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Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale









Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Lilly Pulitzer "Preston" dress | H&M wedges | Similar bag | Handmade earrings and bracelet

Bad blogger status over here, I knew Lilly Pulitzer was having a sale that started this morning but I thought it was going to be like one of their more recent sales with 30% off. But it is much larger and more like the bi-annual After Party Sales with some amazing deals! I'm not sure if this will replace the After Party Sale that is usually Labor Day Weekend or in addition to, but there is not an in-store preview day like the APS. I also thought there were not nearly as many products offered, but I could be wrong. I ended up with a white eyelet dress I hope to wear for some pre-wedding events and another of my favorite t-shirt dresses! The dress I'm wearing in this post is from the January sale and I have been living in al spring. But you can shop some of my favorite picks still available below. Act fast though, the sale only lasts through tomorrow at midnight!



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Fitness Friday 24


This is a 2 for 1 Fitness Friday post this month, because I was going to share May progress on June 5th and June progress on July 3rd. But there were much more important things going on in the first week of June.  I also don't have a whole lot to report because I can only do so many workouts in a tiny apartment before I lose some motivation. Luckily, one of my most visited studios, Fit Atelier has been offering outdoor classes over the last few weeks! I also have been trying to do more outdoor workouts to get some cardio in at TJ's house on weekends. If I didn't have those options, I'm not sure what I would be doing at this point!

Workouts
May
Week of 5/4-5/10
West Kept Secret on SweatNET Streaming (use code "STREAMFREE" for a free month!)
Bloc Cardio Dance on SweatNET Streaming
@barretotable Instagram Live
Jabs Bands

Week of 5/11-5/17
Jabs on Instagram Live
Lots of beach walks

Week of 5/18-5/24
 Jabs Abs
Jabs Choreo
@barretotable Instagram Live

Week of 5/25-5/31
Hilliard Studio Method on SweatNET Streaming
Jabs Abs
Core704 on SweatNET Streaming

June
Week of 6/1-6/7
Jabs Choreo
Ballet Fit Theory (outdoors!) at Fit Atelier
Stretching on my own
F45 Training on SweatNET Streaming

Week of 6/8-6/14
Ballet Fit Theory (outdoors!) at Fit Atelier
@barretotable Instagram Live
Jabs "Mostly Abbing with a Little Jabbing"

Week of 6/15-6/21
Jabs Combos x Bands
Ballet Fit Theory (outdoors!) at Fit Atelier
Lower Body Burn on SweatNET Streaming

Week of 6/22-yesterday
@barretotable Instagram Live
Ballet Fit Theory (outdoors!) at Fit Atelier
Jabs Abs

A more consistent feature on my schedule lately has been Jabs Live, which are Zoom classes from the Jabs by Gina team from Equinox in New York! I've followed Gina on Instagram for quite awhile now, when Jabs was fairly new. She did a popup in Charlotte last year that I unfortunately was not able to attend as it was shortly after my hip labral tear. But her class has grown into a huge movement and she was actually on the Today show yesterday! Jabs is a really fun method and I love how her team has made it accessible for everyone during quarantine. There is a fee for each class, but they are all under $10. It is based in boxing but they have a great variety of class formats from choreo (my favorite!) to bands, to abs, and several more. I really like the accountability on being on Zoom for these classes. I've caught myself not fully participating with a video playing if I'm not being watched or following along with a class. Spots fill up very fast (especially before/after traditional work hours), so I've only been doing about one a week. But being able to access these classes is a definitely a highlight to this whole situation.

Food
Really not much to report here. I've gotten lazier and lazier with the quarantine cooking, a lot of the same foods on rotation. A lot of toast or oatmeal for breakfast, smoothie bowls or lunch, and various frozen Trader Joe's meals for dinner. And I've picked up curbside greens and grains bowls from Cava more than a few times. But one thing I have been putting a little more effort into is making french press coffee!

Activewear



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Palm Print Dress







 
Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Palm print dress c/o (use code CARALINASTYLES2 for 15% off) | H&M wedges | Gigi New York bag | Similar sunglasses | Handmade earrings and bracelet (details coming soon!)

Anyone else's weather going a little crazy lately? We have been having 85+ degree days that drop down to 65 for the next. So even though I'm still not going out much, dresses like this one are great for the higher temp days. Once we can go back to breweries (they're open but we aren't meeting up with friends there yet), I think this look will be perfect for a day of brewery hopping.
While inside, I've been spending a lot of time making jewelry over the last few weeks like the earrings in these photos. I've been planning to do a launch of everything I've been making. But since I got engaged the weekend before last, my life has quickly been consumed by all things wedding planning. So that will be pushed out to later than I was originally hoping, but for the best reason!




