Saturday, December 31, 2016

On 2016

2016 was a whirlwind of a year. There was chaos, confusion, division, and inequality on a global scale. Every corner of the world struggled with the very fundamentals of human rights; a debate on who holds the privileges of freedom, safety, and self-expression, and who has been unjustly denied them. 2016 saw the election of Donald Trump, whose track record of misogyny, islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, and ableism frightens many, myself included. 2016 saw Aleppo burn, lives lost in cruel and senseless acts of violence, injustice for women, people of color, and other minority groups, a general lack of accountability, and the warmest year on record. 

Through the heartache, there was hope. I saw hope in communities coming together after devastating events. I saw hope in Michelle Obama who reminds us, "When they go low, we go high." I saw hope in Hillary Clinton, who carried her campaign from beginning to end with poise, respect, and strength. Her concession speech brought me to tears when she said, "Never stop believing fighting for what's right is worth it....And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion." I have hope that the future is female. I also saw hope in the power of the written word. I read countless articles in 2016 that so articulately captured feelings which are practically indescribable. I will link a few of these below. 

I have already packed my proverbial suitcase for 2017 with a sense of humor, unbreakable strength, and love that knows no bounds. It is so full it can barely shut, and I will carry it with me wherever I go. We have a long way to go moving forward, but I am prepared for the journey and hard work that lies ahead. 

Below, I've compiled the media that moved me, made me think, and made me laugh this year. Have a read, a watch, and a listen. 


"24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear" (Warning: Curves Ahead)







The Hunting Ground 

House of Cards

Parks and Recreation

The West Wing 

Stranger Things

The Office  


"Lemonade" - Beyonce

"Joanne" - Lady Gaga

"ANTI" - Rihanna 

"This Is Acting" - Sia 

"Views" - Drake

"I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it" - The 1975

Here's to a new year and new opportunity. Go get 'em. 


Thursday, December 29, 2016


Top: American Apparel (sold out, similar here) | Skirt: Free People | Shoes: Topshop (sold out, similar here) | Tights: ASOS (sold out, similar here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out) | Hat: Free People (sold out, similar here) | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack 

This look is one of my favorites of the year. It combines a few of my favorite fashion things: the color black, the color blue, my Greek fisherman hat, my Rebecca Minkoff mini bag, sock boots, fishnets, and big hoop earrings. It's the perfect outfit for a warmer winter day, which we've been having far too many of lately in New England. (Global warming, anyone?) Warm winter days should be an oxymoron, but I digress.

What I love most about this outfit is all the texture mixing happening. This Free People blue corduroy skirt is a unique piece with a cozy, luxe vibe. Corduroy has been everywhere this season. It reminds me of my childhood and, of course, the bear. I paired the skirt with fishnets to add pattern, interest, and edge. Sock boots are the finishing touch.

I went with a simple black turtleneck to keep it posh. I would say I wear turtlenecks too much, but there's no such thing! A fisherman hat caps off the look.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Retro Flare

Top: American Apparel | Jeans: H&M (sold out, similar here) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: MCM (vintage, similar here) | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack | Glasses: Warby Parker 

These flare jeans have become one of my favorite pieces to style. I love to up their retro vibe by pairing them with statement making tops and accessories. This off the shoulder choker top from American Apparel is a fun piece with a bit of drama. It's a shirt and necklace all in one! To keep the '70s alive in this look, I wore big gold hoops and carried my vintage MCM tambourine bag. My Warby Parker glasses complete the outfit. I'm all about retro inspired fashion. 


Friday, December 23, 2016

Red Coat

Coat: Kate Spade | Turtleneck: Uniqlo | Skirt: T.J.Maxx (similar here) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Kate Spade

I'm feeling like Miranda Priestly in this red Kate Spade coat. The Devil Wears Prada fashion icon would most definitely approve. The red is the perfect shade and the leopard faux fur collar adds extra glam. This coat can make any outfit fancy. I kept the clothes underneath all black to make the red pop. A red lip adds the finishing touch. My look is holiday ready.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Formal

Dress: thrifted (similar here) | Capelet: thrifted | Heels: ASOS | Earrings: Nadri (sold out, similar here)

The holiday season is in full swing. Christmas is just five days away and New Year's is right around the corner. If you are going someplace *fancy* or just want to dress up, this look may give you some inspiration. I wore my velvet gown and faux fur capelet to my school's Yule Ball last weekend. (Yes, my college is low-key Hogwarts.) I felt like getting all dressed up for the occasion, because how often can you wear a look like this? 

