Puppy Play Date

A few months before I met my boyfriend Jack, he adopted a puppy from the Northeast Animal Shelter. The puppy that he adopted, Bailey, is one of the cutest little pups I’ve ever seen. I may be a little swayed on that opinion since she is Jack’s… but she’s pretty damn cute. Bailey was one of seven of a litter that came from West Virginia. One of the other adoptive dog parents decided to reach out and try to get the puppies back together again, and so we had a puppy play date.

Bailey was reunited with one of her brothers, Melvin, and one of her sisters, Indiana. If you ask me, they look pretty happy to be with one another! How crazy is it how similar yet unique they all are?!

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Bailey, Melvin, Indiana (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Indiana and Bailey (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Bailey and Melvin (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Melvin, Indiana, Bailey (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Bailey was absolutely exhausted after her play date!

Unfortunately, not everyone responded, but hopefully we can try again soon! Ryan has a website dedicated to Boston Rescue Dog photography, which you can check out here. Also remember that adopting a dog, or any animal, is such an amazing thing!

To see more pictures of Bailey, follow me on Instagram! If we get the puppies together again, I will definitely post more pictures!

Happy Friday!

Emily Riane

Best of the East Coast: Marblehead MA

Happy Friday! I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers from all over the East Coast, to put together a “Best of the East Coast” collab. Savannah from The Always Blog was the mastermind behind this one! It’s so fun to see where other bloggers live, and to discover new places. If you ever want to take a road trip on the East Coast, I think we’ve got enough places in this link-up for you to have an action packed trip! {You can see all of the posts at the bottom of this post}

As I’ve blogged about before, and Instagrammed about daily, I grew up in a small coastal town North of Boston, called Marblehead. Marblehead (MHD) is a small town, and half of it is essentially an island. I say essentially because we do have a causeway that connects the “island” aka The Neck, to the rest of the town. Our lighthouse is out there, as well as Castle Rock, so it’s always super nice to walk out there or drive out there and enjoy the sights for a little while!

MHD was founded in 1649, so there is a lot of history here. We have museums, old mansions, war attractions, old forts, and even historical houses. Throughout town there are signs on a lot of houses, mainly in Old Town (our historic district), giving a brief little history of the people who originally lived there. It’s pretty awesome growing up with all of this history around. When kids are in school, they always have a lot of history field trips, simply because it’s literally right in our back yard!

Aside from it’s extensive history, Marblehead is flat out gorgeous. It is surrounded by the ocean, which makes for beautiful scenery. We also have the small downtown area (Old Town) that has shops, boutiques, restaurants, and is right on the harbor. We are also right next to Salem, which of course is known for the Witch Trials, and definitely has tons of attractions and history.

My favorite restaurants in town are all of the special little places, such as Shubie’s, The Driftwood, The Landing, and Lime Rickey’s. They’re all restaurants that are unique to our town, and are definitely my top places to grab a meal in town!

The summer is a great time to visit because of the beaches, arts festivals, and our fireworks celebration is one of the best- seriously it’s talked about the entire year leading up to it. If you’re looking for a fun town to visit this summer, Marblehead should definitely be on your list.

Honestly, I could go on and on about this town, but I will just let these pictures do the talking! p.s. Marblehead looks perfect during every season- not to brag or anything…

 

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The structure behind us is the lighthouse! It’s unique to say the least!

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The houses are all so cute in Old Town. You can even see one of the historic signs on the house!

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This is Washington Street in Old Town on a rainy day!

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Sometimes, people like to poke fun at the history of MHD

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You can hear the bell on Abbott Hall all around town!

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The harbor looking across to The Neck

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The sunsets here are absolutely gorgeous!

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Devereux Beach after a winter storm

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Washington Street in a snow storm!

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At low tide, you can actually walk out to that little island! It’s called Brown’s Island

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Redd’s Pond named after Wilmot Redd. Old Burial Hill is right behind it. That’s the cemetery from Hocus Pocus!

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Gorgeous harbor views

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Calm day in the harbor

 

If you have any questions about Marblehead or the area, feel free to comment below or send me an email!

