Cannonborough Collective

You know that thing where you have an idea about someone from online and then you meet them in person and they are totally different and it ruins the image in your head? This isn’t that. My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mimi of the Tiny Tassel at her shop the Cannonborough Collective while we were in Charleston.

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I follow three schools of thought when I shop; shop small, shop local, shop black (women) and if at all possible do all three. Mimi checks off all the boxes with her little shop that she co-owns with Liz of the Charleston Weekender. I’d followed her on Instagram for a little while because women of color (particularly black women) in preppy spaces seem to be few and far between and I promised myself I would visit her shop if I had the chance because she seemed delightful. Plot spoiler she is! And the shop she co-runs is lovely as well!

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The little shop carries the only balloons in downtown, gifts, jewelry and clothes. Her mommy makes the adorable gingham items in her shops. (Take note, Mom. Hint hint.) While she herself makes the tassel earrings that gives The Tiny Tassel it’s name.

 

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If you ever have the chance to visit while in Charleston definitely do so, especially since the shop is right down from two other adorable shops Candy Corner and the instagrammable Sugar bake shop. Can’t find the other shops? Don’t worry they give out the cutest Charleston guide; so useful.

Go follow these ladies on instagram for an eye full of color and lovely.

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The Tiny Tassel

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Also how cute are our guys in their gingham bandanas? Even dogs deserve a souvenir.

XO Prepfordwife

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J. Crew New Arrivals

Usually I avoid the new product post at all cost but I am deeply in love with maybe 100 of J. Crew’s 163 new items. I am trying to be a little more discriminant about what things I allow into my closet. I’m starting to run out of space and I don’t blog for a living so closet room for practical goodies only is at a premium. I think I am only going to go for solid fall pieces and bypass transitional pieces since we have very little transition weather and tend to go right into fall. I’m going to think about it for a week or so and then decide which items are a must add to cart. Here’s a round up of my faves and ones that will more than likely end up in my cart before the season ends.

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Embroidered Tunic 

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Collection Donegal wool sweater

 

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Pom Pom Sweatshirt

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Open Front Sweater Blazer

 

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Faux Fur Vest

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Polka Dot Embroidered Tulle Dress

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Parke Blazer in Velvet

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Tie- Neck Wool Dress

If nothing else I will absolutely get the tie neck dress. It’s right up my alley just professional enough for work but with a little wink. And you know I love a contrast trim with all my heart. I also love that it’s A-line instead of sheath. The older I get the less figure hugging I want my clothing to be on my bottom half. God forbid I be able to eat in my dresses. So those are my new arrival picks. Anything in the new arrivals that you must must must own?

XO Prepfordwife

J. Crew Warehouse Sales, Again

I had no intention of doing one of these on a J. Crew Warehouse sale as I’ve done one before in the past. There’s an older extensive post about one of the traveling warehouse sales here and here. But there’s a J. Crew warehouse sale this weekend at the Lynchburg, VA location. The sale is at a new location. Its the former Millrace Clearance store location. The entrance will be the main entrance at the glass doors.

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I love warehouse sales. My favorite thing about them is that I get to see some of my favorite J. Crew peoples. We had an early sneak peek this evening and as usual, I didn’t go to blog but I can give you some shots of my haul. I also didn’t keep the price sheets but feel free to pop over to my other post to get a feel for what prices are like.

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Madewell Transport Tote $168

Want Les Essentiels De La Vie for J. Crew tote $398- No longer available

Madewell The Savannah Saddlebag $168- Sold out

The Lisbon O-ring Saddlebag Pouch Belt $78- Sold out

Madewell x Et Sezane Claude Messanger Bag ~$178 (I can not find the exact link)

 

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Blue J.Crew Sam Glasses $168

Teal Madewell Playlist Sunglasses $55

Tortoise Madewell Playlist Sunglasses $55

Red Madewell Headliners $55

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Adidas Red Stan Smiths $75 -Sold out

