First, I want to say that I’m here. I’m just fine. 🙂 My full-time career is managing employee benefit communications for clients, and this is the busiest time of year for me. So my time has to be devoted to my clients and less to my blog. So the next few months, posts will definitely be sporadic. So bear with me (and thank you for caring!).
Labor Day weekend we did get away for a few days to Ft. Walton Beach in Florida. Of course I had purchased a few things online at Lilly’s huge sale, but I went to the store in Mirmar Beach to see what they had left. I picked up this great skirt for about $35. I would much rather throw on a skirt or dress than shorts, so this is perfect for me. Cotton and comfy – so easy to throw on with just a white t-shirt! And look, I can even jump in it, LOL.
The girl got a few things at the sale too, including these super cute shorts and tank top. She loves her Lilly just like her momma! ❤ This shot is something we always try to do at the beach. I think we started it when she was probably 7 or so. I love taking photos like this so you can go back and compare how she’s growing up.
When I’m on vacation, I always like to pack items that I can just throw on and go. This Lilly Pulitzer Gigi Maxi was perfect for just that. Threw it on, added a hat, and voila – off we went. It is machine washable and has adjustable straps…and you can see it is full of color! Lots and lots of bright colors. But that’s one of the reasons I love it. I’m sure if you have followed me at all, you know what I’m going to say next. Yep. I got it on sale when I was in Charleston. 63 big smackers is all! Score!
I ventured into the mirrored sunglasses this summer too. I love these green Ray Bans. I think they are such a fun color!
In the first picture, that is one of our favorite horses to go and visit when we are in Hilton Head. Harley has lived at Lawton Stables for such a long time. If I remember correctly, he is actually a reject Budweiser Clydesdale because his coloring wasn’t what they wanted (crazy, right?!). When we take him carrots, we try to give a few to the ponies out there too, and he can be such a big bully. So we distract him so the ponies can get a few carrots too 🙂 We’ve seen the stables change so much over the years. It’s such a great facility. When my kiddos were little, they loved to go on pony rides. I was so sad when they were too big to get on the ponies. Check it out if you are ever on the island.
When I was in Hilton Head and saw this adorable fringed cover up on sale for $59, I just had to pick it up. It’s such a fun print, and who could resist the fringe?! It’s nice and light weight for those humid and hot days at the beach or pool.
The hubs and I went on a getaway weekend to one of our favorite spots, Highlands, NC. Our favorite spot to stay was purchased by Old Edwards Hospitality and they did a lot of work on it this past winter and spring. The Half-Mile Farm looked just gorgeous, including their updated pool. Two of our favorite parts they didn’t change: gourmet breakfast is included and so are wine and appetizers each night. We like to workout while we are on vacation, and it’s so nice to now have access to the Old Edwards Inn’s workout facility that is in town. It’s only a few minute drive, so no excuse not to use it. Highly recommend this place if you need a little break!
Vacation to the beach = wearing Lilly Pulitzer! I picked up this adorable Kassia dress on sale when I was in Charleston this summer. I just love all of the bright colors. You definitely wouldn’t lose me if I was in the dark. You also can’t be afraid of color to wear this Playa Hermosa print 🙂 It’s super light weight and perfect for humid and hot weather. If you couldn’t tell, this was also at the beginning of our Hilton Head vacation when my spray tan looked fab! I always love how I leave for vacation tanner than when I come home. Beauty of a fake tan!
Dress – Lilly Pulitzer Kassia Playa Hermosa; Wedges – Schutz (last year, but similar as an espadrille); Earrings – Kendra Scott Danielle; Bracelets – Henri Bendel (last year); Tory Burch Fitbit Flex holder
As you can probably tell from some of my posts lately, I scored big time when Lilly had their end of season clearance sale last fall. This Sophie UPF 50+ shift dress was one of those scores! I’m usually not a huge fan of shift dresses, but this one is so soft and comfortable…and I think it looks good…that I wanted to add it to my closet. Has the cutest little buttons up the three-quarter sleeves. Also love the fact you can dress it up or down. I wore this to work, so I paired it with some fun wedges, but I wore this the other day and I put it with my Jack Rogers Lauren sandals.
