Lilac Gray + Other Lavenders

pantone lilac gray sweaterI have nothing sophisticated nor specific to say about this outfit besides, do you know how difficult it is to find clothing of the light-purple family any time of year other than April?! It’s a friggin’ periwinkle treasure hunt.

So when you DO come across two pieces of this hue, let’s say, off season (not to mention seriously marked down), you pair them proudly. Fortunately, this may be the last violet struggle for a while, as Serenity and Lilac Gray are two of Pantone’s Spring 2016 Colors. Looks like somebiddie may be on-trend for one of the few times in her life!

[ Related:: You all must check out Alison’s beautiful Pantone Color of the Year Reports :) ]

Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.B.DSC_0979 copy

Periwinkle Purse

Rebecca Minkoff Vinca Mini MAB
Lilac Gray Open-Stitch Sweater, Joie [similar]| Skinny Jeans, American Eagle [similar] | Vinca Mini MAB, Rebecca Minkoff [pink on sale!] | Beige D’Orsay Pumps, BCBG Paris

 Let’s make a promise to never typecast light purple as a spring-only color again. Here, I’ve even done the dirty work for you and rounded up some seasonally-appropriate ways to wear this fun color family::

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The Daytrip Diaries: Portsmouth, NH

portsmouth nh history
We really made a point to squeeze every minute out of summer this year.

As excited as we were for our Eurotrip, we knew that the leaves would have turned and the temperatures would have dropped by the time we returned at the end of September. So instead of being responsible adults and packing and planning for 10 days overseas, we hopped in the car on our last real Saturday of summer and drove up to Portsmouth, NH to send off our New England summer.

Portsmouth is one of those towns everyone has been telling me I’d love for years; yet embarrassingly and admittedly, this was my first time there. And now I get why y’all have been bugging me about it for so long. The houses! The city along the seacoast! The outdoor drinking dining!

portsmouth nh homes

whale door knocker

portsmouth nh restaurants

portsmouth nh restaurants

portsmouth nh main street

green patio furniture

prescott park
I’ve always thought that people who walk around gardens taking a million photos of flowers are on the same level as crazy cat ladies, but that was me in Prescott Park. Are crazy flower ladies a thing? Because I guess I’m turning into one.

And as I’m sure you’ve guessed, photos don’t even begin to do the trial gardens justice.

new hampshire gardens

new england sunflower field
Oh, and, there was a lighthouse.

portsmouth harbor light
Unsurprising since its coastline is teeny tiny, Portsmouth Harbor Light is New Hampshire’s only mainland lighthouse. The fact that it’s currently maintained by the Coastguard makes getting to it as much fun as seeing it; these guys don’t take 90% of their visitors being middle-aged tourists as an excuse to take security lightly, and I haven’t been that nervous about stepping off a guided line since I was under 21 in an Atlantic City casino.

But if you’re visiting, don’t fret. Keep your head down, mouth shut, and follow the signs and the path. There is a LIGHT at the end of the fort tunnel har har har.

tuckernuck bow hat

new hampshire lighthouses

portsmouth nh tours
[ travel summary ]
who:: We should really just nix this line from the questionnaire because by now you all must know that the only person I can get to accompany me on these trips is my husband, as none of my friends want to wait for me to Instagram their food before they can start eating it, or sneak through Coast Guard stations and trample through Revolutionary War-era forts to see lighthouses. MJF doesn’t appreciate this either, but he’s now legally bound.
what:: I’m not saying it’s a metropolis, but it’s a city goshdarnit, and there’s no shortage of things to do. While I know many of you may be happy wandering gardens or strolling streets and taking photos of innocent neighbor’s nautical doorknockers for hours just like I am, there’s also countless harborside restaurants, shops in Market Square, coffee shops, museums, and music venues.
when:: We wrapped up summer in Portsmouth, but there’s nothing like that New Hampshire fall foliage…
where:: Nauti home gifts and souvenirs for all ages at Tugboat Alley, afternoon brews at Portsmouth Brewery, seafood and cocktails on the deck at River House, ice cream at Annabelle’s.
wear:: I’m wearin’ Packable Bow Sunhat, Tuckernuck | Boat Neck Sweater, Aerie [similar] | Eyelet Skirt, Jack Wills [similar 1; 2] | Vintage Coach Purse [similar].

Where to next adventurers?


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Monograms & Mammograms

pink hooded rain jacket
I thought it was getting to be too late in the season to share these photos because, bare legs and white-shorts-after-Labor-Day and additional nonsense, but in honor of preparation for this weekend’s impending hurricane, here you go: the rain jacket I’ve been living in for the last few months [we had a silly number of rainy Sundays this summer] and which I’ll continue to wear for as long as the temperatures allow!

lobster sweater
Charles River Apparel, a family-owned local(!) business sent it to me earlier this year, but I think it’s especially timely with today being just the second day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Their Be Pink Proud program donates a portion of sales from all pink products purchased to cancer teams who row and paddle on the Charles River and elsewhere all over the country.