Adidas Green Stan Smiths $75

J. Crew x Figue Leo Pom Pom Sandals $195

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J. Crew Cap Toe Etta Pumps $248

J. Crew Elsie Pave Pumps in Black Watch Plaid $278

Madewell Cara Ankle Strap Heel $158

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J. Crew Jeweled Sweatshirt- No tags or labels inside but typically run for $118

J. Crew Factory Sequins Slip Herringbone Dress $128

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J.Crew for NET-A-PORTER wide leg pant with striped piping $285

J. Crew Factory Sailor Trouser $79.50

 

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Madewell Dot Shirt $72

J. Crew Puckered Gingham Blazer $188

Madewell Meridian Sweater Jacket in Stripe  $178

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Madewell Rainy Day Umbrella $29.50

That’s my entire haul but bonuses include my husbands belongings as well.

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J. Crew x Sperry Chukka Boots Light x 2 (Two of this same shoe were purchased. A pair isn’t picture since we gave them to a friend for his birthday.) $125

J. Crew x Sperry Chukka Boots Dark $125

J. Crew x Sperry Driving Moccs $120

J. Crew x Sorel Boots $115

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J. Crew Gingham Secret Wash Shirt $59.50

J. Crew Short Sleeve Oxford Popover $59.50

J. Crew Vintage Oxford Popover $69.50

So that’s everything and in total our haul retails for approximately $4228.50. We ended up spending around $510. I don’t have the talley sheets so I can’t tell exactly what each item costs but I am perfectly happy with our purchases.

Could this post be better quality? Absolutely. But could I get it out in time for you to go to the sale? Not at the same exact time I couldn’t 🙂

If you’re in the area, go enjoy and if you’d like to get on the email blast for J. Crew’s future warehouse sales -both the brick and mortar stores like the Lynchburg store and the Asheville stores as well as the traveling stores- I do believe you can shoot an email to warehousesales@jcrew.com

The PrepFords Pilgrammage

No Intro, Just facts. We went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The culmination of a dream come true. We had the opportunity to go before but passed for very complicated reasons. But as huge Harry Potter fans (see Harry Potter wedding) we had to go.

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Usually, I’m all about bypassing the t-shirts and going for girly dress but if I’m being very honest here, Harry Potter fashion is mostly ugly, or really really hot or ugly and hot and scratchy to boot. I should have done what my husband did and opted for custom gear but I didn’t think far enough ahead so I opted for this t-shirt from the mens section of Target. But honestly, look how cute he is and can you beat a man who looks at you like that when you’re not looking? The answer is no.

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Anyway, we spent two days in Universal Studios and here are the top ten tips that we came away with for best navigating the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

