Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lilly & Shoe Philosophies

One of the best things about taking blog photos with Amy and Moira was their eye for pretty houses and specifically pretty doors. We had talked about what I had brought, but when we found this turquoise door that just so happened to match my dress, we knew it was a match made in heaven.












Here's the funny story with it: we were just driving around and were about to go up to this front door just to stand on the steps to take photos....and the woman who lived in the house parked and asked what we were doing. We explained I was just taking photos for a fashion blog and she seemed skeptical at first, but then got really excited. She told us to stay as long as we wanted and do whatever. After a few minutes, she came back out and asked how it was going and said if we wanted to use the front door, to go for it. Thus, the photos of standing behind the door. Pretty funny how people can be so gracious when they know you're not trying to take advantage of them or anything.

So yes, I know I ranted about Lilly for Target last week and about how Lilly can be unaffordable, but then here I have a post of wearing a new Lilly dress. Sure, I look like a hypocrite, but this is a good example of buying Lilly at affordable prices and I don't want to ever come across as a privileged snob. This was purchased during the huge sale in January with my Christmas money and I was super excited about it! It's not for sale anymore, but they have lots of other t-shirt style dresses. The necklace was a Christmas gift, but here's a somewhat similar style

The earrings are an old pair of my mom's, but here's a similar pair. Monogram necklace can be found here. So it's kind of sad because these rings were from C. Wonder and we all know how devastating it was when they closed. I haven't been able to find a similar pair of social media rings, but Baublebar has a really cool selection of stackable rings. I absolutely love these flats, too. They're just a normal pair of brown ballet flats, but they match my brown collection, ie, I have a pair of riding boots, a cardigan sweater, and a pullover sweater that are all the EXACT same shade of brown. These flats were a whopping $3 when the local plus size Wet Seal was going out of business. There's a real tip right there-- I mean, I wouldn't normally shop for the clothes at Wet Seal +, but I got a lot of great jewelry pieces and this pair of flats when they were closing. Here's the exact pair, but because they only have them in black, here's a different brown pair.  

A sidenote about ballet flats: y'all know I try to save money wherever possible, but ballet flats are something that no one will ever know where they're from and quality isn't too shabby. My four favorite pairs of ballet flats are from Forever 21, Wet Seal, TJ Maxx, and American Eagle. And they've lasted me a pretty long time. The nicest thing about cheaper ballet flats is that you can wear them wherever and not worry about them being Tory Burch or something. Obviously if you have a nice pair of Torys, then I love em, but in instances where I worry constantly about them being ruined, it's nice to have a pair that can go through whatever. For example, my nude flats I wore on my birthday were destroyed because so many people stepped on my feet. What did I do at the end of the night? Literally wiped it all off with a Clorox wipe because it was patent leather and didn't worry too much because I spent $15 on them. Yeah, maybe I'm tacky, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Whatever. 

So. Thank you to Lilly sales, and to the gracious lady that let us take photos in front of her adorable turquoise door, and thank you to Moira for taking the photos (all y'all better go look at her insta), and well worn ballet flats. 

Happy Hump Day!!

xoxo,
Meredith

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14 comments:

  1. I love this Lilly dress! I buy Lilly both full price and on sale- I think its crazy to be "too good" to not buy things on sale! I agree with the comment on Tory Burch flats- I have two pairs but I am always worried about ruining them!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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    1. So jealous of your Tory flats!! Always good to have a 'good pair' and a 'bad pair'!

      xoxo, Meredith

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  2. I am always up for a good sale. I rarely buy expensive shoes because I destroy them so easily. I'm always running around, leaving them in random places, or dropping things on them. Your dress is gorgeous! I love Lilly, but it's WAY out of my price range. I'll have to check it out when Lilly has another major sale.

    Running Alyssa

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    1. Yes, I always leave them random places too!! Why are shoes so easy to lose when they're normally just on our feet?! Thank you so much-- please check out the sale! I got this one for $40 and I've gotten dresses for less than that during the sales!!

      xoxo, Meredith

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  3. Love this dress on you, and the story about the house. I agree about the sales! I found a shirt for $3 the other day and I was ecstatic!

    Caiti // Shutterblush

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    1. And the best thing about that shirt is that honestly, if you never wear it....it was only 3 bucks!! What a great find!! Thanks so much :)

      xoxo, Meredith

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  4. Such a fun story! Electric Feel is one of my favorite Lilly prints (the only thing I have ever purchased full price from Lilly was an Electric Feel Elsa top!) And I totally agree with you about the flats...I have found that the most comfy ones I have ever found were actually at the Bass Outlet at our local outlet malls...no shame in my savings game ;)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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    1. Outlets like that are the ULTIMATE game changers- seriously such a great find!! And oh my gosh I never knew the comfort and love of an Elsa top until I had a simple white one, I'm sure the Electric Feel is to die for!!

      xoxo, Meredith

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