Tag Archives: fall

Bean Boot Season

Old Navy Tweed Vest

Quilted Tweed Vest, Old Navy (now on sale!) | White Tee, Sonoma (comfiest thing I have ever owned.) | Leggings, HUE | Pearls, vintage [similar] | Bow Ring, Kate Spade | Bangle, Kate Spade [similar 1; 2] | Deer Purse, Monsoon/Accessorize [similar 1; 2— and do we love these stag earrings?] | Bean Boots + Socks, L.L. Bean

The drop in temperatures and first snow yesterday means one thing: Bean Boot Season has arrived.

I got a pair for my birthday last winter, and I’m truly not sure what took me so long. They are one of the best investments a New Englander can make, and I promise L.L. Bean ain’t even paying me to say that.


LL Bean Boot Guide

I’m wearing the 8″ boots here, but depending on the height you like, you can also find them in 6″, Gumshoes, or, my mother’s personal favorite, Rubber Moc (the ultimate in “duck boots”).

For added warmth or protection, splurge on Thinsulate- or Gore-Tex-lined versions.



bean boot socks

Black Gray Puffer Vest

What are your go-to weather-proof shoes for fall + winter?

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Head of the Charles 2013

Head of the Charles Instagram

One of my favorite fall traditions, aside from apple picking and trips to Salem, is heading over the river to Cambridge to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta. Whether or not you’re a fan of crew, there’s something for everyone on the race grounds.

Head of the Charles Regatta

I remember high school friends making the trek to Boston every October to participate in the Regatta. Even though I wasn’t a rower myself, I remember being so excited at the prospect of getting to go watch one day once I moved to Boston.

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watching the head of the charles from the bridges

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Brooks Brothers is a HOTC sponsor, and their two tents—one by the finish line and one by Harvard’s Weld Boathouse—are not to be missed for themed apparel and gifts!

Brooks Brothers at Head of the Charles

what to wear to a boat race

[ outfit details ]
Sweater, Polo Ralph Lauren [similar 12 ] | Gingham Shirt, J.Crew Factory [now on sale!] | Skirt, GAP | World Watch, Urban Outfitters | Rope Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick | Tote, Longchamp | Boat Shoes, New England Outerwear

fall layering in boston

map watch

boat shoes made in new england

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[ activity summary ]
who:: Something for all ages; if you go with a group, be ok with splitting up!
what:: Watch the races; eat fried food, chowdah’ in a bread bowl, and Wild Bill’s root beer at the Weld Exhibition on the Cambridge side; shop for limited-edition goods at the Brooks Brothers and Sperry Top-Sider tents + others at the Rowing & Fitness Expo by the finish line on the Boston side.
when:: The penultimate full weekend of every October
where:: All up and down the Charles River, on both the Boston and Cambridge sides. I think it’s most fun to watch the races from the bridges! View a full map here.
wear:: Clothes comfortable for walking around + sitting in the grass; boat shoes or rain boots/Bean Boots if the conditions are muddy [they often are!]

Have you been to the regatta, or other boat races? What are your favorite things to take part in?


Filed under Life

A Cape for Your Everyday Superhero

Ellsworth & Ivey Capes Review

Capes are having a moment. A few weeks ago, I may have not been able to agree less, but after meeting Taylor Ivey, the founder and creative director behind Ellsworth & Ivey, at American Field last month, I couldn’t agree more.

Forest Green Fall Cape

Homestead Cape and Bolyn Belt, on loan from Ellsworth & Ivey | Glasses c/o Warby Parker | Pearls, vintage [similar] | Purse, Louis Vuitton | Monogrammed Cuff, Prep Obsessed | Jeans, American Eagle |Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]

customized canvas jewelry bag

I think what appealed to me most about Ellsworth & Ivey was the story. Her grandmothers—Shirley Ellsworth and Marilyn Brown—were the inspiration behind the brand, and Taylor channels their classic and elegant style [of the 1950s and 60s] in her designs, though adds a modern twist that makes the capes enticing to women of any age.

nautical knot clasp belt

Designed and manufactured in New York City [yay American-made!], the capes are made of a very warm Alpaca, and are lined with a genuine leather trim. So while they come at a high cost, they are extremely high-quality.

I’m wearing the pesto green version of the Homestead Cape, but you can also find it and the Marilyn Cape in amethyst [just featured on Who What Wear!], camel, charcoal, navy, and winter white. And for any of you engaged ladies: you MUST check out the beautiful Wedding Cape.

twisted pearl necklace

tortoise cuff bracelet

Wear capes cinched with a belt


…or without



Boston ladies: You can find Ellsworth & Ivey at Ball & Buck‘s trunk show on Newbury Street, November 12th from 6 to 9. Stop by to try on both styles and see all the darling colors!

