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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Going to the Chapel

J.Crew Bride Tee

I’m headed out for a few days babes. Gonna go marry my best friend.

Here’s a look to leave you with, one that says I-may-be-getting-married-but-I-can-still-dress-like-a-child-if-I-want-to. Overalls are coming BACK you guys.

Womens denim overall shorts

Overalls, H&M [similar] | Bride Tee, J.Crew [similar graphic; similar stripes] | Denim Shirt, Aerie [similar] | Leather Satchel, Madewell [free monogramming!] | Desert Boots, Wild Diva [similar 1; 2]

Taking some time off to enjoy my new hubs, but check in a couple times over the next week to meet some of our awesome wedding vendors I’ll be introducing you to…! See ya on the other side, with a new monogram :)

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Tipsy Tuesday No. 17: Mint to Be

Lilly Pulitzer Mint Julep Dress

Topping off my Kentucky Derby {pre}coverage with a super simple recipe for the only cocktail you should be drinking this weekend: The Mint Julep.

Easy mint julep recipe

[ wear this ]
Monogrammed Wide Derby Hat | Macfarlane Lace Detail Shift Dress

[ drink that ]
the mint julep from good spirits by a.j. rathbun
serves one

[ ingredients ]
4 or 5 fresh mint leaves
1 ounce simple syrup
crushed ice
3 ounces kentucky bourbon
fresh mint sprig for garnish

[ directions ]
1. rub one mint leaf over the inside of a metal julep cup or a highball glass. be sure the mint touches each inch of the inside of the cup. drop the leaf in the cup when done.
2. add the remaining mint leaves and the simple syrup to the cup. using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle the leaves and syrup.
3. fill the cup halfway with crushed ice. add the bourbon. stir until the cup gets icy.
4. fill the cup the rest of the way with crushed ice. stir once. garnish with the mint sprig.

Find your Derby Day dress here, and your party inspiration here!

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