Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wish List for Autumn

Everyone has a wish list. I usually start compiling my list in August as I start to feel the first winds of Autumn. When I moved to New England, my wish list was full of coats (found my Burberry Brit trench on sale for $250 at an outlet) and L.L. Bean. This Fall, my wish list is full of accessories and beauty products. 

Wish List | July 25, 2013

ONE || I am afraid of getting wrinkles...therefore, I am all about sunblock and face oils. I have tried the Josie Maran Argan oil and love it, but I looking for something different. Japanese women have beautiful skin and hope this can help prevent some aging on my face.

TWO || I LOVE THIS SCENT!! I received a sample of the Cartier Baiser Vole and fell in love with its flowery smell. It's so fresh and clean. It will probably make an appearance on my Christmas List.

THREE || Anything tortoise shell. It always adds a touch of class to any outfit.

FOUR || When it comes to purse/pocketbooks, I like to keep it traditional or vintage. The Cambridge Satchel offers both of those qualifiers. The emerald color is perfect for New England autumn.

FIVE || There is a saying in New England: "If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes and it will change." That means random rain and snow. This fall, I really want some L.L. Bean Rubber Mocs for the warmer wet days.

SIX || A gold signet ring...a classic accessory staple.

Guilty: I bought my 10k signet ring from an estate sale.
SEVEN || I have an affinity for headbands and I'm currently loving the piqué fabric ones from Lacoste.

EIGHT || Who doesn't need a fresh pair of pearl earrings?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Oh Shift!!

Another year, another Endless Summer Sale...the sale isn't over yet, but I couldn't wait to brag on the dresses I bought. I have been waiting for this sale all spring and summer. I am one of those people who do not buy clothes full price unless I really want it...which I'm pretty sure I can always find a deal on something. Unfortunately, I did not get the Didi maxi dress and called quite a few Signature stores to see if they had any, but alas no dresses in size eight. I do have to thank The Pink Crab in Annapolis for the Sandrine dress in Shorely Blue Tossing.

Here are my purchases from the Endless Summer Sale:

The Sandrine dress was definitely my favorite style from this spring and summer. It is similar to the Aleesa dress from last year, which I bought in every print/color Lilly offered. I'm excited about the Tabitha Battenburg lace shift in New Green. I had wanted the MariKate dress, but I think I will like this one much better. The Just Add Mint print was my favorite print of the year (bias to the Derby in my hometown), so I had to get this dress for any more horse racing extravaganzas. The pink Danna reminds me of candy and thought it would be very cute to wear for the rehearsal dinner of my best friend's wedding.

Did everyone else find a good deal?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Tips for the Endless Summer Sale


All of my fellow Lilly lovers know what tomorrow brings: the glorious Endless Summer Sale. In the last few years, the ESS has become a tangle of Lilly lovers breaking down the cyber doors of the website to purchase our beloved Lillys at a discounted rate. I am all for a good deal on Lilly, but some people need to be realistic. There is truly no need to be a poor customer to Lilly. This sale is huge and the people who work there try their best to cater to our needs.

In order to be a good customer, here a few of my tips for the Endless Summer Sale:

ONE // Make an account with lillypulitzer.com. The Lilly blog suggests to do this as well, but I feel like I need to reiterate this. It makes checkout so much more quicker and less of a hassle.

TWO // Research the Resort, Spring, and Summer Lilly collections. I find it easier to know what you want beforehand and search it to see if its on sale. I personally want the Didi dress in Multi Pansey Dance and the Foley Dress for a dress rehearsal in October.

THREE // This might be why the Lilly website typically crashes during the sale, but I suggest getting on and getting what you want immediately when the sale opens at 8am. If you have trouble checking out due to the traffic on the site, use the phone number to call and put your order (with product numbers) in that way. The calls people are always super nice.

Always remember to be classy during this sale. When the site has high traffic, the Pink Palace usually puts a post on Facebook about it. I hate seeing people post something negative about site problems. Be postive and do a little more work to get something you will love.

I hope everyone has a happy shopping day tomorrow!! Let's boost the economy a little bit, my fellow Lilly lovers.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School

Okay...let me tell you a little secret...I really want to be back in school. I am the first one to admit that I am pretty jealous of everyone going back to school, going through recruitment, and preparing for a Fall of football tailgating (GO CARDS!!). A former History major, I used to loooooove to write papers and research historical events. I wish everyone luck as they start their Fall semesters while here is my list of items that should be on everyone's school list:
Back to School

ONE || Chacos are pretty much my favorite sandal ever...yes, they are pretty granola crunchy, but I found them to be more supportive and durable than the traditional Rainbows a lot of girls wear. Listen to the Conservative Prep, buy the Chacos.

TWO || Find a good umbrella that will cover both you and your backpack. I have seen too many girls wear cute outfits to class on rainy days just to get completely soaked with their dinky $10 umbrella from Walgreens. Save yourself the trouble, buy a hair mask with that $10 at Walgreens, and go to Dicks Sporting Goods or anywhere that sells Vera Bradley and buy a golf umbrella.

THREE || I don't feel like I need to discuss how awesome Emi-Jay hair ties are...they just are needed for late-night study sessions or for intense intramural basketball/volleyball/floor hockey games.

FOUR || I am a Patagonia person married to a North Face person...somehow, our relationship works, but let me rave how much I love Patagonia pullovers. The nickel one shown above matched with some Lululemon Groove pants or black leggings would be really cute for cool nights walking back your dorms/sorority house from the library. I found my Patagonia pullover on eBay because I like the old vintage colors.

FIVE || I remember my first thunder storm during college...then I went directly to J.Crew to buy some old Wellies. In high school, I was not allowed to wear rain boots due to our strict dress code, but in college, I wore them on rain days and to muddy football games. Invest in some Hunter Boots...love my Smoky color ones.

SIX || Planners are very important in college. I lost mine for two days sophomore year and I was lost for a long time. Lilly Pulitzer made one in Tusk in the Sun and I suggest that all my conservative friends buy that one.

SEVEN || I have to admit that I had a hard time finding a suitable backpack/tote bag during my college days. I usually interchanged my Longchamp Le Pliage and L.L. Bean lime green backpack (from the sixth grade...that's how durable they are). My sister Caroline used one from North Face (I'm surrounded by North Face people.) and she loved it. The North Face is currently offering free shipping on their backpacks.

EIGHT || I am picky about pens...and USB ports. I like pens that are .05 width. Therefore, my pen case was filled with Pilot Precise V5 and Le Pens. The boutique at Design Darling offers the Periwinkle ones, a personal favorite. As for USBs, Lilly and Kate Spade offers some really cute ones that can attached to keychains.