What's Worth Buying? Luxury Skincare Products and Cosmetic Samples Rewview
Friday, September 11, 2020
As a girl who has “influencer” status with some brands, as well as a general consumer, I get a lot of free samples for skincare and makeup products. Most of the time, I honestly just let them sit for a couple weeks in my bathroom after receiving them. If the mood strikes me I’ll try one out, but most of the time they just end up in the trash.
Lookout Farm Review: Fall Activities In A Pandemic
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Lookout Farm is located at 89 Pleasant Street in Natick, MA. It was established in 1650, and is one of the oldest continually operating farms in the United States. Now, it’s famous for being the closest apple orchids to Boston, and the specialty Asian Pear orchids.
Movies & TV Series To Kick Off Fall
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
There’s nothing like a movie night with blankets, a fire, mugs filled with tea, hot chocolate, or pumpkin spice, and all the snacks to get you ready for fall. That’s why I’ve put together my list of things to watch for the season.
Coffee Chats by the Sea, Episode 1 Recap: Clean Beauty
Thursday, August 20, 2020 with Alura Carbrey
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve started collaborating with Alura from Cats & Coffee By The Sea for Coffee Chats By The Sea, a talk-show style segment we’re doing together live on Instagram. Last night was our first episode, focused on clean beauty products!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
It’s that time of year again for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you don’t know, the annual sale is all about basics, heading into fall, and things that rarely go on sale-- basically it’s a shopper’s dream each August.
How To Find Things To Do In Your State
Friday, August 7, 2020
I’ve definitely become more interested in being a “tourist” in my own state lately, as I think a lot of people have due to the pandemic. Right now, googling “things to do near me” might not work out like it has in the past as there’s just really not that much going on. I’m here to help! I can almost guarantee there are plenty of places to go that are close to home you may have passed over just because of their proximity. I know typically I’d rather plan a big trip than a local one, but I’ve found that in some ways I’ve been missing what’s all around me!
Shopping For You! My Choices For What Readers Are In The Market For
Friday, July 31, 2020
There are people who really love shopping (me), but there are plenty of people who don’t. It can also be nice just to hear someone else’s opinion on something. I decided to put all that together, and instead of doing one of my “favorite things” roundup posts, I would shop for you all instead! For everyone who asked me to look for them, thank you! I hope you get some good ideas! If you didn’t chime in with your own shopping needs, I hope you get some ideas as well!
Escape To White Mountains: The Getaway With Something For Everyone
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
This turned out to be a much longer post than I anticipated it to be, but I wanted to do this trip justice. I am convinced that a getaway to the White Mountains really is the trip with something for everyone. There’s a huge variety of places to stay and things to do, and we really tried a wide variety of them last week.
The Five Best House Plants For Your Bedroom
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
If you know me at all, you know I love plants. Recently I repotted a couple plants to live in my bedroom where I hope they’ll be happy, and help me as well! I thought I would share what I’ve learned about some of these plants with you all.
EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT RENT THE RUNWAY
Friday, July 3, 2020
I have been thinking about trying a Rent the Runway subscription for a while now, and a month or so ago I finally did it! If you don’t know, Rent the Runway is a site where you can rent thousands of designer clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories for a fraction of their retail value, the only catch is that you can’t keep them. Of course you can rent individual items, but what I was most interested in is their subscription service, a membership that gives you access to all of their styles every month.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH CBD OIL
Friday, June 26, 2020
Over the last year or so, the CBD industry has exploded. It;s hard to go anywhere without seeing it advertised, and it is all over social media. Because CBD is known to help with anxiety, it was something I was curious about, but a little too nervous to try.
6 HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE
Monday, June 15, 2020
I’ve been reading a lot about happiness, and what “happy people” do. I would consider myself a generally happy person, but I am also genuinely curious as to if there’s any sort of key to happiness. Very generally, I think that you might just have to put a little effort into trying to be happy.
GIFT GUIDE FOR DAD
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
I know when it comes to my Dad, my Grandfather, and a lot of the men in my life, they’re not very sentimental when it comes to things. Obviously everyone has different experiences, but I find it so hard to get gifts for my Dad because there’s just not too many things he wants or needs.
REFLECTING ON BEING WRONG
Monday, June 8, 2020
I have mentioned it before, but one of the apps I really love is Calm. The Calm App is the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation, and it lives up to the hype.
10 ESSENTIAL ITEMS ALL WOMEN NEED IN THEIR CLOSET
Monday, June 1, 2020
There are some basics that every woman needs. These are the things that will never go out of style. I like to think of them as investment pieces. If I am going to spend a little more money on anything in my closet, it is going to be on the things I will wear a million times. I want my basics to last, so quality is important to me.
SHOP SPRING 2020 LOOKS
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
A few weeks ago I did a spring trend report, but I wanted to share with you all what I’m really excited about actually wearing right now!
LIFE ACCORDING TO MY GRANDMOTHER
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
For as long as I can remember, my family has said they see a lot of my Nanny in me. That I look like my Keaveny side. I don’t know if that’s the reason or just a coincidence but I’ve always felt a special connection to my grandmother. I look up to her, admire her humor and grace, and have always felt blessed to be compared to her.
HAVE YOU HAD WEIRD LOCKDOWN DREAMS, TOO?
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
I did a recent Instagram poll and 86 percent of people who responded said that they have had some weird dream lately too. I knew I couldn’t be the only one! I looked into it a litte and it turns out quarantine dreams are quite the phenomenon.
READERS ANONYMOUS QUARANTINE CONFESSIONS
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
I asked people to anonymously share what the cringiest, dumbest, most embarrassing, or just stupid thing they have done in quarantine is. A quarantine confession if you will.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SMILE BRILLIANT
Friday, April 17, 2020
The last time I went to see my dentist, she actually asked me what I had done to stain my beautiful teeth (her words not mine). Now, I have been known to indulge in multiple coffees a day, and I love my red wine, so I clearly had no idea what she was talking about.
6 MOVIES YOU CAN STREAM RIGHT NOW WITH WINE PAIRINGS
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Sometimes all you need is a good movie and a good bottle of wine to go with it. Wines and movies can both be a good way to relax a bit. They can also both have very different moods and personalities. That’s why I always try to pair what I’m drinking with what I’m watching-- I know I can’t be the only one!
PUTTING SUNLESS TANS TO THE TEST: MAY THE BEST TAN WIN
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Most of the time, I’m pretty pale and proud. Sunscreen is my Irish skin’s best friend. But, every once in a while it is nice to have a little glow, which is where sunless tan or self tan comes in. The problem is, there are so many of these products out there, it can be hard to determine which one to buy.
SUMMER 2020 TREND REPORT
Friday, Mar. 27, 2020
With all that’s going on in the world, it’s the perfect time to dream about summer. Whether you’re in the mood to refresh your wardrobe with some online shopping, or you’re just looking for something to read about, I’ve put together my Summer 2020 Trend Report just for you.
MOVING BEYOND THE GAME: MY TRANSITION FROM ATHLETE TO ASSOCIATE
Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020
It has been about a year now since the end of my DI career. I’ve known that I wanted to write this post for a while. but I have been putting it off because I didn’t quite know how I wanted to say it. I still don’t really know, but here I am writing it anyway.
10 THINGS YOU LEARN FROM AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT
Originally published Feb. 2, 2016
For most, the first sports that come to mind are team oriented like basketball, baseball and football. Although they may not be the first ones you think of, there are plenty of awesome sports where athletes compete individually: gymnastics, track and field, diving, golf, and swimming, just to name a few. I’m a strong believer that sports teach you important life lessons you won’t find in a classroom, and some of the best ones come from competing on your own.
WINTER TRIP TO BURLINGTON, VT: WHERE TO EAT, STAY, AND WHAT TO DO
Friday, Mar. 13, 2020
I recently traveled to Burlington, Vermont for a little winter retreat. The mountain air and chance to unplug was just what I needed. It was a wonderful getaway that I will not soon forget, and I wanted to share my highlights!
THE FIVE THINGS GETTING ME THROUGH WINTER
Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020
Spring is starting to feel so close, but there’s some time until winter is really over. There are still a few more weeks of cold nights, dry skin, chances of snow, and everything else that comes with winter.
THE BEST SPOTS FROM MY GIRLS WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Last weekend, I visited my best friend in Manhattan. It was such a fun girls weekend, I wanted to share the best places we stopped in around New York City.
THE THREE BEST KEPT HAIR CARE SECRETS
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2020
My hair is thicker, softer, and healthier than it has been in years thanks to some gentle TLC, some patience, and a big chop.
THE BEST WAY TO ORDER SAVE THE DATES, STATIONARY & MORE
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
I am a total perfectionist when it comes to how I present myself and my business. It’s really important to me that anything I send out is exactly how I want it, down to the last detail. That includes my stationery and business cards, event invites, and more. That’s why I love Basic Invite.
SIMPLE HOMEMADE GNOCCHI RECIPE
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
I love cooking and trying new things, and I have been meaning to try my hand at one of my favorite dishes, gnocchi. So, last weekend my boyfriend and I spent our Saturday night in his kitchen.
