Lilly Pulitzer for My College Graduation

Good morning lovelies! I’m sitting in bed eating granola and yogurt trying to convince myself not to eat the chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator. That’s easier said than done. I need the chocolate to get through the next round of job applications I’m sending out. I swear, this never ends!

lilly_pulitzer_springI mentioned in a previous post, that my graduation is coming up in May and I want to celebrate by buying myself a Lilly Pulitzer dress to wear for the big day! During my trip to Charleston, I tried a few on and snapped some pictures to show you. I didn’t buy any of them as I would prefer my mom and best friend to help me choose one. Yes, I realize it sounds like I’m wedding dress shopping but for me, this is the biggest day of my life! I accomplished this solely on my own and its worthy of celebration!

I also wanted your opinion on the dresses I tried on. The girls in the Lilly store were so kind and gave me great feedback but there’s nothing like having people you care about (hint: that’s you gals) giving you a thumbs up or down.

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I absolutely loved this cut and style. Very flattering on my figure! Sorry it’s a bit blurry. My iPhone camera is starting to go.

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I accidentally tried on the size 6 in this dress. I’m usually a size 8. I managed to squeeze into it but it wasn’t without some twisting and contorting!
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I absolutely loved this one! My only complaint was that my bra straps showed and I’d need to wear a strapless bra. Anyone who’s ever worn one knows how awful they are.

Leave a comment and tell me which one you like the most!

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Touring Charleston in the Rain

charleston_homesHello friends! It’s been a busy few days with insane travel and little projects I’ve been working on. I left Saturday for my trip to Charleston and was met with snow and ice at the airport. I spent 10 hours waiting for my plane to leave from Reagan National Airport. Needless to say, I became very acquainted with airport staff and the floor. I met some great people though. That’s the funny thing about being stuck somewhere, you’re forced to talk to the people around you and frankly, it’s kind of nice.

I had a job interview on Monday and met some of the nicest people. Their offices were in a big, old home in downtown Charleston. Wide-planked wood floors and beautiful high ceilings with their crystal chandeliers added so much to the style of the house. There’s something incredibly charming about southern style homes around here. As if I didn’t want the job enough, the office location made it a hundred times more desirable.

After my interview, I went exploring and unfortunately got a little lost on the wrong side of town. I went into a convenience store and the clerk said in a thick Egyptian accent, “This isn’t the side of King Street you want to be on, let me call a cab.” I was most grateful given that I was soaked to the skin because of the torrential downpour outside and my lack of umbrella.

I got some great pictures of a few old homes around the area though. I found it odd exploring_charleston how some have been so well-cared for and others are dilapidated and look dangerous to walk in. I noticed that many had scaffolding on them so it appears that people are trying to flip them and bring to light the home’s glory days.

I appreciate the traditions and warmth of this town so much. The people are just wonderful and so kind. I had a little boy open the door for me the other day and after I smiled and said “thank you”, he looked at me and said, “you’re welcome, ma’am.” I’ve never been to a place where children are actually polite. Of course there will always be an exception to this observation, but overall I’d say this is a general practice.

As I mentioned earlier, I got some photos of pretty, old homes around here and I’m so happy I get to share them with you!

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My Airport Necessities and Travel Style

Happy Saturday friends! I’m gettin’ on a jet plane today bound for Charleston, South Carolina! I have my very first in-person job interview on Monday with a local marketing firm and I’m hoping I nail this interview. In the mean time, I’ll be exploring Charleston and getting a feel for the area. But first, I’ve got to make it on time for my flight, get through TSA, and hope my flight is delayed due to the weather. Jet Set Style
DKNY outerwear / Kenzo skinny jeans / Kate spade shoes / Ambassador Luggage Matte Finish Suitcase 20 Inch Carry on Spinner… / Kate spade jewelry / Kate spade jewelry / Rifle Paper Co iphone case, $54 / Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, $175 / Frends headphone, $275 / Thermal Mug

Airport Necessities

As a seasoned traveler (ok, not really), I’ve learned to expect and prepare for flight delays due to weather, so I make sure to stuff my carry on with things to entertain me for awhile. TSA agents find this in my bag:

  • A fashion magazine (preferably Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar)
  • Bottled water (which they make me throw out)
  • Bubble gum
  • Ear buds
  • Laptop and charger
  • Travel pillow (not just for airplanes)
  • Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (planners gonna plan!)
  • Small make up bag (nothing over 3 oz.)

