The calendar officially says it’s spring and what better way to kick off the season than with a night (or day) seeing Boston Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet? Boston absolutely comes alive in the spring, people are out and about, and actually smiling, after hibernating all winter. Spring means losing a few winter layers and introducing lighter, softer, romantic colors into your wardrobe. We took a trip over to Assembly Row in Somerville to pick out our outfits for Boston Ballet’s rendition of star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet.
Wondering what to wear to the Boston Ballet, especially in this transitional in-between seasons time? Read on for some of our favorite tips for spring dressing (even when it seems like Boston will never see tulips again!), especially for a night on the town.
There’s no such thing as over dressing.
We’re strong believers that we’d rather be over dressed than underdressed. Most attending the Ballet are making a night or day on the town, especially for the weekend shows. Coming from work during the week? These bow-tie, trouser leg pants are so chic, and can be easily dolled up with accessories after 5PM. Had enough with statement earrings and necklaces? Try a new accessory, a statement head piece, like this turban, that we can’t get enough of.
Neutrals with a pop.
Neutrals are always in fashion, and provide a great foundation to build from. Adding an unexpected pop of color to your neutrals is a great way to think and get springy! This black and white skirt paired with just-the-right-shade of pink suede mules is bold enough to make a statement, without being overbearing. Plus, they remind us of ballet slippers. Just add the twirl.
Feeling inspired by the costumes of the show? Lucky for us, skirts are having a serious moment this season. From different patterns to silhouettes to materials to lengths – we just can’t get enough. Channel your inner ballerina with a twirl-worthy midi skirt. This gingham midi skirt from J.Crew Factory is so dreamy for springtime, dressed up or down. Pair with a white button down and mules for classic feminine, Audrey Hepburn inspired vibe or with a tee and espadrille wedges for an easy, breezy look.
Shop Shauna’s Look:
J.Crew Factory Teddie Sweater – $49 (c/o)
Dmaran Maran Turban – $40 (made in the USA by a woman maker) (c/o)
LOFT Slim Tie Waist Pants in Marissa Fit – $79
Nina Tinsley Suede Block Heels – $49
Shop Natasha’s Look:
J.Crew Factory Gingham Midi Skirt – $64 (from $89) (c/o)
J.Crew Factory Pink Suede Block Heel Mules – $74.50 (from $98)
GAP White Boyfriend Button Down – $30 (from $49.95)
Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag – $295
Boston Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet is now showing until April 8th at the Boston Opera House. You can find all of our ballet-worthy styles (and more for spring!) at Assembly Row located at: 355 Artisan Way, Somerville. A big thank you to the Boston Ballet and Assembly Row for sponsoring this post. We had so much fun, shopping and seeing Romeo & Juliet!
Happy (ballet) dancing and shopping!
S & T
WELL Summit Boston is almost here! One of my favorite days of the year, where the Boston community (and beyond!) gets together to talk about wellness holistically, taking a 360° approach — mental, physical and financial health. From your relationship (hi, your vibe attracts your tribe) to personal care products and what you clean your home with, The WELL Summit is all about empowering you to live your most fulfilling life, both personally and professionally.
Since developing anxiety in my mid-twenties, I’ve been working on staying focused on health and wellness. Taking on WELL Summit’s 360° approach was a natural (haha) fit for me. Last year’s Boston summit was eye-opening and enlightening. Being in the same place, with like minded women who all had similar goals and lifestyles was amazing.
WELL Boston Summit 2018 Agenda & Speaker Highlights (who I’m most looking forward to see):
Turning It OFF When You’re Always ON: How to Disconnect to Reconnect with Your True Self
Everyday Products, Their Ingredients and Our Health
Emily Kanter, Second Generation Co-Owner of Cambridge Naturals
Saturday April 21st
Boston Design Center
1 Design Center Place
See what the buzz is about by checking out #wellboston on instagram.
Hope to see you there!
Bridesmaids rejoice! Meet Weddington Way Boston. Easy, breezy, bridesmaids shopping has arrived. Their selection of exclusive dresses are crafted with detail and intention, and made from gorgeous fabrics that photograph really, really well and are easy to mix and match. The experience is stress free, with every silhouette coming in the same color variation, reasonable prices and easy returns.
Weddington Way is located inside the Banana Republic store at the Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester Road.
