Ivoryton

If the background of the photo didn't clue you in, this is what I wore a couple weekends ago to see "Once" at the Ivoryton Playhouse. I love seeing live performances, and there is something very special about how small and intimate the Ivoryton is. There is not a bad seat in the house, no squinting from the cheap seats, just getting to feel swept up in the performance.

I know that NYC and Broadway are a quick train ride from me, but Connecticut has quite a bit to offer, as long as you've got the mindset of the small town scene. Dinner after the show was across the street at the Ivoryton Tavern and Cafe, where the floor boards are creaky, the menu is anything but adventurous, but the food is tasty, and if you grab a seat at the bar, chances are you'll be sitting next to one of the actors.

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Scattered Dot Dress Loft
Loafer Pumps Ferragamo via Roundabout similar
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Versailles Earrings  Julie Vos similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Princess Charming" Essie

 



Missteps

I'm going to be honest, my resolve to not shop this month hasn't been going too well. I know, not even two weeks in and I feel like I've already made half a dozen excuses to buy things. It started off innocently enough, I'd been trying to get these sandals from Target since August but every size I tried wound up too big. I finally settled on a 6.5 wide, and for reference I usually wear an 8.

Then I got invited to the opening of a new Boscov's Department store, and since I had gift card money to shop with, I did... but ended up spending more than I had.

Next I tricked myself into ordering another Goody Box from ThredUP; it hasn't arrived yet, but it would take a great deal of willpower to not keep anything.

Finally I placed an order with Zara for a rust colored bodysuit. I happened to see it on another blogger and it was EXACTLY what I had been looking for, and once again, willpower crumbled.

I suppose if I've learned anything from all the self-help books I've read, it's that I shouldn't let today's failure dictate tomorrow's failure. Everyday is a new chance to start fresh, and try to stay on the path I want to be on. Ultimately I want to be a person who buys new clothes and doesn't feel rife with guilt, but rather enjoys those things, and doesn't let them hang unworn forever. (Which I kinda do.)

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Dress Marc by Marc Jacobs thrifted similar
Black Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
 Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx




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Seasons Change

I know so many people relish the fall season. I never quite get it, I'm too fixated on the thought that the leaves are dying, the days are getting shorter, and my bare shoulder days are numbered. The seasons always change though. We cycle through, and I should spend more time appreciating what I have than worrying about what I'm losing, and not wishing all the months away just to get to spring again.

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Scalloped Cami J.Crew Factory
Suede Culottes Old Navy similar
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Springbok Clutch Oliveve c/o Shopbop similar
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
Evil Eye Necklace c/o Belcho
 Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Emma" Ray-Ban




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Fall Closet Refresh for Less

Thank you BJ’s Wholesale Club for sponsoring this post. 

Even as the most devoted summer lover, I know it can't last forever, and inevitably the pull of the new fall fashions will have me craving leather jackets and dark neutrals.

Feeling compelled to buy a new wardrobe each season is probably one of my bigger downfalls, but one I can always justify by finding the best deals. Deals which are sometimes in places I would least expect, like BJ's Wholesale Club, my new one-stop shopping destination for fall apparel. Normally I love shopping there to fill my cart with discounted Lindt chocolate bars, massive bags of Bark Thins, and jars of chocolate covered almonds (clearly I have my priorities when it comes to bulk shopping). However when I went into the apparel section of my local BJ's, I found myself giving a second glance to the amazing prices, quality, and brand names I have always known and liked.

For me, the number one fall accessory is a leather jacket. I know I probably have too many at this point, but what is one more? Especially when it's only $25. Naturally this is a vegan option, but I loved all the detailing, especially the knit panels which will come in handy when layering over a thick sweater. For now, I snagged this perfect little black dress by Kenneth Cole Reaction for $17, which is over 75% off the MSRP. This dress is just the kind of piece I love to have when I don't know what to wear - it's not fussy, can be easily dressed up or down, and has pockets. While I was at BJ’s, I poured through the piles of denim and trousers - lots of legging styles, tons of sizes, I even noted some of the jeans were offered in short and tall inseams.

Additionally, there were accessories options such as shoes and purses. When I spotted this charging wallet for $11 I knew it was coming home with me. No matter how much they improve phone technology, there always seems to be a struggle to get through a day of travel without my phone's battery hovering around 10%, plus the slim shape and practicality of a wallet made this a must have. Having a fully charged phone meant I could text my mom and see if she if needed any groceries. Being able to pick up organic milk, cage free eggs, baby spinach, and a huge hunk of pecorino romano meant saving my mom a trip to the grocery store so that we'd have time to watch a movie together - and devour all that chocolate I mentioned earlier.