If you can’t make it or prefer to order online, enter code SENDMEACAPE for free shipping!

For more inspiration on how to style your capes this fall, check out this Who What Wear piece. Believe me, you’ll never associate the word with Superman again.


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ModCloth: Uniquely You

It is seriously layer weather y’all.

ModCloth asked me to participate in their Uniquely You campaign this week, and to create a look based around their private label collection’s Following Dreams Sweater. As adorable as it is on its own, I know I’d be much cozier layering it with some additional pieces! Enter this adorable BB Dakota jacket and sweet knit scarf.

ModCloth Uniquely You

[ Bia & Dot Following Dreams Sweater, $53 ]
[ Warmth Brigade Scarf, $29 ]
[ Jack by BB Dakota Take to the Lake Jacket, $65 ]
[ These United States Necklace, $20 ]
[ Front Row Fashionista Jeans, $55 ]
[ Barks and Recreation Bootie, $55 ]
[ Grad To Be Here Bag, $50 ]

How would you style the Following Dreams Sweater, and what pieces are you using to layer this fall?

Speaking of layers, I’m guest posting over at loladee today about surviving winter in Boston! Check it out + let me know your best tips New England gals!


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Tipsy Tuesday No. 3: Sleepy Hollow

Confession: I went trick-or-treating well into my college years.

I think celebrating Halloween on the 31st is one of the things I miss most about my younger years. I try to not let the day pass by unnoticed, even if the most I do is buy my own candy, put on some black + orange, and sip a spooky-themed drink while kicking back with a scary movie…

Drink This, Wear That: Sleepy Hollow

[ wear this ]
Artist Boatneck Tee, J.Crew Factory, $29.50 (extra 30% off with code SALE30!)
Distressed Skinny Jeans, Forever21, $30
Hoxton Heeled Sandals, ASOS, $75
Snappy Crossbody Clutch, Deena & Ozzy, $39

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[ drink that ]
sleepy hollow from good spirts by a.j. rathbun

[ ingredients ]
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus a spring for garnish
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
Ice cubes
2 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce apricot liqueur

[ directions ]
1. Add the mint, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or hefty wooden spoon, muddle well.
2. Fill the cocktail shaker or glass halfway full with ice cubes. Add the gin and apricot liqueur. Shake as if you heard the horseman’s hoofbeats coming.
3. Strain into large cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a swizzle stick.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?


Filed under Fashion, Food

Jack Wills Midseason Sale

Damson and lace and plaid, oh my! Jack Wills has put a huge selection of their fall goodies on sale for the weekend—dive in before its all gone!

Jack Wills Midseason Sale

[ 1 ] Abadley Dress, $99 (also in charcoal!)
[ 2 ] Marston Woven Tee, $69
[ 3 ] Florey Wallet, $39
[ 4 ] Holcroft Shirt, $34 (additional colors!)
[ 5 ] Roselea Cardigan, $69
[ 6 ] Cranley Gilet, $99
[ 7 ] Longford Quilted Jacket, $79
[ 8 ] Fernlea Tee, $29 (additional colors!)
[ 9 ] Kearby Saddle Bag, $59

Let me know what you snag! Happy weekend! xx


Filed under Fashion

Salem Weekend Trials

salem pumpkins

Since I moved to Boston six falls ago, I don’t think I have let one Halloween season pass without taking a trip up to Salem. The ghost tours + costumes + witch shops + all are always a sight to see, but I’ve learned that the little town also has so much more to offer than tourist attractions. Sweet coffee shops, delicious cafes overflowing with fall beers and hot ciders, the Peabody Essex Museum, and quaint streets away from the crowds.

salem wine imports

salem jack o lantern

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gulu gulu cafe

salem haunted houses

salem haunted house

salem witch shop

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J Crew Navy Striped Puffer Vest

[ outfit details ]
Fox Sweater, JCPenney | Puffer Vest, J.Crew (on sale today!) | Skirt, H&M [similar 1; 2] | Tote, C.Wonder [similar] | Wrap Bracelet, Marley Lilly | Leopard Loafers, Steve Madden [similar 1; 2]

Striped C. Wonder Tote

jc penney fox sweater

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monogrammed gold rope bracelet

Steve Madden Leopard Loafers

[ travel summary ]
who:: definitely visit with friends. preferably ones who do not get claustrophobic in crowds.
what:: the tours are so-so; I think it’s more fun to do the city at your own pace. do try to learn some history while you’re in town, though.
when:: october, of course. the earlier, the better, as the crowds increase the closer you get to halloween.
where:: eat at gulu-gulu cafe | sip pumpkin-flavored coffees at jaho | stay at the hawthorne hotel [pricy, but gives you the full salem experience]
wear:: orange, of course. + comfortable walking shoes!


