Butterfly for a Day

Hello! I know it’s late in the day, but I wanted to squeeze this post in before the weekend arrives, and it’s going to be a HOT one here (old news, I know). Yesterday Sam and I ventured out to the butterfly rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I chose this gorgeous Brewster dress in the Rhode Island Reef pattern that I scored at last year’s After Party Sale (AKA the End of Summer Sale), because I thought the bright colors would be a surefire way to get the butterflies to land on me – my way of dressing as a “butterfly for a day”, if you will.

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Lilly Pulitzer Brewster t-shirt dress (sold out pattern, same dress) // Merona bag (new colors) // Jack Rogers Navajo sandals (exact)

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As I’ve mentioned before (and will probably still be mentioning until fall), Florida summers are HOT. And in the warm, humid butterfly rainforest, I needed to throw something on that would keep me cool. Brewster t-shirt dress to the rescue! All the fun of a Lilly dress in a lightweight t-shirt material. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetSam and I are truly enjoying the experience of living together and getting to do fun things together on a regular basis.

PS – my Mint Julep Boutique giveaway is live until Monday night! Be sure to enter for your chance to win $25 to their shop.

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Flower Empower

Long time, no chat! I’m officially a Floridian, y’all (well, not officially, there’s still some legal things I need to iron out to make it official.. but still). And lemme tell you, moving to Florida in the summer may not have been my smoothest move. It’s so HOT! I’m still having a bit of a hard time adjusting, and an even harder time coming up with cute outfits when all I want to wear is a t-shirt and shorts to keep as cool as possible.

Thanks to Mint Julep Boutique, however, I’ve been able to add this breezy Flower Empower dress to my repertoire, and I’m obsessed. Stick with me ’til the end of this post and there may or may not be a giveaway for you to enter! (Hint: there is.)

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Flower Empower dress, c/0 Mint Julep Boutique (exact) // Kendra Scott Sandra pendant necklace (similar) // Mossimo sandals (exact) // Jay. M New City leather tote (exact)

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I was ecstatic when Mint Julep Boutique contacted me to select a piece of theirs to style on my blog, but you wouldn’t believe how hard of a time I had narrowing my favorites down to just one piece! There’s so many gorgeously unique pieces available on their site, and you can bet I’ll be a repeat customer.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis beautifully printed dress is just flowy enough to be perfect for the Florida heat. I paired it with a favorite pair of sandals and simple jewelry to keep the focus on the dress.

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I’m thoroughly enjoying incorporating Florida’s foliage into my blog shoots! And it doesn’t hurt to have a live-in photographer/visionary to create photos like these for me. 😉

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI threw this dress on to run some errands, but it would make a perfect beach cover-up as well! Especially with a floppy hat like I’ve styled above.

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The model wearing this dress on #ShopTheMint’s site has me longing for a lacy bralette to wear underneath this beauty!  It adds such a fun touch to the dress, and I’m definitely on the hunt for one!

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Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY I’m hosting, where you can win $25 to shop the Mint! And believe me, you won’t have a hard time finding something to spend that $25 on. Everything is adorable!

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Quick Update

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions, but I finally made it to graduation day (in Lilly, of course)! I’ll be posting when I can, but here’s a quick update on what’s been going on:

  • Sam flew in on Friday to be here for my graduation on Saturday. We’ve been enjoying the time and trying to get used to the fact that we’re officially no longer in a long-distance relationship! We’ll be busy this week packing up for the big move and enjoying the beautiful May weather.
  • Next weekend my family and friends are gathering at my house for a grad party/send-off, as Sam and I (and Otis!) will be leaving Monday or Tuesday for our long drive to Florida.

Hope my fellow students finished the semester strong! Congrats to those of you who graduated this semester – be proud of yourself, that’s a huge accomplishment!

Budgeting Bloggers: April 2015

Alright, so I totally thought I scheduled this budgeting bloggers post to post days ago… Clearly I cannot keep my head on straight with the end of the semester drawing near. But phew! April was a spendy month for me. It didn’t help that the Lilly for Target line came out on the 19th, and that I went a little crazy in-stores and online. I know I said I was done talking about Lilly for Target, so I’ll keep it brief and just break down how much I spent:image

  1. Merona Raincoat: originally $39.99, paid $33.99
  2. Noonday Metric Cuff: originally $20, paid $14
  3. Noonday Safari Stack Bracelet: originally $14, paid $11.20
  4. Old Navy Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress: originally $39.94, paid ~$18.35
  5. Old Navy Suspended-Neck Chiffon Maxi Dress: originally $39.94, paid ~$18.35
  6. J.Crew Factory Multistrand Pearl Necklace: originally $52.50, paid $15
  7. Lilly for Target Shift Dress in Upstream: originally $38, paid $34.20
  8. Lilly for Target Shift Dress in See Ya Later: originally $38, paid $34.20
  9. Lilly for Target Challis Pom-pom Shorts in Upstream: originally $24, paid $21.60
  10. Lilly for Target Beach Bag in Nosie Posey and Belladona: originally $15, paid $13.50
  11. Lilly for Target Beach Towel in Giraffey: originally $25, paid $22.50
  12. Lilly for Target Gold Plated Flask: originally $15, paid $13.50
  13. Lilly for Target Turban Headwrap in My Fans: originally $8, paid $7.20
  14. Lilly for Target Halter Bikini Top and High-Waisted Bottoms, $24 ea.

