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8 Stocking Stuffers Every 20-Something Wants This Holiday Season

8 Stocking Stuffers Every 20-Something Wants This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year… again?! There’s one thing for certain: 2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. With the holiday’s quickly approaching, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 small gifts EVERY 20-something year old gal wants this holiday season.

  1. Trendy Bracelet Hair Ties from By Lilla  
I just discovered these super trendy hair ties a few weeks ago and I have to say that they are AWESOME. These hair ties double as a cute bracelet (say bye to 318 plain black ties that go missing every week). They have a fabulous variety to choose from and make the perfect stocking stuffer.
by lilla hair tie

 

  1. Lavender Bath Salts from BumbleandCo

Nothing like getting to a hot bathtub after a long, stressful day. This Dead Sea Salt + Himalayan Pink Sea Salt bath kit is blended with pure essential lavender oil.  As you relax, the soft scent of lavender will permeate the air, easing tension & stress. Did I mention that this bath salt is made from all natural ingredients?

lavandar bath salt

  1. Travel Wall Art Prints From Bronagh Kennedy Prints

One of my favorite finds for the traveler in your life. These architectural prints make the perfect addition to any home or office. These wall art prints come a variety of cities and colors -- check out the entire collection here.

travel wall art

  1. Black and White Marble Cosmetic Bag From Casper & Coal

This marble makeup bag features a unique print completed with a sturdy gold colored zipper to keep your makeup in place. The exterior is crafted from high quality material that has been made flexible and soft to the touch so that you won't have to sacrifice style for function!

black and white marble cosmetic bag

  1. Vertical Bar Tag Necklace From Layered and Long

Simple yet elegant, this customizable vertical bar tag necklace from Layered and Long is an every day essential that your 20-something will appreciate. Add custom coordinates, initials or dates to add your special touch to this gift.

vertical tag necklace

  1. Leaf Macbook Decal From Lauren By Design

This beautiful leaf Macbook decal is made of vinyl by photographing real leaves, ferns and bits of foliage. This handcrafted decal will definitely bring that extra element of nature to 20-something's computer!

leaf pattern computer case

  1. Handmade Spotted Ceramic Mug From Stone Haven Pottery

This handcrafted mug inspired in part by mid-century Scandinavian design with a modern rustic aesthetic. Glazed in white over speckled clay,  this mug is an essential for the morning coffee lover!

spotted ceramic coffee mug

  1. Glass Geometric Candle Holder From Waen
Besides being designed to be used in daily life as a tealight holder, these cute candles make the perfect stocking stuffer! This glass hurricane set would also make a great stocking stuffer!
geometric shaped candle holder
 
We've named our favorites... any more we should add to the list? Drop a comment and we'll add!
XOXO,

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6 Places You MUST Visit on Cape Cod

6 Places You MUST Visit on Cape Cod

Happy Monday guys!

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, the summer is slowly winding down over these next few weeks. This morning it hit me (and it hit me hard) that I have a mere four more weeks left of summer. Four. Today’s post isn’t all bad news though - I’m estatic that I’m flying back home next week and will be spending the weekend on the Cape.

For those of you who don’t know me well or don’t follow me on Insta (and if you don’t follow me here!), you know that there is absolutely no place I love more than Cape Cod. I spent nearly all of my childhood summers exploring the vast beaches on the Cape and pondering the ins and outs of the quaint seaside towns.

In the soon-I’ll-be-on-the-beach fashion, I’ve prepared a list of my favorite places to visit on Cape Cod. You absolutely need to check these digs out the next time you are on the Cape:

      1. Sundae School - the best ice cream parlor in New England. Hands down. During the summer, the quintessential ice cream parlor has police officers monitoring the traffic flow because it is so busy. One of my favorite things about Sundae School is that it has remained virtually unchanged since it first opened in the 70s. Their ice cream is out of this world.
      2. Chatham Bars Inn - if you are feeling fancy then head down to Chatham Bars Inn and receive a celebrity-like experience. Chatham Bars Inn is an exquisite hotel compound situated on the Atlantic and offers some of the best views on the East Coast. They have a beautiful open bar area where you and your friends can grab drinks and watch the ships come in. If you are really looking for the ultimate Cape experience, look into booking a room at this fine hotel.
      3. Nauset Beach - although Nauset may be famous for the numerous shark sightings, it is still one of the finest beaches on the Cape. Nauset is also home to some of the most serious waves on the Cape. That will be apparent when you see flocks of surfers enjoying their afternoon on the water.
      4. Provincetown (aka P-Town) - P-Town is the furthest town up on the Cape. Surrounded by water on three fronts, P-Town is definitely a scenic place you need to add to your list. The main street running through the center of town is lined with antiquated shops including an array of bakeries, candy shops and clothing boutiques. Nearly all of the restaurants have a picturesque view of the sea making it an ideal spot for a meal out. Be sure to check out the Pilgrim Monument (the hard to miss monument at the top of the hill) and climb the flights of the stairs. You’ll get an expansive view of the Cape that is simply incredible.
      5. Route 6A King’s Highway - while this isn’t a definitive destination per se, it is one of the most scenic "highway" routes in the country. The colonial era estates and farmhouses decorate the road and immerse you in the “old Cape” experience. While you meander King’s Highway, be sure to take time to visit the northern bay side of the Cape.
      6. Cape Playhouse - looking for some entertainment? Don’t miss out on the country's oldest professional summer theater. Theater goers rave about the high quality performances and unique, welcoming atmosphere. I’ve attended several plays and can testify that is an easy-going, fun experience. Definitely recommend.

 

Now that I’ve crafted my top places to visit while on Cape Cod, I am ready to start packing my bags! I hope you all enjoy your trip. Leave a comment if you have a favorite place I should add to the list!


XOXO,

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What to Pack When Studying Abroad in College: The Essentials

What to Pack When Studying Abroad in College: The Essentials

August is approaching and you know what that means for adventurous college students across the country …. study abroad season. If you are one of the lucky college students that is spending the whole semester traveling, exploring, wining and dining abroad then this list is for you. Before you embark on your exciting journey, be sure to pack everything you need so you aren’t stressing out once you arrive. Here is a comprehensive list of What to Pack When Studying Abroad in College:

The Essentials

  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Plane Tickets
  • Government-Issued ID/Student ID
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Prescription Medication
  • Phone, Computer
  • Chargers

Toiletries

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Face Lotion
  • Razors
  • Makeup
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizing Lotion
  • Feminine Products
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sunscreen
  • Advil
  • Cosmetic Travel Bag (p.s. we make super cool ones!)

Clothing

  • Walking Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Going out clothes (heels, dresses, jewelry)
  • T-Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Jacket
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Workout Clothing

Misc.

  • Purse
  • Backpack
  • Umbrella
  • Outlet Converter
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Fannypack (yes, they can be trendy)
  • Vitamins
  • Washcloths
  • Pillowcase

This list should be enough to get you started on your trip abroad. Have an amazing trip and tag us in your Instagram photos (@caspercoal)!

XOXO,

 

Did we miss something that should be on the list? Comment below so we can add to it!

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What to Pack on a Vacation to the Caribbean: 8 Essentials Checklist

What to Pack on a Vacation to the Caribbean: 8 Essentials Checklist

First off - let me tell you how jealous I am that you are looking/have already booked a vacation to the Caribbean! Enjoy it for me. In order to fully immerse yourself in the experience, a few stressful things need to be taken care of first, you probably are asking yourself: What should I pack on a vacation to the Caribbean?

Don’t worry - we have you covered with our 8 Essentials To Pack for a Vacation to the Caribbean list. Without further adeiu, here is it:

  1. Walking Shoes - for all you experienced travelers, you know that having a pair of comfortable walking shoes for a vacation is of utmost importance. I would recommend that you opt for a broken-in pair of walking shoes, instead of a new pair so that you can avoid the uncomfortable task of breaking in shoes on your time off.
  2. Sunscreen - now this should be a no brainer. You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget your sunscreen at home. Trust me - I’ve been there before!
  3. Beach Bag - after all, you are traveling all this way to sit and relax on the beach, right? Make sure that you pack a simple beach bag. To save space, bring it as carry-on luggage.
  4. Travel Documents - every traveler’s worst nightmare. Stay very cautious of your travel documents at all times and double-check you have all the necessary paperwork before walking out the door!
  5. Camera - #PicturesOrItDidntHappen. Be sure to bring your phone or camera in case you want to snap a pretty scene. With that being said, you are on vacation. Enjoy the time with friends and family and try to limit your time on electronics.
  6. Layered Clothing - these islands have incredibly volatile temperature patterns. During the day you could be baking in the sun with temperatures over 100 degrees; however, as soon as the sun drops it gets quite chilly!
  7. Umbrella - though the Caribbean is often advertised as a sunny destination, you must remember that it does rain frequently. Prepare for stormy weather by slipping an umbrella into your suitcase.
  8. Bucket Cosmetic Bag - last but not least, keep all of your cosmetics items our fashionable Casper & Coal Signature Bucket Bag. Our bag was made exclusively for travelers who need to store cosmetic items without hassle. The perfect bag for your trip.

