Labor Day Weekend Packing Guide with The Street at Chestnut Hill

There’s nothing quite like gearing up for a fun long weekend ahead with your friends and family and getting to your closet to pack and thinking, “What the heck am I going to put in this bag?!” In my experience, packing is one of the most fun, time consuming, creative, and frustrating parts about preparing for a trip. I typically try on everything roughly 1,000 times, and then end up packing something that I grab off of the hanger at a store last minute… If you’re the same way, you’re going to love what is coming next.

I teamed up with the folks over at The Street in Chestnut Hill, MA, boasting a high-end fashion experience, and a rotating retail pop-up for the tastefully chic. Below I’m listing some of the key stores that you must stop in while preparing for your weekend away, and a few of my favorite selects from each.

If I had to think of one brand that embodies “cozy chic”, there is no question that Splendid would be the first to come to mind. Flowy dresses, effortless jumpsuits, and the most comfortable shoes you will ever abound in this retail valhalla made for gals like me who want to look cute, but could live without the fuss. The below asymmetrical dress, cargo pant, and denim jumpsuit are just a few of my faves!

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve recommend Vince for travel wear, I’d be a rich woman. Each shade of blue they have in their most recent collection is magical. They’re also featuring a lot of cropped outerwear, which is perfect for unpredictable weather. And, if you’ve never had the pleasure of traveling in the comfort of one of their sweaters, I am telling you now, it’s practically life changing. Vince is the epitome of understated elegance, and every piece can be worn about a hundred ways — perfect for those of you trying to fit everything into one teeny tiny carry on!

J. McLaughlin
The key with packing for a long weekend, and not having to check any luggage or have your friends gawk at your for filling the trunk of your car, is to pack wardrobe staples. A crisp white shirt, patterned shirt dress, structured handbag that can go from day to night, and a wrap that will keep you cozy from beach bonfire to your exit row seat home. Introducing, J.McLaughlin. They have all the essentials any intrepid gal needs.

Portobello Road
Noticeable by the bright blue doors (a nod to Notting Hill, I imagine), Portobello Road is a locally owned boutique that caters to those with a refined, eclectic taste. The reason why this spot is such a gem is their accessories section. Finding a place to buy a great hat, well-made (but not super fancy) jewelry, and a fun bag that doesn’t have a designer label splashed across the front is a rarity in Boston. If you’re looking for all the travel gypsy feels, look no further.

Opening Soon: Copious Row
During my latest visit, I got a sneak peak into the freshest retail opening on the block, Copious Row. This Fall, they’ll be opening their doors, carrying the likes of Victoria Beckham, Brock Collection, Prabal Gurung, Zimmerman, and the list goes on! While I’m pretty notorious for sporting brands like Vince (duh!), Tod’s, Reformation, and Madewell, I’ve slowly been working in higher-end pieces to elevate my style. Looking forward to working with their stylists for a couple of key investment pieces for Fall. Who knows where I’ll be bringing them on my travels next!!

Do you have any long weekend packing must-haves? Leave me a note in the comments below. I’m always looking for an excuse to pack more things 🙂

Why I #ChooseTheTable.

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If you have been following me for a while, it’s no secret I have a passion for food and finding opportunities to swap stories with friends and family. While I have some chops in the kitchen (thanks to years working in the restaurant industry), I often find it difficult to get inspired to cook something tasty for myself, or for a group of people for that matter.

I do, however, tell my friends that I’m a master of the charcuterie board/cheese plate. My kitchen is filled with serving trays, knives and other utensils for every possible culinary combination, and little dishes to hold mustard, jams, and other necessary accouterments. This style of serving allows me to bring my guests on a journey – maybe starting in Ireland with cheese made from organic sheep’s milk, making my way to Tuscany for hearty slices of soppressata, and ending up in France with a crunchy baguette. Figuratively traveling with food while sitting around the same table is usually the perfect setting for storytelling. Before you know it, 5 hours have gone by, and your sides are hurting from laughing so hard. This is the essence of the #ChooseTheTable movement.

To kick off my #ChooseTheTable journey, a couple weeks ago, some fellow foodies and I gathered around the chef’s table at Doretta in Back Bay (Boston) and shared a meal together – talking about everything from inspiring chefs, the domestic hunger crisis, to the Boston food scene. It was great to set our phones to the side and make new friends, while diving into some delicious dishes. Four courses later we were so full you nearly had to roll us out of the restaurant, and had connected in a way that wouldn’t have been possible through Instagram or a blog comment thread. Dishes were designed around the Dietz & Watson products, and were an entertaining demonstration of how you can get creative with even the simplest of ingredients.