Emily Riane

 


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A Weekend of Indulgence

I indulged a lot this past weekend, whether it be on food, shopping, or adventuring. For the sake of this blog post, I’m going to start my weekend on Thursday and end it on Saturday. Reason being that on Thursday I went to a private shopping event in the city, so it was basically the kick-off of my weekend. I’m also ending my weekend on Saturday because I was in the city again on Saturday, but then I went to work Saturday night, and then binge watched SVU all day Sunday… So while my Sunday was relaxing, I don’t think it’s truly worth highlighting in this post- but if you ever want to do nothing for a day I highly recommend binge watching SVU episodes.

On Thursday night, Rachael Thomas of Threads for Thomas co-hosted a private shopping event with Jenna from Boston Chic Party at Best Dressed Charlestown. We sipped champagne, ate cupcakes, and shopped their collection amazing jewelry and designer dresses. At Best Dressed you can rent designer dresses for every day wear or for a special event, and it’s all at amazing prices. I bought a pair of adorable earrings, which I am so excited to style soon!

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On Friday, I got a package from ILYMIX, including some gorgeous necklaces and some sunnies! The sunnies are mirrored, with a pink tint on the front so they’re perfect for summer. I got a couple statement necklaces, one pink and one blue, and they’re too cute!

If you want to order anything from ILYMIX, you can apply the code EmRiane20 at checkout to get 20% off! All of the products are reasonably prices, so the extra 20% off makes it even better!
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On Saturday, my friend Heather and I went into Boston for the Rue La La x Cotton Pop-Up Shop on Newbury Street. Unfortunately, Jacey of Damsel in Dior was only there on Sunday, so I didn’t get to meet her.

All of the clothes at the sale were perfect for summer! I loved that they had everything in themed sections of the store, had a DJ, a photo booth that took gifs, and a fashion illustrator. It was such a fun shopping event!

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We got adorable tote bags!

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How cool are these photos? We got a gif out of them too!

Last but not least, we also went to brunch at one of our favorite restaurants, The Met Bar Back Bay. We had never gone for brunch before, but I definitely want to go again! They had a special blood orange mimosa which was absolutely amazing. I also ordered Nutella stuffed French toast, which had cinnamon sugar on it, caramelized bananas, and salted caramel sauce. It’s safe to say I was in a sugar coma for the next 24 hours…. It was the best brunch food I’ve tried lately, and I highly recommend it! (But maybe split it with someone because I couldn’t eat it all myself!)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Emily Riane

Currently Loving: June 3, 2016

I noticed that although this was a shortened work week, it seemed like it was never going to end. Not that I want to start this blog post off on a pessimistic note, it’s just that I felt like a lot happened in a short period of time. Not all was bad, to be honest most of it was good. Sometimes just being busy in all aspects of life can be exhausting, so I am definitely excited for the weekend!

There definitely were some amazing parts to my week, some I will share with you in this weeks edition of Currently Loving, and some that I will be sharing at a later date because for now it’s a secret. (a very, very exciting secret!)

Summertime Vibes // I know it’s only the beginning of June, and that it’s technically not summer yet, but the fact that the weather has been so nice recently is giving me major summertime vibes. Unfortunately, yesterday and today have been a little chilly, but i’m holding onto last weeks warmth and highly anticipating next weeks warmth. It’s been so nice taking the puppy down to the beach, going out for ice cream, and having extra long days.

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LIFE: It Is What It Is // The latest book that I read is called LIFE: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman. I met Lisa at a local event where I actually bought her book that night (it’s a signed copy!) She is a local columnist from my town, which is essentially a little bubble, so everyone can relate to things on a central level. This book is a collection of her columns that tackle life’s everyday quirks in such a way that it truly does feel like you’re just having a conversation with a friend. The one thing I will say is that I’m not a parent yet, so some of the things were foreign to me, though in a way made me excited for what’s ahead in life. Fun fact: the book is priced at $16.49 because it’s the year our town was established!

It’s definitely a fun read if you’re looking for something to read this summer!

