Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bow bathing suits and WINNER!

This post is a little crazy considering it is the last day of January!
Lately, I have been obsessing over bow bathing suits. I don't know why. I don't even like the beach or pool that much. I absolutely hate being sunburned or sweating. Needless to say my pale-self usually sticks inside on hot days but, bow bathing suits have me thinking other wise though...
I found all these "bow bathing suits" from Etsy.com All of them are hand-made and yes they are super expensive.
I was pondering on doing a DIY version. Is that something you guys would like to see? (let me know in comments below!) 
The best part of these are they are so me. I prefer the floral/garden print. It gives the bathing suit a preppy vintage vibe (which is my favorite style!)
Bow bathing suits
Are you loving bow bathing suits or what is your trend going to be summer 2013??

And for the fun part..
First I'd like to thank Sarah Nan Designs for graciously giving one lucky reader a very special gift! It was great working with you and I hope I get the chance again! Next I'd like to congratulate our winner ... Lauren Brousell!! 

Thanks to everyone that entered! If you didn't win don't fret! I have in the works another giveaway for another special reader!

-The Plaid Princess 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lilly brings Spring

Sorry readers, I took a little break this weekend.
I somehow scored the flu this weekend. So I've been lying in bed feeling sorry for myself. That's why I'm going to keep this post short and sweet.
Like everyone else I absolutely adore Lilly Pulitzer (what other clothes make you HAPPY to wear??) Lilly's spring 2013 line just came to the market and I'm going to share some of my favorites.
Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2013
I'm absolutely loving Harwin maxi dress. I have been wanting a maxi for awhile now but, I can't commit because I'm not sure if it's my style, what it will look like on, etc. (I tend to talk myself out of things with questions like that) 
Lilly has done it again with short dresses that make me smile. There is nothing like throwing on your bright Lilly dress and going to tailgate or showing your flirty style. I LOVE the lace detailing on the Lacina Dress but don't be fooled by the Darcy Dress it has a fabulous little bow in the back and might be my favorite dress from the spring line! 
Next the Nelle Jacket plus matching shorts make a new style for women "suits" Personally I'd have no where to wear this outfit, but I still love it! The fun bright colors make me want to grow up and have a more professional look. 
I had to throw in the new Walsh Short in eyelet lace with scallop edges? Can you say perfect shorts!
Lastly I'm loving the accessories! I want to see the inside of the Party Crossbody but I think I may fall in love. Also the Cute as a Button bangles would add an extra pop of color to the already perfect Lilly outfit.

What are you loving from Lilly's Spring line?

-The Plaid Princess

Don't forget my GIVEAWAY!!! (link here)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter Staples

Good morning lovely readers!
Today we are going to talk about basics
But I figured since it's cold why not do winter basics?
These are the items I personally find more versatile in my closets during the winter months
I'm usually found in some form of these outfits
but at times with a big t-shirt though! 
Winter Staples
Please note all of these can be switched around to create more outfits!

1. I pared a plain button up with a flirty skater skirt and added a cute little bootie. I believe in boots, I absolutely love them so having different styles and colors during the winter months is important to me. (my recommendations: Shirt Skirt Booties

2. Next is a big comfy sweater, I personally own a light mocha color from Tommy Hilfiger which is my favorite over-sized sweater, I added some skinny jeans (only jeans I wear!) and my favorite flats EVER (Madden girl) (Sweater Jeans Flats

3. For a more relaxed outfit I pair my favorite t-shirt with some leggings (fleece or super lined!) and brown riding boots. (Shirt Leggings Boots)

4. Lastly a little black dress, not too formal but cut in a shape that allows you to dress it up or dress it down! I like how the dress on here has long sleeves with a tighter body. The dress is conservative without being granny-like! I added a great pair of nude heels (love my Steve Madden ones) (Dress Heels)

And of course I added some pearl earrings because I wear mine everyday.

What are your winter basics and how do you style them?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! (link here)

-The Plaid Princess


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sarah Nan Designs && SURPRISE!

Bloggers, I did it again.
I found the most perfect thing ever on my favorite site (Etsy
Can you say all things beautiful and perfect? Lace, Burlap, bows, and... monograms.
Oh yes. Mix those together plus the best part.. afforable and meet
Inside this Etsy shop ranges from clutches, pouches, and totes all hand-made and can be custom ordered. Can you say perfect bridesmaid's gift???
So what I'm saying is amazing hand-made quality plus super cute and chic bags? Yes! Absolutely.
Let me add on to the price... most items ranging between $8 to $20! How is that even possible? All I know is I'll take one of everything.
Adding on top of the cuteness of Sarah Nan's items she designs for a bigger cause.
Her passion is for orphans in Romania.
She has visited Romania the past 4 years (& is going back in a little over a month!)
A part of her proceeds have funded mission trips and
supplies for the orphans (to read more)
I always try to shop small business and reasons like this is why.

