I’ve been crushing on faux fur this season, ever since the emergence of the Teddy Bear Jacket. J.Crew put out their version of the teddy bear jacket, but at $248, I think it’s too much to spend on a fashion coat. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite faux fur jackets, all under $100 (where I draw the line), except one version, that I couldn’t help but to include. I recently tried it on in-store and the quality and fit were spot on. Now if it would just go on sale! This shearling jacket didn’t make the round up below, because there are limited sizes but it’s darling, so snag it up if they have your size available.
1. Swing Crop Faux Fur Jacket – $89
2. Plus Faux Fur Satin Lined Jacket – $88
4. Soft Round Neck Faux Fur Jacket – $35 (marked down from $65!)
5. Mid-Length Cream Faux Fur Jacket – $49
6. Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket – $119
I’ve found the coziest sweater. Seriously guys, its the softest thing I have ever put on, it feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket (without looking like a slob, ha!). Tis the season for cozy layers and this neutral cardigan is perfect for all of your fall and winter adventures.
Last weekend, we visited the most charming town in southern Vermont, Dorset. It’s old white homes and businesses were ever so perfectly decorated with what seemed like endless pumpkins, gourds, and haystacks. We stayed at the Barrows House Inn and spent all day Saturday exploring in and around picturesque Dorset. We went completely off the grid, enjoying lunch outside at cutest bakery, Dorset Rising, hiked around the oldest marble quarry in the country and drove around the most scenic roads you could imagine- it felt like we were driving through a post card.
For our leaf peeping adventure I paired the coziest sweater with a wrap bodysuit, jeans and chelsea boots. Throw on some colorful accessories, I have been loving shades of red lately and wah-la, you’re good to explore!
Dreamers Open Cardigan – $49 (c/o The Paper Store)
Buffalo Plaid Scarf – $38
Wrap bodysuit – $19
Tory Burch Ankle Boots (linked similar) – $398
There’s nothing worse than getting dressed for work in the AM (half asleep) and running out the door with a coffee in one hand, only to realize how uncomfortable you are in your clothes. The dreaded feeling of, “is it time to go home yet so I can change into yoga pants?” has happened to me more times than I can count. Every gal’s dream? Comfy professional work clothes. Enter: Ministry of Supply.
Ministry of Supply’s clothing is designed with movement and comfort in mind. Think stretchy yet fitted, soft fabrics and modern silhouettes, performance meets professional. The last thing you should have to worry about at work, is how you look and how that makes you feel.
You guys know how much of a minimalist I am. Plain colors and pieces I can wear over and over fill my closet. When I saw this Luxe Touch Tee I knew I had to have it, it’s so soft and lightweight-made of fibers that are finer than cotton and softer than silk. Because it’s so casual this tee will definitely be making an appearance on the weekends, too. Front tuck it and pop on a blazer or long cardigan for an easy transition to work. Bonus: it’s wrinkle free!
Do you ever get that mid-day bagginess when it comes to dress pants? You walked out the door with pants that fit like a glove and come lunchtime, your pants look (and feel) two-sizes-too-big. These Skinny Leg Pants have just the right amount of stretch so they maintain their shape all day long. These pants are a serious life saver: they’re comfortable enough to commute in and polished enough to take you to that impromptu meeting. And this navy blue color is so on trend this fall.
Shop My Look:
Luxe Touch Tee – $50 c/o Ministry of Supply
Structure Your Day Skinny Leg Pant – $105 c/o Ministry of Supply
Sam Edelman d’Orsay Pumps – $120
Use promo code likesopretty17 at checkout for 15% off your order on ministryofsupply.com! Your work wardrobe will definitely thank you.
Fall in New England is unlike anything else and can easily make you forget about impending winter. One of my favorite things to do is take an easy fall foliage road trip in Massachusetts. Luckily, the Mohawk Trail isn’t too far away and you can make a whole day of leaf peeping and site seeing on this two hour drive. Part of Route 2 and 2A, the 69 mile trail runs from Athol to Williamstown, the very last town in Massachusetts before New York. The best way to tackle the trail? Road trip style. Just get in your car and drive along this gorgeous road. You’ll see so many adorable farm stands, lookout areas and picture-perfect spots.
