November 18, 2015

Return of the Green Pants

I started a new job last week and am still getting used to the dress code. We didn't really have a dress code conversation, and I haven't seen any "rules," but I can tell from how everyone else dresses that it's business casual (even Fridays, sad face) which is more formal than my last office. I don't have to adjust my wardrobe, I'm just going to be wearing pieces I didn't wear very often before  - case in point, these green pants have been in the back of my closet because they were a bit too casual for court, but they were too dressy for my last job..but now they make sense on office days. I wore this today to an impromptu mediation that I was asked to shadow, and I switched the cardigan for a blazer I had in my car. I usually wear a suit or a dress with blazer to mediations but this "worked" for the last minute meeting. 
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Shoes: Cole Haan

November 16, 2015

Floral Tulip Dress & Orange Moto Jacket

I wore this out to dinner last weekend with my BF and my oldest friend (we've known each other since we were 5!) out in South Beach at Katsuya restaurant. It was the best sushi meal I've ever had (we tried the tasting menu) - and that's saying something because I'm not very adventurous when it comes to fish, let alone raw fish. If you're visiting the area I would definitely recommend trying the restaurant and especially the tasting menu for 2. (P.S. I got caught taking these pics and got embarrassed so I ran inside! I swear, even after 4 years of this blog, I still blush when I'm caught photographing myself!).  I also wore this dress to a rehearsal dinner for a wedding back in September, but, alas, there were no photos taken. #photosoritdidnthappen 
Dress: Saks Off 5th (available in every size at time of posting!)
Jacket: Zara (similar in suede)
Sandals: Forever 21 (similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Sunglasses: c/o Firmoo (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar)
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)

November 12, 2015

Mesh-Front Waterfall Sweater

Ann Taylor recently had an extra 60% off sale online, so I decided to buy a few things to try out - I was honestly not happy with a lot of the purchases - I returned most of them. (Is it me, or has the fit been off at AT recently? And the quality is lacking...) However, the below sweater was a keeper. It is rather thin (which is OK for Florida), the sleeves are sheer (again, OK for Florida), and I like the waterfall and mesh-detailed front. I wouldn't pay full price for it, but I kept it at the sale price of $30 as something to keep me warm in the office, or to throw on casually. I wore this to the office on an office day where I had a networking happy hour after work - I took off the sweater for the happy hour considering it felt like it was about 100 degrees outside. 
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Dress: Theory (similar)
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Etsy (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

November 10, 2015

Longline Checkered Blazer

I wore this outfit to work a few weeks ago on a day I had a deposition. This Theory jacket is another one of my recent Nordstrom Rack finds. I was worried about the long length being too long considering I'm 5'3", but I really like it - kind of reminds me of an 80's power suit. Plus it completely covers my behind -- a nice touch. So far I've worn it with a navy dress and the outfit below, but it would also look nice with my tan dress or pants, navy pants, and casually with jeans. 
Jacket: Theory (similar!) (also like this one, but it's $$$)
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Sunglasses c/o Firmoo (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: from Grandma
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Rings: Michael Kors (similar) & old

November 8, 2015

Black & White Checked Shift

Due to some prompting from my mother, I sat down today and found an outfit from a few weeks ago that I forgot to post. I've been on a Nordstrom Rack/Saks Off 5th kick recently. I've been stopping in often on lunch breaks to browse, and I've been pleasantly surprised by a lot of the stuff I've scored. I'm a very tactile shopper (I touch everything) - this dress stood out to me in an unorganized clearance rack because I knew from the touch that it was silk. I got it thinking I could maybe wear it to work on a casual office day with a blazer or sweater (no court or client meetings for sure), but I haven't had the guts to wear it there yet. Although my office is casual, it probably borders on too short. I could try it over black jeans for a sort of European look though. I wore the below outfit to a going away party for a friend. 
Dress: ALC (only one left at the time of posting! sorry!)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Michael Kors & old
Sandals: Steve Madden