They have this dress in a ton of fun prints this season! Here it is in a navy blue pattern, white and a lighter ocean blue, mostly pink with greens and some blue, pink and blue with a pop of orange, and plain blue.
You’ve seen these Schutz Juliana cage wedges numerous times, and I don’t understand why they don’t make these anymore – or I just can’t find them online. Here they are as a heel. They just go so well with everything, and I didn’t know how much I loved having a white sandal!
And who doesn’t love Kendra Scott earrings?! Oh the gorgeous colors! I love these Danielle earrings!
Happy Monday, everyone!
Over spring break this year, we went on our fifth Disney Cruise. Yes, fifth. Yes, we love them. Obviously. 🙂 We went on the Fantasy again and sailed to the Western Caribbean making stops at Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island). The Fantasy and Dream are sister ships that set sail a few years ago. They are bigger than the Magic and Wonder and are just wonderful. My favorite part – the adult restaurant, Remy. I’ve been fortunate to eat at fantastic places in my life, and Remy is the #1 restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. This was also the Star Wars Day at Sea cruise, and this Star Wars family loved every minute of it!
But, this isn’t a travel blog…it’s a fashion blog. Another reason I love cruises is getting to dress up for dinner. Do you have to? No. But, it’s me. C’mon, do you think I’d really NOT dress up for dinner?! 🙂 Here’s what I wore this year.
I love Lilly Pulitzer, and this Sloane maxi (some other fun patterns here) was perfect for getting on the ship. So comfortable! Even though I’m just shy of 5’8″, I did have to get it hemmed a little so I didn’t have to wear wedges with it.
I got this on super sale last year. I knew that the cruise would be the perfect place to wear it – and I was right. (Here’s a similar style this year.) And these Schutz cage wedges I got last year in NYC have continued to be a favorite. Here’s a different version.
This Ted Baker dress I picked up two years ago for $90. This was the perfect dress for formal night! And these Michael Antonio silver shoes I got off Amazon for $23! I didn’t want to spend a fortune on silver shoes I know I wouldn’t wear very much at all! Amazon has everything 🙂 The girl is wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress I wore on a cruise four years ago. My baby is growing up 😦
This night, we ate in Remy. When you eat in Remy, you are expected to dress appropriately. So yay for me to get to dress up again! This Halston Heritage dress had been sitting in my closet (another huge sale item) and was waiting for me to wear it. And I’ve had these DVF shoes forever…who doesn’t love a good leopard print?!
I posted about this great dress a few weeks ago. It’s on sale!
Most days were spent in a swimsuit, but this day we went out to walk around the Falmouth, Jamaica port. I got this $19 Lilly Pulitzer Rilo tube top last year. So glad I did since they didn’t come out with this style this year. The shorts were an Old Navy special! And you’ve seen these Kendra Scott pink Danielle earrings a few times this trip…they went with this top perfectly! Jack Rogers Lauren sandals are still a fav from last year.
When I saw this dress on Instagram, and it was on sale, I immediately sent the link to my hubby for Christmas. I was so happy he got it for me! This Parker dress is one of my favorites now! So simple but so beautiful. It also goes perfect with my Louboutin nude heels.
My hubby got me this Ted Baker dress last year for Mother’s Day, and I knew I wanted to wear it again on the cruise. If you are a RHOATL fan, you will recognize that Porscha wore this dress in her interviews, but I think I wore it better. LOL
I posted the Lilly Pulitzer Clara dress last year…and then I picked up this one on super sale. I just love how flowy these dresses are. Means you can eat a lot and not even notice! 🙂 Here are a few great patterns left from last year here and here. (This runs so big, you want to size down.) Oh and look, again with the Kendra Scott earrings and Schutz wedges!
If you have any Disney cruise questions, feel free to leave a comment with questions!
Y’all know I’m not a huge fan of wearing shorts. But I got these beauties during Lilly’s major sale last fall, and I was excited to bust them out last weekend. Our weather has been great in the ATL – feels like early summer! So I thought I would dress like it. I love this great Lilly t-shirt I picked up during the sale as well. I have a feeling both of these pieces are going to get a lot of use this spring and summer. I’ve never been shy to wear prints or color. I’m loving Lilly Pulitzer more and more!
And I got my hair cut last weekend too. I am loving it super short again! There’s nothing better than a fresh cut either…and when my hair girl styles it 🙂
We just got back from spring break – and we went on another Disney cruise. As always, it was fantastic. Of course I loved dressing up every night too! I’m sure you are all shocked. 😉
When I spotted this off-the-shoulder dress at Banana, I fell in love. It stays in place, which is key with an off-the-shoulder. It didn’t rise up once and I didn’t have to mess with it at all. With the hidden inside zipper, it does a great job of accentuating the waist line. Overall, it is such a fun dress! Like always, Banana had it on sale, so I got it for 50% off – score!
And here’s my not-so-little princess with the real princess, Cinderella. We had fun taking our pictures with all of the characters!
On the girl – Lilly Pulitzer (last season on super sale)
Why I continue this Lilly Pulitzer kick, I’m not quite sure. But I’ve picked up some great pieces on super sale, so that makes my budget (and my hubby) happy! We spent Labor Day weekend in the Ft. Walton Beach/Destin area, so the girl and I busted out our “Lillys” for a great dinner out at Marina Cafe.
I had been eyeing this Clara dress for most of the summer, and finally picked it up on sale. It is so flowy and fun…and comes in so many fantastic prints. The girl’s dress we picked up when we were in Hilton Head on super sale (I’m totally not buying her full price Lilly stuff!). She looks so grown up! 😦 But I think we’ve perfected the-hand-on-the-hip pose, don’t you think?! Like mother like daughter.
On the girl: Lilly Pulitzer Rosalie shift dress
I guess this summer I had a slight obsession with Lilly Pulitzer. Not sure why, but the bright colors really drew me in. Same goes for when I saw this Sloane maxi dress. For one, I love maxis. Two, it was jersey material that doesn’t easily wrinkle. Three, the Roar Of The Seas print is so pretty. I do have to say though, I had to wear my tallest wedges with this…it’s so long! I definitely think I need to go to the tailor to have it hemmed a little bit. There are multiple prints of this dress, and with the ruching of the waist, it’s flattering on so many body types. Highly recommend this dress!
When I was on vacation, I stopped at a partner Lilly store, S. M. Bradford in Wexford. They have SO. MUCH. LILLY. What was even better? They had so much Lilly ON SALE. Now that’s my kind of Lilly! I just love the print on this Dahlia pleated sleeveless top. Love it even more with white jeans (and I won’t point out the two tiny chocolate spots I have on them!).
Top – Lilly Pulitzer Dahlia Pleated Front Top; Jeans – Banana Republic Ankle (on sale!); Wedges – Via Spiga (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot; Bracelets – Henri Bendel (one is sold out but the Petite Enamel is on sale still); Tory Burch Fitbit Flex holder (on sale in silver)
I know I’ve been a little MIA, but we were on a much needed family vacation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It’s crazy to think my family and I have been going there since 2000. 16 years?! Can that even be possible? My daughter’s first trek was when she was only four months old (yes, we were the crazy parents to take our four-month old on a plane…we lived in Illinois then). So mix being in the south and Lilly Pulitzer (and Jack Rogers)…you have a great vacation outfit. And not to mention super comfortable.
I typically don’t wear white unless I have a spray tan, which you can tell here that I definitely have one. I have a love-hate relationship with shorts, so same goes for wearing those unless my legs have some color. But the print on these and the fabric made them a must have in my book. Elastic waist…yes please! And the scallop edges are such a fun detail. The tube top stays in place, so I was never fidgeting with it at all…even on the windy Eco Dolphin tour (isn’t my son such a cutie patootie?!).
