Saturday, June 28, 2014

Vintage Lilly

All day I have been trying to figure out which post I wanted to put up until this (plus I haven't had the greatest week). I waited to get the mail until really late tonight (like 8 pm) and there was a package for me. I knew I didn't have anything I ordered out for delivery & there was no return address. Skeptical, I opened it up to find a vintage Lilly top with white tags & BONUS it was in my size too. I have always wanted an original Lilly top but have never seemed lucky enough to come across one, especially in my size! Did I mentioned it's scalloped at the bottom?!!
The note inside was from a family friend that said: "I saw this & thought of you. I hope this goes perfectly with your Lilly collection."
This is going to be the showcase of my Lilly collection, I am still in awe over it! I was literally in tears when I pulled out the top & realized what it was.
Dreams really do come true & good things happen to good people!

PS.. What are the odds I just posted my Lilly collection post yesterday? #coincidence

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lilly Closet

I have been in love with Lilly since high school & officially bought my first dress the summer before freshman year of college. It was the Esmeralda Dress with the anchor print (#neverforgetyourfirst).
Since then I have invested in Lilly & my friends joke that I'm obsessed. I buy some of my pieces through Rue La La and others though the signature store. Here is a peek at some of my Lilly collection from over the years.

What does your Lilly collection look like?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Summer Slush

My favorite summer treat is ice cream & I'm seriously an addict. Any opportunity there is to get ice cream, I'm on it! I recently had my first ice cream slush from Sonic & fell in Iove.
My aunt sent me a gift in the mail the other day & it was a few zoku cups. They turn any drink (diet coke, lemonade, cranberry juice) into a slushy or any milk product into ice cream! Literally the coolest invention, all you have to do is keep the cups in the freezer & take them out to stir in your drink. Honestly so perfect for the summer & even when you go outside in the heat your slushy stays cold & doesn't melt!
I've been trying all different kinds of combinations but my favorite is the Starbucks mocha I got in the dairy isle of the grocery store. The cups turn it into a mocha frapp which is my favorite starbucks drink!
Now I can make my own ice cream slushy at home, hello summertime :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pocket Tanks

Everyone loves pocket tanks, guilty! I happened to stumble upon the perfect summer tank on Etsy that you can design yourself, which makes it even better. You get to pick your Lilly pocket design (there are tons of options), then pick a color of the tank to match the pocket & you can even monogram on the tank! So you can pick out any thread color that you think will look good with your Lilly print. Prices vary but they are very reasonable & have a great turnaround time. I got one made for the 4th of July which will be perfect to wear & a florida print pocket.
If you are looking for comfy & chic, this is a great summer option!

Rue La La Sale

Fantastic sales happening today on Rue La La..
Tory Burch, Jack Rogers, Lilly Pulitzers
Do I need to say more?

PS.. This is where I get a lot of my designer items on sale, like my first pair of Jacks & Lilly dresses!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Snail Mail

Technology has really enhanced the way of communication when I was growing up. I remember in elementary school all my friends & I used to have AIM where we would get on right after school & it was all about who had the coolest bio with different fonts & colors. Then in middle school, we all got Xanga's (does that even still exist?) and everyone posted on each others pages etc. Then when I turned 13 all of my friends got cell phones & it was texting from here on out.
One thing my mom & dad always had me do even with the growth of technology was to hand write notes. Mostly thank you notes but I never knew why because none of my friends ever wrote me one. I used to fuss about it growing up, how it was a waste of time but now I realize how personal a note in the mail can be with different stationary & everyone loves to get snail mail because no one gets letters in the mail anymore.
One friend actually just got a note from me in the mail & it was her first letter at her new home. She texted me right away & said "I just got your card in the mail, omg you just made my day!!"
I need to spruce up my stationary so here are some of my stationary picks & wants.

World Cup

I don't usually watch a lot of soccer but I enjoy watching the World Cup. I wouldn't say I personally have a favorite team but I of course root for USA & this year Brazil too. My Uncle has been going to Brazil a lot for work & was awesome enough to get me a couple World Cup shirts from his last visit. One of the shirts is a Brazil shirt so I will be wearing it tomorrow during their game! FYI tonight USA plays at 6 pm EST time.
What team are you rooting for during the World Cup?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer GWP

Don't forget to buy something online at Lilly today to receive a pendant necklace with any purchase. The necklace was originally $100 but buy quick as the GWP ends at 12 AM EST..

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day

Finally it is here, National Wear Your Lilly Day & the start of Summer 2014! Here is my look for the day, what Lilly are you wearing?

Cedar Street Perforated Mandy Crossbody

Look who made the Lilly page front & center :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Favorites of the Week

Jack Rogers Jellies: I have always been obsessed with jelly shoes ever since I was little. They are just so comfortable & in my opinion so cool. I remember jelly flats were really in my freshman year of high school & I had three pairs that I wore all the time. This summer Jacks have come out with the jelly version of Jack Rogers & I'm in love! They're half the price of regular Jacks & so comfortable!! 

Bow Baseball Cap: I love wearing baseball caps in the summer because I can just jump out of the pool, put a hat on & look somewhat put together. I'm obsessed with this bow in the back & arrows on the front is perfection! I need to get one before football season, Go Noles!

