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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Packing List: The Bahamas

Shortly after our own wedding, we head to the Bahamas to celebrate another couple’s nuptials! With New England getting slammed with brisk temperatures again, I’m loving an excuse to shop for flowy maxi dresses, beach totes, and open-toed shoes… what a concept!

What to pack for the Bahamas

Hooked On You Necklace | Canvas Passport Cover | Floppy Sun Hat
Market Tote | Madeline Wayfarer Sunglasses | Flamingo Wedges
Striped Bikini | Starfish Earrings | Turquoise Tassel Earrings | Flamingo Clutch
Iggy Sandals | Lakitia Glitter Sandals | Doris Footbed Sandals
Persifor Coatue Duffle Bag | DryBar Mai Tai Seal Salt Spray
Ocean Resort Maxi Dress | Amanda Maxi Dress | Seychelles Cover Up | Floral Print Maxi Skirt

We’ll likely be spending a lot of time at the resort, but just in case: anything we should do, see, or eat in Nassau?

psst! Some weekend sales for ya!

Anthropologie:: 20% off dresses + 30% off all jewelry
GAP
:: 35% off regular price + 25% off sale with code SECRET
J.Crew
:: 30% off with code TIMETOSHOP
J.Crew Factory:: 30% off + 35% off clearance with code ADDITUP
Madewell:: 40% off sale with code EXTRA40 + free monogramming on bags!
Saks:: 30% off with code FRNFAM [stock up on your Lilly here!]

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Maxi Cab

Navy Pleated Maxi Skirt

Spring days when the sun is so bright all of your photos come out overexposed and it don’t even matter :)

Navy Ombre

Chambray Shirt, Old Navy | Pleated Maxi Skirt, LC Lauren Conrad | Tortoise Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Rope Bracelet, KJP | Glasgow Satchel, Madewell (now on sale!) | Peep-Toe Booties, LC Lauren Conrad

Monogrammed Leather Bag

Cropped Chambray Shirt

Open-Toe Brown Booties

Dontcha just love maxi skirt days?

pssst! Ladies of Boston: Speaking of this all-blue ensemble, the Fresh Blue Box is parked at the Prudential Center today! Stop by to try out their beloved Sugar Lips treatment, share your #FirstFreshKiss, and enter to win a year’s supply of beauty products. Don’t miss this one-day stop in the Bean!

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Lilly x Target

I stopped by Missoni and TOMS late in the day. I skipped Jason Wu and Philip Lim altogether [a sin, I know]. But if you know me + this blog, you know I’ll be lining up Sunday morning for the Lilly Pulitzer & Target collab.

They say the way to go into a Hunger Games-esque shopping situation like this is with a wish list. Being Type-A, I’ve had mine compiled for a couple weeks. In case you haven’t yet, have a peek at a few of my favorite looks from the collection…!

Lilly Pulitzer for Less

Happy Place Shift Dress ($38)
Nosie Posey Embroidered Clutch ($24)
Charm Bracelet ($20)

Orange Lounge Beach Pants

Crochet Crop Top ($32)
Giraffeeey Palazzo Pants ($28)
Wedge Espadrille Sandals ($30)
Seahorse Necklace ($24)

White Crochet Shorts

Pineapple Punch Halter Top ($26)
Eyelet Shorts ($26)
Reversible Canvas Shopping Tote ($15)

High Waisted Flattering Bathing Suit

My Fans Bikini Top ($24) & Bottoms ($24)
Fringe Kimono Jacket ($30)
Wedge Espadrille Sandals ($36)

Where to buy Lilly Pulitzer x Target

Belladonna Bikini Top ($24) & Bottom ($24)
Nosie Posey Button Down Shirt ($24)
Gold Charm Bracelet ($20)
Giraffe Necklace ($20)

White Eyelet Coverup

Eyelet Tunic Cover-Up ($32)
Boom Boom One-Piece Swimsuit ($40)
Happy Place Straw Tote ($30)
Starfish Cuff ($20)
Starfish Sandals ($30)

And that’s just a fraction of the line… you ain’t even seen the home goods yet.

