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Samuel Dong Coat (similar here and vintage Burberry one here. Also here’s a polished silk version by Diane Von Furstenberg), Custom Rimini Dress (similar here, and also love this beaded one by Balmain), Gianvito Rossi Pumps, Edilson Carvalho Clutch (vintage), Cristabelle Tassel Earrings, Wolford Tights

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Collections with physical and optical movement characterize London Fashion Week. Pieces with texture, fluidity, and shimmer made their way down the catwalk at J. W. Anderson, Burberry, Halpern, Christopher Kane, and others. The movement of fabric and the play of light on material inspired my look to tour the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square between fashion week events.

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National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

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BB Dakota Coat (similar here and I also love this one), Zara Blouse (similar here), Banana Republic Skirt (close to this one by Alexander McQueen or this one), Louis Vuitton Bag (vintage), Sam Edelman Boots, Wrap Belt (vintage, similar here and here), Gucci Tights, Ralph Lauren Earrings

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There is something distinct about Fashion Week in London. England’s capital has a way of attracting experimental dressers and exciting combinations. The collections are vibrant and designers imbue their creations with a sense of wittiness. The idea of “mod” still lends its unmistakable and vibrant mood. Mod is a subculture that began in the United Kingdom in the 1960’s and from there spread around the world. What first comes to mind are miniskirts, bright colors, bold patterns, pop art, and the iconic model Twiggy. In many ways the mod influence is still reflected in the young-at-heart designs that characterize London’s fashion scene.

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Buckingham Palace

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Whitehall London

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St. James Palace

London Parliament, Westminster

Parliament

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Big Ben

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London Eye


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Volkl Jacket, Bogner Ski Pants, RBX Performance Warm Up (similar here), Banana Republic Sweater (similar here), Bolle Goggles, Pom Hat (close to this one), Moon Boots (Turquoise! Rainbow! Outer Space!), Leather Ski Gloves (similar here and here)

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Feel the mountain and let it show you how you’re going to ski it. Relax and cruise. This isn’t a fight, it’s a dance, and the mountain always leads.

– Jim Bowden, extreme skier

To take part in this dance requires the right winter clothing. Being a New England girl introduced to the ski slopes at age 3, I learned to layer early on. Different layers give you the flexibility to deal with anything from a sudden snow squall to the sun bursting through the clouds. Much has been written on how to achieve the layered look in a fashionable way. So basically it’s a science now and if you are cold, then you are probably not doing it right. Whether you are on the slopes, après ski, or in the city, here are some tips to consider:

  1. Firstly, why layers work. Air is trapped between them and this provides insulation. Layers can also be easily added or subtracted depending on the weather. So now onto how to do it properly.
  2. Base Layer. Long underwear, leggings etc. under your ski pants. If you are not on the slopes then leggings also work under jeans et al. or tights if your pants are slim fit. Add a cotton tee or shirt with lightweight sweater on top, preferably wool or cashmere.
  3. Mid Layer. Another sweater or a lightweight jacket (thin puffer, cargo jacket, bomber…depending on the temp). Ignore the static.
  4. Socks. Pick ones that are decidedly functional i.e. wool.
  5. Footwear. Won’t go into detail here. Everyone has some kind of cool boot. But if you want to be really warm and by that I mean, “Not the SLIGHTEST BIT cold,” opt for Moon Boots. They kept the feet of astronauts cozy on the moon and they work here on earth.
  6. Scarf. Silk is very dense and thus blocks the cold well or swath yourself in something oversized that you can wrap around a few times to avoid any air leaks.
  7. Coat…finally! Go sporty, city, long, short depending on your location.
  8. Hat. Though the old myth that we loose 80% of our body heat through out head is not entirely accurate, we do lose a significant amount of heat there. Keep you brain toasty.

Take the science of layering and fuse it with fashion. With its mercurial weather, New England was a great training ground for this. Mark Twain said it best: If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.

The weather is what it is and smart layering sets you up so you can enjoy – not just endure – it.

