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My Review: Madeleine's Daughter
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Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Madeleine’s Daughter, a privately-owned wedding dress shop in Portsmouth, NH offering the largest selection of wedding dresses in New England (about 600 to be exact) from top designers around the world. They have even won Wedding Wire’s 2017 Couples’ Choice Award and was the 2017 pick in The Knot for “Best of Weddings”.

 A little background before I share my experience…

Madeleine’s Daughter first opened in 1975 with a small selection of wedding dresses. The original owner had a passion to help brides feel beautiful on their wedding day and genuinely cared about her customers. Her passion for making brides happy was matched when she hired Elizabeth Dirom as a stylist in 1995, who is now the current owner. Elizabeth has grown Madeleine’s Daughter into the award-winning salon it is today due to her continued mission to ensure every bride has a personal and enjoyable experience that is unlike anywhere else and exceeds all expectations. Recently, Madeleine’s Daughter underwent a full salon renovation and I have to say it is beautiful!

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Over the last few years, I have been to numerous bridal salons accompanying both family & friends to shop for the dress of their dreams and I have to say, Madeleine’s Daughter is a true gem. The staff is extremely welcoming, and makes you feel special from the moment you walk in. My stylist, Kristin, came over to greet me and bring me over to my own personal “bridal suite” where you can have up to 3 guests accompany you. I’m sure there are plenty of brides out there (including me) that would feel uncomfortable/awkward trying on dresses in front of the entire store, so I love that each bride has a private space of her own. After showing me to my suite, Kristin offered me a glass of champagne, undergarments and a robe to change in to. Prior to coming into the salon, Kristin emailed me asking that I share my wedding Pinterest board, venue, date, budget and more so she could get a sense of what to pull before I stepped foot in the salon. While changing into my robe, Kristin went into the back to select a few dresses to start with. What I found interesting was that the salon does not display their wedding dresses in the salon, truly relying on the stylist to do their work. While some brides may want to browse through the dresses themselves, I personally would feel extremely overwhelmed – another plus!

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One of the first dresses Kristin had me try on I immediately fell in love with. It wasn’t exactly something I would have chosen if I saw it hanging on the rack, (another plus to having your stylist pull dresses for you). While trying on each dress, Kristin would explain the style and cut of the dress, who designed it, where they were from, the collection it was a part of etc. Funny enough, most of the dresses I loved were designed by Hayley Paige so when my time comes I’ll know where to start!

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Once I found the dress, Kristin brought me out into the salon so I could try the dress on with a veil, jewelry & bouquet. Once the look was complete, I truly felt like a bride!

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In addition to traditional appointments, Madeleine’s Daughter offers “the salon is yours” appointments, creating a luxurious, private experience outside of normal business hours. The salon is dedicated to working with only the best designers in the industry, and carefully curate their inventory to accommodate every type of bride, venue, and budget. You'll feel like you've shopped at tons of stores without actually having to!

Madeleine’s Daughter also carries bridesmaid dresses, mother dresses, and suite/tux rentals for both the groom and bridal party. All brides who purchase their wedding dress at Madeleine’s Daughter will receive 10% off the above items.

Madeleine’s Daughter is located at 775 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth NH. To schedule your appointment, click here. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest.

This post is sponsored by Madeleine’s Daughter.

Fall 2018/2019 Must-Haves Under $150

CLOTHING

 FREE PEOPLE Softly Structured Knit Tunic $148 (comes in 5 colors)

FREE PEOPLE Softly Structured Knit Tunic $148 (comes in 5 colors)

 TOPSHOP Long Open Front Cardi $75 (comes in 5 colors)

TOPSHOP Long Open Front Cardi $75 (comes in 5 colors)

 Madewell Eyelet Ruffle Mock Neck Top $92 (comes in black)

Madewell Eyelet Ruffle Mock Neck Top $92 (comes in black)

