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Brittany Lauren Design [& a giveaway!]

Stripes-wearing, Cape Cod-lusting, seafaring friends: I have found your new favorite online boutique. Or, at least mine.

Brittany Lauren Design Logo

Brittany Lauren Design ]

Custom Nautical Stationary

Brittany sent me this customized wooden return address stamp recently [#obsessed], but it is just one item in her ever-growing online stationary shop. I swear, this girl is my spirit animal. Mugs, notebooks, custom invitations, trays… everything with the sweetest nautical touches. AND it’s all made in the USA!

Anchor Return Address Stamp

So many stamp illustrations to choose from, but I just had to go with my classic anchor. Which would you choose? I definitely had my eye on the lobster + shells as well!

Custom Nautical Stationary

Brittany is offering one lucky reader of mine a custom wooden return address stamp of their own– enter with Rafflecopter [link or below] by March 28th! Good luck!

psst! She’s on Etsy too!

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. May not be available on mobile devices.

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Say what you may about February, but as a whole, it is my favorite month of the year. Excited to welcome it tomorrow with open arms and lots of pink, red, glitter and hearts! Plus, with the exception of this beauty, everything on the list is a sweet little steal. Happy V-Day to you!

Valentine's Day 2014

[ 1 ] Mini Heart Headband, ban.do, $18
[ 2 ] Love Pillow, Assemble Home via Urban Outfitters, $19
[ 3 ] It Girl Bobbi, ban.do, $12
[ 4 ] Hearts iPhone Case, Urban Outfitters, $16
[ 5 ] In Love Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, $16 (also in black!)
[ 6 ] Initial Heart Midi Ring, Urban Outfitters, $5
Now sold out! Similar here//here//here
[ 7 ] Delicate Heart Cuff, C.Wonder, $34
[ 8 ] Love: Quotes and Passages from the Heart, Anthropologie, $15
[ 9 ] Metallic Heart Cosmetic Bag, Forever 21, $6
[ 10 ] Printed Poplin Shorts, GAP, $20
(extra 35% off with code TREAT!)
[ 11 ] Confetti Heart Print Poster, Amanda Catherine Designs, $15
[ 12 ] Ooh La La Tobyn, Kate Spade, $348


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Social Media Maven Gift Guide

HashOuts Hashtag Bracelets

I’ve got a triple-fun outfit post//product review//gift guide for you all today. The folks at Hashouts (who happen to also be Emerson alums!) sent me one of their fun customizable bracelet kits [because I need to be hashtagging more like I need a hole in the head]. Each kit comes with a bracelet + 73 slide-on letters, including the @ and # symbols… #obvi.


Side note: Chilly days by the beach are my favorite
Excursion Quilted Vest, J.Crew | Cardigan, J.Crew [similar] | Gingham Shirt, J.Crew Factory | Monogram Scarf, Marley Lilly | Jeans, H&M | Petal to the Metal Pouchette, Marc Jacobs | Rope Bracelet, KJP | Watch, Urban Outfitters | Achromatic Hashtag Bracelet c/o Hashouts | Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]

Hashtag Arm Party

Change your hashtag as often as you want– the charms are easily switchable, and 73 characters has been plenty to say everything I’ve needed to! Hashouts is also giving my reads $5 off their starter kits– just enter #shellchicdiscount at checkout!

Navy Monogram Scarf

Navy + Green Layers

This bracelet inspired me to put together a gift guide to shop for all the other social media nerds, like myself, in your life. Have at it!

Social Media Lover Gift Guide

[ 1 ] Selfie T-Shirt, ASOS, $29
[ 2 ] Delicate Hashtag Necklace, C.Wonder, $24
[ 3 ] Your Pad or Mine iPad Folio, Kate Spade, $85
[ 4 ] I’m So Posting This iPhone 5 Case, Juicy Couture, $28
[ 5 ] Bracelet + Letter Kits, Hashouts, $38-$44
[ plus $5 off with code #shellchicdiscount]
[ 6 ] Twitter-Plate Necklace, BaubleBar, $100
[ 7 ] #KillingIt Folded Cards, Ashley Brooke Designs, $18
[ 8 ] Social Media Icon Ring Set, C.Wonder, $34

What would you get for all your blogger friends?


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All Dressed Up with Lindt Chocolate & Cheer

Lindt Christmas Chocolate

I distinctly remember the year the first LINDT store opened in my town. From then on, each Easter my mother would gift my brother and me with a LINDT GOLD BUNNY, and each Christmas with a LINDT BEAR. We always open our stockings last, and between the practical items like mini shampoos and new pens, it was always the best treat to find that decadent chocolate bear.

LINDT BEAR // Holiday Party Nails

I am so thrilled to be partnering with LINDT this season to show off this favorite holiday indulgence of mine. As you can see, LINDT BEAR makes the perfect accessory for a holiday party look, as it’s the hostess gift every party-giver wants to receive!

