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 (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
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.
I’m telling you– this place is better than Disneyland.
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!
[ 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 ]
Have you been? Back me up here:: it’s part tiny German village, part fairy-tale world.
Filed under Fashion, Travel
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.
[ 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 Pink, Slip77, 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!
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…
Pictured:: Lilly Pulitzer Tray | Acrylic Jewelry Stands | Warning: Mermaids Sign | Preppy Pink Shop Clutch | Sew Sarah R Clutch | Shiraleah Chicago Clutch | Kate Spade Book Clutch | Design*Sponge | The Flair Exchange Tassel Garland |
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.
[ 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
[ 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.
Have you been to Bennington? Where else should we explore in VT?
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…
[ 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.
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!
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.
Baseball Season Sweater (40% off!), Madewell [similar] | Boyfriend Shorts, Target [similar] | Champion Starburst Sneakers c/o Keds | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell
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!
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.
Filed under Fashion, Life
[ 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!
All my Boston ladies! Though I’m sadly away for the week, I’m leaving you with some info about a fun event in town this Wednesday!
Nine West and InStyle have teamed up on a BEAUTIFUL collection. This Wednesday, at the Copley Place Nine West, join the InStyle team to celebrate the launch + meet with their Accessories Director, Leah Karp(!!).
I’ll do a full recap of the collaboration soon, but can we talk about how gorgeous this leather satchel is & how me this knot bangle is?
With any $75+ purchase, you’ll also recipe a gift bag full of must-have hand-picked by the InStyle team.
To RSVP, email NineWest_Boston@timeinc.com.
SO sad to be missing it, but I know you gals will have a blast! Tweet me what you pick up!
Full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of InStyle & 9West