Neutral Territory

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I’ve always loved the look of camel colored coats. I don’t know what it is about them but they always give outfits an extra chic-factor. I got this beauty from OASAP and (of course) paired it with an all-black ensemble. Sometimes the best outfits are the most subtle.

neutralterritoryThis sweater is a men’s cashmere piece I picked up at the SoWa Vintage Market. It’s the perfect amount of oversized and it’s probably the softest thing I own.

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neutralterritory5Coat: c/o OASAP (available here), Sweater: Vintage, Skirt: Forever21, Stockings: c/o OASAP (available here), Shoes: Tahari, Hat: Payless

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sitting Pretty

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My default outfit for the summer was a breezy dress and a pair of flats. But with the weather getting increasingly cold I’ve had to find a new uniform. The winter always brings out the darker colors in my wardrobe, and this all black ensemble fits the bill perfectly. To keep the monochrome look interesting I paired a variety of different textures together, the leather leggings, the knit top, and the feathered fur vest.

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sittingpretty5Leggings: Forever21, Shirt: TJ Maxx, Vest: H&M, Boots: Steve Madden, Rings: Vintage and handmade

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshotscollage11232014From left to right: 1) Tea and reading with my new frames2) Celebrating the newly renovated Dorfman Jewelers. 3) All I want is breakfast forever. 4) At a party for the opening of the Tiffany’s Newbury store. 5) Some sassy red shoes for a night out. 6) Weekends are made for breakfast in bed.

After School Suspension

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I received this suspender skirt from OASAP and instantly fell in love. The caging under the bust gives it an especially edgy twist while the circle skirt and short length keep it fun and flirty. It’s a simple, easy way to add visual interest to an average top. Sorry to make another school-themed post but I’ve gotta milk the schoolgirl trope for all it’s worth before I graduate in a few weeks.

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afterschoolsuspension6These booties have become my new favorites. The heel elevates all my looks but it’s low enough to be comfortable all day long.

afterschoolsuspension2Skirt: c/o OASAP (available here), Shirt: TJ Maxx, Tights: TJ Maxx, Heels: c/o OASAP (available here), Rings: Vintage and Handmade

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Blind as a Bat

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My vision is terrible. It’s been years since my eye doctor pronounced me legally blind without my glasses and since then the situation has only worsened. On the daily I morph into an old woman, squinting at things and muttering. My friends are constantly harassing me for my new tagline “I can’t see a blessed thing.”

I tried the contacts route but it didn’t work for me, so I’m always on the prowl for stylish glasses. Enter Trioo, an online eyewear company with a focus on quality and style.

blindasabat2The process was easy, I chose my frames and entered my prescription information online. They ask for some measurements to make sure the frames are sized properly. The styles are all very sleek and affordable, ranging from about $67-$97. I chose the Beverly for the subtle cat eye and neutral-but-sassy color options.

blindasabat3My glasses arrived just a few days later (nice fast shipping time despite the company’s base in China). Shipping is also free with any pair. My biggest concern was that the frames would be too big for my face. As a petite lady, it’s difficult to find glasses that don’t make me look like a deranged bat. These regular-sized frames ended up being a cute oversized style on me just like I was hoping. Another bonus – the frames are super lightweight.

blindasabat4One of Trioo’s big marketing pushes is that their glasses are super durable. As someone who wears her glasses into the ground I can attest to this. I somehow managed to drop these babes three times in my first day wearing them and encountered no problems. The frames also came with a tiny screwdriver so I can make small adjustments right here at home.

blindasabat5From a style perspective I’ve found their frames to be very modern. These have a hint of retro but remain current. The glasses are designed in Paris and then manufactured in Shanghai to keep the price down and the style up. I’d recommend Trioo to anyone looking for affordable, chic glasses without the trip to the eye doctor.

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Please note: I was given a complimentary pair of glasses by Trioo, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Trends and Tolstoy!

Creative Control

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Ordering online can be a hit-or-miss game. And the only snag with the overseas retailers that I’m so fond of is that it’s usually not worth it to return things. So I have to get a little creative once in a while. I ordered this blazer from OASAP a few weeks ago. When it arrived I found that it was way too long on me. So I pinned it in a few key places and turned it into a dress.

creativecontrol3I’ve always found the idea of a blazer dress very sexy. I think a black, men’s blazer pinned into a dress with a red lip and tousled hair would make for a perfect going out look. This is a more cheerful version of that idea.

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creativecontrol4Blazer: OASAP (available here), Tights: TJ Maxx, Shoes: Payless, Rings: Assorted

Photos by Jenni Heller.

Sunday Snapshots

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sundaysnapshots11162014collageFrom left to right: 1) Getting my curls on at Viselli Santoro Salon. 2) Morning reading in bed. 3) A gorgeous place setting from Tablescapes in Portsmouth. 4) Wine and crafts with some fabulous ladies. 5) Prepping for the week ahead. 6) Cannolis from Mike’s make the perfect pick-me-up.