Here’s a list of must-see places along the Mohawk Trail for the ultimate easy fall foliage road trip in Massachusetts:
The Hairpin Turn – We started our road trip at the end of the trail and worked our way backwards, making stops along the way. As you near the end of the trail, you’ll approach the hairpin turn, a 180 degree turn that takes you down towards one of the last towns in Massachusetts, North Adams. From the hairpin turn, there’s a lookout spot to take in the panoramic views. For miles and miles, you can see rolling hills spotted with colorful trees. Take a peek through the lookout lens and see teeny, tiny houses sprawled below.
Shelburne Falls – Shelburne Falls is one of my favorite stops along the Mohawk Trail. It’s such a charming, sleepy little town. Its downtown is home to cafes with fresh, homemade eats, antique shops with their vintage goodies spilling out on the sidewalks and galleries and bookshops. It seriously looks (and feels) like something straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. If you’re stopping around lunch or dinner time, be sure to check out the West End Pub. It’s located right on the water and overlooks the colorful and gorgeous Bridge of Flowers. Also, the falafel is delish.
Bridge of Flowers – Flower lovers rejoice. The Bridge of Flowers is the focal point of downtown Shelburne Falls. The bridge is lined with greenery and florals, overlooking the water. Dahlia season is in full effect here, try to control yourself from picking these beautiful blooms.
Mohawk Trail State Forest – As you’re making your way down the Mohawk Trail, your drive will start to climb up. Once you hit Charlemont, the trail will start to wind and turn. The road is lined with autumn-hued trees hanging over the road, creating a beautiful canopy. On one side, you’ll see a river running. If you’re feeling adventurous (or just want to take in the fresh air), stop off to the side and take it all in. The air feels so crisp and the river is calming. If you’re looking to get in touch with your nature side, this part of the trail is it.
Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge – This little abandoned bridge is off the beaten path. To me, it seems so quintessentially New England in the fall. It’s the perfect road trip photo op.
The perfect fall road trip uniform? Keep it simple and cozy, since you’ll be in and out of the car exploring all day. I paired my fave white v-neck tee (less than $10!) with a long, camel cardigan. My cardi is a go-to from last year, I’ve linked a few similar options here, here and here. These Hudson jeans are seriously so soft and feel like leggings, and the high waist gives them a little something special. The right shoes can take you any where and for this trip crisp white Adidas sneakers were a must.
Shop my look:
J.Crew Factory V-neck Tee – $9.50 (from $19.50!)
Long Cardigan (similar, plus comes in a few colors) – $79
Hudson Jeans – $195
Adidas Sneakers – $50 (from $65!)
Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody – $295
Where are your favorite places to view fall foliage? Happy leaf peeping!
1. Mark and Graham Daily Leather Tote $199 | 2. Sole Society Statement Earrings $20| 3. Sole Society Slip-on Bootie $89| 4. J.Crew Gingham One-shoulder Blouse $49| 5. ASOS Frill Shirt $29| 6. French Connection Ladder Jumper $69| 7. J.Crew Rollneck Sweater $69| 8. French Connection Bell Sleeve Top $78| 9. J.Crew Crop Pants $79| 10. New Balance 96 Sneaker $99
No one wants to use that drab computer bag that comes with your laptop, but why are cute options so hard to find? This navy option from Mark and Graham fits most standard laptop sizes, comes in pebbled leather and it can be monogramed! I’m going to get one with my soon-to-be initials.
Bold earrings can change your look dramatically. Dress up a plain tee and jeans or go all in on glam with these statement earrings and a sheath dress.
Nothing says fall like new boots. To freshen up your footwear try an unexpected color, like these suede and leather Sole Society Natasha booties in washed navy.
I love this frill shirt from ASOS (less than $30!) I’m also loving these dressier options: a bell sleeve tee (now 50% off) or this ruffle front blouse. Another on-trend option is this front wrap round & tie blouse with scallop detailing – perfect for date night or when you’re feeling extra girly. Another trend I’m loving, combining statement sleeves with a nod to nautical in this bell-sleeved navy stripe top.
