Falling Into Place

Silky Pants

I can’t believe fall is here! Although I feel like summer went by too fast, I am starting  to get excited for sweaters, boots and hot apple cider!

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Before the cool air really sets in, I am sticking to pieces that are perfect for the transitional New England weather. Here are the pants I mentioned in my last post!  Although I have not made many clothing purchases recently, I knew I had to snag these since they reminded me of my back to school shopping days.

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These silky trousers are so effortless. They will appear more polished with a button down blouse and heels (Prabul Gurung from Target also worn here), and they will also be great for weekends in the city with a tucked in tee, ballet flats, and a scarf.

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Thanks so much for reading. Have a great day!

Orange is The New Frock

Earlier this summer, I attended a very special wedding in Vermont at the Woodstock Inn. It was my first time in that area, and I must say I can’t wait until the next time I can go back and explore it even more!

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I had my eyes on this Karen Millen dress for months but was hesitant about the $350 price tag. It fit like a glove, but it did not have any special bells and whistles that could make me justify the purchase. Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 11.20.19 PM

I think the discount godmothers were looking out for me, because right before the wedding the price dropped to $235 and then an additional sale brought it under $145.  I also have another wedding in October that this dress would be appropriate for as well so I went for it. It seemed like a sign!

Prices Dropping

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To save even more money, I paired this dress with items I had in my closet: bridesmaid jewelry and shoes from a few of the weddings I have been in over the years, Grandma Grace’s “going out dancing” clutch, and contrasting turquoise nail polish done myself!

Close Up accessories

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shoes

I loved exploring the neighboring town Quechee and having lunch overlooking the falls at the Restaurant at Simon Pearce. (The glass blowing was mind blowing to say the least too!) The food at the Woodstock Inn was so delicious for dinner.  Our favorite breakfast was at The Mountain Creamery on Central Street in Woodstock. I have a weakness for breakfast diners, and this one did not disappoint. The homemade strawberry jam that was so good we took a few jars home for ourselves.

Woodstock Inn VermontHave a good rest of your week!

The Silky Way

What do you think of the Silky Pant trend? I love how comfortable they are but it is certainly tough to find the right fit and the right pattern! Here are a few good options on the market:

Silky Pants

1. Tucker $208

2. H&M $24.95

3. Loft $39.99

Now the question is, do you pair them with a tight fitting tee, or is it OK to wear a loose top? If your pants are truly on the edge of Harem (meaning very baggy and loose fitting) then choose something tighter so you are not engulfed in fabric. I personally prefer the pants like the ones above that are slightly loose but not too droopy so I can pair them with something flowy on top!

Ensemble

1. H&M (again) $24.95

2. Equipment blouse $208  (or the Loft version I mentioned in this post!)

3. Zara Flats $35.90

4. Forever21 Heels $29.80

5. Zara tank $39.90

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I always love a good blazer for both day and night! I would finish this look with this  LC Lauren Conrad  version that is $39.99. I have a similar blazer by LC that has lasted surprisingly well over the past few years.

 

Are there any other amazing Silky Pants out there that you would like to share? Please let me know! Have a great week 🙂

Fall Favorites

Hello everyone! It has been a while! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the last week of summer!

Today I did a little “back to school” shopping. I wanted to get a few new pieces that would transition well over the next few months that are on trend (and budget).  Here is a collage of my Fall Faves so far!

Fall Faves

1. Black Legging Jeans are a MUST this fall! Although I am coveting the AG Legging style, I’ve opted for the Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies for now! $19

2. Plaid is back in a BIG way! I am loving this 90’s throw-back that is being taken on by almost every high end designer this season. This H&M shirt is my first purchase from their  new online portal. $39.95

3. As you may remember from my previous post, I am obsessed with Valentino-esque studded shoes. These Dollhouse replica’s do the trick and are actually quite comfortable! $42

4. I wore my ankle booties to death last year and need replacements. I tried on these Target cuties today and loved the heel and the shape of the toe. They come in a few colors too! $29.95

5. I am lusting over the color of this cobalt Club Monaco sweater. It will be perfect for warm September days that turn into chillier evenings. $34.50

What are your go to fall items this season? Let me know! xo

Lip Sync

I don’t usually post anything about beauty products but I have a new obsession so I wanted to share it with you all! I love the look of a hot pink lip these days!  Blake Lively is my style icon right now, and she has been pulling off the look flawlessly!

