Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Those Watermelon Smiles... (ModCloth)

...just can't ripen underwater.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In Bloom (Collectif x ModCloth)

ModCloth has stepped up their game lately.

When I heard Collectif and ModCloth were collaborating this Spring, I got curious. As you may recall, Collectif has quickly risen up the ranks and is by far one of my top 3 brands to buy from lately.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tickets, Please! (Bernie Dexter)

Say, is that me wearing a cardigan in 85 degree weather? YEP!

"Good God, Why?" you're probably asking. Well, it's simple really.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lemon Meringue Pie (Hearts & Found)

A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to win a $100 Etsy gift card from my fellow blogger, Kara from the Dressed Aesthetic, in honor of her 3 year blog-a-versary and, at first, I was sure it'd all go toward wedding related things like bouquets or a birdcage veil.

But then I was browsing Hearts and Found (as one does when bored and wanting to stare at pretty things to pass the time) and I started to feel as though my shiny new gift card would be better spent on a shiny new dress!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What's New, Emma Lou? (Lindy Bop)

Everyone who knows me knows my love for a good full circle skirt/dress with a fluffy petticoat beneath it. In fact, I've worn petticoats for nearly everyday for as long as I can remember since I began wearing them about 3 years ago or so.

So when I shop online, I tend to scroll past dresses or skirts that aren't full enough to accommodate a petticoat. However, when I saw this Emma Lou dress on the Lindy Bop website when I was springing for the duckling skirt a few weeks back, I sort of broke all my rules.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Make Way For Ducklings & Change (Lindy Bop)

It's been a BUSY couple of months behind the scenes here at In a Nutshell. I've been keeping a once a week posting cadence here just to help me juggle it all. Between our annual busy season (in the trade show world, March-May typically are extremely busy!), some looming division reorganizations taking place smack dab in the middle, and our ongoing wedding plans, I just knew my bandwidth would be pretty stretched thin.

As if that wasn't enough -  I have BIG news to share today along with this ADORABLE new skirt from Lindy Bop. LB recently released a bird collection and I immediately fell for their Francine dress and Adalane skirt featuring the cutest family of ducks parading around the hem.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

What's Sara Reading? What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Well, since I've been doing what I do best and traveling every couple of weeks, you must have expected a "What's Sara Reading?" post at some point, right? Because, as usual, I beefed up my Kindle for the flights and devoured some really good books as I made my way to and from Vegas recently.

My favorite? What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum. I tend to buy 2 books before a trip - 1 intriguing general fiction book that I've had on my reading list and 1 YA book. I still find YA more creative, enjoyable, heart-wrenching, and all around the style of writing that can suck me in so when I am traveling, I usually snuggle right on into a good YA book.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cacti On My Mind (Hell Bunny)

One thing is for sure - Cacti is a THING this Spring. Everywhere I look on social media, I see more and more cactus prints. From Collectif to Emily and Fin, repro brands have caught desert fever for sure!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fern Gully (Lady V London)

I feel like a broken record in the sense that every time I post lately, I make some reference to the weather in New England and how Spring is on its way but like, can you blame me? I think New Englanders keep repeating "Spring is on its way!" with the hope that it actually is and that any day now, the sun will stick around longer than one day.

In reality, though, it has started to feel as though it's actually not...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Signs of Spring: Birdy Brooch

Someday soon, Spring will show itself.

In true New England fashion, one day we'll be blessed with a warm-ish day of 40 or 50 degrees and we all get hopeful that maybe - just maybe - it's finally warming up for good. Then the next week, we get hit with 6 inches of snow and are all thrown off track again. Like the day I took these photos - it started to snow on me as I snapped away. A freak snow squall that took place while just down the road, still in my line of vision, it was sunny as can be. WELL, OKAY THEN, NEW ENGLAND!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Retro Recipe: (Forgotten) Easter Egg Meringues

Even though we've been averaging 1 snow storm a week for the past month, with Easter this weekend, I couldn't help but get a bit Spring-like around these parts. Yeah there's still snow on the ground but this week and next week is ALL about Spring on the blog. The snow will have to deal with it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cherry on Top: Our Engagement Photos at Joey's Diner

As a photographer, style blogger, and all around creative retro gal, I have been looking forward to our engagement photo shoot forEVER. I mean, I was fantasizing about it way before we were even engaged.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Our Lips Are Sealed: The Red Lipstick Showdown of 2018

Let's get ready to ruuuuuummmbbbllllleeeee! A lipstick rumble, that is!

As I continue to make plans for my wedding (AHHH! That STILL feels super weird to say!), one of the first things I decided to do was hunt down the perfect red lipstick for the day of. Back in May, CiCi Marie shared her experiences with red lipstick in anticipation of her wedding and it was her post that gave me the "oh duh!" moment. Would I need to look for a long lasting, kiss proof lipstick for my wedding? You betcha! No cheap drug store brand would work here!

