Last-Minute Easter Dresses

Despite Easter being weeks later than it was last year, the holiday has still managed to sneak up on me! If you’re at a loss for what to wear this Sunday [like me!], here are a few last-minute dress options…

What to Wear for Easter

Lexington Dress, Lilly Pulitzer | Polka Dot Scuba Fit & Flare Dress, Gabby Skye | Tencel Denim Fit & Flare Dress, GAP | Striped Silverscreen Dress, Kate Spade | Emerald Poppy Textured Dress, Pim + Larkin | Phoebe Ruffle Neckline Dress, Lilly Pulitzer | Eyelet Wildfield Dress, Madewell | Sunflower Lace Dress, Collette Dinnigan | Crepe Shift Dress, Wayf

What do you sport for Easter dinner?

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Getting Fresh + Pretty with Prettyology!

Julie Michaud Prettyology Boston

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Newbury Street’s Julie Michaud Prettyology, and I could not have been more impressed! This beauty lab is all about the face:: stop in for skin care, makeup application, eyelash extensions, brow tweezing… pretty much everything I can think of that I would ever need to do to my face.

Pink Walls // Chandelier

I spent my Saturday afternoon in the lab, being pampered with a facial + eye makeup application. Their facials mean business y’all. This is not at all to say it wasn’t incredibly enjoyable and relaxing, but my Skin Warrior treatment felt more like a dermatologist appointment than any old spa experience. I learned so-darn-much about my skin, and found out I’m doing a lot wrong [#oops!]. Lead Medical Aesthetician Jen Chiocchariello is a master of the face, and fixed up my winter-tormented skin while teaching me a ton of new things as well [good morning, warm lemon water with breakfast].

Prettyology Makeup Review

Then it was off to the darling Shalyn Brooks to test out The Eyes Have It– a half-hour eye makeup application that made me feel so glam, despite the rest of my face being super moisturized and embarrassing post facial extractions! [evidence here]. Shalyn got me to try something out of my normal routine, without forcing me to totally leave my comfort zone. I can’t wait to go back and get my eyes done before weddings + other events in the city this summer.

Boston Newbury Street Makeup Application/Lessons

All in all, amazing experience. This is so much more than your typical spa/salon.

And special Boston perks right now: All Boston Marathon runners receive 25% off all products, skin treatments, brow shaping, or makeup services. For anyone who purchases products, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The One Fund for the entire month of April.

Where to buy makeup in Boston

Makeup Brush Organization

Galley Wall

[ I'm sorry I just can't get enough of this beautiful space! ]

Prettyology Facial / Makeup Review

Please do let me know if you stop by!

[ Julie Michaud Prettyology ]
[ 18 Newbury Street ]
[ Boston, MA  02116 ]
[ 617.262.1607 ]

Full disclosure: I was treated to my services at JM Prettyology; all opinions expressed are my own.


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April Showers

So we talked about the fun side of spring earlier this week, but of course with every spring comes days & days of rain as well! These annual April Showers posts are always a good challenge for me though… there’s no escaping the rain, so might as well sport pieces that you’re excited to wear! I always find that makes weather a bit more bearable :)

Pink & Navy Rain GearUmbrella, Kate Spade ]
Dog Cotton Trench Coat, C.Wonder (how cute is this?!) ]
Mini Nylon Crossbosy Easy Tote, C.Wonder ]
[ Belted Trench Coat, Calvin Klein ]
[ Posh Wellies, Joule's ]
[ Ballet Flats, Hunter ]


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It’s so darn close I can taste it! Tulips and cuffed jeans and sunnies and open-toed shoes close!

Boston Spring Uniform

Pullover Top, Old Navy [similar 1; 2] | Boyfriend Jeans, Gap [similar] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Necklace, Savas Studios [similar] | Rope Bracelet, Oh Buoy Boston | Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade | Bow Ring, Kate Spade | Tassel Tote, Old Navy | Wedges, Ralph Lauren [similar 1; 2]

Ok, the sandals may have been a bit premature. The sunglasses, though, were NOT! Thank goodness our Vitamin D is finally about to be replenished around here… this past weekend was full of reasons to try out my new Warby Parker sunglasses– from the recenly launched [and limited-edition!] Spectrum Sun collection.

Warby Parker Sunglasses Review

Tortoise Sunglasses

Tassel Tote Bag

Warby Parket Piper Tortoise

Trader Joe's Pink Tulips

Boston Fashion Bloggers

Have you pulled out the sunglasses and open-toed shoes for the season yet?

psst! Lots of sales in this post too– Take 30% off online at GAP today with code BRIGHT. At Old Navy, card holders get 30% off their purchase today with code STUFFSAVE. No card? Still take 20% off with code SAVE20!


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BHLDN Chestnut Hill

BHLDN Bridal Jewelry

Let me make a few things clear::

1 // I ain’t engaged.
2 // I’m hardly wedding obsessed [not even a secret Pinterest board for this girl!]
but, 3 // I think BHLDN is the most beautiful thing to grace the world of weddings since the vows themselves.

I mean, born out of Anthropologie, how could it not be?

