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My Wintertime Essentials

Little luxuries to help get you through the winter

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We have been officially New Englanders for the past three years, which is crazy that time has flown so much. For pretty much the entire time, January and February have been the least enjoyable months here for me. Short of doing a getaway like we did last February, here are a few of my favorite things that help make the next few months a bit more bearable.

  1. I just got this robe for Christmas, and I love that I get to have a mini hotel experience getting out of the shower or out of bed. The Turkish cotton makes it so darn soft, and I love the monogram detail.
  2. We currently don’t have a fireplace in our living room, but with this sweet little candle, you get to experience all the wonderful smells of one. I’ve tried other less expensive fireplace candles, and it just doesn’t hold a candle (ha!) to this smell.
  3. I love a good throw for cuddling while watching movies. While what we have on our sofa is a lovely chenille one from Pottery Barn, my dream is to one day get a throw made with alpaca wool.
  4. Silly Cow Farms Hot Chocolate is one of the best hot chocolates I’ve tried out. I have to admit too that I’m a sucker for the cute packaging.
  5. I bought these socks on Block Island a couple of years ago, and they started my love affair with all things alpaca. Warm and toast indoors or with your Bean boots on, it brings a bit of luxe to your tootsies.
  6. It took me a bit of time to really find a tea that I look forward to brewing. It’s a black tea with lavender and bergamot that I like with just a bit of milk. If you like an Earl Grey or a Lady Grey, it’s worth checking out.
  7. I’ve found that a hot mustard bath to relax in and it has really helped with any achy muscles I might have from lugging around a toddler. Bonus is the incredibly soft skin that I get after sitting in the bath for thirty minutes.

What helps you get through the winter?


While the last year seemed to be a year full of travels and wedding activities, this year we are hoping to focus on a bit more on our little Cape Cod. The big ticket item that we are super excited to start with is our kitchen. While it’s not the worst kitchen, the cabinets have seen better days, and we could certainly use some more storage. Plus, would love a beautiful workplace for cooking and crafting with Billy.


Our current kitchen

We knew that since we consider this our starter home, we wanted to get as much bang for our buck that we can get. And who does that better than anyone else but IKEA? But just going an hour on their home planner is enough to knock some of the excitement out of you. After some Google searching, I came across Inspired Kitchen Design and immediately got excited. Virtual kitchen designers that help optimize our space and putting to paper what we have in mind, I could not be more excited. Bill was a good sport being pulled away from the Eagles and helped get all the measurements that were needed to start the process. I have some ideas for the overall look, so I’ll keep you guys posted as the kitchen progresses.



IMG_2815Hello There! I know there’s a few people out there who have stopped in since two years ago. Thanks so much for checking in when I really was neglecting this space the past couple of years. But I believe that for now, I am back to writing and sharing what my whereabouts and thoughts are. There’s a whole lot that is happened in the last two years, so I’ll give little updates on that as well. I hope that you all have had a great holiday season, and join me in starting 2016 with just a bit of spark.



Ever since I was a tot, I’ve had a strong connection to the idea of the last part of getting dressed was putting on something that smells wonderful from a pretty bottle. I remember my mom and grandma putting violet water on my sister and I and how much I loved the smell. The smell of my abuela’s perfume, as well as my mother’s, is something that is quite comforting still. I’m guessing that is why I’ve always tried to form my own memories to the perfumes that I purchase. Ralph Lauren’s Romance in high school, Burberry Brit in college, and Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle in my early 20s. Dior Addict was my going out/partying fragrance of choice. I’m currently using Mimosa as an every day one. Floral and light, it makes me feel like I’m putting my best foot forward when I put it on.

My first emotionally driven perfume purchase has to be that Bond perfume. I bought it one Valentine’s Day at Saks before meeting a friend for coffee around Rockefeller Center. It was my, “I’m single, and I don’t need a man to buy me something nice, dammit!” It’s funny that was the intention, because my husband associates the smell of the perfume to when we were dating. Because of all of this, choosing a scent to wear on our wedding day was very important to me. I ended up layering Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossoms with Vintage Gardenia . Now whenever I put on the fragrance, it takes me back to the day of our wedding.

Any perfume memories out there?