Summer By Car [ & UBER Credits for You! ]

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When the weather turns lovely in Boston, I take every opportunity I have to walk. Partly because why not enjoy the warm days while they last, and party because MBTA stations in the muggy, humid heat with all of the confused loud tourists are my own personal hell.

But then there are always a handful a lot, of days in which I’m running late. Caught in the rain. Trying to pack too many activities and meetings into one day. Dying a slow and painful death due to uncomfortable shoes. Sweating because of the 94-degree heat. And it is on those days that Uber becomes a LIFESAVER.

Free UBER Credits

In case you’ve been living under a rock [or, ok, are from a city that's newer to this service than Boston is], Uber is smartphone app that uses a GPS system to find you a cab closest to your current location. Registration is free, but you enter your credit card information from the start, so there is no actual money exchange during your ride. No more stressing about not being able to catch a cab because you don’t have cash on you!

Breakfast at Tiffany's Taxi Scene

[ Holly Golightly so stressed because she didn't catch an Uber ]

All my Boston readers, especially, listen up:: Uber is currently hosting a sweepstakes with ideeli– you and 5 friends could win the ultimate summer night out in the city. $300 in ideeli credits, a $300 gift card to Stella [one of my FAVORITE South End restaurants], and a Uber SUV for the night are up for grabs! Enter here– contest ends THIS Wednesday!

For everyone else, Uber is offering new users a $30 credit(!!). Sign up through the app with code ShellChicd, or follow this link.

So whether you need a quick cab so you’re not late [and sweaty] for that dinner date, or you’re planning a fun night out with girlfriends in the city and want to show up in a sleek black-on-black SUV, Uber is the way to go. Literally. Now put ON those heels and don’t even think about bringing bandaids!

Vintage New York Taxis; UBER Boston credits

[ Cat off to find an Uber instead ]

Full disclosure: I received Uber credits in exchange for writing this post; all opinions expressed are my own. I use Uber 3+ times a week on my own free will.


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Stories of Strength Update

Remember my embarrassing little vlog about my sweet mama’s strength? There’s still time to submit your own!

Actresses [and mother-daughter duo!] Andie MacDowell and Rainey Qualley have joined in the movement to share their Stories of Strength, and how each has influenced and inspired the other to be their absolute strongest. I particularly loved Rainey’s because it echoed so many of my thoughts about my own mother’s strength.

Remember to submit YOUR Story of Strength for a chance to win $250 [each week!]. Plus, each story shared means $1 will be donated by Tylenol to DoSomething.org, an organization that helps young people get involved in social change.

Full disclosure: I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of EXTRA STRENGTH TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

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Weekend Wear

‘Tis the season for showers! Bridal + baby showers, that is. I have another this weekend, and–not gonna lie–I don’t hate having an excuse to doll up in some of my most fun sundresses.

This dress resembles a certain scalloped number [or two...] that I own, but comes at a MUCH prettier price. Now which color is the only question!

What to wear to a wedding shower

Candy Color Scallop Dress | Factory Map Scarf (map of Cape Cod!!) | Martha's Vineyard Enamel Earrings (also Nantucket!) | Anchor Felt Clutch | Helen Striped Wedges (sale!) ]

Wishing you the brightest of weekends!

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Tidbits

Emily Kate Boat | Scituate Harbor

I’m here to bother you on a Thursday!

The infamous Herringbone Vest is back and the temptation is very, very real. But alas, #shoppingban. So someone else scoop it up before it sells out again and you’re left regretful like me!

The VersaSpa giveaway is still kicking! Enter here to win yourself a totally safe spray tan [there are booths all over the country-- not just Boston!].

What do you all think of the long-awaited Blake Lively lifestyle/e-commerce site now that it has launched? Check out Preserve here [I'm still deciding myself].

I gave BostInno a look inside my closet!

[that sounds creepier than I mean for it to sound.]

The Boston A-List voting is almost over– will you take a second to vote for shell chic’d as a notable fashion blog?

One more day friends– hang in there! xx


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South End Sundays

Denim Shift Dress; Yellow Sandals

[my normal way-pale skin color, in case you're curious from yesterday's sunless tanning post ;)]

I work in the South End of Boston, so I consider it more of my Monday-Friday neighborhood and try to avoid it at most costs on weekends. But when the SoWa open market pops up every Sunday between May and October, I can’t resist making a few weekend trips there in the summertime. We like to grab brunch at South End Buttery, then meander the quaint little streets over to SoWa, before working up an appetite again so I can indulge in some food truck grub [constant battle between Roxy's and Bon Me!].

