Sunday, June 30, 2013

Beach Bum Sunday

"I typically enjoy a beautiful beach destination, as I find the water and sand to be most replenishing."
-Elizabeth Berkley
I am at the beach this week, but don't worry...I already have some blog posts ready for the week. I hope everyone has an amazing end to their weekend as I start my week of much needed relaxation down here at beautiful Sunset Beach, NC.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Monogram Monday: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

So in the spirit of finally getting to go to a regular season game yesterday and going to a single-a game on Wednesday, I decided to keep the baseball theme up for Monogram Monday. Have any of y'all seen monogrammed baseball hats? I am pretty much coveting one of these. Baseball hats are an integral part of lazy day outfits for me at school, plus I have to keep my face covered when I am in direct sun. Sure, I already have a collection of other hats, but this is so perfectly unique.
I am actually thinking of getting a navy one so that I can wear it to Yankees or Nationals games if I choose (though I have multiple hats for each team), but the bright colors are great too. As with several other Monogram Monday posts, I have a couple of different sources for these baseball hats. I include them all because The stitching, pricing, and shipping varies between them so I want to give you a few sources. Of course, if you check Etsy you will also find a ton of these caps!
As always, Marley Lilly delivers when it comes to monogrammed baseball hats. I already have a camo hat, but the monogrammed camo cap would be perfect for my sorority's annual "Rowdy Redneck" date function next semester!

If you prefer the circle block monogram (I know some initals look better in it), this is a great and super affordable place for that. I am loving the coral cap...such a great color!

I picked these hats because I love the leather strap on the back. I love little details like that and my long hair never seems to get along well with velcro closures.

Do any of you have a monogrammed baseball hat? 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

SATC Sunday: Perfect Afternoon

"Miranda was a big fan of the Yankees. I was a big fan of being anywhere you can smoke and drink at two in the afternoon without judgement"

This quote is perfect to today. I got to go to the Nationals game with one of my good friends, Rebecca, this afternoon and we had a great time. Most of you probably don't know this, but I am a sports-aholic. I seriously could watch sports all day, every day. My perfect afternoon is a baseball game. Actually it is really just a perfect day for me. My brothers and I are (hoping) to go to the Nationals Single-A team's game on Wednesday after work, depending on how moving is going at that point. The game would be even more perfect if Bryce Harper plays a rehab game that night. 

This is another crazy week leading up to a glorious week at the beach with my family next week, but totally worth it to get my vacation time in!

What is your perfect lazy Sunday afternoon?


Friday, June 21, 2013

Fashion Friday: National Wear Your Lilly Day!

First of all, Happy First Day of Summer...but more importantly, Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day!!! I loved seeing this in my Lilly planner and have been (im)patiently waiting for it, not that I need a holiday to wear some Lilly.

Goodness was I tired on Monday. Plus I realized that I really needed to do laundry because I wasn't loving anything I had. It was a double-shift day so I knew I really needed to be comfortable but still have the Talbots and professional look. Luckily, I am allowed to wear crops to my day job and I have two pairs of comfy ones from H&M a couple of years ago. Also, did you catch the 4th of July Monogram Monday?

sweater: White House Black Market // pants: H&M // shoes: Ann Klein // ring: The Jewel Box // watch: NY&Co. // yeah, McDonald's breakfast (what beach body?), but seriously, any drink, any size is $1 and the sausage biscuit was too hehe

I worked from 7:15am-9:30pm. I am not kidding, I bounced job to job all day. As rough as it was, I knew I was making money so I couldn't really complain. This is the dress that I was talking about in my "Working Girl's LBD" post. It really is the greatest dress and was totally manageable for such a long day.

