My Favorite Dresses of the Summer

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dresses are one of my closet staples.  They make me feel so put together, effortlessly!  I have been living in these three dressed this entire summer and probably will be until the temperature dips to anything below 75!

This adorable drop waist dress from ShopBop is currently under $50! Everytime I wear this dress, whether to work or just going out, I get countless compliments! The dress makes me feel so chic and I love wearing the dress fully buttoned for a super polished look. Not to mention, the quality of the dress is incredible and I’m shocked at the new price of it!

The next dress I have been loving this summer is this one from Vineyard Vines! I’m a sucker for anything with tassels….sandals, earrings, you name it! When I tried on this dress at the Vineyard Vines in Grand Central Station, I knew I just had to have it! It fits like a glove, is super comfortable and I love the versatility of this dress!  You can take it with you to the beach (I usually just wear an oversized t-shirt to the beach, glamorous right? haha), or even dress it up with wedges! This dress is so breathable, perfect for the summer sun.

The last dress has to be one of my biggest scores ever! This adorable fit-and-flair from Club Monaco, was only $24! HOW COULD ANYONE PASS UP SUCH A GREAT DEAL?!  I purchased this adorable dress right before my graduation trip to NYC and before I started working at Club Monaco. The fit and the color of the dress is so classy and is perfect for work or to go out on the town!   

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July Favorites

Monday, July 31, 2017



Carla Colour Barton / Collared Drop Waist DressFoundation Primer /Lantern Earrings /
 Half Moon Clutch / Top /  Sandal / Jumpsuit

To close this chapter of July, I wanted to share with you all a few of my favorite purchases I've made this month and a few that are currently on my wish list! Currently cuddled up in my house, watching re-runs of the Office for the umpteenth time on this rainy day, these products send me to a sunny state of mind!
Those adorable light pink sunnies, earrings and clutch are a must for my next months purchase! (Trying to budget my shopping addiction!) I have been looking all over for a dressier version of the classic "slides", which are so in right now, (I was debating weather to get the slides with pearls on them, or settle for something more classic!) I found a pair similar to the ones above. The shade light pink slides would look perfect with the jumpsuit from Club Monaco, which has to be one of my favorite pieces in my closet at this moment!

The jumpsuit is unlike anything that I own, but goes perfectly with my wardrobe, while still being a piece that is a bit daring, and still being classic with the white linen. Working at Club Monaco has been a blast, I love being able to try on what is in store, so when my paycheck comes in I have so much to buy!  The ruffled stop is casual enough to wear during the day with shorts, but also looks amazing with jeans and heals!

Every time I wear the English Factory drop-waist dress I get so many complements! I love how put together it makes me feel, I feel so eurpoean couture in it haha! I love to pair that dress with my gold Jack Rodgers, or flats when Im going to work. For such a good price for that dress, it has been one of my favorite purchases!

Last but not least is the Smash-box Primer. I'm not a makeup guru by any means, but this stuff does the trick if you cant get rid of your big pores, like me! My skin feels like satin after I apply the primer to my face, and keeps my skin looking flawlessly even throughout the whole day.


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Things To Do The Summer Before Starting College

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hi everyone!

I don’t know about you, but the summer before your freshman year of college can seem a bit emotionally draining. Knowing that you're leaving your friends, family, and hometown behind to start a new and thrilling chapter of your life seems a bit scary right? I have a few tips on how to soak up every minute of your last “high school summer” and have it be one that is productive for the year to come, and make it memorable.

  1. Make Plans for Everyone in your Life
Call up a friend you havn’t seen in years, have lunch with one of your family members, set aside time for the ones in your life. Be sure to reconnect with those close relationships or even any relationship in your life to create lasting memories you will take with you to college.

People are moving in all different directions, now is the best opportunity to spend time with those individuals. This season of my life has been especially challenging for me.  My close friends are moving far away or out of state, and having to expect a major change with making new friendships next year. Since I will be staying local, luckily I will still have Kyle and my family by my side.  It’s gonna be such a big change not being less than 20 minutes away from the people I spent every moment with. Don’t hold back on spending every miniature of those you love.

2. Get a Job!
If you haven't realized already, college is insanely expensive. Spending money on books, coffee, dorm necessities, tution, the list goes on and adds up so quickly. Having a job before your freshman year will help you save for you college expenses while teaching you budgeting tips you’ll need for the next upcoming years.

Having a summer job gives you great exposure to balancing your time and managing your planning, which is crucial for your college years. Even if you don't find a job, look for an internship with something you are passionate about. Your college will see how you have used your summer to pursue more “hands on” learning and this will make you stand out to your professors and future employer especially when you are applying for a bigger and better job.

3. Dorm Shop
This sounds like a no brainer if you're living on campus, so look for mood boards or any inspiration to help you plan want your new dorm to be like. I mean, this will be your new little “home” so make it personal to you and that it makes the whole transition seem inviting. Even if your staying at home, a fresh start is always nice. Gut out your room and get rid of all the useless junk like textbooks or anything that caused clutter. Add some new finishes to your room or redo the whole thing!



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Life Lately | July 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hi everyone!

I wanted to update you all on everything that's been happening in my life lately! I always want my readers to feel completely personal with me and I hope you all realize that through each of my blog posts. I never wanna seem like some robot haha. Like every kid who just got out of high school, I was desperate to find a job. My parents kept bugging me about finding a job and they were right, I need some extra change in my pocket for college, my blog, etc.!

I knew that I wanted to start working in the retail field and lucky for me, one of the largest outlet malls is a hop skip and a jump from my house. I landed a job at Club Monaco and I have been loving every second of it. Right as I saw them building the store, I knew I wanted to work there. It's incredible that people travel all across the globe to come down here to shop! Getting to interact with people from other cultures while helping style them motivates me each and every day.

I have had so many fun adventures this summer, with still more to come. As you all know, I started off my summer by going to NYC. There is still so much of New York I need to experience, you can't possible check everything off your list in just one trip! I visited St. Augustine to catch up with one of my closest friends and have spend a few weeks down in the Florida Keys. (The Keys has to be my absolute favorite spot to vacation!) I need to start bringing my laptop with me on these getaways so I can multitask between blogging and traveling!

I'm trying to find the perfect slip on sandals that I've been seeing all over Instagram.  They are the perfect shoe for my summer closet. If any of you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know! This week I will be sharing with you all my picks from the Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale and I can't wait to see all that they have to offer for this yearly sale!

I have so much in store for you coming up on the blog, I hope you enjoy! It was great catching up with everyone.



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Tips to make High school The Best Four Year of your Life!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It’s been about a month since I graduated high school and I’ve been thinking about the great times I had as well as some of the more challenging times I had that made me who I am today. Sound a bit cheesy but it's true. This blogpost I really want to encourage you all to really capture your youth and all the opportunities that you have in high school. I hope the little things that I write on Fabulously Floridian really speak to you all, and you enjoy it along the way!

1. Don't limit yourself to normalcy
Break the mold and truly live by what inspires you; what fuels you every day, whatever that may be. To anyone reading this that may be a rising freshman, if you try to live these next four years of your life acting like someone you’re not, where’s the fun in that? Many people get caught up in in trying to be others, they don't reach their full potential. There's only one you in the universe, so be the best you you could be! In high school, I made up for the times that I wasted in middle school; well, all the times in middle school I didn't speak up for myself or bother to pay attention to my school work and even my friendships!. I’m not sure what it was, but at the end of freshman year I knew I needed to break the mold of trying to pretend to be some girl that I wasn’t, and I was completely okay with that. Even if it meant showing my classmates and others who I am, a loud, crazy, energetic person (okay, and sometimes messy) ,I wanted it to be my mission to stay authentic to myself.

