Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Lilly Look and After Party Adventures

First things first, who else has a Lilly hangover after a crazy day of shopping yesterday?  I can still hear that beautiful sound coming from my computer as I finally reach the front of the line.  Did everyone else have some success?  I feel like less items were disappearing from my cart versus previous sales, but I know just as many people were shopping because after my first check out, I went to number 40,000-something in line!  Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post to check out some of the items I grabbed, and links to some that are still available.  

I can't wait to get my new Lilly in the mail, but in the meantime, last weekend seemed like the perfect excuse to wear as much Lilly as possible (and remind myself why I needed more!).  In the past, I've been all about the more subdued patterns like Of Corsage and even had a lace overlay to bring down the level of bold on my bridal shower dress in the Mojo print.

But now, living my life as a wannabe Southerner for two years, I decided to go all out when I saw the You Gotta Regatta pattern in that Ritz Romper
This romper is the most comfortable thing ever.  I have been loving everything strapless this year, PLUS there are pockets.  Total win-win in my book!

I'm also wearing this pineapple necklace from Moon & Lola, a pair of gold earrings from a shop in Charleston called VestiqueFiesta by Essie on my nails, and flip flops that I got in a swap ages ago (similar style here - and on sale!). 
My mom was in town last weekend, so obviously we packed in as many Lowcountry things as possible into the last few days including adventures to Hilton Head Island and Kiawah Island.  This was the perfect look for a day strolling through Harbour Town.
And now for my favorites from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale.  Of course, I bought a few things for myself, but also had fun shopping for matches looks for our goddaughters as well as a bunch of gifts to pack away until Christmas!  Full disclosure: I compiled this list last night at 10pm.  The links are to the items I purchased or to a similar item on sale, if possible.  I apologize if some items are not available when you go to shop!
Luxletic Swing Tank in Multi Sandstripes (could not find available link) ||| Girls Infinity Loop Scarf ||| Glass Water Bottle ||| Jewelry Pouch (similar) ||| Girls Mini Callahan shorts in Shorely Blue Double Trouble (similar)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tailgate Ready Recipes: 5-Ingredient Mexican Dip

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We are so close to football season, I can almost taste it.  We love watching our favorite teams and fantasy football players on tv and are all about big plays at home with delicious food.  My #1 tip for creating awesome tailgate food is to make it easy, and my favorite way of doing that is in the slowcooker.  I wake up on Sunday morning, throw a few ingredients in, and by the noon or 1:00 game, we are ready to eat!  Add in a few bottles of Coca-Cola™, and you have the perfect afternoon.
Today's recipe is one of my favorites.  Thank you to Erika for first sharing it with me!  It makes a whole mountain of dip and is so delicious.  It's the perfect food for that first week of the season when everyone wants to get together for a party: everyone's team is still undefeated and we're all excited for a new year.  It only takes five ingredients and a couple bags of your favorite Wise Chips.

- 1 lb of boneless chicken (2-3 breasts or 6-7 tenderloins)
- 16 oz jar of salsa (you choose the heat!)
- 15 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 15 oz can of corn (drained)
- 12 oz block of cream cheese
- Garnish suggestions: cilantro, lime, hot sauce, sour cream
1. Combine chicken, salsa, black beans, and corn in a slowcooker.  Cook on high for 3 and a half hours if using full breasts and 3 hours if using tenderloins.
2. Take the chicken out of the slowcooker, shred it with 2 forks, and place it back in the slowcooker with the block of cream cheese.  Cook on low for 30 minutes.
3. Plate it up on your favorite chip and dip platter with a bag of Wise Restaurant Style Tortillas and garnish with lime wedges, cilantro, and sides of hot sauce or sour cream!
To shop for all your tailgate favorites, look for the one-stop Coca-Cola and Wise snacks display at Family Dollar.  You can find a store near you by clicking here.  SAVE $1 when you buy (1) 12-pack of any Coca-Cola® product plus (1) Wise snack 3oz or larger at Family Dollar today!
Now you're ready for a party!  Are you excited for the start of football season?  What are some of your favorite tailgate eats?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New House DIYs

I forgot how relaxing DIYing can be!  Mike and I have all these plans for what artwork and cool decor we want in our house, but man, does that money add up quickly.  I've enjoyed really make our house our own with homemade pieces (and it's saved a few dollars, too!).  It's been probably 6 or 7 years since I've painted anything, but I found some cool canvases for 60% off at Michael's, and decided to give it a try. 
The next place I'll be painting something for is our bedroom - maybe something Charleston-themed?  Any ideas?
Another project I've been working on for years are these cork letters.  I started the 'M' way back when and used corks from special events we went to while we were living in Connecticut.  I write on the sides of them, so it's fun to look back on the dates and where they were from.  Around our wedding, when I finally finished the 'M,' I realized that Michael's had stopped selling this font and size letters.  Mike measured the 'M' and had the 'D' and 'T' made by a local artist as a wedding present.  Did you know we have the exact same initials?  M.D.T.!  To fill the 'T,' we used all the corks our wedding venue saved from our reception, so that letter is so special to us, and we've slowly finished the 'D' with wine and champagne we've drank over the last year.  
Here's our next project!  I cannot wait to refinish this dining set and reupholster these chairs that have been in Mike's family for over 80 years.  We found a perfect rug for the room, too.  My best suggestion when searching for rugs is to make sure you look at a place with a good return policy.  You really need to bring the rug home and roll it out in the space to see if the color, pattern, and size are right.  Our first rug looked perfectly tangerine on the website but was definitely more red when we actually brought it home.  This one is only a 5x7, so a little small, but the accent blue perfectly matches the wall color and the brown coordinates well with the wood in the set.
 Lastly, here's this: just because every post needs a good cat picture.  Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

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