Even though it seems like summer literally just started, retailers are starting to make the transition to cool-weather gear and fall essentials. Lucky for you, all those must-have summer items you’ve been eyeing since early spring (but didn’t want to pull the trigger on), are on major sale right now. One of our fave trends this season? Straw bags. And we’ve rounded up a the best summer straw bags that are currently on major, major sale. Hurry up and grab them so you can enjoy while summer is still here!
1. Urban Outfitters Palm Leaf Straw Clutch – $15 (from $20)
2. Urban Outfitters Colorblocked Tote Bag – $19.99 (from $34)
3. ASOS Circular Straw Bag – $33.50 (from $48)
4. Mark & Graham Circle Rattan Handbag – $37.99 (from $49)
5. Mark & Graham Rio Tote – $38.99 (from $49)
6. Nordstrom Rack Round Straw Bag – $39.97 (from $88.50)
7. Nordstrom Rack Straw Tote Bag – $39.97 (from $90)
8. Anthropologie Tasseled Crossbody – $39.95 (from $78)
9. Anthropologie Woven Clutch – $39.95 (from $68)
10. Anthropologie Fringed Tote Bag – $59.95 (from $118)
11. Nordstrom Rack Scarf Straw Tote Bag – $64.97 (from $160)
12. Nordstrom Rack Silver Straw Tote Bag – $94.97 (from $192.50)
At these price points (under $100!), you can totally feed into the straw bag addiction. Be sure to grab a tote for daytime and a crossbody for those summer nights.
S & T
I have been living in this linen jumpsuit this summer. Jumpsuits and linen can both get bad raps, you know–hard to pee in and wrinkly–but this one in perfect summer stripes is totally worth the risk. Jumpsuits are so easy to dress up or down, sandal slides and a straw hat for the day and wedges with statement earrings for a night out.
My blue & white striped linen jumpsuit from GAP has been one of my fave purchases this season. I’m always reaching for it on the weekends for day trips like this one to York, ME and Portsmouth, NH. Try it for work paired with a denim jacket for the office because who wants to wear real pants in this weather?
These Sam Edelman slides have been on my feet all summer long. They’re SO comfy and they remind me of the Hermès version. To top my linen jumpsuit look off, I channeled a nautical-summer-vibe with this (super affordable) straw boater hat.
Get my look:
GAP linen cami jumpsuit – $56.99 (from $89.95)
Sam Edelman slides – $79.95
Boater hat – $12.99
Movado leather strap watch – $495
Will you be rocking a jumpsuit this summer?
Dining and working out are best done outside, even better when they don’t cost a pretty penny! Free Boston workouts are back in the Seaport!
Seaport Sweat classes happen every day, with a variety of classes to choose from, with some of the city’s best instructors to get your sweat on with:
5:30pm | Kick It by Eliza
6:30pm | Box and Body with Monique Magno
5:30pm | Bootcamp with Athena Concannon
6:30pm | Boxing with Edwin Frias
5:30pm | Kick It by Eliza
6:30pm | Yoga with Jenna Hill
5:30pm | Bootcamp with Athena Concannon
6:30pm | Box and Body with Monique Magno
12:00pm | Yoga with Jenna Hill
Last weekend, I had the chance to spend the day at the annual Newport Flower Show and let me just say that it was floral #goals. The show was set against the most beautiful background: the Rosecliff mansion on Bellevue Avenue, a white marble backdrop of absolute perfection. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, the gray overcast skies made all of the greenery and florals absolutely pop.
This year’s “theme” was “Cottages Smart and Small” and was focused on tiny homes with sustainable gardens. There was no shortage of adorable-ness (or style). If only I could downsize my closet, I would gladly move into one of these tiny homes. HGTV much?
I couldn’t get over all of the blooms on display. I’ve never seen more full roses, colorful hydrangeas or perfect air plants in my life. I could seriously use some of this green thumb magic.
In addition to the floral displays, there were also numerous New England-based vendors on display. My favorite tent was below, with a chic yet charming French countryside vibe.
For more summertime activities like the Newport Flower Show with the most picturesque Newport-settings, check out the Preservation Society of Newport’s events calendar. You guys know I’m obsessed with Newport and all it has to offer so I highly recommend making a day or weekend of it! More on that here.
Also, I’ve linked to some blooms + decor to help kick start your green thumb!
