Friday Faves – 1.18.19

Happy Friday! I know not everyone has Monday off, but I do and I could not be more excited about the long weekend. I have zero plans other than watching the Patriots on Sunday (& making my famous buffalo chicken dip). A storm is on its way but it’s looking like it’s just a whole bunch of wintery mix nastiness by me, so I do wish we were getting some real snow if we’re going to be cold and stuck indoors.

I’m hoping for a good mix of productivity and Netflix binging. I’m literally obsessed with Marie Kondo and “Tidying Up” on Netflix. I never finished reading the book several years ago but after seeing the show, I was inspired. So far I’ve tackled my closet and a few drawers and want to keep going! And for TV, it’s time to get into the a new season of one of the many series we’ve been neglecting.

Read on for this week’s Friday Faves!


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On the note of the KonMari method via Marie Kondo, I’m very into the idea of fewer, better things and will be following along this writer’s experiment with that this year.

Making a goal of reading at least one book a month – hopefully more when I travel. Getting inspired by this list of 2018 books.

Totally agree that self care is more than a hashtag… and also face masks and bubble baths (though I do love both of those!).

This call-your-girlfriend post really resonated with me. Good, real friendships are everything.

Finally tried on a friend’s Rothys flats last night and am officially I need a pair… or two. You’ll get $20 off your 1st purchase using my referral link (& I’ll also get a discount on my end, so thank you in advance!).

Discovered my closet is filled with too many dresses with nowhere to wear them. Going back to Rent the Runway for next weekend’s wedding – love this dress. Same deal as Rothys, use my link on your 1st order & we both get $30 off!

In need of black sandals to wear with dresses and love these Loeffler Randall shoes. They’re an investment, but I was able to find these in good condition on Poshmark – and I know I’ll like them because I have the block heel version in tan.

Very excited about our new coffee table and end tables that need to be put together – here is a similar gold coffee table that’s super affordable!

Just started using the juicer we got at my bridal shower… 5+ years ago (oops). I’m very into it and now am considering trying out pure celery juice after reading about it here and here.

Watch the R. Kelly docu-series on Lifetime. And then feel guilty about loving the Ignition Remix as you get disgusted by everything he’s done/is currently doing.

Trying to learn the basics of clean beauty, including how to read labels/identify the worst ingredients and easy product swaps.

Have my eye on Everlane for high-quality basics that are also sustainable – anyone tried them out?

Friday Faves – 1.3.19

Happy New Year! To kick off 2019 and also say TGIF, I’m bringing back a series I started a few years ago but in a new way. Fridays are now for sharing my favorite things – whether it’s blog posts from other people, products I’m loving, shows I’m watching/books I’m reading or totally miscellaneous things I love, read or hear about.

This idea comes from an Insta post I saw a a while back where someone had mentioned this was a great way to support other bloggers and women in business. And I have to say, it was fun to write! I’m one of those people who always has a billion tabs open on my laptop, so this is a way for me to dump it into one spot and come back for it later… while also sharing with you!

I’ll be back with my goals for the year, my favorite Amazon purchases of 2018 and lots more this month. Feeling re-energized for the first time in a while. Bring on 2019!

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Photo by Oskars Sylwan

Speaking of setting goals for the year, I’m into the “word of the year” approach and am toying around with a few right now. This post gives one example (and is also honest perspective from an influencer who is trying to balance her desire to stop buying so much with the business side of blogging).

Also want to attempt the Happiness Project again… but a less intense version with just one task to repeat every day each month (full review of the book here). One of my favorite podcasts just put out an episode that is essentially the same concept with different monthly ideas to focus on.

My Kauai, Hawaii travel guide came in on top every month of 2018. Making me want to go back – especially to the hotel we stayed at! View my other Hawaii travel guides here and here (more to come).

Ordered this black dress for a winter wedding and think it’s simple enough (but with fun details) to wear again. These earrings (or these!) would be perfect with it. I wish I had this dress in a winter color – there are so many options, but the one I have is light blue.

Apparently it’s Capricorn Season… and every horoscope I read is telling me that this is the year of self-love or that now is the time to find more time to relax and heal. I’m into it.

