Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dressing for travel (to Disneyland!) + the Lilly Pulitzer After Party SALE!

Greetings from Orlando International Airport (MCO)! But, as you're reading this, I'm already (hopefully!) in L.A. 

My dad needed to visit the City of Angels for business, and I hopped along for the ride. We're visiting old friends, doing some sightseeing, and of course, hitting the DLR for a few days-- keep your eyes peeled for that post! It'll be my first visit EVER to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure; we're staying at the Disneyland Hotel. I CAN'T WAIT!!! I'm especially excited to meet up with some of my favorite Disneyland Instagrammers!

Okay, on to the post. My MAIN reason for posting today was to alert you to the semi-annual Lilly Pulitzer online sale, happening this Monday, August 18th at 8 a.m. It's not to be missed. More on that below. 

But first, Dressing for Travel. As most of you know, MCO is one of the most glorious airports for two reasons- the Disney Store and the fake-o-rail. After checking my bag (50 lbs on the nose, thankyouverymuch), I moseyed through the Disney Store to see what they had to offer. 

And it turns out- nothing unique. I thought this watch was kind of cute in an art-deco way. I'm not a big Mickey watch fan, but this one, I could rock. 

 After making it successfully through security, it was time to board the highway in the sky--er, the fake-o-rail. I recently read somewhere where the voice of the actual Disney monorail and the one in the Orlando airport are voiced by the same person?! Is that true?

 As if I wasn't getting odd looks already for taking pictures in the airport, then I went and started taking selfies of my outfit and bags. Weirdo! 

American Rag Jacket // J.Crew Side Slit Tunic Tee // Lilly Pulitzer Travel Pant (THESE are fantastic- and possibly might be part of the Sale. If so, GET SOME! I want a pair in black. More below...)// Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Low Sneaker 

 Longchamp Mini Le Pliage // Stella & Dot How Does She Do It Tote // Lilly Pulizter Murfee Scarf (this print is old, but these are the BEST scarves, and perfect for traveling. Lightweight yet substantial enough to keep the chill at bay on those freezing airplanes. I have as many of these as I do Elsa shirts. PLUS, these are often included in the Sale-- a great time to snag one!)

People Magazine is my 'airplane flight' guilty pleasure. I always buy one to read on the plane. And Strawberry Mentos, because who has time for those pesky orange and yellow?!!

Okay, now onto the Lilly Sale.

Ladies, this is the event you've been waiting for for the past six months. People often ask how I can afford so much Lilly, and THIS IS IT! The prices are shockingly low- dresses as low as $39, shorts for $19, shoes for $29- I also tend to stock up on pieces for my nieces for Christmas. Haha, pieces for my nieces.

If this is your first times shopping the Sale, I'll give you a few tips to help you successfully navigate the waters of shopping overload.

First, go to the Lilly Pulitzer website and create an account. This is essential! I'll explain why but first, just take a minute and go do it. Go on, I'll wait...

Ok, welcome back! (Hope you did it, if you know what's good for you!) You see, here's the thing. This Sale is so good, thousands of Lilly fans flock to the site looking for their holy grail piece. Just because an item is placed in your shopping bag does NOT mean it's safe keeping-- I've had many o' pieces disappear from my bag by the time I went to check out, literally seconds after adding it.

The good news is that Lilly offers FREE SHIPPING on all sale items, so if you see something, add it to your cart, enter the security code on your credit card (because you've already created an account and saved your credit card info, RIGHT?!?!), click 'order,' and *boom*, you're back with one additional passenger, extra large. (Or one shift dress, size 6, in my case.) Then go back and do it all over again.

The sale lasts for three days, with new items added throughout. The best selection is usually had at the beginning though, so clear your calendar for 8 a.m. Monday, August 18th. All sales are final, but if you order something and aren't happy with it, there are lots of options for re-sale, including the Re-Lilly Facebook page (another source where I've amassed my collection), ebay, and more.

