Just for Fun
October 10, 2018

Three DIY Pumpkins

As a creative individual, I love crafting and DIYs. I also love fall (it’s my second favorite season, and the only reason that it isn’t my first is because it means that winter is coming). So put these two things together, and I am in my element. I did some research and found three easy DIY pumpkins for this fun time of year!

  1. Design Fixation’s DIY Rainbow Confetti Pumpkin: Faith successfully combined pumpkins and with one of culinary’s masterpieces: the Funfetti cake. I’m in! Super easy, this tutorial requires minimal supplies and is super chic.

2. Floral Pumpkin: My mom and I made this a couple of years ago. We scooped out a pumpkin and  used styrofoam to hold the flowers in place-but you could also secure the flowers with a can (vase) in a carved out pumpkin.

3. The Lilac Press’s Metallic Pumpkins: I love how Leigha incorporated these metallic colors into her designs, particularly how she painted the stems. I also love how she used the natural orange of the pumpkin to incorporate into her chevron pattern.

How will I decorate my pumpkins this year? The verdict is still out. Another one of my favorites? Lauren Conrad’s flower cutie from a few years back.

Are you doing any fun fall DIYs right now?

Just for Fun
October 4, 2018

Top Three: October 2018

Happy fall, friends! Summer is my favorite season, but I am happy fall is in the air. I have commenced drinking PSLs and am ready for what the season has in store.  How about you? Are you ready for fall or hanging on to summer? Here are the Top Three things that I am looking forward to this month!

  1. New York, New York! I spent some time interning in New York after college, and haven’t been back since 2015. I will always hold my NYC memories close, and a trip there is a trip down memory lane! Thanks to Danielle, I won a ticket to Well Summit this weekend! I have heard such good things about this conference, and cannot wait to connect with all the bloggers there.
  2. Fall: September is always a transition month for fall, but by October, fall is in full swing! I just went apple picking this past weekend, so I am totally in the fall mode. Give me pumpkin everything! We are so lucky to live in New England, where we get a real fall, complete with the perfect foliage.
  3. Halloween: Other than Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I just wish we would get trick-or-treaters at our apartment. I can’t wait to try out some fun DIY crafts while watching “Hocus Pocus.” This year, I am going to watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for the first time.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Style & Beauty
September 21, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard Wedding Guest Look

Fall is almost here, and what a perfect time for a wedding! I am headed off to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend for a friend’s nuptials and wanted to share my wedding guest look. As seen in my last post, I have been into jumpsuits lately! I feel like they appropriately elongate my figure and are super flattering!

I first saw this BCBGeneration jumpsuit at a local boutique, decided to think about it overnight, and much to my dismay, returned the next day to find my size sold! Moral of the story: Buy it when it’s love at first sight. Luckily, I searched online and found the identical jumpsuit from Nordstrom Rack. Hooray! It is now sold out on Nordstrom Rack, but available here.

The jumpsuit fits true-to-size and fits me like a glove. The blueish-slate color is a great transition into fall. I just love the ruffles! Oh, and it has pockets! I am so looking forward to sporting this outfit this weekend on the Vineyard. What sights do you guys suggest that I see?

Oh, and before I forget! A few Instagram followers have asked about my shades. Let me tell you. . . They are from Unicorn Eyewear, If you use code ‘UNICORN20’, you can get 20% off your order. I opted for the ‘Venus’ in Gold/Pink. Happy shopping!

Style & Beauty
September 3, 2018

One Last Look at Summer

As I write this, it is Labor Day! I wanted to revisit one of my favorite summer looks. I have gotten into jumpsuits recently, as I feel there are very flattering. Did you read my girl Fashology’s post on how to transition a jumpsuit?

I have another fun jumpsuit look coming up that I plan to wear to my friend’s fall wedding, as this one screams summer. It was one of my favorite summer purchases and I will be sad to soon pack it away with my summer clothes. I am looking forward to fall, but still not ready for it with these high temps! Have you gotten a PSL yet?

This jumpsuit from LC Lauren Conrad is currently on clearance for under $30 if you are lucky enough to be a size 12 or 14). I paired it with the bag of the summer and these LC Lauren Conrad heels. I just love the ruffles on the top and the wide leg look. What were your favorite summer looks? Let me know on via @busyasabee on Twitter or Instagram.

Style & Beauty
August 5, 2018

Sloane & Ivy: Anniversary Sale

Sloane and Ivy

If you have read my blog posts or looked at my social media, you’ll know that I am a fan of the Wellesley boutique, Sloane and Ivy. Well, owner Kate, just celebrated a year in business and to celebrate, part of the collection is marked 30% off (including sale items!) with code “WILDONE.” Read on to see what I am admiring from the sale!

  1. How gorgeous is this Naples Dress? I just love the ruffles neckline and the straps are adjustable! It would look perfect with my LC Lauren Conrad heels for my September wedding! Due do the exciting neckline, I would pair this piece with statement earrings, simple bracelets and a clutch.
  2. This dress is easy…just like summer living. Kate suggests throwing on a pair of flip flops or pairing it with some sneakers-easy errand-running outfit. What I love about this brand-n.Philanthropy-is that it gives back 10% of proceeds to ASCPA and LA Children’s Hospital.
  3. Remember the joggers that I modeled from this post? I fell in love with them! The navy pair is part of the Anniversary Sale! Anti-wrinkle and machine-washable, they require minimal care. Pair them with a pair of heels for going out to dinner (like I did) or pair them with sneakers for a day time look.
  4. Another great wedding guest dress! I just love the subtle cut-outs in this. The light blue hue would not only be great for a summer wedding, but pair it with some flip flops and a hat for a more casual look.
  5.  I recently purchased this dress and am already looking forward to wearing this elegant, feminine piece to for holiday cocktail parties. I plan on pairing it with a pair of colored heels for a little bit of a POP with an LBB
  6. A good pair of sunnies is something worth investing in, because you were them so much year-round. I love the pink tint of these sunnies with the bar on the top of these. 

 

What looks are you shopping right now?

Style & Beauty
July 24, 2018

Product Review: Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops

Recently, I went to two weddings two weekends in a row, and so decided to get a spray tan. Unfortunately, the spray tan was completely streaked on my legs. In a panic, I was on the search for an at-home product to balance out my tan. I stopped into one of the few places that any girl in my position would: Sephora.

I explained I wasn’t looking for a deep tan, but just a glow to balance out my previous faux pas. I was directed to the Isle of Paradise products. “Vegan Friendly, Cruelty Free and Organic,” these sprays and drops can be applied to the body or face. I went with the drops, because they were a lower price point.

First, like any self-tanner, you must exfoliate. Then, apply the drops to your moisturizer. I just added the drops to some Jergens (which maybe if I had faithfully used, I wouldn’t have found myself in this predicament!) and my Clinique lotion.

Overall, the drops fixed my botched look. It’s true I said I wanted a light glow, but I would have liked a bit deeper of a tan. I suppose I should have gone for the green bottle if that was what I wanted. It’s possible the spray would have been easier to apply, as well. I missed a few spots on the back of my legs. Even though it fixed the streakiness of my spray tan, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this product and am still on the hunt for the right one!

 

Do we have any self-tan fans here? What products do you suggest?

Style & Beauty
July 13, 2018

My Summer 2018 Wardrobe Picks

Every season is a new opportunity to re-evaluate one’s closet. We are now past the 4th of July, so we are well into summer!  Fall will be here before we know it! I recently had Gigi of Fashology helped me edit out my closet, so I have a good idea of what is needed in my wardrobe. Read on to see my picks for the season!

2018 pics

  1. I am LOVING the “A New Day” brand from Target. I recently got some Gucci slide dupes from them and spotted these beauties! These satin slides are a fun color (they also come in navy or yellow) and the perfect way to slightly dress up any casual sundress look!
  2. A Denim Jacket: This is a closet staple, and I am in dire need of one! I recently saw a blogger link their LIKEtoKNOW.it to this steal from Old Navy. The jacket is a Best Seller and rings in at only $36.99!
  3. Straw bags seem to be all the rage this year. They are like an upgrade on Nantucket baskets! I particularly love this one from Francesca’s that is a no-fuss crossbody bag!
  4. Tis’ the season for graphic tees! And I am loving these ones from LC! The LCLaurenConrad brand from Kohl’s features some fun, summery graphic tees at some great prices! Pair these with denim shorts for running errands or white jeans and wedges (or #1 satin slides) for a casual dinner look.
  5. I recently went to my high school reunion and one of my classmates was wearing yellow and I fell in love with the color! It is bright and cheery-just like summer! I recently wore this Yellow Crochet Lace Dress from Femme Boutique Boston to a friend’s wedding.
  6. This is the bag of the summer! I was searching high and low for a dupe of the Cult Gaia Ark Bag and found this one from Amazon (thanks once again to LIKEtoKNOW.it!) I plan on wearing it to all of my summer events!
Style & Beauty
June 28, 2018

Out with the Old, In with the New

We may be well into summer, but recently I did some spring cleaning. As I am moving in September, I am trying to declutter as much as possible. To be honest, I still hadn’t given my closet a good clean-out since college. Part of the reason is that I was dreading trying things on, in case they didn’t fit anymore. I just kept putting the process off.

