“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

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IMG_9053Lilly, Lilly, Lilly. You either love it or you hate it.

Having a godmother who worked at the unmistakably preppy haven, I learned at a young age to adorn myself in Lilly Pulitzer whether I liked it or not.

It took me until becoming a sorority girl in college to appreciate the bright colors, flashy patterns and lifestyle of a “Lilly girl.” Because essentially that’s what Lilly is. Aside from the fashion, aside from the clothing— it’s a lifestyle.

Anyway, now that I can appreciate that “style isn’t what you wear, it’s how you live,” a quote made famous by Lilly Pulitzer herself, I love a good Lilly product every now and again.

IMG_9040IMG_9039The Lilly end of summer sale is always a great time to pick up an accessory or two, but this year I fell in love with a dress that was nearly 50% off. Having a lobster dinner at my country club that evening, I had to buy it— it was just too perfect. White cotton, with a subtle and scenic lighthouse pattern.

IMG_9051It was perfect for the occasion and will be a great summer staple in my wardrobe for years to come. That’s what I love about Lilly.

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”- Lilly Pulitzer

August Reds

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IMG_8977There’s nothing like a red dress to turn heads. I ordered this dress from JollyChic.com and wasn’t in love. It sat in my closet for two weeks and I even tried to give it away. I thought it looked like an oversized pillowcase and couldn’t figure out how to wear it.

IMG_8979But with a fall nip in the air today, I decided to give it another go. I styled this red trapeze high-low dress with a long poison bottle necklace, a chunky white and gold bracelet and gold gladiator sandals.

IMG_8988To give it a fall flair I added this great black felt panama hat from Nordstrom’s BP, which is perfect as a fall transition piece and a great festival piece. If I happened to be headed to the Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend, this would be a perfect festival outfit.

IMG_8989(I also was feeling a little one with the animals today ;-) )

IMG_8994If you have any other suggestions on how to wear this dress I’d love to hear! I’m looking forward to wearing this dress with boots and leggings in the fall!IMG_9006

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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IMG_8921.JPGYesterday, I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The cause of the neurodegenerative disease is not completely understood, but has frequently been known to affect athletes.

Former Penn State football player and captain of the 1986 National Championship team Steve Smith developed ALS following his NFL career. My dad met with Steve several years ago to write a chapter for his book “The Perfect Season” when he was essentially a prisoner of his own body. It’s a truly heartbreaking chapter of the book but one of the best all the same.

ALS is a tormenting disease that requires so much more awareness and research than it currently receives. I’m happy to see this seemingly silly challenge go viral— as they say, any PR is good PR.

Here is my video completing the challenge. I encourage you to visit http://www.alsa.org/ and http://www.stevesmithfund.org/ to learn more and/or donate to the cause.

My Obsession with Alex+Ani

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It’s safe to say I have an obsession with Alex and Ani. It is one of my favorite company’s right now and here’s why:

1. All bracelets are made from recycled and sustainable material

2. All products are made in America

3. Stores support local business economy

4. Products are thoughtfully made and created with empowerment purposes; the “Charity By Design” line even gives back to various charities

5. CEO Carolyn Rafaelian is a fellow AXiD :)

photo 1-1I could go on with my list but I’ll break it down a bit. I love company’s that hold purpose and Alex and Ani bracelets hold so much more meaning than just a simple wire charm bracelet. Not only is this simplicity factor great, which makes the bangles easy to wear for all ages, but each bracelet is designed with a meaning. Each bracelet comes with a tag which reads, “Infused with (+) energy technology.” Alex+Ani charms, represent positive energy and are symbolic to the charm they encompass. I keep all my description cards that come with the bracelets and place them in my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder. Even if “positive energy technology” is just a figurative term, I love the idea behind it. It makes me feel like a child again, believing in this magical technology infused in each bracelet.
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Every time I wear my Alex and Ani bracelets, I am reminded of different words in which I hope to embrace throughout the day. I pick out my daily bracelets to wear based on the qualities I feel I need the most reminding of. For example, the compass charm is one of my favorites for when I feel I need direction but the mermaid is a charm I love for when I need a little feminine empowerment and cheekiness.

IMG_8124I recently returned home from Newport, Rhode Island— the birthplace of Alex+Ani, and was lucky enough to spend some time in the store. Even the environment in Alex+Ani stores exudes a positive energy vibe. Not to mention, the signature scent in the store smells great! I even came home with some wood wick “Turn Peace Up” candles that smell incredible! I can’t wait until a store opens up in Philadelphia— if you need any new employees you know who to call! ;-)

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Travel Tuesday- Travel Tips

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10407793_10203477427889113_5424155605366637187_nI spent this past week traveling in New England. While on my week-long trip, I was praised for some of my packing and traveling skills I have obtained over the years. So here are just a few of my travel tips. Bon Voyage!

1. Packing Light

For summer trips, the key to packing light is to know the weather of the environment which you will be traveling to. Since I was in New England for the week, I could get away with packing 1 sweater, 1 jacket and 1 long pair of pants. Multiple simple tank tops and a few different short options= multiple outfits with minimal clothing to pack.

-12. Clothing Rolls

I learned the secret of the “clothing roll” back in my overnight summer camp days. Rolling clothing into neat balls really is a space saver when packing. And there is nothing like just being able to bring a carry-on, whether it be a plane, train or bus. Checking bags wastes so much time when traveling and who really wants to lug around a big suitcase anyway?

3. Imodium and Dramamine and Advil

I always have these items in my purse when traveling. You just never know when your body is going to go loopy from switching up its routine.

285673_10150933814773926_2061694245_n4. Drivers License/Passport and Cash

Depending on where you are traveling to, make sure you always have your drivers license or passport on you at all times. Especially if you are going out of the country, having both on you is always a good thing as well as photo copies of both items. Even Caribbean Islands require passports so make sure you bring it! (I once almost missed a flight for someone forgetting theirs) Also, my wallet was once stolen in London and having a photocopy of my license saved my life!

Cash is always good to have on you when traveling as well. I rarely carry around cash these days, but when I travel I make sure to have a little something just in case. You never know when a machine will be down or you’ll need to tip someone.

IMG_36145. Colorful Luggage or Tag

When you do have to check a bag, having a bright colored suitcase or unique tag/bow on your bag is so essential in finding your luggage at baggage claim. It makes life so much easier when you don’t have to pull off every black suitcase and check the name tag.

6. Phone Charger and book

Airports and various other travel ports are really great about having “charging stations.” Also many buses, trains, etc. have their own outlets equipped with their seats. Definitely a must to have in your carry-on when traveling. You never know when your battery is going to run out just when you need to be in touch with someone. I feel so handicapped in unfamiliar places with a dead phone nowadays.

But when your phone does die, a good old fashioned book will do the trick to entertain you. Not a Nook or Kindle, because that requires a charger too. You don’t want to be a hog at the charging station. Let your phone charge as you sit back and relax with a book.

7. Scarves!

I always travel with a scarf on. Since temperatures always fluctuate on planes, trains etc., scarves are lightweight enough to store in a bag and warm enough to serve as a blanket. Not to mention, scarves always make outfits that much cuter. ;-)

166736_10152670656770317_1651063085_n8. Go with the flow

From canceled flights, to broken down buses, to delayed trains— you never know what is going to happen when traveling. From experience, the best thing you can do is just sit back, relax and laugh it off. Once you’ve purchased your ticket and stepped into the station it’s all out of your hands from there. Enjoy the adventure. Traveling is always a story.

Candy Colored Hair

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Let’s be honest, not many people can pull off this pastel colored hair look. My sister however, managed to make it look stylish and chic without looking too outrageous or too punk. In fact, it looks like cotton candy! Her naturally blond hair took the temporary hair dye nicely and it should only last about a week without damage (fingers crossed). To go with the new hair, this was her outfit selection for a concert look. Crop top with lip designs from American Apparel, black torn high waisted shorts from Urban Outfitters and two-toned high top Converse All Star’s. Voila!

Xoxo

Mominista

Many might say I get my sense of style and my love of clothes from my mom. While my mom and I can butt heads about each others fashion choices, most of the time she’s spot on. Which is why this week’s Fashion Friday feature is on my inherently stylish mom.

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I must say, when she walked out in this casual outfit the other day I was stunned. I usually only see her dressed up for work or in Birkenstock’s walking the dog (sorry did I just give away that unfashionable secret?). The middle ground, the casual-cute “just running errands” kind of look, is not a normal outfit I see my mom wearing. She nailed it. IMG_8572 IMG_8574

I couldn’t stop asking her where she got her clothes! Me! Asking my mom where she bought her clothes.

Boyfriend jeans- C.Wonder

Sandals- Charlotte Russe

Peasant top- a boutique in Maine

Bracelet- also a boutique in Maine

Watch- Nordstrom

Well done mom! And if you find these items missing from your closet…you’ll know where to look!

Xoxo

Summer Manis

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Usually, I am very simple when it comes to manicures. But this summer, it’s like I’ve become a kid again—I’m loving nail designs!

Here are some of my favorite manis for summer!

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I love shades of white for the summer. It makes your nails look clean and makes your skin look tanner! Add a simple anchor design for a little flair!

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Because there has been so much USA pride this summer with the World Cup and America’s 238th birthday! Everyone needs a little red white and blue in their life for summer!

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Whether it is metallic stripes or chevron, stripes are so summery especially when put on top of pastels. Teals, lavenders and powder pinks and corals are my favorites for summer.

