After a long hiatus from the blog, I thought it was high time to share some of my more recent travels. Late last year, I took a last minute trip to Brazil. My first stop was Rio, and then I made my way to Belo Horizonte. About a two hour bus ride outside of Belo Horizonte is an amazing outdoor museum that is worth seeing if you are in that part of the country, called Inhotim.

Most of the exhibits are outdoors or in open air structures around a massive property. There are golf carts that take you from different sections in the compound, which I highly recommend taking if you want to see the whole museum in one day. The exhibits are from artists all over the world, and challenge every sense — except maybe taste?

If you’re looking for something a little different to do in Brazil, and want to enjoy being outside, this is a must see.

Lawn on D

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 4.05.01 PMEven though I’m technically a grown up, it’s tough to stay away from the playground. Fortunately, the Lawn on D helps Bostonians channel their inner child while still appealing to the ‘adult’ in all of us. With a bar, live entertainment, and food trucks, this patch of green in the middle of South Boston serves as a host to some really cool events all year long.

In the warmer months, you will typically find this lunch-break mecca teeming with good eats and working-types eager to catch a few rays, and on Sundays, you can take in the movies, music and ArtLab collaborations. While most of us anticipated this outdoor venue to shut down for the months where most of us are hibernating from the cold, Lawn on D surprised us again with their ‘Winter on D’ schedule of events. Most notably, this weekend (Jan. 2 – Jan. 4), Lawn on D will be hosting the Fire & Ice Festival featuring a giant ice maze, live music, a stocked bar for the big (and little) kids, and other winter wonderland entertainment. If you’re around the Boston area this weeked, I definitely recommend checking it out!

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second time around

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 11.39.49 PMI was so excited when Second Time Around approached me a couple of weeks ago about collaborating with their 176 Newbury Street location. Not only do they have a ton of new, in-season pieces from designers like Helmut Lang, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Acne, but they also have amazing gently used pieces that never go out of style. When the holidays roll around, I’m a little more cognizant of my spending and make an effort to set aside some money for a few of my favorite causes. With that said, budgets can be a little tight, but my desire for all things high-end far from fades. That’s where STA comes in! With countless holiday parties, a need for layers, and any other excuse you come up with to shop, they make budget friendly shopping chic — meaning you can get that designer New Year’s dress of your dreams and donate to your favorite charity without breaking a sweat!

After being a shopper since 2007, I was stoked when Second Time Around had me come in to pick out some of my favorite finds from the racks for their first “Styled by…” collaboration. While I would have loved to snag everything for myself, I left the goodies for fashionable Bostonians and Newbury Street visitors alike on my own rack! Head there now to see my favorite looks for this season, and to add your own twist on my personal style!

To read my interview with STA and see some of the outfits I put together, check out the scoop on their blog here!

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Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 7.34.40 PMSkirts have a knack for making an outfit appear girly and ‘dressed-up’, but with the right partners in crime (aka all the other clothes) , your skirt can look chic and industrial. This Helmut Lang tank, army jacket, and tough-girl mules from rag + bone make for a casual combo that can take you from day-to-night. And, while it might not be 9-5 office appropriate, it’s a great weekend warrior uniform.

Although the skirt is a great staple for your wardrobe, my favorite part of this outfit is the accessories. The black cat-eye shades, and vintage broach that I fished out of my mother’s jewelry box crank the look up a notch — giving it that Katniss Everdeen (if she were more stylish and an actual person) appeal. That broach could totally be my token, right? Just goes to show that sometimes the devil, or bad-ass chick, is in the details.

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Kick It

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There’s something oh-so special about the Boston Public Library. Working from home, it can be tough at times to channel creativity, so every once in a great while, I find myself posting up in Bates Hall surrounded by towers of books, hoping to be inspired purely based on proximity of great works of art. Well, as you can imagine, that usually doesn’t work out exactly how I imagine it, but  switching up work space for the high, decorated ceilings of the BPL starts the blood flowing to whatever part of my brain controls my witty, and all-around  mind-blowing, writing skills. That, paired with about five chai lattes, allows me to hunker down and bust out a few sassy one-liners and do some creative brainstorming.

