Dear Kate

I swear y’all. The incredible + innovative underwear designers I’ve been introduced to lately make me want to forgo VS for good. Dear Kate is a new designer making some of the best in performance underwear for ladies.

Dear Kate Underwear

Don’t lie to me: you definitely have your period panties [sorry, there's no better phrase for them]. And they are probably pretty granny-like and you probably feel pretty dingy when you wear them. No, just me? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Dear Kate Panties Review

Dear Kate‘s darling line of silky-good underwear have a built-in liner that protects you as well as a pantyliner would. Because honestly, let me tell you: those leggings, yoga pants, or gym shorts you’re sporting on the go? The only thing worse than a visible-panty-line is a visible-panty-liner(!).

high performance active underwear for running + the gym

Choose from the Vera [my favorite!], the Ella// the Margot // the Hazel [above-- best for active!] // the Amelia // or the Rosa styles, and bikini // hipster // thong // cheeky // highrise // or brief cuts. Even pick your lining– full or mini depending on how Auntie Flo is feeling. [Is this too much? Apologies.]

Best Underwear for Dancers

All my dancer ladies:: you, especially, should consider the Margot Collection– named after our girl Margot Fonteyn for high-performing women always on the go!

No more hand washing, no more leaks. And ohmygawd sosoft&comfortable. And best of all? Made in the USA.

You can shop the full collection here, and Dear Kate is generously offering my readers 25% off their first purchase with code shellchic’d from now until May 15! I guarantee you’ll love them. If you don’t, Dear Kate will send you a whole new pair. How’s that for a promise?

Dear Kate Review

Full disclosure: I was provided a pair of Dear Kates for review; all opinions expressed are my own. All images copyright Dear Kate.

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#BostonStrongerThanEver

Boston Skyline Illustration // shell chic'd

Boston will run today, because it’s what this city does. Good luck to all of the runners, and thank you to all of the volunteers. Big hug especially to BBF [best blog friend] Alex as she powers through 26.2! Happy Marathon Monday, friends!

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Derby Day Prep

Exactly 15 days until Derby Day! For a Northern girl, I happen to love watching [& celebrating] the Kentucky Derby… overly preppy sundresses, big hats, seersucker, mint juleps, and all. Here are just a few of the dresses + accessories I’ve had my eye on for this year’s ensemble…

What to wear to the Kentucky Derby

 

[ Horse & Hound Needlepoint Hat, Harding-Lane ]
[ Packable 5+ Brim Hat, Toucan Hats ]
[ Horseshoe Charm Bangle, Alex & Ani ]
[ Gold Plated Horseshoe Earrings, ASOS (sale!) ]
[ Mint Julep Cup Vase, Design Darling ]
[ Striped Paper Straws, Talking Tables ]
[ Horse Print Skater Dress, ASOS ]
[ Airy Shift Dress, Lilly Pulitzer ]
[ Seersucker Ruffle Neck Dress, Target ]
[ Seersucker Natalie Dress, Just Madras ]
[ Churchill Downs Scene Dress, Vineyard Vines ]

Now if only I could get BF to sport that pastel bow tie

Will you celebrate the Derby this year? Better yet, anyone going?!

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Take a [harbor]walk in my shoes…

Boston Harborwalk Seaport

hey! spring!

The [almost]-seventy degree temps this past weekend meant one thing: I was hitting the Harborwalk! I usually pop on in the North End and walk all the way to Seaport, so the walk requires two things: nice weather [check!], and comfortable shoes!

Woven Brown Leather Sandals

The team at White Mountain [they're based in New England-- hey local!] sent me these super comfy catamaran sandals, and I couldn’t wait to break them out for one of our first days of sandal weather. I walked hours in them and didn’t get one blister! They also come in Natural and I am definitely not contemplating getting them in a second color or anything…

J.Crew Whale Sweater | Urban Outfitters Green Fit + Flare Dress

Whale Sweater, J.Crew [similar] | Dress, Urban Outfitters [similar 1; 2] | Crossbody Bag, Madewell | Tassel Keychain, Design DarlingCatamaran Sandals, White Mountain

Green Navy Whale Sweater

I’m also on the hunt for comfortable (or even just bearable!) spring wedges, and am loving these Tigerlily Honey Heels and Mamba Navy Wedges. Amiright?

Gold Tassel Keychain | Madewell Leather Purse

Boston Spring Fashion

Catamaran Sandals | White Mountain Shoes Review

White Mountain is giving my readers 22% off their purchase with code SHELL22– what will you pick up?!

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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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SPRING.

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

Shopping
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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