Ferry Boats & Peonies

This weekend Doug and I went to our 2nd wedding of the year!  Getting married were our darling friends Taylor and Steve who have been off adventuring in Oklahoma for the past few years.  We’re literally counting down the days..err..years until they come home!   The wedding was on Long Island, NY and although it rained a little (OK, it rained a lot!) the wedding was so perfect and beautiful!  We had a such great time!  And the sun finally came out on Monday, so we had a wonderful and sunny ferry ride back to CT.

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Dress: Tart / Shoes: Zara / Bag: vintage (similar) / Bracelet: J.Crew
Lips: Nars Luxembourg / Earrings: from holiday shops at Columbus Circle (similar)

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This dress was so much fun. You can literally tie it in a million different ways!  One shoulder, halter, sleeveless– the options are literally endless!  If you need inspiration go to YouTube and search for “Tart Infinity Dress” and you’ll find 5 minute video of how to tie it!  The only way I cannot figure out how to tie it is the strapless option as it seems like a lot of fabric to tie around your torso!  I chose the one shoulder look for this wedding, but my husband was a fan of the halter look and I was debating the style to wear up until we left for the ceremony.

20130521-093555.jpg I completely forgot to get a picture of the reception room– it was so beautiful with pink and white peonies, candles and pearls at every table!  My vintage clutch felt like it fit in perfectly with the bride’s love for vintage style.  They also had a really amazing band— first wedding I’ve ever attended where there was a band!  I went home at the end of the night exhausted, which was definitely a sign of great music, dancing and overall a ton of fun!  Can’t wait for the next wedding!

The Hat!

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I was so busy having fun at the wedding this weekend that I completely forgot to take pictures of my hat!  I had visions of a black hat, but had such a hard time finding one that I liked.  Instead, I decided to go with a cream colored hat with white coque feathers that I already owned.  I DIY’ed a few hot pink coque feathers that I purchased off Etsy for $5 and voila!  A new hat!  I was able to get it to Pittsburgh and back in my suitcase without an issue, although its a little squished on one side!  It was a beautiful, sunny day– making the hat both fashionable and functional!

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Weekend wear

I have been seriously crushing on this drop sleeve striped shirt from Old Navy.  I first saw it on Jessica of Bows & Sequins and then again on Glitter Guide.  After that, I had to march on over to my own Old Navy to take a look for myself.  Turns out not only were they on sale for $8, but also under a buy one, get one free sale!  I picked up the black/white striped shirt as well as this taupe/white one.

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Shirt: Old Navy / Jeans: J.Crew / Belt: GAP – old (similar) / Bag: Dooney & Bourke (similar) / Booties: Bass – old / Watch: Michael Kors

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We had a nice low-key weekend.  On Saturday I took a trip to the outlets and then had dinner with my in-laws at a really neat restaurant that used to be an old church, Holy Grail in Epping, NH.  All of the menu items had really creative names like “Saintly Seafood” and “Papal Pasta”.  Their bar could use a little work– first place ever that I had to describe what was in a gin Gimlet.  On Sunday we went to the Bruins game— they won the game and had a really great ceremony for all the first responders and public safety officials.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Brunching In

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This past weekend my husband and I went out for brunch before a day full of running errands.  It’s fun to go out for breakfast every once in a while, but sometimes a girl just wants to stay home in her pajamas!  For days like that, I have to tap into my culinary skills to whip up something at home that is restaurant worthy.

For the best at-home pancakes and waffles, I turn to Stonewall Kitchen and their Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix.  The malted flour gives the waffles and pancakes a delicious vanilla flavor which is unlike any other mix I have tried.  If I know the day before that I want to stay in, I use a trick that I learned in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook to make the mix even better—I will make the batter the night before and leave it to sit in the refrigerator overnight.  I’m not sure of the exact science behind it, but I find that my pancakes taste even better when the batter is made the night before.

Will you try making some pancakes or waffles this coming weekend?  Or how about breakfast for dinner?  Just don’t forget the syrup!  Real maple syrup, that is!

PS. My sunglasses above are House of Harlow! xx