2 days until the prettiest party of the year!!  Shop it ALL right here on Sunday– we are hearing items may start going up between 12 and 2am EST! And, free shipping over $25.

What’s your strategy going to be?

pssst. I’ll be at my local store bright & early Sunday– follow me on Instagram or Twitter to keep tabs on what I’m finding where!

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Lemon + Navy

Scituate Harbor

There are few things more joyous in the chilly Northeast than the first day of bare-leg weather. Spring is FINALLY starting to arrive :)

Neon Yellow Skirt

Navy Blazer, H&M [similar] | Striped Boatneck Tee, GAP | Flippy Skirt, Aryn K [similar yellow 1; 2] | Tortoise Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Via Limoni Bag, Kate Spade [similar 1; 2; 3] | Patent Flats, Kimchi Blue [similar 25% off with code FRIENDS!]

Boston fashion bloggers

Yellow + Navy Outfit

Kate Spade Lemon Bag

Tortoise Sunglasses

Best Navy Blazer

You barin’ the legs yet ladies?

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Playing House with Uncommon Goods

The Neighbors Have Better Stuff Door Mat

One of the best things about our home was the fact that it was move-in ready– we were not looking to get into any reno’s whatsoever, at least not right off the bat. That being said, a turnkey apartment does leave less room for personalization, so we’ve had to add that through home accessories. While we eventually plan to upgrade our furniture, for now, a little bit of accessorizing is going a long way. And I’m SO excited to introduce you to a great supplier of such today:: Uncommon Goods.

We’ve always loved the aesthetics of West Elm and Anthropologie [ok, definitely more me on the latter], but our wallets don’t always agree with us. Uncommon Goods isn’t necessarily cheap, but it has a wide range of prices, and hundreds of much more affordable products. And their mission alone is enough to keep me as a customer:: They sell unique products created in harmony with the environment [next week is Earth Day y’all]. They operate out of Brooklyn, where even the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. And of course one of my favorite things? Most products are also made in America(!!).

gold bar cart

Uncommon Goods sent me a few things to spiff up the new space, and they now end up being what everyone who visits comments on…

fun door mats

A snarky but also incredibly functional door mat to greet our guests with? What could be better? This mat is sadly too popular for its own good and sold out, but also love this one! (hehehe)

Optimist Pessimist Glasses

It’s shocking that no one had bought these old fashioned glasses for us already [guess who is who]. They’re kind of the most perfect housewarming or wedding gift for a couple– and tons of more ideas in that category here too!

Glass Half Full Old Fashioned Glasses

affordable housewarming gifts

Best part:: With every purchase, Uncommon Goods donates $1 to your choice of one of their non-profit organizations. Since starting the program 15 years ago, they have given more than $1M to charities around the world.

What’s not to love?

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I’m loving their endless collection of gift ideas. I’m sure I’ll also be turning to this page for birthday gifts this year [who doesn’t love something personalized?], and BF has even been keeping an eye on their groomsman gift collection for his guys.

I know you can’t WAIT to stock up on gifts for all those weddings and showers you’re attending this year, but let me know what you treat yourself to too ;)

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Talk Derby to Me

Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower

Are you guys getting sick of wedding posts? I promised myself I wouldn’t turn this into a wedding blog despite all that’s going on this year, but SHEESH that’s like seven this month.

Let me share with you one more thing, because it makes my heart so full and my girls’ work deserves to be shown off. We’re getting married the day of the Kentucky Derby [no, it is not themed], and since I will be a little too preoccupied to watch and celebrate the races, my bridesmaids and mama threw me the sweetest Derby-themed shower.

Eat your heart out :)

Kentucky Derby Party

Julep Cup Centerpieces

Mint Julep / Sweet Tea Bar

Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails

Derby Party Dresses

Kentucky Derby Party Food

Traditional Derby Food

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What to wear to a bridal shower

Derby Hats

Bride Derby Hat

Bridal Shower Mason Jars

Preppy Shower Ideas

Kentucky Derby Photo Booth

Kentucky Derby Theme Party

I’m the luckiest lady alive. Huge thank you to my beautiful friends, family & future family, and bridesmaids who made it all possible!

