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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

Shopping
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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App Review: Boutikey

Boutikey App Review

Unless they have to do with photo editing [hello Waterlogue], I’m always a little hesitant to download any new apps, even if they’re free, simply out of fear of cluttering my iPhone.

BUT I’ve found a new shopping app that is kind of really necessary to have on hand: Boutikey.

Boutikey Logo

You all know I love to shop locally, and am especially into supporting local Boston boutiques [Britt Ryan, In the Pink, No Rest for Bridget, Savas Studios, etc etc.]. Like any smart shopper, I try to keep up with their sales, but when you follow some via Twitter, some via Instagram, some via email, and so on, the notifications get lost, and you just don’t hear about their specials like you would from, say, J.Crew.

Boutikey is streamlining the process and making super easy for you to connect + keep up with your favorite local boutiques. It’s a FREE app that allows you to follow the stores, hear about their current sales and promos, check out their current items and new arrivals, and–most fun and exclusive to this app–earn loyalty points for shopping there, ie. receive a pair of earrings for every $100 spent, or spend $150, get 20% off. It’s like FourSquare met Instagram and had a really fashionable, wallet-savvy baby.

Best Boston Boutiques

There are over 40 boutiques currently enrolled, including some of my personal favs: Mint Julep, Sail Loft, Heart & Sole, and Crush. Another great feature? GPS functionality. So when you’re out blindly shopping, Boutikey will let you know which stores are near, and where you can find the best deals.

Boutikey is currently available for iPhone + is coming soon to Android. And they are growing every day– be sure to visit their website, tell them what boutiques you want to see on the app, and you could win a $100 gift card.

Full disclosure: I am receiving no compensation for this review– I’m having that much fun with it! Let me know if you try it out xx

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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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Get in loser, we’re going shopping.

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I know I sound like a broken record, but I do lovelovelove living in the city. And as much as I complain about the public transportation system, it really is a blessing, as I don’t dare try to own a car on these one-way narrow roads//in these icy winters//with these crazing parking fees.

That being said, sometimes it’s necessary to get out of here. Whether to get away from the crowds and tourists, or to feed my wanderlust and explore somewhere new, I feel it pretty much imperative to make an escape from the city at least once every couple weeks.

Then again, getting anywhere that isn’t on subway line is always a bit of a daunting task. Or was, until I tried out Enterprise’s new CarShare program.

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My little sis and I were itching to do some outlet shopping [ hello summer sales + new fall goods! ], but the closest outlet mall is in Wrentham, about 40 miles out of Boston. So we booked a car for a few hours through CarShare, picked it up with a single tap of a keycard [ keys were already in there ], and hit the road— it was almost too easy! Five hours, one delicious country meal, and way too many shopping bags later, we dropped it off just as easily as we had picked it up. No waiting in line for the next representative, or talking to any representative at all for that matter.

red mini cooper enterprise carshare

Dress, Jack Wills [similar 1; 2] | Bubble necklace c/o Wild Butterfly Boutique [still time to enter the giveaway!]

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Enterprise CarShare is giving one of my readers [ From Boston, NYC, or Philly! ] a free one-year membership (just pay the application fee), $75 of driving credits, and a prize package!

To enter::
Leave a comment below telling me where you’d take your rental car on a day trip! Be sure to leave your email so I can get in touch with you.

For a second entry::
Tweet the following [ I just entered to win a @carshare membership from @emilygeaman's blog! http://wp.me/p1mrmu-1Hs ]. Let me know in your comments that you did this as well!

Giveaway ends next Tuesday, August 13th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random. Prize package available to all US residents; to claim membership and driving credits, winner must be a driver of Boston, New York City, or Philadelphia.

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Full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Enterprise. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Gilt City Warehouse Sale

Guess what’s coming baaack…!

gilt city warehouse sale boston

That’s right shopping queens: The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is returning to Boston this Friday and Saturday, August 9th + 10th, at The Revere Hotel’s Space 57
[ 200 Stuart Street ].

As usual, Gilt will be boasting top designer brands, from men’s and women’s fashions to home accessories and goodies for the kids, at up to 90 percent off retail price. How many times do we really get to experience sample sales like this [ think designers such as Zac Posen, Missoni, and Vera Wang ] living outside of NYC?

