Little White Dresses

No one told me when I was planning the wedding that I would need so many white dresses! I knew about the obvious ones, but clearly didn’t think about the white dresses for bridal showers, pre-wedding BBQs, wedding brunches, and bachelorette parties.

Once summer hit, I started my mission to find some white dresses for the wedding related activities, and luckily I found a few outfits I really love! A few weeks ago, I got together with Laura Saur of LCS Studio to shoot a few of the looks. This is my first time doing a fashion shoot with a professional photographer, and I LOVE the work that Laura did! I felt so comfortable with her, and she loved Baker! Didn’t they come out well!?

My goal for finding some white outfits was to find outfits I will wear over and over again. Hard to do in a white outfit, but if I still to white wine and avoid tomato sauces, I should be ok!

This first outfit is actually a two piece from Sara Campbell. I had never been to the store before, but my mom brought me in, and I fell in love with this outfit! The top would also look so cute with jean shorts and skirt with a cute tank!

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I found this Lilly dress a while ago on MAJOR sale in Pawleys Island and never had an occasion to wear it, and when I found it in the closet, I knew it would be perfect for an engagement party or rehearsal dinner. I love the gold embellishing on the top and the fit and material are so flattering.

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The necklace I am wearing is from LK Meyer, a company run by a great friend of mine and her brother. I am obsessed with this necklace and have worn it so much recently. It is so easy and simple and elevates any outfit. I am so excited for them!! They have great necklaces and fashionable cufflinks for men. Also, all of their products are made with local and recycled products, right in Rhode Island.

I cannot wait to share more photos from the shoot with Laura, they are SO GREAT!

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First Outfit – Dress – Sara Campbell | Shoes – LK Bennett | Necklace – LK Meyer
Second Outfit – Dress (similar) – Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes – Jack Rogers | Necklace – LK Meyer

Life Lately – What’s Been Going On Over Here

This post has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get together. I’ve thought about it a lot, but haven’t sat down to get it published, so here we go!

I haven’t been travelling for the last few months (when I primarily drafted my posts), which has been great, but now that I am on a bit more regular travelling schedule, I anticipate I will have more time on planes and alone in hotels to get my posts together.

Anyways, what has been going on over here?!

LOTS.

Baker has grown like a weed. We are so in love with him. He brings such extra love and excitement to our life. He’s just so fun to have around!

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We also had a bunch of guests come and stay with us once I returned from Amsterdam. I swear, we have had ~4x more guests in our nine months as we had in Madison in 3 years. It has been great to get to know our city a bit more through the eyes of our guests, taking Freedom Trail walks, and showing them our favorite places.

We have also taken a few weekend trips: Newburyport for Memorial Day, Wisconsin for my Bridal Shower, Portland for a fun Bachelorette, and a few weekend trips to RI to spend time with my parents, and let Baker run free in the back yard!

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Wedding planning has started picking up with all of the little things we have to finish in time for the big day. We recently took our engagement photos with our wedding photographer, and I cannot wait or those to come back. We felt so at ease, and I know we are going to love them!

Oh, and I met The Bachelor, Chris Soules, in the airport the other week. He was so charming, and incredibly attractive! What a fun little treat in the Minneapolis Airport.

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I am so thrilled that summer is here – the painfully slow spring made the transition slow, but it’s beginning to feel worth it. Exactly one year ago we found out we were moving to Boston, and the summer was quick and hectic with the move. I am hoping to enjoy this summer a bit more! It is going to be filled with wedding celebrations for our friends and our own, beach days, and as many walks with Baker as we can fit into a day.

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I will make no promises about posting more regularly, but I do hope to not let as much time go between posts.

The W Hotel Amsterdam

When I had an extra night in Amsterdam, I didn’t know exactly where to stay in downtown Amsterdam, but after some research I found one. The other night I stayed in The W Hotel in Amsterdam, and it was such a cool experience, I had to dedicate a whole post to it!

