as GOLD as it gets

Life's adventures should be fully accessorized!


flair for your hair!

I’ve been so excited for this post! I know this might seem crazy but you must must must take a little journey over to the Elizabeth Heard Etsy shop and pick yourself up a barrette. These are on heavy rotation right now because they are not only charming but practical, and actually hold your hair perfectly!
elizabeth heard barrettes , etsy shops, elephant barrette, game day accessoriesLet me tell you a little bit about these because I stumbled across these on instagram first and went down the rabbit hole of every insta picture I could find (@elizabethheardbarrettes). There are “party animals” like this elephant (perfect to pair with Lilly Pulitzer!) and a rhino and seriously beautiful agate ones – keep scrolling to get a peek of those. I always had bows and barrettes in my hair growing up (did you see my extensive bows here?) and this is the perfect way to add a little flair (as Elizabeth has coined: flair for your hair!) without looking like a child! 
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Elizabeth Heard is an independent line of carefully crafted hair accessories. Created by designer, Elizabeth Heard White, the accessories are designed for women to find their finishing touch by adding a dose of flair to the hair. Each barrette from Elizabeth Heard is individually hand-crafted with traditional accessory making techniques and inspected for flaws before heading out the door. The line pays tribute to the designer’s middle name as well as the name of her grandmother, the queen of flair.

elizabeth heard barrettes

Sometimes when you order things on etsy its a little sloppy. Maybe the edges aren’t perfectly hemmed, something isn’t totally glued straight, etc. That is not the case with Elizabeth Heard Barrettes. These look like you picked them up at Nordstrom! There is no hint that these are anything less than perfectly manufactured. They feel totally solid, don’t slip down your hair like some barrettes can do. It’s not that I was really surprised, its just…thats not always the case! And look how cute the etching is on the back!

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A little introduction to Elizabeth, the lady behind the barrettes: I have an unabashed obsession with hair barrettes, and have since childhood. From swimming to sleeping, you would rarely find me without one. My love for barrettes stayed in tact but noticed a niche in the market for quality and unique hair accessories. I always dreamed of starting my own line and attended Parsons School of Design after graduating from SMU in Dallas, TX where I was able to hone my skills for crafting custom hair wear. My barrettes began as a fun personal passion and have recently evolved into a small online and wholesale business. I am so grateful for the women with flair who find their finishing touch with one of my barrettes and am really excited for what’s to come.

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I’m such a fan of Elizabeth Heard Barrettes and quite honest, Elizabeth herself!
What do you think about these barrettes?

elephant hair barrette, pink agate hair barrette c/o Elizabeth Heard Barrettes
Photos by Frances Micklow

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beach style: tunics and turbans

We are halfway through the summer but hopefully you have some beach time carved out over the next few weekends. I wanted to share this beach style look with you. It was one of my faves on vacation – turbans and tunics.
This turban was one of my most coveted items from Lilly for Target and it matches so many of my blue bathing suits perfectly. I scooped this tunic up and its perfect for the beach. I wouldn’t recommend it as a tunic to be worn with pants because its pretty sheer and honestly is a little longer than I would wear as a shirt, but PERFECT as a coverup.

turbans and tunics | as GOLD as it gets blog

Turban: Lilly for Target in My Fans  / Tunic: EcoAccents


the best picnic snacks

Our attempt at a picnic and fireworks were unfortunately rained out last night. But that didn’t stop us from still haven’t a picnic! We pulled a blanket out in the living room and had an indoor picnic for the 4th.
best picnic snacks

(Lilly Market Bag above, in jellies be jammin’)

These are some of my favorite picnic staples:
pick a soft and a hard cheese : I chose a white cheddar and brie
Multigrain crackers & pita chips (both from Trader Joes)
Salami, grapes and roasted asparagus all add a little variety to the heavy cheese and crackers
Don’t forget to pack something to drink! We love italian grapefruit soda

what to pack for a picnicClink & Drink cupswhat to pack for a picnic

Aren’t these gingham plates the cutest? Perfect for summer!
what to pack for a picnic

And you can’t forget to pack something sweet! Is anyone else OBSESSED with these soft sugar cookies?!