I’ve never been a rower myself [but y’all know Head of the Charles is one of my favorite fall events], though I think we can all hear this loud and clear::

Rowing is a unique sport in that it gives every team member equal partnership — there are no substitutions or time-outs, and the entire team must work together in perfect sync to finish. Much like the fight to beat cancer, where those with a strong core of support are more likely to have a positive outlook and a healthier body during treatment. This striving for strength, hope and camaraderie, fuels Charles River Apparel’s mission to support these rowing and paddling groups.

And now, a series of me continuing to be the most graceful and flawless high-fashion blogger of our time–

pink rain coat

white scallop shorts
Jack I’m flying! Jack!

monogram rain jacket

new england rain jacket

white scallop shorts

marley lilly rain jacket
New Englander Monogrammed Rain Jacket c/o Charles River Apparel | White Scallop Shorts c/o J.McLaughlin [sold out–similar] | Lobster Sweater, Forever21 [similar] | Converse Chuck Taylors

In all seriousness, do be safe as Joaquin approaches! And if you’re going to shop this month, think pink, and choose brands who support breast cancer awareness, patients, and research.

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If It’s Not Monogrammed, It’s Not Mine

White Scalloped Tee
One of the best—and worst—things about about marrying into a new last name? A new monogram.

(I can’t tell you how many of you goobers asked, what-the-goodness are you going to do with all of your monogrammed things when you get married?!?)

Well you just have to go on and treat yourself to some new goods dontcha?

Gold Monogrammed Pendant
If you’ve followed along for a while, you know I’m a bit personalized goods-obsessed. I’m guessing the infatuation came from either my dad (GNG) or my best friend (kTk) being the proud owners of perfectly monogrammable names. Or the fact that my mom hooked me up with one of these classics at an early age.

For jewelry though, I’ve become a big fan of Eve’s Addiction. In an over-saturated market of monogram it!!! jewelry vendors, this e-commerce retailer comes out on top in terms of value. Some of the best quality I’ve seen in a long time, at some of the most reasonable prices.

And no more 3-4 week wait time here– orders ship within 24 hours! Remember that the next time you forgot to pick up a birthday gift :)

New England Fall Fashion
Eve’s Addiction sent me this gold monogram necklace so that I could finally show off these brand-spankin’-new initials. Remember when I used to scoff at simple jewelry and claim the bigger the better? I’m growin up guys; this delicate pendant has turned into my go-to.

Looking for more of the classic monogram script? They’ve got that too.

Gold Monogram Necklace

Gold Monogram Jewelry

Madewell Monogram Tote
Scallop Tee, Topshop | Skinny Jeans, H&M | Gold Vermeil Monogram Disc Necklace c/o Eve’s Addiction | Transport Tote, Madewell | Isabelle Printed Bow Pumps, J.Crew

Take 20% off your Eve’s Addiction order when you shop through this link! I think I need some rose gold next, don’t you?

post script. If you’re an eGk, hit me up! I’ll send a monogrammed goodie bag your way!

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10 Fall Shoes Under $100

best boots for fall
I’ll give you this fall:: You are a fun season for shoe-shopping. I’ve been living in Jacks since approximately April 30, and it’s sadly time to turn them in for bootsbootsboots and more boots.

I know, I’m emotional as well.

Here are 10 of my must-have fall shoes, all under $100.

cheap fall shoes 2015
post script. If you’re interested in looking further into your first pair of Bean Boots, check out my guide here!

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Weekend Links

blue striped beach blacket
The Little Market Towel | Keds | Warby Parker Sunglasses c/o | Similar Canvas Passport Cover

It’s been a jet-lagged-3-cups-of-coffee-a-day-what-day-is-it-anyway kind of week. But I suppose no one ever said coming back from a week’s vacation abroad would be easy (oh! I might have not told you! We finally took our belated honeymoon in France last week, hence the radio silence and deliriousness around here. A series of Parisian doors & croissant breakfasts to come).

Here’s what I’ve stumbled across this week, mostly while trying to keep myself awake on the subway.

