Weekend Wear

Oooh it’s been a while since a good weekend look graced this space! That’s due to the fact that weekend hours lately have been split between painting, assembling furniture, and lazing about on the couch watching football during any free moments. But it’s time to put on those dancing shoes because we are off to a wedding this weekend…!

Navy + Pink Wedding Guest Outfit

[ Camilyn Beth Ampi Dress | Navy Pointed High HeelsAlt Pearl Strands | Enamel Halo Studs | Heart Love Knot Cuff | Nina Lija Bow Clutch ]

And while this view doesn’t show it, I’m telling you: that dress is business in the front but alllll party in the back.

Headed to a fall wedding yourself + need some additional dress recommendations? See mine here!


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#INeedSparkle… Part II

I already acknowledged how my life is in need of extra bursts of sparkle right now, but I have to admit:: my closet kind of is too.

Don’t get me wrong– I love riding boots and big cozy brown sweaters as much as the next girl, but when fall hits and I put away all of my printed shift dresses…sequined sandals…hot pink bathing suits…it pains me a little. A lot.

I want to rock these cool-girl super neutral looks, but I confess: #INeedSparkle.

My girl Khlo agrees:

But like, that unicorn. Why don’t I have one in my closet? And that sequin bolero? That’s my go-to! BUT THE GLITTER LOUBS. That’s just not even fair Khloé!

Want to find out Khloé Kardashian’s big secret and who Sparkle is? Stop back here on September 25th for the big video reveal!!

#INeedSparkle

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries
Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014

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Layer Season

Denim Shirtdress + Puffer Vest

Sometimes it takes a day like Sunday to remind us why layers exist. Days when one minute you’re up on the Legal Roofdeck sipping their lethal sangria, soaking up that warm, late-summer Vitamin-D, and the next minute the sun ducks behind the building across the street and the ocean breeze turns savage and you praise the lord for you remembered to throw said extra layers into your bag.

Fall in New England y’all!

Fall layer outfits

Denim Shirtdress, Old Navy [TOTALLY wearing the girls version #lolz... similar adult] | Quilted Puffer Vest, Old Navy | Mini Transport Crossbody Bag, Madewell | Bangle Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Booties c/o White Mountain Shoes

Leather crossbody bags

Gold monogrammed leather bags

Boston fall fashion

No but really, how do you navigate the days with 30-degree ranges in temperature?

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Ultimate Guide to Fall in New England

New England Fall TRavel Guide

The fall-talk around here seems never-ending now, huh? And to think I was the one so hesitant to say see ya to summer! But I realized, though I’m working on it, this blog–which aims to be your quintessential guide to living and dressing in New England [think of it as the poor girl's Yankee magazine]–is not so organized. So I’ve been doing a bit of archiving and have compiled this little blueprint to experiencing, and dressing for, autumn in our beautiful neck of the woods.

I hope that many more fall trips and adventures are a comn’, so this guide will be updated in due time!

In case you haven’t seen, I’ve also added an entire Travel category for all seasons– in case you’ve got the itch!

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what to do::

[ click the photos for my detailed guides! ]

What to do in Beacon Hill

Stroll the streets [and specifically, Acorn Street] of Beacon Hill. Cozy up in coffee shops and independent boutiques. Fill up on french toast at The Paramount and pizza at Figs.

What to do in Salem Halloween

Celebrate Halloween season in Salem– just don’t celebrate Halloween night unless you’re ok with crowds and crazies!

Boston Common Fall Foliage

Enjoy an autumn picnic in the Boston Common. TripAdvisor claims Boston proper has some of the best fall foliage in the country.

Bar Harbor Travel Guide

…it also ranks Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park as well! Take a drive up to Maine for true New England nature + charm.

Head of the Charles 2014

Head over the river to Cambridge the penultimate full weekend in October (10/18-19 this year) for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Rowing races + chowdah in a bread bowl = two of my favorite fall things.

Where to go apple picking/wine tasting near Boston

You get a triple-threat fall experience at Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA: Apple picking, pumpkin picking, and wine tasting.

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what to wear::

That is allllll compiled here in my Autumn Wardrobe Essentials post! And all my local Northeast girls: you pay special attention to the outerwear I list, k? #brrrrr

What to wear in fall in Boston

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Tell me:: How do you take advantage of fall in New England?

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Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

Let’s talk about clothes.

[Something new and different.]

