After Party Sale Purchases and Favorites

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is about to come to a close! I know this post is pretty last minute, but I thought I would throw some of my favorite pieces and purchases with the public, just in case there are any last minute shoppers out there like me!

Posting about the APS has become  a blog tradition for me since I started this blog a few years ago. I feel like some years of this sale are a hit or miss. Lilly changes things up some years, such as not adding more items over the 3 days, cutting off shopping on the app during the sale, etc. But let’s face it, most of us still set and alarm at 8AM to get up and hop in that virtual line on the website haha.

2019 APS Purchases

Pearl Romper 

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I have had my eye on several versions of the Pearl Romper. I tried on one in store recently, and I loved the fit of it! So I decided to finally pick one up this year. I purchased it in the “Resort White Flamingle Engineered” print!

Kristen Swing Dress

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“Blue Haven Little Flamenco” print has been all over my insta feed this summer, and I loved it! I decided to get this dress in the adorable pineapple print. This will be another awesome item to wear to work next summer.

Christin Off-the-Shoulder-Sweater

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This is a cute piece that you don’t see that often from Lilly! I like that this sweater is a cute fall transitional piece, and you don’t have to pack it away until next year. I wanted “Resort White” but the size small was out of stock, so I settled for the “Coconut Coastal Shell Stripe,” which will look great with jeans this fall.

Items on Sale that I Already Own

Katia Short

I wore this with white tops and my “Summer Fridays” tee from J.Crew this summer on repeat!

Harper Shift Dress

My new favorite style of dress from Lilly! So comfy and very work appropriate.

Alivia Dress

A fancier feel to this dress, I wore it to my sister’s high school graduation last year. I think this could also be a more casual summer wedding dress.

Brewster T-shirt Dress

A classic, comfortable dress that can be dressed up or more casual. It’s very easy to throw on and go! I have this same color and I love it.

Bal Harbor Palazzo Pant

One of my favorite styles of pants, these are very long for a short girl like me. BUT they are the comfiest pants! They feel like fancy yoga pants, which is my ideal pants situation.

Happy Shopping! xx

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Back to school: The ultimate list of dorm essentials + the one item not to forget on move-in day!

Back to school shopping used to be one of my favorite parts of a new school year, as I’m sure it was for many people. A particularly fun year was before my freshman year of college. The items on your back-to-school shopping list were more than just clothes, notebooks and new pens, but also bedding, kitchen items, and even some furniture. While this list seems exciting, it can also be overwhelming with the amount of choices in stores like Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath and Beyond.

As a college student who lived in 4 separate forms of housing, as well as a 2 year NYC apartment veteran, I have learned through trial and error what the best products are and where to buy them.

My advice here is to not be to concerned about matching everything your roommate has, as that seems unnecessary to me. You should pick what you want it to look like and maybe it can compliment your roommate’s vision.

My other tip is that not everything needs to be totally instagram-worthy. Definitely get cute items if you like them, but I don’t think spending outrageous amounts of money on dorm items is the best choice, as they can tend to get ruined or just worn out after a few years! I personally splurged on my bedding and kept everything else simple.

Without further ado, here are my dorm essential picks!

Bedding Essentials

Cute and functional duvet and shams

Lilly Pulitzer for PB Teen Duvet and Shams in Orchid Border and Elephant Bazaar

My bedding that I used all 4 years of college was from the Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill Collection, which I loved! Unfortunately, that’s no longer available, but Pottery Barn came out with a new collection last year which has a whole bunch of awesome bedding and furniture. My sister actually has the Elephant Bazaar in her dorm currently, and we have the Orchid Border with the Bolster Pom Pom Pillows in the twin bedroom in my house on Martha’s Vineyard!

A duvet insert

Naturally, a duvet means you need a duvet insert. I had a microfiber one as opposed to down, because its less expensive, but also just in case of spills or who knows what. Down is not the easiest to dry or clean.

A comfy mattress topper

This is the same mattress topper that I had, which seems expensive but I knew I would have a twin XL bed for at least 3 years. It was also SO comfortable, I had the best bed and my friends would even come over to sit on my bed!

The ultimate mattress protector

The same exact mattress protector I had, which protects from everything you could possibly think of. I truly don’t think another one is worth the money!

