Spring + Summer Essentials

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Monday! I'm headed to San Francisco tomorrow for my last business trip for a while. Can't wait to be home after that to enjoy the warm weather here in Boston and get back to a normal routine. Above are some things I can't live without during the summer months -- a few of which are on my wish list right now too. I did just get the VV shorts and hat though, both of which I've been wearing a lot lately. 


Where I've Been + Weekly Wish List

Monday, May 11, 2015

I'm finally home for a few days before I head off to the Cape this week for a company offsite. It's been a whirlwind few weeks with two trips to NYC, a trip to Florida for our friends' wedding and some vacation time and back to Boston for Mother's Day weekend. 

As you can see I went with the red Madewell dress with the gold Madewell necklace for the wedding in Florida -- very happy with my choice! The weather was absolutely perfect so any dress would've worked but I thought the bright pop of color looked great in pictures. 

 Now that it turned to summer overnight in Boston I have some warm weather items on my wish list -- like easy dresses for work and casual and workout shorts, as well as some new makeup, of course!

Happy Monday!


Outfits for Spring Events

Monday, May 4, 2015

I don't know about you but spring is one of the busiest times of the year for me. Weddings, events and parties start to fill up my calendar and I'm left searching for new outfits for each thing. Given the current trends however, it's almost easier now to find a variety of great outfits to buy that you can wear again and again. Jumpsuits, rompers, maxi dresses, mini dresses or even a dressy pair of shorts or pants can work, depending on the event. I usually buy one expensive item, then a few affordable ones to get me through the season. rue21 is one place to get trendy pieces at a really great price point, especially if you want to try a new style that you haven't tried before.

Jumpsuits/playsuits/rompers: As long as the fabric is dressy enough and it's not too revealing, you can make a playsuits, rompers and jumpsuits work for almost any occasion, except for probably a black tie wedding. To dress them up, I would add a pair of cute wedges or heels and earrings or a necklace. Since the outfit is pretty much the statement because it's a one piece, I would stay away from any bag or jewelry that could overpower it. My favorites are this bow back romper here and this crochet romper here.

Maxi dresses: It took me a while to jump on the maxi dress bandwagon but now there's such a nice variety out there that you can find any look you want. A dressier fabric would be great for a more formal event, but a casual fabric can look very put together and polished as well. I could picture a formal maxi at a wedding and a casual one with a jean jacket or sweater at a graduation, outdoor party or beach party. My favorites are this chiffon maxi, this strappy maxi and this printed maxi.

Mini dresses: For warm weather or warm climate events, I usually prefer a mini dress. As long as it's not too short or tight, a mini dress can work with any shoes, jewelry or bag and is super easy and comfortable to pack and throw on. I love the fit and flare look, as well as A-line skirts or strapless. My favorites are this sweetheart strapless dress, this lace dress and this spring flower crochet dress.

What are your favorite styles for spring parties?


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Recent Favorites

Friday, May 1, 2015


I'm heading out to Florida today for a wedding then some much-needed vacation days. I narrowed down my outfits for the wedding and related festivities to the following -- now I just have to decide which dress to wear to which event! Let me know which you think would be best for the wedding and rehearsal dinner (the third I'm going to save for another wedding next month).

Happy Friday!


Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes on My Wish List

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I'm considering adding a new palette to my makeup collection. With neutrals as the trend right now, a lot of makeup companies have put out fabulous palettes. I think of a palette as an investment, you'll probably never finish it, but it's great to have a nice collection of colors that go together. Here are some of the ones I'm thinking of buying:

What are your favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes?


Recent Favorites

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's been a while since I've shared my recent favorites and since I added a few new items to my closet I thought it would be the perfect opportunity!

Madewell dress: Just picked up this dress from Madewell and bought this Madewell necklace to go with it. Looking forward to wearing it to a spring wedding and/or rehearsal dinner. 

The Girl on the Train: People have said this is the next Gone Girl....I can see some similarities, but regardless it's a great fast paced suspense novel about a girl who observes a couple from the train she rides everyday. Then something happens to the couple and suddenly finds herself as part of their life. 

Smashbox lip gloss: This is an old favorite that I recently rediscovered. It's the perfect basic pink and not too sticky. 

Nordstrom scarf: I randomly saw this in Nordy the other day and just had to have it. It's a gorgeous, big, flowy scarf. 

Loft necklace: Jewelry is now 40% off at Loft so I grabbed this necklace. I love that it's part woven fabric, part jewels. 

Teavana pineapple kona pop tea: I found out about this flavor when I got tea at Starbucks and now you can buy it loose leaf in the canister at any Starbucks. 


Vacation Packing List: Kiawah Island

Monday, March 30, 2015

My family and I just booked a vacation to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. We used to vacation there when I was younger so I am so excited to go back. The trip isn’t until September but I’m already imagining all the warm weather stuff I’ll bring with me. Of course, it’s down south so I’ll be bringing lots of colorful, lightweight stuff, like Lilly Pulitzer dresses. But Kiawah Island is full of activities like swimming, tennis, golf, etc., so I’ll also be bringing some more practical items too. Overall, it’s always important to have the right footwear for the given activity so I’ll be bringing as many different pairs of shoes as I can fit in my suitcase. 

Sandals: Something you always need to bring on a beach vacation is a great pair of flip flops that you can throw on really easily. I love having a pair that I can wear to the beach with a bathing suit and also pair with a casual outfit, like these Reef Premium Twyst sandals.  

Wedges: I love a comfortable pair of wedges to go with dresses and even dress up a nice pair of shorts and a cute top. 

Multi-purpose sneakers or flats: Perfect for walking around town and for light activities. I like having a pair of comfortable, stylish sneakers for shorts and a t-shirt and casual dresses, like these Reef Tropic Solid flats and these Reef Girl’s Deckhand 2 sneakers. 

For each day, I always make sure to have a beach bag filled with essentials for sunny, warm weather, like lip/cheek tint, a bathing suit and cover up, sunscreen, a book, sunglasses and a hat. For dinner each night, I am planning on bringing several types of dresses: some fancy, some casual (maybe to wear with a jean jacket) and some in between. I definitely am planning to buy a few more maxi dresses and am hoping to find a cute romper. 

Where are you dreaming of vacationing this spring and summer?


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