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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Who doesn't love a short work week and what's promising to be a relatively nice weather weekend for us here! We celebrated Gary's birthday with a dinner date at a new restaurant in Boston called Mariel. It's a Cuban restaurant with a very fun Miami vibe! I cannot say enough great things about the food and service - seriously, everything we ate was beyond delicious. All the food is meant to be shared and our favorite was the Fufu Gnocchi, which honestly was one of the best things I've ever eaten!

(Notice all the great toys at our feet!)

They treated us to a glass of champagne since we were celebrating Gary's birthday!
What's in my Amazon Cart?! A few random bits that I'm getting ahead of vacation and also just because. 
 Love this one piece swimsuit and it has fantastic reviews. 
 This dainty necklace hits at the perfect length with the other one I wear every day. 
Bought this ruffle skirt for our trip to Portugal and also for warmer months. Comes in a ton of fun colors. 
Links & Other things
  • I loved this article about how to raise kind kids
  • I tried this nail polish I mentioned last week and 3 coats seemed to have done the trick at not chipping as easily. Also, it lives up to the hype of drying fast! 
  • This was a fun read from The Everymom on a morning routine with 2 kids
  • Our Air Fryer may just be my favorite kitchen appliance - can't wait to try some of these foods from Trader Joe's that are perfectly done in the air fryer. 

In case you missed it I shared some recently read books and spring work wear pieces I'm eyeing! Hope you have the best weekend!

Work Wear Pieces I'm Eyeing

I'm probably in the minority on this, but I really love shopping for work wear. I have more clothes in my closet that I wear for work than what I could wear out on the weekends, but as with anything it's time for a little refresh and I want to liven up some of my skirts, blouses and pants. I work in a business casual environment and like to have a nice rotation of clothes that are bold, but also those that I can get away with wearing for any season. The upside to working in a business casual office is that a lot of my pieces can be worn on the weekends which is a great return on investment for me! I also tend to hold onto clothes probably way past their prime, so here are some of the pieces I'm currently looking at! 

  • The puff sleeve sweater from H&M is one I already own and have paired with both ankle pants and jeans - it's a really great staple for the wardrobe. 
  • I'm really happy that pleated skirts are still in for this year because I already have one in my closet and hope to add this one soon. 
  • Dresses are probably the easiest work wear staple for me, it's one and done when getting dressed! I love anything wrap style because of how figure flattering it is, but also there's something really fun and interesting about this one with all the buttons
  • Blazers are something that I haven't utilized enough, but having one handy for a meeting that might pop up is necessary. I really like this Chanel inspired one and this multi pastel colored tweed one
  • This blouse is super chic and I love the color of this one

Before finishing up today's post, I have to give a special birthday shout out to Gary! He's one of the most hardworking, loving and wonderful men in the world and we're very lucky that he's ours. We celebrated early with his parents this weekend and this is one of my favorite photos! I seriously wonder what Sophia is thinking - is it, "wow, fire!" or "Dad is really 39?!" or "YUM YUM  YUM!" Which one get's your vote?!

Where do you like to shop for work wear clothes?

