Thursday, June 26, 2014

Day 11: Last Day in Casino-land and Driving to New York

Today is our last day at the casino, and we're heading to New York! Before we left, I had to get some pictures of this really cool woodwork

Oh, and my super-breezy resort outfit!








Dang, these bathrooms are nice.

I got this dress from ModCloth sometime ago, but the armholes were large and showed my bra on the sides. Once I took my sewing machine to it and shortened the straps by an inch or so, it was infinitely better-fitting. 

I told you I was loving this kimono! It went so well with the color of the dress and picked up the green of my purse so well. 

I also wanted to wear my new Frye shoes just because, so that's what I did! They're going to need a little breaking in, but I honestly won't mind wearing these around the house later.

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Dress: Juniper Berry Dress from Modcloth. Similar version here, plus sizes here. Another (cheaper) version here and here

Kimono: H&M. Similar here and here and here


Bag: Charming Charlie Lady Lockbox Satchel.

Accessories: Necklaces by Charming Charlie here and here. F21 Lucky necklace. BaubleBar necklace, similar here and here. Sunglasses from Target, similar here, here, and Marc Jacobs version here.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 9 & 10: Ice Cream and a Casino

One of my favorite places to go when I was a kid was Friendly's. They had the best ice cream sundaes and tuna melts! My favorite was the conehead sundae, but I couldn't find it on the menu. Sad. Well, not TOO sad. I had some super-yum chocolate ice cream and mint chocolate chip ice cream! 


Cakes and ice cream!


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Shirt: Vintage NKOTB concert tee. 

Skort: F21. To be honest, though, the quality is low and the zipper split during its second wear. Pretty embarrassing.

Shoes: GC Shoes. Similar ones on Ebay here and here. VERY similar YSL version for about what you'd expect to pay for YSL. Kate Spade version with a red toe cap here.

Bag. Michael Kors. 

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After lunch, we went to Patriot Place to check out the shops and be near the stadium of one of my favorite football teams. 

One of the helmets from a New England Patriot game. Look at those gashes!
After buying a few necklaces and things at Charming Charlie (more on that later), we drove south to Connecticut and Foxwoods casino! My good friend/family member got us a room for a couple of nights, and we were glad for a couple nights by ourselves, since we'd been staying with my great aunt and uncle for the last week.



It's nestled in the woods, like a palace almost, but one deeply in debt. The place is enormous.


The view from our floor in the hotel.


The ceiling of the main lobby, look up at the hotel rooms.

There was a shop selling these ridiculous hats. Of course there was another one that says "COCK".


Willy Wonka slot machines!
They have ALL kinds of slot machines there, including TWO with my name on them.

Here's one of them!

Awwwww, yiss.

The hotel room had an amazing bathroom; the mirrors were surrounded by light and there was a stool and place to put on make up. Divine.

A girl could get used to this.

For my first night traipsing around the casino, I decided to go all black. One of the things I bought at South of the Border was an oversized one-size-fits-all black tee for $.99. While I was in Oxford, I tried my hand at the DIY crop top. I cut the arm holes to shorten them and then tied them together. I like the way it turned out.


The green bag is from Charming Charlie; a gift from the boyfriend.


The pizza was pretty dope. 
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Shirt: Self-made from a black tee. If you'd rather just buy yours, I found similar styles here and for $9 here.

Skirt. Asos. Here's a quilted option for cheap at boohoo, a pleated version at GoJane, and if you're feeling rich, there's a really sweet leather version by The Row.

Shoes: F21. I just bought a new pair of these from Ebay in a wide size. The shoes I'm wearing here have started squeaking at the heel, which makes me nervous. Similar style here.

Accessories: Necklaces from Charming Charlie (Sagittarius Constellation Necklace , Fish Necklace)and BaubleBar (similar here). 


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The next called for more galavanting and free drinks on the casino floor (well, plus a tip for the servers), and that apparently called for more black. I love how versatile this Dex dress is, and it's so comfortable and has pockets! 





One of the things I found at Charming Charlie and just HAD to have, was this rhinestone venetian mask. It's just so crazy and beautiful. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to wear the mask on my face, so I had to use it as a headband, which I rather liked. 




Here I am pulling a huge lever for the Mega Million slot. There's a huge screen in front of me.

I won a rolling cooler! It was all so hokey, but fun. And it's a nice cooler.
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Dress: Dex. Similar here, here, and here

Shoes: Bamboo. Similar here, Frye version here.

Accessories: F21 Necklace (Similar here). Maurices Headband (Similar here). Charming Charlie Mask. 



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Stay tuned for the last leg of our trip, to New York!








Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Day 7 & 8: Bahstahn!

The next leg of our trip led us to Boston. Oooooh, Boston. I have never encountered such horrible, dangerous, inconsiderate drivers as we did in Boston. I picked up a new word from the locals to describe them: Massholes. How perfect! 

So after a harrowing afternoon in rush hour traffic, we had to spend some time in the hotel room just chilling out. By the time our nerves had calmed enough to think about eating, it was 10pm and most restaurants were closing in an hour. 


Since we had to leave in a hurry, I just threw on all my black, tied up my hair and ran out of the hotel. By the time we found parking by the waterfront (on a Friday night, mind you) and walked to our first-choice restaurant, it was quarter to eleven and they weren't serving anymore. We walked back up the street to find the nearest place serving food and came to this Irish pub called Barney Fanning's. I'd been dying for a lobster, and tonight it was TIME.


I had no shame in wearing this bib. Ya gotta get into it!


Dayum, girl!


