Last week I was lucky to participate in Legacy Place’s Girls Night Out fashion show to benefit The Ellie Fund. Two hundred women came out to enjoy a night of spring fashion, while raising money and awareness for the non-profit. I was paired with one of my go-to’s, J.Crew to “model” (LOL!) casual spring looks.
My first look was a little out of my comfort zone, mixing a very casual top in a color I wouldn’t normally choose, with a more refined bottom. These ruffled shorts are too cute – it’s hard to tell from the photos but the waist and pockets are lined with feminine ruffles. Half tuck a tee shirt, to dress down the look and have some fun playing up your accesories!
Merci Beaucoup Tee – $38
Ruffled shorts – $58
Flower charm bangle set – $38
Thick resin bangle – $19.50
Seville espadrille wedges – $128
The second look was much more my speed, perfect for a casual Friday at the office. I love the bold color combo of coral and navy, and these high waisted jeans fit perfectly. The elephant print brought in a playful element to this put together look.
Paisley tie-neck top – $78
Regent Blazer – $188
Lookout high waist jeans – $99
Seville espadrille wedges – $128
If you’re shopping at J.Crew Legacy Place ask for Tracy and Leah – they are the absolute best and will help you find something that makes you look fabulous!
An extra shout out to Blue Mercury for doing my makeup and Salon Capri for taming my locks!
For anyone who has been following along on my instagram, I just spent a week in my favorite city ever. Any guesses? No surprise here: London! Ever since I came home from studying abroad two years ago, the wanderlust has been real. The city of royals, tea and red buses has been occupying my mind so when my guy and I realized we had some free time, we hopped on the chance to hop across the pond again!
Besides the diverse culture and beautiful sights on almost every street, one of my favorite things about London is its unique sense of fashion. On one corner you’ll see a classic, elegant look featuring loafers and blazers. And on the other, you’ll see a blend of eclectic punk pieces (think vintage leather and Doc Martens). Regardless of individual style, Londoners pick their tried and true pieces and stick to them – their classic essentials. So when stepping out for some sightseeing, I wanted to put together a simple yet chic look.
Layering is key in London. One second, the sun will be shining down in full force and the next, clouds will be rolling in, giving London its stereotypical “gloomy” look. Even though we were heading to tourist spots, I wanted to pretend to blend in as much as possible. I tucked in a classic white button down into high rise jeans. I am totally obsessed with my PAIGE jeans, they’re so comfortable and easy to move around in – perfect for running around the city. I layered on a grey suede moto jacket to add an edge to my look (plus keep warm from London’s temperamental weather). With the menswear trend in full force, loafers are a closet staple and a timeless classic. I picked up this Nine West pair from Saks Off 5th and wore them the entire trip, dressed up and down! To tie together my look, I wrapped on a skinny silk scarf in a black and white pattern to keep my outfit neutral (a Brit’s favorite color scheme).
What’s a trip to London without a trip to see the big guy? Ben there done that.
J.Crew White Button Down – $69.50
PAIGE High Rise Skinnies – $209
BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket – $188
Nine West Leather Loafers – $49.99 (from $89!)
Anne Klein Silk Scarf (old), similar: Halogen Floral Silk Scarf – $29
Link to more loafers & scarves below (all under $60!):
Legacy Place announces its third annual Girls’ Night Out in support of local non-profit The Ellie Fund and its fight against breast cancer. Shayna Seymour, Emmy award-winning journalist, WCVB NewsCenter 5 Anchor and Chronicle Reporter and Producer, will be the evenings host.
Thursday, March 23rd
Showcase Cinema de Lux at Legacy Place
5:30pm to 7:30pm
In addition to supporting a worthy cause, guests of Girls’ Night Out will enjoy a runway fashion show featuring favorite Spring Collection looks from Anthropologie, Athleta, and J.Crew featuring yours truly and Boston Bloggers Kristen (The Boston Fashionista), Gabby (First and Warren), Elissa (Style Wire), Marta (Beauty Love Bliss), and Eliza (Kick it by Eliza!). SalonCapri will be demo’ing beauty techniques, Whole Foods Market will be on site with flower tutorials, and (my fave!) tarot card readings will be given.
Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place is located at 690 Legacy Place Dedham, MA 02026.
Hope to see you there!
2017 has been a refocus for me on all things wellness. From cutting out dairy (still trying to get to 100% dairy free) and switching to organic beauty products to more yoga, cardio and massages, I’ve been trying to take extra care of myself without feeling any guilt.
This Saturday, March 18th is Boston’s Day of W.E.L.L.ness, an opportunity to celebrate spring with a a day filled with wellness, from what we put ON our bodies to what we put IN our bodies to how we feed our minds and spirits. Join us for breakout sessions designed to give you accessible & actionable steps to enhance your life. We all want to live our healthiest, best life and our Day of W.E.L.L.ness will set the foundation. The day includes:
Wellness Breakout Sessions (topics including Ayurveda, Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness, Building a Wellness Business & More!)