Neutral sheets and pillowcases

I kept it very simple with a jersey cotton sheet set! The set won’t break the bank, are easy to throw in the wash, and are super comfortable. I still have these type of sheets at my apartment!

A body pillow

My roommate and I both had our beds against the walls, which obviously meant each of us had a cement block wall next to our beds. We both had body pillows to help us from not touching the often cold, cinder block wall. I had a fun, furry one which made my bed extra cozy and Morgan had a monogrammed body pillow!

A cozy blanket

My boyfriend and I are all about the cozy blankets! He got me this one from Walmart before I moved into my new apartment, and it was the perfect gift to match my bedding! In college, I had a similar white one that I folded at the end of my bed.

Headboard pillow

I didn’t have a headboard at first in my dorm, until I found a piece that goes on like a headboard that someone left in the hall after de-bunking their bed. I got lucky there, but I wished I had a cushier head board instead of the ugly brown wooden one. This pillow headboard would have covered the ugly brown one, I wish I knew about these sooner! Here is another pillow headboard from BB&B!

Bath and Laundry

Towels and washcloths

Having a few extra clean towels is always a good idea, so I’ve linked these towels from Target, which are plain but useful. I picked up these ones as hand towels for my current apartment when we moved in because there is a Target right near us! Here are some options from Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond as well.

A simple shower caddy

Nothing screams college dorm more than a shower caddy, right? I had this exact same one from Bed Bath and Beyond my freshman year, and you really don’t need anything fancier than this. They now even have phone pockets?! This has me cracking up, but I guess it is smart just in case someone accidentally locks you out of the room when you are in the shower! Here are some other shower caddy options from Amazon, Target and Walmart. I have recommended all mesh versions, because you don’t want to have something else to clean, and these don’t retain water, so theres no mold involved!

A sturdy hamper

I got a hamper on a HomeGoods run with my mom before college, and I still have it to this day! While it held up pretty well, it has really started to breakdown recently. I love it so much I just keep it to put my dirty jeans in. I replaced that with a hamper that has separate sections for whites, darks, and colors, which I’m a big fan of since I am a laundry sorting stickler. However, in a dorm you probably want something a little smaller, so here are some options from Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Storage and other items

Bedside table

This cart from Target is cute for using as surface space, as well as storage. It’s always great to have spaces to put things so they are not in the way in such a small space! Sterilite drawers also are great for extra storage and some surface space near your bed.

Extra drawers

If you are anything like me, you’ll probably need more than the 3 drawers that the school gives you in your dorm furniture. I got some easily movable Sterilite plastic drawers  that I actually packed some of my clothes in for the move. It made it easy to move limited items but it was pretty heavy! Here are Target and BB&B options as well.

Lamp

Absolutely necessary in my opinion! The lighting in dorms is typically very institutional. In other words, it’s not very good. I loved doing work in bed, so a lamp was great to either turn on with the lights off or just for some extra lighting! I still have this classic, plain Target lamp. Similar options from Bed Bath and Beyond, as well as Walmart.

Over-the-door hooks

These will come in handy on both the door too the room, as well as on the closet doors! I found the more hooks, the better. Here are options from Target (with a basket on top!), Walmart and BB&B (also has a towel bar — perfect!).

Under bed bins

Bins under your bed are a great way to store extra clothes, as well as baskets for snacks, cleaning supplies, or bags!

Trunk

I just think that a trunk is a quintessential going off to college item! I had a green trunk that my mom bought for me years ago from Bed Bath and Beyond, and I brought it to college with me. My sister ended up getting one too, just because its so cute! It also doubles as storage, so although it took up a lot of room in my little dorm room, I made space! While they are on the expensive side, I have linked a few different options from Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pottery Barn, and Amazon.

Decorations

Fairy lights

Soft fairy lights add another nice form of lighting, as well as decoration to a dorm room or apartment. These photo clip lights are also perfect for polaroids! *buys for apartment*

Cork boards & letter boards

As you can see from my freshman year dorm photos, cork boards were the move (I had these tile ones). Letter boards came into the game later, and they are so cute!

Frames

Cute frames can also make your dorm feel more home-y, whether they are for family/friend photos or even fun prints (like my favorites from Evelyn Henson!). Frames from Target, Walmart and Amazon linked here! My wall frames pictured here are the ones linked from Amazon, which were inexpensive and look great on a white wall.

