Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Top

Hope y'all had a great weekend! I don't know about you but I am so excited for the upcoming long weekend. We have friends coming in town and a new boat that is finally ready to be picked up so we'll get the spend lots of time on the water this weekend, my favorite place to be! 

Speaking of spending time by the water, I often forget what a blessing it is that I live close to Tybee Island, so it was great to go out there for a little evening beach happy hour a couple weeks ago! 

This off the shoulder gingham top is a new favorite of mine, after seeing Paige from The Pink Clutch style it while she was in Savannah a few weeks ago! The top is from a fabulous Etsy shop, along with these fun teal beaded tassel earrings that match my monogram tumblers- all from various Etsy shops. As an Etsy shop owner, I love being able to support other Etsy gals and creative entrepreneurs!

My Coastal Living magazine had just arrived so I tossed it in my tote, along with my new favorite White Claw spiked seltzer (the black cherry flavor is my favorite so far but I do have the grapefruit in my fridge for this weekend!) I cannot tell y'all how much I enjoy just sitting back with a cold drink and reading my favorite mags, especially in such a gorgeous setting like this one!

Cheers! Tomorrow on the blog I'm going to sharing more of my Etsy favorites!

Photography by Andrea Kinnear

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Charleston Weekend Snapshots

Last weekend, Robbie and I didn't have any plans so we decided to take a spontaneous trip up to our favorite southern city! Though we love our home, neighborhood, and friends in Savannah... we sure do miss life in Charleston. It was great to visit our old favorite places, as well as check off some new spots that have been on my list- like Leon's! It was a quick weekend trip but I wanted to share a few snapshots from the trip!

We got in town Saturday around lunchtime and had to run to Mt. Pleasant for a few things so we stopped and had lunch at Sesame, where I had my favorite "Carolina" chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and sweet potato fries.

Window shopping at Vieuxtemps, one of my favorite gift boutiques on King Street. Natalie, the owner is the sweetest!

King Street on a beautiful sunny afternoon!

This pretty blue swing dress has become a staple in my closet this month, especially during a warm summer afternoon since it's so breezy and cool! I can't wait to share more photos of it on the blog soon!

We met up with Robbie's cousin for oysters and drinks (^^ Lillet Royale) at The Darling Oyster Bar.

It was so fun to try a new place for oysters and The Darling did not disappoint! After drinks we headed down the street to our reservation at O-Ku. Their Salmon & Lemon Roll is hands down my favorite sushi roll and I have been missing it!

After dinner we walked to one of our favorite spots, The Rooftop at Vendue (it was a bit of a walk, hence the nice and glistening skin haha!) One of my best friends was in town for her sister-in-law's bachelorette party and it was so fun getting to see her there, even if it was just for a short time. I'm so excited that I get to see her again Labor Day weekend! I wore this adorable gingham off-the-shoulder top and my favorite new pink tassel earrings, with this straw clutch, all of which will be styled on the blog soon!

Lunch at Leon's!! I have been dying to go here for so long but never got the chance until last Sunday! I ordered the Siam Salad and Robbie had the fried oyster sandwich, which were both delicious! 

Lucy pup got a little tired on the walk home from Leon's so her daddy was kind enough to carry her! Spoiled much!? ;) You may also have seen on my Instagram how much she loved the water bowls all the stores had outside!

Before we knew it, it was Sunday afternoon and time to head back home after a fun weekend getaway! 

Until next time Charleston!

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Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale - Time to Shop!!

Good morning Lilly lovers! For those are you that are up and ready to shop the After Party Sale, be sure to read my last post with my favorite tips and tricks to shop and also read the tips below!

If you're looking to shop elsewhere, I've found two sites that have some great deals up early!

Lovers Coral Sophie Dress // also available HERE

More Dresses:

Best of luck shopping! Can't wait to see what everyone scored!

****10 a.m. UPDATE****

I got my place in line on the Lilly website this morning and shopped away! I was surprised that things weren't flying out of my cart like they usually do, so I was able to actually take my time and find some things that I loved! Here are a few of my favorites:

$98 on sale for $64
This popover looks great with a monogram ;)

$138 on sale for $79
This is the dress you've seen all of my Instagram and blog! It has UPF 50 sun protection and is so comfy!

$198 on sale for $79

$198 on sale for $79

Shellebrate Monterey Dress
$108 on sale for $39

$118 on sale for $29 
Such a steal! I couldn't pass this one up! :)

$158 on sale for $69

$58 on sale for $34

$58 on sale for $24

$98 on sale for $59

$198 on sale for $69
$98 on sale for $39

$68 on sale for $44

$198 on sale for $59

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Lilly After Party Sale Tips & Tricks

1) Do your research.
This sale will likely include items from the spring and summer deliveries, but not the newest items from fall, and maybe not even the last delivery of summer. So count of most things that came out between January-mid June. I think a safe bet is whatever is on the website now will likely not be included in the sale. You can see some of the earlier styles and prints from some of my previous posts this year:

From what I recall, when the sale goes live, items are sorted into categories similar to how they are on the website now. I think it's usually Dresses, Tops (often including everything from tanks tops to cashmere sweaters), Bottoms (shorts, pants, skorts, you name it!), Accessories, and Kids. If there's a specific category you are are shopping for, start there! For me it's usually dresses though I always love checking out the accessories because they often include old gift with purchase items and fun items you can't find anymore in stores.

Is there a specific style that you love but don't normally buy when at full price? For me, that's always the Elsa Top which is a gorgeous silk blouse that is normally $158, but usually included in the sale for under $100. It's a great transitional piece that I know I can always wear year round! {Sizing note: these tops are flowy but I suggest taking your usual size. I wear a small in the Elsa top.}
Elsa Tops in "Lovers Coral" and "Out to Sea"

I also have been loving the Luxletic (Lilly athletic/athleisure) items lately! I have a pair of the Into the Deep Crops that I love to wear to Pure Barre classes along with two pairs of Run Around Shorts that I love to literally run all around in. During the sale, I will probably use the search tool to look for these items, because I would love another pair of Run Around Shorts! {Sizing note: This summer I've been a 6 in most Lilly shorts and wear a medium in both the shorts and the crop leggings.}
Run Around Shorts in "Into the Deep"

Here are a few SNEAK PEEKS of items that will be included!!!

2) Know your size.
This is goes along with the above tip, but it's always helpful to know what size you are in different things because items are going to be final sale! You can set up a TrueFit profile beforehand to get an idea of what size you may be as you shop along. I'll be the first to admit that Lilly sizing can be a little unpredictable sometimes so if you have a store nearby, I would suggest stopping by this weekend to just try some things on. Even if they aren't something you'd be interested in buying, it's always good to have an idea of what how different items fit. Also, if you have any questions about specific items, I'd be happy to help you out! I've tried on my fair share this year and feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the sizing!
Perfect example of unpredictable sizing (though it also could just be how my body is shaped) I'm wearing an XS in the Adelina Tunic on the left and a 6 in the Alina Ankle pants but the 4 in the Tessa Shift fit perfectly! These are all in the print "Fronds Place" which was from the spring and was one of my favorites!
And then I ended up getting the Enna top in large! At the time (back in March) I wasn't sure about the off-the-shoulder look on me, so I wanted to be able to wear it on my shoulders a little so I sized up (I usually would wear a small in this kind of top.) Sadly, this top probably won't be included in the sale because it sold out so quickly back in the spring!

3) Be prepared.
If you don't already have a Lilly Pulitzer account, sign up with all of your information so you don't have to take the time the day of the sale (trust me, you won't want to have to do it then!) Be sure to stay logged in because the morning of the sale you won't be able to log into the side before 8 am. Also, download the Lilly app on your phone because this can sometimes be quicker than the regular website!

4) Get in the virtual line.
Go to lillypulitzer.com a few minutes before 8 and refresh your browser until the sale begins and get your spot in their virtual line system. Once you have your place in that line, grab your coffee, your sale list, etc. and get ready to shop. Do NOT refresh your browser or you'll just go to the back of the line again!

5) Grab other devices.
Once you get your initial spot in line, try getting a spot in line with other devices. In the past, I've had the best luck using the Lilly app on my iPhone!

6) Shop quick.
Once you get access to the sale... shop QUICK. These items are going to sell out and sell out fast! Lilly offers free shipping during the sale so even if you know you will want to order more, don't be afraid to check out as soon as you found that one item you really had to have! Even if something is in your shopping cart and you are getting ready to check out, doesn't mean it's yours until you have hit that magical "PLACE ORDER" button.

7) Shop around.
This may be one of my favorite tricks for the sale and I'm sharing my secret with y'all! While it's no doubt that the Lilly website has the most inventory to start out with, keep an eye out because other retailers like Zappos, Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus often price match! During the New Years sale, Amazon had great deals that started before Lilly's sale went live so I was able to grab a couple things before they sold out on the Lilly website. 

Like I mentioned in my post yesterday, there are some great signature store (meaning they sell Lilly Pulitzer but are privately owned) along with corporate stores that will likely have sales going on too! You can find the closest store to you right here or try calling around. I also mentioned this yesterday but my girls at Cloister Collection of Athens [706-395-6377] and Palm Avenue of Savannah [912-233-6375] and Palm Avenue Charleston [843-577-5219] are awesome!! :)

8) Be patient & have perspective.
Once you get in there and place your order, whether it's on the Lilly website or elsewhere, remember that these places are experiencing high volumes of sales that they aren't normally used to and your order may take longer than normal to ship. If you order through the Lilly website, you'll receive an order confirmation and then a shipping notification to keep you updated on your order. I know once that shipping notification comes, it'll probably be about a week before my package arrives because they're using the free economy shipping.

So say something happens and your order can't be fulfilled because an item has sold out. It's not a super common occurrence, but it does happen, especially when ordering online from signature stores that can't often update their inventory as quickly as people are buying the items (I've been on the retailer side before and it is tough!) Yes, it stinks you didn't get what you wanted... but also remember it's not the end of the world. Life will go on (just maybe without that cute dress you've had your eye on for months and finally thought you had.) We've all been there and it's going to be ok. It basically just means, you'll have Lilly karma and will be able to score some great deal later on! ;) P.S. If the Lilly karma isn't enough for right now, check Instagram (the hashtag #buymylilly is one I always use!) about a week after the sale... someone may have ordered what you wanted and it didn't work out for them!