with different colors, scales and lengths. That being said, one of my favorite ways to create more visual interest is to combine a dainty necklace with a chunkier statement necklace. For example, this dainty silver necklace, which I found in the Meijer fine jewelry section, adds a feminine touch when mixed with a fun, chunky statement necklace from the Meijer trend jewelry section.

Which of these is your favorite? Do you have any tips to layering your necklaces?

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

New Year, New You: The Best Gear to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

No matter what healthy resolution you set for yourself in 2017, having the right gear could be the difference between abandoning your goals or celebrating at the finish line. Whether you’re a veteran yogi or a fitness newbie, pick up these healthy essentials to make sure you crush your resolutions – and look great doing it.

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If getting more exercise is a top priority, don’t roll the dice with whatever tennis shoes you have laying around the house. New running shoes with extra cushioning will protect your ankles (and knees!) from long runs, while low-profile training shoes will make sure you keep your form during weight training.

Beyond keeping you cool, technical fabrics in bright colors are an easy way to get in the mood for exercising. This year it’s all about neon, so skip the muted neutrals in favor of vivid pinks and greens to really make a statement.

Whether you’re practicing vinyasas at the studio or lifting hand weights during your favorite TV show, don’t forget to refuel when you’re done. Apples and bananas are a great source of vitamins, and if your workout was over an hour, grab a protein bar to tide you over until your next meal.

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If your beau’s resolution is to log less screen time, why not get the whole family involved? Try shooting hoops or organizing a touch football tournament for a fun way to get everyone’s heart rate up. Flip top water bottles are perfect for touting around, while protein shakes make sure he’ll recover in time for tomorrow’s rematch.

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Whether you’re into sweet, savory or something in between, it’s never been easier to get the protein you need to fuel your resolutions. Experiment with different snacks to see which one you like best – from Greek yogurt to on-the-go smoothies, there’s a healthy option your family is sure to love.

Now that you’ve got the right gear, get out there and make 2017 your best year yet!

The Best Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone on Your List

We’ve all been there – with just a few days left of the holiday season, you realize you haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get all you need at one place. So if you’re already out shopping for food or festive décor, here are a few last-minute presents your friends and family are sure to love (and they’re all things you can find at your local one-stop shop: Meijer!).

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For the ladies

Whether it’s your mom, sister, daughter or a friend, all of your best girls will love these thoughtful gifts.

  1. Chocolates from Ghirardelli or Ferrero Rocher are a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a sweet tooth. Bite-sized treats are best – they’ll last longer (and they’re easier to share!).
  2. You can’t go wrong gifting gloves or mittens since the weather is so chilly during the holiday season. There’s always a need for extra warm accessories!
  3. There’s no such thing as too much jewelry, so your gals will love a new bracelet or watch. Opt for neutral metallic tones like gold or silver – that way, your gift is guaranteed to match all their favorite outfits.
  4. If you’re shopping for a family member or a close friend, you could pick out a sweater or a pair of pajama pants. If you understand their style and know what size they need, they’ll appreciate the thought you put into this present!
  5. If you’re not sure what treats or trends your ladies like, opt for a cute knickknack or unique household item – whether it’s a coffee mug, a chevron frame or a polka-dot phone case.

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For the guys

Not sure what to buy for your dad, bro or S.O.? Here are a few foolproof ideas the men in your life are sure to love.

  1. A new mug or thermos + your guy’s favorite beverage = an easy and useful combo that they’ll definitely appreciate. Some drinks even come in gift boxes this time of year!
  2. For men that are dreaming of warmer, sunnier days, brand new golf balls are a great holiday gift. They’ll love having them on-hand when they’re ready to hit the course again.
  3. But with winter’s not-so-warm weather, puffy vests + plaid are a must-have pair this season. Your guy will stay just the right amount of toasty if he ventures outside on a mild winter day.
  4. For guys that like to spend a night in now and then, a new Blu-Ray or DVD is the perfect present. Opt for a blockbuster that just hit stores or their favorite flick of all time!
  5. While the ladies in your life buy new wallets on the regular, your dad, brother or husband might be in need of an upgrade. Choose a billfold in brown or black leather – it’s a sleek, classic style that all guys appreciate.

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For the kiddos

Need to cross your child, niece or nephew off your list? Here are a few simple gift ideas for kids of all ages.

  1. A goofy board game like Pie Face or a Disney movie like Finding Dory will keep your child laughing all winter long. You might enjoy getting in on the fun, too. 🙂
  2. If your child loves cuddling or has lots of furry friends, choose a brand new stuffed animal they can add to their collection. Tie a bow around its neck and leave it under the tree for them to find!
  3. Washable paint + brushes are a great gift for children with an artsy side. They’ll have a blast creating their unique masterpieces – plus, the kid-friendly color shouldn’t stain their clothes or your carpet (in case they get extra creative or messy).
  4. A winter hat featuring the child’s favorite character is a win-win – they’ll stay warm (which you’ll love) while repping their character of choice (which they’ll love).
  5. Finally, if you’re brave enough to withstand your child’s inevitable sugar rush, candy is a great (and easy) holiday stocking stuffer.

Already finished your shopping, but need some outfit inspiration? Here are some blogger-approved accessories to pair with your holiday ensemble.

