Fourth of July Shopping

Can you believe the Fourth of July is next week?! The Fourth is one of my favorite holidays and I can't wait to celebrate it at my grandparent's house. Each year is full of traditions: sparklers, the parade, enjoying the sunshine on the back porch, and delicious food.

I have been loving all of the clothing that's come out for the Fourth this year. From comfortable summer dresses to fun earrings, there is such a great variety to choose from. I've pulled together some of my favorites that I've found thus far in hopes it may help you put together your festive look. I've been eyeing all of these items and think they all would be perfect for the holiday!


Lloving Paperless Post

Fun fact: my little and I met through Let’s Get Preppy! One of the many reasons I love being in a sorority is the friendships I’ve made with my “family.” I was so excited about finding a little after my big and I became such close friends my freshman year. Little did I know the perfect addition to our family would come through the blog!

Last year when I posted what I wore for sorority recruitment, a follower messaged me on Instagram saying how helpful it was. I could tell she was going to be a freshman at Alabama based on her bio, but because of Panhellenic’s no contact period before recruitment, I couldn’t reply to her. I remembered her name as I wanted to see which house she picked. On the morning of Bid Day, I helped prepare welcome signs, and sure enough, Daisy’s name was on our house’s new member list. I was so happy I got to welcome her home to Gamma Phi as her Bid Day Big and we connected instantly.

Just a few weeks later, my grandbig, big and I added Daisy to our family. Daisy always makes us laugh, loves a good Target run, and is always down to watch a Netflix movie (with snacks, of course). So many of my best memories of sophomore year include her, and I can’t wait for the next two years too. Daisy is the perfect addition to our family, and I’m so thankful the blog connected us a year ago!

One of the many common interests Daisy and I have is a love for llamas. Whether it was dressing up as a llama and Taco Mama (our fav restaurant in Tuscaloosa) for a Rhyme Without Reason party or decorating for Christmas with llama decorations, we love how fun and colorful they are. Daisy is a camp counselor this summer, and her cabin’s theme is llamas. How cute is that?!

When Paperless Post reached out to me about collaborating, I knew just who I wanted to send a card to. While my big also lives in Chicago and I get to see her during the summer, Daisy is at camp in North Carolina. I miss seeing her every day and wanted to send her something to let her know I was thinking of her. I love sending handwritten cards, but I was excited that I could send her something instantly and personalized to her style. Paperless Post has an assortment of cards that are great as invitations, cards or any event that should be celebrated. I quickly found this llama card that I knew would be perfect to send to Daisy. 

Though the card was originally intended as an invitation, the cards are completely customizable and I was able to turn it into a “just because” sort of message. After selecting the card, I changed the background to pink (our favorite color) and personalized the text with my note. Picking out the card was fun, but changing the details to make it right for Daisy was so special. Whether it was the color of the text, the interior of the envelope, or the stamp outside, there were so many options to choose from and it easy to change the design. In the end, I was so happy with how the card turned out, and the whole process was stress-free. I added a subject line, sent it via email, and she texted me that she got the card instantly. 

With the vast variety of cards, I know I will be using Paperless Post again in the future. Between birthdays, holidays and those “just because” moments, I love the idea of making someone’s day by sending a personalized card. I was so impressed by how easy it was to put the card together and how fun it was to design it too. 

I can’t wait to see Daisy in August and loved being able to send her a llamazing card to stay in touch over the summer. Who knows, maybe I’ll be sending a card to my grandlittle next summer!


Summertime Gingham

Nothing says summer quite like gingham, and I am almost always in dresses during the summertime. When the Vineyard Vines and Target collection included this gingham shirt dress, it was the first item on my list. I have a similar dress from Vineyard Vines in a light blue that I got years ago and it is easily one of the most worn items in my closet during the summertime. I have a feeling this navy number will be too.

The material is so comfortable and soft, and I was happily surprised by the quality of dress. I don’t think you would have any idea this isn’t a traditional Vineyard Vines piece. The classic style is easy to wear for a number of occasions, and is there anything better than a navy and gingham combo?!

While this dress is sold out, I’ve found a few alternatives that are so cute (and many on sale!).


Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day! Though it was a gloomy day here in Chicago, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the summer solstice than in a bright print. Lilly Pulitzer is my favorite brand all summer long — no matter the occasion. Lilly brings effortless color and fun with any piece.

Today I wore one of my favorite shift dresses in the classic Pink Lemonade print. I am loving all of Lilly's current prints and have linked a few dresses perfect for summer below. 

How are you celebrating National Wear Your Lilly Day?!


Endless Summer Eyelet

top (c/o) | jeans | shoes (old, similar) | bag (old, similar) | earrings | bracelet

These past few days in Chicago have been overcast and chilly and this part-time southerner has been cold! I am dreaming of sunny days and warm weather. Despite dressing to stay warm in the the cooler temperatures (think below 75), I’ve been doing my best to keep my outfits looking summery.

Eyelet is such a great summer fabric and makes such pretty effortless clothing. This eyelet Haley and The Hound top is one of my new favorites with its bell sleeves and versatility. I wore this outfit on Father’s Day when the temperatures were in the high 50s. Paired with jeans and fun slip ons, I felt summery and comfortable despite the temperatures. I love the eyelet and feminine details of the tie in front of the top. 

I know I’ll be wearing this top all summer, too. Whether with white jeans or pink shorts, it is an essential for the summertime and can be easily dressed up or down. It will be a go-to for a variety of occasions.

Do you have a go to top for the summer?


Summer Earrings under $25

It feels like summer is in full swing and the bright colors are here! The perfect way to add a pop of color to any outfit this summer is with a great pair of earrings. I love how they are such a simple accessory but can be interchangeable with countless outfits. My favorite accessory, that’s for sure!

I’ve rounded up my favorites that I’ve seen so far this summer. Each pair is under $25 and is so versatile. Whether you are heading to the office or grabbing dinner with friends, earrings are such a way fun to add to your look and a great addition to any jewelry collection. 


Father's Day Gift Ideas

Can you believe Father’s Day is almost here?! I’ve been searching for the perfect gift for my dad and thought I’d share some of my favorites I’ve found. Whether your dad is a football fanatic or a grill master, here are a few items that would make a great gift for dads.


National Nail Polish Day

Hooray for June! If it didn’t feel like summer before, it certainly does now. Between warm weather and everyone breaking out their summer wardrobe, it feels like summer is in full swing.

One of my favorite parts of summer is all the bright colors. Whether its clothes, décor, or practically anything on shelves, everything seems just a bit more colorful. This includes nail polish, and I’ve been eyeing so many fun colors that have come out this spring and summer. 

Essie has declared June 1 National Nail Polish Day. To celebrate, Essie products are $2 off today only at Walgreens. What better day to pick some pretty colors for this summer?!

I’ve put together a collection of my favorite colors I’ve seen this season. There’s definitely a trend in my color scheme, but I think all of these colors are perfect choices for the summertime.

What nail polish color is your favorite?

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