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.

 

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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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Super Bowl Sunday

Hellloo football fans…. or snack fans! The biggest day in football is finally here! Whether you are most excited about Lady Gaga’s halftime show, the hilarious commercials or the actual game, I know we are all getting the snacks and drinks ready. I think I am more excited about the super bowl because my favorite team is going to the Superbowl for the ninth time! GO PATRIOTS!

 

 

It’s no secret that buffalo chicken is the crowd favorite at almost every gathering. I don’t know why it is so addictive but everyone cant seem to get enough of it. So today I am going to share a layered buffalo chicken dip recipe which is perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend. I am going to have regular buffalo chicken dip as well as this layered dip so that everyone is happy…gotta please the crowed right?? Willow Tree makes a buffalo chicken dip that you will see in my pictures that is great on its own or in a dish like this layered buffalo chicken dip. Gotta love the simplicity of a prepackaged appetizer.

 

 

Layered Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Willow Tree Buffalo Chicken Dip (so convenient that it is already made and in a package)
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 3/4 cup of hot sauce (Franks Red Hot is my personal fav)
  • 3/4 cup of crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 4 slices of coooked bacon, crumbled (who doesn’t love bacon)
  • 3 scallions
  • Celery
  • Tortilla Chips

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl mix refried beans with 1/4 cup of hot sauce and then spread into a baking dish as first layer.
  3. Spread the cream cheese on top of the bean layer, to create second layer.
  4. Spread Willow Tree Buffalo Chicken Dip on top of the cream cheese layer, for the third layer.
  5. Top with blue cheese crumbles.
  6. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and top with scallions and bacon bits.
  8. Serve with celery and tortilla chips, enjoy!

 

 

What are your favorites for the Super Bowl? What snacks will you be enjoying while watching?

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Must Reads this Winter

 

During the winter I just love cozying up to the fire with a big blanket and a great book. Now that it is that time of year and its officially too cold for me to step foot outdoors (except for this week its weirdly kind of warm), I have decided to share a few of my must reads. My style of book varies from beach read to mystery, I love books that are page turners and leave you thinking about the story all day long. The one perk taking the train everyday, to and from work, is that I get to read every morning and night. Also a sneak peak at Matt and I’s new house…grey, white and lots of white marble…More to come on that in another post.

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The Hopefuls

Every time I read the plot of this book I just want to dive in, I’m not one of those people who can multi-task reading multiple books at one time. This book looks like its the perfect amount of politics, new cities, and a light read.

The Girls

This book has been on a few must read lists and the cover always catches my eye. I’m not usually into books from olden times (1960s haha), I usually like more modern books but I am defiantly trying to be more open about my reading selections this year so we will see how that goes.

Modern Lovers

Modern Lovers is by the same bestselling author as Vacationers which was a very popular book last year. This book is intriguing to me because its about college best friends who are growing up and taking on life events (like marriage and buying houses) while still trying to have their youth. I feel like this is exactly what is happening with me and my best friends at this very moment.

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The Woman in Cabin 10

I just started this book yesterday, and just from the very first pages, its suspenseful, emotional and unexpected. I cant wait to read on and find out what happens.

 

All the Missing Girls

This book is similar to Girl on the Train in the psychological sense where the main character’s best friend goes missing with no evidence on where she went. It is told backwards, which will be interesting and maybe a bit confusing, but overall it sounds like a page turner.

 

The Couple Next Door

I got this as a recommendation from one of my friends who couldn’t put it down. She also recommended The Kind Worth Killing, which I read and LOVED. Will post about how great that book was later…so its safe to say I have high hopes for this one.

 

Here is my Goodreads account if you want to see what else Ive been reading. What are some of the books on your must read list for 2017?

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Hello, 2017.

Now that 2016 has come to a close, its time to say…Hello, 2017! But first I would like to take a minute to reflect on the year. So many of you are so glad 2016 is over. Me on the other hand, I thought 2016 was one of the best yet. So many really great things happened.
 

 

The highlight of the year, happened at the very end of 2016, Matt and I got engaged! We are both over the moon excited and are still enjoying every minute of being engaged, before the wedding planning begins. #engagedlifeisfun I hope to share some of my wedding planning here with you guys!

 

 

I traveled to the west coast for the first time, and I will be back! I loved it out there. I went to my cousins wedding in the redwood forest and it was as magical as it sounds. I traveled to Montreal, first time visiting Canada. That was a blast. Went to Maryland a few times to spend time with family. Spent some time down the Cape, in Florida and also in New York City, a few of my most favorite places. Now that I write it all out it was a big travel year!

 

 

 

Made countless new dishes, I have really up-ed my Pinterest game. And it is always a goal of mine to make new foods, I love cooking. I have already carried this over into 2017, stay tuned for a new recipe next week. 😉

 

 

And of course checked out all of the best doughnut shops and brunch places.

 

 


 

And now it is time to welcome 2017 with open arms. I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store for us! What were some highlights of your 2016?

 

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