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Everyday Tunic Dress c/o Boden | Tortoise Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Belt, Vintage [similar 1; 2] | Via Limoni Bag, Kate Spade [similar] | Palma Sandals c/o Boden

Boden sent me this denim shift dress + majorly fun yellow sandals, and they ended up being the perfect pair for brunching//strolling//antiquing around the neighborhood. Both are those kinds of pieces that are so comfortable and versatile that I want to buy them in every color– ESPECIALLY the gold version of these sandals!

Boden Yellow Dotted Sandals

Denim Chambray Shift Dress with Pockets

Kate Spade Via Limoni Wicker Bag

Boden is also quickly becoming one of my go-to brands– its British flair [#favorite] and reasonable prices are going to make for a handful of new additions to my wardrobe come fall, I just know it [eyes on this dress + this coat + this bag]. In the meantime though, be sure to check out their incredible clearance section. They are currently offering 15% off everything + free shipping over $50!

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Sunkissed by VersaSpa [+GIVEAWAY!]

Blue Seersucker Bow Dress

If you’ve ever looked at, like, a single photo of me on this blog, then you know I’m not exactly gifted in the not-looking-like-a-vampire department [still pissed I missed the casting call for Twilight: Breaking Dawn].

No but really, I am seriously pale, and for the most part, I’ve learned to love and embrace my fair skin! But of course with summertime comes a bajillion hot and tan bods walking around, with me in the middle, looking like a walking case of Vitamin D-deficiency. Thank you, SPF 75 for doing your job. And not letting in any bronze whatsoever [#sad].

We’ve all heard the awful statistics surrounding skin cancer + tanning beds, so like sHELL am I going to lay in one of those to get my summer tan on. So when Sunless, Inc. reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying out a spray tan, I jumped on the opportunity– this would be my first!

Blue Seersucker Bow

Let me tell you, I downright enjoyed the thing! I visited Boston’s Tan Works in the Financial District to try out a VersaSpa booth. Like a total newb, I had no idea what I was doing, but their tanning expert walked me through the few basic steps. The whole process, from undressing and prepping to walking out the door, took MAYBE ten minutes, but that actual spray tan was only a couple. I could not believe how easy + painless it was. And by painless I mean not as embarrassing as I pictured.

Lilly Pulitzer Henrietta Dress

You have three choices for darkness levels– I went with Level 1, because honestly, would anyone even recognize me tanner than this? Here’s your disclaimer though: when I walked out, I was a little disappointed, thinking I could have afforded to go darker. But what I didn’t realize:: the tan darkens over the next few hours. When I woke up the next morning, it was the exact shade I was looking for.

VersaSpa Mystic Tan Review

Henrietta Dress + Shell Critter Wedges (similar 1; 2; 3;), Lilly Pulitzer ]

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Seashell Wedges

I’m on Day 5 of my tan, and while it has faded, I still definitely have a sunkissed glow. There are booths all over the country; click here to find one near you.

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GIVEAWAY ]
Win yourself a VersaSpa spray tan! Click HERE to enter through RaffleCopter. Giveaway runs until July 28 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US readers only. 

Full disclosure: I was provided a complimentary VersaSpa tan for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Avail @ the Nordstrom Sale

In case you haven’t been anywhere near the interwebs for a few days, Nordstrom‘s annual Anniversary Sale is going on NOW. This is their biggest sale of the year + the very best time to stock up on goodies for fall. A few days into it, a lot is already gone, but I’ve been keeping an eye on inventory, and here are some treasures still left!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Best Finds 2014

[ under $50 ]
Kate Spade Bow Trouser Socks
Le Pavillion iPhone 5 Case
Play Hooky iPhone 5 Case
Branton Square Teardrop Stud Earrings
Knot End Hinged Cuff
Delilah Deer Pillow
Kate Spade ‘Places To Go’ Tidbit Plates
Rebecca Minkoff Nordy Girl Leather Pouch

 [ under $100 ]
Polka Dot Keds
Moon & Lola Personalized Pendant
Crosley Radio Cruiser Turnable

[ under $200 ]
Michael Kors Large Jet Set Multifunction Travel Tote
Michael Kors Bailey Watch
Kate Spade Metrogrand Watch
Tory Burch Eloise Ballet Flat
Frye Artisan Foldover Crossbody Bag

[ under $250 ]
Kate Spade Lottie Pump
Longchamp Veau Foulonne Leather Shoulder Bag
MICHAEL Michael Kors Hayley Leather Boot

Have you picked up anything from the sale yet?

