I am so excited to share with you today my favorite collaboration on my blog journey thus far, MARLEY LILLY!! When they reached out to me to send me a piece from their fall collection I freaked out. As you know, I love anything with a monogram but Marley Lilly is one of my favorite brands. They’re just a one-stop-shop for trendy clothes and accessories personalized to you. I love the quality of their products and they are always having great sales so you really get a great deal.
They sent me their Monogrammed Sherpa Pullover Tunic which is part of their outerwear collection. I’m actually wearing it while I write this, its just so cozy! It’s super soft to the touch, it feels like a plush blanket or pillow. And one of the things I love about it is even though its a typical quarter-zip, its technically a tunic so the length is a bit longer. It goes past my bum which is amazing when wearing with leggings. I’m 5’6″ and I got a size S/M for reference.
I styled it with leggings and black riding boots. A super simple outfit, perfect for game day or a nice fall day in the park. Its great to wear outdoors because I feel that it keeps me warm. Like I said before, its like wearing a blanket! I love the fact that you can dress this piece down so casually like the outfit shown or you can wear it with jeans and booties to give it more flare.
Check out Marley Lilly for anything cute and monogrammed! I will have all my outfit details linked below. Happy Shopping 🙂
Outfit Details: Sherpa Pullover
Something that used to be really hard for me was that in-between season’s weather. I made it a personal goal to learn how to master the art of transition outfits. Now, I am not one for rules so I think wearing white after Labor Day is a-okay but, once September hits my mindset changes and I am ready for my favorite season to emerge.
If you live in my area you know that this week its been warm and in the 80’s. I appreciate the warm weather sticking around but all I really want to do is throw on a cozy flannel and some jeans as we are well into September. Nick even suggested we go apple picking yesterday and I asked if we could wait till it was just a tiny bit chillier before we take part in that fall tradition. Its genuinely a confusing time of year, at least for me anyway.
Some tips I have for taking your closet along on this crazy journey with you are as follows:
Darken Your Color Scheme: Take for instance this dress that I just scored on sale from J.Crew Factory. Its a nice short-sleeve dress which is nice for end of summer weather but its black and white gingham pulling it into early fall. I personally wouldn’t wear this piece in the summer just because I am not a huge black-wearing person to begin with but with this official start date to fall being this Friday, I am going to get a lot of use out of this dress before it gets too chilly.
Tie the Look Together with a Fall Shoe: Pack away those flip-flops and your white jacks and opt for a closed-toe shoe instead. In the summer-time, my uniform is pretty much a dress and my jacks. For this transition into a new season trade out those jacks for a loafer or bootie instead. It gives the dress an entirely different look. Even as simple as leggings and a tee with flats as opposed to sandals gives your look a more fall vibe.
Layer: I can not stress this enough, layers are key when trying to make outfits that fit well with the season’s transition. Always bring a sweater with you, much of the time indoors is way colder than the outside weather anyway. Not to mention mornings and nights are often chiller as well. Having a layering piece with you makes you ready for any temperature the weather may throw at you.
The One Piece Short, One Piece Long Rule: This is the perfect time of year to get use out of short/no-sleeve sweaters paired with jeans or shorts with sweater combinations. With this rule you get the perfect, balanced coverage and you can make some really cute outfits!
I hope this gave you some guidelines on what to pick out to wear in-between seasons. Got more tips for me? Comment them below. I am always looking for fresh ideas to help me pick out my day-to-day outfits.
I feel like there are so many things going on right now. Some great and some not so great but thats life, am i right? I wanted to share some things going on as well as some things on my radar to keep you guys in the know.
First, I am pondering lots of new ideas for things here on Prepster Ange. I have hit some writers block recently and think its due to feeling as if I am being too repetitive with what I am writing about. I want to open it up to more lifestyle type posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion but my life is so much more than that! I want this to be my outlet for sharing things that I love with people who choose to read along so I don’t want to limit myself with my content. And now that my schedule has changed without school I am looking into a reading schedule to keep things more consistent. I look forward to scheduling different content creator’s blog posts, or youtube videos on the days I know they post into my daily routine. I have some great things coming soon that I am very excited about so I want to have a nice foundation set up for that as well!
