:: Lillygeddon ::

Lilly Pulitzer said “Palm Beach is a state of mind,” but that was the furthest state of mind in Dallas when Pink Sunday launched.

On Sunday morning I arose in a flash, threw on my clothes and forewent make-up. Yes, this was an event unlike any other. For it was Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and I had prepared, studied, and stalked like a tribute at the Hunger Games.

After an epic fail on the internet (from my understanding – shoppers hacked the mobile site and there was a frenzy when the Target desktop site crashed, but several shoppers were lucky enough to snag a few pieces via Twitter links online – I was not one of the fortunate few), I opted to head 20 minutes north to the nearest, largest Super Target and try my hand at what appeared to be the most epic shopping event since Tickle Me Elmo went on sale during Black Friday.

Upon doing my research (aka learning everything I could from friends who work for Target and calling every store in a 15 mile radius), I settled on the Super Target in Plano. I knew that staying in the Uptown/SMU neighborhood could prove to be fatal. Being a former sorority president, I did not want to face sorority girls younger, stronger, and more Lilly-hungry than myself.

I arrived at Target around 7:25 am and immediately breathed a sigh of relief – I was the only one! YES! I chose wisely!

And then I realized that I was parked outside the pharmacy entrance, and 30ish women were already stationed outside the other doors. Great.

I saddled up in line, and shockingly, made a few friends. Another line began forming outside the Pharmacy section (women who still had on Juicy jogging suits – while I obviously love those, I reserve them for special occasions only a la backstage at a pageant or at my home on a weekend). Luckily, one of my new buds worked at another Target, and had friends at this location, and we were told that only one door would be opening and it was ours. YES! By 8:00 am, more than 50 people (husbands of crazed wives included, and provided specific instructions) were lined up outside the door.

After making a few more friends (with honeymoon suggestions!), we began moving into the war zone in a single-file line. Perhaps some women were too embarrassed, but there was a combination of a lot of quick walking, jogging, and for myself, a full on sprint towards the colorful, well-priced summer clothing.

I knew coming in to the store that if I left with nothing else, I needed the Nosie Posie maxi dress. Upon dashing to the women’s section (everything was divided up) I immediately spotted the maxi and scored the last small, grabbed a hat I wanted, and snagged a 7 in the pineapple sandals. I Didn’t even know I wanted those but so glad I got them! If you had looked up, you would have seen brightly colored patterns flying around you as everyone was doing 100 meter sprints from one section to the next.

I wanted a pair of the palazzo pants, but was letting fate decide for me, and fate said I needed the green and white pair – the last XS on the shelf. No time to decide if you loved it or not, you could choose later. I headed back to the housewares section and scooped up a white and gold tasselled beach blanket. The plates and hammocks were adorable, but I am working on our registry right now and just knew that there was not room in my home (to share with a boy) for them.

As my hands were full (I didn’t even have time for a bag, so my arms were overflowing), I sat down to go through the spoils of war. I had snagged a shift dress along the way (literally found it in the floor as I ran to housewares), and was offering it up to anyone who wanted it. You would have thought I had brought filet mignon to the dog park. Women began shouting and screaming and I threw it to the first woman. She was very kind and said thank you, tacking on how nice I was at the end. Had I been at a Target in Oklahoma, I’d bet 60% of the store would have been equally as kind (not accounting for the nuts – every state/city has its own batch of crazy).

I wandered back through the beauty section, but nothing more than a few hair ties, bobby pins and nail polishes were left. Knowing my Essie collection is already just that – a collection – I kept going. The only things I missed out on were the navy eyelet cover-up and a head scarf of any print. I noticed a woman in the back of the store going through her loot and she didn’t even know what she had grabbed – including two headscarves. I told her what they were and she didn’t seem to care. Bummer.

As I headed to check out at 8:20 am (yes – it happened that fast, in fact, I think shelves were cleared by 8:06 if I’m being honest), women roamed like zombies and the souls had nearly left their eyes. Many kept muttering “that was the craziest thing I have ever seen.” But, they must not have done pageants or dance competitions, so I was pretty dumbfounded at THAT being crazier than the Black Friday sales I have only imagined. I heard a few stories about shoppers dumping whole racks into their bags, but honestly I saw none of that. I was on such a mission that I saw no one and nothing.

I haven’t been that focused on something since I caught the bouquet at a cousin’s wedding in 5th grade, falsely fostering hope that I could be an incredible point guard. Priorities, people.

I left the store feeling so accomplished and exceptionally proud of my purchases. I called my parents at 8:30 am and they were a little concerned at how cracked-out I sounded. However, I knew that the ultimate bargain hunter, my mother, would be so proud of how I took no prisoners in my hunt.

Overall, I’m pleased to say I survived Lilly + Target. Now, let’s hope that Target gets it together and 1) sets a standard to agree to greater quantities and 2) has a better online  platform to navigate the next collection. Fingers crossed for you, Tibi!

Dress // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Sandals // Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Necklace // Kendra Scott

Bracelet // Tory Burch Fit Bit

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:: Merry and Bright ::

I always forget what the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is like. It’s so strange to still hear holiday music playing on the radio, yet feel like it couldn’t possibly be Christmas yet because you haven’t heard enough of it. Christmas lights still line every corner while inflatables and tiny mangers stay in the yard – yet somehow you hope they stay up just a bit beyond New Year’s Day to extend the season’s joy. With the sky turning dark so early – how can we not want just a bit of merriness and brightness to fill the air?

When winter knocks at your door, it’s easy to throw on dark layers (or in my case, flannel pajamas) and hibernate until spring. Fortunately, J. Crew always comes through in brightening up my wardrobe while still keeping me warm.

