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An Open Letter to Lilly Pulitzer


Dear Lilly Pulitzer, 

As I type this I am wearing one of your clothing items - the Braylen in Southern Charm from spring 2014 to be exact - but apparently that is offensive to you, or at least to one of your employees. When I got dressed this morning I selected this top mostly because it was clean and I was in a rush but also because it was my favorite top. It's comfortable, I consider it flattering and the print makes me happy. But instead of spending $88 on a cotton top I am apparently not worthy of I should just kill myself. 

I am of course referring to the picture in a recent article on the company's workplace: 


Oh yeah, I should probably mention that I wear a size 18, also known as being "fat, white, and hideous" in your office. Ugh, how dare I wear your clothes! 

I am not a life long customer. For some reason your clothes weren't too much of a "thing" at my small, private southern college but it is in my hometown. For years I drooled over the pretty designs but worried myself with things like groceries, gas and a home over $198 dresses. But then you released a limited edition scarf for the Junior League and I splurged and bought it, for $118. It was that scarf that made me fall in love, so soft, so beautiful, so colorful and so many compliments it received. I wanted to spend everyday feeling the way I felt in that scarf. I purchased a few items from the online sale and loved them just as much. Then, things changed - my mom died. I spent weeks in sadness hiding from the world but I soon realized that wasn't the way my mom would want me to live, she above all else wanted her children to be happy, and so it seemed fitting that I use the money she left me to buy some of the things that made me feel so happy. Soon I had a new job, more income and a closet filled to the brim with Lilly. I felt a rush of excitement when a new package arrived and picking out my outfit each day was a fun activity. 

I wore Lilly to work


To have fun 


For celebrations 


And my favorite, for "theme dressing" such as "Get Nauti" for boating or "Crown Jewels" for a royal exhibit. 



I even wore a "holy grail" dress in "You Gotta Regatta" for the warehouse sale, a sale in which I drove 16 hours to participate in. 


I share these pictures to not only show my love of the brand but because quite frankly I am not ashamed of how I look in anyone of them. Could I use a little less carbs and a little more treadmill in my life? Sure, but overall I lead a life of happiness, kindness towards others, and love and maybe I live that life a little larger than the world might like but it's a life I'm pretty darn happy with. 

So, needless to say you can imagine my shock when news spread of the inside look of your offices. As an employer I know that you cannot control the personal opinions of each of your employees but you can control how they are expressed in the workplace. Am I really to believe the same people clever enough to come up with witty print names "pirates bootyneire" or "shake your tailfeather" didn't do a sweep of the office to make sure no secret or inappropriate information was on display? Is this fat shaming mindset so prevalent in your office that a drawing of an overweight woman captioned "you should probably just kill yourself" doesn't stand out???? 

And what's your excuse, that employees are allowed to decorate their work space? If your employees had pictures of burning crosses with their KKK buddies would that be allowed in their workspace too? Guess what Lilly Pulitzer, this may be one employee's personal drawing but by allowing it in your office it doesn't just represent that employee, it represents you. 

A lot of people might expect me to see this and vow to never wear Lilly again. But when I look in my closet I don't just see pretty clothes, I see happy memories in those clothes and I'm not going to let one sad girl with major self esteem issues take that from me. Truthfully, I feel sad for the girl that posted this by her desk, I have more confidence in my size 18 body than she will ever have in her size 2. To say such hateful things to oneself, I just can't even imagine. 

But Lilly Pulitzer, with your increasingly shorter hemlines and smaller measurements I have been buying less of your stuff anyway, and now I know why. So I'll keep the clothes I already have and their happy memories and in the meantime, perhaps you can also focus a little less on carbs and a little more of the happiness your brand is supposed to be about. 







Crafty Happies


I have a few posts I'm working on right now but they're a little more serious in their nature so I want to focus on some fun little happiness to start off the four day week! 

Over the weekend I was in major on the prowl for craft supplies mode. Do y'all watch Elizabeth Modero on YouTube? If not you really should, I have a total girl crush on her; the channel is Modero Green Moments. But anyway, she's been talking a lot latley about her Erin Condren planner and it got me thinking that I have a few goals I'd like to focus on and a planner might be a great way to keep me on track. After spending waaaay too much time debating my options I decided a similar but more customizable planner was more for me and I ordered a Plum Paper Designs planner. But of course, I need nice pens, washi tape, stickers, labels and fun stuff to go with it. In case I've never said this before it's important you know I have a MAJOR love for stationary products and craft supplies. 

So after placing some Etsy orders I left the house to satisfy my I need pretty things right now urges. 

It started with felt tipped pens at Sam's Club. I LOVE felt tipped pens! Regular pens, especially fine tip ones make me feel like I'm scratching paper instead of writing. 


I then moved onto Michaels where I got an assortment of goodies


Including some Betsy Johnson stuff


Apparently I have been living under a rock because there have been cute Betsy Johnson supplies at Michaels all of 2015, and it's all $5 or less!!! I love novelty pens so these two really made my heart flutter. 

I also grabbed this cute macaroon coin purse


Which it turns out is perfect for carrying a few essential oils bottle in my purse: 


I have two15ml and one 5ml but it could easily hold four of the 5ml bottles. 

Based on my Facebook you'd probably think latley I've been obsessing over the Lilly for Target collection and / or essential oils. And for the most part you would be right. I mean, I obviously work but I try to keep that off social media. Plus you know, being an adult can be expensive and blogging about car repairs just isn't fun. 

In the next week or so I'll have some fun goodies coming in to share and I'll talk more about some of the homemade beauty products I've gotten into. 

Ps: 2015 is just flying by! It's now officially wear white season and summer, wow! Happy Start of Summer y'all! 



Redneck Disney


Nothing says the "I live in the South" more than a giant bait and tackle shop being a big attraction in your home town.

In Memphis, we have this giant pyramid building (short version: Memphis an ancient Egyptian city so . . .) at one point it was our big arena but renovating was cost prohibitive so we built a new one and this building sat empty for years until it was leased by the Bass Pro Shop. So, now we have a giant Bass Pro Shop, aka Redneck Disney. 

Here's the exterior: 


So naturally I had to check this place out. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

The traffic was so heavy it was redirected in one way. Once in the parking lot they had fancy directional signs - see disneyesque 


The exterior was really fancy but doesn't tie in the pyramid shape of the building at all: 


You even had to enter through turnstiles - disneyesque! 


Here's a good view of the interior: 


Overall it is very nice inside and has lots of neat things to see. 

Pretty wildlife scenery: 





A shooting arcade: 


Several ponds with boats on display and live fish, ducks and even two alligators! 




And the tallest freestanding elevator in the middle: 



Of course, you can buy all the outdoorsy supplies you ever dreamed of. Y'all, I did not know there are thousands of different fishing rods to choose from 


And they had pallets of ammo on the 2nd level. So much ammo! 


If you're an outdoorsy person you'll obviously love this place, but also - if you like tacky things in an ironic fashion you'll be delighted. 




There's also lots of cleverness. 

The sunglass hut is an actual hut 


And there's an aquarium themed restuarant and bowling alley called The Fish Bowl 


We spent about 2 and a half hours looking around, and if course buying a few things! 

Shaun got some shirts, Murcia! 


My sister got a fish pillow: 


This shirt was not my size but damn I wanted it! 


I left with a $5 tee, the kiss my bass attire, a box of ammo and a fly shooter. 

It was really crowded so we didn't get to ride the elevator to the observation deck, go bowling or play in the shooting arcade. Guess that means I'll be doing a redneck Disney part 2 post in the future. 











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