Chilly temps are here to stay (at least for the foreseeable future). So how do you stay on-trend and warm? Sweaters, sweaters and more sweaters. Is knit-hoarding a thing? If so, guilty. I’m especially loving all of the ruffle sleeve sweaters, I can’t get enough of these special details!
Ruffles are no longer frumpy but fun and flirty. The layered ruffle details give my new favorite sweater a little something extra. This is the perfect, feminine sweater to wear on a casual Friday to the office and to post-work drinks or a weekend date night (I’m thinking Valentine’s Day in this soft, purple meets pink hue).
This ruffle sleeve cardigan is so adorable – perfect to throw on and go. Or, how cozy does this tiered ruffle knit look? Also, turtlenecks are making a comeback in a big way. From tees to sweaters in every cut, color and fabric – turtlenecks are so hot this season.
I paired my feminine ruffle sleeve sweater with edge-ier black ripped denim and my fave Sam Edelman block heel booties. Can you tell I love all things black? These pieces are on constant rotation in my wardrobe.
Shop My Look:
Ruffle sleeve sweater (similar) – $55
J.Crew denim – $110
Sam Edelman booties (similar) – $105 (from $150!)
Rebecca Minkoff crossbody (similar) – $295
More adorable yet keep-you-warm ruffle sweaters under $100 below:
Looking for a guilt free cocktail? This calorie free, sugar free, ginger moscow mule mix will do just the trick. I typically opt for wine, but thats because I always feel guilty drinking cocktails, as they are usually loaded with calories, sugar and god knows what else. That was until, I found Be Mixed, a calorie free, sugar free, gluten free, preservative free (the list goes on!) all natural cocktail mix. Even better, the brand was founded by two gals who didn’t want to deal with the all the junk that goes into a typical cocktail, but still wanted to have amazing tasting drinks. The cocktail mixers are made with monkfruit, a little bit of stevia extract and are flash pasteurized so you won’t find any artificial ingredients in these bottles.
Be Mixed comes in a few flavors – cucumber mint, margarita and my fave – ginger lime. I’m obsessed with ginger lately, even taking ginger infused “detox” baths (but more about that later), so I whipped up a guilt free ginger lime moscow mule. And for a total score, I used Polar’s new limited edition flavor, Ginger Lime Mule. Win, win, win!
Ginger Lime Moscow Mules
- 4 oz. Be Mixed Ginger Lime
- 1.5 oz. Vodka
- 1 half lime, in wheels
- Ginger Lime Polar soda water
- Crushed ice
- Squeeze lime into chilled copper mug and drop in lime wheel
- Add vodka, Be Mixed and ice
- Stir until very cold
- Top with soda water and garnish with mint
For a sweet twist try this pomegranate take on a traditional moscow mule.
Shauna & Tash
We’ve rounded up our fave gift ideas for the plant lover (or hoarder!) in your life. Let’s face it – succulents, cacti and houseplants basically became accessories this year thanks to instagram. Greenery became must-have home decor items, from actual plants to prints, patterns and decor made to look like your favorite plants.
Does the plant lover in your life need some help in the “keeping the plants alive” department? With these cactus prints from Etsy, your plant lover can enjoy the view sans taking care of it. This millennial pink version would look gorgeous with a gold frame or, opt for a lighter color print and pair with a white frame. Gift both so your bestie can style them in her gallery wall. How adorable are these cactus salt & pepper shakers – they’d make perfect stocking stuffers. If your bestie is a self-proclaimed interior decorator – she needs a few of these faux Monstera leaves from West Elm. It’s perfect for styling on a mantle with a clear or geometric vase. Lucky for you, this Pineapple Air Plant Magnet just got restocked. Air plants need minimal attention and care, and these look totally adorable on your fridge or bring some happy into your cubical. For a more personal, delivered-to-door gift, opt for a succulent garden gift box from Lula’s Garden. These succulent sets are eco friendly and long lasting! Ditch the go-to classic floral delivery and pick your garden size and succulent combo. Never let your plants go thirsty again with these vintage plant misters.
1. Vibrant Cactus Print – $4 (from $5.90!)
2. Cactus Print – $6
4. West Elm Faux Monstera Leaf – $12 (from $16!)
5. Pineapple Air Plant Magnet – $18
6. Lula’s Garden – $25+
7. World Market Vintage Plant Misters – $25
A plant connoisseur can’t live without the essentials in their kitchen. Think Rosemary, Basil, Thyme or Oregano (yum!). Gift this Anthropologie Herb Planter Set for just about anyone in your life: the hostess or chef, perhaps. For a less practical but more statement piece – add this West Elm Freeform Terrarium to your collection. Easily display your beautiful blooms in this open glass case. We’re also loving this marble + glass terrarium. It doubles as a coffee table focal point or “shelfie” fave.