 TOPSHOP Sam Double Breasted Coat $95

TOPSHOP Sam Double Breasted Coat $95

 Madewell Texture & Thread Wrap Top $49

Madewell Texture & Thread Wrap Top $49

 J.Crew Denim sherpa swing jacket $148

J.Crew Denim sherpa swing jacket $148

 J.Crew Factory Linen pom-pom pant $59

J.Crew Factory Linen pom-pom pant $59

 J.Crew Belted Sweater $36

J.Crew Belted Sweater $36

 J.Crew Ruffle-sleeve pullover sweater $49

J.Crew Ruffle-sleeve pullover sweater $49

 J.Crew Belted wrap coat $148

J.Crew Belted wrap coat $148

 J. Crew Juliette collarless sweater-blazer $148

J. Crew Juliette collarless sweater-blazer $148

 J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater blazer $138

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater blazer $138

 J.Crew Everyday Chambray Shirt $78

J.Crew Everyday Chambray Shirt $78

 AE SOFT & SEXY LONG SLEEVE HENLEY T-SHIRT $30

AE SOFT & SEXY LONG SLEEVE HENLEY T-SHIRT $30

 J.Crew Turtleneck sweater tank top $49.50

J.Crew Turtleneck sweater tank top $49.50

 J.Crew Perfect rain jacket $120

J.Crew Perfect rain jacket $120

ACCESSORIES

 TOPSHOP Seline Faux Leather Crossbody Bag $48

TOPSHOP Seline Faux Leather Crossbody Bag $48

 TOPSHOP Panther Crossbody Bag $48

TOPSHOP Panther Crossbody Bag $48

 TOPSHOP Sallie Tortoiseshell Handle Tote $48

TOPSHOP Sallie Tortoiseshell Handle Tote $48

 Urban Originals Crazy Diamond Vegan Leather Tote $88 (comes in 3 colors)

Urban Originals Crazy Diamond Vegan Leather Tote $88 (comes in 3 colors)

 ECHO Maxi Tassel Muffler $59 (Comes in 7 colors)

ECHO Maxi Tassel Muffler $59 (Comes in 7 colors)

 TOPSHOP Supersoft Fringe Scarf $26

TOPSHOP Supersoft Fringe Scarf $26

SHOES

 TOPSHOP Kane Woven Mule $85 (comes in 2 colors)

TOPSHOP Kane Woven Mule $85 (comes in 2 colors)

 STEVE MADDEN Lancaster Bootie $99

STEVE MADDEN Lancaster Bootie $99

 CHINESE LAUNDRY Daria Bootie $79

CHINESE LAUNDRY Daria Bootie $79

 STEVE MADDEN Claire Bootie $99

STEVE MADDEN Claire Bootie $99

 J.Crew Suede penny loafers $69

J.Crew Suede penny loafers $69

 J.Crew Anya suede block heels $89

J.Crew Anya suede block heels $89

 J.Crew Suede pointed toe pumps $89

J.Crew Suede pointed toe pumps $89

 J. Crew Leather Chelsea Boots $125.00

J. Crew Leather Chelsea Boots $125.00

 J.Crew Pointed-toe slingback flats in suede $128

J.Crew Pointed-toe slingback flats in suede $128

 J.Crew Pointed-toe slides in suede $128

J.Crew Pointed-toe slides in suede $128

 KEDS MATCH POINT NUBUCK SNEAKER $80

KEDS MATCH POINT NUBUCK SNEAKER $80

 AEO OVER THE KNEE BOOT $70

AEO OVER THE KNEE BOOT $70

Pure Glow Organic Sunless Tanning

Summer is finally here, and every where you look, people are working on their tans. As I became older, I've started to care more and more about my skin. When I was in my teen's/early twenties, I had monthly tanning packages and laid out any chance I could with ZERO sunscreen. Since I was a little girl my mom would always tell  "pale is pretty" but I always thought I looked better with a tan. At 27, I know my mom was right. 

In my early-to-mid-twenties, I started to get spray tans when I had an event, going away for the weekend, etc. For me, something always went wrong. I either came out too dark, uneven, or splotchy. I would use lemon juice (and other homemade remedies I found online) to get it off but it never worked. I then learned that there are people that spray you instead of using a machine and I knew I had to try it. Enter Pure Glow Tanning - my go to sunless tan salon (did I mention it's ORGANIC!?). 