cardigan: Old Navy // dress: Macy's (old) // bracelet: Fornash // shoes: Target

I rocked a Lilly shift and flats to work and then changed into my jack rogers for my haircut! I finally got to the salon (life just kept getting in the way, that and money) to get rid of any and all dead hair. Since I told the lady I wanted to err on the side of safe rather than sorry, she cut almost 6 inches of hair! Of course, my hair was super long, so now it's just long. I also finally restarted my love of iced coffee at the local coffee shop next door. I usually try to stick with iced green tea (unsweetened, no water, light ice) from Starbucks because it's a bit healthier, but I just really needed that big caffeine boost. 
dress: Lilly Pulitzer (not pictured) //  shoes: Jack Rogers // nail polish: Essie Cute as a Button" // iced coffee: Cafe Amouri

Remember that one time Momma and I tried a detox? Well I told her I would start the Dr. Oz 3-day detox with her and quit already. I love green juices and even did a juice cleanse over winter break, but this was gross. I'll write another post about all my favorite cleanse juices and smoothies later. Also, I am writing this while watching the Heat-Spurs game...ugh, stressful. #TooInvestedInSport and, yes I was pulling for the Spurs :(
cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft // shirt: Old Navy // pants: H&M // headband: Vineyard Vines // shoes: Target // bracelet: Etsy // earrings: J. Crew

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day! Normally I would want to wear my favorite Lilly, but since I had work I just went with this shift. Also, I am thinking of trying an Instagram video OOTD post at some point...hmmm. 
dress: Lilly Pulitzer (duh) // belt: Gap // bracelet: Fornash // earrings: J. Crew // shoes: Target
Coming Up:
I get my first day off in over 2 weeks on Sunday! I am so excited for this weekend. After work tomorrow I have F (little cousin) for a sleepover and then on Sunday, I finally get to go to a Nationals game and see one of my good friends. Ahhh, I can't wait!

Are any of you participating in National Wear Your Lilly Day? What are y'all wearing?


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Working Girl's LBD

Okay, so the whole 2 job plus an internship thing may have been a bit much for one summer, but I am trying to make it work. I have so many little tricks and tips to share with y'all that I have picked up so far and I can't wait to post about them.
The first Working Girl tip I have is a perfect Why Buy This Wednesday. I am talking about the LBD, no, not a sexy cocktail number (though those are just as necessary) this is the work dress. The work LBD is the most crucial part of a wardrobe, right up there with the black (pencil) skirt. This dress is so easy to build off of and dress up or down. If you get the right fabric it is way more comfortable than any dress pant you'll ever own and keeps a feminine touch. Plus, these dresses are great to go right from work to happy hour!
Even if you aren't in the workforce, get this. It is crucial to have a business casual outfit (or two) in college, especially if your sorority has formal chapter every week like mine. Throw a cardigan, blazer, or nothing on over it and add a great necklace. The best part about this dress is that with accessories you can wear dozens of outfits without ever repeating. 
Personally, my go-to work LBD is quite old. It is actually from my freshman year of high school when my grandmama passed away. I chose it because it was something that I thought I would wear again, and boy was I right about that. Admittedly, it is getting a bit ratty and I know I am largely going to have to retire it (or get it some backup at least) soon. I featured some work LBDs here and while they may not seem like a super steal to some of you, if there is a dress worth the investment, it's this. Seriously though, mine is the perfect piece to transition from my office job to Talbots when I pull double shifts and I get compliments on the outfits all the time!
The dresses I chose here are all from Nordstrom because they have a great selection of styles. Seriously, I only featured a couple but they have pages of fabulous dresses like these!
Sleeveless Styles: Halogen Seamed Sheath Dress ($49.49) Chiffon Underlay Shift Dress ($139.00)
the dress I have is sleeveless and the biggest advantage of this is that it doesn't get too hot if you throw a cardigan on or bunch up. Most offices require some sort of sleeve, but adding a cardigan to get up to dress code is a way that you can change this look up so it's a win-win.
Cap Sleeve: Ruched Jersey Sheath Dress ($98.00) Pleated Fit & Flare Dress ($118.00)
Most of the dresses are either sleeveless or have longer sleeves, very few are a true traditional short sleeve because that tends to have a less formal look to it. The cap sleeve is perfect because it covers your shoulders enough that if you don't want a cardigan (dress code permitting), you don't need one. Also, the flowy skirt is a great piece for those days you go right from the office to happy hour!