I knew my friend Gigi of Fashology did wardrobe consulting and styling. After seeing a recent presentation of hers at Sloane & Ivy on dressing for your body type, I decided Gigi would be a great person to support me and help me edit out my wardrobe.

Gigi of Fashology

Gigi of Fashology

Gigi came over and we started off by going off what I thought my wardrobe was missing. We would later confirm my wardrobe deficients by going through every piece in my closet. We started off by going through my jeans. There were some no-longer trendy jeans that I had honestly forgotten all about (remember those leopard Current/Elliot jeans that everyone had a few years back?). While going through my jeans, Gigi gave me the courage to throw away some jeans that technically fit but I just don’t feel comfortable in anymore. Gigi made the point to me throughout our consultation not to “wear or purchase anything that doesn’t make you feel amazing. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’ll show. You should wear things that make you feel beautiful & confident because you are.” How sweet is she!?!?

In the end, I donated 5 bags of items! In addition to the jeans, I also threw away a lot of “going out” tops from college that really just don’t fit my lifestyle anymore. I would definitely recommend Gigi’s services and if you haven’t already, donate to her iFundWomen campaign!

Just for Fun
May 28, 2018

Top Three: Summer 2018

Top Three Summer

I haven’t done the Top Three series in a while! Given the Memorial Day Weekend #MDW and the kickoff of summer, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to pick it back up! I am cheating a little bit by doing it for the entire summer, but it seems a little silly to do it for each month, as the summer really melds together! So MDW to Labor Day, here are the Top Three items that I am looking forward to!

  1. Summer Weddings: This is probably what I am most excited about this summer! I have two weddings to go to this summer, and one in the early fall. Locations? Clayton, NY (on the St. Lawrence River); Portsmouth (near Newport), RI and Martha’s Vineyard. I have never been to the Thousand Islands and haven’t been to Portsmouth/Newport, RI or Martha’s Vineyard in years!
  2. Travel: This is a bit in conjunction with #1, but I am hoping to do some local travel this summer! My parents live in the Cape, so that is always a given. But also, I look forward to my college reunion this weekend, and later bringing up bae to show him around Saratoga Springs (where I went to college) on our way to the wedding in Clayton, NY. I would also love to make it to ACK this summer and look forward to some lake time at Lake Winnipesaukee (where bae is from).
  3. Apartment Search: As much as it is a pain, I am looking forward to FINDING a new apartment. I have been at my current one for two years and recently made a BIG decision to move in with bae. Currently, we are on the hunt! Once we do settle and find a place, I plan to decorate it more than I ever have with any other apartment and make it a home (seriously, I have had framed pictures sitting in my current apartment that I just never put up)!
Style & Beauty
April 26, 2018

It’s all in the Details: Sloane and Ivy Look #2

Recently, I saw blogger Emily Duncan modeling Sloane & Ivy’s Blackpool skirt and knew that I had to have it. The Blackpool skirt has such intricate details that truly make it one-of-a-kind! And for $58, this piece’s price cannot be beat!

The Blackpool Skirt is made by Styled by London. This designer runs a little small, so wearers may need to go up a size. For me, it sits more on the waist, rather than the hips. Kate, Owner of Sloane & Ivy, tries to curate pieces that are washer-friendly and this skirt is machine cold wash. How awesome is that!? Like n: Philanthropy, a portion of the  proceeds from this top go to a good cause, the LA Children’s Hospital.

What I love about this skirt is all of the colors; it allows for the wearer to play around with all different types of tops and accessories. I love the white flowy off-the-shoulder top that the model is wearing in the picture. I went with the Medfield Tank in black, since the skirt featured enough colors and then threw on the Soho Jean Jacket for a more casual look and to add just a little bit of color. For accessories, I added a necklace from What’s Your Sign Baby by Alyson Adelman – Wells. Sloane and Ivy currently has a selection of pieces from the collection.

The boots are Diane von Furstenberg from many years ago. Here are some similar ones.

Be sure to check out Sloane and Ivy’s spring wardrobe! What pieces are you adding to your wardrobe for spring?

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