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Tipsy Tuesday No. 12: Italian 75

I thought about searching for some indulgent, chocolatey Valentine cocktail to style + share today, but then I realized it’s also my #birthdayweek… and birthdays are more of an excuse to drink anyway :)

I love most things about being a February baby, minus the winter weather [fun party dresses are always accompanied by lotsa layers]. But THIS COAT. This is a party coat! And with an Italian 75 in hand–one cocktail that embraces my love for Prosecco + lemon but also looks toward brighter, summery days with the addition of pear–I’d be a happy birthday girl.

French 75

[ wear this ]
Dorothy Coat, Kate Spade, $698
Indico Pump, Ivanka Trump, $100

[ drink that ]
french 75 from good spirits by a.j. rathbun
serves one

[ ingredients ]
ice cubes
1 oz gin
1/2 oz pear grappa
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
chilled prosecco
lemon twist for garnish

[ directions ]
1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the gin, grappa, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake as if you were standing in line for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and could only get to the front by demonstrating prodigious shaking ability.
2. Strain the mix into a flute glass. Top it off with chilled Prosecco, and garnish with the lemon twist.

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Day to Night Party Wear

Lilly Pulitzer’s gift guide obviously has me drooling, so I’ve put together a couple holiday outfits for different occasions using Lilly pieces, as well as some other favorites. I just love the idea of navy or cobalt for a Christmas party as opposed to traditional red or green, and I really think the Define Nice sweater must be mine for the holiday season, don’t you? A new take on ugly sweater parties :)

[ casual holiday lunch ]

Lilly Pulitzer Casual Holiday

[ Marielle Sweater, Lilly Pulitzer, $198 ]
[ Worth Skinny Mini, Lilly Pulitzer, $158 ]
[ Christmas Bow Stud Earrings, Kohls, $7 ]
[ Bow Bobby Pin Set, LC Lauren Conrad, $10.50 ]
[ New York Kick Sneaker, Keds x Kate Spade, $75 ]
[ La La Leather Tote, Lilly Pulitzer, $298 ]

[ evening holiday party ]

Lilly Pulitzer Holiday

[ Wythe Dress, Lilly Pulitzer, $268 ]
[ Pinball Stud Earrings,  J.Crew Factory, $11 ]
[ Gold Pave Bracelet, Capwell + Co, $28 ]
[ Downtown Crossbody, Lilly Pulitzer, $168 ]
[ Flax Gold Heels, Nine West, $56 (sale!) ]

How will you be dressing up for all of your different events this holiday season?

And speaking of the season, more important than any Christmas dress, ugly sweater choice, or personal wish list is the idea of giving back this holiday. My dear friend is a child life specialist at a pediatric hospital in D.C., and is working on an incredibly selfless program for the families of her patients. She has created this Amazon wish list full of very simple items that could make a great deal of difference. Any little bit you can offer helps. If you would like to donate, please email me for the shipping address. Thank you all so much!

Caring for the needs of families requires that one be truly present to “be where your feet are” as a child life specialist once told me. This is especially true in a Pediatric hospital where often times one can be consumed by the sounds of ventilators, IV pumps beeping, and complex medical terminology. Four weeks ago, parents across our hospital found solace in a quiet room tucked away on the unit. There they joined in fellowship with one another, myself, and the Champlain. Over coffee, doughnuts, finger painting and coloring, parents, grandparents, and caretakers began to share a side of their stories not yet told. Their words and empathy, holding immense depth and comfort that can best be shared between individuals who truly understand what it means to have a sick child. The families at my hospital have requested the opportunity to come together once a week over coffee and breakfast to share with one another the ups and downs of caring for their hospitalized child. In order to host coffee hour weekly, I need your HELP! Currently a budget does not exist for this program and without your support I will be limited in what I can provide to families. I have created an amazon wish list with various breakfast items that could be stored easily and provided to families each Friday morning. 
With your help, I can bring these families together!


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Buttons and Bows

lilly pulitzer button dress

Evie Dress, Lilly Pulitzer // Cardigan, J.Crew [similar] // Pearls, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar] // Bow, American Apparel // Rope bracelet, Kiel James Patrick // Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]

If this isn’t my personal style wrapped up into an outfit, I’m not sure what is. A whimsy printed dress, navy blue + kelly green color combo, pearls, bows, and Lilly? If my life were an occupation, this would be the uniform.

navy hair bow

lilly pulitzer evie dress

button print fabric


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Pretty in Plaid

This holiday season, I am loving the idea of pairing casual, comfy plaids, like this soft boyfriend-fit from Jack Wills, with more formal skirts, as in this dark velvet number by Pins and Needles. Don’t get me wrong, I wear sparkly holiday dresses as much as I can in December, but I do think this would be a fun Christmas-party alternative!