Recently Read | Volume 2

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all are enjoying the long weekend! We have a full week of birthday celebrations ahead so before I get to that, I wanted to share a few recent reads! This was a really good reading month for me. I enjoyed every single book I read and got through them so quickly that I felt so much excitement reading!
The Story of our Life (Kindle Unlimited) || I may have found my new favorite author, Shari Low. Colm and Shauna have a once in a lifetime love that spans 15 years. The story alternates between the years that they met and the present (2016). After receiving devastating news, they both come to terms with a future that doesn't seem to be the fairy tale they had signed up for. It was such a beautifully written book, so full of emotion and character development, you just really felt for both Colm and Shauna as well as many of the supporting characters. One of those stories that isn't so far fetched after you read it. Even though I didn't cry, there were moments that I could have! Loved it!
The Moment of Truth (Kindle Unlimited) || Laney, Millie and Tash run a proposals agency so when a woman comes in wanting to do a surprise proposal for her boyfriend, Laney starts to think she's hallucinating because it can't possibly be her loving and supportive husband. She has two options, go through with the proposal to see if it's really him or confront him and her right away - I think you know which direction she went in. Millie is the hopeless romantic that can't seem to get her boyfriend Leo to think of marriage and Tash is the happily single girl that loves her no commitment style affairs! I thought it was a charming and fun read, but it did drag on a bit and probably could have been cut down by about 50-75 pages. Over all for a free read, it was perfect!
Doctor Dearest (Kindle Unlimited) || Any book that takes place in Boston keeps my interest and this latest one from RS Grey didn't disappoint. Natalie and Connor are both doctors in the burn unit and while they have the same specialty they've really never practiced together. Connor is a walking legend around the hospital and also happens to be Natalie's brother's best friend. So when her brother goes out of town and Connor has to move in while his house is being renovated, the sparks that were always there between them really fly. Both of them are weary of anything happening, but Connor really can't help the way he's always felt about Natalie. I could envision all the characters walking some of my favorite streets in the city and going to the places I always go to. It was a quick, fun take your mind off of other crap read! 
Open Book || If you read one book from this list, I hope it's Open Book by Jessica Simpson. I could not get enough of this - it was so beautifully written, so raw and vulnerable and above all else, it felt like she was just talking to her friends. I am admittedly a fan of Jessica and have been for years! I loved how open (pun not intended) she was about her relationships, especially the romantic ones and when she talked about her struggles - gosh I cried along with her. Her struggles were struggles that so many of us have had, she just happened to go through them on a national scale. Even when she was talking about her marriage to Nick, she was really respectful while telling her side of the story. It's not like this is a spoiler, but they didn't sign a prenup, so when her dad and Nick were fighting over money, she said give him whatever he wants, I'll make it back - and in her book she writes, I did make it back, give or take a BILLION! That woman is a hard core boss! Please do yourself a favor and read all the way through including the acknowledgements because those also brought me to tears! 

I have about 3 books I'm excited to read and hope to have one Recently Read post a month for the entire year! Anything you've read I should add to my kindle next?

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday and Valentine's Day, friends! I am so ready for the long weekend and looking forward to a good mix of everything! Here's a bit of randomness that I came across this week for a favorites round up!
Last weekend I went to a girl's brunch at Loco in Southie to celebrate Jackie's birthday. We actually went there for her birthday last year, so it's always a favorite! I had the breakfast quesadilla which was insanely delicious and the live music was not at all overpowering - meaning you could still hear what your friends are saying next to you!

  • If you create a lot of collages for the blog or need to remove a background from anything, I found this website that does it for free and super easy. There's no need for photoshop! See a photo I used this week. Suit is from Target!
  • The sequel to All the Boys I Loved Before came out on Wednesday and I don't know what it is about these teeny bopper movies, but they are just so fun to watch. Is it as good as the first, no, but it's still a fun one to watch. 
  • Sometimes it takes an article like this to really change your perspective. Instead of saying "I Have To" switching our mentality to "I Get To!"
  • I have a running list of beauty products that I really want to try. This didn't warrant a post on it's own, so I thought I'd throw it in here! 

Wishing you a very love filled long weekend! 

Early Spring Wish List

It's around this time of year that I am really itching for some warmer weather. While I certainly can't complain about the winter, I'm ready to feel the sun actually work it's magic and provide a little warmth. We still have a few months left, but we do have a warmer getaway planned for March so hopefully some of these pretties will make their way to my closet!
  • We are signing Sophia up for swim lessons and Gary and I will be trading off who gets in the water with her. Target has some really great one pieces - love this one and this one
  • I have the hardest time traveling with my jewelry and this organizer is an all in one for necklaces, rings, earrings and little odds and ends! 
  • I absolutely love this thermal top from free people - the design is pretty funky and just different! It's long sleeved weather for us here until sometimes May! 
  • Wrap style jersey dresses are so versatile. You can wear it with a denim jacket for the day while sight seeing and then put on a leather jacket and throw on some heels for a date night look! 
  • I live in my chambray top and I love the look of chambray dresses! They are so easy to throw on and go and I like the look with sandals or more sensible walking shoes! This particular one comes in 5 different denim styles. 
  • How great is this short sleeve midi dress?! It comes in a wide color range, but I can totally see it being so versatile, especially for trips coming up! Also, it has pockets - WINNING! 
  • I have one pair of nice sunglasses and the rest are sort cheapies that still look really nice. I get one pair every summer or spring and wear to death! Love these Celine dupes for $12.99!
  • This is a total splurge, but I've had my eye on this small leather crossbody from Louis Vuitton for a few months now and I love that not a lot of people have it! May have to be a purchase while we're away! 

I love that so many of these can work now and later as it really warms up! Are you keeping a running list of wish list items?