The Reasons Why I’m Shopping Small this Christmas and Why You Should Too!

I love shopping for others during the holidays. Giving gifts is a way to show someone else that you care for them. And yes, I will be dressing in my Christmas attire, heading out during the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday, and checking off a few of my boxes on my Christmas list. After all, shopping Black Friday has become a tradition for the girls in my family. However, this year I will be shopping small as much as I can! Why, you ask? Read on to find out my friend!

I get to support someone’s dream. You see, each small business represents someone dream. There is always a person, a family, a story behind each one. Our family loves these stories! We love that each time we make a purchase from the small shops we have grown to love, we are supporting someone’s dream and helping it become a reality! What a fantastic feeling!

You find unique items you can’t find anywhere else. Of course there will Buzz-Saw Louie at every store and everyone you know will be getting one (yes that is a Veggie Tales reference! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can click here.), but what about giving something different for a change? My sister is the best gift giver ever! She always finds something thoughtful and unique. I have learned so much from her over the years and have really been trying to put more thought into what I give. You know, not just giving to give. Shopping small gives me options for gift giving that I simply can’t get in department stores.

I can finally find something for the difficult ones. Let’s face it, some people are just hard to shop for. Because small businesses have unique products, I’m able to find something for those who want things in even the most unique niche.

Many small businesses are now located online. Honestly, a lot of the small businesses I will be buying from this year are online. This is great for me, because I cannot stand the traffic this time of year! Shopping online means I don’t have to worry about traffic at all. In fact I’m able to do most of my shopping after my boys are tucked snuggly in their beds and from the comfort of my couch. Score!

There are so many reasons to shop small this holiday season and we only scratched the surface. If your looking for gifts for her this year, check out lydiaandlilac.com today! What are some of your reasons for shopping small this year?

What I’m Wearing to Thanksgiving

So this post is finally here! I have actually been waiting for months for this one, because I knew since the moment our Sophia Tank Dress in Black arrived that it would be the dress I would wear to our Thanksgiving celebration.

I love tulle skirts, so Sophia is of course one of my favorites at Lydia & Lilac. This may be due to the fact that I took four years of ballet in high school and absolutely loved the art. In fact I was almost a dance minor in college, but life happens and I took a different path. I still have hopes that one day I may return to fine arts, but that’s in God’s hands now. I may also love tulle skirts because they are sooo girly! As a mother of 3 boys, I often feel that I’m out numbered, so I tend to dress as girly as possible just because I’m the only one I get to dress up…lol.

Anyway, back to Thanksgiving. I always enjoy picking out something special to wear for the holiday and unbeknownst to most, I actually put quite a bit of thought into what I will wear this day every year. So I knew Sophia was perfect and there was no doubt about the fact that I would wear a beautiful statement necklace with it. This just left shoes and a cardigan.

Well, most of the clothes I wear these days are from Lydia & Lilac. However there was a day in September that I was at Target and I came across a solution for both my shoes and my sweater. I found the perfect cardigan for the occasion with colors ranging from browns to burgundies to yellows. I also found some really adorable burgundy, lace-up, peep toes with a chunky heel. I loved the colors in the cardigan and the shoes, because they really give the entire look such a rich fall feel.

If your looking for a great outfit for your holiday get together, look no further than lydiaandlilac.com!

Perfect Holiday Dresses and the Reasons You’ll Love Them!

I love dressing up! Yes, me! Who woulda thunk right? 😉 The holiday season is filled with family get togethers, parties, and other occasions that call for dressing your best. For this reason, I have put a list together of some gorgeous pieces here at lydiaandliac.com that will make you the best dressed guest, guaranteed!

Sophia is THE perfect party dress! This dress is currently available in blush and black. This adorable tank dress has a beautiful gold belt with a tassel detail. The best part of this dress though is the tulle skirt! This dress can be worn as is or with a cardigan. Picture Sophia in black with a red cardigan and you have an adorable look for Christmas. I love dressing this one up with my favorite heels and statement necklace. In fact, Sophia in black is the dress I am planning to wear to Thanksgiving this year, but more about that look later.

Valentina is a classic and looks incredible on any figure! This mock wrap dress is available in black. We suggest pairing it with your favorite heals or wedges, as it is a full length maxi. Picture Valentina with one of our Stella Statement Necklace sets and a gorgeous updo. This look would be perfect for a holiday concert or a night at the theater. Just thinking about it makes me want to buy some tickets to the Nutcracker (why, yes this will be showing at the Staz in December!).

Lyla is such a feminine skirt, which is also available in black. (Starting to see a trend here?) Why such a feminine skirt you ask? It could be the black lace or it could be the pleated tulle overlay, you take your pick! Lyla looks fantastic with a cami and cardigan, but we also dare you to pair this high waisted skirt with a tucked in sweater. It would look adorable with a black and white striped sweater, red sweater, or even pink! We adore this skirt with our white scalloped cami and love it even more paired with red velvet heals!