This neon green (some call it yellow – they’re wrong) tunic sweater does just that for me. I snagged it on sale last winter, but the style is so popular that J. Crew is still stocking it. That’s a sign of a staple!

Hope your days are still merry and bright!

lime

Top // J. Crew

Pants // J.Crew Pixie’s

Boots // Sam Edelman

Bag // Target

Necklace // Neiman Marcus

Bracelets // J. Crew, Wisteria

:: Put the Lime in the Coconut ::

Remember that time I went to Mexico? Yep, we are still on those photos.

I was lucky enough to score this dress on major sale from J.Crew back in August, and have since been wearing it non-stop. It has a great sack-style fit, plus pockets. I’ve belted it, stacked jewelry on it, and toned it down with neutrals. Still can’t decide if it is lime green or yellow, but considering I own one piece of yellow (see previous cover-up), we’re going to call it green.

The sun was so gorgeous the night we took these photos, but the light just wouldn’t cooperate. Or maybe we are both just still amateurs when it comes to understanding the right setting for the camera. Imagine how bright you think this dress might be, then multiply it by 1,000 times the brightness of the sun. The only game changer here would be if it glowed in the dark… WHY DOESN’T IT GLOW IN THE DARK?!

Personally, I think T just liked it because it reminds him of the bright yellow tone of highlighter which littered his law school books. No love lost over those days here!

 

 

 

Dress // J.Crew

Shoes // Sole Society (best price ever!)

Bracelets // Anthropologie, C. Wonder

Rings // Beyond Baroque, H&M

Right before we thought we would die going 100 mph on Mexico’s highways in a top-heavy van.

 

:: Kaleidoscope ::

Remember the Peter Pilotto for Target debacle from a few weeks ago? I had my eye on this dress from the get go, and even girlfriend who was shopping for her daughter couldn’t beat me to it! With a dozen weddings and showers in the coming year, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of this little gem. The cool tones with bright pops of neon make it so flexible in terms of weather. Adding a long sleeve top with tights and booties, or a collared shirt, will take it into the winter seasons. Throwing on a different belt and matching various colors and patterns of heels will keep it rocking through summer.

Did you ever look through kaleidoscopes as a kid? This dress reminds me so much of the magical, transforming shapes swimming at the end of the mirrored tunnel. I did a quick Wikipedia search of kaleidoscopes (because I spent four years in the journalism college being told not to do so), and learned all about the history of these gorgeous, greek-invented objects. Do yourself a favor and take a look here. Only, of course, after you take a look below!

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara, Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: C.Wonder, Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Dress: Target, Shoes: Zara (similar), Belt: ASOS, Bag: J.Crew (similar), Rings: C.Wonder (super sale!), Bracelets: Seasonal Whispers, J.Crew, Nails: Essie Marshmallow

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:: Perfect Pants ::

:: can't get enough neon ::

:: can’t get enough neon ::

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: Stella Rae's (C.Luce), Pants: Nordstroms, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: H&M, Rings: David Yurman, ASOS, Arm Party: Toy Watch, C.Wonder, J.Crew

Top: J.Crew, Jacket: Stella Rae’s (C.Luce, similar), Pants: Nordstroms, Shoes: Steve Madden (similar), Bag: H&M (old, super fun option here), Rings: David Yurman, ASOS, Arm Party: Toy Watch, C.Wonder, J.Crew

I’ve worn a lot of pants in my life. From sequins to fringe, bell bottoms to boyfriends, and leather to custom painted (these really exist – TWO pairs), I’ve tried just about every style. However, this new trend is by far my favorite. Not only do these pants have the holy grail of all clothing items – pockets (isn’t it the absolute worst when pants psych you out with the itlaysflatterbecauseitdoesnthavearealpocket thing?), they have everything else you could ever want. A wild print, plus eye-catching neons, and a lightweight fabric so moveable that I may just wear them daily. And to bed. And back to work again. No shame.

To top it off? A STRETCHY WAISTBAND! 

If you are a donut-loving, pizza-eating, cookies-n-cream craving gal like me, you’ll appreciate a pair of pants that are not just stylish, but can be worn on the most delicious of Thanksgiving Days. After my healthy eating kick (no, I’m not the resolution type – but the holidays are too busy to take proper care of myself), I’m already looking forward to that glorious day when I can pig out. Until then, you’ll be seeing me pretend to be sporty in these fancy joggers and sweating like Richard Simmons in the gym downstairs! But most definitely not both at once. That just wouldn’t be right!

:: Neon, Neon ::

Dress: Top Shop, Heels: BCBG, Bag: , Necklace: Neiman Marcus,

Dress: Top Shop (old, similar here), Heels: BCBG, Bag: Christopher Kon (similar here), Necklace: Neiman Marcus (another option), Bracelets: J.Crew, C.Wonder (on sale!), Coach (similar), Seasonal Whispers

As we were leaving for the Bahamas, I intended to come home with no less than seven blog posts. If it had been a New Year’s resolution, I would have epically failed. If you know me at all, you should know that I am NEVER on time when it comes to being ready – particularly when I think there might be a bit of leeway. Sure, I can make it to all business meetings or other appointments, but from dinners to basketball games, I am always late. Hence: “I’ll be ready in five minutes.”

On one of the seven days we were on vacation, these photos come from the one night I was early. By early, I mean that dinner probably was set for 7:00 and Taylor told me it was at 6:30. If this is true, then after four years, he totally understands how I function! It was so humid that this hair-do became my staple, and now I’ve forgotten how to do anything else. What’s your easy-go-to-up-do?!