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I can’t get enough of this all-black ensemble. I know, I know, how many times have you heard me say that. But this one has been on rotation even more than usual. The leather pants add some always-needed edge but the sweater is soft and cozy. The hat gives the look extra warmth and added whimsy and the booties elevate it from basic to chic. I put on a red lip to make it a little more visually interesting as well.

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blackwhiteandredallover5Sweater: H&M, Leggings: Forever21, Shoes: c/o OASAP, Hat: Payless, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott, Rings: Handmade and vintage

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the morning at the new Tiffany & Co store on Newbury Street. I got to try on some incredibly gorgeous diamond pieces, chat with Jennifer Sciolto, Group Director at Tiffany & Co. in Boston, and enjoy a lovely breakfast courtesy of the Taj Hotel.

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breakfastattiffanys4Tiffany’s has some gorgeous pieces on view right now. They’re recommending the Enchanted collection for Valentines Day. It’s got just the right amount of sparkle and just the right amount of subtle. Above I’m trying on a heart necklace from the collection.

breakfastattiffanys2Here’s the necklace displayed with the matching ring. I just love the way Tiffany’s puts together their displays. With designer collections they even feature tokens describing the designing process and the story behind the works.

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breakfastattiffanys8During my stay I had the privilege of trying on some of their engagement rings. Although that event is a long way off for me it was fun to check out the different styles. Jennifer was telling me that a lot of women buy themselves right-hand rings as a celebration of success. I love that idea!

breakfastattiffanys6I tired on this beautiful key necklace as well, complete with a flawless yellow diamond. Usually I’m a classic girl but I fell for the yellow diamond in a heartbeat. This is a great piece to style up or down, with jeans or a formal gown.

breakfastattiffanys3Here’s an up-close shot of the Enchanted heart ring. I like that the heart shape is subtle, which keeps it from going kitschy.

breakfastattiffanys7Jennifer created this layered look for me with the two necklaces. Nothing goes better with diamonds than diamonds!

A big thank you to Jennifer and the Tiffany & Co group for having me. Stay tuned to see their feature (written by yours truly) in Panorama magazine.

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Tread Lightly

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These photos were taken at the MFA in front of Jason Middlebrook’s mural, Tread Lightly. I wanted to do something very casual but very graphic. The black, white, and red combo achieved that perfectly. My minimalist approach was perfectly mirrored in this contemporary piece.

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treadlightly3Blazer: Forever21, Shirt: H&M, Leggings: Forever21, Shoes: Steve Madden, Rings: Handmade, vintage, and c/o Trendy Jewels.

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage1182015From left to right: 1) Just finished last year’s it-book How to be Parisian, only to find that I basically already am. 2) New haircut, got a lot chopped off this time. 3) Sometimes you’ve just gotta wear sequin pants and break out the champagne. 4) Bubble baths make every Monday easier. 5) Finally back on my coffee game. 6) Planning for future travels this year.

Warm Me Up

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When we get into the rough January/February part of the winter season I start pulling out the big guns. I commute an hour through the city to work every day and a lot of that time is spend outside waiting for the ever unreliable MBTA. To keep myself from showing up at the office in icicle form, I have a few stylish but practical go-tos to keep me warm (or at least thawed).

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warmmeup2I have an almost problematic obsession with plaid, and this blanket scarf is the perfect kind of winter plaid. It’s cozy, festive, and goes with pretty much everything.

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warmmeup5I would be lost without a good pair of gloves. These are leather with a cashmere lining, I purchased them at the leather market in Florence. I’m perpetually afraid of losing them so for every day I usually settle for another leather pair with touch screen capabilities.

Coat: c/o OASAP (available here), Scarf: c/o OASAP (available here), Pants: Forever21, Gloves: Purchased in Florence, Shoes: c/o OASAP (available here)

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Spotlight On: Caffè Nero

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My addiction to coffee began at a very young age and has escalated to the threshold of interventions and twelve step programs. I was up to six or seven cups a day when my doctor curbed my intake out of genuine concern. Needless to say, my caffeine fix is very important. I have a few local go-tos to keep me up and running and my latest favorite is Caffè Nero in Downtown Crossing.

spotlightoncaffenero4With a wide selection of European coffees and teas you can’t go wrong choosing a beverage. The homey feel and ample seating at this location also lends itself to curling up with a good book and a warm drink. In the cold winter weather there’s nothing like a good coffee shop to keep me sane.

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spotlightoncaffenero2What are your favorite spots to get a good cup of coffee?

Shirt: c/o Caffè Nero, Shorts: H&M, Tights: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Dolce Vita, Hat: Payless, Necklace: H&M, Rings: Homemade and vintage

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Please note: This post was sponsored by Caffè Nero, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Trends and Tolstoy!

Girl With a Blue Beret

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Museum of Fine Arts (remember those Romans?) and I’ll say it again. Only a ten minute walk from my apartment, the museum is my safe space and I spend a great deal of time there. This outfit was inspired a little bit by Blair Waldorf’s Paris museum outfits. Even a classy, educated institution seems much more intellectual when wearing a beret.

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girlwithablueberet5Shirt: c/o OASAP, Skirt: Forever21, Tights: TJ Maxx, Flats: Tahari, Beret: Purchased in Paris. Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott.

Photos by Jenni Heller.