Sami’s Holiday Guide: Simply Monogram iPhone Case

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This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Someone please tell me how Christmas is one week away and for all of you readers who celebrate Hannakuah, you are already celebrating! I feel like I was just starting my Black Friday shopping list and now I’m baking cookies for Christmas Eve and wrapping gifts.

Now let’s be honest, most of us are still getting our last minute gifts. Look no further because Simply Monogram, from Etsy, has the perfect gift.

It’s 2014 – almost everyone has a smart phone. More importantly, a large number of these people have dropped their phone and shattered their screen. (I know I’m not the only guilty one). Well, Simply Monogram has the perfect protective cases with your monogram on it.


The Etsy shop sent me this full wrap case and I have never been more satisfied with a phone case!



Whether you love chevron, glitter, stripes, or flowers, Simply Monogram has all the designs that you could imagine.

The site offers over 300 items for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6s. They even offer cases for your iPads. Don’t own an Apple product? If you have a Galaxy, they have cases, too!

The site has over 25,000 reviews – all positive – so you know that you can trust both me, as well as these other users, that these phones will be well worth the price.

As if you needed another reason to purchase a case from Simply Monogram, I have a coupon code just for you! Enter SIMPLY10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase.

Now head on over and purchase a phone case for whoever is left on your shopping list – or even for yourself.


[Guest Post]: Meet my Newest Sponsor, Jacqueline!

Hello, my fabulous readers!

I wanted for you all to meet my newest sponsor, who you will see featured on my sidebar for quite a long time – Jacqueline from Pretti Please.

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What’s more awesome than having Jacqueline as a sponsor, but she’s only a blogging friend of mine AND my sister!

We had originally been in contact when I reviewed my Alpha Delta Pi hair bow from her Etsy shop. Then, we started discussing how we were both sisters from the same sorority, Alpha Delta Pi! It was so awesome to meet a sister from completely across the country – I go to school in Connecticut and Jacqueline goes to school in California! Talk about such a major difference – I’m planning on having a snow day tomorrow and Jacqueline sure isn’t in sunny Cali. I have never met a sister that was from a different state, so it was such an incredible experience for me!

After having so much success from her shop, Jacqueline decided to start a blog. She reached out to me and soon we began discussing the blogging world. We lean on each other for different aspects of blogging – such as doing ad swaps, asking questions, and getting opinions. It’s so awesome to have a blogging friend who I know I can always count on. Whenever I’m on Facebook, I almost always have a conversation with Jacqueline popped up on my screen.

Now it’s your chance to get to know her!


Hello! My name is Jacqueline Bridgford and I am a 21-year-old daughter, sister, student, girlfriend, small business owner, sorority girl, fashionista, and (more recently) the author of a blog called Pretti Please! I am a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. I spend most of my time in Los Angeles, where I am a junior at the University of Southern California, or with my family in Newport Coast, my hometown. I am interested in a little bit of everything – I am very creative and hope to have a wildly successful career in the fashion industry after I graduate from USC in 2015. As of right now, I keep busy with my blog and my small business that I operate through Etsy. I personally design, produce, and ship my one-of-a-kind gifts. Most of my items are aimed at college girls, mainly sorority girls! I started my shop because I had an excessive amount of crafts that I originally made for my wonderful little sis, Lissa. Since crafting is one of my favorite hobbies, I was accumulating hair bows and canvases left & right! My mom suggested that I sell some things online, so I set up a little shop and called it Bowtique By Jacqueline. The shop turned into my biggest project – I made more sales in the first month than I would have ever expected. It turned out that girls really liked my stuff and my shop grew faster than I could have imagined! I now offer a variety of products, including: sweatshirts & t-shirts with super cute glittery monograms, personalized vinyl decals, hair bows, soft hair ties, wall décor, canvases, and special orders. I love being able to make money while also getting the satisfaction out of designing and producing the items! After starting Bowtique By Jacqueline, I really delved into my creative side and started focusing on what I wanted to do in life after graduating. I started applying for internships (in fashion!) and decided in early February that I am going to spend this summer taking Fashion Design courses at Parsons! Studying fashion has always been a dream of mine, and the fact that I will be going to NYC makes it even better! I will return to USC this upcoming fall and finish up my last year of undergraduate studies. I can’t wait to see where Bowtique By Jacqueline, Pretti Please, and my fashion industry dreams take me! Thanks for reading!

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Have a great Wednesday, readers! Keep reaching for your dreams, just like Jacqueline does!!


