Is it really mid-September already?! I haven’t even had time to decorate yet! As I’m writing this, I have my pumpkin spice candle burning and a box of fall decorations on the floor calling my name. I’m so busy every day that I barely have time to eat let alone decorate. Today however, I’m going to let that box sit there for awhile longer and share this really cute long-sleeve tee with you that has a great purpose behind it!
Prep Obsessed (an online boutique and store in Florida) started stocking these “Pray for Texas” tees right after Hurricane Harvey demolished the Houston area and I decided to get one! They’re still on sale (link here) for $19.99 and half the proceeds go to the American Red Cross. The back of the tee says “One Nation Under God. Pray for Texas.” The front of the tee has the Simply Southern logo too. These tees are so comfy and adorable, I definitely recommend them!
Reputable Charities to Donate to
A lot of people are donating to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, which is great. It says a lot about the heart of the American people in my opinion. However, I’ve read conflicting things about the Red Cross and where donations actually end up. So in addition to the proceeds that go to the Red Cross from my Simply Southern tee, I have a few other charities that are worthy of donation. I’ve done a bit of research and come up with my own list of charities to donate to in both Texas and Florida. Feel free to leave a comment with any of your favorites as well!
- Samaritan’s Purse (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Convoy of Hope(4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Habitat for Horses (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Texas Wildlife Rescue Center (they have a need for donations since Hurricane Harvey!)
- Friends For Life (also in need of donations since Harvey)
- Matthew 25: Ministries (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
Of course there are many other great charities to donate to in both Florida and Texas but these are the ones that I could verify. Always do your research before donating because there are a lot of scams out there unfortunately. The charities I always tend to donate to are local charities such as animal shelters or homeless shelters that don’t tend to have a large overhead budget. Having interned for multiple nonprofits in college, I know what’s wasteful spending and what isn’t.
If you live in any of the affected areas, leave me a comment so I can at least comment on your blog or Instagram and follow you!
Oh my goodness y’all! I had such an amazing time visiting my family over the last few days. I’m a native Marylander living in Dallas trying to survive the heat and cowboy boots, so a weekend home is always appreciated! The air was so crisp and waking up to a fresh pot of good ol’ Folgers with a light breeze blowing through the house was nothing short of perfect. With a hint of fall in the air, I broke out my favorite Marley Lilly fall long sleeve tee!
Seriously, I loved this monogrammed t-shirt so much that I bought my mom one too! The back of the shirt says “Every year I fall for pumpkins, bonfires, s’mores, autumn leaves, apples, & monograms.” How cute is that?! I completely admit that I’m a basic girl, so this tee was made for me! Plus that monogram on the front is a complete home run!
My best friend Jessica and I went with my mom and sister to a local beach in my hometown for an afternoon and I made my sister take pictures of my tee on the beach! There’s something so preppy about wearing monograms and long sleeves on the coast, you know what I mean? We sat in beach chairs while chatting and listening to the waves wash on the shore. That’s something I never really knew how I much I loved until I moved away. It really is the most peaceful sound in the world.
Anyway, if you haven’t gotten this shirt yet- you need it! They put this cute tee on sale quite often too so be on the look out for that! I’m always featuring Marley Lilly products in my posts so I’ll be sure to link to my favorites! For more preppy essentials, check out this post from a few weeks ago!
Happy Monday loves! I can’t believe how fast the temperatures are dropping this year! Even in Dallas! I’ve been visiting my parents over the weekend in Maryland and the morning chill was just lovely- felt like a crisp fall morning! The kitty cats just lay on the porch all day enjoying the light breeze and taking naps!
My Diet and Workout Plan
So I wanted to chat bit about exercise and how I’m trying to get fit (again) and eat healthier. I usually don’t have time to get in the car and run to a gym to meet with a trainer, especially in Dallas traffic. I started looking for an alternative that would still give me the value I was looking for with the convenience of being able to work out at my apartment’s gym. That’s when I was introduced to Courtney Bentley Fitness!
Courtney is a certified personal trainer in Las Vegas but she has an amazing club called the Fit and Fabulous Club! She sends personalized workouts to your phone as well as a diet plan to keep you on track- all for $15 a month! Other perks include:
- Yummy recipes
- Facebook encouragement group
- App to track your workouts and store measurements and photos of progress
- Exercise videos so you can be sure you’re doing an exercise properly
She also has a great podcast and blogs regularly about all things fitness. I think the best part of the club is how available she is to answer questions and encourage you! I highly recommend that you check out her program if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a gym membership!
My Go-To Athletic Style
Of course I can’t write a blog post without talking about style. So I’m wearing these super cute new Nikes! Let’s be real here, I got the shoes to motivate me to work out and so far it’s working! Normally, I don’t splurge on athletic shoes, boat shoes and boots usually get the bulk of my money- but I’ve seen a number of other bloggers wearing them and obviously I had to have some too! I love that they go with so much and that they’re light weight. You gotta look good hitting the gym! And better yet, they’re on sale right now! Here’s the link!
