Anniversary Date Night {Get the Look}

My husband and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary this coming Sunday – and that inspired me to pick out a few special outfits to celebrate in. We’re headed to Aruba on Saturday and will be kicking off our special weekend with some bubbly and the top layer of our wedding cake before we head to the beach!

For this occasion, I looked to Rent the Runway for a fun dress, and ended up with the lace Shoshanna dress below, which I rented for just $40! I’ve had my eye on this dress for a while, but the majority of my dress-up occasions these days are weddings, and white just never seems appropriate. Check out the outfit I planned out below and click the links below to view, purchase or rent. With the help of Rent the Runway, you can rent/buy this entire look for $270! And if you swap out the shoes for a less expensive option, you can even get it down to under $200.

Date Night Style

Dress: Shoshanna ($40 RTR) / Earrings: Kate Spade New York ($15 RTR)

Bag: Serpui Marie ($35 RTR) / Bracelet: Ben-Amun ($30 RTR) / Shoes: Michael Kors ($150)

What’s your favorite date night style? Let us know in the comments below!

August’s Beauty Box 5 {Review}

I’ll admit it… I love subscription boxes of all kinds. There are so many different ones to choose from now, but they all have the same concept: get a box of new product samples to try out, without having to pay for full-size, full-price items that you don’t yet know that you love. And I recently discovered that for the beauty, hair and skincare lover, Beauty Box 5 is a great option.

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Each month, five deluxe samples and full-sized products are delivered right to your door from Beauty Box 5 – and at a low cost of $12 and free shipping. With a wide variety of brands - Aveeno, John Frieda and NYX Cosmetics to name a few – Beauty Box 5 makes it fun and simple to try out new brands and great products at a fraction of their cost. The Beauty Box 5 team only shares products they stand behind, so you get quality along with variety, and everything from makeup, beauty accessories and hair products, to skincare, fragrances, body, and nail products. They even share tips on the best ways to use them, which I found really helpful.

I tried out the August Beauty Box 5, which definitely delivered on quality and variety, with products from Pūr~lisse, La Fresh, Nanacoco, Novex and Style Essentials. Read on below for more on the products included.

  • Pūr~lisse Pur~Protect SPF 30: This everyday moisturizer is worth every dollar. Ideal for any skin type, this face lotion gives you the daily SPF you need without any greasiness, so you enjoy the sun while protecting your face in a way that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. It’s great for applying after a morning shower or face wash to get you ready for the day. ($55 for 1.7 oz)
  • La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes: Keep your face clean on-the-go (or if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to wash your face in the morning or before bed) with these facial cleansing wipes. They come in individual packages, which makes them really great for travel because you don’t have to bring an entire package along with you. Not only are they super convenient, they are complete with Vitamin E, aloe and cucumber, so they’re nice and refreshing. These will be coming along with me on my trip to Aruba in just one week! ($19.99 for 48 packets)
  • Nanacoco Lip GlossThis lip gloss comes in great nude and pink colors - Caramel LatteFirst KissLovelyMysteriousSecret Crush, Popular and more - and gives you the perfect amount of shine, minus the stickiness that some lip glosses tend to have. I got Popular in my BB5, which was the perfect pop of pink to go with my summer tan and blonde hair. The gloss goes on smooth and is easily applied by using the tip of the wand to line your lips and then the side to fill in with color. These vibrant colors stay put on your lips and also have Vitamin E to keep them hydrated. ($3.99 for .22 fl oz)
  • Novex Brazilian Keratin: This keratin hair treatment deep conditions with proteins and vitamins to restore shine and smoothness and works well on all hair types. For seriously soft hair, shampoo, rinse, apply to your damp hair and leave in for 25 minutes. It’s worth the time! ($19.50 for 2 lbs)
  • Style Essentials Nail PolishThese nail polishes come in fun, colorful colors and have an easy-to-apply brush that makes painting your nails easy. With the brand’s four-color Fade to Black and Touch of Teal collections, the colors go perfectly together so you can wear one at a time or combine them in any way you want! ($7 for set of 4)

Love the products you receive from Beauty Box 5? You can head right over to and purchase full-size samples here. And each month, winners that post Instagram pics of their Beauty Box 5, use #bb5fave and tag @beautybox5 are randomly selected to win five full-size versions of the products.

For just $12 a month, you can get five deluxe samples of great products delivered right to your door from Beauty Box 5. Sign up here and check out the discounts you can receive by paying for your Beauty Box 5′s quarterly (save $6) and yearly (save $45). Subscriptions make great gifts too – pick from $30 for three boxes, $60 for six boxes or $99 for 12 boxes.