So finally post-grad and employed! It was very important to me to find a job that I loved. I had a job right after graduation in the spring but it was something that was sucking the life out of me and fast. My commute was horrible. My day dragged on because I felt I wasn’t working to my full potential and it was making me miserable. I didn’t want to do anything after work, like go to the gym or do anything fun because I was so concerned about my homework, my meal prepping, making sure everything was always ready for the next morning because I don’t like waking up before 6 am…Circumstances (fate I guess you could say) led me to leave. Best decision I have ever made.
It was scary to not feel secure with what I was going to do next but life always has a way of working out. I now work at a senior living facility in the activities department and I have never loved a job more in my entire life. The residents have become such a central part of my life and they make coming to work everyday such a joy. I have learned the art of things like bingo (did you know there are SO many different bingo games you could play), the community you share at that age, and just the fact that life doesn’t stop once you get old. You do what you can to make the day bright and you make the best of the hand you were dealt in life. I am extremely blessed to have this experience in my life.
On My Radar
Some things on my radar lately that I want y’all to know about:
Lilly Pulitzer APS: The After Party Sale has been announced and I AM SO EXCITED. It begins in-stores and online the 28th-30th with a newly added preview to the sale this Sunday at 3pm. Some tips that I have for the sale are:
- learn to set aside money twice a year for this, I used to work at Lilly so getting Lilly discounted wasn’t an issue for me. Now I set aside money specifically for the sale because when you see something you want you can’t wait, you just have to go for it before its gone.
- Wake up a half hour before the sale begins. I sit there plopped in bed with some tea and breakfast and set up my computer so I am ready to get in the virtual line at 8am
- Have Fun! Make sure to keep checking back throughout the three days when you have some free time. They are always adding new goodies.
Tuesdays With Morrie: Now that I have no homework to do I have been reading more. I even renewed my library card and got myself a Kindle to make reading more “smart”. I love turning the pages of a book so we’ll see how the kindle works out but I have no where to store books so I have been meaning to make the switch for a while. Renewing my library card gives me the best of both worlds! I picked up this book at work and began reading when I had some down time one day. I had heard of it but never read it and found myself unable to put it down. I know that this is something that will one day be relatable to me in my line of work. I am with my residents during their final years of life and learning how to make the most of that experience for them as well as for myself was something inspiring to me. I highly recommend this book, it could change your perspective on how to live and what really matters in life. Follow along on Goodreads to see what I am reading next!
I am squeezing the last bits of summer out of my wardrobe and wanted to post some of my looks for some Sunday of Summer Inspiration!
One of the things I am trying to get better at is mixing patterns. If you mix a pattern in the right way you can create an outfit thats so cute, and looks extremely put together at the same time. Mixing the J.Crew Liberty Short with a navy and white striped top was an amazing outfit. I received so many compliments on it. A striped tee is really a basic for me. Its an easy twist on a simple outfit that makes you look like you put more effort into getting ready than you actually did.
I love easy pieces that make you look great. I am not one to wear something uncomfortable for the fashion aspect of it. I believe that there is a way to look the part each day while still feeling like you’re wearing something somewhat normal. Mixing patterns is a great way to achieve that! I paired the outfit with some cute sandals and was ready for my day.
So to be honest this is the first year I have actually paid attention and had the opportunity to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I usually forget or don’t care that much about what they have. I am a Nordstrom card holder so I was granted early access to the sale and I don’t know, for some reason this year I have been loving the selection.
I put together a few outfits for fall with the pieces I did pick out and I will leave everything linked below.
Some of my favorite basics in the sale are s’well bottles. This was a big one for me. I use a s’well almost everyday so I am definitely using this opportunity to stock up. I have been loving the smaller 9 oz. size as it fits so perfectly in my purse/tote and they only come out to $15!!!! That’s such a great price. They also had a lot of cute shoes for fall ranging from booties to tennis shoes/trainers. I then had a chance to pick up a Nordstrom basic tee, everyone seemed to be talking about what high quality they are and they were right. I am obsessed with this tee, it is so flattering on.
