Preppy Home Decor

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.

Where do you find style inspiration?

After Party Part II

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?!

The After Party Sale

 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!

Delight of the Day 8/14

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!

Fashion First Aid

 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?

Delight of the Day 7/31

 Today’s Delight of the Day is sure to please all Lilly lovers out there. The Madeline Sunglasses are adorable, and at only $38, totally affordable! They come in three different prints – Hotty Pink First Impression (my forever favorite), Turquoise Let’s Cha Cha, and Shorely Blue Mini Party Favors. I’m thinking of ordering a few extras as gifts (Christmas, birthdays, initiation, graduation…you get the point!) Which pattern is your favorite?

 I’m also super excited to announce the winner of The Page Girls giveaway! Congratulations, Zach!

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The J.Crew Puffer Vest

Last year, J.Crew Factory introduced its Herringbone Puffer Vest. It was gone in a few days. I’ve seen them on ebay for $300+. Insanity! Didn’t get your hands on one? No worries. In true Factory form, they’re recoiling looks from last year - the beloved puffer, $98, included. Truthfully, this isn’t my style (I think it looks adorable from far away, but, up close, it kinda reminds me of animal print – ick), but I know SO many of you love it, so I thought I’d share :) Plus, I do really like these looks from Southern Curls & Pearls and Kelly in the City.

My Croakies Dilemma

I’ve mentioned many times how much I support croakies. They’re seriously practical (just wait until you lose your brand new Ray-Bans in the ocean), and they’re a great way to express your personality. I have several pairs, but I would like to acquire a patriotic pair prior to summer’s end. I’ve narrowed it down to three choices, and I need your help!

There are the Old Glory Sunglass Straps (Tuckernuck, $23), the American Flag Needlepoint Sunglass Straps (Tucker Blair, $45) and the Stars and Stripes SHADESTRAPS (Knot Clothing, $20). How do I decide?!

And don’t forget to enter my The Page Girls giveaway/learn more about their launch!

Gilt City + Birchbox

For starters, if you’re not already a member of Gilt, please proceed to sign up NOW. Gilt has some of the best steals on clothing and accessories for men and women, plus awesome prices on home goods. However, my favorite feature of Gilt is their Gilty City feature. You may recall my BluePrint Cleanse; thanks to Gilt City, I was able to afford it!

Once you’re a member, or if you already are a member, please click here. Yep. A one-year subscription to Birchbox for $99, and it comes with a $25 credit. That’s essentially $74 for a subscription (almost 50% off)! I did a Birchbox trial for two months, and, while I liked it, I just couldn’t justify the price. However, at $8.25 a month, who could say no?

Plus, while you’re there, BluePrint Cleanse is on sale again! It’s never too late to prep for your summer vacation ;)

And don’t forget to enter my The Page Girls giveaway/learn more about their launch!

The Page Girls

I’m beyond excited to introduce you to The Page Girls, a new online mag with an emphasis on books, cocktails, and female friendships. Each week, they publish a themed issue containing short stories, book reviews, personal and funny essays, videos, cocktail recipes, and more. Some sample issues include The Craziest Thing I Did For Love and LYLAS (Love You Like a Sister).

Don’t get me wrong. I love TSM, Elite Daily, and Buzzfeed, but sometimes I crave something will a little more substance. This is it. These girls are smart and witty, and I just know you’ll enjoy their magazine.

This week, they’re celebrating their first official “birthday week,” which means a giveaway every day plus other goodies! You can sign up for The Page Girls’ weekly newsletter to get notified about new issues, and be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
As if you weren’t already pumped, The Page Girls are actually hosting a giveaway for all of my readers! You have a chance to win one of their amazing ebooks PLUS a set of coasters. (They did say emphasis on books, cocktails, and female friendships. I’m thinking book club party!) To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form. Here are the books up for grabs:
An Imaginary House by the Sea by Cecily Gates (Contemporary Romance)
HDU by India Lee (New Adult)
Normal is the Watchword by Jasmine Tru (YA Thriller)
Here for the Cake by Emily Poule (Rom-Com)

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