The Sol Compass

by Caitlin Hummer


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Hello everyone, welcome back!  Thank you all so much for your positive response to my new “My Boston” series!  Writing a Boston Travel Guide has been something I’ve wanted to do since I was in high school, and I am beyond excited to have the chance to share my neighborhood guides with you all!

I have been seeing ruffled skirts everywhere for the past few months, but none of them spoke to me the way this “bisque beige” number from LOFT!  I love how the neutral color really lets the ruffles make a statement on their own!

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Outfit Details – Tee: J.Crew Factory | Skirt: LOFT | Mules: Express | Purse: Kate Spade New York (old, similar here and here) | Necklace: Elizabeth and James | Watch: Fossil | Urban Decay Vice Lipstick ‘Weirdo’ | NARS Lipgloss ‘Turkish Delight’  | OPI California Dreaming Lacquer Collection ‘Sweet Caramel Sunday’

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you all have a great week!

xo, C


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My Boston

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with Boston.  I can say with a great deal of certainty that the Boston I know is not the Boston that tourists may find in the average guidebook.

Newbury Street, Boston Common, Prudential Center… These are all places that people recognize, and maybe even identify, as Boston.  They are indisputably amazing parts of what makes this city unique.  I was brought up with a parent (hi Dad!) who traveled frequently and was absolutely set on finding his spots in different cities.  Anywhere from New York City, where my parents met 30 years ago, to small towns in Switzerland, he can give a rundown of his favorite spots.  Seeing this adventure he was constantly on, falling in love with food and culture alike, I subsequently set out to on my own adventure.  This search led me outside of past the top ten attractions, into hole-in-the-wall jazz clubs, new restaurant openings, and neighborhoods not on the Freedom Trail that have equally amazing things to offer.

My parents may have met in New York City 30 years ago, but I was born and bred in Boston.  This has led to some comical differences between generations, but I think everyone born in Massachusetts can relate when I say “As first thanks… Boston for raising me.”  I am and always will be proud to be from this free and fiercely independent birthplace of America.  Boston has always been a revolutionary town steeped in deep history that is impossible to escape, and I find the soul of the city echoing through my actions every day.

Today I want to kick off a fun new series with you, sharing My Boston and how I learned to fall in love with different neighborhoods in my city.

As I try out new places, experience new things, and buy from new retailers; I will be sharing my experiences with you in a “By Neighborhood” post series.

Kicking off this series I’m sharing 5 Things I Love About Boston.

  • It is incredibly healthy.  I love seeing bikers, runners, and even the occasional roller blader getting their exercise in on the esplanade every morning, and I love the accessibility I have to fresh and healthy food here.  Plus, being around such healthy humans makes me a lot less likely to fall off the wagon ;).
  • It’s America’s Walking City.  It’s pretty remarkable that I can walk from my favorite restaurant in Southie to my favorite cannoli in the North End in 45 minutes.  This makes Boston an excellent travel destination because you don’t need to worry about a rental car.
  • Spring, summer, and fall are absolutely radiant.  (Sorry, I cannot say the same about Boston winters).
  • History is inescapable.  The Old City Hall and State House are tucked in between skyscrapers; and Revolutionary heroes Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are buried right downtown on the city’s built in map-The Freedom Trail.
  • Variety.  You can watch the world class Boston Pops one night and then head to Fenway to catch a Sox game the next.  Boston is full of unexpected things and unless you want to party until 4am… I promise we can find something for you here.

Thank you all for following along on my adventure of falling in love with my own city.  I can’t wait to share all the things I love about it with you.

xo, C

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Summer Shoe Guide

Happy Hump Day, friends!  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite shoe finds for the summer months.  Most of these are under $50, but they are all under $75, so there is something for everyone to pick from!  Whether you’re looking for a wedding guest sandal, a beach shoe, or something comfy to explore in; just keep reading to find the best affordable shoes for summer!

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One: Merona Low Block Heel Pumps – $27.99 – I actually featured these on my snapchat (@chummer17) a few months ago, because they are an amazing dupe for the Steve Madden pair that is more than double the price!  The low block heel is so on trend for 2017, and with five colors to choose from these definitely will not let you down.

Two: Soludos Stripe Espadrille Loafer – $54.95 – The stripes may scream “Americana”, but I have full confidence these striped kicks will get their money’s worth all summer long.  The red and blue is subtle enough that they transcend holidays into full blown summer approval.

Three: Keds Espadrille Tennis Shoes – $55 – These Keds are the stuff beachy dreams are made of.  I love the cream canvas tennis shoe upper, atop the espadrille sole.  I can just imagine these getting tons of wear down the Cape this summer, from bike rides to ice cream trips!

Four: Splendid Jakey Ankle Strap Sandal – $63.96 – These blush heels are absolutely to die for.  They’re currently 50% off, and look a lot like my LC Lauren Conrad heels I wear nonstop (last seen here and here).  I wear my similar pair with everything, so I would definitely recommend trying these out!

Five: Sperry Perforated Sneaker – $74.95 – I have these shoes in orange from two years ago and I am totally obsessed with them.  This year they come in six colors that are perfectly on trend for 2017.  They are cute and casual, plus super easy to slip in and out of!

Six: Who What Wear Exotic Print Slide Sandals – $27.99 – I am loving the slide trend that has been everywhere this year.  The luxe print on these makes them look way more expensive than they actually are, plus they would look great with everything from a dinner dress to denim cutoffs!

Seven: Who What Wear Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals – $32.99 – I have been trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on these for MONTHS now!  They come in five different colors, which are equally stunning.

