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Fashion Friday: New England Seaside Chic

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Summer always makes me fall back in love with New England.  Our long, brutal winters leave most of us cursing the day we chose to live in a place where the air hurts our faces and grey skies hang heavy day in and out- but then summer comes and our charming seasides wipe those depressing winter memories from the slate and infuses us with love for our little corner of the world once again!

We have our own brand of preppy here in the Northeast- one based in khakis and pearls, boat shoes and stripes. One only needs to spend a few hours in Newport or Nantucket to grasp the style, but I felt inspired to pull together outfits for her and him that reflect the classic laid back New England shoreline look.  As a special treat for our nine year anniversary (how the hell did nine years pass??) I booked Andrew and I a few nights at the impeccable and perfectly preppy White Elephant Resort on Nantucket in September (my favorite time to go there) so this is pretty much what we’ll look like on that trip:
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FOR HER: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. (just bought this- LOVE) // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. (a boat and tote to keep wine chilled-also makes a great gift) // 11. (this beach towel looks like a hide rug! DIE!)

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Want to dress it up a little bit? Swap in these shorts, clutch and wedges (from Sole Society, where all sandals are 60% off today!!! For real!)

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Need to get even dressier for a nice dinner out by the shore?  I am OBSESSED with this Sail to Sable Summer Stunner dress. MUST. HAVE. IT.

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Doesn’t looking at this just make you instantly relaxed?

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Fashion Friday: Black, White & Red All Over

Friday, June 6th, 2014

I’ve been noticing that I like to buy things mostly in a few colors- black, white and some form of red/coral. And luckily for me I’ve been seeing a lot of this combo everywhere recently! A season-less palette that can work for you through summer and into fall, you can feel good about picking up pieces in this color family. Here are a collection of my faves right now:

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And speaking of black and white, I was looking for some cute black and white baby clothes as a gift the other day and could find nothing. I mean, I know most people like babies dressed in bright colors, but a little graphic black and white never hurt anyone, right? And then I saw a whole black and white toddler collection on Old Navy last night that is TO DIE FOR!!! (Click images for links)

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Fashion Friday: Lingerie & Sleepwear Upgrade

Friday, May 30th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but as a lady whose been married going on 9 years, I typically sleep in an old college t-shirt and a pair of rather ratty pj pants.  I admit it, I try very little when it comes to my sleepwear wardrobe.  But you know what, there is something so luxurious and relaxing about treating yourself right and wearing proper pajamas.  No need for uncomfortable see-through jobs with trap-doors and hinges and the like- but just straight up pretty things that make you feel nice. Why not? We deserve it.  Here are some finds to help upgrade your nighttime duds-

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Simple. black and with a hint of lace but not Pam Anderson-ish. Totally my bag.

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Adorable short pajama sets. I want BOTH!

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A cute print romper and tank/shorts set that probably feels like sleeping in nothing.

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Zebra jammies. DUH. And a more feminine print floral slip nightie. So pretty.

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Fashion Friday: My Favorite Summer Tee!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

tshirt Last Sunday I popped into J.Crew for no particular reason at all (as many of us do).  As I was poking around I had t ee shirts on my mind. All my tees look ratty from last year (and some from many years previous) and I really wanted to replenish my stash of the staple. But it seems as of late every t-shirt that looks like it has a good fit is some kind of linen version, which feels and drapes amazing at time of purchase, but cut to me emptying the dryer and finding that I mistakenly dried mine and now it could fit my five year old niece.  I mean, they are tee shirts after all, and it’s so easy to forget that they need to be laid flat to dry (who has the time and mental capacity to recall that when hurrying to get a load of wash done?)  So when I saw J.Crew’s new scoop neck vintage cotton tees I was intrigued. And for good reason. These are the BEST!  The fit is long, lean and with the perfect deep scoop that’s not too racy but not too high either. V-necks always feel too sporty for layering, and crew necks aren’t flattering if you have any kid of bustline. The fabric feels great and the color selection is perfect. Since they were 25% off (and still are with code PACKME ) I bought five! I never do that! Ever! But when you find a good basic that fits perfect and is on sale- you kinda have to. And then you have to share the info! :)

And since my summer is full of construction, travel and spending as much time outside as possible so I’ve already developed a uniform. One of these tees, rolled boyfriend jeans, lace up funky sandals, my satchel (free monogramming and shipping right now) and a cool long necklace (this one reminds me of a vintage one I inherited from Andrew’s grandmother I LOVE) and simple studs (tiny diamonds are a forever classic and I love mine).  In the summer I love to air dry my hair as it’s naturally wavy and it’s so much better for it than heat styling. I am absolutely loving Drybar’s new Salt Spray- it’s less drying than others I’ve tried and really defines my waves, adds a little volume while also kinda keeps frizz  at bay! LOVE IT.  On my toes I’ve been doing orangey-red polish constantly as it looks so good with a light tan AND pale skin! Bring it, summer! uniform

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Fashion Friday: Inspired by the Beach

Friday, May 16th, 2014

No place makes me happier than the beach. I spent last weekend sitting on the porch at my parent’s new shore house and it reminded me that when life gets a little crazy, a couple hours by the ocean is the best remedy.  And is there anything more heart-warming and charming than beach cottages?  I could drive around shore towns all day looking at salt-swept shingle style homes (and is the reason Coastal Living is such a visual feast for me).  Being a New Englander born and bred, I will forever have a love for nautically inspired summer style. So why not combine the two?  I saw this beachy front door and thought “I want to wear that!”…. so….

The Space- the front door of the author of Grace Happens:
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The Outfit:

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As an alternative to a heavier denim jacket, this new chambray blazer from Two Penny Blue (of which I’m a part of) is a darling, preppy alternative! The best part? The monogram underneath the collar on the back! And don’t forget, for every jacket bought on the site a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa (click here to read more)- it’s an awesome way to give back a little.

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HAPPY WEEKEND!!!