guess what's back?!

that's right! swapmaine is back for its SEVENTH swap! mark your calendars for saturday, may 17th! we are going back to the east end school, so get ready for a BIG swap!

the set up is the same. you can get in free by dropping your bags off the night before. if you come the day off with your bags, you pay $5. if you just want some new clothes and want to keep all your current ones, it is only a $10 admission!

as always, we are partnering with goodwill of northern new england. we like to say give more than you take. all the proceeds and leftover clothing goes directly to goodwill. 

and even though it may not feel like spring yet, i promise (or i think i can) that we will be able to get rid of all our layers soon, so start cleaning out your closets now!

beautiful bhldn.

i have been in love with bhldn since the day the website launched. it is pretty much everything i have looked for in wedding attire and decor. though i am not yet getting married, i have been obsessed with all things wedding for a long time. not in the way that i am desperately planning my wedding, but because of my love for all things beautiful. and beautiful is only one way to describe bhldn. when we found out they were opening a shop outside of boston, we couldn't wait to go. since my sister is getting married and since she already has her dress, this was a shopping trip for me and my mom.

\\my mom and some beautiful wedding gowns//

\\the bride and more gowns//

\\oh hey there! still working on my 'selfies'//

\\cake trays and candleholders//

\\my fitting room picks//

the second we walked into the shop, my mom and i both found our dresses. of course, we pulled more to try on for fun. since i am my sister's maid of honor and a bridal party of one, i got to pick out anything i wanted. of course, i wanted to make sure my sister loved it as well, but i was happy to have some extra fun with this. all the dresses i tried on were beautiful, but i chose the one that didn't make me feel like a typical bridesmaid. i wanted to feel special and not wear something that made me feel like there should be 5 girls next to me in the same dress. my mom and i both chose the first dresses we tried on, which happened to both be the first ones we saw. 

and of course, we can't go to anthropologie without trying on some other things! i also got the dress in the middle. big, bold, fun print for spring!

my mom and my sister also can't come to boston without going to one of our favorite eateries. saturday, giacamo's in the north end was our restaurant of choice. even though most people who walk by have something to say about the line we are waiting in, it is worth every minute standing outside. it was a beautiful day so it made it that much easier to wait, but knowing that good food for a good price was waiting for us was enough. terry got to take part in this adventure. lucky him.

band of outsiders, fall 2014.

one word. obsessed. i have long loved band of outsiders, but this collection is full of everything i love. floral prints, polka dots, cute oxfords, jumpers, and loose fitting trousers. this collection is so easy to wear. there is something for everyone. its relaxed, but pulled together, with a bit of tomboy feel. and then the last look.. that ombre floral maxi tee shirt dress, the flat boots, and the long leather gloves. amazing.

photos via

fourteen things i love: number fourteen.

my valentine! (duh.)

no matter what is going on, he is by my side. he makes me confident and tells me i am talented. he gets along well with everyone which makes going places easy. he is the crazy to my calm and the outgoing to my quiet. and of course, he is funny. he may be the class clown when we are out, but when it is just us, he is side-splitting, roll on the floor funny. and silly. silly is the best. and he is one hell of a cook. i mean professional grade cook. and for the most part, he likes to do it (as long as i do the dishes, which, i swear, i am getting better at). i am happy to say he is one of my fourteen favorite things.

happy valentine's day everyone!

fourteen things i love: number thirteen.

sequins and beading!

mostly of the vintage kind.
my collection is continuing to grow. this is one of my favorite things to find when thrifting. i love to think of how the were originally worn compared to how i wear them now.

fourteen things i love: number twelve.

these crazy fools!

this one is pretty self explanatory. i love my family. i wouldn't be who i am or where i am without them. i also wouldn't be as crazy or as weird as i am without them either.

fourteen things i love: number eleven.

my grandfather's bolo tie.

this was a staple in my grandfather's wardrobe. i remember the short sleeve button up shirts, the kind that was kind of see through and you could see his white undershirt. it would be accessorized with a bolo tie and his pocket protector and sometimes a really cool hat (one which i already own). 
i had been seeing bolo ties a lot lately and they always reminded me of my grandfather. i also really liked the way they looked with more modern outfits. i asked my mom if she knew if anyone still had one and to my amazement, she did. i thought i would have known if my mom had one or that she would have just known i would have wanted it. a few weeks later, it was waiting for me in a little white box. i have worn it a few times. it makes me feel a little bit nostalgic, stylish, and very confident. the latter is one of the reasons my grandfather, william (get it?), is a big deal to me. i'm happy to have something else of his.