DIY: Lilly Collage Phone Background

So I recently got an iPhone 5 because the lock button on my iPhone 4 mysteriously stopped working (annoying!) and I happened to have an upgrade. Being that I have a new phone, I went for new wallpapers, cases, and so on…which is actually pretty fun.

As I was searching Pinterest for a really cute background (something Lilly, of course) I stumbled upon a cool collage with Lilly prints on the sides and a monogram in the middle.

So, I wanted to make my own. It was super easy! Here’s how I did it:

I already had my monogram made on my computer (I have a bunch of them), but you can use this tutorial to make an awesome one in word.

I set my monogram in a scalloped border and saved it as an image. Then, I emailed it to myself.

Next, I saved a bunch of Lilly print pictures on my phone (found them on Pinterest). I just picked my faves.

Then I used the ProCollage app (it’s free!) to make the actual collage. I used the template and put the Lilly patterns around the sides and the monogram in the middle. So simple!

Here’s how it turned out:

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Cute, right? I can’t wait to make more!!

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?

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!

Dream Home: Chevron

Since graduation is coming, and by extension that means beginning to become a real person is starting (wait, what!?), I am obsessed with looking at what I like to call, “someday houses”. I definitely will not have houses anywhere like this in the near future, but it’s totally something to work towards!

This “dream house” post is different than others where I focused on specific rooms. This one, instead, is all about accents. And the accent that I’m currently loving in chevron.

I never knew you could do so much awesome stuff with chevron in your house. For me, it’s always been more of a fashion and accessory design. But, thanks to Pinterest, I now know how great it is for your home design and decor.

Check out these awesome chevron inspired home decorations and design features:

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Which do you like best? Isn’t this something so cool and new?

As Seen on Pinterest: Lilly

I have a love-hate relationship with how popular Lilly Pulitzer suddenly is. I love it because, who doesn’t love seeing Lilly everywhere? I hate it because there are so many “fake” Lilly lovers who like it only for the sorority pattern or only because they think it’s something they should like.

Anyways, because Lilly is such a crazy right now, it is all over Pinterest! That’s really fun. I have so many cute and perfect Lilly pins that I couldn’t help but share with you. Mostly all of them are from my Preppy Girl Problems board:

Love these Lilly quotes:

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Lilly crafting!:

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Check out the tutorial for this here!

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Just perfect Lilly!:

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What are your best Lilly inspired pins?

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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Preppy Product: Skirts

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to break out your skirts. There are so many cute ones to choose from and many, many styles. Whether you go with high waisted, minis, or a pencil selection, they’re all perfect. 

I’m currently loving brightly paired colors of skirts and shirts. This is to die for:

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Like I said, though, there are so many perfect skirts to choose from and wear this season. Fill your closet with them! These especially are great:

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Seersucker Scallop Skirt | Lavender Skirt | Striped Chambray Mini | Lurex Dot Skirt | Postage Stamp Sailor Mini

What’s your go-to skirt style? Which is your favorite this season?