Sunday, March 31, 2013

Featured Outfit: Happy Easter!

Hope y'all had a Happy Easter! I am thankful for the celebration of Christ's Resurrection and the hope it brings.

"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!" -Luke 24:5b-6a

"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." -Matthew 28:5-6

Here is what I wore for Easter:
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer Adeline dress; Cardigan: J.Crew; Shoes: Target canvas espradille wedges; Sunglasses: Kate Spade; Earrings: Kate Spade; Pearls: Pearl of Orient; Ring: Lilly Pulitzer; Purse: Lilly Pulitzer Pandamonium Small Tote (from Spring 2010)
A shot without the sunnies

I did not wear the hat to church, but it the Lilly Pulitzer gift with purchase hat that I got as part of my birthday present. I think it is just precious and really want to go to a Kentucky Derby party so I can wear it!

Hope y'all had a great Easter!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Seersucker Season

Tomorrow is Easter, which means it is finally okay to wear seersucker again-if you're a stickler on that rule like I am! There are still supposed to be a few more colder days Tues-Thurs of next week, but I'm hoping after that it will start to be consistently warm so I can wear my seersucker shorts and skirts a lot! Here are my favorite seersucker pieces this Spring!

From my closet (and currently available in stores and online):
JCrew Factory Seersucker Mini in Classic Navy
I got this last year and J.Crew Factory has brought it back this season!

This dress was part of the Lilly Spring 2012 line and they have brought it back for Spring 2013! This was my Easter dress last year and I will wear it again for Easter this year since it will be a little too chilly for the strapless dress I originally planned to wear. 

Looking forward to debuting these soon!

I love the super preppy combination of seersucker and embroidered lobsters as well as the color combo of mint and coral!

I can't wait to wear these! They are super versatile and can be worn to work, on vacation, and on fun outings with friends.

And here are some additional cute seersucker pieces available from preppy brands this spring:
I love the pockets and the scalloped hem on this seersucker mini. It's also available in Hotty Pink Lucky Seersucker.

This precious scalloped seersucker shorts are also available in Hotty Pink Lucky Seersucker.

This is the ultimate preppy professional piece and would also be great for church.

This style is also available in blue ivory.

This is a longer version of the January Skort by Lilly.

This is absolutely adorable!

Do y'all have any of these seersucker pieces? What are your favorites? 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Five

So I'm a little late getting this up here today, but better late than never right?

1. Good Friday
Today isn't just any other Friday. For me, this is the day that Jesus paid the ultimate price for my sins with His death on the cross nearly 2000 years ago. I am thankful for His sacrifice of taking the punishment I deserve upon Himself. But I am even more thankful that the story doesn't end there and death doesn't have the final victory!
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." -Isaiah 53:5
Image via

2. Towne and Reese Long Necklace
A dear friend gave me this gorgeous long necklace as a birthday present. It is by Towne and Reese and this particular style and color isn't available on their website right now, but you can check their retailer tab to find a local boutique that may carry it. The color of the beads is super close to Carolina blue and it complements my Shorely Blue Lilly cardigan quite well. And the elegant gold chain looks great with my Kate Spade cocktail ring! 

3. Tory Burch iPhone 4 Case
Last week Tory Burch had a private online sale shared with email subscribers and I got this beautiful hardshell iPhone case. My Lilly case that I had for over a year and a half was in sorry shape. It still protected my phone fine but the print was peeling off horribly and was looking really grungy. As cute as the Lilly iPhone cases are, I feel that this TB one is nicer and sturdier.

4. Florida Gulf Coast University Basketball
Florida Gulf Coast University is one of the biggest stories that emerged from the first weekend of March Madness. FGCU (which sounds like a credit union name, as one of my friends said) defeated #2 seed Georgetown in the first round, then went on to beat San Diego State in the second round to earn a berth in the Sweet 16. They made history by becoming the first #15 seed to ever go to the Sweet 16! This is a team that didn't expect to win even one game in the tournament so it is super fun to watch them celebrate their success. It is so precious how excited they are and I especially love the footage of them celebrating in the locker room after their victories.

