Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Saratoga Style

A few weekends ago a group of Boston Bloggers and I took a trip up to Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY all thanks to America's Best Racing and Centennial Farms. They had a delicious V.I.P brunch waiting for us when we arrived at the Fasig-Tipton along with a Bloody Mary bar and endless mimosas, it was all too perfect.

With my blogging bestie, Katherine.
Enjoying V.I.P brunch with my favorite girls KatherineJessica, and Molly.
Bloody Mary and mimosa bar
View of the horses from brunch on the balcony
We were also given V.I.P access to the paddocks to meet the horses up-close! Black Jack here was sniffing around my dress hoping for some real flowers. ;)
Ending off the day with one last photo to remember our trip: with KatherineKhatu, & Jean

My outfit details: J.Crew dress (last year's style) & hat | J.Crew Factory sandals | Cuyana tote

I'm not one to gamble, but since it was my first time at a race course I couldn't pass up the fun idea to place a bet. For the first race, I bet on a horse named 'Designed for War' and he finished strong in first place! Talk about beginner's luck. The day was quite an experience I will be sure to remember and I loved spending some quality time with fellow Boston Bloggers.

Thanks so much again to America's Best Racing, Centennial Farms, Fasig-Tipton for sponsoring our trip and to Dan, Victoria, & Noelle for organizing a great day!

Thanks so much for reading!


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Short Suited

Madewell blazer (similar here) | J.Crew topASOS shorts | Zara heels | J.Crew braceletMichael Kors watch ASOS clutch | Kate Spade sunglasses

If you had the chance to read my most recent post from my 10 Essentials series you may have seen that one of my white blazers made the cut. This one is my alternate favorite that I make room for in my closet when Summer rolls around because there's nothing better than crisp white color to bring out that bronzed tan you've been working on all season. I've had these tailored shorts since last Summer but I've been obsessing even more over blush pink shades as of late. Pairing it up with neutral tones and feminine florals makes this look fresh and flirty for a warm Summer evening out on the town. All that's missing is a Moscow mule in hand, my newest drink of choice.

P.S. Tomorrow, 20 other Boston Bloggers and I will be taking a road trip up to the Saratoga Race Track for a day at the races! America's Best Racing and Centennial Farms will be graciously hosting us the entire trip and have arranged for a delicious VIP brunch at Fasig-Tipton and VIP access to get up close to the horses and jockeys. We'll be Live tweeting and posting snapshots all day so if you want to follow along on the festivities make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, we'll be using the hashtag #BOSatoga.

Cheers to a great weekend!

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Photos by Allison Sepanek Photography

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yacht City with Boutikey

Bloggers featured here (L - R): KristenAllieMoJessyeKayteEmilyJyoLindaTianaKelseyLindsayMolly (Katherine not pictured)

Last month I had the fun opportunity to be a part of a "Yacht City" themed photo shoot with Boutikey and 12 of my favorite Boston Blogger ladies. For those of you who aren't familiar with Boutikey, it's a mobile app designed to help shoppers connect with their favorite local boutiques by keeping them up-to-date with current sales, discounts, and exclusive offers. The boutiques partnered with Boutikey also take part in a digital rewards program where every purchase you make earns you points and once you accumulate enough you can redeem your boutique specific reward! It's such a useful app to help you keep tabs on your favorite shops and find out when that dress you've been eyeing since the beginning of the season finally goes on sale.

For this shoot, Boutikey paired each blogger with a local Boston boutique and we picked out our own fabulous finds from our assigned store. I was paired with The Orange Hanger in Arlington, MA. I didn't have time to shop for my look prior to the shoot so the lovely team at Boutikey handpicked an outfit they thought was fancy enough for me and my style! =) It worked perfectly for me since I always love my black & white looks with a neon bright hue. My top, shorts, clutch, and bangle are all courtesy of The Orange Hanger. I paired it with my classic black strap heels from Zara and my J.Crew neon necklace.

Special thanks to the Boutikey team for organizing this fun shoot, Lauren of LT Photography for capturing all the moments, The Orange Hanger for the ensemble, and Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup Artistry for getting me photo ready!


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Double Denim

J.Crew chambray shirt | Joie denim via Nordstrom Rack (other options here) | J.Crew belt | Madewell flats (similar here) | Warby Parker sunglasses | Michael Kors watchMadewell banglesGorjana necklace c/oZara bag

Happy Friday!

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Photos by Allison Sepanek Photography

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My 10 {Style} Essentials

Here it is, like I promised, my top 10 essential picks from my closet as part of my new blog series His/Her 10 essentials (If you missed the first installment of this series, you can check it out here)! Read on to see why these are my staple wardrobe and accessory pieces I can't live without.

1. H&M white blazer - The cut on this blazer has carried me through so many different occasions. It's worked as a great third piece for the office, blog events, date night, and girls' night out. It has a very flattering fit without the boxy, rigid shoulders blazers tend to have and I personally love the absence of buttons, it makes it look extra sleek and chic. Here's how I've styled it before.

