Thursday, August 17, 2017

August Wish List

As the days start to get a little bit shorter and the nights start to have a little bit more chill to them, I find myself reaching for the things I will miss most once the seasons change. August days are some of my favorite but each passing day is a bittersweet reminder that our summer days will soon run out long before we are ready. And with that, I find myself soaking up all the summer things - food, activities, and of course, that summer attire. The easy, breezy, carefree look that can only be found between the months of June and August is one of my favorites. It is and always will be my season of preference, especially when it comes to creating the perfect summertime look. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Finds!

Hello friends! It's been a while since I've done a Friday Finds, but I am happy to bring you one today! It makes me crazy thinking about how fast these summer weekends are going. They always do, and yet I still find myself shocked every summer at how fast they fly by. It's a definite reminder to enjoy them while you can and make the most of these sweet summer days. 

I am thrilled to be heading up to Maine for a weekend getaway. I was first introduced to Maine a few summers back and immediately fell in love with it's coastal charm. The city of Portland is such a gem - it has all the major offerings of a city all while being right on the sea. It is truly the best of both worlds. That first summer I discovered Portland, I came home raving about it to my parents and telling them how much they would love it. A couple summers later and I am happy to report they are finally going to discover all that Portland has to offer.  I am so excited to be taking them with me to explore a city I know without a doubt they will love! 

I hope you all have some fabulous weekend plans in store for the next couple of days. Be sure to soak them in and enjoy! 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale // One of the biggest sales of the year is officially open to the public, yay! Up until today, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was only open to cardholders, but as of today anyone can shop. Let me tell you - you don't want to miss it! What makes this sale so special is that it is new, upcoming season pieces that are on sale, so you are getting amazing deals on new pieces for fall. I am not lying when I say the deals are amazing. Items that typically never go on sale, like designer pieces, are included in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Thank you Nordstrom! It is a great time to take the plunge and go for some of those high-ticket items that you've had your eye on. On the flip side of that, there is a ton of other merchandise that is affordable at it's original ticket price, so it's even better during the sale. It's such a great time to stock up on basics and new pieces for fall. 

The sale is so so good this year, there are so many amazing pieces - I just can't get enough! I already picked up these amazing cropped black denim by FRAME (my fav), this super flattering and oh so soft cashmere sweater (great time to buy cashmere!), and this oversized sweater that will transition great from now into fall.

xo. G

Monday, July 3, 2017

Americana Inspired Style

Happy almost Fourth! Hope you all have been enjoying and loving this long holiday weekend. I've been trying to make the most of it despite having worked the weekend and heading back in tomorrow on the Fourth. Not having the whole weekend to celebrate makes the moments I do get that much sweeter! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Say Hey to Summer

It's officially summer - yay! I could not be happier to see the arrival of my favorite season and although I've been in summertime mode for quite a few weeks now, I still can't help but get excited. The official arrival of summer gets me thinking of all the fun things I want to do and places I want to visit before the season is over. I hate even saying this, but the end of summer always rolls around much faster than any of us would like, so I want to take advantage of all these summer days while they are here!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mixed Materials with Warby Parker

Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week and one step closer to the weekend, thank goodness! I am so thrilled to have partnered with Warby Parker as they launch a new line of sunglasses that are sure to transport you back to 1950s America. Close your eyes and think of poodle skirts, Marilyn Monroe, and the birth of rock & roll. How fun! I don't know about you, but I would love to slip back in time even if just for an hour or two. Grab a pair from Warby Parker's new mixed materials collection and you'll get just that! Not only that, but this fun, updated take on a classic style is sure to become your new go-to. The collection just launched yesterday, so be sure to head to their website asap to take a look! I promise you'll be glad you did.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello June!

