Falling for Florals

The calendar says September but the leaves on the trees are still green and the temperature for the most part is still warm. I am embracing the last end of season moments before I go running arms wide open into sweater weather.

To keep the fashion momentum going as the days get shorter and the weather cooler Violet Skye Boutique is helping me transition into Autumn. They sent me this gorgeous ruffle sleeve keyhole floral dress with a loose fit a-line silhouette. I can’t get enough of the bright floral print against the navy background. Light weight, fun, flirty and flowy it’s  the perfect dress to wear in-between seasons. I’ve worn it out to dinner twice in one week and I’ll be wearing it often during the cooler months ahead with booties and leggings.

The unofficial end of summer is here – what are you wearing to transition into Fall?

SHOP THE LOOK

                                                           

*In Collaboration with Violet Skye Boutique

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Favorite One Shoulder Ruffle Tops

Hello Lovelies,

Thank you for all the love shown for this  top  on Instagram. The one shoulder dot print layered ruffle top is from SHEIN. I really enjoyed styling this fun, flirty, feminine top. I have to admit that this was one of my favorite summer looks.

I would also like to share some of the one shoulder tops I found while browsing.  These tops make me wish that summer would never end. Click on images for details.

Do you have a favorite piece from this season that makes you want to hold onto summer a little longer? Looking forward to hearing from you.  Enjoy the rest of your week beauties.

Point Blanc

Feeling sticky in this humid summer weather is the worst. Maxi dresses are the breeziest way to beat the heat. So, I have been living in my dresses

White maxi dresses are so ethereal and easy to style.  I love pairing it with the season’s hottest bag trend the Hanoï Bamboo Bag.

These iconic summer  bags  have been taking over Instagram as you may have noticed. If you would like to snag one check out Frenetic Deals for some great bargains.

 

What are you lovelies doing to stay cool this summer? Would love to hear from you.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

*In Collaboration with Frenetic Deals.

Espadrilles with Mediterranean Comfort and Style

Happy Monday Lovelies. It’s been a minute since my last blog post and the reason is I am in total summer vacay mode. This summer I planned a few mini getaways. Planning and going on vacation is always fun however packing for a trip …not so much. Something I always dread is deciding how many pairs of shoes to pack.

Luckily for me I’ve partnered with Viscata – maker of premium Spanish espadrilles for both women and men. Espadrilles are the perfect vacation shoe because they are lightweight and comfortable. They also save space in my suitcase because I don’t need to pack shoes for every occasion. The pair of Aro Canvas Wedges in navy I am wearing transitioned effortlessly from the beach, to brunch, to walking around town, to dinner. They definitely hit the sweet spot between casual and dress-up.

Viscata espadrilles are an easy solution to every summer outfit. Every pair is made in Spain and handcrafted by artisans. They capture the vibrant Mediterranean spirit beautifully through superior craftsmanship, comfort, and style for any occasion. Take a look for yourself and shop my picks below.

*In Collaboration with Viscata

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Spring Green

Hey Lovelies!! Can you believe it’s already June 1st? I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying all the lush greenery around me. All this green is inspiring me to wear the color more and its breathing freshness to my style choices.

It’s amazing how a color can change your outlook on life.  What’s your Spring color? Looking forward to seeing you beauties rock your favorite color of the season.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Spring for Floral Dresses

After being bundled up all winter I always go a little crazy for those feminine statement floral pieces in spring. I am not the only one. It seems like we all can’t get enough of floral print dresses year after year.

I am having so much fun dressing up this stylish and versatile little dress I got last year with sweaters, blazers and cute shoes.

With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, there are sure to be some great sales.  If you are shopping for your perfect floral print dress remember to look for a piece that fits perfectly and compliments your skin tone. Pick a dress that you can enjoy for many years to come.

 Thank you for stopping by Lovelies. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine

Happy Mother’s Day

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

Moms should be celebrated every day. However, May 14th is an extra-special day honoring all moms. A day set aside to say “thank you” for all she does. My mom lives in South Africa. I can’t tell you how difficult it’s been living away from her and missing special holidays especially Mother’s Day. This year I feel so blessed and grateful to be spending Mother’s Day with my momma. I’ve been thinking about this day ever since she told me about her plans for a trip to Boston.

Surfing the Internet for a Mother’s Day gift started to stress me out. Gift giving is already a difficult task and when it comes to mom, it felt nearly impossible. I felt the pressure to find the perfect gift to make up for all the Mother’s Day I missed. So, I asked my mom if there was anything that she wanted and she said, “All I want is to spend time with you”.

Then it hit me, Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about big, expensive gifts or grand gestures. What really matters are the memories – those special things you do with your loved ones. It’s the “presence not presents” that means the most.

I decided to take the time to pamper my mom and make her feel like a queen on her special day… and SHE LOVED IT!!!

Remember, however you choose to honor your mom today, it’s the time you spend with each other and the connection you make that matters the most. Wishing all you fabulous and beautiful mom’s a Happy Mother’s Day.