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In the spirit of the #ChooseTheTable movement, Dietz & Watson is giving you & a guest the chance to win an exclusive culinary experience , hosted by Chef Michael Schlow at Doretta. Chef Schlow is serving up a Dietz & Watson-inspired menu boasting seasonal and exciting flavors to inspire your home cooking and arm you with a few new techniques for your next gathering.


*No purchase necessary. Contest is open only to legal residents of Massachusetts, 21 years of age or older.

This awesome post is sponsored by the team at Dietz & Watson. All thoughts are my own.


After a long hiatus from the blog, I thought it was high time to share some of my more recent travels. Late last year, I took a last minute trip to Brazil. My first stop was Rio, and then I made my way to Belo Horizonte. About a two hour bus ride outside of Belo Horizonte is an amazing outdoor museum that is worth seeing if you are in that part of the country, called Inhotim.

Most of the exhibits are outdoors or in open air structures around a massive property. There are golf carts that take you from different sections in the compound, which I highly recommend taking if you want to see the whole museum in one day. The exhibits are from artists all over the world, and challenge every sense — except maybe taste?

If you’re looking for something a little different to do in Brazil, and want to enjoy being outside, this is a must see.

Lawn on D

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 4.05.01 PMEven though I’m technically a grown up, it’s tough to stay away from the playground. Fortunately, the Lawn on D helps Bostonians channel their inner child while still appealing to the ‘adult’ in all of us. With a bar, live entertainment, and food trucks, this patch of green in the middle of South Boston serves as a host to some really cool events all year long.

In the warmer months, you will typically find this lunch-break mecca teeming with good eats and working-types eager to catch a few rays, and on Sundays, you can take in the movies, music and ArtLab collaborations. While most of us anticipated this outdoor venue to shut down for the months where most of us are hibernating from the cold, Lawn on D surprised us again with their ‘Winter on D’ schedule of events. Most notably, this weekend (Jan. 2 – Jan. 4), Lawn on D will be hosting the Fire & Ice Festival featuring a giant ice maze, live music, a stocked bar for the big (and little) kids, and other winter wonderland entertainment. If you’re around the Boston area this weeked, I definitely recommend checking it out!

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Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 7.34.40 PMSkirts have a knack for making an outfit appear girly and ‘dressed-up’, but with the right partners in crime (aka all the other clothes) , your skirt can look chic and industrial. This Helmut Lang tank, army jacket, and tough-girl mules from rag + bone make for a casual combo that can take you from day-to-night. And, while it might not be 9-5 office appropriate, it’s a great weekend warrior uniform.

Although the skirt is a great staple for your wardrobe, my favorite part of this outfit is the accessories. The black cat-eye shades, and vintage broach that I fished out of my mother’s jewelry box crank the look up a notch — giving it that Katniss Everdeen (if she were more stylish and an actual person) appeal. That broach could totally be my token, right? Just goes to show that sometimes the devil, or bad-ass chick, is in the details.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.43.42 AMAfter a few hot days in Boston, Mother Nature is finally starting to get her act together and cool things down a bit. Fall fashion is my favorite, and every time around this year I am always jonesing to break out my knits. To my surprise, we’ve dipped into the 60s here in the bean after skyrocketing into the high 70s several days prior. I know I’ll be kicking myself come wintertime, when warm means we’ve gotten above freezing, but for now I’m happy that things are on the cooler side.

Sweaters can often become redundant and look a lot alike, so I try to find pieces that have something a little quirky or different about them. This one I’m wearing happens to have a massive collar, adding a little drama to an otherwise underwhelming sweatercoat. Instead of dark skinny jeans and boots, I kept it light with neutrals in white, tan and taupe. I’m not usually one to rock a full neutral look without a little flair, and you can see, I’ve pulled pieces that have a pattern and topped the look off with a pop of color for good measure.

Until next time! ❤


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Outer Boroughs

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While in New York City working on the Ben & Jerry’s Core Tour, I was back and forth to Brooklyn on almost a daily basis. One of my favorite little neighborhoods I grew to love was DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass). With great spots to like Ample Hills Creamery to Jane’s Carousel to channel your inner child, and design shops like Stewart/Stand Design Store, there’s a little something for everyone.

Whenever I head across the East River, casual is the name of the game — meaning  denim shorts and bright colors! I snagged this chunky, yellow sweater on sale, which has turned out to be one of my go to knits this summer. To add a touch of Manhattan, I completed the outfit with crisp, black accessories that give the look a little bit of edge. This Givency tote holds everything I need for work from my MacBook Air to my DSLR camera, meaning it’s fashionable and funcitonal. Does it get much better?

No matter how fun the trips to Brooklyn are, I’m always happy to head back over the bridge. At the end of the day, Manhattan will always be my happy place. ❤

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