A blog dedicated to plus size women who enjoy a classical and preppy lifestyle.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Out of The Office

Due to a family emergency, posting will be short this week. Prep'd Picks will be posted on Wednesday featuring one of the best Lilly-A-Likes I've ever come across so be sure to stop by to check that out. In the meantime, you can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter using the buttons in the blue bar on the top of the page. Have a good Monday/Tuesday!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Get Nauti Without Going Overboard

Sincere apologies for the late postings, a string of strong storms has 
knocked out my power several times over the past few days. 
Preppy Nautical Decor
The key to achieving the perfect nautical look is to keep it all in the details. In the case of nautical style, it's best to keep the details small or you risk having your home look too cartoonish.

Here, a whale print highlighted on the wall along with few accessories gives the room a seaside feel without have to do much more. If you decide to go with brass accents, keep in mind too many may make the room feel dated. Antique shops are a great first stop for brass home decor pieces.

Preppy nautical home decor 
Instead of rushing to liter your shelves with whatever sailing tchotkes you can find, pull inspiration from nature. Here we have a captain's mirror with two nicely framed prints, however what really pulls this room together are the calming blue colors and the wicker furniture with a modern shape.

Preppy nautical home decor

If you like the nautical look but don't want to have the whales/lobsters/oars/etc., research island style. There are a lot of the same elements--the cool, calming colors and architectural details--without having the symbols. I love the light blue walls mixed with the midcentury yet rustic wood furniture with a bright coral lamp as a focal point. I also feel that decorative tile floors are high undervalued, although I do understand why.

Preppy nautical home decor
Pardon my manners, but I am drooling over everything in this picture. The color, the details, just everything is wonderful. This picture is an excellent example of  decorating balance. You can almost hear the waves crashing in the background and smell the salt. However, were you to replace the carpet on the stairs with sisal carpeting I think would be taking the theme too far.

Preppy nautical home decor
You don't have to have the blues while decorating with starfish and coral. Who wouldn't find this brown bedroom relaxing? Sea life prints, a seashell bed skirt, and woven throw pillows that remind one of sea grass make this a perfectly nautical room without having a speck of blue. If you're a lover of bright colors you can still make nautical work for you, although you may have to work a bit harder without making it seem like you stole a floor set from Abercrombie & Fitch.

No matter your budget, the nautical decor theme can be easily had. On the upper level, there's countless boutiques and antique stores. For those in the middle, Ralph Lauren's homegoods are well worth the price. On the lower end, I've been impressed with some of the findings at T.J Maxx and Marshall's although you do need to have a critical eye. Think more of the Maine coastline instead of the Hawaiian islands; avoid anything with surfboards, leis, and God forbid, flip flops. I don't understand why grody rubber footwear is a design element. But I digress...
You can also easily craft nautical looks. Most hardware stores sell a variety of ropes, a glue gun, an unsuspecting lamp, and a free afternoon are all the components of adding some shore to your home.

Here are some of my picks for nautical decor items:

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Social Calendar: 2015 Agendas

Preppy 2015 Agenda Planners Whitey English Day Designer Emily Ley Simplified Planner 
The first thing I do every morning is look atmy agenda. Yes, I know I should one day get with the times but I love being able to look at my day and week in one place. Not to mention that it's just so much easier to jot down a note, change a time, or cross something off my to do list.

I've used every agenda that I pictured up above and there have been some I've liked much better than others but it all comes down to what you think you would like or need.

one// Emily Ley's Simplified Planner:  This planner is broken down by hours in the day, along with a to do list section and a few other small sections such as what's for a dinner. If you click on the link you can see page examples. FYI, this planner is pretty big, about two inches thick and is heavy. If you're looking for something to carry around this may not be the best bet. This is an excellent choice if you're trying to juggle your family's busy schedule. There's also a weekly version available!

two// Lilly Pulitzer agenda: It's an agenda classic for a reason. It's a basic planner just made better and more colorful. It includes a sticker sheet, a pocket for invitations or notes, and an elastic band to hold it all together. This is the planner I chose for the upcoming year and if you're reading this I'm probably sitting on my front porch eagerly awaiting for my FedEx delivery!

three// Kate Spade New York planner (sold out, similar): This is my current planner and like the Lilly agenda it's a basic planner, just not as colorful on the inside. If you want something that is fun and colorful but more professional looking KSNY is a good pick.

four// Russel+Hazel SmartDate system: An updated version of the Filofax planners. You can get all sorts of inserts in a variety of colorful binders. I loved it because it was undated but it was one of those planners that lists the day in hours instead of a empty space. I ended up hating this agenda because I had to keep flipping through pages for all the day's information. However if you really desire something that can be customized this should be your first look.

five// Whitney English's The Day Designer: This is almost identical to Simplified Planner, just meant for "the creative entrepreneur." It had the day broken down by hours, had a to do list area, and spaces for money spent that day. While I described the Simplified Planner for a family's schedule, The Day Designer I think would work better for those in business.

