Spring Staples

Romper- Tobi | Jacket- Esley (similar here) | Sneakers- Superga | Sunglasses- Ray Ban | Lipstick- Urban Decay

Spring trends often times fall into the same three categories: bright, floral and flow-y. When the weather finally starts to get warmer I like to carry over some of the trends and pieces from fall and winter and mix them with traditional spring trends to create a unique look. This Tobi romper is a classic spring piece with the blush tones and light structure. To make the look a bit more complex, I paired it with an army green bomber jacket. This jacket adds an edgy vibe to the look while still framing the romper and allowing the pattern and shape of the piece to pop even more. I am always a fan of the sporty chic look so I had to include one outfit with sneakers. Superga sneakers are a classic in my wardrobe, and I chose these plum ones to match the deeper tones in the romper, bringing the whole outfit together. The sneakers complement the lipstick which is also not a traditional spring-time tone.

Romper- Tobi | Purse- Francesca’s (similar here) | Slides- Karl Lagerfeld (similar here) | Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear

As we enter summer concert and festival season I find myself gravitating more towards pieces like this romper. I am used to scrolling through my Instagram explore page and seeing hundreds of intricate and complex bohemian looks that people put together at festivals. These outfits are often frustrating to me because people are just dressing for the event and for the pictures but not for their own style. I love the simple boho look because it is more suited to my personal style. This Tobi romper has the larger, cropped bell sleeves and a tassel belt. The simple colors and pattern as well as the traditional silhouette of the piece allow it to be both modern and bohemian. I paired the romper with some more Coachella inspired accessories. This cross-body bag adds more movement and fun to the outfit with the fringe. The purse also matches the espadrille slides perfectly. These shoes are on trend and are extremely comfortable. The fringe detail on the slides is subtle but adds that final touch to tie the whole ensemble together.

Top- Tobi | Jeans- Madewell | Wedges- Indigo Rd. | Lipstick- Urban Decay |Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear

One of my favorite trends for spring 2017 is the crazy sleeve trend. There is so much you can do with this trend because it is so versatile and it can really fit any style. Even the 80s shoulder pads and big sleeves are coming back into style (not exactly my personal favorite but I’m sure many people are happy about this). This Tobi top incorporates the pastel, off-the-shoulder and crazy sleeve trends all in one affordable piece. This top offers a more wearable option for the crazy sleeve trend. The hem of the shirt also hits at the perfect spot for high waisted shorts or jeans. The cropped jeans with a slight flare show off my favorite wedges. I wore these shoes most recently to my sorority formal and to my high school graduation so they hold a lot of great memories. They are the perfect mix of glamour and bohemian vibes with the lace up tassel detail.

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Southern ‘n Bright

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As a newly adopted southerner I am still figuring out how to deal with this heat. September is the time when kids go back to school and you start needing an extra blanket at night. Here, I feel like summer is still in full swing and I can never escape the sun. Despite my need for jeans and hot chocolate, this warm weather allows me to extend my summer clothes and try to style them in different ways.

I bought this romper at a small boutique back home with the intent of wearing in at school. I love the blend of bright and cheerful colors as well as the play on herringbone print. I’m also dipping my toes into the off the shoulder trend. This trend reminds me of the days back in middle school when my friends and I would wear baggy shirt or sweaters and pull one sleeve down so we had a cool and quite sophisticated “off the shoulder” look. As much as I admire this trend and think it is very flattering on many people, it tends to annoy me. I wore this romper to class and found that I couldn’t really raise my hand or else the whole thing would fly up, turning a cute outfit into a fashion disaster.

Despite my own issues, this is one of those outfits that wakes me up in the morning and makes me happier. I paired the romper with sneakers to give it a more relaxed look which also made me feel just a little closer to fall.

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Half Tuck Blues

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Shirt- Madewell | Shorts- Hidden | Wedges- Ralph by Ralph Lauren (similar) | Tote (similar) | Sunglasses- Traps Eyewear

I’m so excited to share my first Like Lillian post since starting college. I am so lucky to live on one of the most beautiful campuses so the photo shoot opportunities are pretty much endless. Also I have to thank my fashionable friend Rebecca for taking these pics for me!

Recently I have been in a more preppy mood, especially since coming to school where I wear my Jack Rodgers almost everyday. For this post I wanted to try to branch out a bit. Although this look has some preppy aspects like the monogrammed tote and the espadrille wedges, the overall look is more indie and urban. I recently bought this shirt from Madewell and I have been trying to figure out how I could incorporate it into a more summery look. These cutoff shorts are a bit of a looser fit so to balance out the two oversized pieces I pulled out one of my favorite fashion hacks and half tucked my shirt. I love this trick, especially when styling a button down shirt because it makes the look much more modern and unexpected. The half tuck works well here because it defines my waist but still maintains the loose, effortless feel to the entire outfit.

The purse I am wearing here is actually my school bag that I use everyday however I think the neutral canvas tote grounds the look, keeping it from crossing entirely over the preppy boarder.

If you have seen my last few posts then you can probably notice I have been where shorts with wedges quite frequently. I always thought that heels and wedges were saved for dresses, skirts, or jeans and a nicer top. I enjoy breaking this mold and experimenting with the traditional look of an outfit with heels. This combination also elongates your legs and makes them looked toned, which complements any look.

Thank you for visiting Like Lillian and look out for some new college posts!

Physhion x Like Lillian

For this week’s post I am collaborating with an athletic apparel boutique, Physhion, located in Fair Haven and Red Bank, New Jersey. Walking into the Fair Haven location, I was immediately draw in by a pair of dark blue camo leggings, which I later discovered were so popular that the pair I saw was the last in stock. I spent hours in the store drooling over the soft fabrics and unique pieces. Many, if not all, of the pieces I found in Physhion were items I would wear outside of the gym. I would describe the overall style of the brand as effortlessly edgy. Physhion’s owner, Lisa Taffin, has compiled a collection of comfortable, stylish, and most importantly functional pieces that will satisfy many different tastes and styles. She has turned athleisure into athluxe. Here are three of my favorite looks:

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Vest- Vimmia | Bra- Phat Buddha | Leggings- Alo

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Tank-Lanston | Bra- Phat Buddha | Sweatpants- Michael Lauren

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Tank- Splits 59 | Shorts- Nux | Bra- Phat Buddha

Fitness is and has always been a very important part of my life. I like most children living in suburbs played almost every sport my parents could drive me to. I focused on swimming and then switched over to tennis in middle and high school (partly due to the adorable tennis outfits) which forced me to condition and train for matches. Conveniently for me, my mother is the owner of a fitness studio, Fuel Fitness, where she and her staff teach spin, TRX, sculpt, pilates, yoga, and barre classes so I would often workout with her at Fuel. After taking many of these classes I grew especially fond of spin classes. I loved the energy and intensity of the class and how each class is completely different from the last. I recently earned my Spinning certification back in May and I have been teaching as many spin classes as I can this summer. Last week I taught a “party-themed” spin class where I created a playlist consisting of mostly EDM and club music and held the class at night so the studio would be dark. I put out a disco ball and told all of the people coming to class to dress crazy. I was so excited to see everyone come dressed in loud, bright colors and patterns. They were so excited to get on the bike and ride. This is what I love about workout clothes. They have the ability to motivate people to not only workout but also to have fun while doing it, which is not always easy.

I wanted to create a post of athletic outfits that would motivate me to want to work out. Physhion was definitely the perfect place to find clothes for that purpose. After spending hours in the store picking out outfits for the post I felt so motivated and inspired to exercise.

Thank you so much for visiting Like Lillian and be sure to check out Physhion in Fair Haven and Red Bank so you can get motivated too!

Lace by the Ocean

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Shirt- Blu Pepper (similar) | Shorts- Hei Hei | Bag- Francesca’s (similar) | Wedges- Ugg Australia (similar)

I was recently given this shirt by my cousins as a graduation present and I have been planning the perfect outfit for it ever since. This outfit has some of my favorite pieces. I just bought these shorts at Anthropologie for a concert that I was going to (Florence + the Machine, it was amazing!). I love the stitched detail and the color of the shorts which compliment the shirt perfectly. I also love the loose, bohemian silhouette that these two pieces create together. The shirt is the real statement piece in this outfit so I kept the accessories to a minimum and chose a simple espadrille wedge to keep the focus on the shirt. The bag that I wore with this look was another recent purchase and has become my new everyday purse. It was actually an emergency purchase as I was on a shopping trip with a friend when the bag I was carrying broke. I bought the bag from Francesca’s and I love its medium size and slouchy feel. It also matches pretty much everything I own and I can wear it into the fall. This outfit is a great example of my style during the summer which is usually a mix of boho and feminine.

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19th Century Dining

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Dress- Billabong (similar here) | Necklace- Filigree Clovers | Sandals- Lord and Taylor 424 Fifth (similar here, only $26!)

I just got home from another amazing trip to Vermont. I love shooting in Vermont not only because of the gorgeous scenery but also because the small towns, inns and farms make me feel like I am in a different, more elegant time period. I always get dressed up for dinner when I am there even if we are just going to a small, casual tavern simply because the food and places are so amazing there and putting on a nice dress makes dinner feel like an important event. I wore this outfit on the last night of my vacation in Vermont. We ate at one of my favorite places, the Inn at Weston. I love this place not only because the food is fantastic but also because it is a classic, proper Vermont inn with green shutters, local artwork inside, greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and my personal favorite, an extremely talented and friendly pianist who plays while you eat dinner. Eating at the Inn at Weston feels like you are eating in the 1800s. I wore this dress mainly because it was very warm in Vermont that day and the dress is breezy and comfortable however I think the Vermont surroundings compliment the dress’s earthy pattern. I paired it with this long silver necklace to make it a bit fancier and my new brown buckle sandals. Look out for another new post this week featuring pictures of Vermont and all the fun things I did there!

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The Boho Slip Dress

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Dress | Wedges (also comes in blue and black!) | Purse (similar here)

The slip dress has been a huge trend recently so I thought I would show you how I wore this trend in a more bohemian way. One of the reasons I think the slip dress is so popular is because it is so simple and comfortable and looks so chic in that effortless way. Keeping that effortless style in mind I chose this dress because of its lace details, adding a feminine touch to the look, and its handkerchief hem adding that boho feel that is perfect for summer. It also didn’t hurt that the dress was on super sale at Saks Off Fifth for about $40! I paired the look with my favorite pair of lace up wedges that I bought at DSW for only $60 (I just wore these to my graduation!) which also adds to the boho vibe. I added this woven cross body bag as opposed to my usual saddle bag that I would wear with a bohemian look because it is less structured, like the dress, and acts as an interesting focal point in this simple look. In many cases bohemian looks can seem overwhelming with tons of layers, colors, and textures which is why I love this look because it achieves the boho style while still looking simple and effortless.

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Pinstripes and Street Art

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Dress- Free People (on sale!) | Shoes- Kate Spade (on sale!) | Bag- T-Shirt and Jeans (on sale!) | Earrings (similar here)

Everyone has that one light, comfortable dress that they throw on at least one a week during the summer. This dress is mine. I recently purchased this Free People dress at a local boutique, South Moon Under, on sale for about half off. I almost never buy Free People clothing for full price because discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Saks Off Fifth often carry Free People pieces for a fraction of their original cost. I love how this dress incorporates my preppy side with the seersucker design and my more minimalist style with the loose silhouette and lace-up detail. I am also in love with these new Kate Spade daisy sandals that I purchased discounted from Saks Off Fifth. Anytime I feel like my outfit is boring or needs an extra pop of color I put on these shoes which make me and my outfits brighter and happier. If you have followed my blog for a while you have definitely seen this bag before. I love saddle bags and this T-Shirt and Jeans one especially with its western inspired design. Finally, these earrings were a graduation present from my mom and I think they add the perfect classic touch to this look as well as some sentimental value.

Thank you so much to my friends Brian and Emma for not only taking these awesome pictures for me but for also making the shoot fun and energetic.

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Linen Layers

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Dress (Island Company; similar here) | Sweater (Anthropologie; similar here) | Shoes (similar here) | Sunglasses (Traps Eyewear)

Even though it is summer you can still pull off the layering trend. Where I live it can get cooler at night during the summer so I love wearing cropped sweaters to add another texture or change the silhouette of my outfit. I paired this light linen dress with a heavier sweater to balance the look. I wanted to wear these sandals because the color and the fact that they are flats are somewhat unexpected. I actually purchased the sandals at a consignment store but I will link a similar pair in the outfit details. I like this outfit because there are plenty of possibilities to wear whatever shoes or accessories you want with it to make it more interesting or unique.

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Dress- Urban Outfitters (similar) | Sweater- American Vintage (similar) | Bralette- Aerie | Sandals- Anthropologie (similar) | Sunglasses- street market (similar)

I am very excited to share this look with you all because I think it is perfect for festival season. Any one of these pieces would be great for an outdoor concert or festival. The lace up detail and the geometric print on the dress make the look different and eye catching. If you are going to a festival you probably won’t need this sweater but in case you are going somewhere a little colder I think this is a perfect piece because it is soft and simple and doesn’t detract from the dress. These sandals are my favorite pair and I usually wear them more often than my flip flops in the summer because they are so comfortable but also add a boho vibe to the look with the beaded detail. I was considering doing a post on the sunglasses alone because I love them so much. I bought these at a market on Houston Street in New York City for thirty dollars and I have absolutely gotten my money’s worth out of them. They add a twist to the classic aviator style and I love the rose gold lenses. Lastly I have to thank my friend Rosie (happy belated birthday!) for taking these pictures and I am so happy with how they turned out.

Thanks for visiting Like Lillian and happy mother’s day!