Last Weekend In NYC

As I’ve gotten older, I love going on weekend getaways! Last weekend, I took a trip with my love to New York City! As usual, we saw plenty of sites, ate a lot of incredible food, and shopped (just a little)!

I had a list of things I was dying to do and see! Our first day, we arrived to extremely wet and windy weather. We pretty much just grabbed lunch and dinner and called it a day! If ever you are in the mood for some yummy deep dish pizza, Emmett’s is the place to go! Bill found it because he loves deep dish! The restaurant was small, cozy, and clearly a spot a lot of locals go to! It was a great way to begin the weekend!

On Saturday, the sun was shining, and I couldn’t have been happier! We walked over to Central Park where we had brunch at Tavern on the Green! The food was SO good, not to mention the restaurant was quaint and lovely. After, we enjoyed the Central Park Zoo, which is probably by far my favorite zoo! We continued to walk around the city some more, and of course, whenever I am there, I always need to stop in Topshop. But the highlight was definitely going to Magnolia Bakery by Rockefeller Center. I had been following them forever on Instagram and knew this was a stop that needed to happen. We tried their banana pudding, and it was life changing.

That night, we went to dinner with my uncle and walked around Times Square. This was definitely one of my favorite NYC trips! When we left, I immediately felt the need to go back. And trust me, I am already planning the next weekend there!

For those asking about my pink hat that I wore during the trip, it is from H&M. I’d been looking for that style for a while, but was not a fan of how most of them looked on me. Once I found this one, I knew it was meant to be. You can find a similar one here!

-XOXO Courtney



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Fitness On Point

Fitness has become a huge part of my life in the past few years. I remember in high school, I would dread going to the gym, but once I got to college, I found it to be one of the best parts of my day. It is so extremely therapeutic and always lifts my spirits no matter what kind of day I have had. But no gym day is complete without a cute and comfortable outfit. With those fitness New Year resolutions happening, it’s the perfect time to step up your gym style and feel amazing working out! Below are a few pieces that I love!

Nike Pro Indy Soft Sports Bra

Zella Edge Seamless Top

Nike Presto Fly Sneaker

Adidas Originals Trefoil Logo Tee

Philosophy ‘Purity Made Simple’ One Step Facial Cleansing Cloths

bkr Spiked 16-Ounce Silicone Glass Water Bottle

Nike Sportswear Advance 15 Track Jacket

Alo Flex Tank

Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

I love buying and wearing workout clothes in neutral tones. I find they are the most flattering on the body, but also make it easy to mix and match. One of my favorite trends is also anything with an open back, sides, or cool scrappy design. I think it’s fun to show off part of the torso and back while exercising. It adds a trendy and stylish look to a workout outfit, while also being practical and keeping you cool. My biggest tip would also be wearing sports bras and workout tanks WITHOUT padding! The padding can get so uncomfortable and be difficult to wash. Buy apparel without it and sports bras without it! If you need a bit of extra support, invest in a sports bra that is both shapely and has a bit of form to it. That way it’ll keep the girls in place, without adding any extra cleavage.

Have fun with your workout fashion! It’s a time to be comfortable, but also stylish!

-XOXO Courtney

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My 2017 Reflection and Recap

Overall, 2017 was a great year for me. School flew by, and I am now only months from graduating and becoming a “real” adult. I was able to travel some and spend the best quality time with my family. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and was humbled by the opportunities that I had to grow as a blogger and person.

Over the past year, my blog grew tremendously. I was able to work with brands that I never imagined, and finally felt that my hard work had been paying off. I started my blog in the fall of 2013. Five years later, I am still working toward my goals and improving my content and social media. I have been extremely humbled by the opportunities that I have been given from my blog and definitely do not take them for granted. Everyday, I work even harder to hopefully one day achieve my dream and goal of running a successful fashion and beauty blog.

While most of the year felt successful, it also posed some challenges for me personally. For years, I have always said that I would keep toxic people out of my life and only surround myself with positivity. Towards the end of this year, that motto got a little lost, and I felt myself personally let down by people who I thought I could trust. But throughout that struggle, I was proud of my maturity and realized that it takes those people and some petty drama to realign who you are and refocus your energy back to what matters. I was challenged with many situations, but through it all, I focused on what I felt was not only best for me, but also the people and situations around me. While I felt absorbed in the pointless drama, I always remembered the bigger things happening in the world and how grateful I am to have many others around me supporting me and loving me. As hard as it was, I had to push away those toxic people, as well as what they thought about me, which was the hardest part. I care how people perceive me because I want people to feel that I am treating them with the respect and love that I would want. When drama arises, you start to question what others think about you and even how you treat people. But I realized that I cannot overthink it. People can ultimately think whatever they want. At the end of the day, only you know you. Continue to love and treat people how you would like to be treated. Continue to respect others and yourself. I will never doubt myself again because I know who I am and so does the others that love me. And I want to personally thank my family, boyfriend, and close friends for continuously supporting me throughout my journey and loving me for who I am.

Being an adult is hard. The change that comes is scary, and I am definitely feeling that at the moment. With months to graduation, I am really beginning to see that the next five years can’t be planned. I have an idea of where I would like to be, but in the end, everything happens for a reason, and I know that if I continue to work hard, I will achieve everything that I am striving for. I will continue to manifest positivity, so that positivity will come to me.  I will continue to do things that make me happy and work through the hard times. I am ready for the challenges to come and cannot wait to go on this journey with you.

