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Sailormade Summer Kickoff

I cohosted this event with Sailormade. Chica de Gallo and 90+ Cellars provided food and beverage for the party. All opinions are my own

Sorry I’ve been so quiet the past two weeks, I was busy prepping for the Sailormade Summer Kickoff …. more after this …. and then I was away last week for work. And of course, I didn’t prepare well enough before my business trip to get posts prepped and scheduled.

So back to the party. On Thursday, June 1st, I teamed up with the fabulous ladies behind Sailormade to welcome the summer in style. We made DIY rope bracelets (some better than others), checked out the new Fid Cuff and snacked on some seriously delicious Chica de Gallo dips while cracking open a few cans of Lila Wine.

If you’re looking to pack the perfect summer picnic, you absolutely need to fill your cooler with all of Chica de Gallo‘s dips and the canned rose/sparkling wine from Lila Wine. A huge thank you to everyone for coming out and celebrating with us. I very much appreciate all of the support. Here’s to a stylish summer!


Join Me: Sailormade Summer Kickoff

Attention, Boston friends, I have something for you! I’m teaming up with Sailormade to kickoff the summer in style. Join us on June 1st from 6-8PM to celebrate the upcoming beach season, the renovated Sailormade HQ and the newest addition to the Sailormade product line. And trust me, the newest addition is perfect and you don’t want to miss it!

During the evening you’ll learn the art of tying knots and make your own rope bracelets as well as receive 25% off store-wide purchases. You can use that discount to get summer-ready by shopping Sailormade products and the other boutique brands carried in store: Randolph Sunglasses, St James Clothing, Baja Zen bath products, BitchStix sun care products, Badger sun care products and Lualoha towels.

We look forward to seeing you there – we’ll have the bites and bubbles waiting for you! You can RSVP here.


Casual Dressing with a Striped Button-up

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Despite the fact that I’m wearing a short sleeved striped button-up in this post, it’s still 100% winter weather in Boston. There are just so many “sweater weather” posts I can stomach, so I figured I’d spice it up. I have worn this shirt recently to work when I’m inside all day, so it counts.

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Coat Cole Haan (similar) | Top J.Crew | Jeans Lucky (similar)

Belt Madewell | Shoes Susina (similar) | Watch Kate Spade (similar)

Bracelet c/o Sailormade | Sunglasses Ray-Ban

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I’m a bit ashamed to admit this considering I just finished #NoShopFeb two weeks ago, but this outfit is all brand new except for my coat, watch, sunglasses and bracelet. I may or may not have gone on a bit of a shopping trip with a friend right after #NoShopFeb ended and picked up a few things. This striped button-up from J.Crew, jeans and shoes being some of them. Sometimes a girl just has to treat herself.


Small Business Gift Guide

I have received press samples from Inner Divine, Sailormade, Fox & Bear and Seacoast Sweets over the past year. All opinions are my own

I know I missed #ShopSmall and #SmallBusinessSaturday but I still want to share the small business love this holiday season. If, like me, you like to local makers, then this small business gift guide is for you. Rather than specific items you have to get like Monday’s gift guide, I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite small businesses and a few of my favorite goodies they make.

Small Business Gift Guide

Inner Divine

Inner Divine is run by one of my arch nemesis best friends from high school. Amanda sells of handmade healing beads, candles and organic sugar scrubs. I haven’t gotten my greedy little hands on her candles or scrubs, but I love her bracelets. She gifted me one earlier this year and I just bought myself three in a fit of Cyber Monday frenzy. And in case you don’t see anything that fits the bill, Amanda can do custom-made orders.

Fox & Bear

I was introduced to Fox & Bear through a collaboration earlier this year and have since fallen in love with her whimsical prints. I got my boyfriend a custom print of us, which is now proudly hanging in our living room. A custom print is the perfect gift for a loved one!

DeRoucheau Handmade Knits

I actually just learned about DeRoucheau Handmade Knits the other weekend at their Godfrey Hotel pop-up. I snagged myself a headband in claret and it keeps my ears snuggly warm during these colder months. Plus, Deanna is absolutely lovely IRL.