When it comes to winter formal wear, I'm all about velvet. It's luxurious and warm. I found my black velvet gown at Goodwill. I highly recommend scouring your local thrift store for a fancy find. What I love most about this dress is how classic it is. I feel like Audrey Hepburn in it. Black pointed toe heels, sparkly hoop earrings, red lipstick, and a capelet complete the outfit. I'm winter formal ready.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Bits of Style x Gifts and Glam

On Thursday, December 8th, The Prudential Center in Boston hosted their annual Gifts and Glam event. It's an evening of style, snacks, and sips. The Prudential Center Marketing Team was so kind as to extend an invite to me and my fellow Boston bloggers: Elissa (@style_wire), Emily (@stylecubby), Jess (@whatjesswore), Meredith (@thoughtfulwish), and Thu (@justtututiny). I hadn't seen them since the summer at Back Bay Night Out and it was lovely catching up. Be sure to check out their amazing Instas and blogs! Each of us received a goodie bag with gifts from Shinola, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Under Armour. We spent the night visiting their stores and learning about the brands. 

Our first stop was Shinola, an American-made watch company with Detroit beginnings. All of their products from watches to journals are manufactured right here in the United States, which is wonderful. Their store embodies timeless quality with a minimalist aesthetic. I had my journal monogrammed in-store to add a personalized touch. It was so neat being able to watch the process happen right before my eyes. If you're looking for a nice gift to give anyone on your list this holiday season, Shinola is the place to go. 

Our second stop was Polo Ralph Lauren. The store had a festive boutique feel and I felt like I had been transported to New York City during the holidays. Holly, garland, and snow white accents were in abundance. Their clothes were impeccable as well. I was inspired at every turn. Polo Ralph Lauren had pieces suited for any occasion, from work, to weekend, to a night out. Tailored blazers, luxe fabrics, and elegant dresses were all around. Clothes in shades of winter white, black, and earthy neutrals suited my taste to a T. I wanted every piece to be hanging in my closet. If you're looking for an outfit to wear to countless holiday parties, look no further than Polo. 

Our final store stop was Under Armour. I was surprised to learn their Boston location is a flagship store. The closest flagship store to Boston is stationed in New York City. The breathtaking, fit-tech paradise has only been open for about one month. The layout is modern and perfect for browsing. Wall splashes clearly say which section is which, so you know where to go if you're looking for yoga clothes, running, and so on. My favorite parts of the store are their social wall, green wall, and UAS section. The social wall displays Instagram posts in real time featuring the hashtag #UABoston. It extends from floor to ceiling. The green wall is located on the second floor of the space and features live plants that are watered by a special team every few days. I'd never seen anything like either of these two walls in a store before. It was very refreshing and added life and dimension to the space. Under Armour's UAS section features a curated selection of minimalist ready to wear pieces with an athleisure twist for men and women. If you're looking for workout wear, Under Armour should be your first stop.

A big thank you again to the Prudential Center Marketing Team for having me. Thank you to the representatives from Shinola, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Under Armour for taking the time to share the stories of your brands. It was a wonderful night. 

Happy holidays!


Friday, December 2, 2016

Classically Monochrome

Jacket: Zara (sold out, similar here) | Sweater: Lord & Taylor (sold out, similar here) | Shirt: H&M | Skirt: American Apparel | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Kate Spade | Watch: Daniel Wellington

It's no secret I love a monochrome outfit. The sweater + crisp white shirt + black tennis skirt + leather jacket comibation is my favorite look of all time. It's classically Coco Chanel and effortless. This look will take you anywhere: from class, to work, to a night out. Layering a white shirt underneath a cozy black sweater and topping it all off with a leather jacket adds extra warmth. Also, can we talk about how cute and festive Beacon Hill is looking right now?! There is nothing better than Boston during the height of the holiday season.