Friday, May 25, 2018

Lilly Pulitzer Patriotic Prints

Memorial Day weekend is here! The 'official' start of summer goes hand in hand with my beloved Lilly Pulitzer. Did you know Lilly releases a Patriotic Print every year? It debuts at the beginning of the season and when it's gone, it's gone. I try to snag at least *something* with the print every year. Some past favorites:

I know I'm missing a ton but I was surprised at the lack of info there was about this on the interwebs. At least my handful of searches didn't turn up a bona fide list or the like. Let's get on that, people! If you have any more information, send it my way. 

While searching for those images I kind of went down a rabbit hole (exactly one of the reasons I never blog anymore) and found an interesting post about the history of Lilly, specifically the different tags in vintage Lilly. It's a quick read so take a look. Much like my love for Disney, Lilly Pulitzer's rich history plays a large part in the appeal. Check out these vintage Patriotic Prints! The first one reminds me of Sam Eagle. The third one is kind of nightmare fuel; don't say I didn't warn you. 

I have to admit, I'm not crazy over this year's print (same could be said for the past couple of years) but I'll still be adding one of these to my collection. The hat actually has stellar reviews. The Hazelle short is a new style that I'm eager to try on.

Whatever you wear, have a safe and happy one, folks. Thanks for reading!

XOXO, Ashley 

Monday, April 9, 2018


Hi! It's been a while, eh?

I'm always thinking about things I want to write about on here, but then I share them on my Instagram stories and it's so much easier. I mean, I love the written word, and writing really is therapeutic. Yeah, I should really do it more...

Anyway, another pain in the ass is that my phone is no longer syncing my photos to my computer, making it that much more of a chore to transfer all my photos onto the blog. First world problems, right?!

Sooooo, I guess I'll just scroll through my photos and see what jumps out at me, m'k?

My hottie boom bottie husband as a Senior in high school. 

Celebrating our friends 40th with a Gatsby themed party. 

Girl's Night Out and meeting old Instagram friends 'in person!' @Marylanderinlilly Theresa is a fellow Lilly and Disney lover!


 Sooooo many Disney trips with my best boy, Will. 

Morning walks with this guy. Also these pj pants are the softest! I've had them for more than three years, so they've long sold out, but this pair and this pair are by the same brand and the same style. In fact, I might have to add one to my lounge pant collection (yes, I have a collection. Comfy clothes are my favorite).

Papa came to visit. 

Valentine's Day dinner. 

One of my favorite Lilly styles, and one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. (worn as a bracelet) Times two

Will's long hair!! I miss it! 

Half of our Disfam. 

St. Patrick's Day. 

My brother, and Will's Uncle Dennis. 

Breakfast playdate at Garden Grill. 

Disney has released rose gold and millennial pink ears, following on the heels of Brooke at Bibbidi Bobbidi Brooke. She generously sent me these styles over the past few years, and I swear when I say they are the most comfortable and well-made ears I've owned. Again, another awesome person I've met through Disney Instagram! 

Disney day with friends! Brittany and I went to the University of Florida and were sorority sisters together, and Nick and I met through... wait for it... Instagram!! 

Wrapping up with this picture from the Moonlight Magic DVC event at Magic Kingdom; thanks to Lara and Carter (you'll never guess where we met ;)) for the invite. If you ever have a chance to attend one of these events, DO IT!! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weekend Wear-abouts: Cutest Lilly Shoes + Disney + Birthday Party + Melbourne Visit

Howdy. Haven't written one of these posts in a while!

I had a few people ask about what shoes I was wearing the other day on my Instastory.

They are Lilly Pulitzer Lia espadrilles, and they are SO comfy! I wore them around Magic Kingdom the other day, that's how comfy they are. I picked mine up at the After Party Sale a few months back, but you can still find them here. They run true to size and have stretched out a bit while wearing them. I'm between a 7 and a 71/2 in most shoes, and I went with a 7. They're perfect.

On Saturday we drove over to Melbourne. That's where I went to high school and taught Kindergarten, and where my parents still live. Our goal was to empty out the storage unit I have had for the past seven years or so, filled with all of my teaching supplies. We had to rent a Uhaul truck to fit everything!

When you teach primary grades, you need a lot of 'stuff' that doesn't come with the public school curriculum, including art supplies, fun science things, dramatic play stuff (think kitchen set, dolls, dress up clothes, etc), board games, manipulatives, and books. TONS of books. I mean, you CAN teach primary grades without all this stuff, but it makes life a lot easier and a lot more fun for both the kids and teacher alike if you have plenty of developmentally appropriate things in the classroom.

