Ultimate Guide to Summer in New England

Massachusetts Summer Day Trips

Summer. The best of all. The motivation to get through our hellish winters. The reason we live here.

And it has arrived!!

This guide is lengthy… we have never met a daytrip we didn’t love! But there are also so many things to enjoy in Boston if you’re visiting the city//already live here and just aren’t interested in leaving it.

If there are other towns or regions you’re wondering about, let me know and I’d be happy to send along any tips I might have xx

First Fridays ICA

First Fridays at the ICA. The mister and I stumbled upon this a couple summers ago, and we swear it is the hidden gem of Boston. We already knew the Institute of Contemporary Art was a great museum, but the first Friday of every month, they host a party, and the summer Fridays are really the time to enjoy it:: The back deck is open with live music, oysters, dranks…

Newburyport Day Trip

Take a drive up on the North Shore to Newburyport. This is the perfect town for a daytrip– close, but you feel so far from the city.

Brimfield Dates 2015

Visit the Brimfield Antique Fair. Am I going overboard by saying it’s a rite of passage for any New Englander? Even if antiquing isn’t your thing, this is still a sight to see, and so many treasures to be found. It happens three times per year, this year’s dates being May 12-17, July 14-19, and September 8-13.

Cape Cod Day Trip

Drive over the bridge to Cape Cod. A place so special to us and you’ll never run out of things to do here. I have guides+ideas for Truro // Welfleet // Chatham // Nauset, but it’s hard to go wrong with any town down the Cape. And now that the MBTA is running the CapeFLYER on weekends, it’s even easier to get there.

Boston Harbor Islands Schedule

Take a Boston Harbor Cruise. Whether you’re spending a day on one of the Boston Harbor Islands, taking the ferry to Provincetown, or enjoying one of their cruises [we love their brunch cruise!], this is such a good excuse to sail around the Boston Harbor.

Martha's Vineyard Day Trip

Hop on the Woods Hole ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Our favorite vacation spot, and you could visit for a day or a month. Full guide here!

Shakespeare on the Common 2015

Shakespeare on the Common. One of the coolest things Boston has to offer in the summer. Runs July 22-August 9 with FREE performances Tuesday-Sunday evenings, and this year’s play is King Lear.

Boston Flea Markets

Spend a Sunday at SoWa. Running May through October, this is the South End’s open market, where you can find everything from fresh produce to food trucks, and modern art to antiques.

Boston Sunset Cruise

Take a sunset sail aboard the Liberty Clipper. Another spontaneous decision of ours one night a couple summers ago, and SO worth it.

Other summer favorites? Have drinks on the roof at Legal Harborside, do your grocery shopping at Haymarket on Fridays and Saturdays, go to a North End feast in August, catch an outdoor movie at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Friday nights, and for the love of God please forget the crowds and experience at least one Fourth of July in Boston. There is nothing like that show, and the Boston Pops never fail to give me the chills.

I could go on forever, but I’ll leave you with that. Happy summertime friends!

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Bahamian Bliss

Sandals Bahamas Review

I grossly underestimated this trip to the Bahamas. Those of you who have been around for a while know I’m much more likely to be spotted go-go-going around Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard than to be lounging in the Caribbean. But our friends’ wedding was SUCH a great excuse to visit Nassau, and to experience the luxury of an all-inclusive resort [we stayed at Sandals Royal Bahamian].

Sandals Bahamas Review

This whole all-inclusive thing was new to me, and if the decision hadn’t been made for us, I would have done some serious debating on whether or not it was worth it—at least for us personally—so I’ve compiled some of my thoughts in case any of you are planning an upcoming resort vacation…!

[ Pros ]
Everything you need is right there. // With the exception of an excursion we took to swim with dolphins, we didn’t leave the resort. You can snorkel, scuba dive, so many things right on the property.
You never have to take out your wallet. // Ok, yes, you paid a lot to get there, but once you’re in, you can lock that wallet up. You don’t have to think about budgeting for dinners or if you really need to spend $12 on a mojito.
Excursion and spa credits // Sandals is always-always-always offering some type of deal. We received both excursion and spa credits, forcing us book a few things we wouldn’t have on our own.

sandals wedding bahamas

[ Cons ]
The cost // Full disclosure, this was not a budget vacation. And there is no way the mister and I came even close to getting our money’s worth of food and drink.
Lack of culture // Like I mentioned, we didn’t have any need to leave the resort, and since we had spent so much on getting there, why would we pay to travel and eat elsewhere? But driving to the airport at the end of the week, I realized how vibrant of a downtown we missed. #sadface

[ Draw ]
Food // While this resort boasted a few internationally recognized award-winner restaurants that did provide us with many a excellent meal, it felt funny to be eating Italian, French, and Japanese in the Bahamas. See con #2:: I wish we had experienced more traditional Bahamian fare.

