PRE FALL FAVORITES

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By not you're probably over all the #NSALE posts and shopping for sweaters and coats when its 95 degrees out seems silly! I will say you'll thank your summer self in September when you want to buy the perfect distressed jean to wear with a new sweater and everything is full price! This post began with a cardigan. It comes in 4 colors (love all of them) but I was really attracted to this minty gray blue. Its a color I've been seeing a lot for Fall and surprisingly looks great paired back to plaids and florals. I've ordered from this site before and its 80% great, 20% ehhh. I will say they represent their items well and the quality is usually one step above Zara. Hope you like this edit! 

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Posted on July 19, 2018 .

NANTUCKET weekend recap

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Last Thursday morning we jumped on a plane for a three day, two night trip to Nantucket and it was heavenly. I didn't know what to expect and honestly a part of me thought that all the hype would turn out to be overrated. Well, it wasn't! When we were on our way back to the airport on Saturday I kept saying to Frank, "I can't believe that was only three days...I feel like we've been on vacation for a week!". My sister-in-law rented a house from Saturday to Saturday that was in the best location and central to everything. It was a 15 minute walk to town and about a 25 min bike ride to this restaurant and Madaket beach. I would have walked anywhere on this island and I kept reminding myself to soak it all in - the smell, the flowers, the perfectly aged gray houses - it was all perfect.

If you're traveling with kids this company is amazing! They rent out everything from car seats to sound machines. If you're flying to the island its a must. We brought one stroller but rented a second once we realized we were going to walk everywhere. 

  • If you're looking for a casual lunch I lived here. If you follow me on Instagram and saw my stories during the trip you're probably laughing. I LIVED there! 
  • We went here for dinner the first night - very good and kid friendly! Request to sit outside though. The dining room by the bar and the one below are dark and not the vibe I was going for dining on an island.  
  • We went to Galley Beach on Friday for dinner. It is gorgeous at night and the sunset is not to be missed. The only reservation we could get was either 5:30pm or 8:30pm so we went with the latter. We met our friends Mackenzie and Will for a drink around 7 and took pictures. If you're thinking of heading here with kids I would say its kid friendly on the earlier side. Our boys can usually handle staying up a little later but dinner on the beach, in the sand, and in the dark (by candlelight) was too much! We definitely ended up shoveling our $48 entrees in our mouthes!  

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NANTUCKET PACKING LIST


DRESSES

for cold summer nights

tops with denim

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Posted on July 17, 2018 .

BOY MOM

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BOY MOM! No but really - its a thing:) For as long as I can remember I just knew I was going to have boys. People always ask me if I wish I had a girl and I honestly don't ever think about it that way. I can't imagine a life without my two sweet boys and I feel lucky everyday. Even when they're swinging their baseball bats into the TV and yelling "MOM" over and over again! 

Love this insert. I'm not a huge fan of the traditional "mom gear" thats out there but I love when I find pieces that are both chic and functional. The same brand also sells a tote which I would recommend for any new mom. They wear really well and are a great price point. 

  • Luke's car seat - Easy to clean and move between cars, found it on sale:)
  • Harry's car seat - This was Luke's too! Its lightweight and still going strong for baby #2!
  • Umbrella Stroller
  • Sound Machine - Beware you may become addicted to this too! I can't sleep without one now. They travel really well which is a plus!
  • Diaper Bag - I've blogged about this one before! The insert inside is mission critical for ever mom wanting to stay organized + you can have your monogram hand painted on the outside!

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THE THINGS I'VE LEARNED SO FAR

 

gentleman are not born they are made

always bring an extra pair of underwear

let them wear a different shoe on each foot - the battle will only upset you both and by the end of the week he'll be back to wearing a matching pair

its never too early for a date night (with your son)

they're always on the move - make sure you slow it all down once in a while and enjoy the moment

bless the mess - this is the hardest one for me and my saving grace is the no food, no toys room (with a white sofa) in our house. So far so good!

communicate - every night I tell Luke about my day and then he goes through his. EVERY SINGLE DETAIL! Even when I'm so tired I feel like I'm going to fall over! I know this is going to be a big one as he gets older. 