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Wedding Wednesday: How We Met


In case you missed my Instagram over the weekend or my mention in Monday's blog post, TJ and I are engaged! Thank you to everyone for all of the well wishes and sweet messages we have received over the last few days. There are so many planning decisions to make, especially with the current state of the world...but we are just so excited! I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time.  But have been waiting until we were engaged to tell it. I make short references to it, but I'm sharing the full story of how TJ and I met!

I don't mention it too much on the blog, but my Catholic faith is very important to me. I always attended Catholic school (all the way through college), and my church and school in Greensboro were connected during my elementary and middle school years. My mom was very involved in fundraising events for the school, and our family became close with the pastor at the time, Father Frank. Diocesan priests are often moved around, so he was only there for about 3 years while I was in elementary school. He had spent a good portion of his career in Charlotte before then (if you're not from NC, about a 1.5 hour drive apart), so he was sent back to the parish where he previously served. Fast forward about 11 years later when I move to Charlotte after graduating from college (August 2016), and I joined the church where Father Frank was still the pastor. Whenever my parents would visit, they would make sure we went to the mass he was saying to chat with him after.

About a year later (November 2017), he sends me an email about a "young man he often sees at mass" that he thought I should meet. He asked if he could share my contact information with him, so I agreed. He copied TJ on my response, and TJ sent me a reply with this number. We started texting and ended up meeting for drinks about a week later. Now on TJ's side of the story...he received a call from Father Frank several days before he contacted me, saying he knew a girl in the church he thought he should meet. TJ agreed to connect with me, thinking Father Frank had already spoken with me. He said he would call TJ back in 5 minutes. Several days go by, as he has not sent this email yet. So poor TJ thought I ghosted him before I even knew his name. But I was quick to respond to his email, and the rest is history! My mom said it was divine intervention and my friends called him "church boy" for the first few weeks. And we have mostly been referring to Father Frank as "Father Matchmaker" since then. TJ's parents live in town, so I quickly learned he always went to an earlier mass with them, while I went to a later mass by myself. Little did I know, I was in the same spot as my future husband every Sunday for a year, but we were just there at different times. I knew all of the prayers that I had said for my future husband were answered when TJ came into my life, and I just cannot wait to share our lives together! Father Frank actually retired last fall, but we are hoping he will be able to marry us. We're going to respond to his original email with the news!

My next wedding related post will likely be how he proposed, but I don't think I'll be doing a Wedding Wednesday post every week. Maybe once a month? We will see, there's so many little details that I never given much thought until I have been diving into Pinterest over the last few days! Please let me know what you would like to see, and share your favorite wedding resources!

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Seersucker Tunic Dress








Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Duffield Lane "Grand" dress c/o | Jack Rogers wedges | Lilly Pulitzer sunglasses | Scarf, pin, and bag are vintage | Earrings are handmade (more to come on that soon!)

Well it only took about 3 months to get some photos in this classic dress Duffield Lane was so nice to send my way! I'm still taking all of the necessary precautions, but it was very nice to meet with Deeana for photos for the first time since March. I styled the dress with some vintage accessories and my favorite Jack Rogers wedges that I've had since college.
I'm actually typing this post after wearing this dress to TJ's parent's house to celebrate our engagement!! In case you missed my Instagram from yesterday,  TJ asked me to marry him over the weekend! I could not be more excited and there are many more details to come in future posts!

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Memorial Day Weekend Sales


Happy Memorial Day weekend! Your celebration might look a little bit different this year depending on your state orders. But regardless, the online shopping is still the same! So as always, I've rounded up a list of some of the best sites to shop. And the sales are even bigger this year!

Alo Yoga- up to 50% off
Ann Taylor- up to 60% and extra 70% off select sale styles
Anthropologie- extra 50% off sale styles
Athleta- summer essentials starting at $14.99
Banana Republic- up to 75% off everything
Baublebar- up to 70% off
Bandier- extra 30% off sale styles
Brooks Brothers- up to 70% off
Carbon38- up to 80% off
Gigi New York- 25% off with code "FAMILY25"
Kate Spade- extra 40% off sale styles
Loft- 50% off and 60% off for loyalty members
Loren Hope- 20% off sitewide
lululemon- up to 50% off
Milly- up to 80% off
Nordstrom- up to 60% off
Nordstrom Rack- dresses up to  70% off
Old Navy- tees, shorts, tanks and swim 50% off
Saks Off Fifth- 50% off jeans, buy one get one 50% off sunglasses, and extra 25% off clearance shoes and bags
Sam Edelman- 20% off sitewide
Sephora- up to 50% off select items
Sole Society- 50% off with code "SUMMERGO"
Tuckernuck- extra 25% off markdowns with code "BERRY25"
Ulta- daily steals up to 50% off
Urban Outfitters- extra 30% off sale styles

