All Dressed Up

Summer is in full swing and I hope you all are keeping your cool in this hot and humid weather. To beat the heat I am gravitating towards easy, breezy dresses that are cool and comfortable because that is just what the meteorologist ordered  Dresses for work and play by Metisu have been receiving rave reviews so I thought I’d share these two looks and links so you can find them and add them to your personal collection. The good news: they are on sale!

This white dress with lace panels was a perfect choice for me for work. It tends to be on the cooler side at the office because of the AC so I went with the long sleeves. The crew neck and floral lace details are so elegant. I really like the fit and the length of the dress as well. If you have a similar AC type situation at the office like me, then this dress is for you because you will not need a cardigan

Although you’re working hard to achieve your #goals, don’t forget that Summer is the best time for a balance of work and play. This embroidered sweet and delicate dress is perfect for play!

I love the bright colorful flowers. This dress can amp up anyones summer style. The fabric is soft and super comfy and I should also mention that it is double lined. So no worrying about it being see-through or having to use a slip. This is always a big plus when it comes to buying white or off-white dresses!

Hope you all enjoyed these looks as much as I do! Special shout out to my hubby for braving the insane Boston heat to shoot this look at the carousel / merry go-round…he’s a gem!!!

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Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine  

Shop Talk – Shake the Tree

Hello Beauties, hope that you all had a fantastic weekend. I know that most of my blogger babes are still giddy from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ve enjoyed seeing your awesome posts and fabulous style picks. However, I chose to avoid the sale. Don’t get me wrong I love sales just as much as the next girl and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most anticipated sales of the year.

Instead of following the crowd to Nordstrom I decided to go in a different direction.  I blame it on this beautiful weather, longer days and the relaxed laid back attitude of Summer, which has evoked this carefree, easy-going and unhurried mood of mine. So, I avoided the malls and  headed to  Boston’s historic “North End” Italian waterfront neighborhood.

My inspiration to do so was to visit Shake The Tree Boutique. I was looking for gift ideas on-line when I came across Shake The Tree’s website and I knew I had to check it out for myself. So, I talked Andy into spending the day with me in the North End ☺

When I walked into the store I was warmly greeted by owner Marian Klausner who invited me to take a look around her beautifully curated store. This beautiful boutique had everything that I adore and more – gorgeous summer dresses, handbags, handmade jewelry, contemporary home goods, colorful stationery, small brand apothecary, cocktail plus barware supplies, global cookbooks, and darling baby gifts.

I saw this easy breezy high low dress in the store window…and it was on SALE!!! For $60.00 it was love at first sight

And of course I had to pair the dress with a few of these gorgeous accessories What do you think about these earring and necklace?

I had an amazing shopping experience at Shake The Tree.  I enjoyed browsing the shelves and loved the personal service.  We were even treated to some delicious caramel candy  It was the perfect, relaxed, laid back shopping experience  (that matched my mood) I was looking for.

 

If you are a local or visitor this is a definite go to spot.  Please check out Marian’s “Boston Favorites” page for upcoming events in the neighborhood like the recent Shop + Nibble Social and Cocktail Bitters + Shrubs Tasting.

Andy and I had a great day strolling through the neighborhood and the highlight was obviously visiting Shake.

I can’t wait for my next visit.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

What’s New in Towne?

What’s new in Towne?  Their Summer menu of course Towne Stove and Spirits located at 900 Boylston Ave in Boston, offers a  unique Back Bay dining experience built around a delightful mingling of international flavors and solid American fare.

I was both delighted and honored to be invited by Towne restaurant to sample a few of their new dishes on the Summer menu. I could not wait to dig into all these mouth watering dishes.

Executive Chef Oscar Figueroa did not disappoint.  He has enthusiastically embraced many of the fresh locally grown produce to create  culinary delights to satisfy all his clients’ needs.  

We started off the Summer appetizer selection with Tuna Tartar.   I loved the big chunks of tuna with creamy avocado, sweet onions, picked ginger, topped with seaweed and crunchy house made plantain chips. Tuna Tartar with avocado is a perfect addition to Towne’s  Summer menu.

Second up was the Bufala Caprese salad which was my all time favorite. This is not your conventional Caprese Salad. The twist is the sweet, ultra fresh peaches which was paired with savory-sweet tomatoes, moist slice of Mozzarella di Bufala, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. This dish was soooo yum!!!!

 

I was very impressed with Towne’s Charcoal Salmon Fillet. I loved the crispy skin and moist fillet which was fresh and full of flavor. The salmon was served with steamed black rice and stir-fried baby bok choy with a miso ginger vinaigrette.

The long wharf lobster with frites at Towne is definitely a must have . The lobster meat was sweet, succulent and gone far too quickly. You have several choices with this dish, you can order the lobster steamed with lemon butter, broiled with brandy butter, poached or grilled and stuffed with crab. You will just have try this for yourself.

Whether you live in the neighborhood or visiting the city,  and are looking for some great food and service drop into Towne for a wicked good time.  With three bars and two floors of spacious dining areas including the outside patio , you will find just the right spot in Towne that fits you.

Make it a delicious week lovelies. 

Photo & Video Credit:  Andrew Swaine

*In collaboration with Towne Stove and Spirits

The City Mini Palette by Maybelline New York

I was thrilled to receive The City Mini Palette by Maybelline New York complimentary for review from Influenster. After I tore open the package I immediately fell in love with the travel friendly compact. It is a little larger than the size of a business card so it fits perfectly in my purse. The compact that I received was the Urban Jungle palette, which comes in six shimmering color combinations. I have to admit I rarely wear eye shadow and I am not great at applying it either. I am always nervous about going overboard with the color and looking like a clown.

However, I was enthusiastic about experimenting and applying the eye shadow. After a couple of tries I successfully achieved the look that I was going for – a fun evening in New York City. The shades were creamy so it blended pretty easily and there was minimal fallout.

The super saturated color pigments lasted through the New York humid Summer night. I really love how the perfectly curated shades made my brown eyes pop. It may not be ideal for a conservative work place but it is perfect for a night out.

Unfortunately, the palette does not come with a mirrored lid so you will need a mirror if you need to do on the go applications. The compact does not come with an eye shadow applicator either.

The City Mini Palette is available in seven versions and they are only $9.99 each, which is a pretty great deal. Overall, I really enjoyed wearing these beautiful shimmering colors. Hope you find this review helpful. Give this palette a try and let me know what you think.

Later, beauties!

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

U.S. Slay

To get into the Fourth of July festivities, I love wearing some combination of red, white, and blue. For this look I was feeling inspired to work with pieces I already had in my closet.

Summer style is easy and breezy but can still be stylish and put together. To show my patriotic spirit of the day I opted for a pair of high-waisted pants styled with a stripped tee shirt. I balanced off the look with a cute pair of wedges.

To polish off the look I choose a basket tote for a look that can hang at the BBQ, fireworks, or just brunch. And of course show of that sparkling smile with a bright red lip.

Happy 4th my beauties. Have a fun and stylish one. Keep Slayin.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine