Delight of the Day 1/20

j.crew pencil skirt

I’m a huge fan of J.Crew’s pencil’s skirt, so when I saw the Rugby Stripe Pencil Skirt, $69.50, I knew it’d be the next Delight of the Day. I love pencil skirts for work, and they’re perfect to transition into an evening look. (Happy hours after a loooong day, anyone?) I’d pair a basic navy shirt with a pretty statement necklace to take this skirt to the next level. I’d love to hear how you styled it!

p.s. Browse below for some of my favorite items from J.Crew Factory’s latest line + some outfit ideas.

Delight of the Day 1/15

Today’s Delight of the Day comes to us straight from Pinterest. I had been looking for this skirt forever when one of my AWESOME followers found it at Bloomingdale’s. Best part? It’s on sale!

I love it for small parties and date nights. You can pair it with a simple dark top and some adorable jewelry for the perfect look. Not a fan of white in winter? There’s black, too!

Delight of the Day 1/8

leather duffel

I’ve been searching high and low for a new weekender bag. My Longchamp has served me well, but it took quite a beating after five weeks in Europe, so it’s time for a new one. However, finding one was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated.

leather duffel

I love the bags from Frank Clegg and Barrington Gifts, buttt I couldn’t justify the price tag. I thought about the monogrammed weekender from Marley Lilly or Tuckernuck, but I really wanted a leather bag. Lucky for me, I stumbled upon Sole Society and found one for $84.95. Now, to be clear, this is vegan leather (aka faux leather, but not like those tacky pants girls used to wear in middle school). However, the quality of it is very nice, and you seriously can’t beat the price.

leather duffel

I wanted to test it out to see what all could fit inside. As you can see from my picture, I planned on going somewhere very cold (so I can try skiing) but with an easily-accessible hot tub. I was able to fit my Patagonia fleece, two sweaters, two pairs of jeans, yoga pants, two bikinis, a scarf, a dress, my Kindle, and three bags of makeup/toiletries – plus I threw a pair of the boys huge sweatpants in there just to test. Everything fit with room to spare. I call that a success!

p.s. If you’re visiting Sole Society’s website for the first time (or if you clear your cookies), they offer you a 20% off coupon. Win win! UPDATE: try this link. Next, use this one to get directly to the bag.

Scroll through below to see some of the others I considered, and where you can find some of the above items:

Marley Lilly Flash Sale

 Remember my post about Marley Lilly? Well, they are having a huuuge flash sale right now. I’ve been eyeing up a bunch of stuff for quite some time now but haven’t pulled the trigger, and now that everything is on sale, I no longer have an excuse!
Plus, you can add a monogram on everything for free, so it’s a total win in my book.

Scroll through below to see some of my favorites:

Lilly’s After Party Sale

Lilly Pulitzer Sale

It’s that time of year again! Lilly’s After Party Sale starts at 8:00 am on Monday, January 5. As in the past, I’m sure the site will experience a bunch of issues, so I have a few tips for you!

1. Update your billing information prior to the sale. Like, now. If you already have your updated credit card/address info saved, it makes the checkout process much quicker, which can mean the difference in getting that cute dress or losing it.

2. Try accessing the sale on your computer, your phone, and your tablet. For the Endless Summer Sale, I could only access it from my laptop. This time last year, only my phone. You just never know!

3. If you’ve clicked the order button but haven’t been redirected to the confirmation screen, check your email before trying again. Over the summer, I placed the same order twice due to the site’s issues, and they didn’t accept returns :(

4. Go a little crazy. This is the only time you’ll see Lilly at this price until the end of summer!

They have a great Q&A section you can check out here.

Catholic Girl Problems

If you aren’t already following CatholicGrlProb on Twitter, you must be living under a rock you’re seriously missing out. Her account has had me cracking up for years. I’m not one to go to church every Sunday, but I did grow up Catholic, so I can relate to all of her hysterical tweets. But she doesn’t stop there.

