Style for Maine

We are off to Maine on Saturday and I am so excited to spend the week relaxing on the beach and soaking in the sun (but not too much!)  It is crazy to think that our wedding is a little over two weeks away so it will be nice to have this little getaway before the big wedding week :)  I’m all about easy and simple style for beach vacations but I’m also going to pack one or two date night outfits so Eric and I can have our last date as an unmarried couple.   I’m also pretty sure that I need to pop into the new Warby Parker store on Newbury Street before I leave so I can pick up a new pair of shades.  I never leave the house without sunglasses and a Main vacation might be the perfect excuse for a new pair :)

Maine Style

 

I am so excited to hit the road Saturday morning and I will definitely check in next week and share photos of our trip :)

 

 

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A Room at the Inn (or B&B)

I’ve never thought about doing commercial interior design, but I think that it would be so fun to design a small inn or B&B one day.  I would design each room differently but have some sort of overarching style to make it cohesive.  I love designing bedrooms so it would be such a treat to work up several designs that would all get to live under the same roof :)  My first room would be just like this one with plenty of metallic but also lots of layers and natural elements.  I’m all about bold colors but for a bedrooms I like to stick to just one or two big colors and in this room it would be the pretty sky blue and black.

 

Double Room

 

I love when small Inns have lots of charm and character because I think it enhances your stay and makes you really feel like you are on a special vacation :)

 

                                                                                    
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Favorite Finds: Flash Tattoos

While I don’t think I will ever get a real tattoo, I recently came across Flash Tattoos and I am pretty much obsessed.  These silver and gold temporary tattoos come in unique and classy jewelry designs, and they are such a fun way to accessorize!  I think I need to order some asap so I can wear a few in Maine next week :)

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How great would these be for a bachelorette weekend or to just to have and throw on before heading out for a fun night on the town!

 

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Wedding Wednesday – Skin & Hair Care

I can’t believe that our wedding is 24 days away!  It has seriously creeped up upon us and I am so excited but it al seems really surreal.  I want to look and feel my best on the big day and I have been experimenting with some new beauty products while also sticking with my tried and true.

Hair & Skin

I’m all about giving my skin a little extra TLC and this m-61 JetGlow Serum from Blue Mercury is supposed to help improve the skin’s clarity, tone and radiance.   No complaints there!

I’ve spent a lot of money of expensive BB creams before but I love this one one from Covergirl as well as their invisible concealer for under my eyes.

I love going to The Drybar but since I only go on special occasions, I love using their products at home.  This Gold Mine leave in conditioner is awesome because it nourishes your hair and has sparkles that add just a bit of shimmer to your locks!

I always cleanse my face in the morning and at night but usually one of those times is with these amazing Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.  They get off makeup and are really refreshing.  I always have them on hand and they are especially great for traveling.

My favorite Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen because it goes on smooth and smells like coconut!

I’ve been testing some sunless tanners since I want a little color on my big day but don’t want to look too orange from a spray tan.  This Banana Boat Sunless Tanner has actually worked really well and I am working on perfecting applications before August 9th :)

Gold Mine leave in conditioner (c/o) ::  Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes  ::  M-61 Jet Glow Serum (c/o)  ::  Covergirl Invisible Concealer  ::  Covergirl BB Cream  ::  Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen  ::  Banana Boat Sunless Tanner

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Beachy Living

I’m super excited because on the 26th we are heading up to Maine for a week long vacation.  My fiance’s family goes to Goose Rocks Beach every summer and last year was the first time I went and I loved it so much!  It is a little funny that we are going to Maine two weeks before our wedding but it will be nice to have a vacation before the big wedding week.  With the wonderful New England coastline on my mind, I couldn’t help but whip up a living room that would fit perfectly in my future beach house :)

beachy clam living

 

I’m all about soothing colors with a variety of natural textures for a beach house.  And while I am not a huge fan of the whole ‘shabby chic’ style, I might be fine with letting a little of it sneak in if we ever are lucky enough to have a New England beach house ;)

 

            
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Rompin’

I love how with fashion and design, trends always seem to be recycled every few decades.   My sisters and I totally rocked the rompers in the 80′s and early 90′s, so it is funny that they are trendy again.  This summer I am loving all the rompers that I have found and I will openly admit that I now own several.  They are fun, easy to wear, and I love how they are more unique than a regular sundress.  I have found most of mine at TJMaxx/Marshalls and they are always really well priced.  Each one of these below is less than $50 too, so get shopping!

Rompers

 

Seriously though, if you don’t already have a romper in your closet, I highly suggest you get one asap!

