Up Island

Menemsha Fishing Village

I think I took more photos on this single day we spent up island–which is really just the #westside of the island–than I did the entire rest of the trip. The little fishing village Menemsha, specifically, is just the most picturesque place, and the Menemsha Fish Market? They are seriously competing for best lobster roll I’ve ever had.

Old Fashioned Beach Ice Cream

Stone beach bathroom sign

Menemsha Chilmark Antique Stores

Blue shutters; nautical home

Larsen's Fish Market

Where to buy buoys

Best lobster roll on Martha's Vineyard

Chilmark town sign

Massachusetts fishing towns

nautical buoy decor

What to do on Martha's Vineyard

Then there are the Aquinnah Cliffs just down the road a bit. Holy smokes. Even more beautiful than I remember. Massachusetts’s own little Cliffs of Moher.

Lilly Pulitzer Oh Buoy Skirt

Tank, LOFT | Oh Buoy Skirt, Lilly Pulitzer [similar] | Belt, Lilly Pulitzer, [similar] | Wooden Bangle, Oh Buoy Boston | Sunglasses, Lilly Pulitzer | Navajo Sandals, Jack Rogers

Lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard

vintage boat house

Martha's Vineyard Travel Guide

For more about Gay Head Lighthouse and the Aquinnah Cliffs, see last year’s post, and for a full Martha’s Vineyard travel guide, click here!

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Weekend Wear

Oh sweet, sweet summer, how quickly you are coming to a close. It’s going to take some time to transition out of the glory that is shorts + nights without sweaters + open-toed shoes, but here goes nothing…

Chambray Romper; Labor Day Fashion

[ Chambray Romper (edit: oops! original sold out | try alternatives here; here; here) | Elmsdale Cardigan (extra 20% off!) | Soludos Classic Stripe Original Espadrille (extra 20% off!) | Transport Tote (monogram it!) | Narrow Knot Turban Headband ]

And a roundup of some of the best Labor Day Weekend sales!

Anthropologie:: Additional 20% off sale
Banana Republic:: 40% off with code BRLABOR
BaubleBar:: Summer styles 50% off
C. Wonder:: Additional 50% off sale | 30% off full-price items
GAP:: Up to 40% off everything
Forever 21: Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Clearance with code BOGOFREE
J.Crew:: Extra 40% off final sale items
Jack Wills:: Extra 20% off with code LABORD
LOFT:: 50% off new fall styles + 50% off summer sale
Madewell:: 20% off select items + 30% off sale with code YESYES
Nautica:: 50% off sale items | 30% off everything else with code LABORDAY
Old Navy:: 40% off everything
Tuckernuck:: Extra 20% off sale with code LABOROFLOVE

Everyone have a safe and wonderful long weekend xx

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Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages

Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread Cottages

Possibly one of the things Martha’s Vineyard is most well-known for [besides being the filming location for the infamous Jaws and the birthplace of Vineyard Vines] is its darling Gingerbread Cottages. They’re scattered all around the town of Oak Bluffs, but the bulk of them are grouped together in an area that was once a religious campground community.

Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association Houses

Orange Beach Cottage

I’m telling you– this place is better than Disneyland.

Fleur De Lis House Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Hydrangeas

Vineyard Vines Scallop Shirt

I LOVE these hydrangea-purple shorts that blended right in, and I’m clearly taking every opportunity I have to soak up the last of shorts-weather!

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Purple Lavender Shorts

What to wear on Martha's Vineyard

[ outfit details ]
[ Oxford Scallop Top, Vineyard Vines | Purple Shorts, H&M [similar 1; 2; 3; 4] | Eat Cake Clutch, Kate Spade | Starfish Earrings, Sylvia’s By the Sea [similar] | Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade | Navajo Sandals, Jack Rogers ]

White Button Back Blouse

Eat Cake for Breakfast Tote

Purple COttage

Blue Green Adirondack Chairs

Martha's Vineyard The Pink House

Cute New England homes

Have you been? Back me up here:: it’s part tiny German village, part fairy-tale world.

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A Guide to Martha’s Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Travel Guide

 Our second Martha’s Vineyard summer trip is complete, and I already can’t wait to plan next year’s!

This island does not disappoint, and the best part–my dear Bostonians–is you can visit for a day, a weekend, or a month. There’s enough to do and see to last you all summer, but it’s easy enough to get to [take the ferry from Woods Hole, Falmouth, Hyannis, New Bedford, or even Rhode Island] and–for the most part–easy enough to get around that you can pack a mini getaway into a weekend, or even a day if you’re ambitious.