Top – Lilly Pulitzer Rilo Tube; Shorts – Lilly Pulitzer Dahlia in Shimmy Shimmy; Sunnies – Louis Vuitton (old); Sandals – Jack Rodgers Lauren (on sale!); Purse – kate spade (old); Tory Burch FitBit holder (on sale in silver!)
For spring break, we ventured on the high seas on the Disney Magic. This was our fourth Disney cruise, so we knew the drill. But I’m sure you can imagine what I love doing most on the cruise? Dressing up each night for dinner! If y’all haven’t noticed if you have followed by blog, I have an obsession with dresses (say it isn’t so!). Cruises are the perfect opportunity to get gussied up.
I’d thought I would put this post together because my other run down of outfits from the last cruises is my number one post of all time. Crazy! So here we go!
First night was cruise casual. It happened to also be Easter Sunday, so I thought this dress was a little Easter mixed with a little Caribbean.
Dress – Lilly Pulitzer (last season); Shoes – Charles by Charles David (old); Bracelet – Henri Bendel; Watch – Rolex; Purse – Louis Vuitton
The second night was formal night. I was so excited to wear this dress again. I first wore it in January to my work’s annual party. But this time was a whole separate look – no tights, no pumps, no necklace, and hair pulled back. It was so interesting seeing what some people thought “formal night” really was. But to each his/her own when it comes to fashion. But I’m pretty sure cargo khaki shorts and a polo shirt aren’t in the category of formal 🙂 Oh…and if you watched the RHOBH reunion show, this is the dress Kim Richards had on!
Dress – Ted Baker Jineen; Bracelets – Henri Bendel; Shoes – Ash (last season); Earrings – via Stitch Fix
On the girl – Dress by Ruby Rox at Von Maur
The next night was cruise casual again, and I couldn’t wait to wear this new Ted Baker Distinguishing Rose dress. I love everything about this dress, especially the tulip hem. It’s all in the details!
Dress – Ted Baker Distinguishing Rose; Bracelet – C. Wonder; Shoes – Charles by Charles David
I’ve had this beauty since the end of last season. I got it on super sale at the kate spade outlet store. I saw it on a blogger last year and fell in love. But, I wasn’t in love with the price tag. Good things come to those who wait! Snatched it up as I knew it would be perfect for cruising!
Dress – kate spade (last season); Bracelet – Spartina; Shoes – yep! Charles by Charles David again!
We dined in the adult-only restaurant, Palo. If you go on a Disney cruise, you must eat here. YOU MUST. (Or if you are on the Dream or Fantasy, here AND Remy’s!) It’s a little fancier, and I had yet another dress that was begging to be worn in my closet. I love the red and pink combo here!
This next night was actually semi-formal night. Well, this wasn’t what I had planned to wear, but it worked out perfectly. I love a good maxi and this one is no exception. I knew when Anthro came out with this beauty it had to be mine (insert villainous laugh here!).
Dress – Anthropologie SB by Sachin and Babi Marisol Maxi Dress; Bracelet – C. Wonder; Shoes – you guessed it…Charles by Charles David
On the girl – dress from Kohl’s IZ Amy Byer
So this pretty much sums up my evening attire. I’m saving my day outfits for separate posts, so you’ll have to come back and visit – or follow the blog! If you noticed, I wore my nude color Charles by Charles David wedges with about 75% of my dresses. I LOVE THESE SHOES! They are from a couple of season ago and need to be replaced, but I haven’t found the perfect pair yet. The leather is so scuffed at the front of the toe…I must drag my toes when I walk sometimes and not realize it.
Just remember when you are trying to figure out what to pack for a cruise: it’s really wear what you want to wear. Although in Palo or Remy, they are pretty strict (I believe guys need a jacket and women a dress, skirt or suit). It’s all about having fun! And my fun was getting dressed up!