$100 Rent The Runway Giveaway.


Hello again! I'm back with an incredible giveaway for my favorite readers. I refuse to host giveaways unless I would actually want to enter them myself. This $100 giveaway to Rent The Runway certainly qualifies! When their team contacted me, I knew immediately this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. One winner will be chosen at random to receive a $100 e-gift certificate for use toward their next rental. With plenty of ways to enter, you can up your chances at scoring the big prize!

As a frequent renter, I can personally attest to the quality of their dresses and accessories, as well as their phenomenal customer service. With my baby bump, Rent The Runway continues to knock it out of the park. I rented this gorgeous Shoshanna dress for a wedding this weekend and still felt stylish--even if I don't feel like myself in clothing these days ;) If you find yourself the winner, get ready to pour over the site for hours on end to find the perfect dress for your next occasion--or have their team help you in a snap! FYI: this giveaway runs until Sunday, August 3rd, so don't wait to score your entries! Many thanks to Rent The Runway for making this giveaway possible. Best of luck! xoxo {av}

One winner will be chosen at random. All entrants must be residents of the United States, as Rent The Runway does not ship outside of the country. The giveaway winner will be notified via email at the completion of the giveaway. The winner will be emailed their gift certificate. The owner of this blog did not receive compensation or other reward for hosting this giveaway. The email collected at the start of the giveaway will not be shared and is simply collected for verification. Any questions or concerns can be shared with {av} via email.

boots on (sale) parade - part deux.

boots on (sale) parade via @nordstrom | #nsale
Since I moved to New England, I rely on boots from mid September to late March. Every year, I go on the hunt for beautiful boots. Last year's post showcased a few fantastic choices from Nordstrom and Piperlime, but I leaned wholly on the amazing Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for twelve fantastic options at all price points. These are current styles -- not ones which have been on the sale rack all summer. In my opinion, you'll never regret investing in a pair of boots you truly love. {I scored a pair last winter from J.Crew and I'm already excited to pull them out of the closet.} This year, I may need to add an over-the-knee boots to my collection. A few of the options below fit the bill perfectly--and won't get in the way of my baby bump ;) xoxo {av}





P.S. I promise a full update on our surprise babymoon to coastal California, but take a peek at the amazing adventure {cv} planned via my recent instagrams!


insta-update: summer 2014.


Is it me or is this summer flying by? I can't believe half of July is already in the books! Long after this summer is over, I will be grateful for the sunny summer shots in my Instagram feed. This corner of social media continues to hold a special place in my heart. I could blame my heightened nostalgia on pregnancy hormones, but I have always been a fan of walking down memory lane. I think that's the best part about Instagram: it makes a stroll down this wistful lane infinitely easier. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite snaps from my feed over the last six weeks or so...


I added some serious sparkle to my rotation since the beginning of summer. A statement necklace and a pretty pair of sandals {similar here} have helped to jazz up my shrinking closet. I also scored this serious steal at TJ Maxx and felt like a real #maxxinista. {For those interested, I promise a full post on my maternity wardrobe soon, so hang tight!}


Since Memorial Day weekend, {cv} and I have been busy bees. From the Jersey Shore to Cape Cod, we have covered a lot of ground in the last few weeks. The next month or so is no exception. With a surprise babymoon, a Midwestern swing, and a Martha's Vineyard weekend on tap, we are squeezing in a lot before baby {v} graces us with his or her presence! I also think it will provide for some fab Insta-opps ;)


My streak of consecutive 10,000-step days continues! Stumbling on new neighborhood gems make my daily strolls even better. The snaps from these walks will always bring back lovely memories of these quiet days. 

If this little blog is quiet for the next few days, don't worry: hop over to Instagram and take a little vacation with {cv} and me! We leave on Thursday morning on our surprise babymoon. This season in our life together is one I will always cherish. He has worked so hard to make this trip unforgettable--and I can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve. {I only know the average temperatures and that the destination is one plane flight away!} The anticipation is killing me, but the adventure which awaits will be worth it. More soon! xoxo {av}

friday's fancies: july.

an outfit perfect for summer nights.

shop the post here: J.Crew Linen Swingy Stripe Tee | Topshop Asymmetric Skort | Sole Society Jenny Slingback Wedge Sandals | Tory Burch 54mm Sunglasses | BaubleBar x Stripes & Sequins Cape Knot Collar | Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de ParfumNARS The NARSissit Cheek KitKate Spade Cedar Street Perforated Monday Crossbody Bag

A very happy Friday to you! I'm back with this month's round of Friday's Fancies, centered around a look for summer nights. Though this skort wouldn't work with my current bump situation, I liked how the faux skirt look took this ensemble from afternoon to evening. It would be perfect for a date night out at one of our Providence favorites. Stripes are a perennial favorite in my wardrobe, so this linen top is definitely on my list. Feel free to add your latest summer looks below--the link-up will be open through the end of July! Friday's Fancies isn't just for Fridays anymore ;) Have a great weekend! xoxo {av}