Monday, May 23, 2016

Glass House In The Woods

My husband and I stink at surprising each other with gifts. We get way to excited about we have planned for the other that we almost always spoil the gift way before the occasion. So when I found the perfect "wood gift" for our fifth wedding anniversary I was busting at the seams to share it with him. So since he now knows where I am taking him for his experience gift, I thought I would share it with all of you! For more wood themed gifts, check out this post

This cute little glass cabin in the woods was exactly what I was thinking when I shared this post on Instagram so when I saw a week available in October I knew it would be the perfect time of year to get away & enjoy an autumnal weekend with my guy. I am so excited. Just check out this cozy glass cabin & how well it was done. It has me completely inspired for a future home in a secluded area to retreat to away from our urban life. 

for more glass real estate in the woods check out this cute Wisconsin hotel, this one also in upstate NY & this glass cabin in Washington oh & for some serious real estate envy, check out this cute little cabin 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cash or Credit - Beachwear

When I shop for a coverup I am always looking for it to serve as not only something comfortable to lounge in around the pool or the beach but also a style that can easily take you from the seaside to a restaurant and beyond. So when I saw this Tory Burch knit dress I thought it perfectly fit the bill for all of the above. However it's price tag was a bit more then what I like to spend on something that will likely get sprayed with sunscreen and or get a daiquiri or two spilled on it. Then today I cam across this picture on instagram of a fellow curvy gal and thought it was a great look a like for a fraction of the cost. I added a beautiful coral one piece and neutral accessories to complete the look. An effortlessly chic look at two very different price points.
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Cash - dress // bathing suit // tote // sandal
Credit - dress // bathing suit // tote // sandal

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bowties for Charity

Remember this Instagram? Well I wanted to send a big heart felt thank you to all who participated & purchased a bowtie, leash or any accessories for your pup. With your help I was able to donate $200 to The Animal Rescue League of Boston which provides shelter to animals looking for their forever home, care for the animals in need as well as rescue efforts to end animals being treated cruelly. I personally walk past this facility weekly and am always impressed at how well maintained the grounds are and when I see a wagging tail exiting the building I always feel good that their efforts are  making a difference. They rely solely on donations so any help you can provide is always appreciated. Feel free to check out their site and donate here if you are feeling charitable.

donation ID - 192123662

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Blues

Happy Monday friends...While the skies are quite gray in these parts I have nothing but baby blues on my mind. On the rare occasions that I wear color I often find myself gravitating to soft colors and this mix of chambray and periwinkle fits the bill perfectly. Its so pretty in floral prints and is matches so well with grays, blushes and whites. I can't wait to add some of these pieces into my spring wardrobe that most definitely needs some work!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Tory Burch Spring Event

There are a few brands that I truly find myself going back to time & time again. Tory Burch is definitely one of them. I just adore her clothing line and accessories. They are well made, not too trendy and always have a playful pattern or bold color palette that adds a little oomph to my wardrobe. So when I saw that her Spring Event was taking place through the weekend I quickly started adding all my favorites to my shopping cart. Now the hard part is narrowing it down to one or two items so my husband doesn't divorce me after seeing more boxes arriving at our door ;).  Have a great weekend friends!

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coverup // towel // sunglasses // purse // sandals // crab phone cover // bathing suit // dress // embroidered blouse // horn bracelet // watch // cuff // sandals // skirt // dress // necklace

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Outstanding In The Field

One of my favorite shows on television is Moveable Feast on PBS, every single time it's on I think I mention to my husband, I want to get to be one of the guests to this show. I love the concept of traveling to different parts of the country and experiencing the cuisine and setting of the featured place. So when I saw a friend post on Instagram about Outstanding In The Field I knew it was something that would be right up my ally. This very cool company travels the world setting up unique dining experience in remarkable environments. I mean just take a look for yourself at their dreamy Instagram featuring all the places they host their dinner parties in. It truly looks like a once in a lifetime kind of experience. All the food is locally sourced, farm to table and served family style at a long table in farms, mountaintops, museums and beaches all across the world. A list of all the places they are this year can be found here. Now we just have to decide which city to attend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Etsy Love - Oh Baby

