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A Perfect Day in Palm Beach








Want to know what a perfect day in Palm Beach looks like? Well, it starts with coffee poolside at The Colony, brunching at Cafe Boulud, and biking around the island (on adorable bikes of course), before a delicious Italian dinner (we ate at Cafe dell'Arte) and a sunset walk on the beach.

Cafe Boulud is part of the fabulous Brazilian Court Hotel. In addition to a stunning garden/terrace, they have award-winning dining, a beautiful pool, full salon, and adorable bikes to borrow. I road this yellow one because it matched my dress and Emily opted for the pink signature Lilly Pulitzer bike.

dress (on sale!) // sunnies // bag (on sale!) // wedges (comfiest pair I own)

Yellow is not the easiest color to wear, but I recently went back to my roots, literally. I dyed my hair a couple shades darker, closer to my natural hair color. Much to my delight, I found myself able to wear bright yellow once more! Although, I would argue that the warmer yellow color of this dress is much easier to wear in general.

I stumbled on this dress on Amazon of all places, and at a great price. I've discovered that you can find some really great designers discounted on Amazon, especially two of my go-to designers for Florida/resort wear -- Trina Turk and Nanette Lepore. Not to mention second-day Prime was a life-saver when prepping for this spur of the moment trip.

I have link some of my favorites below!

Anyone else planning a winter getaway?


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Where to Stay in Palm Beach


Best Boutique Hotels in Palm Beach
The Colony Hotel
Where to Stay in Palm Beach - Florida's Preppiest Hotel - The Colony
The Colony Hotel
Where to Stay in Palm Beach
The Brazilian Court
Best Hotels in Palm Beach
The Breakers
Where to Stay in Palm Beach
The Breakers

Palm Beach is the perfect place for a little winter getaway. For such a tiny little island, it boasts high-end designer shopping, beautiful beaches, charming storefronts, gourmet restaurants, fabulous resorts, and quaint boutique hotels. My favorite three hotels on the island are The Breakers, of course, and two fabulous smaller boutique hotels -- The Colony and The Brazilian Court.

As I mentioned before, The Breakers was the original Palm Beach resort built by Henry Flagler. Today, the resort remains the picture of turn of the 20th-century elegance. The Breakers is as huge as it is stunning and includes all of the amenities -- Pools, beach access, full spa, golf course, tennis courts, lots of onsite shopping (they even have a Lilly Pulitzer store in the hotel), and plenty of gourmet dining.

As much as I love the fabulousness of The Breakers, I actually prefer two of the island's smaller hotels. The Colony Hotel wins hands down for ambiance. I mean, look at that pink and green hallway! The entire hotel is decorated in a barrage of bright and preppy hues and patterns. Even if you're not staying at The Colony, it is worth a visit for a pool-side brunch or for dinner at their Polo restaurant.

If navy stripes, green palm print, pink walls, and gingham table cloths aren't your scene, I recommend the less-preppy, but equally beautiful Brazilian Court Hotel. The Brazilian Court has a more tropical, French colonial feel. The hotel offers fine dining, a full service salon, and Lilly Pulitzer bikes to explore the island (you can't escape Lilly in Palm Beach). Like The Colony, you don't have to stay at the Brazilian Court to appreciate it. Emily and I had an amazing French-inspired brunch outdoor on the stunning terrace of their award-winning Cafe Boulud.


All in all, Palm Beach is the perfect winter getaway... just as it was more than a century ago!


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Winter Getaway to Palm Beach








What do you do when December temperatures in Florida refuse to drop below 80 degrees? Stop fighting it and embrace it! After weeks of wishing for cooler temps, Emily (who was freezing in NYC) and I decided to embrace the heat and celebrate the end of the semester with a little vacation to Palm Beach.

hat // sunnies // dress // bag (old, similar) // wedges

Why Palm Beach? Well it does not get much cuter and preppier than Palm Beach. It is after all where Lilly Pulitzer started her infamous juice stand and line of colorful dresses. The island is small but packed with history and charm. Palm Beach was originally established as a resort town by Railroad tycoon Henry Flagler. It was the turn of the 20th century and the railroads brought an influx of capital and well-to-do residents to the area. Famous tycoons and constant parties lured wealthy "northerners" to Palm Beach for the winter social season.

The resort boomed and Flagler built himself a stunning mansion (now the Flagler Museum) to go along with his two nearby luxury hotels. Sadly, only one of these hotels survives today -- The Breakers. True to its history, however, The Breakers remains an exclusive and glamorous resort even today.

If you are going to visit Palm Beach, the Flagler Mansion (museum) and The Breakers are both a must-see. Even if you don't stay at The Breakers (it is pricey, and we definitely did not), the stunning and massive property is well worth a stroll. For a day of strolling both sights, I wore this flowy wrap dress that I scored at Nordstrom for under $50!

Have you visited Palm Beach? What is your favorite winter resort?


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Feeling Festive








coat // sunnies // striped shirt // skirt (old, similar) // tights // wedges (old, similar)

Confession - I took these photos at Disney Springs when it was about 80 degrees outside. But I just couldn't wait to photograph this coat! It just feels so festive. I imagine that if I did live in a colder climate that this is exactly what I would wear for a white Christmas. I have this dream of one day spending the holidays in a snowy, picturesque log cabin complete with roaring fire!

Instead, I will be here in Florida in shorts and a t-shirt lol. Although I do have trips planned to D.C., New York, and Chicago this winter/early spring, so at least I can look forward to wearing my winter-weather favorites then.

Not only is this coat currently on sale, but it is an additional 40% off with the code "giftnow." I imagine that the sales will only improve after Christmas/Hanukkah as everyone's holiday money and gift cards burn holes in their pockets.

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and/or a happy Hanukkah!


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The Best of 2016
















Just as I was finally getting use to writing 2016, it is about to be 2017. I know I say this every year, but where does the time go? For most, 2016 was not the best of years, myself included. Coming off of an incredible and exciting 2015 abroad, I struggled to re-adjust to life in Florida and settle into dissertation writing full time. But, whether a banner year or not, I always enjoy looking back at the year that was.

January was all about re-adjusting to life back home. Eager to re-nest, I teamed up with Framebridge to create a new gallery wall in my living room (my place needed a lot of TLC after being neglected for a year) and introduced lots of new prints in the Preppy Printshop.

In February I was named a finalist for a prestigious grant, which took me to New York City for the final interview. Of course in true 2016-fashion I did not get the grant, but I made the best of it and enjoyed my time in the city with Emily. After my rejection, I was pretty disappointed and struggled to regain momentum on my dissertation, so I jumped into a new hobby -- learning to sew. February saw my first successful sewing project!

March was the first month where 2016 really began to show its true colors -- Instagram revealed it was going to change its algorithm, and everyone freaked out (I don't know about you, but I am still feeling the effects of this). March was also a month of highs and lows. I wore one of my worst looks of the year (here) and one of my favorite looks of the year (here). You win some, you lose some. In better news, March was the month that I finally put together my comprehensive map guide of Florence.

April was a good month -- Sprinkles Cupcakes opened up walking distance from my house, unseasonably cool temps allowed for perfect picnics with my bestie, and Emily and I started planning our big summer trip!

In May I finally returned to my beloved Florence for the summer. I worked for a study abroad program and stayed to do some more research in the archive. Part of my job working with students is planning the groups's excursions around Tuscany and Italy. My favorite trip in May was our tour of the San Vito winery. It was a gorgeous day full of good food and even better wine.

June was a crazy month, my study abroad program was in full swing and we were traveling every weekend. We visited Venice and the colorful island of Burano. We also went to a 600-year-old winery and estate that may or may not have been the home of the real Mona Lisa. Finally, I worked up the nerve to drive a vintage Fiat through the Tuscan countryside.

Hands down, July was my favorite month of 2016. It was the month that started in Provence and ended in Paris! Emily and I road tripped through the lavender and sunflower fields of Provence and then chateau hopped around the Loire Valley. We ended our trip in Paris before I headed back to Florence for my final weeks there.

The month of August was all about transitioning once more. Before leaving Europe for the summer, I met up with my mom for a Mediterranean cruise. Afterwards, I headed back to Florida to get back to work on my dissertation. Of course I missed Florence/Italy terribly, so I shared a list of everything you need to know before traveling to Italy.

I struggled to get back in the swing of things through September. Fortunately, I did not stay put long, and I left for California mid-September. I had a residential fellowship at The Huntington in Pasadena. I made the most of my time in California, writing during the week and exploring the best of Cali on the weekends. The highlight of the month was a trip to Napa with Emily for her birthday.

I spent the first part of October in California and I continued to explore L.A. I particularly loved The Beverly Hills Hotel and my hike through the Hollywood Hills.

November was another exciting month. I had to travel to D.C. and Yale to track down some manuscripts I needed to see, which also meant I got to visit my brother in D.C. and see Emily in New York. I crossed several items of my bucket list in November -- Apple picking, row boating in Central Park, and continued my quest to discover the best brunches in New York.

And just like that it was December! December was full of grading and grant writing, but I also managed to find the perfect camel coat, discovered eyebrow microblading (game changer!), and put together one of my favorite looks of the year.


2016 was definitely a year of highs and lows, but what are the highs without the lows? Overall it was a year of transition, and I fear 2017 will be the year of uncertainty and change as I finish my dissertation, enter the job market, and prepare for life post-doc. Despite facing the unknown, I am hopeful that 2017 will be equally exciting. I mean it can't be any worse than 2016... right?

What were your highs and lows from 2016?
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Leather Weather







sunnies (c/o Ditto) // jacket (and similar here) // blouse // skirt // c/o Dagne Dover clutch // shoes

It has been a warm fall and an even warmer winter around here. We have only had two brief cold snaps. And I was quick to pull out my favorite fall/winter items (like this camel coat) for each.

Leather is one of those materials I love, but that doesn't exactly work in Florida's climate. Despite a limited number of cool days, however, I have managed to wear this skirt plenty. It is one of my favorites. I mean who doesn't love a leather skirt with pink and burgundy embroidery? It is has also proven to be versatile. You can see how I wore it with a contrasting floral shirt in New York here.

This skirt is not the only gorgeous piece of leather in this look. Dagne Dover has done it again and created the perfect leather clutch. Sleek and sophisticated, this streamlined clutch holds everything you need from meetings to drinks and slips easily in and out of your work bag. It can even double as an iPad case.

After weeks of wishing for cooler temps, I decided to embrace Florida for what it is, rather than resent it for what it is not. Florida is sunny and warm while much of the country is covered in snow (sorry guys!). So, last Friday Emily and I took a last minute trip to Palm Beach and Miami. I will be sharing all of our adventures soon!


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Eyebrow Microblading



Have you ever heard of eyebrow microblading? Well, you need to. Because I legit woke up like this!

Eyebrow microblading is the latest in eyebrow trends. Basically it is a form of tattooing. Unlike a traditional tattoo, however, it only lasts one to three years. Using a blade/needle device, pigment is deposited under the skin in small stokes that mimic hairs.

We all know that full, natural-looking brows are in, but growing up in the 90s and 2000s left my eyebrows less than luscious. For years I craved fuller brows and spent hours powdering and penciling them in. I also tried every serum, powder, pencil, and pomade on the market. Even if I put no other makeup on, I always did my brows. Of course, I would also inevitably lose my brows (or a brow) on a hot, sweaty Florida day, working out, or swimming. I dreamed of the day I could wake up with full brows. That day has finally come!

Here is how it works. Your initial appointment lasts about 2 hours. Your face is measured and your ideal eyebrows are drawn on. After your approval and some tweaks, numbing cream is applied. The first cuts are the worst. But, after stroking the basic shape, more numbing cream is added (the pain is no more than waxing). The procedure continues as each eyebrow hair is carefully stoked. You then have to let the pigment set before walking out the door with perfect brows. When they are first done they are very dark, and for the first three days of healing you can't wet your brows or sweat. After about fours days they scab (just a little bit, it is barely noticeable), which will fall off on their own revealing your slightly lighter, but just as perfect, brows. A month or so after your first session, you will need a touch up, which addresses any areas that did not take pigment or that need to be refined. Google eyebrow microblading before and after, you will be amazed!

These photos were taken 10 days after my touch up. I love how natural they look. It is amazing to wake up with full brows. I have been going without makeup more and more, and it is liberating.

If you are interested make sure you do you research. Find a technician who is fully certified and well practiced (ask to see a lot of pictures and be frank about what you are looking for). If you are near Tampa, I highly recommend Wendy, who did mine. She has been doing my hair since I was 14, so I trust her. She is taking appointments by phone at 813.230.0260.

So what do you think of this latest beauty trend? Also, how hilarious is Ophelia in that last photo?

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