Saturday, January 29, 2011

What To Wear: Valentines Day


Valentine's Day is almost here! Have you decided what you are going to wear? It's still not too late to find the perfect outfit for a Valentine's Day party whether you'll be at school with your little ones or out to dinner with friends or a special someone.

My minnies are counting the days until Valentine's Day a la Christmas Advent Countdown. It's a really big deal to them. The classroom valentines are ready to go, but we're still thinking about outfits...

This little Lilly shift has been one of my favorite options for them and they LOVE the print. Alexia thought it would be cute with a long sleeve tee and leggings and I agree. The only little detail is that they have P.E. on the day of their classroom Valentine's party. Mmmmm. I don't think the gym teacher would approve.


We have a winner with this one! The Kat tee from Lilly Pulitzer is cute and comfortable and will be perfect with jeans.


Shhhh! Don't tell anyone, but this is what I'm wearing for Valentine's Day dinner. The Kiki dress is one of my new favorites! Paired with a gold Shere sweater and a bold Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, it's fabulous.


Of course, the Finn dress easily makes the transition from day to evening, too! I like this with a wrap, but steer clear of the Shere sweaters with this one ~ the cashmere tends to cling to the fabric of the dress. You'll be better off with a plain cotton wrap.


What are you going to wear on Valentine's Day? Are you going to a party with your children, family, friends, or Valentine? I'd love to hear what you are wearing.

Have a great day!

xoxo

Friday, January 28, 2011

Facebook and other Social Media


It seems like no matter what you are doing or who is talking, the conversation always seems to turn to Facebook. Someone went on vacation? The pictures are on Facebook. Want to find out if school is cancelled or delayed because of the snow? Check Facebook. Fans of certain corporate Facebook pages can get special codes or discounts. You can even buy and sell things on Facebook.

Personally, I love Facebook and enjoy the connections I have re-kindled and strengthened through social media.


Recently when I was having dinner with friends, we were talking about young people and Facebook. Many young people don’t realize that the things they post on Facebook are permanent. Their pictures, words, and thoughts will never disappear, even if they delete them.

My nine year old daughters do not have a Facebook page, although they wish they had one. I carefully supervise their online activity and provide guidelines for them when they are online, whether they are playing games or looking at websites. They see me working online and see my posts on different social media sites from time to time. But I’m not ready to let them have a page. And I don’t know when I will be ready for that. Probably about the same time they need a cell phone. :)

Here’s a link to an incredibly useful guide for parents from ConnectSafely.org. In the official press release, the organization writes:

The guide features hands-on, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as parenting points on safety, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers both cellphone- and computer-based use of Facebook and the site's newest features, including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates.

For parents of teens, a little healthy lurking and supervision goes a long way. And no, healthy lurking is not an oxymoron. But you have to maintain a delicate balance when you are friends with your teen on Facebook. Think about it this way; you wouldn’t hang out with your teen and his/her friends at a school dance. You would be a chaperone at the dance. The same thing is true with social media.

Chaperone. Supervise. Educate.


Now, I’m going to walk a fine line here with my lovely readers. Adults have to apply the same principles to their own social media activities. Don’t write something you would be ashamed to show to your mother. Don’t post pictures or videos you would not share with your priest, pastor, or rabbi. There are lots of supposedly professional and responsible adults on Facebook who are showing things that I don’t want to see.

Just remember this, the children you have or those you may have in the future will learn from your example.

“Live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers



xoxo


Pictures from my pinterest

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pop Goes the Lilly


Tomorrow Lilly Pulitzer celebrates the release of their new spring collection. The first delivery in the collection begins with a pop. Pop Art inspired, that is. Vibrant colors, some of which are not the typical Lilly colors, and bold prints characterize this collection. Remember how much I loved the purple Shere? Look for lots more purple this spring!

Andy Warhol would be so proud to see Lilly re-visit some of the trends that were popular several decades ago when Pop Art was the rage! The minnies and I loved seeing this in person when we recently visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We spent the longest time looking at each one of the cans and the differences between them. So amazing.


Edie Sedgwick was Andy Warhol’s famous muse. A socialite, actress, and heiress, she is one of my favorite style icons and surely would have loved all of the new Lilly in the new spring collection.


Some of Andy Warhol's most well known work includes paintings of famous people that were created using photographs and other notes. Here's Queen Elizabeth II...


And Jackie Kennedy...


And the minnies...Just kidding! But this was so much fun to create.




Hopefully, this little bit of eye candy has you looking forward to the new spring Lilly. Want to make your own Warhol-ized picture? It's easy! Click here to turn your favorite picture into a Pop Art creation.

Enjoy your day!

xoxo


Images from Lilly Pulitzer's blog, my Pinterest as well as my personal files.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

L.L. Bean Outlet!

Recently, I visited the most fabulous L.L. Bean outlet and was amazed at the variety and prices at this store. My eyes were immediately drawn to the back wall of the store that was completely covered with the famous L.L. Bean tote bags. Isn't this amazing? The majority of the bags were about half price.



The store also has quite a large selection of Bean Boots in all styles and colors. My minnies insisted that I get a pair of these adorable embroidered slippers since my feet are always so cold during the winter! I was only too happy to oblige them.


Canoes and other large scale sporting and outdoor equipment is also available at the store, at prices that are lower than the retail locations. Of course, these also make great displays for totes, gloves, and other goodies.


Home goods are a fun find at the outlet. These madras pillows and duvet covers are half the retail price. Lamps, clocks, chairs, and other furniture are some other great finds.


Even the little ones have lots of perfectly preppy choices at this outlet. Isn't this pink and green sweater precious?


The majority of the items are first quality, but we found some seconds or returns in all departments at drastically reduced prices.

I suppose the person who ordered this tote bag decided that initials were probably a better idea than a monogram...

My minnies thought that this was hilarious. Of course, when you're 9, this is hilarious. I even got a chuckle out of it.

And I was not even tempted to buy it...



xoxo

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Milly Minis


Spring 2011 marks Milly’s 10 year anniversary with exciting collection launches including Milly Minis, a children’s line.


Designer Michelle Smith translates her signature bold prints and feminine chic aesthetic to playful dresses for young Milly aspirants, ages 2-7.


Milly Minis translate the feminine chic style of Milly for young girls, aged 2 – 7. The line features adorable dresses and coats in the same luxe fabrics and bold prints from the women’s ready-to-wear collection with cut out and ribbon tie back details and owl-eye button-front styles with grosgrain ribbon and pom pom trims. The collection, ranging in price from $150 to $195 for dresses and $225 to $245 for coats, is available on millyny.com as well as Bergdorf Goodman, NeimanMarcus.com, Saks.com and specialty stores across the country.


Little things like this make me smile as I think about spring! Last night, it was still daylight at almost 5:00! That is big news to me...every day it stays light a little bit longer. I'm soaking up all the Vitamin D I can.

Have a beautiful day!

xoxo

Monday, January 24, 2011

Quotable Monday






"I think that playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends."
~Kate Spade

xoxo


Pictures from my pinterest

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Valentine's Decorating


Happy Saturday! It's so cold here! Although I have not opened my front door yet this morning, the themometer tells me that it is 17 degrees right now. Brrrr! That's way too cold for me.


No sooner do I put away the Christmas decorations than I'm thinking about the next holiday. It is really fun to decorate for Valentine's Day because it's a good excuse to put pink everwhere. Ha ha. But seriously, the simplest little details look cute for Valentine's Day. Here is some eye candy for decorating inspiration.






What are you doing today? Tonight, some friends and I are going out for dinner in DC for Restaurant Week. I'm really looking forward to it.

Have a great day!

xoxo



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Friday, January 21, 2011

Refreshing!


As Scarlett O'Hara says, "Tomorrow is another day." Indeed, today is a new day and I'm feeling much better. Thank you all for your sweet comments and notes yesterday. The winter really is affecting me this year, but your kind words mean so much! What better way to get rid of the winter blues than to think about warm, sunny vacations.

Today I'm sharing a secret recipe with you. I bet that no one will have heard of this drink, but you'll get all the credit for introducing it to them!


Ask someone to name a drink with tequila in it and you’ll most likely hear Margarita as the response. But there are a myriad of other delightful and refreshing options. One of the best, in my humble opinion, is the Paloma. Served at a party, it’s a unique drink that will please even the most discriminating guest.

Paloma, meaning dove in Spanish, is a unique mix of flavors that is actually tastes quite complex.


Here's what you need:
2 oz tequila, reposado
fresh lime
6 oz Squirt
salt to rim the glass and a pinch for the drink

Here's what you do:
1. Rim a tall glass with salt, then fill with ice to the top.
2. Squeeze in juice of half of a small lime.
3. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the lime juice. Add tequila. Fill with Squirt.
4. Give a little stir and enjoy.

Pink and Green Tips:
- Reposado tequila has rested in oak barrels for two months. Blanco is un-aged. And you definitely don’t want anything un-aged (read white tequila) with additives in it. Yuck. There are many brands out there, but Herradura (reposado!) is a good place to start. Don’t be fooled by pretty bottles; a pretty bottle does not mean a pretty drink!
- You know that the limes that are the softest will be the juiciest. There’s nothing worse than a dry lime.
- And if you’re on the Skinny Girl plan, like me after indulging in holiday sweets, ask for your Paloma with Diet Squirt or as they say in Mexico, Squirt Light.

Let me know what you think!

xoxo


P.S. This is particularly refreshing when enjoyed poolside. I think my friend Lori from Shopaholic in Alabama would agree!





All images from Pinterest.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Case of the Winter Blues








I'm feeling very blue today.

Seriously, I think seasonal affective disorder is real.

I need a big dose of warm sunshine and happy people!

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