Suiting Up


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I put together this unconventional suit with my favorite leather shorts and a pastel pink blazer. The pairing is an edgy take on professional with a casual graphic tee underneath.



suitinup4Blazer: Forever21, Shorts: OASAP, Shirt: Purchased in Amsterdam, Shoes: Tahari, Belt: Forever21, Bracelet: Kendra Scott

Photos by Jenni Heller.

New York Fashion Week


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This was my first year attending New York Fashion week and it was a magical, wonderful, whirlwind. In barely 48 hours I took a bus to the city, went to three shows, explored New York, and then came back to Boston. But it was worth the 3am bus rides and maneuvering the subway in heels. It was worth every minute.

You can see my first night in New York here. This post will cover my second day in the tents.

9am – I’m packed up and ready to head out for another day in the fashion mecca of the U.S. I check out of the hotel and head uptown.

11am – Stop for some much needed breakfast and caffeine at Starbucks. By this point I’ve already been photographed by a street style photographer (!).

newyorkfashionweekss2015(9)1pm - I stop by the Met for my art fix. I spent most of my time in the 18th century painting galleries, for the Goyas of course.

3pm – Grab a late lunch at a little Thai place with my photographer friend, Rheanna Bellomo. She did this shoot with me a few years back.

newyorkfashionweekss2015(5)4:30pm - I’m at the Saunder show, a ready-to-wear line created by Emily Saunder. Her spring collection is inspired by the concept of a rock-and-roll Garden of Eden. The collection featured bright florals and ladylike fabrics combined with edgy details and saucy graphic tees.

newyorkfashionweekss2015(8)I love this champagne-colored, silk, bomber jacket. It’s a very boy-meets-girl look that brings some toughness to a normally dainty spring palette.

6pm - I take a quick break to re-charge my phone and myself (read: more caffeine).

newyorkfashionweekss2015(3)7:30pm – Next up, Charlotte Ronson, another installation style exhibit. The spring collection is fun and playful, mixing polka dots and florals. The structural elements are quite varied among the looks, ranging from flowy to severe. More boy-meets-girl looks are featured with button downs and boxy shorts in feminine cuts and colors.


newyorkfashionweekss2015(7)9pm - I’m back out on the Lincoln Center pavilion wearing this outfit. (Excuse the selfie, my photographer wasn’t with me). On the pavilion I get snapped by three dozen more paparazzi-style photographers. A tourist even asks to take a photo with me because I look “so fashion.”

10:30pm - A mad rush to the bus station, tutu, heels and all. Fortunately I’ve got a good sprint in me and I catch the 10:30 bus.

3am - I arrive back in Boston wondering if all that was just a dream.

A big thank you to Lara from Pretty Connected for helping make my first NYFW the best it could possibly be!

Photos are mine.

Maxi-mum Impact


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When I create a look I go all out. It might be all out subtle, or all out classic, but it’s important to me to create a completely cohesive look. So when I pulled out this Grecian-goddess style maxi dress, I wanted to pair it with similarly inspired accessories. Enter the Socrates-would-be-proud laurel crown and the gladiator sandals.


maxi-mumimpact2Fall is coming on strong with temperatures next week in the 60s. I’m sure in March that’ll seem hot as blazes, but for now I’m excited to welcome in layers, pants, and jackets again. This maxi is my last hurrah in the summer heat.



maxi-mumimpact3Dress: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Payless, Laurel Crown: Urban Outfitters, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Emerging Trends S/S 2015


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As those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram know, I’ve just come back from a stint at New York Fashion Week. And let me tell you, I didn’t want to leave. It is every bit as glamorous as it’s made out to be. I kicked off my first night in NYC in the front row of the Emerging Trends show. You may remember my coverage of their Boston show last year.

emergingtrends2:22015(10)The show was amazing, a perfect way to start off the week. It was held in Holy Apostles Church on 9th ave, which turned out to be a really cool venue.


emergingtrends2:22015(11)The schoolgirl look is in for spring. Finally, I won’t be alone!

emergingtrends2:22015I wore my leather jumpsuit with a cream blazer and athletic inspired heels. I wanted a more edgy take on nightwear for the show.


emergingtrends2:22015(6)I was sitting next to this little guy. Talk about a fashion star! Let’s be real, he stole the show.


emergingtrends2:22015(7)I’m obsessed with this Southern Belle gone bad look by designer Vessela Zarankova.

emergingtrends2:22015(8)Congratulations to all the designers who showed. Stay tuned for more fashion week coverage!

Photos by Jenni Heller.


Welcome, September


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At long last September has arrived! Fall is my favorite time of year and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the days when the weather cools down. September always carries that “back-to-school” feeling for me. And while I don’t really go back to school anymore, it still feels like a chance for a fresh new start.

welcomeseptemberNothing makes me feel fall like plaid. I always say my love of flannel is the only trace left of my New Hampshire roots. I paired this one with a leather skirt and collar pin to give it a stylish kick.



welcomeseptember3This pin is my mom’s, it’s engraved with her maiden initials “CP.” I find it gives the perfect girlish touch to any outfit, and wearing it always makes me think of her.

Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Forever21, Shoes: Tahari, Pin: My mom’s, Watch: Timex

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots


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sundaysnapshotscollage972014From left to right: 1) My favorite city’s skyline. I love ya, Boston! 2) Sticking to my usual bread and cheese diet. 3) Trying out the amazing fall collection at Banana Republic. 4) Hanging with Emily of Shell Chic’d at a blogger meet up. 5) The latest addition to my feminist wardrobe. 6) Beautiful lights at the summer soiree blogger event.

To see more lifestyle photos, follow my Instagram @trendsandtolstoy.

Brunch on the Water


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Two weekends ago I was invited to go on a brunch cruise around the Boston harbor with Odyssey Cruises. Now I simply can’t imagine spending a Sunday any other way. We spent three glorious hours cruising around the harbor in the perfect 75-and-sunny weather. Breakfast, lunch, and dessert were served as well as a few of the Odyssey’s signature cocktails.




sundaybrunch9I don’t know how they do it, but somehow the chefs on the ship managed to make buffet food for a crowd full of people delicious. There was a large variety of options, something for every palate.

sundaybrunch10The Odyssey was trying out a new Bloody Mary cart for the event and it was a total success. You can add whatever you want to your drink to get it to your exact specifications. I always worry about this drink tasting too much like tomato, but this was the perfect balance. They also used a spiced vodka for some extra kick.


sundaybrunch4After a long stressful week this cruise was the perfect way to wind down (and not just because of all the champagne!).

A big thank you to Odyssey Cruises and Blog and Tweet Boston for making this event possible.

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Please note: This event was complimentary to me courtesy of Odyssey Cruises and Blog and Tweet Boston. All opinions expressed are my own.