One thing I didn't know is how quickly some of these agendas sell out. If you're interested in the Emily Ley Simplified Planner, it goes on sale Sept.3 and will sell out quickly. Whitney English's Day Designers also fly out the door. When Kate Spade released her new line of agendas last year, two of four designs were sold out in two weeks. If you find an agenda you like, be sure to snap it up.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Prep'd Picks: Seersucker for Work

Last Friday I showed an amazing seersucker dress for the weekend.
Now here's some seersucker for work:
Preppy plus size seersucker

The entire bottom row is from Jones New York. JNY has really been stepping up their game over the past two years, moving from cabbage rose prints and muu-muus to nicely fitted suit separates. I've tried on the two-button blazer and the skirt and couldn't find a single fault. Both were made very well, fit well, and look like they'd last years with proper care. If you're looking at the JNY website, it does list the seersucker separates as being black, but having seen it in person I'd describe as more of a gray (the shirt dress is tan seersucker and the piped blazer is blue seersucker). 

Despite its look, seersucker is appropriate for even conservative offices. Here, I kept the accessories fairly conservative yet solid picks for the season. The simply amazing blue Ralph Lauren bag is canvas, and it plays off a simple yet fun Lacoste watch, navy kitten heel slingbacks, and a coral pendant. This outfit says "summer," yet it still says "while I'd like to be on a boat, I understand I am at work and have to dress the part." If you work in a more casual office, you can easily switch out the kitten heel for a fun red flat sandal or maybe even a espadrille wedge. 

These seersucker work seperates are a great buy. Timeless and easily styled, you'll be reaching for these as soon as the temperature rises each year.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Special Weekend Edition: Prep'd Picks

When I saw this beautiful seersucker Melissa Masse dress my jaw dropped to the floor.
So perfectly preppy. So perfectly wonderful for that weekend when the only plans are a trip
to the farmer's market and catching up on your summer reading list.
Plus Size Preppy Outfits

1.// Bottega Veneta woven leather bracelet: a simple bracelet for a simple look.
2.// Coola classic face sunscreen: This is the first face-specific sunscreen that hasn't made me break out. I also love the cucumber scent.
3.//Tom Ford Coral Beach polish: A retro coral polish that is simply amazing. I'm no stranger to high end polish but at $32 I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up. When I painted my nails, though, I knew instantly it's going to be worn all summer. I've been trying to find a much cheaper duplicate but the closest thing I can find is Essie's Chubby Cheeks ($9). It's darker but also one of my all-time favorite polishes, ever.
4.// Lilly Pulitzer leather bow tote: Simply just a great year-round casual leather tote with a hint of whimsy.
5.// Ray-Ban Wayfarers: Again, just a classic pick.
6.// Tory Burch Penny espadrilles: The absolute perfect summer sandal with only hints of Burch's slightly obnoxious logo.
7.// Melissa Masse seersucker dress: Stop reading this post and go pick this dress up immediately. You will not find any better casual summer dress.

I've been blogging about fashion since New Year's Day 2011. Out of the hundreds of looks I have put together over the years this one is probably my all-time favorite.  It would have looked wonderful ten years ago, and it'll still look great in another decade, the very heart of preppy fashion.

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Have a great weekend!

Up for next week:
  • Seersucker for work
  • 2015 Agendas
  • And whatever else I can come up with.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coming Soon!

Hi everyone,

As you can see, I've made a few design adjustments around the blog and I hope you're liking them. I'm really fond of the giant slider up above the posts, I think it's pretty neat. Speaking of the slider, it's a place where I'm going to display links to blog series, like Prep'd Picks. Some of the posts featured in the slider right now, like the one on agendas, are coming up within the next week so check back for those.

I have since lost both jobs since I last posted. When I lost my day job last week, I was really concerned because I've been working so hard to save up to buy a house. Now that I've had some time to think about it, I'm not as sad as I thought I was. I've not been fond of my career path to date, so I'm of mind to go back to college. I really have no idea in what I'd like to major. I've looked at everything from political science to aviation management to electrical engineering. I've been writing list after list of pros and cons for each major but even after that I'm still very undecided.

Anyways, tl; dr, a lot more posts coming with a lot more frequency. Stay tuned!

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