3 Stylish Ways to Wear a Knit Hat

With snow and low temps comes the need for winter gear – knit hats, cozy mittens, blanket scarves and everything else that keeps you nice and toasty. While we can usually rock these accessories without cramping our style, caps are notorious for creating the ever-dreaded hat hair. Instead of heading out into the cold without this important accessory, try one of these three easy hairstyles that turns your winter hat into a fashion necessity.


1. Messy Pig Tails

These symmetrical braids aren’t just trendy and fierce – they also provide a way to keep your hair under control. Cold weather can make your locks prone to static and frizz, but this style makes it easy to manage every flyaway strand. Whether you’re spending the day on the slopes or out and about with your friends, pig tail braids look great with a knit winter hat.

Style Tip: To create a look that is full and voluminous, stop braiding a few inches above your ends; then pull the strands loose from bottom to top. Once you get inside, shake out your hair for a messy, bed-head style.


2. Asymmetrical Faux-Fishtail

Instead of a sleek pony, opt for a fishtail braid pulled to hang over one shoulder. To achieve this easy, hat-friendly look, split your hair into two equal pieces. Then twist them loosely, pulling to the front and over one shoulder as you go. This style works great with a traditional braid as well – just pull the style loose after securing with a hair band to create an intentionally disheveled look.

Style Tip: To keep your locks on point even after the cap comes off, try this introverted fishtail/French braid hybrid. Goodbye, hat hair!


3. Voluminous Waves

The secret to escaping hat hair is to avoid styling your strands in the exact same way when you’re wearing your hat as you do when you’re not. If you want to wear your hair down, just flip it all over one shoulder in an extreme side part before you put the knit hat on. Then, once you’re back indoors, flip your hair back to your normal middle or side part and your hair will look as voluminous as ever. Viola!

Style Tip: Keep a lightweight aerosol spray in your purse for a quick pick-me-up throughout the day.

Looking for more winter style inspiration? Check out 8 ways to wear a blanket scarf to make sure your accessory game is on point.

The 4 Must-Try Fall Jewelry Trends

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we caught up with Alexis from That Chic Lex to get a of glimpse of her must-try jewelry trends for fall, as well as some ideas on how to wear them with her boho chic style.


As you’re trading in your sandals for ankle booties and t-shirts for fringe ponchos, there’s one cool-weather update you can’t afford to forget: your jewelry wardrobe! While summer pieces are light, bright and dainty, this fall ushers in a new era of statement-making accessories.

Here are the four head-turning pieces that Alexis will be wearing this season, acting as the perfect complement to her bohemian style.


1. Two-Toned Metallic Bracelets

My first fall accessory pick is this set of flexible metallic bracelets. I love the combination of silver and rose gold! The colors pair beautifully together, though you wouldn’t necessarily expect them to. The bracelets come in a pack – but three bracelets is never enough, so I always grab two.


2. Stone Statement Rings

The real eye candy, though, is these bohemian rings. I don’t usually wear rings, but I’m glad I gave these a try! I love the marble-inspired stones and filigree details, as they add a rustic, yet sophisticated touch.


3. Layered Chokers

Perhaps my favorite piece, however, is this black suede choker. When I found out the ‘90s were making a serious comeback, I searched my room in hopes to find necklaces from my past. It’s been a while (so unfortunately I couldn’t wear any of my old favorites!), but this gave me the perfect opportunity to snatch up a new one.

Unlike a regular choker that wraps directly around your neck, this one has distinct details that add character and dimension. Since I like to wear tops that are more minimalist in style, I know this choker will really command my ensemble.


4. Round Sunglasses

The last fall accessory I’ll be rocking on the regular is this pair of retro circle sunglasses. This fall’s boots and prints are bohemian-inspired, so I love to extend the trend to my new autumn shades. Just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean there isn’t sun!


Looks best with…

I like to pair my autumn jewelry trends with flare jeans, a mustard mock neck, a cardi with fringe and black ankle booties. The look quickly became my go-to for the season! I love the colors and the pieces – especially the accessories!

With so many jewelry trends to try, it’s never been easier to shake up your fall wardrobe and add even more personality to your look.

Alexis is a fashion merchandising student at Central Michigan University and the fashionista behind That Chic Lex, a blog full of fun style and beauty tips. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.

Spooky Trend Alert: Halloween-Inspired Accessories

Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means you may have already started preparing for the festivities. Whether you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating or hosting a costume party with your friends, here are a few adorable accessories to help you get in the spirit.


Scarves have always been a trendy fall staple, so they’re a great choice when it comes to spooky accessories. We love festive details like bats and spider webs – plus, these Halloween-inspired hues will match your autumn wardrobe perfectly.


Accent your go-to bracelets and rings with Halloween-inspired jewelry that’s creepy and cute!  For a simple, trendy look, pair accessories that feature pumpkins, black cats, spiders or ghouls with a solid-colored top in your favorite fall shade.


If dad or the kids want to show off their festive side, opt for long-sleeved graphic tees inspired by the holiday. They’re comfortable, fun and look great with jeans, plus they can double as an easy Halloween costume!

How will you show off your holiday spirit this season? Let us know in the comments!