2. Chase after your passions
I'm gonna try to do my best and not have cheesy titles for these, but it’s hard to fit all that I need to say into little captions! Attention all juniors and seniors, I want you guys to pay good attention to what I have to say. Junior year, I let too many false perceptions of my future creep into my mind. I felt that the only way I'd be happy is if I went to law school and became a lawyer. Wait, not even happy. I just remember trying to catch up to my genius friends (which wasn't all a bad thing, they gave me great motivation.) But I had this toxic mindset primarily all throughout my junior year that I just needed to prove to everyone that I was smart. Think Elle Woods, who just wanted to prove her smarts to her sorority and ex by following him to law school. I mean, props to her, she graduated from Harvard Law and looked fabulous while doing so, but like her I was seeking to prove my wits for all the wrong reasons and unlike her I wasn’t making any progress with pursuing law school. **hint hint**
I remember having a "quarter life crisis" as me and Rachel called it, which kind of shook me from that mindset. One night after dinner, we went for a little retail therapy, during this time of the year, it was all talk of college applications, and constant pressure from teachers and other students about assignments, who got the highest SAT or ACT, the list goes on. Long story short, the two of us ended up crying in Saks, part of the reason being that we couldn’t afford anything, but the primary reason being that we were both so confused of what to do with our lives. "Jillian I know you, you wouldn't be happy reading endless court cases everyday of your life, you need to do what motivates you." said Rachel, amid me pathetically crying.
She was right. Even if someone has said this to you before, I can’t stress how real it actually is.
Please, don't be like me and think senior year will be such a breeze, because it was definitely a wakeup call. I always felt bombarded with having to know exactly where I wanted to go to school, what job I needed to get, that it was almost suffocating to hear! I remember time after time coming home and yelling to my mom that I needed almost a huge "heads up!" for senior year, and that I had to be making major decisions that will pave my entire future; which, was kind of a struggle as I'm also so indecisive, haha!

3. Friendship is everything
Even though I've been going to the same school with basically the same kids from third grade to my senior year, that doesn't mean I have had the same friends all those years. I've had friends come and go, which was a huge struggle during a particular time in my high school career, just always wondering what I did for that to happen, if anything, without realizing that those disappointments, would lead to bigger and better things.
It might have taken me until the end of my sophomore year, (Not to mention, I met the best boyfriend out there unexpectedly that summer... now that was a good year!) but I have found the best girls out there (Fab 4!) they are my other sisters, seriously. We have had countless sleepovers, the most insane moments together and have lived and continue to live our young lives to the fullest. I remember that the week leading up to graduation was filled with such bittersweet emotions and even now, as summer is happening, I’m still experiencing those emotions as I experience all the happiness I have with my girls by my side, and all the sadness I experience from them leaving in a few short months. Hannah, Mary and Rachel, I wanted to thank you all for filling my life with so much endless joy and laughter (well, croaks!) Living in South Florida without you all is going to be quite a hard adjustment. You all have taught me so much about myself and have always been a huge support system by always believing in me. To Grant, such a close friend of mine who's creativity inspires me (and his humor, I swear we are the same person.) we still have memories of us in fourth grade together!
And not to mention the other friends who I have shared the greatest adventures with and end up crying laughing whenever we are together. (You guys know who you are... hint: snapchatgroup: GHJx4MRS ;) These friends who I have had countless memories with, I'll cherish you all and each of these moments for the rest of my life.
Find friends in high school that really bring out the best in you and who are excited for all that there is to come in your life, those are the ones to cling to. You shouldn’t have to change who you are when you’re around them; that proves the authenticity of how much they love you. This goes for friendships as well as any relationship you have with another!

I hope you all enjoy your years of high school and really make the best out of the years that you have, trust me, it's nothing like the movies, but with the right friends around you and a positive attitude on life, you can make it better than the movies!



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