This past weekend, Nick & I got to travel to the Cape to witness the most amazing sunrise, enjoy our first-ever Lobster bake and attend a very intimate union between two very special people.
My dear friend, Nikki was wed to her (now husband) Mike, under a beautiful hydrangea-laden canopy on the beach in Wellfleet. Following the ceremony, guests attended an authentic, Cape style Lobster bake and were privy to a decadent raw bar and clam chowder station. Sides of homemade corn bread, fresh corn on the cob and mussels made the meal, and overall experience, complete.
After an incredible dinner, dancing ensued in a rustic, barn-style venue with cafe lights and open views to the ocean. It was utterly perfect and I couldn't help but want to share some of the amazing photos I captured of the weekend.
Congratulations to the amazing couple!
xo Kristin K.
Happy Wednesday, Beauties!
Kristin & I are so excited to be back on the blogging front, sharing our everyday inspirations.
First up, my idea of the ideal summer day:
Reconnecting with friends at a Connecticut vineyard. Surprisingly, Connecticut has a wide selection of wineries all nestled in different parts of the state. If you are new to the area, a great way to get acquainted with the vineyards is by checking out the Connecticut Wine Trail. The Wine Trail consists of 25 wineries, each with their own unique flavored wine and setting. Some of my favorites include Paradise Hills Vineyard in Wallingford, Jonathan Edwards in North Stonington, and Haight-Brown Vineyard in Litchfield.
A group of my friends and I recently gathered at Arrigoni Winery in Portland, one of the stops on the Wine Trail. The winery is set on a hill overlooking the vines, and features a barn style store, outdoor stone patio, and covered pavilion. We started off the day with a wine tasting on the patio and sampled three whites, two reds, and frozen sangria (amazing!). We ordered cheese and crackers, while snacking on olives and meats we brought from home, which paired perfectly with the wine. After the tasting, the live music started! Overall, the vineyard setting provided the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment.
For the winery, I wore these super affordable navy embroidered shorts from Lauren Conrad’s line for Kohl's, and accented them with a white lace shirt and gold details. I have been basically living in these shorts since I bought them a few weeks ago. The embroidered details are very feminine, and the lightweight fabric keeps the shorts comfortable for hot summer days. I paired the shorts with my gold Jack Rogers for a casual day look, and have since worn them paired with tan heels for a recent date night. I topped the look off with this beautiful branch pendant necklace & a woven JCrew bag.
xo Kristen T.
It's been two months, and some change, since Beauty & the Bean has posted to the blog. And, this break was as much cathartic as it was necessary.
Since my last post, I've made some major career changes, lost—and celebrated the life of—an extraordinary grandparent, witnessed my last birthday in my 20's and hit the third anniversary milestone of this blog. It is with this new birthday year, and a revived sense of self, that I'm resurfacing—ready to share with you some great write-ups. From new cocktails recipes, trips to the Cape, product reviews and hidden gems around the city...Beauty & the Bean is returning with a "beauty vengeance."
We appreciate our loyal followers—the ones who have traveled this journey with us and supported us even in our silence.
Here's to a beautiful new week!
xo Kristin K.
It has been awhile since I’ve had a weekend that wasn’t jammed pack with plans. So when a free weekend miraculously popped up, Rob & I took full advantage by taking a mini road trip for the first time this summer. We researched a couple areas in Connecticut that were on the water, located a restaurant & shopping spots, and were on our way. It always surprises me how many places are conveniently located within one or two hours from where we live that we have never traveled to. My goal is to hopefully get to all of them! On this particular day, we ended up in Haddam, CT at a dive restaurant called The Blue Oar.
The Blue Oar is a quaint restaurant right on the water and the perfect summer spot. When we went, it had just opened for the season a week prior. The restaurant features fresh seafood and entrees, outside seating only (made up of neon-colored tables), and it's BYOB—which makes for a great date night or group dinner place.
Rob & I sat on the restaurant's lower deck, and enjoyed views of the boats on the Connecticut River. There are docks right outside the restaurant for people to tie up their boats and grab food. The food was fresh and delicious. I happily devoured my hot lobster roll with butter, and sipped on Landsharks we had picked up beforehand. After eating, we explored local shops before heading back home. All in all it was a delightful day trip. I felt like I had gotten "away", without having to travel too far from home!
xo Kristen T.
