On Sunday, Kristen T. & I were invited to an after hours event at the Natick Mall for Gilly Hicks (a lingerie store that has an Abercrombie meets French boudoir vibe). Its beautiful clothing, lingerie, scents & aesthetic were luring enough -- as was the opportunity to win free stuff (such as an iPad) upon arrival.
Although we only got the golden ticket for a free pair of "down undies" -- we did make out in the end. The event was filled (to the brim) with far too many shoppers, a step & repeat, & a line at the register (& dressing rooms) that could circle the moon at least twice. But, we waited with bated breath & with hopes that our purchases would balance out our sore feet & impatience. Sure enough, with a 60% discount on the entire store, I spent less than $60 on five major items.
Here's what I scooped up:
Three simple bras in Navy, Bone & Beige.
My new Spring scent: Kirrawee.
My all-time favorite Eucalyptus lotion that I (in past shopping sprees) have bought in bulk for every member of my family. Its just out-of-the-shower scent is perfect to wear sans any perfumes or sprays since it's so clean & fresh. A must have!
As the Spring draws near, I look forward to fresh blossoms & succulents lining the windowsills & flowerbeds of Beacon Street homes. Although such seasonal signs have yet to surface, the efflorescence of poppy-pink has certainly sprouted everywhere. And, I can't help but absolutely adore it.
xo Kristen T.
I can't hide it anymore. I have a confession to make...
I have quickly fallen madly & deeply in love with the music produced & written by The Civil Wars. It's constantly on loop on my Pandora & their small stint on the Grammy's (where they played an opening number with their song "Barton Hollow") sealed the deal for me.
Their raw talent provokes the inner acoustic child from within to want to break out in song &, for a fleeting moment, learn how to play an instrument.
When I first heard, & saw the music video for, "Poison & Wine" -- I couldn't help but identify with the beauty of the lyrics & circumstances that we've all experienced at least once in our lifetime. Their portrayal is incredibly poetic.
And, if that video isn't testament enough to their depth & versatility,
I've also included a live rendition of their song "Forget Me Not" -- filmed outdoors with just a guitar & blissful harmony.
xo Kristin K.
Poison & Wine:
Forget me not:
After a recent invite into the world of Pinterest, & an influx of readers' requests to start an account, Beauty & the Bean has officially taken the plunge into the virtual trenches of awe-inspiring boards, photos & creativity.
Without further adieu, we invite you to take a look at our Pinterest account, BeautyandBean, by following us under our Social Tab on the Sidebar. Simply click the “Follow Me on Pinterest" button & you will be directed to our page.
Don't forget to Re-Pin & Like us!
xo Kristen T. & Kristin K.
I woke up this morning in a panic…
“my life is a complete mess right now!”
A million random thoughts starting rushing through my head –
(I don’t know what I did with that important piece of mail that came in, the caddy in my shower won’t stop tilting to the left, my closet is exploding, my kitchen smells like old take-out, I have a paper due this week, I am out of toilet paper).
I knew immediately that the first step to organizing my mind was to get my tiny apartment cleaned. I put on my favorite playlist & the whirlwind began. First on my list was the closet. I have limited closet
space in my apartment, so utilizing every inch is key! Below is my progress…
xo Kristen T.
I started by taking everything out of the closet. From there I sorted the clothes into piles - items that I constantly need to reach & other items that haven’t seen the light of day in a long long time.
I realized that my closet was not working as a functional space for me. I pushed my jewelry box closer to the door so I could actually reach it & use it as storage. I then tried to organize shirts by what I wear the most – the “once a year” shirts got pushed back into the corner of the closet. Storage bins & wooden shoe shelves completed the closet transformation!
We have adored the preppy depths of Vampire weekend for quite some time now. And, although we've heard it so many times before, “Oxford Comma" is one of those songs that you just can't help but belt out to whenever it plays. The icing on the cake: Its music video, the subtle references to “Little John" throughout the song &, well, its meaning.
xo Kristen T. & Kristin K.
What is an Oxford Comma? See below:
Oxford Comma Music Video by Vampire Weekend: