Let me make a few things clear::
1 // I ain’t engaged.
2 // I’m hardly wedding obsessed [not even a secret Pinterest board for this girl!]
but, 3 // I think BHLDN is the most beautiful thing to grace the world of weddings since the vows themselves.
I mean, born out of Anthropologie, how could it not be?
As a part of my day at Chestnut Hill Square, I stopped in the new BHLDN and swoon. You do not have to be a bride or even a bridesmaid to love this store. Gorgeous party dresses, jewelry, shoes, clutches, party decorations, and gifts galore.
[ Martine Dress ]
With wedding season just around the corner, you can be sure I’ll be picking up some gifts + party-guest dresses here!
Ariel Dress | Cheers! Banner
Perle Bracelet | Harlow Dress
Vivacious Peep Toes | You’re My Lobster Card
Gilded Chevron Runner | Dapper Bottle Stopper
Have you been to a BHLDN yet?
[ BHLDN Chestnut Hill ]
[ 220 Boylston Street ]
[ Newton, MA 02467 ]
[ 617.527.3081 ]
I will be the first to admit that I am a terrible embarrassment to my day job as a cookbook publisher: Not only am I an extremely mediocre cook (and that’s being generous), but I also have the most despicable kitchen! Blame it on my 100-year-old North End apartment and its lack of counter and storage space, but daily, I dream of having a beautiful, light kitchen, with enough room to a) spread out and, well, cook, and b) store and display such beautiful kitchen goodies as these:
[ 1 ] Bistro Canisters, $14-$24
[ 2 ] Jardin de Plantes Spoons, $8-$10
[ 3 ] Farmers Market Basket, $14
[ 4 ] Pedal Power Dishtowel, $22
[ 5 ] 1932 Bergamo Mini Cookware, $48
[ 6 ] Glittering Silverware, $34-$78 (also available in gold!)
[ 7 ] Stripes Abound Apron, $36
[ 8 ] Whale Cutting Board, $98
[ 9 ] Chroma Juice Press, $175
What would you fill your dream kitchen with?
I just love the idea of working golden hues into nontraditional metallic items… I’m definitely a gold jewelry girl for the most part, but gold-dotted pillow? Gold-dipped flatware? Golden boat shoes? Even better!
[ 1 ] Foil Dot Sweater, LC Lauren Conrad, $27
[ 2 ] Downtown Leather Crossbody, Lilly Pulitzer, $168
[ 3 ] Heart Headband, ban.do, $25
[ 4 ] Le Pavillion iPhone Case, Kate Spade, $40
[ 5 ] Gold-Dipped Flatware, Anthropologie, $38
[ 6 ] Luminous Dots Pillow, Anthropologie, $58
[ 7 ] Mini-Bow Ring, Madewell, $15
[ 8 ] Gold Stained Mug, SHOP by monika, $29
[ 9 ] Metallic Boat Shoe, Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew, $98
[ 10 ] Threshold Gold Dot Jewelry Box, Target, $13
What hue is on your mind for 2014?
Filed under Fashion, Home
This hot, spiked cider is one of my favorite things to serve on Thanksgiving. It doubles as a delicious post-feast nightcap and an apple-cinnamon kitchen-filling aroma that beats any holiday candle.
[ wear this ]
Foliage Lace Dress, Anthropologie, $138
Steven Intyce Boots, Steve Madden, $126 (sale!)
Forstal Mini Satchel, Jack Wills, $248
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[ drink that ]
steaming spiked cider from party drinks! by a.j. rathbun
[ ingredients ]
4 quarts fresh apple cider (the cloudier the better)
16 ounces white rum
20 ounces cinnamon schnapps
1 teaspoon whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
cinnamon sticks to taste
apple slices for garnish
[ directions ]
1. Pour the cider into a large nonreactive saucepan, turn the heat to medium, and let cider warm for about 5 minutes.
2. Add the remaining ingredients except the garnish, Bring the heat up to just below boiling, and let it simmer for 15 minutes. You want it piping warm, but not so hot that it burns a guest’s mouth.
3. Ladle into large heatproof mugs, adding a cinnamon stick or two to each mug, and an apple slice, if desired.
What’s your favorite drink to sip on ’round the Thanksgiving table?
Filed under Fashion, Food
I know I personally am never the one to get too excited about red cups and holiday decorations the day after Halloween, but there’s something about walking into an Anthropologie this time of year that really makes me want to get in the spirit early!
Alex and I stopped by the new Chestnut Hill Anthropologie last week for a grand opening celebration, and I was so impressed with their stunning new space and how much they’ve already done to make the store look cheery for the holidays!
[ Monogrammed Mugs, $8 ]
[ Ice Orb Ornament, $8 ]
[ Alex and I were obsessed with this darling Starlit Stripes Dress, $248 ]
[ Wooden Gift Tags, $14 + Good Nature Tin, $16 ]
[ How CUTE?! Who's Fluffy? Ornament, $8 ]
[ Confetti Striped Pullover, $138 + Sylvan Paisley Scarf, $68 ]
[ Q&A a Day Journal, $17 ]
[ Joyeux Dress, $228 ]
[ Jacinta Holiday Candle, $30 ]
[ Felted Owl Wreath, $68 ]
If I could move into an Anthropologie store for the month of December, I’d be content. Will you be doing any holiday decorating or dressing with their current lines?
pssst! Local ladies, find the new Anthropologie here:
Chestnut Hill Square
220 Boylston Street
Filed under Fashion, Home
One of my very best friends has a particular affinity for the eight-armed little guy that is the octopus. In honor of her birthday today, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fashion + home products featuring this fun + oddly beautiful sea creature!
[ 1 ] Count to Tentacle Nautical Pillow, ModCloth, $18
[ 2 ] Octopus Hook, Urban Outfitters, $14
[ 3 ] Octopus Single Ear Cuff, Oasap, $12
[ 4 ] Tea Creature Mug, ModCloth, $13
[ 5 ] My Pet Octopus Cuff, ModCloth, $16
[ 6 ] Karen Walker Sailor Stripe Octopus Tee, Anthropologie, $30 (sale!)
[ 7 ] Octopus & Anchor Out to Sea Dress, Unique Vintage, $52
[ 8 ] Octopus Garden Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $148
[ 9 ] From the Deep Salad Plate, Anthropologie, $14
[ 10 ] Silver Octopus Earrings, Bliss by Nikki G, $14
Filed under Fashion, Home
Oh my oh my friends, Anthropologie has graced us with a good one this year! The annual Summer Tag Sale boasts markdowns up to 50 percent off, and it is really making me glad I held out on buying these items full price, because there are some goodies this year!
[ Topsail Chambray Dress, $79.95 ]
[ Mini Buoys, $9.95 | Mini Oars, $9.95 ]
[ Seafolly Boyleg Maillot, $110.95 ]
[ Seahorse Measuring Spoons, $9.95 | Seahorse Bottle Opener, $7.95 ]
[ Time Traveler Cardigan, $49.95 ]
[ Ponza Ship & Waves Canape Plate, $4.95 | Ponza Tiny Ships Canape Plate, $4.95 ]
[ Creeping Lace Hoodie, $59.95 ]
[ Coney Island Crossbody Bag, $199.95 ]
Do you have your eye on anything from the sale? I know this one is going to be super hard to resist!
Filed under Fashion, Home
Woven Bow Belt, $38
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Harvard Square Anthropologie’s Spring Fashion Show. Featuring 21 different spring looks, it could not have made me more antsy for warm weather to arrive! Tons of picnic-perfect dresses, floral pants, fun skirt + top combos, and of course Anthropologie’s signature sweet detailing was all about. See for yourself…!
[ Katrine Peplum Top, $88 + Tapestry Floral Charlie Trousers, $118 ]
[ Pompom Crest Tee, $68 + Sanoh Gauze Skirt, $148 ]
[ Cloverlace Dress, $298 // Tie-Front Perpignan Top, $68 + MiH Breathless Skinny, $233 ]
[ Tiered Habitual Shirtdress, $148 // Indigo-Ruled Buttondown, $88 // Drafted Petals Romper, $148 ]
[ Stellina Skirt, $78 // Jardim Lace Dress, $298// Lefkara Lace Dress, $148 ]
[ Infinite Glisten Belt, $48 ]
What’s on your Anthropologie spring wish list?!
Been daydreaming a lot lately… of pastel shades and and flowy skirts, candy-colored necklaces and sandals, and sips of icey pink lemonade on the porch during a spring evening… :)
[ Flight Cabin Sweater, ModCloth, $35 ]
[ Colima Maxi Skirt, Anthropologie, $118 ]
[ Salmon Pink Bubble Necklace, hime diy via Etsy, $14 ]
[ Leather Flat Sandals, ASOS, $37 ]
[ Charlotte Street Fabric Theresa, Kate Spade, $238 ]
I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this sweatshirt dress from Madewell. But as comfy and versatile as it may be, I require my plain dresses to have some pop of color. Enter this darling peach//gold//pearl Daisy Chain Necklace from Anthropologie for some extra bling (also available in purple!).
[ Sweatshirt Dress, Madewell, $118 ]
[ Daisy Chain Necklace, Anthropologie, $48 ]
[ Mini Heart, ban.do, $10 ]
[ Pave Posts, Anthropologie, $24 ]
[ Metallic Boat Shoes, Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew, $98 ]