Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Sales You Need to Shop Today

I love this time of year because there is still a lot of juice to squeeze out of summer, but there are amazing sales everywhere. Anything that I purchase now can be worn for months to come.

It's no secret that I adore Kate Spade, so a sale this good makes me smile. Take an extra 25% off already reduced sale prices with the code "SETSALE"

kate spade sale wicker crab clutch keds talia coat on sale


Lately, Kayce Hughes' tunic dresses rotate heavily in my wardrobe. The classic lines of the gorgeous dresses are timeless. I especially like this red gingham tunic dress, an incredibly versatile little number that can be worn through the fall. All spring items for girls and women are 50% off original price.

kayce hughes tunic dress

Nordstrom just marked down so many wonderful items including several pages of Tory Burch, Kate Spade, and more! Ever since I saw this Tory Burch tunic, I knew that I wanted to buy it. Now is the perfect time to pick this up at 40% off retail price.

tory burch tunic on sale

anthropologie tag sale

The Sail Away Pullover is a perfect piece for breezy summer evenings. Anthropologie has many of my favorites from this season now on sale. Be sure to check recent purchases you may have made at Anthropologie, because their price adjustment policy is very generous and I've gotten lucky with several price adjustments.

sail away pullover anthropologie on sale


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Watermelon Basiltini Pedicure

I'm thrilled to announce that I am a social media beauty ambassador for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Salons. As part of the #GalSquad, every month I will visit the Red Door Spa to experience a unique treatment or service. I'll share all of the juicy details about these spa visits to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest innovations and beauty and spa treatments.

For the month of June, I enjoyed a Watermelon Basiltini Pedicure. After taking tens of thousands of steps on vacation in Spain, my feet needed to be pampered and this pedicure fit the bill perfectly.


My fabulous nail technician BJ welcomed me with a glass of cucumber water and provided me with a warm neck pillow as I settled into the pedicure chair. She applied a Watermelon-Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub infused with organic vodka from my toes to my knees. It smelled good enough to eat...or drink!


My toes looked amazingly healthy, but I felt so relaxed. After the scrub, BJ gently massaged vanilla buttercream scented shea butter and cocoa butter cream on my feet and legs. I even rubbed some extra cream onto my hands. I touched my legs after this part of the hour-long service and they felt like silk. I loved this cream so much that I bought some to bring home with me.

After a paraffin treatment, my toes sparkled with pretty Essie polish. I deviated from my normal selection of a shade of pink and chose a shade that looks like a perfect blend of sea green and turquoise called Where's My Chauffeur? 

essie wheres my chauffeur watermelon basiltini red door spa pedicure

While my toes dried a bit, I sat in the relaxation room for a while. Honestly, I felt so pampered and relaxed after this treatment, that I could have stayed in the room for QUITE a while. I enjoyed my treatment so much and look forward to next month at the Red Door Spa.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Adventure in Spain: Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress

I just returned from a fantastic adventure in Spain! We visited Barcelona, Madrid, and a few other cities during our trip. Although I enjoyed the entire visit, the places that delighted me the most were El Escorial and Segovia. An easy trip from Madrid, we toured both locations in one day on a special tour. El Escorial is a royal palace, monastery, church, and museum all in one.

I wore a comfortable t-shirt dress from Lilly Pulitzer for the tour. This dress in navy sold out quickly online and in stores, but I found it still available here. I'm wearing a size medium dress, which fits well. The small was a little bit too much of a body conscious fit for my taste, so I preferred to move to the next size.

lilly pulitzer sold out brewster dress in blue review blogger





After our guided tour, I tried a local specialty, a lemon slush drink. It tasted delicious and refreshed my thirst! While I drank my slush, a group of school children crowded around the vendor and enjoyed a treat for themselves.

lilly pulitzer sold out brewster dress in blue review blogger





The medieval town of Segovia reminds me of something out of a fairy tale. With narrow cobblestone streets and buildings that date more than a 1,000 years old, it's a glimpse of the past. Our tour guide said that Disney took inspiration from this castle to design castles in many of their stories.

preppy blogger segovia spain travel




Both the interior and exterior of the castle interest visitors to this world heritage site.

preppy blogger segovia spain travel


Dress  //  Shoes  //  Bag  //  Sunglasses

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reina: A Modern Latin Bistro

The girls and I enjoy new restaurants. Recently, we enjoyed lunch at Reina, a modern Latin bistro, located in the historic district of Frederick, MD. If you're familiar with the area, you recognize this spot as the former Acacia restaurant. Looks are deceiving and the restaurant is quite large, extending the entire length of the historic building. We sat in a window seat facing Market Street that allowed us to watch the people on the street.

