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Guys I can’t wait for this upcoming weekend, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! Partially because it’s a celebration about my heritage and partially because it’s cool to be pale this day ha! Green is also such a flattering color, I’ll probably wear my army jacket this year. You knowwww it’s going to be getting a lot of use this spring and summer.
Another trend for this summer is one of my favorites, matching 2 piece sets. I just find them to be so flirty and fun! I love how they can all be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sandals. Plus, 2 piece sets make it so easy to get ready, your whole outfit is already picked out for you. I can’t decide if I like the shorts versions better or the long skirts, which do you guys like better?
Looking to get our own 2 piece set, or just to spruce up your spring wardrobe? Mixology, and online boutique, has a ton of cute spring clothes right now and I’m giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky winner! To enter comment below what your favorite spring trend is! Good luck!
A fun fact about Mixology is that I used to shop at their storefront in Oceanside growing up! I remember one dress in particular that was a one shouldered black satin dress that I wore one year for New Years Eve. My sister actually bought the same dress as well! Now that I no longer live on Long Island though, I’m happy I can still shop their through their online site. Another plus is Mixology’s shipping policy. It’s $8.99 flat rate for all orders under $75 and free shipping for orders above $75 for the contiguous 48 United States. I love free shipping! Also, just an FYI: All international shipping will be shipped through USPS and the prize does not include shipping or any potential customs on international orders.
This post and giveaway are a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Sequins & Strawberries.
I’ve wanted a camo jacket for a few months now but I didn’t want to spend a ton on something I might not wear for that long. Well I finally found this one from Forever 21 that’s only $38! I was hesitant on the quality but it’s surprisingly really nice! Camo jackets are great because they’re a fun alternative to a denim jacket. Definitely going to get a lot of use out of it this spring/summer! I figured I couldn’t be the only one looking for a good deal so I rounded up 10 camo jackets under $100!
This past weekend was really nice! Friday I was beyond pooped from the week and fell asleep at 9:00pm and didn’t wake up until 8:00am the next day. It was amazing ha! I woke up feeling so refreshed and ready for the day. This translated to Bill and I cleaning the whole apartment, which will make this week so much more organized! Then, Saturday night I went out to dinner with my sister, her friend, and her friends sister. It was so much fun! Always nice to get to know new people!
Location: New York City, New York
And we have a fun giveaway! Good luck!
Floral Maxi Dress: ASOS (On sale for $27!)// Leather Jacket: Trouve// Clutch: Gray Monroe (c/o)// Flats: Hallogen, sold out but these are SO similar and I love this silver pair for only $60// Lipstick: Tarte in ‘Daiquiri’
This past weekend Bill and I went up to Connecticut to spend time with my sister, our brother in law and our niece and nephew. We went to this trampoline place, it was awesome haha! Not only did the kids have a blast but so did Bill and I. Sometimes it’s just very nice to forgo adult activities and see things through children’s eyes. Their excitement is definitely contagious. Thanks for having us, Kate!
I wore this outfit Sunday to an event at Kate Spade that Allie of Pret A Provost hosted. It really was not very practical for the weather considering it was just about 30 degrees. I’m just ready for spring that’s all! I originally bought this floral maxi dress for my bachelorette party this past fall but it is still available in a few sizes on ASOS for only $27! If it hadn’t been cold as anything I would have showed you the cutouts on the front and the back but there was no way my jacket was coming off!
Speaking of which, I could not have gotten more use out of this Trouve leather jacket. I love my black leather jacket but I just find the gray to be so much easier to wear for me. Just personal preference but the gray color is a lot softer on my skin tone and stands out against my black clothing. I love it equally paired with a dress as I do with a white tee and jeans. Back in the long hair days!
I’m a bit behind in my vacation write ups, I just did our most recent trip to Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT here but I’m currently working on our honeymoon to Sandals La Source in Grenada. Sorry it’s taken so long but I hope it will be informative! I’m off to go watch this sushi documentary with Bill called Juro Dreams of Sushi. I’ll let you guys know how it is! I’m sure it will make me very hungry!
Location: New York City, New York
Shop the Post:
Sweater: Lulus (Under $50 and comes in 5 colors!)// Jeans: Paige//Boots: Michael Kors, sold out in my heeled version but here is the platform version and the flat boot// Purse: Vintage Gucci, found it in red here// Necklace: Was a gift but this one is similar
Has anyone else ever had that moment when you walk into a store and you just feel at home? Well that’s how it was the first time I walked into Simon Pearce at their Westport, CT location at the age of 10 with my mom and our family friend, Maria. I just fell in love with the simplicity and elegance of it all. I instantly knew that when I had a house of my own one day, it was going to be filled with Simon Pearce.
Over the years, I’ve acquired a few of his pieces and have continued to treasure them. My ultimate dream was always to have a matching set of the Hartland Lamps. I was just so drawn to them, even at a young age!
If you are unfamiliar with Simon Pearce, they started as a handmade glass company that makes everything from wine glasses to vases and lamps. I would describe them now more as your complete entertaining package since they have also branched out to flatware, wooden bowls and cutting boards, serving pieces, linens, candles, and even wine! Just to name a few!
Simon Pearce came over from Ireland in the 1980’s and opened his workshop in Quechee, VT. He chose this location because of the waterfall right there and the ability to use the hydro-power to run his machinery. Bill and I finally visited this location this past weekend!
A few years after my initial experience with Simon Pearce I learned about the Quechee location. The second I heard about it I knew I needed to go one day. Not only could you shop but you also could eat in their restaurant that overlooks the waterfall. The view is exactly how you would imagine it to be, absolutely stunning. Also, very relaxing ha! Another cool thing is you can actually go into the workshop and see the magic in action! Bill and I stood for so long watching the extremely talented glassblowers working their craft.
While we were there, they were making wine glasses and their precision was completely enthralling to watch. The temperature of the glass they are working with is 2100 degrees and at the end stages is still a whopping 1000 degrees! We just loved the experience and seeing how each and every single piece is made by hand. There is something to truly be impressed by such a large company still staying true to their roots.
The location also just completely lived up to my expectations. Every area was beautifully thought out and decorated. The store itself was gorgeous and flowed nicely into the bar area. We didn’t have a chance to check out the bar area and menu but we did eat at the restaurant, at the best seat in the house too! We had the most perfect view of the waterfall, which our waitress was extremely patient about waiting for us while we took a million photos of it.
I would 1000% go back to this restaurant if I’m in Vermont. Not only was the view incredible but the food was absolutely delicious. I sometimes feel like restaurants added onto attractions are good, but nothing special. This was NOT the case with Simon Pearce. Holy wow was the food good! Bill got the Crisp & Spicy Point Judith Calamari Salad and I got the Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Ravioli. If you follow me on Instagram I actually posted our meal there, too good to not share! Lastly, the entire staff was just so friendly! Everyone answered every question with a genuine smile and made the experience even better than I could have imagined!
The only downside I can think of is that they do not accept reservations, so if you want a seat by the window overlooking the waterfall I’d recommend either going early or putting your name in and then wandering around till your table is ready. Bill and I did that and we had the perfect amount of time to see everything!
Location: Quechee, Vermont
Dress: Project Social T (c/o)// Turtleneck: Gap, really old but this one seems perfect for layering// Boots: Michael Kors, they’re old but I found them on the RealReal and then I love these boots// Tights: JCrew// Clutch: Louis Vuitton, I couldn’t find this exact one because it’s a few years old but I found a few other used ones that I love (here, here, here, here, and here)
I am getting such an itch to start wearing my spring clothes. The very end of February/beginning of March always brings this out in me. I’ve just finally reached my end with the cold in NY and having to constantly bundle up.
So how am I dealing with this? Well I’m still bundling, but just in a different way now. I really wanted to wear this new spring dress, the color really just caught my eye! But realistically if I wore it on its on I would freeze my tush off, even with these warmer temps we’ve been experiencing. So instead of being cold all day I threw on my trusty black turtleneck, a pair of black tights and black knee high boots to tie the whole look together!
Layering a turtleneck under a spring dress is the easiest, and most effective, way to start wearing it now. You don’t necessarily have to wear a solid colored sweater either. I think a fun striped or patterned turtleneck would look adorable with this solid colored dress. The first type that is coming to mind for me right now is a floral patterned one for some reason, even though I don’t have own one ha! I think it’s because this whole look has a somewhat 70’s vibe going on, which we all know is a common theme for me lately.
This spring dress is from the clothing company Project Social T and I’ve become such a big fan! I’ve recently worn their grey sweater and their drinking of you tank. I love how their pieces aren’t busy. I know that sounds weird but sometimes it’s just nice to have amazing pieces that can be mixed and matched with endless options. I feel like they were just made to add to wardrobes as those go to pieces to help create more use out of everything else in your closet. They essentially have made those missing link pieces that you’re always on the search for.
Take this orange dress for example. I can wear it now with my black turtleneck look and then in a month or so with an army print jacket and ankle booties. Then, when summer hits it will be equally cute thrown on over a bathing suit while on vacation as paired with a pair of nude wedges and a top knot (which is not quite possible with my hair yet ha!).
A few other pieces that I love from their collection to be those “missing links” in your wardrobe are this tank top, this bodysuit, this dress, this tshirt, and this wrap top. I also think the prices are all really reasonable for the quality of the clothing. We all know how important this is in an age of $200 t-shirts that you can’t imagine paying for or $10 t-shirts that fall apart in one wash.
Okay I’m off to go watch the Academy Awards. I’ll probably only make it about an hour in, I really just cannot sit and watch these shows for too long. Does anyone else have a really short award show attention span?