Well, add another item to my wishlist, please! On Wednesday I had the pleasure of stopping by the brand new Lilly Pulitzer store in International Plaza (located right outside Neiman Marcus). I’ve had my eye on that retail space for a while now, wondering what it would become. I am glad to see such a lovely new addition to the mall.
My love for Lilly Pulitzer goes back quite a few years. I went to college in North Carolina – Lilly was a staple item for sorority girls to wear. I remember making a trek to the nearest Lilly Pulitzer retail store in the spring to pick out my graduation dress…pretty much every single girl ended up wearing one; it seemed like tradition! However, as much as the quirky prints and pops of crazy colors are what my original experiences were, their lines have become more sophisticated recently. There are still quirky prints and colors, but you can also find an array of dresses, accessories, and other clothing that are a bit more refined.
Like the Janice Shift Dress. As soon as I laid eyes on this beauty in blue and gold, my heart went pitter-patter. I love the gold swirled trim on the neckline – no necklace required for this dress! You could pair it with a set of gold flats for a more casual resort style, but I could also see it worn with some gold wedges or espadrilles as well. Did I dare try it on? Unfortunately, the blue version was not in my size, but the white one was! I was too curious NOT to step into the fitting room.
Our weather has been playing games with us in the past few weeks. It’s cold, then it warms up to the high 70s. Then it decides to dip back into the 50s. It doesn’t want to make up its mind lately!
However, when the temps rise to the mid or high 70s it feels right to break out the springtime patterns. I feel like it is just about time to retire the darker winter attire. And this dress is a step in that direction for sure.
Today I make a confession: I splurged on a relatively big fashion purchase (for me, at least). Never in my life have I spent over $100 on a pair of jeans. Until now.
My Toothpick jeans from J.Crew came into my life a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing them constantly ever since. As much as I love shopping, jeans have been one of those items I’ve detested hunting for. Finding a pair that fit in all the right places….that was made of a material with some stretch for comfort…a pair that didn’t ride so low on the hips I’d be mistaken for a plumber. I know I’m not alone out there; why is is that jeans can be so hard for women to shop for?
It just so happens that a new camera body made its way into my life in the beginning of December. I Instagrammed my excitement immediately, but I haven’t talked much about my new 6D since then. Let me just state for the record: I love it. I adored my “beginner” DSLR (my Canon Rebel T1i) as well. It was a Christmas present from Justin back in 2009. But after four years of constant and consistent use, I knew it was time for me to go to the next level. Switching over to a full body frame has been awesome.
With the new frame also came the need for me to address my “strap issues.” I always used the regular neck strap on my previous camera, but instead of wearing it around my neck I would loop my arm through it/toss it over my shoulder. It was annoying and got in the way many times. I knew that when I upgraded to a new camera body, I wanted to get a hand strap to go along with it.