Welcome to Vineyard Haven Sign

East Chop Lighthouse Photography

Nautical Outdoor Home Decor

Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages

Where to stay in Martha's Vineyard

Best coffee on Martha's Vineyard

New England Homes

Vineyard Haven Photography

The Original Black Dog Vineyard Haven

Best New England towns to visit

Bunch of Grapes Bookstore Vineyard Haven

Dark and Stormy Martha's Vineyard

Cute New England homes

Edgartown Harbor Docks

[ travel summary ]
who:: This year, we rented a bigger house and brought two friends with us… a couple’s retreat, if you will.
what:: SO MANY THINGS. Visit each of the five towns– Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury, Aquinnah, and Chilmark. See the lighthouses. Take a cruise on the Black Dog Tall Ships. Jump of the bridge where Jaws was filmed. Ride the Flying Horses carousel. Bike the whole island.
when:: SUMMER. Like Nantucket, many businesses will close in the off-season. July and August are the busiest, but you do bargain a bit more with the weather in June.
where:: Rent a house or stay at the Pequot Hotel | Eat fried seafood at Nancy’s and Lookout Tavern; enjoy a nicer dinner at The Sweet Life | Coffee at Mocha Motts | Treats at Murdick’s Fudge and Chilmark Chocolates | Shop at In the PinkSlip77, and the home of original Vineyard Vines.
wear:: All I can say is, it gets CHILL-ay at night, and you do not want to make the same mistake I did and attempt riding a bike in a dress. Shorts, all the way.

More Vineyard posts to come this week!

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Apartment Snippets

Old-fashioned vintage doorknob

This week I say goodbye to my sweet little space of the last three years. That’s the longest I’ve stayed put yet, and I loved turning my little nook of the apartment into something that was so quintessentially Emily. I’m SO excited about our new space and new neighborhood, but I will always treasure the fun years I spent in my crazy post-grad home!

I haven’t shared many looks at my apartment on the blog [let's be real, it wasn't exactly Glitter Guide- or Apartment Therapy- worthy], but here are a few snippets I’ve collected over my time in it…

Carrie Bradshaw Apartment Gallery Wall

Lilly Pulitzer Tray; Animal Crackers, Box

How to display and store bracelets

Kitchen Chalkboard Wall DIY

How To: Gold Chevron Wall Paint

nautical bar

If I want to fly, I'll find a way to fly art print

Clutch + Book Stack

How to display perfume

Tassel Garland Etsy

Pictured:: Lilly Pulitzer Tray | Acrylic Jewelry Stands | Warning: Mermaids SignPreppy Pink Shop Clutch | Sew Sarah R Clutch | Shiraleah Chicago Clutch | Kate Spade Book Clutch | Design*Sponge | The Flair Exchange Tassel Garland |

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Weekend [HOME]Wear

I could show you some semblance of what I plan on wearing to move this weekend [not far-- just a few miles across town!], though college gym shorts and tank tops are less than exciting. Instead, staying on theme with the weekend’s activities, I’m sharing my current home wishlist…

Eclectic Home Accessories

[ column 1:: Nantucket Map Print | Gold Animal Parade Glassware | Ceramic Jewelry Tray (25% off with code SHOPNOW) | Daisy Place Snail Mail Tray | Blue Seahorse Pillow | Food For Thought Placemat ]
[ column 2:: Elephant Door Knocker | Embroidered Varoom Pillow (on sale!) | Navy Ikat Dinnerware | Bow Back Piper ]

As you can see, we haven’t honed in on much of a consistent style yet, but hunting for fun pieces that we both like, and turning this new space into a home, even if an eclectic one at that, is what I’m most excited about!

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Southern Vermont

Bennington Vermont Travel Guide

While Saratoga was well worth the travel, it was a good 3 1/2-hour drive from Boston [props to all the Boston Bloggers who did it in a single day!], so BF and I decided to break up the trip and stop for a day + night in Bennington, Vermont.