I've picked out some of my favorites from Sarah's shop to share with you guys:
Sarah Nan Designs
On her blog (link here) you can check out the fabric for custom orders
I'm loving 
Grey and yellow chevron
Navy and white gotcha
So at the end of all my ranting about how much I love this shop and
How much I think everyone should go buy something for herself plus a friend!
I have a surprise...
My first giveaway! YAY
Sarah Nan Designs has graciously agreed to give one lucky reader a linen and lace pouch!
Enter below with Rafflecopter
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good Luck!

-The Plaid Princess

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tote Bag


Well I have been on a search for a perfect "spring time" tote bag. 
One I can take to the store or pool, just a everyday bag.
Let me tell you how much I LOVE the Lilly and Vineyard Vines bags.
It's ridiculous. I kinda need one.
Just at the moment I am saving for a nice brown leather bag and rather spend less on a new spring tote
So my search for a tote began, but it had to meet some criteria:
1. Long enough handles to comfortably sit on my shoulder
2. Dark colored bottom (it gets so gross after a while!)
3. Zipper or at least closure on top
4. POCKETS on the inside (how is this one so hard?!)

Tote Bag
It has proven to be very hard. I'm torn between LL Bean and Lands End
Any advice is always appreciated

-The Plaid Princess

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

6 College Essentials

Is it just me or has it seemed rainy like everyday lately.
At least here it has been.
I thought doing some my favorite rainy/cold essentials 
6 College Essentials
1. Leggings are a must- fleece lined at Tj Maxx for less than $12- lifesavers 
2. A pull over- fleece, cotton, monogrammed or not, 
these are a girls best friend in cold classes
3. A big tote- I chose a bright pattern for cheering up on that walk to class
4. Comfy flats because some days I don't like to keep my rain-boots on 
5. A good pair of rain-boots- Hunters and LL Bean boots are the best
6. Invest in a rain-jacket- umbrellas cannot replace them!

What are your rainy/cold day essentials? 

-The Plaid Princess

Friday, January 11, 2013

Spring Fever

I don't know about you guys but lately I have been seeing floral pattern everywhere and it is making me want spring to be here so I can rock some garden print. 
Which is kinda crazy because I love cold weather.
I hope I don't end up looking like I escaped the nursing home. This actually is a constant battle for me. Boyfriend tells me I'm "soccer mom" hot.  
Which I'm not complaining about.
Spring Fever
What do you think about floral? 
A go for spring or should stay in grandma's closet?

-The Plaid Princess

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Let's talk brushes- Goody QuikStyle

I recently joined a website called Influenster and it was linked with companies to send out items for people to try and review to help companies make products the general public will like. I'm so happy that I signed up (if you would like an invite just comment with your email address or email me for more info!) Well soon after joining and writing reviews about products I already own I was sent my first box of goodies and it was the Holiday VoxBox! 
 Here the little beauty is! and I'm going to tell about each product I received. First is this Goody 
Here it is an I'm OBSESSED. First the blue fibers in between are there to absorb the excess water. Does it work? Absolutely it's like a towel in your brush. Another plus is how super easy it is to keep clean, just rub a comb over and then looks new. See I have super thin and in between middle/long hair and this brush makes a huge difference. I'm able to get out of the shower towel dry my hair, run this brush (detangles & dries) in my hair, and then run the blow dryer on a low heat as a brush and blow dry together.
The Result?
For a more natural look like the the two on the right I just brush, barely blow dry, then go. For curls I flip my hair over and brush while blow drying for more volume and lastly for shiny straight hair I brush along with my hair while blow drying in sections starting bottom to up! This brush allows me to cut my getting ready time more than half and I do have to use a harsh straightener everyday! I so recommend.

Do you have a favorite brush? Why do you enjoy it?
-The Plaid Princess

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to school

Well my Spring 2013 semester has started officially today and wow I can't believe time has flown by. For school I always want to keep bright cheerful school supplies to keep my spirits up while having to do work. For me all my classes are online this semester (last semester was my first time doing this and I LOVED it). I'm able to wake up when I want work my little booty off with my cute bright Lilly and Vera and then my day is over. I usually like to spend a couple hours a day rather than waiting last minute and having to work a whole day for my week-worth of work, but I won't say it hasn't happened before! I tend to procrastinate from time to time. Here are my personal must have school supplies:
School Essentials
What are your "must haves" for this upcoming semester?

-The Plaid Princess

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Birthday!!

Sorry guys yesterday was my birthday so I was busy soaking up the lovely-ness being "my" day. I spent this birthday relaxing and hanging out with the boyfriend and my mom. First we hit up the ice skating rink, some downtown shopping, a nice dinner, then off to the mall to find birthday presents :) It was a great day and I'm so lucky to have those two in my life!
 This is my parents alien dog aka British Lab pup Ace and my footsie PJ's! He helped make this the best birthday yet!