Apparently we came just at the start of lobster season, so it was a special on everyone's menu. Technically you can get lobsters year round, but in summer they come to shallower waters and are therefore easier to catch and cheaper! 


ALL THE BLACK THINGS! ...and a whiskey.


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Dress: Dex via Ideeli. Petite version here, draped version here, and if you're feeling rich, try Armani's version.  

Jacket: Vintage via Ebay. Here's a studded version, a really incredible curvy sized one, and a badass version by BLK DNM.

Accessories: Belt from Asos, similar here + more sizes here. Shoes and hair pins from F21. Vintage collar.

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The next day we decided to try something close to our hotel, and that just happened to be a Polish deli. Turns out that area of Boston has a huge Polish population. The deli was full of Polish candies, wine, breads, magazines, cakes... all kinds of things! It was extra fun because the boyfriend is of Polish decent. 

A selection of cakes, pastries, meats, and cheeses.

After lunch we went to The Shops at Prudential Center, which is a fancy mall that has a Neiman Marcus, Lorde & Taylor, Gucci, Sephora, and shoulders a Saks Fifth Avenue. While there, I got to gawk at all the brands I don't get to see and touch in everyday life, like this UH-MAZING Alice + Olivia leather jacket.


Those are all mother-fucking rhinestones on a laser-cut pattern made to look like snakeskin, y'all. I just can't even. And it was so buttery. Ungh! 


I admit, it made me feel good.


OMGICANNEVERAFFORDTHIS!


After leaving the mall, you end up in a little maze of adorable shops built into the old buildings. I just adore the architecture and fire escape ladders on them. They all seem unique and special, with stories to share.


Nestled within these shops is the FRYE FLAGSHIP STORE. I had to go! I meant to just try on some boots, note my size, and walk away to purchase my dream boots on sale elsewhere, BUT! The sales people were so friendly (they're the ones that told me about Massholes!) and helpful... that they helped me try on a really beautiful pair of soft leather laceless oxfords. 


I am happy to introduce the Rose Slip On pointy-toe oxfords to my shoe closet! They will be very happy there, for sure. I can already picture these with dresses, skirts, and jeans year-round. 

My haul!

Boyfriend ended up getting a pair of motorcycle boots, so we both walked out happy and lighter in the pocket. ...And hungry, too! The helpful Frye employees directed us to the Summer Shack, which has been built into an old theater. I got a Fried Oyster Belly Po'Boy, and it was enormous! What came next was not pretty. I pretty much just stuck my head in and ate my way out.


Through the rest of the neighborhood, we tasted and bought local olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar, walked through Zara, and then found our way to Boston Common. It was getting dark, so we didn't stay long, but we got to see a ton of baby ducks, then some more baby ducks and their mom getting chased by a huge swan. 


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Top: Built-in bra top by Panache

Jeans: Asos Ridley High Waist Ultra Skinny.

Sandals: New Look via Asos.

Kimono: H&M. Similar here

Bag: Michael Kors. Similar version by the man himself here, and a cheaper style by Kenneth Cole here.


If I'd had my way, I'd be rocking a smaller, bright yellow or orange crossbody bag, but I was trying to pack lightly (hahaha) and only packed one other (black) purse besides this one. But a big bag to hold lots of stuff for all-day city roaming seemed most appropriate anyway.

These flowers are crazy! I love them!


The gate at one of the entrances.


Huge statue of George Washington.

That's it! Check back soon as we make our way into Connecticut and Foxwoods Casino!



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Day 6: Skirts and Stripes and Family

Hiya! The weather has just been gorgeous in New England; we've been really lucky in that respect. Today we made our way into Connecticut to have dinner with some old friends of the family: my mom's best friend since high school and her son. My mom and I used to live nearby them when I was little and I spent a lot of time at their house playing in the pool, watching Hulk Hogan wrestle, and learning how to play Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt on the NES.

For the occasion, I busted out the surprise faux leather midi skirt from Asos and a comfy but classy shirt. I picked up these faux leather sneakers from Forever21 while I was buying my boater hat yesterday, and they have already proved invaluable on this trip, since I made the mistake of not packing my tennis shoes (dummy!).


My great aunt and uncle have an amazing sun room that offers a great view of their gardens and the forest surrounding their house. Pretty sweet wood paneling, right?


This is one of their three cats, Blackie. She's pretty chill. I was glad to have kitties around, because I miss mine a lot.


I did kind of a roll along my new hairline and pinned it as I went so the whole shebang would stay over one shoulder. 


I'm really enjoying my ear cuff from BaubleBar, too. It ended up looking pretty cool with the stones on my shirt.



Once we got on the road, I saw my new red beret in the car and decided to pop that sucker on for a pop of extra color. I just love berets.

AND LOOK AT THE TEENY RADISH! So cute!


Here's the whole gang at the restaurant. Those two have always been like family to me and always will. It really did my heart good to see them. 


Bonus picture! My great uncle has been saving these things since 1992 or so; drawings, a spelling test, report cards, toys, even some Pogs!


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Shirt: Pim + Larkin via Piperlime. A different version of the top here, jeweled Burberry version here, Gap version on sale here.

Skirt: Asos. Similar version in real leather (on sale!) here, plus size fuller version here, and a luxe version by J.W. Anderson here.

Shoes: Forever21. They're under $10 and also come in nude and pewter!

Hat: South of the Border. American Apparel makes one in just about every color. There's a fluffy version at BooHoo.

Glasses: Old. I highly recommend checking out Ebay for similar versions like these, which are less than $9! Or maybe you'd like to go vintage and pearlescent. Or maybe you have loads of cash you'd like to spend on a version from Tom Ford.