A Weekend in Mystic, Connecticut

I hope you followed along this weekend as my husband and I took a little adventure to Mystic, Connecticut.

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This town is known by far more than Mystic Pizza. From the culinary scene to the nightlife, this old, sleepy, fishing village is booming.

Below are the highlights on where we stayed, what we did, and (most importantly) what we ate:

Where We Stayed:

The Whaler’s Inn – Anytime we are in Mystic, we stay at the Whaler’s Inn. It’s conveniently located steps from the Mystic Drawbridge and has gotten quite the facelift in the past couple of years. We love the Nautical decor, the free *fresh* baked chocolate chip cookies at reception, and the fact that we can walk anywhere in town from it! They have 4 different buildings for rooms: The Main House, The Noank House, The Stonington House, and The 1865 House. We’ve stayed in both the Main House and The Stonington House and have enjoyed both.

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What We Did:

We normally only go to Mystic for a weekend since it is such a close drive from our home (about an hour and a half without traffic). Saturday is typically our only full day to explore. On previous trips we have visited the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Mystic Aquarium, and the Olde Mystic Village. This time around we headed out to Watch Hill, RI to have lunch at Ocean House (more on that below). Watch Hill is conveniently located only 20 minutes from Mystic and offers beaches and a quaint village filled with shops and bakeries. If you want to go to the beach (called East Beach), there is parking for $25 just a short walk from the beach entrance. We arrived around 11am and there was plenty of parking still available. What I loved the most about Watch Hill was admiring the homes and the stunning views of the ocean.

After our day in Watch Hill we headed back to Mystic for an afternoon sail on the Schooner Argia. The schooner took us out to Fishers Island Sound as the crew shared history and stories about the coastline and the lighthouses in the area. The waters are very calm in Fishers Island Sound so it’s suitable for all ages. They offer snacks and refreshments on board and you are welcome to bring beer or wine.

What We Ate:

Ford’s Lobster in Noank – This is ALWAYS our first stop off the highway. Unfortunately dock seating wasn’t available yet but it was still delicious. I always get the lobster bomb with lobster bisque. Andrew got the crab cake melt which was also delicious!

The Treehouse at Oyster Club – We love Oyster Club traditionally for their creative farm to table dishes and the freshest oysters in the area. Then we discovered The Treehouse and fell even more in love! Situated in the trees, The Treehouse is the perfect place for a cocktail and some farm fresh small bites (they do also serve main dishes but we like to pick and linger). The Treehouse is first come first serve, but tables do turnover quickly.

Sift – Skip the sit down breakfast and head to Sift for their famous pastries. I love their chocolate croissants and lemon scones. Their iced coffee is really good too! Psst…they recently opened a location in Watch Hill!

Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI – Even if you aren’t a guest at this gorgeous Relais & Chateaux hotel you can still enjoy the grounds by eating at one of their many restaurants. Such as the Verandah, which is where we had lunch. Get there early and you can have lunch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is at the Verandah that we enjoyed French Onion Crab Dip, a Kale Chopped Salad, and a Hot Lobster Roll. All delicious! Following lunch, we asked our server for directions to the Veuve Cliquot Secret Garden which is located on the property. The prices for a cocktail are little steep but the experience was worth it!

Grass & Bone – this Butcher Shop/Eat-In/Take-Out spot opened late last year and we were so excited to try it out. It’s definitely more casual. We were looking for something low key, so it was perfect for what we wanted that night. But if you are looking to go “out” to dinner, this would be more appropriate as a lunch spot for you. Since I am Vegetarian at the moment, I got the oyster mushroom sandwich. And it was really good! Andrew got the Thai Soup and Kielbasa platter which he enjoyed as well.

Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream – Obviously no wrong choices here.

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On Trend: Wicker and Straw Bags

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Who else is LOVING this wicker/straw bag trend? I can hop on board with any trend that practically pairs with any outfit. I hope they stick around for years to come! I received this Free People bag (above and below) for my birthday this year and could not wait to wear it out and about! I also love the beautiful red lining that peeps through.

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There are so many great wicker and straw bags out there. Below are some of my favorites!

Wicker Bag Round Up

Clockwise from Top Left:

  1. Urban Outfitters Circle Straw Crossbody – a STEAL at $59
  2. Kate Spade Bloom Street Sam – one of my favorites, definitely worth the splurge!
  3. Clare V Alice Tote w/ Blush Strap – I love all of Clare V’s bags and clutches. They are classics and always so well made.
  4. ARANAZ Jean Bucket Bag – bucket bag AND woven.
  5. J. McLaughlin Ava Bamboo Handle Wicker Satchel – another classic, sturdy, feminine. I am IN LOVE.
  6. Topshop Bali Pom Pom Bag – another steal at $49. So cute!
  7. Vogue Woven Bag (from Pink Pineapple Shop in Newport, RI) – I love supporting small businesses and Pink Pineapple Shop is one of my favorites. This bag is also on MAJOR sale for $89.

 

Jean Jacket Round Up

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Jacket: J. Crew Factory (old) Top: Madewell Jeans: J. Crew Sunglasses: Ray Ban

 

About 5 years ago, I purchased my first denim jacket. And from then on, I don’t know how I ever lived without one.

  1. It goes with literally EVERYTHING and EVERY color
  2. It keeps you warm AND it keeps you cool
  3. It’s easy to carry around JUST IN CASE you need it

Although this specific version is no longer available, I’ve rounded up some great ones below.

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Clockwise from Top Left:

  1. Oversized Icon Denim Jacket from the Gap (on sale for $63, plus and extra 20% off with the code: FORYOU)
  2. J. Crew Classic Denim Jacket
  3. J. Crew Factory (on sale for $42.30 plus an extra 20% off with code: SQUEAKY)
  4. Zara Jean Jacket
  5. J. Crew Denim Swing Jacket (I love this since it seems to be a softer and more flexible feel to a traditional denim jacket)

 

photos by: Julia D’Agostino

 

Spring Workwear Edit

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I know, I know. It snowed this morning. BUT – Spring IS around the corner. TRUST.

I put together 3 outfits that are perfect for when Spring DOES come around.

Are you asking where the dresses and skirts are? Personally, I prefer pants in the spring and save the dresses and skirts for summer. Even in the Spring, it is still too chilly for me in the mornings and in the office to have my legs exposed..but don’t worry, I’ll share my favorite workwear dresses once the weather really warms up!

P.S. Everything above is majorly ON SALE right now…EVERYTHING…

From Left to Right:

Outfit 1 –

Top: I love bowed tops. There is just something so classic and refined about them. I especially love this white one from Banana Republic that can be worn year-round.

Pants: I love J. Crew’s work pants (so much so, that all 3 pairs in this post are from there!). Switching to grey is perfect for when you’re sick of your all-black winter ensemble, but are limited on color options for work.

Shoes: Black Leather Mules, with a BOW. Can’t go wrong.

Bag: I love letter my accessories be the POP in my outfit. This Kate Spade bag is SO cute and is the perfect POP for your corporate dress code.

Outfit 2 –

Top: The J. Crew Tippi Sweater is my favorite of all time. It’s so soft and perfect for Spring/Summer/Fall weather. I have about 5 of them. This color allows you to embrace the pastel trend taking over.

Pants: How CUTE are these ELEPHANT trousers!? They are MAJORLY on sale ($30!!!). And I can personally attest that the Martie Pant is the most flattering of all work pants.

Shoes: These Talbots gold heeled sandals offer just the perfect amount of height and can practically go with anything!

Bag: I love this Navy Bag from Mark & Graham, plus you can get it monogrammed!

Outfit 3 (Casual Friday) –

Top: I just bought this Navy/Ivory striped top with ruffle sleeves and can’t wait to wear it. I have one in Black/Ivory too and it was one of my staples for Spring and Summer last year.

Pants: GREY CHINOS! I love the color of these (is there anything more appealing to the eye than white and grey??). They also look sooo comfortable.

Shoes: I love these Navy Loafers from J. Crew Factory.

Bag: Again…Grey is always a keeper in my book! And I love the look of this Mark & Graham bag.

I&S Weekly Coveted

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All the ladies that fill up their shopping carts online but don’t buy any of it say I!

(( hundreds of women yell I ))

Above are the items I am currently lusting over (ok, it’s only some of them). I don’t think I can hold back from purchasing those red ballet flats for much longer though (sorry, husband).

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Crystal Infused Water Bottle
  2. Free People Tunic
  3. Havana Slides
  4. Mark & Graham Striped Shirt (with monogramming!)
  5. Pretty Pink Lip from Mac
  6. Pink Bowed Blouse from Zara
  7. SKII Essence (have heard that this can literally transform your skin)
  8. Pretty Clutch from Roller Rabbit
  9. Pink Patterned Scarf from Tuckernuck (under $50!)
  10. White Gucci Bag
  11. Red French Sole Ballet Flats

 

 

Spring Fever

I don’t know about you guys, but I have SPRING FEVER.

I am so ready to do some spring cleaning, decorate my front and back patios, and of course start rocking all my favorite pieces for Spring.

Some of these items I’ve already purchased and some are still on my lust list. I

love the fact that gingham everything and straw bags are here to stay for another season!

What trends are you looking forward to wearing this year?

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Clockwise from Top Left:
  1. Embroidered Shirtdress from Anthropologie
  2. Wrap Stripe Blouse by Iris & Ink (currently CRAZY on SALE!)
  3. Straw Tote from Hat Attack
  4. Hot Pink Slippers by Sam Edelman
  5. Gingham Blouse from Zara
  6. Linen Dress from FAITHFULL THE BRAND
  7. Gold and White Statement Earrings from For Love & Lemons
  8. Green and White Jumpsuit from FAITHFULL THE BRAND