When it comes to work, I often dress for comfort. Given that half of the time I work in my pj’s (don’t judge), when I do step out into the real world, I feel obliged to put my best foot forward, and that usually involves a good shoe. Now, you’re probably thinking about a sky-high pair of heels, or perfectly polished flats, but when I envision the perfect shoe it’s often sneakers that occupy my thoughts.  These Nike sneaks are the epitome comfort and cool and add an downtown edge to an otherwise typical, everday outfit. Scroll down to the bottom for an extra special throwback proving my long-harbored love for sneakers.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAs Beyonce would say: Flawless.


Stoop Kid

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 4.16.59 PMThis time of year in Boston calls for comfy knits, cute boots, and skirts! While jeans certainly serve their purpose, they aren’t always work appropriate, and it’s super easy to swap them out for a great pencil skirt that is flattering and comfy. This one from Enza Costa hits the nail on the head, bridging the gap between style and comfort perfectly. Next time you’re trying to put a work outfit together, think about your favorite weekend look and sub in a skirt for your jeans.

One of my rules with midi skirts, no matter what style, is that if it hits below the knee, you’re better off pairing it with a set of heels to make sure your legs look as long as possible. (I’m not opposed to flats with midi-skirts, but in general, the look is a bit harder to pull off.) Also, try to keep your shoes flesh toned, or the same color as your skirt for maximum lengthening capacity. No, that’s not some offical style term, but in the world of Malaika Firths and Georgia Hilmers, we should take advantage of as much perceived height as possible.

The great thing about this look is that it has the ability to take you just about anywhere. Keeping those office appropriate elements with super comfy and luxe knits really makes all the difference. If you’re on the hunt for an outfit that has all of the components of work wear, but the comfort of your favorite set of pj’s, this look has you covered — boots included!

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Fringe Benefits

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‘Tis the season for statement jackets, and there’s nothing quite like a little suede fringe to really get your style game on point. While it’s not the easiest piece to work into a wardrobe there are a few fool-proof ways to make it work. First, keep your color palette simple. I paired the jacket with all black everything to add a little edge and prevent the look from going Country Strong, which could easily happen with plaid top, jeans and boots. Secondly, keep the look tailored. A fitted tee, skinnies and a classic tote make the look effortless and can take you anyhwere you need to go. And lastly, keep your accessories simple. A few rings, dainty necklaces and maybe a pair of studs is all you need in the way of jewlery. Anything more than that and the look appear a little overdone.

Bonus: Finishing off a look with a pair of polished sneakers has been my go-to as of late, and these Jimmy Choos have been a staple in my closet for a year now. As long as you style them correctly, they can work for just about any occassion. The best part, they’re just as comfy as they are stylish.

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The Cape

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While many believe Cape Cod is only fun between the months of May and September, the real locals know that good times can happen during the less popular travel times, as well. The third weekend in October marks one of the last big weekends in Cape Cod before many store owners start to close their shutters for the winter. Meaning one final hurrah before winter comes. (Insert some sort of ominous Game of Thrones quote here.)

So, how do the locals celebrate? With oysters, of course! I headed down to check out the Wellfleet OysterFest, which is a time-honored tradition encouraging mass consumption of every seafood fanatics favorite aphrodisiac, drinking copious amounts of craft beer, and supporting local artisans. Does it get much better than that? Me thinks not!

The festival attracts vacation home owners, locals, Bostonians, and even a few tourists. And, while it is a big crowd, don’t let that deter you! The festival is all about community, having fun, and enjoying Cape classics — especially chowder, oysters on the half shell, and lobster rolls. So mark the calendar for next year, remember to pack your stretchy pants, and get ready for a fun time with good people, great music, and all of the expected Cape accoutrements.

