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The forecast in Boston today is in the upper 80s, but I’m already looking ahead to fall shopping (isn’t everyone?).

I’m trying not to spend a lot on clothes, but there are a couple things on my fall list:

Navy blue puffer vest {Lands End $39}

A fall/winter dress to fill in for my red Madewell Afternoon dress (wore it about 10 times in 3 months—worth it!). {Madewell $118}

And a dash of leopard {Steve Madden $80}

What’s on your fall wishlist?

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I am back to share a bit of my San Francisco trip! First up, I compiled a short list of some of the things I did…

Eat-of course I love to eat and this trip consisted of a lot of casual dining. Some favorites were Roam Burger in the Marina and surprisingly, the tacos in the cafe at the California Academy of Sciences. Don’t even get me started on In-n-Out! And sharing an ice cream sundae in Ghirardelli Square is always a treat!

Shop-I did my best to save my pennies and do only minimal shopping but I got two cute shirts at the JCrew Factory store and a nice neutral clutch at a great little boutique in Cow Hollow called Ambiance. I also loved window shopping along Union Street (not to be confused with Union Square).

Activities-I visited SF about 3 years ago and did many of the touristy things. This time, I tried to maximize my time with friends and family and include a lot of R+R. My lovely cousin was kind enough to take me to Domaine Carneros winery, L and I braved the Go Cars (which is hilarious if nothing else), we dropped in on two friends and another cousin at Googleplex, I had a great family day with my aunt, uncle, and 4 cousins, and I got to go to the zoo!

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This is getting long, so I’ll recap the photos :) {all pictures via my Instagram}

{across from the top left: the winery in Napa / my beautiful high school friend C / the remains of my In-n-Out / me looking about 5 years old in the Go Car / a high school friend and a friend from Kindergarten! / bubbly tasting flight / I can’t believe I can say I’ve had friends for 20 years! / my cousin’s sweet puppy Teddy / beautiful flowers over a garage / my London roomie and hostess for the week, L / Palace of Fine Arts / mama and baby tiger / menu at Tacolicious}

Whew! That’s a long post. Thanks for sticking with me!!

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Inspired by: A Trip to NYC

If you follow me on Instagram (awinkasmile), then you may have seen my pictures from my trip to NYC last weekend. I did some shopping at two of my favorites, Joe Fresh and Uniqlo, and Joe Fresh in particular had lots of happy color for spring and it really made me excited for spring!

The colors were a bit more vibrant in person.

I wanted all of these button downs and flats!!!

I also peeked in Zara and spotted this beautiful beaded skirt:

What’s inspiring you recently?

With a wink and a smile,

Ellie

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Just ordered this!! JCrew Factory is 30% off online. I have to say that I think prices are a bit better in the Factory stores, but this wasn’t in store when I was there on Saturday. I also picked up a couple other goodies including this shirt I’ve wanted since last Thanksgiving: 

And I got some cute striped socks and some black ones with lobsters :)
Did you take advantage of the Veteran’s Day sales?
With a wink and a smile,
Ellie

Just ordered this!! JCrew Factory is 30% off online. I have to say that I think prices are a bit better in the Factory stores, but this wasn’t in store when I was there on Saturday. I also picked up a couple other goodies including this shirt I’ve wanted since last Thanksgiving: 

And I got some cute striped socks and some black ones with lobsters :)

Did you take advantage of the Veteran’s Day sales?

With a wink and a smile,

Ellie

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I just learned about the coolest online boutiques over the last couple of days. They all have really cute things at really awesome and affordable prices!

Tobi @ www.tobi.com

Mikkat Market @ www.mikkatmarket.com

Thread Sense @ www.threadsence.com

Here J @ www.herej.com

Lydell NYC @ www.lydellnyc.com

I haven’t ordered from any of these yet, but I can’t wait to soon! I’d love to hear more hidden online boutiques if you know of any. 

With a wink and a smile,

Ellie

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