this or that

I can't get enough of rompers. You can throw one on without any thought involved and instantly have the perfect outfit for any warm weather activity. Although I've mostly thought of them as a daytime/casual ensemble, these options in classic black with pretty detailing would be great options for a date night or girls night out. 


Which one is more expensive? Scroll down to see the answer!




The second one is the pricier of the two, ringing in at $108, and would definitely be my choice if this was based purely on style. The way it's cut seems like it would be really flattering and the details on the hem are just so cute. However, the first choice by Forever 21 is both elegant and trendy..and a complete steal at only $22.24. 

Which romper do you like best?

most wonderful time of the year

The holiday season is in full swing and I've been enjoying every moment. Our shopping is all done, and our evenings are being spent watching Christmas movies while sipping cocoa and burning Mulled Cider candles.

Although the classics are watched each year (Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf), I recently discovered The Mistle-Tones on Netflix and have already enjoyed it twice. It's the cutest movie with Tia Mowry playing the main character named Holly. Holly's dream has always been to sing at the mall on Christmas Eve as part of the legendary group that her late mother founded, The Snow Belles. When she isn't chosen to be a part of the Belles, despite a great audition, Holly decides to form her own group and challenge her rivals to a sing-off.


{Red shoes add a festive touch to a simple outfit}

{One of my sweet fur babies enjoying being under the Christmas lights}

{An ornament on our mini tree- It was a gift I gave my husband in 2007, our first Christmas together}

I have a ton of things to look forward to- Ryan's company party next week ( I'm thinking of wearing this dress), cookie swaps, family get togethers, and much more :) Now I'm off to have a lazy Sunday and hope you all are doing the same! xx

new wardrobe additions

Although I've been trying to not go overboard with a complete wardrobe overhaul for every season, it's still fun to add a couple new pieces to the mix to keep things fresh. Here are some pieces that have recently found their way into my closet:

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{Espirit "Belinda" boot via TJMaxx}

Turns out I wasn't ready to bite the LL Bean bullet yet when it comes to  boots. I picked up these beauties pictured above, as well as another pair of more classic duck boots by the brand Khombu, also at TJ Maxx, and the check still came out to under $80.


{Old Navy "Warm Floral Top" tee dress}

These dresses are almost sold out online, which is no surprise since they are under $10 right now! I was pleasantly surprised by how high end they feel. They are stretchy and comfortable, but still have a little structure to them. The fabric is also a bit thicker than I had expected, which is a major bonus!  Look out for these dresses in some outfit posts soon.

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{Faded Glory Women's Tunic-Length Boyfriend Plaid Shirt}

I spotted this shirt when I was shopping at Wal-Mart for some household items and had to have it due to the amazing price and the fact that it will get a ton of use. Because I'm a big fan of wearing leggings, I sized up in this top and it fits great with the longer length. 

Have a wonderful weekend! xo


As I've mentioned, this year I had the honor of being in two of my best friends' weddings. Both occasions were beautiful and filled with love. Today, I wanted to share a couple lovely shots (both brides chose incredible photographers!) from those special days.

Fran's wedding was in late August in Vermont. The flowing, romantic, blush dresses she chose for us epitomized her feminine style. She gave us two styles to choose from- the halter or the strapless with the draping on the side- and although I chose the one with straps, both looks are so pretty. The dresses were from David's Bridal.

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Loved the braided updo her hairdresser gave me.

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

Photo Credit: Sadie Collins

The happy couple!

Kathryn's big day took place in early October at a summer camp in Maine, where many of us stayed for a couple nights before and after the wedding to spend time with the bride and groom. The short, plum colored dress we decided on was an adorable choice and something I will definitely wear again for a holiday party or fancy affair. These dresses were also from David's Bridal.

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

The cozy fireplace we all huddled around throughout the reception.

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

Photo Credit: Prak Photography

The beautiful bride and groom!

In the near future, I'll be doing a  beauty post about Kathryn's wedding. My friend Brenda from Adore Rouge did all of our makeup and it was perfection. She is so talented and if you live in the Portland area and have a special event coming up to get dolled up for, she's your girl!

this or this or that

Last winter I spent my clothing budget frivolously on everything sparkly, pretty, and unpractical, and had to wimp through the snowy season in a pair of imitation Uggs that did not hold up very well. This year, I'm determined to not make the same mistake and plan to put my money towards the items I will actually need to get through another Maine winter. I love the look of duck boots and since I'll be wearing them daily on my work commute, they're a justifiable addition to my wardrobe. 

