Friday Faves

Well not quite yet, but I cannot believe August and the summer is drawing to a close. I am off to Newport for one last hurrah of beach + bars. Here are some faves of the week and enjoy your long Labor Day weekend!
Yup, I liked alot of DIYs this week.


A Sweet Collaboration for FNO Boston

Fashion's Night Out is just one week away; can you believe it? I am excited to participate in FNO Boston again this year. While we are no NYC, Boston holds its own with events around the city's malls & boutiques- even closing down Newbury Street for shopping & revelment!  Boston-based cupcake shop Sweet is celebrating FNO Boston by collaborating with three local designers on special "Ready to Eat" cupcakes for the occasion. 
Such a cute collaboration! Based on these sketches, I'll be sure to make my Sweet stop on Newbury Street.  Who else is excited for FNO Boston? What are your plans?
Thanks to Sweet & The Moxie Agency for these sketches.


On the West Coast

It really wasn't too shabby enjoying a world-class resort for a few days out in Southern Cali last week...


Weekend Scenes: Brothers of the Sun

Countryfest: the best day of the year and even better with the duo of Tim & Kenny this year...
Kenny or bust.
Tim kicks it off.
Kenny! Before my phone died.

Already can't wait til next year!


Ride the Wave

maine - paddleboard
What a crazy, fantastic week it was last week! My work event in California went well and being at a beautiful resort with amazing ocean views didn't hurt.  My two days in Maine were the perfect ending to recharge & have fun with family.  We rented paddleboards on Friday, and it was harder than I thought but quite the zen experience once you are up & balanced.  Add to that boogie-boarding all afternoon, and I was back to being a kid again; pure, effortless happiness.
Lots of pictures to share this week! How was your week & weekend?
photo by my mom


Guest Blogger: How to Style Staple Jean Shorts

Hope you've all had a great week!  I'm excited to share this guest post from fellow Boston blogger Zoe of Fashion is Freedom.  See you all back here Monday - it's been quite a week!

There's always going to be that white tee you resort to when nothing else looks good, and you're going to pair it with simple jean shorts. And that's what we call a staple. Your "go to" pieces, so to speak. But without accessories, this could get a bit boring.. So with these essentials, you'll need some accessories to tag along!
Pictured about are two staple pieces along with some quirky additives. Spice your outfit up however you'd like, but this is a fun way to look chic yet simple. Follow these easy tips below to a fun, DYI outfit!
1.) Add some color- With these loafers and pink nail polish, you're no longer a white and denim outfit, you're a simple look with a "pop". You're adding color with the polish and the shoes and also you're adding texture with the yellow, suede shoes.

2.) Let it shine- By adding a gold watch, you're allowing yourself to shine. A watch can also be considered a staple, but this fabulous time teller is no ordinary one! You'll be looking fabulous and [hopefully] you'll never be late!

3.) Pattern = diversity- Two words: cheetah clutch. LOVE this piece. It adds a splash of pattern to your outfit, and extends the attention to the tips of your fingers. It's an easy way to make a bold statement.

4.) Bling it- A necklace is an easy way to "bling it" all together. It brings attention to your torso, and if it's a pretty necklace, you've topped off your outfit with an A+.

I'm hoping these tips have [inspired] you to take a simple outfit a little bit further. As you can see, it's not hard! Looking chic is always worth a try. Add your own personal favorites, substitute one color for another, and add the textures and patterns of your choice. Put it all together for an A+ look!
Staple it!
xx, ZM


Recycled Postal Stamp Earrings

How cute and unique are these postal stamp earrings from Etsy shop, Doble Ele?
Buy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4


What I'm Wearing Wednesday: California work outfits

I shared my work outfits for my last two-day conference, and here is what I packed for this trip...


Outfit #1
  • Ann Taylor peplum dress
  • Gold stud earrings
  • Shoes: TB red Revas
Outfit #2
  • Ann Taylor lace shell & cardigan
  • Ann Taylor skirt (love love looove)
  • Ann Taylor knotted belt
  • Hearts on Fire diamond studs
  • Shoes: TB black Revas
Outfit #3
  • Forever 21 striped blouse
  • Ann Taylor suit skirt
  • Target orange belt
  • Shoes: Ivanka Trump flats
Outfit #4 - the awards dinner (ohlala)
  • Calvin Klein sheath dress
  • Necklace from Brimfield trip
  • Gold knot studs
  • Ann Taylor gold glitter belt
  • Shoes: Nine West nude wedges

PS: can you tell AT is my go-to for work outfits? :)


Starry Eyed

One of my favorite daily emails is from 20x200.  A site dedicated to showcasing up-and-coming artists and affordable art, I've purchased a few prints over the years.  This set by former-Massachusetts College of Art artist, Jack Pierson, caught my eye and I so wish I had a spot in my new apartment for these...
As part of his artist statement, I love when Pierson says, "Many works register as melancholic, their beauty speaking to nostalgia for dreams left unfulfilled".

PS: This song.


Coast to Coast

This week I am spending time on both coasts: work event here until Wednesday then off to Kennebunkport, Maine for family beach time. Follow my travels on Twitter & Instagram!

blank map image doctored by me


Friday Faves

I am leaving for California for work on Sunday, so tomorrow is all about prepping (hair & nails appts) and packing. My step-siblings are in town, so then it's off to Maine for some family fun time. Here are some faves of the week:


Inspired by: Essie's Yogaga collection

Which one is your favorite?
See the full Essie Yogaga collection.


What I'm Wearing Wednesday: Tea at The Plaza

I crossed "tea at The Plaza" off my bucket list on Sunday. It was a fun experience to get dressed up and sample delicious sweet & savory treats, sip jasmine green tea & sparkling rosé, and admire the beauty of NYC's most famous hotel.  I wore:
  • J.Crew Factory dress
  • Nine West nude wedges
  • borrowed J.Crew clutch
  • Alex + Ani bangles
  • Ray Ban aviators