To sign up or learn more about Beauty Box 5, visit and be sure to follow the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

What’s your favorite subscription box? Have you tried out Beauty Box 5 yet? Let us know in the comments below!

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**A similar version of this post was originally written and published by me on Also, while I received a sample for this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

Sunscreen Picks from Coola, Supergoop!, Sun Bum & Mary Kay

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, marking the unofficial end of summer. While a month or so ago it felt like fall was on its way here in Boston, it now feels like summer is here to stay through September, with weather in the 80′s all this week. Regardless of the temperature and whether you have a week or a few months left of the summer sun, it’s always important to wear sunscreen. Below are some great sunscreen options from COOLA Suncare, Sun Bum, Supergoop! and Mary Kay, all of which offer sun protection in their own way.

Sunscreen Picks

Supergoop! Lip Balm / Coola Sunscreen Spray & Mineral Face SPF

Mary Kay CC Cream / Sun Bum PRO SPF products

COOLA Suncare

I wrote about COOLA Suncare a few weeks back in my beach essentials post, but love the brand so much that I just couldn’t leave them out of a post with my sunscreen picks. Coola knows how to make sunscreen products that you can feel good about wearing. The ingredients are organic, sustainable and locally sourced, made in San Diego. The brand describes their products as green, yet still luxurious, with all of their offerings protecting and nourishing your skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates.

The Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray and Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer are two great sunscreens for any day spent in the sun. The spray is continuous and goes on nice and clear, and both are made with 97% organic ingredients like cucumber, algae and strawberry extracts and are water resistant. The face moisturizer is super sheer, hypoallergenic and the cucumber scent actually feels refreshing. Both help fight aging with the antioxidants they’re infused with.

You can purchase the spray here ($32) and the face lotion here ($32). And to learn more about Coola Suncare, visit and follow the brand on Facebook,TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Sun Bum Sunscreens

Sun Bum, a small company in Cocoa Beach, Florida, offers sunscreens that are tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation. The company’s PRO line includes mineral based sunscreens that are specifically designed to offer the best sun protection to people who work and play hard in the sun. It’s not oily on your hands, doesn’t smudge into your eyes, and stays put during activities in the water, wind or hot sun.

The PRO line includes products with SPF 30 and 50, both for your body and face. The Sun Bum PRO SPF 30 Sunscreen and Sun Bum PRO SPF 30 Face Stick are water resistant up to 80 minutes, are non-greasy and non-migrating, and offer both UVA and UVB protection. The face stick is also oil, fragrance and oxybenzone-free, hypoallergenic and Vitamin E enriched.

You can purchase the sunscreen here for $18 (3 oz) and the face stick here for $15. For more on Sun Bum Sunscreens, visit and follow the company on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Supergoop! Skincare

Eight years ago, Supergoop! CEO and Founder Holly Thaggard was shocked to learn that one of her close friends was diagnosed with melanoma at such a young age. After learning that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and that more than 90% of the signs of aging are caused by the sun, Holly started her mission to raise awareness with the launch of Supergoop! This brand’s antioxidant-infused sunscreens help protect skin from UVA rays and also have high enough SPF to prevent damage caused by UVB sunburn rays. The products also improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and hyperpigmentation by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating collagen production.

Supergoop! products are all lightweight and easy to apply, made with high-quality ingredients and don’t smell like typical sunscreen products. The Supergoop! SPF 30+ UVA | UVB Lip Balm is a great way to protect your lips from the sun, while also keeping them hydrated. This product calms, soothes and protects chapped lips, which is essential especially in summer months when it’s easy to get sunburnt lips. It comes in MintFusion and AcaiFusion and can be applied under or over your favorite lip color to give your lips some much-needed SPF. You can buy the lip balm for $8.50 each here. 

I had the opportunity earlier this year to try out a few different Supergoop! products for the first time – check out the full review here. You can also keep up with the latest from Supergoop! at and by following the company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Mary Kay Skincare

Mary Kay offers much more than great makeup products, and that includes skincare. The Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is a perfect way to make sure your face is protected on a daily basis, as it can easily be incorporated into your beauty routine. This product gives you an easy, naturally flawless-looking complexion with a lightweight formula that doesn’t make you look too made up, while also giving you the SPF you need.

This CC cream actually gives you eight essential skin benefits in one step. It corrects complexion imperfections, while also infusing your skin with benefits that help protect it against future damage. It offers hours of hydration, diminishing the look of blemishes and redness and leaving skin looking healthier, younger and more vibrant. Better yet, it works for all skin tones and types (even acne-prone and sensitive skin) and is oil- and fragrance-free.

