Friday, September 23, 2016

10 Days in the Amafli Coast & Paris

Hi friends, long time no talk! 

We've been busy bees over here in the Phillips house with an upcoming close on our new house (yay!), celebrating weddings and of course a 10 day Euro trip to the Amalfi Coast and Paris.

I shared our trip real-time on Insta Stories and Snapchat (name: ephilli) and couldn't believe all the questions and love you were sending our way, thank you! I took note of what you were asking and flagged those as whole posts to highlight. For now, here's a high-level look at our itinerary for the trip. 

Keep in mind, this 5-year anniversary vacation was very much about relaxation for us with sightseeing falling more secondary. We decided to focus on only two places - Positano, Italy and Paris - and I'm so glad we did, it made things so much easier travel and stress wise! 
Don't forget to pin this image for later!
In Naples, where we took a break from travel, we stayed in this Airbnb and had a wonderful dinner at Fresco. We followed it up of course with our first taste of true Italian gelato and limoncello. If you've never used Airbnb before, you can sign up here and we both get $35 off!

Then it was off to Positano where we spent the next 3 1/2 days on the Amalfi Coast. It BLEW me away y'all, most beautiful place I've ever been. Here are the posts/topics I have planned around this part of the trip, let me know if there's anything I'm missing that you want to know!
  • How to get to the Amalfi Coast
  • Where to stay in Positano
  • Where to eat in Positano
  • What to do in Positano

From Positano we went back to Naples where we flew to Paris for the remainder of our trip, 4 days to be exact. For Paris, there's just SO much you can do, so I'll be putting together an official AtoD guide on where we stayed, our favorite meal and what was in that big Chanel bag I shared on Instagram ;). 

I also had a lot of stress around prepping and packing for this trip, so I'll share what I bought in advance and what I actually used. I've also had questions about euros and the language barrier, so I'll touch on those too. And lastly, fill you in on all the outfit details of course!

What else are you looking to know? What did I miss? Can't wait to share more soon!

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Hello from the air! We're currently on our way from DC to Moscow where we have a layover until we get to Rome. Our travel does not end there though! We then hop on a train to Naples where we spend one night before we head to Positano on the Amalfi Coast. We'll then relax there where we have nothing booked or set in stone. Ah, vacation ...

While I've got some time on my hands (9 hours to be exact), I thought I would finally share a wonderful shoot that I did with some fabulous ladies, or #HolyCityChicks if you will. Big shout out to Liz of Charleston Weekender who put this together and styled the shoot and to Jennifer Collins who shot these great photos!
It was so great to get back to the Mt. Pleasant Pier where we just were not too long ago for our friend's rehearsal dinner and party (check out their gorgeous Boone Hall wedding here ). The minute I saw these perfectly petite gold studs from Gold Creations, located in the market in downtown Charleston, I knew I had to use them as part of the shoot. I also snapped up some gorgeous little bracelets that are perfect for layering!
I saw these awesome CHS hats out and about in Charleston and was so glad to get the chance to throw on the green one from Aviate. You can pre-order them on Liz's site if you want one of your own!
When I heard that Crab & Cleek was part of this shoot I got so excited! That meant another excuse to pull out my favorite ginger jar bag from Carolina Dandy which I monogrammed in a gorgeous gold thread.
I had such a good time with XOXO, I. Joelle, Thrifty Little Becca, Charleston Blonde, Charleston Brunette, Look Fabuless and Charleston Weekender!   
This shoot was such a good welcome to Charleston and great way to meet some new blogger friends!
Check out the hashtag #HolyCityChicks to see everyone's photos.
Outfit Details: Dress  (on sale under $ 20, also love this one ); Shoes ; Julie Vos Bangle

Also, follow along with us while we're in Europe on my Insta Stories and Snapchat (name: ephilli)! I haven't figured out which I'm going to use more yet, so this will be the ultimate test.

Have any tips for us on Positano or Paris (where we head for the remainder of our trip)? Or tips of navigating Europe in general (this is Ryan's first time!)?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Preppy Trends for Fall

Hi friends! I'm doing something a little different today and letting a new friend step in to provide a guest blog post. Y'all know I'm all about prep and today Jessica is upping the game and taking us to the runway for inspiration. 

Here's a little bit about Jessica... she's a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics, including fashion, beauty and lifestyle. When she's not writing, she's probably watching HGTV (aren't we all?!) with her cat Georgie. 

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think and what styles you're craving for Fall 2016. 