Getting ready for binge-watching season – a.k.a. frigid January/February temps and snow… What are your favorite shows right now? Just binged Yellowstone, started The Office from the beginning and am always shamelessly watching reality TV (can’t wait for Bachelor to start back up).

On the note of entertainment, aiming to read one book a month in 2019. I ended the year with two great beach reads: Crazy Rich Asians (now a movie) and When Life Gives You Lululemons (Devil Wears Prada spin-off).

Not a mom yet, but loved the realness in this Insta post. My feed around the holidays was filled with perfect-looking families with babies – that’s not always reality and that’s OK.

On the hunt for ginger jars of all sizes and found this guide on where to buy them.

Random new daily activity has been laying on this acupuncture mat – perfect if you want to get some of the same benefits without needles.

Also loving hair accessories (why did scrunchies ever go away?!). This headband is so fun – might need to get the leopard print one.

Planning on making a list to help start a capsule wardrobe approach to how I shop. What are your favorite staples?

Last obsession: dainty gold jewelry, which is nothing new for me, but I’m loving everything from Missoma and Mejuri.

Trying to swap out products as I run out for cleaner options. Right now I’m loving this mascara and this primer, both at Target.

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Fall Sweaters for Chillier Temps

I love New England because you can truly experience all four seasons here. But I do wish that fall would stick around a bit longer! Give me all of the light sweaters and leather jackets. It feels like we’re quickly moving into winter, especially in the mornings when I’m commuting to work.

Fall Sweaters

The only good news here is that sweater season is here to stay – we’ll just have to throw a jacket over them from here on out. I admittedly only have a few sweaters in my drawers right now because I need to grab my bin at my in-laws’ house, so I’m excited to pull all of mine out, many of which are back in stock this year!

Shop some of my favorites using the widget below, including this popular sweater from last year that is back in lots of colors. These sell out as the season goes on, so grab yours now!

Aside from that, I’ve been loving all things leopard print and with ties in the front. I’m also a big fan of long cardigans with a casual tucked in t-shirt or tank top like this one I grabbed recently. For some reason the green sweater below isn’t showing up in the widget, but it’s so soft and available in several colors here.

Fall Sweaters

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Women’s Football Style Picks

It’s a pretty awesome time to be a Bostonian right about now – this weekend we had all four of our professional sports teams playing and now we have the Red Sox going to the World Series and the Patriots giving us another win.

I’ve been thinking about this post since the Pats opening day when I found the best tank top at Old Navy the day before the game. Gone are the days when you have to go to Dick’s or another athletic store to get NFL gear – you can find much better women’s football style items at stores you’d normally shop at, such as Old Navy, Nordstrom or even Free People.

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Tank (other teams available)Flannel

There are so many other options – shop all of these and even more using the widget below this pic. Note that for most of the items, you’ll find more team options once you click through – it’s not just the one shown in the pic! Also, I threw in a boys’ hoodie because I have this from a few years ago and it was such a good (and affordable) buy – just size up!

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… & one last pic from the Patriots’ opening day. Pin any of these for later or click “get sale alert” in the widgets to get notified via email when an item goes on sale if you prefer to wait!

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Off-Shoulder Floral Dress

I spent this past weekend down the Cape for a beautiful wedding celebration for one of my college girlfriends. The forecast wasn’t looking great, but the wedding day was perfect – not too hot and also not raining. The next day we had a party on the beach and while the sun wasn’t out, it was fun to have some drinks on the beach in sweatshirts anyway.

Cape Cod Wedding Ceremony

We only have three weddings this year, two of which are this month, and admittedly I was late to the game with picking out something to wear. I picked out a few options on Rent the Runway but decided to take a look at a few other stores before making a decision. Last year, I found a dress I loved on ASOS from a brand called boohoo. I realized they have their own site – oftentimes with 50% off like they do now – with lots of dress inexpensive dress options and free returns.

I looked through the options and ordered two on a whim for $25 each – and luckily, I ended up loving one of them! I got so many compliments on this off-shoulder floral dress and it was so comfortable because of the stretchy material and the fact that it wasn’t tight on my stomach (I like to eat, drink and dance at weddings!). Note that I’m usually a 2 or 4 but the smallest size available was a 6. I went with it and while I probably could have gone a size down, because of the stretchy material, I had no problem with the fit.

