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!!