Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lilly Does Kentucky Derby

I know that the Kentucky Derby was over a month ago at this point (oops!) but I'm operating under the philosophy of better late than never! With school finally out for the summer, this teacher finds herself with free time once again. I thought what better way to jump back into blogging than with some fun photos from a Kentucky Derby party I attended- especially with American Pharaoh winning the Triple Crown just a few days ago! There aren't many options for events like these in my small town, but with my best friend living just a few hours away in St. Louis, we found a perfect event to sport our Lilly and watch the Derby. A closer college friend was helping host a fundraising event for Haven House, a charity that helps families to remain close to the hospital during long stays and times of need. (Much like Ronald McDonald House, only it's for family members of all ages) So Maggie and I dressed in our best and attended this fantastic event in Clayton, MO!

But first let me take a selfie... Up close look at my accessories! My fascinator was from Vineyard Vines, and I adore it! Necklace from J.Crew

Maggie and I are both sporting Lilly Pulitzer! She's in a pink seersucker dress from last summer, and my skirt is the Lavender skirt in Mint Julep and my top is the Barcelona cami from Express. I'm obsessed with this print!

College roomies reunited! I can always count on Grace for a good time!

ADPi sisters <> <3

Adore days with my best friend! 

Shannon, in the middle, is on the board of the Young Professionals board for Haven House. So proud of him and all his hard work- it was a great event! 

Adore this picture with my girls. It was a great day for a great cause! 
Hopefully I'll be back with a lot more to talk about this summer. I have some very big, exciting life news that I'll hopefully be able to announce soon. I can't wait to take you all on this new journey with me- more to come soon! xx

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer and the Carolina Cup

It doesn't take much to prompt me into a Lilly Pulitzer purchase, but there's just something about a fun gift with purchase that really makes taking the plunge that much more fun. Every year, a group of Lilly Pulitzer Signature stores in North and South Carolina all participate in a fun promotion that goes with the Carolina Cup. They design a cute tshirt, a koozie, and you get both for free with any full price dress purchase.
I'm always a sucker for a coozie. And the cute Carolina Cup design on the front left chest is simple and fun. 

How adorable is the custom Lilly drawing on the back of the tshirt?! I couldn't resist the pink and Lilly artistry. 

I had told myself no new purchases for a while, but I just couldn't resist an adorable, pink Lilly t-shirt! And of course it's never hard for me to find something from the current season to purchase. I had been eyeing the Palmetto V-Neck T-shirt Dress in the print In the Vias. Of course this was the perfect excuse to go ahead and purchase!

I was thrilled that PinkBee Westend- Greenville was participating in the promotion. I first shopped with them during the After Party Sale in January, and they were fabulous to work with. You can contact them via Facebook, or e-mail, or just give them a call! They are always so quick to return messages, which I love. They also post on Instagram (@pinkbeewestend) frequently, adding to my Lilly Wish List with all the adorably fabulous outfits they post! The gals have always been very sweet, and my dress was shipped the very day I ordered it. Not to mention, who doesn't love a handwritten, personalized note with their order? I look forward to shopping with the ladies PinkBee Westend in the future!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bridal Showers, College Roomies, and Nights Out On the Town!

This last weekend I traveled to St. Louis for a bridal shower for one of my college roommates! I made a weekend of it, because really, how could I turn down a weekend with the college roomies? Sometimes, you just have to relive the "glory days"!

For the shower, I wore the Lilly Pulitzer Ashlynn dress in Pop Pink on the Square. To say I'm in love with this maxi would be an understatement- so cute and comfy! I've yet to see this on anyone without it looking unbelievable! Paired with my Lilly Pulitzer In a Knot necklace.
Once a sorority girl, always a sorority girl! We can't get together without throwing what we know. ADPi till I die!

With our bride! She's in the middle. The three of us lived together for over two years in college- how I miss those days! My roommate, Grace, on the right is wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Charlene shift from this year. So adorable!

What would a trip to StL be without a trip out to the Central West End? Wore my Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top in Amuse Bouche for a night out on the town! Paired with Spanx jeggings and some platform wedges to make this a night out look. And yes, I rocked my Kensie glasses- my eyes just couldn't handle contacts any longer that day!

Out at Brennan's in the Central West End in St. Louis! Love this girl to the moon and back. I was so blessed with wonderful college roomies! 

