Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tory Burch Outlet

For months, I eagerly awaited the opening of the Tory Burch outlet at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. According to the news, traffic surrounding the outlets during the grand opening was pretty ferocious, so I decided to take a back road to the outlet instead of the highway.

When I approached the store, I noticed that the line already stretched quite far in front of the store. A uniformed security guard and a man in a suit managed the line. Quickly, I realized two things. First, the store appeared to be quite empty. Very few people were actually inside the store. Second, I was going to be waiting for quite a while. The "crowd" in the store was not even close to reaching the fire code limit, so I'm not sure why security was limiting entry to such a small group of people at a time.

Some people approached the line with "returns" and a Tory Burch bag. From the line, others noticed that these people were not returning items and used the "return" as a ploy to get in the store. Another person who had a "return" actually turned out to be a shoplifter! People watched her in action from the window and alerted security personnel.Waiting women ratted out the people making fake returns and security told them to make a return or to get in line to shop or browse.

Finally, after about an hour in line, I finally entered the store.

I had hoped to pick up some shoes, but there were not many shoes in store. If you're in the market for flip flops, you're in luck.

tory burch outlet clarksburg premium flip flops sale

The entire store was 40% off marked prices, with a few select items an extra 25% off. Baskets of flip flops organized by size dotted the sales floor.

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The store offers a good selection of clothing in a wide variety of sizes. Prices for these polo tops were standard retail price minus the 40%.

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Bags, totes, and small accessories lined the walls of both sides of the store. Again, the prices included a savings of 40% off retail.

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I especially liked the little orange cross body bag in this picture. It was one of the few items that was reduced in price from the original retail. With the extra 40% off the marked down price, the little bag was just under $100.

The Tory Burch outlet store at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets is quite large and I have good hopes for future shopping experiences. Outlet prices matched offers that I can find online or at Tory Burch at the Galleria, so little incentive to wait in line and deal with the crowds exists right now. Hopefully in the future, an extra percentage off marked down prices and a larger inventory of certain items like shoes will sweeten the pot.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! What are your plans for tonight? In my neighborhood, children trick or treat on Halloween, no matter what day of the week it is, so I'm looking forward to seeing a couple hundred visitors tonight. Our first year in the neighborhood, I completely underestimated how much candy I needed and ran out after only an hour or so. For several years, I bought so much candy so far in advance that the temptation to sample the sweets won so off I went to buy more bags of treats.

Finally I found a solution. Stickers and temporary tattoos. I eliminated the temptation to eat anything before Halloween night.

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The weekend brought unusually warm temperatures and I didn't need to wear a coat all weekend. Of course, on Saturday the weather triggered both heat and the air conditioning. Welcome to fall in Maryland. I just brought out a few finishing touches for the Halloween decor for the porch.

I'm loving the leopard print shift tee shirt dress for fall. It's so comfortable and fits true to size. Although it's technically a dress, I felt much more comfortable with a pair of leggings under it.

Dress  //  Leggings  //  Bag, Longchamp  //  Shoes

Between the girls' school, sports, volunteer, and work activities and my busy schedule, our calendar bursts with activity. Yesterday, I thought that Natalia and Alexia had to babysit at church. They both told me that they didn't have babysitting, but I insisted, so off we went to church. As it turns out, the girls were correct. We enjoyed two delightful hours in downtown Frederick, walking around and taking pictures. Here's one of my favorite pictures, captured with my phone!

 Enjoy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Saved by the Bell (Sleeve)

Adorable bell sleeves add flair and style to a simple green and white striped long sleeve tee. The soft knit t-shirt fits true to size with a perfect sleeve length. You won't believe the amazing low price!

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Striped bell sleeve shirt  //  jeans (perfect for my curvy figure)  //  shoes, old (similar)

Friday, October 21, 2016

No Bake Graham Cracker Cake

Who wants an easy, no bake recipe that delights taste buds? You're going to love this no bake graham cracker cake. For the past few years, the easy graham cracker cake always leads the list for any event where I need to bring a dessert to share.

It's so light and fresh that you will be tempted to eat the entire thing by yourself. Last night, I whipped up this cake for a tailgate party for tonight's homecoming game.