  1. Get the two day park to park pass. If you can afford it and have the time, spend one day doing all things Harry Potter and the other doing everything else that Universal has to offer. The HP things are split between two parks Universal Studios and Island of Adventuress and are connected by the ride, Hogwarts Express.
  2. Get the app. We had the app and still allowed ourselves to get lost. The app has not just a map of the park which can guide you from ride to ride but it also has tickets, real time waits for the lines, and the wifi is free in the park so you are killing your battery searching of signal all day.
  3. Get there for park opening. No not 10 am not 9:30 am. NINE AM. We got to the park our second day a little before ten and it was a mistake mistake mistake. Oh the difference an extra hour makes. We had the park all to ourselves the first hour of the first day and we were able to figure our way to the the Wizarding section of the park without fretting over crowds and managed to ride a few rides before people flooded the park.
  4. Walk to the back of the park. It takes a lot of energy to get there sure but by skipping stuff at the front of the park, you can ride the rides at the back since no one will be there and then do stuff at the front of the park on your way out. Souvenirs and such will still be there and you can ypass everyone taking introductory photos together. We applied this to both Disney Magic Kingdom and Universal and we were not disappointed in the slightest.
  5. Start the day with Gringotts bank. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a beautiful, beautiful ride and the lines get long fast and you want to be able to experience it before they do get long. You have to get a locker which is right across from the ride. Put EVERYTHING in it. They’re free for the first hour or so and the attendants will send you back if you haven’t put everything in the locker so do it the first time.
  6. Regardless of how many children you have, buy ONE interactive wand. Whether you have one child or five, the best bet is to buy one interactive wand from Ollivander’s. Hubby and I made the mistake of buying two and then spent the better part of the day together so we didn’t even get the chance to use them both. If your little ones all demand a wand, get them the non-interactive one and buy the interactive one for yourself so that they can share it. Keep your eyes open for golden medallion on the ground near shops because this is where the interactive wands can be used.
  7. Buy the butterbeer. It’s overpriced and tastes very similar to cream soda but for $7.50 it’s worth it to satiate your curiosity about what it taste like. And in a park that gets to be 100 degrees, it quickly becomes worth the money. If you have little ones, get the courtesy cups and split it. I had to share mine with hubby because it was just way too much sugar. We passed on the souvenir cup because we didn’t feel like carrying anything else.
  8. If a ride has a short wait time, take it! The Hogwarts Express had a ten minute wait, so we took it. The Dragon Challenge ride had a ten minute wait so we took it. The wait for those lines was even shorter than the fast pass so it helped to act while we were paying attention.
  9. Be assertive without being rude. There are people all over the place many of whom stop in the middle of the sidewalk and the streets and the walkways. If you spend all day waiting around for people to scoot over, you will never see everything. By the end of the trip we were experts at the human version of Nokia’s snake and bobbing and weaving while saying politely “excuse me, honey”.
  10. Don’t rush. This sounds counter-intuitive to all the advice I’ve given so far but it pays to take it slowly and meander. You don’t want to get burn out. Our favorite places to take it easy were the shops and food areas.They are all so gorgeous and detailed and pictures can never do it justice especially if you’re a die hard fan.

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What are some suggestions you have for the Wizarding World?

XO Prepfordwife

DIY Wire Minnie Mouse Ears

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Today’s post is finally a DIY tutorial from the wire ears I made for meeting my shero, Minnie Mouse. You can see that post here. I saw a similar pair somewhere online and quickly whipped up a pair. Emphasis on quickly.

I made the first pair with the red ribbon in our hotel room at 2am and the second pair with the yellow flowers in five minutes before we had to run out of the room to the park. I feel like it’s safe to consider this a five minute diy.

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Here are the quick steps for the floral crown ears seen above.

Supplies

Scissors/Wire Cutter

24 gauge Gold Jewelry Wire

Ribbon close to your hair color

Hot glue gun

Floral wreath

Cup

ear supplies

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1. Wrap jewelry wire around glass or other cylindrical container to form ears. Choose one that’s the size you ideally want your ears to be. I chose a larger glass because I wanted my ears to be able to be taller than my large hair if I decided to wear it out which didn’t happen because…humidity.

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2. Make sure to leave enough wire to be able to wrap around your headband.

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3. I chose headbands that were close to my hair color so that they would just blend in but you are welcome to choose a color that stands out or matches your color theme.

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4. Cut off a piece of the floral wreath to fit in between your ears. Make sure to cut a piece that is visually interesting to you. For the park, I cut out the yellow piece since that’s the color I was more interested in wearing that day.

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5. Place your headband and wreath together to make sure the fit is right then hot glue your headband to the part of the wreath you cut. Then wrap a piece of the ribbon that you bought around the headband weaving in and out of your wreath to tighten it. Since Florida is so hot, you could have loose hot glue. The ribbon fortifies it and also provides cushion so the wire ears don’t stab you.

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And Voila you have yourself a pair of ears. I won’t do a tutorial for the ribbon ears but you do make them the same way. Just sub out the wreath with really big bow.

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Now go out into the Disney World and hear all the things with your new shiny ears.