What are some of your favorite picnic essentials?


summer vacation style: bow sunhat

summer vacation style at whalehead club I love this sunhat! It has just the right amount of brim and it can easily hold it’s shape as you adjust and move it around. It doesn’t just flop around like some sunhats I’ve owned, it basically freezes into place. The hat is super soft and looks unusually chic for the price tag. Oh, and its the best bargain! I found mine at Marshalls for $12.99, but I found it on Amazon for just $11.95 (and tax!) If you are looking for a new sunhat, this is the best I’ve found in a very long time! bargain bow sunhat

Lilly Puitzer Meg Dress in mini coral cocktail print (out of stock, but you might find on eBay)
Pretty Big Bow Derby Hat 
Jack Rogers College Colors, Carolina Blue

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2015 Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale

2015 Lilly Warehouse Sale

Friends, I have survived. After a quick nap (if you can even call it that), Andrea and I got up at 230am, were on the road by 3am and in line by 415am. The line nearly wrapped around the entire Philly Expo Center + thats even with some amusement park line weaving inside the building and under a tent outside. It took us until 8:55 to actually get to shop. Here’s the thing….

2015 Lilly Warehouse Sale

There is a waiver now! Hallelujah for those animals that call themselves humans and apparently had no sensible mother to teach them how to act. The line was pretty insane but as always, Lilly Pulitzer CEO, Scott Beaumont was walking through the crowds. He is so nice and Andrea and I got a picture with him last time but we were looking rough so we didn’t take another one this year! He stopped and chatted with us, girls around us took pictures and then he asked when we got there, we told him about how much fun we had at Lilly for Target (and about my birthday party!) he was smiling the whole time and even moved up with us in line as the line started to move to keep chatting!

2015 Lilly Warehouse Sale

So I won’t go into the gory details. I had a great haul, only spending $92! Some of the prices were more expensive: totes at $69 v. $29-39 before. Elsa tops were around $69 I believe, shoes $89…so I chose to focus on more inexpensive items that I wouldn’t find for such a good deal elsewhere.

2015 Lilly Warehouse Sale

Zebra print dress is 3/4 sleeve and only $29 [can you believe that? similar are usually $98] but it doesn’t have a tag so I don’t know much more about it than that, murfee scarf (cashmere scarf) in she got sole, [originally $118, $34], on the rocks necklace [regularly $88, $19], pick me up pouch [originally $32, $9] that I’m going to use as a case for my iPad mini. I can’t believe I made it out in under $100, I was really trying to limit myself! I spent $92.68 on $336 retail!

They were constantly pushing out new inventory so if you haven’t headed to the sale yet don’t worry about things being there! They definitely are planning on it lasting the three days – this isn’t Lilly for Target! The line was longer than ever before, CEO Scott Beaumont also confirmed that he had never seen anything like it but he agreed the buzz around Lilly for Target made people come out early and in large quantities. I think that the line progressed more slowly and I can’t even be upset becauuuuuuse, the shopping experience was so much better than I remembered! They let fewer people in at a time so you could actually walk around and see what was there rather than have to just grab blind and head to a corner to sort through your stuff. I was actually super impressed with the sale and staff this year, they were really awesome! I was disappointed that the prices seemed higher…but what can you do?!


2015 Lilly Warehouse SaleA look back to 2013 Lilly Warehouse sale!


planning the perfect lilly pulitzer party!

I recently held a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired party. Here are some tips for you to have the perfect Lilly Pulitzer party! (or how to plan the best flamingo party!)

lilly pulitzer partyBe sure to theme your party to a print! I chose a flamingo print and based all the decisions on the print…but I had to add some gold! The gold balloons above can be found here, for just $1.50/balloon. They are a little hard to blow up so you’ll need a little bit of patience (and a flat iron to seal the balloon!).

flamingo cookies

Homemade sugar cookies / cookie cutter (similiar here) I made the tent signs on photoshop.

crepe paper photo booth wall | as GOLD as it gets blogI bought crepe paper streamers (yes the .88 ones at Party City!) I also made the banner and will do a DIY soon!

photo booth ideasLife’s a party. Dress like it!

shop sweet lulu balloons

These balloons were so fun to play with! I love getting party supplies at Shop Sweet Lulu! They don’t have these balloons anymore but I’m really like these and theselilly pulitzer party

I set up a little bubbly bar on a small table we have with flamingo straws, napkins, cups and three hot pink bottles from home goods ($2.99 each). You can’t see the cups well in this picture but they say clink and drink.

