Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Sale Preview

It's a holiday weekend, so you know what that means, don't you? Wonderful sale opportunities tempt with every click. Nordstrom is having a fantastic sale offering 40% or more off of regular prices. Here are some of my favorite picks.

kate spade scallop tote iphone case nordstrom sale pineapple dress

You also want to visit the Kendra Scott sale with prices up to 70% off retail!

kendra scott memorial day sale

At J. Crew Factory, everything is 50% off the original price! This scalloped cami dress is one of my favorite things right now.

j crew factory scalloped cami dress on sale

Lilly Pulitzer is also offering some fabulous gifts with purchase right now.

Lately I've been loving everything at Talbots. The length of the skirts and dresses is school and work appropriate and the silhouettes are super flattering. Get an extra 40% off one item and an extra 50% off two or more already reduced prices.

talbots memorial day promo sale

Enjoy your weekend and happy shopping!

Art Gallery Field Trip

Yesterday I led a group of students to the National Gallery of Art on an exciting and different kind of field trip. For late May, the weather surprised me as I braved the 55 degree rainy day. Armed with umbrellas, Hunter rain boots, and my new trench coat, the students and I boarded the school bus early in the morning to begin our adventure in Washington, DC.

For many of the students, this is their 3rd or 4th year with me and several already know the museum fairly well. Last year, a docent guided us through the museum, explaining works of art by Picasso and Velazquez in Spanish. As a new twist, I decided to create a scavenger hunt for students. Using a museum map and their knowledge of Spanish art and history, students located different paintings and sculptures in various galleries. After finding an item on the checklist, students quite literally "became works of art" by posing as the painting or sculpture for a picture or selfie as proof that they had visited the gallery.

national gallery of art scavenger hunt

Students enjoyed the challenge and surprised me with their creative submissions. Several students created a video to outline their discoveries while others used social media to tweet what they experienced. My daughter Natalia joined the fun, too!

One of my students' fathers works at the museum as a designer and planner for the exhibits. As a special treat, we accompanied him to his unique office space. To get to the office, we took a route through areas that are closed to the general public. What we saw represented a myriad of creativity and inspiration. Simply amazing! This painted staircase caught my eye as we ventured upstairs to the offices.

Although it rained steadily throughout the day, I stayed dry in the swing trench coat.

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The A-line swing style coat is unique, with an off center zipper. The sturdy and substantial fabric is waterproof, as proven with yesterday's downpour. I'm a size 6 and am wearing a size small, although I honestly could have probably sized down to an XS. I feel that this jacket runs a bit on the large side.

j crew swing trench coat review navy blogger maryland

We returned to school in time for students to board their buses for home. Students continued to share their experiences about the day on social media sites throughout the afternoon. It makes my heart sing to know that everyone enjoyed the cultural excursion.

Today it's back to books for one last day as we prepare for the last few weeks of school.

Wishing you all the best for an enjoyable holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Barn Sale Success

Once a month, I mark my calendar for a Barn Sale. The name deceives, because multiple buildings, barns, and outdoor areas delight shoppers. I easily spent about 2 hours at the sale this past weekend and didn't even begin to scratch the surface of everything that was for sale.

Chartreuse and Co. offers home d├ęcor, furniture, and more that fits nicely into any Restoration Hardware type decorating scheme at a much lower price point. Many of the pieces are antique, while others are old, but not quite antique, refinished with a distressed look.

I picked up some interesting pieces for the patio and love the way that items are uniquely displayed.

Of all of the buildings, the main building sticks in my mind as the most interesting. I love the blend of old and new from the multiple vendors who display their wares here. I wish that I had a space for these lovely chairs.

Blue crabs and a blue bar cart. Guests will feel like they're beside the bay at your next outdoor soiree with this fun ensemble.

In addition to the goodies for the patio, I purchased a delightful little piece that fits perfectly in our casual dining room area. Although Chartreuse offers shipping, I convinced myself that the china cabinet would fit in my Honda Odyssey. Luckily, two men helped me load the gorgeous piece into the van, putting down the seats in the second and third rows. My super strong girls and I hoisted the cabinet into the house, taking several breaks along the way.

