Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Collar me Teal-riffic (Collectif)


Look at that satisfying title - two puns? TWO? You can't get any better than that...


Oh Collectif Clothing. You sneaky little minx. Here I was, minding my own business and not buying TOO many new clothes in the last 6 months or so and then they go and have another one of their end of the season 50% blow out sales.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gingham & Sunshine (Andrea Makes Things)


I am always always willing to spend money with small businesses. Especially in the fashion world - the retro/vintage fashion world, more specifically - where gals with mad sewing skills are creating beautiful garments that I could never dream of creating.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Viva East 2018!


Well, well, well! Look at these lovely ladies!


This past weekend was the 2nd annual Viva East Rockabilly Weekender and seeing as it took place just 20 minutes North of my house, you betcha I was there!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wisteria Hysteria (Joanie Clothing)


Do I now have 2 dresses with the name Wisteria? Yes, it appears I do.


Luckily, the original Wisteria dress I got from Tatyana last Spring is the loveliest lavendar colored dress and nothing like this adorable floral and ready for summer dress from Joanie Clothing. They just share the same name!

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!