The North Shore (Part One):: Rockport, MA

Despite having close ties to the South Shore of Massachusetts, the mister and I have developed a real love for the North Shore as well. I’m bringing you a mini series featuring guides to some of our favorite places up there, written by residents and fellow bloggers of each seaside town! We’re kicking off with Jen (@rockportgirl)’s weekend guide to Rockport– a town that really deserves more than a day trip if you can swing it…

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At the tip of Cape Ann, often called “the other Cape,” lies the quaint New England seaside village of Rockport…

DAY 1

Start your day in the heart of the town at Brothers Brew for coffee and “Cape Ann’s Best Donuts.” From there you are centrally located to enjoy all of Rockport’s many boutique shops and art galleries– most of which are independently owned and many multi-generational.

Bearskin Neck, the narrow piece of town that juts into the ocean, provides the perfect stroll for sightseeing, people watching, and shopping. At the beginning of the Neck, stop into Wicked Peacock for the most unique jewelry and accessories. Further down, you can watch local artists at work in their studio and gallery at The Art Nook. At the historic Pewter Shop, you’ll find everything from locally made charms and ornaments to kitchen accessories. Bearskin Neck Leathers features leather shoes and other goods for men and women. The end of the Neck provides spectacular views of Sandy Bay– take a seat on a granite bench and enjoy the breeze.

Up for a quick kayak or paddle boarding around the harbor? North Shore Kayak on Tuna Wharf just off Bearskin is open 7 days a week.

Roy Moore Lobster Company

Head back down the Neck for lunch in the rough on the back deck of Roy Moore Lobster Company where the special of the day is always lobster (BYOB and a lobster cracker for those in the know!).

Save some room for ice cream at The Ice Cream Store, housed in an old fishing shack and quite possibly the world’s cutest ice cream store with the best view.

Next, onto the very tip of Rockport and Halibut Point State Park. You’ll the history of Rockport’s famous quarry industry while taking in the amazing ocean views and walking trails around the quarry.

buoy building rockport

Yes, there is an abundance of seafood to be had in Rockport and you will want to get your fresh lobster fill! But few places have the sunset location like The Lobster Pool. Located just around the corner from Halibut State Park on the Gloucester border, this is a BYOB, picnic table, sunset viewing haven.

Tucked away on the shore between town and Halibut State Point is the historic grand hotel the Emerson Inn by the Sea. With oceanview rooms, it’s a quiet reprise from the day’s events.

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DAY 2

Up for a sunrise? The Headlands, located at the end of Atlantic Ave, is a rocky outcropping overlooking the harbor downtown. Watch the boats sailing out for the day and an artist or two set up to paint the stunning view.

Fuel up at Helmut’s Strudel Shop back on Bearskin Neck with an iced cappuccino and a piece of warm strudel while seated on the outdoor deck overlooking the harbor.

bearskin neck

A fixture in town since 1929, Tuck’s Candies has two locations, doubling your chance to stock up on homemade saltwater taffy and all sorts of chocolate-covered goodies.

Spend the day at one of the town’s most accessible beaches, Front Beach, a small crescent beach just outside of town. Calm water (and actual bathrooms!) make this beach popular with families and tourists. Swim out to the floating raft for views of town.

Right across the street from Front Beach is Nate’s. Step up to the surf shack-like takeout window where you can order everything from fried clams to cheeseburgers. For a break from the sun, take your lunch into the adjoining Millbrook Meadow and dine on the grass by the stream. After lunch, stroll through this hidden gem of a park and check out the dam and old Mill House.

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Back to the Emerson for a quick shower and then its off to dinner before your show at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. A stay in Rockport is not complete without a show at this stunning recently-opened building. Acoustically perfect and with a stage that features a wall of windows with the ocean behind it, the center was built especially for summer night concerts.

buoy boat house

nautical flags

TIP // Rockport is still a “dry town,” (no liquor stores), but a few places in town are BYOB, so stock up in Gloucester on your way in!

