Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week has flown by, I cant believe we are already halfway through September. Here are some of my favorites this week.

 

 

 

APPLE KEYNOTE – Yes, I watched this live and yes I loved every second of it. As far as the watch, I’ve been waiting for them to come out with a version that you can leave your phone behind and still get calls and texts on your wrist. So thank you Apple for that. As far as the new iPhones…the iPhone 8/8+ are great, better camera with studio lighting and the wireless charging is just genius. For the iPhone X, the screen that fills the front of the phone is cool but that faceID….creepy. I did preorder the iPhone 8+ today in that beautiful gold color. So now I am anxiously awaiting it to come in.

 

FALL SCENTED CANDLES – I picked up this Harmony candle from my local Homegoods, and it is the perfect scent for fall. I have been burning it for about a week because I am so excited for fall. Its my favorite time of year, my other go-to’s for fall, Leaves and Sweater Weather.

 

THE 52 LISTS PROJECT – It’s no secret that I love lists. I make many every single day and I love crossing things off my list. I got this book from one of my friends for my birthday and its a collection of 52 lists that have different prompts from “List The Difficult Moments In Your Past That Have Shaped You For The Better” to “List The Things That Make You Laugh”. The reason why I love this is because it is supposed to help you identify all of the beauty, joy, creativity and power that you already have!

 

NAVY VELVET PILLOWS – I love velvet for fall, I love navy. I picked up a pair this week and am already loving them, they are the perfect accent for my living room that is mainly leather, navy and gold.

 

WEDDING THINGS – We ordered sample invitations and I am having such a hard time deciding which I love the most. I am definitely thinking gold foil and something navy. And on the note of weddings, we are going to the Crate & Barrel Registry Event on Sunday to create our registry. I have a feeling I will go a little crazy. What were some of your most favorite items you got off your registry?

 

THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER – I just got my Simplified Planner in Gold Pineapple this week. The Weeklys which is what I bought, sold out on the first day, but they will be back in stock mid November! The Daily’s are still available. Which are great if you have a lot of appointments or you are still in school. They come in the cutest patterns, the gold dot…need I say more… and are made with the nicest paper.

 

BLANKET SCARVES – I already got two this year even though we aren’t even close to it being scarf weather. I just get so excited when the stores release their fall collections and I need everything. I picked up this one and this one.

 

HEARTH & HAND – Also known as, Joanna Gaines’ Collection at Target. This made my week. I am so excited for November 5th to hit Target bright and early for the release of their collection. I will probably buy the whole collection. I am basic, but its ok. Also we are still two months away from Season 5 of Fixer Upper to come out. UGH.

 

WEEKLY EATS NOTEPAD – I picked this up at my Homegoods as well and it is such a great way to get organized and plan out your week with what you will make for dinner and what you need to pick up at the store. I like to plan on Sundays what we will be having for the week so that we have everything and we don’t have to go to the grocery store everyday.

 

What are some things that you are loving this week?

 

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25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

Here’s to a quarter of a century. My birthday is one of my favorite days of the year, its a time where I reflect back on the previous year and see how far I’ve grown. I have to say year 24 was the best one yet! I thought it might be fun to round up 25 facts that define me.

 

 