Shop this dress using the links below and scroll down all the way for even more dress picks from boohoo. With the entire site 50% off, now is the time to try them out! And I’d love to hear your favorite places to buy dresses to wear to weddings – leave them in the comments!

Off-Shoulder Floral Dress for Weddings

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Dress ($25!) / Block Heel Sandals (also in suede, black, nude)

Bag (also in light pink & black) / Similar Earrings (here, here & here)

Off-Shoulder Floral Dress for Weddings

 

July 4th Outfit Ideas

Over the past few years, I’ve come to love July 4th. It’s the perfect time to take a few days off and go sit by a beach, especially since so many people take time off around then so work can be quieter than usual. I admittedly have a hard time completely disconnecting when things are busy – my to do list just seems to pile up so high that I can’t wrap things up before I’m out (working on that!).

We are lucky that my in-laws have friends with a beautiful Cape house that they invite friends to stay in over the 4th, so that’s what we’ve done the past two years. But this year, we’re taking our time off out in California, first visiting friends in San Diego and then taking a short train ride up to LA for a big family wedding. We’re sad to leave the pup because we know he would love a vacation like this, but he will be on his own staycation here in the city.

Anyway, there are so many fun, affordable July 4th outfit ideas out there – and there’s still time to grab them for Wednesday and beyond! Many stores will let you order online and pick up in-store now if that makes things easier… and you can still take advantage of online sales that way. Shop below via the links – and then find wayyyy more options by scrolling down to the widget. Best part: almost everything is on sale!

July 4th Outfit Ideas

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Camo Hat / Tassel Earrings / Striped Shirt

Flag Hoodie / Flag Shorts / Sunglasses

Headband / Bathing Suit / Sweatshirt (Men’s – size down!)

 

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Nordstrom Sale Accessories

Ok peeps, it’s almost time to kick off the long weekend finally, but I wanted to pop on here quickly to share some of my picks from the latest Nordstrom sale. These are all 40% off and great picks for summer and beyond, so grab them while they last! Oh and everything here is under $100… most even under $50 or $25!

The gray bag below is one that I’ve had for years – it also comes in black and is affordable when it’s full-price, so even better now. The blush clutch is perfect for wedding season, along with all of the fun earrings (the gold tassels are smaller than the blue ones – click through the links for more colors). The black carry-on suitcase is under $100 – good travel staple. And of course, sales like these are the perfect time to buy things like sunglasses. I also love a fun phone case with the change of seasons and I’ve been looking for a small wallet with a zipper to travel with instead of my giant wallet.

That’s all for today! Hope everyone is signing offline and hitting the road to hang with friends and family while the good weather lasts!

Nordstrom Sale Accessories

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Blush Clutch / Suitcase / Gold Tassel Earrings (more colors!)

Gray Bag (also in black!) / Pink Earrings / Rainbow Tassel Earrings

Love NecklaceSunglasses / Blue Tassel Earrings (more colors!)

Phone Case / Small Wallet (also in black & light blue)

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Sale Finds of the Week

I’ve been a little radio silent over here on the blog the past couple of weeks, and that’s because I was out in Colorado visiting friends and celebrating my brother’s college graduation, which made for a great long weekend. But I’m back and today I’m sharing some of my favorite sale finds from my favorite stores and brands. Keeping this one short and sweet today – go ahead and shop the post using the links and widget below. Everything is at least 40% off! 

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Floral Maxi Dress (other colors, too!) / Blue Earrings

Pink EarringsOff-Shoulder Top (also in light blue)

Gingham Yellow Dress / Off-Shoulder Floral Dress

Affordable One-Piece Swim Picks

I’m pretty new to the one-piece swimwear trend… last year was the first time I fully embraced it. I’m heading to Croatia and Cali this spring and have been on the hunt for a few more. But because I live in New England, my attitude about swimwear has always been to avoid spending too much $ on them. They only get so much use around here, so in my opinion, it’s not worth it unless I find one that has the most incredible fit, great quality and a timeless style.

