10 Pinners to Follow on Pinterest

My Divine Pinspiration

PinterestMy Pinterest is a reflection of me and what makes me happy. My first boards were the typical style, home decor, and cooking boards that everyone has. However, it didn’t take long before my creativity expanded what I pinned and where I pinned it. One of my favorite boards to update it my ‘Living Single‘ board. This one I use to pin cute, chic apartment style things and to promote a certain kind of lifestyle. The best part of Pinterest is when I find someone who pins similar things to me. So here are 10 pinners I follow on Pinterest!

1. Country Club Prep– Similar to me this pinner loves the classics and appreciates Ralph Lauren’s America. Not to mention her sense of East Coast casual and appropriate sailing attire. 

2. M T- This girl has a little bit of everything and plenty of it! Some of its chic and some is all about real life and making it beautiful. 

3. Caroline Grace Smith– Every time I go to this girl’s Pinterest site I am sure to find something cute and girly. She really captures what it is to be a girly girl in the things she finds. 

4. Roxane– All things chic, fabulous, traditional, and classy. I always want to redecorate my entire house when I look through her boards. 

5. Larisa– Her site address is ‘Classy in the City’ and it really is just that. She combines the classics with a few updates and captures the fabulousness of the city life. 

6. The Original Prep– I’m convinced this lovely lady started the preppy movement. Literally everything she pins is so northeast prep. She is an authority on the preppy lifestyle. And she has the following to prove it. 

7. Elizabeth Appleby– She is all about color and living life to the fullest. She explores so many different things with her boards that there is something for everyone! 

8. Rebeca Francia– Once again, a pinner that has a little bit of everything but keeps a constant theme of cute and girly.

9. Miss Nurke– I just love looking through her pins because they make me smile with the vibrancy of colors and yet relaxing themes. 

10. Lindsey– This girl and I literally pin the same things and I just love it! We inspire each other and find cute things to share. Not to mention her amazing collection of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe boards!

Bonus: Follow me if you like the above suggestions!

Do you have a favorite pinner you follow? Comment below!

-Liz

 

What to Wear: Kentucky Derby Edition

Tradition with Style!

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Meghan and I at the Derby

One of the most loved traditions in America is the Kentucky Derby. The big hats, mint juleps, mingling, and the fabulous outfits are signature to this revered event. And I was lucky enough to go last spring! I went with a good friend but we weren’t prepared for the true style of the Derby. Being the first timers that we were, we made a few little mistakes. Namely, assuming the general admission meant our seats were in the grand stand (ha, we were in the infield, grand stand seating was $600 a ticket). We had a nice time despite the chilly rain, mud of the infield, and nowhere to sit. It was still a memory worth making! We ended up standing around under a big tent with a bunch of frat boys and sorority girls singing ‘Sweet Caroline‘ with the band that was playing. Shout out to Vineyard Vines for this lovely experience! By the time the race started we were exhausted and wet. And fair warning to anyone thinking general admission tickets will get you a nice view of the race- it won’t! We couldn’t even see the horses except for the 2 seconds they ran by (and that was at a distance of about 150 ft). Anyway, my point in all this is to be prepared! You’ll be glad you were.

Tips for Derby Day

Hunter_bootsFirst off, check the weather. Like I mentioned earlier, it was pouring rain last year and it didn’t stop. Security also wouldn’t let you take umbrellas in so as you can imagine most people were sopping wet. Luckily, my friend and I brought rain ponchos and believe me they were a life saver. If the race gets rained on again this year I recommend a cute pair of Hunter rain boots. I saw several girls (and a few guys) sporting these last year and I was so jealous! Not only did they look adorable even with a nice dress or sport coat, they also kept your feet warm and dry. I wore a pair of nude flats last year (I almost wore heels) but something warmer would have been lovely. This might not be as important if you are in the grand stand or an executive club box but for anyone in the infield its vital!

Secondly, a small clutch is a must! I took a 1930s vintage black clutch that was my grandma’s. Security won’t let you take in a full size bag so a cute clutch is what you’ll have to live with. Put credit cards, lipstick, cell phone, hair spray, and if you plan to sport stilettos, a very small pair of  matching Tory Burch flats (the kind that fold up). This goes for no matter where you’re sitting! 