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Before finding Pure Glow, I never thought about how the spray could effect my skin/ body.  According to their website, 90% of what goes on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, SO getting a spray tan with organic ingredients truly matters. (For ingredients click here).  Pure Glow's tan is customized to flatter every body shape, create definition and mirror the way the sun would hit you throughout the day, so that your tan always looks genuine. Rather than trusting them to mix from hundreds of different tones, your skin does the work for them. Their solution reacts directly with the amino acids and melanin in the top layer of your skin so that your tan always looks natural.

My experience was beyond amazing. First of all, they allow you to bring your dogs in, which was great for me since I typically bring my dog to work. The lovely staff occupied my pup while I was getting sprayed, and even offered her organic treats! The entire process from start to finish is fast and easy, and the staff is great at giving direction. Once you are finished and dried, the team comes back in to do a final check and make sure your tan is even. When finished, my skin looked like I spent a week at the beach! Scroll down for a pic. 

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Pure Glow Tanning is located at 176 Newbury Street. Appointments can be made by phone (617-267-4455) or online by clicking here. Pure Glow offers full body, partial body or face only. More info and pricing available here.  Don't believe they are as good as I think? Pure Glow has won a Best of Beauty Award (2017) by Allure, Best Spray Tan (2016/2017) by Boston Magazine, Best Sunless Tan (2016) by The Improper Bostonian, and Best Spray Tan (2016) by Boston Weddings. 

American Eagle Sale

AMERICAN EAGLE SALE

25%-60% OFF THE AERIE COLLECTION

BUY 1 GET 1 50% OFF SHORTS

 AE, ARIE, TAILGATE

$40 OFF YOUR PURCHASE OF $150+

$25 OFF YOUR PURCHASE OF $100+

$10 OFF YOUR PURCHASE OF $50+  WITH CODE “YAYMAY”