I got one of the BP cardigans which are super comfortable (btw). I love the longer look with jeans and a tee in the fall. You could easily throw on any shoe and the look will still look so timeless and chic. Another sweater I got was this gray bell sleeve sweater. I saw one of my favorite bloggers post it in her try on haul and I immediately went for it. I can’t wait to style it for y’all soon!
Now this was a hard section for me. Everything was just so cute. I almost got the expandable long champ tote (linked below) because its such a great price but I have so many long champ totes already that I don’t know if its really worth it. I did however get this sole society bag! I kept reaching for it during my shopping trips…yes trips… and I couldn’t give it the green light. I have been seeing it everywhere on social media and knew that It would be a great piece to have. I have been using it already and its amazing. It fits EVERYTHING. I am obsessed.
To justify this last purchase, I have wanted a pair of Tory Burch riding boots my entire life LOL. I actually like them this year as they have a classic and basic logo to them that I had to at least try them on. Now what happens next I am going to blame on my boyfriend, Nick. He talked me into buying them. My boyfriend…who hates shopping…told me I needed them. Nows the time to buy them, he said so in agreement I finally pulled the trigger. The whole way home he asked me if I regret the purchase and honestly, I didn’t one bit. Riding boots are something I wear every day in the fall and winter time. These are going to last me years and I got them at such a great price!
So thats a wrap…I hope…I am excited for my new wardrobe pieces and I think I am going to hang up my shopping shoes for a while.
I’d love to know what you picked up from the sale so feel free to leave a comment down below! Happy Nordstrom Sale!
These shorts have been on my J.Crew wishlist for a while now. They are perfect for tucking in tee’s which is a go-to outfit for me in the summer. If you ever want to feel more put together while wearing a basic shorts-and-tee outfit, tuck in your shirt and wear a belt if necessary.
I got this top from J.Crew as well. At first I wasn’t sure about it. I saw a bunch of bloggers talking about it so I decided to try it for myself. I think what sold me is the fact that its actually a t-shirt not a blouse. As soon as I picked it up I was so happy. I now have it in both white and navy.
I accessorized the look white white accents. A white necklace from Kendra Scott along with my white Jack Rogers and a white crossbody bag from Michael Kors. The white brightened up the look and made it look like a more summer-y look. I am not one to wear much dark clothing in the summer time but Navy is my black. The color combination looked great together.
What I love about this look is that you can recreate it with any scrunchy linen short and a tee. You can make it more casual for a normal day or spruce it up by mixing patterns or wearing a blouse instead!
I feel like J.Crew has been doing such a great job lately. Their pieces are so gorgeous. Even J. Crew Factory has such cute styles for summer. Well done, J. Crew.
Good Morning, everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and is looking forward to the shortened work week ahead. Only three more days till the weekend… you got this.
There is something about the fourth of July that I love. I consider myself to be a very patriotic person, I truly love this country we live in and have the utmost respect for the men and women (past, present, and future) who put their lives on the line for us each day.
I had a very low-key weekend. Nick and I spent most of our time running errands, spending time with our families, and organizing things. We watched the fireworks in my town on Saturday night which is something that is kinda special for us. I think part of the reason why we enjoy them so much is at the end of our very first date we found ourselves watching some fireworks in his town after a really great day with some old friends. Certainly a day i’ll never forget. On Sunday we had some time with his family over dinner. Had a nice meal and got to play with Otis, their new puppy! Monday, we originally had plans to go hang out at a bar during the day and then a BBQ with my family at night but we actually found ourselves cleaning up the deck furniture with my dad instead. All our hard work yesterday paid off though because it ended up being something different to enjoy. When I was younger my sisters and I never really paid attention outside so no one was utilizing this great space we have, now that its all cleaned up, I am looking forward to many more nights out there.
Of course the weekend was spent in lots of red, white, and blue. All holiday’s aside, I truly love that color combination to begin with. Its so timeless. I had lots of fun this weekend taking pictures on my new phone. I upgraded to the iPhone 7 Plus and it was seriously such a great decision. The camera was everything I have been dreaming of. I normally don’t really care about the newest phone out etc. but I have been waiting for the chance to get my hands on this one. I am extremely happy with my decision. Not having to lug a huge camera around is kinda nice lol.
