History of Stripes

The striped shirt has been a beloved institution in fashion since March 27, 1858. On that date, a navy and white shirt with 21 striped symbolizing each of Napoleon’s victories became the uniform for all French navy men. It became known as the Breton shirt, named after the Breton workers who increased its popularity throughout the later half of the nineteenth century.

How to Pick a Yoga Class

For those of us living in big cities, we are surrounded by countless workout options. There are multiple basic gyms to choose from and specialized studios that focus on classes for kickboxing, spinning, pilates, or barre. Over the years I’ve tried almost all the options and I always go back to yoga.

Monetize Your Closet’s Cast-offs

I’m sure many of us had cleaning out our closets and decluttering our homes among our New Year’s resolutions. Now that we’re a month and a half into the year, many of us may be sitting around with newly organized closets and old clothes we don’t know what to do with. While donating them is often the obvious choice, there are other options for the young professional in need of a few extra bucks.

Creating a Relaxing Bedroom Space

These days, we’re all so busy that our evening routine is carried through with the desperate anticipation of sleep hanging in the back of our minds. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that the bedroom is a place of relaxation, somewhere to unwind. Even on a budget, you can create a sanctuary that you can retreat to at the end of each and every jam-packed day.

Ballet Flats, A History

Ballet flats are likely a staple in every Sweet Lemon girl’s wardrobe. Whether you slip a bright colored pair of Tory Burch’s on with your skinny jeans for weekend brunch or wear your trusty Delman’s to work almost every day, it’s hard to imagine a shoe collection without these versatile workhorses.

Spring Steeplechase Attire

Dress / Dress / pointed toe flat / gold sandals / nylon handbag / post earrings / wayfarer sunglasses / straw hat / round sunglasses. One of my favorite Spring activities is attending a steeplechase race. There’s nothing like drinking mint juleps in 80 degree weather surrounded by green rolling hills and trees off in the distance.

Vintage Lilly 101

As many of us know, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau passed away earlier this month at the age of 81. A beloved fashion icon already, her designs have been even further thrust into the limelight in the past few weeks. While the line has evolved greatly since it was founded in 1959, its styles have remained classics that appeal to generations of both women and men.

The Coffee Table Book

Like many Sweet Lemon readers, I’m (hopefully) moving into my first apartment of my very own this summer. With decorating my own apartment, I’ve realized that there are details that I may not have thought about when living with roommates, and as we know it’s all in the details. One of those important decorating details is the art of the coffee table book.

Twenty-something’s first baby shower

Next month I am attending my first baby shower. For the most part, my friends have not yet hit that stage in life yet and we’re still in the throes of bridal showers and bachelorette parties, so while I’m now an expert in buying homegoods and lingerie, I have zero experience in shopping for a little one.

Friends show up unexpectedly? There’s an app(etizer) for that

Life comes at you fast. And in those moments when friends show up unexpectedly or you’re just in need of a wine and appetizers night, it’s important to have some tried and true go-to apps on hand. For me, that recipe is Pimento Cheese. It’s easy to pull together in just a few minutes, I usually have all of the ingredients on hand, and, if I don’t, it has so few ingredients that a 5-minute trip to the grocery store should cover.

Silk scarves are about to become your favorite accessory

Hermes, the iconic maker of silk scarves, says there are over 100 ways to tie a silk scarf. While I haven’t discovered quite 100 ways to tie a scarf yet, I’ve come up with four basic styles that will help you spruce up your accessorizing. And while many people associate silk scarves with fabulous, well dressed older women, a large square silk scarf is actually one of the most versatile and timeless pieces you can have in your wardrobe.