Endless Summer Prep

Sitting out in the grass playing with Daphne, I had a moment. I realized that I would soon have to put away my flip flops and Lilly Pulitzer dresses for the winter. My Briar skirt has become one of my favorites, even though I bought it on a whim.

With its light and airy coloring and flexible fit, it’s easy to sit higher for a teeny waist look or lower for a more work-appropriate length. I’m not normally a fan of the (gasp!) elastic waistband, but this skirt is definitely an exception. The only thing it’s missing is pockets.

Paired with a custom button down I had made in SuZhou, pearls, and blush pink ballet flats, I could easily walk from my cubicle to happy hour. Instead I enjoyed a warm evening with my puppy.

Never Put a Lilly in the Dryer

As my collection of Lilly Pulitzer dresses grows, I’m doing my best to take good care of them. I almost only buy clothes that are 100% really nice cotton from Lilly, I love how crisp and comfortable they are. Plus I have several pieces that are office friendly. So I was super excited to wear this dress to work:

I didn’t want to mess around with the iron at 7am, so I decided to take a shortcut.

Let me just say this is one of my favorite dresses. I love wearing it, I get tons of compliments in it, and it’s just such a cool piece.

I doused my Taytay frock in Downey Wrinkle Releaser and stuck her in the dryer for 10 minutes.

Boy was that a $200 mistake.

She shrunk just enough to be tight around the edges and a tad too short. I seriously considered crying.

To try and coax the cotton fibers back to their elongated state I furiously sprayed Taytay with water trying to get her just damp enough that I could stretch the threads out of their shrink.

Then I let her sit overnight. I prayed, I had several glasses of wine, I completely forgot about her.
In the morning, I tried her back on. She was still too tight. I may be working out trying to tone up, but I’m never going to shrink up enough to make Taytay comfortable the way she used to be.

Now all I can do is try to throw her through a full wash cycle and see if that works better than my brute strength.

Anyone have any tips of other things I can try? I am just about to be desperate…

Help me washing machine, you’re my only hope.

Fashion Forward

Lately, I’ve seen this photo popping up around the web:

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and was happy to find an article on Shine from Yahoo! about these futuristic heels. Designed by Polly Verity, I hope this model didn’t have to catwalk in them. I would also be concerned about my poor toes falling out the sides.

The article/slide show also showcases eco-friendly shoes from Stockholm designers Naim Josefi & Souzan Youssouf that are made from only one material. And the Mojito shoe is like Birkenstocks, except not:

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Designed by British architect Julian Hakes, the shoe molds to your foot. I’m a big fan of Rainbow sandals which similarly conform to accommodate the unique arch in each wearer’s foot. I’d definitely try these on, but maybe just wear them around the house. For now, I think we’re all safe in our pumps, flats, and flip-flops. Have you seen other futuristic fashion taking over?


Jenna Kate


I wanted to share a few fun links today from across the web. The first is an interesting event blog called The Pink Toast. You can read about Danielle’s Bat Mitzvah in 5 installments, but here’s a sneak peak:

I can only imagine what this 13-year-old will grow up thinking about her wedding. I wish there was a way to check back in 10 or 15 yaers from now…

On to our next link, The Knotty Bride posted up a brief article on lingerie which was mildly inspiring. Alison led me to a great new online shop asos from the UK. They have dresses from £15 to £250 (about $30 – $500) I did find this cute jersey dress I’d love to have for the holidays:

and at £26, it’s not at a bad price either. And along with this great jumpsuit (which doesn’t look like a jumpsuit at all):

at £50, I’d sure make my British friends proud for at least stepping away from my pearls and cardis.

And of course, last night’s Emmy Awards has people talking fashion. This Oscar de la Renta on Lea Michele from GLEE made me a little giddy and Emily Blunt’s flowing Christian Dior one-shoulder dress wished I had my other half around to float around in a bedsheet pretending to be a Grecian goddess. InStyle of course has a great gallery up of photos from the red carpet.

Hopefully this has give you a bit of inspiration for a happy Monday!


Jenna Kate

Love is in the Air?