So I started early and am proud to announce that by the time we entered March, I had my wedding lipstick picked out. I only had to try 3 total to find it but I figured it would still be fun to share which ones I tried and my thoughts on each! Cici Marie's post helped me get started so I hope that maybe mine will do the same for someone!

So without further ado, here are the 3 kiss proof, long lasting lipsticks that I put to the test to become my official wedding lipstick (with help from a very special guest you will all probably recognize)!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What's Sara Reading? My Best Friend's Exorcism

This is a fun post to write and share. It's fun because this story has its own story behind it! Before I dive into My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, I want to share a funny tale around where I heard about the book and who suggested I read it. To do, let's time hop back to November 2017.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When Life Hands You Lemons (The Pretty Dress Company)

I have always wanted to own a dress by The Pretty Dress Company. I mean, doesn't the name say it all? THEY MAKE PRETTY DRESSES!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies

I've said this enough times lately but now that the actual blessed day is here - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Whether you're with your honey or celebrating with your closest friends, it's the holiday for spreading the luuurrrrvvve!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Heartbreaker (Emily & Fin)

Valentine's Day kind of snuck up on me this year. You wouldn't know it since I've had nothing but love and Valentine's themed treats on this blog since February started, but it truly felt like it did!

I've been so focused on the wedding ever since the holidays wrapped up (currently debating which donut shop I should commit to for our wedding "cake" and it's now between two and it's SO HARD) that I forgot about my second favorite holiday! Oops!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Red Velvet Cake Truffles

Gather 'round, my little peanuts, as I tell the mysterious tale of the Disappearing Truffles! Half of the batch went to Cody's office and the other half went to Sara's office when, suddenly, they began to disappear! Vanishing in front of our very eyes!

According to an email from Cody, it wasn't even 9:30am and his container was emptying out at a rapid pace! He could not control or stop it!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Made of Honor (#MarriedinModcloth)

Although this post is a bit delayed (the wedding took place in October), what better way to start off the month of luuuurrrrve than with my best friend's wedding?? I've been dying to share her day as well as the story behind my maid of honor dress (but kept putting off pulling on the dress again for photos) so the timing worked out pretty well as she just got her wedding photos back recently!

With Best Bitch, Ashli

When Red officially got engaged almost two years ago, it was assumed I'd be her maid of honor. So assumed that she never officially asked me! I jokingly asked her about it and she exclaimed, "WHAT? OF COURSE YOU'RE MY MAID OF HONOR!"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ice, Ice, Baby: Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH

This adventure was a year overdue. Maybe longer! I've been dying to visit the Ice Castles in New Hampshire for years and last year, as Cody and I were getting to know our now good friends, Jen (from Dressing with Class) and her hubby, Dave, we totally aimed to go on a mini road trip up to Lincoln, NH to do so.

Did we make it there? Somehow, no. We were all so busy that by the time we got around to making a plan, it was too last minute and tickets were sold out on the days we were available. Because, yes, this is the kind of attraction that sells out quick!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Teacher's Pet (Retrolicious Madison Skirt)

Well it appears January has a plaid theme going so I'm going to just go along with it and say it was intended!

Interesting as well since I typically don't go for plaids. I'm just never drawn to them often! I do have a couple plaid shirts that I wear on weekends with jeans to stay warm but when it comes to my wardrobe, I often go for patterns and novelty prints.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What's Sara Reading? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I dove into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid before my last trip of 2017 took place in late November (I know and it took me THIS long to post about it). I was heading back to Las Vegas (luckily for only 2 days) and was excited to devour this book on the plane right in - it's my favorite part of traveling: all the reading I get to do! I finished Evelyn Hugo on the flight to Vegas because I basically just ate it up.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Coffee Break (Tatyana Miranda Dress)

Do you ever think up an entire narrative in your head to go with your outfit as you get ready in the morning?

I definitely do from time to time when an outfit inspires one and this one certainly did.

So here's the story...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Simply the Best: 2017 In a Nutshell

Every January, I have a lot of fun looking back on the previous year and collecting my favorite posts for a Best Of spread. This year, I debated doing it the way I usually do with talking about my personal favorites or if I collect the top posts of the year based on views/engagement. In the end, I decided to try something new and instead of sharing MY favorites, I am sharing all of YOUR favorites!

It was very interesting to see the overlap. Looking at my favorites list and the list of my top posts of the year, only a small handful lined up. But hey, the people like what the people like. Who am I to judge my peanuts' taste in posts?

I am not! So without further ado, here is a roundup of In a Nutshell's top posts of 2017!