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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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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Friday, February 26, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer Summer 2016 Pre Order

You'll want to order these dresses now, trust me.

I love the Lover's Coral print for summer 2016. It's very retro yet very fresh, reminding me of prints from older Lilly Pulitzer collections that I love and treasure.

The Ryder Shift Dress in Lover's Coral offers a classic shift silhouette and a stunning print.

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The Clara Dress in the Out to Sea print flows in the summer breeze. It reminds me of the Dusk dress from previous seasons, with a free and comfortable fit.

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If this glimpse of the summer 2016 Lilly Pulitzer collection is a hint of things to come, I'm beyond thrilled!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Flamingo Fun

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Now that spring is just around the corner, I'm dreaming about some of my favorite motifs for spring and summer. For me, anything with a flamingo on it screams fun! I took a fun online quiz that determined that my spirit animal is a flamingo. According to the quiz, I am vibrant and social, enjoying the company of others and taking time out to play. I think that the assessment is pretty accurate.

I love to mix things up with vibrant color on my porch furniture, especially this Medium Indoor Outdoor Flamingo Pillow from Lilly Pulitzer.

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For a pool party, a set of a dozen Inflatable Flamingo Coasters add fun and whimsy. Best of all, the set of 12 inflatable coasters is less than $10, including shipping!

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Right now, I plan to wear Colie T-Shirt from Lilly Pulitzer with a pink cardigan. Later, the t-shirt sparkles on its own.

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My kitchen cabinets burst with a variety of Tervis Tumblers, but I need to add this little beauty to the collection.

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For evenings on the town or parties, I adore the Flamingo Halter Shift. The halter neckline is elegant and refined while the print screams fun.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer: Shopping for Spring

Spring will be here before you know it! Although I always enjoy shopping of any kind, I especially take delight in shopping for spring clothes. After a long, cold winter, the bright colors and fun prints of spring make me smile.

Lilly Pulitzer is my go-to source for spring fashion. From an outfit for Easter to dresses for spring parties and events, I need pretty pieces for a variety of events.

Every season, I like to add a Skipper Printed Popover to my collection. This versatile piece works well with transitional spring weather. Paired with jeans or pants, the popover keeps chilly spring air away from you. Popovers fit true to size and I comfortably wear a small or a medium.

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Another wardrobe building piece I buy every year is the Elsa top. Like the Skipper popover, the Elsa top works well in almost any temperature and looks fantastic worn with a myriad of bottoms. I wear a size small in this top that fits true to size and is fairly free fitting at the hip while still flattering the figure.

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People recognize special trim and lace details in Lilly Pulitzer dresses. The seahorse lace in the Largo Cut-In Lace Shift Dress is absolutely stunning! I hope to try this on this week and will report back to you about the fit.
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Last year, Alexia fell in love with the Raegan Fit and Flare Dress. I'm thrilled to see it released again this spring. The silhouette of the dress flatters all shapes and sizes and fits true to size. The lace on the bodice is backed in beige for modesty, offering a unique detail that is appropriate for many situations, including church.

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What new arrivals from Lilly Pulitzer caught your eye?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cowl Neck Sweater Dress

"You look so nice today," exclaimed a coworker of mine. Meanwhile, I'm wearing the most comfortable dress that might as well qualify for pajamas as far as comfort goes. More often than not, I tend to gravitate towards the dresses in my wardrobe. Wearing a dress makes getting ready in the very early morning a breeze, yet I look polished and put together.

The details on this Cowled Sweater Dress make it a winning pick. From the graceful cowl neck to the back buttons and soft knit, the dress is sophisticated and styled on it's own, with little need for jewelry or other accessories. I paired the sweater dress with brown boots (currently over 80% off retail, on sale for only $29!) and warm fleece lined tights. Although I love my bracelets, I avoided jewelry with this dress because of the delicate nature of the sweater knit.

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The sweater dress is incredibly versatile. Buttons line the back of the dress which doubles as a cardigan sweater when worn in reverse!

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The sweater dress runs true to size or perhaps a bit roomy. I'm generally a size 6 and am wearing a size small dress.

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The knit is comfortable and soft, not at all scratchy. I really love the cowl neck detail.

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Hurry over to check out this's on sale for only $29!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Tea + Fife and Drums at DAR

Happy Monday! It looks like we're going to have a full week of school this week for the first time in almost a month. I admit that I am thrilled that the snowflakes on my weather app changed to raindrops because the temperatures are supposed to be above freezing. Thank goodness.

On Saturday, my mother, my aunt, and I attended our DAR chapter meeting. The tasty breakfast, complete with eggs Benedict, bacon, potatoes, and more, offered a nice change from our regular dinner meeting menu. I especially enjoyed the selection of tea from Harrods that a member sent to us from London.