As far as my airport style goes, I have put a self-ban on sweatpants of any kind. I usually fly out of the DC airports and you never know who is going to be on your flight. Having lived in the capital and been taught the ins and outs of networking, you always have to look your best no matter where you are.

Typically, I wear flats similar to the Kate Spade mules above, dark wash jeans, and soft t shirt with a blazer over it. I’ve been trying to track down a blanket scarf and a cape for ages but can’t seem to find one that isn’t too expensive and in stock. I find that this airport uniform works for all seasons. If it’s winter, I’ll stick my coat in my carry on and wear my blazer, which is what I’m doing right now.

Here’s to looking fabulous on the fly!

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Apartment Inspiration

Hello loves! Yesterday, I mentioned that I’m apartment hunting in my future place of residence- Charleston, SC- so today I thought I might show you a few things that are inspiring me in terms of how I’m going to decorate!

The colors I’m going with are gray, light pink, white, black, and gold. Of course, I’m adding in touches of glitter everywhere! Pretty fonts like the one you see below will also adorn my walls as I think they add so much personality to a room. I want a touch of whimsy in the main living area!

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In my bedroom, I’m really hoping to keep the color palette to black and white with hints of pink and some silver. Based on all the little accessories and decorative items I’ve collected over the past few years, I think I can pull this look off. I’m going to be looking for a large floor-length mirror to put in a corner so I can take better pictures of my #ootd!
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I absolutely adore the colors in this floral arrangement. Pink, cream, and lilac are so feminine. I’m a huge believer in keeping plants in the house during the winter months because we need something green and living to look at during the day. It’s an instant mood-lifter! pink_flowers

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Last but not least on my inspiration list, the kitchen! Will my first place have a kitchen like this? No, probably not. However, incorporating these elements (texture, color, and pattern) will make my bland kitchen totally glam. I’ll be raiding TJ Maxx for their discounted designer kitchen wear! I’ll keep you posted!

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Apartment Hunting in Charleston

faux_fur_snowA few posts ago, I mentioned that I was job hunting! That statement should never be followed with an exclamation mark but I have to be excited about something, right? The location I’ve chosen to relocate to is Charleston, South Carolina. I love this place because of it’s charm, culture, food, and wonderful shopping!

While I’m still looking for a job (so exhausting), I’ve been checking out the real estate in Charleston and figuring out where I might like to live. The killer part of this journey is understanding what is affordable and what isn’t. Rarely do the jobs I apply for give a salary estimate, which adds to the uncertainty of what I can realistically pay for monthly. Many of the apartments available are either incredibly expensive and luxurious or they’re section 8 housing. I’ve found a few places that are in between those two extremes that I can afford but who knows if they have any apartments available.

My list of “must-haves” in an apartment isn’t that crazy I don’t think given my budget of $750. I would love to have a walk-in closet, pool, some sort of security system, small porch, and a Starbucks located near by. I absolutely can’t wait to show you what I do with my first apartment! I have so many ideas I’ll never be able to do it all.

Another thing I’m looking forward to is being able to start taking more personal style photos. I have tons of clothes and a million ways to wear them but there aren’t too many great places near my current location to take good pictures. Charleston is full of perfect little spots to take amazing photos. I’m also getting ready to buy my domain name (and change the name of this blog!) and rebrand it using my own color and texture selections. To compliment this new look, I’ll be needing lots of lovely pictures to share with you and on my Instagram (hint: @wittyandpretty21).

What are your favorite things to see on blogs in terms of pictures? Comment below!

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