 AE SOFT & SEXY STRIPED TEE $19.99

AE SOFT & SEXY STRIPED TEE $19.99

 AE SOFT & SEXY V NECK T-SHIRT $14.99

AE SOFT & SEXY V NECK T-SHIRT $14.99

 AE SMOCKED OVERLAY TUBE TOP $39.95

AE SMOCKED OVERLAY TUBE TOP $39.95

 AE LACE-UP MESH HOODIE $49.95

AE LACE-UP MESH HOODIE $49.95

 AE SUPER HIGH-WAISTED DENIM SHORT SHORT $44.95

AE SUPER HIGH-WAISTED DENIM SHORT SHORT $44.95

 AE DENIM X HIGH-WAISTED SHORT SHORT $44.95

AE DENIM X HIGH-WAISTED SHORT SHORT $44.95

 AE DENIM X HIGH-WAISTED SHORT SHORT $54.95

AE DENIM X HIGH-WAISTED SHORT SHORT $54.95

 AE TOMGIRL SHORT SHORT $49.95

AE TOMGIRL SHORT SHORT $49.95

 AE KNIT OFF-THE-SHOULDER PUFF SLEEVE DRESS $34.95

AE KNIT OFF-THE-SHOULDER PUFF SLEEVE DRESS $34.95

 AE TIE FRONT BELL SLEEVE ROMPER $59.95

AE TIE FRONT BELL SLEEVE ROMPER $59.95

 AE STRAPLESS OVERLAY ROMPER $59.95

AE STRAPLESS OVERLAY ROMPER $59.95

 AE OPEN-BACK RUFFLE ROMPER $49.95

AE OPEN-BACK RUFFLE ROMPER $49.95

 AE LONG SLEEVE RUFFLE ROMPER $49.95

AE LONG SLEEVE RUFFLE ROMPER $49.95

 AE DOUBLE OVERLAY TIE SLEEVE ROMPER $49.95

AE DOUBLE OVERLAY TIE SLEEVE ROMPER $49.95

 AE PRINTED FLORAL JUMPSUIT $59.95

AE PRINTED FLORAL JUMPSUIT $59.95

 DON'T ASK WHY CORD OVERALL SKIRT $49.95

DON'T ASK WHY CORD OVERALL SKIRT $49.95

 AE NE(X)T LEVEL HIGH-WAISTED JEGGING $59.95

AE NE(X)T LEVEL HIGH-WAISTED JEGGING $59.95

 AE TIE BACK WRAP FRONT ROMPER $49.95 

AE TIE BACK WRAP FRONT ROMPER $49.95 

 AERIE EYELET ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT $19.98 

AERIE EYELET ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT $19.98 

 AERIE WRAPAROUND ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT $21.98 

AERIE WRAPAROUND ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT $21.98 

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Rompers Galore

Does anyone love rompers as much as I do? I love how easy they are to throw on, and especially love that you only have to worry about wearing one piece. Picking out a top and pants, can sometimes be nerve wracking, not to mention my room and closet are usually a mess after from trying so many things on (anyone else???). 

Sharing one of my favorite rompers for summer, recently sent to me from Vineyard Vines. It's super light weight, easy to wear, and I love the tassel detail on the waist. Perfect for a day event, or fun night out with friends. See below for a few more of my favs all UNDER $100! 

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Spring/Summer Must-Haves
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Happy Spring babes! I am so glad the weather is finally cooperating. Now lets just hope it stays! This week I stopped into one of my favorite Boston boutiques to update my spring wardrobe, ouimillie, located on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. In case you haven't been in (what are you waiting for???), ouimillie carries apparel, jewelry, accessories and even home items all one-of-a-kind. Most pieces come from Europe, however they do carry products from local Boston designers which I love. ouimillie is a tad pricey (you get what you pay for peeps!), so I have shared a look for less below. I have also pulled together my favorite must-have items of the moment for the spring/summer months all under $100. Happy shopping! 

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THE LOOK FOR LESS

SPRING FAVORITES

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Wedding Dresses: The Guest

Hit the dance floor (and of course the open bar)
wearing this season's hottest wedding-appropriate dresses and my favs! 

 

 

 

1.
GAL MEETS GLAM COLLECTION

Tyler Off The Shoulder Suba Crepe Dress

 

 

 

2.
GAL MEETS GLAM COLLECTION

Yvonne Dream Crepe One-Shoulder Dress

 

 

 

 

3.
ASTR the Label Lace Midi Dress

Sweet, playful and party-ready, this lace midi-length dress has slender straps and an airy silhouette that's perfect for twirling in the sun. Comes in 9 colors.

 

 

 

 

4.
Bardot Gemma Halter Sheath Dress

This leafy lace cocktail dress conceals and reveals with caged ladder trim, a strappy open back and a sheer illusion hem that showcases intricate detailing. Comes in 5 colors.

 

 

 

5.
Eliza J. Crochet Overlay Dress

A crocheted overlay with the delicate look of Battenberg lace adds breezy romance to a short-sleeve dress nipped in at the waist for a flattering fit. Comes in 4 colors. 

 

 

 

 

6.
Charles Henry Off The Shoulder Dress

This vivid dress has a trendy off-the-shoulder neckline styled with a flirty ruffle that enhances the crisp, fluttery silhouette. Comes in 6 colors. 

 

 

 

7. 
Eliza J Glitter Halter Neck Sheath Dress

This sparkly sheath is topped with a crossover halter neck that evokes understated elegance. Comes in black & navy. 

 

 

 

 

8. 
BB Dakota Jayce Lace Sheath Dress

Lace brings timeless romance and femininity to a fitted sheath dress topped with an illusion neckline and tipped with eyelash fringe. Comes in 3 colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.
Adelyn Rae Asymmetrical Crepe Fit & Flare Dress

A cascading overlay deepens the pretty impact of this stretch-woven dress featuring a flattering deep V-neckline. Also comes in navy.

 

 

 

 

10.
Eliza J. Lace Sheath Dress

Clean and simple in form but lavish in lace, this slim sheath is just the dress for afternoon parties and other special occasions.

