J.Crew and Sequins

Photography: Nick Carter 

Outfit details: Turtleneck sweater: J.Crew (old)  Sequined skirt , Heels: Asos

I never thought I would say this but I really love this sequined skirt from J.Crew Factory! I wanted to put together a post about this outfit because it’s perfect for a New Years Eve party with friends or family. J.Crew Factory is the place to shop if you like J.Crew stuff but don’t feel like spending a ton of money.

I feel like I’m really getting into the NYE spirit with the sequins. I plan on buying more sequined items when the time is right but for now this skirt will do just fine. I’ve linked the details to this look at the beginning of this post, check it out before you leave. How do you guys like to style sequins during the holiday? Tell me I would love to know! Also, can you believe NYE is in TWO DAYS!!!? This year ended on such a great note and I’m excited to see what 2017 brings.

CapxTalk event

Thank you to Capital One for sponsoring this post

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a #CapXTalk event at the Capital One Back Bay Café. The panel, which focused on investing and impacting the community for good, united leaders from Harpoon Brewery, The Red Sox Foundation and Capital One to discuss how they’re not only giving back to their community but also, improving lives.

I’ve been using a Capital One savings account for about two years now, so I was excited to see what the Back Bay Café was all about. The Cafés popped up in Boston around two years ago and since then, Capital One has opened five locations across the city. Additionally, they recently announced that they will be expanding to Hingham, Lynnfield, and the Seaport in the coming months.

For those who might be unfamiliar with the Café concept, they provide a space where individuals can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances, try out new digital and financial tools, use their fee-free ATMs, tap into free Wi-Fi, or simply grab a great cup of coffee. Personally, I always get excited for new innovative approaches when it comes to banking, and I love to see Capital One using innovative digital technology to connect with customers and make the banking experience easier.

One of my favorite new tools is the CashTapp ATM machine, which allows you to use your phone to withdraw cash, no pin or card needed. Additionally, Capital One allows you to manage your accounts by using the Amazon Alexa. Through the Amazon integration, you can ask Alexa to check your account balance and even pay your credit card bill!

I’m a huge advocate for Capital One and would definitely encourage you to check out their Cafés here in Boston. If you’re in the Harvard Square area, you can even book a 1:1 money coaching session at their Harvard Square Café.

 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

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Hi, Everyone! I’m excited about this post because I’m a huge fan of lip balm and I’m always looking for new brands to try. Now that December is here I’m anxiously waiting for Christmas presents and snow! Stocking stuffers are my favorite and this trio kit from Moroccan Magic is perfect for any beauty lover. My favorite scent is the Rose one and it stays on for a while which is perfect during the winter.

If you’re like me and constantly apply lip balm then buy some for yourself instead of putting the trio kit into someone else’s stocking. What do you guys like to buy for stocking stuffers?? It’s so hard to walk into stores and buy cute lotions and candles without buying some for yourself!! 🙁 Let me know where you like to shop and I’ll check it out. Thanks for reading!

Pajama Jumpsuit: Aerie (similar here, and here) Mug from Anthropologie

The Lip Balms were a gift from Moroccan Magic

Photography: Nick Carter

Hello Yellow.. Coat

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I have found so many great items thrift shopping but so far my  favorite has to be this yellow J.Crew coat I found in New Hampshire. The coat cost $25 dollars and it’s like brand new after I put it in the cleaners. If you shop at J.Crew then you know the coats can cost up to $300.  I’ve never bought a coat this color before and I’m liking it. I definitely stand out on the street too.

The jacket is mostly wool so it’s extremely warm and I love the length too. I wore it for the first time on Thanksgiving day to grab coffee at Dunkin and it was so cozy!  Thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill have so many J.Crew finds so check out those stores before you purchase a jacket full price. I’m definitely a fan of the fun and festive jackets at J.Crew. I also really like the stadium-cloth cocoon coat in spiced orange.  Click the links below to see some more of my favorite jacket picks.

Diamond Tweed Coat , Double breasted coat in double cloth (in baby blue) , Stadium-cloth cocoon coat (spiced orange)

Favorite pins pt. 5 – Getting ready for the holidays!

 

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The holidays are so close I can taste it, Literally! Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is right around the corner. My two favorite holidays filled with love, food, and decorations. I plan on bringing my Pumpkin Bars to Thanksgiving this year because my mother loved them so much. It’s the perfect treat after dinner. They’re very easy to make and there’s no mess. I’m all for easy clean up and simple recipes during the holidays.

I want to get creative this Christmas so this year I will wrap my gifts in the cutest way (or attempt to). #2 on the list is from Almostmakesperfect.com . I want to recreate this decoration style for my holiday gifts this year. I’m not sure how it’ll turn out since I’m not the best at DIY projects. Number 3 on the list is a little treat I plan on making just for fun. It’s an easy no-bake recipe for Christmas sugar cookie truffle balls.

