Singing in the Shower

Lilly Pulitzer Party Invitation

When my best friend Kelly got engaged, I didn’t immediately picture the wedding; I pictured the bridal shower. Kelly is the friend who introduced me to Lilly Pulitzer. Who had me wearing pearls in 5th grade. Who would take me to tea for my birthday. So I knew we had no option but to put together the classiest, Lilly-filled tearoom shower this side of the Mason Dixon Line has ever seen!

Lilly Pulitzer Cake Design

From the invitations to the cake to the decor, we tried to incorporate as much of the [now infamous?] First Impression print as we could.

Lilly Pulitzer Pink First Impression Dress

Lilly Pulitzer Bridal Shower

[ I mean, even the PHONE CASE matches… ]

Tea Room Bridal Shower

Centerpieces were milk jars filled with farmers’-market florals, and displayed on scrap Lilly Pulitzer fabric swatches.

Afternoon Tea Wedding Shower

Lilly Pulitzer Flower Arrangements

Lilly Pulitzer Banner

how to make a bridal shower bouquet

Lilly Pulitzer Monograms

Bridal Party Tea

Lilly Pulitzer Fabric Swatches

Lilly Pulitzer First Impression Party

Lilly Pulitzer Favors

Venue: Special Teas Tea Room
Invitations: Birdie Says Caw Caw
Cake: The Sweetest Baker
Kelly’s Dress, Scarf, Cake Tray: Lilly Pulitzer

And while we’re on the subject, what better time than now to let you know that the Lilly x Target lookbook has arrived? Set those alarms for daybreak on April 19!

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Searching for Spring

I give up. I can’t wait any longer. I’m wearing my white jeans and my kelly green and my boat shoes and I don’t care WHATANYONEHASTOSAYABOUTIT.

Kelly Green Preppy Tank

Glad I got that out.

But about this look! Nothing in blogging gives me more joy than supporting local brands, and I’ve got a new one for you today. cinder + salt is an independent, eco-friendly designer based in Connecticut. Low-impact printing is their MO, and I just love that [Earth Day is coming up frands!]

I used to be a tank + tee hoarder, but now I am SUPER picky. I want only the softest fabrics, and this tank they sent me is nothing but. Like, butter soft. Like, I ended up not taking it off and sleeping in it…

I also chose their signature tank because how can you resist this description? The name, Cinder + Salt, was inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt water on your skin.

Why yes, I do want people to think that’s how I spend my days.

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Denim Jacket, Old NavyTank c/o Cinder + Salt | White Jeans c/o Articles of Society | Rope Bracelet, KJP | Metallic Boat Shoes, Sperry x J.Crew [similar] | Leather Crossbody, Madewell

boston t-shirt screen printing

Nautical rope bracelets

Monogrammed Leather Purse

metallic gold sperrys

Also on my wish list?

This hoodie.
This pullover.
This tank.
These notecards.

Another super cool feature? You can use c+s to have your own designs printed on tees!

Read to shop? Take 10% off until June 1st with code SPRING2015! Code works on the website or Etsy.

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Ultimate Guide to Spring in New England

When to visit Boston

I think it’s safe to say that Spring isn’t exactly tourist season around here.

Though folks do seem to have a thing for traveling hours to experience St. Paddy’s Day in Boston. Understandable.

But there’s something special about spring for us New Englanders. That first warm day—and by warm I mean 55 degrees—when everyone dons their shorts and sundresses and heads to the Boston Common to sit in the sun. We may hate each other all winter, as we push ourselves onto crowded T’s and get in fights over parking spots, but on that first true spring day, we become a community again.

While I spend all Fall and Summer, and even a chunk of Winter, planning weekend and day trips, Spring is really when I want to stick around Boston. So here, my dears, are some of my suggestions to get the most out of this season in the city::

Boston Common Picnic

Have a Picnic on the Common // As aforementioned, the Boston Common is the place to see and be seen in the warm months my friends. Pack a picnic dinner, or grab something from one of the numerous sandwich shops that line Boylston and Tremont.

Boston EarthFest

EarthFest // I have been going to this outdoor festival on the Esplanade since college, and have never had anything but a fantastic time. Free food and free music [Third Eye Blind anyone?]. This year’s date TBD, stay updated here!

Boston Ballet Spring 2015

Go to the Ballet // There’s something about a spring evening spent at the ballet. Boston Ballet has a fantastic lineup for this spring, including Shades of Sound (March 19-29), Edge of Vision (April 30-May 10), Thrill of Contact (May 14-24).

Boston Marathon Memorial Shells

The Boston Marathon (Third Monday in April) // While always a holiday to the true Bostonians, Marathon Monday means so much more now than it did a few years ago. THIS. This is really a day about community. Get out there. And if you can, cheer until the end. Those finishing at the end of the day are those who appreciate your support most.

MFA Art in Bloom Date

Visit the MFA // Sure you can curl up in the Museum of Fine Arts anytime of year, but this spring has an especially fun lineup, including fashion photographer Herb Ritts and the annual Art in Bloom exhibit. Wednesdays after 4pm are free!

Kentucky Derby Party Boston

The Kentucky Derby (First Weekend in May) // So like, yes, I know this is Boston and not Churchill Downs. But I loooove me a good Derby celebration in Boston– the bougeys really get into it up here. Julep Bar and The Charlesmark have both hosted great events in the past.

HarpoonFest Date

HarpoonFest (Third Weekend in May) // Beer. Music. Friends. Enough said.
More here.

Boston Walk for Epilepsy

Walk for a Charity // You want to be outside with friends anyway– turn that weekend day into a great cause. Two very close to my heart are Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger (May 3) and the Boston Walk for Epilepsy (May 16).

Red Sox Games

Go to a Red Sox Game // Cliche, but really. I don’t care if you don’t like baseball; you’ll like an evening spent at Fenway Park. Full schedule here!

How are you spending your spring days in or out of the city?

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Spring Wardrobe Essentials

Happy happy spring friends! Time to break out those dying-to-see-the-light spring threads!

These are becoming some of my favorite posts to put together. I’ve admitted it before: I’m an outfit planner. Like total type-a plan what I wear each day of the week the weekend before. Thinking about outfits for this season and springs past, these are the pieces I know I get the most use out of, living where I do::

White Linen Blazer ($178):: Just a very sweet staple. Over dresses, over a tee and skinnies, to the office…
Rain Boots ($148):: April showers. And the occasional March snow sprinkling. This pair is packable, so great for weekend trips!
Patterned or Colored Skinnies ($28 // 30% off today):: I have worn nothing but black/blue denim or fleece-lined leggings all winter. Until it’s totally dress season, I need to add some life back into my pants.
[Anddd let’s not interpret that the wrong way.]
Floral Skirt ($33):: Because, florals for spring. Groundbreaking.
Chambray Shirt ($75):: My every-season staple! With colored denim, printed skirts, open loose over dresses. List goes on.
Umbrella ($38):: April showers, part two.
Bright Anorak ($170 // 25% off today):: Are you seeing a rainy-day trend here? Make the yucky days brighter with a fun, nautical pop of color.
Trench Coat ($168 // the classic):: Rainwear for the more professional environment. A yellow rain jacket over an LBD is never a good look– trust me, I’ve tried it.
Long-Sleeve Dress ($188 // the staple):: When you just can’t deal with pants any longer, but it’s still too chilly to bare the arms. A navy striped one is a classic– I wear mine almost too often in the springtime.
Pastel Crossbody ($275 // the splurge):: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: spring clean! My tote bags are bottomless pits in the winter, littered with chapsticks, gloves, receipts, tissues, and other messes. Lighten the load for spring!
[Side note: lavender is huge right now.]
Derby Hat ($36):: K, not an everyday piece, but necessary for sunny picnic days and the Kentucky Derby the first weekend in May!
Keds ($75):: As much as I love them, I have never been more ready to ditch the Bean Boots. Not quite sandal season around here yet, but love me some fresh white tennies. This darling pair is from the new Keds x kate spade collection, but opt for plain white or gray if you want some that will go with everything.

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And how I put everything to use::

Summer to Fall Transition Outfits

pill box red hunter wellies

Around the World Map Watch

Yellow Raincoats

London Fog Tan Trench Coat

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Marley Lilly Derby Hat

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What are your spring staples?

On another note, some weekend fun::
1 // In need of plans tonight? Head to the opening night of Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound and don your finest florals for their Spring Social! What better way to celebrate the first day of spring?
2 // If you’re shopping anyway this weekend, consider heading to the Derby Street Vineyard Vines– you get 10% off your purchase, and Vineyard Vines is giving back an additional 10% to Make A Wish Massachusetts & Rhode Island. A cause very near + dear to my heart <3

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Snow White

London Fog Trench Coat

I struggle to actually call this a Spring outfit, as you can clearly see it’s still not looking much like spring around here yet, BUT believe it or not, the temperatures have risen just the slightest bit! Enough to trade the fleece-lined leggings for ‘hose and the parkas for trenches.

Oh and HEY snow-colored skin. Needing one of these right now.

Madewell Navy Lace Dress

Trench Coat, London Fog | Navy Lace Dress, Madewell [similar 1; 2] | Locket, Catbird [similar] | Leather Bow Belt, Anthropologie [similar] | Clutch, vintage Coach [similar 1; 2] | Nude Pumps, BCBG Paris [similar]

Lace Cap Sleeve Dress

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Navy Lace Trim

Are you baring those legs yet?