Guess which pair is more expensive..






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If you're looking for the cheapest option, the first pair by Adriana New York is your pick, ringing in at only $24.99. Next up? The third option by Sperry for $120 is both durable and adorable, and will hold up well in winter storms. Last up is the second choice by LL Bean, the holy grail of duck boots, which cost $139 but will last you forever. 

Which pair do you prefer?

preparing my fall wardrobe

Summer is pretty much over in two weeks (so sad!) and although I plan to soak up every last moment, it's time for me to begin thinking about my fall wardrobe. My favorite parts of autumnal style? Light layers, boots with bare legs, and colors that match the changing leaves!

Here's what I want to be wearing this upcoming season (everything under $50):

{Updated little black dress- less than $12!}

What are you craving for fall?

thank you, firmoo

I've shared my love for the company Firmoo before (see here) and I'll continue to shout it from the rooftops. If you're in the market for stylish new glasses that don't break the bank, you won't find anything better.  My glasses are prescription, but even if I didn't require them, I would still adore the look of a great pair of frames. 

{T-shirt: Old Navy; pencil skirt: TJMaxx; pumps: Enzo Angiolini}

These glasses made me feel chic and dressed up, even when paired with some basic pieces from my closet.  My previous ones from Firmoo are tortoiseshell and I wear them constantly, so it's nice to have this black pair to switch things up.  I'm very impressed with the quality. They feel high end and sturdy, despite the affordable price tag :)

Check out Firmoo!

Firmoo sent me these glasses free of charge. All opinions are my own.

this or that

Summer is all about easy living.. and nothing's easier than a pair of shoes that you can slide on and look chic in at a moment's notice! Mules are having a major moment, and I definitely need to test out this trend, preferably in my favorite print!

Guess which one is more expensive..


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Although the second pair by Jenni Kayne is beyond gorgeous, it's way out of my price range at $425. On sale for $35, the first option by Aldo is a no brainer for me :)

Did you guess correctly?

review: maybelline dream pure bb cream

I promise I haven't forgotten you all! Summers in Maine are so short and I want to enjoy it as much as possible so it's definitely a time when I'll be blogging a bit less, but bear with me :)

Moving on to today's topic- BB cream. I'll always love my Bare Minerals but since my skin is dry, I've been on the lookout for a liquid formula to give me a dewy glow. An additional hurdle is that everything makes me break out so I have to be extra careful about what I put on my face (especially after a very bad experience with Revlon Colorstay last year). 

The solution? Skin clearing makeup! With 2% Salicylic Acid, it actually treats and prevents acne while providing coverage. I picked up Maybelline Pure BB Cream for under $6 last week and couldn't be happier. Having only five color options made me nervous, but the Medium/Deep adjusted perfectly to my olive skin tone and covered every flaw. It even provided more coverage than some of the higher end foundations I've tried. It takes two minutes to slap on, lasts through the entire day with no touch ups (I did not use a primer or setting power/spray with it) and doesn't look cakey or unnatural. It makes you look glowing and healthy. 

My skin has actually gotten clearer since I've begun using this so it will continue to be a part of my morning routine! 

what i wore

Hi loves! Today I wanted to feature a few of my recent work outfits. Clearly, I'm into patterns right now :)  

{Dress: Sunny Leigh; heels: Burberry}

{Button down: Riders by Lee; skirt: Target; flats: Charles by Charles David}

{Jacket: target; dress: H&M}

Hope you're having a wonderful week! xo

little white dresses

The inspiration for this post came from thinking about my friends who are getting married this year. A little white dress is the perfect thing to wear to bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, etc. And for those of us who have already been a bride, or who aren't getting hitched in the near future, a LWD is still a necessity for summer dates and basically any other activity! I have never met someone who didn't look stunning wearing white!

True to LOVE, JOANNA form, these are all under $30, so happy shopping!

{Forever 21- only $12!}

this or that

Stay cool and look chic in a sleeveless printed shift dress. Guess which one is more expensive..


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Although the second choice by Mara Hoffman is pretty, it will cost you a pretty penny at $264. The first option by Vince Camuto rings in (on sale!) at $64.99. The silhouettes are similar, but the prints give off very different vibes, and I adore them both.