NOTABLE EVENTS

Hump Day Parties at My Place by the Sea, every Wednesday 5-9pm

FREE Rockport Cultural District Walking Tours, every day at 10am– meet in Dock Square

Rockport Farmers Market every Saturday 9am-1pm in Harvey Park until October

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 You can find Jen sharing gorgeous photography and additional Rockport tips and to-do’s on Instagram at @rockportgirl. Stay tuned next week for more North Shore travel!

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The Daytrip Diaries: Little Compton

sakonnet yacht clubFor the last eight years, probably more, I haven’t dreamed of living anywhere besides Massachusetts.

Maybe with the exception of London :)

But a few trips to Rhode Island this summer have put me in near danger of having an affair with the Ocean State. We had the best day in the sweet town of Little Compton a few weeks ago, driving around the harbor, visiting a local farmers’ market, and stumbling onto a vineyard. I wouldn’t say it’s walking town–very few shops and restaurants in a confined area–but if you have a car, it’s the best mix of rural and seaside.

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Art Cafe Little Compton RI

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ri gallery art cafe

iced coffee sign

rhode island lobsters

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wilma's at walk'er sandwiches

little compton farmers market

little compton dels

carolyn sakonnet vineyard

Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard was the highlight of the day. We drove by a sign and figured we’d check it out, assuming we’d run into a small tasting room and wine shop and maybe a daily tour or two.

False. This place was bumpin’. We drove up to live jazz music on the lawn, picnic lunches and wine flowing. Didn’t even bother with a tasting because we had so much fun wandering the grounds and lounging in the sun with glasses of their Sacred Rosé and Rhode Island Red. Next time we’re definitely bringing some cheese & blankets and buying a bottle.

Their summer concert series is drool-worthy; check out the calendar here.

rhode island jazz music

lilly pulitzer seersucker dress

kate spade lemon purse

lilly pulitzer bow dress

bow sun hat

tuckeruck bow hat

rhode island beach houses

[ travel summary ]
who:: You’re all invited on my next trip to Sakonnet Vineyard at least. That place is just screaming for a rosé-by-day party.
what:: Despite its tiny size, I could have driven circles around this gorgeous area for hours. Visit on a sunny day, and get out of the car whenever possible. And drink wine, did I mention that? [Just assign a designated driver!! #thankshubs]
when:: I’ve been gushing about how much I love this state to just about ever RI resident I’ve met recently, and the unanimous response they have given is, “yeah, it’s really great this time of year.” So I’m going to go ahead and guess they suggest summer too.
where:: Coffee + art at the incredible little tucked-away Art Cafe. Sit-down lunch at The Commons Lunch or sandwiches and Del’s to go at Wilma’s at Walkers. Wine, music, and food at Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard. We didn’t make it there, but have heard nothing but good things about Sakonnet Garden as well.
wear::
Seersucker Dress, Lilly Pulitzer [similar] | Toucan Wide Bow Sunhat, Tuckernuck | Tortoise Sunglasses, Target | Lemon Bag, Kate Spade [similar] | Navy Espadrille Wedges, J.Crew [another]

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You didn’t think I’d come back, didya? Well pop the bubbly ’cause here I am biddies.

Thanks for your patience as I give shell chic’d a little up-do. There are still some kinks to be worked out [I swear we’re having one of these situations when it comes to different colors on different monitors], so don’t judge it too harshly yet.

[And look at it on your phone. I swear it looks better on phones.]

But in the meantime let me show you around!

You can now filter outfit posts. Find all of my travel posts in one easy guide. And see what there is to do in Boston by neighborhood, or by category.

