If you're in the area

When you are a blogger in a big city I imagine there are no shortages of fashion related events to attend, however when you are a blogger in Connecticut they are few and far between. So of course ever since I found out South Moon Under is having a grand opening party at their Westport Connecticut location tomorrow night, I've been terribly excited.

I attended their ribbon cutting in March, and the store is beautiful. If you are in the area, it sounds like it's going to be such a fun event! I plan on being there all night, and I would love to know if anyone else can make it. Find the details and invite below, and check out South Moon Under's Facebook page to RSVP!

Now I just need to decide what to wear...

Who: You and your friends! 
What: South Moon Under Grand Opening Party + House of Harlow Trunk Show 
Where: 14 Post Road E., Westport, CT 
When: Thursday May 1st, 6-8pm 
Swag bags for the first 50 guests · 20% off the entire store · Giveaways all night · Benefit Cosmetics beauty bar · Live DJ · Sweet treats and signature cocktails

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Striped Dress Forever 21 similar
White Button Down Loft similar
Cherry Pumps Oh...Deer!
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Crystal Flower Statement Necklace eBay similar exact
Bee Bracelet Target
Opal Ring T Tahari
Sunglasses Ray-Ban "Meteor" c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Naughty Nautical" Essie

Shorts came out

Briefly, there was a day warm enough for shorts, and such a day should always be taken advantage of. These turquoise shorts had found their way into the donation bag, but have now been reinstated. This happens a lot.

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Anchor Bracelet Knotical Knovelites
Knot Bracelet Banana Republic
Bracelet J.Crew similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Bow Midi Ring Gift similar
Sunglasses Ray-Ban "Meteor" c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "No Place Like Chrome" Essie

Beso, Koss, Hon

During my recent little shopping spree at J.Crew Factory I took home the "Kiss Kiss" tee, and wore it the very next day.

Graphic tees may be my new obsession, right up there with stripes.

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Hexagon Cuff Bracelet Line and Label similar
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Mini Punk Princess Bracelet CC Skye c/o Linger Rose
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban "Meteor" c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "No Place Like Chrome" Essie

Reviewed: Leather Honey leather conditioner

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It was a rough winter. Lots of snow, which meant lots of salt and Me, only wearing my snow boots when completely necessary, gave all my leather boots quite a beating.

Scratches, scuffs, and the salt - I have learned the hard way, you must clean the salt off your leather boots as soon as you get home because it eats away the leather, leaving wavy lines and ridges.

Leather Honey is a chemical free leather conditioner designed to soak into the leather's pores and give back moisture and flexibility. It also creates a water repellent barrier, and helps resist mildew. A family owned company, Leather Honey has been made in the USA for over 45 years. In addition to the conditioner, they also sell a leather cleaner, and both products can be used on all types of leather except suede.

When I was contacted by Leather Honey, I was eager for a chance to try out their product. My boots were in desperate need of some TLC after this winter.

I mixed up half a cup of the leather cleaner concentrate, and this was more than enough to tackle my three pairs of boots. They were already looking better. The labeling suggests that you should test the product on a small area first, I didn't bother with the boots, but I did have an experiment in mind; could the leather cleaner get the pen marks off my red Coach bag?

I tested a small area under the flap of the bag, and rubbed the ink mark. It would not budge, and the leather did lighten up a bit on the area I rubbed. I was not expecting a miracle and I was okay with the ink marks when I bought the bag, but I will say if you plan to use Leather Honey on colored leather DO test on a discrete area first!

After letting my boots dry for a couple of hours I returned to apply the conditioner. Leather Honey has a smell I would describe as soapy, and as the name implies, has the consistency of honey. I put a little bit on a microfiber cloth and started rubbing it into the leather. During the application it appeared very shiny on the leather, but after letting it sit overnight the appearance became more matte.

