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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

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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Banana Republic Coat (this version comes in a similar golden yellow color), Austrian Wool Blazer (try a sharp jacket such as this), Woolrich Shirt (similar here), Citizens of Humanity Velvet Pants, Zara Suede Booties (similar to these), One-of-a-Kind Handmade Leo Veri Clutch (contact leoveri@icloud.com for details), Sugar Maple Earrings (actual sugar maple leaves that were dipped in 24k gold, here’s something close), Gold Stacking Rings, Vintage Ruby Ring (belonged to my great-grandmother who years ago smuggled it out of Russia in her girdle)

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Fall is a brilliant time to practice the fine art of layering. It matters little if bold colors and fabric patterns harmonize or brawl with the tumultuous foliage.

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Chic Dock Kim Top, J. Crew Pants (similar here, also like this pair), Ankle Strap Heels (these get a lot of use – nothing like a classic – last seen here), Valentina Italian Leather Purse (similar to this one, also love this suede version), Vintage Japanese Cloisonne Fish Necklace from Okinawa (try this beautiful pendant, or a colorful option), Vintage Cuff

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The Pop Art movement beginning in the 1950’s set out to obscure boundaries between “high art” and popular culture. Mundane objects and everyday people took the place of long-established “high art” themes such as classical history and mythology. Instead of the goddess Venus, Campbell’s soup cans became the new subject. Iconic pieces are associated with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and others. To me pop art is all about bold colors and clashing patterns. Today this translated into a vivacious red blouse mixed with my geometric print J. Crew joggers. Pop!

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Monteau Dress (similar style here), Citizens of Humanity Jeans, Birkenstock Arizona Sandals (last seen here), One-of-a-Kind Handmade clutch by Leo Veri (contact leoveri@icloud.com for details), Aeropostale Sunglasses, Vintage Cuff (here’s something close), Sterling Rings (try stacking these)

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The dress over pants trend is a bold way to wear some of your favorite pieces. Fashion is supposed to be an experiment – not stagnant, not dull, not safe, but fun! Start by picking a favorite item from your wardrobe and pair it with something of a different length, color, or texture. Suddenly it all comes together and elevates the pieces you were used to wearing a certain way.

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Chic Dock Nadia Top, White Skinny Jeans, Candies Chunky Heel, Banana Republic Envelope Clutch (last seen here), Zara Headband (similar to this one), Vintage Earrings

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The combination of black and white will always be a classic. Sometimes I am a purist and keep the colors to themselves for graphic effect. But when I saw this Chic Dock top, I was inspired by the added touch of powder blue to the palette. Details in the delicate embroidery mirror the pastel hue of my chunky heel stilettos and the compelling backdrop.sheer hand embroidered top fashion blog

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Vintage Off the Shoulder Top from The House of Findings, Banana Republic Skirt (here’s a similar option, also like this one), Zara Velvet Heels (similar here), La Moda Sunglasses (last seen here)

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Castle in the Clouds is a mountaintop estate built in the early 1900s by millionaire shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant. Designed by prominent Boston architect J. Williams Beal, the castle was Plant’s gift to his second wife, Olive. It is a cliche to say fairy tale, but I can’t deny the castle was an enchanting place to visit. The sweeping views of lakes and mountains created the feeling of being above the clouds.

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Chic Dock Olivia Poncho, Loft Jacket (similar here, also like this embellished one), Indigo Rein Jeans (love this pair), Banana Republic Long Sleeve Tee, Forever 21 Booties, Urban Outfitters Baseball Hat, Banana Republic Envelope Clutch (similar style here)

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Challenge of the day: pull together contrasting styles into a cohesive look. This delicate ruffly poncho could be harmoniously paired with many possibilities. Expected would be something feminine – a flowing skirt or palazzo pants. I looked for contrast by starting with black skinny jeans and booties, and topped it off with a utilitarian cargo jacket. Challenge accepted.

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