Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Outdoor Space Makeover!

Back in May, I showed you guys the dismal state of our patio after a pretty brutal Boston winter, and I realized I never shared the "after" photos! Clearly, this summer has been flying by, but I'm so happy to report that we've spent countless afternoons and nights out there already. Summer - slow down already please.

We've made some big improvements to the space in the last couple of months, including:
- Redoing our outdoor closet
- Moving our giant air compressor to the space where the tree used to be (and don't worry, the tree was safely removed and is now happily planted in a much bigger yard!)
- Powerwashing the brick and cleaning up all the shavings left from construction
- Replanting our planters
- Hanging our succulents back up
- Setting up our new outdoor furniture
- Sewing some fun outdoor pillows

And here's how the space is looking now!

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 AFTER!
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We are so in love with how it turned out! For plants this year, we went with licorice again (because we love how it grows so full & wild), hanging vinca, and wax begonias, which all do well in the shade. We hung our hanging planters back up on our lattice, fill the pots we made in pottery class back up with succulents, bought a big leafy tropical plant from Home Depot, and sewed some outdoor pillows with palm leaf fabric to bring in as much GREEN as possible. Finally, we laid out our outdoor rug, assembled our new furniture and coffee table set, and set our stump end table up again. But redoing the outdoor closet and moving the air compressor out of the way (we have so much more room now!) definitely made the biggest positive impacts on the space.
 
What do you think of the transformation? It's so nice to have a little outdoor space to call your own, no matter how big or small, in the middle of the city. And this is our sanctuary. I hope you are enjoying the outdoors as much as we are this season!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Three 4th of July Outfit Ideas

The 4th of July is always one of my favorite weekends of the summer. Depending on what day of the week the holiday falls on, I generally take a good amount of time off, pack up all of my favorite beach outfits, and spend more time in the water than on land. It's always such a sunny, relaxing little break that I am so looking forward to again this year! And while not going overboard, I do try to sport red, white & blue during the week of the 4th. Here are some outfits I will be rocking next week!
1. Stars & Stripes
You've got to rock at least one American flag over the week of the 4th! But there are so many ways to do it without looking cheesy. I scored these patriotic shorts on sale at Urban Outfitters a few years back, and I wear them almost every year for the occasion. My platform shoes can be found here.
2. Romping
I love rompers because of how easily they transition from day to night. I could wear this red, white & blue romper over my bikini during a 4th of July beach day, and then throw on some heels to dress the outfit up at night. My romper can be found here and my fringed heels can be found here.
3. Out on the Town
Once the fireworks have ended, paint the town red in a festive dress. If your heading to a casual house party, pair it with some comfy sandals like these nude lace-ups that are quickly becoming my favorites. If you are heading out to the bars, this dress also looks great with nude heels! My dress can be found here and sandals can be found here.
And if you are interested in any of the jewelry I'm wearing in this post, it's all from RocksBox! Have you heard of them? Essentially, they're a jewelry subscription service, where you pay a small monthly fee to receive pieces of fun, designer jewelry on loan. The coolest part about their service is the quiz you take before signing up, which helps you identify which types of jewelry you do and don't like so that each box will be tailored to your personal style. I tend to get tired of bracelets and necklaces pretty quickly, so the fact that RocksBox allows you to basically refresh your jewelry collection whenever you want is pretty awesome! Plus, if you really love an item and don't want to part with it, you can simply keep it when you send the rest of the box back, and RocksBox will just automatically charge you for the cost. I think the gold bar earrings in this post are definitely going to be keepers! And BONUS - if you want to try it out for yourself, RocksBox had kindly offered my readers their first month free when you sign up using the code lindseybachxoxo. I'm having so much fun with it and get so excited to get my new box in the mail - so I highly recommend it if you are an accessory lover.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth! I'll leave you with some outtakes of what the 4th of July (and backyard photo shoots) really look like. ;)
xx

Friday, June 19, 2015

This week on Marlborough 6.19

Happy Friday! I was in NYC towards the beginning of the week hosting a yoga-focused blogger event, so apologies for the lack of posting! And although the event was for work, it turned out the be exactly what I needed. I've had so much on my mind the last couple of months and it was nice to just take an hour out of the day to free my mind and relax. It's crazy how a good yoga session will do that for you!

Did anyone else feel like this week flew by? Between traveling and finally getting our wedding invitations out this week (hooray!), I feel like I blinked and it was already Friday. It's pretty nice when that happens. We will be spending a little time down at my grandparents' house in Westport this weekend (aka "the venue") getting some of our wedding ducks in a row. What's everyone else up to?

Oh, and a very happy Father's Day to all the amazing papas out there, Especially the Father-of-the-Bride of the year, my Dad!
Here are some fun links from around the web this week...

  • A terrible way to propose. 
  • And a marriage proposal measured in heartbeats.
  • AND pet proposals that will melt your heart!
  • How to live like a fashion girl on Instagram. Such a funny read!
  • A peek inside Taylor Swifts Tribeca apartment
  • An incredibly adorable rabbit.
  • How perfect does this bus look in this artist's backyard?!
  • The wedding registry gifts you'll still use 10 years later, and the ones you won't.
  • In honor of Father's Day - a super cute video of guys finding out they are going to be Dads. 


The first day of summer is on Sunday, so I can officially say have a great summer weekend! xx