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East Side Fairytale

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I am fairly certain I had dreams about this skirt. After my boyfriend pointed it out to me in And Other Stories’ Regent Street store I went through every emotion from dismissal to infatuation. Regardless of what I was feeling at a certain moment, it was clear I was pretty obsessed. Anything that originates in a Parisian atelier is going to slip into my brain and settle in. I know, quelle surprise. Needless to say, I deliberated for weeks and weeks, finally adding it to my cart when I was back in Massachusetts. I really adore it even though I’m generally very wary of skirts. In theory I think they are a classic, but whenever I find myself wearing them I’m constantly tugging them down in fear of flashing the general public. BUT as you can see, this baby falls nearly to my ankles. It would have to be a very strong Monroe-like updraft to cause any damage. Of course I didn’t want to look too much like a milkmaid so I paired the skirt with a tee courtesy of my dad’s hometown pizza place. Finally, I like to wear heals with longer pieces like this because I think it gives me excellent length and we all know that I generously claim to be 5’7. Somedays I like that to be true. Adieu.

And Other Stories skirt | East Side Café tee | Shop Ruche heals

Photos by J

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Joie de vivre

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No matter how hot it gets, I still pull out my Mom jeans. Something about the wider fit makes them the only pair I can bear during the summer. Plus, I don’t like wearing heels with anything above the knee. It’s all about balance. The same goes for accent colors. I was always wary of red in my clothing, thinking it brought out red tones in my skin that I used to dislike, but it’s grown on me. The pops of red in an otherwise all navy outfit make me feel more put together. The pieces are linking up more naturally through their common denominator.

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Topshop bodysuit | Topshop jeans | Nasty Gal shoes (similar) | Primark bag 

Photography by J

The Case for Quality

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I think this dress is one of the best things I’ve purchased in a long time. Even though it was more expensive than I usually go for on an average day, I’m really glad I went for it. It’s very quickly become my favorite piece for summer, and given that it’s in navy, it can work for other seasons too. Excellent. It’s from a store I recently discovered called & Other Stories. They have a few stores in the US, but mostly in big cities. I got lucky that they have three in London. The store is beautiful and sings to the tune of a minimalistic dream. Designed in Paris, you know the clothing is going to be right for me.

Sometimes making a bigger purchase is good for the soul. When you know you’re getting something whose quality will be as much a part of the piece as the actual design itself, you feel even better in it. Now this isn’t couture, but it is a step up from the usual high street stores that I frequent. I have one dress that works for multiple occasions day and night, and what’s more, I want to wear it for all those occasions. I’m excited to wear and rewear it. In this day and age of needing more and more because of our media-sharing tendencies (of which I’m guilty, I know), we tend to forget what it’s like to purchase something that we actually plan on wearing a lot. It’s okay to repeat something if you know you can wear it many ways. Now, I know you may be thinking, it’s a dress, you wear it one way, but that’s not true. Here, I’m wearing this dress with Adidas sneakers, perfect for going around my day-to-day business in London, but I can easily change into white mules for a daytime party, or court heels for the evening. The height of the heel can change the dress in a subtle yet effective way.

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& Other Stories dress

Usual | Unusual

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I know posting on a Thursday is a bit random, but I didn’t want to wait until next week for this one. Yesterday I had been feeling (once again) a serious lack of motivation, especially in my writing. I was groggy and out of it, which led to guilt, which led to more grogginess, which in turn led to me mentally yelling at myself to snap out of it. What better way to find motivation again than to seek out places that inspire you? This time, it happened to be the house where the fictional Elizabeth James lived with her daughter Annie. Yes, that’s right. The house featured in these photos is from the 1998 version of “The Parent Trap.” Admittedly one of my favorite movies (mostly thanks to Natasha Richardson and the character of Elizabeth), it had an odd way of cheering me up. Something about a woman owning a successful business and reaping the rewards in the most classy way possible makes you feel hopeful. I mean, look at this house!

Another decision I made that day was to don these new embroidered pink boots from Topshop that I scooped up during their sale. Everyone has their favorite hoodie and jeans combo, but why stop there? Add something unexpected and bright, something very you, and what was before something usual becomes unusual in the best possible way. Reminding myself that I’m the only one of me was a good way to get myself back on track. Even though around this house I should have been wearing a co-ord tweed jacket and skirt. Next time.