4. Lemons and Suns and Sunflowers

While I have yet to try these designs out yet. I love lemon, sun and sunflower designs for the summer. There is really no other season you would be able to pull off such nail art. Just take a look on Pinterest and you are sure to be inspired!

Beach Hair

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IMG_8293 Hope everyone had a fun Fourth of July Weekend! My blog took a day off on Friday and I hope you did too! But now, time to make up for it. Here are my hair thoughts from a weekend at the beach— enjoy!

There are few things I enjoy more for summer style than beach hair. I live for a little ocean water and sunshine in my hair! When I go to the beach and the water is too cold, I will still make sure to dunk my hair in to create those perfect beachy waves. (I have even had friends bring me home a bottle of ocean water before to put in my hair) You could say it’s a mild obsession.

But since it is not possible for me to have authentic ocean water in my hair on a daily basis, I decided to create my own. So here are my instructions on DIY Surf Spray.

1. Ingredients: 1 tbsp Coarse Sea Salt (I used real sea salt from Cape Cod), 1 cup cold water, 1 tbsp hair gel, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 empty spray bottle

2. Mix all these ingredients together screw on the top and shake up the bottle

3. Wash hair, towel dry and spray mixture into damp hair

4. You may need to add more when hair is close to dry to add more texture. I find my hair takes the Surf Spray better when it is closer to dry than wet as my hair is very thick. Play around with it.

5. Enjoy your just-came-from-the-ocean Surf Spray

Another thing I love in the summer is naturally lightening my hair color. I’ve tried many different ways of doing this from lemon juice, Sun-In and John Freida Sheer Blonde Spray (which I found really dried out my hair). So last weekend I tried out a little beer in my hair. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy was my poison. I had heard beer in the hair is a great natural lightener but had my concerns— I didn’t want to smell like beer all day! I filled up a spray bottle with Summer Shandy and sprayed in generously and the beer smell did not reek.

IMG_8342       After a day at the beach with my beer spray, I am happy to report that it was a great natural lightener! The Summer Shandy with its lemon properties probably helped too. Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy Spray is something I will definitely be using again!

Happy Monday! Xoxo

 

Janji Running Apparel

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Courtesy of Dave Spandorfer, co-founder Janji

Courtesy of Dave Spandorfer, co-founder Janji

Henry David Thoreau once said in Walden, “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.”

Thus, be careful about becoming involved in anything that calls for an outward change and not for an inner change of character.

Both figuratively and literally, Boston based start-up Janji appeals to both the outward and inner “change of clothes.”

Also fitting that co-founder Dave Spandorfer’s favorite summer workout includes a nice long run in the woods followed by a swim in Walden Pond.

Founded just two years ago by Dave Spandorfer and Mike Burnstein, Janji hopes to help fight the global food and water crisis while making you look and feel good as well.

For every item Janji sells, $4.00 is donated to food and water causes around the world.

In fact, Janji meM Rwanda Shortsleeveans “promise” in Malay.

The foundation which the company is based on; a promise to fund solutions, raise awareness and create a nation of runners that run for another and eliminate the global food and water crisis. (A statement that can be found on their mission statement page)

“We chose the word promise because, from the beginning, we wanted to make a promise to better the world through running,” says Dave.

Each item of clothing is designed with inspiration from the country it helps.

Take for example, the “Men’s Rwanda Woven Basket Tee.” (Pictured Above) The t-shirt design was inspired by Rwandan basket weaving and for each purchase of the tee, customers give 3 days of nutritional medicine to a malnourished child in Rwanda.

The great thing about Janji is that customers know exactly where their money is going. Statements like these are found on each item of clothing on the e-commerce site.

And as runners themselves, meeting on the track team as Washington University St. Louis, their apparel appeals to the needs of runners both men and women, including using a breathable mixture of materials such as polyester, cotton, spandex and 3M moisture wicking technology and including reflective logos for safety.

In the next few weeks, Janji will release their brand new line, featuring “the best stuff [they've] ever made,” according to Dave.

Courtesy of Dave Spandorfer, co-founder Janji

Courtesy of Dave Spandorfer, co-founder Janji

“We couldn’t be more excited to release this to the public,” Dave says.

As for the future, Janji plans on continuing their mission of “promise” by making great apparel and expanding the countries they help.

“We love helping the regions we currently support, but we know as we grow we can make a deeper impact in more countries around the world,” says Dave.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold. The purpose of working out is to better yourself, so why not help better the lives of others as well? Although I am not a runner, rather a gym-rat, yoga, dance kind of gal, I love this line for my workout routines as well. I always feel better after a good workout and will feel even better knowing that I am helping others by wearing Janji.

George Sheehan once said, “The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.”

Is there anything that could define Janji more?

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