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The Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps delighted members with musical selections including Yankee Doodle and other traditional songs as part of the program. This organization works to preserve the historic arts through fifing and drumming at live performances at parades, historical and patriotic celebrations, concerts, cultural affairs, and other civic events. Truly, their performance rivals those of groups from Williamsburg, Virginia! Check out a video that I captured at the meeting.

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Every month, members purchase "voices" that offer an opportunity to win a basket full of goodies. My mother and I curated and prepared the basket for this month that raised $180 for charity. We included a gift certificate for a pie or other baked goods at a local bakery, some delicious Girl Scout cookies, a patriotic scarf, The Famous DAR Murder Mystery book, some melamine wine glasses, a bottle of wine, and a Maryland tea towel.

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On Sunday, the girls and I enjoyed lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, La Sandia. This month, the menu features delicacies from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It's ironic, because that is exactly where we will be less than a month from now! So exciting!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

This Week

I can't believe that it's Thursday already. With all of the snow and the extreme cold weather lately, I feel a little bit like I'm living in a scene from Groundhog Day. Truly, I can't wait until spring. Luckily there are little bits of sunshine to brighten an otherwise cold and gray month.

An afternoon at The Red Door Spa is an excellent pick me up and mood booster.

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Little bits of spring decor like this Easter Egg Wreath add color and warmth to my home.

Last night, Natalia and Alexia wrapped up the basketball season with another amazing half time performance. At the same time, they started rehearsals for Fiddler on the Roof, the school's spring musical. I love it that they are so involved with school activities.

Next month, the girls and I will travel quite a bit, including trips to New York City to see a few Broadway plays and a spring break adventure to Mexico. Part of the fun of traveling involves pre-trip shopping.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Nautical

Even though the thermometer still registers freezing temperatures, spring will be here before you know it! Every season, I add a few new nautical pieces to my wardrobe. This bow-back pullover is at the top of my list. Paired with a cami and crisp dark jeans, it's a perfect weekend look that works well in transitional spring weather.

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Blueberry and navy offer a fun mix of stripes in this updated classic shirt

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For a perfect gender neutral baby shower gift, I love this nautical whale stuffed animal

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Day Tea

A group of friends joined me at home for a GALentine's Day tea party. I busily prepared sandwiches, scones, and other treats to enjoy with hot or iced tea in preparation for the party.

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Every tea party must offer a cucumber cream cheese sandwich and my event was no exception. For the tea sandwiches, I chose delicious croissants or artisan bread as a foundation. My favorite bread, tomato basil, comes from Panera.

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For the place setting, I secured the napkin with a grosgrain ribbon napkin ring and added a Table Talk conversation spoon. Croutons added extra to the cup of roasted red pepper soup that began the tea. Delicious vanilla bean or chocolate chip scones and chocolate covered Oreos topped off the sweet meal.
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Everyone enjoyed opening the fortunes that I picked up from Anthropologie as they ate their food.
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My dear friend Patti and I didn't plan to wear the same exact color dress, but great minds think alike!

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Here's the whole group. What a fabulous afternoon of friendship, laughter, and fun!

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How did you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Activewear Anywhere

Wear your activewear anywhere and everywhere when you step up your athletic style game with these fabulous key pieces. Many items are currently on sale, to sweeten the deal for you!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

DIY Tutorial: Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes

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A group of friends will join me for a GALentine's Day Tea on Saturday at my house. As a special treat, I decided to make heart-shaped sugar cubes to sweeten the tea.

You can easily make heart-shaped sugar cubes at home for a special treat for your Valentine's Day celebration. Wouldn't this be an adorable touch for your morning tea?

Heart-shaped ice cube trays are the perfect size for the sugar cubes. Candy molds also work well.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party

To make the sugar cubes, you only need two ingredients, sugar and water! I measured 1/4 cup sugar and added 1/2 teaspoon of water. The mixture looked like sand.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party mix

Using a spoon, I packed the sugar and water mixture into the silicone mold.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party mix

Let the mixture harden for several hours. The sugar cubes pop right out of the mold.

diy tutorial heart shaped sugar cubes tea party mix

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Perfect Date Night Outfits

What are your plans for Valentine's Day this year?

It's a whirlwind of weekend of activity here at Casa Pink and Green. Friday, the girls perform at a basketball game. On Saturday, a group of friends will join me at home for a GALentine's Day Tea Party. More details on that in an upcoming post!

But since Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday, John and I will keep things simple with a casual dinner at a local downtown restaurant while Natalia and Alexia babysit as a fundraiser for a service trip with the youth group at church.

No matter what your plans entail, these options offer style and flair: The Five Star Restaurant, Dinner and a Movie, and A Night By the Fire. Although I prefer any color palette for Valentine's Day, I usually include a pop of pink or red.

The Five Star Restaurant

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Dinner and a Movie

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A Night By the Fire

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