I can't wait to see my college roommate's again in a few weeks for birthdays, a bachelorette party, and the wedding itself! I love that I'm still close to these gals!

xx, Emily Ann

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Happy Easter, y'all! Easter has always been a family affair for us- love that we get together and can enjoy each other for Church and brunch! Rejoice- He is risen!

I wore the Lilly Pulitzer Antonia dress in Fiesta Pink lace with a J. Crew denim jacket and Steve Madden wedges. My brother is sporting a polo button up. So glad he could make it home from college for the weekend!

Three generations- Grandma, Mom, and I! You have no idea how long it took us to get a decent photo!

My family!
And because I'm a shameless doggy mama- my little girl, Darcy! She's a Morkie- maltese/yorkie mix. She just turned 2 a few weeks ago!

 I hope you all had a very blessed Easter Sunday!

xx, Emily Ann

Sunday, April 13, 2014

In Love with Briella

Finding the right fit for your body type can be one of the most frustrating experiences. You think something will look great, and then you put it on and the waistline hits in the wrong place, the sleeves hit you wrong, it makes you look too thin, too fat, too young, too old... you name it! So when I find a style that I love, I want it in every color! When I bought my first Lilly Pulitzer Briella dress, I immediately fell in love with the fit. I also love that it is a style that's appropriate for me to teach in, but it's also easy to dress up for weddings, evenings out, etc. I have found Briella to be my go-to dress for all occasions!
My first Briella was in Lucky Charms. I wore it with the green Lilly Pulitzer bow belt and a J.Crew inspired blue floral statement necklace for the wedding of a childhood friend. (My younger brother is pictured here with me!)

Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I wore the same dress to another wedding about 3 months later for one of my coworkers. This time, I just wore the necklace and my Lilly Pulitzer Sophia wedges. I adore the gals I work with!

I made the same dress work for me when it came time for parent/teacher conferences. I paired it with a Lilly Pulitzer Flutter Blue Heidi cardigan, gray leggings, and BCBG western-inspired wedges. And of course my go-to Reece & Blaire bangles and Michael Kors watch.

My second Briella was the Ottoman Stripe Briella purchased in the New Year Cheer sale. I paired it with brown riding boots, gray leggings, and a navy cardigan from New York & Company for school.

This past week, I wore the same Ottoman Striped Briella with a navy Lilly Pulitzer Heidi cardigan and my BCBG Boots- it was warm enough to go without leggings! And of course, my Reece & Blaire stack!
Another New Year Cheer Sale purchase, I wore my Bait & Switch Briella for another evening of parent/teacher conferences a few months ago. Styled with navy Lilly Pulitzer Heidi cardigan, Lilly Pulitzer In a Knot necklace, gray spanx leggings, and BCBG boots.

This last Briella is from the current Spring '14 collection. Blue and white stripes, I recently wore it with a J.Crew denim jacket, black clover necklace from my gals at Mica & Molly's, gray leggings, and BCBG boots.

I'm excited for it to finally be warm enough for me to style Briella in new ways for Spring and Summer. I also have my eyes on this piece of Lilly cuteness from this spring- Briella slightly recut!

How perfect will this be for my cousin's high school graduation in May or a bridal shower for one of my sorority sisters? Oh how I love the Briella dress!

xx, Emily Ann

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Little Monday Happiness

There's nothing quite like coming home to one of these hot pink little numbers sitting in my mailbox!
My gal pals Mica and Molly (sisters and co-owners of their own boutique) at Mica & Molly's are the BEST! I love their hot pink packaging, and they always write me a sweet little note along with my purchase. Whenever possible, I make my Lilly Pulitzer purchases through them! They are always so quick to respond to my messages, answer my questions and talk me through my rambling decision making process as I obsess over the new Lilly items and what I have to have. They make it feel like I'm out shopping with a girlfriend and never hesitate to give me their honest opinions on what would look best on me, if I really NEED an item or should wait, or even telling me which I should pick when trying to decide between two items.

Of course, a goodie from Mica & Molly's wasn't all that was in my mailbox today- I also had an eBay steal and a facebook sale purchase! There are times I feel like eBay can be overpriced, but every once in a while I come across something I've been on the hunt for at an amazing price! Living on a teacher's salary, I always try to find my Lilly for less than retail. Sometimes that means making myself wait for something I want, but it also makes acquiring that item so much more rewarding!

