Our Sunny New Top Anna

Today’s post is all about our gorgeous new top, Anna. Be warned you are gonna love it so much that you are going to want the green version too! Let’s dive in!

Anna is a practical top perfect for work wear, a casual Saturday, or an evening out. I just love it when pieces in my wardrobe are both practical and beautiful! Don’t you?

The v-neck offers an elegant touch in a very modest way. Perfect for pairing with your favorite pendants or drop necklaces.

The fabric is delectable to the touch as the stunning weave creates a wonderful texture that feels fantastic on, full of quality. This is not a light weight top, but the flowy torso and roomy sleeves allow this top to breath making it comfortable for both cooler winter days or bright sunny warm ones. I love it when I have a piece I can wear every season!

My favorite details you ask? The self tie waist is at the top of this list. I love that you can cinch the waist and show off your gorgeous figure in a tasteful way. I also think the sleeves add the perfect feminine touch, with a little cinched detail at the top of the cuff.

If you love this style, you can find it at lydiaandlilac.com. Please make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! You can also join our VIP Group which is new on FB and stay up to date on all our new arrivals, get discounts, and participate in contest to win gorgeous Lydia & Lilac apparel and accessories!

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This Isn’t Easy, I’m Just Gonna Be Honest Here – Truths About Starting a Small Business

Here it is, I’m just gonna spill it…starting a small business is not easy. I know most of us know this, but it can be easy to forget given the dozens of adds we see on social media about building an empire overnight, growing your Instagram followers by 3,000 in a week, or funneling tons of traffic to your website with just a few simple steps. The truth is, it takes a lot of time and effort to be successful.

I decided to write this post in order to be a breath of fresh air, to be an encouragement to those of you who may just be embarking on your journey. Because when you don’t see numbers increasing while it seems like everyone else around you does, it can be discouraging. I just want to let you know that there are others out there who are experiencing the same things. But first a little background information.

I started blogging about 10 months ago and I would be lying if I said that I have been wildly successful. I have a hard time with consistency and even went without blogging for several months, which you can read about here. I started the blog shortly after opening an online boutique calledLydia & Lilac. This is in addition to being a full time behavior specialist for our school district, volunteering in youth ministry at our church, and being a wife and mother of 3 boys. Needless to say, we are a little busy, so I do what I can to prep and plan ahead of time and one day I may write about that when I figure it all out…lol.

We are constantly hearing about all the wonderful things about starting a blog or small business and it’s true, there are a lot of great things about both. However, there are hard times too and these shouldn’t be overlooked, because if you want to have any sort of success it’s gonna take a little elbow grease, or in my case a whole lotta elbow grease! So here are some truths about the struggle, it’s real.

Money…I’m supposed to make that right?

So here is something that has been true, at least for me. Because I was not just starting a blog, but also a boutique, there were start up costs. Now that our business is almost a year old, the truth is we haven’t made much and anything that we do has gone right back into the boutique. This has been fine for us because we don’t rely on money from our boutique. If we did, I’m sure I would be working a whole lot harder to make that happen. But even then, I’m not sure we would have made enough to live off of or anything like that. I’m not saying we never could, I’m just saying it takes a lot of time and effort and it doesn’t happen instantly for most.

Money…now your telling me I have to spend it?

In my case with the boutique I have found that we have to spend money on adds. At first I tried to get reach without them, but I was getting absolutely no traffic. Zero. None. Zilch. Even now I don’t get a whole lot, no where near where I need to be. This is mostly because I don’t spend a lot of money on adds, which in the end means less views.

You’re on all the time.

This is so true! Each day, every activity, any event, they always become an opportunity…am I wearing something from the boutique, will there be a good photo opportunity in the day, is this something I could blog about, did I make sure to check in with our followers on social media, did I make sure to post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest? You see, there is opportunity every moment of the day and if you don’t take it, someone else will. For this reason I am still learning how to balance it all.

The creative juices are flowing, BUT.

There are many times during the week that ideas will just hit me, but I can’t do anything about it at the moment. Such is life, right? Raising a family, working, and volunteering, there are times that I cannot stop what I am doing to work on my business. During these times I make a lot of mental notes, lists on my phone, or grab a sticky note. Even this post was a result of list I put together on my phone.

