Swarovski Girls' Night Out Event

Friday, March 27, 2015

Last night I attended the Girls' Night Out event hosted by Swarovski. Swarovski is such an iconic brand. Sometimes we don't even realize we are seeing something they created like when we see the crystals in the Victoria's Secret Fashion show or on top the the tree in Rockefeller Center or as Cinderella's glass slipper.

It was so fun! There was a fully stocked beauty bar with OPI Nail Polish, toe separators, perfume samples, hair ties, makeup brushes, and lip gloss. They were debuting some new earring jackets, which I've been obsessed with and haven't been able to find a pair I liked but I definitely snagged a pair last night! Hopefully I can show you guys those in a post soon! I had a hard time choosing a couple of things to buy because everything was so beautiful and sparkly...you guys know how I love sparkle.

I want to give a big shout-out to everyone who was working in the store last night. They were all so kind and a ton of fun! It's always my favorite part of blogging getting to meet  great people through opportunities I'm given.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's finally here! The Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook! Now you can't shop until April 19 but you can look. These are some of my favorites! What are you guys loving? 

A Traditional Connecticut Home

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you don't think this home is perfect, then you're wrong. It's classic and modern and fun. I love everything about it. When can I move in?

The past four days in a row I've gotten a migraine at some point during the day. If any of you struggle with migraines, you know how debilitating they can be. I've tried several different medications including preventatives that worked but had a staggering amount of side effects. I've finally found a couple of things that work for mine. By the suggestion of one of my yoga instructors I've been using peppermint oil to help rein in the migraines. You must put one or two drops of peppermint essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and cup them over your nose. As you breathe the peppermint oil helps open everything up. If I can feel a migraine coming and can catch it with this technique most of the time it never comes. This also works if you are stuffed up or feeling nauseous. I've also found that Maxalt works for me. It takes a few hours but eventually my migraine goes away. Every now and then if it's a persistent one, it will come back and I have to take another one but it works better than anything else I've ever taken. Do any of you suffer from migraines? If so, how do you deal?

All images via Domaine Home. Photography by Nicole Cohen.

Spring Has Sprung

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What I'm Wearing:

Necklace: Touchstone Crystal c/o Bracelets: Touchstone Crystal c/o Sweatshirt: J.Crew Factory Skirt: American Apparel

On Saturday I went to the Bulb Show at Smith College in Northampton, MA. These are some of my favorite photos that I took (obviously I didn't take the ones with me in them). There were so many beautiful flowers and cool plants. I've been really excited about growing things this spring so it was just a bit of extra inspiration. Last year I started several avocado trees from seeds. This year I decided to try to grow some lemon trees and a pineapple tree! I'm so excited to see how they grow and start getting fruit from them. I'll have to keep you guys updated on the progress. I was even thinking of doing a how-to post on growing them. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Transitioning From Winter to Spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

UPDATE: You can now watch my live segment on the same subject + spring trends here.

Transitioning from winter to spring is probably the hardest seasonal transition fashion wise. Everybody is eager to dress for spring but it's still cold outside and once it starts to warm up it turns into a slushy mess. I put together three tips to help you make this transition as seamless as possible:

Layers! Transitioning is all about layers. Often during this transitional season, there are cold mornings and afternoons where you can't believe how gorgeous it became. Your options become freezing in the morning or sweating all afternoon. You're going to want to dress in layers in the morning that you can begin to peal off as the day progresses and it warms up.

Slowly start showing some skin. Obviously you're not going to wake up on the first day of spring when it's still rather cold out and start wearing spring dresses with open-toed shoes and no sweater. You have to gradually start showing some skin. Skip the tights under your dress one day. Wear crop pants with your sweater another day instead of long pants. Wear sandals with your pants instead of closed-toed shoes. Slowly start incorporating pieces from your spring wardrobe that expose more skin.

Reach for different accessories. Ditch your big winter boots for your rain boots (you'll probably need them with all the slush and melting snow). I love my Hunter Boots, not only are they iconic but they're so comfortable, come in a wide variety of colors and have unmatched quality. Reach for different jewelry.  This season I'm loving natural stones and druzy as well as pretty soft colors. You can also throw on a different bag, go for a bright color or something covered in fringe which is everywhere this spring!

You can check out more of what I'm loving this spring in my shop.

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Friday Favorites

Friday, March 13, 2015

Apparently I'm really loving glam this week. Well, I think that's every week but it seems everything is covered in bling lately. I don't make Friday Favorites posts often, but I've just been in love with too many things to not share this month. I mean have you seen the new Loren Hope Collection? It's a miracle I didn't just make a favorites with those pieces. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

My Bikram Yoga Journey

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For those of you who have never heard of it, Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures including 2 breathing exercises in a room heated to 105 degrees. The class runs 90 minutes to a standardized dialogue. Now let me get something straight, I hate to be hot. I despise it. The fact that I didn't run out of the room after 5 minutes is an accomplishment in and of itself. I can't even sit in a bathtub for more than 10 minutes. So if I can go and stay in the room, then I'm pretty sure anyone can. The first time you go in the room it is generally overwhelming. Your goal is to just stay in the room and breathe. The more you go the better you'll feel and eventually you will stop feeling hot. Most days I still have to sit down and just take a minute for myself, but every now and then I have a really good day and can do all of the postures.

My studio, Bikram Yoga Simsbury is such a warm and inviting studio. It really is like a community. Everybody is so friendly and encouraging. All of the instructors are great. They also have amazing smoothies, clothing, essential oils, and things of that nature. I've talked to people who have practiced at other studios and they always say this is the best studio they have practiced at.

The entire concept of doing the best you can with the body you have that day (because every day is different) and taking care of yourself was so foreign to me. Coming from a competitive dance background, this is basically the opposite of how you are taught to think. Being kind to yourself, listening to your body and letting go of your ego in the class have been an even bigger journey for me than how I'm improving in the postures. I am no longer upset at myself and frustrated when I have to stop and take a break. I am taking care of me and that's okay.

Even on days where I might feel a little sick in class, once I'm outside of class for a little while I feel wonderful. My body begins to crave a class when I have to skip a few days. I am always challenging myself, so I'm never bored despite always doing the same postures. I can't wait to see where this journey takes me next.

Image source: Yoga Design Lab