Power Pants



IMG_7097Capris are back y’all! I’m a 90’s kid, so this isn’t my first rodeo with the trend. Back in the early 2000’s, capris were the hottest thing on the playground. I also did a blog post on culottes back in my early blogging days, Autumn Hues.


While the term has evolved into a catch all for any pant that lands somewhere above the ankles yet below the knees: crop pants, pedal pushers, flood pants, high waters, culottes, whatever you want to call them, they are widely popular throughout many countries including Europe, Latin America and Asia.


Now, you KNOW I’m all about pieces that I can transition from work to play. Here, my capris fall more towards the cropped pants part of the spectrum. I’ve paired them with my absolute favorite crop top which I scored during Zara’s killer month, yes, MONTH-long sale in July for $9.99. I saw it online and continuously trolled the Newbury store until I saw it hanging miserably like a dish towel from a hanger crammed in the corner of the sale section. Fortunately for me, unfortunately for you, it’s no longer available. But you can still scoop the pants at Zara, who refers to the style as trousers (just adding to the laundry list). But don’t even doubt I rock the same “trousers” to work on a regular basis. It’s a great alternative to full length trousers for those hot summer days.


MY ADVISORY: stay away from capris that end at the widest part of your calf muscle. You want the pants to elongate our legs. To do so, look for a pair that ends somewhere between your calf and ankle. For my ladies with thick or muscular calves, stay away from the pedal pusher end of the spectrum and lean towards the cropped pants that fall just above the ankle.


But for my short-legged ladies, you can still pull it off.  First off, don’t wear capri pants with flat shoes, it will make your legs appear stumpy. Go for a wedge sandal, which will elongate your exposed calf. Also, pair the capri pants with a top that ends at the top of your capris, it will give off the impression that your legs are much longer than they actually are. Lastly, stay away from capri pants with large patterns.






Oh how I miss the days when my Summers were spent basking on a beach with my girlfriends. Nowadays, I work, and I am coming to the conclusion that my overabundance of bikinis is really unnecessary since i’m in an office/courtroom the majority of my days. So do I envy the teenage girls I see strolling down Newbury with their moms on my lunch break, YES. Would I rather be waking up (naturally instead of to an alarm) and throwing on a bikini every morning instead of professional apparel, YES.


One of my biggest struggles every morning finding a happy medium between looking professional yet dressing in such a way that I don’t look like a sweaty dog when I show up to the courthouse.


My current go-to are wide-leg trousers, they provide a tailored, classic look, perfect for office and easily dolled up for a night out. Oh and they are nice and breezy, because as I advised in my last post – Summer Essentials- the less clothing touching/clinging to your body, the better. The black and white trousers pictured are by Adrienne Vittadini from Lord and Taylor, scored on major sale for only $29.99.


Now that I’m full time with the attorney gig, you’d think I’ve put my crop tops to rest at least during the weekdays, WRONG. When styling high waisted, wide-leg trousers you want to be careful and keep the proportions balanced thus, avoiding oversized tops that will appear bulky. Me being me, I’d advise going with a crop top like the one pictured from Zara (last season). However, if it’s after 5PM and you want to kick it up a notch, I’d advise going with a bodysuit. Otherwise you can’t go wrong with a fitted top or blouse, tucked in, to keep the polished look in check.


As for shoes, the best part about the wide-leg style is that it really doesn’t matter what shoes you have on. No one will know whether you are wearing flip flops or five inch stilettos. I’ve been rocking the Steve Madden “Tristy Peep Toe Bootie” nonstop this summer, available at Nordstrom Rack here.



