Preppy Product: J.Crew Chino Shorts

Summer is here and it’s shorts season! Hip hip hooray!

I have an addiction to shorts. A big one. I have an unspeakable number of shorts in my drawers…it’s kind of a problem.

Anyways, my favorite shorts come from J. Crew, hands down. They’ve been my favorite for a while. They fit great, are great quality, and best of all – come in a ton of colors and patterns. They’re all-around perfect.

Here are some of my factory favorites this season:

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Chinos | Oxford Chino Short | Dotted Chambray Short | Scalloped Eyelet Short | Seersucker Short | Summer Plaid Short

What are your favorite summer shorts?

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Watermelon Crawl: Pink and Green

What could be more preppy than the color combination of pink and green? I’m gonna go with…just about nothing.

Not only is pink and green the epitome of preppy, though, it’s also super adorable. And great for summer. And, pretty much, every other time of the year.

That being said, there are tons of great pink and green products out there right now just waiting to be purchased, used, worn, and shown off.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Flatiron Nylon Maryanne | Cora Dress | Double Wrap Bracelet | Woven Chevron Pillow | Ahoy Matey Maybook | Custom Jacks | Oxford Chino Shorts | Tiny Bits Clutch | Daisy Daisy Bracelet

Keep in mind this is a great color combo not only to use in clothes and accessories, but also when it comes to decorating, buying stationery, wrapping a gift, and so on. You can never go wrong with a little pink and green!

Organizing & Storing your Winter Clothes

Since summer is officially well on it’s way, it’s time to put away all those sweaters, scarves, jackets, and winter clothing. This can be a daunting task. For sure. I mean, I know that I have so many clothes that it’s hard to even know where to start. There are moments during this process that I simply want to throw everything into a bin and put it in the basement. But, I’ve definitely learned that ends up being more of a hassle in the long-run.
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Organizing your winter clothing nicely, neatly, and precisely at the end of the season makes things much easier next winter. All in all, it just makes your entire life (and wardrobe!) more organized. Here is how to do it in a cinch:
1. Utilize labels and a key – label every bin or container you use to store these clothes. It will make things 100% easier. Label things such as “accessories”, “bottoms”, “sweaters”, and “jackets” in order to find things easily the next winter. You can write these things on labels, use a color coding system (with a key in Excel), or make big, cardstock sheets that you put inside the bins but are visible from the outside, see here.
2. Separate – Like I said, everything should be in it’s own spot, separated by category. It just makes sense to put the pants with the pants, the sweaters with the sweaters, and so on. This way, you don’t have a random mod podge of clothing and you know where each item is.
3. Fold and colorize – don’t just throw things in a bin like I know we’re all tempted to do (at times). Instead, fold everything nicely, and colorize items within clothing sub-categories. This way, if you randomly have to look for that gray cableknit sweater, you’ll know exactly where to find it and be able to locate it without rifling through every other sweater and ruining your system.
4. Sort out old stuff – if you didn’t wear something all winter, don’t pack it away! Get rid of it! Donate it to Goodwill or a clothing bin because if you haven’t worn it all season, odds are it’s just taking up space. Why hoard it for another year if it’s not a piece you’ll even wear?
5. Keep your stuff separate – make sure to return anything borrowed that you may have at this point to its rightful owner rather than packing it away with your stuff. Additionally, don’t mix your items with anyone else’s in your family. It just makes finding things much easier in the long run, trust me!
Organizing can definitely be an annnoying task that seems totally annoying. But following these tips makes it an easier process that you’ll be glad you did next winter when you switch over your wardrobe!

Beauty Blitz: Weekend Look

This weekend I’m so looking forward to celebrating, having fun, and of course…looking cute while doing it!

I put together what I consider to be the perfect look for this weekend:

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Cassie Dress | Jack Rogers Navajo | JPK Bucket Bag | Flower Drop Earrings | Oversized Sunglasses | Strawberry Macaroon Eyeshadow | Field of Flowers Peony Blossom | Pearl Mint Shimmer Tint | Falsies Mascara

A cute, light and simple dress (maybe throw in a cardigan or jean jacket if it’s cold!), light jewelry, an easy to carry yet adorable bag, stylish and comfy shoes, and very simple makeup.

Since it’s during the day, I think the simple makeup is pretty key! Light eyeshadow and mascara (nothing too glittery, more matte), some faint lip gloss (don’t forget chapstick underneath for moisture!) and, of course, a delightfully daytime perfume. Remember this look has to last all day, so you don’t want to do anything crazy that is going to start out looking good but fade and change as the day goes on, making it look..well, a mess.

