Bold Moves

“Her messy hair a visible attribute of her stubborn spirit. As she shakes it free, she smiles knowing  wild is her favorite color” ~  J. Iron Word

As the saying goes colors speak louder than words.  I will let my all time favorite Summer dress by my all time favorite designer Sheela Mehrotra do all the talking 😉So much love and respect for this talented and beautiful #BossBabe  

Thank you all for reading and for your continued love and support.

Hair & Makeup: Kerri Herlihy

Dressed and Styled by: Sheela Mehrotra

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Blue Skies & White Jeans

White denim is the quintessential Summer jean. This versatile and staple piece is always in heavy rotation during the season for me. The reason why I love my signature white skinny jean so much is because it serves as a blank slate for any top. From a statement-making blue ruffle top or a fun t-shirt paired with eye-catching heels, achieving style perfection is not difficult with a pair of white skinnies.

A few tips when shopping for your perfect pair of white skinnies.

  • Get the size right. Pick a pair that is not too tight or clingy. White jeans should not be mistaken for leggings. They should not be too loose either, especially around the hip. The right pair should flatter and highlight your natural shape. Look for styles that are labeled “straight leg” or “boyfriend.” I am wearing the high-waisted slim fit by American Apparel.
  • Pay attention to the fabric. Plain stiff cotton with a little bit of stretch is the best choice. The fabric should also be on the thicker side and not see through. Again, it should not resemble leggings.
  • Color of the stitching. I prefer my white jean with white stitching, so the color combinations I can create are endless. If the stitching is another color make sure that it is harmonious with other color pieces in your closet.

Oh, and one last thing: toss the silly rule regarding “No White after Labor Day”. Although white denim jeans are most popular during the Spring & Summer months, they look equally as fabulous during the colder seasons. So investing in a pair of white jeans is so worthwhile.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

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!!!

SHOP THE LOOK

                                                            

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

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

Shining this Summer with Lovita Jewelry

We have vacays planned, pool parties and weddings to attend, BBQs to host and outdoor concerts to dance the night away. Hot temperatures, Summer whites, up-dos and bare shoulders ~ it is time to amp up our accessory game beauties.

My collaboration with Lovita Jewelry could not have come at a better time. I was ecstatic when my package arrived at my doorstep just as the weather here in Boston has been nothing but sunshine. It inspired me to take this Serenity Fringe Necklace and Earring set beach side for a fun photoshoot.

I just love the blue stones highlighted by the gold tone fringe. It is lightweight and the length can be easily adjusted. The matching fringe earrings are so fun. This is such a perfect Summer accessory.

Summer is about simplicity, so let your jewelry do the talking.

Looking for the perfect piece to add to your summer collection? Lovita Jewelry is definitely heating things up this Summer with their wide selection of fabulous, coordinated looks, as well as personalized and inspirational gifts – all beautifully packaged.

The perfect combination of trendy and elegant, Lovita Jewelry reflects an ideal summer mood for any occasion.

What is your favorite or must have Summer accessory?

Have a great week beauties.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Get the Scoop!!!

It was definitely an ideal weekend for beaches and cream. So, Andy and I headed to Boston’s North Shore. Not only did we find a myriad of gorgeous beaches, we also discovered a trail of mouthwatering homemade ice cream.  I LOVE ice cream. It is my favorite sweet treat. I was delighted to learn that there are over 40 ice cream shops across the North Shore. Many of these small town shops have been in business for decades, with some open year round and some only seasonal. This was the sweetest adventure I’ve been on.

Here are my top 4 picks:

  1. Richardson’s Ice Cream

I had to start with Richardson’s, as this is the most iconic of North Shore ice creams. After taking what seemed like forever, I finally decided to try Coconut Chip with Almond Joy. They had so many delicious choices – 85 to be exact – now you know why I took forever to make a selection.

