Delila & The Rhododendron

IMG_4675My adorable Doberman Delila is taking over the blog today. I can’t get over how cute she is. She LOVES the camera. She’ll pose, pretend to candidly sniff the flowers, tilt her head and strut around for the camera, but just as easily put her ears down and refuse to cooperate. Delila loves going on little adventures. Her favorite part of the car ride is chomping at the cars and pretending to eat them, although in reality she’s the sweetest pup. Our cats seem to be rubbing off on her, however, as she’s recently come to fear other dogs and water.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day! This year is extra special because I finally got my dad to twin with me in Lilly! This is so not his style but he did it anyway. I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful father. He has supported me in everything, always bringing me to and from school (even when the commute was 25mi of traffic both ways), even scooping poop for me on many occasions and helping me move in and out of crappy apartments, even though there was no elevator. I’ve definitely gotten my work ethic from him and maybe my road rage too, oops! My dad is literally always there for me, no matter how far away I am. The other day he changed my brake light (or should I say his… I stole his car) over the phone.

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Two-Piece Set // Tie // Shoes

Electric Moon Peony Farm

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The other day, my mom and I visited Electric Moon Peony Farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island. While all the peonies were not yet in bloom, just enough had opened to make visiting the field enjoyable. This year, the farm is opening on select days and charge-free tickets, which can be reserved online, are required. The owners of the farm are so friendly and really made the experience. Even their hand drawn posters were beautiful. I made sure to get one and will be framing it in my room. So cute! img_5693.jpg

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I love how my dress matched the peonies. Everywhere I go, I plan my outfit to coordinate with my surroundings and I love how the hot pink peonies matched perfectly. I got this dress a couple years back on a sale in July of all times! A Lilly signature was running an impromptu sale and I managed to scoop this dress up. Here is a similar option from this season! DSC01117DSC00873IMG_5685yay

 

 

Floaties at Beach Pond

IMG_6513IMG_6890The weather this weekend was warm and sunny, perfect for getting out on the water. I ended up finding my donut and swan floaties in the basement and decided to head to Beach Pond with my bestie, Haley and cousin, Scott. Let’s just say that I’ve officially found my favorite summer activity! The swan took three people to load into the back of my SUV and just as many to get it out. However, because it’s so massive, it fits 2 comfortably and lets you float in the water without getting wet! Splashing and floating around the pond with two of my favorite people made for an extremely fun end to the weekend!

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Swimsuit // Shorts // Sunglasses // Similar Swan Float // Donut Float

Little White Dresses

IMG_4277_Facetune_30-05-2019-20-43-40Back when the azaleas were just past peak and the rhododendron had just bloomed, Haley and I went to visit the Kinney Azalea Gardens in Kingston, RI. After visiting last year, I knew I had to return. We coordinated in white lace Lilly Pulitzer dresses and sun hats. I love my hat even more after Melania Trump wore a similar one in white on her recent trip to England. The gardens are always nice to walk through and the blooms span back into the woods.

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My Dress (similar) // Haley’s Dress (similar) // Shoes // My Hat // Haley’s Hat (similar)

The little white dress is perfect for all summer occasions. It can be dressed up or down and depending on hemline and style, is extremely versatile. I love the feminine touch added by the lace fabric!  They can be worn running errands paired with sneakers, with sandals to the beach, to a polo match, work, mass, or other semi-formal to casual event. Here are some of my favorite LWDs!

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Dock Days of Summer

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It still doesn’t feel quite like summer here in Rhode Island. Some days it gets there, but more often than not, it’s been in the 60s which requires long sleeves or a jacket, at least for me.  Enter the perfect spring/early summer jacket. This pink gingham trench is adorable and even comes in a black and white option. The belt helps it be fitted, although it is tailored to be oversized. To negate this effect, I sized down, but would say it does run very true to size. A sunhat has been a constant for me this year, both for looks and to protect my face from the sun. Paired with a round rattan bag, the look really came together.

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Gingham Trench // Sunhat // Similar Rattan Bag // Heels

Things I’ve Been Loving

Being home has been so relaxing. It’s so nice to not have a giant list of to-dos, with the exception of everything that comes with moving into your first apartment… why is buying furniture so hard!? With my brain free to think about what is actually going on around me, I put together this list of things I’ve been loving. The below image coincidentally features a few of my favorites: APLs, Vineyard Vines x Target, and Lilly pillows at T.J. Maxx!

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Lilly Pulitzer at T.J. Maxx: Ever since T.J. Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods started carrying Lilly, I’ve become even more obsessed. I recently found a swim top, originally $68 for $20! Nearly everything is at least half off, including pillows! I can’t even tell you how many I’ve found, but the timing of my finds could not be more perfect as I need new pillows for my DC bed and couch!

APLs: I’ve finally found a cute pair of sneakers that are a decent dirt color! They’re so comfortable to throw on and run around. I can’t believe how supportive they are! I bought them on a whim when I saw them half off at Lulu Lemon and am so glad I did. The color pink I got matches everything and their lace-like look makes them suitable to be work with anything from workout clothes to dresses!

Shape-Tape Concealer: I stopped using this two years ago simply because I forgot to repurchase it. Last spring, I was on the market for a new concealer and decided to give it another shot. I love it even more this time around! It smooths you out, and perfects your under eye area. It actually makes me look less tired, and I have really bad dark circles.  I always bake it and it leaves a flawless finish that is actually cry proof!

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My own bed: I’m so happy that I never have to sleep in a crappy, small twin bed again! I love my home mattress so much that I ordered the exact same one for my apartment. Plus, I found it on sale on Macys.com! My bed at home is comfortable and cute and I honestly haven’t left it too much since getting home.

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Vineyard Vines x Target: This collection knocked it out of the park, and I’m not going to be done talking about it anytime soon. I’ve been wearing and using my items non-stop! One item that particularly stood out: pet sized polo shirts. I can’t handle how adorable Delila looks in hers… that pink collar!😍

Rainbow Carrots: About a month ago, I started having rainbow carrots, roasted with garlic powder, pepper and olive oil as a snack/dinner and am still loving them! Their flavors are so much more diverse and interesting than normal carrots… I’m addicted!

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My neighbors dog, Shelby: Yesterday when I got home, there was a very large pitbull mix standing at the bottom of my driveway. She was brindle and blended in with the woods, but I noticed her when she ran up to the car wagging her tail so we instantly stopped. She had no collar, but was the friendliest dog ever. I had my dad bring a leash and collar down as I didn’t want her running into the road, and the second she saw him, ran up to him wagging her tail and jumping around from excitement. None of the neighbors who were home knew her, so we kept her in the yard, hoping someone would turn up. I felt bad sending her to the pound, but since we have Delila, who is terrified of other dogs, and cats who feel the same (although she could be Angela’s twin), couldn’t keep her overnight. One of my friends is on the market for a dog, so I asked her if she’d want to take here for a sleepover until we could hopefully find the owner, since the dog was so sweet and well-trained. 20 minutes before she showed up, one of our neighbors who is also her owner knocked on the door. It was a good thing we didn’t send her to the pound, because she was a rescue who had lived in a pound and lost so much weight there due to anxiety. Now we know we have the cutest neighbor!