Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tunes on Tuesday.

Anyone who has seen my Twitter feed lately knows just how excited I am about Taylor Swift's new album 1989. I may have already preordered the album so that it'll download as soon as it's released. I've been listening to Shake It Off on repeat for about a week now! Here's hoping that she releases other songs from the album soon so that I'm not playing the same one over & over...Have you listened to T. Swift's new song or watched the music video? What did you think?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Summer Summary.

I can't believe summer is basically over.  I guess time does fly when you aren't blogging...Here's what I've been up to since my last post about what I've been up to (which was basically my only post of the entire summer). 

At the end of June, I went to Phoenix for my first ever Delta Gamma Convention, which was held at the gorgeous old Arizona Biltmore. Some parts of Convention were amazing, like participating in the Anchor Run, shopping at Anchor Marketplace & Lilly Pulitzer, & exploring the hotel property (even in hundred degree heat). I loved all three of the guest speakers I heard - Erin Condren (of Erin Condren Designs!), Alison Levine, & Jessica Pettitt. All three of them are Delta Gammas & just incredible women. I also loved listening to the Foundation speaker, Laurie Rubin, who is a visually impaired opera singer. Her voice was absolutely stunning & her message about never letting anything get in the way of your dreams was just incredible. At the same time, I definitely had moments where I felt like I didn't belong there at all. I didn't know many DGs & I'm definitely on the shy side, so I had a hard time going up to other people & striking up a conversation. It made me wonder how I ever survived recruitment! Needless to say, I'm hoping that more DGs I know will be at Convention 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

A few weeks after Convention, DTE & I embarked on a road trip to Kelowna for a friend's wedding. My family went to Kelowna every summer when I was younger, so it was so fun being back in Kelowna & visiting all of the spots I had loved as a child. We had a great time visiting the orchards, eating ice cream, & spending time just hanging out at the lake. 

We also managed to go visit my sister & NMK a couple of times - once to see NMK compete in his first Half Ironman triathlon & a second time for me to help KMF set up her new classroom! While their new hometown isn't that far away, it's still fun to get out of the city for a few days & hang out somewhere else. An added bonus was getting to see friends like LKB & my Big!

Other than those few holidays, I'm still just working, volunteering, & hanging out. Running has fallen by the wayside yet again this summer. Any tips for getting back on track? Here's hoping that I'll make more of an effort this fall!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Lilly After Party Sale.

Sorry for the silence around here - it's been yet another long blogging break on my part! I'm going to hopefully get more into blogging once school starts up again but I'm not sure how consistent it'll be. Apparently having a life outside of graduate school is borderline impossible, which definitely makes me a little nervous for the start of classes in September.
On a happier note, I am so excited about all of my After Party sale purchases from Lilly Pulitzer! While I can't shop on the main Lilly site (any time you want to start shipping outside of the US, Lilly, you just let me know), I managed to score some great Lilly items from stores like Village Palm - which is my go-to store for all things Lilly - & Ocean Palm. Let me just tell you, though, that shopping this year's sale was my #ohshift moment. I tried to order online through one Lilly store (which promised it could ship internationally through it's site), only to spend over half an hour trying to figure out why there were no shipping options for my address. Ask me how thrilled I was about that at six in the morning...Luckily, I could still order via phone so after trying to get through to both stores (plus leaving a voicemail or two) all morning, I ended up with a few items off of my wish list!

Tate skirt in Resort White "Watch Out"
Originally $98; on sale for $54 at Village Palm!
I had been trying to track down this skirt for what feels like forever. I had purchased it in the "She She Shells" print back in July & couldn't justify buying the same skirt in two prints. Needless to say, it was definitely at the top of my sale wish list! A nautical print & anchor details - how could I resist?

Cala skort in Hotty Pink "Get Crackin'"
Originally $78; on sale for $39 at Village Palm!
Like the Tate, I had bought the Cala earlier this summer. After basically wearing my Cala in "Lobstah Roll" to death this summer, I figured I might as well get it in another print!

Murfee scarf in Spa Blue "Nice Tail"
Originally $118; on sale for $59 at Ocean Palm!
The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney movie of all time, so I just had to have this mermaid print scarf! I wish DTE & I were going back to Disneyland over New Year's this year - how cute would this scarf be for photos with Ariel?!

"Fa La Lilly" holiday cards
Originally $17.95; on sale for $8.95 at Ocean Palm!
I was so excited to see Christmas cards included in this year's sale! I've always wanted Lilly holiday cards & can't wait to mail a few of these out this year!

Did you purchase anything in the sale? What was your favourite item that you bought? Anything you missed out on? Let me know! I love reading about everyone's sale purchases!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Where I've Been...

It's amazing how quickly time slips by. I looked at this blog today & realized it's been nearly two months since my last post. Here's a bit of what's been going on in my life since April!

Image via my (many) photos from the trip. 
DTE & I went to Florida for two weeks in May & had the best time. From meeting tons of characters (including eleven of the princesses!) to going on rides & trying out so many of the amazing restaurants, it was one of my favourite holidays to date. I especially loved getting to try the "grey stuff" at Be Our Guest, meeting Anna & Elsa (what can I say - I love "Frozen"), & going to the Lilly store in Sarasota! I also loved getting to stay at both the Port Orleans Riverside during our trip. We also stayed at the Grand Floridian for part of our trip - the hotel & grounds were absolutely gorgeous! I can only dream of being back in Florida now...

We came back in time to celebrate my 24th birthday. It seems so funny that I started this blog right after my 21st birthday as a way of writing down what I found interesting (which, looking back, looks like a lot of shopping). I'm really not sure what to post about going forward so I would love suggestions. What would you like to read or see?

June kicked off with my university convocation. I am now officially a university graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree! I was also super excited to be accepted into both programs I applied to - one masters program in art history & one masters in museum studies program. I chose art history & I can't wait to get started in September!

Other than the big moments, I've been working, running when I can, & trying to spend lots of time with my family, friends, & boyfriend. I've also been working at crossing things off of my 101 in 1001 list (which is how I'm justifying my current Netflix addiction). What have you been up to over the last few months? I would love to catch up!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Five Things Friday.

Cap it off edition.
At the end of February, I made my first ever Marley Lilly purchase (you can read about it here). I bought the navy baseball cap with a white monogram & I love it. Since then, I can't help but look for more cute hats (plus ways to wear them). Do you wear hats? I would love to know how you wear them since I don't know how (except for on the golf course). I'm thinking that my hat collection will definitely grow once my shopping ban has been lifted! Here are a few I've been eyeing lately:

Vineyard Vines Whale Logo Baseball Cap in Aurora
One of the things I'm most excited for in Florida is definitely the shopping! There are so many brands available in the US that aren't carried here, like Lilly & Vineyard Vines. For some reason, I've been obsessed with this pink hat since I saw it on the Vineyard Vines website. The combination of pink & navy may have had something to do with it...

Southern Tide Skipjack Hat in White
Southern Tide is a brand I was introduced to through blogging & for some reason, I'm obsessed with their baseball caps. I love the little fish logo on the front! Perfect for throwing on with jeans or shorts for a casual look.

Smathers & Branson Delta Gamma Needlepoint Hat in Navy
I love finding Delta Gamma items that aren't your typical shirt with letters or tote bag, This navy Smathers & Branson cap is the perfect (& perfectly casual way) to show my love for my sorority! Plus, how can I say no to that adorable needlepoint anchor?

ItzyTripzyBaby Monogrammed Anchor Baseball Cap in Hot Pink
Speaking of adorable anchors, I seriously cannot get enough of the anchor & monogram combination on this adorable monogrammed cap! Adding a monogram is the perfect way to personalize your hat.

Fraternity Collection Bow Tie Hat
I love the little bow tie logo from Fraternity Collection. It's just too cute! I think this hat would be perfect for summertime wear, especially on the golf course or at the beach. There's something that's just so summery about a crisp white ball cap!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Most Wanted Monday.

Kiel James Patrick's new Atlantic Pearl collection is seriously the most perfect thing I have ever seen. I've been totally obsessed with it since it came out & can't wait to purchase one of the bracelets for myself! I think it would be the perfect graduation gift. I love the combination of pearls & an anchor, not to mention the navy ribbon that acts as the clasp. Pearls with anchors & a navy accent? It really doesn't get any better than that!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday everyone! This just might be the happiest Wednesday of all Wednesdays. Why's that? Read on to find out what I'm loving...

I'm loving that today is my last ever day of classes for my undergraduate degree! I can't believe that I'm finally & actually done. Now to just survive final exams & papers & I'll be done with my Bachelor of Arts degree!

I'm loving this bikini that I ordered online a few weeks ago. The retro halter fit is super cute & I love the classic navy colour. Plus the price was amazing. Cute & affordable swimwear - it doesn't get any better for summer than that.

I'm loving that there are so many new stores opening up in my hometown, including Kate Spade! It's pretty safe to say that I'll be spending a little bit of time (& probably a lot of money there). Do you shop at Kate Spade? What are some of your favourite pieces?