Love,

Prepfordwife

Final Cut: Where Anthropologie Goes to Die

My husband and I are in hot pursuit of a pink couch for our living room. Think: less flamingo more decadent boudoir. Whatever, its a look. Either way, sofas of this kind usually run upward of $3000 and no matter how much I try to convince myself that that’s a reasonable price for a sofa, it just ain’t happening. Even though Anthropologie has the most beautiful and lux dusty rose blush sofa I have ever seen.

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We were also in the market for one of Anthro’s floral rug; it’s the deconstucted bouquet for all you die hard fans. I saw it when they originally started selling it for a mean $1,598, a price which my little heart can not bare to spend. Between the price and the cost of shipping, just no.

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Queue racing thoughts of wanted J. Crew items and how I’d scour the Earth looking for them only to find them at J. Crew warehouse sales (see here and here). I started wondering, could it be that Anthropologie might have a warehouse sale of their own?! The answer is infinitely and unequivocally yes! And even better than a warehouse sale it’s a permanent brick and mortar store within a few hours drive of my house. Insert quick day trip.

The store is located in Augusta, GA at

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3137 Washington Rd
Augusta, GA 30907
 

According to articles I saw while stalking the internet, see (1 |2| 3|4) they use to have a different location but moved. It’s relatively easy to find it’s right off of Exit 199 in Augusta off of Washington rd. It’s very simple to find with GPS, I’m not sure I can say the same for those of us still using Mapquest in these 2000s.

They carry things from Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, BHLDN and Free People. Much of it is new with tags however some of the clothing items may be damaged so its important to inspect for holes, snags and tears. But for the price of the goodies, it’s totally worth it if you a fan of a lot of their higher end items especially the furniture.

A lot of of the reviews of the store on both Facebook and Yelp complain about the prices; many people comparing them to the price of Goodwill furniture. It is incredibly important in this case to keep in mind the type of store this is and is not. It is not a thrift store, these are name brand high end items and an Anthropologie sofa for $300 is truly the Lord’s work.

I didn’t end up at Final Cut to blog or shop for clothes, so I didn’t exactly do in-depth review. But most of the clothes in the store are thrown into boxes. You are more than welcome to look through them but there are also a few clothes hung. go through those first if you’re there for clothing since they are so accessible. You can try on in store unlike a few of the past J. Crew sales but keep in mind the dressing room is communal and closes a half an hour before the store does (6:30 instead of 7:00 pm) so make sure to allocated enough time if you are someone who tries on. Keep in mind that when you purchase that at the register, they will cut out any and all of the name brand takes so resellers beware.

Like I said, I didn’t go to blog but I did take a few videos for instastories so I here are screen shots of those videos. I”ll include the actual video at a later date.

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Guess what else I found in this Mountain of Monstrosities?!

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We saw three pink sofa options and all of them were lovely but had some draw backs that we weren’t willing to live with. The one not featured here is the Linen Willoughby which is listed on the site as having a “generous recline”. When they say generous, they mean it! My 5’4” frame was left with my feet swaying in the breeze like a child and there is no way someone elderly can sit on this chair and just spring back up when they are ready. So we passed on a sofa but found a ton of other items that we needed including a rug.

 

So here’s what husband and I came away with from the store, a price list of what we paid for it, the original cost, if there was damage,  and if it was something that we were actually in search of per our list of must buys for the house.

Dorette Pendant Lamp- $298 $70 Needed for our upstairs hallway. The shade is coming apart a bit on the upper left but for that price, I own a glue gun.

 

Sphere Study Floor Lamp Ensemble $998 $50 Didn’t come with a shade but I found one for $20 at Target and I had to fix the part where the bulb connect.

Forbury Dishware- Bowl $20 $5 Small Plate $22 $6 Large Plate $22 $7 Teapot $68 $20 I purchased a full set of these. The only problem is that there is only one of the first plate and three of the other print. I’m not entirely bothered by that yet. I couldn’t pass on the full set.

 

URBAN OUTFITTERS Marte Rattan Side Table $198 $60 Perfect condition.

