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Blogtober 2018 - Day 1


Fall Tag Questions









Make sure you check out Ell who created these questions and read her answers! 
https://ellduclos.blog/fall-tag/ 





1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?





Mahogany Teakwood from Bath & Body Works, I have had so many of these and truly think this is my all time favorite Candle!









2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?





All the tree leaves changing colors and feeling the cool air when I leave my bedroom window open. Something about the fresh air after the humid summer days feels amazing. I love the sunsets and excuse to wear slippers and robes around the house! 





3. What is your all time favorite fall/Halloween movie?





All of the Harry Potter movies are a big favorite to watch during the Fall season. I am not the biggest fan of Halloween movies... So I really don't watch any of them. 





4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?





My pajamas on that night? I haven't really dressed up in years - usually at home doing homework and watching tv with my mom.





5. What is your favorite fall trend?





Vests, Flannels, and boots! I could go on about my favorite outfits to wear during the fall, just a change of season means different outfits to wear! So ready to wear boots with jeans and a vest with flannel!





6. When you think of fall, what drink comes to mind?





Anything warm. Love a vanilla mocha I made at home. I am not the biggest Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, but may get one every so often.





7. What is your go to fall beauty product? A must have staple!





Dark lipsticks are the main thing I love in the fall! 
My favorite are easy to shop below but I love these colors: 
Nars Save The Queen in Powermatte Lip Pigment
Nars Hyde Park in Satin Lip Pencil
Urban Decay Rapture Lipstick
Nars Anna Audacious Lipstick





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8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?





Umm neither…. 





9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about it!





I love getting fresh pumpkin seeds out and my mom will roast them! They are so delicious! Other than that, just enjoying a change of season! Oh and watching Clemson football games!! 





10. The moment of truth, is fall your favorite season?





To be honest, it has been a favorite recently. I truly love all the fall outfits! I used to think I loved Summer, something about some cooler weather from sweating so much is much nicer!





Happy October guys, just trying out this Blogtober and hope you will do the same! It was fun to round up a few Fall favorites! 


Barrington Purse Review


I recently caved in and purchased my first Barrington bag. I can't believe it took me this long to finally buy one! Today I wanted to share some pictures of the one I purchased and give you a review of it! 

















I decided to go with the St. Anne Petite Handbag. I love this deer fur print - no its not real, just printed! I have always loved this one and had to get it. 









I did want to get my M stamped on the leather patch. I thought about doing my full initials, but I really didn't want MAN on it... Yes that is my initials lol... 









The quality of this bag is unbelievable! The leather is beautiful and very nice, I hope it holds up very well. I believe the outside is like a nylon and compares to what my Longchamp bags feel like. The inside is lined, which I do have a picture below. 









Each bag comes with a dust bag - which I find a must have when you pay a nice penny for something! And of course came with an adorable Barrington sticker, who doesn't want more stickers?!









This is the inside of mine. I find this size to hold the perfect amount! The size is very similar to the small size of Longchamp purses I have. 









Has one zipper pocket on one side then two open pockets on the other side. 









To break things down more serious. I have only had this purse for a few weeks now. The day I got the purse, I told my mom that I want more from Barrington. I now want a duffel bag, the original St. Anne bag, makeup bag, and so many more from their site. If you haven't been on the site - go now! Play around with each style create your own bag and make that purchase! My first thoughts were amazed and impressed by the fabulous quality! You may not like the deer fur print, there are so many other options. You can add stripes to prints and monograms. So many options to customize your own bag! 


InstaRounds - Beauty Favs


Today I am sharing more details behind my recent Instagram posts. Even will be giving you direct links to what is in the picture!









Love these NARS lippies




During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I had to purchase these lippies by NARS. I love my lip products and couldn't pass up a great deal for high end makeup! I have only a few of these colors a few times, mainly because they just scream FALL to me. So here in the next few months I will be wearing them like crazy! BTW Still the same price as the Nordstrom sale!





THE BEST PALETTES




I love eyeshadow, it is one of my favorite makeup items. When I heard that Urban Decay was discontinuing the original NAKED palette, I found it so hard to believe! Who wants to quit making the OG eyeshadow palette? However I have seen the sneak peak of the new Cherry Naked palette that will be coming out hopefully soon! I will definitely be purchasing it ASAP! Which Naked palette is your favorite? Mine will always be the OG.
The Vault at Nordstrom is $160 right now! Value is $216!





A new perfume favorite!




When you have a customer at work who comes in and they just smell amazing - you must buy what they are wearing! This is my new favorite perfume to wear. It smells so sweet and I want to wear it all the time! I need to get my hands on the lotion in this scent as well!





A recent Ulta haul - who else spends way too much there?




I always love sharing a haul of things I purchased. I made a big order awhile back during a 10X points for Platinum members at Ulta. I may confuse you on how I used my points and gained them on this order. But I paid $66 for all what is showing, which originally all was $190. I used so many of my points to get $128 taken off my order. Then I gain more points so I can use on a future order! 










http://www.darlinginlilly.com/ulta-vs-sephora/
Read this post if you want to see if I love Ulta or Sephora more!