The CC cream is available in four shades – Very Light, Light-to-Medium, Medium-to-Deep, and Deep – all of which are available at for $20 each. For more on Mary Kay, follow on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.




What are your favorite sunscreen products? Let us know in the comments below!

**A similar version of this review was originally written and published by me on my page. Also, while I received samples for this review, all opinions are 100% my own.

Nate Berkus for Target {Get the Look}

I have a slight obsession with all things gold and neutral, which is why I am loving the Fall 2014 Nate Berkus for Target home collection, which launched today. I had to limit myself to these gold and white vases (bottom left below) but easily could have checked out with the majority of the line if I had unlimited budget. Check out some of my favorite items below and the full line here!

Nate Berkus

Friday Faves {August 29, 2014}

It’s been a long week but the long weekend is finally here, so to kick it off, here are my Friday Faves.

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  1. My happy place: I grew up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and the beaches of Rye are what I miss most about this are. I love it so much that my husband and I got married on the water in this area last September. This post captures some of my favorite parts of Rye beaches. {}
  2. Goodbye to Chelsea Lately: I consider myself to be one of Chelsea Handler’s biggest fans. I’ve been watching her show since day one, before she really became famous. Since then, I DVR every episode and watch them all. This week was the finale (clip here) and this post captures some great episodes. { +}
  3. My ‘Friends’ are back: Speaking of shows I love, my all time favorite show is Friends. As in I’ve watched all 10 seasons from start to finish more times than I’d like to admit and I remember exactly where I was and who I was with during the series finale. This week the cast was back for a great show on Jimmy Kimmel Live! {}
  4. Rosé for days: It may be Labor Day Weekend, but I’m still clinging to everything summer. And that includes rosé. This post gives the rundown on eight great bottles at all different prices. {}

Healthier Summer Macaroni Salad {Recipe}

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I love Skinnytaste recipes. And while I wish I could be as talented in the kitchen as she is, I settle for recreating her recipes and sharing with you on my blog from time to time.

For my husband’s birthday BBQ I tried out Skinnytaste’s Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini and also made my own Lemon Dill Orzo Salad as sides. I love a good macaroni salad and this is a healthier version of a traditional side dish, which incorporates more veggies and uses ingredients like Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard to replace some of the mayo. In the photos below I added a tiny bit extra of the dressing mixture, but it’s definitely not necessary.

This macaroni salad also makes for great leftovers. Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

Summer Pasta Salad


  • 16 oz uncooked elbows
  • 4 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups (1 small) zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 7 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a medium bowl, combine onions, mayonnaise, vinegar, yogurt, mustard, oregano, garlic powder; mix well.
  • Add tomatoes (and any juice from the tomato), zucchini, pasta, salt and pepper to taste, toss well and place in a large bowl.

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What are your favorite summer bbq sides? Let us know in the comments below!

Beach Bag Essentials {Review}

This summer has been SO busy with weddings, travel, birthdays, you name it. But my absolute favorite thing to do is head to the beach, which is exactly what my husband, puppy and I did this past weekend to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday. We took the 90-minute ferry from Boston to Provincetown, Cape Cod and had a nice weekend with great weather, food and lots of relaxation.

Today, I’m sharing my beach bag “essentials” that I brought along with me this weekend – check them out below and pick some up for yourself for your end-of-summer beach days and Labor Day Weekend celebrations! If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that you can enjoy the beach beyond actual summer months, I envy you. :)

Beach Essentials

1. Cinda B Beach Bag II

The perfect beach bag is hard to come by. You need one that is big enough to fit all essentials – towels, books, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. – but you also need it to have compartments so everything doesn’t get lost in the bag. And then it’s just as important to have a bag that’s made of the right material to withstand sand and water at the beach. That’s where cinda b comes in. Cinda b’s Beach Bag II is but stylish and practical.

The Beach Bag II has so much room, along with six large exterior pockets (perfect for cell phones, snacks and books) and a zippered pocket inside (great for things like keys and money). I picked the beach-inspired Neptune pattern, but there are lots of other great ones to choose from here. The best thing about the fabric on cinda b bags is that they’re all water and stain resistant, “outdoors friendly,” durable and machine washable.