8. Anthropologie Herb Planter Set – $32
9. West Elm Freeform Terrarium – $34-48 (from $49-69)
10. West Elm Marble + Glass Terrarium – $41 (from $59)
If you’re looking for even more ways to bring the outdoors in, try this Anthropologie trio plant hanger. In this gorgeous hammered gold, it looks less “plant hanger” and more like a decor item that’s sure to be a centerpiece. Hang in the kitchen or living room and enjoy the greenery.
11. Anthropologie Gold Trio Plant Hanger – $78
These are gifts that will definitely keep on growing (with a little help, of course). Happy planting!
S & T
Everyone has that one person on their list thats always traveling. So what do you gift your bestie or family member who’d love a plane ticket instead? We’ve rounded up our favorite (and most practical) gifts for the traveler in your life.
Ditch the extra baggage weight of hair products and add this mini Living Proof Dry Shampoo to your packing list. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer, too! Globetrotters have no time to worry about bad hair days. These Patchology Eye Gels are a lifesaver for those dreaded red-eyes. Just apply mid-air and de-puff. To make your home away from home feel zen just flip on this Portable Mini Diffuser. It will easily fit in any carry on! For the stylish (international) traveler, gift this floral Anthropologie passport case. I love how easily your passport fits so you can breeze through security and customs.
1. Living Proof Dry Shampoo – $12
2. Patchology Eye Gels – $15 (now $11.25!)
3. Portable Mini Diffuser – $20
4. Anthropologie Floral Passport Holder – $24
If you want to feel refreshed post-flight, throw on this Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask. Infused with copper, it helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. The one essential item a globetrotter can never have enough of: a universal power adapter. Plus, never lose it with this adorable case! Is your traveler a fashionista? This Halogen reversible wrap is seriously so cozy and adorable. I hate feeling “bulky” while flying; wear a lightweight tee under this wrap for easy on and off.
5. Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask – $35
7. Reversible Wrap – $49
There’s nothing worse than living out of a suitcase especially when dirty clothes are involved. Stay clean and organized with this Flight 001 Clean Bag Set. Keep your laundry and shoes separate from the rest of your travel gear. One of my fave items when traveling has to be a portable charger. When traveling to a foreign city or country, having your phone die midday is not an option. This Anker charger is perfect for capturing those gorgeous insta-story-worthy views or getting you from point A to point B (it charges phones over 7 times!) For weekend trips, pack this Sole Society weekender duffel. It comes in two color options, plus it’s vegan! At this price point (under $90!), it’s a total steal.
8. Flight 001 Go Clean Bag Set – $52
9. Anker Portable Charger – $60
10. Sole Society Vegan Weekender – $85
When I travel, I like to make sure that everything has a place. Store your makeup, toiletries or jewelry in these gorgeous Cuyana leather travel cases. Lost lipstick or spilled perfume, no more. Plus, they come in 12 colors – from neutral to bold. No trip is complete without photos. Capture every moment with this super fun, retro Fujifilm camera. If you’re like me, staying organized while traveling is a must. Store your iPad, cables and cards with this Mark and Graham Leather Envelope. It’s perfect for airports or foreign Starbucks’ alike. I love the blush color.
11. Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set – $110
12. Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera – $117
13. Mark and Graham Leather Tech Envelope – $129-149
Where would you love to jet off to next year?
S & T
Be the best house-guest ever, skip the go-to bottle of wine and up your gift-giving game with the best hostess gifts. Or, be the hostess with the mostess and upgrade your party gear with some of our go-to favorites. From a welcoming entrance and upgraded party essentials, these hostess gifts are sure to be the center of attention at this years holiday soirée and beyond.
The perfect hostess always knows how to break the ice. Prosecco Pong is a classier take on beer pong, just make sure you don’t spill too much Vueve! Make sure you have Recyclable Champagne Flutes for a toast later (they’re also $13 for 12!) to go sans broken glasses. These Marble Coasters or colorful Geode Coasters are as much practical as they are beautiful. Is a unique gift more of your thing? Opt for this personalize-able Wine Caddy perfect for picnics (or moving from room to room).
