Daily Covet: Lilly Pulitzer Target Collaboration

I am so excited for this Sunday, April 19th, I can hardly stand it.

Sunday is the day that Target launches it’s latest collaboration with the well-known Lilly Pulitzer label.

It’s true, Lilly purists are dismayed by the brand “lowering” itself to the likes of Target’s fashion for the masses, but I think it’s awesome. It brings southern belle charm and sophostication to all women, who want to look good even if their bank accounts aren’t as full as the average Lilly Pulitzer wearer.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of the busy prints in a rainbow of bright colors, but I have as of late found more and more prints that I really like and Lilly’s shift dresses are practically perfect in every way.

So without further adieu, here’s a quick edit of my most absolutely favorite pieces not only for women… but for the home and children too.

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What are your thoughts on the Lilly Pulitzer brand collaboration with Target? Do you think it devalues the brand’s reputation or do you think it’ll give people who wouldn’t have otherwise known or been able to afford access to this fun and vibrant brand?

Daily Covet: Mini Mason Jar Sippers

Summer weather has finally started to rear it’s head around here.

That means backyard BBQ’ing and outdoor parties will soon become a reality – especially as we make our way toward my four-year-old’s birthday in early June and my own – GASP – 40th in July!

These mini Mason Jar sippers immediately caught my eye and made me long for the lazy days of summer and pink lemonade.  I picture a gaggle of sweaty 4-year-olds walking around sipping from cute red and white straws.

But who’s to say that these cute little jars wouldn’t make great high ball glasses filled with hard lemonade for the older set?

So many possibilities!

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My paying gig: Maternity fashion for the modern mamma

So I haven’t made a formal announcement as far as littleblacksweats.com is concerned, but this post may tip you bloggy friends off to the obvious.

I am happy to report that my husband and I are expecting another baby boy this summer (our third!)  At the time this blog was published, I was just 13 weeks along, but am on the verge of hitting the 16-week mark on Friday – 4 months down, an eternity to go, it seems!

Maternity clothes are my new reality.  So what does a momma-to-be-again wear when warmer weather hits and pup tents are out of the question?  Ive put together some fun options for day-to-night, casual weekends, and beach or pool time.

Check them out here!

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Daily Covet: New England waterfront living

Summer is going fast.  My darling husband’s job is demanding, and not allowing for much of a summer vacation this year.

More than ever, our family could use a little R & R.  A little downtime.  A little un-plugging. (Join the crowd, I know!)

I keep daydreaming of a lonely seaside home.  A place where we could breath fresh sea air, sit under the stars and bury our feet in hot sand.  A place where we could ride bikes and lazily read in beach chairs.  A place where we could just be a family — without the hustle of activities, engagements, responsibilities.

This New England waterfront home looks like as good a place as any, right?

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And since we are going to be on the beach, we’ll need great beach accessories!  How about these from OneKingsLane today?

Daily Covet: PB for back-to-school

Backpacks?  Lunchboxes?  Back to school?  Already?

No, but I want to be prepared.

I am sending my first born to kindergarten next month.  I’m already mentally preparing for the flood of tears that will pour forth from my eyes that day.  He’s been my baby.  My buddy.  My associate.  For almost six years.

And while I’d love to keep him at home, I know it’s time.  He’s too smart to be at home with me any more.  He’s ready for math and science and writing and reading.  And making new friends.  And playing on the playground.

With that said, I’m still going to be his mom.  And that means I want him to have great accessories (ones that have his initials on them, so we know they are his!)

And that means Pottery Barn backpacks and lunchboxes.  This skateboard-camo print isn’t exactly my favorite of the choices, but I figured skateboarding might stay “cool” longer than the really cute fish & shark print I got for my littlest.

These backpacks and lunchboxes are cute though, and you can choose from even cooler fonts and bright colors to personalize with their names or monogram.

While I may be hesitant to let him go, I know he’s sure to look adorable toting all his necessities to and from his big boy school this fall!

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Daily Covet: J. Crew’s Crewcuts for the crew

I often forget to update my older son’s wardrobe.  The younger one has clothing to wear and grow into en masse.

However, it never fails that a calendar turn to a new season leaves my 5YO with floods (I like to call the “mapris,” men’s capris) and too tight t-shirts, which hey! look great on on super hot fireman, but not so much on skinny little boys.

I invested a small fortune into shorts last year, and those seem to fit, but we are quickly growing out of the over, oversized H&M tees in the 2-4 size… really more like a 5-6 size.  And luckily, I have been able to ban the bears watching TV on a shirt that says, “Salt Lake City,” a gift from unnamed family members.

So out with the old and in with the new.  New J.Crew that is.  As soon as their bi-monthly 30% off sale hits, I’m going to fill my virtual cart with adorable, distressed tees and sweatshirts in one size larger, so I don’t have to do this again next year… barring a ridiculous growth spurt.

Espadrilles, this summer’s must-have shoe

When I was in college, espadrilles were HUGE, as they were several times before in 20th century fashion trends.

I had a few pairs by Andre Assous, one of which was an olive and white checked pair that I adored.  As in many cases, I donated them or gave them away or something…. and am kicking myself now.

About seven years ago, I purchased another wedge pair in turquoise satin with bright turqoise ribbons to wrap around my ankles.  And I did hold on to those, and probably always will.

But if you were like me, and got rid of all your espadrilles… or you need to try some out for the first time, you’ll find no shortage of options.  And in no shortage of heel heights too!

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