I just discovered this blog by Blair Eadie today via Pinterest and I’m totally obsessed! I absolutely love this girl’s style. I am especially fond of this leopard & pink ensemble that incorporates bows, leggings, and Starbucks…a few of my favorite things!

All the clothes and accessories are “cited” in the captions. While Blair’s wardrobe may be more of a dream closet for me, I will definitely check back for ideas! Enjoy! xx


the mayonnaise jar & 2 cups of coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough…

Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class. And had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students, if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – family, children, health, Friends, and Favorite passions – Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, Your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else –The small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ He continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you. ‘
‘So… Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.’
‘Take care of the golf balls first —
The things that really matter. Set your priorities.
The rest is just sand.’
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad you asked’.
‘It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’

Happy Halloween! I love these cute & creative pumpkins featured by The Preppy Princess. My favorites are the Lilly patterns and monogrammed pumpkins! Enjoy!

The Preppy Princess

Hello-Hello and welcome to a Monday that is a more-than-a-little-scary for a lot of people. We thought it might be a good day to share something cheerful, so we’ll do our annual Preppy Pumpkins post.

We begin with these damask pumpkins by Confessions of a Plate Addict, they just seem to exude elegance.

Those fond of ikat and chevrons will appreciate these by Alisa Burke.

These come via the ‘Whatever’ blog, I love the bright colors.

These vibrant pumpkins were used to display a house number in addition to a bright bit of decoration.

There is actually a wonderful tutorial on how to do these yourself, great step-by-step directions.

Of course, if you are thinking about monogramming one of these, there’s no shortage of idea, here’s a stellar example  from our pals at Fashion Meets Food.

Here is another DIY Tutorial via Personalized from Me to…

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i need your help!

Dear Family & Friends,

It’s that time of year again! Time to break out the gowns, heels, and sparkles! Not only do I enjoy competing in pageants and spending time with the many close friends I have gained throughout the years, but I also am proud to support the Miss America Organization‘s national philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals).

CMN Hospitals touches the lives of children in our communities who are sick and injured, whether they have leukemia or a broken arm. Funds from CMN Hospitals not only provide care and allow for the purchase of life-saving equipment, but also cover those extra personal touches, like a recreation room or even gas cards to help families travel to specialists.

Over the past four years, I have been involved with CMN Hospitals through the Miss America Organization and through my sorority, Phi Mu, which also supports the charity nationally. I served my sorority chapter as Philanthropy Chairman and was delighted to coordinate several events to benefit this worthy cause. One of my favorite events occurs each October: “Trick-or-Treating for Kids Who Can’t”. As Halloween takes place this year, please take a moment to think about all the children and their families who won’t spend the holiday dressing up in costumes and venturing out for candy, but instead will spend their evening in our local hospitals. Please consider making a donation to support these families and give thanks for the healthy children in your life!

Since embarking on this journey with the Miss America Organization in 2009, I have raised a grand total of $2,133.87 for CMN Hospitals due to your generosity! This year (2012-13) is my FINAL year of eligibility in the Miss America Organization–In order to go out with a BANG, I’m challenging us all to match that amount this year! Please help me reach my goal of $2,133.87–even a $5-10 donation makes a difference in the life of an unhealthy child!

Click here to DONATE!

As always, your donation will be considered a charitable donation for tax purposes and a receipt will be provided at the end of the year. Once you have completed a secure online donation, your contribution will be included in my fundraising total on my personal page. If preferred, you can print out a form to send a check through the mail. To help even further, you can forward this message on to other friends and family or inquire about company matching gifts to help me in my fundraising efforts. My personal page will track my results so I can thank each and every contributor.

Thank you in advance for your support–not only of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but of my personal journey towards the Miss America crown!



the culture of hazing

Recently, the University of Alabama suspended “pledgeship” (NOT A REAL WORD) due to a report of hazing. This article from the campus newspaper, The Crimson White details an anonymous pledge’s experiences in the Greek system. The article shed light onto some of the activities that take place at campuses all across America–though in defense of Greek life I must note that these practices are NOT condoned by fraternities’ and sororities’ national leadership, universities, and national council representation. AND there ARE chapters out there that do make good decisions, don’t engage in hazing practices, and live out their fraternity’s values. YES, fraternities and sororities are VALUES-BASED organizations–for example, Phi Mu was founded on the values of love, honor, & truth.

Stepping back from my rant on the positives of Greek life, I will admit that the part of the article I found the most shocking/saddening (none of the hazing practices surprised me, I’ve heard them all!) was the comments. The fact that students are defending hazing, stating that the student should have expected the behavior/known what he was “getting himself into,” and acting like the behavior really isn’t that problematic is in itself a huge problem! No student (or person, for that matter) should have to be subjected to physical, sexual, or psychological ABUSE to gain acceptance into a group. Not only does it NOT contribute to student development, but it’s just WRONG, people!