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Donna Morgan Margaux Shirt Dress $98 $15 Perfect condition

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Max Wanger Waikiki #5 Beach Print 44 x 44 $385 $40 The picture itself was in perfect condition but the frame was cracked but for the price, no complaints.

Constance Curtain Rod $128 $30 $88 $20 and rings I went there with these on the list of things to buy. I hate curtain rods and I think most of them are ugly. So when I saw these online, I knew I needed them if they were available. I snagged two for the living room (one long, one short) and then one for our bedroom.

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Faryl Robin x Free People Atwood Vegan Pumps $128 $25 Perfect condition

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New York Giants Beanie $24.95 $5 My SIL has this so I bought it so she and my husband could match in the winter.

Patagonia Duffel Bag $98 $10 Perfect Condition

Towel Ring $28 $5 Gold towel rings seem to be hard to find and this was on my list so I picked it up asap.

Jenny Krauss Ombre Pink Pillow Case $84 $10 This pillow case must have been older because it took me hours to find the listing. It’s in perfect condition though and will look great on my desk chair.

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And my  pièce de résistance the rug we went with in mind.

The Purple Garden Rug $1598 $480

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They actually had the exact rug that I was interested in, in exactly the size I needed it for $980 which is a steal compared to the site but upon closer inspection the color was way too dark for our living room. This rug was analogous to that with brighter, lighter, friendlier colors that would meld beautifully with our current colors for a fraction of the price. This 9 x 12 rug was a grand total of $480 which was half of the cost of the deconstructed bouquet rug. I was so excited and the guys in the picture did such a beautiful job that a rug that huge fit right into the back of my little SUV without much problem. They had a great method of pulling rugs off the high stacks and did so without a single complaint even though this girl and I both wanted to see rugs on the bottom of the stacks. People in the reviews on their social media commented about the terrible service which was obviously not a problem we had.  (**Disclaimer: we are literally the nicest people in the world to service staff and literally bring out the best in them. I say this not to brag on us but because I am positive that someone else may have actually had a different experience)

Anyway, in total we spent about $917 which is down from $4587.95. I consider this a saving because I literally had the deconstructed floral rug in my cart online and with shipping it would have cost me a grand total of $985 which means I won. The store was absolutely great and worth the drive to Georgia and they’ve also recently announced that they are opening a new store in Marlboro, NJ which makes perfect sense since their headquartered in Philadelphia.

Keep an eye on their social media. A lot of the times, they do additional sales and they will announce them on there especially instagram where they post a sampling of merchandise.

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Bonus: Because the warehouse was in Georgia, I got to see my bestfriend in the entire world since we were seven. Can you believe we’ve been friends twenty years?! It didn’t happen if there isn’t a photo so here you go.

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Minnie Mouse and Polka Dots

For our first day in the actual Disney Parks, we had to go to Magic Kingdom. I had a date with destiny and I couldn’t be late; I had to see Minnie Mouse.

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Dress| Sneakers |Cole Haan sunglasses| Diy Ears

This is probably not the first, nor the last, time that I will gush about Minnie Mouse on this blog (see this post). She’s been my first love since I was young. We talked to my mom on the car ride down and she reminded me of my first birthday, Minnie themed of course, where I got a Minnie Mouse doll the size of my little body. I still have her even today. Consider it the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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I spent the week leading up to this trip picking an outfit to meet Minnie Mouse in. I wanted her to like it. Eyeroll yes but this is who I am as a person. Better you find out now than later. Queue my favorite polka dot dress which I’ve worn before on the blog. It’s a favorite of mine even among other polka dot dresses that I own. Needless to say, Minnie loved it.

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After Minnie, we moseyed around and did the usual Magic Kingdom things. We arrived at opening and took the ferry so we had plenty of time to see and do everything. It was hot (isn’t it always in Orlando?) which made this dress a success for me. I’m a proponent of looking like myself in all facets of life and that includes in amusement parks. I feel like they invite you to do otherwise on account of the sweating and the water rides and the general disarray but this dress was breathable, comfortable and had the added bonus of hiding any kind of sweat with the dark fabric and the print.

