Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Open to the Public

I don’t think this is news to any of my fellow Nordstrom lovers out there, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened up to the public over the weekend! This. Is. Like. Christmas…in. July….seriously! All new, never-before-seen arrivals are on major sale, and it almost seems too good to be true. Too good – like all of those designer items start to become just within reach/budget. Even though we are in the midst of summer, it will soon be time to start thinking about our fall wardrobes, and that especially means back-to-school shopping for many of us. Believe me when I say you do not want to miss out on this sale. Prices go back up on August 8th, but lots of items will sell out by then. I’ve spent a good part of last week/this weekend pouring over everything in the sale trying to pick out my favorites. As I write this, I’m almost ready to hit checkout, but just need to do a little bit more narrowing down.



Bags + Accessories (from left to right): Ted Baker Watch | Sole Society Crossbody Bag | Phase 3 Wool Floppy Hat | Shwood Round Wood Sunglasses | Illesteva Round Mirrored SunglassesBP Drawstring Tote | Louise et Cie Leather Shoulder Bag | Nixon Leather Strap Watch

Bags, watches and sunglasses are important investment pieces that are worth paying a little extra for. Think about your favorite everyday tote that you use day in and day out, I’m sure it has taken some damage. The way I see it, you can have a few lower quality versions and switch them up every couple of days to keep them looking fresh, or choose a high quality bag that will last and last. Same goes for sunglasses and watches. I picked out a few things that I’m interested in this time around, but believe me, my wish list doesn’t stop just with what is above.



Dresses (from left to right): Rebecca Taylor Floral Dress | BP Sleeveless ShirtdressEliza J Print Ponte Dress | Caslon Plaid Cotton Shirtdress | Caslon Split Neck Dress Madewell Cotton Shirtdress


Dresses (from left to right): Diane von Furstenberg Arabella Silk Dress | Hinge Crochet Trim Dress | Halogen Colorblock Shiftdress | Maggy London Pleat Crepe Dress | Halogen Collared Lace Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Rosale Mixed Media Dress

Secret’s out – I love dresses. I wear a dress almost everyday – they are so easy to pull off with bare legs in the summer and tights/leggings in the winter. For everyday wear, putting together a skirt/top or pants/top sometimes can be so much trickier than just donning one simple dress. I have an endless closet full of dresses, and a new dress just might be my greatest weakness. I am going to be sure to stock up on a few fall favorites.



Outerwear (from left to right): Halogen Notch Collar Topper | Ralph Lauren Quilted Jacket | Gallery Quilted Vest | Gallery Water Repellant Anorak | The North Face Laney Trench

With prices marked down so significantly across so many items, now is the time to invest in a fall/winter jacket if you were all thinking about doing so last year. You definitely do not want to get stuck paying full price for a warm coat.



Boots & Booties (from left to right): Tory Burch Riding Boot | Seychelles Block Heel Bootie | BCBGMAZAZRIA Blyss Bootie | TOMS Majorca Peep Toe Bootie | Steve Madden Sharini Bootie | Hinge Perforated Bootie | Corso Como Over the Knee Boot | Via Spiga Sylvie Block Heel Bootie | Tory Burch Hallie Boot | Aquatalia Weatherproof Riding Boot

Walking around the city a lot means I wear my shoes into the ground. Truly. I wear them until the soles and worn out. I even dread buying new boots in the winter for fear of ruining them in all the salt, sand, and wetness. Regardless, I need new boots, and now is the time! Still torn between the three riding boot options shown above.

So many choices, so little time! What are your favorite #nsale picks this year? Leave a link in the comments below!
xo -L

Cabi Scoop




The cabi Scoop is here – tonight! To start things off today, I’m sharing a look from cabi. If you’re not familiar, this 15-year-old company is becoming more and more well known as a better way to shop. Founded in 2002, cabi is a designer collection of women’s apparel and accessories, intended for real women with real lives. The line includes an affordable mix of professional and chic separates along with casual everyday pieces, launched in both spring and fall. 



I’m wearing the Lizzie Dress (classic, white eyelet and very much my style), the Resort Jacket for a pop of color, and the Helios Cuff for an added bit of glam – all from the 2016 Spring Collection.






Tonight, the fall 2016 collection will debut in Boston in cabi’s runway show, called The Scoop. I will be there (and you know what I’ll be wearing), so be sure to follow along on Instagram (@thelilacpress) and Snapchat (username: leigha_gardner) for all the behind the scenes action. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of the new fall line:

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope to have you following along tonight!
xo -L

A Night in Cambridge




If you’re following along on Instagram and/or Snapchat (username: leigha_gardner), you might have seen that the Charles Hotel hosted us last weekend for a night in Cambridge. Sometimes a little staycation is such a treat, and it was honestly just what I needed amidst the craziness of summer schedules. The hotel just underwent a massive $20M renovation, so the room we stayed in was brand-new, completely pristine, and gorgeous. The best part was all the natural light that came in through the windows in the morning, offering up views of Cambridge.


My pj’s: Splendid from Nordstrom






We were spoiled with breakfast in bed, and it could not have felt better to be so pampered. If you go, you have to get the malted waffle with apple butter or the Henrietta’s homemade granola.




A little lounging/working session in bed was like a dream come true. Just a big comfy bed, my laptop, some coffee and some yummy granola, and I was one happy camper. Getting a few things done and relaxing a bit left me feeling so very refreshed by the time we (reluctantly) packed up our things and hit the road.





This low-key dress was perfect for bopping around the hotel square and exploring all the good places to eat. There are quite a few restaurants on site, and we were lucky enough to try Henrietta’s Table. I know this spot well for brunch. It was a family tradition for quite some time to visit Henrietta’s Table for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day because we loved it so much. Since I knew brunch had been outstanding in the past, I knew dinner would be incredible as well.


^^That pig in the pen is Henrietta!


The restaurant has a very farm-to-table theme, with lots of the goods sourced locally. We had a very delicious cheese board, made up primarily of Vermont cheeses. My favorite dish by far was a farro, quinoa, lentil & heirloom bean chili with cheddar & scallion empanadas. Definitely the option for vegetarians – very tasty, filling and healthy!

We had such a blast last weekend! Thank you to the Charles Hotel for having us!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
xo -L