Summer Bucket List

Summer is here (finally) and I am already so busy! I am planning blog posts, photoshoots, trips with friends, working at Lilly Pulitzer and waitressing. Even though I am filling my calendar pretty quickly, I can’t stop thinking about the goals that I have for these next four months. Even though, school is out it doesn’t mean that the hard work stops here.

I have big plans for the blog to start. My main goal, and it has been all year, is to reach 20,000 followers on Instagram by the end of the summer. I hit 10K just before my one year blogging anniversary which was completely insane and I want to repeat the milestone again this summer. I also want to completely redesign the blog using wordpress.org. It’s a little difficult to make a blog exactly how you want it when there are so many JAVAscript and HTML restrictions on the hosting site. With a new blog look comes a new blog logo. The tennis rackets are so cute but are a little boring. I already have my sister working on making me a new logo as you are reading this. Stickers in the new logo will hopefully be available this summer. We are currently sold out of the Daily Dose of Prep current logo sticker!

This summer, I am also working two jobs. I’m looking forward to being busy and making money. I will be living in an apartment this fall and need to have enough money to pay for groceries and electrical and gas for my car and all of the other “adult” things that life will be throwing my way in just a few months. I want to stick to a plan of saving 75% of my money in the bank and not touching it. I obviously will be spending money because I’m a Lilly Pulitzer and J.Crew addict but I also want to be a little more frugal than I was last year.

Finally, I want to travel this summer. I already spent the first week of summer in Chicago, which you can read all about here, but I also want to go to the beach, and visit my sister in Austin in August. Hopefully, I will make it down to my friend’s summer house in Georgia too this summer, but that’s all work permitting. Lastly, I really want to go to Washington D.C. this summer. I have lived in Virginia my whole life and I’m extremely embarrassed to admit that I have never been to D.C.! I already have plans in the works to visit Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria with my friend Emily this summer but I think my family will explore the heart of D.C. together later this July. I already have two beach trips planned were I will be evening out my horrible tan from Foxfield and taking plenty of pictures as well.

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 11.32.14 PM

What are your goals for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

Advertisements

Navy on Navy

Navy makes up over half of my closet — I’m not ashamed to say it. I probably have 6 navy sweaters, do I need 6 navy sweaters? No. But I love the color so much that I don’t feel guilty when I compulsively purchase new navy items for my closet. Navy is also such a staple color to have in your closet. You can pair almost every color with it and you can wear it for all four seasons.

Today I am utilizing the abundance of navy in my closet to bring you all a navy on navy look. I love this Lenore Skort from Lilly Pulitzer. I purchased it at the end of last summer while I was working there before leaving for school. During the time, I put myself on a spending freeze but broke it for this skort! Lilly doesn’t do too much with solid navy bottoms. We have a pair of navy Callahan shorts but I had never seen a navy skort before. The slit in the side and the white detailing gives it that old school Lilly vibe that we all love so much.

I paired the skort with my J.Crew grosgrain ribbon tee. This is one of my favorite items in my closet at the moment. The navy and white stripe is always a classic but the grosgrain ribbon at the bottom of the shirt and along the cuffs really gives it a unique J.Crew feel. Not to mention they added a gold button detailing on top of the ribbon.

For accessories, I kept it simple like I tend to with my club masters from J.Crew Factory, navy and white Jack Rogers, pearl earrings and my Kiel James Patrick gold pearl choker. Everything is linked below so you can shop this look!

FullSizeRender 161FullSizeRender 162IMG_3226IMG_3297IMG_3303

Shop the Post

| Lenore Skort | Grosgrain Ribbon Tee | J.Crew Clubmasters | KJP Simply Pearlfection  necklace | Navy & White Jack Rogers | ADPi KJP Bracelet |

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

Full Blooms

I’ve been trying to infuse a few items in my wardrobe with some modern trends like off the shoulders and three quarter length sleeves. It’s a little hard for me to get out of my comfort zone and try new trends. I’m pretty into my Lilly Pulitzer and Chino shorts but here’s to trying.

When I was in New York for Spring break, I decided to visit the Forever21 in Times Square. The store is 5 floors and literally has anything that you could ever need. That being said, I very rarely shop at Forever21 because the amount of things the store sells is intimidating to me.  Nevertheless, I persisted and found a few gems.