Ok, let's recap because if you're like me, you do better with a list. SO:

1. Go to the Lilly Pulitzer website and create an account- save a credit card on file.

2. While you're there, browse around and make yourself familiar with the site. Figure how to sort items by size, print, style, etc. This will help you narrow down your choices when shopping the Sale.

3. Go on the Lilly site around ten minutes till 8:00 on Monday morning and sign in to your account.

4. Have your credit card with you, or make sure you know your security code.

5. Once the Sale starts, go immediately to your most coveted item, add it to your cart, and purchase.

6. Lather, rinse, repeat.

7. Bask in the glow of all that preppy print when it arrives at your doorstep a few days later.

Good luck! I'll be back tomorrow with a few pieces I'm hoping to snag, along with a fit guide of a few items I already own. Let me know if you have any questions. Happy shopping!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dressing for Drinks at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa + Mizner's Lounge

One of my favorite spots in all of Walt Disney World is the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa- specifically Mizner's Lounge. It's the perfect place to grab a cocktail and enjoy a mellow evening. It's especially nice to stop in either before or after dinner at Citricos or Narcoossee's (or the ultimate, for a pre-dinner drink preceding a meal at Victoria & Albert's, as we did before our engagement dinner this past May. Watch for that blog post to come...)

So pull up an oversized upholstered chair, order a stiff drink, and enjoy the music of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra as we take a look at dressing for drinks at Mizner's Lounge.

I love love love the floral arrangements in the Deluxe Resorts. 

Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top (limited edition print, similar here) //  Citizen's of Humanity Jeans (old, similar here)

A couple of notes here: Hang around this (blog)space long enough, and you'll notice I have quite a few Elsa tops in my possession. They're my go-to top for so many occasions. I wear them with shorts, jeans, dress them up with white jeans or pants, add a statement necklace to a solid version... the possibilities are endless. Definitely a staple to have in your closet. And in case you missed my Mother's Day post, Lilly P. is releasing a new, fan-favorite, limited-edition print in the Elsa each month. This month's is to DIE for-- I'll have to drop a hint to my lovely fiance that it would make a nice addition to my collection. ;) (Hint hint, Johnny boy! Love you!)

Also, Nordstrom (where my jeans are linked to) is having it's Anniversary Sale through August 4th, with seriously good deals on seriously good stuff. Free shipping and free returns, always. 

Let's head downstairs- doesn't everyone slide down the handrail of the grand staircase here?! High class, I tell ya. 

Peering into the circa 1890 squirrel cage. Slightly creepy, slightly cool. 

Window shopping at Summer Lace- always gotta check out the new Lilly selections! 

A visit to the Grand Flo is never complete without a stop into Basin White. What a treat it is to pick up a bath bomb and take it home (or even better, back to your Resort room!) to soak in a hot tub. My personal favorites are the Lovely bath bomb and the Ariel soap (both with notes of patchouli, musk and sandalwood- swoon!).

A rule of thumb in Disney parks and resorts: look up, down, all around. Details are everywhere, and some of the very best may just be under your feet. Hey Donald! 

Lilly Pulitzer Paige Sandals (old) // Essie Bikini So Teeny 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dressing for the 4th of July

A wise man (Robert Burns, Scottish poet and lyricist) once said, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." This is fitting for this post for two reasons; one, I had planned to bring you a Fourth of July outfit post from in front of the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot and two, well, ya know, mice -- Mickey -- all that jazz. 

BUT those notorious Florida afternoon thunderstorms rolled in and by the time John got off work and we made our way back to Epcot, it was a rainy mess. Which means no Fourth of July outfit post from in front of the American Adventure pavilion. So, plan B of course was dinner at Flying Fish Cafe followed by drinks and outfit photographs at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. Tough life, I know. 

Here's a picture of me at Epcot earlier in the day, ready to cheer on the USA vs. Germany.

*Tip- I like to buy my Lilly at Summer Lace in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa because I can use my Annual Passholder discount! That's where this outfit is from. 

And here's a picture from the American Adventure earlier in the day. 

We scored a walk-up at the Flying Fish Cafe and enjoyed a lovely meal, then headed up to the Belle Vue Lounge for an after-dinner cocktail. 

