Miami + stella&dot Giveaway!

I am lucky to have friends in high places (pun-intended). My husband and I visited his best friend in Miami and I made sure to take a photo each night from his high-rise balcony. He lives in Brickell which is such an eclectic and carefree area in Miami, about 15 minutes from South Beach. We frequented the beach, strolled through the shops, and dined at some amazing restaurants. It was not easy coming back to snow today in Connecticut. Where art thou spring?

Also, I was in love with my renegade bangle c/o stella&dot. Enter my giveaway teamed up with Lauren Vincente Stella&Dot for a $40 Gift card!

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{Maxi skirt: Forever 21| Cropped lace top: Forever 21| Renegade Bangle c/o stell&dot| Necklace: J. Crew| Shoes: Nordstrom’s| Watch c/o Guess}

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Win a $40 stella&dot Giftcard!

Winter Travel Must-Haves

After all the holiday chaos, don’t you just want at cocktail with an umbrella and your toes in the sand?  I sure do.  Last year, I was lucky enough to go on a Winter Get-Away.  This winter I might go to Okemo to ski but will not be escaping winter weather.  So, I want to live vicariously through you.  Are you going on an amazing freeze-free vacation?
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Winter Get-away Must-Haves:
{Sunglasses (not your most expensive pair just in case you lose them!)|Amazing book|tinted moisturizer with sunscreen|adorable hat (even is you’re not a hat person, it’s ok on vaca!)|beach bag|amazing & colorful accessories}

One of my favorite parts of going away is finding fun, unique vacation dresses.  I am in love with  flowy dresses that go great with a tan yet comfortable. I love that on vacation you can get away with any pattern and any style. A few faves below from 1Dress.  They have an amazing variety of different styles and sizes for any occasion.  I am in love with the Grecian style white dress on the left.

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Return of the Belly Shirt

16 was a huge year for me. Of course I was ecstatic to get my license but also on my 16th birthday, I got my belly button pierced.  It was so exciting I went out and bought tons of belly shirts and felt soo cool.  Like bell bottoms, belly shirts became popular in the 60s-70s hippie era and has had waves of popularity in the 90s.  Well ladies, they have come back with a vengeance.  Adorably flirty and sexy, these midriff baring shirts will get you out of any ticket and may get you into trouble. 😉

Abs not included.

{Miley Cyrus in a simple workout outfit, baring her flat tummy}

{the queen of showing her abs off, Carrie Bradshaw!}

{peekaboo shirt if you do not want to show it all}

Pool Party

Hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July.  My day was filled with poolside spritzers, delicious barbecue food, and watching neighborhood fireworks.  We ended the night with a perfect 10pm dip in the pool which was very refreshing.  The great thing about the 4th falling on a Wednesday is the celebration all week until Sunday.  Since pool parties are such a popular event this time of year, I wanted to share my favorite pool party accessories.

 

POOL PARTY PONG by eileen

{Just ordered one of these online for our late July pool party}

{pool party cupcakes}

Newport Getaway

I am very excited for a long weekend in Newport, RI with my family.  It is a much-needed getaway to take a break from the hustle and bustle of my career, moving into a news house, a break from the kids (my pup Zoey and kitty Jingles), and just a weekend of relaxation and fun.  Newport is extra special to me because of a few reasons.  It was me and Ryan’s first weekend trip together when we first met.  We had blast looking at the beautiful Newport mansions, checking out the local Blues Cafe and just admiring the historical town.  Also, my uncle has a time share there and he passed away this year.  Inviting the entire family to Newport to stay in his time share was a tradition for us and this year, we are dedicating this trip to him. ❤

Below are some of my weekend getaway necessities and some pics from Newport over the past couple trips! I recommend lots of sunscreen to keep that beautiful skin protected, a cross body bag so you can have your hands free while you stroll the area, and of course, very comfortable, cute sandals!

{Ryan & I in Newport, in front of the mansions}

{Newport by the beach, I had a short haircut!}

{Our fave restaurant, Castle Hill}