I’ve been reading a lot of Unfancy lately [ie. stalking the archives like it's nobody's business], and my girl Alex is woking on building a capsule wardrobe for fall. SERIOUS props to these fine ladies, but we all know I am not [yet] strong enough to ditch all the Lilly and other unnecessary pieces crowding my closet(s) in lieu of a more simplified wardrobe, as much as I would like to.

That being said, I’ve realized over the years that there are a number of fall pieces in my closet that do get 10x as much use as others… the essentials, if you will. So I’ve compiled them here, if for no one else then for the incoming freshman girl at a university in Boston, so like myself once upon a time, who has NO idea how to navigate the absurdity that is New England weather.

(You just wait for winter, girlfriend. I’ll be back with that guide soon enough.)

[ 1 ] Chambray Shirt ($25):: Excellent layering piece. Obviously for under sweaters, but I’ve also taken to layering them over summer dresses I want to make work into fall.
[ 2 ] Striped 3/4-Length Tee ($45):: TBH, I wear mine all year round. Here’s a cute one on sale as well!
[ 3 ] Riding Boots ($198):: I have worn my Lauren Ralph Lauren riding boots to DEATH. I can’t think of one item in my closet that’s gotten more wear, besides maybe a couple bras?
[ 4 ] Skinny Jeans ($80):: Because no one likes trying to tuck bell-bottoms into boots.
[ 5 ] Field Jacket ($138):: I finally invested in one this year, and it may or may not be the sole reason I’m [getting] excited for fall. Perfect weight before it’s really time to bring out those peacoats.
[ 6 ] Trench Coat ($128):: Same-ish weight as a field coat, but necessary for those wet days that are upon us.
[ 7 ] Boyfriend Blazer ($118):: Basically I just want to pair these with crisp button-downs + brogues and pretend I’m heading back to university in Oxford.
[ 8 ] Leather Tote ($188):: Is it just me, or do you carry a lot more stuff with you when the seasons change? An extra scarf… gloves… flask…?
(kidding, mom).
[ 9 ] Puffer Vest ($78):: I know these are becoming about as basic as Pumpkin Spice Lattes and yoga pants but you have to admit how perfect they are for layering. Here’s a great budget option!
[ 10 ] White Tee ($15):: Is there a season I don’t reach for my white tees 3+ times a week?
[ 11 ] Black Booties ($198):: The only “heels” I wear in the winter. A big day–>night shoe in my closet.
[ 12 ] Shirtdress ($90 + 40% off):: These are the best transition pieces– wear them on their own with flats right now, and a month down the line add tights, boots, and a vest or pullover sweater.
[ 13 ] Fisherman Sweater ($36):: I like pullover fisherman sweaters because they’re usually heavy enough to keep you warm in the autumn chill, but thin enough to layer under field jackets, et al.
[ 14 ] LBD ($199):: Because, let’s be honest, you need one for every season. And hi, SCALLOPS.

Tell me, what’s in YOUR fall wardrobe?

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In Denial

White H&M Boyfriend Blazer

I’m wearing white. And shorts. And open-toed shoes. Sorry, what did you say? Something about Labor Day? No, I didn’t quite catch that.

I could tell you this is the last you’ll see of these sorts of items until next June-ish, but let’s be real:: it’s probably not.

blazer + shorts + heels

Everlane T-shirts

Tailored Jacket c/o H&M | Gray Tee, Everlane | Denim Shorts, Forever21 [similar 1; 2] | Piper Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Black Handbag c/o H&M | Strappy Sandals, LC Lauren Conrad

Best bags for work

I picked up this blazer + this bag back at H&M Newbury Street’s grand re-opening party, hosted by my lovely friend Kristen. I was on the hunt for summer–> fall transition wear, so SEE. I am at least thinking about fall.

Summer to Fall Transition Outfits

I also snagged some things for our new place from H&M’s new home section [Boston is one of the only stores in the country with one!], butttt the apartment is still in shambles so you might just have to wait a little longer to see…!

LC Lauren Conrad Shoes

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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

We somehow got away with ZERO summer weddings this year, yet have three this fall! I’ve surveyed a number of friends over what colors to wear to an autumn wedding, and the overwhelming response is dark purple or orange, neither of which I particularly love on me. So I’ve been on the hunt for additional options to get through these nuptials…

what to wear to a fall wedding

Bold Bouquet Dress | Pleated Chiffon Dress | Skater Dress with Scallop Back
Renley Lace Fit & Flare | Zarita Dress | Runaway Bow Tie Dress 
You Are Invited Dress | Camellia Lace Dress | Fresh Air Dress

Do you have any autumn weddings this year? What’s your go-to style or color?