Perfect!

Preppy Product: Anchors Away

Anchors are such a fun design for summer, which explains why they are currently popping up everywhere. They’re just a classic design that is always preppy and in style. After all, who doesn’t love something nautical?

Anyways, here is a collection of some of my favorite anchor items this season:

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Printed Strapless Top | Anchor Studs | Elbow Sleeve Tee | Candy Anchor Bathing Suit | Anchor Clutch | Anchor Sea Bag | Anchor Icon Beach Towel | Printed Scarf | Anchor Key Ring

As a side note, my sister just got initiated into Delta Gamma (congrats, Kim!). I have to say I’m pretty jealous that she gets to rock the anchor look forever and has a perpetual excuse to buy all these goodies!

White Out

I am a firm believer in the “no-white-before-Memorial-Day” rule. Especially when it comes to clothes (read: dresses, shorts, skirts, and pants). Any of those that are even white-based are a definite no-no in my book.

In my opinion, it is only okay to wear a white dress for three reasons before Memorial Day:

  1. It’s your wedding day
  2. It’s a sorority initiation or ceremony
  3. It’s your graduation

Anyways, this weekend I wore my whites for my sorority’s spring initiation ceremony (yay!). Dressing up in whites got me thinking about how many cute white products are out there, ready to bought but not quite ready to be worn (soon though!).

Here are some of them:

Dresses:

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Nina Dress | Henley Dress | Pearl Dress | Antonia Dress | Ruched Waist Dress | Lola Peplum Dress | Eyelet Split Neck Dress

Shoes:

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Aria Pumps | Danger Toe | Rosalie Wedges | Navajo Sandals | Vanna Flats | Mouse Sling | Danville Flats | Melissa Trippy Flats

Accessories:

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Locked In Studs | Signature Spade Punched Handbag | Pearl Cluster Drop Necklace | Resin Droplet Necklace | Wedding Belles April | Jetsetter Watch | Lindsay Bangle

What’s your favorite white item you’re already itching to wear?! I love my white dresses – Lilly and J.Crew!

A Look at Lilly

Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau recently died at the age of 81, but not until she influenced the world of fashion in a major way. A pioneer in the world of “preppy” clothing, she used color and style to pave the way towards clothing that is bright, stylish, and very, very fun.

There are tons of reasons to love Lilly and even more reasons to remember her. Certainly a highly cultured woman with a true sense of who she was, what she wanted, and how to follow her own path and heart, I thought it would be fun to count down the top ten reasons to love Lilly:

  1. She was always up for a good party – known for throwing parties, hosting them with barefoot at her home, Lilly was always up for a celebration. What’s not to love about that? As Lilly once said:“That’s what life is all about. Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.”
  2. She was an optimist – Lilly once stated, “Life’s a party. Dress like it” showing her optimistic outlook on life. She was a vibrant individual who was always sporting a smile and a positive outlook. The world could use more people with an attitude like that!
  3. She had her very own sense of style – thanks to her distinct style preferences, she built a brand that is well respected and love. Her respect for her own style wants and needs is admirable. Everyone should follow their heart just as much when it comes to picking out what they want to wear!
  4. She was innovative – Lilly actually began her business as a way to disguise stains on her dresses. How clever! You see, her story began with a juice stand. She would sell juice and frequently spill some on herself. In order to ensure no one would ever notice the spills, she began designing these brightly colored dresses. Stylish and genius!
  5. She had influence – Lilly’s designs and fashion has historically, and today, made it big! Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed in an early Lilly design.
  6. She was ambitious – at a time where it was admirable to be a housewife and definitely expected, Lilly aspired to do more. Besides running the juice stand, she started her dress designs and ended up with a famous label that is a huge success today.
  7. She created an empire – while she started out with simple shift dress designs and products, Lilly Pulitzer products are now much, much more. Besides clothing for women, there is now a children’s line as well as men’s pieces. Additionally, there are home products and a never-ending list of accessories made by the company.
  8. She was a fashionista at its finest – “Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live” Lilly once stated, and we couldn’t agree more! She truly got the point of style, which is that it has to be something of your own that you love enough to live.
  9. She marched to the beat of her own drum – Lilly stated many times that in her business, she didn’t do things for other people, she did them for herself. That is admirable and amazing, especially in the business world.
  10. She loved summer – warm weather is always awesome, and Lilly appreciated it unlike any other. After all, what beats the sunshine, sunglasses, and a great cocktail? Not much.

Looking back at Lilly and her influential life is fun, and she will always be remembered as the fashion icon that she is. RIP Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau.

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