Long(er) Sleeve: Twist Front Jersey Sheath Dress ($118.00)
Don't want to mess with a cardigan, but still want to rock your LBD? That is totally okay. There are several styles of dresses with longer sleeves that are appropriate for the office, just remember to add a necklace or bracelet for some color!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monogramming America

Are you ready for the 4th of July? Do you even need that holiday as an excuse to dress to the nines in your best American apparel? Well, luckily for you, Marley Lilly has all your Americana needs for the holiday...and of course, they're monogrammed (as always). i know the 4th is a couple of weeks away, but I want y'all to be able to order these in time to celebrate! Personally, I am going to be rocking all my best American gear (thanks Wally World) at the beach with all of my family on my momma's side and I just can't wait!

How perfect is this cup? They have several different styles but the mason jar mug is the best for a hot summer day. Of course now that I'm typing this I am thinking I need to make some of my homemade sweet tea...
This bracelet reminds me so much of my favorite Kiel James Patrick bracelet but with a fabulous twist...a monogram! And of course, this one is perfect for the holiday, but why not flaunt your American pride every day?
Beach or lake bound? Don't want to take your designer sunglasses? I totally understand. I have been coveting their monogrammed wayfarers for a while, but I am loving these super fun ones! Sometimes you just need a loud pair of sunglasses, and these ones you are guaranteed to keep track of better since they will have your monogram on them!
Monogrammed Nautical Red Stripe Bathing Suit Bandeau Tube Top

Are you going to the pool, lake, or beach? Well then this one is a necessity. Unfortunately, until I get paid, I absolutely cannot buy anything (and still, even then, I shouldn't) but this is too cute to pass up. I love monogrammed bathing suits and this one just happens to be perfect for the 4th! Plus this totally makes you stand out from everyone with a generic American flag bikini (like me).
I live and die by my Vineyard Vines tote for work in the summer, but I had been thinking of getting a monogrammed one to give mine some rest. I love all the monogrammed canvas ones they have and this one is so unique!
I love, love, love hair bows. I love, love, love America. And of course, I love, love, love monograms. So basically this is the perfect accessory for me. These bows are so cute and can be worn whenever. 
Okay, this is a tad too cute. Ask my momma, I have been debating different cases for about a year or so. I have looked at this one because it has such a cute americana/nautical vibe to it. If you are looking for a phone case, I totally reccomend looking at Marley Lilly because they have tons of options. Of course (in the spirit of this post), I highly reccommend this particular one.
Okay, admittedly this doesn't have your monogram on it, but it is cute nonetheless. I am obsessed with the chevron of this and if I didn't already have 2 tanks that are perfect for the holiday, I would be totally buying this. 

Are there any other monogrammed goodies you're excited about this summer? What are your plans for the 4th of July?


Friday, June 14, 2013

Fashion Friday: The Big 1-0-0

Happy 100th Blog Post to Me! Thank you to everyone who reads this, I love writing this and getting to know y'all through feedback and emails. It definitely wouldn't be as much fun to write this blog if it weren't for y'all so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I am so glad it is finally Friday! Okay, well I am actually writing most of this on Thursday during my break at work, but I know that by tomorrow I am going to be dancing around knowing I survived this week! I feel like I haven't stopped going since last Friday and let me tell you, I need this weekend ASAP (even if I am working on Saturday). Also, there was some technical difficulty with my pics today. I have some of the details up here, but the rest of the pics will be up this evening!
Monday was my first day of work at my day job this summer. I worked here with J last summer and am missing her desperately as I work here now. The pay is great and the work isn't too bad, but I am looking forward to the twins starting here so that I have some company! Since it was my first day at this job, naturally I wore Lilly. Also, that night was the boys' lacrosse party. I spent the whole evening playing with my little cousin and then prepping for what I knew was going to be a crazy Tuesday-Thursday.
dress: Lilly Pulitzer // belt: Gap // shoes: Steve Madden // nail polish: Essie Madison Ave-hue

