Mint Condition

It. Is. FINALLY. Friday! It’s been another busy week. One of my good friends drove through CT today – it was so good to see him (a little piece of Columbus right here in CT!) He was able to stop by and do the ESPN Tour too.

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Bart and I on the set of Mike & Mike.

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Me on the set of one of my fav shows on ESPN – First Take. Bring it Skip & Stephen A.!

As always, another fun, never dull moment at work!

And now let’s talk fashion! One of my favorite colors at the moment is mint. It’s so beautiful and perfect for spring. I was recently perusing TheLimited.com and noticed they had an entire section dedicated to their mint-colored clothing. I was in girl heaven! A few of my fav mint pieces from The Limited and other great shops!

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Draped Jersey Dress, on sale $39.95 at The Limited

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Button Back Peplum Top, $39.95 at The Limited

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678 Colorful Skinny Jeans, $74.95 at TheLimited.com

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Motel Midi Dress, on sale for $54.26 at asos.com

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ASOS Curve Skater Dress With Twist Neck, on sale for $26.28 at asos.com

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Sugar Spun Fun Flat, $108.99 at Mod Cloth

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Strappy Wedge, on sale for $53.94 at TheLimited.com

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Kate Spade ‘Catherine Street – Louise’ shoulder bag, $458 at Nordstrom

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Coach ‘Legacy – Mini’ Leather Shoulder Bag, $198 at Nordstrom

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Women’s Round Bracelet Watch, $14.99 at Target

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Tory Burch Clemens Earrings, $88 at Nordstrom

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Pastel Flower Stud Earrings, on sale for $10.14 at The Limited

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Mint Candy Apple, Essie

What’s your spring go-to color?

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Happy Spring!

Despite the 30 degree temps on the prowl out East, I managed to get a little sense of spring today with these beautiful tulips.

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A touch of spring overlooking an otherwise very cold and windy downtown Hartford, CT. Here’s to warmer days (hopefully!) ahead.

Anchors Away!

Maybe it’s because I just bought a new pair of pants, maybe it’s because I was wishing I was on a boat somewhere, or maybe it’s just because I’m so tired of this snow and cold weather on the East Coast that I’m completely dedicating this post to a nautical theme.

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Boston, Mass – Summer 2012

Connecticut is currently in the process of receiving a late season winter storm: ice and 4-8 inches of snow. Enough already!

I’ve always been a fan of the nautical trend, but I feel like my love for the style exponentially grew after moving to New England where nautical prep is the name of the game. Count me in!

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Boston, Mass – Summer 2012

I loved these bright blue crop pants – complete with tiny green anchors. I bought a lime green button up to match. Again, is it warm out yet? Can’t wait to rock this ensemble – popped collar and all!

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A few other nautical favs:

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Dizzy Anchors Dress, $168 at J. Crew

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Katama Espadrille, $60 from Sperry

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Chambray Shirts, $19.50 at Old Navy

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Anchor Sweater, $125 at Vineyard Vines

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Anchor Tunic, $125 at Vineyard Vines

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Cap Sleeve Dress, $24.99 at Target

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Navy Infinity Scarf, $16 on Etsy

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Nautical Scarf, $14 on Etsy

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Nautical Bracelet Set, $39 on Etsy

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Sea Queen Earrings, $6 on Etsy

Etsy has a ton of great “anchor” jewelry! Also, if you’re in NYC, check out Canal Street. That’s where I’ve gotten a lot of mine – fun little pieces and super inexpensive.

Anchors Away!

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

Another crazy week was had by me! But, without further ado, the three things I’m loving this week. Trust me, they are good.

Steve Carell

Yes. Steve Carell. I’m so blessed to work at ESPN…I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet so many amazing and talented athletes and celebs. But, I’ve longed for that athlete or celeb that really left me star-struck. This past week, that happened. Steve Carell stopped by ESPN in promotion of his new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (which, btw, it’s pretty funny!) I was given literally a chance of a lifetime to interview one of my absolute all-time favorite actors. He was as kind as he was handsome and as hilarious as he was sweet.

My interview with Steve Carell for ESPN Front Row:

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Hannah, (one of my good friends who helped with the interview too!), the amazing Steve Carell and myself (trying to contain my excitement and REALLY resisting the urge to just begin blurting out quotes from The Office)!