September 28, 2015

Summer Wedding

My BF and I were in South Carolina last weekend for the wedding of one of his college roommates. I decided 2 days before the wedding that I wanted something new to wear, so I stopped by Nordstrom on my lunch break and scoped out the dress department for anything that caught my eye. Surprisingly, I was drawn to the below dress and it was, by fate, on sale! Although hard to see in the pictures, it has silver threads throughout, so I went with silver accessories. If you like the dress, be aware it has an open back. I tried to wear a convertible low back bra, but it was still visible at the back, so I ended up wearing a sticky bra instead (it worked well! But I hope it wasn't a one-time use). The wedding ceremony was in the early afternoon, and the reception was several hours later, so I ended up ditching the pearls for the reception. 
Necklace: Macy's (similar)
Bracelets: David Yurman & Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (here in mini)
Bag: Paper. (similar - LOL)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

September 24, 2015

Best of the Bunch

The other morning I attempted to take my own photos with my "good" camera lens (which is infinitely harder to use than the kit lens)... of course I was rushed, and the lighting wasn't great, and 9 out of 10 photos turned out blurry. So here's what I was left with: 1 non blurry photo of my whole outfit, and one super-close-up of my face, lol. 
I wore the below outfit to a mediation. To explain to any non lawyers: a mediation is a pretty informal meeting between the two parties to a lawsuit (sometimes there are more parties but I don't want to unnecessarily complicate things) to talk about the pros and cons of the case and (hopefully) attempt to settle the case. Since the mediator (the person presiding over the meeting between the parties) is usually a former judge, I usually wear something other than jeans.  
Dress: Theory (similar)
Blazer: Rachel Rachel Roy (see below for some other patterned options)
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Bag: Brahmin (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar but $$$)
Rings:  Nordstrom Rack (similar) & Gift
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: from Grandma & Mom (similar and LOVE)

September 4, 2015

What's REALLY in my work bag?

In the ~4 years I've had this blog, I don't think I've ever done a "what's in my bag?" post. Partly it was because, like I've said before, this requires foresight (which I rarely have when it comes to this blog) and partly it was because most of these posts by other bloggers are similar/the same, and what makes me different? I'll tell you what makes me different - I am going to show you what's REALLY in my work bag, sans any edits to make my life seem more put-together or beautiful than the average person. At the end of the day, I am a lawyer by career, not a blogger portraying some falsely beautiful life. Ahead, a pretty pic of my new-ish work bag, and what is REALLY in my work bag (at least on the day I took these pictures). 
(clockwise from the top right)
  • I carry a notebook with me often/almost daily. I usually forget to pack one when I'm going to a deposition and then I run into a problem where I'm taking notes all over random papers. 
  • I've been carrying these random papers in my bag for the last month. They are my car insurance renewal papers. I have to pay this bill by next week or my insurance will lapse.
  • My boyfriend bought me this Kate Spade wallet for Christmas/my birthday. It's got that saffiano leather which makes it harder to scratch - which is perfect for my life!
  • I always have random pens in my bag - how else will I take notes on my notepad?
  • Although I have a cute Kate Spade gold business card holder (similar) (a gift from my parents, I believe when I graduated from law school), I still manage to throw business cards willy-nilly around my bag. Also, a lone paperclip.
  • My sunglasses OUTSIDE of my sunglass case. I am surprised the glasses are not scratched, but I've been lucky so far. 
  • A literal plastic bag which I carried my lunch to work in the day these pictures were taken. What is my life? 
  • NOTE: missing things that are also usually in my bag: a mini Purell hand sanitizer, a lanyard attached to a USB drive (gotta have my files with me, bro), a random lipgloss (almost every bag I have has a NYX lipgloss in it). 
The end. I hope this post has, at the very least, made you chuckle. And at the most, I hope you realize it's OK to have imperfect, not-very-beautiful content in your purse. 


September 2, 2015

On Curbing Spending

I used to regularly participate in Franish's monthly "budgeting bloggers" posts, but somewhere along the line I fell off the wagon. That, coupled with the fact that I switched jobs (which included a raise), has led me to not watch my clothing spending in the last few months. I think I am actually going to reduce my self-proclaimed budget of $200/month that I've had for the last 3+ years down to $100 a month (and preferably $0 for a few months). This revelation came to me on August 31, so September will be the perfect time to start this little experiment.

