3 Tips to Help Your Son or Daughter Survive Dorm Life

As high school comes to an end for many seniors, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for their next adventure: college. For many soon-to-be freshmen, going away to school is a completely new experience. If your son or daughter is anxious about what they’re about to encounter in college, here are some helpful tips to read to them.

Every millennial loves the Iris Pj set because it’s a cute, comfortable outfit to wear while lounging around your dorm room or watching the Bachelorette with your girlfriends.

Be Prepared for Noise

Living in a dorm room means nothing but noise. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night are generally recommended, but not always achievable in a dorm setting. People are always playing music, screaming in the hallways, and having parties with their friends. The noise might not only be coming from outside of your child’s room; it can be coming from inside as well. If they have a roommate who snores or talks on the phone really loudly, they’ll have to come up with some ways to make sleeping easier. And you can help with that. Suggest ear plugs, a sleep mask, and some comfortable white cotton nighties or pajamas. The cute nighties will put them in a space of comfort and relaxation as they try and drift off into dreamland. These pajamas and nighties are breathable so they will keep them cool at night but they are warm enough when the temperature starts to drop.

The Hannah nightgown is a favorite amongst young twenty year olds because it’s romantic, flattering and classy.

Be Prepared to Be Around Different Types of Personalities

Since college is a mixture of many different people, it’s also a space for many different personalities. Not everyone in their dorm building will act the same or have the same interests. Many of them may not see eye-to-eye on a lot of topics. This is just something all new college freshmen will come to realize after the first few months at college. Teach your child about dealing with different types of people and that it is okay to have a different opinion. Don’t let this intimidate them though, having a different perspective is a good thing because it teaches you to embrace the unfamiliar.

Nearly all ear plugs will block out sufficient amounts of noise to allow you to sleep. Branche Beauty’s silk eye masks are particularly great for blocking out outside light so your child can get a nap in between classes.

Be Aware of the Freshman 15

The freshman 15 is alive and well with all of the delicious options in the dining halls. And while they may be delicious, a majority of them aren’t the best to eat. Even though it’s tempting to eat chicken fingers and french fries on a daily basis (since they can have as much as they want), explain to your child that exercise and a healthy diet is important. The last thing they’ll want to do is gain the freshman 15 as soon as they get to college because it might make them lose their self confidence altogether. Talk to them about different healthier options such as salads, wraps, and grilled chicken. They don’t have to give up the junk food completely, but putting a limit on it can be a big help.

Healthy salads are quick and easy to make, and they will give your child enough energy to stay focused during classes.

If your child has never experienced going away for school in the past, they might not know what to expect. Before they head off, teach them how to live with other personalities, what to wear to bed, how to eat properly, and the importance of getting at least 6-9 hours of sleep a night.
Make sure they stay motivated and take good notes in class too 🙂

Every child will go out and explore the world after graduating high school. Whether that means going to college or going to travel for a year, a good night’s sleep and a healthy diet and lifestyle will be crucial for them to get the most out of their next chapter.

The History of Sleepwear Trends

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Nightgown, nighties, and pajamas; to you, they’re just something you throw on without thinking before heading to bed. But did you know that there’s actually an extensive history surrounding the white cotton pajamas we all know and love?

(Source: 1930s Underwear Models)

Historic Sleepwear

Centuries ago, sleepwear wasn’t the cutest or most comfortable thing on the market. According to mentalfloss.com’s article on changing sleepwear, “from ancient times until the 1800s, people would either catch Zs in a variety of nightwear, ranging from their day clothing to undressing down to their tunic and undergarments—the equivalent of today’s plain white T-shirt and leggings.” Years and years ago, pajamas were bulky and didn’t have any shape to them. They absorbed perspiration, meaning they needed to be made of washable, white linen. The white linen could also be boiled and bleached and was the preferred fabric for lower, middle, and upper classes. The quality of the linen, however, denoted which economic level the wearer fell under.

