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Midday Sparkle

Does this Kate Spade video not make you want to throw on your best party dress + heels and curl up with a cupcake? Sounds like the perfect Tuesday treat to me!

Some current glittery favorites the gift guide is tempting me with…

Kate Spade Glitter

[ Mix and Match Metro Grand Watch Set, $225 ]
[ Leroy Street Glitter Bee, $78 ]
[ Glitter Jubilee Striped iPhone 5 Case, $40 ]
[ Keds x Kate Spade New York Glitter Kick, $80 ]

How do you add sparkle to your day? xx

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Back to School with J.Crew

… I wish! Been a few years since I’ve gotten to pick out that first-day-of-class outfit, but how I still dream about them every year as fall fashions arrive. In honor of J.Crew having the best ever twenty-five-freakin-percent-off sale, I thought I’d round up some goodies you should be taking advantage of!

Back to School with Burgundy

[ 1 ] Horsing Around Sweatshirt, $65 (also in navy!)
[ 2 ] Quilted Excursion Vest, $120
[ 3 ] Nouveau City Scarf, $55
[ 4 ] Scallop Trim Mini, $88 (on sale!)
[ 5 ] Golden Knot Earrings, $35
[ 6 ] Golden Link Tortoise Bangle, $68
[ 7 ] Janey Patent Flats (sale! + additional colors)
[ 8 ] Quilted Edie Purse, $258 (also in black!)

What a change of color schemes this week! This danbury red is growing on me, I hate to admit.

Also on the topic of J.Crew, how sweet is this video on monogramming? Doesn’t seem so superficial anymore!

And don’t forget:: 25% off all orders over $150 in stores + online right now! Go crazy!


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Sweet Treats in Jars

Peach-Raspberry Verrines with Lemon-Thyme Cream

I’ve been struggling with the impending end of summer even more than usual this August. I miss the feeling of going back to school, I remember how bitter cold it turned so quickly last year, and I don’t look great in oxblood… which seems to be popping up all over fall fashion again this season. SO I am doing everything I can to pack as much summer goodness into these last couple weeks, starting with some summer baking!

fresh lemon zest

Maybe you do know this or maybe ya don’t, but my day job is in cookbook publishing. My absolute favorite title we’ve done from the past couple years is food blogger Shaina Olmanson’s Desserts in Jars [ available for purchase here ].

Though there are recipes for all seasons [ hello Pumpkin Cheesecakes + Spiced Hot Chocolate ], this trailer will convince you that the book is the ultimate accessory for a summer picnic:

Desserts in Jars Cookbook Promo Trailer from Ingman Photography on Vimeo.

lemon thyme cream recipe

peach raspberry desserts in jars

[ Peach-Raspberry Verrines with Lemon-Thyme Cream ]

[ ingredients ]

for the lemon-thyme cream::

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Grated zest of 4 lemons, plus ½ cup fresh lemon juice squeezed from about 2 of them
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream

for the peach-raspberry verrines::

  • 4 to 6 ripe peaches
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

[ directions ]

1. Make the lemon-thyme cream: Whisk together the egg yolks in a medium-size bowl and set aside. In a medium-size saucepan, heat the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 3 thyme sprigs over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer just slightly around the edges.

2. Whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until incorporated. Temper the egg yolks by whisking 2 tablespoons of the hot liquid into the yolks. Slowly pour the tempered yolks into the saucepan, whisking constantly. Heat, stirring, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat, remove and discard the thyme sprigs, and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate the lemon curd overnight.

3. Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Whisk the chilled lemon curd and then fold in the whipped cream until incorporated.

4. Make the verrines: Thinly slice the peaches and squeeze some lemon juice over the pieces to prevent browning. Fan out the slices in the bottoms of eight 8-ounce jars. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon cream over the peaches. Add a single layer of raspberries, then spoon another 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon cream over the top of those. Finish with a fan of peaches and a sprig of fresh thyme. Serve cool.

Makes 8 individual verrines

Easy Summer Desserts in Jars

mason jars for baking

How are you soaking up the dog days of summer? Any last-minute picnics you’re looking forward to as well?

Full Disclosure: I work for this cookbook’s publisher; however, all opinions expressed are fully my own.


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New England Outerwear Co: Handcrafted in the USA

jack wills white lace dress scallop hem

Meerbroke Dress, Jack Wills [similar 1; 2] | 2-Eye Boat Shoes c/o New England Outerwear | Bracelets, Oh Buoy Boston; KJP | Tote, C.Wonder [similar]

I am so very pleased and excited to introduce you all to an incredible new company and brand today.  If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I am a huge fan of local businesses and American-made products. Oh, and a huge fan of shoes.

handmade leather shoes made in america

Enter New England Outerwear. Started by two locals, Greg Cordeiro and Dan Heselton, this is the company bringing shoe manufacturing back to New England— Massachusetts specifically was the largest producer of footwear in the world at one point, and these two are passionate about making that happen once more! Says Greg, “we want to bring that story back to New England.”