As a part of my day at Chestnut Hill Square, I stopped in the new BHLDN and swoon. You do not have to be a bride or even a bridesmaid to love this store. Gorgeous party dresses, jewelry, shoes, clutches, party decorations, and gifts galore.

BHLDN Summer Dresses

BHLDN Chestnut Hill // Boston

BHLDN Bridesmaid Dresses

BHLDN Pink Lace Dress

[ Martine Dress ]

With wedding season just around the corner, you can be sure I’ll be picking up some gifts + party-guest dresses here!

BHLDN Bridal Boston Review

Ariel Dress | Cheers! Banner
Perle Bracelet | Harlow Dress
Vivacious Peep Toes | You’re My Lobster Card
Gilded Chevron Runner | Dapper Bottle Stopper

Have you been to a BHLDN yet?

[ BHLDN Chestnut Hill ]
[ 220 Boylston Street ]
[ Newton, MA  02467 ]
[ 617.527.3081 ]


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The Chestnut Hill Experience

I’ve got a whole smorgasbord of fun things to show you today! Last week, I spent the better half of my Sunday with little seester Morgan at Chestnut Hill Square, just minutes outside of Boston. Talk about supercenter! CHS has a little bit of everything– fitness, shopping, pampering, and somuch wining and dining… basically, something for every section of this blog.

Here’s a little taste of how we spent our day…

Equinox Fitness Chestnut Hill Square

Equinox:: Pilates
Anddd the photos stop here, because after Megan Fitzgerald’s amazing pilates class, I was a hot mess! I’ll be the first to admit I’m no fitness buff and would much rather start my weekend mornings snuggled in bed with a latte thank you, but waking up with a class that’s somehow both challenging and relaxing really put me in the right mood for the day. Equinox is beautiful and has so many options for classes and group fitness.

Another option for exercise in the square (besides the cardio you get from shopping, that is):: SoulCycle.

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Drybar Chestnut Hill Review

Drybar:: Blowouts
I can’t say enough great things about Drybar– 4o bucks for a cocktail, hour of pampering, and a blowout that lasts multiple days? So worth it in my book. I’ve given a more thorough review here, but I also tried a Floater for the first time on this visit– a 10-minute scalp massage during your shampoo. Hi, bliss.

Drybar Cosmo-Tai Style

Gray + Yellow Color Scheme

Drybar Parties

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Brio Tuscan Grille:: Lunch
I live in the North End = I love my Italian. Brio totally lived up to expectations– my Shrimp Mediterranean was packed with flavor, but didn’t leave me feeling like I needed to detox for three days like I do after most heavy Italian meals. Fun atmosphere, and I can’t wait to go back for their brunch menu!

Shrimp Mediterranean with Risotto

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The Sail Loft Chestnut Hill

Already a great variety of stores here (I visited the beautiful Anthropologie back in December), with new ones popping up each day. Most of my time this weekend was spent between Francesca’s and Sail Loft.

Francesca's Jewelry Sale

Francesca’s has one of the best selections of costume jewelry I have seen around here. Any color you need, from mint to tangerine to pearl– they’ve got it. I grabbed these quirky earrings and adore them! It’s really an accessory-lover’s heaven in there.

Nautical Sunglasses Case

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Sail Loft Chestnut Hill

Being overly obsessed with all things nautical and Nantucket-related, I was crazy excited to check out Sail Loft. This is the only location off of ACK, and it’s home to so many brands that you do usually only see in resort areas– Kiel James Patrick, Maui Jim, Smathers & Branson, Trina Turk… I’m having a love affair with my new GiGi New York Clutch that co-owner Peter helped me personalize.

Nautical Clothing Boston

Pearl Starfish Bracelet

Smather's & Branson Bow Ties Boston

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Seasons 52 Chestnut Hill

Seasons 52:: Flights & Flats
And to refuel, wine and flatbreads! This is a fantastic deal– $15 for a full-sized flatbread and a 3-wine tasting, plus a full glass of your favorite. How perfect would this be for a date night or Girls’ Night Out? We also indulged in some incredible mini desserts… quite positive that the chocolate caramel one changed my life permanently for the better.

Flights & Flatbreads at Seasons 52

Mini Caramel Chocolate Desserts in Jars

Seasons 52 Chestnut Hill

Many, many thanks to Chestnut Hill Square for giving us an unforgettable day! Tons more things are still to come, and I can tell this is going to be a frequent destination for me this summer.

Have you been to CHS? What are your favorites there?

Full disclosure: I was treated to a complimentary day at Chestnut Hill Square; all opinions expressed are genuine and my own. 


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Via Limoni

Apartments in Rome

My sweet mama just returned from a little Italian vacay in the heart of Rome. Not at all to say I haven’t been beyond grateful for all of the traveling I’ve gotten to do this year, but I still have to admit that it’s been a liiiiitle hard to keep my jealousy to a minimum… I mean, it’s Italy!

