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Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks, NC

Outer Banks, NC | taken with my iPhone | Hi everyone! I'm taking a week off blogging for a summer vacay in OBX with my family. I'll be back on Monday, August 15th 2016. See you then. xo, Sarah

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How to make your Instagram Photos Epic

How to make your Instagram Photos Epic

How to make your Instagram Photos Epic Want to make your Instagram photos epic? Here are some tips for transforming that photo from your smart phone into something worth sharing. Before and After Editing with the Instagram Edits Since launching my blog only a year and...

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Summer 2016 Must Reads

Summer 2016 Must Reads

summer 2016 must reads   We're deep in baseball season and summer evening celebrations, our grill is humming away. Our son's baseball practice, training and game schedule is fairly intense and time-consuming. It means that bedtime for our 12-year old ball player...

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An Original Father’s Day Gift

An Original Father’s Day Gift

An original Father's Day gift Chenel 100% lightweight cotton - $88.00 You may not think that a shirt is an original gift for Father's Day, but this one is a brilliant take on a classic shirt that every man would love in his closet. Want to take a fun little test? Look...

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Of Flowers and Books

Of Flowers and Books

I've been craving for a book that pulls me in and won't let go. A friend loaned me a book that has been on the best seller's list for about 10 years and is so wildly popular that it was turned into a made for TV movie-series. I read the first 100 pages. Then I tried...

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

 Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016 Mother’s Day is a little less than two weeks away and I've curated the most wonderful gift ideas! Whether you are shopping for your own mother, sister, grandmother, or wife, this Mother’s Day Gift Guide has the ideal gift for anyone on...

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Fabulous Finds

Fabulous Finds

Fabulous Finds Fabulous Finds I've been keeping my eye on fashion forward trends and it has been impossible not to notice all the quilted jackets. Normally, I'd never consider buying a jacket in the spring, but the snow and hail the past two days has confused me. I...

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Best Teen Boy Gifts

Best Teen Boy Gifts

Best Teen Boy Gifts {our son, Jackson} In honor of our son Jackson's birthday today (Happy Birthday buddy!), I've assembled a list of awesome gifts for pre-teen and teen boys. This gift guide covers everything from the practical to the silly and range in price points...

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Stratford Antique Center Treasures

Stratford Antique Center Treasures

I like the look of things that have signs of being worn. It means that it was used regularly and served a purpose. The word appreciated comes to mind. I have to take a moment to mention a book I am reading entitled The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie...

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Rose Gold Please

Rose Gold Please

  York Zip Passport Continental Wallet - $195 Tory Burch   In honor of Valentine's Day this weekend, I've curated a collection of my favorite Rose Gold things. It doesn't matter if it is something you carry, wear, use or look at - rose gold looks good...

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Kitchen Make-Over Process

Kitchen Make-Over Process

{pillows from the window seat that have seen better days} Hi everyone, I wanted to publish a post about the collaborative design process that I am using for my Kitchen Make-Over. I'm kind of amazed at how quickly it has come together, from start to finish it will have...

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Top Books of 2015

Top Books of 2015

Few things are more disappointing than picking up a book that you've been looking forward to reading, only to struggle with getting through the first chapter because it is not resonating with you. I'm not terribly picky, I read a lot of books and a lot of different...

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Happy Birthday Connecticut in Style!

Happy Birthday Connecticut in Style!

{Sarah O'Brien, Founder + Creative Director of the lifestyle blog, Connecticut in Style} Happy Birthday Connecticut in Style! I need to take a moment to celebrate and I hope that you will celebrate with me. I blogged everyday for an entire year! Yahoo! This was the...

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Two Thousand Sixteen

Two Thousand Sixteen

  As we embark on a new year, it is a natural time to examine your life, both personally and professionally. For many, it is also a natural time to reflect on the past year. I will always look back on 2015 as a time of tremendous personal growth. There have been...

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Christmas Around My Home

{our 2015 Holiday Card featuring our beautiful children, Jackson and Catherine during summer vacation in Lake George, NY} For us, Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends. Whipped hot chocolate by the fire. Presents for the kiddos. Great food and...

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Top 10 Gift Ideas for Men

Top 10 Gift Ideas for Men

Tag Heuer - Formula One inspired Top 10 Gift Ideas for Men by Connecticut in Style Whoa! Christmas Eve is in ten days. Ten. Are you ready? My kiddos are pretty easy and I will post a gift list that covers "toddlers to teens" later this week. But today, it is all about...

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Gift Ideas for the Chef

Gift Ideas for the Chef

Gift Ideas for the Chef from Connecticut in Style If you are lucky, you have someone in your life that loves to cook - and does it really well. My mother is one of the best self-taught chefs I know and I feel so fortunate that every meal she prepared was delicious. In...

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French Country Lantern

French Country Lantern

I like the fact that it gets dark early now. This way, I can see all the pretty lights that people have put up outside their home for the holidays as I am heading home in the evening. Every once and awhile I also get a glimpse of a Christmas Tree that's inside and I...

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Millie Rae’s Home for the holidays

Millie Rae’s Home for the holidays

Millie Rae's Home for the holidays with Connecticut in Style by Sarah O'Brien Is it possible for something to be a sure thing and a surprise at the same time? Whenever I need something special for a gift, or for my home or garden, I can always count on Millie Rae's. I...