Summer Essentials


Im back y’all! I apologize for the Spring hiatus but to be honest: BOSTON HAD NO SPRING SEASON, I was in a Parka until mid-June and I had to get my professional life in check, i.e., became a licensed attorney. Now that I’ve got that squared away, it’s time to talk summer style! Now y’all know I’m a Florida girl thus, if there’s one season I KNOW how to dress for, it’s SUMMER. So trust me on this one. For my first post of the summer season, I had to start with the essentials:


The maxi, a long-length style dress has been a summer staple of mine for years, it’s ideal for the hot summer months. I have fond memories of roasting all day on the beach with my girls only to get home and discover my parents decided we’d be dining out. Now, to be honest, my Dad’s patience runs thin when he’s hungry (I really have no room to talk, I get hangry myself) so I know I have limited time to pull together an outfit. That’s when I undoubtedly toss on a maxi dress. Call me crazy but, I believe with the proper undergarments, this style dress is flattering for all ages, all body types, and all heights. Maxis take minimal effort and because longer hemlined dresses are usually associated with formal occasions, even the most basic cotton maxi dress can have you feeling like a queen!


My current favorite is the black maxi dress pictured by Abound, I picked it up at the Newbury Street Nordstrom Rack for under $20.00. It’s made out of rayon and spandex and after 20 plus washes it has not faded or shrunk (thank you, Jesus)! I usually prefer the floor-grazing maxis like the one here which can easily be kicked up a notch with cute wedges or booties but I also have a few more formfitting maxis that fall just above the ankles and have high slits on both sides. You can also transition maxis into the fall season by pairing them with a light bomber jacket or cardigan making them versatile. Whatever your preference, there’s a maxi dress for ALL.



Now I’ll be honest, ten years ago the only time you’d catch me in slides would be prior to a soccer game. Up until recently, I’ve always associated slides, or slip-on sandals with athletics however, since Celine’s Spring 2013 runway show featuring casual slip-on sandals, I’ve found myself slowing falling for the trend. Okay, who am I kidding, I’ve purchased 4 pairs of slides this season alone.


The Dolce Vita X Target pair pictured I scooped up last winter for $5.68, cheap, likely because there is absolutely ZERO need for slides in December here. Not only is this style comfortable, it makes any look appear chic (in my opinion), it’s a step up from basic flip flops, yet it’s the same minimalist, casual concept. I’ve linked some similar options for y’all.


Now that the harsh, cold, horrific, cold, miserable, dark, did I mention cold, winter days are over I don’t have to lug around gloves, a scarf, or a beanie…. and THUS, I can downsize my purses. This Loeffler Randall “Junior Work Tote” is my current go-to. It’s the ideal size and versatile, comfortably fitting my sunglasses (and the chunky cases they come in), makeup bag, and a snack (I’m always packing snacks). I snagged it during a killer sale at Lord & Taylor but I’ve linked the same bag in black here.


I’ll advise going with a small tote during the summer months because the less things touching (or sticking) to your body when it’s hot and humid the better! Look for a small tote with not only double top handles, but also a shoulder strap like this one. So comfortable and light, you’ll forget you’re even carrying anything!

Stay cool!



Abandoned Trains

DSC_4922When photographer @african_treasure suggested shooting on abandoned trains I was intrigued. Obviously not my usual backdrop hence, abandoned, but its 2017 and I’m all about new. However as the shoot date approached I started to panic thinking, “will I have to hop a fence?” Then the fact that the trains are abandoned got me to realize that obviously there won’t be any heat on, huge fear when it is freezing out, which it was?! And wait, won’t we be illegally trespassing?! Luckily, it was a great time and no legal issues arose.


The amazing bodysuit I’m wearing is a Forever 21 steal for less than ten dollars. It comes in black as well and at such an amazing price, it’s totally acceptable to buy both. I’ve even been wearing them underneath blouses over my usual go to bralette lately.


I like to balance out the (tight) bodysuit with boyfriend style ripped jeans. I don’t care what anyone says, ripped jeans are always trending. For one of those typical, technically Spring in Boston but it’s still pretty cold days, I’ll advise pairing your ripped jeans with an oversized fluffy coat. I’d go with faux fur while it’s still acceptable and you’ll be good!


The Wrap Dress 411

IMG_5751 (1)It’s officially wedding season and I had long since been on the hunt for the perfect wrap dress to wear to my best friend’s wedding this past weekend in Florida. Last week, when I was just beginning to give up hope, I spotted this floral print beauty by Bobeau at Nordstom Rack and obviously made the purchase.

