Have you seen this new limited edition Chandon bottle for Summer? I’m making it my mission to find some to pop on the Fourth of July — and of course it would pair so well with a little red, white, and blue number. Peplums, stripes, and a little dash of red is a winning combination for a patriotic celebration, don’t you think?

Top, skirt, sandals, earrings, tote, champagne

I am absolutely horrible at keeping secrets — so the biggest challenge of wedding planning so far has been keeping wedding details under wraps, both on the blog and with friends and family. I just love talking about weddings so it’s been difficult to stop myself from sharing pictures of my wedding dress with my lovely readers! But I do have on tiny detail that I’m allowing a peek at: a gorgeous print from Scouts Honor Co that we had made to put on our guest book table. When I saw a similar sketch on the Scouts Honor Co blog, I knew it was the perfect for the wedding! (And I couldn’t help but share a picture of the packaging, isn’t it adorable?)

Are you counting down for the long weekend like me? Memorial Day is always a signal for me that Summer is officially here — which means days at the beach are just around the corner! Are you hitting the shore this weekend? Which beach look would you choose?

Preppy: tote, sandals, towels

Bohemian: tote, necklace, towel

Glamorous: tote, sunglasses, towel

I’ve been missing on the blog for the past week because life has been busy! I had some relaxing time on the Cape with friends, traveled to NYC for work, and hosted my mom and sister at my apartment for the weekend for some wedding planning. When life gets busy sometimes the blog gets put on the back burner, but I was still snapping away pics on instagram to capture a few moments like dinner at Eataly in NY, my pedicure color of the moment, a special delivery for my wedding day attire from Kate Spade, and my new Madewell bracelet making an appearance in the bracelet mix.

I’ve never owned traditional espadrille flats; but after slipping into a pair while browsing at J.Crew this past weekend, that may not be for long. I love the bright colors they’ve chosen for this quintessential summer shoe. plus they were oh-so-comfortable. Now, which color would you choose?

Lately I’ve been experimenting with bold royal purples and bright tomato reds in my closet. I snagged a light silky purple blouse from Old Navy last week and paired with some of my favorite red chino shorts; then I spotted a purple and red necklace on the sale rack at J.Crew this weekend and scooped it up! I usually associate these colors with the rich hues reserved for the Fall, but pairing them together in light weight fabrics is working for me this Spring. What do you think of this color combination?

Sources: K.Slademade clutch, Old Navy purple blouse, Loren Hope necklace, red blouse, Loren Hope necklacepurple shorts, red shorts, tote

This time of year there are a few weeks when Boston gets a little quiet because all of the college students go home for Spring Break. This is awesome if you are in college and get to go on said break. But, if you are a grown up you stay in Boston and look out your window at the beautiful spring weather and daydream about how much fun it would be to take spring break again. And since it’s my daydream, I feel pretty confident I could rock a tiny nautical bikini like this one:

Bathing suit, bracelet, hat, scarf, shoes

Sometimes the best things are right under your nose. I realized that tonight when I stopped by the  home furnishing and interior design spot Twelve Chairs on my way home from work — it’s right around the corner from my office and somehow I’ve never been in! It was a total feast for my design-hungry eyes, worn kilim rugs, cozy linen covered couches, and bright patterned pillows lined up on shelves. I also got to catch up with other Boston area bloggers at the event they hosted and had an awesome time — if you’re ever in the Fort Point area you must stop by, don’t wait a year like I did!

I thought I would share some of the inspiration I’ve been gathering for our wedding colors; this has been one of the most fun parts of the planning process. Taking inspiration from fashion and interiors, I’m loving this combination of a bright, cheery green paired with bold, crisp black and white striped accents. The hope is that it looks preppy yet playful; what do you think of this color combination?

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PS: My blog is up for a Homie award on Apartment Therapy for Best Home Design Blog! Won’t you go and cast your vote for DomestiKatedLife?

Apartment Therapy is hosting their annual “Homies” awards and DomestiKatedLife is nominated in the Best Home Design Blog category! I’m fresh off the Oscars rush so I’ll say it’s a pleasure to be nominated, but if you’re a fan of this site, I’d love your help in getting me to the top! Click here to cast your vote.