Red Plaid Christmas Dress

You’re never too old to give or receive LINDT BEAR. From a stocking stuffer to a hostess gift, it’s a present sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face. And my personal favorite thing about this festive holiday treat? No matter where I’m spending Christmas [and I've spent it in a lot of places!], one bite of the smooth milk chocolate, and I’m instantly back in my childhood home, unwrapping gifts with my parents and brother under our long-gone family tree.


Gold Sequin Clutch // Forest Green Stocking

Jack Wills Plaid Charlton Dress

Plaid Charlton Dress, Jack Wills | Knit Sweater, American Eagle [similar 1; 2] | Skinny Bow Ring, Kate Spade | Clutch, Zara [similar] | Glitter Heels, Kate Spade [similar]

LINDOR Chocolate Truffle Sticks

Another perfect item to stuff a stocking with is the Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar. It’s the same smooth, melting milk chocolate that we know and love as truffles, but in on-the-go form perfect for carrying around in your purse during long afternoons of Christmas shopping, or for sneaking into a Christmas stocking!

LINDT Chocolate Stocking Stuffers

Lindt Mini Chocolate Bears

Christmas Plaid

How does Lindt Chocolate fit into your holiday memories?

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by LINDT Chocolate USA. All opinions expressed are my own.


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shell chic’d Holiday Gift Guide 2013

The more time I spent putting together this “gift guide,” the more I realized it was turning into my own holiday wish list… so needless to say, if you have anyone in your life who somewhat resembles me, personality- and taste-wise, here is your one-stop guide…!

shell chic'd Gift Guide 2013

Riven Rock Scallop Shirt, Kiel James Patrick, $98 | Monogrammed Bow Bracelet, Marley Lilly, $25 | Nantucket Bracelet, York Design Co., $40 | Pearl Twisted Hammock Bracelet, J.Crew, $65 | Golden Monogrammed Mug, Anthropologie, $10 | American Fashion Cookbook, $45 | Tortoise Clutch, J.Crew, $148 | Ceramic Jewelry Tray, J.Crew, $19.50 | Hello Darling Stationary, Rifle Paper Co., $28 | Rainbow Fleet Flask, Smathers and Branson, $55 | NYT 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada, $40 | Historic Lilly iPad Case, Lilly Pulitzer, $78 | Champagne Bottle Coin Purse, Kate Spade, $68 | Tartan Plain Hat, Southern Proper, $28 | Glitter Bow Belt, Target, $15 | Cranwell Cushion, Jack Wills, $98.50 | Vintage Short-Sleeve Pajama Set, J.Crew, $85 | Mini Herringbone Easy Tote, C.Wonder, $78

Black Friday Weekend Deals:
Anthropologie: 20% off
C.Wonder: Take 30% off 3+ items with code GIFTS30
Jack Wills: Take 30% off with code JWGIVE
J.Crew: Take 30% off with code HOLIDAY
Lilly Pulitzer: Free gifts with purchase
Marley Lilly: Free gifts with purchase


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Etsy by Color

I like to think of Etsy as the original Pinterest… a site I could bop around on for hours, finding new items to lust over and never-ending DIY inspiration. Here are some of my latest Etsy finds, in a coral color to slowly ween us off of summer brights and into fall oranges…

Etsy in Coral
[ 16x16 Pillow, Simply Divine by JoAnn, $17 ]
[ Anchor Wall Coat Hook, BOLDHOUSE, $15 ]
[ Tasseled Garland, Prost to the Host, $35 ]
[ Holly Golightly Coral Dress, Fleet Collection, $68 ]
[ Coral Chevron Clutch, Sew Sarah R, $39 ]
[ Striped Linen iPhone 5 Case, starcreature studio, $23 ]
[ Starfish Earrings, Strawberry Universe, $8 ]
[ Monogram Flask, Liquid Courage, $22 ]
[ Coral Chairs, Olive Juice Chicago, $400 ]


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Snail Mail

last minute birthday cards

I’ve met some really beautiful people in Boston over the last few years, and am so grateful for those new friendships. Yet my best best college friends— you know, those ones you picture during movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Lizzie McGuire Movie [I did just admit that]— are spread out all over the country now, from Maine to Philadelphia to Hollywood, and everywhere in between.

personalized greeting cards

And we can email. And we can Gchat. And we can Skype and call and text and tweet. But there is something to be said for a good old fashioned letter. I do love stationary, but after writing a few notes in a row, I grow tired of it [that just-had-to-have-it-Kate-Spade-set, mind you]. I want to give each friend something more personal. Enter: Cardstore.com.

photo 2

I sent my friend Samantha in LA a just-because friendship card [though choose from birthday//baby//wedding//anniversary//sympathy//invitation//the list goes on!]. The design was so cute that I hardly wanted to mess with it, but I did add a couple photos and, of course, a note on the inside. Personalizing it ended up being the most fun part [other than hearing from her when she received it!].

cardstore review

For only $3, plus the price of postage, I can’t think of a better way to brighten her day, and I can’t wait to send a batch of these around. Plus, you can pick the send date, so if you’re one to forget important details like birthdays and anniversaries, you can create and schedule your cards ahead of time!

