Denim Dressing in Charleston

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Dress: Erin Fetherston via Rent The Runway Bag: Gucci Shoes: Sam Edelman Earrings: Kendra Scott Bracelets: Ann Taylor, Kendra Scott Sunglasses: Chanel Lips: MaxFactor

Aren’t dresses the best? Not only do they make getting ready a breeze because you just throw on and go, but I love packing them when I am traveling. They take up less space than a bunch of tops and bottoms and usually you can dress them up or down pretty easily. No brainer for trips in my book!

I thought this dress was just a little bit Southern for our visit to Charleston. It was the perfect dress to walk around and explore in. I switched out to these heels for night to take the look to the next level. By adding the pop of red from my bag, it went from basic to a bit more fun and okay, maybe a little bit patriotic!

Are you a dress girl like me?

xoxo, Jenna

Postcards From Charleston

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Last week MJD and I took a quick trip down to Charleston. There were a number of reasons to visit- first, we were celebrating my birthday, secondly, two of our close friends were getting married in Kiawah about 45 minutes away and third, I’d been dying to go to Charleston ever since I saw my first picture of the signature window boxes and pastel homes! Well, Charleston certainly lived up to the reputation and was absolutely charming. The homes were beautiful, the waterfront relaxing and the food was delish too! Our visit was only a quick two days (with one day of intense rain!), but we got the chance to see so much. It’s a great spot for a weekend or long weekend trip for Bostonians- stay tuned for my travel guide with what to do,  where to eat and where to stay soon!

xoxo, Jenna

Black & White Birthday Dress

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Well, I’ve officially entered a new decade🙂 Yesterday I celebrated my 30th birthday and the whole weekend leading up to it was full of fun celebrations. My whole family was in town from New York and New Jersey so we spent a lot of time wandering around the city and I even went on my first swan boat ride. Isn’t it funny how when you live somewhere you never really do the touristy type things your own city is known for?

Besides that we also celebrated with a delish seafood dinner at Row 34. It’s one of my fave restaurants in Boston. Between last weekend’s anniversary celebrations in Newport and this dinner, I was joking that I am on a rose and lobster roll diet. Probably not the healthiest, but it’s a darn delicious one!

Since it was a special birthday (but aren’t they all though?), I wanted to wear a pretty dress. As soon as I saw this Red Valentino number, I knew it was the one I’d wear to celebrate my 30th! It’s ladylike and chic with the cutest scalloped and peter pan collar details. I can’t forget the pockets either- who doesn’t love those! I ordered the equivalent of a US Size 2 based on some reviews and was glad I did- I typically go between a 2 and a 4 for dresses depending on the bust and the smaller size worked perfectly here. I so wanted to keep this dress forever, but am glad I got to wear it for a fun night!

Do you plan to wear something special for your birthday each year too?

xoxo, Jenna

Postcards From Newport

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Dress: Kate Spade via Rent The Runway Sandals: Sam Edelman Wedges: Jack Rogers (past season, similar) Bag: Loft Earrings: Amelia Rose Bracelets: J.Crew, J.Crew, Ann Taylor Sunglasses: Chanel

Last weekend MJD and I took a day trip down to Newport to celebrate our two year anniversary. Leading up to it, the weather was looking really spotty and I was nervous we weren’t going to be able to go, so when we woke up to sunny (but windy skies) we hopped in the car and went. Since Newport is less than an hour and a half away, it makes for a perfect day trip from Boston.

The main thing we wanted to do while in Newport was lunch and drinks at Castle Hill Inn. As you can see from these photos, Castle Hill has a stunning view of the water and lots of boats from their gorgeous Adirondack chair-covered lawn. In addition to the view (which is perfect for a glass of rose if I do say so myself), you can grab brunch, lunch or dinner at Castle Hill’s lawn. MJD and I did exactly that- in addition to some oysters, we both enjoyed some awesome seafood inspired sandwiches. MJD ordered the Surf and Turf Burger which was a burger with lobster on top (yum!) and I had the amazing lobster roll. I loved just relaxing with a glass of rose and taking in the view and all the boats going by with my guy. It really is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon!

I picked this dress as part of my Rent The Runway Unlimited subscription specifically for our anniversary day date. It’s so perfect for Newport and it worked with both flat shoes for a stroll along the Cliff Walk and with wedges to dress up a bit for lunch.

xoxo, Jenna

 

Country Chic With Romwe

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I’m a big country music fan and one of my favorite days of the summer is the Kenny Chesney concert. It always falls at the end of August and the Gillette Stadium tour stop is always the last one on the tour. For the past six years (I think), MJD and I have been going with another couple and we have the best time. I know all four of us look forward to it all summer.

Since the concert is  the end of summer the weather can be unpredictable. Usually it is reaaaaaallllyyy hot and tailgating in a parking lot doesn’t help that. But we’ve also been there for rainy days, literally right before a hurricane. Between the combo of weather, plus day drinking and messy tailgate food, each year I’m always shopping for cute tops that aren’t super expensive to wear to the show.

Enter Romwe. I’m not typically the biggest “fast fashion” shopper… in fact I’ve never ordered from a site like Romwe before, but I was pleasantly surprised when I received this top. It’s lightweight and linen feeling with super cute details from the embroidery to the sleeves. Oh and it definitely feels more expensive than $13. It made for the perfect concert top- but due to the weather, I was wearing cutoff shorts instead of these jeans😉. After my first positive experience, I’d consider shopping at Romwe again for sure.

Are you a fan of country music? Did you go to any concerts this summer? I’d love to hear!

xoxo, Jenna

 

Heirloom Tomato Tart

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A delicious and beautiful appetizer that is perfect for those end of summer tomatoes and parties.

I haven’t shared a recipe here in a while- probably because all the summer travel this past month brought my cooking to a bare minimum. I wish I could say September will be different, but we have a lot of fun trips and wedding weekends planned so we will be on the go again. One of the places I am most looking forward to visiting is Charleston! Have any of you been there? I’ve only heard great things and I am so excited to see this adorable Southern town for the first time!

Okay, enough about my schedule (#boring)… let’s talk about this beautiful tart! Tomatoes are especially good in August and September so they are just begging to be added to your meals. I love cheese too, so it was a bit of a no brainer to me to try my hand at a Heirloom Tomato Tart (inspired by this asparagus one I’ve previously made). This tart is both delicious and beautiful- especially with the contrasting tomato colors- making it a crowd pleaser for appetizers.  The recipe is easy and I have a feeling you’ll love it!

Have you been cooking with tomatoes or any other seasonal produce recently? Would love to hear what you are making!

xoxo, Jenna

You’ll Need:

Makes 1 Tart, can be cut into 9-12 squares for serving

  • 1 store bought puff pastry (or recipe for your favorite)
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes- ideally one red, one yellow or orange
  • 6 ounces shredded fontina cheese
  • 2 ounces shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Dash of water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Flour, to prepare surface

To Make:

Pre-heat oven to 400 Degrees F.

Slice your tomato and place on a plate covered with a paper towel for about 15 minutes. This will allow some of the moisture to come out of the tomato and prevent overly runny tomatoes once you cook.

Prepare a workspace with flour and roll out your puff pastry to desired square size.

Score a border around the edge of the puff pastry evenly.

In a small bowl, combine 1 egg with a dash of water to create an egg wash.

Brush egg wash along border of the puff pastry.

Place puff pastry in oven to bake for 15 minutes.

While baking, grate the cheese.

Remove puff pastry from oven and add mixture of both cheeses.

In desired pattern, lay tomato slices on top of the cheese.

Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper.

Return to oven and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and pastry golden brown.

Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

 

Pink Lady

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Happy almost three-day weekend!

I’m so ready for this one. How about you? We are staying in the Boston area with a few day trips planned, but overall I am so glad to be at “home”. The past few weekends have been super busy and included two long car rides to New Jersey and New York for bridal and baby showers. It was so awesome to celebrate this special time for my friend and cousin, but ready for a local weekend🙂.

I wore this pink and floral number last weekend for my cousin’s bridal shower. With a bunch of different events coming up the next few months (wedding season!), I decided to try  Rent The Runway Unlimited. This dress was one of the first things I picked out and I loved wearing it. It’s perfect for a bridal shower, a baby shower (especially if for a baby girl!) or a garden wedding! The hemline was my favorite part for sure. If you are interested in it for yourself, it did fit true to size and my only complaint would be it got a bit wrinkled after sitting (which you can kind of see here #oops), but to be expected with the fabric.

One more thing before we get this weekend started- so many of you have asked about these shoes in the past and Ann Taylor just came out with a very similar pair for fall and a suede version which I’ve linked to in today’s post. Obsessed! I think I may need a suede pair now… what do you think?

xoxo, Jenna