Eight: Forever 21 Tasseled Faux Leather Heels – $32.90 – I can be a bit hesitant about the tassel trend, because a lot of times it feels a little forced, juvenile, or not quite like me.  These sandals, however, have completely changed my mind.  I love the all nude look, and the short block heel is perfectly elegant and on trend.

Nine: Superga Cotu Sneakers – $64.95 – My mom is a die-hard Superga lover.  I’m pretty sure she was wearing them before Kate Middleton and Emma Watson, so she is pretty much fashion #goals.  She swears by their comfort, the cut, and the cute all white looks good with anything.

Ten: H&M Sneakers – $24.99 – Millennial Pink lovers rejoice – these shoes were pretty much made for you.  I love the detailing to the pink sole, and the fact that they are under $25 really just sweetens the deal.

What are your must have shoes for the summer?  Sound off in the comments below!

xo, C

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Food Truck Festival Review

Hello my loves, welcome back.  Today’s little bonus post is a short review of the Food Truck Festival that B and I went to over the weekend.  The good news is that there are nine more over the next few months!  They had a great variety of food trucks present and we were able to try pizza, grilled cheese, and more!

Our first stop was the Mediterranean truck.  B took a bite out of our spinach wrapped chicken kebab nearly instantly, but it gave us a peek inside for the picture!  It was a perfect amount of subtle spice for the warm spring day.


One place we wanted to make sure we stopped was the waffle truck. They smelled so amazing even from afar that our mouths were watering as soon as we walking in.  We chose to keep things traditional with some Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream.


If you’re a fan of food, food trucks, or fun in general; I would definitely recommend checking out one of these events!  They had Polar Seltzer (my favorite!), a beer tent, and more trucks we were just too full to try!  Plus, dogs were welcome, so bring your furry friends along too!

Thanks for stopping by.  How do you guys feel about food trucks??

xo, C


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Better with a Bandana

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Hey everyone, welcome back!  Today’s look is pretty much my go-to easy ensemble.  Printed skirt?  Check.  White top?  Check.  Bonus points for there actually being white *in* the skirt.  We all have that go to equation for dressing when we’re tight on time or stumped for inspiration.  Most of the time, however, I wind up feeling underwhelmed and as if I can do better.  Hilarious, since I was supposed to be out the door five minutes ago.

Enter the bandana.  This little piece packs a surprising punch when it comes to statement making.  I was wearing this one frequently during the fall (last seen here and here), but took a little break in favor of warmer scarves when the winter came along.  Now that the warm weather has returned, it’s back as my go-to third piece.  Add in a pair of fun heels and no one needs to know that I lacked outfit inspiration this morning.

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Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew Factory | Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger (old, similar here) | Heels: Charles by Charles David | Bandana: J.Crew (more navy bandanas here and here, love this green one and this pink one) | Purse: Vera Bradley | Lipstick: Bite Beauty ‘Fig’ | Lipgloss: Marc Jacobs ‘Pretty Thing’ |


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Floral Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your short week and are ready for another weekend already (I know I am).

Along with the berry skirt from Wednesday’s post, I picked up this floral skirt from J.Crew a few weeks ago.  The print is vintage and yet refreshing at the same time, and to boot it is beyond comfortable – I wore it last night for my baby brother’s high school graduation and didn’t feel the pinch of having one too many gyros for lunch at all.  Oh, and did I mention it has pockets?  You’re welcome, ladies.

Outfit Details – Skirt: J.Crew | Tee: Banana Republic |

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!

xo, C


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Berry Exciting

In case you didn’t know, I love berries.  I love the month of June, I love picking berries, I love cooking with berries, anything you could possibly think of involving berries I am 100% down with.  To kick off berry season (which, by me, starts next week!) I’m sharing not only this adorable berry print from J.Crew, but also some of my favorite recipes for berry season!

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

This berry print is just to die for.  You all know I have an undying love for midi skirts, but if that’s not your jam (we’ll get to jam recipes later), it also comes in heels and a shirt.  I chose to keep it simple with classic navy accents, but it would look great paired with red or bold with stripes!

Outfit Details – Tee: Banana Republic | Skirt: J.Crew | Heels: Steve Madden (similar here)

My parents have been going to Tougas Family Farm since they moved to Massachusetts from New York City nearly 30 years ago.  In my mind there is simply no comparable place for fruit picking.  From strawberries in June to pumpkins in October, they have you covered.  Strawberry season kicks off the second week of June, so you can bet I’ll be there at least once per week until October!

My dad and I have a strong bond over fruit based desserts.  Most desserts, actually, but fruit based desserts are my favorite.  My two favorite recipes are from old Bon Appétit Magazines from 20 years ago that he still holds on to!  There are some real gems in there I found while leafing through to find these recipes so I’d definitely recommend a subscription to the magazine or digging through the archives from past years!

Strawberry shortcake is my favorite dessert of all time.  If I had to narrow it down more, I would say this chocolate one takes the cake (I know guys, I’m sorry.  The puns just keep getting sweeter.  Okay okay last one.)

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B and I went ahead and picked up some store bought strawberries so we could make it a little early – but I can’t even imagine how great it will taste with farm fresh berries!

My second favorite dessert is the Blueberry grunt. The recipe calls for frozen berries, but we have always used the fresh ones!

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Central Massachusetts’ finest winery, Nashoba Valley Winery, has a blueberry merlot and a strawberry rhubarb to keep the berry party going!  It’s worth a drive out to Bolton for lunch (picnic or restaurant style), wine tasting, and the beautiful scenery!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Make sure to leave your thoughts about Berry Season in the comment section below!  Have a great day!

xo, C