You can purchase cinda b’s Beach Bag II on for $129. To learn more about cinda b, follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

2. Coola Suncare

Wearing sunscreen has never been my favorite thing, but I know it’s so important so I suck it up and use it anyway. I recently tried out a few products from Coola Suncare and I can honestly say that I was totally OK with wearing them! The Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray and Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer will definitely be regulars in my beach bag from here on out. They smell so good and my skin feels like it can breathe while still getting the sun protection I need. The continuous spray goes on nice and clear, is made with 97% organic ingredients like cucumber, algae and strawberry extracts and is water resistant. The face moisturizer is super sheer, hypoallergenic and the cucumber scent actually feels refreshing. Both help fight aging with the antioxidants they’re infused with.

You can purchase the spray here ($32) and the face lotion here ($32). And to learn more about Coola Suncare, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

3. Hayden Reis Wristlet

When I have a big bag, I find myself putting smaller wristlets or bags inside of it to help keep me organized. That’s why I love this Teal & Blue Stripe Wristlet from Hayden Reis. It’s water resistant and is the perfect place to store miscellaneous items you don’t want to get wet or sandy at the beach.

In addition to the Wristlets, Hayden Reis offers lots of fun, bright products that are perfect for both the beach and everyday use. To buy one of the Wristlets ($32 each), click here, and to shop other products and stay up on the latest from Hayden Reis, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

4. Mi Ola Bikini

Earlier this year, I was searching for a simple bikini with a perfect fit – and I found that in a swimwear brand I hadn’t previously heard of, Mi Ola. The brand’s founder, Helena, traded her NYC, high-fashion lifestyle for a laid back, Costa Rica surf life. According to Helena, as a surfer, she had a hard time finding “well-made, chic, sexy bikinis that stayed on,” which led to her launching Mi Ola. In addition to providing great fit and functionality, these bikinis are even made with fabric that is UPF 50+ to protect you from the sun – and it doesn’t fade or stretch out after lots of use.

I tried out the Ring Back Top and Ring Bottom, both in Fuchsia, and it’s already become one of my favorite bikinis for so many reasons. The shape of the top gives lots of support without any crazy padding and is very flattering. The bottoms have a special gripper elastic on the inside that ensure that it stays put, whether you’re surfing or jumping into the water. And while sometimes rings on bikini bottoms can be a bit uncomfortable, these ones are positions on the sides and are even molded to fit your curves. These are brazilian bottoms with ruching is of course very flattering as well.

To buy the bikini shown in this post, find the top here ($95) and bottom here ($85) on You can also follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

5. Turkish Towel

I’ve been on the hunt for a Turkish towel all summer and finally got one. These towels are more like lightweight blankets and I think they’re perfect for the beach. They don’t take up much room in your beach bag and are so soft (they get even softer the more you wash them). I found this Turkish towel on Amazon here ($21.45), but you can also get them from stores like Serena and Lily, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Gilt.

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What are your beach bag essentials? Let us know in the comments below!

**While I was provided product samples for review in this post, all opinions are 100% my own.

Outfit of the Day {Get the Look}

It’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, but I’m  still clinging to summer as much as I can! However, here in New England the nights have been getting chilly, so I’ve started wearing some fall-ish items. I wore the outfit below this past weekend on Cape Cod – a fun Forever 21 sweater, high-waisted Kiind Of denim leggings that I picked up during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (still only $69 full price), Sole Society booties and jewelry from Forever 21, ASOS and JewelMint. Click the links to be directed to read more or purchase online!

forever21 finds

Sweater: Forever 21 / Jeans: Kiind Of / Shoes: Sole Society

Ring (Left): ASOS / Ring (Right): JewelMint

What are your favorite summer to fall transition clothes? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday Faves {August 15, 2014}

Happy Friday! My husband, pup and I are headed off to Provincetown, Cape Cod this morning, but wanted to share some of my favorite links this week. Check them out below, have a great weekend and I’ll be back Sunday night!

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  1. Closet Envy: This amazing closet/office designed for Rach Parcell of Pink Peonies by Alice Lane has everything a girl could want.
  2. Puppy Love: My new favorite Instagram account, BullyInstagram. How can pics of adorable bulldogs not make me happy.
  3. Lauren Conrad: Slight obsession with her in general – probably due to my high school obsession with Laguna Beach… but really, I’m loving her new items from her LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s collection and also this giveaway.
  4. Office Inspiration: Love this home office look from The Everygirl. Can’t wait til I finally get around to updating my home office space.

What were your favorite links this week? Let us know in the comments below!

Summer Nail Care Tips from Cutex

During the hot summer months, I love to brighten up my style with neon and cool pastel nails. And while trying out the latest nail colors is the fun part, it’s also important to keep your nails protected – especially during the summer months – with quality products. That’s why I wanted to share with you some awesome products that I had the opportunity to try out from Cutex, the leader in nail care products since 1911.


