Thursday, October 30, 2014

Gap Kids x Kate Spade

Oh, how I wish that this Gap Kids x Kate Spade collection had been around when I was little. I lived in Gap Kids growing up.... even long past the point of me being an actual kid because I was quite small back in the day. Some of my favorite Gap Kids pieces from my childhood: bell bottom jeans with patches on the hems, a navy and white striped bikini with lobsters, a floor length pink taffeta holiday skirt, and a white t-shirt with an embroidered beach scene.

My eight year old self is so jealous right now of all the tiny limited edition Kate Spade pieces.

A lot of the collection has already sold out (#popular):

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Boston Trip

My recent trip to Boston was my favorite. Although it was short, I fit absolutely everything in. You know how people say you can have it all, but you can't have it all at once? I think I proved that theory wrong during this trip. I spent incredible one-on-one time with my best friend Nicole, worked with my DC/Tampa friend BAC, got to meet over 120 TCP readers, and (as if all that wasn't enough) I was able to celebrate my friend Alison's soon-to-be-here-baby. I even squeezed in a blog photoshoot with a Boston photographer. I came home on the train with the fullest of hearts. 

Brittney and I stayed at The Lenox Hotel. I have to say... it's my favorite hotel in the world. It's very nice, but they don't try to tell you that they're a nice hotel, they show you! Absolutely everyone from the bellhop to the maids to the front desk is friendly and beyond helpful. I've stayed there before, I'll stay there again... and frankly, I wish I could move in. The fireplace in the lobby is the coziest. Simple, not over the top, and just very homey. Oh, bonus, they have L'occitane products in the room, another favorite.

Unfortunately, I got a horrible migraine on the train into Boston (ugh, bad timing). Once I checked into the hotel, I ran across the street to Bank of America for cash– why do I never have cash?!– and Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a snack. Even though I was in a lot of pain while I waited for medication to kick in, I walked over to take photos in Beacon Hill and the Public Garden. Can't wait to show you the photos later next week. The headache faded while I rested before heading over to Nicole and Janelle, our long time family friends from when we lived in Hopkinton.

How's that for timing? Nicole and Janelle happened to be hosting their annual fall cocktail party at their house that Friday. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing it is to see them. Nicole and I have been BEST friends since we were 3 and 4. That is over 20 years of friendship. Even though we've been long distance for most of the friendship, we can pick up exactly where we left off. It was really nice to see their apartment (jealous, it's perfect) and meet their friends and coworkers. Brittney met us there after her flight; I love introducing friends from different parts of my life!

I held a meet and greet Saturday afternoon, so Brittney and I started early at Drybar to get our hair done. The location in Boston is the coolest two-story space. I just love having someone else wash my hair, a wonderful little luxury. After a quick breakfast-to-go from Flour, we made our way to Tucker Blair's showroom to set up. 

Brittney is a great friend and a great event planner– and blogger! I'm so lucky that she offered her services to help coordinate the entire meet and greet. Everything went off without a hitch! Thanks BAC! I have to say, we also just had a great weekend together.

(Brittney is doing two workshops in DC this weekend with The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. More details about her "Holiday Hosting and Toasting Tips and Tricks" workshops here!)

Coasters and napkins c/o Wedding Paper Divas
Mini business cards c/o Tiny Prints
Hand lettered prints c/o Drafts and Crafts
Business card cases c/o Ame and Lulu
Cake pops c/o Meesh (aka my mom– she shipped them up from Tampa!)

Loved meeting everyone. Seriously. It's one of the most rewarding parts about blogging. I love chatting with readers on Instagram and Twitter, but getting to really meet readers in person is the best feeling in the world. I wish I could have spent an hour with everyone individually! So many great people. LOVE YOU.

^^ Special shoutout to Mary who drove down from Maine with her (sweetest) mom for her 14th birthday! 

Big thank you to Matt Tara who opened the doors of the Tucker Blair showroom for us to have the meet and greet! He also hand delivered my coat on Sunday morning to Drybar because I completely forgot/lost it on Saturday afternoon.

Nicole swung by after the crowd died down. Brittney met up with friends and I went to Nicole's parents apartment in the South End where I took off my boots, curled up on their couch, and ate hummus and crackers. There's something really wonderful about being in the company of family friends. I love getting to see them, if only for a day! We met back up with Brittney and ate at Stella's for the best Bolognese ever.

I couldn't resist sharing this perfect turquoise door that I snapped while walking around the neighborhood. Knock, knock... can I move in?

And on Sunday morning... Alison drove into Boston and we went to Drybar together before driving out to her baby shower!!! I don't think I talk about Alison enough on here, but she is one of my dearest friends. Another Georgetown grad, although five years older so our paths never crossed on the Hilltop, it was blogging that brought us together. (We do share a reunion cycle though!) I've never been to a baby shower for a friend before and it was such a wonderful day! Alison is the best listener and advice giver... the baby is in the absolute best of hands! [Funny story, Alison and I almost wore the same dress. At the eleventh hour, I decided to wear my DVF wrap dress instead of this lace Ann Taylor dress, ha!] Special, special day.

Yes, I think I definitely "had it all" in Boston.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kate Spade Capelette

I don't do the cold... but maybe I can definitely do a capelette. I don't know if it's the two years of city living or my age, or both, but I've been really drawn to neutral colors and simple looks. Maybe when I first moved here, I was all about crazy printed sweaters in the fall. Now I just want simple pants, a pair of flats, and a cozy sweater.

Even so, I couldn't resist a bit of a print in the handbag though! How cute is it? I took off the longer straps because capes and shoulder bags don't really work out so well.

I don't think you can wear a cape and not feel chic. It's also the perfect alternative for outerwear when the temperatures fluctuate throughout the day. Cool enough to wear in between meetings around town and warm enough for dinner out with friends. (One more note, turtlenecks and capes go hand in hand. This one would be darling!)

Photos by Kat Harris

Kate Spade cape (c/o) // Handbag (c/o) // Turtleneck // Corduroys // Sunglasses (c/o) // Ballet Flats (similar) // Earrings (c/o) // Nail Polish

More of my favorite Kate Spade pieces right now (so much navy!):

Thank you Kate Spade for sponsoring this post.

PS My favorite Maise bag now comes in a mini version. BRB, crying from cuteness.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Simple Storage Solutions

With a teeny tiny workspace and a compulsion to hoard any and all papers, I'm all about simple storage solutions. There are many things that I feel like I need by my desk, including... batteries.

I don't know what it is about my keyboard and trackpad, but they consume a lot of energy and I'm constantly swapping out batteries. In fact, I keep a huge stockpile by my desk. The other day, my big pile turned out to only have one batter left. (How did that happen?) Before walking to the drug store, my computer was essentially useless because I couldn't move my mouse!

I typically keep the batteries in the plastic "shell" they come in. I buy them in bulk so the plastic reseals. I hated the way it looked... and I had just cleaned out my desk so I had this little box from LadurĂ©e that I couldn't throw away before. The perfect size for my AA batteries. This felt like a small type-a victory.

Do you have any simple storage solutions that are useful and cute?

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