Once it starts to cool down, I basically live in sweaters. This French Connection ladder-detail jumper is a good transition (and talking) piece. A must-have essential for fall and beyond is this J.Crew knit. I love how it combines the classic, chunky look with the modern slim fit. If you’re looking to splurge on a sweater, this French Connection fluted sleeve sweater is so gorgeous. I would seriously never take it off, ever.
Incorporate this fall color story into your every day work wear in move-with-you crop pants. J.Crew redefines “work pants” as comfy, flattering and you’ll want to wear beyond 9-5. For a more on-the-go look, I’m crushing on these casual joggers. I practically live in joggers come the weekend.
I’ve recently become quite the sneakerhead (aka definitely hopped on the sneaker-trend bandwagon). I love this suede, navy New Balance pair. I already own two pairs of New Balance sneakers and definitely plan on adding more to my collection. They’re seriously so comfy and I love how they look with a simple t-shirt + ripped denim or joggers for running around!
Which navy peony picks caught your eye and will be making an appearance in your fall wardrobe?
S & T
There are some amazing Boston wellness and fitness events coming up around the city and beyond. From yoga to bootcamp, grab some friends and enjoy workouts and mindfulness outdoors before the air gets too crisp!
Yoga Under the Stars, at The Street, led by YogaWorks, on The Mews. Flow outdoors with a live DJ, complimentary juice tasting from Juice Press, tea from DavidsTea, and swag giveaways. Guests are required to bring their own mat and are encouraged to sign up on Eventbrite to reserve their spot.
The Mews is located at 49 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, between Shake Shack and lululemon.
Saturday, September 23rd, 10-5PM
Equinox is bringing together Boston’s community of wellness, fitness, nutrition and art in honor of its fifth Boston club, Equinox Seaport (opening October 17th) hosting, ‘The Block,’ a community event located at Seaport Common.
Guests can enjoy group fitness classes and head-to-head challenges featuring Equinox’s signature programming, rejuvenation areas with meditation set in a tranquil escape and interactive demos from Boston’s top health and wellness leaders, and urban gardening with Green City Growers. To register for a class, view the full schedule of events, and for more information please visit https://eqxtheblock.eventbrite.com.
Saturday, September 30th, 9-12PM
Charlestown’s Pier 6 Restaurant hosts an outdoor cycling brunch with B/SPOKE Cycling Studios, lululemon, Mother Juice and CHAMPY. Bikes, beats, bubbles and brunch. After your 45-minute ride (9 & 10:30AM) customize your mimosa with cold-pressed organic juices by Mother Juice and replenish with a family-style brunch. Tickets are $35.
The beginning of fall brings unpredictable weather, with crisp mornings to sunny afternoons. Luckily, there’s a shoe trend that makes transitional outfitting a breeze. Fall mules are making a big statement this season and beyond. The slip on shoe is so versatile and convenient, when you’re not quite ready to reach for your over-the-knee boots just yet. We all know how unpredictable Boston weather can be so they’ll be on heavy rotation for a few weeks (or months).
This weekend I kept it simple in black ripped denim and an oxford button-down (now less than $40!) and black leather mules by Sam Edelman (similar here, here and here). Keeping to my minimalist approach to dressing, the look was comfortable yet put together. I accessorized with this 70’s-inspired fringe Rebecca Minkoff cross body and a black-on-black watch. Even better? These mules passed the ‘let’s explore all afternoon’ test. I can’t wait to pair them with a cozy cardigan or a t-shirt dress and my fave suede motto jacket for date night.
On-the-go? Pair practical loafer style mules with comfy distressed jeans and a tee. Night out? Ditch your heels and swap in a pair of jeweled mules for a little something special. Feeling sassy? Accessorize your outfit with leopard print or tassel slip ons. A more feminine take on mules? These bow-front blush ones couldn’t be more gorgeous.
Check out even more favorites, all under $100, here.
