Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Etsy Love

I love Etsy. I almost always check their lovely little site for hard to find or customizable items before shopping larger retailers. Not only are most shops so grateful for the business, they are so accommodating to make you the customer happy...something that means a lot to me! The coming year has a lot of fun plans in the works and I have been busy favoriting away cute shops to resource for decor, invitations and so much more. A few current favorites are below. 

these mixed print invites are ahhhmazing...I am totally obsessed 

every party has cocktails, therefor a place to put them on is a necessity, these bright colored with gold foil printing napkins are too cute

these diamond pinatas are so cute solo or in a bunch, i love that you can customize them in colors to match whatever palette your special event is sporting

these stylish matches are so fun with their cheeky sayings, a big bowl of them would be fun near candles or in the bathroom

snail mail just got a whole lot cuter with these neon letterpress note cards that suit all different occasions

let the party begin with these hilarious little treat bags to fill with a little hangover kit or recovery snacks for a girls weekend!

***Have a great week & weekend - I am signing off till next Tuesday to spend time with the family over on the West coast. I of course will be sharing snaps of our travels over on Instagram so come say hello over there!***

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Travel Style

Morning friends! My apologies for the lack of a post yesterday. I was up in Maine for the weekend celebrating my best friends engagement and left the old lap top back in Boston. My husband and I have been on the go quite a bit these days and are about to head off again to the West coast but this time with my folks. I feel so fortunate to have parents who still enjoy travel, it was something we did often as a family when I was younger and has given me a lot of great memories that I will forever cherish. Growing up we were taught to treat travel as a luxury, something my father worked very hard to provide for us. It meant we were always dressed up for our flights and always had to be on our best behavior. This lesson stays with me to this day, I am so grateful for the travel I get to experience and like to be at my best when flying. Which means for me a put together outfit that is also comfy along with efficient packing with my travel essentials to keep myself entertained in flight as well as items for freshening up upon landing. A little travel style inspiration round up of my favorites are below.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Color Crush Grey & Sales Galore!

Grey has long been a favorite of mine. It's a great neutral that pairs perfectly with every single color in the spectrum. I personally have been living in this sweater since the temps dropped here in Boston, it feels like a cozy blanket wrapped around you. Grey also looks incredible head to toe in different shades of grey or a completely monotone look. It's practically impossible to mess up pairing this hue. A little round up of my favorites are below as a well review of all the incredible sales going on right now. Have a great weekend!

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coat // earrings // polish // denim // scarf // booties // skirt // sunnies // clutch // blouse

October is clearly friends & family month, check out the incredible sales below!

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family is taking place right now with 25% off, use code FRNFAM.

Shopbop is also offering 25% off with code FAMILY25.

 Jonathan Adler will be offering their friends & family with code FF2014.

J.Crew is offering 30% off outerwear & sweaters

Tibi is offering 25% off with their friends & family sale with code FF2014TIBI.

Loeffler Randall is offering 20% off with code IMAFRIEND.

Lord & Taylor is also hosting friends & family for 25% off with code FRIENDS.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Girls Only

No offense to the fellas but today is strictly for girls only. Today I want to to talk about the garments that we wear underneath all our fashionable items. You know those torture devices that keep everything in place and smooths out our figures to look it's best in your clothes.  Pretty much every woman I know has worn some sort of shape wear, even the thin gals need a little help keeping everything where it should be. I will never forget the first time my husband saw me putting on a pair of tights {it looked something like this} that had the built in control top. The ridiculous maneuvers and moves I displayed as I squeezed my german hips into these impossibly taught nylons left him stunned like a deer in headlights...I knew when he stayed with me after that it was true love and also that some women's secrets are better put on in the bathroom where no one witnesses you squirm into spandex. So back to the task at hand being the curvy gal that I am I have tried about a million different styles and finally have a few favorites that I thought are perfect for wearing under dresses, pants and whatever else your body desires. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Get Your Glow On

I don't know about you but come cooler temps, my skin becomes severely dehydrated. I'm sure I don't drink enough water but I swear the weather is really the significant contributor to making my skin look dull and feel coarse. So I have been testing out a slew of products to create my perfect glowing skin. You know, that dewy summer glow that we all wish we could achieve year round. The most important element I found was trying to avoid looking shiny, no one wants to look like a sweaty's not cute. Radiance was the goal and I feel like with the help of five products I finally feel I have a little round up of products that have helped me moisturize my skin but also providing coverage without feeling like a heavy veil of makeup is caked on my face each day.
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one // two // three // four // five

On top of my anti-aging regimen that I do daily, I apply moisturizer with my hands all over my face and neck. You will really want to let this soak in before proceeding as it's the all so important base to making the other products work. Some people like a mist or a facial oil but I have to try either thus far. I then go to my trusty concealer. The combination of bb cream and concealer provides a perfectly creamy concealer to cover my under eye area. After the concealer is evenly blended in I go to one of my all time favorite products, Borghese splendor which gives me the healthy glow I so desperately need. You only a need a little and I apply it with my beauty blender in small dots around my face. Finally for a little color, the beauty balm in vanilla glow is my top layer to pull together the entire look. What are your favorite beauty products for getting your skin glowing???