This summer has definitely been a big one for romance. In June, a classmate of mine Andrea got married in Greensboro, and yesterday Southern Weddings posted photos of her wedding shot by Abigail Seymour. I love the classic monogram:

and these adorable Elon cupcakes:

and who could resist these traditional North Carolina favors: Krispy Kreme doughnuts in adorable boxes reading “Glazed and delicious from the new Mr. & Mrs.” So precious!

Next to their cute favor boxes, I just had to leave this great photo of Andrea throwing her bouquet. Check out more photos in the Southern Weddings post and on Abigail Seymour’s blog. Congratulations! I can’t wait to borrow some of your fabulous ideas!

In July, Adam and I went to Jake & Kim’s wedding down in Durham. You saw a photo peek here, and here’s a snapshot of me and Adam all dressed to the nines:

and I snagged this adorable photo of the happy couple off Facebook (all my pictures were blurry thanks to the ambient low lighting and my point & shoot camera) thanks to Brian Mullins Photography:

There are some amazing shots up on Brian’s blog! I love how you can see the reflection of Kim and Jake in the piano. So classic! And to top it all off, the next day, Adam proposed in the Duke Gardens!

Then in the last two weeks, I had two sorority sisters get engaged as well. Congratulation Lisa and Alison! You can read Alison’s adorable engagement story here. And to top it off, The Wedding Chicks are giving away customized DIY wedding invitations with this classic bicycle built for two design:

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Just enter in your info, pick your colors, and each file will be emailed to your address. Get your invitations here.

So all this romance has to make a girl wonder, is there more in the summer air than just humidity?


Jenna Kate

Back From the Nap…

So I wanted to apologize for my hiatus the last few days. I’ve been in a blogging nap, both from lack of inspiration and from being busy in real life (sort of). Here is a mini life-update:

Friday, we took our usual office outing to Murphy’s Irish Pub, where I of course followed along with The Unicorn Song, doing all the hand motions. I even went to bed at a sensible hour.

Saturday, I attempted to bleach my hair with good old-fashioned lemon juice

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but alas the sun was not cooperating on the project. I also successfully organized my scrapbooking stuff, which I will begin to work on tonight. Then we had an office-sponsored Washington Nationals versus the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.


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The Nats lost 2-9. And later that night, I attempted diplomacy with my fiance’s friends. I also learned that ‘tear-away jorts’ are in fact my biggest fear.

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Sunday, I came into the office for a few hours to jumpstart some work for this week. My massive allergy attack that ensued prompted me to pop a Benadryl when I got home. I woke up several hours later with my best friend banging on my apartment door coming to borrow a dress for a wedding San Francisco this weekend.

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So now we are back at Monday. I have successfully tapped my beauty-product-obsessed sister for skin care advice, and will try to persuade her to write a few guest posts to share her knowledge with you. I have also scheduled a job interview for a position in Colorado starting in January, which means I don’t have to feel guilty going to Monument with Adam or about spending two months with him in China at the end of this year.

I have also decided to put John Frieda to the test. I’ve been unhappy with my hair color for a while now, and I’ve never dyed it (that’s right, 100% natural blonde here folks). So I’ll be testing out some of the JF products to see if they do in fact improve my blonde from a brassy corn field color back to a more champaign beach blonde shade. So keep posted for that project.

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Anything exciting happen yet on your Monday?


Jenna Kate

If It Comes In Pink

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My friend Chelsea just unknowingly introduced me to my new favorite website: Make Mine Pink. This is a great little place full of online vendors whose wares are, of course, pink! Be careful wandering around the marketplace, the system for searching these stores is pretty basic. But if you’re looking for something particular, it’s a great place to start.

Some things I found that I love include these great Fleur-de-Lis bookends ($19.99) from Vintage to Vogue:

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this Alice in Wonderland style teacup bird feeder ($18) from Forget Me Not Dreams:

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and even these fun rose rings ($12) from CarolineAlexander:

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These boutiques are a great place to find vintage and hand-crafted items of all sorts and at reasonable prices. There are even vendors for furniture! I’m sure Adam will love that. Happy pink hunting!


Jenna Kate