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Gift Guide: Father's Day

 

 

 

 

 

1.
Herschel Supply 'Novel' Duffle Bag

Double carrying handles define a classic duffel designed with an exterior zip shoe compartment to protect interior contents from dirt and grime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burberry Manston Check Silk Tie

Bold checks touch up a handsome Italian tie cut from pure silk. Comes in three colors. 

 

 

3.
The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Mid Size Kit

The mid-size kit offers all of your perfect shave elements in a smaller size, perfect for gifting or travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram 6-Bottle Beer Cooler

Transport a six-pack with ease in an insulated, monogrammed canvas cooler that's a must-have for picnics, tailgating and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cathy's Concepts Monogram Spirits Decanter

A classic decanter topped with a square stopper makes a handsome addition to any bar set.

 

 

 

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Cathy's Concepts Monogram Bifold Wallet

A metallic monogram adds understated refinement to a smooth leather wallet featuring a built-in stainless-steel multi-function tool.

 

 

 

 

8.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram BBQ Grill Tools

A collection of professional-grade grill utensils in a monogrammed
case makes a perfect gift for the serious grill master.

 

 

 

 

 

9.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Golf Set

Head to the course in style with golf-shoe bag embroidered
with your initial and an absorbent, terry-cloth towel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.
Cathy's Concepts Personalized Cooler Chair

Take your tailgating to the next level with an all-in-one cooler chair featuring plenty of storage compartments and a custom varsity-style monogram.

 

 

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Cathy's Concepts Monogram Apron

A single-initial monogram adds a personalized touch to a utilitarian apron fashioned from water-resistant waxed canvas.

Gift Guide: Mother's Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. 
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe

Perfect for cozy evenings at home, this cushy robe is made from CozyChic, a machine-washable microfiber that won't ever shrink or pill. Comes in 12 colors. 

 

 

 

 

2.
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio

A limited-edition trio of luxurious rose and coconut
products to nourish and hydrate skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.
Longchamp 'Large Le Pliage' Tote

A customer-favorite, water-resistant nylon tote is offered in a range of colors, each trimmed with embossed leather for classic contrast. Comes in 11 colors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PANACEA Crystal Circle Double Chain Necklace

Stunning hoop pendants—half-filled in sparkling beads—are suspended from the double strands of this delicate golden chain necklace. Also comes in white. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. 
VIKTOR&ROLF Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray

What it is: Viktor & Rolf’s acclaimed first feminine fragrance, Flowerbomb is a floral explosion that makes everything more positive.

 

 

6.
What Moms Are Made Of

It's not one quality or single event that makes her the mom that she is. From her comfort and care to her hugs and strength, Mom is made of so many wonderful things. This sweet and elegant book celebrates Mom, giving thanks for the beauty she shares just by being who she is. Features a classic design with a series of witty and heartfelt sentiments based on a lyrical rhyming scheme that echoes the popular children's nursery poem for a sweetly nostalgic feel. 

 

 

7.
Mom Boss Desk Sign

Show your mom who the boss is with this wooden "Mom Boss" desk sign with gold accents. A fun and perfect gift for Mother's Day or any day! Pair with one of the Paper Source design paper weights for a complete desk set gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. 
SERENE HOUSE Cool Mist Cosmos Scentilizer Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

A beautifully designed electric aromatherapy diffuser offers a new and sophisticated way to fill your living space with the scents you love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Stripe Canvas Tote

A monogrammed canvas tote with nautical-inspired stripes makes for a chic summer carryall, especially when you're water-bound.

 

 

 

 

 

10.
Topshop Bali Pom Straw Tote Bag

Playful poms swish at the sides of this vacation-ready tote that's perfectly charming, even if you're staying local.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. 
Skin Gym Black Obsidian Facial Roller

A face roller used to enrich your morning and evening beauty ritual.

 

 

 

 

 

12.
Fresh Hydration in Bloom Duo

A pair of rose products for hydrated,
petal-soft skin.