Happy Friday and hello June! I know we are already a week into June but it is still so nice to see you again! It is always so exciting to see June roll back around because although it might not officially be summer quite yet, I'm sure most of us would agree that it most certainly represents the unofficial start. At the very least it's arrival is a delightful reminder of all that is to come in the upcoming summer months. I'm not sure about you but I cannot wait!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide

In case you didn't know or just need a friendly reminder, Father's Day is almost here! Next weekend we will be celebrating one of the most important (if not the most important) man in our lives. There is no doubt that dads play such an important role in who we are and who we become, and I can speak from experience when I say the bond between father and daughter is a special one. I'm sure many daughters out there would agree. My dad is one of my best friends and favorite people, and I am so blessed to have his constant love and guidance. I love you dad! 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Straw Market Bags

I first discovered my love of straw market bags in the French Riviera while roaming through the most incredible open air market. The market was filled with every desirable provision you could imagine - fresh flowers, tables full of the most aromatic spices, handmade soaps, jellies and jams ... I could go on and on. And just so perfectly placed adjacent to the market was the cutest little shop selling the quintessential French straw market bags. The second I laid eyes on the classic straw tote I knew one had to be mine. I didn't care that I still had a week left in Europe or a long trip back to the States, it was coming home with me! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Decisions, Decisions

I've been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting on decisions lately. More specifically the power and weight one choice, small or large, has on potentially the trajectory of the rest of your life. Some may say well of course, every decision we make at any point in life is equally important in determining the outcome of the rest of our lives. This is true, the sum of all those decisions is what make up life, however I'm sure I speak for many twenty-somethings when I say that the choices we face at this point in our lives seem like some of the most crucial. That the decisions we make now are highly significant in determining the path our lives take. And man oh man, is that a lot of pressure.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summertime Style

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all have had and are having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend Nothing better than a three day weekend spent celebrating with friends and family. Memorial Day has always been a favorite of mine because it is the unofficial kickoff of summer, and what could be better than that. This weekend was extra special because it was spent celebrating my beautiful cousin as she got to marry the love of her life. It was absolutely beautiful and I am so blessed to have been part of her special day.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Finds!

Hi friends, happy Friday!! It's an absolutely beautiful one here in Connecticut - I hope you are soaking up the sunshine and warm weather! It feels like summer, and this girl is very happy. The weather is looking pretty great for the weekend as well (!!). I hope you have some fun plans to make the most of it. I have a relaxing weekend in store, which I am welcoming with open arms after a very busy past weekend, but I am definitely planning on spending much of it outside. As always, I hope you have a fabulous Friday and an even better weekend. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day to Night Look

Hi friends, hope your week is off to a great start! I wanted to share with you all how I do a day-to-night look because I feel like transitioning an outfit from day to night can be a bit tricky! How do you put together an outfit that is appropriate for both coffee with your girlfriends and drinks & dinner with your man? A bit challenging, sure, but also something that can easily be mastered! I am thrilled to share with you some of my tricks for transitioning from day to night, and I am certain you'll be a pro in no time at all. Let's do it! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Is it me, or is shopping for moms one of the hardest things to do!? These ladies seriously have everything! I know my mother does at least, which makes it extra tricky come birthdays, Christmas, and especially Mother's Day. However, they truly deserve a little something as a token of appreciation for all that they do for us on a daily basis. It never ceases to amaze me - they truly are wonder women. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring Wishlist!

Guys all of the spring collections out right now are just too good! It's so dangerous, I seriously want it all. I am really testing my self control these days - so far so good! I think shopping for the spring season is one of my favorites. After a long winter of being bundled up and bulky clothing, there is nothing better than purchasing some new, fresh, and light spring pieces. Pretty dainty jewelry like the necklaces from AUrate are the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe. The great thing too is that for the most part spring pieces transition well right into summer, so you're really getting two seasons worth of wear out of them. Can't beat that! Just another reason to stock up now.. am I right? Sounds good to me! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hello May!

I can hardly believe that I am even writing this post! How is it already May, I can't even believe it. Despite my disbelief, I am so happy to see you May. As per usual, April was rainy and I spent most of it wondering if I would ever see the sun again. I feel like the nice weather finally rolls around for good with the arrival of May. Finger crossed at least!  Not only that, but Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer, and it will be here before we know it. Yay!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Finds!

Happy Friday! I am just having myself a day over here and soaking in having not only a Friday off, but a four day weekend. When you go into a profession that requires you to work every other weekend, you learn to appreciate and love your weekends even more than before! I am planning on soaking up every minute of the next four days and spending time with the people I love. What could be better. I hope your weekend is looking just as great, and you have some fun plans in store. Enjoy!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Finds!

Happy Friday and happy Good Friday! Coming to you live from my front porch with a cup of coffee in hand and the sun on my face. I am making the most of this beautiful weather - sixty degrees and sunny makes for one happy girl. Soaking it all in before working nights with my babies all weekend. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, a very happy Easter, and that you get outside to enjoy what is sure to be some beautiful weather. Enjoy!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring To-Do List!

Ahh I don't know about you guys, but this warm weather this week has been such a blessing and a serious game changer. It never fails to amaze me what sunny skies, warm temperatures, and a little fresh air can do for the soul.. amazing things. The best kind of medicine if you ask me!

This beautiful weather can most certainly take credit for a recent surge of inspiration and I am planning on making the most of it. I am hoping that the good weather is here to stay along with that inspiration and creative energy. There are so many things I want to do, see, say yes to, and there is no better time than now to do it. With that being said, I've rounded up all of those things to share with you all.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Springtime Looks for Him and Her

With Spring officially here, it is just about time to start switching out wardrobes for warmer, sunnier days. Nothing makes me happier than swapping out heavy, dark pieces for light, bright, and spring appropriate items! Of course, the New England weather can't seem to get on board with the fact that it is spring, but I am crossing my fingers that warmer days are just around the corner (please!). Despite the rather dreary weather here in Connecticut lately, I have chosen to just dress for the weather I wish we had.. within limits of course. I have pulled out all the bright colors, stripes, white jeans, and pretty flowy blouses. I might not match the weather but that's okay!

Despite the weather lagging behind, it is still the time to start thinking of those must have pieces for spring. I've teamed up with Bonobos to highlight my favorite his and hers looks this season, and let me tell you.. everything out there this season is so good. Of course light, bright, and colorful pieces are always trending come spring, and this season is no exception!

For guys, light fabrics and layers are ideal for creating the perfect spring look.  A summer weight shirt is a classic and you can't go wrong with the comfort and style of washed chino shorts and pants!  It's the perfect place to start when crafting that springtime look. And for my girls out there, can you say bright colors and patterns, white jeans, and feminine dresses. I am so excited. Bell sleeve tops are very in this season and I cannot get enough. This pink stripe bell sleeve top is just darling and looks even cuter on!

I crafted a few different looks below for you to draw inspiration from for this spring season. I tried to incorporate a little bit of everything to help get your spring wardrobe off to a good start! Check them out below, enjoy, and as always, happy shopping!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hello April!

April is that you!? I can't believe it, but I am happy to see you. I hope your arrival snaps us out of this awful winter weather and brings us all the sunshine and warm spring days. Please. Please. Please. I have so many new fun spring pieces that I have been dying to wear, and the weather has just not been conducive to that (ugh). All my fingers and toes are crossed that in the next couple weeks I'll be able to break them out.. for good!

I have always loved how April feels like a fresh start. It's the first full month of spring - a season that is rooted in fresh beginnings, new life and growth. Regardless of if a fresh start is needed or not, a clean slate always feels good. And if your soul is in need of a new beginning, I urge you to take advantage of that fresh start April provides. Never hesitate to take a moment to stop, reset, and move forward with a little more clarity and strength than before.

Check out what's on my radar for April! I hope that April is everything you need it to be and more. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trusting the Universe

Three weeks ago when I planned out my content for the month of March, I decided that this post would be a little update into what I’ve been up to lately and what’s new in my life. I felt it was the perfect post as the past year has been a wild ride - at times uncertain and challenging but also filled with just as much excitement, adventure, and new beginnings. Since the start of the new year, I have felt as though everything was finally coming together and falling into place just as I always hoped it would. March in particular has only solidified those feelings, and I don’t think I can pick out another month in the past year that has left me feeling so happy. A happiness that is rooted in being so very content in where my life is right now, where I am right now, and where both me and my life are headed. Three weeks ago a life update sounded like the perfect post, and three weeks ago, that post would have gone a little like this..

