A Day on Nantucket

A Day on Nantucket

You really should go for longer. A day is just not enough time to experience everything Nantucket has to offer. That being said sometimes with work and our busy lives all we really can take off is a day. This week I had the opportunity to spend a day on Nantucket and we had a blast! So if you can only go for a day here are the must dos!

I took the Hy-Line ferry out of Hyannis, be sure to catch an early morning high speed ferry to maximize your time on Nantucket!102E0A9C-8F4B-4472-A7E1-CEFCBBA84156C792EECD-5E19-4D5B-B165-966BAFF6BFDC27007849-9AF2-435F-969A-46FEBC66C6E1

Once you arrive it is time to explore! I love taking a stroll through town bouncing in and out of shops. Nantucket has some amazing local retailers that are definitely worth your time. Be sure to bring your wallet you will want to bring a few souvenirs home.

AA5847B2-CEBC-4612-96F4-EFEA904420FB Right when you get off the Ferry be sure to check out Levitate! A new adorable surf shop.8D3A5990-F82A-41A7-A5D8-74B9125AA4EC98E8D4DB-F62E-4A54-BC81-D33C525C38AC deWolf Leather Goods is a gorgeous shop, everything is hand made and unique. The owner is fabulous and she is always happy to do something custom.8ED33C6A-B739-40A7-B29A-7062E80E72FF After the long ferry ride and some shopping we stopped at Provisions for lunch. I got
“The Other Turkey” sandwich, it was sooooo good! D51DC4B9-7ECC-448B-8A0E-95420D1098B4 If you’re looking for some cute decor or accessories be sure to swing by Space at Old South Wharf. I love Old South Wharf it is right on the water and all the shops are adorable.A225F262-DD24-4307-8322-3E7327A88B47IMG_107878616432-3EFF-4E8B-99A6-C597ED1758A7IMG_1079IMG_1161One of my favorite places we visited was Nantucket Whaler, a new store on Old South Wharf. The owner Susan was so sweet and was really passionate about her products. Nautical decor and accessories, right up my ally! Definitely swing by and visit her this summer! 929D9443-67FA-406D-804E-8B7A9522A76D0AD11F2B-D788-406E-9C0E-4B64A7B236D4 Wow we did a lot of shopping today! Faherty, Shift, Charleston Shoes were a few other great shops! The heels at Charleston Shoes were probably the most comfortable heels I have ever worn. Shift had all my favorite brands, Sail to Sable, Drapper James and so many others! 82A0AF0D-DF6C-44D8-ABE2-4FF63AF13C24 A trip to Nantucket isn’t complete with out a stop at Ice, local family owned and everything is homemade. It is the perfect snack for the ferry line.

 

Thank you so much to NIR Retail for providing such a great day and thank you to all the stores for hosting us! I had so much fun exploring Nantucket with my fellow bloggers, be sure to visit Jenna, Jessica, and Poorva on their blogs and see more from our trip to Nantucket

First Day of Summer

We suffer all winter long in the cold and snow and today is the day that makes it all worth it, the first day of summer! Also dubbed National Wear Lilly day by fellow preppies. I was so excited to break out one of my favorite Lilly dress have a glass of rose and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having this week.IMG_0861

In New England it really is like a light switch. One day you are cold and miserable, you forget your Hunter boots at home and end up stepping in a puddle ruining your favorite flats. And then the next day it is so gorgeous you dip out of work a little early to sit on your roof deck and soak up some vitamin D. I am probably in the minority in saying that summer is not my favorite season. I love fall, maybe its because that’s when my birthday is or because of all the pretty leaves, apple pie, hard cider, the list goes on. But summer is special, summer is full of memories.

When I was little I went to summer camp every year. The camp was right on the lake with adorable cabins tucked along the shore. I loved staying up late talking with the other girls in my cabin, swimming in the lake, running around playing games on the rec-field. There were even stable where I learned to horseback ride. I have some amazing memories of camp and every summer I feel a little nostalgic for those times. We didn’t have cellphone, we weren’t concerned about the wifi password, there wasn’t a TV or a laptop taking up our attention. Today my cellphone is basically glued to me hand and I can’t imagine going a month without my laptop.

The responsibilities we face as adults sometimes drown out what is really important. Just being in a moment. This summer try to unplug for a day and enjoy time with your family and friends. Go to the beach and just bring a book. Try something new and exciting. Take sometime this summer to remember what is was like to be a kid. (And do it in a bright Lilly print obviously!)