Cardstore is offering 30% off all purchases today and tomorrow with code CCL3030. So go ahead, make your friends’ day :)

Disclosure: I received a code to send one free card with this service; all opinions expressed are my own.

Further reading: Blogging BFF Alex creates the cutest card for her fiance. No one said you couldn’t send within your own home!

Postscript: Thanks Samanth for the photos!


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Your Clothes, Your Color, Your Cause

beacon and brewster

Today I’m featuring the wonderful beacon & brewster. Oh be still my lighthouse-adoring, charity-loving prepster heart. This is quality clothing company with a big-hearted mission.

pink polo shirt womens

We all know that certain colors represent different causes— pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, green for Leukemia & Lymphoma, purple for Alzheimer’s (and Epilepsy!), yellow for support of our troops, and so on. beacon & brewster donates 25% of the sales price directly to the charity of the corresponding color. This is one of the more perfect examples I’ve seen of shopping for a cause.

Choose your charity: Alzheimer’s Association, Boston Children’s Hospital, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Fallen Patriot Fund, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Breast Cancer Coalition, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Delta Gamma Foundation, or list another!

photo 1

[ outfit details ]
Pink Polo c/o beacon & brewster | Boyfriend shorts, Target | Anchor belt, ASOS | Wrap bracelet, KJP for Brooks Brothers | Boat shoes c/o New England Outerwear

Like my New England Outerwear boat shoes, these polos are manufactured in New England with all American-made materials. And did you notice the sweet lighthouse logo? From b&b:
“As a recognized symbol of reassurance and hope to sailors as they navigated difficult waters, the lighthouse underscores our hope of providing support to the charities we donate to through the sales of our shirts.”

pink and navy sweater

So next time you’re on the market for a new polo or tee [for men, women, and children], I hope you’ll consider beacon & brewster— I have my eye on the lilac shirt for my next purchase! Which reminds me— summer is coming to an end, oddly meaning that the holiday season is already upon us. How thoughtful of a gift would be one that benefits more than just the recipient? Now you’re able to donate money in your friends’ and families’ names, while still giving them something physical to keep. Cold Christmas? No problem— I’ve been having fun layering my polo with sweaters, so I can definitely attest to this being a year-round purchase!

anchor belt

navy pink cable knit sweater

Shop beacon & brewtster here. Do let me know which color you select and which charity you’ll be supporting!

boston harbor


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Sew Customizable

navy anchor blazer

Anchor-Lined Blazer, The Limited | Boat Stripe Bateau Top (on sale), Tommy Hilfiger [similar] | Shorts, H&M [similar] | Clutch c/o Sew Sarah R | Wrap Bracelet, Marley Lilly | Wedges, Jack Rogers

I’ve always been a bit of a bag lady. When I was younger, I told people I wanted to be Kate Spade when I grew up. While I haven’t gone on to become a purse designer (yet at least!), I have such admiration for those who are. Meet Sarah from Sew Sarah R, whose pages upon pages of clutch designs have me drooling.

custom bridesmaid clutches

Totally customizable, from the fabric [ exterior + lining! ], to a personalized label inside, to monograms or other stitching on the outside, these clutches make such perfect gifts— especially for bridesmaids! Get your right-hand ladies matching ones, or coordinating colors, and add a chain if you want to make sure their hands are free for bouquets! Getting a big or little in your sorority this semester? Treat them with their letters on a clutch in your house’s colors.

customized bridesmaid gifts etsy

navy nautical chains fabric

anchor lining; striped navy top gold buttons

I know should my wedding day ever come, I’ll be treating my bridesmaids to these— and maybe another for myself!

Sarah is offering my readers 10% off clutches from her Etsy shop with the code Shell, or if you buy from her website, you can enjoy free shipping until August 19th! Can’t wait to see what you all pick out :)


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i heart you.

Rounding up some of my favorite Valentine’s-themed products, all very full of heart!

i heart you
[1] We’re Young at Heart Sweater, ModCloth, $43
[2] Heart Shoe Clips, ban.do, $25
[3] Heart Cutout Back Dress, Urban Outfitters, $49
[4] Heart Birch Cuff, Anthropologie, $108
[5] Heart Sweater, Garage, $27
[6] Squiggle Heart Stud Earrings, ASOS, $9
[7] Heart Ring, Diament Jewelry for Urban Renewal, $12
[8] Hearts & Spades Scarf, Kate Spade, $128
[9] Heart to Heart Tights, Kate Spade, $32 // iPhone Case, Urban Outfitters, $16
[10] Quilted Heart Bag, ASOS, $28 // Heart Work and Dedication Heel, Minna Parikka, $350


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