beach trip try on

This time last week, I was situated under a big blue umbrella next to a glistening, turquoise seascape. Book in hand, hat on head, I can’t even tell you how many hours I spent in that one position last week! It was restful, peaceful and perfect. There’s nothing like a beach trip, don’t you agree?

On Tuesday morning, an unexpected delivery arrived. The Lilly Pulitzer team had been sweet enough to send over a few adorable styles for my week in Seaside!

I was just about to head out to the beach when the UPS man knocked on the door, and once I opened up the treasure trove, I couldn’t help but stop everything to try it all on.

I’ll always be a Lilly girl, but I think the styles currently available are some of the cutest I’ve ever seen. Take a scroll below and see if you agree! P.S. you’ll find my straw headband linked here and my white earrings linked here.

Sabrinah Midi Dress

wearing size 00

There’s nothing as glamorous, or as comfortable, as a soft, billowy maxi on a night out in the Florida heat. The color of this one, in particular, is so beautiful, and I’m living for the bodice detailing! A smocked back ensures a perfect, flattering fit.

Jackelin Romper

wearing size 00

Hands down, the cutest. romper. ever. Have you ever seen anything like it? From the tassel detailing to the adorable seashell motif, this piece is full of summer whimsy and fun and I can’t get enough of it!

Jarrett Romper

wearing size XS

Not only is this tasseled cutie incredibly comfortable, it’s extremely versatile as well! Throw it over a swimsuit to wear down to the beach, or dress it up with wedges, a jean jacket, and hoops. I wore it out to a casual beach dinner with my parents, where you bet I ordered chicken tenders and a margarita. Winning combo, right?

Alpinia Skirt Set

wearing size 00

I’ve had my eye on this two-piece set since spring, and now that I’ve tried it on I’m wondering what took me so long to pull the trigger! I adore everything about it, from the eyelet material to the classy, flattering fit. Plus, you can mix and match these pieces oh-so-easily! See what I mean below…

Alpinia Skirt Set // Leigh Crop Top

wearing size 00 and XS

I’m utterly in love with the gorgeous cerulean hue of this blousy crop top. It’s the perfect thing for University of Florida games this fall, and I’m looking forward to tailgating in it! Plus, it looks picture-perfect paired with the Alpinia skirt!

Alpinia Skirt Set Top // Katia Shorts

wearing size 00 and XS

Bright, bold and breezy, these are the ultimate summer shorts. The Alpinia crop top was all I had on-hand to style it with, but plan on switching that out for a simple white tee or tank for a cute, everyday look here in Gainesville! A word on sizing – I ordered my usual, XS, but wish I’d gone up one size more for an even looser fit.

Novia Bikini Top // Novia Bikini Bottom // Wilda Sarong // Sun Hat

wearing size XS and XS

Leave it to Lilly to create the cutest swim. This pink gingham number is one of my very favorites! The pink is neon in person, which not ly makes for a fun statement but also makes you look even more tan. :) And while you can’t really see them, the bottoms have such a fabulous fit. I’m wearing my normal swim size in both!

I loved these pieces so much that in hindsight, I didn’t even need to pack a suitcase. These ensembles took me from brunch to the beach to dessert and everything in between. Now that I’m back home, I’m so excited to keep styling these for everyday life, too!

Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the week!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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  1. Fenian said:

    I adore all these beach looks Kate! So pretty!

    Published 8.5.19 · Reply
  2. Liz said:

    That’s how I found your blog by doing a search for Lilly Pulitzer. Been a Lilly fan for years and it is so great that their line has been rediscovered and there are so many, many cute styles now from Lilly. I must say that the other reason I bookmarked your blog is that you occasionally give witness to Jesus Christ, in your own lovely way. People see the light of Christ in you. (That is the source of your joy and optimism. So please keep sharing your faith so others who may not have been brought up in the faith, or who have fallen away, will know too.)

    Published 8.5.19 · Reply
  3. Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    I love Lilly so much!!

    Published 8.5.19 · Reply
  4. So jealous that you’re so close to the beach now! Dallas misses you. You look amazing, Kate!

    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    Published 8.7.19 · Reply
  5. Katie said:

    All of these pieces look so cute on you, Kate! I have the gingham bikini and absolutely love it!


    Published 8.8.19 · Reply
  6. TOM said:

    The blogger’s dress is so beautiful, very fresh and in line with your temperament, but unfortunately we don’t have this kind of clothes to buy in the store. I saw a dress with similar style on the Internet. I feel a little bit excited. Can you help me? Thank you!

    Published 10.24.19 · Reply
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