A 70’s inspired style first introduced on the runways by Diane Von Furstenburg, the wrap dress has become a wardrobe staple. It’s a fashion style that’s flattering for every body type providing a feminine and elegant feel and can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion.

I’d say it’s the perfect sophisticated yet practical dress for the spring season. However, after wearing this floral wrap dress by Bobeau this past weekend to an exceptionally windy beach wedding in Florida, I feel obligated to advise you on some Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to rocking the wrap dress:

  1. DO be sure to wear nude colored undergarments especially if you’re attending an outdoor event because there’s a high likelihood that you’ll have some Marilyn Monroe moments with the wind.FullSizeRender
  2. DON’T forget to double knot the waist. Technically speaking, a wrap dress is a dress with a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist. The knot that holds the two ties together at the waist is your only safety measure to the entire ensemble so if that tie comes undone, you’ve got problems. This little lovebug, Vienna, got a kick out of untying Aunt Kelsey’s dress but luckily help was close.IMG_5750
  3. DO remember to cross your legs while seated at ALL times. Since the dress is basically a robe with a knot tied at the waist, the danger of being exposed is too real. Stay classy!IMG_7615


Alex Malay


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Like is it just me or does time seem to fly these days? I recently turned 26 (scary) and I swear there seems to be less hours in the day. With that being said, efficiency is everything to me these days and when it comes to shopping I’m flocking to department stores like Nordstrom 8 times out of 10 times lately. But I can’t lie, I’m a total sucker for a boutique that’s holding it down in multiple fields like, Alex Malay.


I adore this shop- from the pink decor to their unique selection of accessories, including Iphone cases but mainly for this Pink Faux Fur Jacket. I don’t know what it is about faux fur, maybe it’s the fact that I could never get away with wearing it in Florida, but it gets me every time! While I immediately loved the fact that it was pink, the shaggy element of the fur made it an instant favorite.

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If there’s one thing I hate, it’s being cold.  I promise you can’t feel anything underneath. I know this for a fact because these photos were taken on an afternoon that it was literally 20 degrees out and although my hands and lips were frozen my body stayed toasty.

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I’ve found that faux fur is the easiest way to level up any outfit for a frigid night out. I advise pairing any fur jacket with a simple top underneath, I like to keep the focus on the fur. I usually go with nude like here, black, or grey. Recently, because Boston has lacked any sign of SPRING weather, I’ve been replaying each of my faux fur coats as much as possible underneath the same long sleeved bodysuit that I purchased in black, grey, and rustic red.

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Photos: @nderitueddie



Sale Alert

shark-1Happy Friday y’all! I know I’ve been MIA lately but I promise I’ve been working on some great content soon to be featured on the blog! So stay tuned. In the meantime, I thought I would help out you weekend shoppers with a sale alert:

FRANCESCAS  – Buy one get one 50% off, where you can find this OTS velvet top I’m wearing above.

MANGO – Up to 70% off sale items (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

LOFT – 40% off everything using code NEWNOW AND earn $50 in LOFT cash for every $50 you spend now thru 3/6 + free shipping on orders over $125.

ANN TAYLOR – 40% off your purchase using code FRIENDS40 + free shipping on orders of $175 or more.


SHOPBOP – 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+ or 25% off $800+ using code GOBIG17 (ends 3/4)  + free shipping & returns on all orders.

MACYS – One Day Sale – preview day today & sale tomorrow: extra 25% off clearance; 40% off select women’s clothing, pumps & flats; 20% off select women’s dresses; 50% off select junior’s clothing; 40-50% off select women’s tops & denim; extra 30-40% off select clearance handbags + free shipping on orders of $25 or more. 

JCREW – 25% off select styles & an extra 30% off sale styles using code ADDTOBAG + free shipping on orders of $150.

JCREW FACTORY – Up to 50% off hundreds of new arrivals (prices as marked); extra 20% off your online purchase of $100 or more using code SPRINGUP + free shipping on orders of $100+.