- The Plaid Princess

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Thank you so much to Teaching with a Fashion for nominating me! I had a great time filling this out and I hope everyone else does also!
What is the Liebster Award? 
The Liebster Award's origins are pretty much a mystery. Bloggers nominate other bloggers that have 200 or less followers. “Liebster” is German for “favorite,” so this is kind of like the “favorite blog award.” It's basically a "Hey, that's a sweet little blog you've got there. Here's an award!" You can't just accept the award. You have to play by the (ever changing) rules and pay it forward. Then you can put the award on your blog for all to see. 

  
Rules of the Liebster Award: 
1. List 11 facts about yourself. 
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Ask 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
4. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate. 
5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award. 
6. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.


 11 facts about myself

1. I believe I finally found my career in event planning and social media!
2. I am very shy until you get to know me
3. I love to read and write
4. I want a little puppy or kitty so bad!
5. I only went 15 minutes away from home for college
6. I want to go to Germany this year
7. I love lazy days! PJs and Netflix
8. I LOVE regular M&M's
9. I prefer to never eat meat, but if made I will choke down some chicken 
10. I am obsessed with everything preppy and everything hippie (not a close mixture right?) 
11. I absolutely cannot wait to get married and move out of the south!

Questions from Teaching with a Fashion

1. What was your childhood dream?
To be a doctor or a writer.
2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes and  no. I believe you either automatically feel a connection with someone or not but falling in love takes more than just one glance. 
3. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, my birthday, Halloween... I pick 3!
4. What is your favorite hobby?
Anything crafty or writing
5. What do you wish that you could do that you can't?
One thing is I wish I was generally athletic. I cannot do anything (so girly)
6. Dancer or singer?
Both when I'm alone of course :)
7. What is your favorite movie?
So hard to pick just one.. Pride and Prejudice would have to win
8. Online shopping or in store?
Def in store! Gotta try it on
9. What's your favorite sports team?
Not a huge fan of any sports butttt goooo TEXAS A&M and welcome to the SEC (I love a good underdog)
10. What is the last thing that you laughed about?
Well I have the cutest boyfrann ever. He makes me laugh all the time!
11. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?
Germany :)

My Questions
1. If you could move anywhere in the world where would it be?
2.What is your favorite TV show?
3.What is your favorite book?
4. How would you describe your style?
5. What is your favorite beauty product as of right now?
6. What are your goals for the next 5 years?
7. Did you make a New Years Resolution? If so what was it?
8. What is your favorite season?
9. Who is your icon?
10. What do you do in your spare time?
11. Is 2013 going to be YOUR year?

MY WINNERS:
Sarah J. See
Chicago Prepster
Girl Meets Product 
Pretty Pieces
Isn't That Charming
The Kennedys Amongst The Kardashians 
Chic.Classy.Cheap
A Pop of Style
Exile in Vactionland 
Polished in Pearls 
Compliments of Christine Marie 

Let me know if you answered my questions so I can read! Sorry if I left anyone out feel free to answer the questions and I will make sure to read even if I didn't tag!

-The Plaid Princess

Gifts- for the kitchen

Coming up soon is Spring so you know what the means- graduations, marriages, and leases being up (my idea of moving somewhere new) well for all those occasions we all need some quick gift ideas. Especially if you have a lot of sorority sisters (or maybe just normal sisters also!)
Here is my first list of Gift Ideas:
Gifts for the kitchen
Sure all these are bright and fun and might go better for a young female about to start college or getting her first home. Sure I'd still use this even though I'm a live in girlfriend. Heck don't touch my sparkly plate! Personally I'd love to receive/buy a cute mug or kitchen accessory for a few reasons. 1. I'll actually use it and whats better than that? 2. You can match it with the person's personality. 3. The price- you can find cute items for the home at places like Tj Maxx, Target, and online for good deals.

Would you like to get one of these cute/sassy home goods? Where do you get your adorable items for the home?

-The Plaid Princess

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Online Shopping

Hello blog world! So I have some news to share of another website I have found. During my look for a vintage bag (probably Coach but open to D&B) I stumbled open Thread Flip and this is a site where people sell their unwanted items. Kinda like Ebay or Poshmark. This website isn't full of stuff, but what they have I was pleasantly surprised. It is more high expensive than Poshmark can be because the amount of items such as J.Crew, Chanel, Kate Spade, etc. was all over the site. 
Also Michael Kors, Stella & Dot, and J.Crew accessories and jewelry are available. I like the idea of this trusted site to sell some of my items because just like every female I have way too much clothing and I wouldn't mind the extra cash (maybe even more purses?)
Here are some of the items I loved on Thread Flip
Threadflip
Where do you find good deals or sell your unwanted items? Ever done a blog sell?

Here is a link if you would like to sign up it's completely free to do so!
http://www.threadflip.com/promo/INV-C43C7A
-The Plaid Princess