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop Friends & Family

I recently read an article that January is the best month to go shopping due to the deep discounts post the holiday craze as well as generally lower prices to lure in shoppers due to it being a slows sales month. I however find October to be the best month of deals and steals. Not only was this past weekend chock full of sales, but now Shopbop has launched their Friends & Family sale offering 25% off almost everything... I am having a major moment with black, red & white and created a little round up of some fashionable items at all different price points from the sale. Just enter code FAMILY25 at checkout for your stellar savings. Perfect time to start your holiday shopping!

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coat // iPhone cover // earrings // clutch // top // tray // sunnies // necklace // pumps // denim

***more sales that are worth a mention***

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family is taking place right now with 25% off, use code FRNFAM.

Today is the last day of Friends & Family at Serena & Lily offering 20% off with code LIFEFAMILY.

Starting Thursday October 16th, Jonathan Adler will be offering their Friends & Family with code FF2014.

J.Crew is offering 30% off outerwear & sweaters

Banana Republic extended their 40% off till the end of today!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Currently Coveting - Sales Galore!

Hope everyone will be enjoying the long weekend with their friends & family! We may a bit of rain in our future here on Shelter Island so I have a feeling I will be taking advantage of the major sales going on this holiday weekend. J.Crew is the clear winner with it's 30% off using code WEEKENDPLANS. I have all the items below in my shopping cart but will have to severely narrow it down to one or two items so my husband doesn't divorce me. What is on your wish list this fall???

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Other amazing sales worth noting!

J.Crew Factory is having 50% off men & women styles & 40% off kids. 
{great time to pick up these cute wear with everything faux leather pants}

Piperlime is offering 20% off with code FALL20 . I have my eye on this amazing coat

Banana Republic has 30% off with code BRWEEKEND. I have been living in this sweater all weekend long and bought this dress in every color - so figure flattering. 

Club Monaco is offering up to $100 off with code FALLSALE. Boston friends, have you seen the new shop in Copley - it's so good! I am totally digging these lingerie like cami's & this edgy blazer

Madewell is offering 30% off select fall styles with code OHFALL, the perfect time to snatch up this silky wardrobe staple in every color. 

note: most of the above sales end 10/13/14

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chopped - Cocktail Edition

Happy Friday everyone! I have been out on Shelter Island this week watching my parents pups and while I love my time in the country, living on a small island in the off season is a another story. Last night I drove an hour and half just to get some take out and everything on this little island closes at 5!  Much different then the urban life we are used to. So after a long day Thursday, I wanted to whip up a special little cocktail for John and I but I didn't want to leave the house to do so, that would be an additional hour endeavor. I thought I would give myself a little "chopped" challenge to create something delicious yet simple with ingredients that we had in the house {which were very few}. My dad loves mint, it's growing all over our yard, so I cut a few stems and tried to think of what paired well with them. We didn't have any fresh fruit in the house besides a lemon so I added that to my "mystery" basket. I then raided my dad's wine fridge {sorry pop, not much has changed since my college days} and after a peak inside, it was just as I thought...all Chardonnay's - ick. As I was about to close the doors and grab my keys to go to the liquor store, I pushed away the buttery chards & spotted a bottle of Prosecco in the way back {queue the music of the heavens opening} . Ok back to the task at hand, I had three ingredients but I didn't think it was enough to give me a super tasty cocktail, so the hunt continued. After searching the pantry to no avail, I surveyed the freezer and spotted some zesty lemon sorbet...jackpot! I put this in a bowl and let it completely melt {like you would vanilla ice cream for a crème anglaise} added in some good vodka, the entire bottle of Prosecco and garnished it with mint. It was fan freaking-tastic, tasted like a very chilled sparkling lemonade that after a few sips you simply didn't care what the day had in store for you. Letting the sorbet completely melt and mix in with the bubbly gave a perfectly frothy refreshing drink versus a scoop of sorbet that sits like a meatball in your glass :)
Hope you enjoy!

{my mom even had some cute towels & tray to use in the photo}


One Pint Haagan Daz Zesty Lemon Sorbet
One Bottle Italian Prosecco
4 oz premium vodka {no flavor}
mint or lemon slice for garnish


Melt the pint of sorbet completely, stir in entire bottle of Prosecco and vodka, pour & garnish with mint or a lemon slice. 

p.s. if mint ain't your thang...basil, would also work awesome! If you want to make it more of a punch bowl recipe, add in some blackberries or blueberries for some sweetness. 

Cheers to the weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Take Me Away - Ireland

 When we were researching places to celebrate my husbands birthday this past September, Ireland was  definitely on top of our list. We generally like to visit places neither of us have been to before and when we spotted the Ballyfin Hotel we were pretty smitten. It however deserved a longer trip then the long weekend getaway that we had time for. So hopefully one day in our near future we will make good use of our Irish last name and visit this naturally beautiful island and rest our tired heads in this beautifully restored mansion. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fab Favors

Confession, I dream of opening a little online shop selling favors for all sorts of celebrations. I have jotted down tons of ideas, including dreamy photographs of the favors in ideal settings and have a slew of names for the boutique that I hope one day will become a reality. What's funny is that I didn't even do a traditional favor at our own wedding and instead opted for a pashmina gift for the ladies and a cigar bar for the fellas. Since then I have been loving creating my own little favors for celebrations big and small {examples - here, here & here}. So when I come across little corners of the internet that are doing cute favors and such I am instantly intrigued. Design Corral is a great example of stylish and affordable treats for your guest as well as a few freebies and wedding suites. I personally am loving the hangover set above, cause let's face it, this comes in handy during a wedding weekend & beyond.