5. Breyer's Blast Birthday Blast
In honor of my birthday week, I bought a new flavor of Breyers Blasts frozen dairy dessert to try: Birthday Blast! It has cake pieces and sprinkles in a birthday cake flavored frozen dairy dessert and is super delicious!!! While it's not the healthiest thing out there the nutrition facts really aren't too awful as far as frozen desserts go.

Have a great Easter weekend y'all!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Featured Outfit: Early Birthday Dinner 2

Last night I had another early birthday dinner with a few of my close friends from high school. So much has changed in the years since we've graduated (won't say exactly how long it's been :)) and our lives have taken different directions, but we have still managed to keep in touch and I'm so thankful that  they live nearby and were able to help me celebrate on a Wednesday evening! Since this week has been unseasonably cold, I have still had to wear tights with skirts and dresses (not cool!). Thus, a sleeveless/strapless Lilly sundress with bare legs and Jacks was out of question for this dinner. However, I opted to wear my Lilly Pandamonium shift from the Spring 2010 collection with a black cardigan, black tights, and classic black Tory Burch Revas. This outfit worked great because I was able to incorporate a fun printed Lilly dress while still staying warm! Plus my Lilly panda dress will always be special because it was the first Lilly dress I ever got.

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer; Cardigan: J.Crew; Tights: Target: Shoes: Tory Burch; Earrings and Cocktail Ring: Kate Spade; Pearls: Pearl of Orient


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Off To The Races...

Sadly, I somehow made it through four years of college without going to Carolina Cup. It's still on my bucket list to go someday with a group of post-grads. I would also really love to go to the Kentucky Derby someday too. I don't really have a vested interest in horse-racing, I just love the excuse to dress up in a favorite Lilly dress and a big floppy hat. Here are my top picks for Cup/Derby dresses this Spring. (I know some people break the "no seersucker before Easter" rule for Cup but I just wouldn't feel right doing it. So the seersucker dresses below would best be saved for Kentucky Derby :) )And if you're still looking for an Easter dress they would be great to wear on Easter Sunday too!

And pair whatever dress you choose with a hat like this one:

Then all you need are a pearl necklace and pearl earrings and you're ready to head off to the races! Are you going to Carolina Cup or Kentucky Derby this year? What are you wearing? 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Featured Outfit: Early Birthday Dinner

This past weekend I took a break from watching March Madness to go out for dinner and frozen yogurt with some dear friends to celebrate my birthday a little bit early. Since spring is taking it's sweet time in getting here it wasn't anywhere near warm enough to wear a Lilly sundress. However, I still found a way to sport my Lilly. My Somerset Dress from the New Year's Cheer Sale made its debut and was perfect because it looked fine with brown tights and cowgirl boots. (Seriously I'm soooo sick of wearing tights with skirts/dresses though!) The colors in my North Carolina Lilly scarf complemented wonderfully with the Worth Blue color of my dress.
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer North Carolina Murfee Scarf; Tights: Target; Boots: Ariat Heritage Western R-toe; Earrings: Kate Spade; Ring: Lilly Pulitzer Cherry Blossom critter ring; Bracelet: Spirit Pearls
 Closer view of the scarf
Close-up of the ring and bracelet-had to add some UNC spirit to my outfit!
Love the tonal logo embroidered at the bottom of the dress!
One pic from the night-some of my sweet friends!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Five

This is one of the best weekends of the year: four days of non-stop basketball to kick-off the NCAA Tournament. Upsets are fun to watch even if they destroy your bracket, as long as it's not your team that is getting upset! Even though my Tar Heels aren't a Final Four contender this year I'm still super excited and enjoying it so far! I wish Davidson could've pulled off the 14 seed over 3 seed upset yesterday, but was stoked to have picked the #14 Harvard upset over #3 New Mexico State correctly. (Image via)

2. Easter Candy
Easter candy is my favorite of all seasonal candy. The pink, light blue, and pastel wrappers are so pretty, and candy shaped like bunnies is adorable, and Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are a classic favorite!

3. A Southern Lady Wall Plaque
My best friend gave me this precious wall plaque as an early birthday present. I especially love the "knows pearls match everything" part.

4. Mason Jar with Snack Mix
And my best friend's mom gave me some snack mix with Easter m&m's and peanuts in a Mason Jar with my name on top and a ribbon around it. I will definitely be copying this packaging idea in the future when I give away snacks and baked goods as gifts.

5. Vineyard Vines Classic Navy Mini Skirt
I scored a great deal on this Vineyard Vines classic navy chino mini-skirt on a recent visit to the outlet. I love the embroidered whale logo above the back right pocket as well as the pink and white whale print fabric on the inside of the waistband. This will be a great staple for my spring/summer wardrobe. There is a similar style available here on the Vineyard Vines website.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wish List Wednesday

Here is what's currently on my wish list, and since my birthday is coming up hopefully some of it will find it's way to my closet real soon!

If you have been reading my blog lately then you know I am obsessed with this print and the adorable pink elephants! This skort would be such a great casual spring/summer staple!

I love using the Lilly insulated cooler as a pool/beach bag and would really like one in my new favorite print! 

As y'all know, I love Lilly scarves and feel that you can never have too many! I do not have one of the lighter weight Murfette scarves and would love to add one to my collection. This would be a perfect scarf for spring/summer, since it gets a little too warm by about May to wear the regular Murfee scarves in the South. Plus it's my current print obsession in a different color scheme, but with the same adorable elephants!

I love this top because it looks similar to the Elsa but is 100% cotton and thus machine-washable!

I would still love to have this pearl necklace from the Lilly Spring collection!

Finally, something non-Lilly! I don't have any Kate Spade Idiom bangles, but I was admiring my cousin's collection a couple weeks ago and want one now! I'm really liking this mint "Sweeten The Deal" one.

Since Jacks are the ultimate preppy staple in spring/summer footwear, you can't have too many of these either. This year, I would like to add these platinum Sardinia navajos to my collection. I love how the metallics go with everything, but the snake texture makes these something different from my classic gold and silver pairs.

What's on your wish list currently? Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Beautiful Words

Someone shared this beautiful poem by Teilhard de Chardin with me last week and I just had to share it with y'all. I hope that it can encourage y'all as much as it encouraged me!
Have a great day!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Featured Outfit: St. Patrick's Day

Hope everyone had a fun St. Patrick's Day! I wore two different outfits with the same green Lilly cardigan during the course of the day: one for church in the morning and the other for the rest of the day.
First up is my outfit for church:
Cardigan: Lilly Pulitzer; Camisole: LOFT; Skirt: Banana Republic Factory Store; Belt: Banana Republic Factory Store; Shoes: Bandolino; Necklace: JCrew Factory; Earrings: Kate Spade; Cocktail Ring: Kate Spade

And here's what I work for the remainder of the day while watching basketball and going to a party:
Cardigan: Lilly Pulitzer; Camsiole: LOFT; Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer; Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny; Cowgirl Boots: Ariat Heritage Western R-toe; Earrings: Kate Spade; Cocktail Ring: Kate Spade; Bracelet: Spirit Pearl
Here's a close-up of my UNC Spirit Pearl bracelet. I had to add this to my green outfit to show some UNC spirit on Selection Sunday, and to cheer them on in the ACC Tournament Championship (just wish the outcome of that one could've been different!)

And here is a close-up of the festive goodies I brought to the party, along with my "Kiss Me I'm A Tar Heel" t-shirt that I used as dessert table decoration:
Recipe for covered pretzels is here (just substitute green m&m's)
Recipe for Lucky Charms treats: See last week's post
Green congo squares: I added green food coloring to a recipe from Ma Fox's Cookbook (an old cookbook my family has)