In the meantime, I want to share a few of my favorite things I've bought in the past few months. 
Every few weeks I have to go to West Palm Beach for depositions, and about 2 months or so ago I stopped by the outlets up there for my lunch break. I ended up falling in love with a bunch of bags at the Brahmin outlet. I've heard of Brahmin before but couldn't bring myself to pay full price. The second time I went to WPB, I decided to buy a bag. Specifically, I purchased the Tori tote for work. 

Although the only links I can find are for full price, the outlets had them for about 30% off the full price (savings of about $100). The outlet also had a million beautiful colors to choose from (like 3 or 4 in shades of brown - there was something for everyone, seriously). I really have fallen in love with this brand - beautiful but not showy in the sense that you're not walking around with a huge logo emblem or super-recognizable bag. If the Tori bag isn't available, a close alternative is the West Lake bag, which also has a zipper on the top. Nordstrom currently has it available in 4 colors for only ~$150 (about 50% off).

Another thing that is both great and sucky about my new job is that I get along really well with everyone, and that the other girls in the office and I sometimes go out to the mall or the nearby Nordstrom Rack during lunch. It's sucky because obviously this leads to spending money. One day, a friend and I went to Nordstrom Rack and she tried on these super cute sandals below that I decided I also just "had to have" as well. I really do like them - they are comfortable and I feel like they are stylish and "amp up" my regular outfits a bit, but they were still SO unnecessary given the amount of shoes I have (about 10 pairs too many). 

In terms of beauty spending, Ulta had a 20% off entire purchase sale this past month, so that killed my wallet. I ended up getting this contour brush and the Lorac contour palette, both of which I really like. However, a FYI to very fair-skinned ladies like myself - the Lorac palette's "light" color is VERY dark- to the point that I wouldn't wear this on a daily basis to court because its kinda a nighttime/going out vibe. 

Honestly, this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of my spending in the last few months. I spent about an hour the other day going through my Mint.com account and categorizing purchases to find out where I'm going wrong and it was UPSETTING. I am really really REALLY going to try to use what I already have and cut back, but also keep up with posting outfits. If anyone has any ideas for other budgeting apps or other ideas (right now I'm carrying a notebook with me daily to track spending) I am open and ready! 

September 1, 2015

Belated crochet top & cuffed shorts

I found this lost outfit from when I was in Naples almost 2 months ago. I really like this shirt that I picked up from Nordstrom Rack - it's nice as a casual top with a tank underneath or as a beach coverup, which is what I used it for on the day in question. Also, I am sad to report that due to an unforeseen circumstance (someone with a larger head than me decided to wear my hat below as a joke) it is now slightly crushed and deformed :( I don't want to write it off completely yet, but it's not lookin' good. I got a solid month of wear out of it but it really should have lasted longer. 
Top: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Shorts: A&F (similar)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy via TJ Maxx (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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July 23, 2015

Swim Week 2015: Featuring ModelLauncher Cosmetics

I wanted to share a post (or two) about Swim Week this year, which took place last weekend in various areas of South Beach. I had the opportunity to attend a few shows, go backstage for the first time, and interview Tatjana Stepakina, the creative director of ModelLauncher cosmetics! But first, my outfit: I have now learned the ropes and know 'tis better to wear ones hair up than down during swim week, as the humidity is unbearable. I spent the afternoon before the shows watching youtube videos on some interesting (but easy) ways to wear your hair in an updo, and I settled on this one by the Small Things Blog). Let's be honest... my hair did NOT come out looking like hers but it was OK for a first try haha (see bottom for my hair)! In terms of clothing, I wore an Elizabeth & James dress, simple jewelry from Nordstrom Rack, and my go-to-most-comfortable-heel sandals which have been like the best $20 I've ever spent. Check out below for some backstage pics and to learn more about ModelLauncher cosmetics! 
ModelLauncher was kind enough to send me some samples - I wore the lip crayon to dinner tonight and love the application and color. The color is "Demure" in case you are interested. The blotting powder is great for Florida heat (and really, anywhere during the summer) to keep your makeup staying PUT! And of course the packaging is beautiful :)  
Tatjana is a former model, and she was inspired by her industry to create a brand that reminds everyone using it that they are their own model. What sets ModelLauncher apart from other brands and that is unique about it is that it is all natural makeup. I also spoke with the head makeup artist backstage and she compared the brand to Bare Minerals - Wow! 
ModelLauncher cosmetics were used at the CDFA Incubator show for the makeup looks. The CDFA Incubator show featured the debut of the Wet Deck Collection along with private looks by Misha NonooIsa Tapia and Sara Beltran by Deszo. Above you can see some of the runway looks laid out. 
Above is a pic my friend grabbed of some of the models before the show. I asked Tatjana what her favorite summer trend in makeup was, and she was a huge proponent of the sun kissed look, which the models definitely rocked. I also asked Tatjana what she recommended to keep your makeup looking great in the summer heat - the blotting powder (pictured above) came highly recommended! 
Outfit details
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)