I also went to Old Navy and picked up a few of these super cute Go-Dry Mesh tanks (link). I absolutely love these tanks! SO comfy and not too tight that you can’t do a sit up without wanting to hide your belly fat. These go on sale frequently and I definitely recommend grabbing several when they do! I’m always pleasantly surprised with how cute Old Navy’s athletic section is!
Be sure to check out Courtney’s website as well as Nike’s shoe sale! Leave me a comment with your best fitness tip!
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Photo Credit: Luisas’s Secret Photography
Top: Lilly Pulitzer | White Denim: Ann Taylor | Tassel Earrings: McCauley + Luck
Hello loves! I’m just going to launch right into this post because last weekend it was a hot topic in preppy southern circles and it will be again as people start receiving their orders- the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale!! Holy guacamole. That was a crazy sale! I went to North Park Mall here in Dallas to shop the sale the day before it started in stores and it was chaos!
I always shop with the goal of only buying what I need (although my boyfriend will debate that statement) and never spending lots of money on things that I want. I went into the sale and there were tons of adorable dresses and tops but I came out with only two items- the top I’m wearing in these photos and the same one for my mom. In total, I spent $54 at the Lilly Pulitzer APS. Unheard of isn’t it?
One of the shoppers in line in front of me spent over $500 on the sale, and apparently that’s nothing compared to others! I love Lilly Pulitzer to death but at a certain point, I have to put a limit to how much I spend on the things I love… and I guess that limit this time around was $54!
What Lilly Pulitzer Could Change About the Sale
I went online to the sale about 7 hours after it started and the virtual line had over 100,000 people in it. I noped out of there so fast. Looking at the comments on Lilly’s Facebook page, I’m assuming everyone else was just as put off my that craziness. So here’s 3 things I wish they’d change about the sale
- Anything you put in your online shopping cart will be reserved for at lest 10 minutes.
- Let customers know about the sale a week or more before (that way we can put some money aside ahead of time.)
- Have a normal sale section on the website year round. It doesn’t need to be as steeply discounted as the After Party Sale, but just something that would allow customers to indulge themselves more than twice a year!
Please share your experience shopping the sale with me! I’d love to hear about what you got too! I always love seeing the bargains other people find! I linked everything I’m wearing above, comment with any questions!
Photo Credits: Luisa’s Secret Photography
Hey loves! I don’t know about you but I’ve felt a distinct crispness in the air here lately! I love when summer starts turning into fall and everything just becomes so lovely. How basic am I for saying my favorite season is fall?! I think I got my love for all things pumpkin from my mom. Every September she would go all out decorating our house with fall leave garlands, pumpkins, corn stalks by the door, and a pumpkin spice candle burning in the kitchen. Even at 24 years old, there’s nothing more magical than my parent’s house this time of the year.
As every self-proclaimed lover of autumn does, I’ve made my fall bucket list! How much of it I’ll actually get to do is a post for another day but I’ll at least get to half of it! I scoured my fall Pinterest board (over 700 pins of pure fall bliss!) to find my top 10 must-do fall activities to share with you guys and thankfully I narrowed it down to fit into the picture above.
- Drink apple cider (it has to be hot though)
- Watch football (I have no choice here, I live in Texas and football is king)
- Go leaf peeping (I’ll have to do that when I’m at home in Maryland. Cactus don’t grow fall leaves)
- Buy a blanket scarf (I have like 5 but I need another obviously)
- Host a bonfire (I don’t have my own fire pit but I’ll cohost if anyone wants to offer up theirs!)
- Carve a pumpkin (This is a no-brainer)
- Watch Hocus Pocus (I can’t get enough of that movie!)
- Wear Bean Boots (Classic preppy footwear made for fall!)
- Run through a corn maze (or just get lost and yell at everyone I’m lost with)
- Eat caramel apples (doing this very carefully, I need all of my teeth)
So share with me what’s on your fall bucket list and your favorite fall traditions!
Happy Labor Day weekend! I’m wearing white jeans and my classic J. Crew lobster sweater to celebrate! I can’t believe the summer has come to a close (unofficially). It went by faster than I could have dreamed and I’m disappointed my pineapple pool floatie didn’t get used more! Life just got the better of me this season and I’m absolutely exhausted from starting a new job in late June, freelancing, and trying to blog full time. It really wears you down, you know?
Anyway, on to the good stuff! So many stores are having great sales this weekend and I’m sharing a few of my favorites!
Best Labor Day Sales!
50% off everything at J. Crew Factory
40% off sale items at Anthropologie
30% off select items at Top Shop
30% off sale style at Kate Spade
50% off tees, jeans, and dresses at Old Navy
30% off sale styles at Draper James
$12.50 fall candles plus 25% off entire purchase at Bath and Body Works
Up to 40% off summer items at Nordstrom
25% off sitewide at Mud Pie Market
Extra 30% off sale styles at Sperry
25% off when you spend $50 at L.L. Bean
There were so many other great sales going on when I was looking around for sales to share with you guys! These were just the sales that were my favorite! I live by the motto that “full-price” is the “F-Word” and it has served me well! It’s going to be crazy at the malls and such so good luck braving the chaos!
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