Tesori Boat Shoes

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Grabbed these hot pink and royal blue bad boys during a recent mini-spring-shoe-shopping-spree at Nordstrom Rack. I don’t think it’s possible to have enough boat shoes – and I loved the fun color of these. Originally $60, marked down to $40 at Nordstrom Rack. BOOM.

GLAAD Awards, NYC

I had the opportunity to volunteer for the 24th annual GLAAD Awards with a few friends from work. For more than 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day. According to GLAAD, “What people see in the media has a huge impact and GLAAD ensures images of LGBT people and allies grow acceptance, understanding and build support for equality.”

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Several of my absolute dearest friends are gay; so my volunteering at the event was for them, and of course in support and such an important organization.

This year’s awards honored Anderson Cooper (LOVE!). And it gets better, guess who introduced him and presented his award? Madonna! Check out the video of his acceptance speech. Good stuff – he said that being gay is a “blessing” and thanks his partner.

Speaking of Madonna, she dressed up as a Boy Scout in support of ending the ban on gay scouts and leaders. Way to go, Madonna!

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Photo credit: GLAAD

A great night for a great organization with great friends!

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From Downtown to Small Town, CT

It’s been another amazingly busy (but good) week! Late nights at work, out with friends, Boston, NYC and everything in between!

Last Saturday I had a well-rounded Connecticut experience. Started Saturday morning with the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade that runs through downtown Hartford. I actually forgot it was happening, and I was awaken Saturday AM to bagpipes and drums outside my window! The parade (which lasted several hours) was so fun!

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After my adventure downtown, I hit the road to do some small-town touring…first stop, Litchfield, CT.

Litchfield, about 40 minutes from downtown Hartford , is an affluent town established in the 1700s. It’s beautiful – a traditional New England town. I stopped by some cute little boutiques and antique shops while I was in town.

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The shops we’re amazing – very unique items – and clearly tailoring to the demographic of those living in Litchfield.

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Super high-end items at this beautiful boutique (layering tee $135, pair of jeans $385, cashmere sweater/jacket $2,000, etc…) Exquisite stuff, but certainly out of my price range!

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Any cooking enthusiasts’ dream shop! Fab accessories for the kitchen and home here!

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Loved this “for the home boutique.” Their stunning displays looked like they were right out of Elle Decor!

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Again super high-end…a throw for $550, candles for $100…you get the idea. While I didn’t purchase anything there, I certainly got a lot of great ideas!

Next stop, was Bantam, CT. Another super cute, super small town. While in Bantam I checked out the gorgeous Bantam Lake (which was slightly frozen over, but still really pretty!)

While in Bantam I visited an amazing European-inspired art consignment shop. Grabbed this beautiful silk scarf while I was there.

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Beautiful artwork, antiques and treasures! I could have spent all day checking out the 1700s farmhouse turned shop.

Also while in Bantam, this AMAZING shop called The Housatonic Trading Company caught my eye while I was driving down the road. I’m so glad I stopped to check it out.

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Really cool place. Artwork, antiques, unique items for the home, etc at really reasonable prices considering the uniqueness of things in there.

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The owner was incredibly friendly as well.

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There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be back to The Housatonic Trading Co. several times! If you’re ever in Litchfield County, CT, I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be disappointed!

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I bought these fun iron crowns hooks. They match a lot of the rustic items I have in my apartment. Excited to get them hung up!

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My next (and final stop for the day) was the adorable town of Kent, CT (which is essentially on the CT/NY state line).

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Kent, a beautiful town oozing with New England charm sits deep in a valley surrounded by miles and miles of forests (it’s well-known for having great hiking).

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But since, I don’t hike (or am a fan of any outdoorsy type activities…camping, etc…) I stuck to what I know best….checking out the little shops!

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Don’t be fooled by the snow on the ground, the temps hit the 50s! A great day in Kent!

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Finished my afternoon in Kent with a well-deserved cup of coffee and two truffles – key lime coconut and hazelnut dark chocolate. Yum!

After my small-town adventure, I headed back downtown. What a great adventure!

A Connecticut Castle

With the sun shining and the temps hitting the low 50s today, I figured I’d spend the afternoon strolling the shops and shoreline of Mystic, CT (one of my favorite places in the state). But while in route, I made an about-face on Route 2 and headed to the Gillette Castle, located in East Haddam.