THE TOP TEN RESTAURANTS IN WALT DISNEY WORLD
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
It’s no secret that I love Disney, and I love food. I absolutely consider myself a Disney expert and a food enthusiast. If there’s one thing I can confidently say I’m an authority on, it’s eating at Walt Disney World.
LESSONS ON FAILURE AND GOAL SETTING: A COLLEGE FINALS STORY
Monday, Dec. 15, 2019
Because finals season is upon us for those who are in school, let me tell you a story about the time I thought my world was ending because of a test.
Dress For Every Occasion This Holiday Season For Under $250, $150, and $50
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2019
If you haven’t yet decided what to wear this year for any upcoming parties, celebrations, or events, don’t worry! There’s still time to find the perfect outfit for everything from house-parties to formal occasions this holiday season.
20 WINTER DATE IDEAS
Monday, Dec. 2, 2019
Cold weather, snow, and the holidays all have me thinking about spending time with my loved ones and planning winter dates.
GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST PLUS THE BEST HOLIDAY SALES
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
Let’s face it, gift giving can be hard! Sure, there are some people that you know just what to get, but that’s not usually the case and it’s probably not why you’re looking at this post.
ONE YEAR AFTER LOSING MY INSTAGRAM: WHAT I’VE LEARNED AND HOW I’VE CHANGED
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
Today, exactly one year ago, was the first time that my instagram got hacked. In the days following, I tried my very best to get it back and keep it. At the end of a lot of back and forth between me and some hacker, my old account was just deleted by instagram.
THE FIVE BOOKS ON MY READING LIST RIGHT NOW
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
It’s been a few months since I’ve posted about what’s on my reading list! I’ve been trying to carve more time out of my schedule for myself, and for snuggling up with a good book. Especially as the weather cools down— a good book by the fire and a cup of tea, yes please!
HOW TO: THE PERFECT AT HOME BLOWOUT WITH NYFW HAIRDRESSER
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
I’ve been going to the same hairdresser since I was in Kindergarten because she is really just that amazing. She has 18+ years of experience, including numerous years backstage at New York Fashion Week.
I WENT ON THE MOST ROMANTIC DATE IN PHILADELPHIA: HERE’S WHAT IT WAS LIKE
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Last weekend, I went on a short but much needed trip back to Philadelphia for homecoming. It was also my birthday, two weeks after Nick and my’s anniversary, and overall, the perfect opportunity to celebrate.
CONFIDENCE: MY JOURNEY TO FIND IT, AND TAKING THE LEAP
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
A reader recently asked me, “how did you have the confidence to start your blog?” And honestly, I was a bit taken aback by the question for a couple reasons.
MANAGING A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Nick and I started dating at the very beginning of my junior year of college. Since then, a lot has happened, including me moving back home to Boston.
15 EASY GLAM HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Monday, Oct. 14, 2019
Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to pick a costume! Here are 15 costume ideas for the glamorous lady you are.
FRIDAY THOUGHTS: DON’T LET ONE OPINION STOP YOU
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
When I was in high school, I had a teacher that absolutely ruined writing for me. I mean truly ruined it. Let me give you a little background.
LIFE AT A GLANCE: WHAT I HAVE GOING ON
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
First, thank you for being patient with me this week! There are a lot of big exciting changes going on on my blog, and in my life. That’s why I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you what I have going on! (Without giving too much away of course).
FALL INSPIRED DATE IDEAS
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
October just started and that means it’s finally really feeling like fall, it’s spooky season, and it’s the start of the coziest time of year. (It’s also my birth month, and yes that is a month long celebration).
In the spirit of October, I asked what kind of seasonal content you wanted to see, and fall date ideas was the winner! It was a fun one for me to write because it really is my favorite time of year.
AN EASY FINANCE GUIDE FOR 20 SOMETHINGS
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
A huge part of being a responsible adult is managing your finances. The problem is, the world of finance can seem overwhelming and full of secrets, and depending on how you were raised or what you studied in college, it can be pretty intimidating. That’s why I decided to write this post about the easiest habits to get in to for young people.
THE PERFECT NIGHT IN WITH VIRGIN WINES
Monday, Sep. 30, 2019
Do you like wine, music, and good deals? How does 12 top rated bottles for just $79.99 sound with free shipping sound?
I think it sounds unreal.
SETTLING INTO ADULT LIFE AND LEARNING TO MOVE ON
Friday, Sep. 27, 2019
This isn’t going to be the most informative or exciting post, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about settling into “adult” life, and I just wanted to share some of my experiences.