2. Benefit Cosmetics 'Benetint' lip & cheek stain - I'm not usually one to do anything crazy with my makeup which is why this lip product is so perfect for me. I set aside the bright lip colors for those days when a simple outfit needs to stand out, but this is my everyday go-to color. The rosy shade is subtle and adds just enough pink for your pout. I put a layer of Vaseline Lip Therapy on top to keep my lips moisturized.

3. Warby Parker 'Reilly' sunglasses c/o - Tortoiseshell is a beautiful material to have made into any accessory and when it's combined with a great pair of sunnies, it's a done deal for me. I don't have a wide collection of sunglasses mainly because I personally like investing the $80+ in a pair I know I'll wear with everything and will last me at least a few summers. These have been my sturdiest pair and if you follow me on Instagram you may already know that I wear them a lot. 

4. Gap 'Coupe' boyfriend fit jeans - I used to be against the boyfriend jeans look. I never considered the style to have a very flattering fit, the ones I had seen were too loose in all the places I wish they weren't. To be honest, the only reason I bought this pair was because of the discounted price tag of $20 at the Gap outlet that made me say "Hey, why not?" I didn't even try them on in the store. I impulsively bought them, took them home, and didn't test out the fit until 3 days later. Obviously, my decision was to keep them. Forever. They've been perfect for ultra casual looks or even dressed up. Check out how I've worn them here.

5. J.Crew grey statement necklace - Having a statement necklace in the least obnoxious color is crucial to keeping it transitional for your wardrobe. Seen herehere, and here.

6. Michael Kors 'Jet Set' watch - One time when I was rushing out the door for work I made it halfway down the street in traffic when I realized my wrist felt naked because I forgot to throw my watch on. What did I do? I made a U-turn in the middle of the main road and went back home to get it, of course. True story. The gold finish goes with everything and the oversized face makes it stand out on my super small wrist. 

7. Marc Jacobs 'Daisy Eau So Fresh' roller perfume - I cringe at the idea of spending $60-$80 on a bottle of perfume that I know I'll only get to spray once in the morning and have it wear off within a couple hours. This is only $24 and has lasted me over a year. It's perfect for freshening up before those last minute plans after a long day of running around at work.

8. Halogen leopard heels - A print that can't be beat, especially on a pair of comfy heels. I personally love the look of these with bold colors, skinny jeans, and faux black leather anything; they give any outfit a little more edge. 

9. Old Navy striped t-shirt - Stripes are a timeless print too. Now, I own a lot of striped pieces in my closet, but they're mainly in navy and white which I save for my preppier looks. This black & white combo is actually more transitional in my opinion. Underneath a black blazer for work, a denim jacket for Summer, or styled solo with a statement necklace it will take you pretty far.

10. Cuyana leather tote in Chocolate - The best investment I've made in a leather bag since my Coach 'Willis' bag. For work it holds everything I need like my lunch, laptop, charger, and water bottle. When I travel home to Rhode Island for a night packing isn't even a process, I throw what I need in this and I'm out the door. This style tote is popular at lots of stores, but what makes it so special is having my very own initials monogrammed into the beautiful Argentinian leather they use to make it. 

You can also shop these essentials and similar picks below!

Thanks so much for reading!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Instant Glam

Chelsea28 top | Gap boyfriend jeans | Franco Sarto shoes | BP necklace | Coach 'Willis' bag in British Tan | Michael Kors watch | Sephora Color Lip Last

You may have caught on by now that my personal style is fairly simple. My wardrobe is split between the classics and the fanciest finds for the special occasions where I can mix and match the best of both styles, but sometimes when I don't have the fanciest piece within reach all I really need to vamp up the classics is a bright and bold lip stain. I love how a pop of color can really transform these Summer neutrals into instant glam.

P.S. have you taken a peek at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I was on the site the day the prices went down! In past Summers I've stocked up on some of the best deals for Fall fashion during this sale, especially on boots, and rarely found myself buying anything else once the season was in full swing because I already had everything I needed. I may have bought these beautiful boots in both brown and black, not mad about it. If you're curious to see the other goodies I scored, click through to shop from my list below! Shop quickly though because sale prices end August 4th!

Happy sale shopping!

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Photos by K. Tab

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

J'Adore + A Giveaway

J.Crew Factory tee | H&M skirt (similar here) | Zara sandals | Kate Spade clutch | J.Crew necklaceMichael Kors watch

Sharing a quick post today wearing my go-to chic combo, black & white, but this time adding a little graphic interest. But wait, there's more!

In honor of my blogger bestie, K.Tab, celebrating her 3rd blogiversary me, Kayte, and Jyo are joining her in hosting a giveaway! Enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card and a First Aid Beauty To-Go Kit! Check out the Rafflecopter below for entry details. Contest ends July 14th! Good luck!

Style Tab // Cuppa Jyo // LoSo Fancy // Mass Musings

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Photos by Jess Chu