Total spent: $305.59
Total saved: $116.58

So my spending was higher and my total savings were lower than they have been in months’ past, but I planned for this. I had a 10% off coupon to use on my Lilly for Target purchases, and the fact that the coupon worked on this exclusive line was a miracle in itself. All of my purchases this month were made with my move to Florida in mind, as you can see from the raincoat, beach items, and pretty sleeveless dresses. My bank account and I are recouping from the #LFT damage, and I’ll be moving across the country without a job (eeeek!),  so (hopefully) May will be a quiet month when it comes to purchases.

Lilly for Target Link-Up

Today I’m SO excited to be participating in the Lilly for Target link-up (hosted by Michaela and Annaliese) that I mentioned last week!  I may have gone a little Lilly-for-Target-crazy (okay, definitely), so this link-up is a perfect one for me to participate in. (P.S., I promise this is my last Lilly for Target blog post for a while.)
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetLilly for Target See Ya Later shift dress, (sold out) // Lilly for Target Nosie Posey & Belladona tote, (sold out) // Merona espadrille wedges (old, similar) // J.Crew Factory pearls, (exact)
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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset I. Love. This. Bag. Now, it’s clearly a tote or beach bag, not the type of bag to carry on the daily, but I styled it with this outfit to embrace a little extra pattern-mixing. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well they went together! I went a bit crazy buying beach items from the collection (the bikini, the towel, the bag..) and most of the patterns clash a little, but these are so fun together since the dress has a smaller, one-color pattern.
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Lilly For Target Haul Video + Review

So, being a professional YouTuber is totally not in my future, but it’s fun every now and then. Now that the dust is settling, many of us are hunting for the Lilly for Target pieces we missed in the form of returns, trades, and private sales. See what I thought of the quality and sizing – you might appreciate it before you order something that doesn’t fit as you expected!

Reflecting on Lilly for Target

Sometimes it’s just downright FUN to get involved in the hype of something like #LillyforTarget (are we totally sick of that hashtag yet?). We all heard the snobby opinions before the launch about the collaboration robbing the iconic brand of its exclusivity and authenticity, blah blah blah. I love Lilly as much as the next girl, but I just may love a great deal even more. When I first heard about Lilly for Target, I was watching Fury in theaters with Sam. My cousin tagged me in a photo on Instagram that announced the line, and it took pretty much everything I had in me not to let out a giant squeal or have a panic attack right there in the theater. In my experience, dating back to the Nieman Marcus collab (that was actually deemed an epic fail), Target collaborations have just been fun. I’ve never felt overly excited about any of them, and generally stroll through the store looking for returns and markdowns (hi Tory Burch lunchbox, hi 2 Phillip Lim bags…).

But not this time. This time, I had a plan of action and I’ve been all but counting down since it was announced. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to snag the online only items I wanted from mobile links just after midnight (I know, please don’t hate me), and got the push up halter bikini top and high waisted bikini bottoms in My Fans. After I got those, I was satisfied with getting whatever I could get in-store the next day.imageSo yesterday morning, I woke up around 6 am and left the house by 6:50 with my mom to grab Starbucks before we got in line, if need be. As it turned out, there were only 2 people in line when we arrived, so we were able to wait in our car until about 15 minutes before the doors opened, when more cars started arriving. I was fourth in line, but as the doors opened, some sneaky moms sidled right up to the front of the line. I tell ya, when girls send their moms on a mission, they deliver – including mine! I bee-lined it to the clothes while my mom hit up home goods. We came out incredibly victorious (AKA I got everything on my list).

Other than the suit, I managed to score a beach towel in Giraffing Me Crazy, the gold plated giraffe flask, the canvas shopping tote in Nosie Posie and Belladonna, two shift dresses in See Ya Later and Upstream, the challis pompom shorts in Upstream, and a soft turban head wrap in My Fans.

image image image image image imageAs you can see, I had fun snapchatting my finds to my friends! You’re welcome to follow along @ malitroobs.

Were you able to come away from the madness with anything from this line? The more I hear about girls who had bad luck, the more fortunate I feel to have had such great luck. Next Wednesday, I’ll be participating in the Lilly for Target Linkup, hosted by Michaela of The Monogrammed Midwesterner and Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training. Be sure to watch out for that to see how I’ve styled my Lilly for Target items!