One of my favorite things about being a blogger is being introduced to new brands and getting the opportunity to share them with my lovely readers. Case in point: Devon Maryn. Devon (a former Kappa!) founded Devon Maryn in August 2014 to bring feminine, preppy activewear to the scene, and I couldn’t be more excited for you to check out her goods. I’m loving the Butter Me Up Lobster yoga pants; how adorable is that print? Now that it’s getting a bit chilly outside in the morning, these will be perfect for your AM run, and, thanks to these capris, you’ll look beyond cute running past the long line at Starbs.
I don’t know what it is, but I’m obsessed with the idea of leather duffle bags. There’s just something so classic about their look, and I love the idea of grabbing one, filling it with the essentials, and hopping on the first train out of town. Pair that with beautiful craftsmanship made in America, and you’ve found pure perfection. Frank Clegg’s Compass Duffle is the quintessential travel bag and will be topping all of my Christmas lists this year. That, and a trip to Paris.
I could not be more excited for today’s post. I’m going to be honest: I’ve been in a workout/eating rut. I started strong this spring and kept it going until a few weeks ago, but I’ve been a disaster lately. I’m talking 1 cardio session a week, some ab workouts here and there, and lots and lots of late night snacks. I totally blame The Boy for all of this; he’s a horrible influence!
We just booked a vacation for the end of November, and while I’ve been telling myself I have eons to get back on track, the truth of the matter is that I’m just bored with my current regimen and have had no desire to find motivation. So, when someone from Kayla Itsine’s team reached out to me about a blog feature, I (squat) jumped at the opportunity!
If you don’t follow Kayla on Instagram, please do so now. Holy motivation, right? Kayla, a totally fit 23 year-old Australian, has created easy-to-follow Exercise & Training and Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Plan guides that can get you the bikini bod you’ve been sort of kind of maybe working on in 12 weeks (just in time for my trip). My favorite part is that the meal plans aren’t terribly restrictive diet (nothing like my BPC experience), and the workouts aren’t super intimidating. Both guides are completely manageable a busy schedule, so don’t even try the, “But recruitment/homework/project deadline has me so too busy,” excuse.
I will be starting the challenge on Monday, and I’m hoping some of you will be brave enough to join me! If you’re interested and have more questions, please feel free to reach out! If you’re ready to take the plunge with me, you can order a couple of different ways. You can order just the Exercise & Training guide or just the Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Plan for $69.97 each, or you can save $19 and order both together. I’ve gotten both so I can follow the more comprehensive, inside-out approach, but it’s totally up to you. I can’t wait to see how far we come!
Need help looking cute while you sweat? I’ve got you covered:
It’s unofficially the most wonderful season of the year – fall! One of my favorite things about fall growing up was back-to-school shopping. While I may not be going back to school, I’m totally all about fall shopping. For me, it’s all about riding boots (may my old ones rest in peace), quilted jackets, and a great neutral leather tote. What’s on your list?
Labor Day marks the end of seersucker and white denim, butttt it does have a plus side: major sales. In between all the parties and concerts this weekend, I’m definitely making time to take advantage of these blowouts. What are your must-haves?
Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRLABOR, plus earn $20 for every $35 you spend
C. Wonder – 30% off full priced items + additional 50% off sale
Club Monaco – 50% off clearance + additional 40% off sale with code HEYFALL
Gap – Up to 40% off everything + 20% off with code HAPPY
J.Crew – 40% off final sale with code WEEKEND (Stubbs & Wootton for $170!!)
I have a confession to make. Until the Lilly sale (which then led to splurging for work attire at J.Crew, Loft, Banana, and The Limited), I really haven’t been buying a lot of clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still just as in love with shopping, but I’ve been focusing my purchases elsewhere: on preppy home decor. The Boy and I moved into an apartment at the end of November, and I’ve been slowly curating to make it home.
Recently, I’ve been posting pictures of the summer decor (all-American versus fall/winter, which is tartan) to Instagram, and a lot of people are wondering where I find things. I’ll begin by saying I’m no stranger to scouring flea markets and even ebay once I’ve decided I wanted something (think vintage oars, wooden tennis rackets). I’ve also raided my grandmother’s basement, where I found some amazing silver serving trays and old golf clubs. But the majority of my collection has come from three sites: One Kings Lane, Joss & Main, and Zulily. (If you need invites to any of them, please click here: OKL, J&M, Z.)