Turning Old into New // As you can probably see, in the sidebar of my blog I am selling some of my old clothes on Poshmark. I recently went back through my stuff and discovered a jacket from LOFT that I liked, but never really wore, and it’s brand new. So I decided to give it a go and style it, and I actually love it! It’s always nice to go through what you already have and try things on again. It’s good for closet clean out, as well as finding old gems that you want to keep in rotation.

This jacket is no longer available, but I linked some similar lightweight styles below!

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I’m also super excited to be going to the Rue La La x Cotton event in Boston this weekend- who’s going?! Be on the lookout for a blog post about that early next week!

Emily Riane

 

 

 

Currently Loving: May 27, 2016

Here’s my round-up of things that i’m loving this week!

New Sandals // I have always been a Jack Rogers girl when it came to sandals- by the way they’re on sale this weekend! But lately I decided that I wanted to switch things up. I ordered a couple pairs of Steve Madden sandals online, and I absolutely love them! They’re both strappy, brown, sandals, but they both have slightly different looks to them. They’re super comfortable and perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having! Shop my favorite Jack Rogers picks, as well as Steve Madden, below! I’ve highlighted some of my favorite Jack Rogers Styles, but click here for my ultimate favorite!




Victoria’s Secret Swim Sale // If you haven’t heard the latest news, VS is going to discontinue their swim line as well as their clothing line, basically everything except bras, panties, and lingerie. I have always loved VS, especially the swimwear line so when I heard this, I immediately went to online shop. I truly wish that I could buy one of everything in every color (dream big!) but unfortunately I couldn’t. I did pick up a two bikinis at just $45, so you should definitely shop the sale! 

The Bachelorette // I never jumped on The Bachelor bandwagon, but for some reason this week I decided that I wanted to tune in. I had heard so much about JoJo and her heartbreak on the last season of The Bachelor that I felt I had to watch her finally find love. I am definitely one who gets emotionally invested in TV shows and feels personally victimized when something bad happens to my favorite character; I also get way too into reality TV… I’m not proud of this, but it happens.

So, I basically am already obsessed with this season of The Bachelorette. I will be tuning in every week and live tweeting the episode much like I did last week. All while I am rooting for JoJo to find her Prince Charming.

Happy Friday, and Cheers to the long weekend!

Emily Riane

 

 

 

My First Rocksbox!

If you’ve seen my Instagram lately, then you’ve seen that I got my first Rocksbox last week! I had kept seeing bloggers on social media platforms sharing their gorgeous Rocksbox pieces, and I desperately wanted to start getting my own.

Rocksbox is a concierge jewelry service that has brands like Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, House of Harlow 1960, and more! You create a wishlist and your personal stylist will hand pick three pieces at a time and send them your way. You can then buy the jewelry at a discounted price, or send it back in exchange for three more pieces.

My first Rocksbox included a pair of Loren Hope earrings, a Slate necklace, and a Jill Michael necklace. I absolutely loved the Jill Michael gold bar necklace as I’ve been on the hunt for one! The Slate necklace is also super fun, and I loved styling it in yesterday’s OOTD.

If you want to test out Rocksbox, you can get a month free! Just use the code ’emrianexoxo’ at checkout, and your first month is free! One month does not equal just one box- you can exchange as much as you want during the month.

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Here is how I styled the Slate chevron necklace!

Here is how I styled the Slate chevron necklace!

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Don’t forget, use the code ’emrianexoxo’ at checkout, and your first month is free!

Emily Riane

Currently Loving: May 20, 2016

I realize I haven’t written a blog post in ~over~ a week now, and I’m not entirely sure why. So much has happened since my last blog post about the Juice Press event. The following night I went to a Boston Red Sox game with Jack, I went on a couple picture perfect walks in this beautiful Spring weather, did a lot of online shopping, and went to a launch party in my town for a new small business. My life both personally and professionally is definitely all positive right now, and I am absolutely loving it.

I think every week or two I want to incorporate a Currently Loving post so that I can do a round up of things in my life that I want to share with y’all, so here is my first one!

