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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

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.

Shop:

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

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

Shop:

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

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Bigger and Better

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It’s a very chilly Monday here at UMass, so I’ve opted for the largest sweater I own and knee boots. Despite this H&M sweater’s tendency to shed like my rabbit it is incredibly warm and soft (also like my rabbit). The turtleneck option also makes it an instant win, as do the pockets – how often do your sweaters have pockets? Anyway, don’t fear the winter if you have something this warm and chic. Here’s a similar one from H&M and another at Forever 21 and a similar pair of boots from Zara (you can find a cheaper pair at Forever 21 ).