If you live in the area, it's worth a weekend trip to Chartreuse and Co. After you shop, consider enjoying lunch at Alexander's, located just down the road from Chartreuse. The southern style cuisine is beyond amazing and the chef is a personal friend. Just tell him that I sent you. Be sure to ask if the watermelon lemonade is on the menu; you'll be glad that you did!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lilly-like Prints

Recently I stumbled upon the most delightful prints in a very unexpected place. The prints are almost identical in style and color to a few of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer prints.

The printed Pixie Chino Shorts remind me of a seaside vacation. Also available in plus sizes, the shorts are a perfect choice for everyone.

old navy pixie shorts lookalike lilly pulitzer print

Memorial Day is right around the corner! I love to wear red, white, and blue. Fireworks prints especially thrill me. The best part about this print is that you can buy matching items for everyone in the entire family! I love this fireworks print linen blend sundress.

old navy firework print dress lilly pulitzer lookalike

Here's a shirt for your little minnie in the same print.

The minnies' maxi dress is also adorable!

All of these items are on super sale right now, too! Use the code DOUBLE for extra savings.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quiz: Which Lilly Pulitzer Print Are You?

Every Lilly Pulitzer print tells a unique story. A fun print takes you to another place or evokes images of animals, tropical locales, or something else just as exciting. Even as I sit at work in Maryland on a cold winter day, a colorful print transports me to somewhere sunny.

Whether it's an Elsa top or a shift dress, as soon as I buy something in a new print, I immediately examine it to find the hidden Lilly signature. My girls and I play a game to see who can find the Lilly signature first. It's the grown up version of the hidden pictures that I enjoyed in every issue of Highlights as a child.

Take this fun quiz to see which Lilly Pulitzer print you are!

quiz what lilly pulitzer print are you fun quiz preppy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Vineyard Vines: 40% Off Sale

It's Saturday and that means that I have a little bit more time to peruse online shopping deals. With the girls' busy schedule, I find myself shopping online more than ever. Many stores offer free shipping and free returns, so shopping is stress free.

Today, Vineyard Vines is having a fantastic Friends and Family sale, offering 25% off all items. Take an additional 40% off sale items for substantial savings.

With the additional discount, the Neon Patchwork Shep shirt is almost 50% off the original price.

vineyard vines neon patchwork shep shirt on sale 50 percent off

Check out the entire selection of sale items and enter the code FRIENDS2015 at checkout for this fantastic savings.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Best of Summer

I don't know about you, but I'm counting the days until the unofficial beginning of summer. With all of the buds and blossoms, spring is beautiful, but summer is absolutely delightful. I love lazy days by the pool, time spent with my favorite people, and fabulous music.

Summer is low key and fun. I don't need a lot to ensure a perfect summer day, but I do need some protection from the sun. I always look for clothing that has UPF protection and use sunscreen diligently. My nephew David recently enjoyed a weekend adventure at the Inn at Biltmore in the Boys' Rashguard by Snapper Rock from Garnet Hill.

David was so excited about his new rash guard and chose to wear it over two others. He said it was "cool" and soft, and he liked the stripes on the one sleeve. From a mom's perspective, the rash guard was a hit for several reasons: 1) the navy and white were easy to match with trunks that David already had, 2) the sleeves were a good length - they provided enough protection from the sun and cool evening air but weren't so long that they got in the way of an active little boy, 3) the stitching was heavy duty and appears to be very durable. David wore a size 4, which was true to size for a boy who's turning 4 in a month.

My skin is very sensitive to the sun. Although I don't burn quickly, I tend to acquire more "freckles" that look more like age spots these days. I remedy the situation by wearing Naked Skin Beauty Balm every day. If I'm going to be in the sun for an extended period of time or if I'm at the pool or the beach, I opt for Image Daily Matte Moisturizer Oil Free. Even on the hottest day, my skin glows and does not get shiny or oily. The matte finish offers protection and coverage. The sunscreen works well on my skin as well as my daughters' sensitive teenage skin.

With protection from the sun's rays, the only other thing that I need for a perfect summer day is a fun playlist on my phone. At the top of my list are lots of 80s summer hits as well as some more recent songs. Stay tuned for an upcoming post with my favorite summer songs.

lilly pulitzer multi summer mix tape

What songs top your summer playlist?



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