“APPsolutely” Adorable

You really aren’t using your smartphone to its fullest potential until your home screen is donning your own fabulous monogram. Well, I discovered a gem on the App Store this past week. The “Marley Lilly” app allows users to make their very own savable monogram backgrounds, as well as shop their website, navigate their blog, and so much more! Obviously, my favorite feature is the monogram maker capability. As soon as I downloaded the app, I made hundreds of monogram backgrounds for myself. I also sent several to many of my friends, who all responded, “How did you do that?!?” My answer was simple:

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Be sure to make room for your daily dose of online shopping (even if it is just the App Store) and pick up this fabulous app! Here’s a glimpse at some of the beautiful designs. Thank you http://www.marleylilly.com!

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Livin’ La Vida Lilly

Why was this past Friday one of the best days of my life, you may ask? Well, that’s simple! The Lilly Pulitzer store at my local mall finally opened. I was just nonchalantly walking through the bustling mall with my older sister, when I turned and saw that the Lilly printed “under construction” wall had been replaced by a gorgeous store front. Of course, we ventured inside and soon found our wallets to be in big trouble. From Elsa tops, to the classic shift, and Murfees of course- this place is heaven!

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

 

I absolutely adore the fitting rooms, too. I was lucky enough to try on my stash of Lilly paraphernalia in the “Lilly” dressing room. The door is painted aqua with a large “L” on the front, as this is what Miss Lilly Pulitzer, herself, once had on her home.

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

Shop on, my Lilly lovers!

xo, MKD

Style and Status

First of, I’m incredibly sorry that I have not been too on top of posting lately- more to come, I promise!

I’m extremely fortunate to attend an all-girls, private, college preparatory school in Washington, DC. Today, at my school, we took off a day of classes to participate in Diversity Day. Each year, we dedicate one day to acknowledging and opening up to different types of diversity in our school community. This year, we explored class diversity and distinctions in socio-economic status.

In a discussion today, my peers and I touched on the prevalence of stereotypes for certain social classes. This sparked my deeper individual thought on fashion, and how people outwardly portray themselves through individual style. Based on socio-economic status, some people have the opportunity to enjoy the luxuries of high fashion, and designer brands. People from similar classes tend to participate in shared activities, live in similar areas, have common interests, and dress very similarly. What you wear sends a social signal, and reveals something about the wearer.

Because we all live fast paced lives and rarely stop to introduces ourselves to a stranger on the street, people perceive everything about what we wear. One of the most important lessons I learned to today was the detriment of making assumptions. Just because someone carries a Rebecca Minkoff bag, does not mean she can afford to throw away her money. Just because someone wears jeans and a t-shirt, does not mean they lack to money to wear more ornate clothing.

Despite the fact that clothing does, inevitably, parrot socio-economic status, style is a personal power. The messages you send through your clothing can reflect other’s perceptions. Whether reflective of the social class you technically fall into, you have the ability to chose what you want to put on your body every morning. Make sure you are projecting the best version of your true self.

Stay beautiful. xoxo