Weekend [HOME]Wear

I could show you some semblance of what I plan on wearing to move this weekend [not far-- just a few miles across town!], though college gym shorts and tank tops are less than exciting. Instead, staying on theme with the weekend’s activities, I’m sharing my current home wishlist…

Eclectic Home Accessories

[ column 1:: Nantucket Map Print | Gold Animal Parade Glassware | Ceramic Jewelry Tray (25% off with code SHOPNOW) | Daisy Place Snail Mail Tray | Blue Seahorse Pillow | Food For Thought Placemat ]
[ column 2:: Elephant Door Knocker | Embroidered Varoom Pillow (on sale!) | Navy Ikat Dinnerware | Bow Back Piper ]

As you can see, we haven’t honed in on much of a consistent style yet, but hunting for fun pieces that we both like, and turning this new space into a home, even if an eclectic one at that, is what I’m most excited about!

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Southern Vermont

Bennington Vermont Travel Guide

While Saratoga was well worth the travel, it was a good 3 1/2-hour drive from Boston [props to all the Boston Bloggers who did it in a single day!], so BF and I decided to break up the trip and stop for a day + night in Bennington, Vermont.

Vintage Vermont Maple Syrup Sign

Vintage Popcorn Truck

Vintage Record Player

The Owl's Nest Bennington Vermont

Vintage Iron Jeep Sign

1976 Flag

Boyfriend Blazer; Boyfriend Shorts

Mat + Nat Recycled Purses

What to wear in Vermont

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Boyfriend Blazer, Thrifted [similar] | Tee, Urban Outfitters [similar 1; 2] | Denim Shorts, Target [similar] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Bangle Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Black Shoulder Bag, Matt + Nat [similar] | Sneakers, Converse

Vermont Moose Art

Battle of Bennington Monument

Vermont Flowers

[ travel summary ]
who:: BF apparently isn’t too sick of me yet. Just us two.
what:: the city has been all sorts of cray with tourists and whatnot lately, so I was happy to just get out and enjoy wandering around a small town! we’re also just a few days away from moving into a new space, so antiquing + thrifting for decor, furniture, and other fun things was a priority, and we were surprised at how many stores like such we came across.
when:: we, admittedly, visited in VT’s shoulder season, where we got a very good rate at the b&b. the prime time to visit is fall for the foliage, so I suppose we’ll just have to go back ;)
where:: stay at safford mills inn & cafe– this is not your average bed & breakfast! namely, because there’s no breakfast included. it turns into a martini bar on friday & saturday nights, so in lieu of scrambled eggs, you’re provided with complimentary cocktails and appetizers | eat & drink at madison brewing co pub & restaurant | treasure hunt at The Owl’s Nest Upholstery & Antiques | visit the Bennington Battle Monument [it's not New England without a little history!]
wear:: I doubted my normally preppy, coastal style would be so welcome in Vermont, so I opted for a more casual, boyfriend look… this is me trying to be cool and fit in with the Bennington College kids, Chuck Taylors and all yo.

Madison Brewing Co.

Have you been to Bennington? Where else should we explore in VT?

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After the Party it’s the After Party…

Where to buy Lilly Pulitzer on sale

As many of my fellow Lilly lovers know, the bi-annual end-of-summer sale kicked off yesterday. I’m putting this post together 12+ hours before it goes live, but as this moment there is a TON still available post the morning rush! Just a few of my favorites…

Discount Lilly Pulitzer Summer 2014

[ Karina Empire Waist Sundress, $69 | Courtney Tunic Dress, $59 | Henrietta Strapless Sweetheart Dress, $89 ]

[ Rogan Halter Top, $69 | Marielle Sweater, $29 | Harbour Tunic Dress, $99 ]

[ January Scallop Hem Scort, $34 | Colleen Pull-On Romper, $69 | Walsh Eyelet Short, $49 ]

[ Kate Espadrille Wedge, $89 | Coastal Tote, $34 | Beach Club Sandal, $89 ]

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The Karina Dress also comes in coral AND has an anchor zipper detail… #swoon

I wore the Henrietta Dress in blue here and it is SO fun + flirty!

Scallops. $34 + free shipping. Enough said.

This is one of the only times of the year to find Lilly Pulitzer on sale, so stock up ladies! (and boyfriends + hubbies + fiances too)

post script. Mass girls:: if you missed out on something online, be sure to stop by your local in the pink! They’re having one heck of a sale themselves.