The fourth annual Girls’ Night Out at Legacy Place to benefit The Ellie Fund is back! Next Thursday, March 22, enjoy a night with your girlfriends, hosted by Lisa Donovan of Matty in the Morning on Kiss 108. Last year, yours truly modeled in the fashion show. This year, catch spring trends from (locally woman owned) KuDeTa and athleta, modeled by Brittany DiCapua of The Boston Food Journal, Tara West of Tara West Fashion, Agnes Vazhure of Spoons and Stilettos and Tina Haupert of Carrots ‘N’ Cake.
Tickets are $20 and include a generous swag bag!
That feeling of overwhelming anxiety that sets in on Sunday afternoon when you realize the weekend is over? The sunday scaries are real my friends. Here are five ways to beat the sunday scaries that help soothe my anxiety and set me up for a productive, calm week.
Draw yourself a detox bath
There’s a lot of hype around baths right now. I’ve read various studies saying that a 30-minute hot bath can be a replacement for a cardio workout or that a ginger bath, can help you sweat out a cold or a hangover. (Hangover theory to be confirmed, but ginger baths have helped me feel better during a cold). I have to admit, I was never a bath person. The thought of laying there in dirty water.. (you get the idea) never appealed to me, until I was trying to find a way to soothe my anxiety and de-stress. I always add some form of epsom salt and put the water on the hottest degree possible. Depending on the time of day, I’ll switch up the epsom salts. Mid-afternoon? Try Relax & Relief Eucalyptus & Spearmint Soaking Solution. Closer to bed time? Enjoy Soothe & Sleep Lavender Soaking Solution.
While dry brushing before the tub (see dry bursting below) I love to do a mask (latest find is actually a pairing of two masks so I can paint on the areas of particular concern. Restore for hydration and Detox for getting rid of all of the bad stuff). In the tub pair that relaxation time with a great read (currently reading: “Where the OM am I?” by Sarah DiVello – she’s a local Boston gal!) and with a cold glass of collagen beauty water. I’ve been using The Beauty Chef’s Collagen Inner Beauty Boost for the past two months and love it! It’s vegan, tastes great and my nails and hair are growing like weeds. The jury is still out on my skin, as I have noticed my face feels softer, but that could be due to more than just this beauty potion (more to come in a future post on that!).
Oh, and don’t forget to buy a super handy bath caddy to help your stuff stay dry while you soak.
This is one of those “are you serious?” trends. And, I’m so serious. It feels so good to exfoliate and visibly see an immediate difference with dead layers brushing off. Using a long brush is my favorite way to get those hard to reach spots you normally forget about. I typically do this 3x a week before my bath or shower.
I always start at my feet and brush upwards towards your heart, in a circular motion for 3-5 mins total. Dry brushing helps increase circulation, obviously exfoliates and can help smooth the appearance of cellulite. Be sure not to use too hard of bristles on your brush (I use this one), or too harsh of a grip. It’s meant to be gentle. Don’t forget to drench your skin in moisture post-shower.
Roll, roll, roll with a Jade Roller
Another hot, hot, hot trend I had to try: jade rollers. I’ve heard of people wearing jade for it’s energetic properties, warding off evil in Chinese culture. To use, put on your fave face moisturizer (right now I’m using FAB’s ultra repair face moisturizer to combat winter harshness) and get rolling. Start at your forehead and roll down on both sides. Use the smaller stone for around your eyes and make sure to start from inner eye to outer, making your way down the cheek bone in a big circle, as this promotes lymphatic drainage. The stone gets cold on its own, but you can keep it in the fridge for an even more soothing effect.
Essential oils are one of the easiest mood boosters. Wear them with a carrier oil (I do wrists, ankles and neck) or simply diffuse them within your home. The best part? Depending on your mood you can customize your scents for whatever you’re needing.
Make sure to call Jen from Saratoga Aromatherapy, she’s an upstate New York CA & LMT who I highly recommend. She does a free consultation call to discover your needs and make recommendations for you, based on what she hears. Her custom essential oil blends range from $25-40.
Fight anxiety from the inside out
Meet Aukalife, organic superfood blends, perfectly measured in individual packets – the easiest way to do smoothies. Just add dairy free milk, fruit and blend. These packets come in so handy when you’re in a rush in the AM, traveling, or just can’t keep a million different ingredients for smoothies in your cabinets. My favorite blend is the antioxidant with acai and goji berries, chia seeds, turmeric, camu berry and beet root. YUM! Aukalife founder, and local Boston girl, Lauren is so generous, offering readers 20% off their order: use code “SUPERFOOD20” at checkout.
