Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Memorial Day Getaway

Happy Hump Day!  Can you believe that we are half way through the week, and Memorial Day is just a few days away?  Memorial weekend is always one of my favorites, because it's like a big kick off party for the summer.  It means that it's time to break out the swimsuits and denim cut offs, open up the grill, and start drinking frosé. (PS I've never actually had frosé before, I know right, but I'll be making it this weekend).  I'll be heading up to the lake for a couple of days, and wanted to share what I will be packing, along with my six essentials for the holiday weekend (which all happen to make the perfect summer outfit).

1.  A gingham top.  If you don't own a gingham top yet, I highly suggest that you go get one!  I love the classic summer vibe they give off, which makes them perfect for the holiday weekend.  I just got this cute peplum top, and can't wait pair it with my white jeans or denim shorts.

2. Denim cut offs.  You know I live in my jeans, so for the days it's too hot to wear pants, I always reach for my denim shorts.  I love their relaxed vibe, and cool girl feel.  They make the perfect pairing with bathing suits for a day at the beach, or pair them with a cute tee for a summer barbecue.

3. A one piece swimsuit.  I've really been into one piece suits lately.  There's just something about them that is so classy yet sexy at the same time.  Not to mention, they help hide that baby pouch that is still lingering around two years later!  I really need to update my swimwear collection this summer, and am thinking of adding this ruffled top one, and this cutout one to my wardrobe.

4. An oversize hat.  Not only are they super chic, but they protect your face from the sun which is something I started to do now that I'm in my thirties.  There are so many cute options, and I'm loving this Beach Babe one that is under $20.

5. A straw tote.  Nothing says summer more than a straw bag.  I love how they can be used as a daytime tote, but also make the perfect beach bag.  I'm in love with this tassel bag and this pom pom bag and they are both under $30!

6. Pom pom sandals.  I am a hug fan of the tassel and pom pom trend this season, especially when they are on sandals, and love the fun touch they add to an outfit.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money on such a trendy item, so I found this pair for under $30 and have been wearing them nonstop.  

7.  And of course, none of my summer looks would be complete without the perfect pair of sunglasses.  I personally love wearing aviators for a day at the beach, and this oversized pair will be my next purchase.

Do you know what you will be wearing Memorial Day?  You can shop my top picks for each of my summer essentials below.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

How to Wear a Denim Mini in Your 30's + WW Link Up

If there is one fashion item that I couldn't be happier about coming back into style, it's the denim skirt.   It is a must have this spring/summer, and if you don't have one in your closet, I highly suggest that you go add one now.  Even though the denim skirt has made a recent comeback, in my opinion, it is a true classic and never really went out of style.  That is why I've had this denim mini in my wardrobe for several of years now.  It's an item that I know I will keep reaching for over time.  The only problem is, it's a tad on the short side.  It's no secret that I like to wear short skirts and dresses, as my legs are my best asset, but each time summer roles around, I find myself asking if I am too old to wear certain items.  I am in my mid (okay late) thirties now, so when do I start dressing "my age"?  Whatever that means.  Then in dawned on me.  That is what style is all about.  It's taking and item or trend, and making it work for you.  I work out, a lot.  I work hard on my legs, so if I want to show them off, I will.  I just have to do it in a way that is age appropriate.  I probably don't have too many more summers left where I'll be rocking a mini, but until I am ready to retire it, I will wear it with confidence.  So here are my tips for wearing a mini skirt in your thirties.

1.  Make sure that you can bend over.  Okay, this goes for every age.  But having young children, I'm constantly bending down, or playing on the floor.  If you're going to wear a mini skirt, you need to know how to bend, sit, and move in one without exposing anything.  If you can't simply bend down and pick up a pencil without your bum hanging out, then it's too short! And always, always wear undergarments.

2.  Wear the right proportions.  You will never see me walking around town wearing a mini skirt with a skimpy tank top.  If I am going to be showcasing my legs, then then my upper half will be covered.  Pair a mini with a classic blouse or a high neck tank.  This white crochet top is the perfect example. I love the feminine and conservative touch it adds to my denim skirt.  

3.  Wear low heels or flats.  A high heel is just going to make the skirt look shorter, so wear a low heel or flat instead.  It tones down the skirt, and adds a more relaxed feel.

4.  And if all else fails, save your mini skirts for the beach.  I love wearing short skirts over my swimsuits, as they make the prefect cover ups.  After all, everyone else is in a swimsuit and bikini, so those mini skirts appear more covered up!

Since my skirt is no longer available, I linked some great denim skirts below.  I'm probably going to get this one, here, and it's on sale!  Also, my top is sold out in the white.  I know bummer.  But it is still available in black!

Blouse: c/o Chicwish (in black here)| Denim Skirt: 7 for all Mankind old, newer version here| Booties: old (similar pair here)| Bag: c/o Foley + Corinna| Sunnies: Chloé| Earrings: Baublebar| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Lips: LipSense in Dark Pink

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stripes and the City

Happy Tuesday.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and, for those who celebrated, a wonderful Mother's Day.  I had the perfect day of laying in bed until 11am (yup), enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee, a great work out, an in home spa treatment (well, I gave myself a facial mask, but we'll pretend it was more exciting), and cocktails while face timing with my mom and family.  It was the perfect, relaxing day.  Now I'm back to the reality of chasing around two toddlers, while trying to get a millions things done during the day. 

