Saturday, September 5, 2015

Neely by VNB Evie Bag Giveaway

Neely by VNB is a relatively new concept to bring in person shopping experiences to college campuses where the shopping is lacking! Having gone to a college where the shopping was (too) amazing and just down the street, I can understand the excitement of getting to do the real shopping experience. I think I would have missed that, even if I was just browsing! 

Neely by VNB carried luxury and designer goods, but also has a private label line of gorgeous leather Evie totes. I love the leather with the pop of color down the side, and they're under $100!

The Evie bags come in various colors, including a great orange and blue. This week we're giving away one of the Evie totes and the winner will get to choose what color stripe she wants! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Friday, September 4, 2015

On My Radar

We're still down in Bonaire, but we're wrapping up up the scuba part of the trip before we make our way back up to Connecticut. (It's including a road trip if all goes as planned... wish us luck.) I'm definitely going to be sharing more about the actual scuba element, but since there's a lot to say– and tons of photos an videos– I'm going to wait a bit. I will say though... I got through all the underwater skills and I'm officially certified. That was the main goal of this particular trip so I'm relieved to have passed. (There was one very rough day involved, yikes.)

^^ That's me! 

On my radar for the week...

I love Tuckernuck. Hands down one of my favorite shopping destinations! The curated selection of products is the best. They're slowly releasing some fall favorites and I have to say, the transition is a welcome change! They really do have great pieces to get you through September into October without going full-fledged-fall!

If you're not following Lauren on Instagram yet, you must... ASAP. Her photos are unbelievably dreamy. And with so much character and charm in each one, she has quickly become my favorite Instagrammers. I started following her blog recently and she posted one of the most comprehensive Nantucket guides I've seen!

THREE // Drybar Shampoo

This whole trip I've been washing my hair with Drybar shampoo. Whenever I'm going on a trip, I always bring a couple of samples that I've accumulated over the years and this time I just happened to grab a sample of Drybar's shampoo. WHOA. I am obsessed. It makes me feel like I just got my hair done there because the scent is so spot on. I will be buying the full-sized immediately. 

I'm normally not a fan of Kickstarters. However, this one caught my attention and, well, I think it's awesome. Apparently so does most people as it raised over nine million dollars! How freaking cool is that jacket?!

I always like ending these posts with something cute, preferably pup-related. I thought this was the funniest little video on the internet this week. I smiled the whole time I watched it! The poor little guy– all he wanted was some fresh air. 

What's been on your radar this week?

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Connecticut (so far!)

Whenever a big life decision has to be made, there's always the worry of "is this the right choice?!" At least for me, I find myself going back and forth, on the fence, and off the fence. I dream up beautiful best case scenarios and construct miserable worst case scenarios, unsure of how the dice will ultimately fall.

Garrett and I spent the better half of the past year trying to figure out where to move. Stay in New York and opt for Brooklyn? Buy a house in Rhode Island? Move closer to one of our families? Try a completely new part of the country? No matter what we thought, we always came back to Connecticut though.

If nothing else, it'd be a great one-year transition out of the city. Close enough to commute in as necessary (if necessary). Far enough away to figure out if moving from NYC was the right choice. And it would also give us the flexibility to explore some new places around New England while searching for a good fit to plant roots.

While I'm not saying Connecticut is where we'll live forever (and definitely not ruling that out either), I will say that we both whole-heartedly agree that we have made what seems like the perfect choice.

The three of us, including Teddy, are incredibly happy.

Once we got over the hurdle of the actual act of moving, I don't think we ever looked back. It felt right pretty much immediately. I had no sinking feeling as I forked over a chunk of my savings for a new car. (The thought of having it and driving it for the next decade-plus felt like a relief, in fact.) Settling into a new apartment with a washer/dryer (!), huge kitchen (!!), and an extra room for an office (!!!) couldn't have felt more normal. It's exciting yes, but it mostly felt like gaping holes that were there only a week before were being securely filled. Even going on vacation didn't feel as thrilling as we both wished we could have soaked up another summer week in our new town.

I'm very excited to see how the rest of this year unfolds. In the meantime, I'm sharing some snapshots since we moved in:

We have a long way to go with furnishing our apartment. There's something to be said about starting fresh when it comes to building a home as a couple. No more pink couch, no more floral wallpaper. It's been fun building a gender-neutral little home that fit both of our tastes. I spent forever searching for great bedding that we'd both like (and that wouldn't break the bank). I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found this oxford cloth striped duvet to go with our new bed.

We've also been indulging in Dairy Queen as often as we can. I think we're a little addicted.