Get all the goodies you need to beat the sunday scaries:
Restore Mask – $54
Detox Mask – $54
Bath Caddy – $34
Dry Brush – $15
Jade Roller – $19
Essential Oil Diffuser – $29 (Used code “SHAUNA10” for 10% off, PLUS an additional 10% off with Amazon no-clip coupon)
What are your fave ways to beat the sunday scaries?
You guys, to say I am obsessed with this millennial pink sweater from Shop Tobi, is an absolute understatement. (Ask my friends, I cant stop wearing it!) It’s the perfect blend of oversized, comfy and cozy while still being on trend. A lot of comfy and cozy clothes = totally schlepping it, but not with this sweater. The off the shoulder neckline and small cut out details make this (officially!) my fave sweater of the season. Millennial pink not for you? It also comes in army green/olive, burgundy/wine and black.
Another item I’m absolutely loving right now are Laura Mercer velvet matte lipsticks. Lipsticks in crayon form are so, so easy to apply and the colors from this line are absolutely amazing. The matte is really, really velvety, just like it’s name. It goes on so softly and stays on all day. Wearing it in fatale here, but I also bought it in goals and fresh.
Also, these glasses. I get SO many compliments on these tortoise thick-timmed frames, and they are like four years old. I usually wear them in front of my massive stock broker like computer set up at work, for anti glare and a slight prescription, but they come in handy on days when my eyes are feeling too tired.
Off The Shoulder Rose Sweater – $31 (From $78!)
Joe’s Charlie Jeans in Flawless – $94 (From $189)
Is it just me or is there nothing worse than dressing in between seasons, especially winter to spring in New England? That’s why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite, must-have transitional staples. These pieces will take you from season to season, without worrying about the weather or temperature. These pieces are versatile enough for freezing mornings and basically-summer days. Is it just New England that experiences these weather mood swings? Read on for transitional wardrobe staples to prepare you for any New England day.
A good stripe tee is probably one of my most-worn items, especially in between seasons. I love it paired with a denim jacket or simply with my fave jeans and flats. Speaking of denim, a chambray button down is an essential transitional staple. Layer on a cardi for warmth and ditch during your midday lunch break. I also live in button downs all year round. I just ordered this one from Everlane and it’s so soft and a quality piece.
1. J.Crew striped boatneck t-shirt – $39.50
2. J.Crew chambray shirt – $78
3. Everlane collarless button down – $55
One of the key tips for transitional dressing is layers, layers and more layers! My fave way to layer? Jackets. A denim jacket can be worn so many ways: over a t-shirt, for a denim-on-denim look or with a dress. I’m also crushing on leather motto jackets lately which is also a must-have addition to any capsule wardrobe (still working on that…) With spring on its way, unpredictable weather is obvious. Be sure to always have a waterproof jacket on hand (I love all the Barbour options!).
4. Levi’s denim jacket – $89.50
5. VIGOSS motto jacket – $40 (from $108!)
6. Barbour rain coat – $279
There’s no better time for mules than in between seasons. They’re the transitional staple. I also love a good pair of loafers with denim + a button down – put together and easy. For a more athletic look, opt for comfy slip-on sneakers. This blush hue screams spring!
7. Madewell leather mules – $98
8. Sam Edelman loafers – $120
9. Vans classic slip-on sneakers – $65
Ditch the chunky scarf and transition to a more lightweight, dainty option. Add a pop of color to your springtime wardrobe with a colorful, floral necktie. Hats are also a fun way to accessorize plus they look super chic.
10. Rebecca Minkoff silk bandana – $35
11. Brixton fedora – $64
Happy (almost) spring!
I’ve been in hibernation mode but this purple lace off the shoulder shift dress got me out of the house. This happens like every January and February, when the days are too short and work starts getting crazy. I find myself in my least favorite pattern: work, home, make dinner, work some more, sleep, repeat. I can barely get myself out of the house on weekends beyond a work out and running errands; I blame part exhaustion, part seasonal depression. All I want to do is have a glass of wine (note the color of the dress!) curled up on the couch, never-mind getting dolled up and socializing. Anyway, the sun is starting to stay out past five and we’ve had a few 50 to 60 degree days in the last week or so, which means I’m singing a completely different tune.