I’ve been wearing red, white, and blue since Friday rolled around. On my more casual days it was shorts and a cute tee with my Jacks and dressed up in a dress and jacks on my more dressy days. I’ve been experimenting with curling my hair. I am determined to master it so I can have a new go-to hairstyle and I have finally gotten it down. My goal for the fourth this year was to look as though I stepped out of a J.Crew catalog and I was pretty happy with my and Nick’s outfit choices. Ill be sure to have everything linked for you below so you can check out some of the pieces that I wore throughout the weekend!
I hope everyone had a great holiday again and I’d love to hear all about it. Feel free to let me know down in the comments below.
I was shopping earlier in the week (I know, I have to stop LOL) but I walked into J.Crew and saw this gingham dress that I have had my eye on for a while now and it was very marked down. I had to get it, I immediately thought it was perfect to wear for the fourth this year! I think for me it came out to around $24. They were having a 50% off sale promotion going on at the time. Anyway, I highly suggest that you see if its still available at your local store because it is just the most flattering on.
I had so much fun taking pictures for this outfit. I just loved twirling around in my dress, I think dresses have got to be one of my favorite aspects of summer. They’re so easy to just throw on and go, as well as super cute which I love. I paired my dress with some red and white jacks to complete the color scheme and am ready to have some fun tomorrow!
I hope everyone is having fun this holiday weekend but still remembers and honors the importance of this day. Its much more than the shopping, the BBQ’s, beach days, and parties. It’s our birthday, America. Honor and remember those who fought for our independence and still do, to this day!
Outfit Details: Dress | Sandals | Sunnies
Good Morning Lovelies!
Hope everyone is having a great week so far. I am enjoying the warm weather so much!
One of the things I am trying to do more of is have a consistency of long and short pieces in my outfits. I find that I am great when it comes to picking out pieces for a hot summer as well as during the winter but the fall/spring are always more of a challenge for me. Its that in between, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, both in one day kinda weather that can get pretty confusing. The trick is to wear one long piece with one short piece to keep you comfortable throughout the day. This spring, for me, is mixing shorts with long sleeve tops. and the fall incorporates more pant options.
Even though its mid June and tomorrow is the official first day of summer, we have had more colder days than hot this season. It is said that should change soon but either way, a balance in your clothes makes for great options of summer outfits if you’re spending most of your day indoors!
This outfit is completely Vineyard Vines. I got this outfit last summer. I popped into VV and saw all the girls wearing something similar and I had to have this color combination. I thought an outfit like this was a staple for the spring and summertime on colder days/nights but then as the summer came and went, I never reached for it in my closet. I was lazy. It is so easy to just throw on a dress or romper and some sandals and go. An outfit like this takes more planning. The details of your day, whether or not your spending your day mostly outside or not determines if you can wear an outfit like this. This season I tried to be more organized when it came to my spring outfits. Sure enough, I reached for it!
An oxford button down and some shorts are perfect as a classic outfit in your wardrobe. It has a timeless look that can be recreated in various different color and brand combinations!
I had to pop on here to tell you that Lilly Pulitzer’s pop up print for the summer is Lobstah Roll. I couldn’t be more excited. As soon as I got the news I ran to my local Lilly store and picked up the Captain Popover. I wasn’t aware of Lilly when they had their most popular prints a while back so I have been so lucky to get such great luck finding items I love from their pop up prints collections throughout the past few years.
I instantly ran home to style an outfit with my new piece of Lilly. I paired the popover with my pink Lilly buttercup shorts (similar: here) and some pink and gold Jacks. Such a simple outfit yet SO much fun to wear!! I know this print is gonna go fast so be sure to check out the collection before its gone.
I am a firm believer in everything the company Lilly Pulitzer stands for. Most of my closet is Lilly because I was so blessed to get the opportunity to work there two years back. The colors just make every outfit look happy and fun. Winter or summer, Lilly is a staple in my closet.