Fall in Providence

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Happy Monday y’all!  I hope your week is off to a good start so far.  Today I’m sharing a few pics I snapped in Providence over the weekend.  This blazer from Zara is one of my all time favorites.  It’s about five years old and it comes back year after year when the leaves start to fall, because the only more quintessential New-England-in-fall style than tweed just might be elbow patches.

Make sure you guys stop by again tomorrow-I’ll be sharing my favorite things to do in Providence for a special Tuesday post!

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Outfit Details – Blazer: Zara (last seen here) (similar here) | Sweater: Who What Wear (last seen here, here, and here) |  Jeans: Lucky Brand | Booties: Sam Edelman | Purse: Vera Bradley (now on sale!)

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

xo, C

Red and White

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I honestly feel like red and white just simply doesn’t get enough play as a color combination.  I wore this exact same color combination in this exact same spot on my annual Coastal Maine expedition last year in this post and didn’t even realize it (Lizzie McGuire, you are an outfit repeater!)  That outfit is actually one of my all time favorites (as I explained in the post).  But I guess the ocean just feels like red and white to me, reminiscent of these lighthouses and old sails.  For the second time in Maine this year, I broke out some reliable J.Crew Factory shorts.  They really are the perfect vacation staple and I just cannot recommend them enough.  I don’t know about you all, but I am always on the lookout for perfect white tops with intricate details and so I was beyond excited when I found this one.  It goes with literally everything, but adds a bit more dimension than a traditional white cotton tee.

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Outfit Details – Top: J.Crew Factory | Shorts: J.Crew Factory | Sandals: Steve Madden | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Necklace: Nadri (old, similar here and here) | Nail Polish: OPI ‘Got Myself Into A Jam-Balaya’ | Nail Polish (toes): OPI ‘Purple Palazzo Pants’ | Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice ‘Native’ | Lip gloss: Urban Decay Naked ‘Liar’

Thanks so much for reading!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Portland

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Hey guys!  Today I’m sharing a look I wore last week for an evening in Portland.  I love the charm of the cobblestone streets and brick buildings in Old Port, combined with the easy access this city has to an abundance of outdoor activities.  I’m also going to share a short list of places I think you absolutely have to hit up while in Portland.  There is certainly no shortage of food, brews, and culture in this New England gem.  There’s even a killer popcorn shop that has an unreal number of flavors that you never thought would taste so good on popcorn.

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Morning Fuel: Bard Coffee, Standard Baking Co., Bayside American Cafe

Lunch: Flatbread Company, Scales

Dinner: Duckfat, Grace, Zapoteca

Activities: Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Sea Dogs, Peak’s Island, Windjammer Sails

Nightlife: Bramhall, RhumPort City Music Hall

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Outfit Details – Chambray: J.Crew Factory (old, new version here) (last seen here) | Skirt: J.Crew (sold out, similar here and here) (last seen here and here) | Sandals: Steve Madden (old, also love thesethese, and these) | Purse: Vera Bradley | Earrings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) | Necklace: Nadri (old, similar here and here) | Nail Polish: OPI ‘Got Myself Into A Jam-Balaya’ | Nail Polish (toes): OPI ‘Purple Palazzo Pants’ | Lipstick: Naked Vice ‘Native’ | Lip gloss: Urban Decay Naked ‘Liar’

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Hump Day!
xo, C

Newport

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Happy Hump Day friends!  Last week I tacked a much needed staycation onto the long weekend and managed to take a little trip out to Newport, Rhode Island-one of my favorite spots in New England!  It’s incredibly popular for girls’ weekends, bachelorette trips, and the like.  I’ve gone down with my family for reunions, business trips, and even to see the mansions decked out in their Christmas best!  I wrote a couple posts about my time there last year here and here!

First stop is the Cliff Walk.  Nestled on the coast between the Atlantic and the famed Newport Mansions, it is a beautiful and scenic walk that everyone can enjoy!  The tours of the Mansions (aka ‘Summer Cottages’ for the wealthy) are fascinating and offer breathtaking views of the Cliff Walk and beyond.

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J.Crew Factory is my favorite stop for casual weekend pieces.  I always find myself reaching for a pair of their shorts for weekend trips like Newport or the zoo.  The patterns and colors are always fun and cute while being incredibly comfortable for lots of walking and some possible climbing!

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Outfit Details – Tank: J.Crew Factory | Shorts: J.Crew Factory | Jacket: Lucky Brand | Shoes: Sperry | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: Chan Luu | Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad | Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James

Thanks for reading!  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

xo, C

Lost in the Woods

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Running (or walking) in nature is one of my favorite things ever.  Getting lost in the beauty of the world we live in and taking myself away from the chaos of life is often the only medicine I need to turn my mood around.  It’s one of the reasons I always fall into a slump from January through March, when I’m not getting the chance to reconnect with nature and disconnect from the busy trap.

A safety feature of running in the woods for me is definitely to wear bright colors. One of my favorite trails happens to wind through hunting grounds, so we always have to make sure to dress bold and bright enough for hunters to see us.  One of the cool parts about running in nature is it hasn’t been altered by man, but that also means having to take proper precautions to avoid injury.  These running sneakers from New Balance are the perfect trail blazers to tackle any sort of natural terrain, and cushioned enough to keep me going as long as my mind needs to unwind and reset.