                                       

 

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Calming Colors

I must say that while I love bold colors, the one I gravitate towards to the least is orange.  I like the color in fashion, but it can be pretty intense to use in design.  When we moved into our current apartment, the kitchen walls were this rusty orange and I could not paint them fast enough!  But I’m coming around to the color and when I saw this upholstered bed on One Kings Lane (they have bed sales all the time) I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to design a room around it.

Orange Bedroom

I think that when you use lots of calming neutrals and one other color, then bold colors like orange can work really well :)

                                       
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Favorite Finds: Courtney of the Sea Salted Blonde

Monday’s Favorite Finds are back…and so are regular blog posts!  I have been busy getting the wedding coordinated as well as lots of Belquist business but I am happy to be back.   Today I am happy to have Courtney of The Sea Salted Blonde sharing her faves with you.  Courtney not only has fabulous style, but she actually lives in the area in CT where I grew up.  She is classic New England with a fun twist and I love everything she picked out :)

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I am a bookworm and every summer I look forward to a new book by Elin Hilderbrand. She has been dubbed “queen of the summer novel” and I couldn’t agree more!  I’ve just started The Matchmaker and I’m sad every time I have to put it down! I won’t give any details away but I highly recommend any of Hilderbrand’s books for your reading list.  All of her stories are set in Nantucket – a perfect backdrop for a perfect beach read…and if you can’t be at the beach her books will certainly make you feel like you’re there!

I’ve made a promise to myself this summer to really step up my SPF game. After years of soaking up the sun and getting a “nice summer tan” I’m finally taking skin care more seriously. Not only to prevent fine lines and wrinkles but to prevent skin cancer-the most common form of cancer in the United States. After being stressed out about a dermatologist visit to check my freckles and moles (which are all fine!) I decided enough is enough! I’m doing all I can to protect my skin and stay healthy. Not only during the summer and at the beach, I’ve been slathering sunscreen on exposed areas every day- even if I’m going to work. I’ve recently discovered Supergoop SPF 50, an oil free, water resistant, face and body lotion. Not only does it protect from the sun but it’s rich with antioxidants and nourishes and moisturizes your skin as well. It’s really lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy at all, I love it! Protecting your skin from the sun is a no brainer and you can be sure to find this SPF in my beach bag and purse as well!

Made right on the water in Portland Maine, these nautical totes are the original recycled sail cloth bags. I was gifted the large gold anchor tote and I love it for the beach, picnics and as an overnight bag.  If you’re traveling it’s also a great, super light tote to fold or lay flat in your suitcase. Sea Bags makes everything from make-up bags, wine bags, duffle bags…they now even have pillows. The wine bags make excellent, recyclable hostess gifts! My Aunt gave the lobster claw wine bag to my Mom -it has a few lines on the bag to write the event date that it was used for- my Mom then passed it on to me for my engagement party and I passed it on to my sister at her bachelorette. Just a fun little tradition you can start and recycle among your family and friends! From their website: “What’s unique about Sea Bags is that all of our products are handmade from recycled sails-ensuring that each bag is truly one-of-a-kind. The sail’s previous life on the water is apparent through the natural markings.”

Hydrangeas are my all-time favorite flower. They have a special place in my heart as my main wedding flower last July. To me, they are a sign of a coastal New England summer. Enter Sail to Sable, a new-ish coastal life-style brand created by a southern Connecticut native. Her inspiration for the brand was salty water, stripes, coastal living, bright and bold fabrics and all things summer. Perfection!  I love their classic and chic tunics and dresses. The Centerpiece Maxi Dress is my current favorite. Light linen hydrangea print on a navy background with a lattice neckline- this dress pretty much sums up summer. So versatile, I plan on packing mine for a beach vacation in August.

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4th of July Style

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and we always spend it up at our lake house with family.   Nothing beats hanging out on the lake, grilling burgers, and watching fireworks on the boat.  It’s always super casual at the lake (which I love) and its such a fun time!

4the of July

And the best part is that everything is under $50!  Have a fabulous holiday weekend!!!

                                 
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Extra Large Turkish Towels – And a SALE!

I”m so excited to share that Belquist now has the most fabulous EXTRA LARGE Turkish towels!  These awesome towels are 85′ x 63′ which is way larger than the standard 68′x38′ you see all over the place.  They just arrived straight from Istanbul and I am so excited to use mine all summer!

Belquist Extra Large Turkish Towels

They are perfect for the beach, the lake, picnics, and even as table cloths!  Since they are lightweight, they can be thrown in your bag and dry really quickly.  Basically you need one (or a few) of these pretties.

Plus, in honor of good ol’ America, everything in the boutique will be 15% off through Sunday with the code ‘AMERICA’

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