favorite things: finn & co.

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{ white sand fragrance oil }

{ white sand candle }
With the unofficial start of summer fast approaching this weekend, I have all things beach on my mind. Although I won't constantly be oceanside, I plan on smelling like it thanks to discovering Finn & Co. while in Kennebunkport a couple of years ago.

Finn & Co. is a Maine-based company that has created the most delicious, beachy smelling products--I know there are a lot of Bobbi Brown Beach fans out there (and I was one of them), but I must admit that I love the White Sand line from Finn & Co. so much more. I bought the lotion and the body oil and they are incredibly long lasting (I put the lotion on in the morning and people can still smell it on me when I come home at night). It's the perfect beach scent and the lotion is paraben, sulfate, formaldehyde, phthalate, propylene glycol, and phosphate free...and if you prefer a more sultry version, the Black Sand products are perfect. They have the same beach undertones of White Sand but with some sexier, darker layers mixed in.

I cannot recommend this line enough--go forth and smell like your best beach self this summer (even if you're stuck in the city).


maine weekend.

Flowers in bloom.

Beach walk at dusk.

Perfect seating arrangement.

Harbor walk.
I had a perfect weekend up in Maine. The weather was great--it was sunny both days with mild temps which made for plenty of walks with Olive (she has very specific routes she likes to take and I was happy to oblige). My parents and I made a quick trip up to Portland on Saturday and had a fun lunch outside at Sebago Brewing Company (their Lake Trout Stout was delicious) and it was so nice to soak in the scenery.

It was definitely hard packing up and heading home on Sunday--Maine is seriously my favorite place and I truly love every minute I get to spend there.


some things.

My favorite homemade cookies.

The most delicious mussels.

Weekend gardening attempt.

We've almost made it to the weekend! I don't know about you, but the Northeast has been dealing with some unseasonably cold temps and I'm really not amused that my heat is still kicking on. The forecast for the near future looks to be cloudy and rainy and blah, and I'm hoping we catch a break with some sunshine soon. I'm in desperate need of Vitamin D.

This weekend I visited with Quinn, attended a cheese festival, made copycat Levain cookies and cooked up some mussels for dinner (I can't recommend this recipe for mussels enough--it's super simple and makes the most amazing broth to sop up with french bread. It's seriously the best.)

I also bought some boxwood for my front steps (planter and watering can were Target finds). I really don't have a green thumb, but I'm going to try to focus on some landscaping projects this summer (sadly I'm still sore my my weeding on Sunday--this is going to be a process). Aside from my bedroom painting, I don't have a lot of interior projects planned so I'm hoping to clean up part of my side garden and do some minor planting. We'll see how it goes.


new arrival.

On Wednesday evening, my brother, sister-in-law and Piper welcomed little Quinn into the world. She is so tiny and perfect and I'm so incredibly happy for them and their little family.

Have a wonderful weekend!


blush crush.

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While I have crossed a bunch of major interior house projects off of my to do list, one thing I've been struggling with is my bedroom walls. The previous owners had installed paintable textured wallpaper throughout the majority of the house (which I painted, and I'm happy with the outcome) but for some reason my bedroom is wallpapered in this unfortunate textured wallpaper that kind of reminds me of a popcorn ceiling. It needs to go.

My ex painted the trim in a darkish gray, and I was planning on just removing the wallpaper and keeping the walls white, but now I'm thinking pink (or, more specifically, blush). I absolutely love the combo of a muted blush with gray, but I'm a little nervous because I think the wrong shade could channel an eighties vibe that I am definitely not going for.

Do you have any blush paint colors you love?  


weekend recap.

Friday rosé at my parents' house.

Kettle chip encrusted fish sandwich for lunch.

Overdue post-birthday thank you notes.
Happy May! We had a brief bout of nice weather this weekend but now it's back to rain and fog and all I want to do is stay in bed. Not good.

Friday was very low-key: I had some wine at my parents and then came home for pizza and Dateline. On Saturday I had a leisurely lunch with my sister and brother-in-law at Tavern in the Square. We were able to sit outside which was amazing, and I had a delicious lunch (complete with way too many truffle tater tots).

On Sunday I did a Pure Barre class and a Trader Joe's run and was super productive with house stuff--I did a deep clean and finally wrote some thank you notes and I was feeling pretty pleased in terms of organization and everything. 

Then the strangest thing happened--I made a dinner I've made a bunch of times before (buffalo roasted cauliflower burrito bowl) and my tongue started to feel a little itchy and my lip felt funny. Before I knew it, my top lip had ballooned to 5x it's normal size. It was like a lip injection gone terribly wrong, so my mom came over to make sure things didn't get worse and I took some Benadryl. Eventually my tongue stopped itching, but my lip stayed huge. It was still a little bit swollen Monday, so it appears I will be making an appointment with an allergist.