Richard’s Ice Cream lived up to the hype. The ice cream was rich, dense and silky. There were big chunks of chocolate with almonds in an indulgent frozen coconut-cream. I will be returning for more. Richardson’s is sprawled over 800 acres and has a dairy farm and bottling facility right onsite so you can watch fresh milk being bottled. I ordered the kid-sized scoop, which was huge so imagine how big the other sizes are. This is such a fun place for the entire family to eat, relax and even play some mini-golf.

  1. Threadwell’s Ice Cream

After spending the week on the treadmill, Threadwell’s was much deserved. Threadwell’s is opened year round so I was expecting more seasonal flavors. Their seasonal Peach flavored ice cream was unfortunately sold out. I did however try their new seasonal flavored ice cream Campfire S’mores. The generous portion was silky and marvelously creamy. The graham cracker flavor is infused into the ice cream and is loaded with chocolate chunks and marshmallow crème. So yum.

 

3. Cherry Farm Creamery

It was interesting to learn that Cherry Farm Creamery was first opened in August of 1976. Cherry Farm Creamery is named after the farm on Cherry Street in Wenham that the owners, the Jones Family, grew up on. They have 35 mouthwatering flavors to choose from. I tried their refreshing Watermelon Sherbet which was delicious.

  1. Captain Dusty’s

We came across Captain Dusty’s by chance. It was a great find. There are 5 Captain Dusty locations on the North Shore. All of their ice cream is produced in small batches and they have many of the standard flavors. I opted for the Strawberry, which was creamy with huge chunks of delicious strawberry. The flavor was great but it was a little too sweet for my taste. I would love to come back and try another flavor. They have so many great choices.

What is your favorite Summer treat? If you are an ice cream lover what is your favorite ice cream?

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Wedding Dress Codes, Decoded

Wedding season is officially here!!! So, what are we all wearing because guest outfits play an important role in determining the look and vibe of a wedding celebration? Usually guidelines for the dress code are clearly stated at the bottom of invitations or reception cards to simplify the wedding guest attire dilemma. So to make sure no one unwittingly commits a fashion faux pas here are some wedding dress inspirations.

The Invitation says “Beach Chic, Garden or Outdoor Wedding”

Let the location inspire you and help you interpret what you wear in your own way. This invite makes me think “summertime soirée” so a flowy,  elegant jumpsuit with a splash of bright jewelry is an excellent choice. If you don’t want to sink into the sand pair your outfit with some gold wedges, beaded sandals, or embellished ballet flats.  I am so in love with this gorgeous Asana jumpsuit by  Omaskas. I love everything about this haute couture jumpsuit from the delicate and super luxurious fabric to the extreme attention to detailThe jumpsuit was stunningly  tailored, and fitted my figure perfectly.

This feminine and romantic maxi with an asymmetrical neckline is also by Omaskas. Once I put this dress on I never wanted to take it off. My hair and makeup was done by Boston makeup artist Kerri Herlihy.  Kerri kept my makeup very light and my hair natural which was perfect for the location.

The Invitation says “Formal or Cocktail Attire”

Wear something to razzle-dazzle and show that you are ready to have a good time. Wear something you would be comfortable dancing in and that you would not consider wearing in a ‘day-to-night’ dressing scenario. I opted for a short dress with some bling. I love the sparkly details on this BeBe dress.

The Invitation says “Black Tie”

Think old Hollywood glamour or imagine the casino scene in a James Bond movie. This is usually a pretty swanky affair so bring on the  floor-length gowns, beading, bling and more. I opted for this embellished evening gown by Adrianna Papell which made me feel like a celebrity.

For accessories I choose dangling earrings. I did not need a necklace because just look at this gorgeous neckline. An evening bag is a must; invest in one metallic clutch that can look dressed up or down for all your parties. If you prefer a short dress, be sure it makes a fashion statement and not something you might wear to a cocktail party or a club.

Are you attending any weddings this Summer? I hope this post was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions and I can incorporate those answers into the post! 

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine