Monthly Archives: September 2014

Labor Day Weekend Recap: So Long Summer

Today marks the last in my Labor Day recap series and I’m sailing out of the season with one of my favorites – Sail to Sable! I don’t think that any other tunic could scream SUMMER more than this one with its bright print and white details. I paired it with white jeans (naturally) for what I would call a classic summer look.

(Be sure to catch up on my packing list, sailing adventures, brunch, PJ party, vineyards and white on white posts in Newport with BFF, Cori Sue.)

On our last morning in Newport, my friend Brie and I (who was also so kind to take all our photos that weekend) woke up early and snuck out on the deck to drink our morning coffees at OceanCliff. I snapped last minute photos from the cliff and enjoyed making good use of my new mint Vanesa Rey travel phone case. How perfect is it? It was a beautiful Labor Day and we certainly did not want to leave the welcoming resort staff nor the gorgeous state of Rhode Island.

We packed up our weekender bags and headed to Flo’s Clam Shack for one last seafood meal before hitting the road back to DC.

Tunic: Sail to Sable c/o (on sale here too) // Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (similar here) // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Necklace: Kendra Scott c/o // Earrings: Kendra Scott c/o // Bracelet: Kendra Scott c/o // Rings: Kendra Scott c/o // Phone Case: Vanesa Rey c/o // Lips: Maybelline Vivids – Fuchsia Flash // Weekender: Sweet Tea Monograms c/o

Shop my post below!

If you enjoyed this trip recap – (spoiler alert) – Cori Sue and I are planning a Fall retreat soon (Fall is my second favorite season!).

So long outdoor cocktails, long days, pink paws and white pants every day- I will miss this season we call summer. This past one that was filled with so many travels and fun memories with friends and family.

For all the latest on H&T, be sure to follow along on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest. Oh yes and there’s an exciting giveaway coming your way later this week!

Labor Day Weekend Recap: White on White

Today I’m doing something I swore I would never do..wearing (or posting about) white on white after Labor Day.

These photos were taken in the front driveway of the gorgeous OceanCliff Hotel before we headed to a delicious dinner outside at The Safari Room overlooking panoramic views of Narragansett Bay.

I love this eyelet peplum top from Love, Lilly and it’s on SALE now on Tuckernuck. It would be paired perfectly with dark jeans too. I threw on the leopard scarf last minute as it was a little chilly that evening and for a pop of print. I also am in LOVE with my new gold earrings from Lisi Lerch. How great will these also be for holiday later this year? Also, if I haven’t said it before, these sandals are the most comfortable pair in the world and dress up any look!

I wore this ensemble on what was our last evening in Newport and if you’re just now reading – be sure to check out all my previous posts for more on my trip (what I packed, sailing, brunch, pj party & wine tasting!) One more post left and then it’s officially time for H&T to kiss summer goodbye!

Top: Love, Lilly c/o (on SALE here) // Jeans: LOFT (similar here) // Scarf: H&M (similar here) // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Shoes: Off Broadway c/o // Monogram Clutch: Gigi New York c/o // Earrings: Lisi Lerch c/o // Bracelet: Kendra Scott c/o // Rings: Kendra Scott c/o // Lips: All Fired Up by MAC

Shop my look below!

Stay tuned tomorrow for one last outfit post and then I promise we’ll be back to regular H&T programming!

Labor Day Weekend Recap: Vineyard Attire

Two new posts today on H&T as part of my Labor Day travel series (catch up on the other one here)! If you read my sailing adventure post, you know that I mentioned there was some wine tasting involved with 12 Meter Charters.

Well, we were graciously given a Sip & Sail Package which included a wine tasting and tour at Newport Vineyards in Middletown, Rhode Island – any day of the weekend. So what did we do on a cloudy afternoon? Headed to the vineyard!

There was live music, beautiful grounds and friendly staff to meet and educate us about all their wines. They are the largest grower of wine grapes in all of New England. Cheers!

That particular day was overcast and cooler than the others so I was so happy to have my new Kayce Hughes dress from their fall collection. It’s the perfect little transitional shift dress to take you from summer to fall paired with a sun hat and sandals. Plus, it has pockets! If you plan on doing any wine tasting this season, it’s also fitting for that too.

Dress: Kayce Hughes c/o // Hat: J.Crew (similar here) // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Sandals: Steven Salario (similar Jack Rogers here) // Bracelets: J.Crew // Rings: Kendra Scott c/o // Earrings: Sweet & Spark c/o // Lips: All Fired Up by MAC

I promise I will stop talking about my Labor Day trip soon – few more posts left – with new outfits to share next week!

For all the latest on H&T, be sure to follow along on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

Happy Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend Recap: Rise & Shine with OceanCliff

I have been alluding all week in my Labor Day trip recaps about our fabulous stay up in Newport. Well, we were lucky to be hosted by the amazing staff at the OceanCliff Hotel and Resort on the famed Ocean Drive (and yes, it’s actually on a cliff).

What felt more like a large castle or mansion was where we called home for the weekend. Large gates lined the driveway and the Gatehouse and greenery welcomed us with open arms. We were spoiled in a luxury room with an ocean view and multiple windows that also let in the morning sunshine.

From the moment we arrived at OceanCliff, we felt like we were part of the family. Dean, the young, adorable bellman + catch-all man greeted us in the circle driveway where he so kindly insisted on carrying all 10 of our luggage pieces (yes, 10) up three flights of stairs to our room. He even double checked to make sure our room was ready and chatted blogging with us. I swear there was 2 of him that weekend, because every time we turned around he was there to help with anything we might need. Dana, the hotel’s manager, was just as sweet at check-in and throughout our stay with any request that came up.

As Cori Sue said “this is the most responsive hotel ever”, and I couldn’t put it better myself. The event planner in me couldn’t help but check out their event space and I must say, it is no wonder there are so many weddings at this gorgeous venue. We also enjoyed a lovely dinner al fresco at The Safari Room where we sipped on Cakebread wine and consumed lobster in all our main dishes. More photos of the gorgeous hotel grounds to come next week!

The whole weekend was one big slumber party with Sleepy Jones PJs (aka the most comfortable jammies ever) and eye masks included. Sadly, I changed out of them before enjoying my coffee on the deck each morning (in an adirondack chair, of course).

As important to note, when traveling with girlfriends you do get to know everyone’s routines and quirks and this trip was no different. For example, I do not enjoy driving and CSM does not enjoy early mornings. While I do not consider myself to be necessarily a morning person, compared to Cori Sue, I was a little ray of sunshine getting up early, tip-toeing around, prepping coffee and curling my hair all before she would rise each morning. So I thought it was quite fitting that I brought along these Moon & Lola coffee mugs to enjoy in our room. I think the photos say it all and express our morning attitudes quite perfectly. (Plus, she can’t be too mad at me for awaking her with black coffee in hand, right?)

On ME: PJ Button Down: Sleepy Jones c/o // PJ Pants: Sleepy Jones c/o // Coffee Mug: Moon & Lola c/o 

On CSM: PJ Button Down: Sleepy Jones c/o // PJ Shorts: Sleepy Jones c/o // Coffee Mug: Moon & Lola c/o 

Stay tuned later today for more on our wine tasting adventures at Newport Vineyards! Yes, TWO posts today – TGIF!

Labor Day Weekend Recap: Brunch Attire

Today marks the third in my Labor Day weekend recap post series (see what I packed here & our sailing adventures here) from our girls trip to Newport (#BACxCSMTravels). While we were in Rhode Island this past Sunday, on what felt like the windiest day on earth, we woke up early and picked up local lattes. We then shopped around and headed to Castle Hill Inn for brunch, of course (I mean I was traveling with a BWB, duh).

I threw on a white midi skirt (shocker), tucked in a little seahorse top from Love, Lilly, threw on my heels and headed over for the perfect mid-morning date with the girls.

I will leave the brunch review to Miss Cori Sue but I will tell you that my raspberry bellini and ocean view from a white adirondack chair was quite lovely even with a little wait and a little (okay, a lot of) wind in my hair.

Top: Love, Lilly c/o (shop similar here) // Skirt: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: Off Broadway c/o // Clutch: Gigi New York c/o // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Earrings: Kendra Scott c/o // Bracelet: Kendra Scott c/o// Rings: Kendra Scott c/o // Phone Case: Fornash c/o // Necklace: Gorjana c/o // Lips: All Fired Up by MAC

Shop my post below!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more about our stay & wine tasting adventures!