Boundaries: They exist to keep us safe – to shelter us from what may lie on the other side. As children, it’s embedded in us to color within the lines – our creativity limited to a solid black outline that’s pre-determined by someone other than ourselves. The older we get, the more opportunities we have to define those boundaries on our own. Then, the onus is on us individually to decide how far we want to push them.
All too often, we put those boundaries up too close to home; in near proximity to what we know because anything that stretches too far touches upon the territory of the unknown. And with this notion comes the risk of confusing comfort for fulfillment. We somehow convince ourselves that we can’t venture further, so we don’t. We stay, and we obey, the lines that have come to define us.
While the choice is ultimately ours, those we care for and trust have the potential to impact the placement of the boundaries – whether in the right direction or wrong. Fear of disappointing or letting others down can limit the strides we take toward something new, something better. But if the urge within you is to push those limits, and you don’t because of the potential impact on anyone else, a new set of dotted lines will be sketched for all of you. And redefined, dotted lines may never connect.
If you’ve spent any time at all on Instagram this week and follow the fashionistas of the world, you know there’s been one big trending topic: the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. Lilly fans live for this sale; this precious moment that comes only but twice a year. Lilly rarely goes on sale and even when it does, the steep discounts are few and far between and finding your size sometimes seems impossible. But not when it comes to the After Party Sale.
There is no better time to purchase that shift dress you’ve been eyeing or that popover Santa forgot to bring you. Almost all of the clothes I wore on a recent holiday trip to Southwest Florida were purchased the last time around during the August sale and the savings were, in the words of our president elect, HUGE.
Here are a few quick tips to take into consideration if you’re planning to join in on the party:
- Set-up your Lilly account tonight: make sure you’re logged into the account and ready to go. The sale starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. ET. Ladies from around the globe will be logging on at that time, causing a site traffic overload; don’t be discouraged if you get put into the entry queue (which will probably happen). It’ll be worth the wait.
- Get a gameplan: Some items like the popovers will go fast, so the object of the game is to know what you want ahead of time. Just because an item is in your cart does not guarantee it will be available when you go to purchase, so don’t waste time pursing the site. If you identify the items you want beforehand you can simply find them and buy them quickly. You can always go back for more later once your “must haves” have been purchased.
- Be size wise: All sales are final so make sure you know your size in advance. Not sure what one is right for you? Run to your nearest Lilly tonight and try on the styles you are eyeing!
- Define a budget: trust me when I say it’s easy to go a little crazy with this sale (I’m speaking for a friend…). As hard as it is, set a limit for yourself. Just because you love it does not mean you need it.
- Have fun!
Below are some of the fantastic deals I picked up during the last sale for some inspiration. Happy shopping, ladies! Here’s the official FAQ if you need more deets: https://www.lillypulitzer.com/content.jsp?pageName=salefaq
Neveah One Shoulder Top / Originally $54 / After Party Price $19
Calissa Sleeveless Double V-Neck Dress / Originally $178 / After Party Sale Price $59
Tybee Sleeveless Romper / Originally $158 / After Party Sale Price $54
Elsa Top – So A Peeling / Originally $158 / After Party Sale $69
There’s something nostalgic about standing in the long Black Friday lines, brazing the cold morning temps and waiting for the doors to swing open – with deals (and heat) awaiting. I’ll forever be one of those crazies but as of late, I’ve learned to temper my spending a bit to ensure I’ve got enough to splurge on the often even better Cyber Monday sales.
Case in point: this adorable striped dress picked up last year for only $10. To be honest I can’t even remember where it came from, but there was a plethora of sales promoted on Instagram that offered similar steep discounts. Keep on eye your feed next Monday, and on the prize.
Shoes: $69 from Nordstrom Rack / Choker: $14 from Apricot Lane
While I feel most in my element when wearing a sundress, I have to admit I’m glad to welcome back the season of leggings. They are just so comfortable and with the right pairing, can be appropriate for both work and play.
For today’s ensemble I mixed a little old with a little new. The Cynthia Rowley top was found at Marshall’s (priced at $19, retailed at $29). The print has the slightest blend of blush and tan, lined with black.
I bought the jacket at the beginning of last spring and after bringing it home, decided I just wasn’t in love with it. I threw it in my trunk to return on my next trip to T.J. Maxx. But, I am the absolute worst at returning things. The intention is always there, but the memory is not. So, needless to say I was a bit surprised to find the jacket when cleaning out my trunk and more surprised to find that I actually love it now. Guess it was just meant to be! It’s a Max Jeans jacket, priced at $49 and retailed at $120.
The leggings are Lauren Conrad for Kohls. I’ve had them for two seasons now and even after much overuse, they’ve stood the test of time and are still in perfect condition. I’d highly recommend her leggings but don’t jump to make the purchase; they often drop down to 50% off retail and then you can use a site like Retail Me Not to get an additional percentage off (card holders get even steeper discounts). I bought the booties last year at Ross for just $19.99 and have seen them there on this shelves again this season! The hat and necklace are both from H&M.
Do you have any pieces like the jacket that are a dual-threat, suitable for both spring and fall?