Tuesday was actually my only relaxing day. I worked all day and then we cooked out at the new house after Momma and B met with the architects. I also had a bit of an outfit crisis when I realized that basically all of my office appropriate clothing was at the new house. Luckily I have a couple of those Lilly shifts at my house right now. Seriously, I wish I had bought this dress in every color it comes in.
dress: Lilly Pulitzer // necklace: Etsy // shoes: Target // watch: NY&Co.
hanging out with N on the patio at the new house


Double Trouble! I worked a grand total of 14 hours on Wednesday. I needed to make up for the time I was going to miss leaving early for K&N's graduation and was closing at Talbots. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be because I was a bit thankful to be on my feet after sitting at a desk all day!
cardigan: Francesca's // cami: Ann Taylor Loft // pants: H&M // shoes: DSW (momma's--old)
Another pic that didn't post but not on instagram :(


Double Double! Another 14 hour day, but hey, I am making money right? I loved everything about this outfit and everyone was praising it when I went in to Talbots for work, but then I realized I made a fundamental retail outfit mistake...I had nowhere to clip the walkie! Luckily my manager just had me borrow a belt so I could remedy the situation, of course, now I totally want that belt (figures)!
dress: Macy's (old) // cardigan: Target // shoes: DSW // earrings: Target (old)


I can't believe it is finally here. The twins are graduating High School and I am so proud of them. I actually have a whole post dedicated to them and their fratastic style, seriously, they're part of the "Fratastic Four" at their High School coming out soon. Unfortunately I have to work today, I actually have to leave really soon so I won't be adding hyperlinks to this post until tonight. I went with jeans for casual Friday since I didn't want to wrinkle my Lilly dress for the graduation this afternoon.

dress: Lilly Pulitzer // earrings: J. Crew // watch: Target (old) // shoes: Target
Okay, so the picture doesn't want to post, but it is on my Instagram and I will add it to the post this evening!

the graduates and I
What are y'all's weekend plans?


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday is for Work

Hey y'all!

So I know I have been super MIA but life is a bit hectic right now. My brothers' graduation party and state lacrosse championship was on Saturday and we had family in town for all that. Plus, this week I started my day job and really underestimated my to-do list. I have hardly had any free time! Seriously though, after I finish here today at 4:30, I have to bust a move over to the mall for a 5pm-close shift at Talbots! Oh, and I am still juggling my internship with all of that. Since I am so busy, it got me thinking about how this is pretty standard for a lot of people. I don't know about y'all but I sure am glad that I love planners and to-do lists as much as I do because I am pretty sure that I would just fall into a panic attack if I wasn't on top of my game right now.
Don't get me wrong, I am thankful that I am lucky enough and that I worked hard enough to have these opportunities, but it is hard to remember that when you are praying to fall asleep at 10:30 (normally, I'm a night owl) so that you won't be too exhausted the next day.
So, I am sorry that I am so MIA and I fully plan to be on top of my blogger game next week by writing posts ahead of time. One nice thing about this day job is that I have a ton of time to brainstorm, I've researched and thought about a dozen blog posts for this summer! I actually have it on my schedule to start my Fashion Friday post tonight so that I will have it up before work Friday since I have to go right from work to the twins' High School Graduation (still can't believe it)!
How is everyone else's week going?