 On the left is the Lilly Pulitzer Elsa top in Amuse Bouche that I found on eBay for almost 75% off! I've been on the hunt for this top ever since I let it slip through my fingers in the Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale. I can't wait to wear it!

In the middle is from the item from Mica & Molly's- Lilly Pulitzer Houston top in Ring the Bellboy from the latest Spring '14 shipment. I absolutely love this print! I had to tell myself to pick my favorite item in the print so I didn't end up with every single item in it! Houston top is basically the Elsa without sleeves- perfect for spring and summer! I plan on pairing it with navy minnie pants, or skinny jeans and a navy cardigan, or white short and white capris for this summer! Such a versatile top!

Last is a J.Crew Perfect Shirt in navy checked- a perfect layering top for multiple seasons!

Needless to say, I have my outfits for the rest of the work week planned!
xx, EmAnnv

Sunday, March 30, 2014

You Must Be Really Ready for Spring

I can't even tell you how many times I heard that this last week. I can't decide- if someone walks by you and says, "You must be really ready for Spring!"is it a compliment? I will admit, I may have jumped the gun a little with my Spring colors and outfits this week considering we had days in the 30's and 40's, but our smattering of 60 degree days put me in the mood, and the pieces of Lilly Pulitzer's spring collection I had purchased just couldn't sit in my closet unworn any longer! As I've been on a blogging hiatus for so very long, I thought I'd start trying to post weekly and go from there. It's been brought to my attention by several friends lately that I'm basically fashion blogging through my Instagram account (linked on the side bar) and I should be blogging for real and sharing how I style, etc. So here it goes- another attempt at blogging!

Saturday, March 22, 2014
I wore Gap mint skinnies, Old Navy striped t-shirt, J. Crew denim jacket, Tory Burch nude Caroline flats, Etsy pave link bracelet, Michael Kors watch, and a Reece & Blaire bracelet for running errands and going to the movies with my mama on Saturday.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
For church on Sunday, I wore my Lilly Pulitzer Malibu blazer, J. Crew perfect tee, Spanx jeggings, and Tory Burch nude Caroline Flats. I had a hard time deciding on a necklace, but I ended up wearing the Lilly Pulitzer In a Knot necklace on the far left.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Lilly Pulitzer Briella dress, J. Crew denim jacket, Spanx gray leggings, BCBG cowboy-inspired boots, and black clover necklace purchased from my favorite gals at Mica & Molly's (where I make at least 90% of my Lilly Pulitzer purchases- also find them on facebook!).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
This was probably my favorite outfit of the week! Lilly Pulitzer A Delicacy Elsa top, J. Crew black Minnie pants, monogram necklace, and Tory Burch nude Caroline flats.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Lilly Pulitzer Santana dress, J. Crew denim jacket, Spanx gray leggings, BCBG western-inspired boots, Reece & Blaire bracelets, and Michael Kors watch.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
J. Crew Factory gray Tippi sweater, Paige skyline skinny jeans, Lilly Pulitzer Nice to See You Murfee, and Michael Kors tan loafers. I wore the scarf tied like the middle option. So many possibilities!

Friday, March 28, 2014
Lilly Pulitzer Flutter Blue Heidi cardigan, J. Crew perfect tee, Paige skyline skinny jeans, Tory Burch nude Caroline flats, black Clover necklace from Mica & Molly's, Etsy pave link bracelet, Reece & Blaire bracelets, and Michael Kors watch.

Saturday, March 29
I had a bridal shower for a sorority sister on Saturday, I wore Lilly Pulitzer pink Elsa, Spanx jeggings, Lilly Pulitzer In a Knot necklace, and BCBG western-inspired boots.

 Our lovely bride-to-be is in the middle!
Love my sorority sisters! Pi love!

For church today, I wore my Lilly Pulitzer Hotty Pink First Impression Babs wrap, J. Crew perfect tee, Spanx jeggings, Prep Obsessed necklace, Reece & Blaire bracelets, Michael Kors watch, and BCBG western-inspired boots.

As you probably noticed, there are a few key pieces that I repeat. There are also several of the stores I mentioned that are run by gals I have come to consider friends- Mica & Molly's and the gals at Prep Obsessed- and I'll be sure and tell you more about them in a later post! I also make an effort to support small business in my purchases whenever possible! I hope you all enjoy my return to the blogging world. Have a colorful day!

xx, EmAnnv