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The Paint Bar

The Paint Bar Boston Review

Here are the facts:
-My grandmother was an artist.
-My mother is an artist.
-I am the furthest possible thing from an artist.

So when The Paint Bar invited BF and I in for a class, I was preeeetty hesitant. We’d done a Paint Nite at a local bar before [he hung my finished painting in his bathroom... don't think that was a compliment], but I’d heard great things about this brick-and-mortar location for one-night-only painting classes, so I eventually said, why not?

So. much. fun.

Painting + drinking events

Boston paint bars paint nights

If you’ve done a Paint Nite at a Boston bar, you sort of know the drill– The Paint Bar’s set-up is similar:: Register for the class that fits your schedule [you can preview the paintings on the calendar as well, so be sure to pick something you'll be excited to display!]. | Show up, pump your paint, grab a drink at their cash bar, and the rest is a breeze! The instructor walks you through the entire painting, stroke by stroke. It’s not quite as easy as paint-by-the-numbers, but it’s pretty darn close!

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Boston art painting classes

Mia was our instructor and made the night extra fun [I mean, anyone that's going to play me some early 2000s *NSync & B.Spears is a winner in my heart]. What I really loved, though, was hearing about how it’s a family business… and you can’t go wrong with any instructor in this family.

Boston Date Night Ideas

Ok I’m not saying mine was fantabulous or anything, but it’s a HECK ‘O a lot better than anything I could have attempted without instruction. The wine probably helped as well.

I’m already looking forward to planning a night out with girlfriends here [dying to try this sailboat class], but it was PERFECT for a date night too. BF told me he’d definitely do it again… holding him to that.

With two locations, it’s even easier to book a class.

[ The Paint Bar Newbury Street ]
[ 248 Newbury Street ]
[ Boston, MA  02116 ]

[ The Paint Bar Newton ]
[ 823 Washington Street ]
[ Newtonville, MA  02460 ]
[ 617-467-5777 ]

Can’t wait to see what you all make! xo

Full disclosure: I was provided a complimentary class at The Paint Bar. All opinions expressed are my own.

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#INeedSparkle

Gold Sequin Clutch

Life has been… overwhelming lately. Between logging long hours during one of my busier seasons at work, packing and unpacking and trying to figure out how the hELLO Ikea furniture parts are supposed to fit together, and getting into the nitty-gritty + rather stressful parts of wedding planning (hi, guest lists), we’ve been lacking excitement in our daily routines. And that just won’t do, because, well, #INeedSparkle.

But even though travel plans are sort of off the table right now…spontaneous, shmancy date nights are being pushed to the back burner…and NYFW wasn’t ever even in the cards, I’m doing what I can to find sparkle in the ordinary. Wearing my sequin bolero to the office, just because. Donning a statement necklace with a t-shirt. Trading flats for heels at 6pm and calling up a girlfriend to go grab a Tuesday glass of prosecco. It’s little things like this that call make all the difference + add a little glimmer back into those long days.

Gingham + BaubleBar Statement Necklace

Scalloped black blouse

Gold Polka Dot Skirt; Gold Sequin Hanger

Kate Spade Gold Glitter Heels

Glitter Champagne Glasses

[ Clutch Crystal Necklace | Scalloped Cami | Gold Sequin Hanger | Polka Dot Skirt | Shoes | Champagne Glasses ]

What do you do to add a little extra sparkle to your week?

#INeedSparkle

Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries
Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014

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So Long, Sweet Summertime

This summer flew by. I know that’s the absolute most cliche thing I ever could write, but good GOD wasn’t it just May? Though I suppose planning a wedding + moving to a new home after three years of nesting will, in fact, take up a lot of hours.

Anywho, here are some snippets of this oh-so-transient season as captured by my phone. Do you follow me on Instagram? Yes? Sorry for being so repetitive. No? Get on dat.

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ALL of the lighthouses. Venue hunting down the Cape. Many days in Scituate. Another year on the Vineyard. Date nights and happy hours along the water. Trips to Newburyport + Bennington + Saratoga. The rainiest 4th of July I’ve ever experienced. The World Cup, and a boat cruise around the Boston Harbor that reminded me, for the umpteenth time, just how obsessed with this city I am.

Here’s to a fantastic fall, friends. xx

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