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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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Confidence, The Silent Killer.

LEADERS OF THE PACKED

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. Where do all the party girls go when it’s 5:00 p.m. in San Francisco?! Simple. We’re all at Lolo’s – our new coveted spot. This bright and cozy mexican food restaurant serves up the best margs and shrimp tacos in the city. Don’t believe us? Check them out yourself.

2. Obviously we’re all for the “little things”, duh. So, of course we scouted this Coordinates bracelet and died when we learned its sweet meaning. This bracelet, customizable when you order, allows you to add the place of someone special to you, or hey if you can’t seem to remember where you live when the clock strikes midnight we’ve found your solution.

3. Chocolate cravings happen – there’s no way around it! Justin’s organic dark chocolate peanut butter cups make us feel less bad about surrendering to our cravings. We’re big fans.

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1. Like glitter? Enjoy a touch of gold!? Meet DAVIDs TEA’s Glitter & Gold Tea. We’re sipping it not just because of its fun name, but for its amazingly soothing notes like vanilla and orange. Don’t have a DAVIDs TEA near you?! It’s okay, you can order online here!

2. Stop everything you’re doing and go buy this blush. No seriously, we’re not kidding! This Hour Glass Ambient Lighting blush will change your world. We’re talking fresh faced glow, people! This blush is most definitely a staple in our make-up bag as it gives you that warm and natural look. Shop it here, duh.

3. If you’re at all in the know you might have heard that the MOTHERSHIPOFALLWOMEN (outside of Beyonce of course), Sarah Jessica Parker, just released her oh-so-fabulous shoe line called SJP. Priced a touch on the expensive side, but all to-die for, these shoes host names like the “Carrie” and “Brigitte”. These are party shoes.

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1. We’re seeing navy, it’s true. A few of us on our team may or may not all own these cuties from A.J. Morgan. They’re inexpensive, such a great shape, and are a great alternative to your standard black or brown shades. We love em’.

2. Throw back time! We’re rocking these high top navy Converse with all our fun casual dresses, sweaters and dressed down looks these days. Not only are these shoes incredibly comfortable (duh!), they’re so in right now! Don’t believe us? Check out the new movie “Endless Love”, the main character Jade wears them the entire movie!

3. Call us techies. We’re obsessing over this fun new app we recently discovered called “Beautified”. This app, available in select cities like San Francisco and NYC allows you to book any sort of beauty appointment (think massages to blow drys) at a top salon in your area hassle free for same day services. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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.

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1. We like our eggs pink! Beauty Blender eggs of course. This little egg-shaped sponge is our go-to for putting on foundation or any make-up really. Say good-bye to that nasty line on your jaw line because this puppy fixes all, you’ll never go back to your brush or worse…your greasy hands to apply make-up (ew). Find it here.

2. Feeling like a fatty when Sunday rolls around? We do..or every day really with these Fatty Sundays chocolate covered pretzels that are grazing our desk. Holy YUM! These treats come in all flavors and fun colors, so obviously we’re smitten. Shop them here.

3. Exes are annoying. Sorry, they just are! Because of this we keep this cutie “Stick It To Your Ex” voo-doo kit handy. I mean…we’re not practicing voo-doo on this little guy, but it’s pretty good for a laugh when that someone is really pushing your buttons. Find it here in our You Don’t Need Him Anyway Packed Party.

Pizza Is Eternal

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“Pizza Is Eternal”

Well, it just is. Okay, that is a fat pretty aggressive statement. But hey, pizza is a pretty fabulous thing. I saw this quote recently and giggled a little thinking more about it. Immediately I thought about who could write such a thing? What were they going through when they wrote that? Further more, what pizza were they eating that I was missing out on, no…but seriously. Clearly this was no pizza from the freezer section – maybe they were somewhere like Chicago where pizza is rich, deliciously cheesy, and carb bountiful.

Of course I could keep going on about food (carbs). But more than anything I believe the person that said this meant that people will fail you, but something as simple as “pizza” is eternal. Think about it. Haven’t we all felt a let down by someone we put some form of effort into at some point?

Unfortunately part of growing up is being let down. You put some amount of trust and effort into someone and they come back and betray you. If it hasn’t yet happened to you, I commend you. Call me in a few years because it will. It will of course suck beyond reason sting tiny bit, but hey, you’ll be better for it. I think what this person meant when he said pizza was eternal was to put your faith in the small stuff sometimes.

Hey, maybe pizza isn’t your eternal thing (not judging if it is), but maybe something just as little and insignificant as it should be. Say maybe perhaps your favorite flowers, a pet, anything really that’s not well, a person. Give it a try. Put a little love and heart into something small and it can be your eternal.

