Saturday, August 1, 2015

Playlist - August 2015

Hello!  Who knew I could post on a Saturday?

It is officially August and this summer is definitely flying by.

Enjoy some tunes while you enjoy your weekend.  I'll be laying poolside soaking up every bit of summer that I can.

Friday, July 31, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Our pool finally, FINALLY opens today, so that's where you'll find me all weekend.

This is one of the most powerful and moving articles and photoshoots I've ever seen.

If you haven't watched Top of the Lake yet, go do it now.  It's on Netflix.  Season 2 just started filming!

How to live abundantly.  Like, super abundantly.

I only watch movies a) about corruption, b) set in Boston, or c) starring Stanley Tucci.  Spotlight has all three!

This infographic made me really happy that I all but stopped drinking soda.

As a Foo Fighters fan, this is the coolest thing I've seen all week.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

Yes, all of the stores are bringing out their new fall arrivals (and they're so good) and I'm dreaming of leather and cable-knit and boots and scarfs, but it's still July dammit and we have lots of summer left.

Let's enjoy that before we jump into fall.

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Halogen Open Front V-Neck Topper, on sale $84.90 - The #NSale is almost over (last day is Sunday!) and although I may have already made my purchases, I keep coming back to this jacket topper thingy.  Without feeling the material and the weight of it, I can't decide how you should wear it, but I love the look of it.  It comes in 5 colors, but I'd opt for the crisp white or the black & white tweed.  Yes, I'm predictable.

Gap Chambray Deep V-Neck Top, on sale $34.99 -  I wear my chambray button-up constantly (most recently evidenced here, here, and here), but this v-neck short-sleeve top version caught my eye.  It's such a simple toss on and go piece.  I like anything that already matches everything else in my wardrobe.

Soft Joie Bond Dress, on sale $110.40 - A simple racerback minidress can get you through the hottest of days.  We're coming up on August in DC, which is disgustingly humid, even to me, who thrives in 95 degree weather.  Also in red for about $20 less.

Asos Midi Tank Dress in Knit with Funnel Neck, $63 - This would make a great transition piece from summer into fall.  Wear it now on its own with flat sandals and then move into fall by adding a denim jacket and booties or a blazer and heels.  The funnel neck is a great detail.

LL Bean Signature Sailor T-Shirt Dress, $79 - And just because there are never enough stripes as far as I'm concerned, this dress.  It's one of my favorite brands, my favorite pattern, and my favorite color combination.  

Enza Costa Jersey Top, on sale $34.20 - Back to basics.  A simple grey tank in a super soft jersey is a workhorse.  It can be worn on its own or as a layering piece.  The possibilities are endless.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Currently Reading

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The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - This one took me a very long time to get into, but that's possibly because I kept reading other things in between.  The story follows Iris, now an elderly woman, telling the story of her life and the life of her sister, Laura, who tragically drove her car off a cliff when she was in her twenties.  The different elements of the story don't completely come together until the final pages, but when they do, you realize what an epic you just read.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver - Richard Walker has died and his ex-wife and two children, Minna and Trenton, have come back to his home to deal with his death.  Unbeknownst to them, the home is far from empty.  Two of the home's previous tenants remain there, spirits trapped within the rooms of the house.  The spirits, Alice and Sandra, share their own stories as they watch what happens now as Richard's family returns to what was once their home.  Fun and a bit creepy, this was a good beach read.

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard - A girl meets and falls in love with a French man, moves herself to Paris to be with him, and they all lived happily ever after.  Not quite.  Oh, I wanted to like this so much.  It's set in my favorite city in the world and who hasn't fantasized about a hot French dude sweeping you off your feet?  Alas, the book just didn't do it for me.  While the recipes are wonderful (and I even plan on trying a few myself), the love story felt very self-serving.

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun - What if we all stopped sleeping?  Could not fall asleep?  What would happen to us as individuals, as a society?  These are the questions that Black Moon takes on.  Predictably, chaos ensues.  This book isn't bad, there's nothing wrong with it, but it just didn't grab me the way I hoped it would.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Canadian Tuxedo

Chambray: LL Bean (similar); Denim: J. Crew Factory; Belt: Banana Republic (similar); Tote: Target (love this one); Necklace: Eastern Market (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

To go wayyyy back, even before all the wonders of Westport I've been blabbing about for the past two weeks, I headed up to Maine with my mom to go to our beach house, see my grandparents, and generally hang out and relax.

We drove up there on Friday afternoon, after my mom's last day of her first year of school (woohoo!).  I took a nap because we'd gotten in late the night before and because I sleep so well in Maine that I can't resist doing it whenever there's a free moment.  

After my nap (I'm an adult), we headed to my grandparent's country club for their Friday night festivities, which mostly involve lots of eating, lots of drinking, mediocre live music, and a freakishly inexpensive tab at the end of the night.  It's wonderful.

The rest of my extended weekend there was spent sunning myself either on the back deck or on the beach, babysitting my adorable cousins, eating at Traditions , Huot's, and Rapid Ray's, or devouring so many of the books I brought with me that we had to take a trip to the bookstore to replenish my supply.  

I actually just got back from another extended weekend up there this morning, so I'll share that with you as soon as I get my life in order.  