Summer time Lilly time 

Summer time Lilly time 

I have a whole collection of Lilly Pulitzer dresses that never see the light of day during the winter. The last couple weeks Boston has finally warmed up and I have been slowly but surely digging out all my Lilly dresses. I love the bright colors and fun prints, my day to day office clothes are pretty boring lots of black white and grey. Which can look fabulous don’t get me wrong I like to rock a smart looking blazer just as much as anyone but when it’s the weekend and it’s hot and muggy I just want to wear something that makes me smile. I borrowed this blue Lilly from my older sister. I love all the gold detailing on it, and I love having a sister who has the same taste and is the same size as me! 

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, Bracelets: KJP, Sunglasses: Rayban, Shoes: Nordstrom

Happy June!! Thanks for reading, does any one else shop in their sister’s closet?

Month in Review

Hi all! So I thought for the summer I would do a series of post every month breaking recapping some really fun events! So much is going on in the city this summer and I want to make sure I get the chance to tell you about all of them! Maybe I’ll keep this series going in the Fall, let me know if you like the idea! May was a pretty busy month for me so here is what I’ve been up to!

1. School and Professional developments

I finished up my semester proud to say that I made Dean’s List again! I only have one more year left so I am just powering through, I will be taking an online course this summer to get to graduation just a little faster! For those of you that don’t know I transferred after my freshman year. I originally went to American University in DC, then I took 3 semesters off before transferring into Suffolk. So even though I am graduating a year behind my original graduation date I am technically graduating a semester early!

I also started a new job this month! I had been working as the social media manager for a local non-profit, but they have promoted me. Downside is I no longer get to work remotely like I did when I was the social media manager, but its a new position with a lot of new challenges. I am excited to jump in and start learning.

2. Cambridge Side Event

This month I was invited to attend an event at the Cambridge Side called “Shop, Sip, and Sail”. The event started with a scavenger hunt through the mall. We stopped at various stores trying out product and getting to know all the amazing sales associates that work there. Then we boarded a Charles River Boat Cruise and took a quick ride around the Charles River. The boat itself was so cute and we had drinks and snacks on board. There were tons of other local bloggers at the event and it was so great to catch up with friends and meet some new people! The highlight of this event was the views! the weather was gorgeous and we got see cruise up the Charles getting a great view of Back Bay and Cambridge!

3. M0851 Party

M0851 is an adorable store on Newbury Street and you should all check it out! Last week M0851 had a great party to celebrate 30 years in business and 1 year on Newbury Street. The event was so much fun there was even a drawing for a gift certificate, I unfortunately did not win. Snacks were provided by Select Oyster Bar and cocktails were provided by Privateer Rum and Absolut. We got to shop and meet tons of new people. It was so much fun!

4. Ladies Lounge

If you’re not familiar with General Assembly, you should be! GA provides classes and workshops in some of the fastest growing careers across the globe. Every month they have a Ladies Lounge, the one I went to was actually the last week of April but I wanted to include it here! Ladies Lounge is a monthly event, the theme shifts slightly every month but it is always focused on how to be a Boss Lady! Last month they focused on social media, the next one which will be June 22nd is “Selling Like A Boss”. I think these events are such a great, and did I mention FREE, resource. It allows you to dip your toe into a new subject before diving into a course. I personally find them inspiring, I love getting to hear from other successful women. I am a firm believer that there is room for us all at the top so we should always support one another. I met some great girls at this event and ended up doing dinner with them the following week and it was so much fun.

Favorite Restaurant of the Month: Lolita, try the white lie margarita it’s my favorite!

 

So that was May! It really flew by and I hope the rest of summer doesn’t go as fast. I have been busy searching for a new apartment and hanging out with friends! Thanks for reading, let me know some fun things you did this month, or fun things you’re looking forward to next month in the comments below!