So I’ve just been sitting over here soaking in every snippet of sun we’ve been given in Boston lately, and dreaming about Rome//Venice//Florence//Capri with Kate Spade‘s new inspired collection instead…

Kate Spade Italy

Broome Street Capri | Whitley Top2 Park Avenue Darling | Pointer Sneakers ]

Kate Spade Italy Collection | Spring 2014

Lyric Dress, $398 | Lemon Embroidered Straw Fedora, $98 | Bella Print iPhone 5 Case, $40 | Capri Espadrille Lila Wristlet Pouch, $128 | Via Limoni Bella Wristlet, $148 | Jumper Wedges, $258 | When Life Gives You Lemons Idiom Bangle, $98 | Via Limoni Lemon Coin Purse, $78 | Via Limoni Vivi, $248 | Grand Tour Wicker Camera Bag, $298 | Capri Espadrille Maise, $248

Favorite new motto? When life gives you lemons, make limoncello.

Anyone else have any Italian travels on the schedule, so I may live vicariously through you as well?

edit:: Just in time! Today is Kate Spade’s Friends & Family Sale– extra 25% off your purchase with code S14FFUS


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Miami Snaps

Button Back Dress; Jack Rogers

I had big, big plans for my camera on our trip to Miami last week, but for some reason down there, piña coladas and laying comatose by the pool became serious priorities, and Mr. Nikon didn’t see much outside of my suitcase.

I did, however, pull it out for a day that included shopping and eating our way down Lincoln Road [Havana 1957 is a MUST] and a walk along Miami Beach. I never thought a city like Miami would be very much my style, but my oh my it was hard not to love!

Lincoln Road Miami

Sangria Mason Jars Havana 1957

Four Points Sheraton Miami

I Herd You Anastasia Dress | Lilly Pulitzer

Anastasia Dress, Lilly Pulitzer | Tortoise Sunglasses, Target | Monogram Necklace c/o Onecklance | Rope Bracelet, Oh Buoy Boston | Coastal Tote, Lilly Pulitzer | Navajo Sandals, Jack Rogers

what to wear in miami

Lilly Pulitzer I Herd You Print

Lilly Pulitzer Coastal Tote

Nautical Bracelets

Beach Cabana Photography

Tortoise Sunglasses

I also planned on getting more sun than this, but you know, #palepeopleproblems.

Have you been to Miami? What were you must-dos and sees?


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Three Years, Spreadshirt, + Other Things

Dahlings, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but today is my lil ‘ol blog’s third birthday! I’m sorry I didn’t dress for the occasion like I have in past years, but choice of casual wear is actually in honor of some bigs things to come in my fourth year!

Nauti or Nice Nautical Tee

Nauti or Nice Long-Sleeve Tee, customized c/o Spreadshirt | Necklace, Tiffany & Co Shorts, H&M [similar] | Navajo Sandals, Jack Rogers

Let me back up though and tell you about a fun thing called Spreadshirt, a new online marketplace that’s like Custom Ink met Etsy. If you’re the shopping kind, you can find all sorts of fun tees, mugs, bags, etc. to fill your closet with. If you’re the artistic kind, you can upload your own designs and have them printed on shirts and other products. Or if you’re the entrepreneurial kind, you can upload your own designs AND turn around and sell them in the Spreadshirt marketplace!

custom nautical tees

My BFF Samantha and I used Spreadshirt to design the shirt above [SO comfortable-- and you can buy your own here!]. She gets full credit for this fun design, and I’m so excited to let you know that you may just be seeing a lot more of her + her work around here! We have some exciting things planned that have been in the works for a while [like, since wine-and-craft nights in college while], and I’m counting the days until I can tell you about them! For sneak peeks [+ hints!], be sure to follow us both on Instagram: @emilyshell & @samkirner.

Nauti or Nice Designs

Until then, you can snag your own Nauti or Nice tee for a limited time, and try Spreadshirt yourself! Let me know what you end up making or selling!


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Let’s Talk About Underwear

THINX Black Lace Underwear

Seriously. No shame here.

I was recently introduced to an incredible company that’s doing so much more than making underpants. Did you know that there are thousands millions of girls in third-world countries who miss days, if not a whole week, of school every month because of their “week of shame” (ladies, you know what I’m talking about)? Girls who can’t afford the sanitary products they need, or even if they could, can’t travel far enough on foot to marketplaces that sell them.

THINX is here to change that. To keep girls from having to use whatever they can find [sticks, leaves, dirty rags] to protect themselves from leaks, and eliminate that shame. For every pair of THINX underwear you purchase for yourself, seven pairs of washable, reusable pads will be donated by Afripads to a woman in need.

Best part? The underwear they have created for you is leak- and stain-resistant, for your time of the month as well [not to mention, super comfy, sexy, and so far from granny panties!].

This video explains it better than I ever could:

THINX is giving my readers $5 off their purchase [but all seven pads per pair will still be donated!] with code shellchicd. Go ahead and treat yourself, knowing that you’re doing a part in helping the 67 million girls and women [in Africa alone!] in need. Is this is the most thoughtful lingerie ever, or what?

The Best Underwear for Your Period

Change your underwear. Change the world.

Full Disclosure: I was provided a pair of THINX underwear for review. All opinions expressed are my own. I 110% believe in this mission.


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