This past Saturday I was treated to the best Shellac manicure (ever) at MiniLuxe on Newbury. I have heard a lot of good things about the boutique spa and nail salon but I didn't realize it would be this great. Before even stepping foot into the salon, I was already impressed after having called the company's professional off-site concierge center—who help you schedule, cancel or adjust your appointment accordingly. In addition, appointments can also be made online which is an easy, no fuss way to schedule in a little time for yourself from the comfort of your iPhone.
As you walk into the Newbury Street location (which is one of the 8 salons here in MA), you are greeted by smiles at the front desk, trendy music, a display of fun, flirty baubles and shelves stocked with great beauty lines—such as Moroccanoil, Hanky Panky and MiniLuxe's very own Lotions and Scrubs. A wall of color coordinated polish is the center piece to a beautiful waiting room with scenic views of the historic, brownstone laden street.
As I sat down to begin the Shellac manicure, my nail technician introduced herself to me and discussed color, the application process and how the Shellac manicure—unlike a regular manicure—uses a UV light system to dry so your nails aren't wet as you leave the salon and it lasts up to two weeks! She was informative, nice and very gentle. The best part was the MiniLuxe LemonAid Lotion which she massaged onto my arms and hands—and which I enjoyed smelling long after the appointment was over. I even got to keep my own file, and buffer, as a souvenir from my service!
Photos from Part I of my incredible experience at MiniLuxe are below.
xo Kristin K.
There is something so wonderful about a friend visiting from out of state. I truly enjoy the opportunity to show them around and, more importantly, introducing them to my favorite spots here in Boston. So, it is no surprise that when my friend Meghan came for a visit, I immediately set up an afternoon of beauty for her at the Neiman Marcus Copley Beauty Department. Meghan had so much fun that she even wrote me a thank you with a guest blog post attached to it. Her details, and experience, were so wonderful that I wanted to share it with all of you. Check out her afternoon of fun with Amore Pacific and Chanel by reading her post below.
xo Kristin K.
Beauty & the Bean invites you to join POPSUGAR Executive Editor Nancy Einhart and Simple Skincare beauty experts for tips, tutorials, and on-site giveaways this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Faneuil Hall.
Attendees will be given a "Passport to Healthy Skin" to experience the event’s four zones — food, fitness, wellness, and relaxation and how they can affect your skin. Fill up your Passport, and receive a canvas tote filled with Simple products! Additionally, 150 lucky guests will receive the POPSUGAR Must Have box, filled with over $100 in editorial picks across fashion, fitness, food, and more!
The event will include:
To RSVP: Click here
xo Kristin K.
I have been following Jacqui, the voice behind the successful blog Baby Boy Bakery, for quite some time now. And, while I've never met Jacqui and probably never will, I like so many other bloggers feel a connection to her work and to her gorgeous Instagram feed which showcases her love for food, family and her little boy, Ryan.
This past week Ryan passed away in an unfortunate accident and many bloggers, like Diary of an Addict, are taking to social media in hopes to help raise funds and support for Jacqui and her family during this incredibly difficult time.
While it's hard to find a silver lining when a small child is taken far too soon, it has been amazing to see the outpouring of love and togetherness in the blogging community. People from all over the country have been moved by this story and are sharing it on their blogs in hopes to show support in a time when it's needed most.
You can show your love to the family with the hashtag #RedBalloonsForRyan on Instagram and donate to one of the many fundraisers that have been created:
To purchase “Ryan’s necklace” designed by Lisa Leonard Designs, click here
To purchase this adorable shirt from GeoFox in memory of Ryan, click here
Or, donate directly by clicking here at Go Fund Me
Please keep this family in your thoughts & prayers.
xo Kristin K.
As Kristen T. & I take on this new, beautiful Season—sometimes it is cathartic to just take a step back and reflect. In the process of doing so, I stumbled upon this fabulous, new mantra from Kate Spade that I feel really fits Beauty & the Bean's mission in living, and celebrating, the beauty that is all around us. Here's to a colorful Spring and Summer!
xo Kristin K.