Acrylic organizers

Perfect to keep on that institutional desk that you can’t get rid of! I loved having these to just hold my little things and get them out of the way, all in one place. They look put together and they can be for more than just makeup/beauty items. I just picked up a new one from Target, and had this one in college, plus here is another one of my favorites!

Essential Oil Diffuser

This is the perfect item to help you destress when you are in your dorm room. You can get relaxing essential oils and mix them together to create great scents! Also great because you can’t have candles in dorm rooms. (I did and I always forgot to hide them and would have to get my room inspected lol) Linked from BB&B, Walmart, Target and Amazon!

Hanging aids

Command hooks, strips and Scotch mounting putty and mounting tape are king in a temporary space. The best way to hang up photos, lights and hooks are command brand! That way when you leave the room you wont get charged for damages. These command clips are also great for hanging lights on the wall!

The one item not to forget for move-in day

A great pair of scissors

Honestly, my friend’s mom got me this exact pair of Scotch scissors right before I moved in and thank god she did! These were being used throughout the entire move in and I kept them in my desk drawers, so they were easily accessible. They got a ton of use, and I feel like they are a very forgotten tool, especially on move-in day when you need them the most! DON’T FORGET THESE!

 

The Shopbop Sale: What I Got!

I know I’ve had so many shopping posts lately, but there are just so many great sales going on!

The Shopbop sale is ending tonight, so I took time to get some last minute shopping done. Honestly, I only buy from Shopbop when they are having a sale, because I feel like I could get most of these things at a department store or boutique in person, rather than just buying it online for the same price.

Maybe I’m just lucky that I have these brands readily accessible near me most of the time, however I don’t usually go out and buy really expensive brands on the regular. I am an advocate for quality over quantity, however some times fast fashion is the answer. Anyway, I kept it simple this time and only picked up two really cute and necessary items from the Shopbop sale! Pro tip: use code EVENT19 for 20% under $500, or 25% over $500.

Levi’s Mile High Ankle Skinny in “And Then Some”

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I have never actually worn Levi’s before, but they seem to be relatively affordable and exactly what I’m looking for in plain denim. I got the ankle skinny, so I hope fully wont have to hem them!

SUNDRESS Lina Dress in Gingham

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I saw that Mumu and Macaroons wore this in an Instagram recently and it is just too cute. Hurry there’s only a few left in size xs/s!

Happy shopping!! xx

Aerie Swimsuit Picks on Sale for 4 days!

Many people hate buying/shopping for swim suits, and sometimes I know exactly what they mean. Before my trip to Florida, I was looking for a cute but simple bathing suit that was not going to break the bank and not really finding exactly what I wanted for in store at Aerie or Target, and not really anything online.

Thankfully, Aerie has updated their website with some more fun spring/summer prints and styles of bathing suits. They are also currently $17 for tops and bottoms, which is pretty cheap! I added a few extra options that are of varying prices, but they are still on sale.

I think that their bathing suits are good quality, especially when they are having a promo like this, which makes it very affordable. There are also even cheaper options other than the new arrivals.

Gingham Bikini Top + Bottom

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Pink Seersucker Bikini Top + Bottom

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Green Seersucker Bikini Top + Bottom

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Two-tone Wide Strap Bikini Top + Bottom

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Striped High-neck Bikini Top + Bottom

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Lace Up One-Piece

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Pique Printed One-Piece

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Happy shopping! xx

40% off J.Crew Full-Price Styles!!

J.Crew is one of the best stores to buy basics, as well as fun, seasonal pieces, and everything in between! They are also known for their great sales and factory stores, as well as their collaborations with different brands.

I personally have been a J.Crew fan for years. While I usually shopped in store, since moving to NYC I have become a big online shopper. J.Crew’s new loyalty program that get you free shipping and gives you rewards makes it even better!

Anyway, here are some of my favorites for this 40% full-price styles sale. Use the code “REFRESH” at check out!

Strappy soft rayon wide-leg jumpsuit in polka dot

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Cute and comfy jumpsuit for summer nights or even as work wear with a cardigan!

 

Ruffle-front mini dress in soft rayon polka dots

 

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Polka dots are so cute for spring/summer. I’m loving them! This mini dress is fun and feminine, and looks like the perfect length.

