r.i.p Lilly P


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Yesterday the fashion world lost one of it’s most influential and innovative designers.  Lilly Pulitzer, one of my personal fashion icons, sadly passed away at the age of 81.  Lilly patterns and designs are so unique because they have the power to instantly bright up your day and can translate through many generations. Florals, pastels, and summer themes (like the signature palm tree) can be found in mass quantities in any of the Lilly signature stores. Whenever I walk into one of these stores an airiness and light feeling encompasses me and my mood instantly improves. To say that I love me some Lilly is an understatement. My phone cover, my comforter, my coffee thermos, my planner, my swimsuits, and many more things I own are Lilly P. I mean I even rocked a head scarf today to show my respects:

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Even though Ms. Lilly Pulizter is no longer with us her spirit will never die and her legacy will live on through her company and the designs they hopefully continue to put out. I mean if I have little girls one day, in the far off future, I better be able to dress them up in Lilly head to toe. Nothing would make me happier then to wear matching Lilly hahaha I know I’m a total dweeb, but you can’t deny how adorbs this looks:

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 Lilly Pulitzer you will be missed, rest in peace.

Librarian/Bookworm Chic

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So I’m the first to admit that I’m a lil bit nerdy.  I’ve always loved reading and take my school work VERY seriously. When I was away at college you could always find me holed up in the basement of the library, hard at work, burrowed in between shelves, and shelves, of books (shout out to the E90s).  I don’t know if it was the smell of the books or something else, but I just loved how by simply being present in the library I felt more like an academic. Honestly, I believe that my constant presence, as well as general comfort, in the library, has significantly affected multiple facets of my life.  From my personal style, to the spaces where I feel most “safe/happy” illustrate just how my “bookworm” persona has evolved and transformed me into the young woman I am today.

Here are a few rooms where I would love to cuddle up in:

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I’ve also learned that I often lean towards dressing the part of a bookworm. The most important part, however, in terms of my library style is comfort. When you are spending such long periods of time amongst the books you need to feel confidant and self-assured in your clothes, and skin.  Here are a few of my nerdy-chic must haves:

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Comfy Sweaters

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Distressed Denim

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Cableknits

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Nerdy Glasses and Striped Tees

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Oversized turtlenecks

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Here are two of my own bookworm inspired looks (I’m currently really digging the oversized grandma cardi, it’s very conducive to the current freezing temps):

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Calypso-Celle Tee

Anthropologie Sweater

Hudson Collin Skinny Jeans

Tory Burch Boots

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Jcrew Button Up

Jcrew Cardi Sweater

Hudson Bootcut Jeans

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Sans glasses

There’s nothing wrong with being a lil bit of a nerdy bookworm. Even Gwyneth Paltrow is one 😉

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Spring has Sprung…Kinda

It’s hard to believe that today is officially the first day of spring, considering that it is thirty-six degrees outside and that we had a pretty significant snowstorm yesterday, but hey we do live in New England so you have to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather… Still, I’m just itching to feel the warm sun on my face and to :

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and also for the flowers to start blooming:

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love. love. love. hydrangeas

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a wreath of tulips is a great way to welcome spring

and to wear outfits like these:

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head-to-toe mint

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coral galore

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casual, but still classic, whites

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nothing says spring like a colorful, textured-floral, mini

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cobalt maxi with simple white-tee…amaze.

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gorgeous cut out pink fabric and wooden soled high heels

Unfortunately, I don’t think that I’ll be trading in my parka and ugg boots for these outfits and accessories any time soon, but a girl can dream right? I’ve just got to keep reminding myself, regardless of the cold that it is time to:

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Happy St. Patty’s Day

In all honesty I’m not a big fan of St. Patty’s Day. I don’t hail from an Irish background so I’ve never felt the need to participate in this holiday, even though it is such a huge deal in Boston (I mean I also couldn’t dream of offending my Scottish pride, which runs so deep)! I loathe crowds so I avoid going into Boston to celebrate at all costs. St. Pattys, in the city, I think would be my own personal hell… However, even though St. Patty’s might not be my jam, I do love green and am not opposed to dressing for the holiday, or to wearing green on any occasion for that matter!

Here are a few of my  fav hunter-green winter looks:

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Mint green & kelly green summer looks:

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Some amaze green accessories:

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You def don’t need St. Patty’s Day as an excuse to wear green, my fav color has so many gorgeous shades, which work for every season, and can be worn at any time and on any day! So remember that:

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“Life is a Party. Dress like it.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Today I decided to follow the wise words of one of my icons and favorite designers, the fabulous Lilly Pulitzer, and dress up even though I had no plans and no where to go.  I’ve come to learn, over the past year, that it is the little things in life that can make an ordinary day an extraordinary day.  By taking the time to plan out an outfit, and put effort into my appearance, I honestly made my day better.  I felt confident and like I had accomplished something.  Here’s a picture of what I put together for this rainy/gloomy day:

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Madewell Sweatshirt Dress

Hunter Boots

Michael Kors Tortoise Shell Watch

This might be one of my new favorite outfits!

So it’s pretty much a fact that every girl loves dress up so why shouldn’t we try and look our best everyday? In reality this is without a doubt easier said then done. Everyone has those days when you think nothing looks good and you end up trying on pretty much all of the outfits in your wardrobe…I am definitely guilty of this.  However, I am coming to terms with the fact that I am my toughest critic and when I am being so harsh on my appearance it is usually because I am too focused on one minor part of my outfit/body that I don’t like. I am trying now to see myself as a whole and focus on my entire appearance, not just on one tiny thing only I notice.  It’s a challenge, but the more I practice this the easier it gets. So today once I finished getting dressed I allotted myself only a few minutes in front of the mirror and then told myself:

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Hopefully this feeling holds for the entire day 🙂

Spring Break: Marblehead 2013

Posting didn’t happen yesterday because I was too busy wallowing over not having a spring break. I know that this might sound like a minor life event I am missing out on and that it shouldn’t affect me, but I can’t help but be a little bummed that I am home while most of my peers are partying it up in warm and exotic locals. Even though I am taking this year off from college, it’s not like I am spending my days galavanting around, without a care in the world… I am working REALLY hard on getting better and everyday brings unexpected obstacles that I have to face and ultimately conquer.  Needless to say my time off from college is no walk in the park and definitely does not fall into the category of a “vacation.”

Friday night, especially, was hard for me because my sister Kate had four of her best friends from school staying with us before their flight to Cancun, early Saturday morning. The girls were giddy and could not contain their excitement about their senior spring break, which without a doubt is gonna be epic. I jealously watched them pack their swimsuits, bright and colorful going out clothes, and summer shoes. As a means to cope with my envy I began planning out, in my head, what I would pack if I was going with them.

To say that I love clothes might be the understatement of the century. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed. My closet is packed to the brim and I am constantly looking for new pieces to add to my collection. Clothes make me happy and I can’t deny it. So while I sat at home yesterday, as most of my peers were flying off to their spring break getaways, I put together a few outfits that I would LOVE to wear if I had the opportunity to go somewhere warm.

Plane Outfit:

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Swimsuits:

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Dinner:

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Night Out:

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A girl can dream…Wishing this was my reality:

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