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Favorite Things

by Jenn, a first time wreath maker - a coastal wreath with starfish, pine cones and a hint of glitter Happy Friday! My dining room is covered in broken ornaments, pine needles and glitter. And it makes me so happy. It is the aftermath of a really fun party where a...

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Christmas Tree Tradition

Christmas Tree Tradition

Thar she blows! Our Christmas Tree Happy December! I am starting to feel the excitement of the holiday season. We cut down our Christmas Tree this weekend, we always cut it down on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The day we get our tree marks the official beginning of...

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How to Wrap a Gift Beautifully

How to Wrap a Gift Beautifully

CT IN STYLE EXCLUSIVE - RECEIVE A 15% DISCOUNT ON GIFT WRAPPING PAPER! One of the many things that I look forward to during the Holiday Season is gift wrapping. I tribute my mother for turning me on to wrapping packages stylishly, some of the prettiest gifts that were...

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Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed

Do you ever have those days when you feel that you have literally not stopped moving? Have them all the time do you? Yep, me too. Days like that are tricky, sometimes you've been moving so much because you are in gather and purge mode in an effort to streamline,...

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Leaf Art

Leaf Art

Happy Monday! This weekend I was outside with our 3-year old and we were just hanging out enjoying the beautiful weather. She's learning how to get her balance on a bike, it has training wheels but I get the sense she's determined to get them taken off asap. When she...

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Wedding Theme Inspiration: Tartan

{image credit} The conversations are starting about the holidays. Thanksgiving plans are underway, wreath making parties are booked, and holiday soireés are being scheduled. It is such a fun and festive time of the year, and a special time to get married. I've always...

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Day of the Dead: Photo Transformation

Day of the Dead: Photo Transformation

It's Dia de Muertos, otherwise known as Day of the Dead, a holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of the world. On this day, it is tradition for family and friends to gather to remember those who have died and to support their spiritual journey....

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Fall Curb Appeal

Fall Curb Appeal

Happy Friday! I'm brimming with excitement today. We are headed to The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze this afternoon and I can't wait to experience it for the first time. It is obviously a popular place since tickets are sold out and get this, a couple got engaged there...

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SPOTLIGHT: SPLURGE GIFT SHOP

SPOTLIGHT: SPLURGE GIFT SHOP

{Sonia Malloy, Owner of Splurge Gift Shop} One of the objectives of my lifestyle blog is to introduce readers to people, places and things that I find interesting and inspiring. Part of my job is to travel up and down the Connecticut coastline, visiting one fabulous...

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Cutest Halloween Costumes

Cutest Halloween Costumes

Happy first day of October! A little buzz is starting to take place about Halloween costumes and which characters our kiddos are thinking about. Our son was 7 months old for his first Halloween and as new parents we totally wanted to indulge in finding the cutest...

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Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival

I'm still smiling after the Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival. It surpassed my expectations on all levels from the size of the crowd (over 5,000 very happy people) to the delicious and never-ending samples of drinks and food that were generously handed out by the hundreds...

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Favorite Things

{love coral pink and blue combo} Tonight, I'm going to the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County's 2015 Kick-Off Party. We celebrate a remarkable 95 years of service in Fairfield County, Connecticut! As past President of the Junior League, I am always honored to...

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Greenwich Wine+Food Festival

Greenwich Wine+Food Festival

All the VIP tickets are SOLD OUT! However, there is still a chance for you to attend the Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival. Even better, there are events for whatever occasion you are in the mood for. On Wednesday, September 23rd, you can get some serious props from your...

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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

{Adorable message printables that you can put inside your kiddos lunchbox the good stuff by coupons.com} Favorite Things by Connecticut in Style Happy Friday! This weekend I'm heading north to the fabulous city of Portland, Maine with two girlfriends from high school....

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Links You’ll Love

Links You'll Love - By Connecticut in Style, a lifestyle blog by Sarah O'Brien Gorgeous clothes at New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 RTW Runway Collections (newyorktimes.com) I need these Fall Bulb Planting tips (designsponge.com) Loving this Young, Fabulous...

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Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival

WooHoo! It is giveaway time! I'm thrilled to offer 2 free tickets for General Admission Access to the Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival. When: Saturday, September 26th, 2015 12:30pm-10:00pm Where: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Arch Street in Greenwich, CT 06830 What: Grand...

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5 Instagram handles to follow

5 Instagram handles to follow

Before I launched my lifestyle blog, Connecticut in Style, I didn't have a twitter or instagram account (crazy right?). I knew that I wanted to publish my blog content on the top social media platforms so I made sure that ctinstyle was available as a website domain,...

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Tips for an awesome family photo

Tips for an awesome family photo

Notices from school are coming in announcing picture day. What! Already? Although the holiday season is a few months away, the notices reminded me that I need to start thinking about our holiday card and sifting through all the photos that I've taken this year. Our...

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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Favorite Things by Sarah O'Brien, Founder + Creative Director of Connecticut in Style. Happy Friday! This past week has been a flurry of back to school activities and we're looking forward to the long weekend which will be a mashup of different things. We're having...

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The Sublime Sagamore Resort

The Sublime Sagamore Resort

The Completely Sublime Sagamore Resort - Highlights and photos from CT in Style, a Connecticut-based lifestyle blog. What a whirlwind week! We returned home on Monday evening from a spectacular stay at the Sagamore Resort in the Lake George area of New York; just in...

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