Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day!

Happy National Lilly Day! May your day be filled with pink and green. It's always so fun to see everyone on social media dressed in their preppiest prints and bright colors.

Lilly is known for her pink and green color combination so I felt that this dress was perfect for NWYL day. And where better to take pictures than in front of the Lilly store itself? The first Chicagoland Lilly Pulitzer store is opening at the Oakbrook Shopping Center later this summer. So in the meantime, the cutest yellow printed walls are the perfect backdrop for pictures. While the walls are absolutely adorable, I can't wait for the store to open!

What are you wearing for NWYL day?



Vineyard Vines Rush Street Opening Day

To say I was whaley excited for the opening of the Vineyard Vines stores in Chicago is an understatement. Since the close of the Michigan Avenue pop-up store (read about my visit here!) last spring, I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the new store. When Vineyard Vines posted on Instagram that there would be two stores in the Chicagoland area, it's safe to safe I was thrilled.

Yesterday, it was announced via Instagram (do you see a familiar face?! I was so excited to be featured!) both the stores in Oakbrook Center and downtown (N. Rush Street) opened for business. After a long, traffic-filled commute to the city, we finally arrived at the store downtown. It was impossible to miss with it's balloons and countless customers exiting with the ever-so-cute shopping bags.

Upon entering the store, I was greeted by the friendly staff. Everyone was so incredibly helpful and so kind! The store was really easy to navigate and I had the best time just looking around. I ended up purchasing a navy 'I Whale Chicago' tee shirt, because really, is there anything more appropriate to purchase in the Chicago store itself?!

I loved all the details. The whale tail wallpaper in the dressing room was the cutest. The wall display of ties was the perfect way to showcase their variety. The counter was definitely one of my favorite features!

Shep and Ian say it best, "Every day should feel this good!"

Have you ever visted a Vineyard Vines store?



Boston Recap

My trip to Boston in May was much needed. With an AP exam running late into the afternoon on Friday, my family and I left Saturday morning. It was a short, but very full weekend.  We went to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins in the Boston suburbs for my cousin's first communion. We arrived to the church early. So, I had the chance to walk about the picturesque New England town. I was so glad I had worn my new Lilly for Target navy shift dress.  I had the best time just walking around!

On Sunday, it was Mother's Day so we all went downtown to the city. First stop, a visit to the iconic Make Way for Ducklings statue with my younger cousins.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we took a walk through Boston’s Public Gardens. Everyone was out enjoying the day and it was fun see the famous Swan Boats full of visitors. While the dads took my younger cousins to play at a park near the Charles River, my mom, aunt, and grandma headed to Newbury Street for a little shopping. We stopped at Georgetown Cupcake, In The Pink, and Vineyard Vines. It was so fun to visit stores that aren't here in Chicago! (Yet!)

Afterwards, we all met up at Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf right by Boston Harbor for an absolutely delicious and filling dinner. It was right across from the New England Aquarium so we stopped by after dinner to take some sealfies!

We said goodbye to my cousins and grandparents and my family and I moved into a nearby hotel. Then we walked around for a bit and soaked up the beautiful city. Overall, it was the best trip despite how short it was, and I hope to be back soon!

Have you ever been to Boston?



Life Lately / I'm Back!

What a busy spring, April and May were filled with lots schoolwork and lots of fun! Due to the heavy amounts of work I needed to complete often in short timeframes, I had to put everything on the backburner this month. Much to my dismay, this included blogging. This week is shaping up to be busy, but I really hope to get back into the swing of things soon. 

Despite the stress all the schoolwork brought with it, I had so much fun in between assignments! Here are some of my favorite memories from this spring. 

Rocksbox As I shared in this post, I am a Rocksbox It Girl. My first box arrived and I absolutely loved every piece inside. Don't forget to use the code 'letsgetpreppyxoxo' for your first month free! 

Lilly for Target To put it simply, my Lilly for Target experience was definitely one of the craziest and most chaotic shopping experiences of my life! In the end, I was really happy with what I was able to purchase, despite the little sleep and frustration it caused at the time. 

LUC Tour with Megan  Megan from Bowtiful Life was kind enough to meet me for coffee and give me a tour around Loyola University. It was so fun to talk to another Chicago blogger and see the beautiful campus as well. Thank you for the most wonderful time, Megan! 

Confirmation On the last weekend of April, I made my Confirmation at church, which was great! I was so thankful many of my family members were able to join me and celebrate the special day. I couldn't have asked for better weather, now I'm just hoping the rain stops soon so we can enjoy the sunshine again!

Travel  I traveled to Boston during the second weekend of May and had the best trip. It was great to visit some family, be a tourist, and enjoy some summer temperatures! 

Despite the stress that came with so much schoolwork, there were lots of great experiences. I was glad that my weekends were so fun and balanced out the busy week days. 


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