The Clarins Counter on Wellness

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A few weeks ago I attended an event at the Clarins counter with a focus on wellness. Three wellness experts spoke on various topics including mental health, physical heath, and staying motivated. The panel was followed by a juice tasting and Clarins’ signature facials. As someone who subsists almost solely off coffee, chocolate, and stress, the event was a great way to relax and remember that taking care of myself is key.

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clarinswellnessevent4The spicy, cayenne lemonade was my favorite of the juices. It was a new twist on an old favorite – and perfect for clearing up a cold.

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clarinswellnessevent6As always, a big thank you to Clarins for having me!

Photos by Jenni Heller.

 

 

Stay-in Season

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This week has been rainy and chilly just about every day, a sure sign of the winter to come. When the weather gets like this I like to take advantage by snuggling up with a good book. Sometimes a lazy, rainy day in with Nabokov is just what I need to get back on my feet.

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stayinseason2I chose an outfit inspired by those rainy day read-ins. This silky slip dress gives you the comfort of wearing pajamas all day but with a little added sex appeal. I paired it with a big, cozy sweater for the snuggle effect.

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Sweater: Forever21, Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Tahari, Rings: Vintage and Handmade

Photos by Jenni Heller.

New England Fall

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I’ve traveled quite a bit and seen a lot of amazing things, but nothing quite compares to New England in the fall. As a born-and-bred New Englander the fall is my favorite time of year. The air gets crisp, the sweaters come out, the leaves change color, and everything just feels alive.

newenglandfallI went apple picking this past weekend and it made me so nostalgic for my childhood in New Hampshire. Moments when I miss New Hampshire are extraordinarily rare as I thrive off the city, but something about this weather makes me miss rolling around in leaf piles and hiking through the foliage.

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newenglandfall2My wardrobe has been updated a little since my last apple picking experience (circa age 11), but I stuck with my staple New England flannel. To vamp it up a little I paired it with my signature leather shorts.

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newenglandfall4Flannel: Forever21, Shorts: H&M, Tights: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Tahari, Rings: Vintage & Handmade

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage10192014From left to right: 1) Apple picking in the gorgeous New England foliage. 2) Snuggling with Goya. 3) Apple cider donuts, yes please. 4) Flats my friend Shannon picked up for me on a trip to India. 5) Late night frites at Saus. 6) This vintage ’80s dress makes perfect party wear.

Smoke and Mirrors

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When I want to go casual I usually stick to comfortable pieces in neutral colors. My go-to leather jacket is an obvious choice, and here I paired it with a metallic sweater for some extra textural interest. The leggings keep the outfit comfortable while the red lip adds some spice.

smokeandmirrors2I love how such a simple look can have such a cool and edgy vibe.

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smokeandmirrors4Jacket: H&M, Sweater: Forever21, Leggings: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Tahari, Rings: Vintage and hadndmade, Lipstick: NYC Retro Red

Photos by Jenni Heller.

The Everyday Tutu

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Most of my tutu ensembles err on the formal side (here, here, here) but I wanted to style one for more everyday purposes. To be fair, most people wouldn’t look at this outfit and think “I should wear that to the office on Tuesday,” but hey, that’s what makes me Trends and Tolstoy.

theeverydaytutuI toned this thrifted tutu down with a basic black knit top, a leather jacket, and simple heels. The heels could be swapped for flats or even boots for an especially casual look.

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theeverydaytutu5Tutu: Thrifted, Shirt: TJ Maxx, Jacket: H&M, Shoes: H&M, Rings: Handmade

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Firas Yousif

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Firas Yousif is one of my absolute favorite Boston designers. With a focus on evening and bridal wear he’s an incredibly talented artist. Just from looking at his garments you can see the craftsmanship that goes into them, from the intricate beading to the cut and shape of his gowns.

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firasyousif4Firas works quite a bit with satin and it never ceases to amaze me how he can make such a difficult material looks so effortless. It’s work that like this that reminds me that fashion isn’t just about clothes, it’s an art form of its own.

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firasyousif5This tulle number above was my favorite look in his collection. I’ve never been the type of girl to think about weddings but I would wear this to mine in a heartbeat.

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firasyousif8Here I am with Firas himself. On top of his talent he’s a very sweet, genuine person.

A big thank you to Firas Yousif Originals and everyone involved for having me at this event. I look forward to seeing next year’s collection!

Photos by Jenni Heller.