A peek of what’s to come over the next few weeks ::
Rhode Island travel guide
A look at MA’s North Shore
End-of-summer sales & fall fashion preview
Coconut Lavender Popsicles
My September Edit

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Holy Shift: More Lilly Pulitzer on Sale

If you read this blog, I’m going to assume there’s about a 98% chance you know who and/or what Lilly is. I’m also going to assume there’s probably a 68% chance you were aware of their Endless Summer Sale earlier this week. BUT, that sale is a shift show. So in case you didn’t manage to get through the line in time to pick up everything you wanted, I’ve scoured the web and have found a number of additional places you can find Lilly Pulitzer on sale right now!

Click through for some of my favorite finds, and see the full lot at 6PM, Saks, Nordstrom, and Rue La La.

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Restoring Hope with Starfish Project Jewelry

Pearl Cluster Necklace

As a blogger, I get to hear from a lot of great companies doing great things. Local designers, startups, ethical and green brands, nonprofits, #girlbosses… it’s a wonderful perk of this “job.”

Here’s a company that really spoke to me.

Starfish Project is a socially responsible jewelry company that employs post-trafficked women to make jewelry in Asia. Women who come to work there receive dignified employment, counseling, housing, and food. They are offered language acquisition, vocational training, and family education grants. Started in 2006 by Jenny McGee (who had seen first-hand the needs of women in exploitation), it has grown to three cities in Asia, reaching out to hundreds of women each year.

Though it may be a simple pearl necklace to you, it’s part of a bigger mission to restore hope in exploited women. Just read their stories.

Pink Suede Heels

Starfish Project Jewelry

Pink Gold Kate Spade Clutch

Navy Fit and Flare Dress

Navy Fit and Flare Dress, Brass Clothing c/o | Tortoise Sunglasses, Warby Parker c/o | Lauren Pearl Cluster Necklace, Starfish Project c/o | Pink Clutch, Kate Spade [similar] | Pink Suede Heels [similar]

Every piece of jewelry YOU purchase helps another women live in freedom, so I hope you’ll take a browse around! I’ve worn my Lauren Necklace at least once a week since receiving it, and I’ve had my eye on (of course) the matching earrings and bracelet, this bold Lily Pink Necklace, and the best-selling stackable Carly Bracelet.

If you are interested in hosting a jewelry party, that can be done too :)

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Out of Office

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Good morning beauts!

My baby blog is about to grow up go through some changes, so forewarning:: things may be looking a little funky around here for the next couple weeks. If all goes as planned, I’ll be back by the end of the month {maybe sooner!}, but in the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Which, let’s be honest, are more fun anyway.

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Eastern Point Lighthouse

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Eastern Point Lighthouse :: Gloucester, MA

Established in 1829 and rebuilt in 1890, this beauty—which welcomes you to Gloucester Harbor—sits on a jetty, so I was in love before we even arrived. We could have sat out here all afternoon, and next time you know I’m bringing a picnic + some sangria with me.

Don’t let the “private drive” // security guard at the entrance street intimidate you—as long as you keep driving past the bougey mansions, the lighthouse is public and there’s a pay lot at the end of the road.

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eastern point lighthouse

You Gotta Regatta Maxi Dress, Lilly Pulitzer [similar 1; 2] | Tortoise Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Gold Pearl Necklace, J.Crew [similar] | Anchor Knot Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick | Hampton Sandals, Jack Rogers

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August Edit

Hi, I’d like to report a missing person. His name is July.

I know I say this every year, but HOW did it get to be August already?! I feel like I’m still sitting around waiting for the 4th of July to arrive.

I’m excited to bring you a new series of monthly edits going forward… products & places & other fun things I have on my mind that month. Dare YOU to try all of these things before September creeps up on ya.

