Boutikey or Bust

Leather Leggings

Big, big news, and not just for my Boston gals today! You all remember Boutikey– the app that connects users to local boutiques, allows them to earn rewards and keep up with new arrivals and sales? [you can read my whole spiel here if not!] Well they are back bigger than ever this fall with their new e-commerce site, Now, no matter what city you’re in, you can shop favorites from local Boston boutiques.

To celebrate the launch, Boutikey invited a few bloggers over to play dress up and check out some of their newpieces for fall that you can currently purchase through the site…!

Preppy edgy fall look

Gotta Have It Knit Sweater, Heart & Sole | Hang Tight Faux Leather Leggings, Pretty Reckless | Tear Drop Semi Precious Gold Necklace, Haven | Bijoux Gold Hoop and Turquoise Earrings, Haven | Tortoise Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker (my own) | Vegan Bag, Haven [similar] | Black Strappy Heels, LC Lauren Conrad (my own)

These faux leather leggings are not something I would ever have the courage to pick up on my own, but I’m so glad the girls pushed me into them! So, so comfortable, and if you’re of the less-edgy sort [yours truly], pair them with a cozy oversized sweater to tone down the vampiness.

Boston Bloggers

turquoise and gold earrings

Best Boston boutiques

Next on my list:: this Winter White Pleated Skirt and the perfect transition jacket. But just WAIT till you see the dress I have my eyes on for the holiday season…

Want 15% off your order? Use code SHELLCHICD15 at checkout! Be sure to let me know what you pick up xx

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Photos by Alexis Martinettiemilysignature

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NFL Style Lounge

NFL Style Lounge

I am my father’s daughter through and through, but especially when it comes to football. The first day of the NFL regular season always tends to overlap with NYFW, and I don’t think I have to tell you which I’m more interested in…

SO when I had the chance to get a first-hand look at the new NFL Style Lounge–something that combines the sport and fashion [my kind of white tent], I jumped on it.

Patriots Style Lounge

The Style Lounge is a pop-up retail boutique created to celebrate the personal style of all—in this case—PATRIOTS(!) fans + fashionistas. This was not your average apparel stand with the same old jerseys and tees your guys wear, but instead seriously cute, wearable pieces that can easily be styled into everyday looks– not just game-day garb.

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Vintage New England Patriots Sweater

OBSESSED with this Passblock Sweater! This + skinnies + riding boots = New England fall in a nutshell.

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Cute New England Patriots football tees

Cozy is the new fitted… tee. Add a navy blazer + red jeans and you’re golden.

Patriots Manicure

Red, white & blue fanicures all around!

Patriots football helmet

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I also had the chance to chat with the fabulous Phillip Bloch–celebrity stylist and the NFL’s creative fashion director [also cutest human ever]–who styled a number of the players’ wives for the event, including Biana Wilfork, Patriots Style Lounge spokeswoman.

Courtesy of the New England Patriots

Courtesy of the New England Patriots

This is the third year of the NFL Style Lounge but the FIRST time New England got to host one, so I was especially excited to be there. Missed it at Gillette? You can still shop the collection online.

If you’re in one of these cities though, you’re especially in luck…!

where next?!
Carolina Panthers:: October 5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:: October 26
Miami Dolphins:: November 2
Seattle Seahawks:: November 9

Thanks again to the Style Lounge team for having me, and most importantly:: GO PATS!

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Weekend Wear

This weekend is supposed to be warm-warm-warm, and I am not going to complain one bit because I just know it’s probably the last of the no-jacket-needed days we’ll see for a while…!

Summer to Fall Transition Outfits

Tortoise Shell Sunglasses | Madison Crossbody (monogram it!Beck Jeans (extra 30% off today!) | Stripe Luxe Boatneck Tee (extra 30% off today!) | State Pendant Necklace (Massachusetts, obviously) | Chambray Correa Sandals ]

Bring it, New England. Confuse us just a little bit more.

(and seriously:: GAP + Madewell are having some majorly likable sales this weekend…)



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SHELL Chic’d

Lilly Pulitzer Shell Dress

The instant I spotted this little Lilly number, I knew it meant it was time to start saving my pennies. Because a literal scalloped SHELL trim? Do you need additional explanation?

I was lucky enough to catch it on sale at In the Pink at the end of August and finally pulled it out for a late-summer wedding this past weekend. Paired it with my favorite GiGi New York clutch because I am all about shades of hydrangea blue + lavender lately [in case you haven't noticed from the new blog look!].

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Jumbo Sea Scallop Delia Shift, Lilly Pulitzer (on sale now!) | Tassel Clutch, GiGi New York | Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade | Tortoise Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker | Gold Heels, Fioni [similar 1; 2]

GiGi New York Purple Tassel Clutch

Tortoise Sunglasses

Hydrangea colors

Apologies in advance for the number of times you’ll most likely see me wearing this shift… #nevertakingitoff



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A New ‘Do

martha's vineyard hydrangeas

We were feeling crazy and dressed things up over here this weekend! Or dressed down, maybe? I’ve been craving a cleaner, simpler look… something more seasonal (literally), and finally took the plunge. Here’s hoping you like it and find it easier to navigate, whether you’re looking for winter outfit inspiration or fun fall activities in the area.

Do me a big ‘ol favor and bear with me as I continue with touch-ups this week– we’ll be back to your regularly schedule programming soon…!



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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!!


Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries
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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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