The South Shore Plaza recently hosted a special fall fashion event: Fashion Gives Back to benefit the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We so often take for granted just how much the little things mean and this incredible organization brings support, and more importantly friendship, to all of its patients and their family members. The fashion-fueled fundraiser not only showcased the latest trends from retailers but it brought to light the impact of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Looking to get involved? Learn more here.
Some key pieces caught my eye, that you can mix and match all season long. First, a classic hat. Not only will it keep you warm, this accessory is perfect for completing your look. (Never mind, that it can hide those bad hair days, or day three in-between washings!)
I’m especially crushing over Banana Republic’s fall assortment. I love the ease of a simple poncho, the perfect throw-on-and-go topper while still making you look put together. My go-to outfit right now is a poncho over leggings: so easy and so comfortable. This season, over the knee boots are everywhere. Create a flirty look by wearing these with a skirt and exposing just a little thigh, or throw them on over skinny jeans, the more stretchy the pair, the easier it will be to create a streamlined silhouette.
A classic staple for all men, especially come fall, is a plaid blazer. Pair with dress pants for a sharp, “ready to tackle that big meeting” look or with dark jeans for a more laidback vibe. Your guy is sure to win best dressed with this preppy piece. Between the plaid poncho + blazer combo, date night styling = mastered.
And I can’t get away without mentioning (read: lusting over) COACH’s new collection. Shauna can’t either! You’ve got to appreciate the handcrafted details, with rich textures and colors.
Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora: $195
Nordstrom Peter Millar Flynn Classic Wool Sports Coat: $695
Banana Republic Plaid Poncho: $98 (Currently 40% off!)
Nordstrom Dune London Sibyl Over the Knee Boot: $295
COACH Tea Rose Applique Crossbody: $895
Shop my favorite pieces from South Shore Plaza stores:
Photo credit: Russ Mezikofsky Photography
This little blog of mine has taken on a life of it’s own and I’m so thankful that my hobby has allowed me to meet and collaborate with so many wonderful people. Thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who keep coming back to see what I’m up to, get a major dose of sass and a side of style inspiration. I’ve enlisted help from someone who’s just as smart as she is stylish, meet Natasha. Tash will be providing honest reviews, coverage from local Boston events and much more style inspiration. Last week, she filled in for me at the first-ever New England Revolution beer tasting.
Game day outings call for easy (yet warm) toppers. I consider a tan trench coat an absolute must-have, you’ll always look put together, even if you’re just in jeans and tee, or in this case a chunky sweater. Pair that comfy sweater with dark, skinny denim to create some balance. By going neutral with your basics you can have some fun, playing up team colors with your accessories. I’m currently crushing so hard on these fringe booties. They’re so fun and I’ve been able to style them with almost all of my fall outfits. The tassels scream western chic + rocker chick. Plus, they’re super comfy – a real game changer!
London Fog Double Breasted Trench Coat – $178
Free People Arctic Fox Swing Sweater – $96
Gap Brushed Back Legging Jeans – $69
Marc by Marc Jacobs Gotham Tote – $495
Vince Camuto Fianna Tassel Bootie – $158
And, of course, be sure to throw on some team gear.
Next time you’re at Gillette, be sure to grab your gal pals and skip the parking lot party and head right to the DraftKings Lounge at Gillette Stadium where you’ll get to enjoy a variety of brews – from IPA to pumpkin. I got the chance to sample six selections, Stella Cidre was my personal fave!
The Revs had quite the fan base – even in the rain! Fall + sports are the best New England has to offer but maybe I’m just biased.
With the change of seasons, I’ve switched over to dark accessories and rich lip colors. Perfect for fall, my new Cora watch by JORD wood watch is the perfect pop of color, just the right shade of rich purple. The purpleheart wood is paired with a mother of pearl face and accented with swarovski crystal markers. This piece is quickly becoming my go-to accessory and, yes, I actually check the time on my wrist and not on my phone, it’s too pretty not to!