Thirst Juice Co. DIY Breakfast Overnight Oats Bar With Superfood Toppings
Healthy Snacks, Organic Tea & Coffee to be enjoyed all day
Custom Tea Bar – Visit our Tea Bar to create your own organic tea blend to take home and enjoy
Curated Wellness Gift Bag
Support New England based companies like: True Moringa, Thorn & Bloom, AukaLife, and SaltyGirl Boutique.
Saturday, March 18th
8:15 – 6PM
Wyndham Beacon Hill (5 Blossom Street, Boston)
Hope to see you there in your yoga gear!
There’s no denying that blush has taken the (fashion) world and our closets by storm. The light, feminine hue pairs well with just about anything and everything in your closet. Meet Pantone’s subtle take on this season’s “it” color: Pale Dogwood. Think blush with a hint of grey – consider it your new go-to neutral.
Wedding season is right around the corner, you might show up the bride in this lace bell sleeve dress, with delicate detail. Pair with strappy nude heels to complete the look. Plus, at this price point (under $100) you can totally splurge on your bride’s registry.
I’ll take anything ruffled, please. A dressed-up take on the classic t-shirt: this ruffle tee is totally on-trend yet effortless. I also love this light, flowy peplum blouse. Pair with jeans for now or come warmer weather, high waisted denim shorts.
Looking for a more understated way to incorporate this hue into your wardrobe? Swap out your classic stud earrings for these fun, shiny mini tassel drop earrings. Or, for a bolder statement: try these mirrored cat-eye sunnies. Accessory game on point.
These Jeffrey Campbell ankle strap sandals will take you from a night out with your gals to a sunny Sunday brunch, mimosas included. On-the-go street style more of your thing? Opt for these pink suede slip-on sneakers.
1. Do and Be Lace Bell Sleeve Dress – $78
2. Soprano Ruffle Tee – $20 (from $35!) (Shauna bought this in both colors!)
3. Free People Wildcat Top – $58
4. BaubleBar Tassel Drop Earrings – $36
6. Jeffrey Campbell Lindsay Sandals – $104 (from $130!)
7. Steve Madden Gills Platform Slip-On Sneaker – $79.95
57 Boston Wharf Road (Right around the PWC building near by CHLOE)
A few more openings in the Seaport that are sure to please:
101 Seaport Avenue
SoulCycle Seaport features a 57-bike studio, in it’s 3,725 square foot studio.
Opening Monday, March 6, 2017
109 Seaport BoulevardThe fourth Boston-based Juice Press location opens next week with an expansive organic plant-based menu of juices, smoothies and grab n’ go foods. My favorite is the Green Clean Protein smoothie!
Another opening you have to grab all your girlfriends and plan a night out, or nights out, this time in Chestnut Hill:
The Pop-Up Makery is now open at The Street, from lessons in flower arranging to knitting to calligraphy and painting, classes are open to all levels and rang in price from $29-75. See the events calendar here.
Floral Arrangements with Alice’s Table: Learn how to make beautiful floral arrangements with your girlfriends. Class includes an apron, vase and all florals.
Painting with The Paint Bar: Pairing paint brushes with social soirees, The Paint Bar brings out the artist in everyone with step-by-step instruction for all ages. All include a canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, easels, and apron.
Calligraphy with Sip & Script: Learn hand lettering and modern calligraphy with two of Boston’s top calligraphers. Each class includes a calligraphy kit, writing material and note cards, plus instruction and demonstration.
Knitting with The Third Piece: Learn beginner knitting techniques from this innovative fashion brand creating luxury, hand-made knitwear. Instruction will include how to cast on, knit stitch and cast off, and students will leave with the makings of their very first scarf. All materials are included.
For Boston Ballet’s opening night of Artifact 2017, I knew I wanted to channel my inner ballerina so when I saw this pleated midi skirt, I immediately fell in love. This $30 skirt is the perfect blend of fun and feminine with it’s black and white stripes that lend itself easily to be worn so many different ways. Pair with a simple white button down, strappy sandals and a silk scarf for an elevated look. Or, for a more casual getup: a jean jacket over a striped tee.
Making my twirl-worthy skirt the focus of my look, I went with simple silk cami. Although Boston has been unseasonably warm (fingers crossed it stays), nights still call for a jacket. I layered on a light grey suede jacket and finished off my look with tassel lace-up heels. I love any and all lace-up shoes, they give your outfit an extra little something.
J.Crew Silk Carrie Cami – $98
SL8 Suede Moto Jacket – $99.99
Jessica Simpson Wraparound Pump – $97.95 (similar)
Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch – $95 (similar)
Be sure to check out Boston Ballet’s Artifact at the Opera House – showing until Sunday, March 5th. It’s dreamy, inspiring and totally brought me back to my dancer days. Visit bostonballet.org for tickets and twirl the night away.
