Erika’s Picks From Lilly Pulitzer’s After Party Sale

Last Monday morning, I had my alarm to wake up for Lilly Pulitzer’s biggest sale of the year. When I first found out about the sale last year, I was shocked to see how many of my favorite items went for as little as $20. After a very successful online shopping spree, I couldn’t forget to be ready at my laptop again.

With a few clicks on the site, I saw some of my favorite items for amazing prices that I couldn’t resist! Five purchases later, I was delighted to order three new scarves, a belt and a tote bag to use for the new school year. Even a few days later, it felt like Christmas in August when my beautiful bright new Lilly items arrived! Now that I have these amazing new items to incorporate into my wardrobe, I’m excited to share some of my top picks from the After Party Sale…

1. Pink Boho Scarf

While stocking up on new fall items, I loved how different the Pink Boho Scarf was from the other two that I picked up. From the contrast between the hot pink and blue seaweed print to the gold accenting on the bottom, this accessory stands out on its own.

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Annie’s Newborn Essentials

Depending on how long you’ve been reading Lovelyish, you may or may not know that I was pregnant and very recently had my first baby, a boy named Silas Wilder! My husband and I are totally over the moon with our new son, but when people tell you that having a baby is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, they are not exaggerating.

There’s really no way to explain the challenges of having a new baby (don’t even get me started on labor and delivery) unless you actually experience it. As prepared for all the pain and difficulty that I thought I was, I was completely shocked by the reality. Anyway, all that’s to say is that there are quite a few things we’ve used and loved to make this whole experience a lot more manageable. (Apologies if I’m making motherhood sound dreadful—it’s absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done, but I’m just trying to be realistic!)

1. Boba Wrap and Ergo Baby Carrier

Baby wearing has been our favorite way to not only tote Silas around but it also works wonders for calming him down, meaning when we wear him we can actually get things done around the house! I love the wrap for when we’re just lounging around at home doing chores and the Ergo is perfect for outside the house. The Ergo feels a little sturdier and safer, not to mention I love the sleeping hood and the fact that it has pockets which I can easily store Si’s pacifiers and my cell phone.

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A Great Fall Shoe Trend: Loafers

Recently, I’ve become obsessed with the stylish and oh-so-comfortable penny loafer. A great addition to any fall wardrobe, the loafer comes in a variety of shapes and sizes such as the platform, moccasin and traditional flat. And when it comes to loafers, simple can be better and more fashionable.

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These shoes, which are made by adjoining two leather sides with a single strip across its instep, speak to the sophistication and simplicity of its wearer. And, even though it can be  frumpy in its appearance, I happen to think that this fall shoe trend is oddly hip and refreshing. In any form, it can turn heads and make your foot look oh so good.

Its preppy demeanor adds to the shoe’s appeal, making it one of my favorite and most coveted fall fashion finds. Over the years, loafers have charmed many, which is why my love from them shouldn’t seem unwarranted. From the academics to the fashionistas, they have become a trendy “go-to”,  so much so that various runways have made this slipper a lust-worthy item.

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12 Makeup Essentials for the Average Girl to the Beauty Junkie

Makeup can be heaven for some people, but at some point there are just so many products that it can become a blur on what is really needed. If you fall into that category or just simply want the essentials, here are my suggestions for 12 products that are “hitting the pan” worthy and definitely worth the investment…

1. Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentrè: When you have to use a moisturizer, primer and makeup remover your makeup drawer gets a little crazym but using this Embryolisse concentrate you cut all those steps. I first heard about this from my makeup teacher and have only been using this since. Thanks to the person who convinced this French skin scare line to make moves in America!

2. Nars Orgasm Blush: Orgasm is definitely a cult classic for a reason and will forever be part of my makeup collection. This peachy pink blush goes with virtually every skin type and look and although pricey, I can assure you once it hits the pan you’ll be on your way to the nearest Sephora immediately.

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Giveaway: “Madame Picasso” Prize Pack

Happy Monday Lovelies! Last week we shared some of our current reading recommendations, and this week we’re excited to giveaway a copy of the new novel “Madame Picasso” by Anne Girard (in stores August 26) along with the a film collection including Moulin Rouge, Midnight in Paris, and The Great Gatsby.

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The Best Styles From The 2014 VMA’s

The 2014 Video Music Award Show was on Sunday night and while no star was “Kanye’d,” there was, as promised, some major moments. As predicted there was a Robin Williams tribute, a wardrobe malfunction, and an epic performance from Beyonce. What was less predictable however was what the stars were wearing as they walked down the carpet during the pre-show. Everything from leather to lace made its way across the carpet, and here are some of the best styles that we saw.

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Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus has come a long way since her 2013 VMA performance filled with kitty cats, twerking, and foam fingers. This year Miley walked the red carpet in a leather number that screamed chic and was nothing short of fabulous. She kept the look minimal with sleek hair and no jewelry. Her high waisted cropped off pants matched her slim bandeau and paired with her silver sandals, she looked VMA ready. She definitely earned a spot on the best dressed list with her minimal all black look that was perfect for the occasion.

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The Ultimate Beauty Bucket List For Your 20s

I spent most of my teenage years avoiding makeup altogether. Growing up in the country as a total tomboy, I didn’t become interested in cosmetics until I had already graduated high school! Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my 20s learning basic makeup application and finding products and colors that work with my skin—it’s been quite a learning experience!

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So whether or not you’re a late bloomer like myself, or just trying to find your perfect colors and products, here is a great beauty bucket list for your 20s… 

F I N D   Y O U R   B E S T   R E D   L I P S T I C K

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Finding a good lipstick that complements your skin tone doesn’t have to be tough. If you have lighter skin, it may be best to go with a coral-red with hints of orange. Pink-based or cranberry reds tend to look best with medium skin, and cool-based reds always look amazing with dark skin. You can also pick your favorite red lipstick based on your skin tone—this handy guide with product recommendations is a great place to start!

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