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.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage10122014From left to right: 1) My favorite designs at the Luke Aaron show2) Gorgeous gowns from Candice Wu. 3) Hanging with some blogger friends at Emerging Trends. 4) The Boston En Vogue Modern Elegance show. 5) A sneak preview of the Goya: Order and Disorder show at the MFA. Opens to the public today! 6) Me with the incredibly talented Candice Wu.

One of a Kind

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I love to wear one-of-a-kind pieces. There’s something really gratifying about wearing something fabulous that no one else has. I usually achieve that by thrifting and shopping at vintage markets but last week I did it with a hot flame and a hunk of metal. I was fortunate enough to attend a jewelry making class at Stonybrook Fine Arts where I cut, shaped, designed, and sautered two rings.

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oneofakind2On one of my rings I used a strip of copper mesh to create a snakeskin-like texture on the ring. On the other I used stamps to press letters into the metal.

oneofakind4Then I measured out the size of my ring and cut it accordingly. After that I filed down the edges to make sure they would fit properly when I shaped the ring.

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oneofakind6After I shaped the ring I sautered the ends together to make it a full circle and then polished it for the final touch.

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oneofakind8I ended up with two rings, the copper is the snakeskin print and the silver says “Solo Goya” (a reference you’ll understand if you take my tour of the MFA Goya exhibit!).

I had an incredible time at this class. It was so cool to take a piece of metal and turn it into a one-of-a-kind statement item. I highly recommend the classes at Stonybrook to anyone interested in unique crafting. The offer classes in welding, aluminum sandcasting, and jewelry making.

A big thanks to the teacher Sophia for putting up with all my questions!

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Please note: I did receive a complimentary class from Stonybrook Fine Arts, however all opinions are my own.