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  1. If you’re in NYC stop everything youre doing and run to Prohibition Bakery!  Yes we’ve talked about boozy candy before on our Three Things, but never boozy cupcakes. This adorable bakery whips up everything from a “Pretzels and Beer” to a classic “Old Fashioned” cupcake. Does it get much better? We didn’t think so either.
  2. Every true party girl needs a solid sleep mask, it’s true.  That’s why we’re recommending the best to you! Meet the oh-so- ultra-chic silk sleep mask we’re catching z’s in from Shop Terrain. It’s subtle to sleep in while still blocking out those early a.m. rays.
  3. Printed. Nails. Hello! They’re everything. We’re not talking nasty nail stickers here. When we say printed nails, we are talking about high-end creative designs actually being painted on your nails. We’re currently coveting these Anna Rifle Bond nails we found on their Instagram page. Re-create this look or come up with your own fun theme the next time you hit the nail salon.

Free Pity Party, Say Wha?

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So, you may have heard we’re throwing a massive Pity Party – it’s true. With finals around the corner for our college girls, swimsuit season upon us (a depressing truth for everyone), we’re realizing that sometimes this little pre-summer situation can have us down in the dumps. Because we’ve all been there (or are there), we’ve created our very first official contest.

 The contest, not just for college girls, but for any and all of our party girls, invites you to post a photo of yourself throwing a Pity Party on Instagram or Facebook to win a FREE Pity Party package from us! What’s in a Pity Party package? Psh, like all of our packages, we’re not telling you for the surprise of it all, but what we can tell you is this package has everything you need to throw yourself a proper Pity Party! Expect things like “self help” tea, themed books, and other hand-picked hilarious items centered around the theme of the party.

 Want it? Need it? Gotta Have it? We thought so. We want to make your week here, so let us! The rules? They’re simple:

 Follow @packedparty on Instagram and Like our page on Facebook, post the photo on either platform and tag @packedparty in your post! Oh, and don’t forget to use the #packedpartypityparty to make sure we see it! The contest ends next Wednesday and when we announce the best Pity Party pic, so show us your Pity Party for a FREE one, what are you waiting for?

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1. We realize this purple lip gloss can be a bit intimidating, but we’re advising you not to be afraid! This beauty, called Revelry, goes on as a very sheer color and looks.good.on.everyone! We’re not kidding, it’s amazing. Meet our new go-to gloss this summer for all occasions.

2. We visited the topic of sheets last week on Three Things, so it’s only natural we’re giving you the inside scoop this week on what to wash your sheets in. Meet Tyler Candle Company’s Glamorous Wash, the best smelling thing to happen to your bed, well, since ever. Skip the generic crap when you’re washing your sheets and opt for something you’ll wake up feeling (and smelling) good over.

3. Out with the old in with the new! It was about time someone brought something hot to the holy grail of dipping sauces. Meet Sir Kensington Ketchup – hello yum! This ketchup isn’t just cute, it’s all-natural and even better, it’s more flavorful than that old beat up bottle. You know what us party girls are dipping our fries in, duh.

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1. Party girls are well-slept girls, and your bed is your sanctuary if you’re anything like us. We’re currently draping our coveted mattresses in these to die for Eucalyptus tree pulp sheets. Think jersey meets silk. Buy them here to sleep like a baby and wake up refreshed for all your partying.

2. We’re all about the blooms this spring! We can’t seem to get enough of these ranunculus flowers that are popping up all over this spring from store fronts to magazine covers. Buy them in rich pinks, yellows, oranges, and reds to add a fun flair to your coffee table or desk. Find them at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joes – boom.

3. We’re all for a new product, and this one lives up to all its hype. Meet Bumble & Bumble’s City Swept Hairspray! We’re using it to set “un-done” looks when we’re on the go. Oh, and did we mention it smells amazing? Shop it here.

Where the heck is Packed Party!?

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We figured it was about time we gave you an update about what it is we’re doing at Packed Party HQ, who the heck these “leaders of the packed” really are, and all that’s coming up for us. You’re curious, right?!

Where can I begin? There are so many exciting things coming up for us as we grow, and rapidly! You party girls sure know how to spread the word about a good thing, that’s been made very clear, so thank you, I am forever grateful. Currently we’re adding more packages to our arsenal, casting our net further to find even more un-discovered brands that create clever things, and finding new ways to bring you your party and faster.

We’re still getting the question of WHY aren’t we telling you what’s inside packages from a lot of you who are new to our concept and venturing to our site. We don’t tell exact contents inside packages as to add to the fun of sending and receiving Packed Party packages. There aren’t many things in life today left as a surprise, so we’re asking that you leave this to us. We’ve done all the hard work for you! Imagine driving all over town to find gifts centering around a break up or birthday – whatever the occasion, paying retail prices for all the items, attempting to find a colored and themed package similar to ours, buying a card, paying for shipping, the whole bit – what a nightmare. Skip it all because we’ve done it for you, the perfect thoughtful package for just $45.00!

When I came up with the concept for Packed Party, just like you I was wanting to send myself or someone else a fabulous gift. Go back and re-read the last two words in that sentence please. Yes, a fabulous gift. These packages have full-sized great things in them that we have hand-selected after countless hours of research, trying, testing, you name it, before we claim them as our own for these parties. This is the good stuff, promise.

So what’s new with us? Welp, a few things. We’re adding a bridal line of Packed Party packages to the list. Should we shout that brides!? WE HAVE BRIDAL PACKAGES COMING! The first of them? Our “THE Bridesmaid” package. This package has been created to ask your inner circle to be your bridesmaid, or just to give to your bridesmaids as a “thank you” on the big day. We’ll be leaking more info on this packages contents and card (we get wording is important for your big day) in the next week. Also, we’ve just added the cutest off-the-shoulder sweatshirts to our site for purchase. These light-weight cozy sweatshirts are the perfect throw on this spring and summer when the sun goes down. Think Wild Fox meets Packed Party for half the price, hello.

Speaking of new, let’s talk about our Leaders of The Packed. Who are these chicks? These are carefully selected women across the US on college campuses to promote kind and confident women. What do we mean promote kind and confident women? These women are leaders. They encourage others on campus to start their own party in life with our packages or just by doing whatever it is they love. These women are trend-setters, always confident, and ever kind.

That’s about all that’s new with us! Did I cover all the bases? We’re making big strides this spring with our brand new site, new packages, and all that we want to do for you. I ask that you be patient with us as we still are just 6 months in and learning as we go too. We want to make this perfect for you, and promise to always try our very best to do so. Packed Party is here to stay, so get on the party bus or get left behind (okay fine, I won’t leave you!).

xx,

Jordan, Packed Party Founder

Confidence, The Silent Killer.

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What’s a confident girl defined by today? Is she the girl singing karaoke in the bar when no one else will get on stage!? Maybe she’s the one strutting across campus or at work in whatever she pleases, because, “she can pull it off”, or hey, maybe she’s the one who seems unaffected by all that comes her way. There’s many ways people dub others as confident, but we keep our definition simple.

 

A confident girl as defined by us is the girl who has the smile from a mile away. She may not have everything “perfect”, but she’s got her chin up. Yes, that’s her, that’s the one. She’s the one grinning ear to ear even when things aren’t quite right because she knows she’s in complete control of the cards on the table. This girl starts her own party we like to say. She’s unafraid to do things for herself and is kind enough to do them for others.

 

She may be dealt a bad hand on a crummy day with a breakup, a bad test score, or even just because, well, we all have bad days, but the small things don’t get her down. This is the girl who says, “I’m starting the party for me.”

 

Not long ago we started naming collegiate women on universities across the U.S. these confident women. We call these girls our “Leaders of The Packed”. You might see these girls handing out our Packed Party goodies on their campuses, yes, or hey, maybe they’re sporting one of our cutie off the shoulder sweatshirts (duh), but most importantly, these are the girls on campus who bring their own party.

 

If you’re still behind, we don’t mean the streamers and cake, silly. We’re talking these women bringing their smiles and their confidence to be leaders on their campuses. These women were carefully selected because they love our brand and what it is we stand for here at Packed Party. These women truly encompass what it means to be “party girls” as defined by us. Check out some of our quotes from a few of our “Leaders of The Packed” below and see why they love what they do.

 

PRINCETON LEADER OF THE PACKED: “I’m what Packed Party defines as a “party girl” because I know starting the party is all about the attitude– with a great attitude and a little glitter, every occasion can be celebrated.”

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA LEADER OF THE PACKED: “My favorite thing about Packed Party’s concept is promoting the party girl as a sophisticated woman who carries herself with the utmost respect when entering any room at any time.”

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA LEADER OF THE PACKED: “UGA is such great place to be a Leader of the Packed because Athens is known for it’s fun and always exciting environment, so it’s perfect for a fun company like Packed Party!”

BAYLOR LEADER OF THE PACKED: “Promoting kind and confident women on campus is so important and possible through a brand like Packed Party that encourages women to start their own party for themselves or friends.”

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1. We’re all about these stackable Catbird rings lately. The “X & O” rings are so different and make for a fun way to change up your ring game. Of course, all of Catbird’s stuff is ahh-dor-able, but these three were stand-outs for us.

2. What is Yerba Mate, you ask?! Let us give you some insider scoop! We’ve been sipping on these bad boys since we learned all their magical effects. Yerba Mate tea, sold at Whole Foods or other health food stores, is rich in antioxidants, improves the ability to focus, helps control weight, blah blah it’s insanely good for you and it actually taste great! Go grab one on your lunch break today, k?

3. Meet our morning, afternoon and night time saver, party girls. Rose Petals Rose Water is the best pick me up skin hydrator we’ve ever met. We don’t leave our houses without it – we’re serious! This bottle comes in a twist or spray cap (you choose) so it’s easy to tote anywhere with you when you need a quick refresher. Shop it here.

Breakups Are Like Cookies

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Breakups Are Like Cookies.

Breaking up with anyone sucks. There is no fancy or fun way to say that, so there it is, unglamorous as it’ll ever be. Think about it, you have these amazing times with someone only to learn they’re no longer that person, they let you down, or hey, maybe you just grew apart from one another. Whatever the reason was, it happened and it needed to for you to become the person you’re meant to be. Yes, we truly stand behind that.

Breaking-up not braking-up is a funny way to think of a break up. You’re breaking things apart, not stopping them for a slight second to tap the brakes, you know? You are distancing yourself from that person and cutting them out of your life.

Here, let’s get a visual shall we? You have this fabulous and rather large cookie (duh we’re using food as an example) in both hands and you break it apart. Does it go right down the middle in a seamlessly even split? Absolutely no. It never breaks evenly. There’s always one larger side and one smaller. Some of us choose to keep the larger side for ourselves and others give the larger side to the person their sharing with. Quite telling if you think about it. Which do you usually do? Better yet, which do you do in a break up?

So now that you’re hungry and have a full visual of what we’re talking about in terms of carbs, think about yourself for a moment. Have you ever had that ground shaking can’t eat, can’t sleep, wowthatpersonbeyonddisappointedme break- up? We all have. Yes, even Beyoncé had boy problems at one time too, it’s true. If you have been through something like this would you have kept the larger side of the cookie for yourself? Boy, we sure hope so.

Chances are though that you haven’t done this if you’ve gone through a break up. Harsh? No, it’s just true because we’ve done it to. You gave that person who hurt you everything including your biggest most important asset – your heart. Then let that person disappoint you more when they didn’t want to put things back together. Yeah…you gave them that huge side of the cookie, the one that was less baked and had more chocolate chips. Why didn’t you keep the big half of the cookie (your heart) for yourself when this was going down? The answer is probably because you’re a kind and compassionate person.

You’re so kind in fact you might have concerned yourself with that other person more in the situation and forgotten about a little person called you. You need to be kind to you. You can come first in this situation, duh.

After reading countless emails about women receiving our You Don’t Need Him Anyway packages and dealing with various stages of ending relationships – we can say we do know a little bit about the subject. Hey, even we have gone through hell-ish break-ups E! would be impressed with. Our point is you need to start keeping the bigger half of the cookie when it comes to break-ups. You are your own best friend and your own worst enemy, so why make this hard. You Don’t Need Him Anyway, so throw yourself a party, eat a cookie, and move on without the loser.

The Things We Do For…Music.

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This is awkward for all parties involved here. I’ve decided to share the small and personal detail with you all that I recently decided I wanted  needed to go to a sold out concert here in San Francisco. Well, what do you do when you want to go to a sold out show in this city? You hit the most accessible, creepiest, last resort site you possibly can, a small rather social site called Craigslist – maybe you’ve heard of it?! And you text (duh from your personal number because you’re desperate) the stranger listed on this sketchy times new roman font list claiming he he’s got “sum tix”. You have a full visual, don’t you?

This person of course texts you back at a weird hour in the middle of the night confirming of course in perfect English he has the tickets with a, “yo I have the tix 4 yew” only to be followed with a “yuh deposit money in my Venmo or PayPal” and before you even confirm that you’re still in fact interested in making any sort of purchase to fund his plant, python, and Pokemon addiction, you’re 60% through the deal.

Lets rewind a bit – I decided I needed these tickets only after I saw the movie Endless Love. Yes, the Brooke Sheilds re-make that’s out right now that looks effortlessly corny and romantic. The whole teen summer romance one, yep, saw it, and I loved it – see it then judge me.  Anyway, the band playing in the movie is one of my favorite bands and hearing them in the movie made me look up their concert schedule afterwards only to find this sold out show here in San Francisco. So of course prior to getting my really hot and steamy misspelled text from this random stranger off Craigslist, I was feeling extremely pretty warm and fuzzy. Then this shet happens.  The next part is the worst part.

When I explain to him I can’t pick up the tickets myself and that I’m in fact going on a first date so my “date” will be picking up the tickets, he offers instead to take me himself. Is this a joke or is my life the real joke here? I then of course proceed to text him back (out of the sake of the tickets obviously) saying sorry, but can my date pick up the tickets instead when he tells me I’m “laaaaame and wut happened 2 spontaneous gurls”.

Have you ever had a moment staring at your phone or someone else where you just sort of black out for a split second and think is this seriously my life? No? Live vicariously through me. I sat at my desk stared at my phone for probably 30 seconds and thought, did I just get asked out by my Craigslist contact? Good GOD, I did. Someone send me a Pity Party immediately, this is WINE (yes wine) worthy and quite laughable, clearly because I’m sharing. So hey, it’s Thursday – live it up, text the Craigslist dude you bought a couch from this summer and see if he spells better than my new friend does.