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Outfit Details – Tee: New Balance | Shorts: New Balance | Shoes: New Balance

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

xo, C

Black and Blue

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When I’m doing a quick overnight trip I like to keep my accessories as basic as possible, especially when it’s a beach trip and I’m already bringing a car full of gear.  For my trip to Coastal Maine, I stuck with a black and rose gold theme, which added the perfect amount of contrast to both this solid blue dress and the shorts and tee I wore there.  This amazing reversible faux leather tote is one of the best purchases I’ve made this year.  It has accompanied me on all of my weekend trips and is also great for long days when I need to carry a lot around with me.  I love the black/cognac combination since it goes with everything, but lately I’ve been eyeing some of the other pretty colors, too!  Black sandals are my other travel must have, and they usually are the only pair I bring with me on a trip. Having a cute, comfortable, and versatile option opens up more room in my suitcase for sneakers (or snacks, depending on where your priorities lie).

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Outfit Details – Dress: Express (old, shop similar styles here) | Sandals: Madewell (sold out, nearly identical pair here) | Tote Bag: Street Level | Necklace: Monogram Online | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Rings: French Connection (shop similar here)

Thanks for reading, have a great week!

xo, C

Light Up The Day

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If I were to pick an outfit that absolutely described me, this would definitely be it.  It exhibits the hobbies I’ve adored over my years, such as a passion for music and an active lifestyle, and the places I’ve fallen in love with that inspire my wardrobe daily.  Whether it’s feminine eyelet details and chandelier inspired earrings that remind me of the attention and romance in French architecture or some laid back sneakers that exude Californian surfer culture, I find that my favorite and most memorable destinations tend to leave marks on my mind and my style, forever reminding me of their best, most unique, and eternally endearing characteristics.

No place has influenced my life and style as much as the New England coast.  I fell in love with the sea and the summer season of exploration and it is constantly inspiring my style in color schemes, silhouettes, and statements alike.  The beauty of Coastal Maine is rivaled by no place I’ve ever been, and I try to visit my favorite spots once each summer.  One such place is York’s Nubble Light, which is a classic American icon.  Cape Neddick has gorgeous views of the Atlantic and a rocky shore that makes for some fun “climbing” for the child/adventurer in everyone.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday in New England then a drive up the coast of Maine listening to the Rolling Stones, and walking along the ocean with my best friends.

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Outfit Details – Rolling Stones Tee: Lucky Brand | Skirt: J.Crew (similar here and here) | Shoes: Vans | Watch: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Banana Republic | Bracelet: Banana Republic (sold out, similar here, also love this one) | Lip Liner: NYX Ever | Lipgloss: NYX Tiramisu

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Caitlin

Newburyport

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Over the weekend my friend Amanda and I were able to make a quick little day trip to Newburyport, which is a gorgeous seaside city on the North Shore.  We filled our day with some great boutique shopping, and of course plenty of seafood!  The beaches are pretty great, but what makes Newburyport so unique is its charming cobblestone streets and historical buildings; they are the epitome of a quintessentially New England seaport.

Usually with a bright printed skirt like this one, I tend to wear a white or navy top to tone down the colors.  With this one though, I had such perfectly coordinating items that I had to make an exception!  One of my favorite things ever is when I find a top from a few years ago that perfectly matches the shade of blue in the skirt I just got in the mail.  It’s the little things, after all.

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Outfit Details – Top: Banana Republic Factory | Skirt: J.Crew Factory | Sandals: Steve Madden | Purse: Vera Bradley | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Watch: Fossil | Bracelet: Chan Luu | Necklace: Jenny Boston

White and Blue

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Friday night I’m going on a little cruise around the Boston Harbor with some friends to watch the sunset and fireworks to kick off the Fourth weekend and plan on wearing this blue and white ensemble (#spoilers).  Harbor cruises are one of my favorite summertime activities in Boston!  I love wearing red, white, and blue together; but I wanted to put together something sophisticated that would work for the adults-only boat and also if we went out afterward.  I knew I wanted to wear pants and flats so I didn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions thanks to wind or waves, so I chose to go with my white skinnys to make more of a holiday statement than classic blue jeans.  I had been eyeing these navy flats from J.Crew factory for a couple months and just finally bought them during a sale, so I’ve been itching to wear them out as much as possible!

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Outfit Details – Top: Lucky Brand | Jeans: LOFT | Flats: J.Crew Factory | Purse: Vera Bradley | Necklace: The Paper Store (old, similar here) | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Thanks for reading!
xo, C

Singing Beach

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A couple weeks ago we had a stretch of days into the 90s, and so we were able to sneak in a beach trip to the beautiful Singing Beach in Manchester-By-The-Sea.  It’s so named because the sand squeaks when you walk across it!  It’s also super accessible from the city (only half a mile walk from the train station) so it makes for a great day trip spot for Bostonians.

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Outfit Details – Top: Lucky Brand | Shorts: Banana Republic | Hat: J.Crew Factory | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Thanks for reading!

xo, CH