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 She lived like every hour was happy hour.

lilly pulitzer party lilly pulitzer partyI loved sneaking these flamingo picks into the strawberry cupcakes. Isn’t that the cutest flamingo? He was a gift from my mother-in-law, and hes actually a watering can so he can be on our patio all summer long!


I also had chocolate frosted donuts (recipe here) and cake pops (recipe here). And in case you find yourself also needing a gold sequined table runner, you can find it for a steal here.

We had such a fun time and Lilly Pulitzer makes for a perfect party. To see more of this party check out #27lillydresses on instagram!


Wish list for Lilly for Target

The countdown is on for Lilly for Target! I mentioned here that my birthday is going to be Lilly-themed and we are waking up (or maybe we will still be AWAKE…) to be there when the doors open! It’s time to start seriously thinking what we want to keep our eyes open for that all too eventful morning. I’ve started my list…but who knows what will happen on April 19th!

Lilly Pulitzer wish list

My list starting top right and going clockwise:

Bandeau Swimsuit $40
Eyelet Tunic Coverup $32
Challis Romper $34
Gold Pineapple Sandals $30
Double-zip Train Case $19.99
Turban Headwrap $8
Embroidered Clutch $24
Shift Dress $38

I love that you can see the whole line before its out and the prices! You can even scroll through a party of the clothes (below) – notice Chris Noth? Will he be there on Sunday morning?!

Lilly for Target partyI’d love to hear what’s on your list!


I Survived: Lilly Warehouse Sale

As you may or may not know, Lilly Pulitzer hosts a Warehouse sale at the Philadelphia Expo Center each year with tons of discounted merchandise. People come from ALL over to get in on it. Luckily, it was just a quick drive for us!

Andrea and I started out plotting for months before the sale, taking off work and talking about what we wanted most.

The night before we were feeling a little bold, and decided what the heck, people have been lining up since Sunday (the sale starts Thursday at 5am) we should just go out and spend the night in the car. It was a great idea until we arrived at 11pm with countless people with tents, inflatable mattresses and three walls of the Convention Center had women wrapped around waiting to get in. To call it camping, or even glamping would be a gross overstatement. I will spare you from the pathetic items we impromptu camped with from my car…

And then it was 4am. Everyone started running towards the doors that were opening. Women were cutting each other if they weren’t moving fast enough, and consequently there was boo-ing for about 15 minutes after.


Once you get inside the doors, theres even more lines. But luckily they had a DJ starting at 430a to get the crowd going. People were dressed all in Lilly, others in PJs, workout clothes, and other unfortunate souls decided to wear sweatpants under their Lilly dresses- Lilly must have been rolling over in her grave.


Once you make it past all of the lines, they give you a HUGE pink bag- much like a mesh laundry bag to put all of your finds in. And from there its chaos! Clothes are organized by size and people just pick huge mounds of clothes and try them all on. Its a little overwhelming to witness people drag bags that are equivalent to the weight of a twelve year old. If they can’t wait in the line to try on clothes in the communal dressing room, they just start on the main floor- even thats one of the few rules- no undressing on the floor.


There is no shortage of items, so you don’t have to be too worried about finding something.


Heres what I found:

true blue jammin shoreline tote

True Blue Jammin’ Shoreline Totebag: $78, Warehouse Sale: $29

meg dress- coral cocktail

The Meg Dress: $118, Warehouse Sale: $39

washed up necklace

Washed Up Coral Necklace: $58, Warehouse Sale: $19

seahorseSeahorse Flip-Flops: $38, Warehouse Sale: $10

photo-3We were in by 5:30a and out at 730a!

But not before we got to meet Lilly Pulitzer’s CEO, Scott Beaumont