The great grandchildren of tannery owners, Greg and Dan are focused on 100% made-in-the-USA product. Their shoes are currently manufactured in Lewiston, Maine by veterans of the industry with 30+ years experience. “We love what we do and we love where we are from, so we thought it ought to be fitting to be inspired from generations past in the oldest part of the country.”

navy orange striped c wonder bag

New England Outerwear is passionate about creating high-quality products, ones that stand the test of the harsh New England climate. Though they may be investment pieces, the quality is superior, and this is a pair of shoes that I am positive is long-lasting. “The goal is to make them last your lifetime and maybe even pass them on if you can.”

newburyport dock no fishing sign

The men’s line has been around for a couple seasons now, boasting boat shoes, boots, mocassins, loafers, and oxfords for footwear, plus belts and hats.

braided womens leather tassel mocassins made in usa

Ladies Braided Kilty Moc

Women’s shoes are new to the game though, with my boat shoes [above] and braided mocassins being first on board.

Next spring they’ll be launch a full apparel and outwear line, for both men and women. To say I’m excited for this is probably the understatement of the year…!

Where can you buy these beauties? Gentlemen, you can head over to The Tannery in Boston, but ladies— you can try them on in person at the darling Thistle Hill in Rockport. For anyone out of the area, you can definitely purchase your pair online, and they will be custom-made just for your order.

scallop trim shift dress

silver seashell necklace tiffany's

made in new england; new england outerwear

navy white kiel james patrick rope bracelet; white eyelet dress scallop hem

dark brown leather womens boat shoes

And if you’re not impressed yet? Check out the video below, to see just what goes into making a single pair.

Photos by Jay Layman


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Seven Henrietta Street

I just discovered this short film made for Kate Spade a couple years ago & felt the need to share. It is simply irresistible :)

this is the story of a charming girl
she laughs out loud, sings off key and believes in taking chances
she is quick and curious and playful and strong
she lets her imagination run away with her
she has never been one to stick to convention
she is fond of daydreams that take her places
she can order a cocktail in six different languages
she feels that understated is overrated

A film by Kinga Burza for Kate Spade New York


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I’m excited to present a little video I did with Bona Clara (remember my review of their skin care line here?) I got to show off one of my favorite products of theirs– the SPF moisturizer. I’m no vlogger so go easy on me! :)

The SPF 29 sunscreen + moisturizer runs at $40 and is worth every penny– I am SO thrilled to not have to worry about greasy sunscreen all over my face this summer! Click here to shop the SPF that’s right for your age.


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In the Spirit of February

Film by John Kahrs

PLUS, if that animated rom-com isn’t enough, my best bloggy friend Alex from The Saga of a Twenty-Something got engaged this weekend! Go give her some love!


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Thought of You

A little bit of love to inspire your Monday. It’s truly worth a watch.

Video by Ryan Woodward. Music by The Weepies, “Thought of You.”


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Mario Testino

mario testino kate moss

From Kate Moss to Kate Middleton, this fashion photographer has captured quite the array of celebrities. His two exhibits, Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits and Mario Testino: In Your Face, are currently gracing the gallery walls of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and frankly, I can’t figure out what took me so long to get there. You all know I love a good royal family portrait, and the provocative In Your Face was nothing short of amazing. Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gisele? Come on now, it was almost too good to be true.

mario testino gallery

mario testino marie anotoinette

mario testino in your face

mario testino british royal portraits

mario testino royal family postcards

Kayla attended last month’s premiere and rubbed elbows with quite a few faces you may recognize, including Anna Wintour, Giselle, and a certain Mr. Testino himself. Check out the interview for a glimpse of this glamour before you make your way to the exhibit…

Video courtesy of Dirty Water  TV

The British Royal Portraits will be on display until June 16, 2013, but the fashion photography will be there only until February 3rd. If you’re close enough, run– don’t walk– to the MFA. And as if you need extra motivation, it’s free Wednesday nights after 4 pm :)


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Nearly Naked Run

Bet that caught your attention, huh?

Quick post today kids– want to bring your attention to a super fun fashion-for-a-cause event, and if you’re in Boston listen up!

Wiggio.com is bringing two Nearly Naked Runs to Beantown, specifically Emerson College and Boston University. It’s designed to “undress, de-stress, and do good!” How do you participate? Bring any clothes you’d like to donate to the campuses, and then participate in a mile-long fun run around the Boston Common and Esplanade, respectively. The clothes will then all be donated to the Big Brother / Big Sister program of Boston.

Runs are Wednesday, April 25 at Emerson and Thursday, May 3 at BU. Check out those links to the Facebook events for more info!

And if this trailer doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will!

post script. You don’t have to be a student– so no excuses!


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