Murals and art dot the walls of the restaurant.

reina restaurant frederick maryland review

Upon first glance, the menu offers a modern twist on some Latin American favorites. The restaurant sources most items locally and focuses on fresh, organic food. We decided on a tomatillo-pineapple salsa to start. It tasted sweet and full of flavor. Natalia practically scraped the last bit from the bowl. Salsa arrived with yucca chips, tortilla chips, and plantain chips.

reina restaurant frederick maryland review menu

Instead of dinner rolls or bread, we ate "cancha" before the rest of our food arrived. Cancha is a Peruvian snack that is highly addictive and incredibly delicious. The crunchy texture of the corn snack combines perfectly with the spices.

reina restaurant frederick maryland review cancha peruviana

Our server told us that the restaurant prepares the guacamole when it is ordered. Although they didn't prepare the guacamole table side like other restaurants, it tasted fresh. I love it that the skin of the avocado serves as the bowl!

reina restaurant frederick maryland review guacamole

Corn tortillas are made by hand for many of the dishes. My chicken tacos come with a corn salsa that is so fresh, I could tell that it was just cut off the cob. A spoonful of sweet jicama slaw takes the bite out of any spiciness in the dish.

reina restaurant frederick maryland review chicken tacos

On our next visit, we plan to eat in the patio located in the back of the restaurant.

reina restaurant frederick maryland review patio




Monday, June 15, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Dress

Dressing for patriotic holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day often presents a challenge. Looking perfectly patriotic in red, white, and blue requires a careful balance of style and elegance that will not have you looking like you have wrapped yourself in a flag.

Elaborate details, including a ladder lace detail at the hem, masterfully combine classic with modern in this stunning dress. The Sonora dress is comfortable and easy to wear. Even on the hottest day, the dress is breezy and cool.

I'm 5'4" and normally wear a size 6. The small is generous in size and fits well. The tie straps at the shoulder are adjustable. The dress hits above my ankles, which is a flattering length. I paired it with a pair of mules, some bangles, and a watch.

Beware! You'll receive many compliments when you wear this comfortable dress.

anthropologie sonora dress review blogger maryland pink and green

anthropologie sonora dress review blogger

anthropologie sonora dress review blogger

anthropologie sonora dress review blogger

Dress  //  Shoes  //  Elephant Bangle  //  Watch 

Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Perfect Summer Clutches Under $50

Summer bags tend to be one of two extremes. When I'm headed to the beach or pool, I carry a large tote bag to hold everything that I need. But for an evening out or for a special event, a clutch perfectly complements any outfit, offering just enough room for keys, lipstick, and cell phone.

Here are five perfect summer clutches. Best of all, these clutches cost less than $50.

For summer, I love my cork Jack Rogers sandals and wear them as a neutral color with almost everything in my wardrobe. A cork clutch offers incredible versatility and style. 

j crew cork clutch on sale best summer clutches

A long leather zipper pull lends a handsome touch to a sturdy canvas pouch printed with a signature wave motif that was meticulously designed in M. Carter's Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio. Perfect for the beach or pool, store your goodies in style.

M Carter sturdy canvas wave pouch best summer clutches

The Match Box clutch offers a whimsical option to top off any outfit. This bag looks much more expensive than the $33 price tag.

match box clutch best summer clutches

Add elegance at a summer wedding or formal occasion with this stone and jewel encrusted clutch.

aldo trawick clutch perfect summer clutch
In the blink of an eye, football season will be here. Support your favorite college team on game day with this game day clutch. Available for a variety of schools, the clutch looks fantastic with cowboy boots and your favorite game day dress.

clemson game day clutch to match cowboy boots

perfect summer clutches under 50 cork clutch stone clutch game day clutch

Cork Clutch, $34  // Canvas Wave Pouch, $30  //  Match Box Clutch, $33  //  

Which clutch is your favorite?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Easy Chic Lilly Pulitzer Popover

"How is it possible that you don't own any popovers?" 

Until this week, I didn't own any Lilly Pulitzer popovers. I usually wear a dress every day, even on the weekends. On cool summer evenings or in air conditioned buildings, I add a light cardigan sweater to the mix. So I never felt compelled to wear a popover because a cardigan seems so much easier to wear over a dress.