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Heatless Curls and Recent Beauty Buys


Has anyone else been doing all of the self care while working from home? I have been answering emails while doing hair masks (more on that for a future post), teeth whitening (with the kit from this post), and trying lots of new products. I actually think a good bit of the money I would normally spend on clothing and workout classes has definitely been going to the skincare and makeup departments lately. One of my favorite discoveries has to be robe curls. I saw this on both Instagram and TikTok and sort of thought it was too good to be true. This article tells you all about it and includes a video on how to do it. But you basically wrap your hair around a robe belt or towel, go to sleep, and wake up with curled hair. I tried it with dry hair and was shocked at how well they turned out!
This photo was taken just after I took it out in the morning, but I did not spray the curls and they surprisingly help up well. So this is sort of a game changer for me, no heat or hair products required! I think it is pretty similar to what I would get with a curling iron, at least on the lower layers on my hair. I did not get much curl out of the higher pieces around my face. But those pieces usually fall pretty quickly when I do curl them with heat anyway.

On to the skincare and makeup...
Re-orders and products I have already tried:
CeraVe zinc sunscreen- my pale self is all about a mineral sunscreen and this one served my well last year. So I just ordered 2 more bottles of it. It does leave quite a white cast on your skin, so I would not put it on my face, and it will make you look paler. But I think it works great for days at the beach, lake, etc. if you're covered in moles and paranoid like I am.
Elta MD tinted sunscreen- my dermatologist recommended this to me years ago, so I thought I would give it a try again to layer under foundation.
Sephora liquid eyeliner- I actually first discovered this through a campaign last year, and it's so great I had to get another one.
Olay Regenerist night cream- I will admit I went for this one because I have seen so much about this line of moisturizers from other bloggers. I got a trial size of the classic one and liked the results, but usually only apply it at night (I love the Origins Original Skin moisturizer for day time). So I went for the nighttime version in the full size.
Ella and Mila soy nail polish remover- I saw this on TikTok had to give it a try. It definitely costs a bit more than a regular nail polish remover, and takes longer to remove the polish. But it doesn't have a harsh smell and is supposed to actually nourish your nails.
Derma E BB cream- I wanted to love this, I really did. It has zinc sunscreen in it, costs quite a bit less than my other favorite BB cream, and is from a clean beauty brand. But they only have 2 shade offerings, and the "light" unfortunately looks a little orange on me.

New products I'm waiting to try:
Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit (sold out)- The link no longer works, but for $39 it is I think 1 full size and 15 trial size sunscreen products. I thought this was a great value and easy way to test out some pricey SPF options to see which ones I liked best.
St. Tropez self tanning face serum- I love their self tanning products for body, so I thought this could be a good option for my face. I almost went for the Isle of Paradise drops, but I read some reviews from some users with acne-prone skin that turned me away from it. I don't think my skin would react well to the coconut oil in them.
Megababe Rosy Pits deodorant- I've been meaning to try some aluminum-free deodorant for while now, so what better time than while quarantined? I've listened to quite a few podcasts with the brand's founder Katie Sturino, who is also an influencer and thought this could be a good place to start.
Mario Badescu rose water toner- I've tried the Pixi rose water toner that I initially really liked, but have been starting to question lately. I am about to run out of that one, so I thought I would try this one that has some witch to see if I liked it better.
Covergirl Clean Matte BB cream- I've heard some good things about this product lately, and like that a clean option is so affordably priced. So why not give it a try for only $10? It does not have SPF like most BB creams. But since I also recently bought a lot of SPF to layer under it, I thought I would try this as my "darker" (by that I mean, slightly less pale) summer shade.

Products recently sent to me I have loved:
RealHer "Eye Am Beautiful" mascara- I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is the best mascara I've ever tried!
RealHer "I Am Amazing" lipstick- this is a really nice shade of red and I love their positive branding that is different for each shade.
WinkyLux eyebrow pencil- I feel like some brow pencils I have tried go on thick and I have to tone it back and brush it out. That is not the case for this one, it fills in my brows so easily!
WinkyLux pH lip balm- these balms react to your pH and give a really nice subtle color.
WinkyLux hyaluronic acid moisturizing gel- I've been meaning to add some hyaluronic acid to my routine and this moisturizer was a very simple way to do it. Plus the packaging is really pretty!




