Festival Friday

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Admittedly I haven’t been to any music festivals this summer, but I have been pretty into festival fashion. I picked up these pants at Forever21 because they’re basically an excuse to wear pajamas in public. Actually I think they are pajamas, but they double as cool, wrapped pants perfect for a breezy day. I paired them with a crop top and mules to keep the summer vibe going.

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Pants: Forever21, Crop Top: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Ferragamo

Photos by Stephanie Krist.

Here Comes the Sun

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To ring out August and make the most of our last few weeks of summer, I’m showing a Swimsuit Series here on Trends and Tolstoy. Over the next week I’ll be showing you three different styles of swimsuits and coverups, and how to take the look from the pool to the street in one easy sweep.

View More: http://stephanieritaphoto.pass.us/trendstolstoy-verbhotelAll these photos were taken at the incredible Verb Hotel in Fenway. This retro, rock-and-roll themed boutique hotel is the place to be this summer. Their pool area is vibrant, intimate, and perfect for making the most of your last few vacation days. For only $10 you can spend the whole day poolside. Not to mention they host occasional pool parties and have food and alcohol at their restaurant just steps away. View More: http://stephanieritaphoto.pass.us/trendstolstoy-verbhotelView More: http://stephanieritaphoto.pass.us/trendstolstoy-verbhotelThis is my most athletic-style suit. Although I virtually never exercise (what’s a gym?) I love a good black-and-white stripe. I paired this suit with a leather baseball hat and a basic grey tee as a coverup. View More: http://stephanieritaphoto.pass.us/trendstolstoy-verbhotelView More: http://stephanieritaphoto.pass.us/trendstolstoy-verbhotelView More: http://stephanieritaphoto.pass.us/trendstolstoy-verbhotelTo take this look outside just slip on a pair of elastic leather shorts and some keds. It’s an easy, athletic inspired look that doesn’t even require taking off your suit. 
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Suit: Forever21, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Shirt: Everlane, Shorts: c/o OASAP, Shoes: Forever21

Photos by Stephanie Krist.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage8232015From left to right: 1) Spending Sunday with my favorite things. 2) My dog is the cutest, end of story. 3) Can’t stop wearing these booties I picked up in Cologne. 4) A much needed rest. 5) Nothing suits a rainy day like a new translation of Dead Souls6) You can read my latest article for Sasee here.

The Natural Look

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I’ve made it very clear that my preferred neutral is black, but something about this brown, suede dress caught my attention. I found it at TJ Maxx for only $20 but it looks so expensive. I think it’ll be very chic in the fall with some boots and a leather jacket. In the meantime I’m styling it with some nude, t-strap heels.

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thenaturallook3The keep with my new favorite ’70s vibe (here, here, here, and here) I paired the dress with a silver statement necklace. Can’t go wrong with a Cleopatra, right? thenaturallook

thenaturallook4Dress: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Franco Sarto, Necklace: Forever21, Rings: H&M

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Luxury on the Fenway

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to preview the new Van Ness luxury apartment buildings that went up in Fenway. They were stunning. I have a weakness for contemporary design and this building was a slice of perfection. For one thing, it’s connected to the new City Target (bye, bye bank account, hello throw pillows), it’s also right across from Pavement Coffeehouse and just a 10 minute stroll to the Museum of Fine Arts. The model rooms and the common spaces were decorated by West Elm and Target in a very modern, minimalist style.

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In addition to a gym and a 24-hour concierge, Van Ness offers a huge common room with kitchen, poker room, meeting room, and a lounge area to watch the big game or hang with friends. It’s an ideal way to relax with friends after a long day and mingle with your building mates. luxuryonthefenway2

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luxuryonthefenway4This roof deck was one of the big sells for me. It begs out for some tanning with a sunhat and a good book. The patio wraps around the building offering spectacular views of the city and Fenway park. It also includes several grills for easy cookouts. All your tools for a summer party are right there on the roof. If the roof is occupied there’s an additional, extensive, outdoor patio complete with garden on the fourth floor. luxuryonthefenway5Any roof I can see the MFA from is automatically the best. Hey, Van Gogh! luxuryonthefenway7The apartments themselves were clean, bright, spacious, and outfitted to the nines. Can you say floor to ceiling windows? With crisp white walls and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances it was begging for an Instagram. luxuryonthefenway6The studio, though small, was divided into a separate bedroom and living room space making it feel like a one bedroom without the price tag. The one bedroom included a kitchen island for extra dining and counter space and a sizeable closet. For those interested, studios start at $2,700, one bedrooms start at $3,500. More information here.

luxuryonthefenway8Needless to say, I’m obsessed with these apartments. Give me a glass wall and a roof deck any day.

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage8162015From left to right: 1) Previewing some new luxury apartments in Fenway. 2) Perks of living next to Fenway Park. 3) Celebrating my birthday the only way I know how: with a crown. 4) Obsessed with these newspaper designs in collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum. 5) My amazing friend Merli made me these Parisian, fashion-themed cupcakes for my 22nd. 6) Wednesday pick-me-up at Naco Taco.

Hat Trick

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I’ve proven time and again that hats are one of my favorite ways to accessorize. This floppy hat is one of my best, it adds a dose of glamour to any outfit. Here I used it to keep the outfit from looking too ’80s. With wide-leg trouser shorts and a vintage puff-sleeved top it was veering a little towards a 1987 picnic. The hat brings in a more sophisticated edge.

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hattrick2How adorable is this bracelet from the new Kendra Scott collection, Mystic Bazaar? I’m obsessed with their new looks. Although I’m more partial to the dusty metals and glittering drusy in the collection, this bracelet has a certain kind of whimsy. Here are some of my favorites from Mystic Bazaar: Isabella Bracelet, Fran Earrings, Claire Hand Chain, Beckett Double Ring.

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hattrick3Shirt: Thrifted, Shorts: Forever21, Flats: Tahari, Hat: Urban Outfitters, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Please note: Kendra Scott did gift me the cuff bracelet, however, all opinions are my own.