I recently visited Whitehall, a Lark hotel, in Camden Maine, for a weekend with some blogger gals. This seacoast town was so quintessential New England–it couldn’t have been more charming, it was like being inside of a postcard. Whitehall, known as Maine’s Summer Place, is perfectly nestled into the picturesque streets of Camden, with antique houses lining the roads and an eclectic mix of shops strung right along the bustling harbor.
Whitehall was so impeccably decorated, with every little nook so thoughtfully used. Each guest room had something slightly different, and all of the common spaces were unique, with unexpected pops of something special. The exterior was absolutely stunning with it’s wrap around porches, extra large rocking chairs, and multiple fire pits. My favorite space at Whitehall was the back patio, with it’s glowy bistro lights, I could have sat there forever with a glass of wine and good company.
What to pack. I packed modestly for my trip, which is a huge change from what I normally do! I recommend packing summer staples like solid dresses and tops so you can jazz and change up your look from day to night with the right accessories. For downtime, I love to do this when traveling alone right before bed, I recommend packing a face mask or two and wearing them to sleep. If I can’t squeeze in a many before my girls-trip, I like to paint my nails outside, while I read or tan. If you catch a little too much sun, I also keep my rose aloe spray handy in my bag. It’s great for a spritz to refresh or to soothe traveling skin.
What to do. The small town has a lot going on, especially if you enjoy being outdoors, soaking in our New England summer. I’ve rounded up some of the favorite things to do from the gals I weekended with.
My favorite activities of the weekend were having a brunch-time sail across the harbor and down the coast on a 100-year old sailboat, the Schooner Surprise. The boat was absolutely beautiful and the views could not be beat. The captain and co-captain even let us hoist the sales, take the helm and gave us a detailed tour of Maine’s rocky coast.
The other thing you MUST do, was just taking on Camden by foot. Whitehall is just a short walk from the center of town, and there are so many beautiful sites to take in, and you might just get lucky and find an estate sale on your way through. I found beautiful blue and white plates with lighthouses on them for $2!
Emily from Shell Chic’d: Get out your camera for Curtis Island Lighthouse (pictured above from our sail)! You’ll get a perfect view of this classic New England lighthouse from any sailboat ride around the harbor, but you can also spot it from Curtis Island Overlook on Bayview Street.
Have you been to Camden? What are your must do’s?
PS – Thank you so much to Whitehall for hosting us for the weekend. It was an absolutely perfect girls weekend away!
Does anyone remember singing “Fruit salad, yummy yummy” over and over and over again when they were a kid? It’s safe to say those singalong days are long gone (thank god). But, fruit-everything-else is most definitely in. From adorable pineapple accessories to lemons embroidered all over your accesories. We’re seriously crushing on this fruity trend which is perfect for summertime, especially on bathing suits. We’ve rounded up our fave fruit patterned swimsuits under $100 below:
This Forever 21 cherry print swimsuit set screams retro. I’m also loving this lemon +striped one-piece. It’s perfect for a Miami or Vegas bach or girls trip (with the ultra scoop front). Or, if you’re heading to the Vineyard or Nantucket – how adorable is this J.Crew seersucker bikini set, embroidered with pineapples and cherries.
You can’t go wrong with any of these adorable fruit patterned swimsuits under $100 (insert heart eyes).
2. SHEIN lemon striped swimsuit – $13
4. Forever 21 cherry print one-piece – $13.93 (from $19.90!)
6. Forever 21 polka dot & fruit one-piece – $19.90
7. Forever 21 fruit print one-piece – $24.90
What’s your fave fruity pattern for summertime?
Reformation Boston is finally here! Only the fourth store on the East Coast (the others are in New York City, of course). What’s so amazing about the brand, is that they pride themselves on using sustainable materials, always. Each piece has a “RefScale” to show you just how eco-friendly it is. The Alex Tee has 10.2 lbs. of carbon dioxide savings, 400.4 gal. of water savings and 0.5 lbs. of waste savings.
I’ve been a few times since the shop opened this spring, each time dying to try on what I had seen on instagram and each time there was a new store set to shop. I will admit, a few of the dresses I was so eager to try on, didn’t fit me the way I’d hoped. I also ended up having to upsize. Some of the cuts were just a little too revealing for my taste and some just weren’t the right cut for my height. I did end up scoring two different dresses that I can’t wait to share with you, along with this perfect-for-everyday striped tee shirt.