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This dress fit right in on Main Street and people seemed generally surprised to see something Minnie Mouse outside of the usual t-shirt and cap with ears.

Speaking of ears, these ears were a 2am DIY that got quite a few compliments. They were super simple and lightweight since I need a no muss no fuss accessory. I may end up doing a quick DIY post.

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What do you usually wear to amusement parks?

XO Prepfordwife

 

Outdoor Explore with Air Boats

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Shirt| Jeans| Purse |Belt| Sneakers (sold out| Similar)| Sunglasses (Old Cole Haan C718 25| Similar for less | Similar)

We decided to take a last minute small family vacation to Orlando for a week. Usually, I skip summer vacation in favor of something in the fall for our anniversary but this year, my job has been wearing me a little thin. I was rapidly approaching burn out so a little get away was a must. My sister in law came with and she asked for one thing, to go airboating. That quickly became priority number one for us since it could be tackled in just one afternoon.

I like to feel like and look like myself on vacation and a striped shirt with a white pair of jeans is my standard fare uniform. Although we were on a boat with the possibility of getting soaked in swamp water *yuck*, this was still what I opted for. Not only does it fit for most casual scenarios, but by wearing long pants and sleeves I could keep my skin safe from the roasting sun and the biting mosquitos at the same time. It was just the wrong scenario to have naked skin.

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I’m all about comfort when it comes to vacationing. From the top of my head down, this outfit was perfect for that. The material from the shirt is surprisingly thick so I didn’t spend all day wondering if I was going to sweat through it or if my bra was visible. The pants have the PERFECT amount of stretch to them so much so that reaching of this branch was no biggie. Also, little hint, I own three pair of this exact pair of white jeans which is why I was willing to risk it all. I scored them at an end of the season sale last year and decided to put one pair through the ringer on this trip. The inseam is the perfect length for my larger hips and short frame plus the pocket is finally deep enough for an iPhone! A trait that is worth its weight in gold in women’s pants.

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I feel like I am constantly raving about this Madewell Crossbody Transport Tote but its because its that wonderful. I snagged it by accident because it was on a horrendously good sale but it turns out its one of my most practical purchases ever. I can fit an umbrella, my Nikon, a GoPro, my iphone7, a bottle of water, a pack of tissues and a package of face wipes in this little bag if I play my cards right. It literally hold all the necessities without looking ugly or weighing down my shoulders. It’s a total win.

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All in all, the air boating was an awesome idea. We had so So so much fun although the middle of the day during the middle of the summer isn’t exactly prime crocodile spotting season. We went with Boggy Creek Airboats which was pretty close to Orlando. It was well priced for a day outing. Our tour guide was the absolute sweetest. He made sure that if he spotted something interesting, he pointed it out for us and as the resident biology nerds on the boat, hubby and I appreciated that. We got to see some great native birds which are also native to our neck of the woods but still great to see. I would definitely recommend one of the air boat tours especially if you go late in the evening when its cooler. Either way it was a fun little adventure and a great way to kick off our week. Stay tuned for more from our little trip.

XO Prepfordwife

PS. Enjoy this little snap with lovey for the road. 😉

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Graduations and Pineapple Dresses

My husband’s sister graduated from college this weekend which is truly a wild concept since I met this kiddo on her 13th birthday. They grow up so incredibly fast and I couldn’t be more proud.

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I ended up wearing one of my absolute favorite dresses in the world. It’s a last season from Ann Taylor but it has been holding up as far as trends quite well. I paired it with one of my favorite classic J. Crew blazers and heels.

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These heels had a pretty bland matte ribbon when produced by J. Crew. I snagged them at a warehouse sale so the ribbon was missing. Instead of buying the same ribbon, I went for this shiny ribbon as a DIY option. This purse was a no brainer as I had to carry my wallet, my dslr camera and obviously tissues for this special day. I got this purse for a Brooks Brothers steal at 80% off. Gasp!