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY - this was so important for me as a mom working 40+ hrs a week and its a tough one to remember when all you want to do is spend more time with them. One hour of uninterrupted (iPhone free) time over 5 distracted hours. 

 

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BOY STYLE


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Posted on July 16, 2018 .

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

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The day is here! I didn't realize how big this sale was till last summer when I picked up a few great Fall pieces but regretting missing so many others. Early access starts today which means you can only sop from now until the 19th if you have a Nordstrom card. After that the sale will be open to the public until it ends on August 5th. There are definitely benefits to having the card for this sale as sizes do sell out but I'm also not a huge fan of department store credit cards so no pressure! I've had a few people reach out about what they should by and my advice has been less is more. I always suggest investing in a few amazing pieces that you can wear the whole Fall/Winter season rather than filling up your cart with less expensive items that you won't want next year. Happy shopping! 

PS Have a question or need some advice on a particular item? Send me a message!

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  • A basic white tee - Great for the summer but I also layer these under every sweater during the Fall
  • A cute basic open cardigan for under $50. Love the length of this one and this one too!
  • I love the men's tailored look to these PJ's. I have them and had the pocket monogrammed:) 

FOR THE BOYS

Posted on July 12, 2018 .

VEGAN SUMMER BOWL

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When you can't eat dairy finding a filling, fresh, and quick option for breakfast can be tough. Six years ago my go-to was a cup of regular yogurt or an English muffin with cream cheese. When I realized I was lactose intolerant it was a shock to my system and back then there were no tasty almond or coconut based options. Throw in additional issues with gluten and breakfast became the toughest meal of the day! 

These days things are a lot easier for a V/GF eater. Luckily I'm able to tolerate eggs but I don't always have the time to make them. I'm also a huge fan of smoothies but the extra step of a blender has always been a deterrent. During the week my go-to is a bowl of my favorite almond milk yogurt with this granola. I love using seasonal fruit and during the summer its been mango, figs, and lots of berries. For toppings I like to use hemp seeds, coconut flakes or butter, chia seeds, or cacao nibs. 

PS Luke suffers from very bad seasonal allergies. This year I purchased a local honey and added it to his breakfast. Call me crazy but I think it actually helped!

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Posted on July 11, 2018 .

IN MY BAG

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I'm always curious which products and things people carry around with them in their purses and when they travel. Two Christmases ago I put these travel case sets on one of my Lust Lists and Frank surprised me with one! They are truly the best quality, and the price is incredible at $110 for both. The larger one even has a mini pocket inside for jewelry. I've been using the smaller size a ton this summer because its perfect to throw in my large straw totes and it keeps me organized. Funny fact about my cases: STM is not the correct monogram for me. I'm pretty sure it was Frank's first time ordering a monogram EVER and in his defense the website used to be a little more confusing. So yep, should be SMT but who notices those things anyway, right? He felt terrible and even though it killed my OCD-self, I couldn't bring myself to order a new one and change it:)

Another summer favorite in my bag are these wipes. I love the smell of them and the essential oils are a nice natural alternative to cleansing. Call me crazy but they also make the best air freshener for your car! I use one and leave it in the car for a few hours and voila! The multi pack is a great starting point to see which scent you like best!

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PS Here is a link to my raffia heart key chain. Probably my least essential purchase this summer hehe but boy does it make me happy every time I look at it! It also makes the best hostess gift!


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Posted on July 10, 2018 .

PRETTY IN PINK

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Happy Monday! Last week really felt like two weeks with the 4th smack dab in the middle. We didn't have any major plans and took advantage of time spent with family and friends. Its amazing how much my life has changed now that I don't work on the weekends. The biggest difference is the time that Frank and I now have to be a with one another, parent together, and just talk! We've been together for over 13 years and for almost 8 of them he was a lone soldier on either Saturday or Sunday. Most mornings I wake up feeling a little anxious because its so strange not to head out the door to my "job" at 8 am, but after weekends like this I am reminded how lucky I am to start this new chapter! 