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Somewhat related, the skimpiest outfit post you will ever see me share, only because the team at Canyon Beachwear sent me this awesome B.Swim bikini for the trip. I was all #whatLillyforTarget when I put on this fun piece, and despite packing three suits for the week, this is the one I kept going back to.

B Swim Canyon Beachwear Review

Bella Beachy Push-Up Top & Bella Two-Faced Bottoms c/o Canyon Beachwear | Seahorse Scarf c/o Shawlsmith London [similar] | Madeline Wayfarer Sunglasses, Lilly Pulitzer

You can go ahead and ignore the tag sticking out of that bikini top… and the sunburn… #keepinitreal

Turquoise Bathing Suit

Bahamas Royal Bahamian

Lilly Pulitzer First Impression Sunglasses

Check out their other fun suits— this pretty one-piece is next on my list, should we ever get to take another vacation!

Have you done the all-inclusive vacation before?

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Memorial Day Weekend Sales

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While I hope you’re spending most of this weekend thanking those who have served our country, alongside welcoming summer with friends, family, & iced bevvies, there are a handful of darn good sales going on. Here’s your guide for the next few days, I’ll update as necessary! Have a great weekend bettys!

Anthropologie:: Extra 20% off sale with code GONEFISHING
ASOS:: 20% off with code LONGWKND
BaubleBar: 20% off everything + the more you spend, the more you save with code MEMORIAL20
Boden:: 30% off with code 3M3M
GAP:: 40% off regular-price styles with code SUMMER
J. Crew:: 30% off everything with code SUMMER
J.Crew Factory:: 50% off everything + mystery gifts
Kate Spade:: 25% off all sale with code YOURS
Lilly Pulitzer:: Gifts with every purchase
Madewell:: 30% off all sale with code SWEET
Nordstrom:: Half-yearly sale continues through end of month
Old Navy:: 25% off everything
West Elm:: Up to 25% off everything

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Weekend Wear

Handing you your weekend look a day early since I’m sure today is Friday for many of you lucky ducks! I’m sure you’ll all be donning red+white+blue on Monday, but here’s a combo I’ve been loving for less-patriotic spring brunches and date nights.

Everything here is part of Nordstrom‘s half-yearly sale which runs until Sunday, but shopping carts are filling up quickly, so snag your favorite items while you can! I’m especially excited about all of the Kate Spade and Tory Burch that’s seriously marked down, including the scallop tote!

Kate Spade Nordstrom Sale

Ramona Stripe Crop Top | Pleated Eyelet A-Line Skirt | Kate Spade Eyelet Garden Frontal Necklace | Vince Camuto Oversize Retro Sunglasses | MICHAEL Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Tote | Tory Burch Peep Toe Sandal

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I missed you.

straw beach tote bag

Hey gals. Thanks for sticking with me in this month of on-and-off radio silence. More like year. I’ve been a bad blogger and an even worse blog friend. We have had the best few weeks but I am just a liiiittle bit glad to return to normalcy and get back into our routine, minus wedding planning and house hunting // plus extra bling on my finger.

So here’s a lazy-day outfit post. Because nothing says welcome, Memorial Day Weekend, like a t-shirt with some French gibberish on it.

(And nothing says fashion blogger like dirty Chucks and elastic-waist beach shorts.)

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Blazer, H&M [similar] | Tee, J.Crew [similar 1; 2] | Boardwalk Pull-On Shorts, J.Crew | Straw Tote, Old Navy [similar] | Sneakers, Converse

striped navy gold tee

nautical navy blazer

I promise my sense of creativity may be restored one day soon.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

Kate Spade Lemon Bag

One of my favorite Kate Spade collections of the last few years popped up in the Surprise Sale today– snag these beauties at 75% off until Thursday! I can’t think of a more perfect spring//summer bag…

Kate Spade Sale Code

Lemon Street MichaLemon StudsHenrietta Makeup Bag
Wellesley Lemon Fabric Small RachelleLemon Street Coin Purse
Wellesley Lemon Fabric Hanna
Lemon Street Bon ShopperWellesley Lemon Fabric Medium Harmony 

Shop the rest of the Surprise Sale HERE.

limoncello cocktail recipe

And a limoncello recipe for good measure…!

limoncello from luscious liqueurs by a.j. rathbun
makes about 3 1/2 pints

[ ingredients ]
4 cups grain alcohol
14 lemons
3 cups simple syrup

[ directions ]
one // wash, dry, and peel the lemons, trimming away any white pith. put the peels in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
two // add the grain alcohol and seal. place in a cool, dry spot away from sunlight. let sit for 2 weeks.
three // add the simple syrup, stir, and reseal. return to its spot. let sit for two more weeks.
four // strain the liqueur through a double layer of cheesecloth into a pitcher or other easy-pouring vessel. strain again through 2 new layers of cheesecloth into 1 large bottle or a number of small bottles or jars.