Making a Statement


I am back with another outfit post today, my first to start the excitement for fall! Sharing a beautiful Anthropologie top that is already a huge favorite! See how I styled with pair of jeans and staple boots. 













These Blondo Waterproof boots are one of my purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They are so comfortable and going to be perfect for upcoming cooler days.




My jeans are a new pair I got recently from Target for $25! You can not beat that! They are very comfortable and definitely compare to my fav American Eagle ones - just cheaper!




When I first saw this top, I knew I needed to have it. If you have followed me for awhile you would know I have a Jack Russell. This top is perfect for a Jack owner! 




I love the green color and style of this top. Very different from anything I own. 




Look at the beautiful detailed back! How adorable!








Top | Jeans | Boots | Purse (similar)








 


APS - What I Want


Who is so excited for Monday? Have your account set and your wishlist ready? If not, get on it!









Monday is so close! With all of the presale shopping, I am curious to see how crazy Monday will be. Today I wanted to share the items I am looking to purchase during the sale. I am debating about of a few of these items, that I truly don't need them. But I definitely want to see what the price will be for all of them, that usually helps me complete my decision. 















APS - My Top Picks


Creating you list of wants for the After Party Sale? I have a few I just had to share with you that MOST LIKELY will be included!









Love the Sea Sirens print, has mermaids and octopi. What more could you want in a print! I love blue prints and this one had to be added to my closet. The Sophiletta dress is a very comfy dress for any day, hope they continue to bring this dress out.




Once I tried on this romper, my opinion changed quickly on off the shoulder things. I never thought I could pull them off till this romper came out. I had to have it and love the bright pink!




My most worn outfit from the summer, took me awhile to finally purchase but fell in love once I did! I love easy outfits to wear, this two piece is a skort as well. I dressed it up for a night out or just wore to work with Jack Rogers.




I was brave enough to try off the shoulder this summer many times. This dress was beautiful on, perfect special occasion dress. 




This outfit was a huge favorite of mine from this past Spring and Summer. I also have the navy in this top and another print in this skort. So easy to wear and the outfit is complete with these two. 




Have not loved a swimsuit like this one in a very long time. I also have this style in the Shady Lady print. I wore during my beach trip this summer, it is so easy to wear and so worth the price!




Love, love, love the Lula Dress. Such an adorable dress for so many occasions. I have worn for my Savannah trip, Church service, and just to work!





Shopping APS? What to Know


To begin this post - who else is beyond excited for the After Party Sale!? I am! No matter what, each year I get super pumped for this sale! The sale is a few weeks later this year, which I think it makes more sense after Labor Day to have a big sale! On my Instagram Stories about a week ago I asked if any questions to be answer, I will go over those questions and more within this post!









THE BASICS





Create your account NOW! On the day of, it is easiest to have all of your information on your account - including the card you will pay with! Have you shipping address correct and ready. 

Can't shop the first day?
They will release more items during the days - so you should most likely find something! In the past, during the days the sale is - more will be brought out during certain times of the day. I usually purchase a few more on the second day of the sale. 

The night before.
Remember the sale start early and for some of you starts while you rather be sleeping! So the night before get everything ready then! Have your wallet out just incase you need it. Know what you wear that day incase your shopping lasts longer than expected and you do have to be somewhere that day. Have all the devices you need out and ready where you can shop easily - I like to use a desk. Clear the area - stuff in the way may be messed up or broken from excitement... This is an important step, do in this order - when you are done with your laptop or phone for the night. 1. Clear your history on Safari or what you use. Once you clear your history - go to LillyPulitzer.com and log BACK into your account. Do nothing else now! 

What happens that morning?
The sale begins at 8 am EST. You will be placed in a virtual line to get on the site. Once you check out and place an order you will be placed back in the virtual line... 

The morning of...
Grab your coffee, breakfast, what ever you need to shop for a few hours. Grab something to do if you have to wait in the virtual line a while. I either do my makeup, have some homework out to do, or watch tv while I shop. Get as many devices you can in one place. I use my laptop, my phone, and desktop computer. You refresh at 8 am on each device and hope you get a good place in the line. You may have a shorter wait on one of your devices - so try to have as many as you can. Have all of your devices on LillyPulitzer.com ready and easy to get set to shop! Make sure no one needs you during this time - I don't like to get distracted or notifications blowing up while I am shopping on my phone. To think of it - I may have to put Do Not Disturb on... If you can have other shop with you, I always shop for my mom as well while she is working. 

How to actually shop the sale?
With my experience this is how I have succeeded shopping the sale. Know your sizes and what you are looking for. You will get very overwhelmed once you are on the site. List the items you want the most first. Your first couple of items - search them in the search bar. Add to cart, try to get those must haves first and check out if you do not want to miss out! Because your cart is not RESERVED! Once you have purchased your must haves and on the site again, search by your size. I always do this so I am not tempted by anything not in my size. Also you are not wasting your time looking at things you don't need! 

Few other things to mention
In the past other sites do participate in the online sale - Zappos, Amazon, 6pm, etc. Just search Lilly Pulitzer and what ever pops up on Google go check out those sites! 