 Haunted Mansion iPhone Case (in Walt Disney World merchandise shops) // Lilly Pulitzer Carded ID Wristlet // Alex and Ani Bangle Bracelets

Those radio show broadcasts from the 30's and 40's sure are the bee's knees!

 I'm probably thinking here, "Hmm, maybe I can convince John to book a spur-of-the-moment room here tonight!" (Oh wait, we did that once -- back in October!)

Not the best photo, but wanted to show you a pair of my favorite earrings. I call them my 'Epcot earrings' because they remind me of Spaceship Earth. 

 Stella & Dot Earrings- these are only $24, are made with stainless steel and Swarovski crystals, and I wear them with everything! They are definitely one of my daily go-to earrings (the gold pair, too!). 

I had originally taken a picture squatting next to the creepy chairs in the lobby, but John said it looked like I was pooping, so here's this one instead. 

Chair, why are you so creepy?! And did you know that these chairs have their very own Facebook page??!!

Here's wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dressing for GOOOOOAAAALLLLL! (or to cheer on Team USA in the World Cup)

Note: As I write this, I'm sitting in the Odyssey Center in Epcot cheering on Team USA. It's packed, and crazy fun, in here! 

A few days ago, I decided to stop into my favorite merchandise store on Walt Disney World property- Summer Lace at the Grand Floridian. Not only is The Grand my favorite resort, but Summer Lace carries my favorite clothing line, Lilly Pulitzer. I always make it a point to pop in and see the latest collection when I'm in that neck of the woods. 

On this visit, there was no shortage of red, white and blue. Lilly always releases a Forth of July inspired print this time each year, and as of late, they've all included elements that glow in the dark! 

I did the dirty work for you and tried on a variety of looks that would be perfect not only for the Fourth of July, but also to cheer on our team in the World Cup (fingers crossed I get more mileage out of these threads and we beat Germany today!). 

So, without any further ado, here are the looks I love. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! 

Vineyard Vines Swiss Dot Eyelet Ruffle Top // Lilly Pulitzer Liza Short (my own, and NOT part of the red, white and blue scheme  tee hee)

So what did I go with? See below. 

The Vineyard Vines top and the Lilly Pulitzer shorts, along with my forever-old Havaianas. Oh, and a survey marker for good measure. 

This pictures was featured on my Instagram; while you're there, check out the #surveymarkerclub hosted by an awesome Disney photographer, @jefflipack .

Ok, game time! Check back on the Fourth of July for outfit details featuring a cameo by the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Dressing for Epcot's "After Hours Wind Down"- plus Roxy Sundress Sale and J.Crew Sale

Epcot recently launched a new after-hours event called the "After Hours Wind Down." For those not familiar with what it is exactly, click here.

John and I were eager to try it out. We had originally booked the Rose and Crown for a Saturday evening, but the typical Florida rains moved in around 3:00, so we called and rescheduled it for a week later, at Tutto Gusto instead. I had read a few reviews and knew what each participating restaurant was offering, and it seemed that Tutto Gusto offered the better value for the buck.

We decided to make a day of it and enjoy some of the Flower and Garden Festival beforehand, so we started the day at Hurricane Hannah's to see our friend Disney Bill.

 Dress: Roxy (kind of old, similar here AND it's on sale. There's a bunch of cute sundresses on sale on their site, actually!) 

This is my go-to summer style for park touring. Something I don't have to wear a bra with (if you missed my post about dressing for the 'Rock Your Disney Side' 24 hour event, I mentioned this as being one of the few perks of being, shall we say, less endowed.) 

 Necklaces: Stella & Dot After Midnight Necklace (again, old and no longer in production, but I found one here on Ebay!) and Azadouhi Jewelry Triple Quartz Necklace

 Toenail polish: OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips

 Her sandals: Rainbow Classic Leather // His sandals: Reef

I spy Spaceship Earth in the photo below. Do you see it?!

I was so excited to get these next few photos. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

The reflection in the water, though!

We made our way around the World Showcase and ended up at the America Gardens Theater just as the sun was setting.

