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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.

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

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24 Hours in New York

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Friends and fellow English majors Emma and Bailey

Today’s post is a little different because I wanted to dedicate it to my very quick trip to New York City. I was there for an English majors career roundtable with some UMass alum. We got to sit down with half a dozen UMass graduates and hear them talk about what they’ve done with their English degrees, and no, none of them were teachers. The event was extremely insightful and all participants were engaging and enthusiastic. Even though I had a mild I’m-just-a-kid crisis, it was good to see people doing real things in the big, bad world in the biggest and baddest city.

Because I was only there for effectively 24 hours, I dressed pretty minimalistic, opting for pieces I knew would all work well together. New York was pretty gray and rainy the entire time and I felt I flew somewhat under the radar in a black drawstring-sleeved crew neck and jeans. I hate looking like a tourist. In the two days we were there we walked about 25,000 steps, so my Adidas and my chelsea boots were must-haves. From having lunch outside the Flatiron, to wandering the Met, we — my two friends and I — managed to pack a ton into a short amount of time and I was grateful for chic walking shoes. We even got to visit By Chloe, a vegan restaurant I’d wanted to try. I was exhausted by the next day and I loved it. Before I knew it we were running to catch our bus and heading back to campus and to all the deadlines I’d been avoiding. x

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Winter Warm-Up

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Hello everyone! Have you been sticking to your new year’s resolutions? No? Well, you’ll want to kick up that resolution to work out more – mostly because of all the cute stuff that a lot of brands are coming out with in the fitness department. That’s why I thought I’d share a wintry workout look. I haven’t yet worked out in these track leggings from Hollister, but I’m really excited because they are really comfortable and very pretty! They give me motivation, especially considering my last semester of my undergrad starts a week from today! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by and how amazing it has been. From creative writing at Trinity College, to class field trips to the Louvre, to working as a tutor at the Writing Center, I’ve had an amazing time. I definitely want to make the most of this last leg of the journey, and hopefully you’ll all follow along with me.

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Hollister leggings | Hollister top | Zara vest

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Black Friday Haul | London Part 1

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Happy Tuesday, everyone and welcome back from Thanksgiving break! I hope you all had a lovely rest and overate gloriously. I myself was in London for the week to visit my boyfriend so my Thanksgiving day meal included fish and chips from a pub along the English coast. Throughout the week I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, visited Oxford and did just a little Black Friday shopping. My obsession with ruffle shirts was pretty pronounced during the day as I purchased two different ones – including the one you see here – while wearing another ruffle shirt. The outfit I’m showing you today is mostly from my Topshop haul. I love pairing this ruffle shirt with these high-waisted mom jeans because it balances casual and put-together – my favorite combo. I also love the homage to vintage Levi’s these jeans are making. They are definitely a new favorite of mine.

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Topshop blouse (still on sale!) | Topshop jeans |  Hollister coat 

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Halloweekend

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you all had great weekends and are still alive for the actual day of Halloween. I had a lot ton of fun this weekend, mostly due to my friends and my awesome purple faux fur coat. The first night, if you didn’t know, I was Chanel from Fox’s Scream Queens. The second night, my friends and I were the now pretty typical aliens, only we went for intergalactic instead of silver and green. I have to say the antennae were pretty fun, even if it startled us every now and then when one would clunk us on the head (those were homemade). Instead of going out the second night, we decided to bake brownies and watch halloween specials of The Office and my personal favorite That 70’s Show. I prefer funny to scary.

SO if you’re a traditionalist, today is the day to buy yourself a mixed bag of fun size candy, eat the whole thing, and fall asleep in front of Hocus Pocus. And that, I think, is the true beauty of Halloween.

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H&M faux fur coat (similar) | Amazon leggings

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Into the Woods

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Happy Monday, everyone. This post is coming a bit later because I wanted time to write it, and before my last midterm just wasn’t very good timing. BUT I have finished all three midterms now and I can turn my attention back to writing my manuscript and, of course, blogging. I had a lot of fun out at Puffer’s Pond shooting a really classic fall look. As rainy as it was the night before (while I was traipsing through a corn maze in the dark), it progressed to sunny and windy after. This faux fur vest was the perfect layer to combat the chill and I opted for a shorter boot and higher heel, which perfectly contrasted the mini hike I had to take to get to this spot (we even took a short cut).

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Zara vest (similar) | Hollister bodysuit | Zara boots (similar) | Free People sunnies

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The Autumn Sailor

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Happy Monday, everyone! It’s very gray out today, so why not add some bright red? Especially since everyone on campus will be particularly bleary-eyed after our Homecoming Weekend festivities, I thought I’d walking around looking like a police siren. I myself barely made it past 8p.m. on Saturday and went to bed completely exhausted. This outfit was really fun and I loved putting it together. These heels were a summer sale snag that I got in late August. They won’t get too much wear considering I walk about 5 miles a day (and most often at a sort of “I’m late” half-jogging pace) but they worked so well for today’s outfit I thought I’d give them a shot. The blue and white striped shirt I’m wearing however, is a basic oversized Oxford shirt that I wanted to make more interesting. Therefor I wore it as a strapless shirt by unbuttoning it and shimmying out of it just a little bit. Tying the sleeves in the front added a lot of dimension and I thought it worked quite well (getting red lipstick on it after the shoot is another story).

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Hollister shirt | Nasty Gal heels | Zara jeans (similar) 

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