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Bootie Pop

I love my pair of black booties or should I say pairs. I can’t tell you the exact amount I own just in case my husband reads this  However, recently I have been wearing my statement-making pair of white patent booties on the regular. I am not the only one. Just do an Instagram search. White booties can make any outfit pop.

They can be styled in so many different ways making them a great option for any season. You can’t go wrong dressing them down with distressed jeans and an oversized t-shirt or dressed up with a cute dress. It is the perfect ensemble for an uber-stylish look.

4 Looks That Prove You Need White Boots in your closet

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Staying Fit & Motivated with Rachael Novello

Happy Spring Lovelies. Unfortunately, it does not feel much like spring in New England.   It has been bitterly cold and snowy. The weather has really thrown a wrench in my fitness plans. I’ve gotten the flu three times within the last two months and my energy levels have been pretty low. Enough is enough I told myself and reached out to a good friend and fitness guru, Rachael Novello. Rachael invited me to come see her at her Simply Fit studio in Danvers Massachusetts. I was over the moon.

Rachael is a hard worker and her studio is a reflection of the time, dedication and sweat she puts into her work. What I love most about her is her contagious energy. I think if Rachael was not a fitness instructor her calling would be motivational speaker. Just hearing her talk about health and fitness can motivate you to make a change. If hearing her talk fitness is not enough check out her 6 pack abs

Before we started our workout I asked Rachael a few questions.

How did you originally decide to be in the health and wellness industry? It was actually something that came to me over time. I was in corporate banking for almost ten year before I made the switch. When my now husband, Brian, first proposed I knew I wanted to look my best on my wedding day. I began working with a personal trainer and it was through her that I first found my love of health and fitness. From her guidance I was able to transform my body in ways I’d never been to before. She introduced me to weight lifting and it completely shifted my world, not just physically but mentally as well. For the first time I felt strong, confident and capable. It was a feeling I knew I needed to share with other people.

Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they? I always have health & fitness goals set for myself. Sometimes it’s as simple as drinking enough water during the day and other times it’s a bit more complex, whether it be training for a triathlon or learning a new move. I very much need accountability in my daily life and I find that by setting time-bound goals allows me to stay on track.

Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three? Fitness is different for everyone and as such I would never suggest anything for all clients. Rather, I would say I have specific types of exercise that are highly beneficial for most populations. Cardiovascular exercise, strength training and balance training.

What advice do women always ask you for? We women are so hard on ourselves. The majority of women ask me how to “lose weight quickly” or “what exercises will help me get rid of my stomach.” I spend a lot of time with my clients talking about overall health and fitness and that it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It takes time and consistency but it’s not impossible.

What does your typical food day look like? I typically eat “clean” 80% of the time. That term itself has been tossed around quite a bit and so for many people it can be hard to define. For me, eating clean means whole foods, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats. I try to start every morning with a meal complete with all three, usually some egg whites, protein pancakes and some sliced avocado. I will follow my workout with a protein drink or a banana with peanut butter. Lunch is a salad of greens, various chopped veggies, some quinoa and lean protein. One thing that is really important to me is having dinner with my family and because of that I don’t typically map out my meals too far in advance. We usually stick with the above, but some nights we’ll have pasta or pizza and I will enjoy that with my family. Anyone that knows me, will tell you that I have a weakness for chocolate and peanut butter so I always find a way to fit that into my day, sometimes I’ll have a Joseph’s peanut butter cup as a sweet treat or I’ll mix some cocoa powder into my protein shake. It’s about balance for me. Being able to eat the foods I like, enjoy a glass of wine when I feel like it or go out for dinner with my husband enables me to truly stay on track during the week.

What advice would you give to someone who hasn’t really been working out to really jump-start that routine?My biggest piece of advice to any new exerciser is to START SLOW. Don’t expect to master everything right away or change overnight. Find something you love to do, something that allows you to connect with yourself and focus on where you are and where you want to go and DO THAT. Enjoy the process of challenging yourself and watching yourself change. The other thing I would say is to find an accountability partner, whether it be your spouse, best friend, mother or a trainer – someone that supports your goals and will be there along the way with an ear to listen or an encouraging word when you get frustrated. Remember, it never gets easier – you just get stronger.

The workout with Rachael was super fun! I really loved the Strongboard workout. Simply Fit has three different Strongboard workouts. Look at the full list of classes here. The 50 minute classes goes by so fast because Rachael keeps her classes dynamic, effective and fun. However, you will feel the burn

I look forward to continuing my fitness journey with Simply Fit!

Photo & Video Credit:  Andrew Swaine

True Beauty

What is true beauty? What does it mean to you? Beauty means different things to different people. I was recently asked this question and I was curious to know what other people perceived as true beauty.

So, I turned to my extraordinary tribe of sisters who inspire and make my world that much more beautiful everyday. I asked them the same question and they immediately responded.

I learned that we are all unique women. We are daughters, sisters, mothers, artists, entrepreneurs, CEOs, pioneers, innovators and trailblazers. We are different colors, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.  Although we all have different experiences and memories we agree that beauty comes from within  and from moments in our lives that draw upon our strength. To me these amazing women represent “true beauty”.