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Nantucket in the Winter // Part Three: Exploring the Frozen Island

Sankaty Light Stone

We spent the second half of our weekend on Nantucket bundled up for exploring the island. I didn’t have the highest hopes for even making it to the East side, where Sankaty Head Lighthouse + the sweet village of ‘Sconset lie, but we fell into some extreme luck + happened to stay at an inn whose owner was in town and all over taking us on a jeep tour around the island, allowing us to see so much more than I expected [another point for the Centerboard Inn!].


Nantucket Lighthouses Photography

[ sankaty head light ]
Built in 1850, this is another oldie! Like Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Sankaty Head is falling victim to erosion; it has already been moved back once [400 feet] from its original location on the eroding bluff. You may be familiar with Cisco Brewers’ Sankaty Light Lager, and this sweet lighthouse is its namesake.

Sankaty Head Lighthouse

Tiffany Blue Shutters

Steps Beach Nantucket

Back closer to town on the North side of the island lies Steps Beach. Despite the wind chills we felt, there was something so calming and beautiful about the snow covering the sand. Almost makes me fall back in love with winter!

Nantucket Snow

Steps Beach Nantucket Houses


[ outfit details ]
Toggle Coat, American Eagle [similar] | Cable Knit Sweater, Old Navy | Cotton Candy Stripe Scarf c/o Shawlsmith London | Jeans, American Eagle | Sunshine Tote, Nantucket Brand | Boots + Socks, LL Bean

Nantucket Winter Outfit

My super-soft scarf is from Shawlsmith London, and the lovely folks there are continuing my reader discount and giving you all 25% off your order with code SSL25! This is the best transition scarf for spring– cheery yellow but enough cotton fabric to keep you warm.

Yellow Gray Striped Scarf


Thank you all for bearing with me through this series! May it inspire you to take advantage of the few pretty things about living in New England through the bitter winter. Now let me know, where have you jaunted off to this season?


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MiniLuxe’s #MiniFacial Review


Not gonna lie, it’s been a stressful month… or two. It has been quite a stressful winter in general actually, and I’ve been in a bit of a tense funk. So when MiniLuxe offered me the opportunity to try out their new MiniFacials, I jumped on the opportunity.

At just 30 minutes in length, they’re not so long that you need to reserve a good chunk of your day [heck, you can squeeze one in during your lunch break!], but are just long enough that you totally kick back for that half hour and unwind in total bliss. Not to mention, have all of that dry, chapped winter skin tended to!

MiniLuxe Facials

Like I experienced at Drybar, I thought it was so fun to be able to “pick your poison,” if you will: If you’re primping for a big night, go with the “Pre Party Prep” to energize, hydrate, and brighten your face, or if you’re an exhausted pulling-all-nighters student or wild party animal, opt for the “All Nighter” to cool your skin and de-puff. Tons of additional options are available for whatever your skin needs– I myself went with the traditional “Detox Diva” and felt uh-mazing walking out of there.

MiniLuxe Boston

All MiniFacials include a hand/neck/shoulder massage [hi, my favorite part], as well as vitamin- and nutrient-packet serums and moisturizers. Since they are mini facials, there’s no extracting blackheads or any of that, but isn’t that the least enjoyable part anyway?! For $40, they are the perfect little indulgence. Easily 30 of the best minutes of my month :)

MiniFacials are currently available at all MiniLuxe locations except for Brookline. It’s a wonder I haven’t already booked my next one! (or few…)

Full disclosure: I was provided a MiniFacial free of charge. All opinions expressed are genuine and my own.


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Nantucket in the Winter // Part Two.Point.Five: Brant Point Light

Brant Point Lighthouse Winter

Shocker: We made time for lighthouses on our trip.