Friday, June 7, 2013

Fashion Friday: Working Girl

my cousin, the unofficial Madison Lax mascot

Happy Friday! How is today so busy when I don't actually have work or anywhere in particular to go today? At least tomorrow is Saturday (even if it is busier than today for me). I am so excited for some of my family to come in town tonight. K and N's graduation party and state lacrosse championship game is tomorrow (anyone else going to be at Westfield HS, preferably cheering for Madison). 
This was a fun week for me because I started my job at Talbots and everything else is really kicking into high gear. So this summer I have a day job, an evening job at Talbots, oh and an internship. I might have overcommitted a tad, but I need the money and the experience, plus all my close friends have deserted me for their college towns this summer.
First day at Talbots, and since it was a first day on the job...I wore Lilly. Big shocker there, I know. I don't actually have any Talbots stuff yet but I have managed to stay in their color line without it. I love everything about this job. It is so fun to interact with the customers and the staff is great. I am really looking forward to working there this summer. If you didn't catch my cute and easy summer craft, check out my Pots that Pop post!
dress: Lilly Pulitzer // shoes: Target // necklace: Etsy // purse: Callahan's in Calabash (old) // nail polish: Essie Sugar Daddy

Back to Talbots for me! It was a pretty boring day overall. I really just kind of hung out and said goodbye to one of my last friends here. (K-Soms, I know you're still here girlllll, thank god). Oh and I prepped Wednesday's Self-Tanner post. Go read it my fellow working girls (we deserve a tan too!)
dress: Momma's closet (Ann Taylor) // shoes: Steve Madden // purse: Callahan's // bracelet: Fornash

On game day, we wear black or red. I love this skirt, but boy was it not meant for wind. Seriously, the multiple parts of it gave me a couple of Marilyn Monroe moments.
top: H&M // skirt: Target // shoes: Simply Vera (old) // necklace: Forever 21 (old)
Also, the game was at 5pm and thanks to that glorious Northern Virginia traffic, we had to leave at 4:15 for the game. Basically what I am saying is that I wasted a cute outfit on a nothing day. Well, it wasn't a nothing day, the boys did kick butt in that lacrosse game and K had five goals. Typical lax boy wearing whatever he wants in this interview  with the Washington Post. I am going to miss these lax games. I love sitting with F and eating hotdogs and M&Ms (he gets all the blue ones) and cheering on "our" brothers. 
K post-game interview; N is 00 (action shot in video)
I had an internship meeting, a meeting with someone else, and work at Talbots. So yeah, busy much? I wore this all day and changed into jeans and red flats for work. It was a great outfit for a warm day but was so easy to transition to work appropriate (we have a nautical line right now, hence blue and red).
top: H&M // shorts: J. Crew // shoes: Jack Rogers // watch: NY&Co. 

Well I just typed this post in hour 3 of sitting in front of my computer. I had a bunch of work to get done this morning and I still have some paperwork to mail out this afternoon. Oh, and I have to clean and finish decorations for the party tomorrow and the family comes in town today. Mother Nature, can we nix the rain for tomorrow, please? 
top: Old Navy (great sale find) // shorts: J. Crew // shoes: Jack Rogers // bracelets: Fornash

Finally, the biggest of big good luck to my brothers in the State Championship Lacrosse Game tomorrow. Y'all are the bees knees and I am so proud of you. 
Have a great weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

50 Shades Of Orange

It is that time of year again: bikini season. Basically it is that time of the year where we all do some crazy diet and exercise plan that ends with us binge eating a pint of Ben and Jerry's on the couch watching Friday Bride Day on TLC. Now, while I don't have the perfect solution for that, I do have some solutions for the other problem with bikini season: paleness. I am Irish so, yeah, I know a thing or two about burning turning into a lobster. I am also 1/4 Italian so that does end up helping a bit, but tanning is a gradual process for me.
These past two summers I have been working all day so I don't have the luxury of laying out all day, every day. Plus, I cannot tan my face at all after a bad sunburn a couple of years ago. Seriously, my entire face peeled, it was horrific and now wear tinted moisturizer with SPF every day and wear a hat all day on the beach. Since I don't want to be pale and I really don't want resort to a tanning bed! I have tried spray tanning and I really liked it, but it gets expensive. So can you get tan without breaking the bank, hitting the bed, or laying out all day?
There are so many products out there today that are great ways to tan without damaging your skin or breaking the bank. Admittedly, I have not tried all of these, but I did my research and talked to people about what products they like. I reviewed a lotion, towelette, and spray on. I didn't include bronzers because I don't know them that well and I normally just go up a shade in my tinted moisturizer over the summer!

