Pretty Preppy

Hi Friends!

Y’all, this weather is killing me. I never know how to dress! One day it’s hot, the next day is 47 degrees. Layering is the only way to go! Unpacking your summer clothes is kind of like washing your car– if you wash your car, you’re pretty much guaranteed it’s going to rain. Putting out your warm weather attire pretty much guarantees you a cold front.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..I would describe my style as preppy with a feminine (and colorful!) twist. I love classics, and keep them from getting boring with fun prints and the brightest colors I can find!

Blazer, Ann Taylor Factory Store;  Button down, Lands End; Skimmer pant, J. Crew; wedges, Tommy Hilfiger; Necklace, Talbots.

Blazer, Ann Taylor Factory Store; Button down, Lands End; Skimmer pant, J. Crew; wedges, Tommy Hilfiger; Necklace, Talbots.

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How has everyone’s week been?

Pattern Play

Welcome Back Friends!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! If I had posted this weekend it would have to have been titled “Sickly Saturday” or something because I spent the whole weekend and yesterday sick and in my pajamas. Ugh! What a waste! So today I’m happy to be posting a pic of myself in something other than slippers and a robe!

Skirt, Loft; stripe top, Banana Republic Factory Store; Pumps, Ann Taylor; Necklace, The Limited

Skirt, Loft; stripe top, Banana Republic Factory Store; Pumps, Ann Taylor; Necklace, The Limited

I mixed it up for today’s post and put together stripes and a bright floral print. A few years ago I would never have put something like this together, but I have to say I love the fresh look of it! After watching all of my favorite bloggers mix up their patterns I thought I’d give it a try.

Mixing it up for work!

Mixing it up for work!

While it’s fun having a fashion “comfort zone”, it’s really nice to change it up once in a while! My birthday is next week, and my Birthday Resolution for this year is to mix things up more often. It gives you a fresh perspective on everything!

Have a great day everyone!

Week in Review + Casual Friday

YES!!! We made it readers! Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has had a great week and that you all have some fabulous weekend plans!  I’m looking forward to some relaxation, reading and maybe a movie since we are supposed to get rain this weekend. Oh! And I think I’m going to bring all of my summer stuff out of storage! I can’t wait to see all my favorite shoes again.

So much happened in our country this week...I taped this little reminder up at my desk.

So much happened in our country this week…I taped this little reminder up at my desk.

What a week, y’all. First the events in Boston, and now Texas. Oh, and don’t forget about North Korea. Sometimes I like to write out a Bible verse and hang it where I can see it to get me through the day.

This is what I've been doing on my lunch breaks......reading in the sunshine, so nice!

This is what I’ve been doing on my lunch breaks……reading in the sunshine, so nice!

I’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible, before this lovely spring weather turns to a hot and humid summer. Getting some fresh air helps me get through the rest of my workday! I work in a town center, so some days I just take a walk…..and try my best not to stop off at Macy’s.    

Keeping Up Appearances had a record number of views this week!! THANK YOU to everyone who checked it out!

It's casual Friday! Neon jeans, J. Crew Factory; chambray shirt, JCP; Leopard scarf, H& M; flats, Tory Burch.

It’s casual Friday! Neon jeans, J. Crew Factory; chambray shirt, JCP; Leopard scarf, H& M; flats, Tory Burch.

I’m keeping it casual today in jeans and flats. I LOVE these pink jeans so much! I wore them for the first time last weekend, and couldn’t wait to put them on again today! This time I added some leopard print and my comfy chambray button down.

Happy Friday readers!

 

 

What-I-Love Wednesday

Hello lovely readers!

First I want to say that my heart goes out to Boston. Prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones and to all those injured (or just plain terrified) by those terrible happenings.

Next, I want to give you a head’s up that today’s post is just a tad bit random–today I want to share a few things I am currently loving!

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

With the beautiful weather and nice evenings, I’ve enjoyed eating dinner on the back porch. And back-porch eatin’ calls for lighter fare! I saw an episode of Trisha Yearwood’s show on the Food Network this past weekend and just had to try her Minty Greek Salad. It was delicious, light, refreshing and surprisingly filling (everything a Spring/Summer meal should be!). Check out the recipe:http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/minty-greek-salad-recipe/index.html

Skirt, Target; Blouse, Old Navy; Necklace, J. Crew Factory; Pumps, Nine West.

Skirt, Target; Blouse, Old Navy; Necklace, J. Crew Factory; Pumps, Nine West.

Bright Red ANYTHING!! It’s no secret I love bright colors–but I’ve been wearing more and more red lately.

I should start a Southern Belle Book Club!

I should start a Southern Belle Book Club!

I’ve always loved to read, and right now I’m enjoying “Bound South”.  Can’t you just picture me sitting on my porch wearing my J. Crew floppy  hat and drinking a Southern Spiked Lemonade??   I’ll let y’all know what I think when I finish it!

