I 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!
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.
Button-up, Denim & Supply Co. // Vest, Madewell // Jeans, AG // Sneakers, Nike // Clutch, Clare Vivier
As Beyonce would say: Flawless.
This 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!
Sweater, Ohne Titel // Skirt, Enza Costa // Boots, Topshop // Ring, Vintage // Watch, Michael Kors // Necklace, Diament Jewelry
‘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.
Jacket, BCBG (on sale!) // Tee, AllSaints (similar here)// Jeans, Joe’s // Sneakers, Jimmy Choo // Tote, Givenchy // Necklaces & Rings, vintage and Tiffany’s
After 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! ❤
Button-up, Zara // Jeans, Blank NYC // Flats, Vince // Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim
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?
Sweater, Olive + Oak (similar here)// Skirt, Madewell // Bag, rag & bone // Shirt, J.Press York Street // Sneakers, Chanel // Rings, Tiffany’s and vintage
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.
Sweater, Intermix // Skirt, J.Crew (old) similar here // Sunnies, Fendi // Bag, Chloe //Mules, rag & bone // Rings, Tiffany’s and vintage