You’ve probably already seen her wine koozies (genius!), but now she’s also offering several sassy gold foil prints. “That’s What Confession is For” is literally perfection (and “Rosaries over Bro-saries” makes me laugh every time I see it). I’m trying to get enough energy to brave the crowds at the mall so I can get it framed and hang it directly above my bar. How cute would that look? She also has a great nativity scene that I’m definitely framing for my mother next year for Christmas, and she even made one for my blog!

 I love the idea of buying these, framing them, and wrapping them up for your friends – especially for housewarming gifts. They’re inexpensive + perfect for dressing up an empty wall. Which print is your favorite?

New Year, New Sales

new year

I woke up this morning to about five gazillion new emails detailing all kinds of great sales. Is it just me, or have stores been offering insane discounts this winter?

Ann Taylor: 40% off select full-priced items with code GET40 and 70% off sale

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items

Banana Republic: 30% off full-priced items with code BRNEW

Gap: 30% off with code 2015 + 75% off sale items + $25 for every $50 you spend

J.Crew: 40% off sale styles with code STYLE2015

J.Crew Factory: 40% off sale with code EXTRA40

Kate Spade: 25% off sale with code JINGLE25

LOFT: 60% off sale items

Nordstrom: 50% off select items

Neiman Marcus: Extra 40% off sale items

Scroll through below to see some of the steals I like most:

New Year, New You

BluePrint Cleanse

Most of us are planning our New Year’s resolutions for 2015, and, if you’re like most people, one of them has something to do with living a healthier lifestyle. I’m absolutely one of those people. That being said, I’m horrible at finding the motivation to start diets/working out regularly. Once I get past the initial hump, I’m crazy-dedicated, but, until then, I’m worthless. That’s actually a huge reason I did a cleanse at the beginning of this year. I would try to run and eat salads for a few days, but I’d be right back to Thin Mints in no time. After the cleanse, I stuck with it until after my vacation fell through at the end of July. Intense.

BluePrint Cleanse

With literally the perfect timing ever, Rue La La just started a BluePrint Cleanse sale! (If you’re not already a member, here’s a free signup link!) You can choose from 3 days ($149.99 – regularly $195.00), 5 days ($249.99 – regularly $325.00), or 9 days ($439.00 – regularly $535.00). When I did mine, I purchased two 3-day cleanses (excavation level), and I thought it was great, so I’m going with the 5-day cleanse. Keep in mind, for a few days before and after, you really should only eat veggies, so if you can’t live without chocolate for 15 days, 9 might be too long.

BluePrint Cleanse

If you’re seriously considering the cleanse and have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email. I’m happy to help if I can! preppy delight[at]gmail[dot]com. One question I was asked a lot after my first cleanse was if it was just as effective to buy them at your grocery store. The answer is no. I’ve read that, while they’re still healthy if you buy them there (vitamins are always good!), they don’t pack the same cleansing punch. That’s why BPC overnights them, keeps them as cold as possible without freezing, and tells you to drink them right away (aka if they arrive Monday, start Monday and finish Wednesday).

New Year’s Eve Style on a Budget

New Year's Eve

It’s almost New Year’s Eve! After spending a small fortune on Christmas gifts + grad school tuition, I was kind of panicking about what to wear until I went the J.Crew and Banana outlet stores this weekend. Both are having major sales (take 40% off clearance at J.Crew Factory with code EXTRA40 and 50% off sale at Banana Republic with code BRSALE), and they have so many items that are perfect for NYE! If only finding plans were so easy…

A Christmas Story

christmas

Christmas day is always insane. You wake up, open presents, then it’s off to your grandparents’ house for a big lunch, and, before you know it, you’re off to celebrate with your boyfriend’s family! Knowing how to dress for each celebration can be overwhelming, but don’t worry – I’ve got you covered.

Start the morning in some super cute plaid PJs with your favorite monogrammed mug in hand. After all the presents are open, paint your nails in the most festive red you have, and relax by the tree until they’re dry. Next, throw on a plaid button-down topped with a sweater, and slip into your Bean Boots – it’s time for grandma’s. Eat all the Christmas cookies you can, but not too many! You still have to fit into your new sweater dress, which you’ll obviously pair with your Tory wedges and tartan tote. Don’t forget to call The Boy with your tartan-covered phone to tell him you’re on the way (oh, and the gift for his parents)!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!