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Luminaria 2014

Scituate Luminaria Festival

BACK y’all. And ready to catch up and recap our last month of adventures!

Let’s rewind back a few weeks. The first rainy weekend in August marks Scituate’s Heritage Days, and it kicks off Friday evening with Luminaria… picture the floating lanterns in Tangled… only ours are dollar-store candles stuck in old milk jugs and don’t fly. But man are they beautiful!

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DIY Luminaries

So many of my childhood summer memories revolve around lighting the luminaries along the rocks and jetty that circle the harbor. Now it’s so fun to bring BF back with me and skip along the rocks, watching them light up at dusk.

Madewell Baseball Tee

Baseball Season Sweater (40% off!), Madewell [similar] | Boyfriend Shorts, Target [similar] | Champion Starburst Sneakers c/o Keds | Mini Transport Crossbody, Madewell

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As silly as it sounds, I was always under STRICT surveillance as a kid when it came to footwear for walking along the harbor’s rock footpaths. Tennis shoes or bust, yo– flip flops were an accident waiting to happen in Mama’s eyes!

Navy Dotted Keds

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Though I’m bias–it’s a hometown tradition close to my heart–if you ever find yourself in Scituate the first Friday in August, I do recommend stopping by to see for yourself.


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Vineyard Bound

Lobster Sweater; Martha's Vineyard East Chop Lighthouse

[ Lobster Sweater, Forever21 (similar 1; 2; 3) | Scalloped Lace Shorts, Free People ]

By the time you read this, I’ll hopefully already be on island and have some semblance of a tan. Taking the week off from posting, but you can follow me on Instagram if you miss me that much! And Boston gals– don’t forget about Wednesday’s Nine West x InStyle launch party!

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9W <3 InStyle | Boston Event Alert!

All my Boston ladies! Though I’m sadly away for the week, I’m leaving you with some info about a fun event in town this Wednesday!

Nine West for InStyle Boston Launch Party

Nine West and InStyle have teamed up on a BEAUTIFUL collection. This Wednesday, at the Copley Place Nine West, join the InStyle team to celebrate the launch + meet with their Accessories Director, Leah Karp(!!).

I’ll do a full recap of the collaboration soon, but can we talk about how gorgeous this leather satchel is & how me this knot bangle is?

With any $75+ purchase, you’ll also recipe a gift bag full of must-have hand-picked by the InStyle team.

To RSVP, email NineWest_Boston@timeinc.com.

SO sad to be missing it, but I know you gals will have a blast! Tweet me what you pick up!

Full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of InStyle & 9West

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Weekend Wear

After a long summer of waiting, we are finally just a couple days away from a week on Martha’s Vineyard! Can’t wait to get back to the island where every day really does feel oh-so-good…

Martha's Vineyard Summer Outfit

[ Pim + Larkin Tabitha Drop Waist Mini (sale!) | Anchored Down RingHarding-Lane Martha's Vineyard Needlepoint Hat | Long Anchor Necklace (sale!) | Scalloped Underwire Bikini Top + Bottoms | Edgartown Lighthouse Charm BangleMarket Tote | Metallic Sperry Top-Siders | Madeline Sunglasses ]

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A Day at the Races

Saratoga Horse Races Review

What’s one thing summer should be about? Besides salty hair and sand found in your purse on a Wednesday and sticky-from-popsicles sunkissed skin, of course?

Spontaneity. And I’m bad at that. In almost all cases, I’m a planner, and summer days especially I feel I have to fill to the brim as to not waste them. So LET ME TELL YOU how proud I am of myself for jumping on the opportunity to take a last minute road trip to Saratoga Springs to go to the horse race track. And by spontaneous I mean that this was planned in three weeks or less. It’s progress, people.

But back story and personal flaws aside, it ended up being one of the best weekends of our summer. Sun and seersucker and horses and drinks and new friends = I’m game.

Saratoga Clubhouse

The Saratoga Race Course is open every day except Tuesday between July 19 and September 1 [ish-- dates may vary slightly by year]. For six summer weeks, the grounds turn into a full-on backyard party. You can go to the track itself to watch any of the day’s ten races, but in between you see people of all ages picnicking, meeting the race horses and ponies, making new friends, sharing their beers… it’s the kind of place families go for generations, special because of the tradition. For just a $5 entrance fee, it’s a classic summertime activity that the whole family can find value in.

Saratoga Race Track Admission

Old-Fashioned Horse Racing

The gracious team at America’s Best Racing hosted us for the day… sharing with us the history of the course, breaking down the betting, showing us the paddock and introducing us to the jockeys. I’ve always loved getting dressed up for the Derby, celebrating and watching the Triple Crown races, but after visiting Saratoga, I truly have a new appreciation for the sport. So much more goes into it than I realized, and I LOVE how old the tradition is– the Saratoga course first opened in 1863, making it the second oldest racetrack in the country!

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Where to see horse racing

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Thoroughbread Race Horses

Our hosts, Dan and Victoria, also went above and beyond to make sure our first experience with live racing was a blast– they both grew up surrounded by horse racing, so it was especially great to hear their stories, and now current involvement with ABR.

Race Ponies

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But of course, the fashions, too, really struck my fancy.

Lilly Pulitzer Carolina Cup Dress

[ outfit details ]
Carolina Cup Dress, Lilly Pulitzer [similar 1; 2; 3; 4] | Derby Hat, Marley Lilly | Madeline Sunglasses, Lilly Pulitzer | Hamptons Classic Navajos, Jack Rogers

What to wear to a horse race

The funniest thing was the array of attire. While some folks were dressed to the nines–derby hats and seersucker suits and all–you saw lots of families in the clothes they’d wear to any backyard BBQ.

Monogrammed Derby Hat

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[ my winning jockey... #heyo ]

horse race betting

It was such a fun day and I can’t wait to go back. Might just need to work on my gambling before then… my whopping $1.40 didn’t exactly cover the gas mileage from Boston :-P

Saratoga Horse Races

Have you been to any races? Saratoga?

[ Saratoga Race Course ]
[ 267 Union Ave ]
[ Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 ]

Full disclosure: I was provided with complimentary admission to the races by ABR. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Sailor, Sailor!

Just Madras Skipper Dress

Have you all heard of Just Madras? I am prettyyyyy darn smitten with my new Skipper Dress from their sailor-sailor collection! Nautically-inspired and made in the USA, this line is right up my alley.

I first wore this dress to a recent bridal shower, but have thrown it on a number of times since then– SO soft and works for everything from running errands to dressing up for nicer events. I also l-o-v-e the seersucker and anchor-printed versions, and cannot stop thinking about the 3/4 sleeve style!

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Skipper Dress c/o Just Madras | Belt, Zara [similar] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Needlepoint Cuff, York Design Co. | Le Pliage Tote, Longchamp | Scarf, Lilly Pulitzer [similar] | Tennis Shoes, City Sneaks [similar]

Ruffle Neckline

Navy Longchamp Tote; Lilly Pulitzer Pop Scarf

Monogrammed Needlepoint Cuff Bracelet

Preppy Pink Striped Ruffle Sundress


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H&M Newbury Street’s Grand Re-Opening Party

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[#tbt to my favorite H&M skirt. You've seen it here before. Probably more than once.]

All my Boston pals:: If you’ve stepped foot into the H&M on Newbury St. anytime over the last few months, then you know things have looked a little cray. But renovations are FINALLY complete, and this week it will celebrate it’s grand reopening– and you’re invited!

The newly expanded storefront now features a HOME section [#omg], and I am most excited to check this out because I may or may not be moving to a new apartment in a few weeks [more on that later!]. The Boston store is one of only four in the country currently carrying the home products, which makes it even more fun!

The grand reopening celebration will be held at the 100 Newbury St. location this Thursday, August 7th from 10am until noon. To celebrate, H&M is offering lots of day-of perks for shoppers::

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Selfie to Win:: The first fifteen customers in line to tweet / instagram a selfie with the hashtag #BostonLovesHMHome at the darling Kristen [@BosFashionista] will win a free outfit and one free H&M Home item, as well as early access to the store the morning of the event*.

Secret Password:: Tell the cashier the secret password [BostonLovesHMHome] for 20% off one home item*

Global Garment Recycling:: Help H&M kick off their global garment recycling program by donating unwanted pieces of clothing (from any brand) while in the store. Customers will receive a voucher for 15% off one item on their next purchase for each bag of donated clothing. Even better, customers who bring garments before the store opens at 10am will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards, valued between $50 and $100*.

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Who’s going to make it out?! I used to spend HOURS at this H&M with my roommates when I was in college, so I am counting the days to see the big unveil!

* Re-opening event on August 7th only – 100 Newbury Street location only

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