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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Life, Lately.

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As  you probably know, I'm a relatively private person... well, for a blogger anyway. I love sharing my favorite products and hope you love reading about them. I'm a blogger because I have so many opinions on fashion and pop culture that I want to share, but when it comes to talking about my real life... I put the brakes on. I want to have a professional, inspiring website that reads more like a fashion magazine. I know it's not what I have, but it is what I want. So, I'm shy about discussing personal specifics.

Why? Even IRL, with people I know and trust, I'm afraid of being judged harshly. I'm afraid of never being good enough. Intelligent enough, pretty enough, interesting enough. I don't share much of myself because I find it hard to believe that anyone would be interested. I haven't been blogging as much in the past few years because I'm just not as inspired anymore. I love the immediacy of social media but it also seems like anyone can come along these days, buy some followers and be the toast of the town without any real work. It frustrates me to no end AND it makes me even less motivated to share. I don't want to be compared to these younger, thinner, richer girls so I just take myself out of the running. I do it with new friends, men and even with blogging. I get anxious and shut down. It's something that I desperately want to change about myself.

I recently shared a bit of my frustration with a friend who graciously reminded me that since I started my blog in 2008 (has it really been that long?!), people have come back and supported me again and again. You've entered my contests, read my rants, and downloaded my pictures. You've followed me on to Twitter and Instagram. You've supported me by shopping my affiliate links (thank you) and you've had faith in me despite my lack of consistency. You guys trust my opinion and that means the world to me. The products I share are ones that I genuinely love, use, want and you know that! He thought that maybe I'd feel better about blogging if I put more of myself and personality back into my posts. "Do an outfit post every once in a while, but you built your blog around your writing and opinions for FOUR YEARS! Go back to that! Go back to when you didn't know a thing about SEO and page views. Bring your personality back." So, I'm taking his advice. I'm going to try to bring my real life back into my blog. I don't know where it will lead me. Maybe I won't feel less pressure or end up blogging more but I promise to be authentically myself going forward.

So in the spirit of sharing more....
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What I'm Reading: 

It took me longer than most novels but I finally finished Purity by Jonathan Franzen. It's a modern, sweeping story about a girl called Pip (short for Purity) and how she came to be. It moves between present-day California to East Germany and the New York of the Nineties. There is a little bit of mystery and murder, some questionable morals and a missing nuclear weapon. I loved some parts of the book and begrudgingly read other chapters. A lot of the imagery and emotions of the story have really stayed with me. It's not an easy book but if you're willing to devote some time, it's worth a read.

After Purity, I wanted something fun and entertaining. I flew through The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. It's a gossipy story about a family squabbling over their shared trust fund (or what's left of it, anyway...) that is Amy Poehler approved! I fell in love with the entire, despicable family and rooted for each of them to have happy endings. Pack this book for the beach or enjoy in a bubble bath!

What I'm Watching:

A little HBO show called, The Night Of. We're on episode 6 and I still can't figure out if Naz is guilty (he can't be....can he?) or just stupid. It's an interesting look at our legal system and the biases we all hold. It's also a good reminder (especially the first and sixth episodes) that our city lives are under near-constant surveillance even if we never notice it. I'm obsessed and think you will be too.

What I'm Listening To:

It's Britney, bitch!

What have you been reading and watching this summer?

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. 

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