This burgundy, wine colored off the shoulder lace shift dress (say that 10x fast!) is just right for winter occasions. Bearing the shoulders brings femininity to this otherwise forgiving shift silhouette and I am absolutely loving the color, especially with a similar berry lip. I paired the dress with a leopard clutch and stacked-heel booties. The only thing missing was a leather moto jacket (and a spray tan, ha!), to round out my edgy vibe, but alas #NoShopFebruary struck again and I had to utilize what was already in my closet. I ended up wearing the purple lace shift dress with a camel menswear inspired jacket I scored at J.Crew on major sale in December and Celine tortoise sunglasses found at T.J. Max.
Tobi Play for Keeps Lace Shift Dress – $39 (From $78)
Calf Hair Foldover Clutch – $55 (similar)
Celine Havana Round Sunglasses – $149 (from $350)
Camel Coat – $149 (similar)
Mena Bootie – $99
By now “No Shop Feb” must be all over your instagram feed. I’m sharing the why’s and how’s behind my participating below.
For as long as I can remember shopping has been a big part of my life. Ok, that sounds shallow, but it’s true. Shopping for me was always more of an activity I looked forward to and not a task that I had to do. I’m sure all of you 90’s kids can relate, being dropped off at the mall on Friday nights when you were too young to drive. Hanging out with friends while shopping, window shopping and trying to get a glimpse of your crush.
When I turned thirteen I begged my parents to take my friends and I into Boston to shop on Newbury Street for my birthday. We gathered up all of my jr. high friends and walked, talked, shopped and ladies who lunched for the day. When I was fifteen I went on a trip to California and fell in love with the unique shops and designers on Melrose. When I got back to Boston I googled one of the shops I liked the most and was thrilled to find out they had an online shop, as most retailers back then did not have e-commerce. My first ever online purchase was a pink cowl neck sweater that I regretted I did not buy in person on my vacation. And so, my online shopping addiction was born.
Even one of my first jobs was at OFF Fifth, the Saks Fifth Avenue, outlet in Wrentham, and you can guess where my paycheck went. Even now, with girlfriends, scheduling time together around checking out new shops, running errands, or even shopping on our vacations comes so naturally.
You could say this is just ingrained in who I am. A lot of my favorite times revolved and still do, around the activity of shopping. It’s weird to look back on all of this and see how much of my life and things I actually had joy in revolved around shopping.
I used to admire people with luxuries, and to some extent still do. I immediately go to the “she must work so hard to have that” and relate. Although, realistically, that might not always be the case and often times more than not, it isn’t.
- Organize and purge:
- Go through both closets (yes, two) and endless storage bins to sort clothes into a few different piles: Poshmark, donation & a bin for my future daughter (no, I’m not pregnant but this is always something I wish my mom had done for me, and it’s something I started a long time ago for my future babe)
- No clothing or home shopping for the whole month of February to:
- Mindfully break the cycle of “I want” or “I need”. A LOT of times I am buying things because they are on sale and I justify the spend because it’s “so cheap” or “will never be this cheap again”!
- Use and appreciate what I have. I have A LOT. You don’t realize it, until you really stop and look around, but I have almost everything I need already from a wardrobe perspective.
You can find and follow the gals participating with me by following the #noshopfeb hashtag on IG, or by checking them out individually here: @achicvoyage @afashionfix @amodestlife @asequinedlife @ashleyvbeine @bluebootsgo @champagne_thursday @cmcinthecity @d_mobley @elizabethev @emilyshell @gretsky126 @iceberghaha @jenfirshe @klassicallykaytee @kristinbassett @kristylyons @lyssmmm @mystyletales @natmazz @nishatnguyen @primandpropah@sassyysaraa @sixfeetinheels @speedy2ac @thechroniclesofsheel @aline_aesthetic @alexbyersays
PS – a lot of you were asking about Poshmark via my instagram stories. It’s pretty easy to navigate: post photos of the items you want to list, and an asking price. Be prepared to haggle a bit and to give Poshmark 20% (better than most consignment shops!). I’ve unloaded a lot of items here and whatever I don’t sell within a few months goes to the donation pile. Use “ShaunaGallagher” when signing up for $5 off your first purchase.
