staff picks – ali

so it turns out that i’m stuck on a desert island. luckily, my island is less ‘castaway’ and more of an up-and-coming neighborhood that you haven’t heard of yet. there’s a personal chef waiting for me named françois and no scary animals (except for a wild pack of kittens, but they’re not so scary). this is a very chic island, actually. but personal chef or not, there’s no way i’m gonna survive life here if i don’t have some essentials.

chanel le vernis nail color in ballerina: between picking coconuts and playing with these wild kittens, my nails are gonna be trashed. island life is so hard! a coat or two of chanel polish in ballerina will do the trick. it’s the prettiest shade of blush.

the perfect striped tee: i’ve logged a lot of hours looking for the perfect striped tee, so you’re in luck my friend. the winner is from the men’s section at gap and you’re gonna need to get yourself one stat…wait, what? there’s no gap on this island? this is tragic. stock up now.

the ban.do 17-month agenda: on monday i’ve got beach yoga, on thursday i’m weaving a grass skirt, and on friday night i’ve got that kitten cuddling party. yikes, i better write this all down.

ice cream with rainbow sprinkles: i mean, would you wanna live a life without ice cream? i didn’t think so.

diptyque candle in feus de bois: you guys, it’s the little things that are going to get us through these tough times. this candle might be a little thing, but it’s a little thing that smells really, really good. it will remind me of home, and most importantly, will look great in the fancy treehouse françios and i are building.

disco ball: you’re officially invited to my treehouse-warming party. there will be dancing under this disco ball, obviously, so put on your dancing shoes. and would you mind bringing some speakers? i didn’t pack any of those… this one would be perfect!

and that’s about it! it sounds like that zombie apocalypse jen is dealing with is prettttty intense so i think i’ll stay here a while. françios, another mimosa, please!

-ali

On the Go-Go-Go!

who isn’t on-the-go these days? in a moment’s notice, you gotta be ready to bounce! throw your cell, ID, and cash into our cross body party pouch for easy grab-n-go access! and, don’t forget to put your drink of choice in your sip sip tumbler (cause let’s face it…you’re probably going to work up a thirst being so busy!). gotta be somewhere  in a flash and don’t have time to style your hair? tie it up with one of our chic twist scarves or one of our girl bands - your hair will thank us later. and lastly, don’t forget to grab your headphones! why? because music makes us H-A-P-P-Y!

hotlanta!

let me tell you atlanta is awesome. i got my fill of sweet tea, y’alls, and southern hospitality. the atlanta gift show is massive and i had a blast. i got to show off all of our new stuff for fall (it’s launching in just a few weeks!) i always love meeting our new wholesalers, seeing old friends, and talking about fun ban.do stuff. some highlights from my trip:

- winning the award for best window display – hooray!
- said winning ban.do window, including spinning disco ball.
- beautiful tulips for the showroom, a perfect summer flower.
- our final dinner at lure, complete with place cards … cute!
- a wall full of beautiful drinks at whole foods.  my version of heaven.

*(i was the judge and only entry for the window contest, but i’m still pretty happy about winning!)

-kelly

link love 7/18

hip hip hooray! our agendas are finally here! we’re totally serious when we say that these agendas may just be the BEST THING EVER! have you seen them in action yet? we can’t believe how many of you have already started instagraming it! make sure you use the hashtag #bandofun for a chance to be featured on our instagram feed! in other news, we received our vintage chairs back from the reupholsterer and we couldn’t be happier; they look like princess chairs! that’s not all…dot and bo delivered the most beautiful conference table! also, we hope you like happy hour because we’re installing a little mini bar in the back room! happy friday, here are a few of our favorite links this week.

the perfect romper meets the perfect tote on tickle me pink!

the coolest photoshop class around on designlovefest.

all things bright and neon on honest to rob.

12 beach must-haves on pearls and pastries!

cool finds on mornings like these.

the coolest workshop around on hey yeh.

headed to a garden party? wear this.

17  awesome bridesmaid gifts on parade.

have a blog? you might want to take this class!

fashion forward tech on the u.

these back to the beach essentials are way fun!

a go-to summer look that’s effortless and chic on 2 girls in 2 cities.

hair workshop? sign us up on she lets her hair down.

the right way to do “vintage chic” on style tutor.

the perfect summer accessory on the pretty dish.

::image via max wanger::

christina’s summer roadtrip

you guys! christina, our director of social media, just got back from a REALLY fun road trip. where’d she go? she hit up arizona, texas, and new mexico! she stopped at some of the coolest places in the southwest including everyone’s dream instagram location - prada marafa! oh, did we mention she saw the worlds largest pistachio?! well, she did.  and here are some other highlights from her trip!

- places to stay -

el paradero - santa fe, nm
el cosimco - marfa, tx
the wigwam motel - holbrook, az

- places to eat -

food shark -marfa, tx
cochineal - marfa, tx
caliches - alamogordo, nm
cup cafe  - tucson, az
cafe pasqual’s - santa fe, nm

- things to see -

the worlds largest pistachio - alamogordo, nm
white sands national monument  – nm
saguaro national park - tucson, az
the loretto chapel -santa fe, nm

- what to pack -
light dresses
camera + batteries
water (and lots of it) + snacks
ban.do back up charger

wanna see more pics from her road trip? be sure to check out her instagram!

The Ban.do Agenda Has Arrived!

OMG! OMG! OMG! IT’S FINALLY HERE! the ban.do 17-month agenda has arrived! it’s officially time to get organized girls! this agenda one is definitely of the coolest things we have ever created! girl gang approved!!  it is chock full of features . . . it has an awesome sticker page that just won’t quit, monthly and weekly views, colorful illustrations, hidden compliments, FUN weekend to-dos, a handy-dandy back pocket (to hide all your secrets!) and color coded tabs, just to name a few! we love this agenda so much we even created a sweet video to show it off! oh…and this goes without saying but you should TOTALLY order yours ASAP! we have limited quantities and these babies are practically flying off the shelves. well, what are you waiting for? order your agenda NOW!

::beats by the AMAZING eric stone!::