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In July of 1969, Giancarlo Zanatta of Italy was watching the lunar landing and became fascinated by the shape and construction of the astronaut’s boots. He started sketching and went on to design the original Moon Boot. Since the 70’s, these boots have embodied an enigma of form and fashion.

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Vintage Coat (similar here and here’s a shorter version), Joseph Pants, Vintage Bodysuit (velvet version here), Handmade and Vintage Scarf (similar here), Moon Boots,  Gloves (here’s a suede version and a plaid leather version)

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There is a serenity and beauty you only experience in the wintertime. In the glow of the sun or under a celestial canopy of winter stars, dark shadows cast across an untouched expanse of white are indescribable. Coco Chanel once commented that women think of all colors except black and white. Even though some theorists would argue that black and white are the absence of all colors, she felt these colors had it all. In her words, “Their beauty is absolute. It is perfect harmony.”

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I think it annoys God if you happen upon a field covered with fresh snow and don’t walk on it.

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I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Double D Ranch Coat (vintage, similar here), Victoria’s Secret Slip (similar here and here), Velvet Bodysuit (this one with a cut out is cool, and I also like this champagne-colored one), Gap Horse Print Cross Body (I love this embellished one), Soda Boots (try this pair. I am also dreaming of this starry pair), Polka Dot Tights

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Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it. – Danny Kaye

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fashion blogger wearing offbeat style victoria's secret slip dress fur coat platform boots

We should never hesitate to be individuals. Now is a time of amazing creativity, and fashion is a reflection of the times we live in. I feel a lightness, an exuberance…a joie de vivre. The surreal aspect of fashion is inescapable for me. There are so many imaginative ways to expand our idea of what we can wear. I love things that are a little elusive, a little offbeat…but mostly things that treat fashion with a sense of fun.

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The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Bertrand Russell

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Vintage Flight Jacket (similar here), Citizens of Humanity Jeans (last seen here paired with a shadbelly), American Eagle Cargo Shirt (similar here), Zara Printed Top (I like this white studded one and this Guipure Lace one), Talbots Bag (similar style), Adrienne Vittadini Boots (this pair is amazing), Vintage Knuckle Ring (this one is close)

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Fly boys wore jackets that were handsome, comfortable, substantial. There is an excitement you feel when you put on a real bomber. Maybe it is their storied past, warming daredevil fliers since the days of open cockpits. Whenever I want to play with scale and volume, I borrow from the boys. The coats of pilots and Hollywood legends, utilitarian shirts, oversized proportions…can be worn by the girls as well.

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2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the bomber jacket. In September 1917, the U.S. Army established the Aviation Clothing Board, which began distributing leather flight jackets to the American pilots of WWI.

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Banana Republic Coat (from the fall-winter 2015-2016 collection, see similar here or try this shawl collar version), Irish Aran Hand Knit Sweater (here’s one that is close color-wise and this one has a cool oversized knit), H&M Skirt (old, similar to this and I’d also try a slit-front Michael Kors version), Zara Ankle Boots (sold out, close to this pair), Vintage Paisley Scarf (similar here), Banana Republic Clutch (I love a python-embossed option), Murano Glass Studs (close to this Kate Spade pair), Sterling Ring (last seen at Multicultural Day), Vintage Heidi Daus Scarab Beetle Cuff

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Where did the expression “feeling blue” originate? There are many differing opinions but one intriguing possibility comes from Greek mythology. Apparently Zeus would cause it to rain when he was feeling sad and felt like crying, just as he would generate thunderstorms when he was angry. Regardless of its source, I think the expression “feeling blue” should be taken back from its sad association. Blue is the color of the expansive sky, the endless sea, and the happiest color I can imagine. John Ruskin, prominent English art critic of the Victorian Era, once said, “Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”

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fashion blogger wearing all blue banana republic h&m zara winter fashion

I had a blue mind putting this look together. This coat was part of the Banana Republic winter collection inspired by Scandinavia. The unexpected shade of blue and biker-inspired details give off a sporty but pretty vibe. My hand knit sweater is 100% pure Irish wool. Being of Irish ancestry, I have seen many of these but never one in this shade of blue. The sweaters have been crafted for hundreds of years in the villages of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. Each knit pattern represents a facet of fishing culture: the honeycomb stitch for hard work, the cable stitch for safety on the sea, and the basket weave as a hope for a plentiful catch.