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Nineteenth Century Sleepwear

During the nineteenth century, nightgowns increased in popularity and became extremely distinguishable from other women’s undergarments. These white cotton nightgowns featured high collars, yokes, and cuffs. The high collar gave the sleepwear a more professional, put together look. They were made to appear more elegant than the historic nightwear of the past. These nightgowns also featured wider necklines that wasted less fabric and were convenient for the ill.

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Ready-to-Wear Nightwear

As the nineteenth century went on, ready-to-wear white cotton pajamas because available. They were loose and long, had embellishment on the yoke, included ribbon, beading, lace, embroidery, and ruffles. The nightwear could even be monogrammed, if that’s what the person wearing the fabric desired. Monogramming has been around for centuries. The hoarding and use of large amounts of household linen became popular around the year 1200 AD, when sheets, tablecloths, and napkins were marked with dark ink to identify their owner. These nightgowns were typically white but sometimes came in different colors at the turn of the century.

The sleepwear we don today isn’t necessarily what people wore back in the day. Our pajamas tend to be a lot shorter, made of different fabrics, and come in a variety of styles and colors. But there are still many people who choose to stick to the classic nightgown. They’re breathable, comfortable, and all around classy.

Jacaranda Living’s Denise Nightgown is an elegant choice for classy women who love wearing the old fashioned nighties.

5 Ways New Moms Can Actually Get Some Sleep

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If you just had a baby you probably haven’t gotten a ton of sleep lately. You may be sitting here thinking you’ll never get sleep ever again, but guess what? Sleep is possible!

The lack of sleep can largely impact your life. And to get your sleep schedule back on track, there are a few things you can do.

The first things you should do are establish a regular bedtime routine and try to relax. While it may be hard to get under the covers at the same time every night, getting into a bedtime routine can be beneficial. There are many different relaxation techniques you should start practicing if you want to get a better night’s sleep. For example, you can read a book, go on a walk to clear your head after dinner, fill out a crossword puzzle, or listen to calming music. You may even consider taking a relaxing bubble bath every now and then (if you can). Do anything that will help you wind down that doesn’t involve a screen. So, stay off of the phone and turn off the television and computer.

Even if you rely on soda and coffee to get yourself through the day, this won’t be very helpful while trying to fall asleep. Cut yourself off from stimulants as well as chocolate and energy drinks by mid-afternoon. We recommend having your last cup of coffee at lunch time. Stimulants like these are guaranteed to make falling asleep harder, especially if you indulge in them later in the afternoon.

When your baby is asleep and you’re finally able to get into bed, it can be very hard to switch off your mind. If you find that you’re having trouble trying to get to sleep, don’t get frustrated. Try writing down what might be keeping you awake. You could also try changing up what you’re wearing to bed. If you’re in a pair of sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt, you might not be as comfortable as you think. A white cotton nightgown or white cotton pajamas might be the better option. The great thing about white cotton nightgowns or nighties is that they’re going to keep you warm, yet they’re light enough to be breathable.

Change out your old pjs for something comfortable and cool like the new Natalie PJ set.

Newborns tend to sleep about 10.5 to 18 hours each day. Even though this may seem like a lot of sleep, it can be very hard for a new mom to catch a significant amount of shut-eye. To try and make your sleep experience better, change your sleepwear to cotton PJs and nightgowns, stick to a sleep schedule, and cut back on stimulants and caffeine at least 4-5 hours before bedtime.
The cutest little baby wearing a baby sheep embroidered baby hat from Jacaranda Living. It comes in many designs, choose your favorite here.

Yes, your newborn is adorable, cute and most of the time very needy, but you need to put time aside for yourself too.

Trouble Sleeping? These Tips Might Help

No matter how hard you may try, falling asleep might be one of the most difficult things even after a long day. You may have tried everything, including drinking sleepy tea, counting sheep, and listening to ambient music, but nothing seems to work.

It’s hard to fall asleep for many people, but there are some options you may have never thought of that are proven to help you get a good night’s rest. Some of these tips may have slipped your mind but they might be the missing answer to all your problems!

Visit a Therapist

Therapists aren’t only helpful if you’re going through something mentally. They can also help you figure out why you are having problems falling asleep. Many therapists also can explain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. This technique involves creating a relaxing environment before bed. It has actually been most helpful for those with insomnia or who just have some trouble falling asleep.