On a chilly day I wore the striped, slightly cropped tee with a vegan leather moto jacket and high-waisted jeans. Such an easy outfit to throw together and I loved the edgier vibe to it. This faux leather moto jacket is actually sixty percent off right now, so scoop it up while you still can!
Nasty Gal Vegan Moto Jacket – $56 (From $90)
Joe’s Jeans Charley Fit – $94 (From $198)
J.Crew Seville Espadrilles – $128
Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour – $2,890
Reformation is located at 342 Newbury Street (towards the Mass Ave end) and opened Monday through Saturday: 11am – 7pm and Sundays: 11am – 6pm.
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of beach season. Swimsuit shopping can be a real headache so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stripe and polka dot patterned swimsuits under $100, that are sure to make a statement at that pool party or beach weekend getaway.
I’m loving navy and white stripes for the beach, so nautical. Especially this tie-front one-piece from J.Crew Factory or scoop back suit. I love off the shoulder one-pieces because you can easily throw on a pair of denim shorts to head to dinner post pool party or beach. This TOPSHOP ruffle one is so adorable. If you’re looking to channel a ’70s vibe, this high waisted polka dot bikini is calling your name. Or, how cute would this sheer polka dot one-piece be for a bachelorette weekend?
1. J.Crew Factory tie-front one-piece swimsuit – $55 (from $69.50)
4. Splendid tie-dye stripe one piece – $74.20 (from $106)
5. Onia striped one-piece – $89.97 (from $175)
8. ASOS stripe polka dot frill swimsuit – $48
9. Ella Moss sheer polka dot one-piece – $49.57 (from $114)
How do you plan on rocking patterned swimsuits this summer? Or which pattern?
You guyssssss! I need to let you in on a little secret. I’ve gone from washing my hair four to five times a week, down to (at max) two to three times a week, thanks to Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo.
This dry shampoo isn’t your average dry shampoo, it actually CLEANS your hair. That’s right, it doesn’t just mask the oils, it literally removes them through absorption. Even better, you can easily shake it out, without having a weird white residue layer left on your hair like many dry shampoos do.
This product is an absolute game changer for all of my friends who’ve tried it. I actually keep a travel bottle in my gym bag for those times when I can’t do a full shower in between my next activity.
My top three Living Proof favorite products, beyond their dry shampoo, that you should absolutely try:
Totally cuts down drying time. My hair isn’t over the top thick or coarse, but I can imagine how much more it would help if it was, because it works like magic on my hair, making blow dry time minimal while protecting hair against the heat.
Full Dry Volume Blast – $29
I always want bigger hair. But not like 1980’s big, like I have fresh extensions blowing in the wind big. Dry Volume Blast does just the trick. I blow dry with Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, then style with my wand, and then spray this for the perfect finish.
I was a little skeptical of this one at first, but had to try it. You use it in the shower, just like the name says, and it helps create a beautifully air dried look. Perfect Hair Day In Shower Styler is perfect for those days when it’s too hot to blow dry, you just don’t have time to blow dry, or your just feeling down right lazy. This product has a Thickening Molecule (PBAE) and lightweight conditioners that leave hair soft and shiny.
This weekend I finally got to visit Wicked Tulips flower farm in Rhode Island and it was like frolicking around inside of a painting, every which way you looked was more beautiful than the last. For spring, you know Natasha and I have been loving all things floral, especially with a wrap. This floral wrap dress is one of my favorite pieces I’ve bought since #NoShopFeb ended, and I’m trying to shop wisely, so you know I mean it!
I love the tiny, almost polka-dot floral print on this dress, it’s so delicate. I also adore the ruffle trim, adding another girly layer to this floral wrap dress.
Every row of tulips was more beautiful than the next. I couldn’t get over the yellow and pink tulips, and how tall they were. These were definitely my favorite on the farm. Did you know, you can put a penny in your vase of tulips to help keep them standing tall and not wilt? Try it! I swear, it works
We went right when Wicked Tulips first opened in the morning and it was a little chilly, so I threw on my favorite sweater blazer (I own this in every color possible) and highly recommend wearing rainboots. The ground had lots of morning dew, and since you’re picking flowers, you’re bound to get a little dirty!
Floral Wrap Dress – $42 (similar)
Hunter Tall Rainboots – $165
J.Crew Sweater Blazer – $49 (from $98)
More wrap dresses I can’t get enough of:
If you’re interested in keeping up with when the tulips will bloom again at Wicked Tulips, I recommend getting on their email list for updates on when they will open next spring and be the first to grab tickets before they sell out!