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Bow and Drape Vacation Slitter Bikini

[ Micheline Bikini Bottom, Bow & Drape ]

Gal pals– I am out of here for a few days! We are off to Miami to celebrate a beautiful couple with some great friends. I’ll be back next week, hopefully not too sunburnt, but here are some fun tidbits to tide ya over!

You all remember Hope Kauffman from this post? She has a BEAUTIFUL winter wedding shoot on Style Me Pretty right now! New to-do: Visit Montana.

I was so excited when a friend alerted me that I made it on this Instagram feature from Racked Boston. Check it out and be sure to follow the rest of these fantastic accounts!

Tomorrow [3/22] is Lunch with Lilly– a Lilly Pulitzer tradition. Though years in which you could win a lunch with Lilly Pulitzer herself have passed, there are free gifts with EVERY purchase in store or online tomorrow! I’m personally crushing on these shorts and this tote right now.

There’s still time to enter my Brittany Lauren Design custom stamp giveaway– especially perfect for all of you recently engaged :)

The Bow & Drape bikini pictured above. But honestly. I’m obsessed.

I was featured in Blog Better Boston’s hublinks a couple weeks ago, and I hope you’ll all take a moment to check out some of the other posts; the theme was local love– something I believe strongly in.

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Everyone needs a little bit of Lilly in their wardrobe. Shell Chic’d colorfully tells us how the clothes, the story, and the brand of Lilly Pulitzer… is everything!

Want unforgettable lips? Boston Mints is your answer. With 12 iconic shades with Boston character, you will surely find one that you can’t live without!

Wear it two ways! “A little pretty, a little reckless.” Style this amazing ruffled black maxi skirt with a little bit of edge or make it girly and fab!

Walk through a virtual Pinterest board known as the Local Love Market at BCAE. No girl can resist such beautiful displays of flowers, jewelry, gifts, and art!

The Tannery is a Boston fashionista’s dream and has many locations all around the city. Mon Petit Chou Chou pays a visit and models her favorite pieces.

Searching for delicious sweets and treats you don’t have to feel guilty about? Learn about this North End chocolatier’s healthier approach in confection making.

Who can turn down chocolate, especially when it looks pretty? Here are some fun and creative holiday entertaining ideas and display tips.

Mass Musings gives you a quick look into 3 wonderful local Boston fashion boutiques. Shop smart, shop small!

Eager to delve into an adventurous recipe but don’t know where to get all the unique ingredients? You can find them at Joppa Fine Foods - a “food enthusiast’s Disneyland.”

“One of my favorite things about this area is the high value Bostonians place on caffeine!” A local bakery and coffee shop to wake you up!

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Farm & Fable

You guys. I have discovered my new happy place.

Farm and Fable Boston

Farm & Fable is a new[ish] vintage cookbook and kitchenware store in the South End [if you like Anthropologie's home section, you'll never want to leave this shop]. Owner Abby hosted the best little get-together for some Boston Bloggers in the space, and I already can’t wait to get back there.

Vintage Cookbook Kitchen StoreWe made mulled wine + spice sachets and just had the best time. I’m dying to return for one of Abby’s cooking classes or Cookbook Club! This is a Boston gem really not to be missed.

I should mention they carry new cookbooks in addition to vintage ones, so please oh please for the love of all things holy and endangered, buy your cookbooks at a place like this. There are so few independent bookstores left and it hurts my heart to hear you say that you can get it cheaper on Amazon! #shoplocal

[ Farm & Fable ]
[ 251 Shawmut Avenue ]
[ Boston, MA  02118 ]

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A Drybar Date

Drybar Cosmo Tai Sample Blowout

A couple weeks ago, I joined some of my favorite Boston Bloggers for a wild night at my favorite kind of bar– Drybar. I’ve tried other local blow dry salons and always walk away happy, but I have to say, Drybar is really something special.

The Drybar Chestnut Hill; Boston Bloggers[ pictured:: Alex + her adorbs stylist; a wall of products that are simply irresistible (I NEVER say yes to buying products from salons, but their dry shampoo is sodanggood); and, the cutest branding ever, in shades of bumblebee. ]

For $40, you get to pick two poisons: your cocktail + your blowout [I opted for a Prosecco to drink and a Cosmo-Tai to wear]. It’s the ultimate in pampering from then on out. The Chestnut Hill staff is SO sweet, and I was beyond impressed with the space and the service.