Flannel Season

Even though last weekend hit 80 degrees in Boston, the cooler fall temps are on their way, soon to be making dressing warm a necessity. Whether you're apple picking or heading to the winery (some of my favorite fall pastimes) a flannel shirt is an easy, comfy and stylish way dress. They are also extremely versatile. They're great for everyday casual wear and can even be worn in many workplaces. Below, I've rounded up a few of my favorite flannel pieces for this season. Happy shopping! 

 Madewell Classic Ex-boyfriend Shirt $79.50

Madewell Classic Ex-boyfriend Shirt $79.50

 Madewell Classic Ex-boyfriend Shirt $79.50

Madewell Classic Ex-boyfriend Shirt $79.50

 Abercrombie & Fitch Plaid Flannel Shirt $58

Abercrombie & Fitch Plaid Flannel Shirt $58

 Abercrombie & Fitch Plaid Flannel Shirt $58

Abercrombie & Fitch Plaid Flannel Shirt $58

 Abercrombie & Fitch Boyfriend Plaid Flannel Shirt $58

Abercrombie & Fitch Boyfriend Plaid Flannel Shirt $58

 Abercrombie & Fitch Plaid Flannel Popover Shirt $58

Abercrombie & Fitch Plaid Flannel Popover Shirt $58

 Abercrombe & Fitch Plaid Flannel Popover Shirt $58

Abercrombe & Fitch Plaid Flannel Popover Shirt $58

 Abercrombe & Fitch Banded Collar Flannel Shirt $58

Abercrombe & Fitch Banded Collar Flannel Shirt $58

 Old Navy Classic Flannel Shirt $29.99

Old Navy Classic Flannel Shirt $29.99

 Old Navy Classic Flannel Shirt for Women $29.99

Old Navy Classic Flannel Shirt for Women $29.99

 Old Navy Relaxed Plaid Shirt $29.99

Old Navy Relaxed Plaid Shirt $29.99

FashionMaria Albini
It's Lit

Fall has officially hit Boston with colder temps & crisp air. My goal this week is to pack up my summer clothes, clean out my closet, and fill it with my latest fall finds. This season I have been shopping a lot at H&M and Nordstrom, but I also love to shop local. 

LIT Boutique is definitely one of my favs! It has a few locations: Back Bay, North End, and event Portsmouth, NH. LIT has really unique pieces from clothing, to jewelry and accessories. As soon as I walked in this Dee denim jacket was calling my name. I first loved the oversized look, the wash and the front pockets, but when I turned to see the back, it was game over. I think it is so important for every woman to work for themselves and not for others. Doing what makes you happy at the end is what will make you the happiest in life and help you to reach your goals. Of course in life there will always be ups and downs, but it is important to stay positive!

I paired this jacket with my favorite pair of black ripped jeans and the cutest choker tee from LIT. I also wore black booties, but this could also be worn with flats, heels, or taller boots. My bag is from last Spring from Coach, but I have linked a similar one below. Scroll down for the full look! 

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Wearing: Jacket | Top (similar) | Jeans (similar) | Booties | Bag (similar)

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Must-Have Fall Jackets

Summer is officially over which means the store shelves have been lined with Halloween candy and Christmas decorations galore. It also means that it’s time to find a balance of dressing between summer and fall. 

For example, this week in Boston, the mornings are a crisp 60 degrees but by the afternoon it's int he 80's. In the coming weeks, fall's transitional confusion can be settled (for the most part) by your outerwear. Start with something light such as a leather or denim jacket. Once autumn checks into full gear, go fro something more substantial such as a trench or wool coat.

I've pulled together my favorite pieces (below) that will have you covered this season. Happy shopping!

 BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket $98

BLANKNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket $98

 BLANKNYC Crop Suede Moto Jacket $198

BLANKNYC Crop Suede Moto Jacket $198

 Kenneth Cole New York Double Face Coat $198

Kenneth Cole New York Double Face Coat $198

 Halogen Asymmetrical Zip Boiled Wool Blend Coat $199

Halogen Asymmetrical Zip Boiled Wool Blend Coat $199

 The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat $180

The North Face Laney II Trench Raincoat $180

 Badgley Mischka Faux Leather Trim Long Trench Coat $129.50

Badgley Mischka Faux Leather Trim Long Trench Coat $129.50

 HBalogen Plaid Topper 101.40

HBalogen Plaid Topper 101.40

 Topshop Long Coat $180

Topshop Long Coat $180

 Madewell Jean Jacket $118

Madewell Jean Jacket $118

 BP Denim Trucker Jacket $69

BP Denim Trucker Jacket $69

 kenzie Notch Lapel Peplum Coat $149.90

kenzie Notch Lapel Peplum Coat $149.90

 French Connection Long Blend Military Coat $109.90

French Connection Long Blend Military Coat $109.90

 Zara Oversized Coat $119

Zara Oversized Coat $119

 Zara Coat with Shoulder Pads $169

Zara Coat with Shoulder Pads $169

 Zara Double Breasted Coat $129

Zara Double Breasted Coat $129

 Zara Coat with Kimono Sleeves $ 129

Zara Coat with Kimono Sleeves $ 129

 Zara Checked Coat $169

Zara Checked Coat $169

 Zara Fringed Coat with Ribbons $129

Zara Fringed Coat with Ribbons $129

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Sweater Weather

Sweater weather is quickly approaching, so I've put together a roundup of my favorite sweaters for the fall season at all different price points. Happy shopping! 

 V-Neck Long Sleeve Sweater $39

V-Neck Long Sleeve Sweater $39

 Lightweight Twist Hem Top $28.14

Lightweight Twist Hem Top $28.14

 Madewell Kent Cardigan Sweater $98

Madewell Kent Cardigan Sweater $98

 BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan $49

BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan $49

 Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan $148

Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan $148

 Free People Ottoman Slouchy Tunic $148

Free People Ottoman Slouchy Tunic $148

 BP Flare Sleeve Sweater $39

BP Flare Sleeve Sweater $39

 BP Knit Tunic $39

BP Knit Tunic $39

 Topshop Asymmetrical Ribbed Sweater $33.99

Topshop Asymmetrical Ribbed Sweater $33.99

 Gibson Tie Front Cozy Fleece Pullover $59

Gibson Tie Front Cozy Fleece Pullover $59

 Halogen Long Ribbed Cardigan $89

Halogen Long Ribbed Cardigan $89

 Topshop Lattice Back Sweater $65

Topshop Lattice Back Sweater $65

 Madewell Side Lace-Up Cardigan $98

Madewell Side Lace-Up Cardigan $98

 Halogen Tie Hem Sweater $79

Halogen Tie Hem Sweater $79

 Old Navy Relaxed Open-Front Tassel-Hem Sweater $34

Old Navy Relaxed Open-Front Tassel-Hem Sweater $34

 Old Navy Open-Front Long-Line Sweater $32

Old Navy Open-Front Long-Line Sweater $32

 J.Crew Sweater with Ruffled Sleeves $79.50

J.Crew Sweater with Ruffled Sleeves $79.50

 J.Crew Collection tie-sleeve sweater $148

J.Crew Collection tie-sleeve sweater $148

 Banana Republic Italian Superloft Ruffle-Sleeve Pullover $88

Banana Republic Italian Superloft Ruffle-Sleeve Pullover $88

 Banana Republic Italian Superloft Bell-Sleeve Boat-Neck $88

Banana Republic Italian Superloft Bell-Sleeve Boat-Neck $88

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Todd Rogers

A few weeks ago I was approached by Todd Rogers Eyewear in Andover to learn about their brand. I was immediately intrigued as I have worn glasses forever, and was in the market for a new pair (my dog may or may not have torn mine to pieces). As soon as I walked in,  I immediately fell in love with the space. The Todd Rogers flagship is not like any other optician's office I have ever been in - it is super trendy and modern but also inviting (it has a bit of that 'Cheers' feeling where you walk in and everyone know's your name...located in a former bar & grill, this makes sense).