Last but certainly not least, is Allie. We could not talk about holiday dresses without mentioning our special edition holiday dress! This. Dress. Is. Adorable. The plaid pattern makes it the perfect dress to wear from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s and every holiday in between! We love this one paired with knee high boots. The long sleeves can be buttoned up and be worn as 3/4 length. Adorable with tights, a beanie, a statement necklace, you name it! Dress it up, dress it down, we just can’t get enough of Allie!

Check out lydiaandlilac.com today for even more holiday dresses, skirts, and accessories!

Thank You to Our Veterans

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to our veterans.  I was an Air Force wife for 6 years and personally understand some of the sacrifices these great men and women give in service to our great country.  My husband, my parents, my grandfather, and my father-in-law have all served this country and I cannot be more proud.  We cannot thank our veterans enough for their service, words just don’t seem to do it justice.  These are strong and courageous men and women we should honor today and every day.  As we go about our busy lives, they dedicate theirs to our freedoms, our safety, our nation.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!2D59732D-6D38-4C32-8B7B-406916B6B080.jpeg

Why Boutique Shopping?

I love to shop, this is obvious to anyone who knows me.  I like to shop at department stores, love going to outlet malls, enjoy shopping online, and I especially love to shop at boutiques.  Long before Lydia & Lilac was even a thought, I loved boutique shopping.  Why?  I mean it’s so simple to just run up to my local department store and find an adorable something to buy for any occasion (which is something I still frequently do!). However, there is something special about shopping at a boutique, so I have put together a list of reasons why I love it so much!

1. You Always Find Something Unique 

When I shop at boutiques I always find something a bit unique that they don’t have at my favorite department store.  It’s nice to have something different in my closet.  When I shop at boutiques I am able to find amazing patterns and textures that are not always available at local department stores.

2. It’s Less Overwhelming

This summer when looking for the perfect dress to wear to my nieces wedding (which is actually what brought about Lydia & Lilac and you can read about it here), I was insanely overwhelmed at the department stores.  There were way too many choices.  I wasn’t able to really look at anything because there were so many things everywhere.  When I shop boutiques, they have just the right amount of choices.  I am able to easily see what they have without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated.

3. The Experience

Have you ever walked into a boutique and thought “everything in this place is so me!”?  Well, I certainly have.  When you find a boutique that is in your niche, it’s a beautiful thing!  This is different from the department store, because instead of trying to stock something for every single person who walks in the door, boutiques are curated with there customers in mind.  For example, at Lydia & Lilac we curate beautiful, feminine clothing perfect for every day wear or special occasions.  When you are looking for something to make you feel lovely and feminine, you know you can find it here!  We love boutique shopping, because we know everything has been hand selected with us in mind.  What a special feeling!

Next time you are wondering whether or not to try out that lovely little boutique, we hope you do!

Chickens…Never Say Never!!!

CHICKENS…Never Say Never

OK, so for those of you who don’t know, our family started raising chickens in January.  This was quite an astonishing event for our household, because I had said at least a hundred times that I would never get chickens…

I’m noticing a reoccurring theme here.  I should really learn to stop saying the word “never” (read about another time I said I would never do something here)…

Anyway, getting chickens was just another item on my “I will never list”.  Then my precious 10 year old son Donovan watched a documentary on the egg industry.  Donovan is genuinely the most compassionate child you will ever meet and loves animals so very much.  He names every animals he meets and know more animal facts than anyone I have ever met.  Try walking through the zoo with this boy and you will learn the  most amazing things!  He came to me in tears about the terrible things he had watched.  It was from that moment I began buying insanely expensive eggs with the guarantee that they were raised humanely, and trust me, with 3 boys in the house we go through eggs like crazy!

One day Jerry said to me, You know, we could always get chickens”.  HAH!  He had been trying to get me to agree to chickens for quite some time at this point, but not to fear there was no way I was going to cave!

That night I decided to look at some chickens just to reinforce my opinion that getting chickens was one of the worst ideas ever. (Am I the only person to ever Google why not to get chickens?)  So here I am looking at these chickens, reading about how much people loved them, when I stumbled on a certain type called Silkies. These adorable chickens were described as the teddy bear of chickens and I was in love!  In the end, we ended up with 4  Silkies (we also have 3 Easter Eggers and 1 Lavender Orpington…which is another story for another day!). Smokey, Dash, Sugar, and Paddington are all part of the family now, and Cloudy, Dazzle, Sunny, and Cordoroy followed behind them.  We built the most gorgeous chicken coop I have ever seen and now spend our free time tending to our 8 chickens.  The crazy part is that I love them!

By the way, I’m still buying crazy expensive eggs as they have not begun laying yet and we just recently learned that Smokey (named after our favorite vacation spot) will never lay eggs, but we love him anyway…he has the cutest roo!  I am pretty sure Sugar may begin to roo soon too, and I’m not honestly sure how that’s going to work out, but we’ll take it one day at a time.