Maine, the way life should be.

Photos taken by my Mom, thank you!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blues and Boats

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg via TJ Maxx (love this, on sale!); Sandals: Jack Rogers; Bag: Target (love this one); Shades: Ray Ban

On our last night in Westport, to stave off the depression of the end of our trip, we headed to The Back Eddy for their Sunday evening jazz series.  They have live music on the dock, an outdoor bar, and an outdoor oyster bar set up.  It's pretty much perfect.  

The way things have worked out this summer, I think this was our only trip to Westport.  Luckily, we managed to get to all our favorite places and even some new ones.  Unless something magical happens and we get up there again in between all the weddings and bachelor(ette) parties and other stuff, this might be goodbye until next year.  Can't wait to see you then.

Friday, July 24, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Hello from New England!  DT and I are having a lazy Friday before heading to a high school friend's wedding this evening.  I can't wait to get on that dance floor!

Taylor Hatala is back and killing it to Beyonce.

Season 2 of Fargo looks flippin' sweet.

A road map of American literature's greatest road trips.

Loved Erin's tips for avoiding blogger burnout.  We've all been there.

An oral history of Kids.

Have a glorious weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

And we're off again!

Heading to Boston late tonight for a Friday wedding on the North Shore and then immediately heading to Maine for a family reunion party and a long weekend with my mom.

After staying in DC last weekend, I can really use this vacation :)

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Lands' End Amalia Ankle Strap Sandals, on sale $59.99 - Still searching for a flat(ish) black sandal, I may have found them.  Yes, I know I'm showing you these in a burgundy color, but they also come in black and navy.  I'm into the stacked wooden heel, the leather, and the ankle strap.  Looking good, Lands' End.

Old Navy Chiffon Maxi Swim Cover-up, on sale $22.97 - How have I never seen this before?  I'm surprised every blogger in the land hasn't scooped this up yet.  Black and white, palm print, and chiffon, it's the perfect cover-up and looks way more expensive than it is.

Felicity & Coco Empire Waist Maxi Dress, $98 - The bright blue color of this dress is incredible.  For such a simple style, it's a showstopper.  It also comes in several other colors if blue isn't your jam.

Charlie Jade Maxi Dress, on sale $98 - Maxis galore! I love the bright colors and the pattern of this dress.  It's really pretty and perfect for the end of summer.

Iris & Ink Sofia Jersey Maxi Dress, on clearance $50 - The Outnet is having their annual clearance sale and there are some great deals to be had, but this maxi might be my favorite of the bunch.  Irish & Ink makes some of the most classic, high quality, and affordable pieces.  They're simple and will never go out of style.  And when they're 50% off like this dress?  It's not rocket science.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Needful Things: The Gym Bag

Needful Things: The Gym Bag
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My current gym bag is a drawstring Adidas backpack.  

It ain't cuttin' it.

I've been getting back into a regularly scheduled workout routine, but with all this travel I'm doing, it's been hard to stick to.  My rotation right now is mostly yoga, a barre class or two a week, with the occasional run thrown in the mix.  And I finally started taking spin classes!  I'm late to the game on that one, but really enjoying it so far (2 whole classes in!).

So, what am I looking for?  

Something that can hold a change of clothes, shoes, a water bottle, a towel, and ideally, my yoga mat. 

Something that is easy to carry and not too bulky.  

Something that can be taken on the metro or the bus and not have me whacking my fellow commuters in the face with it.

Something with some organization to it.  Places for my cell phone, keys, etc.

What are the front-runners?

I like the idea of being hands-free, so the Manduka backpack (Row 1, #1) is intriguing to me.  The price however, is not.

NordicTrack makes a bag (Row 1, #4) that is cute because it looks easy to use with or without the yoga mat.  And who knew NordicTrack made bags?

Gaiam's "Everything Fits" bag (Row 4, #2) looks good to me because well, it claims that everything fits.  

And I see lots of Lo & Sons OMG bags (Row 4, #4) around town and people seem to love them, so even with the absurd price tag, I'm considering it.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Linen in Padanaram

Dress: Jones New York Sport via TJ Maxx (love this one, on sale!); Sandals: Sam Edelman; Tassel Necklace: Forever 21 (similar); Tote: Target (love this); Shades: Ray Ban

On the 4th of July, we woke up to dreary weather.  The sky was overcast, with a mist in the air.  In short, it was not a beach day.  

Looking for something non-beachy to do, DT and I headed over to the Village of Padanaram.  I had never even heard its name before we decided to make the quick drive over there.  While technically part of South Dartmouth, the village has its own distinct vibe.  Picture a teeny, tiny Newport, Rhode Island.

It was a holiday, so most of the shops were closed, but we did pop into Vineyard Vines, some antique shops, and a gallery or two.  We also grabbed lunch and drinks at the Sail Loft,  a great spot with a view of the marina.  I ate a gigantic teriyaki burger that had a tempura pineapple on it.  It was incredible.  DT went more authentic and had clam chowder topped with haddock, which was also delicious.  

Other places we wanted to check out, but didn't get a chance to were Black Bass Grille, The Beach Plum Cafe,  and Dockside Ice Cream.  It's always nice to have a reason to go back to a fun place.