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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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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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Tights Alternative | London Part 2

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My cameraman, Alex! 😉

Happy Monday, everyone! On a quick side note, it’s snowing here right now and it’s really exciting – starting to feel very christmassy. It makes me think the semester should be over, but alas, I still have two papers and a thesis to write. No big deal, right? Sure. Anyway, here’s the second part to my London trip: Oxford! (Yes, I’m aware it’s not in London but I traveled to primarily London so it falls under that category.) I dragged Alex there once again to go to the Grand Cafe for tea and to New College to see the set where they filmed Draco Malfoy getting turned into a ferret (recognize it?). I was really excited to shoot today’s look there. It’s a look I’ve really fallen in love with: dresses over JEANS. Yes, jeans. Hear me out. I tend to really HATE tights so I like this alternative for dresses in colder weather. I think it’s a more mature and chic way to wear dresses and I get to avoid how itchy and, well, tight, tights are. Give it a try this week with a dress you love.

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Abercrombie and Fitch dress 

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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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Danish Layers

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Happy Monday, loves! After my plane was delayed and had to be “de-iced” I finally made it  back to my home in Paris. As you can see I was in Denmark this weekend! It was really an amazing opportunity, so a big thanks to my wonderful friend Catie for inviting me. I did this post a little differently this week, because I realized there was so much more I wanted to share with everyone. I also went to two different locations in Denmark and wanted to place the shoot in both – so there you go! I stayed in Copenhagen but visited Hamlet’s Castle Kronborg in Elsinore (Helsingør), which was right on the Kattegat (Cat Gut) Strait, between both the North and Baltic Seas – we could even see Sweden across the water. It was so beautiful I couldn’t pass it up. The second location is in the very heart of Copenhagen, and it’s a pretty famous spot too. It’s called Nyhavn or New Harbor.

SO, to fashion! As I was going to be in Denmark and as I knew Scandinavian countries tend to be pretty chilly there was only one thing for it: LAYERS. Although we got lucky and the day we shot this was absolutely beautiful (sunny and 40’s), it was still a good idea to dress smart. To do this I paired a gray turtleneck with a fisherman knit oversized sweater. I wanted to clean it up a bit so I wore cropped black suit trousers. I really love this look and it works on any chilly day. The oversized sweater especially has been a godsend while in Paris.

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Boohoo Sweater Hollister Turtleneck H&M Trousers

All photography done by Catherine Raissipour.