Not to my surprise, my highest quality leather boots ended up looking the best after their conditioning, but all three pairs have had luster restored and are looking ready to go for another winter. I tested out the water repellency and the water beaded up and rolled off. The salt damaged leather is less noticeable, and all my boots are nice and soft.

Leather Honey was easy to apply, non-toxic, and made my boots look great. I would definitely recommend this product, and will probably go through my closet and clean all of my leather with it.

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Before Leather Honey

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After Leather Honey (Even the scuff on the toe is a little less noticeable)

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Testing how well they repel water

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Ink mark on the red Coach bag after Leather Honey Cleaner (Minimal effect on the ink, lightened leather)

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Migliorini boots after Leather Honey (Looking Gorgeous!)

Leather Honey provided me with the leather cleaner and conditioner for the purpose of this review. My views and opinions are my own.

Lost and found

Funny story about this scarf. The last time I wore it was in October, and I didn't really think about it again until the spring. It's a silk scarf, it seems totally reasonable that I would not notice it was missing for the five coldest months of the year.

So last month I wanted to wear it again, but when I went to the drawer where I keep it I discovered it wasn't there. I tore my closet and subsequently the house apart searching for it, to no avail. I interrogated my Sister, my Mother, no one had seen it. I resigned to the idea that it was gone forever.

A few days later as I was walking out to my car, a piece of fabric at the end of the driveway caught my eye. I walked over to the dirt covered material and could not believe my eyes. Some neighbors may have heard some very unbecoming expletives. There was the scarf. Though it looked like it had been run over, it was not ripped or damaged, just dirty.

But how did it get there? My Mother thinks it must have been in my car the whole time and just coincidentally flew out the same week I was looking for it. But my car is very clean, and has even been vacuumed since last October; how could I have never noticed it hanging out in the back seat?

I can't explain how it got there, but I'm very happy to have it back.

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Blue Ring c/o TJMaxx similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban "Meteor" c/o TJMaxx

Washed out

Have I mentioned white is my favorite color? Aside from being seasonless and looking good on, and with everything, white makes me feel pretty, and even a little bold, as so many people seem to 'fear' wearing it.

The bright white skirt paired with the washed out chambray shirt was the perfect look for a stroll around downtown New Canaan on a day so warm it could have been mistaken for summer. Wish I could have done a bit more shopping, but the store fronts of downtown New Canaan can only be my reality in outlet form, with a big sale going on.

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White Skirt Jolly Chic via Pink Sole's Giveaway
Sandals Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
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Red Tassels Etsy via RinartsAtelier
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Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Sunglasses Ray-Ban "Meteor" c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "No Place Like Chrome" Essie

Dressing 'simply'

I often find the outfit I have in my head does not translate into real life. I wanted to wear boyfriend jeans, but I wasn't sure about how they looked with the ankle strap on the pump. So I tried every other shoe in my closet, but ended up changing the jeans instead.

I wanted to wear my red blazer, but the sleeves are three quarter and the lace sleeves of the blouse can't be cuffed so they looked silly sticking out. I tried a few other blouses, but then went back to this one and changed to the leather jacket.

Now if only I could have thought of this outfit first.

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Lace Blouse c/o Choies
Jeans Max Studio via TJMaxx
Leather Jacket Gap similar
Leopard Pumps "Okala" Sam Edelman similar $
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay
Gold Hoop Earrings Amazon
Bottle Necklace The Cavernous Jewerly Box
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "No Place Like Chrome" Essie

Pop of mint

No sooner than I brought home this vintage purse, the strap broke. One of the metal clasps just snapped. But after a bit of googling a new set is on it's way to me and I will attempt a repair. Until then I can still carry the bag as a clutch, and navy and grey are still my two favorite colors to pair with mint.

Hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Easter weekend! I certainly did, I baked up a storm with my Mother, making our traditional cookies, cream pie, ricotta pie, and even French macarons with some help from Meg. Sugar overload? Yes, but in such a good way.

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Navy Skirt Gap similar
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Mint Clutch Village Vogue similar
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Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
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