Monday, November 23, 2015

NYC Nov 2015

Its been a crazy few weeks of school, so my trip to NYC this past weekend couldn't have come at a better time. I truly needed to get runaway for a few days and take time for some fun! Other than visiting the Rag & Bone HQ with our school's fashion club, I didn't really plan ahead for the weekend. I met up with friends, took leisurely walks around my favorite neighborhood spots, had a few too many lattes, a lot of much needed laughter, and fell in love with NYC all over again. My trip seemed to end in a NY minute, but like all good trips I left with so many more stories to tell. 

Taken before I was in NYC, but a great close up of my earrings. 

Travel Highlights:

Brunch at Bluestone Lane: This little nook of a coffeeshop/restaurant opened up this location in a church on the UES (near the Guggenheim) right before I left this summer. Known for their Australian coffee, I'm quite addicted to their avocado toast.

Jacqueline de Ribes at MET: The newest costume exhibit at the MET features about sixty of the countess's most iconic couture ensembles fro m1962 to present. Think vintage Dior, Saint Laurent, and Armani to name a few. 

Drinks at the Surrey: I met up with friends at the Bar Pleiades at the Surrey Hotel and it ended up being the perfect low-key, chic spot. For a Friday night it was crowded but not packed and loud but not too noisy, perfect for some intimate conversation and catching up. 

OOTD: Coat: Sachi | Sweater: Madewell | Skirt: J.Crew (thrifted) | Shoes: BCBG 
Earrings: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Kate Spade

Friday, November 20, 2015

SOREL's Grand Opening at Burlington Mall, MA

I'm so excited to announce that the new SOREL store has finally opened up at the Burlington Mall right outside of Boston! The new store had its grand opening yesterday and has such a great selection of styles including the 1964 Premium Wedge I wore here and current limited edition styles. So shed your winter weather denial (I finally pulled out my gloves this week and accepted that winter is coming! haha) and stop by this weekend to shop boots and outerwear, sip hot chocolate, and a give back with a portion of all proceeds benefitting the nonprofit Girls Inc! 

Love this new limited edition snow dance lace boot!

My favorite will always be the 1964 Premium Wedge!

They have a large variety of men's footwear, too!

SOREL at Burlingon Mall
75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
Monday to Saturday 10am - 9pm // Sunday 11am - 6pm
(click here for special holiday times)

*Thank you SOREL for sponsoring this post*

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Arnold Arboretum Autumn

For years, I've heard the Arnold Arboretum is one of Boston's best spots to see fall foliage in it's prime. Unfortunately, the weekend I decided to go was bitterly cold and most of the leaves had been fallen a few days earlier! Nevertheless, it was still beautiful to see the expansive public park (which is operated in partnership with Harvard and the city of Boston) blanketed in golden leaves. I'm really looking forward to coming back in the spring to see the cherry blossoms and to explore all 281 acres of it!

The J.Crew waxed jacket I'm wearing is a piece I bought a few years ago and recently uncovered from some storage boxes. With layering, it's truly a great piece for rainy days and "damp" autumn weather, although I'm afraid it looks like autumns days are numbered…

Jacket: J.Crew | Shirt: J.Crew | Scarf: Vintage | Jeans: Gap | Sunglasses: Forever 21
Boots: Thrifted | Socks: Tommy Hilfiger


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Inspiration for Breakfast: Jenna Lyons and the Watermelon Skirt

