Friday, July 31, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer to Wear to Work

Summer passed so quickly that I can hardly believe that it's time to start to shop for back to school. I wear Lilly Pulitzer all year and enjoy wearing it to teach high school. In recent years, it is increasingly more difficult to find Lilly dresses that are age appropriate for me, with lengths, cuts, and materials that keep me comfortable all day in the classroom. Although my school does not have a dress code for staff, I dress conservatively, avoiding things that are too tight or too short.

Luckily, I found a few gems in the newest releases from Lilly Pulitzer that are perfect for work or play.

The Marlowe Dress in Sea Blue Lillys Lagoon keeps its shape all day long thanks to a stretchy knit fabric. Even on the busiest day, you'll be wrinkle free! Although I wear a solid size 6, I prefer to size up in knit dresses to a medium so that nothing is clinging to me or hugging my curves too much. I'm 5'4" and the dress falls just above my knee. The Marlowe dress works well in any season. I usually pair it with boots and a sweater or car coat in the fall.

lilly pulitzer marlowe dress sea blue lillys lagoon new teacher appropriate to wear to school

Another Lilly Pulitzer favorite for teachers is the Rossmore Dress in Multi Palm Reader. I love the gold tone button and cuff details and the v-neck that is not too revealing. The soft fabric flatters any shape. Again, I sized up to a medium in this dress. The small hugged my hips and curves too much for my comfort level. The dress length is appropriate for almost every situation. 

lilly pulitzer rossmore dress multi palm reader teacher appropriate wear to work school new

Another excellent choice for the workplace or classroom is the Dahlia Fit and Flare Dress. I plan to wear this dress with a little purple cardigan. The Lilly Pulitzer Toucan Play print has just a touch of purple in it that is a rare treat. The fit and flare shape is incredibly figure flattering. I comfortably wore a small in this dress.

lilly pulitzer fit and flare dahlia dress teacher appropriate wear to work school

Once temperatures slide down the thermometer, I still insist on donning my Lilly. Even during the winter, an Elsa top and travel pants are an excellent choice.

lilly pulitzer elsa top catwalkin teacher appropriate wear to work

Next week, I'll share some of my daughters top picks for back to school for high school students! The best thing about Lilly Pulitzer is that there are excellent choices for all ages.

Friday, July 24, 2015

500+ Items Over 80% Off

j crew 75% off sale vest dress shoes sweater

shoes  //  vest  //  stripe sweater  //  seersucker beach skirt  //

You're in for a shopping treat this weekend. Stock up on styles that you can wear now or choose some transitional pieces for fall. No matter what you select, there are over 500 amazing choices at J. Crew's final sale. Take an extra 75% off the already reduced prices with the code SUMMERSALE. Shop quickly, because some sizes are quickly disappearing.

Enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Iconic Pattern: Gingham

From Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, gingham is an iconic pattern that remains fashionable decades later. Although the cotton fabric lends itself well to summer fashions, I enjoy wearing gingham all year.

A pink gingham button-down shirt makes a fantastic transition piece, working well with jeans, shorts, and shirts.

pink gingham button down shirt j crew factory on sale

Gingham goes glam with a modern gingham printed shirt dress from Tory Burch. Best of all, this gem is on sale.

tory burch print poplin shirt dress gingham on sale

Slide into these quilted silk gingham slippers after a busy day for instant comfort.

patricia green quilted silk gingham slippers
Incorporate gingham checks into your home decor with gingham check place mats in a pretty green color.

gingham check place mats green on sale one kings lane

Shade your skin from the sun with a raffia gingham sun hat. This gorgeous hat is on sale, with an extra 20% off the sale price.

anthropologie raffia gingham sun hat on sale

Monday, July 20, 2015

Paint Nite

My cousins and two of my favorite aunts raved about how much they enjoyed a Paint Nite that they recently attended, so when Paint Nite extended an invitation to me, I knew that I wanted to try it. The Paint Nite website offers a schedule of dates and different types of painting in a wide variety of geographical areas.

Paint Nite was so much fun, from the dinner before painting, to the instructors with bubbly personalities and an incredible venue, I enjoyed every minute and didn't want to leave when it the evening ended.