Being so close to water is a major perk. It's something I definitely took for granted while living in Florida. I didn't realize how important it was to me until my options were the Potomac River (DC) and the East River (NYC). I crave the beach! I'm not so secretly counting down the days until October 1 when dogs can run around the beaches! Teddy will love it.

Old Juicy Couture Bathing Suit, Vineyard Vines Coverup (c/o), and Needlepoint Hat

I spent the day at the beach with my friend Victoria who is currently living a few miles away. (You may remember her from my Georgetown days as Little V!) One of the strangest and most amazing things has happened since we moved... I've realized just how many friends I have outside of the city. A bunch of my closest friends moved out of NYC this year, especially this summer. It felt like leaving high school. Unsure of whether I'd make friends on "the other side." I'm so happy to have friends that I know nearby and readily available for weekend adventures, like finding lobster rolls after spending the day at the beach.

Obligatory Post-Lobster Roll Sunset Picture.

The kitchen is still in progress too. We've been busy purchasing pots, pans, supplies, and gadgets as well as stocking the pantry with food. Nothing makes me happier than having the storage space for 18 rolls of paper towels purchased from Costco with room to spare!

I obviously had to make my mom's famous chocolate chip cookies to share with our friends in the building.

You know who's having the best time out of all of us? TEDDY. This pup is absolutely soaking it up. He's still uneasy about driving in cars, but that's just about the only thing he doesn't like. We found an incredible dog park not too far away and it's been an afternoon ritual to stop by to let him burn off some steam. We've met some other dog owners already and it's just such a fun, welcoming group. 

Teddy's new nickname at the park is "that frisbee dog" since he is always always fetching that frisbee of his. 

Yep, that's one happy pup having the best day ever hahah!!!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer Bay Blue

Don't mind me, I'm over here still enjoying summer. (Labor Day is next week people and fall doesn't "officially" start for a few weeks, so... just leaving that here.)

We're in Bonaire for this scuba trip. The Bonaire part has been great; I'm still on the fence about the scuba part... yikes. I think my favorite part though is the hour before the sunsets here. It's so beautiful! Boats start docking and divers are hurrying to get things rinsed and put away before dinner. The sky starts glowing. And the temperatures drop just enough to be comfortable when mixed with the ocean breeze.

We had dinner downtown the other night. With everyone's lack-of-watches set to Island Time, it takes some getting used to sit down and not worry about how quickly your food will arrive. The group of us sat outside and just ate and talked under the stars. After dinner, one half of the group loaded up in the van to go for a night dive, while the other half took the truck to find ice cream. (I'm sure you can guess which vehicle I found myself in, ha!)

I'm typically not a halter top kind of girl, but this Lilly halter top is just right. It's actually not completely a halter top, which makes it easier to throw on and more flattering around both the neck and back! With a breezy ruffle and subtle turtle print, I'd say it's just about the cutest top.

When I'm on vacation, particularly one at the beach, I try to keep everything super simple and carefree. Quick makeup, no hair styling, and easy to wear jewelry. I wore delicate sand dollar earrings, a doorstep necklace to remind me of home, and my bracelet of travel charms.

Also, long live the white jeans. I wear them year round, so expect to see them after Labor Day my friends!

– Lilly Pulitzer Millie Halter Top (c/o)
– White Jeans
Similar Clutch
Gold Wedges

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Twenty Six

This is the first year where I've been had a hard time remembering my birthday. I obviously know the date of my birthday, but I keep forgetting it's here! My birthday, September 1, always feels like the end of summer. As a kid, I used to remind myself to not look forward to it since it inevitably would mean the end of summer vacation and beginning of the school year.

For a number of reasons, I've never been huge into birthdays. I don't understand people who celebrate their birthdays for a month (sorry, it's a birthday not month). This year in particular I feel even less into my own birthday which is saying something considering my general apathy towards it. For starters, it doesn't feel like summer is over and 26 doesn't feel like that special of a year.

It doesn't even feel like anything special to write about or to even note. I want to make a Facebook status letting people know they can skip the birthday wishes on my wall. It's just another day, I'm just another year older.

But then again, there's something wonderful about having a mundane birthday. There's even something to celebrate in that. I'm in fantastic health, as is my family and friends. I'm in a wonderful relationship. I have a sweet pup who loves unconditionally. We've moved to great apartment in a state we're falling more in love with by the day. 

A non-special birthday is special. I have nothing to complain about. No need for a fresh start, no new year to look forward to. There's nothing I need to leave behind in 25 and no regrets to bring into 26.

I'm really genuinely content and happy... and would love to see that carried into this year. 

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