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Cable Knit in New England

This month's trip to Boston seemed like the right occasion to pull out a quintessentially New England outfit. What's more preppy and proper than cashmere cable knit?

I've actually had this Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater for ten years now. It was a splurge that was 100% worth it. The big scale of the cable knit and the espresso color are perfection. In fact, it's made an appearance on the blog before! With a white skirt and black vest, it was one of my very first outfit posts.

In other items that I've had forever, this Longchamp bag is practically vintage at this point. I put it away for almost a decade, but have pulled it out recently because it fits my normal purse things and my camera. Plus, it has a bit of a throwback European vibe.

Mornings with Dove

I've been a fan of Dove Products for years for a whole slew of reasons. First, because I am a visual person and a blogger, I love their branding. The white packaging with touches of pink, blue, or gold is so relaxing to look at and just evokes feelings of a soft, feminine but not too feminine, clean. It's the beauty product equivalent of a white fluffy robe and a bubble bath in a soaking tub. 

Second, their products work. Supple skin, moisturizing that lasts, and deodorants that keep you dry. Dove's 48 Hour Advanced Care deodorant is my new favorite—not only is it effective, but it keeps my skin soft and feeling pretty, which is a tall order for someone with skin that can be super sensitive. Third, their products are reliable. I can pick something I haven't tried before, as I did with this one, and know that it will work.

Pretty little somethings for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! As I said before, I've always loved Valentine's Day, single or not. There's no reason not to celebrate a holiday that's all about eating chocolate, wearing pink, and appreciating those you love, whether it's your galentine's or a Valentine. 

Feminine, lacy lingerie and loungewear in shades of red and pink is quintessentially Valentine's Day and Eberjey is one of my all time favorite intimates lines. Everything is so pretty yet so comfortable. Here are a few items worth checking out this Valentine's Day.

Below are links to the items above, as well as a whole slew of other gorgeous and feminine items from Eberjey. Plus, all the sale items at Anthropologie are an extra 25% off, so you can find a great deal on some normally pricey lingerie.

Cozy Evening Out

Years ago, I was one of those girls who knew Friday and Saturday nights weren't for being cold. Comfort was sacrificed on the weekends. Well, those days are way behind me, and now when I'm headed out on a weekend evening, I better be able to stay warm. No more winter tanks, I'm all about the fur vest layered over chic black. Whether it's a dress or a statement sleeve top and leather pants, this is likely what you'll see me in on a frigid February night. 

Fur Vest (Zara, but similar here and here) - Loren Hope Earrings
Black Ruffle Top (sold out from Madewell but similar here, here and here)


Weekend in Boston

For a snow loving girl, I'm a little disappointed that I just missed a huge snowstorm in the Northeast, but regardless of timing, I had a fun little jaunt up to Boston this past weekend. For those who aren't aware, flights from DC are literally $70 round trip on a regular basis. If you're looking for a quick getaway, this is it.

Adam and I decided to fly in Saturday late morning and out Monday morning—of course this was booked long before we realized that meant we'd be in Boston for a Patriots Super Bowl Sunday. Saturday night, we stayed at the Godfrey Hotel right in the Theater District and just around the corner from Boston Common. Immediately after checking in, we headed right down  the street to Chinatown for some much needed sustenance in the form of bao buns. Of course I can't recall the name of that restaurant (travel blogger #FAIL), but I guarantee anywhere you turn in Chinatown you'll find a delicious spot. From there, we took a sunny, below freezing stroll through Boston Common and the Boston Public Gardens. The gardens were gorgeous in the dead of winter—I was absolutely enthralled by the frozen lake—so I can only imagine what it's like on a warm spring day. We stumbled upon a book sale at the Boston Public Library, a must see on Copley Square, then, book in hand, made our way up Newbury Street, down Boylston Street, and popped in Flour Bakery for a slice of Boston Cream Pie—when in Rome!

Saturday late afternoon took us to Beacon Hill where we sought refuge from the cold at Bin 26, a wine bar with a trendy yet cozy ambiance. A few glasses of red wine later, we were ready to trek back into the frigid air, walking the streets of Beacon Hill, me, of course, peering in every window like a creeper, and back to our hotel. We grabbed drinks at the hotel bar, which was bustling at this point in the evening, and made our way back to the room where I finally had a minute to appreciate the sophisticated and tailored take on New England decor. With navy and grey dominating the color scheme and a plaid headboard, there was just enough preppy, classic influence, yet it still appeared modern and sleek. It was such a comfortable stay that we decided to just have drinks in our room before our late Italian dinner in the North End. (Disclaimer on dinner: we ate at Panza, I would definitely not recommend. I feel like we may need to go back to Boston just to have a better North End Italian experience!)

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