The new fall “it” shoe is the slip on mule and we’ve rounded up best fall mules under $100. I admit, it took me a hot minute to get on board with this trend. When everyone started lusting over this Gucci version, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on a shoe that might not be in style through the 2018 season. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color or texture to your fall wardrobe, the mules here will do just the trick without breaking the bank. So go ahead and try on the trend.
1. Charles David Grace Slip On Mule – $79
4. Dolce Vita Loafer Inspired Metallic Mules – $56 (from $100)
5. Freda Slip On Mules – $42 (from $85 +15% off if you sign up for emails)
I just got back from a quick trip to San Diego and we got to explore some of the most instagram (2017 for photogenic) worthy places around town, from vegan restaurants to the bluest beaches. I’ve rounded up a few of my absolute faves here, let me know where to visit next trip in the comments!
Holy Matcha is a pink and green cafe with wallpaper (can I get this installed in my house please?) as good as it’s matcha based drink concoctions. I tried the iced horacha matcha and it was a sweet yet spicy treat that was amazing. Beyond matcha, they have dairy and GF soft serve and the usual suspects like avocado toast. A morning must-stop.
Civico 1845 is nestled in San Diego’s italian neighborhood, little Italy and one of the only restaurants in the city to offer a full vegan menu. Seeing that it had absolutely awesome reviews, we had to go. Dining without vegan friends is always a challenge, but not here. The atmosphere was very low-key, lots of white and black, with beautiful painted tiles. The vegan menu was surprisingly robust and I even got my non-vegan family to try the caprese (rice milk mozzerella), to their delight. For my entree I had the fusilli alla bolognese with seitan ragout (pictured above) and I couldn’t put my fork down. It was so hearty and filling. A lot of times vegan meals leave me feeling unsatisfied, not this one. I’d fly back to town, just for this, a seat on their patio and a good glass of wine.
Cafe Gratitude is a small plant-based food chain that I wish I could franchise in Boston-you feel so light an airy just walking in. From smoothies to kombucha on tap, this place has everything to make your vegan heart flutter. The menu was overwhelming in a good way, with so many options I didn’t know what to do with myself. Kasey and I ended up ordering two items we knew would be amazing and sharing. First up was “liberated”, raw pesto kelp noodles. Honest to god, I could have had four orders of this and not have had enough, they were SO good. We also shared the “gracious”, a summer salad bowl. Yum, yum, yum.
Pigment might be the most beautiful shop I have ever visited, every nook and cranny was perfectly curated with “I have to have it” items, in the most beautiful colors. The build your own terrarium bar was an absolute game changer. Pick your vessel, sands, stones, plants and assemble on site. How amazing is that? From cacti to birthday cards and party accessories to cook books, this gift shop is a must stop.
Scripps Pier isn’t technically in San Diego but it’s close enough, so I’m including it here. Located in La Jolla, this pier separates a popular public beach and the coastal reserve. On one side, surfers and families and on the other huge rock formations you have to climb around on to get by. Worth the walk from the public beach and the drive from San Diego.
3118 University Avenue
1845 India Street
1980 Kettner Boulevard
3801 30th Street
8602 La Jolla Shores Drive
My tried-and-true combo, no matter the season, is always a (minimalist) simple tee, half-tucked into denim. I’m always wanting easy, neutral pieces that can be worn over and over again no matter what the season is and black and white items do exactly that.
This voluminous Free People t-shirt is one of my favorites, it’s so easy to style in different ways. For a relaxed look that will streamline your shape, tuck the front of the tee into high waisted jeans and pair with your favorite accessories. Feeling trendy? Side tie the t-shirt, keep accessories to a minimum and let the knot do the work.
This week, I paired the comfy, simple tee with high-rise white denim and summery black leather espadrilles. White denim is typically reserved for summer months only, but we firmly believe in winter whites too. The contrast between black and white makes my heart sing.
Here’s to embracing the classic, minimalist jeans and tee combo.
Free People Tee – $58 (comes in a few colors!)
Madewell High-Rise Jeans – $125
Soludos Espadrille Flats (similar) – $41.95