You can find my top knot earrings here. It looks like my "beach" color is sold out but I love the "blush room" and black is such a classic! 

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Posted on July 9, 2018 .

UNDER $100 - SUMMER

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I recently had a client reach out because because she loved this under $100 post. We had already added a handful of splurge items to her closet for summer but she still had the "itch" to shop. She asked me to round up a few more steal pieces et voilà! Clearly I still had my sister's bachelorette weekend on my mind when I added in the cocktail napkins. Ordered number one and five and LOVE number 12! Another item that didn't make the list but I love is this striped neutral blazer. Perfect for now and Fall!

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Posted on July 6, 2018 and filed under Lust List.

THE PERFECT PROVENANCE

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dress // bag (call store) // shoes

Perfect is just the word I would use for this gem nestled on a side street of Greenwich Ave in Greenwich, CT. I still remember the feeling I had the first time I walked in. It was a combination of shear joy that a place like this had opened in our backyard combined with a nostalgia for summers spent in France and Belgium with family. Inside the meticulously renovated 1920s Victorian home is a treasure trove of the finest clothing, curated art, and a cafe (that if you follow my Instagram you know I frequent multiple times a month). I love popping in for a tea and a hostess gift and during the winter months it became one of my happy places, a mini vacation from the cold and the snow. Thats when I discovered this hand cream that I can't live without and this hand soap. Everyone in our house loves using it, especially Luke who calls it "the good soap" :).

If you live in Connecticut or you're just passing through, Perfect Provenance is a must see! Don't forget to say hi to founder and curator Lisa Lori and order a Solstice Sun, my favorite iced tea!

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today's post was sponsored by my friends at the perfect provenance

Posted on July 5, 2018 and filed under Outfits.

Independence Day SALES

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I keep reminding myself I'm not going to complain about the heat! I said it over and over to myself this winter when I was begging for Spring to come :) So I will continue to be grateful for 100 degree humid days as I sit here sweating! Also today I went to infrared so I'm a glutton for punishment! 

This jacket is a must buy! I wore it to death during the spring and will also have it in rotation for Fall. The flax linen color is the best neutral and its on sale here and more sizes here! I'm wearing a size P. Also lots of questions about the white dress I'm wearing here. Its old from Club Monaco but I found a similar one here and here! Also love this one which is a lot less!

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Independence Day Sales 

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WEEKEND RECAP - A DAY IN SAG HARBOR

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I had the loveliest weekend celebrating my sister's bachelorette in the Hamptons. Her friends organized an Airbnb in Southampton that was gorgeous! It comfortably fit all ten of us and included a pool and lovely gardens. On Friday night we went to Wollfer Kitchen and Saturday drinks at the Wollfer wine stand followed by a restaurant called Calissa. Both were great! Call me crazy but my happiness on vacation usually revolves around food. Most people would say the beach or pool but nope, not me! Give me a delicious lunch followed by and iced tea and I'm at my happiest.  

I brought two bags with me this weekend: this one and this one. It was the perfect combination! Also lots of questions about the dress I wore out on Saturday night in blush - only found it white and black here. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday week!

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SAG HARBOR

Breakfast at Provisions : When I discovered this place about 7 years ago it was love at first sight. As you know I have a serious love for healthy foods and even more so organic and dairy-free options. If you're heading to Sag Harbor or just passing through, stopping here is a must. I recommend the watermelon juice and my absolute favorite thing to eat is the baby buddha (ask for both the tahini and green herb dressing. 

Lunch on the go at Harbor Market & Kitchen: Last summer we rented a house in Sag Harbor and Frank and I stumbled upon this place while on a morning bike ride. Everything is delicious! They have vegan and gluten free options and will also happily satisfy a carnivore:) You can eat in at their communal tables or pack a to-go basket for the beach. My favorites are the salmon cakes, tahini brownies, and jasmine iced green tea. 