This coming weekend I am hosting a baby shower for a dear friend who is expecting a little girl and while I have been working hard at putting together the perfect gift for her, I thought I would share some favorite shops on Etsy that are knocking unique baby gifts out of the park. If you want to see my favorite home picks, check out this post

Babee & Me out of the land down under has to be by far the cutest shop for baby toys I have ever laid  eyes on. The modern homemade designs are truly unique and often made to order. 

Fleurlux took the oh so famous tissue garland and created baby mobiles in the prettiest colors.

 LouLouLollipopFinery has it in the bag when it comes to chic teething accessories. It practically look like jewelry!

I already shared this gorgeous custom swaddle blanket but couldn't resist posting about it again. It's perfection. You can even personalize it in the baby name of your choice. 

Is there a cuter way to showcase your babies milestone marks with this adorable sheet, BATZkids has you covered!

more teething cuteness

dutch rocking horse that not only is stylish will be fun for your little ones for play

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*i haven't purchased from all sites listed, all opinions are based on the images the seller provides*

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Take Me Away - Urban Cowboy

Last fall we visited some friends who relocated to Nashville and quickly fell in love with this music city. The people were so nice, the city was so quaint filled with awesome restaurants and nightlife {this place & this place are two thumbs up as well as this place for brunch and of course the best taco in town owned by our sweet friends} but one thing we would change was where we stayed. While the large chain hotel we booked was nice and just fine in every way, we generally gravitate towards smaller boutique types for our travels. SO when I saw the hipster Urban Cowboy open up in Nashville I knew we would have to plan another visit very soon! Just check out how unique this "hotel" brand is below.  I love the individual design of the rooms as well as the overall laid back vibe they exude. I mean their motto is "arrive as strangers, leave as friends", sound like my kinda people. 

they also have a very cool Brooklyn location as seen below. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Neutral Territory - Day & Night

 As I prepare for our fifth wedding anniversary trip to the desert I am finding myself stocking up on everything neutral, {shocking I know}. I recently picked up this blouse to wear during the day with some sandals and skinny denim. Come our celebratory evening I thought a dress was in order. I love the idea of something that is loose fitting but can have a belt added so you don't look like your wearing a potato sack. All my other outfits will be casual coverups and bathing suits. I cannot wait to get the sun on my skin. Spring is definitely being skipped this year in Boston! 
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Healthy Snacking - Sour Cherry & Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Dieting can really be the pits. I am finding at my age {37} that weight takes it's precious time to come off no matter how hard I work out or how much I watch what I eat. So while I have cut back on my favorite indulgences{french fries I am looking at you}. I have continued to find ways to make other snacks healthy, thanks to discovering Drizzle Me Skinny. Her recipes are easy to follow and adjustable to make suitable to your preferred tastes. Her recipes are also so helpful to have with point values for everything for all you weight watcher folks out there. I was inspired by this recipe but tweaked it to flavors that suit my cravings and I have to say this is my new favorite cookie. One is quite satisfying and they are still chewy and sweet like you want a cookie to be without all the fat. 

below is my slightly tweaked version that makes 9 medium sized cookies 


2 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbsp reduced fat margarine
2 tbsp egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup flour
1 cup oats
¼ cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 350F, spray a large baking sheet {thisgold one never let’s me down for baking the perfect cookie} with PAM baking spray and set aside
Cream your sugars, apple sauce, margarine, egg white and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix in your baking powder, flour, oats, sour cherries & sliced almonds then combine the two until they are thoroughly combined.
Drop cookies by ice scream scooper onto your “greased” baking sheet.
Bake in oven for 14 minutes. When your house starts smelling like heaven you will know they are done :)

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