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Snaps from the Weekend and Recently Read

Happy Monday friends! We had a wonderful, albeit wet, weekend here in Boston. Celebrating Sophia's first Passover and Easter was such a treat. I had an extra day with Sophia on Friday. I also forget how much I can get done with having an extra day to the weekend! Before I get into my post, I wanted to let all my Boston friends know that I'm hosting an event at the Loft in Prudential Center this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 PM. If you're local, hope you'll stop by! I went there on Friday to pick out my outfit for the event and also took advantage of the sale - I picked up this fun spring top, my go to work pants & these perfect shorts for summer!
 Blouse // Jeans // Block Heels are old (almost identical pair)
Here's what I've been reading lately!
One in a Million || One word to describe this book - delightful! In our social media obsessed world, it's hard to think of someone that could care less about everything that goes along with being online - this in a nutshell is Sam! Annie could not be more different if she tried, in fact she owns her own social media company. She makes a bet that she can make anyone #InstaFamous in 30 days and that's how Sam and Annie meet. Everyone learns a little something through the experience. It's truly a feel good read!
Nowhere But Here || I'm a fan of Renee Carlino books, but I will say this one was a bit heavy on the cheesy factor! As much as I really enjoyed the journey that Kate was on - it felt a little too Hallmark Movie for me, which I just wasn't expecting. Kate feels alone and when she's sent on assignment to interview the elusive RJ Lawson, tech-boy genius, in Napa, she meets him and Jamie - the jack of all trades at the winery. Kate and Jamie fall pretty hard for one another, but each of them holding something back. 
Hopeless (Kindle Unlimited) || Colleen Hoover does it again! Oh my goodness did this book absolutely shatter me! There were two major twists that I just didn't see coming and not in a thriller sort of way, just in the my mind didn't even go to that place, how is that possible?! Sky is drawn to Holder in a way she's never been to another person, but when she finds out why her entire life will change! While this book is about two high school kids, it's got so much depth that you forget that point quickly! One of my favorite books that I've read in a long time! 
One Plus One || Absolutely LOVED this book! Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer and you can really feel what each character is going through. Jess's life pretty much sucks - her husband isn't in the picture leaving her to fend for their daughter and her step son on her own. Trying to hold down two jobs and find enough time to be there for her kids as well. Ed is a millionaire that made a not so smart choice and is forced to reevaluate his life. Ed decides to do a good deed and drive Jess along with her two kids and ginormous dog to a Math Olympiad. He first rescues them and then they rescue him. I honestly didn't want the book to end - it was such a fantastic read! 
Marriage Vacation || If you're a fan of the show Younger then you know that this book was written into the show and then they actually wrote the book. Kate needs a break and after attending a friends wedding in California sans kids and husband, she decides to get away for a little bit. When that turns into a full fledged marriage vacation, it causes her to really reevaluate where the old Kate went! I will be honest and say that I had the hardest time reading the first few chapters and even stopped for a couple months and then picked it back up. I wish I had powered through the first time because this was a really fun read. If you've never seen the show, then I think you'll still enjoy the book, but having an image in my mind of the characters really helped! 

How was your holiday weekend? Read any good books lately?

Designer Looks for Less | Save vs. Splurge

I love a good deal, I especially love when I find trendier pieces that are almost as good as the designer originals for a fraction of the price. I looked back at this post I did in 2017 and it's crazy that all of those items are still in style! Here are some of my current favorite save vs. splurge pieces!  
  • If you've been on Instagram then you have definitely seen the Gucci belt, but for a fraction of the price, this INC International belt gives off the same vibe! 
  • My absolute favorite shoes to wear in the spring are slip on sneakers. The Steve Madden version come in almost as many colors as the Vince ones. These look so similar, that when I was making the info graphic, I kept putting them in the wrong section!
  • The transparent purse is the "IT" bag for Spring and Summer, but the price of the Staud "Shirley Bag" is a bit too much for such a trendy item. The Top Shop bag is a perfect save option!
  • I will be the first to admit that when I first saw these heart sunglasses I wasn't the biggest fan. My good friend Jackie convinced me that they are pretty perfect and work on just about any face shape. While I love the YSL version, I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on my Sojos version from Amazon!
  • I'm still getting used to the belt bag trend. Gary and I were at Macy's recently and I saw the Steve Madden belt bag. I really loved the color and it reminds me so much of the pricier Gucci one that I decided to give it a try! So far I've only worn it twice but to be fair, the warmer weather is just starting so it'll be easier to wear without a bulky coat! Hands free is the way to be in my opinion! 

Have you found any great looks for less?

Mother's Day Gift Guide

This is going to be my first official Mother's Day and I'm so looking forward to it. While I certainly don't have any gifts in mind, I do know that I want to get my mom something extra special since she's been beyond incredible since she's been here. Here are some of my ideas!
  • As a new mom, anything that can help with the new found baggage under my eyes is welcome. I love Patchology eye gels
  • For the mom that has tons of sunglasses or in the case of my mom - eye glasses, this holder would be a perfect gift!
  • With summer fast approaching, trips are going to be happening more and more frequently. A travel friendly cross body bag is always a great gift! I admit I have my eyes on this one!
  • There is nothing I love more, than sitting down on the couch and flipping through photo books. I've mentioned my love for Chat Books before (referral code linked or use code 7UG33GT7) to get $10 off your first order. I can't tell you how easy it is to make these cute little photo books in a matter of minutes. I know my mom would cherish this gift more than anything else I could get her. 
  • Cozy robe, sign me up and also perfect for anyone that wants to be cozy, even in warmer months. 
  • Of course these hair ties are a bit high priced, but I guarantee your mom would not treat herself to these, so you should!
  • This is actually the one item on my wishlist - I adore this ring and would love to wear it every day! Even though I have a name plate with Sophia's name that I wear every day, I really love the mama necklace too!
  • I have so many lipsticks and glosses, that I have actually put myself on a self imposed ban for the month of April. My mom could not be more different, she rarely buys herself a new lipstick and I love the Charlotte Tilbury collection!

Truthfully, what I'm really looking forward to for my first mother's day is sleeping in, getting a card from Sophia (of course written by daddy!) and some time in the arboretum if it's a nice day!

6 Spring Totes for Work and Play

At this point we all know I'm a bit obsessed with purses - it's my thing and I have accepted it! I carry my Never Full every day and while I love it, for spring and summer I want something brighter to carry around every day. Here are some of the bags on my radar and I'd love to know which one your favorite is because I'm having a hard time deciding which one to buy! I also really like that my Never Full organizer will fit in most of these!
  • Minimalist and a pouch for a little something extra - the green and yellow totes definitely add a punch of color for the warmer months!
  • The most professional looking out of the bunch, this lilac Kate Spade bag would fit all the essentials and has pockets on the inside. The light and airy color really sticks out as a pretty option for spring. 
  • I have wanted a white bag for the longest time and if I wasn't sure I'd get it dirty in 30 seconds flat, this would be my first choice, especially since it's under $80! It also comes with a really interesting detachable pouch. 
  • This Tory Burch bag is probably the closest I will get to owning something similar to the Dior Book Tote. Incredibly roomy and is a bit more structured than the rest of the bags on the list!
  • This is a dupe for the Goyard tote for a fraction of the price and the light blue color is just gorgeous. It also comes with a little detachable coin purse and would definitely fit my organizer that I use in my Never Full. It also comes in 12 colors!

Which one is your favorite? Where do you like to shop for work totes?

Recent Purchases

Happy Monday friends! We had the most beautiful weekend here and we were outside a ton! Pretty sure we have found Sophia's favorite thing - the swings! 

Since the majority of the weekend was spent either outside or sleep training...I thought this would be a great day to share a few of my recent purchases!
I just bought these ballet flats from Target and I think they are going to be perfect to wear with white denim & and also to work! 
I haven't used a primer in a while and when I saw this Physician's Formula one in a magazine and decided to give it a try! I was afraid the illumination would be too much, but it's perfect! If you like to add a highlight to your cheeks, this pretty much does it for you and still comes through if you wear a powder or foundation on top!
I've never used a cleansing balm before, so once again after seeing this one in a magazine I decided to pick it up and I'm a fan! You apply to a dry face (with makeup on) and then it it just miraculously washes the makeup away and then rinsing with warm water it takes it off. I will say it doesn't work on eye makeup, but other than that, works like a charm! 
In desperate need of white jeans, I went to Ann Taylor because I really like the fit of their denim and bought the same style that I have in a darker wash in white! They fit like a glove and aren't see through, which is pretty much the only thing that's really important with white jeans. 
I bought this dress for my trip to Charleston and really just having something to wear on the weekends with a denim jacket and some espadrilles! I have this dress is two colors now and I think it's one of the most flattering pieces of clothing that I wear. Ruched in all the right places! It's currently sold out, but I know it comes into stock pretty regularly! 

I have a few clothing pieces in my cart for an upcoming trip we have to Canada & I'm excite to share those when they come in. Hope you have the best start to the week! Also, inlinkz has changed their website and I'm trying to figure out the link up for weekending!! Hoping to have it back and running next week!