making progress.

Hello again, friends! We had a quiet {yet productive} weekend in Rhode Island, complete with shopping, celebrating, and card-stuffing. It wasn't a crazy weekend for me on Instagram, but here are a few snaps...

On Friday night, I made a run up to the outlets to avoid the true weekend rush. I got gifts for a boatload of people--at a very nice discount too! I nabbed a few other goodies too :) I've been eyeing this J.Crew Factory Polka-Dot Popover for a long time {see evidence here}. Though I can't find the anchor sweater online, the classic crewneck sweaters are perfect for layering. Those cobalt ballet flats were a winner too! This was the closest pair I could find online. Kate Spade doesn't have an online outlet, but suffice it to say, the timeless gold clutch made it worth the trip, especially after all the discounts.

FYI: and are both having crazy sales through 11:59pm tonight. Get on it!

The other hallmark {no pun intended} accomplishment of the weekend was getting our holiday cards ready for their ride through the USPS. Mail carriers in 25 states will get our glimmery envelopes from Paper Source. Though I love Minted, I decided to design our cards again this year. I got very nostalgic for our European adventure after looking at those cards for eight hours ;) One of my favorite things about the holidays is the snail mail, so I just hope everyone else loves our card as much as I do!

Did you make a dent on your to-do list this weekend? Crossing fingers your week doesn't look too crazy in advance of the holidays! Have a phenomenal week! xoxo {av}

P.S. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how heartbroken I am about Newtown. I could devote ten posts to the topic, but I'll leave it at this: I'm praying for each and every victim--and their families.


  1. Christmas cards are finished for me too! I actually love writing them out. But definitely writing and addressing them put a major dent in my to-do list! :)

  2. i plan to make a trip to the rehobeth outlets the day after christmas. i am definitely stopping by jcrew, kate spade, and banana. i am not looking for anything in particular but i am trying to find a new winter purse.

  3. You snagged some pretties at the outlets for sure! And I absolutely love your Christmas cards; you're very taltented! The biggest thing I crossed off my to-do list was finishing my Christmas shopping!

  4. Absolutely LOVE your Christmas cards! Such a great shot!

  5. i got the gold metallic Janey flats from jcrew this weekend on major sale {originally $178 and i got them for $87!!}

  6. Card-stuffing is always quite the task...I feel like there are gazillions of them every year. Your card is absolutely precious! It's hard to top a Paris shot ;)
    psst - I'm back on the blog - yay! I'd love for you to stop by!
    CoverGirl + Converse

  7. This is such a wonderful holiday card! I think you made the right choice in designing your own again.

    I'm basically in love with everything you bought - anchors, royal blue, dots, and Kate Spade are some of my absolute favorites. Awesome finds!

  8. that anchor sweater is so pretty! damn I cant find it online either

    X, Annie
    P.S. your welcome to check on my current christmas giveaway on

  9. Your Christmas cards look so cute! That popover is adorable; such a great find. :)


Many thanks for visiting {long distance loving}! I'd love to hear what you think :) xoxo {av}