Sunday, January 4, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Tips

It's the most wonderful time of the year!! Twice a year Lilly Pulitzer, one of my favorite brands, has a huge blowout sale. This year the After Party Sale, previously referred to as the New Year Cheer sale, will be held January 5th (aka TOMORROW) at 8 AM and ends on Tuesday January 6th at midnight. 

These sales have huge deals and only occur twice a year - and the deals simply cannot be beaten! Here are some tips that I have learned over the years: 

1. Make an account: This is SO important. The website will ultimately crash (it happens every year) and if you make an account you can get in and buy your new favorite summertime outfits as quickly as possible! 

2. Set an alarm: Although the sale goes on for two days I would advise that you actually wake up for the beginning of the sale at 8 AM. The best deals sell out fast. You don't want to miss out!

3. Shop often: Lilly Pulitzer offers free shipping and since items sell out so quickly it's in your best interest to finalize your order asap instead of keeping items in your cart and shopping around. In my experience I've had things in my cart disappear because they have sold out before I had the chance to purchase! 

4. Know what you want: It's easy to get lost in the pages upon pages of sale items. Before the sale go through your closet and see what you want need to add to your wardrobe. Although Lilly does not tell customers what will be featured on the sale in advance, it's a good idea to look around on their website beforehand. 

** I randomly looked at the Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest account and realized it features all of their items from Spring and Summer 14, which are bound to be included in the sale.**

Lastly, as if you needed another reason to participate in the sale… Lilly included a few fun tips here

Have fun!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

LDR Tips

At an age where things in our lives are constantly changing it can be difficult to plan things in advance. Which can be a problem for Type A people (like myself) who feel the need to plan everything out for weeks and months in advance. So you can imagine the complete meltdown that occurred when my boyfriend announced last minute that he would be committing to a school six hours away from home. Realizing that my whole life was about to change was not something I had been anticipating after seeing each other at least three times a week for majority of our relationship.

Fast forward to nine months later and I can proudly say that we're managing just fine with the distance. Dare I say it has even strengthened our relationship?? With that being said, here are some tips that I have learned over our first semester of distance.

1. Plan visits in advance: This seems like a no brainer for my fellow planning obsessed followers. There is nothing better than having something to look forward to, especially when you're looking forward to seeing your favorite person. Speaking of visits...

2. Plan something special to do when you're together: If you have enough time between hockey games/practices/team events plan something special for you two to do together. That way you have something to look back on and remember once your trip is over and you get to spend quality time alone together for awhile. 

3. Stay connected: Texting, calling, Skype, FaceTime anything that will keep you two connected when you're apart will help. My boyfriend and I try to Skype each other once a week and we always text (when we can) throughout the day and night. Plan Skype/facetime dates or create a regular phone call schedule so you aren't feeling out of sync with one another.

4. Trust and Communication: Trust and communication are imperative for an LDR to thrive. If you're upset about something then you need to be vocal about it otherwise the problems will just build up. Communication is key. With that being said, it's just as important to trust your significant other. We all know puck sluts are the worst creatures to roam the earth, but you shouldn't be concerned about them because your boyfriend probably hates them just as much as you do. 

5. Positivity: Lastly, being optimistic and positive about your LDR is the best piece of advice I could offer. It's so easy to get upset about how far apart you are, or how much you miss him, but remember that LDRs will not last forever. The distance is merely an obstacle for you to get through, and you will get through it. 

And remember… "Distance gives us a reason to love harder"