July 15, 2015

July 4th in Naples, FL

This blue dress with red shoes is about as festive as I got for the 4th of July, and it wasn't even intentional! When I packed for my weekend trip to Naples, I tried to grab some dresses from my closet that I don't get to wear very often, and this dress made the cut. I got the dress back from the tailor too late to wear to my friend's wedding in Memphis a few months ago, and since then, I haven't had many occasions for sundresses. If you're thinking of spending July 4th in Naples, FL (I realize this is a year away, but maybe you're a person who plans far in advance...) they set off fireworks at the Naples Pier, and also over in Ft. Myers. I went to dinner at a restaurant called the Turtle Club, and I was able to see the fireworks at the Naples pier as well as over in Ft. Myers, and some people were setting off fireworks right on the beach outside of the restaurant as well. Although we didn't plan it, it ended up being a perfect spot - plus with some tables outside right on the sand, it was a beautiful location to watch the sunset. 
Dress: Lilly for Target (similar)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy (similar)
NecklaceKendra Scott
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)

July 13, 2015

Maxi dress & fedora

My BF and I took a trip to Naples/Sanibel Island for 4th of July weekend. I packed very light (wore the same pair of shoes everywhere, even to the beach, lol!) but have some outfits to share. The most glaring thing to me in this picture below is the HAT. I have never really been a hat person, but here I am. I ordered like a gazillion hats from Nordstrom a few weeks ago trying to find one to fit my very small head. The only one that fit around the circumference of my head was a TODDLER's size hat. The problem was that although the circumference fit, the brim was toddler sized so it looked like I was wearing some stupid circus hat haha. My search continued. I ended up picking up this Michael Starts one at Nordstrom, which, when I fluff out my hair, isn't too obviously big. It's great for the beach.. and I do live in Florida so I'll get some use out of it! 
Dress: Nordstrom (same dress but different pattern)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (love this one)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy (similar, similar)

July 10, 2015

Faux wrap blouse & jeans for work

This is a typical outfit I wear to the office when I'm inside all day. It's casual and comfortable for a lot of desk work but not wholly unprofessional or anything. We're allowed to wear jeans, but I like to stick to black unless it's Friday (at least I try to). This is the first time I've shown this shirt on the blog - it's from H&M and I LOVE it. I've had it for many months and wear it all the time. If it had shoulder pads it would remind me of something my mom definitely used to wear in the 90's with the stripes... I don't know why. But yea I like it, and I get compliments on it all the time at work. I wish I had gotten some other colors. H&M still carries it if you like it!. See below for some of my similar favorites from H&M...
Blouse: H&M
Jeans: Paige via Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)

July 9, 2015

Giraffe-print dress

I finally busted out my Lilly for Target dress for dinner a few weekends ago at 13 Even in Ft. Lauderdale. Anywhere with a cheese plate is A-OK in my book, lol. I ended up tailoring the dress to be more form fitting and shorter. The wrinkles are crazy on this linen dress but I still like it.
Dress: Lilly for Target (similar)
Shoes: Madden Girl (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (love it in this peacock color)
Watch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)

June 29, 2015

White & Flannel

Ok so I know that a flannel shirt in the middle of summer probably seems odd, but I was going to dinner in a cold restaurant in this outfit, so I was dressing for the air conditioning. Ann Taylor was having a great 50% off everything sale this weekend, and I was on a mission to get some flats for work, so I stopped in to check out the shoe selection and was lucky to find these interesting d'orsay flats in a versatile camel/beige color for - get this - only $20 after the sale. SCORE. 
Shirt: J. Crew (similar)
Jeans: Paige
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Watch: Michael Kors
Rings: Michael Kors (similar), unknown (similar)