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Choices Faux Fur Coat (so affordable! Also love this one, and this longer polka dot one makes me smile), Hollister Patch Jeans (similar here), Lodenfrey Blazer (try this Veronica Beard Army Blazer), J. Crew Embellished Sweatshirt (here’s a close substitute), SnoSkins Velvet Turtleneck (I like this one), Soho High Tops (similar here, and this studded pair is amazing), Tory Burch Crossbody Bag (old, here’s a cool version), Faux Fur Bag Charm (like this one, or Fendi’s bag bug), Banana Republic Belt (like this one by Mikael Kors), Heidi Daus Guardian Fu Dog Ring (sold out, but here are some others to try), Aeropostale Sunglasses (similar style, would also go with this dramatic Miu Miu pair)

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top fashion blogger wearing faux fur coat fendi winter street style

When it comes to fur, the more whimsical the better. The options now with faux fur are amazing and, in my opinion, better than the real ones. Fur can push the envelope and send an outfit in a unique direction. There is just something about the furriness, whether it be high volume or sleek. This particular coat has just the right proportion (slightly cropped and not overwhelming like some fur coats can be), and the fuzzy look was made to be paired with denim. A fur pom pom, a Fu Dog ring, add to the cheekiness of it all. Bottom line: always have something (or a few things) in your wardrobe that make you smile.

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These gold high tops caught me as soon as I saw them. Fittingly, sneakers are having a moment. All the better for running towards the mesmerizing colors in the candy shop instead of clacking in my heels.

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Betsey Johnson Dress (here’s a pretty blue floral version), Ralph Lauren Vest (here’s the white version, also like this one), Wanted Boots (close to this pair)

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fashion blogger wearing betsey johnson and ralph lauren boho fashion on acorn street

Acorn Street in Boston is a picturesque example of a true cobblestone street. Originally dating back to the early 1800s, the stones, smoothed and rounded by the flowing water of streams, create a hazard for high heels but a photographer’s dream. Coachmen and servants of the Beacon Hill elite were once quartered on this narrow street, considered by some to be the most photographed in America.

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Photography by Mosaab Alsaray, Boston

 

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Dior Coat (similar here), Sierra Sky Top and Skirt (I love this close substitute), Zara Heels, Doeskin Hat (try this one), Vintage Earrings

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A walk through the streets of Beacon Hill in Boston is a serious walk through American history. Named after the signal beacon built in 1634 on the highest point to warn settlers of danger, the area was originally owned by Rev. William Blackstone, the first settler in Boston who built his house in 1625. With almost 400 years to recount, Beacon Hill is a chronicle of Colonial times, the beginnings of an emerging nation, and history to the present day.

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Photography by Mosaab Alsaray, Boston

 

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Pikeur Dressage Shadbelly Coat (this version is close), Citizen of Humanity Jeans, Vince Camuto Boots (similar to these, also love this patent leather pair), Vintage Victorian Blouse (similar here), Butterfly Bolo Necklace (try this one), Vintage Gold Earrings (I love this pair)

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Today it was all about thinking outside the (jacket) box. When I saw this Pikeur shadbelly, normally at home in the competitive equestrian discipline of dressage, I knew I had to bring it into the fashion realm. Paired with a ruffly Victorian blouse and my favorite pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans, it was the perfect piece to sidestep the expected blazer or long jacket.

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Zara Leather Dress (similar here), Express Coat (try this one), J. Crew Turtleneck, Mia Heels (this pair is similar. I’d also try something like this), Merona Tights

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Mod style first appeared in the late 1950s and traces back to the suburban areas of Britain. For British youth bouncing back after World War II, the mod movement embodied a boldness and freedom previously squashed by world events. London was the initial hub, with flashy shops on Kings Road and Carnaby Street leading the charge. Fast forward to today and mod style is still being referenced and retooled. My take on it is a boxy leather shift dress from Zara and punchy purple tights.

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