Although there are struggles that come with starting a small business, I do have to say that it can be very rewarding too! When someone tells you how much they like your content, that they really related to your blog, or that they adore what you sell in your shop, it makes it all worth it!

Special Occasion? Have We Got the Dress for You!

Spring is on its way, which means wedding season, Easter, and Mother’s Day are fast approaching! Many of us are looking for something beautiful and fresh to add to our wardrobe as the weather begins to warm.

I personally have been looking for a lace dress to add to our boutique collection for quite some time. When I came across Victoria, I knew this dress was perfect!

It is one of those dresses that you could wear on Easter Sunday, to a tea, a bridal shower, or even to a wedding, making it an ideal piece to add to your wardrobe this season.

We love the simple beauty of this dress, as it reminds of of times gown by and has a hint of southern charm.

The knee length, scoop neck, and wrist length sleeves on Victoria give this dress a romantic touch. The loose fit allows the dress to slightly sway when touched with a gentle spring breeze.

Currently available in Teal in both S/M and M/L. Find Victoria here!

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Dressing Up Our Most Loved Dress for Winter

Winter is officially here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite dress anymore! This post is all about dressing up our best selling dress, Mia, for winter. Chosen by our customers for its comfort and flattering style, Mia is loved by all who purchase it! We currently offer Mia in Charcoal, Eggplant, and Lilac. So settle in with a cup of coffee or tea and browse our winter looks.

Look 1: Blissful Burgundy

For this look we paired our Mia Dress in Charcoal with burgundy leggings, a burgundy cardigan, brown boots, and our Lainey Blanket Scarf in Burgundy. I love how incredibly comfortable this outfit it!

Look 2: Cozy in Cream

I totally love this look, because it is centered around a vintage cream sweater that had once belongs to my Grandma Gron. I paired our Mia Dress in Charcoal with sweater tights, black wedges, and a cream knit hat. For a little added style, I wore my Cora Necklace from Lydia & Lilac as well.

Look 3: Pops of Color

I love pairing mustard with rich colors together and I love how much fun this outfit is! I paired my favorite mustard cardigan with our Mia in Eggplant and our Francesca Floppy Wool Hat in Teal. I added a pair of leggings and some brown boots for some added warmth and finished the look off with our Vera Statement Necklace.

Look 4: Grey Pea Coat

This look is great for a night out! I paired our Mia in Eggplant with my favorite grey pea coat and black thigh high boots. To provide an extra layer of warmth I added our cozy Lainey Blanket Scarf in Teal.

So there you have it, several ways to dress up our Mia Dresses for those blustery days ahead. How do you like to dress up your wardrobe for the winter?

Win a $20 Gift Certificate for Lydia & Lilac

Want a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to use at lydiaandlilac.com? Like or comment this post over at Facebook to be entered to win! Just click on this link to head on over! You’ll find the link pinned to the top of our page. Contest runs from 8 am EST December 31, 2017 to 3 am EST January 7, 2018. Winner will be announced January 8, 2018 at 8 pm EST via Facebook Live! You must like or comment on the original link at Facebook.com/lovelylydiaandlilac to enter.

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* This Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Lydia & Lilac LLC and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used for this contest only and will not be shared with any other party outside of Lydia & Lilac LLC.

* This contest is being run by Lydia & Lilac LLC.

* Must be 18 years old or older to enter.

* Must reside in the United States to enter.

* Must like or comment this post to enter.

* All entries will be entered into the competition and the winner will be randomly selected.

* No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter.

* Making a purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

* The contest begins December 31, 2017 at 8 am EST and closes January 7, 2018 at 3 am EST.

* The winner will receive $20 gift certificate that can be used toward purchases at lydiaandlila.com.

* The gift certificate cannot be exchanged for cash.

* The winner will be emailed an electronic gift certificate with code that can be entered at checkout.

* Winner will be announced on Facebook Live Monday January 8, 2018 at 8 pm EST.

* Winner will be contacted via Facebook Messenger for contact information in order for Lydia & Lilac LLC to deliver the prize.

* Void where prohibited.

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?