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I’ve been wanting to get to the Castle for sometime now, but given it’s located in what’s now a state park, I was waiting until the weather was slightly warmer.

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The Gillette Castle State Park, which sits high above the Connecticut River, was originally a private residence built in 1914 on a 184-acre piece of land, for William Gillette, an American actor who his most famous for his role of Sherlock Holmes on stage. 

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Gillette had no wife or children when he died, leaving no heir to his property or 24-room castle. His only wish for the manor? That the possession of his castle not be given to any “blithering sap-head who has no conception of where he is or with what surrounded.” (How much do you love that?)

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So, in 1943, Connecticut’s government took over the property, renaming the home as Gillette’s Castle and turning it into a state park.

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The interior of the castle is only open seasonally – I’m looking forward to heading back in May to get the full-effect of the inside. I heard it’s as spectacular as the exterior!

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The castle has secret doors, hand-carved door latches on each of the castle’s 45+ doors (each latch is different), built in furniture, and a system of hidden mirrors for surveillance of the public rooms from the master bedroom.

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I’m so glad I made the game-time decision to check it out today! If you’re ever in CT, I recommend visiting!

Buy Now, Save Now, Wear Later

Ok, so don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than shopping for the upcoming season – so in other words, right now I’m completely in spring-shopping mode (it might have to do with the fact that it’s currently snowing in CT and I’m so longing for warmer days). Below picture was me this morning headed into work.

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When everything is gloomy and gray, the bright spring colors that line store walls are just what the doctor ordered for any reasonable shopper. But wait, hold that thought. Did you know that sometimes the best times to buy are during end-of-season sales? I know – the last thing you want to buy is another sweater or jacket – but quiet honestly, stores price clothes so low sometimes just to move them out.

I’m a huge fan of end-of-season shopping. Last winter around this time I bought a jacket from The Limited – originally $150, end-of-season after coupons and everything else, I got it for (get this) $17. I’m not kidding. I rock it all the time now!

So you know what? Buy that tweed skirt for $20, grab that sweater for $10, heck, buy those riding boots for $50 – trust me, next year you’ll be glad you did!

A few (amazing) end-of-season deals here:

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Gap: Colorblock Stripe Sweater, originally $49.95, marked down to $21.99

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White House Black Market: Colorblock Suede Heel, originally $120, marked down to $29.99

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Macy’s: Long-Sleeve Polka Dot Sweater, originally $79, marked down to $10.99 

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The Limited: Ombre Draped Cardigan, originally $69.90, marked down to $14.99

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Banana Republic: Faux-fur trim ombre coat, originally $298, marked down to $149.99

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The Limited: Draped Metallic Jacket, originally $138, marked down to $39.99

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DSW: JS by Jessica Torta Boot, originally $189, marked down to $54.94

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Piperlime: Frost Booties, originally $235, marked down to $124.99

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DSW: Chinese Laundry Sweetheart Boot, originally $79, marked down to $34.94

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Macy’s: Long-Sleeve Striped Draped Cardigan, originally $69.50, marked down to $24.99

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Nordstrom: Studded Wool Cloche, originally $68, marked down to $33.98

Big plans this weekend? I spent the evening at H&R Block having my taxes done. (Rockin Friday night). If the weather holds out tomorrow, I’m headed to Providence, RI for the day!

I leave you with this – completely unrelated to anything we’re talking about here, but so good and one of my favorite things on the Internet as of late. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

In Honor of Oz

This morning over coffee and SportsCenter, I was flipping through today’s issue of the New York Post and came across their awesome feature on Oz-inspired (emerald) jewelry. By the way…a huge perk of working for ESPN, they are owned by Disney, which means advanced screenings to movies! Got my passes to see Oz: The Great and Powerful tomorrow night. Beyond excited! Check out the trailer:

Anyways, the article in the NYP completely inspired me to find my own favorite emerald pieces. Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with emerald – looks great with all skin complexions! And, as an added bonus, emerald is a spring 2013 Pantone color.

And now, a few emerald beauties…in honor of Oz.