A few more pleated midi skirt options, all under $75:
Spring is almost in the air with Pantone’s new colors. From earthy tones to bolder shades, Pantone’s Spring 2017 swatches can be worn as neutrals or a statement color all year round. Even though we’re already thinking/wishing ahead. We’re loving the earthy swatch Kale, superfood and super color.This hue easily transitions from winter to spring. Think swapping dark denim and booties for white jeans and embellished gladiators. If you’re in need of a late-winter wardrobe refresh, be sure to add this inspired-by-nature hue. Matcha green tea run? Throw on this faux leather jacket over a v-neck tee. So simple, yet so on trend. Go from the 9-5 grind to happy hour cocktails in this green ruffle-trim blouse, half tucked into your favorite skinny jeans with heels. This GAP piece is two trends in one: a midi silhouette + a kale-inspired hue. Consider this flowy skirt a go-to for weekend gatherings that’ll easily transition to spring. The lightweight and sweat-wicking fabric on these high-waisted crop leggings is breathable enough for that Saturday spin class and running errands around town after! Wrap on a printed scarf, the perfect accessory to help seamlessly transition your wardrobe from chunky knits to light layers. Plus, the tassel details are adorable. Add a pop of (nature-inspired) color with Banana Republic’s leather tote. This carry-all does double duty: work and weekend bag.
1. BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket – $59.50 (Was $98!)
2. J.Crew Drapey Ruffle-trim Top – $69.50
3. GAP A-line Midi Skirt – $59.95 (40% off with code TODAY)
5. Madewell Zigzag Tassel Scarf – $65
Shoulder and sleeve details are so hot right now and this chunky knit has the perfect ruffle shoulder detail, in the girliest shade of pink. I snagged this easy-to-wear Willow and Paige sweater for just $31, on ASOS.com and have been wearing it all season long. ASOS has an awesome selection of unique sweaters that are perfect for when your not feeling your tried and true basics from J.Crew. A little pop of color is the perfect way to brighten up a winter day.
I also can’t get enough of these Dogeared gold-dipped necklaces, worn together for a little extra something something.
Willow and Paige Ribbed Sweater with Shoulder Ruffle Sweater – $31 (from $53)
Joe’s Jeans The Twiggy – $189
Tory Burch Junction High Heel Booties – $237 (from $395)
A few more pink, sleeve detail sweaters:
Need a last minute dinner recommendation for you and your sweetheart or you and your squad for this weekend? We’ve got some ideas for you!
Enjoy a special prix fixe dinner menu for just $69 per person, but why limit the love to one day? The luxe Valentine’s Day menu will be served as a la carte specials through Sunday, February 19th, 2017. The Beehive will also be serving a lover’s weekend brunch on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, the 19th from 10AM to 3PM. The Beehive is located at 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Reservations: 617-423-0069.
Enjoy a special prix fixe dinner menu and live music for $58 per person. The luxe Valentine’s Day menu featuring à la carte specials will be served in addition to the regular menu through Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Beat Brassiere will also be serving a lover’s weekend brunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM. All week long guests can spice things up with Valentine’s Day drink specials and a selection of 36 small-crafted, high-quality American artisanal wines on tap that The Beat is known for. Reservations: 617-499-000, 113 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Heat things up at the table by choosing Rack of Lamb Lollipops with Framboise raspberry sauce and rosemary roasted potatoes or Baked Stuffed Lobster, a 3-pound lobster, scallops, spinach, bread crumbs, and a side of truffle mac n’ cheese. To end the night on a sweet note, seal the deal with the dessert known as Frozen in Time. Reservations: 617-337-0054. Pier 6 is located at One 8th Street, Charlestown, MA.
The following specials are available on Tuesday, from 5 to 10PM, in addition to their full menus.
Enjoy a la carte specials prepared by Chef de Cuisine Bob Krajewski including first course options like Parmentier of Jonah Crab with avocado, sesame tuile, baby radish and upland cress salad, and main course options that include Merlu Poele, pan roasted cod, basted with lemon and thyme, confit aux legumes de terre and sauce romesco. To view the full menu, click here. Reservations: 617-424-8577. Aquitaine is located at 569 Tremont Street, Boston MA, 02118.
A la carte selections for the first course include Alaskan Side-Striped Shrimp, lightly poached with Saffron aioli, grapefruit and celery, and entrées like Merluzzo Arrosto, roasted cod, celeriac puree, poached artichokes, new potatoes and garlic glassa. To view the full menu, click here. Reservations: 617-338-9500. Cinquecento is located at 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118.
Chef de Cuisine Curtis Healy prepares first course options that include Pan Seared Foie Gras with Seville orange, hazelnuts, sauternes honey and house made brioche, as well as main course selections like Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Brussel sprouts, cippolini onions, red kuri squash and foie gras emulsion. Reservations: 617-422-0224. To view the full menu, click here. Gaslight is located at 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA, 02118.
Chef de Cuisine Justin Winters presents an impressive menu that includes Roasted Clams, pan roasted Manilla clams, crispy pancetta and cured radish, as well as entrée selections that include Monkfish, white asparagus, caper berries and crispy speck. Click here to view the full menu. Reservations: 617-338-5300. La Motta’s is located at 1357 Washington Street, Boston MA, 02118.