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The Chestnut Hill Experience

I’ve got a whole smorgasbord of fun things to show you today! Last week, I spent the better half of my Sunday with little seester Morgan at Chestnut Hill Square, just minutes outside of Boston. Talk about supercenter! CHS has a little bit of everything– fitness, shopping, pampering, and somuch wining and dining… basically, something for every section of this blog.

Here’s a little taste of how we spent our day…

Equinox Fitness Chestnut Hill Square

Equinox:: Pilates
Anddd the photos stop here, because after Megan Fitzgerald’s amazing pilates class, I was a hot mess! I’ll be the first to admit I’m no fitness buff and would much rather start my weekend mornings snuggled in bed with a latte thank you, but waking up with a class that’s somehow both challenging and relaxing really put me in the right mood for the day. Equinox is beautiful and has so many options for classes and group fitness.

Another option for exercise in the square (besides the cardio you get from shopping, that is):: SoulCycle.

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Drybar Chestnut Hill Review

Drybar:: Blowouts
I can’t say enough great things about Drybar– 4o bucks for a cocktail, hour of pampering, and a blowout that lasts multiple days? So worth it in my book. I’ve given a more thorough review here, but I also tried a Floater for the first time on this visit– a 10-minute scalp massage during your shampoo. Hi, bliss.

Drybar Cosmo-Tai Style

Gray + Yellow Color Scheme

Drybar Parties

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Brio Tuscan Grille:: Lunch
I live in the North End = I love my Italian. Brio totally lived up to expectations– my Shrimp Mediterranean was packed with flavor, but didn’t leave me feeling like I needed to detox for three days like I do after most heavy Italian meals. Fun atmosphere, and I can’t wait to go back for their brunch menu!

Shrimp Mediterranean with Risotto

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The Sail Loft Chestnut Hill

Already a great variety of stores here (I visited the beautiful Anthropologie back in December), with new ones popping up each day. Most of my time this weekend was spent between Francesca’s and Sail Loft.

Francesca's Jewelry Sale

Francesca’s has one of the best selections of costume jewelry I have seen around here. Any color you need, from mint to tangerine to pearl– they’ve got it. I grabbed these quirky earrings and adore them! It’s really an accessory-lover’s heaven in there.

Nautical Sunglasses Case

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Sail Loft Chestnut Hill

Being overly obsessed with all things nautical and Nantucket-related, I was crazy excited to check out Sail Loft. This is the only location off of ACK, and it’s home to so many brands that you do usually only see in resort areas– Kiel James Patrick, Maui Jim, Smathers & Branson, Trina Turk… I’m having a love affair with my new GiGi New York Clutch that co-owner Peter helped me personalize.

Nautical Clothing Boston

Pearl Starfish Bracelet

Smather's & Branson Bow Ties Boston

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Seasons 52 Chestnut Hill

Seasons 52:: Flights & Flats
And to refuel, wine and flatbreads! This is a fantastic deal– $15 for a full-sized flatbread and a 3-wine tasting, plus a full glass of your favorite. How perfect would this be for a date night or Girls’ Night Out? We also indulged in some incredible mini desserts… quite positive that the chocolate caramel one changed my life permanently for the better.

Flights & Flatbreads at Seasons 52

Mini Caramel Chocolate Desserts in Jars

Seasons 52 Chestnut Hill

Many, many thanks to Chestnut Hill Square for giving us an unforgettable day! Tons more things are still to come, and I can tell this is going to be a frequent destination for me this summer.

Have you been to CHS? What are your favorites there?

Full disclosure: I was treated to a complimentary day at Chestnut Hill Square; all opinions expressed are genuine and my own. 

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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.

Boston Bloggers

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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Nantucket in the Winter // Part One: The Calm Before the Storm

Nantucket HyLine Ferry

We’re bACK! I have to say, Nantucket was beautiful in the summer, but I have a whole new appreciation for it after spending a few February days on the island. We were super lucky, and arrived safely on Saturday before any of the snow hit [though that did make for some pretty pictures later!].

