Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Summer Clutch

You guys, I have a problem...I am addicted to clutches! I am totally obsessed and can never ever seem to have too many. Even if they are totally annoying to carry while out on the town, they are still by far my favorite purse style out there. I have been coveting one in particular {not avail online or I would share} that is a beautiful black and tan woven pattern and have been told there are four left in the country {totally makes me want more}. Come warm weather {Spring where the frick are you???} I love to swap out my bulkier bags for a more petite clutch, especially in a pretty print or in a natural fabric like raffia, canvas or straw. A little round up of some favorites are below.
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one // two // three {more colors avail} // four // five {style steal at $40!} // six // seven // eight // nine 

Cash Or Credit - Wardrobe Essentials

Thanks to Santa, as a kid my Christmas morning stocking had a ton of subscriptions to fashion magazines. Till this day I love nothing more then lounging around with a good glossy to relax. I know forget which magazine did it but one of my favorite features was always the splurge versus steal on stylish looks for less money, because the more money I saved, the more clothes I was able to buy! I truly enjoy the challenge of creating my version of this series "cash or credit" as it really makes me hunt for the perfect item for less without sacrificing quality, brands or style. So while in my opinion some items that get a ton of use are totally worth splurging on {handbags & outwear}. Today I thought I would share a few favorite wardrobe essentials that are on heavy rotation in my closet like the classic trench, my favorite arrow necklace {seen here & here} and of course great denim and comfy flats for walking around town! 
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Cash - trench // flats // blouse // purse // necklace // denim
Credit - trench // flats // blouse // purse // necklace // denim

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Downtown Morning

Sorry for the lack of a post today! This morning my husband John and I had the privilege to be part of ringing the morning bell at the NYSE with Globalstar. It was such a lovely morning downtown in this massive city we grew up near and so memorable to be part of such a ceremonial tradition. Some snaps from the morning events are below!

me & my love on the NYSE floor

officially listed

ringing the bell {we are in the back} 

morning breakfast

In Your Face

 Floral 3D styles are literally popping up {pun intended} everywhere. I am personally loving the added texture on the flowery fashions. I think it's fun to have your look a little more embellished and what is more perfect for spring then some pretty petals in the form of jewelry, accessories, shoes and clothing? Just don't wear it all at once :)

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top // clutch // dress // skirt // sandals // necklace 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Wear - Garden Wedding

Remember this post where I shared some gowns that I was contemplating for a black tie wedding we have coming up this summer??? Well they both arrived and were just a bit too matronly and chez boring on me. So I was back on the hunt for the perfect dress for my beautiful friends big day. I then came across this dress and I knew it was perfect for the formal garden occasion. Ding... Ding... Ding, I think we have a winner folks! So excited for this beauty to's hoping it's just as fabulous in person as it is online!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Style & Real Estate - Harbour Island

Whenever John and I travel I always like to look up the available real estate and see what is on the market in the area we are staying. It's fun to daydream about owning a property in another country or even just a warmer destination for escaping to when we are fed up with the brutal Boston winters. Our recent St. Lucia trip was no different. While that mountainousness island was truly amazing it wouldn't be ideal for us {I'm a total wimp with heights & giant baby with motion-sickness}, we do however have fond memories of our stay in the Bahamas {also has swimming with pigs so that's a double win} which lead me to the fabulous vacation home of interior designer Allesandra Branca. Don't you just love a peak into the lives of the glamourous. 

Where would you ever dream of owning a vacation home???

Adore how the designer incorporated the red stair case railing into the dining room below with the similar style chairs. 

When I think of red, white and blue in a home, I instantly think of a Nantucket nautical design. I kinda love how it still works in this Caribbean environment. 

I have a serious weakness for double twin beds in a room. It's not always ideal for adult guests but aesthetically they rock my world. 

Cocktails on the terrace....yes please!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


It's that time of year - Friends & Family sales are popping up everywhere {happening at Lord & Taylor too}! It's the perfect time to stock up on Spring and Summer wear {or a mothers day gift} with deep discounts. This Shopbop sale has to be one of the best available online as they offer free shipping and returns as well as a million different designer brands at all different price points allowing you to mix high and low without breaking the bank. I picked out a few of my favorites from the sale - oh and the best part...every.single.item below is under $100! When checking out just enter code INTHEFAMILY14 and boom 25% off your order is deducted from your total.

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Freshly Squeezed

A few weekends ago I attended a Tuscan themed bridal brunch that was beautifully decorated with citrus decor, favors, Italian treats and cocktails. I was completely smitten with the hosts fruity design. It was bright, cheerful and perfectly on trend. Since then everywhere I turn I see zesty styles {pun intended} of lemons and oranges in fashions, beauty, paper, entertaining and home decor. Below is a little roundup of some of my favorites.

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citrus tree's // fedora // pillow // iPhone case // recipe cards // lemon purse // lip balm // drink dispenser // measuring spoons //  head scarf // soap stones // dress // flats // towelettes // candle 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

St. Lucia

I am still basking in the glow of our amazing family vacation. A full week with my twelve crazy family members on the beautiful island of St. Lucia was just too good to be true. While on the trip my brother, sister and I planned to have a little family photo shoot to create an album for our folks as a thank you for spoiling us with this luxurious trip. I thought I would share a few snaps from the shoot.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The White Bag

Spring has finally sprung here in Boston and I couldn't be happier about it. This past Saturday while my husband was out and about with his buddies I decided to take myself for a stroll around the city and do some window shopping (and maybe even a little actual shopping). One item in particular I kept noticing and was really loving was the white bag. Who knew that this simple little accessory could be so versatile and go with every single thing in your closet. I broke down my three favorite style bags and then options in different price points, the Burberry tote has me weak in the knees. 
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clutches - one // two // three
crossbody - one // two // three
totes - one // two // three