50 Shades of Taupe

While I haven’t jumped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon just yet (I’m always the last one to read the best sellers), I have become completely obsessed with one shade of grey in particular. A cool toned grey bordering purple, taupe has slowly started to make it’s way into my wardrobe, makeup collection, and pretty much every room in my home. Let me know what you think of these taupe-esque finds!

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1. Sophisticato Halfsies Zip Wallet by MARC by Marc Jacobs

2. Merino Cool Nailpolish by Essie

3. Urban Kitchen Towel by Lowcountry Linens

4. Italian 5-Year-Wash Vintage Duvet Cover by Restoration Hardware

5. LunarTempo by Nike

6. ‘Newbury’ Bootie by Rag & Bone

7.  Satin Taupe Eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics

8. Adela Rug on Joss & Main

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Wallets Wonderful Wallets

I have been in the market for a new wallet for the past few months as I am in serious need of an upgrade from my oil-stained, tearing at the seams Fossil one that I purchased at the beginning of 2010. I’ve been eyeing these ones but can’t make up my mind! Which one is your favorite?

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‘York’ Passport Wallet by Tory Burch (The lady-like one)

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Moto Quilted Slim Zip-Around Wallet by MARC by Marc Jacobs (The chic one)

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Cedar Street Lacey by Kate Spade (The obvious one)

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Crosby Continental Wallet by Rag & Bone (The edgy one)

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Lacey Wallet by Kate Spade (The cute one)

Top 10 Perks of Being Single

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Let me start off by saying that I have been in a handful of great relationships and would not change anything about my dating experiences as they’ve helped shaped me into the person I am today. But after dating pretty continuously from the beginning of 2010 to mid 2013, I realized I wanted to take some time for myself and really make sure that I was capable of not only being content on my own, but thriving as a single lady.

After almost two years of the single life, I can say with the utmost confidence that I have loved living this lifestyle. Here are my top ten reasons why:

1. You’re only responsible for yourself

You don’t have to think about anyone else’s plans when making plans for yourself. Last minute weekend trip with your college bestie? Heck yeah!

2. Less prep and grooming

Let’s just say you can save a lot on razors when you’re flying solo

3. More time with friends and family

We’ve all been guilty of spending more time with our significant others than our other loved ones at some point or another so now’s the time to make up for that!

4. Not feeling guilty for taking time by yourself

Anyone else ever felt the need to forgo date night for an exciting night alone with your Netflix account? It can’t be just me

5. You can figure out your likes and dislikes for future relationships

You can learn a lot about what you’re looking for in a guy (or girl) just by spending time with a lot of different types of people that you might not have been able to if you were already dating someone

6. No more couple fights!

Unless you’re the type of person that gets in fights with friends and family, the number of fights you have will definitely decrease!

7. Just less stress in general

“Why aren’t they texting me back?” “Is it normal to be that close with your ex?” “They should’ve called me by now” – Just a few of the thoughts that do not cross your mind when you’re single

8. Being able to focus on your career and other opportunities

There’s no better time to think about your career and other opportunities that may bring you to unexpected places, than when you have no one else’ future to worry about but your own

9. Figuring out who you are without the temptation to be someone you’re not

Learning how to grow and who you want to be on your own is much more fulfilling than changing for the sake of pleasing someone else

10. Realizing you can be happy on your own

Coming to the realization that you can feel happy, fulfilled, and lead a spontaneous and exciting life without the crutch that a relationship can be is honestly one of the most important realizations of my life thus far

Fashion Trends to Jump On

When it comes to new fashion trends, I’ll be the first to admit that I have never been one to take big risks. My style tends to lean more on the classic and comfy side rather than the trendy and not-so-comfy one so you can only imagine how happy I was when these easy-to-wear, comfortable and dare I say chic trends made their way into the lime-light this year.

Delicate Jewelry

I truly believe that less is more with jewelry and these small pieces add just enough glitz to pull together a look. Or you can go crazy and layer them!

Capes

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A slightly more feminine alternative to the ever so popular pea coat and puffer jacket, I think these will make a big return next Winter

Sporty Bikini Tops

Pebble

I just think this shape is so flattering on girls of every shape and size! Definitely will be picking up one of these before my trip to Antigua in May!

Roll Necks

As someone who is just getting into the great big world of chunky necklaces, I think smaller roll necks would be the perfect canvas’s for these statement pieces.

Kimonos

I think that Kimono’s can act as the perfect lazy yet stylish cover-ups for long days at the beach where getting fully dressed is simply out of the question.

Let me know what you think of these trends and any others you’re looking forward to trying out!

Decor Wishlist

When my best friend and I were teens growing up in the suburbs of Boston, our idea of “going out” was venturing to the Natick Mall where we would hit up our usual spots: Crate and Barrel, and Pottery Barn. I admit, these were probably not the coolest shops to be perusing at our age but what can I say, the allure of brightly designed throw pillows and the excitement of an artful centerpiece couldn’t keep us away!

As I’ve gotten older, my love for interior decor has not diminished and I am constantly looking for little pieces to brighten up my space. Here are some items that are currently on my wishlist:

Moderna Ivory Moroccan Shag Area Rug

I’ve had my eye on a clean, simple, slightly modern rug like this for a while now and at 68% off, this sale might just be the motivation I need to cave.

Border Twill Cotton Blanket

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When the rest of your furniture and decor is relatively simple, it’s nice to add a new texture, color, or pattern to a room in the form of a throw and I think the stripe on this one is just darling.

Meredith Brass Lanterns

Meredith Brass Lanterns

Whether you’re placing these outside and lighting them up with candles or keeping them inside on a shelf or mantle and filling them with fairy lights, these sleeker brass versions of the traditional wooden lanterns are perfect for any living space.