Pretty in Plaid

Stapleton Shirt, Jack Wills, $79.50
Velvet Mini Circle Skirt, Pins and Needles via Urban Outfitters, $39
Tassel Zip Clutch, ASOS, $25 (sale!)
Bow Hair Clip, American Apparel, $34 (3-pack)
Tock Flats, Kate Spade, $198


Also, at this point “plaid” is starting to look like one of those words that I just don’t think is spelled right…


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Dress Yourself

I’m not sure how exactly to describe my personal style.

It’s a bit preppy, a bit hippie, a bit vintage, and often just downright girly. Sometimes it’s boho and sometimes it’s nautical. But there are certain signature items I think you can always attribute to being very “me.” Bows. Polka dots. Tutus. Anchors. Sequins. Pearls. Example A:

Personal Style

(Boys) Cotton Anchor Sweater, J.Crew, $59.50
Karinska Tulle Skirt, Anthropologie, $188
Bow Hair Clip, American Apparel, $10
This Is The Year To Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade, $58
Make a Day of It Carousel Bangle, Kate Spade, $250
Ballet Flats, ASOS LOST, $44


Do you have signature items or elements? I’d love to hear! xx


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Gift Guide No. Three

Gift Guide #3: Green

(1) Dot-Every-I Journal, Anthropologie, $14
(2) Leather Colorblock Passport Case, J.Crew, $45
(3) Bubble Necklace, J.Crew, $150
(4) Leather Tote, Gap, $125
(5) Vickers Bow, Kiel James Patrick, $58
(6) Bow Hair Clip, American Apparel, 3 for $34
(7) Macaron Case, Urban Outfitters, $10
(8) Cole Enamel Stud Earrings, Tory Burch, $68
(9) Croffix Sailing Belt, Kiel James Patrick, $88
(10) Plaid a Little Love Bag, ModCloth, $38


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Can you believe {av} has been hosting Friday’s Fancies for one hundred weeks now?? This post is dedicated to her and all she does for this fantastic blogging community– Happy 100 Friday’s Fancies! A party look in celebration…

sequin dress bow party lookPremium Sequin T-Shirt Dress, Topshop, $60 (sale!)
Big Black Bow Headband, ban.do, $45
Manhattan Romance Heel, ModCloth, $58
Fragment Pearl Studs, Kate Spade, $68
Silver Knot Bracelet, BaubleBar. $48


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Hunting Season

preppy rain boot outfit

Bow skirt, Urban Outfitters [similar] // Cardigan, H&M [similar] // Tank, Anthropologie // Necklace, J.Crew // Around the World Watch, Urban Outfitters // Bow clip, American Apparel // Tote, Jack Wills [similar 1; 2] // Wellies, Hunter

Not that the rain ever really stopped here, but I do like waiting for fall to break out my pillar box red Hunter Wellies. Funny how you can get so sick of something in your closet, like riding boots… a camel coat… mittens, and then find a renewed love for them after a few months off!

preppy arm party

union jack tote bag

american apparel navy bow

red hunter wellies


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Outfit Snippets

Because this one just looked better in pieces. Happy Monday!

american apparel navy bow

polka dot shorts

preppy arm party

striped nautical bags


Best Suds Shorts, ModCloth // Bow Hair Clip, American Eagle // Cape Knot Hitch, Kiel James Patrick // Around the World Watch, Urban Outfitters // Love bracelet, Glitterbox Jewelry // Striped Cross Body, American Eagle [similar 1; 2] // Brogues, ASOS [similar]


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Ooh La La

While miss {av} is on a little overseas voyage, we’re doing a Eurotrip Friday’s Fancies in her honor. I’ve still got Parisian details on my mind, and while this look may a bit too over-the-top touristy for France itself, I think it would work just fine from afar.

Parisian Fashion

Oh La La Jersey Sweatshirt, Zoe Karssen, $160 (also in blue!)
Lacie Shorts, LOST via Tilly’s, $40
5-Zip Clutch, Rebecca Minkoff, $330
Skinny Mini Bow Studs, Kate Spade, $48
Love Notes Bow Ring, Kate Spade, $48
Carousel Bangle, Kate Spade, $250
Les Vernis Nail Colour in Jade Rose, Chanel, $26
Crocheted Perimeter Scarf, Anthropologie, $38
Petunia Heel, Seychelles, $100


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