So yes, teachers may get summers 'off' and seemingly only work until 3pm each day (I can probably count on one hand the number of days I actually left at 3:00), but we also use weekends and breaks to haul shit back and forth between our classrooms and storage units. Oh, and we pay $70 a month for the 'convenience' of doing so.

But I digress.

Anyway, that took up all of our Saturday. We also went to dinner with my mom and went to see the many manatees that congregate in the warm canal waters during a cold snap.

On Sunday we attended our friend's 2nd birthday party, which was camp themed (Happy Trails TWO You) and was just adorable. Everyone got a red bandana to style at the party; the details were off the chain. From there it was off to Epcot to meet up with my sorority sister and former roommate. We were Tri Deltas at the University of Florida; she's just as much fun as ever, and I LOVE her kids! We all had a great day.

On Monday, after music class, Will and I headed to the Magic Kingdom to meet up with a friend from Twitter. Yes, I know how odd this all sounds and I once thought so too, but now it's just kind of the norm for me to get to know people over Instagram or Twitter and meet them when they're here visiting WDW. I've met some of my favorite people this way!

MK was great; surprisingly crowded, for it being a Monday after race weekend and school back in session. But it was cool and overcast and we had a lovely time eating citrus swirls, riding Mansion, Jungle Cruise and seeing the Tiki Room. They still had the Christmas music loop playing on Main Street, and I'm not gonna lie, I teared up a little. It's just so damn magical.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, and the week is treating you well so far. HUMP DAY!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Catching Up: Thanksgiving + My Birthday

Howdy, folks. How are things?

Life is peachy here. I mean, there's always *things*, but really I cannot complain.

We had a whirlwind week that culminated in Thanksgiving and my birthday. I took a gamble and ventured to the mall with Will on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, and much to my surprise, it wasn't a shit show! In fact, it was downright pleasant. Most stores were already running their Black Friday promotions.

J. Crew had everything 40% off! I had a $25 birthday credit, and had an exchange worth double that, so between those and the promo, I walked out a winner! Plus I'm finally fitting back into my wardrobe, so that's incredibly encouraging.

I went outside of my comfort zone and bought a tomato red lace top that will be perfect for holiday dressing and Valentine's day. It's honestly the only red thing in my wardrobe.

Paired it with these black high rise skinny jeans. Not gonna lie, I was feelin' myself.

I found table linens for 65% off at Macy's, then stumbled upon a toaster oven for $7.99. Yup, eight dollars. An air fryer was marked down to $39.99, which just so happens to be on my list to Santa. It was fun maneuvering the stroller with Will, two kitchen appliances, a diaper bag and more, but we did it! I seriously lucked out and I NEVER seem to catch a break with steals and deals.

We just wrapped up a busy week with doTerra essential oils, hosting our beloved Buy One, Get One week. It made for an even more demanding Thanksgiving week, but was totally worth it and fun. I learned a lot about (new to me) oils and can't wait to add some to my collection.

In fact, as I type this, I'm sipping a mug of warm water with lemon, grapefruit and clove oil to ease my stuffed tummy.
Would you guys be interested to see my daily schedule and use of oils? I get a lot of question about how I actually USE them...

Ok, Thanksgiving. I personally love the holiday, partly due to the fact that my birthday falls on the day every seven years. I've helped my mom cook our traditional dinner over the years, but have never ran the show from top to bottom. Whelp, this year was it, and everything went swimmingly! I can't believe I didn't take practically any pictures! The leftover sandwich is the closest I've got to documenting the meal, which included green bean casserole, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread, whole cranberry sauce, and a turkey fried by John! We also had several Trader Joe's appetizers and veggie and fruit tray. John's dad, his lady friend, and John's brother came for the day, so we had a nice crowd but nothing too big.

On a related note! I went into Total Wine with the task of getting a case (12 bottles) of wine to see us through appetizers to dessert, both red and white. A salesperson walked me thgouhout the store making suggestions in my price range and based on my preferences. Every wine was great and I was in and out in 30 minutes. The day before Thanksgiving! I'm a customer for life now.

The day after Thanksgiving was my 36th birthday. We didn't have any plans and it was so luxurious sleeping in, taking two naps, a steaming hot bath at 2:00 in the afternoon, and not having to lift a finger all day. Plus, the weather was overcast and chilly, so that further encouraged our hibernating. Family had all left by then and it was just me and my boys. A perfect birthday, indeed.

Speaking of the cool weather we've been having, it made me look into getting a pair of snuggly slippers for Will, as well as some cozy pants for lounging and playing around the house. Gap has a great promotion going on, and how cute are these slippers? And you know the Donald sweater had to come home with us for 60% off!