All you need are a few simple and inexpensive ingredients and only a little bit of time. This recipe should sit overnight in the fridge and is perfect to make ahead of a party.

no bake graham cracker cake recipe pudding easy

Here's what you will need:
- 2 packs of Jello French Vanilla instant pudding
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 container of Cool Whip
- almost 2 boxes of Honey Maid graham crackers

1. Prepare the pudding with milk as directed on the box.
2. Add Cool Whip to the pudding and blend well.
3. Layer graham crackers in a 9 x 13 dish.
4. Top with about 1/4 of the pudding mixture.
5. Repeat the process, layering graham crackers and pudding mixture until you have used all of the ingredients.
6. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

If you have a sweet tooth, top the cake with icing or fruit.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Disney World Outfits

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The word fashion rarely appears in the same sentence as Disney World, but it is possible to be comfortable in the parks, no matter what the temperature, while looking fabulous. Not only did we brave the summer heat in Disney, we did it in style.

Even though I logged almost 20,000 steps every day in Orlando, my outfits lasted all day through the heat and humidity, although I can't say the same thing for my naturally curly hair. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the summer Disney vacation, including lots of picks from Lilly Pulitzer

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In December, I'm making a return trip to Disney World and plan to highlight some of my park picks for cooler temperatures. 

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What do you like to wear to go to the Disney parks?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tackle Breast Cancer Tee

Recently, students and teachers showed support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. With nearly 100% participation, I happily looked at a sea of pink all day. Despite the fact that my wardrobe bursts with pink, I wore an adorable, but simple t-shirt.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall Boots $120 and Under

It's that time of year when you pull out your cozy sweaters and favorite fall boots. I never mind spending money on a good pair of boots because they are an investment. Dividing the wear count by the cost of the boots makes even the priciest pair seem like a bargain, especially if you purchased them on sale.

Some of the boots carefully tucked in my closet are years old, but look brand new. But I still search for new, unique styles to add to the collection.

Here are the boots that I'm loving for fall 2016. At $120 or less, these won't hurt your fall shopping budget too much.

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Rich, classic suede is always in style and match everything.

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Langston Boot, $120 (currently on sale!)

When summer style meets winter warmth, it's a perfect combination. I just received my Chloe boots and sized down one whole size for a perfect fit.

2016 best boots jack rogers chloe boot

Black and brown boots dominate my wardrobe, so why not make gray a new fall neutral. Red looks particularly pretty with gray and I love the unique heel on these boots.

2016 best fall boots topshop bella ankle boot

Which boots top your fall wish list?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gray + Ruffles + Bows

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A few days ago, I posted a quick picture of this dress on Instagram and received quite a few messages to ask where I purchased it. At less than $10, the adorable and unique dress is quite a bargain. The detail of the ruffled sleeves and bow detail makes this a winner. Since it's a little bit short for school, I wore it as a tunic with a pair of leggings and sparkly flats. The weight of the fabric is fairly substantial, standing up to a busy day with wrinkling or stretching. Although the dress offers plenty of stretch, I did size up to a medium.

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Dress //  Leggings  //  Shoes (old, Kate Spade "Sophia")

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Forever Spring with Garnet Hill + The Bouqs

From now until March 20th, Garnet Hill is co-sponsoring a #ForeverSpring sweepstakes where users can enter to win fantastic prizes.

Daily Winners will be selected, so enter often. Enter to win a special Garnet Hill bouquet with a $50 Garnet Hill gift card. The #ForeverSpring Grand Prize offers and even sweeter treat. One lucky winner will receive seasonal flowers from The Bouqs delivered to your home every month for a year!

As a special treat with this promotion, participants receive a special discount on with promo code GARNETHILL. After entering the sweeps, unlock a secret Garnet Hill floral category.

garnet hill the bouqs collaboration foreverspring

I first saw The Bouqs featured on Shark Tank. I loved the eco-friendly concept of the company and the fresh cut flowers. I sent a bouquet to my mother who loved the surprise. She remarked that the flowers lasted for almost 2 weeks and that they smelled delightful. I highly recommend the service for excellent quality and price.

Spruce up your spring wardrobe with some floral inspiration like this stunning signature merino crewneck sweater from Garnet Hill. The blue mums print makes a perfect transitional piece for cool spring days.

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I also love the bright colors of the signature merino cardigan from Garnet Hill.

garnet hill signature merino cardigan

Remember to enter to win daily at Garnet Hill from now until March 20th and celebrate #foreverspring. I'd love to know how you're getting ready for spring.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lightning Trip

Lightning Trip...One of the things that I love the most about speaking other languages is knowing words or phrases that don't quite translate exactly to English. Sometimes, a word in another language is just what I need to adequately express the situation or my sentiments. In Spanish, a viaje-relámpago refers to a quick, but usually fun and event filled trip.

Last weekend the girls and I took a lightning trip to New York City and we enjoyed every minute of our short weekend trip. We boarded a bus early Friday morning for a relatively quick ride to the city. In one weekend, we saw three Broadway shows, ate like champions, and saw the most iconic spots in the city.

We stayed at the Marriott Marquis, located in the heart of Times Square. The spacious hotel rooms offered plenty of space and a spectacular view of Times Square. For the entire weekend, we walked everywhere! No need for taxis or other public transportation at all.

view of times square from marriott marquis

Rockefeller Center holds a special place in my heart, so I knew that we had to visit. Natalia and Alexia wanted to view the city from the Top of the Rock. Since I knew that it tends to get crowded in the afternoon, we went there fairly early in the morning and didn't find any lines at all.

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From all four sides, the observation deck offers an incredible view of the city.

new york city skyline from top of the rock view

The girls captioned this selfie "Twins Take Manhattan."

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We ducked into the Lindt chocolate store for a quick boost of sugar before walking the short distance to the Museum of Modern Art.

lindt chocolate store new york

I love to see famous works of arts that I studied or that are familiar to me. The extensive collection at the MoMA boasts some true gems of the art world. Starry Night is among my favorites. Natalia helped me find this fun Snapchat filter for the picture. We listened to the audio tour on our phones and loved the interesting interpretations of the paintings.

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Stay tuned for more fun details from our trip including some amazing food recommendations and mini reviews of the three shows that we saw.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pineapple Picks

Throughout the South, pineapples are a sign of hospitality. I love the pineapple motif for home decor, clothing, and accessories and rarely resist a unique interpretation of a pineapple.

In New York City this past weekend, Natalia spotted a pineapple printed fanny pack at Urban Outfitters. She bought it instantly because she serves on the Hospitality Committee for a church youth organization. Next month, she plans to wear the fanny pack as she welcomes middle school students to a weekend retreat. It's the perfect accessory for the occasion. 

I curated a collection of perfect pineapple picks for you to enjoy!

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Beach Bag, $68  /  Short Sleeve Tee, $21 /  Earrings, $8
Fragrance Plug  /  Sweater, $19 /  Door Knocker, $32
Charm Belt, $49 /  Pool Float, $25 /  Espadrilles, $65

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kid in a Candy Store: NYC Garment District

From a block's distance, I spotted the attractive ribbon inspired banner on the side of the building. I knew that I had to discover the treasures in M & J Trimming. Even though I'm not a seamstress nor an aspiring designer, I felt like a kid in a candy store in this Garment District store.

The large store boasts a truly dizzying myriad of beads, lace, ribbon, and trim in all colors and styles. A bridal salon in the back of the store offers some of the most exquisite trim I have ever seen for a wedding dress. They even sell bases to make fascinators...I'm thinking Kentucky Derby!

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The Greek Key trim reminded Alexia of one of my Tory Burch tunics. Buy as little or as much as you would like. Although my purchase totaled less than $10, employees cheerfully helped me to select the perfect ribbon.

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There's grosgrain ribbon galore. I also loved the preppy designs on the webbing for D-ring belts.

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Bling anything with Swarovski crystals in all colors and sizes. Inspiration is everywhere at this store, with examples of completed products prominently displayed.

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Visiting Tips:
M & J Trimming is located at 1008 Sixth Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets in New York City. It's a relatively easy walk from Times Square or Rockefeller Center. Be prepared to spend a bit of time at the store because there is so much to see!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer New Arrivals

It's officially spring here in Maryland. Yesterday I defrosted my car in the morning, using just a bit of windshield washer fluid on the glass. Today, temperatures will top 70 degrees.

With the hope of spring closer every day, I continue to drool over new arrivals from my favorite brands. Lilly Pulitzer rocks some amazing prints in the latest delivery, many of which remind me of old school Lilly prints from years ago.

Hibiscus Stroll looks like a colorful walk through Palm Beach. I love the vibrant floral print. The Raegan dress flatters any figure with a full skirt and fitted bodice. It fits true to size with a church appropriate length.

lilly pulitzer spring raegan dress multi hibiscus stroll

Another fantastic print for spring is Flamenco. With pink and green pineapples splashed on tunics, dresses, and accessories, who wouldn't want this print? I'm a huge fan of the Amelia Island Tunic. The tunic is long enough to cover my indulgences, but not too long that it swallows my petite frame. A size small is perfect for me.

lilly pulitzer amelia island tunic flamenco pineapple print

It's a wild ride with So A Peeling, a print featuring elephants, monkeys, and bananas. I plan to pick an Elsa top in this print.

