Christmas At The Breakers

Christmas at The Breakers

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to experience Christmas at the Breakers in Newport. A few years ago I toured some of the mansions during the summer and they were unbelievable, as expected! So when I heard there were holiday evenings every Saturday in December, I knew I needed to see it!

On Saturday night, we drove the hour and a half to Newport and grabbed dinner at a small Irish pub called the Fastnet Pub. We walked around for a bit before in the bitter cold but every restaurant had an insane wait! Thankfully Fastnet had an open table. Buffalo wings, burgers, fries, and Magners Pear were definitely what we needed to start the night off right.

Christmas at the Breakers

Gorgeous Details!

Christmas at the Breakers

More than We Imagined

When we finally made it to the Breakers, it was more than we imagined. The Great Hall was filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, large kissing balls hanging from the ceiling, and centered by an entire tree made from poinsettias! An all male a cappella group called Vocal Revolution and a piano player were the entertainment for the evening.

Every room was decorated for Christmas with trees, lights, candles, and fresh flowers. We made our way throughout the entire mansion and read about each room’s individual facts. Of course I grabbed photos in multiple rooms, the detailing is indescribable, every piece is so ornate. Each room is covered in marble, silk, gold, and alabaster. I stood in awe once we were in the dining room. Imagine sitting at a table for 34 every night for dinner?!

Christmas at the Breakers

Ceiling in the Great Hall

Christmas at the Breakers

The Dining Room!

Christmas at the Breakers

Just the casual “morning room” 😛

By the end of the night we made it to the gift shop, of course! I picked up some candy, a gift for a friend, and a little gingerbread ornament for the tree! The night was well worth it and I plan to make some day trips this summer to see more of the mansions.

Have you ever experienced the Newport mansions or Christmas at the Breakers? I would highly recommend it!

xoxo Kaitlin

New Sneaker Time

New Sneaker Time

Happy Monday! I love these types of weeks, the workdays are busy but not overwhelming so I can get out at a reasonable hour. Then I head home to cook dinner or head to the gym. Or to sit on the couch and catch up on Bachelor in Paradise. 😉 Recently, I tried a Strong by Zumba class… anyone else try one before? I take Zumba classes and really like them, but this class was different to say the least. Anything that involves burpees is not my cup of tea! 😉 I made it through but was SO sore the next day, I could barely sit down! I haven’t been on my A-game when it comes to consistently going to the gym since I got back from my honeymoon. Which was almost 4 months ago…. But now I am trying to get back into a routine. I decided it was new sneaker time!

New Sneaker Time

 In order to help transition to my gym routine, I decided it was time for new sneakers. My current pair is worn in the soles and has NO cushioning. A lot of physical activity was causing my feet, especially my heels, to hurt! Which definitely made me avoid the gym at all costs. I did a ton of research to find a new pair of sneakers. There are so many options, but I decided on the ASICS Gel-Exalt 2 Running Shoe!

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We Are Officially Homeowners!

Officially Homeowners

It’s been a busy few weeks so I haven’t posted much. But I have exciting news and am thrilled to share it! We are officially homeowners!! Buying a home has been our ultimate goal for months but we wanted to focus on wedding planning and enjoying our wedding before making a HUGE life decision. Once we got back from our honeymoon we decided to start the search to invest our money rather than wasting it on rent. 

Officially Homeowners

Of course the entire process was new to both of us, we have never owned a home. So we relied a lot on our friends and family for advice and researched a ton online before starting. It actually didn’t take that long. We put an offer on a house the week after we were pre-approved for a mortgage! I’m thinking of a future post with tips on pre approvals and home buying from our experience. It’s definitely a seller’s market in the Boston area! The amount of homes in our price range and in the area we were looking were very slim. So when we saw a home we liked we made an offer on it the same day we went to look at it. Thankfully it was accepted the same day! 🙂

Such an exciting time! The closing process took over a month but it went very smoothly. The couple that sold us the house lived there for almost 50 years and are so sweet!! At the closing their daughter came as well and gave us a bottle of sparkling wine and a beautifully written card. Tears were definitely shed but only because of the wonderful memories shared in the home. It makes us so excited to start our married lives in this home. We have actually seen the couple a few times since the closing. Since they only moved nearby, I’m sure we will see them around town!

Officially Homeowners

Time To Remodel

Our new home is in great shape but is a bit outdated so we are working on some upgrades. The past few weeks have included wallpaper stripping, spackling, sanding, and lots of painting! The progress is slow but we can’t wait to move in at the end of the month!! We will eventually remodel the kitchen and bathroom but want to focus on getting settled and saving money. I’ll definitely do a separate post with before and after pictures because the transformation is pretty cool already.

xoxo Kaitlin

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

Happy Sunday! I can’t believe this is the last weekend in August! September is right around the corner and cool weather will soon be coming too. I have never been a big fan of fall because it always meant anxiously returning to school. But, now that I am older I look forward to apple picking, riding boots, and crisp mornings. Even though it’s still humid and in the 90s here, I couldn’t resist going through recent purchases and my favorite fall pieces from last year. This black and gray casual fall outfit is perfect for any day of the week.

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

Black and Gray Casual Fall Outfit

I picked up this side slit turtleneck tunic by Madison & Berkeley during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. It’s super soft, comes in four different colors, and can be worn with leggings since it covers my butt! Perfect sweater for transitioning into fall.

I wear these dark wash jeans all the time from Loft. Since I am tall, finding jeans that are long enough even after I wash them is always a struggle. Not only does Loft have Petite, Regular, and Tall lengths… the styles come in Modern and Curvy fit. Curvy gives a little bit more stretch in the hip area, which is perfect! 🙂 I’ve linked the exact pair, Curvy Skinny Jeans in Dark Indigo Wash here. If the current price is out of your budget, Loft frequently has at least 40% off sales so check the website or store often.

Ivanka Trump Black Booties

Black Booties

These Ivanka Trump black booties were a staple in my wardrobe last year. The worn toe and heel added dimension with the leather and buckles. I will definitely be wearing them again – they go great with skinny jeans or dresses and skirts with tights. There are similar black suede booties linked here since the ones I have pictured are no longer available. I love these Tandem Booties by BP because they come in 5 different colors. The brown suede is definitely on my wish list! 🙂

Fall Accessories

Fall Accessories

Gold has made a comeback in my closet. I used to only wear silver pieces but I love the contrast gold provides to a neutral outfit. Bangles from Kate Spade are my favorite and these studs from Francesca’s Collections go with any outfit, similar linked here. I splurged on this YSL lipstick and it’s a gorgeous color in nude beige that’s extremely smooth and lightweight. It doesn’t weigh down my lips!

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your weekend!

xoxo Kaitlin

Homemade Ice Cream and Baby Cows

Hornstra Farms

Homemade ice cream and baby cows are a win for me! I always think about what it would be like to live on a farm. Growing up I rode horses and spent my summers mucking stalls, grooming horses, and riding. Definitely one of my happy places 🙂 That’s one of the great things about living or being close to the burbs, acres of land and animals are never too far.

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