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Topshop boots | Topshop hoodie | Topshop jeans

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The Boiling Tourist

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So today I’m here to talk a bit about how I’m dressing during the very hot weather. While today’s look doesn’t appear too jazzy, it has all the elements I need: cute details with little fabric. Now while I’m normally a girl for a sports bra and Soffee shorts combo when it’s over 90, I didn’t pack those. Working with what I did pack, however, brought me to this. I don’t currently have any high-waisted shorts because for some reason all the ones I’ve tried don’t leave anything to the imagination (including wedgie-removal — pass). So here I am in what I dubbed my “mom shorts.” Not like the mom jean style, but more like the fact that are a proper 4-inch hemline. They are also low-waisted, which I thought I would hate but I’m actually coming to like. I think they hit at a rather flattering part of the thigh, and being in the city and not on the beach, that’s a perk. I’ve also mostly been wearing t-shirts, so the low-waist hasn’t caused any unflattering muffin-top displays.

Something I have to be wary of in a city setting is footwear. I don’t like to opt for anything open-toed, as the thought of whatever is all over the city ground touching my feet makes me want to curl up in my boyfriend’s flat and not leave again. Therefore I’m wearing sneakers (trainers). My adidas don’t get too hot and they’re perfect if you’re like me and never tire of a city’s sights (or always need to hit 10,000 steps on your Fitbit). Even in 90 degree weather, I like to pop by places like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Getting awesome backgrounds for photos is just a bonus.

Another detail to this outfit is the bag. I’m usually lugging a ten pound tote around, especially when being a semi-tourist. How else can I carry a 1L water bottle, a map, my wallet, three lipsticks, and an umbrella JUST IN CASE? Well, I shelved those things (Alex carried the water) and got a little over-the-shoulder bag in my current favorite accent color: red. It has one main compartment that’s perfect for my oyster, bank cards, camera and other little things like lip balm or sunglasses. It doesn’t threaten the health of my back or whack anyone as I’m walking by.

On me:

Asos t-shirt | Hollister shorts | Primark bag | Free People sunnies

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Earn Your Stripes

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Happy last Monday, everyone! This is in fact my last Monday as an undergraduate here at UMass. In less than two weeks I’ll have graduated and be out on my own with nothing but an English degree, a young adult novel that isn’t stapled and a record of my best outfits. Well, not really. I’m moving back home for a bit to work and write, but you see my point. This week I’m bringing you what I’m dubbing Senior Chic. This outfit is super comfortable and look! it even comes with a sweatshirt. Basically, it’s perfect for everyone like me, who is pretty much all set with school for now, but doesn’t want everyone to know that. I love a good pair of tailored-looking trousers and these ones are light enough to work for these flip-flopping chilly-to-warm days. These Steve Madden beauties are a college student’s version of the Gucci loafers every blogging foot has been in since last fall. I think they’re a great affordable alternative and I’m surprised at just how good they turned out. (Note that they run a little small.) They fall into the same category that the basic loafers I wore a few weeks ago do: close-toed summer shoes. And as I embark on my last two days of class, all I can think about is all the plans I have for this blog coming up — stay tuned! x

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Uniqlo sweatshirt (similar) | Zara trousers (similar) | Steve Madden loafers

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Photography by J

In Bloom

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Welcome to Fake Monday, everyone. Even though today is Tuesday, UMass decided it’s a Monday: I have Monday classes and a Monday work schedule. To really hammer the idea home, my blog post is coming to you all today as well. Even though I really appreciated sitting in the eighty degree sun while sipping my mimosa on Sunday, I do still like the middle of the range weather we have today. It’s more spring. As long as the snow is gone for the year and I won’t get simultaneously blown away and frozen to death when walking by the library, I can wait for the very hot weather. Plus, I always enjoy a good layering piece: today it’s my new silk bomber. It’s light and cropped and the puffy sleeves give it dimension.  I didn’t know what I wanted to pair it with so I popped into Primark recently in search of a striped jumpsuit. Now, usually when I go into a store with a specific item in mind, it usually doesn’t materialize and I leave disappointed and wondering if I should have been a designer, or at least learnt to sew my own clothes. But not this time! This navy and white beauty was there for me and happened to fit perfectly.

It brings me to another point I wanted to touch on: the importance of mixing high street and designer pieces. This jumpsuit from Primark was $14, but my shoes are Michael Kors and ran around $200. While I don’t remembered exactly what I paid for them, I can tell you it was more than $14. I’ve had this jumpsuit for a few days and I’ve had these shoes for four years. They balance each other out perfectly. I firmly believe that this jumpsuit absolutely does not look cheap when paired correctly. Splurging every now and then on more expensive pieces that are versatile will help spruce up a wardrobe, and instead of making everything else pale in comparison, heightens the look of other pieces. Evidence above.

Fashion moves at an incredible pace these days and the availability of high street tempts us to want everything now, now, now. But taking the time, and money, to purchase higher quality pieces — even if it’s once a year or less — will help you create a more lasting wardrobe and crafted style.

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Primark jumpsuit | H&M bomber (similar) | Michael Kors shoes

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Photography by J