August 13, 2015

Travers Stakes 2015

 In an unexpected turn of events, it looks like we'll be attending the Travers this year! For those unfamiliar, it's basically the Kentucky Derby of the north and is run in Saratoga Spring every year. With all the talk about the potential for American Pharaoh to run and with the new attendance cap, we hadn't planned to go, since we thought it would just be too crazy, but some tickets came through unexpectedly and I am now finding myself 2 weeks from the race without nothing to wear. Granted, I could just throw on last year's dress (above), but I rarely get occasions that warrant formal clothing, so when they happen, I like to take advantage of them.

If I had the time, I would have most certainly gone with this dress by Jennifer Diederich, but they are all made to order and it would take about 3-4 weeks, so sadly, not an option this year (but next year for sure!). Here are two potential outfits for a perfect race day.

Travers 2015

For the slightly less traditional girl, this Topshop dress shows a little skin without being too risque. Wedges (a must!), a subtle fascinator, adorable clutch, and edgy ear cuffs finish the outfit.

For those going a more traditional right, a summery and slightly more conservative dress and larger hat are a great match.

Travers 2015 Traditional

My predisposition to pink is showing through slightly...I am loving this Boden dress (hm, express delivery maybe?) and Brooks Brothers hat! These Michael Kors sandals will go with everything and are even on sale. A sweet clutch and pair of pearls make it a complete look.

August 9, 2015

Summer Adventures

I know it has been quite some time since my last rambling post, but I assure you, I have not fallen off the face of the planet. In fact, since my last post, I've gotten married and have been gallivanting about Europe for the past several weeks! You can follow along with all of my adventures on instagram, where, I must say, I have really stepped up my game! You can also read about my meet up with Ashely (#girlcrush) on her blog, History in High Heels. While I haven't given up on blogging, I am much more active on instagram, so I hope you'll come visit and comment there.


April 19, 2015

So, Your #LillyforTarget Adventure was a Complete Fail

Whether you attempted to purchase Lilly Pulitzer for Target online and at 3 in the morning became embroiled in the complete fiasco that was Target's website (that would be this lady right here!) or tried to muscle your way through Lilly hoarding Ebay entrepreneurs at the stores, if you're like most of today's Lilly loving ladies, you're probably now at home feeling disappointed and dejected. If you're luck, maybe you managed to score a few random pieces of clothing (not in your size) or a makeup bag or nail file (woohoo!).

What a disappointment.

But let's not get depressed yet. I've put together a list of affordable Lilly Pulitzer items from the actual Lilly Pulitzer website, as well as a few super adorable items from various Lilly Pulitzer Etsy sellers that I think you're going to love. So rather than spend your money on a Boom Boom Straw Tote whose price has been jacked up from $30 to $109 (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!), check out these cute picks, which are all under $50. Because remember, all that stuff you missed out on? It may be Lilly Pulitzer in name but it's still from Target.

Lilly actually has quite a few tops that are in the $30 range and come in all sorts of prints. There are also tons of products for you and your home from both Lilly directly for under $50 and also Lilly inspired products with Lilly material from Etsy sellers.

Of course, I can't leave out some of my favorite Etsy shops, including Preppy Pink Shop and my fellow Western New York ladies, Ashley Parrington Co. and Babsolutely Handmade.

Look, for $8 more than the Lilly for Target item, you can actually get a scented candle in your candle holder! Remember, all of these items come in so many different prints and there's lots more selection on the different websites I've linked! Also, for today and tomorrow, Lilly is offering a free gift with ANY purchase, no matter how small. I am personally loving the Nice Tail Acrylic Wine Glasses and these Waterproof Placemats on Etsy. On top of that, if you sign up for Swoozie's mailing list, you'll also get a 20% off coupon, which can be used on some designer items.

Please share your #LillyforTarget stories!