Inspiration for Breakfast: New article from the Lenny Letter—curated feminist, style, health, & politics-centric newsletter by actress and director Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner of the critically acclaimed HBO tv show “Girls”— written by Jenna Lyons, President of J.Crew, preppy style guru, and former “ugly duckling” turned confident, quirky style icon.
Known for her thick-brimmed glasses, six foot stature, and cult-like following of self-professed “J.Crew addicts”, Lyons was anything but the “it girl” growing up. As a teenager with incontinentia pigmenti (a genetic disorder that led to scarred skin, bald patches, and lost teeth), Lyons recalls being the last one picked for the dodgeball team, the butt of jokes in social studies, and the once cruelly labeled word “gross”.
Depressed by her “ugliness”, Lyons turned to fashion magazines to surround herself with beauty and inspiration. but, thanks to a seventh grade class in home ec, Lyons learned to sew a simple watermelon skirt that changed her life. what soon snowballed into an external transformation grew into a lesson in gaining self-confidence:
“Don’t misunderstand. My external transformation did not expel my internal doubt and lack of confidence. But it did give me a much-needed boost…. and to this day, I often feel like i’m on the outside. But what I realized along the way was that a lot of the really smart, interesting, talented, compassionate, and equally dysfunctional people sit out here with me.”
As the girl who was the serial black-listed classmate of the cool kids’ birthday parties and frequently loathed teacher’s pet, I too discovered the power of transformation in middle school. If I wasn’t going to be on trend with the abercrombie and fitch wearing masses at my school, I learned to become confident enough to embrace my personal style as a positive, unique identifying factor.
Today, I still love fashion for this same purpose. My style is an expression of my current mood, an outlet for my creativity, and an extension of my individuality. Looks should obviously not be a primary factor when estimating one’s worth, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that there are some pretty transformative powers in a piece of clothing. I can not deny that a bright-colored jacket cheers me up on a rainy day; a well-tailored blazer helps me feel poised even when I'm a nervous wreck; or how a totally impractical, oh-so-indulgent yet art-worthy pair of embellished tortoiseshell earrings have become the best conversation starter in a sea of strangers.
Although they are more rare, I do still come across the occasional casually cruel remarks about the frivolous nature of my passion for style. There are definitely moments when I look and feel like a flamingo in a flock of pigeons, but then I read articles like Jenna Lyons and her watermelon skirt and I am reminded that there are some “really smart, interesting, talented, compassionate, equally dysfunctional, and confident, style-loving individuals who sit out here with me.”
Why blend in if you were meant to stand out?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Indian Summer

Last week Boston experienced a bit of an indian summer with temperatures up into the mid-70s!
After last year's Snowpocalypse, I couldn't be more grateful for this unseasonably warm weather— and any chance to pull my summer shorts out of storage. Paired with tights, boots, and a lightweight vest, shorts can take on a whole new season beyond September. 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic | Vest: Saks Fifth Avenue | Shorts: J.Crew 
Boots: Nordstrom Rack | Sunglasses: Kate Spade

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Travel Tyro: Salem

On the day before Halloween, my best friend and I took a quick trip on the commuter rail to finally visit Salem during its prime season. Over 70,000 people visited the town on Halloween this year  and I can attest that there were thousands when we visited the day before. The city streets were packed with crowds in outrageous costumes, spooky street performers, and shops chock full of witchy gifts and creepy knick knacks. 

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the creepy and gory during Halloween, so we didn't spend time on any ghost tours or haunted houses. But, there are several walking tours for any history buffs interested in learning about the past settlers and witch trials that took place in Salem previously. We did enjoy strolling around the quaint streets with its grand mansions and temporary vibrant autumnal trees. Thanks to some planning beforehand, we also realized Salem had its own tiny lighthouse on the connected Winter Island Park. While it's a bit far from the train station, it's well worth the trek to take in the passing sailboats and crisp, salty air of yet another quaint little New England town.  

Who: Everyone— except those who don't enjoy Halloween
What: Exploring the town of Salem in a day
Where: Salem, Massachusetts 
Wear: You'll fit right in wearing a Halloween costume or your best witchy attire 
Mine included: Vest: Unknown | Shirt: Anthropologie | Skirt: Forever 21 | Shoes: Ann Taylor Sunnies: Kate Spade
When:  Fall, specifically during Halloween // Take the MBTA Commuter Rail and it's only about a thirty minute ride
Why: If you love New England, Halloween, lighthouses, history, and even good, seasonal ice cream, this job is for you. 
Tyro Tip: Visit the Ropes Mansion used in the movie Hocus Pocus and grab delicious pumpkin ice cream at the Salem Screamery.