This year, I noticed that lots of stores like Target and Aerie have been offering free shipping/free returns on swimwear, so I went ahead and took advantage of that by ordering a wholeeee bunch of one-piece options to try on. I was expecting to wind up with maybe 2 to keep, but now I’m having a hard time narrowing it down! Below are some of my favorites and more details on each, including other colors they come in and how they fit. Shop these affordable one-piece swim picks via the links!*

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Green Palm PrintI love this print – it’s exactly what I had in mind when I started my one-piece hunt. This one also comes in under $30, so it’s a steal. It has a low scoop back with fun detailing – and while I do love this, I’ve found that this style isn’t the best option for my body type. Because this is from the Xhilaration line, I recommend sizing up (I got a medium but probably could have used a large).

Black/White Striped with LaceI was skeptical about the fit of this one but went ahead and ordered after seeing lots of positive reviews… one person said they even went back for the black version with white lace. It reminds me of THIS more expensive version that I had my eye on last year, and I like that it has a tie in the back that allows you to adjust the tightness at your waist. There’s a very similar style from the Sea Angel line that comes in black and navy and you can also grab it in maternity sizing in both solids and prints here, here & here.

Pink Floral/TropicalThis is probably my favorite out of the bunch when it comes to the print – and I also like the Tori Praver line because I know they’re high quality for the price. If you’re looking at someone wearing this one from the back, it looks like they’re wearing a two-piece bikini. The medium fit well, but I ultimately decided not to keep this one in favor of others, mainly because I didn’t think the low back was super flattering on me. It also comes in this fun floral print and this bright tropical print.

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Scalloped Black Floral: This option from the Vanilla Beach line is a pretty simple, low-back one-piece – but it has fun scalloped details that make it super flattering. If you’re looking for a solid color, it also comes in black, and here is another floral print option. I like that it has adjustable straps and the cut is a bit cheeky. Also got a medium in this one.

Green Floral/Birds of ParadiseAnother Tori Praver one-piece, this is in the running for my favorite this season. It can be worn/tied in two different ways and has a slight cutout on the sides. The bottom of it is cheeky, but also comes up the perfect amount so that you feel nice and sucked in in the right places. The medium was right for me on this one as well.

Gingham & Black: This is such a classic cut and I love that it has gingham on top (also available in stripes, solid black and a blue tropical/floral print). I had a similar style suit from J.Crew last year with the same ruching on the bottom half and knew this one would be good for my body type. Medium was good on this one – note that this one is less cheeky than some of the others but I still like it! If you’re looking for a gingham suit but this one isn’t for you, try this one, which also fit really well.

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Beach Vacation Outfits

OK peeps… who is so sick of winter that you’re ready just to skip ahead to summer?! I sure am – but here in New England, summer isn’t quite in sight because it doesn’t even feel like spring (it snowed today, ugh). But to hold myself over, I’ve been deep in vacation planning. We’re heading to Colorado in May for my brother’s graduation, Croatia for a family vacation in June and then San Diego/LA to visit friends and go to a family wedding in July. Lots to look forward to!

And with that, I’m on the hunt for the perfect vacation/summer staples without spending too much cash money. I just ordered a bunch of bathing suits to try on from Target & Aerie and waiting for some good sales to shop so I can grab things like these shortalls that I’ve had my eye on. In the meantime, I took a look back beach vacation outfits I do have via pics from 2017 trips to Portugal and Hawaii – I still love all of these outfits and most of the items are still available (or very similar versions). Shop them all via the links below!

Show Me Your Mumu Dress

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Dress (also herehere in blue, similar here)

Sandals (also similar here)

White Lace Romper

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White Romper (also similar here & here)

Sunglasses / Bag (larger version here)

 

Gingham Off Shoulder Tank

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Similar Gingham Tank (also here)

Sandals / Similar Bag & Hat

 

Pineapple Tank

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Pineapple Tank (also here, similar here for $17!)

Sunglasses / Similar Shorts

 

Show Me Your Mumu Crop Tank

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Top in similar prints here & here

Similar shorts here & hereSunglasses