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Your weekly dose of things I’d like to buy, recipes I’d like to try, and other things on my mind. Happy Friday lovahs! xo


Made this Spicy Paloma Margarita last weekend {evidence} and it was heeaaven. Taking a little extra time to make the Jalapeño Simple Syrup was so worth it.

We are headed to RI this weekend to visit friends & are thinking of exploring the state for half a day on Sunday… we love Newport, but any other little Rhode Island towns you suggest we see?

John Green responds to the buzz surrounding Cara Delevingne “Good Day Sacramento” interview. #snapsforJohn

A baby teaches modern dance. This is all too familiar to my college dance career.

Sunday is the LAST DAY of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale! Tons of designer goods left at dangerously low prices. I spy Tory Burch riding boots (all sizes left!), the most darling Kate Spade watch, Burberry sunglasses, and scalloped gold flats fit for a princess.

Have you watched Winesday yet?

Babes in the beantown (& surrounding):: The Street in Chestnut Hill is hosting a sidewalk sale you do not want to miss on Saturday! Live entertainment, sales at every store, free food… it’s a no-brainer.

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The T-Shirt Dress

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There are few things I love more than a good t-shirt dress. They’re like, right up there with chai lattes and snail mail and Sundays with no plans.

I normally treat them as weekend-wear, pairing with Keds or Chucks and a denim jacket maybe, but I had fun dressing up this one from Brass for the office, as a part of our 9-5 style event tonight. How is it that pearls + a blazer automatically make everything office-appropriate? I’ve been tempted more than once to pair a romper with a blazer and see if I can get away with it. Maybe I should have kept that to myself.

navy longchamp tote

kjp pearl bracelet

striped navy heels

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Gray T-Shirt Dress c/o Brass | Navy Blazer, H&M [similar] | Navy Le Pliage Tote, Longchamp | Tortoise Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Vintage pearl cluster necklace [similar] | Pearl Anchor Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick | Isabelle Printed Bow Pumps, J.Crew (on clearance!)

[ Photos by Liz McBride + Li Joubert of Catalogue ]

I hope to see so many of you tonight at our event with Brass in Boston! RSVP here & let me know if you’re coming!

pssst! In case you’re lost, read more about Brass here.

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9-5 Style with Brass

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So jazzed to share this brand with you guys.

If you’re local, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of Brass. I feel like I’ve been getting peeps of the Brass buzz around Boston for months on end now, and for good reason. Jay Hallstein and Katie Doyle, like most ladies I know, love the high-quality of designer dresses, but have a hard time justifying the price. So here’s their brainchild: a company that takes the middleman out of manufacturing, bringing you beautiful, amazing quality designer dresses and a far more reasonable price point.

And thankgawd because I want to add every single one of these dresses to my closet.

Gray Tunic Dress

These are staples, the kind of pieces that you can dress up or down, that’ll take you from the office to a night out. And they are kind of like the SOTTP— they works for so many different personal styles. Take my girl Kayte of Mass Musings. Love her to death, but she and I have TOTALLY opposite personal styles. Read: Kayte has mastered the art of cool-girl-effortless-boho-city-chic-amazingness, while most days I look like I’m dressed for tea with the Queen. Or a horse race. Or taking my minivan from the supermarket to my child’s soccer practice to my white-picket-fence home or you get the point.

sweater dress outfits

brown leather bow belt

maxi dresses with pockets

navy transition dresses

ANYWHO here’s the real point. These are some of the most versatile dresses I have ever seen, and we’re going to show you how to style them, whether you’re boho-chic like Kayte or a wannabe-Ivy-League prepster like me. Join us with Brass for a summer style event TOMORROW (Wednesday 7/29!) in Boston.

Stop by for shopping, styling, & sips– we’ll be at the Boylston Breather location:
715 Boylston StRSVP here.

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[ in order of appearance:: ]
Band Dress + The Shirt Dress
Tunic Dress
Knit Column Dress
The Tank Maxi

[ All photos © Liz McBride + Li Joubert of the beautiful Catalogue! ]

See you tomorrow morning here for more looks + tomorrow night at 715 Boylston for some shopping!

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Weekend Links

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Happy Friyay my bebes! Wishing you a weekend full of blue skies, outdoor adventures, sunkissed tan lines, and chilled rosé. Until then, here are some links + sales to help you pass the hours. Smooch!