While personally I can’t stop thinking about how fun of a pre-bachelorette party could be thrown here, Drybar is also the perfect solution to looking your best before a special date night, big meeting or presentation at work, interview, wedding [I admit that I am the WORST at doing my hair when I am just a wedding guest... and I definitely regret I when I see photos later], or even just when you require a little pampering and don’t need a full-on haircut or want to pay salon prices.

Alli Web: you are doing something right that I sure wish I had thought of first!

Have you been to a Drybar or other blowout salon? Click for locations to see if there’s one [or a few!] near you.

Full disclosure: I received a complimentary blowout as a part of this particular event. All opinions expressed are genuine and my own.

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Valentine’s Day with West Elm Fenway

Last weekend I kicked off February with such a fun morning at West Elm Fenway, crafting with some blogger gals at Kate‘s Valentine’s Day DIY Workshop! We made the sweetest little stuffed hearts that could be turned into lavender sachets, pins, necklaces, or garland– as seen on my bar cart.

West Elm Valentine's Day Heart DIYClearly I was too focussed on Kate’s darling set-up, snacks, and supplies to snap many photos of the finished products, but you can see them on Dariel and Jaime‘s blogs!

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Free People Cambridge

Free People Party

Thank you so much to all my sweet friends and readers who came out to Free People on Saturday! I had so much fun meeting new faces and catching up with those I haven’t seen in a while. If you couldn’t make it this past weekend, I so hope you’ll stop by the store next time you find yourself in Harvard Square… it’s the coziest little fairy house just packed with so many treasures!

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[ Drifter Slouchy Pullover, $98 ]

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[ Complete in Stripes Pullover, $98 ]

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[ Game Time Henley, $68 ]

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Beautiful Georgina! I’m wearing the Aztec Bib Dress and Vegan Leather Hooded Motorcycle Jacket– more outfit details tomorrow!

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TOBY even came! This little buddy of mine belongs to Alex. He was such a well-behaved shopper and totally stole any thunder I may have had :)

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Free People Decor

[ Tie That Binds Blouse, $88 ]

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[ Stripe Criss Cross Tee, $68 | Sahara Printed Short, $78 ]

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Can’t wait to visit again soon!

[ Free People ]
[ 63 Church Street ]
[ Cambridge, MA ]
[ 617-497-4350 ]

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Friends + Fun at Pasta Beach

Pasta Beach Boston

Right before Thanksgiving, I had such a fun the best night out with some Boston Blogger gals, wining and dining at Boston’s Pasta Beach on the waterfront. The story behind this dee-lish restaurant is enough to make your heart flutter. American girl moves to Italy. Girl meets boy. [Italian Boy]. Girl + boy marry. Girl + boy raise children in Italy but spend summers in America. Girl + boy + children cannot live without the taste of Italy here. Alas, Pasta Beach was born.

Asparagus Prosciutto Parmigiano Pasta

Tagliatelle agli Asparagi e Prosciutto 

I’ve been incredibly lucky in that I’ve visited Italy myself twice, and while I love a good North End dinner over here, my meal at Pasta Beach was the first in years that really reminded me of the authentic Italian I tasted in Rome, Florence, and Tuscany. So fresh, and while understandably filling, not too heavy by any means. You can just taste the quality in the meals here.

Margherita Pizza Pasta Beach

I usually never opt for Margherita pizza and prefer more toppings [go big or go home right?], but this one had so.much.flavor. on its own that no additional toppings were necessary!

Authentic Creme Brulee

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse // Creme Brulee

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Bloggers will be bloggers! Lovely Smita + Rachel

It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, and instantly took me back to my studies in Italy. Many thanks to Susie, Gianni, and Tyler for hosting us, and Elizabeth for setting this up!

[ Pasta Beach ]
[ 30 Rowes Wharf ]
[ Boston, MA 02110 ]
[ 617-439-6900 ]

Pssst! Any Rhode Island folks here? You must also visit their location in Newport!

Read the rest of our group’s reviews here::
Alex, Literally, Everything
Ana, Scavengenius
Elizabeth, Little Moments of Happiness
Janee, Yellow Bird Yellow Beard
Rachel, Postcards from Rachel
Smita, Hogger & Co.

