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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016!

I know that I'm late to the party but Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is almost half-over and there are still lots of great steals and deals to scoop up! I popped over to my local Nordstrom yesterday afternoon in search of a skirt (more on that at a later date) and was blown away by all the amazing sale pieces still left...despite the fact that it's been going on for nearly three weeks! Seriously. I was in handbag heaven.

Below, see my favorite pieces that are still available at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (but prices go back up on August 3rd so shop fast) and found their way into my shopping bag.
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1. Hanky Panky Thongs ($14.90 each! Normally $20-24)// 2. Zig Zag Diamond Pendant by Jemma Morgan// 3. TopShop Genuine Leather Jacket// 4. 'Owen' Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat ($59.90! Normally $89.95)// 5. Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jean in Palermo// 6. BP Faux Leather Drawstring Tote (Available in 4 Colors! Now just $35.90!)// 7. Off The Shoulder Chambray Dress by Love, Fire// 8. Leonard II 50mm Round Mirrored Sunglasses by Illesteva// 9. Evian Facial Spray 6-Pack (Just $21!)// 10. Avery Crisscross Block Heel Sandal by Joie ($194.90! Normally $295!!)//


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Backpacks & Knotted Shirts

I have a long history with knotted shirts. My first experience, when I was 7-years-old, was a sheer, polka-dotted, white blouse that tied up on the side from Limited Too. I remember being in the fitting room, positive I'd be in trouble for even trying it on, when my mom exclaimed, "I had these growing up too! How cute!" I wore it most days for an entire summer. And then, of course, there was "...Baby One More Time" that left my stomach bare for years, much to my mother's chagrin by that point.

This summer, a more modest version of my childhood favorite is back in a big way. Every shirt I see seems to have loose ties ready to be knotted over a pair of cutoffs. There is a wholesomeness to it, a version of the All-American girl sailing with her family in the 1960s off the coast. 

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Equipment Mina Tie Front Silk Shirt c/o Bloomingdales// J.Crew White Denim Short c/o Assembly Row// Whipstitched Flip Flop by Jack Rogers// Solid Pave Disk Necklace by Adina Reyter// CLARINS Jolie Rouge Lipstick in Hibiscus c/o Clarins// Bikini So Teeny by Essie// Wolfepack Backpack by Gina DeWolfe


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Preppy on Nantucket Island

It's really no surprise that I like to dress to a theme. So for a recent day trip to Nantucket with some of my favorite bloggers and Nantucket Island Retail, I decided to embrace the Official Preppy Handbook full force. If you can't pop your collar on Nantucket, where can you?

OK! I didn't go that far, but I did raid the J.Crew Factory at Assembly Row before my trip and dusted off my trusty Jack Rogers. I was so excited to be back on Nantucket after my trip last fall, especially in prime summer weather!

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I wasn't disappointed! There is something so magical about ACK, even on a quick day trip! You could never see everything in a day (the island is just over 105 miles, after all) but the downtown area is so charming you'll want to visit again and again and again. We explored the shops on the wharfs, grabbed lunch at The Tavern and stopped for some cones at Stars Ice Cream. The sky was blue, the ocean was sparkly, and the peonies were in full bloom. What more could a girl ask for in an afternoon?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Siesta Key Travel Guide

If you're looking for the best beach vacation, I only have one recommendation: Siesta Key, Florida. Over the past couple of years, my family has spent some time on the little island connected to Sarasota by two simple drawbridges. About an hour south of Tampa International (and just 15 minutes from the tiny Sarasota airport), Siesta Key is regularly voted as the number one beach in the United States

I love Siesta Key because, unlike some other beaches I've visited, it isn't remote or isolated. If you get a little sun sick or bored of lying out, there is a fun little village full of shops, places to rent kayaks and bikes, and lots of cute spots to grab a drink. If you need even more to do, charming Downtown Sarasota is a short drive and filled with museums, shopping, and a waterfront marina. Check out my Siesta Key Travel Guide below, then tell me all about your favorite beach getaway! 