Number 4 is a cute little treat to bring to the office or a holiday party. The little reindeer are so cute! I never dress up for the holidays but I would totally wear this red Free People sweater. The red is perfect for the holidays and you can still be casual at family parties. Lasty, number 6 is nail art! I wish I could do something like this. My nails would be filled with designs all the time!

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Sweater dress & Keds

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I can finally cross horseback riding off my to-do list! I’ve wanted to go for so long now and when I finally pulled up to Charmingfare farm in Candia, NH I knew it would be amazing! The farm is 400 acres and filled with animals! It’s truly a beautiful place and I can’t wait for summer so I can ride again. The trail ride season is over but it’s the perfect date idea if you’re into quaint farms and animals.

They also have some Christmas activities coming up so that could be fun.I wasn’t nervous at all for a first time rider. The horses are calm and they follow each other on the trail. At times my horse strayed off a bit because he hated the mud so I just guided him back in line. Overall I had an eventful weekend and to top it off, the weather on Sunday was beautiful. 60 degrees and warm. My sweater dress was perfect to wear for a trip to the supermarket and snap some pictures on the way. I hope all of you had a great weekend! Click the link below to shop and buy some of my favorite Keds!

Sweater dress: Marshalls, Purse: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Keds

Gold pendant

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 I’m not afraid to say that I have trouble accessorizing at times. I tend to get bored with items quickly and they end up collecting dust in my jewelry box. I want to break out of the habit of buying jewelry and not wearing it. I’ve always had a thing for necklaces, especially gold necklaces. Gold looks so good on my skin tone and necklaces just make your look pop!

 This yellow gold arrow pendant  from Michael Hill the perfect addition to my new and improved jewelry collection. This necklace is a great gift for your girlfriend or wife if she likes minimal jewelry like I do. Michael Hill has a gorgeous jewelry collection at affordable prices. Now that the holidays are slowly creeping in, we need to start thinking about what to get our loved ones. Everyone loves jewelry! The 2016 holiday gift shop is now open so stop by the website and pick up some items.  I really like this heart pendant, and this rose gold/silver bracelet.

This post was sponsored by Michael Hill – I received the Arrow Pendant as a gift.

Boohoo City Guides

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  There’s so much to love about Boston! Born and raised a city girl, It’s exciting to see how much the city has changed over the years. So many new stores to shop at, restaurants to try, and boutiques to discover. There’s also a ton of new apartments popping up in the city and surrounding areas. People are finally starting to notice how exciting Boston is.My favorite time to be in the city is during the fall. The foliage here in the city and up north in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont is so beautiful.  If you ever plan to visit Boston in the future I would be happy to share some recommendations.  I’m excited to have teamed up with Boohoo to create a Boston City Guide. I’m sharing my favorite go-to restaurants, parks, and neighborhood. Thank you Boohoo for letting me share my favorite parts of Boston with my readers!

 

1. What neighborhood should people visit and why?  

I’ve mentioned this a few times before in previous blog post but the South End is my favorite part of the city. It’s so relaxing and all of my favorite brunch spots are down there. The streets are filled with small boutiques too. If I ever had the chance to move to the South End I would in a heartbeat.

2. The best restaurant for foodies?  

Barcelona wine bar is one of my favorite places. The tapas are absolutely delicious! The Brookline location is gorgeous and more spacious.

3. Favorite park?

The Public Garden is my favorite park in the city. The city keeps it so clean and beautiful year round. It’s the perfect spot to sit and eat a quick breakfast and drink some coffee with friends.

Top, Bag, and shoes provided by Boohoo

This post was sponsored by Boohoo

Weekend Instagram round-up

I was traveling all last week so I didn’t have the chance to post on the blog. I went to Paris with my boyfriend and I had the best time! The chocolate croissants were so delicious and the espresso strong. We spent every day walking around the streets admiring landmarks and the architecture. I fell in love with the Tuileries Garden and everything surrounding it. I left with an appreciation for perfectly-trimmed trees as you can see on my Instagram.The weather was perfect so it made walking around Paris that much easier.

One of the most beautiful parts of my trip was walking along the Seine with my boyfriend. The river is gorgeous and Parisians love to sit there and hang out. I still can’t believe I’m home, back to work and reality. I wanted to put together a weekend Instagram round up of my trip. Some of the pictures are from my iPhone and others from my camera. Follow me on Instagram to see more! Also I made these yummy pumpkin bars this weekend. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it’s really easy to make. It says to make homemade frosting but I bought vanilla frosting and used that. (don’t judge me) !

 

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