My favorite find of the shopping trip was this light blue and white contemporary striped dress. The fabric is so light and airy and has the trendy off the shoulders looks that everyone is so into right now. What I really love about the dress is how they added ties on the shoulder to keep the dress up. I love the little extra detail that the designers added.

I styled my wrap up espadrilles with the dress. Although they are back and white, I think they paired really well together. I kept jewelry simple and stuck to my pearl earrings and pearl necklace.

FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender-2FullSizeRender-3FullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender-5FullSizeRender-6FullSizeRender-8FullSizeRenderIMG_2961.JPGIMG_2967IMG_2992IMG_2993IMG_3005IMG_3021.JPG

Shop the Post

| Dress: Forever 21| Shoes: Soludos | Sunglasses: J.Crew | Necklace: Kiel James Patrick c/o |

Use my code DDOPKJP for 15% off KJP.com

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

My Freshman Dorm Room

Yesterday I shared my college essentials packing list and you all seemed to really enjoy it. I am so happy that you all took so well to it and that many of you found it helpful. Today I wanted to share what my freshman dorm room looks like. Whenever I go on LiveStory on Instagram and I’m in my dorm that is the one thing that everybody asks. They all want to see what my dorm room looks like. For the sake of my roommates privacy, I only shared my side of the room. I didn’t include our bathroom because it’s the blandest thing ever as well.

I practically live on and under my bed and that’s about it. There’s no other way to put the furniture in my dorm room and because I moved in later in the year, I got the loft bed. I honestly don’t mind a lofted bed. It makes me feel a little bit more secluded which sometimes, can be nice. I also like having a little cave where my desk is. It’s easy to get lost in my schoolwork underneath there. On the same coin though, I sometimes feel a little bit stir crazy when I spend a lot of time in one spot because the room is so small.

I also tried to make my dorm room feel as homey as possible. That’s why I have tons of throw pillows, pictures, and decorations on my walls. I needed to make things colorful in here in order to keep my sanity haha.

FullSizeRender 131

FullSizeRender 132

FullSizeRender 133

FullSizeRender 134

FullSizeRender 135

FullSizeRender 136

FullSizeRender 137

FullSizeRender 138

FullSizeRender 139

FullSizeRender 140

FullSizeRender 141

FullSizeRender 142

FullSizeRender 143

FullSizeRender 144

FullSizeRender 145

IMG_2807

IMG_2808

IMG_2820

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

College Packing List

It’s an exciting time of year! Seniors are getting accepted to colleges and are trying to figure out their plans for next year. Preparing for college is an exciting, stressful, and emotional time. This summer will be a transition period where you have to start to accept that you’re no longer going to be living at home and you have to switch into adult mode. This summer, you also have to start packing up your life and prepare for dorm life.

Living in a dorm room, although a major adjustment, is a very manageable. The key to make sure that you get everything you need for your dorm room is to start early. Places like Target, Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond are going to start putting out their dorm room merchandise as soon as Easter is over so it’s almost time to get a jump on things! I know, I know…you haven’t even picked a roommate yet. I still wanted to post this early so as soon as you’re sure of a roommate and college, you can get the ball rolling.

In this post I share the general things that you need to take to college. I didn’t include specific toiletries, food, school supplies, or clothing. I will be posting a blog discussing the smaller “knick knacks” that you will need when they head off to college. That post will be coming soon, so be on the look out!

Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 9.33.22 AM

There are a few things on this list that I want to point out. First off, these are the things that I found to be super helpful and extremely necessary to my dorm this past year. There are a few “extra” things that not every needs like throw pillows, candles, or a carpet. I do think though that if you’re going to be living in a tiny box for 8 months, you should make it feel like home. All of the things listed above made me feel at home. I also wrote the post as if your dorm had your own bathroom and a Jack and Jill style bathroom — therefore you would be responsible for cleaning your own facilities.

I also wrote the post as if you had no air conditioning. My dorm has no AC but has great heating. This is the way you want your dorm room, being in VA I can bear three to four weeks  a semester sleeping on top of the covers, opposed to the 14 weeks I would need with 6 blankets piled in my bed. That being said, it will get hot in your room throughout September and in April/May. Fans are crucial for those few weeks and once it’s cool, just take them home for those middle months and bring them back after spring break.