1 // 36 hours in Paris, Right Bank. Go figure.
2 // We’re hitting the winery apple orchard this weekend, and I’m thinking about attempting either this or this with our haul.
3 // 14 Tiny East Coast Towns You Have to Visit Soon. I’ve checked off five of these and have a trip already planned for one more, but I’m getting the hint that we need to plan something for down South…
4 // If you liked the LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection (see my roundup here), you should take advantage of Kohl’s 15%-off-everything sale this weekend, with code FIFTEENOFF.
5 // #TeamBrady. Haters gonna hate.
6 // How to host happy hour in a tiny apartment. We’re actually quite lucky in regards to our “entertaining space,” but these tips from Domino Magazine could be applied to any little home soiree.
7 // LOLZ. There is hope for all of us C-List fashion bloggers.

Happy Friday! xx

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Field Jacket Season

j crew mossy brown field jacketIt’s the first day of fall. And I am so darn bitter about it this year.

But for the sake of glass-half-full, let’s chat about this season’s merits::
Apple cider doughnuts
Poor Girl’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes (grande blond roast + 2 pumps pumpkin + milk)
Dangerous summer sales
Field jackets

I realize the J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket is reaching PSL-level basic-ness [I counted 7 girls wearing this exact one at last year’s Head of the Charles Regatta],  but for good reason. It’s the perfect weight for these weird chilly-in-the-morning-warm-in-the-sun early autumn days, and it’s perfect for layering as the temps continue to drop.

And it’s 25% off today which is about as good as you’re going to get!!

pearl cluster necklace

boston fall fashion

madewell mini transport crossbody

j crew field jacket

Downtown Field Jacket, J.Crew (25% off with code TIMETOSHOP) | Striped Boatneck Tee, GAP [similar is 40% off with code START] | Boardwalk Pull-On Shorts, J.Crew Factory | Pearl Cluster Necklace c/o Francesc’s [sold out//similar] | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell | Metallic Boat Shoes, Sperry

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2nd Time Around Fall Boutique Crawl

2nd Time Around NewburyBoston ladies:: who needs plans for this Thursday night?!

Join me + other local bloggers at 2nd Time Around‘s Fall Boutique Crawl this week on 9/24. We’ll be at each of the three Newbury Street locations, where there will be exclusive giveaways, stylist consultations, and—most importantly—wine, snacks, and shoes.

There’s no denying that I’ve spent my fair share of change at the 2TA’s up and down Newbury Street, some of my favorite finds being vintage Lilly Pulitzer dresses, Coach loafers, and Ralph Lauren button-downs. Each storefront is unique though, and that’s why you’ll have the best luck if you hit all three!

This Thursday, you’ll receive an additional 10% off all purchases, and 5% of all sales will be donated to Dress for Success, a non-profit that provides interview attire and career development and counseling to low-income women. And this week’s event is just one of many upcoming fundraising events this fall!

Hope to see you all there, and be sure to tag which location you’re at on Instagram for chances to win gift cards::

176 Newbury (@2ta176newbury)
219 Newbury (@2ta219newbury)
324 Newbury (@2ta324newbury)

Be sure to come say hey if you can make it :)

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LC Lauren Conrad Runway Show

lc lauren conrad floral skirt
Faux-Suede Moto Jacket | Lace-Trim Top | Floral Scuba SkirtAnkle Strap Heels

Admitting this probably diminishes any sort of credibility I ever held as a “fashion blogger,” but in all honestly, the thought of trecking around New York City in heels for Fashion Week has never really excited me (NFL season kickoff > NYFW). That being said, I was too excited to hear that LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls would be showcased this year! I’m a little bit in love with all of these pieces and even more in love with the idea of showcasing everyday, affordable brands on the runway. Double win.

lc lauren conrad tulle skirt
Faux-Suede Moto Jacket | Lace Baneau Top | Organza Ball Skirt

lc lauren conrad lace romper
Embroidered Popover Top + Shorts

lc lauren conrad blue coat
Faux-Fur Collar Peacoat | Sequin Fringe Midi Dress | Leather Crossbody Bag

lc lauren conrad flounce dress
Ruffle Organza Dress | Ankle Strap Heels

lc lauren conrad runway collection
Tulle Strapless Gown

 And don’t get me started on the handbags please. #brbbyemoney

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*All photos (c) Kohls

The North Shore (Part Two)

For all intensive purposes, we have reached the end of summer. Bittersweet, as there is no time in New England quite as joyful as summer, though autumn here is such a treat as well. Continuing with our North Shore tour guide, here are mini guides (from local residents and fellow bloggers!) to three Massachusetts towns north of the city that each boast merits for visiting in both the summer and the fall: Salem, Newburyport, and Marblehead. 

[ And if you missed Rockport, click here! ]

Best Bars Salem


Lianna, Salem Style

No matter what time of year it is, you can enjoy a beautiful day in Salem, Massachusetts! You do not need a car to visit Salem– there’s a commuter rail stop right downtown, and there is a Salem ferry that leaves right from downtown Boston! A Salem morning is not complete without breakfast at Red’s. With endless cups of coffee and pancakes that are bigger than the plate, you are sure to start your day off right. Or if you are more of a grab-and-go type, visit A&J King bakery for a hot and fresh chocolate croissant.

Rain or shine, Salem has a lot to offer downtown. Since Salem is the “witch city,” taking a trip to the Witch Museum or the Salem Witch Dungeon is usually on the top of the to-do list. For non-witch activities, visit the House of Seven Gables or the Peabody Essex Museum.

Ready for lunch? Consider Scratch Kitchen (especially if you love bacon) and The Lobster Shanty. Find the perfect hostess gift at Pamplemousse or the perfect vintage dress at Modern Millie. Or bring a little magic back to your home from HausWitch. For an afternoon treat, stop by Melita Fiore for some macarons.

If you are staying overnight, check in to the Salem Waterfront Hotel or the historic Hawthorne Hotel. Enjoy dinner with a water view at Victoria’s Station or downtown at Opus, and be sure to check out Opus Underground while you’re there. Salem is such a great city to explore!

salem restaurants

Salem Witch Museum

Salem Fair

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Newburyport Coffee Shops


Christine, Rules for the Modern Girl

Headed up to Newburyport?  Start your day with an iced coffee and pastries at Plum Island Roasters. Take it to go and head over to State Street to pop into all of the fun shops– pick up tea at Best of British, cozy pajamas and luxury soaps at Soak Shoreline, and quirky, American-made gifts at Skowhegan Dry Goods.

In need of a coffee refill? Grab a cup at Atomic Cafe before heading over to AliKat on Pleasant Street for the latest in women’s fashions and accessories. For the best tacos you’ll ever have (seriously!) stop in at Dos Amigos for lunch. Feeling adventurous? Schedule a kayak or SUP tour at Plum Island Kayak and get a view of Newburyport from the water. For dinner, celebrate a fun day out with champagne and oysters at the best restaurant in town, Brine Oyster!

[ editor’s note :: New England Development sent me on the BEST trip to Newburyport last summer– read more about that here! ]

Newburyport Whale Watches

Downtown Newburyport

 Soak Newburyport

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Marblehead Harbor


Kristen, The Boston Fashionista

Marblehead is such an easy, walkable town that is filled with history and charm. If you’ve managed to get lost in the winding streets of Old Town, you’re doing it right!

Day One
Start off your morning with some coffee from Java Sun. With multiple coffees to choose from, you’ll see why it is a local favorite. The kids behind the counter are always cheerful, and make sure to try the cinnamon rolls or croissants (butter, ham and cheese, or spinach and feta)! Then stroll around (new) downtown on Atlantic Avenue. Shops like Irresistibles and Liz Steinfield offer excellent shopping, and Shubie’s is a veritable treasure trove of wine, cheese and other delicious treats. They’re almost always having some kind of tasting! In the afternoon, head down to Devereaux Beach. While it is a somewhat rocky beach, it is a local favorite due to the pristine water, the playground, restrooms, parking lot and, most importantly, Lime Rickey’s. This is no regular beach shack – try their shrimp tacos!! In the evening, stroll down to Crocker Park or Ft. Sewall. Don’t be alarmed if you hear cannons firing at sunset! That’s just the local yacht clubs lowering their flags. (And yes, you’ll likely hear cannons throughout any summer weekend; there are constant regattas just off Marblehead Harbor). For dinner, head to The Barnacle for some of the best views in town, and for one of the best lobster rolls in the country. It’s a dive, for sure, but totally worth it!

Marblehead Old Town

Day Two
Start your morning at Haley’s in (old) downtown on Washington Street. Enjoy their incredible rock cakes and grab a coffee to go. Hit the downtown shops (Madam Had’Em, French + Italian and F.L. Woods are my faves!) and then wander through Old Town. You’ll see that almost every house is historic (mine, for example, was built in the 1650’s), and all offer serious New England charm. Get a little lost, wander by the cemeteries and make up some ghost stories, and just marvel at the collection of antique homes. Be sure to stop by Abbot Hall and check out The Spirit of ’76! Later, drive over to Marblehead Neck and stroll through the songbird sanctuary, or hit up the lighthouse at Chandler Hovey Park for more spectacular harbor views. (The harbor has somewhere around ~2000 boats in it during the summer!) On your way out of town, stop at Five Corners for dinner; this chic restaurant offers house-made charcuterie and beautiful cocktails, winning over even the snootiest Manhattan diners.

iron lighthouse

marblehead lighthouse
Massachusetts North Shore

Many thanks to Lianna, Christine, and Kristen!

What other New England destinations would you like to hear about? Drop me a line + I’ll get my experts on it 😉

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