Fall is a season of new beginnings—yes, even (or perhaps especially) when it comes to fashion. The cooler days certainly call for a style boost, with jackets, jewel tones, and cozy fabrics supplementing the classic pieces of the season. For easy, weather-appropriate ensembles, update your wardrobe with these preppy fall trends.
Fuchsia Hues
As far as we’re concerned, the color pink will always be in style. And if fall’s offerings are any indication, the fashion world agrees (for this season, at least). As Who What Wear writes, the richly vibrant fuchsia stood out on countless runways this past Fall/Winter 2016 fashion month with a laundry list of big names—Altuzarra, Derek Lam, and Chanel, among others—showing the shade in every shape and material from sequined dresses to velvet pantsuits. Rock the saturated hue in head-to-toe style or opt for a statement piece that makes your outfit pop.
Fuchsia Chanel via Getty
The Modern Loafer
Comfortable, versatile, and effortlessly chic, flats are a classic staple that virtually every girl has in her wardrobe. After all, as Lyst notes, flat shoes have arguably become the new must-have shoe, giving us more than enough reason to keep adding to our ever-growing collection. And with so many iterations—from the ballet flat to the slipper slide—it can be an impossible task to choose your favorite. This season, however, it’s all about the menswear-inspired loafer. It's been updated to reflect a more modern and feminine style via metallic finishes, eye-catching embellishment, and pretty adornments. To channel a class president vibe, wear your loafers with ribbed or cashmere socks for a luxe, preppy finish.
Gold Loafers via Lyst
Plaid Mini Skirt Suits
It’s an undeniable truth that fashion is currently obsessed with all things '90s, from slip dresses to choker necklaces and now, plaid mini-skirt sets. There’s no as ifs or buts about it—the mini-skirt suit popularized by Cher and Dionne in Clueless is back in a big way. For the fall season, designers such as Tory Burch and Michael Kors offered up a 2016 take on the look in color-contrasting tweed. Wear the trend with a simple tee for a more casual look or channel your inner '90s "it" girl and pair with a v-neck sweater and mary janes.
Jason Wu Mini Skirt Suit via Getty
The Varsity Jacket
Drawing inspiration from high school, this season’s take on the varsity jacket combines a preppy silhouette with a vintage vibe through contrasting colors and luxe materials such as tweed and wool. More suggests styling the school boy-themed bomber jacket with more feminine pieces, such as a dress or flared skirt and classic pumps to give your look balance. Or pair it with your favorite jeans, secretary blouse, neutral flats, and a structured handbag for a sleek, polished ensemble that’s perfect for the office.
Varsity Jacket via Lyst
Pink and Yellow
Fuchsia may be bringing a bold splash of color to fall’s lineup, but there’s even more pink to be had this season in the more subtle shade of rose quartz. However, instead of pairing the pastel with more pastels (an expected match that’s more spring than fall), designers have given the sweet shade a refreshingly offbeat attitude with one of the brightest colors on the spectrum: yellow, in every shade under the sun. Take inspiration from designers like Ulla Johnson and Marissa Webb by pairing soft, dusty pink overalls with a yellow turtleneck or layering a sheer rosy dress over a marigold yellow slip.
Delpozo Pink and Yellow via Imaxtree Images

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer Monogrammed Baby Bonnet!

I seriously can't believe summer has come to an end - how is it almost September?! I shared our awesome family beach vacay in this post and gave you a teaser of the BEST baby bonnet from Southern Baby Classics! Even better, I have a discount code for you today, read on to learn more...
This adorable bonnet is reversible, monogrammed on both sides, includes Lilly fabric and greatest of all, is super comfy to the point where Sully kept it on the whole time at the beach. 
And I don't know that I'm supposed to do this, but I just threw mine in the wash and it came out perfect after our beach trip. So awesome considering all the sand and sunscreen goo that comes along with bringing a baby to the beach. 
Oh and did I mention Jessica has a bunch of other Lilly fabrics too? I'm actually thinking about ordering a second to match one of Sully's dresses that I just got during the Lilly After Party Sale.
And heads up to boy Moms, she also does shorts! Check them out here.
Now for the best part, Jessica is so talented and so sweet to the point where she's giving all my readers a discount too! Use the code ATD10 for 10% any order with Southern Baby Classics until September 25th!  
If this bonnet looks familiar, it may be because you remember it from Sully's first Easter this year too! Go ahead and order yours now though for last minute summer vacations and for Easter so you don't have to worry about fabric selling out or shipping times. 
What Lilly fabric would you go with next? I'm thinking Southern Charm maybe?
By the way, I received this product for free, but the photos and review are 100% my own opinion. Including the fact that I can't wait to buy another one from her ASAP!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Weekend Recap: Isle of Palms Family Vacation

Hi friends, popping in with a weekend update because it was just too good not to share! 
We had our family from Ohio plus my Mother In Law and Sister In Law and boyfriend in town out at the Isle of Palms for our annual beach vacation. Yes, that's right, in OUR town for vacation. Are you tired of hearing me say this yet?! :) It's just so cool we live here, a place where people vacation!
How cool are these drone photos Nick took?!
I had to travel for work at the beginning of the week, but was able to see everyone at night and over the weekend. Ry had already asked for the week off which was great because he not only got to spend time with everyone, but also got to keep Sully at the beach house. 
There was a pool right where they stayed and Sully was little miss independent with her new swimmies that Lala bought her. 
She also was such a beach babe! The sand didn't bother her at all and she just toddled around as happy as could be. It made my heart so happy!
More to come on this reversible monogramed Lilly bonnet in another post! 
When I realized this trip fell the week before my MIL's bday, I knew we had to take some time to celebrate her. On our last night together we surprised her with a little "fiesta" at a local beach bar. It was the perfect ending to a great trip!
Gah, that was just such good family time, nothin' like it. Hope you guys have a great weekend ahead of you, just think only two more days! 

We have my Nana and Papa visiting + we're packing for our Europe trip! 
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