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A Wedding By the Bay

Here’s something they don’t necessarily tell you about wedding planning: An obscene amount of your time [& money, in most cases], will be spent between Etsy, Amazon, and Pinterest. Ohhh Pinterest, you have been such a friend and a foe. Filling my heart eyes with endless ideas but making me feel so inadequate-slash-poor at the same time.

We’re getting married on Cape Cod, so I’ve constantly been in search of ways to incorporate subtly nautical elements, without looking too beachy. I fear giving too much away will curse things(!), so here are a few ideas from my board that we’ve passed on, but that are still making me swoon::

navy striped table runner

nautical save the date

knot placecard holder

shades of green bridesmaid dresses

map wedding invitations

nautical gold place setting

choose a seat not a side sign

compass place cards

Nautical Wedding Cake | Zac Wolf Photography

wedding boat bar

nautical wedding bouquet

 *images one two / three / four /five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven

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Weekend Wear

Ok ok, so I know we already talked bridal shower attire once this week, but I am headed to my first of the year on Sunday, so I’m taking the opportunity to chat about another dress (or two) that I’m having a mini love affair with… particularly because you could wear this anywhere from dinner at a beach resort to the office with a blush blazer, OR in my case, one of the numerous showers filling the calendar this spring. But it’s also a part of the Rifle Paper Co. x Paper Crown collection [#obsessed], now of which a few pieces are available at Anthropologie!

Rifle Paper Co x Paper Crown

Draped Bouquet Dress | Jeffrey Campbell Imagine Heels ]

Swarovski crystal earrings

[ Samarkand Earrings ]

Rifle Paper Co Wedding Card

[ Happily Ever After Card ]

Smitten? xo

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Sequins & Flannel

Scituate Massachusetts Harbor

I’m pretty sure if this blog had one of those cuteblank&cuteblank names, it would be sequins & flannel. Rustic, cozy, New England-ness, mixed with just a hint of girly whimsy fun.

Or maybe snow&ice would be more appropriate for this winter? HOW sick are you guys getting of these silly snow photos? I really do apologize. Fingers crossed this junk melts soon!

Blackwatch Plaid Vest

Blackwatch Puffer Vest, Old Navy [similar 1; 2] | Gray Sweatshirt, American Apparel [similar 1; 2] | Black Skater Skirt, American Apparel [similar] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Statement Necklace, BaubleBar [similar] | Gold Sequin Clutch, Zara [similar 1; 2] | Patent Flats, Kimchi Blue [similar 1; 2]

Gold Sequin Clutch

chic comfy winter outfit

winter sunglasses

WIshing you a warm rest of this week!

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ShoWEAR

‘Tis the season! How many of your weekends over the next few months are stacked with wedding + baby showers, bachelorettes, weddings and christenings?

I’ve got three bridal showers over the next month, including my own, and I know I’m not alone. Problem is, there’s still a whole lotta snow on the ground up here, so it’s not exactly sundress season yet. I’ve rounded up some more weather appropriate choices, for both the bride and guests– have at it!

Long Sleeve Bride Shower Dresses

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What to Wear to a Bridal Shower

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five | six | seven | eight

Let’s play a game:: How many wedding-related events are on YOUR calendar through the end of the year? Let me know in the comments!

Side note for the bride + bridesmaids:: J.Crew’s biggest bridal event of the year is going on now– 25% off gowns, dresses, suits, accessories, shoes… everything you need for the big day! Shop it now.

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Weekend Reads

The Knot New England Magazine

I usually leave the weekend link posts to Alex and Mackenzie, but I have a chunk of free hours tomorrow, probably the last almost-free weekend day until after the wedding, and I cannot WAIT to catch up on all of the articles, pins, and funnies I’ve been bookmarking.

Etsy is going public!

We all need a little more of this.

Last couple days of the Shopbop sale! Smitten with this sweet dress.

Boston’s winter from hell.

A Kate Spade campaign featuring Karlie Kloss and Iris Apfel. #dreamteam

Talbots is partnering with Dress For Success to give confidence, hope, and style to disadvantaged women. Today through Sunday, stop by your local Talbots to drop off any nearly-new wear to work items. Or, you can make a monetary donation through March 23rd. Every little bit counts in helping these women try to take control of their lives. Read more here.

Is Boston America’s next great food town?

Lilly Pulitzer has brought back their flew-off-the-racks-now-sells-for-thousands-on-eBay First Impression print in new colors– snag them now!

Amy Stone’s darling apartment tour.

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