Vintage is a farm-to-table restaurant offering fresh, local goods in an upscale, modern environment. Plus, they have cocktails ON TAP, something that I had never seen. We enjoyed dinner and drinks before finding our seats in the lovely room used for painting.

paint nite maryland wine glasses blogger vintage new market

Although I wore an older Lilly Pulitzer t-shirt dress, I protected my clothing with an apron that the friendly instructor provided. By the end of the evening, my fingers had quite a bit of paint on them, but I didn't get any paint on the apron or my clothing.

paint nite maryland wine glasses blogger vintage new market

My friends and I chose to paint wine glasses. Each place at the table was set with a palette of paint colors, water, brushes, and the wine glasses. The table offered plenty of work space and I didn't feel crowded at all even though party guests occupied almost every seat.

paint nite maryland wine glasses blogger vintage new market

Using a large sheet of bulletin board paper and sharpies, the instructor led us through the painting process step-by-step. She also showed us several example glasses to use for inspiration. Painting the wine glass was a bit more challenging than I had anticipated, but I love the final result. The instructor offered suggestions to artists, allowing our creativity to flourish! When I took a trip around the room to look at the glasses that others had painted, I loved seeing how everyone interpreted the task differently and used unique color patterns.

paint nite maryland wine glasses blogger vintage new market

Here we are with our final projects!

paint nite maryland wine glasses blogger vintage new market

Paint Nite is a unique, fun experience. I highly recommend it for a girls' night out, bridal parties, birthday parties, team building, or other events.

As a special treat for Maryland Pink and Green readers, use the code INSTA to receive 35% off your Paint Nite purchase. 

Paint Nite Tips: 
- Arrive a bit early to ensure that you and your friends get seats that are close to each other.
- Order something to eat and drink while you paint
- Protect your clothing with an apron. 
- Have an open mind and don't worry about being "perfect." 
- Enjoy yourself!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer New Arrivals

With every new release, Lilly Pulitzer knocks it out of the park. Today I want to share some of my favorite new arrivals with you.

Elsa tops are incredibly versatile pieces that can be worn in almost every season. Although it's tough to only choose one print, I love the Elsa top in Tropical Pink Catwalkin. Pair the top with everything from shorts and jeans to a pencil skirt or travel pants. No matter what you choose, you'll look amazing.

lilly pulitzer elsa top tropical pink catwalkin

Natalia wants to wear the Windsor strapless dress, paired with a cardigan, for the first day of high school. I think that it is a perfect choice.

lilly pulitzer windsor strapless dress neck in neck

I'm thinking of wearing a Marlowe dress for my first day of school. I love the comfort of a knit dress that won't wrinkle or look messy no matter what the day brings. The length of the Marlowe dress is school appropriate and my students love my sense of style! The Marlowe dress in the Multi Toucan Play print makes a fantastic transitional piece. I plan to wear this through the fall with boots and a sweater or vest.

lilly pulitzer marlowe dress multi toucan plan new arrivals

The Rossmore V-Neck T-Shirt dress goes far beyond basic with gold button cuff details and shirttail hem. The Palm Reader print reminds me of a tropical fall vacation.

lilly pulitzer new arrival rossmore v neck t shirt dress palm reader

What are your favorite picks from the newest Lilly Pulitzer arrivals?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Spa Day + Lilly Pulitzer Popover

What does the cat do while the tiny mice are in Detroit?

She pampers herself!

Yesterday, I enjoyed an afternoon at the Red Door Salon. My hair suffers quite a bit of abuse that I inflict on it with hair color, straighteners, and hair dryers, so the Olaplex treatment offers a perfect solution for silky hair.

Bryan applied the Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 to my dry hair using a hair color brush and left me to relax for about 10 minutes. He returned to apply Bond Perfector No.2 and I sat for another 10 minutes or so. The process fits into even the busiest schedules and really makes a difference in your hair. Everyone has 20 minutes for this "hair insurance" treatment.

My skilled stylist completed the service with a shampoo and fabulous blow out. I'm hoping that this can last for a day or so with the help of some dry shampoo. At Bryan's suggestion, I purchased the Olaplex Hair Perfector No. to use once a week until my next treatment.


red door spa maryland preppy blogger olaplex lilly pulitzer popover

Since it was a super casual, lazy day, I took advantage of the cool summer temperatures and wore my Lilly Pulitzer Popover with some comfy Zella capris (on sale right now!) and fire coral Jack Rogers Devyn sandals. If you don't already own a Lilly Pulitzer Skipper popover, you'll want to add one to your collection. It's soft and comfortable. Depending on the print, you can pair it with a vest once the cooler temperatures arrive. I think that it fits true to size; I'm wearing a size small.

How do you treat yourself? Do you enjoy going to the salon or is retail therapy more exciting to you?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Empty Nest + Amazon Prime Day

Natalia and Alexia participate in so many amazing summer opportunities that often leave me with an empty nest.  On Monday, I watched a dance showcase representing days of intensive practice and hard work with the poms team from the high school they will attend next year. The camp, held on a college campus, provided a glimpse of college life in the dorms and dining hall. The girls told me that after the technique classes and drills, they practiced their routines until the wee hours of the morning. After the evaluations, we celebrated their successes and perseverance. Both girls earned blue ribbons in all 3 evaluations, which is the highest score they can receive. The team received an invitation to perform in the Citrus Bowl pre-game show as well as a bid to the national competition! Natalia sparkles wherever she goes; the other teams presented her with a type of "Miss Congeniality" award for her kindness and willingness to help others. I am so proud of them. I snapped this quick picture of them after the last evaluation, but they said, "Mom, you should take another picture with all of our ribbons!"