It was a beautiful evening around the World Showcase. 

Another main reason for going on this particular day was to see Herman's Hermits in the Flower Power Concert Series. John and I danced to them last year on the day we first met, and it's where we really hit it off and took notice of each other after spending the afternoon with a group of friends drinking around Epcot. We joke that we'll have Herman's Hermits play at our wedding for sentimental value. 

Before the concert began, we stopped by the Smokehouse to try the infamous Piggylicious cupcake and a Magic Hat #9. I can't say we were the biggest fan of the cupcake, but it was interesting nonetheless. 

Remember this next picture as it pertains to the ones coming up during the After Hours Wind Down event (no, I didn't forget that was the purpose of this post!)

Beer in hand, we walked back to enjoy the show. 

After watching two performances, it was time to head to Tutto Gusto. The event doesn't actually start until 9:20, when Illuminations is over, but we headed back anyway. I'm glad we did- a small crowd had already arrived and was waiting at the tables outside of the lounge. It ended up being a different vantage point for watching Illuminations, too. 

As soon as the fireworks ended, the doors to Tutto Gusto opened, and people began to check in at the podium outside before being seated. We were probably the third group in, and we overheard the couple before us ask for a seat on the couches. We asked as well, and were seated on a cozy couch rather than at one of the tables (which they seemed to be seating first, and only seating the couches if requested.) The place filled up within 20 minutes. I would HIGHLY recommend getting back there during Illuminations and being one of the first groups in so you can request a couch seat. It really added to the romantic, intimate ambiance and I'm sure heightened our experience. 

We made sure to each order something different so we could sample a variety of wines and foods. John went with the Elegant Reds Flight while I went with the Vegetarian Flight. 

We really liked both options. The flavors were all very complementary of each other, and the veggie plate was really quite filling and satisfying. The cold asparagus wasn't my favorite, and the eggplant was a bit mushy, but the artichoke hearts were delicious, and the bruschetta was phenomenal! I also liked my wine pairings, but if I were to do it again, I would order something with a red flight and here's why: John and I wanted to linger and really take our time to feel like we got our monies worth. With cold white wines, you need to drink them before they get room temperature, so I felt a bit rushed to get them down. With reds, you can sip, savor and reaaaaalllly stretch the experience out. 

Okay, so the food and wine were great, the atmosphere was lovely, but now the real reason why I would recommend the 'After Hours Wind Down' and say it is worth the money. 

We left Tutto Gusto around 10:15 or so and slowly started making our way toward the International Gateway where we had parked. We honestly didn't see ANYONE on our walk back- no security, no other guest, nothing. For a real Epcot lover (or heck, a Disney park lover in general), it was amazing. To be able to hear the background ambient music in each country, to take clear shots of the different architecture in the glow of the night lights, to stroll hand in hand with my sweetheart around a deserted World Showcase- it was really a magical moment. Forgive my lack of photography skills (namely, editing- these pictures are not all that they have the potential to be) but here are a handful of shots from our walk out of the park. 

Remember the picture from earlier in the day, with the people all in the background? Notice how there's NO ONE in this picture?! So cool, right?!!

Here's my attempt at a Frenchy, provocative model pose. I won't quit my day job. Notice the lightweight cardigan I had put on. I'm telling you, even in the 100 degree heat of summer, these are essential once the sun goes down or you plan to spend any time in air conditioned buildings. Remember, places often overcompensate for the hot, muggy air outside by blasting the a.c. inside. 

Featherweight J.Crew Cardigan (very old, similar here- they're on sale AND J.Crew is offering an additional 25% off with code SUMMERTIME through June 8th.  ALSO, J.Crew Factory has lots of cardigan options for even lower prices with 50%-60% off through June 10th!!)

One last parting shot looking towards the UK- just to emphasize how empty the park was. It's unfortunate that we were very tired at this point in the evening, as I would have like to walk all the way around the World Showcase soaking up the ambiance. But, alas, we'll just have to go back! Next time around, we're planning to try Spice Road Table- again, I've heard the portions and options are a good value for the money. 

Until next time, cheers!