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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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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Neutral

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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Black & Blue

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Last week I managed to get out and enjoy the sun in Harvard Square. With the weather staying on the warmer side, I’ve been getting the best use out of my skirts so far this Fall. In an effort to debunk the myth that you can’t wear black and navy together, I pulled together some of my favorite pieces to show that the two actually work really well together. The key is to always have another color (or two) tying the look together. In my case, they were gray and white.

I decided to wear one of my favorite t-shirts that I actually picked up at a men’s shop in NYC. I personally love going in to men’s stores and seeing what looks I can incorporate into my wardrobe. Like it or not, sometimes the menswear is just plain cooler, and for someone who has a 5’11 frame, I find that some of the basic pieces actually fit me better as well.

Here’s hoping that the weather holds out a little longer up here in Boston and Cambridge before I hit the road again! Where do you think I’ll be heading next?

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Collegiate

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Fall weather is upon us in Boston, and I figured it was about time to break out the knits that I have been lusting after all summer. There’s something so unceremoniously chic about New England autumn style, that makes even the least preppiest of fashionistas want to bust out some tweed and tartan print. With that in mind, I snagged an old collegiate favorite out of my closet, my J. Crew tweed skirt, for a an updated spin on a back to school outfit. Shooting in Harvard Square seemed equally as appropriate, and I fit right in with all the stylish university newcomers floating from coffee shops to class.

I ‘edged-up’ the outfit with a pair of rag & bone mules and black chevron nails to keep the look from going too Cher a la Clueless. There’s nothing quite like a classic Chloe carryall bag to balance out the palette with cool shades of light purple and gray, and it was a great finishing touch to this (almost) too-cool-for-school outfit.

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What to Wear: Thailand

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Around this time last year I was wading in the water on the beaches of Thailand. Now that summer is slowly slipping away, and the whole world is planning their winter escape, I figured it was fine time to put together the necessities for any Thai vacation. Below are a few rules for packing that I found helpful when traveling to the Land of Smiles.

Keep it easy breezy. While this goes without saying, it is smart to reiterate to importance comfy, loose fitting clothing. Imagine getting a sun burn and having to wear tight jean shorts. Eek! Also, it does get hot and sticky during the day, so any help you can get to keep the breeze flowing will make a big difference.

Pack your maxi. If you plan on visiting any temples at all bear in mind that you need to be covered up in order to enter. At more popular temples in Bangkok, they will provide clothing for a retainer fee, but you’re better off avoiding the lines and showing up prepared. As long as your shoulders and shins are coverd, you’re good to go.

Stop the sun. Don’t hesitate to pack multiple beach cover ups and a hat. Sun burns are no fun and you’re better off shielding yourself from the rays for most of the day. Your skin is the ultiamte accessory and the last thing you want is to look like a lobster in Koh Samui.

Ditch the stilettos. More times than not, walking in heels is going to be incredibly difficult in Thailand. If you crave shoes with some height, swap out your stilettos for a cute pair of wedges. Not only will they be more comfortable, but you won’t have to worry about sinking in the sand.

Be selective with your jewelry. There are going to be plenty of cute little shops to grab jewelry, so I recommend just packing a few statement pieces. Thailand is full of color and glitter, so don’t be afraid to go big! Costume jewelry is a better option than your favorite treasured pieces. I always say, when you travel, don’t bring anything you would be afraid to lose, so leave the family heirlooms at home.

These tips are a good jumping off point, but be sure to check the weather conditions during your visit.

Leave any of your favorite Thailand packing suggestions in the comments below!

Windy City

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 7.33.06 PMEmbracing the few days off I have left in Chicago, I decided to check out some of the sites that I had yet to see in the city. Between the River Walk, Cloud Gate, Millenium Park, and a few stops along the way to satisfy my sweet tooth, it was a successful outing.

Normally, I don’t traipse around the city in heels, but these ones by Guilhermina are so gosh darn cute and comfortable, that I’ve had a tough time taking them off these past few weeks. Now that the weather is slowly starting to cool down, I’ve been working to transitional those summer pieces into something a little more wearable for Fall. My advice: get ready to layer, and start sticking to a more neutral, muted palette.

If you have the need for sugar and sustenance like I do, consider taking the hike out to Ukranian Village where you’ll find  Hoosier’s. The mini pies are great to share, and I love the decor!

Feel like staying in River North? Ikram is a great non-touristy option. They have a cafe on the second floor serving seasonal salads and thoughtfully prepared entrees. But, the real treat is the cookie plate that is perfect to share with friends! After you’ve satisfied your culinary craving, head back downstairs for some of the best shopping Chicago has to offer. The handbag selection alone is enough to make your head spin!

Looking forward to a few more updates on Chicago. Keep your eyes peeled for my Wrigley Field post coming soon! ❤

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Outer Boroughs

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While in New York City working on the Ben & Jerry’s Core Tour, I was back and forth to Brooklyn on almost a daily basis. One of my favorite little neighborhoods I grew to love was DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass). With great spots to like Ample Hills Creamery to Jane’s Carousel to channel your inner child, and design shops like Stewart/Stand Design Store, there’s a little something for everyone.

Whenever I head across the East River, casual is the name of the game — meaning  denim shorts and bright colors! I snagged this chunky, yellow sweater on sale, which has turned out to be one of my go to knits this summer. To add a touch of Manhattan, I completed the outfit with crisp, black accessories that give the look a little bit of edge. This Givency tote holds everything I need for work from my MacBook Air to my DSLR camera, meaning it’s fashionable and funcitonal. Does it get much better?

No matter how fun the trips to Brooklyn are, I’m always happy to head back over the bridge. At the end of the day, Manhattan will always be my happy place. ❤

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