Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer "Under the Palms" Print

Lilly Pulitzer just released some new arrivals... The "Under the Palms" print seriously caught my eye. I've been loving the palm leaves trend for a good time now, but I think the Lilly version might just have be the tipping point for my first purchase...

Now the question is... which style?! Which color?! I can't decide!


This has definitely been the summer of the maxi dress for me. (I wear this one so much it's kind of embarrassing.) So I know I'd wear this maxi dress every chance I get, but I also love the sleeves on this little number. Just add gold wedges and you're all set.


The green & navy is definitely my favorite color-wise, but the pink is such a fun option too. (Reminds me of a palm tree in the shadows just after the sun sets and the sky is still pink!) The pullover sweatshirt would be perfect for dinners outside when it starts to get a bit chilly... or for riding around on a windy boat! The t-shirt dress has always been a go-to in my closet (this dress is the same fabric and I'm obsessed).


Anyone else in love with the print?! Which option would you choose?

xoxo

PS Hey Lilly design team... can we make a Murfee scarf in this print happen?!
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The College "Don't Forget" Packing List

It's been a little while since I last packed for living in a dorm room, but I thought it was worth bringing up again for you girls heading back to school– or for the moms who read with sons/daughters going back!


This isn't an all-encompassing list... but rather it's a list of commonly forgotten and commonly used items for college. Whether you're going for the first time, or moving in again... double check to make sure you have these things:

Clothing:
– Pack more underwear... really, the more the merrier! You'll be glad you did when you can push out laundry day a little more
– Pack fewer t-shirts and pajamas... t-shirts are handed out like candy on campus so don't overpack your old high school t-shirts and you really don't need five pajama sets.
– Business suit... you never know when a presentation will pop up or if you land an internship interview, be prepared and ready!
– Rain boots... the time you realize you forgot rainboots will be the day you have to walk across campus during a September monsoon. 
– Rain jacket... should definitely have a hood!
– Puffer jacket... for the seasonally-too-soon cold front in October you weren't expecting until December.
– Some kind of costume... costume parties are inevitable, just make sure it's one you're okay with your grandma seeing photos of on Facebook.
– Formal dress... fancy schmancy events do happen from time to time, this way you won't have to spend a fortune the day before.
– Cocktail dress... this should be appropriate for a reception with professors and deans in attendance.

Random:
Duffle bag... for a roadtrip to visit your roommate's parents (home cooked meals....)
Carry-on luggage... when you eventually need to go home for Thanksgiving.
Noise canceling headphones... the library is loud and your roommate chews gum even louder
Playing cards... just good to have.
Checks... sometimes Paypal and Chase quickpay just won't cut it.
– Medical history/prescription refills... for the Strep throat that the entire dorm gets, replacement contact lenses, and surprise allergic reaction.
– Emergency phone numbers... in hard copy: grandparents, doctors, best friends from home, etc.
– Extra posti-its and index cards... the school supplies you'll use the most of.

Bed:
– Extra pillows... pillows make sitting on the floor with friends and studying on your bed better.
– Mattress pad... have you ever actually spent the night on a XL twin without one? It's not okay.
– 2 sets of sheets... again, the laundry situation...
– Stackable plastic bins with drawers... lifesavers for dorm storage. Two stacks of three drawers for under the bed.
– Bed risers... so your stackable bins will fit.

Dorm:
– Tower fan... because you may be able to control the temperature from in your room, but the building is switched to "heat" until May.
– Tool kit... be the hero of your floor with the Phillips head.
– First aid kit... just to be safe.
– Batteries... half of the things you need require batteries and you won't know until your mouse doesn't work anymore.
Wrinkle release spray... LOL, who's going to actually iron?
– Flashlight... the power will go off at least five times.
– Coffee maker... when you're inevitably in a rush the next morning.
– 3M Strips & Hooks... space savers and they won't get you in trouble with the RA during inspections
– Extension cords & Power strip... everything's gotta charge and there just aren't enough outlets.
– Duct Tape... something will break and you won't know how else to fix it.
– Zip ties... because electrical cords everywhere can be a messy nightmare.
– Curtains... you can sleep in without mom making you wake up!
Air freshener... when you need to freshen up but don't want to do a dorm room deep clean

Closet:
– Slim hangers... more space equals more clothes.
– Closet door shoe organizer... great for organizing all kinds of accessories, not just shoes.
– Garment bag... to keep your nice clothes wrinkle free and smelling fresh.
– Jewelry storage... little boxes to store in drawers and things to hang your huge statement necklace collection on.

Did I miss something?! What's something you think is a total "don't forget" for college packing?

xoxo
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Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Money

Because Maxie McCoy Monday wasn't enough... today is Maxie McCoy Monday, Money Edition. Because of our work experience, women and money is something we've talked a lot about together. She's just a smidge older than me and I have definitely asked her for advice a few times! (And commiserated over bank draining purchases like my pink couch and her beautiful leather jacket.)

I love the five tips she shares because they're practical!



Money can be a very sensitive topic. It was something that five years ago I would never talk about. I didn’t bring it up with my girlfriends. I rarely asked my parents for financial advice. And I always figured it was one of those “grown up” issues that would naturally take care of itself, eventually.

Well, now that I’m verifiably one of those “grown ups”... I’ve learned a few things. They are lessons that I’ve either learned the hard way or by listening to the advice of my elders. I can tell you this: there is no reason that money needs to be a taboo topic. If anything, it hurts you and me and everyone else by not being comfortable talking about it. We need to be able to ask for help. And we sure as heck need to share what we learn.

