Sunday, September 30, 2012

Darien Deals-- Vineyard Vines Sample Sale

Girls, warm up those credit cards, it's time to shop.  Vineyard Vines is having their annual sample sale in Greenwich and if last year is any indicator, this should be great.  Vineyard Vines is my go-to for the boys and I personally love their use of color and novelty.  I'll be taking this opportunity to STOCK up...even if it is for next year.

Here are some of the things I would like to snag...

The Hub's birthday is on 10/7.  I've been meaning to get him a bow tie (see my father's days post), but alas, have not gotten to it.  This would be a great find and would definitely knock one thing off my my to-do list for next week!
 In a beach town, a girl can never have enough tunics..
Blue is MY color
Love the Eyelet

The Boys love these light weight half zip sweatshirts.  I swear they don't wear out.  We've used our current ones for two two years and I can still pass chomp's sweatshirt down to baby J

Martha's Vineyard 2011
Return from Naples 2012...still wearing them!

Of course, at the right price, I'll take as many lounge pants and boxers as I can manage for myself and the kids.  The boxers are what my boys wear as pajamas through the summer and the lounge pants are what they use in the spring and fall.

So, if you are near Greenwich next weekend, head on over to the sale and get prepped!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yes Sir, that's my baby!

Chomps has started his first season of Flag Football and I think I love it as much as he does.  The boys do such a great job and the our coach is fantastic (go Coach Kelley!).  Age 7 is such the perfect time to get started with this sport.  They all seem to be watching games with their Dads on the weekends and most of them have favorite teams they cheer for.

In our house, college football rules.  Most of Trey's friends don't know much about Georgia Bulldawgs or the Florida Gators, but I am sure he is telling them all about those teams.  On the flip side, we are starting to watch more NFL games than usual and Chomps is definitely getting an opinion about who he likes.

Needless to say I was the proudest mama on the field last week when my baby made his first touchdown.  I just have to share it with you all...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Southford State Park

This weekend, we spent the day at Southford State Park.  Ric was looking for a Trout Park so the kids could fish, but we also wanted someplace we could do a light hike with the kids.  This state park fit the bill.  The trails were wide and flat, the waterfalls were reminiscent of those we find in Highlands, NC and fishing was pretty good.  I just LOVE the signage they have at this park... I think this brown and nustard combo could be interpreted nicely into a little boys room...

The kids loved doing all the activities and the weather this time of year couldn't have been better--cool, low humidity, and the leaves were just starting to show signs of changing.  I can imagine that this park will be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G in just a few weeks.  Here are some of the pics of our fun day.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

More is More

While I was at school, one of the moms mentioned that I had the most impressive collection of metallic shoes that she had ever seen. I had never really thought about how many pairs of metallic shoes I owned, but as I bought KF her first pair today I figured it was worth a count. The final count was 13!  While I have some nicer pairs in the bunch, like the Tory Burch's and the (old as the hills) Michael Kors pair, I'll admit there are quite a few steals in that bunch. For one, the silver ballet flats -- scored for $7.00 at the Gap a few summers back. Each pair has its own story...the silver heels were bought to go with a seafoam vintage chiffon dress with silver beading, the bronze glitter ballet flats were found at Daffy's on a shopping day with my friend Mash from Atlanta, and a few of the Tory's will remind me of our vacation to that outlets in Orlando...I mean Disney World. The oldest pair is about 7 years old the the newest is...well, three months old. I don't think I'll ever get tired of my metallics. It may just mean that I'll have to retire to Palm Beach when I'm 65!

Good Deal Good Things

I opened my door today to find my Lilly Pulitzer box just waiting for me. My end of summer bargains couldn't have come at a better time because Darien has been so muggy and hot. If you didn't know, Lilly Pulitzer had their BIG sale about a week and half ago and the prices were pretty phenomenal.  Full disclosure -- I am not a big Lilly wearer. For starters, I am not generally a print lover -- dots, stripes, and gingham is about as far as I delve into the print arena. I also think it is a crime for anyone my age to wear embroidered critters on their rear (or bright crocs on their feet). That said, I think their palette is always beautiful, their fit is always consistent and their silhouettes are always feminine. So, I ended up with a few items to add into my wardrobe. Here is what I got.

My cousin turned me on to the Elsa silhouette and it is my favorite shirt style. I am long in the waist, so this has the length that I need and also offers a little coverage of the rear (which I also need). This hyacinth color is a fav and of course, pink is on-trend for fall.  I'll wear this with both white and navy bottoms and gold shoes!

This top was exactly what I needed for the weekend. It is so cool and looks great with white, pink or green bottoms.  It has a little shaping through the waist, but also hides a lot of sins! At $29 I should have bought this in the solid color ways too.

Navy is my husbands favorite color on me. So, I picked up this Lana top for $18. I practically can't buy a tee shirt at the Gap for that price. This one has some cute ruching on the sleeve and will look great with one of my chunky necklaces! 

I guess I am loving this hyacinth color. This beauty was $14 and I figured the 3/4 sleeve would carry me a little ways into fall.

So, what deals am I scoring today?  Well, after the love affair I had with my metallic Sperrys this summer, I bought the canvas versions for my boys. They were so cute with seersucker shorts and they were just right for end-of-summer church. I just found the canvas ones on Endless for a steal! I bought Brown ($15), orange ($20) and blue ($15) for the boys. That's 50-60% off retail! Free shipping and free returns seal the deal.

Just when I thought it couldn't get better, I found metallic pink ones for KF.  Talk about Mini Me!  These were $20 and I know she will love them!