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Michael Kors Crystal Ring, on sale for $80.49 at Nordstrom

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Double Strand Pearl Necklace, $52 on Etsy

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Hoop Earrings with Rhinestones, $7.99 at Target

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Tory Burch Logo Double Wrap Bracelet, $95 at Nordstrom

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Green/Silver Drop Rectangular Stone Earring, $7.99 at Target

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Bubble Statement Necklace, $17 on Etsy

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Alex & Ani Spike of Creativity Bangle, $68 at Nordstrom

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Gold-Tone Emerald Crystal Oval Stud Earrings, on sale for $10.99 at Macy’s

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Casted Glass Frontal Necklace, $19.99 at Target

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Tiny Emerald Stacking Ring, $26 on Etsy

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1930s Czech Antique Necklace, $74.65 on Etsy

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Michael Kors Cocktail Party Pendant Necklace, $95 at Nordstrom

Golden Opportunity

I did a little…ok, maybe a lot…of shopping this weekend. Grabbed several new pairs of spring shoes at Nordstrom Rack at awesome prices (look for a post on those soon!)

For years and years I really only wore silver (versus gold) jewelry — but in the last year or two, I’ve really transformed — in fact, I’d almost say I wear more gold now than silver. But really, you can’t go wrong with either!

While I was on my mini shopping spree, I grabbed a few gold treasures:

Gold statement necklace, Charming Charlie, $13

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Have you been to a Charming Charlie? It’s overwhelmingly delicious the amount of jewelry they have! (Think girl heaven). If you’re looking for some fun, cheap pieces to add to your collection, check it out. I’m anxious to wear this — I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it. Not only can I wear it all four seasons, but it will look great dressed up with a LBD or dressed down with jeans and a v-neck tee.

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I saw these on the shelf from afar and loved them…and even more so when I saw they were Coach! And $35?! Forget about it, I had to have them. These will look cute with a sun dress or jeans – super versatile.

Here are a few other gold pieces (at many price-points) I really love!

Michael Kors, Gia Metallic Crocoadile-Embossed Leather Tote, $895

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Michael Kors, Sloan Small Shoulder Bag, on sale $200.99 at Macy’s

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It’s no doubt Michael Kors produces some of the most beautiful bags. Just love these!

INC Lilly Pumps, $89.50 at Macy’s

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I love how simple, yet glitzy, these are. I’m picturing these with jeans, a jacket and some big, gold earrings, Muah!

One Shoulder Metallic Woven Sheath Dress, on sale for $159.60 at Nordstrom

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Gold bracelet, $7.95 at H&M

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Kate Spade ‘Delacorte’ Bangle Watch, $295 at Nordstrom

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Tory Burch Print Leather Bracelet, $125 at Nordstrom

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Erin Braided Sandal, $15 at Target

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Marc Jacobs ‘Bolts’ Cluster Ring, $78 at Nordstrom

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What is your go-to color? Silver or gold?

Three Things I’m Loving This Week

I’m back! I’ve been on a slight blog hiatus. A few things factor into this hiatus – work has been really busy, been in and out of NY several times for events (including a sports journalist event at the NYC Twitter HQs – such a cool place!), and I’ve spent a majority of my evenings watching Downton Abbey. I’m so addicted. I just started watching season 3. Anyone else watch it? I’m beyond hooked!

A few pictures from the last couple days:

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I take the train in and out of New York from Grand Central Station. One of my favorite buildings in NYC…so romantic.

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Always ready to strike a pose! At the #TWSports event at #TwitterNYC

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Sports Video Group hosted a Post-Production Storytelling event (a lot of Final Cut Pro talk!) Good stuff.

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Jason Aldean/Jake Owen concert with the girls at Mohegan Sun. Great concert! Even better price — tickets were $100, day-of, a handful were released for $24. Game-time decision, but we grabbed them and had a blast!

And now…here’s what I’m loving!

Calvin Klein silk top…for $10

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Grabbed this CK silk ruffle top from Macy’s. Originally $50, marked down to $10. Will look great under suit jackets, or paired with jeans. I think every girl should own a few basic shells like these — they go with everything.

J. Crew Gilded Brocade Top

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InStyle recently did a crash color course in the color pistachio (a fav of mine!) This J. Crew top was included in the line up. Absolutely beautiful. Love the pattern and mix of gold and pistachio colors (both hot for spring this year!) I love it paired with the white pants. $150 at J. Crew.

Monogrammed Necklace

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After more than a month of waiting, my gold monogrammed necklace finally arrived. And I love it!