Are you planning your own Derby party? Be sure to check out dresses here! Here’s a dress almost identical to the one I wore + similar pink pumps.

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Weekend Wear

Happy Friday gals! Hoping you all had a brighter, springier week than we did here in the Bean. I’m headed to a bestie‘s bachelorette this weekend, so it’s LBD time!

Boston Bachelorette Party Outfit

River Island Spotty Swing Dress | Leather Tassel Pendant | Mrs. Studs | DryBar Sparking Soda Shine Mist [LOVE this product– so much lighter than most hairsprays!] | Cedar Street Monday Crossbody | Silver Glitter Pointed Toe Court Shoes

We used Tablelist for our reservations [read about them here]– if you’re headed out this weekend or have another special event on the horizon, give them a try! Get $50 toward your first booking with code EMILYGVIP.

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Spring at Shopbop

I spy with my little eye another big sale at Shopbop…! 25% off your full purchase with NO exclusions this time! Use code SPRING25 at checkout through TONIGHT only!

Kate Spade Bathing SuitsEspadrilles:: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Dresses:: 1 // 2 // 3
Sailor’s Knot Bangle | Rifle Paper Co. Dog Card Set | Rifle Paper Co. Paper Crown Card Set | Smile & A Wink iPhone Cover | Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini Tote | Scalloped Lily Avenue Carrigan Tote
Bathing Suits:: 1 // 2 // 3

Can you tell I’m ready to stock up on swimsuits and espadrilles?

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Four Years.

Black White Polka Dot Pleated Skirt

This little bloggity o’ mine turned 4 years old last week. If BF hadn’t asked me to marry him, that means mine + the blog’s relationship would have been the longest I’d ever had. Pause for giggles.

Because I can’t resist a good reflection post, let’s chat about four things around here… where we’ve been and where I hope to take them.

White Scalloped Shirt

Style // It’s no surprise that I love working with local brands and businesses. This year I was introduced to Cinder + Salt, k.m. hutton, Vineyard Prep, Brittany Lauren Design, Hollis Hayes, and White Mountain. I’ve especially enjoyed working with the ladies of Boutikey— a local company that also supports local boutiques!

But mostly, I hope to continue embracing and sharing the real New England-ness and seasonality of my current and dream wardrobe. Anyone and their mother can start a style blog these days; I’m here because when it’s 6-degrees and snowing out, I want to help inspire you to get dressed in something more than sweatpants. And if you’re going to wear cozy flannel, dangit I want that flannel to have a purpose and be more than a lazy-day staple!

Travel // I’m no Julia Engel [really, someone tells me how her life works?]. Day trips are my thing, and I can’t wait to bring you more of those this summer and fall.

Entertaining // This is new! Now that I’m out of my adorable-but-dinky post-grad apartment, we have begun to entertain more, and I promise to share more bits and pieces of that around here.

Shoes // 32 pairs OOTD’d here over the last year, give or take. I’ve got my party shoes on today to celebrate shell chic’d’s birthday– the latest in the Keds x Kate Spade spring collection! How cute are the ladybug ones too?

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Scalloped Shirt, Vineyard Vines [similar] | Polka Dot Skirt, SheInside [altered shorter anddd I wore this in a dance show #funfact] | Army Candy Bracelet, Kate Spade [similar] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Kate Spade Champion Love Sneakers c/o Keds

Kate Spade Love Keds

Polka Dot Pleated Skirt

Real talk: Experienced an unfortunate number of Monroe moments this day and yes my top sure did come untucked! Bubble-waisted is so in right now.

kate spade keds

Can I ask you something? What do YOU want to see more of around here? xo

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pssst! Huge deal over at Shopbop! Take 25% off your order with SPRING25, no minimum spend!

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