Sunkissed by VersaSpa [+GIVEAWAY!]

Blue Seersucker Bow Dress

If you’ve ever looked at, like, a single photo of me on this blog, then you know I’m not exactly gifted in the not-looking-like-a-vampire department [still pissed I missed the casting call for Twilight: Breaking Dawn].

No but really, I am seriously pale, and for the most part, I’ve learned to love and embrace my fair skin! But of course with summertime comes a bajillion hot and tan bods walking around, with me in the middle, looking like a walking case of Vitamin D-deficiency. Thank you, SPF 75 for doing your job. And not letting in any bronze whatsoever [#sad].

We’ve all heard the awful statistics surrounding skin cancer + tanning beds, so like sHELL am I going to lay in one of those to get my summer tan on. So when Sunless, Inc. reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying out a spray tan, I jumped on the opportunity– this would be my first!

Blue Seersucker Bow

Let me tell you, I downright enjoyed the thing! I visited Boston’s Tan Works in the Financial District to try out a VersaSpa booth. Like a total newb, I had no idea what I was doing, but their tanning expert walked me through the few basic steps. The whole process, from undressing and prepping to walking out the door, took MAYBE ten minutes, but that actual spray tan was only a couple. I could not believe how easy + painless it was. And by painless I mean not as embarrassing as I pictured.

Lilly Pulitzer Henrietta Dress

You have three choices for darkness levels– I went with Level 1, because honestly, would anyone even recognize me tanner than this? Here’s your disclaimer though: when I walked out, I was a little disappointed, thinking I could have afforded to go darker. But what I didn’t realize:: the tan darkens over the next few hours. When I woke up the next morning, it was the exact shade I was looking for.

VersaSpa Mystic Tan Review

Henrietta Dress + Shell Critter Wedges (similar 1; 2; 3;), Lilly Pulitzer ]

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Seashell Wedges

I’m on Day 5 of my tan, and while it has faded, I still definitely have a sunkissed glow. There are booths all over the country; click here to find one near you.

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Full disclosure: I was provided a complimentary VersaSpa tan for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Avail @ the Nordstrom Sale

In case you haven’t been anywhere near the interwebs for a few days, Nordstrom‘s annual Anniversary Sale is going on NOW. This is their biggest sale of the year + the very best time to stock up on goodies for fall. A few days into it, a lot is already gone, but I’ve been keeping an eye on inventory, and here are some treasures still left!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Best Finds 2014

[ under $50 ]
Kate Spade Bow Trouser Socks
Le Pavillion iPhone 5 Case
Play Hooky iPhone 5 Case
Branton Square Teardrop Stud Earrings
Knot End Hinged Cuff
Delilah Deer Pillow
Kate Spade ‘Places To Go’ Tidbit Plates
Rebecca Minkoff Nordy Girl Leather Pouch

 [ under $100 ]
Polka Dot Keds
Moon & Lola Personalized Pendant
Crosley Radio Cruiser Turnable

[ under $200 ]
Michael Kors Large Jet Set Multifunction Travel Tote
Michael Kors Bailey Watch
Kate Spade Metrogrand Watch
Tory Burch Eloise Ballet Flat
Frye Artisan Foldover Crossbody Bag

[ under $250 ]
Kate Spade Lottie Pump
Longchamp Veau Foulonne Leather Shoulder Bag
MICHAEL Michael Kors Hayley Leather Boot

Have you picked up anything from the sale yet?

(pssst! It’s Monday– treat yoself.)

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Weekend Wear

Happy Friday! Part of me feels like this week has been dragging for a month, the other feels like I was just putting together last weekend’s look… summer does that to you sometimes.