[ a cocktail suggestion ]
fill a collins glass three-quarters full with ice cubes. add 1 1/2 ounces limoncello. fill to about 1/2 inch from the top with chilled club soda. add 5 or 6 fresh raspberries, and stir well.

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Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

In the spirit of being in the tropics, I’m ditching my typical New Englandy blue+white stripes and opting for some bright coral hues! Flamingos are having a moment right now, and do I love a good animal (bird?) motif. I’m giving Kate Spade credit for this one, just as I gave Tory Burch credit for the fall of foxes, and I’m going to blame the upcoming giraffe trend on Lilly Pulitzer for Target…

Flamingo clothes

one | two | three | four | five
six | seven | eight | nine | ten
eleven | twelve | thirteen
fourteen | fifteen
sixteen | seventeen
eighteen | nineteen

Hope you gals are having a great week! xx

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Bahamas Bound

Lilly for Target Nosie Posey Bag

If you’re reading this I’m hopefully poolside with something frozen and alcoholic in my hand. We are headed to the Bahamamamas to celebrate our friends’ beachside nuptials! I’m attempting to turn off all social, but I may sneak a couple instas when my new hubs is turned the other way, so follow along!

[ psst. Sunglasses are Lilly Pulitzer & fun new suit is c/o Canyon Beachwear! ]

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Truro Vineyards

what to wear to a vineyard

Hi friends! Back for the briefest of moments before jetting off again!

Call me cliche, but we could never have even imagined a more perfect wedding day. I can’t wait to tell you about it sometime :)

For now, I’m leaving you with a few snapshots from our minimoon! We stayed down the Cape for a couple days following wedding weekend, and spent one at Truro Vineyards. Where, mind you, the wine bottles are shaped like lighthouses. So it already had that going for it.

Truro Vineyard Hours

Rifle Paper Co x Paper Crown Dress

Spanish Rose Dress, Paper Crown x Rifle Paper Co. [print 1; 2] | Denim Jacket, Old Navy | Leather Crossbody, Kate Spade [similar] |  Peep Toe Booties, LC Lauren Conrad

where to buy paper crown

paper crown dresses

Truro Vineyards Cranberry Wine

navy floral dress

For ten buckaroos you get to choose five wines to taste, or try all ten between a couple. Finding activities on Cape Cod isn’t the easiest in the off-season, but the grounds are open until 5 all through May, with tastings every half hour. Tours start Memorial Day Weekend!

[ Truro Vineyards ]
[ 11 Shore Road ]
[ North Truro, Massachusetts ]
[ 508.487.6299 ]

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With love to our vendors…

BHLDN Wedding Gowns

Being, in general, a huge fan of independent and local movers and shakers, I am so excited that were are employing so many for our wedding! They’ve been such a huge help to me so far, so I want to give ’em a little shout-out here. Brides in Boston and beyond, these folks could not come more highly recommended::

Photographer:: Zac Wolf

Alex and Craig | Photo by Zac Wolf

Samantha & Josh | Photo By Zac Wolf

I can’t say enough about this guy. If you’re based in Boston, there’s no doubt you’ve come across him + his amazing work in some form already. We feel SERIOUSLY lucky that we were able to snag him to capture our engagement photos and our big day! Photos by Zac Wolf, featuring Alex&Craig and Samantha&Josh

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Photo Booth:: The Danger Booth

best Boston photo booth The most fun you will have at your wedding, guaranteed. I don’t mean to brag, but I’m a photo booth connoisseur, and the DB tops all others. #staydangerous

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Invitations, Calligraphy, & Wedding Branding:: Posh & Prep

Boston chalkboard wedding signs

Chalkboard placecards

Julie is one of the sweeter women alive, and she treats every bride as if they were her only one. She did my best friend’s invitation calligraphy, and she is providing us with a huge chunk of our decor by doing our chalkboard art! I took on the huge project of making our escort cards myself, but had I done it over, P&P would have been my first choice.

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Wedding Stationary & Prints:: H. Nichols Illustration

HN Illustration Custom Bridesmaid Cards

From Will You Be My Bridesmaid cards to custom wedding illustrations, Holly covers it all. Her wedding goodies are now sold exclusively through Flair bridal boutique’s Frills shop, so get your order in…!

Cake:: Cottage Street Bakery

Ombre Wedding Cake

Cape Cod Cake Bakers

Here’s one for the Cape brides. They will do whatever you ask for, from the simplest to the most intricate designs, and I love their use of fresh flowers. Their bakery is also the cutest spot to grab a bite or sweet, so its worth visiting even for those not planning a wedding!

I’ll report back soon so you can see the real things ;)

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