Vintage Vermont Maple Syrup Sign

Vintage Popcorn Truck

Vintage Record Player

The Owl's Nest Bennington Vermont

Vintage Iron Jeep Sign

1976 Flag

Boyfriend Blazer; Boyfriend Shorts

Mat + Nat Recycled Purses

What to wear in Vermont

[ outfit details ]
Boyfriend Blazer, Thrifted [similar] | Tee, Urban Outfitters [similar 1; 2] | Denim Shorts, Target [similar] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Bangle Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Black Shoulder Bag, Matt + Nat [similar] | Sneakers, Converse

Vermont Moose Art

Battle of Bennington Monument

Vermont Flowers

[ travel summary ]
who:: BF apparently isn’t too sick of me yet. Just us two.
what:: the city has been all sorts of cray with tourists and whatnot lately, so I was happy to just get out and enjoy wandering around a small town! we’re also just a few days away from moving into a new space, so antiquing + thrifting for decor, furniture, and other fun things was a priority, and we were surprised at how many stores like such we came across.
when:: we, admittedly, visited in VT’s shoulder season, where we got a very good rate at the b&b. the prime time to visit is fall for the foliage, so I suppose we’ll just have to go back ;)
where:: stay at safford mills inn & cafe– this is not your average bed & breakfast! namely, because there’s no breakfast included. it turns into a martini bar on friday & saturday nights, so in lieu of scrambled eggs, you’re provided with complimentary cocktails and appetizers | eat & drink at madison brewing co pub & restaurant | treasure hunt at The Owl’s Nest Upholstery & Antiques | visit the Bennington Battle Monument [it's not New England without a little history!]
wear:: I doubted my normally preppy, coastal style would be so welcome in Vermont, so I opted for a more casual, boyfriend look… this is me trying to be cool and fit in with the Bennington College kids, Chuck Taylors and all yo.

Madison Brewing Co.

Have you been to Bennington? Where else should we explore in VT?

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After the Party it’s the After Party…

Where to buy Lilly Pulitzer on sale

As many of my fellow Lilly lovers know, the bi-annual end-of-summer sale kicked off yesterday. I’m putting this post together 12+ hours before it goes live, but as this moment there is a TON still available post the morning rush! Just a few of my favorites…

Discount Lilly Pulitzer Summer 2014

[ Karina Empire Waist Sundress, $69 | Courtney Tunic Dress, $59 | Henrietta Strapless Sweetheart Dress, $89 ]

[ Rogan Halter Top, $69 | Marielle Sweater, $29 | Harbour Tunic Dress, $99 ]

[ January Scallop Hem Scort, $34 | Colleen Pull-On Romper, $69 | Walsh Eyelet Short, $49 ]

[ Kate Espadrille Wedge, $89 | Coastal Tote, $34 | Beach Club Sandal, $89 ]

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The Karina Dress also comes in coral AND has an anchor zipper detail… #swoon

I wore the Henrietta Dress in blue here and it is SO fun + flirty!

Scallops. $34 + free shipping. Enough said.

This is one of the only times of the year to find Lilly Pulitzer on sale, so stock up ladies! (and boyfriends + hubbies + fiances too)

post script. Mass girls:: if you missed out on something online, be sure to stop by your local in the pink! They’re having one heck of a sale themselves.

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Luminaria 2014

Scituate Luminaria Festival

BACK y’all. And ready to catch up and recap our last month of adventures!

Let’s rewind back a few weeks. The first rainy weekend in August marks Scituate’s Heritage Days, and it kicks off Friday evening with Luminaria… picture the floating lanterns in Tangled… only ours are dollar-store candles stuck in old milk jugs and don’t fly. But man are they beautiful!

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DIY Luminaries

So many of my childhood summer memories revolve around lighting the luminaries along the rocks and jetty that circle the harbor. Now it’s so fun to bring BF back with me and skip along the rocks, watching them light up at dusk.

Madewell Baseball Tee

Baseball Season Sweater (40% off!), Madewell [similar] | Boyfriend Shorts, Target [similar] | Champion Starburst Sneakers c/o Keds | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell

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As silly as it sounds, I was always under STRICT surveillance as a kid when it came to footwear for walking along the harbor’s rock footpaths. Tennis shoes or bust, yo– flip flops were an accident waiting to happen in Mama’s eyes!

Navy Dotted Keds

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Though I’m bias–it’s a hometown tradition close to my heart–if you ever find yourself in Scituate the first Friday in August, I do recommend stopping by to see for yourself.


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Vineyard Bound

Lobster Sweater; Martha's Vineyard East Chop Lighthouse

[ Lobster Sweater, Forever21 (similar 1; 2; 3) | Scalloped Lace Shorts, Free People ]

By the time you read this, I’ll hopefully already be on island and have some semblance of a tan. Taking the week off from posting, but you can follow me on Instagram if you miss me that much! And Boston gals– don’t forget about Wednesday’s Nine West x InStyle launch party!

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