It’s also TAYDAY for me and anticipation of tonight I’ve been listening to 1989 on repeat on the hunt for matching separates! Girlfriend rocks these like there’s no tomorrow. I’m not normally one to wear a crop top, but when it comes with a matching high-waisted skirt? Much more doable for this conservative nancy. Even Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer have jumped on the trend.

For those of you in the Boston area, Stifler’s mom Jennifer Coolidge is currently starring in Saving Kitty at the Central Square Theater– saw it with my mama last night and don’t think I stopped laughing for more than two minutes through the entire show. It’s only playing through next Saturday, so getcho tickets stat!

After 98 years, Converse is releasing a new design of their infamous Chuck Taylors. Remember when you were automatically labeled poser if you wore these to high school in the early 2000s? Also, do high schoolers still use the word poser?

Husband + sister + sister’s boyf keep pushing me to do a camping trip. You must be shocked to hear camping isn’t something I crave. BUT Natalie’s experience on the Boston Harbor Islands is making me want to give it a chance.

Anthropologie is offering 20% off EVERYTHING this weekend to Anthro members, and I can tell ya in about a decade of shopping at this store, I have never seen that happen. Sign up now if you’re not an Anthro member!

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Summertime with J.McLaughlin

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I’ve been lucky enough to spend a good amount of time at Chestnut Hill’s The Street shopping center this summer… brunchin’ at Davio’s with girlfriends, Yoga on the Green (ok, inside, may have been raining that day) with lululemon, window shopping-and-sometimes-buying at Splendid, Jonathan Adler, and one of my favorite preppy havens: J.McLaughlin.

Peacock Color

This particular JMcL location may be in suburban Chestnut Hill, but walking into this store always makes me feel like I’m somewhere between The Hamptons and the Upper East Side. Crisp, preppy, polished. I’ve been on the hunt for some scalloped shorts, and these are the first pair I’ve found that don’t make me feel like I’m street walking (too short) or taking my child to soccer practice (too long). Did I mention they come in navy too?

And like I resist this peacock blue sweater. The prettiest hue and perfect weight for summer nights. I am also seriouuuusly lusting over the Port Strip Sweater and Wisp Cotton Scarf. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It is still sundress season after all!
J.McLaughlin Locations

White Scalloped Shorts

J.McLaughlin Coupon

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Peacock Shane Sweater & White Petal Short c/o J.McLaughlin | Tortoise Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Metallic Boat Shoes, Sperry Top-Sider

The Street is located at 55 Boylston Street, and you’ll find J.McLaughlin on the far left of the center, next to Portobello Road. They are having a HUGE sale right now, and I’ve spotted tons of items in-store that I haven’t seen online.

Coming up August 1st, Boston babes do not want to miss The Street’s Sidewalk Sale & Street Festival— live acoustic music, free MiniLuxe polish changes, kid-friendly activities for your little ones and, of course, exclusive sales at all of the stores, including JMcL!

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Weekend Wear

Off to our 4th wedding of the year tonight…!

People seem to be pitying us lately. “Oh, ANOTHER wedding?” And why yes they DO get expensive, but getting dressed up, savoring a steak dinner, and dancing the night away while celebrating two of your favorite friends’ love? Fine by me.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public TODAY, so it’s the perfect time to grab a dress or two for all of your own upcoming weddings! Love this scalloped LBD and this gorgeous keyhole sheath in navy or green if you have any to attend to this fall. I say brights for summer though::

pink one shoulder dress

Pink One-Shoulder Crepe Dress | Gold Tassel Earrings | To Have and To Hold CardIsland Green All in One Bag | Blush Strappy Heels

Want more of my Anniversary Sale Picks? Find ’em here!

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Dressed Like a Daydream

Taylor Swift Keds

Fun fact I have seriously immature taste in music. Carly Rae Jepsen, Hanson, and the High School Musical soundtrack are amongst my most-played iTunes albums. BUT I think we can finally all agree that Queen Tay is finally being taken seriously, and thus, none of you have reason to mock me anymore.

And I’m going to see my bae perform in 9 days!!

