lifestyle

Tips for visiting Wicked Tulips

If you have been on social media at all in the past couple weeks I am sure you have seen people posting about Wicked Tulips! It is a gorgeous tulip farm in Johnston Rhode Island. It is gorgeous and well worth the drive!! It is the Colby Farm of spring! The season ended this week which means if you didn’t make it it’s time to start planning for next year! Here are a few tips to make your trip as enjoyable as possible!

1. You need a ticket

In order to get in you need a ticket, your ticket comes with 10 tulips along with your entrance. They do sell out, even on weekdays, so be sure to get your ticket ahead of time. Join the Wicked Tulips email list so you can get alerts on ticket sales. They did a pre-sale this year before the fields opened.

2. Go early

This is a two for one tip. Go early in the season and go early in the day! I unfortunately had a final the day we went so we couldn’t get down there until mid afternoon. But I would try to get there right when they open, there are tons of people. Some are taking photos, some have kinds and strollers with them, and tons are just enjoying the tulips! The earlier in the day you get there the less people. Try and go in the first week! The field only lasts for about 3 weeks and is very dependent on weather so get in that email list and get tickets for one of the first two weekends!

3. Start in the show garden

Wicked Tulips planned really well, they had a show garden and a picking garden. Start in the show garden all the flowers are labeled so you can know exactly what type of tulip it is. Take a look at all the different varieties and then head over to the picking field knowing exactly what you want!

4. Respect

Everyone is there to have fun, be patient. That being said if you are there to take photos don’t be too extra. Respect the people around you who are just there to enjoy the beautiful fields of tulips. Respect that Wicked Tulips is a family owned farm. They sell their tulips so if you pick one you’re buying it do not pick and then discard, I saw so my tulips just left on the ground after being picked! And should be common sense but do not walk through the tulip beds, stay on the paths.

5. Bring water

I had a fairly long drive home and my tulips got a little droopy and wilted on the ride. Bring some water so you can immediately put your tulips in them. If you forget a cup wet some paper towels or napkins and wrap them around the stems!

I had so much fun at Wicked Tulips! I can’t wait to go back next year. I went with my mom and aunt Mary and we had a blast! So sad the season is over but that means summer is right around the corner! Whats your favorite spring/summer place to visit? Any tips?

travel

Gatsbying at Gilded

This weekend Mike and I were in Newport for our friends wedding and we stayed at the adorable boutique hotel Gilded. Gilded is a fun unique hotel themed after the Gilded Age, a perfect fit for Newport! Side note: if it’s you’re first time in Newport you have to visit the Newport Mansions, the ultimate embodiment of the Gilded Age! I loved the design and all the decor of Gilded, I felt like I was staying at Gatsby’s House! We stayed in one of the deluxe king rooms, the bed was so comfy and I was obsessed with the bathroom! Be sure to check out the full room tour on my instagram highlights! If you are looking for a weekend getaway this summer I highly recommend Newport, there is so much to do, and tons or great bars and restaurants! Gilded is located just a short walk from down town so it’s the perfect place to stay! When you check in they provide you with an iPad that is filled with recommendations on where to eat and play!

Gilded is owned by Lark Hotels which I am a big fan of! They have hotels all over New England and each one is unique to its location, and I am all about embracing New England heritage! Gilded embraced Newport’s history and was a luxurious, fun place the stay!

The manager Heather was fabulous! She was able to arrange an early check-in for us so that we had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding. There is an adorable lounge in the main building and a billiards room in the second building. The breakfast Heather prepared was delicious! Definitely make sure you get up in time! There were also fresh cookies put out in the evening, which were a delicious treat when we got back from the wedding. The butterfly wall in the lobby was definitely my favorite part of Gilded, so beautiful!

I definitely encourage everyone to check out the Gilded. It is such a unique hotel and it is perfectly Newport! Thank you to Lark for our complimentary stay, as always all opinions are my own.

lifestyle, style

Beach Please

So it’s not quiet beach weather yet. But I went to visit my friend Jen in Quincy and we went for a walk on the beach and I wasn’t freezing! So I’m going to count that as a win.

I rarely go south of Boston, this was the first time I ever went to the beach in Quincy! I’ll stick to my north shore beaches or the cape this summer but it was cool to see the cityscape over the water.

I love this outfit from J.Crew Factory. They have been doing a ton of great sales lately I got this pineapple sweater for FREE! It occurred to me while we were walking along that I’ve had these Sperry’s since I was a freshmen in high school, if you’re looking for quality boat shoes I would recommend Sperry.

This is my favorite tote, I got it from L.L. Bean two years ago. They unfortunately discontinued the lobster pattern but a large boat and tote is perfect for the beach! Can’t wait for a real beach day, are you more of a beach person or a lake person?

style

Sailor Sailor in Gingham

I plan to live in gingham this summer! I am in love with this adorable dress from Sailor Sailor. The fun bell sleeves are so preppy and the gingham is a classic. The dress is super comfortable, the material is perfect for those hot summer days, now we just need to wait for it to actually be hot out!

Lately I have been channeling Jackie O in a lot of my outfits. As she famously said “Pearls are always appropriate.” I brought out some of my favorite pearls for this look. The pearl studs I always wear are from Tiffany’s, they were one of the first presents Mike ever gave me four years ago when we started dating. My pearl bracelet is from KJP, a classic go to for me.

This dress is a size small and I wish I had gone with an extra small. I’m wear a size 4 at most places but this dress ran a little big. I ended up taking the pearl necklace I had been wearing and using it as a belt! Never be scared to get creative with fashion. As Tim Gunn would say “make it work!”

Thank you Sailor Sailor for sending me this dress. As always all opinions are my own.

style

Hydrangeas + Stripes

Spring has come! But not really because I live in Boston. However I am not going to let the cold and snow stop me from breaking out some of my spring pieces. I love this navy and white striped sweater, the thick rugby stripes are so classic! Its hard to get excited about spring and summer when it is constantly snowing but these gorgeous hydrangeas remind me that the end is in sight! Soon I will be pulling out my sundresses, but for now I will enjoy the days when I can wear a light sweater, ankle pants, and sperrys. B3E62A71-81DC-41F1-9018-A00100E4087E04646C00-BA68-4226-8002-734341AC70F2AFB11BCE-28C4-43EF-BE0F-C04C9E9C7C5288B21812-CC9D-474B-8792-CA7C63604121F5A4E6FE-4CD7-4844-92A9-2DAAD8D4C054297F1919-EEAC-4366-AEFC-005C7E9DF7E6D923DEF5-30F4-419F-BA16-C5DCD1F613915B4D3E54-5DA9-4297-B731-E2D084B9A90115EEA3B8-FAEB-4362-9F22-CAD050044FC7

This sweater was a real find at Nordstrom Rack for $9.000!!

Already planning all the fun things I am going to do this summer, there is going to be lots of exciting new content. Let me know in the comments what you want to see more of! Do you want video content, more outfit posts, more restaurant reviews? Let me know!