Looking to Buy New Letters? Check out Greek Creations by Di A-S-A-P!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own. 

I may have Alphie on my side as a sister of Alpha Delta Pi, but thanks to Greek Creations by Di, I have some fabulous hot pink zebra letters on my chest!

Call me a Jersey girl, but I love hot pink and animal print! Being able to cozy up in the comfiest sweatshirt I own while representing ADPi in hot pink and zebra print is great.

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Not only is the sweatshirt super cute, but the sweatshirt from Greek Creations by Di is super comfortable! It was super comfortable to wear to that dreaded 8 am class, while still repping Alpha Delta Pi. Not only that, the v-neck allowed for me to breathe (I hate sweatshirts that are all wrapped around my neck!), and could adjust the strings on the hood if I really wanted to.

Don’t worry other sorority gals, Greek Creations by Di also features Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi Epsilon, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Sigma, Pi Beta Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Delta Delta, Zeta Tau alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Chi Omega, Alpha Phi Omega, and Alpha Xi Delta.

Plus, don’t want a v-neck sweatshirt! The Etsy shop offers jerseys, jackets, v-neck tees, tunic sweatshirts, quarter-zip pull overs, and zip up hoodies! Greek Creations by Di features over 500 pieces of awesome sorority apparel!

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Searching for clothing for your sorority is super easy on the site. All you have to do is just search your sorority and BOOM! all pieces of clothing will come up! The owner, Diane, being as fabulous as she is already has pieces designed in certain sizes for you to order. However, if you see something you like, but your size and sorority is not there, you can request a customer order.

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With all that money you saved from renting from, you certainly have money, readers, to go buy some letters from Greek Creations by Di. Go check it out ASAP. For more information, check out the info sheet below:

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A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Especially When You Have this Beautiful Case on Your Phone!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

Let me tell you a little something about myself, readers, I am a HUGE Disney fan. But more than Disney, I am a huge Cinderella fan. Ever since I was a little girl, I have absolutely loved Cinderella. Even as a nineteen-almost-twenty year old college student, I am still a huge Cinderella fan. Hope the future hub is excited for our Cinderella themed wedding (equipped with Cinderella blue bridesmaid dresses and horse and carriage)!

So when iStyleGift sent me this Cinderella iPhone case I was the happiest girl in all the land!

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The beautiful case, which you can buy here, depicts the iconic scene of Cinderella and Prince Charming meeting at the ball. The colorful image has a mosaic-like feel, which really adds beauty to the case. The colors used are very bright and eye popping to make the case a classic, timeless piece.

One of the many things I really liked about iStyleGift was that I got to choose how I wanted my case to come. I was able to select if I wanted it to be on a clear hard case, white hard case, or black hard case. I chose black.

However, I understand that not everyone is a Cinderella fan. Well, iStyleGift offers 300 phone cases for both the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, AND Samsung cases!! Besides Disney themed cases, iStyleGift offers celebrity cases, designs & text, and other images.

Love Miley? iStyleGift has a case for you! Check THIS one out.

Love Marilyn Monroe? Then, check out THIS case.

Or are you not into celebrities?

Check out this cool vending machine case or this chevron case!

Now, enough of me showing you all the awesome cases! Visit iStyleGifts today!


I Have Never Loved A Hair Bow as Much as My Bow from “Bowtique By Jacqueline”

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

As we know I’m a sorority girl, and like, proud.

As a part of the stereotypical sorority girl couture are the hair bows. Bowtique by Jacqueline  on Etsy offers the cutest bows I have ever seen!! I want to share my love for them with all of you by posting about them today on “Sparkle and Shine.”

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Jacqueline, the store‘s owner, was super sweet and sent me this ADPi bow so I can rep my sorority!


First off, her packaging was very nice and professional. The bow came on a card that featured the Etsy shop website address, the store’s Instagram tag, and a bow design. I really loved that it said “Handmade in California.” From talking to Jacqueline, I knew that it was, however, it was great to see that! It really gave it such a personal touch and any shopper loves personal touches!

The bow itself was incredible, too! The bow came in ADPi colors and even had Alpha Delta Pi’s sorority abbreviation, ADPi, in the corner! The heart on top of the i was the perfect touch to the bow to show off the sweetness that comes with being a sorority woman.


Plus, the bow looked great in my hair! I loved the size of it – so when I threw what I knew, you were able to see some of the bow!