  • Baseworx: This base coat is exactly what you need to protect your nails before putting any nail color on them. It’s the only base coat made with bioceramics, which pairs with natural oils to smooth, strengthen and condition your nail bed. Bioceramics also fill in nail ridges and help nail polish stay put. ($8,
  • Nail Polish Remover: Cutex has lots of great options that make it easy to remove nail polish and also condition your nails in the process. Here are a few of my favorites:
    • Nail Polish Remover Pads: These are amazing and I will absolutely be buying these in the future. The pads are bigger and thicker than ordinary pads and are great for using at home or while traveling because they come in individual packages. And all it takes is one pad to remove polish from every finger – even dark or hard-to-remove colors! They come in three varieties – Regular, Advanced Revival and Non-Acetone. ($4 for pack of 10,
    • Liquid Nail Polish Remover: The Advanced Revival Formula combines the power of acetone with the strengthening and nourishing of natural drying oils to leave your nails feeling strong, while also quickly removing nail polish. And the Spa Formula is perfect for removing hard-to-remove colors (glitter!) and even Shellac. (Prices vary based on size and type,
    • Gel Polish Remover Kit: I love getting Shellac polish once in a while, but I always end up picking it off (which is obviously not good for my nails) because I don’t feel like going back to the salon to get it removed (and also don’t want to pay for it). This solves that problem – it removes Shellac or gel polish in a way that doesn’t use pure acetone, which is much better for your nails. ($10,
  • Corrector Pen: This is an awesome tool for correcting nail mistakes in one stroke. I love getting a professional mani/pedi, but in between I usually do my own nails, so this is exactly what I needed. It has a special tip designed for hard to get to areas. And all you have to do is apply the tip that has nail polish on it, rub it over the nail polish and it disappears right away. ($17,


In addition to having great products, Cutex sent along these tips for keeping nails looking and feeling great this summer:

  • Sunscreen isn’t just for the skin. Nails are made of protein and need as much protection as our skin does. When lathering on the sunscreen, remember those hands and feet – especially the cuticles. Cuticles serve a purpose; they seal in moisture and protect new nail growth as it emerges from the base of the nail. Sun, wind and sand can dry cuticles and nail folds (the areas of skin that frame your nails), which is bad for nail growth.
  • Cover your head and nails. Dermatologists recommend donning a baseball cap or cute floppy hat to shade the head and face from the sun’s harsh rays. Cutex recommends coating nails with a polish, base coat or ridge-filler to protect nails against the elements. The Cutex clear basecoat, Baseworx, contains biotin, the only supplement scientifically proven to improve nail health. Baseworx not only lengthens the life of manicures, it is also the perfect protection for those heading sea-side, where high salt and moisture can soften and split nails.
  • Keep infection at bay. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 50 percent of all nail disorders are caused by fungal infections. People tend to go swimming, exercise, and visit spas more often in summer. While those places are great for relaxing or keeping fit, any damp place – like a locker room – can breed fungus, so be sure to wear some type of footwear at all times when in public. Feet can also become hot and sweaty in the summer. Open-toed shoes or light sandals can help keep feet dry and healthy.
  • Oil-up to protect and moisturize. Dermatologists suggest coating hands and nails in natural oils to moisturize. When you’re looking to change polishes, reach for Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover, which comes in both liquid and pads. Named 2014′s Best Nail Polish Remover by NewBeauty Magazine, Advanced Revival combines the power of acetone with the nourishing and natural botanical oils of apricot seed, flax seed and perilla, for stronger, healthier nails. Plus, Advanced Revival removes polish twice as fast as other brands. That means more time to spend enjoying summer!
  • Ditch the harsh salon acetone for DIY removal. Do you take your nails to the extreme with gel or glitter polish? Extreme nails don’t have to mean extremely harsh nail polish remover. Try at-home removal with the new Cutex Gel Polish Removal Kits or SPA Formula Nail Polish Remover. These products work as well as 100 percent acetone, yet moisturize and condition nails even after the first use.
  • Go Naked! Even with the best products, nails still need a rest. If your nails are brittle, break easily or just look unhealthy, dermatologists recommend ditching the polish for three months. Still need a little shine? Use CutexBaseworx, which uses bio-ceramic technology to bind to the protein in nails, strengthening them in the process.

Each of the products mentioned above are the perfect addition to your nail care routine, summer and beyond. To learn more about Cutex products, visit and follow the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagram andPinterest.

**The above Cutex tips were originally published by me on my page. Also, while I received samples to try out for this review, all opinions are 100% my own.