Although things are definitely slowing down on the Cape and Islands, Fall is a great time to visit a quaint bed and breakfast with a loved one, or schedule a girls’ weekend away. While you won’t be packing your swimsuit any time soon, the draw of a traditional New England weekend away, filled with hot mulled cider and scenery to boot, will keep you cozy and relaxed. Besdies, who wants to be bothered working on their ‘bikini bod’ during the upcoming holiday season? Not I! Need any other excuses to journey to the Cape this Fall? Check out a few other things to do here.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.43.42 AMAfter a few hot days in Boston, Mother Nature is finally starting to get her act together and cool things down a bit. Fall fashion is my favorite, and every time around this year I am always jonesing to break out my knits. To my surprise, we’ve dipped into the 60s here in the bean after skyrocketing into the high 70s several days prior. I know I’ll be kicking myself come wintertime, when warm means we’ve gotten above freezing, but for now I’m happy that things are on the cooler side.

Sweaters can often become redundant and look a lot alike, so I try to find pieces that have something a little quirky or different about them. This one I’m wearing happens to have a massive collar, adding a little drama to an otherwise underwhelming sweatercoat. Instead of dark skinny jeans and boots, I kept it light with neutrals in white, tan and taupe. I’m not usually one to rock a full neutral look without a little flair, and you can see, I’ve pulled pieces that have a pattern and topped the look off with a pop of color for good measure.

Until next time! ❤


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Great Heights

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When traveling from Thailand to Bali, I decided to make a few quick stops in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. I knew that if I was only going to be spending roughly 48 hours in KLL, I needed to stay in a place that was close to the sights and the nightlife. The Trader’s Hotel was a perfect fit, which offered amazing views from my room, perfect service, and a complimentary happy hour with tea and biscuits (perfect to catch up on some blogging). They are one of the few hotels where you can actually see the full view of the Petronas Towers, and the rooftop bar, SkyBar,  is particularly popular, meaning a short commute back to your hotel room. The cherry on top? It’s centrally located, meaning you’re close to tons of great culinary options including Shanghai, Bijan, and Cilantro.

For my one full day, I decided to trek out to the Batu Caves. I had heard mixed reviews, but I am a sucker for anything that gets me outside. If you’re staying close to City Central, which you likely are, you will need to arrange a cab to take you to the caves. Have your concierge strike a deal for a ride there and back, so you don’t have to hassle with a cabbie for a ride home. An added bonus: it will usually save you a few bucks, too. Once you arrive at the caves, you’ll see a giant set of steps and a massive gold statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, identifying the caves as a place of worship. Because of that, it is important that you dress appropriately. I err on the side of covering up. I kept on a long sleeve top and a skirt that hit below the knees, just to be safe.

Once inside, it’s a little dark and dingy, and for the most part it’s not all that interesting. Because of this, I can see why people would be disappointed. I decided to stick around and check out every nook and crany, and after a period of time, chanting and prayer began. For me, this was the real treat. As much as I try to be respectful of the people around me, I do still find religion in general quite fascinating, so I stood back and spectated from afar. I didn’t take any pictures because I feel like that’s pushin’ it. Afterwards, I journeyed back to my hotel and treated myself to a solo dinner and then drinks upstairs at the bar. I ended up meeting a group of MMA professionals in the city for a tournament, and we stayed out until the wee hours of the morning. Just proof that you never know who you are going to meet when you travel.

So, if I had to leave you with three tips for a quick trip in Kuala Lumpur: 1) Book a hotel in City Central with a great view. Trader’s would be my pick. 2) Spend more than 15 minutes at the Batu caves and enjoy the people watching (remember to dress appropriately!), and 3) Enjoy the burgeoning food scene with a dinner at Bijan for traditional Malay cuisine.

Do you have any tips for a long layover in KLL? Leave me a comment!

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