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A Winter Escape

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This past weekend, BF and I braved the oncoming snow and took a drive down to northern Pennsylvania. We had a, quite literally, dreamy winter-wonderland weekend bundled up at Skytop Lodge, a stunning resort in the Poconos Mountains that dates back to 1925. It was like taking a step back in time… such a beautiful place with so much rich history!

Christmas at Skytop Lodge

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Skytop Christmas Tree

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Christmas in the Poconos

Vineyard Vines Lobster Sweater

[ outfit details ]
Lobster Sweater, Vineyard Vines [sold out, but hat and scarf still available] | Oxford, Polo Ralph Lauren | Jeans, American Eagle | Pearls, vintage [similar] | Snow Boots, L.L.Bean

Nautical Christmas Sweater

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Preppy Christmas Sweaters

Bean Boots + Socks

Skytop Lodge Exterior

Life-sized Gingerbread House

Hello life-size gingerbread house!

Skytop Christmas Tree

Felt like I was in the Nutcracker sitting by this tree.

old fashioned ski lodge for Christmas

[ travel summary ]
who:: family, friends, or romantic getaway. we went a huge group of family and it could not have been more fun.
what:: stay cozied up at the lodge, the inn, or one of the cottages. lounge around the lodge living and game areas. ice skate. soak in the hot tub. climb to the observation deck. have milkshakes in the tea room. hike if weather cooperates. ski the bunny hill on the property, or there are other mountains within a 45-minute drive.
when:: this post only speaks to skytop in the winter [which was amazing!], but it is even more popular in the summer.
where:: skytop, pennsylvania in the pocono mountains. within a 5-hour drive of boston, nyc, and philadelphia.
wear:: not too long ago, you were not welcome in the dining room without a jacket. things have casual-ed up a bit, but still better to be overdressed than under here! #shmancy

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Oak Bluffs

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We’re getting to the end of Martha’s Vineyard here, I promise!

Our house for the week was in Oak Bluffs, and renting there was the best choice we made of the whole trip. So much to do, steps from everything you need, and though it was touristy, I wouldn’t call it tacky. Oak Bluffs is also home to the famous Gingerbread Cottages— does this look like Disney World or what?

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doll houses martha's vineyard

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Even the Vineyard Vines fits in!

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scallop trim on house

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first carousel in america

america's oldest carousel

Oak Bluffs is also home to the oldest carousel in America, the Flying Horses. You bet your bottom dollar we got in line with the screaming little kids to ride it!

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Edgartown Light

edgartown lighthouse

Second on our Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse tour was Edgartown’s Harbor Light, first constructed in 1828, though reconstructed later in 1939. This one is in the running for my favorite, as it sits on a patch of sand away from town and accessible only by sandy paths filled with flowers.

vineyard vines blue gingham shirt

Gingham shirt, Vineyard Vines [similar] | Shorts, H&M [similar] | Belt, Vineyard Vines [similar 1; 2] | Bracelets, Kiel James Patrick; Oh Buoy Boston | Purse, Kate Spade [similar 1; 2] } Boat Shoes c/o Crocs

waterproof boat shoes

Did you just do a double-take at the brand of these boat shoes? Yeah, they’re Crocs, and you better not be rethinking your opinion on them now! I tell ya, this specific pair of shoes totally made me realize that Crocs do not have to be just for little kiddos + soccer moms. Super comfortable and waterproof, these guys were the perfect shoes for our beachy yet active vacation. They also come in an adorable pink/navy combo!

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Going to give them another chance? Boston friends, stop by their flagship location in Faneuil Hall!

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lighthouse collage

edgartown harbor photography

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Packing for the Vineyard

… Martha’s Vineyard that is. Where I am headed in just four short days for some [finally] vacation time!

Destination: Martha's Vineayrd

[ 1 ] Classic Tote (Vineyard Vines, $95):: As a souvenir if for nothing else!

[ 2 ] Nautical Bathing Suit (J.Crew top, $40 + bottom, $25):: Beach days on Aquinnah are ahead.

[ 3 ] Murfee Scarf (Lilly Pulitzer, $118):: To use as a shawl during chilly nights.

[ 4 ] Linen Sweater (J.Crew, $54 [sale!]):: The perfect weight for summer.

[ 5 ] Baseball Hat (Marley Lilly, $25):: For saving my pale face from the sun!

[ 6 ] Cookbooks (The Cape Cod Table by Lora Brody, $16):: We want to save money by cooking instead of eating out every meal, and why not cater to where we are?

[ 7 ] Bottle Opener (ModCloth, $13):: Adult beverages.

[ 8 ] Koozie (Vineyard Vines, $5):: Additional adult beverages.

[ 9 ] Sunscreen (Aveeno, $10):: Because I’ve signed the Sun Savvy Pledge and promise to stick to it!

[ 10 ] Backpack (Forever 21, $27):: We’ll be biking around most of the island over the course of the week, and backpacks seem like the only way to go.

[ 11 ] Vacation Footwear (Jack Rogers, $100 + Sperry, $80):: Sandals that can easily transition from day-to-night and boat shoes are about all I need! (Well, in theory that is…)

What am I missing? What are your vacation essentials, especially for this little part of New England?