Banana Republic Ruffle Trim Blouse – $59 (now with an extra 40% off)
JORD Cora Purpleheart & Mother of Pearl Watch (c/o) – $275
Clinique Pop in Berry – $18.50
Celine Cabas Phantom Tote – $1,800 (pre-owned from The Real Real)
PS – These photos are thanks to the talented Nick Cosky Photography & sponsored by:
This Thursday: a global Girls Night Out, held locally at the brand new New Balance Global Flagship Store at Boston Landing at 6PM. Join for a Kick It! By Eliza class hosted by New Balance fitness ambassador Eliza Shirazi or a FUSION Fun Run followed by clean cocktails, healthy hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and more. Register.
Next Wednesday: learn how to calm anxieties, let go of all unnecessary stress, release old patterns of stuck negative energy and replace these patterns with love, joy, happiness and a greater overall sense of peace with Qi. New to this mindful practice? No problem, renowned acupuncturist and energy healer, Laura Corrigan,will take you through it from 6-7:30PM. RSVP. This event is part of the marlo marketing health and wellness series.
Anytime: Tier X, now offered at Equinox’s Dartmouth and Franklin Street locations, is available for members looking to optimize their health and performance. Think of this program as “High Performance Lifestyle Management”, the next evolution of personal training, designed individually to balance your movement, nutrition and regeneration needs with your lifestyle goals.
The first two weeks of September ALWAYS fly by. Labor day quickly comes and goes, and the next week of work seems so crazy with the back-to-school hustle and bustle (read: traffic) and those last few weekends wishing summer wouldn’t go away. One thing that always eases the transition between seasons is the fall fashion update. Time to re-imagine last years wardrobe and toss (or poshmark!) what won’t work this season and then fill in the gaps with new favorites. One of the easiest things to refresh in your closest for fall 2016, are your accessories.
I got some help from Coach’s new fall arrivals, with a charmingly petite, handcrafted carryall. The classically shaped bag, with a long strap for hands-free wear, has delicately placed die-cut, hand-painted butterflies fluttering across the front for a feminine touch to a season that’s always more focused on bringing menswear back.
Celine Round Sunglasses – $279
Loren Hope Abba Earrings in Fuchsia – $78
Banana Republic Tiered Ruffle Top (similar)- $58
Coach Butterfly Applique Swagger 21 in Glovetanned Leather – $495 (c/o)
DVF Madrid Suede Platform Pump (similar) – $378
A few more favorites from the new collection:
Donuts are love, that’s Kane’s motto and you can taste it in every bite. Upon walking into their Saugus location (the original of two) the smell of sugary goodness completely intoxicates you. I got to sit and chat with Maria Delios, the passionate owner and donut extraordinaire, while we sipped coffee and discussed her world.
Since 1955, Kane’s has been creating (and I mean creating, they have over 250 different donuts rotating in and out of the menu) donuts from scratch using the finest, and mostly locally-sourced ingredients, fresh each day. When I brought up the recent donuts comeback, Maria laughed and let me know that in her world, there never was a down time. Lines spread out the door every morning with her regulars and customers that come from far and away to get a taste of Kane’s creations.
Most recently, Kane’s is expanding a relationship with Teddie Peanut Butter, another locally-based favorite. While Kane’s was already using the pb in some of their donuts, they wanted to partner in a bigger, more special way.
The two North Shore native companies have come together to create:
Teddie PB&J donut – this creation begins with a classic Kane’s black raspberry jelly filled donut, with a thick layer of ooey-gooey Teddie peanut butter and topped with a dollop of jelly.
Chocolate Teddie Peanut Butter Glazed donut – Kane’s mixed their famous honey glaze with Teddie peanut butter and drizzled it over a traditional chocolate cake donut.
Peanut Butter Cup donut – This one starts with brioche dough topped with swiss milk chocolate frosting with Teddie pb swirl, whipped cream and Reese’s cup.
Also available through August 31st, a Key Lime Pie donut with toasted graham cracker topping, a Ginger Pear Fritter donut that uses bartlett pears, ground ginger and organic local honey and, last but not least, a special Gluten-Free Butter Crunch donut, all pictured above.
Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts (Boston)
Two International Place, 90 Oliver Street
Kane’s Donuts (Saugus)
120 Lincoln Avenue
Shop and sweat! Legacy Place’s Summer Series fitness series runs through Thursday, August 25th. There’s still time to enjoy complimentary sweat sessions:
Thursday, August 4: Boot Camp
5:30 – 6:30PM in The Gardens
Fitness class with Athena Concannon, creator of Achieve with Athena
Thursday, August 11: Yoga
5:30 – 6:30PM in The Gardens
Yoga class led by Stil Studio
Thursday, August 18: Kick It
5:30 – 6:30PM in The Gardens
Fitness class with Jackie, certified Kick It Instructor
Taking this Asos mini off the shoulder dress from day to night is as easy as one, two, three. Add some height with wedges and some color with your accessories. I’m loving this oversized clutch not only for it’s tassel and embroidered details, but because the size is perfect for all of your essentials and a pair of late night to-the-rescue flip flops. A complementary Sisco Berluti stack of pinks, gold and purple is a fun way to pop more color into your look, and you can mix and match these to your hearts desire. Not pictured, but would be remiss to add, after accessorizing have some more fun with your lip color and add a half up messy bun for good measure.
Celine Audrey Sunglasses – $289 (from $480)
Asos Mini Off The Shoulder Dress – $25
Vineyard Vines Medallion Embroidered Clutch – $59 (From $99)
J.Crew Slingback Wedges – $59.50 (From $118)
All photos are credit to my very talented friend Laura Saur of LCSStudio.com.
It’s official. I found the most perfect, easy to wear, off the shoulder, little black dress AND, even better: it’s only $25. No, thats not a typo, so you might as well treat yourself to one in every color. I bought it in black and red, just for good measure, and because I felt like I absolutely had to at this price! For the first look in this two part, one dress two ways series, I dressed down the LBD for an easy, breezy day look, perfect for afternoon shopping, exploring and lunch with girlfriends. Pairing the dress with all black accessories, keeps the look simple but chic. An oversized tote is perfect for daytime adventures, and if you aren’t 110% committed to the gladiator/lace up sandal trend, these Splendid sandals are a perfect mix!
ASOS Off The Shoulder Mini Dress – $25
J.Crew Long Pendant Crystal Necklace – $15 (from $40)
Splendid Camdyn Criss Cross Sandals – $53 (from $108)
Celine Audrey Sunglasses – $289 (from $480, I actually scored mine locally at Covet in South Boston!)
Celine Medium Cabas Tote – $2,250 (The new version has TASSELS!)
Have you been over to Chestnut Hill Square recently? If not, you’re missing out. The shopping center is growing, most recently with the addition of European Wax Center (first-time guests can get a free wax with this pass!) and Soul Cycle, the most upbeat way to get your sweat on. We visited last week to preview the new summer menu at Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar, and to explore the shopping center.
Nothing screams summer like light, yet filling dishes and bold fruity drinks. Our starters, lobster and steak flatbreads, were complimented by their new summer drink: Peach Bourbon Smash, which was just as refreshing as it sounds. Next came a watermelon salad with feta, tomatoes, onions and a light vinaigrette glaze. I’m usually not a fan of mixing my fruits and veggies but the salad was so light and so, so tasty. Fresh, local salmon with risotto and asparagus was next on the list. We completed our night with mini desert cups, I couldn’t resist the key lime pie! The portions we’re just enough for an after meal treat without feeling guilty. Season 52’s hip ambiance, creative menu and fresh ingredients we’re a huge hit.
We couldn’t leave the shops without stopping in at Athleta where we got to obsess over their new collection. Mix and match all season long with versatile tops and patterned crops. I love that Athleta boasts athletic wear + lifestyle pieces, truly making it a go-to for athleisure. I’m currently crushing on: this tank top. It’s so flowy and lightweight, which makes it perfect for any workout. Plus, the array of colors match just about anything. The Daytrip dress is also perfect for post-spin dinner wear. Next on my wish list: these bold, colorful crops. A must for on-the-go weekends from classes to errands.
Chestnut Hill Square is home to retailers Anthropologie and Free People. In addition to service providers like European Wax Center and Soul Cycle, you can also book yourself a blow out at drybar while you’re there. Get fit, pamper yourself, shop and dine all in one spot.