10 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF LOVE
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019
Self-love isn't something that comes easily to a lot of people. It sure didn't come easily to me, especially in my first few years of college. It's important to recognize that practicing self-love takes time, effort, and conscious intent.
THREE WAYS TO STYLE A T-SHIRT
Monday, Sep. 23, 2019
I very recently purchased what has quickly become my absolute favorite t-shirt. I’m not going to lie, I saw it on a Facebook targeted ad from Nordstrom and I knew it had to be mine. After all, it’s covered in dogs!
HOW TO GET BETTER SLEEP AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
Friday, Sep. 20, 2019
Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep? I know I do. For something that’s so great, it’s a shame the majority of American adults don’t get enough of it. Luckily, with a little bit of a priority shift, we can all get a good night’s sleep.
MY SKIN CARE ROUTINE & WHAT TONER ACTUALLY DOES
Monday, Sep. 16, 2019
I have a confession-- up until this spring, I didn’t have a true skin care routine. I was in the pool so much that the only thing I really worried about was trying to use some sort of moisturizer.
FALL TRENDS FOR UNDER $75
Friday, Sep. 13, 2019
There's nothing like a season change when it comes to shopping. When the weather starts to shift, I'm always looking for ways to refresh my wardrobe.
WHAT I LEARNED IN COLLEGE, OUTSIDE OF CLASS
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
I recently did my first Q&A, and I got asked about what my advice to college freshman would be. I did a lot of soul searching before I answered, and it got me thinking about all of the things I learned during my college years that had nothing to do with school.
MY FAVORITE ALL WEATHER BOOTS AND ACCESSORIES
Friday, Sep. 6, 2019
I’ve been wearing and loving my Hunter boots for quite some time now. They’re perfect (of course) for rainy days, but they’ve also become a cold weather essential for me.
HANDWRITTEN LETTERS AND OCCASIONS TO WRITE THEM
Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019
Here’s a fun fact about me, I love the mail. I know it’s a little crazy but I really look forward to getting the mail every day. It’s like a little surprise present!
MY FAVORITE SIZE INCLUSIVE BRANDS
Monday, Sep. 2, 2019
Like so many women, I have a frustratingly difficult time shopping for clothes. I have had so many experiences where I try on a bunch of things and every single piece is way too big or just fits really strangely (sorry Zara, American Eagle, and probably a bunch of other places I don’t care to remember). In a lot of stores, I just find myself drowning in their clothes.
15 WOMEN GIVE A PIECE OF ADVICE TO THEIR 20 YEAR OLD SELF
Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
I have been blessed to be raised by, supported by, and inspired by so many incredible, strong women. This little project has meant so much to me, and I hope you take something away from it too.
I TRIED AND RESEARCHED BLUE LIGHT GLASSES, HERE’S WHAT I FOUND
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
Since I started blogging and working a full time office job, I spend more time in front of a computer than ever (and more than I would like to admit). Especially during my first week of work, I was experiencing some head aches and tired eyes by the end of the day.
I would like to add, I think sitting in front of my computer screen, all-day contact wear, and not drinking enough water (whoops) are all factors into the headaches.
I have heard so much about blue light glasses that I thought I would try them out.
FALL 2019 TREND REPORT AND THIS SEASON'S MUST HAVES
Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
For the most part, I like to fill my closet with things that are classy, elegant, and timeless, especially if I’m spending anything more than $50 on a given item. As I’ve grown to develop more of my personal style I have found that what’s considered “trendy” isn’t always what I have any interest in wearing. Still, I do really enjoy keeping tabs on the artistic fashion choices that others are making, and what’s going on in the world of fashion.
Fashion is always changing and of course there are plenty of upcoming trends that I don’t personally like, but there are some popping up this fall that I’m absolutely in love with.
BLAST FROM THE PAST WITH 2011 TEEN VOGUE
Friday, Aug. 23, 2019
I used to LOVE Teen Vogue. I was interested in fashion and accessories pretty much from the time that I could walk, and when I got a bit older I started eating up what I’d refer to now as age-appropriate fashion magazines.
I PLANNED A PERFECT LITTLE DATE IN TWO BOSTON LOCATIONS SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO
Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
Planning dates can be hard! It’s easy to get stuck in a routine and end up at the same places time and time again, and trying to come up with new ideas can be daunting.
Hence, I planned a perfect little date night in two Boston locations so you don’t have to! All you need to do is pick your date night setting— Back Bay or the North End. (All of these pcitures are from Back Bay.)
FIVE DAILY GOALS FOR STAYING INSPIRED, AVOIDING BURNOUT, AND A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
I am new to blogging but I am no stranger to the “workaholic” mentality, writing, social media, or creating. I have always had a bit of an obsessive personality, and realizing it’s ok to take breaks or shift your focus away from what you’re working on has always been something I’ve struggled with, and I know a lot of other people do to.
TRIP REVIEW: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE 7-DAY GREEK ISLES FROM VENICE
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019
If you’ve seen my last post, or been following my insta in the last couple weeks, then you already know I just got home from cruising around the Ionian, Adriatic and Mediterranean seas. It was an amazing trip that I was so lucky to go on.
I wanted to write up a full review of my trip on the Norwegian Star, and of all the stops we made to give you a little more insight into this type of trip, and hopefully help with some of your own trip planning! (P.S. long post warning with this one)
VENICE, ITALY: WHERE TO STAY, WHAT TO DO, AND WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Friday, Aug. 9, 2019
For a city that many people will advise you to skip, I was absolutely enchanted by the quiet canals of Venice that seem to echo with whispers of times long past.
I don’t know if it’s the lack of cars, or the old world charm, but Venice is one of the most peaceful, relaxed, and refreshing places I have ever traveled to.
OUTFIT IDEAS INSPIRED BY MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
I just got home from a cruise around the Ionian, Adriatic, and Mediterranean seas, and I'm so excited to share the looks inspired by this trip with you!
DORM-ROOM PACKING: TIPS, TRICKS, AND WHAT YOU DEFINITELY DON'T NEED
Monday, Aug. 5, 2019
Although my college days are over, this was a request. With college move in days right around the corner and and my bachelors degree under my belt, I figured I’d share what I learned.
It’s so easy to overpack and overcrowd a dorm room or small apartment, and can be hard to figure out what you actually need to bring even if it’s not your freshman year.
TRAVEL ANXIETY AND WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL ALONE AT LEAST ONCE
Monday, Jul. 29, 2019
This week I’m spending some highly anticipated quality time with my family in the Mediterranean. But, the last time I boarded a transatlantic flight, I was by myself.
While I’ve been unbelievably excited for this trip, I’ve also been pretty anxious about it, a special brand of anxiety that rears its head when I’m traveling. On this trip I’ve had the comfort of my family with me, but it got me thinking about the last time I did this - facing my anxiety and traveling alone.
WHAT'S ALWAYS INSIDE MY CARRY-ON BAG
Friday, Jul. 26, 2019
After a long day of travel, I’ve made it to Venice! While this was a bigger trip, I have been traveling a lot in the last few years (mostly between Philadelphia and Boston) and packing a carry-on has become like second nature. Since traveling is on my mind, I thought I’d share the contents of my carry-on plus some packing tips and tricks.
FOOLPROOF POKE RECIPE THAT'S SURE TO IMPRESS
Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2019
This is the perfect recipe for entertaining, or just enjoying. Poke is fresh, healthy, and makes for a great hors d’oeuvre or light meal. It is also, and I can’t emphasize this enough, VERY easy to make.
CONFESSIONS OF A CRAZY PLANT LADY: HOUSEPLANTS FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, Jul. 22, 2019
I will be the first to admit that I’ve become rather obsessed with plants. I love having them around my house and taking care of them. I worry about them when I’m away from home, the whole bit. But you know, of all the obsessions you can have I’d like to think this is a fairly heathy one.
BEACH TOWN STYLE IDEAS
Friday, Jul. 19, 2019
Since this is my third post about spending the week at the beach, it’s finally time to talk about clothes.
POSITIVE SWIMWEAR GUIDE
Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2019
Shopping for bathing suits can present an opportunity for us to bully ourselves. That also makes it the perfect chance to how we treat and value ourselves and our bodies.
Be nice to yourself— if you wouldn’t say it to someone else, why would you say it to yourself?
BOOKS I'M BRINGING TO THE BEACH
Monday, Jul. 15, 2019
One of my favorite weeks of the year is my family’s annual beach trip. It’s a week defined by a lack of cell service or plans, and sitting in the sand.
I’ve selected five books with a good a balance of “beach reads,” more serious stories, and a classic for good measure.
10 THINGS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT THIS SUMMER
Friday, Jul. 12, 2019
In the heat of the summer I like to be outside, as relaxed as possible, and with my family and friends as much as I can. Yet, it’s easy to spend valuable time picking out clothes or dealing with a sunburn.
Finding the balance between comfort and style is a requirement for me in the summer months. To try and help manage it all, here’s my list of 10 things I can’t live without for summer.