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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

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.

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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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Photography by Alex Ribbits