First off, let’s set the stage. I am primarily a business traveller. As such, I usually stay in generic hotels that have little creative license in their decorations and all look the same. With the exception of the lobby, a Westin is a Westin.

This was an entirely different experience.

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When I walked into The W Hotel the other day, delirious from little sleep, and ready for a day of wandering one of my favorite international destinations, I was floored by the ridiculously trendy lobby. Adorned with coffee table books, interesting light fixtures, flowers in boxes and unique seating arrangements, it felt more like a hip club than a lobby. The huge centerpiece fireplace adds a cozy feel to the modern interior, and while the inside is spectacular, if you take a look beyond the windows and you have nearly 360 views of the most storied landmarks in Amsterdam – Nieuwe Kerk and The Royal Palace. It is an intimate view you can’t get many other places in the city.

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After check in (and thank you to The W for accommodating me despite my reservation snafu) the room was just as cool as the lounge, and totally different than any other room I have stayed in before. The pictures speak for themselves, but my favorite features were the rain shower, the bed (heart eyes emoji) and the blackout shades. The shades were so powerful that I slept that night and my alarm went off 12 hours later, I had no idea it was daylight outside! I was so confused.

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The hotel is still under construction as they are finishing a second tower across the street in an old bank. While not completely open yet, I ventured over to check out The Duchess, a tea room. It is absolutely stunning in there. I wanted to move in and curl up in a velvet chair with a tray of treats immediately. The stained glass window in the dining area of the restaurant made it so bright and inviting! And the gorgeous faux flowers looked so real I almost didn’t know the difference. I will definitely be back for a proper high tea, one of my absolute favorite indulgences!

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While the hotel is great now, it is going to be a knockout when it is all finished!

This post is not sponsored (only supported by my vast collection of hotel points) and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you to The W for a great stay! I’ll be back.

Road Warrior Files No.7: Long Flight Essentials

Greetings from Amsterdam!

I have done more trans-Atlantic flights in the last six months than in the past six years, and while I hate being seated for 6+ hours, there are some ways to make these flights much more enjoyable. Below are some tips for making a long haul flight more enjoyable.

Essentials for a long flight

Noise Cancelling Headphones

I didn’t think these were necessary when I first got them, but now I cannot imagine a long flight without them. They drown out the loud hum of the plane and I sleep much better in them than I did before.

iPad

I usually download some good shows on the Amazon Prime or Xfinity TV apps. If you didn’t know, Amazon allows you to download specific shows to watch offline. You can download ~10 at a time and this is an awesome perk of Prime. I also download some crossword puzzles on the NYTimes Crossword App to work on in the air. Also, there have been a lot of great movies on Delta Studio recently, including The Big Short and Spotlight – and as I am trying to catch up on my Oscar Nominees, I have devoured those.

Eye Mask

These usually come free in Economy Comfort, but I would bring my own if I was seated in another area. While the planes lights dim at some point, these make zoning out what is going on around you much easier. These are pretty cute!

Water Bottle

While you cannot bring the water through security, I bring an empty water bottle because you never get enough water on the flights, and staying hydrated is so important on a long flight. I LOVE my Swell Bottle (I have the 25oz) because it keeps the water really cold for the duration of the flight. Also, when the flight attendants come around with water, always grab extra! I would rather be overhydrated and have to get up to pee, rather than be dehydrated when I land.

Chapstick

Airplanes are so dry, and my lips always get super chapped on flights. I always have a chapstick on hand for reapplying during the flight. This is one of my current favorites!

Socks

My feet always swell during a flight, and I don’t like wearing shoes if I can avoid it. I usually bring a pair of thick socks to wear after take off. Plus, if you’re wearing thick socks, your feet won’t get cold during the flight and you can move your toes around more. These are my favorite thick socks for winter and flights!

Cashmere Scarf

I always bring a big cashmere scarf on the plane with me to use a blanket or as a neck pillow. Either way, the scarf always comes in handy during the flight, and I would rather wrap myself in my own scarf than a plastic wrapped synthetic blanket.

What are your favorite flight essentials?

Happy Travels!