We are doing one of my favorite summer-in-New-England activities tomorrow– a Boston Harbor Cruise! Nothing gives you a better view of the Bean, and it’s not summer to me without at least one. Most likely going to be throwing one of these popovers in my tote in case it’s chilly on the water though…

 Weekend Boating Outfit

Carrie Cami [40% off!] | 4″ Chino Shorts [40% off!] | Metallic Two-Eye Boat Shoe | Skipper Printed PopoverSea Stripe Tote Bag |

And some SERIOUS sales going on too this weekend my friends…

Gap:: Extra 30% off sale with code EXTRA
J.Crew
:: Extra 40% off final sale items with code SALE FUN
J.Crew Factory:: Extra 50% off clearance with code EXTRA50
Madewell:: 30% off select summer items
Nordstrom:: Anniversary Sale [biggest of the year] begins TODAY!
Old Navy:: 30% off for card members; 20% off for everyone else with code FASHION

Happy shopping xx


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Stripes, White, & Blue

Striped Tee + White Jeans + Denim Vest

As much as I would LURVE to be able to rock the white-on-white thang, it just isn’t going to happen. Two issues at hand, one being pale skin and other being extreme lack of gracefulness/ability to spill at any given moment. So we add some stripes and blue and call it a day.

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Striped Tee, GAP [similar 1; 2] | Denim Vest, LC Lauren Conrad | White Skinny Jeans c/o Articles of Society | Tortoise Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Anchor Knot Bracelet, KJP | Around the World Watch, Urban Outfitters | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell | Lacoste Marice Sneakers c/o Online Shoes

Madewell Mini Transport Crossbody Sale

I also full admit I first saw this outfit on Madewell.com. And she’s pulling it off a lot better than I am. Judge me.

Articles of Society White Skinny Jeans

Tortoise Sunglasses

World Map Watch; Anchor Bracelet

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 Are you rocking white-on-white this summer?


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A SOAK in the Tub

Soak Soap Bar Newburyport

I’m usually not one for bath-and-body-type stores, but during last month’s trip to Newburyport, I found a serious exception to that rule. Soak is so much more than a soap store– it’s this crazy fun little oasis… smack in the middle of downtown Newburyport, yet it feels like you just walked into some amazing combination of coastal spa and well-loved beach house.

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The Newburyport Soap Bar, it is certainly home to its fair share of soaps [but really, it has a 20-foot soap bar full of handmade glycerin soaps ^^], yet so many other treasures that will, no joke, make your baths and showers EVENTS to look forward to.

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Sugar Scrubs:: It’s like going to your favorite self-serve fro-yo place and picking out whatever flavor you want… just don’t eat these?

Shower Steamers

Shower Steamers:: As water splashes these little nuggets, the oils are activated + released, giving the most amazing scent to your shower steam. Lilac, Lemongrass, Lavender… mmmmm….

Soak Newburyport Clothes

Loungewear: I was SO excited to spot Paxton1345 boxers at Soak, and even more excited to hear that they’ll be expanding their loungewear collection, as they open their new addition to the store in a couple weeks!

men's soap products

Men’s Skin Care:: Admit it guys, you need some goodies too. Soak carries Jack Black products [fragrance-free, colorant-free, cruelty-free and dermatologist tested], as well as Plum Island Soap Co.’s best-selling Man Can [SUCH a good gift idea for your dad, brother, or guy!].

Striped Rope Beach Bags

Not pictured:: Oh, about 4 billion other products, including but not limited to LaLicious body butters, Bath Bombs, Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, oils, scrubs, lotions, bath robes, candles, teas, and other coastal gifts [not for your body but good for your heart].

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Seahorse Wall Decor

Newburyport Nautical Gift Shops

Whether you like your soaps and lotions fruity, floral, herbal, cooling, or whatever else– you’ll find something here. The new addition to the store, with the expanded loungewear and clothing selection, will be open in the next 2-3 weeks– follow them on Facebook for the most updated info!

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[ SOAK The Newburyport Soap Bar ]
[ 7 State Street ]
[ Newburyport, MA ]
[ 978-465-7625 ]

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Weekend Wear

This weekend is going to be one of those that requires a couple versatile outfits. Errands… meetings… happy hour… birthday party… what can take me through a whole summer day of so many different activities? A playful, but chic, romper of course(!)… and a satchel to hold a pair of heels or additional jewelry if you really need to dress it up for evening…

White Bow Romper; Tory Burch Gingham Espadrilles

[ White Sash Romper (extra 40% off with code HIGHSUMMER) | Nautical Two-Tone Fedora | Beacher Flat Espadrille | Navy Leather Satchel (extra 30% off with code JULY) | Carlee Sunglasses (CHECK out the fun sides on these!) ]

What do you all have on the cal for this weekend?

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Sunday Casual

Casual Summer Weekend Wear

I think [blazer + shorts] is one of my favorite outfit combos on the list of all outfit combos that don’t really ever make sense weather-wise. Like [cable-knit sweater + puffy vest + field jacket + flimsy skirt]. Or [oxford short + pullover sweater + shorts]. These outfits litter my Pinterest, yet I can’t figure out what temperature people actually comfortably wear them at?! Either your legs must be freezing or you are sweltering on the top half!

Anyway, I lucked out when I was digging around my closet and found this old light-weight blazer of mine. It actually did work as a nice jacket for the morning chill before the rest of the casual-summer-shorts outfit came into play.

Summer Blazers

Blazer, Forever 21 [similar] | Tee, Jack Wills [similar 1; 2] | Cutoff Shorts, Forever 21, Similar | Tortoise Glasses c/o Warby Parker | Via Limoni Bag, Kate Spade [similar] | Tennis Shoes, City Sneaks [similar]

Kate Spade Via Limoni Wicker Bag

Union Jack Tee

Cream Summer Blazer

White Keds

Who else knows what I’m talking about? #pinterestproblems


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Coastal Chic

I’ve found myself in a bit of a design rut lately. I’ve been struggling with incorporating the nautical seaside styles that I love so much into my home, without becoming too beachy or cottage-like [example A]. How do we encompass everything I love about coastal homes in a city apartment? I know it’ll be a fun, on-going design challenge for the next year, but my best leads right now stem from these Anthropologie pieces… sort of coastal chic, no?

nautical anthropologie home

[ Anchors Aweigh Door Knocker ]
[ Victorian Whale Bookends ]
[ Lobster Claw Throw ]
[ Lobster Door Knocker ]
[ Sea Anchor Bathmat ]
[ Bubbling Whale Pillow ]
[ Elizabethan Sails Shower Curtain ]

Anyone else know my dilemma? How do you incorporate seaside style into your city dwellings?

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Made Really Well

Can we talk about Madewell lately? This isn’t a sponsored post– this is Alex giving me the bright idea to pop in there the other day and falling in love with every-friggin-thing in the store right now.

Madewell Summer Sale

[ 1 ] Striped Inlet Cardigan
[ 2 ] Sash Romper
[ 3 ] Soludos Derby Espadrilles
[ 4 ] Rubber iPhone Case
[ 5 ] The Kensington Satchel [monogram this!]
[ 6 ] Chambray Sunstitch Tunic
[ 7 ] Chambray Hopskip Romper
[ 8 ] Bien Fait Surfbreeze Sweatshirt
[ 9 ] Baseball Season Sweater

A lot of the above is on sale [hi, incentive], and so is my Mini Transport Crossbody [spotted here, among other posts] which I can’t say is the best investment I’ve ever made because it was a gift [thanks, Puff!], but if I had purchased it myself it would be top o’ the list. AND you can add a monogram. #winning

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Weekend Wear

Happy almost 4th to all y’all on this side of the pond! Our Fourth of July plans are currently being a bit threatened by a certain hurricane that shall remain unnamed, but inside or out, you can bet I’m still donning a full-on red, white, & blue ensemble.

Quite a few of these pieces are by Lexington, a label I just recently discovered [what?!?]. They fully encompass the idea of a New England summer, and my wallet is not as smitten with my recent finding as I am… :-O

 New England 4th of July Outfit

[ Janet Blouse | Anchor Buckle Skinny Belt | White Denim Boyshorts | Starville Scarf | Salt Water Sandals | Queen Tote Bag ]

Now everyone be safe as Arthur rolls in! Happy 4th!

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