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Saturday Sales

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means shopping is in full force!  During this time of the year so many great stores are having amazing sales, so I am going to do my best to post every weekend about what sales are going on so you can get a jump on them!  I mean... 30% off Kate Spade?!  Someone hold me back ;) 

J.Crew Factory - Extra 30% off Clearance | Code: YAY30
Kate Spade - 30% off entire purchase | Code: F14FFUS
Ann Taylor - Extra 50% off Full Price Tops, Accessories, & Shoes | Code: STYLE50
Saks Fifth Avenue - 25% Off  | Code: FRNFAM
Old Navy - 25% Off | Code: TREAT
J.Crew - 30% Off Sweaters & Outerwear | Code: SHOPFALL
Madewell - 30% Off Sale | Code: PICKMEUP
Club Monaco - 25% Off Select Fall Styles | Code: FALLFAVES
Forever 21 - Extra 30% Off Sale | Code: TAKE30
Saks Off Fifth - Extra 40% Off Contemporary | Code: 40FORYOU
Lands End - Extra 30% Off Fall Essentials | Code: LEAF
Gap - Extra 25% Off Entire Purchase | Code: HAPPY


The New Lilly Pulitzer Store at University Town Center!

Janice Shift Dress (also comes in navy!)

The day is finally here!  Today the Mall at University Town Center opens, and the most exciting part is, of course, the new Lilly Pulitzer store!  So much work has gone into the store in the past two weeks (and before) and it's amazing to see how it all came together.  Last night was the "Preview Party" where people can buy tickets to shop the mall early with hors d'oeuvres and champagne.  It was so much fun to see everyone's excitement over the new Lilly store!  We even had people wearing Lilly taking pictures outside the store.  It really is true that all Lilly lovers are a big colorful family.  
My favorite part of the store by far are the dressing rooms!  Each is painted in a different Lilly theme, and you instantly feel transported to the beach!  I truly think everything looks flattering in a bright Lilly fitting room. ;)  I also adore the Lilly quotes hidden around the store.  There are so many hidden gems, and it's so fun seeing customers so delighted over them.  The happiness is contagious!  So much so that as I'm writing this I need to be up in 6 hours to go back and work a full grand opening day...and I cannot wait!

If you're in the Sarasota area or coming to visit, please come in and say hi!  You most certainly won't regret it. :)


Crimson Cardi

Crimson Tide Cardigan c/o // Booties (similar) // My favorite pair of denim skinnies // Kate Spade Sunnies // Tory Burch Tote- no longer available.  You can buy mine for $320 (retail $550) or check out this similar one // David Yurman Albion Ring Lips: Marvelous Moxie: Maverick

Yesterday my friend Chelsea (from soon-to-be-launched blog and I set out on a mission in downtown Sarasota to find some perfect locations for outfit pictures.  When we spotted these red steps we knew it would be perfect for this outfit!  Even though it was 100 degrees (no joke) I had to share this Shop Blue Avenue Crimson Tide Cardigan with you!  Besides being versatile and gorgeous it is seriously so soft.  It feels like the softest sweatshirt ever, but sooo much cuter!  In fact, as I write this I have it across my legs as a blanket.  Even though it will be a few more months before I can wear this outside in South Florida, it will definitely be the first item to come out when it finally hits 70 degrees!  I paired it with my favorite jeans, and my large Tory Burch Robinson tote!  It was the perfect fall outfit...if only it were actually fall! ;)

Also, while you're in the shopping mood, SHOPBOP started their 3 day 25% off sale today!  Use code FAMILY25 for 25% off the entire site.  They have one of the largest selections of clothes, shoes, and handbags I've ever seen, and they're all to die for.  Perfect for getting a start on Christmas gifts! Happy Shopping! :)


A Little Color Never Hurts

colorful living

With the new Lilly store opening I really can't think of anything but COLOR.  So, for this quick Monday post (last midterm today!) I found the perfect items to add some color to your life!  You might recognize that Lilly dress from my instagram...I swear it was made for me!  That baby and that fabulous iPhone case are coming home with me for the opening!  Shop the links below to start living colorfully. ;)


Lilly and Sales!

 Oh my, what a week!  It was midterms week, and on Monday I started my job at Lilly Pulitzer and am just so in love.  Going to work is what gets me excited to wake up in the morning, instead of daydreaming about what I'll do when I get home.  We have a preview party Wednesday night and then the mall opens on Thursday!  It's going to be absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to show you pictures of the store.  It's so bright and wonderful and I just can't help but smile!  I'm sure it's just a rumor, but I heard that if you post a picture of the Mall at University Town Center before the opening you'll be fined $5,000.  None of us at Lilly actually know or think that's true...but I'm going to play it safe!  If you follow me on instagram you might see some sneak peek pictures after the Preview Night on Wednesday! Think Lilly, champagne, macaroons, and fabulous people who spent $100 on a ticket to see the mall the night before it opens.  I mean it, y'all, this mall means business!

