An Uber Chic Ride

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Uber is an app that allows you to request a ride at the tap of a button and summons a professional driver to your side within minutes. They use GPS tracking to locate the driver closest to you, which means limited wait time. There’s no need to worry about handling cash – your fare is automatically billed to your credit card on file and there’s no need to tip. This is a lifesaver, I never have cash on me and that’s often relegated me back to the MBTA.

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After a long day in some very high heels, sometimes I just don’t feel like taking the crowded, noisy, green line home. I can call an Uber and have a private car take me anywhere I’d like for much less than a taxi would cost. Uber also has a great “split the fare” option if you’re riding with friends. With a few taps on your phone screen you can split the cost between each other without having to calculate and distribute cash.

Right now Uber is hosting a contest with Ideeli to give you the perfect summer night out. Click here to enter to win a night out package complete with Uber driver, $300 Ideeli credit for all your shopping needs, and $300 gift card to the South End’s hottest Italian restaurant – Stella.

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Think Uber can’t get any better? You can put in your location and where you want to go and have your rate calculated for you before you even call a car. No surprises, no ticking fare clock. I’ve often found that my Uber rates are significantly lower than with a traditional taxi.

Right now Uber is offering Trends and Tolstoy followers $30 off your first ride when you sign up using the code “TrendsTolstoy” or through this link. Most rides I’ve taken with Uber have been $20 or less, so this is essentially a free ride.

Forget the cash, the suspicious cabbies, and the hunt for a Taxi. This Uber is on me.

Photos provided by Uber.

Please Note: This is a post sponsored by Uber, I am being compensated with Uber credits, however all opinions are my own.

Literary Lady

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I’ve always had this romantic image in my head of a well dressed woman in a full skirt reading on the train. There’s something so interesting and so alluring to me about this mix of style, class, and intelligence. This is the kind of outfit that I imagine that woman would wear. The full skirt is retro and elegant but the crop top and studded heels add some edge to it. I added my favorite Lolita book clutch (seen here) to enhance the literary feeling.

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literarylady2Skirt: c/o OASAP (available here, and here), Crop Top: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Steve Madden, Clutch: P.S. Besitos vis Etsy

Photos by Jenni Heller

Easy, Breezy

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I love rompers for the summer, it’s one easy piece and you’ve made an outfit. This cobalt floral beauty from OASAP is light and airy, perfect for those especially humid summer days. Made of chiffon and with an open back, it’s simple and breezy but still visually interesting.

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easybreezy4Romper: c/o OASAP (available here), Belt: Thrifted, Shoes: Tahari, Bag: Fossil, Rings: Assorted, Nail Polish: “Play Date” by Essie

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Impression Sunset

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For a long time I’ve been searching for the perfect matching skirt-and-top set. As soon as I saw this I knew it was the one. The print reminds me of impressionist paintings with the bold colors and abstract forms. The structure is playful and fun but still sophisticated. I shot these photos at the MFA Boston in homage to my outfit’s impressionistic forebears. The white marble of the building serves as the perfect blank canvas for my sartorial art.

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impressionsunset3What I love most about sets is the versatility to mix and match both pieces with other clothes. You get twice the benefit of a simple dress. But with this set I can’t imagine the top and bottom functioning separately. They work so harmoniously that I only ever want to wear them together.

impressionsunset4Another great feature of this outfit is the cute bow back detail. I love a good cutout and this is the perfect injection of sass into an already flirty ensemble.

impressionsunset5Props to those of you who identified the reference I made in the title to the foundational impressionist painting. However we shot these photos at sunset as opposed to Monet’s famous Impression Sunrise.

impressionsunset6Top and Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Franco Sarto, Rings: Vintage, Purchased in Toledo, and other, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage7132014.jpgFrom left to right: 1) Feeling like a lady in my favorite midi skirt. 2) Vintage Chanel slides from SoWa. 3) Boston is so beautiful at night. 4) Lady Socrates with her laurel crown. 5) My first Jimmy Choo bag, a gift from my amazing boss. 6) Working hard for the money at the office.

Wicked Original Boutique

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I’m so pleased to be featuring my latest obsession on the blog today: Wicked Original Boutique. The small, trendy online store opened only about a month ago but is already cultivating an irresistible rebel image. The owner and founder, Sondria Harp carefully curates each piece to dress strong, self confident women who play by their own rules.

wickedoriginalboutique2.jpgHow amazing are these embellished tights? With a black leather dress and some heels these are unstoppable. Sondria predicts that fringe, high-waisted bottoms, and the 1920s flapper style with be trending for fall this year. Ready for Gatsby round two?

wickedoriginalboutique1In addition to running her boutique, Sondria has a blog page on her website where she keeps readers updated on fashion trends. A vintage section will also be added in time for fall shoppping (!!).

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What I love most about Sondria is her spirit. She works a full time job in addition to running the boutique and raising her young son. When asked how she does it all she said, “It’s a lot of lattes and late nights. But if it’s your passion, it’s easy to motivate yourself to do the work.” Cheers to a fabulous woman who’s following her dream!

wickedoriginalboutique6To meet Sondria and shop her products in person, check her out at the Blues n Brews festival Saturday August 23rd, or at my favorite SoWa Vintage Market starting September 14th.

Photos courtesy of wickedoriginalboutique.com