Todd Rogers, the man behind Todd Rogers Eyewear, is no different from the store's aesthetic. A Somerville native, Todd is the champion of entrepreneurial spirit and a believer of breaking rules. He designed each and every pair of glasses to reflect his "classic with a twist" motto, something that is very pertinent in his design. Not only is he the face of the brand, but he is also on the ground every day, something I think is truly important. 

As a young apprentice Optician, Todd used to hand-cut lenses in the basement after work, experimenting with all shapes and sizes of eyewear. After many years of hard work, Todd Rogers Eyewear was launched in 2009, with a small collection aimed at upping the game on quality independent eyewear. Fast forward eight years later, his mission remains - to design and manufacture eyewear using the very best materials, combining his optical knowledge of what makes good glasses fit great, and his outrageous attention to detail.

From purchasing a pair of glasses from Todd first hand, I can say that he really knows what he's doing. He can pick out which glasses will look best on your just by looking at you for a few seconds. When looking at me, he immediately pulled three pairs off the shelf. All were a bit out of my comfort zone, but as soon as I put them on, I knew why he had picked them. In the end, I fell in love with a navy blue and gold frame - something I would have never chosen on my own. You can view their glasses here.

AND, in addition to glasses, Todd Rogers Eyewear carries sunglasses and Jackson Rogers Eyewear for kids. Scroll down to view my favorite pieces from the Todd Rogers line! More on my glasses coming soon...

p.s. I'm wearing my new favorite top from SHEIN and is ONLY $13! Click here to purchase and scroll down for the full look. 

Wearing: Top | Pants | Sunglasses (similar)

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The Cold Shoulder

Believe it or not, Summer is coming to an end. Transitioning from Summer to Fall is always bittersweet for me. As much as I love Summer, there's nothing I love more than a crisp Fall day; which is why I was super excited to style this Fall look from Lit Boutique

I immediately fell in love with these PAGE jeans the moment I walked into LIT. I have been obsessed with the tassel trend for Summer, so I am excited it has made its way into the Fall season. They are super comfortable and pair great with a nice mule or flat. The bold/cold shoulder is another trend making its way into Fall. For this particular sweater, I loved the detailing of the shoulder and the shade of green is perfect for the Fall season.

This look can be kept casual or dressed up. I added some fun jewelry to the mix and flats to keep it casual, but add a pair of pumps & evening bag and you're in business. 

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SHEIN

I was excited to receive a package recently from SHEIN, an affordable online clothing & accessories boutique that definitely will not hurt the wallet. This tassel and embroidered top was definitely one of my favorites. This top is perfect for Summer, and transitioning into Fall, and is a steal for only $14! I paired it with my favorite white jeans from H&M and my new Halogen mules for the perfect brunch look. Don't forget about my Todd Rogers sunglasses! 

Scroll down to shop the look and my two other favorite tops from SHEIN! 

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Floral Romper

If you follow my blog, than you know I like to shop local, which is why I'm excited to share this new floral jumpsuit from LIT Boutique. To me rompers are perfect for any season, but this print makes this look a perfect piece to transition from into Fall. If you're a little booby like myself, and don't want to be too revealing, try adding a bralet. With this outfit, I styled a gold choker with a longer gold chain necklace and a few bracelets.  As far as shoes, I went with a classic black pump, but depending on the time of year, a heeled sandal would work as well. More from LIT Boutique coming soon. Unfortunately, all items are only available in-store (click here for locations) but I have provided similar pieces below!  

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Black & White

Can you guys believe it's already August 1st? It's crazy how fast the summers seem to fly by.

I'm super excited to share this look with you all from Ouimilie - one of the cutest shops in Beacon Hill. If you follow my blog, you already know all about this shop and why I love it - from the unique and stylish pieces they carry to the beautiful, kind & stylish owner.

These white pants are incredibly comfortable and lightweight, perfect for summer nights. I paired it with a lightweight see-through black lace top and black heels - a classic look. And of course, I always bring a light jacket for those brisk summer nights. This black bomber is light, comfortable and will keep you warm! 

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