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Pin Up Bar at Salon Mario Russo

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[ Courtney of Those Graces ]

brigitte bardot hairstyle I was so lucky to start last weekend off at Salon Mario Russo on Newbury Street, enjoying some sweet treats, chatting with fellow Boston bloggers, and playing with some 60s-style hairdos as a part of the salon’s beauty pop up bar!

I’ve gotten the chance to work with this salon before, and I can’t sing their praises enough. Last summer, stylist Sal gave me a textured side bun [that I resisted taking out for as long as possible] as a part of their Summer of Style series. Last week, their darling Leah gave me a fun little Brigitte Bardot poof, with loose curls and swept bangs [that I promptly messed up, but you see the idea].

They have a fantastic staff, and I really don’t think you could leave this beautiful corner of Newbury feeling any hint of disappointment.

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[ Jodi of Jodi Bean's Blog ]

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[ Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle ]

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[ Elissa of Style-Wire ]

salon mario russo newbury street

[ The salon's super chic set-up + the beautiful lady who set this up for us! ]

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[With the fabulous Andrae of Mario Russo ]

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[ These ladies. Such sweethearts I tell ya. ]

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary hairstyle for this event from Mario Russo. All opinions are my own.

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Stripes at Style Summit

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Pretty Waves Tank Maxi Dress, LOFT // Bracelets [ask!] // Sandals, GAP [similar]

This is totally my blogger dress. I got it at the LOFT Grand Reopening Party I hosted a couple weeks ago, and immediately wore it the following weekend to the Blog Better Boston Style Summit conference [which I totally have not recapped yet-- eek!]. It is possibly the comfiest thing I have ever owned, and flatters every single person I have seen it on so far. And I mean, navy + white stripes…. how could I really resist?

Somewhat related to my blogger maxi, the past month has completely reminded me why I maintain this little corner of the internet of mine in the first place. The Boston blogging community is made up of some of the most kind-hearted, creative, and generous people I know. From the big things, like putting on incredibly informative conferences and hosting events and get-togethers, to the little, like sweet tweets to say hello and offering peer advice and insight when asked, this is a group that clearly supports each other. One that I am so proud and grateful to be a part of.

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loft striped maxi

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gold gap sandals

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Psst! This dress is 40% off at LOFT with code LOVEMOM today!

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Shopping Is My Cardio: LOFT Grand Reopening

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So excited to be recapping such a fun event that I had the pleasure of co-hosting last week! Boston’s LOFT location has just undergone a huge renovation, making it just about the prettiest store in town. On Thursday, Holly and Alana & Amy of Blog Better Boston and I welcomed shoppers to see the beautiful newly-completed shop in the Pru. Couldn’t make it? Take a glimpse around to see it for yourself…!

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loft colored summer shirts

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Tons of fun printed shorts right now! I’m loving these and these especially.

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Sweet bow sandals

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Nautical Striped Cotton Tank Dress

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That striped maxi was a favorite of the night– seemed like half of the ladies in the store were walking out with it! Available here.

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With the lovely Elissa from Style-Wire who works at LOFT!

What we’re wearing:
[ Emily:: Textured 3/4 Sleeve Cotton Sweater, Aqua Spritz Print Stretch Cotton Shorts ]
[ Elissa:: Paisley Print Short Sleeve Shift Dress ]
[ Holly: Striped Linen Tee, similar Zig Zag Mosaic Skirt ]
[ Alana:: Scarf Print Boatneck Dress ]

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Need more incentive to check out the store, or make some purchases online? Forty percent off EVERYTHING right now (what?!) with code NOW40 at checkout!

What do you all think of the new store + new arrivals? For more snippets, check out Holly’s recap and Amy’s here!

Full disclosure:: My outfit for the night was provided as a gift by Ann Taylor. All opinions expressed, both online and in person during said event, are my own.

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Join me at LOFT for a Grand Reopening Party!

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I am so excited to be co-hosting this event with the darling Holly and beautiful ladies behind Blog Better Boston and LOFT!

Join me this Thursday, April 25 at the newly-renovated LOFT @ The Shops at The Prudential Center. Refreshments, live music, blogger pals, and shopping? What could be better? A $250 gift card you say? Yep, you could win that :)

Want to get excited? Check out LOFT’s newest summer arrivals…!

Questions? Leave ‘em here or e-mail me! Otherwise I’ll see you at the Hynes Court in the Pru Thursday night! All are welcome– let’s get Boston back on its feet!

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