Monday, August 22, 2016

Day Of Shopping Tips for Lilly Pulitzer's After Party Sale!

It's here, it's here! It's a pink and green lovers Christmas as the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale starts this morning at 8AM EST. Hopefully you have a big cup of coffee in your hand and your pajamas still on to shop since patience will definitely be needed as you wait in Lilly's virtual line to enter the closest thing to the pink and green palace that the internet can offer.

Since you may be waiting I thought it could be helpful to provide some day of shopping tips for y'all in order to capitalize on your success after making your way through the line! And here is a quick trip down memory lane featuring some of my favorite Lilly from over the years! 




First, if the website does crash (which is quite possible) there is no need to send strongly worded tweets to the  Lilly Pulitzer team on Twitter and Facebook, they want us to be able to shop and it is already nice enough that they give us the opportunity to shop  Lilly for discounted prices!

Items in your cart are not reserved so try to shop fast and checkout if you have a piece in your cart that you can't live without! 

If the sale isn't working for you online try shopping through the   Lilly Pulitzer app. Occasionally it will be faster than the computer however I definitely prefer perusing through the site. 

If you end up snagging anything let me know! I am nosy and curious and would love to share the thrill of the sale with you!

Now for the giveaway reminder. As you're waiting in line be sure to head over to  this blog post to enter for a chance to win these fun prizes! 

Best of luck shopping! Hopefully I'll be back over her sharing some of my favorite finds from the sale with y'all but in the meantime be sure to enter the giveaway and let me know what you're most hoping to snag from the sale! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lilly Workout Wear + GIVEAWAY

After the announcement of Lilly's After Party Sale which I talked about in yesterdays post I figured there was no better time to share one of my more recent favorite pieces from Lilly (and if you pair attention to yesterday's post you probably saw the giveaway for them too). I love Lilly pieces (did you see my freshman dorm room?) but as I am starting to work towards a wardrobe of professional pieces that can be worn frequently without anyone noticing I've realized that some of my favorite Lilly pieces don't necessarily fit that bill. That doesn't mean I am going to stop purchasing those pieces but it did mean that I was absolutely ecstatic when Lilly released workout shorts. I wear at least one pair of workout shorts a day and couldn't care less about repeating them so purchasing Lilly workout shorts was a guilt free way to add more patterns to my workout wear. 

I am a huge fan of nike and lululemon workout shorts so I was very impressed when I could run and exercise comfortably in the athletic shorts Lilly Pulitzer created. Not only can you comfortably workout in these but you'll look cute doing it! The only thing that is a little different about these is they don't have built in shorts liners so if that is a make or break it for you then that is something to keep in mind. I don't really have much of a preference of that and have worn these for a variety of workouts without ever feeling like they are riding up or uncomfortable. 

Since the shorts can definitely hold their own I decided to pair mine with a short sleeve athletic top and a fun, equally bright sports bra although I'd definitely have to trade this tee for a tank if I were to workout since it has been far too hot lately for anything else. This is definitely an outfit that you wouldn't feel guilty staying in all day after working out! 




To help you prepare for the sale be sure to look at yesterday's post for some tips and be sure to check back tomorrow for some day of shopping advice to help make the shopping as smooth and successful as possible. Enter to win your own pair of these workout shorts and other fun Lilly items here

And since we are talking about Lilly here are some of my favorite of their new arrivals

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Announcement + Giveaway

On your mark, get set, get ready to shop! The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is coming to a computer screen and store near you on Monday morning! The After Party Sale starts August 22nd and runs until August 23rd. It typically begins at 8 AM EST although I have yet to see Lilly's Headquarters confirm that just yet (don't worry though I will be keeping you informed when I do). If you're new to these Lilly Pulitzer sales then you may be curious as to what all of the hype is about. Well, online Lilly Pulitzer doesn't typically put things on sale aside from their 2 big sales of the year when the deals are unreal and the internet is prone to crashing! Lilly Pulitzer prepares by removing loads of items from previous collections and re-listing them the morning of the sale at incredibly discounted prices.

You may notice that it is a rarity for  Lilly Pulitzer pieces to go on sale through their site and that is because they reserve their sale inventory for two sales each year, this one and one at the beginning of the year! Since there are so few sales these are insanely popular and the more you know in advance, the better! 

For the sale to go more seamlessly here are my best tips for shopping the sale, let's hope the sale loads well and that you are able to get all of the pieces you have your eyes on! 

Create an Account & Log In Before the Sale Starts
Creating an account will make your shopping experience so much easier! By already having your addresses and cards in the system you are more likely to get the pieces you really want with less stress. You can go ahead and  create your account now and be sure to log in before the sale begins so that you don't have to worry about that  since time is of the essence once the sale begins!