I hope you find this list helpful and I hope you’re getting excited for move in day!! If you have any further questions please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at dailydoseofpreppy@gmail.com!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

New York City Recap

I’m sadly back in Richmond no longer in NYC. Over the past four days, my dad and I shared the most amazing time in the city together. We did so many fun and exciting things and shared such great memories. We had such a great time together and y’all have been asking how my trip was so today I wanted to sit down and share all of the details of my trip and answer everyone’s questions. ALSO I wanted to quickly thank Carolina Dandy for hooking me up with a great weekender bag for my trip. It was the perfect size for all of my outfits and shoes. Go and order yourself a monogrammed weekender here!! Tell the Lucy sent you!

IMG_2398

Wednesday, March 8th 

On Wednesday my Dad and I departed Richmond around 8am on a train to New York City. The train ride is about six and a half hours so we pulled in around 2:30. We went straight to the hotel to change. My outfit for the afternoon was my fave J.Crew jeans, a blue Polo oxford, a creme turtleneck layered overtop, lace up flats from Target, and a trench coat. It was a classic yet very trendy outfit…perfect for the New York cold.

We wanted to make the most of our trip so around 3:15 we journeyed off to the Lilly Pulitzer Madison Avenue store (which was beautiful I might add). It was two floors and displayed the most beautiful decor. We ventured from there down Madison to Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Polo, Chloe, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Chanel, Dolce & Gahanna, Tory Burch, and so many other places. When we popped into Kate Spade (a four floor extravaganza I might add) my dad surprised me and bought me the mini Isobel bag in Guava. It was the feature bag of the Spring NYFW collection and I have had my eye on it for a while. For a quick pick me up, when we made it to 66th and Madison, we stopped for something sweet at Ladurée. Let me tell y’all, Blair Waldorf was right – these macarons are amazing. Lemon is my favorite flavor!

For dinner that evening, my dad and I went to the River Cafe. It was a gorgeous french inspired restaurant that sat right beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Although I hate seafood, I ate a crab cake for dinner that night and honestly it was so food. For dessert, they made me a Brooklyn Bridge out of chocolate *jaw drops*. After dinner, we taxied over to the Barclays Center to watch UVA play Pitt in the ACC tournament. We were back to our hotel by 12:15am and off to sleep by 12:30.

IMG_2406IMG_2402IMG_2405FullSizeRender 127FullSizeRender 128FullSizeRender 125IMG_2427FullSizeRender 121IMG_2410IMG_2429FullSizeRender 122

Thursday, March 9th

On Thursday, we started our morning off with breakfast at the Plaza Hotel in the Palm Court Dining Room. Man, was this place gorgeous. The breakfast was absolutely delicious. Dad ordered a ham and cheese omelette and I ordered brioche french toast; both meals were amazing. The dining room had Frank Sinatra playing and if you know me you know I could listen to Sinatra all day every day. We also couldn’t stop making Home Alone jokes asking where Kevin was or wondering where Donald Trump was to point us in the direction of the lobby.

Once we finished breakfast, we walked across the street to Central Park to take in the beautiful day and shoot some blog pictures. My dad also recently bought a DSLR camera and wanted to practice with it, so he got the opportunity to do that too. From the park, we took a cab over the Rockefeller Plaza to get tickets to Top of the Rock. Top of the Rock is an observation deck on top of Rockefeller Center. You can see the entire city from here, if you’re ever in New York take the time to spend about 30 minutes just taking in the views of the city.

Thursday was the perfect temperature. It was about 50 degrees and the sky was as blue as could be. I wore my J.Crew jeans, a white button down from J.Crew and layered it with a navy and white polka dot sweater from Brooks Brothers. For shoes, I wore my leopard print loafer and paired a leopard print belt with the outfit as well. You can check out the outfit here. From Top of the Rock, my dad and I split up. He went to meet an old college buddy and I went to Times Square to Forever 21 but I was literally so exhausted I ended up going to the hotel to take a two hour nap. When my dad came back, it was 5:30 and we changed and went to dinner at Smith & Wollensky. We wined and dined with three of my dads college roommates as well. From dinner we went back to the Barclays Center to watch another UVA game. We were in bed that night around 11:30 because we left the game early.

