Summer 2018 Beach Bag Essentials List

My Summer 2018 Beach Bag Essentials List is pretty basic- you need a good kimono, some heavy duty lipstick, a high quality mineral bronzing spray, a good pair of Statement Earrings, and of course, fashion magazines and an adorable straw tote!

SHOP | Stella & Dot:Earrings (under $45) // Straw Bag (under $75) // Kimono // Lipstick (or get my favorite trio set HERE– 3 colors for $20!) // Bronzing Sunscreen // Plush White Fur Rug (2’x6′ or 2’x3′)

1. A good statement earring and kimono is a must- These statement earrings from Stella & Dot will not disappoint! Hand beaded geometric shapes playfully create the perfect pop of color. They feature a Shiny Gold Finish, have a 2 ½”, Statement Weight and Titanium Ear Posts.

2. The kimono linked above is another favorite from Nordstrom, Featuring a silky finish and bright floral print. This ultra-versatile kimono can be tossed over any outfit to make it instantly more stylish!

3. This Bronzing Mineral Sunscreen is from my beloved Target- It’s an all natural opaque mineral bronzing sunscreen with SPF 30 and is infused with probiotics and caffeine to keep your skin healthy and tight while protecting it. It’s free of chemical UV absorbers and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes! It’s balanced formula makes it easy to apply evenly and it’s a non-propellant continuous spray. It’s also 100% vegan & cruelty-free!

4. A pouf/pouch to keep all of your important small items (cash, credit cards, lipstick, chapstick, etc) from getting lost in your tote! Here are a few of my favorites:

Stella & Dot // Photo Floral Pouf

Stella & Dot // Embroidered Lashes Mini Pouch

Stella & Dot // Black/Cream Stripe Pouf

There are so many more prints/styles to choose from! You can shop/browse them all HERE

So plan that trip in style! What are your must-have travel companions? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Monday, Fashionistas!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Traveling in Style: The Cutest Weekend Get Away Tote, Gym, Yoga, Beach, or Diaper Bag, etc- That You Need This Summer

Heading somewhere for a weekend getaway? Needing a new Travel Tote? Gym Bag? Yoga Bag? Diaper Bag? No matter what you’re needing a new bag for- Travel in Style with any of Stella & Dot’s Get Away Totes! They’re seriously the perfect travel companions! Y’all have seen me feature this beauty over and over again- because it’s JUST. THAT. GOOD!

The totes are available in multiple different super adorable prints, has an easy, wipeable material, and is convertible and expands in a zip for spontaneous shopping.

  • Measurements: 14 1/4″ Height (zipped) 19 1/4″ Height (unzipped) x 15 1/2″ Length x 8″ Depth x 8″ Strap Drop
  • Exterior: Woven fabric with vegan leather trim, front slit pocket, top zipper closure
  • Interior: Pocket with zip closure
  • Lining: Wipeable coral/white print lining
  • Hardware: 9k Plated Gold
  • 2 way versatility: Detachable & adjustable cross body strap included

I’ve used mine as a diaper bag, gym bag, yoga bag, beach bag, and it’s TSA Approved for flight travel! ✈️ Sophia and I are headed to warmer weather this weekend- sunny Florida, here we come! ✨ And of course, we’ll be traveling in style with this beauty!

SHOP: Stella & Dot: Click HERE for the Get Away Tote in Black/Cream Stripe (Pictured Above) OR Click HERE to shop/browse all prints and travel bags!

Don’t forget to add the matching pouf! They’re so adorable! I always like to have a smaller pouch for my larger bags to put smaller items in that I don’t want getting lost at the bottom of my totes. Something for my chapstick, lipsticks, make up, sunscreen, cash, cards, etc!

Happy Traveling, Friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Enjoying our Spring Saturday // Garden, Icecream, Laughter, and a whole-lotta gorgeous North Carolina weather!

Saturday’s are for shopping (obviously) so today we did something we haven’t done yet in this town..

Those of y’all that know me personally or have been following along with me for a while now already know that I try to avoid shopping malls like the plague. For many reasons, but the main one being my anxiety skyrocketing from being around way too many random people at once- all pushing and shoving trying to find the “deals” that these big corporate stores are having that day- no thank you. I need my personal space and don’t enjoy strangers brushing up on me. However, since we couldn’t find these particular shades that Jeff was eyeing at another brick-and-mortar store, we knew the mall would surely have them- and they did.

I’m pretty sure this was also the first trip to the mall that Sophia will actually remember- and let me tell ya’, this girl was a fan! She loves shopping, (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there, friends!) she loves food, and she loved the big cookie she got for being such a good girl! (Any fellow mamas spoil the crap out of their kids if they don’t act a fool in public? I see you)

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We came home, got messy in our garden, played outside and then had more treats. This weather is too beautiful not to soak up every second!

One of the most beautiful things about being a parent is watching your children fall madly in love with the hobbies that you love. I absolutely adore that most of the hobbies Sophia has picked up on show her how to take care of things.

Gardening is a big hobby of mine that I believe teaches wonderful life lessons. With little eyes always watching, I believe it’s so important to bestow meaningful activities upon our children rather than the “norm” nowadays. (especially in this day in age)

We started last year when I wanted to dabble into a vegetable garden. She helped me plant the peppers and zucchini’s from seeds and she beamed from ear to ear when she saw them growing. After we planted the seeds, she watered them every single day and anticipated their growth. Life lesson learned: “In life, we have to take care of things if we want them to return the favor,” and also, “Don’t rush the process, good things take time. And sometime more time”

SHOP: SIMILAR BOWS (Also HERE & HERE & HERE) Her outfit was a gift from her auntie- but HERES another romper I’m loving)

I hope everyone has had the most fabulous Saturday like we have! How do you spend your Saturday’s? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies