Jamaica Outfit & Swimsuit Recap

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Tank Top – More affordable option here.

Skirt / More sizes available here & similar more affordable option here.

Wedges / Similar option here & more affordable option here,

Michael Kors Watch – I have had this for almost 6 years now and it still looks amazing.

Similar earrings here – Sugarfix by BaubleBar at Target has so many cute ones that are very affordable!

Name Necklace – The quality of this necklace is amazing, I wear this almost every day. Totally worth the money.

Tahitian black pearl necklace is Robert Wan from Bora Bora.

Heart Sunglasses (they come in many other colors – only $10!)

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Tube Top (only $5!!)

Wrap Skirt – More affordable option here.

Tory Burch Sandals – Dupes here and here.

Sunglasses – Dupes here.

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Bikini Top

Bikini Bottoms

Cover Up – Only $16!

Sam Edelman Slide Sandals – $40!

Necklace

Sunglasses

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Bikini

Cover Up Skirt/Wrap – Only $12!!

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Hats are Piper Lou Collection

 

xo, 

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Throwing a Bachelorette Party on a Budget

Bachelorette Party Tips

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Bride & Bride Tribe Glasses / Bride & Bride’s Babes Tank Tops  (various sayings and colors) / Bride to Be Sash (various color options) / Bride Backdrop & Balloon Set 

I’m at the age where my friends are starting to get engaged / married and it can be difficult at this age especially if you are in the bridal party to afford everything – travel, bridesmaid dresses, wedding gifts & especially if you are hosting or throwing the bride’s bachelorette party. Myself and my two best friends used Etsy for everything for a Bachelorette party we threw back in September. All of this total was under $100, split three ways it was pretty affordable yet we were still able to make the weekend celebration really special. Below is the itinerary I created for the weekend –

Mk's Bachelorette Party

 

xoxo,

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Spring Break at St Regis Bora Bora

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Yumi Kim Robes / Tory Burch Sandals / Quay Sunglasses

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Dress is from Pink Lily Boutique / Tote

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Tote / My jumpsuit is the brand Staccato from Dry Goods USA – I’ve linked the romper version on their site here!

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Skirt / Cami / Similar wedge here and here

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Shirt / Skirt – Similar ones here / Earrings

Bora Bora is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been – it is all still so surreal. We had the most amazing trip, none of us wanted to leave! The St Regis Bora Bora had spectacular service and the most beautiul view from our villa. Every day I woke up feeling so lucky and grateful to be somewhere so beautiful. You could see the mountain through our bedroom doors from our bed. 

As for activites – we did a full day of jet skiing and fourwheeling, as well as snorkeling and swimming with sting rays and sharks. It was truly the most amazing experience. 

I did a ton of shopping for this trip – mostly at Dry Goods, they have SO many cute spring and summer items right now! 

To see more of our trip, check out our GoPro video: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Botanic Garden + styling my favorite tank from the #NSALE

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Lace-up Tank / High Waisted Shorts / Sandals

I can’t believe that I have been living in Illinois for almost 5 years now and I hadn’t gone to the Chicago Botanic Gardens until now..They are seriously so beautiful. These photos do not even do it justice.  There is also a super cute café and gift shop!

My favorite tank from the Nordstrom sale is restocked in limited sizes and in some colors so grab it while you can! Also, my shorts are on clearance at Target right now for $11! My slides are also from Target and I have literally been living in them. This was such an easy outfit to throw on. I want this tank in other colors!

xoxo,

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A day in Chicago + my new favorite closet staple

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Dress / Wedges / Necklace

Yesterday I spent the day in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart with a co-worker returning some fabric samples and picking up some tile samples. This was surprisingly only my third or fourth time in the Mart and I forgot how stunning the showrooms are. I could spend all day there! After the Mart, we went to The Hampton Social and it was my first time there – seriously so cute! I have seen a ton of photos taken there so of course, we had to go!

I mainly wanted to do this blog post because I finally got my hands on this dress that I have been eyeing FOREVER! It is so flattering and I have seen it on so many people styled so many different ways. It is a little on the pricier side but I am so glad I finally got it. It is so comfortable and so easy to dress up or down! I love that you can wear it now but you are also able to style it in the Winter, Spring, and Fall! It is the perfect little black dress, and I will definitely be getting it in other colors!

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Trip to Maine for the 4th of July + Places to visit

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I was so excited to spend the fourth of July back home – and it was Davis’s first time in Maine, so it was overall just such a great trip. I made sure to put some “must see” places in his itinerary for the trip so that he could see them while we were there. My hometown (Bucksport) is only an hour or less from these places, so we were able to get there pretty easily. I never realized how much I took all of this for granted when I actually lived there… Sometimes it really does take leaving somewhere to realize how much you truly love it. Ever since I have moved out of Maine, I have appreciated its beauty a lot more. Everything is a lot more exciting now that I am not there all of the time.

Pictured above and listed below are the places that I put in Davis’s itinerary for our trip to Maine! 

CARRIER’S MAINELY LOBSTER

Carrier’s is located in my hometown and was actually where I worked my first job in High School for 5 years, so I am extremely biased – but I love it so I had to include it. For those that are not from Maine or have not had Maine lobster – Carrier’s is the perfect place to go. You can get fresh seafood and fresh lobster to cook at home, or you can order it cooked!

WAHL’S DAIRY PORT

This is not pictured above but was in the itinerary I put together for Davis because this is my friends and I’s go-to spot for ice cream and has been for many years. There is something so great about getting an ice cream from the “ice cream parlor” and I go every time I am home in the summertime.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

This is somewhere my friends and I have always gone hiking, and the hikes are well worth it – the views never cease to amaze me. The photo above is taken on the top of Acadia Mountain, but there are other mountains in the area with different levels of difficulty you can hike as well. There is a lot to do in the Acadia area!

JORDAN POND HOUSE – ACADIA

This is somewhere I had never been before – Jordan Pond House is well known for their popovers, and they DID NOT DISAPPOINT. They were delicious! We expected that we would have to wait a while because it was Saturday around lunchtime, but luckily we only had to wait 30 minutes for an outside table! The view of Jordan Pond was breathtaking. They have great deals if you were to just order a popover and a drink!

BAR HARBOR

Although I have been to Bar Harbor various times throughout my lifetime, I still love spending a day or an evening there. Bar Harbor has the cutest shops, restaurants, and bars to keep you busy for hours. Their shops are so unique to Maine and that is what I love so much about them. This was the perfect place to take Davis in order for him to really get a taste of Maine.

 

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Life lately + blog rebrand!

Blog Rebrand

It has been WAY too long since I have blogged. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to change my website name, to my name! I felt as if it should be something that I wanted, and I was constantly regretting “East Coast Fashionista,” I had just completely outgrown it. Not only did I outgrow it, but I wanted to create a consistent brand that is aligned with my name, and that was hard to do with a different website name. I am so excited to have a fresh start with my new brand!

Life lately…

A lot has happened since I last posted – I graduated college in May and since then I have been working and apartment searching in the Chicago area with my soon-to-be roommate!

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Today Davis and I are headed to Maine for the fourth of July! The fourth is always the best on the east coast, especially on the lake. I am so excited to spend a week at home with my best friends and my family! There will be a blog post to follow 🙂

xoxo,

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