Flannel Fancies


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I always say the one thing I kept from my New Hampshire roots was a love of plaid flannel. And it’s true, I just can’t get enough cozy flannel shirts. The combination print and texture bring a lot of visual interest to an outfit, especially when paired with leather pants and a statement necklace.

flannelfancies4A brief lesson to satisfy the copyeditor inside me, plaid and flannel are not the same thing. Flannel is the material, plaid is the print. It seems obvious but a lot of people confuse the two.


flannelfanciesThese leggings are out of stock at Forever21 but I love this trouser pair from Lulus.

flannelfancies3Flannel: Urban Outfitters (alternative here), Leggings: Forever21, Shoes: Tahari (similar here), Necklace: H&M

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Rainy Ready


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We’ve officially transitioned from snow season to rain season, and this pink coat has become my uniform. I spent literal years looking for the right trench with a hood, there are so few of them out there. This one is not only functional, but brings a pop of happiness to a rainy day.

rainreadyUsually I wear moto boots that are a little more rain resistant, but when it’s spotty showers I can get away with a normal shoe.



rainready4Coat: Macy’s, Shoes: c/o OASAP, Tights: TJ Maxx

Photo by Jamie Ditaranto.

Finishing Touches


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The accessories make the outfit. And while I’m well versed in accessories, I find myself slacking in one area: jewelry. I wear the same pieces over and over when I could be adding so much more to my looks. Fortunately, Kendra Scott sent me some new pieces from their new Via Maya! collection, out today. I’ve talked about Kendra Scott before (here, here) and they’re one of my favorite companies. Their new collection was exactly what I needed to spice up my look.

finishingtouches2I pretty much always wear a standard pair of pearl earrings. Boy have I been missing out. The intricate cutout detail on these is interesting but not heavy and cumbersome. It’s perfectly accented by the iridescent abalone. You can find the Nichole Statement Earrings here.

finishingtouches3I wore the earrings with an all-black look so they’d stand out. It was refreshing to let the accessories take control for a change.

finishingtouches4Now through April 25th you can take 15% off your Kendra Scott order with the coupon code TOLSTOY15. Aside from these earrings I recommend this bracelet, this ear-climber, and this hand chain. I own the bracelet and I can’t wear it enough.

finishingtouchesLet me know in the comments section what your favorite piece is!

Earrings: c/o Kendra Scott (available here), Skirt: Forever21, Top: H&M, Tights: TJ Maxx, Shoes: c/o OASAP

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

What I’m Reading: Chasing Aphrodite


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Welcome to the latest column on Trends & Tolstoy! In a continued effort to bring the Tolstoy more into the blog, I’ll be putting up a monthly post about the book that’s accessorizing my outfits. This month it’s Chasing Aphrodite by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino.

whatimreading,chasingaphroditeSubtitled “The hunt for looted antiquities at the world’s richest museum,” the book follows the history of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The museum was originally founded as a tax dedication scheme and rapidly became an institution based on tax fraud. Perhaps more importantly, the museum participated in purchasing looted antiquities in the the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

This caused a huge stir in the archaeological community because looted antiquities were not only taken away from their home countries but lost their historical background. The Getty was one of many museums disregarding our cultural patrimony in favor of acquiring big-ticket items for display.

whatimreading,chasingaphrodite2Although it’s a non-fiction book it reads like fiction with a wealth of dramatic characters (a playboy curator, a hard-nosed Italian policeman, a narcissist CEO). I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the art world. I knew there were a lot of provenance issues in museums but it’s amazing to see how deep the problems run and how many millions of dollars are wrapped up in them.

What are you reading today?

Floral Frenzy


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As the weather starts to warm up I’ve been going crazy trying out spring outfits. I’ve been waiting months to wear these florals pants (which come with a matching top, to be seen later). They’re as comfortable as wearing harem pants but with a much more pulled-together vibe. I paired it with black to keep the mood transitional.



floralfrenzy3And I’m back to pinning pants and skirts that are too big! Such a simple solution to a common problem.

floralfrenzy4Shirt: TJ Maxx, Pants: H&M, Flats: Tahari, Jacket: H&M, Pin: Vintage, Ring: c/o Trendy Jewels

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.

Peep Show


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I was originally attracted to this jumpsuit for it’s neutral color and comfortable, knit material. (You guys know I can’t turn down a good jumpsuit) But the more I wear it the more I like the open back. It’s an interesting detail to an otherwise basic garment. I paired the jumpsuit with my favorite leather jacket to give it a little edge.







peepshow4Jacket: H&M, Jumpsuit: Urban Outfitters, Flats: Tahari, Rings: Vintage and thrifted

Photos by Jamie Ditaranto.