After hopefully packing my bag with springy essentials, we headed up to Portland, ME for a much deserved long weekend. In choosing the location, I wanted somewhere with New England charm, walk-able distances & fun, unique activities. Renting a small, central apartment, we got just what we carved – long sleeps, strong coffee & a daily dose of Portland’s unique, funky vibe.
Not on the itinerary, was an unexpected snow flurry that almost had me and my new suede shoes (cue Elvis) running for sanctuary. Luckily, upon purchase, I inquired about the best shoe treatment to protect my pretties from harm. Offering the store brand sealant, I cannot stress my thankfulness enough. Nothing is worse than living in snowy, salty tundra of New England and having to replace your beautiful favorite shoes annually. I used Nikwax to protect the appearance & lifespan of my shoe. There are many effective sealants available for purchase, just ensure that you read the entirety of the bottle before deciding whether its a healthy relationship for your shoe to be in. However, what I liked about this one was that the spray was light, and went on clear. My suede has the same velvet softness and color once the sealant dried. I applied more than one coat and followed the directions fiercely.
Shirt / J. crew Sweater / J. crew (old) Skirt / gap (old) Tights / J. Crew Sock / G.H.Bass Bag / Kate Spade (similar) Gloves/ Vintage Pin / Vintage Belt / Dooney & Bourke (vintage) Jacket / J. Crew Factory Shoes / Steve Madden
happy snow frolicking,
Last weekend I had the divine pleasure of exploring historic Charlestown for the first time. It’s a real shame I’ve never ventured over the bridge during my previous five years in the Boston area. I naively envisioned a scene out of the Departed, but instead of Mark Walhberg, I found shuttered homes, cobblestone driveways, and door knockers that gleamed with New England charm.
Every crazy dog girls needs two things, her furry friend and the swag that affirms her obsession. Mine happens to be a one year old English cream golden retriever, whom i fondly call Buckley & my little brother. Sure he’s adorable, but he has a bad habit of leaving pieces of himself everywhere he goes. Referring to this constant corralling of dust bunnies, this sweatshirt was the perfect way to advertise my canine love affair. & Luckily if you have a similar issue with your fuzzy friend, using freezer paper and some Martha Stewart craft paint, you can make a silly shirt just like mine.
A few nights ago, as the wind chill boasted a negative thirty price tag, I had a hankering for summer and despite the cold, the delicious, sweet taste of a homemade roadside ice cream cone. Having some leftover stout in the fridge I felt inspired, I thought hmm? how hard could this be to make myself?