Try Different Pajamas

Have you ever taken a moment to think that your pajamas might actually be the reason why you can’t fall asleep? If you’re still wearing old t-shirts or thicker fabric PJ shorts to bed, you will find yourself tossing and turning rather than relaxing. The often unnoticeable scent of very old clothing makes it difficult to relax in bed. You think you probably can’t get to sleep without these old t-shirts or PJ shirts, but they very likely might be the problem! Try to buy new cotton PJs that are lightweight and breathable, especially for warmer summer nights. You won’t get too hot and sticky in bed and can breathe in the fresh scent of 100% clean cotton. If that doesn’t put you to bed, try lighting a fresh clean cotton candle to take any unwelcome odors out of the bedroom. You may even consider giving percale a shot. Percale is any cotton woven with a 200 thread count or higher and is more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count. It’s also less likely to pill than cotton satin due to its denser weave.

Buy a Different Mattress

The mattress you own might not be firm or soft enough and could be causing your terrible time. Head to your local mattress store to test-drive a few beds. Try some that are really firm and some that are really soft. See how they compare to the mattress you sleep on now. If you feel more comfortable on something from the store, make the investment and switch it out for a newer bed.

If you consistently have trouble sleeping but feel like you’ve tried every option, there might still be other things you haven’t given a shot. Consider talking with a therapist, switching out your pajamas, or trading out your mattress for a new one.

How Millennials Can Tackle Their Sleeping Problems This Summer

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The daily life of millennials in their late 20s and early 30s are usually in flux because they are just starting their careers and figuring out their life plan. This means it is often hard for them to get the right amount of sleep while balancing their workload and having a social life. Now that we are entering summer season, millennials will probably be struggling with sleep problems even more because of all their weekend plans, including over long weekends such as the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend and July 4th. Here’s a list of ways most millennials and other busy men and women can overcome his or her sleep issues.

Stick To One Bedtime

It can be very tempting to stay up until two in the morning, especially during the summer. But getting into the habit of going to bed by before midnight will put you in a good place. If you go to bed by 11, you’ll be able to wake up early the next morning and may even have time to fit in a good work out before the day starts. Make sure you have nice, comfortable sheets and pillowcases to sleep in that will help you get a good night’s sleep. You can keep your sleep routine in check by setting your smartphone to an alarm each night (around 11pm) and an alarm each morning (7am), which can be set to go off automatically from Mondays to Tuesdays every week. Your body will adjust to this regimented sleep pattern so you will soon not feel too exhausted during the day.

Keep a book by your bed and turn off your phone to avoid late night texting. The bright screen makes it hard to drift to sleep right before bed.

Get Cozy

The comfier you are, the easier it will be to fall asleep. Light a candle, grab a plush pillow, some lavender, and soft, breathable pajamas like the above Pru cotton jammies from Jacaranda Living. White cotton short-sleeve pajamas are the best because they are light and keep you cool in the summer so you won’t get hot at night. If you’re not a fan of a top and bottom PJ set, you can go with some of Jacaranda Living’s flowy cotton nightgowns as another option.

The new Hannah nightgown is a favorite among women who enjoy wearing something elegant around the house but prefer nightgowns over 2-piece pajama sets.

Limit Your Naps

Many millennials are notorious for taking naps (when they have time) — and for good reason. Sometimes sneaking into a conference room and locking the door feels like the only time they can get a little bit of shut-eye in between meetings. But do your best to break that habit and cut out your daily naps. If you do need to take a nap, keep it to less than 30 minutes. That way, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed in your white cotton pajamas rather than groggy.

Sleep can be hard to come by for many of us! But keeping the above list in mind can help you catch some Z’s. So try setting an alarm to go off automatically every night and morning from Monday to Friday, read before bed and turn your phone off once you’re in it, wear soft cotton sleepwear, and cut out excess naps. Once you stick to your new sleep routine during the week, you can enjoy the long weekends celebrating with friends without always being the “tired friend.”

Have a great long Memorial Day Weekend!

Gifts to Give Your Friend Who Is Hosting You for Memorial Day Weekend

Do you have a friend that is inviting you to their home for Memorial Day Weekend?  If they invite you over to explore their digs, don’t forget to bring a gift! If you’ve already spent some time trying to come up with the best idea for a gift but have had no luck, here are some ideas below that can help you out.

Jacaranda Living housewarming gifts for MDW

Cocktail Napkins

Instead of just getting them funky cutting boards or candles, try something a bit more unique. Pick up some fun embroidered cocktail napkins like the below lobster ones from Jacaranda Living. They are not only decorative but they’ll also get the host and other guests excited for summer and the festive long weekend. These cocktail napkins just scream summer, and there are plenty of other nautical embroidered designs to choose from if your host doesn’t like lobster.

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These lobster embroidered cocktail napkins will liven up cocktail hour every day this summer, especially when everyone is barbecuing and having drinks on the patio.

Gift Cards

You may think getting your friend gift cards is impersonal or maybe even a bit tacky. In reality, it’s actually one of the best gifts you can give them. Give them gift cards to restaurants near their home, grocery stores, or even a specific gift card to their favorite store. If they aren’t fully happy with their home decor yet, you should look into getting some beautiful embroidered guest towels or unique boudoir pillows for their living room. Your host will be able to pick out exactly what they want and it’s not going to cost them any of their own money.

Jacaranda Living tissue box cover
Don’t show up empty-handed this weekend when you stay at your friend’s place. Get them a gift card to Jacaranda Living so they can pick out anything they like such as this natural linen tissue box cover for their home.

Flowers

If you’re running late to meet your friend at their house and have yet to give them a gift, a bouquet of flowers is never a bad idea. Flowers liven up any space and give it a welcoming vibe. You can even pair the flowers with a bottle of wine or terry guest towels so it’s a quick gift for both the house and host or hostess!

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Get your friend their favorite wine, flowers or some nice terry guest towels as a thank you gift for hosting you over the long weekend!

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is one of the most practical things you can buy your friend for their new home, and it can really come in handy. Especially for a long weekend like Memorial Day Weekend or July 4th where your host will likely be hosting more than a few people. Anyone can easily knock into something or fall while enjoying a few cocktails or doing fun outdoor activities like corn hole and bocce. A first aid kit can be a big help in these situations, as the host won’t be scrambling realizing they forgot to pick up some band-aids before his guests arrived.

Getting a gift for your host is a nice gesture. If you’re struggling trying to come up with a gift idea, take a look at few of the suggestions listed above!

The Best Sleepwear to Help You Keep Cool and Avoid Summer Sweats

Waking up drenched in sweat is never a good thing, but it definitely happens to most of us, especially during hot summer nights. It can get unbearably hot at night. The best way to fix this is preparing for warm summer nights with the right sleepwear. Jacaranda Living’s range of cool cotton PJs and nightgowns will help you stay cool and comfortable during summer nights.

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Victorian nightgowns to keep you cool during warm summer nights

There are several cotton nightgowns from Jacaranda Living that are great options for summer nights. These cotton nighties are made up of breathable fabric, so you don’t have to worry about suffocating in your wintry PJs made of a thicker fabric. Since these nightgowns are cool dresses, it will help keep you cooler than if you wear a warmer PJ set.

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The Kristen Nightie is a flirty favorite with its ruffled flair and short hem. A cute and comfortable choice to wear around the house.

If girls white cotton nighties aren’t really your thing, and you’re more of a pants and top kind of gal, you can still find a sheer cotton pajama set that will keep you cool throughout the night. This new white cotton PJ set with blue piping will be one you fall in love with, especially because it is a great set for warmer nights since you won’t overheat while sleeping in soft sheer cotton. They’re also very easy to take care of, as they are made of cotton, so there’s no need to take your sleepwear to the dry cleaner.

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The Iris Cotton PJ is the perfect set to curl up on the couch and enjoy a girls’ night in.

If you’re looking for something cool but a little more elegant then the Victorian PJs are for you. Victorian pajamas have the elegant style you might prefer than a cool and casual look, but they will also keep you feeling cool during warm summer nights. Elegant, classy and comfortable all in one. You can choose from Victorian sleep sets or Victorian nightgowns. If you’re fashionable every day, why not be fashionable while you’re sleeping, too?

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The Natalie PJ’s swiss cotton voile dot fabric is sheer and comfortable – a new, elegant favorite that will keep you cool from season to season

You can even get your sleepwear monogrammed – just email info@jacarandaliving.com for personal inquiries! Monogramming has been around for thousands of years. The hoarding and use of large amounts of household linen became popular around the year 1200 AD, when sheets, tablecloths, and napkins were marked with dark ink to identify their owner.

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Monogrammed sleepwear are great gift ideas for bachelorettes, bridal parties and showers! Inquire for your requests.

These are all great options to help you avoid those summer night sweats. Waking up in the summer after a long sleep to find your bedding and pajamas soaked is the worst feeling. Try the above sleepwear options to keep cool and comfortable all summer long — or check out some of other great items, like our girls white cotton dress.

4 Elegant Items Every Professional Woman Should Have Inside Her Home

If you’re a woman in (or near) your 30s, it’s time to stop looking like you still live in your college dorm room. Since you’re a hardworking professional now, you should start thinking about improving the way your home or apartment looks. You don’t have to make any of these changes if you don’t want, and you certainly don’t have to make any of these changes for anyone other than you. But getting rid of some of your old items and purchasing some of the finer things in life can actually help you feel more productive about being that thing you already dreaded: an adult.

Here are some great times that every adult woman should have inside her home:

  • Quality bed sheets — If you have been sleeping on the same bed sheets since college, you might want to think about upgrading them… like right away. Having nicer sheets won’t just help you feel more like an adult, but they will actually improve your sleep habits as well. In fact, roughly three-quarters of people admit that they regularly get a more comfortable night’s sleep on freshly scented sheets.
Soft sheets are key for a fine night’s sleep
  • Turkish bath towels — We all enjoy showertime, but luxurious turkish bath towels make it that much more enjoyable. These luxurious 100% Turkish Cotton Bath Sheets are made with 600 GSM-carded yarn. They combine super-absorbent quality with a soft, luxurious, rich feel. Look forward to stepping out of the steamy hot shower and wrapping up in these elegant, cozy towels. So much better than those thin towels you used in college.
A distinctive checkered jacquard weave design is one that we can’t resist wrapping up in after hot showers or to stay warm on your bed.
  • Victorian pajamas — You don’t have to get rid of all those larger college shirts that are comfy to sleep in, but purchasing some cute pajamas for nights you want to feel a little more elegant is a great idea. Get some white Victorian pajamas and toss them on before bed whenever you want that comfortable and luxurious feeling.
Grab your favorite movie with some popcorn and slip into our women’s white cotton Pajama sets.
  • Decorative pillows — Decorative pillows are great fixtures to have inside an apartment or home that will drastically improve its look and feel. You don’t have to go overboard and purchase dozens of these pillows, but simply placing a few decorative pillows on your couches and your bed can give your home or apartment a much needed boost in elegance.
Jacaranda Living’s Wildlife at Leisure Pillow Collection is unique and beautiful, making the styles a perfect addition to glam up your apartment or home.
  • Victorian mirror frames — Since you’re starting to thrive in your professional life, you should think about upgrading the type of mirrors around your home — as well as the number of mirrors. Your rickety old door mirror might’ve gotten you through college, but it’s time to find some high quality Victorian mirrors that not only serve a functional purpose, but are also excellent accent pieces for your home’s interior.

If you want to find some great looking Victorian nightgowns, embroidered pillows, or other elegant products, give Jacaranda Living a call today!

How to Make Your Guests Feel More Comfortable in Your Home

If you’re hosting guests in the near future, make them feel more comfortable by spicing up your guest room a bit. In order to do this, there are a few things you need to include in the bedroom and bathroom. Here is what you’ll need.

Guest Towels, Linens and Blankets

A touch of spring to elevate your bathroom for your guests.