Baseball // Surprise! I like sports now…? I am the least sporty person in the world. Jack once mentioned that he couldn’t imagine me playing tennis because I am uncoordinated- I was on my high school team. I guess this is what happens when your boyfriend is a fanatic about every single sport from golf to football to baseball… we watch it all. It’s hard not to enjoy something when you’re watching it at least once a week. I loved going to the game with Jack last week, it was my first Red Sox game since I was really young so it was a great experience. I still ask a lot of silly questions so that I can try to understand what’s happening but it’s definitely a process! p.s. Our seats were amazing!

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Jack didn’t fill me in on the funny face memo!

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The view from our seats!

J.Crew Factory // J. Crew Factory is having amazing sales lately. I didn’t even hesitate on buying a bunch of new clothes from there this past week. I ordered three skirts, and one new dress that you can shop below. They’re all super comfortable and perfect for both work and weekend wear, which makes them even better! Unfortunately, the black and pink skirts I purchased are sold out online, but the olive color is still available as well as a red and a blue! Trust me, I wanted every single color and choosing three was hard.factory 2  factory1

Marblehead // As many of you know, I live in Marblehead which is a small seaside town in New England. Growing up I never really thought my town was anything special. I knew it was a tourist destination, I knew it was rich with history, and I knew it was absolutely gorgeous. But I definitely always thought I would leave and move on once I graduated college. However, I have done the exact opposite of this and don’t see myself leaving any time soon. Jack recently started his own business, and I’m a community manager at the local coworking space. We both have been networking like crazy lately, both working in town, and both of our families are here. Now that I’m truly becoming an adult I think I have realized ho amazing my little town truly is.

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This is a bit of a short Currently Loving list, but it’s just because I have a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes right now, that I will be announcing soon!

Cheers to the weekend!

Emily Riane

 

Juice Press VIP Grand Opening

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a VIP grand opening of Juice Press at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Juice Press is a New York based company, which is now expanding to Boston, and I couldn’t be happier! The two current locations are this one is Chestnut Hill as well as one that will be opening soon in Back Bay. This event was very special because the founder of the company, Marcus Antebi was at the event last night and he told us all about his story, all about Juice Press, and he welcomed us with open arms to try all of his wonderful products. I tried many juice samples, coffee, salad, snacks, desserts… everything. He told us that his team is currently testing out chocolate covered everything, so of course I sampled some chocolate covered mango, banana, and strawberries! All of the food and drink at Juice Press is certified organic so although I indulged and tasted almost everything, I don’t feel all too guilty about it.

A highlight of the night was definitely making my own Acai Bowl. I had never had one before and always wanted one, so it was fun to make my own! They even set up a little photo station so that all of us bloggers could take the perfect snaps of our masterpieces.

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Juice Press founder Marcus Antebi

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My goodies from the end of the night! I definitely ate some of my cookies on the ride home, haha!

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It’s always fun to try new things, and get together with fellow Boston Bloggers. Thank you Juice Press for a wonderful evening!

Emily Riane

 

My Skin and Hair Must Haves

As humans we put our bodies and minds through a lot. Whether it’s just day to day life or pushing yourself to go the extra mile, your body works hard. Sometimes I find that my daily shower and hand washing cause my skin and hair to lack moisture, weather can damage my hair, and stress can cause me to break out- it happens. I definitely try to prevent a lot of this from happening as much as I can. Here’s a round up of my must have products that I use to keep my body feeling refreshed.

Daddy-O Shampoo // At first I was a little hesitant to use this shampoo because it’s purple. That was before learning that purple/violet toned shampoo is exactly what people with light/blonde/gray hair need to keep their locks looking their best. The smell of this is very calming, and it leaves my hair feeling clean, bright, shiny, and healthy! Also, it’s from LUSH so it’s great for your hair!

OGX Penetrating Oil // When I get out of the shower, I always put this in my hair. It doesn’t leave my hair oily even though it’s an oil. Since using it my hair has been a lot healthier, has suffered from less damage, and has actually grown faster due to the lack of damage. This is definitely one of my favorite hair products!

Tresemme Thermal Creations // I have been using this since high school when it was almost expected that your hair was flat ironed every morning. At first I didn’t use it and I just took a 400 degree straightener to my hair causing so much damage. Once I started using this my hair thanked me, so I never stopped! Just a couple spritzes before you blow dry/style and hair is much healthier.

Burt’s Bees // I am obsessed with Burt’s Bees, but really only the kind with the mint in it. I like the way that I can feel it working on my lips and the mint is super refreshing. I keep tubes of this all around my house and in most of my bags just in case I need it. I never leave the house without it!

Sephora Night Masks // A friend of mine works at Sephora and recommended these to me. After your normal nightly skin care routine, you put a little bit all over your face and it works overnight- you just wash your face normally in the morning. I have been using the Green Tea one a lot, but I also have the Pearl!

St. Ives Body Lotion // I will always love St. Ives. I wrote a post about it when I got a bunch of products from Influenster. I have used St. Ives for years and I will continue to do for years to come! This is pretty much the only lotion that leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated, not oily, and feeling generally healthier.

Jergen’s Natural Glow // I love being tan, but I can’t stand to keep damaging my skin with tanning beds. I always used to tan and as nice as it was, my skin definitely was not appreciating it. This lotion not only makes you gradually tan and glowing, but it also moisturizes so you don’t have that dry feeling you would get if you simply laid in a tanning bed for a long time. I recently used this before my trip to Virginia and although I was still a little pale, I was definitely tanner than normal. It does take more than two days of use before you’re tan, and I clearly didn’t give myself enough time to get tan before going on vacation.

EOS Hand Lotion // My hands tend to get dry due to weather and washing throughout the day. I always carry an EOS lotion in my purse to try and prevent the dryness. The package is sleek, the smell is gentle, and the lotion doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. I definitely think this is a great lotion to carry around daily!

What are your must-have products?

Emily Riane

My Bittersweet Year

It’s official, I graduated college exactly one year ago. It doesn’t feel like it’s been a whole year most likely because I am still in denial that I ever graduated. In my opinion, graduation was the most bittersweet experience of my life. To say that I was an emotional mess during Senior Week is an understatement, I simply did not want to graduate because I never thought I would be able to make it in the real world. Roanoke College to me was my home and my little bubble that I was not ready to break out of.

Though I am definitely still in denial that my undergrad career is over, I have learned a lot over the past year of my life. I think the most important thing I learned is to accept that the future is unknown. I’m the type of person to always have a plan and stick with it, and for the longest time I had a problem accepting change. Over the course of the past year I started with not knowing what I was doing with my life, then I got a couple jobs, started a blog, and became a published writer. Everything started to fall into place in ways I never could have planned. Looking back to my final days at Roanoke I never thought I would accomplish any of what I have accomplished during the past year.

I’ve also realized how much I have grown in the past five years of my life. It’s crazy to look back and think of who I was at 17 years old heading off to college, and now at 22, I’m a completely different person. During my time in college, my closest friends and professors influenced me, collectively teaching me lessons and molding the person I have become. Throughout the past year of my life I have held on to those traits and lessons, implementing them in my every day life.

Over the past year I have moved on from past friendships, strengthened the ones that matter, and created new ones. Not everyone is meant to stay in your life forever, which is a scary thought, but you can’t grow as a person if you’re being held down by the past. I also met the love of my life (less than two months after graduating) which was another thing I never thought would be in my near future when I was leaving Roanoke.

Coming home to your hometown can be a sort of culture shock after you graduate college. Everything is the same, except for yourself. In college I learned new things, became my own person, discovered who I am, and matured as a person; but that doesn’t mean everyone else grew with me.

I was wrong to think that I wouldn’t be able to make it in the real world, because I think I’m doing pretty well for a 22 year old.

My graduation day was by far one of the greatest days of my life. I am so proud to say that I graduated from Roanoke College, and I am so happy to have shared my experience with such amazing people.

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Though my year was lacking fraternity parties, wing nights, sisterhood retreats, cocktails, and most importantly, classrooms, I think I’ve had a pretty great first year in the real world. To all my friends who are graduating this weekend, congratulations! If I can survive the real world, so can you.

Emily Riane