April 16, 2014

Chelsea and the City

I'm sure you are familiar with the lovely Chelsea from Chelsea and the City. I'm honored to say that we have become friends and hope to meet her in person soon. Her aesthetic is gorgeous, her blog a dose of fresh air, and her graphics are killer {like the one above}! Anyway, just wanted to share a bit about her and let you know that today I'm taking over her blog and sharing a few of my favorites things as of late {see the post here}. Head on over please.

image/graphic via Chelsea

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Good Things

While some people may go for the trendier pieces with a big sale such as this one, I try and stick to more classic choices. Pieces that I know will be worn over and over. With the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale I have been really selective and instead of impulse buying because of the sale, I'm trying to stock on things I absolutely love. And all of these are just that. I hear from Alex, whose style I love, that those Rag & Bone skinnies are a great staple and the best denim out there so I may just have to bite the bullet and get them. And that Helmut Lang Jacket has been on my wish list and it promises to be a great layer and a great travel jacket so it's in my shopping cart. And if you need an awesome swimsuit, Marysia Swim is great. I just ordered this bikini top to wear with these bikini bottoms. To see more of my picks see this post. And use code INTHEFAMILY14 to shop the sale.

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April 15, 2014

Another Beach Day

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

Shopbop is having their Friends & Family Sale with 25% off. You can shop the sale with code INTHEFAMILY14. This Tibi top, this jacket, this Alexander Wang tee dress, the Rag & Bone Newbury boots, and this bikini top are high on my list. Now's the time to snatch these Rag & Bone distressed shorts as well and so many other amazing things, like a Sophie Hulme envelope clutch, this keychain, or a Claire Vivier clutch. Click here to take advantage of the savings. Below are some of my favorites.

Some of my favorite clothing items:

And let's not forget about these:

Denim and more denim:



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April 14, 2014

The Weekend

Items shown here:
J. Crew Panama Hat  J. Crew Top {similar here, on sale} • J. Crew Market Tote {similar here Rag and Bone Rebel Boyfriend Shorts {also here, and similar here} • Lacoste Marice Slip-Ons {℅ Online Shoes Bike from rented from Herring's Outdoor Sports  Current/Elliott Boyfriend Tee

This weekend was definitely on the fun side. Time at the beach, prepping for Easter, a growing collection of pastel blues, and a quiet moments with Sunday. It was definitely what I need to refresh for the new week ahead. How was your weekend?

Stay tuned to more pictures of our beach day tomorrow.

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Happy Monday!

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April 11, 2014

Weekend Memo

A lot of blues happening over here. It's my neutral for spring. We are hoping to get out to the beach this weekend and spend some time playing in the water and on the sand. It seems like this year we will be spending a lot more time on the beach. The past two years, I felt that EMS was too young to be under the sun too much, so we are making up for lost moments. 

Top row: Zara top via eBay | EMS got a new hat | Zara top, Rag & Bone shorts, and these J.Crew embellished sandals

Bottom row: little instas from a recent trip to the beach | new reading material and my Fujifilm camera | and a photo of me enjoying the beachy scene {wearing this Equipment top}

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And now for some weekend sales:
Club Monaco is having 50% off their clearance. This pink dress is calling my name. Perfect for wedding season coming up. Shop the sale here.

J.Crew is having 30% off their sale. Now's the time to get this stripe tunic and so many cute things for the kids as well. Shop the sale here.

Rebecca Taylor is having their Friends & Family sale with 25% off. Shop the sale here. I'm loving this top.

Loft is having 40% their site. Shop the sale here. This top is summer perfection.

Some of my favorites from the sales:

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April 10, 2014

Healthy Eats

One of my goals this year is to stay fit and eat healthy. My breakfast has consisted of my homemade granola with berries and honey greek yogurt. My lunch lately has been this quinoa and arugula salad with a lime vinaigrette {last photo}. I usually have a light snack before dinner that has consisted of this Alpine Lace swiss cheese, cherry tomatoes, basil, and sometimes I'll throw a meat like prosciutto if the hubby is joining me on my snack. The great thing about eating healthy is that I feel better and I stay fueled to tackle the day's to-dos. A plus of eating healthier is also getting my body back to looking better for swimwear season. 

And since I'm talking about Alpine Lace head on over to their Facebook page and hit like and come back and tell me what you liked the most, and how you would use swiss cheese in your snacks or meals.

I think the first two photos are self-explanatory and don't need recipes, but I'll share my go-to lunch recipe. If the salad isn't enough, I'll toast a slice of wheat bread and add 1/2 avocado sliced with a bit of kosher salt.

Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Chickpeas
{recipe adapted from here}

2 cups of cooked quinoa, chilled or room temperature
2 cups of arugula
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
1/4 cup of diced red onion

Lime Vinaigrette

Juice of 2 limes
3 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

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This post is sponsored by Alpine Lace. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A DOSE OF PRETTY  happen. My opinions are 100% my own.

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April 9, 2014

Good Things

1/Tibi Peplum Top: I'm loving neutrals this season and this one has the right amount of edge to elevate a simple and neutral outfit. 

2/Dior Addict Lip Glow: After reading great reviews from this lady, it was a no brainer to add it to my beauty routine. It's so spring-y as well! 

3/Adorn: I'm quite the book hoarder and I just had to add this book to my coffee table collection.

4/Aldo Flats: The light hues on these flats have me lusting over them. And you can't beat their low price.

5/Stop the Water While Using Me Hand Soap: A simple reminder especially for the kiddos when they are washing their hands. The best part is that it's all natural lemony honey goodness.

6/Black and white Art by Alanna Cavanaugh: One of my goals this year is invest in more original art. And this one is definitely right up my alley these days.

7/T by Alexander Wang Dress {also here, cheaper}: This dress will definitely be added to my wardrobe. Dress it down or up. You choose! It will look great pair with these sandals or these high-heeled ones.

8/Porter Magazine: New inspiration for the month from the stylish Net-A-Porter fashion gurus.

9/Anthropologie Latte Bowls: The warmer temperatures has me craving for lighter breakfasts and ice cream for dessert. These bowls are just the right size for either. Take advantage of the Anthropologie spring dinnerware event and take 15% off. Shop the sale here.

10/Acne Studios sandals: I'm having quite the obsession with sandals this season. I think its due to the fact that I want to ditch the boots and go with less.

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