As you get older, time flies by. I am nervous for what is to come, but so excited for what the future holds.

I hope you all continue on this journey with me. Happy new year!

-XOXO Courtney

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts For The Home Lover

Christmas is nearly a week away, and if you are in need of a last minute gift for a home lover, I have the perfect items for you! These are items that are easy to get for last minute shopping, yet perfect for that home body!

  1. Nordstrom at Home Cuddle Up Faux Fur Throw Blanket
  2. Voluspa Vermeil Mini Tin Candle Set 
  3. Urban Botanics Book 
  4. Cathy’s Concepts Boss Lady Lacquer Docking Station 
  5. Nordstrom at Home Foil Print Pillow
  6. Smeg 50s Retro Style Five-Quart Stand Mixer 
  7. Rosanna Luxe Moderne Double Old Fashioned Glasses (Set of 4)

Being a home lover myself, these are items that I’d love if someone purchased for me, so I know they will be perfect for that special person in your life!

-XOXO Courtney


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Weekend Recap: Fall Getaway

This past weekend, I got away from the craziness of the city and enjoyed the foliage of New Hampshire. I was able to enjoy a beautiful scenic train ride with lunch, shopping, and plenty of beautiful photos!

Fall is my favorite time of year, so this getaway was much needed for me! It was the perfect weather. If you have not visited New Hampshire, definitely take time to do so! It is so beautiful during the fall and winter months!

We were able to shop at Zebb’s, visit Nestlenook for the beautiful scenery, and more! I couldn’t have asked for a better time! Definitely a perfect place for couples and families!

I definitely plan on visiting again soon, and I hope you get to too!

-XOXO Courtney

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For The Love of Farmers’ Markets

If anyone knows me, they know I love a good farmer’s market. It’s my chance to scope out the fresh produce and flowers and look stylish at the same time! Below is a recap of my outfit and day at the Portland Farmer’s Market!

Top: Forever 21      Sunglasses: Loft     Necklace: Pretty Poppy (Similar)

Backpack: Steve Madden (Similar)     Shorts (Not Shown): Gap (Similar)

On this day, my boyfriend and I were really interested to see what the Portland Farmer’s Market had to offer. They were one of the bigger ones that I have gone to and had so much to buy. From pickles, to fresh fruits and veggies, and the giant sunflowers (my favorite), there was so much to look at.

That day, I wore a simple white off-the-shoulder top with chambray shorts, sunglasses, my little backpack, and a dainty necklace! It was the easiest outfit to sport on a hot day, especially while looking at all the yummy food!

I definitely recommend checking out a local farmer’s market! It’s a great way to spend the day and spot some delicious treats!

-XOXO Courtney

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My 22nd Birthday Recap!

Last Wednesday was my 22nd birthday, and it was the best one yet! I spent the week enjoying time with friends and family and doing some pretty exciting things! Below is a recap of my birth week!

I enjoyed a Red Sox game on a beautiful night, tasted local wines at Nashoba Valley Winery, sipped on rose at my birthday dinner at Yvonne’s in Boston, created a masterpiece at Muse Paint Bar, and got my game on at Dave and Busters!

The entire week was filled with such fun and love, and I couldn’t ask for anything more!  Stay tuned for more on my Instagram and an exciting trip that I will be going on soon!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

-XOXO Courtney

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Mermaid Goodies For Your Home and Heart

I am OBSESSED with everything mermaid! When I was younger, I used to pretend that I was a mermaid swimming in the ocean. Now that I’m much older, I channel my love for the creature in a different way.

Off Duty Tee– Stylegirl Boutique     Mermaid Tail Pool Float       Mermaid Tea Towel

Mermaid Card        Mermaid Bikini– Dress Lily (Similar here)      Mermaid Essentials Bag

These goodies above are a cute and simple way to incorporate your love for mermaids into your home, heart, and life! Sport a shell shaped bikini on the beach, or send out thank you cards with a detailed fin on the paper. These items make great gifts for your friends or yourself!

-XOXO Courtney


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My Weekend in the Cape

This past weekend, I spent some time in Cape Cod with my family. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate as we would have liked, it was still so fun and great time spent away!

We stayed at a quaint Airbnb in Eastham near a beach. There was a beautiful roof view from our cottage of the ocean. I was able to get some sun in between the clouds, but the best day was on Sunday, when we visited Provincetown. I fell in love with the shops, the food, and of course the drinks! I definitely recommend visiting the area. The best food we had was from Arnold’s! The crab cakes are to die for! I could go for them all the time!

I also wanted to announce that my sister is raising money a second year in a row for Plummer Youth Promise. Since last summer, she paddles to raise money for the organization! Click here to support and donate. Every little amount helps!

For more adventures this summer, stay tuned!

-XOXO Courtney

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Palm Leaf Must-Haves

Palm leaf is a new, must-have trend for spring and summer. Whether it is worn on a dress, bikini, or your iPhone case, the print is versatile and adds a cool, clean touch to any piece in your closet or home.

1. Stone Fox Hermosa One-Piece

2. Martinique Cosmetic Travel Bag

3. Palm Leaf Maxi Beach Dress

4. Outdoor Palm Leaf Pillow Cover

5. Adidas Cloudfoam Ultra Slide Sandal

6. Leaf Print Bikini

7. Tropical Pattern iPhone Case

The pattern will make any item look like it came from a tropical island!

-XOXO Courtney




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