1. Target Marble Coasters – $10
2. TOSSWARE Recyclable Champagne Flutes – $13
3. Anthropologie Geode Coaster – $14
4. Mark and Graham Wine Caddy – $19
5. Prosecco Pong – $25
A hostess should always greet her guests with something pretty. This Boxwood & Myrtle Wreath is gorgeous for the front door, pair it with this Wine/Work Door Mat for an absolutely adorable entrance. Dress up the table with this patterned Wine Decanter and Marble Monogram Cheese Board. For the healthy hostess, gift this all-natural, calorie and sugar free cocktail mix. The variety pack includes Cucumber Mint, Ginger Lime and Margarita mixes, just add booze. Our fave was the Ginger Lime in this whiskey cranberry cocktail recipe. Hello, guilt-free signature cocktails and EVEN BETTER the company is woman owned!
6. Anthropologie Wine Decanter – $28
7. be MIXED Variety Pack – $33
8. Boxwood & Myrtle Half Wreath – $38
9. Wine Door Mat – $34
Turn your hostesses home into a vineyard a la this Wine Flight Board. Jot down each wine type on the slate board, just make sure to have your cheese pairings handy. If your gal is a cocktail amateur go with this Bartender Prep Board. It has everything you need and more – tips, tricks and measurements! Plus, it can be personalized. For another darling-door-option, show up with this Olive & Thistle Wreath. Nothing’s better or more welcoming than a great smelling home, gift her a Baies, Figuier and Roses Candle Set, or, split them up and gift to multiple friends and fam!
11. Wine Flight Board – $52
12. Mark and Graham Bartender’s Prep Board – $59
13. Olive & Thistle Wreath – $65
14. Diptyque Candle Set – $100
With these fab gifts (or two) in tow, you’re sure to be the first to catch an invite year after year.
S & T
Way back in the day, when I was working at Boston.com we did a really cool sponsored content program with The Grommet (then The Daily Grommet) where we encouraged local makers to compete to have their product launched by both sites. Being part of that project, getting to meet and empower local makers, was so special. I’ve been a huge fan ever since.
The site carefully curates it’s makers and products, referred to as “Grommets”. Even better? I love that you can choose to shop the site with personal values in mind, think “Made in the USA” and sustainable items.
For this round up I gravitated towards grommets that are practical, foodie/wellness themed and just plain fun and unexpected. All items are under $60. Click around to meet their makers and see their stories!
The Grommet has two pop up store locations:
Monday through Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
328 Newbury Street
Monday through Sunday: 10am – 8pm
I’ll be taking over @TheGrommet’s instagram account on Monday, December 4th to share some more gift giving goodies (say that 3x fast!) and a look inside their Newbury Street pop up!
This post is sponsored by The Grommet. Products, opinions and experiences are my own.
Holiday season is upon us, with traditions old and new in full swing and it’s time for one of my favorite holiday traditions, a night at the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. I was an avid ballet dancer growing up which meant this time of the year was spent rehearsing for my little studio’s version of the classic, while dreaming of being in the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
My mom and I went to opening night of this year’s enchanting rendition of The Nutcracker and it was everything I dreamed of and more, a perfect way to kick off the 2017 holiday season. From the oh so perfectly detailed costumes to the amazing dancing to the beautiful sets, I’ve on on a Sugar Plum Fairy high ever since. Just being inside the Boston Opera House dazzled up on all of its holiday glory was special.
For my showtime look, I kept it cozy in a deep burgundy sweater dress with tie sleeve details. I love burgundy anything for the holidays and beyond – it’s more muted and doesn’t scream “holiday” like Christmas red. Opaque tights, block heeled booties and a matching lip color completed my look. The flirty feminine details of the tiny bow ties and open sleeves added an unexpected something special to an otherwise simple dress. I also love this off-the-shoulder option for a night out paired with over-the-knee boots.
Similar sweater dress options with unexpected details under $50:
Whether you’re a first-time Nutcracker goer or seeing the ballet has become a go-to tradition, you can’t miss the 2017 rendition, running through December 31st. (Looking for NYE plans? Grab a cold glass of bubbles and be prepared to be entranced!) Visit bostonballet.org for tickets.
One of my favorite easy trips is a weekend getaway in Newport, RI. It’s quintessentially New England with cranberry red colonial homes, cobblestone streets and views of the water. Recently, my guy and I headed to Newport for our second annual late-fall getaway. We love visiting in the off season, particularly November, because there’s still plenty of things to do but it’s much more calm and peaceful, It feels like the whole city is all yours to explore. Here are a few of my quick tips for a weekend getaway in Newport, Rhode Island.
