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Find me by the Sea

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, the ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea- whether it is to sail or to watch it- we are going back from whence we came.” -JFK

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Nothing like a few days by the sea to revive the soul. I get so stressed about work and school that sometimes I just need time to unwind and relax.

Outfit details: Dress- Lilly Pulitzer, Sweater- Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes- Jack Rogers, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Derby Day

The Kentucky Derby is one of my favorite events every year! The hats, the dresses, mint juleps, everyone is dressed to the nines in their best preppy attire. Vineyard Vines is the official apparel sponsor of the Derby and every year they put out a fantastic line to fill all your Derby needs.

This year I am so excited to be attending the FOMO Prescription Derby Day party. I am honored to have been asked to judge the Best Dressed Contest, the winner will receive a gift card to Best Dressed an awesome boutique in Southie and Charlestown. There will be a make your own Mint Julep Bar, with a few well known Boston food bloggers there to help you snap the best shot of your julep! This event is going to be so much fun and I am so excited to be apart of it! For ticket information visit their website here.

I hope to see you at the FOMO Derby Day bash but no matter where you are spending the day be sure to look your best! My favorites for any Derby Party:

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I think I have to start with a little VV, being the official Derby apparel sponsor their Derby line is fantastic this year! I have been a fan of vineyard vines for a long time and this year’s Derby line brought me back to old school VV. This patchwork dress is perfect for the derby and a classic vineyard vines piece that is a must add to your closet!

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You can never go wrong with Lilly! This shift dress is a classic with a twist! Paired with a big floppy hat and you will be killing it at your Derby party!

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Get the perfect monogrammed hat from Marley Lilly! This company has all the cutest accessories for any preppy girl! But I love this hat, not only is it perfect for a Derby party it perfect for the beach all summer long.

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Tuckernuck has put together a fabulous Kentucky Derby section this year, check out their website for hats, jewelry and even more dresses!

 

No matter what you wear this weekend, have fun get into it! The Derby is so much fun and I hope you all get a chance to dress up and drink some mint juleps. I hope to see some of you at the FOMO Derby Party on Saturday be sure to dress to impress (me)!

 

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Spring in Stripes 

So excited it is finally starting to feel like Spring, breaking out all my favorite Spring dresses this week! I’ve been busy finishing up my semester, finals are crazy. Can’t wait for summer to start! What are your plans once school is out? 
Outfit details: Dress- JCPenny, Watch- Port of McCall c/o, Bracelets- KJP, Shoes- Sperry 
Photo Credit: JMP Image 

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Spring Shopping

Hello lovely people! Well the calendar may say it is April but I just came in from shoveling snow so I just don’t believe it. It has been gray and rainy for a week straight in Boston and now to top it off it is going to snow all weekend. I really need some spring weather, or at the very least some spring inspiration! So I have been doing some shopping to get myself in the spring mood even if the weather isn’t. Here is my shopping list for the ultimate preppy wardrobe.

1) Brooks Brothers PantsSU00056_BLUE                 These gingham pants immediately caught my eye. I have so much blue gingham I actually tried to talk myself out of buying these but then I decided no you really can’t ever have enough gingham.

2) Anthropologie Dress4130232795005_040_bI love the lace overlay on this dress, its the perfect casual dress to put a little Spring in your step.

3) Loft Shorts    2f841d815138fa7d56490a6b38525190

                            I don’t wear shorts very often, I almost always prefer a dress or skirt but these short are so fun and comfortable! From the bow to the stripes they are definitely going to become a staple in my spring wardrobe.

4) J. Crew TopG3830_WU9631_m Polka Dots are one of those prints that when done right it can be EVERYTHING! And this top does polka dots right! I think I might save this top and wear it Memorial Day Weekend!

Thanks for checking out my spring shopping list! I promise there will be a bunch of new content up on the blog this month, the end of winter has just been a little gray and has had me a little down, I’m sure my fellow New Englanders understand! Share with me your Spring Must Buys in the comments!

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Nautical Savings 

I love nautical accessories and I love shopping  local! Recently I was introduced to Morgan Kate Jewelry a local jewelry maker, Morgan Kate has the perfect New England vibe with a nautical twist! I recently got a few pieces from the Morgan Kate “Hands on Deck” collection and I absolutely fell in love! These pieces are perfect for the New England coast, I can’t wait to style these pieces all summer on the beach! Morgan is such a sweetheart and I am so excited to feature her local company here on my blog! AND to offer all of you a special discount on her jewelry! Use the code ‘Katiefromboston‘ in the special request box at check out and receive 30% now through Valenetines day, after Valentine’s Day the code will be good for 15% off so shop now!! 

Be sure to enter ‘katiefromboston’ in the special request box at check to get 30% off your order through Valentine’s Day! Missed Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry the code is still good for 15% off!! Shop now!