That is the list folks! Hopefully these 8 essentials will guide you on what to pack on your vacatoin to the Caribbean. Enjoy your trip!

XOXO,

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Prep for the Fourth: Holiday Makeup Trends

Prep for the Fourth:  Holiday Makeup Trends

Whether you’re gearing up for an exciting weekend getaway with the gals or spending a low-key fourth basking in the sun, we’ve curated our top three favorite summertime beauty products to make packing your Casper & Coal Bucket Bag a little bit simpler.

 

1.     Glossier – Priming Moisturizer

This moisturizer is lightweight, buildable, and perfect for outdoor activities. It leaves your skin with a soft, dewy glow and helps your skin look more vibrant and healthy. However, it does not contain SPF so make sure to layer with sunscreen or SPF tinted moisturizer/foundation.

glossier priming moisturizer review

2.     Philosophy – The Microdelivery Peel

These scrubs and washes are ideal to use after a day spent basking in the sun. They will smooth away the roughness caused by the dead cells, while infusing your skin with the vitamins that it needs to feel healthy and refreshed.

 

Philosophy – The Microdelivery Peel Review

3.     NARS – The Multiple Stick

Both a cheek and lip tint, the Multiple Stick applies smoothly for an effortless color. With a cream-to-powder formula, it is the perfect product to pack, giving you a little more color on the days that you want it.

NARS – The Multiple Stick Review

 

There you have it! Those are our top picks for Fourth of July Makeup this season. Safe travels!

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The 12 Travel Essentials: Vacation Toiletry Checklist

The 12 Travel Essentials: Vacation Toiletry Checklist

Let’s face it. Packing toiletries for a vacation is a huge headache. Just when you think you *finally* have your act together, it all comes tumbling down when you realize that you’ve forgot to pack your deodorant for your week long trip (admit it… we’ve all reached that low at one point in time).

To avoid that from happening, we’ve compiled the ultimate toiletry checklist for travelers. Here are a few of our essentials to get you started:

  1. Shampoo and Conditioner - absolute necessity. Though most hotels provide guests with the mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner, the shampoo quality can be questionable. Play it on the safe to side and bring your own stash.
  2. Body Wash - minimize the amount of liquid you carry by substituting liquid body wash for bar soap.
  3. Hairbrush - save yourself the hassle of having knotty hair and pack a small brush or comb. You won’t regret it!
  4. Toothbrush and Toothpaste - of all toiletries to bring on your trip, a toothbrush and toothpaste are amongst the most important! Throw in some mouthwash if you have some extra space in your bag.
  5. Razor and Shaving Cream - the key here is to remember to pack both your razor and your shaving cream. Don’t feel like bringing your razor on your trip? Buy a cheap disposable razor for a quick on-the-go shave.
  6. Deodorant - should be self-explanatory! A half-size travel deodorant stick should be perfect.
  7. Makeup Remover and Cotton Pads - after a busy day out, the last thing you want to do is spend an unnecessary amount of time taking off your makeup. Packing a tube of makeup remover and a few cotton pads will make taking off your makeup a breeze at the end of the day.
  8. Moisturizing Lotion - always a fabulous idea to carry some moisturizing lotion when you travel. A small bottle should do the trick.
  9. Advil - comes in handy when you least expect it. Can save you a lot of running around in case a headache arises.
  10. Vitamins - carrying vitamins with you when you travel is a great habit. Don’t forget to keep on top of your health while you travel!
  11. Band Aids - prepare for the unexpected. A simple band aid or two in your toiletry kit can save you a lot of hassle should an incident occur.
  12. Sunscreen - a must-pack if you are venturing into warmer weather!
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  • Hope this simple checklist saves you some time the next time you are packing your toiletry bag for your vacation! Feel free to add some of your favorites to the list. Of course, don't forget to pack your toiletries in your Casper & Coal Bucket Bag :) 
    XOXO,

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    We've Launched!