At six in the morning today the girls departed with a group of 24 youth and pastors from our church for a trip to Detroit. They're looking forward to this experience, but I'm not quite sure that they realize how much they will learn and grow from it. With work gloves packed, they're ready to work and serve others.

I prepared a little goodie bag with breakfast in a brown paper bag decorated with Lilly stickers for the girls to enjoy on the road. Of course, they also started their day with some treats from Starbucks.

I'm keeping busy this week while the girls travel. Among other things, I plan to pamper myself at the spa, participate in a paint night, and catch up on some reading.

Of course, shopping is also on the agenda. Even though it's only July, I'm already making my lists and checking them twice. Amazon Prime Day is a fabulous way to get a jump start on holiday shopping or stock up on gifts for later in the year. I've picked up a few things and see quite a few interesting deals. If you're not a prime member, don't worry! You can sign up for a 30 day free trial. Simply cancel the membership before the end of the 30 days to avoid charges. 

These rainboots with an anchor motif are a steal because you take 30% off the already reduced price of $47!

sperry anchor rain boots

With 30% off the sale price, this Kate Spade wallet is $100 off the original retail price! That's amazing!

kate spade new york Classic Nylon Lacey Wallet green floral on sale reduced

My daughters love necklaces and earrings from Dogeared. This good luck elephant pendant is especially cute!

Dogeared Reminder Good Luck Elephant Pendant Necklace

I'm still debating whether or not I want to add a pair of Frye boots to the mix. At 30% off retail or more, it's a great deal for the fall and winter.

What did you find on Amazon today?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wonderful Weekend Adventures

What did you do this weekend? For me, the weekend was filled with fun and activities. I started the weekend by taking Natalia and Alexia to the UDA poms camp. They are thrilled that they made the high school team, but I can hardly believe that they will be in high school next year!

The girls' youth minister told me about a fun event in Damascus, Maryland. Volunteers from local civic organizations and business representatives organize the exciting event that helps to benefit the volunteer fire department. A parade, fireworks, and festival make up this family-friendly event. We toured a fire safety house and saw fire trucks and other equipment. But the highlight of my visit came when I met one of my childhood heroes, Smokey the Bear! I always loved him as a child.

preppy maryland blogger smokey the bear
Black Half Sleeve Dress  //  Necklace  //  Sunglasses

At the carnival outside of Damascus Community Bank, the children enjoyed face painting, balloon art, a cash machine, and more. A DJ played music and encouraged visitors to sing karaoke. For every song that participants sang, the bank made a donation to the fire department. Singing is a passion that runs in my blood, so the youth pastor easily persuaded me to sing karaoke. How could I resist karaoke for a good cause?

Although the selection of songs numbered in the thousands, I immediately looked to an 80s icon, Pat Benatar. Within minutes, I held the microphone and belted out "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." A group of tweens cheered me on and clapped when I finished. I admit that I had way too much fun singing karaoke.  

On Sunday, we attended an Orioles game. The Orioles played the Nationals, with fans packing the stadium. John said that it looked more like a playoff game because of the crowds. Of course, it helped that the first several thousand fans received an Orioles Hawaiian shirt when they entered the stadium. We arrived early and received shirts! Yay!

orioles nationals game at camden yards

Although the Orioles didn't win the game, we enjoyed the experience, the game, and the people watching. I wore a pink polo dress to stay cool in the summer heat. From the other side of the stadium, I looked like a speck of pink in a sea of orange!

preppy maryland blogger at orioles game vineyard vines dress

Friday, July 10, 2015

Get Ready for Fall at Nordstrom: Anniversary Sale Picks

For me, it seems like summer is just getting started, but it's never too early to start to think about preparing for back to school and fall. After all, the early bird gets the worm, or the good prices, in this case. Every year, I eagerly anticipate Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. Right now, Nordstrom credit and debit card holders have early access to shop all of the items. Since quantities are limited, many of the most popular items will sell out before the sale opens to the general public.

Even if temperatures in your area hover in the 90 degree range like they are in Maryland right now, you'll be glad that you shopped early with incredible savings. Prices go up in August.

