May 21, 2017
I have to say I have some serious style envy of Corinne from Corinne Acampora Interiors & Art. I had the honor of photographing the reveal of her most recent Wellesley redesign (think total HGTV). Her work blows me away! I might have to invite her over to our new little (read: tiny) house…
Corinne and her assistant designer (who just happens to be my sister) are immensely talented. Corinne is based in Wellesley, but will travel as well. Some of her other recent designs include spots inthe South End, New Castle and the Seaport. Here’s a little tour of Wellesley room-by-room…
| the living room |
| the kitchen |
| the dining room |
| kids’ bedrooms |
| the au pair suite |
| other spaces |
March 12, 2017
I’m not sure whether it was the freezing winter weather or just life getting in the way, but shopping just hasn’t been on the agenda. I was definitely due for a good haul and with the help of Simon Outlets, mission accomplished! As part of our girls’ trip to the Berkshires we got to spend the morning visiting some retailers at the Lee Premium Outlets. Our fantastic guide, Heidi, was spot on with the locations we visited. I’m so excited to share some of the things I picked up (and others that are now on my wish list).
We jumped right into my favorite store, J.Crew Factory. They had just put out a transitional winter to spring line and I was instantly in love with everything! Some of the stylist had even put together outfits they thought I’d like (and they were spot on!). I’ll probably never have a personal stylist in my life, but it was rather fantastic to pretend!
I ended up getting a few items to put away for spring and I’m literally counting down the days until I can wear them! Hands down my favorite is this striped ruffle-sleeve shirt (c/o) that also comes in black, white and black & white stripes. Plus everything is 40-50% off right now!
This trip also helped me find my new favorite store for home items and gifts, Ten Thousand Villages (thanks Heidi!). Even better you can shop there guilt-free because everything they sell is fair-trade handmade. The artist and makers from around the world are paid upfront when their work is commissioned. This month they are featuring global female artists and every piece was stunning!
Speaking of global travel, we took a quick look in the Samsonite Factory Store and I had serious wanderlust looking at all the luggage choices. Since we mostly do weekend trips my go-to luggage is a canvas tote bag. However for our honeymoon we’ll be traveling for longer than usual so I seriously need to upgrade my wheels. Now the million dollar question is… hard luggage or soft? I feel like there’s benefits to both and really can’t decide!
About halfway through our morning we stopped by the Lindt store. We sipped on the most decadent coffee (mine was poured over a raspberry Lindt truffle) and explored the new spring chocolates. Lindt is most known for their signature hollow bunny, but they started making a little chick too, which is the cutest! I picked up this little chick gift box (filled with truffles of course) to use as a centerpiece for Easter.
We also stopped at the Bass Factory Outlet, which was a surprising score for me. I definitely had a preconceived notion of Bass as being the place where my dad bought his shoes, but kept an open mind and found some amazing things! After trying on a few pairs for myself, I can now say their shoes are truly the combination of comfort and style.
Our last top before we collapsed from utter exhaustion was the Brooks Brothers Factory Store. In order to see the amazing items they have (at serious discounts) you have to visit one of their stores and believe me, it’s worth it! I don’t work in an office, so many of the styles were on the more dressy side for me. Brooks Brothers was so kind to gift me one of their signature non-iron dress shirts and I’ve already made good use of it under a sweater since New England insists on this perpetual winter.
I also took some time to browse the men’s section and took some inspiration from the suits to help S decide on his for our wedding (how is August only 5 months away?). While I’m not sure I’ll ever get him in a pink bowtie, this navy suit is on point.
As you can see it was a whirlwind of a morning, but I learned a lot about so many new-to-me brands! Outlet shopping can definitely be intimidating, but I think looking at which stores are there and making a must-visit list is really helpful. The Lee Outlets even have an interactive map on their website. If you plan on doing a marathon of shopping like we did another great thing to do is sign up for their VIP Shopper Club to get discounts throughout the year.
Thank you again to Heidi and Lee Premium Outlets for such a personalized shopping experience. This post was sponsored by Lee Premium Outlets. Opinions expressed are my own.
February 25, 2017
I’m feeling so rejuvenated from this little getaway to the Berkshires. It was a quick night away between our stay at the Black Swan Inn, dinner at 51 Park, shopping with Lee Premium Outlets and visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum. Who knew my friend Emily and I could pack all that into less than 24 hours!
I can’t wait to share more about each of the experiences in some posts-to-come, but for now here’s an overview of our stay. I can’t recommend each of the spots enough! If you’re looking for a quick getaway (just about 2 hours from Boston) a trip to the Berkshires is definitely what I’d recommend.
The Black Swan Inn’s adirondack chairs stay out all year long! They made me crave summer, but I also love how they looked next to the frozen lake. During the summertime you can even rent a boat and paddle around! The inn feels fits perfectly in its surrounds with an upscale cottage-like feel.
We had seriously some of the BEST food at 51 Park. You really can’t go wrong when buffalo mac & cheese and a salad pizza are both on the menu. The drinks were also amazing and the atmosphere even better! They have super cool window dividers (painted my favorite mint color) that separate parts of the restaurant and make it feel very quaint.
We had the nicest time walking around with Heidi, Lee’s marketing director, and visiting some of the shops. We were welcomed so warmly by the retailers and I really loved getting to know some new-to-me brands. (not pictured the many shopping bags that we toted around all morning…)
Before we drove back home, we stopped by the Norman Rockwell Museum. I just love how classic his art is and how it really captures the classic Americana. Currently the museum is also featuring the work of Hanna-Barbera (think Saturday morning cartoons like Scooby Do and the Flintstones). I just loved being transported to another era!
I can’t wait to share more about each unique experience. Thank you to Lee Premium Outlets, The Black Swan Inn, 51 Park and the Norman Rockwell Museum for being such wonderful hosts!
This post was sponsored by Lee Premium Outlets. Thank you to our hosts for the opportunities. Opinions expressed are my own.
February 22, 2017
I’ve made an effort to hang some of my favorite prints and took the leap to create a gallery wall over the past few months. I have this tiny little room off of our bedroom that functions mostly as storage, but also has a small desk (an IKEA hack because the room is tiny). Most of my favorite prints had been sitting in this room on the floor since they didn’t match the overall decor in our apartment. Starting with prints you already love is the best way to begni a gallery wall and it’s made me so happy to see some of my prints up again.
Modern Map Art has many different designs and not just prints! You can order your favorite spot on a pillow, phone case, etc. I’m not a huge skiier, but I do love their ski maps. They have some local New England spots including Killington, Stowe and Wachusett. I can also see doing a gallery wall exclusively of maps with our favorite places including Portland (where we got engaged), Cork, Ireland (where I lived abroad) and San Diego (our favorite vacation spot). So many possibilities!
If you’re planning a gallery wall, my best advice is to just go with the flow. I did some planning by laying out the pieces on the floor, but still made some tweaks when I put them up. Here is some inspiration!
image via Little Big Bell
image via Lemon Stripes
image via Mackenzie Horan
Financial compensation was not received for this post. Thank you to Modern Map Art for gifting me a sample product. Opinions expressed are my own.
January 16, 2017
Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Belle Chèvre. Opinions expressed here are my own.
I usually look at long weekends as more time to get things done, but this long weekend I’ve decided to actually take the time to slow things down. So I was really excited when Belle Chèvre sent over some of their new breakfast cheese. Belle Chèvre has won over 100 awards for their artisanal goat cheeses.
If you’re anthing like me, breakfast usually consists of a protein bar or some toast and peanut butter while running out the door. But today we sat down and enjoyed ourselves while taste testing some really good flavors. Belle Chèvre’s breakfast cheese is made with goat cheese and spreads perfectly over a croissant, toast, bagel (pretty much anything that can act as a vehicle for this creamy deliciousness). They offer four flavors: coffee, fig, cinnamon and honey.
This combination was my favorite– cinnamon spread over half a croissant topped with strawberries. Yum! So next time I reach for that piece of toast and peanut butter as I rush out the door, I plan on spreading some Belle Chèvre on instead. Breakfast on the go will be so much more delicious!
Find all their flavors of breakfast goat cheese online or in your local grocery store in the dairy aisle. Thank you to Belle Chèvre for sponsoring this post.