Another reason I loved the bow? It’s able to spice up any outfit. In college, I am constantly running around because of my hectic life, that I don’t always want to get dressed. So I’ll throw on a pair of yoga pants, a matching Victoria Secret hoodie & my white vest. Adding the bow in my hair made it look so cute – so I am happy that I can wear the Bowtique by Jacqueline bow with anything!!


With Jacqueline from Bowtique by Jacqueline being as fabulous as she is, she also included some hair ties! I haven’t tried these new type of hair ties, so I was super excited. The pack of four included a champagne colored one with gold dots, gold glitter (I’m obsessed with this one!), a teal one, and a black one. Again, they came packaged on a similar card to the bow, which included the name of the shop and “Handmade in CA.”


Of course, they spruce up any pony tail! But, on the days that I’m even too tired to put in a cute pony tail, I will just pull it back at the nape of my neck and throw on my baseball cap. These hair ties are perfect for doing this and add a cute little color pop to spice it up. I love how the gold glitter hair ties looks with my Vineyard Vines baseball cap.


Overall, I have nothing but positives to say about Bowtique by Jacqueline and her products. This Alpha Delta Pi girl loves her bow and hair ties and recommends you RUSH over to Bowtique by Jacqueline as fast as you can to hair bows, hair ties, and other Greek gifts!


Shop “The Speranza Project” on Etsy to Help Fight Cancer

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

The Etsy shop The Speranza Project is helping to fight cancer. What’s better than shopping and helping a good cause?!

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The Speranza Project donates 20% of its sales to a different organization that fights cancer, through research, offering financial support for families, offering personal items for patients, etc.

The shop offers hand drawn mugs, ceramics, accessories, and more! Most of the products display quotes from your favorite TV shows and books. Some are for the holidays. Popular movies and books on the site include “Harry Potter,” Doctor Who,” and John Green’s novel (and soon to be movie – yay!) “The Fault in Our Stars.” I received a mug featuring a popular “The Fault in Our Stars” quote saying, “My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations.”

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The other side of the mug featured another popular quote from the novel:

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This mug is the PERFECT size! I am not a coffee drinker, but I do love hot chocolate! I cuddled up in my cheetah print snuggie, my Nook, and “The Fault in Our Stars” mug as soon as I came home from school for winter break.

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As I got more engulfed in my book, the large size of the mug kept up with me as hours passed. There is nothing I find more annoying than running out of whatever you are drinking while you are all comfortable reading a great book!

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The design on the mug was also very neat and professional looking. You could tell Alanna, the shop owner, had taken her time while doing this. Her patience in making it was definitely appreciated as the consumer.

For all you other book lovers out there, I recommended checking out The Speranza Project ASAP!

Clothing and other accessories are coming soon to The Speranza Project, so keep this in mind next time you are shopping. The store is definitely a place you will want to keep checking back with to help support an incredible cause!


If You’re Young and Greek, Shop “Young and Greek” on Etsy!

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.

Christmas is just a few days away – ahh! Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite sorority woman in your life? Or are a sorority woman and are looking to buy a little gift for yourself? Then check out Young and Greek on Etsy!

Young and Greek offers smartphone cases, key chains & license plate frames. They are an official Greek licensed vendor.

From the Etsy shop, I have received the Alpha Delta Pi infinity iPhone case.

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I absolutely love it. I am able to express my personal style, as well as my sorority – Alpha Delta Pi. I got to select which color I wanted and which way I wanted the infinity symbol. By picking which color I wanted, I was really able to express myself because I chose my favorite color – bright pink! Plus, call me a typical girl, but I love the infinity symbol. It’s so perfect because it combines the color pink, the infinity symbol, and Alpha Delta Pi!

Young and Greek offers other designs and colors for smartphone cases. You can check out the complete list of their 100 smartphone cases here.

Besides the smartphone case, Young and Greek sent me the basic license plate frame in silver glitter! My car, a Toyota Camry, is like my baby. I even named it- Simba. Getting a license plate cover was like great because it was a cute little decoration for my baby – while spreading my ADPi love. The license plate is super cute not just because it says Alpha Delta Pi on it and the Greek letters, but because it looks like it has glitter on it. It’s just another pop to make Simba super feminine while ruling the roads. Now, wherever I go in Simba, the world can now I’m an ADPi!

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I never thought about using a license plate frame until I received this one, but now I can’t imagine not having one. Check out the other 24 license plate covers this Etsy shop offers here.

Young and Greek offers a variety of great sorority items! They ensure quality on each of their items and their goal is to leave their customers satisfied. As a recipient of these products, I can assure you that they are of high quality and I was completely satisfied. Now, shop Young and Greek today!