Sale items number well over a thousand items in the women's section alone, so I've done some legwork for you and chose my favorites from the sale.

nordstrom anniversary sale picks tory burch kate spade clarisonic frye

Jacket  //  Clarisonic  //  Earrings
Shoes  //  Bag

An equestrian style quilted jacket tops fall outfits perfectly, keeping you warm on brisk fall days.

ralph lauren equestrian quilted jacket nordstrom anniversary sale

Tory Burch flats on sale at the beginning of the season offer a rare treat to shoppers. Shop quickly on these; I predict a quick sell out!

tory burch melinda flats on sale nordstrom anniversary
Last year, the Glitter Stud Earrings sold out almost immediately. I'm picking up a few pairs of these for holiday gifts. At under $25, it's a great deal.

kate spade glitter stud earrings nordstrom anniversary sale

 The Anniversary Sale has unique beauty deals, too. I love the special edition items and promotions. Natalia and Alexia want a Clarisonic, so this deal looks perfect for them. Ever since I started using my Clarisonic a few years ago, I've noticed such a positive change in my skin.

floral clarisonic bundle nordstrom anniversary sale exclusive mia clarisonic

 Frye Esther Ring Crossbody bag skims the hips, offering hands and shoulder free shopping!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Red, White & Blue Recap

How did you celebrate the holiday weekend? For us, this year the 4th of July is sandwiched in between quite a bit of travel and activity, so we stayed at home. Heavy rains during the day sent us to see Inside Out at the movies, but luckily the storms passed in time to see the fireworks at night.

I suppose that it's time to take down my patriotic bunting and decor that has been in place since Memorial Day, but secretly I wish that I could display it all year. Of course I wore red, white, and blue to celebrate. The tunic dress from Kayce Hughes is a perfect choice for the holiday.

kayce hughes gingham tunic dress 4th of july preppy outfit

kayce hughes gingham tunic dress 4th of july preppy outfit
Dress  //  Bracelets (similar) //  Shoes  //  Blue Nail Polish

Natalia and Alexia also showed their patriotic pride in red, white, and blue. You're never too old to have fun with a sparkler. Even I tried my hand at writing with the shiny sparklers.

preppy lilly pulitzer 4th of july outfit

                   Lilly Pulitzer Dress, old (similar)  //  Flip Flops  //  Scalloped Tee  //  Sandals

We enjoyed a tasty lunch at Zo√ęs Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant concept serving a distinct menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The nutritious, high quality, made-from-scratch meals are delivered with genuine, Southern hospitality and attentive service. What I appreciate the most is that fryers and microwaves are never used in this delightful restaurant. They serve fresh, unprocessed foods including a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

zoes kitchen germantown

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cable Cars, Castles, and City Views

Earlier this week, my mother shared a quote from Mark Twain that resonated with me. Ever since I returned from my trip to Spain, I fondly remember experiences from the adventure. Travel is one area of my life where I truly do splurge. Travel builds character and awareness and brings so much joy to me.

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. The vibrant blend of sea scape and mountains, mix of cultures, and warm Mediterranean air gives it a unique flair. Plus, the food is absolutely amazing, too, especially if you like seafood.

We took several unique forms of transportation to reach the top of Montjuic. From our hotel, we rode the inexpensive and efficient metro. Then we transferred to the funicular, an incline train that took us part of the way up the mountain. A cable car led us to the summit, where the views of the sea and the city astounded us.

preppy blogger travel barcelona montjuic cable car

We entered the Montjuic Castle at the highest point on the hill. Like most castles that we saw in Spain, a moat surrounds the strategically located fortress. I love how the moat area serves as a beautiful garden now.

preppy blogger travel barcelona montjuic castle moat
preppy blogger travel barcelona montjuic castle

After we walked up the steep entrance to the castle and climbed several more flights of steps, we reached the outdoor lookout on the top of the castle. From these observation points, we saw Barceloneta beach and the W hotel where we splashed in the Mediterranean earlier in the day.

preppy blogger travel barcelona montjuic cable car view of barceloneta

From all four sides, I observed wonderful views. The Mediterranean breeze blew on the top of the hill and I had to watch the full skirt of my Kate Spade dress so that it didn't fly up in the air! Don't we look like some tough look-out guards?

preppy blogger travel barcelona montjuic cable car castle kate spade blaire dress

preppy blogger travel barcelona montjuic kate spade blaire dress

Dress  //  Watch  //  Bag  //  Sunglasses  //  Shoes

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sails on Sale

Set sail on gorgeous clothing with a nautical motif with some amazing prices. All of these items are at least 40% off the original price and many have an additional percentage off the already low price.

The Smooth Sailing Tee is perfect for cool summer nights and makes an excellent transitional piece. Get an extra 20% off the already reduced price with the code SAILAWAY.

anthropologie smooth sailing tee on sale

This fun nautical skirt works well in three seasons. I love the details in the anchor. So adorable!

boden fun skirt anchor nautical on sale

The Vineyard Vines Sailboat Dress is on sale for 40% off retail with free shipping! I love this print. Pair it with a cardigan for cooler evenings.

vineyard vines sailboat dress on sale free shipping

Get 50% off the sailboat cardigan. Perfect to wear with shorts, jeans, or over a summer dress!

sailboat cardigan talbots on sale


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