Price: $8.69
Quality of Tan: good; some people have natural coloring that favors this product
Speed of Tan: Slow
I love this product. Now, I have heard some people say it is too orange on their skin tone, but it works for mine. It takes a couple of days to show, but it has a natural sheen and goes on evenly with just a light application of the lotion. People comment on how tan I look and tend to be surprised when I say it came from a bottle! I just put it on after a shower in place of my normal lotion. It has about the same moisturizer as a normal lotion so it won't dry your skin out too much! There is both a light and dark skin tone tanner, as well as one made specifically for faces! Now keep in mind, this is not a heavy moisturizing lotion so don't treat it like one, it only takes a light coat to make an even tan.

Price: $9.29 (6 towelettes)
Quality of Tan: good; again some people have better natural coloring for certain products
Speed of Tan: Medium
I have heard so many great things about this product, so many that I am thinking of trying it for myself. While you will have a bit of an instant glow, you really need to do it a couple of times the first week to build a tan and then just once or twice a week to maintain it from there. These wipes have quicker results than the Jergen's, but the ultimate tan still takes longer. The only other thing about these is that they do not moisturize and sometimes dry skin out so make sure you have a good lotion to go with it.

Price: $8.10
Quality of Tan: good color, especially for instant, but not very dark
Speed of Tan: Instant
Some days we just need an instant tan. Whether it is a hot date or a family barbecue a tan can increase our confidence and happiness with an outfit. This is the best instant tanner I have heard about. While it does have the typical tanner smell, the color is more natural than the standard bottle orange color. This product can streak a bit if you don't use it correctly, but it is very easy to correct! This spray on is cheap and you don't lose any of the quality by saving the money.
What are your favorite summer tan solutions?


Monday, June 3, 2013

"Make This" Monday: Pots that Pop

"I think yellow pots would be cute out here." And just like that, I had my first crafting project of the summer. We are in the process of moving right now and we got new cushions for the patio furniture. There seems to be a general consensus at this new house to go with bright and happy colors everywhere and that extended to the outdoors. We went with lime, orange, and yellow for the patio and while we found an orange pot at Home Goods that we liked, we didn't have any yellow. I decided that instead of dropping a bunch of money on pots and searching for a bright yellow that we liked, I would do them instead.\
This project cost $16 for both pots and took hardly any time at all. It is so simple and a great way to spice up your outdoor space or indoor storage (small pots).
1) Supplies: I started with 2 terracotta pots from Home Depot and got white and yellow spray paint with primer built in. Most spray paints can be used indoors and outdoors, but make sure when you are buying it.
2) I primed the pots with white so that the yellow would really pop. Even if you think the color will cover the base, a white coat first will make the next layer extra bright!

3) Spray them with the yellow paint. At this point I was just planning to leave both as solid yellow, otherwise I would have taped off the pot that was going to be white and yellow stripes. 2-3 coats works best depending on how bright you want the paint. Don't forget to get the top rim of the pot when you flip it over!
4) Tape it off and spray stripes on. Taping on a pot is difficult since it is both tapered and round. The best advice I can give you is to get it as straight as you can and then correct it with small strips of tape afterwards or to just use paint and a brush.
5) Let them dry. You don't want to mess up the paint or get the chemicals in your plant!
6) Pot the flowers. Momma loves her bright pots and they are such a bright addition to our (under construction) patio!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

SATC: Church Zagat?

"Charlotte: So, which church does his mother go to?
Carrie: Park Avenue Presbyterian.
Charlotte: Good church! It's one of the best on the East Side!
Carrie: What? Are you rating churches? Is there a Zagat guide for that?
Miranda: Four stars. Great bread. Disappointing wine selection."

Hope this made you laugh. Have a great start to your week! I start at Talbots tomorrow and instead of Monogram Monday look for a "Make This" Monday for a project I did this weekend!