Coffee/Tea and a cookie break (while shopping) at Sylvester & Co.: Lynda Sylvester starting making cold brew 20 years ago. You can drink her now famous coffee here on tap along with a delicious homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cup. Yes I was a little bit indulgent on this trip! 

Frozen Yogurt at Buddha Berry: Every time I go here I beg them to open in Connecticut. Their frozen yogurt is delicious and they have the most amazing dairy-free options that are coconut milk based. This weekend it was match (obviously I was in heaven). 

Shopping at Goop: I loved last years pop-up in Amagansett and this one doesn't disappoint! Don't miss the beautiful outdoor garden in the back! I treated myself to this diffuser that has been on my wishlist for a long time. Last night we diffused this oil and my bedroom smelled amazing!

For buried treasure stop in Bloom: I couldn't find a website for this gem but trust me, its a must visit. The picture above was shot in the back cottage. BLOOM 43 Madison St, Sag Harbor, NY


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Posted on July 2, 2018 and filed under What to Pack.

HAPPY 4TH!

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So if the 4th of July is next Wednesday do we celebrate this weekend or next technically? I'm confused! I love the shade of blue in this week's lust list. Not sure if I've admitted this before to you but I'm not a navy girl. People always tell me to wear it and that its a great color for blondes but for some reason its at the bottom of my list. But this paler blue I can get behind!

I'm headed to the Hamptons this weekend for my sister's bachelorette party. SO excited (and so happy we're not going to Vegas LOL). I hope everyone has a great weekend! It looks like its going to be a hot one on the East Coast. 

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Posted on June 29, 2018 and filed under Lust List.

5 MINUTE MAKEUP - SUMMER EDITION

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 apply moisturizer - I like this one because its the perfect balance of hydration and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily

SPF - THIS IS SUPER LIGHT AND I APPLY A LAYER RIGHT OVER MY MOISTURIZER. IF THATS TOO MUCH FOR YOU JUST USE THIS!

Foundation - I absolutely love this foundation. Its organic so the consistency will be slightly different than what you're used to but I suggest you put a few drops of your favorite face oil on your hand and mix before you apply. I use this under my eyes and on blemishes. Its great as an all over base too when you're looking for more coverage. The shade I use is like porcelain

Blush - You will fall in love with this blush. I love how creamy it is and I also use it on my lips and mix with a gloss. The shade I use is blossoming

LAST STEP - MASCARA! FULL Disclosure I don't love this as much as drug-store $8 mascara however the trade off is that this is natural and clean. For photoshoots and big events I still use the alternative!

facial 2x a week - always leaves my skin looking bright and clear like I just had a facial

warning - it burns a little!


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E-STYLING

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We took full advantage of our unplanned days and did some much needed work around the house. Its funny, I don't have a green thumb when it comes to indoor plants, but so far so good with the outdoor ones! Leaving the house today I really enjoyed walking past all the work we had done yesterday. So rewarding! Although if anyone has an pointers on grass I'll take them! We're trying to keep things as "natural" as possible because of the kids/dog but its really tough when you also want green grass! 

I'm so excited to officially launch e-styling today! What is that you might ask? If you're looking for help with your closet or you have a specific event or trip you need styling help with this is for you. I will create guides like this and this one specifically tailored to your needs that you can easily shop at your leisure. This means you can still get styling help even if you don't live in CT/NY (YAY...claps hands)! I've been doing it unofficially for about two years now and thought it was time I shared:) If this à la carte styling sounds interesting to you, send me a note here!

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SPECIAL THANKS TO KERRI ROSENTHAL FOR LETTING US SHOOT IN HER BEAUTIFUL GALLERY IN WESTPORT, CT

SUMMER LUST LIST

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FEATURED

Happy first day of summer! Currently sitting outside while Luke plays with slime and Harry naps. After 10+ years in corporate America I'm feeling very grateful for my new found flexibility and work/life balance! Weekend plans you ask? Nothing! We may head up to the farm on Sunday but definitely looking forward to keeping things casual. 