If you read Friday's post, I talked about one of my favorite Boston boutiques, Shake The Tree, which is located in the North End.  When I was last there, I snagged this off-the-shoulder top, which happens to have all of my favorite spring trends in one.  I can't get enough of the stripes, off-the-shoulder cut, button up front, and tie detail.  The best part about this top, besides the fact that it's under $80, is that the material is very light weight, which means I'll be wearing it all summer long.  I wore this off-the-shoulder beauty when I was in NYC the other weekend.  I paired it with my favorite distressed jeans, then finished my look with espadrille wedges (which are a great Chloé dupe for under $60).  It was the perfect spring look for getting brunch, and exploring the city's lower east side.

If you live in the Boston area, make sure to visit Shake The Tree, as you won't be disappointed.  You can read more about the boutique in my last post, here.  Also today is the last day to enter the $500 Amazon gift card giveaway.  For details and to enter, click here.  

Top: Willow & Clay| Jeans: Levi's| Wedges: Steve Madden| Pochette: Louis Vuitton (old)| Sunnies: Chloé| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)| Necklace: Sarah Chloe

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Dress + WW Link Up

Lately, I've been finding myself spending a lot of time in Boston's North End.  Between the delicious food, cute boutiques, and fun spots to take blog photos, I can't seem to get enough of the historic neighborhood.  Last week, I decided to stop into one of my favorite shops, Shake The Tree, to check out the new spring merchandise.  If I didn't know any better, I would have thought that I did the merchandise buying for the store myself.  I seriously wanted to take everything home with me.  From floral dresses, to off-the-shoulder tops, they had everything that I wanted to fill my closet with this season.   Not only does Shake the Tree have a great selection of contemporary clothing, but you'll find all kinds of goodies from jewelry, to home goods, baby gifts, and bar ware.  If only I had the money to get all new bowls and dishes right now.....

With Mother's Day this weekend, not only will you find the perfect gift for your mother at Shake the Tree (cookbooks, vases, stationary, jewelry), but you'll find the perfect outfit to wear whether headed to brunch or dinner.  This Sanctuary floral dress caught my eye right away.  Not only do I love the floral print and off-the-shoulder cut, but it's super comfortable, and I could stuff my face with all waffles and mimosas that I wanted while wearing it.  Not to mention it has pockets, which in my opinion, makes everything better.  For all my Boston readers, this dress is still available, so get yourself into Shake The Tree now, and don't forget to grab a gift for that super woman in your life too! 

I'd love to hear, what are you all doing for Mother's Day?  I actually don't have any plans.... and I'm loving it!

Dress: Sanctuary via Shake the Tree| Earrings: via Shake the Tree| Heels: Sam Edelman| Sunnies: Chloé| Bracelets: Vita Fede (here and here)

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wedding Guest Attire with Best Dressed

Wedding season has arrived!  Do you all have weddings to attend this summer?  I only have two this year, which one of them was this past weekend in Long Island, NY.  Because my husband and I haven't been on a trip together since our honeymoon, we decided to turn the wedding into a long, kid-free weekend in NYC.  It was such a great time catching up with our New York friends, walking around the Lower East Side, enjoying a leisurely brunch (something that just doesn't happen with two toddlers), and snapping blog photos.  We ended up grabbing dinner at Stanton Social, and drinks at the rooftop bar at the Hotel Indigo, which is where we stayed.  On Saturday afternoon we headed east for the wedding, which was held at Bourne Mansion.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and I had to make sure to snap some photos of my dress, because I was in love with it.

Some of you know from my past posts, that I'm a huge fan of renting dresses.  I love renting because I'm able to wear different dresses to all the formal occasions that I have, without spending a ton of money.  I also love that it allows me to wear designer labels, that I otherwise wouldn't be able to afford.  This dress was rented from Best Dressed, which is a brick and mortar store here in the Boston area.  I love that I can actually go into the store and try on dresses, so I know that I am renting one that fits well and is flattering on.  And it's so easy.  Not only do you get to try on your dresses, but the staff is amazing at helping you chose the perfect one, and styling it with jewelry and accessories.  You get to keep the dress for five days, then simply just drop it off.  Best dressed will take care of the dry cleaning and any minor repairs if needed.

I chose this one shoulder, puff sleeve dress by Eva Franco.  The one shoulder cut is huge this spring, and I was obsessed with the puff sleeve detail.  Because I wanted the focal point to be on the sleeve, I kept my accessories simple and paired it with drop earrings, also from Best Dressed, and nude heels to lighten up the look for spring.

Have you ever considered renting your dresses?  Best Dressed has locations in Charlestown and South Boston.  You cal also see my previous posts about Best Dressed here and here

Dress: Eva Franco via Best Dressed| Earrings: Best Dressed| Heels: Sam Edelman| Bag: Vintage Chanel| Bracelet: co J Lapuck

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