Fuel Your Week



As Labor Day weekend comes to an abrupt close, it’s time to rev up for a new week. Monday’s are difficult as is, but It’s always terribly hard to start a work week after a long holiday that consisted of family, food, and way too much fun. However, you gotta do what you gotta do, and if you follow my “Ultimate To-Do List”, you will be fueling your week to run seamlessly! Complete this list the day before your week starts and you will be so glad you did! Then bam! It will be Friday again before you know it!

1 – Literally FUEL UP! Put gas in that guzzler on Sunday to avoid an unexpected gas light mishap when you crank the car Monday morning.

2 – Plan your week. Doctor’s appointments? Write ’em down. Play dates? Record those, too. Bills to pay? Pencil them in. Deadlines? Do I even have to tell you to make sure that’s in bold in your planner?!

3 – Take out the trash. Empty trash bins not only make things look neater, but there’s something refreshing about getting all that junk out.

4 – Wash those sheets! There truly is no greater feeling than crawling into a clean bed. Fresh sheets help YOU start fresh and get a better night’s sleep!

5 – Wash those clothes! If you’re single, you can accomplish laundry in a few hours. Do this on Sunday so you have dresser drawers full of fresh undies and basic necessities. (If you have items at the cleaners, make it a habit to pick them up on Friday or Saturday. You don’t want to be fishing in your closet come Monday morning only to realize you haven’t picked up your things!)

6 – Clean house. Get a lil vacuum action in, dust, wipe down the countertops, clean the dishes, scrub the shower, whatever! Just get your space sparkling!

7 – Stock the pantry. Get your grocery shopping done! Plan your menu for the week, make your shopping list, and head to the store! Nothing is worse than coming in on a long Monday to open the fridge and find NOTHING. Don’t be victim of an empty fridge failure!

8 – Iron and steam. This doesn’t necessarily have to be completed all on a Sunday, but be sure to complete this each night before you head to bed. Running around in a frenzy attempting to get yourself and your clothes in order is not an ideal way to start your morning.

9 – Groom yourself! Girls, paint your nails. Deep condition the hair. Pluck your brows. Get yourself in tip-top condition at the beginning of the week.

10 – Get some Zzz’s! Retire to bed EARLY on Sunday night. That’s the best way to guarantee a smooth Monday morning.

So even though this week’s Tuesday is our “Monday”, follow these tips today and EVERY weekend and you will be sure to have a week that’s just a little less worry free!



PS – Honorable mention #11 on the list is to get yourself a Grande Non-Fat Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s time! It’s time!


Wisdom for Your Wednesday

It’s HUMP DAY! Which means it’s time to dish out a lil wisdom for your Wednesday!


So I was going to feature a picture of a camel. Ya know? For hump day? Then I found this gorgeous CAMEL coat, which seemed more fitting for the weather I’m wishing for. And plus.. Starbucks.

Lately I’ve been scouring the web looking for post inspiration, doing some research, and even some online shopping browsing. I ran across so many interesting links that I just couldn’t wait to share a few with you! So in total Cupcakes & Cashmere fashion, here are five different links of articles and goodies that will just make your Wednesday.. wiser!

1 – Fast Company, in their collaboration with Net-A-Porter on a series of “up-and-coming” women that are leading companies fearlessly, features Bozoma Saint John SVP & Marketing Director of Beats Music.

2 – If you’re tired of going to the same oldy (but goody) Coco Chanel quote on being irreplaceable and yada yada yada, check out this article from Marie Clarie on “The 50 Best Style and Fashion Quotes of All Time”.

3 – Southern Living wants you to be savvy on who the “75 Most Stylish Southerners” are, and with people from New Orleans to Alabama to Tennessee, you’re bound to find someone you identify with on the style front!

4 – Mango is my new go-to for online browsing. Love the prices, love the style.

5 – The adult sound machine: Noisli.



But wait! Want more Lillian & Dot on the go? When you don’t have time to peruse the blog? How about checking out the Lillian & Dot Twitter or Instagram? Thanks, readers!




On The Move

Happy At Home

It seems like just yesterday (rather than three months ago) that I posted on learning to embrace change and welcome it with open arms. Change is certainly upon me again as I have just moved into my new, big girl apartment in Nashville where I am awaiting the start of my internship on August 25th. I am so ecstatic to be here, and wanted to share a glimpse inside my little corner of the world.

Planning and decorating for my new apartment was so exciting. I scoured thrift stores, my family’s homes, sales, and even.. “Dirt Cheap”! (Gasp!) I think it all came together really nicely and it is exactly what I had envisioned. I’ve had many people ask me about where my pillows, rug, etc. came from. So please check it out below, and always feel free to shoot me an email at lilliananddot (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions!

Numbered Living Room

1 – The rug came from Catalog Overstock in Boaz, AL. I paid $32.00 for this bad boy! Talk about a steal.

2 – The coffee table came from an antique store in Guntersville, AL named “King’s Row”. My aunt gave it to me as a gift. It was a great deal, too at $15.00! I love the clean lines.

3 – The brass goose-neck lamp belonged to my Papa Harold. My Memi (Dot!) gave it to him as a gift. We cleaned it up and I added a lampshade that was purchased at Lowe’s. It means a lot to me.

4 – The mirror. Ahhh. My favorite focal point. I purchased the mirror in Guntersville, AL for $50.00 at an antique consignment shop called “The Frugal Decorator.” I am so in awe of how it tied the room together. Thankfully it hung well on the wall – it weighs 27 pounds!

5 – Love, love this modern lamp. It is a Nate Berkus for Target that I found at “Dirt Cheap”! I think I paid $15.00 for the base. (Score!) I ended up buying the shade at Target for about $25.00.

6 – The clock. This clock belonged to my great-grandmother (Lillian!) and great-grandfather. It is such a cool heirloom and really anchors the table stacked upon some of my favorite books.

7 – The pillows. If you were to see the number of pillows I ended up with, you would laugh. I am all about a lofty amount, but things escalated way too quickly. I currently have nine pillows in my tiny living room (you can’t see a few), but you know what they say – the more the merrier! From left to right this is where the pillows came from: gold chevron from “Dirt Cheap” (thanks, Linds), painted cheetah pillow (painted by me, sewn by my mom), ‘Home’ pillow from “Tuesday Morning”, gold lumbar pillow from Pier 1 (I scored this one and a small beaded pillow for my bedroom for $30.00 combined with a coupon), and finally the gorgeous beaded pillow from “Dirt Cheap” (thanks again, Linds!).

I hope that you have as much fun when you decorate your home as I did. I believe that it is all about unique finds that express who you are. After all, your home should be a reflection of you and your interests. It all goes back to one of my favorite quotes from Carolina Herrera (I have it plastered on my fridge),

“Do you know what elegance is? It is not only what you’re wearing, it is how you wear it, who you are INSIDE. It is the way you decorate your house, what you surround yourself with, what books you read and what your interests are.”

Eloquent words, excellent wisdom.

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Of course I realize that none of this would be possible without the constant support of my family and friends. They have guided me, moved me in, and even cried with me. Happy tears, of course. But most importantly, I realize that while I enjoy my new zip code and my comfortable apartment filled with things that make me happy, my true joy comes from Jesus Christ. “For a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” – Luke 12:15. All glory to God!