    We've Launched!

    Hey guys! 

    After what seems like ages of designing and remodeling, we are finally available for purchase! We have been overwhelmed so far with responses and love to our Bucket Bag and we are so extremely proud to be able to share our product with you. It means so much to us that you have followed along with us through this journey. 

    There’s so much in store for this upcoming year, we have gone right back to the drawing board to create some new designs to keep us current with trend and demand. We are always looking for your feedback so if you have anything you think would be valuable for us to know, we’d love to hear it!

    As always, it would mean so much to us if you left us a review on Amazon (click here to leave a review) or on our website. Whatever you have to say, we can handle it; the good, the bad, and the ugly: all help us grow as a company and it means so much that you could take the time to evaluate us and help us achieve something close to perfection.

    Much love to you all!

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    Out With The Old, In With The Chic (And a bit of our story…)

    Out With The Old, In With The Chic (And a bit of our story…)

    Good evening!

    We hope that you are enjoying the New Year so far and that you were able to spend some time with friends, family and most importantly, tasty food (kidding!).

    As previously announced in our recent blog post, we are beyond excited to officially launch our Casper & Coal signature cosmetic bag line in just a few short weeks.

    Casper & Coal, similar to many other brands, came to fruition due to a frustration that most women can admit surfaces almost daily. We’ve all been there. We wake up in the morning, half a sleep and dreary-eyed, only to stumble into the bathroom and find an unorganized, cluttered cosmetic chaos. Or the times when you travel and can’t fit all your necessities in the tiny makeup bag you have (looks like your toothbrush is getting stuffed in next to the shoes, again!). Yep, we’ve all been there. Well, maybe at least some of us.

    After one too many poor (and gross) experiences like these, we decided to do something about the traditional, cramped, small makeup bag. But first, we decided to do a quick survey among some of our family and friends. The question was simple … the answers, not so much. It turned out that everyone we spoke to was unsatisfied with their current cosmetic bag, but couldn’t find any alternatives to satisfy them.

    Alas, Casper & Coal was born!

    We set out with one mission in mind - to craft the perfect cosmetic bag that any one can appreciate. The first necessity was size - we needed to design a bag that fit all of our stuff. Accounting for all of our stuff and making it fit comfortably was a marvel in itself! We needed to make sure that all of our basics were covered and fit well within the bag. Being able to comfortably furnish our hairbrush, toothbrush, deodorant, makeup and a travel shampoo and conditioner sets was a top priority.

    But, of course, what good is a large makeup bag if there is no built-in organization? So, you’ve guessed it — we’ve included the obligatory several pockets and elastic bands to hold everything in place in a clean, tidy fashion.

    Lastly, we craved a bag that had a chic, hassle-free design. Forget the zippers. We opted for a sleek, stylish design with a unique drawstring for an easy open/close.

    And there you have it. A small glimpse into the initial product development thoughts and the motives behind the Casper & Coal brand. We’ve always been passionate advocates of change and hope to take the cosmetic bag industry by storm.

    We’re glad that you’re along for the ride!

    xoxo!

     

     

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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    Woohoo Happy New Year! 

    Our team here at Casper & Coal is SO excited to get the ball rolling during 2016. This past year has been full of excitement - we've been working hard on crafting and perfecting our signature cosmetic bag (which we are sure you will absolutely love)!

    With that being said, we are elated to announce that our signature Casper & Coal cosmetic bag will be available for purchase on our website later this month.

    Want to get involved in something bigger? We're ecstatic roll out a Campus Brand Representative Program for college aged students across the US. Our brand representatives will have the fabulous opportunity to assist the Casper & Coal design team in creating new products (awesome, right?) and help us grow. And oh, did we mention free makeup bags? Please send us an email at info@casperandcoal.com if you are interested.

    Don't forget to stay connected with us before we launch. Connect with us on social media!

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/casperandcoal/

    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/caspercoal

    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/casperandcoal/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/casperandcoal/

     

    Warm Regards,

     

     

    P.S. Have a color suggestion for our next bag line? We'd love to hear! Send us your thoughts at info@casperandcoal.com.

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