A room can never have too many linen guest towels or blankets. Some people tend to get cold throughout the night, so it’s important to always keep their room stocked with extra blankets so they can bundle up without asking you for any spares. You can place them right on the bed and spice up the look of where they’re going to sleep by including boudoir pillow cases, an embroidered tissue box cover, and embroidered pillows. Seven to nine hours of sleep per night are generally recommended, so you want them to get the best night’s sleep possible. The linen guest towels are also important because your guest will be able to get ready for bed or for the day whenever they want, without having to wait for you to hand them towels.

Keep an Empty Closet
If you’ve ever been to a hotel, you know that all of the drawers and closets in the room are empty. This is so anyone can hang their clothes up without feeling like they have to live out of their suitcase. The same concept should apply to your guest room. Leaving an empty closet with a few hangers will allow your guest to hang up their clothes for easier access. Plus, it’ll prevent their clothes from getting wrinkled, which can be a big help if you don’t have an iron on hand for them to use.

Provide Entertainment
If your entire house is ready to go to bed but your guest is not, leaving things in their room to keep them entertained is a really great idea. Put a few books and magazines on the nightside table or bring in a TV (and make sure you explain how to use your remote and navigate the different channels, as well). Your guest will love the fact that you took the time to pay attention to what they might need, even if they don’t end up using any of it.

A few floral embroidered pillows to add some elegance and comfort to your guest room.

Hosting guests can be very stressful. However, if you have a well-prepared guest room, their stay will be more than enjoyable.

Unique Gift Ideas Your Bridesmaids Will Love

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If you’re getting married soon, there’s a chance you’ve already asked a group of your best girls to be a part of your bridal party. These girls are wonderful women who you have known for years, and maybe one in-law you’ve known for a few months. But, regardless of how long you’ve known your bridesmaids, they’ve made such an impact on your life. Enough of an impact for you to ask them to be a part of your special day.

As a bride, you’ve probably gotten so used to being showered with gifts over the past few months. But now it’s time for a few other people to get something special. Typically, brides give their bridesmaids a gift on the day of the wedding, and if you’re struggling to think of what to give your girls, here are a few unique gift ideas your bridesmaids will love.

Stylish Nightshirts for Getting Ready

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Getting ready for a night you and your bridesmaids will never forget in these stylish, luxuriously soft nightshirts from Jacaranda Living

 

Here’s something your bridesmaids will love to wear long after your special wedding day – stylish, white cotton nightshirts. These white sleep dresses are the perfect piece for those coveted wedding photos you and your girls will take while getting ready. Plus, they’re breathable and liberating, so your friends will spend their morning in comfort.

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Also available for custom monogramming – “bridesmaid” and “bride”

After your special day, anytime your friend puts one of the white cotton dresses on before bed, they’re going to remember those special memories they had from wearing these special matching nightshirts. They might even be inclined to buy the same white cotton dresses for their bridesmaids in the future.

Beautiful Glassware

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Getting ready is fun with unique and memorable glassware.

If you and your girls are experiencing the pre-wedding jitters, you’re probably all going to indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two. Typically, the bride and her party will sip on champagne while getting ready, but what about a Moscow Mule? They’re a unique drink and you can gift your girls with their very own Moscow Mule mug to drink out of on the big day. You can also have the mugs monogrammed for an extra special touch. It is a cute way to make the day more fun. Cheers to the beautiful bride-to-be and her special bridesmaids!

Monogrammed Slippers

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Treat your bridesmaids to ultra-soft waffle weave slippers so their feet feel comfortable before the party begins!

We all know how unbearable it can be to wear heels for hours at a long wedding. These soft slippers will be perfect for your bridesmaids to wear while getting ready. The amount of time your bridesmaids will spend getting ready and helping you look your best will be worth it, and these slippers will just make running around that much pleasurable. Open-toed or close-toed waffle weave slippers by Jacaranda Living are available, and special monogramming upon request! Your girls and their feet will thank you.

If you’re looking for a gift for your bridesmaids that’s a bit unique, take a look at the suggestions above. Hope they help you and your best girlfriends enjoy the party that much more!