Blake Lively Taken from Pinterest

For those of you who invest in beauty products, the Nars Satin Lip Pencil has been highly recommended to me by my friend Kelly. There are a few gorgeous shades, but I absolutely love the color Yu.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil

If you can’t spend the $25 right now for a new lip color, another option suggested by my friend Lisa is the Cover Girl Jumbo Gloss Balm. I personally have Watermelon Twist #215, but I have heard great things about Haute Pink Twist #220 as well!

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I just noticed last night that the CoverGirl pencil has gone on sale for $5 instead of $9.79 so it is a good time to try out a color and see if you like it!photo

Let me know if you have another lip product you love to achieve this look!

Louisiana Purchase

Love the doors in NOLA

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to travel to New Orleans for a quick get-a-way. (After this past week, I could certainly use another one soon too.) As some of you may know, New Orleans is one of my favorite cities to visit. For me, the combination of art, music, architecture, history, and the best cuisine I have ever enjoyed in my life all rolled into one is what makes this city a true escape. During my visit, the temperature was in the low 70’s and sunny which made it even more pleasant coming from a very harsh winter up North. If you have any flexibility to travel to The Big Easy, I highly recommend going during Jazz Fest (coming up soon) because I think you experience the greatest blend of what NOLA has to offer and near perfect weather!

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Forever 21 Necklace

On this particular day, I was on a mission to explore The French Market. A while ago a local told me that Loretta’s was the absolute best place to go in the French Quarter for fresh authentic Pralines! I could not resist having one at that very moment! There is a huge variety and they literally melt in your mouth.

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And if I did not already have enough of a sugar rush, I also swung by Cafe Du Monde for a fabulous trio of beignets and chicory coffee. Since it is open 24 hours we did end up here once again for a late night snack later in the weekend!

Cafe Du Monde & Beads

Walking & Eating

I also loaded up on some local Cajun Spices while I was in the French Market to bring back for my friends.

Get The Look

Get The Look

Dress To Impress: JBrand Jeans, Spendid Chambray, Swarovski Necklace

Look For Less: Forever 21 Shirt , American Eagle White Jeans , Asos Necklace (Similar to my Forever21 Necklace that is no longer available).

Boston You’re My Home

Boston
I’ve never commented on current events on this blog. However the incident that happened this week hit so close to home, that I feel that I must address it.

If you are from Boston, you know how significant Marathon Monday is to our city. It is one of the most inspirational days of the year. It is a family event. Everyone here knows someone personally who has trained through the harsh New England winter to prepare for one of the hardest races in the country. Most people I’ve known have run the race for a charity in honor of a loved one who is no longer here. They’ve raised thousands of dollars for a cause close to their heart. They keep us posted with their progress. They have friends and family scattered along the route to cheer them on.

Although I was not at the finish line, I have very close friends and family who were right near the blasts but were able to escape unharmed, just shaken. These close calls leave me with an unimaginable amount of emotion. I can’t help to think how lucky they were. I am overcome with sadness to think about the people who just were in the wrong place at the wrong time at what should have been a happy day.

I am praying so hard for my city and all of those people involved especially the victims, victim’s families, responders, and those who witnessed it all up close. I truly hope that our city will return an even better version than it was before.  I pray that we can somehow heal from this tragedy and learn how to prevent something like this from ever happening again in any town.

I hope my upcoming posts are more of a welcome distraction rather than any sort of insensitivity of the events on Monday. Clothing seems so irrelevant in times like these.  Although my heart is heavy, I want to try my hardest to return to a sense of normalcy even if I’m still going through waves of emotions about this horrific event. More than anything we can’t let them win. I know this city is strong and we will get through this somehow. My thoughts are whole heartedly with all who are affected.

http://onefundboston.org/
My Pic from Last Summer

Tweed Moto Jackets

I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the Super Bowl (or Beyonce Bowl as some have called it).

Although Spring may not be too far off in some cities, it is still going to be pretty chilly in Boston for quite some time. Yes, it even snowed again yesterday …[sigh]. I wanted to share a transitional piece for those who need a little warmth now, but also want something they can wear through spring.

Tweed Moto Jackets Expensive

Rebecca Taylor $450, DVF $598,  Classiques Entier $268 

So many designers have versions of this trend from Alice + Olivia, Bailey44, Joie and of course those listed above. For those of you who can make these investments, you will get a lot of use out of this fabulous jacket. If you are on a budget, here are some affordable options that will get you through this season.

Moto on a Budget

1. Pim + Larkin $98

2. Target $17.48

3. Gap $61.99

4. Forever21 $32.80

5. JC Penney $28

What do you think of this trend? Will you invest or do you prefer a more classic tweed coat? Have a nice day! XO