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Tickets can be purchased here in advance. Complimentary cocktails, snacks, and music included!

revere hotel boston space 57

boston designer fashion sample sale

Hope to run into some of you there! Just don’t go trying to steal any shoes I may have my eyes on… ;)

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C. Wonder Pop-Up Shop

c wonder water glasses

A week or so ago, I headed down to the South Shore for the opening night party of C.Wonder‘s new’s pop-up store at Hingham’s Derby Street Shoppes. This place makes me want to put on a cute dress and entertain like it’s my job— so much cute clothing, accessories, decor, and serveware!

monogrammed belts c wonder; letter belt buckles

[ Letter Belt Buckles, $28 ]

c wonder picnic basket set; black and white shift dress

[ Cotton Embroidered Dots Dress, $178 ]

lighthouse anchor canvas prints

nautical flags necklace; rope necklace

[ Signature Mid-Length Cardigan, $78 + Interlocking Rope Necklace, $78 ]
[ Nautical Flags 'I Love You' Charm Necklace, $128 ]

chevron gold monogram letter plates

#monogrameverything [ Monogram Glass Plate, $12 ]

c wonder colored bangle bracelets

Bangles galore! [ Enamel Initial Cuffs, $48 ]

bubble gum ball party decorations

hashtag earrings; jewelry

Were these not made for bloggers?! [ Hashtag Studs, $24 ]
Also available as a necklace!

c wonder monogram shop

longchamp lookalike bags; c wonder monogrammed totes

If you’re looking for a less-expensive alternative to Longchamp bags, these C.Wonder Nylon Easy Totes are PERFECT. Available in mini ($58) or regular, they are similar in size, material, and overall look. And you can get them monogrammed :)

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How fun is their car!?

The pop-up shop is definitely worth the trip, and it will be open until further notice!

[ C.Wonder Pop-Up ]
[ 94 Derby Street ]
[ Hingham, MA 02043 ]

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Dress for Less: How to be an Online Shopping Pro

how to buy name brands for less

I’ve never had the desire to disclose anything as personal as my financial situation on this blog, but I realized recently that I may have a sort of responsibility to. I will be the first to admit that although I love my job, I do not receive an A-Lister salary. And so I’ve had to learn how to shop for the brands I love creatively, very rarely buying items at full price. It takes patience, but it can easily be done, so here are my tips for finding some of my most coveted brands for less. Take them as you will!

Sample Sale Websites
GILT was the pioneer in online sample sales, and Rue La La isn’t far behind. Lilly Pulitzer tends to pop up on Rue at least once or twice a month, if not as its own boutique then in specialty ones. I’ve also found Jack Rogers, Vineyard Vines, and Tory Burch on Rue La La, and I often find Kate Spade on GILT. You need invite codes to join, so here ya go— click below!
GILT
Rue La La
(psst! Lilly Pulitzer Gifts from Lifeguard Press are on Rue today starting at 11am EST!)

Resale Facebook Groups
It may sound funny (ok, sketchy), but these online trade markets are really no different from eBay (BuyItNow that is, not the bidding portion!). Individuals list their [new or gently used] items with a moderator who posts photos/price/seller contact info, and exchanges often occur through PayPal. Some I’ve used:
Re-Lilly
Perfectly Preppy Resale
Prep Obsessed
Effortless Anthropologie Trade Market
J.Crew & Madewell – Buy, Sell, and Trade

Thrift/Consignment Stores
Luck and timing are always major factors in thrift shopping, and there’s no way around that. But when you succeed, it feels oh so good. For tips on thrifting in general, check out Megan’s post, which has been immensely helpful to me. If you’re in the Boston or NYC area, be sure to visit some Second Time Around storefronts (additional locations here). I’ve seen everything from Banana Republic and Vineyard Vines to Longchamp and Kate Spade. They are also constantly running sales and promos, so be sure to sign up for their emails.

Personal Online Shoppers
Shop It To Me is one of my best + worst discoveries: daily email alerts about sales on specific products in your size from brands you love. Example:: I fill out my profile with interests in J.Crew, Free People, Lilly Pulitzer, and Urban Outfitters, noting I’m interested in any women’s clothing//accessories//shoes, and my sizes. Result:: A daily digest full of items I might be interested in that have recently gone on sale— like this Free People dress half off on ShopBop.com.
Beso is newer, but works similarly. Create your style profile with your favorite brands and stores, and receive “My Sale Rack” emails as often as you’d like— once a week, just weekends, every day, up to you! There’s also a big social part of this program as well.

6PM
I don’t know what it is about this site, but 6pm.com consistently puts brands (ahemLillyPulitzer) on sale long before anyone else does. I’ll take these jeans please!

Retail Me Not
Never have I ever made a purchase online without checking first to see if someone has listed a coupon code that I may have missed on Retail Me Not. This girl very rarely pays for shipping. Fact.

End-of-Season Sales
Watch out for these guys, they have the capability to trump Black Friday sales. Jack Wills and Vineyard Vines (promo code:: SUMMER40) are running theirs now, and Lilly Pulitzer‘s will be in August. Anthropologie’s annual Tag Sale just ended, but they still have hundreds of fresh cuts. Kate Spade is also known to have numerous Friends & Family or Surprise Sales each season— never have I ever purchased a Kate Spade product full price thanks to these!