In the meantime, I have a few sales going on this weekend you might love! Can't wait to share more about the store next week!

J Crew Factory: 50% off entire store through 10.12!

Piperlime: 20% off with code FALL20 through 10.13

Madewell: 30% off with code OHFALL through 10.13

Forever21: Take an extra 30% off with code EXTRA30 through 10.19!


10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging

Helene in Between Blogtober

1.  There is a lot more to blogging than writing posts.  If you want to grow and build a community, you need to be active on twitter, instagram, and facebook.  Post all your blog links, reach out to other bloggers, and share little snipets of your life that don't make it to your blog.  Seeing glimpses of your life will help draw people in, and ultimately follow your blog.

2. Plan out posts when you're not sitting down to writeEmily Ley has free calendar printouts that I use for each month.  First, I add any series posts I'm doing, or weekly linkups I take part in.  Then, I add what days I want to do fashion posts, need to do sponsored posts, or special holidays and events I plan to write about.  Finally, I go back and fill in empty days with fun quick posts like Instagram Round-ups, or "Currently" posts.  I always go blank when I try to think about something to write about in the moment, so this system makes sure I always have an idea!

3. Make all your pictures the same size.  Use picmonkey or any other photo editing site and resize all your pictures to at least 500px or 600px.  It will make the whole post look way cleaner.

4. Write how you speak.  This isn't an essay for english class.  Have fun, and write like you're talking to a group of friends!

5. Turn off Captcha, and make sure you're email is attached to your profile.  Bloggers can't respond to your comments if you're email isn't listed!

6.  Don't get discouraged. The first 100 followers are the hardest to get.  It took me almost 5 months to get to 100 followers!  Just keep producing good content, get it out on social media and networking with other bloggers, and they will come.

7. Do you.  There are no blogging rules.  There are a bunch of strategies and tips about blogging that have helped other people be successful, but no one knows who will be the next overnight success.  Want to do a linkup every day? Do it!  Want to only blog about your dog? Do it!  If you're blogging based on what you think people want to read you won't be enjoying yourself, and it will become a job (and not in the good way).

8. Don't rush to monetize.  The thought of making money doing what you love is very enticing, but monetizing also brings way more responsibility and pressure.  When you're working with companies with deadlines you can't just take a blogging break if you're getting paid for a post.  There's also added pressure on yourself.  When you're working with affiliate links, the more content you put out, the more money you make.  This can make it very hard to stay true to your blog and keep priorities straight. 

9. Post consistently.  It's the best way to gain and maintain pageviews.

10. Contrary to #9, if you miss a day, the world will not end.   Even if it feels like it. ;)


Sunday Sale Alert! 25% Off all Tory Burch!

The last friends and family sale from Tory Burch did me in this Spring, and it's back for fall!  Store wide, 25% off with code FRIENDLIEST.  So many of my favorite Tory products are under $'s hard to pick!  If you've been eying anything (or everything!) from TB now is the time.  This sale won't come around again until late Spring.  Here are my favorites if you need some inspiration. ;) 

p.s. the hot pink bag? Proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Fund. Win-win!

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6 Things I Cannot Live Without + Great Man Gift Idea

must haves

Thank you to ManCrates for sponsoring this post!

This might seem like a random assembly of things, but they are 6 things I absolutely would need in a personal survival kit.  Obviously, these are more of the fun variety as opposed to the whole food, water, flashlight type...but I swear they're just as important. ;)

1. Simplified Planner:  I never used to be the planner type, but funny enough after I graduated I became a slave to beautiful planners!  I live for my Simplified Planner this year.

2. Brightly colored Lilly Pulitzer Scarves.  I wear my favorite Lilly scarves at least once a week, all year round.  They add the perfect pop of color and happiness to any outfit!

3. Cute rain boots and adorable umbrella!  People call Florida the sunshine state, but anyone who lives here knows that in the rainy season it will rain at least once.  Every day.  I joke I never leave the house without sunglasses and an umbrella! Alsooo hint hint: some Hunters are currently on sale for 20%!

4. My mini travel steamer!  I have written about this before (which makes my life sound really boring...) but I swear it's my lifesaver when traveling!  It's so small it fits right in my carry on and when I arrive and unpack, 2 quick minutes and my clothes are all steamed and ready to wear!  I only bought mine 2 months ago and can't tell you how many times I've used it traveling and at home when I need a quick fix.

5. Pearl Studs.  No day is complete without them!

While it is so easy for us girls to list things we can't live without, but for men it is so much harder!  Before every holiday I go through the questions with Dom because he can never think of something he wants.  Gift giving can be so hard.  Not to mention his birthday, Christmas, and Valentines Day are all 2 months apart.  I feel like I'm always planning a gift!  That's where ManCrates can help!  It's a site with tons of fun, creative, man approved gift crates!  You can chose from themes like "Beer Lover," "Carnivore," and "Athlete" (to name a few) for the perfect box for your man.  No more stressing over man gifts! Let the Christmas shopping begin!


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