10 Confessions Of A Lilly Pulitzer-Aholic

10 Confessions Of A Lilly Pulitzer-Aholic

I have designed my apartment bedroom for next year to be made up entirely of Ugotta Regatta.

Some girls love diamonds, some love pearls. Me? I love Lilly. Like literally, I love it. Something about the brand and the colors and the different styles totally make my heart smile. I've decided that it's completely impossible to be unhappy while wearing one of these bright, vibrant, happy dresses [or a pair of shorts, or an Elsa top... you get the picture]. My Lilly Pulitzer addiction started a few years ago, and has only gotten worse since. So hi, I'm Taylor, and I'm a Lilly Pulitzer-aholic. These are my confessions.

1. Once, I tried on three dresses of the same style but different prints, and I walked out of the store with all of them [and a matching wristlet!].

2. I dedicate an unhealthy portion of my savings account to the semi-annual sale year after year, and am never disappointed with my loot.

3. I cried when Lilly Pulitzer died (partially because I was worried that they were going to stop making the clothes, mainly because I thought she was a remarkable businesswoman, artist, and contributor to society).

4. I have designed my apartment bedroom for next year to be made up entirely of Ugotta Regatta. Yes, I special ordered a custom comforter, pillow shams and am designing some canvases to hang up because I love that print so much.

5. Speaking of Ugotta Regatta, I would wear it every day if I could. I jumped for joy when they brought it back as a pop-up print last summer, and promptly ordered as many things as I could. A beach towel, shorts, dress, and my favorite romper ever. I could literally go to the beach in nothing but Ugotta Regatta and be completely covered.

6. I look at the Lilly Pulitzer website more than I look at my grades. I haven't failed anything yet, so I'm going to continue in my weird ways.

7. I buy multiple Lilly agendas every year, because one just won't cut it. Also, how am I supposed to decide what print to buy? I need the large one for my schoolwork, and the small one for my social calendar (and the date of the semi annual sale, when it's announced).

8. I might go broke after buying some of the new Lobstah Roll items, I haven't decided yet. All I know is, I didn't buy the Skipper popover two summers ago and I have regretted it every day since, so that popover is a mandatory item.

9. I have a lot of Cathy Shift Dresses, but I don't think there is such a thing as "too many". [If there is, I'm no where near it... yet]

10. I don't think you can ever be overdressed, so I wear Lilly everywhere. Since when was it acceptable to go out when you feel like you don't look your best?

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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