Color crush: Blush

I am crushing on blush for this spring. I bought this dusty pink cape from Lululemon and have my eye on this blush crossbody bag for our May trip to Greece(!).  Here are a few other items to inspire us for spring.


Sunday brunch at Grato in West Palm Beach

Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch

I escaped winter this past weekend and enjoyed some sunshine + 70s weather in south Florida. My dad and step mom live in West Palm Beach during the winter, so I always take advantage of a little getaway

Sunday brunch at Grato Restaurant & Bar just a couple miles from downtown West Palm Beach was the perfect ending to my long weekend.

Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch

Entering Grato, you're welcomed by a fun, fresh vibe and a menu that highlights bottomless bevis for $19. I opted for a frosé that was so good - the perfect slushiness consistency. Dad had the bloody Mary which I tasted - great mix that was peppery + spicy, just as I like it!
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch frosé

To start, we split the fennel + citrus salad that was light and yummy. The salty pistachio and green olives were the perfect addition for texture and taste.
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch fennel & citrus salad

The brunch menu had so many good options. I decided on the bucatini carbonara with bacon, ham, peas, and a oozy egg yolk. I can't turn down a good (what I call) "breakfast pasta" and the smokiness of the bacon was so good. I also loved the bucatini noodles. 
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch bucatini carbonara

My step mom had the breakfast pizza that had slightly runny eggs, spinach, fontina cheese, ham  + bacon AND sausage. I didn't have a bite but it looked amazing. There is a huge pizza oven at the restaurant so you know Grato is making pizza right!
Grato West Palm Beach Florida brunch breakfast pizza

Dad got the mushroom + fontina omelette with perfect looking crunchy home fries. I didn't get a pic but he liked it!

If we hadn't been heading to the airport, I would've loved to hang there and get more of the bottomless bevis - next time!

If you are in the West Palm Beach and/or Palm Beach area, here are few of my favorite things to do:
  • Walk around the grounds of The Breakers then grab a pre-dinner drink at HMF at The Breakers 
  • Lunch at BrickTop's in Palm Beach then walking + shopping on Worth Avenue
  • Italian dinner at Cucina dell'Arte then stay for the dancing - this place is recently renovated!
  • Have delicious cocktails and sushi dinner at Echo 
  • Treat yourself to a massage at Anushka Spa & Salon 
  • Spend an hour (or more) perusing the new Restoration Hardware on Okeechobee Boulevard while you wait for a table for lunch at their gorgeous rooftop restaurant. 
  • Find a beach or a poolpick book, read + relax!

'Til next time, West Palm Beach!

All photos by me.


Recent Beauty Loves - Clean Beauty Edition

This edition of recent beauty loves includes "better" or "clean" beauty finds that I am loving lately. I have been focusing on vegan/cruelty free products that are paraben + sulfate free and don't have other nasty, not-good-for you ingredients. All of these products might not be perfect but they are an improvement over some others. It's been a process to change products. I have been trying to use up old products to buy new. There are great stores and websites now to help changeover all your products. My go-tos are Follain and Credo Beauty. I've noticed that Sephora is carrying some of the "clean" lines.

Oaui Wave Spray: this is my favorite wave spray right now and I am on my second bottle. It shapes my wavy curls well (I scrunch my hair and use a diffuser) without being crunchy - my waves are still very soft. At first I didn't like the smell, but now I don't mind it.

LILY LOLO mascara: I got introduced to this mascara when stopping into the Credo Beauty store in Boston. I love it. It's very buildable, non-irritating (sometimes with my contacts my eyes get dry and irritated) and washes off easily (but not runny)! 

Gressa Minimalist Serum FoundationThis serum foundation is another Credo Beauty find when I went in store for a new foundation. I was hesitant when they recommended this foundation serum but was pleasantly surprised. The serum turns to a matte powder when on the skin. It's not cheap (but also comparable price to the Chanel foundation I was using before switching) however, a little goes a long way. The color matches my skin perfectly and it's the perfect medium, matte coverage for me. 

the best Natural Deodorant
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant: I have tried a few natural deodorants and this one is my favorite so far. I like that it's a stick formula, and it's cheap (I buy at Target). It comes in many natural scents, but I just pick up whatever I find at Target when I am there. It's aluminum + paraben free - and free of a lot of other crap!  

What "better" or "clean" beauty products do you use + recommend?

All photos via the linked websites.


2017 in review

2017 had highlights of a great year at work, travels around the US, and fun times with family + friends. Let's take a look back at the posts on this bloggidy blog...

January kicked off the year with a post of how we created my rehearsal dinner dress out of my mom's wedding dress.

In February, I started sharing our Hawaii honeymoon with our time in Honolulu, Oahu. March, I didn't blog - whoopsies!

April had a post about sheet pan dinners (the best for weeknight meals) and in May, I shared my birthday dinner at Porto in Boston.

In June, I continued our Hawaii honeymoon posts sharing what we did in Kauai.

July was a great trip to Breckenridge, Colorado so I posted about our family time there! I also posted about our 5 days in Maui, the final leg of our Hawaii honeymoon. I wrapped up the month and our Hawaii honeymoon posts with all about what to eat in Hawaii.

In August, I shared my love of rose skincare products.

September's first post was about apple picking in New England, and since we celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary, I posted all about our wedding!

October had a fun post about bees popping up in fashion, beauty + home decor.

In November, I shared our girls weekend trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and a local gift guide for shopping small in and around Boston.

Ending the year in December, I posted about our October trip to Charleston, South Carolina and our long weekend trip to San Diego, California! Also check out what I wore to a friend's wedding in SD.

Bring on 2018! Happy New Year!

Photo is my #2017bestnine. See all my years in review here.


What I'm Wearing Wednesday: Wedding in San Diego

We went to a friend's wedding in San Diego and since the temperature was going to be in the 60s to low 50s at night, I wanted to find a long sleeve dress. Anthropologie's faux wrap dress was the perfect piece. I love the ruffle details.
Boston blogger Anthropologie wrap dress

I accessorized with my favorite black sandals (have them in 4 colors and wore them in sparkly rose gold to our rehearsal dinner), vintage clutch I found in Vermont this fall, a vintage ring, and gold drop earrings.
Boston blogger Anthropologie wrap dress
Boston blogger vintage accessories

Luckily there was a salon right next to the hotel so I was able to get my hair blown out; we added a braid for something a little extra. :)
Boston blogger

My go-to fall and winter lip color is Palais Royal NARS satin lip pencil - the perfect deep burgundy.

Photo booth fun :)

See more of what we did in San Diego by reading this post and follow on Instagram with the hashtag #covalsincali.