We saw Brant Point Light this past summer, but it was quite possibly even more beautiful under a fresh coat of snow. It was frigid out there on the point, and yet we couldn’t help but stick around for a while… clearly capturing every angle possible…

Lighthouses in Snow

Nantucket Lighthouses

Toggle Coat, American Eagle [similar] | Crossbody Bag, Madewell | Boots, LL Bean


seashells in snow photo


Icicles on Lighthouse

Bean Boots in Snow

Brant Point Lighthouse Snow


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Nantucket in the Winter // Part Two: After the Snow

Nantucket Snow

And then the snow arrived on Nantucket and created the prettiest of winter wonderlands. If this is overkill, I do apologize. My frostbitten fingers are also not impressed with the amount of photos I took.

Mint House Snow


Atheneum Library Nantucket




[ outfit details ]
Cable Knit Sweater, Polo Ralph Lauren [similar] | Jewel Collar Blouse, J.Crew | Jeans, American Eagle | Get Nauti Clutch c/o Preppy Pink Shop | Monogram Crossbody, Madewell | Rope Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick

Madewell Monogram Leather Purse

J Crew Jewel Collar


Get Nauti Preppy Pink Shop Clutch

Regatta Inn Nantucket

Nantucket Snowy Streets

Starlight Theater Nantucket

Major to-do if you just can’t take the cold anymore: dinner + a movie at Starlight Theater & Cafe– teeny tiny movie theater showing just one film a day, and you can bring your beverage of choice right on in there with ya!


Nantucket Harbor in the winter

[ travel summary ]
who:: just BF + me, again.
what:: rotate between seeing all of the sweet, snowy sights + warming up inside with coffee, tea, & adult beverages. don’t feel guilty if you resort to going to the movies because a) nantucket has the cutest movie theaters around, and b) at a certain point, you gotta give into the cold.
when:: this is for winter. if it is above 45 degrees and not precipitating, get the heck outside.
where:: snuggle up + caffeinate yourselves at the bean and petticoat row bakery | eat, drink, and watch a flick at starlight theater & cafe | again, stay at the centerboard inn [ innkeeper lyn serves tea each day at 3pm + it was the perfect escape from the cold! ]
wear:: ok, bundle up a little more this time. and bean boots are especially key.

[ For full who//what//when//where//wear, see last week's post! ]


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Make it a Double

Pink and Navy Winter Outfit

Quilted Jacket, Old Navy [extra 20% off with code JUSTFORYOU!] | Charter “Make It A Double” Sweater, Lilly Pulitzer [similar] | Jeans, H&M | Monogram Necklace c/o Onecklace | Navy Crossbody, Forever 21 | Glitter Loafers, J.Crew [similar 1; 2; 3]

Espresso! That is.

We were graced with such an oddly warm weekend… just enough time to grab an iced latte before the sky turned gray, the clouds opened up, the snow/rain began, and back to frigid it was.

I’m really struggling with this whole winter thing lately. Seven years of it apparently doesn’t make you stronger. BF is done with my complaining though– he told me to take a page out of Lilly Pulitzer’s book [is he learning or what?!].

Navy Quilted Jacket


Navy Crossbody Purse

Lilly Pulitzer Make it a Double Charter Sweater

Glitter Loafers // J.Crew

Fellow cold-climate ladies– how do you keep your spirits up in the winter?

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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!



Filed under Life

Winter Warmers

Obviously it has started to warm up as I post this, but last week New England was downright frigid! I’m talking I-cried-at-the-bus-stop-I-was-so-cold freezing. So as spring clothes start to pop up in stores, I can’t help but keep my focus on winter coats to finish out the season…

Coats 1

[ Fluffy Cocoon Coat, ASOS, $155 | Franny Coat with Back Bow, Kate Spade, $198 ]
[ you must look at the sweet bow detail on the back of it! ]

Coats 2

[ Luxe Wool Scoopneck Coat, Lands End, $100 (sale!) | New Classic Trench, Banana Republic, $225 ]

…because let’s face it, if you live anywhere near me, we’ve got a lot more months of winter ahead of us!


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Tipsy Tuesday No.8: Spiked Hot Chocolate

Ok ok, it’s technically already Thirsty Thursday– we’re a little behind here in the chaos of the holidays this week!

On Christmas Eve, I love nothing more than curling up in some themed pajamas with a mug of hot cocoa… spiked just a tiny bit if possible :) Cliche much? What’s your Christmas Eve tradition?

