Currently Coveting: Spring Trends.

As spring tries to make its way to us, and summer not too far behind, I can’t help but day dream about my warm weather wardrobe and the things that are inspiring me for the upcoming seasons. It seems to be manifesting into care-free looks that read as effortless and simple yet also pack a feminine and high-end punch. Here are the rules I’m living by when the warmer weather hits:

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Keep it flowing. Call it the heat or the easy, breezy vibe of the season, I’m lusting over pieces with movement. Exaggerated silhouettes and ruffles (the adult kind) are so trendy right now — plus, dramatic pieces make dressing super simple.

Zara Accordion Pleat Skirt (see above) |VETTA Wrap Top | Aritzia Nanterre Pant | Storets Off the Shoulder Blouse

Minimalism over maximalism. Whether it’s spring, or any other season, I like being able to rely on delicate accessories that become like a second skin. Even more so now, I don’t want to  think of statement jewelry when I’m running out to grab some rosé al fresco with friends or jumping in the lake on the weekends.

14k Gold Rings from Annika Bella (see above) |Yellow Gold 4mm Ball Earrings at Claire’s (see below) | Dogeared  Small Huggies Hoop Earrings | PD PAOLA Ocean Gold Ring | Ventrone Chronicles Deux Bosco Choker

Denim on denim. Although denim initially seems too heavy for spring and summer, it’s all about switching to lightweight versions of their winter counter parts like skirts, vests and chambray cold shoulder tops.

Madewell Snap Jean Skirt | Abercrombie Denim Vest | Madewell Cold-Shoulder Top

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B-A-N(-D)-A-N-A-S. Bandanas have been my go-to accessory for a while now, but luckily silk ones transfer perfectly from winter to spring. It feels European chic with an air of jetsetter on holiday.

Madewell Silk Bandana (see above)| Anthropologie Cowgirl Bandana | ASOS Paisley Print Bandana

 

NOLA comes to Boston: Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Still inspired by my recent trip to New Orleans, I was psyched to hear about Boston newcomer Buttermilk & Bourbon. Led by Chef Jason Santos, this hot spot literally brings a classic NOLA menu to Back Bay. I was super anxious to see if it was as authentic as it seemed and, to be honest, I really felt like I was back in The Big Easy.

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Walking into Buttermilk and Bourbon is like stepping into a hidden corner of the French Quarter, or right down Bourbon Street, depending on where you’re located amongst the sections of the restaurant. But what may be even better than the atmosphere is the menu (of course). If you’re a Moscow Mule fan, try the My Ma Louisiana cocktail to start. Past that, I think it’s impossible for me to choose my favorite dish… we tried the biscuits, fried chicken thighs, BBQ shrimp, fried pickles, cast iron rabbit and dumplings and pork belly cracklings. I’m full just thinking about it. BUT, if you made me, I’d say the fried chicken and biscuits are absolute must-haves. I’ll admit, we actually took the biscuits we didn’t eat home. Trust me, there’s no way two people could eat four of those things and it would practically be a sin not to eat every bite!

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The sugar on top of the beignets?? Your bill comes pinned to a voodoo doll — someone out there is suffering from the success of this place… yikes. Those poor souls aside, you should certainly put Buttermilk & Bourbon on top of your list of must-try Boston restaurants. It’s almost as good as a New Orleans getaway!

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Brand Spotlight: ALEX AND ANI.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been partnering with ALEX AND ANI to promote the wonderful organizations they support via their Charity by Design collection. One of the new additions is the Claddagh bangle benefiting The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. The BCSF works in many ways to support children in need through schools, community centers and other social service facilities. As usual, 20% of the purchase price will go directly to the organization, so be sure to participate and get yourself one!

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But what I realized is that I haven’t talked about ALEX AND ANI generally as a (fantastic) brand. For New Englanders, it has been so cool to see a local company grow into an international one… especially led by a #girlboss! What I love about ALEX AND ANI is that there’s truly something for every one. Whether you want to rep your college or favorite sports team, or you want something more understated to wear everyday, this company has got you covered! And it doesn’t seem like they’re slowing down any time soon… #charmedarms are here to stay! Check out how I wear my bangles below:

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Support the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation with the Claddagh Charm Bangle at ALEX AND ANI

Keeping it Casual.

Recently I’ve been super motivated to clean out the old, worn and unused items in my closet to make room (and money) for things that I actually love and wear. One part of my closet that’s taken a hit is the ‘comfy clothes’ pile: IE sweatshirts, sweatpants and t-shirts. I figured it’s worth the $$$ to invest in polished sweats that I can actually wear outside the confines of the apartment. Let’s be honest, there’s certainly no need to hold on to a high school t-shirt that’s riddled with shameful ice cream stains…

So, where’s the first place I thought to look? Madewell of course. It’s the perfect place for high quality basics with an All-American vibe that never go out of style. Let’s just hope my tendency to spill is gone for good, just like those stained clothes are.

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Sweatshirt: Madewell | Denim Jacket: Levi’s | Hat: Madewell | Jeans: Urban Outfitters | Sneakers: Vans

Currently Coveting: Zara Picks.

For anyone that has been following my blog for a while, my love of Zara is probably very obvious. Although I’m beginning to transition out of the fast fashion phase and would rather save up to splurge on more high-end, quality pieces, there’s something that always pulls me back. You just can’t beat the quality to cost ratio that Zara can provide. I always can rely on the brand to have up to the minute items that will also last in my closet for seasons to come. That being said, you can bet I always have a list of items stacked in my cart just waiting to come home…

Shop some of the items on the top of my Zara wish list for Spring right now.

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1. Braided Tote | 2. Distressed Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans | 3. Leather Effect Jacket | 4. Off the Shoulder Dress | 5. Dress with Frilled Sleeves | 6. Sneakers | 7. Platform Wedges | 8. Cropped Jumpsuit | 9. Sweater with Balloon Sleeves

 

 

 

 

New on the Block: Frenchie.

In an attempt to expand on the ‘eat’ part of my Eat Sleep Dress & Repeat mantra, I’ve decided to write more about one of my favorite topics: food (and the best places to get it). I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to start than with one of the most highly-anticipated new restaurants in Boston, Frenchie. As if the name wasn’t enough to get you in the door, maybe the selection of French tapas or elegant decor (complete with trendy floral wallpaper) will.

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Located right on Tremont Street, this intimate space is perfect for date night or a ladies’ get together. That being said, make sure to snag a reservation because space is limited and it fills up fast! What else should you expect? Insanely good French fare and some flavorful dishes. This time around we tried the brussels sprouts, French fries (of course), tuna crudo, escargot, salted cod croquette, and crème brûlée; A++ to all! The best part about a tapas menu is that you have the opportunity to try… six dishes that still go fairly easy on your stomach and wallet.

So next time you’re looking to indulge in the Boston restaurant scene, know that Frenchie comes highly recommended! If you visit, let me know what you think and enjoy!

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 Discover New Charms and Fresh Designs at ALEX AND ANI that Will Speak to your Spirit this Spring

Currently Coveting: NYFW.

New York Fashion Week has come (and gone) for another season and brought with it new trends to lust over… as expected. It seems that every year the designers get more expansive in their range and as a result, there are trends at every end of the spectrum; from Western vibes at Calvin Klein to sleek cutouts and sheer layers at Proenza Schouler.

There was more velvet all over the runway, midi skirts at Carolina Herrera and J. Crew, 90’s-inspired wind suits at Public School, suiting at Zimmerman, fur bags at Kenzo and combat boots at Altuzarra — just to name some highlights.

Shop some NYFW inspired pieces below that I am currently coveting. Until next season!

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Zara Velvet Dress | Alyx Zip Up Boots | LPA The Label Crepe Pant | Storets Ruffle Blouse | Topshop Oversized Borg Jacket | LOÉIL Bag | Topshop Patent Ank Boots | CO Ruffle-Trimmed Skirt