Which one do you prefer?

what i wore to work

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today, I thought I would give you a real-life rundown of what I wore to work last week. I'm always curious to know what others wear to their jobs. In case you didn't already notice, I usually don't change bags mid-week so I carry the same purse for the entire work week :) I really should switch it up a bit! Sorry about the poor quality on a couple of these pictures- forgot my camera and had to use my phone.


Have a great day! xx

what i wore

I wore this outfit to work last Friday, when we are allowed to dress a little more casually. It's still pretty cold out, but regardless, I've been enjoying pulling out all of my floral items and embracing spring!

{Dress, worn as a top: Target; jeggings: LC Lauren Conrad; heels: Joan & David; coat: Kate Spade Saturday; purse: Steve Madden}

Did you all have a good weekend? Ryan and I went to see Kingsman on Friday night, which we both really enjoyed. On Saturday, we went out for pizza with my sister and her boyfriend, and then to a brewery in Kittery that everyone has been raving about: Tributary Brewing Company. I'm much more of a white wine person, but a beer every now and then is always a good idea :)

{my sister Judith & me}

Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

what i wore + best lipstick ever

Hi all! Hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Here is an easy, comfy outfit I threw on for a casual work day last week. I picked up these wedge booties (now sold out) recently and they've been my go-to lately to run around in. I'm a little disappointed because I've worn them probably 5 times and they're already showing some major wear. But, you get what you pay for..these were an absolute steal and definitely not made to last. Lesson learned for next time- examine the quality more closely before purchasing! They are super cute though. 

{Coat: Target; button down: Riders by Lee; skirt: Forever 21; booties: DSW; purse: Steve Madden}

This merlot lipstick I'm wearing is my current favorite. I just discovered L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lip Colors, which are advertised to stay put for 24 hours. And it's true! No more reapplying during the day, even after multiple cups of coffee and lunch. They're amazing, and I can't wait to pick up more colors. 

Happy Monday! xx

spring has sprung at target

As you all know, I'm a Target fanatic! I popped in the other day and was pleasantly surprised by all of their adorable warm weather items:

{A Mara Hoffman-esque bathing suit top}

{A flowy, feminine maxi dress that I'd love to wear on a date}

{The perfect top to pair with trousers or a pencil skirt for work}

{A fun mini skirt that I'd wear with a white tee}

{A soft dress that you'll want to live in all summer}

{Strappy nude heels that will match everything}

{Embellished sandals that are practical and pretty}

Since it's still winter here in Maine (it snowed yesterday), I'm going to hold off a little longer and wait for these items to go on sale before deciding what to buy. Have you been shopping lately?

this or that

In the spring and summer, I'm all about easy dresses that look just as chic with nude heels as they do with casual sandals. Although these chambray dresses are very different, I can see either of them being a great addition to my wardrobe when the temperatures rise. 

Guess which one is more expensive..

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If you chose the first one, you're in for a real bargain! This will set you back just $30 from Charlotte Russe, as opposed to the second option from Urban Outfitters that rings in at $124. 

Just wanted to let you all know that I'm changing my posting scheduling to Monday/Wednesday/Friday, rather than every weekday. Hope you all stick with me! XX

recent purchases

Sorry for my unintentional break from posting yesterday! I had a full weekend off and decided to forgo sitting at my computer in lieu of going out for Indian food with Ryan and binge watching The Sopranos. It was awesome, but I missed you all, even for that one day :)

Moving onto fashion. I have been restricting my purchases, but couldn't help picking up a couple of adorable pieces that will carry me into spring. I'm trying to shop my closet more and remix what I already own, so I won't be adding much more than these fun extras!

{Target circle skirt}

After I saw the lovely Heidi from Wishes & Reality wearing this classic black and white circle skirt, I knew it had to be mine! The fabric is nice and thick and I love how structured the skirt is. The floral options are equally as tempting.

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{Chinese Laundry Easy Does It flats}

I had previously ordered these flats in a navy suede, but decided to exchange them for this black and white speckled pair that is more cohesive with the rest of my wardrobe. 

{Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Lovesick}

I swear by these Revlon lip crayons. They stay on for hours, don't dry out my lips, and just work like a dream. I added this bright hue to my arsenal to add a pop of color to any look. 

Have you purchased anything new for spring?