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

How To Wear The Off The Shoulder Dress

I've finally jumped on the Off-The-Shoulder bandwagon. I'm a big believer in truly embracing your own shape and dressing for it. I've finally come to terms with the fact that there are some styles that just don't work on me. And that's okay! I was convinced that the lacy, off-the-shoulder shape that I loved would just make me look bulky. But when TOBI sent me their With Open Arms Off Shoulder dress, I knew I had to give it a shot! Let's face it, I'm a sucker for a good eyelet! I was worried it was a little short but the layered style gives the dress a little more substance and makes it a good option for day-to-night dressing. I was surprised by not only how comfortable the style was but also how the bell shape actually created an illusion of a more nipped waist.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

An Afternoon At Assembly Row!

Before I left for my trip to Florida (my travel guide to Sarasota will be coming soon), I spent an afternoon at Assembly Row in Somerville. I have a soft spot for Assembly Row because not only is it close to where I live but my grandfather actually worked at the factories there when it was still just Assembly Square. One of my favorite things about the ever expanding space (which includes outlets from favorite retailers, two apartment complexes, and New England's Legoland) are the little nods to the past that the developers thoughtfully sprinkled throughout the property. You'll find the preserved trusses from the Assembly Plant standing tall, anchoring the gorgeous, waterfront park.

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The old steel trusses!

The lovely team at Assembly Row was kind enough to give me an afternoon of shopping so I used the time to stock up on essentials for the beach! We stopped by the J.Crew Factory store where I grabbed a large, straw hat, white denim and a printed tunic and then hit Kenneth Cole for an army green shirt dress. 

Later in the afternoon, I met up with some of my other favorite bloggers and the Assembly Row team for appetizers and drinks at River Bar. If you have a chance to sit on River Bar's patio (complete with multiple fire pits and couches) one sunny afternoon, don't pass it up! Order their Bikini Bottom cocktail and the Fried Chicken Sandwich. 

This post was sponsored by Assembly Row. I was provided with a $200 gift card and bites at River Bar for an afternoon. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Barre & Soul in Harvard Square!

I don't think it's exactly a secret that I'm not an athletic person so the fact that I've found a workout that I actually enjoy is kind of a miracle. What is this miracle fitness fad that has me so entranced? Barre! But not just any barre class, I've been going to Barre & Soul's newest location in Harvard Square. Last summer, during my quest to get hot by 30, the only ClassPass class I actually really enjoyed was Barre & Soul at their Lexington location. But when I left my membership (and my winter blues settled around me), I slipped back into old habits and, up until my first visit to Harvard Sq in March, hadn't worked out since September. Yikes.

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Part of what I love about Barre & Soul is that it's not just about hard work and building muscle (although you will certainly do that) but that there is a lot of focus on personal strength and building a supportive community. Before every class, the instructor reminds you how strong you are and asks you to set an "intention" for the next hour. The idea is to focus on whatever it is brought you into the room and to really embrace the time and work. I can't always do all the moves perfectly, and I feel like I sweat way more than anyone else, but when I do go to class sometimes the only thing that makes me hold my shaking legs in a move for just ten seconds longer is that reminder of what I want to achieve. I'm not someone who lives in the moment, my mind is always wandering away from me so being fully present is a real challenge for me. During class, I find that I'm working so hard that I can usually only focus on the pain or the next move or the next ten count. It's really nice to turn my anxious mind off for a little bit and just focus on something physical.
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The studio is open, clean and bright with a minimal but Pinterest-worthy decorating scheme. The sunshine streams in, the windows overlook Harvard Square but you really don't hear any street noise. But don't mistake a calm studio for an easy workout. I don't think barre class ever gets easier but certainly, right now, my legs shake roughly and then I try to go lower until they shake some more. I always feel exhilarated after class...and the next day I walk like a baby deer.

To try out Barre & Soul's unlimited Intro offer use code VIP for $10 off (That's just $59 for an unlimited month of barre and yoga at their Harvard Sq location.) 


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