I wrote about Sailormade this time last year and they’re on my gift guide again. I love their simple, classic style with a nautical twist. Even if you’re not particularly preppy or nautical (I’m not), you can style Sailormade pieces into your wardrobe. Plus, you can take 20% off your purchase with code ITSKRISTIN2017.

Seacoast Sweets

I mean, who DOESN’T love chocolate? And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill chocolates … Seacoast Sweets are seriously decadent. This is the perfect gift for a coworker or a hostess with the mostess. Or buy them for yourself and eat them in bed while binge watching Netflix. I have absolutely no idea from first-hand experience if this is a good idea or not … Plus to make it even sweeter, they donate $1 from every box sold to a woman’s charity.


Floral Jumpsuit and Leopard Heels

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The title of this post is pretty self explanatory. I’m wearing a floral jumpsuit and leopard heels. Bam, blog post done. Power clashing like a pro, which is my fave thing to do.

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Jumpsuit LOFT (similar) | Jacket Old Navy (similar) | Shoes Sam Edelman (similar)

Watch Olivia Burton (similar) | Bracelet Sailormade

To be honest, I am a bit unsure about this jumpsuit after this photoshoot. I feel really confident and comfortable when wearing this jumpsuit, but from the photos I feel like it’s not the MOST figure flattering thing I own. Buuuutttt that could also just be me being a bit uncomfortable with my body. That seems like a massive conversation on it’s own, so I’ll leave it be for now. I think I’m going to let how I feel in the jumpsuit win out over how I think I look in it in a photo.

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Back to the positives of this jumpsuit. 1) It’s super adorable. 2) It’s super comfortable. 3) It’s super easy to wear and style. The only downside is it requires me to wear a strapless bra, which I hate, but sometimes a girl just has to sacrifice for fashion. Of course, I found out as I’m writing this that it’s sold out, but fingers crossed it comes back in stock. And on that super positive note, I’m ending this post.


Five Ways to Bring Summer to the Winter Months

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Granted, it’s unseasonably warm in New England right now, but I sadly know in my heart that the cold weather will be back as we round out the final winter months. While I get really excited to sport my favorite coats, hats and gloves in November and December, by this time of the year I’m ready for some beachy vibes.

And since I can’t reasonably lay out and sunbathe in 30-degree weather, I have five other tricks to bring summer to the winter months.

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1. Prepare your favorite warm-weather dish

If it’s too cold to head outside for dinner, what better way to pretend it’s summer than with your favorite warm-weather dish? My go-to is my easy mango salsa recipe, which you might remember from this past summer. Now I just need to wait for the day when I can eat this outside on the beach.

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2. Paint your nails a summer shade

When you’re miserable at your desk in the middle of the winter, looking down at bright, vibrant will take you away to the beach. Maybe. Hopefully. Also maybe not, but at least you’ll have fun nails while everyone else has deep, wintery colors.

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3. Wear something that reminds you of the beach

I’m not sure of you, but to me summer means spending time on the beach. Just because I’m not lounging in my bikini doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy to beach in another way. I love pairing my Sailormade Endeavor Leather Bracelet with literally anything. When I’m getting bummed out about the bitter cold, I just glance down at my wrist and am immediately taken away to the beach. I’m also eyeing the Reef Ring and might have to scoop it up after my shopping ban ends.

4. Give yourself an at-home bronze

When the winter weather and lack of sun exposure leaves me paler than normal … if that’s even possible … I reach for an at-home tanner. I have been loving the St. Tropez bronzing mousse recently; it gives me a subtle glow without making me look like an oompaloompa

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5. Put on a bright lip color

Granted, I wear my hot pink lipsticks year-round, but there is something so summery about popping on a bright shade. My all-time favorite bright lip color is MAC Girl About Town


Allbirds Sneakers and a Baseball Cap

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I’m a big casual dresser, if you haven’t figured that out yet. And since I work in a very casual environment, there really is not much of a line between work wear and weekend wear. And just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean you’ll find me in sweats or yoga pants while out running errands. I’m believe that you can be both casual and chic, which means I’m big on stylish jackets and trendy shoes (like these Allbirds sneakers) paired with jeans and comfortable tops.