Where we stayed:
This year we stayed at the The Attwater hotel. It’s located right off of Bellevue Ave which makes it super easy to to walk downtown. I love how colorful and adorable all of the rooms are; the hotel felt so cozy. Last year, we stayed at the Mill Street Inn which is a bit closer to the main street, with more of a rustic feel versus the Attwater’s preppy vibe. I highly recommend both!
Favorite things to do:
Newport Mansions. If you’re a history buff, into architecture and design or just love all things pretty – be sure to pop into one of the many Newport Mansions. The Breakers is a must-see. It was once a summer “cottage” of the Vanderbilt family (imagine?!). Rosecliff is another iconic “home”, think chandeliers and all marble everything. Visiting in December? Be sure to see the mansions all dressed up for the holidays.
Cliff Walk. This 3.5 mile walk runs along the rocky coast. From the walk, take in spanning ocean views and the backyards of the Newport mansions. The Cliff Walk is a perfect to-do during the summertime. Tackle sightseeing and being active. Win, win.
Ocean Drive. Grab a latte and hop in your car. You’ll see miles and miles of breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and gorgeous homes. There are plenty of stop-off spots for photo ops, too! Insider tip? Ditch the “itinerary” and plan to hop in and out of your car to see the numerous points of interests on the way. Are parks your scene? Visit Fort Adams State Park for salt water bathing (in the summertime, obvs), boating and picnicking. Or if you’re a total JFK and Jackie O fanatic, be sure to check out Hammersmith Farm aka where JFK and Jackie’s wedding reception was held. Looking for a dining option? Or maybe wine-ing? Check out Castle Hill Inn for drinks with a view.
Stroll downtown. One of my absolute favorite things when visiting Newport (or anywhere) is just strolling around and taking it in. If you’re looking for shopping, head down to Thames Street. The storefronts have historic charm. Be sure to wear comfy shoes to tackle those cobblestone streets! If you’re looking for shopping plus seaside scenery, head down to Bowen’s Wharf. There you’ll find local shops and restaurants upon restaurants down by the water. Stroll down to the dock for panoramic views.
J.Crew. A classic, go-to. If you’re like me and never seem to pack the right clothes (or maybe you just have your eye on something), be sure to pop in here to have a look around. You’re sure to find a thing or two.
Yummiest places to eat: Disclaimer: there aren’t any actual pictures of our food because it was so delicious we just couldn’t wait. Last year, we ended up staying in Newport during Restaurant Week without knowing and it was the best thing ever. Aka a foodie’s dream. So this year, we were sure to head back to Newport’s Restaurant Week and book our fave places. We also added a few new faves, too.
Perro Salado. An upscale take on Mexican food. The vibe in here is seriously so dreamy. Also, the blood orange margarita is everything.
Jo’s American Bistro. If you’re looking for classic, yummy eats – visit Jo’s. We stopped in here for lunch to warm up with a sandwhich and a glass of vino.
Diego’s. Another amazing Mexican option located in Bowen’s Wharf. Think of this place as more laid back and casual. Be sure to try their margaritas, too (I love the passion fruit one – do you see a trend forming?)
22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for a special-occasion-kind-of-place, this is it. From date night to a celebratory dinner. Picture a candle-lit setting with views of the water (during the day, that is). Their french onion soup is seriously one of my favorites. 22 Bowen’s is definitely our go-to when we visit Newport.
The best part about this mini-itinerary? It can easily be done any time of the year. I’ve visited Newport numerous times in both the summer and late fall and it’s just as gorgeous and are there are just as many things to do in the off season.
If visiting in the summer, be sure to add a beach day or two! My personal fave is Second Beach.
We love to keep it low-key when visiting Newport so we always leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
I’ve been crushing on faux fur this season, ever since the emergence of the Teddy Bear Jacket. J.Crew put out their version of the teddy bear jacket, but at $248, I think it’s too much to spend on a fashion coat. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite faux fur jackets, all under $100 (where I draw the line), except one version, that I couldn’t help but to include. I recently tried it on in-store and the quality and fit were spot on. Now if it would just go on sale! This shearling jacket didn’t make the round up below, because there are limited sizes but it’s darling, so snag it up if they have your size available.
1. Swing Crop Faux Fur Jacket – $89
2. Plus Faux Fur Satin Lined Jacket – $88
4. Soft Round Neck Faux Fur Jacket – $35 (marked down from $65!)
5. Mid-Length Cream Faux Fur Jacket – $49
6. Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket – $119