10.19.2014

checkmate

sweater C/O MISSGUIDED / jacket C/O MISSGUIDED / skirt C/O MISSGUIDED / hat LF / shoes THRIFTED VIA MELROSE TRADING POST, similar here / bag REBECCA MINKOFF 


Escaping NYC has never felt so refreshing. My choice destination? The city upon a hill, otherwise known as Boston. I was due for some much needed R&R and Boston proved to be the quintessential weekend getaway. From book store jaunts to movie marathons, it felt so liberating to temporarily flee from the concrete jungle. Not to mention, autumn in Boston is Instagram-worthy material. I mean, where else can you compose a shot of perfectly turned leaves? (Not in Manhattan for sure...)

Day one consisted of spontaneous exploration. Laura and I trekked down to Harvard Square, the ultimate definition of East Coast charm. Highlight of our time? Getting mistaken as Harvard students, care of an innocent tourist (one can only dream). Beacon Hill proved to be my new favorite Boston gem. Mixing cobblestone pathways, historic brick buildings, and gaslit streets, Beacon Hill is a photographer's paradise. We also popped inside Oona's, a heavenly vintage boutique packed with apparel and accessories from every era. What started as an unexpected discovery quickly morphed into a game of constant lust. With black leather gloves, faux-fur coats, menswear-inspired blazers... it was difficult to refrain from spending the bucks. However, we miraculously managed to exit without forking over a single dime. After all, we would need to reserve our precious funds for another essential: the cinema.  

While in Boston, I caught not one, but two movies. First on the chopping block is Hollywood's most hyped flick: Gone Girl. Done in classic David Fincher style, Gone Girl amplifies your movie theater experience to the next level. I won't reveal too much due to spoilers, but Gone Girl will leave you in emotional shambles (and trust me, that's a good thing). Haunting, suspenseful, and captivating in every way, I hope to see Gone Girl nab an appearance or two during Oscars season. Our second movie involves Dylan O'Brien in high-definition goodness: The Maze Runner. This was surprisingly well-crafted and thankfully, free of unnecessary romances or cliches. I'm eagerly waiting for the sequel to come out next year (and directors, please throw in shirtless scenes of Dylan O'Brien and Ki Hong Lee for scientific purposes).

And of course, I must not forget a requisite pit stop to Boston's famed Mike's Pastry. Home to the most appetizing array of cannolis, Mike's is dangerous territory for anyone with a sweet tooth. With cannoli flavors from chocolate ricotta to the seasonal pumpkin spice, it was terribly challenging to only stick with one choice. After much deliberation, I settled with the amaretto, which perfectly accompanied my iced mocha. 

After our blissful pastry run, it was photoshoot time in the North End (exact location: a quiet alleyway, away from prying eyes). Boston was on the chilly side when I was visiting, which meant I could finally layer on my new autumn-appropiate goodies from Missguided. My outfit comes straight from Missguided's new Rocky Mountain lookbook, which features a tantalizing collection of plaid prints, leather accents, and grunge-inspired vibes. For my Boston ensemble, I paired a wool plaid A-line skirt with a chunky, knitted sweater for a relaxed, edgy essence. And when the evening came around, I simply added a black leather shearling jacket for warmth... and a hot chocolate for taste! 

Also, honorary mention to the clam chowder I devoured in less than three minutes. Next up on my Boston food tour: the must-have lobster roll. 


10.04.2014

fall style guide

1 - SOLE SOCIETY / 2 - HUMBLE CHIC / 3 - T BY ALEXANDER WANG / 4 - KATE SPADE / 5- REBECCA TAYLOR / 6 - MARC BY MARC JACOBS / 7 - CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE EAU DE TOILETTE SPRAY, similar here

Meet the feminine ensemble fit for fall. This season, it's all about mixology in the sartorial game. Compliment demure floral prints with Parisian chic stripes for a winning combo. A knitted infinity scarf provides an extra touch of cozy, while a camel Panama-style hat protects your tresses from Mother Nature's invaders (rain and wind are not aligned in our stars this month). Looking to adopt the East Coast prep look? A pair of petal-pink oxfords will get the job done. To seal the deal, opt for the ladylike classic: a leather crossbody, painted in a fresh coat of timeless tan. Keep the essence alive with a delicate fragrance; think Balenciaga Paris or Chanel Coco Mademoiselle to truly captivate (psst: if you're on the hunt for discount perfumes, explore more here)


1 - MANGO / 2 - BLACKFIVE, similar here / 3 - MANSUR GAVRIEL / 4 - SPORTSGIRL, similar here / 5 - VALENTINO


Step one to fusing street style into autumn-appropiate gear? Boyfriend jeans. The definition of ultimate comfort, boyfriend jeans are the contemporary sibling of the trusty skinny and serve as the ideal blank canvas. Style with a cream chunky knit sweater and studded ankle boots for a relaxed vibe. Ace midterms with the Mansur Gavriel method: a sleek leather backpack, the ideal abode for crumpled notes and dog-eared books. Don't forget to amp on the accessories too; simple silver rings make for a trendy round of stacking.


1 - H&M / 2 - RED LABEL / 3 - TED BAKER / 4 - VIVIENNE WESTWOOD / 5 - SFAURA, similar here / 6 - MARC JACOBS

Mastering the supreme (witch) uniform has never been easier. It's time to overthrow the LBD reign and introduce its new replacement: the check print shift dress. Luxe, modern, and the picture of versatility, this striking print can effortlessly transition from daytime glamour to evening seduction. Layer on a faux-fur vest to accomodate fall's brisk weather changes. Black slip-ons offer a dose of normcore while an envelope clutch elevates the look to sophistication. The finishing touch? A coat of wine red lipstick, perfect for the just-bitten look.

Which outfit is your favorite?