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This is so far withstanding the test of time. I’ve worn it a few ways since purchasing it, including as a skirt. I think this is the simplest and least fussy so far. Anyway, here are some similar pieces for these older season items.

Dress (no online option but Ann Taylor factory has the skirt and gingham version of this dress/ Lemon not Pineapple/ More Lemon not Pineapple)/// Blazer /// Shoes///  Purse (Ostrich Version)

Thank you for following along with me.

XO Prepford Wife

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s day is one of my favorite inconvenient holidays ever. It’s only inconvenient because as a non-mother it’s constantly sneaking up on me. Luckily, as a chronic over gifter and early buyer, I’m always ready. If you haven’t purchased a mother’s day gift yet, here are some cute preppy gifts that my husband and I have purchased for our mothers in the past that have gone over well in a range of prices.Mom

Monogram Birthstone Necklace: Go in with your siblings on this one is the budget is super tight. You can add a stone for each of you. This also comes in bracelet, non-monogram and gold form. Truly the options are endless. If you are into small businesses, you can also snag one from one of my absolute favorite etsy shops, LEILAjewelryshop. Mom may need an IOU though because it takes more than a few days.

Kate Spade Mom Idiom Bangle: Classic. No brainer. Fast shipping. Need I say more?

Jack Roger Scallop Rainboot: We’ve actually purchased Hunter Boots for Mom in the past and she LOVES them but how many times can I stress that you need to buy Hunter boots? (Hint hint. This is subtly, or not so subtly, me doing it again.) Instead this time, I bring to you these little Jack Rogers for the mommy who isn’t into a tall boot and would probably love a little Chelsea style better.

Bauble earrings: They are all the rage this season and I actually have a precious little DIY coming down the pipeline for you super duper last minuters out there. In the mean time you can order a pair from Bauble Bar or snag a similar pair for less from J. Crew Factory.

Beats Headphone: With the emergence of the Iphone 7 with no separate port for headphones these are looking like a better and better gift by the moment. If mom is an outdoor work out-er (is there a real word for this?) then you may be better off with the buds option so she can wear one of the headphones out of her ears. As someone who runs outside at night, I need to be aware of my surrounding and these giant noise canceling earbuds would be just flat out dangerous.

Candles: Rewind candles are absolutely lovely and smell great. Even better than those though are a candle with a cause. One of my favorites are Mingle Collection of candles from Bridgewater Candles. When you purchase candles, proceeds go to feeding one of any of the millions of orphans around the world. Shop small when you can but also shop with a purpose.

Loccitane Almond Gift set: Husband and I talked my mom into trying this last year and she has not turned back yet. I swear if my mother could, she would drink this stuff just to coat her insides it in. It’s a wee bit pricey for what you are getting but the smell and feel are both absolutely decadent. It’s honestly the spa that keeps on giving.

Camera: Many years ago, I purchased a camera for my mother in law as a Cyrano gift of sorts from her husband. She absolutely loved it and even with the advent of prime Iphones, I still recommend a camera. The Canon power shots are great cameras. In the word’s of my husband “If you’re just a casual mom taking graduation photos, it’ll do”. He says this because his first suggestion was the Sony Ar7 which is pricey if you’re mom’s not a photographer. For the casual user, he’s right. It’s good.

J. Crew Rattan Purse: This isn’t actually a gift for mom; it’s a gift for me. With the number of times I’ve used this bag recently, I would be foolish not to add it to the countdown. If I were a mom I would be anticipating this under the Mother’s Day Tree. I don’t care that that’s not a thing. If/When I have children, it will be. P.S. There’s a J. Crew Factory version as well. You’re welcome.

Anyways, there’s my round up of cute and easy gifts for mom. Honorable mentions goes to these seersucker pajama shorts, this apple watch band and this Draper James Trinket “Mother Knows Best” Trinket tray.

What are you getting your mom this mother’s day? You can tell me. I won’t tell her.

XO Prepford Wife