But I'm heading to Spain soon and knew that a popover was just what I needed to complete my travel wardrobe. Luckily my friend Caitlin shipped these beauties to me with lightning speed.

lilly pulitzer scuba to cuba popover red right return how to style blogger review

A popover soars high above the average sweatshirt with a gold tone zipper and fun details while offering comfort and style. I'm quickly becoming obsessed with the popover and see the versatile role that this top plays in a summer wardrobe. The printed popover is simple, yet sophisticated, thanks to careful pairing with other pieces. I'm thrilled with the look and hope to avoid jet lag in style.

how to style a lilly pulitzer popover red right return nautical preppy style

Popover  // Bracelet  //  Jack Rogers (on sale!)  //  Jeans (on sale!)  //  Gold Plated Earrings 

How do you style your popovers?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Potluck Macaroni Salad

Natalia and Alexia travel to Detroit this summer for a service trip with the youth group from church. Recently, the church hosted a potluck lunch as a fundraiser to help defray the cost of the trip for the children. Each family brought something different to share, divided between main dishes, salads, and sides by last name. Luckily I choose from my two last names and decided to bring a salad. I asked my mother to share a few good (and easy!) recipes that would be good for a crowd and as usual, she gave me excellent suggestions.

The potluck dishes, casseroles, and crock pots crowded the long table in the church hall. I especially enjoyed the fresh summer salads and fried chicken. I indulged just a bit because after all, I supported a good cause!

My mother's macaroni salad recipe is light, delicious, and easy to prepare. Many people, including my daughters and husband, served second and third helpings of the macaroni salad at the potluck lunch.

macaroni salad potluck easy recipe

Ingredients
8 oz. macaroni (elbow or shells)
1/2 cup mayo
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp celery seed
1 cup celery (diced finely)
2 TBS chopped green pepper
2 TBS minced sweet onion pimiento (from a tiny jar ... dice it up on your cutting board)

Preparation
Cook Macaroni. While the macaroni is cooking, prepare the other ingredients and mix together well. Drain Macaroni and run cold water over it until it is cooled. Drain very well. Add macaroni to the other blended ingredients and mix together. Cover and store in fridge for a few hours before serving. Stir before serving.

macaroni salad potluck easy recipe

macaroni salad potluck easy recipe

Whether your potluck dish is hot or cold, it's important to make sure that the dish remains at the appropriate temperature. Salads with mayonnaise stay cold in a preppy insulated cooler which also helps you to easily identify your dish at the end of the event. I add a gel pack to the cooler, too.

preppy monogrammed insulated casserole cooler


If you make my mother's macaroni salad, I'd love to hear what you think! Please share your comments and pictures by email or on other social media like Instagram or Facebook.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Pineapple Lace Dress

First I fell in love with the Pina Lace Top and styled it in a previous post. I thought that I found the ultimate in lace perfection with this top, but then I saw the Pina Lace Dress. I fell in love with the exquisite lace dress. To sweeten the deal just a bit more, I picked up this beauty on sale with free shipping, too!

The pineapple lace dress is lined with a slip and crinoline that poufs out the dress ever so slightly. Dress maker details like a zipper pull and snap to secure the straps of the lining add to the quality of the stunning dress. I appreciate the pockets in the dress where I stash mints and lip gloss.

Although there is no stretch in the lace, the dress fits true to size. I'm wearing a size 6, but probably could have sized down to a 4. The skirt is full and the dress is incredibly flattering. Even after a busy day, the dress still looks impeccable.

Since I felt a slight chill in the air almost every day last week, I paired the dress with an old Lilly Pulitzer jean jacket and gold wedges. The possibilities to style this dress are endless. The next time, I plan to dress it up with heels and some statement earrings.

anthropologie pina lace dress lilly pulitzer jean jacket ray ban

anthropologie pina lace dress lilly pulitzer jean jacket ray ban





anthropologie pina lace dress lilly pulitzer jean jacket ray ban



anthropologie pina lace dress lilly pulitzer jean jacket ray ban

Dress  //  Jacket (similar)  //  Shoes

What do you think of this dress? Do you love the pineapple lace as much as I do?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beach Bag Essentials

Different collections of bags fill my closet. Purses hold my daily essentials and tote bags haul student work and papers to grade.

But my beach bag holds a special place in my heart. When I carry a beach bag, I know that it’s a going to be a fun day, full of adventure and sun. A beach bag represents a break from the daily routine, from work, and from the “real world,” even if it’s just for a while. So what’s in my beach bag?