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Horsing Around

Derby Days 2013

[ Valentina Dress, Lilly Pulitzer, $198 ]
[ Posey Dress, Lilly Pulitzer, $228 ]
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Kentucky Derby Carolina Dress, Vineyard Vines, $198 ]
Mrs. Murray Hat, Vineyard Vines, $198 ]
[ Monogrammed Derby Straw Hat, Marley Lilly, $36 ]
[ Capewind Sands Headband, Kiel James Patrick, $35 ]
[ Vickers Bow Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick, $198 ]
[ Horse Detail Purse, ASOS, $10 ]
[ Kentucky Derby Horse Charm Bracelet, Alex & Ani, $32 ]
[ Tumbler, Lilly Pulitzer, $198 ]
[ Horseshoe Logo Seer Sucker Hat, Vineyard Vines, $38 ]
[ Horseshoe Stud Earrings, Elizabeth and James, $63 ]
[ Malaya Horseshoe Ring, ASOS, $25 ]

For a New England girl, I happen to love the Southern tradition of the Kentucky Derby. I mean, give me some seersucker, bow sashes, and floppy hats any day and I’ll be happy, so I guess the Derby is really just an excuse… either way, I plan on betting some mint juleps this Saturday! Will you be celebrating? Or at least dressing for the occasion?

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Opa Gingham Style

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Lauren Puffer Vest, Lilly Pulitzer // Gingham Shirt, Vineyard Vines // Jeans, American Eagle // Starfish Headband, Vineyard Vines // Bracelets, Lilly Pulitzer; Kiel James Patrick, Alex & Ani // Desert Boots, Wild Diva [similar]

Pink puffer vest strikes again! Bright pinks like this and cheery blue gingham like this are the only things getting me through this horrid winter (ie. the only days it’s not snowing it’s raining with 40 mph wind instead). I’m looking forward to spring more than I can express in words, so right now I’ll let the vibrant colors and picnic-ready patterns do the talking…!

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preppy bracelets

desert boots
vineyard vines blue gingham shirt

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Paxton1345

Last week, I received the softest, most adorable pair of boxer shorts, and I have had a hard time taking them off ever since.

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Westport Boxers c/o Paxton1345
Sadie Oxford, Vineyard Vines
Rope Bracelets, Kiel James Patrick

Paxton1345 is a new line of boxers for men & women, made in the U.S. of A and designed right here in Boston. Designer and founder Erin Cormier is not a nightgown girl, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want her nightwear to be flattering! She has taken the comfiness of men’s boxers and tucked//trimmed//folded them down to look great on girls as well. My favorite part? The New England feel and pride behind them– each design is named after a local area, from Nantucket to Newport, Beantown to Brookline.

pink blue striped women's boxer shorts

I can guarantee I’ll be lounging around in these all summer, but until bare legs become a little more bearable, I’ve loved layering them over leggings!

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Bilton Hoodie, Jack Wills
Leggings, Anthropologie [similar]

If you’re in the area, I’m sure you’ve already seen the line popping up in local boutiques, but boxers can also be purchased online here for women and here for men (Valentine’s Day anyone??). My only tip: they are very tailored, so if you’re planning on wearing them loose and loungey, I would size up :)

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Have I mentioned that I adore this brand?

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of boxers for review; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Road Trip

All summer, I’ve been having this fantasy of waking up on a weekend morning with no plans and taking a spontaneous road trip down to The Cape. Hopping on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. Alas, it hasn’t happened yet, but this is the comfy, New England-style ensemble I’d throw on if it did! Love me some Friday’s Fancies.

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Chambray Cargo Shirt, Madewell, $75
Embroidered Whale Dayboat Shorts, Vineyard Vines, $98
Bubble Necklace, J.Crew, $150
Navy Link Bangle, Design Darling, $25
Kingsgate Bag, Jack Wills, $9 (sale!)
Classic Canvas Slip-Ons, TOMS, $44

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The Ultimate Preppy Shoes

I feel like my pink-and-green-and-nautical prep side has been surfacing a lot lately. Since we’ve reached one of our last summer Tuesdays, I thought today’s Shoesday should be dedicated to my favorite warm-weather preppy soles from the best of the preppy brands.

Lilly Pulitzer Wedges
Sperry Top-Siders
Jack Rogers Navajos
Lacoste Flats
Kate Spade Espadrilles
Vineyard Vines Flip Flops

What did I miss? What other shoes can you preps not live without?

In other preppy news, Lilly Pulitzer‘s huge summer sale started today, and items are already flying! I’m not supposed to be shopping, but the super discounted price tag on the Murfee scarves was just too hard to resist!

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Neck and Bow Ties for Daddy’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up… and while the hot pick for dads this year is one of the fancy new e-readers, I know Greguine, after hours of sitting on his computer working every day, isn’t one to really appreciate electronic reading on his downtime.

I’ve been getting my dad ties as a gift for as long as I can remember– it’s just hard to go wrong with them!  So in case you, too, are going to go with a tie for Father’s Day, here are my favorites.  No, I don’t really think my own father would wear many of these preppy picks, but perhaps this will serve as a little bit of encouragement!

Golf Course Printed Tie, Vineyard Vines, $75

Tompkins Tattersall Bow Tie, J Crew, $49.50

Cotton Madras Patchwork Tie, Rugby, $79.50

Navy and Khaki Tattersall Bow Tie, High Cotton Ties, $45

Crambeck Cotton Tie, Jack Wills, $39

Flamingo Bowtie, Tommy Hilfiger, $45

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