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?

Style & Beauty
March 13, 2018

Joggers: Sloane & Ivy Look #1

Recently, I paid a visit to the suburbs to visit Sloane & Ivy. I have heard such great things about this small boutique, that I had to check it out for myself! I grew up shopping the small boutiques of Wellesley, so  I am always excited to check out a new establishment! While I was there, I got to try on some outfits and different looks. This jogger look was my favorite.

The top that I am wearing is EXCEPTIONALLY cozy. It is called The Needham Top and is linked here. I usually wear a small in tees, but the medium size allowed me to create a front knot look. I love little details that jazz up a basic tee shirt, such as the distressed look on the collar of this tee. I decided to forego a necklace because of these details. The top is made by n:Philanthropy, a great brand that boosts cozy basics and donates 10% of proceeds to pediatric cancer research and animal welfare charities.

As for the pants, they are my most recent obsession. They come in black, which I modeled, but also navy. Even better, they’re machine washable and anti-wrinkle! I paired my blue suede shoes (pun intended) with these joggers to dress up the look. It would look super cute with a clutch to finish off the outfit.  Kate, owner and buyer of Sloane & Ivy also recommended a more dressed-down look with a pair of adidas.

If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe, you should pay Kate a visit at Sloane & Ivy at 22 Church Street in Wellesley! Additionally, Kate offers The Ivy Box. Here is how it works: You fill out a quick survey for your stylist to fill out. Sloane & Ivy will pack you a box (free shipping) containing six clothing pieces and send it directly send to your house. You keep what you want, and if you like all six items, you will receive 10% off. In terms of sending back, a pre-paid label is provided. How easy it that?

Special thanks to Kate of Sloane & Ivy for allowing me to model her beautiful clothing! Also! TODAY ONLY! If you use code SUNNYDAY, you’ll receive 20% off orders of $150 or more, as well as a $50 gift card if you spend $500!

Style & Beauty
February 3, 2018

Feeling “Pink Pleated” this Valentine’s Day: Femme Boutique Boston Look #3

As I am writing this, I just learned that Phil saw his shadow. You know what that means. .  . More sweater weather. Fashology and I had a lot of fun shooting with Femme Boutique Boston towards the end of last year and I have been itching to show you this “Pink Pleated” look for some time! The pink is perfect for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) this month. And the best part?! The back!! I just love the delicate, feminine details of the bow and the pleats. What’s awesome about this piece is that it’s lightweight, so it can easily transition into spring. It is now is marked down from $59 to $20! Femme Boutique Boston offers great prices on all types of pieces and their inventory is constantly changing. Spend $75 or more to take advantage of free shipping!

Feminism/ Health
January 16, 2018

Upcoming Event: STRIKE for Vanessa

STRIKE for Vanessa

You may remember that I wrote about the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation back in August of last year. This Sunday, January 21, the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation is hosting a very special event, STRIKE for Vanessa, at Boston University’s George Sherman Union at 10 AM! The event is nearly sold out and will be attended by over 300 women! STRIKE is a female empowerment and self-defense seminar hosted by celebrity trainer and founder of the Soteria Method, Avital Zeisler.  The Soteria Method is a form of exercise and self-defense that has been featured in Glamour, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, “Good Morning America” and more.

Zeisler is an incredibly inspirational and impressive figure who is the perfect person to lead an event in Vanessa’s honor. Zeisler is not only a self-defense/exercise instructor, author and speaker, but also a survivor. In her Ted X Talk, she discusses her own experience.

I hope that you join me at the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation’s first STRIKE for Vanessa event this Sunday, January 21 at Boston University’s the George Sherman Union! To learn more about the event’s background, be sure to read this blog post by Vanessa’s friend and roommate, Leah. The event is almost sold out, so don’t delay getting your tickets here!

Style & Beauty
December 24, 2017

A Festive Holiday Look

Merry Christmas Eve to all who celebrate! Perhaps you are taking a break from shopping or wrapping Christmas gifts. It can be a super busy time of year, but try to enjoy the holidays! Despite the craziness, I recently got to spend some time in Chatham earlier this month. While there, I got to wear this gorgeous Sail to Sable Keyhole Sleeveless Dress in Black from Shift Stores and check out the beautiful Christmas decorations at the Chatham Bars Inn. I absolutely love this dress! It fit like a glove and is perfect for the holiday season! You can check it out at the Shift Chatham location (open until January 3) or the Mashpee location (open year-round)! How will you be celebrating this holiday season?

 

 

*This gorgeous dress was provided by Shift Stores. All views and opinions are my own.

 

Style & Beauty
November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday: Femme Boutique Boston Look #2

I hope that everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! We are officially into the holiday season! That means lots of festivities and shopping!

Today marks Cyber Monday, so I wanted to share my second look from Femme Boutique Boston. They have two physical spaces, but also an awesome website! For the remainder of the month, if you use code ‘BUSYASABEE25’ you’ll get 25% off of your order!

I absolutely love this cozy sweater and just look at the awesome details on the sleeves! Camel is a great basic color to have in your wardrobe. I also can NEVER turn down a good blanket scarf.  I love the deep red and orange hues in this one! Happy Shopping!

Are you planning on grabbing any Cyber Monday deals?

Style & Beauty
November 15, 2017

Femme Boutique Boston Look #1

Recently, I got the chance to model some of Femme Boutique Boston’s fun fall clothing with Gigi of Fashology! The store has two pop-up shops; one in Wakefield and the other in Wenham, as well as an extensive online store!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (ahhhh next week!). I look forward to going to my parents in the Cape, relaxing and catching up with family.  My two favorite things about Thanksgiving are a) planning what I am going to wear and b) planning a stellar tablescape (got any good ideas?).

This first outfit that I modeled has FALL written all over it to me. Just look at the colors in this peplum blouse! I love the fun bell sleeves! Another thing I loved about this outfit were these leggings! They are super stretchy, comfortable and perfect for Thanksgiving. I love the moto vibe. I am a size 4 and wore a medium, due to my height. They also are in stock in burgundy and olive.

If you shop on Femme Boutique Boston’s website through the month of November, you can receive 25% off of your purchase with the code ‘BUSYASABEE25.”

Thank you so much to the folks of Femme Boutique Boston for allowing me to model their beautiful clothing!

Health
November 8, 2017

My PAO Journey

Recently, the two-year anniversary of my hip surgery passed. I have referred to my hip surgery in a few of my posts, but have failed to explain it in depth until now.

When I was a teenager, I went to a podiatrist who advised me to use inserts in my sneakers, due to over pronation in my feet. In my college years, I experienced pain in my right knee. I was told I had “runner’s knee” by a doctor (which is ironic, because I wasn’t a runner, largely due to the pain in my knee) and sent with a script for physical therapy. I fit in physical therapy whenever I could during my busy college schedule, and I finally felt like it was making a difference during my last semester.

Shortly after the Holidays and my unofficial graduation (I graduated mid-year), it was off to New York City for a dream fashion internship. One of the things that I love about New York is that is is such a walkable city. This is where I first noticed pain in my hip. I would notice it after climbing multiple flights of stairs (I always make myself take the stairs instead of the elevator) or walking many blocks in shoes other than my inserted sneakers and it really aggravated my hip.

I ignored the problem for a while, hoping that it would go away. But it just got worse. In 2014, I found myself in a chiropractor’s office. He instructed me to go get an x-ray done on my hip. Once he took a look at the x-rays, he told me I had hip dysplasia. Basically, my right hip never grew into its socket 100%; a condition that I was born with.

The chiropractor referred me to another doctor. He took a look at my x-rays, and prescribed physical therapy and injections. The physical therapy really didn’t help and the injections only relieved some of the pain for a few days. Given this was an anatomic structure issue, continuing with physical therapy wasn’t going to fix the pain. Thus, this doctor sent me to Dr. Millis at Children’s Hospital (yes, even though I am in my late twenties).

After looking at my x-rays, Dr. Millis said that surgery was basically my only option. I already had signs of arthritis starting in my hip. The surgery he was talking about was periacetabular osteotomy. Basically, they would cut into my pelvis, twist it, put screws in and wait for the bone to grow back. I am lucky to be a Bostonian; there are two surgeons here who do the surgery. Only about 6-12 doctors in the country perform this surgery.

Given my level of pain, I knew that I had to get this surgery; there wasn’t really a decision to be made. I scheduled the surgery for October 8, 2015. I was actually excited to get the surgery done, because I wanted relief from the pain. I would have to move home with my parents for the initial recovery.

My mom picked me up in the early early morning of October 8. It was a Thursday. I had to pack for the month that I would be staying with my parents. I remember getting some well wishes texts from friends before the surgery. Obviously, in pre-op, they gave me anesthesia. When I woke up, my parents were there. I just remember being incredibly thirsty when I woke up. I was then transported into a private room at the hospital; I got lucky. The room had all the TV shows I could ever want and even Playstation. The only time I was in pain while there Friday night; I remember almost crying from the sharp pain in my hip.

These were the screws that were in my pelvis and eventually removed.

I was supposed to be on crutches for about five months, but it ended up being twice that, as it took my body an abnormally long time to heal.  Those ten months were extremely challenging and I was basically on my own for the last 9 months of it. I had some friends help me out here and there, but without my parents or a spouse, the littlest tasks were really difficult. I couldn’t grocery shop (thank God for Instacart), do laundry, clean my room, climb more than a few stairs,  take public transportation and even getting together with friends was a challenge. Any physical activity was out of the question. Just going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I would have to grab my crutches. Making meals was a challenge; I would hop around, trying not to put any weight on my right leg. I didn’t realize how hard little things like this would be.

For a while, I was permitted to use one crutch; this put me in kind of a weird limbo. Yes, I was recovering, but not at the rate that I was hoping to. Things in my life felt very stagnant at this point; I felt like my life was on hold. Though I had friends help me here and there; it was really challenging having my parents two hours away. My mother did come up for all of my doctor appointments and come help me with a few times with grocery shopping and laundry.

Every appointment I had, I was desperately hopeful to be cleared off of my crutches. Those ten months of my life were extremely challenging, but I did get a few things out of it. I got some time off from work, spend time with my parents, (I stayed with them the first month after surgery),  catch up on my TV shows (and discover some new ones) and most of all….Start “Busy as a Bee!” In terms what I got out of it mentally and emotionally, it taught me resilience and patience.

How is my hip now? I have days where it hurt, but it is significantly better than it was before the surgery. It doesn’t randomly click that it used to. I hurt my hamstring trying to get back into working out, and that hasn’t been the same since. In an ideal world, I would be going to physical therapy twice a week and trying to strengthen my core (hey, I’m trying!). Sadly, I probably won’t be able to do yoga as intensely as I used to. I won’t be able to be a runner (given the impact). But the alternative was arthiritis and constant pain. I have forever grateful to Dr. Millis for improving my quality of life.

 

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