Filed under Travel

How Do You Like Them Apples?

nashoba winery apple picking

And then we finally went apple picking and all of my fall dreams came true.

We tried Nashoba Winery this year, and despite the damp + overcast day and pretty picked-over trees, I had such a blast. At just about any orchard, when all else fails, you can at least sit down for an apple cider doughnut. But at Nashoba, when all else fails, you can have wine with that apple cider doughnut. #winning

nashoba wine tasting

new england pumpkins

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rose gold apples

map watch

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[ outfit details ]
Emrick Quilted Jacket, Jack Wills | Jeans, American Eagle | Watch, Urban Outfitters | Tortoise Cuff, Prep Obsessed | Bag, Monsoon/Accessorize [similar] | Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar 1; 2]

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red quilted jacket jack wills

deer purse

nashoba valley weddings

[ travel summary ]
who:: small or large group of friends!
what:: apple picking, wine and beer tasting
when:: autumn
where:: nashoba valley winery | 100 wattaquadock hill road | bolton, ma 01740
wear: jeans + boots
[weather-proof ones; do not follow my example above!]


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Tipsy Tuesday No. 1: Cranberry Punch

Anywhere you look this time of year, you can find pumpkin if you want it. So I thought today I’d pay homage to the often overlooked fall flavor of cranberry. Tart, but sweet, and especially good with cinnamon for some added spice. I’d have no problem curling up with a glass of this most autumn nights!

Cranberry Punch

[ wear this ]
[ Keating Boy Blazer , J.Crew Factory, $89 (hurry while on sale!) ]
[ Laindon Dress, Jack Wills, $128 ]
[ Wanted Burnet Buckle Ankle Book, Urban Outfitters, $69 ]

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[ drink that ]
hot cp from good spirits by a.j. rathbun

[ ingredients ]
6 ounces white rum
4 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
4 ounces water
3 ounces Simple Syrup
2 ounces fresh pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

[ directions ]
1. Add the rum, cranberry juice, water, simple syrup, pineapple juice, cinnamon, and cloves to a medium-size saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until hot but not boiling.
2. Add a cinnamon stick to each of 4 mugs. Pour the hot mix equally into the mugs.
3. Sprinkle a hint of nutmeg on top of each mug. Serve with a warning: It’s hot.


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Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

bar harbor lobster

Last weekend, the BF and I celebrated his birthday by taking a quick weekend jaunt up the coast to Maine. We first landed in on Mount Desert Island, home of the adorable Bar Harbor and the glorious Acadia National Park [what irony that I had this post already scheduled for today! #shutdown].

the bowl acadia national park

Where better to experience fall foliage but New England? It’s a bit early down here, but since we were further North, we were able to catch some glimpses of changing leaves.

hiking in acadia national park

We hiked, drove along the water and up Cadillac Mountain, walked along Sand Beach, Southwest Harbor, and Bar Harbor itself. Ate lobstah, Rosalie’s Pizza, Ben & Bills sweets, and the most dee-lish breakfasts cooked at the Holland Inn right “downtown.” If you need a place to stay in the area, PLEASE call Evin at the inn. You will not regret it.

sand beach bar harbor

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[ bass harbor head light ]
First lit in 1858, this lighthouse sits on the southeast corner of the island, and is now owned and operated by the US Coast Guard. Unfortunately, it is best viewed from the water, but somewhat nasty weather prevented us from a boat tour!


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lobster shack bar harbor

seaside grill; ben & bills chocolate emporium

oxblood romper

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[ outfit details ]
Romper, Jack Wills | Necklace, J.Crew [similar] | Watch, Urban Outfitters | Bag, Matt & Nat [similar] | Flats, Kimchi Blue [similar 1; 2]

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black satchel bag

around the world watch

jack wills polka dot playsuit

bar harbor maine tall ships

[ travel summary ]
who:: romantic getaway, family trip, or small group of friends
what:: hiking, breathtaking views, boat rides, new england culture
when:: fall [after labor day, but before the chill of mid- to late-october sets in]
where:: stay at the holland inn bed & breakfast
wear:: layers of active clothes for outdoor park activities; playful, casual romper [& a jacket!] in fall colors for strolling around town and dinner in bar harbor


Filed under Fashion, Life