Today is rainy cold and sad, overall very un-spring like. Spring in Boston is so hard because we can have beautiful weather one day and then the next day it could be snowing. You wait and wait for winter to be over and then there is this weird transition period and then it’s summer all of a sudden and its 88 degrees out and you feel like you’re going to die of heat stroke at any moment. The pure shock of the heat after a cold winter could probably kill the fragile non-new eglanders out there. But those of us who brave New England winters again and again are built tough and if we can tough out a winter we can enjoy a humid summer. But wouldn’t it be nice if just once it wasn’t such a shock when the temperature rose, if we actually got a spring where we could enjoy mildly warm days to ease us into summer. It would be nice but unfortunately that just isn’t the reality we live in. We live in a place where you have to prepare for freezing and hope for a perfect sunny day. So here is a list of things every new englander needs in their closet to make it through “spring”
- Rain boots: I feel like I live in my hunters sometimes. I wake up and it’s pouring rain so I go digging in my closet for rain boots. Because let’s be honest if your feet are wet you just aren’t going to have a good day.
- Light spring jacket: I have so many jackets sometimes I think I’m an addict (okay I am definitely an addict but that’s for another day). But when I really look at all my jackets they all serve a different purpose. The spring jacket is essential for when you need a light layer I love this one from J. Crew! https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/outerwear/trenchesandanoraks/convertible-zip-anorak-jacket/E7245
- Rain jacket: I told you I love jackets, different from the light spring jacket the rain jacket is essential for days when the clouds move in and the sky’s open up. The brighter the better! I have personally always had a north face but I also like the Patagonia ones and the Vineyard Vines ones! https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/womens-jackets-vests-rainwear/womens-venture-jacket-3?variationId=146
- Fun skirt: it may not be quite sundress season yet but when you get a nice day you will want to start pulling some of those bright fun summer skirts out! I love skirts I love a skirt even more if it has pockets! Pair with a cardigan to keep from looking to summery (as if such a thing exists!) I loved the skirts Vineyard Vines did this spring especially this purple one which is so different from what I normally wear but absolutely works!
- Sandles: sometimes I will toss a pair of sandles in my bag just in case the day turns around and I can ditch my hunters! I have about a million pairs of old navy flip flops that are easy to grab when you’re on the go. But I adore Jack Rogers! I have several pairs at this point. Some people say they’re uncomfortable but I find you just need to break them in once you’ve walked around in them for a while they feel much better on your feet! I think I’ll be adding these navy ones to my collection next! https://www.jackrogersusa.com/womens-designer-shoes/jacks-sandals/palm-beach-platinum-flat-sandal-navy
- Fun accessories: I love jewelry! I feel naked without a pair of earrings in recently I started using Rocksbox, a monthly subscription box that sends you different pieces of designer jewelry to try before you buy! The picture above features the necklace I got in last months box! It’s so fun to see what I get every month and if I don’t like a piece I just send it back and they send me something new. If your not sure about signing up for Rocksbox use my code to get one free month, give it a try before deciding to become a member! Code: katiecmacxoxo
- Oxford shirt: it doesn’t matter what season it is, how hot or cold it is, whether you are tall, short, skinny, plus size whatever. I will tell every single person on the face of this planet that they need a button down collared shirt! Go to J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, I don’t care but join the civilized world and get your self a button down! They come in so many different colors and prints that I bet there is one out there somewhere in this world that you will like. http://www.vineyardvines.com/womens-shirts/oxford-shirt/2W0805.html?cgid=Womens-Shirts-Tunics&dwvar_2W0805_color=686
So those are my must haves! Obviously a lot more goes into a New England wardrobe than just these seven items. Let me know what your must haves are in the comment section!
So I don’t know if anyone else has noticed but over the past year or two monthly subscription boxes have been popping up left and right. You can get a monthly box of socks, makeup, even wine! But recently I signed up to start getting a monthly Rocksbox, aka designer jewelry!!!! I just got my first one and I am already obsessed, the pieces that come in Rocksbox are to die for! Its completely tailored to your taste based on a wish list you create!
The best thing about Rocksbox is that every month they send you three pieces of designer jewelry and then you can either buy the pieces you love at a discounted price or send them back and Rocksbox will send you a new piece! I may have to hold on to this necklace it is to gorgeous to send back! If you’re not sure Rocksbox is for you and want to try it for one month for free use my code: katiecmacxoxo for one free month of Rocksbox! Perfect time with Prom coming up to, get a box just in time with the perfect accessories for your big night!
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I do pageants! I tend to get mixed reactions when I tell people this little tidbit, but its true I’m a pageant girl. First things first, no it is not like Toddlers and Tiaras, no I do not starve myself so I look good in a swim suit, yes the heels do hurt, yes its all worth it.
It all kind of happened by accident. I was invited to do a pageant and there was a ford mustang on the brochure. Now any girl who grew up watching Marykate and Ashley probably remembers that those girls had a ford mustang and from that moment on it had been my dream car. So I signed up, I later learned that they only gave the car out at the national pageant and I was competing at the state pageant. But into the pageant world I went un-expecting and unprepared. I did not win my first pageant, I did not go on to nationals to win my dream car (which is also no longer my dream car, hello Jeep Wrangler!) However I got up on stage that weekend and I put myself in a completely new situation. My whole life I had been an athlete and now I was on stage in a pretty dress. I stood in high heels and I introduced myself over the microphone and told the judges and audience about my future ambitions and hobbies. I sat down one on one with each judge in interview and answered all the crazy questions they tossed at me. I learned to think and speak. I learned to carry myself with grace and confidence even when you’re scared of falling on your face. It was the best experience I ever had, and I found myself hooked on pageants.
But I was still an athlete and sports still took the spot light in my life. That is until I was 16 and I sustained two severe concussions that ended my high school sports career. But it did not end my sports career. I used to think that it had but I now realize that once soccer and lacrosse were off the table I threw myself into pageants. While I was still trying to cope with my concussions and to trying to fill the void left in my life by soccer and lacrosse a friend gave me a piece of advice. He told me to stop looking back, fill my time with something new because maybe someday down the road the doctors would tell me that I could go back to playing soccer or lacrosse but that if I find something new something I love, I may not want to go back. A few months after that conversation I had started my first job as a hostess at a local restaurant, I had been volunteering more and I really thought that those were the things in my life that would replace soccer and lacrosse. But I was wrong.
Now several years removed from the whole situation I realize I did not give pageants enough credit. I never stopped being a competitor, I wasn’t on the field like I had been for most of my life but I was competing on the stage. Pageants teach many of the same values and skills that team sports teach. They teach you to set goals, they teach your how to compete, how to lose, how to perform under pressure and stress, and you do it all in high heels! Pageantry is my sporting event. I get to go and compete against amazingly talented and smart girls who push me to be better. I am so thankful for my time in pageantry, and its not over yet. This year has been my first year competing in the Miss America system. I compete in interview (25%) talent (35%) swim suit (15%) evening wear (20%) and on-stage question (5%). I get to work on my personal platform “Inclusion for People with Disabilities” and I have the opportunity to raise money for the Miss America national platform Children’s Miracle Network. I am currently competing in local competitions with the hopes of winning a local title and going on to states. This has been my first year competing in the Miss division instead of the Teen division, I am so excited for this new journey. An opportunity to use the skills I learned competing as a Teen, develop new ones, and push myself to be better ever time I step foot on stage. Thank you to the pageant world for all you have taught me and all you have given me, I can’t wait to continue our adventure!
A few photos from this years local season so far!