First, a good beach bag withstands the sand and holds a day’s worth of goodies. I like large sturdy canvas totes like these. In addition to my regular beach bag, I always bring a smaller bag for wet bathing suits for the return trip and pack my money and phone in a waterproof or water resistant bag.

beach bag essentials preppy canvas tote ginger jar quite the catch tote j crew embroidered tote


First, I pack a beach towel (or two!) in the bag. Although my girls bring their own bags to the pool and the beach, it's always a good idea to have a spare towel. I love soft, oversized beach towels. Then I pack a little cosmetic bag with different sunscreens and lip balm with sunscreen. To protect my skin from the sun, I opt for a matte formula with a high SPF for my face and an easy to use spray for my body. For a chic look, I sometimes love the mysterious look of a wide brimmed straw hat, while other days I simply toss on a monogrammed baseball hat. Sunglasses keep me from squinting and disguise my afternoon nap. Although I entertain myself quite a bit by people watching, I bring other things to keep me occupied on the beach. This summer I have set a goal to read every day and have a list of books to devour. Yesterday I started to read Enrique's Journey and am completely engrossed in this moving story.
preppy beach bag essentials cabana towel hampton sun spray ray ban book



To top off the perfect beach bag, I'll include one of my favorite Tervis tumblers, a few drinks, and a snack.

What's in your beach bag?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Anthropologie Free Shipping + Lilly Pulitzer App

If you shop regularly at Anthropologie, you know that they rarely offer free shipping. If there is a special shipping promotion, there's usually a minimum spend amount of $150 or so. For a very limited time, get free standard shipping on every Anthropologie purchase through tonight at midnight with the code 2DAYTREAT.

To make the deal even sweeter, Anthropologie offers many fabulous sale items right now. Some of my favorite picks from the sale include:

The Sonora Dress by From SB by Sachin and Babi is absolutely stunning in person. The elaborate details, including a gorgeous embroidered detail at the hem, make this dress a perfect choice for almost any occasion. Pair the dress with a jean jacket for a casual day in the city or add jewelry and heels for a more formal affair.

anthropologie sonora dress on sale free shipping

Earlier this season, I fell in love the the Pina Lace Top from Anthropologie. I purchased this top almost instantly and wear it often. You can see how I styled it in this post. So when I saw the Pina Lace Dress, it quickly grew in popularity on my wish list. The dress fits true to size, but does not have any stretch, so you may want to size up. Best of all, this dress has pockets! You'll receive dozens of compliments on this classic dress with a twist.

anthropologie pina lace dress free shipping

Make everyday filled with sunshine with the Sunseeker Tank. Although this top is available in a variety of colors and patterns, I adore this umbrella print which is called "red motif."

anthropologie sunseeker tank maeve umbrella print free ship

In other exciting news, Lilly Pulitzer launched an iPhone app! Upon first glance, the app looks like so much fun. With the capability to order directly from the app, I'm looking forward to future sales like the Endless Summer Sale. Once I signed into the app, my information instantly appeared, including the two items that I have in my shopping cart!

lilly pulitzer app screenshop


Currently 15 print stories and images for screen savers dot the app. Find the hidden Lilly signature, see inspiration for the print, and learn the print story.

lilly pulitzer iphone app red right return print story


I chose to allow the app to push notifications to me, so I hope that fun surprises pop up on my screen in the near future.

lilly pulitzer iphone app



Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Shopping + Sightseeing = Perfection

Wherever I go, I always squeeze in some shopping along with my sightseeing. As I look around my house, I realize that many of the things that I enjoy the most are purchased that I made while on vacation. Whether it's a weekend trip to a location that is relatively close to home or an international locale, I treasure unique items.

lilly pulitzer captiva tunic


During a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, I found some treasures for the house and a Tervis tumbler. Here's a glimpse at my most recent purchases.

Upon first glance, these blue and white melamine plates look like they could be made out of paper. The environmentally friendly plates are made out of melamine, making them a perfect choice for outdoor concerts and festivals. Each plate features a different blue and white pattern.


A brass pineapple door knocker brings a touch of elegant hospitality to any home. If you don't have a door knocker, there's also a pineapple door bell.

williamsburg pineapple door knocker

The girls and I loved all of the delicious soaps that remind me of my Nana. The hydrangea and magnolia smell particularly delightful.

williamsburg hydrangea soap

If you missed out on the Lilly for Target pineapple serving plates, these are an excellent choice. The white pineapple melamine bowls come in two sizes and are perfect for picnics or outdoor entertaining, matching every d├ęcor and style.

williamsburg white pineapple melamine bowls


Tell me about some treasures that you found while shopping on vacation? I'd love to hear what you bought.

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