Oh glorious Head of the Charles Regatta. When all of the preppies come out to play.
This year’s weather was not quite as beautiful as last year’s, but snuggled up along the river with hot sandwiches + cider, we were just fine. This is one of my favorite fall traditions, and this year was no different!
We walked around Harvard Square for a bit after [my out-of-town friends needed their JP Licks fix-- all you locals know what I mean] and snapped these photos. I’m so excited(!), especially, to show off my new York Design Co. needlepoint cuff from Ma Petite LuLu– a brand new online boutique, featuring the most adorable accessories for all ages.
Downtown Field Jacket, J.Crew (25% off!) | Oxford, Ralph Lauren | Jeans, H&M | Whale Cuff, York Design Co. c/o Ma Petite LuLu | Rope Bracelet, KJP | Around the World Watch, Urban Outfitters | Blackwatch Hat, Southern Proper | Kensington Satchel, Madewell | Boat Shoes c/o New England Outerwear
I can’t stop thinking about what a perfect Christmas gift these cuffs would make– whether the gal in your life has a flair for nautical, is sporty, or loves stamping her monogram on anything. YCD’s talent doesn’t stop there– Ma Petite LuLu also carries her needlepoint clutches! Plus, they are all handcrafted in the USA, sooo [insert victory hands emoji].
Bonus perks? MPLL offers free shipping and charges a mere $3(!!) for gift wrapping. If you’re looking to order a personalized cuff, be sure to order by THIS Friday, October 31st to absolutely guarantee delivery before Christmas. All other orders should be received by December 12th.
Happy shopping prepsters!
When I started blogging in 2011, DIY blogs were really having a moment. And I can’t tell you how much money I spent at Michael’s and fabric stores that year in attempt to get on their level [spoiler:: it didn't happen]. One of the first DIY blogs I latched onto was Studs & Pearls, and I am SO excited to share blogger Kirsten’s first book, based off the blog, with you today!
30 DIY fashion projects grace its pages–everything from embellishing an old pair of shoes to making an entire dress. I love that the majority of the clothing, accessory, and shoe projects are aimed at dressing up and customizing pieces that you may already have in your closet, or that would be easy to find inexpensively at second-hand stores– no cutting up fabric pieces to fit patterns and struggling to make that entire skirt on your own [though if you can, more power to you my friend!]. The jewelry chapter is for doing some real creative crafting out of nothing– who knew that vinyl tubing could make for such cute bracelets?
The step-by-step photos help IMMENSELY. I am that girl that needs her hand help through the whole DIY process. Kirsten also offers sections with tips and tools for getting started if you need to learn the basics of customized fashion.
My favorite part? The Index by Difficulty. Sometimes I get the itch to craft but don’t want to take on anything that will push the limits of fun and become a stressor that I never end up finishing. Ranking them by easy–>difficult level = the best gift Kirsten could have given me.
Can’t wait to get crafting…!
Studs & Pearls
By Kirsten Nunez
Lawrence King Publishing, 2014
Full disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
A couple months ago, Keds sent me the above pair of sneaks [peeking out of this weekend's luggage!], but even better than the shoes was the story the team shared with me. Recently, they launched the Brave Life Project, a new virtual community that aims to provide young women [ages 13-24] a space where they can find resources to lead an authentic life, through fun, fashion, and instructional content.
The website features style tutorials, product showcases, and how-to videos covering everything from crafts to cooking – many of which are user-generated – along with everyday brave challenges, personal stories, research and reading material… But the Brave Life Project, as a program, also exists outside the digital realm through a long-term charitable component. Since February 2014, the Brave Life Project’s charitable arm has awarded $100,000 to 100 girls, and the third grant wave, titled “Change Your World”, [was opened] on August 15th that focuses on funding charitable dreams.
50 brave girls are about to be selected as recipients of this season’s grant, to create change within their communities. If you are, or know of, a brave teen with big dreams, stay tuned to hear about the next opportunity to apply for a grant. And in the meantime, check out BraveHearts!
And just for fun:: In honor of 1989 being released today [SOSOGOOD], here are a couple of Taylor’s favorite picks…! 1 // 2 // 3
Fall wedding #2 this weekend! We’re headed up to Portland early tomorrow to soak in as much Maine as we can before an evening ceremony (any must-see’s while we’re there?!). Sticking to my pledge to branch out with color choices for weddings this autumn, I picked up a crimson dress that I’m sure will get plenty ‘o use going into the holiday season as well! Loving this similar red number that you can
rent purchase(!) at a serious discount through Rent the Runway…
[ Moschino Little Red Dress | Circle Script Monogram Necklace | Pearl 360 Studs | Tied Bow Cuff | Glitter Clutch (on sale!) Margo Heels ]
[ weekend sales ]
Ann Taylor:: 50% off with code FASHION50
GAP:: 25% off with code HAPPY
J.Crew Factory:: 25% off with code EXTRA25
Loft:: 40% off select styles and 60% off sale
Madewell:: 25% off select styles with code CARPEDIEM
Sperry Top-Sider:: 25% off with code FFS2514
See you Monday friends!
BF and I are doing everything they tell you not to do when moving into a new home– buying allofthethings right away. What I like to call treasure hunting is quickly becoming one of our favorite activities, as we fill the new place with fun and unique decor and knickknacks. The Sunday of Columbus Day weekend was TOO beautiful to spend inside with football (sorry Pats), so we hopped in the car and took a spontaneous drive up to Concord to do a little antique shopping.