 

 

Secret Garden 

Secret Garden 

Boston is full of hidden gems, that’s one of the many reasons I love this city! Recently I have been looking for out door places that I can go and relax. Don’t get me wrong I love the Common and the Public Gardens but they’re both always so run down with tourists. I wanted some where quiet and relaxing with not as many people. I stumbled upon the Emerald Necklace Conservancy a organization of parks in Boston. I went and visited the Kelleher Rose Garden this weekend and it was beautiful! The roses aren’t even in full bloom yet but the lush oasis tucked away in the Back Bay is just the pick me up I needed! There are 8 parks that make up the Conservancy and they are all worth a visit. Definitely take the time to visit this summer!  I love this dress from Primark! If you haven’t been to the downtown crossing location you should absolutely go! My belt is super old from J.Crew, it was actuLly one of this first things I ever bought from J.Crew! I stole these wedges from my older sister, the best place to shop is someone else’s closet!
Thanks all for reading and thanks to my friend Jess for taking these photos! Be sure to check out Jess’s blog Charming Bitch.

Very Troubled Child

Very Troubled Child

I don’t know how many of you out there are Wes Anderson fans but the foundered of the brand Very Troubled Child are huge fans! If you’re not getting the reference Very Troubled Child was the name of the book Suzy Bishop finds in her parent’s room during the movie Moonrise Kingdom. In 2013 Alberto Favaretto founded Very Troubled Child and began designing unique luggage and travel accessories.  I have been a huge fan of them for a while. if you follow their Instagram it is full of amazing shots taken in exotic locations featuring their bags. I was so excited to team up with VTC for this post. They recently sent me one of their phone cases to try, I am absolutely loving it! First of all I had mine monogrammed! They will monogram any of their products for you, I love a company that will do the monogramming for you! And when it comes to luggage/ travel accessories I absolutely think you should have it monogrammed! I picked their Seafarer case which is so nautically perfect for a New England girl like me. It has anchors, sailboats, light houses and oars! It was perfect timing to because I had just upgraded to the iPhone 7 and was looking for a new case. Its durable and cute, I’ve already dropped my phone a handful of times and it hasn’t been broken or scratched!

Very Troubled Child is a quality brand that cares about their customers. Don’t have the same boring bag as everyone else this summer. Check out VTC to get everything from phone cases and passport covers, to weekend and duffle bags!

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This post was in collaboration with Very Troubled Child, I am a VTC affiliate. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you very much for your support!

Kate Spade Bags I Love This Summer

When I was in high school and started working my first job as a hostess as a local restaurant I bought myself a Kate Spade purse. I bought it second-hand of ebay but it was all mine and it was the first really nice bag I had ever had. Since that purchase many years ago I have bought several bags from Kate Spade, it is a brand that I truly trust and am constantly excited by. That first purse I bought back in high school is still in excellent condition today, so that should tell you all you need to know about the quality! Every year Kate Spade comes out with fun and unique bags for every occasion!

As summer approaches I picked out a few bags that are just so fun and perfect for the warm weather!

1. bayard place riley 

PXRU7505_974.jpg This bag is a no brainer for summer time! The flowers and pops of color are so fun. But it is big enough that you can toss your laptop in it and head to the office. The outside pocket is perfect for your phone, head phones, or T pass!

 

2. cameron street straw clarise PXRU7529_974.jpg

I love this bag! It will definitely be my go to bag this summer! I love a cross body because you are not constantly fidgeting with it and it keeps your hands free. I love the pick and straw combination on this bag.

 

3. spice things up camera bagPXRU7481_974_1.jpg Remember how I said Kate Spade did FUN bags? Yeah this purse is a perfect example of this, all my Instagram Gurus out there NEED THIS BAG! This is so adorable I am in love.

 

4. bryant court ettaPXRU7462_269.jpg This would be my perfect everyday purse. It is big enough that I can fit all my stuff (read: crap I don’t need) in it but it is still cute. The black and white will match everything and is conservative for those days when you have a big presentation at work or a job interview for all my recent college grads!

 

I have so many purses but every now and then I get the itch to get a new one. Kate Spade is always my go to brand, yes some of the bags are really expensive but there are also more affordable ones available! And if you really want a Kate Spade bag, or any designer bag, but don’t want to dish out all the money for one check ebay! Or any of the hundreds of resale websites and apps there are now a days! Just be sure to verify the authenticity before buys. I have always had good experiences on Poshmark. One time I got a 400 dollar bag for 100 new with tags still attached! What bag is one your arm doesn’t define you but if you really want that super cute designer bag there is always a  way to get it for less! Look on resale websites and check for upcoming sales, a lot of places do a Friends and Family sale at the beginning of summer!

Thank you all for reading! Let me know what your favorite purse brand is in the comments section.