FullSizeRender 126IMG_2440IMG_2443IMG_2479IMG_2486FullSizeRender 123IMG_2451IMG_2477

Friday, March 10th

When we woke up on Friday it was snowing! We decided to stay in the hotel for a little while and had a later start to the morning. We left the hotel around 10:30 and went down the street to Lexington Brass. It’s just a little americana Brasserie on E48th and Lexington Ave. By the time we wrapped up breakfast, it was still snowing and was freezing cold so we journeyed to the American Museum of Natural History. We spent almost four hours there, it was all so interesting. We also kept making about how we were going to come back later that night to watch the exhibits come to life (another movie joke).

Once we wrapped up at the museum, we took a cab over to the Vineyard Vines store and then walked around 5th ave and a little bit around Madison ave as well. We spontaneously popped into the Tory Burch store and now I want everything Tory. Dad and I also randomly stopped at a cute little french cafe called Le Pain Quotidien. There are a few around the country, I know in Chicago, D.C., Philadelphia, and Connecticut. The coffee and tea was great but the food was definitely overpriced. I mean I ordered just a cup of in season berries and it cost upwards of 5 dollars but wasn’t bigger than an applesauce that you would buy at the grocery store. Nevertheless, the place was great and also had a great bakery for takeout items. It started to really cold around 4:30 so we just ended up going back to the hotel for about an hour to relax, get warm, and change for dinner.

For dinner we only had a few options because it was Friday and we’re Catholic so Lent took control of our meals for the day. We were deciding between seafood and Italian food. We stuck with Italian because we knew we could order pizza or pasta and there would be plenty of options. We decided on Italian. After dinner we experience the finale of our trip with a great Broadway show. We saw the Lion King and let me tell y’all, if you are ever in NYC and trying to decide which show to see, see the Lion King. The show had so many great sets and appealed to all senses. They had a life-size elephant walk down the isle (costume of course) along with so many other animals. There’s a reason it’s been showing for over 20 years.

FullSizeRender 112FullSizeRender 124IMG_2502IMG_2501IMG_2520IMG_2521

Saturday, March 11th 

We boarded the train on Saturday at 11:02 am and pulled into Richmond at 5:00pm. My dad and I got a private car so he slept while I read and watched Netflix.

It was so great to be able to spend so much time with my Dad. Now that I’m away at college, I don’t really get to spend a lot of time with my family. Even when I am home, it’s usually for only about 36 hours. It was so great to explore NYC as well, every time I go to the city I always have the best adventures. I am so happy I was able to share in so many memories with my Dad!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy Day in NYC

Yesterday is snowed all morning in New York City, and honestly it was so magical. It hasn’t really snowed all year near me in Virginia so it was nice to be able to walk around in the snow for a few hours. Fortunately for us, it never really stuck to the sidewalks and roads. The temperature however, dropped from 50 the day before to a crisp 31. We didn’t want to wander around in the show freezing all morning so we stopped off at the Natural History Museum and it was so incredible. I was secretly waiting for the exhibits to come to life (lol movie reference) but either way, the museum was great.

I had planned for it to be very snowy yesterday morning so I packed a warmer outfit. Yesterday I wore a pair of black pixie pants from J.Crew and a white “perfect fit” button down from J.Crew as well. I layered the button down with a leather pocket sweater from J.Crew Factory. It was a sweater from a few seasons back so sadly you can’t purchase it anymore. For shoes, I wore a pair of leather Chelsea boots that matched the pockets on the sweater. Everything that you can still purchase is linked below!!

FullSizeRender 112FullSizeRender 113FullSizeRender 114FullSizeRender 115FullSizeRender 116FullSizeRender 117FullSizeRender 118FullSizeRender 119

 Cloverpost Imitation Pearl Earrings • $28

Hayes street small isobel • Kate Spade • $328

Women’s Treasure&bond ‘Royce’ Chelsea Boot • $119.95

New perfect shirt in cotton poplin • J.Crew • $69.50

Pixie pant • J.Crew • $59.99

Stay Preppy,

Lucy