Back To School Tote Bags

Back to school tote bags- Boston Chic Party

Okay, so I may be a few years past back to school, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love an excuse to go shopping just as much as the next gal. The back to school season is a perfect time to grab a new tote bag, whether it is to hold your books or to get you to and from the office. I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorites in case you are looking to do some back to school shopping yourself too.

  1. Street Level Reversible Tote– Not only is this tote reversible, making it super versatile, but it’s under $50, making it super affordable too
  2. Rebecca Minkoff Always On Regan Tote– Loving the tassels on this Rebecca Minkoff beauty!
  3. Madewell Transport Tote– This tote is made from super soft leather and the contrast handles add some special detailing to an otherwise classic bag.
  4. Tory Burch York Tote– My current tote bag that seriously fits everything I need! It comes in a variety of colors, but I am partial to the red🙂
  5. Longchamp Le Pilage Nylon Tote– I actually did carry a Longchamp tote when in college as my “bookbag” and I still love their totes and weekender bags. The leather straps on this one make it a bit more chic in my opinion too.

Are you doing any back to school shopping currently?

xoxo, Jenna

Yummie by Heather Thomson and My Fave Boston Workouts

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We’ve already covered this here on Boston Chic Party, but new workout clothes definitely have a way of getting me motivated to workout. One thing I haven’t really tried out yet is the printed legging trend, so when Yummie by Heather Thomson sent me these awesome capris I was super excited.to wear them. Paired with their racerback tank, it makes for the perfect workout look!

Since we’ve moved to South Boston, I’ve been trying to take advantage of running by the water and Castle Island. It’s one of my favorite workouts right now, so it was only natural that I snapped these photos at Castle Island. Besides that, I love switching things up and going to different classes around Boston, especially barre and spinning. For spin, I’m a big fan of getting my cardio on during the classes at Cyc Fitness and Flywheel. I also love adding barre into my weekly schedule- it is a total body workout that completely challenges me every single time. My faves in the city? Xtend Barre and The Bar Method. If you live outside the city, I also have to mention Pure Barre Sudbury– my sister-in-law is a teacher there and will give all you suburban ladies a killer class!

What are your favorite ways to workout? Boston friends, any classes I need to check out?

xoxo, Jenna

FYI- this post was sponsored in part by Yummie by Heather Thomson. All images and opinions are my own.

Leopard & Lace Ups

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Sweater: Nordstrom Tee: Ann Taylor Jeans: Loft Clutch: Sole Society (similar to this Clare V version) Shoes: Nordstrom Earrings: Kate Spade Necklace: Loren Hope via Rocksbox (use code bostonchicpartyxoxo to try your first month for free!) Sunglasses: Kate Spade  Lips: Max Factor in Maroon Dust (c/o)

To be honest with you guys I really cannot believe it is August 18! Like what? Where did this month (slash summer) go? I love this season and I am trying to hold on to every last minute, so have been avoiding sharing any fall outfits here at the risk of rushing the end of summer. Not to get too philosophical or anything, but sometimes I feel like I spend so much time looking forward to the next season or next weekend or next event instead of living in the moment. Trying to be better about this and I guess it’s starting with holding on to summer🙂

The other night, however, MJD and I were getting ready to head out to dinner and the weather was absolutely fall like (don’t worry it was 100 the next day). It was the perfect excuse to wear one of my Nordstrom sale purchases – the sweater– that I am totally in love with.I so should have bought that sweater in both colors, by the way #shoppersremorse.  I laced up my  flats for the first time in months and added a pop of leopard for a neutral outfit that could just as easily be worn summer and fall. Just be careful using that F word around me,.. I mean I love the fall clothes and can’t wait to wear them and all, but don’t rush my summer!

What do you guys think- are you holding on to summer as long as possible or ready for your first pumpkin latte?

xoxo, Jenna

 

Blueberry Mojitos

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The refreshing rum cocktail gets a summer twist with the addition of blueberries in this blueberry mojito.

Happy National Rum Day!

I’m not usually one to drink rum (much more of a vodka girl), but there is something super refreshing about a mojito. It’s an awesome cocktail for summer and I love how you can easily customize with other complimentary flavors for a twist on the classic. When I heard that rum day was coming up, I thought it’d be fun to try my hand at a mojito with one of my favorite summer fruits-blueberries.

Do you guys want to hear a funny story about what happened while I was making these cocktails? Well, let’s just say my clumsy side kicked in and I ended up spilling an entire pint of blueberries all over the floor. Those little suckers rolled around everywhere. I was still finding them two days later!

If you want to celebrate National Rum Day for yourself, mojitos are very easy to make at home on your own. Just don’t copy me entirely and hold on to your berries tight ;) . My Blueberry Mojito is the perfect summer cocktail to make at home: it’s refreshing, light and it looks pretty impressive for your guests too!

Cheers and once again, Happy Rum Day!

xoxo, Jenna

Blueberry Mojito- Summer Cocktail Recipe- National Rum Day- Boston Chic Party-1

You’ll Need:

Makes One Mojito

  • 10 mint leaves, plus additional to garnish
  • 10 blueberries, plus additional to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 and a 1/2 ounces white rum
  • Club soda
  • Ice

To Make:

Add mint and half the blueberries to bottom of glass and muddle.

Add sugar and remaining blueberries and muddle with mint.

Place ice in glass.

Add rum over ice.

Pour in club soda to fill glass.

Stir to combine.

Add additional mint and blueberries to garnish.

 

Red, Bows & Blue

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Something you may not know about me is I went to an all girls Catholic high school and spent those four years wearing a uniform. When you have specific rules as to what you can wear every day, you have to find other ways to be creative. Headbands and huge ribbons tied around ponytails were the go-to accessories at my high school. You should have seen my drawer of hair ribbons🙂.

Given my hair accessorizing ways in high school, it’s probably no surprise that Blair Waldorf is one of my favorite TV characters- and fashion icons. There is a white dress she wore in season 2 that I am still day dreaming over (seriously). To me, this outfit is very Blair inspired- from the headband to the skort. While you may have heard of Irresistible Me for their hair extensions or their hair straightener (I reviewed it here), they also offer so many cute headbands and hair accessories like the one seen here. The color and detailing on this headband adds the perfect something extra. Hopefully this look would make both Blair and my headband loving, ribbon wearing high school self proud.

Any Gossip Girl fans here? Are you on Team Serena or Team Blair?

xoxo, Jenna

Cabi on Cape Cod

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Last weekend I headed down to the Cape with three of my best girlies. We had so much fun- beaching, eating, drinking and having just a few sing alongs🙂. On Saturday night, we went out for a very Cape Cod-esque dinner at Sesuit Harbor Café. It’s a seafood joint right on the water in Sesuit. I couldn’t decide what was better- the views or the lobster roll! It’s also BYOB so we could bring our fave drinks along too. Spiked seltzers anyone?

This outfit was the perfect look for our casual harborside dinner. I’m loving this nautical inspired blazer I got after the Cabi Fashion Show a few weeks ago. It was awesome to throw on as the night got cooler down the Cape, but I’ve also styled it for work with my fave navy pants (they are seriously the best skinny style work pant). Gotta love versatile pieces like this one that do double duty!

xoxo, Jenna

The Roman Mule

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The classic mule gets an Italian makeover for summer with the addition of a basil-infused simple syrup.

I’m a huge fan of the Moscow Mule and it’s super refreshing taste makes it the perfect summer cocktail. If you’ve been following along on the blog for a while, you know I am a fan of re-creating the classic with seasonal flavors (example one here and two here).I’m trying my hand at this again for summer by creating what I’m calling the Roman Mule.

The Roman Mule is the Italian cousin of your favorite classic mule. The addition of basil leaves and a basil infused simple syrup makes it an even more refreshing version of the original that’s perfect for summer. With the abundance of basil this time of year, it’s pretty much the ideal cocktail to drink on a summer weekend (or weeknight for that matter).

This past week MJD and I finally had some of our furniture delivered including our kitchen table (sneak peek above!). This definitely called for a celebration! I whipped up a few of my Roman Mules, paired them with some easy snacks (tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers) and a delish dinner for our first meal at our new table.That followed by the first episode of The Night Of made for an awesome date night in🙂

Are you a fan of the mule like I am?

xoxo, Jenna

You’ll Need:

Makes one cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 5 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce basil simple syrup:
    • 1/2 of a cup water
    • 1/2 of a cup sugar
    • 1/2 of a cup fresh basil leaves
  • Ice
  • Basil to garnish

To Make:

Add water, sugar and basil leaves to a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool completely.

In a glass (or copper mug) filled with ice, combine vodka, ginger beer and simple syrup.

Add basil to garnish.

Serve and enjoy!