If you paid attention in your high school history and literature classes, you may remember that Concord was home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and the site of [half of] the Battles of Lexington and Concord. But in addition to its rich history (and, therefore, plentiful museums), it’s also home to numerous antique shops, adorable taverns, and the gorgeous Walden Pond.
[ outfit details ]
Fisherman Sweater, Old Navy [similar 1; 2] | Jeans, GAP [similar] | Boston Red Sox Cap | Kensington Satchel, Madewell | Brogues, ALDO
[ travel summary ]
who:: So weird but I guess he isn’t sick of me yet?
what:: Strolling, shopping, and soaking in history.
when:: Fall = OH THE NEW ENGLAND FOLIAGE
where:: Shop at Thoreauly Antiques & Antique Therapy. Visit Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and the Ralph Waldo Emerson House. Take a short drive out of town to Walden Pond. And while we missed this, everyone seems to SWEAR by Reasons to Be Cheerful for ice cream.
wear:: If you’ll just accept spontaneity as an excuse for my un-thought-out comfy casual outfit, that’d be great. BUT, I do love a good boyfriend jean + cozy knit sweater.
Just popping by on this DISGUSTING bordering-Noreaster day to share one of the cutest partnerships I’ve seen in a while! You remember my Joules wellies? You can now find some select pairs at Target! The most necessary for these wet and silly days…
Union Jack | Navy Floral | Navy Field Welly (in black, olive, & pink too!)
Bumblebee Print | Dog Print
Don’t forget your boot liners!
Target is also offering FREE shipping on everything now, so shop away!
This is the part I’ve been MOST excited about sharing– entertaining with Sparkle! In case you didn’t see, Hpnotiq Sparkle is a new, limited-edition sparkling liqueur– think super fruity (very peachy!) champagne with a kick, in the prettiest of blue hues. Two of my best girlfriends visited this weekend and we could not wait to pop it open…
The perfect accompaniment to our gals’ night in. Also included:: tassel garland, macarons, glitter champagne glasses, sequin dresses [similar here | here | here | here], and tons and tons of catching up + girl talk :) Hpnotiq Sparkle is a drink for celebrations, and the three of us being together in one place was more than enough for a reason to celebrate.
Want to throw your own Sparkle Party like Khloe and me? Hpnotiq Sparkle is giving you the chance! Enter here for the chance to win $5,000 to help you sparkle all year long!
Remember, there is a limited supply of Hpnotiq Sparkle, and it is only available through December, so stock up now for those holiday soirees! Can’t find it in your liquor store? Mixing Hpnotiq with champagne will give you a similar taste!
Thanks SO much for joining in on the #ineedsparkle fun gals, and now don’t forget to enter!
Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries
Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014
HOLY HOLY DAY. Two of my greatest girlfriends are headed back to their homeland [here] [Boston] this weekend for a quick visit! We’ll be hitting up The Head of the Charles Regatta over in Cambridge, so blazers and boat shoes are most certainly on my mind.
CashTouch Oversized Scarf [monogram it!] | Wine Red Blazer | Skinny Skinny Jeans in Waterfall Wash | Essential Short Sleeve Crew Tee | Anchor Atlantic Pearl Bracelet | Newlands Mini Satchel | Metallic Boat Shoes [on major sale at J.Crew!]
How are you all taking advantage of what should be a beautiful fall weekend?
Anthropologie:: 30% off select sweaters, tees, & pants
J.Crew:: 30% off sweaters & outerwear with code SHOPFALL
J.Crew Factory:: Extra 30% off Clearance with code YAY30
Kate Spade:: 30% off everything with code F14FFUS
Lord & Taylor:: 25% off [almost] everything with code FRIENDS
Madewell:: Extra 30% off sale with code PICKMEUP
Target:: Buy one, get one 50% off all dresses and boots [love this one + these!]
 Short weeks always feel the longest.
 Baked red velvet doughnuts are the best thing
since sliced bread since red velvet cupcakes.
 Shopbop’s Friends & Family Sale is still going strong [but items are selling out like hotcakes!]
 These booties. This mini satchel. And this iPhone case. There– I did the shopping for you!
Cable Knit Sweater, GAP | Striped Oxford, Ralph Lauren | White Circle Skirt, LC Lauren Conrad | Sunglasses c/o boohoo | Rope Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell (free monogramming this week!) | Booties c/o White Mountain Shoes [sold out-- similar]
Halfway there! xx
Anyone here remember my beloved Quarterdeck? I announced its closing after 45 years back in February, but I am SO excited to show you what it has turned into today: The Lucky Finn Cafe. Local art + coffee + New England fare [hi, lobster rolls and homemade apple turnovers] IN. A. BOATHOUSE. If the QD had to have seen its last days, then this is as perfect of a replacement as I ever could have pictured.
Oh, and you can take tall ships rides on its own Lucky Finn Schooner which docks out back. Nope, not cool at all.
The cafe opened just this month but I’m so excited to see it grow. If you find yourself on the South Shore this fall, stop in! I highly recommend Patty’s Pies– just be sure to get there before 9am if you’re hoping to snag one ;)
[ The Lucky Finn ]
[ 206 Front Street ]
[ Scituate, MA ]
psst! In other news, huge Shopbop sale this week! Take 25% off with code FAMILY25!