Arrow Jewelry: Speaking of arrows, I love how they're in right now. I have a few pieces of arrow jewelry I have collected over the last few months. I have a arrow bracelet & arrow ring I got from Stella & Dot that are pieces you can wear with everything. Also, the necklace is my newest piece & I wear it almost everyday (from local jeweler)!

Summer Reading

Taking summer classes, it is hard to sit down & actually enjoy a book. School really burns me out of reading so I don't read often. I've been on Tumblr a lot lately & have seen lots of pictures of the book To All The Boys I've Loved Before. I decided to pick it up at Barnes & Noble because it seemed so popular and I couldn't put it down! I rarely run into a book I can finish within a day but this was just my type of book, if you love rom coms this is definitely a must read for you summer reading list.

The story is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes a letter to each boy she has ever 'loved' before but just writes them for herself to get her feelings out. These letters were never meant to be sent out but somehow do, so the entire book is about Lara Jean trying to deal with these boys knowing how she truly feels about them. She truly gets herself in a predicament with this sticky situation. On top of all of this, Lara Jean is having to deal with the typical High School & family drama.

The author Jenny Han just announced that she is working on the second book that is due out next spring, pretty sure that will be my summer 2015 reading book :)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before By: Jenny Han

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Blonde

Summer blonde is my favorite hair color of the entire year, with tan skin your hair just looks phenomenal. I have been highlighting my hair forever but with the recent move & new hairdresser there are different opinions. I like to be 'blonder' but my hairstylist didn't want to fry my hair so I have been rocking a dirty blonde look until I found this... John Frieda Sheer Blonde, if I had to explain it in two words they would be miracle worker.

It is a shampoo & conditioner combo that enhances your highlights & really make them vibrant like you just came out of the salon. I saw this posted on the Beauty Department with Lauren Conrad & decided to give it a try. It can be purchased at Ulta for $5.99 & I was shockingly surprised how inexpensive it was. Being skeptical, I tried it anyway & the results were amazing. After one wash & condition my hair came out with highlights more vibrant and hair more blonde, exactly what I have been wanting!! Goodbye dull & flat hair!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner

Oily Skin + Summertime

I love summertime and everything about it except one thing... the constant oily skin. I don't wear much makeup in the summer because of this reason but sometimes you just have to put some on to look somewhat alive. Since I try to let my face breath during the summer, I don't wear much but here is what I use that keeps my face oil free & has SPF!

Clarisonic: My Aunt bought me this almost two years ago because everyone was using it & loved it. I was skeptical because my face was so oily but decided to give it a try and let me tell you, it's amazing. Ever since I have started using Clarisonic, my face has never been so clear. I wash my face every morning & night but the cool thing is you can get different brush heads depending on your skin type (I use the acne brush).

EstÄ—e Lauder Perfectly Clean: I actually bought this on accident when I was at the makeup counter but boy am I glad I did. You can either use it daily as a cleanse, or twice a week as a mask (I use it as a mask). I really cleans the pores of your skin & makes it feel brand new within 3 minutes.

Nutrugena Healthy Skin Primer: I like to use primer because it helps my skin not get so oily throughout the day & I don't have to change my makeup. It has a little tint to it to give your skin a glowing color but also has SPF to protect your face from harmful rays.

bareMinerals Correcting Concealer: I have always had really dark circles under my eyes, even when I was a kid. So I have been experimenting with different concealers to see what covers those dark circles up the best! I came across this one at Ulta & it works like a charm. Perfect for dark circles & blemishes plus diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discoloration over time. Has SPF too, winner winner!


Yes, I did just use a hashtag for the title of this post, but it fit the occasion. It is definitely feeling like summer today with the temperatures to the mid & high 90s and the ocean clear as day! We decided to venture out into the public (insane here in the summer with all the tourists around) to do some shopping & lunch. What better way to get around the island then by scooter, this is the main way I travel because it is cost efficient & environmentally friendly :) I got the scooter about 6 months ago & have already put 1,000 miles on it! Least to say I love it & its FSU colors (bonus!).

 Hello summertime & scooter riding :)

Lilly Top from Rue La La/Kate Spade Purse (last year)/
Jack Rogers/Ray Bans/Florida Lilly iPhone Case (Call SOFLA Store)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lilly Accessories

Every girl has their go to accessories & I definitely have my fair share of Lilly ones. They are essential for school and life in general. Take a peak at some of my everyday accessories I am currently obsessed with.

Lilly Agenda/iPad Mini & Lilly iPad Mini Case/MacBook Pro/DIY Desk/& Hello Kitty of course!

Limited Edition FLA iPhone 5 Case (Call a South Florida Lilly Store, they ship!)

Introducing Me

Hey there! I'm Taylor, a college student in Florida who is finishing up her bachelors degree in the next year. I have accepted the challenge of taking care of my severly austistic brother in the future when my parents can't care for him anymore. I want to eventually own my own business so I can work around my brothers needs & schedule.
I'm a girl who enjoys sunshine, Lilly Pulitzer, & pink. I enjoy looking at fashion & accessories while putting together outfits for a day of errands, school, or a girls night out. I will be blogging about styles I feel will enhance the college student to the young executive. This is the stage of life I am in now so can easily relate. Together we can enjoy the fashion journey!

Here is a catch up of some of my Lilly attire...