Pretty Picnic in the Park

The weather where I live hasn't been the greatest recently. It's been super humid, cloudy, and stormy. But every once in a while we have a perfect sunny day. Sarah and I decided to take advantage of one of these days by having a picnic. Now this wasn't just any picnic, it was a totally blog-able picnic with color scheme and everything. I came up with some tips and DIY's along the way, so read on to find out more!

We picked our color scheme to be periwinkle, navy, green, and white. We sipped grapefruit sparkling soda out of milk bottles, which added a vintage touch. We set up at a nature reserve nearby, and the scenery was so picturesque. 

I clipped a hydrangea from my yard and put it in a plastic goblet, which ended up being the perfect accent piece.

What I'm wearing: J.crew Factory floral shorts (no longer available), a pearl bracelet, Jack Rogers, and my adorable new top. The top is from my friend Elizabeth's etsy shop called Seersucker Ruffles. The tassel detail is just downright adorable, and the ruffle neckline dresses up the top with a hint of southern charm. I love all things girly, so this top is right up my alley. I have a second one from her on the way and I am so excited!

DIY: Sarah and I decorated our plates with different prints of washi tape! See the above picture for different designs.

Cookies: I made these lime shortbread cookies in the shape of bows. If summer was a cookie, it would be these. Click here for the recipe.

Now go have a picnic!

What It's Really Like to Intern for Lilly Pulitzer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to land your dream job? This post is the first in a series where I will be interviewing people about various "dream" internships. Today I am interviewing Rudy Saunders who was a "pinktern" for Lilly Pulitzer last summer. Rudy works at my local Lilly store and is easily spotted in his bright pants and printed jackets.

1) What's your typical day as an intern for Lilly Pulitzer?

There was no typical day at the Pink Palace, which I loved! Typically the group of interns, or as Lilly likes to call them: Pinkterns, that lived together would drive to the Pink Palace together. It is always fun to see what everyone is wearing, from samples to vintage pieces and everything in between. Everyone is just as friendly, upbeat, and fun as you would expect working for Lilly and is extremely fashionable. It was a great experience in that we were treated as regular employees, different from many internships in the fashion industry. I was the Visual Merchandising Intern which meant I got to help with how merchandise looks in stores, window displays, and new store designs. Juggling many different aspects was always challenging, but because of the fun subject matter it felt like it wasn’t work at all. For lunch many people head to Wegmen’s, the amazing grocery nearby. It always made me laugh during lunchtime seeing the groups of Lilly employees getting lunch covered head to toe in print. Every day was different, whether planning what print designers were painting in store fitting rooms, playing at stores making them look beautiful, or spray painting oranges for goodness knows what! I also traveled to different stores for visual visits which was great!

2) What was your favorite opportunity/activity as an intern?

This is a really tough question, everything was great. I would have to say traveling to New York City for a long weekend with a Lilly Print Designer to freshen up our store on Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side. This was such a treat to get to explore the city and have fun working along the way. We repainted some of the fitting rooms and the highlight was getting to help our print designer out! Glueing shells to the wall, painting cats, (there are 54 in one fitting room) and then re-merchandising the store were on the to do list. It was great fun getting to interact with the Madison Avenue Store Team and leave my stamp at this special store. Plus, I had my first New York City Home Depot me it is a long story!

3) What are you majoring in/ what job do you hope to have in the future?

I am an interior design major at The University of Cincinnati DAAP Program. There are literally too many fun options to select just one for the future, but I know it will involve color and a happy atmosphere! I love hospitality, retail, residential, and textile design and hope to find something that allows me to work on these. This past spring semester I interned for Dorothy Draper & Co. in their Palm Beach office (trust me it was a dream internship too!) and am headed to Dorothy Draper in New York City this fall semester!

4) Did your internship feel more like work or play?

Definitely play. Everyone who is there is there because they love the brand. Laughter is rampant throughout the entire Pink Palace and the countless stores I visited. I loved getting to dream and let creativity run wild! Additionally, growing close with the other interns last summer was great and helped to add to the fun atmosphere.

5) Do you have any advice for people hoping to land this internship in the future?

The best advice I can give is to have an optimistic attitude and lead a colorful, fun life! Lilly really is such an amazing company that has a really great intern program over the summer. I would recommend to anyone looking for loads of fun, hard work, and the best summer ever!

National Wear Your Lilly Day

6) What's one clothing item you can't live without?

Probably the hardest question. I would honestly say Lilly swim trunks. They are great quality and scream POOL PARTY! I love long summers at the lake in Northern Michigan and winters on Palm Beach in Lilly trunks. The company doesn’t make Men’s Stuff anymore, so all of the pieces I have I treasure. My collection of Lilly items makes me really happy and has so many great memories.

Rudy's Shell Designs

7) What's the weirdest/ most bizarre task you have ever been given as an intern?

Probably the most bizarre task I had as an intern was working the Lilly Warehouse Sale. The stories from the event are numerous, but it was definitely an experience! Such a rewarding experience seeing the amount of Lilly lovers who turn out to support the brand. Definitely a wild ride those couple of days, but a memory I won’t ever forget.

Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the life of a Lilly Pulitzer intern! Thank you Rudy for all your help.


All photos by Rudy Saunders

Here's to Three Years

Three years ago on this day I started A Sunny State of Mind, and I can hardly believe it. Granted, I started my blog when I was twelve so it wasn't quite what it is now... let's just say I had some learning to do. (Sneak a peek at my first post here, it's pretty rough). The other day I was reading through some of my 2013 posts with some blogging friends and cringing. They were almost embarrassing to read and I actually considered deleting them, but then I clicked back to 2015 and read my current posts. I am so proud of how far this little blog of mine has come, and my older posts serve as a reminder of that. Through A Sunny State of Mind, I have made some amazing blogging friends, made people happy or inspired, and also have made myself happy.

I wish I could find a better way to explain to people that just because you are "internet friends" with someone, doesn't mean they aren't a real friend. It also doesn't mean they're out to murder you. Sure, I've had my share of creeps and mean people, but I've also met some of the kindest, most helpful, sweetest people ever. It's nice to have people who understand the behind-the-scenes of blogging, because I'm sure my real life friends get tired of the "that would make a really good blog post!" and "wait...can I take a picture of that for Sunny State of Mind?' and of course the, "No one eat yet! I need a picture!"

"Wait! I need a picture!" in action 

Something about having an outlet to spread and share my ideas has brought out the best in me. I've always been a creative person, but having a community to embrace my ways and the things I love has been a dream come true. I've loved sharing my outfits with the people who follow along. Being able to be confident in what I wear has made all the difference, and this blog is a definite confidence booster.

One more thing! I also wanted to share with you my top 5 all time favorite posts, so here they are:

1: My New York City recaps: Day 1 and Day 2 (2015)
2: The post sponsored by my favorite brand (2015)
3: The List (2015)
4: Copycat Lush Bath Bomb Recipe (2013)
5: Fourth of July Outfits (Despite the awkward poses) (2014)

They say the third time is a charm, and within this third year of my blog, I've been able to redesign and nail down what I really want it to be. These past three years have been so fun, I hope I continue to write things that strike your fancy and you'll stick around to enjoy the ride.


Summer Essentials

Exciting things are happening around here! Today, I wrote a guest post about my summer essentials over on Evelyn Henson. Given my love for anything sunny, my summer essentials are bright and perfect for the weather. Go check it out and find where I got everything with this link! And, see the super cute video on her Instagram.


Summer Morning Routine

I really like mornings. I know some people would want to slap me in the face for saying that, but I am just in love with the way the sun looks, the drowsy, content feeling after a good night's sleep, morning coffee, and a fresh start. Some mornings are different than others for me, but I have a general routine I follow.

So every morning I stay in bed till around 9, whether I'm still sleeping or blogging or watching Netflix. I also like to plan early in the morning to get an organized start.

Then, I'll head downstairs to get something to eat and drink. I'm not a huge breakfast person, but I do love a big bowl of fresh fruit. What I put in my mug changes every day since I'm trying not to get addicted to coffee. I also love tea, lemon & cucumber water, green juice, and smoothies. Speaking of mugs, I recently received the cutest mug from The Monogram Shop (@themonogramshop on Instagram) designed by ABD designs!

 Then after I eat I will go and get ready for the day. I like to leave my hair natural in the summer, and I typically only wear mineral powder and mascara on my face. I wash my face with a Clarisonic and a benzoyl peroxide cleanser. I also put on a lot of moisturizer, especially in summer.

After I'm primped, I go to pick out my outfit. Some days I throw on running clothes if I'm working out later, but most days this part takes a while. I think the best start to a day starts with an outfit you feel confident in. 

That's it! Then I leave for whatever I have planned. Whether it's shopping, errands, babysitting, or hanging out with friends. 

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my life. 

Kendra Scott Via Maya

I am a huge fan of the brand Kendra Scott. The pieces are so elegant and versatile, and the woman herself is amazing. Kendra left everything to start a small store that sold hats for chemotherapy patients. Since then, she has moved on to bigger things and has started one of my favorite businesses. A few months ago, I started talking with a representative of Kendra Scott, and the company sent me a gorgeous package of jewels from their Via Maya collection. I opened the box to find these two bracelets and this necklace. Let me just say, I have gotten a ton of wear out of all of the pieces and I love them all.

In this outfit, since the bangles are totally stackable, I mixed them with a KJP rope bracelet. On top, I wore a linen top with a strappy back and on the bottom I wore Lilly Pulitzer Tusk In Sun shorts and Jack Rogers platinum sandals.

I love pink and orange together.

Isn't the back on this top so fun?

These earrings are also Kendra Scott! They are the ivory pearl Elle earrings!

I really want to thank everyone at Kendra Scott for this opportunity! Also, I will have blog posts going up every Wednesday and Saturday for the rest of summer. Thanks for reading.


Disclaimer: Though the opinions in this post are solely my own, I did receive compensation for featuring some items in this post.