1. I am a true Virgo.
2. I always have to have my nails painted. I hate the look of unpainted nails and toenails.
3. I would choose appetizers over dessert any day.
4. I love cooking and baking, I am always trying new recipes.
5. I have a full blown obsession with Pinterest. I am on there everyday and have well over 10k pins.
6. I love board games, they are my guilty pleasure.
7. My favorite food is pizza, I could eat it everyday and never get sick of it.
8. I love plants, my favorite are fiddle leaf figs, but I do not have a green thumb. At all.
9. I don’t like my food touching on my plate. I like to eat everything separately and one at a time.
10. I strongly believe that a good candle can transform your whole house.
11. My two favorite smells in the world are the beach and lemon.
12. My favorite movie is A Cinderella Story.
13. I am a workaholic. I have a full time job, two part time jobs as well as my blog.
14. I am super competitive, I hate loosing.
15. My go-to coffee order is quad-venti caramel macchiato upside down. Hot or iced.
16. I love white marble. I dream of someday having an all white kitchen with white marble counters.
17. My favorite outfit is a great pair of denim and a navy and white striped top.
18. I have a weakness for gummy bears, the champagne ones are my favorite.
19. I am notorious for falling asleep every time I watch TV.
20. For the shows I have made it through, Gossip Girl, Fixer Upper, Royal Pains and Master of None have been my favorites.
21. I read a lot, I love beach reads and physiological thrillers. I am always on the hunt for my next great book.
22. I am always freezing cold. I carry a scarf or sweater in my bag wherever I go.
23. My go-to cocktail at a bar is gin & tonic with lime. Or a glass of champagne.
24. Lists are my favorite, I make lists for everything.
25. I am marrying the love of my life in a little over a year. And I am SO. EXCITED.

 

Do you relate to any of these fun facts? Do any of them surprise you?

 

Here are a few things that are on my birthday wishlist:

 

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Workout With Me

This summer I have really been dedicating the majority of my time and energy to getting healthy. I have been working out a ton and I am trying to eat healthier, while still balancing it all out with the occasional doughnut and pizza splurge. 😉 I have been going to spin classes multiple times a week since April and boy do I see a huge change, not so much with my weight, but with my energy and my attitude. I go in the morning and its the perfect kickstart workout to my day, I leave with more energy I could have ever imagined myself having after waking up at 4:45 AM and it lasts ALL DAY.

 

workout with me

 

It’s the music during the classes and the sense of community, that my body has been lacking, which always has me anxiously awaiting my next class. Ever since college volleyball ended I have been needing to find my place again in the workout world and I have finally found it. For some it’s yoga, some prefer barre, whatever it is, find it and stick with it. I have become friends with my instructors and they are the ones that motivate me, they are what push me to be a better version of myself. …And having one of my best friends go through all of this with me, makes it all even better. I mean everyone needs someone to hold you accountable and make sure you get to class on time! (Even if you are ALWAYS 2 minutes late on Tuesdays)

 

 

It’s the music that really keeps me going and really pushes me just a little bit harder. I rounded up some of my favorite songs that I have heard in my classes or that I just love to listen to at the gym. The songs that are motivational during the “my ride” song usually really stick with me. You can follow along with me on my Spotify.

 

 

 

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new balance 247 sneakers
lululemon pace revival pants
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What motivates you to be the best version of yourself? Comment below on your favorite songs right now!

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Memorial Day Weekend

 

Happy early Memorial Day! I always loved Memorial Day weekend because its the official start of summer and if you are a rule follower then the official start of white pants…I don’t follow that rule. I’ve been wearing white denim for weeks! And on top of that its my sister’s birthday weekend so we always have something going on for that! So its time to start packing for your long weekend, I know you have no idea what to pack or wear just like me every time I go away or have anything going on. So hopefully this makes it a little easier for you!

 

I am loving this palm print two piece set from Mumu, navy tops paired with white denim and white dresses. Navy and white is basically my summer wardrobe so you’ll be seeing alot of that coming up. Im obsessed with the top of this bikini, I think that it has the perfect amount of coverage while still being trendy and cute! Don’t forget the sunscreen for whatever you do/wear this weekend, I applied sunscreen 4 times last Saturday and still got burnt! I am dying to try Glossier’s Invisible Shield sunscreen has anyone tried it yet?

 

If you are looking for a floppy hat with a cute saying like the one linked, check out my DIY post from last year to learn how to make your own!

 

Enjoy your long weekend everyone!

 

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Wicked Tulip Farm

 

My Outfit Details: White Denim | Denim Jacket | Palm Tank | Jack Rogers | Sunnies (similar)

 

Matt and I were taking a drive yesterday when we stumbled upon Wicked Tulip Flower Farm in Johnston, RI. We had not even heard of it but got a last minute recommendation to check it out, and let me tell you…I am SO glad that we did. It is the most picturesque flower farm I’ve been to. There are rows and rows of tulips and they are gorgeous! This is actually the only U-pick tulip farm in New England. This would be the perfect place to take family photos as the tulips are so photogenic.

I highly recommend you all going, if you do you should def buy tickets online first (we ordered them in the parking lot! haha) at http://www.wickedtulips.com/ Yesterday was opening day and for a Thursday it was surprisingly busy so I can only imagine how busy it will be on the weekends! Once you get there they give you a little basket or bucket to collect your tulips in and you get picking, they are $1 per tulip. Then you bring them over to the wrapping station and you can either wrap them yourself or have someone do it for you. And they count them there, then you go over to pay and its that simple! I love tulips and now have them in three rooms of my house! They really brighten up the room and are so springy!

If any of you go, please tag me in your pics so I can see your beautiful flower pics 🙂

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Winter to Spring: Transition Pieces

I think that one of the hardest times to dress is during the transition weather, especially when it goes from Winter to Spring. Lets face it we are all SO over Winter and are dying to break out the warmer pieces…but thats so not logical right now. It is still FREEZING even though it is technically spring, well thats New England for you but I am dying to start wearing dresses and lighter colors. (I have a strict black/navy dress code during the freezing cold months) Below are some of the transition pieces I have picked up so that I can start easing into the spring mode. I am so happy that it is now still light out when I get home from work, its the little things in life people…

 

Some of my favorite transition pieces are light jackets like this trench and camo jacket, I got a camo jacket for Christmas this year so I am so excited to wear it a ton this spring. I think that camo is such a fun print and goes well with neutrals and slip on sneaks. I have been wearing my slip on sneakers a ton this year (see top pic of bedazzled ones…so.fun.) Another trend I’m trying this spring is mules, they are so not my usual style…but I found Gucci dupes and I couldn’t resist, here are the originals. Still having a hard time styling them, maybe I’ll get used to them. I’ll show you all the current dupes in another post.

 

The Chloe cross body is to die for and I love the color of it this season. It would truly go with everything you own, but defiantly an investment piece! Then we get to the gingham top which is so cute, and the off the shoulder is in again this season. And this ruffle back top might be more summer than spring but I love the ruffle v-back and the navy color so if you are going somewhere warm, pick it up! Karen Walker sunnies are my favorite and I’m dying to get my hands on a pair. And lastly Nars lipstick in Orgasm is the perfect shade for spring, its the perfect everyday pink without being too overwhelming.

 

What are your favorites for the transition into spring?

 

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Wedding Guest Maxi-Dresses

Wedding season is officially upon us, I have my first wedding of the year in two short weeks. YAY Bridget and Glenn! I just love love so I am so excited to be a part of everyone’s special day. I have quite a few weddings this year…7 to be exact! So I am officially on the hunt to find 7 new dresses….woah. I know for a fact that this one is my number one choice this year. I love how feminine and chic it is. I am LOVING maxi dresses right now, especially the Show Me Your Mumu dresses. The third dress is a convertible dress, I have it in navy and I LOVE it, I love that you can wear it as a strapless dress, or halter, or cross back. Its amazing if you have many weddings in a year like I have this year because its like getting 10 dresses in one! A very similar (much cheaper one here) I am also loving navy and the jewel tone emerald, I love navy in the summer, and this two piece maxi dress is stunning!

 

Do you guys have many weddings this year? Are you also LOVING maxi dresses like I am? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Oysters….Delivered!

 

Oysters…at your doorstep. Need I say more? I’m talking kinda like HelloFresh or Just Add Cooking (which I’ll tell you all about later) but this is oysters. Real Oyster Cult is the next big thing…you heard it here first people!

 

 

So Matt and I ordered Real Oyster Cult oysters and let me tell you they were so fun to get in the mail…I love good mail days. We got the Summerside Oysters which are from Prince Edward Island. They have oysters from all over, Canada to Washington and even from Massachusetts. I don’t eat oysters but they are Matt’s favorite so he was more than happy to eat them all himself. And he scarfed them all down faster than I can even tell you.

Its so easy to do… you download the app, choose what amazingly delicious oysters you want and then get them up from your front door. Once you have them they last up to 14 days in the refrigerator, so you can enjoy them whenever you want. Then once you are ready, get your shucking knife, towel, ice tray, sauce and lemon wedges ready and get shucking! They are perfect for a nice dinner in or for entertaining and sharing them with your friends. But I don’t blame you if you don’t want to share 😉

ROC ships to every oyster-loving state so it doesn’t matter where you are located in the US you can still get oysters delivered! How awesome is that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After working with and taking pictures of all these oysters, I now want to add an oyster print to my gallery wall. Below are my some of my favorites.

 

Thanks to Real Oyster Cult for sponsoring today’s post

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Things on My Radar

Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices – – NEED I SAY MORE. I cannot wait to try these, I am also wondering how it took them so long to come out with these slices of heaven. They are just like Klondike bars for those of you who’ve had them. But they will be even better because they are Ben & Jerry’s flavors. I hope they come out with Chubby Hubby pint slices, that’s my all time favorite flavor.

 

 
This Future Mrs. Mug – – Being engaged is so fun. There are SO many cute mugs, glasses, and other bride-to-be products that I just have to have all of them. I swear whenever I go into HomeGoods or TJMaxx I HAVE to buy something bride/engaged/wedding related. My newest purchase is this Future Mrs. mug and its just so cute and so big, it’s perfect.


 

 

Sam Hunt’s New Song – – Body Like a Back Road. This song has been on repeat every single day lately. It is always stuck in my head. Sam Hunt makes me SO excited for summer, he is playing a concert down the street from my house so I will HAVE to go. Fun fact: Sam Hunt played at my spring weekend in college before he was even popular. I remember having to look up his songs on YouTube so that I would know a few words. And now hes an award winning artist!

 

 

Pom Pom Beachy Trend – – This pom pom trend from last year is back again this year. Right now with the cold cold temps and the storm coming in, its making me want to take a beachy getaway to somewhere warm. Last year I got the cutest pom beach tote it was almost the same as this one. And this year I am defiantly looking to add a cover up and maybe those shorts below. I love how bright and fun this trend is while being paired with white so that its not too in your face.

 

 

Boston Globe Travel Show – – And while I’m on the topic of beachy getaways and day dreaming to jetset off to warm places, I’ll let you all know that I am going to the Boston Globe Travel Show again this year. Its this weekend and if you are in the area it would be a great event to attend. It gives you all sorts of ideas of where to travel to next, and opens your eyes to different parts of the world. And there are many chances to win prizes and getaways as well as listening to guest speakers and visiting some of the 200 booths! Below is a picture from last year, I always bring my Apolis tote with me to events like these so that I can carry around all the freebies and information guides.


 

 

What are some of the things on your radar this week? I would love to hear!

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Valentines Day Gift Guide for Him & Her

Valentines Day is approaching, its time to start thinking about gifts for your love. Whether you are dining out at a nice restaurant or you are cooking a dinner home and will be enjoying it by candle light this gift guide will help both men and women choose gifts for their significant other.

 

This is Matt and I’s first Valentines Day engaged! We are planning on making a nice dinner together and enjoying it by candlelight. We went out last year to a nice restaurant and the service was very sub-par, so since then we vowed to not go out again on Valentines Day. I think it will be nicer to make dinner together and spend quality time together. I love the Harry’s shave set and if you know me, you know I monogram EVERYTHING…so when I saw that the Winston Shave set was engravable it was a no-brainer. So let’s hope Matt doesn’t read this, or it will spoil the surprise. 😉

 

For Him: Toiletry Bag | Bar Print | Travel Mug | Harry’s Shave Set (can be monogrammed!) | Harry’s Shave Stand | Nike Sneakers | See’s Candies Toffee-ettes

For Her: Pink Mirrored Ray Bans | Nars Lip Gloss | Kate Spade Phone Case | Champagne Bears | Tassel Earrings | Fun Scarf | Candle

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What are some of your fav Valentines traditions? What are some of the gifts you are buying your significant other?

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