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What are your favorites from Lilly Pulitzer's latest delivery?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Vacations + Paloma + Graduation Freebie

In the next few weeks, I'll be traveling quite a bit. Right now, I'm in New York with Natalia and Alexia to see a few plays. Later this month, we're off to Mexico to soak up the warm sun. Traveling makes me happy. As much as I love to shop, travel brings me so much joy. I treasure the experiences and memories from all of our adventures.

No matter where I go, it always seems like a bring more things home than I took with me at the beginning of the trip. Sometimes I'll bring a folding duffel bag along in my suitcase for extra goodies that I find, but I often worry about packing fragile items in a soft sided bag. We've all seen how bags are handled at the airport, and it's not pretty. Luckily I found the perfect solution. Vera Bradley has a full sized, sturdy suitcase that folds flat for storage. Look at this amazing large foldable roller luggage.

vera bradley large foldable roller suitcase

In honor of my trip to Mexico, I present you with the easiest recipe for the most delicious cocktail. Many people shy away from tequila, but this delightful and refreshing little cocktail might change your mind. La Paloma means dove in Spanish. I'm not sure how the name originated, but I know that this drink is wildly popular at parties and weddings in Mexico. Simply mix a shot of tequila with Fresca in a salt-rimmed highball glass. I especially like these pink highball glasses.

la paloma mexican cocktail tequila

Graduation expenses quickly add up for parents and students. Between photos, clothing, parties, and more, things easily reach a large number. Right now Tiny Prints, one of my favorite stationery sources, offers 10 free graduation announcements or invitations. I love the variety of designs. Enter the code GRAD10FREE for the promo.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Go Green

Don your St. Patrick's Day green in style this year. St. Patrick's Day tradition dictates that people who don't wear green on this holiday will be pinched. The tradition originated in part from the belief that leprechauns do not see green. Think of it as nature's green screen.

Irish immigrants continued the tradition by wearing green clothing along with shamrocks and ribbons.

Bold is better on St. Patrick's Day, and the more green you're wearing, the better!

 Here's a little inspiration for March 17.

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 Flip Flops  /  Tote

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rent the Runway Success

With spring just around the corner, every weekend on your calendar includes some kind of special event. It's high season for weddings and parties! I find it difficult to squeeze in shopping trips for so many special occasions and dread repeating dresses that I have already worn. Even if it is a new group of people who will attend the event, there's probably evidence of the old dress on a Facebook album somewhere.

Enter Rent the Runway, the perfect solution for busy party goers. Choose from an incredible array of dresses from designers you know and love including Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Milly, and more! Dress rentals for 4 days start at only $30. In fact, I rented this particular dress for only $29 during a Leap Day special.

I searched for dresses by occasion, body type, and age and narrowed the selection to this amazing dress by Trina Turk. Although Rent the Runway offers a dress in a back up size, my size was out of stock for the date of my event. After carefully reading reader reviews, I decided that I didn't need a second size selection.

The dress arrived as promised and it fit like a glove.

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Dress  /  Shoes  

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After this amazing success, I might never buy a formal dress in the future! While you're searching for the perfect dress, be sure to look at Rent the Runway's selection of jewelry and bags. Kendra Scott baubles start at only $5.

As a special bonus, use this link to join Rent the Runway and get $20 off your first order. 

Have you rented a dress? I'd love to hear about your experience. 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Lilly Parties + Weddings + Purchases

I time my visits to the Lilly Pulitzer store perfectly. First I saw dogs at the store. The cats followed a few weeks after that. This weekend, Lilly Pulitzer Bethesda hosted an array of vendors to help you plan the perfect party. From letterpress invitations and note cards to decorating and cupcakes, the friendly local businesses offer a Lilly Pulitzer twist for weddings and parties.

All of the Lilly peeps were wearing white, perhaps to inspire a lovely bride to be. The racks include a myriad of sizes and styles of Lilly Pulitzer White Dresses. My favorite is the Largo Cut-In Lace Shift Dress, which flatters the figure and fits true to size. I found that the size 6 fit perfectly.

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Classic designs with a modern flair from Ella Custom Design and Letterpress add elegance to your stationery and paper goods. 

lilly pulitzer bethesda special event raegan dress

Elegant envelope liners add a pop of color to party and wedding invitations. I especially love the orange envelope with the blue and white chinoiserie lining. 

lilly pulitzer bethesda letterpress stationery

For fabulous parties for any occasion, Cristina Calvert crafts a perfect solution. I adore the bamboo silverware!

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lilly pulitzer bethesda bamboo silverware wedding

Top everything off with sweets from Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery!

lilly pulitzer bethesda cupcakes

Of course I couldn't leave the store empty handed, so I picked up two things from the top of my wish list, the Skipper Popover in Lolita and the Colie T-Shirt.

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