Do you understand the struggle of dressing for a Taylor Swift concert? It is the ultimate in first-world problems. But Keds recently sent me a couple pairs of sneaks from the Taylor x Keds Collection, and now I’m feeling MUCH more confident. Test outfit no. 1, for a romp around the lighthouse::


Seersucker Shoes

Anchor Print Dress

Scituate Jetty Photo

Taylor Swift 1989 Concert Boston

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Anchor American Flag

Anchor Print Dress

Taylor Swift Seersucker Keds

Anchor Dress, Jack Wills [similar 1; 2] | Taylor Swift’s Champion Daisy Seersucker Keds c/o [& now on sale!] | Tortoise Sunglasses, Target | Leather Gwen Camera Bag, Kate Spade

Have any of you made it to the 1989 World Tour yet? Going at Gillette next week? I’ll be belting alongside you!

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pssst! Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale opens to the public Friday, so start making your must-have list! Remember, card holders get early access– shop my picks here.

pssst pssst! The Madewell et Sézane collection lauches today and it WILL sell out! Lusting over anything + everything about this collab.


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Do you lovebugs like hearing about these super sales? ‘Cause I’m gonna keep telling ya about them until you tell me to stop.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public next week, but if you’re a card holder you have early access to shop now. Everyone else can preview and start making their wish lists, because these goodies are going to go fast once July 17th hits…!

Nordstrom Promo Code

Tory Burch Cat Eye Sunglasses | Crosley Radio | Kate Spade ‘walk on air’ Set
The World Is My Oyster Wall Art | Bree Madden – 5th Street Wall Art
Louise et Cie Leopard Ankle Strap Flats | Tory Burch Melinda Ballet Flat | Sam Edelman Alaine Scallop Ballet Flat
Kate Spade Splash Out Clutch | Gramercy Bracelet Watch | Happy Hour Watch
MICHAEL Michael Kors Blue Crossbody | Kate Spade Pink Bow Wallet
Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote | MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Satchel
Stripe Skater Dress | Lush Pink High Neck Swing Dress
Topshop Stripe Crop Top + Skirt | Navy Lace Dress

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Make Like a Lighthouse and Shine

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Cloudy days, bright dresses.

Such a treat to share with you two of my favvvorite recent additions to my closet!

Last month I had the pleasure of working with my darling friend Kate and her employer, Ellie Kai. This custom clothing brand has mastered the art of making easy-breezy summer style still look polished and flattering, offering everything from wear-to-work pieces to wedding-appropriate cocktail and maxi dresses.

Concept is simple:: Everything is made-to-order and customized just for you. You choose your dress/skirt/top style, choose your fabric (all designed by founder Liz Hostetter!), and add some customizations– short, long or regular length? Trim color? Pockets or no?

Ok really it’s not that simple because making a DECISION is so dang difficult with all of the fun options! You know my first instinct was to order #myelliekai in navy, but it was hard to resist a gorgeous royal blue for summer’s patriotic weekends. I also can’t stop thinking about the Caroleen Halter Top, Sarah Dress, or Fallon Blouse.

Royal Blue Maxi Dress

[ outfit details ] Caroleen Maxi Dress c/o Ellie Kai | White Tassel Earrings c/o Lisi Lerch | Nautical Clutch, Lilly Pulitzer [similar 1; 2]

Flattering Maxi Dresses

Lisi Lerch White Tassel Earrings

And is there anything more glam to pair a floor-length dress with than statement earrings? I am on a total Lisi Lerch KICK right now. You’ve probably seen the Turquoise Tassels all across the fashion bloggernet [guilty myself– can’t resist an Audrey Hepburn moment!], but I love the pop these white ones give to all of my already-bright summer tops and dresses.

Lisi Lerch Promo Code

Also on my Lisi Lerch radar:: Beaded Tassel Necklace, Pearl Button Earrings.

Custom Made-To-Order Dresses

Lilly Pulitzer Nautical ClutchScituate Lighthouse

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Kate Spade Summer Sale

Kate Spade Iris Apfel Karlie Kloss

Popping by on a gloomy Tuesday to let you know it’s the LAST DAY to snag Kate Spade at an extra 25% off! I may or may not have bit the bullet and ordered the Stelli Dress for our upcoming travels abroad, and now I’m lusting over this hat to match, this striped dress for everything from brunch to the office, and this tee because, Shark Week.

Be sure to use code SETSALE + help yourself to some free shipping too :)

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