I love this week's lust list because it represents my high/low style. You don't have to break the bank everything in your closet! Can you guess which piece is under $30? This dress is another under $100 favorite!

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Posted on June 22, 2018 and filed under Lust List.

MY FAVORITE SUNGLASSES

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Happy hump day! I fully intended on getting this post up yesterday and somehow thought it would be possible to fit it in between three client appointments! Anyone else wake up and completely over commit? :) I got this dress from the brand's sample sale and was so excited to see when it went on sale online too - LOVED the tassel pom poms and the color. It also comes in a very pretty blue combo here and another pink version here! Honestly the best part of it is that its machine washable! #boymom 

On another note I always get messages about my sunglasses. Linked my go-to's below! I was able to find one pair of the sold out Abrie Oliver Peoples style so ready - set - go!

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special thanks to Kerri Rosenthal for letting us shoot in her beautiful gallery in Westport, CT

Posted on June 20, 2018 and filed under Outfits.

WEEKEND RECAP + Father's Day VIDEO

I'm SO excited to share this video with all of you! I was thrilled when I was introduced to Lisa from Smitten Films a couple of months ago. The service they provide for families is priceless - taking all the pics and videos you have on your phone and turning them into a mini movie that will make you laugh and cry. Who wouldn't want that?! When we started talking about making one for me I instantly thought of Frank and Father's Day. He is such an amazing and hands on Dad and I have been trying to figure out a way to thank him. I love the idea of something that will withstand the test of time, is creative, and personal. 

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WEEKEND SHOPPING

  • SO many questions about the white dress I wore on Saturday! Here it is:)
  • I recently just did a Zara shop for a client and wanted to share my favorite pieces! This dress is adorable (love the color) THIS TOP!!
  • This weekend I ordered this casual jumpsuit for myself and this dress. I also love the pop of yellow in this set and its on my wishlist! 
  • This is hands down one of my favorite purchases from spring. I've been wearing it non-stop and love the fact that it can be worn as a dress or a duster/kimono


Posted on June 18, 2018 .

SUMMER JUMPSUITS

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Some days I think I might love a good jumpsuit more than a dress. There's nothing better than someone thinking you're wearing pants and SURPRISE...pants! PS pockets are always a bonus for me. Full length jumpsuits can almost always take you from day to night and they are absolutely a closet staple. I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. I usually don't love blue but the pale robin's egg color reminded me of a vintage Ralph Lauren pattern. it's definitely a splurge but I thought it was a great alternative to a dress for summer weddings, baby showers, etc, and I could really dress it up. I rounded up some of my other favorites below! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there:)

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SALE ROUNDUP

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This week is flying by! Headed out to do some shopping today with my mom. My sister is getting married in October and mother of the bride dresses can be tricky! I have fallen in love with this dress for myself (actually pretty much all the dresses from this designer are amazing) and I want my mom to find something in a similar hue. The wedding is going to be in the Berkshires and I wish I could show you a sneak peek of her dress but I think my future brother-in-law might be an avid Girl Guide reader...hehe JK. 

Shopbop is definitely my favorite place to shop online. They do a few smaller pop up sales throughout the year and I was able to pre-shop this one for you guys last night! Use code SCORE18 for an additional 25% off! Happy hump day:)

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Posted on June 13, 2018 .

GO-TO TRAVEL STYLE

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If you were headed out for a weekend trip and could only pack a carry-on what would you fill it with? You'd stare at your closet, your shoes and handbags, and think which one of these pieces would work for the flight there, on and off the beach and maybe even out to a casual dinner. I thought about this when we went to Watch Hill/Newport for the day a couple of weeks ago and even though we were driving I wanted to wear one dress that would work for it all. I love this dress  and the brand that makes it have the loveliest patterns. If you're not into a super short dress (which I normally am not so its funny my last two posts have been short dresses) they have longer options in the same print here and love this white style here

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Posted on June 11, 2018 and filed under Outfits, What to Pack.