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Finds!

Hello Friends! Long time no see- or so it feels! I apologize for being somewhat M.I.A lately. Life has been a bit crazy as of late, but in mostly the best of ways. As you know I was away last week, which was absolutely wonderful. I am missing that Florida sunshine and warmth right about now, as New England just can't seem to let go of winter. Upon return back home this past weekend, I started a new job (!!) which has been the best thing ever. Between getting back into the swing of things post-vacation and starting a new job, I have felt a little bit all over the place, as shown by my silence on here. I apologize and Faith & Fancy should be back to business next week. As always thanks for your support and for bearing with me. I appreciate it more than you know!

I hope that all has been well and that you just as excited for the arrival of the weekend as I am! Enjoy and make the most of it!

30 Day Wellness Challenge // Who wants to do a 30 day wellness reset challenge with me!? It might not sound like the most appealing thing in the world, but I promise come day 30 it will feel like a breeze and be totally worthwhile. As I was reading through the guidelines for the challenge, I was surprised by the just how few of them there are. Only eight to be exact, and all very doable changes. Even if this is not a challenge you feel up to doing, let it at least serve as a reminder that it doesn't take all that much to live a life of wellness.

New York City Quotes // Oh New York.. 😍. If you didn't already know this about me, New York City is my favorite city - at least State side (hey Paris)! It has always been ever since I have been a little kid, and it has always been a dream of mine to live there someday. That goal is still very much so real, and I am planning on calling it home in hopefully the next couple years! I came across these quotes about the City and I couldn't help but get the chills reading them. New York has such a special place in my heart, and if you have never been, I recommend a trip there ASAP.

You May Want to Marry My Husband // I am giving you a heads, this is a real tear-jerker. Prepare yourself now. There is not much I have to say regarding this beautifully written, heartbreaking piece of work other than the fact that I can only hope that someday I come across a love as true and pure as theirs. Through what I'm sure are tears, let this serve as a reminder that life is unpredictable, uncertain, and unfair. Take each and every day you are given and make the most of it. Tomorrow is not a promise. Don't waste time, be good, and love those in your life with every ounce of your being. Make the most of the time you are given - especially for those who can't.

xo. G

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beach Beauty!

I hope all of you New Englanders are surviving back up North! I think I picked the perfect time to scoot down south for a week - no blizards or sub-freezing temps for this girl. Thank God. A little dose of vitamin D, salt water, and sunshine are exactly what I needed, and I'm hoping I bring some of the warm weather back with me when I return home. Fingers crossed! 

In the meantime however, I plan on soaking up as much sunshine as I can in the little time I have left down here! If you need me, I'll be at the beach, which is something I do quite well. My perfect beach day is one that involves a full day lounging in the sun, a good book, and great company. You just can't go wrong with any of those! 

Of course, a full day in the sun, sand, and sea definitely switches up the beauty game a bit. There is no need for a full beauty routine, which honestly is pretty great. On the beach less is definitely more, and there is honestly nothing better than a break from a full face of makeup and styled hair! 

Having spent the past week on the beach, I wanted to share some of my go-to beauty products for seaside vacations. These are all products I use and love, and come summer they are definitely some of my go-tos. Sunscreen is obviously a must have and I'm loving this Supergoop everyday sunscreen. It's lightweight and non-greasy which are two essentials in my book for face sunscreen. For that oh so desirable beachy glow, I always can rely on St. Tropez tan lotion and this Clinique bronzer. Both create a natural bronze glow. As far as hair goes, DryBar's mai tai spritzer give you beachy waves that are just about as good as the real thing, but smells amazing. To shop all of my favorite beach products check out all the links below! Enjoy! 

xo. G