Email Alerts
These can be both a blessing and a curse, as sometimes it is just too hard to resist one of those 50% OFF EVERYTHING + FREE SHIPPING emails, even though I need to shop like I need a hole in the head. BUT they can be extremely helpful if you’re willing to hold out for something specific. Example A:: a pair of J.Crew shorts that I doubted I could live without popped up a few months ago, but no way was I paying $60 for them, so I promised myself I’d hold out. Sure enough, a few weeks later, J.Crew ran 40%-off-all-shorts-for-one-day-only promo, so I snatched them up. Proud moment.

That was more-than-likely the most text-heavy post you’re ever going to get from me! More tips? Let me know! Questions about specific sites or brands? I’m all ears!

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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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yellow bow sandals

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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Bridget Meets Boston

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My everyday style is definitely more East Coast than West Coast, but there’s something about California’s light and laid-back but still put-together way of dressing that I can’t help but love– especially in the warmer months.

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No Rest For Bridget is a SoCal-based boutique that just opened its first store on the East Coast– conveniently for me and all you other Beantown gals, located on Newbury Street. Prices are super affordable, whether you’re looking for work wear, date night, or girls-night-out looks.

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Virtually the entire store is organized by color. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited this makes me– when I shop, I’m shopping for specifics way more than I am browsing. I need a lavender dress for graduation. I’m looking for a pink top for my birthday. Really on the hunt for some mint jeans. 

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In addition to clothes, there’s jewelry and accessories galore. Color-coordinated, of course :)

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pastel statement necklaces

chunky pastel bangles bracelets

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You’ll also find fashion books and sweet accessories. I spotted the new Kate Spade book and this fashion title with Audrey gracing the cover!

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Basically, run, don’t walk, to this store. If you’re not in Boston or California (see here for full list of locations),  still be sure to follow NRFB on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated– more stores will be gracing the East Coast soon!

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[ No Rest For Bridget ]
[ 220 Newbury Street ]
[ Boston, Massachusetts ]

pssst! Because Bridget loves Boston, they are offering 20% off EVERYTHING in their Boston location from now until April 28. A portion of proceeds will be donated to help the victims + families of last week’s tragic events.

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Cyber Monday

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Black Friday gone, Small Business Saturday past– you’re not done shopping yet are you?! Today we return to work, but the shopping continues. Here are some of the best deals from my favorites stores that you can access right from your desktop.

Alex and Ani: 15% off everything // Free shipping with code CYBERLOVE

American Apparel: 20% off everything with code MONDAY12

Anthropologie: Free shipping today only

ASOS: 30% off everything with code CYBERMONDAYSPECIAL

ban.do: 20% off everything with code GIVETHANKS

BaubleBar: Free gift for every $40 you spend

Bloomingdale’s: Spend $250, get $50 off

Country Club Prep: 25% off everything // Free shipping

CuddlDuds: 30% off everything with code CYBERSALE30

Design Darling: Spend $100 and receive 15% off with code EARLYBIRD

Dixieland Monogram: Free gifts with purchase // For every $200 you spend, receive a $25 gift card

DSW: Spend $74 and get $15 off // Spend $149 and get $30 off // Spend $199 and get $50 off with code HOLIDAYS

J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything // Free shipping with code YOURGIFT

Jack Wills: 30% off everything // Free shipping with code THANKS

Kate Spade: Surprise Cyber Sale with discounts up to 75% off // Free shipping over $200

Macy’s: 15% off // Free shipping over $75

Madewell: 25% off everything // Free shipping with code TREAT

Marley Lilly: Free earrings with any $30 purchase

Piperlime: 20% off everything with code CYBER

Ralph Lauren: Receive $25 off every $250 you spend

Rebecca Minkoff: 15% off full priced merchandise with code CYBERMON15

Rent the Runway: Spend $100 and receive 20% off, plus a free Lancome Juicy Tube

Ruche: 30% off new arrivals

Shabby Apple: 20% off everything with code JOYFULSEASON

Shoptiques: 15% off everything with code CYBERMONDAY

Stella & Dot: Extra 25% off all sale styles

Steve Madden: 30% off everything // Free shipping with code GIVE25

TOMS: Free shipping // Free gift with purchase

Tory Burch: Spend $300 get 20% off // Spend $500 get 25% off // Spend $750 get 30% off // Get a limited edition notecard set with any purchase of $150 or more when you enter code GIFTFORYOU

Urban Outfitters: Spend $75, receive $15 off with code SUPERCYBER

Unique Vintage: 25% off everything

Vineyard Vines: Spend $200, receive 20% off with code CYBERFUNDAY

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