Christmas Eve Outfit

[ wear this ]
The Debling Dressing Gown, Jack Wills $98.50
Plaid Lodge Moccasins, J.Crew, $49.50
(plus 30% off with code GIVENOW)

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[ drink that ]
christmas eve hot chocolate from hot chocolate by fred thompson
serves 8 in regular cups or 16 in espresso cups

[ ingredients ]
1 1/2 cups dark roast hot brewed coffee
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
3 ounces Kahlua
3 ounces creme de cacao
2 ounces brandy
1/4 cup heavy cream
whipped cream or marshmallows for garnish

[ directions ]
1. Place the brewed coffee, chocolate, and sugar in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until the chocolate has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the Kahlua, creme de cacao, brandy, and heavy cream.
2. Pour into cups and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.


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Tipsy Tuesday No.6: Spiked Cider

This hot, spiked cider is one of my favorite things to serve on Thanksgiving. It doubles as a delicious post-feast nightcap and an apple-cinnamon kitchen-filling aroma that beats any holiday candle.

Steaming Spiked Cider

[ wear this ]
Foliage Lace Dress, Anthropologie, $138
Steven Intyce Boots, Steve Madden, $126 (sale!)
Forstal Mini Satchel, Jack Wills, $248

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[ drink that ]
steaming spiked cider from party drinks! by a.j. rathbun
serves 10

[ ingredients ]
4 quarts fresh apple cider (the cloudier the better)
16 ounces white rum
20 ounces cinnamon schnapps
1 teaspoon whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
cinnamon sticks to taste
apple slices for garnish

[ directions ]
1. Pour the cider into a large nonreactive saucepan, turn the heat to medium, and let cider warm for about 5 minutes.
2. Add the remaining ingredients except the garnish, Bring the heat up to just below boiling, and let it simmer for 15 minutes. You want it piping warm, but not so hot that it burns a guest’s mouth.
3. Ladle into large heatproof mugs, adding a cinnamon stick or two to each mug, and an apple slice, if desired.

What’s your favorite drink to sip on ’round the Thanksgiving table?


Filed under Fashion, Food

A Cape for Your Everyday Superhero

Ellsworth & Ivey Capes Review

Capes are having a moment. A few weeks ago, I may have not been able to agree less, but after meeting Taylor Ivey, the founder and creative director behind Ellsworth & Ivey, at American Field last month, I couldn’t agree more.

Forest Green Fall Cape

Homestead Cape and Bolyn Belt, on loan from Ellsworth & Ivey | Glasses c/o Warby Parker | Pearls, vintage [similar] | Purse, Louis Vuitton | Monogrammed Cuff, Prep Obsessed | Jeans, American Eagle |Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]

customized canvas jewelry bag

I think what appealed to me most about Ellsworth & Ivey was the story. Her grandmothers—Shirley Ellsworth and Marilyn Brown—were the inspiration behind the brand, and Taylor channels their classic and elegant style [of the 1950s and 60s] in her designs, though adds a modern twist that makes the capes enticing to women of any age.

nautical knot clasp belt

Designed and manufactured in New York City [yay American-made!], the capes are made of a very warm Alpaca, and are lined with a genuine leather trim. So while they come at a high cost, they are extremely high-quality.

I’m wearing the pesto green version of the Homestead Cape, but you can also find it and the Marilyn Cape in amethyst [just featured on Who What Wear!], camel, charcoal, navy, and winter white. And for any of you engaged ladies: you MUST check out the beautiful Wedding Cape.

twisted pearl necklace

tortoise cuff bracelet

Wear capes cinched with a belt


…or without



Boston ladies: You can find Ellsworth & Ivey at Ball & Buck‘s trunk show on Newbury Street, November 12th from 6 to 9. Stop by to try on both styles and see all the darling colors!

If you can’t make it or prefer to order online, enter code SENDMEACAPE for free shipping!

For more inspiration on how to style your capes this fall, check out this Who What Wear piece. Believe me, you’ll never associate the word with Superman again.


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