Wishing you a month full of crunchy leaves, hot cider + spicy doughnuts, cozy layers, football, and pumpkin-spice everything!
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, ShopBoutikey.com. 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…!
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.
Want 15% off your order? Use code SHELLCHICD15 at checkout! Be sure to let me know what you pick up xx
Photos by Alexis Martinetti
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.
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.
OBSESSED with this Passblock Sweater! This + skinnies + riding boots = New England fall in a nutshell.
Cozy is the new fitted… tee. Add a navy blazer + red jeans and you’re golden.
Red, white & blue fanicures all around!
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.
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…!
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!
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…!
[ 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.
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!].
Apologies in advance for the number of times you’ll most likely see me wearing this shift… #nevertakingitoff
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…!
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…!
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!
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.
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
Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014
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!
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
No but really, how do you navigate the days with 30-degree ranges in temperature?
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! ]
Celebrate Halloween season in Salem– just don’t celebrate Halloween night unless you’re ok with crowds and crazies!
…it also ranks Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park as well! Take a drive up to Maine for true New England nature + charm.
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.
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
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Tell me:: How do you take advantage of fall in New England?