June 24, 2015

A Day in the Life

I've been doing the blog thing for over 4 years now (wow, I can't even believe it!) and I've been lucky enough to get some great emails from readers asking me for advice or requesting that I do a certain type of post. I have to be honest and say that while I have answered every reader email asking for advice I have never done a single post request purely because I haven't had the time or forethought to plan it out. I really just take pics of the things that I wear - I don't usually think ahead. 
I think the beauty of being a lawyer is how flexible my schedule is and how no day is exactly the same (at least this has been my personal experience in the areas of law I've practiced for the past 3 years). Some days are spent entirely at my desk, preparing for hearings, depositions, answering discovery, or writing motions. Some days are spent entirely out of the office at trials, hearings, depositions, or mediations. When I was practicing criminal law, sometimes entire days would be spent meeting with clients at the jails. 
In the morning, I dress depending on what I have to do for the day. If I'm going to court, I wear a suit or a jacket with a dress. If I'm going to a deposition, I might wear a fun pencil skirt that wouldn't be appropriate for a hearing. If I'm staying in the office all day, I'll wear something like the outfit in this post. At my firm, which is (in general) a plaintiff's civil litigation firm, on average, I spend a few hours out of the office each day, whether in the morning or afternoon, and a few hours at my desk. It's refreshing to do different things and not to have to sit inside all day. I might start out the morning by going to court for some hearings, and then coming back to the office afterward. Or, I might go to the office in the morning, go to an afternoon deposition, and then come back again. Some days we have to stay "late" to prepare for hearings/depositions that will take place the next morning, and some days I'm out the door at 6:01 PM.  The great thing about my firm is that they allow the younger attorneys to participate in hearings and depositions that other firms might reserve for more senior people. 
It can be redundant talking about law firms and how different they all are - but my advice is to find one that fits you and your professional needs. For me, I value constantly learning (it keeps the law from being boring), gaining courtroom experience, and having a congenial atmosphere with my coworkers. I know this post was super vague (like I said, it's really hard to explain a typical day because one day is never the same) but if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments or email me at professionallypetite@gmail.com. 
Jacket: Loft
Shirt: Loft (similar)
Jeans: Paige
Rings: David Yurman & Macys (the real deal)
Shoes: Pour la Victoire (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

June 22, 2015

Turquoise Dress & Black Turtle Apparel

Hello everyone! I was recently contacted by the founder of Black Turtle Apparel, a new clothing company specializing in office-friendly styles for petite women - obviously, right up my alley. They created a quiz to help you figure out whether you should try petite sizes or not. I played around with it by answering different ways and I think it's pretty accurate - as long as you are honest about how your clothes fit you! 
I'm 5'3", which is at the taller end of the "petite spectrum," so sometimes I buy standard sized clothing. This dress, for example, is a standard size from Ann Taylor. I kept it because I liked the longer length. Just because you are "petite" according to the charts doesn't mean you have to always buy petite sizes, of course. That's the beauty of retailers like J Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Loft, etc etc (and also department stores with multiple departments) - you can try both petite, regular, and plus sizes and see what fits you best. 
Anyway, take the quiz above and let me know what you think! Also be sure to keep tabs on Black Turtle Apparel and what designs they release next. 
Jacket: Zara (similar)
Dress: Ann Taylor (very similar w/ faux wrap front) (love this tropical print)
Shoes: Corso Como (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Michael Kors (similar and on sale)
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Bag: Dooney & Bourke (similar)

June 10, 2015

Cornflower & Blue Tweed

Here's the most recent way I wore my new Ann Taylor suit. I like the blue tweed because it's something different and I have nothing like it, despite whatever matronly vibe it may give off. But I only wear the jacket in court anyway,  I paired it with my new-ish favorite cornflower blue blouse from H&M. I went with my usual size for the jacket of the suit, but I took the regular (instead of petite) size in the skirt for a little extra room and longer length. 
Jacket: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Blouse: H&M (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21, Ann Taylor (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)
Earrings: Kendra Scott
Sunglasses: Ray Ban 

June 7, 2015

Day to Night

I picked up this French Connection dress from Ross a few months ago with no actual purpose in mind. I remembered it a few days ago when I decided to wear it to work and then out for date night afterward. I bought a size up from my usual size to make it more work appropriate. In life recently... I was in a wedding in Memphis a few weekends ago, was a social butterfly for a few weekends going to various BBQs (love this summer BBQ season), this weekend I went to a bar association event, and next weekend I'm going to visit some of my best friends from college! 
Dress: French Connection (similar, similar)
Jacket: Loft (similar, similar)
Shoes: Pour la Victoire (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklaces: Forever 21, Ann Taylor (layered) (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban



May 16, 2015

Green tweed blazer & sale on suits

I don't have much to say about my life lately, so I'll just tell you about some good sales on suits: I bought 2 suits recently from Ann Taylor during an extra 60% off sale.  Total, each suit came to less than $100. The same suits are still available on the website but the sale isn't as good, it's currently 30% off (see below for photos and links to buy, if you're interested). I love the blue tweed suit because it's something different, but my BF hates it (he couldn't articulate, but I think he thinks it's too informal for court and/or matronly... and I don't agree haha). I see great potential for mixing and matching with my current wardrobe (navy suit + blue tweed, brown suit + blue tweed, grey suit + blue tweed... etc etc, endless possibilities). 
Blazer: Zara (similar)
Dress: Theory
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Dooney & Bourke (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban


April 20, 2015

Lilly x Target

Guys... I braved the lines and the crazed moms and teens this weekend to get my hands on some Lilly Pulitzer for Target stuff! My friend and I got to our local store around 7:20 AM, and there was already a line of about 50 people in front of us. Friends were saving places for other friends so the line grew even longer as we waited for the doors to open at 8 (and the line grew behind us, too). Our game plan was for my friend to run to the home goods/accessories sections and me to hit women's clothing to try to get the most stuff for both of us. Being surrounded by real Lilly wearing moms had its advantage - they were a bit slow. I was able to reach in and grab a bunch of stuff to try on (the 2 dresses below plus other clothing items) but the 2 dresses below were the only keepers for clothing for me. I would have loved to get the shift dress in the "Fan Dance" print, and I had my eye on the online-only "Happy Place" print, but I'm happy with the 2 prints I got. I also tried on the dress in "See Ya Later" but it was much too neon for me. 
The dress above is in the "Upstream" print. I originally grabbed a size 8 (obviously much too big for me) but I held onto it to try to trade, and it paid off. I was able to trade it out for a 4 which was only slightly too big. I have the above dress pulled back with hairclips - I plan to get it tailored. 
FYI - these dresses are great for tailoring because the zippers are down the middle of the back - so all that would be needed are seams down the sides and possibly a hem if you want it shorter. I like this length though so I plan to keep it the same. 
I was able to grab the above giraffe-print dress in a 2 and a 4 for my friend and I, and we both kept the dress. I'm wearing the 2 above, and it's also slightly big. I plan to get it taken in on the sides as well as taken up to be a bit more form-fitting. I also have this dress clipped in the back.
While I grabbed clothes for us to try on, my friend grabbed scarves. I then ran to meet her and came across ladies hoarding all of the makeup bags - I grabbed 2 small ones for my friend and I but we didn't buy them. I was hoping to get one of the larger makeup cases but - NOPE. Didn't get one in time. We also missed out on the weekender bags. My friend grabbed some towels for us, too, but we also put those back later after we assessed our loot. The only other thing I kept was a scarf in the "Belladonna" print. I was hoping to grab the scarf in "Boom Boom" but also didn't get that in time. The best thing about the scarves though (at least the ones my friend and I got) is that they're super lightweight and are perfect beach coverups/sarongs. Given I live in the tropics I think I'll get more use out of it as a sarong than as a scarf for warmth. 
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchases. I can't wait to bring the dresses to the tailor to make them the perfect fit. I have a few bridal showers/etc coming up that I want to wear them. I'm going to keep my eye out for the makeup cases in case they're re-stocked or at the local store.

Did you shop the Lilly x Target online or in-store sale? What did you think? - and of course, what did you get??