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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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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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Spring Fish

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Happy Monday! It’s finally a morning where it’s feeling like spring. This oversized striped shirt is the perfect pick for an airy spring day. The colors are light and bright and fit right in with the weather. They are contrasted really well with the black overalls, making the colors all the more vibrant. I like the look of an oversized shirt/top tucked into the overalls because it looks effortless, trois fois rien. The backless loafers are also a great pick for spring because they are a good shoe for being out and about in, without feeling like your poor feet will get gross and dirty or look too informal.

 

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Zara shirt | Boohoo overalls | H&M loafers 

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Denim On Duty

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Happy Monday, everyone! Even though it’s quite dark and gray out (where’s the good spring weather??) I decided to bring you all some florals. This embroidered denim jacket, or any denim jacket, is the perfect transition piece for spring. It packs a punch with a retro-vibe and a casual feel. The one I have here is faux-sherpa lined, which is really helping me out as we don’t seem to be capable of letting go of winter yet (it snowed three days ago). The funny thing about a denim jacket too is that, if you’re like me, it’ll force you to wear something besides blue jeans for your bottoms. I did cheat a little, and still opted for double-denim, but my jeans here are gray (shh, don’t tell).

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Topshop jacket (similar) | Topshop jeans | Zara t-shirt (similar)

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Late for My 9am

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Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re all on time today 😉 The theme of today’s post is, well, being late. You know those morning where nothing goes right and you didn’t get enough sleep and you’re drinking bad coffee by the gallon just to stay alive? Yeah, we’ve all had them and especially in the winter when the weather is not in our favor. This is why I wanted to share this look with you all today. The velvet track suit is a great bed-to-class outfit that can be worn as pajamas, a day outfit, or both (no one has to know). I threw on a leather coat to sharpen it up, and a scarf to stay warm. The point is, on those days where you just want to crawl back into bed, take a little chic comfort with you and trust me, it’ll make you feel better.

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Missguided track suit | H&M jacket 

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Spring Semester | Home Stretch

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Happy Monday and happy star to the semester! (If you are, in fact, in college and happen to, in fact, start today.) I only had two classes today and while they were both entirely in German, the day went pretty well. It’s sad that I won’t be taking anymore French classes, but I’m excited to throw some more effort into German! It flurried on and off all day which is pretty typical behavior for this area in January. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have something more significant on the way. Even though it gets pretty cold I still like to serve looks when I can (I love that phrase). This one is really fun because while the majority of the outfit is gray, the pops of pink make it more me. I’m obsessed with these Steve Madden boots that I got from my mom for Christmas . Velvet boots have quickly become a staple and I love blush pinks so this combo was perfect! Basically, the outfit is cozy and fun. These are gray days, so my advice is the copy the weather but raise the bar. Much more rewarding.

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H&M sweater | Topshop jeans | Steve Madden boots

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Stars and Snow

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I decided this week to face the ever-present conundrum of New England winters. It’s the time of year where we pile on the most layers, and end up covering any sartorial success with numerous fleece jackets, hats, scarves and leggings, waddling down the sidewalk like a lost penguin. We are then faced with the question: do I even bother trying to do anything with fashion if it means sacrificing fingers and toes to frostbite? Well, with this look I ran straight into the cold of the Boston harbor and managed to stay warm. My main player was this H&M faux fur jacket. It’s a bit heavier than other coats I have but it makes up for it in warmth and style. I then accented my gray jeans with other gray pieces to tie it together, ending of course, with my star print boots. Where others dull in the winter, I strive to go just a bit shinier (and you should, too). The trick is to have a coat that is both functional and stylish. While knee-length puffer coats are warm, they tend to have the penguin effect. Conversely, biker jackets are always chic, but tend to offer nothing in terms of warmth. We must therefore strive to find our puffer-biker and walk confidently through snow, sleet and wind, knowing we look great and will arrive at our destination with all limbs intact.

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H&M jacket | Topshop jeans | Boohoo boots

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