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Jacket Lucky Brand | Blouse TJMaxx (similar) | Jeans Target

Sneakers Allbirds (similar) | Hat BCBG | Glasses Warby Parker

Watch Kate Spade | Bracelet c/o SailorMade | Scarf Zara (similar)

I treated myself to these grey Allbirds sneakers before Christmas and I’m so glad I did. They’re made from wool, which means I can go sock-less without killing everyone’s noses. In addition to being comfortable, they’re also stylish and seem to pair with everything in my closet. Costing less than $100, they can’t be beat and I might treat myself to another pair sometime this year. Only time will tell.

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The moto jacket … can we have a moment of silence for this piece of beauty. It’s actually a controversial item in our household. My boyfriend hates it but it always makes me feel fabulous, so he just has to deal. It goes with everything and makes me look like the badass I am most definitely not. Topping my outfit off with a baseball cap allows me to skip washing or styling my hair on the weekends, which is always a must.

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And before we go, I was wondering if you noticed anything different about me. Yep, this is the first post in which I’m wearing my fancy Warby Parkers. I’m a (very little) bit near sighted, so I use that as an opportunity to wear the Durands whenever I think they work with my outfit. Yes, I know, that’s absurd. It’s just the life I live.

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Boston Gift Guide for Her

Hello my friends and welcome to December. Christmas is just a few short weeks away … in case you missed the memo. To celebrate, let’s take a look at my Boston gift guide, shall we?I’ve rounded up some of favorite Boston brands and their magnificent goods.

Boston Gift Guide

Shit That I Knit Ladd Beanie

What’s more winter than a pom-pom-beanie?! Nothing, not even Santa Claus himself. I have my eye on this Shit That I Knit beanie because it’s adorable and I love the brands name. Someone get it for me, ok?

Taza Winter Warmer Gift Box

You can’t go wrong with some artisanal hot chocolate come December. This Taza Winter Warmer Gift Box would make the perfect stocking stuffer, yankee swap gift or a special treat to yourself. Anything goes during the holidays!

Brass Button Down Blouse

Staple wardrobe pieces are always in style and The Button Down Blouse from Brass is no exception. The ivory shade will go with everything you own and the quality of Brass items are always top-notch. Plus, I met one of the Brass cofounders once and she was super sweet.

E.Scott Originals Asymmetric Stack Rings

Stacking rings are my favorite. You can tailor the look to the occasion and there are so many mix-and-match options to chose from. These asymmetric stack rings from E.Scott Originals are the perfect gift for the Boston-loving jewelry addict in your life.

Sailormade Endeavour Leather Bracelet

The nautical lover in your life will fall for this leather Sailormade bracelet. It’s the perfect mix of New England, nautical and urban in one bracelet.It’s understated and sophisticated so it can blend in with anyone’s style while still standing out on its own. Moral of the story: buy it.

Crane & Lion Wrap Sweater

Anyone – the exercise buff, lounge addict and constant traveler – could absolutely use this Crane & Lion wrap sweater. It’s cozy yet stylish, so you’ll look super chic even whether you’re sweating buckets or being a coach potato and binging on Netflix.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Basic bitches and beauty addicts rejoice — you can now combine two of your favorite things. Meet the Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque. This mask is filled with natural antioxidants, enzymes and over 100 beneficial nutrients that will leave your complexion bright and radiant.

Long Wharf Supply Ipswich Weekender

Going for a weekend trip in 2017? Going for a weekend trip in New England in 2017? Then it’s time you get your grubby little hands on the Long Wharf Supply Ipswich Weekender. It’s equal parts functional and fabulous, which is everything you need for a weekend away.

PMS Bites Variety Pack

You might have seen my post earlier this year about PMS Bites – they are absolutely delicious and actually good for you. GASP! They’re perfect for any woman in your life who enjoys sweet treats and has to deal with her period. Plus, a variety pack of six bites is only $9.99 so it will be quite easy on your wallet.

Tell me: What local Boston brands are on your holiday wish list?