Costa Rica

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (and if you’re not you should be!) you know that I spent last week in Costa Rica with my family! Its been a place on our “must visit” list for awhile now– my great grandfather was born in San Jose — and we finally made the trip happen this year. We stayed at the JW Marriott in Guanacaste, which is about an hour or so from Liberia — depending on how fast you can drive on dirt roads!

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We did a whole lot of nothing on the trip, and it was perfect! We swam in the infinity pool, lounged in hammocks, searched for shells on the beach, drank fruity cocktails, and watched the sun set over the Pacific every night.

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One day we got ambitious and ventured out on a tour of a coffee plantation to learn how Costa Rica harvests and produces their 100% Arabica coffee. We even got to see some traditional Costa Rican dancing as a “surprise” from our tour guide. The trip to the plantation was an experience all in itself — 2 hours of driving in a van on dirt roads with more potholes than I had ever seen in my entire life. We saw a lot of people riding dirt bikes and ATVs in the road — much better vehicle choices for the terrain!!

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The coffee in Costa Rica is amazing — its such a small country compared to other coffee producers that they focus on quality and not quantity. Definitely a modern girl philosophy! And once we were on the tour it was easy to see why — I was so surprised to hear about how much work goes into picking the coffee beans — one 25 lb. basket only yields about 8 lbs. of finished coffee beans!

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Our beach was so nice and secluded — there were hardly any other people were around! Doug and I took a long walk and I found so many unique shells on the beach that I had never seen before. I smuggled a few home and I may try to make a necklace out of them for next summer.

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I shared most of my sunset photos on my Instagram page, but this one was from our last night and its just too pretty to not post here too. The colors were different every day — sometimes the sky was a bright orange like this night, and other nights were pink.  If you want to go “off the grid” for a little bit I’d highly recommend Costa Rica, especially Guanacaste.  Outside of the hotel property (which was about 10 mins off the main road anyway!) was so rural and had an easygoing, relaxed feel to it. After all, the country’s motto is “pura vida”!

Tweed Shorts for Winter

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Turtleneck & Shorts: Old Navy / Tights: Hue / Booties: Zara / Faux Fur Scarf: self made
Jacket: Vintage Mink / Earrings: David Yurman / Lipstick: Hourglass

We got a modest blanket of snow right before Thanksgiving — just enough to cover the ground, but not so much that our travel plans were delayed.  We headed up to the beach in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving Day for a traditional turkey dinner with all of the fixings.

I found these tweed shorts at Old Navy a few weeks ago and just fell in love. I can’t wear them to work — but they are so fun for a date night or holiday party. Doug had some reservations about me wearing “shorts” in the winter, but I did my best to explain that with some opaque tights they were okay. And with my fur coat I’d never get cold — its the warmest coat I have ever owned!

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Green Monday Sales!

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I know that the weather outside is so frightful, so stay inside and shop the Green Monday sales!! Never heard of Green Monday? Its true! Even better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday, today there are tons of great deals all over the web that you just can’t miss:

Anthropologie – 30% off with code: EXTRAMERRY

ASOS – 20% off select brands

Bloomingdales – free shipping

Club Monaco – 30% off with code: WINTERFAVES

C.Wonder – 30% off with free shipping

Forever21 – 30% off select merchandise

J.Crew – 30% off with code: MERRYMERRY

Kate Spade – 25% off with code JACKPOT

Madewell – 30% off with code: MERRIEST

Neiman Marcus – up to 50% off womens and 33% off mens

Nordstrom – up to 40% off select new markdowns

Saks Fifth Avenue – up to 40% off and free shipping

Urban Outfitters – free shipping

Happy Green Monday!! Here are some of my favorite picks:

Holiday Moments of Chic

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Dress: Muse c/o Piperlime / Shoes: Steve Madden c/o Piperlime / Coat: Ralph Lauren
Necklace: J.Crew, old (similar) / Bag: K.Slademade / Lips: Mac Russian Red

The holidays are in full swing — which means festive decorations, twinkly lights, and festive party clothes!  I was pretty excited when Piperlime sent me this dress by Muse — a nice silver color with a fun twist detail.  It also can be dressed up with strappy heels or down with some tights and boots. The hemline is a little shorter than I’d like, but the neckline is rather modest and I think I may try my hand at a DIY skirt extender with some festive sequins or ostrich feathers.

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What will you be wearing this holiday season?  Share your own #momentsofchic!

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A modern girl…

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Bundles up in her chicest winter-wear!

Coat: Ralph Lauren / Boots: Sperry / Boot Cuffs: Salem Style
Hat: Nordstrom (similar) / Faux Fur Cowl: Robinwoods Design