Valentine’s Day is of course tomorrow, and while we understand some women feeling a bit over-emotional about the holiday, let’s all remember that you are in control of what’s important and eternal to you. Get on a dating site if you’re that set on finding someone, go work out if you’re convinced you’ll feel better if you lose those 5-lbs (pizza in moderation), whatever it is you choose it and it can be eternal for you. Trust us, it’ll make you feel a little bit better to put your faith into something that’s impossible to let you down.

Say/write this _________ is eternal.

A few of ours from the office:

Jelly beans are eternal

My Stuart Weitzman boots are eternal

My dog Huckleberry is eternal (you can guess who said this one!)

My push-up bra is eternal

HA!

The First Look

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Have you ever visited a place you went when you were little or long ago only to find it didn’t look quite the same? Maybe not quite as big? Not as shiny, perhaps? And if you’ve ever felt this way don’t you wish you could again capture that euphoric feeling you felt when you first saw it? The full on, goosebumps-smiling-wide-eyed way you saw it the very first time?

The older I get, the more often I feel this way. Whether it be an old house, or an old love, there’s always something special about seeing it that first time. You’ve been there. This wide-eyed feeling is how I feel looking at Packed Party today, in this very moment.

As we approach our 90 day mark of an idea I had in my bed – I still have that same feeling of first look awe.

I hope it never goes away. I doubt it will. To describe it, it’s like the first time I saw the Golden Gate Bridge. Ever seen it? Yah. It’s a touch big, overwhelming, a bit terrifying, but so incredibly powerful…something you gravitate towards. Just having lived here over 6 months now I watch myself gravitate to it on most walks, talks with friends, anything really, it’s somehow always in the picture and I don’t know if it will ever quite get “old” or washed up to me – it will never be a “background” because it always steals the show. I can’t picture just thinking “oh you” staring at it.

Packed Party is truly the same. I gravitate toward it each day not because I have to (yes it’s my job), but because it is that euphoric, scary, and truly fun feeling I get every time I work on it. Packed Party has grown into something a bit different for each person that its come into contact with. For me, Packed Party was an outlet when I was having a Pity Party. My own of course, over something silly and so small in the grand scheme of things. We’ve received notes in the last few months regarding everything from starting chemotherapy, having a tragic breakup, or a magical birthday…all including Packed Party in their moments. Of course, we’re fortunate enough to have received awesome feedback. But as we’re growing (and quickly) I never want to lose the idea of answering to all of these notes in a personal manner. I’ve had the privilege of emailing all of these people directly and hearing their stories and how Packed Party gave them that “awe” feeling when they saw it on their doorstep. This has been an incredible feeling, not only for me, but the whole Packed Party team.

We never want to lose our “wide-eyed” look when dealing with our customers or packages. I can’t imagine it truthfully. We deal with each of our customers with compassion and “soft hearts” because well, we’ve been there whatever it is. Not all of our emails are sad, of course, a lot of them are quite exciting! “Can I order 50 for my Single Ladies Valentine’s Party?”  or our standard “my friend is extremely picky, she needs something perfect for her birthday, something out there and I think this may be it. Help!”. Each of these people coming to us gets a first look. I can promise you we won’t lose our luster as we grow! Stick around, we have so much fun planned and we’re going to keep treating you, our friends, like it’s the first time we’ve met.

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1. Burgundy nails. We like our wine dark red, yes, but more recently our nails too! We’re seeing this color pop up every where since its recent debut on the red carpet. It’s the perfect “fun meets sophisticated” winter transitional color, and your nails don’t arrive before you do if you get what we mean?

2. Finding that oh-so-perfect chocolate to compliment you is a series of dating in itself. Are you the serial chocolate eater who goes through the entire box only to still find yourself unsatisfied? Stop right there. We’ve found your prince charming. He’s a little, um, rough around the edges with his name, but we assure you, it’s whats under the wrapping that counts. Meet Dude Sweet Chocolate, our match made in heaven. Pssst! He may or may not be featured in our Cue Cupid package currently.

3. We realize not everyone lives here in San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit (or drool at your desk about what we’re eating)! We’re obsessing over Foreign Cinema and highly recommend you making 1, or 3 stops when in San Fran, or scooting on over if you live here currently. This place not only has to-die-for food, but the ambiance..ah, behold perfection. They play movies on the side of the building outside under a canopy of lights whilst you enjoy your 5 star meal…sold? Check it out here.