Nantucket brick buildings

I selfishly can’t bear to squeeze the whole few days into one post, so here ya go: day one. Exploring downtown, ducking into the few open shops only to find everything 75% off, a trip to the Whaling Museum, and lots of r&r in our sweet inn.

centerboard inn nantucket breakfast

centerboard inn nantucket

Nantucket Signs

mint door

Nantucket Book Stores

Nantucket Street Signs

Green shutters Nantucket cottage

Nantucket Winter Outfit

[ outfit details ]
Scallop Dress, J.Crew Factory | Boyfriend Cardigan, Forever 21 | Pearls, J.Crew [similar] | Wrap Bracelet, KJP x Brooks BrothersTartan Hat, Southern Proper [similar 1; 2] | Crossbody Bag, Madewell | Riding Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]

Madewell Mini Transport Crossbody; J. Crew Navy Scallop Dress

Kiel James Patrick Anchor Wrap Bracelet

Southern Proper Tartan Hat

Navy Scallop Dress

[ travel summary ]
who:: in the winter, there is a very cozy, quiet, romantic feel to nantucket, so i’d definitely recommend this for a couple’s escape. bonus points if you run into a long-lost friend like I did–the darling miss lindsay from lindsay’s look who now lives on ACK!
what:: visit the whaling museum; shop the incredible winter sales; visit the island’s most highly-rated restaurants without a thought of needing reservations; and stay cooped up inside with water views outside. go on a few adventures too– more on that next week :)
when:: i really + truly advocate for going off-season now! you save money, and you escape the crowds [nantucket's population surges to 50-60,000 in the summer]. if you can, plan for president’s day weekend– you’ll find many stores and restaurants open for this weekend only to accommodate the few extra travelers. for summer doings, click here.
where:: eat at dune + lola 41 [stay for their sunday sushi specials!] | shop at murray’s toggery + milly & grace‘s president’s day weekend sale | coffee at the bean + books at nantucket bookworks or mitchell’s book corner | and, most of all, stay at the centerboard inn. this was quite honestly my nautical princess palace and truly deserves a post of its own.
wear:: you’ll see a lot of bean boots around wintertime nantucket, but really you’ll be safe with anything but heels, weather allowing. the islands are also slightly warmer than the rest of massachusetts, so take advantage of wearing that dress! [with tights]. for winter beach walks, you’ll want something slightly more durable, but more on that to come!


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Fax Me

Paper Source Valentine's Day Cards

Anyone else remember thinking that was possibly the least romantic candy heart ever?

Wishing you all a fun Valentine’s Day, be it with your sweetheart or gal pals. All you haters out there, at LEAST do yourself a favor and locate some chocolate! Then enjoy it guilt-free.

Weather allowing, I’m off to Nantucket this weekend for a little birthday celebrating! Be sure to follow along my chilly adventures via Instagram :)



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The Quarterdeck

The Quarterdeck Scituate Harbor

This. This is The Quarterdeck. A small seaside gift shop selling every sort of nicknack, from rubber finger puppets to mood rings to seashell jewelry to vintage travel books to weathered photographs to incense to postcards to war antiques and so much more. This is my happy place.

loose starfish

And after 45 years in business, it is closing.

Forgive my personal pity party over here, but I feel a sort of duty to honor the harbor-side store in which I learned to shop. My parents would bring me here every summer and give me a couple dollars, to which I could spend HOURS trying to figure out how to spend. The shell ring or the mini turtle figurine or the woven change purse?! The possibilities were endless.

vintage beach signs

I realize now how much its nautical treasures and motifs shaped my own style, both in fashion and decorating. Twenty-some years later, it’s still my favorite place to shop.

Mermaid Sign Wall Decor

buy wooden buoys

Route 66 Metal Sign; Anchor Hangers; License Plate Map

Vintage Lighthouse Prints


I had to make one more trip down to Scituate… to say goodbye, buy a few a ton of unnecessary but oh-so-special treasures for myself, and load up with photos to reminisce on later.

anchor belt

Navy White Anchor Dress

Dress, J.Crew [similar 1; 2] | Toggle Coat, American Eagle [similar] | Anchor Belt, ASOS | Pashmina Scarf [similar] | Pearls, vintage [similar] | Boots, Talbots [similar]

Mini Anchor Ring

Vintage Multi-Strand Pearls

This vintage multi-strand pearl necklace? Found at the QD years ago.

Forest Green Rain Boots

Scituate Harbor Photography

Quarterdeck Scituate

If anyone lives or will be traveling to the South Shore (Massachusetts) before mid-March, everything in the store is 45% off! It also has a supporting role in the Cher classic The Witches of Eastwick, so you’ll get a little bit of Hollywood out of your trip there as well :)

Sappy girl OUT.


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Weekend To Do List

Free People Rugby Ruffle Socks

[ Rugby Ruffle Ankle Sock, Free People, $14 ]

This Weekend:
1. Cozy up in a pair of your knobbiest socks with this cup of hot chocolate and stop hating on winter, because remember: these types of activities are unwelcome in the warmer months.
2. Stop by my Free People event in Harvard Square on Saturday! There’s also a Chocolate Festival going on, as if you needed more incentive.

Free People Harvard Square Events

Have a great one you all!



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A New Year

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A very merry new year to you all! I’m feeling so refreshed after a few days away and a night of celebrating with friends, new and old. Here’s to making 2014 the best year yet!

psst! My skirt is from the sweet Preppy Pink Shop, and you can find similar glitter mary-janes here [splurge] and here [steal].


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Adventures in Style

I had something much sappier written out, but before hitting publish, I thought I’d keep those reflections to myself and instead just share some of my favorite travels + looks of the year :) Here’s to remaining grateful, staying humble, and taking life’s curveballs in stride throughout 2014!

January // February Style

January | February ]

March // April Style

March | April ]

May // June Style

May | June ]

July // August Style

July | August ]

September // October Style

September | October ]

November // December Style

November | December ]

I’ve loved turning this blog into a bit of a travel guide [planning on continuing the who-what-when-where-wear series if you're all on board!]. This year I was blessed enough to travel to Arizona | The Berkshires | Martha’s Vineyard | Nantucket | Cape Cod | Philadelphia | Bar Harbor | and Skytop, and spend summer and fall days exploring New England favorites like Newport | Rockport | Newburyport | Salem | and Wachusett… of course the lighthouses were easily some of the highlights!

New England Lighthouses

Edgartown | Gay Head | Bass Harbor | East Chop
West Chop | Chatham | Cape Pogue | Scituate
Brant Point

Wishing you all a safe, joyful, and sparkly New Year’s Eve, and an even better New Year.


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Not Another Moment Lost to Seizures

Today’s outfit post is a little different. I questioned whether or not to share this at all, but I think it serves as a good reminder that behind every cookie-cutter glitter-dipped blog, there is a real person.

Ambulatory EEG

For the last 72 hours, I’ve been undergoing an ambulatory EEG, to record brain activity and attempt to shed some light on my epilepsy. I in no way am sharing this for pity, attention, sympathy, or anything of the sort. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and I’m sharing this getup to spread the word.

Epilepsy affects 2+ million Americans, and 65 million people worldwide. There is no cure, as of yet. But we’re working on it.

I’ve mentioned my condition here before, and I won’t drone on it. But something quick you can do: Read this Seizure First Aid Guide. 1 in every 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. If you witness one, you can make all the difference by following these simple few steps.

pale pink hunter books

Chambray Shirt c/o Old Nay (now on sale!) Scarf c/o Shawlsmith London | Leggings, Hue | Watch, Urban Outfitters | Tote, Garance Dore for Kate Spade (available on eBay here) | Rain Boots, Hunter


Ambulatory EEG Equipment

Shawlsmith London Silver Striped Scarf

Thank you for letting me put this all out there today! In happier news, my sweet scarf [that was so cozy to cuddle up with this weekend] is from Shawlsmith London, and they are offering 25% off a scarf of your choice with code SSL25! Purple is the official color of the Epilepsy Foundation, so I have my eye on this one :)

Happy Monday, friends. Here’s to a great week!


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Chain Mail Q&A

Lilly Pulitzer Biography Book

pssst! Lilly Pulitzer’s birthday is Sunday! #HappyBirthdayLilly

I don’t usually participate in these jaunts, but Alex tagged me, and since I’d trust Alex with my life, imma fill it out.

1. Favorite flower?
I will always have a thing for red roses, but I just love buying myself a big ‘ol bunch of sunflowers at the Haymarket farmers’ market. Pink tulips aren’t half bad either.

2. Most and least organized space in your home?
Even though the surface gets messy, when you get to the drawers, my desk wins for most organized. Least=pantry.

3. What book have you read recently that really moved you?
I’m also reading I Am Malala, and it is incredible so far.

4. What dish are you most looking forward to at Thanksgiving dinner?
Mashed potatoes, green beans, and spiked cider.

5. How do you take your coffee?
A judge-worthy amount of cream & sugar. Maybe 1% milk if I have a moment of strength.

6. Thing you miss most about high school?
Homecoming Week. And I rarely even went to the actual football game.

7. Most memorable concert?
B. Spears 2003 with my best girl Kasey Marie. No joke.

8. Dots or stripes?

9. How do you unwind before bed?
To be frank, I go through my Instragram feed and moisturize with some Yes to Grapefruit lotion :)

I tag Georgina, Yi-chia, Lauren, and Elissa! Happy Friday friends!


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