Sporty Chic

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Dress: Ann Taylor c/o / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Necklace: Max&Chloe / Shoes: Jack Rogers

When I first saw this white dress from Ann Taylor it reminded me of an all-white tennis outfit. The sporty chic look deserved nothing less than my preppiest accessories and a seaside background that included Newburyport’s finest boats and yachts.

I was hoping to sign up for some sailing lessons this summer but the class filled up before I was able to snag a seat. I’m on the waiting list, just in case anyone cancels or they decide to open another class. Hopefully they will find a spot for me so I can cruise around the harbor this summer!

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A walk into town

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Sweater: J.Crew, old (similar) / Shirt: American Eagle / Jeans: Joe’s / Scarf: Nordstrom
Sunglasses: Ray-ban / Bag: Louis Vuitton / Shoes: Sperry / Bracelet: Tory Burch

One of the things I really missed this winter was the walk into town to work in a coffee shop for a few hours. Working from home can get a little tiresome day after day, so its nice to have a place to go when I need a little change of scenery.

Its still a bit chilly, but I am so over wearing a jacket, so I layered up with a chunky sweater and scarf. One of my favorites parts about walking into town is all the steps that I get on my FitBit! At home and working out I wear the standard silicone band, but when I go out I’ve upgraded to Tory Burch’s new leather wrap bracelet. I am obsessed with my FitBit, but I just didn’t like how it looked with some of my outfits — now you can’t even tell that I’m wearing a fitness tracker!

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Patio Dreams

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After this past winter, all I want to do is spend every waking moment outside in the sun (with SPF of course!). Doug and I are currently in the early stages of a home reno (eek!) and I although I have grand plans for some interior changes, I also want to make some much needed updates to our patio space. Our budget might not allow for some of the major changes that I really want (hello screened in porch!), but I can make some smaller changes now to help make the space feel a little more special.

My current outdoor table and chairs aren’t very comfy, so I’d love to upgrade to a nice wicker “couch” set so that I could spend my Saturdays lounging around and reading outside. The blue 4-piece outdoor set is my favorite!

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Living so close to the beach is great, but there is one big downside — bugs!  Our backyard is quite buggy in the evenings and I’m highly allergic to bug bites. I think that a nice fire pit would help keep those pesky bugs away and would let me enjoy the evenings outside!

One of my favorite parts of spring and summer is watching the entire world around me grow and bloom. And when cooking, nothing is better than being able to use your own home-grown herbs and vegetables in my recipes! I don’t have a huge yard, but herbs and small vegetables grow perfectly in planters. My favorite is this raised wooden planter with a built in trellis.

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White Jacket: Part 2

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Jacket: Ann Taylor c/o (available 5/18) / Skirt: Ann Taylor c/o / Shoes: Zara (similar)
T-shirt: Vince / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Bag: K.Slademade

Although I first paired this chic & tweedy white jacket with some skinny jeans, I knew it would also be perfect for work on the days I have to head into Boston to visit my corporate office. The Mesh Pencil Skirt is something I wouldn’t have normally picked up, but once I put it on I was in love. Plain black, yet the mesh texture gives it a little something extra without it being to flashy.

One of my favorite things about this jacket is that the lower pockets are functional. I wore this outfit to a conference on Monday, and it was so nice to be able to put my phone in my pocket (instead of at the bottom of my Neverfull!) while I was running between sessions. I should also mention that one day when I wore this, a co-worker asked me if I was wearing Chanel — not a bad comparison!

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Navigating the Farmers’ Market

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The arrival spring means that the Newburyport Farmer’s Market will start operating every week outside! I’m pretty lucky that the market does run a bit during the winter, but I am so excited that starting May 2nd I can go every weekend.  The farmers’ market is different every week — different vendors, different offerings — so its important to learn how to navigate the market before you make your purchases!

1) Always do a loop when you first arrive
The same vendors don’t come to the market every week, so every time you visit there are different offerings. And based on production and supply, some vendors may not offer the same products each week! Its important to do a lap around the market to see whats being sold.  You may see that multiple vendors offer the same products too, so you’ll want check out who has the freshest fruits and veggies for sale that day.

2) Make notes of what you need
As noted in #1 above, I don’t know what will be for sale at the market, but I usually have good idea depending on the season. Before I head off to the market I like to make a note of some of the things I need for the week, leaving it a little “open ended” due to the nature of the market. I may decide I need a few vegetables for side dishes, flowers, and some meats — and then I wait to see what the market has to offer. If I can’t get what I want (usually a specific type of meat or veggie) then after the market I head over to the farm to pick up any leftover items.

3) Be open!
Some days I’ll end up trying/buying some things I didn’t even have on my radar. Recently a local cheese shop came to the market and I tried some of their fresh mozzarella — the best I had ever tasted!! I ended up buying a 1/2 lb. to have during the week and it was awesome. I hadn’t planned on buying any cheese that day, but it was so great I had to go for it.

4) Have fun
The market usually has live music playing and some vendors that sell breakfast sandwiches and fresh brewed coffee, so I like to leave some time for me to enjoy these parts of the market.  I ensure that we have enough time to wander around, chat with some of the vendors, try out some of the products, and have a coffee or sandwich before we head home.

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Do you have a local farmers’ market?