Tunic, Landsend.com

Tunic, Landsend.com

I love this gorgeous tunic from Lands End! It also comes in yellow. I’ve ordered the  “celestial blue” and can’t wait for the UPS man ( or woman) to drop it off! Nothing says warm weather like a tunic and white jeans!

Here it is in yellow....tough decision!

Here it is in yellow….tough decision!

Happy Wednesday y’all!

My New Favorite Color Combo + Thankful Thursday

Welcome back friends!

Last post I said that spring has sprung in Williamsburg….I take it back. Summer is upon us! Yesterday was 90 degrees and today promises to be about the same. It’s HOT y’all!

Hot coral + turquoise is my new favorite thing. It looks so beach-y and fresh. And since I won’t be seeing a beach anytime soon I’ve been wearing it more and more.

Ankle pants, Loft; stripe top, Banana Republic Factory Store; Blazer, H & M; Necklace, Charming Charlie.

Ankle pants, Loft; stripe top, Banana Republic Factory Store; Blazer, H & M; Necklace, Charming Charlie.

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My office started a “Thankful Thursday” tradition. Every Thursday morning we meet up and all say what we’re thankful for that week. Even if I’m having a rough week I still have so much to be thankful for, so I thought I would share that tradition with y’all!

I’m SO thankful for:

1. My husband and my dog (who had surgery this week but is doing ok)

2. My SISTER is coming to visit this weekend!

3. I’m really thankful for good health!

4. I’m thankful for gorgeous weather and the ability to get outside and enjoy it!

Happy Thursday! What are y’all thankful for?

Spring + Fabulous Finds

Welcome back friends!!

The weather here has been so fabulous! Spring has truly sprung in Williamsburg! I’m celebrating by wearing a fun dress and sitting outside drinking lemonade (mixed with a little sweet tea vodka!) This is my favorite season, when it’s warm but not hot and there’s a sweet little breeze blowing.

Dress, Gap. Wedges, Nine West. Belt, J. Crew. Necklace, Dillards.

Dress, Gap. Wedges, Nine West. Belt, J. Crew. Necklace, Dillards.

It’s been a while since I wrote a “Fabulous Finds” post, so here we go! If you’re looking for cute Spring pieces on a budget, look no further than Target! My favorites for Spring:

Merona skinny ankle jean in Indigo Dot. I have these and they're awesome!

Merona skinny ankle jean in Indigo Dot. I have these and they’re awesome!

Merona chino shorts, in lots of preppy colors!

Merona chino shorts, in lots of preppy colors!

Merona cap sleeve boatneck dress in Bering Sea looks so fresh!

Merona cap sleeve boatneck dress in Bering Sea looks so fresh!

Drop fish hook earrings in blue/green

Drop fish hook earrings in blue/green

Hope everyone has a great day!!

Casual Friday + My Dog

Happy Friday Friends!

Ahhh, it’s time for some casual clothes!

Y’all, seriously. It’s Friday. I feel like I’ll probably be wearing some version of this outfit all weekend.

Garment dyed straight and narrow jeans, Charley anchor sweater, pearls, and Emery flats, all J. Crew Factory.

Garment dyed straight and narrow jeans, Charley anchor sweater, pearls, and Emery flats, all J. Crew Factory.

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Prep-tastic, that’s me.

My Golden Retriever Cole has been dying to be on the blog! He's all, "Stop taking pictures and pet me!"

My Golden Retriever Cole has been dying to be on the blog! He’s all, “Stop taking pictures and pet me!”

My dog is pretty awesome. He is my loyal companion and cuddle buddy!  I’m looking forward to spending the weekend giving him lots of attention and walks. I’m hoping to see “Oz” this weekend if I can find a theater still showing it. What are my blog readers doing this weekend? And of course I want to know what you’ll be wearing?!?

Wish List Wednesday! The sandal edition!

Hey y’all!

It’s that time of year–you know what I’m talking about–that time of year when you eagerly check the forecast each night HOPING that tomorrow is the day you can liberate your toes from their shoes after a long, long winter! That time of year when you start slathering your feet in the best moisturizer money can buy (after you coat them in Vaseline first) and getting two pedicures a month.

It’s SANDAL SEASON!!

Here are some pedicure-baring looks I can’t wait to slip on:

Lilly Pulitzer, Zappos.com

Lilly Pulitzer, Zappos.com

DV Dolce Vita "Tremor"; Zappos.comThese come in tons of beautiful colors! I just love this neon pink!

DV Dolce Vita “Tremor”; Zappos.comThese come in tons of beautiful colors! I just love this neon pink!

Tory Burch flip flop; toryburch.comGreat for the pool, beach, or running around town!

Tory Burch flip flop; toryburch.com
Great for the pool, beach, or running around town!

You can't go wrong with a classic! Jack Rodgers sandal, Bloomingdales.com

You can’t go wrong with a classic! Jack Rodgers, Bloomingdales.com

And we all know that no sandal is complete without a perfect pedicure. Below, my new favorite Essie flavor: Play Date!

Play Date, Essie.com

Play Date, Essie.com

Have a great rest of the week everyone! And keep moisturizing those feet!