Here’s the thing about finances, they’re not going anywhere. Money will always be a part of life. Your ability to handle this particular topic in your life will have a major impact on your future. So you might as well start diving into it now right?

Save Something, No Matter How Little

I’m lucky that I had parents who always impressed the importance of saving on me. But when I was 22 years old in a big new city trying to pay for my rent, saving 10% of my paycheck as experts suggested was just not an option. So, I saved what I could. And so should you. Whether that’s 20 dollars a paycheck that goes into saving or $200, make sure you have some kind of cushion in case the worst happens. Don’t get caught up in the shoulds. Save what you can early on and trust me that you’ll be able to save 10-20% of your income sooner than you think. 

You Go Broke One Small Purchase at a Time

We see something under thirty bucks, and we don’t think a thing about. Literally, we become broke one $30 purchase at a time because all of those small “harmless” purchases add up. Eventually leaving our bank account depleted. Start tracking what you spend. Don’t give any less meaning to a $30 purchase than you do a $300.

Learn How to Negotiate as Early as Possible
You might say “Duh Max,” but the more your job pays, the more money you have to save and spend. But you’re not going to just be handed more money. You have to learn to ask for it. Asking for what you deserve is a tough skill when you’re new to it, but just like anything else it’s practice. So begin negotiating the little things today that way you can negotiate the big things like salary later.

The LearnVest Program Is Worth Every Penny

I’ve taken my finances to the next level because of the amazing programs provided at LearnVest. They give you access to a fabulous dashboard that makes tracking your budgets and expenses a freaking dream, and they set you up with a certified financial planner who talks you through every step of your financial goals (shout out to my planner Chris!). If you feel like getting serious about your money and want a little support along the way, LearnVest is worth it.

Talk to Your Galpals
If you’re anything like me, you hate saying no to dinner, workouts, or shopping trips with your best friends. It’s how you bond. But it also can really add up. Learning to talk to your best friends about money can not only begin to break down the stigma related to personal finances, but you all can help support each other towards your financial goals. This way you won’t be embarrassed to suggest cooking the girls dinner at home to save money, or letting them know you’re not buying that amazing dress because you’re working on cutting your spending each month. We talk to our besties about everything else, why does money have to be any different?

Start building your tolerance for conversations about money. It’ll help you get comfortable with your goals, develop a stable future for yourself, and allow you to create a life of your dreams. And who wouldn’t want all of those things?


xoxo
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Serendipity

This was the first weekend I can remember where I had no plans. Literally ZERO plans! No coffees, no brunches, no phone calls. Nowhere I had to be or go or get dressed up for or prepared for. Nada. Not even on Friday night. What a treat. And the best part about the summer in the city? Everyone on the Upper East Side leaves for the Hamptons so it's extra quiet. It's like a vacation in and of itself.

Garrett and I cooked dinner (aka he cooked dinner) and watched a documentary. When it was over, it was still pretty early so we went off to play tourists. I've never been to Serendipity 3 before and I guess I thought it was overrated and a tourist trap, but I was still willing to try. Who in their right mind would turn down any kind of chocolate?! We expected long lines because it was 10pm on a Friday, but we only had to wait 25 minutes! While we waited, we zipped across to Roosevelt Island on the tram– another first for me.


Verdict on the frozen hot chocolate? SO GOOD. I'm kind of mad I had it because I've been craving it ever since. I didn't get the concept of how something could be frozen and hot... but it's just like a hot chocolate flavored slushy. YUM. Serendipity 3 definitely a touristy spot, so the crowd is strange. If you're into people watching though, it's the best in town.


Teddy and I walked so much on Saturday. My legs are actually kind of sore... just from walking. I added it up and I think it was over seven miles that we logged between the morning and the night. Insane. We picked a new route in the morning and Teddy had so much fun running up and down grassy hills with some new puppy friends. Too cute!

The park was actually pretty surreal in the morning. So perfect, it felt like I was walking in a movie set! I mean... look at that lighting!



This is just a PSA... the avocado toast at Le Pain Quotidien is one of the best I've ever had. Delicious. And they have THE best lemonade in the world too. The perfect summer meal.


More walking on Saturday night. Again a gorgeous NYC scene.


And today was spent catching up and relaxing and all the puppy snuggles we could fit in!

Hope you had a great weekend! Anything fun?!

xoxo
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Shorts and Blazers

I love a good pair of shorts. It's probably the Florida girl in me, but I have a huge collection of shorts that I rotate through all the time. Running shorts in the morning when I'm walking Teddy in the Park and lots of chino shorts during the day when I'm working alone. Weekends? All about the shorts. The only downside is that they tend to be a little bit casual. 

But that doesn't mean they can't be dressed up! I've actually seen a bunch of sort of suit sets with a matching blazer and shorts. I've liked a few, but some of the prints can be a bit much. So I made my own with my trusty schoolboy blazer and new Elizabeth McKay shorts.


I actually love that I can wear the shorts and shirt during the day with Jack Rogers and then throw on wedges and the blazer if I have to run to a meeting or if I'm attending an event at night. It's like leading a double life, haha!

This is also a great transitional look in the next few months– just swap wedges for closed toe pumps for late summer.



Light blue, navy, and gold... love it.




Schoolboy Blazer // Sleeveless Oxford (old, but this is similar!) // Striped Shorts (c/o... and these are similar)



Would you pair a blazer with shorts?

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