Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fertility funnies: the weird stuff you cry about

Fertility treatments mean hormone-boosting meds. This boost also means my emotions are all over the place. I cry over some appropriately-sentimental stuff, but then I also cry over things that are absolutely not sentimental... at least not when I think about my life before treatments. And that's when the sobbing turns into laughter... anyway, here are some of my favorites:

The 'Be Our Guest' opening sequence to a 'Dancing with the Stars' episode (yeah I don't get it either... still...)

Prince's Diamonds and Pearls music video...

Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign ad with the QuinceaƱera dance practice between Dad and daughter.

The etiquette school scene from "A League of Their Own"

"Big" movie sleepover scene on the trampoline

Girls Preparatory School, or "GPS," the sister school of my brother's boarding school, The McCallie School, posted this amazing video ("Don't let the world tell your girl who she is.") which really resonated with me and my all-girls boarding school experience at Chatham Hall:

So... anyone else have any funny-weird... or genuinely sweet things that you cried over during your fertility treatments or during your pregnancy?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer retail store opens at Short Pump Town Center

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Even though the skies in RVA were dreary this afternoon, the Florida sunshine was beaming out of the bright and cheerful interiors of the new Lilly Pulitzer retail store at Short Pump Town Center! This Lilly Pulitzer retail store is only the second Lilly Pulitzer retail store to open in Virginia (while there are pre-existing Signature/Specialty/Department Stores). The following photos I took during the soft opening today and you can see how wonderful the space is for the Short Pump shopper.

Spacious and welcoming, there are incredible details on every surface. It's a wonderful location in the mall, between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel so you have tons of convenient parking on that section of the mall property. You'll also have to check out the dressing rooms - they are absolutely incredible - each is uniquely decorated with a thoughtful design that often ties into regional or even local traditions/landmarks/themes.

Store Manager Kendall Andes and her team are looking forward to helping you #MakeItSunny and Live Life in Lilly! Check out some of my favorite finds (including my spring acquisition the Cove sleeveless fit and flare dress in Poolside Blue Love Birds) below:

11800 W Broad Street, Space 1318
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 396-6139

Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

J.Crew shopping event benefitting VCU Massey Cancer Center

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Three of my local RVA blogging girlfriends are hosting a wonderful event at the Short Pump Town Center J.Crew store on Thursday, May 19! Support the VCU Massey Cancer Center and get styling suggestions from Joanna Avant, Christina Dick of Tiramisu for Breakfast, and Jordan Nolan of Petite Modern. I wanted to be sure to let you all know in case you hadn't heard - the event runs from 6:00 - 8:00PM - and if you spend over $150 you get 20% off! Please join to shop for a worthy cause.

I've shared some of my favorite items from the May 2016 J.Crew Style Guide below. Since I'm busty, I often mix things up in store and wear both men's and women's blouses. The men's madras plaid shirts this season are awesome. They're lightweight, slim-cut, and made from genuine Indian madras (Chennai) fabric. Speaking of plaid... I love the women's madras shorts and some of the plaid shoes that J.Crew is offering this season, so I included them below! The Guernsey shawl collar cardigan is yes, again, for men but it has this wonderful pattern and comfy drape... plus it's the same color as my eyes! I feel like it will be perfect for my frequent trips to the cool mountains (in the evenings) and beach trips (early AM and late night hangout sessions).

Gingham was BIG on the runways for Spring/Summer 2016, so you'll notice I included a few items in that pattern - the pleated mini skirt which has knife pleats and is made of linen, some basic button-up shirts that look great dressed up (Carolina Herrera-style) or dressed down (with beat up shorts Ć  la Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek), and the Tippi sweater which I already have in probably five solid colors but the punchy blue/emerald gingham shade is adorable.

One of the things I've learned over the years is that cashmere retains color much better than cotton... so I hope to stock up on some of the cashmere t-shirt sweaters in vibrant red, brilliant peony, vintage kelly and navy blue... Another pattern on trend (is it really on-trend if I wear it every summer though?) are stripes, which in a chic comfortably-cut sailor-style bateau blouse is always a welcome addition to a well-rounded closet. Summerweight cardigans are great when you have a cold office or a date night that runs late - and the punchy, cheerful colors from J.Crew really provide interesting contrast to any outfit. Another way to provide fun contrast? Timeless tortoiseshell patterns. Whether in a clamp/cuff bracelet or a pair of sunglasses, you'll always look chic.

I hope you all can attend this event at the Short Pump Town Center J.Crew this Thursday - benefiting VCU Massey Cancer Center!