 

High-neck jumpsuit in gingham cotton poplin

 

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I got a striped version of this jumpsuit last fall, and I LOVE it. It’s so comfy and looks very chic. I got the petite size, but probably could have done the regular, as the hems are still a cropped look. LOVE, love, love this in the gingham print as well.

 

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A perfect tank for spring layering and summer heat! This is simple and would work great with tight pants for tucking in, or with elastic waistbands.
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Very classic eyelet top, which looks very comfy and is waiting in my cart right now. I read the reviews which said across the shoulders this top could feel small, so I decided to order a small, rather than an XS. I also am obsessed with the blush pink color!
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I’ve had my eye on this sweatshirt forever, it would be perfect for spring under a lighter jacket or in the summer if you have a very cold office like mine! All white and gray and white are my personal favs.
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This is just adorable. It has everything thats in for this season, and everything I love: pink, gingham, and POM POMS.
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I have been in to lighter jeans lately (and darker jeans who am I kidding?), but I love the extra flair that the design provides on these, plus a trendy raw hem.
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These shorts look very comfy, and I love the items I have from the Point Sur line so far!
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Beware: this link is to the petite size, so don’t order them in petite by accident. These are practical, sleek-looking, and on sale!
Happy shopping! xx

Taking my Bar Cart to the Next Level!

Bar carts are so fun and versatile. They are a great place to store things in a small apartment, and they also can be dressed up for fun!

This One Kings Lane bar cart was a recommendation from Amy of amybelievesinpink, which my mom bought last year on sale. She decided it was not what she wanted for our house in Martha’s Vineyard, so she decided to give it to me for my new apartment! While this bar cart is certainly different, and more of a statement piece, I actually love it in our apartment. It really adds something to our very neutral look, and is the perfect size to hold all of our alcohol and fun cups!

I have been wanted to upgrade my bar cart in some way, adding something fun to it that would go with the summery feeling this cart already gives from the turquoise color and the bamboo material.

I finally found the perfect items to do so! The first item is this marble cheese board with a gold pineapple detail. This marble cheese board can serve as just a tray that we keep on the bar cart, or exactly what it’s meant for when we have guests over. The second item that will really spruce up the bar cart are these gold pineapple marble coasters! These will really help preserve our table and bar cart from rings and liquid stains, while also feeling cute and summery.

I have had my eye on these items for a while, and the coasters are 20% off right now. The cheese board is also on sale, however today you can get one Williams-Sonoma item 20% off with free shipping on your order by using the code “SPRING” at checkout! I already placed my order and I am so excited to use these.

5 Products I’ve Been Loving Recently

1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

This product is my NEW FAVORITE thing. After hearing about this aluminum-free deodorant, I saw it at the airport on my way to Florida and I decided to give it a try!

To be honest, I haven’t used women’s deodorant since high school. I really didn’t like it, and I felt like it didn’t actually work, so I started using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant all the time. No one notice that I smelled like a boy, and I also didn’t smell like weird flowers and have white, crumbly armpits (ew).

Kopari is the perfect deodorant. It smells great, it works really well, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it goes on clear! Plus it is free of harmful ingredients, so it’s a win-win.

2. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

I’ve used a few Mario Badescu products in the past, such as the Drying Lotion and the Cucumber Tonic Mask, but this is one of my new favorite products! Amazing on a hot day for a little refresh, and a great afternoon pick-me-up. I use it in the morning before I jade role, and sometimes after I shower, just because! The smell is so calming, and it’s good for sensitive skin.

3. The Oaui Leave in Conditioner

I got this in my FabFitFun box, and I have been loving it! I usually shower at night, and a little of this helps keep my hair tame and less frizzy after sleeping on it. I have lightly wavy hair, and I spray some of this on and comb through with my fingers. I don’t lose the waves, except I do lose the frizz, which is a plus!

4. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is the easiest self tanner that actually works well. It’s pretty fool proof and will give you a nice glow, fast. Personally, I think the self-tanning mitt is the key, along with watching this video from St. Tropez!

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Collagen is great for the skin, and you don’t get it from other foods (other than bone broth), so this supplement is one of my favorites! I’ve been having the vanilla flavor

I also have the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen from Vital Proteins as well, which tastes great in smoothies, water, and even mixed into cranberry juice (a recent and delicious discovery).