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Rhode Island :: We were in Warren, Bristol, and Little Compton this past weekend, and I’ve realized I have a real sweet spot for this state. I’d love to get back down to Newport before summer’s end, but also have my mind on Jamestown + Block Island now… | *image via

Pinkberry :: I love good old fashioned summer ice cream cones as much as the next person, but there’s something to be said for how much better I feel after topping my froyo with a pound of fresh fruit… no matter how much extra weight [read: $$] it adds 😛

Romper Season :: I’m so ready to soak up the last few weeks of this season. And TBH, probably the last couple summers I’ll be able to get away with these pieces in general… #old. Lilly has put out the cutest styles this summer (so comfy too!), and I’m making my wish list for when their annual End of Summer Sale hits in a couple weeks…! | *pictured above

Yoga on the Green :: I thought this was one of those too-good-to-be-true deals until I tried it. Every Sunday morning this summer, lululemon at The Street in Chestnut Hill hosts free yoga classes outside. I can count the number of yoga classes I’ve been to in my life on one hand, but I attended this one Sunday with many more experienced yogis, and we definitely all got a challenge out of it.

Prickly Pear Margaritas :: I’ve never been a big tequila drinker (thanks, college), but I cannot get enough of these this summer. I’m not letting August go by without attempting to make my own with some of this syrup— I’ll be starting with Vianney and Mackenzie‘s recipes.

Fresh Beauty :: As you’ve probably gathered from the lack of a Beauty section on this blog, I’m not much of a product person. But I was recently treated to some goodies from the Fresh location on Newbury Street and have fallen in lust. Grapefruit Eau de Parfum has quickly become my new summer scent, and the Rose Face Mask is the first mask I’ve actually looked forward to putting on. They also have the greatest Gift Bar— I sometimes feel funny giving friends bath and beauty products as gifts… so cliche, no? But the packaging at Fresh is CLUTCH & I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be excited about getting one of these boxes.

Oh and Fresh’s SPF Sugar Lip treatment? I own about six now.

Whatchyall looking forward to in the dog days of summer?

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Weekend Links

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Your weekly dose of things I’d like to buy, recipes I’d like to try, and other things on my mind. Happy Friday lovahs! xo

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Made this Spicy Paloma Margarita last weekend {evidence} and it was heeaaven. Taking a little extra time to make the Jalapeño Simple Syrup was so worth it.

We are headed to RI this weekend to visit friends & are thinking of exploring the state for half a day on Sunday… we love Newport, but any other little Rhode Island towns you suggest we see?

John Green responds to the buzz surrounding Cara Delevingne “Good Day Sacramento” interview. #snapsforJohn

A baby teaches modern dance. This is all too familiar to my college dance career.

Sunday is the LAST DAY of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale! Tons of designer goods left at dangerously low prices. I spy Tory Burch riding boots (all sizes left!), the most darling Kate Spade watch, Burberry sunglasses, and scalloped gold flats fit for a princess.

Have you watched Winesday yet?

Babes in the beantown (& surrounding):: The Street in Chestnut Hill is hosting a sidewalk sale you do not want to miss on Saturday! Live entertainment, sales at every store, free food… it’s a no-brainer.

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The T-Shirt Dress

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There are few things I love more than a good t-shirt dress. They’re like, right up there with chai lattes and snail mail and Sundays with no plans.

I normally treat them as weekend-wear, pairing with Keds or Chucks and a denim jacket maybe, but I had fun dressing up this one from Brass for the office, as a part of our 9-5 style event tonight. How is it that pearls + a blazer automatically make everything office-appropriate? I’ve been tempted more than once to pair a romper with a blazer and see if I can get away with it. Maybe I should have kept that to myself.

navy longchamp tote

kjp pearl bracelet

striped navy heels

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Gray T-Shirt Dress c/o Brass | Navy Blazer, H&M [similar] | Navy Le Pliage Tote, Longchamp | Tortoise Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Vintage pearl cluster necklace [similar] | Pearl Anchor Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick | Isabelle Printed Bow Pumps, J.Crew (on clearance!)

[ Photos by Liz McBride + Li Joubert of Catalogue ]

I hope to see so many of you tonight at our event with Brass in Boston! RSVP here & let me know if you’re coming!

pssst! In case you’re lost, read more about Brass here.

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