I understand that there are people out there who feel that there are some benefits to hazing, or feel that because they were hazed they bonded with their pledge brothers/sisters. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue!

top lilly picks for spring

I have a fun job as a sales associate at The Pink Palm in Charlottesville, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, and have so much fun playing with all the clothes from my favorite brand whenever I’m home and working. When I’m at school, I like to occasionally look at the new items online so I stay in the loop! I was checking out the spring line today and I love the pastel pink, soft green, classic navy, and crisp white palette incorporated into floral patterns. The silhouettes are classic and cute! I always change my opinions on items when I see them in the flesh and get a chance to try them on, but from my initial impressions online, here are my top ten items from the spring line:

1. Callahan Short, Lilly’s Pink Call Me Kitty Cat, $64

I absolutely LOVE the Callahan Short! They are extremely comfortable and have a 5-inch inseam. It’s the perfect short for throwing on to run around town. I chose this print because I have a fascination with cats–some of my friends and I are occasionally known to “meow” and “purrrr”. So a print called “Call Me Kitty Cat” is definitely a fit for me! I would pair this item with any basic tee, polo, or tank in Resort White or Lilly’s Pink.

2. Peggy Dress, Resort White Spring Fever Toile, $198

Toile is so elegant and classic–it’s something I hope to incorporate in my home decor someday. The jade green toile combined with the soft ruffles and floaty swiss dot fabric are so feminine–this is definitely a dress to feel pretty in! It’s also nice and light for the heat and humidity of Central Virginia.

3. Buttercup Short, Resort White Lucky Seersucker, $74

Who can resist a pair of scallop-edged shorts? In seersucker?! They are just too cute for words and have a similar fit to the Callahan. My only concern is that they may be a bit too sheer. They come in pink, too, which is cute, but I love the white to pair with ANY color or with item #4…

4. Allison Top, Starfruit Yellow Valley Girl, $128

I don’t wear yellow very often, but this pretty buttery shade is definitely do-able with a tan and a pink and navy pattern all over! I love the ruffles around the neck and the small organic-looking print. The silky material adds some elegance to a simple spring ensemble!

5. McKim Sandal, Gold Metallic, $88

The McKim is Lilly’s classic, basic sandal and in gold it goes with everything. The most exciting part is that the price point has come down! These same exact sandals used to cost $128, I believe, so these (almost) seem like a steal at $88!

6. Jarvey Skort, Multi All A Flutter, $88

The Jarvey Skort is another style I like that has been around for several seasons. It is one of the most “mini” of skirts offered by LP, but has white shorts underneath so you don’t have to worry about flashing anyone! It’s comfy and has a casual feel, just like wearing a pair of shorts. I love this classic pink and green print with lilies on it! The whimsical ric-rac adds that finishing touch and a white top makes it all pop.

This is the same print as the Allison Top, but with a white background. I’ve been loving long sweaters all fall and winter and this lightweight cotton one is perfect for continuing the trend into spring. I would wear this exactly as pictured, with white jeans and a navy top. For a summery nighttime look, I’d wear a white top underneath, gold jewelry, and wedges!

8. Whinnie Dress, Bright Navy Cherry Wine, $288

This dress is a bit more of a splurge because it’s made of a silk jersey. I tend to steer away from dresses made in this particular fabric because of the price point, but the one-shoulder style is so on-trend that I can’t help but love it! Navy is one of my favorite colors to wear and unusual to find in a spring dress. The addition of the “cherry” blossoms–which are really apple blossoms if you ask me–in pink and green make this dress so “Charlotte” that I just might have to find an occasion that requires it!

Murfee scarves are awesome! They work year round, as the fine-gauge woven silk/cotton blend is light enough with a summer tank and adds just a bit of warmth to any winter ensemble. I have the lime-y green and pink floral print Murfee from which a portion of the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society (how philanthropic of me!), but I’d love to add another to start a collection. This print would be the perfect addition because it’s a darker combination than the one I already have and includes all my favorite colors!

10. Set In Stone Sandal, True Navy, $228

Finally, this beautiful spring sandal is to die for! The stones are beautiful and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. They would pair marvelously with any of the navy items on my list. The low wedge, which can’t be seen from this angle, is still comfortable and adds to the shoes’ versatility. I don’t have a pair of navy sandals and it can be a difficult color to find in footwear, so these would be a great pick!

Even though I’ve already listed 10 items, I want to include one more because, strangely, I only was able to find a picture of it paired with a top. The listing for the skirt itself was nowhere to be found on the LP website! The pattern is so adorable and reminds me of “Let Them Eat Cake” from last year. I regret not getting anything in the cake print last year so I really would like to find this skirt in a perfume bottle pattern called “Spritz”:

Does anyone know why this skirt isn’t listed on the website? Is it already sold out? Please, say it ain’t so! On a side note, I don’t like the skirt worn with a blue top at all–sometimes you should just stick with what you know works: pink.

What items from LP are you eyeing this spring? Let me know with a comment! :)