**No Shop Feb update: it’s been two weeks and I am shopping-free. I was VERY tempted by a Gilt City sale for Exhale massages on an extra 30% off, but I held out. These deals come up often, so I’m going to pass until next time! (Self-control Shauna!)
I have also had more time to be screen free. I knew I was in front of a screen a lot but I hadn’t realized how much of that time was for online shopping.
Velvet: this winter season’s must-have trend. From velvet blouses for every day to accessories that make a luxe statement. With a few more months left of winter – it’s not too late to embrace the all-things-velvet trend. In my opinion, this is one trend that will keep making a resurgence, year after year. Stock up on these oh-so-soft pieces (mostly on sale!) to wear now and save for later.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, this velour dress would make the perfect date-night-getup. Ditch go-to red for Valentine’s Day with a soft pink number. I love this long sleeve velvet dress for a more casual look. Or, if you’re heading out for drinks with gal pals (sans a date) – this peplum tank top is the perfect pick, especially with a faux leather jacket layered on top. I’ve been eyeing these block heel velvet booties for a while now, they would look so chic paired with ripped denim and a simple white button down. Check out a few more of my fave velvet picks:
1. cupcakes and cashmere dress – $50 (from $120)
2. Free People minidress – $64.80 (from $108)
3. Madewell mockneck dress – $29.99 (from $69.50)
4. J.Crew peplum cami – $19 (from $68)
5. Sanctuary velour bell sleeve sweatshirt – $37.15 (from $89)
6. J.Crew Factory midrise skinny jean – $39.99 (from $79.50)
7. Sam Edelman cap toe high heel booties – $120 (from $150)
8. Superga classic lace up sneakers – $83.30 (from $115)
9. Madewell baseball cap – $24.99 (from $32)
This valentine’s day we’re thinking about our best gals, they’ve always got our backs, so why not show them some love on love day! We’ve rounded up our favorite galentines day gift ideas for you to share with your besties — think sweet treats, perfect pick-me-ups and experiences you can do together.
We couldn’t resist these pouty candies by Sugarfina, so fun and so sweet.
If Patchology isn’t in your beauty routine already, you’re totally missing out. The greater Boston-based company makes the most soothing solutions to all of your skin 911’s. This little set has two of our favorites together! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Patchology wink & a kiss – $10
These mugs made us smile. We all have that friend (and maybe we are her too!) who is obsessed with Target. And this chips and salsa set is like the 2018 version of a friendship bracelet. I call the chips mug!
Love Target Mug – $14
This mini cinema light box is perfect for an inspirational message and doubles as instagram prop!
Cinema Light Box – $29
I use this diffuser every night next to my bed. It hums a bit, but thats soothing to me at this point. Run it with an XOXO essential oil blend, with aphrodisiac properties, including pink grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, tangerine, damiana, amyris, lavender. I highly recommend Jennifer Sowle of Saratoga Aromatherapy, she’ll do a one on one consult with you and develop personalized blends for your every need.
Essential Wellness Diffuser – $29 + 20% off (Amazon 10% off auto coupon + use code: “Shauna10”)
We just picked up the Herbivore jade roller and can’t wait for it to arrive. Hearing so much about this brand, it was hard not to love this rose tinted trio.
The slip silk pillowcase I got for my birthday has been a godsend. It’s sooooo soft, it’s literally dreamy and feels so good against your face. I might get this for myself after #NoShopFeb, but it might be overkill?
Slip Silk Eye Mask – $45
Have a day in the South End. Facials at skoah will relax you both and leave you with amazing, glowy skin. We love the staff here and the facial always leaves us in a pure state of bliss. When you’re done grab a mimosa and lunch!
Calligraphy never gets old. Learn how to hand letter with the best hostesses, Julie and Meg. Have a cocktail and test your skills at Sip and Script! Most events have super cool venues too, from small businesses to trendy restaurants and bars.
Floral arranging is a skill you should master within your lifetime. Knowing how to throw together a great flower arrangement can save you a lot of loot and add that something special to your gatherings. See Alice’s Table for the next round of events near you.
One last idea: instead of traditional chocolate, gift caramels. McCrea’s Candies are locally, handmade bites of heaven. Flavors and prices range.
S & Tash