From left to right: 1) A surprise package from Google Express. 2) The new ‘do. 3) Celebrating National Pink Day. 4) Prepping for my breach trip. 5) A cappuccino and brioche for breakfast. 6) Taylor Swift’s harness has nothing on these.
Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Parisian Soiree at the French Cultural Center. With live French jazz, authentic hors d’oeuvres, and flute after flute of champagne, it felt like being back in my favorite city. Plus the dress code was black tie, and you know I can’t resist that. The center is housed in a beautiful old building on Marlborough and features an extensive library, art gallery, and a multi-functional space for events and workshops.
If you’re looking to get a taste of the magic I experienced, be sure to check out the center’s next event: the 2015 Bastille Day Party. This is their must-attend yearly event. It’s essentially a block party with food, live music, dancing, and thousands of francophiles just waiting to show you a good time.
Big thanks to the French Cultural Center for a wonderful evening!
My obsession with jumpsuits continues with this beauty, another one of my Parisian thrift store finds. It has a very ’80s vibe that I’m digging here with the loose harem fit and geometric cutouts. I especially love a good jumpsuit in the summer because it’s easy to throw on and boom, outfit done. To tone down the casual vibe of this look I added my leather jacket and those spiked stilettos from Monday’s post.
Jumpsuit: Thrifted in Paris, Heels: Steve Madden, Jacket: H&M
Culottes have made a comeback. No longer are these pants-meet-capris reserved solely for 18th century bourgeoisie. When Walk Trendy reached out to me to try one of their products, I had to choose the most popular new street style trend. I styled mine with a loose sweater, statement necklace, and stilettos.
Although I’ve never been a fan of the capri, something about the volume of culottes really intrigues me. I think they make an interesting counterpart to the typical skinny pant.
Thanks to Walk Trendy’s small sizes, I didn’t have to tailor these at all. Make sure you read the size specifications carefully since they’re often different from traditional American sizing. Overall the quality of the pants was good for the low prices, and the extensive range of product means finding adorable pieces that no one else will have.
Culottes: c/o Walk Trendy (available here), Sweater: Forever21, Necklace: H&M, Shoes: Steve Madden
From left to right: 1) Hanging at the MFA, per usual. 2) Getting the news about a very exciting upcoming collaboration. 3) Workspace chic at the office. 4) Celebrating the opening of Josephine Boston. 5) Tough choices. 6) Previewing The Residences @ One St. Clare in Medford.
Ironically, I received Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her in the midst of a series of dating failures. When I started reading I couldn’t put it down. This version is a commemorative edition. It comes hardbound with a special case and includes illustrations by the very talented Jaime Hernandez. You can pick up a copy here.
The book is written in a serious of short stories that center around Dominican-American Yunior. Each story is written from his perspective and describes a failed relationship (with the exception of one story written from a female perspective). Yunior struggles with his incessant impulse to cheat and has difficulty balancing his desire for women with the other issues in his life. By the end of the book Yunior realizes just what he’s lost with his cheating ways and attempts to piece himself back together.
The novel isn’t as cut-and-dry as my description might sound. And the nuance of each relationship was alarmingly realistic. I found myself identifying relationships that I’ve witnessed or personally been in before. What I also found interesting was that I didn’t hate Yunior. My go-to instinct with guys who cheat is to write them off. I never tolerate that. There are no second chances. But Yunior was aware of his own behavior and his self criticizing humanized him too much for me to turn my back.
I highly, highly recommend this piece not only for those who are interested in contemporary fiction but for anyone who has ever experienced a breakup. It’s a dead-on description of the highs and lows of relationships, and it’s nice to know that you’re not the only one feeling it. Diaz is an incredibly talented writer (and Boston-based!) and Hernandez’s illustrations allow for a breath between emotional ups and downs.
I attended a black tie event at the French Cultural Center this past weekend and this was my look for the night. I fell in love with the skirt in Paris for its Dior new-look style, and my Aunt was kind enough to gift it to me. For the evening I paired it with a black bustier bodysuit, a red lip, and snakeskin heels for a little pizazz. Overall it created an unconventional black tie ensemble.
Skirt: Gifted from Paris, Bustier: Forever21, Shoes: Shoedazzle, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott
Once in a great while I get really casual. Jeans and sneakers casual. This time around I paired my favorite skinnies with a chiffon button down and cuffed the bottoms for a little cuteness. Some arm candy and my grey sneaks topped it off.
Shirt: Forever21, Jeans: American Eagle, Sneakers: Forever21, Necklace: Family Heirloom, Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott
From left to right: 1) The donuts of my dreams at the LeSportsac Boston opening. 2) Previewing the Arlene Shechet exhibit at the ICA. 3) A morning cappuccino at Tatte. 4) Rewarding myself for getting through the week. 5) Sunday mornings. 6) Check out the latest issue of Sasee magazine for my piece on New York Fashion Week.
Matching sets are where it’s at this season so naturally I’ve been buying up every one I can find. This blue, floral set is one of my favorites. You might remember I wore the pants separately here. I wore my leather jacket with it to break up the pattern a little and added pink heels for a pop of color. It’s an eclectic mix but it works.