(pssst! It’s Monday– treat yoself.)

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Weekend Wear

Happy Friday! Part of me feels like this week has been dragging for a month, the other feels like I was just putting together last weekend’s look… summer does that to you sometimes.

We are doing one of my favorite summer-in-New-England activities tomorrow– a Boston Harbor Cruise! Nothing gives you a better view of the Bean, and it’s not summer to me without at least one. Most likely going to be throwing one of these popovers in my tote in case it’s chilly on the water though…

 Weekend Boating Outfit

Carrie Cami [40% off!] | 4″ Chino Shorts [40% off!] | Metallic Two-Eye Boat Shoe | Skipper Printed PopoverSea Stripe Tote Bag |

And some SERIOUS sales going on too this weekend my friends…

Gap:: Extra 30% off sale with code EXTRA
J.Crew
:: Extra 40% off final sale items with code SALE FUN
J.Crew Factory:: Extra 50% off clearance with code EXTRA50
Madewell:: 30% off select summer items
Nordstrom:: Anniversary Sale [biggest of the year] begins TODAY!
Old Navy:: 30% off for card members; 20% off for everyone else with code FASHION

Happy shopping xx


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Stripes, White, & Blue

Striped Tee + White Jeans + Denim Vest

As much as I would LURVE to be able to rock the white-on-white thang, it just isn’t going to happen. Two issues at hand, one being pale skin and other being extreme lack of gracefulness/ability to spill at any given moment. So we add some stripes and blue and call it a day.

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Striped Tee, GAP [similar 1; 2] | Denim Vest, LC Lauren Conrad | White Skinny Jeans c/o Articles of Society | Tortoise Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Anchor Knot Bracelet, KJP | Around the World Watch, Urban Outfitters | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell | Lacoste Marice Sneakers c/o Online Shoes

Madewell Mini Transport Crossbody Sale

I also full admit I first saw this outfit on Madewell.com. And she’s pulling it off a lot better than I am. Judge me.

Articles of Society White Skinny Jeans

Tortoise Sunglasses

World Map Watch; Anchor Bracelet

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 Are you rocking white-on-white this summer?


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A SOAK in the Tub

Soak Soap Bar Newburyport

I’m usually not one for bath-and-body-type stores, but during last month’s trip to Newburyport, I found a serious exception to that rule. Soak is so much more than a soap store– it’s this crazy fun little oasis… smack in the middle of downtown Newburyport, yet it feels like you just walked into some amazing combination of coastal spa and well-loved beach house.

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The Newburyport Soap Bar, it is certainly home to its fair share of soaps [but really, it has a 20-foot soap bar full of handmade glycerin soaps ^^], yet so many other treasures that will, no joke, make your baths and showers EVENTS to look forward to.

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Sugar Scrubs:: It’s like going to your favorite self-serve fro-yo place and picking out whatever flavor you want… just don’t eat these?

Shower Steamers

Shower Steamers:: As water splashes these little nuggets, the oils are activated + released, giving the most amazing scent to your shower steam. Lilac, Lemongrass, Lavender… mmmmm….

Soak Newburyport Clothes

Loungewear: I was SO excited to spot Paxton1345 boxers at Soak, and even more excited to hear that they’ll be expanding their loungewear collection, as they open their new addition to the store in a couple weeks!

men's soap products

Men’s Skin Care:: Admit it guys, you need some goodies too. Soak carries Jack Black products [fragrance-free, colorant-free, cruelty-free and dermatologist tested], as well as Plum Island Soap Co.’s best-selling Man Can [SUCH a good gift idea for your dad, brother, or guy!].

Striped Rope Beach Bags

Not pictured:: Oh, about 4 billion other products, including but not limited to LaLicious body butters, Bath Bombs, Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, oils, scrubs, lotions, bath robes, candles, teas, and other coastal gifts [not for your body but good for your heart].

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Seahorse Wall Decor

Newburyport Nautical Gift Shops

Whether you like your soaps and lotions fruity, floral, herbal, cooling, or whatever else– you’ll find something here. The new addition to the store, with the expanded loungewear and clothing selection, will be open in the next 2-3 weeks– follow them on Facebook for the most updated info!

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[ SOAK The Newburyport Soap Bar ]
[ 7 State Street ]
[ Newburyport, MA ]
[ 978-465-7625 ]

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