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Fitness Friday 23


Week 7 of quarantine and my 2nd Fitness Friday post in quarantine, how are the home workouts going? You'll see from my schedule below, I was very motivated to move some weeks and struggling a little bit other weeks. We  have had some beautiful weather for walking around the neighborhood, but not having somewhere to go for a workout has kept me from exercising as much as I normally would some weeks. But I have been consistent with food for the most part, I just keep buying the same mostly healthy groceries and have picked up some takeout a few times.

Workouts
Week of 3/30-4/5
Barry's Bootcamp on Instagram Live (twice)
Ballet on Instagram Live with @isabellaboylston
Slider workout from @kirstygodso
Sculpt on Instagram Live with @savbutler
Flybarre on Instagram Live with @barretotable
305 Fitness on Sweatnet Charlotte (use code "STREAMFREE" for a free month)

Week of 4/6-4/12
Toned on Instagram Live with @fitatelier
Flybarre with @barretotable
Barry's Bootcamp on Instagram Live
 20 minute yoga from Yoga with Adrienne

Week of 4/13-4/19
Flybarre with @barretotable
Cardio Burner on SweatNET Charlotte
FlyFIT on SweatNET Charlotte
305 Fitness on SweatNET Charlotte

Week of 4/20-4/26
Core HIIT on SweatNET Charlotte
Jabs by Gina on @propelwater
Glute burn on SweatNET Charlotte
Neighborhood Barre on SweatNET Charlotte
Barry's Bootcamp on Instagram Live

Week of 4/27-today
Jabs by Gina on Zoom
Pilates with Greensboro Ballet (where I grew up dancing) on Instagram Live
Sculpt express on SweatNET Charlotte

Food

  1. Not much to report here. I mentioned my go-to quarantine foods in last month's version of this post, and not much has changed. I've sort of kept the same rotation of those foods I have already mentioned.
  2. But I have gotten back into some slightly healthier baking, like these flourless (non-refined sugar) peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and they turned out great!
  3. I also plan on making this chickpea cookie dough recipe I've seen going around this weekend.

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Past Outfit Favorites On Sale Now


Dress ($35.99 from $110) | Very similar wedges ($103.60 from $148)

Entering week 6 of quarantine and I'm starting to give in to the online shopping. I'm so fortunate to still be working, but I know that is not the case for many. If I did not leave my last job, I would be included in that number of those out of work right now. So I am in no way trying to be insensitive to that with this post. But if you are passing some of this time shopping, I thought I would share some great deals on some of my favorite pieces I've styled on the blog before. I'm still trying to support local over large retailers, but I just had to share some of these great markdowns!

Jeans ($23.99 from $75, and many other great styles that usually start at $128)

Seersucker top ($26.99 from $68) | Seersucker bottoms ($11.39 from $44)

Dress ($48.98 from $178)

Sweater ($47.99 from $118) | Layering turtleneck ($8.39 from $39.50)

Leggings ($39.97 from $88)

Pullover ($25.79 from $138) | Sneakers ($60 from $80)

Earrings ($29.97 from $80)

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Lilly Pulitzer 30% off Sale Picks

Ruffle trim dress | Pink lace dress | Printed jumpsuit | T-shirt dress | White lace romper | Seersucker dress | Eyelet dress | Wide-leg jumpsuit | Collared dress | Leggings | Sports bra | Bikini top | Bikini bottoms | One-piece swimsuit | Green dress

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great Easter, despite how different it must have felt this year. But if you haven't already heard, Lilly Pulitzer is having a 30% off site-wide sale that ends tonight! I have been shopping this brand for about 9 years now, and this is the first time I have ever seen a sale like this. Which is part of what makes the bi-annual After Party Sales such a big deal. There has always been a small sale section in the stores, and they recently offered 30% off select styles online. But a site-wide sale? This is a first. So here are some of my top picks, for if life returns to normal anytime soon. But if more time in quarantine is required, their leggings are also fantastic. I might have 4 pairs of them and have been living in them lately more than ever. And if you're reading this post in the morning, there's still time to enter to win a $150 gift card to shop this sale on this Instagram post!




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Land of the Pine COVID-19 Fundraiser

Flamingo hat

My boyfriend TJ and I are so excited to re-launch Land of the Pine (the business we launched together last year) as a COVID-19 fundraiser! In effort of helping those affected by the virus, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from our sales to Feeding America.
I've linked the products we have already launched below, but we plan to post more as we go. We still have 2 of the hats TJ painted last year, I created some new straw hats, and TJ is now embroidering baseball caps. If none of that appeals to you, we also have a donation only listing available on the site. But please stay tuned to our socials and the site as we add more products!

Sunflower hat

Gingham hat

Polka dot hat

Crab hat


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