Check Out Often
Something you definitely need to keep in mind while shopping is that items in your cart are not reserved. If you desperately won't one of the pieces in your cart then go ahead and check out since shipping is free. Items can disappear from your cart as quickly as they are adding which can be frustrating so hopefully you'll have luck with the checkout process. Traditionally with the sale checking out is the slowest part of the process.

Open Lots of Tabs on your Browser but ONLY After The Morning Chaos Has Stopped
Lilly puts everyone in a virtual line as the sale begins and if you refresh tabs/ open multiple in the morning then your line number will be replaced with the highest number. However, after the line dies down my browser looks a bit like this so that I can compare different items.

Shop From Multiple Devices
Similar to having multiple tabs open shopping from multiple devices (computer, iPad / tablet, phone) semi-gurantees that you'll be able to look at different pages all at once hopefully letting you get more of the items you love!

Continue to Shop During the Entirety of the Sale
With so many great products on sale it is hard to really notice everything and some products are bound to be overlooked. Some of the best deals can be found on the last day of the sale so keep checking in.

Have Favorites in Mind & Know your Size
Elsa's, dresses, and Murfee scarves are always my favorite Lilly pieces so those will be the first things I check out. By knowing what size you are in items and having set pieces in mind then you are more likely to obey my next tip…

Use a Bit of Self Control
It can be super tempting to snatch up everything with deals like this but remember to have some self control. Only buy pieces you know you'll wear in your size in prints you like. Otherwise they will sit in your closet unused and Lilly is too much of the life of the party to do that.

Be Polite
 I can't think of anything more discouraging for the Lilly team to see than negative Facebook posts and tweets about the sale. It is a privilege that they host this and while it can sometimes be frustrating for the site to crash there is no excuse for being rude! I always make a point to thank the team through social media for their hardwork to make up for the rude comments they receive!

Plus remember that shipping is free and all purchases are final sale!

To prepare for the excitement I am bringing y'all a fun giveaway that is perfect as we all prepare to go back to school! Entering is incredibly easy and these  Lilly items would be just the encouragement you need to stay fit and hydrated with all of your athletic endeavors this school year. I love providing y'all with giveaways of this nature and as always, I email the winners directly to ensure that they can claim their prize! 

What's included in the giveaway… 

How to enter the giveaway…
(ends August 24th)

1. Go to  Lilly Pulitzer's  site and choose your current favorite print from THIS season (prints page  here).
2. Follow me on instagram @prepinyourstep.
3. Leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST letting me know your favorite Lilly print, instagram name, and email address so that I can directly contact the winner and be sure that you've properly entered.

I wish you could all win and wish you the best of luck when entering! 

Check out Lilly Pulitzer's sale tips  here!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a look at these workout shorts in action and again on Monday morning for some day of sale shopping tips! 

Just remember this sale only runs until the 23rd so go ahead and prepare toshop.
See you tomorrow and during the sale! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pale Blue Peasant Top

While I adore summer clothes sometimes it's hard to justify purchasing cute new pieces since I won't be able to integrate them as a part of my "professional" wardrobe. Although I am only going to be a senior in college I think that starting to find pieces that you can easily pair with other outfit essentials is an important task to start while shopping. This top combines those things so well while still being youthful and on trend for the season. I know I told you on Monday that you would be seeing a lot more pieces from H&M around here but I bet y'all didn't assume it would be that quick. It also definitely won't be the last you'll be seeing! Seriously though, their pieces have been knocking it out of the park this summer and I am thrilled to see what they release come fall.

Before I get too ahead of myself I think that highlighting a few of my favorite parts about this top is necessary! For starters, I adore the embroidery around the neck and the fun tassel ties. The pale blue color makes the top look especially great with white jeans or shorts and the breathable material makes enduring the summer heat much more bearable! I would advise wearing a tank or something of that nature underneath since it is a bit sheer! Paired with tan accessories I know this is something I'll be wearing non stop before summer ends although I definitely think that this shirt would work well for early fall too! 



top // white jeans // sandals // bag // necklace // bracelets ( 1 & 2 )

I am definitely soaking in these last few weeks of wearing white bottoms since they are a go-to for me in the summer. There is just something about them that looks so crisp. As my first week in my elementary school for this year comes to a close I am even more excited to have this top in my arsenal of "work appropriate" clothing since I am not used to having to dress the part everyday. Maybe by the end of week two that will get easier. Be sure to check out yesterday's post (which was posted today as well...gotta love wifi issues)! 

Hope y'all are having a great week! 

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