Finally I headed to the shoes, with the thought that my favorite black flats might be nearing the end of their lives, I tried on these black loafers by Jones New York the moment I spotted them. They have a nice padded insole, and easily proved worthy of a day of walking. At only $25 I could consider grabbing them in the cognac color as well.

Before I left to head home, I used the opportunity to fill up my gas tank, as BJ's members can save from 10 to 20 cents a gallon on gas. I also checked out the Hallmark cards, which are discounted a dollar off their list price and found Halloween cards for my nephew and niece. With discounts like these, and so many more, my membership can easily save me up to $500 a year on things I'd need to buy anyway.

I had such a successful shopping trip at BJ's because of the unbeatable value and assortment of apparel, from outerwear and accessories to footwear. I'm really excited about my new fall clothes, and I still feel really impressed with the total on my receipt - even considering everything else I bought. Because I don't want to keep these savings all to myself, anyone who decides to sign up for a BJ's membership using my referral link here will get a $25 gift card!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Black Dress Kenneth Cole Reaction c/o BJ's
Faux Leather Jacket Sebby Collection c/o BJ's
Black Loafers Jones New York c/o BJ's
Charging Wallet Adrienne Vittadini c/o BJ's

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Peaks of the Week


I know I haven't written a 'peaks' post in a few weeks, but I kind of felt like I was waiting for some things to accumulate. A single week of my life just doesn't have that much interest. Though I have been trying to keep busy!

When I found out Aziz Ansari was going to be in New Haven I bought a ticket. I then had to stand out in torrential rain for over an hour waiting to get in. Overall his set was okay, but the biggest punch line was dependent on knowing who the hell Migos is. (I don't.)

I also went to a Girls Night Out hosted by The Shops at Yale, which was a good excuse for me to go to J.Crew but not buy anything because I was too busy stuffing my face with cheese and crackers. After the event wrapped up my friend and I shared a 'romantic' dinner at Harvest. Seriously, if you are in CT and haven't had dinner outside at Harvest New Haven, you are missing out. The place is just a bit magical, there were lights, live music, old movies being projected on the wall, and of course yummy food.

The previous weekend I went to see "Once" at the Ivoryton Playhouse. I love going to small venues for live performances, it's easy to just feel so immersed in the production, and "Once' was quite beautiful, and very emotional. I've actually never seen the movie, but perhaps now I will.

Last weekend I attended Meg's wedding reception, and you should check out all her wedding posts this week!

❥ Clothes are meant to be tailored, which is why everything looks better on TV.

❥ If you enjoy lentils, make this dish! (I didn't do it vegan per the recipe, but goodness it was so delicious!)

❥ I love the simplicity of this silk button front cami. Grab it now for 30% off!

❥ Even if I should be thinking about fall fashion, I love this look.

❥ Leopard is in every fall, but it really seems to be having a moment right now. This shirtdress is the cat's meow.

❥ I know I'm not shopping this month, but yay or nay on this cami?

❥ A DIY Japanese knot bag needs to be in my future - I saw one in burgundy velvet and was smitten.

❥ Cucumbers aren't supposed to go in the fridge. Who knew? Here is a list of everything else we have been storing all wrong.

❥ Remember when Bradley Cooper was on Sex and the City?! Still deciding if I want to see A Star is Born, but this was an interesting piece on Bradley.

❥ This J.Crew blouse is beautiful, and a very different kind of leopard print.

Canal Stroll

These are sadly the last of my California photos, but this was one of my favorite days, as I got to meet up with Jessica of Jeans and a Teacup! We've been following each other forever, and I was so happy we were able to make our schedules work to get together one afternoon.

We went for lunch at The Butcher's Daughter, which is a vegetarian restaurant, and both had Impossible Burgers. I'm definitely in the camp of, I'd rather be a vegetarian, but I do enjoy eating meat, so in that respect those burgers are amazing. The ambiance of the restaurant was lovely, I enjoy the fact that pretty much every restaurant in L.A. has outdoor seating and always take advantage.

Even though it was an overcast day, it was still warm, and perfect to head over to the canals and take outfit photos. I can't complain about even light for photos in the middle of the day, so to that end, the grey skies were convenient.

Because there is never enough coffee, after photos Jessica took me to the cutest little coffee shop/flower shop called Flowerboy Project. It had me wishing I could leave with a bouquet, but I settled for an iced latte.

I must say, L.A. does have its photogenic spots. If only I were closer... Until next time!

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Dress Vineyard Vines via TJMaxx
White Slides Ferragamo via Coco's similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Gold Ball Earrings Kohl's
Necklace "Scottie" LuxbyUK
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx





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