QUESTIONS ANSWERED





Is there anyway to know what prints/items will be included in the sale?
If anything is on the site a few days before will NOT be included! I believe it will be all of the Spring and Summer prints, even some leftovers from Resort from the beginning of the year. From my knowledge I don't think any of the Fall will be included.

Is there any day you can shop in store on the weekend?
Stores will be doing a presale in-store on Saturday and Sunday before. 





I do have screenshots of past sales for you to browse to if you are curious what the chaos will look like. There are in these google albums: 
APS January 2018
APS January 2016
APS August 2015





If you have any questions or any other tips for anyone else to read - please comment below! I think I will post a separate post of what I am wanting from the sale and a post on things I own that should be included!






Back To School Essentials


Guys, I am back! It truly has been a very long time since I have blogged. This year is a weird one with my blogging. I would write a few posts here and there, then I would never finish them to post... Today I sat down and did this whole post in one night. Just the motivation hit me and couldn't stop doing what I used to LOVE to do! 









This may be my fifth year of college - crazy to think I graduated high school four years ago. Over these past couple of years - I have learned a few things here and there on how to get by the college years. I hopefully will be done with school in a year and half (dare I say it could be two years)... However I think I can give my opinion on some things that you will either want or need for college. These could also benefit those high school years. 









North Face Jester Backpack
Barbour Beadnell Jacket
Longchamp Large Tote
Longchamp Pouch
Converse Sneakers
Tory Burch Crossbody





Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul 2018

There was so much talk this year about people tired of seeing what all the bloggers were buying from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Well here is another post, of what I bought! I was asked on Instagram if I was going to be posting anything about the sale - with a vacation and waiting for the packages to arrive. Here it is finally!




1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10-can't find online | 11 | 12




A few of these items are sold out at the moment. I still linked them because Nordstrom will restock some items or sizes of things. I think I have finished shopping the sale for this year but will daily check on the website for more items! I love Nordstrom for the wide range of brands and products they have.

I was able to shop the sale during the early access since I have a Nordstrom Credit Card. If you do not want to get a credit card through them - they have the debit card option which links to your bank account so you can't build up debt. I recommend the sale extremely - so much fun to shop great deals before even released!



To finish my sale haul, I spent a total $934 during the sale. The total will be 1404.90 after the sale!

Relaxing Night with Clean & Clear

I got the opportunity to try out both of these masks recently. With my crazy school and work schedule they were perfect for the nights I needed to relax. I am usually not a fan of sheet masks but had to try this jelly eye sheet mask. Clean & Clear is one of my favorite skincare brands and I really enjoyed these masks.



I really enjoyed the Jelly Eye Sheet Mask, it was very cooling and easy to use. I am usually not a huge fan of sheet masks, since this one did not cover my whole face it wasn't terrible!



A clay mask is always a goto, easy to apply and easy to take off. I used it once before I showered and just wash it off!

With the semester coming to an end, you need to take the time to relax. Taking one night to take a bath or using a mask, your body and skin will appreciate it.

 

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Clean-Clear-Night-Relaxing-Purifying-Clay-Face-Mask-1-7-oz/879649066

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Forsyth to Leopolds

Today is my second post on how my Spring Break trip went in Savannah, GA. I had so many photos from a great trip, I just had to share within two posts.




Here is the first post about my trip!

http://www.darlinginlilly.com/spring-break-recap-2018/


Forsyth park was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel, we picked a perfect day to walk there. I loved how big the park was, loved how the whole family could spend a day there and be happy!



The Spanish moss on all of the trees! Was a perfect photo area!



This skort was the best thing to wear for a long walk downtown! Super comfy and love how you can dress it up or casual - which I did!



The Paris Market was one store I couldn't wait to go to! This store has so many awesome pieces from bug decor to a mermaid sculpture.



Guys. This mermaid sculpture was beautiful. I hate that I can't remember how pricey it was, but I am pretty sure it was more than $2,000!!!



I have to take advantage of a full length mirror whenever I can.



I am obsessed with brick walls, this one had me in love.



After shopping around The Paris Market, had to stop at the The Paris Cafe for an iced Mocha and some macaroons.





Can I just have my own green hedge one day? Or a wall covered in green vines?



This was one of my favorite meals from our trip. We ate at Flying Monk Noodle House, which I highly suggest eating there! We ate it the last night we were in Savannah, we pasted it so many times while walking around downtown. It smelt amazing each time we passed by! I got the Na Na Noodles with shrimp, it was so good guys. I kinda want another plate right now...





To end our trip we decided to stand in line for an hour for ice cream.



To be honest, I am not sure if it was worth the hour wait. To say we ate there? Yes it was worth the wait. I knew if we didn't try it, I would have regretted it. Needless to say, the experience was worth the wait. However, I love my Bruster's Ice Cream better...


Well guys, thanks for looking at how my spring break trip went. I truly had so much fun on it with my mom. Love going on small trips with her and so thankful for my mom. This past week I have had some major changes happening, I promise I will share soon. Till then, see you later!







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PS: I love you Mom!