Third, pick a classic outfit! The guys can get away with a navy blazer, white button up, and nantucket reds. But ladies, we Kentucky_Derby_Hathave a standard to live up to! Last year I found a pink and white dress at a Banana Republic outlet in central Florida (originally $125, I paid $20, little victories!) that I wore. A trend I noticed with most of the women was a classic cut and style. A lot of reds, whites, blacks, tans, and yellows were being pulled off by attendees. There’s a reason for the subtlety and I’ll explain later. 

Fourth, accessories are important. They just are. Gents, a leather watch is really all you need. Ladies, wear pearls. They’re a classic and always will be. Plus, they match almost everything!

Kate_Middleton Finally, the hat! This is the reason for the subtle, classic look women wore. You don’t want your outfit competing with your hat. There are several styles of hats to choose from. A smaller hat like the ones Kate Middleton dons (called a fascinator) are nice if you plan on doing something a bit flashier with your hair. Otherwise, the bigger the better! Bright colors are a must as long as the base of the hat is a solid, subtle color. This isn’t something you need to spend hundreds on unless you’re the wife of someone important or a leading lady yourself. 

Well, that’s all I have for you! Have fun, take pictures, and memorize the lyrics to ‘My Old Kentucky Home‘ (you’ll be glad you did)!

Do you have any tips? Comment, like, and share!

-Liz 

 

What Do I Put in an Easter Basket?

6 Tips For an Amazing Easter Basket

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My sister and I’s baskets! Not pictured is my Tumbler and cute socks!

After a certain age Easter baskets really aren’t the same. The candy doesn’t excite us like it used to and hunting for Easter eggs is out of the question. My mom has always put together a cute basket for me (and I’m 21) and I still love it! Here are a few things that you can put in an Easter back for the kid at heart in your life. 

1. Good candy

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on this but some Ghirardelli chocolate pieces in an Easter basket is very nice! If you buy it in bulk from Ross it can be cheaper (just check the expiration date). 

2. Starbuck’s VIA 

Again, find this at Ross or even Marshall’s. They have the coffee version and then teas also! I love the berry hibiscus pink on they have. If these happen to be too expensive then buy a generic version from Walmart or Target. 

3. Tumbler or Mug

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Mug from Burlington

There’s nothing better to me than finding a mug I love! Some of the best ones I have found were at Burlington Coat Factory and Vera Bradley! They range in price. One of my faves I found for $1.98 at Burlington. I also bought one at a Vera Bradley outlet for $7! The Tumblers tend to be more expensive but I saw one that was adorable for $4.98 the other day. 

4. Bath or body products

Both guys and girls alike need them and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Twice a year Bath & Body Works does their big semi-annual sale and you can find body wash, soap, body spray, and other little things for up to 75% off. They have a great selection of men’s products too. This sale happens during the summer and then right after Christmas, so stock up early!

5. For the Ladies

Nail polish and cute socks. I get my fave socks at Target for $1.50 a pair and every season they have new patterns and designs. Target also sells N.Y.C. nail polish that ranges from $1-3 a bottle. Not the best brand, but I use it on my toes because no one can see the little chips and mistakes you tend to make with cheaper polish!

6. Go Traditional

Get Peeps. Its a classic and you can’t go wrong. 

On Instagram, I saw one girl had posted her Easter basket for that year and her parents had filled a Lilly Pulitzer bag with Lilly Tumblers, Vineyard Vines baseball hat, Peeps, Souther Proper t-shirt, and Cadbury Creme eggs. Obviously, this was a little excessive and probably cost around $170. You do not have to spend crazy money like that to give someone a great basket! Planning ahead and constantly looking for good deals is what gets you the goods at a great price. 

What do you put in Easter baskets? Do you have a traditional item that goes in?

Comment, like, share!

-Liz

7 Things You Need for Spring

Spring Has Sprung!

Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, trees are getting their color back, and temperatures are rising. What’s not to love 12472_10201140074729879_1462377357_nabout spring? But just like with any new season, we have to update our wardrobes and do some ‘spring’ cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new? Not always the truth. Here are 7 items you need for your spring wardrobe that are reintroduced every year!

1. Pearl earrings

This is so obvious I won’t say anything other than its a classic that should be in every lady’s jewelry box

2. Light weight cardigan

14041_OR0406Cardigans work with pretty much everything. I wear them year round and they’ve never failed me. Buy one or two in fun, spring colors. I like to wear them with white or gray camis underneath paired with either a skirt for work or dark wash denim jeans for the weekend. They can also be tied around your shoulders for a classic, preppy look. The one in the photo is from J Crew Factory for $20. 

3. Audrey Sunnies

The sunglasses Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s have become a classic and will stay a classic. Find a pair in a tortoise shell frame or in a rich brown color (Ann Taylor Loft is where I bought mine). From the beach to running errands, these sunnies will make you an instant classic.

4. Eyelet sundress

Last year and this year I’ve seen many stores carrying this cute staple. Find one in black or white that compliments your figure. For example, I have more of an hourglass shape so I would buy one with a v-neck top and skirt seaming that hits just above the hip to flatter my narrowest point. 

5. Sunhat

Perfectly paired with your sundress, find a semi-floppy sunhat in a neutral color (or pink if you’re bold). I found mine at the boardwalk in Virginia Beach but I have since seen even cuter, cheaper ones at places like Ross and Marshall’s. It doesn’t have to be expensive to look nice! Last year, I  went to the Kentucky Derby and wore a fascinator style hat (very small, and was attached to a head band) that I only paid $25 for. Some ladies at the Derby paid in excess of $800 for their hats. 

6. White pants or capris

White simply goes with everything. It never goes out of style. Lately, I’ve seen Pinterest explode with white pants and shorts! Old Navy and Banana Republic have them in stock at most store for pretty reasonable prices. I’ll be hitting the BR outlet for even cheaper prices!  

7. Dotted something 

Buy something with medium sized dots on it. Preferably a top that can be paired with everything from shorts to skirts. Every spring little dots pop up in the stores and charm us like the year before. A white base with navy or pink dot patterns on it looks adorable! 

Bonus: A cute little thing to take with you around town: the new Vera Bradley tumblers!

Comment, like, and share! ❤

-Liz 

 

Inspiration and My Little Black Dress

My Express Outlet find!
My Express Outlet find!

Since my first day of summer officially started today, I found myself with loads of free time and nothing to really occupy it. I spent the last 8 weeks working for my coveted 4.o semester GPA. One of my classes was public relations oriented which partly inspired this blog. As a developing writer, I am bound to talk about more than that. I like to write about what inspires me.

Inspiration comes in many forms. For me, a color, a smell, a place… that is inspiration. Fashion for me is dictated by this. I don’t care too much for the runway styles (though I admire the creativity of the designers) I prefer many of the classics. I am very inspired by New England and the classic attire that is associated with it. One of my favorite things to wear are my Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes. They go with most of my summer wardrobe for everyday activities and seem to last an eternity. Pearls are another accessory I find essential to almost any outfit. Go ahead, call me boring. I enjoy looking put together and knowing that the clothes I pick have been in many wardrobes for what seems like forever. There’s a reason they’re called classics.

I recently bought my first ‘Little Black Dress’ to add to my list of classics I own. I was at an Express outlet in Rehobeth Beach, DE and it was on clearance for $28 (originally around $100 I believe). It was a proud moment for me! I have determined that a dress like this is essential in any kind of wardrobe. However, before I owned this dress I got by with other dresses that essentially do the same thing. One of my favorites is a gray Calvin Klein I found for $15 at Ross. It has a square neckline that highlights my collarbone and fits nicely on my figure! Quite a steal if I do say so myself. Another great one I found for $25 was a DKNY red, fitted dress. It was a great purchase and has led me to believe that the ‘Little Black Dress’ doesn’t always have to be black. Many of the classics can be updated and made personal simply by a different cut or color and still maintain the class and dignity of the originals.

What are the classics you enjoy wearing? Do you personalize them?

-E.