They have everything from vintage goodies and modern art to kitchen necessities and furniture. Seriously. If you can think of it, they have it. One Kings Lane is my personal favorite because of their curated collections. There’s one right now called Country Club, and, once you’ll look, you’ll understand where I get a lot of my inspiration.
Day one of the Lilly sale is over, and let’s give credit where it’s due: Lilly did a phenomenal job of managing website traffic this year. Sure, there were a few glitches (one my orders was duplicated, but I’m hopeful customer service will fix this!), but nothing like in years past. I was able to get 2 dresses and a skirt I had been eyeing all summer, plus another cute dress I stumbled upon. What goodies did you score?!
Good news, preppy girls everywhere! Lilly’s After Party Sale (formerly the Endless Summer sale) starts on Monday. Most of you have probably shopped the sale before, but, if not, here are some tips to help make it easier:
The sale starts at 8:00-ish EST on Monday morning. In preparation, I like to log into Lilly’s site Sunday afternoon to update my credit card information and shipping address. With all the glitches (see below) we normally run into, this is one less thing to have to update during the rush.
The site always runs into glitches, so don’t be upset when you encounter the, “Oh Shift!” screen of death. Lilly will have things up and running within a couple of hours, and, if you’re having issues, everyone else is too. You might end up missing out on one of your favorites, but there’s plenty on sale!
Once I add something to my bag, I order it right away. Just because it’s in your bag doesn’t mean it won’t sell out. My first year, I had a full cart, and, come checkout time, only two items remained. Devastating.
Make sure you like Lilly on Facebook. They post links to sale items just for fans periodically, and you don’t want to miss out!
You may have seen on my Instagram that I finally took the plunge and ordered a Burberry quilted jacket. I’ve been obsessed for quite some time now, and I decided I needed to reward myself after my midyear review. You can order them from a couple of different places: Neiman, Nordstrom, and Burberry, all at $595.
However, after ordering, an idea occurred to me: the children’s sizes (priced at $220) would also probably work. For reference: I ordered an extra small in the Burberry women’s jacket, which fits extremely similar to the size 14 in girl’s. (I have broad shoulders, so the 12 was slightly too tight there for me.) I’m probably going to have it tailored a bit for a slimmer fit, but, with the amount of money I’m saving, $50 at the tailor is nothing.
Nordstrom carries the black version through a size 12 (make sure you select Big Girls). If Neiman is your store, they also carry it in black, but only up to a size 10. (They currently have a $50 off promo with code KIDSGIFT!) Burberry goes all the way to a 14, and they sell black, red, and navy, so that’s where I ended up ordering. Now, let’s enjoy the last few weeks of summer so we can wear our coats sooner!
A couple of weeks ago, the amazing people behind Fashion First Aid sent me two of their products to try, and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce them to you. All of their products offer solutions to fashion mishaps, and they’re all super reasonably priced.
If you’ve never checked out their website, please do so now! I love how they allow you to “shop by problem.” Bra strap showing while your date is ringing the doorbell? They’ve got a fix for that! Hem coming undone while you’re out? They’ve got a fix for that!
I got to try out the Fashion First Aid Purse-Sized Kit, $10 and the Fashion Staple, $19.95. The kit contains Garment Guards (protects your clothes from deodorant stains), Wundercovers (perfect for protecting your heels while wearing your fav wedges), Quick Fix Sticks (wardrobe adhesive), a Pocksie (a temporary pocket for the inside of a cardigan/jacket/etc.), and a strip of White Collar Grime – essentially everything you could possibly need for mishaps on the go. Everything comes in a sleek envelope that fits perfectly in even the smallest clutches. (I personally think this kit is an absolute essential for everyone!)
The Staple comes with 5 different colors of thread, and it’s perfect for busted buttons or torn seams if you have no clue how to sew/your tailor is out of town when you’re away from home. You use it just like you would a traditional stapler, but it acts just like a sewing machine. I have mine stored in my desk at work, and I’m pleased to say it helped fix a pencil skirt right before a meeting. Phew!
I think these make great gifts, especially if you have a friend/sibling/daughter leaving for school or getting her first apartment. They’re so convenient, and everything is super easy to use. They definitely get my seal or approval! Which product would you try?